Christians and Politics – Jeremiah 29:1-13 – Skip Heitzig

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[MUSIC PLAYING] Hello, and welcome to this
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at calvaryabq.org/give. Christians have a wide
variety of political notions, but we need to be informed
of the policies engaged in the process and active in the
promotion of godly discourse. In the message,
“Christians and Politics,” Skip shares four
guidelines believers should adhere to when
looking at politics. Now we invite you to
turn in your bibles to Jeremiah chapter
29 as he begins. You know, when I grew up
it was common wisdom– it’s a common phrase to
say don’t discuss two things in public–
religion and politics. You’ve heard that before? Don’t discuss those. So I’m going to do
both this morning. [LAUGHTER] I’m going to deal with
both of those issues. [CHEERS & APPLAUSE] The reason that we were told
not to is because it’s divisive. And for some reason, in that
day and age in our culture, they just thought it was
better to be very shallow and say oh, your
hair looks nice. Don’t go any deeper than that. Or oh, not nice outfit. Don’t go any deeper than that. Don’t bring up politics. Don’t bring up religion,
because it divides people. And I understand that. I don’t want to divide people. But the way I see
it, our nation’s already divided on
a lot of issues. In fact, I would say this
is the perhaps angriest, most acrimonious,
most divisive election cycle that I personally
have seen in my lifetime. And it reminds me of
a story of a guy who was running for office. He was campaigning door-to-door
running for city council. And so he’d knock on doors and
ask people for their votes. And it was going pretty
well until he got to a house where a grumpy old
man answered the door. The candidate went
through his little speech of why the man
should vote for him, and the response was that
the old man growled back in the said vote for you? I’d rather vote for the devil. So the candidate knew he’s
not going to get anywhere with this guy, and
he said back to him well, in the event that your
friend doesn’t run for office, could I anticipate your vote? [LAUGHTER] And I think a lot of people
sort of feel that way. They’re caught between the
devil and the deep blue sea in this election. I’ve heard people
say well, there’s not a candidate out
there that inspires me. And I understand the sentiment. But that is usually said before
the next statement, which is therefore, I’m going
to sit this one out. I’m just not going to vote. Well, my aim from Jeremiah
29 is to bring some clarity, to bring some hope, and more
than anything else, my aim, my purpose is to call our church
to prayer during this cycle. A week of prayer
and even fasting for this election cycle. I think that’s
where we need to go. This was an idea that came to
me from one of our congregants at first service. They’ve come here for
years, and she came up to me and she said you know, I
don’t know what you think, but I feel the Lord’s
just saying that we need to be in prayer for our nation. And I thought I think
that’s from the Lord. I’m going to do that. So I saw that as a real good
direction for us to go in. I want you to understand that
I am not preaching politics. I’m not going to
endorse a candidate. I’m not going to endorse a
political party this morning. But the Bible does tell us that
God ordained human government– Romans 13. The Bible, also in
that chapter, tells us that we are subject to the
governments that we are in. And it just seems
unthinkable that God would ordain human
government and then want humans to stay out of it. Doesn’t make sense,
especially in a democracy. We don’t live in Babylon. We don’t live in Roman times. We don’t have a
totalitarian regime. We have a democracy,
which is a society that is set up on the involvement
of all of its citizens. Anyone who knows me
well knows that I am not political by nature. I do not think the
ultimate hope is any party or any person or any platform. I look forward to the day–
my hope rests in the day that Jesus said we should
pray for thy kingdom come thy will be done on
earth as it is in heaven. [APPLAUSE] That’s where my hopes are. I’m hoping for the day
mentioned in Revelation 11 when the announcement was made,
the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of
our Lord and of his Christ. And I know one day
Jesus will return, and he’ll move all the
politicians to one side and go let me show you
how it’s done guys, gals. We’re going to do this right. But until then, I’m here. Until then. Do you realize that Christians
have dual citizenship? Have you ever thought of that? We’re a part of two kingdoms. The kingdom of heaven
