Nearly one-third adolescent boys and many teen girls go through a time of questioning their sexual identity. With today’s discussions of “gender fluidity,” it has become an even larger issue.

If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning, I want you to know I care about you.

If you’re straight, I want you to know that gender identity is a complicated issue. And when an issue is so complicated, compassion should be the first response.

So, I’ve attempted to write these excerpts from my books on sexuality as well as these recent posts with truth and grace, so thank you for your consideration and comments. (This may prove to be my most controversial issue of Hope and Humor, but it is well worth the risk to address these issues.) Here we go . . .



My sexual identity crisis

LGBTQ issues have sparked contentious debate. So, it’s time for me to “come out” and admit my struggle with my own sexual self-identity as a teenager. [Continue reading]



Is sexual identity nature or nurture?

Brain research seems to suggest that a disruption in one’s embryonic development, could produce a male with a “female” brain. This may give credence to transgenders’ argument that they are women in men’s bodies. [Continue reading]



God and the Gay Christian conversation

The fight for acceptance of sex-same unions has moved from the gay community to the media to the states to the courts to “mainline” churches—and now to evangelical churches with Matthew Vines’ controversial book. [Continue reading]

God and the Gay Christian concepts

If you read just one post this issue, I’d encourage you to read, what I believe, are four biblical concepts. I’ve labeled it a “rough draft,” so I’d welcome your input. [Continue reading]



Why are some people so bent out of shape about homosexuality?

The late Fred Phelps and his followers became infamous for their picketing with signs declaring, “God Hates Fags.” Phelps message and methods have been condemned by both religious and non-religious. (See God hates godhatesfags.com). But, why does God—and many of those who profess to follow Him—seem so bent out of shape about homosexual behavior? Here’s my theory for your consideration. [Continue reading]



A ‘civil’ debate on same-sex marriage

Is it possible for opposing sides of the issue to get what they both want? Here’s my win/win proposal. [Continue reading]



New book releases fall 2017

I’m thrilled to announce that Bold Vision Books will be releasing Three Questions: Unanswered Prayer, Unfulfilled Promises, Unpunished Evil in time for the Christmas book-buying season. And thanks for your prayers as I write with a June 31 deadline. Click for a rough draft of the Preface.



Previous issues, legal stuff . . .

Love, marriage, sex issue (2.1.17)
Inaugural issue (1.15.17)
Lives matter issue (1.8.17)
New Year, new you issue (1.1.17)
Mental health issue (12.28.16)
Music issue: 2 (09.18.16)
Conspiracy issue (09.12.16)
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Welcome to my annual salute to love, marriage and sex. If you’re single, dating, engaged, married, divorced, widowed or “it’s complicated,” there’s something for you! Enjoy.

Many of the posts below are from my books on love and sexuality, including The Why Files: When Can I Start Dating?. And check out my cartoons on love.



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

Children who marry their parents: the psychology of courtship
Top ten reasons I’m not divorcing my wife
Top ten secrets to staying married



Sex

A case for polygamy?!
Can I become a virgin again?
“Coming Out” My sexual identity crisis
Cure for common cold: sex
Fifty Shades of Beige “Reel” sex is never as good as real sex
Guy’s guide to cars . . . and sex
The hidden habit: masturbation
Three secrets to XXX-ceptional sex
Top ten turn-ons for women
Why are guys such boobs about breasts?



New How to become a million-selling author

This month, I reached 12 million readers. Yep! Twelve with six zeros. You can too! [Continue reading]



Previous issues, legal stuff . . .

Inauguration issue (1.15.17)
Lives matter issue (1.8.17)
New Year, new you issue (1.1.17)
Mental health issue (12.28.16)
Music issue: 2 (09.18.16)
Conspiracy issue (09.12.16)
Remembering 9/11 (09.11.16)

Plus, 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. But wait, there’s more: free stuff. Enjoy!

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Will God’s purpose be accomplished under Trump?

