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November 5, 2016
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The Connection with Skip Heitzig

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  • female: Hello, and welcome to this message from Pastor Skip
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  • Heitzig of Calvary Albuquerque.
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  • As these teachings are shared worldwide, our prayer
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  • is that God uses them to bring more people into his family.
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  • If this message encourages you, we'd like to know.
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  • Email us at mystory@calvaryabq.org.
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  • And if you'd like to support this ministry financially,
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  • Christians have a wide variety of political notions, but
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  • we need to be informed of the policies, engaged in the
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  • process, and active in the promotion of Godly discourse.
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  • In the message "Christians and Politics," Skip shares four
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  • guidelines believers should adhere to when looking at
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  • politics. Now, we invite you to turn
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  • in your Bibles to Jeremiah chapter 29 as he begins.
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  • Skip Heitzig: "Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow,
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  • for it is soon cut off, and we fly away."
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  • Now, as dual citizens, citizens of the kingdom of God,
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  • citizens of the kingdom of men, we have a dual responsibility.
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  • We don't have a responsibility to be cloistered,
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  • to be away from here, "No, I'm not going to get involved.
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  • No, I don't want to know. Don't tell me, I'm going to
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  • sit this one out." You know, Jesus prayed for
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  • his disciples in John 17. And he didn't pray a prayer of
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  • escapism. He said, "Father, I pray not
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  • that you should take them out of the world, but that you should
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  • keep them from the evil one while they're in the world."
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  • That was his prayer. I like that.
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  • It helps me understand my position in the world.
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  • Jesus didn't say, "Father, help them to find caves where they
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  • can store ammunition and food, and listen to wacky prophecy
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  • teachers," and all that kind of stuff.
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  • He said, "No, no, no, I want them to live out their faith in
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  • the world. Don't take them out.
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  • Keep them from the evil one while they're in."
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  • Not only that, but Jesus even said something,
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  • were I a disciple, I would take a little bit of umbrage at.
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  • He said to his disciples one day,
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  • "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves."
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  • I think I'd have said, "What? Thank you very little.
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  • You're my good shepherd, I'm your little sheep,
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  • and you want to send me out as sheep in the midst of wolves?"
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  • Why on earth would he do that? Here's why.
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  • He wants some of those wolves to turn into sheep,
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  • and the only way to get that done is to get some of
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  • the sheep going out to the wolves.
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  • Sheep can't just say, "Well, I'm going to stay in
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  • the sheep pen all day long because that's kind of
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  • cool in here, I like it in here."
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  • We've got to go out where the wolves are.
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  • And Jesus said, "I'm going to send you there."
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  • So, he insisted that we live out our
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  • lives in the midst of this world.
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  • I came to Christ during an era that historians call the Jesus
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  • movement. I love that.
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  • I love--Jesus was moving.
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  • By the way, he still is, but during the Jesus movement,
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  • one of the most important aspects of it was the belief
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  • that Jesus Christ is coming soon,
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  • that he could come at any moment.
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  • By the way, I still believe that.
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  • I believe he is coming soon, and that it could
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  • happen at any moment, I believe that.
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  • Now, the backlash, however, of the Jesus movement was that it
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  • created a group of irresponsible Christians.
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  • What do I mean by that?
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  • Well, I was counseled by my friends along these lines.
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  • "Skip, don't go to college, the Rapture's going to happen.
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  • Don't get a career, the Rapture's going to happen.
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  • Don't get married, the Rapture's going to happen."
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  • Now, that's what my friends said.
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  • That's not what Jesus said.
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  • Jesus said this, "Occupy until I come.
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  • Keep your hand to the plow, get busy,
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  • stay busy, stay working until I come."
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  • Jesus never promoted isolation. He never promoted insulation.
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  • He certainly didn't promote vegetation,
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  • where you just sort of do nothing but hang out and veg in
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  • the Spirit until Jesus comes. What he promoted was permeation.
