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It’s Monday afternoon, almost a week after election Tuesday. I have gone back and forth on writing this. I don’t want to just add to the noise. But I also have dear friends who seem awkward at times because I was vocal about who I would vote for.

“Sorry, my candidate won, how are you doing?”

That’s a comment I heard just this morning. It is almost as if she expects me to be depressed. I was able to defuse the moment by saying, “Oh, I’m fine. He’s going to be my president. I’m happy to see how God works through this.” That put a smile on her face and fellowship as we considered what might happen next.

What are my options?

It seems that I could take this one of several ways: 1) protest and try to convince the electoral college to cast a no faith ballot; 2) claim he’s not my president and ridicule him from here on out; or 3) set my mind on things above and walk in fellowship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I’m going with #3 which leads to Respect, Trust, and Submission to my president.

Scripture is clear that God works through circumstances in life. Early European Christians called it providence. God raises up kings, including none more wicked or evil than Pharaoh (Exodus 9:16). God then uses their decisions to do His purposes (Exodus 14:4). God tells us to pray for our leaders (1 Tim 2:1-5). God tells us to submit to our leaders (Romans 13:1-2). And God tells us to respect our leaders (1 Peter 2:17). [On a side note, He doesn’t tell us to only respect those who earn it.]

Final thoughts and prayers for the future.

Many friends told me that my “no” vote for Trump was a “yes” vote for Hilary. Apparently, that was not true. I pray that the low number of votes, the tremendous divide in our country and the clear voice of reason will lead our country to correct the issues of a two party system. I would be content with the two parties if one of them lead with moral integrity, Godly ethics, and Biblical values. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case. But my Lord is still Lord, He is not stopped from accomplishing His will and I will honor, respect and serve my country until my true citizenship is revealed for what it truly is!

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”
(Colossians 3:1-4)

Pragmatism vs A Mans Word

When I was growing up, my mentors said:

  • The ends do not justify the means.
  • Integrity is who you are when no one is looking and something you stand by.
  • A man’s word is all he has.

Today, I’m told, “If you do not vote for the lesser of two evils, you are giving it to the greater evil.” And, “This person always acted like a moral pervert but he wasn’t really one. He was just doing what it takes to be successful. That’s the great thing about him, He does what it takes to win.” Or, “He says what He thinks!” “At least you know where you are at with him.” And, “He’s changed his position on that now.”

I’m encouraged to vote for something because the result we want is more important than moral integrity. As if having a socialist, democrat, greedy thief, who may take away Christian freedoms, is something God can’t help Christians live under.

However, that is exactly what Christian’s have lived under for centuries in most places of the world. We are not guaranteed peace – God does guarantee us persecution. And if the only way to avoid persecution is to sell out on my morals, than persecution is headed my way.

Exod 1:17 “The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.”

Acts 4:19 “But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge,”

The ends do not justify the means. For me this means: a no vote for Trump may mean a Hilary win but that is not the same as making a yes vote for Hilary or a yes vote for Trump. It is trusting God and living by integrity.

If you do a casual search for Trumps own words you will find that he has bragged about sexual relations with many women (which he now says he wouldn’t say), he brought strip clubs to his casinos (which he may no longer own), his wife posed nude for pornography (and she may become our country’s first lady). You will find this in his own words and without media manipulation. He now claims that he wasn’t as bad as he used to make it sound. He only said those things and acted that way to be a success.

So, as long as he is working for the things you believe in, you can rest assured he will say whatever is necessary to win and you may get what you are asking for.

Mk 8:36 “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”

But what about when he changes his mind (like he has so many other times). Then he will do whatever it takes to win a position that you do not want. Then what? My God will meet my needs in that situation as well.

Are you playing Russian roulette this voting season. I think it is better to put down the gun and place your confidence in the hands of a faithful creator. Even if it means suffering.

1 Peter 4:19 “Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.”

The In-BetweenWhat do you do during the in-between? What do I mean? I’m talking about the time between Christmas and New Years. What do you do?

What do you do?

All the build up to Christmas is over and there is still a week until you kickoff all your New Year’s Resolutions.

This is the time of year when most people take their vacation time. Get all your unused days in before they are lost to the end of the year. As I’m writing this, our family has traveled over 850 miles to visit with family in Alabama.

This is the time of year when many face their greatest moments of discontent and depression. Did you get everything you hoped for on Christmas morning? Second guessing all your gifts to others? With excitement, you look forward to seeing family and friends you rarely see. But memories of past hurts haunt you. Your expectations steal your happiness as once again they go unmet. Everyone else is posting on Facebook and it looks like they are having the best holiday season ever. Or maybe you have lost a loved one this last year or at this time of year in the past and the memory is making you sad. [Read more…]

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