Why This Woman is Voting for Donald J. Trump

John and Chris at Trump Rally

I shared this with friends the other day.  In the meantime, I decided to just share it with the world.  I’m a woman.  I’m a Christian woman, and I’m voting for Donald J. Trump for President of the United States of America.  Want to know why?  Here’s my story. 

 

I wrote the words below a little while ago on a friend’s Facebook post. However, as the time goes on, I am thinking I should share this, my “specific-moment-in-time” testimony, here as well.

I add here above this “testimony” though, that whoever wins this election, the God I know and trust will forever be in control. I will trust HIM.

My Election 2016 Choice

Here is what is driving me in this election choice…

James 2:14-26 New King James Version (NKJV)

Faith Without Works Is Dead
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your[a] works, and I will show you my faith by my[b] works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?[c] 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”[d] And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?

26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Footnotes:

James 2:18 NU-Text omits your.
James 2:18 NU-Text omits my.
James 2:20 NU-Text reads useless.
James 2:23 Genesis the 15:6
New King James Version (NKJV)

I KNOW one major candidate will not work towards the policies and practices that I cling to as a Believer, as a Christ follower.

I know the other has advisers and others close who are Christian, and that one, while imperfect as a person, is in the process of setting up an administration, policies and plans, which honor the Lord God Almighty’s Wisdom and Words which the Lord God Almighty has given us throughout the years.

How does that Scripture above pertain to that?

It is NOT in my Christian vs. Anti-Christian view. It is what solidifies my Christian CHOICES.

I urge anyone reading this to consider what happens if you make a third choice because another fits your view of the living, perfect Christian over the one who is imperfect but who has the God-inspired principles and plans.

I believe that choosing the more-proper “Christian” so you can say you can stand before the Lord with a clear conscious, that you chose the “most Christian” one, is choosing to exhibit faith but is also forgotting that our lives should also provide an amount of something working which makes that faith come ALIVE for Christ in this world.

You DO have the right to vote just your faith, and if the Holy Spirit really guides you as such to make a decision even when it does not provide the principles of God’s Words and Wisdom for our daily living and to help our loved ones and neighbors, then you have done all you could.

However, I urge you to at least ask yourself if making a faith choice knowing NO “win” is evident, NO works for the Kingdom will come about (and in fact could possibly bring the works of Christ’s opposite to our people, non Christian and Christian alike for years to come), is that showing faith God deserves? Perhaps it shows faith, but does it show faith while forgetting about the works He needs from our lives and our decisions which then work for the good in this world He has given us to work in?

Yes dear Christian friends, vote your faith. Please however, also consider if your vote will or will not be your best choice (of what choices you have and to the best of your ability) to see the fruits of your choice be sweet in the Lord’s eyes or an abomination to His very Spirit.

I will vote as a Christian, my faith.

I also want the works of my hands to carry on what I know God honors and tells us to live for. For me, that means the one who can win and who also has been at least blessed with a Godly goal and principles in mind and who has Christian advisers to pray over him and keep him ever going in the right direction for us all.

Thank you for letting me share what is driving me. 

 

John and Chris at Trump Rally

Sincerely,

Chris Stevens @Padoozles

Donald Trump for President 2016

Women for Trump

#TrumpPence2016

How Chris Cuomo of CNN Just Spoke to THIS Woman

Cup of coffee

What should good Christian men and women do when they are mocked for having an opinion that differs from someone with power or authority? Is there even any good answer to that? Consider this.

What SHOULD a Christian do when they are belittled or defiled by the world? 

I watched CNN this morning as Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo hosted a morning news show called “New Morning”.  

I wasn’t watching for anything in particular this morning.  I had just turned CNN on to catch the daily “drift” of current events and watch any political “sensations of the day”.  

As I sat there as a relaxed morning couch potato just sipping my coffee and munching a flax seed muffin I had just whipped up, I saw Dr. Ben Carson… shall we say enter stage.  

Dr. Carson was there to be interviewed by the male host of the show “New Morning”, Mr. Chris Cuomo.

