Things Trump-Supporting Christians Can Pray About In Church This Sunday

If you’re a professed Christian currently still supporting this President and Administration, and you’re on your way to church on Sunday—here are a few things you might talk with God about, as you stand shoulder to shoulder in a room filled with other supposed followers of Jesus, singing, raising your hands skyward, and imagining yourself righteous:

Pray about the 48 confirmed dead in Puerto Rico; for those who still have no water, no food, no medication, and no way to contact loved ones who are still desperately waiting to hear their voices since Maria—and because your President has spent the past two weeks insulting their exhausted mayor, telling these American citizens they’ve all damaged the budget by their tragedy, suggesting that their people are lazy, and threatening to abandon them completely.

Pray about the tens of millions of sick, elderly, and poor who are slowly being suffocated, as your President sabotages the Affordable Care Act; literally taking life-giving, life-saving care from those least able to procure it; sacrificing the health and healing of human beings simply to destroy Barack Obama’s legacy

Pray about the people of color in this country who recently watched torch-bearing racists march through a city, terrorize clergy, beat people with pipes, and kill a young woman with little more than a slap on the wrist from your President—while he relentlessly crusades on social media against black ESPN reporters and kneeling football players who he called “sons of bitches”.

Pray about muslim families in America who daily face the insults and isolation and violence, simply because their faith tradition has been vilified by your President; that they have been fashioned into a convenient enemy in order to leverage the irrational fears of those who are easily baited, and made to be pariahs in the place they rightfully call home.

Pray about the dozens of Californians who’ve died and the thousands facing devastation and peril as wildfires continue to blaze out of control—while your President takes his 68th golf trip in ten months.

Pray about the families of the 59 people murdered in Las Vegas and the 500-plus who were injured—and about the fact that your President continues to suck at the teat of the NRA, to oppose any sensible gun control measures, and to insure that the next massacre will not be far behind.

Pray about the LGBTQ men and women, and for their brothers, sisters, parents, spouses, and best friends, who are being pushed deeper toward marginalization, further from safety, and ever closer to depression, self-harm, and suicide because this President is aligning himself with those most responsible for their persecution.

Pray about the millions of women whose healthcare, access to birth control, and protection against assault are being chipped away by a President who has proven over and over again that he has contempt for women.

Pray about victims of sexual assault, who have to be reminded every day by his presence and his party, that predators often are rewarded for their unthinkable behavior with undeserved riches.

Pray about the dreamers and the immigrants; those with dark skin, those for whom English may be a second language, those for whom America may have been an adopted home or a place of refuge or the desire of their desperate parent’s heart—those who are made to feel unwelcome or threatened or unwanted because of this Presidency’s malice and vitriol.

And yes, pray about this President.

Ask God specifically how his life and body of work align with the Jesus you’ve known all your life; the one you find hope and joy in, the one you read about in the Gospels, the one whose voice you recognize as peacemaker, forgiver, lover, healer, helper.

Ask God if his vile words about women, his cruelty toward those suffering, his vicious social media tirades, his neglect of hurricane victims, his siphoning of funding from public school students and healthcare from cancer patients—if any of it feels at all like the Jesus who talked of loving the least, of caring for the poor, of loving their neighbors as they love God, of the last being first, of the righteous turning their cheeks, of the meek inheriting the earth, of the good Samaritan showing mercy.

Ask Jesus if this President is someone worth a follower of Christ emulating, celebrating, empowering, amen-ing—if he is someone living in that image.

Ask Jesus about saying that the way we treat the lowest and the vulnerable is the way we treat him—and how this President is treating him.

Ask Jesus what the world is learning about his heart for the world, his character, his compassion, his gentleness by the man you elevated to our highest human platform.

Ask Jesus about the kind of world he was trying to usher in when his feet were on the planet—and how this President is doing anything to make it a reality in these days.

And if you can walk out of that worship gathering into another Sunday afternoon, completely unchanged and without sensing the slightest conflict between Jesus Christ of Nazareth and Donald Trump of DC, and without a trace of discomfort at the disconnect between your inner convictions and his tangible actions—pray for yourself, because you have clearly lost the plot of the one who brought the world a Good News that is now completely inaudible in these days because of this man and because of a Church that refuses to stand against him.

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96 thoughts on “Things Trump-Supporting Christians Can Pray About In Church This Sunday

    • I’ll be praying for the divisive narrative of the dialogue expressed here and the blind people who applauded the words herein… very divisive, blind, slanted, bias, and ignorant!

