I’m back in Nash just in time to vote, and to preach my ’08 election sermon at Bethel. Let’s pray I don’t blow the whole church up.

been preaching a long time, and I’ve never received so much advice
about a sermon. Emails arrive daily encouraging and warning me to say
this and not say that. Some have even suggested that if one candidate
wins, then “life as we know it will end.”  And i have the power and
responsibility to stop or allow this American Armageddon with a single
sermon. Wow!

Here are some thoughts about my ’08 Election Sermon…

First of all i have no intention of insulting the intelligence and
spirituality of anyone in the congregation by telling them who to vote
for. That is their responsibility before God, not mine.

– Next
week we will elect a new Pres & VP – either Obama/Biden or
McCain/Palin. I think it might be prudent for the Church to embrace the
words of Abe Lincoln in his 2nd inaugural address: “The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time…”

– Whether your candidate wins or loses, it is important that we have a
biblical view of the political process and the role of the Church in
the culture. No matter who ends up in the White House, I believe the
church is the most important institution in the nation, and the
condition of the church determines whether or not God bless the nation.
Therefore we must do all in our power to preserve the unity of the
Spirit in the bond of peace.

When I arrived in the Philippines in 1984, Marcos was in power and the
Church was small, weak and had little influence. And in the USA, Ronald
Reagan was beginning his second term.  Now, 24 years later, Marcos
& Reagan are both dead and the Church continues to grow larger,
stronger and more influential.

– I have heard some say that if
Obama wins or if McCain wins, they will move to the Philippines or
Canada, because if God’s man (the one they support) does not win, then
God will certainly judge our nation. But what does the BIble say causes
God’s blessing or cursing on a nation? Will God curse America b/c of
the condition of the White House, or b/c of the condition of His House?

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 i will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

– it is not the unrighteous, but the righteous who determine if God
blesses or judges a nation. It is not who sits in the Oval Office,  but
who sits on the pew.

More tomorrow about how God used a young
female from an ethnic minority to transform ancient Iran, even thought
it had a wicked ruler… because His people prayed! The ruler did not
suddenly disappear, die or get impeached, but God’s will prevailed…
because His people prayed!