- Economy –
It’s pretty counterintuitive that people are saying that Trump had a bad economy because he had the lowest unemployment rate. Also, President Trump had the best stock market in his four years as President of The United States of America. The unemployment rate has dropped steadily from its peak of 10% in late 2009. Over the past 10 years it has fallen to 3.6% and has been bounced between 3.5% and 3.7% over the past nine months. During Trump’s three years in office, it has fallen 1.2% and the decrease was essentially a continuation from the Great Recession’s recovery. Trump’s historic employment rate for black Americans. Even during his three years as president he created more jobs than any sitting president has done in his first three years in office. That’s why Donald J. Trump is the best president when it comes down to the business and how to create jobs for the country.
It’s pretty counterintuitive that people are saying Euthanasia is right because they are wrong. First let us begin by stating that death has been and always will be a great enemy to humankind. It is for this very reason that St Paul, in the book 1 Corinthians chapter 15 verse 26 speaks of death as “the last enemy”. However, let’s be clear, although death is an enemy, as Christians we do not fear death, and we NEVER bring it upon ourselves without a divine purpose. Now in the case of Euthanasia, what people often fear is not death itself, but the process leading to death – the pain, the suffering, the estrangement from all that makes life worth living. Therefore, people often will hurry the process of a “quick and easy” death and somehow consider this to be the more honorable way to end one’s life. We will speak to this point of honor in just a minute. For now, let us focus on this idea of death being something that we fight against, we do not welcome it although it is inevitable. Ironically the word Euthanasia comes from two Greek words – the Prefix “EU” meaning good or happy and “Thanatos” meaning death. A good-death for the Christian is therefore not one where his/her last decision as human being, created in the image of God, actively accelerates the process of death. Rather a good death is one where we can say with St Paul “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”. And this, until the very last breath that God has granted me. To better understand what death represents to the Christian, let’s read together from the book of Wisdom chapter 1 verses 12 to 16: “12 Do not invite death by the error of your life, nor bring on destruction by the works of your hands;13 because God did not make death, and he does not delight in the death of the living.14 For he created all things that they might exist, and the generative forces of the world are wholesome, and there is no destructive poison in them; and the dominion of Hades is not on earth.” (Wisdom 1: 12-14). This passage reveals to us that the purpose of our lives in God is to live! Christ Himself says “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) The resurrection Hymn chanted in all Orthodox Churches boldly proclaims, “Christ is Risen from the dead, trampling down death, by death.” Now although our physical death is inevitable, through the Incarnation and the life-giving Sacrifice of our Lord, death itself has lost its sting. Physical death, rather than being a gateway to an eternal death, can now become a gateway to eternal glory. Again, my beloved, we do not ever hasten death as it is totally foreign to what God has created us to be.
It is equally important to note that all life belongs to God. In the prayer of reconciliation written by St Severus of Antioch, found in the Liturgy of Cyril, we call God “the author of life”. Now as He is the author of life, we as Christians leave it to Him to will both the beginning and the end of every life. No other being has the right or authority to take on God’s role – even if they erroneously believe that their life belongs to them alone! After all, scripture testifies that the Lord Himself says in Ezekiel 18:4 “Behold, all souls are mine”.
3. Gun Regulation-
It seems counterintuitive that a mentally ill person can be rejected from school, but is able to purchase a gun and ammunition and hurt innocent people is not right and should be stopped before it gets out of hand. They should do background checks to make sure that they are eligible to get a gun in the state in which they reside. More government regulation will prevent people from buying a gun illegally without a permit to buy a gun. Even if the guns were harder to buy then it’ll prevent mass shootings in the future.