    • John Thankyou for these words. This is a place in time when we are daily heartbroken by the words and actions of the brothers and sisters we are supposed to share the good news with.

  1. Love your post! I just have a minor correction. #45 is not Donald Trump of DC but Donald Trump of NY. I am from Washington, DC and we don’t claim him. He is simply occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Ave for a period of time. His residency is still NY.
    Keep up the good words.

    • Don’t worry Stacy. Fewer people are claiming him with each passing day. Just tune in to your favorite TV news outlet to view the latest episode of “The Donald Trump Show.” The outrages yesterday were being unkind to a woman whose U.S. Army husband was just killed in action in Africa and using the death of General John Kelly’s son in a recent war as a cynical tool to stab back at his political adversaries. Lots of lies told too. What will today’s outrages be? Beats me. Just tune in to “The Donald Trump Show” tonight and find out.

  2. You would have hoped that Christians being involved with politics would be a good thing. It seems the opposite is true. The focus is on abortion, not pro life….all life. We have insurance through my husband’s employer and yet I am concerned for those that will suffer the lack of insurance. I have experienced sexual assault and hear the same words that my assaulter said, only in Trump’s voice. If we can’t take care of our own citizens in time of need how can we be a godly nation? Will a nuclear war be God’s will, when the consequences affect so many innocents and could be stopped with some negotiations rather than middle school name calling. The shame of this presidency is on Christians who voted this abomination into office. Unfortunately all Americans will bear the consequences of their support for this unholy, terrible man.

    I have seen and heard the reaction and comments from people who are watching and experiencing the fallout from the far right Christian agenda, and can tell you that these people are running away from the church and God as fast as they can. They will mourn our country turning away from God and the church and not admit that they shoved people out the door. I know this because I was in the church for a long time and now am thankfully on the outside loving the people around me.

    • Hi Sue. Unfortunately, I live in a prime nuclear target location and will be vaporized first. However, if I should get lucky and be outside the blast zone and survive the radioactive fallout, one of the things I am looking forward to is seeing all the horribly burned and dying-from-radiation-sickness Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals walking around in a daze muttering:

      “Wh-wh-wh-wh-wh-where is my Rapture? I was told that if we fundies and Mr. Trump could start a nuclear war, it would make Jesus come back sooner and Rapture us all out of here. I don’t understand. Where is Jesus? He should be here by now. I just don’t understand. Bwoo-hoo-hoo-hoo!!!!”

      One thing to say: “Thou shalt not put the Lord thy God to a foolish test.” The response (in some translations) that Jesus gave to Satan when Satan tempted him to jump off a cliff onto the rocks below and see if angels would intervene and prevent him from slamming into the rocks.

      Some fundies want to start a nuclear war to make Jesus come back sooner. They even have a name for their methods: “Forcing the Hand of God.” To them—Trump is a key part of the plan to get themselves Raptured sooner:

      http://www.ebooksdownloads.xyz/search/forcing-the-hand-of-god

      You didn’t know about this?

  3. As horrible as it is to admit, I’ve begun to think anyone who claims to be a Christian and still supports Trump and the Republicans, should really spell it KKKhristian.

    However, denial is not just a river in Egypt and they are so very deep in it tha
    t they no longer recognize the Gospel. Indeed, as best as I can tell, they have rejected the Gospels and turned their backs on Jesus and His teachings.

    Trump has embraced evil. Anyone who supports him has also embraced evil.

    • Likewise with anyone who supports Hillary, since she supports the murder of millions of innocent babies.

      I suppose we are just stuck with going with the lesser of the evils as we see it…

      • She does not support the murder of millions of innocent babies. She support the right for people to decide for themselves. She supports the idea that a decision such as that is between that person and God. She has a demonstrated record of being pro-life in the work that she has done on reducing unintended pregnancies, the work that she has done around adoption, and the policy that she has steadfastly continued to support around caring for people AFTER they give birth so they can feasibly care for their child and have more viable options than abortion. We need a re-frame of what pro-life really means because the agenda I see being driven right now is most definitely not pro-life. It may satisfy those pro-lifers that think pro-life just means anti-abortion but I only expect to see both unintended pregnancies and abortion shoot back up under this regime.

    • This type of response, while I understand comes from righteous anger, is really unhelpful. It will not encourage others to do hard and courageous self-examination towards needed change. Please, no name calling. When we do this, Trump wins.

