What the Bible says about voting, politics and government
by Stan Wilson
I have never been so worried about the future of our nation as I am now. (How many of you feel the same way?). We are heading into an election when I have strong reservations about both candidates (and their party platforms) for President.
The American public has shown their dissatisfaction with elected officials of both parties and the status-quo. The Democratic party came very close to electing a “socialist” as their nominee. The Republican party just can’t agree on anything. The Republicans have made great progress in the Senate and House, but why haven’t they produced a leader of the party to take back the White House? Neither party has come up with a “Statesman” to lead this nation….ie: John Kennedy and Ronald Regan.
On the Democratic side, we have Hillary Clinton. Mrs. Clinton continues to become more liberal every day. With her liberal views, she advocates big government and taking away the rights of citizens. Her views on social issues almost completely remove God from the picture. She has proven that she cannot be trusted with her decisions as Secretary of State (and her response to the accusations). This reminds me of her husband’s denial of sexual infidelity…”I never had sex with that woman.”
Representing the Republican party is Donald Trump. While I agree with many of his positions, his methodology is quite divisive. He has even divided his own party, and has virtually no support from present elected Congressmen nor Senators. While he was “nominated” by the “people” of the Republican party, virtually all “leaders” of the Republican party oppose his nomination.
A very important issue which will affect the laws of this nation for decades is the nomination of Supreme Court Justices. Several will likely be chosen in the next 4 to 8 years. Your vote will definitely affect the Laws of this Land for the lives of your children, grandchildren and possibly even longer.
So, I decided to examine the Bible and the internet and see just what God has to say about the situation.
Just where was Jesus Crucified, burried and resurrected?
As I write this on Easter Sunday afternoon, I thought that it would be appropriate to conclude the series of stories about my tour of Israel with a visit to the two places considered most likely to have been the place of crucifixion and Christ's tomb and resurrection.
Temple Mount and The Holy of Holies
When we first entered Temple Mount, my heart almost stopped. While I had seen The Dome of The Rock from a distance, to see it up-close and know that it rests where The Holy of Holies once stood made me almost sick to my stomach. Our guide told us that only Muslims may enter, but I have heard that some Christians have been allowed inside.
The Western Wall: the remains of King Solomon's Temple
I never imagined that I would see the Western Wall; much less pray at the wall and leave my little prayer in the cracks between the stones. Words can not express my emotions as I actually did just this during my visit to Israel.
Gethsemane; The place of prayer and betrayal
Visiting Gethsemane leaves you totally speechless when you realize that you are walking among the olive trees that may have been silent witness to Christ's betrayal. The site is beautifully preserved with gravel trails where you can almost feel the presence of our Lord and Savior.
Masada: Give me liberty or give me death
In my tour of Israel, nothing took my breath away like my first view of Masada. Three questions popped into my head almost immediately: Why would someone build such a fortress in such a desolate and inaccessable location? How did they get the materials and supplies on top of the mountain? Why did the Romans build a ramp; rather than just waiting them out?
Qumran: Home of the Dead Sea Scrolls
One of the most important biblical archaeological discoveries of all time came in one of the most desolate and uninhabitable places on earth: Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Shortly after leaving Beit She'an (Scythopolis), traveling south, we entered what is known as The West Bank. The geography changed almost immediately as we entered some of the most desolate land on earth.
The Glory of Rome in the middle of Israel
Just 20 miles south of the Sea of Galilee, we walked the streets of Scythopolis; one of the most important of the ten Roman cities which made up the Decapolis. This city, however dates back to 4,000 B.C. when it was known as Beit She'an.
Let's visit Jesus' neighbors
In the previous issue of Faith and Family, we visited Capharnaum, Jesus' home on the Sea of Galilee. The next stops on my tour of Israel were two of the neighboring towns: Bethsaida and Kursi.
Walking where Jesus walked in his hometown
When Jesus moved to the Sea of Galilee, he settled in Capharnaum. In this story, we visit his hometown and the home of Peter where Jesus healed Peter's mother-in-law and performed other miracles. We also visit the Synagogue where Jesus worshiped and also performed other miracles.
Visit Israel and you will never be the same
I was fortunate enough to join 9 other U.S. Christian newspapers for a tour of Israel in June, 2007. The entire trip was sponsored by the State of Israel and they picked up the tab. This is the first story in a series, and it gives a broad overview of the trip.