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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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As we look to the future of health care in the United States, we need to consider our past history.  We “baby boomers” have worked hard and now want “our due”.  Our parents have or are still benefiting from Social Security and Medicare.  Now it’s our turn.  But how have we “managed” the health care of our families during our lives?

We have managed to eliminate large costs in some families by aborting our children due to inconvenience or “not having enough money” to provide for their well-being.  Approximately 49,000,000 children have been aborted since 1973 according to the National Right to Life organization.  This action saved us untold billions over the past 36 years.  Unfortunately, every action has a reaction.  I do not think the magnitude of the consequences of this action ever crossed our minds.

Now, we face the near future of either Social Security and Medicare going bankrupt in the next few years, millions with no health insurance at all, or going to a universal health care plan for our country.  President Obama is stressing the need for universal health care.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has plans to push through a health care proposal that would require only 20 hours of debate and a simple 50-vote majority to pass.  The catch is (1) it is astronomically expensive and (2) it will limit the access to health care that we presently have.  There is no way around this dilemma.   We cannot continue to receive the health care coverage we have become accustomed to when this cost is transferred to our government.

So, I come back to my post’s title.  We did not have the money to care for the 49 million children when they most needed our love and support.  Now, we who are aging and becoming more dependent find ourselves in a similar position.  Where will the money come from to take care of us? 

God does not overlook our sin just because it was inconvenient to do what was right.  In Psalm 106Proverbs 6, and Jeremiah 7, He says what He thinks about those who shed innocent blood.  Hosea 8:7 states, “They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind”. Our selfishness in denying our children their lives means they are not here to support our economy, Social Security, Medicare, etc.  We will “reap” a much greater monetary disaster in our future due to this. 

Our country will “pay” for our children who are no longer with us one way or the other, and we “boomers” will receive the care we deserve, whether we like it or not.

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While meditating on John 3:36, I thought about what “believe” really means, especially when in the first part of the verse it speaks of believing in Jesus and the second part speaks of obeying Him.

“And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life.  Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.” (John 3:36 NLT)

All who “believe in” (trust in, rely upon, swear by) Jesus have eternal life.  However, those who do not obey (comply, submit, follow orders, heed) Jesus will never have eternal life, but remain under God’s judgment.  Today, we have such a lenient view of what “believe” means.  I believe the sky is blue, grass is green, Bush is President, I need to lose weight.  These beliefs do not necessarily cause me to jump into action.  When we speak of believing in Jesus, this is a much deeper commitment.  By believing in Him, I am saying I agree with His teachings AND will endeavor to the best of my abilities to follow them.

Christians who have said “the sinner’s prayer”, but continue to lie, cheat, engage in adultery and promiscuity, slander, gossip, and worry about everything need to really look at their heart and think about whether they really do believe in Jesus or are just trying to use Him as a “fire escape” from hell.  I, at one time, believed the “say the prayer and you’re good forever” mentality.  I came to know Jesus in a personal way in a church that taught that.  But as I’ve grown as a Christian, read my Bible, and listened to other teachers, I realize there is a lot more to it than just “the prayer”. 

Following Jesus is a whole way of thinking, a lifestyle of trusting God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit to lead me into all truth.  One sin God says he hates most is sowing discord among a family (Proverbs 6:16-19)  which is usually done by gossip.  But in Christendom, this is a “small” sin compared to things like murder and stealing.  How many messages do we hear on gossiping?  Not many.  How about gluttony?  Whoa boy, even less here.  I’m not saying we have to be perfect, but we Christians have a real knack for deciding which sins are really bad (usually the ones we don’t commit or at least don’t commit often). 

How about getting back to “believing” in Jesus by accepting His teachings, living by them, and stop justifying ourselves or our church as not as sinful as someone else.  When we stand before God, He’s not going to let us off the hook if we say, “Well, that’s what my preacher said.”  We are to study God’s word ourselves and know what it says.  If you can’t understand the version of the Bible you have now, get one you can.  If your church is a “KJV only” church and you can’t understand this version, how’s it going to help you?  Let’s get real, people.  God wants us to understand His word.  Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are reading.  That’s one of His jobs (John 16:12-15).

I have certainly not “arrived” and never will until I die, but I do keep working toward the goal of fulfilling God’s purpose for my life.  I welcome you as a traveling companion along this journey with me.  God bless.

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