While the first questions Mr. Cuomo had for Dr. Carson were about Donald Trump, the 2016 Republican presumptive nominee for President of The United States and a New York Times story that had been refuted earlier in the morning by one of those quoted in the article, Mr. Cuomo seemed to gear off message before even 5 minutes were up.  

Well, you know… I’m not in TV journalism land, and I was just sitting there as a mature (over 50) woman with a cup of coffee and a flax seed muffin in hand, but it kind of appeared to me that when Dr. Carson equated what he determined as misquotes in the NY Times article with the struggles he had with saying one thing and seeing it reported “out of context” (as Dr. Carson fairly much described it generally speaking), Mr. Cuomo seemily seized upon an opportune moment without hesitation and perhaps without even wisdom or control.   

Dr. Carson:  

(Referring to times he has felt his words have been misquoted) 

“… and they take a portion of it and make it into a headline when it’s completely the opposite of what you’re intending.  … And they (journalists) do this purposefully.  That’s what’s so bad.  

I appeal to people in the press and particularly the younger generation to reject that.  It may be tempting because maybe you’ll get a promotion and maybe you’ll be the big man on campus, but we’ve gotta start thinking about our nation. 

Chris Cuomo:

“… You should be judged for what you DO because we are not a part of a big gang; I promise you there is no communication, ah, ‘inter-mural-ly’ between different journalists to collude on stories, but often, the reason that you get taken, a way you don’t like, as a politician, is because what you said doesn’t come out the way you WANTED it, Dr. Carson, and you’ve had that experience as well, Dr. Carson.  It’s not always the reporter when you get caught out there saying something you shouldn’t have or didn’t want to say.  Right?” 

Ben Carson:  

“Ah, I wouldn’t say always, but there are clearly people who have an agenda, and they will CLEARLY take things and distort them, or over blow them.  

I mean, I could give you MULTIPLE examples (chuckles), and it’s just, it’s absurd, and people know that, and that’s one of the reasons the American people don’t trust the press as much as they used to.  

It used to be…. 

You know… I remember when I was growing up, and you would turn the TV on, and you would see Walter Cronkite or somebody like that, and you know, you could really trust them.  Even though Cronkite was a left wing radical, you would never know that.” 

Mr. Cuomo responded in defense of Walter Cronkite whom he called his “mentor” and said he believed he (Walter Cronkite) did the job the right way upon which Ben Carson said:

“He did a very good job.  We can agree on that”.  

You can see that and the entire interview here.  

http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2016/05/16/ben-carson-new-day-donald-trump-media.cnn 

You can also see the full interview here:  

 

 

Disturbed by the above words which felt to me as as either an opportunistic slam on Dr. Carson’s communication skills or perhaps a stress vent which resulted in a still-perceived mocking of Dr. Carson’s communication skills, I tweeted the following comment and tagged Mr. Cuomo in it.  

 

I received this reply from Chris Cuomo shortly after that tweet:  

 

And I responded, but let me be honest about my feelings first.  

I felt like I had just been shamed!  I was upset Mr. Carson was treated as he was.  I said something, and I felt as if I had just been shamed.  I was angry.     

Oh, I’ll admit, while not a horrible response, my response was not AS controlled as some might feel it should have been.  Let’s remember though, I’m not the one who is supposedly the professional journalist here either.

I DO profess Jesus Christ as my Savior though.   I have that label of “Christian” which I carry.

Consequently, while I am not bound to any professional journalist’s take of me, and being spoken to abusively should NEVER be tolerated, I AM bound to the Heavenly Father who is always shaping and molding me in a direction of retrospection and growth. I can at least now be retrospect as to how I could have best handled the undignified description this man gave me as a response to my complaint.    

Here was the conversation after I received a message from Mr. Cuomo saying I was no more savvy than my Twitter handle “@Padoozles”.

 

And as one more jab to make my point, I sent a follow-up tweet to CNN:

 

 

And this (just for the record so I’m not accused of not telling you I said this too):

 

But alas, all my re-examination, rehashing, and recapitulation was for naught.  

