Startling Statistics: Politics And Religion

There was a very interesting article that was released over the weekend by Pew Research entitled, “8 Facts About Catholics and Politics in the U.S.”

Now first – Pew Research is not some “pew”-as-in-church-“pew” religious organization. No, it is Pew, as in the “nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world.” (Their words.) In other words, it is legit.

And this article was fascinating. Much of it was as to be expected, but some of it, was actually quite eye opening.

This article came on my radar when I was listening to a faith-based podcast called “The Word on Fire Show” with Bishop Robert Barron. (I know – I am such a nerd.) But Bishop Barron was breaking down the article, and I was so intrigued, that I had to go and check out what secular society says about catholicism and politics, myself.

And I want to focus on two of these “8 Facts” tonight, because they go hand in hand, and they were particularly startling.

Even though – going into the article, my expectations were grim, because as a society, we’ve left God behind. And the number of proclaimed Catholics have dwindled so severely, and the majority…like Biden, (who has been refused communion because of his stance of abortion)…are “culturally” Catholic…aka: Catholic in name only.

But here they are: “When it comes to specific policy issues, Catholics are often more aligned with their political party than with the teaching of the church.

And, basically same-same-but-different: “Catholics view religious organizations as forces for good in society, but a clear majority say churches and other religious organizations should keep out of politics.

Which just goes to show, that as a society, we are worshiping politics. You can see it playing out in how the news is covered and portrayed; in how people post about their political beliefs on social media; in how the country has exploded in protests; in how fiercely divisive we’ve become: politics has become a religion…for people on both sides of the aisle.

But the thing that is so sad to me, is how what *should* be informing our political positions, has been absolutely thrown out — by even those who consider themselves faithful people.

The fact is: the position one takes politically should be dictated by their religious beliefs. Or spoken secularly: by their personal moral code.

A person should look at the issues, decided what they believe is morally right on the issues, and vote accordingly.

And what is the driving force behind morality? The Word of God. Jesus. His teachings. His church.

It makes me overwhelmingly sad to see that even those proclaimed Catholics — religious morality is not being taken into account in the voting booth. It is such a shame.

If we don’t vote with our hearts and ballots aligned with God’s teachings, why even vote??

Honestly. If we’re not voting to stand up for what is morally right in God’s eyes, then we should literally just shrug as we watch the world burn in flames before us, as society goes to hell in a handbasket – literally. (OK, figuatively.)

Churches keep out of politics?? Yes they must stay out directly, but I want a pastor to get up at the pulpit on Sunday and bring the truth about where God stands on issues: like abortion. Like serving the poor. Like the death penalty. Like euthanasia. Like social justice. Like environmental protection. Then let people decide who to vote for.

Allow me to not mince words here: churches should absolutely be informing their congregations about the importance of their vote — and what the catholic position is on these issues.

And it’s tough. Because there are aspects of these issues that are morally right on both sides. But there are certain issues that rise to the top of the priority list, and I applaud any pastor to voice those views, even if it is unpopular.

Pastors — standing In Persona Christi — need to inform their sheep of what is at stake in this election.

Simply saying to “get out there and vote!” is simply not good enough anymore.

What we should really be saying is, “Get out there and vote in alignment with your moral standards.” Or how about: “Vote according to God’s teachings.”

WWJD? What Would Jesus Do? How about HWJV? How Would Jesus Vote?

That’s what I hope we start praying about today, in preparation for election day.

Because it’s time we stop listening to what our political parties say is “dogma,” and rather, listening to God’s “dogma.”

And spoiler alert: they don’t exactly match up.


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107 thoughts on “Startling Statistics: Politics And Religion

  1. Hmmm. On “the issues,” I am not for Republican or Democrat but for humanity in Light of God. I find it difficult to vote solely on one issue — say, saving the environment but that candidate refuses to feed the 1 out of 6 of us in the U.S.

    I vote for a caring nation and world. -Jeff

    1. thank you for sharing that, i love that: you’re for humanity. thank you Jeff for stopping by and joining the conversation! Hugs and love xox

  2. When Jesus was asked a political question he said simply, “Render unto Ceasar, things that are Caesar’s”
    Clergymen should in my view just teach wisely and in so doing enable their congregations to make Godly decisions for themselves without advocating a particular choice.

    1. That is so true – i pray that of our preachers. thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! Hugs and love xox

  3. You are so right on all counts. Here in Australia voting is compulsory so everyone has to make a decision and vote accordingly. Our Pastors never tell us who to vote for but they will always point out issues that go against what the word of God teaches. We are so blessed to have a practicing Christian as our PM especially in this Covid world. We thank God for him.

