Jesus said to “Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” We must learn to be involved in the world, but not be a part of it.
Political conventions are overwhelming us this month. The Republicans gathered in Cleveland last week and the Democrats are meeting in Philadelphia next week. As I watched periodic segments last week, three words came to mind: consciences, convictions, and consequences.
- Consciences are our moral guidance systems. They are our personally developed ethics, which inform, guide, or condemn our own actions.
- Convictions are deeply-held, personal beliefs, with pre-determined decisions. If X, Y, or Z happen we will do A, B or C.
- Consequences are the relational or circumstantial results of our actions and decisions. We must learn to accept and be accountable for these consequences.
At the Republican convention, Senator Ted Cruz spoke about Republican social convictions and the freedoms of American exceptionalism. Cruz concluded his principled speech, by telling the people:
“Please don’t stay home in November. If you love our country and love our children as much as I know that you do, stand and speak and vote your conscience.” He went on, “Vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and be faithful to the Constitution.”
With the Democratic National Convention scheduled for this week in Philadelphia, we will soon see their collective consciences, convictions, and consequences. While the Republican convention platform featured the most pro-life, pro-marriage, and pro-religious freedoms ever, the Democrat platform will likely be dramatically less!
Four years ago, the DNC delegates booed the mention of God and affirmed their collective commitment to deny any human rights to unborn human babies. This year, Hillary has highlighted her Methodist background and has selected Catholic Tim Kaine as her vice presidential partner, while defending their radical pro-choice positions and socialistic goals.
As you review the results of the Republican convention and discern the desires and designs of the Democrat delegates, please consider the biblical truths about our consciences, convictions, and consequences. May God grant us His grace and shine the light of truth on us all!