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Trusted Truthful Information

  1. Trusted Truthful News Sources
  2. Election & Voter Fraud
  3. A Gracious President
  4. World War II veteran – timeless words for his son and his country
  5. Scriptures for Our Current Situation
  6. Listen to the Court Case
  7. Beth Moore Warning Statement
  8. Properly Skeptic
  9. Be Kind To Everyone (the shirt)
  10. The A Words

Also, from 2020…
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I personally wrote these articles and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)

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The A Words

[Behind the scenes on this article – it was kind of written while I was sleeping. God kept waking me up with one A word after another. He’d wake me up with one and I would get up to write it down, then go back to sleep. Not long after that God woke me up again with another A word. Of course, I got up to write it down, then went back to sleep. Over and over. Then the rings. Then the elephant and egg. It has been a while since God kept waking me up like this… it was amazing, but it did keep interrupting my sleep :) ]

Me: What’s the difference between an elephant and an egg?

You: Huh?

Me: What’s the difference between an elephant and an egg?

You: I don’t know.

Me: Then I’m not sending you to get me a dozen eggs.

You may have heard that before, but actually it is quite significant, pointing out how we need to really think about the words we hear others using. It is not just semantics because words they use matter.

A short example exercise may help illustrate this.

For this example, let’s use a gold ring. Nothing special, just a gold ring. You come into my store wanting to buy (or at least consider buying) a 24 karat gold ring.

Let’s say that I take one of those gold rings out from the display card because you told me that you were interested in a 24 karat gold ring and had pointed one out to me.

You (thinking): I anticipate that the ring will be 24karat gold (since that was what I said that I wanted)

Me: I can assure you that this ring is 24 karat gold.

Now … from what I just told you (the buyer) using my A word … do you know for sure if the ring is truly 24 karat gold?  You anticipated that it would be and I assured you that it was. However, what happened was that I was telling you that I want you to believe that it is. I assure you of this. But do you trust me?

So, we continue talking about that gold ring.

You: Yes, it appears to be 24 karat gold.

Me: Absolutely!

Now I got you thinking and you agree that it appears to be 24 karat gold (but do you really KNOW what 24 karat gold looks like … could you tell the difference if it wasn’t?). You basically are saying that it seems to be 24 karat gold based on what little you know about how gold looks. And me? I use another A word and say “Absolutely“. And all that I did was agree with you agreeing with my first statement. Absolutely is a word of “degrees”. I could agree with you a little, a lot, or the most possible – absolutely.

You (thinking as you look at the price tag): it might just be a gold plated ring. Alternately it might be 24 karat gold ring.

You: Affordably it can’t be 24 karat gold!

Congratulations! You made it through 6 A words (one more left for this example). You anticipated that it would be what you wanted. I assured you that it was. You said it appeared to be what you asked for. I said that it absolutely was what you asked for. But then you were thinking that it might just be a cheap knock off ring, and then reminded yourself that alternately it really could be just what you asked for. But then you started noticing things… like the price tag. You said that it affordably couldn’t really be what you had asked for (regardless of what I had said).

You were getting pulled back to reality, but only based on the price! You didn’t notice the subtle difference in the words being used, and that mistake can end in deception.

In this example I probably would NOT admit that the ring was just a cheap gold plated ring, but I would keep insisting that it absolutely appears to be 24 karat gold just as I assured you (and I knew you anticipated and wanted that). I would repeat this over and over until you finally left the store. But the next three times you came to the store, I would continue insisting and assuring you that the ring was 24 karat gold. And after a few days of hearing this over and over, you might begin to believe that the ring really was 24 karat gold

And that leads to the final A word … the most significant and important A word.

Since you really liked that ring, you had an gemologist who specialized in gold and silver rings come to analyze the ring for you. He said that the ring was not 24 karat gold but actually was merely gold plated. That was not what you wanted to hear because you really liked that ring and it was so affordable.

So you hired a goldsmith to analyze the ring for you, and she too told you that actually the ring was merely gold plated and not 24 karat gold. She even showed you a couple spots where you could see the gold plating had chipped off.

But you really wanted that ring to be 24 karat gold so you got an appraiser to come to appraise the ring. He confirmed what the two prior experts had told you… that actually the ring was not 24 karat gold and would not be worth any more than $20 (which was far less than the price that I was trying to sell it to you for).

Finally, you brought a few friends along with you to the store to see what they thought. And they were unsure what to say. They saw how happy you were with that ring and how much you liked it. So, they decided to tell you what you wanted to hear, and assured you that the ring must be 24 karat gold.

So … did you buy that ring? Did you buy it because your friends assured you that it must be 24 karat gold? Did you ignore the three experts that you brought in to analyze that ring who told you that it actually was not 24 karat gold, but was merely gold plated.

Did you ignore what the ring actually was?

And, THAT, was the most important A word:


Note that studies have shown that it doesn’t matter how smart you are, how intelligent you are, or that you have great “street smarts”. Deception can sneak up on you, especially when it is repeated over and over for days, weeks or months. And what is most scary about being deceived is that by definition you don’t know it!

And this is what is happening to millions of people in America who desperately want President Trump to have a second term. The president has been lying to them that he won the election because it was rigged and stolen from him (but providing NO provable evidence of this). His lawyers are saying the same thing (also with no provable evidence). Many (most) Republican Senators and Representative also knowingly repeat that lie.

So you call in the experts to help you decide what the truth is. You call in the courts to prove that Trump won and had the election stolen from him. But of over 60 court cases, Trump lost every single court case except one (which was a minor procedural issue). Trumps lawyers actually told the judges in these cases that they were NOT alleging fraud, because they were under oath in a court of law (but not during a press conference).

So you looked to the election officials in the states to determine what the truth is. And they all unanimously state that the election was fair and there was no significant fraud found.

So you looked at what the Cybersecurity agency of the Department of Homeland Security had to say about the election and they clearly stated that this was the most secure election we have ever had.

So you looked for outside experts to review the election and TWO different international election teams of observers declared the election was a fair election with no fraud found.

However, what you are likely not doing is checking what two of the most reliable newspapers with the most Pulitzer prize winners are saying about the election, and both have repeatedly provided in depth news articles clearly showing that there was no election fraud.

And reliable sources are available for you to confirm and verify all this. A few of these sources are linked here => Election Voter Fraud

This is important, especially to those who follow Jesus. He did not come to overthrow the government but to submit to it. Do you honestly believe that Jesus wants the election overturned and the government taken over with guns, bombs and deadly violence? If so, you must have reasons for what you believe… and I would be interested in having a calm discussion with you about all those reasons. Really! Just contact me and let’s talk!

I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)

Be Kind To Everyone (the shirt)

Is “Be Kind” your word for this year? If so, why not support this fine young autistic lady who is making very soft comfy T-Shirts that compassionately say “Be Kind To Everyone“. There are several styles. The one I got (Jordan style) was so soft and felt so nice I ordered three more! She ships it right away and sends you tracking updates. She signs a card thanking you, includes a photo card with her “team” (family I am guessing), rolls the shirt and keeps it rolled with a free BeKindToEveryone wristband (which I now have four of).

Here is the link to her website where you can order your own BE KIND shirt:

I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)

Properly Skeptic

Being skeptical can be a good thing. These are my magazines from the 1970’s that I was reading just after graduating from St. John’s University. I have the very first issue of Skeptic: The Forum For Contemporary History (note that this magazine was published for less than a decade and later another magazine was started, also called “Skeptic” but it was by a totally different group of people).

Note that I purposely included the word “proper” in the title to this article because it is a critically important aspect of skepticism. You won’t have a problem finding plenty of conspiracies and theories of how something may have happened or may happen in the future. But remember that a theory is not evidence, and many (most?) of these theories tend to have no proper evidence.

And that was what was so good about the Skeptic magazines that I was reading 40 years ago. The magazine included reprints of articles from reputable news sources like New York Magazine, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Harper’s, Science, Natural History, Harvard Magazine, Congressional Quarterly, Smithsonian, The Economist and US News & World Report. Articles were by respected authors such as Alexander Hamilton (yes!), George Will, Senator George McGovern, Arnold Toynbee, Isaac Asimov, Harry S Truman, James R Schlesinger, Arthur Schlesinger Jr, Henry Kissinger and Eric Hoffer (see below).

Being a proper skeptic means doing research and reading from reputable sources and authors that would report on issues from all sides and viewpoints. Being a skeptic who only reads things from one view point from questionable sources is not something I would suggest because if you only hear the same viewpoint over and over you lose perspective and can be misled and deceived.

