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Something that I've been noticing here lately is with the presidential campaign going on. Right now the Republican nominee is Donald Trump. Of course, everyone knows this, the current president of the United States. And then of course the democratic nominee is Joe Biden. And for one, I see a lot of hate going between each other across the nation over this, this campaign right now. And I understand that this is something to be concerned about. I definitely think that this. Is one of, if not the biggest election in American history. And I believe this just because look around you, if you don't believe that this is the biggest, if not ranked in the top three biggest elections of all time in American history, open your eyes. People, this country is literally burning to the ground. There is no unity across the nation, but something that I'm seeing is, is division in the Christian community because. Donald Trump is an evil person. Therefore you should not vote for him. This is the narrative that I'm getting from many Christians. We treat the American presidential campaign that the election as something that if we vote for one person that has done an evil action in his life, we are supporting the evil things that he's done. For one, I just want to come out and say two to vote for a president is not just voting for a person. It is voting for their administration. If you think about Trump's administration, I personally feel that he has chosen some amazing people in his administration. I think that's one of the things that really. Put Trump ahead in his campaign in 2016. And I feel that this is something that we should look at here in 2020 as the election is coming right around the corner. We're only a couple of months away and on November 3rd, we have to vote. Now, there are a lot of people going for a third party and independent. I totally support your decision in that. And I know that that there's some independent nominees that truly do hold a lot of Christian value and they're probably a better person overall than Donald Trump. And I understand that, but something that, that Kristen's point out is that Donald Trump is a bad man. Therefore you should not vote for him. And I think that this is false. I think that, that this narrative that Christians are pressing on other Christians. Has wrong and it's, it's making other Christians. I know I felt this way, myself. It's making other Christians almost feel guilty for who they believe that they want to vote for. And I'll kind of go through this. So, so some things that I've heard is that Kristen, that Donald Trump is a bad man. You know, he's done bad things to women. He's said bad things. He's been divorced. That's a bad thing. He is just simply a bad mean, man. He comes across very arrogant and any kind of talks down to people at times though. I think it's arguing. It's something that you can argue about. I don't think that Donald Trump necessarily means to come across as being mean. I just think that's just simply his personality. You have to understand his background. He has been a very successful businessman. He even started on a show that was literally about who he's going to fire next. He had to be a mean, man, this really is his personality. I'm not condoning it. I don't think he should be quite as rude as he is at times. But when you look at just the pure facts of it, he gets his point across and people listen to him. I've never seen anyone in a political position, especially being a president, talk to people the way that he does, but I've also never seen. Someone come across so clear and straight to the point and telling someone how it is. Um, like I said, I'm not trying to condone his, his arrogance. I think that's something that he needs to recognize. Um, but something that we can, we can use to combat some of these arguments that he's such a bad man, you know, we don't know for a fact that many of these unproven allegations are true. Anyone who disagrees or dislikes a public figure of any sort. We've seen this on pro athletes. We've seen this on politicians. We've seen us on actors and actresses. Anyone who disagrees with someone who's a public figure can and has proven that they will do anything to harm their career. This is just the fact. I'm not saying that Donald Trump did not do these alleged actions towards women. I'm not saying that he absolutely did. I'm just saying that we are blaming this man and stating that we can't vote for him over something that we don't know for a fact is true. They're unproven. And as of right now, their allegations. So to hold a man stand, you know, a man for things that may or may not be true is kind of hypocritical. And it's, it's kind of wrong for us to do until there is clear evidence proving that leans one way or another. We don't have a right to hold him accountable for some of these things. I just don't think that's true. And I don't think that that's a good thing to do, but he has admitted to his wrongdoings and for the bad things that he's done, he admitted to some of the past things that he's done, he's admitted to saying and doing things that, that weren't quite correct. You know, it, wasn't a very good thing for him to do bad things that he said and done he's admitted to it. And he has also completely spoken out against the things that weren't true. Well, when we look back at what Donald Trump himself has said, he stated at one point that he said, this is quotes. I've never said that I am a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I am not I've said and done things that I regret. I said it was wrong. And I apologize. He came out to the American people and he apologized for things that