permanently, but kingdoms of this earth temporarily. So when Paul wrote
to the Philippians, he touched on this
when he said “to all who are in Christ Jesus
who are in Philippi.” Did you get that
dual citizenship? You’re citizens of
the kingdom of heaven. You’re in Christ, but you also
happen to live in Philippi. And so you are citizens who
are responsible to that city. And honestly, politics,
to some degree, interface with
every single person. Now, I want you to understand
what the term means. The term politics comes from
the Greek word for city, polis. Polis was a city, a
city-state, technically. And a citizen was
called a polites. We get the term
politics from polites. It meant a citizen who has
responsibilities to a polis, to a city. So it’s a word came to mean
the art of living together in a community. So all of us, by the
technical definition, are involved in the art
of living in a community, in politics. Plato said to his
students, “the penalty that good men pay for not
being interested in politics is to be governed by those
worse than themselves.” So I ask you– what
is the response of the Christian community
to the political environment in the political season? What about our responsibilities
to our nation that we live in? How are we to act during
this political season? Are we to be uninformed? Informed? Sit it out? Not do anything? Do something? And at what level do
we do something at? So I want to give
you, from Jeremiah 29, four guidelines for
this political season. And they’re simple, really. We should be responsible. We should be prayerful. We should be careful. And we should be hopeful. We should be responsible. We should be prayerful. We should be careful. We should be hopeful. I want you to see them as
we go through this text. First of all, we should be,
as believers in the Lord, responsible in our culture. Go to verse 1 of Jeremiah 29. “Now these are the
words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from
Jerusalem to the remainder of the elders who
were carried away captive, to the priests,
the prophets, and all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar
had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon. This happened after
Jeconiah, the queen– king– the queen mother, the eunuchs,
princes of Judah and Jerusalem, the craftsman, the smiths
had departed from Jerusalem. This letter was sent by the hand
of Elasah, the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah, the
son of Hilkiah, whom Zedekiah,
the King of Judah, sent to Babylon
to Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon,
saying, “Thus says the Lord of hosts,
the God of Israel– to all who are
carried away captive whom I have caused
to be carried away from Jerusalem to Babylon.” So it’s a letter Jeremiah
writes to captives, but it’s the Lord
who is speaking. What does he say? Verse five. Build houses and dwell in them. Plant gardens and
eat their fruit. Take wives and beget
sons and daughters and take wives for your sons and
give your daughters to husbands so that they may bear sons
and daughters that you may be increased their
and not diminish. OK, now let me give you
a little background. Can I do that? Can I set the stage? Because there’s a couple
things you need to know. The year that this letter
goes out is 597 BC. Now why is that important? Because Babylon, under
Nebuchadnezzar, assaulted, attacked Jerusalem three times–
603 BC, that’s the first time. At that time, he took Daniel
and his buddies away to Babylon, so Daniel’s already
there at this time involved in the political
structure of Babylon. Then 597 BC, which
is right here, where he takes the religious as
well as the political leaders hostage and thousands
of people with him. Finally, 586 BC when
it happens again, but this time,
Jerusalem is destroyed by the fires of Babylon. So in the in-between time,
Jeremiah is still in Jerusalem, and he writes a letter to those
who are captive in Babylon. Why does he write the letter? To encourage them. To instruct them. You’re in Babylon, here’s
what you need to do. Here’s a thus sayeth
the Lord for you guys as captives in Babylon. And what does he tell them? Well, basically he says you’re
going to be there awhile. You’re going to be there 70
years, so make the best of it. Verse 5– provide
for your families. Get a home, get a garden,
get a job– summing it up. Verse 6– get married,
have kids, raise a family. In other words, be involved. Be responsive where you
are in the new culture where you find yourself. Now their situation in
captivity, as I see it, is parallel in many
respects to our situation right now in our country. You see, back then
