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This is the most compelling article I’ve read, in terms of a practical argument of why it’s best to vote for Trump, instead of Hillary. Please, despite your disdain for Trump, take the time to read it. I did, and I think both him and Hillary are horrible human beings, with disgusting character traits. We’re all human and prone to sin though, and would like for people to give us a chance as well, despite our missteps and downfalls. In this case, a decision has to be made, and will be, whether you decide to vote or not.

Emery’s song, “Scissors” is one of my least liked songs on “We Do What We Want”, but I was just listening to it again, and really studying the lyrics. I believe the last four lines describe the struggle that is displayed throughout the lyrics of “Scissors”. The struggle is that of a follower of Christ who observes the fallen, broken world around him or her, and wrestles with the doubts of their faith. Our struggle as Christians, is to answer the call to stop trusting in our own wisdom and to fully put our trust in the only One who we can truly rely on…Jesus. After all, that is what it means to deny our worldly desires, take up our crosses, and follow Him. (Luke 9:23) We feel like we have all the wisdom in the world sometimes, and so we think we know what is best and what is just. For this reason, we question what God’s purpose is for our lives and the lives of others. Why does He allow certain things to happen? Why does He do what He does in our lives?

“There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.”
~Proverbs 14:12

He allows what happens and does what He does, not only because He loves us with a perfect love, but ultimately to bring glory to Himself. He is holy and deserves all praise and glory. When we go through the painful times in our lives and draw more closely to Jesus, spending time in God’s Word, and talking to Him, it brings Him glory. Remember when you are going through times of pain, that Jesus endured, on the Cross, far more pain than we will ever endure in our lives. He took God’s full cup of wrath (that we deserve!) upon Himself, because He loves us!!!

“But He was pierced because of our transgressions,
crushed because of our iniquities;
punishment for our peace was on Him,
and we are healed by His wounds.”
~Isaiah 53:5

I hope that you have a blessed Easter, and rest in the saving knowledge of the Gospel. Spend time with God in His Word. Give God all the praise and glory that He deserves in your life. Love on your family, friends, and all of those with whom you come into contact. Shine Christ’s love for you to others. In Jesus’ name.

“For while we were still helpless, at the appointed moment, Christ died for the ungodly. For rarely will someone die for a just person-though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!”
~Romans 5:6-8

Song: Scissors
Artist: Emery
Album: We Do What We Want

In your brilliance you became the only voice you trust

If it’s true then I’m dead
Right where I stand
Was the plan always this vicious?
You thought that your faith would carry you home

But it left me there in the waiting room alone
As I planned what to say
To the ones I’d be leaving
All praise and honor seem so far away
I never saw this coming you can lose what you found
And here comes the breakdown

Careful, careful watch your mouth
You’re talking like your such the innocent
(Accidents, Accidents, are we all?)
These words will be the death of you
(This I swear and this I know) the blame will find your hands
The blame has found these hands

It’s hard to live this
To know if I mean it
To let You know You have me
That I never can forget it
And these last words I say here
Are the last words that I will share
So God I’m asking, do You even care?

My hands are shaking and they won’t stop
As the world becomes a hospital room
I am not the one to ever disappear
But it’s over now, over now
Say it for the last time, one last time
I want to let go of this world for You

Careful, careful watch your mouth
You’re talking like your such the innocent
(Accidents, Accidents, are we all?)
These words will be the death of you
(This I swear and this I know) the blame will find your hands
The blame has found these hands
Hands held towards the sky
In the cool air of October
The whispers were always there
But they never caught up to your words
So will December find me all alone

The wishful face of the believer
Hope, but there is doubt that bleeds through
Still, I am arrested by Your presence
Nothing will compare to You