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Living Upstream - Week 9 - A Christian's Guide to Politics and Voting

Living Upstream

Speaker: Ty Neal
Date: November 06, 2016

Jesus calls us to follow him, plain and simple. It seems like everything inside, and especially outside of us, is calling us to go the opposite way. It feels like swimming against the current - upstream. How are we supposed to live in the world, but not of it? In a world that looks so unhealthy, how do we find any health in our lives? How different are we expected to be? The reality is that following Jesus is counter-intuitive and counter-cultural. Following Jesus doesn't just effect our souls, but our lives, all of it - our relationships, marriage, money, time, values, view of races and even politics! Join us as we discover how to find health in an unhealthy world and Live Upstream. New teaching series begins September 11th.

A Christian’s Guide to Politics & Voting

 

“not of the world, but sent into the world”

 

“With just a bit of facetiousness, we could say that Jesus Christ is the only Christian candidate. Short of him, just as, strictly speaking, there are no Christian nations, so there are also no Christian candidates for the public office. Candidates can be more or less aligned with the commitments, convictions and character that we see displayed in Christ, in the New Testament as interpreted in the context of the entire Scripture and taking into account the changed economic, political and cultural conditions under which we all live.” —Miroslov Volf

 

This is not your home

 

1 Peter 2:11 
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.

 

Philippians 3:20-21 
20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

 

Real change starts with you

 

1 Peter 2:11 
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.

 

The focus of the New Testament is entirely upon changing hearts, not changing governments or culture. —Larry Osborne

 

James 1:22-25 
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

 

The world is watching us

 

1 Peter 2:12 
Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

 

Luke 6:27-28 
27 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.”

 

Our job is not to win the battle. It’s to follow God’s battle plan. —Larry Osborne

 

When Christians face two clearly immoral options, we cannot rationalize a vote for immorality or injustice just because we deem the alternative to be worse. The Bible tells us we will be held accountable not only for the evil deeds we do but also when we “give approval to those who practice them” (Romans 1:32). —Russell Moore

 

Respectfully submit to the governing authorities

 

1 Peter 2:13-15 
13 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.

 

Romans 13:1-2 
1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.

 

Respectfully disobey the governing authorities

 

1 Peter 2:16 
Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.

 

Acts 5:27-28 
27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, 28 saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.”

 

Daniel 3:16-18 
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

 

Honor, Love & Fear

 

1 Peter 2:17 
Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

 

American Christianity cannot vote away the sufferings of Christ that we may have to share in! Much of our rhetoric is escapism vs gospel! —Eric Mason

 

1 Timothy 2:1-6 
1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.

 

2 Chronicles 7:14 
if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

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