    1. oh gosh thank you so much Veronica. that’s so interesting about Australia. i am always fascinated to hear about life in other countries. yes – that is a blessing!!! Hugs and love xox

  4. As a cradle Catholic, converted to nondenominational Baptist, I do believe that faith is of utmost importance to those who vote. I really think that Catholics should stop giving Joe Biden a hard time about his professed Catholic faith, because his life experience indicates that his faith is wrought from hard battles. I mean, he lost a child, and that is something not everyone would understand, so I trust his faith is not “in name only,” because he has fought the more challenging battle of reckoning with life and death, especially with one of his own flesh and blood, his child. Please don’t lose sight of that, dear Catholic Believers, and please keep praying for us all.

    1. Hi Susan, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this! i agree – faith, to me, is also of utmost importance. absolutely – we are all one family, and prayers for us all. You’re right, who am I to judge Mr. Biden’s heart. Hugs and love xox

  5. Though it’s a typical habit to see life as divided into a liberal /conservative nexus, the real war, as far as Catholicism is concerned , is between orthodoxy and heterodoxy.

    1. thank you so much Larry for sharing your thoughts on this. not going to lie, i had to google what heterodoxy is, and you’re absolutely right! Hugs and love xox

  6. {Stands up and clap} EXCELLENT post Carolyn!!!!! I couldn’t have said it better myself. Pastors, Priests, ministry leaders, PUUUUHLEASE teach the truth of God’s word; and inform your congregants on where God stands on the various issues. I think the problem is that people hold their own thoughts, feelings and emotions, higher than God and His word.

    1. awww thank you so much!!! i’m so glad this resonated with you!!!! i agree — we need to know where God stands on these issues so that WE can know where to stand! that’s being an informed voter, as far as I’m concerned. glad you stopped by! Hugs and love xox

  7. Well said! If only more young people like you understood this, and more old people! Especially those who claim to be believers in Christ. God bless you!

    1. thank you so much PK! oh gosh, i pray so hard for my generation. we’re all so caught up in who the celebrities are voting for, what the “woke” position is, what the “band wagon” is for young people – it really is a shame. Hugs and love xox

      1. Yes, it’s so very sad. I pray they will turn to God before it’s too late. Do you have friends who think for themselves like you do?

  8. Hi Caralyn! First, excellent as always! You are exactly correct. If people don’t start voting their values, and said values should be coming from Christ as He is the standard for truth, then we only have ourselves to blame when the country falls apart. Personally, I can’t get over the idea that some have about who they’re voting for. I’ve literally read where people say they have all these Godly, moral values, but they don’t like the President so they’re going to vote for the other party, which stands completely opposite to the values they claim to espouse. And they seem to be brain dead about all the President has done these past four years to promote the values they say they stand for. Talk about a Twilight Zone populace.

    Second, I’m going to jump on your case a bit for a moment. What is this “I am such a nerd” business? What? You’re a nerd because you have a brain and high intelligence and you choose to use them more than most Millennials out there? Because you can write intelligently about a wide range of topics, and when you don’t feel you know enough, you spend time researching before you speak out? Because you can carry a conversation on a blog post that doesn’t sound similar to, “And then we like went to a club and like I couldn’t believe who was actually there wearing last month’s rags and like I wondered if my outfit made me look like a Kardashian.” OK. Rant finished. And I apologize to you and anyone reading who might be offended as that wasn’t my intent.

    I discovered your blog because you showed interest in someone who was struggling with issues regarding her faith. As I read some of your posts, I became impressed with not only your writing style (as though you were having a simple conversation), but your take on the topics you covered and the fact that you weren’t ashamed to allow your faith to influence your views. And I’ve continued to read them for over two years now, and I’m still impressed. So, enough of the shy shots at the gorgeous woman who has brains. 😊 Have a great week, my Friend! 🤗💛🌻

    1. Voting our values, I love that so much Kenneth! i think you just created an new slogan! thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your heart. i am so touched by your kind and generous words about my blog. (And your encouragement.) you’re a great friend, Kenneth, and I’m grateful for you! have a wonderful night! Hugs and love xox

