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An Open Letter to Donald Trump


Dear Mr. Trump,

Congratulations on all but clinching the Republican nomination.  Unless you fall short of 1237 delegates needed before the Convention, and a new candidate rises from the ashes, you will be representing the Republican Party in November.  Since Ted Cruz emerged on the political scene a few years ago, I have been his fan, and supported his Presidential bid.  You must know I represent millions of Conservatives, disappointed at the outcome of this Primary and Caucus season.  I find it incredibly difficult to comprehend why “Conservatives” and “Evangelicals” chose to support your bid to be President of the United States.  That being said, I intend to support the Republican nominee, even if it’s you, in order to help defeat the Clinton Machine.  I would, however, like you to consider the following observations.

First, you claim to be a Christian, yet you boast of infidelity, slander opponents, and use profanity proficiently.  These behaviors alone create doubt that your stated “faith” is nothing more than a ploy to entice evangelicals to support you.  No, we’re not electing a National Pastor, but America needs a principled leader.  One whose word we can trust.

Second, for the last 7 years we’ve suffered greatly under miserable and dangerous leadership.  His distaste for American exceptionalism oozes from every speech, and any dissension draws harsh and painful consequences.  He especially hates a press that won’t get in line and carry his water.  Sound familiar?  Many Conservatives hoped to elect a President not only familiar with the Constitution but faithful to honor its implementation.  Please don’t model the behavior of Obama.  Restore dignity to the White House.  And by the way, graciousness and humility go a long way…..

Third, you waved a Bible while delivering a speech at Liberty University.  For the first time in my life, I witnessed a man raising the Word of God over his head, while cursing from the lecturn.  That Book you were waving….your Grandmother’s Bible…holds the key to wise leadership.  It instructs on how to relate to your fellow man.  Most importantly, the Bible explains how one can be guaranteed eternal life.  Mr. Trump, being a successful businessman and entrepreneur means nothing if you don’t have a personal relationship with God.  Recently, I heard one say the Bible is God’s cheat codes for life, but more than that it has given wisdom, insight, and comfort to some of America’s finest leaders.

“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” George Washington

“I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man.  All the good of the Savior of the world is communicated to us through the Book.” Abraham Lincoln

“Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.” Ronald Reagan

Many #NeverTrump people pledge to stay home or write in a third party candidate.  The odds of you defeating Hillary Clinton without their support is nil.  For you to possibly sway some to your side, there must be a stark change in both your attitudes and actions.  You have fences to mend and walls to tear down.  I pledge to pray for you daily and I’m challenging the rest of the Country to do the same.  But most importantly, Mr. Trump, I challenge you to read Proverbs 3:5-6 and apply these Scriptures to your life.

America’s thirsty for a leader in whom we can be proud.

Will you be that man?

Sincerely,

An American Pastor

 

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Yesterday Was a Bad Day


Yesterday, I woke to news that broke my heart.  Allegations surfaced against a man I’ve championed, cheered and commended to others…allegations of infidelity.  I sat in stunned silence, wondering how I could so wrongly judge a man’s character.  As of now, the charges are only hearsay, and he insists these accusations are nothing more than political smears, but time will tell.  If the claims hold true, I’ll be so disappointed and deeply hurt that this man let me down.  A man I’ve never met, but thought I knew anyway.  Ted Cruz.

Later in the day, when I found out the source of the story, I cheered a bit.  The National Enquirer broke the news.  This is the same tabloid responsible for articles like “Boy Reads with His Ears,” and “Bigfoot Imprisons Lumberjack as Love Slave.”  The magazine’s propensity for the bizarre and unsubstantiated does little to qualify the publication as a reputable source.  Now, some with sources at the Enquirer say the story is a complete fabrication, concocted by the Rubio camp, but readily printed by the owner of the paper, David Pecker.  Pecker and Trump pal around on occasion.  So, maybe the story’s false and I can continue to support the only Constitutional Conservative remaining in the race.

