By Bryan Ridenour
Bryan writes one of my favorite blogs. He is a husband, father of four and youth and children’s pastor in the heart of the Bible belt. I know you will enjoy reading this the day before we vote.
I consider “The Princess Bride” a movie classic. The film provides a myriad of quotable lines but one of my favorite exchanges occurs between “Valerie” and “Miracle Max”:
Valerie: “Liar! L-i-a-r!!!!”
Miracle Max: “Get back, witch!”
Valerie: “I’m not a witch, I’m your wife. But after what you just said I’m not even sure I want to be that anymore.”
Liar Liar Pants on Fire, Pinnochio understands….
When she squawks, “Liar! L-i-a-r!!!” I crack up. It’s interesting that she doesn’t burst into the scene with the words, “You misspoke! You m-i-s-s-p-o-k-e!!!” During this election season, I find it humorous that politicians avoid the label “liar” when battering the opponent’s campaign speeches and promises. I guess the word “liar” sounds so vile and offensive, that politicians dare not utilize it when speaking in front of the camera. Years ago, elementary kids chanted, “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire” to classmates who spoke in a less than truthful manner. Today, political correctness overshadows a politician’s right to call “a spade, a spade.”
I often remind the teenagers of our church, we’re never more like the devil than when we lie. John 8:44 states,
“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
Every election cycle touts that the pending election is the most important of our lifetime, but this time…it’s true. As I watch the debates, I try to parse the answers given by the candidates. Some responses throw up red flags, as I’m familiar with the legislation or the policy, at other times I sit with a blank stare, gawking at articulate exchanges, each sharing polar opposite stances. Then my fingers scramble over the keyboard, Googling the topic, finding a jumble of purported “facts” supporting both positions. What’s a “Truther” to do?
In Genesis Chapter three, the devil, in the form of a serpent, strutted into the Garden with one goal in mind: Deceive mankind. After being kicked out of heaven for attempting to usurp the throne, Lucifer concocted a plan to exact revenge. Since God created mankind in His image, Satan reasoned breaking that unique bond between Creator and humanity ought to be appropriate retaliation. In their daily walks together, God warned Adam and Eve to never eat fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. To disobey meant death. The serpent contradicted God, hissing, “You will not surely die.” Adam and Eve swallowed the lie and the rest is history.
Fast forward a few thousand years. So, how do we weed through the “back and forth” of candidates vying for the same office? Prayerfully ask God for wisdom. James 1:5 shares,
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
Besides asking God for wisdom, delve into each party’s platform. If a party propagates a behavior or practice antithetical to the Word of God, that’s the first clue the offending party be boycotted. For instance, if a political convention champions same-sex marriage, abortion, and relegates women to only walking reproductive parts and in the same breath boos God and Jerusalem, then the choice for a Christian ought to be easy.
Do I think both parties lie occasionally? Certainly. So, what’s a Christian voter to do? In today’s political climate, people who claim Christ as Savior and Lord should no longer cast ballots based upon generational tradition, but on the issues at hand. If the party you once embraced slaps God on the face, it’s obviously time for a change…true change, not just words of political rhetoric from a “superstar” politician.
Jesus isn’t running for the office of President. However, according to I John 2:6,
“Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.”
In other words, John challenges Believers to live in a way that mirrors Christ. Would Jesus vote? I think so. But I know this. He’d never endorse and vote for a candidate that advocates for abortion and same-sex marriage, two actions described as sin in the Word of God.
And you know what? Neither should we.
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