Pray for Our Political Leaders (A Prayer from 1 Peter 2)

Pray for Our Political LeadersOne of the first things I do upon waking each day is to pray for our political leaders. I whisper a prayer for God to be gracious to my wife and children. Then I ask God to give humility, wisdom, and righteousness to our leaders—particularly President Trump, Governor Reynolds, and Mayor Haila. Continue reading “Pray for Our Political Leaders (A Prayer from 1 Peter 2)”

I’m a pastor. Reynolds’ ‘constitutional liberties’ comment concerns me.

I am a proud native Iowan. I love our state motto: “Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain.” Though a registered Independent, I lean conservative in most political matters. On top of that, I am a conservative Christian, a pastor, and a Baptist by conviction. Historically, Baptists have been strong supporters of religious liberties. The statement of faith of my local church and denomination (The Baptist Faith and Message) has an entire article on Religious Liberty, which states, “Church and state should be separate.”

So it surprises me as much as anyone to find myself disapproving of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ recent comments on religious liberties.

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Ten Theses on Voting

These ten theses represent my beliefs about voting in US General Elections.

  1. I will vote (unless providentially hindered).
  2. I will vote in a way that I believe glorifies God.
  3. I will vote in a way that I believe is loving to my neighbor.
  4. I will vote in a way that does not violate my conscience.
  5. I will vote for the candidate that best represents my beliefs regarding the federal government.
  6. I am not voting for a Pastor-in-Chief.
  7. I recognize that every candidate is flawed and sinful.
  8. I am not obligated to tell you who I am voting for (or why).
  9. I am not obligated to tell you who I’m not voting for (or why).
  10. Those who shame others for voting their conscience are friends of neither democracy nor of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Unless I am convinced by scripture and plain reason (I do not accept the authority of the pundits and commentators, for they have contradicted each other) my conscience is captive to the Word of God.

I cannot do otherwise for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe.

God help me.

Amen.