6.2.20 Devotional

I have been asked several times about my thoughts during all these events, and although I’ve mostly stayed quiet, I felt that perhaps I should share a few words for us to consider.  This is no way a be-all solution, but maybe it might be a beginning for some to consider in light of recent events.

What we are experiencing in this world, and have been experiencing since Genesis, Chapter 3 is summed up in one word:  sin.  Sin is a plague upon humanity based our own rebellion, and in our rebellion, we will continue to decline and choose our way over God’s way every time.  Sin is a revolt against God’s commandments for how we should treat one another, and that is where we have to begin before we can fix anything.

For example:  murder, destruction, rebellion, theft, brutality, anger, malice, etc. are not solutions – they are reactions to a situation that has happened (or is happening) around us; and it is those situations which drive us towards outrage and what some may view as good/bad responses.  Our calling, as believers, is summed up best in one simple verse:  Micah 6:8, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” 

Perhaps, just perhaps, if we (corporately as the church) start acting like the men and women God has called us to be – we can begin to heal this world, starting with our own hearts and minds and how we think about one another.

God bless you, stay safe.  ~ Rev TJ

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Advice for Democrats

To my several friends on the Democratic side of the aisle, here is my advice for the coming weeks: Be very leery of any elected representative who will tell you what you want to hear… instead of representing what you have asked them to do.

The House has voted on the articles of impeachment and their job is complete (save the few who will act as managers (read: trial lawyers) in the Senate). It is time to send the articles to the upper house, and any elected House of Representative official should not care what happens next (unless of course there is a political / personal agenda). This is why we have a separation of powers in the US Constitution, and why it takes BOTH chambers (upper and lower) to remove a President. So, if those elected to represent you don’t perform or don’t know how to accomplish their basic job function … how can they be trusted to do anything else?

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