Cracks in the Foundation

Luke 6:49 – But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure when you rip out a foundation: the house crumbles. Our nation has cracks in its walls – figuratively speaking – because we are ripping out its foundation piece by piece.

The United States of America was founded upon a representative government for the people by the people, a small federal government, states’ rights, one nation under God, liberty for all. These things are almost ALL taboo now. Why?

Where did we go wrong? How did we – a nation founded on capitalism, where ‘the commies’ were feared only 60 years ago – become a place where socialism is cool? Sorry to inform the ‘feel the bern’ kids but check out an economic book from the library and you’ll find out Mr. Sanders’ plan will RUIN our economy.

Do you like that cell phone you have? Are you excited for the next one and all the new features it will have? Well you can thank the greedy profit-incentive that you are so against for that. You think it’s a good thing that we have treatments for cancer? You can thank the profit-incentive in the pharmaceutical industry for that. We lead the world in medical research (citations at the bottom). If you tax these industries/businesses to death, one of three things will happen:

  • Businesses leave the U.S. for more tax-favorable countries (killing jobs and the U.S. economy)
  • Prices will raise (causing inflation and hurting the U.S. economy)
  • Businesses will cut research and development (causing standard of living to stagnate)

These are all bad things, but they are a side-note to my original rant…   We have let our nation become so divided that we no longer can look at our neighbor and smile that they are a fellow American or thank God that we were both born into such a blessed land with promise and opportunity.

Now we look at our neighbor and frown because they have more than us or they have an opposite opinion of us. Really?

We should be adults. We should be able to treat people with kindness and respect even if they are of the opposite view point. Shutting people up or shouting them down doesn’t help your cause – civil discourse does.

We are blessed beyond measure that we live in a nation where we can even speak our mind or worship they way we see fit (First Amendment). People around the world don’t have these rights, let’s not abuse them or take them for granted.

So if you get a chance this summer to pick up a novel, don’t just read the greatest pop-culture hit. Read a book about our nation’s history and its founding. It may just give you a greater appreciation for the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Citations:

www.scimagojr.com/country

http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/search/map

 

Should Christians Argue Politics?

Galatians 3:28 – There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

All I hear in the news anymore is a litany of classifications: you’re a Democrat or Republican, you’re ‘Black Lives Matter’ or ‘All Lives Matter,’ you’re Pro-Choice or Pro-Life, you’re liberal or conservative, you’re religious or atheist, and on and on and on…

The verse at the top of this blog shows us that with God, there are only two classifications: in Christ and not in Christ a.k.a. saved and unsaved. If we’re believers, shouldn’t we follow the same classification system? If someone has a political viewpoint that isn’t Biblical, the highest likelihood is they aren’t saved, and if they aren’t saved, the Holy Spirit is not within them, and if the Holy Spirit is not within them, then they will not be lead and guided according to the scriptures. Therefore, instead of arguing with these unbelievers, shouldn’t we simply pray that they get saved? Because their opinion won’t change unless they see the world with the lens of the Spirit instead of the lens of the flesh.

For any Christian readers, I want to share with you what the Lord taught me this week. As Christians, 1 Peter 3:15 tells us that we are to be ready to give an answer for our faith. Notice the word answer. We are not to seek out conflict or start arguments with others (Romans 1:29); instead, we are only to answer for the faith when we are asked about it or attacked for it. We are not to seek out debate.

Now, what I just said applies to non-believers. What about believers? Should we engage in political debate with fellow believers?

I’d say the answer is both yes and no. We should not debate because debate often leads to tempers flaring and anger. The Bibles us to be angry and sin not (Ephesians 4:26), but unless its righteous indignation burning within you, it’s all too easy to sin with that anger. However, that doesn’t mean we should not correct our brother or sister in Christ.

The Bible says in 2 Timothy 4:2 that the word of God is for reproof, rebuke, and exhortation. When we have an opinion that is contrary to the Word of God, our brothers and sisters in Christ should step in and correct us with scripture that proves where we are against Biblical teaching.

Now, no one likes to be corrected. It’s not fun to be wrong, so we generally snap at the person, but we should always read the scriptures they referenced, pray, and see where God leads us. If you’re like me, the Lord generally proves the person who corrected you was right and then you have to ask God to forgive you (for the wrong viewpoint and the poor reaction) and also apologize to the person you snapped at (because the Bible tells us we are not to have ought (strife) with our brother – Matthew 5:23-24).

