All Black People Did Not Vote for Barack Obama…

 

….and I am one of them.

 

There. I said it. I am proud to be a black woman because that is what God made me, but just because I am a black woman does not mean that I automatically have to support the election of a black person into an office for which I feel he is severely unqualified. I listened carefully to what Mr. Obama did and did not say during his campaign and I knew that he was not going to uphold the issues about which I feel very strongly. Those issues will be detailed later in this article.

 

Hebrews 13:17 says “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves…” (KJV)I have no choice but to obey the laws and statutes that make up the constitution of the United States. I am convicted by God to obey laws, unless of course, those laws force me to disobey God. Under no circumstances will I willingly submit to something that God has forbidden, if I know about it. But all things being equal, I am convicted by God to obey traffic laws, pay my taxes, do not violate anyone’s person, do not take anything that does not belong to me without asking for it or paying for it, tell the truth at all times, etc. I will always be convicted by God to do these things whether Mr. Obama is still president or not. My lack of support for him comes from the fact that he was not forthcoming with the American people on the campaign trail. There were so many things that people asked him that he refused to answer. He evaded so many of his intentions for this country that I was skeptical to elect him.  I wanted to see a black man at the helm. I know that there are many capable black men out there who could have moved into the White House and moved this country in a new direction. I also knew that Obama was not that man.

 

First, he claimed before he got elected that he was a Christian. Well, I had serious doubts about that. Matthew 7:20 says “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”(KJV) There is something about a born again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ that would not let him or her be a part of the church that he attended for twenty years where the pastor preached politics instead of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The pulpit is absolutely not the place for politics, but it was even less the place for what that man was teaching. In all of the sound bites that I have ever heard on television or Youtube, I cannot remember ever hearing him read a passage of scripture. Not that the media is reliable, nor the people who download videos onto the internet, but at some point, it seems to me that something of some Biblical significance would have slipped out. I have never heard that man nor have I ever heard anyone else say that he ever offered the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people in his congregation. It doesn’t take long for me to know how a person handles the gospel in his church. After about five minutes of listening, I can tell whether he is a teacher of the gospel or if he is a false prophet. I feel comfortable in calling the man that Mr. Obama called “pastor” for more than twenty years a false prophet, based on my knowledge of scripture.

 

Second, I listened to what he said about same-sex marriage. He said that he believed that marriage is between one man and one woman for life, but at the same time he said that he believed people should be allowed to “love” whomever they chose. Well, Mr. Obama, let me tell you what God says about that same issue. In Romans 1:18-32, the Lord God Who created the heavens and the earth has this to say about same-sex marriage:

 

“From heaven God shows how angry He is with all the wicked and evil things that sinful people do to crush the truth. They know everything that can be known about God, because God has shown it all to them. God’s eternal power and character cannot be seen. But from the beginning of creation, God has shown what these are like by all He has made. That’s why those people don’t have any excuse. They know about God, but they don’t honor Him or even thank Him. Their thoughts are useless, and their stupid minds are in the dark. They claim to be wise, but they are fools. They don’t worship the glorious and eternal God. Instead, they worship idols that are made to look like humans who cannot live forever, and like birds, animals, and reptiles. 

So God let these people go their own way. They did what they wanted to do, and their filthy thoughts made them do shameful things with their bodies. They gave up the truth about God for a lie, and they worshiped God’s creation instead of God, Who will be praised forever. Amen. 

God let them follow their own evil desires. Women no longer wanted to have sex in a natural way, and they did things with each other that were not natural. Men behaved in the same way. They stopped wanting to have sex with women and had strong desires for sex with other men. They did shameful things with each other, and what has happened to them is punishment for their foolish deeds. 

Since these people refused even to think about God, He let their useless minds rule over them. That’s why they do all sorts of indecent things. They are evil, wicked, and greedy, as well as mean in every possible way. They want what others have, and they murder, argue, cheat, and are hard to get along with. They gossip, say cruel things about others, and hate God. They are proud, conceited, and boastful, always thinking up new ways to do evil. 

These people don’t respect their parents. They are stupid, unreliable, and don’t have any love or pity for others. They know God has said that anyone who acts this way deserves to die. But they keep on doing evil things, and they even encourage others to do them.” (These words were copied from the Contemporary English Version of the Bible.)

