Before I delve into this question, let it be said, no matter who is in office, whether or not we voted for them, the Bible commands us to give them respect and honor (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-17). We should also be praying for those placed in authority over us (Colossians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; 1 Timothy 2:2). The utter hatred expressed towards President Trump by many liberals, and towards President Obama by many conservatives, is ungodly and unbiblical. We can vehemently disagree with our political leaders, and we can strongly oppose their policies, but that does not negate the biblical commands to submit to and honor them.
Politics is always going to be a difficult issue for Christians. We are in this world but are not to be of this world (1 John 2:15). We can be involved in politics, but we should not be obsessed with politics. Ultimately, we are to be heavenly-minded, more concerned with the things of God than the things of this world (Colossians 3:1-2). As believers in Jesus Christ, we are all members of the same political party â€” monarchists who are waiting for their King to return (Revelation 19:11-16). That is the most important thing to remember. Politics is not a solution. Jesus is the solution. No politician, no government is ever going to solve all of the problems in this world. Only Jesus Christ can accomplish that, and one day, He will (Revelation 21—22).
Aside from abortion, I see a great deal of freedom regarding a Christian’s political views. Biblically speaking, abortion is the murder of a human being created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27; 9:6; Exodus 21:22-25; Psalm 139:13-16; Jeremiah 1:5). That a Christian should be pro-life would seem, to me, abundantly biblically clear. With most other political issues, however, there are not explicitly biblical commands or principles.
Take universal healthcare for example. Should a government force everyone to pay into a system so that healthcare is available for everyone? This sounds like a noble idea. Surely everyone having access to healthcare is a good thing. But, is a government forcing everyone to pay the right method? Take social programs for example (social security, welfare). Yes, we are to care for the poor, orphans, and the elderly (James 1:27). But, biblically speaking, is this the responsibility of the government, or of the body of Christ? Should the government, through taxation, force people to help the poor? Or, should people have the freedom to help the poor, or not help the poor, based on their own convictions and abilities?
Conservatives prefer smaller government, less taxation, less regulation, and more freedom. Liberals/progressives are willing to sacrifice some freedom in order to accomplish what they believe to be the greater good. Conservatives are wary of government, recognizing that as governments grow they begin to oppress people. Liberals/progressives believe government coercion is the only way to get people to help the less fortunate. Conservatives believe a limited government is key to a free and prosperous society. Liberals/progressives believe that some freedom and prosperity should be sacrificed in favor of providing a safety net for the poor.
Let me make this abundantly clear. While I have a general distaste for politicians no matter the party they belong to, I am unashamedly politically conservative. I have a severe distrust of government. I believe it is the most inefficient and ineffective way to accomplish most things. While I strongly disagree with liberals/progressives on most political issues, and while I believe liberals/progressives are terribly misguided and naive about what big government will eventually result in, I strive to not question their motives. At the same time, while I find myself in agreement with conservative politicians on most issues, I do not believe electing Republicans is the answer to everything. For me, very sadly, the main difference between Republicans and Democrats is how quickly they want to drive the car towards the cliff.
Simply put, I do not believe the government is the solution for everything. I think conservative politics is a better choice than liberal/progressive politics, but I do not place any faith, trust, or hope in politicians to fix what is wrong with the world. “Come Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20)
These “birth pains” are described in detail in Revelation 6-12 Part of the purpose of the Tribulation is to bring Israel back to the Lord.
It is common for people to seek to demonize those with whom they disagree politically. Calling a person the Antichrist is essentially declaring him/her to be Satan incarnate. Some on the far right were and still are, convinced that former President Barack Obama was or is the Antichrist. Some who hold to far-left political views were convinced that President George Bush was the Antichrist. Now those who disagree with the political views of President Donald Trump are throwing the Antichrist label at him as well. This political demonization is ridiculous, as the biblical indicators of who is the Antichrist have nothing to do with conservative or progressive politics.
Second, Christians in the United States tend to forget that the end times revolve around the nation of Israel, not the United States. The Bible nowhere explicitly prophesies the existence of the United States. While the United States may have a role in the end times or be somehow associated with the Antichrist, it is also possible that the United States will not even exist in the end times. The “Americanization” of Bible prophecy is unwarranted.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday declared himself “the Chosen One” as he defended his administration’s actions in the ongoing U.S.-China trade war.
