Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hope For Our Nation?


Dear Friends,

For 221 years America has been a nation with Judeo-Christian values but in the last eight years, the population of Christian-hating atheists has exploded and our Nation’s values have been turned upside down. We read that Bibles contain “hate speech” and are pulled from library shelves. Employees are terminated for wearing a cross. Prayer is prohibited in schools, but the school’s Common Core curriculum requires that the Five Tenets of Islam be taught our children. Military officers are disciplined for having a visible Bible, chaplains are not permitted to pray in the name of Jesus Christ and Christmas trees are forbidden in VA Hospitals. Why this sudden increased hostility and intolerance toward Christian beliefs? 

Former-president Obama promised to “fundamentally transform America” and declared immediately after his inauguration that under his administration, “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation.” How did this Christian nation of ours become so secularized during these few short years? 

While the President gives general over-all guidance, those in his Administration and his Cabinet are the ones who most directly shape our Nation through their policy-making decisions. Our former-president, appointed liberal progressive politicians, like himself, to Cabinet and key positions. Demographically, 31% of these solid liberals are atheists who are leading the war against Christianity. 33% of political liberals self-identify as “progressive Christians” who consider Evangelical Christians to be their enemy, interpret scripture through the filter of today’s cultural worldview and believe that their faith requires them to attain social justice through political activism. Only about 6% of political liberals are Evangelical Christians who believe in the Bible as “God's inspired Word to humankind, perfect in truth in the original text and believe it is the final authority in all matters of doctrine and faith – above all human authority.” I could not find a single Evangelical Christian in Mr. Obama’s Cabinet or who was in a key administrative policy-making position.

Now, contrast the out-going Cabinet and Administration with our new President’s proposed Administration and Cabinet:

Mike Pence, Vice President. Strong Evangelical Christian. “My Christian faith is at the heart of who I am.” As Trump wheels and deals on the international scene with other nations, Pence will be the top politician who focuses on the administration of our own Nation and who has the ability to reverse the damage done by  the recent attacks against America’s traditional Christian values.

Reince Priebus, Chief of Staff. (Some former presidents and vice-presidents believed that the Chief of Staff is the most powerful position after the President himself.) Priebus is Greek Orthodox, a Bible study leader and leader of the young married Christian couples at his church. As the chairman of the GOP, Priebus released an Easter message saying: "As our church has done for generations, we celebrate the resurrection of Christ and the love of God in providing a Savior. Just as the first Christians praised God at the sight of the empty tomb, we too praise our good and merciful God today for his victory over the grave"

Dr Ben Carson, proposed head of Housing and Urban Development. Evangelical Christian. Lay preacher in Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Rex Tillerson, proposed Secretary of State. Devout life-long Christian who attends and tithes to a Congregational church and teaches a Bible study.

Scott Pruitt, proposed head of Environmental Protection Agency. Evangelical Christian. Deacon at First Baptist Church in Broken Arrow, Okla.

Andrew Puzder, proposed Secretary of Labor. Described by those who know him as a man with a “deep Catholic faith.”

Sean Spicer, Press Secretary. Graduate of Catholic school at a New England Benedictine Abbey. “My personal relationship with God is the most important thing in my life.”

Betsy DeVos, proposed head of the Department of Education. Evangelical Christian with deep roots in the Christian Reformed denomination. Graduated from Calvin College and attends one of our Nation’s largest megachurches.

Jeff Sessons, proposed Attorney General. Methodist. Lay leader at his church and a Sunday School teacher.

Lt Gen. Michael T. Flynn, National Security Advisor. Devout Irish-Catholic.

Mike Pompeo, proposed Director of CIA. Deacon at Eastminister Presbyterian Church. Sunday School teacher.

Nikki Haley, proposed Ambassador to the United Nations. Convert to Christianity as an adult. “My faith in Christ has a profound impact on my daily life and I look to Him for guidence in every decison I make.” She attends a Methodist Church.

Tom Price, proposed head of Department of Health and Human Services. Grew up Methodist now active in Presbyterian church.

Rick Perry, proposed Energy Secretary. Evangelical Christian who attends a non-denominational Texas megachurch.

Ken Blackwell, Domestic Policy Advisor. Evangelical Christian. Senior Advisor at Family Research Council.

Our last President put more atheists in key policy-making positions than any other President. Our next President will be putting more Evangelical and committed Christians in key policy-making positions than any other president in our lifetime, and I’m thinking that he may be wiser than his celebrity persona might lead one to believe. Christian believers can have hope today for the political and cultural future of our Nation because, through the grace of God, and the influence of strong Christian men and women in Trump’s life, we are seeing a Biblical principle in our new President’s Cabinet and Administration picks.... “Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.” Proverbs 12:15 NLT “Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers.” Proverbs 11:14 NLT “...in a multitude of counselors there is safety.” Proverbs 24:6   Amen?

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