Hal Lindsey Report (11-02-2012): Called to "Watch;" Not All Religions Equal; Christian, Citizen; Plan of Action
From Hal Lindsey Media Ministries e-Newsletter, november 2, 2012. To subscribe go to the official Hal Lindsey Media Ministry website at: http://www.hallindsey.com/
Everywhere I go, people are telling me that they believe next week's election will be the most important in their lifetimes. Several critical moral and spiritual issues will be influenced by the man chosen to be the next President of the United States.
Among others, these issues include the defense of Biblical marriage, the sanctity of life, the freedom of religion and speech, and the maintenance or dismantling of our historic and successful economic system. The next President may also appoint at least two new Supreme Court justices. That alone will affect our nation for the next 30 years.
This week, I have chosen to address the responsibilities you and I, as Christians and citizens, bear in these critical days. To do so, I have selected four individual reports that I've recorded over the past 30 months. Each of them speaks to an issue or our individual roles in the upcoming days and months.
"Called to Watch" -- When the Lord called me to the prophetic ministry many decades ago, I knew that while the "big news" was the Good News, it would be carried in on ever-increasing waves of bad news.
The "big news" is that Jesus Christ is coming back and He's coming back soon. I believe that the Bible indicates that many of those of the generation that saw Israel become a nation in 1948 will still be alive at the coming of the Lord. That's the Good News.
But I've reached the conclusion that we're in the final days of the Church Age by watching the onrush of the "signs of the times" as detailed by Jesus Himself -- all of which are "bad news" events. Of course, these include things like earthquakes, famines, plagues, global weather pattern changes, ethnic strife, hot wars, cold wars, and the global rejection of Biblical truth.
Because time is short and there is so much to lose, God called "watchmen" to stand on the wall, as it were, watch for approaching danger, and, when they spot it, sound the alarm to warn the oblivious townsmen, the blissfully ignorant.
There is a special crown -- or reward -- promised to those who answer the calling and faithfully warn those around them that, according to the "signs of the times," Jesus Christ's return is fast approaching.
I know that many of you are called of God to be "watchmen" in these last days. Don't make light of that burden you carry. It's important that the blissfully ignorant hear and are stirred from their apathy. It may not be pleasant to sometimes be considered the bearer of bad tidings. It may be frustrating, even frightening, but God knew you could handle it. That's why He called you.
Be like Moses, whom God said chose to "endure ill-treatment" because he considered the "reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward." (Hebrews 11:24-26)
"Not All Religions Equal" -- You know, the Left just loves to trot out their misinterpretation of the "wall of separation" anytime anyone mentions God or Jesus. They claim the utterance of those words by anyone remotely connected with any sort of political governing body in the United States constitutes an establishment of religion, which is prohibited by the First Amendment to the Constitution.
However, no one complains when it seems that each and every government official who has occupied office since 9/11 loudly and repeatedly proclaims that "Islam is a religion of peace and love." That sounds to me like a theological judgment. How is that not an "establishment of religion?" Oh, I see. The "separation clause" applies only to Christianity. I guess it takes a Liberal lawyer or a sitting judge to see it. You know, they're the ones who tell us that just because we don't see it in the Constitution doesn't mean it's not there!
"Christian. Citizen." -- Occasionally, someone e-mails to complain that I'm too political on the program. Some say that I should be loving people into the Kingdom of God (and I don't argue with that), rather than warning our nation about what I see looming on the horizon. A couple have told me that I should be supportive of the leadership in our country and trust God to make them see the errors in their thinking. (Imagine saying that to the ancient prophets! They declared the errors directly to the leaders themselves!) Well, this week, I'll explain to you why I continue to sound the alarm about the dangers inherent in the direction this administration is leading our nation, not only in our relationship with Israel, but on many moral, cultural, and spiritual issues. And I'll tell you why I think God expects more from Christian citizens than ordinary ones.
"Plan of Action" -- After a recent plea for Americans, particularly Christians, to stand up and be counted in the fight for America's liberty, some of you wrote to ask me what you can do. This week, I'm going to lay out a simple "plan of action" that all of us can follow in the coming days, weeks, and months. You may think you're too old, too young, too uninformed, too tongue-tied, too poor, too rich, too pious, not pious enough, or too-whatever to make a difference. Well, you're too wrong! You CAN make a difference. And you might be surprised how easy it really is.
As time winds down toward our nation's hour of decision, please pray with me that God will look upon our land with mercy and compassion. Pray that He will heal us and allow us to continue to be a beacon of hope and the bearer of "Good News" to the world. I firmly believe God raised up America for this purpose and has sustained us with His hand.
Then, get up and go VOTE! Study the issues that will be decided in your local elections. Inform yourself about what the candidates believe. Then, vote for the ones who most closely reflect your own values and opinions on the issues.
It is vitally important that you vote for the candidates who will DO what is necessary to protect our traditional values and uphold the Judeo-Christian principles upon which this nation is founded. We do not have the luxury of choosing between candidates whose spiritual traditions match our own. Some may profess a traditional American religious heritage, but their policies betray that position. Others may follow religious traditions outside the American mainstream, but their policies and actions uphold the values we hold dear.
Don't get stuck on labels. Choose the one whose actions will protect and preserve the traditions and values you treasure.
Then, on Tuesday, VOTE your conscience and vote the Bible's position on the issues.
Finally, stay encouraged in the Lord. Remember, no matter what happens on November 6, America will still be here on November 7. And God will still be in control! In the greater scheme of things, that's all that matters.
God bless America!
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