I was so disappointed in May when ‘The Donald’ announced he would not be seeking the Republican nomination for President for the 2012 US election.  For those of you who have been off the grid for a while, I am talking about Donald Trump not Donald Duck.  Although when you think of it they are remarkably similar.  They are both attention seeking loud mouth cartoon characters full of bluster and pomp.  Donald Trump is a better dresser but only because Donald Duck wears the same thing every day.  Although I have never understood why, Mickey Mouse gets to wear pants and Donald Duck has to go commando. And it is also strange that Pluto and Goofy are both dogs and yet one is a pet and the other a ‘person’ animal.  Totally unfair.  But I digress.

No, the reason that  am upset about Donald Trump dropping out of the race is I think he would have provided hours of entertainment value to the race.  He is just so easy to pick on and make fun of.  I don’t know what the late night comedians are going to do without him. The comb-over itself is all you really need.  Did you know there are only 2 objects on planet earth clearly visible from outer space…  The Great Wall of China and Donald Trump’s hair. (rim shot)

The current enormous list of GOP candidates is completely boring;  Michele Bachmann, U.S. Representative from Minnesota.  Herman Cain, former Federal Reserve banker and businessman from Georgia. Newt Gingrich, former U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives from Georgia.  Jon Huntsman, Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to China and former Governor governor of Utah.  Gary Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico. Fred Karger, political consultant and gay rights activist from California.  Andy Martin, perennial candidate from Illinois. Thaddeus McCotter, U.S. Representative from Michigan. Jimmy McMillan, perennial candidate from New York. Roy Moore, former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court of Alabama.  Ron Paul, U.S. Representative from Texas.  Tim Pawlenty, former Governor of Minnesota.  Buddy Roemer, former Governor of Louisiana.  Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts. Rick Santorum, former Senator from Pennsylvania.  Jonathon Sharkey, perennial candidate from Florida.

Apparently every Republican with a pulse wants to be President.  (There once was a Republican Senator that was elected after he died.  He doesn’t want to be President.  But, he also has no pulse.)  Sarah Palin doesn’t even have her name in yet, although there will be no doubt she will.  She has been campaigning for the job since 2008.  She is Dolly Parton’s pick.  “I can relate to Sarah Palin. I always say we’re very much alike. Both small town girls. Both are Pentecostalists and we both carry an AK-47.”

Make no mistake about it, I think The Donald would make a terrible President.  He is emblematic of everything that is wrong with that nation.  He is self-centered, egotistical, greedy, uncompassionate… the list goes on and on.  During one interview he was tossed a soft ball question.  “What would you say to the guy that has lost his job and his home and is wondering what his future holds?”  Unbelievably, The Donald said, ” Look, there will always be those who will belly ache about the state of the economy, but there are great opportunities out there.  I just paid $10 million for a building that was appraised at $22 million just a few months ago.  We live in the greatest country is the world and I want to make sure it stays that way and that’s why I think I would make a great President.”   Hard to imagine that the guy without the job and house missed that buying opportunity.  The Donald has said that the first thing he would do is slap a 25% duty on every item imported from those ‘lying and cheating Chinese’ who are using unfair business practices.  What he doesn’t tell the American people is that it would essentially increase the price of every single good in Walmart by at LEAST 25%.

Well yesterday The Donald hinted that he might jump back in the race.  “It was not an easy decision for me [to drop out], but I think that it will be an easy decision [to return] if the Republicans choose the wrong candidate and if the economy is bad. I think it will be a really easy decision for me to make.”  His decision to then run as an independent would be made during next fall’s season of The Celebrity Apprentice.  He said it would be really good for the ratings of show.  Well, isn’t that great, there will be something in it for Donald.

In Matthew 20 the disciples got into a discussion about who would be the greatest in Jesus Kingdom.  Jesus never rebuked them for their ambition but instead redefined ‘greatness’.

