Pastor's Corner

11 May
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Mid-Week Challenge

Mid-Week Challenge

 Divided, that is the word that most folks are using to describe the Republican Party right now.  After Ted Cruz dropped out of the race, that description could also be used for many Christians.  According to a new Reuters poll 20 percent of “born again Christians” said they wouldn’t vote in November now that the election looks to be between Clinton and Trump.  It has become obvious that Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton are the two most disliked presidential nominees in American History.  People in both parties have vowed not to support their own nominee, which makes no sense to me.  It is as if we have forgotten how the election process works in our two political party system in America.  This great confusion has divided us as a country but now the divide is growing among Christians. 

Dr. Russell Moore of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC took a shot at Donald Trump and his followers with a piece in The New York Times and an appearance on Face the Nation, where he called Trump’s campaign “reality television moral sewage.” http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/06/opinion/a-white-church-no-more.html?_r=2    http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/can-donald-trump-unite-the-republican-party/

 On Monday Trump defended himself on Twitter by calling Moore a “terrible representative of Evangelicals and all of the good they stand for. A nasty guy with no heart!”  Which, Moore shot back a Bible passage referring to Elijah’s standoff with the Prophets of Baal. 

 Moore’s dislike of Trump has never been a secret, but this is the first time he drew Trump’s attention.  Contrast Moore’s response to Trumps presumptive nomination with that of Anne Graham Lotz.  Monday, in an interview with Fox News, she said that she is ready to vote for Trump in the November election because God can use Trump to accomplish His purposes. She went on to say that Trump may be like Nebuchadnezzar in the Bible--a man who started off as antagonistic toward God’s people, but who ultimately ended up believing in the Lord.

 "My faith is not in a person, my faith is in God. If God can use Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel's day — Daniel served under Nebuchadnezzar, and at the end, Nebuchadnezzar professed faith in the God of Daniel— then He can use Trump, too.”

 http://www.christianpost.com/news/anne-graham-lotz-ready-vote-donald-trump-president-163639/

Wow! What a great answer!  She is right, as Christians we should not be divided, we should be united around our Lord and Savior.  Why should we let Trump, Clinton or any person distract us from the Sovereignty of God? 

Like a candidate or not, as Americans we have been a given the opportunity for free elections.  People have died to protect that right.  To pack up and not vote because your candidate did not make the cut is an insult to those who give their life.

Thank you Anne Graham Lotz for your Christianity maturity in the midst of our leaders acting so childish.  I pray that all of us will come together and display the faith you have on this issue. 

Serving the Savior 

Bro. Jonathan

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