Thoughts From a Catholic Trump Supporter

Thoughts From a Catholic Trump Supporter

There is nothing wrong with building the wall.

I am a lifelong Catholic and also an avid Donald Trump supporter. Combining these two, I thought I would share my thoughts about Pope Francis' recent comments.

For those who haven't heard, Trump has said that if he is Commander in Chief, he wants to build a wall. The Pope recently spoken out against him, saying that, “A person who thinks only about building walls — wherever they may be — and not building bridges, is not Christian.”

Though I understand the main concept of what the Pope said, about building bridges as opposed to building walls, he should not have made these comments.

The Pope cannot say whether or not someone is a Christian.

I believe that the Pope has authority, and is the highest position within the church.

Yet when the Pope makes claims like he did against Trump, he looks foolish, and influences the reputation of the rest of the Catholic faith. What about the Catholics, like myself, who support Trump?

Saying that someone isn't a Christian is judgmental, and a highly religious figure like the Pope should not be making such judgments.

When the Pope insulted Trump, he insulted the people of his church who support Trump, as well as made himself look judgmental and unholy.

The Pope has more important things to worry about than Donald Trump.

Instead of focusing on the alleged wall that Donald Trump potentially wants to build, there are many other religious issues that Pope Francis could be focusing on. The Pope should be worried about the corruption in Mexico, not Donald Trump's plans if he becomes President. If the Pope really wants to help the people in Mexico - where Trump is planning on building his wall - then he should try to save the people of Mexico and encourage them and help them, not persecute a politician from another country. Besides Mexico, there are many other countries that could use God's word and God's love.

There are wars going on in the world and by the holy lands. There are people who need Jesus. There are people who are not even free to practice Christianity in their home countries. There are people who are persecuted for Christianity. There are people who are maybe in danger of dying for Christianity. Those are the people that Pope Francis should focus on.

They built a wall in the Bible!

For the Pope to say that building a wall is not "Christian-like" is contradicting past events in the Bible. In the book of Nehemiah, the people rebuilt a wall for Jerusalem. These people were spirit-led to build a wall. They were ridiculed for wanting to build the wall, but they stood up and built it anyway. God lead Nehemiah to help build these walls and rebuild Jerusalem.

"When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day?..."
Nehemiah 4:1-2

I respect Pope Francis. As a Catholic, the Pope is extremely important to me, but his comments about Donald Trump were out of line.

The Pope should be leading people to Christ and showing love to everyone, including Donald Trump.

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I Blame My Dad For My High Expectations

Dad, it's all your fault.

I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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Grace For The Ones That Affect My Mood When They Walk In The Room

"For God so loved the world" not just the church.


"For God so loved the world" not "the church". I know this makes any religious person cringe in the most defensive ways but I promise I come to this with a word and revelation that God has blessed me to experience.

Do you know about Transformation Church with Pastor Michael Todd? I could not fall asleep last night to save my life and watched his "Grace like a flood series" to its entirety. Why is this relevant? What does this how to do with that

You: Why is this relevant? What does this have to do with your outrageous headline? Get to the point.

I gotchu! Basically, this revolutionary word was being preached about Grace and Love. I heard him make a point that references John 3:16 which says "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life".

I believe we're all given different revelations from the word that God knows we need for the lives he planned for us but this word is too amazing. I know that this is something he wants us all to be able to understand and walk in. He can also help us gain this understanding and change our hearts to be able to do it out of love.

The significance of this word for me is seen through the lens of grace. This is the part where you should lean in because I can't even describe the power if you get this.

Through the lens of grace, we're able to see John 3:16 as a reminder of the beauty in being grace-conscious as believers. To even point out that the scripture says God so loved the 'world' and not 'the church' isn't saying that God doesn't love the church. The point is that God loved all of us so much, believers and non-believers, that he sent his son to pay a debt that we could never pay for on our own because he's so madly in love with us.

John 15:13

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.

Christ is our kinsman redeemer in that he was the word wrapped in flesh. He understands everything you're going through with enemies, people talking about you, persecution, the enemy tempting you, the enemy taunting you and accusing you, priorities, friendship drama, relationship drama and more. He walked it out already for us in the perfect way that he is and wants to guide us through what we don't know how to do.

Through the lens of grace, John 3:16 should make you think about the heart of God. Through this lens, John 3:16 exemplifies Luke 15:4 of how Jesus will leave the ninety-nine to get the one. He is Good. He is Perfect. He is Love. There's no other explanation for it.

Let's put it in perspective. *Warning the following messages are not for people who don't want to be more like Jesus or love like Jesus or mature in Christ*

So for the people or person you "can't stand" or "don't like".. You need the SAME grace as them. The grace you needed and will need for the mistakes you make every day, knowingly or unknowingly, is the same grace that those people need. The grace you needed for the most stupid or manipulative or embarrassing things you have done is the same grace that the ones who have mistreated you need.

There is no such thing as you being better than them. Matter of fact, you can't be better than anybody. Ever. Even if you think you are or want to.

The reason why I gave a warning that this level of a faith and love message isn't for people who want to become more like Jesus is because this is what he had to bare. Everything you will ever go through, Jesus has gone through it in excruciating ways more out of his love and sacrifice to redeem you so that your sin wouldn't separate you from God. So that you prideful thoughts and manipulative ways wouldn't be enough to stop God from loving on you.

The reason why I gave this warning is because to become more like God is to become more like Love because God is Love (1 John 4). This is not a characteristic or personality treat. This is WHO HE IS, therefore, He can't do anything acting outside of love. This is his entire being. (I am completely quoting the sermon because this is That good). A sign that you're maturing in Christ and becoming more like God is if you're becoming more like love.

So when you're looking at extending grace towards people that challenge your faith through this kind of lens of love then you see that this is all about love. This is about Him. When God is convicting you to extend grace to someone who has mistreated you it's about Him because it's about Love and He. Is. Love. This is about the love story of God and all his children. This lens helps your heart to see that behaviors and things that challenge your faith

This lens helps your heart to see that nothing anyone could ever do to you is more important than Him and His love. He's worth it, every time. The person who mistreats you being able to experience falling in love with the one who will be all you'll ever need because you were obedient when God asked you to submit to representing Him to them is worth it. Because God is always worth it and its always about Him.

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