FINDING PEACE IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE 2012 ELECTION — PART 5

Onward, Christian Soldiers

Here is the last part of FINDING PEACE IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE 2012 ELECTION. I cannot offer a grand plan to defeat the Socialist Democrats, I have only two suggestions, that we read our Bibles and pray. What matters is God’s plan for you, not mine.

When we seek earthly guidance, we seek guidance that would pit us against earthly foes. In the Bible, the Apostle Paul points us to a spiritual enemy.

Ephesians 6:10-18 Good News Translation (GNT)

10 Finally, build up your strength in union with the Lord and by means of his mighty power. 11 Put on all the armor that God gives you, so that you will be able to stand up against the Devil’s evil tricks. 12 For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age. 13 So put on God’s armor now! Then when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist the enemy’s attacks; and after fighting to the end, you will still hold your ground.

14 So stand ready, with truth as a belt tight around your waist, with righteousness as your breastplate, 15 and as your shoes the readiness to announce the Good News of peace. 16 At all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you will be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil One. 17 And accept salvation as a helmet, and the word of God as the sword which the Spirit gives you. 18 Do all this in prayer, asking for God’s help. Pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads. For this reason keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God’s people.

A spiritual enemy? Is our battle unearthly? Did Paul want us to remove ourselves from the world? Did Jesus tell us to do such a thing? No. Jesus sends us into the world; He tells us to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (The Great Commission). To the best of our ability, we are to bring the Kingdom of God to the world. As Paul observed, although we are not saved by our own works, we have works to do.

Ephesians 2:8-10 Good News Translation (GNT)

8-9 For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift, so that no one can boast about it. 10 God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do.

Therefore, to do that which Christ Jesus prepared us to do, we each must strive for a society that permits us to freely share the message of the Gospel and to live life of good deeds. When those who choose to serve evil abuse the power of government and try enslave our fellow citizens, as Christians we must act to stop them. As Christians we must work to preserve a free society.

How then do we find peace? We will find it in the knowledge we have done what we could, but the victory belongs to God.

Psalm 60:12 Good News Translation (GNT)

With God on our side we will win;
he will defeat our enemies.

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This is the last post in a five-part series.

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5 Responses to FINDING PEACE IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE 2012 ELECTION — PART 5

  1. sean samis says:

    I came upon your blog by accident, researching a quote by Lincoln. I can say that you and I definitely do not see the world the same. That’s OK. I notice that your most recent posts are passionately Christian. That is amusing considering that it appears that Tom Paine is your inspiration; the same Tom Paine who wrote that “All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.” and “Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be true.” See http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/t/thomas_paine.html

    But to each their own. “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.”

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    • Citizen Tom says:

      You went to all that trouble just to tell me you think I am stupid?

      As it happens, I ran across this today. Perhaps our Lord intended it in part for your benefit. In any event, it seems appropriate to the occasion.

      1 Corinthians 4:3-5 Good News Translation (GNT)

      3 Now, I am not at all concerned about being judged by you or by any human standard; I don’t even pass judgment on myself. 4 My conscience is clear, but that does not prove that I am really innocent. The Lord is the one who passes judgment on me. 5 So you should not pass judgment on anyone before the right time comes. Final judgment must wait until the Lord comes; he will bring to light the dark secrets and expose the hidden purposes of people’s minds. And then all will receive from God the praise they deserve.

      The praise they deserve….from God.

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      • sean samis says:

        My my! Stupid? No. Uninformed about Tom Paine, perhaps. Or perhaps hoping your readers will not be aware of the irony. Given the tenor of your reply, I must surmise you were not aware, but I could be wrong, perhaps you just hope your readers are unaware. If the irony isn’t a problem, you’d say it is not, or why it is not, instead of inferring an insult. Shakespeare works here: you doth protest too much, methinks. (approx. Hamlet, act 3, scene 2)

        I like the cite from 1 Corinthians. I can honestly say my conscience is clear regarding my initial comment. I know I am not innocent in all things, or even many things. But I find your blog site full of Irony. Irony is not a sin, and noticing it is not either.

        Take care.

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  2. Citizen Tom says:

    sean samis — You may find this post and the comments that follow it interesting.

    http://citizentom.com/2007/11/13/thomas-paines-profession-of-faith/

    My About page also deals with the issue.

    http://citizentom.com/category/thomas-paine/

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