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Pastor tells local Republican women to trust in God, despite election outcome

Sunday, December 9, 2012

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Gary Brothers
A Cape Girardeau pastor told members of the Cape Girardeau County Republican Women's Club during a Friday luncheon to trust in God's plan, even after their candidate had lost a presidential election.

The Rev. Gary Brothers, senior pastor at Cape First, addressed nearly 25 people about overcoming despondency and depression that seems to be affecting the Republican Party in the wake of Mitt Romney losing the 2012 presidential election to Barack Obama.

"We've had candidates lose before, but it seems this time it's worse," the Rev. Brothers said. "Getting back on our feet seems like a lost cause to many of us."

Brothers said he is a registered Republican, chiefly because of the GOP's platform and values.

"I have to meter what I say away from the pulpit, but I was the first in my family to come out as a Republican," he told club members.

Brothers said he has heard some people say God didn't show up in the last election, a notion he rejects.

"Some people actually said God didn't do his part," he said. "God is never behind. He's always ahead. For us to understand how he works, we must know that he works through the impossible. He enjoys coming from behind."

The pastor added that it is important to keep the Obama administration in proper perspective.

"I don't view the president and the members of his team as the 'evildoers' some believe them to be. You can't judge what's in a person's heart, but you can judge their actions. All of us have that right."

When asked if he also preached a Republican gospel, Brothers said that's not how he runs his church.

"I don't do that in the pulpit," he said. "We have both sides of the debate represented in my congregation, but most everyone there knows my leanings."

Women's club president Holly Lintner said the meeting was a shot in the arm for those present.

"I think he served his purpose," Lintner said. "We all needed to be fed spiritually today. Pastor Brother's words were of inspiration and direction."

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Looks like God picked the party for president that He thought would help the poor and struggling more than the wealthy. It can't always be about abortion you know.

These "God-fearing" republicans don't want to allow abortion in any way, but then they do not want to do a thing to help feed and cloth these poor kids once they are born.

So, Brother Brothers, stop preaching your fear tactics and keep your pulpit out of politics. Unless, of course, you want your church to start paying their fair share of taxes for your sermons

-- Posted by grandma73 on Fri, Dec 7, 2012, at 5:27 PM

IMHO Any individual who uses "God" to fit his or her agenda, has no flipping clue what "God" is really all about.

"God" has no place in US politics.

-- Posted by huntress2 on Fri, Dec 7, 2012, at 5:35 PM

One lie for sure he told in this article is that he is a registered republican. We don't register our party preference in Missouri. Grandma73 and query have hit the nail on the head. Couldn't have said it better myself.

-- Posted by left turn on Fri, Dec 7, 2012, at 5:42 PM

How is this possibly newsworthy?

-- Posted by mayeaux02 on Fri, Dec 7, 2012, at 6:09 PM

Um, he specifically pointed out that he doesn't preach politics from the pulpit. Also, believing that the Democrats care about the poor is as misguided as believing that the Republicans are going to stop abortion. If somebody is corrupt enough to be elected president, you can be sure that they will be taking care of the rich people that got them there. I think both parties are pretty much worthless, but I'm liberal enough to not immediately judge a person just because their politics are different than mine. I thought you Democrats were supposed to be tolerant, too, but apparently you're not.

-- Posted by sgodwin23 on Fri, Dec 7, 2012, at 7:08 PM

Unbelieveable!!! Get over yourselves!! How much time was spent on how your Republician Senate voted down the veteran disabilities treaty this week, was it even mentioned??? You people need a "do-over".

-- Posted by whathappenedhere on Fri, Dec 7, 2012, at 7:21 PM

"God is never behind......He enjoys coming from behind."

If you can not make a simple analogy make sense, I can't help but feel loyalty would be misplaced in you.

-- Posted by EarlGreyLee on Fri, Dec 7, 2012, at 7:56 PM

They voted down the treaty because it would have given the united nations a say. Do you really want that?

-- Posted by scared of the future on Fri, Dec 7, 2012, at 10:22 PM

Wow, what stunning ignorance.

Study after study shows that Conservatives and Republicans give mountains more time and money to the poor and needy than the oh-so tolerant and caring Democrats Communists.

Your president and vice president barely give 1% of their income to help the poor and needy (until it can be scrutinized when running for president), but are happy to raise taxes on others to make them pay what they (Pres and VP) aren't willing to give. Of course most of the taxation goes to pay for more and more government employees getting 50% more than the average earner.

I don't want to get off on a rant here...