This may seem like a minor issue in the grand scheme of things, but in this wild political season, the clarification sure helped me. Praise the Lord for the daily revelations He gives us to help us grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).

Decoding the Liberal Dictionary

Proverbs 15:1 – A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. 

For today’s read, I figured we could explore the liberal dictionary. Liberals all too often are throwing out words, like “bigot,” without much thought. Everything is bigotry or some sort of -phobia. Now, I’m not denying these things exist, but let’s be real, it doesn’t happen 24/7.

The real logic in using these words is silence. When someone can’t formulate a good argument to further their point, they throw out a word like “racist” in order to silence their opponent. No one wants to be a bigot/racist/sexist, so the conversation moves from substance to defending yourself from being associated with the term.

As I’ve said plenty of times before: knowledge is power. If we want to win these types of arguments, we need to explore the dictionary. When we know what these terms mean, we can then switch the argument back on the liberals who all too often only know their talking points and catch phrases.

Now, I’m not saying the ‘right’ is innocent on these charges, and I’m definitely not saying conservatives know more than just talking points. There are idiots on both sides who only know the “token terms,” but I’ve found you pretty well have to be a lawyer to hold a conservative position in this day and age. If you can’t defend it (and quickly), you’ll be shouted down in a matter of minutes.

So without further delay, the liberal dictionary (definitions provided by Merriam-Webster; commentary provided by me):

  • Bigot – a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially  :  one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance.

[Using this definition, liberals who shout down conservatives are, therefore, bigots.]

  • Racist – a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.

[This term does apply to many still in this day and age – sadly – however, it has been overly applied as well. Today people are called racist for simply commenting on what racial group someone belongs. That is not racism: that is observation. It is racism when you think your race is superior or you treat other races as inferior. As a Christian, the Bible tells us to love our neighbor as ourself, ALL people should be treated with love – period – end of discussion.]

  • Sexist – prejudice or discrimination based on sex; especially  :  discrimination against women

[Today, women are fighting hard to be 100% equal with men. On some aspects, I agree with this fight and on other aspects, I do not. For example, women should be given access to sports, schools, work, housing, etc. just as men are. Women shouldn’t be considered second-class citizens and should be able to own homes, drive cars, have careers, etc. To women in my generation, this has always been the case. However, I do not think all sexism is bad. For example, women should not be given jobs where they cannot perform the job duties. Recently, two women completed the training to become Army Rangers. The training was not “dumbed-down” and they did everything required of the men. To them, I say kudos! I’m proud of these women. I’ve also heard discussion of the Navy Seals lessening their requirements because women can’t complete the training – BAD! If we can’t do it, then we have to accept that fact. Women and men are not 100% equal, and we never will be. We have different body parts and different strengths/weaknesses. Instead of trying to become a genderless society how about we embrace the beauty of diversity. Liberals preach diversity-tolerance constantly! Well, there is diversity in the sexes as well, and we should celebrate that fact. And for the record, chivalry is sexist, but I will gladly promote chivalry to my children. It is a beautiful thing to see a man open a door for his wife or a boyfriend buy his girlfriend’s dinner. Not all sexism is bad.]

  • [Insert]-phobia – an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation.

[There are all types of phobias, or fears, in the world: claustrophobia (fear of tight places – I have this and hate elevators as a result), acrophobia (fear of heights), etc. Liberals, however, associate any negative statement as a phobia. For instance, I am against gay marriage and for traditional marriage. I realize that the Supreme Court took it upon themselves to invent aspects of the Constitution that are not there and declared gay marriage legal, but my stance doesn’t change. The Bible says it is wrong, and therefore as Christians, so should we. Liberals will automatically say I am homophobic. No, I do not have a fear of gay people. I know several gay individuals and they are very nice people. I have conversations with them and want the best for them just as I do everyone else, but that doesn’t mean I think it’s right for them to get married. Being against something doesn’t make you some type of -phobic.]

  • Xenophobic – one unduly fearful of what is foreign and especially of people of foreign origin.

