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Shock. Disbelief. Horror. Anger. Grief. These are just a few of the emotions overwhelming everyone affected by today’s attack on the Istanbul, Turkey, airport. Here are some resources I hope will be helpful in responding to this attack by heartless terrorists.

Reacting
Dealing with death and grief
“bin Laden, kiss my pass!” (September 10, 2003)
Talking to your children about terrorism

Reasoning
Hope amid horror (September 11, 2006)
What motivates terrorists?
Taking the terror out of terrorism

Responding
Can war on terrorism be won? (September 11, 2005)
How can we overcome evil with good?
We are strong! We will survive! (September 17, 2001)
What we haven’t learned from 9/11 (September 9, 2002)
Candle-lighting ceremony following terrorist attacks (September 11, 2001)

My thoughts and prayers are with the survivors and, especially, with family and friends of those killed.
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June 26, 2016

Hi, I’m Jim. Welcome to my online magazine. As Finding Dory opens in theaters, this week’s issue looks at finding God’s will.. (Just keep swimming!)

You can also access over 300 posts—more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at—on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources.

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God’s will is not lost: for those trying to find it

Are you wondering what God has in store for your life?

      What classes should I take?

      Should I marry? Whom should I marry?

      Should I get a job and move out of my parent’s basement?

      What job should I go after?

      Now that I’m unemployed, what job should I go after?

      Should I buy a new car or fix up the 1980 Pinto?

      Should I move into assisted living or move in with my son in Peoria?

      Should we pull the plug on Grandpa?

It would be great if God was still in the business of talking verbally to His kids. God talked with Adam and Eve in “the cool of the day.” He spoke to Moses from a burning bush and Mount Sinai. He talked directly to His prophets.

So, we sometimes feel we’re left in the dark. [Continue reading]


Back to the future

Since we can’t see one single nanosecond into the future, we back into the future, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have direction. I love what Philip Yancey writes in the booklet Guidance (Multnomah, 1983):

      I had always thought of guidance as forward-looking. We keep praying, hoping, counting on God to reveal what we should do next. In my own experience, at least, I have found the direction to be reversed.

      For me, guidance becomes clear only as I look backward. At the moment, my future is a big blur. Guidance becomes evident only when I look back, months and years later.

[Continue reading]


But wait. There’s more!

Here are some you posts on God’s will:
Does God make crank calls?
How to decide what’s right or wrong for you
Which path is the “right” path?


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Quips and quotations on questions

The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you. Hudson Taylor

When you are doubtful as to your course, submit your judgment absolutely to the Spirit of God, and ask Him to shut against you every door but the right one. Meanwhile keep on as you are, and consider the absence of indication to be the indication of God’s will that you are on His track. As you go down the long corridor, you will find that He has preceded you, and locked many doors which you would fain have entered; but be sure that beyond these there is one which He has left unlocked. Open it and enter, and you will find yourself face to face with a bend of the river of opportunity, broader and deeper than anything you had dared to imagine in your sunniest dreams. Launch forth upon it; it conducts to the open sea. F.B. Meyer

“Do not worry about tomorrow! This is not a suggestion, but a command. I divided time into days and nights, so that you would have manageable portions of life to handle. My grace is sufficient for you, but its sufficiency is for only one day at a time. When you worry about the future, you heap day upon day of troubles onto your flimsy frame. You stagger under the heavy load, which I never intended you to carry.” Sarah Young in Jesus Calling

Don’t look at the future—that can be frightening. Look back at all the ways He has provided for you. That’s faith-building. Steve DeNeff

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June 19, 2016

Hi, I’m Jim. Welcome to my online magazine. This week’s issue looks at big questions: unanswered prayer, unfulfilled promises, unpunished evil. (And click if you missed last week’s Dad’s day issue.)

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When faithful question faith

According to Jesus, John the Baptist was the greatest human who ever lived!

      “I tell you the truth, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist” (Matthew 11:11).

He was filled with the Holy Spirit—even before his birth (Luke 1:15).

He lived a disciplined life.

      “He will be great in the eyes of the Lord. He must never touch wine or other alcoholic drinks” (Luke 1:15).

He preached that Jesus was the Messiah.

      The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! He is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘A man is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’ I did not recognize him as the Messiah, but I have been baptizing with water so that he might be revealed to Israel” (John 1:29-31).

He saw the Holy Spirit descend on Jesus; heard the Father call Jesus his Son.

      Then John testified, “I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon him. I didn’t know he was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I saw this happen to Jesus, so I testify that he is the Chosen One of God” (John 1:32-34).