While many evangelicals came out in support of the president-elect, many others warned against his arguably unchristian comments on women and attacks on critics. One thing Christians can agree upon is . . . [Continue reading]



The Un-Tied States of America

The recent election results have revealed just how divided are the “United” States of America. Commentators, pundits and leaders are searching for reasons to explain the deep racial, gender, ideological and political divides.

I blame the Internet. Let me explain before I cause even more division. With the WWW, consumers no longer have to listen to differing viewpoints. [Continue reading]



Top ten ways to reduce the national debt

10. Sponsor a national garage sale (Do we really need two Dakotas?)

9. Make Chuck-E-Cheese tokens legal tender
[Continue reading]



Christians to pray for leaders with whom they disagree

Whether you voted for Donald Trump or someone else (I voted for Constitution candidate, Darrell Castle ), we are urged to pray for “all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity” (1 Timonthy 2:2). [Continue reading]

To angry voters . . .

Protestors are already gathering to protest mean-spirited comments of the president-elect—with their own mean-spirited comments. (Irony alert!) There’s a more constructive way to address issues of disagreement. [Continue reading]



Previous issues, legal stuff . . .

Lives matter issue (1.8.17)
New Year, new you issue (1.1.17)
Mental health issue (12.28.16)
Music issue: 2 (09.18.16)
Conspiracy issue (09.12.16)
Remembering 9/11 (09.11.16)
• [Romans] 8:28 issue (08.28.16)

Plus, 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. But wait, there’s more: free stuff. Enjoy!

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On January 13, 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating January 22 as the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day. The date corresponded to January 22, 1973, when the United States Supreme Court legalized abortion-on-demand in all 50 states. I wish he wouldn’t have limited the day to simply the unborn in the United States. So, here’s my Lives matter issue:



Right to life: womb to tomb

Every human being everywhere has a right to life from womb to tomb. Here are my favorite columns on:
Is it a life or a choice?
Ethuanasia and dying with dignity
Capital punishment: serious questions
Pro-life from womb to tomb



Right to equality

St. Paul wrote, “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). Here are columns that explore equality:

Am I a “feminist”? Yes and no! Gender equality is complicated!
James Watkins: ex-slave, author, soul brother I’m proud to call this social reformer family!
Martin Luther King Jr’s ten commandments for cultural change
Race relations by the numbers A cover story I wrote after a summer of racial unrest and violence
Top ten signs your church may be prejudiced
What was St. Paul thinking when he wrote “Women must be silent”?!



Previous issues, legal stuff . . .

New Year, new you issue (1.1.17)
Mental health issue (12.28.16)
Music issue: 2 (09.18.16)
Conspiracy issue (09.12.16)
Remembering 9/11 (09.11.16)
• [Romans] 8:28 issue (08.28.16)
Election 2016 issue (08.21.16)

Plus, 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. But wait, there’s more: free stuff. Enjoy!

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Welcome to a new year and a new issue of “Hope and Humor.” I’m featuring strategies for a new you in 2017: new predictions, new plans, new identity and more. (I’m especially excited about my new identity in the New Year.)


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New Year predictions

My annual predictions for the New Year have been 99 percent accurate for the past 20 years. I know, it’s kind of scary!

1. A Hollywood couple will break up citing “irreconcilable differences.” [Continue reading]


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New plans

God has a plan for your relationships, schedule, location and more in 2017 as evidenced in the Christmas story. He’s more organized and in control than the best wedding planner! [Continue reading



New habits

From the award-winning The Why Files series, here’s hope and help for “Breaking Habits Before They Break You.” You can develop new habits in 2017!


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New love

Many people spend their lives, as the old song goes, “Lookin’ for love in all the wrong places.” So, how do we find real, lasting love? Here’s how . . . [Continue reading]


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New identity

“Who are you? Who, who? Who, who?” What’s your identity? Spouse? Parent? Rodeo clown? Other?

If so, what happens when death or divorce takes your spouse? Your kids leave the nest? You’re forced into early retirement by a 2,000-pound steer? [Continue reading]


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New Year traditions

Time Square’s lighted ball gets all the press, but other cities across America drop all kinds of things at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. Some very strange things! [Continue reading]


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New top ten list

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

And the number one post, earning nearly one-fifth of all page views in 2016:

And the number one Facebook post of 2016:

Click for Hope and Humor’s commentary on 2016 election coverage. “We reported; you shook your head”



Previous issues, legal stuff . . .

