This short book will force the reader to reflect on what is required if Jesus is to be taken seriously in this age of excesses of political power, deception in government, and unchecked accumulations of wealth. It will disturb you, especially if you support the present administration in Washington.
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Who do you follow today as an American Christian? Throughout two thousand years followers of Jesus have not only believed but also acted, sometimes threatening political powers. Dr. Webb poses challenging questions and raises options for citizenship responsibilities that followers of Jesus must face in the age of Trump. The Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount provide a compass along with one’s acceptance of Jesus as the real way, the truth and the life.
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Mary Theresa (Terry) Webb cares passionately about her Christian faith and the future of democracy in the United States. With her twenty plus years as a Christian missionary, she has experienced the fall of Communism, return to authoritarianism in Russia, and violence and tribalism in East African countries. The blind political loyalty of American evangelical Christians for the current administration as well as the tribalism in both political and church circles convinced her of the importance of writing Following Jesus. In this book, author Webb explores in depth what Jesus said about living out one's Christian faith. Her professional expertise as a trained pastoral counselor with a biblical studies degree from Trinity School for Ministry informs her writing.
Her articles have appeared in Sojourner’s, Charisma, Focus on the Family, Living Church, the Lutheran, Light of Life, and Adventist Review magazines.
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When the House voted on two Articles of Impeachment against President Trump, our elected representatives did so with much prayer and caution, for it was a sacred duty. They are already encountering some treacherous rapids, as strident voices from his Republican and evangelical Christian followers proclaim. His White House staff and cabinet follow Trump’s indirect orders, as Michael Cohen has explained the way Trump communicates. James Comey describes this leadership style as that of a mob boss. Trump's speak-ease goes something like this: "I would like..." and then expects his followers to do what he says he wants or suffer rejection or ridicule. Trump also gives his loyal followers perks, like luncheons at the White House and weekends at Camp David. He seeks to distract, like rocks in a river bed, with bogus conspiracy theories and tweeting. If his followers don't obey, watch out for the tweet!
Steven Hassan in his book, The Cult of Trump, describes Trump’s leadership style as cult-like and he also discusses his malignant narcissist personality disorder. Successful people have some narcissist tendencies, but with Trump the condition is extreme. Be aware that as his impeachment progresses, Trump’s grandiosity will get worse; his anger will be explosive; and anyone who crosses him will be a target for his ire and become his enemy.
One current enemy is Joe Biden, because he threatens his reelection plans, so Trump has decided to discredit him by soliciting Ukraine and China for dirt on his son, Hunter. Some important facts for us to remember: Joe Biden became a devoted single parent to Beau and Hunter, his two sons, after the tragic car accident in November, 1972 that killed his then wife and daughter. Beau grew up to be the hero son, serving both as a soldier and as Attorney General for Delaware until his brain tumor killed him. Hunter, the second son, who had suffered brain trauma in the automobile accident (Adam Entous, The New Yorker, July 8& 15,2019), started drinking alcohol as a teenager; then used cocaine and opiates, leading to a full-fledged addiction disease that included at least six times in rehabilitation. After a seven-year period of sobriety, the death of his brother, Beau, and a divorce, Hunter spiraled into chronic relapsing. In addition to the personal trauma in his life, his brain injury had made him more susceptible to becoming addicted. At the time that Hunter accepted the board position of the Ukrainian Burisma company, he may have been in a relapse state, without an ability to make wise decisions.
Joe Biden cannot and should not be held responsible for his son’s behavior, as most family members who have addicted offspring learn. For Trump to want to saddle Biden’s son’s unwise choice with his father’s election campaigning is one of Trump’s low blows, even more repugnant since his own brother died of alcoholism.
In spite of the perils that lie ahead, the Senate has a constitutional responsibility to bring about justice in a fair trial and remove Trump from office. The very future of this fragile republic is at stake.