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Election Angst in Abundance

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By Mark Azzara

Dear Friend,

The Associated Press and the Christian Science Monitor recently reported on the angst of Christians as the election approaches. Donald Trump’s response has been to create an advisory board of evangelicals in a crude bid to buy the votes of Christians. As hard as it may have been for Trump to find anyone to serve on this board, it would be even harder for Hillary Clinton to create such a panel after what she said about surrendering our constitutional right to religious freedom when it conflicts with mere law. This is gut-check time for Christians – a time to reassess who we are. I suggest we begin by remembering one thing. You can’t vote your beliefs into office or write your beliefs into the law, much less expect that most Americans will embrace your efforts. If we could do such things successfully, then, as Paul wrote to the Galatians, Christ died for nothing.

All God’s blessings – Mark

 

About Mark Azzara

Mark Azzara spent 45 years in print journalism, most of them with the Waterbury Republican in Connecticut, where he was a features writer with a special focus on religion at the time of his retirement. He also worked for newspapers in New Haven and Danbury, Conn. At the latter paper, while sports editor, he won a national first-place writing award on college baseball. Azzara also has served as the only admissions recruiter for a small Catholic college in Connecticut and wrote a self-published book on spirituality, "And So Are You." He is active in his church and facilitates two Christian study groups for men. Azzara grew up in southern California, graduating from Cal State Los Angeles. He holds a master's degree from the University of Connecticut.

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