[This is another phobia, but it is so often used today, I figured I’d cover it separately. Most conservatives who are currently opposed to immigration are called xenophobes. This could be somewhat true because we are fearful of foreign immigrants, but that fear is not unduly-founded. With ISIS, Boko Haram, the Taliban, etc., etc. expanding over many Middle Eastern countries, Africa, and now into Europe, and with massive terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, we cannot be called unduly fearful of foreign immigration. Unless liberals sleep every night with their front and back doors unlocked and a sign out front that says “All Welcome,” they cannot criticize conservatives for wanting to protect this nation. Just as we protect our families by locking the doors and installing security systems, we should too protect our nation by securing our borders, vetting immigrants, and tracking non-permanent residents of this nation. If we do not, we are doing our country a grave disservice.]

  • Cultural Appropriation – 1) Cultural – of or relating to a particular group of people and their habits, beliefs, traditions, etc 2) Appropriation – to take or use (something) especially in a way that is illegal, unfair, etc.

[This is a relatively new liberal phenomenon. Blending the two meanings: cultural appropriation is taking or using something of another group’s habits/beliefs/traditions unfairly. For instance, a white college student was accused of cultural appropriation for wearing dreadlocks. First off, seriously? Second, America has been referred to as the “melting pot.” We are supposed to be proud that we share cultures and blend together into one beautiful pot of stew. This blending or melting is part of assimilation and part of what made America a great country. And again, liberals are supposed to be the diversity police, so they should be honored and proud that America is a diverse place, where people can adopt traditions from other racial/ethnic backgrounds.]

So next time someone accuses you of one of these terms, just ask them, do you even know what that term means? And then continue your logical, well-reasoned argument.

The Blood of Jesus

Romans 5:9 – Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 

Happy Good Friday everyone! Today is the day we celebrate the sacrifice that Jesus made for us nearly 2,000 years ago. In lieu of this holiday, I thought we could spend a little time studying the importance of the blood of Jesus.

Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

Even those who have never stepped inside a church know the story of Adam and Eve. They ate the forbidden fruit (thereby sinning against God), were banned from the Garden of Eden, and brought death into the world. The analysis behind the story is what most miss. Why did eating the fruit bring death into the world? It wasn’t because the fruit was poisonous or some other worldly explanation.

Adam eating the fruit was disobedience, and disobedience is sin. In fact, anything that isn’t of faith is sin (Romans 14:23), and the penalty of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Now the meaning of the word death here is two-fold. Death means separation. We are separated from those we love when they pass away. Adam and Eve died twice: once when they ate the fruit and once more, many years later.

Some of you may be scratching your heads because Adam and Eve did not physically die twice, but what I said is still true. Their first death was spiritual. They were separated (death) from God. They could no longer dwell in God’s presence in the garden (he banished them) because they were now tainted by sin. God can have nothing to do with sin because he is holy. Holy by definition means exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness (Merriam-Webster).

So now that we are up-to-speed on how sin entered the world, let’s explore the payment for that sin.

All of Adam’s offspring – you, me, everyone you know, and everyone who has ever existed, save Jesus – were born with a sin nature. The Bible teaches us that sin passes to us from the father, this is why Jesus had to be born of a virgin (no man involved).

Now because we were all born with sin, we could never pay the price for sin. In the Old Testament, God allowed believers to sacrifice spotless animals to atone for their sin but these animals merely covered their sins, they didn’t cleanse them.

Now I’m sure someone is thinking, “How did an animal atone for sin?”

Let me clarify: the animal did not actually atone for the person’s sins. The animal was a symbol of what Jesus was going to do on the cross; therefore, the believer was putting their faith in the savior to come by completing the sacrifice. God did not glory in the killing of animals for all you animal-rights people. He wanted people to understand the awfulness (couldn’t think of a better word) of what His son was going to go through for them. The animal’s death was a picture of Christ’s coming death.

Old Testament saints were saved on credit. They believed the savior was going to come and pay the debt for their sins. New Testament saints are saved on debit. We believe Jesus paid the price for our sins and because the funds are there, we use them.

Jesus (the second member of the Godhead; the son of God; God Incarnate) was 100% God and 100% Human. He added humanity to himself, and while on this Earth, functioned only by the power and leading of the Holy Spirit. He lived a perfect life – sinless, and because of his sinlessness, He was uniquely qualified to pay the penalty of sin.