The disappointment and disillusionment I suffered yesterday reminded me of another time in history when faithful supporters of a Man were devastated when they thought they had misjudged their leader.

For almost 3 years, the Disciples followed Jesus, witnessing miracles and hearing authoritative teaching.  The majority believed this Man was truly the Messiah and would conquer the Roman government, establishing His Kingdom upon the earth.  But these hopes came crashing down when the authorities arrested Jesus and sentenced Him to death.  Most of the Disciples scattered when the religious leaders and soldiers dragged Jesus off to Pilate.  I’m certain men like Peter, James, and John wondered why Jesus, the man able to walk on water and raise the dead, submitted to this arrest.  Why didn’t He resist?  Why didn’t He call upon His Father in heaven?  Had they wasted three years of their lives following an impostor?

After the crucifixion the closest followers of Jesus slunk away into the shadows, fearing for their own lives.  Had His ministry been a sham?  Was He a complete fraud able to deceive multitudes of people with His showmanship and captivating speech?  Were the religious leaders correct in accusing Jesus of being possessed by demons?  I picture the Disciples sitting in a dark room, debating the possibilities.  All battling disappointment and discouragement, devastated by great loss.  Blinded by crushing pain, the disciples failed to remember the teachings of Jesus about His sacrificial death and imminent resurrection.  The loss unspeakable; they hide to save their own necks.  None spoke of the future for a life running from the authorities depressed even the heartiest of souls.

But Sunday was coming.

 

Why Not Respectability?


A few days ago, my 11 year old posed the following question:  Dad, who have been your favorite Presidents. I thought a moment and responded, “Lincoln, Reagan, Washington, not necessarily in that order.” He followed up with another question: Why? Several thoughts came to mind, but I limited my answer to two reasons. They were respectable men, acknowledging the importance of God to help direct the course of a Nation.  My son considered my response then asked the $64,000 question.  If those traits are important, then why are people so excited about Trump?

 

I’ve tuned into each Republican Debate, watching with great interest the back and forth between the frontrunner, Trump, and the other Candidates contending for the Republican nomination.  My two oldest occasionally sit and watch the drama unfold.  Both question the facial expressions and mannerisms of Trump, his disrespect for his opponents and anyone who questions his ideology or his ability to lead.  The last debate stooped to a new low as Trump and Rubio sparred over his hand size and how that directly correlates to another physical attribute.  Maybe I’m too young to remember, but did any of this crude diatribe occur between Reagan and Carter.  I don’t even think Bill Clinton stooped this low…well, at least on the debate stage.

 

Sadly, our culture has devolved into a society of celebrity worship.  For whatever reason, we tend to accept the mudslinging, the profane, and the over-the-top antics of celebrities, explaining away the behavior as “that’s just Hollywood.”  Can anyone imagine Donald Trump leading the pack had he not hosted a successful reality show for years?

 

Are any of the candidates perfect?  Of course not, but at least some act with Presidential decorum.  Imagine for a moment Trump hosting a press conference with Putin in the Rose Garden.  Putin expresses a dissenting view of President Trump’s ideology and “the Donald” shrugs, makes faces, snorts, and calls him “Little Putin?”  Is he truly the man we want representing the United States of America?

 

American made history when electing Obama, the first bi-racial individual to hold the highest office in the land.  Many people voted for Obama, not because of his policies or his experience, but because he was a “rock star” in the Democrat party, a celebrity of sorts, and they wanted to help America do something that had never been done before.  (Why they re-elected him, I’ll never know….)Voting for Trump because he starred on the Apprentice, makes as much sense as voting for a Candidate that’s under FBI investigation.

 

And maybe the single most important reason for not supporting Trump is his answer on repentance.  When asked if he’d ever confessed his sin, he said no and suggested it was better to keep God out of his mistakes.  A man who thinks God isn’t necessary for forgiveness is a man determined to govern a Country without the leading Hand of Providence.  Can America survive another four to eight years of a Narcissist and Chief in the Oval Office?  Only by the grace of God…..

