Monday, September 26 2016
The first Presidential Debate is tonight. Mrs. Hillary Clinton and Mr. Donald Trump will stand across from each other and tell the American people why they should be the next President of the United States. It will be fascinating.
What can Christians learn from these candidates tonight, subsequent debates and speeches?
Do they support Israel? A few thousand years ago, a promise was made to Abram. That promise made by God still holds today just as it did the day it was made.
 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
We as a country are not immune from this promise. If we bless Israel, we will be blessed! It makes me wonder if the turmoil that our country is experiencing is directly related to money given to a country that has sworn to eliminate Israel. We have cursed Israel with that financial transaction so are we being cursed? The things that make you go...hmmmm!
Do they uphold Christian values? I have no idea the religious leanings of the candidate. This lack of knowledge does not disturb me because there are many moral people that exist that have Judeo-Christian values that do not have the same doctrine. My concern is where do the candidates stand on the following issues:
Do they support religious freedom? The freedoms to worship and particular preach/teach the Bible are under attack everyday. If you do not believe that Christians are under attack please follow @toddstarnes on Twitter. He will educate you on the daily war on Christianity in our country. The separation of church and state is something that is used to combat Christians and is not Constitutional.
As Christians, our hope is in Jesus Christ and not a political candidate. As a pastor, I will not endorse a particular candidate (not because I am scared of the IRS), but I believe that people should research and form their own opinions.
The Bible says, "For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes." Pay attention to the fruit that these candidates bear and pull the lever at the voting booth. You may have to hold your nose as you do it, but it is essential that every eligible Christian vote.