Just as the lamb sacrificed in Old Testament times had to be spotless – Jesus was and is as well. He died nearly two millennia ago to pay the penalty for our sin debt in full. By one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and by one man (Jesus) it was atoned for to provide everlasting life (Romans 5:15; John 3:16).

Now today is the day we remember Christ’s death, and Easter is the day we remember His resurrection (He was raised from the dead because God accepted His perfect sacrifice and the grave could not hold Him – remember, death is the penalty of sin, and He was sinless). Jesus now sits at the righthand of the Father, and if we accept His sacrifice for our sins, we can one day join Him in Heaven.

If you haven’t accepted the Lord yet, consider it this Easter, and if you have a lost loved one, share this article with them.

God bless, and happy Easter everyone!

Did Jesus Preach Tolerance?

Matthew 21:12-13 – And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

With Ohio’s primary election in the rearview mirror, I think it’s time to focus a little more on the Church part of this ‘Church and State’ blog.

I’ve seen several memes going around Facebook condemning judging by Christians because ‘Jesus preached tolerance.’ I also saw one that listed a litany of sins followed by ‘but Jesus still loves me as much as he loves you.’

Let’s analyze these two points: 1) Jesus preached tolerance and 2) Jesus loves us despite our sin.

  1. Jesus Preached Tolerance

Pull out your Bible app and do a quick search for the word “tolerance.” Liberals and quasi-Christians will be shell-shocked when they find the word is not there. Jesus didn’t preach tolerance. Still don’t believe me? Let’s take a scripture for our example.

In the Gospel of John, the pharisees bring a woman caught in adultery to Jesus. He speaks the famous line, “He who is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” As we all know the only one there without sin was Jesus, so the pharisees went away displeased that Jesus had one-upped them again. It is the next line, however, that is often forgotten. Jesus turns to the woman and tells her that he doesn’t condemn her and to “go and sin no more.” That’s not tolerance. If Jesus had been tolerant of her lifestyle he would have simply said “go.” But praise the Lord, that’s not my Jesus! He doesn’t want to leave you in the mire of sin: He wants to pull you out of it!

Tolerance and kindness are not one and the same. We can be kind to those whom we disagree without condoning their actions. For example, if my daughter does something against the rules as she gets older, I can be kind in explaining to her why what she did was wrong, but that doesn’t mean I let her off the hook.

In all honesty, the greatest love we can show people who are truly trapped in sin is to tell them how to get out of it and escape the pits of Hell. And the only way is Jesus Christ. Asking Him to save our souls, change our hearts, and transform our minds. I’ve seen him do it in my life and in countless others. If we truly love people, we will share the gospel with them to save them from Hell – not leave them in their sin so we appear tolerant.

Moving on…

2. Jesus Loves Us Despite Our Sin

This statement is 100% true, but it so often gets misinterpreted. Jesus loves everyone, period, end of story. That is precisely the reason he died on the cross for our sins, but that love does not excuse or condone sin. Jesus died to free us from sin (He came to seek and save that which was lost – Luke 19:10). But again, just because I love my daughter no matter what, does not mean I will always love what she does. Loving you and accepting wrongdoing are not synonymous. If you are living a life of sin (fornication aka sex before marriage, drug/alcohol abuse, lying, stealing, etc.) then Jesus loves you and wants to deliver you from that life. It is not the actions that will send you to Hell. It is rejecting Jesus as your savior that sends you there. And if your next argument (like mine was for years) is you believe in God and you pray but your life is still full of sin then let me give you some scripture:

Romans 6:1-2 – What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

Just because grace is greater than sin and Jesus paid the price for our sin doesn’t give us license to sin, and if you are sinning continually without any conviction in your heart, my guess is you haven’t truly given your heart to Jesus because when you do, and you fail Him, the Holy Spirit will convict you until you repent.

Side Note: Repenting is not just saying sorry (I also believed this for a long time). Repenting is turning around and going the other direction – leaving the sin behind.

We all fail God, probably daily, but if the Holy Spirit isn’t telling you when you’ve done it, then seriously consider your soul today. What’s more important: partying for a few more years or your eternal life? Hell won’t seem worth the party if you end up there, and I can assure you, giving up your sins for Jesus may not be easy at first, but it always pays off in the long run.

Since giving my heart to Jesus at 19, I’ve received everything I ever wanted for my life: a loving husband and to be a mom. Even more important than both of these though is that I have peace that I can’t express in words and a joy that only comes with Jesus.

