November 15, 2016

Political Idolatry and Mocking Your Mission Field

by Jordan Standridge

notmypresidentWe were warned. I feel like it was over and over again. Pastor after pastor told us that if politics becomes an idol in our heart that those who don’t agree with us will slowly become the enemy. We were told that when we put our hopes and trust in the one who sits in the Oval Office and into avoiding persecution and holding on to religious freedom then when people speak out with opposing views from us we will despise them and treat them like an enemy.

And yet despite the warning, many of us in the church have raised the idol. Many in the church have worshipped at the feet of this idol and are simply overjoyed that this idol seems to have produced results. And the mocking has begun. My Facebook is filled with comments about snowflakes, hypocrites and lefties who supposedly are so evil and so despicable that they need to be ridiculed for their tears. The problem is that these snowflakes we’re mocking are my mission field. I talk to so many of them on a weekly basis. Despite Scripture’s warnings about letting no unwholesome words out of our mouths, and only using words that are able to build others up (Eph. 4:29), we think that because some wanted to push abortion and gay marriage that we’re allowed to speak of them any way we choose.

Far too many people have lost their eternal perspective. Although being thankful for religious freedom and lower taxes is not wrong, when we mock those in opposition we show that we have exchanged treasure in heaven for some chump change on earth. (Matt. 6:19)

There are many hurting unbelievers. Whether it’s warranted or not. Millions are heartbroken over the election results. They have put their hope in Hillary Clinton, and here they are with their hopes shattered. Many are scared because of the color of their skin. I get that so many of them are being lied to by the media, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are actually hurting. I also don’t deny that many millennials are gullible, hate God, His word and are driven by a desire to do away with God. But the answer for the Christian isn’t to put our hope in a republican White House while mocking them.  It must be in bringing them the hope we have in our eternal state. We have a great opportunity to bring the Gospel to people who seemed to have everything going their way only weeks ago but now are depressed, violent and even suicidal. It is time to act like ambassadors and to plead with them to repent and follow Christ (2 cor 5:20). They will not change their mind by being mocked. The only way they will be changed is if God in His incredible mercy grants them repentance leading to the truth (2 Timothy 2:25) and shows them that presidents and governments can’t bring true happiness. Only Jesus can. And the beauty of it is that God did that with you and if he hadn’t you might be rioting in the street or who knows what.

At the same time there are many Christians hurting as well. Some of us may think that they are wrong, others may think there’s a lot of truth behind their concerns. And the answer to them isn’t telling them to grow up and shut up. They are not unruly. They don’t need to be admonished. Most of them are fainthearted and need to be encouraged (1 Thes. 5:14). We must prove to them that we want them to be a part of our churches and that they matter more than our tax exempt status and definitely more than our bank accounts. Reach out to them, they may look a little different than you or may speak with an accent. Make an effort to greet them at church, have conversations with them, have them over for dinner.

Ultimately I get an incredible sense that we feel like that the average republican is better off than the average democrat. But an important truth that could be escaping us right now is that a republican who doesn’t know Jesus will spend eternity suffering in hell as much as a democrat who doesn’t know him. Just because the average Republican didn’t protest Obama the way the average Democrat has protested Trump does not mean that their hearts are any less wicked. The idol of politics may cause us to identify as a Republican rather than as a citizen of Heaven. Every non-Christian is the mission field, but when politics becomes an idol suddenly those who disagree with us become the enemy and those who agree with us, despite the fact that they might be just as lost as the others, don’t get evangelized as well.

I pray that Trump has a wonderful presidency. I pray he gets saved and starts pleasing Christ with his life. I’m thankful that we have a Vice President that loves telling people about Christ, and who seems like he’ll be making a lot of important decisions. It’s ok to be thankful for those things. What’s not okay is that our mission field becomes our enemy. And if that has happened over the last few months, I pray that we repent and start treating them as Paul would, like people who will spend eternity in heaven or hell.

Jordan Standridge

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Jordan is a pastoral associate at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, VA, where he leads the college ministry. He is the founder of The Foundry Bible Immersion.
  • Tim Bates

    Convicting and sobering. I’m as relieved as anyone now that the election is over but now that I’ve sobered up I am left to wonder who I’ve alienated and for what reason?

    Sometimes it just is what it is (“your pro-life stance sickens me!”), but I can always do better in being more Christ like in my disagreements with even the most passionate Hillary/Trump supporter.

    • Jordan Standridge

      Amen Tim.

