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God is Like a Democrat and a Republican: God is Like, #3

God is Like a Democrat and a Republican: God is Like, #3

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God is Like a Democrat and a Republican: God is Like, #3

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Feb 24, 2021
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Have you ever thought, "How can a Christian be a Democrat?" or "How can a Christian be a Republican?"

 

This devotional dives into how both sides of the political aisle may be performing different functions in the body of Christ.

Through fifteen political issues the devotional explores both a Christian Republican's and a Christian Democrat's thoughts on the issue and how they reflect the creator that made them both.

 

Fifteen Political Issues discussed in this book are

  • Gun Control
  • Abortion
  • Universal Health Care
  • Foreign Policy
  • Climate Change
  • Immigration
  • Death Penalty
  • Homosexual Marriage
  • Marijuana
  • Patriot Act & Government Spying
  • Income Tax
  • Labor Unions
  • Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide
  • Space Exploration & NASA
  • Free College
Herausgeber:
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Feb 24, 2021
ISBN:
9781393299363
Format:
Buch

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God is Like a Democrat and a Republican - Chris Stanley

God Is Like a Democrat

and a

Republican

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30-Day Devotional for When You Are Waiting on God or Elections

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By

Chris Stanley

Table of Contents

Introduction

Disclaimer

How This Book Works

Universal Health Care

Republicans on Universal Health Care

Democrats on Universal Health Care

Gun Control

Democrats on Gun Control

Republicans on Gun Control

Foreign Policy

Republicans on Foreign Policy

Democrats on Foreign Policy

Climate Change

Republicans on Climate Change

Democrats on Climate Change

Immigration

Republicans on Illegal Immigration

Democrats on Illegal Immigration

Death Penalty

Republicans on the Death Penalty

Democrats on the Death Penalty

Homosexual Marriage

Republicans on Homosexual Marriage

Democrats on Homosexual Marriage

Marijuana

Republicans on Marijuana

Democrats on Marijuana

Summary of Marijuana

Patriot Act and Government Spying

Republicans on the Patriot Act and Government Spying

Democrats on the Patriot Act and Government Spying

Summary on the Patriot Act and Government Spying

Income Tax

Republicans on Income Tax

Democrats on Income Tax

Summary on Income Tax

Labor Unions

Republicans on Labor Unions

Democrats on Labor Unions

Summary on Labor Unions

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

Republicans on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

Democrats on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

Summary on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

Space Exploration and NASA

Republicans on Space Exploration and Nasa

Summary on Space Exploration and NASA

Abortion

Republicans on Abortion

Democrats on Abortion

Free College

Republicans on Free College

Democrats on Free College

Final Thoughts

Introduction

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The division in our country surrounding politics is taking root and many times ORIGINATES in our churches. As a body of Christ, we are to be a representative of the Creator of the universe, the new Christ on earth representing the King to those He loves. We are called to be one body, reaching the world for Christ, and the Bible makes it clear that we are all not going to be the same:

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function.

- Romans 12:4

Could these different functions be applied to how we each view the political issues of our day? Could the different functions include how we each think the church should respond to our culture?

Inside the church, we often see people with different perspectives from us, possibly of a different political party, and we wonder, How can they believe, act, or think that way? How can they be a Democrat/Republican?

This book is an exploration of that question.

I have been inside of churches since I was young, and as the son of a pastor, I’ve seen my fair share of political squabbles inside the church, but it wasn’t until I became an adult that I realized the dangers inherent in political differences inside a church.

Having a young family of my own suddenly gave me the excuse, or some might say, responsibility, to determine my own opinions and to state what I believe to be true in the world. The election of 2008 caused me to question everything I believed about politics and put me on a search for the truth, not just what red (Republican) or blue (Democrat) said was the truth.

When the election of 2012 came around, I read dozens of books, spent months researching each candidate and issue, plus kept up with current events. I knew what the right way to think was. I was shocked to find that few inside the church agreed with me. I was even more shocked to find out my tithe money was being funneled through my church to political movements I disagreed with at a fundamental level.

I met with the pastors of the church and discussed my concerns. I was appalled to hear their opposing thoughts on the political issues I saw as black and white. I, with no shortage of tears, left the church I loved dearly.

Many of the thoughts the pastors had spoken STILL haunt me to this day, not because I am appalled by them, but because they ring more and more true in my ears. As time passed, I began to see that those pastors, that I vehemently disagreed with, do indeed reflect my Creator and the heart I see that the God of the universe has in the Bible.

I haven’t lost my convictions of what is right and wrong, I haven’t lost my opinion on the political issues, but I’ve been trying to let myself see the issues from different vantage points. Not from the talking heads on a stage (heaven knows I can’t stomach that), but from the people inside the churches that are both Republican and Democrat. It amazes me that when you listen to the hearts of God’s people, no matter how different their political stance may be from yours, you can hear your Creator in their voice. They sing out God’s love for His people and His love of what is righteous.

I’ve come to feel that maybe God is bigger than red vs. blue—maybe the division in our church is not a result of our political differences, but our political differences are a result of our lack of unity.

The church I had left, due to political differences, was PERFECT for my family. We agreed on Christ, serving those in our community, loving others to heaven, and when I took my eyes

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