If you want that peace and joy in your life then say this prayer (it won’t save you and it doesn’t matter if you say it word for word, but believing it with all your heart is what matters):

Dear Lord,

I come before you in the name of Jesus – lost and undone, needing a saving hand. I believe that you sent your son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sins, and that His death payed the penalty in full. I believe that I’m a sinner, and I ask that you would forgive me of my sins and help me to walk in newness of life by the power of your Holy Spirit. Please break the chains of sin that surround me and liberate me from any bondages. I believe that your son was raised from the dead and as He lives with you, I will one day too. I thank you for saving me and redeeming me! Praise your holy name!

….

If you said that prayer, Congratulations! You just entered the family of God. If you are already saved, then pray with me for a revival in the church and to see our nation turn once again to God. If you have never accepted Jesus and chose not to today, I challenge you to give Him a chance. What do you have to lose?

What Else Is on the Ballot?

2 Timothy 2:15 – Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 

With all the hype about the presidential nominating contest, most people have likely forgotten that there are other races on the ballot this coming Tuesday.

While the presidential nomination is the most important race in our country, if we don’t take due diligence to study up on the other races and nominate the right people within our respective parties, then we are failing ourselves. Who we put in the Congress/State Legislature has just as big of an impact upon us as does who becomes president.

As promised in prior blogs, I did the work for you – well, some of you. I’m voting in the Republican primary because as you likely know, I support Ted Cruz. As a result, I am going to cover the Republican ballot and the general issues for the following counties: Ross, Pike, Scioto, and Adams. If you’re a Democrat, I apologize, but you’ll have to do your own vetting of your candidates.

So to begin, let’s start with the second biggest race on the ballot, U.S. Senate. Currently Rob Portman, a Republican, is our senator. The problem with Portman is he’s a RINO (Republican in name only). This man is not a true conservative. How can I make such a bold statement? His record proves my point.

There is a wonderful organization called Conservative Review. They provide each U.S. Senator and Congressman/woman with a letter grade based on their voting record. If the person votes for the conservative stance on a piece of legislation they receive a point. If they do not vote conservative or abstain from the vote, they receive no points. They base the score on their voting record over a rolling six year time-frame (for members who have been there long enough), and then publish the grades online. To illustrate with names you know, Ted Cruz received an A along with three other senators: Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ben Sasse. Marco Rubio received a high C.

Back to Portman, he received a 50%, F! An F! This man is not a conservative. If this was the general election and it was him vs. Ted Strickland, who is pro-abortion, etc., I would urge you to vote for him, but this is the primary so we have other choices. Sadly, Portman doesn’t have many challengers. A tea-party conservative named Strzala was running, but I believe she must have missed the filing deadline because her name was not listed on the ballot. Another man named Don Eckhart is running as well. He is a state employee and wants to go to the Senate to defend Religious Liberty.

My job is not to tell you how to vote, and the fact that Eckhart has no experience scares me, but what’s worse, a man who lies about being conservative or a man with no experience? I’ll leave it for you to decide.

Now to the next biggest race: our congressional seat. Currently, the Congressman for our area is Brad Wenstrup. I’ve contacted his office over issues before and he seems like a nice man, but again, he is not a true conservative. Conservative Review gives Mr. Wenstrup a 67%, D. Better than Portman, but still not conservative.

Wenstrup has more than one challenger, but I find one especially intriguing: Jim Lewis. Mr. Lewis is a graduate of West Point, an Army veteran, a retired post office worker, and a current school board member of West Clermont. He identifies himself as a Tea Party Conservative. This man is more than qualified to serve our District in Congress, and I will be voting for him.

Again, I’m not here to tell you how to vote, but to present you with the options and my opinions. I don’t think we should send incumbents back to Washington just because they are incumbents. That is what got us into this mess in the first place. If there is a qualified challenger, let’s give them a shot, the worst thing that can happen is they are awful in office and we throw them out the next election cycle, which is only two years for a Congressional seat.

Now onto state legislature races. Joe Uecker is running unopposed for the 14th District State Senate seat (Adams and Scioto). The 17th District seat (Pike and Ross) is not up for election this year. In terms of the Ohio House, all three representatives: Terry Johnson (90th – Scioto and Adams), Cliff Rosenberger (91st – Pike), and Gary Scherer (92nd – Ross) are running unopposed.

