Are Christians Obligated to Vote?


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It looks like this presidential election is going to be between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The question is, are Christians obligated to vote? To start answering that question we must first ask ourselves, is this political system approved by God? The answer is “NO”. The political system approved by God establishes HIM as the clear KING and, a human leader as a judge. (Book of Judges).

         When the nation of Israel asked for a king the request was highly offensive to God; the people were actually rejecting God. (1 Samuel 8). Even after God warned them of the negative consequences of having a government rule by a king, the people insisted in having a king. So God gave the people what they wanted; however He still found a way to release His blessing through Godly kings who listened to His prophets.

         Eventually that political system did what God said was going to do; abused the people and rebelled against God. What we have today is a political system that is even further away from God’s will.

         I have voted in all elections since becoming a Christian, and I have never advocated not voting; however, this election is different. You think Trump is a Christian? Think again and keep watching; when you gather his fruit show it to me. On the other hand, I don’t think I have to spend too much time convincing you that Hillary’s lies are well documented.

         Beloved, don’t let anybody manipulate you into voting. We as Christians are not obligated to vote or be involved in the political system and, if there is a year that justifies for Christians not to vote is this one. Our obligation is to God and to God alone. We have an obligation to pursue holiness, to study and apply God’s Word in our lives and to preach the Gospel. Our trust is in God, not on Hillary or Trump; no human being has the capacity to turn this nation around; don’t let them fool you!

           I do understand that the president is not a part of the clergy of a nation; nevertheless these two candidates are so far away from our values as Christians that a vote for them is a direct compromise of our faith. I insist that we, as Christians, are not called to change the world; the world will get worst and eventually collapse according to Revelation 18. We are called to change lives through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

 

Please read for a deeper understanding of the Christian relationship with the world:

 

https://angelcasiano.com/2016/04/26/is-gods-kingdom-already-here/

 

https://angelcasiano.com/2016/04/26/is-gods-kingdom-already-here-part-2/

 

https://angelcasiano.com/2016/04/26/is-gods-kingdom-already-here-part-3/

 

https://angelcasiano.com/2016/04/26/is-gods-kingdom-already-here-part-4/

 

 

 

 

Testimonio Personal: Del Sufrimiento a La Redención


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A través de Facebook he tenido la preciosa oportunidad de reconectarme con muchas personas que son tan especiales para mi. La gente de mi barrio Arenas que tanto quiero, mis primos y primas, mi amigo, quizás el mejor de todos, Alcides Rosario; personas con las cuales compartí tiempos de mi infancia, de la Intermedia, de la escuela superior, José Reyes, a quien tanto quiero, mis amigos y hermanos en Jacksonville, Florida, mi familia en Mexico, El Pastor Andrés Briceño Ruiz, La Iglesia La Hermosa y la lista se extiende.

            Hoy están todos en mi corazón; mas quiero decirles y así testificar, que no todo ha sido color de rosas. Quiero decirles que he experimentado grandes quebrantos. El pronóstico de cáncer de mi esposa Ileana en Diciembre del 2004 fue devastador. Recibí la noticia estando yo en Mérida, México ministrando con el Pastor José Bosque.

            Luego seis meses después recibí el llamado más precioso, el llamado a ser pastor en una Iglesia en Carolina del Norte. De seguro que oramos por Ileana y de seguro que le creímos a Dios por un milagro. Con esa confianza en Dios respondí al llamado de Dios. Luego de más de 15 años de residir en la gran ciudad de Jacksonville, Florida en donde mis tres hijos nacieron, nos mudamos para el estado de Carolina del Norte con la fortaleza de nuestra fe en Dios.

            Seis meses después de responder a ese llamado, la noche del 29 de diciembre del 2005, Dios se llevó a Ileana. Mi hija menor tenía solo seis años. Este evento marcaría el principio de un valle de quebranto que casi me arrebató mi propia vida.

            En mi vida como Cristiano no he visto muchas manifestaciones supernaturales de Dios. No he visto un mar abrirse, no he caminado sobre las aguas, ni he visto tantas sanaciones. El milagro de mi vida es que todavía estoy aquí. Luego de la desgracia, de problemas familiares intensos, del error de un segundo matrimonio y la vergüenza del divorcio, del querer quitarme la vida, de abrazar el pecado y abandonar a Dios, todavía estoy aquí. El milagro de mi vida ha sido el poder de Dios de redimir mi alma, de recobrarme las fuerza, Su fidelidad, de devolverme propósito de vida, de restaurarme, de devolverme la paz, de llenar mi corazón de gozo y de regalarme una nueva esposa. Rayette es parte de la manifestación de la gracia de Dios en mi vida.

            Hoy día Dios me ha regalado mi propio negocio que me da la libertad de pasar más tiempo con El. Tengo control sobre mi tiempo. Este verano, con el favor de Dios, publico mi primer libro que confronta el tema del divorcio en la Iglesia. Por la gracia de Dios estoy trabajando muy duro en completar una de dos maestrías que tengo como meta completar. La primera es en Religión con enfoque en consejería pastoral. La segunda será en Apologética Cristiana que enfatiza en la defensa de los fundamentos de nuestra fe como Cristianos. Estas maestrías sirven como preámbulo a una de mis grandes metas, el completar un grado doctoral. Este es un tiempo de preparación intensa para la próxima hazaña que Dios tiene para mi.

            Hermano, hermana, amigo, conocido y aún extraño, no sé porque Dios me dirigió a escribir estas palabras en este día y no sé por lo que estás pasando; pero espero que esta pequeña porción de mi testimonio te dé ánimo para seguí adelante. Si tienes alguna pregunta o si necesitas oración, escríbeme a angelcasiano@aol.com.

Que Dios te bendiga.

Finish What You Started


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For I hear the Lord say, finish what you started! Do not allow distractions get on the way of what is important. Stop the excuses and stop avoiding my will, says God.

“He who is faithful in what  least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.”[1] Did I not say that there is time for everything?[2] You claim that you have no time, that you are too busy, but you waste your time day by day in foolish and empty things. Your life is passing you by.

Do you not want to finish your race of the destiny for your life? I gave the Apostle Paul the anointing to finish his race and to keep his faith all the way until the end.[3] That anointing is available for you today.

Remember how excited you were when you started that project? I placed that desire in your heart. Why don’t You trust me! Did I not say that I am faithful to finish the good work I started in you?[4] Resistance will come, discouragement will come, but through all, am I not the Great I am? I am all you need, says God.

It does not matter how simple the task, how insignificant you think it may be; a project around the house, a class, a new degree, a book, a certification, a ministry, a conversation, asking for forgiveness, etc. I am providing you with the anointing to finish what you started.

Be encourage, be courageous; I can’t move any further with you until you obey Me and move according to the vision I planted in your heart. Run with the vision![5] Why are you not moving? Why are you walking? RUN! Go back and see your incomplete projects! Finish what you started! Trust me![6] I will never leave you nor forsake you… do not be discourage![7]

And in this I give advice: It is to your advantage not only to be doing what you began and were desiring to do a year ago; 11 but now you also must complete the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to desire it, so there also may be a completion out of what you have.” 2 Corinthians 8:10-11 (NKJV)

[1] Luke 16:10 New King James Version (NKJV)

[2] Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

[3] 2 Timothy 4:7

[4] Philippians 1:6

[5] Habakkuk 2:2

[6] Jeremiah 39:18

[7] Deuteronomy 31:18