“Are Evangelicals Hypocrites Regarding President Trump?

On Thursday, January 18, 2018, the editorial board at the New York Daily News suggested that yes…evangelicals are hypocrites. They argued that evangelicals were robust in their condemnations of President Clinton twenty years ago, but not very vocal about Mr. Trump’s bad behaviors.  That’s probably true.  Thus, evangelicals are hypocrites.  That’s probably not true.  In my view, this is not about hypocrisy.  It’s about inconsistency.

The Daily News is quite prepared to condemn Mr. Trump for an affair with a porn star in 2006.  Credible people insist it happened; credible people insist it did not happen.  In any case, let’s agree that evangelicals are NOT as distressed with Mr. Trump as they were with Mr. Clinton.  Why might that be?

First, Mr. Clinton’s sins were committed WHILE HE WAS IN OFFICE.  THE OVAL OFFICE! Second, he then lied to the country insisting that he “did not have sex with that woman.”  In doing that, he invited a whole generation of young people to re-define sexual activity eliminating virtually any notion of promiscuity.  After  all, the president said his behaviors were not sexual.  Go figure.  Arguably, Bill Clinton was the worst  example of morality in recent decades in the White House.  And he insisted to journalist Mike Wallace that he had nothing to be ashamed about.  See Jeremiah 6.15:  “They do not even know how to blush.”

Third, Mr. Clinton was charged  with obstruction and was impeached but not removed from office. So…for sure….evangelicals are clearly not pleased at Mr. Trump’s weaknesses and excesses.  But Mr. Clinton was one-of-a-kind by comparison.

The real inconsistency might be with the members of the Trump Resistance.  So many of these same people twenty years ago dismissed the Clinton sins as “just about sex.”  Now, they are outraged.

Evangelicals understand that they cannot change Mr. Trump’s words and actions.  They pray for him.  They hope he will more and more conform to the likeness of Christ.  And they understand that “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3.23)

Perhaps all parties to the discussion need to be more realistic about moral leadership.  These men and women have feet of clay.  FDR had an affair with Lucy Rutherford  for years while in office.  JFK had naked secretaries in the White House Pool and everyone knew it.  They also knew about LBJ’s brutality and predation in the Oval Office hallways.  Even the first President Bush has been revealed as “handsy.”

So, sure.  It would be nice if we did not even have this discussion.  But all of the critics might do well to remember the words of our Lord:  “Why do you look at the speck of saw dust in your brother’s eye but pay no attention to the plank in our own eye?” Matthew 7.3






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“Who Are The Real Racists? Perhaps Your Very Compassionate and Liberal Next Door Neighbor…”

In October of 1981, Mildred Jefferson stood at the lectern in the chapel at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts.  For over an hour, she held an audience of seminarians, professors, press and visitors spell bound.  Why?  Mildred Jefferson was the President of the Massachusetts Right-To-Life Society.  She was also a highly regarded surgeon at the Children’s Hospital and a teaching Professor at several top notch medical schools in Boston.  A committed Catholic Christian, Dr. Jefferson was also black.

Her topic was racism.  Her analysis was far deeper than the facile certainties offered up today by those who assume the moral high ground on talk shows and in the tidal wave of progressive journals.  Who insist that they are the compassionate vestige who have no use for presidents and policies that even suggest that some people ought not to be admitted to the United States.  So certain of their views and  without ever pausing  to examine the boards in their own eyes, they condemn as racist anything said or done that does not fit their certain  narratives.

So often these are the same people about whom Dr. Jefferson lamented.  They can go on at length about refuges and DOCA (legitimate  concerns) but be totally supportive of ripping the arms off of unborn babies…or burning off their skin.  If those techniques do not work, the babies skulls are crushed.  Yet, we must hear moral lectures from House and Senate members  and Governors about who should fear the “Wrath of God.”

Dr. Jefferson said those who do not find abortion abhorrent (JFK’s description) are simply industrial strength racists .  She argued that the ultimate form of racism, deliberate marginalization and destruction of individuals or groups…was and always will be the genocide that takes place in the womb.  And which people group are the most victimized by this ongoing holocaust?  Blacks.