Another critically important aspect is to also have a good understanding of our past history and it’s implications.  For example, all of a sudden being afraid that our country is becoming fascist or socialist or communist needs some historical background PLUS an understanding of just what “fascism” is … just what “socialism” is (and is NOT). There is a noted political historian (Heather Cox Richardson) who has authored many books and decided when the pandemic struck to host hour long video’s twice a week to help people who are staying at home have something meaningful to watch. She has presented a history of the Republican Party (in 17 hour long segments), a history of our country (called American Paradox in 10 segments) and is now in the midst of a series about the Reconstruction after the Civil War. She also has a history and politics chat session once a week that talks about what is currently happening in our country. She reads and researches A LOT.  She also writes a daily “Letters From An American” newsletter that sums up what she sees happening for that day. These “letters” have a lengthy list of resources at the end that you can click on to read the full information for more details or to verify that her summary was accurate.

NOW…… what is interesting is that right when I started researching and praying about this article she had a very interesting current history and politics chat that covered many issues that people have on their minds. She noted that we are NOT becoming a Fascist country, we are NOT moving towards Socialism (and definitely NOT towards Communism) … she talked about sedition, secession, authoritarianism, oligarchy, the pandemic and how our election is over and was secure. But what surprised me is that she highly recommended a book by Eric Hoffer … yes, the SAME Eric Hoffer that I was reading back in the ’70’s in Skeptic magazine (see above).

Here is a link to that hour long history and politics chat (on her facebook page):

And here is a link to the Eric Hoffer book that she was highly recommending (The True Believer):

Now … for some resources for you to keep your skepticism proper:

And finally … just to set your minds at ease … our country is NOT going to become socialist as this one article in a very reputable newspaper (with 8 Pulitzer Prize Winners over the past decade): So much for “Biden the socialist”

I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)

Beth Moore Warning Statement

This is the warning statement from Beth Moore on December 13, 2020:

I do not believe these are days for mincing words. I’m 63 1/2 years old & I have never seen anything in these United States of America I found more astonishingly seductive & dangerous to the saints of God than Trumpism. This Christian nationalism is not of God. Move back from it.


Fellow Leaders, we will be held responsible for remaining passive in this day of seduction to save our own skin while the saints we’ve been entrusted to serve are being seduced, manipulated, USED and stirred up into a lather of zeal devoid of the Holy Spirit for political gain.

Listen to the Court Case yourself

This was my November 21 2020 post on my Facebook page (followed by my comments as the court case proceeded):

OK, this is for those who don’t trust the reports made by the media.

Rudy Giuliani was the head lawyer representing Donald J. Trump For President, Inc. in a court case in Pennsylvania and the judge for that case has authorized the release of the audio (not video) of the court proceedings! Thus you can listen to everything that happened in the court and see that it indeed matches up with the news reports (yes, it is nearly 4 hours long but I listened to the entire proceedings myself).

I can point you to specific portions of the proceedings.

When you get to the 42 minute mark you will hear a summary of what the court case is NOT about:
  • There is NO claim that any voter cast more than one ballot
  • There is no claim that any voter had his ballot WRONGLY rejected
  • There is no claim that anyone not eligible to vote voted
  • There is no claim of voter fraud that affects the plaintiffs
Next listen when you get to the 2hr 14min mark of the proceedings… listen a couple minutes where other Trump court cases are summed up and the Trump lawyer was asked by the judge if they were claiming voter fraud and the Trump lawyer replied, “No.”
Next listen when you get to the 2hr 41min mark and you will hear the judge ask Trump’s lawyers if there is an alleged fraud and Rudy replies “No your honor”.
Then 3 minutes later the judge asks Rudy, “Does the amended complaint plead fraud?” and Rudy replied, “No your honor”.
A little bit later at the 3hr 4min mark, Rudy states that he is not alleging fraud.
Then 5 minutes later Rudy actually states, “This is not a fraud case”.


Finally, if you listen to the end you will get to hear the judge refer the lawyers to some good restaurants in the area :) [note that you may need to slide the time back to the beginning, it seems to be stuck at one point and when I reset it, it still started there]

The Judge dismissed the lawsuit. You can read the article here:

If you are following along with this, you now also can read the entire 37 page order from the judge. CourtListener has posted it as a PDF file. Easier to link here is the Washington Post article that includes the PDF file in an article form that was easy to read from my chromebook.

If you are keeping track. My prior comment linked to the full document from the judge. The case was appealed to Federal Court. The Federal court dismissed the appeal. “Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here,” said Judge Stephanos Bibas, who was appointed to the court by Trump. Read the 21 page ruling here:

I hope you are following along since you were able to actually hear the entire initial court case which was dismissed. The appeal was dismissed. Now the Pennsylvania Supreme Court UNANIMOUSLY dismissed it with prejudice noting that the GOP petitioners “failed to allege that even a single mail-in ballot was fraudulently cast or counted.”

I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)

Scriptures For Our Current Situation

Of course both you and I love our country. And even more, we love our God and place him before all. And God loves us. Actually, he loved us first (Romans 5:8)! And he sent his only son, Jesus to save us. And save us he did! He did not come to topple the government or even to rise up against it. He did not want to be set up as king or ruler (John 6:15). He settled down in his town, his country just as Jeremiah told God’s people (Jeremiah 29:5).

But I hear some of my friends who look at the situation in our country and are asking, “What are we to do?” And perhaps Scriptures has a key to that question. See what you think. But, remember, God’s Word is alive and God is speaking to us today! And so, let’s take a look at a story taken from the book of Joshua, one that you may or may not remember. So let me tell you what happened in the story in my own words (and, of course, listing the Scriptures themselves).

As you may recall, Moses led God’s people for years and brought them right to the edge of the Promised Land!  But it was Joshua who actually took the people into the Promised Land! Remember how God instructed him to take over the land and expel the people who were living there. God promised that he would be with them in the battles. And those battles were victorious (Joshua 1: 1-11). And even without Facebook and Twitter, word got around to all the other kingdoms about Joshua’s victories. And it is there that we enter the story that I think may be a guide for us today (from Joshua 9 & 10)… for those asking “what are we to do?

The people of Gibeon heard about the battles and were (rightly so) afraid that soon, they too would be conquered as Joshua and his army advanced. But rather than rising up to wage war against Joshua as the other kingdoms were doing (Joshua 9:1-2), Gibeon had a plan … they wanted to get a peace treaty with Joshua, but were afraid that since they were so near to where Joshua was winning his battles that he would not agree to a peace treaty. So, they thought, hmmmm. Maybe if we told him we lived in a very distant territory?! What does Scriptures say about them as they came up with this plan? How does Scriptures refer to the people of Gibeon? I looked at over 30 translations to see what terminology various translators used to describe them and how they were planning to act:

  • cunning
  • craftily
  • deceptively
  • cleverly
  • pretending
  • schemed
  • set out to fool them
  • resorted to a ruse

But, I like how the Easy to Read Version (and other translations as well) puts it:

They decided to try to trick the Israelites.

And, trick them they did! Here is how the New International Version tells about how they set up their clever deception:

They went as a delegation whose donkeys were loaded with worn-out sacks and old wineskins, cracked and mended. They put worn and patched sandals on their feet and wore old clothes. All the bread of their food supply was dry and moldy.

And it worked! When they got there, they placed their request before Joshua:

We are your servants; make a treaty with us.

And Scriptures then tells us that Joshua believed their story about how they came from a great distance, and did indeed sign a peace treaty with them:

Joshua made a treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath.

And so, you may be asking, what does that have to do with us today? Well, you spoke too soon … because that is NOT the end of the story! Just three days later the Israelites found out that the Gibeonites were their next door neighbors! The people grumbled to their leaders about it. But the leaders basically said, what’s done is done… we can’t touch them now! The vote was taken and confirmed. It’s done. It’s over. Trickery or not, we must abide by the law, follow the rules!

And now YOU may be grumbling… but, once again, I have NOT finished the story yet!

As you already know, word gets around quickly. And soon the kings of five other kingdoms near Gibeon banded together and attacked Gibeon. And the Gibeonites felt doomed. But they remembered that they had a treaty with the Israelites, so they quickly sent word to them:

The Gibeonites then sent word to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal: “Do not abandon your servants. Come up to us quickly and save us! Help us, because all the Amorite kings from the hill country have joined forces against us.”

And now what? Gibeon was deceptive and tricked the Israelites into ratifying a peace treaty. So, this now would be the perfect excuse for Israel to get out from it! But that is not what happened. What happened is something that we should take to heart today. Yes, Gibeon tricked the Israelites. Yes, Gibeon was deceptive in their negotiations. Yes, they were clever and cunning and fooled them. However, Joshua was an honorable man, just as we are supposed to be. Scriptures tell us what Joshua did:

Joshua marched up from Gilgal with his entire army, including all the best fighting men.

And yes, Joshua not only honored the agreement that was voted on and passed in their assembly. He then FOUGHT FOR THE GIBEONITES! Yes, he took their side! And since you got this far in the story, you should know that not only was God there with the Israelites in the ensuing battle, but God also intervened by breaking the laws of physics! You might not have remembered the prior story, but perhaps you remember how Scriptures tell us the battle  was fought:

The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. There has never been a day like it before or since.

