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  • feedwordpress 01:11:53 on 2017/01/09 Permalink
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    It’s time for Christians and conservative to end our addiction to Hollywood 

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    A decade ago, I received a job offer in southern California. The money was much better than I was making in Oklahoma, but the cost of living essentially made it a wash. What prompted me to move my family to the left(wing) coast away from conservative Oklahoma was Hollywood. I had a screenplay that was nearly finished and having access to Hollywood an hour away made pitching it much easier.

    In other words, I wanted to be part of Hollywood. No, I wasn’t into the glitz or the glamour. I’ve always enjoyed good storytelling and creativity was being stifled in favor of unnecessary sequels (everything was about franchises back then) and horrific reboots. I had a winner that was almost complete and Hollywood needed a fresh voice. I was going to give it to them.

    Life happened. I advanced in my job much faster than expected, gaining partial ownership of the company in less than a year. With my new partners, we formed another company, sold it along with the first company, and it became clear that my dreams of revamping Hollywood needed to go on hold while I built another company. Today, I have a great screenplay that I’m confident could get bought. It will never be seen by anyone in Hollywood. Living here for a decade and watching the leftward lurch of the industry made me realize that I no longer want to be a part of that world.

    It’s not just the politics and lack of creativity. The rampant militant atheism that was once quietly chuckled about behind the scenes has emerged as a blatant badge of honor worn by so many. There are notable exceptions such as Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, but the fact that they’re notable for being willing to discuss their faith is a testament to the heathen nature of the entertainment industry.

    Tonight, while much of America watches the Golden Globes, I will be busying myself with work. It’s not easy for many of us that loved Hollywood in the past to avoid this staple of life distractions, but it’s something that needs to be done. Christian conservatives in particular should do what we can to find new pastimes instead of supporting the people who oppose most of what we believe. They promote “tolerance” while demonstrating very little of their own when it comes to conservative responsibility or Christian morals. They demand “justice” to be served while condoning lawlessness at the border. They tell us they won’t support the President of the United States before he’s even sworn in while giving tearful goodbyes to the most failure-laden leader in American history.

    With all this, so many of us still pay good money to see them perform. No more. I’m done. That’s not to say that I’m boycotting movies and television. I’m simply going to be extremely selective. I’d rather see a good movie with a conservative message than an award-winning liberal flick. It’s not going to be easy since there are no “Christian conservative movie ratings” apps that I know of (someone should build one or let me know if there’s one already). I’ll have to go with my gut and read reviews of trusted conservatives. To that end, I will also try to put some reviews of my own up on this site when I find shows that are worthy. No promises – I haven’t seen very many this year that fall into that category, but now that I’m looking, hopefully more will come available.

    Christian conservatives often rail against the liberals and atheists in Hollywood, then we support them with our dollars and watch their awards shows. It probably won’t change any time soon, but if there’s a way to make them change, it’s by supporting those who are ideologically aligned with us and avoid those who are not. That doesn’t give us many options, but it’s better than encouraging their agenda by buying tickets to their shows.

  • feedwordpress 21:19:24 on 2016/12/18 Permalink
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    Christians who opposed Trump must open their minds to the sovereignty of God 

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    I thoroughly opposed Donald Trump through the primaries. When he was nominated, I searched for a conservative alternative. On election day, I didn’t vote for either of the major party candidates and “wasted” my vote (though I could write a tome about the fact that there’s no such thing as a wasted vote, but now’s not the time). As I posted yesterday, things have changed. He’s now going to be President and we must push him in the right direction.

    There’s another angle that I didn’t address yesterday: the conscientious Christian worldview. My opposition to Trump was not based solely on my faith and my view that he doesn’t share it. There were more political reasons that fueled my opposition. Other Christians opposed Trump specifically because of his stated lack of understanding and adherence to a Biblical worldview. To those of you who fall into this category, I now ask you to follow a new direction regarding the President-elect.

    You don’t have to like him. You don’t even have to support him (though any American President deserves our respect even if only for the office itself and its role in defending the Constitution). All I’m asking is that you view his presidency with an open mind based upon our understanding of the omnipotence and sovereignty of God.