  4. This was everything I have been thinking for so long. Today is my birthday and your post was a wonderful present that I can post on my page. I am so tired of people living with their eyes shut. It’s time to open everyone’s eyes and I appreciate you speaking truth!

  5. John my friend. You are wasting your typing fingers on these people because they choose to deny the words and deeds of Jesus and refuse to follow them in dealing with both God and their fellow man in this life. They have lost not only their hearts—but both their eyes and their ears—making them unable to see or hear the truth in what you, I, and other American Christians have to say to them on the many matters you listed and expounded upon.

    If you and I were Old Testament prophets, they would gladly kill us and think that they were doing God some sort of favor. Jesus himself could not awaken most of the Scribes, Pharisees, and Priests—so why would we lesser beings be able to awaken their current day equivalents in the realms of Fundieland and the Republican Party—two of the coldest and hardest hearts in our nation—hearts harder than the one who would not let God’s people go from Egypt.

    However, rest assured in this. God will not allow these hard hearts to rule for long and hurt the vulnerable people He most loves. They have sown to the wind and they are continuing to do so—and Hosea’s whirlwind will soon engulf them all. The word “DOOM” is stamped on their foreheads. They cannot see it, but it is nonetheless there. Just a little more time, and it will be revealed—and when it is—they will cry for the mountains to fall upon them to put them out of their misery—no one will hear their cries—and no rapture will come to rescue them.

    You will see—and they will too.

    • How is it that their hearts are soft towards the unborn and those who hate the fundies have such hard hearts and support Planned unParenthood knocking them off right and left, and wheeling and dealing with their parts?

      Hmmm?

      • Bearing false witness, eh Joe?

        Shame on you and your braggadocio about your religion, which you use as a bludgeon to try to take rights away from women who do not share your faith-based (not science based) beliefs.

        Shame and more shame. Lies do not become you.

        • My faith says stealing and murder should be illegal. Do you have any problem with those faith-based beliefs being law?

          Likewise we ought to protect the unborn. They are fully human, have beating hearts, brain waves, unique DNA, etc. We don’t need the Pope to tell us abortion is wrong. Just a brain and a conscience.

  6. Good morning, John – and as always, thank you for your incisive commentary. How the people you’ve aimed this at can call themselves Christians, support the monstrosity that is Donald Trump and not cringe whenever they look into the mirror is totally beyond me. I weep for America.

  7. I really appreciate the words that need to be said, thank you for your wrotimhs, so meeded in these times of such hate towards our fellow human beings.

  8. It’s not about Trump.
    Trump is a symptom of us.
    We’ve gotten what we paid for.

    This destitution is the consequence of generation after generation of failing to pass along to our children our love of God.
    By not bringing to the forefront the character and teachings of Him or being the likeness of Him to others; an example to our children.

    We didn’t talk about or pass along these things at home or away, when we laid down or when we rose up… Nope, not on the doorposts either.

    Instead we’ve taught them arrogance, idolatry, irreverence, and “righteous” hatred. I’d stand to wager that the most used place in church is the circular drive at the front of the building… Drop those kids off and we’ll be back later. We hope they get something about this religion business.

    And now some of our leaders insist that we legislate this love and passion for God. We’ve tried that, it didn’t work. History loves repeating itself.

    I was going through my playlists this morning. I stopped at Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me”.

    “I can’t make you love me if you don’t.
    I can’t make your heart feel something it won’t.”
    – I guess God has this problem also.

  9. Our country is rapidly becoming a dark festering hole of hatred and despair. We have a government whose only purpose seems to be to undo everything that a former President did. #45’s desire to wipe President Obama’s name from history books has obliterated any sanity that #45 might have had, and his desire to make things better, like they were in the 50’s and 60’s, is leading us right back to discrimination and hatred of those who aren’t “white enough,” who are “different from us,” and who are not “men.” How could this happen in such a short period of time? How did we let this happen?

    The “me” generation never really grew up. We still live in a time when “what happens to me” is more important than “what happens to you.” It isn’t about religion because those who profess to be Christians are just as guilty as the rest of us. Christians hate just as much (sometimes even more) as everyone else, we want all people to think as we do, live as we do, and believe as we do. There is no room in this country for differences of opinion, differences in lifestyles, differences in religion, or differences in skin color. We are the ones who brought this about, but #45 is feeding off our hatreds and dislikes. He knows how to play us, and he is doing a superb job of it. #45 is “God-like” to his base, and they are his messengers of hate.

