1 September 2016 - clay
Let’s not put words in God’s mouth
First, watch this.
David Brody looks like a hostage in this video. It’s almost indistinguishable from the Bad Lip Reading of Michelle Bachman from a couple years ago.
Now, a couple things.
The people who someone surrounds himself with have nothing to do with the character of the individual himself. I can surround myself with Godliest, most dedicated Christian people and it means nothing about who I am. The character of the individual and the beliefs of the individual are up to that individual himself. Jesus said,
Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. (Luke 6:44-45)
Tell me what fruit is evidenced in Trump’s life based on the words that come from his mouth and based on the actions of his life. I am not in a position to question his salvation, nor would I ever want to. That is something that is between himself and God. What this evidence points to is not someone who is pursuing a Christian lifestyle. The name calling, the insults on Twitter, and the uber-macho bravado and posturing don’t exactly paint a picture of a servant leader. Granted, as compared to the character that has been shown by the other candidate in the race 1Yes, I know there are more than two candidates. No, they don’t have the slightest chance of winning. I don’t like it either. it’s really kind of a wash. I don’t believe there is a single good choice here, regardless of how some may want to persuade.
Second of all, implying that the Republican primary results show that God “lifts up who he will, and takes down who he will” is a sign that God approves of a particular candidate is lunacy. There are plenty of people who have won elections and could not have been approved by God. God allows certain people to exist as governing authorities, but allowing something does not show approval. I can allow my children to make mistakes, even massive life-changing ones. It doesn’t mean that I approve of what they might do.
Honestly, implying that any particular party’s candidate is approved by God is a stretch, and it puts words in God’s mouth2If he had a mouth, which by the very essence of his omnipresence he doesn’t, but it’s just a figure of speech.. Words that God has not spoken. Too many people in history have been looked on as political messiahs, ordained by God to bring (insert country name here) back to Christianity/Judaism. It’s not happening.
Bachmann was correct about one thing. When voting for president we do have to overlook things sometimes. In 2012 I was willing to overlook that Mitt Romney was/is part of what is considered a cult3Yes, Mormonism is a cult based on the fact that it takes its origin from Christianity and then redefines itself. Again, a discussion for another time because he shared the same social and fiscal conservatism. I voted for John McCain in 2008 even though I didn’t agree with him on the power of the government, but did agree with him on social issues. If Jim Webb had been able to secure the Democratic nomination this year, I could see myself potentially voting for him. We’re not voting for senior pastor, we’re voting for president.
Regardless of who wins the election, God is still sovereign, and “the king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes”. (Proverbs 21:1, NKJV)
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|1.||↑||Yes, I know there are more than two candidates. No, they don’t have the slightest chance of winning. I don’t like it either.|
|2.||↑||If he had a mouth, which by the very essence of his omnipresence he doesn’t, but it’s just a figure of speech.|
|3.||↑||Yes, Mormonism is a cult based on the fact that it takes its origin from Christianity and then redefines itself. Again, a discussion for another time|