And now you know the rest of the story! Perhaps it can help guide us through the coming days, weeks, months and years. We are honorable. We love God and God loves us. Once a vote has been counted and certified, it is done, regardless of what we may think about events that led up to it. Let’s acknowledge it, honor it and continue to love God above all.

Read the full account => Joshua chapters 9 and 10

I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)

World War II veteran – timeless words for his son and his country

Another letter – this one is from an American soldier who has been awarded two Purple Hearts, two Silver Stars and a Bronze Star with a “V” for valor as he prepared for battle in Germany on March 11, 1945. It is heart warming and tear forming to read about values that were fundamental to Americans 75 years ago. And note that it was (and IS) OK to acknowledge our God as an integral part of our values and our lives. You can (and should) read the whole letter, but here are a few portions from it that will give you an idea of what you will be reading:

That was his last but most important advice. Other advice included:

But that advice of what to aim for was followed by a warning… a warning to be careful:

Keep Scriptures as your foundation, don’t let your values become distorted, and be kind.

The full letter follows, shared by the son that it was written to, who himself became an Army veteran and former general counsel of the CIA. The full letter is linked from the Washington Post article (which includes the story behind it):

A Gracious President

Perhaps gracious is another form of kindness. It is not hard to be kind. It is not difficult to be gracious. Let’s continue to be kind and gracious to each other as we go through each day. While we might not be a role model to millions as a President of the United States is, yet we should remember that people are watching us. We ARE a role model to them. Let us be a gracious and kind role model!

Election Voter Fraud

All twenty one fraud items presented below come from this official source (make sure to go to their website to see an even more extensive collection of facts and documentation):

I have been an Election Official myself for DECADES. I have read all the manuals in detail. I have been to dozens of training sessions. I have setup everything at a polling location including setting up and testing the voting machines. I have gone through processing absentee ballots. I have registered new voters and registered voters who have moved.  I have been involved in the process that resulted in a vote tally for a polling station. I have delivered the secure ballots and counts to the central location in Madison. So, YES, I have some idea of how an election works. And I can say, that I was very glad to get a source that reviews what people are claiming as fraud, and how there really is virtually none.

Everyone who is concerned with the reports of election and voter fraud, should be sure to get information from the official Homeland Security website for it’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency which has a dedicated section of it’s website referred to as “Rumor Control in the left side panel of the website and as “Protect 2020 Rumor vs. Reality” on the dedicated webpage.

ALSO … here are a few other sources that report on voter and election fraud and irregularities:

  1. Election results facts (Washinton Post with 8 Pulitzer Prize winners in last decade)
  2. Attorney General William Barr found NO fraud that would have altered the results (NY Times with 9 Pulitzer Prizes in last decade)
  3. International Election Observers from Organisation of American States found no significant fraud or irregularities
  4. A Second Group of International Election Observers found no evidence of Fraud
  5. Press Releases and Conferences declare widespread fraud, but court cases typically do NOT allege fraud: Example
  6. Well over 50 settled court cases failed – See extensive listing
  7. Election Officials in EVERY STATE have confirmed no significant fraud (NY Times with 8 Pulitzer Prize winner in last decade)
  8. Correcting Misinformation about Wisconsin’s Election (official news release from the Wisconsin Elections Commission)
  9. How to Steal an Election in Wisconsin (detailed article in the Wisconsin State Journal)
  10. Judges and Lost Court Cases and Lawsuits Explained (Washington Post with 8 Pulitzer Prizer winners in last decade)
  11. An overview of the very few voter fraud cases with details about them (including the fraud cases where a person voted multiple times for Trump)
  12. JOINT STATEMENT FROM ELECTIONS INFRASTRUCTURE GOVERNMENT COORDINATING COUNCIL & THE ELECTION INFRASTRUCTURE SECTOR COORDINATING EXECUTIVE COMMITTEES declares must secure election in our nations history and found “no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised”: Read Their Full Statement
  13. UPDATE: January and February 2021 there were two significant audits of the votes in Maricopa County, Arizona – both found that the votes were counted correctly and accurately. Read about them: AZ Central Report and Fox 10 News Report

Both Newsmax and Fox News have now issued written and online statements stating that there is no evidence of any voter fraud with either Smartmatic or Dominion vote tallying machines and software. Not just “insignificant evidence” … but NONE. You can hear them explain this themselves:

Before jumping into the official Rumor vs Reality highlights, here is the guy that President Trump put in charge of securing the nations election system, Christopher Krebs, a lifelong Republican, speaking with 60 Minutes about why our election was the most secure ever! (13 mins)

You may also read the matching CBS news story => Chris Krebs Explains Why President Trump’s Claims of Election Interference Are False

Next … here are 21 rumors and the conclusions reached by this official election integrity source. If you think this is an extensive list, wait till you see the extensive documentation at the website for in depth facts and details that document how the truth was determined and the conclusion reached for each and every one of these (official website source):

  1.  Reality: Robust safeguards including canvassing and auditing procedures help ensure the accuracy of official election results.
      Rumor: A bad actor could change election results without detection.
  2.  Reality: Voter registration list maintenance and other election integrity measures protect against voting illegally on behalf of deceased individuals.
      Rumor: Votes are being cast on behalf of dead people and these votes are being counted.
  3.  Reality: Variations in vote totals for different contests on the same ballot occur in every election and do not by themselves indicate fraud or issues with voting technology.
      Rumor: More votes in one contest than other contests on the ballot means that results cannot be trusted.
  4.  Reality: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) do not design or audit ballots, which are processes managed by state and local election officials.
      Rumor: DHS or CISA printed paper ballots with security measures and is auditing results as a countermeasure against ballot counterfeiting.
  5.  Reality: Election results reporting may occur more slowly than prior years. This does not indicate there is any problem with the counting process or results. Official results are not certified until all validly cast ballots have been counted, including ballots that are counted after election night.
      Rumor: If results as reported on election night change over the ensuing days or weeks, the process is hacked or compromised, so I can’t trust the results.
  6.  Reality: Provisional ballots are counted in every election regardless of result margins.
      Rumor: Provisional ballots are only counted if there’s a close race.
  7.  Reality: In some circumstances, elections officials are permitted to “duplicate” or otherwise further mark cast ballots to ensure they can be properly counted.
      Rumor: Witnessing election officials marking ballots means that fraudulent voting is taking place.
  8.  Reality: Election night results are not official results.
      Rumor: If election night reporting sites experience an outage, vote counts will be lost or manipulated.
  9.  Reality: A defaced or manipulated election night reporting webpage would not impact counting and certification of official results.
      Rumor: If the election night reporting webpage is defaced or displays incorrect results, the integrity of the election is compromised.
  10.  Reality: Malicious actors can use fake personas and impersonate real accounts.
      Rumor: If a social media account claims an identity, the account must be run by that person or organization.
  11.  Reality: Cyber actors can “spoof” or forge email sender addresses to look like they come from someone else.
      Rumor: I received an election-related email that looks like it came from a certain organization, so the organization must have sent it.
  12.  Reality: Some voter registration data is publicly available.
      Rumor: Someone possessing or posting voter registration data means voter registration databases have been hacked.
  13.  Reality: Online voter registration websites can experience outages for non-malicious reasons.
      Rumor: An online voter registration website experiences an outage and claims are made the election has been compromised.
  14.  Reality: A compromise of a state or local government system does not necessarily mean election infrastructure or the integrity of your vote has been compromised.
      Rumor: If state or local jurisdiction information technology (IT) has been compromised, the election results cannot be trusted.
  15.  Reality: Malicious actors can fake manipulation of voter registration data to spread disinformation.
      Rumor: Videos, images or emails suggesting voter registration information is being manipulated means voters will not be able to vote.
  16.  Reality: Safeguards are in place to prevent home-printed or photocopied mail-in ballots from being counted.
      Rumor: A malicious actor can easily defraud an election by printing and sending in extra mail-in ballots.
  17. Reality: Safeguards are in place to protect against fraudulent voting using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).
      Rumor: A malicious actor can easily defraud an election using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).
  18.  Reality: Election officials provide writing instruments that are approved for marking ballots to all in-person voters using hand-marked paper ballots.
      Rumor: Poll workers gave specific writing instruments, such as Sharpies, only to specific voters to cause their ballots to be rejected.
  19.  Reality: Voters are protected by state and federal law from threats or intimidation at the polls, including from election observers.
      Rumor: Observers in the polling place are permitted to intimidate voters, campaign, and interfere with voting.
  20.  Reality: Safeguards are in place to protect ballot secrecy.
      Rumor: Someone is claiming to know who I voted for.
  21.  Reality: Polling place lookup sites can experience outages for non-malicious reasons.
      Rumor: If polling place lookup sites experience an outage, election infrastructure must have been compromised.

