Posted by: pastortomvabeach | October 6, 2016

Thought for the Week October 9, 2016

Here is the remaining portion of the article I posted last week by Dr. Jim Garlow, entitled If You’re On Fence About Your Vote. Remember, I’m sharing this because I think he has some valid insights that might help us decide how to vote and the ultimate decision belongs to each one of us personally. Dr, Garlow’s article continues:

“Trump is right on approximately 75 percent of the issues. I wish it was 100 percent. It is not. I am in hopes that those beginning to surround him can help him connect the dots on more issues. Hillary is wrong on 100 percent of the issues.” (Tom’s Note: I don’t know how he came up with these percentages. My take is that the party platforms will help us to see which party is most in agreement with the moral and ethical issues important to Christians).

“This next issue might be one of the most important, but I suspect few will understand its significance. Trump opposes globalism. Hillary thrives on it. Globalism is far more than ‘geographical’ or ‘eliminating national borders and boundaries.’ It is spiritual, that is, demonic at its core. Few—very few—understand this. This is quite likely one of the main reasons why Trump is hated. Do your homework on this one. Think ‘principalities and powers.’ Serious. Extremely serious.” (Tom’s Note: it was God who separated the peoples in the world into many ethnic and language groups that became nations in Genesis 11, so what does it say about man’s effort to unite all back into one?)

“Not voting is not a viable option, contrary to what the ‘purists’ claim. It is not my intention to begin a war on the issue. I know that some radically disagree with this. My view? They have the right to be wrong.

“Voting for a third party candidate is—regardless of what is said—a complete ‘throw-away.’ No third party candidate will be elected, or even come remotely close to being elected. And yes, that matters to me. And for the record, the Libertarian ticket—Johnson and Weld—is nearly as bad on many issues as Hillary. When I listen to them, I am stunned people of their ability have ever made it to elective office.

“Trump has moved pro-life. Hillary is pro-baby killing, and prides herself on that, and honors the organization—Planned Parenthood—that actually traffics human parts from dead babies whom they have killed.

“Trump wants to defend the nation (which is the purpose of government). Hillary has a horrific track record as Secretary of State, and due to hundreds of millions of dollars given to her and her husband’s foundation, she is beholden to those who want us dead.

“Hillary claims ‘everything is fine’ in America. This defies every single fact, but facts have never been an interest of Hillary’s. Trump understands that it is 11:59 p.m. on the ‘cultural clock.’ America is near the end—morally, economically, militarily and, sadly, spiritually. There are very clear identifiable indicators—measurable ones—that America is no longer the world’s leading power. That day is over. Hillary will hasten the final destruction. Trump could either slow that down—or possibly, with God’s help—reverse it. Maybe. Trump will address the massive government spending. Hillary will expand it above the existing unsustainable debt the U.S. currently is carrying (almost $20 trillion plus unfunded liabilities to Social Security, etc). Trump will expose—and I pray, bring down—‘the systemic evil’ (crony, deceitful, misuse of capitalism) that reigns among many high-dollar lobbyists. Hillary thrives because of them. Trump will stop the massive overreach of government. Hillary will extend it. (Tom’s Note: these statements are likely based on what Trump has said he will do. Again, we hope and pray that, if he gets into office, he will hold true to his campaign promises.)

“Freedoms come in ‘threes.’ Political freedom, economic freedom and religious liberty coexist together. Take one away and the other two will eventually disappear. One cannot exist without the other two. The genius of America is that it had all three, until recently. Trump fully grasps the loss of religious liberty. I have heard him speak on it in person on several occasions. He knows that economic and political freedoms are evaporating. He will reverse that. Hillary will decimate all three.

“Every rational person knows the Supreme Court appointments are paramount. Trump has listed 11 superb potential nominees. Hillary’s appointments would snuff out the tiny vestige of the three freedoms that are left. (Tom’s Note: after the sanctity of human life and the preservation of traditional marriage, I think this is one of the most important issues in this election – who will appoint 3-5 Supreme Court justices?)

“I make no excuse for wrongdoing or wrongful, hurtful words from either candidate. Candidly, I want King Jesus. He rules in my heart. And yours too, I suspect. And I want him to rule here—now. But that day is not fully manifested—yet. In the meantime, we prayerfully, carefully navigate this challenging election season, with great concern that above all, we honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in every arena of our lives, including the voting booth. That is my hope. It is yours as well.”

I hope Dr. Garlow’s thoughts have given you some thoughts of your own to consider when casting your vote. May I remind you of this – no matter who wins the election or what way our government goes, Jesus is still on the throne and His people surely win in the end. We can have confidence in Him and trust that no matter what life brings, He is in control. We are on this earth to spread the hope of eternal life that comes through Jesus Christ and nothing can change that. \

So pray, study, get as much information as you can and be ready to participate in the exceptional privilege of shaping our nation by voting on November 8. Keep thinking.

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