    We will recover someday, but it will be a long time coming. What #45 is destroying now – our freedoms, our environment, our very lives – will be (hopefully) earned back, and we will get back some semblance of normalcy. However, it won’t happen until we learn to fight not only for ourselves, but for others as well.

    • Funny thing about them negro cooties. No matter how hard Trump and his minions scrub, they are just too powerful to come out. When I was growing up Down South, the old people taught us that negro cooties were among the most powerful substances on Earth—particularly the germs and smells associated with those cooties—and who lived only on “African-Americans”—although that was not the term they used.

      Trump clearly hates African-American and Hispanic people and bears most of those old prejudices our parent’s generation passed down to us. Why are people continuing to suffer in Puerto Rico?
      They are Hispanic, and Trump knows that Hispanic people are not REAL AMERICANs. Some days it makes me so sad.

  10. Can you please add that they pray for the 9,246 families who lost someone they loved during the 65 days that have passed since the presidents unfulfilled promise to declare a state of emergency on the opioid crisis at the recommendation of the commission he appointed at the beginning of the year. Tomorrow, 66 days, will add another 175 deaths and the day after that and the day after that. If those numbers don’t scream disaster or crisis I don’t know what does. Thank you for your continued voice for love and the example of Jesus and kindness and truth. You are a pioneer and a visionary. I so appreciate your voice. Much love to you and your family. Shelly

  11. I’ll pray he has the opportunity to appoint more pro-life judges so the unjust killing of the unborn, sadly supported by progressive christians and Hillary supporters, can come to an end.

    Trump won. Hillary lost. Get over it. Find a good candidate next time. And if you want Christians to support him or her, how about one who doesn’t despise the inconvenient unborn?

    • And so you focus on pre-life, not actual life. You, like so many others these days, are choosing to stand for the zygote while refusing assistance to those children who are here, who are in need, whose families need our outstretched hand. In my book, this is the bigger crime.

      Fighting for pro-life in your terms appears to mean fighting for those who aren’t here yet, while simultaneously slamming the door on those who are. Nowhere in my religious education was I taught this as a religious ideal, in fact, quite the opposite. This is a disgrace that Jesus would have strongly and clearly stood against.

      The ProsperityKristianity being practiced by those at the very top of our government is not Christianity. It is not in God’s word, nor Jesus’ teachings, that if you’re wealthy, you’re a good person. The ‘proof is in your wealth’ which God has given you by whatever means you have found necessary to take it from others. It is not in God’s word, nor Jesus’ teachings, that if you’re poor it’s your own damn fault and you need to clean it up yourself – we aren’t going to help you up and out of poverty, hunger, illness, homelessness, mental illness, addiction or any of the many other plagues that beset you. Nowhere in God’s word, or Jesus’ teachings, does it say abandon the old – take away their healthcare, their income – they’re expendable. God’s word, and Jesus’ teachings, do not say pollute the world, destroy the planet, ignore the lessons of nature, punish those who are without the necessities of life and praise those who have far more than they can ever use. They don’t say go ahead and commit as many sins as you like because you’ll be forgiven. That is not the purpose of forgiveness. But that’s how many Christians practice their faith today.

      It is no wonder that younger folks are unwilling to embrace Christianity (or are willing to walk away from it) when they see “kristians” professing hate for others based on their gender, race, religion, ethnicity, gender identification or sexual preference, and elevating rich white men to power. That’s not the world they live in and it’s not the world they want to live in. Can you blame them?

      The current status of our government, one that pretends to be Christian and insidiously tries to trick Christians into believing their philosophy, in the name of Jesus Christ, has been tremendously off putting to so many. If Christians don’t realize this, don’t stand against this, call it out for what it is – hate – there’s no hope for anyone.

      I refuse to believe there is no hope. But I’m not finding my faith in hope in the church these days.

      • I don’t understand your ramblings. Pro-life means to protect the innocent from being killed by abortionists. It doesn’t mean to oppose the born. That’s something the pro-aborts made up to shift the guilt they bear.

        And it doesn’t take a religion for an honest and compassionate person to see a photo of a dismembered embryo or fetus to see the injustice of it.

    • Dear Bourgeoisie Joe:

      You don’t have any pro-life judges. Without exception, every one of your so-called ‘judges’ [read ‘bourgeoisie political operatives’] supports discretionary, for-profit wars.

      You oppose abortion not because it is a heinous evil [which is it], but it denies foot soldiers to America’s imperial legions. Let the working class unite in open refusal to fight your equally profligate wars and you’d be the first to scream for turning guns on America’s own people.

