Religious perspective: where is the hope?

If you’ve been reading my columns for a while (it’s been over 10 years now), you might think I’m the doomsday prophet, as I tend to talk about the hopeless, downward spiral of the direction the current events, and I attempt to offer the only hope I see for humanity.

A trio of bills before our California legislature come to mind this week. Senate Bill 107, introduced by Scott Weiner, brought in to protect transgender youth, their families, and healthcare providers who come to California seeking medical treatment to change their God-given sex.

Then there’s Senate Bill 2223 submitted by Buffy Wicks of Oakland, dubbed the California Infanticide Bill, allowing life to be terminated up to one month after birth.

To have the equivalent of Auschwitz in most major cities in our state should bring grief and shame to anyone with a conscience, knowing that abortion clinics are simply death camps for babies. By the way, this bill has passed.

Now there is Assembly Bill 2098, once again brought forward by our Democratic leaders, which would allow them to revoke the licenses of doctors and medical practitioners who do not tell their patients what they are told. told to tell them about the Covid-19. They are not allowed to express an opinion, whether supported by science or logic. The constitutional right to free speech will ultimately be revoked by those in power.

You may ask, how is this even possible? The answer, believe it or not, is in the Bible. Let me quote 1 Corinthians 6:4-5: “If therefore you have courts which deal with the affairs of this life, do you appoint them as judges which do not count in the church? I say this to your shame. Is it so that there is not a single wise man among you who can decide between his brothers?

Yes, we should be ashamed. We elected people who don’t count in the church. They don’t believe in God and they don’t follow the laws he laid down for us in his word. He tells us that we sow our seed to the wind and are about to reap the storm.

Where has all this godless leadership got us? We are now paying the highest prices in the country for gasoline because the tax money we approved was not used to fix our roads, which are the worst in the country. The past two years have been the hardest to get medical attention at any time in recent history, and now they want to make things worse by getting rid of some doctors. So what about unreliable electricity at the highest price, the inability to provide simple and adequate drinking water and safe cities?

I could go on and on, but why not stop and ask, what can I do? As a pastor, and one who, with Jesus, desires that no one should perish, I say this: Seek Jesus first, then vote for people who respond to God.

Reverend Noel Reese is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Rio Vista. He can be reached at

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