Saturday Sermon: Christians must keep the faith regardless of political choice
By Dr. Victor Frazier
June 8, 2012 at 1:08 a.m.
I come with a very simple, yet profound subject. My entire presentation is designed to encourage everyone to "keep the faith." It is that faith which was one and for all delivered to the saints.
In the holy word of God, the book of Jude introduces this faith. The Hebrew writer supports it and the New Testament covenant declares it.
It is the only faith that secures our salvation in New Testament scriptures. It stands unembarrassed by scientific achievement, technological advances and exciting displays of human ingenuity. It is a faith that will help you stand like David with slingshot in hand facing the colossal giant of a hell-begotten economic system that allows the rich to keep prospering while so many Americans are homeless.
We live in a country where 40 million people of this land live on a lonely island of poverty surrounded by a vast ocean of material prosperity. This is a land where those who have the most pay the least, and those who have the least pay the most on their income tax.
However, this is a faith that stands upon no political platform, but upon the holy declaration of the word of God. It leans not against the column of state; it leans against the cross of Christ. The faith of which I speak is not founded on the decision of a Democratic president or the religion of his Mormon opponent. This faith does not support same sex marriages nor does it condone a man having more than one wife.
This faith holds in the bread of life. To the children, it says, "Come to Jesus." To the teenager, keeping the faith says, "Remember now thy creator in the days of thy youth." To the young adult, it says, "Teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom."
To those whose race is nearly run, it says, "We know that when our earthly tent is taken down we have a building from God, a house not made with hands eternal in the heavens." It says to the bereaved who is standing before an open grave, "Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in me. For in my father's house there are many mansions. If it were not so, I would not have told you."
To the discouraged, keeping the faith says, "Be not weary in well-doing, for in due season, we will reap if we faint not." To those whose miseries are multiplied and whose problems are plenty, and to those whose days are dark and whose nights are dreary keeping the faith is a reminder that, "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They'll mount up with wings as eagles. They'll run and not be weary. They'll walk and not faint."
And finally, by keeping the faith, reminds those whose lives are tortured and troubled, those who feel that they just can't make it, we can know that God's grace is sufficient and his strength is made strong in their weakness.
History testifies that this faith has withstood the revelations of time the mutations of fortune and the disintegrating downpour of dynasties. I admonish you to "Keep the faith" because "without faith it is impossible to please God," Hebrew 11:6. Therefore, it matters not who you please if God is displeased, and it matters not who you displeased if God is pleased.
Dr. Victor Frazier ministers for the Flour Bluff Church of Christ in Corpus Christi.