      After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy” (Matthew 3:16-17).

That’s quite a righteous resume! But look at this passage from Luke:

      John’s two disciples found Jesus and said to him, “John the Baptist sent us to ask, ‘Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?’” (Luke 7:20).

What?! Despite being filled with the Spirit, plus seeing and hearing proof of Jesus’ divinity, and preaching that Jesus is the Messiah, John questions everything!

John was in prison for preaching against Herod’s affair with his sister-in-law, Herodias, whom he had then married. Herod, the Roman leader over Judea, was notorious for having prominent members of his family, including second wife, Mariamne I, executed for treason. He was so despised that Josephus reports Herod commanded a large group of distinguished men to come to Jericho, and he gave an order that they should be killed at the time of his death so his death would bring grief to his subjects. With Herod’s history, John surely felt his imprisonment would lead to death.

I’m not sure what caused these serious questions. (Trials and tragedies are often the catalysts for questions.) I am sure that it’s perfectly normal to occasionally question my faith. If someone Jesus esteemed as “none greater” had questions, then I am not such a heathen for my doubts and questions. Good to know!

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Unanswered prayer, unfufilled promises, unpunished evil

Have you ever struggled with the questions of unanswered prayer, unpunished evil, and unfulfilled promises? If so, you’re in good company! Three thousand years ago, the psalmist Asaph struggled with those very questions. He poetically—and honestly—revealed his own dark doubts, crippling confusion and constant questions.

But the psalms of Asaph, provide some clues for dealing with these questions. Notice, I wrote “clues.” The Bible—and this book in particular—are not “answer books.”

Read my sample Introduction for my book proposal for Three Questions: Unanswered Prayer. Unpunished Evil. Unfulfilled Promises..


But wait. There’s more!

Here are some you posts on big questions:
God is never late—but he sure is slow
Hope in a hand basket
“In this world you will have trouble
Why? Some thoughts on life’s tough questions


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Quips and quotations on questions

There are many things that I don’t understand. Billy Graham

A god that can be understood is not a god. Somerset Maugham

Trying to comprehend God and His ways is like algae trying to pass an algebra exam! JNW

My faith does not rest on God’s promises. My faith rests upon God’s character. Faith must rest in confidence upon the One who made the promises. A. W. Tozer

Faith means trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse. Philip Yancey

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, in the power of the Holy Spirit. St. Paul (Romans 15:13)

Doubts are the ants in the pants that keep faith moving. Fredrick Beuchner

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June 12, 2016

Hi, I’m Jim. Welcome to my weekly online magazine. It’s just one week to Father’s Day, so here here’s my salute to dads.

You can also access over 300 posts—more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at—on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources.

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God is a proud father

You can always spot a new father. He’s the one with the high-priced digital camera, an “It’s a Girl/Boy” button pinned to his chest, and a look-what-I-did grin on his face.

It’s hard to believe it been over 35 years since my last trip to the maternity ward for the birth of Faith and Paul, but my pride in my children has never been greater. We have a hallway of childhood and adult photos, words of their wisdom in my journal and 35 years worth of Father’s Day cards in our fire-proof file.

According to the prophet Zephaniah, God is also proud parent:

      He will take delight in you with gladness.
      With his love, he will calm all your fears.
      He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.

Wow! God the Father takes “delight” in his children. He “rejoices” over them “with singing.”

In Job, we find that God is boasting about his child to Satan. And Jesus reminds us that there is rejoicing in the eternal maternity ward when just one sinner is “born again.”

God delights in our praises, just as we delight in handmade cards and special gifts. (I now have a “Hello Kitty” gift bag that is filled with wonderful heartfelt gifts from my grandkiddos.) He also delights in who we are!

He must have that look-what-I-did when we come to him as humble children. And while we are singing praise choruses, he rejoices over us with his own chorus of praise.

Originally appeared in Light from the Word in 1991.


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Archaeologist discovers ‘Proverbs 32 Man’ manuscript

This just in! Archaeologist discovers long-lost “Proverbs 32 Man” passage. I am pleased to post this exclusive excerpt just in time for Father’s Day:

Who can find a virtuous man, for his price is far above a Hollywood hunk’s movie deal.
The heart of his wife doth safely trust in him, for his Internet browser history is free of anything degrading unto her or unto other women.
He shall do her no harm, so that she need not fear unfaithfulness or violence all the days of her life.
He worketh hard to provide for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of his household.
He is like a FedEx truck bringing food and household products from afar. [Continue reading]


But wait! There’s more . . .

