Thursday, February 9, 2017

Week of February 6, 2017

So, the Christian Right got their conservative Supreme Court justice (pending Senate approval), Neil Gorsuch. I like what I have heard about him so far, but I wish that everyone would remember that it is best if judges, including Supreme Court justices, are not nominated in expectation of how they will vote. Individual jurists should be expected to make up their minds according to the facts of the particular cases before them.

That seems to be a major reason that many conservative Christians voted for Trump - their belief that he would nominate a person who holds conservative views to the Supreme Court to fill the late Justice Scalia's place.

Many conservative Christians, and many of my friends are strong and enthusiastic supporters of Trump, convinced that he is a Christian, or a baby Christian, or at least "God's man for the hour," saying that God often used seemingly ungodly men in Bible times. Jacob was a trickster and deceiver; Moses killed a man; David committed adultery and had the woman's husband killed; and so on. I am not convinced. Trump does not talk nor act like a Christian, a Christ follower. There are no signs of turning toward a Christian attitude of humility, love, peace - not even "baby steps." When I became a Christian at the age of 25, God's Holy Spirit gave me a hunger for His Word. He began taking away my selfish, sinful desires and replacing them with love for Him and a desire to please Him. I began changing the moment I asked Him into my heart; I started becoming a new person. He's still working on me.

I do pray for Donald Trump and for all our leaders in government. I pray that God will soften their hearts and give them wisdom to seek Him first, to love Him fully, and to love and serve the people, leading us in humility and righteousness.