See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 18:10, Jesus.
There is no question that children are important to God. He is aware of what happens to them and those who oversee them always have an audience with God. Always. Jesus goes on to say that for the one who causes a child to sin, it would be better that they tie a rock around their necks and be thrown into the sea than to face the judgement of the one who sees all.
My heart aches for what may happen in Alabama tomorrow, as voters go to the polls to elect their next Senator. Many pastors and evangelical leaders have chosen to endorse Roy Moore, despite multiple allegations of sexual abuse and assault from girls as young as 14. The state and national arms of the Republican Party have both endorsed him as a candidate. And our president, who has fully endorsed him, has gone so far as to in effect say that whatever he is, at least he is not a liberal. Moore has denied all allegations. For his part, he has spent most of his public life being held up as a defender of the faith and the rights of Christians.
For far too long, we Christians have been complicit in allowing the label of Christian to be used by those in power to further their own agendas. We have allowed political parties and our culture to inform our faith. This should not be so! We must instead allow our faith to inform and direct our decisions about leaders and policies, regardless of political party.
The Republican party is not the Christian party. Neither is the Democratic party the party of Believers. We must show the powers of this world that we do not support their agendas and that we demand better from those who desire to lead us.
The hypocrisy of this age can not be overlooked. At a point in time where many who would call themselves Christian conservatives are clamoring for the removal of Democratic Senators and Representatives because of alleged sexual abuses, some of those same Christian conservatives are preparing to elect a Senator who has been accused of many sexual abuses himself.
For the record, I would have labeled myself as a Christian conservative. With only 2 exceptions, Clinton in 1992 and Perot in 1996, I have voted Republican in every election for the past 30 years. I must confess that I bought into the belief that a conservative is better than a liberal ‘no matter what’ and helped elect our current president. A decision that I now deeply regret.
I encourage my brothers and sisters across the state line to prayerfully consider what God would have them do tomorrow. God is not for the Democrats or the Republicans. God is for God. God is for the little children.
And don’t be fooled into believing that you have to choose the lesser of two evils. God sees into the heart of each voter and considers their motivations and actions. We are all viewed and judged before God as individuals.
If you can’t bring yourself to vote for a Democrat, then may I suggest that you do as Alabama’s other Senator did, Republican Richard Shelby, and write-in the name of a different Republican, because as he said, ‘Alabama deserves better’ than Roy Moore.
As for myself, I will be fasting and praying today that God be glorified through the decision that you make.