Dear Mr Pavlovitz,
I have to admit I read your post and rolled my eyes because just two days ago you said your fight wasn’t with the Trump supporters.
I am sorry I know my eye roll is un-christianlike and very judgemental. I will repent to my Father. It’s just that, I took you at your word when you reached out to mend the fences.
I assumed I misread your previous post and put your followers words in your mouth. Followers that seem to hate anyone who doesn’t hate Trump.
I personally don’t have the time or energy to hate anyone especially some who I don’t personally know.
As far as a president, I truly believe in the adage to respect the position, if not the person. The president of the United States deserves to be shown respect by his country. He ran the race and won. Does that make him perfect, not even close.
I choose to assume the best in people not the worst. One of my favorite movies is “Singin’ In the Rain”, instead of being upset about the rain, Gene Kelly blissfully dances and sings his way home. The same thing can be great or horrible, just depends on your perspective.
I’m trying to put this post from John in the best light possible. I’m sure it makes many feel supported and their feelings validated. I find it kinda hard to believe that John isn’t judging everyone that disagrees with him, when his post basically calls and white Trump supporter a racist fake Christian.
John was 100% correct saying Obama was a smooth talker, elequent and convincing. I saw Obama as a great politician. Not a color but politician. I didn’t particularly love him but saw nothing to distain about him. John was correct Obama didn’t do anything to embarrass the country, Obama didn’t do much to lift up the country either. Obama was very polished, knew the politically correct move for every action. Obama was great at coloring in the lines.
Trump was not my first choice or even second. Probably not third. I was pretty enamored with Carson. Yes, if he hadn’t dropped out, I would have voted for Ben Carson. Proudly with enthusiasm, I would have gone to his rally and worn ‘
“it isn’t brain surgery” pins. I didn’t have that opportunity and I didn’t know who I would vote for until the very last second.
I thought the campaign was an embarrassment. I thought the mud slinging, the candidates (both candidates), the media and supporters of both parties were an embarrassment to this country. When the election was over I was relieved, thought the worst was over.
Is it possible that is what your racist what friend actually meant? Is it possible that your white friend, actually was just tired of the embarrassing election politics? If it were my friend, I would assume that instead of assuming the worst. I thought finally the election is over: now I can turn on the news, return to Facebook, have a conversation without avoiding the election landmines. I realize I was naive.
And John was right, Obama wasn’t a great president, wasn’t the worst ever but not the best. John listed Obama’s credentials instead of what Obama accomplished during his reign because there arent many accomplishments. (Except Obama care, which left a lot to desire. I couldn’t afford Obama care and made too much caring for the elderly, a just over minimum wage job, to qualify for medicaid. For the first time in my life I was without insurance, thanks to Obamacare.)
So forgive me if I want to take a chance and see if someone can do better. I don’t like Trump, he’s vulger and arrogant. He believes he can push his way through and make things happen. I wish Trump had a filter and wouldn’t always say what he thinks. However these characteristics are getting things done.
I don’t know where Trump stands with God, it’s not my job to judge his heart. I will trust God to do what is best. I will follow David’s example and honor the current leader, I will listen to Paul’s words and respect government authority.
So, Mr. Pavlovitz, I am going to assume you caught the Trump disease, saying things before you think. Being a pastor I’m going to assume you never pre-judge a person without knowing them.
I’m going to assume you follow your Bible and respect the position, even when you don’t care for the person. I’m guessing Paul didn’t have great respect for Nero as he sat in prison or saw fellow Christians burning alive. I’m guessing Paul had to make a conscious choice to honor God by respecting the ruler. I choose to follow the Bible and respect the current leader, regardless of who that is.
Mostly, John Pavlovitz, I believe you have a good heart and know that although hate may be good for ratings, it’s very bad for the country, for Christianity and for the individual heart.
Humility Grace Mercy
1 Samuel 24:1-15 NASB
 Now when Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, saying, “Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.”  Then Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel and went to seek David and his men in front of the Rocks of the Wild Goats.  He came to the sheepfolds on the way, where there was a cave; and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the inner recesses of the cave.  The men of David said to him, “Behold, this is the day of which the LORD said to you, ‘Behold; I am about to give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it seems good to you.'” Then David arose and cut off the edge of Saul’s robe secretly.  It came about afterward that David’s conscience bothered him because he had cut off the edge of Saul’s robe.  So he said to his men, “Far be it from me because of the LORD that I should do this thing to my lord, the LORD’S anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, since he is the LORD’S anointed.”  David persuaded his men with these words and did not allow them to rise up against Saul. And Saul arose, left the cave, and went on his way.  Now afterward David arose and went out of the cave and called after Saul, saying, “My lord the king!” And when Saul looked behind him, David bowed with his face to the ground and prostrated himself.  David said to Saul, “Why do you listen to the words of men, saying, ‘Behold, David seeks to harm you’?  Behold, this day your eyes have seen that the LORD had given you today into my hand in the cave, and some said to kill you, but my eye had pity on you; and I said, ‘I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the LORD’S anointed.’  Now, my father, see! Indeed, see the edge of your robe in my hand! For in that I cut off the edge of your robe and did not kill you, know and perceive that there is no evil or rebellion in my hands, and I have not sinned against you, though you are lying in wait for my life to take it.  May the LORD judge between you and me, and may the LORD avenge me on you; but my hand shall not be against you.  As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness’; but my hand shall not be against you.  After whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog, a single flea?  The LORD therefore be judge and decide between you and me; and may He see and plead my cause and deliver me from your hand.”
Romans 13:1-7 NASB
 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.  Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.  For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same;  for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.  Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.  For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing.  Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor
Mark 12:28-34 NASB
 One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?”  Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘Hear, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD;  and YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’  The second is this, ‘You SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”  The scribe said to Him, “Right, Teacher; You have truly stated that He IS ONE, AND THERE IS NO ONE ELSE BESIDES HIM;  and TO LOVE HIM WITH ALL THE HEART AND WITH ALL THE UNDERSTANDING AND WITH ALL THE STRENGTH, AND TO LOVE ONE’S NEIGHBOR AS HIMSELF, is much more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”  When Jesus saw that he had answered intelligently, He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that, no one would venture to ask Him any more questions.
Matthew 5:39-48 NASB
 But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.  If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also.  Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.  Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.  “You have heard that it was said, ‘You SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?  Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
2 Peter 2:10 NASB
 and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority. Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties,
1 Timothy 2:1-8 NASB
 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,  for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.  This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,  who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,  who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.  For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying) as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.  Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.
1 Corinthians 15:24-28 NASB
 then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.  For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.  The last enemy that will be abolished is death.  For He HAS PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him.  When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.
Luke 6:20-38 NASB
 And turning His gaze toward His disciples, He began to say, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.  Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.  Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man.  Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets.  But woe to you who are rich, for you are receiving your comfort in full.  Woe to you who are well-fed now, for you shall be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.  Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.  “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,  bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.  Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either.  Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.  Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.  If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.  If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.  If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount.  But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.  Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.  “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned.  Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure-pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”