By, Linda Stockton
Recently, Pastor Robert Jeffress from the First Baptist Megachurch in Dallas, said on Lou Dobbs’ Fox Business program, “For Christians not too enthusiastically vote for Trump, to me, is morally inexcusable.” He also said that he “would vote for Trump over Jesus.”
Jerry Falwell Jr. of Liberty University said this, “I really believe that anybody on the Left or the Right that tries to invoke the teachings of Jesus to say they should vote for this candidate or that candidate, I think they’re stretching scripture.” Right after he said this, “I am proud to offer my endorsement of Donald J. Trump for President of the United States.” And then quoted Matthew 7:16.
Dr.James Dobson of Focus on the Family said, “I am endorsing Donald J. Trump for President of the United States not only because of my great concern about Hillary Clinton. I am supporting Mr. Trump primarily because I believe he is the most capable candidate to lead the United States of America in this complicated hour.” Dr. Dobson has refused ALL further discussion on the topic of politics since then.
This is the crumbling, brick by brick, of the wall of protection our faith, as a nation has provided us against the charlatans and snake oil salesmen of the Adversary. When we look to trusted religious leaders in times of indecision, we expect clarity. We expect a defining line being put forth between good and evil. We expect to be guided, and comforted, and blessed with a knowledge of God’s will. But now, in this time of upheaval, lies, deceit and indecency, (aka election season) we are instead offered nothing but insincere and misguided platitudes. Indeed, even the aiding and abetting of deceitful and indecent candidates. When people, leaders, men of faith, do not stand up against what is clearly contrary to the teachings of Christ, they are complicit in fostering wickedness and evil for our nation. They are abusing their positions of trust. It is unspeakable.
Jesus is called The Good Shepherd. His mission was to teach good. To be an example. To stand for all that is right, and clean, and pure and virtuous. To lead people to the Light. Church leaders, regardless of the denomination they represent, are also meant to be shepherds. To their congregations, they are meant to lead by example, to guide and teach principles of goodness and spirituality. Can anyone of faith, any faith, look at Jeffress, or Falwell or Dobson and their tacit, even enthusiastic, acceptance of Donald Trump’s words, actions, history and behavior and say, “Yes, this is a Godly man?”
Jesus said, “Come, follow me!” We now have many pastors, preachers, reverends, bishops etc…who are saying the same. These are not true shepherds. They are willfully leading their flocks astray. Ask yourself who you should follow. Ask yourself if you are just a sheep in a wayward flock. Go ahead, ask yourself what would Jesus do? Would he condone either Donald J. Trump’s or Hillary Rodham Clinton’s conduct? Would either of them get His endorsement? Check yourself, check your conscience, check your heart. If you are following just a bunch of other sheep, then maybe you are not following the one true Shepherd.
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