This message appeared in USA Today on October 29, 2004, the Friday before the presidential election between George Bush and John Kerry. This same ad ran in The Washington Times on the same date as a full page ad.
We are faced with enemies that will not quit. Our necessary commitment and its unavoidable cost must be continued. We are voting for people whose governing directly and indirectly affects our daily lives. Consider taxes, regulations, court decisions, responsible immigration, national security, big government, world interactions, the surrender of social and moral values, etc. The pressures are to discard that very special foundation upon which our nation rests. Consider also the war that is being waged against us by those who are opposed to the America intended by our Founding Fathers. We must make a serious effort to maintain and to strengthen our historic American system, its common sense, moral sense, business sense, legal sense, educational sense, social sense, etc. Our CONDUCT which is but the expression of our CHARACTER must be straight and true. CHARACTER IS ESSENTIAL in rightly resolving our conditions. The consequences of indifference, tolerance, unprofitable anxiety and anger will not be a new deal. Such will be a bad deal. Where the candidates stand is revealed by what they vote for and what they promote. But all that is voted for needs not to be disappointing. At the least, let there be found a good governing of one's heart. We either vote for the direction of rightness or for the direction of wrongness. Consider:
A “NO” VOTE
The elders of Israel said to Samuel: “Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now MAKE US A KING to judge us LIKE ALL THE NATIONS. And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected Me that I should not reign over them” (1 Samuel 8:5,7). “Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar” (John 19:15).
A “NO” VOTE
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you LIFE and DEATH, BLESSING and CURSING: therefore CHOOSE LIFE, that both thou and thy seed may live, That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey His voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto Him: for HE is thy LIFE, and the length of thy days” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20). The Lord Jesus said, “SEARCH the SCRIPTURES; for in them ye think ye have ETERNAL LIFE: and they are they which TESTIFY OF ME. And YE WILL NOT COME TO ME, that ye might have LIFE” (John 5:39-40). “And this is LIFE ETERNAL, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent” (John 17:3).
God's proven record of grace and mercy, rightness and
truth, is ours to know. “As for God, His way is perfect: the Word of the
LORD is tried: He is a buckler [shield] to all those that trust in Him”
(Psalm 18:30). “Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth:
for I am God, and there is none else” (Isaiah 45:22). “For the scripture
saith, Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed” (Romans 10:11).
WILL IT BE NO OR YES TO GOD, HIS WORD AND HIS SAVING GRACE IN THE PERSON OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST? CAST A YES VOTE TODAY!
The Middletown Bible Church