Thursday, October 13, 2016

Word for November 8



Kopp Disclosure
(John 3:19-21)

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"No one can serve two masters...You are for Me or against Me."

Jesus

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    Because I've been wrong about every election since 1972, I won't predict who will win on November 8.

    Of course, I'd never tell people who should get their votes during a worship service; not because LBJ started the injustice of proscribing 1st Amendment rights from Christians so happily expanding under "progressive" politicians, jurists, educators, entertainers, media, and mainliners but because of what I just said in the previous sentence-paragraph.

    I've been wrong so often about the qualifications and character of candidates as well as election outcomes that I don't pretend to know who's best for anything with absolute certainty.

    I'm just guessing when I vote for politicians who, like the rest of us, are so, uh, human.

    Besides, it's not my job to tell people who should get their votes.

    It's my job to tell people who say they're Christians to vote like it!

    That means people who say they're Christians should vote with Jesus in mind.

    Jesus is the focus and filter for everything said and done by Christians no matter who, what, where, when, or why.

    Christians are Christians in all things with all people in all places at all times.

    Christians are Christians in public and private; saying and doing the same things no matter who, what, where, when, or why.

    Christians don't pander to any audience and don't agree with the last person talked to like bad sentences ending in prepositions.

    Christians aren't accused of lying because they always tell the truth with Jesus as Master, Bible as manual, and common sense as governor.

    Christians only change their stories if corrected by Jesus, Bible, and common sense; and then they confess error, pledge change, and ask forgiveness.

    If I have to explain that to you, you're not a Christian.

    Obviously.

    Back to November 8, I'm thinking anyone who campaigns for their candidate for the big house as thaaaaaaat much better than the other has two feet planted firmly in the air; and when Hillary and Donald go after each other's past, present, and predicted futures, I wanna scream rhetorically, "What's that I see in your eye?"

    Frankly, admitting there's still time for my mind to be changed, I'm not inclined to vote for either of 'em.

    Donald comes off as a mostly mouthy offensive and often offensive while being defensive donkey; noting donkey is a synonymatic euphemism for what's really on my mind.  He has turned avoiding taxes into an art form and can't brush off his boorish brusqueness as lockerroom banter; recalling the adage, "What's deep in the well comes up in the bucket!"  Really, does anyone really know what Donald really believes?  I mean, c'mon, he's changed his positions on, uh, just about everything as often as Hillary's "husband" has changed paramours. 

    Hillary is a pathological liar who doesn't blush at the butchering of babies a la partial birth abortion, accepts money from sworn enemies of America and Israel, has played politics with the lives of our women and men in uniform, and doesn't recognize her shameless hypocrisy in claiming her opponent is a misogynist while she enabled a sexual predator for a decade at minimum and did her worst to discredit, defame, and destroy his and her victims.

    Both belong on the Mount Rushmore of condescendingly smug egomaniacs.

    So, again, when either say the other is not "fit" to be P, I wanna scream rhetorically, "What's that I see in your eye?"

    I was leaning toward one over the other as a roll of the dice because I just can't imagine having a notoriously scripted criminal as P; but then my jurist-in-training son reminded, "Dad, you always taught us that the lesser of two evils is still evil.  You taught us that Jesus always has a better way.  So how can you now say you're going to vote for ___ because she/he is the lesser of two evils?  How are you going to explain that to Jesus?"

    Geez.

    I can't stand it when people quote me to correct me.

    My boy brought Cliff to mind.

    Cliff is one of the most faithful pastors, husbands, and dads that I've ever known; and I'll never forget when he went to the microphone of a large church meeting in Pittsburgh and yelled during a very contentious debate, "Vote for Jesus!"

    He's was right then and now.

    Vote for Jesus!

    It's the only Christian thing to do.

    I'm not saying I know for sure how that plays out when it comes to Donald and Hillary.

    I'm not suggesting a write-in ballot.

    I'm not suggesting the other two make more sense.

