Summary: No, I am not running for President. But, if I was, what would be my stance on certain moral issues be in order to be in alignment with God's Holy Word?
I Am Running For President
Please stand with me as we go over our current memory Scripture:
“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.
“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.”
And our memory Scripture “refresher” verse is:
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others.”
Today we will be reading from Deuteronomy 17:14-20
I am running for President!
OK. Everyone … please don’t leave … I’m kidding …
Of course, I am not running for POTUS. That would be crazy, but, if I was running what would my platform be?
Now, remember, I am running as a devoted follower of Jesus, my Lord, my Savior and my King.
So, what would my platform be? Should the vision I put forth as a candidate be dictated by the popular norms of the day or should it be informed and undergirded by the Word of God?
In this Scripture we are about to read, Yahweh, the Lord God of Israel is giving instructions for the future kings of Israel through Samuel the prophet.
With that in mind let’s go ahead and read Deuteronomy 17:14-20
(Prayer for help)
So, let’s read verses 18 and 19 again.
“When (the king) takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere Yahweh his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees …”
So, hopefully, as a devoted Christian running to be the POTUS I have immersed myself in God’s Holy Word for literally decades.
And, because of that, I am not conformed to the patterns of this world but I have been transformed by the renewing of my mind so that I am able to test and approve what God’s will is, His good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2 modified)
Right? I should be so knowledgeable of God’s Word and so faithful in obeying His Word that my stances on issues will be the SAME as His Word says it should be. Right?
As such, where do I stand on issues that are a high priority in the eyes of the Lord?
Do I stand with the Word of God or do I stand with the world?
Where would I stand on the topic of abortion?
When many in America hear the word abortion their reaction is, “Not that again!”
That very reaction is surely a sign that the moral fabric of America has become so corrupted that many cannot tell right from wrong.
Proverbs 6:16-17 says that Yahweh, the Lord, hates “the shedding of innocent blood.”
The shedding of innocent blood is warned against multiple times in the Old Testament.
Is there anything more innocent than the blood of an unborn son or daughter?
This isn’t exactly about abortion but in Amos 1:13 Amos is prophesying about the punishment Yahweh will impose on the Ammonites. Listen to this …
“This is what the Lord says: ‘The people of Ammon have sinned again and again, and I will not let them go unpunished! When they attacked Gilead to extend their borders, they ripped open pregnant women with their swords.’”
These Scriptures alone should be enough for me to come out strongly as a pro-life candidate.
And by the Word of God I would have to push back not only against abortion itself but also against the recent calls for allowing doctors to kill a full-term, completely healthy baby while it is being delivered and yet still in the birth canal.
That is how the Word of God would inform my stance as a candidate on the issue of abortion; Pro-Life all the way!
What other issue that has become political would we as Christians be concerned about?
What about the issue of marriage?
What does Scripture say about marriage?
In Matthew 19:4-5 Jesus Himself says a group of Pharisees,
“Haven’t you read that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?”