The Bipolar Princess Mental health issue (12.28.16)
Music issue: 2 (09.18.16)
Conspiracy issue (09.12.16)
Remembering 9/11 (09.11.16)
• [Romans] 8:28 issue (08.28.16)
Election 2016 issue (08.21.16)
Suck-cess issue (08.14.16)

Plus, 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. But wait, there’s more: free stuff. Enjoy!

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Credits
New Years Eve clock photo: livescience.com
Hands making heart photo: PlusQuotes.com
Giant corn cob: Corn Borer Chamber of Commerce

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December 28, 2016 Unless you live in a galaxy far, far away, you know that Princess Leila, lesser known as Carrie Fisher, died of a heart attack Monday. Leia fought in outer space, while Fisher in inner space as she battled mental health issues. Both fought with bravery and humor. So, here are some of my favorite columns on mental health:

Are authors in their “write” mind
Dealing with death and grief
Hope and help for suicidal thoughts
I’m a mess. You’re a mess. (Audio)
You may depressed if . . .

I am so grateful that God has chosen someone with clinical depression, ADD, OCD and just a touch of ASD to share hope and humor. God’s grace is amazing . . . and ironic!

If you’re struggling with a mental health issue, please seek professional help. There is “A New Hope”!

Previous issues
Christmas issue (12.01.16)
Thanksgiving issue (11.01.16)
Halloween issue (10.01.16)
Music issue: 2 (09.18.16)
Conspiracy issue (09.12.16)
Remembering 9/11 (09.11.16)
• [Romans] 8:28 issue (08.28.16)
Election 2016 issue (08.21.16)
Suck-cess issue (08.14.16)
Waiting issue (08.07.16)

Related posts
The Force Awakens universal questions

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Welcome to my 19th annual Twelve Sites of Christmas . . . and no partridge in a pear tree!

I may not be your “true love,” but I do have some hope and ho! ho! ho! for you with cartoons and my favorite Christmas columns. Besides, you really don’t want livestock and leaping lords under your Christmas tree, do you?! I didn’t think so. Have a meaningful Christmas!

Previous issues
Thanksgiving issue (11.01.16)
Halloween issue (10.01.16)
Music issue: 2 (09.18.16)
Conspiracy issue (09.12.16)
Remembering 9/11 (09.11.16)
• [Romans] 8:28 issue (08.28.16)
Election 2016 issue (08.21.16)
Suck-cess issue (08.14.16)
Waiting issue (08.07.16)


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Site 1: Christmas shopping made easy

The Imitation of Christ: Classic Devotions in Today’s Language features 90 devotions from Thomas à Kempis organized by the characteristics of Christ.

I Have a Meme! The best cartoons of hope and humor—and a few of the worst includes 200 my my cartoons, and a few by “Evil Jim.”

But wait, there’s more! Click for 20 books for all audiences, writers and young people. And, no searching for a parking space at the mall! You’re welcome.



Site 2: Ho! Ho! Humor!

Christmas cartoons

A Christmas tree called “Shrek”

Top ten politically-correct Christmas—excuse me, holiday—songs

Top ten signs you’ve spent too much money on Christmas presents

Top ten things I do not want for Christmas


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Site 3: The 365 Days of Christmas

Celebrating Christmas all year long

Putting the X back in Xmas


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Site 4: Yes, Virginia, there really was a St. Nick

Top ten reasons Santa on naughty list

The man behind the beard


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Site 5: Is that your feliz answer?

Angels don’t come from Hallmark

Happy Holidays, American Family Association There are at least six holidays during December!

Test your Christmas trivia skills


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Site 6: The Christmas story

The Christmas story in chronological order

God is in control

Mary, did we know? (What was she thinking when the angel announced the outrageous proposition?)

The ten best—and worst—Christmas movies

A Very Twitter Christmas


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Site 7: How Christmas saved a grinch

The shocking true story!