he said that and done that were wrong. You know, he, he came on, he apologized, I don't know exactly how much more we can ask from. We can, we can speculate and say, well, was it really sincere? Well, who are we to judge that as Christians, we need to understand that God is the judge of, of right and wrong. We need to understand that, you know, to look back at these allegations and to try to blame him for these, we have to understand this. Most of the allegations that have come out against Trump since running for president. For one let's let's look at the facts of this. A lot of these came out as he's running for president. So now we have an agenda to try to end his career. So, you know, there's, there's a reason why we want to try to hurt him. Now, he's, he's gaining a lot of attention in the political realm that could lead to him becoming our president in 2016. Now we have a reason to attack him. You know, that's, that's just something that seems very sketchy to me. I'm not saying that, that he absolutely didn't these light. He didn't do these things. Like I said before, I'm not trying to defend him and say that there's no way possible that he did these actions, but I'm just saying, we don't know for sure that they're true, but, but like I was saying, most of these allegations were from 10 or more years ago. How can we trust them if they didn't come out before they had a reason to end his career? Why are they coming out 10 plus years after these things had happened? It just so happens that when he's running for presidency, When he's becoming very popular in that running now, these allegations are coming out towards him. And a lot of them don't have proof at all. And some of them have very little proof to try to say, you know, to try to try to blame Donald Trump for, with the things that he's done. Ultimately, like I said, Donald Trump has done some bad things. I'm not going to try to defend him and say that he hasn't done bad things in his life, but you know what? I have done bad things in my life. And I really pray that people don't hold me accountable for some of the bad things that I've done in my life. And I know that each and every one of you have done bad things in your life. I don't hold you accountable for the bad things that you've done in your life. I know of some friends and family that have done bad things in their life that we've looked past and gotten through together because we don't focus on the bad things in life. We fight through those bad times. And as I've said, Donald Trump has come out and acknowledging the bad things that he's done in his life. Maybe not everything. But he has come out and stated that he apologizes for the wrongdoings in his life. Is that not really what repentance is as a Christian, we need to understand that most Christians know this verse, Romans three 23, that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. If you have sent in your life, you have fallen short of the glory of God. You don't deserve to get to heaven. You don't, you have sin, you have gone against what God has said. So to, to look at someone else and to try to hold them to a, to such a higher standard than yourself is hypocritical. It's wrong. Uh, you know, we have a choice between a morally flawed man who claims to be a Christian whose political and economic policies are completely immoral, or a man who is morally flawed, but whose policies are more in line with Christian values, that's really our choice. A man who is morally flawed, that has immoral policies or man who is morally flawed, who has policies that are way more aligned with Christian values. And that's just a fact, and I'm not trying to speak out and to criticize people who might vote for. For Biden. And like I said, I support people who want to try to go for a third party. But when we look at Donald Trump, of course, he's up there and leading the polls in most senses. Uh, you know, I know that there's some polls that show that, that Biden's ahead and it really is a close race. Uh, no matter how you look at it, This nation has very divided at this time. So it definitely is a very close race. Let's look at what Trump does that Christians in America. Like let's look at some things that Americans look at and see as good things that Trump has done and is trying to do for America. You know, Trump himself stated several times that we don't serve our government. We serve God. He States that this isn't a nation that is serving our government we're as a nation, that's serving God. That's what this nation is supposed to do. Let me play a clip. So you can hear Donald Trump himself stating this for too long. Politicians have tried. Oh, have they tried to centralize authority among the hands of a small few in our nation's Capitol? I see them all the time. Bureaucrats think they can run over you, your lives, overrule your values, metal in your faith and tell you how to live, what to say and where to pray. But we know that parents not bureaucrats know best how to raise their children and create a thriving society. And we know that families and churches, not government officials know best how to create a strong and loving community and above all else. We know this in America, we don't worship government. We worship God. So hopefully that clip kind of gave you a little bit of a context behind what he's saying here, but, you know, he's simply stating that, you know, this isn't a nation under government. It's a nation a hundred God. I know that's not his direct words, but he simply says that we don't serve government. We serve God. So that's something that, that definitely shows Donald Trump's sincerity and. Knowing that we don't have to worry about him trying to be a tyrant. We don't have