    Do I believe that God “chose” Trump as so many Christians have postulated? Yes, but not for the reasons that people like Michele Bachmann have suggested. Instead of Trump being chosen to make America great again, I believe it’s more likely that he was chosen much in the same way that Saul was chosen. Through the prophets, God warned Israel that they didn’t need a king but they essentially demanded it, so God gave them the reprehensible King Saul. This decision led to David and Solomon, so an argument can be made that Saul was a necessary evil to get to better kings. Unfortunately, Solomon was followed by Rehoboam who effectively split the nation for nearly three millennia.

    We must always remember that God is in control. Free will is granted to men, but it is God’s will that brings about our leaders. That’s not to say we have no responsibility for matters. It’s often challenging to reconcile the free will granted to man with the supreme will that enacts God’s plan. I can’t offer a simple explanation other than portions of the Bible that prove it to me, but there’s a long explanation (more like a theory) that I may tackle some day. In the meantime, we simply have to accept the Biblical validity of these apparently contradictory concepts.

    God could make Trump a great President. He could turn him into the downfall of the nation. He can use him as a tool to usher in someone else, to take down a system, or to take individual actions that fulfill portions of God’s plan. As Christians, we have to shift from the campaign perspective that Trump isn’t the right man for the job to the post-election perspective that he’s the person we need to watch and even guide at times.

    Nothing is impossible for God. If He can free the Hebrews from the clutches of the Egyptians, he can make Trump fulfill whatever role he’s intended to play in God’s plan. That means that we cannot allow our personal distaste or mistrust cloud our own Biblical worldview. We need to watch what happens and react accordingly without the bias we may feel against the President-elect. We don’t have to like him nor trust him, but we should be watchful of his actions and react to where they lead us. When he does well, support him. When he does poorly, we may dissent. It’s the only truly Biblical way to handle any politician.

    The difference between Trump and past Presidents is that Trump makes it harder to both support and oppose. That paradox has spread to his supporters. As such, we must remain diligent. Just because we don’t know God’s plan doesn’t mean we ca’t recognize it as it plays out.

  • feedwordpress 21:20:12 on 2016/03/27 Permalink
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    Donald Trump, Who Has Never Uttered the Name ‘Jesus Christ’ in Public, Failed Again on Easter 

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    There are plenty of people who support Donald Trump because they think he’s the right man for the job. They want to secure the border. They want to lean on his business prowess to fix the economy. All of that makes sense. However, if true faith in a President is of any importance to a voter, Donald Trump has continuously and conspicuously avoided any discussion of our Lord and Savior to the point that he’s never said His name in public.

    Never. Not once.

    He did mention Him in one of his books once, but it was not a positive quote.

    When asked on ABC’s The Week about Easter, his response was, once again, very devoid of anything related to the actual meaning that the day holds for millions of Christians.

    “And it’s just a very special time for me. And it really represents family and get-together and — and something, you know, if you’re a — a Christian, it’s just a very important day,” Trump said.

    I understand that faith is not important to everybody. I have also heard the arguments from professing Christians that they don’t want a “pastor-in-chief” or that they believe he’s “Christian enough” to protect our religious liberties. I would contend that Trump takes it to the extreme. I would contend that, regardless of how much he truly values his faith, that a man who has openly admitted to never asking for forgiveness from his Creator and who has never uttered the name of Jesus Christ in public is not a man who holds religious liberties in high regard.

    I’ll leave it there before I get on a pulpit myself.

    Donald Trump is many things to many people. He’s often whatever his supporters want him to be in their own minds. If Christian faith is not important to a voter, so be it. Trump’s your guy. If it has any place in the White House (and I contend that it does), then you owe it to your faith to research this man before giving him your support.

  • feedwordpress 08:46:38 on 2016/02/29 Permalink
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    Pray for America. Pray for Ted Cruz. 

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    The country and the world hasn’t been in such a precarious situation as the one we’re in now. Two terms for Barack Obama has brought this nation to the brink. We must have a strong leader who can bring conservative Christian values back to the White House and return us to the proper path that we’ve strayed from since Ronald Reagan left office.