  9. It would be nice if churches actually taught about Gods stand on abortion,voting etc,but Jesus never taught of what the world was busy doing around Him. He taught daily in the churches of His day of what His Fathers will was for the life of man. He said He was not of the world and neither are those who truly follow Him. We cannot be a soldier of Christ and be heavily concerned with the ways of the world. (2 Timothy 2:4) 4  No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.  We are to pray for our leader’s and God who knows the heart’s of all will bring to pass His will as He sees fit.Blessings.
    Julia

    1. Hi Julia, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this. I so agree – we need to pray for our leader, and for the hearts of the voters. you’re right. that is the way of a soldier of Christ! Hugs and love xox

  10. This will likely be contrarian to the majority of your comments but as a pagan one of the hardest things that we struggle with is when our Christian friends allow others who are not prophets divine the will or word of god. Christianity is very clear that the prophets speak on gods will. I agree that church, regardless of denomination should have robust discussion on relevant issues politically and socially. However outside of the sermon and outside of the main house of worship.

    If I recall its Peter who in the new testament wrote about acceptance of the ruler, no matter his faith as he is put there by god. 2:13 I believe. There is also Isaiah who makes it very simple by stating god is the only law which is needed for the faithful. I think its great that Christians talk in earnest about todays issues. In the house that was built to worship god ? If I recall thats what Christ was upset at all those years ago, the politics that had entered the temples.

    Written respectfully,

    Your Pagan friend. Karac.

    1. Thank you so much Karac for sharing your thoughts on this. Robust discussion on relevant issues is definitely needed, no matter where or when. Glad you stopped by. Hugs and love xox

  11. I never ever understood how any God-fearing person would ever vote for anyone who wants to kill babies. Period. If you vote for those politicians that are ok with that, you cannot fear God. Period. I am sure many will disagree with that but I am quite certain the Bible agrees. And everyone who faces God someday (which is everyone), I would definitely recommend voting in alignment with life. We are as responsible to God for our vote as for our words and actions. It matters. We will see God and we need to vote in alignment with His standards. Such a true and relevant blog. Excellent truth as always. As always, love you! Hugs!!XO 😄❤

    1. Thank you so much Tonya for sharing your heart. I am right there with you. That, to me, is the absolute, hands down, no-ifs-ands-or-buts-about-it issue that should be number one for deciding their vote. Because it has to do with direct killing of life. I am in complete agreement with you. thanks so much for stopping by! Love you my dear friend! Hugs and love xox

  12. Caralyn another insightful and clear stance on what may be for some a rather touchy subject. I am a member of a conservative Lutheran church body and until recently this topic was avoided all together. But more pastors are beginning to speak out in a manner you suggested. Personally my vote is along the pro life line My belief is the stance held on life, be it the beginning or the end, is central to all other policies. Once the sanctity of life is disregarded things begin to come apart. Glad you got to Ohio. Here in Wisconsin things are not going so smoothly. Great writing. Wonderful witness I stay impressed and always wait to see what is coming next. Thanks. John

    1. Thank you so much John. Yes – a touchy subject indeed, but We mustn’t shy away from those topics – they’re usually of utmost importance. I agree! Praying for Wisconsin , and our entire country! Glad to hear it! Thanks for your support. Hugs and love xox

  13. Caralyn I’m watching your passion for Christ blossom like a flower. Thanks for the post. I love listening to Bishop Barron!

    1. oh gosh, thank you Amy, that really means a lot. Yes! he is so insightful! Him and Father Mike. I love their podcasts!!!! have a wonderful evening! Hugs and love xox

  14. One of the reasons that pastors don’t preach the truth is they are bound by the 501(c)3 nonprofit status. I know the President rescinded this somewhat a few years ago, but am not sure how many chose to undo the nonprofit status. And I do think the church is going beyond the four walls now, what I feel is a positive side to the lockdowns. I think it is more and more on the internet, and home churches. I don’t have much experience with the Catholic church, so I don’t know if home churches are something that would be done.

    1. Yes, that is true. It’s a shame really. But they’ve got to comply. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on this! Hugs and love xox

  15. This was a very good post, you are a very strong woman and I admire your courage to speak out! You had my attention right up until you started to promote Amazon Prime, then you turned me right off. I was very disappointed that you went into “material mode” right after stating that moral values and religious beliefs should be the basis for our votes and political stance. Your Amazon Prime post should have been a separate post, all together, not at the tail end of this religious/political post. I wanted to Share your post on Facebook and other Social Media, because it is very important and should be taken seriously. But, when you added the Amazon Prime promotion it took your post to a whole different slant and ruined the message that you were putting forth and I do not want to Share it. If you wish to reply to me you can contact me at my email address. I wish you all the best Caralyn!

