Chris­tians might be sheep, but we’re not stupid

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - Farid Jalil, Hugh­esville

Though many Chris­tians may feel like sheep about to be sheared, their brave voices say Don­ald Trump is best for Amer­ica, and many peo­ple ask why.

Why in the world would de­vout and de­voted evan­gel­i­cal, Bi­ble-lov­ing, God-fear­ing Chris­tians and re­li­gious peo­ple vote for an un­apolo­getic, pit-bull­mouthed, Churchill-wannabe named Don­ald Trump? Maybe be­cause Chris­tians are not nar­row-minded, nosy, holier-than-thous or dum­mies, as of­ten la­beled by the lib­eral me­dia. Chris­tians are ev­ery­day Amer­i­cans, poor, mid­dle-class and wealthy, white-col­lar, blue-col­lar and dirty-col­lar of all na­tion­al­i­ties. We work to make life bet­ter for our­selves and others. We are the salt of the earth, and the hay in the barn­yards of the land that we love.

Let’s briefly look at the over­all con­di­tion we are in as a na­tion. Crime fes­ters from San Fran­cisco to New York City. We have cul­tural and racial in­fight­ing on a scale per­haps not seen since the Civil War. There is a flood of bro­ken fam­i­lies and miss­ing fa­thers. The prison and court sys­tem is over­bur­dened and un­der-bud­geted. High tax­a­tion and re­stric­tive reg­u­la­tions are clos­ing thou­sands of busi­nesses, and mov­ing others over­sea each year. Var­i­ous coun­tries have ex­pressed dis­gust with Amer­i­can lead­er­ship, and a few have re­cently played cat and tom with our mil­i­tary.

I sub­mit to you that the com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor of our prob­lems is that we have left the Chris­tian God out of our de­ci­sion-mak­ing as much as pos­si­ble. We don’t pub­licly pray enough, nor credit the creator and sus­tainer of all things pub­licly enough. Chris­tian­ity has be­come a moot point and a per­plex­ity if it ever has any bear­ing in the news to­day.

I re­cently heard that John Maxwell ac­tu­ally quoted Dr. Lee Rober­son when he said, “Ev­ery­thing rises and falls on lead­er­ship.” Is not this the man­date God has given to His fol­low­ers in the para­ble, “Oc­cupy ‘til I come”? Chris­tians need to speak up! “Ren­der to Cae­sar the things that are Cae­sar’s, and to God the things that are God’s,” our Lord Je­sus Christ de­clared.

Chris­tians are not choos­ing a na­tional pas­tor. Chris­tians can ob­vi­ously see which can­di­date has worked more for a liv­ing than talked for a liv­ing, among other things. Trump might be­come Amer­ica’s pit bull. Amer­ica’s Churchill. He is cer­tainly, un­apolo­get­i­cally, an all-Amer­i­can. If we give him a chance to im­prove Amer­ica, we might see it hap­pen.

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