Notes from Jan

After All’s Said and Done

October 8, 2016

 This political milieu’s highlighted blurred boundaries between secular and sacred, sound bites masquerading as wisdom, and sloppy speech that stymies true communication, the latest, I’m sorry if  I offended anyone.

Trump’s recent words reveal deeper issues than righting a political ship.

This morning I read a quote by author, Rachel Held Evans,”Misogyny is not a tone problem, it’s a sin problem.”

Phillip Yancey, one of my favorite authors, is one of a growing number of Christians speaking out against Trump’s words, questioning how some evangelicals see him as a hero.  Yancey’s writings, challenge the church and Christ’s followers to think, to act. His newest book, Vanishing Grace, flows from his bestseller,  What’s so Amazing About Grace? 

In a recent interview, Yancey said,”The church is selling its soul for access to power.”

Trump’s words left me feeling disgusted and angry on behalf of women and girls, but grateful for men who truly love and respect women and hopeful that people of faith will speak out against misogynist thinking, which leads to vile actions.  We shouldn’t be surprised at the global tsunami of sex trafficking, human slavery, when a possible leader of this country, views women as he does.

When Trump said, “Anyone who knows me, knows these words don’t reflect who I am,” I remembered Jesus’ words,”Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” That challenges me, too. What we watch and read, how we act, not just during a political campaign, but day after day when we talk to and about each other, fills the heart until one day, when we least expect or want, it overflows.  Suddenly, what we thought no one of consequence saw or heard, spills out, noticed by the only One who matters, when all’s said and done.

Lord, have mercy.




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  • Reply Radina Welton October 8, 2016 at 5:31 pm


  • Reply Jim Trent October 8, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Lord, have mercy, indeed. Thank you, Jan.

  • Reply Valerie McCoy October 8, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    If only I could ‘gulp back’ my ugly….but still, the Saviour knows and hears my kyrie eleison.
    Because, without question, “there is a balm in Gilead that makes ‘my’ wounded whole.”

  • Reply susan October 8, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    He actually bragged about sexually assaulting women. These are not just words, they are actions.
    It is appalling that anyone calling themselves a Christian could support Donald Trump. God Help Us!

  • Reply Marty Lefever October 8, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Another Amen! And yes, God help us!

  • Reply Karen October 8, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Jan thank you for your words filled with truth and grace. Amen.

  • Reply Helen Demsko October 9, 2016 at 12:05 am

    So many of his words were unsettling …”I will make America great again” and so many Christians followed…him. Screaming as they did .”.No Mexicans, no Muslims none but us..”
    God’s word says..”if My people..humble themselves, pray,turn, seek My face..then I WILL HEAR” and they don’t follow.

  • Reply Sue Andringa October 9, 2016 at 3:27 am

    Yes, Lord …. have mercy on this country and your people! We know you are Sovereign and we need Y
    ou desperately!

  • Reply Sue Andringa October 9, 2016 at 3:28 am

    Yes, Lord …. have mercy on this country and your people! We know you are Sovereign and we need
    You desperately!

  • Reply Sue Andringa October 9, 2016 at 3:33 am

    Yes, Lord, have mercy on this country and on Your people. You are Sovereign and
    we desperately need You!

  • Reply Linda Moore October 12, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    HI Jan-just checking in to see if you received my email. I’m not sure I have the correct one!

  • Reply Robert S Gingher October 13, 2016 at 2:42 am

    Today Jesus would probably call sin (original meaning, ‘missing the mark’) a lack of consciousness. Hard to believe amid the present turmoil that the totality is working itself out, but it is.

    ‘We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.’ T.S. Eliot

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