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Bible Studies

How Should We Then Vote? (2020)

How Should We Then Vote? (2020)

May 2020 - October 2020

There is so much division and hostility today in America. When it comes to voting, there is even more. This is not how it should be. We should and must come to an understanding of what the foundational issues are and learn to have discussions about those issues without throwing bricks or grenades.

In this new series we will look at what the Bible teaches about nations, governing, and governance. Along the way we will also explore what the Founding Fathers of this nation believed and why that is still vital and significant today.

As always, our focus will be on God's Word. God is not an American, an Israeli, Chinese, Russian, or any other ethnic group. He is neither Republican nor Democrat, but He has revealed key principles in His Word for how a nation can be righteous and just, successful and blessed, as well as how a nation can self-destruct.

To listen to this series as a podcast, copy and paste the following URL into your podcast software.
www.deanbibleministries.org/podcasts/2020howshouldwethenvote.xml
 
Thu, May 14, 2020
by Robert Dean
Passage: Proverbs 14:34 & Proverbs 29:2
Series: How Should We Then Vote? (2020)
Duration: 1 hr 9 mins 33 secs

Can the Bible help us to decide how we should vote? Listen to this lesson that begins a new series on understanding and applying a Judeo-Christian worldview. Hear two verses in Proverbs that show the importance of having a righteous standard as the foundation of a nation. Find out where this standard comes from. See the four ways of thinking that help us come to conclusions. Use this opportunity to learn what a good, wise government looks like.

During this lesson Dr. Dean mentioned the book The Universe Next Door by James Sires.

Thu, May 21, 2020
by Robert Dean
Series: How Should We Then Vote? (2020)
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 41 secs
Are you wondering what a worldview is? Listen to this lesson to hear that everyone has a view of the world which is how you look at life. See that the foundation of your worldview is what determines your values and actions. Learn four basic areas of worldviews and six planks of the Judeo-Christian worldview. Find out what it means to believe in a personal God and why that is a game changer.
Thu, May 28, 2020
by Robert Dean
Passage: Psalm 11:3
Series: How Should We Then Vote? (2020)
Duration: 1 hr 11 mins 38 secs

Does every single person born in this world have value? Listen to this lesson to learn what gives each of us value and how this belief comes from a Judeo-Christian worldview. Find out what the law of nature is. See what it means that we are created in the image and likeness of God and what basic commands God has given the human race.

During this lesson Dr. Dean mentioned Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers by Daniel Dreisbach.

Thu, Jun 04, 2020
by Robert Dean
Series: How Should We Then Vote? (2020)
Duration: 1 hr 23 mins 37 secs

What basic truths were the foundation for our country? Listen to this lesson to learn the fundamental beliefs from the Word of God that were held by our Founding Fathers. Find out categories of knowledge and how you can tell if someone is teaching ultimate truth. See where the authority must come from and find out that all humans have been given the ability to know and understand God.

During this lesson Dr. Dean mentioned the books The Universe Next Door by James Sires and Did America Have a Christian Founding? by Mark David Hall.

Thu, Jun 11, 2020
by Robert Dean
Series: How Should We Then Vote? (2020)
Duration: 1 hr 11 mins 53 secs

“That’s just wrong!” When you hear that statement, ask what makes some things wrong and other things right. Listen to this lesson to learn that decisions about right and wrong must be based on a standard. Find out that only the biblical standard is the correct value system that never changes. See that when righteous standards are violated the tyranny of relativism takes over and destroys safety and peace.

Below are links to some of the resources Dr. Dean mentioned during this Bible class:

The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left by Yuval Levin

A Conflict of Visions by Thomas Sowell

Fireside Chat Episode #138 - Pay Attention: Your Freedom is Fragile - with Dennis Prager

Thu, Jun 18, 2020
by Robert Dean
Series: How Should We Then Vote? (2020)
Duration: 1 hr 7 mins 38 secs
What is sin? Is it just doing horrific things like murder? Listen to this lesson to hear God’s definition of sin and why all mankind is born with a sin nature. See that there must be a standard to judge whether something is right or something is wrong and find out from where that standard is derived. Learn what the “mouth of the wicked” refers to. As we see what is happening in our country today, help us to understand that God is in control and that we can help by praying for our leaders.
Thu, Jun 25, 2020
by Robert Dean
Series: How Should We Then Vote? (2020)
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 59 secs
What is the value of human life? Listen to this lesson to learn whether the Bible teaches that mankind is basically good or flawed. Find out that what the majority of the people in a nation believe about this determines its success and destiny. See the importance of parents teaching children a biblical moral compass and how they will be held accountable for their actions. Learn how the Ten Commandments are the foundation for an ethical society.
Thu, Jul 02, 2020
by Robert Dean
Passage: Psalm 11:3
Series: How Should We Then Vote? (2020)
Duration: 1 hr 8 mins 49 secs

What makes life bearable for mankind on this earth? Listen to this lesson to see that beginning at creation God instituted divine order to be followed by all. Hear an overview of six divine institutions which make up these social laws. See that God gave mankind everything he needed and a test for his obedience. Accept that we, too, must align ourselves to God’s divine institutions or accept negative consequences.

Here is a link to the Black Lives Matter article by Soeren Kern of the Gatestone Institute.

Dr. Dean also mentioned an article about Black Lives Matter being anti-Semitic that he posted on his Facebook page, available here.

Dr. Dean also mentioned Mark Musser's book entitled Nazi Ecology.

Thu, Jul 09, 2020
by Robert Dean
Series: How Should We Then Vote? (2020)
Duration: 1 hr 15 mins 5 secs

Why is life so hard and such a struggle? Listen to this lesson to learn that these problems are a result of the Fall. See a list of the consequences of sin and how the first Divine Institution of Personal Responsibility requires hard work even in the face of discomfort, disappointment, and disillusionment. Understand that no matter what we are going through, we are to understand that God is in control and He gives us the resources to handle whatever comes our way.

During this lesson Dr. Dean mentioned an article by Victor Davis Hanson regarding antifa.

He also commented on a book by Elisabeth Elliot entitled Through Gates of Splendor.

Thu, Jul 16, 2020
by Robert Dean
Series: How Should We Then Vote? (2020)
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 6 secs
Why is it important for everyone to take responsibility for themselves? Listen to this lesson to learn that at Creation God established the Divine Institution of Personal Responsibility. Find out that we are not to be lumped into identity groups which we must adhere to, but are to follow our own consciences. Hear three important principles concerning this that will enable us to find meaning, purpose, and value in our lives.