The Answer for Your Nation’s Future

The Answer for Your Nation’s Future
By Pastor Lee Hemen
November 11, 2016

I know that some of you have encouraged caution and understanding toward those who are mentally unraveled because of Trump’s win, but to be honest it is getting harder and harder to do as each day pass and when another liberal screed is shoved at us from the liberal elites.

I was reminded by a very thoughtful personal friend that the rioting of the Vietnam era actually solidified moderates, independents, and conservatives to vote for Nixon and later Reagan. The riots today are actually doing the very same thing. Already several folk I know who voted for Sanders or Hillary are now completely dismayed at what they are hearing and seeing. One commented that she was now glad Trump won and hoped only the best for him and the Nation. When I asked her why the change she remarked “Look at those who are now rioting or sending hateful messages; that’s not me nor does it represent who I am. I am appalled.”

While I understand someone’s depression when their candidate lost, I do not understand their vitriol, contempt, or hatred. You would not have seen the same actions from those of us who voted for Trump if he lost. You did not see it from us when Obama won twice. Yes we wrote about his inability to lead, but we never encouraged violence, hatred, or murdering him. Now I am not talking about the ultra-conservative lunatic fringe. And what we are seeing now from the left is too often tacitly condoned by the media and others.

Actress Lea DeLaria found herself in hot water after she wrote on Instagram that she wanted to “take out” Republicans and Independents with a baseball bat. Only she used vulgarities that I will not include in this post. Others have done the same thing and many going so far as to ask that someone shoot Trump with a sniper rifle.

Fashion designer Andrew Warren has had to come to the defense of his longtime friend Tiffany Trump following a barrage of hateful posts and death threats against her and her family. And he has had to suffer vulgar hate-filled messages from his friendship with her.

The CEO of Grubhub, an online food delivery service, sent a company-wide email strongly suggesting employees who agree with President-elect Donald Trump’s behaviors and his campaign rhetoric should resign. It was a worded threat to those who voted for Trump.

Perhaps one of the best responses was by Jennifer Lawrence and while I totally disagree with her political views I believe what she wrote should be embraced by those who are struggling. The actress responded to President-elect Donald Trump’s victory, in an essay posted Thursday morning that she wrote for Broadly, Vice’s women’s interest channel. She wrote that “I want to be positive; I want to support our democracy, but what can we take away from this? It’s a genuine question that we all need to ask ourselves,” writes the Oscar-winning actress. “We shouldn’t blame anyone, we shouldn’t riot in the streets. We should think strongly and clearly about what to do next because we cannot change the past.” And concluded her remarks by writing “Do not let this defeat you — let this enrage you! Let it motivate you!” Lawrence added. “Let this be the fire you didn’t have before. If you are an immigrant, if you are a person of color, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a woman — don’t be afraid, be loud!”

What Ms Lawrence is encouraging is exactly what those who voted for Trump went door-to-door for him and what they did to get him elected. Many Americans, me included, are not totally overjoyed at Trump being President but we could not stand by and let the same old thing happen again and have a completely corrupt individual who disdains her own Nation’s security be President.

Just remember as there is zany and unrealistic rhetoric to succeed from the Union, violent riots, and vulgar Facebook posts and Tweets you can throw the bum out in four years! Do what you encouraged us in middle class America to do the past eight long and frustrating years: Pray for your Nation, your leaders, and yes the President, because whether you want to believe it or not we did.

As believers we are to show compassion and encouragement to those around us, and we are to pray for the lost and our Nation.
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This article is copyrighted © 2016 by Lee Hemen and is the sole property of Lee Hemen, and may not be used unless you quote the entire article and have my permission.

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5 responses to “The Answer for Your Nation’s Future

  1. You may not have threatened Obama, but the death threats started the day after his election. And those didn’t come from those who voted for him. The fact that “Christians” believe a person as morally bankrupt as Trump is worthy of the Presidency destroys all our credibility to speak to the people on issues of morality. Clinton wasn’t any better. We Christians MUST step up and encourage better people to run, whether they are liberal or conservative, Christian or non-Christian.