to worry about him doing something that would hurt Americans who are Christians. He has attempted to do things, helping Christians, getting rid of the Johnson amendment. Now, I don't think he's actually gotten rid of it, you know, from research that I've done. I don't think he's gotten rid of it. And I don't know how he intends to get rid of the Johnson amendment, but he has definitely done things to try to lighten up on the Johnson amendment. What is the Johnson amendment for those who don't know the Johnson amendment simply States that under the internal revenue code, all section 501 C3 organizations, these organizations are nonprofit organizations and even go back on churches. And I'll, I'll get a little bit more into detail about what this Johnson amendment has done in the past, but it says that all of these organizations, even churches are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds are public statements of positions, verbal or written made on behalf of the organization in favor of, or in opposition to any candidate for public office, clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity, and even States that violating this, this law, this amendment can result in denial of tax exempt status. So what this has done in the past is there have been preachers. You know, we look at preachers as a part of you know, that they are basically the leader of the church in some ways, this is true, but, but in the sense of the fact that as a preacher, you are not allowed to live a life as an American. That's what this Johnson amendment it has done in the past. It has held preachers to a standard that preachers themselves can not fund campaigns. There have been preachers that have been denied of their tax exempt status and things of that sort. This is something that really has hurt certain organizations. And I don't think this is necessarily the place for a church to come out, into support a political campaign and any way, but I'm not saying for the church in general, but I'm just saying for preachers, this has been an issue in America in the past. This Johnson amendment has really affected some in such a harsh manner. It's not preachers that go out and use the church's funds to support a political campaign. It's preachers themselves. That they're held to a standard that they're not even allowed to be an American. And this is kind of crazy something that Donald Trump and his campaign in 2016, he wanted to completely get rid of this. I don't know how he's going to get rid of the amendment completely, but I totally support him in trying to get rid of it. Just because I don't think that's something that is very fair. And as a preacher, you want it to speak up and to, you know, maybe say something towards a candidate. I don't think that you should be held to the standard that you can't live as an American and say that because that's been another thing that preachers have just spoken out for a good candidate, maybe a presidential candidate or a local office candidate and preachers have been told that they are violating this Johnson amendment. That they're not allowed to speak out against these just as human beings, not in the assembly of a church or anything. They've just spoken about this, you know, outside of church. So I just think that that's crazy. I think that's something that really kind of goes against or freedom of speech and our freedom of expression. So I wholeheartedly agree with Trump trying to get rid of, of this Johnson amendment. But then another thing is that he does all he can do to end government funded abortion as a Christian. This should be huge. If you don't know how much the government funds abortions, then you need to look at, I'm not even going to tell you because I don't want you to hear from me. Look it up for your own research. Look up how much the government funds abortions as a Christian. I hope you understand that abortion is such a bad thing. It is completely murdering an innocent life. I don't care what the situation is. Abortion is never. Okay. And that's maybe a topic for another time. if that's something that you want to hear about, please get in touch with me. Go to our website, politically insane dot U S again, that's politically insane. Dot U S. There is a section on there that you were able to contact me. Otherwise, go to Josh dot Mahler. At politically insane.us and you can email me there, you know, get in touch with me. If that's something you want to talk to maybe personally, or if you'd want me to maybe come on an episode and talk about abortion and just, I could go on about it. But that's truly something that as Americans, we need to understand that Trump is trying to end government funded abortions. I don't think that it is right for the government to condone abortion, but I absolutely do not think that it's okay for them to fund it. It's one thing to condone it, but to fund it is even going another step beyond condoning it. You know, I don't think that it should be condoned. I don't think that it should be looked at as an action that is okay. It's completely evil. And Trump is trying to end governments, funding abortion, and even condoning it in general. Uh, you know, I don't know how far we will have to go in order to completely end abortion in America. Um, but I hope we can get there one day, but as far as ending the funding for it, that definitely helps our cause. He's also been cutting taxes. This helps Christians. Uh, it also helps, you know, anybody who lives in America. This is something that I don't know how you can argue with taxes are crazy. Nowadays. There's a tax for everything. You know, there's just so many taxes that are overtaxed to Americans, and it really makes it harder for Americans