  • Great post Jordan. Thanks for the perspective. It is a concern I have been writing and talking about for years now. This is so entrenched in so many of us that it seems like we don’t know where America ends and Christ begins, or where conservative politics ends and biblical doctrine begins. Much appreciated! Keep bringing the good word!

    • Jordan Standridge

      Thanks Ed.

  • alexguggenheim

    Your intentions are good but your conflating left kingdom political responses, sociological respinses and even law enforcement responses, with Christians putting their hope in a Republican administration in place of faith and hope in God.

    There may be some doing this, but your unqualified characterization does not provide that distiction.

    They may be your mission field but that does not change the reality of the threat of these nanescent social Marxists who, in their gigantic tantrum and significant violence, sought to establish extreme leftism as a permanent way of life in America. They are extreme social threats, the most covert kind to a nation tthus, people are fighting back and reasonably mocking such outrageous behavior.

    Does that make every instance justified? No, but neither does it invalidate the rehtorical social weapon of scorn against invading social marxists.

    • Jeremy Edgar

      Nothing wrong with pushing back against the push back, but how and why we do it is important. The need for distinction you mention is true. But at the same time, it’s a blog post, and can only cover so much. Determine for yourself if the remarks are meant for you or not.

    • Zachary

      Who are “they” ?

      • alexguggenheim

        The “they” Jordon was addressing.

        • Zachary

          Was Jordan addressing our attitude towards “social Marxist”, or those who disagree with us politically? Making them one in the same is blatantly false. False labels never make coverts, nor do they change political beliefs.

          • alexguggenheim

            He was referring to those being mocked for their hysterical and histrionic reactions which by and large are social Marxist. Now though simply disagreeing with us he was not intimating were the target of the mockery. They weren’t being derided merely for disagreeing but for their antics

  • Jeremy Edgar

    Dang. This is good stuff, very convicting. Even as a Canadian I’m guilty at times of this. We sometimes forget that people are just lost and need the light. Nice work.

    • Jordan Standridge

      Thanks for reading. We have a couple Canadians in the Foundry Bible Immersion right now and they are loving being in America during these crazy times.

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  • Jason

    We need to be focused on how we can live righteously in the midst of this world rather than compromising our integrity in order to make it more comfortable (whatever your political persuasion), because in doing so we glorify God.

    “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak
    against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God
    on the day of visitation.” 1 Peter 2:12

    Before the election I wasn’t sure which candidate would ultimately be better for the church. Did the church need blessings or discipline? I’m honestly still not sure which we ended up with(probably some of both), but I am sure that God is good regardless.

    To anyone who voted out of fear of this world. Fear of legalized immorality, fear of racial tension, fear of freedoms taken, etc… know that our God is sovereign over all of that and find peace.

    “Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do
    not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and
    supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:5-7

  • Tiffany mast

    Very true and humbling words pastor. This is needed to be said. Hope it spreads faster and longer than what the media wants to show us 🙁

    • Jordan Standridge

      Thanks Tiffany.

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  • Wolf Paul

    A big part of the problem is that there were not only pastors warning us against political idolatry, but also pastors leading their flock into political idolatry. Some of them are national leaders with a virtual flock numbering in the 5-7 digits …
    And as long as they keep on confirming their flocks in this idolatry it is difficult to reach them with this truth about not alienating the mission field …

  • Benjamin Coussens

    Wow Jordan. You absolutely nailed this one. Thank you for posting this.

    • Jordan Standridge

      Thanks Ben hope you’re doing well.

  • Orlando R. Guerrero

    Another form of Idolatry came from christian leaders who thought they could do what Jesus refused to do. When bated to speak against the Roman government, Jesus refused and said give to Ceaser what is Ceaser’s. Apostles followed Jesus example. Yet the pastors and Christian leaders of our day including John Piper via social media posted, reposted , tweeted and retweeted in an effort to influence the evangelical vote. This caused animosity and strife between Christians in the same congregation. They need to repent.

    • Zeke

      So, pastors who have stood in the gap to call out injustice as well as systematically justified morality in our federal, state, and local government, and recommend to their congregations whom in their downballot holds more to christian values, is guilty of idolatry?

      • Orlando R. Guerrero

        How can any Pastor or any Evangelical leader justify himself to go beyond the leadership and precedence set by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and the Apostles in their gospels and epistles?