    Just as Daniel prayed for his nation as detailed in the Bible, so too must Americans pray for the only viable candidate remaining who can pull us away from the edge of the precipice. Whether you like Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, or John Kasich, there’s only one GOP candidate who has an actual pathway to defeat Donald Trump for the GOP nomination. That man is Ted Cruz.

    We are instructed to pray daily for God’s Will to be done in earth as it is in Heaven. If you prefer to pray generally, so be it. If you are willing to ask for favor, then it is our firm belief that Ted Cruz is the viable candidate who can lead this country from a Constitutional perspective and through a Biblical worldview. Cruz has not made his living off of the sins of others; the more that people gamble away their savings or spend time in Trump’s casino strip clubs, the more money he makes. Cruz has openly asked for God’s forgiveness and praises Him for blessings. Trump has openly admitted that he does not. Cruz is unashamed of saying the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. The one time that Trump has ever mentioned Jesus Christ publicly was in one of his books and it was done so in a negative connotation.

    There’s no need to try to convince anyone of Cruz’s positives or Trump’s negatives. Either you see the truth or you’ve fallen for Trump’s Pied Piper song. However, if you’re one of the millions of Americans who are against a Trump nomination or Presidency, now is the time to hit your knees and pray for Ted Cruz. The other candidates no longer have a chance of beating Trump. Cruz’s chances are fading quickly; if he does poorly during Tuesday’s “SEC Primaries,” Trump is, for all intents and purposes, locked in as the GOP nominee.

    If you are a believer who holds to the Biblical worldview and you’re against the concept of Donald Trump being the GOP nominee, we humbly ask that you say a prayer today for Ted Cruz. Now more than ever, America needs deliverance. May God’s Will be done.

  • feedwordpress 16:34:38 on 2016/02/20 Permalink
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    Christ First (a reminder) 

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    We are, by our nature, worldly people. I once believed that people in the past were less worldly, but the more I read the more I realize that things shift but they don’t really change. The adversary has planted a seed of worldliness that grows like a weed through society and spreads through our hearts. Fighting against the urges can be challenging even for those who are cognizant of it.

    The challenge we face today is that the temptations that have always been present have been amplified by technology and encouraged by a society that increasingly embraces a secular worldview. Many are shifting away from the faith. Others are attempting to maintain their connection but are growing lukewarm based upon the distractions that surround us. This is to be expected and was prophesied. What I didn’t expect, perhaps naively, is that even those who are strong in their beliefs and actively fighting for the faith can be so easily distracted and pulled off course by seemingly righteous causes.

    I fall into this category. My “righteous” cause has been political. Anyone reading through the last couple of months on this blog can see very clearly that we’ve focused almost exclusively on politics. In particular, we’ve been very focused on helping Ted Cruz win the GOP nomination. Those who support him based upon his conservative Christian principles and defense of religious liberties might believe that it really is a righteous cause when considering that the alternatives are invariably worse for the church. That’s the excuse I’ve been using, but it’s easy to take it to extremes.

    Politics, regardless of how seemingly righteous the cause or candidate, is still politics. It’s still worldly. When we push it too far, as I have done recently, we often don’t leave enough room for true expressions of our faith as humble servants of our Father and heralds for the Gospel.

    Does that mean that we shouldn’t participate in politics? Of course we should. It is through us that the Holy Spirit can most easily move to regulate and coordinate the political activities of the world as it heads towards the latter days. Politics assists with or deters the atmosphere through which the Gospel can be spread. Defense of religious liberties, protection of life at conception, correcting our course regarding the sanctity of marriage, and the general sentiment for the country are all important components of the spirituality of society that allow for God’s Will to be done in earth as it is in Heaven. Our God is Sovereign. Our duty is to Him and if our influence in this regard can be felt through support and votes for people who share the belief in His Sovereignty, that’s a good thing.

    This brings us to the conundrum. Can believers participate in the corrupt world of politics and maintain our focus on the most important duty humans have? Yes. The key that I’m learning is in finding the balance and maintaining the discipline required to focus on Christ first and without sacrifice of the time we devote.

