Monday, October 31, 2016

Fingers With a Brain

Monday, October 31, 2016
“What good is an idol carved by man, or a cast image that deceives you?  How foolish to trust in your own creation—a god that can’t even talk!  What sorrow awaits you who say to wooden idols, ‘Wake up and save us!’  To speechless stone images you say, ‘Rise up and teach us!’  Can an idol tell you what to do?  They may be overlaid with gold and silver, but they are lifeless inside.  But the Lord is in his holy Temple.  Let all the earth be silent before him.”  Habakkuk 2:18-20(NLT)
My bride, Elizabeth, introduced me to a concept of which I’d never heard before.  Quite some time ago when I was pastor in McIntosh, Florida, she travelled the 18 miles daily to the University of Florida where she was studying piano performance.  She and a friend, also a music student, were talking about dreading the drone of practice times; the friend told her to bring a magazine or book.  Elizabeth assumed she was referring to taking a break to read, but she was serious; read a magazine while you’re practicing Brahms!   My wife gave it a try and, she said it was amazing, as if her fingers had their own brain!  She practiced piano while reading a magazine, and her finger muscles learned, and she enjoyed the latest edition of home decorating styles.
This is a particularly weird idea to someone like me who must focus like a laser if I’m to accomplish anything.  I’m not much of a multi-tasker.  When I’m studying for writing a sermon there has to be complete quiet, or I will retain nothing of what I read; I might as well be pouring over Sanskrit or Egyptian hieroglyphics.   I once blamed a bummer of a sermon on the ant that walked across the room; his stomping broke my concentration.
For any beneficial (albeit “offbeat”) practice, there is a cousin which is not so beneficial.  In worship, for instance, multi-tasking distraction is like worshipping a carved stone idol; not much is going to happen between the worshipper and that god!  God rather flatly stated he would not entertain anything before Him.  Frankly, your grocery list, or where you’re going to eat lunch after worship, and how you’re going to slip out quickly to beat the Baptists to that restaurant…is uninteresting to God, and rather contrary to the purpose for which church exists in the first place.  It ought to be approached single-mindedly!
When King David was passing the torch of leadership to his son, Solomon, he had these words of caution about worshipping and serving JHWH:
“And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately.  Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind.  For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought.  If you seek him, you will find him.  But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.  So take this seriously.  The Lord has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary.  Be strong, and do the work.”  1 Chronicles 28:9-10(NLT)
Take it seriously with your whole heart – there’s no such thing as multi-tasking this relationship with your God; you are either in or out.
I have seen the “out” when people are counting the ceiling tiles in a worship service.  Granted, there are times when any minister will fail to make the service interesting or creative.  But we must always remember we’re not there to worship the minister’s creativity or style of presentation; we are there to connect with holy God.
We live in a culture that bows down at the altar of multi-tasking productivity and honors new and exciting.  Perhaps it’s time to slow it down with the kind of Sabbath that allows your soul to breathe.

For You Today

When you next enter the sanctuary of worship, try keeping silent before the LORD; He really is in that place, you know! 
You chew on that as you hit the Rocky Road…have a blessed day!

[i] Title Images: By Raych Hatashe (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