If you have any questions yourself, please email me … I would be happy to reply with what I know about your question from all my personal experience and training in this election process.

I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)

Trusted News Sources

If your assumptions are faulty, your conclusions likely will be as well. You likely have heard that before, but now is the time for you to put it into practice. If your sources of information are flawed, no matter how diligent you are in analyzing them to come up with your own conclusions, they will be flawed as well. That said, some of my friends were wondering how to decide what sources are trustworthy, what sources are truthful.

First, you may wish to have a reputable newspaper as your source and to READ the news rather than WATCH the news (reading it online is easy on your smartphone or computer). This will give you time to actually think about what they are saying and ask yourself if they are writing opinions or commentary, or if they are relating facts to you. You can even pause to Google things that they are referring to! Everyone can have their own opinion, but we need truth to be our guide as to the facts.

With that in mind, I suggest that you read online news from newspapers with Pulitzer Prize winners on their staff. The Pulitzer Prize is a mark of excellence and a good sign that the newspaper has excellence in truthful factual reporting at it’s core. You can refer to who won the Pulitzer Prize for each of the past ten years below (I list the winners of Public Service Reporting, Breaking News, Investigative Reporting, Explanatory Reporting and National Reporting)

First the summary of the eight newspapers/news outlets that received 2 or more Pulitzer Awards in the past ten years (with a link to their website):

  1. New York Times (8 awards) [list of awards won]
    Washington Post
    (8 awards) [list of awards won]

  2. Seattle Times (3 awards)
    ProPublica (3 awards)

    Los Angeles Times (3 awards)
  3. Associated Press (2 awards)
    Wall Street Journal (2 awards)

    Sarasota Herald Tribune (2 awards)

Next, a Year by Year list (with a link to the years list) :

  1. 2020Anchorage Daily News / Courier Journal (Louisville, KY) / New York Times / Washington Post / Seattle Times
  2. 2019South Florida Sun Sentinel / Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Los Angeles Times / New York Times / Wall Street Journal
  3. 2018New York Times (2) / New Yorker / Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, CA) / Washington Post (2) / Arizona Republic / USA Today 
  4. 2017New York Daily News / ProPublica / East Bay Times (Oakland, CA) / Charleston Gazette Mail / Miami Herald / Washington Post
  5. 2016Associated Press / Los Angeles Times / Tampa Bay Times / Sarasota Herald Tribune / ProPublica / Washington Post
  6. 2015Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) / Seattle Times / New York Times / Wall Street Journal / Bloomberg News / Washington Post
  7. 2014Guardian US / Washington Post (2) / Boston Globe / Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO) 
  8. 2013Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) / Denver Post / New York Times (2)
  9. 2012Philadelphia Inquirer / Tuscaloosa News / Associated Press / Seattle Times / New York Times / Huffington Post
  10. 2011Los Angeles Times / Sarasota Herald Tribune / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / ProPublica

FYI … you can see a fairly comprehensive list of all the newspapers that have won Pulitzer Prizes: Wikipedia Article: Pulitzer Prize Winning Newspapers

Side note: Over the years I have found the BBC to be a good news source. They seem to be one of the few remaining fairly neutral news reporting sources! You can find their news reporting articles online as well as video clips of their TV reporting in YouTube and Facebook.

However, if you wish to WATCH the news, my suggestion is to watch a news source that includes Pulitzer Prize winners, such as these from MSNBC (with a link to their online videos):

  1. Deadline: White House with Nicole Wallace (White House Communications Director during the presidency of George W. Bush and in his 2004 re-election campaign as well as a senior advisor for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign) Weekdays 4-6pm ET
  2. The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (an aide to U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Staff Director for the Senate Finance Committee and writer for The West Wing) Weekdays 10pm ET
  3. The Rachel Maddow Show (doctorate in political science from Oxford University) Weekdays 9pm ET

Special Note: Yes, it is true that MSNBC is left leaning in their reporting. That does NOT mean that they are making up their own facts or stories. Most news sources tend to lean to one side or the other, and it is my experience with news from both sides that the left leaning sources tend to be truthful and factual but often will ignore certain news stories that do not fit into their perspective. The right leaning news sources, however, tend to fabricate their own fact or state assumptions or opinion or commentary as if it were factual reporting. That is misleading and deceptive and can even be dangerous. So, I contemplated removing item 2 and 3 in my MSNBC list because they were left leaning – but chose to leave them on the list because they WERE FACTUAL and had high level reputable sources for their news including Pulitzer Prize winners!

Finally … remember that Fox News is not really news. True! There have been several court cases revolving around untruths being aired on Fox News and Fox News themselves admitted in those court cases that they are a commentary and opinion channel and that everyone knows this! (so, they expect YOU to know that they are not a factual news source too!). And, yes, you CAN verify this yourself. Just look at their online contract which in the beginning of the second paragraph specifies that Fox New is Entertainment and not news reporting:

FOX News furnishes the Site and the FOX News Services for your personal enjoyment and entertainment.

And then further in the contract:

FOX News makes no warranty that your use of the FOX News Services will be uninterrupted, timely, secure or error• free or that any information obtained by you on, through or in connection with the FOX News Services or Third Party Services (including but not limited to, through User Content or third party advertisements) will be accurate or reliable.

I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)

[photo used with permission from Digital Buggu]

Trusted Truthful Information 2020

Christian Voting Information:

  1. Mission Impeccable (be kind) (Sep 11, 2020)
  2. To the Vicious: Be Kind (Sep 14, 2020)
  3. Science and Religion (Sep 18, 2020)
  4. What Jesus Said Matters (Sep 22, 2020)
  5. A Moral Christian Man of Faith (Sep 24, 2020)
  6. Jesus and Abortion (Sep 25, 2020)
  7. Pro-Life Dilemma Solution (Sep 26, 2020)
  8. Voting This Election (Oct 1, 2020)
  9. The Christian Voting Command (Oct 4, 2020)
  10. Doing The Right Thing (Others Before Self) (Oct 10, 2020)
  11. Anti-Life is 3rd option with Pro-Life or Pro-Choice (Oct 15, 2020)
  12. Homeless Jesus Statue (Oct 18, 2020)
  13. Don’t Forget What Jesus Did (Oct 25, 2020)
  14. Real Life Proof Godly Behavior Matters (Oct 26 2020)
  15. Journey Behind ONE of the Ten Commandments (Nov 2, 2020)

I personally wrote these articles and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)

Journey behind ONE of the Ten Commandments

Watch the video at the top of this article. Then come along with me on a journey prompted by one of my good friends who had a question revolving around ONE of the ten commandments (thou shalt not murder). I spent hours with God in how to answer him. This is kind of a corollary to two other articles I wrote, “Anti-Life” and “Jesus and Abortion“. Now, if you are a one issue voter, then get out your Bible and let’s do this together as I recount the journey behind the four words which are 10% of the ten commandments.

Lets’s do this in two parts, Exodus and then the Executive Summary in Deuteronomy. Open up your Bible (or Bible App) and start at Exodus chapter 19. That chapter will give a background of what comes next. Exodus 20 is where you see the four words (out of 783,137 words in the King James Version Bible). Verses 3-17 are where the “Ten Commandments” come from, and perhaps you think that is where God wrote them on the two tablets. Not so! The next verse (18) says the people trembled. And the next verse (19) has Moses talking with the people, so at that point, there were no tablets. Verse 21 has Moses approaching God (again). Then keep reading… I had to read 6 more pages in my Bible until I see Exodus 24:4 “And Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord”. But wait … there’s more!

Keep reading. 8 verses later (Exodus 24:12) is where God tells Moses to come to get the stone tablets of the law and commandment (singular). So, Moses goes up the mountain where God’s Glory was!!! And he was there for 40 days! (we get the picture from this to refrain from taking ALL of the ten commandments lightly). And in chapter 25 God begins telling Moses what to tell the people. I had to keep reading 11 more pages in my Bible of everything God was telling Moses to tell the people. Finally Exodus 31:18 says that God gave Moses two tablets “written by the finger of God“.

Meanwhile, Aaron makes the Golden Calf, and when Moses comes down and sees the people doing what seemed right in their own eyes, HE SMASHED THE TABLETS GOD JUST GAVE HIM! (you think there was a problem here? See Exodus 32:19). Now I had to read 3 more pages to get to the point where God asks Moses to cut out two stone tablets like the ones God gave him (that he smashed to pieces). God said he would write on them AGAIN. Now I had to read two more pages in my Bible till I got to the point where it says God “wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments“. OK, are you still with us? This is a bit of work to understand how those initial 4 words actually fit into Scriptures!

