Disrespectful Talk about President Trump: Freedom of Speech or Disrespect?

 

Freedom is one of the greatest things that America is known for—something most other countries don’t have. We have freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom to assemble peacefully, freedom to petition our government, and freedom of speech (the first Amendment to the Const.). Freedom is a very good thing, a gift from God, but it can be abused and misused.  For instance, we have the freedom to say anything we want about anyone, verbally or in print; but if what we say is disrespectful and unloving, this is not helpful. Disrespect of anyone is not good, especially if we are talking about authority figures—like the President.

 

UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLICAL DOCTRINE OF RESPECT FOR AUTHORITY FIGURES

1. We are required by God to submit to (and to have respect for) authority figures, because they have been established by God for our good. Consider the following passage in Romans 13:1-5:

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God 2 Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4 For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.

2. The above passage tells us that all who don’t submit to their authority figure—President Trump—are rebelling against God and will bring judgment on themselves.

3. We should pray for those in authority. 1 Timothy 2:1-3 says,

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior.

Do you pray for President Trump? What do you pray for?  Would God be pleased with your prayers? Remember, God put President Trump in the position he is in, so we ought to be praying that he would be used by God to accomplish His will.  Verse two says that we should pray so that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

4. We are to show proper respect to everyone, especially to those in authority—like our President. 1 Peter 2:13-17 says,

Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. 16 Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 17 Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.

 

IT IS UNBELIEVABLE HOW MANY PEOPLE IN AMERICA—OUR OWN COUNTRY—HAVE SHOWN DISRESPECT FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP

In the Scripture passages above, the words used for the attitude we should have toward our authority figures are the following: submit, fear, respect, honor and obey. As I thought about this, it seemed to me that many who talk about the President these days—especially the media institutions such as CNN and the New York Times (and many others)—treat the President in the opposite way that they should.  So let’s take the three words, respect, honor, and submit, find the antonym of these words, and see if this describes the way many people are disrespecting the President.

Respect (admire, esteem, revere). The antonym is …

Disrespect (contempt, insult, belittle, put down, impudence, sassiness). Do you see this attitude toward the President? I sure do. Many from certain news organizations refuse to address the President properly, as Mr. President or President Trump. And the tone of their speech when they talk about him is usually very insulting, sassy and belittling. Sad!

Honor (respect, admire). A good antonym is …

Scorn (ridicule, sneering, mockery, reject, disregard, hate). When everything people say toward the President is negative and mocking, they show their hate and dishonor of the President. So so many people are blogging and tweeting about what they think of how bad the president is; his bad character, etc. That is so disrespectful! We must not do that, anymore than a child should talk about their mother or father—as well as to the police, or the governor or the mayor, or anyone in an authoritative position; for they are servants of God and it is our duty and responsibility to honor them as His servants.

Submit (yield to, obey). This may seem to be going too far, but yet Romans 13:1 tells us that “everyone must submit himself to the governing authority.” The antonym is…

Resist (fight, oppose, challenge, refuse to go along with). Isn’t this the Democratic strategy: resist, resist, resist. The Dems seem to resist everything by voting against everything, even if it’s something good for our country.

 

EXCUSES: FOUR REASONS PEOPLE USE NOT TO RESPECT THE PRESIDENT

1. “I respect the office of the President, but I don’t have to respect the President.”  Really? Anyone can respect the office of the President. It doesn’t take any sacrifice to respect the office. And can we really separate the office of the President from the President? I don’t think so. More importantly, the Scriptures that we looked at said nothing about the office; they spoke of the person in the office. This excuse has no validity.

2. The “s _ _ _ hole” scenario. You may be saying, we certainly should not be compelled to respect a person, especially the President, who says those kind of vulgar, racist words!

Well, whether he said those words or not, the bible (in Romans 13:1-5) tells us that “there is no authority except that which God has established.” For God’s own reasons He has set up all authority, and we are required to respect and submit to that authority. And by the way, the letter to the Romans was written most likely in A.D. 56, which was during Nero’s reign (A.D. 54-68). Hence, Paul was well aware that Nero was the authority in that day and was telling the people that they must submit to the authority of Nero who was appointed by God.

Now do you know what kind of a person Nero was? Very bad!! Much worse than President Trump!

3. But we live in a progressive culture. We live in a free country and can say and do as we please. This is America. It’s what we have become. That is not a good excuse. You are describing how evil we have become. Years ago, as I remember, most people were very respectful of the President. But those days are gone, sad to say.

 

HOW TO RESPECT THE PRESIDENT

We can begin by praying for him. Pray for his good. Pray for his family. Pray that he would have wisdom in all his work and dealings. Pray for his health and strength and endurance.

Secondly, listen to what he says and try to understand the direction he wants to go with the country.

