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Make Your Election Sure

Biblical Proof Dec 20 2015

Those not born in America are not aware that our elections have built in protections against having someone unfit or unable to serve as president. Early leaders didn’t want large states to control who would be president. Our forefathers did not think the population could be trusted to elect a president. In this nation’s infancy, electors (2 from every state) elected our presidents. Eventually America allowed the people to vote for president, but kept the electoral college vote as a protection.

First of all, America has 50 separate elections determined by the popular vote. If you win a state, even by one vote, you win that state’s electoral votes. These votes are in direct proportion to it’s senators and representatives. If a state has 10 representatives in congress, they also have 10 electoral votes. The candidate who wins 270 electoral votes is declared the winner. Thus, one might win the popular vote of all 50 states and still lose the election (It has happened 5 times including the election of 2016). In December following the presidential election, these electoral voters cast their vote. Although some states try and restrict their voters to abide by the winner of each state, they are at liberty to vote for whoever they choose. Now, most abide by these rules, but occasionally a few will go astray and vote for someone who is not on the ballot or even the loser. However, if a president elect were to commit a crime or became so ill (mentally or physically) they would not be able to serve, these electors are a protection to the nation to not allow the will of the people to stand.

I say all this to let you know that God also has a built in protection against anyone who is not a sincere believer. The bible verily teaches a gospel which allows one to enter the church and be called a Christian (Acts 2:37-47). Many are called to do just that, but few are actually chosen to be saved (Matt 22:14). Many will tell you that all those who obey the gospel will be saved. What they are forgetting is that God, not man, will be doing the judging. If all a man had to do was obey the gospel, then why did the scripture tell us that all will be judged by the Word of God, by Jesus Christ? (Rom 2:16) This would include both Christians and sinners. Sinners we know will be lost (2 Thess 1:7-9), but we also should know many Christians will also be judged unfaithful as well (Jam 5:19,20).

There are many who will believe and confess that Jesus is the Christ. Many of these will repent of their sins and be baptized. It is true that only these will be considered by Christ come the day of judgment to be saved, but if you think that this is all you must do to be saved, you are honestly mistaken. First of all, one must worship God in spirit and in truth (Jn 4:23,24). Secondly, one must continue in the doctrine of Christ and his apostles (Acts 2:42 f; 2 Jn 9). Thirdly, all Christians must live a godly and moral life (1 Cor 6:9,10 f; Gal 5:19-21). Fourthly, all Christians must suffer persecution for the cause of Christ (2 Tim 3:12). If one has done these things faithfully, they are promised a crown of life (Jam 1:12 f; Rev 2:10).

Many will die and be revered as godly and moral before mankind and still not be judged righteously before God. Notice the words of the apostle Paul, “Some men’s sins are clearly evident, preceding them to judgment, but those of some men follow later. Likewise, the good works of some are clearly evident, and those that are otherwise cannot be hidden” (1 Tim 5:24-25). It is self evident that some people hide their sins and pretend to be faithful Christians. Also it is self evident that some people’s good works are unknown by mankind.

If allowed, mankind would crown sinful men and women to be called faithful Christians. In this life, this happens constantly. For example, many preachers, deacons and elders are living in adultery and this sin is known only by God. They are praised highly in this life, but will be condemned come the day of judgment.

As with political leaders, Christians are in a election. “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; or so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:10-11). Yes, we obtain our election by our obedience to the gospel and doctrine of Christ, having endured trials and persecutions till the end. However, only the Lord knows our hearts and all of our deeds, whether public or secret (Jer 17:10). It is Christ who shall be the last line of protection which will make our election is sure. “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Cor 5:10). As someone once said, “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time”. Even so, it is also noteworthy, we can never fool God at anytime. Remember, in the end of all things as we appear before God, our sins will find us out! (Nu 32:23)

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