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Should Christians Be Involved in politics?
Written by Glendora Matthews

*James 2:14-16 NKJV (New King James Version)“Faith Without Works Is Dead” 14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?

Based on the scripture above, what would you do? First, let us address Faith. Christian faith or biblical faith is trust, confidence, assurance, and belief in God. For Christians this would be the sovereign God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Christians believe God made a covenant with all three of these men. What is a biblical covenant? A strong, solemn agreement between two parties. In the bible God made covenants with men, that He held them to. You must understand biblical faith before you can accept the conception “faith without works is dead!”

Abraham – Genesis 12: 1-3
1“Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you.2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.3 I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Isaac – Genesis 26: 1-5
1There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar.2 Then the Lord appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. 3 Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father.

Jacob – Genesis 28: 14-15
14 Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.”

All three of these men had faith in their God, even though they did not fully understand at the time, the covenants were created. They had trust, confidence, assurance, and belief in their Sovereign God.

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Christians, because of their faith believe in the covenants listed above. Thru Abraham’s seed a great nation was born, Isaac dwelled in the land God showed him and was blessed; and the land was given to Isaac and his descendants. God promised Jacob his descendants shall be as the dust of the earth and thru his seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.

The greatest seed that came thru Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was Jesus Christ! Jesus was born from the tribe of Judah, (Matt 1: 1-2) named after Jacob’s son Judah.

During Jesus’ three-year ministry on earth, and before his death on the cross He taught thru parables, stories used to teach moral and/or spiritual lessons. One of Jesus’ more popular parables is that of “The Good Samaritan.” Now, the Samaritans and Jewish people
hated each other; the Jews hated the Samaritans due to their mixed ancestry. Samaritans were Jews who had intermarried with other nations. There was also religious and political disputes between the two peoples.

In the Gospel of Luke 19:29-37, Jesus tells us the parable The Good Samaritan. This parable tells the story of a traveler who was robbed, beaten, and left on the side of the road half dead. A Levite and a priest walked by the injured man on the road, offered no assistance. Later in the day a Samaritan man approached the man. The Samaritan when he saw the half dead man felt compassion and empathy for the man. The Samaritan tended to the man’s wounds took the injured man to an inn where he could recover. The Samaritan paid the innkeeper to take care of the injured man until he was recovered, and promised he would pay any additional monies due when he returns.

The parable of The Good Samaritan is a good example why Christians should be involved in politics. Christians must get involved in politics in order to have influence on policies that protect the elderly, the working poor, physical health of our nation’s population, ensure that all Americans have equal rights, and our environment is protected, and at the same time not compromise their Christians values. The Good Samaritan clearly shows that we should set aside our differences and help those in need regardless of their race, religious or political background.

For decades Christians have had opposing viewpoints over politics in a Christian’s life. Should Christians vote, run for office, or participate in the voting process as poll watchers, poll workers?

Now, back to James 2:14-16 NKJV (New King James Version) “Faith Without Works Is Dead” What would you do for the person who is naked, destitute having nothing to eat? Next issue will connect James 2:14-16, as to why Christians should vote and participate in the voting process. In the meantime, go to Ballotpedia.org for all information relating to voting in your state, city, county, district. For comments regarding this article, e-mail me at [email protected].

 

May God’s Blessing Be With You.
Glendora Matthews

Glendora Matthews is the founder of “The Art of Conversation”, a think tank
created and devoted to educating our American citizens regarding the 2020 election
and census. Our top priority is to assist individuals with voter registration, understand
the American political system, and how to stay safe during the Covid 19 pandemic.
Ms. Matthews also founded the Perfect Plan Ministry in 2003 whose sole purpose is to
spread God’s plan of salvation for all mankind thru one on one and group study.

 

Ms. Matthews is a part of WOW…Works of Wonder..The Single Christians Experience. WOW is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. WOW exists to glorify GOD and build His Kingdom. WOW fellowships with like minded individuals and performs community service. WOW represents single Christians thirty-five years of age and older throughout the Dallas Fort Worth Texas Metroplex. Everyone is welcome!