to survive. Economically, economically taxes are hurting Americans. They are putting them deeper in debt. And it, it definitely doesn't help the American economy to have our citizens paying so many taxes that hurt them. So that's definitely something that he's been trying to cut back on. And if you look at Biden or really just about any democratic nominee in at least the past eight to 16 years, because I know for a fact that Biden Hillary and Obama, all three of them. Wanted crazy high taxes and they wanted even more taxes. Trump has tried to end things such as the Obamacare act, trying to give free healthcare to people who do not work for it. Healthcare is definitely something that is needed in America, but to give it away for free. And not only that, but giving it away for free without any kind of drug testing without any stipulations that they have to be out there searching for a job that they can't just sit home and collect on this. The idea of just the healthcare itself, giving that away for free. That's definitely not something that should be given away for free. That's something that we need to work for. That's something that we need to try to get on our own. It's not something that the government should just give us. So, you know, there's just all kinds of things like that, that cause our taxes to go so much higher. And I know for a fact that Biden is trying to raise our taxes because he wants to do things like that. He wants to do things like, you know, either free education or at least cutting down the cost of education. Cutting down the cost of education for the most part is going to raise our taxes through the roof, at least, you know, for free education. Absolutely. you know, lowering our education costs. I think that that's definitely manageable, but that's not something for the government to do. That's something for colleges, you know, to, for them to. Discuss and to try to lower their costs by doing different things that they can do to reduce the cost of how much it costs them to provide that education. But there's so many things for taxes we could go on and on about those Trump is trying to lower those taxes. He absolutely is. He's trying to help America, you know, that he's trying to cut those taxes. That's something that he's doing that is great for Americans. It's great for Christians. He understands and promotes America as a Christian nation. This is huge because. I know, I understand that many politicians try to state this, but when you look at the democratic side of things today, it definitely does not seem that they are trying to promote America as a Christian nation. When we look at the DNC and see all that was going on, and that they were condoning all of the violence that's been going on, if that is not a Christian nation, they were saying the pledge of allegiance omitting under God. They were doing this because they simply just do not want to be a Christian nation. There are so many things on the democratic side. we go back to abortion. I'm trying to let the government fund abortions. that's another thing that shows that they're not trying to be a Christian nation in Psalm 33, verse 12. It says, bless it. As a nation. Who's God is the Lord. And we as a nation, understand that our God is Yahweh. It is the Lord who, who created the heavens and earth. We need to recognize that as a country. How can we do that? If our leaders are not recognizing this, you know, it makes it so much harder for Christians in America. When our leaders do not truly recognize the Lord Yahweh as our God. No, no other country has a constitution like ours. Our constitution is dedicated to God. It is heated to Christianity. Go back and listen to my first episode, the separation of church and state that first episode. I talk a lot about how our constitution is very much on the side of Christianity. Our constitution is based on Christian morals. You know, we are the only country that has this type of a covenant, a constitution that is dedicated to God. That is wonderful for America, for Christians. And this is something that is very good in America. You know, another thing that Trump is trying to do is he's trying to protect the borders. He's not trying to keep people out of America that are trying to come in peacefully. This is not what he's trying to do. He's trying to make it to where people who are coming in and trying to destroy America. They're doing things such as drug cartels and other criminals that are coming across our borders. He's trying to stop them. He's not trying to stop anybody and everybody from coming into our country, he's not trying to place a ban on anybody coming to travel to our country. He's not trying to place a band for someone to come into our country to live because they see how much better our country is. That's not the case. Trump wants other people from other nationalities to come to our country to live here, if that's what they want to do, but he just wants them to go about it the proper way, the legal way. He's not trying to. Be racist in any sense. He's not trying to keep people from trying to migrate to America that are in a horrible situation. That's not the case. He is trying to protect our borders. He's trying to protect Christians in America. He's trying to protect everyone who is a citizen in America from the evil things. Like I mentioned, such as drug cartels. There are so many criminals that cross over our borders and he's trying to protect America from that happening. So that's truly something that is wonderful to see president Trump doing. And hopefully as Christians, we can see that protecting our borders is definitely a great thing for Christians. Anyone that is living in America. You know, when we