I don’t want Clinton or Trump to win. Whether democrat or republican we have the choice between a “conlady” or a self-important windbag. I usually vote republican but this election cycle puts me in a position to deprive both parties of my vote for POTUS. Knowing what I know, my conscience won’t let me do otherwise.
I will probably vote Libertarian this time. I know that is a somewhat meaningless vote but it enables me to not only vote but, at the same time, make a statement. OK, I know it is a statement that is worth less than a hill of beans.
For reasons made known in previous posts (you do read all my posts don’t you?) I cannot, in good faith, vote for either candidate.
I used to think, “All right, vote them in and everyone will see how inept they really are.” But when Barack Obama was reelected I had to ditch that idea. I will continue to do my duty as a citizen as best I can but I will not violate my conscience.
Several comments regarding my last post were from people disgusted with Trump but will vote for him because he is “better than Clinton.” It is “the lesser of two evils” argument. But if I vote for Trump am I not still choosing evil even though a lesser one? What a dilemma!
Ultimately, American voters will decide who wins. Based on past elections, I am not optimistic. I will, however, continue living with the results of elections even though I may disagree with them. I just hope for a more informed and moral electorate in the future. But, I ain’t holdin’ my breath.
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Okay, I am getting weary of hearing about “reproductive rights” and “a woman’s right to choose.” Get real. These are just code words. Everyone knows we are talking about abortion.
We who are “of age” all understand where babies come from, right? (Clue: storks and cabbage plants are not involved in any way.) Let me speak plainly: whether or not to “have sex” is every healthy person’s choice, right or wrong. Men, you have a right to choose whether to father a baby or not. You choose whether to keep your pecker in your pants or not. Women, you have a right to choose whether or not to grant male access to your reproductive accessories (not talking about rape here but consensual sexual intercourse). Whether or not to use birth control is also a right. But this is where your “right to choose” ends.
What none of us has a right to do is kill babies resulting from a failure to overcome craving with caution. That’s just murder. If, in the heat of passion, you choose to forego birth control…well…you may have made a baby you are responsible to care for in utero or out. You did your choosing before the winning sperm penetrated the waiting egg.
If you don’t want the baby, then choose to give it to one of the thousands of couples who do.
- O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us.
Robert Burns, Poem “To a Louse” – verse 8
- Bill Maher is a self-proclaimed non-Christian so the language in this clip should surprise no one. If you are offended by the language used by those outside of Christ use…good! So am I. This is from one of his shows back in May…but I am posting it now for two reasons. First, because my good friend Noel Malan posted it on Facebook and I just now became aware of it and, second, because we need to understand how the world perceives us as a religion. Even a pagan like Maher knows enough Scripture to see the disconnect between what Jesus said and how so many who claim to follow Him actually act. I hope you will view it and I hope you cringe in the appropriate places.
- Notice that he is attacking our hypocrisy, not what Jesus taught.
The truth is, if everyone who claims to be a disciple of Christ would imitate Christ not only would the kingdom explode in size but I seriously doubt that our government would be messing around killing folks in the Middle East. Why is that? Because they would see the good works of the Christians in our nation and glorify God.
When one thinks of the lives lost and the resources expended on our fruitless wars and political meddling in the Middle East it should bring us to tears. What if those same lives and resources were given to win the hearts and minds of the Islamic world? What if we were known for acts of mercy instead of violence? I’m not talking about the government here, I am talking about the kingdom of God. Peter wrote, “Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler; 16 but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name” (1 Peter 4:15,16). Too often, as Christians we have supported our government as they meddled and murdered!
What if Christians were known for being first on the scene of earthquakes, tsunamis, famine and pestilence? What if we were known for helping instead of meddling? What if we spent money on lives and souls instead of buildings and flashy “worship services.”
We have several fine ministries that seek to do just this. Here in Abilene, we have Global Samaritan Resources that has helped many thousands. But it is a separate ministry from the church and has to struggle to raise funds like so many similar efforts. Shame on us! We had rather build buildings and divert needed funds to projects Jesus never even hinted at. Our “ministries of mercy” ought never need to go begging…they should be overwhelmed with resources to couple the gospel with the mercy of the Prince of Peace!
What excuse did we give to Bill Maher to say what he said? By not carefully following Christ in attitude, word or deed. Time for self-examination!
Peter echoes the words of Christ in Matthew 5:14 “Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation” (1 Peter 2:12).
Do this, and Bill Maher (and many others) will have little material for their writers.
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In our culture, the people have a say in who governs them, but ultimately it is is up to the Almighty. Is that His stamp of approval on their positions and policies? Check out Daniel 2:21; 4:17; John 19:11; Romans 13:1-6 (and there’s a bunch more). God sets up rulers and deposes them…some good some bad — for reasons best known to Him. Believers need to shut up and get on their knees and pray for President Obama and all those who govern us (1 Timothy 2:1-3).
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I can’t remember a time in recent history that has provided a greater contrast between Christianity and Radical Islam.
Matthew 5:11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.
Luke 6:22 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.”
1 Peter 2:21-23 “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, 22 who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; 23 and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;”
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If you think things are bad now, just wait, they will get worse.
Part of the fault (maybe even a major part) is ours. We have pointed out what people shouldn’t do instead of being examples of what people should do. In response we are accused of “judging” Consequently, the labels “homophobe” and “bigot” are applied to us.
1 Corinthians 5:8-13 I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; 10 I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. 11 But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? 13 But those who are outside, God judges.
Warfare and political diplomacy can never accomplish the purposes of Christ, the Prince of Peace.
And what should we be doing? The Scriptures are full of that information. Meeting in our expensive edifices on Sunday is the least of it.
Find someone and some way to be an imitation of Jesus today.
How? Blow the dust of your Bible and read the gospels, Acts and the letters.
When? Right now. The need is urgent.
Where? Your neighborhood, your community, your nation, the world.
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I have no idea to whom to attribute the following little article to — I just found it in my collection. If you know the author, I will give full credit to him/her. Some of my readers may not know that I recently endured double bypass surgery. I have determined to never do that again. I will recommend a couple of books that have converted me to a plant-based, fat-free diet. In the meantime enjoy the little parable below.
And God populated the earth with broccoli and cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.
And Satan created McDonald’s. And McDonald’s brought forth the double-cheeseburger. And Satan said to Man, “You want fries with that?” And Man said, “Super size them.” And Man gained pounds.
And God created the healthful yogurt, that woman might keep her figure that man found so fair. And Satan froze the yogurt, and he brought forth chocolate, nuts and brightly colored sprinkle candy to put on the yogurt. And woman gained pounds.
And God said, “Try my crispy fresh salad.” And Satan brought forth creamy dressings, bacon bits, and shredded cheese. And there was ice cream for dessert. And woman gained pounds
And God said, “I have sent your heart healthy vegetables and olive oil with which to cook them.” And Satan brought forth chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained pounds, and his bad cholesterol went through the roof.
And God brought forth running shoes, and Man resolved to lose those extra pounds. And Satan brought forth cable TV with remote control so Man would not have to toil to change channels between ESPN and EPSN2. And Man gained pounds.
And God said, “You’re running up the score, Devil.”
And God brought forth the potato, a vegetable naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition. And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep fat fried them. And he created sour cream dip also. And Man clutched his remote control and ate the potato chips swaddled in cholesterol. And Satan saw and said,
“It is good.”
And Man went into cardiac arrest.
And God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery…
And Satan created HMOs.