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Don't give God a bad name.

There is a certain branch of American Protestant Christianity that is the most vocal in our society. It tends to be more conservative in its theology and has sided with a political party. One, we are not that branch of Christianity. Jesus says as it is recorded in John 18:36, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place." The folks that align themselves with a political party are only pushing their own agenda just like anyone else. It is never a faith issue. Most often it is about an ‘ism’ like race or class. They have forgotten the essence of what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

In another piece of scripture, Matthew 19:14, Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." The political leadership is treating children who are seeking asylum in this country the exact opposite of what Jesus says to do. This Sunday we will hear about the exiled nation of Israel and how Rachel weeps for her children.

Politicians attempt to use faith and scripture as a way to woe voters and sad to say it works at least in part. In reality faith and politics do not go together. While a person’s faith may have an effect on their behavior and indeed it should, one’s faith should not take sides in a political party.

A person’s faith should guide a person’s moral and ethical behavior. That behavior should then be used to guide their actions and responses to political issues rather than aligning with a particular party across the board.

If one takes the time to read through the Bible one will see that from the very beginning kings and leaders of nations have acted poorly many times and as a result people have suffered at the hands of those kings and leaders.

I believe God gave us Jesus as the perfect example of how we humans are supposed to act. Act with love to God, love to our neighbor, the orphan and the widow, feed the hungry cloth the naked, and call out injustice when it rears its ugly head against the good of humanity. Many of these same people also claim Jesus is returning soon. I put no stock in what these false prophets say. In my humble opinion, Jesus if he is to return won’t do so until we stop killing each other, we all get along and there is enough for everyone, hunger and disease are no more.

It saddens me when religion, faith and church are given a bad name by any means. Sadly there are those in prominent positions today aligning with a political party that are doing just that.

They do not speak for this church. We do our best to follow the example of Jesus by accepting and loving all people, no exceptions. If you are looking for a place to question faith and to learn more about Jesus and how faith in Jesus can help you in your daily life, please come by.

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MAYFLOWER CONGREGATIONAL UCC

2900 County Barn Rd 
Naples, Florida 34112

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