they were surrounded by a hostile environment. People who didn’t
believe in those values. They didn’t believe
in the God of Israel. We, too, are surrounded
by the world, the Bible calls it, a
system that does not agree with– in the very
least does not sympathize with Christian values. And at the very most, is
hostile toward Christian values. Not only that, but they
were there 70 years. That’s about the
average lifespan. We’re going to be on this
earth roughly 70 years, some will far outdo
that, some will make it. The average lifespan in
America is 78.2 years. So do you know
the Bible actually says 70 years is a
typical life span? Psalm 90– “the days of
our lives are 70 years, and if by reason of
strength they are 80 years, yet their boast is
only labor and sorrow. For it is soon cut
off and we fly away.” Now as dual citizens–
citizens of the Kingdom of God, citizens of
the kingdom of men, we have a dual responsibility. We don’t have a responsibility
to be cloistered, to be away from here and ah,
I’m not going to involved. No, I don’t want to know. Don’t tell me. I’m going to sit this one out. You know, Jesus prayed for
his disciples in John 17. And he pray a
prayer of escapism. He said Father, I pray not
that you should take them out of the world, but that
you should keep them from the evil one while
they’re in the world. That was his prayer. I like that. It helps me understand
my position in the world. Jesus didn’t say Father,
help them to find caves where they can store
ammunition and food and listen to wacky
prophecy teachers and all that kind of stuff. He said no, no, no. I want them to live out
their faith in the world. Don’t take them out, keep
them from the evil one while they’re in. Not only that, but Jesus
even said something, were I disciple, I would take
a little bit of umbrage at. He said to his disciples
one day behold, I send you out as sheep
in the midst of wolves. I think I’d of said what? Thank you very little. [LAUGHTER] You’re my good shepherd? I’m your little
sheep and you want to send me out as sheep
in the midst of wolves? Why on earth would he do that? Here’s why. He wants some of those
wolves to turn into sheep, and the only way
to get that done is to get some of the sheep
going out to the wolves. Sheep can’t just
say, well, I have to stay in the sheep pen
all day long because it’s kind of cool in here. I like it here. We got to go out
where the wolves are. And Jesus said that I’m
going to send you there. So he insisted that
we live out our lives in the midst of this world. I came to Christ during
an era that historians called the Jesus movement. I love that. I love– Jesus was moving. By the way, he still is. [LAUGHTER] But during the
Jesus movement, one of the most important
aspects of it was the belief that Jesus
Christ is coming soon. That he could come
at any moment. By the way, I
still believe that. I believe he is coming
soon, and that it could happen at any moment. I believe that. Now the backlash, however,
of the Jesus movement was that it created a group
of irresponsible Christians. What do I mean by that? Well, I was counseled by my
friends along these lines Skip, don’t go to college. The rapture’s going to happen. Don’t get a career, the
rapture’s going to happen. Don’t get married, the
rapture’s is going to happen. Now that’s what my friends said. It’s not what Jesus said. Jesus said this–
occupy until I come. Keep your hand to the plow. Get busy. Stay busy. Stay working until I come. Jesus never promoted isolation. He never promoted insulation. He certainly didn’t
promote vegetation. We just sort of do nothing to
hang out and veg in the spirit till Jesus comes. What he promoted was permeation. He said you are the
salt of the earth. You are the light of the world. Most of you know that
salt wasn’t used just to spice your food up. It was used to preserve
the food itself. You’d rub it in the meat. You know why? To prevent decay. You’re the salt of the earth. I want you peppered and
salted throughout society to keep this society from
going completely off the rails. You’re the salt of the earth. You’re the light of the
world, shining your light in the darkness of
this age by your words and by your lifestyle. Back in the fifth
century, there was a guy by the name of Simeon,
fifth century AD. Simeon. His fuller name was
Simeon Stylites. Stylites is a word that
means pillar dwellers. Get this– Simeon Stylites spent
37 years of his life living on the top of a pillar
60 feet off the ground. OK, that’s weird. I hope you know that’s weird. You know anybody living on a
