111214 – Pray For Those In Authority

The latest mid-term elections in the United States are history. There are governors, senators, members of the houses of representatives, as well as other officials who are newly elected, and some who have retained their seats. Additionally, there are some governors and senators who will not face reelection until 2016. All members of the houses of representatives will also have to compete for their jobs against people who would like their jobs. With this opening statement having been made, I will made a disclaimer, as follows. Repetition is used.

THIS POST IS INTENDED FOR PEOPLE WHO KNOW JESUS AS THEIR LORD AND SAVIOR. ALL OTHERS ARE INVITED TO CONSIDER MY THOUGHTS, BUT ARE NOT EXPECT TO UNDERSTAND THEM.

1 Timothy 2:1-3 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

1 First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, 2 for kings and all those who are in authority, 3 This is good, and it pleases God our Savior,

Christians are told to pray for those who are in places of governmental authority. But our prayers are not to encourage their acts, decisions, or votes of bad behavior. Two such acts of bad behavior are abortion on demand and same-sex marriage. As Christians, we know that God’s Word speaks very strongly against each of those acts. As Christians, we know that we can not debate, defy, and defend such acts of ungodly misbehavior.

1 Corinthians 2:14 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

14 But the unbeliever does not welcome what comes from God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to understand it since it is evaluated spiritually.

There is a scriptural reason that some people who lead our government find nothing wrong with: (1) killing unborn babies, (2) letting abortion-surviving babies die in a hospital, or (3) authorizing marriage between people of the same sex. The verse of scripture above (1 Cor 2:14), explains that people who have no belief in Jesus as their Lord and Savior, do not understand words of scripture, because such words are provided by God’s Holy Spirit, and that unbelievers do not have the Spirit of God indwelling them. I can add additional scriptures that support my thoughts, but because this post is designed for Christians, I will defer such information, and provide it for those who may ask for it. So, what should we as believers in Christ do, as it relates to our elected officials, and for those who may seek elected office?

First of all, we should pray for our elected officials to pray for God’s guidance in their votes, and that their votes will be according to God’s Holy Word. Secondly, we should pray for our leaders who have shown that they have no relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We should pray that they will come to Jesus, with humble hearts, and ask Him to be the Lord of their lives. We should also pray that all of our leaders will vote and make decisions in ways that will show that Jesus is their Lord and Savior, and there is no doubt about such a relationship. If we don’t know how a potential candidate will vote for abortion on demand, or for same-sex marriage legislation, we should ask them about those issues. If they “hem haw around” and don’t provide a straight answer, we should assume that they will not vote in accordance with God’s Word.

Let’s consider the two ungodly acts that I have stated, which are abortion on demand and same-sex marriage, and how they may be treated in votes by congress and by judicial decisions. If we were to elect a president who does not support abortion on demand and same-sex marriage, we would no longer have potential federal judges being referred to the Senate for approval. Liberal, ungodly, judges have made judicial decisions to overturn local elections that voted against abortion on demand and same sex marriage. If Senators were to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, they would not approve presidential appointments of federal judges, where they/judges might overturn local elections that vote against abortion on demand and same-sex marriage. If the majority of the Senate would be made up of senators who know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, the senate would not choose a Senate majority leader who does know Jesus as his, or her, Lord and Savior. Neither would the senate disapprove bills of Godly content that had been approved by the House of Representatives and passed to them for consideration. If members of the House of Representatives were to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, they would not pass bills of ungodly content, neither would they provide funding for such ungodly organizations as Planned Parenthood. Consider the math of the United States federal congressional situation. There are 100 senators and 435 members of the house of representatives. If the majority of the members of the house of representatives would know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, there would not be any bills to be passed to the senate for approval that would support abortion on demand or same-sex marriage. If the majority of the senate were to know Jesus as Lord and Savior there would not be any bills passed that support abortion on demand or same-sex marriage. If the majority of the members of the house of representatives were to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, the Speaker of the House of Representatives that would be selected would also be someone who knows Jesus as their Lord and Savior. I have identified the ungodly acts of abortion on demand and same-sex marriage in this post. It is my belief that if someone has a proper understanding of the sanctity of life and marriage, that the other matters of concern in government will also be properly considered.