        The depravity of the Roman Government and all its leaders were far worst than in our day. Yet Jesus and the Apostles set precedence in regards to public commentary on the despotic Roman political leadership.

        Jesus and the Apostles never said one word to their disciples and church concerning the political leadership of their day. Instead they preached the kingdom and to be submissive and to pray for the political leadership that have authority over them.(Evan as despotic and corrupt as the government was)

        Now today our Spiritual leadership overly via social media and semons both conservative and liberal were bent on trying to influence the church to vote for Trump, vote for Hillary and or don’t vote for either. They believed their moral opinion was more important than the spiritual precedence set by Jesus Christ and the Apostles.

        To reject the chief cornerstone or reject his leadership and precedence in favor of their own personal moral opinion is to place themselves on the throne. IDOLATRY.

        • John

          Jesus was speaking about the people who were in power. I haven’t heard of any pastor encouraging revolt; this would be wrong. Equally wrong would be a pastor who asks their congregants to vote is one way or another. Pastors who try to inform an increasingly ignorant electorate regarding the views of people who are trying to become elected is correct.

          • Orlando R. Guerrero

            I would counter that pastors who try to inform an increasingly ignorant electorate regarding the views of people who are trying to become elected is not in accordance with Jesus and Apostles who set presedence for how the church is to interact in its political world. History teaches us that early Christianity followed Jesus and the Apostles teachings and overcame the persecution of the despotic Roman Empire in 312 AD to not because preachers for 300 years were trying to educate an ignorant citizenry regardimg secular political issues but by preaching the Kingdom and the Gospel of the death, burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. No where in the bible does it call for preachers to provide political commentary or education . The early church as in our day had the same issues and maybe worst, yet they kept focus on the gospel. All issues are resolved by the Gospel. Jesus said make and baptize disciples teaching them His commands and nothing else. Anything outside Jesus commands and gospel is extra biblical. Preach the word of God and you will have an informed citizenry and they will be able to discern good from evil.

          • Ed

            Does the fact that the government of the days of the early church was very much different than a democracy enter into this discussion? By that I mean, about the only way to make change in a dictatorship from the outside would be by force, or subversion. Because we in a democracy have a right to a say in government, do we also have a responsibility, given government’s far reaching effects on our families, churches, and neighbours i.e. doing good wherever we perceive the opportunity? This was not a benefit that the early church enjoyed, which is maybe why it is not explicitly dealt with by the Apostles. Just tossing that out there – I’m very much conflicted over the concept of the church’s involvement in politics.

          • Orlando R. Guerrero

            Ed, I would say history shows the power of the Gospel has great power to transform any society and Government . Read about the Great Awakening in America . Read about a good America as described by Alexis De Toqavlle where he found that America was great because of the church and the preaching of rightwousness6

      • Orlando R. Guerrero

        Any born again believer who rightly lives a godly life knows his bible can make right choices politically without papal or pastoral pontificating.

        How can any Pope, Pastor, or Evangelical leader justify himself to go beyond the leadership and precedence set by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and the Apostles in their gospels and epistles?

        The depravity of the Roman Government and all its leaders were far worst than in our day. Yet Jesus and the Apostles set precedence in regards to public commentary on the despotic Roman political leadership.

        Jesus and the Apostles never said one word to their disciples and church concerning the political leadership of their day. Instead they preached the kingdom and to be submissive and to pray for the political leadership that have authority over them.(Evan as despotic and corrupt as the government was)

        Now today our Spiritual leadership overtly via social media and semons both conservative and liberal were bent on trying to influence the church to vote for Trump, vote for Hillary and or don’t vote for either. They believed their moral opinion was more important than the spiritual precedence set by Jesus Christ and the Apostles.

        To reject the teaching of the chief cornerstone and reject His leadership and precedence in favor of personal moral opinion is to place ones self on HIS throne. That’s IDOLATRY.

