TRUMP NO! HILLARY YES!

Author Robert G. Wilkerson

front coverI have often wondered where the German Christian Church was when Adolph Hitler was rising to power. Why didn’t they see the evil in the man? Why didn’t they oppose him?

Well, I think I’m beginning to understand some of them. I don’t like losing friends or making enemies, so I have been quiet about Donald Trump. However, I can’t be quiet any longer, regardless of the cost! Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Silence in the face of evil is evil itself: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” I believe that is true. If Donald Trump wins the election, it will be disastrous for America for the following reasons:

  1. Trump is not qualified to be the president of the United States. There are basically two qualifications for most jobs in America—education and experience. Trump has neither.
  • Trump has never studied…

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TRUMP NO! HILLARY YES!

front coverI have often wondered where the German Christian Church was when Adolph Hitler was rising to power. Why didn’t they see the evil in the man? Why didn’t they oppose him?

Well, I think I’m beginning to understand some of them. I don’t like losing friends or making enemies, so I have been quiet about Donald Trump. However, I can’t be quiet any longer, regardless of the cost! Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Silence in the face of evil is evil itself: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” I believe that is true. If Donald Trump wins the election, it will be disastrous for America for the following reasons:

  1. Trump is not qualified to be the president of the United States. There are basically two qualifications for most jobs in America—education and experience. Trump has neither.
  • Trump has never studied government or politics. He doesn’t have earned degrees in those fields or even a certificate from a correspondence school. Would you want a surgeon to operate on you who had never been to medical school?
  • Trump has no experience in government. He has never served in any office in government. Would you want someone to operate on you who had never performed an operation before, or even assisted in one?
  • That he’s gotten this far without these basic qualifications is why some people call him a con artist.
  1. Trump is a bully. It could be seen clearly in the debates.
  2. Trump is all wrapped up in himself. As someone has said, “When a man is all wrapped up in himself, he makes a very small package.”
  3. Trump thinks he knows all the answers. He doesn’t even know the questions in many cases.
  4. Whether he intended to or not, Trump has stirred up hatred and division in America.
  5. Some have compared Trump to Hitler. I won’t do that, but there are some similarities
  • Hitler was a strong, charismatic leader. According to many, that’s what many Americans want. Hitler led Germany, but he led in the wrong way. I believe the same thing would be true if Trump wins the election.
  • Hitler promised to make Germany great again. Trump promises to make America great again. You can’t restore what has never been lost. America is a great nation! One of the reasons it is, is that we have never elected a man like Trump to the highest public office in the land.
  • Hitler scapegoated minorities (Jews, Poles, and gypsies), and did his best to kill them and destroy their bodies. Trump doesn’t want to kill Mexicans or other immigrants. He simply wants to deport millions living here. Then he wants to build a wall across our southern border to keep them out.
  • Hitler led Germany into war. Trump with all his ignorance, bragging, and loose talk could do the same for America.

Some people say there isn’t any difference between Hillary and Trump—but there is! A very big difference.

Some people have said they won’t vote for Hillary because their insurance premium has gone up. Let’s put the blame where it belongs. The Affordable Care Act has been a great benefit to millions of poor, and middle-income people. If it costs you more, it is because you live in a Republican state that refused to cooperate with the Act and receive the help that was offered to the states. Add to that, the multimillion dollar costs that the insurance companies rake in and huge salaries and bonuses their CEOs are paid.

Wake up, get smart, and vote for Hillary Clinton.

 

The Lord is My Shepherd-Part 1

Psalm 23:1

 When you say, “The Lord is my Shepherd,” you’ve said a lot. David was one of the first to say it. For him, it meant Jehovah the God of Israel is my Shepherd. When God came in the flesh on this earth, he was referred to as Jesus. Jesus did not hide who he truly was. He stated strongly and clearly, “I am the good Shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11).

The person who says, “The Lord is my Shepherd” in essence is saying, “The Lord is my owner and manager.” I have a special relationship with him. He loves me and I love him. I belong to him because he has bought me with the price of his blood.

God in Christ is deeply concerned about me and my welfare in particular. Sheep do not just take care of themselves. They require great attention and care. Jesus is the one who provides it. As our Shepherd, He is always guiding us and working on our behalf. Aren’t you thankful you have a Shepherd?

Robert G Wilkerson, D.Min., is a minister, Christian author, and public speaker. www.RobertWilkersonandAssociates.com.  drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net.

MEMORIAL DAY’S MISSING NOTE

It’s good to remember and honor those who died in our many wars. However, as some of us know, the good is often the enemy of the best. We have recently observed Memorial Day. Through television, we have seen memorial services, both large and small, near and far. Through thousands of speeches, we have been encouraged to remember the fallen. Yet, there has been one supremely important note missing from most speeches.

Perhaps, if we are open-minded enough, we can learn from the Civil Rights Movement how to memorialize people. They fought a war for justice, equality and fairness. They fought it by using nonviolence. Yet, that war cost them dearly in terms of pain, suffering, and death. They built memorials to their heroes; people like Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, Fred Shuttlesworth, and many, many others who were a part of the struggle for civil and human rights. You only have to visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum to see many of the relics of that struggle. One of the best displays is the burned Greyhound bus, from which freedom riders (who were nothing but young college students, both black and white, male and female) were pulled out of the bus by an angry mob and unmercifully beaten.