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  • He said, "You are the salt of the earth,
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  • you are the light of the world."
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  • Most of you know that salt wasn't used just to spice your
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  • food up, it was used to preserve the food itself.
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  • You'd rub it in the meat, you know why?
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  • To prevent decay. You're the salt of the earth.
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  • I want you peppered and salted throughout society to keep the
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  • society from going completely off the rails.
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  • You're the salt of the--you're the light of the world,
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  • shining your light in the darkness of this age by your
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  • words and by your lifestyle.
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  • Back in the fifth century, there was a guy by the name of Simeon,
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  • fifth century AD, Simeon.
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  • His fuller name was Simeon Stylites.
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  • Stylites is a word that means pillar dwellers.
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  • Get this, Simeon Stylites spent 37 years of his life living on
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  • the top of a pillar 60 feet off the ground.
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  • Okay, that's weird. I hope you know that's weird.
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  • Do you know anybody living on a pillar 60 feet off the ground?
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  • Have you ever met anybody who does that?
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  • Who does that? Simeon did it.
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  • Why did he do it?
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  • He built a platform up there, 37 years he lived up there.
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  • He did it because he thought the mortification of the
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  • flesh, being isolated, doing hard things that hurt
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  • your body makes you holy.
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  • So, he was a holy man who lived on a pillar for 37 years.
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  • Come to find out he inspired a whole group of pillar
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  • saints they called themselves.
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  • They're out looking for pillars, they're out looking for ruins of
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  • places to build a little place on,
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  • and live on top of the pillar isolated from society.
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  • There was one guy he inspired by the name of Anatol of France.
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  • Anatol's problem is that he didn't have a pillar,
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  • and he did have a family.
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  • So, what Anatol did is to improvise not having a pillar.
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  • He took his kitchen table, he put a little stool on top
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  • of the kitchen table, climbed upon it, put a little
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  • white garment, simple garment, sat on the little pillar
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  • he had made in his kitchen.
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  • And he thought, "Oh man, I'm going to get holy."
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  • And it was all cool until his family came home.
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  • And you know what they said? They said, "You're nuts.
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  • Who does that? This is stupid."
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  • So, he gave it up, and he wrote this.
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  • "I soon perceived it is a very difficult thing to be a saint
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  • while living with your own family."
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  • Now I see why Simeon Stylites and Jerome went out to the
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  • desert. It's a fun little story, true
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  • story from church history, but listen, we don't need holy
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  • men on pillars. We need holy men in pizza
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  • shops, in pastry shops, in politics.
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  • Listen, we don't need people on stools, on tables.
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  • We need people sitting behind desks in offices who are sharing
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  • the gospel, who are in real life,
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  • and who are responsible in their culture.
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  • Now, you need to understand that we are very different in
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  • this respect from them back then.
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  • They lived in an autocratic, totalitarian regime, a monarchy.
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  • King Nebuchadnezzar was the law.
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  • If he wanted to kill you, you're dead.
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  • You don't vote him in or out of office.
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  • We have the luxury of living in a democratic society where we
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  • can say what we believe in a ballot box, very different
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  • than what our forbearers had in Rome or in Babylon.
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  • So, we should, we should vote, we should voice our concern in
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  • the public discourse. That's first, be responsible in
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  • your culture. Second is to be prayerful.
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  • Be prayerful for your country. Verse 7, we take our cues
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  • from that. The letter continues, Jeremiah
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  • writes, "And seek the peace of the city where I have
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  • caused you to be carried away captive.
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  • And pray to the Lord for it, for in its peace you will have
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  • peace." What is he saying?
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  • Simply this: their welfare was bound up in
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  • the welfare of Babylon.
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  • Jeremiah says, "Don't revolt, don't start an instigation,
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  • don't start a revolution. Pray.
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  • Pray for the peace of your city."
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  • And so, that's what I'm doing.
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  • I'm calling the church to pray this week as a week of prayer
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  • and perhaps even fasting for some of you.
