WHAT ISSUES ARE A PRIORITY?

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Who we vote for and what we vote for comes into play in every election. Problem with politics is that when you vote for a man you also vote for the platform he stands on. The political party platform is what they generally are committed to shape their policy with and, of course, history has shown us that they have not always been faithful to their own platforms. Nevertheless, with every party platform there are numerous issues which interest individual supporters. There are many important issues but are they equally important? I don’t think so. Is there any help from God on what He thinks are higher priorities? I’d say yes. I would think if it made the BIG TEN (The Ten Commandments) it might suggest something about what God thinks as a high priority to what is just. I think you might find defense for the sanctity of life, and the sanctity of marriage in them.

In the Bible God gave His Law to Moses (613 laws) to govern His man in his fallen state and fallen nature. They covered everything from agriculture, marriage, defense, property, taxes, economic issues, health and environmental issues. Out of those laws He gave the tenor or portion (Exodus 34:27) of those laws summed up in ten big commandments Exodus 20:1-17. Keeping in mind God’s character is in His laws or there is something of His moral, righteous, holy, just, and good nature within those laws. The TEN also must be big things to Him or higher values/priorities to Him in order to be in the TOP TEN. It doesn’t mean other issues are not important but just not as important. Here’s the BIG TEN in summary notation.

1. No other gods.
2. No idols.
3. No profaning God’s name.
4. Keep the Sabbath.
5. Honor your parents.
6. Do not murder.
7. Do not commit adultery.
8. Do not steal.
9. Do not bear false witness or lie.
10. Do not covet.

Proverb 14:34 says, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” We have a moral problem in America that politicians cannot fix without God’s righteousness influencing their policy and politics. Why not use the Ten Commandments as a voter guide to bring some righteousness back to politics and to exalt our nation. God is smarter than we are. Please don’t say, “But we’re not under the law of the Ten Commandments, we’re under grace,” as if to say there can be no learning from God’s law in the O.T. or try to suggest that those laws aren’t repeated in various passages in the N.T. word of His grace. Why not ask yourself some of these questions about the candidates and their political party platform in the upcoming election?

1. Where are they (candidate or party platform) on the public acknowledgment of God (like the first four commandments suggest)?
(Anyone who wants a secular society will want an acknowledgment of God out of the public sphere. Our Founding Fathers were not out to keep God out of government but government out of religion/no state religion that forces adherence to its beliefs. Freedom of religion not freedom from religion).

2. Do they respect God’s delegated authority to parents and parental rights or are they for laws that could potentially undermine it?
(In case you didn’t know effective since August 1, 2012 as a part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act health care plans must provide “additional preventive services” to women. These unspecified “additional preventive services,” were later defined to be All Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, patient education and counseling for ALL women with reproductive capacity (reproductive capacity has been defined from the beginning of menstruation to menopause. Should the government be involved in these personal areas?)

3. Do they protect the right to life from conception to natural death or advocate abortion and embryo-destructive research? Do they believe in murder or shedding innocent blood?
(There’s not a child aborted that was guilty of anything and how can anyone say that it is not shedding innocent blood. Do you realize all those who believe in abortion are alive and have a choice who take away the life and choice of those they abort?)

4. Do they strengthen marriage as only between one man and one woman or do they promote no fault divorce and same-sex marriage? (Wouldn’t God’s laws against adultery and coveting be protection for marriage defined by Him as between a man and a woman Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6)? Marriage was not man’s idea that God adopted it was God’s idea from the beginning Genesis 2:24. Anything outside the definition of one man for one woman marriage weakens marriage and America.).

5. Don’t steal and don’t covet. Wouldn’t that be protecting property rights? Do they respect property rights or do they attempt to steal our freedom by acquiring more power for the government over property? (Do they covet and look with envy and greed to take people’s wealth through excessive taxation. Liberals cry about “social justice” if there even is such a thing. Ask them what is the difference between ‘social justice” and simply “justice?” The adjective “social” added to the noun “justice” really means there is someone’s agenda involved like wealth redistribution or something else. Isn’t that coveting and stealing?)

6. Do they tell the truth or are they serial liars? Are they deceptive, misleading, leave false impressions, falsify facts or conceal truth?
(That would include destroying evidence, emails, and electronic communication devices. What about straight out lies and deception about government legislation.)

7. Do they call terrorism what it is “murder” and “Islamic terror” or some other politically correct terminology to cloud the issue like work place violence, man caused disasters, violence from non-state actors, or the acts of militants and violent extremists. (Is it the war on terror or overseas contingency operations? How can we fight an enemy we cannot identify? Political correctness is causing innocent Americans to die, and hindering the protection of American citizens).

I could go on and on but wouldn’t these Commandments be the best justice program for all in society? Progressives have had success in eradicating God’s Moral Law from the public sphere of life in America and it has contributed to morality declining as a result. According to a USA Today poll 60% of Americans cannot name five of the Ten Commandments but yet 74% can name the Three Stooges and almost 25% of Americans can list all seven ingredients of a MacDonald’s Big Mac sandwich. Many Americans would do better to name ten different beers than the Ten Commandments. It might be a good idea to run your party platform through the filter of God’s Moral Law within the Ten Commandments as a voter guide. Only righteousness will exalt a nation.

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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