Folks I read an article called “More than 700 Christian women condemn Trumps misogyny in powerful letter”. As a Christian leader I’m disappointed in the attitude of my fellow Christian leaders mentioned in it. Though I do see how women and men, in general (regardless of political affiliation) find offensive what Mr. Trump has said in the past, we should all remember the following which as a Christian leader our Lord put into my heart to pass onto all people.
John Ch. 8, Verse. 7, works for all sinners. “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone”. If we seek forgiveness from our Savior, is that not enough. If we can not forgive our fellow man, how can we expect forgiveness. Ask and it shall be give unto you Christ states. We are all held accountable and will be judged.
Who are we to judge and question if Christ has forgive him. Who are you, not to forgive him and to say if he is truly sorry or not.
It is not for me as a man of God and a preacher to judge but, to teach Christ’s will and ways to the sinner and for them, to repent. Not to judge. Matthew Ch. 7, Verse 1. “Judge not, that ye be not judged”.
Yet it is for clergy and theologians to teach and live what is our Lord’s ways and will, which is to forgive and help others to see the error of their ways. Be it in general actions or thinking. Yet always with love, fighting and striving for our Lord’s righteousness to someday be unblemished when called before Him in judgment.
I do not condone the evil in mankind’s heart, I appall it. Bullying, harassing, belittling and degrading anyone because they are female or different or have an infirmity is wrong. It is not what Jesus would want of His children to rejoice in. For we are all created in the image of our God and Lord.
Yet we all make choices, some good and some bad. However, we all have to live with, and will have to answer for our personal choices on judgment day before God the Father and Creator of all mankind. Both men, women, young or old, no matter what one’s race, creed, color, sexual orientation, religious affiliation or politics.
It will not even matter if you think you were right and another was wrong. What will only matter is what God will think and if you will be worthy or not.
As for me, I am a poor sinner. I have regrets. I’ve made mistakes. I’ve asked Christ for forgiveness and I know in my heart, I am forgiven. Does that mean I will not sin again or fall short of the glory of God? By no means. Do not fool yourself or think yourself so holy that you are above reproach yourself. For in that case, you will have fallen into the trap and will be doomed.
For we are all given another day to strive to do as the Savior commanded us and that was to first, as is written in Mark Ch. 12, Verse 30 “thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And secondly, Verse 31, which states, “love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these”.
To me one of the first act’s of love is forgiveness. For that was the example our Lord Jesus showed us and taught us as His final gift to the world from the Cross at Calvary. That is when he said in; Luke Ch. 23, verse 34 “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do”.
I do however, seek the kingdom of God first and His will and ways. I teach that and encourage others to do the same. I would only suggest that religious leaders, preachers, theologians and the such remember these words before casting judgment or anyone takes offense of what anyone has done in the past and what they are trying to do in the present. However, if one is judging, then judge righteously according to the will and discernment of God in your heart.
So don’t put down what God may have forgive and chosen to rebuild. For you maybe condemning yourself and justly so. That would bring a tear to our Lord’s eye. And that, I would not want for any man, woman or child, under the SON that stands with one nation under God and who Trust in Him to have to endure!
Sincerely IHS and yours, and with malice towards none,
Patriarch +++Andrew M. B. Patrick
Celtic Cross Ministry Inc.