I was not spoken badly to…..  I guess…. 

 

And…

I should be able to take a joke… I guess…. 

 

 

At this point, I had at least begun the process of determining how to quiet a man who had NOT supposedly made me a victim of shaming and who had “just — made  —  a —- joke”, so I responded:  

@ChrisCuomo Will it make you feel better if we can what you said a joke? 🙂 @CNN


OK, so now I realize I misspelled the word “call” and incorrectly typed it as “can” in the tweet above.  You see, Mr. Cuomo, when you tell a women she isn’t any more savvy than the word “padoozles”, you really DO make them self-conscious.  And I am, but at least I lighted it up enough that you felt you won, and I figured you might at least then leave me alone.  

I received this finalized statement from the winner, or perceived winner.  

To which I informed him, in the tweet below, I indeed WOULD explain.

 

@ChrisCuomo I WILL explain, and you’ll get a copy. Oh yea, it was BEFORE Dr. Carson mentioned Walter Cronkite, just for the record you know.

 

So there you go, Mr. Cuomo.  That was a lot of your time wasted (and mine as well) on some little morning couch potato with a cup of coffee, a flax seed muffin, and an opened mouth watching in disbelief and disgust of what I perceived as outright mocking of Dr. Ben Carson.  

That was simply a lot of wasted time.

However, since you seem so dedicated to following up on one woman’s complaint over how you spoke to Mr. Carson, your response to my complaint so eerily similar to what I perceived as your response to Dr. Carson’s this morning, I took the time to “explain”.  

Mr. Cuomo, I STILL don’t like the way you spoke with Dr. Carson.  I felt like you used his ‘complaint’ as an opportunity to mock him.  

Furthermore Mr. Cuomo, you DID mock me.  Calling me as “savvy” as my Twitter name @Padoozles DOES make me a victim, not a victim in the sense of a rape victim, but a victim in the sense of feeling mocked… and yea….  feeling like someone was trying to “shame me” so that I would “shut up”. 

When you shame a woman, when you shame ANYONE, that is wrong.  

And just so you know, Mr. Cuomo, my name is Chris Stevens @padoozles, and padoozles is THIS website where I write to women every day about being the best kind of women God has created them to be… even in a tough world, with hard decisions, through mistakes, or with people who want to silence the woman’s voice when it’s convenient for them to do so.  

Wishing you well now, Mr. Cuomo.  I pray you will see where you might be at this time of your life and that you may come to understand something you had not realized before.  

If you can do that, I will consider this time worthwhile on my part.  

With that said….

What should good Christian men and women do when they are mocked for having an opinion that differs from someone with power or authority? 

I’m not sure I know the right answer.  I have been honest here with how I first responded in anger to degrading words but then how I went on to try to control my own actions through the anger.  

More importantly, I at least took responsibility for my part in what I could do to keep the situation from escalating once I realized I would not win, if for no other reason than another seemed intent on never letting me leave unscathed in some way. 

Most importantly however, I remember now that I am a precious child of God and that God exults in me no matter what mean or silly things someone might say to me or call me.

In other words:

  1.  I made my point, a valid one. 
  2. When I perceived a degradation, a non-winning situation, I chose to use whatever actions were available to me to de-escalate that bad situation.
  3. I moved on, ever encourage by my faith.

Hopefully I’ll be able to encourage others along the way even more now too because of what I’ve learned from this event.

You’re right, Mr. Cuomo… I am NO victim.  I am a strong woman, and my Lord God loves me.  I am NO victim.

And I’m going to hold Christ Jesus in my heart and remember that love no matter what ANYONE says or does to me.

Maybe for this time anyway, that’s the best thing I could be doing.   

If you have been shamed or just feel badly about yourself in some way, please read the article I JUST WROTE this morning, long before I knew anyone like Mr. Chris Cuomo would make their way into my life today.  

The Lord Will Exult Me? | A Look At Zephaniah 3:17

Yep.  The Lord has great timing, doesn’t He?