The title of this writing is presented as a multiple choice question.
A. A Republican?; OR
B. A Democrat?
The answer, however, is a YES/NO answer. And the correct answer is NO. It’s NEITHER.
This kind of question-and-answer conundrum is also evident as Joshua stood outside the walled city of Jericho and asked a multiple choice question to a warrior angel:
13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?”
14 So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.”
And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?”
15 Then the Commander of the LORD’S army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so.
Had Jericho been in the will of God (and Israel out of the will of God) the angel would have been for Jericho.
Had Israel been in the will of God (and Jericho out of the will of God – which was the case) the angel would be for Israel.
Had both nations been in the will of God, there would have been no upcoming conflict, so there would simply be a condition of corporate blessing. It’s called unity.
Had neither nation been in the will of God, there would likely have been bloodshed and violence (because that’s how unrestrained people are), and an angel of the Lord would have favored neither nation.
The angel at Jericho correctly responded to Joshua’s A/B question and said “NO – I, like all the other angels remaining in the presence and favor of God, choose to be in alignment with God first, and then in alignment with the people who will align themselves with God.
God is neither a Republican or a Democrat. God is holy. His purposes are holy. His angels are holy.
Five times in Leviticus, God presented a “be holy” commandment to His people, and Peter – after profoundly having revealed (1 Peter 1:10-14) that the OLD Testament was written for the NEW Testament saints, then confirmed that the “be holy” commandment is inarguably alive and well forever and at all times, including under the grace of the New Testament:
1 Peter 1:13-16
13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance;
15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,
16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
God is neither a Republican or a Democrat.
Either political party has sufficient evidence to condemn the other party. For the most part we have increasingly become a defiant and proud nation out of the purposes and plans of God, in fact and in truth (read the news) we are a covenant nation clearly under the thumb of the Lord’s correction at this time of total global shaking.
Americans find ourselves living inside a spiritual test-tube experiment called a “democracy” and/or a “republic”, and by design of those governmental structures, we (at least for now continue to) have a say in the future government of our nation.
First and foremost, we need to repent of our national sins – and btw woe to the spiritual leaders of our nation who fail to address and proclaim that most-timely truth.
Reference: Amos 3. It will only get worse without our holy response.
We ought not expect a whole lot of mercy from on high as we continue in sin.
“God bless America” deserves the heavenly response: “Why?”
Read Daniel 9, it’s a good place to start, and a great place to start praying accurately.
God meanwhile, in His mercy, understands the weakness of all mankind and promises things like this:
8 The LORD is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
9 He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father pities his children,
So the LORD pities those who fear Him.
It does come back to us as a nation coming back to Him, in repentance, and coming back to the place of holy fear of the One worthy of fear.
Again – a New Testament confirmation by our Lord:
28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
And while God is neither a Republican nor a Democrat, the scriptures (Kings, Chronicles, etc.) are replete with examples of God extending mercy if and when even imperfect leadership AT LEAST takes some effort to minimize the sins of the nation.
An important biblical point to note is that although all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, there are particular sins that the Lord has revealed to us as being abominations, a “higher-level” stench to His nostrils and particularly provocative in inciting the Lord to wrath.
The shedding of innocent blood. RE: Sacrificing infants and newborns to Chemosh in the Old Testament. What might that look like today?
Sexual sin between people of the same gender. RE: Sodom and Gomorrah in the Old Testament. We know what that looks like today. .
Demons are only finally destroyed when the Lord finally returns in flaming fire. The book of Revelation confirms that. The rest of the scriptures disclose national renaming and, “rebranding” of particular demons during different seasons in the history of man. Those demons have rebranded themselves in our season. And they remain provocative abominations to our holy God.
Personally and being fully cognizant of many of the sins on both sides of our nation’s political aisle, I am convicted and committed, as a follower of God, to cast my vote for a (granted, quite imperfect) political party that:
A. Supports and defends Israel
7 “Up, Zion! Escape, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon.”
8 For thus says the LORD of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.
B. Supports and defends the innocent and the unborn (FYI: half of all the unborn are female, and a disproportionate number of the murdered unborn are of color)
31 And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, nor did it come into My heart.
C. Supports and defends the God-ordained genders of male and female.
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.
