Do you remember the question: "Are you standing on the promises or sitting on the premises?"
I think this is a very good question, today, as we face new worldviews and the winds of change are blowing. We Christians must stand up for Christ. We must be well-grounded in our faith and the knowledge of the Bible, in order to know right from wrong.
We must know the promises of God, the principles of life He stands for, and be strong supporters of the Christian worldview.
We live in tumultuous times. Proposals and decisions are being made at this very moment, which will affect our lives and the future course of our nation. We must use our influence as God's people to ensure the right laws are passed for the benefit of all Americans.
A case in point is the proposed budget of President Obama's administration, particularly the idea of a new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology. It will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost-effective. The goal is to reduce costs and guide your doctor's decisions.
I, for one, do not want some accountant in Washington to decide if I should have open-heart surgery, or not, based on whether it is cost-effective. My doctors and I should decide - not the Feds.
Dr. Gerald Harris, editor of the Christian Index, has a good article about this subject in the March 12 issue. Please read his comments.
What can Christians do about these actions? E-mail your elected representatives and tell them to vote against these provisions that are unfavorable to the elderly and others by giving the federal government power over life-and-death decisions. The next time you vote on any elected officials, be sure to know their qualifications and how they think about individual freedoms. Ask if they are Christian, and will they support the Christian agenda.
How can Christians "stand on the promises" you ask? Live by the golden rule - Matthew 7:12: "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the law and the Prophets."
We must be vigilant and well informed, and then exert our influence to politicians and the community as a whole. Represent the Church of God to all, and be an ambassador for Jesus Christ. When you are talking with others, ask them to join us in actively supporting good government and the Church. Invite them to come to church next Sunday, and learn how they can have a greater impact upon our nation for Jesus Christ.
Dr. Harris said: "Unfortunately, the church has become an audience rather than an army. Rise up o' church of God! It is time for some righteous outrage." (Against the forces of evil) Amen!
America was once considered a Christian nation, where the people enjoyed living in harmony with God and man, where the majority ruled and government was for, and by, the people.
Today, we are losing many of our treasured freedoms. Special-interest groups are able to sway federal judges to rule in their favor - no prayer in schools, no posting the Ten Commandments in government buildings or public places, abortion is legal, no prayer allowed before school sporting events.
Influential pepople are now trying to remove "In God we trust" from our money and to give movie and TV producers the OK to say or show any vulgar or sexually-explicit act anytime and anywhere.
The devil is having the time of his life, while our people run from God and responsibility, to evil and living as they please. This is why we must stand up as Christians and live Godly lives. I pray we will set the right example.