Friday, October 28, 2016

For Such a Time As This - Part 3

Thursday, October 28, 2016
If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?  Esther 4:14(NLT)
Christianity's Answer in Such a Time as This
Morally and spiritually America is in trouble.  We parallel the great civilizations of history in a frightening way.  But I do not believe we are through; in fact, I believe we still have the finest potential of any nation on earth.  I believe that, with strong Christian undergirding, the return of America to be one nation, under God can stem the tide of humanism and cannibalistic materialism that is eating our country alive financially, morally, emotionally, and spiritually.  I believe the flood of murder of the unborn, and violence towards our children can be turned.  I believe with everything that is in me that the church is the place to start:
If my people, which are called by my name, will humble themselves, and  pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and         forgive their sin, and heal their land.   2 Chronicles 7:14(KJV)
And HOW shall we DO that?  What shall we do in such a time as this?
1.     Believe in God  If ever there was a time for faith we are living it as we breathe in and out!   Mordecai believed God would deliver.  So did Esther. 
Note her answer to Mordecai:
Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai:  Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me.  Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day... Esther 4:15-16a(KJV)
If God will ever act in accord with our prayers to save America, it will not be with cheap faith.  And if we believe, we will also
2.      Behave as we believe 
Note the rest of Esther's answer:
...I and my maids will fast as you do.  When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law.  And if I perish, I perish."  Esther 4:16b(KJV)
Faith was the answer for the Persian Jews, and it is still the answer for Christian believers of the 21st century.  Esther believed in God from her heart, and then put everything she was, had, and hoped-for into that faith.  She fasted (said no to self); she faithfully involved her support group (both the Jews, and her maids in the palace); and she made plans to plead her case before the king himself. 
And her plan was the BURN THE BRIDGE BEHIND kind!
It is said that when Alexander the Great landed on the shores of Persia to engage the enemy his forces were greatly outnumbered.  His officers pleaded with their commander to retreat and come back with a bigger army.  Alexander’s response was to burn the ships that brought them.  As they watched their escape plan sink into the horizon he told his generals:  We go home in Persian ships or we die here.

For You Today

You may rightfully say:  I'm not the wife of this nation’s leader.  That is true (and you may be grateful for that!)  But that was the opportunity presented to Esther.  God will present you with YOUR opportunity to believe and behave as if He is the answer to our problems. 
Can you fast and pray?  Can you involve (and yourself be involved) with prayer that will move the hand of God?  Will you make burn the bridge behind plans to speak for God no matter what it costs?  Can you give up selfish thinking, pride, and suspicion?  Can you work and pray with your fellow believers? 
If you can, you are ready for such a time as this.
You chew on that as you hit the Rocky Road…have a blessed day!

[i] Title Images: Edwin Long [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Thursday, October 27, 2016

For Such a Time As This - Part 2

Thursday, October 27, 2016

If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?  Esther 4:14(NLT)
America's Parallel with Israel; Moral and Spiritual Decline
America’s political existence, power and prestige among the nations of the earth are a by-product of spiritual strength consistent with the founding of the land of the free and home of the brave.  The French poet Alexis de Tocqueville came to America in the early 19th century to find the key to the new nation’s greatness; he wrote: 
Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.  America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great!"
In Edward Gibbon's The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire he lists five paths that so-called indestructible society followed which, unquestionably, led to its' crumbling:
1. The undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home.
In days gone by, the children of America could typically expect a Mother and Father to be married, be faithful, and be there.  The crisis of the home and family in America is enough to make one agree with Thomas Jefferson who said:  Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.       
2. Increasing taxes and spending of public money for bread and circuses
America is now less characterized by the "working-man ethic” than the caricature of the human orchard pig.  Farmers turn their pigs loose in peach orchards to eat the windfalls.  All day long the pigs sit in the shade with one ear to the ground, waiting for a peach to fall off the tree.  When it does, they waddle over, eat it, and plop down in that very spot until the wind knocks another one out of the tree. 
3. The mad craze for pleasure, with sports becoming more exciting and more brutal.
If this is not a sports-crazed society we will never see one.  Violent movies, violence oriented child pornography, computer war games...America?  Rome?
4. The building of gigantic armaments, when the real enemy is the decadence of the people.
The downsizing of our military is a misnomer when you ask the question:  How many fingers does it take to push a nuclear-missile launch button?
5. The decay of religion, with faith fading into mere form.
Many of our candidates have a November spirituality that reveals a January carnality.  Newsweek magazine reported in 1989 on a sting operation to uncover graft in New York.  Rudy Giulliani, then New York's U.S. Attorney made the following report: 
On 106 occasions, bribes were offered or discussed.  On 105 of those occasions, the public official involved accepted the bribe.  And on the other occasion, he turned it down because he didn't think the amount was large enough.
Many of our contemporary church members have joined themselves to the culture rather than the Christ.  The carnality of church members in America has weakened the influence of the body of Christ in society.  Consistently the courts are making anti-Christian rulings. 
The culture in America thumbs its collective noses at the bride of Christ.  Like Haman they construct their gallows for the few who have the character of Mordecai to stand against ungodliness in our generation. 

