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Christian and Voting for Trump?

As is typical in an election year, a lot of people are sharing their opinions on the candidates.  I tend to shy away from this except with those closest to me-those who really know my heart. Because the one thing I find that frustrates me, is that there seems to be a lot of judgement placed on people based on who they support. An opinion is formed about your intelligence, your morals and convictions, and your devotion or support of a variety of things.  One thing I am especially seeing this time around is the question of a person’s devotion to Christ if they support Trump. People are in so many words saying, “How can you call yourself a devout Christian and vote for someone like that?”

People are saying they simply cannot put their support behind someone who says and does the things he has in his personal life and even on the public stage.  I understand. I imagine the heart in which that decision comes from. I’ll even buy that argument from someone if they also don’t participate in or show their support (either actively or passively) of anything that glorifies those same behaviors and language that causes them to refuse to vote for a man like Trump.  That includes private conversations, movies, and television shows. Because, if I may be so bold, that is why we have Trump as a nominee. That is why he triumphed over more conservative people.

When we watch shows and movies that conflict with our beliefs, we are sending the message that we like it and we support it, and more will be made and aired.  When we support a business that blatantly and openly rejects our beliefs, it sends a message to society that we are okay with it. We may cause others who respect us to respond in kind because it must not be that bad if we support it. I’m guilty of all of this as well-I have said and done many things in my life that are not becoming of a Christian.  My point is not to judge anyone, just to point out that Trump is not the problem. We can say he is the problem. We can believe that not voting him into office makes us holier, or more devoted to Christ.  We may believe that it would be a dishonor to ourselves, to God, and to His plan if we “compromised our beliefs” to vote for a man like Trump. And if someone believes that, I will not judge them or believe they are wrong for what they believe God is directing them to do.

I just don’t feel that way. I feel there could be worse in the White House than Trump. One major difference between him and other candidates is that they are more polished speakers. They have had time and practice in knowing how, what and when to say things. I don’t believe Trump is the worst candidate we have ever had, and possibly not even the worst I have voted for. I don’t know. The media has just made sure that we know about all of Trump indiscretions.

There is another aspect for me. I have prayed a lot over the last few years for God to help me see people through His eyes, and there is something redeemable I see in Trump. God is not only concerned with humanity, but with the individual. He loves Donald Trump as much as He loves anyone.  We don’t know God’s plan unless He has revealed it to us, and He has not revealed His plan for this election to me.  Perhaps though, He has brought Trump to this place to expose his sins so that he would be embarrassed and it would lead to repentance. From what I have read, Trump has been receiving spiritual counsel and is opening up more and more to the things of Christ. Perhaps it took this. Perhaps I am way off base. I just know that I want to be open to whatever God’s plan might be.  God has used some pretty interesting characters to further His Kingdom and unfold His plan. Are we saying he can’t use Trump? What a story of redemption that would be. I may even buy the memoir.

 

 

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Assumptions, Beliefs, and Book Covers

So. . .in conversations with people I tend to avoid topics that I know will get them fired up.  Some people love to get others going.  They purposely bring up topics or make comments hoping to get responses from people whether it is in person or via social media. I’ve never understood that. I try to avoid certain topics with certain people because I know they are steadfast or just plain stubborn.  Short of a conversion or heart change of some sort, they aren’t budging.  However, these days there are certain topics that you can’t discuss with anyone.  Their religious or moral background isn’t necessarily an indication of where they stand on a specific issue anymore. The lines seem more blurred.

The most recent example of this is the gay marriage issue.  I haven’t discussed it much with anyone outside of my own family, because I don’t feel like I have anything new or fresh to say.  It isn’t that I’m hiding what I believe because I don’t want to experience any backlash, it’s just that it seems people feel very strongly about it one way or the other and when strong emotions are involved people don’t always think logically or factually.  Sometimes if people know where you stand on something before you begin discussing it, they believe everything you say will come out biased and they hear something akin to the teacher in Charlie Brown.

Anyone who knows me well will know where I stand on important issues. I’m not afraid to share my opinion if the timing is appropriate or I feel that someone is receptive. I am more than willing to defend my beliefs and integrity and that of my family if it is needed.  I am certainly always ready to defend God if He is under attack. I don’t hide the fact that I am a conservative Christian and as such believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God and should not be added to, taken away from, or altered or interpreted to match personal beliefs. Now you can guess where I stand on gay marriage, but that isn’t the point here. (Now this is where any readers who disagree may start hearing “whaa whaa whaa wha wha wha wha.”)

The point is that it is so hard to get a good gauge on where people might stand on issues. I find myself becoming more cynical towards people, and I don’t like that.  My son recently came to me excitedly and said, “Mom, did you know that Chris Pratt is a Christian?”  I have to admit that I seriously doubted the legitimacy of that claim.  I am not going to lie: I stereotype stars. It wasn’t until we did some research online that I thought it may be a good possibility. It isn’t that I don’t believe there are conservative stars, but I mean seriously, there is a reason they go underground in groups like Friends of Abe.

I’m jumping around a little here, but there was a point I wanted to make when I started this blog. The point was that it seems like a much more complicated world that my kids are growing up in than it was when I grew up. In particular, the blurred lines of gender identity.  When I grew up, if I saw a boy I was interested in, I didn’t have to find out first if he in fact was a boy, or a girl living as a boy, and then have to find out whether he was in fact, interested in girls.  I’m not saying there wasn’t homosexuality, but it certainly didn’t seem as widespread. Or maybe you may say I was just naïve to the fact.  Either way, there were certain assumptions you could make about someone’s gender identity based on how they looked or acted.

You may think these ramblings have no point, but in my mind it all boils down to one thing. You can’t judge a book by its cover. Unfortunately, you can’t even judge it by its book description on the back. Just because someone says they are a Christian, doesn’t mean you can assume they believe certain things: as is evidenced by the rainbow colors over many, many professed Christians profile pictures on Facebook. Just because someone says they are a woman or a boy doesn’t mean they were born that way, or that they even have those sexual parts.  Hmmph, maybe the book I just got my daughter that has a pyramid on the front and says it is about Ancient Egypt will really be about planting an herb garden.