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Letter to an Undecided Voter

Dear Fellow American,

This is the most important election you have ever voted in.  There are a lot of issues on the table.  The economy.  The war.  Taxes.  Should they be lowered or should they stay the same?  Wealth.  Should it continue to be a reward for hard work, education, perseverance and determination?  Or should we spread it around?

Those are good questions.  Perhaps they’re the questions that have prevented you from making a decision.  Whatever the case, I’m going to pose a question for you right now that’s going to take the “un” off of the decision that you need to make.  A question for which there is no gray area.  A question that will catapult you on one side of the fence or the other.

Which is more important to you: life or your wallet?

Yes, that is the real question at stake in this election.  But let’s be fair.  Let’s look at both sides of the coin.  When I voted, I didn’t know what all of the Amendments and Referendums meant — so I researched them.  I researched the pros and the cons for each one and then I made my decision.

Argument from those in favor of voting for their wallet:

  • Senator Obama promises tax cuts for 95% of Americans.  Cutting taxes will reduce the financial strain on working families, families facing foreclosure, families who have a parent who has lost a job.
  • One of the greatest burdens on American families is a stack of medical bills incurred from a family member with a major illness.  Senator Obama promises healthcare for all Americans, whereas right now, certain families are uninsurable.
  • Senator Obama promises to place a greater tax on the rich, taking a portion of their money to account for others who are unable to even put food on the table.

Argument from those in favor of voting for the protection of life:

  • Senator McCain believes that life begins at conception.

    Of the 200,000,000 sperm that try to penetrate the mother’s egg cell, only one succeeds. At that very moment, a new and unique individual is formed. All of the inherited features of this new person are already set – whether it’s a boy or girl, the color of the eyes, the color of the hair, the dimples of the cheeks and the cleft of the chin. He or she is smaller than a grain of sugar, but the instructions are present for all that this person will ever become. The first cell soon divides in two. Each of these new cells divides again and again as they travel toward the womb in search of a protected place to grow.

  • In the United States it is legal to abort a baby up until the day of birth.  In the next presidential term, at least two to three Supreme Court Justices will retire and new justices will be appointed by the President.  Senator McCain plans to appoint justices that are Pro-Life, in hopes that Roe vs. Wade, a law that has cost 50 million lives, will finally be overturned.
  • In a Partial Birth Abortion (D and X procedure) babies are “partially aborted” so the head is still in the cervix but the body is out. While in this position the live baby is still considered a “non-human” and has no protection under the law. The live baby’s brains are sucked out after being crushed by blunt instruments. Organs are harvested and sold to “researchers”. The baby receives no anesthesia and is alive until killed by the doctor.  Senator Obama supports laws that would revoke a baby’s rights, in the case that he or she is accidentally born during a partial birth abortion, allowing that baby to still be put to death.  The list of laws that Senator Obama supports that promote the aborting of innocent lives is endless.  He plans to make abortions easier and to use government funding to back them.
  • Every day in America over 3,000 babies die painful deaths by suction abortion, dismemberment, being torn limb from limb, prostaglandin hormones and now by being brutally killed seconds before delivery.
  • Since Roe vs. Wade, nearly 50 million babies have been aborted.  If Senator Obama becomes President, he will elect pro-abortion Supreme Court Justices, which will increase that number.
  • Nearly all abortions are done for reasons of convenience, not for any medical or physical reason.

What’s more important?  95% of Americans receiving a tax break — or 50 millions lives, defenseless lives, voiceless lives, lives that are planned from the moment of conception being spared from murder?  But I just lost my job.  What’s John McCain going to do about that, you ask.  I just lost my job too.  Why?  Because of the bad economy.  But I would give a lot more than a job, my wallet, the plummeting of my bank account to ensure that tomorrow, 3,000 tiny little lives don’t have to aborted (brutally killed).

Each and every one of us will stand before God on judgment day to give an account of every decision — good or bad — that we have ever made.  In America, we are blessed to have a political voice.  On November 4th, your vote will either be for or against the ending of abortion.

What’s more important — precious lives or your wallet?  As I said, there is no gray area in this question.  There is no maybe.  There is no undecided.  Ignorance may be bliss, but you are no longer ignorant.  You know the facts.  You know what’s at stake.  So what’s it going to be?

Sincerely,

A Fellow American

Abortion facts compiled from: www.abortionfacts.com

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My God’s Bigger than a Politician

I love stories like the one of Jonathan and his armor bearer taking on the entire Philistine army.

Or David, a mere shepherd boy, taking on a giant that is feared even by the King and his troops. Youngest in his family. Chosen as King of all of Israel.

Or Gideon, the least of the least — the youngest in his family and part of the weakest tribe in Manasseh. But God calls him “mighty warrior” and chooses him to defeat the Midianites, their enemy.

Or Esther, an orphan and a Jew that becomes Queen and defeat’s Haman’s decree to kill all of the Jews in Israel.

