Continued Non-Conformity

By Angela Wittman

Hillary Clinton
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While following the 2016 Presidential jockeying of the candidates from both political parties, I fear we will have Hillary in the White House. This is abhorrent to me for many reasons: she's un-apologetically pro-abortion, flip-flops on issues, is untrustworthy and frankly, she's a woman. I realize other nations have had respectable women as leaders, and I admit Margaret Thatcher did much good for Great Britain, but Hillary Clinton is no Margaret Thatcher. She simply doesn't have the moral clarity or Christian foundation needed to be a good leader. And I just don't see the Republicans as being much better than the Democrats on social issues. I lack confidence in their ability to make any significant changes; for example, they lack the backbone to take a stand for the absolute end of the murder of the preborn. They are also too divided among themselves, and I don't believe they're able to win the White House in the next election.

At this point I plan to continue non-conformity for the same reasons as in 2012:

2012 Elections: Why I've decided to dissent 

Disagreement, non-conformity, and opposition to our present government and the current two-party system is not a bad thing for a Christian to do and this is why I've decided to dissent and not vote in the 2012 elections. And while there may be some worthy third party candidates, I just can't find one to vote for at this time - sorry. Perhaps if I were more ignorant about the current candidates and political parties, I would have a clear conscience and could vote for either the lesser of the two evils (Romney/Obama) or a candidate running on a third party platform that looks great on paper, but lacks in actual practice by the party leaders and their candidates. 
Some critics might charge that I am seeking perfection in a candidate, but those who know me realize that I have a pragmatic streak which can sometimes serve as a thorn in my flesh; I am continually looking for practical ways to advance the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ and often have to put a halt to my activities because they just don't line up with Scripture, which is the Christian's standard for life. 
Plus, as a modern woman I struggle with independence and Biblical submission to the authorities God has placed over me, including my husband. Some Christian ladies might find this quite shocking, but I think the head of the household should represent their families in the voting booth. So, instead of rolling up my sleeves and doing the "man's job," I've decided to keep my sleeves unrolled and encourage him to do his job. This doesn't mean I've become politically idle and culturally irrelevant, but instead I've taken on a more supportive role and declined those roles requiring male leadership. 
So, dear reader, let's take a look at political wisdom passed on to our generation from the Scottish Covenanters, who historically dissented from voting in the united States until the 1970's. 
Bill Edgar has written The History of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America from 1528 to 2004 and includes this information regarding the American War for Independence, the Reformed Presbyterian involvement and the Covenanters response to the Constitutional Convention of 1787: 
"The American Revolution, which was also a civil war, began. The segment of Americans who truly supported the war included all of the Society People, all Seceders, indeed all Presbyterians. Americans of Scottish descent loved this war against England. They remembered the years of oppression and persecution at English hands. An Episcopalian from Philadelphia said, 'A Presbyterian loyalist was a thing unheard of.' 
A representative of Lord Dartmouth wrote from New York in November 1776: 
“'Presbyterianism is really at the bottom of this whole Conspiracy, has supplied it with Vigour, and will never rest, till something is decided upon it.' 
"A Hessian captain wrote in 1778, 'Call this war by whatever name you may, only call it not an American rebellion; it is nothing more or less than a Scotch-Irish Presbyterian rebellion.' King George III himself was reported to have called the war a Presbyterian War. 
'With French help, the Americans won. A new nation emerged. Reformed Presbyterians no longer needed to dissent from an ecclesiastical and political establishment that denied the covenants. Then the states ratified a new constitution, written in secret in Philadelphia in 1787. The Covenanters were aghast at its secularism. Governments of Christian lands had acknowledged Christ’s reign since Roman times, but the United States Constitution conspicuously omitted any reference to God or Christ. In Scotland the main issue had been the independence of the Christian Church from a professedly Christian King. In America, the issue was the government’s wholesale denial of Christ’s authority over the nations."

In the book Our Covenant Heritage - The Covenanters' Struggle for Unity in Truth by Edwin Nisbet Moore, can be found timeless Biblical principles helpful to understanding and practicing the 'obligations between Church and State.' Below is a list of principles found in chapter 13, Lessons for Citizens: Church and State - Their Common Obligations:
[Please note this is just a list and the book explains these principles in greater detail.] 
Principle #1 The church and state are of entirely distinct and have immiscible natures and purposes; however they share many mutual obligations. [page 341] 
Principle #2 States are obligated to acknowledge God as the source of their authority. Churches are obligated to educate the state regarding these obligations. Both share the common end to advance the glory of God and the common good. [page 345] 
Principle #3 The state is obligated to promote good and punish evil, according to the Word. [page 347] 
Principle #4 States are obligated to honor and acknowledge Jesus Christ, and mold their institutions and behavior in conformity with Christian principles. [page 350] 
Principle #5 When God transforms a state into a Christian nation, the people, state, and church should covenant to establish and preserve the true religion. [page 352]