Here are some of my favorite Father’s Day columns from the archives:

My real job
Nope, it’s not writer and speaker

The papoose-driven life
Lessons learned from a four-month-old grandaughter

Son of a saint!
When godly parents have not-so-godly children

“Spray paint” parenting
The secret is thin coats of moral and ethical lessons

Talking to your kids about S-E-X
Children will learn about sex—from us—or the bus!

Talking to children about war, terrorism, school violence . . .
It’s a frightening time to be a child—and a parent

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Top ten things my dad taught me
(Yep, that’s my dad above.)

You may be a parent if . . .
. . . you’ve ever uttered one or more of these classic lines


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Cartoon of the week

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Quips and quotations on fatherhood

You can tell what was the best year of your father’s life because they seem to freeze that clothing style and ride it out. Jerry Seinfeld

My daughter got me a “World’s Best Dad” mug. So we know she’s sarcastic. Bob Odenkirk

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant, I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. Mark Twain

The only way I can describe [fatherhood]—it sounds stupid, but—at the end of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, you know how his heart grows like five times? Everything is full; It’s just full all the time. Matt Damon

When you have kids, there’s no such thing as quality time. There’s just time. There’s no, “Ooh, his graduation’s better than going to the mall.” It’s all kind of equal. Changing her diaper and her winning a contest—it’s all good. Chris Rock

A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society. Billy Graham

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June 5, 2016

Hi, I’m Jim, and welcome to more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at! It’s June, so here here’s my Lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer issue:

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Laziness is a virtue

Ah, those “lazy, hazy days of summer.” Time to laze in the hammock and ponder the importance of . . . well, lazing in the hammock.

Laziness, you see, is a vital virtue! Think about it over a tall glass of lemonade. Where would we be today without this important quality? “Necessity” is not the “mother of invention”! (Maybe a sister or a second-cousin, but not the mother.) Laziness is the mother of invention! [Continue reading]


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Top ten clues a man should wear a shirt in summer

I have in my right hand, direct from the home office in hot and humid Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category:

10. Take a tape measure. Drop it on the floor. If you can’t pick it up without bending your knees, put on a shirt.[Continue reading]

But wait, there’s more . . .

Vacations are not a vacation if . . .
Traveling the world on one tank of gas


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Cartoon of the week

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Quips and quotations on summer

That awkward moment when you write a super long, heartfelt note in someone’s yearbook and they write “Have a Great Summer!!” Inspired by The Wonder Years

Being a child at home alone in the summer is a high-risk occupation. If you call your mother at work thirteen times an hour, she can hurt you. Erma Bombeck

A lot of parents pack up their troubles and send them off to summer camp. Raymond Duncan

If you are not barefoot, you’re overdressed!

One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter. Henry David Thoreau

It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility. Yogi Berra

It’s a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do. Walter Winchell

I am Summer, come to lure you away from your computer. Come dance on my fresh grass, dig your toes into my beaches. Oriana Green

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I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category: Top ten posts from May 2016

10. Encouraging quips and quotations

9. Cure for common cold: sex

8. Does DNA disprove evolution?

7. Voting for the lesser of two evils? There’s another option for Americans!

6. God is never late, but he sure is slow

5. Faith of our mothers

4. Children who marry their parents: the psychology of courtship

3. What was Paul thinking when he wrote 1 Timothy 2:12?

2. Were U.S. founding fathers Christian?

And, the number one post for May 2016 . . .

1. It Is Well with My Soul: the rest of the stories

(See right column for the latest posts.)

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May 29, 2016

Hi, I’m Jim, and welcome to more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at!

Lois and I are in Fairbanks, Alaska, celebrating our nephew’s wedding! The happy couple are both in their late 30s and never been married, so it was a truly joyful time. Then this coming Saturday, we’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lois’ sister and brother-in-love. So, here’s my Wedding issue:

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Children who marry their parents: the psychology of courtship

In Getting the Love You Want Dr. Harville Hendrix, believes our “old brain” which records emotional responses, creates an exact resume’ of our future spouse. We marry the emotional image of our care-givers—both positive and negative. For instance, I realize that I only dated brunettes—despite the advertising campaign at the time that “blondes have more fun.” My mother and grandmother had dark hair! How weird!

Dr. John Money agrees that each of us begins to form ideas of the “perfect” partner the moment we are born. We begin to make a mental list of the qualities we most value in those closest and dearest to us. Dr. Money believers that, by the time we are eight years old, we have an unconscious but very precise idea of what our future dates and mate should look like. [Continue reading]


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Top ten secrets to staying married 42 years

10. Be sure you have a pre-nuptial arrangement concerning paint or wallpaper, flannel or percale, and over the front top or under the back bottom for the way toilet paper comes off the holder. (These are the things that break up marriages!)