Or Abraham and Sarah — father of nations? They couldn’t even have children. The Bible says their bodies were “as good as dead”. But God said their descendents would be as numerous as the stars in the sky — and they were.

Or Joseph, sold into slavery by his own brothers. He finally gains favor, then is accused of something he didn’t do and is thrown in prison. Waits and waits for God to move. God doesn’t forget him and makes him the right hand man to Pharoah.

Or Moses, a baby that was supposed to be put to death – instead ends up being raised by the ruler’s daughter. Is plucked out of the King’s house to lead God’s people to the Promised Land. Studders, doesn’t like to speak in front of large groups.

Or Jesus, our LORD and Saviour — a carpenter, a Jew, born in a stable, rides in on a donkey, saves the world and completely defeats satan be being beaten, broken, and mutilated, dying a “criminal’s death” on a cross.

The Bible, in my humble opinion, is a book of underdogs. Of unlikely candidates. Of weak and foolish things and people. And I love it because, since God is with them, every one of them wins, every time.

I love how God works. It gives me hope — that He can use me. And if you look around you, I bet you’ll see God doing the very same thing today. I know I do. I look at this election — and I see God working.

I see a very likely candidate – by numbers, by polls, by popularity, by money. And I see an underdog. An underdog that represents life and morals and values and righteous decrees. Yes, I see a man that’s weak and that’s failed and that certainly cannot repair our wounded country. But that same man stands up for what’s right. Abortion is not right. Taking an innocent life because it’s nothing more than an “incovenience” and a “mistake” is repulsive to God. 50 millions lives. Their innocent blood cries out to God, just as Abel’s blood did when Cain murdered him. I challenge you to find anything in the nature of God or His Word that encourages us or even allows us to put our wallets before the lives of those who cannot to defend themselves.

Life and family and morals may be behind in the polls, but my heart knows no fear. For nothing restrains the LORD from saving by many or by few. (1 Samuel 14:6)

Esther has been summoned to the Palace….. for SUCH A TIME AS THIS.

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My God’s Bigger than an Army

For nothing restrains the LORD from saving by many or by few. (1 Samuel 14:6)  Do you know who coined that phrase?  A man who was getting ready to take on an entire army, accompanied only by “the young man carrying his armor”.

His name was Jonathan.  He was the son of a King.  The Bible lays out for us the major events in the story, but leaves out a lot of little details.  Like — what prompted Jonathan to suddenly turn to “the young man carrying his armor” and say, “Come and let us cross over to the garrison of these uncircumcised Philistines; perhaps the LORD will work for us, for the LORD is not restrained to save by many or by few”?  I’ve come up with my own version of what prompted this outburst.  Would you like to hear it?

I think Jonathan was back at camp, sitting around the fire.  It was the end of a long, weary day of travel.  The other soldiers were milling around the camp.  Did you see the Philistines?  There’s no way we can take them.  There are thousands of them.  There are only a few hundred of us. Jonathan’s heard the same grumbling all day long. He’s learned to shut it out, but this time he lets it get to him.  Anger and dissatisfaction burn in his heart — not towards the men, but towards the cowardice, fearful attitude that’s crept into them.  He props his feet up and leans back against a tree.  He stares into the fire.  He thinks of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob — the One he serves.  You aren’t weak, LORD.  You aren’t threatened by those who defy You, who serve idols made of wood and stone.  You don’t tremble at a thousand feeble, godless men beating their drums and raising their swords. He pauses and reminds himself of his best friend.  A shepherd boy defeated the giant that taunted Your troops day and night — because You, the God of creation, was with him. Jonathan’s eyes narrow and he stares deeper into the fire.  Then he looks away.  Standing back against the tree, a twenty yards away, is his armor bearer.  Jonathan gets up and walks his way.  I have an idea, he whispers, then keeps walking, away from the soldiers, away from the bright fire, and into the dark forest.  The armor bearer follows.  When they reach the clearing, Jonathan stops.

This is where we collide with the story written about in the Bible.  Jonathan says to his armor bearer: “Come and let us cross over to the Philistines’ garrison that is on yonder side.” The Bible makes it clear that Jonathan did not tell his father, King Saul, where he was going.

Jonathan and his armor bearer travel a great distance towards the Philistines’ garrison.  It’s at this point that Jonathan lets his faithful companion in on his great idea.  “Come and let us cross over to the garrison of these uncircumcised Philistines; perhaps the LORD will work for us, for the LORD is not restrained to save by many or by few.”

Now, catch the armor bearer’s reply.  It’s astounding.  “And his armor bearer said to him, “Do all that is in your heart; turn yourself, and here I am with you according to your desire.” I think someone should write a story about this armor bearer someday.

When they reach the garrison, Jonathan leans over and tells the armor bearer the game plan.  Let’s cross over until they can see us.  Once they see us, if they say “Wait until we come down to you”, we’ll know it’s not God and we won’t attack.  But, if instead, they say to us, “Come up here,” we will go up, for it will be a sign from God that He has given them into our hands.