But, why would you godless liberals Communists care. Your president's entire campaign is about envy, greed, sloth, gluttony, and lust! 5 out of 7 ain't bad!

What can I take from the evil rich?!?! They make so much more! I should have some of that! Gimme $3000 free birth control. Gimme free lunch. Gimme free phones. Gimme gimme gimme. Have some cheese with that whine.

JFK is rolling over in his grave at the 'me' generation of the Democrat Communists. John F Kennedy, who used to be your favorite Democrat, knew that smaller government, lower taxes, and freer people where the trinity of ideals that lead to more prosperity! Your party completely abandoned his ideals and his most famous quote... ...and now looks for what the government can do for me, me, me.

We PROUDLY fight for the weakest among us that you hypocrites fight to kill. It's outrageous. The 'caring' party of the Democrat Communists will go to every possible length to save a River Smelt in California (in the process killing 1000's of jobs)... ...but save an unborn human baby?!?! Hell No!

Save the fish; kill that baby. Save the sociopath murderer; kill that baby. Save the Eagles; kill that baby. Save the glaciers; kill that baby. Save the otters; kill that baby! Single cell life on Mars; kill that baby!

Like Coulter said, 'I notice none of you have offered to have yourselves aborted'... ...well until Obama's HHS Death Panel (IPAB) gets their hands on you.

It's no wonder that you mock Christianity and God because at every step you are anti-Christ and anti-God. Look at the 10 Commandments, and you fight to undo each and every one of them. Look at the Bill of Rights; you fight to undo each and every one of them. It astounds me that anyone who considers themselves a Christian could ever vote for a baby-killing Democrat, but clearly they do.

It's a sad state of affairs on your side of the world. I will proudly keep fighting to educate voters... ...while you keep fighting to keep them ignorant! And, yes, stopping the murder of unborn human babies will be front and center!

I do agree with you communists on one thing! I would LOVE to see everyone start paying their fair share of taxes... ...starting with the 47% who pay NO TAXES.

/rant-off

-- Posted by bbollmann on Fri, Dec 7, 2012, at 11:05 PM

grandma why don't the parents of these poor kids DO THEIR FAIR SHARE and support their own kids instead of wanting someone to do it for them

-- Posted by crazyhorse on Fri, Dec 7, 2012, at 11:42 PM

Show me a President who can make abortions illegal and I'll show you a picture of yourself riding a unicorn on the moon.

-- Posted by NoDisclosure on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 1:27 AM

when will cape giradeau realise that the world is not consevative. I love cape and the area but pushimg politics and God together is wrong. Cape needs to wake up and see the other side of the world not just the tiny bubble it lives in.

-- Posted by debbyc on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 3:08 AM

How can democrats sit in the congregation, same situation with Jerry Falwell.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 6:10 AM

Funny debbye, we DO realize that the world has left God and Conservatism. Sadly, like you, most don't realize that IS the reason we're headed towards hell in a hand-basket.

God teaches not to murder; your side murders.

God teaches not to steal; your side steals.

God teaches not to envy; your side uses envy to gain power... ...and steal

God teaches not to philander (adultery); your side makes TV shows about it

On and on and on.

Why didn't God send people to fix all these problems and find better ways to do things? He did; you aborted them.

And you Democrat communists act like this hasn't been tried before?!?! It's been done all over the globe and has failed everywhere it's been tried usually including the murder of millions of people.

Quick history lesson:

Nazi = National SOCIALISTS

-- Posted by bbollmann on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 6:42 AM

I have read some of the comments on here. There is no doubt we have a divided Nation. Reality is we have never recovered from the attack upon us on September 11, 2001. That changed all of our lives forever that tragic day in our history. Since we have been in this century we all have witnessed disaster after disaster, tragic event after tragic event. This century up to this point has not been good to none of us. We have been in a depression/recession since December of 2007 and we could very well go in to a full blown depression if all of us don't get our act together. Both parties have did there fair share of spending in the past twelve years and now the invoice is due and we cannot pay it instead want to borrow more and spend more. We have more going out then we have coming in and many people have got to understand that instead of worrying about me or it is all about me. The past Presidents that are no longer with us today would not believe the condition this country is in, many of those great leaders would say "people how in the world did you let your country get this way". If we want to survive and leave this country to our kids and grand kids we better start working together and hammering out our differences for the betterment of our country not just a few of us but all of us "We The People". The fighting, name calling red State, blue State, purple State conservative/liberal crap that we hear today must stop and all meet in the middle for the betterment of the country as a whole.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 6:47 AM

Brothers has a bigger issue to worry about. If the Supreme Court rules same sex marriages are legal, he may have to perform them or lose the church's tax exempt status.