Thirdly, review the Scripture passages on how to regard our authority figures and try to understand that God has given us Donald Trump as our President.

Fourth, reject all blogs, tweets, news video clips, and conversations where people are talking disrespectful about the President.  That is not helpful.  Instead, do whatever you can to lift up the President in your conversation. This will be pleasing to the Lord.

Fifth, if you disagree with anything the President says or does, I would suggest praying about it privately. Nothing else is appropriate; for he is your authority figure sent from God.

 

 

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Pray For Love and Unity between Democrats and Republicans

 

Pray that our Nation will experience a new attitude of love between Republicans and Democrats.

We recently (1/9/2018) witnessed this kind of attitude in a bipartisan meeting of senators and leaders to discuss DOCA and other pressing concerns—where the press was present during almost the entire meeting. Everyone had positive things to say about the historical meeting, especially how the President conducted it.  I viewed the entirety of it on YouTube. I was quite impressed but not surprised.

Pray that there will be more meetings of this kind in the future and that people will be willing to listen to each other and compromise.  I don’t think there is anything wrong with a little compromise as long as major important things aren’t given up.

There are some great verses in Romans 12 that I think can be applied here.

Romans 12:9-21

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and curse not. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

If Republicans and Democrats will try not to be angry at each other over differences, but will instead try to love each other and listen to each other, this will work to overcome much evil in our Nation. This attitude will have to be led and exemplified by strong Christians—and I believe we have some strong Christian leaders in our government.

 

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Christians to Pray for President Trump’s National Security Strategy

This is just the bare bones of the strategy—the four pillars. There is much more to it, but I thought this would be enough for now. I think it would be a good idea for all Christian Americans to pray for this strategy to work. It’s a good plan and well worth our prayers for America and for all humanity.

I. PROTECT THE HOMELAND: President Trump’s fundamental responsibility is to protect the American people, the homeland, and the American way of life.

II. PROMOTE AMERICAN PROSPERITY: A strong economy protects the American people, supports our way of life, and sustains American power.

III. PRESERVE PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH: An America strengthened, renewed, and rejuvenated will ensure peace and deter hostility.

IV. ADVANCE AMERICAN INFLUENCE: As a force for good throughout its history, America will use its influence to advance our interests and benefit humanity.

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God will Bless the Nine Nations that Voted in Favor of Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s Capitol

The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to declare President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void” on Thursday (12/21/2017).

The assembly voted 128 to 9 with 35 abstentions. The resolution was co-sponsored by Turkey and Yemen.

The vote, while a victory for Palestinians, was significantly lower than supporters had hoped for. U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley warned that the vote would “make a difference on how Americans look at the U.N. and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the U.N., and this vote will be remembered.”

Let me also add that this vote will make a difference in how God looks at the U.N. and how He looks at each individual country that has voted; for according to His covenant with Abraham (Gen. 12:3, “I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse”), we can expect that God will curse those 128 countries who voted against the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but He will bring a blessing on those 9 countries who courageously voted in favor recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

These are the 9 countries that voted against the resolution and that will no doubt be blessed by God:

Guatemala and Honduras

Israel

Marshall Islands

Micronesia

Nauru

Palau

Togo

United States

 

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They Run To Do Evil – Proverbs 6:18

 

I recall that after the Presidential debates, I saw some of the news media run out of the debate room, as if they were eager to continue devising their next set of evil plans against Mr. Trump. And they haven’t let up. False story after false story has been reported.

Well guess what? It hasn’t let up. They are still at it. They can’t stop themselves from resisting all the president’s policies. It’s an evil that won’t go away.

I think Proverbs 6:18-19 describes well what is going on in Washington. We will take just three of those six points—things which the Lord hates.

  • “A heart that devises wicked plans.” So it is with the liberal media, and also with the entire liberal Democratic Party. They have an agenda and will stop at nothing to resist any other agenda that is not theirs. They devise all kinds of wickedness to resist and stop President Trump and his plans to MAGA.
  • “Feet that run rapidly to evil.” I think what is described here is an addiction. The more evil a person does the more he desires it and craves it—just as a dog gets the taste of sheep blood in his mouth and can’t stop killing sheep (I have experienced this living on the farm). So it is with those who plot to do evil to a person—to discredit him and make him look bad. So they run to do evil; one evil plot after another, like an addiction.
  • “A false witness who utters lies.” At this point we don’t have any solid evidence, but I wonder how many of those women coming forward against President Trump or Ray Moore are false witnesses. No, I am not will to just take them at their word. A person must be presumed innocent until proven guilty. And we must be open to the idea that these women are false witnesses. And don’t you know that the whole idea of the Democrats putting pressure on Al Franken to resign over sexual misconduct had nothing to do with any misconduct and their desire to do what is right. Rather it has everything to do with extortion against the President. It is just one of their evil plots. They have surmised that if Franken resigns, he and the Democratic Party will appear noble, and then the country will expect president Trump to do the same—to resign. But Trump won’t take the bait, and neither will the American people. 
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Melania has Made Christmas Wonderful

I admit I don’t like most of the Christmas decorations people put out around their houses—too gaudy! The commercialization of Christmas has ruined it for me.