Let’s jump over to Deuteronomy (the last of the five books of Moses). The first four chapters are kind of an executive summary of things that have happened. TAKE SPECIAL NOTE of Deuteronomy 4:2 which says “You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you nor take away from it that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God” (you might take this to mean that if you refer to the ten commandments, consider all ten of them and not just one). Not too much further, verse 13 says that God “declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, that is the Ten Commandments, and He wrote them on two tablets of stone.”

Keep reading two more pages (my Bible) until you get to the Star Trek blessing in Deuteronomy 4:40 (click on the link to see it yourself:) But it isn’t until the next chapter that the ten commandments are reiterated! And in verse 22 it says that Moses said to the people that God “wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me.

You can stop now to ponder about those dozens of pages that give meaning to the four words that one issue voters fall back on. Ponder and pray about this, then come back and let’s talk! We can discuss how if we judge a political candidate based solely on ONE of the ten commandments, we minimally have been misled, but likely may be deceived. God did not say that one of the ten commandments was more important than the others, so why not judge a political candidate by the next four commandments? Which of the two main candidates has committed adultery? Which of the two candidates has stolen? Which of the two has insulted others? Which has coveted the wife or goods of a neighbor? God seems to think that these are equally valid questions that we NEED to consider when judging a political candidate.

And, then, consider that Jesus summed them up into just TWO commandments:

  1. Love God
  2. Love Others Before Self

Which of the two candidates best encompass those six words from Jesus? Which of the two behaves and speaks kindly, with compassion and empathy? Those are the requirements from Jesus for anyone who claims to be Christian (as BOTH candidates do).

And, if at this point you still are saying “What about abortion?”, then make sure to watch the video at the top of this article. It explains how to best address that issue, complete with details and statistics!


  1. Anti-Life is the third option to Pro-Life or Pro-Choice
  2. Jesus and Abortion
  3. How Many Words are there in the Bible?

I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)

Real Life Proof Godly Behavior Matters

Real Life Proof that Godly Behavior Matters

When you Do The Right Thing it benefits a community. We now have real life proof that godly behavior matters.

Godly behavior benefits a community!

When you place others before self, results are tangible.

When you place the well being of others before your own, the community benefits.

When you place honoring others rather than yourself, blessings and favor can be seen … literally.

As I related in my article “Voting This Election“, Jeremiah 29:7 includes what seems to be this promise:

  • With peace in the community, YOU will have peace
  • The welfare of the community will be YOUR welfare
  • When the community thrives, YOU will thrive
  • It’s future includes YOUR future
  • If it prospers, YOU will prosper
  • Security in the community will encompass YOUR security
  • If things go well for the community, they will go well for YOU!

This real life results of this promise from Scripture was actually reported in the news. Yes, a New York Times article detailed how doing the right thing (which we know is a godly thing) had tangible benefits for the entire community! Here is how the article begins:

A new study by economists at the University of Kansas has found that counties in the state where residents are obliged to wear masks in public have seen about half as many new coronavirus infections as counties that do not have a mask mandate in force.

The article continues, stating that communities that required wearing face masks to PROTECT OTHERS (placing others before self) reported

  1. fewer cases
  2. fewer hospitalizations
  3. fewer deaths (so godly behavior actually is saving lives in these communities):

The study by the university’s Institute for Policy & Social Research is part of a countrywide trend, experts said. Localities that impose mask mandates often see fewer cases, fewer hospitalizations, fewer deaths or lower test-positivity rates than nearby localities that do not.

The healthcare community is begging usbegging YOU… do the right thing. Wear a face mask whenever you are around others.  Benefits and blessings will result, as evidenced in Kansas.

UPDATE (October 28, 2020): Washington Post reports similar results in Tennessee … that researchers at Vanderbilt University report twice as many hospitalizations in areas that do not have a face mask requirement. [this correlates with the Kansas study]


I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)

Don’t Forget What Jesus Did

Jesus Said, “Love God First; Love Others Before Self”

Forget Fighting for something Jesus didn’t fight for.

Jesus didn’t fight against abortion (murder), though he did stand up against the Pharisees and their hypocrisy.

Forget Focusing on something Jesus didn’t focus on.

Jesus summed up his focus in SEVEN WORDS:

  1. Love God First
  2. Love Others Before Self

Forget Failing to accept the truth if it is not something you want to hear!

Wearing a face mask PROTECTS OTHERS (you may be infected and don’t know it). Since we are to place others before ourselves, it is godly to wear a face mask when around others, so Do The Right Thing! And it also is scientifically accurate as well.

What Jesus Said Matters
What Jesus Did Matters

Remember fighting with compassion

Remember focusing on truth

Remember passing respect onto others

Review the References:

  1. Jesus and Abortion
  2. The Christian Voting Command
  3. Do The Right Thing
  4. Science and Religion
  5. What Jesus Said Matters

I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)

Homeless Jesus Statue

Homeless Jesus Stature outside St. Barnabas church in Ohio

That is not a real person trying to sleep and stay warm on that bench outside St. Barnabas church (and yes, people HAVE contacted authorities requesting help for the person). It is a statue. A very realistic statue. It is ART with a MESSAGE! And I thank CNN for recognizing the importance of it (Refer to the CNN article: A realistic ‘Homeless Jesus’ statue sparks conversation).

Most Americans would instantly recognize the message that homelessness is a problem in our country (not just an “issue”). Christians should further recognize that the message is very Biblical. The group that funded that statue, the non-profit  Community West Foundation, acknowledged that by saying:

The statue is an embodiment of the Gospel passage in Matthew 25:40 — “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

And the CNN article brought a question to my mind! What if just HALF of the nearly $11 Billion (with a B) spent in political campaigns was funneled to help the homeless in our country? I ask this as a serious question! What could $5,500,000,000 do? Yes that is the correct number of zeros. (Refer to CNBC Article) [UPDATE: the political campaign funds total has been upped to nearly 14 Billion now per NY Times article]

And my follow up question (in case you thought my first question was too easy) is this: could using half of their campaign money to help the homeless and hungry actually benefit a candidate’s campaign more than those postcards we get in the mail or the TV ads we ignore? 

And my final question (and some of you might actually know the answer) is this: has any political campaign actually done this already?

I personally wrote this article and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)

Anti-Life is the new 3rd option to Pro-Life or Pro-Choice

Please watch this Nicolle Wallace video segment with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist health policy analyst Laurie Garrett along with Doctor Vin Gupta and Jason Johnson before reading this article. (Nicolle was White House Communications Director during the presidency of George W. Bush and in his 2004 re-election campaign as well as a senior advisor for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign)

After watching that short video clip, you next should take just a couple minutes to read a 5 page short story from 1976 (yes 44 years ago) by my favorite author, Isaac Asimov titled, “The Winnowing”.

Read Online: The Winnowing

It is with a sad heart that I now recognize the third position that the Republican candidate has embraced as reported by many reputable news sources (including Pulitzer Prize winning sources). This new position goes beyond merely Pro-Life or Pro-Choice and is clearly Anti-Life with a proposal that will result in over 1 MILLION (yes that is the correct word) deaths and 200,000,000 COVID infections (yes that is the right number of zeros). Do not be confused by the polite phrases “focused protection” and “compassionate approach” … if implemented it is a death sentence to over a million more Americans and a painful illness to 200 million more Americans and many will have lasting debilitating effects the rest of their lives! The White House embraces the Great Barrington Declaration as The Hill reports:

“The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity, is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk,” the [Great Barrington] declaration reads. “We call this Focused Protection.”

How can purposely allowing 1 million more deaths and 150-200 million MORE people to be infected be considered compassionate? I think a better term is “anti-life” (I just made up that term, but perhaps others will also apply the term to what the Republican candidate is proposing)!  This policy will clearly mark the Republican party as Anti-Life, which goes far far beyond Pro-Choice.

The Republican candidate says this: “Don’t be afraid of Covid.”

The Great Barrington Declaration is not a scientific document. As critics readily point out, it presents no data. It has no footnotes, few specific suggestions for how to implement the societal segregation and, unlike most scientific arguments, does not discuss potential objections to the proposal. Source: Washington Post article:

Proposal to hasten herd immunity to the coronavirus grabs White House attention but appalls top scientists


SIDE NOTE: The online document [Great Barrington Declaration] claims that thousands of doctors and scientists have signed it, as well as hundreds of thousands of people in the general public. Britain’s Sky News reported last week that some of the names are transparently fake, such as “Dr. Johnny Bananas” and “Dr. Person Fakename.

While there are many many news articles about this, including Pulitzer Prize winning sources, perhaps the article by Time Magazine is a good choice for you to read, if you are only going to read one news report. Time is reputable and they published a fairly comprehensive report:

The White House Wants to Achieve Herd Immunity By Letting the Virus Rip. That is Dangerous and Inhumane.


Here are some snippets from the article:

From a public health and ethical viewpoint, the fact that the Great Barrington Declaration is now the Trump administration’s official policy is deeply troubling.


