The DNC, RNC, and What We Might Have Missed:

The loss of life should always be mourned before the distraction of controversy.

As we prepare to dissect the Republican and Democratic conventions, let us first look at those who have been taken from us and mourn together over the loss of life. Surfacing from Syria, video footage has been made public of the beheading of a Syrian boy held prisoner by the Liwa al-Quds, a pro-regime militia. This footage was made viral on social media, which unfortunately has been quieted by the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in the United States. The militia states that the boy’s death was an, “individual mistake”. The young Syrian boy was lying in the back of a truck surrounded by fighters. When there is mass hysteria in a war-torn land, everyone becomes a target. Before I continue, I ask that you meditate on this verse from Genesis:

“But the LORD said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground!” – Genesis 4:10

These rebels are killing their own people. They are in a panic. We honestly have no idea what they are experiencing. So before anything else, we must plea with God to show Himself to this group before more children are killed aimlessly.

Secondly, I must address the shootings in Munich, Germany. Nine people were shot dead during daytime hours in a mall. This attack was planned for over a year, and was enacted by a single armed gunman. The gunman was reportedly, “obsessed” with mass shootings (CNN). He was only 18 years old. We must not forget that this young man left a family behind who is in uter disbelief. Holy Spirit, comfort the family of this child, as we search for meaning in a senseless situation. Let us mourn, love, and pray for all parties involved. May God’s mercy, comfort, justice, and redemption flow freely. Come, LORD Jesus.

 

Disclaimer: I am not here to tell you what to think, what to believe, or who to vote for (if anyone). I am here only to present to you information. It is your responsibility to take this information and run with it. I say this with utmost respect and grace. Use these blogs as a tool, and don’t allow the media to tell you what to think. The sources I have used are from Democratic, Republican, and Independent sites. Do with this information what you will and use it for His Glory alone. With that said, let’s get started.

The Republican National Convention was certainly one to remember. The convention already has gathered up quite a stir due to several controversial remarks from their speakers. What the opponents of the party want you to think is that all Republicans are either extremely conservative, against any progress whatsoever, Nazis, or all three. These sentiments are certainly not the case. I will only cover the nominees for the sake of brevity, and I will only quote their most controversial statements. Why do I do this? Because of the verse below:

“A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits.” – Matthew 7:17-20 (NASB)

To be fair, as president neither side has been able to show their fruits yet. But by knowing how they plan to settle disputes, we learn where the seed is being planted and what fruits will be produced. Let us move to the representative of the Republican party, Donald Trump. Mr. Donald Trump began his speech in a bit more calm manner than in the past, stating that this nation will be a nation of, “Freedom and generosity… But of law & order” (MSN). From there, the ball begins to roll when he hops onto topics such as political correctness and immigration. Controversial statement #1: “We must suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism.”

The question I suggest you ask before voting for Mr. Trump on this issue is, “why”?

Mosaic Law: “So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.” (Deut. 10:19)

The words of Christ Himself: “For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;” (Matt. 23:35)

Jesus’ direct relative was an immigrant: “Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your sight that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?” (Ruth 2:10)

Without the obedience of Boaz to God and his love for his neighbor, the birth of the Messiah would look completely different!

I am not saying anything about immigration laws, those are for politicians. But I will point out one thing here: The Spanish. According to walesonline, Spain is under high threat of a terrorist attack. Since there is a massive Muslim population in Spain (1,887,906 people as of 2015, to be exact), we shouldn’t see Spaniards coming into the US under Trump’s presidency. The fact of the matter is however, that he does not once forbid Spaniards or the French (who have been attacked many times this year) to enter the United States. His direction in the past has been to look toward the Palestinian end; namely Syria. This view, taken to the extreme, can be extrapolated to racial profiling, as Spaniards and the French are mainly Caucasian.

[I am not saying that Mr. Trump is profiling, I am only stating that this way of thinking, if not controlled, can certainly lead to such an idea].

Controversial statement #2: “I am your voice… I alone can fix [this nation]”

“In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him.” (Proverbs 21:1)

Not much to say here. Acknowledging God’s providence is the first mark of a good leader.

Now let us move to the DNC. At the point this blog was written, only one night of the DNC has passed. But we have quite a bit of dissention from Bernie Sanders supporters that I would like to discuss. Sanders supporters have received his endorsement of Mrs. Clinton with mixed responses. As Mr. Sanders endorsed Hilary Clinton last night, boos from across the convention ensued. During one congresswoman’s prayer last night at the DNC, the crowd chanted, “Bernie”. Sanders supporters are a living testament to how passionate the Millennial generation is. Yet this passion is misdirected. What Sanders supporters, and my entire generation, must realize is that our desire for change cannot be fully reconciled in a person, but in The Person known as Christ. Even though there is now proof via WikiLeaks that the DNC was “rigged” in favor of Hilary Clinton (see Huffington Post for more information), we all must concede to the notion that injustice cannot be countered with louder voices, but with open hearts, prayer, and peaceable conduct. This feeds back into Trump’s quote from earlier (Proverbs 21:1), for there is not a single person who can change this country for the better singlehandedly. Our hope can only rest in the LORD. Since Mrs. Clinton does not speak until after this blog is posted, you can expect that it will be covered and critiqued in next week’s edition of News Flash.

The following contained sources from CNN, Fox News, Walesonline, USA Today, The Economist, Mic News, Huffington Post, Washington Post, NBC, AMP, and The Daily Dot

 

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