Forklift Theology

Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.

Get It Straight

Misinformation can often be a problem in shipping. When something comes in saying it should be shipped dry, yet it has items that are clearly meant to be frozen, or the paperwork says one destination, and the marking on the pallet are clearly for another, there is a problem. What do you do? Usually you try to go to the source, and get clarification of what is happening. When that doesn’t work, or simply isn’t possible, you do what appears to be in the customer’s best interest.

These last few weeks, the Christian faith has taken some flack due to the actions of Donald Trump. Why? I would hazard that it is due to the fact that so many Christians accepted him as their candidate and voted for him. I didn’t. It doesn’t change the fact that he is the president, but I am one Christian who didn’t vote for him. Get it straight. Not every Christian supported him, and many actually opposed him.

Trump has been issuing various executive orders since taking office, which is not an uncommon thing. Obama did it, Bush did it, Clinton did it, and Reagan did it. Nothing new under the sun. Some of them did this because they had an agenda that they wanted to push, and this was especially true with Obama and Clinton. Others did because they felt they had an obligation to the American people to secure the borders and strengthen our nation, such as was the case for Reagan, and perhaps Carter. It should be no surprise that this is part of a president’s job. Sometimes they were wrong or illegal, other times they were completely ill-advised and just plain foolish. Regardless, what was done is what was done.

Now then, let’s get it straight. Trump has issues that he needs to step up and make amends for. We all do. This is because we all have a sin nature, including Trump. In fact, that is the first thing that Trump really needs to concede to. He has a sin nature. I heard him clearly on television when he said that he felt that he had nothing that he needed forgiveness for. Sorry, but that is a lie. It doesn’t matter if somebody thinks it is true or not, to say that you have nothing that you need forgiveness for is a lie. This alone, is the biggest thing I hold against Trump. Despite the numerous televangelists (whom I have a hard time trusting as it is) that supported, Trump can not admit to having a sin nature and needing forgiveness for his sins.

We need to get it straight. The Bible says very clearly that “All have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). What does “All” mean? It means everyone. God makes no distinction due to age, gender, or social stature, we are all sinners. That includes Donald Trump. In fact, if we dig deeper, we read in the Ecclesiastes 3:20 “Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.” Yep, every single one of us is a sinner. Get it straight.

However, God has not left us completely helpless. In Ephesians 2:5 we read “even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.” Yes, God showed his grace upon us, even when we were dead in sin, and made it that Christ Jesus would die for our sins, and rise again, to bring us forgiveness of our sins. This forgiveness is for all. Even for Donald Trump. Indeed, it reads in 1 John 1:9 ” If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” However, it reads also in 1 John 1:9 “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” and also in 1 John 1:10 “If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” So then, to deny our sinful nature is sinful itself, as we deny God and his word. King David expressed this best in Psalm 51:5 where it reads “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.” Even the greatest of the kings of Israel believed himself a sinner from birth, so too are we all.

Unless Trump comes forth and confesses that he is a sinner, and genuinely seeks forgiveness of his sins, he is a liar. So too are we, when we deny our sins, and refuse to confess them. Get it straight. We are all sinners, yet Christ died that we may be set free from our sins.

Doing the right thing is all about getting your information right, and doing what must be done to get it straight. Amen.

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