The president’s self-aggrandizing remark followed a string of criticisms aimed at his predecessors, whom he claimed had ignored the consequences of China’s trade practices.
“This isn’t my trade war, this is a trade war that should have taken place a long time ago,” Trump told reporters outside the White House.
“Somebody had to do it,” the president said. He added, while looking to the heavens: “I am the Chosen One.”
Trump continued: “Somebody had to do it, so I’m taking on China. I’m taking on China on trade, and you know what? We’re winning.”
“I was put here by people,” the president said. “I was put here by people to do a great job. And that’s what I’m doing.”
Earlier Wednesday, Trump retweeted a right-wing pundit’s flattering, messiah-flavored comments about the president’s support in Israel.
“The Jewish people in Israel love him like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God,” said that supporter, Wayne Allyn Root.
“Thank you to Wayne Allyn Root for the very nice words. “President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world…and the Jewish people in Israel love him….89.1K6:34 AM – Aug 21, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy40K people are talking about this
….like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God…But American Jews don’t know him or like him. They don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore. It makes no sense! But that’s OK if he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s good for…..
…..all Jews, Blacks, Gays, everyone. And importantly, he’s good for everyone in America who wants a job.” Wow! @newsmax @foxandfriends @OANN66.9K6:34 AM – Aug 21, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy28.2K people are talking about this
The Trump administration is gearing up to slap new tariffs on billions of dollars’ worth of Chinese imports. Trump has already imposed 25% tariffs on roughly $250 billion in Chinese goods and has vowed to apply 10% duties to about all remaining Chinese imports by mid-December.
Some of those tariffs will go into effect Sept. 1, while other was recently delayed until Dec. 15 to avoid harming U.S. consumers during the holiday season.
Beijing has retaliated by taxing about $110 billion in U.S. imports, and more recently by announcing that it would no longer buy U.S. agriculture products.
Trump spoke before traveling to Kentucky, where he was scheduled to speak at a convention for U.S. veterans. Source
A new trend developing on the right that the old political adversaries are deadly enemies and that the US is headed for a profound, perhaps bloody crisis, CIVIL WAR….
Hostility is increasing, in my view, because of the left’s “intolerance”, incivility and willingness to use federal institutions to get its way. Only a recommitment to federalism – ie letting socially conservative states pursue socially conservative policies without federal interference – will divert us from the road to bloodshed. The fault lies with “those who have given up on the power of argument to persuade and have resorted to force”. You may have guessed that I am not referring to the alt-right.
“In other words, one would rather risk death in mortal combat than exercise patience and argumentation within the strictures of our rulebook, the constitution. Such a stance only makes sense if one believes – like the slaveholders and extreme abolitionists did of the Lincolnian Republicans – that the opposition represents an existential threat that politics cannot resolve. “Such a stance only makes sense if one has completely lost faith in the constitution. If people no longer believe that ballots are a sufficient substitute for bullets, then violence is the logical consequence.”
The people spreading concrete information on the dangers of globalism are accomplishing far more than those sitting around buying bitcoin or passing around Q-cult nonsense.
Jesus chastised religious leaders in the first century for not knowing the time of His arrival. Will we make the same mistake today? Christ stated how His second coming would be preceded by global events signifying the end of our age. We may not know the day or the hour, but we can know the season!
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” (Joel 2:28.)
Education is useless without the bible (Daniel Webster)
“Courage is as “fear that has said its prayers.”
John Wesley who said that what we tolerate in our generation, will be embraced by the next. Wesley is 100% correct! We are living in sick times.
Usually, the Lord doth no great thing for or against his people, without giving warning of it before it comes.
They perverted justice among themselves (v. 7): “You turn judgment to wormwood, that is, you make your administrations of justice bitter and nauseous, and highly displeasing both to God and man.’’ That fruit has become a weed, a weed in the garden; as nothing is more venerable, nothing more valuable, than justice duly administered, so nothing is more hurtful, nothing more abominable, than designedly doing wrong under color and pretense of doing right. Corruptio optimi est pessima —The best, when corrupted, becomes the worst.
It is impossible to find anyone in the Bible who was a power for God who did not have enemies and was not hated.
2 Corinthians 4:8-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
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