    There was a time not too long ago when I was posting daily to Judeo Christian Church. Business pulled me away. Politics pulled me away. I started doing more to support my business than to fulfill my calling to spread the Gospel. I also started writing more about politics than about faith. I allowed the world to distract me from the most important calling, particularly with the written and spoken word. This is the trap that I believe many Christians face at times in their lives. It seems like something that threatens coexistence between our worldly duties and our responsibilities as servants.

    Recently, I was shown that I’ve also been terribly neglectful of another aspect of my life: family. It’s so easy for us to believe that we’re doing what’s best for our family by working harder and neglecting them as a result. For me, I also found myself excusing an overindulging penchant for politics because I was fighting to defend my children’s future in the form of political discourse. It has made me neglectful of those who are most important to me in this world.

    This creates an even greater burden. In a world with so many frivolous distractions such as the internet, television, and games, how can we also fulfill our spiritual, professional, civic, and familial duties? In the problem lies the solution. The world is frivolous. There are important things in the world that must be addressed; this isn’t a call for people to quit their job and move their family to the homeless shelter. But, there are also things in this world that are nothing more than fun excursions from reality. These are the things that must be eliminated. These are the roadblocks that must be overcome.

    Here’s how it all breaks down:

    • We must make certain that we devote time honoring our Father and spreading the Gospel. This cannot be sacrificed. Christ first.
    • In this extremely important moment of time surrounding the politics of the United States, we have to support those who maintain a Biblical worldview. Otherwise, the secularization of American politics will overtake us much more quickly than most realize.
    • We cannot abandon our responsibilities to support our family, but we also cannot allow the actions of supporting our family or fulfilling our civic duty to betray the emotional support of our family. Providing for them is not enough. We have to live joyfully with them as well. That means going beyond clothing, food, and shelter. It means making sure they’re emotional needs are fulfilled.
    • Everything else can be eliminated.

    This last part is the problem. We love distractions. Today, there is no longer room for them. It’s not just because of the elections. After the elections, there will be some other cause that needs champions, some other battle that must be fought. It’s naive to believe that things will settle down after November. For many, things will start really heating up after that.

    If we can accept that our spiritual responsibilities come first followed by our familial and civic responsibilities, we can quickly come to the conclusion that there’s no room for anything else. As sad as this might be to many of us, that’s exactly what I’m suggesting. Does that mean that we can’t take a break? No. Every engine needs to cool down from time to time. However, if we examine our daily activities through a lens of discernment, I imagine that most of us have things that take up time in our lives that could be removed without anyone ever noticing.

    We have to become more efficient with our time.The last thing I want to happen is to regret wasting anything. Missed opportunities, wasted time, poor decisions – all of these form regrets because we know that we could have done something better.

    I apologize for the rambling rant, but I hope that some of it made sense. We’re in the most interesting of times. I believe it’s a blessing even if it’s also a challenge. In fact, I believe that it might be a blessing because of the challenge. We just need to be willing to accept it and address it head on.

  • feedwordpress 06:58:10 on 2016/02/15 Permalink
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    The Republican Candidates and their Faith 

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    Faith has become a central point of this election cycle to the point that Donald Trump has attacked the very Christianity that Ted Cruz and Ben Carson espouse. It is clear based upon his actions and statements that the Bible is nothing more than a campaign prop. For some reason, many conservative Christians are so spellbound by his rhetoric that they fail to see the truth.

    As Donald Trump once said about himself, “First of all, I am a great Christian – and I am – I am. Remember that.” It’s the type of statement that belies the very claim it attempts to make. As Christians, we have a duty to see through the sales pitch and understand the heart of a candidate as it is revealed beyond their words.

    The Judeo-Christian values that are driven by a Biblical worldview can be mimicked, but the guiding force behind them must be experienced in order to have an influence over one’s ability to lead the country. Trump’s faith is between him and our Father, but we must discern through their fruits whether they will lead the country to doom like Saul or to prosperity like David.

    The visual nature of social media means that from time to time we will be sharing messages that should resonate for our audience. To see more of them, which are great for sharing on social media, simply click on the Messages category.