pillar 60 feet off the ground? Never met anybody who does that. Who does that? Simeon did it. Why did he do it? He built a platform up there. 37 years he lived up there. He did it because he thought
the mortification of the flesh, being isolated, doing
hard things that hurt your body makes you holy. So he was a holy man who lived
on a pillar for 37 years. Come to find out he inspired a
whole group of pillar saints, they called themselves. They’re out looking for pillars. They’re all looking
for ruins of places to build a little
place on and live on top of the pillar
isolated from society. There was one guy he inspired by
the name of Anatole of France. Anatole’s problem is that
he didn’t have a pillar and he did have a family. So what Anatole did
is to improvise. Not having a pillar, he
took his kitchen table, he put a little stool on
top of the kitchen table, climbed up on it, put a
little white garment– simple garment– sat on
the little pillar he had made in his kitchen. And he thought ah, man. I’m going to get holy. And it was all cool until
his family came home. [LAUGHTER] And you know what they said? They said you’re nuts. Who does that? This is stupid. So he gave it up. And he wrote this,
“I soon perceived it as a very difficult
thing to be a saint while living with your own family. Now I see why Simeon
Stylites and Jerome went out to the desert.” It’s a fun little story. True story from church history. But listen, we don’t
need holy men on pillars. We need holy men in pizza shops,
in pastry shops, in politics. [APPLAUSE] We don’t need people
on stools on tables, we need people
sitting behind desks in offices who are sharing the
gospel, who are in real life and who are responsible
in their culture. Now you need to
understand that we are very different in this
respect from them back then. They lived in an autocratic,
totalitarian regime. A monarchy. King Nebuchadnezzar was the law. If you wand to kill
you, you’re dead. You don’t vote him
in or out of office. We have the luxury of living
in a democratic society where we can say what we
believe in a ballot box. Very different than
what our forebears had in Rome or in Babylon. So we should. We should vote. We should voice our concern
in the public discourse. That’s first. Be responsible in your culture. Second is to be prayerful. Be prayerful for your country. Verse 7– we take
our cues from that. The letter continues. Jeremiah writes, “And to
seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to
be carried away captive. And pray to the Lord for
it, for in its peace, you will have peace.” What is he saying? Simply this. Their welfare was bound up
in the welfare of Babylon. Jeremiah says don’t revolt.
Don’t start an instigation. Don’t start a revolution. Pray. Pray for the peace of your city. And so that’s what I’m doing. I’m calling the church to pray
this week as a week of prayer, and perhaps even
fasting, for some of you. We have put in your bulletin
a simple little card you can carry as a
reminder in your Bible. You can start each day. There are some directions on
the back of how to do that. Who to pray for,
what to pray for. And open up your day
in prayer with this. Grab a friend during
the day, say let’s pray for what’s going
on in our country. Let’s pray for the
upcoming elections. At your meal times, pray with
your family over these things. Your small groups, your
connect groups– pray together. If you have time and
you’re in this area, come by the church this week. Grab one of us. Let’s pray together
for this nation. I think most of us believe
our country is in trouble. I don’t think I need to
sell that I think most of us would say our country
needs God’s help. Right? I think we all agree on that. So we understand we need
God to forgive us our sin, to heal our land. And prayer is our declaration–
not of independence, but of dependence upon God. And so you say well, what
do you praying for, Skip? I’ll tell you what
I’m praying for. I’m asking God for
another chance. I’m asking God for a
revival in this country. Another chance. A revival. It’s happened before. Christians came at times
in our national history when it looked like things
were falling apart to them, and they got on their knees
and they prayed for revival. And there were Great
Awakenings in this country. I’m praying that God
would do that again. I want God to bless America. But first America
needs to bless God. We need to praise him and
be one nation under God like it says so on our money. Paul wrote to Timothy and
he said “I urge, then, first of all, their requests,
prayers, intercession, thanksgiving be made for
everyone– for kings and all those in authority, that we may
live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and
