The Most Unlikely Of Things…

Let me preface, if you will, that although I mention Trump, this in fact has nothing to do with Trump nor politics AT ALL. It just happens to be the incident by which a valuable lesson may be learned, so here we go…

The Happening:

An older gentleman I know and had the extreme pleasure to have spent a year in the daily presence of he and his family’s life, posted on FB….

Anyone else notice that it was Trump that brought God, the Bible, prayer, and love of our country back into the White House?

I’ll call him, Bob. As I’ve said, I know Bob and his immediate family and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who is kinder hearted, loving, God fearing, Christian living example, than Bob and his wife. Furthermore, Bob was also one of the first responding to the Oklahoma City bombing which broke his gentle spirit in many ways with an abiding grief.

I was taken aback…not by Bob’s statement but a comment left on his post for all to see, from his nephew! I was generous to use the term “comment”, it was a scathing rant that was a virtual “How Dare You!” He questioned how Bob could, of all people, think Christ would have anything to do with Trump, would’ve chose him, in what way could Trump ever be seen as Christ like in any way then launched into a laundry list of the number of times Trump has been married, his foul language, infidelity blah blah.

I have no problem with people having differing opinions. What I do have a problem with is being disrespectful because of it. Call me old fashioned but I still believe in being respectful to one another, especially our elders. But, what he wrote did give me pause to think and here was my reply.

In response to the rantings of those who scour Trumps (and well every and anyone’s past for dirt, siting everything from language to infidelity.) and with rancor ask how as Christian’s, anyone could support him, could believe God would choose him…etc.

My friends, like I said, this post is NOT about Trump. Trump is not the first disliked president, nor will he have been the last. It’s been this way, well, since always! No, it’s most aptly stated that it is much more about malice itself. Malice in itself is a cancer that has spread throughout the world like a wildfire and has become to epitomize “The New Normal”.

And, malice….is a sin. Sadly, it’s even infected the household of faith. Oh yes, that harmless bit of gossip, that sharing of negative information about others to others under the guise of well doing & warning, defaming and character assassinating our brothers & sisters. SIN.

Who are we to assume to know the mind of God, what work He is performing in others or what His purpose is for their lives? Or, that He needs our intervention or help? Better, is that we revisit our own failings, our sins, sinfulness AND recall the mighty redemptive work that HE has performed in us. It’ll humble you and lead to a greater grace and mercy for others.

This is what I have to say about that…

Every answer you need is right there in The Book…crack it!

Romans 13:1
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.

Let’s begin with David.
David, an adulterer who impregnated his friends wife, a friend so devoted that he slept at David’s door. Fearing his deed would come to light, orchestrated the death of his friend thereby becoming a murderer.
What of God? God not only chose David as the king of Israel, the lineage through which He’d place His Son but called David “a man after His own heart.”

Peter
A man given to violence, with a sailors mouth, denied Christ not once but 3 times and to whom Christ once said ” get behind me, Satan.” But God chose Peter….”upon this rock I will build my church.”

Rahab the harlot-
A canaanite prostitute..nuff said there right? But, for her faith, she hid the Israelite spies in Jericho and was not only saved but was absorbed by the hebrews, married one of the spies and became one of only 4 women mentioned in the genealogy of Christ. God chose Rehab.

The story of Daniel who served under 3 kings, exemplifies how God used even the most terrible of kings to fulfill His own purpose.

And, let us not forget Paul who was one of the greatest persecutors of Christ followers who not only was at the stoning of Stephan, the first martyred but approved it and vowed to destroy the church!
God chose Paul who would become one of the most prolific writers having written 12 epistles of grace.

The bible is absolutely full of the most unlikely of characters with every shortcoming, flaw and failure imaginable and yet these are who God called for his purpose?

If there are lessons we can learn from the Bible, it’s this:
God knows what He is doing and He is in control.
God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips those He calls.
And, that regardless of where you are in life or where you have been, in Him there is hope for us all.

But why?

God chooses the base things of the world to confound the wise and shame the proud so that no man may boast of themselves but glorify God.

1 Corinthians 1:27
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.

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Always With Love & respectfully yours – Laura πŸ’•

22 comments

  1. Laura, thanks for this! I voted for Trump because we needed a change. We actually needed a President who was/is a business man and not afraid of the naysayers. Trump opened the eyes of many to the truths I already knew.

    I try hard not to bash others for their political preferences. Just because they think differently than I do does not mean they should be attacked or shunned for those beliefs.

    Trump was good. Biden…well I keep quiet. The next one will cause a stink just like they all do.