-- Posted by Yankee Station on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 7:03 AM

bbollmann,

Thank you!!

-- Posted by arrestthem on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 7:21 AM

Bboll,

I don't think your rants and teardowns of Democrats(true or not) is a way to bring more people to the conservative movement.

-- Posted by gazza33 on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 7:22 AM

Right on Gary!!

-- Posted by Vwwvwv on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 7:30 AM

Like it or not, the election put the shoe on the other foot.

-- Posted by Yankee Station on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 7:59 AM

Way to go Rev. Brothers!! But God did not fail in the election. We as a country failed God. We as a majority failed to stand up for what is right and just. We as individuals help the poor, the lame, the weak; we do not as a government have to help everyone in every situation. It takes away the incentive to do better. Our family would have qualified for free or reduced school lunches but we had too much pride in ourselves to take it and paid for them ourselves. We did without other things. Did it hurt us. No. It made us stronger in the long run and something we can be proud of the rest of our lives. RE: the government requiring churches to "marry" same sex couples--what happened to the separation of church and state and freedom of religion. This is getting out of hand!!

-- Posted by whoknows? on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 8:05 AM

Hey bollman, grab some decaf bud. Why did God allow Obama to win if God has so much to do with it and Obama is so bad. Answer that, please.

-- Posted by left turn on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 8:58 AM

I guess Gary is the only one entitled to an opinion.

-- Posted by Yankee Station on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 9:01 AM

He has his right to free speech...in public....now take away his church tax exemption !

-- Posted by CB1 on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 10:27 AM

Conserve our future, the bible says, thou shall not kill. Abortion is killing. The bible also talks about gays. Guess you don't have the same bible I do. I believe Bro. gary will stand up for his beliefs and not marry gays. That's what you liberals do, try to cram your lack of morals on the rest of us.

-- Posted by scared of the future on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 10:43 AM

whoknows? Really? Did you not read the artical before posting, Mr. Brothers is NOT separating church and state all the while enjoying those tax exempt breaks from behind the pulpit. The best part about this story (and I agree, not news worthy) was the fact there were only 25 in attendance.

-- Posted by whathappenedhere on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 11:18 AM

I want to post on the obnoxious and frankly insulting comments by dexterite1. You are so full of **** and ignorance. Do you really understand the difference between national socialist (NAZI), socialism (a kinder way maybe)and communism (which was actually an olicharcy). Look them up in the dictionary if you don't understand. National socialism is facism and in no way to be confused with socialism. Maybe you should get an education before you comment.

God taught us all those things. I don't believe in God, but I adhere to the values stated and never insult or comment on other people's belief. I've never seen America heed them to a great extent. You encourage the Israelis to murder their idingenous population. What was the latest score??? Israel 135 Palestine 5.

You speak as a person who has never travelled and never seen other cultures at work. What makes you so convinced that you are right? God in America is just another way to bash your congregation and you seem really up to the job. You are closer to fascism than I. this is posted by the husband of debbyc

-- Posted by debbyc on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 11:58 AM

I guess whatever makes them feel better about the crushing loss!!

-- Posted by Atlantis85 on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 12:12 PM

Perhaps the Right Reverend is fulfilling scriptures: Romans 2:24

-- Posted by skeptic-by-nature on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 12:21 PM

Well said, husband of debbyc. The bible has many outdated passages. Should we still follow it's teachings?

For instance, Deuteronomy 22:28-29 If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.

But I guess her body can just shut that whole thing down.....

-- Posted by grandma73 on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 12:50 PM

Unbelieveable!!! Get over yourselves!! How much time was spent on how your Republician Senate voted down the veteran disabilities treaty this week, was it even mentioned??? You people need a "do-over".

-- Posted by whathappenedhere on Fri, Dec 7, 2012, at 7:21 PM

Oh yeah, you mean the treaty that doesn't change US law in any way shape or form because we already comply 100% with it? Why don't you read into something before having a knee jerk reaction. Just because something is "good" or "the right thing to do" doesn't mean that it has to be done through the U.N.

I'm not a Republican, but the vote either way would have been inconsequential.

-- Posted by Pops90 on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 1:36 PM

Also says in Luke 16:18 that marriage is a one time affair.

-- Posted by Yankee Station on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 2:56 PM

Bollman, it is views like yours that got Obama elected again. Thank you!

-- Posted by cznola on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 4:29 PM

Also says in Luke 16:18 that marriage is a one time affair.