No pandemic has ever been controlled by deliberately letting the infection spread unchecked in the hope that people become immune. We must do all we can to protect people from COVID-19, not let them get infected…


A strategy of going for herd immunity from natural infection would lead to a massive death toll—estimates suggests the result could be somewhere between 1 million to 2.5 million dead Americans. The U.S. health system would buckle under the weight of so many hospitalizations and ICU admissions. With the health system pushed to breaking point by the virus, services for diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease would be disrupted, which could lead to an increase in deaths from these other conditions. And among those who are infected and survive, research suggests that 10% of people at any age may develop a long-term illness, called long-COVID, that appears to affect the lungs, heart, brain and joints, and can be highly debilitating.

And what is absolutely the worst aspect of this “strategy” is that it WON’T WORK! There are many reputable sources for this and I plan on updating this article with the reasons why it won’t work, but I wanted to get this info out NOW while I work on the update!

Do The Right Thing (Others Before Self)

Health Workers PLEAD for Public Cooperation

I don’t think that Jesus gave us the option of sitting at a distance and doing nothing. Jesus didn’t want us to be silent and say NOTHING. Jesus wanted us to say something! And more than that, Jesus wanted us to DO SOMETHING. Jesus wants us to DO THE RIGHT THING!

Christianity revolves around two commands that Jesus said encompass everything! (Matthew 22:36-40)

First … Love God!

Second … Love Others!

Loving others means placing their needs and well-being before our own. In Romans 12:10 Paul even went so far as to imply that we should look at it as a contest to see which of us can best place the needs of others before our own! Of course, Paul was writing in Greek, and his words need to be translated into English. There are a variety of ways of phrasing what Paul said … here are a few translations (which ALL are saying the same thing but with different words):

  • Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. (ESV)
  • Be devoted to one another with mutual love, showing eagerness in honoring one another. (NET)
  • Live in true devotion to one another, loving each other as sisters and brothers. Be first to honor others by putting them first. (Voice)
  • Love each other like brothers and sisters. Give each other more honor than you want for yourselves. (NCV)
  • Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. (NLT)

As Christians, we should not need others to PLEAD with us to do the right thing, as the health workers and medical community are pleading for public cooperation (which they say is as simple as wearing a face mask whenever around others and adhering to the 6 foot social distancing recommendation).  Months ago, our churches should have imprinted face masks for all their congregation to wear when out in the public. Face masks that say “I place your well being before my own“.  Face masks that say, “Others Before Self” or even using the funky urban style messaging: “Others B4 Self“.

Our health workers are PLEADING with us … will any church step up and get masks for EVERYONE in their church to wear … face masks that boldly say WHY they are wearing them? Why? Because they are CHRISTIAN … and that’s what a Christian does … place others well-being before their own (yes, it is proven that face masks work to protect OTHERS – see source => PBS scientific explanation video).  Why not advance the kingdom by advancing the well-being of those around us? Don’t spout off a Bible verse at others while not wearing a mask. Instead, silently serve others and let the face mask speak for itself!

Others Before Self

There are many many many places that can make a custom imprinted face mask for you and your church. I will offer one company as an example, only because I have used their services in the past and found them to be excellent. The company’s name is “4Imprint”. You can call them at 877-446-7746 or visit their website to see their custom imprint face masks available … some even with 24 hour rush shipping! Click => Custom Imprinted Facemasks

Ask your church if they would be willing to give out “Christian! Others Before Self” face masks … and if so please let me know – I WANT ONE TOO! Face masks are NOT a political statement! They are a Christian statement placing others before self!

UPDATE: A few hours after I posted this article, it seemed that I should rethink having the word “Christian” on the face mask.  Perhaps back at the end of February or first week of March it may have been OK. But now our country has seen too much of how various people are behaving that it may come off as arrogant or hypocritical.  So … just having a face mask that says Others Before Self is sufficient, because if anyone  asks you about it, you then have the opportunity to explain why!

I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst) [second image is courtesy of ]

Evangelical Leaders Urge Pro-Life Evangelicals to Vote for Biden

Ronald J. Sider is president emeritus of Evangelicals for Social Action

The election this year is important. While I can’t and won’t tell you who to vote for, I can and will provide information that you should consider while contemplating your vote! This information now includes a statement just released!

Prominent evangelical leaders have just released a statement urging pro-life evangelicals to vote for Joe Biden. They state: “We want to be clear. We mourn abortion and are committed to work to reduce the number of abortions. But three things are important.” and end with, “For these reasons, we believe that on balance, Joe Biden’s policies are more consistent with the biblically shaped ethic of life than those of Donald Trump. Therefore, even as we continue to urge different policies on abortion, we urge evangelicals to elect Joe Biden as president.” The signers include John Huffman, board chair emeritus of Christianity Today; Richard Foster, best-selling author of Celebration of Discipline; Jerushah Duford, Billy Graham’s granddaughter; Brenda Salter McNeil, author, speaker and long-time I VCF leader; John Perkins, founder of the Christian Community Development Association; the two authors of this piece; and a number of former presidents of evangelical universities.

Click => Read the short Christian Post article

I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)

The Christian Voting Command

Jesus said that all Scriptures could be summed up in just two commands, which can clearly be stated in just four words:

  1. Love God
  2. Love Others

When deciding who to vote for, just look at the two main candidates and decide which one of them lives in a way that matches up with these two greatest commands that Jesus gave us (Matthew 22:36-40). Also remember that Scriptures also tell us that it does not matter what someone [a candidate] accomplishes … if they do it…

  1. Without love they are just a NOISY GONG
  2. Without love they are NOTHING
  3. Without love they gain NOTHING

If that (ref: 1Corinthians 13:1-3) is to simple, let’s expand it. If love is the key, just what is love?  Scriptures make it perfectly clear just what love is (ref: 1Corinthians 13:4-7). So you can make a checklist for the candidates on the ballot by using the definition pulled directly from Scriptures and then color in the heart for each line for the candidate who most displays that requirement. The checklist below is mine, yours may have different hearts colored in.

REP DEM Requirement for Love
Is kind
Rejoices in the truth
Is not puffed up
Does not behave rudely
Is not self-serving
Does not dishonor others
Keeps no record of being wronged
Is not easily angered
Is not glad about injustice
Always protects
Always trusts
Always hopes

Now, just vote for the candidate with the most colored in hearts.

Remember that Jesus focused on many issues, not just one. So make sure you do the same. No one issue is ultimately important over all others. (ref: Jesus and Abortion).

The Scripture written in the shape of a heart is used with permission from The Handwritten Bible

BONUS: for more help with viewing this election, refer to this quick list of articles

I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)

Voting this Election

Our Country Needs Compassion, Empathy and Unity – Vote for it!

God seems to want us to be PART of our city, our state, our country.  PART of it.  He didn’t ask us to control it nor to take it over. Look at what God was saying in the book of Jeremiah. HIS people were captives in another country! God did not ask them to revolt, rebel or riot. He did not even ask them to criticize the laws in the country or try to change those laws. Here, see what God is saying:

“The Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says to all those he sent into exile to Babylon from Jerusalem, ‘Build houses and settle down. Plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters. Find wives for your sons and allow your daughters to get married so that they too can have sons and daughters. Grow in number; do not dwindle away. Work to see that the city where I sent you as exiles enjoys peace and prosperity. Pray to the Lord for it. For as it prospers you will prosper.’

“For the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says, ‘Do not let the prophets among you or those who claim to be able to predict the future by divination deceive you. And do not pay any attention to the dreams that you are encouraging them to dream. (Jeremiah 29:4-8 NET)

So, we settle down, build our homes, marry and have children who marry and have our grandchildren. Then we are to work (and PRAY) to see that the city enjoys peace and prosperity. If it prospers, we prosper with it. And be warned… don’t be deceived, and don’t encourage others to tell you about dreams that YOU want to hear. So, now we are ready to work for peace and prosperity in our country (not work to change it to match our morals and standards… those we maintain ourselves).

(1) God is not a Democrat.  God isn’t a Republican either! He is not even for the Constitution Party.

This is clear from Joshua’s encounter just outside of Jericho (and we KNOW that God was planning on taking down it’s walls). But God did not talk to Joshua about THAT DARN ENEMY … He wanted to refocus Joshua on God (who just happens to have his own army).

13 When Joshua was near the town of Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with sword in hand. Joshua went up to him and demanded, “Are you friend or foe?

