How To Vote

Something that really irritates me is when someone chooses not to vote. Especially if they are Christian.

As Christians, we need to be a strong presence at the polls in every election cycle.

God is in control, but we have a responsibility to stand up and vote righteously.

The talking point issues often discussed in the debates are important, but in my opinion the most important aspect to look for in a candidate is where he or she stands spiritually.

Psalm 33:12 says “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”

For the United States to once again be a nation whose God is the Lord, it is the Christians responsibility to always show up to vote, and if you feel God’s calling, to actually run for office.

It is very possible with all the sin our country now accepts in the name of tolerance, God could be judging America with this horrible financial crisis that appears to have no end.

But 2 Chronicles 7:14 says “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

I encourage you to pray that God will give you wisdom in selecting a candidate to vote for.

We should not be voting just as Republicans or just as Democrats, but as Christians.

Alask Airlines To Stop Handing Out Prayer Cards

In yet another attack on Christianity, Alaska Airlines has decided to end it’s 30-year-old tradition of distributing prayer cards with in-flight meals.

” Alaska Airlines frequent fliers recently received an email – which is signed by the company’s chairman and CEO, Bill Ayer, as well as its president, Brad Tilden – explaining that some travelers have expressed to the airline that they are offended by the cards.

“This difficult decision was not made lightly. We believe it’s the right thing to do in order to respect the diverse religious beliefs and cultural attitudes of all our customers and employees,” the email said. The cards were first used by the company in the late 1970s to set it apart from other airlines. – The Christain Post

This has nothing to do with respect for other religions or tolerance, it’s a blatant attack on Christians.

As a society, we have removed God in every aspect of public life to please man. It’s time that as Americans we return to our founding roots of putting God first in every aspect of our lives.

I call on Alaska Airlines to reconsider this terrible policy change. Don’t back down and surrender your principles because a few anti-Christian bigots get upset about seeing a bible verse.

State Of The Union Preview: It’s Not My Fault

President Barack Obama

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President Barack Obama will deliver his third State of the Union speech on Tuesday Jan. 24 in front of a joint session of congress.

In the speech, Obama is likely to discuss his plans on how to jump-start the economy, create new jobs, aid in the housing crisis and other issues pertinent to the country. Unfortunately, he will do all this while blaming the House Republicans, blaming George W. Bush, claiming he inherited this problem even after three years in office, and every other excuse in the book to pass the blame on his failed policies.

I hope I’m wrong and the speech is full of substance and plans to turn the country around. But if every other speech he has given in his Presidency is any indication of how the State of the Union will go, it will be an hour-long rant filled with insults aimed at the right and requests for out-of-control wasteful spending.

If you would like to keep score at home, here is a scorecard of individuals/groups Obama is likely to blame.

Number of times Obama blames House Republicans for not working with Democrats ___

Number of times Obama claims we are better of than we were 3 years ago (shot as Bush)___

Number of times Obama blames the Tea Party___

Number of times Obama blames the right-wing media (talk radio)___

Number of times Obama blames the rich (1 percent)___

Number of times Obama attacks the Republican candidates___

Christian Athletes To Root For

All too often, the athlete of today craves personal praise and love the opportunity to take all the credit for their personal accomplishments. That’s really just human nature. Most of us would do the same thing.

Yet we know from Luke 1:37 that we should give God the glory in everything we do. It’s a great thing to see an athlete give praise to the Lord. Those are the kind of athletes I love to root for.

The following is a list of some of those athletes. This isn’t necessarily a top 10 list of Christian athletes, but just a list of 10 athletes I feel deserve to be recognized.

Although I still like to root on the Dodgers, Lakers and other Los Angeles teams, I now find that I regularly tune into sporting events just to root on one of the following Christian athletes.

So here’s my list. Who did I leave off?

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Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus

If you have logged on to YouTube in the past week you have probably viewed the video “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus,” by college student Jefferson Bethke. As of posting time, the video has had 15,911,375 views in just 11 days and is climbing by the minute. Many commentaries have stated that Bethke’s video is diminishing the role religion, but they have missed the message completely.

There is an old saying that religion is man trying to reach God and Christianity is God reaching down to man. This is the message behind the video.

Many religions around the world base their idea of salvation around works. We see throughout the scriptures the importance of works. James 2:14-26 discusses a living faith, where works come because of our faith, not because of a religious tradition. Ephesians 2:8-9 says that it is by grace through faith that we are saved.

Taking communion every Sunday, confessing your sins to a priest, riding your mountain bike around on a mission trip for two years, praying in a certain direction, looking and dressing a certain way in church and other religious works will not lead to salvation apart from a loving relationship with Jesus Christ.

This is the message of the video. It’s not about legalism or traditional works, it’s about laying everything down at the feet of Jesus and giving your life to Him.

Bethke’s website: chiselseason.com
Bethke’s YouTube Channel: bball1989