Walter Hoye

It’s Do Time!

In Politics on January 22, 2009 at 11:04 am

founderLuke 9:51 (King James Version)

“And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem.”

This passage marks the beginning of Jesus’ journey to the cross.  His face is set “to go to Jerusalem.”  The time for bible study is over.  The time for prayer meetings is over.  The time for performing miracles is over.  At this point in Jesus’ ministry, He has already done these things.  It is not that He will not do them again or that such was a waste of time.  It is however, now time to do what His Father in Heaven sent him here to do.  His face is set “to go to Jerusalem.”  It is now time for Jesus to make His way to the cross and be crucified for the sins of all mankind.  It is time now for Jesus to go to Jerusalem where He will die for your sins and mine.

Bible study is fine.  There is nothing wrong with bible study.  Please do not stop studying your bible.  The bible teaches us to study to show ourselves approved to be workmen that need not be ashamed.  Prayer meetings are fine.  The bibles teaches us to always pray.  Still the challenge before us today is the same challenge that Jesus faced in His day.  Namely, when are we going to do what our Father in Heaven has sent us here to do?  When are we going to be about our Father’s business?  When are we going to set our face “to go to Jerusalem?”

Ever wonder why your spiritual growth is so slow?  Ever wonder why the Church seems so powerless?  Ever wonder why our families are faltering?  Ever wonder why our jails are full?  Ever wonder why the abortion rate in the African-American community is so high and why our church attendance is so low?  It is really a small wonder.  The world can see our walk does not match our talk.  There is a clear difference between what we say and what we do.  And the difference is in the doing!

If we as Christians are going to overcome evil as opposed to learning how to live with evil, it is time for us to set our face “to go to Jerusalem.” It’s “do time!”

How To Evaluate Leadership!

I…have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered these words on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C., August 28, 1963.  I agree with Dr. King.  People should be judged or evaluated based on the “content of their character” and not the “color of their skin.”  However, for us to fully understand this powerful statement, it is important to note that Dr. King was a republican and a conservative Black baptist preacher from the south.  As such, I believe Dr. King’s use of the term “character” should be understood to mean “biblical character.”

Unfortunately, we are not living in a nation that evaluates people on the basis of their character.  The question before us today is not “what” to evaluate, but “how” to evaluate.  This question is especially relevant today as Barack Obama begins to serve as the forty-fourth (44th) President of the United States of America.  In terms of leadership “what” to evaluate is clear.  We are to judge leaders by the “content of their character.”  Yet, without a clearly defined set of criteria for “good leadership” that has been found true, tried, tested and timeless, we do not know “how” evaluate a leader.

As such, and for your consideration, below are my seven (7) biblically-based and non-negotiable, criteria for evaluating leaders and/or a leaders potential.

Will The Leader …

1.  Install Godly Judges (Isaiah 1:26; Proverbs 14:34; Psalm 2:10-12; Ezra 7:25; 2nd Chronicles 19:6,7).
2.  Protect Unborn Human Life (Exodus 1:14-21; 20:13; Leviticus 20:3; Jeremiah 32:35; Psalm 139:13-16; Isaiah 44:2,24; Matthew 2:16-18; Luke 1:44).
3.  Oppose The Ennoblement Of Homosexuality (Genesis 1:27; 2:24; Leviticus 20:13; 1st Kings 14:24; Jeremiah 6:15; Romans 1:26,27; 1st Timothy 1:9-11).
4.  Protect Parental Rights (Deuteronomy 4:9,10; 6:6-8; 11:18-20; Ephesians 6:1; Colossians 3:20).
5.  Publicly Acknowledge God And Honor Him In Public Policy (Proverbs 3:5,6; Psalm 107:2; Matthew 5:37; Romans 1:28).
6.  Promote TheTen Commandments” (Exodus 20:2-17; 34:27,28; Deuteronomy 5:6-21; Matthew 5:17).
7.  Help The Poor (Deuteronomy 15:11; 24:12; Job 29:12-16; Psalm 41:1; Proverbs 14:21; 19:17; 21:13; 31:20, Matthew 19:21; 25:34-40; Mark 10:21; 14:7; Luke 14:13,14; 18:22; Galatians 2:10).

If an existing leader or candidate for leadership fails any of these biblical tests, he or she fails or will fail as a leader and does not merit our support.

It’s “do time” and the question is, in light of the Word of God, what are you going to do?

  1. Dear brother Hoye, We live at the other end of the country but thanks to the internet we can connect with what’s happening where you are and we don’t like what we are reading about. Both my wife and I have been praying for you in regards to all that you are walking through as to the legal issues. We have also been praying for you and your family. In my daily Bible reading these verses impressed themselves upon me just this morning: Heb. 10:32-34. Your words under “It’s Do Time!” are so on the money. There
    are LOTS of folks backing you up in your battle with the spiritual forces at work in our country. “Greater is He that is within us than he that is in the world. Amen? In Christian love, Len and Judy Marcy {Wilmington, NC}

  2. Dear brother in Christ, fellow citizen of Heaven. Having read all you have written on your blog, I am so excited, so glad that there are warriors willing to step up to the plate. Whether you go to jail or not, I know you are standing on His promises and ready to go to the wall for what is right. My husband was unjustly thrown in jail years ago at a pro-life demonstration out side of our local Planned Parenthood. He was the attorney, down there to see that their civil rights were honored and taking pictures. One of the PP employees came out, pointed at him & ordered the police to arrest him. He was not in any other way involved & not doing anything illegal. I counseled women who called my counseling hot-line for years, many from the black commmunity in nearby Gary, Indiana. God truly blessed, I was able to save many woman from aborting their babies, mostly black “ghetto mamas” I became close friends with some of them. It was a time I will never forget. You are a true leader and example and I will pray for others to be awakened to joining you

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