    • I disagree with your assessment that a Christian voting for Trump “destroys all our credibility to speak to the people on issues of morality”. No it does not. That is a faulty premise. I would gently remind you that until we can vote for Jesus himself we will never find a truly godly person to vote for. We always have to choose between two evils, so-to-speak. I do agree that we must encourage better people to run, however we had that in spades during the primaries and Christians stayed home and did not vote. We are not perfect until we stand before his throne in heaven, so until then I as an imperfect believer, no matter whom I vote for, will still speak out against issues or people I think are wrong or not worthy of my support.

      • I don’t know in what world you’re living. For one, most of those “in spades” Christians were not any better. And YOUNG people are rejecting the church in huge numbers because of the alignment of Christian leaders with questionable candidates and church leaders. All 3 of my daughters have left my former church and are staying away from other churches because they are aghast at the level of hypocrisy that is emanating from the church. They have Muslim friends who live in fear (we just had 3 yahoos arrested in our area for planning to blow up a Muslim housing complex), gay friends who treat everyone else better than their “Christian” brothers treat them, and they are tired of church leaders focusing on political victory and control over LIVING the Gospel and taking care of the “least of these” in pursuit of their own comfort, wealth and power. They see selective enforcement of Biblical teachings and are frustrated at what they see as a disconnect between actual Biblical teachings of LOVE and the leader’s practice of AUTHORITARIAN CONTROL. You may not see it, you may not like it, you might even think I’m wrong, but it is absolutely true that the (mostly) older church leadership is sacrificing a generation of believers because of their own discomfort, need for control, and fear of change. You are blind to the message young people (and many middle age) are receiving from this behavior. It is NOT good for the health of the church.

        Think about it, “Christians” supported a self-identified philanderer, business cheat, self-absorbed, racist who ADMITS he only thinks of himself and has conned Christians into believing he knows what a church is over a woman who is a life long member of an ACTUAL church who has taught others the Gospel and has lived a life of serving others. Putting specific issues aside, how does this make sense? What does this say about how much the Gospel of peace and love means, one that puts sacrifice over self-interest, and says we will best be known to God by how we treat the poor, the elderly, the disabled, the sick, the orphan and the immigrant (not by how much wealth and power we accumulate)? THIS is why GROWING numbers of people are REJECTING the church and either rejecting the Gospel altogether or choosing an individual spirituality?

        Of course, I suppose it’s also possible that many Christians who voted for Trump have bought into the apocalyptic vision and are trying to harken the return of Jesus.

  2. Wow, I can see that you already have preconceived notions and that is okay. However many would disagree with your assessment of the church and why some young people are staying away; many churches are growing rapidly with young folks who desire an anchor. Some turned away because of how many were brainwashed (used for lack of a better term) by educators, the media, and non-family involvement. Most young adults I have counseled over the years left because of their parents hypocrisy. The Gospel of peace and love is first and foremost the message of the cross, this is where the peace and love comes in. God loved a sinful world so much that he died for it. While I absolutely do not condone Mr. Trump’s ungodly behavior neither do I ignore Mrs. Clinton’s either. Again, there is no perfect candidate and our Nation is divided. I pray that he will work to bring about reconciliation and National unity. I also pray he will be wise in his governing. While I disagreed with President Obama on many issues there was never a day that went by that I did not pray for his wisdom, leadership, and governance. As much as you disdain him, I hope you can do the same with President-elect Trump.

    • The young people I know are fleeing as fast as they can. And the “faith” practiced today are nothing like that lived by my grandfather during his 60+ years as a minister. And he warned about the rise of Fundamentalism and its link to politics and power. But, like you, I will pray that Trump’s Presidency is successful. But he’ll have to take some big steps back from his usual behavior if he has any real shot of uniting our people.

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