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November 12, 2012

GROUNDS FOR INSANITY: Choice is something that can never be taken away

God is in control. In changing times, in shifting political fortunes, it is this rock on which I plant my feet.

There is much that concerns me in the aftermath of the election. While some folks choose to separate their politics from their faith, I’ve not chosen that approach.

As a created being who was “knitted together in my mother’s womb (Ps. 139:13),” I believe that tiny souls who are even now being formed by the fingers of the Almighty should be allowed to live. I believe in life, and I vote that way.

I believe in the sanctity of marriage. I believe that it was God’s idea. From the first union in the Garden of Eden, the family has been the building block of society. I vote that way.

On the economic side, I don’t believe that a nation can tax and spend its way to prosperity. It doesn’t work like that in our household; not at all. If we don’t live within our means, we suffer the consequences, and they are severe. Whether for a government or for an individual, the principle is the same—you cannot continue to spend more than you make without paying the price. As much as I can, I vote this way.

Then there’s the erosion of our personal and religious freedoms. Recently, we’ve seen the alarming encroachment of government into the lives of citizens. Now, a church can be forced to violate its conscience, and Americans can be fined for not making a purchase (healthcare). This is unprecedented in our nation’s history.

Many find this frightening. “What’s next?” they say. “What will we be forced to do? Forbidden to do? Where does this end?”

Here’s the bottom line. God was not voted off the throne last Tuesday. No electorate is big enough or powerful enough to do that. In fact, Daniel 2:21 says, “He sets up kings and deposes them.” He still reigns supreme.

Secondly, no matter what governmental mandates are implemented, no matter what’s outlawed or enforced, there is one freedom that can never be taken away. That is the freedom of choice.

I can choose to love my neighbor. In spite of disagreements; regardless of the way you voted, I can love you still.

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