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new national values

President Carter nailed it with this comment. And as the recent Presidential election has so clearly demonstrated, most of us do not care about Christian values. We voted our fear instead of our faith. We put our faith in change rather than in love.

The man we have chosen for president does not reflect the values of Jesus Christ. I do not care about parties, tags, or even promises. But, I do care about a visible, historical record of lying, greed, fraud, hatred, vengeance, bullying, racism and a serious lack of self control.

I (and the entire world) have witnessed all of those in our president-elect. It’s the way he lives. It’s his lifestyle. What I haven’t seen is love, caring, compassion, joy and a desire for justice.  We have elected a leader that reflects the opposite of Christian values.

Electing Donald Trump as our next president is a clear statement of our new national values. And they are anything but Christian.

just fix it

Fix it.:

Worry fixes nothing wrote Hemingway. Do you agree? I do.

Worry is nothing but another form of fear. And although a little fear isn’t necessarily a bad thing, we can never let if immobilize us. “Action is eloquence,” wrote Shakespeare, and again, experience has taught me that taking action cuts through any fear or worry.

When we see something that is wrong there’s no need to worry or fret about it. Let’s just fix it.

the election of a new President

The presidential campaign for our country’s 45th President is now over. Once again we have demonstrated to the world how power is transferred in a democratic fashion.

What we have also show the world is that our nation is one where fear triumphs over everything else, and where the character of our President is not as important as braggadocio, hubris and and uncontrollable verbal outbursts against those who oppose him.

Donald Trump is now the President Elect of the United States. His acceptance speech was the most gracious I have heard him in the past 18 months. He promised to work for all our citizens, a real departure from so many of his campaign promises. My prayer is that he keeps those promises.

We live in a democracy, and the will of the majority has been made known. I, for one, am not just dismayed. I am both embarrassed and ashamed. The election of Mr Trump is a clear statement as to the values of the majority of our nation, and those values are not the values taught by the faith I hold.

I will pray for all the new leaders of the United States. I will pray for our nation. At this juncture that’s the best any of us can do.

living & giving

We live in a world where hunger can eradicated in the next 15 years. That’s a fact, not an opinion. Why, then, are not those of us claiming to follow the Prince of Peace doing all in our power to make it happen?

We live at a time when the gulf between the rich and the poor is widening at an alarming rate. Why, then, are we are have been taught that the worship of wealth is idolatry bowing before our bank accounts and continuing to pile up our possessions?

We live in an age where so many of our leaders insist we live in fear and hatred of our neighbors. The Jesus portrayed in the Gospels taught just the opposite. As His followers, as his disciples, we are to be known by our love for each other.

Our faith, what we truly believe in, is demonstrated by how we live. Our lifestyles, the daily choices we make, determine the true depth of our discipleship.

This powerful quote by Cory Booker sums it up. Talk is cheap. We show the world what we believe by the way we live.

“in God we trust” (wrong)

Our true values are diametrically opposed to the values taught by Jesus the Christ and the precepts and teachings of the Bible. Our values are wealth, power, greed and selfishness.; none of which Jesus taught or practiced.

Faithfulness means a lot of different things to different people. But lets not confuse the misplaced values of our immoral society with the practice of loving everyone we meet even more than we love ourselves.

a prayer for peacemakers

I praise you this morning, God. You alone are worthy of worship and praise, and so I pause to again give you glory and honor for your love, your mercy and your unending grace.

Thank you for your unconditional love and acceptance. Thank you for the grace of Jesus the Christ and for the explosive power of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for creating such a perfect world.

This morning I lift up all the victims of senseless violence. Be with the families of those recently killed in Paris, but be with those grieving families in other areas of the world, as well. families in Syria, in Yemen, in Uganda, in South Sudan, in Iraq , Afghanistan, and even here in the United States. Let every member of every family touched by violence feel your love and experience your peace that passes all understanding.

And Lord I would pray that you grant all your children that perfect love that casts out fear. Help us live as your children should live, unafraid of whatever life brings. We now live in an age of growing violence and terrorism. Grant us all the strength and blessing of faith and faithfulness that we might be beacons of hope and light in a world darkened by fear and hatred.

Allow each of us to live alive, fully sharing the love you have first given us. Help us to be agents of reconciliation in every relationship you have granted us. Empower us to speak love and peace in the face of fear, bigotry and hatred.  Grant us the strength to be peacemakers in a world gone mad. And in the end, grant us the blessing of your eternal presence. Amen