Mr. Trump, there are reports that you recently accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Here are some thoughts to help you on your new and exciting journey:
- There are no dues. You didn’t earn your way in. It was an undeserved gift. It didn’t come cheap: those crackers and wine that make you feel cleansed cost God the life of his only Son. See Ephesians 2:8-10.
- Your sins are forgiven. That includes sins of commission and sins of omission. Spend time worshiping God, alone and with others; confessing sins that come to your mind; thanking God for his blessings, and asking him for what you need. Be aware of your weaknesses and vulnerabilities, but confident in your strengths and capabilities. See I John 1:9.
- If you owe restitution, you should acknowledge it and attempt to pay it. If you owe apologies, you should make them. If someone has a need, and God leads you to address it personally, you should do so, paying special attention to those who are most needy, wronged and oppressed. You are to be evenhanded, wise and gracious with everyone. See Proverbs 28:13; Luke 19:8-10.
- You have a big family that loves and accepts you, headed by God, your new Father; by Jesus, God in human flesh, your true big brother, and by God the Holy Spirit. Christian leaders are available; choose them carefully. Consider their advice along with the advice of a wide range of counselors. See Proverbs 11:14.
- You have a lot to learn, but you have the example and counsel of a lot of brothers and sisters to guide you. Some of their stories are found in the Bible, which you should read, study, absorb, digest, wonder about, pray about, figure out, and apply to your life. You will learn by their successes and by their failures. You will agree with some of them on political issues, and disagree with others. Disgraced Nixon aide Charles Colson and alcoholic former governor of Iowa Harold Hughes were polar opposites politically, yet were brothers in Christ. You’re still family, and you’re bound together by love. See Hebrews 12:1-6 and Charles Colson, Born Again.
- There are people who will try to lead you astray, including those who are or claim to be fellow Christians. The Creator and Sustainer of the universe will guide you by his Holy Spirit. You will be attacked more than ever, by human and spiritual forces. God will protect you. See I John 4:1.
- You don’t check your brain at the door. God will purify, refine and supplement your human abilities. Run things through your head and by the Lord before you say or Tweet them. Sometimes silence is strength. You are invited to ask God for wisdom whenever you need it, and he will supply it. See James 1:5.
- You are not to be judgmental and condemning toward others. Learn even from our nation’s enemies and your political opponents; beat them at their own game. Look for any possible ways to make peace, but don’t be afraid to be resolute when you need to take action. See Joshua 1:9.
- All glory for your achievements belongs to God. You are not to give shallow verbal credit to God, but there will be ways for you to honor him. He is the hand, you are the glove. You are to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. See Micah 6:8.
- You will be victorious in life and at peace in death, whatever the human outcome of your life. See 2 Timothy 4:7.
Best wishes, Dan Eumurian, h o p e 4 y o u (at) c e n t u r y t e l . n e t
Re: Newsweek: Donald Trump’s God Problem Aug 2016 Dan Eumurian
Works at Self-Employed
I know Trump is a “loose cannon;” I published a song about him in 1986.* Yet Hillary directs “unfriendly fire” at conservative Christians. I don’t recall her making even a tepid apology for attacking the women Bill victimized, or accusing people of being hateful when their opinions differ from hers, or repeatedly complaining about a “vast right-wing conspiracy” when the Clinton Foundation (see One America News, Aug. 22, 2016) seems to have engaged with foreign governments in “pay to play” to the tune of many milliions (including giving Russia access to US uranium deposits…. How about a Hillary news conference or two? I don’t like a lot of things about Dinesh D’Souza, but his film “2016: Obama’s America” documented the replacement of secular dictatorships in the Middle East with radical Muslim regimes. There are ways to build bridges with Islam, but we’re not doing it right.
[A follow-up to “Junior Mind Your Manners,” which among other things addressed the flight to the suburbs. The mother of Junior the Pig tells him, “Junior mind your manners, you’re acting like a people again.” “Yo-Yo” takes on the opposite situation, gentrification, in which the rich move back into the inner city, tear down the tenement apartments, and put up expensive condominiums. According to Jim Lehrer’s May 12, 1985 documentary “Where Will I Live?” Mr. Trump did this in New York City. “Yo-Yo” is on my second album, “Farm Country,”published on cassette in 1986 and later released on CD.]
You left the city’s hub just like a greased pig.
You headed for the suburbs where you leased big.
The poor took up the slack in tenement sties,
And now you’re going back to make the rent rise
‘Cause you’re a yo-yo. You’re a yo-yo.
You’re going for a spin and you’re doing people in
‘Cause you’re a yo-yo.
You think that you’re the gentry and you’re worth more,
And so you post a sentry at your front door.
Now the low class way of living you attack hard,
While you throw a higher wall around your back yard,
‘Cause you’re a yo-yo. You’re a yo-yo.
Got to keep the poor away till it’s time to make them pay
‘Cause you’re a yo-yo. (To instrumental break)
Atheistic evolution is a bad guess,
But you’re practicing survival of the fattest.
Though the Lord will lift you high if you are humble,
If you’re living in a lie you’ll take a tumble
Just like a yo-yo, a silly yo-yo.
Don’t be a yo-yo, no no no yo-yo.
Don’t be a yo-yo, a silly yo-yo.
(c) 1986, Dan Eumurian/Come Thru Music Co., BMI, on “Farm Country”
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