Mr. Moore then concludes this section with a summary and states "a Christian nation is a desired and promised blessing from God that we should seek. Although it is appropriate for a Christian people to covenant with God, it is inappropriate for a Christian people to enter into covenant with an immoral state. The Covenanters, in the Solemn League and Covenant, found the right balance. They believed that the rights of God extend into both the ecclesiastical and civil spheres. They had a vision that the goal of the Great Commission was the conversion of nations..." 
So, dear friends, in my quest to help establish a Christian nation, the decision to "dissent" and not vote in this election not only leaves me with a clear conscience, but with the hope that the good Lord will honor this decision and give America "a man after His own heart" for Christians to elect to the highest office in our land.

May the good Lord hear the prayers of His people and keep our hope pinned upon Him and not 21st Century politicians. In Lord Jesus Name, I pray, amen.

Originally written October 14, 2015 and posted at "For Christ's Crown & Covenant!"

Comments

  1. Angela,

    I look back to earlier days and try to recapture my motivations for not voting. The best that I am able to come up with is just a vague sense that I thought something wasn't right or honest in the process.

    My parents, an Army enlisted man and his wife, always voted Republican (including R.M.N.), and I will admit that I was more closely aligned with that party's outward appearances than I ever would have been with the Democrat party.

    When I started seeing the articles about how Cruz and Clinton were gaining delegates that didn't line up with the primary votes I felt that my position was, at least in some small way, confirmed.

    I will admit that I broke down in 2008 and voted for the Republican ticket. I can still remember how I felt while walking my dog in Goodyear, AZ, on the morning after that election. To me it was a line of demarcation from which we would grow increasingly Godless in our national character and would likely never return to a nation characterized by civility and fidelity to the rule of law.

    Please continue your efforts in the God's difficult and challenging work. I will pray that he would continue to give you the necessary strength and also insight that you might continue to reveal yourself as true salt and light to this dark world.

    God bless you,
    Larry

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    1. Thank you, Larry! I spent many years trying to "save the world" through political means. I'm still open to the good Lord using me politically, but I sincerely doubt if a Christian can get much support from the secular public. My position on our local school board years ago was by election, but I wasn't the top vote-getter - I won because of the district I live in and the requirement for representation. Praise the LORD! Even though I was a new believer, He prepared and sustained me throughout my term which was quite controversial. :) No king but Jesus!

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    1. Hi Maria! My 4th Great Grandfathers (both mother and father's family) fought in the War for Independence. One was a Scottish indentured servant, the other an English protestant from a respected family that helped colonize the Virginia, NC area. There is no way these two principled men would lay down their lives for a scheme by Jesuits or whoever the "Society of Jesus" was. They fought for freedom.

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    2. Okay, Angela, I believe this about your godly ancestors - truly! They fought for King Jesus.

      The Society of Jesus is the Jesuits - a derogatory term for them. They had and have their hand in everything, and were and are notorious for being on both sides of issues.

      I'm just trying to understand all these things. Is revolution godly, for example, or is it rebellion? Did the Lord call us to be revolutionaries?

      My own family on both sides are immigrants. My Dad came from Germany at the age of twelve. My Mom was a first generation American, whose family came from Salerno, Italy. The Lord uses descendants of His children (a 1000 generations) and people like me to advance His Kingdom. My family had the opportunity to hear the Gospel in the U.S.




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    3. While camping I thought about what you said about the Jesuits and the Revolutionary War. From what I've read, King George often referred to it as a Scottish Presbyterian uprising due to the long, embittered history between England and Scotland. Now, while studying Protestant History, I've read accounts of just how devious the Catholic Church was and how much they meddled in the affairs of nations. So, they might have had a plan or scheme afoot, but as in most wars, the soldiers are fighting for a good cause. This is certainly an area I'll be doing more reading about. :) Thanks for mentioning it. :)

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  3. My sister, if I offended in my words, please forgive me.
    In the Lord's love,
    Maria

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    1. Hi Maria! I'm not offended... I've been out of town camping and just now found your comments. :)

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  4. Angela, I thought I'd lost a friend. Happy! I will try to stay on topic... Always wise.
    Hope you had fun camping!
    :0)

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    1. We are friends and sisters in the LORD! I appreciate your comments. :)

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    2. Grateful.
      Yes, sisters in the Lord!

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