While there aren’t nearly enough of them, it’s heartening to see a growing number of voices on the right condemn Donald Trump’s casual misogyny as unacceptable in a presidential candidate. I just wish there were as many voices on the left condemning Hillary Clinton’s casual corruption.
Remember when we used to say, “If a man cannot be trusted to keep his marriage vows, how can we trust him to do anything else?”? Does this apply only to Democrats?
Just as it would be a colossal waste to buy a fine car and never take it out of the garage, so it would be a tragedy to practice our Christianity only in church. Let’s hit the road with joy!
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
— 2 Cor. 5:20-21
Last night I had the privilege to speak at the Kesher Forum, a gathering of mostly Christians who are there to learn about the Jewish foundations of their faith and how to reach out to their Jewish neighbors. My friend Justin Kron invited me to talk about my book, God’s Story in 66 Verses. Christine and I had a great time sharing fellowship, and a meal, with these brothers and sisters. If you’re near Chicago’s northern suburbs and care about the Jewish people, the monthly meetings of the Kesher Forum are well worth attending. Here’s a link for more info.
If the church sounds just like the world, the world has no reason to listen to us.
A word to those outside the church observing (with dismay or glee) the tortured moral justifications of Christians who–for whatever reason–continue to side even now with the immoral Trump in this election: I’m so sorry. We’ve let you down.
How can you believe in the truth and holiness we offer when we don’t seem to want it ourselves? I don’t know if you’ll ever bother listening to us again. God knows, we don’t deserve for you to.
But trust me–the Savior we proclaim is real, no matter how far His people fall. Whatever our failures, there is salvation in no one else but in the Man who hung on a cross to pay for your sins and mine.
Q: When is an “October surprise” not a surprise?
A: When a tape turns up revealing Trump’s ugly attitudes about and treatment of women.
The only surprise is that it took so long.
“But Ruth said, ‘Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.'”
— Ruth 1:16
It’s easier to encourage others than it is yourself.