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  • We have put in your bulletin a simple little card.
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  • You can carry it as a reminder in your Bible,
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  • you can start each day there's some directions on the back of
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  • how to do that, who to pray for, what to pray for.
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  • And open up your day in prayer with this.
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  • Grab a friend during the day, say,
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  • "Let's pray for what's going on in our country.
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  • Let's pray for the upcoming elections."
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  • At your meal times, pray with your family over these things.
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  • Your small groups, your connect groups, pray together.
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  • If you have time and you're in the area,
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  • come by the church this week, grab one of us.
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  • Let's pray together for this nation.
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  • I think most of us believe our country is in trouble.
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  • I don't think I need to sell that.
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  • I think most of us would say our country needs God's help,
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  • right? I think we all agree on that.
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  • So, we understand we need God to forgive us our sin,
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  • to heal our land. And prayer is our declaration
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  • not of independence, but of dependence upon God.
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  • And so you say, "Well, what are you praying for, Skip?"
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  • I'll tell you what I'm praying for.
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  • I'm asking God for another chance.
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  • I'm asking God for a revival in this country.
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  • Another chance, a revival. It's happened before.
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  • Christians came at times in our national history,
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  • when it looked like things were falling apart to them,
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  • and they got on their knees, and they prayed for a revival.
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  • And there were great awakenings in this country.
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  • I'm praying that God would do that again.
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  • I want God to bless America, but first America needs
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  • to bless God. We need to praise him, and
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  • be one nation under God like it says so on our money.
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  • Paul wrote to Timothy and he said,
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  • "I urge then, first of all, that requests,
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  • prayers, intercession, thanksgiving be made for
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  • everyone, for kings and all those in authority, that we
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  • may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and
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  • holiness. This is good, and pleases God
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  • our Savior." Did you hear that?
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  • If you want to please God this week,
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  • pray for your leaders, pray for the nation.
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  • That's not to say that you stop with prayer.
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  • You can always do more than pray after you've prayed,
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  • but you can't do more than pray until you've prayed.
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  • That's where we start.
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  • That is the foundation of all of our other activities.
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  • Abraham Lincoln said, "It is the duty of nations,
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  • as well of as men, to recognize the sublime truth announced in
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  • the Holy Scriptures and proved by all of history that those
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  • nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord."
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  • Another president in '84, 1984, Ronald Reagan said,
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  • "Without God, there's a coarsening of the society.
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  • Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.
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  • If we ever forget that we are one nation under God,
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  • we will be one nation gone under."
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  • Powerful words. All of that to say the vote that
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  • you make in your prayer closet must precede the vote that
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  • you make in the ballot box. They go together.
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  • You want to pray, and you want to act,
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  • but you want to pray first. Now, why do we pray?
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  • Well, I'll tell you why I pray, because I think it'll work.
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  • I mean, isn't that why we pray?
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  • I hope you--well, I pray because it makes me feel really good.
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  • But if it doesn't work, why do it?
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  • In fact, if you don't believe it'll work,
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  • you know what'll happen? You'll never pray.
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  • If you actually believe prayer works, you'll do it.
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  • I think we got to come to a place where we're going to pray
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  • because we believe God's going to do something in response.
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  • Do I really believe that?
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  • Well, Proverbs 21, listen to this.
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  • You know it, but listen to it.
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  • The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord.
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  • The king's heart, here's God holding the king's heart in his
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  • hand. He's got control of the king's
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  • heart. The king's heart is in the
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  • hand of the Lord.
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  • You could change the words around.
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  • The mayor's heart is in the hand of the Lord.
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  • The governor's heart is in the hand of the Lord.
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  • The president's heart is in the hand of the Lord.
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  • The candidate's heart is in the hand of the Lord.
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  • It says, "The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord,
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  • and he directs it like a water course wherever he pleases.
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  • In other words, God has the power to direct the decisions of
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  • leaders on earth, even bad ones. Nebuchadnezzar was a bad one.
