Bless Your Heart

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“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.’” (Daniel 3:16-18/ESV)

This election season has often led me into “nothing left to say” territory. I still read every day and share links to well written pieces on our voting options and how they may fit into God’s Big Picture. The reactions I am receiving from Facebook friends and some family is astounding. Late last night I received a comment to a piece I linked from Erick Erickson on the Resurgent. “Bless her heart,” this friend removed her comment before I could copy it this morning to place verbatim in this blog. Her accusation of “hater” was clear!

“Bless your heart” was used on me as a passive aggressive head-pat this summer. I have decided to adopt that comment as the perfect response to accusers. When my carefully chosen links to well written, thoughtful, fair, and biblical arguments to today’s challenges are met with accusations that I am a hater, my response will be “Bless your heart!”

For those of you in my circle of life who are agitated, angry, and have even gone so far as to reject me because I have publicly stated my objections to voting for a man like Donald Trump, let me make this clear. If Hillary Clinton is still breathing on November 8 she will be the winner of the contest and elected as President of our nation. This terrible truth is not because she has earned the win but because you have put forth the worst possible challenger. Those most responsible for a President Clinton voted for Trump in the primaries. For others who joined Trump’s train ride to destruction at a later date I have only pity for you. I know many of you in that later category say you have no choice now…but you do!

There is never a right time to join into an evil alliance. There is never a situation requiring us to participate in godlessness disguised as God’s will! It is not God’s will that His people lose faith and surrender.

So, for any who have chosen to take this personally…bless your hearts! I know mine is blessed, and I can only hope that you realize the truth about these times before you commit your vote to evil- because regret is a merciless companion.

“This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to faithful Christ-followers as they recognize God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!”

 

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What in the World is God Doing?

 

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By: Susan Bea Good

“…for we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthian 5:7/ESV)

With just 63 days left before voting is finalized for this season’s national elections Socialist Liberal Democrats seem settled on their candidate, but Conservative Christian Republican types are wrestling more than ever…with each other. The Republican candidate is so divisive that we cannot unite behind him!

For months my Facebook feed has reflected my view of Trump as a candidate to reject. I have made it clear, by the links I share and with my own personal statements, that I cannot vote for Donald Trump. I cannot! Is that clear? I just can’t do it! No, I don’t want Hillary to become President…but the fact remains that primary voters put forward a man that I am unable to support, regardless of the consequence. This argument is a moral one.

A moral argument is one made on principles of conscience. My conscience does not allow me to go to places that some of my FB friends seem OK with. When I share my stand it is to encourage others who are standing with me, to assist some who are wavering, and to dissuade a few from the course they are on. I am not personally condemning you because we disagree. Perhaps you have confused me with your own conscience…which may be condemning you.

“Do no evil” is the principle on which I stand in response to life. This extends to supporting those who do evil- I cannot stand with them!

To take an evil course in order to avoid another evil course is not an option for me. In these situations, and there have been many in my life experience,  I defer to Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding, acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your paths.”

I do not claim to fully understand the situation we are in as a nation. One year ago I was confident that God wanted us to move on from the precipice we faced morally, financially, and globally. However, at this time I cannot say that I see what God is doing with America. I do see that our country is deserving of painful correction for our almost 60 million abortions, perverse focus on sexual dysfunction, and abandonment of faith in Him.

One thing I do hope is that faithful Believers in Jesus Christ will honestly examine their motives for supporting an ungodly man for leader of this nation. We’ve all heard that there are only two choices this election. In fact that may be correct. This election may be revealing God’s process of binary separation. The choices we make may separate us by sheep and goats- those who would not bow to an idol to save their own lives and those who would, those who would follow Him into the Promised Land and those who would cower in fear of the future.

God may be allowing His children to choose destruction or blessing at our own hands. This presidential election may be an opportunity for repentance before He releases His full judgment. We will each answer for our choices in this life. I can explain mine, can you?

“This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to faithful Christ-followers as they recognize God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!”

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Shame on Your Conscience!

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By: Susan Bea Good

“Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy…having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.” (I Peter 3:13-16/ESV)

There once was a time when the concept was so widely accepted that even a Disney cricket advised us, “Let your conscience be your guide.” These are no longer those days. Now the popular crowd admonishes that following one’s deeply held beliefs is an offense to be booed!

This year’s presidential elections have left me feeling personally “booed.” I’ve been called a “loser” while being repeatedly ordered to, “Get over it!”

If you too have been subjected to shaming because you’ve chosen not to support an evil candidate you are not alone. And although it seems that each week another tall figure falls to the pressure, we are still in very good company. We can still find encouragement that some men of faith have not fallen for the populist pressure.

Politics naturally attracts liars and con-men. There’s a lot of power and wealth to be gained by the unscrupulous who obtain a public office. That being said, there are still many true servants out there who remain faithful to their commitments to work for us, not themselves.

I have found one useful purpose for Trump, character-delineation. I only need to ask where one stands on the man.