9. Lower your standards. Better to go with a real imperfect spouse than a Hollywood illusion. Anyone can appear funny and flawless with a team of script writers and plastic surgeons. And, according to a UCLA study recently reported right here, David Frederick, the study’s co-author, told Health Day News, “While women seek out muscular men for fun flings and view them as more attractive . . . they definitely don’t want to marry them. Why? They’re seen as being less faithful, less likely to treat them well, and less emotionally sensitive.” Whew! I weighed 115 on our wedding day. [Continue reading]


But wait, there’s more!

Love
Falling in love—and getting back up
Looking for love in all the right places
Men and women are different!
No hablo, estrogen! Becoming bilingual in relationships
Breaking up without breaking down

Marriage
Top ten reasons I’m not divorcing my wife


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Quips and quotations on love and marriage

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. Friedrich Nietzsche

So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me… everyday.
Nicholas Sparks in The Notebook

Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably they are both disappointed. Albert Einstein

By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher Socrates

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. St. Paul (1 Corinthians 13)

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May 22, 2016

Hi, I’m Jim, and welcome to more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at! After a long, six-month hiatus, I’m back on the conference circuit today at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers’ Conference in Asheville, North Carolina. I can’t wait to teach a continuing session, “From Reflectig to Retailing,” and presenting a brand new keynote talk Tuesday morning on “The Creative Ten Commandments.” (I’ll post the audio ASAP.) So, this is my writers’ issue!

You can also access more than 300 posts on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources.

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So, you want to write a book?

The writer of Ecclesiastes notes, “of the making of books there is no end.” And so, I regularly receive “I’d like to write a book” emails. I don’t mean to be impersonal, but here are some bits of advice after 30 years in this crazy business. I hope it will be helpful. [Continue reading]


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Hope and humor for writers

Here’s a whole ream of writers’ resources on:


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Cartoon of the week

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Quips and quotations on writing

To be an author, you need tough hide and a tender heart. And never get them switched. JNW

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards. Robert A. Heinlein

I try to leave out the parts that people skip. Elmore Leonard

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. Benjamin Franklin

There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money either. Robert Graves

If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor. Edgar Rice Burroughs

Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words. Mark Twain

I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter. James Michener

When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen. Samuel Lover

Easy reading is damn hard writing. Nathaniel Hawthorne

What’s the difference between a pub and a pub board? Drunken Englishmen make better decisions. JNW

Write your first draft with your heart. Re-write with your head. From the movie Finding Forrester

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May 15, 2016

Hi, I’m Jim, and welcome to more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at! The theme for this week of Pentecost Sunday: “Church” is not four-letter world.

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‘The church is a whore’

That got your attention, didn’t it? Augustine is credited with lamenting that “The church is a whore, but she is still my mother.” So, as we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, it’s a good time to remember, the church may not be perfect, but it is worthy of our support. As St. Cyprian, a third-century bishop, wrote, “No one can have God as Father who does not have the church as Mother.” [Continue reading]


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Do you really want a ‘biblical’ church?

Frank Viola begins his book, Pagan Christianity, by arguing, “the church in its contemporary, institutional form has neither a biblical nor a historical right to function as it does.” He has left “the institutional church to begin gathering with Christians in New Testament fashion.” That pretty much sums up the message in this manifesto against the contemporary church. Everything from having a “professional pastor” to meeting in a church building are “extra-biblical practices” adopted from “pagan culture.”

Hmmm? My little mind got thinking about what a truly “biblical” and “New Testament” church would actually look like. [Continue reading]


‘Church’ not a four-letter word

The church is not perfect, but it is the instrument Jesus has instituted to make his disciples. Here are some links to more about the imperfect but essential Body of Christ:

Can we have a “personal relationship” with Christ?
Instead of talking about a personal relationship with Christ, the New Testament teaches that as followers of Jesus, we are a family (Galatians 6:10), a body (1 Corinthians 12:27), a chosen people (Colossians 3:12), a household (Ephesians 2:19), a holy nation (1 Peter 2:9) and as the church (Colossians 1:18).

The Watkins New World Church Dictionary
The church tends to have it’s own vocabulary, so here are some more additions for congregational conversations.

Dealing with church conflict
When two or three are gathered, there conflict will be. Here are some strategies for keeping it to a minimum.

