The Inauguration

If you think your god can’t win with Biden in the White House, then my friends, you are serving the wrong God!

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Being what it is, I bet you’re thinking I’m talking about the Inauguration of our President-Elect Biden. If you are a citizen of the U.S. as I am, he IS our President. If I join in the voices from 4 years ago, “NOT MY PRESIDENT”, I fail to be a good citizen of the U.S., and I tarnish my other citizenship–citizen of The Kingdom Of God. Want a Bible Verse to prove my point? OK…remember you asked for it.

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

1 Timothy 2:1-2

Well, if I’m not writing about the Inauguration of President Biden, then which inauguration am I writing about? I’m writing about an inauguration that happened that happened a long, long time ago. It’s the inauguration of the beginning of a Kingdom that has no end–a rule that will last throughout eternity. Here’s a portion of the text:

20 “See, I am sending an angel before you to protect you on your journey and lead you safely to the place I have prepared for you. 21 Pay close attention to him, and obey his instructions. Do not rebel against him, for he is my representative, and he will not forgive your rebellion. 22 But if you are careful to obey him, following all my instructions, then I will be an enemy to your enemies, and I will oppose those who oppose you.

Exodus 23:2-22

God has led the Hebrews out of bondage and on a journey to The Promised Land. This is God’s inaugural speech. God promises to send “an angel”–“THE Angel”. He’s talking about the Holy Spirit. I just heard someone say, “Hey! The Holy Spirit isn’t an angel.” And I would readily agree–He’s NOT an angel. But the original text wasn’t in English. The Hebrew word is mal’ak means “messenger, representative”. The Holy Spirit is the perfect and ultimate Messenger and Representative of God because He IS God.

Look carefully, very carefully at Verse 22–“But if you are careful to obey him, following all my instructions, then I will be an enemy to your enemies, and I will oppose those who oppose you. Do you understand what God is saying here? I mean, REALLY UNDERSTAND? He’s telling the Hebrews that HE will fight FOR them. And when God fought FOR them, a battle was never lost. And God fought FOR them under one condition: you are careful to obey him, following all my instructions.

Jesus refused to be a political or military Messiah. Even as He faced Pilate, Jesus was very clear: “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.” The enemy we face every day doesn’t belong to any political party. He is an adversary that doesn’t seek a political office–but to rule from the throne of your heart.

When you become angry, bitter, resentful, and fight against ANY President-Elect, you become an instrument of our Adversary, Satan. Instead, become what Paul instructed and challenged young Timothy to be: that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. If you think your god can’t win with Biden in the White House, then my friends, you are serving the wrong God! My God doesn’t depend of even need the one who sits in the Oval Office in order to win. Of this I am confident.

How can I be so confident of this? Easy! I’ve read the last chapter of Revelation. When we listen to THE (Angel) Messenger–THE Holy Spirit–we don’t have to fight political parties. God promises that when we align our daily lives with His Instructions, then our enemies become HIS enemies. Do you really want to see this nation change in ways that bring God the glory? Then leave the fighting up to God–after all, HE has never lost a battle.

And The Winner Is

Tonight I felt the need to prognosticate the losers of tomorrow’s election. Why the losers? Maybe it comes from listening to a radio program from decades ago called “Leonard’s Losers”. While most football analysts picked winners, Leonard Postero picked the losers in a most entertaining way by using unique words and phrases. I do not have the poetic touch of Leonard, so I will use my best Sgt. Joe Friday style. “Just the facts, mam.”

Before I get to my list of losers, allow me to augment my thoughts this evening. Voting Is NOT A Right! You read correctly. VOTING IS NOT A RIGHT! Before you armchair Constitutional Experts rake me over hot coals, then tar and feather me, read my next thought, THEN decide if you want to continue to pursue your violent intentions against me. Voting Is A Privilege! It is a Privilege because much blood and loss has occurred so that this Representative Republic could continue. It is a Privilege because WE THE VOTERS have been entrusted with the special gift of electing our leaders from the local level all the way up to the highest office of the land. And that, my friends, must be viewed as a Privilege, and not a right. Many nations today would love to have this Privilege. Now, on to “Randy’s Losers”!

The First Loser is the voter whose candidate won the election, but the voter boasts and gloats as if THEY were the candidate.. They insult and belittle those who voted for the other candidate. Rather than encouraging working together, this Loser creates more tension and alienation. Here, the night before the election, we already have too much tension and alienation. We don’t need anymore. But that’s not the only Loser.

The Other Loser is the voter whose candidate did NOT win the election. Unlike The First Loser who gloats and boasts, The Other Loser makes the choice to whine and cry. They will talk about the unfairness of it all. Well, guess what?

The Other Loser defines fairness as them getting what they want. If they don’t get what they want, then it’s Unfair. My deepest concern is that The Other Loser will create more hate and hysteria tomorrow night. Look, we already have too much hate and hysteria tonight. We do not need more tomorrow; or the day after, of the day after that, after that, after that…you get the point.

Our nations needs Winners. A Winner is someone who puts their ideology and political demagoguery aside so that we can become united for the sake of The Republic. The mistake Voters are making is that they love politics more than The Republic. Soldiers suffered and died–not for politics–they suffered and died for The Republic. The United States is more than politics–but when politics becomes more important than working for the betterment of others–well, The Republic known as the United States of America, will not last much longer. Nobody who is worth their weight in salt wants to be around a Loser. And anybody worth their weight in salt wants to be around a Winner.

Whatever the results–BE A WINNER!

MY ENDORSEMENTS FOR THE 2020 ELECTIONS

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That’s right–I’m issuing my first ever list of endorsements for the 2020 election cycle. Crazy year, right? I know some are thinking right now, “Wait, you can’t do that by the IRS rules! That’s not the role of the preacher!” Maybe our spiritual mess is because pastors and preachers are more concerned about what others say they should or shouldn’t do. But today I’m feeling like, “What the heck! Throw caution to the wind!”

I am confident in what I am about to say because I have discovered the wisdom of separating “religion” from “politics”. It’s really easy to separate the two for me because I don’t have a “religion”. I have a relationship with God. And I have uncovered the wisdom that comes from above that doesn’t want us to be a Christian nation, but to be a nation of Christians. To be a nation of Christians one doesn’t need politics–though many of my fellow evangelicals seem to think we do. Well. . .we don’t need politics.

Separating my politics from my faith has led me to this “endorsements” blog. I just heard someone thinking, “Wait a minute preacher! Don’t you want elected officials to be Christian?” That would be nice, for sure–but it would be even better if citizens of the U.S. were first and foremost citizens of The Kingdom of God. Oops, it seems I am taking a journey to justify my own views. So enough of the “why”!

Here is my list of endorsements! (Drum roll, please!) I endorse for every office from local to state to federal the following:

The candidate the supports, upholds, and defends the U.S. Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic!

That’s it! I choose to not listen to the mudslinging ads or any of the mainstream media’s explanations of who I need to vote for. I look at the person and their platform in light of the above statement. Sometimes that means I have to choose the lesser of two evils. This is not a preferred choice for me–and we wouldn’t have to if voters educated themselves, more ordinary and honest citizen run for office, if voters would start thinking for themselves, and if voters would not think they are throwing away their vote by voting for good and honest people.

From the perspective of a citizen of the greatest country in the world, I encourage you to vote for the candidate that upholds, maintains, defends and supports the U.S. Constitution. This election cycle it may require us to vote for the lesser of two evils. It’s too late to change the slate of candidates. AND it’s not too soon to prepare for the next election cycle. Don’t vote your religion–vote for the document that has blessed us with this nation of liberties and freedoms.