But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave…

What our world needs now more than ever is servant leaders.  Men or women who are not in it for what they can get out of it but rather for the contribution that they can make for others.  Oh, they mostly all say it (except The Donald who makes no attempt) but they don’t act like it.  There have been few over the years.  I was reading a story the other day written by a man who had an encounter with Abraham Lincoln when he was 8 years old.  His father had taken him to Washington DC.  They were standing by a roadside fruit stand when Honest Abe came striding down the street.  A young street boy was eyeing the fruit when Lincioln as he passed stopped plunged his hand in his pocket and bought an orange.  He then gave it to the street urchin and carried on his way.  The 8 year old’s father told the boy that the President had just bought him an orange and that he should run after him to thank him.  Which he did.  After receiving his thanks Lincoln hunkered down to the boys level and said, “You are welcome my boy.  You were going to steal that orange, but you didn’t because it would have been wrong.  Our world needs more honest men like you.”   And then he turned and walked away.

What our world really needs is more honest men like Abraham Lincoln.  There are few in the political arena today that would measure up to Jesus description of greatness but I pray that we will see some of them is our day.  As for The Donald… he ain’t one of them.

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  1. jdude says:

    If we understand a leader to be one of a servant, particularly in American politics, then one ought to hold true to the notion of ‘We the People’ within the American constitution. Ron Paul (and possibly Gary Johnson although I’m not too familiar with the NM constitution) fits the category quite nicely.

  2. xxx church promotes porno says:

    I saw your sermon on xxx church and Craig Ross who I have seen and heard speak here in Winnipeg. Have you checked out what they are all about?
    They have a puppet called Pete the porno puppet for kids. They have a giant blow up penis with a happy face on it that people play with at porn conventions. I looked on their videos and they are filled with pornography to catch people’s attention, then they tell you how to stop porno.
    Nobody is going to take these guys serious and to top it off they are introducing more pornography to Christians than they are preventing it.
    I had to get off their site because I was feeling grossed out.
    You know something’s wrong when you feel evil checking out a church promotional video. The Bible says not to have even a hint of sexual immorality. Craig Ross is just making pornography more acceptable to Christians. And why would a guy who has a problem with porn, who is tempted by porn and has to have an acountability partner go to the very place where pornography is the most rampant? Not very bright if you ask me.

  3. Jasmine says:

    Yes, I agree that we need more honest people in politics. I also think that we need more politicians who understand that they are accountable to an authority higher than their own. Once politicians start taking God out of the picture, it leaves no higher authority for them to be held accountable to; and that’s when they start to abuse their authority, the people become oppressed and well…I don’t want imagine how bad it can get.

  4. Adrian says:

    Hey Pastor MArk, Just want to tell you that I enjoy your sense of humour – even though its sometimes at the cost of another person ( lol !) – and enjoy your sermons too ! Keep up the
    great job you do to promote the gospel of Jesus Christ !! and continue to be funny ! 🙂

  5. Karen L says:

    Am I reading this right? Pastor Mark are your sermons on xxx church? I’m struggling with that A LOT!(why is there a “church” promoting porn?)

    And you once again are right. We don’t need anymore self serving politicians. Maybe part of the politician job description should read “servant heart” and then we’ll see how many then would truly want to be in politics. Maybe all levels of government should be encouraged to have a servant heart. Things would be better all over the place if God was brought back into the running of our governments.

  6. Mark Hughes says:

    No, that is not what xxx church is all about! This is what their website says;

    XXXchurch is a non profit organization that exists to help people of all ages who are being assaulted by pornography.
    We prevail through awareness, prevention and recovery.

    Craig Gross has taken the pornography issue head on. Yes, some of his subject matter is disturbing. How could it not be? He is trying to make people aware of the dangers of porn. His site is all about helping Christian people get free from it. He also has a ministry to those trapped in the adult film ministry. Anybody who has heard him speak and still thinks he is promoting porn needs to have their hearing checked. He stands four square against it and is one of the leading voices in the battle against it.
    We are all little off topic here. I will write a blog on the subject soon and we can hash it out.
    In the meantime let’s make fun of Donald Trump. He’s a big boy, he dishes it out, he can take it.