 

Oh, and by the way….if you believe Mexico’s going to pay for the wall, I’ve got some prime ocean front property for sale….in Arizona.

Is Ted Cruz an Evangelical Christian?


Occasionally I suffer writer’s block, so when a friend challenges me with a topic, I dive into the research, grabbing the bull by the horns.  Recently, I was asked to delve into the religious beliefs of Presidential Candidate and Texas Senator, Ted Cruz.  After reading through multiple blogs and combing several articles posted by main stream media outlets, I’m ready to record my findings.

Ted Cruz accepted Christ at the tender age of 8 years old, following the Lord in Baptism shortly later at Clay Road Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.  Pastor Gaylen Wiley of Clay Road administered the ordinance of Baptism, and says of the candidate,

“Ted was just like all the other kids, except he had the IQ of his father.  He was three stages ahead {of the other children}.

As a teenager, Cruz attended Second Baptist High School in Houston.

Whereas some young people leave the church after pursuing higher education, Cruz has faithfully followed Christ his entire lifetime.  In his 2012 Senate bid, Cruz aimed his efforts on winning the hearts of social conservatives and to kick-off his Presidential campaign, he announced his intention to run at ultra-conservative Liberty University.

The right of religious liberty drives the Cruz Camp.  Senator Cruz believes a person’s religious beliefs should be protected even if it conflicts with the law of the land.  And his words can be backed up with actions.  As Solicitor General of Texas, he fought for the “constitutionality of the Ten Commandments’ monument” at the Texas State Capitol and the words ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance.  And, when Indiana passed a law disallowing the Government to strong arm Christians into participating in same sex marriage ceremonies, Cruz affirmed the state’s decision.  He said,

“I commend the state of Indiana for doing the right thing.  Religious liberty is not some cockamamie new theory the Indiana legislature just figured out yesterday.  It was literally among the founding principles of our nation…”

In recent days, both the Trump and Rubio camps have charged Cruz with lying and utilizing underhanded tactics.  Cruz brushes off the charges, insisting he’s operating above board and that he’s being targeted because he’s a force to be reckoned with in the bid for the Republican Presidential nomination.

I don’t know the man personally. I’ve only observed his work via means of the Internet and television.  That being said, Cruz appears to be the real deal.  When he voices an unpopular view based upon his principles and values, he doesn’t “evolve” on the issue but sticks to his guns.  Of course this practice fails to win over many people from the Washington Establishment, but isn’t that the point?  America needs a leader who fears God more than popularity polls.

Is Ted Cruz perfect?  Absolutely not and he’d be the first person to admit as much.  However, he’s a man who knows and understands the power of Redemption and firmly believes that if a Country focuses once again upon the Constitution and the God of its founding, truly we can speak anew of Reagan’s vision of America,

“I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life…. And how stands the city on this winter night? … After 200 years, two centuries, she still stands strong and true to the granite ridge, and her glow has held no matter what storm. And she’s still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom…”

Possibly Ted Cruz’s most welcomed endorsement comes from one who knows him quite well both on and off the political field, Greg Matte, Senior Pastor at Houston First Baptist Church. Reverend Matte says,

“I consider it an honor to be the Cruz family’s pastor.  We all know Senator Cruz as a brilliant, strong, and confident leader, unswervingly handling the Constitution with respect and wisdom. But I also know him as a husband, father, and friend. We have eaten hot dogs in our church’s gym as our kids played, walked in the park as our kids rode bikes together and our wives talked, and eaten pizza by the pool on a summer evening as our children swam. Ted Cruz is in touch with the normal routines of every day life while also being outstanding in dealing with the complex issues of our day. This combination of character and competence gives me confidence that, under Ted’s leadership, America can once again head in the right direction. Because of what I have seen of Ted Cruz, as a father, a husband, and a Christian, both in and out of the political arena, I heartily give my personal endorsement to Ted Cruz as our next president.”

America needs a Godly leader.

America needs a person dedicated to observing and honoring the Constitution of the United States.

Does America need Ted Cruz?

You be the judge.

 

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