thirty biblical reasons to vote democratic in 2020: #29 Defilement and Deceit

But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person, For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person… — Matthew 15:18-20a (NIV)

And in view of current events, here’s another applicable verse: The wicked earns deceptive wages, but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward. –Proverbs 11:18 (ESV)

In Matthew 15, Jesus repeats this verse in several ways–but he is speaking about the purity or cleanliness that the religious leaders and Pharisees professed and contrasting it with the uncleanliness and impurity that comes from deep within everyone (religious leaders included).

from Patheos.com

The same scene is replayed in Mark 7: 20-23, where he elaborates even further, “What comes out of a person’s mouth is what makes them unclean. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder,  adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.  (NIV)

Can I go so far as accusing the president of murder? I’m not sure, but his lack of leadership and lies about the COVID-19 virus/crisis have caused the United States to lead the death rate in the western world. As of September 28th, the U.S. had  209,777 deaths. The rest of those adjectives are evident in his words and his actions…

Christian, can you really vote for a man who embodies these characteristics? He is the antithesis of everything righteous the Bible calls us to be.

Because of the release of the president’s tax returns, I added an additional verse for today because I simply cannot ignore the deceit that this president has lived. Here is the entire article from the New York Times: The President’s Taxes.

And in case you don’t want to read the whole article here are 5 points:

  1. The president paid $750 in taxes in 2016, and again in 2017–the first two years of his presidency. (That is equivalent to what someone who makes $20,000/year would pay. If you aren’t outraged by this, what will it take?)
  2. In 10 of the past 15 years, he paid no taxes at all, mostly because he had such large losses. (Even if he did lose that much money, it goes completely against the way he has portrayed himself as a genius businessman who has a Midas touch.)
  3. He is being audited by the IRS over a $72.9 million tax refund (!) that he claimed 10 years ago.
  4. Within the next four years, more than $300 million in loans — obligations for which he is personally responsible — will come due. (The Times said the president appears to be responsible for $421 million in loans, most of which will come due within four years. On top of that, a $100 million mortgage on Trump Tower in New York will come due in 2022.) I have seen several articles that classify a president who owes that much money as a National Security Risk.
  5. His businesses lose millions. Mr. Trump has claimed $315 million in losses since 2000 on his golf courses, including the Trump National Doral near Miami, which Mr. Trump has portrayed as a crown jewel in his business empire. Some of these above statistics are from this article too: 7 Takeaways from New York Times report on President Trump’s Tax Returns

And for tomorrow–a discussion of righteousness…

thirty biblical reasons to vote democratic in 2020: # 28 Disrespect

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules the people groan.Proverbs 29:2 (NKJ)

The character and moral direction in which the leader takes the country causes the people either to rejoice or mourn.

…the morning after presiding over the signing of Middle East accords, what is President Trump up to? He’s on Twitter, retweeting doctored videos of Joe Biden, name-calling Nancy Pelosi, and undermining Dr. Anthony Fauci. His fundamental disrespect for truth and the dignity of the Office of the President diminishes the work of the U.S. government, and insults the intelligence of the American people. Our leaders must maintain a higher standard. Pay close attention to the warnings from a diverse and growing chorus of normally apolitical voices in our society speaking out. Scientific American, the esteemed science journal, which in its 175-year history has never made a presidential endorsement, joined that chorus yesterday, publicly opposing the president and endorsing Biden. Trump represents a historic threat to our liberty and lives. All Americans should unite against him. —Evan McMullin, The Topline, 9/16/20

No matter what you think of Biden, Pelosi, and Fauci, it is degrading and unpresidential and embarrassing for the president of this country to resort to name calling like a second grade bully.

His disrespect for the Constitution is even greater, proven by his antagonistic comments about voting, the election being rigged, and generally casting aspersions on every voter’s constitutional rights. (Unless one is a felon in Florida…) Not only that, but threatening to not leave office unless there is a fair election (which he has already set up to be not fair by tweeting every day about ballots, the post office, the states…ad nauseam). What country do we live in people????? Is he a dictator who will refuse to accept defeat? He has made us the laughingstock of the world. Our democracy is in peril in this election.

 

 

thirty biblical reason to vote democratic in 2020: #27 Peace & Harmony

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.Romans 12:16-18 (NIV)

Peace. Understanding. Fellowship. Unity. Compassion. Accord. Sympathy. Order. All synonyms. All have their own verses…

  • Peace — Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. James 3:18
  • Understanding — Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
  • Fellowship — If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 1 John 1:6
  • Unity — How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity. Psalm 133:1
  • Compassion — Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
  • Accord and Sympathy — So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4-6
  • Order — Let all things be done decently and in order. 1 Corinthians 14:40

The opposite of harmony is division, and the president is a master at it. Former National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster was interviewed on 60 Minutes tonight, and whatever you think of him or his policies, he said something that was striking: While we are bickering, arguing, and divided, the rest of the world has gone on: China in its quest for superiority and Russia in its quest for weakening us. And we have isolated ourselves and forgotten what a democracy should look like.

General Jim Mattis, former Secretary of Defense, kept silence on his firing for some time, but just lately he wrote an OpEd for the Atlantic: “Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership.”

Several days ago the President was asked if he would depart peacefully if he lost the election. He refused to say that he would.

This is a promotion of chaos.

This is out of order.

We live in a democracy, not a dictatorship. For a president to suggest something other than a peaceful transition of power is, in the words of Senator Mitt Romney, “unthinkable and unacceptable.”

Let us applaud former Trump supporters who are speaking out about the division, and let us pray for some of those synonyms for harmony to rain down on our country.