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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Voting Dilemma



Yesterday, Philip Yancey was trending as being dumbfounded over why evangelical support Trump.  It seems that all you have to do these days is say something against Trump to start trending, still, I agree with Yancey's statement, and I quote:

"I will show my own bias. I am staggered that so many conservative or evangelical Christians would see a man who is a bully, who made his money by casinos, who has had several wives and several affairs… That they would somehow paint him as a hero, as someone that we could stand behind. I will just say it out loud. I can understand why maybe you choose these policies that you support, but to choose a person who stands against everything that Christianity believes as the hero, the representative, one that we get behind enthusiastically is not something that I understand at all." 
See morehttp://evangelicalfocus.com/world/1951/Philip_Yancey_US_evangelicals_should_learn_from_Europes_history_of_religion_and_power_
I can understand Yancey's concern over evangelical voters who would enthusiastically support Trump, but I don't know any of these voters personally.  No Christian voter I've spoken to is actually enthusiastic about supporting Trump.

Why are they doing it?  Have you seen the list of candidates we have to choose from?

First, you have Hillary Clinton, a selfish, conniving, deceptive, woman who only won her candidacy because of dirty politics and not enough competition.

Secondly, there is Trump, an unprincipled man, willing to say anything to land himself free air time on the news. Someone who only won because there was too much competition.

Thirdly, you have Gary Johnson, someone who as former governor of New Mexico, was strongly opposed to Christianity, and supportive of legalizing marijuana, etc.

Then there is Jill Stein, a green party activist, who supports expanding a woman's right to "reproductive freedom," among other things.

Evan McMullin, got into the race too late to get on all the ballots and is depending on a write-in campaign in some states.

Darrell Castle is barely even in the race and has no support or energy to step up in the campaign.

With this line up I don't blame any evangelical voter for considering voting for the Republican candidate, on the basis of voting for the platform, or voting against Hillary.  I also don't blame people who want to vote third party rather than vote for the criminals who won the Democratic, and Republican nominations.  In the end, we all have to get along. Let us try not to judge each other too harshly.

We do have an obligation to vote, and if you can't pick a presidential candidate to get behind then at least show up to vote for Congress and the Senate.  Some people forget that the presidential branch of government is the weakest branch of our government.

We should not despair over political candidates.  I believe God is judging this nation, but He still loves us. He will not desert us.

Jeremiah 29:11 says "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares theLord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Does anyone remember that this was spoken to the people of Jerusalem, before 70 years of exile in Babylon?

Jeremiah 29:10-13  This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares theLord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. NIV

I do like to remember that we serve a God who is in control even of our rulers, even when we have very little choice.


                           Psalm 2 (NIV)

Why do the nations conspire
    and the peoples plot in vain?
 The kings of the earth rise up
    and the rulers band together
    against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
 “Let us break their chains
    and throw off their shackles.”
 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
    the Lord scoffs at them.
 He rebukes them in his anger
    and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
 “I have installed my king
    on Zion, my holy mountain.
          I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:
He said to me, “You are my son;
    today I have become your father.
 Ask me,
    and I will make the nations your inheritance,
    the ends of the earth your possession.
 You will break them with a rod of iron;
    you will dash them to pieces like pottery.
 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
    be warned, you rulers of the earth.
 Serve the Lord with fear
    and celebrate his rule with trembling.
 Kiss his son, or he will be angry
    and your way will lead to your destruction,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
    Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

What about you?  What brings you peace in the midst of this troubling time?



Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/philip-yancey-dumbfounded-evangelicals-support-trump-who-stands-against-everything-that-christianity-believes-170126/#feXREKIH8Woo6vju.9

I can understand why maybe you choose these policies that you support, but to choose a person who stands against everything that Christianity believes as the hero, the representative, one that we get behind enthusiastically is not something that I understand at all.
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/philip-yancey-dumbfounded-evangelicals-support-trump-who-stands-against-everything-that-christianity-believes-170126/#oizCctXYSg6HJ72r.9

1 comment:

  1. Just now reading this! Good points. Trump is hard to deal with, but he is the only one I can vote for, for many reasons. Some you've read on my blog. One main thing is that the next president is choosing supreme court justices. I like that he isn't owned by the establishment and that he doesn't back down. He does have guts and we need that. He has an excellent VP, which is really encouraging also. God has used some womanizers in the past to bring about his will and be good leaders (like David, etc.), so I'm hoping this is one of those times! However, I know that God's ways are not our ways and His plans will come to pass no matter who wins the presidency. I pray for his mercy on our nation.

    Good thoughts and I appreciate the verses. Reading scripture gives me peace. Might sound like a Sunday school answer, but it is so true.

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