pleases God our Savior.” Did you hear that? If you want to please God this
week, pray for your leaders. Pray for the nation. That’s not to say that
you stop with prayer. You can always do more than
pray after you’ve prayed. But you can do more than
pray until you’ve prayed. That’s where we start. That is the foundation of
all of our other activities. Abraham Lincoln said, “It
is the duty of nations as well as of men to recognize
the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and
proved by all of history that those nations only are
blessed whose God is the Lord.” Another president in ’84,
1984, Ronald Reagan said, “without God, there’s a
coarsening of the society. Without God, democracy will
not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we
are one nation under God, we will be one
nation gone under.” Powerful words. All of that to say the vote that
you make in your prayer closet must precede the vote that
you make in the ballot box. They go together. You want to pray
and you want to act, but you want to pray first. Now, why do we pray? I’ll tell you why I pray. Because I think it will work. I mean, isn’t that why we pray? I hope you– well,
I pray because it makes me feel really good. But if it doesn’t
work, why do it? In fact, if you don’t
believe it’ll work, you know what’ll happen? You’ll never pray. If you actually believe
prayer works, you’ll do it. I think we have
to come to a place where we’re going to pray
because we believe God’s going to do something in response. Do I really believe that? Well, Proverbs 21. Listen to this. You know it, but listen to it. “The King’s heart is in
the hand of the Lord.” The King’s heart–
here is God holding the King’s heart in his hand. He’s got control of
the King’s heart. The King’s heart is in
the hand of the Lord. You could change
the words around. The mayor’s heart is in
the hand of the Lord. The governor’s heart is
in the hand of the Lord. The president’s heart is
in the hand of the Lord. The candidate’s heart is
in the hand of the Lord. It says the King’s heart
is in the hand of the Lord, and he directs it like
a watercourse wherever he pleases. In other words,
God has the power to direct the
decisions of leaders on earth, even bad ones. Nebuchadnezzar was a bad one. God could direct his heart
to where he wanted it to go. So I’m asking you to pray. I’m asking, if you don’t have
medical issues, if you’re not a diabetic, et
cetera, that you fast. And we say well,
what is fasting? What does that mean? Like, I have to
give something up? Me? You’re asking me to
give something up? Yeah, like food. [LAUGHTER] Well, duh. No, I won’t kill you if
you skip a meal or a day, or certain items from it. I’m going to leave that
between you and the Lord. But I will tell you
in the book of Acts, whenever they made
important decisions or when they were going to
bring in new leadership, they prayed and they fasted. Now I want you to know
that fasting is not a sanctified diet. It’s not a way to lose
weight in Jesus’ name. Ooh, how do you
like my new fast? Slim. Do I look good? Especially in black. [LAUGHTER] Now fasting is not
to lose weight. It’s to gain wisdom. Gain wisdom. [APPLAUSE] The purpose of a
fast in the Bible is that you withhold physical
food to allow spiritual focus. That’s part of what is behind
Second Chronicles 7:14. Most people don’t know
much about the book, that they know this one verse. If my people, who are
called by my name, will humble themselves
and pray and seek my face, turn from their wicked ways,
I will hear from heaven, I will forgive their sins,
I will heal their land. I think our land
need some healing, and I think we can
be a part of it. We can be responsible
in our culture. We can be prayerful
for all our country. Third, be careful. This season, be careful
who you consider. Be careful who
you’re listening to. Verse 8 says, “For
thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel. Do not let your prophets
and your diviners who are in your midst deceive
you, nor listen to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed. For they prophesied
falsely to you in my name. I have not sent
them, says the Lord.” What was happening? Well, there were men in their
midst of the congregation in Babylon, who were
writing their own letters, speaking their own messages
that counteracted everything Jeremiah was saying. What they were
saying is that peace is right around the corner. We’re not going to
be here 70 years. King Zedekiah’s still on
the throne in Jerusalem. Lickety split we’re going
to be back in Jerusalem. We’re not going to
have to be here. This isn’t a
punishment for our sin. Don’t worry. And Jeremiah is going, uh-uh. You’re going to be