When the Philistines see the two men, they say, “Look!  The Hebrews are crawling out of the holes they’ve been hiding in.”  Then they say, “Come up here so we can tell you something.”

Jonathan leans over to his armor bearer, “There’s our sign!  Come up after me, for the LORD has given them into the hands of Israel.”  The two climb up the hill on their hands and knees (a very poor military strategy).  When they reached the Philistines, the Bible says that the men fell before Jonathan and the armor bearer killed them.

The earth began to tremble, and in the field and among the people, even the garrison and raiders trembled.  There was great confusion among the troops and they turned against each other, striking each other dead.

The story concludes in verse 23, by saying: “So the LORD delivered Israel that day.”

Yes, He most certainly did.  I’d like to read the headline in the newspaper on this one.  TWO MEN TAKE ON ENTIRE ARMY AND WIN.

What army do you want to take on today?  And let’s not pick an enemy we could easily defeat on our own.  I like this story because it’s not logical or feasible or possible in human standards.

What’s it going to be, my friend?

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Wielding the Sword

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
John 8:32

The Bible is powerless in my life if I don’t believe it.  I can hear the truth, I can read the truth, I can copy the truth onto 3 by 5 notecards and tape them on my mirror, I can memorize the truth, I can shout the truth over my situation, but until I know the truth… I will not be set free.

More than anything else in life, I want to know the truth.  I don’t just want to read it.  I don’t just want to hear it.  I don’t even just want to think about it.  I’ve got to know it.  Because when I know it, I will be totally and unquestionably free.  Free from the every lie that tries to creep into my mind.  Free from intimidation and worry and confusion and fear.  Free from every symptom of sickness that ever tries to turn into something more.  Free from debt and insufficiency and lack.  Yes, that’s what I want.  I don’t just want to have the word stored away in my heart.  I want to live it!  Because it’s not enough for me to just read stories of victory and triumph, of nations being won for Jesus in a day, of the dead being brought back to life, sickness and disease vanishing.  I’ve got to live it.  I can’t stand to live another day hearing names like parkinsons and cancer and heart disease and hiv and standing back to make way for them — or seeing others gawk in fear towards them.  No way.  I’ve got to be in a position of such confidence in Jesus, in complete awareness of the authority I have in Him,  that I can stand and look down upon these ugly, horrible names that represent such demonic torment — not looking up at them in awe or intimidation, but looking down upon them in complete hatred and a complete lack of amazement.  They’ve got to be ants beneath my feet.  I will no longer make them to be anything more.  Jesus didn’t.  Jesus was not impressed with sickness like we are.  The Bible says that when He cast out a demon, He refused to even let it speak.  People today are not only letting the enemy speak to them and overwhelm them — they are speaking back.  I won’t stand for it.  Sickness and disease, cancer and hiv, tuberculosis and strokes, colds and flus — they are all Goliaths in our society.  Will we be like King Saul who cowered and fretted over this uncircumcised Philistine?  Or will we be like David? David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.  All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give all of you into our hands.” I think we’d start seeing a lot more victories in our life if we treated sickness and torment and debt — and all of satan’s devices like David treated Goliath.

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The Sword

His eyes are piercing. His gaze, unbroken. His face is decorated with a stray cut on his forehead, a stream of dried blood dried between his eyes. His cheeks are bronzed by dirt. His lips are cracked.

He doesn’t know fear, but fear knows him. It calls his name; he doesn’t hear it. It chases him; he doesn’t hide. He rides and the ground trembles beneath him. His fist clenches tight around his inseparable companion: a sword. Splinters from the hilt threaten to pierce his skin but lose every time. His skin is tough and worn, like a piece of good leather that softens and becomes more pliable but never looses its seal.

A sliver of light breaks through a barrier of dark clouds and finds a shiny spot to reflect on his sword. He looks at it and remembers a day when the entire sword would turn to gold in the light. That day was short lived. A shiny sword costs nothing. A dull sword with splinters that’s caked in red and brown costs lives – in particular, his own.

He pulls the sword from his side and raises it to the sky. The familiar feel of splinters jutting into the palm of his hand brings a calm to his mind. It’s time for battle. He opens his mouth and releases a roar. Soldiers gather around him. They, too, raise their swords. Fear is in their eyes and he commands it to leave.

Before them is a staggering army of countless barbarians, savages, defenders of all that is evil and cruel. At a distance, they are specks. Is there a thousand? Ten thousand? One-hundred thousand? Half a million? No one can tell.

He looks to his soldiers. They amount to a few hundred. He rides to the front and looks them square in the eyes. “Does anything restrain the LORD from saving by many or by few?” Their response is in a rumbling roar. They are ready.

He grips the sword tighter. Casualties are inevitable. They will drop around him. Some of his own soldiers will be snatched away. But this sword will never leave his hand. He will fight through death and ice and blood. He will fight until his arm grows weak and his very hand becomes frozen to the sword. He will not set it down for anything. Not even his own life.

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