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Site 8: Fruitcake for the soul

Christmas at Macy’s

Christmas at K-Mart


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Site 9: Christmas smells like ****

Not like evergreens, fresh-baked cookies . . .


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Site 10: Merry Christmas quotations

Happy holidays thoughts

(Okay, this photo has nothing to do with quotations, but dogs in Santa hats bring happy thoughts.)


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Site 11: Looking for “true love”?

No leaping lords can love you like this Lord


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Site 12: Stocking stuffers

Hope in a hand basket

Lamb of God: a ewe-nique perspective on Christ’s birth

“There is no peace on earth, I said”

Wiseman and Wife: a comedy/drama for Christmas

Okay, okay, this page has expanded like Santa’s waistline, but “The 24 Sites of Christmas” would make an already painfully long song even longer! Have a wonderful year of Christmas!

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Top ten sites from November

I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category: Top ten posts from November 2016 (Numbers in parentheses are previous month’s ranking.)


Legal stuff . . .

All writing copyright © James N. Watkins and is protected by United States and international law. For permission to print or repost, please visit my press page.

Photos
Advent wreath: James N. Watkins
Heart ornament: WallpaperFolder
Basket of chocolates: Chocolat Moderne (I need a gift registry!)
Dogs in Santa hats: Connaissance Spirituelle

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Hi, I’m Jim Watkins: author, speaker, threat to society . . . and extremely grateful person. Welcome to our give thanks issue!

Previous issues
Halloween issue (10.01.16)
Music issue: 2 (09.18.16)
Conspiracy issue (09.12.16)
Remembering 9/11 (09.12.16)
• [Romans] 8:28 issue (08.28.16)
Election 2016 issue (08.28.16)
Suck-cess issue (08.14.16)
Waiting issue (08.07.16)

Voting options for conservative Christians
And one final plug for my roundup of five voting options November 8. You do have a choice! And if you want to write-in someone, I’m running with the Tupperware Party: “Putting a lid on government.” See my complete platform in colorful, dish-washer-safe colors. Watkins 2016


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Over 60 reasons to give thanks

Fifty praises between bed and bathroom
Today, I vowed not to ask for anything, but to simply praise God. I found fifty things for which to praise him just between the bed and bathroom:

Top ten reasons to give thanks . . . when you think you don’t have any
10. You have a newspaper (or a mobile device”) in your hand. Thanks to Guttenberg’s press and the World Wide Web you have access to more information today than all previous generations combined.

Thanks for nothing
Little is known of the prophet Habakkuk. except that he lived in the time when Israel was oppressed and many had been taken captive by the Babylonians. There was little reason to give thanks. But, in spite of living in captivity and facing what appears to be a famine, Habakkuk writes, “Yet, I will rejoice in the Lord!”


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Thanksgiving turkey trivia

Do you enjoy playing “Jeopardy” from your LazyBoy (“I’ll take ‘Fowl Friends’ for $1,000, Alex”)? Would you like to raise the intellectual level of conversation at Thanksgiving dinner above that of the cranberry sauce? Enjoy my highly educational special report on Melgris Gallopavos. [Continue reading]


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Cartoon of the month

Click for my Thanksgiving cartoons. And get your daily dose of my cartoons on Facebook, Twitter and at the archives.

And follow my race for the White House at Watkins for President 2016. The Tupperware Party: “Putting a lid on government.”

And for a collection of the best—and a few of the worst—cartoons: I Have a Meme. Two hundred cartoons includes work by “Evil Jim.”


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Top ten sites from October

I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category: Top ten posts from October 2016 (Numbers in parentheses are previous month’s ranking.)


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This month’s podcast, etc.

I’m a mess. You’re a mess. Here’s some encouragement if you’re feeling like a big, slobbering mess! Listen to the brand new podcast (3:26 minutes).

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I promise not to tell you how to vote, but here are are variety of options to consider from a variety of voices. (You can skip right to the non-partisan conclusion if you wish.)

