Wednesday, May 4, 2016

My thoughts on Ted Cruz dropping out

Obviously I am extremely disappointed that Ted Cruz dropped out of the race after losing the Indiana primary to Donald Trump, effectively making Donald Trump the 2016 Republican nominee for President of the United States. The scenario of a Trump vs. Clinton election iin November is a nightmare scenario, speaking personally. I am sure there are millions of Cruz supporters and other Christian patriots who feel the same way. Nonetheless, this is the reality we are faced with.

I saw a sermon by Joyce Meyer yesterday. A lot of applies to what is happening in America right now. In it she talked about how people are always saying, “They need to do something.” “They need to do this.” “They need to do that.” Americans in general and Christians specifically need to realize that we are “they.” Nothing is going to happen unless we make it happen. We had our chance to stop it, but not enough of us could get in agreement. But we still have a responsibility, to our country and most importantly to our Creator. She rightly brings up the point that Christians have become passive. "If one carries in the skirt of his garment flesh that is holy [because it has been offered in sacrifice to God], and with his skirt or the flaps of his garment he touches bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any kind of food, does what he touches become holy [dedicated to God’s service exclusively]? And the priests answered, No! [Holiness is not infectious.] Then said Haggai, If one who is [ceremonially] unclean because he has come in contact with a dead body should touch any of these articles of food, shall it be [ceremonially] unclean? And the priests answered, It shall be unclean. [Unholiness is infectious.]" (Haggai 2:12-13 Amplified Bible Classic Edition). You cannot know what’s right, purposely do what’s wrong, and expect protection from the consequences.

I don't know how America comes back from the last eight years plus the next four regardless of which of those two--people win the presidency. I know America in some measure deserves this. You can't kick God out of so much of American life and not expect consequences. So anything that happens, the country as a whole has asked for it. But knowing our history and where we've been versus where we will end up, it is literally heartbreaking, especially when it could have all been avoided. Either way, the answer for each of us as individuals and for the faithful remnant in the body of Christ remains the same. "Jesus must become more important, while I become less important" (John 3:30 Contemporary English Version). That is our responsibility if we are followers of Christ no matter who our leaders are or what circumstances we may face in the future. God’s standards don’t lower just because things get tougher. He doesn’t grade on the curve. So in the immediate, what does that mean for the election in November? To use a quote from Charles Spurgeon that I saw shared on Facebook earlier: “Of two evils, choose neither.”


Anonymous said...

How does one "kick" God out of anything is he's omnipresent? Not forcing everyone to believe in your god or religion isn't the same as kicking him out. I am sure you would not enjoy being forced to follow laws of Wicca. Just something to keep in mind.

Steve Johnson said...

Nobody is talking about forcing anything. To kick God out of something in this case means for a majority to declare that His influence, commands, presence, etc... is not wanted.