Summary: Like Joshua I believe it is time for Pastors to make it clear to Christians in America that it’s time to choose whom they are going to serve!

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Title: Choose For Yourself

Text: Joshua 24:14-15

Date: 10/26/08

Location: Sulphur Spring Baptist Church

Introduction: Today is the last Sunday in our month long emphasis of “Praying 4 America,” but I hope you will continue to pray for our nation. We have a Presidential Election in 9 days that is very important and whoever is elected will have a difficult job ahead of them. Not only are we in one of the most critical economic downturns since the Great Depression but as a nation we a more divided now than we’ve been since the Civil War. You may find that hard to believe that but let me give you something to think about.

It may not be 1860 but social issues like abortion and gay marriage have divided us in the same way that slavery divided America back in the 19th Century.

It may not be the 1960’s but like it or not we are still divided in many respects along racial lines. Only now it’s not just white and black, it’s white, black, and Hispanic.

It may not be 1970 but we are just as divided today over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as we were about the war in Vietnam then.

As bad as it was during all three of these periods in American History there was something that united us, something that held us together. I believe that something was our faith in God, and our understanding that He had something to do with making this country into the greatest nation on the face of the earth.

Today, however I’m convinced that we are no longer “One Nation Under God” but instead are a polytheistic nation that serves and worships many gods.

A growing number of people in America want to take the words “In God we Trust” off of our currency and I’m afraid it’s only a matter of time before they succeed in doing it.

So I personally believe that one of the most difficult tasks our new President will have during his first 4 years in office is not just trying to unite our nation but keeping it from falling apart.

That’s one of the things that Politicians and Pastors have in common. Dr. Glenn Armstrong the former Pastor of Beaver Dam Baptist church, in Beaver Dam where my wife Mary Anne grew up is a good example. Some of you may remember that Brother Armstrong came and did a revival for us about 8 years ago. Anyway Bro. Armstrong was the pastor of that church for 40 years, before retiring a couple of years ago. I believe one of the reasons that he didn’t retire sooner was he was afraid of what might happen to the church after he retired and I guess I can kind of understand that. When you put that much of your life and energy into something you certainly don’t want it to fall apart or split after you’re gone.

It wouldn’t surprise me if that wasn’t how Joshua felt after leading the nation of Israel for so long. Joshua had been a young man when Moses came back to Egypt and led the Israelites out of slavery. Moses quickly saw that there was something special about Joshua and put him in charge of military. In time it became evident that God had his hand on Joshua and Moses made him his right hand man.

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