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A Christian's Perspective on Elections

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Well, I’ve been asked repeatedly about the recent elections, both in November and last night in Georgia. How do you feel about the direction our country is going to be taking? Do you have any concerns about religious freedoms being restricted in the future? So I thought I’ll offer to you my perspective.

I will begin my 50th year in ministry this spring, as in March 1972 I took my first steps in ministry while still working on my undergraduate degree in theology and in that period of time I’ve witnessed Richard Nixon resigning, I’ve experienced double digit inflation and double digit interest rates during the Jimmy Carter administration. I personally met and worked with Ronald Reagan and knew George H. W. Bush when he was V.P. and witnessed the election of Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Trump; so I’ve lived through a lot of changes during the past five decades and from a fifty year perspective, here are my thoughts. 

I’m grateful to have been born an American, in a republic that was established on Judeo-Christian principles. It has been a great blessing to live here and to have my family enjoy the many benefits that come from living in America.

But the day I was born again in Christ my citizenship was transferred to heaven as the apostle Paul made clear to the church at Philippi (Philippians 3:20) and while I have taught God’s word in Central America, Africa, India and other countries I’m thankful the Lord has called me to primarily teach His word to Americans; who are just as lost in their sin and going into a Christless eternity as a result of their rejection of the Lord’s provision for redemption in Christ’s atoning death at Calvary; just as much as anyone else.

So while the landscape of the country where I live may change from election to election, no ruler and no government has any impact on who I am or what I am called to do. Now the government can increase its hostility against the gospel as we saw in the first two centuries of the early church and have more recently seen in Russia, China, and other places.  And governments can impact a nation’s prosperity, the safety of their citizens, they can even take people’s lives as we saw in 1973 as I clearly remember when Roe v Wade became a legal reality in a land that is supposed to protect the most vulnerable among us.

But the condition of any country, including America, is not so much a political issue as it is a spiritual issue. The current state of America as a country, really has more to do with the church failing to be the church, than the world failing to be the world.

World powers come and go as we’ve seen with the Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Turks, Celts, Mongols, and in more recent days the Japanese, Brits, and Germans but the one consistent fact that never changed during any of those empires or worldwide dominance of those countries is our Creator was still sovereign over all His creation. He never once relinquished any aspect of His sovereign control. Through the rise and fall of each leader He continued to reign by the power of His omnipotence and as a result of His omniscience He was never surprised, nor confused, nor disillusioned as to how His purposes would be accomplished.

Nebuchadnezzar posed no threat to Him any more than Caesar or Herod or Nero or Attila the Hun or Hitler.

So from my perspective, nothing that has happened yesterday today or will happen tomorrow that will change who I am in Christ or what I have been called to do by Christ. 

The landscape in which I do it may change as this spiritually darkened world often changes the way it operates, but its need for the gospel will never change and that is really our only purpose in life isn’t it? To shed the light of God’s truth in a spiritually darkened world whereby men, dying in their sin, might come to know the Author of life and praise Him for eternity for the goodness, mercy, kindness, grace that He has bestowed upon a world that deserves His righteous judgment. That’s our only purpose for being here, isn’t it? Otherwise, when we’re born again in Christ why don’t we just hold everyone under at baptism and send ’em on to glory? Our purpose on earth regardless of where we live is to take the good news of God’s redemption to those dying in their sin. It is true that new regulations, laws, rules, and whatever else, can impact various aspects of our life but they can’t alter who we are or why we’re here.

As we saw with the apostle Paul during the Roman Empire, whether he was teaching in a synagogue or shipwrecked on an island or brought before kings, councils and emperors who cast him into prison, the landscape of his life never changed the purpose for his life and that’s my perspective.

That’s why we are open on Sundays. Worshipping the Lord in spirit and truth is essential. The gospel is essential whether the world realizes it or not.  

So I’m hoping, with the availability of vaccines increasing in the future, many who are high risk due morbidities will be able to join us once again as we have really missed seeing so many of our wonderful families who have been joining us by live-stream and while we are grateful for that ministry, it is not the same as coming together for fellowship and worship as the body of Christ. So I look forward to seeing many of you once again during this new year as we serve Christ together. 

If you are in need of any help whatsoever, please let us know. We love each of you and are grateful for the joy of having you as a part of our family. Just give us a call at 859-219-1300.

Hope to see you Sunday at either 9:00 or 10:30.

Pastor Wayne

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The Nights Before Christmas Poem

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Here is a Christmas poem by Pastor Wayne: 

The Nights Before Christmas

The nights before Christmas when all through the land,

Every creature was stirring; completing God's plan.

Prophecies foretold in scripture with care

Were suddenly fulfilled, without much flare.

 

The Lord had promised Adam right after the fall

That from the womb of a woman He'd redeem all.

So a roadmap of scripture was recorded throughout;

From Seth to David, the Lord left no doubt.

 

Then Isaiah proclaimed in 700 B.C.

By a virgin His entrance to earth it would be;

Micah would add to the city of David

Just as it happened without variation.

 

Jeremiah foretold of weeping in the land

As King Herod did his best to trump God's hand.

Three hundred and fifty prophecies foretold

With a hundred percent accuracy as they'd unfold.

 

The Lord was sovereign over the rebellion of all men

From every tribe and nation; a host of pagan lands.

Alexander's Greek language will unify the call,

And the Roman roads will make easy travel for all.

 

With the prophecies, the language and the roads in place

In the fullness of time Christ would arrive by God's grace.

Caesar Augustus issued his authoritative decree

All should register according to their family tree.

 

Mary and Joseph left their home in Nazareth of Galilee

Traveled to Judah; being descendants of David's family.

Gabriel said "Mary, though a virgin you'll be,

The Holy Spirit will come and overshadow thee."

 

Just as the Lord promised, the incarnation occurred

The holy One of God arrived in the flesh undeterred. 

His redemption for those unworthy of His grace

Brings eternal thanksgiving from every tongue, tribe and race.

 

So as you now know in the fields nearby,

Angels came to shepherds who were terrified.

But they came with a message the Lord Himself had penned,

Peace on earth good will towards men.     

 

There is now only one thing left for man to say,

After the Lord Himself orchestrated the first Christmas day;

During this time as the church heralds His word

Let us all praise God for our Savior and Lord.          

 

L.W. Holcomb 12.14.14

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