Many people have often said that we should not mix religion and politics. Well, consider this thought. We can either be led by people who know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, or we can be led by people who do not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We can be led by people who vote based on spiritual discernment, or we can be led by people who have no such spiritual discernment when they vote. There are many people in our government leadership who belong to churches, with many of those churches being “watered down,” when it comes to teaching the Word of God. There are also people in our government leadership who have no affiliation with a church, or who have no relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Let’s consider the number of members of our congress who belong to the Southern Baptist Convention, who strongly opposes abortion on demand and same-sex marriage, as is shown below. It is amazing! Other conservative Godly church groups also have members who have been elected to congress. We should encourage Godly men and women to seek political office. Consider what would happen if we were to have no Christians in elected or appointed offices. So, let’s begin looking forward to the 2016 presidential, gubernatorial, and congressional elections. We need a president who supports the protection of the lives of unborn babies, and who opposes same-sex marriage. Our current president has been very vocal in his support for abortion on demand and same-sex marriage. We should pray that he will come to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior, and that he will make decisions that are based on the Word of God. Let’s view a video of a Southern Baptist Church that tells of God’s Holiness. The choir and orchestra of Prestonwood Baptist Church, in Fort Worth, Texas sings “Lord You’re Holy.”

Lord You’re Holy

Southern Baptists in Congress now 36
by Staff, posted Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Tags: CongressSouthern BaptistsJames Lankford

WASHINGTON (BP) — Southern Baptist representation in Congress dropped as a result of the Nov. 4 election.
The House of Representatives will include 30 Southern Baptists when the next Congress convenes in January. That will be four fewer than in the current House. The Senate will remain the same at six Southern Baptists, with one Southern Baptist replacing another.