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Gospel Duo Juan and Lisa Winans Hit Billboard’s Top Ten Gospel Airplay Chart With ‘It Belongs To Me’ Featuring Marvin L. Winans

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*“It Belongs To Me” by gospel duo Juan and Lisa Winans featuring Marvin L. Winans has landed at No. 9 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart this week.

The couple’s first non-holiday track, released on Dare Records, marks their first time charting together as recording artists. “It Belongs To Me” is a beautifully rendered and timely message of faith and assurance, needed during the world’s current time of social and political unrest.

“Having ‘It Belongs To Me’ reach the top ten means that people are hearing the song, and that makes me proud and grateful because I truly believe this message of hope is a much needed one,” says Juan.

“It’s incredible to know that this declaration of faith and hope is reaching so many people,” adds Lisa. “We’re so grateful, and our prayer is that the listener would internalize this message and begin to sing, speak, and shout ‘It Belongs To Me’ over every area of their lives. God is able.”

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Grammy-nominated recording artists and songwriters Juan and Lisa Winans are today’s millennial Christian couple. Juan, a third-generation member of the legendary Winans family, began his career as a member of Winans Phase 2, along with his eldest brother, Carvin, and his cousins Marvin Winans, Jr., and Michael Winans, Jr. The group’s first recording, We Got Next, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Gospel Album charts. Juan’s father, Carvin Winans, is a member of the five-time Grammy Award-winning group The Winans, which includes his uncles Marvin, Michael, and the late Ronald Winans. Juan also starred in the theatrical production of Born For This: The BeBe Winans Story,” written by his uncle BeBe Winans and also starring his sister, Deborah Joy Winans of the hit drama series, Greenleaf.

Lisa, formerly Lisa Kimmey, is best known as a member and lead songwriter of the chart-topping Contemporary Christian music trio Out of Eden with her sisters Andrea Kimmey-Baca and Danielle Kimmey Torrez. The group released seven career albums from 1994-2006 including the critically-acclaimed No Turning Back, This Is Your Life and Hymns. During Lisa’s tenure, she made a special guest appearance on the ‘90s hit sitcom, “Moesha,” which streaming giant Netflix recently added to its lineup of African American classics from the 1990s and early 2000s. She also was a host of original programming for the Gospel Music Channel and hosted the Verizon Wireless “How Sweet the Sound” choir competition along with Donald Lawrence.

For more information on Juan and Lisa Winans, go to www.juanandlisawinans.com.

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The Pulse of Entertainment: Gospel’s Brianna Collins Shows God ‘Honor & Praise’ with New Single

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Gospel artist Brianna Collins releases ‘Honor & Praise’

*“See God through my music,” said Gospel’s Brianna Collins about her new single release “Honor and Praise” produced by Drew Baxter. “This song…my gratitude, at the time, about what God had done in my life thus far – my mother helped me with it. I released it on my own. I’m all about worship. It’s a lifestyle.”

The “Honor and Praise” single was written by Brianna, a Kingdom Image Award nominee, and her second single, “Thank You” produced by Bishop Robbie Baxter, from an upcoming EP project to be released in 2021.

“When I started my ministry I was 16,” Brianna said. “I started singing in front of people at age 8. When I was called to do this, I was 16. My godfather said, ‘I want you to lead.’ At 18 I started singing professionally.”

Brianna Collins went on to perform for three-time Grammy Award winning Dorinda Clark-Cole (The Clark Sisters), for her “Singers and Musicians Conference” and her Thanksgiving Rally in Ohio. Collins is also in school pursuing a Bachelors degree in Music at the University of Akron.

“It’s the worshipping that keeps me sane,” she said. “I’m actually going to do an EP with a total of 8 songs next year.”

