The REAL Choice in 2012… or Anytime

The REAL Choice in 2012… or Anytime

There is a lot of talk afoot regarding who will be the best choice in the 2012 election cycle… President Obama, or Mitt Romney. However… in every election cycle since there have been election cycles… people have been concerned much more than they need to be concerned (needlessly so, in my mind) with the ‘same old, same old’: who will be the best choice?

Unless one is talking God, this is a long-term exercise in futility.

Why do I say this? Politics is a dirty business. To indulge in it as a politician running for elected office means that you must be a liar, because you cannot truthfully say that, with regard to any and every issue that comes up for debate and decision, you are consistently on everyone’s side at the same time. Since all politicians are liars, you will be voting for a liar. Politics is the only profession I know of (and I am really hesitant in calling politics a “profession”… that would involve a measure of both expertise and integrity) where in the practice of it you may freely, using a fairly bald-faced manner, tell outlandish half-truths and/or outright lies for a living. Additionally, politics is a career endeavor that all parties participating in collude with one another to perpetuate its basically unchanged nature for the financial and power-broking benefit of all comers. Do you doubt this? Why do you think that the United States tax code has never been changed, never mind simplified? Why do you think that there are no term limits for Congressional Representatives and Senators? Common sense tells you that if politicians wanted these things (and many other things like them) changed, they would be changed already. Insofar as what I believe regarding the political landscape, I will tell you that in the United States, the Democrats and the Republicans are two different faces on the same coin… no matter how the coin lands when it is “flipped”, you get the same result.

Beside all this, there is the testimony of Holy Scripture to indicate who is really in control (italic emphasis mine):

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on temselves. (Romans 13:1-2)

And you thought elections were decided by the people voting!

A politician will never care about you. A politician cares about his/her next election cycle, and any consideration for you as a person of any worth at all stops right there. Your vote is the only important thing about you to any politician, and then only if you cast your vote for that politician. You are a means to an end, and that is all you are. Don’t look for a politician to love you, either… a true politician is not even capable of that, even if they did have the time between shaking hands, kissing babies, telling half-truths and lies, misappropriating money, and shafting the taxpayers.

However, all is not lost… far from it. Don’t choose a politician in a game where the “rules” are fast and loose, and the outcomes are guaranteed never to be equitable ones… why not make the best use of your time and effort? Why not choose with wisdom, knowledge, discernment and understanding? Why not choose an outcome that has already been decided that will be the best and most complete for yourself that you could ever dare dream of?

Why not God?

God loves you with a perfect love, so much so that He gave Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, to die in horrific agony on a Roman cross to pay the penalty for your sins so that you could stand blameless before a just, pure, holy and righteous God rather than suffer the raging fire of an eternal hell. The best-known verse in Holy Scripture attests to this amazing love of God:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

In many passages from Holy Scripture, principally (but not only) in the Psalms, we see evidence of God’s love for us:

Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. (Psalm 6:4)

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. (Psalm 13:5)

Show the wonder of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. (Psalm 17:7)

Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O LORD. (Psalm 25:6-7)

I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. (Psalm 31:7)

Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love. (Psalm 31:16)

Praise be to the LORD, for he showed his wonderful love to me when I was in a besieged city. (Psalm 31:21)

Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him. (Psalm 32:10)

The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. (Psalm 33:5)

But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. (Psalm 33:18-19)

May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you. (Psalm 33:22)

Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. (Psalm 36:5)

How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. (Psalm 36:7)

Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart. (Psalm 36:10)

Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD; may your love and your truth always protect me. (Psalm 40:11)

Rise up and help us; redeem us because of your unfailing love. (Psalm 44:26)

Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love. (Psalm 48:9)

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. (Psalm 51:1)

But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. (Psalm 52:8)

For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. (Psalm 57:10)

But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. O my Strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God. (Psalm 59:16-17)

One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done. (Psalm 62:11-12)

Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. (Psalm 63:3)

Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me! (Psalm 66:20)

Answer me, O LORD, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me. (Psalm 69:16)

Show us your unfailing love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation. (Psalm 85:7)

You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you. (Psalm 86:5)

For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave. (Psalm 86:13)

But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. (Psalm 86:15)

I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself. (Psalm 89:1-2)

It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. (Psalm 92:1-3)

When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your love, O LORD, supported me. (Psalm 94:18)

He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. (Psalm 98:3)

