PEOPLE of FAITH, brothers and sisters, for decades we’ve been herded into our churches and told to keep our faith to ourselves. We’ve learned how to live our faith quietly, unobtrusively. But today, there are millions of Americans waiting to see the LIFE of Jesus – the relevance of Jesus in our lives. The Lost are seeking and not finding … because we are hidden away, keeping our faith to ourselves, locked behind closed church doors. It’s way past time we step OUT … Jesus didn’t got to the Temple to minister, he went to the streets. He went where the people are and he didn’t tell they were sinners going to hell! He LOVED them.

Our nation is at a monumental crossroads. President Obama is an Communist/Socialist. If you are familiar with Marx’s Communist Manifesto, you know it sounds good on paper. Every person’s needs are met by the government. There is no want. There is also no room for God in Communism because government is god. There is no morality in Communism because every one is the same – equality. The government decides just about everything for you: where you will live, where you will work, how much you will be paid. Do you remember the Berlin Wall and the numbers of people who died trying to escape communist rule? Communism fails because human nature needs purpose and communism takes that away. You don’t get paid more for doing a better job. Yo don’t get a bigger home for working longer hours. You get paid what the gov’t decides the job is worth. Each year, the comfort level of the “PEOPLE” is reduced because revenues decline because production declines because there is no incentive to produce more.

Our nation needs men and women of character who are paying attention, educating themselves, and thinking clearly about the issues and the consequences. Our choice in this election is not a perfect choice. Jesus isn’t here running for office – and if he did, I doubt he’d be elected in this nation at the moment. Corruption runs deep, but sadly, it runs nearly as deep in our churches and homes. We live in this world, and are polluted by it, no matter how hard we try or how aware we are. We are feeble. So are our leaders. We have failed over the past decades to pay much attention, as believers, to what has been happening to pull society to the left.

Presidents Wilson and Roosevelt started “socialist” programs intended to FOOL the public into believing the Depression was over, but if you check the facts, “With freer markets, balanced budgets, and lower taxes, Wood [Sears, Roebuck and Company Chairman Robert E. Wood] was right. Unemployment was only 3.9 percent in 1946, and it remained at roughly that level during most of the next decade. The Great Depression was over.” All we, as Americans, need to do is look at history – accurately written history for the answers.

This election of 2012 is not about party, not about left or right, but about ideology. It’s about what direction we, as believers, want our nation to go. Some think compassion is the same as government programs, but again, if you check the facts, the programs designed to help the needy actually HELP them remain needy. They are NOT a hand up. The current programs offer no incentive to find work or got to school, so why should they? There are legitimate needs, but I ask you this, my friends. Did Jesus tell the sick to go apply for aid from the government, or did he take care of their need himself. He gave us the illistration of the “Good Samaritan.” In this parable, did the Good Samaritan call the Dept of Social justice to take care of the injured man, or did he take care if him himself? When did Jesus EVER send a sick or needy person to the government programs to take care of their need? NEVER! He did it himself or told his disciples to do it themselves. If we abdicate this responsibility, we are abdicating our responsibility to obey Christ’s commands to help the needy, the poor, and the widows.

    James 1: 26-27 (The Message) “Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.”

Jesus tells US, not the government, to take care of the needs of the poor. US – you and me with OUR money, OUR time & talents because it is giving out the mercy & grace we have received. It is sharing the Love of God. The Government is not responsible for the poor. You and I are. The government cannot afford to take care of the poor, as we are seeing clearly today. It is time for the CHURCH – Catholic, Protestant, Jewish – whatever faith motivates us – to rise up and take this challenge upon ourselves. “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (Js 1:22 NKJV) The rest, is up to God!