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These Convictions Will Help Chart America’s Divine Destiny

In a few days, on November 6, millions of Americans will go to the polls to vote in one of the most important elections of our lifetime. As followers of Christ, we have a responsibility, not only to pray for our country, but to vote for those candidates who will best reflect the values that Jesus Christ brought to this world.

America’s Founders, though flawed like all human beings, understood the importance of seeking to the emulate the values of Jesus as revealed in the Gospels and the New Testament. This is what led George Washington to declare,

The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the external rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 174).

When I walk into the voting booth on November 6, I will not be voting as a Democrat or Republican. I will not be voting on looks or personality. I will cast my votes based on values and convictions that have been shaped by a life-long study of the teachings of Jesus and the New Testament.

Here are 3 Christian convictions that will determine how I vote on November 6.

  1. Jesus is Lord
  2. Life is Sacred
  3. Family Matters

Conviction #1

Jesus is Lord

Whose moral values do you want to live under? Marx? Mohammed? Buddha? Darwin? Soros? Sanders? Hollywood? America’s Founders had a clear answer.

In a letter to the governors of the various states at the end of the Revolutionary War, George Washington included an “earnest prayer” that the citizens of the new nation would seek to pattern their lives after Jesus Christ. He wrote,

I now make it my earnest prayer that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in His holy protection; that he would incline the hearts of the citizens to entertain a brotherly affection for one another . . . and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind, which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of His example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 134).

Every Founder, even the most irreligious, agreed with Washington that the teachings of Jesus Christ held the key for social and political stability in the nation they had formed. Thomas Jefferson, for example, stated, “Of all the systems of morality that have come under my observations, none appear to me so pure as that of Jesus.” His commitment to the teachings of Christ is, no doubt, why he ended every official presidential document with the words, “In the year of our Lord Christ.”

Benjamin Franklin, another supposed irreligious Founder, stated, “The moral and religious system which Jesus Christ transmitted to us is the best the world has ever seen or can see.” When the noted Deist, Thomas Paine, sent Franklin a manuscript copy of The Age of Reason, in which he attacked historic Christianity, Franklin refused to print it. In very strong language he suggested to Paine that he burn the manuscript and then said, “If men are this wicked with religion [Christianity], what would they be if without it” (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 142).

For the founding generation, Jesus was the archetype model for morality for all humanity. They may have disagreed on doctrine and adhered to different churches and denominations, but all agreed that Jesus stood in a class all alone as a moral teacher and guide.

So pervasive was this commitment to Jesus among the founding generation that Jonathan Trumbull, a British-appointed governor in New England, wrote to his superiors in England, “If you ask an American who is his master, he will tell you he has none, nor any governor but Jesus Christ” (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 119).

The Founders were unanimous in their belief that only a virtuous, tolerant and moral people could maintain the liberties enshrined in the founding documents. They were also unanimous in the belief that such morality and tolerance could only be derived from Jesus Christ and the teachings He brought to the world. This belief led John Adams to declare,

We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . .  Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious [Christian] people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 173).

Make no mistake about it! It was this commitment to Jesus as the archetype model for life and morality that made America a compassionate and tolerant nation. We are now, however, beginning to see the fruit of a nation rejecting Jesus Christ as its model for life and morality. We have sown the wind and are beginning to reap the whirlwind.

We are now seeing social and political divisiveness on a scale unknown by this generation. This has come about because the secularists of this nation, with the full support of one political party, have been on a crusade to remove all expressions of Christianity from the public life of the nation.

In rejecting the moral vision of Washington, Jefferson and Franklin, much of our nation is like a ship without a rudder, adrift on a sea of moral relativism. As a result, moral confusion reigns in our schools, colleges and public institutions. Acrimony and vindictiveness are on full display in the halls of Congress. With no transcendent, moral principle to guide our culture, each one does that which is right in his/her own eyes. What a recipe for moral chaos and social disaster!

Psalm 33:12, says, Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD. America has been blessed because her Founders acknowledged Jesus Christ and His teachings as supreme. I cannot vote for any party or candidate that outright rejects the time-tested moral principles of Jesus for the subjective, erratic and unreliable creeds of modern secularism and multiculturalism.