 

Now I think that says it all. Don’t get mad at the messenger. Anyone who has a problem with God’s view of same-sex marriage needs to take that up with Him! I guarantee you, however, that He is pretty adamant about His position on the matter. How do I know? I am so glad you asked! Genesis 19 tells the story of what happened when men insisted on same-sex relationships:

 

Genesis 19:1-5:

 

“That evening the two angels arrived in Sodom, while Lot was sitting near the city gate. When Lot saw them, he got up, bowed down low, and said, “Gentlemen, I am your servant. Please come to my home. You can wash your feet, spend the night, and be on your way in the morning.” They told him, “No, we’ll spend the night in the city square.” But Lot kept insisting, until they finally agreed and went home with him. He baked some bread, cooked a meal, and they ate. Before Lot and his guests could go to bed, every man in Sodom, young and old, came and stood outside his house and started shouting, “Where are your visitors? Send them out, so we can have sex with them!” (CEV)

 

Lot tried to convince the men not to do such a horrible thing. He even offered his unwed daughters to these men, which I am sure God would not have condoned either, but they were intent on satisfying the most debased of their desires. So the story continues with verses 9-13:

 

“…they rushed toward the door to break it down. But the two angels in the house reached out and pulled Lot safely inside. Then they struck everyone in the crowd blind, and none of them could even find the door. 

The two angels said to Lot, “The LORD has heard many terrible things about the people of Sodom, and He has sent us here to destroy the city. Take your family and leave…”

 

Verses 16, 17 and 24 continue:

 

“the angels took Lot, his wife, and his two daughters by the hand and led them out of the city. When they were outside, one of the angels said, “Run for your lives! Don’t even look back. And don’t stop in the valley. Run to the hills, where you will be safe.” 

“…the LORD sent burning sulfur down like rain on Sodom and Gomorrah. He destroyed those cities and everyone who lived in them, as well as their land and the trees and grass that grew there.”(CEV)

 

Now, this is what God did as punishment for the vile, debased behavior that was going on in Sodom and Gomorrah. God did that. God and no one else. This convinces me that God is displeased with homosexual behavior. Being a born again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, I am constrained to be against anything that displeases the Lord. Therefore, when my vote or opinion is required in choosing leadership, this is one of the criteria that potential leaders must have before they can have my support.

 

Third, I listened to what he had to say about abortion. Mr. Obama is strongly pro-choice. He believes that a woman has the right to kill a human being based on the fact that said human being has not been born yet, and that human may inconvenience her in some way. My heart bleeds for the millions of babies that are aborted in this country every day. I know: abortion is legal in America and has been for almost 44 years now. I know: the feminists have convinced the women in America that their bodies are their own, and they can do with them what they please. I am sure that God has something to say about that in His Word also. 1 Corinthians 6:19 says “…know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, Which is in you, Which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (KJV) You do not have the choice, if you are in Christ, to do anything with your body that He does not condone in His Word. You do not have the right to fornicate, to commit adultery, or to commit murder with your body. Your body is the case that houses your spirit, and within your spirit lives the Holy Spirit of God once you have confessed your sin and asked Him to be Lord of your life. Exodus 20:13 says “Thou shalt not kill.”(KJV) That baby that is growing in your womb, from the time he or she was conceived, until the moment he or she dies, is a living, breathing human being. He is not a mass of tissue. She is not an “it”. He is alive. She is alive. He has a spirit from the moment of conception. God has plans for him or her, even before conception. God not only has plans for him or her, but God set punishment in place for those who wrecklessly hurt the unborn. Exodus 21:22-25 says “Suppose a pregnant woman suffers a miscarriage as the result of an injury caused by someone who is fighting. If she isn’t badly hurt, the one who injured her must pay whatever fine her husband demands and the judges approve. But if she is seriously injured, the payment will be life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, cut for cut, and bruise for bruise.”(KJV) God was serious! He did not mean for anyone or anything to hurt the unborn.

 

God also formed the personality, the character, the physical characeristics, and even the number of days of the unborn while he or she is still in the womb. God told the prophet Jeremiah, “Jeremiah, I am your Creator, and before you were born, I chose you to speak for Me to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5, CEV)

 

I think you get my point.

 

God is displeased with the fact that we are throwing away our children like yesterday’s newspapers. If we keep killing babies at the rate of 4 million babies per day, who will be left here on earth to continue running this country or this world after our generation is gone?

