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Gaslight – a rant

Gaslighting is when a person or organization makes their victim question reality in order to gain a power stance over them. It is a common tactic of dictators, abusers, narcissists, and cult leaders. It is typically done over a longer period of time, so the victim doesn’t realize they are being gaslighted.

In this current societal era that we are in, gaslight is all the rage!

The phrase was actually created in a 1938 play by Patrick Hamilton titled “Gaslight” in which a husband carefully, gradually, and diabolically manipulates his wife into thinking that she has lost her mind. The play was then made into a film and starred Ingrid Bergman.

But the corporate version of gaslighting remains the same. Carefully, gradually and diabolically manipulating people to be brainwashed into whatever you want them to believe.

In psychological terms, it almost always happens the same way. It starts with the victim questioning the small things, such as whether they heard a detail incorrectly. Then it moves to bigger things such as whether what they heard or saw really happened. Over time, it breaks down the confidence of the person until they have lost all touch with reality.

And I believe, America, that we are being gaslit (gaslighted?) today.

Let’s start with everyone’s favorite topic, the COVID (said just like a typical old person).

Everyone should be confused by the mixed messages of public health experts right now. That isn’t gaslighting. That is simply the public health experts going through something they have never gone through before and learning along the way.

But when we see from our own government, who is the one who is filtering the information we receive, a constant stream of gaslighting, then we know that we are in perilous times. It starts with everyone’s favorite target, the President of the United States, Donald Trump.

Actually, it doesn’t start there. It starts with all the lobbyists on both sides of the political spectrum. You see, just like all of us, Trump is a pawn. He would never agree that he is simply a pawn, but he is. He needs to listen, not to his advisors, but to the millions of people in the country who are his supporters if he plans to get his way in office.

The public health experts have been telling us what would happen if we didn’t follow their suggestions of social distancing, wearing masks, and shutting everything down completely for a short time.

But unfortunately, the lobbyists won out. The people with the true money won out.

It started great. Let’s shut everything down for a time.

BUT….

Home Depot, you can stay open because people are going to need something to do while they are stuck at home. Oh, and grocery stores, you can stay open because no one can go out and get 2 weeks-worth of rations, you need to stay open in case some family just can’t live without their filet mignon for the next couple weeks. Restaurants, you can stay open too, but you can only do outside seating and curbside pickup.

SIDE STORY: When all this hit, I ran to one of our grocery stores and started to purchase some food with my dad. I kid you not, as we walked by the seafood counter, there was a woman purchasing 6 live lobsters from the tank and she wanted to pick each one out individually so that she got the best ones.

Anyway, once the lobbyists heard that some stores would remain open, then everyone lobbied to stay open.

Let me give you an example. I live in Maryland. Governor Hogan, who I think started by trying to do the right thing, ended up allowing himself to be gaslit.

Let’s start with March 5. He puts out a press release about the first 3 positive cases of COVID in Maryland. He said not to panic but to stay informed with him at his press conference that night.

That same night, he declared a state of emergency. Basically that is a gaslight phrase in and of itself which says (according to Governor Hogan’s own site): “A state of emergency is a good indicator that residents should remain alert and follow officials’ orders and news stations in order to be informed of the situation.”

The state of emergency allowed the governor to begin the discussions with all the organizations throughout the state about getting plans in place for a larger issue.

On March 6, he gave updates as to the 3 patients and tell everyone that COVID testing will be free as insurers waive the costs of it.

On March 8, he announced 2 more cases.

By the 9th of March, he created a COVID Response Team of medical experts around the state. It was during this time that each person who contracted the virus was news in and of itself.

On March 10, he met with his first lobbyist group, the group who lobby for the long-term care facilities. They came up with an entire list of things to keep the older residents safe. He also met with the lobbyist group for colleges and universities. They came up with a 2-week plan to close campuses during spring break timeframe.

By March 11, he had met with several other concerned groups, mostly state government, to come up with plans for them. The MVA was going to appointments only, the prisons were not allowing visits, the veteran’s affairs were not allowing people in.

Then March 12th happened. This is where Hogan decided to take action. He started by activating the National Guard. He then banned groups of 250 or more as well as closing all senior centers around the state. He closed all schools in the state until March 27th. He also rolled out a lot more restrictions on people coming in from international travel and cruises and locked down the medical system even more.

