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Grab ‘em by the Values and Convictions

“If we abandon our founding core values, the world will suffer for it. With all respect, this election isn’t about you. It certainly isn’t about me. It is about our kids and grandkids…It is about values, and truth, and greatness, and hope…Vote for the candidates who will best uphold your values and convictions.” — Dr. James Dobson

Value: Matthew 5:22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.

Fact: “Did you use the word smart? So you said you went to Delaware State, but you forgot the name of your college. You didn’t go to Delaware State. You graduated either the lowest or almost the lowest in your class. Don’t ever use the word smart with me…Because you know what? There’s nothing smart about you, Joe. 47 years you’ve done nothing.” — Last week

Value: Romans 13:6-7 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

Fact:

2016 Taxes paid: $750

2016 Net worth: $3.7 Billion

Source: NY Times

Value: First Corinthians 6:12–13 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.

Fact: “I moved on her, and I failed, I did try and [expletive deleted] her. She was married. And I moved on her very heavily….I moved on her like a [expletive deleted]. But I couldn’t get there. And she was married. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet… when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything….Grab ‘em by the [expletive deleted]. You can do anything.” — 2005

Value: First Corinthians 6:19–20 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

Fact: “The C.D.C. is advising the use of nonmedical cloth face covering as an additional voluntary public health measure. So it’s voluntary. You don’t have to do it. They suggested for a period of time, but this is voluntary. I don’t think I’m going to be doing it.” — April 3

Value: Luke 20:46–47 Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.

Fact:

Question: Favorite Bible verse?

Answer: “Because to me that’s very personal…You know, when I talk about the Bible it’s very personal so I don’t want to get into verses. The Bible means a lot to me but I don’t want to get into specifics…I think it’s just incredible, the whole Bible is incredible.” — 2015

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Value: Proverbs 28 When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers,but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.3A ruler who oppresses the pooris like a driving rain that leaves no crops.4Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked,but those who heed it resist them.5Evildoers do not understand what is right,but those who seek the Lordunderstand it fully.6Better the poor whose walk is blamelessthan the rich whose ways are perverse.7A discerning son heeds instruction,but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.8Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the pooramasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.9If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction,even their prayers are detestable.10Whoever leads the upright along an evil pathwill fall into their own trap,but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.11The rich are wise in their own eyes;one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.12When the righteous triumph, there is great elation;but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.13Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.14Blessed is the one who always trembles before God,but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.15Like a roaring lion or a charging bearis a wicked ruler over a helpless people.16A tyrannical ruler practices extortion,but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign.17Anyone tormented by the guilt of murderwill seek refuge in the grave;let no one hold them back.18The one whose walk is blameless is kept safe,but the one whose ways are perverse will fall into the pit.19Those who work their land will have abundant food,but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.20A faithful person will be richly blessed,but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.21To show partiality is not good—yet a person will do wrong for a piece of bread.22The stingy are eager to get richand are unaware that poverty awaits them.23Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favorrather than one who has a flattering tongue.24Whoever robs their father or motherand says, “It’s not wrong,”is partner to one who destroys.25The greedy stir up conflict,but those who trust in the Lordwill prosper.26Those who trust in themselves are fools,but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.27Those who give to the poor will lack nothing,but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.28When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding;but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.

Fact: My child will have a name-calling, adulterous, stealing, Godless role model for his formative years of 8–12 or (God forbid) a democrat. Remember, Donald Trump is just as bad for the Republican Party as he is for our country and our world.

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