Lack of Sandals

I’ve been thinking about my Mom lately. One of the things she used to say to try and keep people humble was “I can tell you’re not God because there are no sandal marks”…

As I think about the current state of our country — some of our leaders and some of their followers, and when I compare it to Jesus’ views of the way things should be, I see a distinct lack of sandals as far as the eye can see and I wonder how we got here as a country, and how they got here mentally. I suspect that this is a good measure of politics in any era and, if we’re still here in 4 years, we try it again.

Jesus:    Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”

Trump: I know more than the generals do. I don’t need to be told the same thing day after day(by the CIA).

 

Jesus: “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone”.

Trump: “We’re gonna make billions!”

 

Satan:  “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: He will command his angels concerning you,  and they will lift you up in their hands,  so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’

Jesus: “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[d]

Trump: “Support for Taiwan is a bargaining chip”

 

Satan:  “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

Jesus:  “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only”

Trump:  ” Make America great again!”.

 

Jesus: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Trump: ” I like veterans who haven’t been captured”
Jesus: Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted”

Trump: (Mr. Kahn’s wife) probably didn’t say anything because she wasn’t allowed”
Jesus:  Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Trump supporters: “Lock her up!” “Send the monkey faces back!”
Jesus:  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Trump: “You don’t know it was the Russians. You can’t prove that.”
Jesus: Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Trump: “It was fun threatening Hillary, wasn’t it?
Jesus: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Trump: “I’ll have my finger on the button. The generals will have to do what I say”
Jesus: Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me”

Trump: “Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me. Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!”

For years, politicians have talked about “values” and “Christian values” being important.  I’ve listed Jesus’ values here.   Do these seem like them?  This is why I cry for my country. It’s not politics. It’s Christianity.

Let me be clear here: I don’t dislike Trump or his radical followers because they won. This is not about winning or losing, as they would have you believe. I disagree with them because of what they say, and what they do… and how far it is from Jesus said to say and do.

Resisting with peace,

John

 

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