These are good things. They are a process of learning for someone who has never been through this before. I applauded Hogan for the steps he was taking and the speed at which he did it. (For those of you who want to use this as a soundbite in the future, please don’t, this is not going to end in a flattering way for Hogan).

This where the plan starts to buckle.

On March 14th, he decided to expand the childcare programs in Maryland so that they would stay open. He was starting to hear from the lobbyists that their group of people still had to go to work and needed to have childcare in order for them to continue.

While I don’t envy the decision he had to make, it was a mistake. And it was the first of many that he would make along the way.

On March 15th he closed down casinos. On March 16th he closed down theatres, fitness centers, spas, bars and restaurants. BUT, in order to allow them to keep income flowing, he allowed restaurants to have carry-out, drive-thu, and delivery services. That’s a little crazy. There were absolutely no directives to restaurants and bars about employees, only how to keep them open.

Also, on March 16th, he prohibited groups larger than 50 people. It is at this point that the religious community got involved. But not all religious communities were vocal about it. Keep in mind that ALL retail was still open at this time except fitness, theatres, spas, and indoor only restaurants.

March 17th he must have been getting calls because he put out what he calls “interpretive guidance.” Now food courts inside of malls are still ok to keep open, so are food trucks. Barber shops and hairstylists are ok to keep open, but not spas.

Wow.

On March 18 we had our first COVID death in the state. On the 19th, Hogan “tightened” things down more. This is where he starts listening to the lobbyists more than fearing the virus.

On the 19th, he prohibited gatherings of larger than 10 people. He again closed all restaurants, unless they are able to do carry-out, drive-thru, or delivery (just to be clear, he didn’t do anything different to them). He closed malls. He didn’t close any other retail establishments, but he closed malls. And he closed down any amusement-type business. He also required all state colleges and universities to finish the spring semester online at this time.

This is where the true mistake was made. He, on the 19th, allowed delivery and carry-out of alcohol. How, on any earth, is that essential?!?!  He has immediately turned from someone I had respect for to someone who is now starting to gaslight for the purpose of keeping the lobbyists happy.

Also on the 19th, more interpretive guidance came out that said that convenience stores can remain open, as well as grocery stores.

March 23rd is the next mistake in a line of many. He closed all non-essential businesses. But he tried to keep all parties happy by telling everyone that this is “not a shelter-in-place” order.

But let’s look at those non-essential businesses:

  • All the former businesses he already closed
    • But restaurants and bars can still delivery food/alcohol and have carry-out and drive-thru
    • And retail establishments that have their own door to the outside can continue operations.
  • He added golf courses and social clubs now to the list.
  • He listed a website of cisa.gov and when you get in there, it is one of the biggest, most confusing, websites I have ever tried to navigate to find information easily. Here is what the interpretive guidance on the Hogan website says can remain open:
    • Manufacturing
    • Lodging
    • Laundry services
    • Construction
    • The media can remain open (that is interesting)
    • Defense contractors
    • Law/Rescue services
    • Energy services
    • All financial services
    • Grocery stores
    • Convenience stores
    • Farmer’s Markets (???)
    • Alcoholic distributors
    • Farms
    • Pet supply stores
    • Vets
    • Lawyers
    • All healthcare
    • IT services
    • All forms of transportation (although he said in the same order that Marylanders were not to leave the state)
    • Wastewater
    • Staffing services
    • Door to door salespeople (he discouraged it, but didn’t discontinue it)

That is a long list. But that isn’t it. I guess he got a lot of calls from people wondering if their business was on the list. So there is more interpretive guidance that came out on the same day on who could remain open.

  • Car dealerships
  • Bike shops
  • Moving companies (but I thought we couldn’t move anywhere out of state and were suggested to stay indoors)
  • Tool rental companies
  • Party rental companies
  • All retail except indoor malls

But wait…there’s more! On the 24th he came out with more interpretive guidance on what can remain open:

  • Greenhouses
  • Trash pickup
  • Residential cleaning services

And now we get to even MORE ridiculousness. If you deem your organization as essential, you should give all your employees a letter that says why they are essential in case it is challenged. Oh, and slipped into this latest order is that clergy is deemed non-essential. But we are allowed to have a skeleton crew that can keep the day to day operations of the facility going.

Isn’t that most churches? Most are just 1 or 2 people trying to get everything done.