look at president Trump, he has kept the promises he made, uh, you know, to, to Christian leaders, uh, and really to during his campaign chose a conservative pro-life, pro-family running mate with a completely solid record. Mike Pence is a wonderful man. He is very calm and he is, he, he has wonderful messages. He's very quiet. And you don't hear much from Mike Pence, if you don't really pay attention. Go look at some of the things that Mike Pence talks about. He is a wonderful person and personally, I would love to vote for Mike Pence himself, the president of the United States, but just the fact that president Trump brought him on to be his running mate, to be his vice president that speaks for Trump quite a bit in my mind, you know, he committed to appointing pro-life judges. Including Supreme court justices, you know, so not only is he trying to end the government funding abortions, but he's also appointing judges that are pro-life. This is huge. He agreed to not dilute or undermined the conservative GOP platform. He said that he would support religious Liberty and free speeches for pastors. As I mentioned about the Johnson amendment and he's been fighting for that, he has definitely lightened up the jurisdiction on it. You know, he's kept all of these promises and much more for Trump to keep his promise by nominating pro-life judges and conservative judges at that, that is huge. We have some of the greatest judges in the nation. Maybe I can do an episode talking about some of the judges that Trump has elected that he's put into place because. They truly are. And many of them that I've read about are wonderful people and they've done some great things in their jurisdiction person. Trump is truly concerned about protecting Christian values. He really is. And when we look at Trump and just what he's done, not necessarily only for Christians before America itself, no one can deny that the economy and stock market have done extremely well during his first year in office. Just this first year alone. When we look at it, we go into year two and three. Oh, my goodness. They were skyrocketing. The economy was growing so wonderfully. And when we look at what people predicted, if Trump were to get elected four years ago, back in 2016, they predicted that immediately the stock markets, the economy would all crash. They were wrong. And if we try to blame things on Trump's such as the coronavirus, then yeah, we can look at it right now. As of today, our economy is not the greatest. But if Trump hadn't gotten us up so high and so steady before this coronavirus hit before a lot of these shutdowns hit America, we would be at the all time low right now, but Trump, he had wages up. He had employment up, he had all of this economy was at the best. That most of us as Americans have seen in our lifetime. So economically we, we look at what Trump did. And like I said, I'm looking at this before the coronavirus, because if we were where we were before Trump, when the coronavirus hit, we would be absolutely devastated. America is really not doing that bad. As far as economics go, even with all that's going on today, we really aren't. And we can think Trump and some of the things that he's done for that. You know, as Christians, ultimately, what I'm trying to say is that we need to understand we're not electing a pastor. We're not searching for someone to be the preacher of the United States. We are electing a president. You know, we're looking for someone who is going to be a great political leader, someone who is going to get things done and someone that is going to stand for Christians, Christians in America. This is another reason why I believe that we need to speak out about politics. You know, whether you want to side with Trump or not, that is totally up to you. Like I said, I'm not trying to get people on the side of voting for Trump. I'm not trying to get people to try to support Trump in any way. I'm just trying to let it be known that we need to stop speaking out against Trump in the sense that if you're voting for Trump, you're just simply not a Christian, because that's truly the way that I know a lot of people feel in their hearts. And I think that's totally wrong to say that we're voting for the greater of two evils. I don't think it's true because like I said, president Trump has recognized the negative things that he's done in his life. He's recognized the wrongdoings and he's admitted to it. We can see that Donald Trump has apologized for this. If that's not repentance, I don't know what it is. And ultimately it's not for us to judge whether he truly has repented for the bad things that he's done in his life or not. So I don't think that it's right for us to say that he is an evil person because of the evil things that he's done in his past. We don't hold somebody accountable for the things that they've done in the past. We hold them accountable for the things that they're currently doing. And currently Donald Trump has not done anything of these evil actions since being in office. I understand people's concern about him not being a nice man. And I really can't say anything to combat that I really can't. Uh, when we look at his Twitter, I agree with 90% of the American population that he just needs to get rid of Twitter and stop tweeting so much because he does say things that really hurt his integrity. Uh, you know, he just needs to stay off Twitter, but overall as. A president as a political figure, Donald Trump truly is supporting Christians. Hopefully we can see that he stands up for Christians. He stands up for Christian morals. Hopefully we can see that he truly wants America to be the Christian nation that our founding fathers wanted us to be.