  • Evangelical Christian

    Don’t quite know what to say. We strongly disagree with the Liberal views…though we preach the gospel to them…then after we do we are told we are in the wrong? Let us reason together…we are Christians…we are also US citizens and that places us on the far Right of the political spectrum. We are NOT in the middle anymore than in the middle of RCC and Protestant ism. When gaydos marriage passed…we lost our minds and we’re vocal. Very. We called it for what it is. According to this piece….we shouldn’t have done that? If you go to your Roman Catholic family for Thanksgiving…you going to remain silent if they pray to Mary? I hope not. Gently and loving but not quiet. I’ve heard the term Millennials in the pulpit. And Abortionist. And refer to Pentecostal as babbling like monkeys. Yet calling a soft person who has their DNA rearrange because they are terrified over about everything…in colloquial English…a Snowflake…a Snowflake is wrong? They are the mission field but they are Snowflakes. Pagan Heathens that speak in clicks and pops are Pagan Heathens but they are the mission field too. So are Abortionist. So are drunkards and drug addicts…those terms are inflammatory but true. To finish…Titus 1.12-13 one of Cretes own prophets has said it “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons”. THIS SAYING IS TRUE

    • Jason

      It’s not wrong to speak the truth, but “we lost our minds” is really the issue for me. The church is largely acting like we need to win political arguments to defend ourselves against the schemes to tear us down.

      “The kings of the earth set themselves,
      and the rulers take counsel together,
      against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,

      “Let us burst their bonds apart
      and cast away their cords from us.”

      He who sits in the heavens laughs;
      the Lord holds them in derision.” Psalms 2:2-4

      While our God laughs in derision we bite our nails and lash out in insecure bouts of anger. I’m confidant that anyone who says they’re never felt the least bit insecure about public policy is lying. However, we need to take heart!

      “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the
      world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the
      world.” John 16:33

      Until we get our minds right, we can be socially cunning enough to avoid being rude or belligerent, but we won’t be assured enough to truly be loving and gentle.

    • Alex

      “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” – Col 4:5-6

      “…always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.” – 1 Peter 3:15-16

      Jordan’s point, and I would assume the Apostle Paul’s and Peter’s, is that the truth we proclaim is never open for debate, but the manner in which we present it must be gracious, kind, and with an eye toward winning the unredeemed to Christ. Not adding personal maliciousness to an inherently offensive gospel.

      “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’ To the contrary, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:19-21

      Our obligation is to strive, even at personal sacrifice, for peace among all – including our enemies. We are not to repay slander with slander, or derision for derision. God has the freedom and prerogative to do so; we do not.

      If we cannot engage in evangelism, or political discourse, without resorting to name calling, the fault does not lie in our opponents.

      • Evangelical Christian

        Name calling has no place in evangelism. Period. People try to justify it….perhaps they should consider it “Corbin”? I received salvation while I was incarcerated. Know what I was? A worthless criminal. Yep. One of my favorite examples of Christian freedom was this: if you get invited to a dinner by a non-believer and you bring your brand new in Christ Jewish convert and the host is serving a ham steak…and that new Jewish Christian says “I can not eat that”, then you don’t eat it either. Offend the non-believer and be united behind the believer. I used to hate Christians so bad I could taste it. One thing I did know…they stood up for each other. It was very clear who they were and I was not one of them. I respected that. I’m not worried about offending the world…I don’t do it intentionally by way of name calling or any manner of ridicule, but the gospel itself is offensive…we can present it, without name calling or belittling, and it will still be offensive, and that’s ok, because that’s what it does. The pot called the kettle black and you know what? The pot was right. Though the pot was black as well, the pot was right. He called it for what it is and so should we…but in a gracious way that does not dishonor the Lord. Fair enough?

        • Alex

          I honestly can’t tell if you are agreeing or disagreeing with me. But, I will say that I agree with you, in that we have an obligation to speak the truth in love. That includes the loving action of telling sinners they are sinners.

          I am not advocating, nor is Jordan, that we should sacrifice truth for gentleness. I am saying that a label like “snowflake” is used for its pejorative value, not its accuracy.

          I’m also not sure I’m willing to follow your illustration to your conclusion. I agree that in your scenario we would be wise to refrain from eating the ham steak. I disagree with the presumption that we are walking around with X-amount of offensiveness and therefore must direct it toward the non-believer. Certainly you are capable of seeing how it is possible to navigate the scenario you created without exacerbating offensiveness. (For example, you could tell your host, “Oh, thank you so much for your kindness, but I don’t think we can eat this. Perhaps, my friend and I could offer to take us out to dinner tonight instead.”)

          And your scenario is not analogous to the premise of the article. To be analogous you would need to say that it is appropriate to tell your non-believing dinner host, “Hey, you inconsiderate jerk, take your ham steak back.” That is what is transpiring when we feel the need to say, “Hey, snowflake, get over yourself.” We are adding unnecessary offensiveness to our conduct and message. At a minimum we are not being gracious, which would presume an intentional effort to extend undeserved courtesy and honor.

