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Is This Election Driving You Mad?

By Justin Johnson

This political election is driving people mad.

Over half of Americans say it is a major source of stress, and just as many blame the election as the cause of being irritable, angry, anxious, and upset. Others express a lack of hope in the political system, a lack of trust in the candidates, and fear for the economy, wars, and our country.

Instead of driving you mad, this election should drive you to see the importance of being mid-Acts dispensational (M.A.D). This is the most important issue of this election that is being ignored by the main stream media.

The only great conspiracy is the hiding of the glorious gospel of Christ, and, as far as I can see, everyone who is lost (and unfortunately many who are not) are in on it (2 Cor 4:4-5).

Doesn’t that sound just like something a preacher would say? Then again, preachers are supposed to speak truth. Consider the reality.

Bible Believing Truth

While every political party claims the other is lying and misrepresenting truth, fact checkers are brought into the fray. Then we learn the fact checkers are biased and that the facts are often inconsequential.

Who do you believe? Where do you look to for a true perspective on reality, priorities, and direction? What is true?

What does our apostle say?

“For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar” – Romans 3:4

Who are our government officials accountable to? Surely, it is not the unreliable fact checkers and biased opinions of reporters.

“So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” – Romans 14:12

Everyone who follows Paul knows that all scripture is given by inspiration of God and describes true reality (2 Tim 3:16). Every other attempt at grasping who is right and who is wrong is destined to frustration.

Jesus as God

One question that is almost guaranteed to be neglected in any presidential debate is, “Do you believe Jesus is God?”

Wouldn’t this simple question tell us where people stood in relationship to the teachings of Jews, Muslims, and liberal cults? Yes, and this is why it will not be asked.

Raising this question has the added benefit of directing the conversation toward someone who can truly solve the spiritual problems of people facing election stress disorder (this is otherwise known as dealing with sin with the gospel of Christ).

According to Paul, Jesus is God manifest in the flesh, and is the Head of the church in heaven and earth (1 Tim 3:16; Col 2:19). Knowing Christ according to the revelation of the mystery would seem to be an important piece of information for understanding how our world works.

Christ’s Resurrection

If scientists discovered how to finally prevent us from dying it would make global headlines, and be touted as the end of the long scientific search for eternal life. The political conversation would be changed to how we can give access to this life giving procedure to anyone and everyone.

Yet if we believe Christ was raised from the dead according to Paul’s gospel, we understand not only that resurrection is a historical reality, but that Christ’s defeat of death is also a solution for eternal injustice (sin). 2 Tim 2:8. Rom 4:25. 2 Cor 5:19. Why doesn’t access to this message take a priority in our election conversations?

The only thing preventing Christians from spending more time on the preaching of resurrection and reconciliation during political elections is their lack of faith in the power of Christ’s resurrection. Instead, people are renown for putting their faith in fallible men that become scientists, politicians, and late night talk show hosts.

“And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain” (1 Cor 15:14), but if Christ is risen from the dead it should be the most important issue in this year’s election (and the next).

More Mid-Acts Discernment

We have detailed just a few of the effects that Bible believing mid-Acts (Pauline) dispensational right division has on our view of the election, but we could go on and on … and so we will.

M.A.D is crucial for our foreign policy. We understand since Israel is fallen (Rom 11:11) God no longer operates according to Gen 12:3. All nations of men are in need of mercy from God, and can have it in Christ Jesus (Rom 11:32).

M.A.D is necessary for our economic policy. While Jesus told Israel to sell all their possessions, give to the poor, and have all things in common (popular political policies even today); Jesus told Paul to work for your food, and let the family be responsible for helping those that lack (1 Tim 5:8; 2 Thess 3:10).

M.A.D defines our political message and response. Our ministry is not one from a department of State, but rather an ambassadorship ministry of grace, righteousness, and peace through Christ (2 Cor 4:1-2). It is this fact that prevents us from fainting at the outcomes of State elections (2 Cor 4:1).

What of the fear and anxiety? Is it not possible to handle fear according to what Christ revealed in Paul’s epistles?

“God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner…” – 2 Tim 2:7-8

Certainly it is possible for the mid-Acts (Pauline) Bible believing dispensationalist.

Be MAD!

It is clear that this election season is making a lot of people mad, but it would be far better if it would drive you to be more M.A.D (mid-Acts dispensational).

After all, there is a better way to live than to be tossed around by the circumstances of election year politics and hot air headlines. We have been given the gospel of peace, and it is clear that the majority of our country does not know the way of peace (Rom 3:10-18; Rom 5:1).

Is this election driving you mad? If not, why not? I want to help. Get mad. Be mad enough to get M.A.D understanding.

Our life is stablished, secured, and safe in Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery (Rom 16:25). Instead of being mad as hell and not taking it anymore, why not be mad at hell and spend the effort saving men and women from it.

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Learn more about a mid-Acts dispensational perspective on politics here.

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Published: November 5, 2016
Last Modified: November 12, 2016
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