About forty years ago I spent about six months in the Gospel of John while I was stationed in Cyprus with the Canadian Armed Forces, working under the auspices of the United Nations as a peacekeeper. It’s my favourite Gospel and I’ve read through it since then many times. I’m just starting to go through John’s Gospel again, only this time in my slow and deliberate, hands on the hard copy manner, that I’m currently embarked on. I have this inner awareness and anticipation that I’m about to partake in a twelve course meal. During the next few weeks I will be posting articles on things that catch my eye, so to speak, within the Gospel of John.
However, I do want to mention that the last few days have been a little troubling. I wrote a couple of articles that entered into the murky waters of politics, something that I normally try real hard to avoid, but I felt strongly led to do so because I sensed that a vital component of the divided nation conflict, with regard to the coming election within the USA, needed to be said. Hence, the couple of posts. Comments were relatively sparse which tells me that most of you folks who reside in the United States, were for all intents and purposes, being polite and gracious. I just wanted you to know that I noted that and I sincerely appreciate your patience with me. As was expected, I did ruffle some feathers. The good news is we’re still talking and calling each other “brother”. God is good.
Since I wrote those couple of articles that definitely had a political connotation, I wrote a couple more, but you can relax because both of them ended up in the trash bucket. I just couldn’t shake the inner witness that God did not want me to go there. I’ve also prayed about it and the direction to move on was consistently evident. It wasn’t so much that the essence of the vital missing component I saw was wrong in stating, but rather that the complexity of the subject matter and the negative repercussions that it could cause, would not be conducive to “lifting one another up”. I felt God saying to me that the problem was just a tad bigger than I could successfully tackle and that I should leave this particular subject matter in His more than capable hands.
So, with that experience under my belt, I’m letting you know that I shall endeavour to keep my personal thoughts and concerns regarding the forthcoming election in the USA to myself in the future and if for some unknown reason, I forget, please feel free to remind me.
Also please note that it was never my intent to infer or articulate any disrespect to my American brothers and sisters in the Lord.
There! I feel better already!
UPDATE: Actually the “discussion” continued with the gentleman whose feathers I ruffled after this article was posted (see comments) and there was a significant degradation in the tone. It was suggested that I not frequent this gentleman’s blog any more and I have complied with his request. It’s unfortunate but these things happen.
I have taken what he indicated to heart and I can appreciate his perspective and how he came to the conclusions he made about my statements. What I literally can’t understand or comprehend is how anyone can honestly look at some of the statements that President Trump has made, that are recorded on video and his numerous tweets and align his character traits with being representative of what a Christian should be. For me, there’s definitely a conflict there and to my way of thinking, to ignore that reality or deny it, simply defies logic. I don’t deny that President Trump has been an advocate for Christian morality, I just have sincere doubts about his motives. But then again, not being the end all authority on any of this, I could be wrong.
So, once again, my apology to anyone if I have offended you. That honestly was not my intent, I merely hoped that we might consider all of the ramifications of this political pursuit, especially as it applies to our fulfilling the Great Commission. In hindsight, I probably should have never voiced my concerns. And as per this post, I shall endeavour not to do it again.
I would also like to state that I have great respect for the people of the United States and especially the Office of the Presidency and I am especially proud to have served along side with members of your Armed Forces.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!