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  • God could direct his heart to where he wanted it to go.
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  • So, I'm asking you to pray.
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  • I'm asking if you don't have medical issues,
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  • if you're not a diabetic, et cetera, that you fast.
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  • Well, you say, "Well, what is fasting?
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  • What does that mean? Like I have to give something
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  • up?" Yeah.
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  • "You're asking me to give something up?"
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  • Yeah, like food. "Well, I'll die."
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  • No, it won't kill you if you skip a meal or a day,
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  • or certain items from it.
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  • I'm going to leave that between you and the Lord,
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  • but I will tell you in the Book of Acts, whenever they
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  • made important decisions or when they were going to bring
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  • in new leadership, they prayed and they fasted.
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  • Now, I want you to know that fasting is not a sanctified
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  • diet. It's not a way to lose weight
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  • in Jesus' name. Ooh, how do you like my
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  • new fast, slim? Do I look good, especially in
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  • black? No, fasting is not to lose
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  • weight, it's to gain wisdom, gain wisdom.
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  • The purpose of a fast in the Bible is that you withhold
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  • physical food to allow spiritual focus.
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  • That's part of what is behind 2 Chronicles 7:14.
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  • Most people don't know much about the book,
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  • but they know this one verse, "If my people,
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  • who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and
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  • seek my face, turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from
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  • heaven, I will forgive their sins, I will heal their land."
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  • I think our land needs some healing.
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  • And I think we can be a part of it.
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  • We can be responsible in our culture, we can be prayerful
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  • for all our country. Third, be careful.
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  • This season, be careful who you consider,
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  • be careful who you're listening to.
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  • Verse 8 says, "For thus says the Lord of hosts,
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  • the God of Israel, 'Do not let your prophets and your diviners
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  • who are in your midst deceive you,
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  • nor listen to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed.
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  • For they prophesy falsely to you in my name.
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  • I have not sent them,' says the Lord."
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  • What was happening?
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  • Well, there were men in their midst of the congregation in
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  • Babylon who were writing their own letters,
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  • speaking their own messages that counteracted
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  • everything Jeremiah was saying.
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  • What they were saying is that peace is right around the
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  • corner, "We're not going to be here 70 years.
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  • King Zedekiah's still on the throne in Jerusalem.
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  • Lickety-split, we're going to be back in Jerusalem,
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  • we're not going to have to be here.
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  • This isn't a punishment for our sin, don't worry."
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  • And Jeremiah's going, "Uh-uh, you're going to be
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  • there a long time, 70 years.
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  • Make the best of it, get involved,
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  • be prayerful, and be careful who you listen to."
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  • Every election cycle, we hear messages,
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  • positive messages, negative messages from both parties.
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  • I think it's safe to say both sides are going to tell you some
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  • things that are true, and some things that are not true.
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  • I'm not going to tell you which proportionately or any of that.
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  • So, what do you when you hear so many different messages?
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  • You think, you learn, you get informed long enough to
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  • know what the real issues are, and what candidates
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  • stand for, what are their values.
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  • That's how we respond in prayer and respond in activity of
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  • voting. That's how we do it.
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  • So, we need to be informed, we need to be involved,
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  • we need to be engaged.
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  • I love what my dad used to say, that funny little saying,
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  • it must have come from World War II,
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  • "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition."
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  • I don't know, just got a kick out of him saying that.
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  • I didn't even know what it meant,
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  • but it sounded cool, "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition."
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  • And come to find out it means that, you know what?
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  • We have one eye in heaven, and we're praising the Lord and
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  • thanking him and trusting him, but we also are responsible
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  • enough to keep our powder dry, to be prepared,
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  • to be ready, all that, be vigilant.
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  • All that is part and parcel with it.
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  • And I might even add that we need Christians involved in the
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  • actual political process. Run for office.
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  • You know, we always say, "Well, there's nobody good to vote
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  • for." So be one.
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  • We'll vote for you if you get involved.
