One of the dumbest sayings I sometimes hear is "don't talk about religion or politics." Often, the people who say this desire to be "politically correct" and not offend anyone (or be offended), sometimes at the sacrifice of being truthful and honest. Sometimes they just like to go around telling everyone what to do. Sometimes they are hippocrites and talk about religion and politics, they just don't want to discuss it with YOU. Whatever the reason, these arre two of my favorite subjects and I discuss them a lot. I admit I know a lot more about religion than politics, but that's a good thing.

It appears that almost everyone has opinions on political issues, but they rarely understand the facts. Even the politicians themselves often don't understand the facts. Politicians often don't even read the bills that they pass. Nancy Pelosi was right when she said, "“But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it...” Now, it's interesting that this statement was taken different ways. Some liberals reported, "Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that people won't appreciate how great the Democrat's health plan is until after it passes." Some conservatives reported that the Affordable Care Act was just too many pages, and Democrats apparently just wanted it passed without anyone reading it. The actual sentence Nancy spoke was "But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy." In Nancy Pelosi's defense (can you believe that?) let me say that I have read and listened to her entire speech, and I believe she was simply referring to the controversy surrounding the Affordable Care Act, and that Americans are not going to know what's in it until it is passed. She is right in that respect. On the other hand, the point that conservatives were making is correct and applicable, but it is probably not what Nancy was saying. This is just one example how people hear what they want to hear and are biased. All the media is biased toward something, and unfortunately that is usually toward a worldly worldview. I hope you become biased toward a Christian and Biblical worldview. Admittedly, a lot of issues in politics are adiaphorous or neutral, but some issues become clearer when viewed through a Christian worldview.

Let me be clear that I am not a Republican or Democrat (although I am registered as a Republican). I am first and foremost a Christian who votes for Christian values. I also align myself with the Tea Party and I'm thrilled that Donald Trump is our President instead ofr Hillary Clinton, but I am first a Christian. I will tell you plainly that this should be your perspective. If the ideal candidate you want to elect doesn't have a chance to win but someone with similar values has a chance, I would vote for them rather than split the vote, but that's of course up to you. I did this by voting for Mitt Romney, who was a much better choice than Barack Obama. In fact, I have a coffee mug that says, "Don't blame me, I voted for Romney." According to a report by FactCheck.org, " a nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics," in April 2014, "As a result of all this deficit spending, the total debt that the federal government owes to the public has gone up 99.8 percent since the day Obama entered office, rising to $12.6 trillion. The total debt — counting money the government owes to itself through the Social Security and other trust funds — has now reached $17.6 trillion, an increase of 65 percent." We are now seeing the fallout of the "Affordable Care Act" and my wife and I have already been negative affected. I belive the worst actions of the President have been ethical issues such as supporting abortion and same-sex marriage. We have to take a stand and get more involved in politics, as they dramatically change our nation.

I think it's absolutely pathetic that most Pastors refuse to be political. Some make the excuse that they don't want to lose their tax-exempt status. I think it's pathetic that this decision comes down to a little tax money. What's really pathetic is that this isn't even an excuse, as not one church has ever lost it's tax status due to politics! In fact, the IRS would surely be instantly hit with lawsuits if they ever did this to a church. Strangely it appears that many churches seem to be avoiding politics and religion. I will not and I am exploring an praying about ways to integrate politics into my ministry. Let me know if you have any ideas. Some have suggested I run for President but I don't see that happening anytime soon. But there are things that God wants each of us to do politically and I encourage you to discover His plan for you.

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