 

These are the reasons why I could not support Barack Hussein Obama in his bid for the White House. Obviously, a very uninformed, careless, God-less country thought otherwise and chose him based on other criteria than God’s Word. Our Biblical worldview is not biblical anymore. We heard Mr. Obama say that he is going to bring about “change” and give us “hope”. Little does he know, the only hope this country has is in turning back to the Lord Jesus Christ. Mr. Obama will not be able to make a decision that God doesn’t allow, according to Proverbs 21:1, which says “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever He will.”(KJV) Mr. Obama may be an advocate of heresy, same-sex marriage and abortion, but these things do not please the God Who created the heavens and the earth. Any given moment, the God of the Bible can get tired of the foolishness of this nation and destroy it the way He did Sodom and Gomorrah. I hope that Mr. Obama is not leading America that way, I pray that he is not. Yes, that’s right: I pray for him. Every day. I pray for Mr. Obama’s salvation. I pray for Mrs. Obama’s salvation. I pray for the salvation of their children. I pray for Joe Biden’s salvation, and the salvation of his wife and family. I pray for these things because I am concerned about the plight of this nation. I am concerned that God, if He has not already, will soon turn His face from this nation. I pray for revival in this country. I know that the Bible is true when it says “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD…” (Psalm 33:12, KJV)

Jeremiah 33:3

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

 

This is one of my favorite passages of scripture in all of the Bible. God so graciously invites us to call unto Him. What does He mean when He says “call” unto Him? He means just that. Call Him. Anytime day or night. Talk to Him. Got a problem on your mind that you just can’t seem to resolve? Call Him. Is your marriage in trouble? Call Him. Do you have children for whom you are concerned because they appear to be throwing their lives away? Or they are making foolish decisions and you cannot seem to get them to understand how foolish they are? Call Him. Are you unemployed? Sick? Depressed? Lonely? Call on the Lord. That is what He wants you to do.

 

Now I know, this seems very simple. And maybe you have tried prayer and you don’t think that anything has happened in your situation because it looks the same. Your marriage is still broken…you are still headed for divorce court. Your child is still going down the wrong path. You have applied for every job in Sunday’s paper, and you still have not gotten a call. You are still sick. You are still depressed. You are still lonely. And here I am telling you to call on the Lord…

 

That’s right. I am telling you to call on the Lord. Just because the situation does not appear to have changed doesn’t mean that He did not hear you. Just because you are still lonely does not mean that you are alone. God is near. He cares about the things that concern you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son to pay the ransom for your sin. The ransom was so high that there was no way you could have paid it on your own. And if He loved you enough to give His Son, then of course He cares about your earthly situations, which are trivial by comparison.

 

Not only does He want us to call on Him, but He says that when He does, He will show us great and mighty things, which we know not. Oh my! You and I have absolutely no idea how great a future plan God has for us! Now, He may not have material riches, fame, accolades, worldwide notoriety and such in store for us, but He has something that is greater by far: that is, eternity in heaven with Him! All of us who have repented of our sins and believed on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ while we were alive here on earth will have the benefit of spending forever and ever and ever in the presence of the Almighty God Who created the heavens and the earth. We will witness the angels singing “Holy, Holy, Holy” at the foot of the throne all day every day forever. We will live in a land where there is no more unemployment, no more sickness, disease, pain, or loneliness. The old church mothers used to say “every day will be Sunday!” They were right. Everyday will be the Lord’s day in heaven. We can be there with Him to experience it if we only believe in His Name, repent of our sins, and publicly confess Him by the act of baptism. If you do not have a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, or if you think you do, but you are not sure, do not let this moment in time pass. Call Him. Tell Him that you are a sinner and you want a Savior. He said in His Word that He will answer you, and I know that He will show you great and mighty things which you know not.

Abstinence or Safe Sex; Let’s Let God Decide!

1 Thessalonians 4:3

“For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication…”

 

Acts 15:20

“But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication,…”

 

1 Corinthians 6:13

“…Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.”

 

1 Corinthians 6:18

“Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that commiteth fornication sinneth against his own body.”

 

I see commercials on television all the time promoting “safe sex”. Based on the scriptures I have listed above, what exactly would you call safe sex? I call it sex between a husband and a wife who are in a faithful, committed relationship. The secular media and the world at large want to make this next generation that is coming along behind us think that it is ok to sleep with persons to whom they are not married as long as they are using some sort of “protection”. Well, I am here to announce that there is no protection outside of God’s ordinance. He laid out the plan in His Word, and anyone who violates it runs the risk of exposing himself or herself to the consequences that may come from having sex outside of marriage.