Top ten signs your church may be prejudiced
We are all guilty of some form of prejudice—whether blatant or subtle. I have to admit I am extremely prejudiced against those who are prejudiced.


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Quips and quotations on the church

Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man. Dwight L. Moody

Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian, any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile. Billy Sunday

The day we find the perfect church, it becomes imperfect the moment we join it. Charles H. Spurgeon

The perfect church service, would be one we were almost unaware of. Our attention would have been on God. C.S. Lewis

Wherever we see the Word of God purely preached and heard, there a church of God exists, even if it swarms with many faults. John Calvin

The church is the only institution supernaturally endowed by God. It is the one institution of which Jesus promised that the gates of hell will not prevail against it. Chuck Colson

The Church is the only society on earth that exists for the benefit of non-members. William Temple

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May 2016

If the 2016 presidential election was held today, “None of the Above” would get a lot of votes!

An exit poll in West Virginia’s primary found that 21 percent say they’ll support neither “presumptive” candidate Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. In Kentucky’s primary, Trump—as the only candidate still in the Republican race—only garnered 36 percent of the vote. Nearly two-thirds voters chose one of the 16 GOP candidates who had dropped out!

The former first lady and secretary of state along with reality TV star and billionaire real estate developer have historically low favorability and trustworthiness. According to a recent CBS/New York Times poll, Clinton and Trump are viewed less favorably than any presidential front-runner since CBS first surveyed candidates’ favorability ratings in 1984. Clinton scored only 31 percent favorability while Trump received just 24 percent.

The candidates’ scores are even lower when viewed as “trustworthy.” A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey this month finds that 56 percent don’t trust Clinton and even more—76 percent—don’t trust Trump.

No!

A major article in Christianity Today, quoted the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Al Mohler, as saying:

      Christians in the United States are now going to face a very excruciating set of decisions Many of us are going to be facing the reality that if Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee and Donald Trump is the Republican nominee, we will not be able to vote in good conscience for either.

The South Baptists’ Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission president, Russell Moore agreed:

      When Christians face two clearly immoral options, we cannot rationalize a vote for immorality or injustice just because we deem the alternative to be worse. The Bible tells us we will be held accountable not only for the evil deeds we do but also when we “give approval to those who practice them” (Rom. 1:32).

      This side of the New Jerusalem, we will never have a perfect candidate. But we cannot vote for evil, even if it’s our only option.

Mohler and Moore are not alone in their opinions. More than half of the 81 “evangelical insiders” surveyed by World magazine in March said that if faced with a Clinton-Trump ballot in November, they would vote for a third-party candidate even if that candidate had no chance to win. More than a quarter more said they’d vote for a viable third-party candidate (29%).

Meanwhile, several memes have quoted Charles Spurgeon: “Of two evils choose none.”

Yes!

However, the son of evangelist, Billy Graham, disagrees. Franklin Graham told Fox News’ Todd Starnes:

      You don’t just stay home and not vote—you vote. Vote for the candidates that best support Biblical truth and Biblical values. In some races, it may not always be clear. You may have to hold your nose and choose [one] of the two.

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., son of the late televangelist, has strongly endorsed Trump along with mega-church leader Robert Jeffress. The pastor of First Baptist in Dallas has been introducing Trump on the stump while trying to maintain its tax-exempt status by not “officially endorsing” the billionaire. Instead, he proclaims, “I want you to know I would not be here this morning if I were not absolutely convinced that Donald Trump would make a great president of the United States.” I’m no IRS auditor, but that sounds like an endorsement.

No and yes!

Jeb Bush, whose primary candidacy never lived up to his exclamation point logo, wrote on Facebook:

      In November, I will not vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but I will support principled conservatives at the state and federal levels, just as I have done my entire life. For Republicans, there is no greater priority than ensuring we keep control of both chambers of Congress. I look forward to working hard for great conservatives in the Senate and House in the coming months.

He has been joined by his father, President George H. W. Bush, and brother, President George W. Bush, along with former Massachusetts governor and 2012 presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. Lindsey Graham, Republican U.S. Senator from South Carolina and one of the “lower tier” primary candidates, also has vowed not to vote Trump.

I think I agree with Jeb! on this conundrum. I cannot in good conscience vote for either Trump or Clinton, but I will go to the polls to vote for strong legislators who will oppose both candidates’ dangerous agendas. And pray that the Founding Father’s brilliant concept of “checks and balances” will prevail no matter who wins!

Copyright © 2016 James N. Watkins

Photo mashup by Boston Globe

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