Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Thoughts on the U. S. election

As a follower of Jesus Christ who tries to obey His teachings, and as an American citizen who believes in voting for the leaders of this country, I have been very prayerfully considering how I will vote this November 8. It is a tough choice.

I cannot in good conscience vote for a man whose lifestyle and words are the antithesis of Christ's teachings. This candidate is immoral and unethical and uses vile language. He encourages violence and hatred in his followers.
Many of my friends are concerned about the Supreme Court, and plan to vote Republican so that conservative jurists will be appointed in the likely event that vacancies will occur. However, that is not a given, not a foregone conclusion. Mr. Trump has been known to go back on his word before, and can do it again. Also, the Senate can and has held up nominations, and is doing so right now. I believe that God is in control, that He can sort out the U. S. Supreme Court if it is His will so to do.
I don't believe in my heart that He wants His children to elect unto ourselves such a man as this.

I know that Mrs. Clinton is not perfect. Her attachment to legalized abortion and to homosexual rights are abhorrent to many Christians, and unbiblical. However, in over 40 years the Republicans have not succeeded in abolishing abortion, even when they had majorities in both executive and legislative branches, and there are other values to consider. Caring for the widow and the orphan, the poor, the stranger (immigrants) all are commandments given to us by God in His Word.

Having said all this, please know that I will respect and honor each person's decision, whether to vote for one of the major candidates, a third party candidate, or to refrain from voting. I know that most of you haven't come to your decision lightly, just as I haven't.

After the election is over and the results are known, I will do my best to respect the new President-Elect, and refrain from insulting him or her, in words and online.

Galatians 5:19-25 "19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other."

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

U. S. Politics

It's been over a month since I've written. My thoughts are too jumbled to put them together coherently. I've been following the presidential campaign. I don't really like either of the front runners, but I dislike one much more than the other. I don't think it would do any good to vote for either of the "third party" candidates (third party and fourth party?), so I am planning to vote for the candidate I dislike least. Still praying about it, and for all the candidates.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

About peaceful protest

clip art courtesy of freepik.com

This is about Colin Kaepernick and the Miami Dolphin athletes who have chosen to refrain from standing for the national anthem and the U. S. flag in protest of the recent shootings of black men and boys by police officers. Many are very opposed to this demonstration. They say it shows a lack of respect for the United States, for our military and our veterans, and that it shows a lack of gratitude for all the rights and privileges that U. S. citizenship confers.
I see it as a peaceful protest in accordance with the right of free speech guaranteed by our Constitution. Decades ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the act of burning the U. S. flag as a demonstration of protest was a form of free speech. In my opinion, refusal to stand for the flag or the national anthem is also a form of free speech. I do not approve of their action, but I can see their point.

Here is another take on it:
Why Christian Parents Should Celebrate The Biblical Example of Colin Kaepernick

A very interesting, thought-provoking article, but I don't agree. I can see that there are similarities between the modern-day athletes' protest and the refusal of the young Jewish men in Babylonian captivity to worship the king's idol. However, nowhere have I read or heard that the protesting athletes were honoring their faith by their refusal to stand. That is the key point of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego's act of faith and courage.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Driving while black

This is a link to a speech by Senator Tim Scott, R-S.C., on the Senate floor. Please listen to all of it; it is very moving and thought-provoking. In one year, he has been pulled over by police while driving seven times. He has been refused admittance to an event to which he was invited as a Senator.

Senator Tim Scott

Do I benefit from white privilege? When I compare Sen. Scott's experience with mine, I must say, "Yes, I do." In fifty years of driving, I can remember being pulled over and/or ticketed four times, and all were with reason - driving too fast or running a stop sign or red light. Four times in fifty years vs. seven times in one year. Yes. I do.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Troubled America

It is with a heavy heart that I reflect on the tragic events of the last few days, the killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in the twin cities area of Minnesota, and the attack which killed five police officers in Dallas, Texas. It is getting worse, not better. I remember Rodney King's plea, "Why can't we all just get along?" Why indeed?

I am sharing the following, which was a Facebook post by the College and Career pastor at our church:

"When words fail because our own words aren't enough, look to God's words...

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
-Colossians 3:12-17"

Lord, forgive us for failing to love, respect, and honor all men and women, whom You created in Your image. Bring us back to You in repentance and humility, and bring us to each other in love, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Amen