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Middle Of The Road?

I overheard a commentator on a cable news channel last night who played a clip of Donald Trump discussing his religion and comparing it to Dr. Carson's. He claimed to be Presbyterian and called it "middle of the road." He then said he didn't know about Dr. Carson's Seventh Day Adventist faith. Frankly, I don't know much about the Seventh Day Adventists, either, but I don't say that with some sort of negative connotation such as you might have derived from Trump's remarks. I have watched a couple of Adventist Bible teachers on television, such as Doug Batchelor and his "Amazing Facts" broadcast, finding much of the teaching to be sound and biblical. They have some teachings that are controversial among Christian circles, such as the idea of annihilation-ism (hell is not for eternal torment but for permanent destruction-- the "second death"). That is not a discussion I am willing to have right now, but belief in that is also not a deal-breaker when it comes to electing the next president of the United States. From what I can see right now, I have no issue with accepting folks who ascribe to Seventh Day Adventist beliefs as part of the larger body of Christ. Maybe there is something there that should concern me and, if so, I know that God will reveal it to me. It is time for Christians to find common ground and fight our common enemy (Satan) together.

What stuck out for me in Trump's remark was his seeming pride in being 'middle of the road' when it comes to his faith. Jesus does not call us to be "middle of the road" in our walk with him, but rather to be extremist in the cause for God's love and sharing it with as many people as possible. We are asked to pick up our cross and follow Him-- there's nothing 'middle of the road' about that.

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. -Matthew 16:24-25

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