Educating, examining, and praying for current events
Welcome to the ministry of Salt and Light, which is facilitated by members of Horizon Christian Fellowship. The purpose of this ministry is to educate Christians about current events, to examine those events from a Biblical perspective, and to pray for our leaders and our country.
Why a Salt and Light Ministry?
As a result of the information provided, Christians will be better equipped and more capable of: 1) sharing and defending their faith and beliefs about important social issues and current events; 2) knowing specifically how to pray for our leaders, our laws, and our society; and 3) providing godly influence so that our society once again honors God and reflects the Biblical values upon which this country was founded.
We are not here to argue politics or to side with political parties. We are here to offer tools for the purpose of furthering the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the well being of others through Christ-honoring, Biblical, and family-friendly laws and influences in our society.
Our nation has turned its back on God. Psalm 9:17 has an admonition for “all the nations that forget God.” (NKJV) What are some of the ways a nation forgets God? Embracing homosexuality, pornography, moral relativism, and evolution are all examples.
Proverbs 11:14 “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure.” (NIV)
A nation can fall if proper guidance is not given. If Christians retreat from involvement in the American process, how then can we give guidance to our leaders?
Should You Be Involved in the Democratic Process?
There are many reasons why Christians avoid involvement in the social and political issues of the day. Often it is because they think they can’t make a difference or they don’t know enough about the issues. Some find that they do not know who to contact or what to communicate. Others are satisfied that their life is good and they don’t want to bother with the community issues because they are just too busy.
Yet Jesus said to His disciples: “You are the salt of the earth…you are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-14). Salt purifies and preserves, while light dispels the darkness and illuminates the truth. This is what Jesus calls us to be. Can we be salt and light without becoming involved by praying and searching the scriptures? In effect, they rely upon God to bring about righteous changes through means other than through the diligent prayer and actions of His people.
Scripture is clear: we’re responsible for both our action and inaction, and are not to be presumptuous upon always expecting others to fight the good fight of faith. Our form of government allows citizens to be involved in the voice of who should govern and elections are the means by which we elect our leaders. This is an awesome responsibility, and it implies an informed electorate that will make wise decisions. Clearly, to be ruled by godly leaders is preferable than to be ruled by evil ones. Proverbs 29:2 says, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” (NKJV) What an honor with our current freedoms to be a voice and vote to participate in our American democratic process as God guides us in our personal choices through the Word of God and prayer.
As Christians, we have a responsibility to do all things for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). Through the Salt and Light ministry we want to encourage one another to love and good works (Hebrews10:24).
“There is no question that Christians should vote. Christians can honor God and assist in guiding our nation by voting in elections at all levels of government. However, it is important that we seek information about candidates and issues so that we can vote intelligently. God also will give wisdom as we study the Bible and seek the guidance of His Holy Spirit through prayer. The opportunity of voting in free elections is a privilege that many have given their lives for. It is a responsibility and blessing from God.
The very fact that there is moral ambiguity in politics indicates the need for Christians to participate in the elective process. Every nation stands in need of moral and righteous leadership. Proverbs 14:34 says, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” In addition, the New Testament indicates that we have a responsibility to government since God has established governing authorities for our good (see Romans 13:1-7).”
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website: http://www.billygraham.org/LFA_Article.asp?ArticleID=126
“The church must take right ground in regards to politics… The time has come for Christians to vote for honest men, and take ground in politics or the Lord will curse them… God cannot sustain this free and blessed country which we love and pray for unless the church will take right ground. Politics are a part of religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to the country as apart of their duty to God… God will bless or curse this nation according to the course Christians take in politics.”
America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations, 1994, William J. Federer, pp. 235
“I long for the day when the precepts of the Christian religion shall be the rule among all classes of men, in all transactions. I often hear it said, “Do not bring religion into politics.” This is precisely where it ought to be brought and set there in the face of all men as on a candlestick. I would have the Cabinet and the members of Parliament do the work of the nation as before the Lord, and I would have the nation, either in making war or peace, consider the matter by the light of righteousness.”
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons -Volume 27, Sermon 1594 (The Candle)
“If I profess with the loudest voice and the clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God, except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved.”
America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations, 1994, William J. Federer, pp. 405
Edmund Burke, British author, orator and philosopher, once said, “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Evil is on a continuous march forward. Will Christians stand in the gap?
As prayer is the foundation for everything Christians do, we encourage you to pray and seek God’s will for the extent of your involvement. All things should be done through prayer, supplication and faith according to God’s Word. Colossians 4:2 “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving…” (NKJV)
The following are free research tools to help better understand government and how it works:
1. Library of Congress. Find information on legislation. http://thomas.loc.gov/
2. U.S. historical documents (National Archives) http://www.archives.gov/historical-docs/
3. U.S. House of Representatives http://www.house.gov/
4. U.S. Senate http://www.senate.gov/
5. California legislature http://www.legislature.ca.gov/
6. Register to vote. http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vr.htm
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