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cvsg Sun, 08/23/2020 - 13:46

1. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord

Psalm 33:12:  Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,the people he chose for his inheritance

Therefore, whether a country is blessed or not depends on whether it takes Jehovah as its own God! Of course we hope that the leaders and people of this country will regard Jehovah as God, so we should pray to God for the leaders and people, and may God choose this nation as his inheritance.

2. Samuel anoints Saul, David

1 Samuel 4:8-9: So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.” But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights.

 

God was not pleased that the Israelites had to learn from the Gentiles to choose their own king, and God also knew that Saul would be unfaithful to God. Did God say to Samuel: "Don't worry about them, let them choose their king by themselves..."? No, God allows those who trust him (Samuel) to anoint Saul as king. Finally Samuel listened to God's words and anointed Saul as king. When Saul repeatedly disobeyed God, God chose David to be the king of Israel, so God cared about and intervened who would be king and govern the country.

 
From today's perspective, as Christians, what can we learn from it? Could it be that we say that no good leader and no one not meet God's standards, or I don't like them, so let them go their own way. . . ?   We should also be concerned about the things God cares about. Why not we regard Christian, as a whole, by participation in voting is actually  anointing who is the leader of the country?
 
3. Nebuchadnezzar
The fourth chapter of Daniel talks about the personal experience of Nebuchadnezzar (the king of Babylon). When the king turned away from God, God corrected his heart. He later said: "Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble." (Dan 4:37)
 
God is not pleased with the pride of the king of the country, who despising God and his laws, so he will intervened and disciplined the king! 
As a Christian, can it be said that these are all elections of the Gentiles and they are nothing to me?
 
4. South Kingdoms, North Kingdoms
In the eyes of God, the kings of the northern kingdom of Israel are bad kings; however, the southern kingdom was protected by God because God remembered David as his loyal servant. There are many God-fearing kings in the South.
 
Judging from the history of Israel, when the king obeys and fears God, the country becomes strong and the people live in peace and enjoy God's grace. When the king stays away from God, the country is ruined and the people suffer.
 
The question is: if you were born in that era, would you like to live in the South or the North? Do you want to keep your king and leader away from God? When the king of the northern kingdom was far away from God, God allowed the northern kingdom to be completely destroyed, and when the king of the southern kingdom approached the God, God finally kept the southern kingdom’s lights. The tribe of Judah is the main tribe of the southern kingdom, and our Lord is from the tribe of Judah. It can be seen that a country that conforms to God's heart is blessed!
 
Please note: God did not just completely destroy the king and his family of the North Kingdom, but caused the entire people of the North Kingdom to lose the country and God's blessings. Although Christians believe that no matter how bad the king is, God will always control history and everything, but God still punishes the king and the country. Are we willing to be punished citizens?
 
5. Submission to those in power: Participate in elections
The Bible says: "Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority" [1 Peter 2:13]
Since this country requires citizens to participate in elections, it is quite natural for every Christian to participate in elections.
 
6. How to choose?
A. Based on the Bible, not on your own or others’ preferences
B. Look at whether the actions of national leaders and their political parties are far away or close to the Bible. 
C. Look at facts, not news reports about the candidates (Facts, Not opinion)
The three basic principles mentioned above are to seek God's guidance by prayer. 
We can also learn about Christian leaders, such as Dr. James Dobson (Founder of “Focus on Family”) in his article ( https://drjamesdobson.org/about/august-newsletter-2020 ), such as:
a. Education for the next generation: 
b. Sanctity of life 
c. Marriage and family 
d. Freedom of belief 
e. Capitalism and socialism 
f. Judicial system 
g. State of Israel
What does the Bible say about the above points?
 
7. How to vote: 
 
If you have not voted before, you need to register first. Just tap your finger. It’s easy: https://olvr.ohiosos.gov/