She saw abortion without any justification as the ultimate tool in the hands of a society that is racist.  She would find today’s liberal politicians unthinkably hubristic and hopelessly confused.  To worry about the well-being of the snail darter off of Cape Cod or what might became of the sub-Saharan Desert in the next century is morally delusional as we kill unborn children.  From her words, I infer that she would be puzzled by politicians who worry that  some refugees might suffer as the nation seeks to tighten its immigration laws. She would see those “defenders” of virtue who deprecate  an imperfect executive who will re-shape the courts that allow all of this killing…she would see them as the real racists.  Dr. Jefferson saw abortion on demand as the ultimate tool to rid America of all of its unwanted.  People of all colors and from all countries.  She would cringe when Hillary Clinton gladly  accepted the Margaret Sanger Award.  Indeed, Mrs. Sanger who said “We must rid the world of misfits, morons and the maladjusted” (“The Pivot of Civilization.”)

I thought of Dr. Jefferson recently when reading the data that show black women in America are five times more likely to terminate a pregnancy than white women.  An article in The Atlantic, (Sept. 22, 2014) was titled “America’s Racial Gap.”  That well-meaning liberal friend of yours and mine who insists that we must have abortion on demand as an element in “Women’s Health Care?”  I wonder if he or she  will ever admit that they desire such health care for all women…unless they are tiny women in the womb.  And do they know that tiny black women in the womb are the most vulnerable?  Perhaps, for some of them,  not all but for some of them…racism explains why their compassion does not seem to extend quite that far.


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“A Spiritual Check-up?” Jan. 13, 2018

Donna and I are planning a trip across the country by car. A few stops here and there and ending up in Phoenix. And…we are considering taking that long drive in our six-year-old Mustang convertible. That might be great fun. It has only a few thousand miles on its odometer and is in perfect condition. I think. But what if its outward appearance is terrific but inside there are problems? How do I know if it needs new spark plugs or injectors or its flux capacitor is broken? What if something important is not right? Hmm. I don’t know enough about cars in general and certainly not this one with its complicated engine. So, I’ll make an appointment with an outstanding mechanic whom I know, and he will go over every inch of the car, especially under the hood. He knows what he is looking at! Then we will drive on! We could take the trip without doing that. But….that would be unwise.
As a Christian, I need to do the same thing. Make an appointment with the One who knows all. Who can see “under the hood.” And as a new year begins…the time seems right. Question: to whom shall I go for a thorough check-up of my spiritual condition? Dare I continue the journey without being sure that I am not broken somewhere inside? Have I become complacent in my Christian walk? Am I quite sure that I am in fine form before the Lord? And is it possible that I have become blind to my own sinfulness because modern evangelicalism rarely speaks of sin? In short, do I need a checkup…spiritually?
The Puritans were particularly introspective when it came to sin and self. Indeed, some of their prayers were shocking. Here is one about “Grace in Trials” …
“Hear me for Jesus’ sake! I am sinful even in my closest walk with thee!”
Now, it is critical that we not fall dead in the dust when we admit to being sinful. The wonder is that God does love those who belong to Christ and He “does not treat us as our sins deserve.” (Psalm 103.10) But…if we are to grow in grace we must regularly hear from God the Holy Spirit about the health of our souls. Someone will ask “Why? What difference does it make? I’m saved, and God knows I’m not perfect! Are you saying I can get unsaved because of my sin?” No. I’m not.
That question misses the point entirely. I will continue to sin as long as I am in the flesh. What this is about is the desire to please God not to get saved BUT BECAUSE WE ARE SAVED! Love of God means a deep abiding desire to please Him. Thus, Jesus, who was without sin, said: “I always do what is pleasing to him!” John 8.29
The desire of the Psalmist was to be shown by God what was needed for his soul. Interesting that in Psalm 139, we find the writer rejoices that God knows everything about him. God knows when we stand and sit…what we will say before we say it. Etc. But notice that the Psalmist, in his prayer, wants God to show him the deeper things…not about his outward behavior but about his inner self. He writes:
Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV) 23 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
So…he is asking for God to look under the hood of his spirit and show him anything that needs to be fixed, changed, or updated. He does not want to be offensive to God. This, for me, is vexing because I struggle to admit to myself that what I read in the rest of that Puritan Prayer…applies to me: “My heart is an unexhausted fountain of sin, a river of corruption since childhood days, flowing on in every pattern of behavior!”

