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 explain yours?

“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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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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Smiling Bigly this Morning

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By: Susan Bea Good

“…for the evil man has no future; the lamp of the wicked will be put out.” (Proverbs 24:20/ESV)

When my first daughter was a young girl she once asked for “toast, not cooked.” After questioning her I discovered she really wanted bread, not toast. The memory still makes me smile and also reminds me of the definition of “toast.”

Yesterday I realized Trump is toast!  He’s cooked himself with an accumulation of burning remarks made throughout the past year. His racist “Mexican” rant last week led to the slow down of the Trump train to a point where any who still have sense are jumping off.

This fact has put a huge smile on my face today- you could say I’m smiling “bigly.” This expression erupted in full force as I witnessed Trump’s carefully written teleprompter speech last night, flanked my his frantic-eyed females all but mouthing the words to come next. Trump left the prompter a few times, and in one of those reality star moments he again used his own special childish adverb.

Donald Trump’s presumptive position as the nominee we all “must vote for in order to stop Hillary” is over! Hallelujah, Praise to Yahweh!…but don’t stop praying just yet. The Republican Party establishment has not yet disembarked their own train to destruction. They will need yet to disavow the con-man and clarify themselves and their upcoming convention. A conscience-vote is what’s needed in July.

I will not stop praying that my country and my Party stand firmly against evil. Conservatives are not responsible for the evil in Hillary Clinton. We can fight a President Hillary. But God help us if we put a President Trump into leadership. We would not be able to fight him, and worse- he would be our evil!

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

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You Asked for This

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By: Susan Bea Good

The prophet Isaiah’s words to a rebellious Israel, “…but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you
so that He does not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2/ESV)

Today Donald Trump attacked the media in a press conference regarding his fund raising stunt held the same night as the the last debate before the Republican primary vote in Iowa. This five-time draft deferred abuser of American patriots attempted, for five months, to remain unaccountable for his claim that he raised 6 million dollars for veterans. Outrageous you say? But you asked for this!

Loyal followers of Trump are unswayed by evidence of his unsuitability to serve as President of the United States. Instead of abandoning him they clamor to microphones and Facebook in defense of his poor judgment, character, and behavior. There is apparently nothing Donald Trump could do to change their minds. Outrageous you say? But you asked for this!

If you’re a Conservative who still believes in the constitution and still possesses personal character prohibiting you from supporting a liar for President, then you are not included in the “you.”

“You” are the media who have controlled and contrived information, allowing the public to “know” only what benefited your causes. You know who you are…Liberals who refused to stand up to Democrats for the past fifty years!

Republican leadership asked for this as well…you practically begged America to lose its mind after years of abuse. It’s too late now to be shocked that a candidate like Trump is close to becoming your nominee for President.

You asked for this…true Conservatives did not!

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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Not All Aboard the Trump Train?

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By: Susan Bea Good

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.” (Proverbs 12:15/ESV)

Last month my daughter attended the annual Awana Summit in Washington DC. She and her friends are already making plans for next year’s competition to be held in Colorado Springs. One option for Team travel is to take a two-day train trip. I’ve never traveled by train in the US (I have in India, but that’s another story) but the idea seems more relaxing than a twenty hour car drive.

Speaking of trains, Trump’s seems to be filling with passengers at an alarming rate. Its flashy conductor and crew are sounding the final boarding call long before the scheduled departure. Powerless pedestrians seem terrified they won’t get a seat if they don’t board now. The already empowered just want to be certain they acquire spots in the VIP cab. Others seem dedicated to bullying the gasping crowds who yet refuse to join them. All three types of passengers are in full denial of the danger signs on the route they are about to travel.

The Trump train is heading to disaster. If it does take off en route to Washington DC it will most certainly derail from the shear ignorance of the conductor. The passengers will of course be mangled and forever scarred by the maniacal ride they fought so hard to be a part of.

Though the Trump train’s passengers argue vehemently that their route is safe and that all of the nation should get on board…they do not have the nation on board! The clear majority refuse to take that ride. Most Americans understand that we need to travel somewhere different than we’ve been, but that doesn’t mean we need to head towards a cliff and drive ourselves off at a high rate of speed.

I will never get on board with Donald Trump’s presidential aspirations. I will never vote for him, and I will never call him my president. For those who are already on his crazy train, for whatever your reasons, I would advise you to disembark, at once!