Moving to judges, the chief justice for Ohio’s Supreme Court is running unopposed, while one state supreme court nomination on the Republican side has a contest (O’Toole vs. Fischer). Look them up and decide who best represents your values. Judges are largely forgotten in elections, but they often have more sway in the direction of our nation than elected officials. We are in the 4th District for the Ohio Court of Appeals. The Republican nominee, McFarland, is running unopposed.

Lastly, the issues by county. This is just a list so you can make your own opinion on how you want to vote, but at least you’ll be familiar with the items before you go to the polls. Also, there will be county races for offices, such as Commissioner and Sheriff. I did not have the time to go through each of those for each county, so do your homework on those races before you head to the polls!

Adams County Issues:

  • Levies in Manchester – Cemetery maintenance (replacement) and street construction (additional)
  • Levies in Winchester – Current Expenses (renewal)
  • Electrical Aggregation in Winchester
  • Liquor in Sprigg Township

Pike County Issues:

  • Levy for Health Programs (additional)

Ross County Issues:

  • Adena Schools Levy (Additional) – Expenses and Facility Improvements
  • Levy for RC Board of Developmental Disabilities (Renewal) – Operating Expenses
  • Concord TWP Levy for Cemeteries (additional)
  • Franklin TWP – Fire and EMS (additional)
  • Green TWP – Fire and EMS (Renewal)
  • Franklin South TWP – Liquor

Scioto County Issues:

  • Scioto County Senior Citizens – Maintain and support senior citizen services and facilities (renewal)
  • Green TWP – Police Protection (renewal)
  • Washington TWP – Roads (renewal)
  • Green TWP – Electric Aggregation
  • Portsmouth City – Three charter amendments (no info available)
  • Porter TWP – Liquor
  • Washington TWP – Liquor

I hope this list and information helps you this coming Tuesday! If you’re a registered voter, get out and vote! It is your civic duty, but don’t do it uninformed. Uninformed voting is one of the problems in this country and one of the reasons why we are in the mess we are. Study up, and remember, please don’t vote Trump!

I’m Not Done with Trump…

James 1:8 – A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.

The pundits will tell you it’s over, and the Trump supporters are telling you to get in line. So here’s my response: NO!

This primary isn’t over. In fact, there may be a good hope yet for Ted Cruz. I haven’t seen a single, news media outlet report this key tidbit of information, save the WSJ Opinion Page, but Ted Cruz has won all but one of the closed primary races. The primaries ahead this Saturday are ALL closed primaries. This could bode well for Cruz and bad for Trump, who seems to struggle courting conservatives with his liberal stances (maybe that’s why Fox News is conveniently focusing on March 15th primaries when there are many primaries between now and then). Democrats and Independents won’t be able to help Trump this Saturday, nor here in Ohio (unless those voters are willing to become Republicans – like I’m willing to do to help Cruz).

Trump doesn’t have 1,237 delegates. He barely has a fourth of what he needs to be the nominee (with Cruz right on his heels). We need to stand strong and vote for a better candidate to win this nomination. I won’t tell you who to vote for, but I will urge you – not Trump.

On that line of thinking, I need to share with you what the Lord shared with me in prayer this week. I’ve been seeking the Lord for a Josiah (one of the few good kings of Judah, who led a national reformation back to the law) to be our next president, and as I was doing so, He informed me that Trump is Jehu. Who is Jehu, you ask? Let me explain.

In 1 Kings 19:16, the Lord instructs Elijah to anoint a man named Jehu to be the king of Israel (the Northern Kingdom after Israel split in two). When Elijah anointed him, he prophesied over Jehu saying he would avenge the Lord’s servants by taking down the House of Ahab (a wicked king). Jehu went on to fulfill this prophecy, which was a good thing – but that isn’t the end of the story.

While he did take down Ahab and destroy the Baal worship in Israel, he didn’t follow God’s law and he allowed the worship of the golden calf to continue. He did God’s bidding, but then he went too far down the wrong path.

Trump, like Jehu, claims he will undo the wickedness of Washington. I think he will, but like Jehu, Trump will likely go too far. He already has shown his disregard for the Constitution on issues, such as Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press.