My Christian conviction that “Jesus is Lord” will be a determining factor in how I vote on November 6.

Conviction #2

Life is Sacred

Jesus said, I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10).

I will never forget the first time I saw an ultrasound image of a baby in the womb. I was stunned, and my response was, “That is a real living person!” Erica, who was about to have an abortion, was even more stunned when she saw the ultrasound of her unborn baby. She wrote,

I begged the nurse to let me see my baby; I felt that I had to see. As soon as I saw my child on the ultrasound I knew I couldn’t do it. I saw the heart beating, and he moved his little hands (almost like a wave). I think God intervened and sent me a message that I was about to make the biggest mistake of my life.

These intuitive, common sense responses are confirmed by both the Bible and science. For example, Luke, the physician and author of the Third Gospel, records the very personal response of John the Baptist, while still in the womb, to the voice of Mary, the mother of Jesus, greeting his mother. He must have kicked for his mother, Elizabeth, said to Mary, For indeed as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy (Luke 1:44).

The hand of our Creator on our life from the moment of conception is vividly expressed in Psalm 119:13-16, which reads,

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Science confirms the Biblical record. After only 11 weeks in the womb the baby has a heartbeat and brainwaves and can kick. He/she squints, swallows and sucks their thumb. They are sensitive to heat, light, noise and all body systems are working.

After 20 weeks in the womb, babies are capable of experiencing pain, and that capability for pain increases with each passing day. Babies in the womb, therefore, experience excruciating pain during an abortion. They will seek to avoid the abortionist tools and will emit a “silent scream” as their tiny bodies are ripped apart.

Ninety-eight per cent of abortions are done for convenience and to end unwanted pregnancies. Such a contempt for life in the womb should not be part of a civilized society and will eventually lead to other forms of “legalized” murder.

My Christian conviction that life is sacred, even in the womb, will not allow me to vote for any candidate who would support snuffing out the life of unborn babies for mere convenience and birth control.

Conviction #3

Family Matters

I heard the veteran civil rights activist, Robert Woodson, declare that liberal social policies in America have accomplished what years of slavery and Jim Crow were unable to accomplish–the destruction of the black family. He and other black thinkers, such as Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell, trace the hopelessness and distress of the inner cities to the loss of fatherhood and the breakdown of the nuclear family. In a recent “Daily Signal” article, Williams wrote,

The No. 1 problem among blacks is the effects stemming from a very weak family structure. Children from fatherless homes are likelier to drop out of high school, die by suicide, have behavioral disorders, join gangs, commit crimes, and end up in prison. They are also likelier to live in poverty-stricken households.

Williams argues that the weak black family is NOT a legacy of slavery and gives statistics showing that the breakdown of the black family did not begin until after the 1960s. He blames this breakdown on the social welfare state created by clueless, left-wing politicians who think the government holds the key for every human need.

I can attest to what Williams is saying from my own experience growing up in a rural area of NE Texas in the 1960s during segregation and Jim Crow. As a teenager, I worked in the fields alongside blacks chopping cotton, picking cotton and hauling hay. I remember them to be some of the happiest people I ever knew. Looking back, there is no question in my mind that the strong bonds of faith and family produced joy and mitigated the pain of segregation.

All of this confirms the fact that God created the human species to function in family units with a mother and father in a committed relationship called marriage. The environment produced by such a committed relationship between a man and a woman is the ideal setting for raising strong, healthy children who will become productive citizens.

This is borne out by the fact that when God sent His Son into this world to be born as a human being, He placed Him in a home with a mother and father. By doing so, He confirmed that such a home is the safest and most nurturing place for a child to be reared. Jesus affirmed this same truth of the family unit, when after a visit to Jerusalem with His parents at the age of twelve, He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them (Luke 2:51).

It was such families that made America great in the first place. Explorers and adventurers played a role in opening the continent, but everything changed in 1620 with the Pilgrims who began a great migration of families to the New World. They came by the tens of thousands—husbands, wives, children, pets and even livestock. Out of both purpose and necessity, they focused on building a new life for themselves and their children in the New World. They made America great.