For You Today

Tomorrow we will look at the Christian response to a crumbling culture.  Perhaps it is God’s plan that the church was made for such a time as this.
You chew on that as you hit the Rocky Road…have a blessed day!

[i] Title Images: Edwin Long [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

For Such a Time As This - Part 1

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Story; Esther's People

God's people have always been hero or zero.  Never has there been a time when they were mundane or uninvolved in world affairs.
Abraham, father of God's chosen, rode the hero trail.  He was rich, influential and venerated among Egypt's rulers.  Subsequently the pendulum swung against the children of Israel, and 400 years of "zero" were endured as the Egyptian bondage. 
Then came hero Moses and the people of God triumphantly picked over the greatest of spoils in Egypt, and left for the Promised Land.  But there was a 40 year zero in the wilderness because of disobedience, followed by a hero's conquest of Canaan.  
Hero to zero and back, like a yo-yo roller-coaster ride. 
Riding the crest of unparalleled success under the judges and kings David and Solomon, the prophets warned that heroes can become zeros if they don't keep at what God called them to do.  They ignored, and Nebuchadnezzar's Babylonian hordes carried all the best thinkers and workers into a zero captivity. 
But then the temple was rebuilt, and the land was beginning to be restored.  Babylon's control was replaced with Persian rule.  Persia was notably less cruel and exacting as was the Babylonian (Iraq) iron fisted king.  With some limited freedom and the ability to control their own financial resources, the people of God rose within the confines of a friendly captivity to have influence and affluence.  Where once a proud Jewish nation, the chosen of God stood, now sat masses of materialistically-sated fat-cats.  
Enter Esther!  King Xerxes was looking for a queen because he'd just divorced and banished his last mate.  Esther was the Jewish Cinderella of her day.  She was beautiful and smart, and the king married her, not knowing she was a Jew.  Her uncle, Mordecai, had seen to it that she didn't reveal her heritage.  King Xerxes’ second in command, Haman, hated the Jews; Mordecai in particular.  Haman wanted everybody in the kingdom to bow and pay him honor.  Mordecai knew he should only worship God, and wouldn't bow. 
Although the name of God isn't mentioned in the entire book of Esther, this is a Jewish story, and God can be sensed in the background all the way through.  Haman got the king to issue an order that every Jew was to be slaughtered; the whole race!  Mordecai got word to Queen Esther, who immediately sent an answer back to him that she was risking death if she went to speak to the king without an invitation.  Things looked bleak and impossible. 
This is a story modern Jews tell even today about how powerless people can have hope, and celebrate even in the midst of their darkest hour.  Mordecai's quick response to Esther's excuse is our text:
If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?”  Esther 4:14(NLT)
Well, Esther DID speak-up, and Haman's plan WAS thwarted, and God's people WERE saved, and today the feast of Purim celebrates God's deliverance against the darkest backdrop of evil.

For You Today

We will take a look at some more of how this story turned out next time, but, for now, have you got anything going on that’s bleak or troublesome?  Esther considered, prayed, took a deep breath and then took a bold step.
You chew on that as you hit the Rocky Road…have a blessed day!