I love how the Pharisees sat around trying to think up impossible questions for Jesus. Hypothetical situations that would force Jesus to choose one of two damning answers. They thought they had the Son of God with this no-win question:

      “Teacher,” they said, “we know how honest you are. You are impartial and don’t play favorites. You teach the way of God truthfully. Now tell us—is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay them, or shouldn’t we?” (Mark 12:14-15).

Today, the Pharisees would ask, “Jesus, who are your voting for?!”

The 2016 presidential campaign has turned into the seemingly no-win questions of the religious leaders of Jesus’ time.

Early on, the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s editorial board opined that “Neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton meets the fundamental moral and professional standards we have every right to expect of an American president.”

CNN’s Rudy Ruiz went further claiming, “Choosing between Clinton and Trump makes for the worst election ever. The only thing that promises to be ghastlier is the outcome.”

So, what are the options for conservative Christians? Is this, indeed, a no-win scenario?

Option one: Vote against Hillary Clinton

Reading Christian periodicals, websites and social media, it is clear that the overwhelming majority of conservative Christians are not voting for Hillary Clinton:

Christianity Today’s Andy Crouch wrote:

      The Democratic nominee has pursued unaccountable power through secrecy—most evidently in the form of an email server designed to shield her communications while in public service, but also in lavishly compensated speeches, whose transcripts she refuses to release, to some of the most powerful representatives of the world system. She exemplifies the path to power preferred by the global technocratic elite—rooted in a rigorous control of one’s image and calculated disregard for norms that restrain less powerful actors. Such concentration of power, which is meant to shield the powerful from the vulnerability of accountability, actually creates far greater vulnerabilities, putting both the leader and the community in greater danger.

      The Democratic candidate’s policy positions are so manifestly incompatible with Christian reverence for the lives of the most vulnerable, and . . . her party is so demonstrably hostile to expressions of traditional Christian faith. . . .

Wallace Henley, writing at ChristianPost.com, warned of 25 consequences of a Clinton presidency, three of which directly address conservative Christians’ concerns:

      1. Hillary will continue and enlarge upon pro-abortion policies, including federal funding of Planned Parenthood.

      2. Hillary will appoint a left-progressive federal judiciary, including Supreme Court justices for whom the Constitution is a loose and largely irrelevant document written by dead old white guys.

      3. Hillary will support policies that will restrict religious freedom.

The American Association of Evangelicals released a statement warning, “When Hillary Clinton stated during a 2015 speech at the Women in the World Summit that religious beliefs ‘have to be changed,’ she was openly declaring war on Christian believers and the Church.”

Option two: Vote against Hillary Clinton by voting for Donald Trump

The majority of conservative Christians are not voting for Donald Trump, but voting against Hillary Clinton. He, like his political opponent, has demonstrated throughout his life, he is morally unfit for the highest office in the land. The overwhelming feeling is that this is a contest is between “the lesser of two evils.”

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council action group, notes:

      [Conservatives] are left with a choice of voting for the one who will do the least damage to our freedoms. This is far from an ideal situation, but it is the reality in which we find ourselves and as difficult as it is, I refuse to find sanctuary on the sidelines and allow the country and culture to deteriorate even further by continuing the policies of the last eight years.

The vote-against-Clinton-by-voting-for-Trump is being embraced by evangelical leaders such as Jerry Falwell, Jr., James Dobson, and mega-pastor Robert Jefferies. Billy Graham’s son, Franklin, has claimed he is in not endorsing a candidate, but has urged Americans to “plug their nose and vote” for a candidate who supports their views on abortion, marriage, religious freedom and other issues.

Option 3: Vote against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

Election year 2016 has been one surprise after another! And not just the usual “October surprises” such as email leaks and old video tapes. No, these are seismic surprises.

Dozens of Republican members of Congress have released a statement saying they cannot vote for Trump as he “makes a mockery” of their principles.

      Given the enormous power of the office, every candidate for president must be judged rigorously in assessing whether he or she has the competence, intelligence, knowledge, understanding, empathy, judgment, and temperament necessary to keep America on a safe and steady course. Donald Trump fails on each of those measures, and he has proven himself manifestly unqualified to be president.