    1. Thank you so much Delores for your feedback. I’m glad the content it resonated with you. I apologize that the Amazon prime information turned you off. Given that Prime Day is a one day only event (today) – I had to share, despite my not wanting to. That being said, I do need to make a living. I put out this content for free, three times a week. I have to pay my bills and put food on the table. And I hope my readers understand that, and can offer me a little grace. I have chosen an alternative lifestyle: giving my life to this “desktop ministry,” my blog. And my humble earnings are satisfactory to me, because I know that the work of spreading God’s hope and God’s love is more important than making even a moderate salary. This is how I make my living, and I’m sorry that my small attempt to do so left a sour taste in your mouth. That being said, I appreciate your readership, and I do hope you visit again soon. Hugs and love xox

      1. Hi Caralyn, I was pleased to learn that you did not want to add the Amazon Prime advertisement to this blog but that you had to. I understand that you want to spread God’s hope and God’s love and I, really, do admire how you use your blog to do that! As I said, you are a very courageous and strong woman and that is to be greatly admired! I visit your blog regularly and will continue to do so. With love, Delores

  16. I definitely think that the Bible has a lot to say about politics and that Christians should be influenced by it when it comes to how to vote. I don’t agree with churches or Christians telling other people how to vote though. It’s a difficult balance and I’m not sure how to achieve it. I’d love to see the church praying for governments and leaders as well as taking a stand for what is right but across parties. Too often Christians come down on one side or the other over one issue without really looking into all the other policies of the party. That’s my opinion. Of course I’m not in the US so it might be different for you guys.

    1. I think you’re absolutely right about that. A difficult balance indeed. And being an informed voter is important! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox

  17. Not a Catholic my friend. But feel assured of the rightness of what you are saying here because the Lord Jesus taught us that we are salt and light to the world. No salt and light mean that sin and darkness have a field day… blessings

    1. Thanks friend! You’re so right about that! Salt and light!! Have a wonderful day! Hugs and love xox

  18. It is indeed a sad state of affairs when politicians tell us how to worship and the religious tell us how to vote. We should rather seek to DO GOOD and follow the cardinal virtues of wisdom (know what’s within your control and what isn’t), courage (persist and resist), temperance (self-control), and justice (thought and action resulting in the common good).

    1. You’re right about that – we should seek to do good!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts jc. Hugs and love xox

  19. Well said. I’d love some pew research on the percentage of clergy that actually preach what the truth is (and the Church’s historical teachings) to their parishioners. I bet that would be most eye-opening!

    1. Thank you so much John! I’m so glad this resonated with you. I agree! That would be eye opening to say the least! Hugs and love xox

  20. Thank you Caralyn, I am provoked to connect with my heart on abortion (recognising the child…), the death penalty (recognising grace and the meaning of baptism…) and euthanasia (versus e.g. journeying with 💔, healing 🙌🏼, and helping for life…)

  21. Well-said sweet lady💚 You might like my post Hope for Humane. It’s no doubt we’ve been truth on the back burner. Sadly, we’ve put just general kind behavior on the back burner. No matter how the vote turns out I’m so thankful to have a relationship with the one and only true authoritarian. Faith will win in the end. And I appreciate your wisdom and research that you share. 💚❤️💕

    1. Thank you so much KL! I will definitely check out your post! Amen – faith will win in the end! Hugs and love xox

  22. Caralyn, this is such a great article I just simply sat here and enjoyed it! Every time I started thinking something as I read your lead-in thoughts, you came around and nailed it! For Example:

    “A person should look at the issues, decided what they believe is morally right on the issues, and vote accordingly.” Well, they should search the Bible for what God says is morally right. But then you buttoned that one up with “Vote according to God’s teachings.” Your conclusion was great! HWJV. Love it!! HEY! How hard would it be to have HWJV on one of those plastic bracelets on your B3 goodies site?? Might be tough to get done before this election, but you could have them ready for the mid-term elections. Start a new trend!

    I’ll nit-pick on one comment: “…there are aspects of these issues that are morally right on both sides.” I’ll disagree with that one. I submit to you that if both sides of a moral issue appear to be right, you haven’t really defined it well enough, you haven’t perhaps found the divisions in it to clarify it. Or, possibly, the Biblically moral position is a hard one to take, so both sides LOOK right. What do you think?

    Still, I found this to be a great read and enjoyed it thoroughly! I pray your week is a good one!!