-- Posted by Yankee Station on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 2:56 PM

"But I say to you, any man who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, causes her to commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery." (Matthew 5:31)

But I guess her body can just shut that whole thing down.....

-- Posted by grandma73 on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 12:50 PM

ROFL

-- Posted by ssoutheast on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 5:06 PM

I'm from Missouri Show me your "god"

Thats what I thought, You can't do it because there is no proof. You spout words from a book written by MEN BUT it depends on what book it is too. To some its the Holy bible, to others its the Koran so on and so forth.

Its all fairy tales and make believe, kinda like the lies being told to children that a fat guy in a red suit brings presents to them.

-- Posted by Bman69 on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 8:53 PM

How would Jesus have voted in the last election? Based on his reported teachings, he sure in the hell wouldn't have voted Republican.

-- Posted by EJ Rotert on Sun, Dec 9, 2012, at 1:30 AM

grandma, you are a treasure. There are some crazy people on this forum,,debbye is scary, freaky, nuts, nutz and whatever else.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Sun, Dec 9, 2012, at 6:22 AM

Bman prove to me there is Not a God. Just as I thought you can't. Many many smarter men than you have tried to prove God does not exist and failed.

-- Posted by Mowrangler on Sun, Dec 9, 2012, at 7:39 AM

For a man who doesn't politic from the pulpit, this man sure does politic from the pulpit a lot. May be he, and a number of others should read Madison's notes from the Constitutional Convention. Might just open some eyes as to the REAL intent of the founding fathers. Seems, the founding fathers were actually pretty liberal, and had little good to say about the church's role in government.

-- Posted by foxtrot007 on Sun, Dec 9, 2012, at 7:45 AM

If you believe God is in control, if he is omnipotent, then you must also believe that this is the way he wanted the election to turn out. I wander if those who are "depressed and despondent" are pleasing God?

To scared of the future, if you are following the narrow path, just what are you scared of?

-- Posted by Reasoning on Sun, Dec 9, 2012, at 8:38 AM

It does not matter what party gets in office they have there agenda, and the heck with you they will do what they want to do period. And until we get someone to run for office that has the guts to stand up and do what is right for this country you are going to have the crap hole that we are in. Lawyers, ins, oil co, medical care, & give aways to people that do not what to work are the problem's that has put this country in the shape that it is in. This group has become a cancer on our country.

-- Posted by ssinteriors on Sun, Dec 9, 2012, at 9:11 AM

Bet it will be exciting at the grocery store today.

-- Posted by Yankee Station on Sun, Dec 9, 2012, at 9:37 AM

The ignorance displayed in comments of those like bbollmann is utterly breathtaking.

-- Posted by wuzthinking on Sun, Dec 9, 2012, at 9:52 AM

I believe bbollman had some good points in his comments. I have to say he was out of line by referring to all democrats as communists that is totally wrong and not true. I happen to know a lot of good democratic people and they are not communists they are hard working people middle class family folks. We all are Americans and we love our country. Our State has the greatest motto "UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL"

something we all should never forget.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sun, Dec 9, 2012, at 12:32 PM

Obama being re-elected is god's will. God knows all and is omnipotent. Suggesting otherwise is blasphemous.

-- Posted by heye1967 on Sun, Dec 9, 2012, at 3:40 PM

Had Romney been elected, the Christian church as a catholic body would have relaxed and felt safe-lukewarm. Even though a man who does not believe in Jesus Christ as Savior would have been defending it's beliefs. A form of false teaching.

With President Obama in office the church catholic will be forced to remain on guard, ever conscious of it's position in society and the assaults against it-hot; or capitulate & acquiesce to the demands placed on it by the government-cold.

Hot or Cold, God can work with, Lukewarm shows no caring.....

JMHO

-- Posted by John in Jackson on Sun, Dec 9, 2012, at 9:34 PM

Two things; bbollmann is right on, except most democrats are not communist; however, most are socialists along with the anointed one in the White House. I'm not too sure which is worse. Two, neither debbye or her husband can spell. IMHO.

-- Posted by JungleJim on Mon, Dec 10, 2012, at 12:36 AM

southeast missouri beautiful country ,but same narow minded attitudes.

-- Posted by debbyc on Tue, Dec 11, 2012, at 2:53 AM

I have found in Cape Girardeau, that there are many Republican churches, but few churches where Democrats are welcome. Yes, partisan politics is in the church.

-- Posted by Grit on Tue, Dec 11, 2012, at 5:35 PM


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