And what may be most surprising, since conservative Christians have traditionally voted Republican, leading evangelical voices are strongly denouncing the GOP candidate!

Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist, has been an outspoken opponent from the beginning:

      Yes, I will be writing in a candidate this year and the reason for that is simple. The life issue can not flourish in a culture of misogyny and sexual degradation. The life issue cannot flourish when you have people calling for the torture and murder of innocent non-combatants. The life issue can not flourish when you have people who have given up on the idea that character matters. If you lose an election you can live to fight another day and move on, but if you lose an election while giving up your very soul then you have really lost it all, and so I think the stakes are really high.

Moore calls evangelicals’ support of Trump, “a scandal to the gospel of Jesus Christ and to the integrity of our witness.” He tweeted, “The damage done to the gospel this year, by so-called evangelicals, will take longer to recover from than the ’80s TV evangelist scandals.”

For those who support Trump because he will nominate pro-life, pro-family judges, Eric Sapp provides this counter argument:

      When George W. Bush was President, 2/3 of the Supreme Court were Republican appointees, and Republicans controlled the White House and all of Congress. Yet Roe remains. We cannot possibly be so naïve as to believe Donald Trump—who until he decided to run as a Republican supported partial birth abortion without restriction—would do more.

      I sure hope it’s not because of “religious freedom” or the fear I’ve heard that if we get a liberal Court, Christianity will decline in America. I absolutely reject the fear that underlies the Supreme Court idolatry taking hold in some of our churches. If the Church needs the Court to save souls and empower a faithful witness—both spoken and lived—then we are truly lost. Christ promised us a cross and the Holy Spirit as our advocate, not tax breaks for our business and a worldly Court to defend our beliefs.

Meanwhile, Tom Zoellner, wrote an editorial in Christianity Today titled, “Trump Evangelicals Choose Worldly Power Over the Gospel.” He writes:

      Trump’s religious literacy is surface-level when it is even existent. Despite laughable boasts like “nobody reads the Bible more than me,” he cannot cite a favorite Bible verse [and] he boasts that he never asks God for forgiveness. [Evangelicals’] alliance with Trump may be the triggering “deal with the devil” that scuttles their credibility and moral authority for a generation or more—and not just on matters of politics.

Speaker and Moody Radio host, Julie Roys, wrote on her blog “Evangelical Trump Defenders Are Destroying the Church’s Witness.”

      I honestly don’t know what makes me more sick. Listening to Trump brag about groping women or listening to my fellow evangelicals defend him.

      Don’t get me wrong. I get how disastrous a Clinton presidency would be. [But] please stop defending and promoting Donald Trump!

      Donald Trump may do less damage to the country than Hillary, but he’s done far worse damage to the evangelical church than anyone in recent history. And let’s remember, the church—not politics—is the only real hope of reforming the character of this nation and saving it from destruction. That’s why the witness of the church is simply not worth trading for a political victory.

      [L]et’s refrain from embracing the person of Donald Trump or defending his misdeeds. Our integrity, and the reputation of the church, is simply too valuable to be sacrificed for a charlatan.

Option four: Don’t vote in the 2016 election

I’ve tried to keep my opinions and biases in check while writing this roundup of views. (I admittedly devoted more attention to the “vote against Clinton and Trump” simply because it has not gotten a lot of press.)

I will go on the record by stating that not voting is by the far the worst option!

Both Clinton and Trump have radical agendas for the United States that must be “checked and balanced” by the Congress. If you choose to not vote for the presidency, please vote for legislators who will block extreme proposals of whoever becomes president.

Vote for governors and local officials who will champion conservative Christian values. Not voting is not an option.

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Option five: Trust God that his purpose will be fulfilled no matter who is elected

The Pharisees failed in every attempt to force Jesus into a lose-lose answer. I believe, that in the same way, God’s plans and purposes will be fulfilled in 2016.

I wrote an editorial for the Presidential Prayer Team that makes the case that God’s purposes have always been fulfilled in spite of immoral leaders such as Pharaoh, Cyrus, Nebuchadnezzar, Augustus Caesar, Herod, Pontius Pilate and all the rest down through history for blessings—and judgments—on his people!

