Sorry, but God is not running for president

To the editor:

While driving around Mifflin County one can see political yard signs, banners, flags, and baseball caps. It reminds me of a John Prine song titled, “Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore.”

The letters to the editor in The Sentinel proclaiming which political party is more biblically righteous than the other would be almost humorous if they weren’t so distasteful. Each side is calling the other a heretic when, in fact, interpreting the Bible to suit ones own political views is heretical in itself, don’t you think?

In the Bible, God is neither a Republican, Democrat, socialist or a community organizer. As a matter of fact, true believers are actually citizens of heaven (see Philippians 3:20) and are to conduct ourselves accordingly (read Romans 13:1-14,1 Timothy 2:1-3 and Titus 3:1-2). This is an illustration of how we are to behave.

Something else has been on my mind. Wouldn’t it be more fruitful if those who call themselves Christian had the same zeal for proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ as they do for their own political beliefs? This country and the world would be a better place.

This all being said, I am not saying that believers in Jesus Christ should not be part of the American society. We live in a country that gives us a right to participate in choosing our leaders. But, before we make any decision on who we support politically, we should consult the whole counsel of God, pray about it, then make a decision based on God’s word. Also remember none of us are perfect as it states in Isaiah 64:6. I’m confident that no matter what happens in the upcoming election, the purpose of the Lord will stand (see Proverbs 19:21).

One more item I would like you to think about is this. In the end everyone will be taking a knee (see Isaiah 45:23,Romans 14:11 and Philippians 2:11). Your fate in the end depends on where you stand today.

Jeffrey C. Baumgardner



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