 

I heard a statistic recently that said that as many as 67% of all the babies being born these days are born to single mothers. This means that only 33% of the women who are having babies are married to the fathers prior to their childrens’ births. This leads to dysfunction in the home and society. Children need fathers and mothers to develop mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Not only that, but most of the mothers in that 67% that I mentioned are teenagers! So, a teen mother who does not have a high school diploma, let alone a college degree, gives birth to the child that she conceived out of wedlock, and as soon as the baby is born, she runs downtown to social services and is awarded a handout for her fornication. Now, I know that these children need to be fed and housed. I do, however, think that the government would serve society better if they would encourage these young ladies to abstain from sexual promiscuity until they are able to handle the financial burden that a child can become.

 

But that is not even the soapbox that I want to get on, even though there are two teen mothers right here in my neighborhood, one of whom I dont think is even dating the father anymore. The other young lady is close to 21 and still gets off of the school bus in front of her house. I’m thinking to myself, “How long is the system going to let this WOMAN go to public school?” My issue today is with the lack of teaching on abstaining from sexual relationships outside of the confines of holy matrimony. There was a lack of teaching in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. The sexual sin was so rampant that God called it “grievous” (Genesis 18:20). Much of the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was homosexual sin, but I am sure that there was heterosexual sin going on there also. It was so bad that God told Abraham that he was going to destroy both cities. Abraham negotiated his nephew’s release from that city, along with his wife and daughters. His wife, however, was bound to that sinful place, and as they were fleeing the city, contrary to God’s instructions, Lot’s wife took one last look. Oh my! That one last look cost her life! God had warned Lot in Genesis 19:17: “Escape for thy life; look not behind thee…” Lot and his family were not to even look back upon the evil from which they were escaping! But what did Mrs. Lot do? She took one last peek. Then it was all over for her. Instantly she became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:24 says that God rained down “brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven…” God is going to rain down fire and brimstone onto this earth very soon because of our rampant sin.

 

Do not be fooled into thinking that sexual sin is limited to fornicators who commit acts of sin against their bodies by having sex with someone to whom they are not married. Do not think that it is limited to adulterers who commit sexual sin against their marriage partner by having sex with someone outside of the marriage. Sexual sin includes the vile things that we watch on television. Everything on tv nowadays is laced with soft porn. Sexual sin includes the people that we lust after in church and in the mall. Everyone who goes anywhere anytime the temperature reaches 50 degrees or more has to go nearly naked. There is no more “shamefacedness and sobriety” that Paul described in his first letter to Timothy. Even women who profess to know and love the Lord distract others in church these days by the worldly way that they dress. These women incite vexation of spirit in other women and they incite lust in the men by the way that they carry themselves and the way that they dress. Men are guilty also: muscle shirts, tight shirts, or no shirts at all cause even the holiest of women to blush in their presence. I am embarrassed sometimes when I see the way that men dress to cause women to be attracted to them.

 

And what does all of this add up to? Sexual sin! All of this behavior causes young people of today to throw away whatever godly counsel they have gotten regarding keeping their bodies until they are married. The world sends the message that it is ok to fornicate. It is ok to commit adultery. It is ok to participate in activities that can be construed as sexual as long as no penetration occurs. I am blogging today to announce that this is absolutely not true! Young people: keep your hearts, your minds and your bodies pure of sexual activity of any sort! Keep your eyes away from images that will be seared into your brain for the rest of your life. Stay away from people who will try and lure you to do things that you know you should not do with your bodies! The Bible says that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you! If God dwells in you, then keep yourself from sin, which is absolutely opposed to everything that God commands!

 

 

This is a great concern of mine since I am a parent. I cannot tell you the countless number of conversations that I have had with my daughter, warning her of the dangers of participating in sexual activity before she is married. I could go on about this for days….I could talk about the soul ties that occur when you are intimate with someone; I could talk about sexually transmitted diseases, some of which are not curable; I have already talked briefly about unplanned pregnancies, and there is the issue of the heartbreak that can occur when one gives himself or herself to someone thinking that they are going to be “the one” only to find out later that person has been with someone else, or is leaving you for someone else. It is the will of God, Paul says in 1st Thessalonians, that you abstain from fornication.  Keep yourself pure! There is no safe sex outside of the confines of a holy, committed marriage relationship between one man and one woman. God has decided: abstinence until marriage.

