Monday, November 5, 2012

Campaign Politics and Christian Living

Tomorrow is election day in the U.S. and if you haven't already voted then I would encourage you to do so. For one, I will be glad to get all of the campaign politics behind me. Both of the major candidates for months now have been accusing the other one of being stuck in the tired, old thinking that put the U.S. economy into the mess it is in. And while I definitely agree with one candidate more than the other, they are both right about one thing: the way you think affects the actions you take, the way you behave, and the habits you form.

In the book of Romans, Paul dealt a lot with how a Christian acts like a Christian rather than any other person out there. One thing he hit on time and again was changing your mindset. In Romans 12:2, Paul said, Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect
(NLT). As long as you think like everybody else, you are going to behave like everybody else. Only when you begin thinking differently will your behavior stand out from everyone around you.
Spend time pondering God's word, taking a passage or a verse and meditating on it, examining the deeper significance, determining how it applies to your specific situation. Intentionally listen for the Holy Spirit's voice throughout your day. Pray without ceasing, intervening for people in need of prayer, seeking God's will, directly asking about those passages or circumstances you don't understand, allowing God to respond to you, exposing areas of your life that need attention or things you can do to draw people to Jesus.

What you think about will determine how you think. How you think will determine how you live.

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