      Blessings!

    • Trump’s recinding of the contraception coverage mandate will greatly increase the number of abortions. Not that you would care as long as you can virtue signal over “unborn babies” to cover for the rest of your moral bankruptcy.

      • Do you want abortions to be reduced then?

        Why?

        To save money or to save babies? (Of course a baby who isn’t conceived isn’t really saved, is it?)

        Think of how many people don’t get cancer if they are not conceived…

    • I’m so tired of this bologna. First of all…. it is GOD’s place to judge the free will of his Children. Individuals answer to God. Not those who want to make laws to control the actions of others of others.

      Abortion rates have declined more than 25% in the last 10 years. Because of education, not because abortion should be illegal.

      If this is the case, do you know what should not be legal? The ability for a mentally unstable person to walk in to a gun store and purchase a weapon with the ability to kill scores of people in less than a minute. That should be illegal. All lives are precious to God right?

      Real Christians aren’t “getting over it” we’re mad our religion is being hijacked by a bunch of hateful hypocrites.

      Worry about yourself. Let God do his job. And stop worshiping a golden calf.

      • Abortion is the murder of innocent babies. A decline in the rate is wonderful but we still have an abortion culture and thousands die every day at the hand of abortionists.

        The “education” you should embrace is not just “safe sex” but in respecting life from conception until natural death.

    • Joe,

      You would like abortion to be very rare, perhaps only to save the life of the mother? So would I. But how do we get there? Supporting Donald Trump mainly because of this, despite the serious risks his presidency poses for the world, smacks of “The end justifies the means”, surely not a Catholic value. But I don’t even believe he will achieve the end you wish for. Appointing pro-life Supreme Court judges is unlikely to change the law. Although SCOTUS isn’t bound by stare decisis, they’re rather conservative (small “c”) and are unlikely to reverse a decision just because the composition of the court changed. Second, even if they do overthrow Roe v. Wade, that probably won’t reduce the number of abortions (See http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/women-in-countries-where-abortion-is-illegal-just-as-likely-to-have-one-as-countries-where-it-is-a7025671.html). In particular, it won’t stop the rich from getting abortions, by going abroad if need be; and there will surely be “back-street” abortions and self-induced ones: both very dangerous, of course. Some pastors understand that changing the law won’t change people’s hearts, and instead preach that we need to pray and work for revival. This is good, but we also need to focus on why women turn to abortion. Some 80% of abortions are of African-Americans. And why is this? Because the bias in the criminal justice system means that a huge proportion of marriageable black men are in prison. A woman who gets pregnant, but doesn’t have a partner, is much more likely to seek an abortion.

      Let me tell you also why I find it hard to identify with the pro-life movement. It is estimated that 60% of embryos spontaneously abort (in most cases prior to implantation). If they are individual human beings from the “moment of conception”, this represents an appalling carnage. To be consistent, pro-life groups should campaign vociferously for a massive research program to halt this catastrophe, which dwarfs abortion and all disasters, natural and unnatural, as a killer of the unborn – but they don’t. If abortion is a terrible act, there must be some terrible consequence of it: presumably the death of a human being who has not had a chance to develop is that terrible thing. But this is exactly the same terrible thing that happens in the case of a spontaneous abortion, about which they seem not to care. This confirms to me that the pro-life focus is on the person choosing to have the abortion, and on their own desire to portray that choice as evil, rather than on the interests, if any, of the one being aborted. In addition, I don’t see pro-life groups campaigning for reform of the criminal justice system or for more financial aid for single mothers. If you know of cases where this happens, please let me know.

      • It’s way lower than 60%. Less than half that.

        But if abortion kills a baby, then how does a natural death justify an intentional killing.

        Some children don’t make it to their first birthday. Does that give anyone the right or excuse to kill their three month old baby?

        Your logic is twisted. You can’t find a perfect prolifer who does everything you think he should do besides defending the lives of inconvenient unborn people, so therefore he has bad motives, and therefore abortion is ok?

        BTW, many prolifers embrace other political positions that help mankind, as well as supporting women in crisis pregnancies.

        The bottom line is why aren’t those compassionate liberals concerned about the unborn? Why are they fine with Planned unParenthood chopping them up?

        • Joe,

          I’m sorry, but you really don’t understand my position. I made it clear that I’m opposed to abortion in almost all circumstances, so don’t ask me three times over to justify it, please.