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  • Run for city council, run for local office.
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  • Step up to the plate, help shape policy.
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  • God could call you to that.
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  • Now, in this election, many people in our country feel
  • 00:18:50.280 --> 00:18:53.200
  • they're asked to make a very difficult, they've said, I've
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  • heard this word, "unpalatable choice."
  • 00:18:56.060 --> 00:18:59.110
  • "Well, I don't know who to vote for.
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  • I don't like either one of them."
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  • My friend David Jeremiah was asked the question how he would
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  • advise voters who say none of the presidential candidates
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  • represent their core beliefs. "What do I do if none of the
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  • candidates represent my core beliefs?"
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  • This is how he answered, quote, "Everybody wants to find
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  • someone who represents who they are.
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  • Unfortunately, there isn't anybody like that,
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  • not in this election, probably not ever again.
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  • We're down to the point where we need to elect somebody whom
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  • we're pretty certain won't be against us, somebody who will
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  • allow us to live out our faith," close quote.
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  • This election is not like any other election.
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  • And I am not going to tell you who to vote for.
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  • I'm going to tell you to vote. I'm going to tell you to pray,
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  • and fast, and I'm going to tell you to vote.
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  • And I will also tell you that Eric Metaxas,
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  • who has spoken here before and written great books,
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  • calls this election a Bonhoeffer moment.
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  • Isn't that an interesting description,
  • 00:20:08.150 --> 00:20:09.240
  • a Bonhoeffer moment? Some of you know who Dietrich
  • 00:20:09.250 --> 00:20:11.250
  • Bonhoeffer was, the German pastor who was
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  • imprisoned and killed by the Nazis.
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  • And Bonhoeffer noted that so many people in his day couldn't
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  • be bothered with politics, "No, no, that's not my thing.
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  • I don't want--I don't want--"
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  • Just not informed, not engaged, not involved.
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  • And so, he came along, and he was calling people to stand up
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  • against injustice, asking the church to do it,
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  • sounded the alarm. But if you know what happened,
  • 00:20:38.290 --> 00:20:42.200
  • very few heeded his call. The rest is history.
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  • The policies of Adolf Hitler took over Germany,
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  • threatened Europe, threatened the free world.
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  • So, I don't think we have the option to sort of sit in
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  • the corner and whine and despair.
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  • I don't think we have that option.
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  • Edmund Burke said, you know this quote because as soon as I say
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  • it, you're going to start saying it,
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  • "The only thing needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do
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  • nothing." The only thing that is needed
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  • for evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing.
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  • So, you want it to get worse? Do nothing at all.
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  • Don't get engaged, don't get involved.
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  • But for a moment, push the candidates aside and
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  • think of issues.
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  • There are still plenty of issues that you can voice your opinion
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  • on, that are key issues, issues like the sanctity of human life
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  • in the womb, issues like marriage and family, issues
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  • like human rights, issues like federal judges in the
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  • Supreme Court, issues like national defense, issues
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  • like terrorism, issues like the stability of
  • 00:21:56.210 --> 00:21:59.150
  • Israel in a very volatile Middle East.
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  • All of these are issues that you have a voice in.
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  • Which leads me to the fourth and final, be hopeful.
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  • Be hopeful, be hopeful in your calling.
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  • Verse 10, "For thus says the Lord,
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  • 'After seventy years are completed at Babylon,
  • 00:22:17.180 --> 00:22:20.000
  • I will visit you,'" I love that, God's coming to town.
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  • "'I will visit you and perform my good word toward you,
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  • and cause you to return to this place, Jerusalem.
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  • For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,' says
  • 00:22:32.060 --> 00:22:34.020
  • the Lord, 'thoughts of peace and not of evil,
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  • to give you a future and a hope.
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  • Then you will call upon me, and go and pray to me,
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  • and I will listen to you. And you will seek me and
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  • find me when you search for me with all of your heart.'"
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  • Here's the big picture.
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  • Get involved, but have a light touch.
