Daily Readings: Joshua 11-12, Proverbs 11
If you love Trump and have even gotten this far to click on a link you saw, thank you! Before you read on, please take a few minutes to pray that God would allow you to spend the next three minutes reading with an open mind. Not an open mind towards what I have to say, but towards what scripture has to say. This isn’t a long read. If you aren’t going to take the full three minutes, feel free to just stop here. No worries!
We are in a world where not enough Christians spend time going back to the Bible for wisdom. We have a tendency to lean on cable news, talk radio and podcasts, social media, etc. As Christians, we have already been given the ultimate lens that we are called to return to over and over again to seek wisdom.
As a side note, I have voted for more Republicans over the last 18 years I have been able to vote than Democrats. I have some views aligned with each. This is not about that. This is not about tax policy, use of the military, health care, gun control, etc. You can be the most conservative person politically in the country. As a Christian, that does not mean you should blindly follow anyone who claims to be conservative as well. That does not mean that we should extol the virtues of anyone we feel is carrying the flag we align with.
I first wanted to write this post through a softer lens. I wanted to water everything down and not mention anyone by name in the spirit of not being seen as bias. I realized quickly that it would be far better to simply go to the Bible and let it speak for itself.
I am not going to tell you what to think of Donald Trump. I am simply imploring people to view Trump through the lens of what the Bible says and not through the lens of what Fox News, talk radio, or conservative social media says.
Let’s just look at a handful of passages from today’s readings alone. I will simply pose a question I would ask you to seriously consider instead of just brushing off after each verse. Come to your own conclusions.
“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2
I simply ask you to ignore all commentary from any other source than the President’s own words. Go scroll through the last 4 months of his Twitter feed and ask yourself if our leader is leading with humility.
“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.” Proverbs 11:3
Again, ignore all commentary and simply scroll through the last 18 months of his Twitter and see if this appears to be a man who leads his life with integrity as the cornerstone.
“Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.” Proverbs 11:12
Again, no commentary. Just Twitter.
“The Lord detests those whose hearts are perverse, but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.” Proverbs 11:20
Simply put, Trump cheated on a former wife with his current wife and then cheated on her with an adult film star while she was pregnant. Trump himself denies none of this. I am not saying we do not all have failings in our lives. We have all fallen short of the glory of God and that is why Christ came in the first place. However, if you are a Christian Trump advocator, I would simply ask you if you have ever heard him give the interview, read the quote in the magazine, etc. where he showed genuine remorse for these actions. Have you seen him express his brokenness and how thankful he is for a God that gives second chances?
No. In fact he brags about these things.
If you are a Trump supporter and a Christian, I have a serious question I beg for you to consider: If Barack Obama had been discovered to have had multiple affairs, a tape came out with him talking in his own voice about how he just starts kissing women without even asking, how you can simply “grab them by their…”, and how he paid hush money to an adult film star to keep their affair quiet during an election; would major evangelical leaders rush to Obama’s defense and say, “We have all fallen short! These attacks on Barack’s character are completely out of bounds?!”
“For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.” Proverbs 11:14
Here is a complete list of all of the advisors who Trump has either fired or who have resigned:
If you are still reading, thank you. Sincerely, thank you.
We live in a society where we tend to ignore any opinions that do not mirror our own or we simply read them with a closed mind and allow ourselves to be sent into a righteous fury over “how wrong this is!” I really appreciate you sticking with me.
It is ok to be conservative. Lots of my views are conservative as well.
That is not what this is about.
I will close with this:
“Hopes placed in mortals die with them; all the promise of their power comes to nothing.” Proverbs 11:6
The only man we should place our hope in is the man who went to the cross to pay the price for our sins.
In our time here on earth, political parties will rise and fall. Leaders will be exalted and then torn down. Our ability to reach others for Christ is so much more important than a single election cycle. Our allegiance to Christ is far more critical than throwing our allegiance behind a certain political figure.
Let’s not ruin our testimony.
Let’s spend less time with cable news and hearing what they have to say and more time with the Word of God seeking after true wisdom.
Thank you for reading today. This one was scary to write.
Thought to ponder
What have I allowed to shape my views recently other than the Bible and Christian community?
Daily Readings: Numbers 17-18, Psalm 41, 1 Corinthians 1
My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.”
Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?
1 Corinthians 1:10-13
I love this passage in 1 Corinthians because it is always a constant reminder to us to not get caught up in hero worship when it comes to our faith in Christ.
Throughout all of Christian history this has been happening. In today’s age with so many options for content consumption, we all end up gravitating towards books, blogs, podcasts or sermons from individuals that we really enjoy listening to or reading. There is nothing wrong with this on the surface of it, but Paul would warn us that this becomes dangerous when you start hearing more of, “Another thing Andy Stanley says is…” or “Rick Warren teaches that…” or “Joel Osteen believes that…” instead of, “Another thing Jesus taught was…” or “The Bible consistently shows us that…”
The Bible is the ultimate authority, not individual teachers of the Bible. Sometimes we need help interpreting God’s word, but ultimately we should always seek to keep God’s own word as the primary source!
Having authors, pastors, and speakers that you really connect with is not a bad thing and God has the ability to use these people to help draw you closer to him. That is the role of people called to ministry in different forms! However, when we start to trust any one given voice above the words of the Bible, it becomes a very dangerous proposition indeed.
This doesn’t simply go for issues within Christianity. If you listen to people today the vast majority of people turn to only a couple of sources when shaping their opinions on different topics. Once we find someone we connect with, we are all in!
Financial gurus, self help personalities, pundits on the right or the left, health and nutrition experts, etc.
None of these things are bad on the surface. In a lot of cases these folks can hold a great deal of value in helping us navigate complicated topics where they have a great deal more knowledge than we do if it is not our area of expertise. However, none of them are infallible. They are all human. It is always ok to seek out multiple sources of opinion so that you have a well-rounded view of any topic. Your ultimate understanding on that issue will be that much more thoroughly developed as a result of you not simply going with what one person has to say.
That brings us back to Christianity.
I love Paul. It would be incredibly natural for Paul to enjoy the fact that there are people in his corner proclaiming, “I follow Paul!” His response is perfect.
Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?
Ultimately, it is all about Jesus.
When it comes to reading articles or blogs, listening to sermons or podcasts, make sure that you come away focused on what the Bible has to say on the topic. When in a discussion with other Christian friends or folks you are trying to share the gospel with, keep it focused on Jesus.
It never hurts to have outside commentators you want to draw from in these discussions, but it is important to be careful that you use these outside sources to supplement the word of God and not fall into the trap of doing the opposite.
Remember, it is all about Jesus.
Thought to ponder
Whether in Christianity, finances, psychology, politics, or anywhere else, are there any people I look to a little too much? Are there any people that I find myself constantly agreeing with and not seeking outside knowledge on the topic to see things through another lens and have a more complete perspective on the topic? Do I unintentionally engage in hero worship?