Can We Still Claim Religion As a Shared Characteristic ?

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Religion is a funny thing. For many of us, we wear it like a necklace around our necks. It often comes up in conversations when addressing the concerns of today. However, how many of us are trying to practice it as Jesus would request?

21“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Matthew Chapter 7 NKJV

God knows the color of our heart, and our heart gives birth to our actions. Many of you talk about not liking Democrats due to their stance on homosexuality and abortion. However, I would like to call your attention to something.

Exodus 22:21 – Moses gives God’s law:  “You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien; for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.” 1 Corinthians 13:13, KJV: “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”

Immigration is a hot topic right now because our leaders are trying to cause attention to it. However, I want you to ask yourself what Jesus would do if he were at the wall? We are not talking about the criminals, we are talking about innocents people looking to make a better life.

This past year has been a giant teaching moment for our entire country. We have seen what a virus can do to even the strongest of nations. Here in Texas, we got a taste of global warming via a winter storm so unparalleled that many of us still carry some remnants with us today. Yet, we still argue. We still argue and pick up the same drama from pre-Covid America.

It’s time to put politics aside and think about right and wrong. If you claim the victory over two talking points, but you cannot honor the main objective of being a Christian, who are you? We are called to love and be a light. I used to get so angry when I watched movies showcasing Christians as being mentally unstable and cruel. Then you look at some of the people who take up the name Christian today, and you understand the reason behind it.

Part of the problem is that some of us aren’t studying the Bible anymore. We are going to Church and thinking that the preacher is supplying us all the knowledge we will ever need to call on.

 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2nd Timothy 2/15

This was the first bible verse I learned, and it never grows old.

For some of us who might not have understood pre-covid, now we should understand. Some of the countries that are seeing a mass decline are seeing it due to global warming. Global warming is affecting different regions in different ways. For us, it was a great freeze that killed an unknown amount of people. For those coming from hotter climate areas, it is hindering their ability to produce food. Due to what we encountered in Texas, I feel like we should be more open to helping others.

These situations are freak and devastating. Nobody is saying let anyone break the law. I am asking that we find it in our hearts to be kinder to our neighbors. This isn’t about undoing the law, it is about fulfilling God’s law. Hate has no place. We should be handing water and food to those behind the gates, not holding guns in their faces.

King James Version Matthew 25-35

For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

Why This Election Feels so urgent

I don’t think I have ever counted down an election or followed one as I follow the 2020 election. It is so stressful in many ways. I remember growing up listening to my father and mother talk about stressful times. Today, we are living in stressful times. Right now feels like an unforeseen pressure closing in on you, yet there is nothing you can do. There are many Americans hurting right now. It isn’t due to lockdowns, it is due to the lack of urgency in our government to tackle the problems from state to state. I live in Texas and we are not locked down, yet it doesn’t stop cars from lining up at food centers, in any given city. Our county will ramp up a new program to help homeless Texans in our area. Any idea how the new cases are forcing such a program to appear? COVID-19!

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I check the polls three and four times a day. Perhaps, it is out of fear, or it is because we have a lot to lose with this election. During the 2016 election, a lot of us did not know Trump; we only knew we were tired of politicians. Now that we have gotten a face full of who he is, it is clear, America does not need him as a leader.

I think Biden has a chance to do something unique. He has a chance to unite the country by uniting political parties. He is also a living lesson. Biden reminds me of Saul on the road to Damascus. He was persecuting Christians when he was stopped by God and asked why was he persecuting him. Saul’s heart was good. He thought he was doing the right thing for God until he learned how God felt. Then he would go on to be called Paul and would preach the word of the Lord across the world.

This was no easy task for Paul, who once was called Saul. The people knew him as this problematic person that dealt harshly with Christians. He would spend the rest of his life trying to undo the wrongs he committed and carry out God’s will. If Paul could be forged out of something the Lord made and turned into a compass for Christians, God can change the heart of anyone. Perhaps, we are changed by the sorrows we face.

I guess I see Biden’s problematic policies against black people, like myself, in that light. Somehow he learned to be better and to care about all people. Perhaps, that is the reason I support him. He was humbled, and now God can use him. I fear the secrets I cannot see, more than the secrets that aren’t so secret anymore.

Not to mention, the more Trump calls for his arrest, and his son’s arrest shows how un-American Trump is at this moment. Why is he calling for the forced removal of his political rivals? That is a very Russian thing to do, and it screams of scandal. A person with nothing to hide or nothing to fear doesn’t act this way. So, I am fearful. At this moment, I am heading into November with fear because I do not trust our leader. His heart remains hidden from the people.

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