Good Morning October 19

There has been a lot of publicity in the last couple of weeks about one of the presidential candidates off color and degrading comments about women. He has tried to justify it as “locker room talk”. Unfortunately it is not that easy to push aside. For all their lack of practice, Christian values are still called upon by public officials. Both candidates profess their Christian faith. We should be able to expect Christian values to govern their lives. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”(4:19) Lewd comments, even off handed and off the record, should not be a part of one who professes Christ. Jesus went even further saying, “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come–sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.”(Mark 7:20-22) Course speech, lies, deception, justifications, and excuses have marked this election cycle more than any in recent memory. I have no advice, and I support no candidate, but, as Christians, we must be guided by the values of our faith, and seek to uphold those things that bring honor to our Lord.

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