  • feedwordpress 16:43:00 on 2016/02/13 Permalink
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    We Must Pray for Discernment in South Carolina 

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    I have a confession. I’ve never donated money to a political campaign. Even if I love a particular candidate, I’d rather my charitable dollars go towards, well, charities. With that said, I have no problem with donating my voice and offering my prayers. With the South Carolina primary coming up, I strongly encourage both regardless of your chosen candidate. For me, my voice is going out for Ted Cruz.

    My prayers, on the other hand, are going for God’s Will. While I don’t believe there’s anything wrong necessarily with praying for the success of a particular candidate, I find it difficult to ask the Lord to favor one over another because only He knows their hearts. As a conservative Christian, I can look at Ted Cruz’s history, listen to his words, and believe with my heart that he’s the best chance for America to recover from the damage that has been done for the last couple of decades and the acute damage that has been done the last seven years. I can also look at Donald Trump and hear the insincerity in his voice when he discusses himself as a great Christian. I can read about his liberal perspectives on many issues and cringe. However, I do not know either man’s heart and I definitely don’t know what God’s Will is for this country or the next leader.

    All I know for sure is that I want with all my heart for God’s Will to be done in all things including the political structure of the United States.

    This may sound like a weak perspective. As an ardent supporter of Cruz, one might expect that I pray for Cruz regularly, but I do not. It’s beyond our scope to pray for any political outcome in particular that goes against God’s Will and since we cannot know God’s Will, we must be careful with our prayers. There’s one thing that Christians can definitely pray for from a political perspective that doesn’t run contrary to a proper Biblical worldview. Praying for discernment for voters is something that we can and should do regularly.

    Anyone who uses social media or reads comments sections on political articles has probably come to the conclusion that Trump has a lot of supporters and they seem to be pretty darn set in their ways. The attacks I see on Cruz and Marco Rubio from Trump supporters are often very insulting to anyone’s intelligence, let alone the candidates themselves. Of course, the same can be said by Trump supporters about those attacking him. The loudest in the comments sections or social media are often the most polarizing, but they don’t necessarily represent the sentiment of the general electorate. I’m mentioning this so that you don’t fall into despair. It can be depressing to see so many attacks.

    Pray for voters to have discernment. This article is being written days before the South Carolina primary, but it holds true for future primaries and caucuses as well. To those who support anyone other than Trump, the odds seem stacked against us. It’s so inexplicable to see seemingly intelligent conservative Christians falling for Trump’s sales pitch that I’ve wondered if Ephesians 6:12 is in play in this very situation.

    For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

    Use your voice in the world to educate voters. Use your voice online to guide them. Most importantly, use your prayers to hasten God’s Will so that voters can see the candidates for who they truly are.

  • feedwordpress 01:26:56 on 2016/02/13 Permalink
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    Ted Cruz Absolutely Nails the Role of Faith for America’s Next President 

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    For the last seven years, we have seen the results of having a man with questionable faith sitting in the Oval Office. The economy, foreign relations, and tranquility in domestic affairs have been affected by it. The Constitution has been under attack and the Bible is being pushed aside faster than ever before.

    One of the fears for both secular voters and moderate Evangelicals is that Ted Cruz is “too Christian.” It’s as if electing him will bring about a theocratic regime like a Christian version of Iran. This couldn’t be further from the truth and in a recent interview, Cruz summed up in five sentences precisely what we need in our next leader.

    “I am a Christian and the Word says if you are ashamed of Jesus He will be ashamed of you. I don’t intend to have that conversation with my maker. It is an integral part of who I am my faith. Now, at the same time, I’m not running to be ‘Pastor-In-Chief.’ It is not the calling of a political leader to deliver the salvation message. That is the calling of us as believers, it’s the calling of a pastor but it’s a different role to be a political leader.”

    Whether you’re a Christian or not, most can understand the moral compass that the Bible has always provided our leaders until recent years as well as the ideological compass that the Constitution provides. As I’ve said in the past, his adherence to the two most important books should make voting for him a no-brainer regardless of your religious background. This latest quote makes the ideal case. He’s a Christian who, as an individual, will share the salvation message. He’s a Constitutionalist who, as President, will defend our rights even if one’s beliefs differ from his.

