Important Vote on May 8

On May 8, North Carolina voters will have the opportunity to vote on the Marriage Amendment.    The amendment is as follows…

“Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.” 

Over the next 8 weeks, I want to invite you to join me in helping as many people as possible become aware of the Marriage Amendment vote and to encourage them to vote FOR the amendment.  In order for you to get involved in a meaningful way to make the amendment a reality, I want to encourage you to do several things.

  • Educate yourself as to the issues that are at hand.  The best resource for you to go is voteformarriagenc.com.
  • Get involved in practical ways.  You can simply place a yard sign at your home, work a phone bank, or work the polls on May 8.  If you are willing to get involved on a deeper level, please email me at pastorjeff@parkwoodonline.org.
  • Register to vote if you have not already done so.  You have until April 13 to register to vote on May 8.
  • Vote For the amendment on May 8.  Absentee voting begins on April 19.

The issue at hand is an attempt to redefine what God has clearly said.  Genesis 2:24 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”  (ESV)   The Marriage Amendment clearly affirms what God has said.  You may want to call this a political issue.  I disagree.  The issue before us is a Biblical and moral issue.  If ever there was a time for believers to stand up and speak up it is now.  Let us not hang our heads in years to come because we did nothing at this hour.  Take action my friends.  Speak up and vote.

Politics According to the Bible

 

If you are like me, I struggle with all of the political wrangling and the constant pronouncements of doom from both sides of the aisle.  More often than not, I am unsure as to how to respond to what is happening and to what I hear.  On other occasions and in certain situations, a proper response is crystal clear.

Finally there is a resource with Biblical and practical teaching on the subject of politics to help followers of Christ process and respond in the political arena.  Dr. Wayne Grudem has written a book entitled Politics According to the Bible.   I had the privilege of hearing him speak  on the subject last week.  He presented insights as to why he wrote the book and encouraged a room of Pastors to consider the implications of where we are in the history of our nation.  He challenged my thinking and common responses on several levels as he spoke.  He spent most of his time considering the following list of the 5 mistakes Christians make concerning government, a summary of the first chapter of the book.

5 wrong views about Christians and government 

1.  Government should compel religion.

2.  Government should exclude religion from public square.

3.  All government is evil and demonic and Christians should not get involved.

4.  Do evangelism not politics.

5.  Do politics not evangelism.

If you would like to know more and dive into this subject deeper, you can order a copy of the book or look for it in our book area in the next few weeks.  It would be a great resource for you to have.

As for me, I will be prayerfully considering my role as Pastor in more specific ways as it relates to my (our) involvement in the political arena in the future.  Let me be clear, my primary responsibility is to proclaim the Gospel and make disciples.  Our primary responsibility as a Church is to proclaim the Gospel and make disciples.  However, we must not avoid our responsibilities as citizens of the United States.  May the Lord grant me (us) wisdom as I (we) seek to know how to respond in such a time as this.