14 Neither one,” he replied. “I am the commander of the Lord’s army.”

At this, Joshua fell with his face to the ground in reverence. “I am at your command,” Joshua said. “What do you want your servant to do?” (Joshua 5:13-14 NLT)

So, no matter how much we want God to be on OUR side, the fact is that God is on HIS OWN side and we need to ditch our animosity for this or that political party.  This is amplified by Jesus, who came to earth for God’s kingdom! Jesus did not come to be a political leader or to lead the people in fighting to change the laws of the land. We know that this is true. Even his followers were often baffled about it. They wondered why Jesus didn’t rise up and get rid of those Romans! Instead Jesus submitted to them and ALLOWED them to crucify him. And Jesus is our example, our role model. If you need further biblical information about this, here are two good articles:

  1. Life, Hope & Truth article: “It may come as a surprise to many, but Jesus Christ did not involve Himself with the politics of His day.” (source: Article by a pastor in our Southern States)
  2. Blue Letter Bible article: “when we look at the public ministry of Jesus, we find that he avoided any involvement in the current political issues of his day.” (source: Article by the author of over twenty books on the subject of evidences for the Christian faith)

(2) Jesus had a many issues focus (but did get upset with “hypocrites”)

JESUS SAID MANY THINGS (nearly 2,000 statements – source: What Jesus Said Matters). He did confirm many things that we are to NOT be doing, just as he confirmed many things that we SHOULD be doing. He did not have a ONE ISSUE focus. He did not rage about how terrible murder was again and again and again. The two times that he did speak of it, he combined it with other issues of equal concern. We may not like it, but that’s what he did – source: Jesus and Abortion (aka Murder). But there were some things that he DID speak about again and again and again and again.  One was hypocrisy. Did you ever wonder why Jesus did not mince words when confronted by hypocrites?  God must really not like us to say one thing and do another!  Thus this point 2 seems directly related to the previous point 1 … if we tell God that we agree with him that HE has the army and the other party is NOT our foe … then, think about it, if we are ACTING like there is only one godly party, are we being hypocrites ourselves? (and, boy, I have to try hard with this myself). Here are just a two of the 40 statements Jesus made about hypocrites:

[Jesus speaking to the leaders:] You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. (Matthew 15:7-8 NLT)


[Jesus speaking to the leaders] “Woe to you, experts in the law and you Pharisees, hypocrites! You give a tenth of mint, dill, and cumin, yet you neglect what is more important in the law — justice, mercy, and faithfulness! You should have done these things without neglecting the others. (Matthew 23:23 NET)

Yes, this applies directly to what the Republican Presidential candidate is doing. Four years ago the Republican party REFUSED to fill a vacated Supreme Court seat because it was too close to the election … and at that time it was over 37 weeks until the election. They did this because they did not want the Democrats to choose the Supreme Court Justice! Now … right now as I write this … just 5 weeks before the election when people have already begun to cast their ballots (via absentee) the same Republican party wants to fill the new vacant Supreme Court seat QUICKLY. And in the 1st Presidential debate the Republican candidate actually admitted that he was doing this so that the new judge would be there in case there were election issues to be decided! Across newspapers, magazines and websites the Republican party Senators have been called hypocrites, just as Jesus called the leaders in his time hypocrites! (Summary of what each Republican Senator had to say about filling a Supreme Court seat during an election year – PBS Source) So, something extremely biblical is unfolding before our eyes as stated in Judges 17:6 and Judges 21:25everyone did whatever seemed right in his own eyes. [yeah, this is not godly, but it is Biblical in that Scriptures went out of the way to point out this failing]. And Jesus did not mince words about the leaders of his time either! He called them Hypocrites! Yes, Jesus said, “You hypocrites!” (Matthew 23:27 and Matthew 15:7)

The Washington Post (with six Pulitzer Prize winners) had this September 19, 2020 report: “The last 70 years, a Supreme Court justice was not confirmed in the final year of a president’s term,” preached the future Fox host [Laura Ingraham], then a frequent guest on “Hannity.” She fretted that it “doesn’t matter” to left-leaning partisans. This was lofty-sounding but wrong: To pick just one of many examples to the contrary, the Democratic-controlled Senate unanimously confirmed President Ronald Reagan’s nomination of Anthony M. Kennedy in early 1988, an election year.

(3) As Christians we should be living by this.

It should be our walk as we walk the talk. But we should not expect others who are not Christians to be living by OUR rules! We should not be imposing our Christianity upon non-Christians as a point of the LAW of the land (source: United States Constitution First Amendment on the Congress website). Yes, we can hope that through our words and actions (if we are walking the talk) they might see that Christianity is a good thing and might ask us about it.  So, maybe that is why Jesus was so riled up over hypocrisy … others around the hypocrites were expecting to see a GODLY person … but were NOT actually seeing a godly person when they were doing whatever seemed right in their own eyes! However, those around these hypocrites often think that is how Christians behave, thus they were giving God a bad name! Scriptures make this perfectly clear when Paul wrote 1 Corithians! Here is the passage that I will end with:

I wrote you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people. 10 In no way did I mean the immoral people of this world, or the greedy and swindlers and idolaters, since you would then have to go out of the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who calls himself a Christian who is sexually immoral, or greedy, or an idolater, or verbally abusive, or a drunkard, or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person. 12 For what do I have to do with judging those outside? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 But God will judge those outside. Remove the evil person from among you. (1Corinthians 5:9-13 NET)

After watching the 1st Presidential debate, I was embarrassed … embarrassed for our country. The Republican candidate was  verbally abusive!  He abused the moderator. He abused his opponent. He abused US… those he is supposed to protect! Sexually immoral: four years ago a video was released that showed him openly speaking about groping and kissing women without their consent (NPR Access Hollywood 2005 Video Source). Greedy: he loves to brag about his riches, his empire. And he is accused of swindling and cheating. He brags about paying nothing in Federal taxes at the same time as the IRS has been constantly auditing him for years! And now that the New York Times has his tax returns they have confirmed that either he is one of the worst businessmen in the country or he is lying about all the millions of dollars that his companies have lost (which gave him tax deductions dropping his taxes down to $0 zero! In the 1st Presidential debate he called anyone in this country who paid their taxes without using every last loophole STUPID. For years I had a tax accountant do my taxes and my instructions to him were simple … no loopholes and no trying to cut taxes for anything at all questionable. I paid my taxes. I paid six times as much federal tax as the Republican candidate paid in 2016 and 2017 (when he paid just $750 each year – source: New York Times). The Scripture we just read together tells us that if he calls himself a Christian then we ARE to judge him. Not only that … we ARE TO REMOVE HIM FROM AMONG us.

There are many more reasons that a Christian should take pause before voting this year. God is not a Republican nor Democrat. Jesus did not have a one issue focus, but he did get rather upset with hypocrites. And we are to remove from among us anyone who is verbally abusive, sexually immoral, greedy and a swindler. I have tried to be extremely accurate in how I see some of the issues that a Christian would consider. Please let me know if you see flaws in what I wrote.

I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)

The Pro-Life Dilemma Solution

Whether you are conservative, moderate, or liberal (yes there ARE pro-life liberals) you may find yourself in a bit of a dilemma for this election. You want to vote pro-life, but the Republican candidate is someone you can’t vote for in good conscience.

Solution 1 (which many are considering) is to NOT vote at all.

Solution 2 is better. Vote for a pro-life candidate in the Constitution Party (which I have done at times in the past).

I think any pro-life voter will be THRILLED with the Constitution Party! Really, I am not joking! On the very front page of their platform is SANCTITY OF LIFE. It is extensive and includes this:

The pre-born child, whose life begins at fertilization, is a human being created in God’s image. The first duty of the law is to prevent the shedding of innocent blood. It is, therefore, the duty of all civil governments to secure and to safeguard the lives of the pre-born.

Yes, you CAN vote for the Constitution Party candidate (Don Blankenship). It is NOT a write-in vote!  And it is MUCH better than not voting at all! Hopefully this gives you another alternative to this election in addition to Republican, Democrat or NOT VOTING!

Resources and Info:

  1. National Constitutional Party platform (14 page pdf) – take note of the front page
  2. Wisconsin Constitutional Party platform (webpage with clickable Table of Contents) – click on Sanctity of Life
  3. The Gospel Coalition review (summary of Constitution Party platform for Christians) – scroll down to Bioethics and Family issues
  4. The Gospel Coalition (About them & who they are & what they stand for) – a fellowship of evangelical churches

I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)

Jesus and Abortion (aka Murder)

Yes, abortion is terrible. I used to be a one issue voter myself and that was the issue! But then my eyes were opened and I could see more clearly (like scales fell off – source). Over the years it became clearly obvious that there are MANY MANY issues before us in this world, this country, this state, even just in my city! How could I have been deceived into thinking that just one issue was all that mattered, especially since Honoring and Glorifying God would of course be THE one issue, if there could only be one!


