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Meat For Men Daily Encouragement Blog

The vision for Meat for Men — UNCOMPROMISING MANHOOD blog is to encourage husbands, fathers and single men in Biblical manhood.

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ShouldWeVoteSome Christians think God is not interested in a nation’s politics. Therefore, they surmise that pastors and Christian leaders should not promote any particular candidate, nor should they voice their own political opinions to others in any way, shape, or form. They believe Christian leaders should keep their teaching and exhortations entirely to spiritual matters only. I personally respect these people’s opinions.

However the basis of their argument cannot be supported by Scripture. Spirituality and righteousness are required of all men, in every aspect of our lives-church attendance, our marriage, our family life, our career, the organizations we belong to, and our political persuasions.

It would not be scriptural to think that God was only involved with the spiritual laws of Israel, which would have centered around the priesthood and Mosaic covenant. Seeking and waiting upon God in order to live our lives according to His will is most important, but to say that the secular leadership of the kings of Israel, along with their governmental officials, was not important enough to be addressed by the spiritual leadership, is a far cry from the truth.

All the true prophets of God were used by God to exhort, encourage, and warn the kings and leaders of Israel whether they were in the priesthood, the secular, or judicial system of Israel. The leadership of the kings of Israel were addressed, even by the law, well before Israel decided to chose a king to reign over them (Deuteronomy 17:14-20). If God was not interested enough to be involved in secular leadership, why would He give such detailed instructions?

In Romans 13:1-7, followers of Christ are exhorted to be subject to the higher powers (governments). Verses 1-2 say: “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.” In verse 5 we are exhorted to pay tribute or taxes.

As citizens of this country we are privileged to have a say in who will govern us as president for the next four to eight years. It is in our godly interests to vote into leadership those who will not oppose our Christian/Judea values. I believe it is of vital importance to have a president who opposes gay marriage, abortion, and all the things we as Christians hold sacred. If we have an opportunity to vote in someone who will uphold our constitution and govern the affairs of this nation in the fear of God, then we should encourage, by all means, others to get behind that candidate.

To be continued.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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ProlifeThe current GOP candidates all say they are pro-life. However, some are not totally pro-life, but compromise according to circumstances. They are happy to kill a baby in the womb because it was conceived through rape. And yet, if someone ended the life of that same person years later, they would be guilty of murder:

Ted Cruz: Opposes exceptions for rape and incest.
Marco Rubio: Opposes exceptions for rape and incest.
Ben Carson: Opposes exceptions for rape and incest.

Donald Trump: Supports exceptions for rape and incest.
Jeb Bush: Supports exceptions for rape and incest.
Chris Christie: Supports exceptions for rape and incest.
John Kasich: Supports exceptions for rape and incest.
Carly Fiorina: Supports exceptions for rape and incest.

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GodProLifeWho should we elect to be our next president? A very important question. As a nation we stand on the brink of a very important election which will test our national discernment.

In 1 Chronicles 12:32 we read of the children of Issachar “which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.”

This was an important time in the beginning of Israel’s history of choosing a king to reign over them. Saul, Israel’s first king, sadly lacked the qualities required by God to rule over Israel and now God chose David to be the second king of Israel.

Israel was made of twelve tribes of people and David could not rule over them all until they all received discernment and understanding that David, who was from the tribe of Judah, was indeed God’s chosen king.

The question is: will the citizens of USA have the correct discernment to elect the right man to be president over this nation for the next four to eight years?

In the last debate in New Hampshire, two of the candidates were asked their stance on abortion. These candidates both clearly stated they were pro-life and told of all the pro-life things they had done in their states. But at the same time they said they believed in exceptions for rape and incest.

That is double talk. To be pro-life, and yet make exceptions for rape and incest, is not to be truly pro-life. There are many testimonies of women who have been raped and conceived, and yet still chose not to have an abortion. The children have been raised and nurtured in Christian homes and turned out to be excellent Christians, some now in full time service for Christ.

Obviously, a child born from a victim of rape would not be deemed worthy of death outside of the womb. Have we become so callous as to think that this is acceptable? Perhaps because it is more mature than selling the body parts of unborn babies in a gruesome market?

Because there are some who lie on this matter of rape, it is too easy to make this sort of exception. To be pro-life one should not have any exceptions, for life in the womb is sacred to God, and only He knows the real truth of how their life came to be conceived.

We must not play God on this matter anymore because millions and millions of precious unborn babies have been slaughtered in the womb of our nation’s mothers. Exceptions to pro-life amount to be pro-choice.

Please check out the list of candidates and their position regarding abortion.

Be encouraged to have godly discernment.

Colin Campbell

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FaceSkyLuke 12:56; “Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?”

Hebrews 5:14: “Strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

Discernment is the ability to assembly all the facts and make judgment. It is the ability to read the signs.

When a nation lacks discernment it becomes vulnerable to all types of attack. When the military lacks discernment, they give their enemies a huge advantage. When a doctor lacks discernment, the patient could be given a false medication, which could be disastrous. When a pastor church lacks discernment, the enemy has a heyday in many ways (Ezekiel 44:23).

When parents have poor discernment regarding the schooling, friendships, and media in which their children are involved, they do not discern the battle afar off. But it will surely come upon them. make no mistake about it.

Democracy fails when people do not have godly discernment. They are short-sighted and cannot see the distant battle racing toward them.

Our country currently faces a huge battle demonstrated by the amount of people who prefer Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders to be president. Both are tarred with the same brush of liberal socialism. Our country did not smell the battle afar off and now it has come upon us.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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HeightendSensesJob 39:25: “He smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.”

The warhorse has heightened senses. He is warned by the smell of the battle. Even though the battle is far off he can still smell it, hear it, and taste it.

Spiritually speaking, our senses need to be heightened to know where the enemy is attacking. We have become desensitized toward so much of the world, the flesh, and the devil because we have lost our spiritual sense of smell. It is much better for us to smell the battle afar off so that we can prepare ourselves and be ready to defend ourselves.

Naturally speaking, our senses are given to us to protect and entice us. If we lose our sense of smell we become more vulnerable to danger. Often the smell of fire warns us that we had better quickly check the house or the car lest we have a problem that we cannot contain or fix.

Many marriages could be saved if spiritual senses were alerted earlier, instead of waiting to try and fix the problem when it’s already too late. There are many battles that could be averted or won if only we smell them while they are still afar off.

To be continued.

Be encouraged,

Colin Campbell

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