          That doesn’t mean that I have to identify with the official pro-life movement, because I’ve seen so much inconsistency, hypocrisy, scientific ignorance, and sheer lack of compassion from among their ranks. But this forum is probably not the place to list all the issues I have them. Just one of them is the blinkered way that they tend to pigeonhole me as a pro-abortionist for expressing these things.

          I notice that you didn’t address the Supreme Court issue at all: actually the main point of my posting.

          As for the rate of natural abortion, I’ve heard a figure as high as 75% quoted. I doubt anyone knows the true figure, but by all means provide an unbiased citation for your “less than half that” figure.

  12. Great piece. May I suggest that included in your suggestion to “pray about this president” would be the suggestion to pray for this president. Pray that the God which we try to emulate will cause a change in this man’s heart and as such in his actions.

  13. The Religious Right has now made Trump their face. My personal opinion is that when you lie down with dogs you get fleas.

    How hypocritical is it that the people who feel they have the right to discriminate or call out others for their sins squeal the loudest or completely close their eyes when someone points to Trump’s many sins?

    What a sad end to love, acceptance and compassion for our fellow man. How tragic is it that those who claim their God gives them the right to deny others their personal freedoms which they all enjoy call this man their savior.

    • Jesus is the face of my religion.

      Trump is just a president. Presidents come and go and are not religious leaders.

      I don’t believe the religious right has turned their politics into a religion, but I do see that happening on the left.

  14. Falling on deaf ears.

    The kool-aid sippers soo thoroughly bought in, they can’t let go. Gotta keep riding The Train.

    Jebus not in this fight. It’s all white privilege butthurt over black president.

    Facts, let alone logical argument, not allowed against what they have convinced themselves to be certainty.

  15. Thank you, John Pavlowitz, for clearly articulating the concerns of “other” evangelicals and, no doubt, Christians all over the world who pray and work to limit injustices and his hateful influences where we can.

    You have issued a clear challenge. I pray that all bodies of evangelicals will respond to your challenge publicly and quickly – denouncing this man’s actions and recognizing that to grow the body of Christ, we must appeal to people through love rather than the hatred, selfishness, and divisiveness that characterize this man.

  16. “Pray about the dozens of Californians who’ve died and the thousands facing devastation and peril as wildfires continue to blaze out of control—while your President takes his 68th golf trip in ten months.”

    Good grief, the Orange Monster is responsible for forest fires too. There is no end to the evil things he does.

    What about all the deaths by auto accident? There are three every hour, and he has the nerve to play golf? Wow.

    What would you do if you didn’t have your Orange Scapegoat? It must feel good to project all evil into one person. You don’t have to think at all about your own sins and failings, do you?

    • Okay so you take issue with one of many of the article’s points.You use it to completely dismiss what the article is saying.Do you deny the other “truths” in the article?If,so please do so,point by point.C’mom we’re waiting.

  17. I suspect John Pavlovitz is more atheist than he is willing to admit. He certainly doesn’t fit the mold of the typical current-day xtian.

    • Correction. John Pavlovitz does not fit the typical mold of a Christian fundamentalist or conservative evangelical. In their spiritual pride and arrogance, they may think they are the only “true” Christians on planet Earth—-but they are wrong about that—-and they will find that out one day if they go last into the Kingdom of Heaven—if they go at all. Not my decision—but the their sins (both individually and collectively) are grievous—and they demonstrate that to the people of the Earth just about every day.

  18. Just sharing my daily blog to share it:

    The Good News for the Day, October 16, 2017
    Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time (467)
    When still more people were gathered as a crowd, Jesus addressed them, “This common culture is an evil one; it is looking for something significant but nothing significant will it be given, except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah shaped a significant change to the Ninevites, so will This Human Child affect this common culture. In the final analysis, the Queen of the South will rise alongside the males of this culture—and she will convict them, because coming from the ends of the earth, she heard the wisdom of Solomon, and—Notice! there is some greater thing than Solomon here. At the judgment the males of Nineveh will arise alongside this culture and condemn it, because, when Jonah preached there, they repented, and there is some greater thing than Jonah here.” (Luke 11)
    The word for “culture” here is often translated as “generation” (genea). What Jesus is referring to is the change that waking up to the Kingdom of God—the Realm of What Is Right—means: your arrival at re-birth, your child-like wonder and appreciation of creation, your discovery of being Alive, becoming free from the womb of other people’s ideas and assumptions.
    You hear the Word of God, and notice how enslaved—how confined, and ho obedient—you have been to human values, to false gods, to the absence of love. You and I, growing up, absorbed the “common culture” around us. Now we see and hear New Values—forgiveness rather than vindictiveness, joy rather than anger, patience rather than snappy instincts, love rather than self-centeredness, and so on. You become a student rather than a master, a child rather than a lord, a compassionate friend to all those folks around you who seems so troubled, mad, addicted, hasty, overwhelmed and peace-less.
    You hear and see the need to repent—daily—and the joy such discovery and growth bring to you. You find the wisdom in the sunset, the charm of a falling yellow leaf, the beauty in the eyes of the aged. You are free of This World’s values; you have engaged yourself with the culture of God, the seed ever growing up from the dirt. Your inside peace stays—a “new culture.”
    ng my daily blog to celebrate sharing views:

  19. “Pray about the millions of women whose healthcare, access to birth control…”

    Sorry, Catholics cannot support the use of “birth control” as its use is intrinsically evil.

    But for those who believe in using it… is it really all that hard to get?

    Also, men who promote birth control do so for their own selfish reasons and not because they care about women.

    • People who oppose birth control want to increase the abortion rate. Without abortions, what will they have to ‘whatabout’ about to distract from their sociopathy.

  20. Thank you…I will pray for this President…thats what the bible says to do…you laid it out so…hmmm, well you laid it out. Im curious, did you ask Christians to pray for our past President Obama? If so can you send me the “prayer list?” I would appreciate that.
    Cordially, a Supporter of Christ Jesus of the Bible.

    • I will not be praying for President Trump because he and his ways are of Satan—and he is a profoundly evil man—and he was put into office by people who have been greatly deceived by Satan—Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals. Trump is a clear and present danger to the United States, and he needs to be peacefully and legally removed from office. I often write to Senators Corker and Alexander to point out these things and to urge them to quit tolerating his crazy antics and use the Senatorial power under the U.S. Constitution to remove him from office. I am being heard—notice recent negative comments about Trump by Corker and his statement that many other Republican Senators feel the same way about Trump behind closed doors. When Robert Mueller is finished, Trump will be indicted for crimes and will be removed from office by both Republican and Democrat Senators—and no—Mike Pence is okay as President because he is at least not in need of mental health treatment and does not present a clear and present danger to the United States like Trump does.

      • Did you change your mind that he has a mental disorder? Now he’s “evil”?

        What about our pending annihilation? According to your previous time table that ought to be within 6 months. Let me know please if you’ve made any revisions. It’s hard to find a good bomb shelter contractor, though I’ll continue to look…if I’m not too late.

  21. “Pray about the millions of women whose healthcare, access to birth control…”

    Catholics can’t pray for birth control, since it’s use is intrinsically evil, although NFP and abstinence are both very effective, and are free. I do remember a time in my own life before becoming a Catholic when my wife and I didn’t know any better and did use birth control, and I remember it was very cheap. How is access being “denied”? Or are you of the belief that if it isn’t “free” then it’s not accessible?

    Men who push birth control as if they care about women do not fool me. Their compassion and their thinking come from below their belts.

    • When men are held as uniformly responsible for the consequences of their fertility as women have been since the dawn of time, then and only then will they have earned the legitimate right to any say in what women do with the result of their shared fertility. Full stop.

  22. Trump voters believe him because he says what they want to hear. We now have parallel news feeds both feeding what news to whichever group is their base. If someone speaks their truth about an issue that affects them they are hounded to death by one of the two groups, usually the one feeding disinformation to the populace and usually through the lens of those in power.

    Jesus spoke truth to power, and price the ultimate price. Yet the lessons in the Gospel from what Jesus said is interpreted by only one point of view, that of white straight males of power. Therefore their is no way these Trump voters will consider the above unless or until it hurts them directly. We will see this happen before his second year is done.