My conscience is clear, and will remain that way. I can only imagine the regret conscience-offenders are going to reap at the end of this test.

“This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to Christ-followers as they recognize God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!”

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Unemployed Partisan Looking for a Job

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By: Susan Bea Good

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16/ESV)

This morning I feel as though I lost a meaningful job. Earlier this year I declined to run again as Precinct Delegate because I knew that my conscience would not allow me to promote the con-man who seemed destined to win the Republican nomination. In past elections I have knocked on doors, talked to voters, and worked with the local Republican Party in getting out the vote. Not this year, and maybe never again!

Today the slobbering Chris Christie is doubling down on his accusation that all who will not work to elect his idol are essentially working to elect Hillary Clinton. I have had enough of this rhetoric. One of my Facebook friends recently asked me if I was planning to vote for Hillary- because I’m not supporting Trump. Others have said they were disappointed in my anti-Trump stand. I have never assisted a Liberal into office and will not start now. Since both Hillary and Donald are Liberals I won’t be supporting or voting for either.

I may not be able to vote for my Party’s nominee this year but I still love my country. I realize too that the current con-man is merely a symptom of the peoples’ foolishness and greed. Those who are following Trump have either failed to understand or chosen to ignore his character. I still believe that character counts, which makes it impossible for me to support a man who has spent seventy years exemplifying ungodliness- despite what many popular preachers are saying about him these days.

For now I am without a political party and without a candidate to support this election season. However, I will never be out of a significant job. My main work is still to testify that Jesus Christ is Lord and live a life that is pleasing to Him.

“This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to Christ-followers as they recognize God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!”

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Second Chance for Trump Voters

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By: Susan Bea Good

“David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’ And Nathan said to David, ‘The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.'” (2 Samuel 12:13/ESV)

I am troubled almost daily by those who demand that I abandon my principles and commit to voting for Donald Trump in November. I recognize the lack of wisdom (or worse) that each of these voters proved with their primary selections, yet I am willing to give them a second chance. The Republican convention begins next week in Cleveland. It is possible for this Party to nominate a true Conservative…but this would require repentance from Trumpism.

Trump voters have welcomed a new religion into America. Shockingly, it’s the “evangelicals” who have filled the pews in worship of a new savior, the one they believe has the answers to all their problems. The foolishness of this stance takes my breath away!

Why must I promise to cast my  vote for a man who has never been a Conservative?…so that “Hitlery” doesn’t win…to “Make America Great Again”…to build a wall…to stop all those evil Mexicans, Muslims, and Jews from taking over America?

True Conservatives have been working hard for months preparing a Republican Party statement of faith that can withstand the assaults coming next week. The convention begins Monday, with a presumed nominee who cannot commit to the Party statement. Will the Republicans pass him through? Or will they take their second chance and free the delegates to vote their consciences?

“This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to Christ-followers as they recognize God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!”

 

 

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What Do You Mean by “Wrong?”

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By: Susan Bea Good

“For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.” (Colossians 3:25/ESV)

This morning James Comey is testifying before a Congressional committee. Once called “upright,” the FBI Director is no longer that man.

Comey’s unprecedented recommendation that the Justice Department not prosecute Hillary Clinton is beyond explanation. When asked specifically about Ms. Clinton’s reckless behavior while handling top secret materials, whether it was “wrong”…Comey could only respond with, “What do you mean by “Wrong?”

I returned earlier this week from a working trip to a Socialist South American country. Their Presidente undermines and threatens freedom in all of its forms. I recognized many similarities to my homeland these days.

These are remarkable times when truth and freedom no longer reign in America. Liars and cheats rule us, while fools fight to promote the worst of all candidate-choices for the people in November.

My faith is in the Lord…I do not put my hope in any man. America was blessed by God for 200 years…this blessing seems to be over.

This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to Christ-followers as they recognize God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!

 

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Guns and Gays

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By: Susan Bea Good

“An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?” (Jeremiah 5:30-31/ESV)

President Obama blames guns for Sunday’s massacre at Pulse, a Gay night club in Orlando Florida. The shooter was a deranged Muslim who claimed inspiration by ISIS, a Satanic worldview which condemns homosexuals to death.

When a crazy man uses his gun to murder innocent people we are told that we should not have our guns. If this makes sense to you then maybe you believe that if a Muslim is incited by his unholy Quran to murder homosexuals, society must respond by outlawing it. Not outlawing murder or the Quran, but outlawing homosexuality!

Barack Obama has often demonstrated his comfort with the Muslim worldview. The same Muslim view which promotes the eradication of the homosexual. Ironic because Obama has been a champion for Gay causes worldwide. The irony continues when one realizes that Islam permits pedophilia, and commonly practices homosexual abuse of young boys.

There is no sense to be made of Obama or Islam. Both are confused and contradictory. For the Christ-follower these are interesting times which require us to defend both the gun and the gay.

The hope of this blogger is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!

 

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