Millennial’s Matter in November

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Back in September I wrote an article called “Trump is not the Savior”. I received this private comment/message on my Facebook page from an 18 year old millennial:

“I totally agree with your article concerning Donald Trump. My own thoughts on this are as follows: If God is going to use Trump as a modern day Cyrus, what justification do people have to make this claim? Both don’t behave in a Godly manner and both have been placed in an unholy nation suffering moral decay-those are the only similarities. But if that is the case then why couldn’t Hillary or Obama be Cyrus? They are as equally unrighteous. Moreover one thing that disturbs me about Trump is his demeanor. As a part of the younger generation I have been told that I (my generation) is brash, disrespectful, loud mouthed, and rude. We have been told this by our elders who expect us to change. But why should I change when the older generation seeks to an elect a leader that is just as disrespectful, rude, and loud mouth as ourselves. It seems quite ironic to me and perhaps that’s why so many of my peers feel distanced by his stances. These are just my thoughts, I didn’t feel compelled to comment for the sake of keeping the peace and not starting a political feud….”

This comment and these questions have been stirring in me since I got this note. I can’t say that I have a word from God about either of these candidates. Is Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton a modern-day Cyrus? I don’t know.

Here is a quote I found that may help, Cyrus was anointed by God to restore the Jewish people from captivity and to rebuild Jerusalem after Nebuchadnezzar, as a vessel of divine judgment, was called by God to send the Jewish people into exile and to destroy Jerusalem. Two pagan kings, one raised up to bring judgment and the other raised up to bring restoration.

Is Donald Trump a Cyrus or a Nebuchadnezzar, if either? Let God be God, and only time will tell.”

What I do know is that Millennials are looking at the character of these two candidates and what they see and hear matters to them. It is hypocritical to expect young people to be respectful, and kind and yet we have leaders in our nation who can’t seem to behave with civility in this election process.

Trump has several character flaws. Hillary can’t tell the truth. Either way, as a millennial you get to decide how you will behave. You be accountable for your behavior, and your choices. The President of the United States should be a role model for the young people in this nation. But whether he/she is, you choose how you will conduct your business and how you will handle issues you face in your life.

So, how should millennials vote during this election cycle? My recommendation is to vote based on your values and principles. For many millennials that may cause you to pause. You may have to take some time and define your values. Once you define them, grab the information from both parties/candidates and see where you find alignment. Where do the candidates stand on the issues and how do they align with what is most important to you?

The definition of values: a person’s principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgment of what is important in life. If you go into the voting booth and vote based on what’s most important to you, you will leave the voting booth with no regrets. No matter who wins this election.

Voting on personality won’t get the job done in November. Both candidates are fallible human beings. There is no way as a voter you can make a decision with these two, Trump and Hillary, based on the strength of the their character. They both fail miserably. For my young friend that left the comment, character won’t help you make the decision in the voting booth. Knowing where each candidates stand on the issues is critical for you.

Here are some things to consider when preparing to go to the polls in three weeks:

  1. Sanctity of Life
  2. Marriage – and the definition of marriage
  3. Religious Freedom
  4. Federal Judge Appointments – This is significant during this election cycle – the decisions made by the next President of the United States will impact us for the next 40 years or more
  5. National Defense
  6. Terrorism
  7. Human Rights
  8. Immigration
  9. Issues on Poverty
  10. Law and Order
  11. Israel & Jerusalem
  12. Internet Safety and Security

Take some time to educate yourself on both parties. Don’t make your decision in a vacuum or based on personality. Let time unveil whether either of these candidates is a modern day Cyrus. Lastly, go vote on November 8th and make your vote count.

 

 

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Political Chat: The Aftermath

The debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was over about 30 to 40 minutes in.trump__clinton Clearly Donald Trump was unprepared. As a leader, that is unacceptable. Period. He had no business showing up on the national stage for all the world to see, with no plan. Donald had zero response for obvious issues Hillary would use as ammunition to support her bid for the Presidency, i.e. the temperament rant.

Donald Trump, “doing Donald” doesn’t work if he wants to be President of this great nation. At least not for this voter.

In the Aftermath of this debate, I am disappointed. Hillary Clinton is a “no” vote for me. I will save that for another day. When the options are selecting the lesser of two evils, both candidates better come out swinging for the fence. Having a tantrum and whining about how your being mistreated won’t garner votes.

I take my privilege to vote very seriously. I will vote in November. The problem is neither of these presidential candidates has earned the privilege to represent me in Washington D.C. for the next 4 years. What’s a voter to do?

Political Chat: Lesser of Two Evils?

lesser-of-two-evilsAs I settle in tonight to watch the upcoming Presidential debate between Donald Trump
and Hillary Clinton I thought I would take a moment and share my thoughts prior to this “epic” debate.  I have been watching the shenanigans for a while.

Here are some of my thoughts:

  1. Leaders should not be determined on a scale defined as the “lesser of two evils”. We own this foolishness as a nation. It is our responsibility as voters to set the standard of leadership in this country. Not the politicians or the wanna be politicians. Surely we have better options in this great country – the United States of America.
  2. Leaders in every sphere of our country should represent the people they are leading. Neither of these two people represent me the way I would like to be represented. How about you?
  3. Leaders should have clearly defined values. When determining who should lead me (or you)…those values should be in alignment with my values (and yours).
  4. Leaders should have integrity. There should be no question about that…
  5. Leaders should work well under pressure. Decisions should not be based on a “knee jerk” reaction.
  6. The leader of this nation should uphold the constitution! This nation was founded on very strong principles and values. Those principles and values allow these two candidates to run for office. Neither of them have my permission to rewrite the script for this nation.

I don’t want to make my decision for this election based on the “lesser of two evils.” And yet here we are. I want to support the candidate I vote for. But I am not convinced by either of these two candidates. It is a sad commentary on us as a nation that these two people represent our best option to be the leader of the greatest nation in the world. It saddens my heart…  I don’t trust Hillary Clinton. I don’t believe Hillary is honest. The truth still matters. Being trustworthy matters. Convince me Hillary that my perception of you is wrong…

I don’t particularly like Donald Trump. He is brash, and rude. I believe he can lead this country but I don’t think he “plays nice in the sandbox.” I want to like my President. I am not looking for a syrupy sweet President but I believe my leader should be likable. “People do business with people they like.” At the same time, I want to know my leader will make the tough decisions as it pertains to keeping this nation safe. Neither of these two candidates have convinced me yet that they are the one.

I am looking forward to watching the debate. My hope is that we move away from the “lesser of two evils” to a clear candidate that will represent this nation well for every citizen in the land!