80s Christian Metal Blessings!
The Pastor Brad Rocks Ministry is not about politics. It’s about Jesus. I will never be in the business of telling you who to vote for. My aim here is all about Jesus and discipling you in your faith.
But my heart is super heavy right now. And I need to be transparent with you about what's on my heart.
If you are an American and you're paying attention, you know, we are at a crossroads as a nation and this Presidential election will have a huge impact on our future.
So, I’m going to take just this ONE email and reflect a bit upon what the BIBLE says about FREEDOM and then offer you a little challenge from my heart about the election coming up.
Galatians 5:1 "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."
TWO TRUTHS ABOUT FREEDOM:
TRUTH ONE: FREEDOM IS NEVER FREE!
The freedom we have in Christ—was bought and paid for BY JESUS on the cross. It was given to us at great cost and sacrifice to our Savior—His name forever be praised!
In Christ, we are free from sin, condemnation, death, and fear! We are more than conquerors in our King!
TRUTH TWO: FREEDOM MUST BE CHERISHED & USED WELL!
In Galatians 5 Paul exhorts us to use our freedom responsibly. We’re not to treat it flippantly. We are to cherish it and use it, intentionally to live a life that glorifies God. We are free FROM sin—and FREE TO live a holy life for our king!
Anytime freedom Is taken for granted; anytime we forget about the PRICE that was paid for our freedom, we grow apathetic, lazy, and ungrateful for the amazing gift we have.
This is one of the reasons I love taking communion each Sunday---it reminds me, each time, of the cross and Christ’s willingness to allow His body to be pieced for me and to shed His blood for me---so I NEVER forget how precious my FREEDOM (purchased for me by my Savior) truly is.
MY CHALLENGE TO YOU AS WE APPROACH THIS ELECTION:
Take some time to thank God for the freedom we have in this country. Take some time to think about what’s on the ballot (i.e. the policies and plans expressed by the candidates). Forget about “Ds” & “Rs”, instead focus, on which platform—aligns with your values—and engage in the awesome freedom you have in this country to vote.
Here are some of the values guiding my vote this year:
Freedom of religion, Freedom of speech, Pro Life, Supreme Court Justices who interpret the Constitution as written (as opposed to legislating from the bench), Support for Police, and Law & Order, Pro 2nd Amendment, A growing Economy that benefits everyone, Low Taxes & Regulations, Pro Business, Capitalism (as opposed to socialism). Energy Independence, Love for country, A Strong Military (that I pray we never have to use/peace through strength), Bringing Troops Home, and policies that focus on the content of a person’s character, not the color of their skin.
Think about your list, then I encourage you to vote for the candidate(s) who align with your values!
Thank God for your FREEDOM today – In Christ, and in America, and use that freedom well!
80s Christian Metal Blessings,