Chris­tians are War­mon­gers and Other Lies we are Fed

Antelope Valley Press - - RELIGION - Pas­tor Shane Idle­man

This is a fore­bod­ing time in our nation’s his­tory. While most sup­port the pres­i­dent’s de­ci­sion to re­move a top Ira­nian leader, some on the other side of the aisle are us­ing it as an op­por­tu­nity to rail against

him. I find it ironic that those who have the courage to kill an in­no­cent baby via abor­tion lack the courage to re­move a vi­cious ter­ror­ist.

The Bible re­veals that the devil is the prince of this world (Eph­e­sians 2:2); there­fore, we must pay close at­ten­tion to what we watch and lis­ten to—the in­flu­ence con­trol­ling the ma­jor­ity of the me­dia is ul­ti­mately con­trol­ling many Amer­i­cans. The godly prin­ci­ples of the Con­sti­tu­tion have all but been for­got­ten—the civil unrest is a clash of world­views. A lack of facts and a lot of lies are spark­ing unrest. Be­low are a few false ac­cu­sa­tions that were de­signed to create chaos in 2016. Do you think they’ll be used again in 2020? Ab­so­lutely.

TRUMP SUP­PORT­ERS ARE WAR­MON­GERS - The in­sti­tu­tion of gov­ern­ment was cre­ated by God to gov­ern man—to pro­tect, de­fend, and ad­min­is­ter jus­tice. Chris­tians are not “war­mon­gers”; rather, we rec­og­nize that there may come a time when war is nec­es­sary to re­strain evil and to pro­tect the in­no­cent. Amer­ica has in most cases been the pro­tec­tor rather than the bully. We don’t live in an ideal world or in one based on con­jec­ture and the­ory; we live in a very evil and wicked world. Re­gard­less of who is in the White House, turbulent times are com­ing. We want a leader who will seek the coun­sel of wise Chris­tian men and women, and who will thor­oughly re­strain evil: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD” (Psalm 33:12).

My guess is that as more facts come out in the weeks and months to come, Amer­i­cans are go­ing to see how deep our cor­rup­tion ran from 2008 to 2016. How we ac­tu­ally paci­fied ter­ror­ists and em­pow­ered them.

TRUMP SUP­PORT­ERS ARE RACIST - Of all the peo­ple I know who voted for Trump, not one is a racist. I’m clearly aware that some rad­i­cal groups en­dorsed him, but the vast ma­jor­ity of peo­ple de­sire unity. True Chris­tians do not see race or color … we seek unity at ev­ery turn.

TRUMP IS BAD FOR AMER­ICA. PEO­PLE WILL BE DE­NIED THEIR DUE - What due? We have cre­ated a sense of en­ti­tle­ment, not thank­ful­ness. Hard­work­ing peo­ple have been taken ad­van­tage of. The Bible says that if we don’t work, we don’t eat (2 Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans 3:10). The price of free­dom is never free. Granted, there are fam­i­lies that des­per­ately need help, and many churches are reach­ing out on a weekly ba­sis to those in need. While we should do what we can with wis­dom, giv­ing hand­outs to ev­ery­one who fills out a form is bad for Amer­ica. Nor is it bi­b­li­cal. If I open my home to ev­ery­one in my city to take food, I would not be able to pro­vide for my own fam­ily. Scrip­ture tells us any­one who does not pro­vide for their own house­hold has de­nied the faith and are worse than un­be­liev­ers (1 Ti­mothy 5:8). Plus, how many peo­ple take ad­van­tage of the sys­tem?

TRUMP MALE VOT­ERS ARE SEX­IST - Many rec­og­nize that the lan­guage Don­ald Trump used in the past is not ac­cept­able. He apol­o­gized. He hired a woman to run his first pres­i­den­tial cam­paign. He has sur­rounded him­self with a plethora of godly men and women. The most fright­en­ing fact is that half of Amer­i­cans agree with the stance on mur­der­ing chil­dren in the womb. God help us when we are called sex­ist and dis­crim­i­na­tory for guard­ing the un­born.

TRUMP SUP­PORT­ERS HAVE NO SYM­PA­THY FOR REFUGEES The vot­ers I know love refugees and im­mi­grants and have ac­tu­ally helped with food, lodg­ing, and jobs. But as a nation, our safety and pro­vi­sion must come first, then we can better serve those in need. When an air­plane loses cabin pres­sure, par­ents put on their oxy­gen masks first to better as­sist the child. This isn’t self­ish­ness; it’s wis­dom. Open­ing the bor­ders par­al­lels cabin pres­sure fall­ing and a limited sup­ply of masks. Our law en­force­ment of­fi­cers could not sus­tain the load, nor could our nation. Let’s stream­line the process and wel­come God-fear­ing im­mi­grants and have them con­trib­ute to so­ci­ety so ev­ery­one ben­e­fits.

TRUMP VOT­ERS ARE AGAINST THE LGBT COM­MU­NITY - The sup­port­ers I know have noth­ing but com­pas­sion for those trapped in sex­ual sin. Those who strongly be­lieve in the Bible and God’s will re­gard­ing sex­ual be­hav­ior also strongly be­lieve in un­con­di­tional love and for­give­ness. To say that Chris­tians hate or fear those trapped in the ho­mo­sex­ual lifestyle demon­strates a gross mis­un­der­stand­ing of the Chris­tian faith. To “con­front in love” sim­ply comes from a de­sire to honor God and to truly love and care for oth­ers. But we also must speak the truth in love, and the Bible is crystal clear on sex­ual sin, in­clud­ing ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity. “Be­ing a friend of sin­ners” doesn’t mean that we ap­prove of their lifestyle. Many Amer­i­cans, in­clud­ing Trump, are not against those with same-sex ten­den­cies, but we can­not ac­cept their agenda—from in­doc­tri­nat­ing young chil­dren to re­defin­ing mar­riage, these dan­ger­ous views have un­der­mined the health of so­ci­ety. That must be chal­lenged.

THE SO­LU­TION FOR ALL VOT­ERS - Choose hope not fear. Those who do not for­give or re­lease bit­ter­ness, anger, and hurt never ex­pe­ri­ence free­dom, hap­pi­ness, or gen­uine restora­tion. It all starts here. Eph­e­sians 4:31-32 (NKJV) en­cour­ages us to “let all bit­ter­ness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speak­ing be put away from you, with all mal­ice. And be kind to one another, ten­der­hearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ for­gave you.” John 10:10 is clear that Je­sus came to give us life, free­dom, and a re­la­tion­ship with God. He gave His life to reconcile man to God, which ul­ti­mately rec­on­ciles man to man. He is our only hope … the only source of true peace. Are you ex­pe­ri­enc­ing this peace? If not, that can change. You must trust in Him as Lord and Sav­ior. Re­pent and turn to Him: “If you con­fess with your mouth the Lord Je­sus and be­lieve in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Ro­mans 10:9 NKJV).

Shane Idle­man is the pas­tor of West­side Chris­tian Fel­low­ship Leona Val­ley, just 12 min­utes west of Palm­dale. Church ser­vices are Livestream­ed at 9am and 11am at WCFAV.org. Ques­tions? Call us at 661-270-0353.

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