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Aside from college and her music ministry, Brianna is a Worship Leader at her church, the Mass Choir Director and Team Leader for the Young Adult Praise Team at Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Akron, OH.

“Love is the message in my ministry,” she said when asked, “It’s the purity of my music, it’s what I’m all about.” www.IAmBRising.com

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The Pulse of Entertainment: Billboard Chart’s #1 Vocalist Yola Nash Releases ‘Touched by Love’ CD

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Smooth Jazz vocalist Yola Nash releases sophomore album, ‘Touched by Love.’

*“My debut was 10 years ago, it became pretty successful reaching the Top 40’s,” said Poland born Jazz vocalist Yola Nash about her debut album “Another Girl,” which garnered a Billboard #1 single “I Wanna Be Loved By You.” Currently Nash is promoting her sophomore album “Touched By Love” (YoStar).

Yola explained that the independent label she was on wanted to do too much changing, especially with her award winning musicians. She credits two people for this album, her musical director/pianist that gave her the idea for the album, and a poet who encouraged her through the label ordeal that had her on hold for three years. She also dedicated this album to her mother Danusia who encouraged and supported her since birth to follow her dreams to success.

“Touched By Love” was produced by Yola Nash in partnership with Grammy winning Jazz pianist Edsel Gomez (Dee Dee Bridgewater) – her music director.

“The project is not regular and it’s a miracle. I had so many obstacles that most people would have given up,” Yola pointed out.

Yola is a miracle. She relocated to New York from Poland, not speaking English. She earned a Bachelors degree in Nursing and in Fine Arts, and has a Masters in Psychology. For someone coming to a country not knowing the language, Yola not only learned the language, but mastered it. She went on to become a highly successful radio talk show host on “The Yola Nash Show” at WABC Radio. It’s a celebrity driven radio show where she has interviewed such icons as Billie Joel, William Shatner, Kevin Bacon, Christ Botti and Melissa Etheridge – to name a few.

“I was interviewing Chris Botti…He said, ‘Show what you got…and let it be’,” she said about launching her vocal recording career.

“I was 5 years old,” she said when I asked when her family knew she was musically inclined. “We are born with certain qualities or tastes. No one told me to love Jazz or R&B. I had a friend who had a mandolin. She would play and I would make a microphone from a rope. I would sing to the forest. My music teacher in elementary school encouraged me. In high school a teacher trained my voice for free. He had me in vocal contests and I was winning. This made me move forward.”

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Yola Nash’s sophomore album “Touched By Love” also features Grammy winning percussionist Luisito Quintero, pianist Dr. Octavio Vazquez, guitarist Graham Keir, bassist Dave Baron, and Grammy nominated accordionist Alex Meixner. Nash wrote all the songs on the album except one, “Dance With Me” which was penned by poet Fella Cederbaum. Her vocal career includes singing for Pope John Paul II, as the first Polish-American to perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra – overseen by musical director Wynton Marsalis, and at New York’s Fashion Week.

Speaking in perfect English, Yola said, “You know it’s like supper important to over come that challenge (learning English). I came to American after my Masters degree. I had no friends or connections. My mother she’s been my foundation. I knew a few words…I’m still learning English everyday!”

Yola Nash is also mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records for a graphic designed she created for the “Anne Frank” play, as the biggest theatre poster in the world.

“It was a graphic design made on the computer,” she informed me. “I work for a company that makes original art work for plays and musicals. The Anne Frank Foundation had a competition…many competed. I was awarded (the job), it took 5 months. When I was designing it, they never told me they were going to print it so big!”

As you can see, Yola had many obstacles, but she over came all of them, making a success life here in America as a Jazz vocalist with Grammy winning musicians; a songwriter whose song debuted at #1 on a Billboard Chart; as a producer of her own album and radio show; as a radio show host, and as a graphic design artist. Her album “Touched By Love” combines, musically and vocally, Smooth Jazz with her Poland roots creating a fresh new Smooth Jazz sound and album. www.YolaNash.com

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