Thursday, November 1, 2012

Choose Ye This Day

Would someone please explain something to me: who in the world is the ubiquitous “Undecided Voter”?  At this stage of the election campaign, is there really such a strange creature as someone who cannot make up his or her mind?  The candidates could not be more polarized and antithetical from one another.  Perhaps this is just a ploy, sort of like playing “hard to get” in a political romance.  Maybe they think, the longer they hold out, the better the offers will be and the hotter the pursuit.  I’m not sure what their problem is but there is one thing I do know:  These people disgust me.  Now…I realize those are strong words.  But seriously, double-minded people are exasperating.  If you want some modicum of respect, at least have a well-constructed opinion.

Lately, there’s a new word in the “Urban Dictionary”.  It’s a “Twittict”.  The word is an off-take on the word “addict”.  Get it?  I’m sure you see the problem with this diversion.  I confess I have a serious Twitter addiction.  Hopefully they will be coming out with a 12-step program soon.  In the meantime, the little tones on my IPhone, indicating that I have a Tweet, are like the bells ringing for Pavlov’s dogs during dinnertime.   
There is something about sounding off in the Twitter Universe to thousands of people at once that is deeply appealing.  When someone “Re-Tweets” your comment, it extends into that Universe even further, perhaps exponentially.  This stokes my over-active imagination trying to envision where my tweets may ultimately end up.    
Twitter even has its own language.  Your Followers are your “Tweeps”.  The entire community is known as the “Tweeple”.   “Twitter gulag” is the jail suspension you receive if you get too salty, argumentative or annoying.  The main goal is to be relevant, witty and interesting.  However, you will be unsuccessful at building a following if you don’t have a well stated opinion.  Very few people get tolerated on Twitter for long if they are “undecided”.   
What does the Bible have to say about indecisive people? 
There’s a great story in the Bible about the prophet Elijah.  Apparently, the children of Israel were seriously off track during his time.  They were worshipping other gods other than the one true God, Yahweh.  The most popular false god was Baal.  The meaning of the word Baal is “lord” or “master”.  Obviously, they had lost their first love—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel.  Elijah, God’s prophet, called them out on it.  Here’s an excerpt from I Kings 18:
20 So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. 21 Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”

But the people said nothing.

~1 Kings 18:20-21
Many of us know the rest of the story.  Elijah challenged the false god of Baal to a showdown.  450 priests of Baal attempted to call down fire from heaven to ignite their sacrifice.  They carried on quite of show of dancing, shouting and self-flagellation—all to no avail.  Elijah mocked them:  “Perhaps your god is sleeping.”  “Shout louder—maybe he can’t hear you.”  Then…it’s Elijah’s turn.  He even “ups the ante” by dousing his sacrifice with four large buckets of water.  He does this THREE TIMES.  Then, with one sincere prayer to the one true God, he calls down fire from heaven. 

36 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”

38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!”

~1 Kings 18: 36-39

As Americans, we have an obligation to vote.  Liberty has come to us at a great price from previous generations.  Men and women have died and lost everything so that you and I can enjoy the freedoms and rights we now take for granted here in the United States.  Not to choose is to choose.  Indecision carried too far results in the decision being made for you—usually not with the best consequences.

So, for goodness sake, make up your mind.  In 5 days, our citizens will have the opportunity to select our nation’s path.  The scripture is clear.  If God is our God, then we will follow him and the goodness of his promises. 

If “Baal” is your god—then you will follow him. 

On November 6th—Do we repent (turn back) or do we go “Forward?”

Undecided or not—It’s decision time.

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
~ James 1:8

Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.
~Benjamin Franklin

Interested in National Prayer and Repentance?

Annual National Day of Repentance:
2013 Date: Yom Kippur September 13th (Sunset) through September 14th (Nightfall)
Go to the Congressional Prayer Caucus Website:

Feel free to join any number of events calling for National Prayer and Repentance as we lead up to the November 6th elections.

  • David's Tent Washington DC: (24/7 Worship of Jesus Christ on White House Ellipse)

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