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KNOW WHY YOUR BELIEVE

 I had a little difficulty coming up with a title for this article.  It deals with civility, and the inability for a lot of people to conduct a civil conversation these days without reacting hatefully.  While I was dwelling on this problem, I was in the middle of a Bible study on the pastoral letters, 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus.  The theme of these books is about defending the faith, standing firm for the truth.  Over the last few months I have come to the conclusion that a lot of people donít know WHY they believe something.  In fact, I have been making sure I know WHY I believe something.  It has also become my desire to help people know why they believe something, or help them discern for themselves what their thinking, and to shed light on how they came to the conclusion they have. I would love to hopefully help people know the reason for their hope, and to open the eyes of those blinded by hate, hypocrisy and habits. 

          Last week after U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley resigned, a young lady tweeted about it.  The tweet was her take on the real reason Mrs. Haley resigned; it was so she was able to run for President in 2020.  She went on to say that, "of course I could never vote for her.Ē

          I found this thought to be intriguing and wanted to know Why she believed this already.  So I tweeted back a question.

     She seems to have done a good job as governor and ambassador. What reason keeps you from voting for her if she ran?  I donít know much else about her.

  Her reply was very gracious and made her point. 

           Thank you for asking so kindly. Many differences but deal breakeris she supports Trump and the new Trumpian Republican Party. She also did questionable things as ambassador. She says she will campaign in í20 for Trump.  It is simply immoral to me to keep an immoral man and party in power. 

 Immorality is a valid issue and one every voter should consider.   But if her WHY is immorality I wanted her to understand you have to be consistent in thinking. So to shine the light on the Democratic parties stand on immorality I tweeted back;

 He does have a Beavis & Butthead personality, but he has done a lot of good for the country. As far as immorality goes, Kennedy had hookers in the white house & we all know what Clinton did in the oval office, so Dems are just as immoral. Heck, Hillary had the primary rigged.

 I got no reply from the young lady and let it rest.  The next day I was going to tweet her again to ask if she saw this as well, but she had blocked me from further communications.  Not wanting to allow the conversation to end this way, and not wanting to lose a Twitter friend, I wrote the following messages in rapid succession. 

 Need a little help. Yesterday a young lady posted a tweet about the reason Ambassador Haley resigned; she was going to run for President. Then she said she could never vote for Haley. So I sent the attached tweet to ask why. I am curious why people believe what they do.

 So she sent me a reasonable reply. Good reason to not vote for Trump, same as mine. Immorality is a major issue.

 So I sent her the following reply. I just pointed out some truths about the Democratic party and their stance on immorality. No personal attack, just facts. Then she blocked me. I guess she wasn't interested in the truth, or pointing out potential hypocrisy in her answer.

 So I Know a lot of you are still connected to this person. Tell her for me that I meant no harm. My desire is for people to know Why they believe something. Sometimes facing a truth is hard, but it is life and it is precious. We don't need to live a lie.

I got a reply from another young lady that accused me of BS.  Accused me of not knowing what immorality is and a few other hateful remarks about "quitting while I still canĒ. (Whatever thatís supposed to mean.)  So I replied back to her.

             It isn't BS. It's really true. If immorality is the issue, and it is a good one, you could vote for neither candidate. She said she couldn't vote for Haley because she worked with Trump. But Hillary has the same baggage. I didn't vote for either candidate due to this

And the final tweet from the new young lady was the standard humanist mantra,

"That is your truth, not mine.Ē

 She also included a few other similar nonsensical thinking.  So I replied to her;

 Truth is truth for all people. Knowing people didn't want to see that, someone coined a phrase "Turning a blind eye." I was just hoping to open some eyes. People should study the issues, understand why they believe something. Apply the same test for all candidates.

 And then she blocked me as well.

 Christians should be the nicest people in the room.  I truly believe that and practice it.  Thumperís mom in the movie Bambi made a big impression on me as a child when she told her son, "If you canít say something nice, donít say anything at all.Ē  This is good advice. However, sometimes you have to make a stand and defend the truth. For some, the truth hurts, so be gentle.  In the Epistles to Timothy and Titus, Paul tells them to not get into meaningless arguments over minor issues that donít matter.  However, he was adamant they defend the truth and to root out false teaching.  He sums up this teaching in 2 Timothy 2:23-26 

 23 Again I say, donít get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. 24 A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. 25 Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those peopleís hearts, and they will learn the truth. 26 Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devilís trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.

So, when faced with a foolish answer from someone who doesnít really understand what they are saying, treat them with respect, be patient, but tell them the truth.  That is what the Bible teaches, and that is what Jesus did during his earthly ministry.  When confronted with a sinner Jesus would forgive them and tell them to "go and sin no more.Ē  However, he didnít hold back when it came to those teaching falsehoods.  He condemned them for this evil practice. The young ladies I encountered on Twitter fall into the first category as they have been misled by those in power in the Democratic party.  Those in seats of the Democratic power today are telling their followers to kick people who donít believe like they do.  They teach hatred and division instead of a civil discourse.  Itís good to see that a lot of people are seeing this for what it is, just evil. 

So, letís pray for restoration of civility in this nation.  Letís pray for our President as we are commanded to do so in the Bible.  Letís pray for revival across this nation.  Join me in these prayers.  


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