This is not going to be a very popular article to those who want to see God excluded from our American culture, values and politics. It won't be well-received by those who only think in terms of political issues -- Democrat vs. Republican -- Obama vs. Romney -- Liberal vs. Conservative. Some won't view this very politically correct either.
WE MUST SEE THE BIG ISSUES
As The Gospel Coach, my subject is usually more the covenant of God's Kingdom on earth than it is the 'Constitution of the United States,' or political issues. But I'm also a lawyer by profession, and as a lawyer I know how important it is to nail the big, dominant issues of any case. If you don't see the big issues, you lose your case. So it is with the biggest issue of this year's 2012 Election.
The biggest issue is not the things I've already mentioned. The biggest issues are not abortion, special rights to special groups, illegal immigrants, Islam domination, personal benefits, international alliances, or even tax breaks or national debt. These issues are important, but they are not the BIG major issue.
These issues are guided and resolved by living the BIG issue.
THE BIGGEST ISSUE IS GOD VS GODLESSNESS IN OUR NATION
Our nation is on the brink of collapse, in more ways than one. Our founding fathers predicted this. They said America, as we know her, would cease to exist if we strayed from the godly, moral, Constitutional Republic they set up for us. We began straying from that in the mid-1800s.
Something as basic as education used to be (1) the three R's -- reading, writing, and arithmetic, (2) our internal framework based on 12 moral precepts: being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, friendly, brave, clean and reverent, and lastly (3) how to succeed in our new experimental nation.
Today, the last two of these has been totally removed from our public education experience, and all we are left with is number #1 -- and that very questionably based on achievement tests. This is because God has been taken out of education too.
This is just the beginning of our being led by blind guides into a pit.
THE BIGGEST ISSUE IS GOD
Yes, even in these political thinking times, the biggest issue is God.
Most of our politicians try to forget it, but our nation was founded by God fearing, Bible believing people. No, they were not all 'evangelical Christians,' or people with other labels. But they did believe in 'One Nation Under God.' They did believe it: "In God we Trust." These were our nation's themes, among other Godly declarations. Almost all state charters declared allegiance to God.
BUT WE'VE KICKED GOD OUT TODAY
God has been all but kicked out of all of America's politics, education, issues, economy, and almost everything else.
Too often . . . (1) we elect on the basis of charisma, not character, (2) witticisms and snappy comments, not substance and principles, or moral, godly thoughts like our founders.
Freedom is not freedom to DO anything we want, but to BE who we are called to be in God, and just in the sake of humanity.
Our founding fathers founded our country based on freedom to worship God -- and not the GodLESSness that is so over-emphasized today.
Once in office, politicians seem to enjoy free grace to do whatever they want, irregardless of the Constitution, or voter preferences. Political party agendas seem to control. Once in office, it takes a lot of work to get them out. And we pay them big bucks, like our sports stars and celebrities, for guiding us down roads we shouldn't even be on -- like the current Godless road.
The issues shouldn't be party affiliation, good looks, or even the color of skin. We need to listen with our heart, as well as see with our eyes, and hear with our ears. And we need to look for God. He is not hard to find if we look for him.
"If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways (those of GodLESSness), . . . Then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land" (II Cor 7:14). We used to be a nation called by the name of God, and this is still as true today as it was 3,000 years ago.
DON'T ASK WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU
John F. Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." I've been told this is ancient history today, and it may be. Most people have their hand out, looking for something to be given to them. They're tuned into radio station WIIFM: what's in it for me?
God doesn't really ask much of us. As The Gospel Coach, I know the whole New Testament is about what he gives to us, not what he asks of us. What God would ask this November 6th election, is that we pray, and listen for his word in our hearts, and give preference to the candidates who have some type of a Godly worldview, and are committed to the foundational issues upon which this nation was built. This would at least be a good start to getting back to the basics of how this nation was founded.