I also received this timely quote in the e-mail box last week, attributed to one Huntley Brown:Romans 14:10b-1210 ...For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
Many of my friends process their identity through their blackness. I process my identity through Christ. Being a Christian (a Christ follower) means He leads I follow. I can't dictate the terms He does because He is the leader.There will come a day when I, and every other human being who has ever lived, will stand before God. Each of us will give an account of our actions, thoughts, deeds, motives—everything—before the omniscient God of the Universe. Those of us who were eligible American voters on November 4, 2008, will give an account of our actions at the polling place on that day (and that includes those who did not bother to vote).
I can't vote black because I am black; I have to vote Christian because that's who I am. Christian first, black second. Neither should anyone from the other ethnic groups vote because of ethnicity. 200 years from now I won't be asked if I was black or white. I will be asked if I knew Jesus and accepted Him as Lord and Savior.
When I stand (more likely, fall on my face) before God, will I be able to say that I researched the issues, informed myself of the candidates' positions, and then, using the best wisdom He could give me, chose those candidates who best reflected what is right and godly, and who would best lead my country, state, and county?
When I explain to God my votes, will I say that I chose candidates based only on how I thought they might impact my pocketbook, ignoring their records on things like abortion, embryonic stem cell research, gay marriage, and other issues on which the Bible speaks clearly?
If I vote for Barack Obama because I was displeased with the previous president, or because of the color of my/his skin, or because I thought he would take somebody else's wealth and give it to me—in other words, because of my hatred, shallowness, or greed—will I be ashamed when I give account of this in the holy presence of my God? Or will He say, "Well done, good and faithful servant"?
I will give account to God some day. I cannot vote for Barack Obama.