    • Karen L says:

      Thanks for clearing that up! My eyes just about snapped out of my head when I read that. I was afraid to go to the website in case it was a porn sight…I guess I see the word porn and instantly run as fast as I can the other way.

  7. Jim says:

    The question arises, why so much space is devoted to a millionaire American politician, who cannot make his mind up whether or not to run for president..the USA is an empire in it’s death throes, and before it goes wants to bring in the world government, and bring every person on earth under it’s control..it matters not who they elect for president..they are merely a puppet, a talking head..now if you want to feature something we have enough problems with leadership or lack of it right here in our own backyard, protecting our own sovereignty as a nation…things are not all right here either..now if you want to make an issue out of something..try genetically modified foods we are all now consuming, most without our knowledge..these include animal proteins and pesticides in the genetic makeup of the original product..now that is something worthy of a large article..lets deal with the real things that really matter!

  8. Bruno says:

    Poor Obama in all of this…

    The US people want change but oh no, that change requires THEM to change as well! It’s scary, but I think they liked it better when Cheney and Bush were just on the offensive, rather then telling the harsh truth. Hopefully, this is still a minority even though the polls are hm… scary looking.

    Although Donald Trump’s candidature has been on par with the slew of strange ones when California’s senator seat was up for grab, I actually don’t think he ever was interested in the presidency seat and it was probably more of a marketing campaign than anything, hence why he’s quit but thinks of changing his mind, which is probably if he gets good ratings.

    I haven’t seen the movie, but there’s probably some parallels to Robin Williams’ Man of the Year.

    Although all of this argument is useless if he picks Gary Busey for VP 🙂

  9. xxx church promotes porno says:

    Craig is promoting pornography through his biased viewpoint that the only way to combat porn is to allow compromise. He is compromising the gospel in this way, by allowing pornography to be glamorized by his church in order to attract attention.
    Don’t you think his Bible should read,”Jesus loves all sinners, which we all are and He died to set us free from our sin, even sexual impurity.” But instead he writes “Jesus loves pornstars” and not only that, he has the cover of the Bible emblazoned with a 70’s disco looking porn star looking cool as a cat. No Jesus there but a pornstar.
    I’m sure Craig has his own good intentions but he needs to allow God to steer his ministry instead of his own viewpoint. Jesus does not compromise in order to save souls.

  10. Betty says:

    That is interesting, to see so many candidates, that are running for, to be a President of the U.S.A.
    Some years ago, when we traveled in the United States, I talked to a lady, who lives there, about the election day, they just had and that time President George Bush was elected,I told her, if I could vote for the United States, I would have voted for him too and she was amazed, at how much, we as Canadians cared about, what happens to them.
    I pray that, the person God wants to be their next President, will be elected and if we like it or not, it does matter to us as Canadians, who gets elected, because they are our neighbors, to the south.

    And as for honest politicians goes, I have noticed, it makes a big difference, in what kind of choices they make, when we pray for them.

  11. Evelyn Bennett says:

    I find politics so boring.

    I bet if those people running for office of any capacity were being real; it would make better entertainment.

  12. Patricia says:

    I did not know you were an American casting a ballot in the next Election. I had to look and make sure I was on a Canadian site here.

    I hope you do not hold your breath over the honesty, integrity, and credibility that you are looking for the next President. Most of them will be pointing the finger at the other guy, and not explaining or even coming close to mentioning what campaign promises they would like to uphold. I just have to say, “Good luck USA.” I pray that the best person wins too.

  13. Steve says:

    I’d like to see a leader that is willing to be a sacrifice for other people like Jesus was.

  14. Rick says:

    The reason Trump isn’t running for President is because he has a handshaking phobia and that’s how most people get elected. The more hands you shake the better your chances.

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