Christians should apply their beliefs to politics. "Not to speak is to speak" to put it bluntly. If we as Christians will seperate ourselves from politics and culture changing, then how can we expect to have a Godly nation as we did at the beginning of our country? What would have happened if the founders had said "well, we're Christians, so we can't be involved in politics"? What would have happened if Esther had said "O no, I'm a Christian so I can't be queen, I'm not able to be involved in politics"? None of these people said this. Why? Maybe cause the Bible never says for us to not be involved in politics. It gives us examples of the oposite.
The Bible tells us that we are the light of the world, and a city on a hill. We are to be an example. But how can we be an example if we leave all of the culture building and political system (one of the means of affecting change) to God haters? What happens if we allow the Abortionists to make the laws, or the gays, or the Satan Worshipers? What depths of darkness and filth can we reach under those kind of people? So yes, we should, as Christians, be involved in politics.
My point has always been clear. The Presbys would erase the word 'freewill' from the secular vocabulary because they so hate the use of it by Christians who believe it was their move toward God, their decision, that enabled God to save them when in truth exactly the opposite is true. In fact, the very same poster I replied to below said exactly that to me many years ago.... 'their is no such thing as freewill'. But there is such a thing as I explained and it is a secular word describing the innate faculty of man to reason. Obliterating the word from the dictionary is not the way to point out the error of Arminianism.
You asked a good question: "did God guide David to commit adultery with Bathsheba?". Satan has no power to tempt God's chosen, God must allow it for that to happen (read Job). God had to allow Satan to tempt David to commit adultery with Bathsheba. So yes, God comisioned that to happen to strengthen David as a Christian! And to humble him. Just take some time to read the Psalms he wrote after that fiasco. So yes, God does guide our every step, but God as this verse and many others show.
Sorry Lurker, miss understood that last part going through the first time! And GSTexas, Scripture says both (you can read the verse in the Bible and in my post) that God directs our every step, and that God is not responsible for sin. We as falible human beings with falable intelects may not be able to understand how these two go together, but the Bible expressly says both. Just like how we cannot understand eternity. We know it exists, we know it's true, but we cannot understand it. Study the Bible on this topic and I'm sure you will find the same to be true.
: the ability to make choices that are not controlled by fate or God
Notice it says "not controlled by God"
Dear Lurker, Every step we take is guided by God. (Read Jeremiah 10:23: O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.) We don't choose our own path, rather, God does. At the same time, however, God is not responsible for our sin. We are. Without God, we would "choose" to hate him. But because of his love and grace, we can love him and obey his commandments!