But after seeing the pictures of all the Christmas decorations in the White Hose this year and what an effort our First Lady has made at it, I am impresses and encouraged. It looks so beautiful! Almost heavenly!

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Pornography: One of the Main Causes of Bad Sexual Behavior

This is a hard topic to write about. I hardly know where to start. It is so sad to discover that people in high positions (such as Harvey Weinstein, Al Franken, and Charlie Rose) that we have trusted have behaved so badly. I feel bad for the women who have been abused, but I also feel bad for the abuser—because they have obviously been enslaved to a lustful lifestyle. Actually, it is true for both sexes and it is getting worse and worse. I’m talking about pornography (hard and soft porn) and the effects it is having on us—all of us.

We are fooling ourselves if we think that the bad sexual behavior of men is limited to just “bad behavior” that they should learn to control. The problem goes deeper. The main problem is really with what we allow our eyes to see and what we allow our mind to think about.

I really wish these current behavior problem (that are now in the news) would cause our authorities to begin a crackdown on porn, and to reexamine porn (hard and soft) as a major contributing factor for bad sexual behavior. I think it is not only a problem for men’s bad behavior but also for women’s behavior and dress.

I wish that there would be more articles written about the problem of porn and that the media would start talking about it.

I wish America would see how devastating this problem is and that we would do something about it—I mean get rid of it; get rid of the porn industry. I wish that congress would start to move on this. I don’t believe the First Amendment was ever meant to allow pornography. Ben Carson in his book, A more Perfect Union, wrote about the First Amendment,

[The First Amendment] was designed to ensure that everyone could live, speak, and believe as they pleased, as long as their actions did not infringe upon the rights of others.

Pornography seems to be protected by our government as free speech; however, it is definitely infringing on everyone’s rights. In fact, it is designed to infringe, and not only to infringe but to enslave and destroy. Why do we as a so called free nation allow something like pornography to corrupt us and enslave us?

Bible passages to consider:

All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12

But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. Matthew 5:24

 

 

 

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President Trump Emphasized Mutual Respect in His Speech to APEC Nations

 

President Trump addressed the community of nations in APEC on November 10, 2017 from Da Nang Vietnam. It was a great speech!  He began by praising Vietnam as having one of the fasted growing economies on earth.  He also praised other nations for their growing economies.  I would highly recommend watching and listening to the speech. Here are the highlights:

  • Trump emphasized that “your home is your legacy.”
  • He said, “You have forged partnerships based on mutual respect and directed toward mutual gain.”
  • He encouraged nations to “strengthen the bonds of friendship and commerce.”
  • He encouraged nations to treat others fairly.
  • He said, “We [the U.S.] will not be taken advantage of anymore.”
  • The United States will put our country first as all countries should put their country first.
  • An emphasis on mutual respect and mutual benefit.
  • All must play by the rules.

At the end of Trump’s speech he encouraged the nations to value freedom for all. He testified that for Americans, independence and freedom is what inspires us.

 

The participating APEC economies are: AustraliaBrunei DarussalamCanadaChile, ChinaHong KongChinaIndonesiaJapanRepublic of KoreaMalaysiaMexico, New ZealandPapua New GuineaPeruPhilippinesRussiaSingaporeChinese TaipeiThailandUnited States, and Vietnam. Mar 15, 2017

 

Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31

 

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Trump Tweets: Helpful or Not Helpful?

I don’t tweet, but I like reading President Trump’s tweets. One of the first things I do in the morning is to get on the internet and read his tweet (Google has them listed for each day). I also read them at other times of the day.

I find that it is a good way to stay in touch with the President—to know what he is thinking and doing for that day. And I think he is very in touch with what’s really going on in the country.

Many have complained about the President’s tweets. Recently, just after a terrorist from New Jersey ran over and killed 8 people and injured 11 people in New York, Mayor Cuomo expressed that the President’s tweets “are not helpful.” He said they were not accurate, that what he said was political.  Then he proceeded to speak on gun laws. Look who is being political.

The truth is, liberals don’t like Trump tweets because they are true—they speak the truth clearly. Also, they don’t like his tweets because they don’t like him—because he speaks too much truth, and because he is disrupting their liberal system.