Are we trusting in God—like our national motto proclaims—or are we trusting in politicians of all parties?

However, this does not mean we disengage from the world. We must work and pray for just causes!

      He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8 NASB).

      Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good (Romans 12:21).

      Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity (1 Timothy 2:2).

I think Lori Hollinger, a wise woman from my small group at church, put it best:

      The Jews thought Jesus came to take over and conquer the Roman Empire. They thought he was a government leader—not the Savior of the world, the God Incarnate. They wanted a strong, government leader who would make their lives better, less oppressive, easier and safe.

      As Americans, is this the same thing we do with our elected officials? We want Christians in power thinking that’s the way to get better lives that are less oppressive, easier and safe.

      The government is not our savior. Jesus is. He didn’t come to merely be a governmental leader. I may get hate comments for saying this, but I’m not sure he cares about America’s upcoming election. Governments haven’t changed much: the leaders are still power hungry people, with little insight to the average person. They say crude, hateful things, and break laws and get away with it. Jesus is bigger than the American government. He is the Savior of the world, not just America. With this upcoming election, just remember who’s in power, who’s in control, who’s the King of Kings.

On the day after the election, I will be at peace and confident in the power of God almighty. And I will be praying for the new president!

Copyright © 2016 James N. Watkins

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Hi, I’m Jim Watkins: author, speaker, and—for my grandkiddos—”Corn Monster.” (It’s what we do in Corn Borer, Indiana!) This month, our annual look at really creepy stuff. Don’t read alone!

Previous issues
Music issue: 2 (September 18, 2016)
Conspiracy issue (September 12, 2016)
Remembering 9/11 (September 4, 2016)
• [Romans] 8:28 issue (August 28, 2016)
Election 2016 issue (August 21, 2016)
Suck-cess issue (August 14, 2016)
Waiting issue (August 7, 2016)


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Questions from the crypt

My third book in The Why Files series asks Are There Really Ghosts? So, here are some excerpts from the award-winning series:
Are demons real?
Are there really ghosts?
Are vampires, werewolves real?
Are witches real?
Can you talk to the dead?
Do Ouija boards really send messages from the spirit world?
Psychic secrets revealed “Swami Watkins” will amaze you!


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Real-life monster threatens

Wednesday, October 5 My thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered loss of life and property in the Caribbean and for those still in Hurricane Matthew’s sights in the American southeast.

But are hurricanes, as well as tornadoes and earthquakes, truly “acts of God”? Here are some thoughts. Meanwhile, praying, praying, praying.


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Should Christians celebrate Halloween?

Search Google for “Should Christians celebrate Halloween?” and you’ll get about one thousand sites covering everything from “it’s completely harmless” to “it’s completely hellish.” Here’s site number 1,001 that’s somewhere in the middle: [Continue reading]



Top ten reasons Halloween strange holiday

I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category. It’s the only time of year when . . .

10. . . . you can cross dress without having to come out of the closet.

9. . . . Americans actually consume a waxy substance known as “candy corn.” (The rest of the year the material is used to manufacture patio candles and seals for toilets.) [Continue reading].


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Cartoon of the month

Get your daily dose of my cartoons on Facebook, Twitter and at the archives.

And follow my race for the White House at Watkins for President 2016. The Tupperware Party: “Putting a lid on government.”

And for a collection of the best—and a few of the worst—cartoons: I Have a Meme. Two hundred cartoons include snarky comments by “Evil Jim.”


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True colors shining through

Fall always challenges to me to show brighter and bolder colors as I age. I want my “autumn years” to be spectacular! So, here’s what I’m aiming for as God displays His amazing artwork . . . [Continue to photo essay]


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Top ten sites from September

I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category: Top ten posts from September 2016 (Numbers in parentheses are previous month’s ranking.)


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This month’s podcast, etc.

Can you take things out of this world and into the next? I believe You can take it with you! Listen to the brand new podcast (2:11 minutes).

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