From The Pastor

Dear Beachside Family and Friends,

 

Consequence is a word that is not often used these days. Webster defines consequence as "something that happens as a result of a particular action" .Some of us were told as children that there would be consequences for bad behavior. Others have grown to adulthood believing that there are no consequences at all for their actions. There are also those who understand that there are consequences attached to inappropriate behavior, but they do not care. We live in a culture where many do not believe in moral absolutes. Any morality of their own making is acceptable, no matter what the consequences may be to themselves and others. 

 

Consequences in life are as inescapable as death and taxes. Paul wrote about this in Galatians 6:7 "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows." Our actions in life will always be followed by results, good or evil. Knowing this, we must make right choices in order to receive positive results. Every action in life brings about a consequence, intended or unintended. 

 

Our nation has experienced an unprecedented. period cultural decline in recent years. The reason is simple: elections have consequences. Over the past eight years, relations between races have seriously deteriorated. There is a war in our streets between the police and those who hate them. More debt has been taken on by the current administration then all the previous administrations combined. Mandatory, government controlled health insurance has been enacted that is neither affordable nor caring. Terrorists arrive in our nation regularly, disguising themselves as refugees. These challenges and many more exist because elections have consequences.

 

Individuals of the same sex are entering into state sanctioned marriage. Christian businesses are closing rather than face the fines and penalties that are foisted upon them simply because their owners are following their consciences. A city government recently ordered pastors to turn over their sermons to be evaluated for "hate speech". Football coaches lose their jobs because they their pray publicly before games. Brothers and sisters, elections have consequences.

 

We are experiencing these problems in our nation today because many who identify as Christians have either refused to vote in past elections, or have chosen to vote for candidates who are openly resistant to the authority of God and His Word. A Christian is not one who is simply born in a Christian home or in a Christian nation. A Christian is one who has accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, and who does what Jesus commands us to do. The word Christian means "little Christ". By Bible definition, a Christian is one who acts like Jesus Christ. If Jesus were registered to vote, He would never vote for candidates who embrace abortion on demand and equate homosexual relationships with heterosexual marriage. He knows elections have consequences.

 

When we go to the polls, Jesus is with us. He lives in the heart of every true believer, and goes everywhere we go. When we take him to vote with us, will we vote the way He would? Will we set aside our desire for government to be our source and look to God? Will we vote for the candidates whose positions are closest to the morality of the Bible, regardless of their gender or political party? There is no perfect candidate. That could only be if Jesus was on the ballot. He will never stand for election, for He has already been declared King of Kings and Lord of Lords for all eternity. His Word is the ultimate and final authority. Will we submit to His leadership, or vote based on our feelings? The future of our nation hangs in the balance. Elections have consequences!

 

 

Pastor Ramon

 

 Ramon