The divisive issues issue


What a divisive few weeks. U.S. President Trump called North Korea’s Kim Jung Un “Little Rocket Man.” Jung Un responded by calling Trump a “dotard,” an archaic word for senile old man. This past weekend the National Football League saw more action off the field than on as Trump and commissioner Roger Goodell traded insults over players protesting by taking a knee during the national anthem. So, here’s my nonpartisan divisive issues issue:

The Un-tied 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.

God is on our side! And theirs?
Whenever “the God card” is played the ante exponentially escalates. You may be surprised to learn that both sides of the original Civil War believed God was on their side. When asked if God was on the Union’s side, President Abraham Lincoln replied, “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”

Speaking with truth . . . and grace
No matter what our political or religious views, the Bible is clear we need to “speak the truth in love” and make sure our “conversation is full of grace.”

Top ten verses Donald Trump must have missed
While Donald Trump told TheHill.com, “Nobody reads the Bible more than me,” he’s apparently overlooked a few verses.

Ignorance protected by First Amendment
The power of the First Amendment is that it protects speech the majority find objectionable, hateful or simply ignorant. And someday, what you or I believe may be deemed objectionable, hateful or simply ignorant.

To angry voters
Here’s a piece I wrote for the Presidential Prayer Team during the contentious 2016 election.

You want me to pray for whom?
No matter your political persuasion, the Bible is clear we need to pray for our leaders: “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).

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