    In a way, Ted Cruz exemplifies the idea of separation of church and state in its purest form. We cannot allow this country to have someone of lukewarm or non-existent faith attempt to lead us. We need a leader who is unabashed in his faith and unswayed in his defense of the Constitutional rights of our citizens. The lawlessness that we’ve seen the last seen years cannot be reversed by another secular leader. It requires a man of faith who is guided by the principles that have made this country great for two centuries.

    In reading and comprehending what he said in this interview, then matching it against the consistency that he’s demonstrated throughout his adult life, voters with discerning minds and faithful hearts should come to the conclusion that Ted Cruz is right man to lead us through these times of turmoil.

  • feedwordpress 09:02:53 on 2016/02/12 Permalink
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    To Any Discerning Christian, this Trump Quote Says Volumes About His ‘Faith’ 

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    Whether or not Donald Trump is a repentant born-again Christian is between him and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I won’t even attempt to judge him since it’s not my place. However, when deciding who to vote for in the coming election, it’s important to take faith into account. We’ve seen what happens when we keep faith out of the White House as we have for the last seven years.

    Personally, I read the Bible daily. I pray regularly. I write about faith and attempt to answer questions of people who are interested in learning about Christianity. I know with certainty that I am not a “great Christian.” I am a sinner who doesn’t deserve the Salvation that is granted through Grace. Any discerning Christian knows that nobody is a “great Christian.” None of us are good, let alone great. Trump has demonstrated a fundamental lack of understanding about the faith he claims to hold.

    There are Christians who choose to vote without applying faith into their decision and that’s perfectly fine, albeit not advisable considering how the country has fallen through seven years of a President who does not possess a Biblical worldview. However, it’s ridiculous for any evangelical to say that they are voting for Trump based upon his alleged faith and his ability to defend out religious rights.

    I attempted to listen to the speech so I could find the exact point that he makes the statement about being a great Christian, but I couldn’t sit through it. I’ll leave it at the bottom so anyone who wants to check for the quote can listen, though I don’t recommend it. If you can trust ABC News, they quoted him saying it as well.

    I’ll also leave a couple of other videos that I do recommend watching simply because they will do a better job at pointing out the fallacies of Trump’s alleged faith.

  • feedwordpress 00:19:19 on 2016/02/02 Permalink
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    In Politics, You Need to Have Faith 

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    Initially, I intended to wait until after the results of the Iowa caucus before writing this, but that doesn’t really match the tone. When you read this, you’ve probably already seen the results which is why the pre-caucus perspective is important when it comes to faith in the system and our leaders.

    The nation and the world are both in God’s Hands. This doesn’t mean that we’re not responsible for doing what we can to help the process. Whether we know it or not, we are vessels of the Holy Spirit, which means that the things that must be done in this world from a political perspective (and every perspective, for that matter) is guided by our Father. That’s why I don’t get depressed by political setbacks and I don’t get haughty after political victories. Even Pharaoh was guided by the Lord to do His Will for the sake of His people.

    I support Ted Cruz. I will support Ted Cruz until he proves that I shouldn’t or until he’s President. I’m against Donald Trump. It is hard to imagine a situation where he can prove that he’s worthy of the nomination or the Presidency based upon his unwillingness to stick to his guns in any political situation, but nothing is impossible. However, if he’s the President, I will support him just as I’ve supported President Obama. The office of the President of the United States should be respected and protected even if we don’t agree with the person sitting in the Oval Office.

    The point of writing this before the caucus is to know that regardless of the outcome, the path moving forward should be the same for conservative Christians: we have to keep fighting. If Cruz is able to pull off the upset, we cannot get complacent. We have to keep fighting even harder. If Trump wins Iowa, we cannot get discouraged. It’s time to double down and push for Cruz to defeat him. There is nothing that can be done at this point to change the results, but regardless of what they are our push must continue.

    The hours leading up to the caucus have been hard, especially knowing how important Iowa is this year. Now that it’s done, our prayers and actions should push forward with every ounce of conservatism and faith that we have.

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