Last week I received the following note. The capitalization was in the original. “I am sorry, but I HAVE HAD ENOUGH! I am a 66 year old retired Steel Worker. I have been a Christian since I was 15. I have followed your website for the last 3 years. My Grandparents, parents, & all my family have been and are DEMOCRATS! WE VOTE THE WAY WE WANT! AND WE ARE SICK OF THOSE WHO CONDEMN US FOR VOTING THE WAY WE DO!! THERE ARE MILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS WHO ARE DEMOCRATS! YOU MENTION ONLY TWO ISSUES, BOTH OF WHICH WOULD NOT CHANGE EVEN UNDER REPUBLICAN RULE! AS OF NOW I AM DROPPING YOU AND NO LONGER WISH TO RECEIVE ANY EMAILS FROM YOU. GOOD RIDDANCE.”
REPLY FROM BROTHER CLOUD: You have every right to test my preaching by God’s Word, but your carnal anger is not righteous. It is also terribly misguided. When did I ever say that the Republicans are good? I have condemned both the Democrats and the Republicans. America has never been a righteous nation, and it is more wicked today than ever. That is what I preach. But that is no excuse to vote for a political party that has the murder of unborn babies and the “marriage” of homosexuals as an official part of its platform, a party that has brazenly shaken its silly fist in God’s face. You are dead wrong, friend, and you will give account to God. If I were you, I would be preparing myself to stand before Almighty God instead of criticizing a preacher who preaches God’s righteous Word in an unrighteous age, criticizing him on the basis of your own thinking. If you have been saved for 51 years, it certainly doesn't show in your e-mail. I say little about politics, but when I do I base my comments on God’s Word. If you can show me where I preach something contrary to God’s Word, do it. Otherwise, you need to repent of your attitude and your ways. “Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth itnot" (Prov. 29:24).
(Friday Church News Notes, November 23, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)