          • Evangelical Christian

            I do agree with you, but I also do believe in telling people to man up…or in biblical terminology “be brave and courageous”.

          • Alex

            Well, then I agree that we agree. I pray that both of us will be “brave and courageous,” perhaps even “act like men” (1 Cor 16:13), while still following in the firm yet gentle steps of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who would not break even a bruised reed (Matt 12:20). Grace and peace to you, brother.

    • 4Commencefiring4

      “If you go to your Roman Catholic family for Thanksgiving…you going to remain silent if they pray to Mary? I hope not.”

      Yikes. So you’re going to be a guest at a family member’s home for a holiday meal, let them host you, feed you, and include you, and you’re going to then proceed to give them what for if they pray in a way that offends you?

      Let me give you a word of advice: Stay home, eat alone, and pray alone.

      • Evangelical Christian

        Hi 4Commence! I believe I did not convey myself well to you. Though I appreciate sarcasm as much as the next guy, your sarcastic advice is about as badly worded as what I wrote. Do you know where I consider a difficult place for a true Christian to be? A funeral or memorial service. Everyone wants to know from the ‘guy that goes to church’ about their deceased family member’s whereabouts when they know for a fact that person was atheist or even a Christ rejector. That is not the place to come down with a gavel. I know…I know…”don’t focus on the dead person, simply start talking about that person’s salvation”. Yeah…try to bypass that. Sounds great on paper but when they keep pushing you so that you will say something they want to hear, you know very well that you won’t be able to sidestep the issue. Telling someone at the funeral of a Christ rejector that “God has a plan for them!” is pretty lame. It’s best to just ask to meet at another time to discuss when the emotional spectrum isn’t quite so high. Regarding Thanksgiving…we will have non-believers join us. I typically only celebrate Christian holidays at my home or another believer’s home. If I had to go to a Catholic family member’s home, believe me, they would already know how I feel about Mary worship. I wouldn’t join in their prayer and would pray separately…just as if I had a Muslim guest in my home, I wouldn’t expect them to pray with me. When I have guests, it is very, very obvious that it is a Christian home. I would never disrespect someone in their own home…but if I am invited, I would make sure they know…as loving and as gracious as possible that there are certain things I would not join in…a prayer going to Mary is viewed as having a toast with a glass of whiskey…I wouldn’t do either one. Even if they give grief over not drinking with them, I won’t do it. Just the way it is. So, if you took your own advice and didn’t opt to stay home but went to a house that prayed to Mary and then broke out the alcohol…since you are on the opposite end of the spectrum, would you join in prayer with them and drink with them? Since your insinuation is that we accept error in the name of unity or just stay home, then would you join yourself to improper theology or to worldly lusts? I don’t know who you are but if you answer ‘yes I would’ then you need to consider some spiritual things. Fair enough? That wasn’t a slam against you, we stand for the truth no matter what. We can do that lovingly, gracefully and wisely. If your impression is that I’m coming to a family member’s house ready to do battle and insult them, then I apologize for conveying what I said the way I did.

        • 4Commencefiring4

          Let’s take the example of Jesus. He was invited to dine at the home of a Pharisee. He went, evidently with no preconditions. The Pharisee wasn’t correct in his theology, he didn’t worship the Father in spirit and in truth, etc. Jesus didn’t criticize his theology or whack him about the head and shoulders for what he did wrong. Instead, He used the occasion of a woman who was also in attendance to guide the conversation to something spiritual. He did the same thing with the woman at the well: rather than telling her she was going to hell because she had been married multiple times, He just engaged her in conversation and let truth emerge.

          I have no problem with finding ways in a social setting to bring up spiritual matters. But if you are going to make it your practice to single out people for their “incorrect” practices when they’re in their own home and rake them over the coals, you won’t be invited many places.

          At the funeral of an unsaved friend, it’s hard for me to imagine most normal people approaching “the guy who goes to church” to ask if he thought their loved one was with God or not. But if they asked me, I’d simply say God makes those decisions in His time. I know there are some who might say, “Well, too late to worry about that now.” We have to measure our words in situations like that, regardless of what we know the truth to be. If your wife asks if this outfit makes her look big, I don’t have to tell you what not to say.