Allow me to encourage you to seek Him that you may be searched spiritually, and I will too. Let me know how it goes. And trust me…God the Holy Spirit is a great mechanic. The best!

Pastor Alberta


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Thank you to all who have encouraged me to continue with the blog. I think like a preacher who is always asking what God’s people need to hear or might find profitable to their spirits. So…since we are drowning in blogs and books and news sites…who needs another one unless it is edifying? Help me out please? What topics might we address that we could examine from a Biblical point of view?
For example, I’m currently working on an article about this incredible wave of sexual predation we are hearing about. How can this be? Etc. If any or all of you would suggest topics you’ve been “wondering about” that would be appreciated.
Disclaimer: whatever I write is my best attempt to Glorify the Lord Jesus and suggest insights thru the lenses of Scripture. I understand…I really do…that most things are debatable and I try not to suggest that my thoughts are inerrant. These are just my views that I present.
Anyway…what’s on your minds as Christians that I might explore with you from a theological/Common-Sense/Christ-Centered point of view? Please advise?
Blessings! Pastor Alberta



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Shall I Proceed With This Blog?

Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017

I am profoundly thankful for my blog friends this  year.  And…I could use your help.

As of January 1, 2018 I will have retired from Cornerstone and I will have far more time to write.  Hence, I am considering a new blog thru which I can share a Biblical view of current events as I am led of the Lord.

BUT…perhaps I should simply continue to write on this site “Shakingoffthedust.com” ….hmmmm…….

Here is how you could help me make this decision: if you have received this note and if you would be interested in receiving articles produced on shakingoffthedust.com please send me a quick note.  Nothing complicated.  Even just a simple “I’m interested!”

I’ll post a few articles as well in the days ahead and see if there is much interest.  OK?  Everyone is busy I know!  So…let me say in advance  “Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!”

Blessings! Pastor Alberta


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“Surviving as Aliens!”

“Reminder: We Are Aliens!”
1 Peter 2: 9-12
Dr. Richard J. Alberta
Cornerstone Evangelical Presbyterian Church
Brighton, Michigan 48114
June 4, 2017

Text: 1 Peter 2:9-12 (NIV) 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 11 Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

“Aliens!” Have you ever been called an “alien?” Let’s begin on a sort of a lite note this morning. Here’s a question. Suppose you are listening in at your funeral service and people have stepped up to comment about you. What would you like them to say… about you? If you could choose just one word that you would like others to use…to describe yourself….what might you like to hear? That you were “kind”… “compassionate”… “helpful?” How about “trustworthy and honest?” Those are good choices. But notice, we may never hear someone say, “I’d like to be known as… ‘peculiar!’” And yet, here where Peter says in the NIV we are “a people belonging to God”… we have a construction that the old King James Version reads as follows: we are “a peculiar people.” That captures Peter’s thought very nicely. The idea that Christians are an unusual people who belong to God suggests that we are peculiar…and if we check that word… “peculiar” in a modern dictionary we find it to mean “weird, strange, queer, bizarre, funny, abnormal etc.”
So, according to the Word of God, if we are serious about Christ, and our primary identity is with Jesus, the world will see us as “weird, strange, queer, bizarre, etc.” In other words, as “alien” we are a “peculiar” people!