But I guess the churches were starting to chomp at the bit a little. So on April 1, Governor Hogan put out directives to churches:

  • You are allowed to have a drive-in religious service
  • You may have indoor services if:
    • They are under 10 people
    • There is no physical interaction
    • Everyone 6 feet apart and wearing masks
    • A 4 hour gap in between services (and, yet, Home Depot or Safeway can allow in unlimited people all day long with no gap in between, interesting)

Effective April 18, everyone must wear face masks and socially distance themselves. The face mask MUST cover both mouth and nose. Under age of 2 doesn’t have to wear one. Between 2-9 the parent is supposed to do everything they can to get their child to wear one. Age 9 and above is required.

By April 20th, we now close down all barber shops and hairstylists.

By May 13th, the guidance came out that the following could reopen:

  • Pet shelters
  • Art galleries
  • Bookstores
  • Car washes
  • Florists
  • Pawn shops
  • Tobacco and vape stores

By May 13th we enter phase 1, which allowed all those businesses above to reopen.

Why do I write all of this?

It is to show that even Governor Hogan, a highly respected state official, can become the victim of gaslighting. He was led astray by his advisers and lobbyists. When all it would have taken was closing the state down completely for a matter of time, now we have a long, drawn-out problem that is resurging again.

Remember I mentioned Trump above? Well, he has his own gaslighting moments, but so do all the other organizations that are trying to gain all the power.

So when you are listening to all the pundits and the voices and the media, ask yourself these few simple questions to determine if they are gaslighting you:

  • Are they trivializing how you feel about the situation?
  • Are they saying that your thoughts are not valid?
  • Are they saying things that they later deny they said?
  • Basically, are they in it for the power or are they in it to effectively take care of the people they serve? This is a good question to ask whether it is politics, relationships, church, work, or whatever.

So there you have it. We are being gaslighted (gaslit?). So now it is time to do something about it. Educate yourself so you know the signs.

 

 

 

Supporting the Government 2: The bottom 8 republicans

Years ago, when I was in college, I was registered socialist. At that time, I truly believed that the best way to create a successful culture was to give up limited freedoms that I enjoyed.

I was wrong.

Then a few years after I graduated college, I worked for an audio-visual company that was responsible for President Clinton’s first inaugural ball. I was a technician at the Omni-Shoreham Hotel in DC and was sitting in the office on a break when a few Secret Service came in followed by a woman all dressed up. The woman told me that the President was going to be playing his saxophone at the Shoreham and he needed a way to get it mic’d. Being the only one there, and surprisingly cleared by Secret Service to be present, I was given the task. When I got up on stage and saw him in real life, I was in awe. I immediately thought to myself that was a man that I could trust and support. I became a Democrat.

Well, I was wrong.

Years later, 9/11 happened. I saw a very focused and driven Bush 43. The government came together, across party lines, for a little while at least, to support him and his choices. A lot happened that had made our United States safer, but compromised who we are as a culture. I had become a Republican.

Once again, I was wrong.

I made the promise to myself that going forward, the ONLY way I would cast a vote is if there was a candidate that believed the way I believe. Since then, I have not been able to find a single candidate who would support what I believe in.

This week, I want to begin reviewing each of the Republican candidates around what I hold the most dear, the gospel. In the coming weeks I will do the same with the Democrat candidates. I will have a host of litmus tests that will show where I stand, and, probably where others don’t.

Tests:

  • Abortion
  • Poverty
  • Widows/Orphans
  • Diversity
  • Homosexuality
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Religious Liberty
  • Finally, the gospel

So let’s start in with the candidates. If something is missing, that means there is not enough information to provide a good answer. Also, I am only going to provide information on candidates that actually have a shot at winning this, even if it is a long shot.

Lindsay Graham – Graham is a senator from South Carolina.

Lindsay Graham is a liar outright. He claims to be pro-life, yet supports abortions up to 20 weeks. Directly from his website, he claims “There is no part of society more vulnerable and in need of protection than our unborn.” This is a great statement, however, Graham authored and sponsored a bill that bans abortions at 20 weeks. This means that he supports abortions up to 20 weeks. He even goes to claim that what is in the womb is defined as a fetus, not a child. He says on his website that “at 20 weeks,…a fetus is capable of feeling pain.”

He claims that he wants America to “remain that shining city of a hill.” He is interesting in his approach, trying very hard to walk on the fence between what he says he believes and what he says the people want. He even publishes on his website, “Rather than pursuing a divisive effort that would be doomed to fail,….” He then goes on to explain the steps he has taken that show his very watered down values.

