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Will You Vote Values That Stand the Test of Fire?

Will you vote values that are more important than the economy when you go to the polls next week? Can your values stand the test of fire?

This short clip by the Catholic Church powerfully challenges us to vote our values. I’m not a Catholic, but watching it, I cried and shouted, “Yes!” I think you might too.

(If you received this clip via RSS or email and cannot view it, please visit my Holy in the Daily blog post for your inspirational moment of the week.)

Will you vote values?

More important than voting for a person next week is to vote values that will stand the test of fire.

Thoughts and comments: Well, did you enjoy the clip? How did it challenge and engage you?

Have a great week, Susan

“Jesus likes it when we share.” -Adelaide, age 3: Pass this along to everybody and their brother. OK, maybe not everybody’s brother, but you know . . . all of your friends would be nice.

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  1. Lilly

    Powerful work!

  2. Gary Pharis

    Susan, I have the utmost respect for you and your husband Tom. I feel such gratitude for the way your husband, Pastor Tom, was instrumental in leading a good friend of mine to Christ. This was Carl Leslie Storer, someone I also had shared the Gospel with numerous times. Carl always seemed like a stubborn atheist, clinging desperately to Darwin’s theory of evolution. God used Tom and Carl placed is faith in Jesus. Shortly after Carl died. But I have the assurance I will now see him again.

    As to a comment in response to your video post:

    I watched this video and the one that Mike Huckabee did, narrating an over-dub. I agree that we, as Americans, should vote for candidates based upon Godly values. I am not sure how voting for either Romney or Obama is representative of voting for values that stand the test of fire as “each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work” (I Cor. 3:13). To Mr. Huckabee I would say this….from the word of God…”Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.” …Romans 13:1-7 People who do believe in God, should be praying more, on their knees, to be the light of the World, so that by their actions, others can come to know God – not telling brothers and sisters in Christ how to vote.

    I listened and watched the video and nowhere does Mike Huckabee explicitly say that if you vote for Obama you are going to hell. However, through the imagery of the video, (that is a copy of a video produced by the Roman Catholic Church entitled, “Test of Fire: Election 2012,”) and the use of the phrase,”Your vote will affect the future and be recorded in eternity. Will you vote the values that will stand the test of fire,” the implication can be drawn that voting for Obama will enure your descent into hell. I do know that my political position has been addressed by several “Christians” and my own standing in Christ has been called into scrutiny because I did not vote for Senator McCain in 2008 and because I am not voting for Willard Romney in this election. Apparently, the latest way of salvation through Jesus Christ, is first through the doorway of the Republican Party and Willard Romney. What ever happened to John 14:6? Now, John 14:6 is a GODLY VALUE THAT STANDS THE TEST OF FIRE.

  3. Susan

    Thanks for your comments, Gary. Carl was a good friend all through high school to me, and I was so thankful to see him come to the Lord before he died.

    I didn’t see this video endorsing either Obama or Romney. I felt it focused on values that represent God’s heart for people. I haven’t watched Mike Huckabee’s video so I can’t comment on it.

    The reason I liked this video so much is that it didn’t tell people who to vote for–it challenges us to vote for values that represent God’s heart for marriage, life, and freedom.

    There are many things that carry over into eternity future and Godly values are one of them. John 14:6 is talking about the way of salvation (or how to get into the Kingdom). This video is talking about Kingdom culture (or what we value after we get into the Kingdom). Two different things that we don’t want to confuse.

    I’m voting for values that represent God’s Kingdom culture. Each of us will have to decide which candidate represents those values best.

  4. Barbara

    Susan and Gary,

    Carl is my brother. I am overjoyed at your comments about his turning his life over to God. I pray that his commitment was sincere and that one day, I will see him heaven. Thank you for your prayers and instruction to him…..May God bless you both (and your husband, too, Susan). Barbara Storer

    1. Susan

      Like all of us, Barbara, Carl wasn’t perfect, but his relationship with the Lord was real. He struggled, but he grew. I know that he continued to work on habits that disappointed him in his relationship with others. Addictions hurt others and ourselves, but that’s why we need Jesus. He only walked with Jesus a short time, but it was enough. His death was sudden and yes, you will see him in Heaven. I look forward to the reunion. Thanks for connecting!
      Susan

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