Monday, August 1, 2016

A Pastor's Analysis of the U.S. Election Drama

From: Jan M.
Sent: August 1, 2016
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Subject: Fw: A Pastor's Analysis of the U.S. Election Drama
The pastor covered the whole spectrum of the peoples thoughts and emotions  in what our government has done to them! Frustration has caused anger to reaching it's boiling point! Don’t know who wrote this, but it says so much. Certainly worth the read.

I thought this letter from a Christian pastor was very insightful, and an interesting point of view about Donald Trump. The comparison of Mr. Trump and Winston Churchill is another  point of view to be considered. Many Americans are still trying to make a decision on our upcoming election, and I wanted to share this pastor’s letter to his congregation. ~Jan

A Christian Pastor’s Analysis of the U.S. Election Drama

Is Trump good for America?  I mentioned Sunday that I would speak on this next week. Unfortunately, I found that I was shoehorning this topic into my planned message.  To properly present what I want to speak on Sunday, I may have to leave the Donald out of it!  But let me take a minute for those that wonder and give some of my thoughts…………

When I first heard that Trump (DT) was entering the race last year, I told my wife that perhaps it was a good thing for the party and America.  I knew that he was not a "saint," but I thought that he would be like a bull in a china shop.  He is a disrupter and I believe America could use a fresh thinker especially in the political arena.  I didn't think he would get the nomination, but that he would shake up politics as usual.  I was correct on the shaking up!

Lance Wallnau likens him to a biblical Cyrus.  Someone who is dynamically used of God even though not perceived by many as a God follower.  God has used many people in history that I would probably not like or agree with.  I’m not sure I would have liked all the disciples, or David, or Moses. Somehow, God did not seem compelled to consult with me on His choices!

I have always admired Winston Churchill.  He is seen as one of the greatest national leaders in the 20th century.  Last year, I had the privilege of going through the War Museum in London.  Winston is a key feature.  His life is controversial.  He was not always celebrated as a great leader.  He was a bombastic, cigar smoking, at times crude, even misogynistic leader.  It is alleged that he told off color stories to his children before bedtime!  A woman once told him he was disgustingly drunk.  His response was "My dear, you are disgustingly ugly, but tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be ugly!"

There are many websites that discuss the outlandish comments and activities of this great world leader.  But, he had exactly what was needed to stop Hitler at the Channel, to rouse a nation to never give up and to partner with America to find final victory in Europe.
You probably wouldn't want him as your pastor, maybe not even your father, but he was the right leader for that moment in England's history.  Such a brazen man that would go up to the roof of his quarters in central London and smoke cigars as Hitler’s air force bombed all around him.  I’m not sure I would have voted for him....but he was the right man!

I think it would be awesome to have a righteous leader, one that understood the intricacies of the economy, health care, defense, immigration, with great sensitivity to religious institutions, a heart for the poor, a vision for the future.  If that leader was a praying person, formidable in the word of God and loved the local church, I would rejoice!   I do not think that is the choice we will have in November.

Instead....we will look for someone who is imperfect, yet will fit the times we are living in. Particularly, that ‘whoever’ we vote for, will be someone who might possibly have the opportunity to appoint up to three Supreme Court justices.  That could radically shape our culture in America for the next 30 years.  The America of our grandchildren could be very different....and that may not be good. We cannot stand on the sidelines.  A non-vote is a passive vote for a direction we may very well regret.

So....is Donald Trump good for America?  I honestly believe that he has been already.  He has shaken the political system.  Do his comments offend me?   At times!   Do I agree with all he says?  Not at all!   But could he be a “Cyrus” being raised up by God to preserve America?   Nobody liked Gen. Patton, but he sure WAS an instrument of the United States for the right things.

This I know.  I will vote for the best chance for America.  I will pray for our leaders as I have already. In the end - God will continue to be my source and my hope.   I do believe that God has had a hand in America's history.  I hope and pray that He will also have a saving hand in America’s future.

6 comments:

  1. Dr. James Dobson wrote this. I received in by email. Thank you for posting. Encouraging viewpoint!

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  2. Comparing Trump to Churchill is a farce. Let's look at Churchill's career before he became PM: As a young army officer, he saw action in British India, the Anglo–Sudan War, and the Second Boer War. He gained fame as a war correspondent and wrote books about his campaigns.
    At the forefront of politics for fifty years, he held many political and cabinet positions. Before the First World War, he served as President of the Board of Trade, Home Secretary, and First Lord of the Admiralty as part of Asquith's Liberal government. During the war, he continued as First Lord of the Admiralty until the disastrous Gallipoli Campaign caused his departure from government. He then briefly resumed active army service on the Western Front as commander of the 6th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers. He returned to government under Lloyd George as Minister of Munitions, Secretary of State for War, Secretary of State for Air, then Secretary of State for the Colonies. After two years out of Parliament, he served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in Baldwin's Conservative government of 1924–1929, controversially returning the pound sterling in 1925 to the gold standard at its pre-war parity, a move widely seen as creating deflationary pressure on the UK economy.

    Out of office and politically "in the wilderness" during the 1930s because of his opposition to increased home rule for India and his resistance to the 1936 abdication of Edward VIII, Churchill took the lead in warning about Nazi Germany and in campaigning for rearmament. At the outbreak of the Second World War, he was again appointed First Lord of the Admiralty

    If someone can read that, and then compare him to Trump, they're clearly missing the point of what it means to serve their country. There's the famous JFK quote: Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. Trump is the embodiment of the first part, while Churchill is the embodiment of the second.

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    1. It is less a farce than Barack Obama!!! who had absolutely no experience of any kind.

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    2. I agree that it is less a farce than Obama!!! What a disaster he has been!!

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  3. It seems you may have missed the vague point of the comparison. The author(whomever it may have been) was Clearly stating that both men were somewhat brash, and even though he was not always celebrated as a great leader, and at times even considered crude, misogynistic and controversial. He admired Winston Churchill.

    In the same way, I think he was just saying that, although Trump is crude, controversial, and misogynistic, he too may end up being a great leader. I certainly didn't take that to mean that the author was saying that Trump has nearly the political or military experience as Churchill.

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  4. Ronald Reagan was an actor, and divorced, also outside the "norm". and (as Paul Harvey said, "..the rest of the story")the rest is history.

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