[i] Title Images: Edwin Long [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

God's Challenge

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Say to the nations far and wide:  “Get ready for war!  Call out your best warriors.  Let all your fighting men advance for the attack.  Hammer your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears.  Train even your weaklings to be warriors.  Come quickly, all you nations everywhere.  Gather together in the valley.”  And now, O Lord, call out your warriors!  “Let the nations be called to arms.  Let them march to the valley of Jehoshaphat.  There I, the Lord, will sit to pronounce judgment on them all.  Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.  Come, tread the grapes, for the winepress is full. 
Joel 3:9-13a(NLT)
This prophecy of Joel serves as a constant reminder for me that the events which take place in our world are all supervised by an omnipotent and sovereign God. 
The tenor of Joel speaking for God would get him a 15-yard penalty in a football game for taunting the opponent.  “C’mon, give me your best shot; is that all you got?”  God is challenging all the kings and rulers of the earth to gather all their resources, armies, weapons, and every ounce of human strength they possess to bring it for the day of battle.
And in the middle of this invitation to come fight against the LORD, JHWH pauses and declares that what will happen won’t be a fair fight.  He will simply sit in the middle of it all and pronounce judgment on the whole lot…the harvest will be instantaneous, the sickle of judgment will fall and squeeze the grapes of wrath for all they’re worth! 
It won’t be a battle; it will be a massacre – all JHWH’s proud and defiant enemies will fall like a dandelion flattened by an atomic bomb!
The questions always immediately follow; when, where, how, what, why…and the Bible has plenty of clues for all that.
But, for me, the meaning of it all isn’t wrapped up in those questions or timelines or geography lessons.  For me it is that calm assurance that God has this in His hands.  Ultimately, no matter who is president, whether the Democrats or Republicans control the House, or if the Cubs ever win another World Series, God has this.
And it is settled!

For You Today

Can you go about your business today with that calm assurance?  Can you trust Him today?
You chew on that as you hit the Rocky Road…have a blessed day!

[i] Title Images: By DVIDSHUB, via Wikimedia Commons

Monday, October 24, 2016

God's Much-Loved Hills

                                                                                                             Friday, October 21, 2016
On the holy mountain stands the city founded by the Lord.  He loves the city of Jerusalem more than any other city in Israel.  O city of God, what glorious things are said of you! 
I will count Egypt and Babylon among those who know me—also Philistia and Tyre, and even distant Ethiopia.  They have all become citizens of Jerusalem!  Regarding Jerusalem it will be said, “Everyone enjoys the rights of citizenship there.”  And the Most High will personally bless this city.  When the Lord registers the nations, he will say, “They have all become citizens of Jerusalem.” 
The people will play flutes and sing, “The source of my life springs from Jerusalem!”   Psalm 87:1-7(NLT)
There are so many pictures that spring from reading this Psalm.  Jerusalem is the city of God, built to exalt the LORD, and draw all people to worship Him.  It is a city of hills, Zion, Moriah, Acra, and Bezethah.  The two churches I currently serve are Mount Zion and Pleasant Hill; extended hill-places of Jerusalem, meant to honor JHWH.
But the geography extends past the hills and into the depths.  Egypt, Philistia, and Tyre, places of hostility against God’s reign are drawn in as citizens of Jerusalem.  Even Ethiopia, distant land of the stranger to the holy hills, is welcomed as a daughter.  They have all become citizens of Jerusalem, says the Psalmist.
The last verse gives the understanding of this strange Psalm which includes God’s children and her enemies, pictured as friends, even siblings together:
The people will play flutes and sing, “The source of my life springs from Jerusalem!”   Psalm 87:7(NLT)
This is the language of final things, of God’s new order for creation when the lion sits down with the lamb[ii], swords are melted down and reformed into plowshares[iii], and eternity is characterized by worship, unhindered by sin, at Jehovah’s throne. 
It is a new song! 
And they sang a new song….  Revelation 5:9(NLT)
I have served a number of churches as pastor (9 in all), and not a single one was perfect.  (That’s ok, because they didn’t have a perfect pastor either!)  And in each of those churches over the years I would pray that God would help us to become what He wanted us to be…to move away from our imperfection, and move-on towards God’s perfection. 
Psalm 87, for me, is the promise for that prayer – the church standing, holy and unblemished, singing the new song of praise to the source of life, JHWH!
We may now be living in a strange time, with confusing and fearful events occurring almost daily, but one thing is certain:  as the hills of Jerusalem are much-loved by God, the promised gathering of all God’s creation to offer the praise and adoration of a new song to creation’s Sovereign Ruler is a lock; some day, at the trumpeting call of an arch angel, every knee shall bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is LORD.
And it will be a glorious new song composed just for the occasion!  God Himself is the composer, and He will place it in our hearts and mouths.