He called them “aliens!” Notice that Peter has taken it for granted that his readers understand they are aliens to the world. This was a given in the minds of the believers in the early church. They saw themselves as unusual people…different from most people. One could almost say they were and we are people whose “identities” were very pronounced and atypical. This is about identifying with Jesus…that is, being known as one who is a Jesus person. The same as having an identify as a Tigers fan or a lover of the theatre.
We all identify with something outside of ourselves. That’s why in the fall on Saturdays we see Spartan flags on some houses and Michigan flags on others. You see bumper stickers that say “Tigers!” or “Marines!” If you walk into a Meijer’s store in Wisconsin you’ll find a whole section devoted to the Green Bay Packers. Everyone identifies with something they like or love or admire. This reality is a part of life and is usually quite harmless. Spartan fans and Wolverine fans can tease and debate but usually no one becomes violent over their identities. A Spartan fan typically does not hate a Wolverine fan and, up until now, most Republicans and Democrats were not filled with hatred for the other. But…there is one identify that thru the ages has caused hatred and distain and often rejection. That is, being identified with Christ. Feeling like yes…an alien. Feeling like you’re wearing a Tigers cap at Yankee stadium. People might look at you funny. Because wearing a Jesus cap among unbelievers can really get you some stares. So, now and again we need this reminder: As Christians, we ARE aliens!

Now…it seems to me that the question is simply this: how are we to live in a world where we are a bad fit? How are we to live in a world where if we live out our faith with passion and without apology, we may not be invited to the neighborhood cook out? Or, if we lived during Peter’s time we might be tossed into prison or burned alive. Actually, this is an easy time to be an alien where we live. In much of the world being a Christian today can cost you your job or your kids or your very life. Our persecutions are really quite soft in our society. But even so, in a society this vulgar that is bearing the fruit of fifty ears of wholesale humanism…where God has been pushed to the far margins of society….how shall we look at life as Christians in a post-Christian culture? In a culture that is undergoing what some theologians call “Paganization.” In a sense, we are like exiles living far from home…waiting for our eternal home face to face with God. We are a people like Abraham who:

Hebrews 11:10 (NIV) Was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

But until we get there, here are a few survival suggestions for us in our alien state from the text today:


9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Peter is taking the concept of Israel as God’s chosen people and extending it to those Jews and Gentiles who belong to Christ. As one who was ignorant of God and His kingdom, I was called to salvation years ago. I was called out of darkness and I was called into His marvelous light! And so were you! So, any distress or discomfort that I experience as an alien who does not fit into this world is quite tolerable! It is more than offset by the fact that God has included me…us…you in His family. So, when the Christian nurse is mocked in the nurse’s lounge for speaking up for the unborn or when the Christian lawyer is considered weird at the law firm because he does not defend gay marriage…when she or he is treated as an alien…as peculiar…she and he must take great comfort in this: FIRST: WE CHRISTIANS SHOULD ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT WE WERE CHOSEN TO GLORIFY GOD!


Peter writes:
11 Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.
We need to be careful! Living as aliens, we can still be drawn in by the flesh and its desires. I’ve often reminded new Christians that their sinful natures do not go away when their spirits are given new life. It’s almost as if our sinful natures speak up and say to our spirits “Hold on here! I’m only gonna’ live sixty or eighty years here in the flesh and I’m not about to become a monk!” Sinful desires do not totally go away after we are saved. Our spirits feel alienated in society but our flesh still likes what it sees. Therefore, if a man has a great struggle with lust he better be very careful what he watches or brings up on the iPad. If a man or woman struggles with spending they should stay out of malls. Surviving as an alien means being careful for our own sakes.

I know a Pastor who came out of alcoholism many years ago. He became a great servant of the Lord. But one night he was sitting in traffic and he looked over and saw the old bar he used to frequently years ago. And in a moment, all he wanted to do was park the car and go in there and sit at the bar and drink. And he knew if he even went in that day he would be ruined because alcoholism is a very patient disease and sin. It will come back years after you think it is gone. In fact, any sinful behavior is only arrested in the Christian not completely removed. He threw himself upon the Holy Spirit and begged to be delivered immediately and God be praised! The desire vanished but he heard the Holy Spirit tell him “Get out of here right now!” SECOND: AS ALIENS, WE ARE INVOLVED IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE! THE EVIL ONE WOULD LIKE TO WIN BACK OUR SOULS!