The family unit is the basic social unit of any society and strong families are necessary for a strong and stable society. Destroy the family and you destroy the nation, and this is happening in America today.

I, therefore, cannot vote for any candidate or party that supports polices that undermine the natural, nuclear family established by God in Creation and affirmed by Jesus Christ.

Concluding Prayer

I write this, not out of ill will toward anyone, but out of a commitment to Jesus Christ and His kingdom. If you have not put your faith in Him, I urge you to do so now. Just say this prayer from your heart,

Lord Jesus, I give You my heart and life. I choose this day to follow You. Forgive me of my sins and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Amen!

Dr. Eddie Hyatt has documented America’s spiritual birth out of the Great Awakening in his book, Pilgrims and Patriots, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com. He also conducts America Reawakening” events, a stirring PowerPoint presentation, based on his book, that includes a call for Christians to pray and believe for another Great Awakening across the land.


  • Reply October 11, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    Nelson Banuchi first OFF I’ve known Dr. Eddie L. Hyatt NOT to be a political poster. We would agree that these 3 concerns / convictions are deeply Christian and at the same time very very important for the future of Christian in post-Nov-elections America. This goes hand by hand with what Micael Grenholm just posted:

    This is lunacy. “Under the Trump administration, the EPA has taken a more industry-friendly stance, weakening greenhouse gas rules around oil drilling and vehicle fuel efficiency, as well as tearing up an Obama-era plan to limit pollution from coal-fired power plants.

    And also on Forbes highlighing how charismatic pastor @Greg Boyd “was among the rare voices within traditionally conservative evangelicalism to show any distinctive courage and moral clarity” https://www.forbes.com/sites/robasghar/2018/06/19/the-collapse-of-evangelical-leadership-was-inevitable-its-resurrection-isnt/

  • Reply October 11, 2018

    Nelson Banuchi

    Thanks for the site. I already read the one about Boyd. I’m going to your OP on my FB pg to read later. Thanks!

  • Reply October 11, 2018

    Jim Price

    The writer of the above article cited three of our founding fathers to help reach his point. These are men that I respected down through the years but and it is a big but when you really study their background. Washington sent his troops into Indian Villages with orders to kill every one in the O. T. fashion, men, women and children. Then he would claim the land that they were on as his own so that by the time he became president he ” owned” 4,000 acres. Franklin was known, while he was in France as a womanizer. Jefferson took a razor and cut out all the miracles in the new testament. The writer of the post was vague in his three points but they are written in evangelical code so that we know what he means.

    • Reply October 11, 2018

      Nelson Banuchi

      Eventually, Lincoln also agreed to conduct the civil war in “total war” fashion in the hopes of quickening its end.

      But what has that got to do with the statements themselves?
      Even hypocrites can cite facts and speak the truth (nothing new).

    • Reply October 11, 2018

      Varnel Watson

      Trump thinks he is Andrew Jackson but whos counting?

    • Reply October 11, 2018

      Nelson Banuchi

      Troy Day He also thinks he’s Lincoln and Reagan…

    • Reply October 11, 2018

      Varnel Watson

      Link he may but Reagan he is not for sure As I mentioned in the Brown conversation the negativism of the love / hare relationship comes from the fact of a constant changing of hands Seemingly right but morally wrong The Lord said be yes yes and no no I for one do not have strong opinions on Trump and the Kavanaugh hearings. I only care IF the justices will be lined up to overturn the gay marriage legality It’s really ALL I care about on that end How about you Nelson Banuchi Ed Brewer Terry Wiles

    • Reply October 11, 2018

      Nelson Banuchi

      Troy Day I oppose doing or allowing evil in order to obtain a good. I am of the opinion that Kavanaugh on two grounds – on questionable character and judicial temperament – should not have been confirmed.

      He was not the only game in town.