    1. Hi Jeff! Thank you so much for your wonderfully kind words! I’m humbled that we shared a brain wave length! That’s a great point – difficult issues are just that: difficult! I guess what i was meaning was that there are a couple instances where, even though i label myself one side, i agree with the position of the opposite side. If that makes sense. And I love that idea about the bracelets! Gosh, you are always quick with the awesome marketing ideas!! THANK YOU! You’re onto something there! So glad you enjoyed the read, my friend. Hope you and your girls are staying happy and healthy!! Hugs and love xox

      1. I think I know what you mean about the two sides. Like, I side with God on X, but if not for that I’d be ok with people’s desire. Ah, marketing ideas. If only I was so good with my OWN endeavors!!! 🙂 I hope your quarantine and travels go well. Keep us posted! Hugs back!

      2. I’ve planned on writing an article based on some recent Ken Ham articles about people choosing their way instead of God’s way. I decided to kick it off referring to your Monday article and linking to it. I wanted to let you know in advance and be sure that’s ok.

      3. Oh that’s awesome! I can’t wait to read it! Absolutely okay!! Thanks Jeff!

    1. I am right there with you, Mary. Thanks for passing that article along! I’m very much looking forward to reading it! (It’ll be my airplane read later this week!!) Hugs and love xox

    1. Thank you so much Amy! I’m so glad it struck a chord with you. Praying for our nation! Hugs and love xox

  23. It appears we have very different faith traditions [I’m a Unitarian Universalist] and lean towards opposite ends of the political spectrum [but diversity is the spice of life and I always enjoy reading your blog]….and I couldn’t agree with you more. One of the things that draws me the most to my UU congregation is the fact that everyone– including the Minister– is very active with social justice causes and politicians whose views align with our beliefs. This is crucial for me. I could never be a part of a faith community that doesn’t encourage people to advocate for the principles they hold dear. It makes me happy to know that fellow congregants put their money and their time where their mouth is, and donate/volunteer accordingly.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your heart on this. I’m glad it resonated with you! That’s wonderful that social justice is so prevalent!! I love that 🙂 Hugs and love xox

  24. Well written as always, and you make excellent and well-informed points. I absolutely agree that our religious beliefs do, and should, infuse how we act in the world, including how we vote. The heightened responsibility is always when we stake a claim as Jesus’ ambassador to the world, we take on far more responsibility for what we do and say. We’re representing His Kingdom to an increasingly hostile world. And the overwhelming question then is, how they see us matters. Not how it should be, sadly, but how it actually is. I can see that by making stopping abortion your “one thing”, and I totally agree that it’s super important—you run the risk of being blinded to other things that also affect the poor, oppressed, and voiceless in our society. And cause thousands and millions to suffer and die also. Directly, I suppose I mean some of the girls that are desperately seeking these awful abortions. I know you personally contribute to the causes to help them, but I only know that from the comment you made to me one time. So it would lead, if thousands of unwanted babies are brought into this world, might not that have another dire affect? I absolutely don’t want abortions, I just think all society’s issues are much more complex. And, as I said before, I view self-proclaimed Christian writers (like me, sister! as God’s ambassadors. I do admire your ability to be passionate and single-hearted about this issue, though. I think I would really like you.

    1. Thank you so much! I’m so glad this resonated with you. You’re so so SO right! We’re His ambassadors to the world – that is so important. Hugs and love xox

  25. But if you’re a one-issue voter, as you’ve explained you are previously, what does the rest of it really matter? Putting kids in cages, sexual assault, divorce after divorce, trying to kill healthcare, serial lying — it doesn’t matter when you’re a one issue voter, right?

    1. Hi Joshua, I’d love to build a bridge with you. But I’m afraid that if you’re unwilling to have an open mind with me, that task will prove to be difficult. If you’d like to have a respectful discussion, I’d be more than happy to engage, but I don’t entertain sarcastic and backhanded comments. Thank you for stopping by. Hugs and love xox

      1. Joshua was not being sarcastic; he has a point and asked a relevant question. You’ve engaged with other commenters, even if they don’t share the same beliefs as you, but when it comes to difficult conversations about other very relevant issues you’re willing to brush him off.

        I wish you would go out of your way to build a bridge with him and other people who share his views, however uncomfortable that may be.