  • RKate

    This article was a great reminder. Thanks for posting. However, according to James Dobson and others, Donald Trump IS a Christian, a brand new one. So we need to be praying for his growth in Christ. It always bothers me when someone is presumptuous about someone’s salvation solely based upon their behavior. We all need to pray we act more like Christ. I am a devout, dedicated Christian, but I am also quite certain that my behavior displeases Christ far more than I think, despite my best efforts. It’s this self-righteous ideal that also makes it very difficult to minister effectively to our mission field. It may be politically motivated, but who are we to judge, and Trump has show some growth over the past few months.
    Again, loved the article except the judgement at the end 🙂 Thanks!

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  • Amen.

    • Tim Bates

      Is this like being an atheist? Are you accusing Jordan of being an amen in that he doesn’t believe in men?

      Shameful accusation, Michael.

  • Jason Mansfield

    Refreshing words Mr. Standridge! My wife and I were really floored by your statements and as a result have decided to visit the Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, VA next summer when I transfer. Thank you!

    • Jordan Standridge

      Thanks Jason, looking forward to meeting you.

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  • Here’s a giggle.

    Those of us who are sitting next to you in the pew on Sunday morning who didn’t vote the way you all did?

    We consider you our mission field. To show you the love of Christ and how that carries over in to the civic sphere.

    Are there are dueling missions? No one I know voted for the Democratic candidate in some weird “savior” narrative. She didn’t run on that.

    Best to you all. See you Sunday.

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  • MGP

    I am completely disturbed by these “Christian, republican, patriots.” Masses of folks who are eager to enter the realm of politics as though it is a spectator sport. Bloodthirsty in their desire to win and blind to the real powers at play. Christians are simply another demographic to conquer for politicians who are lining their pockets on behalf of corporate America. Jesus Christ would NEVER. Never be a patriot, (nationalist), never be a Trump supporter. Never kill people on behalf of a military. Love ALL people. The work of a Christian is ministry-based, not an attempt to legislate morality through politics. This is not about abortion or gay marriage. Oh if only the same fervor were shown with regards to all those suffering right now. Impoverished, scared or hungry. Those refugees from war torn places, children in foster care, prison inmates, single mothers, the need is just so great. Being a Christian doesn’t seem to mean much in these dark times. Shame on all you who think you can invoke Jesus to justify your ignorant political stances.

  • Jordan: I have been saying these things on Facebook for months. Just recently I posted a picuture of an adult male in a diaper, with a pacifier hanging around his neck; a giant diaper pin in the foreground. The caption reads “The New Trump is not my president starter kit.” The originator of this ridiculous caricature? Lt. Col Allwn B. West, conservative political pundit. (I found this picture on a posting of a christian Facebook group) Here is my response to this post, which I did send to the Col.

    “This posting is from Allan B. West; former Lt. Colonel in the United States Army, and Representative from Florida. During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones: in Operation Desert Storm, in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was a Battalion Commander in the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, and later in Afghanistan.

    THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE BECOME!. We are not content to see the defeat of our political enemies, we have to shame and demonize them. Others are not allowed to have an opinion different than ours; they are lampooned as being “cry-babies” and with disparaging memes like this. If someone disagrees with us, well then this is what happens, even though they have their Constitutional right to free speech and to assemble to protest (so long as the law is not being broken).

    What is funny is that the Colonel would be doing plenty of crying of his own if Hillary was elected.

    QUESTION: Is this what we have become as a nation? Are you happy with this, “christian conservative?” I shared this from someone who says she is a “christian!” What does this say about us? Look in the mirror, for the love of God!

    I have come across christians that advocate for Trump protestors to be “shot” “put in jail” “go to another country if you don’t like it” and other such ungodly responses. I have been called a “libtard” a “Killary supporter” just because I said, on a christian Facebook group page – in response to a post on economics, that health care was too expensive and wages were too low for a lot of hardworking americans who just want to get ahead.

    So-called “christian-evangelicals” have become evil in their rhetoric in the aftermath of the Trump election. One Pastor whom I know personally posted on his Facebook public feed an unflattering picture of Hillary Clinton with the caption “the Look on your face when you have been aborted.” The pastor justified posting the picture by captioning “This really isnt my kind of humor, but it is kinda funny!”

    Who makes abortion jokes? That is like making a gas chamber/Holocaust joke. But hey, it is ok because we are not legalists we have christian liberty. You are being a Pharisee and judgmental, and you know what the bible says about judging?

    But hateful rhetoric that demeans, demonizes, and stomps on our political “enemies” is justified because what we believe is right and the only valid viewpoint.

    What is the matter with people? Help me understand!

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