Peter was really a terrific spiritual and psychological coach to these early Christians. He told them that as aliens they would be watched but because of that, even though they would be accused of weirdness…God would be glorified.
He said:
12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
In other words, even though we are not a good fit in our culture, we can live in such a way that people must respect us and must admit that God is a work in us. Perhaps even on Judgment Day itself. Look closely at this for a moment. In the New Living Translation, it reads:

1 Peter 2:12 (NLT) 12 Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.

I think Peter is saying that even though people regard is as aliens, some will see our Christ -centered lives and want to know God and will come to faith and be praising God on judgment Day! So, God can use His army of aliens to bring glory to Himself. If we persevere, non-Christians may actually come to admire and like us. I’ve always liked that scene in Fiddler on the Roof where Rectevia is talking about his new son-in-law whom he is trying to love. Finally, he says “Well…he’s a little crazy but I like him!” THIRD: AS ALIENS, WE ARE GIVEN THE PRIVILEGE OF BRINGING GLORY TO God THRU OUR LIVES!
These thoughts emerge from the text itself but let me share two other ideas in this message about survival as an alien in this society.


Every time I see an ad for some online church that says you do not need the church and you can worship and grow by yourself at home I cringe! Of course, the organized church is flawed and imperfect. But it is like Churchill said about democracy: “It is the worst form of government except for all the others!” The church is an imperfect entity. But the church is where we hear the Word of God and receive the sacraments and sit down next to someone who needs help or who provides help. Christianity was never meant to be a solitary activity. The writer to the Hebrews said this:
Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV) 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

We aliens need each other! “Spur one another on” is literally the word for “paroxysm” meaning to stir something almost violently. You must reach into my life and work the paddle to stir me up to be more loving and seek to do good deeds. I must encourage you in all things Holy because we are facing the GREAT DAY! “The Day approaching” is Peter’s reference to the return of Jesus. God be praised! To survive as aliens…. FOURTH: WE MUST HAVE SUPPORT FROM OTHER CHRISTIANS; THE TRUE CHURCH IS ACTUALLY AN ALIEN SUPPORT GROUP!
Finally, here is a very practical word about how to look at life and how to live it while we are here on Planet Earth. We are very much like the exiles of Israel who had been carried off into foreign lands because they broke covenant with God. God still cared about them and wanted them to nonetheless try to enjoy their lives. So…

Sometimes Christians feel as if they should not enjoy this life or try to be successful and achieve anything at all. Almost as if God is calling us to a complete state of misery while we are on this side of the Kingdom! But here is what God told his people who were carried into exile around 700 B.C. We read:
Jeremiah 29:4-7 (NIV) 4 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5 “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6 Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. 7 Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

Even though we are exiles and peculiar people, we are to make the most of life right here. Build houses! Plant gardens! Marry and have families! Increase and care about the place where you are living. Pray for it because when things go well in that land things will go well for you too!

And all the while we must feed upon Christ who called his exiled and peculiar people to a frequent meal with a promised blessing. The Apostle Paul tells us:
1 Corinthians 11:23-25 (NIV) 23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

Growing up, I watched my father’s Italian immigrant family survive as aliens in a sense in an America culture that typically looked down on them or at least found them…odd…even peculiar. Looking back, I realize that one way they coped with that was by gathering together for a meal. All the immigrant communities did that and still do. That’s fascinating because that is exactly what Jesus instructed his flock to do. To gather for a meal in remembrance of himself. And so…as aliens…as peculiar people we are regularly called go to the Lord’s Supper. God be praised!


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Relieved and Puzzled-The Presidential Election of 2016

The election is over. God be Praised! Since the nomination of Donald Trump to be the Republican candidate, I have tried to say very little about my views. My credibility as a preaching Pastor was a concern to me since so many evangelical friends held opposite, and often combative, views. In fact, I cannot recall any issue when Bible-believing people with so much in common had such different positions on a candidate…or where so many spoke with such certainty and hubris as they critiqued one another.

I watched as many Christians were stunned and even angry that other evangelicals could support Trump. At one point, I grew disappointed at the high level of virtual contempt expressed by some towards others…crisscrossing a range of opinions and certainties that became mutually condescending.

I heard from people who pointed out that Mr. Trump had been married three times and had been an open blasphemer. I was reminded that his policy positions on abortion and gay marriage and other things have vacillated to the point where perhaps he cannot be trusted. His record of earthy comments and open improprieties was unparalleled. How could any self-respecting evangelical vote for such a man? Ought not that Christian voter be ashamed? And what of their witness to those who need Christ? (That last concern stuck me as really quite irrational. Somehow I doubt very much if my unbelieving neighbors would come to Christ if I denounced Trump.) In short, the incoming fire from other believers was often uppity and disrespectful. It amounted to: How could an evangelical support Trump in view of his obvious depravities? Could any of us really vote for him?