 

If you are presently involved in a sexual relationship outside of marriage, there is still hope. God will not abandon you if you cry out to Him in repentance. You must tell him that you know you are a sinner. Jesus came to the earth to die for people just like you. He said in Matthew 9:13 and Luke 5:32, “…I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” He also said in Luke 13:3, and 5, “except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” You must tell Him that you know He is the Savior of the world, and you need for Him to be your Savior. Romans 10:9-10 says “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” After you have confessed that He is Savior of the world and asked Him to come into your heart, you need to be baptized. Peter said in Acts 2:38, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Let Jesus come into your life and remove the sin that is keeping you away from Him and away from eternity in paradise with Him. Don’t let this moment pass without giving your life to the Lord today!

Colossians 3:20

Colossians 3:20

 
“Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.” 

When was the last time you heard THAT scripture read from a pulpit, or quoted to a child? I am always stunned at how little control parents actually have over their children these days. The children are giving the orders; the parents are obeying them. Children are telling the parents what they are and are not going to do, and the parents are allowing it. This is a generation of inmates who are in charge of the asylum! 

The dictionary definition of obey is “…to comply with or to follow the commands, restrictions, wishes, or instructions of; to submit or conform in action to…” Well, children these days are not conforming to anything except the system of the world. This includes the children who are supposedly being reared in “Christian” homes. I recently heard a statistic that said something like 67% of all babies being born now are born into single-parent households, and something like 48% of those are teenage mothers. Now, are there not any parents out there telling their daughters that they need to abstain and save themselves for their marriages? Are there no fathers who are teaching their sons to save their precious gift for the woman they will someday marry?

Children are drinking and driving. I certainly hope there are some parents out there telling their children that it is not ok to get behind the steering wheel of a vehicle after drinking, no matter how little they think they had to drink. Deeper than that, are parents not teaching their children the dangers of drinking period? I remember growing up being afraid that my liver would rot right out of my body if I so much as thought about drinking alcohol. Nowadays, I guess, children are not taught the fear of anything.

Another dangerous habit that is rearing its nasty head amongst young people is texting. It is my understanding that they are doing some pretty nasty things through text messages these days. Not only that, but I have been on the highway riding beside or behind someone who is trying to type on one of those cell phones while they are driving! I know, I am older now and not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I also know that the cell phone distracts me in a way that nothing else does. It grabs my attention from the road. I am nowhere near as sharp when I am trying to fool around with that ridiculous cell phone as I am when I have no distractions. (That is the reason that I am training myself to turn my cell phone off completely when I am behind the wheel of my vehicle!) I am positive that has to be true for everyone else on the road, based on some of the driving that I have seen from some of the folks who drive and talk on the phone! Young people, don’t do it! I am praying that there will soon be laws against it, and not only for teens, but for everyone!!!

Speaking of fear: children these days have no fear! There is a boldness in this new generation that I have never seen before. They seem to think that they are invincible…that nothing bad can happen to them, and that they are going to live forever. They do not care about dying or going to prison or taking someone else’s life. They have no fear of the illegal substances that they put in their bodies. High schools and college campuses are now full of daredevils that have either been taught nothing, or have completely ignored all the teaching of their parents.

I know several people who either work in the school system or have retired from teaching. The horror stories that I have heard about the behaviors of children in school are stunning. I always told my oldest that it was not the teacher’s job to police behavior; it was the student’s responsibility to go to school and learn. I never tolerated bad behavior at school (or anywhere else for that matter) and I cannot understand any other parent who would. Teachers pay is some of the lowest in the country, and they are basically rearing the next generation of preidents, doctors, lawyers, police officers, politicians, preachers, teachers, etc. After reading the newspaper on any given day, I am afraid to think of who is going to be in charge when I am 80!

Are parents ever going to regain control, or are the children going to continue to be in charge of their own lives at their parents’ expense? Are children going to continue to dictate what happens. or are parents going to wake up and remember that God gave them charge over their children? Are Christian parents going to do what the Word says, and teach their children the reverential “fear” of the Lord? Are things ever going to change, or is this next generation destined to hell for sure? When are Christian parents going to bring Bible study and memory verses back into the home, and make God’s Word the standard by which they live? Will this ever happen?

As a parent, it breaks my heart to think of the destructive path this new generation is taking. I see so many young people in my neighborhood who seem to have no clue that they need a relationship with the Lord Jesus. They know nothing about the fact that one of the commands that the Lord gave Moses as he stood on Mount Sinai was that the the children of Israel were to “…honor thy father, and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land, which the Lord thy God giveth thee…” That command suggests that dishonoring one’s parents could lead to early death. God wrote those words using the hand of Moses. He meant business then, and He means it now. Children, obey your parents. Do what they tell you to do. This pleases the Lord. This honors the Lord. We honor Him when we obey Him. He is pleased when He sees that we want to do what He says.