Pastor Timothy Throckmorton

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There is an old proverb that goes, “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.” The actions we should or could have taken are one thing, the actions we can take now, in this moment are quite another. As cultural battles intensify in our great nation, it behooves us to always remember who we are, where we came from and what our particular personal responsibilities are in light of the moment in which we find ourselves. I truly appreciated Larry P. Arnn, the President of Hillsdale College when he wrote of Winston Churchill’s responsibilities and action during his moment in world history. In the December 2017 edition of Imprimus entitled, Three Lessons of Statesmanship, he writes “The first lesson of the war concerns what Churchill called the profound significance of human choice, and the sublime responsibility of men... It is not trends but choices that matter most at the key moments of history.”

The time has come once again to exercise that incredibly important right as a citizen on the United States of America and vote! Not everyone in the world today has this privilege and it has been handed to us at great price and sacrifice, so allow me to encourage everyone not to overlook this opportunity or the sacrifice that was made to make it possible. I remember an incredibly profound quote ago that has stuck in my mind for years. Referring to the government leaders we have now in office the speaker said, “The sitting Congress and Senate of the United States of America does not reflect the values of all Americans. They only reflect the values of the Americans who voted in the last election.”

By the time I came of age, abortion on demand was already legal and the Bible was legally being escorted out of the classroom. As far back as I can remember the proclamation of God’s word and influence has faced opposition in our society, in the courthouse, the classroom, and in every arena of public life. So, in fact, I really haven’t known the America that I’ve read about in history books, many of which are now out of print and or unused by the educational system of today. For example, did you know that George Washington in his farewell address warned, “Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion? Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds… reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” President Washington was warning our nation that in removing religious principles we would lose our morals nationally. And it seems we have.

I’ve said this across America in the past few months, “the next two to three weeks may very well shape the next forty years in our nation!” I believe this is true and I firmly believe that we need God’s assistance, and for God’s people to voice their biblical values at the ballot box. Listen to our heritage voiced by those who pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honors that we might have the rights and privileges we enjoy today... “We can only depend on the all-powerful influence of the Spirit of God, whose Divine aid and assistance it becomes us as a Christian people most devoutly to implore. Therefore, I move that some minister of the Gospel be requested to attend this Congress every morning during the sessions in order to open the meeting with prayer.” Elias Boudinot, President of Congress, A Framer of the Bill of Rights in the First Congress. Here’s one more “Whatsoever State among us shall continue to make piety [respect for God] and virtue the standard of public honor will enjoy the greatest inward peace, the greatest national happiness, and in every outward conflict will discover the greatest constitutional strength.” John Witherspoon, A minister and a Signer of the Declaration of Independence”

Lastly, listen to this quote from The Rev. Matthias Burnet in a sermon delivered before the Connecticut legislature in 1803 addressed this very concern when he stated: After preaching to the assembly turned to the crowd in the gallery and said, “Finally, ye . . . whose high prerogative it is to . . . invest with office and authority or to withhold them, [by voting] and in whose power it is to save or destroy your country, consider well the important trust… Which God . . . has put into your hands. To God and posterity you are accountable for them. Let not your children have reason to curse you for giving up those rights and prostrating those institutions, which your fathers delivered to you.” It’s time to vote and by all means vote your values, remembering that the best time to take action is now!

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