As I listen to the canned speeches of the presidential hopefuls, I am becoming increasingly aware that they are saying what their support money tells them and not anything that will help real people. There are real needs today that are not being addressed.
The upcoming presidential election is important for many reasons. Framing in proper context what is so important is difficult. In your gut you know it is important.
Please take a look at the list of announced and presumed candidates for President of the United States in 2016. Is there anything that jumps out at you? If not, please-please-please listen to the candidates talk and present their opinions. Try also to remember where their major financial support comes from. Most importantly, though, rate each one's aptitude next to someone in the public eye whom you consider intelligent. Now go to the list of candidates. Are these intelligent people running for President of the United States?: Donald Trump? Scott Walker? Lindsay Graham? Chris Christie? Ted Cruz? Sarah Palin? ...well, you get the idea. I simply cannot bring myself to making that disgusting list. What in the world is happening when the leading nation in the world can only put forth leadership candidates at this level?
Around much of the world today we learn of horrible terrorist acts. They are often brutal, savage, cruel, unrelenting, and sometimes led by groups and individuals who identify themselves as Moslems. Whether Shiite, Sunni, or a smaller sect or off-shoot of Islam, their identity has brought a picture of the Moslem faith that is horrific. Certainly I do not support, excuse, or condone these terrorist activities. But those of us in the Christian world might look to our own history to gain some insight into how religion can be distorted, forged, and too easily identified by simply calling oneself by a certain religious label.