there a long time. 70 years. Make the best of it. Get involved. Be prayerful. And be careful
who you listen to. Every election cycle
we hear messages– positive messages, negative
messages from both parties. I think it’s safe to say both
sides are going to tell you some things that are true and
some things that are not true. I’m not going to tell you which
proportionately or any of that. So what do you do when you hear
so many different messages? You think. You learn. You get informed long enough to
know what the real issues are and what candidates stand for. What are their values? That’s how we respond
in prayer and respond in activity of voting. That’s how we do it. So we need to be informed. We need to be involved. We need to be engaged. I love what my dad used to say. That funny little saying. It must’ve come from World
War II– praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. And I just got a kick
out of him saying that. I don’t even know what it
mean, but it sounded cool. Praise the Lord and
pass the ammunition. And come to find out it
means that you know what? We have one eye on heaven
and we’re praising the Lord and thanking him
and trusting him, but we also are responsible
enough to keep our powder dry, to be prepared, to be ready,
all that– be vigilant. All that is part
and parcel with it. And I might even
add that we need Christians involved in the
actual political process. Run for office. You know, we always
say, well, there’s nobody good to vote for. So be one. We’ll vote for you. If you get involved,
run for city council. Run for local office. Step up to the plate. Help shape policy. God could call you to that. Now, in this election,
many people in our country feel they’re asked to make
it very difficult– they’ve said– I’ve heard this
word– unpalatable choice. Well, I don’t know
who to vote for. I don’t like either one of them. My friend David Jeremiah
was asked the question how he would advise
voters who say none of the presidential candidates
represent their core beliefs. What do I do if none
of the candidates represent my core beliefs? This is how we answer. Quote, “Everybody
wants to find someone who represents who they are. Unfortunately, there
isn’t anybody like that. Not in this election. Probably not ever again. We’re down to the
point where we need to elect somebody whom
we’re pretty certain won’t be against us,
somebody who will allow us to live out our faith.” Close quote. This election is not
like any other election. And I am not going to
tell you who to vote for. I’m going to tell you to vote. I’m going to tell
you to pray and fast, and I’m going to
tell you to vote. And I will also tell you
that Eric Metaxas, who’s spoken here before and
written great books, calls this election
a Bonhoeffer moment. Isn’t that an
interesting description? A Bonhoeffer moment. Some of you know
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was, the German pastor who
was imprisoned and killed by the Nazis. And Bonhoeffer noted that
so many people in his day couldn’t be bothered
with politics. Nah, nah. That’s not my thing. I don’t want– I don’t want. Just not informed, not
engaged, not involved. And so he came along and
he was calling people to stand up against injustice,
asking the church to do it, sounded the alarm. But if you know what happened,
very few heeded his call. The rest is history. The policies of Adolf
Hitler took over Germany, threatened Europe,
threatened the free world. So I don’t think
we have the option to sort of sit in the corner
and whine and despair. I don’t think we
have that option. Edmund Burke said–
you know this quote– because as soon as
I say it, you’re going to start saying it. “The only thing needed for
evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” The only thing that is
needed for evil to triumph is for good men and
women to do nothing. So you want it to get worse? Do nothing at all. Don’t get engaged. Don’t get involved. But for a moment, push
the candidates aside and think of issues. There are still plenty of issues
that you can voice your opinion on that are key issues. Issues like the sanctity
of human life in the womb. Issues like marriage and family. Issues like human rights. Issues like federal judges
in the Supreme Court. Issues like national defense. Issues like terrorism. Issues like the stability of
Israel in the very volatile Middle East. All of these are issues
that you have a voice in. Which leads me to the fourth
and final– be hopeful. Be hopeful. Be hopeful in your calling. Verse 10– “For
thus says the Lord. After 70 years are completed
at Babylon, I will visit you.” I love that. God’s coming to town. “I will visit you and perform
