Dear God, Please don’t let us start or get into a nuclear war with Russia. ….
Dear God, Please don’t let us start or get into a nuclear war with Russia. ….
Trump or Complacency
Let me say right up front my Christian conscience is telling me to vote for Trump in spite of all his apparent flaws and in spite of the fact I just plain do NOT like him. That’s right, I don’t like him, never have liked him and maybe never will. By the way, as a Christian I have to show love, but I don’t have to like him.
But I’m voting for him.
There I said it —- (you want to stop reading at this point, now’s your chance to bail out, because it’s going to get worse, the “back button” ⇐ is up at the top.)
It seems to me “ liberal, progressive, gun grabbing, open borders, Obama-care -loving Democrats” have no problem voting for Hillary, in spite of all her political and character flaws, so more than likely they won’t take votes away from her by “voting their conscience”, (translation= never Trump, never Hillary)
BUT—– in my opinion, Trump could lose because of good Christian folks who just can’t bring themselves to vote for the likes of him, so instead they’ll write in a candidate or vote for a 3rd party candidate, or worse yet, stay home, and tell themselves it’s all good.
I’ve considered the arguments about how that’s not throwing your vote away and I think its all nonsense, bottom line is, if you don’t vote for Trump and he loses—- sorry, add it up any way you want, but you let Clinton win. And in case you haven’t guessed it’s to the undecided or “vote your conscience” folks I am mostly writing to.
And if Hillary wins, then when she appoints liberal Supreme Court judges, giving the far left a majority, and they rule Biblical truth is “hate speech”, and your 1st and 2nd amendment rights fly out the window what will you say then? When Obama-care is even more broken and costly, when the borders are wide open, when Sharia courts are being set up all over the land, when the Muslim Brotherhood is making policy what will you say then? Don’t you get a little nervous when the USA throws Israel under the bus and makes nuclear “deals” with Iran? Well what do you think she’ll do? Then there’s the 36 week abortion thing she’s in favor of and then there’s the whole transgender deal and ,and, and, and…on and on.
OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLE!
There are two main forces at work on the planet today who both want a peaceful world with no more wars.
One is the New World Order folks who want to turn everything over to the United Nations (One World government? Really? Why does that sound like it’s straight from the pits of hell?) And the other is the “peaceful religion” who says there will be peace on earth when everyone has submitted to Islam and Sharia law, (oh yeah, sounds lovely!).
AND A FREE AMERICA STANDS IN THE WAY OF BOTH. (My apologies to my Canadian and Australian friends, but you know whichever way America goes, so goes Canada, so goes Australia.)
Let’s face the truth, we have a far better chance to keep America free with Trump, flawed or not, than we will ever have with Hillary Rodham Clinton. And in a free America we can continue bringing the gospel to the rest of the world besides our efforts to spread the good news of Jesus Christ here at home. But if the gospel becomes hate speech, what then?
Here’s what I think has happened. Americans have prayed and prayed for America, “God bless America”, “God please save America”, “Lord God please give America another chance”, “Lord please give us a good Christian candidate in 2016”.
Pray for America! We see it everywhere. How many prayed for a decent candidate this election cycle? Lots of us, right?
So then along comes this crazy election and we have Clinton and Trump. Numerous Christian Americans say they cannot vote for Clinton, which I perfectly understand what with her stance. Oh and then a bunch of us say we can’t vote for Trump either, even though he stands for all the things most conservative Christians stand for. We pray and pray for America and MAYBE just maybe have you considered in answer to our prayers, God decided Trump and Clinton should run?
“Oh but wait Lord, Clinton is ok, because we think she can be beat BUT LORD—— we didn’t mean somebody like TRUMP!
We wanted a nice squeaky clean, sugar coated, totally flawless church going Christian gentleman with no past, with a ton of federal political experience, but be a Washington DC outsider, ((???))) that can somehow with his mild manners fight off the hounds of hell that will be loosed against him, grab the media’s attention and get his name to the top of every news cycle, in fact drive the news cycle day after day, AND who can take on the Democrats, the mainstream media, Washington DC and the RINO’s all with a single flourish and remain calm and be wildly popular.”
I ask you why would we want such a perfect pie in the sky presidential candidate?
Could it be so we can make the easy choice, go cast our vote, watch him win by a landslide and promptly go back to sleep being our complacent little quiet selves?
COMPLACENCY! This is pretty well what got us in this stupid mess in the first place.
I’m not saying all Americans are complacent, or all Christians, or all voters BUT if you are looking for a PERFECT candidate you might be complacent.
3 more things and then I’m done with my little rant.
+Has it occurred to you that God’s standard operating procedure is to use the deeply flawed?
*There was Peter who denied Christ three times.
