Anybody who read my comments on former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and present President Donald Trump knows I have deep reservations about both.
I struggled long and hard on my way into the voting booth in Garden Prairie, Illinois back on November 8.
I don't like what I know about Hillary and don't like what I don't know about Donald.
In short, no one has been able to convince me that Hillary is not a criminal and Donald is not a roll of the dice.
Always disinclined to Fletcherian situation ethics, I found myself leaning one way over the other as the lesser of two evils; which really unsettled me in that I've always assumed the lesser of two evils is still evil and...
The deciding factor for me was I could never and will never and didn't vote for someone who advocates and enables partial birth abortion.
While I don't consider myself to be a one-issue kinda guy, I've been to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem many times, the memorialized sites of former concentration camps in Germany while studying in Heidelberg back in the early 70s, and...have come to conclude that people who advocate and enable partial birth abortion make Nazis look like Brownies.
Of course, there are people who don't know what partial birth abortion is; and when I explain it to them, they cannot and often won't believe it is practiced in America apart from criminal prosecution as a legal way to end...a life. They cannot and often won't believe that such a barbaric procedure is permitted in the United States of America; and when I told 'em before November 8 that one of the candidates supposedly dedicated to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" is an advocate and enabler of partial birth abortion, they could not and often would not believe me.
So, yes, there are people who voted for the advocate and enabler because they just didn't know the truth about that candidate; which is why I've concluded people who would vote for someone who advocates and enables such horror are ignorant, deceived, defiant, apathetic, or co-conspiratorial with...satanos.
I guess this is kinda related to the last edition ("Dearly Beloved").
People, especially pastors, who claim to be "Christian" pastors yet undermine the exclusive claim including the inclusive invitation of Jesus as Lord and Savior in John 14 as representative of Christology consistent with over 2K years of Biblical, confessional, constitutional, historical, traditional, and common sense Christianity can hardly be classified as "Christian" pastors unless over 2K years of...is reimagined, denied, disregarded, debunked, and deserted.
I would add anyone who advocates and enables partial birth abortion and claims to be a "Christian" is reimagining, denying, disregarding, debunking, and deserting the existential ethics of Jesus so quickly assayed by getting a Bible with red letters and reading 'em.
Yeah, the 1st Amendment is still around; so people can say whatever the hell/heaven they wanna say.
People are free to say they're "Christians" if they wanna say it.
Nobody can/will stop 'em.
Lots of folks in mainline denominations and emergent churches and sideline sects and cults are going around calling themselves "Christians" even though any connection between 'em and what was formerly considered Christianity according to over 2K years of...is only coincidental.
Maybe I'm making too much of the issue(s); and if I'm wrong and you can point out my error by Jesus, Holy Scripture, and common sense, I'll confess, pray and try to repent, and ask forgiveness.
But, c'mon, Christianity used to stand for something/Someone.
Listening to too many of today's clergy and the people that they've made twice as fit for...can be so confusing.
They make it seem as if Jesus can be whoever you want Him to be and Christianity is whatever you wanna think it is.
Have you ever wondered what the Founder not the latest version would say about all of this?
While you're at it, read that again after reading the eight preceding verses.
There's more to claiming to be a Christian than claiming to be a Christian...in the end.
Blessings and Love!
Salt! Shine! Leavenate!
Look up! Stand up! Speak up! Act up for Jesus!
Bob, I think you could also put it that some claim to be a Christian without being claimed by Jesus. Shucks, some are even Teaching Elders.
Amen and AMEN!!!
Rev. Dr. Ed
Well put, mon ami...I will be visiting my very near 90 way-upper-octogenarian parents in Pennsylvania between Sundays; so no KDs for about a week which will be a relief to the posers in pulpits, pews, and politics. Anyway, please feel encouraged to salt 'em by forwarding last two KDs; though this could mean I will be hunted down by Islamofascistnutball savages and pulpiteers and pewsitters who are so __ed at me for praying and trying with you to take the church away from them and give it back to Jesus.
Bob, safest of journeys to you as you see yours. I will love without KDs for a week or so, but my teeth will be on edge. I will share the last two freely.
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