    • Reply October 12, 2018

      Varnel Watson

      yap the PRICE of our testimony is too high

  • Reply October 11, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    Jim Price 2 of them were known masons on the other hand but the author is spot on the Republic and real American republicanism not this new breed of new-reps that alike Trump who is NOT a real republican but a choice of GOP can swing either way. I’ve warned Jan Dixon and others how this neo-republicanism borders Marxism – the author asks the question right on Nelson Banuchi Christians Can Disagree on Trump and Still Be Family? – I see a major split on that brother https://stream.org/christians-can-disagree-trump-still-family/

    • Reply October 11, 2018

      Nelson Banuchi

      Families can be split (I should know) but they can still show love and respect, also.

    • Reply October 11, 2018

      Varnel Watson

      Nelson I like what Tessie Irigoyen Flores said too whne she wrote the following

      Everything he is accused of he tries to dump on politicians of the other party.
      He told the people not to vote for Hillary because she might go under investigation.
      Here he is under investigations for Russian collusion, tax evasion, emoluments laws broken for his
      and his family making money off of his position, women he has had sexual relationships with and
      lying about paying them off right before Election Day etc.

  • Reply October 12, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    Nelson Banuchi Jim Price for this reason Micael Grenholm has written in PCPJ the following:

    Is it honorable or Christian to win votes on the backs of marginalized people? We could do better than this if we got creative and put our heads together. But we are too caught up in partisian politics hijacking issues that affect real human beings to either get or maintain power. I know the immigration system well and politicos are using something that strikes passion to get what they want, they are using fear to manipulate us. Don’t fall for it.

  • Reply October 15, 2018

    Eddie L. Hyatt

    CONCERNING WASHINGTON AND THE IROQUOIS. There were a number of Native American tribes who joined the American cause in the American Revolution. Virtually all the tribes in New England joined their colonial neighbors in the conflict, probably because of the ministry of Jonathan Edwards and David Brainerd to their parents and grandparents. Further south, the Oneida and the Tuscaroras also joined the American cause. Many of these natives served as minutemen and they joined Washington’s army at the Siege of Boston. The British were able to persuade the Iroquois and other tribes to join their side through promises of land guarantees and claims of certain victory over the Colonists. They also incited the natives to attack vulnerable English settlements. Washington was far from perfect, but he considered the attack on the Iroquois during the war an act of self-defense and part of the defensive war against the British and their allies. As president, Washington showed great respect for the sovereignty of the various native tribes and worked tirelessly to establish treaties with them. Alexander McGillivray and 26 other Creek chiefs signed a treaty with President Washington in New York, and it was said that Washington treated the Creek delegation to dinners, parades, and diplomatic ceremonies that equaled those accorded to any European diplomatic mission. The Cherokee chief, John Ross, esteemed Washington so highly that he named son George Washington. During the 1830s-40s when the U.S. government was running roughshod over many of the tribes and their treaties, Ross longingly recalled how the first president had dealt justly with the native peoples.
    To read more about the impact of the Great Awakening on blacks and Native Americans, see the overview in my book, Pilgrims and Patriots. https://amzn.to/2NIAtIH

  • Reply October 15, 2018

    Varnel Watson

  • Reply October 28, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    becoming much more real with NOV elections @ hand Terry Wiles WILL Kavingh now justice on supreme court influence a NEW ruling on Same-Sex Marriage https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4747934/sen-harris-presses-judge-kavanaugh-marriage-ruling

  • Reply October 28, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    Ron Culbreth I dont do much politics but as you asked in your extensive political posts – what good is it for the church?

  • Reply October 28, 2018

    Ron Culbreth

    I must agree, it is senseless.

    • Reply October 28, 2018

      Varnel Watson

      WILL Kavingh now justice on supreme court influence a NEW ruling on Same-Sex Marriage ?

  • Reply November 1, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    Ron Culbreth I must disagree on your statement on the political advance of the church. If anything the political doctrine allows advancing of political candidates NOT the political agenda of the church Hardly So Nelson Banuchi Same goes for your church on tax cuts https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/31/politics/white-house-brady-middle-class-tax-cut/index.html?utm_content=2018-11-01T02%3A32%3A02&utm_medium=social&utm_term=link&utm_source=fbCNNp

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