    But each President is ordained by God to bring about His plan not ours.

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    • πŸ’•πŸ˜Š I couldn’t agree more.
      It reminds me of yet another principle that we need to apply or maybe 2. I keep telling my more adamant friends that if we are in a war for this country a basic biblical principle applies.
      A simple understanding of communication dictates that come at someone in a verbally aggressive manner, communication immediately shuts down. You have cause immediate offense and they can no longer hear you, unwilling to listen nor consider what you have to say and very likely that even if they would’ve agreed….will certainly not now. In war, it is important to build as large of an army as possible. The same is true here. We have but 1 source of power, it our vote. To win the “war” we must sway others to our side…to join our ranks. We cannot do that if we go at each other aggressive and with offense. I cannot win a friend mor ally by calling them an idiot. Lol
      But, we can patiently and respectfully listen and reply by speaking truth with love.
      This war cannot be won by force. It must be won by changing hearts and minds.
      My husband and I have tested this very thing. He being more rash and aggressive and I applying this principle over the last..2 years or so. He, remained in constant battle. The method I used was to constantly reaffirm my respect for and care for those I was dealing with. I listened and my responses were respectful, using parables, examples they could relate to and imparted facts and truths with loving kindness. The vehemently liberal acquaintances I engaged with, not only were willing to listen, weigh, consider, what I had to say but began to change their minds! These are not very strong conservatives who, have changed the hearts and minds of all of their friends as well.
      God is never wrong. πŸ’•

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    “He who is without sin, cast the first stone”

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  3. I love this post. God equips those He calls. You know, of Trump is really changing things around for the better then with all the great examples you cited it will be easy convincing people except those whose brains have been politically blocked. I also picked something for myself, no matter how bad the ruler is, just as Daniel was blessed despite the wickedness of the kings he served under, I will have my breakthrough as well, for God chooses all rulers.

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  4. I don’t argue politics with people; it is a waste of time. People are going to believe what they believe, and all of the discussion from both sides of the aisle seems to get everyone further entrenched in their own beliefs. No political party has the right to some type of morality claim.

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  5. You make some very interesting and valid points. I have many friends who feel similarly, though they rarely speak as respectfully! I will strive towards the respectfulness we all should strive for when I say diverge somewhat, however. I am somewhat an oddity, in that I am stuck in the middle as an independent. Four years ago, I knew I could not vote Clinton for obvious moral reasons. That was not at all a hard decision! But, I also had major reservations about Trump, regardless of rather passionate feelings about him from many evangelicals. I felt that gaining somewhat in policies was not necessarily enough of a motivation to essentially turn a blind eye to the lack of humbleness or morality I saw in him. So, I did what many consider the throwaway vote: I did a write-in. But, for me, that was what I felt was necessary to feel at peace with God, something that, in the end, matters a great deal more to me than gains in Washington. All this is temporal, after all, destined to get worse rather than better, before He comes and gets us. That was my philosophy then and four years later, remains so. Today, I find myself in similar quandary. Yes, I am not voting in a “boyfriend”, but, to me, a lack of morality in one area seeps into another. All of this would be moot, of course, if I saw evidence of repentance, the hallmark of everyone else you sited. I naturally cannot suppose what he has or hasn’t done in his own heart, but, the general demeanor hasn’t suggested it to me as of yet. Some might mention good things he’s done. I grant you that’s so. But, policy making that favors Christians isn’t necessarily the same to me as a humble admittance of sin to me. At any rate, I believe solidly in praying for him verses bashing .That’s a Biblical mandate, after all. I also believe in respectful discourse between people of differing opinions. I hope I achieved that here. Blessings to you.

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  6. And that is one of the biggest reasons why I no longer have any desire to social media. I got so tired of people, namely close friends and family, reacting to someone else’s opinion, decision or observation. The negativity, audacity and lack of unsolicited intellectual thought brought me down way too often. The anxiety that rises in me anytime I think I might get on and check to see how some people are doing, is intense.

    This is so powerful Laura. You just blow me away!

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    • Oh I completely understand! Social media has become so toxic! It’s become a platform for rants, infested with bullies and trolls who believe it gives them license to hold others in complete disregard. It does not bring out the best in most but sure exposes a great deal about others characters.
      Thank you so much, Friend.😊

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  7. Amen girl! I was listening to Joshua this morning on they way to work and thought with wonder about Rahab.

    The harlot in the king’s lineage!

    That’s a mighty God right there.

    My thing with Trump is that I didn’t vote for him for Pastor in Chief.

    I voted for him for President.

    Given the choice between Trump and Hilary I’d do the same thing all over again.

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