      2. Hi friend, thank you for sharing your thoughts. I definitely am open to having difficult and uncomfortable conversations — i welcome them, because i think they can be very healing and bring about mutual respect and understanding! what i didn’t appreciate was the attacking tone with which i felt the comment was issued. I try to create a positive, safe space here on the internet for ALL viewpoints, beliefs, religions, ideas, etc. And it is in that spirit of positive cooperation that i want to have conversation and dialogue. But I will not have my comments section turn into a slugging match or a mud slinging free-for-all. I respect boundaries, and I respect respect. And I would hope that my readers not only understand, but also participate in such as well.

  26. Hi again,
    I enjoyed today’s piece. Here’s a quote I turn to often as a moral compass and perhaps you may, too: “A church that does not provoke any crisis, preach a gospel that does not unsettle, proclaim a word of God that does not get under anyone’s skin or a word of God that does not touch the real sin of the society in which it is being proclaimed: what kind of gospel is that?” ― Oscar A. Romero.

    Enjoy your visit home and of course, your time with your family.

    1. Thank you so much! I’m so glad this resonated with you! I love that quote so much. Wow thank you for sharing! Hugs and love xox

  27. I enjoyed this post, however, I think the issues are not as black and white as we would like them to be. For one, our bi-partisan system has helped to create this polarity so that we believe we are either on one side of an issue or another, and that there can be no crossing over of issues. The fact is, if many Christians lived out every aspect of their beliefs, we would find ourselves strangely straddling both parties. This puts a lot of us in awkward positions because it means we don’t fit in to either side, and nor should we. As Christians, our primary citizenship isn’t even in any of these earthly countries, so why Christians so always fired up when governments aren’t taking a “Christian” approach to issues is beyond me. We should’t expect anything different.

    However, I am also not advocating for passively sitting by either. We should excercise the rights that are given to us, but also remember that they are human institutions. As one of my pastors has said, if he thought politics would make a difference in the world, we would have been a politician. Instead he is a pastor. If anything, we need to simply start being the church, and actually living out our calling by God, which will mean rejecting the cultural Christian norms, which include a lot of our common ideas of what church should look like. More on that another time. To see how these issues are not just black and white, consider reading my article below. Will it ruffle feathers? Probably, but I would love for some more thoughts on the issues I present.

    https://andrewandsierra.wordpress.com/2020/10/05/are-you-pro-life-or-pro-birth/

    1. Hi Andrew, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this! You bring up a lot of powerful food for thought. i agree – we need to actively live out our faith! Hugs and love xox

    1. thank you so much JB, sadly i think you’re right about that. have a great afternoon! Hugs and love xox

  28. Well they always say there are two things you don’t talk about. Religion and politics, but to combine the two… well your really asking for trouble. When you got Facebook rigged to sway voters and persuade people not to vote, how to you combat that. The world at this time needs a leader, that what I pray for, for God to give us a man that can lead us out of this mess.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this. I know! i never liked that saying, becuase i think those are two important things that NEED to be talked about it! Hugs and love xox

      1. Yes I do agree that they need to be talked about but very often, unless you are talking to open minded people, any discussion ends in argueing. It takes intelligence people to have a forward thinking debate.

  29. The political and secular world seem to have no problem commenting upon the religious world, the world of faith, proscribing what we can and cannot say. This is a modern construct. We have the right, since President Trump restored rights taken away under President Johnson, to speak politically from the pulpit. You’re right, we should embrace it. God bless you always!

    1. You’re right about that, Sandman. it really is a sad precedent we’ve established for ourselves. Hugs and love xox

  30. Hi Caralyn! Hope you’re enjoying your stay back home. It is so sad how some Christians circles are lacking boldness, but I’m grateful our pastor does say to his congregation to vote for he who aligns more to God’s teachings not a political party. This is an election that will shape the future of our lives, our children’s and grandchildren. This is no joke but a serious warfare of spiritual, patriotic, religious, and moral principals that made America such an admired and respected country. And its all at stake by one wrong vote based on a vague and superficial political party ideology. We’re basically opening the doors to the devil to continue to play havoc in this country by voting with politics in mind not…WWJD. God open our eyes to the deception in every present challenge including the lies, deception, and misinformation from the news media, newspapers, etc. related to the Covid hysteria. In Jesus’ name, amen. 🙏

    1. aw thank you so much!! oh my gosh it was a fabulous time at home! i agree – Lord, please open our eyes, and guide our ballots! Hugs and love xox

    1. Thanks Amanda! i actually created that myself! feel free to print it off if you’d like! it’s a very comforting image for me, too. Hugs and love xox

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