Trump supporters want him to burn it all down (figuratively), but the danger with fire is it can get out of hand. What’s going to stop the fire from burning us in the process? Or if the controlled-burn goes successfully, is Trump a constitutionalist that we can trust to raise the right government from the ashes? I think not.

So if you’re a registered voter in Ohio, I encourage you, pick a candidate and support them – not just in word, but in deed – it is too critical to sit down and let others decide the fate of our nation. All I’ve heard this week is ‘will you vote for Trump in a general election? If not, you’re wasting your vote or you’re voting for Hillary.’ I pray we don’t get to that point. Forget what letter is behind your name, that doesn’t matter – saving our country does! So registered voters, let’s get out there and do our civic duty, but please, for me, don’t vote Trump.

25 Reasons I Cannot Support Donald Trump

Matthew 7:15 – Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Forget the sheep’s clothing, this wolf is strutting around in all his wolfy-badness, and no one seems to notice he’s going to blow the house down if he gets the nomination.

Here are 25 reasons – in no particular order – I can never support Donald Trump (with references for those of you who doubt my research on the issue):

  1. He never reveals true policy stances.
  2. He recently flip-flopped on abortion (even supporting partial birth abortion in the past).
  3. He doesn’t understand what the nuclear triad is or its importance.
  4. He made fun of a reporter with disabilities.
  5. He claims he will force another sovereign nation to build a wall along the border despite the other nation’s firm stance that they will not.
  6. He doesn’t know the players in current trade agreements, like the TPP.
    • Nov. FBN GOP Debate
  7. He flip-flopped on ISIS (Let Russia handle it to carpet bombing).
  8. He said he would appoint his pro-abortion sister to the supreme court.
  9. He promotes managing the government over shrinking the government.
  10. Uses vulgarity in public discourse (The presidency is an honorable position and should not be reduced to filth)
    • Repeated offender – too many citations for one point
  11. Encouraged supporters to rough up protesters at a Trump rally, saying he’d pay the legal fees
  12. Told security to keep protesters coats when evicting them from a Trump rally
  13. He said the people of Iowa were stupid because he dropped in the polls to Cruz.
  14. He likened the highly respected Dr. Ben Carson to a pedophile.
  15. He said he can “change” to anything he wants to be.
  16. He wants to reinstitute waterboarding despite the fact it’s been outlawed.
  17. He asserted John McCain wasn’t a hero due to being a P.O.W.
  18. He said if Ivanka wasn’t his daughter he’d probably be dating her.
  19. He couldn’t name a single Bible verse when asked for his favorite and mispronounced 2 Corinthians while at Liberty University.
  20. He can’t control his temper.
    • Feb. CBS GOP Debate
    • Mr. Trump’s Twitter Feed
  21. He wanted to use eminent domain for private use and still supports it today.
  22. He threatens non-supporters.
  23. He continues to flip-flop on healthcare (recently stating support of universal healthcare – like Bernie).
  24. He supported a wealth tax on saved wealth in bank accounts.
  25. He said he would remain neutral on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Bonus: ‘I could murder someone and my supporters won’t leave me.’

And as if this list wasn’t enough, yesterday, his supporters finished me off. While watching a show, I tweeted to the hosts that I would never switch my allegiance to Donald Trump, bringing the onslaught of the ‘Trumpkins.’ From that innocent tweet I was told, ‘I’m not a true patriot,’ ‘my soul is lost,’ and ‘I’m part of the problem with this country.’

Their fearless leader has belittled free speech in the past (http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/trump-close-up-the-internet/), so it’s no wonder the Trumpkins hound anyone with an opposing position.

This is not an exhaustive list by any means. I could add his statements that ‘Planned Parenthood does good things’ or his insinuation that George W. Bush was at fault for 9/11 during the last debate, but I’d be here all day if I listed every statement Trump makes or actions he takes that I disagree with or find questionable.

So in conclusion, if you are infatuated with Donald Trump, please consider these truths and the principles you stand for before casting a vote for him at the ballot box. I don’t know about you, but the man stands contrary to the vast majority of my morals, beliefs, and ideologies, and I can never vote for him.

P.S. Don’t give me that argument about he’s better than Bernie/Hillary because newsflash, we still have better options available to us, let’s choose one.

How Should We Evaluate Presidential Candidates?

1 Timothy 3:1-7 – This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre [money]; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. 

