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Is America 'in the midst of a rebellion'?

American flag,Donald Trump won the Republican presidential primary in South Carolina, while Bernie Sanders narrowly lost to Hillary Clinton in Nevada after being behind by twenty-five points just a few weeks ago. A recent Fox News poll put Sanders in the lead nationally. Jeb Bush withdrew from the race, an outcome no one would have predicted a few months ago.

This year's presidential nominating process has been nothing like anything we've seen in decades. Why?

The Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan believes that "we're in the midst of a rebellion." She cites "the general decline of America's faith in its institutions" and notes that "we feel less respect for almost all of them—the church the professions, the presidency, the Supreme Court."

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Is the Pope justified in questioning Trump's faith?

Pope Francis speaks during a mass he celebrated in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. Francis is on his way back to Italy after a five-day visit in Mexico. (L' Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP)Pope Francis has made a habit of garnering headlines since being named the Vicar of Christ back in 2013. His latest trip to Mexico, and especially his visit to the border, has resulted in much the same. However, his comments about Republican frontrunner Donald Trump have gained the most attention. On the flight back from Mexico, Pope Francis told reporters "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the gospel . . . I say only that this man [Trump] is not Christian if he has said things like that. We must see if he said things in that way and in this I give the benefit of the doubt." He went on to clarify that his comments did not amount to telling American Catholics not to vote for Trump, saying, "I am not going to get involved in that," but his personal feelings on the subject seem clear.  

Trump, who famously made the building of a wall along the U.S./Mexico border one of the first platforms of his campaign, understandably disagrees with the Pope's thoughts on the subject. He told a group of supporters in South Carolina, "For a religious leader to question a person's faith is disgraceful . . . No leader, especially a religious leader, has the right to question another man's religion or faith." He went on to suggest that the leader of the Roman Catholic Church had been misinformed on the subject and was being used "as a pawn" by the Mexican government.

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Does character matter in the race for President?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump participates in a campaign rally in Baton Rouge, La., Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)The writer of Proverbs found that a good name was more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed better than silver or gold (Proverbs 22:1). He believed your name, which encompasses both your reputation and character, to be of greater value than your situation. But what if that situation is being the President of the United States?

Are candidates willing to trade in their character in order to attain the office? Are constituents willing to bypass character in order to satiate their outrage?

This election season has had its share of noteworthy moments. These moments were lights that illuminated the name and character of particular candidates. Recently, Donald Trump has made the news for his usage of vulgarity at campaign rallies. To the extent that crowds even cheer for him to say something offensive.

If the axiom holds true that you are whom you associate with, Hillary Clinton's character found the spotlight last week as well. Supporter Madeline Albright said there is a special place in hell for women who don't support each other. In a rather indirect fashion, the former Secretary of State insinuated and sought to coax support for her female candidate friend, who also happened to be the Secretary of State.

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The New Hampshire results: why they matter

Jim Smith steps out of a voting booth after marking his ballot at a polling site for the New Hampshire primary, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders won last night's New Hampshire primaries. What do their victories mean for the rest of us?

The winner of New Hampshire's primary doesn't always wins the nomination. Since 1952, primary voters have elected the eventual Democratic Party nominee only five out of ten times (excluding incumbents). New Hampshire voters have elected the eventual Republican nominee seven out of ten times (excluding incumbents).

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Why Donald Trump has a 'great relationship' with God

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the South Carolina Tea Party Convention at the Springmaid Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, January 16, 2016 (Credit: AP Photo/Willis Glassgow)Donald Trump told CNN last Sunday that he has a "great relationship" with God. He explained: "I like to be good. I don't like to have to ask for forgiveness, and I am good. I don't do a lot of things that are bad. I try to do nothing that's bad."

I'm reminded of Warren Buffett's explanation when he signed over $30.7 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: "There is more than one way to get to heaven, but this is a great way." Donald Trump and Warren Buffett are not alone; according to a recent survey, seventy-one percent of Americans think works play an essential role in salvation.

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