I’m relatively proficient at defending Christianity. I have invested a substantial amount of time and effort in researching facts and the various pros and cons of Christianity. But, I’m just a layman, I don’t hold any accredited degrees, any knowledge that I have acquired is through individual private study. Basically I’ve tried to understand and follow up on numerous Christian related subjects so that I have, at a minimum, a basic knowledge and understanding of the concept or principle being discussed. You could call me a common Joe and that would be pretty accurate. Nor do I claim to possess any superior intellect.
I’m also a student of world and church history. I firmly believe that we can learn from the gains and mistakes from others in the past. I support and am an advocate of democracy but I don’t have any delusions about it’s susceptibility of being able to be destroyed from within. Democracy comes at a cost and it always has and I’m pretty sure it always will. I am also acutely aware of numerous wrongs that have been committed in the name of democracy where those in power have dealt unfairly or unjustly with those under their power. It’s happened in the past and it’s happening now. I don’t believe there are any perfect world government systems because all world government systems are controlled and operated by people and there are no perfect people. Democracy just happens to be, in my opinion, the best possible selection for government and the protection of the collective and individual rights of the common people.
I’ve also learned from experience that almost nothing is simple. Every point of view has two sides and the two perspectives are usually complicated, not simple. People in general, including myself, have a tendency to be relatively well informed in the side of the coin they support or adhere to and relatively ill informed on the opposing viewpoint. This is not always the case but I’m speaking from a general perspective. I can give you a good example. If you spent a year with a Palestinian family and a year with a family from Israel, you would come away with two very different perspectives. Both have strong grievances. And then of course, there is the big picture, only problem being it depends on which big picture you look at. I believe that Israel remains God’s special and chosen people. Any student of the Bible knows that Israel will play a vital role in fulfilling God’s ultimate will and purpose. But like most things that I see, there are valid grievances on both sides and peaceful solutions do not ignore the valid grievances of one side to pacify the valid grievances of the other. From my perspective, literally nothing is simple. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the Children of God.
Having spent 35 years in the Canadian Armed Forces I’ve been to a good number of places around the world including coast to coast in Canada, five states in the USA, Germany, Egypt, Cyprus, Israel, England, Ireland, Bermuda and numerous countries in the Caribbean. That doesn’t make me any kind of authority on any of them but I’ve been there and I’ve conversed with numerous people in all of these states, provinces and countries.
As a Christian I believe that God is in control of what transpires in this world that we live on. I believe in His ultimate authority and His ultimate sovereignty. I also believe that the Prince of this world is Satan and that for the time being, he has been given freedom to pursue his goals, albeit with some limited checks put in place by God. I believe that the ultimate conclusion to God’s will has not been totally fulfilled yet, but it is coming.
I am also a student of God’s Word, the Bible. I strongly believe that His Word has been given to us so that we may be thoroughly equipped to understand God’s purpose and will and to come to a saving knowledge of salvation through the sacrifice of God’s only Son, Jesus Christ, the Messiah, on the cross for our sins and our reconciliation to and with God again.
My apology for the long lead-in. You’re probably wondering what my dilemma is.
The division in the Church due to President Trump.
As I read God’s Word I am struck by the insistence of Jesus, the Apostles Paul, James, Peter and John, on how Christians are to interact with one another. The contrast between what we are supposed to do and what many Christians are actually doing is in my mind, nothing short of amazing. I simply can’t fathom the rational being used to justify the rhetoric that I have heard. And what I find most distressing is the tone of the arguments that are being made.
I know we are to honor our leaders and the positions that they hold and fill. I know that we are told to pray for them and not to speak ill of them. But in like manner I also know that we are told to love one another, to be gentle and kind in our dealings with our brethren and also our neighbors.
I have deliberately not mentioned one criticism of President Trump.
I have deliberately not quoted one Fake News controversy.
I have deliberately not quoted one specific scripture on how we Christians are to treat one another.
If we are the candles of the world, if we are the representatives of light in the darkness, if we are trying to follow the guidance and commandments of our Lord, our lamps need oil.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!