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I’m not a really a political junkie, but I do enjoy watching the presidential coverage and am excited to see how the candidates will do in the next debate.  At first, Donald Trump really got my attention as well as thousands of others, since he brings up issues everyday people are concerned about.  However, after listening to him describe his spiritual beliefs, I can no longer support him for president.

In a recent interview with Anderson Cooper, Mr. Trump stated, “I try and lead a life where I don’t have to ask God for forgiveness.  Why do I have to ask for forgiveness if you’re not making mistakes?  I work hard, I’m an honorable person.”  He also stated, “I guess that is a form of asking for forgiveness” when he took communion; although, he did admit that he had never asked for forgiveness from God.

As a follower of my Messiah, Jesus Christ, these statements certainly got my attention.  I was under the impression that the only person who had never sinned was Jesus.  Obviously, I have never read the Book of The Donald.

According to I John 1:9-10 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

I do not doubt Mr. Trump’s love of the Bible, the Church, and G-d.  I do believe, however, he has a skewed understanding of what sin is and what asking for forgiveness looks like.  Sin is not “making a mistake”.  Sin is doing anything that is offensive to the Creator of the universe, the Lord G-d Almighty.  G-d gave His plan for humanity to live holy, moral lives when He gave the Torah to Moses at Mt. Sinai.  Even the Christian church obeys many of these teachings given to Moses (although they often deny it).

Sin doesn’t have to be something big, like murder, theft, incest, etc.  It is as simple and “innocent” as gossip, little white lies, worshiping anything other than G-d such as money, power, reputation, etc.  It is inconceivable to me that Mr. Trump never makes even one of these little “mistakes”.

Let’s imaging that Mr. Trump has an employee who has made a “mistake”.  Picture said employee coming into Mr. Trump’s office, sitting down in front of his desk and slowly opening his briefcase.  The employee carefully brings out a small cup, a bottle of grape juice, and a saltine cracker.  While bowing his head, the employee pours a small amount of juice into the cup, then gradually eats the cracker and pensively drinks the juice.  Slowly, the juice and cup are placed back in the briefcase, the employee looks up, smiles broadly at Mr. Trump knowing he has been forgiven of his mistake, and happily leaves Mr. Trump’s office, secure in the knowledge that he has been forgiven and still in good standing with the boss.  I don’t think so!

I can imagine there would be quite a few words being spoken, most of them being from Mr. Trump.  The employee may be lucky just to get demoted if not hear those famous words, “YOU’RE FIRED!”.

Fortunately for us, G-d doesn’t do that to us, but He does expect us to “say” we have sinned and ask for forgiveness, which He freely gives when we are truly repentant.  We can’t just go through a ritual without any admission of guilt and receive forgiveness.

America needs godly leadership, both in the White House and Congress.  It is my prayer that as we all get ready to vote, we will ask G-d to give us wisdom when we go into the voting booth next November.

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You may be asking yourself what the comedy “Caddyshack” and the Great Tribulation period have in common.  I certainly understand that line of thinking, but give me a few moments and I’ll put it together for you.

My husband, Ernie, loves our yard.  He fertilizes it, pampers it, loves to gaze at the beautiful green blades of grass.  Unfortunately, the moles love our yard, too.  Therein lies the rub. Ernie has bought poison, traps, had me make a garlic spray (which actually works somewhat until it rains) and anything he can think of to get rid of these suckers!  Our friends, Holly and Bill, knowing Ernie’s obsession with these critters, laughingly suggested that we needed to watch “Caddyshack” to see how Bill Murray handled the gophers on the golf course.

Caddyshack was on last night, so here was our opportune time to pick up some helpful and crazy tips for handling these intruders.  The premise of the story is about a teen trying to get a golf club scholarship to college.  Bill Murray is assigned the task of getting rid of the gophers ruining the golf course.  Rodney Dangerfield is the crazy rich guy who challenges the president of the golf club to a high-stakes golf game at the end of the movie. 

While the golf game is being played, Bill Murray has molded plastic explosives into the shapes of squirrels and gophers and dropped them into the gopher holes.  Once all the explosives are in place, he detonates the bunch, destroying the golf course at the very end of the golf game.

Now, you may be thinking, what in the world does this have to do with the Great Tribulation spoken of in the Bible?  Thanks for hanging around for the answer.

The Bible states that as it was in the days of Noah (Luke 17:26-27) and the coming of the Son of Man (Matthew 24:37-39), people will be eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage and they knew nothing about what was going to happen.  We are living in a time that has been prophesized throughout the Bible: an increase in knowledge, war, turmoil everywhere, financial crises around the world, and now an immigration of millions from the Middle East into Europe.  All of these things occurring are bringing us closer to the Day of the Lord and G-d’s judgment on the world, and most people are just going along like nothing is really happening. 

The United States is all wrapped up in this crazy presidential election, thinking, “Well, if we could just get the right person in charge, all our problems will be over”.  Some candidates even boast that they will make America great again, without giving any credit or homage to the Almighty G-d.

Like it or not, G-d has already given us the “right” person for this time.  The United States needed to have Obama as President to get us into the position we are in right now.  We show little allegiance to Israel, promote self-indulgence and revel in breaking the laws of our nation and of G-d.  And for some reason, many Americans think this is ok.  So, we go along, waiting for the “right” President to fix everything not realizing that all that has happened is leading us down the path to destruction.

Just as the golf game was being played while the explosives were being positioned to destroy the whole golf course, we need to read our Bibles, pray to G-d for His mercy when He brings destruction upon our nation, and encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as unbelievers, so that we can be aware of what is happening around us and look to Him for our deliverance when this final time of tribulation comes upon the whole world. 

Yeshua, Jesus Christ, our Messiah is coming soon.  It is time to be alert.  Only seven people believed Noah when he said a flood was coming to destroy the earth. Please open your eyes to what is happening around us today so that you will not be caught unaware.

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