Those who follow Trump tweets love them and love Trump, because they see and love the truth—the truth of what he is tweeting. Conversely, the liberals hate his tweets because they reject the truth and hate the truth. Why? Because truth reveals too much of what they are. They would rather dwell in the darkness.  In John’s gospel it says,

Everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. John 3:20

Here is a list of the President’s tweets today:

  1. Nov 1, 2017 09:45:57 PM Happy birthday to @garyplayer, a truly great Champion and Person! [Twitter for iPhone]link
  2. Nov 1, 2017 09:30:43 PM It is finally happening for our great clean coal miners! https://t.co/suAnjs6Ccz %5BTwitter for iPhone]link
  3. Nov 1, 2017 09:19:44 PM The United States will be immediately implementing much tougher Extreme Vetting Procedures. The safety of our citizens comes first! [Twitter for iPhone]link
  4. Nov 1, 2017 09:09:21 PM Just spoke to President Macri of Argentina about the five proud and wonderful men killed in the West Side terror attack. God be with them! [Twitter for iPhone]link
  5. Nov 1, 2017 06:03:26 PM CHAIN MIGRATION must end now! Some people come in, and they bring their whole family with them, who can be truly evil. NOT ACCEPTABLE! https://t.co/PQGeTTdRtX %5BTwitter for iPad]link
  6. Nov 1, 2017 05:03:27 PM @SenateMajLdr @SenateGOP …and Appeals Court Judges at a record clip! Our courts are rapidly changing for the better! [Twitter for iPhone]link
  7. Nov 1, 2017 05:03:19 PM Thanks to @SenateMajLdr McConnell and the @SenateGOP we are appointing high-quality Federal District… [Twitter for iPhone]link
  8. Nov 1, 2017 04:14:33 PM Thank you to the GREAT NYPD, First Responders and all govt officials for having handled the terrible West Side attack so professionally! https://t.co/imPIdOzjAn %5BTwitter for iPhone]link
  9. Nov 1, 2017 03:14:27 PM @NYGovCuomo @NYCMayor …fully supports any and all of their efforts with respect to the West Side attack. #NYCStrong [Twitter for iPhone]link
  10. Nov 1, 2017 03:14:17 PM Just spoke with @NYGovCuomo and @NYCMayor de Blasio to let them know that the federal government… [Twitter for iPhone]link
  11. Nov 1, 2017 02:26:47 PM We mourn the horrifying terrorist attack in NYC. All of America is praying and grieving for the families who lost their precious loved ones. https://t.co/WZFHXoJE3K %5BMedia Studio]link
  12. Nov 1, 2017 10:03:29 AM ….for the Middle Class. The House and Senate should consider ASAP as the process of final approval moves along. Push Biggest Tax Cuts EVER [Twitter for iPhone]link
  13. Nov 1, 2017 09:59:43 AM Wouldn’t it be great to Repeal the very unfair and unpopular Individual Mandate in ObamaCare and use those savings for further Tax Cuts….. [Twitter for iPhone]link
  14. Nov 1, 2017 08:30:32 AM #NYCStrong #USA🇺🇸 https://t.co/6K3Xw5P87d %5BTwitter for iPad]link
  15. Nov 1, 2017 06:40:14 AM “Senator Chuck Schumer helping to import Europes problems” said Col.Tony Shaffer. We will stop this craziness! @foxandfriends [Twitter for iPhone]link
  16. Nov 1, 2017 06:30:48 AM We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter). @foxandfriends [Twitter for iPhone]link
  17. Nov 1, 2017 06:24:32 AM The terrorist came into our country through what is called the “Diversity Visa Lottery Program,” a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based. [Twitter for iPhone]

Wow! I find these so helpful and informative!

 

 

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Pray for President Trump to Stay Focused

There is so many things (distractions) going on presently in our country and in the White House—things that are disturbing. Please pray that the President will be focused on doing what he can and should do, and let others do the rest. It seems that the President wants to be involved in everything and make everything right now!  But that isn’t going to happen. We all need to be more patient and focused on doing their own job.

Many of us know that there is corruption going on. The President and his administration are being wrongfully investigated while others on the other side (the Clintons, Podesta, Comey, Debbie Schultz) are ignored.  And this is what is frustrating the President and it should be frustrating for everyone.

Justice is not being done!!

So pray that God would swiftly carry out His justice on all those who are guilty. Our country cries out for justice!

Pray that President Trump will be more focused on doing the good things for America and to leave many of these distractions to others. And pray for those others—like AG Sessions and the FBI and congress to do their jobs.  We all need to focus on our own jobs without fear.  Pray for wisdom for everyone in the White House. Pray for God to intervene and be present in the White House. And especially with the President everywhere he goes.

 

 

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