For You Today

You may be like me, unable to carry a tune in a bucket.  But when you lift your voice on that day you will add to the chorus of praise, sweet and clear in the ears of Christ Jesus.  Wouldn’t be a bad thing to warm up those vocal cords and lift a song of doxology today!  Part of earth’s journey for us Pilgrims is practice for living tomorrow in glory.
You chew on that as you hit the Rocky Road…have a blessed day!



[i] Title Images: User: Bgabel at wikivoyage shared, via Wikimedia Commons
[ii] Isaiah 65:25
[iii] Isaiah 2:4, Joel 3:10, Micah 4:3

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Shutruk Nahunte; a King Forgotten

Like greedy dogs, they are never satisfied.
They are ignorant shepherds,
    all following their own path
    and intent on personal gain. 
Isaiah 56:11(NLT)
Today’s message will not lead to a political rally for any candidate.  I do not believe that is the job or purview of the pulpit.  And it’s not a matter of tax exemption status or separation of church and state; it is a matter of principle.  We respect one another’s right to believe differently, even if they are strong beliefs and differences.
This is not a bully pulpit, and while we cannot endorse one candidate over another as a church, we must speak to the issues which affect lives of people every day.  This is consistent with how Scripture tells us to be Christian citizens:
Fear God, and respect the king.  1 Peter 2:17b(NLT)
To respect the king in the case of a Republic like the United States of America, means to be law-abiding citizens, subject to the rule of law, and to participate (in an orderly fashion) in the governing process of our culture.  That typically works out to keeping your hands off what doesn’t belong to you, keeping it under 70 on the Interstate, and no smoking the wacky weed!
For the follower of Jesus Christ it means so much more.  Peter said we are to respect everyone!  Those who claim to be Christian have no business belittling others or supporting the root of bitterness that divides families, churches and even whole nations; ours is a ministry of reconciliation!
Enter the 2016 political season and all of its rancor, mud-slinging, vitriol and, at times, all-out-slander.  One candidate calls the other crooked, lying and jailbait; the response is womanizing flim-flam artist with a basket-full of deplorables following him.
Now, it is nowhere near my intention to pick apart these and the sixteen gazillion other accusations, cuts and put-downs slung across the aisle in the primaries, and currently in the run-up to general election.  I think we’re all sick of that!
I want to point out just two things this morning, and then call us to prayer for our country.
a.     None of us have ever seen the likes of this presidential campaign.  Perhaps because of the incredibly huge gap between the opposing major parties on social issues it was bound to happen that the most lightning-rod like candidates would come to the surface and slug it out in the basest of ways, with the foulest language.

And I believe that what we have done in allowing this kind of obscenity to fuel personal anger, is that we have sowed seeds of contempt to the wind, and are about to reap the harvest of contempt in our national whirlwind come November 8th.

God help us, we are about to get what we have demanded.  And like the Israelites in the wilderness who complained that they didn’t have the kind of meat they wanted, God answered their whining:

And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.  Psalm 106:15(KJV)

God gave them meat to fill their bellies, but, to boot, they developed a rancorous, rebellious arrogance on their insides.  The whole nation became a stench in God’s nostrils, rather than a blessing to lift up His name!

