Is America the “city set on a hill”?

14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, …

Is America the “city set on a hill”?

Politics Have No Place in the Pulpit

If there is one thing that has struck me as we came to the conclusion of 2020, it is that politics have somehow been introduced into many pulpits. I …

Politics Have No Place in the Pulpit

JESUS SAID… “My kingdom is not of this world”

In early March I posted about Vice President Pence meeting with Pope Francis…

VP MIKE PENCE MEETS WITH POPE: “FELT LIKE COMING HOME”

Now we hear about President Trump’s conference call on Saturday with over 600 Roman Catholic leaders, including New York City Cardinal Timothy Dolan…

“In his opening remarks, the president thanked Catholic educators for their efforts in distance learning during the pandemic, as well as the spiritual support they are providing to families. Citing his own childhood of growing up next to a Catholic parish and school in Queens, New York, the president characterized Catholic schools as ‘a source of strength, hope, opportunity for communities across the country.’” (Source cruxnow)

We look at the Democratic Party and see support for abortion, the murder of babies.

We look at the Republican Party and see praise for Roman Catholicism, the murderer of souls.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: … John 10:10

We are to pray for those in authority, but our confidence and hope is only in Jesus, remembering that Jesus said…

My kingdom is not of this world… John 18:36

This beautiful portion of Scripture comes to mind…

2 Samuel 22

1  And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:

2  And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;

3  The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

4  I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

5  When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid;

6  The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;

7  In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.

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Learn about Salvation here.

GIVE US A KING

Disturbing news.

Trump won the election.

Trump will be our new President.

(Not saying that Hillary was the answer.)

The Evangelical Christians who voted for Trump got what they wanted.

BUT…

Will they want what they got?

GIVE US A KING

1 Samuel 8

Israel Demands a King

1And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel. 2Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba. 3And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.

4Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, 5And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations. 6But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD. 7And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. 8According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee. 9Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.

Samuel’s Warning About Kings

10And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king. 11And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. 12And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. 13And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. 14And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. 15And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants. 16And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. 17He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants. 18And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.

God Grants the Request

19Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us; 20That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles. 21And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the LORD. 22And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city.

SIGNS OF THE TIMES – Christianity & Politics, An Unholy Alliance

The way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

2 Peter 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

Peacemakers is a Christian blog, so I don’t usually talk about politics, but with so many evangelicals involved in our political world I feel it is appropriate and even necessary to comment at this time.  The focus of this post is Evangelicals in politics, not the endorsement of any presidential candidate.  

Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, has praised Russia’s authoritarian Vladimir Putin saying …

Mr Putin had…

“great control over his country”.

“has been a leader far more than our president [Obama] has been”.

(bbc)

This is a disturbing statement for a U.S. presidential candidate to make.

Even more disturbing is the fact that Michael Pence, Donald Trump’s Evangelical running mate, agreed with him!

This makes Christians look foolish and I believe it hurts the cause of Christ. Many in the world lump us Christians together.  I can just see my unsaved family members rolling their eyes!

Did Michael Pence see the following article at Christianity Today?  

This is something the news media should pick up.

Russia’s Newest Law:  No Evangelizing Outside of Church

Effective July 20, 2016

Read article at … Christianity Today.

And, speaking to Evangelical Christians, Donald Trump said …

“Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump recently told a group of evangelical Christians gathered in Florida that being a good president is ‘the only way I’m going to get to Heaven.'” 
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(Christian Post)

Was he joking as some say, or does his statement reveal that he does not understand the Gospel.

Many years ago I witnessed to my uncle.  I bought him a Bible in Italian and shared the Gospel with him.  My uncle said something very similar to what Donald Trump recently said. My uncle would tell me that he was sending money to his Roman Catholic church in Italy, so that the church there would be able afford  new doors. He said that then maybe God would open heaven’s doors and let him in.  I don’t think he was joking. My uncle did not understand the Gospel. He was a Roman Catholic.  Oh how I loved my family, and still do love them.  By the grace of God, I would tell anyone who would listen about the Jesus of the Bible, the Jesus that I had come to know and love when I was born again.
I wonder if any of the evangelical Christians, who have the opportunity to be around Donald Trump, will put their politics aside and lovingly share the Gospel with him. I wonder. I pray they do.  I pray all of us Christians would, by the grace of God, for the love of God, do more evangelizing wherever and whenever the Lord gives us the opportunity.
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Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

We are ambassadors for Christ

2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

We are soldiers for Christ

2 Timothy 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

No man can serve two masters

Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s

Render unto God the things that are God’s

Matthew 22:21 They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.

This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour

1 Timothy 2:1-3 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;