my good word toward you and cause you to return
to this place, Jerusalem. For I know the thoughts
that I think toward you, says the Lord. Thoughts of peace
and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon
me and go and pray to me and I will listen to you. And you will seek me and
find me when you search for me with all of your heart.” Here’s the big picture–
get involved, but have a light touch. You’re going to be
here for 70 years. That’s almost a lifetime, and
for some people it will be. But you’re coming back. So as you live your life in this
temporary, earthly environment, keep your eye on the
permanent, heavenly environment that you’re going to. That’s the message for us. We’re here for a lifetime. We are not here for all time. So we are passing through. We are in captivity. But we’re not going
to always be here. Look at verse 10. Look at the word, “cause.” It’s the one word that jumped
out of the text this week as I studied it. I will visit you and I
will cause you to return. You know what that tells me? Nebuchadnezzar’s not in charge. God is. God is in control. Nebuchadnezzar’s on
the throne on earth. God is on the throne in heaven. And that’s a bedrock truth
of the sovereignty of God that we can rest on at any time. Listen, it doesn’t matter
who’s in the White House. God’s in the house. God’s in the house. Now I’m not saying
it doesn’t matter. I’m not saying these
things don’t matter. They do matter. Of course they
matter, temporarily. But in the big scheme
of things, these things don’t alter the
unalterable truth that God is
absolutely sovereign. You think God gets
stressed at this stuff? We get the news,
we get so stressed. You think God wrings his hands? You think God reads the
polls, goes oh, man. My friend says God rules the
universe with his feet up. Isn’t that good? He’s not stressed. He just goes, “next.” This is easy stuff. I got this. I got this covered. And you, child of God,
should never come to a place where you are hopeless,
where you despair. God causes things to happen. God overrules what men rule. It’s a very interesting
marriage, actually. It’s just a very mysterious
wonder that kings rule, and we, in a democracy,
have the ability to influence who
that’s going to be. But God overrules. God overrules. So we have dual citizenship. But we live, as
Lincoln called it, in a government of the
people, by the people, and for the people. And Abraham Lincoln,
our president, called the nation
to pray and vote. Pray and to vote. I’m calling you to pray, get
registered, and then vote. Oh, but my favorite television
show’s on election night. Thank God for TiVo. [LAUGHTER] Or fast from that. But get out there and vote. Because Jesus said this–
“Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and render to
God the things that are God’s.” There’s two parts to that verse. And we can be all smug,
rendering to God the things that are God’s. But I don’t get involved
in Caesar the things. Jesus said to render to him. And we live in a democracy
where we vote in the Caesar. They didn’t. We do. So in order to obey that
command– dual citizenship. Responsible in the kingdom,
responsible on the earth as well. [MUSIC PLAYING] As believers, we
have a responsibility to pray for the leaders
in our government. How will you live out what
you learned in this message? Let us know. Email [email protected] And just a reminder, you can
give financially to this work at calvaryabq.org/give. Thank you for joining us
for this teaching from Skip Heitzig of Calvary Albuquerque.

Posted by Lewis Heart

This article has 14 comments

  1. I usually refuse to vote coz the leaders don't inspire me. But there is an African saying that goes, "If you pull out a single straw from a grass thatched house and it rains, it won't leak." So am better off voting.

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  2. What! More now than ever Christian leaders should be endorsing a candidate. Trump and Hillary go to church so that's no reason for endorsement according to Skip. Demons are in our churches too. Hillary has more innocent blood on her hands than any of the candidate's running. She is for abortion, against the morality of marriage, for a socialized society and has done nothing but hurt this country since she has been in office. She will take away our freedom in Christian churches for the first time in history. Don't listen to our media and get brain washed but listen to the candidates and go back and see what they represent with their own words. Go back to the begging on Hillary and see what she has represented from the beginning of her career. Look at her husband. That's all I have  to say.