27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
D. Supports and defends the God-ordained and declared holiness of marriage between two people, one of each gender.
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
Anything a praying saint of the Lord might choose to align with that contradicts and wars against the holiness of the Lord and clear directives of His word, is a very poor choice, always with consequences.
2 Chronicles 15:1 – 16:14
1 Now the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded.
2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said to him: “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.
3 For a long time Israel has been without the true God, without a teaching priest, and without law;
4 but when in their trouble they turned to the LORD God of Israel, and sought Him, He was found by them.
5 And in those times there was no peace to the one who went out, nor to the one who came in, but great turmoil was on all the inhabitants of the lands.
TROUBLED BY GOD
6 So nation was destroyed by nation, and city by city, for God troubled them with every adversity.
7 But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!”
THE CLEAN-UP AND THE BLESSING
8 And when Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and removed the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities which he had taken in the mountains of Ephraim; and he restored the altar of the LORD that was before the vestibule of the LORD.
9 Then he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and those who dwelt with them from Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon, for they came over to him in great numbers from Israel when they saw that the LORD his God was with him.
(v10-13 speak of the people coming into a good covenant and also describe harsh Old Testament ways of dealing with folks who would not serve the Lord. Here’s grace for us. I am glad to be in New Testament times, as should our brethren)
14 Then they took an oath before the LORD with a loud voice, with shouting and trumpets and rams’ horns.
15 And all Judah rejoiced at the oath, for they had sworn with all their heart and sought Him with all their soul; and He was found by them, and the LORD gave them rest all around.
16 Also he removed Maachah, the mother of Asa the king, from being queen mother, because she had made an obscene image of Asherah; and Asa cut down her obscene image, then crushed and burned it by the Brook Kidron.
STILL NOT PERFECT
17 But the high places were not removed from Israel. Nevertheless the heart of Asa was loyal all his days.
SOME GOOD WORKS
18 He also brought into the house of God the things that his father had dedicated and that he himself had dedicated: silver and gold and utensils.
PEACE IN HOLINESS AND REPENTANCE
19 And there was no war until the thirty-fifth year of the reign of Asa.
1 In the thirty-sixth year of the reign of Asa, Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah and built Ramah, that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.
THE FREAK-OUT AND THE SELL-OUT TO THE WORLD ORDER….
2 Then Asa brought silver and gold from the treasuries of the house of the LORD and of the king’s house, and sent to Ben-Hadad king of Syria, who dwelt in Damascus, saying,
3 “Let there be a treaty between you and me, as there was between my father and your father. See, I have sent you silver and gold; come, break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel, so that he will withdraw from me.”
4 So Ben-Hadad heeded King Asa, and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel. They attacked Ijon, Dan, Abel Maim, and all the storage cities of Naphtali.
5 Now it happened, when Baasha heard it, that he stopped building Ramah and ceased his work.
… AND WHAT APPEARED TO BE A REWARD FOR TERRIBLE COMPROMISE
6 Then King Asa took all Judah, and they carried away the stones and timber of Ramah, which Baasha had used for building; and with them he built Geba and Mizpah.
MESSAGE FROM GOD VIA A MAN OF GOD
7 And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said to him: “Because you have relied on the king of Syria, and have not relied on the LORD your God, therefore the army of the king of Syria has escaped from your hand.
8 Were the Ethiopians and the Lubim not a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because you relied on the LORD, He delivered them into your hand.
THE BIG REVEAL
9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.”
NO REPENTANCE AND “SHOOT THE MESSENGER”
10 Then Asa was angry with the seer, and put him in prison, for he was enraged at him because of this. And Asa oppressed some of the people at that time.
ASA’S SAD FINAL END
11 Note that the acts of Asa, first and last, are indeed written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
12 And in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa became diseased in his feet, and his malady was severe; yet in his disease he did not seek the LORD, but the physicians.
13 So Asa rested with his fathers; he died in the forty-first year of his reign.
A seer from God is sent to king in Judah who had made some very poor choices.
The message speaks of God’s proactivity towards those who are loyal to Him, and also speaks of the increased troubles ascribed to those who live contrary to holy loyalty to God and His word. Sadly this brief story ends here with the Asa the king punishing the messenger. Not much has changed, over the years.
Make very good choices, saints. God watches His people.
The future of America is at stake.
Our personal futures are at stake.
2 Chronicles 16:9A
9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him….
All scripture NKJV)