While I am sure Lindsay Graham is a nice person, and his story of his sacrifice to take care of his sister after the death of their parents is admirable, I cannot in all integrity vote for a person for president who is wishy-washy on his values. It sounds like he is saying buzz words to gain religious groups while proposing plans that go against what those religious groups actually believe.

Sorry to tell you this, Senator Graham, you won’t be getting my vote.

Bobby Jindal – Governor of Louisiana

He has been called a “young Ronald Reagan.” But one thing I find interesting about Jindal is that I can’t find a lot of sources that really speak to his views on the Christian gospel issues. He is a huge opponent of Obamacare (which on that he would get my vote) but I can’t find much in the way of his other views. He has spoken out against gay marriage, claiming that traditional family values reduce poverty, not a war on poverty.

One interesting note is that his views of traditional Hinduism, which he grew up as Hindu, he said meshes well with his Bible-belt beliefs. He claims that in 1987 he accepted Christ as his Savior. It also looks as though he opposes gay marriage and also abortion from the start. His views on poverty are commendable, but he does show support for a significant border fence with Mexico. That, to me runs counter-intuitive to the anti-poverty stance, but that is minimal. He did vote for providing $70 million for Section 8 housing vouchers, which provided 10,000 families safe and affordable housing.

Jindal’s website is a little confusing to find the issues. I would hope that as the election moves forward, he will come out and specify his beliefs a little more clearly.

Governor Jindal, I wouldn’t withhold a vote from you, but you and I do disagree on certain key issues such as the Mexican border and gun control.

Rick Santorum – Former Senator from Pennsylvania

Rick Santorum has had controversy in his life. A gay activist gave his name a secondary meaning that went viral online. He has been reviewed to have a very strong conservative Christian outlook. With regard to abortion, he authored the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act in 1995 and has been very outspoken for defunding Planned Parenthood. He also was vocal on traditional marriage and fought against the redefinition of marriage. He also supports the Workplace Religious Freedom Act which calls for employers to accommodate the religious beliefs of their employees. Santorum also supports reducing immigration, but doing so through a simple reduction of immigrants let in legally. He doesn’t want to close off America, which most Republicans want to do. He wants to set limits to the number of people that can come in and reduce it from current levels until we can get immigration under control.

As of this writing, I could support Rick Santorum.

Carly Fiorina – Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard

One thing Carly has going for her is her lack of experience in government. Apart from the failed California Senate seat run, she has no other experience in public policy. Unfortunately, beyond that, apart from her voiced stances, she is not easy to nail down with her actual views. She claims to be pro-life, but that can mean almost anything in the political realm. Her website is very cryptic about her views on the issues.

My biggest concern for her is her lack of fiscal responsibility. When she ran for Senate in California, she totaled up $500,000 in debt that she has yet to repay. She was also terminated from HP for not sharing the same vision as the board.

All this together means that there are way too many questions to make her a viable candidate.

Rick Perry – Former Governor of Texas

Perry was the longest standing Governor in Texas history. In 2012 he got a very quick start in the Republican presidential bid and was top runner for a short while. Unfortunately, just like with all of us humans, his mouth got him into trouble. While he is a social conservative and very strong at creating jobs throughout the state of Texas, he made remarks about Texas seceding from the union and he made many people angry with his stance on immigration.

He is very big on the border fence with Mexico. With other issues, he is a little more nebulous. For example, he has shown an attitude of changing with the winds on issues like same sex marriage, he claims to be pro-life yet supports abortion up to 20 weeks, and has a dangerous view of government in that he feels that those who are “unelected cannot tell us when and where to pray.” Be very careful to read the language of that last one. That was a quote from 2011. It makes me wonder whether he feels that those who are elected can tell us when and where to pray, which would go against what this country believes.

Sorry, Rick, you are too weak of a candidate and an outright liar in some cases and are not worthy of my vote.

John Kasich – Governor of Ohio

John Kasich was a bright shining star in Ohio, getting elected at the age of 26 to a service position. His role model was Nixon, which concerns me greatly. And on many of the issues, we need to be very careful. For example, he claims to be pro-life, except in instances of rape and incest. Sorry John, but that makes you pro-choice, not pro-life. Why punish and murder the child for someone else’s crime? If you are going to claim pro-life, then be pro-life. Another example of his playing both sides of the fence is that he denounces Obamacare yet uses whatever benefits from it to bolster his programs in Ohio. If you are against something, you cannot, in all integrity, use it.