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  3. Thank you for this message. It is a sensitive issue but we are commanded just as "He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?"(Micah 6:8)

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  4. Has God foreordained the political system? Dose, not the scripture have the beast turn on the harlot? Did Jesus not show Pilot how God gave him the authority to kill Him? What was the state of leadership at 1 Samul chapter 8? How can we speak of the sovereignty of God and at the same time think we have the ability to influence his plan as though we know better. I will not hold myself responsible for the lawlessness and evil injustice of a crooked nation.

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  5. It is my understanding as a Christian we have basic beliefs that must be paramount in whatever we do. When Christians refuse to confirm those beliefs, I think it confuses the world and makes it easy for satan to trick and confuse the lost. Among these core beliefs is that 1) the Bible is the inspired word of God and that it expresses his will for all things. 2) We believe that mankind was originally created in the image of God and only finds fulfillment in life when we are rightly related to God. All mankind sins and therefore, falls under the condemnation of God. 3) We believe that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way of salvation by the grace of God through faith in him as fully revealed in the New Testament of the Bible. 4) We believe that God and his kingdom are our first priority in all things. 5) We believe that all freedom comes from God and him only and that Christians are called to be good stewards of what God has given. We also respect the right of ALL people to reject God if they choose to as a co'-equal rieght to the choice to accept him. 6) We believe that human life begins at conception. 7) We believe that the Constitution of the United States has its roots planted in the Bible and in its original intent is the guiding set of principles for governing the free people of this country. 8) We believe that this country was founded on Christian principles and that the church of Jesus Christ should be free to involve itself in all aspects of American culture and governance. 9) We believe that morality, as defined by the Bible is profitable for everyone. There are a few more but my point here is that when Christians refuse to take a clear stand on specific issues, the church/the body of Christ is weakened. Christians have been all but silenced while our schools are suffering, candidates who hate Christians are winning and we wonder why our country is going down the tube? Christians must be salt and light.

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  6. Jesus Christ, the founder of Christianity set the example of being politically neutral. He knew that the political world was controlled by Satan the Devil, and the Devil offered him all the kingdoms (governments) of this world, if he did one act of worship to him. Jesus did not dispute the fact that the political governments of the world belonged to Satan and he refused to bow to Satan's wishes. This account is found at LUKE 4: 5-8. There the Devil said to him: "I will give you all this authority and their glory, because it has been handed to me. and I give it to whomever I wish", stated the Devil. Jesus of course, refused this offer. DANIEL 2: 44, states that soon God's Kingdom government in the hands of Jesus Christ, the "King of KIngs," will do away with all worldly governments that have oppressed humans and it itself will stand to times indefinite and it will transform the Earth into a paradise for lovers of peace.

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  7. Ha ha ha and there it is ! He just cited exactly how to vote. How sneaky to tell you he is not going to tell you who to vote for. This is why my relationship with God is my own. Why I love him so much and am told I can’t possibly be a good Christian if I vote a certain way or criticize what I see as false teaching or manipulation of the word. There is a whole population of quiet Christians who feel the way I do and are bullied into submission because the “ silent majority” has spoken. His talk was absolutely perfect until the end, when he subliminally endorsed his candidate.

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  8. To love Jesus, we need to obey Him by discerning the TRUTH. We should read his words, pray, and follow his examples. His disciples did just that; they glorify Jesus, Father, and Holy Spirit by loving the poor, helping the sick, teaching the truth, and SPEAKING the TRUTH to the governments or authorities. We are to be the salt and the light to reflect Jesus Love to others by showing our love (sacrifice one self for others benifit). Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place." (John 18:36) Lately, the religious leaders are preaching other things than the Gospel.

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