Day 7- 1 week in and all I can do is pray and have hope

A lot has happened in the week since I stopped posting and reading people’s opinions on facebook. At times it has been very cleansing and allowed me to have more time in the evenings and I have stopped rage reading people’s various posts defending the hate and turmoil that has come from Washington.

On the other hand, it has been extremely difficult not to want to show people who they voted for, both in the presidential election, as well as our members of congress. The one that really sent me over the edge was the Affordable Care Act replacement and more specifically the comments by Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) who said people will have to start making tough decisions and may have to give up their iPhones to get health insurance.

This attack on the poor really baffles me coming from the Christian Right and ProLife group.

How can you be Pro-Life and make it harder to for people have health insurance?

How can you be Pro-Life and take away free lunch and breakfast programs?

How can you be Pro-Life and deny help to refugees from war-torn areas?

How can you be Pro-Life and take away women’s health care?

How can you be Pro-Life preach Islamophobia?

How can you be Pro-Life and make it harder for LGBTQ kids to live?

Can you name me on policy or executive order this administration and congress that have passed that lines up with the red letters in the new testament?

I really don’t understand how the GOP can be the preferred party of the Christian Church.

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. (NIV, 1 Timothy 6:17-19)

Here are 2 articles from a Pastor John Pavlotiz who has been speaking out against Trump and the churches role in his election and pushing his Alt-Right agenda.

Christian Friends, I wish you really were Pro-Life

It’s time we stopped calling Donald Trump a Christian

And as far as Trump, how can any person of faith say his message is one of God? Have you read a single thing he has personally written on Twitter? Have you heard his speeches about his crowd sizes, or ratings of his shows, or him winning by the”biggest margin ever”
14 But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. 15 For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. 16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.(James 3:14-16 -(NLT))

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In a world where this is our president and this is the image he wants to portray as who he is as a person while about 15 million children in the United States (21% of all children ) live in families with incomes below the federal poverty threshold, a measurement that has been shown to underestimate the needs of families. Research shows that, on average, families need an income of about twice that level to cover basic expenses. He and his party want to push more tax breaks to himself and other billionaires like himself while taking away programs that help our poor and needy families because they are “entitlements” and that poor Americans need to do their part and it’s not fair they have to pay more in taxes, Come on Man!

If the GOP were truly the party of Jesus, they need to heed this warning of his

17 As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good.19 But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.’[a]”20 “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.”21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”22 At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” 24 This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard[b] to enter the Kingdom of God.25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”Mark 10:17-31New Living Translation (NLT)

And for those of who are resisting hate,

He who walks righteously and speaks what is right, who rejects gain from extortion and keeps his hand from accepting bribes, who stops his ears against plots of murder and shuts his eyes against contemplating evil– this is the man who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress. His bread will be supplied, and water will not fail him. (NIV, Isaiah 33:15-16)

 

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