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---Technical trainer, Bible teacher, private pilot, wannabe golfer, world traveler, Navy veteran, working until I croak!---Husband of Brenda Hamby.-Father of Chuck Hamby and Jennifer Ruziska.-Father in law of Janice Hamby.-Step father of Kyle Blake, Melissa Blake and Kelley Blake.-Proud grandfather of Cyra, Chase and Kenny Hamby.

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How to Vote Your Conscience as a Christian Without Feeling Guilty

Dear Friends,

Many years ago when I first responded to God’s call to ministry I was taught a valuable lesson in humility. I had interviewed at a small church with the intention of attending seminary while actively pastoring a church. 

The interview process in my denomination involved meeting with a pastoral search committee. The committee members would then vote on whether to invite a candidate to deliver a sermon at a ‘neutral’ church in which only the search committee members would attend.

At the time, a ‘neutral’ church sounded to me like a place where two opposing armies meet to discuss surrender terms without getting shot. Frightening. If the search committee decided you were worthy enough, you would be invited to meet the congregation at the home church and preach, after which the congregation would vote on whether to call you as their pastor.

After preaching at the neutral church, the committee huddled in the parking lot while I stood by my car out of ear shot. When the huddle broke, the chairman of the committee approached me and said something to the effect of, “that was the worst sermon we have heard in a long time but since we are short on candidates we want you preach for the church anyway and let them decide with a vote.”

Needless to say, I was a little crushed and somewhat miffed, yet I had the sense that God was sending me to that church for a reason so I agreed. About two thirds of the membership voted for and one third voted against. I accepted the call with trepidation with the idea of winning the naysayers over by working hard for them.

It truly was an uphill battle. I loved the folks in that church with God’s love yet there seemed to be little progress with the naysayers regardless of how hard I worked. The folks who voted against were far more vocal that the ones who voted for so it was a thankless and discouraging job at times.

Eventually, I met with the naysayer group and asked them how I could improve my performance and gain their respect. I pointed out that the church was growing with many new believers being baptized. Also, the church was rapidly becoming the fastest growing small church in the state. Plus, the finances had improved dramatically so that we were no longer in danger of having the utilities switched off.

It turned out that they were still attached to a former pastor who wore nice shirts and ties and preached hell fire and brimstone to them which was not my style.

Somehow, with all that hell fire and brimstone, they had missed the entire point of the Gospel of grace and love for those outside the church, as well as their own pastor. They professed to love God yet they were willing to destroy what God was trying to do simply because they didn’t like him or his choice in clothing.

Today, some in the church seem confused with this same type of hypocrisy concerning politics. In order to vote our consciences we first need to examine our core values and determine what we truly believe. Do our beliefs square with God’s Word? For example, let’s say that you detest abortion and you sacrifice your time and talents for the unborn and to help unwed mothers so that they might not abort their children before they have a chance to breathe outside the womb. Yet, because you simply don’t like the person in charge, whose actions demonstrate similar beliefs to yours, you would cast your vote for someone who unashamedly stands for taxpayer funded abortion on demand.

I would hope that as a Christian you would feel guilty about that. I would hope that you would overcome your dislike for a human being who has many flaws yet stands for what you profess to believe in. Even if that person’s motives are not pure, isn’t it a person’s deeds that matter most?

The Apostle Paul when asked about people who preach from wrong and flawed motives said to the church in Philippi, “But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice…” Phil 1:18.

So friends, I appeal to you as a fellow child of God to look at the larger picture and examine your motives, then vote with your conscience without feeling guilty.

God bless!

Pastor Charles

Are children punished for the sins of their fathers? Exodus 20:4-6



Dear Pastor Charles:

The question I have is about the second of the 10 Commandments where it says that God will “visit the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation”. Does this mean that our children are to be punished for our sins as parents? Thank you for your answer.  Just Wondering.


Dear Just Wondering:  Continue reading Are children punished for the sins of their fathers? Exodus 20:4-6




Dear Pastor Charles:

Jesus said in John 14:13-14, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”  Some time ago my mother became seriously ill. I prayed and prayed for her in the name of Jesus, but she died. Why didn’t God honor His Word and do what I asked him to do?

Serious Doubter.

Continue reading WHY DOESN’T GOD ANSWER MY PRAYERS? JOHN 14:13-14

Does Jesus Really Expect Us to Give Up Our Family to Follow Him?

Dear Pastor Charles:

I have a question that troubles me concerning the passage in Luke 9:61-62, “Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”  Is Jesus saying that if we don’t put Him before our families that we are not saved and that we will not go to heaven? Thank you for your response. Confused.


Dear Confused:  Continue reading Does Jesus Really Expect Us to Give Up Our Family to Follow Him?

Will we really be raised from the dead? Response to a doubter…


Dear Pastor Charles: 

Doesn’t the Bible say that when we die, our spirits go back to God? If that is true, then why are we Christians asked to believe that our bodies are going to be raised from the dead? Isn’t that just a pipe dream for those who are afraid to die and also for the comfort of those who survive their loved ones?


Just Doubting.

Dear Just Doubting:

If we are not going to be raised from the dead, then we are all in serious trouble Continue reading Will we really be raised from the dead? Response to a doubter…

Who created God?



Dear Pastor Charles: 

I have a question that concerns me deeply. Whenever I ask my Christian friends this question they always seem to avoid giving me a straight answer. If God created the universe and everything in it, who created God? Doesn’t it make more sense that the universe always existed and everything evolved over millions of years? I would like to believe that there is a God but the evidence just doesn’t seem to add up. Please try to give me an answer.

Sincerely Skeptical.

Dear Sincerely Skeptical: 

I will attempt to answer your question, but may I ask you one first? How did the matter that makes up the universe come in to being? Did it create itself? For me, to believe that matter created itself takes a lot more faith than to believe that the hand of God created the universe. Regardless of how far back you trace the universal beginnings, the question is always before us; how did the first atom come into being? Continue reading Who created God?

Can we really understand the Book of Revelation?

Dear Pastor Charles: 

Some knowledgeable friends of mine and I were discussing the Bible. They say that the Book of Revelation cannot be understood because it is written primarily in symbols that have been lost to us today. They also say that it does not apply to us in modern times. What do you think? Just Wondering.

Dear Just Wondering:

I think you are wise in getting another opinion. Just look at the first two verses of the Book of Revelation and you will be able to discern the importance of the book; Continue reading Can we really understand the Book of Revelation?

Isn’t Saturday supposed to be the Sabbath? So why do we worship on Sunday?

Dear Pastor Charles:

    I have a question I would like you to answer. The Ten Commandments tell us that the Sabbath day is to be kept holy. Since the Sabbath is the seventh day, or Saturday, why do Christians meet on Sunday instead of Saturday? Aren’t they breaking the Law of God by ignoring this commandment? Truth Seeker.

Dear Truth Seeker:

    Thank you for your question. The answer is no, they are not breaking the Law of God by meeting on Sunday instead of Saturday. Continue reading Isn’t Saturday supposed to be the Sabbath? So why do we worship on Sunday?