Across the street from the museum is the 16th Street Baptist Church where you’ll find a memorial for four little girls who were murdered in Sunday School by a bomb planted by a hate-filled racist.  In the park directly in front of the museum, you can see the bronze statues of vicious dogs and water cannons that were used on the demonstrators, including the children. Those memorials and speakers who speak about those days normally don’t leave out the most important note, which is a statement, a statement that says loudly and clearly, “Never again! Never again!”  Never again white-only schools, white-only restrooms, white-only water fountains, white-only movies, white-only restaurants. Never again being forced to sit on the back of the bus. Never again being denied the right to vote by racist trickery or racist redistricting. Never again having to get off the sidewalk for white people. Never again!

Shouldn’t this same missing note be sounded loudly and clearly for those who honor our war dead?  Those who died in the War Between the States, World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and on and on the list goes. Don’t we have enough white crosses in our cemeteries? Don’t we have enough people without arms or legs? Don’t we have enough veterans so terribly shocked by the gruesome horror of war that they can’t function in society? Isn’t it time we say never again to war?  Isn’t it time we learned to solve our differences without constantly going to war? Shouldn’t we be saying at our war memorials, never again!

I know some of you are thinking we’ve got to defend our country and our freedom. The sad truth to that widely-believed statement is that no country in the world has been a serious threat to the United States of America or to our freedom since December 7, 1941. Shouldn’t we be saying loudly and clearly, never again!

Robert G. Wilkerson, D.Min., is a minister, writer and co-founder of People For the Christian Way. drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net. PeoplefortheChristianWay.com

FIVE REASONS TO BE A HAPPY CHRISTIAN (PART 2)

“May the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and thankful” (Psalm 68:3).

Last week, I shared with you three wonderful reasons why you should be a happy Christian. If you recall, they are:  We have been justified, and that we have peace, and access. Those alone are enough to make us extremely happy, but just in case you’re one of those hard-to-be-happy people, I’ll share two more reasons with you.

  1. We have grace. “We have access by faith into this grace in which we now stand” (Romans 5:2a). Grace is wonderful! It is the unmerited favor of God. That means you didn’t do anything to earn it. He saved you because he loves you and he loves you because it is in his nature to love everyone (John 3:16).
  2. We have joy. “We rejoice in the hope of a glorious God” (Romans 5:2b). We rejoice in the gift of God which we have received. We rejoice that we can now live a Godly life. We even can rejoice in suffering (Romans 5:3-5). People can be happy with little and miserable with much. One of the secrets of finding happiness and contentment is to think about all the things you have, not the things you don’t. Learn to be like Paul who said, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances” (Philippians 4:11). If you are a Christian, smile. You’ve got a lot to be happy about.

Robert Wilkerson is a minister, Christian writer, and co-founder of People for the Christian Way. drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net   www.PeoplefortheChristianway.com

FIVE REASONS TO BE A HAPPY CHRISTIAN (PART 1)

“May the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and thankful” (Psalm 68:3).

 “This looks like a group of talent scouts for a cemetery,” he said, looking at the faces of the Sunday morning crowd. He was a comedian and he was trying to be funny. But in many instances, he was telling the truth, wasn’t he?

I don’t know the reasons people have long faces on Sunday mornings, but I know five reasons all Christians should be happy.

  1. We have been justified. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23-24).
  2. We have peace. Jesus said to his followers, as he thought about having to leave them, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. . . Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 15:27).
  3. We have access. “. . . we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through who we have access by faith into his grace in which we now stand” (Romans 5:2).

Access means door. If you’re not happy in Jesus, go through the door, and tell him all about it. He hears and answers prayers.

(To be continued in Part 2)

 

Robert Wilkerson is a minister, Christian writer, and co-founder of People for the Christian Way. drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net   www.PeoplefortheChristianway.com

The Book That Kicks

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword . . .” (Hebrews 4:12).
 
“You take. No want,” said the native as he appeared on the edge of the jungle, and gave back the Bible the missionary had given him the week before. The missionary asked him what was wrong. “Me no like book; it kicks me,” he said.
 
Do you know what he meant when he said the Bible kicked him? Has the Bible ever kicked you? What, if anything, did you do about it? Being kicked doesn’t sound good, but when it is by the Bible it is, and it is good for you. When you get kicked, it is by the Holy Spirit working in and through the Bible. God is trying to draw you closer to himself that he might bless and use you in a greater way. But first, there are wrong attitudes and actions that you must part with. He kicks you simply to get your attention because you haven’t seen them before or, if you have, you haven’t rid yourself of them.
 
What should you do if the Bible kicks you? It’s OK to say, “Oh me, I’m, guilty of that. Forgive me, Lord, and help me from this moment to never say, think, or do that again.” Then, thank him for opening your eyes, and pray if there are other areas of your life where you might need it, that he will kick you again.