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Doing Right in the Face of Evil

Romans 12:29 says, “Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.” If you are looking for a definition of evil, it doesn’t take much Bible study to figure out what is evil. Trouble is, in this day and age, evil is often considered good and good considered evil. Nonetheless, Isaiah 5:20 says, “Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” The ninth Commandment found in Exodus 20:16 says, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” In Hebrew, it’s called “Lashon hara,” or evil tongue. If you believe the Bible is the inerrant and infallible word of God, then you should know the difference between evil and good.

You should also know that America is not God’s kingdom on earth. Notwithstanding, America is special because as citizens we have a say in its government and the freedom to express ourselves, even influence others, in our society. When the Bible instructs to overcome evil with good, at least for now, we in America can actually do that. No, America is not a theocracy, it is a Constitutional Republic, which is secular. One way that we as Christians can participate in overcoming evil with good is through the right to vote. While the choices of candidates may not all follow Christ, it is our right to vote for those who we believe will best represent our values in the offices they will hold.

Many Christians have a wrong mind about good citizenship. They see citizenship in the kingdom of God as mutually exclusive to also being a citizen of the nation in which they live. It’s not either/or, it’s both/and. You can do your part as a Christian citizen in the kingdom of God while here on earth by being a good citizen where you live. In this, you are actually fulfilling Romans 13:1, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” Many Christians use this verse to justify not participating in politics and letting the government do whatever it wants. In America, our Founding Fathers gave us the right to influence the government. We should exercise that right as citizens of the Untied States of America AND do it BECAUSE we are citizens in the kingdom of God.

While America is not a Christian nation—it’s not a theocracy--over 70% of Americans claim to be Christian. As in the past presidential election, Christians stood in the gap and made not only a difference, but THE difference. Yes, God can do whatever he chooses in the affairs of nations and men. More often than not, God chooses to work through his people. There are countless examples of this in the Bible. In this next election only 28 days away, those who call evil good are so angry that they will exercise their right to vote, many times over in some cases. Remember that their bible is the Communist Manifesto which abolishes eternal truths, all religion, and all morality. We know the truth.

Do the right thing. Vote.

Used with permission of "The Daily Jot"


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