  23. So Many times in life we depend on others to solve our crisis in our lives and then when they dont perform to our expectations we get upset.
    When in fact we trust, seek , tell , depend on the wrong person, people, ones to meet our needs.
    Trump is not the end all in the process
    he is just like obama another figurehead who is playing out thier hand the the game of politics
    They only can do soooooo much
    The real issue is who , why, what we or you and I trust in.
    Seeking out a loving God , on our knee’s in humility,
    Hands held High when we see his provision in our lives.
    As the bible says he , God is the one who provides for his people.
    So if YOUR not seeing the provision. Better look at the real reason why.
    Maybe YOU trust in man, mans system, mans provision.
    NOT God
    That is Right , YOUR not seeking who is the real Provider.
    Then YOU expect, Demand, Force Gods Hand at an instant , like a Genie , commanding your own way , Demanding instant gratification, expecting a miracle from one whom you do not seek until crisis.
    Well wonder no more
    God is not a genie , not like the one in politics who you demand answers, results, immediate relief .
    Seek ye 1st the kingdom of heaven , God , His righteousneous , Read the Bible, Pray Constantly , Ask in humility, lowliness, unselfishly with Gods best in the picture. NOT your own way , view
    God is Real , only if you allow Him in.
    HE stands at the Door all your life and waits for you to ask him in. Let him Be God of YOUR life .
    YOU have to agree to let him IN.
    He , God , Jesus Christ does not force anyone.
    All Disaster of life is to keep us, mankind seeking him, calling out on his provision, on his grace, on his forgiveness, on his holiness, on his way of life .

  24. And pray for voters to elect Democrats because it seems like well intentioned Republicans are unable to make a difference in Congress under the current President.

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  27. John… it is arrogant of you to try and impute prayer topics onto people you don’t know…yes, self righteous and arrogant. While I did not vote for President Trump, our depraved society in America has been a slow fade from Carter to Trump. And you are just NOW wanting people to pray according to your view. I agree with a previous typer who said you are atheist and politically left.

  28. Dear John Pavlovitz and Reader:

    Despite systematic cover-up of the true scale of Maria’s devastation, the extent of this stroke is coming to light and will continue to do so.

    Eliza Barclay contends that the actual deaths may be 10x what is being reported. http://tinyurl.com/y7otpae2

    Often at odds with the press, Mr. Trump has spoken openly of revoking broadcasting licenses. It becomes clearer to ever more people that the bourgeoisie press simply isn’t to be believed.

    Blessings!

  29. I hear you and the numerous citizens who passionately believe all of this. However I am saddened by the lack of understanding how this, and posts like it, only widen the gap, continue to faction sort, and cause more harm than good. I am saddened that you end this with a basic ‘you need to be this, or you are that’ mentality. The old adage, you are either with me or you are against me. That is incredibly limiting and leaves no room for healthy discussion and growth. You have a platform. Please be responsible with it and educate yourself to the diverse viewpoints in this world, HEAR – truly hear to understand all sides, and then if you still feel the need to dehumanize the president and his supporters, increase political & religious sorting, and continue to proliferate your limited view, well, the next person that needs to be prayed for is you.

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  31. Thank you, John. A relative sent me this beautiful piece of writing. I forwarded it to others who can understand what you have said. I think we preach to the choir for the most part, but there is always hope that some (even some on here) will see what is happening to our faith and our country, and that they will make the change. We’re in deep trouble. Keep these posts coming.

  32. John, you have Capitalized on everything that Trump has ever said, done out of hatred, That doesn’t have any place at my Bigger Table. But I can HONESTLY say, I FORGIVE HIM. I didn’t vote for him and I know that many people are looking at hindsight at the moment. But until he is Impeached, convicted, or steps down, He is the President. Maybe not the President we all wanted, whoever that was. But the one who holds the Office. You may NOT RESPECT the Man, but you should RESPECT THE OFFICE.
    And why you and your church followers are asking Jesus to see all the EVIL of these days, Like he doesn’t already know. You need to ask for FORGIVENESS YOURSELF. We DO NOT JUDGE, It is Not OUR PLACE to Judge.. yet you have made a Mockery of announcing each step that Pres Trump has attempted and somehow he feels that they are Truths. We are not to make judgements on others. And Although I know you are speaking from the Heart, You are not speaking from the HEART that GOD intended you to have. You are speaking with emotional turmoil, and every night I say a little Prayer for FORGIVENESS, COMPASSION, and HUMANITY for Pres Trump. How about Praying with me on this one?

  33. If they were capable of praying, thinking, analyzing or caring in that level they wouldn’t be DJT supporters or Republicons.

    Alas, they see the world in a more simplistic I-me-mine way. Some are incapable of processing the world on a compassionate reality based level because they were never taught how. Some know how but find it so difficult they avoid it, like someone who always had trouble with reading and prefers situations where reading isn’t required.

    Then there are some who know exactly what is going on but have made the deliberate, selfish choice, refusing to love their neighbor and refusing to love their brother whom they *have* seen.

    In turn I refuse to acknowledge them with the honorable title of Christian, until they start living up to the Greatest Commandment.

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