Probably the most fearful quote that Kasich said comes from two separate moments. In 2010 he claimed to belong to a Bible study for over 20 years but then comes back, also in 2010, with a scary proposition for Christians. He claims that the old law is gone. While he doesn’t define what he means by that, I would like to direct him to Matthew 5:17 where Christ has come to fulfill the law. He also claimed that Romans 12 pointed him to the fact that the old law is gone. Just so you know, there is nothing in Romans 12 about “old law” and “new law.” To that end, his first point in his “manifesto” for Christianity is “dedicating yourself to clean Christian living.” This is dangerous and, for those who are not Christians, will make no sense. They need Christ, Governor. They won’t understand what clean Christian living is until you give them Christ.

Sorry, Governor Kasich, but you cannot get my vote because you simply do not understand the Scripture and you are lying to the public about being pro-life. Sorry, I can’t approve of liars in government.

Chris Christie – Governor of New Jersey

Christie went from the top of the Republican hill to one who was written off when he praised President Obama for the federal government’s help during the crisis of Hurricane Sandy. The Republican base blamed Christie for helping Obama get re-elected. I applaud him for giving credit where credit is due. If the Republican party cannot understand that, then that is their loss.

But I am concerned about other areas of Christie’s beliefs. He claims to be “conditionally pro-life” in that he bands abortions after 20 weeks, unless there is an extenuating circumstance. He claims that homosexuality is not a sin and that God has made them that way. The actual quote is, “My religion says it’s a sin. I mean, I think–but for me I don’t–I’ve always believed that people are born with the predisposition to be homosexual.” So already, Christie is denouncing his faith for a greater party stance.

With that simple quote, I won’t even go any further on you governor Christie. You are a liar who is willing to give up the faith that you claim in order to get a sound bite. Don’t waste your vote.

Ted Cruz – Texas Senator

Cruz is one of those interesting candidates. He is the candidate that Democrats love to hate because he keeps his mouth closed when he needs to and when it opens he is filled with words of wisdom that cut to the core.

That doesn’t mean he hasn’t had to weather some scrapes and bruises. I am concerned on his views on pro-life. He has supported bills that only go half way to solving the problem of abortion and has not solicited any bills that will truly be called pro-life. For that, I am deeply worried.

I am also a little concerned about his Rally for Religious Liberty happening in August. He is coming out, guns blazing, against the gay marriage stance, which is admirable. But I pray that the rally is less about what we dislike and more about the God who calls us to a life of love and service. It is dangerous when the term “religious liberty” is used in a rally because then it is just the same old thing to the population, a Christian man hating on others who are not like him. Instead of firing the guns of hate, I suggest we have a day of showing people who Jesus really is.

Would I vote for Cruz? Maybe. He hasn’t come out and made blatant claims that he hasn’t lived up to like many of the other candidates. But he also has come out as a litigator, one who will argue in every situation, and that runs counter to the Bible. While I do believe an elected official needs to be able to stand up for themselves and their beliefs, I think with Cruz we run the risk of the argument leading the man, not the man leading the argument.

So Senator Cruz, I am cautiously watching you over the next few months to see what happens and I am anxiously waiting to see how your rally goes in August.

Next week, I will take the top 8 Republican candidates and discuss them and then following that I will talk about the Democrat candidates.

Goodbye Christianity

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 – And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.

There are many groups of people out there that would like to see Christianity disappear. Countless numbers of people, societies, groups, and organizations are hell-bent on the diminunization and extinction of the people who label themselves as Christ-followers.

A recent CNN story ran about the Christians in Iraq and a Catholic priest said that if something is not done soon, then it could very well “close the book on Christianity in Iraq and the Middle East.”

I know people in many different countries who have been persecuted, some killed, for their faith in the Risen Savior.

Closer to home, there is an ever-growing contingent that lessens the voice that Christians have while increasing the voice that other religious groups get. I think of the school district that my kids go to and a simple thing such as naming holidays. The schools have said that we will get a winter and spring break each year, but we are not permitted to call it by the Christian name. Yet we are given holidays that celebrate Muslim and Kwanza holidays as well.

Psalm 33:12 – Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

There are groups in our government that are striving to remove Christian symbolism and speech (check out what Houston did in censoring pastors in the pulpit!) and yet increase other religious symbolism and speech.

