Pastor's Corner

16 Nov
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Mid-Week Challenge

Political pundits continue to debate the outcome of last week’s presidential election.  Why did Trump win and why did Hillary lose?  The results came out of nowhere for most as both sides appeared to be genuinely surprised by the outcome.  Those who supported Clinton continue to look for ways to keep Trump from becoming president and the media has done its part by not reporting anything really positive that has happened to Trump since last Tuesday.  All of this has been a lot of fun and at times humorous to me but I cannot understand the actions of some of those who backed Clinton.  As they spoke against Trump they claimed he was running a fear campaign with an attempt to scare people into voting for him.  Since the election these folks have talked about nothing but fear in their explanation of what happened and what is to come.  Like I said, a lot of this was fun to watch but now that it is over it is time to unite as Americans and get back to work.  That attitude has not gone far with some in the Clinton camp.  For a group to speak so much on tolerance and getting a long they sure are doing a good job of driving us further apart.  Take for example some of the articles out there on why Trump won and what they say it says about America as a whole.  In several reports they refer to election statistics and make the case that Trump voters are uneducated, white males because a segment of the voters had a high school education and are white males. They draw the conclusion that to support Trump one must be ignorant and white.  

The one I take most offense from is the movement to classify Trump supporters as racist.  Drawing again from election return statistics, those who oppose Trump make the case that he and his followers must be racist because they are not minorities.  What?  They “prove” this by taking Trump’s words out of context or explain them in an unflattering way contrary to the way were originally spoken.  Since this has not worked as well as they would like, today the Huffington Post takes the charge to the next level by asking the question Are Christians Racist?

Really?  The Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie makes this jump by citing the fact that 81 percent of evangelicals voted for Mr. Trump. He goes on to say, “Now Christians have to struggle with the question of what it means to have entrusted the country to a misogynist businessman who courted the alt-right with racist rhetoric aimed at Latinos and African-Americans (not to mention bigoted words directed to people of faith outside the Christian tradition). Is it a fair question to ask if Christians are racist based on the election results?”

Wow! The sad reality is that some will read this article and actually fall into the trap set by folks like Dr. Currie.  Their design is to prey on one’s emotions by framing a subject with misinformation that sounds official then lays guilt on the reader for being born white or male or both.  These people invent problems where there are none.  They take small issues and load them with false calms so as to draw an emotional response.  The problem is that the emotional response these types of folks inspire leads to riots and destruction of private business.  They seek to invoke fear in anyone who disagrees, but then clamor for “safe spaces” for their own. 

 Don’t be fooled by these groups.  No matter who you voted for, come January we all have one president and his name is Donald Trump.  The best thing we all can do is pray that he will succeed for all America’s sake.  We have before us a wonderful opportunity to unite and move forward like no other time in our nation’s history.  Don’t let those who truly hate steal the young impressionable minds of the next generation.  Continue to do your part by making your voice heard.  And take Paul’s teaching in Romans 12 to heart

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.   Verses 9-18

If we do these things, and shun those who do not, there is nothing we cannot accomplish as Christians and as a country.   

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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