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  • You're going to be here for 70 years, that's
  • 00:22:58.040 --> 00:23:00.160
  • almost a lifetime. And for some people, it will be.
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  • But you're coming back.
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  • So, as you live your life in this temporary,
  • 00:23:05.140 --> 00:23:12.240
  • earthly environment, keep your eye on the permanent heavenly
  • 00:23:12.250 --> 00:23:17.000
  • environment that you're going to.
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  • That's the message for us. We're here for a lifetime.
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  • We are not here for all time. So, we are passing through.
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  • We are in captivity.
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  • But we're not going to always be here.
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  • Look at verse 10, look at the word "cause."
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  • It's the one word that jumped out of the text this week as I
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  • studied it. "I will visit you and I
  • 00:23:38.120 --> 00:23:40.130
  • will cause you to return." You know what that tells me?
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  • Nebuchadnezzar's not in charge, God is.
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  • God is in control. Nebuchadnezzar is on the
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  • throne on earth. God is on the throne in heaven.
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  • And that's a bedrock truth of the sovereignty of God
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  • that we can rest on at any time.
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  • Listen, it doesn't matter who's in the White House.
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  • God's in the house, God's in the house.
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  • Now, I'm not saying it doesn't matter,
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  • I'm not saying these things don't matter.
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  • They do matter, of course they matter temporarily.
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  • But in the big scheme of things, these things don't alter the
  • 00:24:10.130 --> 00:24:14.210
  • unalterable truth that God is absolutely sovereign.
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  • You think God gets stressed at this stuff?
  • 00:24:19.140 --> 00:24:22.030
  • We look at the news, we get so stressed.
  • 00:24:22.040 --> 00:24:24.050
  • You think God wrings his hands, you think God reads the polls
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  • and goes, "Oh man"? My friend says God rules the
  • 00:24:26.200 --> 00:24:31.000
  • universe with his feet up. That good?
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  • He's not stressed, he just goes, "Next.
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  • This is easy stuff, I got this. I got this covered."
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  • And you, child of God, should never come to a place where you
  • 00:24:43.050 --> 00:24:47.000
  • are hopeless, where you despair. God causes things to happen.
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  • God overrules what men rule.
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  • It's a very interesting marriage, actually.
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  • It's just a very mysterious wonder.
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  • The kings rule, and we in a democracy have the ability to
  • 00:25:02.110 --> 00:25:06.090
  • influence who that's going to be, but God overrules.
  • 00:25:06.100 --> 00:25:10.260
  • God overrules. And so, we have dual
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  • citizenship. But we live, as Lincoln called
  • 00:25:14.140 --> 00:25:17.090
  • it, in a government of the people, by the people, and for
  • 00:25:17.100 --> 00:25:20.280
  • the people. And Abraham Lincoln, our
  • 00:25:20.290 --> 00:25:24.000
  • president, called the nation to pray and to vote, pray and
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  • to vote. I'm calling you to pray,
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  • get registered, and then vote.
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  • "Oh, but my favorite television show's on election night."
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  • Thank God for TiVo. Or fast from that.
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  • But get out there and vote.
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  • Because Jesus said this, "Render to Caesar the things that are
  • 00:25:48.200 --> 00:25:56.010
  • Caesar's, and render to God the things that are God's."
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  • There's two parts to that verse. And we can be all smug,
  • 00:26:01.040 --> 00:26:04.080
  • rendering to God the things that are God's.
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  • "But I don't get involved in Caesar things."
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  • Jesus said to render to him.
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  • And we live in a--in a democracy where we vote in the Caesar.
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  • They didn't; we do. So, in order to obey that
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  • command, dual citizenship, responsible in the kingdom,
  • 00:26:17.180 --> 00:26:21.260
  • responsible on the earth as well.
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  • female announcer: That's all the time we have for today,
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  • announcer: Thank you for joining us for this teaching
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  • from Skip Heitzig of Calvary Albuquerque.
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