I did. And I did so with a clear conscience. Now, for any who might be interested, I will say why. Be assured that I found Mr. Trump’s obnoxious and unwholesome (read dirty) remarks to be totally repulsive. And I made no arguments for nominating him as the model father or husband or citizen. I got it. But I voted for him as any pragmatist would.

I wondered how so many evangelical friends could be so incredibly judgmental. With respect for these folks whom I love…I wondered if they had spent adequate time lately in the Word of God? The fact is that God often used and uses very flawed people to do His will; I am one. Abram showed the traits of an untrusting serial liar repeatedly, yet God used him to lead Israel. David was practically a sexual predator and clearly a murderer yet the Bible says he was a man whose “heart was devoted to God” (1 Kings 15:3). Saul became Paul after he brutalized many of the early Christians. The list is lengthy of imperfect people used by God. Almost as if He delights in deploying the weak and sometimes wicked for his own purposes and often converting them!

I also wondered if many evangelicals would do well to consider the real world in which we live. A season reading the biographies of past presidents will open one’s eyes to how few of them were men who would be welcome as members in our churches. The fact is that if we Christians want good governance, which has moral implications of its own, we sometimes have to separate our moral preferences from the practical reality that not many of these candidates would qualify as elders in our midst.

I was called a pragmatist…one who puts the practical over the idealistic. Guilty as charged. I felt we needed a president with some leadership skills. Using my vote for an unelectable third party was entirely unacceptable to me.

It struck me as something one does to feel better but is totally pointless. But…that leads me to my second point. I said I was puzzled. HERE IS WHY I AM RELIEVED AT MR. TRUMP’S VICTORY. All of my reasons, in my view, occupy high moral ground and were sufficient for my conscience to vote for him.  Why am I relieved?

I am relieved that his presidency will mean less babies will have their heads crushed and their arms torn off and their skin burned away because of judicial appointments he will make. His opponent actually argued for partial-birth abortion openly in a debate! That is a moral issue.

I am relieved because he will give much needed support to our nation’s law enforcement. Men and women who risk their lives every hour being treated with contempt. That is a moral issue.

I am relieved because he will re-build our military so that it will be prepared, when necessary, to protect our nation and other nations if the cause is just. And that will include a proper level of respect and care for the relatives of Abram…God’s ancient ethnic people Israel. That is a moral issue.

I am relieved that he will embrace economic policies that might bring America back from the brink of real-time economic collapse that will leave millions unable to live decently. That is a moral issue.

I am relieved that he will propose solutions to inner city decay and infrastructural ruin thru real economic opportunities. I am relieved that our nation will no longer be managed by an administration that has actually made living in America worse for the poor in the last decade. That is especially true for minorities and those whose economic mobility has remained beyond minimal. That is a moral issue.

I am relieved that he will generate changes to a health care plan that was conceived in deceit, passed thru partisan bullying and that is collapsing visibly as it goes forward. That is a moral issue.

In short, I was willing to vote with an eye to policies not piety. It would be nice to have both. Perhaps someday we can. But at this point, I am reminding any Christian in whose life I have influence…that by the power of the Holy Spirit people can change. What we should be doing is praying daily for Mr. Trump and his house to truly come to the Living Christ! And I rather suspect that God will use him in days ahead to join with others and give this nation some much-needed management.

Do others around the world wonder how we could elect such a man whom they have heard speak with such careless buffoonery? Sure. But… I suggest that they get the boards out of their own eyes before they say much more. And we Christians might do well to remember that God is the great change-agent and is full of redemptive surprises. Indeed, the Apostle Paul by the Holy Spirit said this:

1 Corinthians 1:27 (NIV) 27  But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

I think this election and its result suggest that God the Holy Spirit is up to something in our midst. Let’s pray He is Glorified in it!

Blessings! Pastor Alberta



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