I am in no way a prophet, but it doesn’t take much intelligence to read Scripture and look at the culture in which we live, and conclude that we are ripe for the judgment of Almighty God.

b.    Secondly I want to share with you what Scripture really says about the kind of leadership we ought to be seeking out:
It has been said by more than a few that we are in the process of electing a president, not a pastor.  I get that, and understand.  However, what I want to present to you is the example of some Old and New Testament leaders who were not only religious, but had great secular responsibilities of leadership.  These people were governors in the land.
And what I would like for us to do is notice one common thread that runs through the makeup of each of these leaders:

Israel (Jacob)

Jacob was the child of Godly parents, who became a business man and built a great fortune on the backs of the little people with lies, cheating and manipulation.  God brought him to his knees and he changed:
I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.


God spoke to a convicted murderer in exile and asked him to go back to Egypt to spring Israel from captivity under Egypt’s pharaoh:
But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11(NLT)


God asked Gideon to lead the nation in battle:
“But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” Judges 6:15(NLT)

King saul

God wanted Saul of Kish to be Israel’s first king:
Saul replied, “But I’m only from the tribe of Benjamin, the smallest tribe in Israel, and my family is the least important of all the families of that tribe! Why are you talking like this to me?” 1 Samuel 9:21(NLT)

King David

God chose the shepherd boy, David to take over after Saul had messed up:
“Who am I, and what is my family in Israel that I should be the king’s son-in-law?” David exclaimed. “My father’s family is nothing!”                         1 Samuel 18:18(NLT)


The man who would be the wisest, richest king ever:
“Now, O Lord my God, you have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around.                 1 Kings 3:7(NLT)


God needed a prophet and called Isaiah:
Then I [Isaiah] said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips….”                                   Isaiah 6:5(NLT)


God needed another prophet when the people wouldn’t listen to the ones He had sent:
“O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!”  Jeremiah 1:6(NLT)


God wanted a man He could count on to stand up and speak up to the powers that be.  When Jesus performed a miracle of a net full of fish, Peter saw the holiness of God right before him:
When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man.”  Luke 5:8(NLT)

So – what is the common thread?

It was humility, which God used to bring His own holy kingdom on earth.
And it is humility that we must pray for…for ourselves and our leaders.
In the movie The Emperor’s Club[ii], Kevin Kline plays Mr. Hundert, a classics professor at an elite prep school.  Mr. Hundert has a very high standard for himself in ethical behavior, and wishes his students to understand and be shaped by such integrity.  He views everything through this integrity filter which screens not only what is done, but how and why the actions are acceptable or not. 
There is a plaque[iii] over the entry way to his classroom which he has a student read for the class at the beginning of each term; it commemorates an ancient emperor’s conquests and kingdom. 
It reads:
I am Shutruk-Nahunte, King of Anshand and Susa, Sovereign of the Land of Elam.  By the command of Inshushinak, I destroyed Sippar, took the stele of Niran-Sin, and brought it back to Elan, where I erected it as an offering to my god, Inshushinak.  1158 BC.
Shutruk-Nahunte was virtually forgotten in history because he made no contribution to mankind – all he did was conquer other nations, take their treasure for himself, and reign as a dictator. 
History remembers leaders with strong integrity of character, and those who make moral contribution to the way we live. 
And they do are remembered for leading with humility like the one who said:
But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.                        Matthew 23:11(NLT)
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  Matthew 18:4(NLT)
So here’s what I want us to do to respond to the Word of God this morning:
1.     Let’s keep in mind that Biblical ideals for leaders, both secular and religious have always included genuine humility.
2.     Let’s remember the nominees of the major political parties have shown little of a humble-before-God nature.
3.     Let’s come to the altar and ask God for His will to be done.

4.     As you leave today, take a copy of Wesley’s advice for Methodists on how to vote and keep your heart pure.  Meditate on it, and invite God to inform your heart of anything standing in the way of a Christian vote.
1 Hand-PenIn the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen


[i] Title image:  See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
[ii] ©Universal Studios, 2002
[iii] Ibid.

[i] Title image:  See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
[ii] ©Universal Studios, 2002
[iii] Ibid.