Monthly Archives: November 2016

Is Donald Trump Really a Christian?

If you are voting for Donald Trump because he is a Christian, I have some bad news for you: he’s not.

For we too were once foolish, disobedient, misled, enslaved to various passions and desires, spending our lives in evil and envy, hateful and hating one another.
1 Titus 3:3 (NET)

Trump made millions from the collapse of his casinos, but everyone else involved lost money – worst of all, his employees, who trusted him. That’s the epitome of greed, envy, and the misleading of people. And his hatred and enslavement to passion should be obvious to anyone.

Even worse:

Whoever has the world’s possessions and sees his fellow Christian in need and shuts off his compassion against him, how can the love of God reside in such a person?
1 John 3:17 (NET)

If any of those employees were Christians, the Bible makes it clear that Trump’s attitude towards them proves that he has no love for God… or anyone else.

If anyone says “I love God” and yet hates his fellow Christian, he is a liar, because the one who does not love his fellow Christian whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
1 John 4:20 (NET)

Everyone who hates his fellow Christian is a murderer
1 John 3:15a (NET)

The one who loves his fellow Christian resides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But the one who hates his fellow Christian is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
1 John 2:10 (NET)

Did you know that the vast majority of illegal immigrants are Christians? Trump clearly hates them, and encourages his followers to do the same. Once again, the Bible makes it clear that such a person is not a follower of Jesus.

I will leave you with the most important lesson Jesus ever taught us, which is one Trump needs to learn. It sums up all of the Old Testament law into two simple rules, simultaneously summing up what it really means to be a Christian.

“Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is: ‘Listen, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:28b-31 (NET)

There is now a follow-up to this article, “Our God of Truth vs the Liar-in-Chief


Hello Again

This year I turned 40, and our continued lack of children threw me into a nearly year-long depression even deeper than before I was first diagnosed with Depression. That’s actually the first time I’ve ever publicly admitted what triggered my Depression; previously only confidants and healthcare providers knew. Yes, the chronic pain, memory problems, hand spasms, and resulting inability to work gave me plenty of reason to be depressed, but it wasn’t until I hit my mid-30s childless that it all became overwhelming.

In me, Depression frequently manifests as apathy, which is why I have done so little writing this year. Despite that, I have actually done a surprising amount of game-related writing. For one thing, the spreadsheets I use to breed and train Pokémon, and keep track of my collection have reached a level of complexity and usefulness that I am cleaning them up into a shareable tool.

I’ve also written an alpha version of a tabletop skirmish game based on GURPS. Currently it only works in co-op vs a GM because so many judgement calls will be required, but my goal is to have a game that can replace Mage Knight, Battletech, etc. with a game that will let you easily create and play units of your own design.

If you follow me on facebook or Twitter, you may have noticed that I have been far more active on those in the past several months than ever before, and sometimes make rather long facebook posts that would otherwise have been blog posts. One such will be posted here right after this.

I am still in a deep depression much of the time, but the periods of complete apathy have become rarer and briefer. With the continued prayers and support of family and friends, I have hope that I will be back to my old self soon, but in the meantime I will make my longer posts here rather than on facebook. And look forward to the releases of my new games and aids, including a Gameblox and then Android version of my first game, Cribbage Dice.