The above verse applies to individuals seeking the highest office in a church – pastor – but the qualities required of a good pastor are likewise required of a good leader in general. I’ve heard the argument, “we’re not electing a pastor-in-chief,” and you’re right, we’re not, but I’d say most of society would speak fairly highly of the pastors they know. Pastors are all-in-all good people, who care about others and have good character-traits. Maybe we should use the above qualities when analyzing our presidential candidates as well – especially, if we call ourselves Christians.

Obviously, if you aren’t a Christian, or you whole-heartedly disagree with me on the above statement, then it’s a moot-point, but let’s move to the actual requirements.

Article II, Section II of our U.S. Constitution outlines the duties of the president. Over time, other duties have been added through judicial decisions, legislative acts, and precedent set by past presidents.

Rather than give you legalese to read, I found a simplistic list of presidential powers on Scholastic’s website (citation below):

  1. Chief of State
    • A.K.A. the pomp-and-circumstance aspects of the job, such as awarding medals, giving speeches, and serving as the face of the nation
  2. Chief Executive
    • Presiding over the many executive agencies
  3. Chief Diplomat
    • Speaking with other world leaders and conducting negotiations
  4. Commander-in-Chief
    • Leading the U.S. military
  5. Chief Legislator
    • Urging Congress to pass certain laws as well as using the power to veto or sign bills into law
  6. Chief of Party
    • Helping his or her political party receive appointments/elections
  7. Chief Guardian of the Economy
    • Focusing upon economic factors of taxes, unemployment, etc. and doing what he/she can to keep the economy running smoothly

As we look at the remaining 2016 presidential candidates, we should analyze each one on these criteria. I will steer away from giving you my opinion (most probably know who I’m for/against at this point, but that isn’t the point here.) The point is for each person to use the above list as well as his or her own political leans to evaluate the candidates. If someone cannot serve in one of the above roles in an acceptable capacity, we should disregard them as a serious candidate.

I’ve heard a lot of political pundits talk about the “one-issue voter.” This is a dangerous thought. We should never disregard six of the above criteria because we think a candidate would be superb at one.

Choosing a president is a decision that has lasting ramifications. For instance, Reagan was elected in the Eighties, but the affects of his presidency are lasting even unto this day. He appointed Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away this past week, as well as Anthony Kennedy, who is still a member of the High Court. With the risk of repeating myself, consider this decision prayerfully and diligently. We cannot afford to make a mistake here – it could affect our nation for decades to come.

Citation:

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/seven-roles-one-president

 

Thinking: The Lost Art

Acts 17:11 – These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. 

I’m scared for our country, and you should be too. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that New Hampshire selected a self-proclaimed socialist and a tyrannical hate-speech slinger as their respective parties’ nominees. How did this happen? If you ask me, there is more than one reason, but the greatest is a lack of thinking.

When I went to college there was a big push on campus for “critical thinking.” This was mere rhetoric because in 90 percent of my classes, if you did not regurgitate the proper answer, you would fail, no matter your reasoning or research behind it. Very few professors were willing to be challenged on their stances and nearly all of them had a liberal bias.

I’m not saying that to complain, but instead, to make a point. When you watch the news, you are listening to bias. Fox News is biased toward conservative viewers, just as MSNBC is as liberal as you can get. CNN and the basic news channels try to stay unbiased, but they all lean a little to the left.

One of the biggest problems with our society is we accept information without challenging it or studying the facts for ourselves. A news reporter tells us something; therefore, it is fact. WRONG! They may have a bias one way or the other.

If we do not analyze what reporters, pundits, and politicians themselves are saying, we are done for as a nation. I’m so sick of hearing people say, “Donald Trump is a great business man.” Really? He’s filed bankruptcy with his businesses multiple times – that doesn’t prove he’s good with money. Or another one of my favorites, “Everyone has a right to healthcare, so we should have universal healthcare.” Again, really? We have a federal law that already ensures that everyone gets treated at Emergency Rooms regardless of insurance status or ability to pay (look up the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act).

Do you hear any of the information I just alluded to on the news? I haven’t. Do your own research. I don’t care who your favorite presidential candidate is or what party you side with – thinking and researching must be done. Don’t just accept what I tell you, or your parents, and certainly not the news. If we don’t start thinking now, it may just become a lost art.