Mark Twain wrote:
In religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.
It is important to understand religious history and how it has impacted politics. Today people’s beliefs are important, fundamental, to every culture, society and civilization. What we believe must be based in fact (the truth) and in faith (religion). Without facts and faith we can never be fulfilled as a man, woman, family, neighborhood, city, county, state or nation.
As Ronald Reagan said:
If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
It is important that individuals not get their beliefs and convictions second-hand. In the era of the 24-hour news cycle and the rise of social media there are a growing number of “authorities” who have failed to exam questions at issue.
President Donald J. Trump during his inaugural address said:
The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”
We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.
When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.
There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected.
We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.
President Trump has used his position to address the people directly. Using rallies, social media and weekly video addresses President Trump speaks directly to the American people, giving them information first-hand. Anonymous sources, political party emails, the media and politician’s statements aren’t “worth a brass farthing” unless one examines what is said and does their due diligence in learning the truth.
One of the “big lies” is that religion and politics don’t mix. Albert Einstein wrote:
Those who believe that politics and religion do not mix, understand neither.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “Passive resistance seeks to rejoin politics and religion and to test all our actions in the light of ethical principles.”
Ethical principles are necessary for both the people and their elected leaders. If one or both abandon ethical principles then a culture is truly in decline and will be lost. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution mandates that the federal government not interfere with the free exercise of religion. The Constitution was written by Christians for an ethical and principled Judeo-Christian nation.
Faith and truth are inextricably linked. Lying, bearing false witness, is a sin. President Trump is feared because he speaks the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. For you see the opposite of love is not hate, it is fear. This is why so many hate President Trump because they fear the truth.
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