Monday, August 10, 2015

Ditch the Debate Drama

    Monday,  August 10, 2015

                Presidential politics--Don't get caught up in the debate

Much has been written about the crowded field of Republican presidential candidates,
especially how one of them is taking the lead by being rogue and aggressive. For me,
it is too early to tell which of the candidates would be the best leader. I need to hear
and see more. One thing for certain, one of them will arise as the party's nominee and
the overwhelming Christian majority in this country needs to have a say in who that is.

On the Democratic side, it is much easier to discern because of their support for the
current Administration, past records and statements. Christians need to examine these
candidates carefully as well. For all the candidates, we must look beneath what they
say to what they do.

Bernie Sanders, D-Vt, is a 73 year old self-proclaimed socialist. Need I say more?
Hillary Clinton is more politically astute to publicly call herself a socialist, but she is
probably more socialist than Sanders. She also has a longstanding track record littered
with accusations of misdeeds, investigations and possible criminal activity. Former
Governor of Maryland, Martin O'Malley is probably less socialist than the other two,
but financial ruin follows in the wake of his presence. He was once mayor of Baltimore,
where he did a terrible job. As Governor of Maryland, taxes were raised, deficits were
raised, jobs were lost, businesses moved out, and he even passed a rain tax for
homeowners. Yes, you read me right.

The Republican side has so many candidates right now that it is difficult to pick one or
two as frontrunners. But don't be fooled by the "Republican" moniker. There are many
"GOP" candidates who, like their Democratic counterparts, have supported socialist
government--if not by their vote, by their passivity in opposing such. They, too, are unfit.
Donald Trump is the frontrunner. He is saying out-loud what many are thinking should
be said. But beware of his lack of statesmanship, his ego-fueled temper and abrasive
personality. The left-wing news media is reporting on him with hopes of painting the
entire party as his reflection. They would prefer a liberal masquerader such as Jeb
Bush. Beware.

So how does one discern?

Jesus warned us about false prophets as ravenous wolves in Matthew 7:16 "You shall
know them by their fruits."

This applies to political candidates as well. Actions speak louder than words. Find out
what they have done and what they do.

Jethro's Advice to Moses in Exodus 18:21 about selecting leaders should be foremost in
our minds as we consider our vote: "Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people
able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness.."

Remember socialism seeks to abolish all religion and morals as it is a polite way of saying
communism.  It (socialism) is against God.

At this point, if you are selecting from a Christian worldview, you have your work cut out for you.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson

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