    I'm just saying Christians vote with Jesus in mind.

    Which of the two or four or more best reflect Jesus in their words, actions, past, present, and promises?

    I'm not saying I know for sure.

    All I'm saying is Christians vote with Jesus in mind.

    It's the job of Christians to do that and remind their sisters and brothers to do that.

    Thanks, son!

    Thanks, Cliff!

    Vote for Jesus!

    He's the only Savior around.

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Blessings and Love!

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Salt! Shine! Leavenate!
Look up! Stand up! Speak up! Act up for Jesus!

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

RRK

As I listen to the lame rationalizations of people voting for the brute and the crook and assessed their character and performance while confessing I fall short of the glory of God and am no more nor no less fit for anything apart from the grace of Jesus, I understand why people cannot vote for Donald but don't understand how anyone could vote for Hillary. Yes, words matter. Jesus said that. He has a big bad mouth. But, sometimes, forgive me, Lord, I fall into the existential conclusion that actions speak louder than words. Hillary's actions have been bestial, irresponsible, despicable, and anti-American from the Lincoln bedroom to Libya to Iran to enabling sexual assault and then punishing the victims to compromising America's national security to... Donald is a jerk who has used money as the key to entitlement. Hillary is a crook who has used position as the key to personal fortune, entitlement, and the advancement of so much totally antithetical to Christianity and common sense. Again, I understand why people cannot vote for Donald. I respect their decision. I do not understand how anyone can vote for Hillary. I have yet to hear a Christian rationale to vote for her.

Anonymous said...

Please tell me why a Christian would vote for Donald. I see nothing that he resembles as a Christian as well. I see a man not having locker room talk. I heard a man describing this an event that is sexual abuse of women. I can't understand a Christian shunning gay sexual immorality. And poo pooing Donald Trump's account of his sexual assualt of women as locker room talk. The Bible is not double minded. The Bible states that sexual immorality is just that. It doesn't differentiate. He wasn't talking about women. He was talking about what he has done.

The party that declares abortion an abomination is the same party that votes against SCHIP.

The same party that claims Hillary as a liar and a killer when it comes to the 4 lives in Benghazi forgets that they used faulty intelligence to start a war in Iraq.

The same party that claims Obama created Isis forgets that it trained Osama Bin Laden ,Sold weapons to Iran. Sold weapons to Iraq.

So please spare me. I know I have a plank in my eye. Be careful. If we get face to face or planks are going to hit each other.

Neither are qualified. The other 3 rd party candidates are not qualified. So what do we do.

Both parties are apostate under current management. Both have lots of blood on their hands.

D. Scott Vandenheuvel said...

perhaps it will help to look at the kinds of men and women each are having as running mates and cabinates

Dr. Robert R. Kopp said...


Thanks, friend, for your reflections on this terrible, terrible, terrible choice before America. While recognizing the sin in my own life and not suggesting in any way that I am a better person than either, my disdain for both as our next P is obvious. You reflect my general sentiments quite accurately and I share your concerns and prayers. So I'm not sure why you wanna plank me. Hey, you and my son have something in common. Both of yu'uns quote me to correct me! Cool. Accepted. Love ya, whoever the heaven you are! Geez, I'm compelled to add one thing. One of my closest friends knows one of the candidates very, very, very well. It has shaded his decision. I will give no hints but it would not be who you expect. I will share it with you sometime, maintaining the anonymity of my friend just like your note is anonymous, if we meet face-to-face without worrying about getting planked.

Dr. Robert R. Kopp said...

Good point, mon ami!

Dr. Robert R. Kopp said...

Theo Epstein for President! Look at what he did for the Red Sox and what he's doing for the Cubs? Not qualified? Relative to whom? Considering fewer and fewer in government, media, entertainment, education, and even churches seem interested in Jesus as Savior, let's try Theo! If he can save the Red Sox and Cubs, maybe... That seems to make him more qualified than the candidates are and incumbent ever was! Seriously.