Many people are saying goodbye to Christianity because our government is making it increasingly difficult to be a Christian. And I am not talking a lukewarm Christian. I am talking about someone who is truly in love with the Lord of Lords!

Those of you who know me know that I am NOT a person who gets involved in politics. Here is a very widely known secret, I don’t even vote in elections. Tried it once, the guy turned into one of the biggest liars in all of the political office. Some people will tell me that not voting is wasting a vote. I disagree. Not voting IS voting. It is saying that I cannot tolerate evil, whether it is on the right or the left. I don’t lean left or right, I stand on solid rock!

I do not get involved in politics for the simple reason that, religion has been made a scapegoat in too many political battles. The left has their agenda and it is different from the right. But both use the same Bible verses to make their point clear. Unfortunately, the people quoting those Scriptures, do not know anything about Bible study and are taking ALL of the Bible out of context.

I want to go a little deeper here. Give you some of the reasons that I choose to stay out of political battles.

First, politicians, at least in this age, are very self-centered. They want THEIR agendas followed, usually not the agenda of their constituency. But Jesus was all about being meek. The Christian faith is a faith of free will, not forced agenda. One of the few times we see Jesus get riled up is not at the government, but at those who were supposed to be His people when they turned His house into a place to make money rather than worship God. Now, there is a difference in letting your faith guide your political choices and letting politics enforce religion. For example, I hate Obamacare. Not because I am a Christian and Obama has repeatedly done things to marginalize Christians in America, but because it is one of THE WORST pieces of legislation out there. Before it came out I read all 11,588,500 words of the Obamacare legislation because I wanted to know how it was going to affect me, a small business owner. there was nothing religious about it. It was purely in self-interest that I read it, and, consequently, hated it.

Deuteronomy 15:7-11 – “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be. Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the Lord against you, and you be guilty of sin. You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’

Next, there is NOTHING in the Bible that advocates going to war (outside of holy war, but those have SPECIFIC rules and guidelines, such as being called by God directly), favoring the rich over the poor, cutting funding to “the least of these,” letting people go hungry in our own nation and around the world when we have MORE THAN ENOUGH to feed the WHOLE world, limit the rights of a certain group of people, devalue education, and turn away those who have no place safe to go.

Let’s look at immigration for a moment. Abraham and Sarah were told by God to pick up what they had and start walking. Moses, Miriam, and Aaron led a nation out of Egypt and ultimately into a new land, Even Jesus spent part of His childhood as a foreigner in a foreign land. The book of Exodus says that we know what it feels like to be foreigners in a foreign land.

IT IS NOT BIBLICAL TO TURN PEOPLE AWAY!

PERIOD!

EXCLAMATION POINT!

Can we stop thinking about our own selves for a minute? Face it, when it comes right down to it, we mask our own selfishness in the Bible, the Torah, the Qu’ran or any other supposed holy book out there. Why don’t we want immigrants in this land? Because they might be terrorists and kill us all. Or they might use up all our money. Take all our jobs. Whatever. But if you are scared about that, do NOT try to make it into a religious argument.

Or look at the gun debate.

Personal note, I HATE GUNS!

Get rid of them.

Beat them into plowshares.

I think guns have their place. A shooting range. In Call of Duty: Black Ops. Watching Expendables 3. But not in real life or on the street.

But Fred, what about hunting? Great, learn to use a bow. Or, better yet, create preserves that allow hunting and all the guns must stay within the confines of the preserve. You want to go hunt? Go to the preserve and hunt all you want and then return the gun to the owner of the preserve.

Titus 3:9 – But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.

But we seem to make it a religious argument when we say that Christians support gun legislation.

I don’t!

But regardless of your political views, gun debates should never be brought into a church, whether pro or con.

So what happens when we try to politicize Christianity? It gets watered down. It get s lost. And people say goodbye Christianity.

And how should we handle those who are murdering our brethren in other countries? Pray for the families of those who are killed. Pray for the displaced that they will escape their Egypt and find the Promised Land. And pray for the killers. That they will realize that the saving grace of the God of those they killed is more than enough to cover their sins of killing innocent people.

It is time to say hello to Christianity. But as a community of believers UNITED under a single purpose, to love the hell out of people with a God that is much bigger than any political viewpoint.

Acts 5:29 – But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.

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