November 10, 2016 Pastor's Corner No Comments

I Peter 1:1-9

1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

   3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

   6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

   10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: 11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. 12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

 

The 2016 election is finally over. The craziness of the election is over. The accusations and the hatred of people on both sides are hopefully ready to subside. As we watch the fallout of the election results with people ready to move on, others ready to protest, others in denial, and others gloating we see that our nation is still in trouble. For some Christians, this election brings hope in a world that is progressively moving further and further away from the values of the Lord.

So what is the Christian’s response to the election results of 2016? These election results are not a solution but rather a reprieve. They are an opportunity for those who are professing to be born-again Christians to become the Christian that God desires us to be. It is an opportunity for us to develop the habit of obedience to Christ without the threat of our freedoms or the pressures of a progressive society attempting to get their way. This is a chance for America and those who profess to follow him to have a revolution back to the Bible and follow Christ while we still can.

The book of I Peter is written in approximately 58 A.D. this book was written by Peter under the inspiration of God, to encourage Christians to live like Christians as persecution is on the horizon. In a few short years Nero, the Emperor of the Roman Empire, will burn down Rome and blamed the Christians. This will spark the first of 10 major persecutions done during the Roman Empire. In a few short years, Peter will be crucified upside down and Paul will be beheaded for the cause of Christ. During the writing of I Peter, these things have not yet occurred. This epistle is written to encourage Christians to live like a Christian why they still have the time.

This election has given us a small reprieve. We have four years before uncertainty hits us again. The progressive and liberal nature will continue shortly after this election term is over.now is the time for Christians to develop the habit of obedience to Christ while we still have the freedom to do so. It is much easier to learn to behave like a Christian. While we have freedom then to learn to stand as a Christian when it is illegal or unpopular to do so.

While pastoring a church in the Bible Belt in a previous election period, a new law was going to be voted on to allow liquor and wine to be sold inside of grocery stores. Because of this issue, our church received a very curious letter written from a local liquor store. This letter written from a liquor store was sent to the churches in the area warning and reminding the churches the evils of liquor and how it destroys families, how it affects fatalities, and how it messes with lives. This letter from the liquor store was urging Christians to vote like Christians and to say no to this upcoming bill. It is understood that the liquor store was looking out for their own business and profit, however, it was very telling that they were urging Christians to behave like Christians. The location we had inside of the Bible Belt meant that we had many professing Christians in the area. If everyone who claimed to be a Christian voted according to the Bible that law would have never of past. As you can guess that law did pass.

One of the major problems we have in this nation today is not Washington, it is not the liberals, it is not the progressive thinking, it is not the alcohol, is not the abortionist, it’s the Christians. These last two generations of Christians are the first in all of history not to behave like Christians. We’ve lost our influence in this world and have allowed the world to get worse and worse and worse. The lost world is doing their job; they are acting like lost people. It is the Christians who are not behaving like Christians.

So what is the Christian’s reaction to the election that is just been won by Mr. Trump? We have at least four years for us to learn to behave like Christians. The persecution is on its way! The Judgment of the Lord is coming! In the same book of I Peter, the Bible reminds us that judgment must begin at the house of God. If we don’t act right as Christians, why should we expect the lost world to behave in a way that would please the Lord?

Written by Scotty Backhaus

Scotty Backhaus is the pastor of the Riverview Baptist Church and the associate editor of the Reese Chronological Bible.