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Can A Leopard Change Its Spots?


Before I get started, I want to say this will be my last political post at least until after the primaries are over. There are many other worthwhile topics to discuss. Though maybe none more pressing.

And while I know there are many brothers and sisters in Christ who don’t agree with me, I feel compelled to speak this once more. Call it a warning, or, if you’d like, the ravings of a misinformed, out of touch, Christian who loves his God and his country.

Your choice.

I’m a little dismayed, I think. I really try hard not to take politics too seriously, but this year is different; for me, anyway.

I listen carefully to the candidates and all their selling points, plus all the wonderful things they have to say about their opponents; the other Republican candidates. The ones supposedly from the same party.

And I cannot figure out why there are so many people who say they believe in God the same as I do, who keep pulling the lever for Mr. Trump.

Here are some of the reasons my friends and fellow evangelicals give for riding the Trump bandwagon.

1. He’s not a politician. But that’s not true. He’s involved in politics, he just hasn’t been elected. Nor is it the first time he’s played the game. It’s just the first time he’s played this long.

2. He’s expressing the views of the majority of Americans. Is he? And, if so, does that mean he’s right?

3. He has a lot of great ideas; ideas which will make this country great again. Wonderful. But has he explained HOW he’s going to implement any of the wonderful changes? I don’t believe so.

4. He’s passionate about this country. I can’t tell what’s in a person’s heart, and neither can you. But it is possible to review how he’s acted in the past (when he wasn’t running for office).

5. He’s better than Hillary or Bernie. Is he? How do we know? Some answer my question with “He’s a Republican, isn’t he?”, to which I must reply, “That’s what he says.”

 

But like the prophet Jeremiah wrote, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots? Then also you can do good who are accustomed to do evil” (Jeremiah 13:23 ESV).

 

The obvious answer to the prophet’s question is no.

People tell me, “But with God, all things are possible.” Yes, amen. WITH GOD, all things are possible. WITH GOD, the dead become alive, the old is made new, and the reprobate becomes a child of God.

WITH GOD, it would even be possible for a leopard to change its spots. 

But if a person is so bent on living their life WITHOUT GOD, how much credence should we give their words when they try to sell us on ideas that are completely opposite of their pre campaign position?

And when the very words of the man in question declare emphatically that he likes “to be good. I don’t like to have to ask for forgiveness. And I am good. I don’t do a lot of things that are bad. I try to do nothing that is bad.” What are we really to believe?

Just how much change can we expect from him? Enough to trust he’ll do what the campaigning Trump said, or what the old Trump said?

6. We’re not voting on a pastor. That’s the one I really love. Character, morality, ethics, none of that matter because we’re not voting for a chaplain.

Really? Maybe I’m slow, so please help me understand. WHY isn’t character important? 

It’s been a number of years, but I can remember one candidate getting knocked out of the race because of his moral flaws. Does anyone remember the names Gary Hart and Donna Rice?

It meant something then. Were we wrong then? Or have we, in the name of tolerance, compromised OUR morals?

So why is character important? Because the President of the United States should be aboveboard, trustworthy, and not some proverbial joke to the rest of the world.

 

The thing that made this nation great cannot be found in Mr. Trump.

 

You see, it wasn’t gall, ego, temper tantrums, vulgarity, grand oration, or even the ability to make awesome deals that made America great.

It was people with a dream AND character. It was people with trust in and submission to God’s laws that gave this nation a chance to succeed.

I suppose I could be wrong. I reckon it just may be God’s will for Trump to win the Republican nomination. It could be.

Or it could be that America has become so spoiled and self centered God isn’t going to care either way. 

And why not? Israel finally got their way. They finally got a great man for a king.

King Saul.

Things didn’t turn out so well, but God’s people got what they wanted.

Just don’t start whining if you get the one you just had to have, only to find out the leopard’s spots are still the same.

It’ll be too late, then.

The Pope and Mister Trump

Well, the political jargon is on the rise. Today, even Pope Francis got involved. 

He said, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not a Christian. This is not the Gospel.” He was responding to a question about Trump’s promise to build a wall between Mexico and the United States.

And of course, good ol’ Turbulent Trump wasn’t about to let that slide. After all, he’s the epitome of Christian character; everyone knows that. His response? “For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful.”

Brilliant.

I think Trump’s response is not only silly, but totally unfounded in the scriptures. But what should I expect from a guy who CLAIMS to be a Christian, but in real life acts as though he believes HE is God. 

My opinion, folks. My opinion.

Anyone, like Mr. Trump, who says in essence, “I’ve never felt the need to repent”, doesn’t understand what a Christian is. 

On the other hand, I don’t believe the Gospel is about building bridges, either. 

It IS ABOUT God building a bridge between mankind and HIMSELF. Jesus Christ is THE BRIDGE; the Divine Intercessor. The One Who took our place on the cross, so we could have eternal fellowship with the Father God.

One Mediator between God and man; the man, Christ Jesus. 

“For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity – the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.” (1 Timothy 2:5-6 NLT)

“For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5:19-21 NLT)

Questioning one’s faith is not something new to this election cycle. In fact, it began way back, about 6,000 years ago. Just outside the Garden of Eden, God questioned Cain’s faith. He received Abel’s offering, but ignored Cain’s. And it caused Cain’s true heart to be revealed.

It is amazing what can be revealed simply by telling someone “NO”.

David questioned the faith of those who said they wanted to help him become the king of all Israel, not just Judah. 

Paul questioned the faith of Peter, in Galatians chapter 2.

It was Paul who also said, “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8-9 ESV)

In other words, the illustrious Mr. Trump doesn’t know any more about God’s word than he does about giving speeches that aren’t laced with some level of profanity.
But, like Jesus said, “By their fruits you shall know them.” Fruits = actions, not words.

There are some who say faith isn’t important when it comes to electing a president for the land of the free. But is that really so? And if it is, shouldn’t we question a person’s faith? 

A person, whether a president or a hamburger flipper, lives in accordance to what they believe. What they believe affects the way they interact with others, the decisions they make, whether or not they can learn from someone else, how they judge others, and HOW THE GOVERN.

So a person who ACTS as though they can NEVER be wrong about ANYTHING isn’t one who would make a very good president.

Again, my opinion.

Trump for President? Nah. I don’t believe he’ll do all he’s promised, because I don’t believe he really WANTS to do all he’s promised.

He claims one thing, but lives completely different. 

As for the Pope? Well, he does have a large audience, but I don’t think we need a bridge built between the south and the north. 

There’s already a superhighway. 

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