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This video was originally posted by Gorilla Pig on Facebook on Monday, February 1, 2016.

There are all kinds of videos like this one.  Jimmy Kimmel and Jay Leno were well known for making shorts similar to Gorilla Pig’s video.  The idea is simple:  Make a bunch of people look stupid by asking very easy questions which every common American should know the answer to.  By doing this, you demonstrate the state of our collective knowledge, and making every viewer shake their hands or maybe even face-palm themselves.

However, I didn’t post this video in order to criticize our people.  That would just be mean.  I would be so embarrassed if I was ever featured on a short like this.

I posted the video because I wanted to help us understand how we can grow and to explain why our political knowledge is essential to taking care of our cities.

Relating to Others

coffee windowPaul implies that we should be “all things to all men” in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23.  This means that we should be able to meet people where they are at, and be able to find something in common with them which can give us credibility as we share our faith.

For Paul, he acted as one under the Jewish law when he was interacting with Jews.  He participated in Jewish feasts and festivals, observed the Sabbath, and observed all the laws he could.

With Greeks or other non-Jews, he lived as though the Jewish law had no hold over him.  He explained how his freedom in Christ allowed him to receive all the benefits of salvation, even though he did not observe the Jewish law while in their presence.

In doing these things, he demonstrated that an understanding of each person’s traditions, beliefs, background, and culture was paramount in being able to bring Christ into their lives.

For us in America today, we have to understand the political atmosphere because we all have it in common.  It helps us to relate to others.

You see, people aren’t asking the questions – “If you obtain salvation, can you lose it?” or “Would I be predestined to believe or would I be able to make a choice?”.  Those are what we, Christians, spend most of our time trying to define/defend.

But our people are asking questions like –

  • What will happen to our country when we can no longer pay on our debt?
  • Will this next president be able to change things for me?
  • Why is our government so discompassionate?
  • I know our government has a direct impact on my life.  How could Jesus impact my life, if he lived and died 2000 years ago?

We’ve got to be able to answer these questions from a Scriptural standpoint.

*Note* This does not mean we get on our high horse as the “moral majority”.  The moral majority is not the majority anymore.  Don’t try to convince people that Jesus is good, with the reason being that you have become morally better than everyone else.  No one buys that anymore.

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The Recent Iowa Caucus

Photo credit: MCAD Library via Foter.com / CC BY

Photo credit: MCAD Library via Foter.com / CC BY

As an attempt to raise political understanding, here is some general information about the recent Iowa Caucus, which is a major milestone in determining who the respective Republican and Democratic candidates will be in the presidential election.

A caucus is different from a primary, in that a caucus does not directly determine national delegates for any candidate.  Instead, in Iowa, “caucus-goers elect delegates to county conventions, who in turn elect delegates to district and state conventions where Iowa’s national convention delegates are selected.

It should also be noted that the process for the Republicans and the Democrats is very different.  At the Republican caucuses, people gather, listen to representatives for each candidate try to whip up votes, and then they vote.

For the Democratic caucuses, they choose a section of the room which demonstrates their support for a given candidate, then whoever doesn’t have at least 15% of the people in their section is kicked out of the caucus.  Then representatives for each remaining candidate have an opportunity to answer questions and to rally for more votes.  Meanwhile, the listeners can change which section they stand in.  At the end, delegates are assigned based on the number of people standing in each candidate’s section.

This week, the Iowa caucus took place, which is the first and very important step in determining who will be the 2016 presidential candidates.  Here are the results:

Screenshot taken from CNN.com.

Screenshot taken from CNN.com.

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