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. (Psalm 100:5)

I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing praise. (Psalm 101:1)

The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. (Psalm 103:8)

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:11-12)

But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children – with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts. (Psalm 103:17-18)

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. (Psalm 106:1)

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. (Psalm 107:1)

Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. (Psalm 107:8-9)

Whoever is wise, let him heed these things and consider the great love of the LORD. (Psalm 107:43)

For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. (Psalm 108:4)

But you, O Sovereign LORD, deal well with me for your name’s sake; out of the goodness of your love, deliver me. (Psalm 109:21)

Help me, O LORD my God; save me in accordance with your love. (Psalm 109:26)

For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. (Psalm 117:2)

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. (Psalm 118:1)

May your unfailing love come to me, O LORD, your salvation according to your promise; then I will answer the one who taunts me, for I trust in your word. (Psalm 119:41-42)

The earth is filled with your love, O LORD; teach me your decrees. (Psalm 119:64)

May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. (Psalm 119:76)

Preserve my life according to your love, and I will obey the statutes of your mouth. (Psalm 119:88)

Deal with your servant according to your love and teach me your decrees. (Psalm 119:124)

See how I love your precepts; preserve my life, O LORD, according to your love. (Psalm 119:159)

O Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. (Psalm 130:7)

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever. (Psalm 136:1)

The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever – do not abandon the works of your hands. (Psalm 138:8)

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. (Psalm 143:8)

In your unfailing love, silence my enemies; destroy all my foes, for I am your servant. (Psalm 143:12)

The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. (Psalm 145:8)

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. (Psalm 145:13)

He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves the righteous. (Psalm 146:7-8)

His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of a man; the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. (Psalm 147:10-11)

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. (Lamentations 3:22)

Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. (Lamentations 3:32)

Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. (Joel 2:13)

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:7)

And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. (Romans 5:5)

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? (Romans 8:35)

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39)

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2:4-5)

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:16-19)

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:1-2)

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (Ephesians 5:25-27)

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Colossians 3:12)

For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. (1 Thessalonians 1:4-5)

But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. (2 Thessalonians 2:13)

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)

May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. (2 Thessalonians 3:5)

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. (Titus 3:4)

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. (1 John 3:1)

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. (1 John 3:16)

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. (1 John 4:10-12)

We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father – to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. (Revelation 1:4-6)

You have seen a cornucopia of proof from Holy Scripture that should indicate a great truth…

GOD LOVES YOU!!

Forget President Obama. Forget Mitt Romney. Forget politicians in general, as they can do nothing for you of any lasting value. Since it has already been shown from Holy Scripture that any and all governance is in place because God wants it in place, shouldn’t your trust and allegiance be to God, who is working His perfect plan for the redemption of humanity and the creation of an eternal paradise? The testimony of Holy Scripture is plain:

However, as it is written: “No eye has seen,  no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” – but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. (1 Corinthians 2:9-10)

God is long-suffering toward sinners, indeed… but remember…

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. (Galatians 6:7)

If you think you can “hang fire”, trusting in the things and the wisdom of men, intending to at some point along the way come to God only when you want to do that, after deliberately indulging in a life lived pretty much how you wanted to live it, then you had better think again:

If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? (Hebrews 10:26-29)

REMEMBER…

Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, (Hebrews 9:27)

You will face Jesus Christ after your life is finished at one of these two appointments:

1) The Mercy Seat Judgment… as a believer in His atonement for your sins…

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:10)

2) The Great White Throne Judgment… as one who rejected His atonement for your sins…

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:11-15)

You will go to the Kingdom of heaven, or to hell… but it will be by your choice.

God is offering reconciliation for you to Him, made possible by His Son Jesus Christ’s blood, which has resulted in the free pardon of sin:

So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:16-21)

However, you do not know if you will even draw your next breath; in the book of James, we are characterized for what we are:

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. (James 4:14)

The Apostle Paul, knowing life is fragile, could therefore say (italic emphasis mine):

As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:1-2)

Please do not waste a single second more if you know in your heart that you are not right with God. Confess before Him that you are a worthless, wretched, rotten-to-the-core sinner, and that you are in need of a Savior, His Son Jesus Christ. Receive Jesus Christ into your heart and your life as LORD and Messiah, Savior and King, read and honor His Word as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, live according to His commandments, and you will live. Reject Jesus Christ, and you will die. It is as simple as that.

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