Rep. James Lankford, who has served four years in the House, easily gained election to the Senate seat from Oklahoma vacated by a fellow Southern Baptist, Sen. Tom Coburn. Coburn announced in January he would step down at the end of the year, leaving two years remaining in his term.
Lankford, a Republican, outpolled Democrat Connie Johnson in the special election with 556,382 to 237,531 votes or 68 to 29 percent. Lankford, the GOP Policy Committee chairman in the House, was the director of the Falls Creek Youth Camp for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma for 13 years before his 2010 election to Congress. He is a member of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.
In the House, Southern Baptist Rep. Steve Southerland of Florida lost in his re-election bid Nov. 4. Two others — Reps. Paul Broun of Georgia and Steve Stockman of Texas — failed in GOP primaries for the Senate earlier this year. Rep. Tim Griffin of Arkansas left his seat to run for lieutenant governor, a race he won. Rep. Spencer Bachus of Alabama retired, effective the end of this term. Rep. Marlin Stutzman of Indiana left his membership in Community Baptist Church in South Bend, Ind., earlier this year.
Southern Baptists held 40 seats in Congress after the 2012 election, reaching what appears to have been the largest Southern Baptist contingent ever on Capitol Hill.
Baptist Press has learned of the following Southern Baptists, all Republicans, who won first-time election to the House:
— Mark Walker won in North Carolina’s 6th District, defeating Laura Fjeld, a Democrat, with 146,329 to 103,085 votes or 59 to 41 percent. Walker served for about 15 years in a variety of pastoral roles. Most recently, he was associate pastor of music and worship at Greensboro’s Lawndale Baptist Church, where he is still a member.
— Jody Hice took Georgia’s 10th District seat, winning against Democrat Ken Dious with 130,572 to 65,676 votes or 67 to 33 percent. Hice served churches in Georgia for nearly 25 years, most recently as pastor of The Summit Church in Loganville. Hice remains a member of the church.
— Steve Russell replaced Lankford in Oklahoma’s 5th District by defeating Al McAffrey, a Democrat, with 95,557 to 57,721 votes or 60 to 36 percent. Russell is a member of First Southern Baptist Church in Del City.
Following is a list, as compiled by BP, of the ballot results for members of Southern Baptist churches who sought re-election to Congress. (The vote totals are from CNN’s website. Some races had more than two candidates on the ballot, but only the top two finishers are included.)
Senate
South Carolina: Lindsey Graham, Republican, seeking third term, Corinth Baptist Church, Seneca, defeated Brad Hutto, Democrat, 665,605-475,532, 54-39 percent.
House of Representatives
Arizona: Rep. Trent Franks, R., 2nd District, seeking seventh term, North Phoenix BC, Phoenix, defeated Stephen Dolgos, Americans Elect., 123,141-39,180, 76-24 percent.
Arkansas: Rep. Rick Crawford, R., 1st District, seeking third term, Nettleton BC, Jonesboro, defeated Jackie McPherson, D., 122,722-62,902, 63-32 percent. Rep. Steve Womack, R., 3rd District, seeking third term, Cross Church, Pinnacle Hills, defeated Grant Brand, Libertarian, 151,093-39,143, 79-21 percent.
Florida: Steve Southerland, R., 2nd District, seeking third term, Northstar Church, Panama City, lost to Gwen Graham, D., 122,939-125,132, 50-50 percent. Rep. Daniel Webster, R., 10th District, seeking third term, First BC of Central Florida, defeated Michael McKenna, D., 142,967-89,267, 62-38 percent. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R., 16th District, seeking sixth term, First BC, Sarasota, defeated Henry Lawrence, D., 168,990-105,357, 62-38 percent.
Georgia: Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R., 3rd District, seeking sixth term, Orchard Hills Baptist Church, Newnan, won without any major party opposition, according to CNN. Rep. Austin Scott, R., 8th District, seeking third term, First BC, Tifton, won without any major party opposition, according to CNN. Rep. Doug Collins, R., 9th District, seeking second term, Lakewood BC, Lakewood, defeated David Vogel, D., 145,856-34,866, 81-19 percent. Rep. Tom Graves, R., 14th District, seeking second term, Belmont BC, Calhoun, won without any major party opposition, according to CNN.
Kentucky: Rep. Harold Rogers, R., 5th District, seeking 18th term, First BC, Somerset, defeated Kenneth Stepp, D., 171,080-47,617, 78-22 percent.
Louisiana: Rep. John Fleming, R., 4th District, seeking fourth term, First BC, Minden, defeated Randall Lord, L., 152,670-55,224, 73-27 percent.
Mississippi: Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R., 1st District, seeking third term, Calvary BC, Tupelo, defeated Ron Dickey, D., 101,451-43,039, 68-29 percent. Rep. Gregg Harper, R., 3rd District, seeking fourth term, Crossgates BC, Brandon, defeated Douglas Magee, D., 115,396-46,506, 69-28 percent.
Missouri: Rep. Sam Graves, R., 6th District, seeking eighth term, First BC, Tarkio, defeated Bill Hedge, D., 124,547-55,132, 67-29 percent.
New Mexico: Rep. Steve Pearce, R., 2nd District, seeking sixth term, Taylor Memorial BC, Hobbs, defeated Rocky Lara, D., 94,607-51,976, 65-35 percent.
North Carolina: Rep. George Holding, R., 13th District, seeking second term, Christ BC, Raleigh, defeated Brenda Cleary, D., 152,430-113,481, 57-43 percent.
Oklahoma: Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R., 1st District, seeking second term, South Tulsa BC, Tulsa, won without any major party opposition, according to CNN. Rep. Frank Lucas, R., 3rd District, seeking 12th term, First BC, Cheyenne, defeated Frankie Robbins, D., 133,070-36,112, 79-21 percent.
South Carolina: Rep. Jeff Duncan, R., 3rd District, seeking third term, First BC, Clinton, defeated Barbara Mullis, D., 116,021-46,556, 71-29 percent. Rep. Trey Gowdy, 4th District, seeking second term, First BC, Spartanburg, defeated Curtis McLaughlin, L., 125,930-21,849, 85-15 percent.
Texas: Rep. Louie Gohmert, R., 1st District, seeking sixth term, Green Acres BC, Tyler, defeated Shirley McKellar, D., 114,925-33,409, 77-23 percent. Rep. Al Green, D., 9th District, seeking sixth term, Cullen Missionary BC, Houston, defeated Johnny Johnson, L., 77,979-7,886, 91-9 percent. Rep. Mike Conaway, R., 11th District, seeking sixth term, First BC, Midland, defeated Ryan Lange, L., 107,752-11,607, 90-10 percent. Rep. Randy Weber, R., 14th District, seeking second term, Sagemont BC, Houston, defeated Don Brown, D., 89,876-52,420, 62-36 percent. Rep. Bill Flores, R., 17th District, seeking third term, Central BC, Bryan, defeated Nick Haynes, D., 85,085-42,696, 65-32 percent. Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R., 19th District, seeking sixth term, First BC, Lubbock, defeated Neal Marchbanks, D., 89,701-21,350, 77-18 percent.
Virginia: Rep. Randy Forbes, R., 4th District, seeking seventh term, Great Bridge BC, Chesapeake, defeated Elliott Fausz, D., 121,134-75,214, 60-37 percent.
If you know of other incoming Senate or House members who are members of Southern Baptist churches, please e-mail bpress@sbc.net.
Compiled by Tom Strode, the Washington bureau chief for Baptist Press, the Southern Baptist Convention’s news service.

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