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

 

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Cruz is Out for Now

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By: Susan Bea Good

“Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all My purpose…'” (Isaiah 46:10/ESV)

Tonight Ted Cruz withdrew from the race to become the Republican nominee for President. It was a shock to see that message scroll at the bottom of my TV screen. I made a quick check of two other networks to see if they had the same news, just as Senator Cruz made his announcement. Of course, that’s why the whole family was in the background, Carly was so somber, and all looked weepy. I too was weepy…as this was a great disappointment!

However, God still has His plan for America, and that has not changed at all! As a finite human I had big hopes of voting for a godly leader in November, but tonight I have set that hope aside. There certainly are many scenarios yet possible, as I was sharing with a Facebook friend- there’s the Trump University lawsuit scheduled to open the week of the Republican Convention in June. There’s the very sad looking Melania Trump, who appears to me to be just about to the end of her diamond ropes after ten years of wedded bliss with the Donald. But most likely to yet have an effect on this campaign is the Democrat’s “Truth about Trump” onslaught, to begin tomorrow.

Trump’s life, private and public, is so packed full of dishonesty, unfaithfulness, and foolishness that perhaps at the end of this contest the Republican delegates will be inclined to vote for Ted Cruz at the convention after all.

I may be picking up a little sliver of hope again. There is no denying though that this presidential primary season has been effective in revealing the hearts of too many Americans- dishonest, unfaithful, and foolish. Just like the heart of their chosen candidate.

God is sovereign. He will accomplish His plan for America, which may be to make life harder, causing hearts to open to His gospel.

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

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A Five Carat Lie

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By: Susan Bea Good

“What shall be given to you, and what more shall be done to you, you deceitful tongue?
A warrior’s sharp arrows, with glowing coals of the broom tree!” (Psalm 120:3-4/ESV)

Hint to women who are looking to purchase a faux stone ring and pass it off as genuine; don’t go for the 5-carat!

Last week a long-time close friend to Donald Trump released a hit story claiming that Ted Cruz cheated on his wife with five women…and kept these as mistresses! The accusation is so outrageous only the most dense Trumpets will believe it. However, because there are so many dense Trumpets in the media (check FOX News these days) these lies about Cruz gain traction and affect the voters’ abilities to discern truth.

If Trump’s friends had put out a smaller lie it would have been more effective. As we all know nobody is perfect, that means Ted Cruz is not perfect. However, it is beyond believable that a man with Cruz’ longstanding excellent moral reputation would actually be someone else!

Trump however, is “someone else.” By his own admissions (and those of his new found friend Dr. Ben Carson) Trump can be whomever he needs to be. He can change. Believe him, he is changeable!

I think we all know who’s responsible for the false rumors of Cruz-infidelities. That person should never hold a public office of trust. #NeverTrump!

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.

 

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Look For a Soft Shoulder: Steering Clear of a Double-Minded Man

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By: Susan Bea Good

“When going downhill, and a large truck, with white smoke coming out from underneath, is fast approaching from behind, you should_______________.” (bad grammar and punctuation in original)

The written exam for Part 1 of our State Driver’s Training course included a 12-page study guide riddled with bad grammar, misspelled words, and inaccurate “correct” multiple choice answers. It’s a wonder anyone passes the exam.

“Michigan law requires you to have your headleights (sic) on 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunset.” (Translation: Headlights must be used one hour each day…a half an hour before it gets dark until a half an hour after it gets dark)

I came into contact with these and other ambiguous, nonsensical, or clearly false statements while quizzing my daughter this week for her driver’s ed. exam (which she passed). There was a lot of laughter as we worked together through the questions and answers. For me the brain-twisting task was comparable to arguing with a Donald Trump follower. They don’t make any sense…and yet ironically they’ve convinced themselves that they are right- “TRUMP 2016!”

Just yesterday I witnessed Jeffry Lord, a former advisor to Ronald Reagan, claim that Trump’s statements after the Brussel’s bombings, that he would use a nuclear weapon to stop ISIS , was just a joke…like all/or none of the other extreme statements DT has made. Oh really? I’ll have to admit that I don’t get his jokes…and worse, I don’t even know when DT is joking!

It’s encouraging to see good men rise to stand in these times. It’s also a disappointment to discover who are not “good men.” One thing I know for sure, when this election cycle is over we will know much more about one another.

“Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice…’How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you. Because I have called and you refused to listen, have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded, because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when terror strikes you…Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me.  Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord… therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way, and have their fill of their own devices. For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.’” (Proverbs 1:20-33/ESV)

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

 

 

 

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