*There was Saul of Tarsus, renamed Paul who at one time was trying to cleanse the earth of Christians by either throwing them into prison or stoning them to death.
*There was King David with the whole Bathsheba affair and then murder her husband thing.
*Then there were some pagan kings like Cyrus the Great and Nebuchadnezzar, who according to history were VERY pagan.
The deeply flawed list goes on and on…But God used them to bring much good to His people.
And then there’s you and me. I don’t know about you my friend, but when God has wanted to use me to touch the lives of others I have many times looked in the mirror and wondered what God wants with a cracked pot vessel like me? But if he can use me, here I am imperfections, flaws and all.
++Has it also occurred to you as Jesus indicated in his parable in Luke 19 we are to occupy until He comes? And I think that means occupy the REAL world where things are sometimes very uncertain, most times very gritty and sometimes even full of smutty soot? It does not mean occupy a make believe world where everything is nice and sanitized.
+++And has it also occurred to us the answer to all this is simple. PRAY FOR THOSE IN AUTHORITY OVER US! Not pray every once in a blue moon because it’s just some more busy work God gave us but it doesn’t REALLY change things, we just do it out of duty, or pray when there’s a special event to pray for our leaders.
NO …pray every day like we really, really believe our prayers can and do change things.
Let me quote the scripture using the Living Bible:
1 TIMOTHY 2: 1–2 (The Living Bible)
1 Here are my directions. Pray much for others. Plead for God’s mercy upon them. Give thanks for all He is going to do for them. Praying this way for kings, and all others who are in authority over us, or in places of high responsibility, so that we can live in peace and quietness spending our time in godly living and thinking much about the Lord.
2 This is good and pleases God our Savior. For He longs for all to be saved and to understand this truth.
Oh and by the way Nero was emperor when Paul wrote that to Timothy. Yeah let that sink in.
Don’t you get it? If I got this right, according to the Biblical narrative God can and does use all kinds of flawed people for vessels of good as long as they are willing to acknowledge Him. (I didn’t say they had to be believers but like Nebuchadnezzar they have to at least acknowledge God the Most High.) And by his own admission Trump does revere God; And He will especially use for good those who willingly own up to their wrongdoing. (As Mr. Trump did.)
When the Scripture says that the “king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water” (Proverbs 21:1), it means that our all powerful God can turn the heart of a king in any way He chooses. AND IF WE WILL JUST LET OUR VOICES BE HEARD AND PRAY PRAY PRAY FOR OUR EARTHLY LEADERS, GOD WILL TAKE NOTE.
I maintain God has something He can work with in the person of Trump. He acknowledges God, he owns up to his wrongdoing, he supports Israel, he will secure the borders, he will be a friend to Christians…come on the list goes on and on. Yeah he’s rough around the edges and a definite unknown politically but God can smooth him over and give him the wisdom of Solomon if he chooses to. And prayer changes things.
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Mystery surrounds the Clintons, many of their associates have died in accidents, suicides, homicides, I call it The Clinton Curse. Here’s a 6 minute video for voters to be informed and decide for themselves: America is at a critical time. As America goes, so Australia seems to go. We are connected. We are watching and praying for you (Luke 21:36),
Ps Steve Cioccolanti
In this world of conflict and confusion, my mind is torn apart by questions and doubts that steal my sleep at night and rob me of my peace during the day. But you are my light, the One who lights my flickering candle and keeps it burning. You know all the darkest corners of my soul, the things I try to hide even from myself, and you love me as I am.
The stench of my sins did not drive you away from me, but you filled my heart with a strong desire to be healed and a deep longing for you.
That’s why I come before you today and I pray with all my heart: show me the way out of this labyrinth, don’t let go of my hand, so that even if I walk through a dark tunnel, I can still feel the warm touch of your hand guiding me.
You are the light that gave light to my eyes, the love that gave love to my soul. In you I lack nothing, in you nothing can harm me, in you my victory is complete. Bring me to you and keep me by your heart.
Father, I know I am weak. My weakness is my pain and my torment. I can feel it every day, it’s like a poison coming from inside and I am so weary of fighting it. But I am yours and that is my only consolation, the thought that gives me rest and strength to carry on. I am yours and to you I pray: Father, take care of what is yours. Take this burden off my shoulders, don’t let me carry it alone.
I have put my soul in your hands, keep it safe. Release me from the grip of my own mind, protect me from my own destructive thoughts. I cannot do it without your help.
You have walked this way of thorns yourself and you have carried the cross until the end. Help me do the same and never forsake me. You alone know what lies ahead. Remain in me, so that I can overcome the world and taste the joy you have prepared for your beloved.
In the name of our beloved Jesus Christ.
Shoebox collection for 2016 is November 14-21.
Joy To The World
Confessions? How many pastors, Bible teachers, and leaders can relate to this?