Over the past few weeks I remembered that Jesus is the way (see article by Steve Wiersum – photo above). What Jesus said matters. And I had thought that of course he was totally against abortion and it was number one on His list too! But I started going through Scriptures (starting in the gospel of Matthew) and looking at each statement Jesus made – categorizing it into one or two words (if possible). I did quite a few chapters of this and it wasn’t long before I realized that this project would take me months, if not years! (source) And then I discovered that someone else had already done what I had set out to do myself! So, I posted what I had done so far myself (What Jesus Said Matters) and ordered the book (The Greatest Words Ever Spoken; Everything Jesus Said About You, Your Life, and Everything Else). The book was great! It categorized the nearly 2,000 statements of Jesus into about 200 topics. The Table of Contents basically was a list of those topics, so one of the first things I did was to type out the Table of Contents so that I could search it for a topic that came to mind to let me quickly see what Jesus had to say about that topic! Then I posted it to help others decide if they wanted to buy the book – and then to help them search it just as easily – source).

Now … what I found was that Jesus never mentioned abortion or implied anything about it in any of his nearly 2,000 statements. Never. Does that mean he thought it was OK? As Paul said in Romans 3:4 and Romans 6:15, “Absolutely not“! But what about “murder” (if you equate abortion with murder). Surely Jesus had plenty to say about murder! Well … actually not. There were 36 topics that Jesus spoke about at least TWENTY TIMES. Murder was not one of those 36 … [however hypocrisy WAS!] So … how many times did Jesus talk about murder then? 15? 12? 10? 7? 4? 3? 2? Yes … TWICEand each time it was combined with other evils (thus we know that Jesus was not focusing on just one issue even when talking about murder). Once he spoke of murder in order to compare it to ANGER (which Jesus said was just as bad – Source). Jesus said these two things were subject to judgment (translations typically use the English word “murder”, but the other Greek word has a variety of translations, mostly revolving around “murder”):

  1. Murder, kill, slay – source
  2. Anger, harbors malice, enmity of heart, nurses anger against, lightly angry with his brother, angry with his brother without a cause, only angry even in your own home, angry with another believer, angry with a brother or sister, hold anger in your heart toward a fellow believer, angry with his brother unadvisedly, angry with his brother without have a good reason, wroth to his brother – source

The other time he was speaking of the things that make a man unclean, defiled, dishonored, contaminated, wrong, unacceptable to God, polluted, unholy or dirty (see Source – dozens of translations). And what were the SEVEN things that defile a man, making him unclean? (each of the seven includes the various ways the Greek word is translated – see Source)

  1. Evil thoughts, intentions, ideas
  2. Murder, killing, manslayings
  3. Adultery, unfaithfulness in marriage, sex sins of a married person, breaking of wedlock
  4. Sexual immorality, fornication, sexual vice, sexual sins, vulgar deeds, doing immoral things, lust, unchastity, sex sins of a person not married, whoredom, whoring
  5. Theft, stealing, robbing
  6. False testimony, false witness, lies, telling lies, lying, perjury, telling lies about others,
  7. Slander, blasphemies, railings, irreverent speech, insults, insulting others, insulting people, speaking evil of others, cursing come from within, saying bad things against other people, abusive speech, cussing, speaking against God, saying wrong things about people, evil speakings

I suggest using those two lists (of EIGHT things) when referring to someone or some group of people as evil, since Jesus lumped together all eight things in the two statements that include murder. Lying is right there, just as bad as Murder. So is stealing, speaking badly about others and even just evil thoughts, intentions or ideas! If this is hard to believe, I suggest praying that God would bring understanding to you. Pray that God would show you the meaning of these and other Scriptures.

UPDATE October 20, 2020: The website Holy Post has a rather in depth look at the “voting issue” of abortion. They posted a video about as well as a transcript. I think the transcript is far better because you can actually LOOK at it carefully! See for yourself => Abortion Video Transcript with Citations

HOWEVER … that said … the VIDEO is not very long but extremely well done. It explains things so well that my eyes were “glued to the screen” (so to speak). Take a look at the video now:

I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)

A Moral Christian Man of Faith

If you are a Christian, take care how you treat and speak about fellow Christians – your brothers and sisters. While I won’t cause divisions saying who to vote for, I can present some facts that you should consider and the first is of the two main candidates, which candidate has a solid faith, shows it, embraces it and weaves it into his everyday life??? Which of the candidates attends church regularly?

Of the two candidates I was able to confirm from many sources that Joe Biden is a Catholic (as was John F Kennedy – source) who not only attends church regularly, but makes his faith part of his every day life. CNN refers to Joe Biden as a Man of Faith (see preceding photo – source). Christianity Today reports that he has “an authentic faith” (source).

However, I am unable to say that about the other candidate. The church that he specified as his church said that he was not an active member and how he speaks and acts every day does not seem to match up with a  solid Christian life, but I can’t judge one way or the other.

However, I find it inappropriate for Christians to mock and make fun of Joe Biden with wild claims that he doesn’t believe the Bible or go to church or other nonsense. I hope that none of you are repeating such untruths about your brother in Christ, though I can see where you might have gotten this misinformation. The Religion News Service reports on claims made on August 6, 2020 by the opposing candidate: “If Biden were to become president, Trump said, there would be “no religion, no anything.” He claimed Biden would “hurt the Bible” and “hurt God.” Trump asserted that Biden was “against God.” ” That article (source), written four days later by a White House Staffer who knew and worked with Biden, continues with this:

As a White House staffer, I had the opportunity to see Vice President Biden up close. Trump’s assertions could not be more wrong. With these remarks, Trump has demonstrated once again that he doesn’t tell the truth and doesn’t understand faith, religion’s role in American public life, or Joe Biden.

After quite a bit of research, I can provide some facts and background to counter the lies that his opponent is spreading. This is from a September 20, 2020 NPR article (source):

When Joe Biden seeks to inspire or comfort, he turns to his faith. His speeches are woven with references to God, biblical language or the pope.

On Monday, the Democratic presidential nominee spoke to the faith-based anti-poverty group the Poor People’s Campaign, and described the United States under President Trump as a “nation in the wilderness.”

“All of you remind me of how Scripture describes a calling born out of the wilderness,” Biden told the virtual audience. “A calling to serve, not to be served. A calling toward justice, healing, hope — not hate. To speak the good news, and followed by some good deeds. It’s not just enough to speak the good news, but good deeds.”

This wasn’t a one-off religious reference; this is how Biden routinely speaks.

On August 31, The Independent had this to say about Joe Biden (source):

Joe Biden’s faith is at the core of who he is; he’s lived it with dignity his entire life, and it’s been a source of strength and comfort in times of extreme hardship

This is in contrast with the opposing candidate who cleared away peaceful protesters from in front of a church for a photo op holding up the Bible. On June 1, 2020, NPR reported on this incident and comments from the Episcopal bishop with responsibilities for that church (source):

“There was no reaching out, no sense that it would require some sort of authorization before using the church as a backdrop in that way,” said the Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Episcopal bishop of Washington, with oversight responsibilities for the church. When the president held up the Bible, without praying or quoting a verse appropriate for the moment, Budde was further incensed. “It almost looked like a prop,” she told NPR. “That is the most sacred text of the Judeo-Christian tradition. It speaks messages of love, of God, love of neighbor. I was outraged that he felt that he had the license to do that, and that he would abuse our sacred symbols and our sacred space in that way.”

On August 10, 2020, the Religion News Service published an article about Joe Biden written by a White House staffer who worked with him and knew him well. The article includes this (source):

It’s what we Baptists call walking the talk. Biden speaks readily and movingly about his personal faith, including the duty to love one’s neighbor. But even more importantly, he lives out his faith on a daily basis. Biden is also a regular churchgoer. Even when Vice President Biden was on the road during the Obama-Biden administration, he would quietly find a church to attend. His focus was on worshipping, not on being seen doing so.

Conclusion: you may choose who you wish to vote for, but if you wish to vote for a solid Christian, I hope that what few references I have listed mean something to you!

Also Read these great articles FROM THE OTHER SIDE!

  1. ADDED: Our Vote Should Be Based On Our Values (written by Jenn Able – a Suburban Christian Mom)
  2. I Can’t Vote For Trump – The Bible Tells Me So (written by Chris Kratzer – a Christian Pastor of 20 years)
  3. Good People Aren’t Voting For Him A Second Time (written by John Pavlovitz)
  4. I Have Felt a Heaviness in my Soul Lately (click to view the top pinned post) (written by Jenn Able – a Suburban Christian Mom)
  5. Why a Woman of Faith supports Biden (written by Nadia Bolz-Weber)
  6. Catholics Should Vote Their Conscience (video of Father James Martin, a Catholic Priest, with documentations – no candidate is endorsed and there are MANY issues)


  1. Not Our Faith
  2. Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden

References and Sources:

NPR Article (Sept 20 2020): 

Religion News Service article (August 10 2020):

Wikipedia article on Presidents of the United States Religion: 

The Independent article (August 31, 2020): 

NPR article (June 1, 2020): 

CNN article (July 18, 2020): 

Christianity Today article (August 17, 2020): 

I personally collected sources and wrote this article and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)

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