Filed under: Culture, God | Tags: children of God, Hate, holiness of life, Jesus Christ, Peacemakers, Persecution
Continuing with the Teaching on the Mount with Jesus instructing the Disciples, and of course by extension all who claim the name Christian today.
Mathew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. In the King James Version the word sons is translated as children and rightly so, for all who are of the faith and work for peace are children of God. Chrysostom, who was Bishop of Constantinople and lived from 349 to 407 AD had this to say about Mathew 5:9: “The Blessings of Peace. Chrysostom: Here he not only responds that they should not feud and become hateful to one another, but he is also looking for something else and something more, that we bring together others who are feuding. And again he promises a spiritual reward. What kind of reward is it? “That they themselves shall be called sons of God.” For in fact this was the crucial work of the Only Begotten: to bring together things divided and to reconcile the alienated.” I have to agree with this word of truth. God sent His Son Jesus into the world that the world might be reconciled to God. It was the death of the perfect man, who was also God, to bring the possibility of reconciliation of the creature (man) with the creator (God). Thus when this reconciliation is completed, through our repentance and acceptance of the Lordship of Christ that we also receive peace in our innermost being. As the Spirit works within our lives to bring us closer to God, we also find a peace in our lives that has no comparison with any man-made peace. It is indeed the peace of God that passes all understanding.
In the gospel of John verse 14:27 Jesus says this to His disciples: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” As He was preparing to leave this earth and return to His place in Heaven Jesus wanted the disciples to receive that which only He could give them. This gift is still available today to all who will accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. I hear many politicians talking about peace, but we seem to have nothing but war on every side, even amongst those same politicians. The only peace, the only true peace comes when we realize that God is in charge, and although things may be going awry, God is still in charge and will be with us and help us to come through the tough times we face, His peace is that which is truly beyond understanding.
This next one is troubling to many today Mathew 5:10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” We of course live in a nation where we are free to worship as we please, yet, there are those who are not allowed to worship as they wish, even in our nation today. There are those who want to change the Constitution, ridding it of the First Amendment, the one that says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” We have heard the cries of politicians and lawyers that the First Amendment should be done away with, it is antiquated and no longer fit for our generation. Others are saying that we, the Church, must change our way of reading and interpreting scripture to rid ourselves of the antiquated ideas we hold about morality. In many places in our world, people of faith are arrested and jailed for daring to read the words of the Apostle Paul who said in the epistle to the believers in Rome.
Romans 1:24 “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; “ speaking about immorality in all manner of works and beliefs. Here is the rest of the quotation: “being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.” This is through verse 32 in Romans chapter 1 (NKJV).
Note that this speaks of sin in all its various iterations. Understand that all that goes against God’s law, is sin and all is equally punishable by death, not as we understand death but a second death after we leave this life. There is an eternity and we choose by the way we live our lives how we will live in that eternity, heaven or hell. God does not consign you or me to heaven or to hell, the choice is our own. This should make those who speak of choice as they murder babies quite happy as you do have choice. Many times in scripture we see the choice offered, choose life or eternal damnation also life but divorced from God. Today we hear the word martyr bandied about as if blowing yourself up in order to kill others makes you a martyr. It does not make you a martyr, it makes you a murderer and a believer in a falsehood. True martyrdom comes to those who do not want to die, they want to live, but for God and for the sake of the gospel. The Apostles except John all died horrible deaths, from Peter who was crucified in Rome, to Thomas who was killed and reportedly drawn and quartered in India. They died for preaching the Love of God and brought many souls into a right relationship with Jesus Christ. They harmed none, they killed none, they loved all and tried to help them to find righteousness for themselves.
Next we come to the truth of working against the sinfulness of the world in which we live, Jesus says that we should rejoice when persecuted for the gospel: Mat 5:11-12 NKJV “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Again let us hear from Chrysostom: “But to keep you from supposing that being slandered of itself makes people blessed, he has added two qualifications: first, that it happens for Christ’s sake, and second, that what is said be false. Do not expect to be blessed if you are being reviled for something evil, and what is being said is true.” All through the history of Judaism and Christianity there have been times when people were persecuted because they were speaking truth against lies and hatreds. Today it happens in many places in the world, and lest you think it cannot happen in the USA please do not believe that lie. Those who stand for the truth today are ridiculed and brought into court fined and castigated. Violence is becoming a way of life for those who hate the light of the gospel message. They have won some battles and are working now to win more, soon the Church in America will have to make a choice to either stand for the truth, or perhaps even suffer greatly or die.
During the “Arab Spring” we saw crucifixions in Egypt. Now with ISIS on the march across the Middle East, we see people beheaded and we have even seen beheadings in this country and will see more as time moves on.
Do not think that you are safe from persecution, if you truly believe that Jesus Christ is Lord, and you follow His teaching and avoid the things of this world, you will find less and less willingness for you to be able to speak the truth. Look at what has happened with the advent of Obamacare. This law has tried to force the Church to provide types of coverage that goes against the teaching of the Gospel. Forcing nuns to have to provide insurance which covers abortion for their fellow Sisters, they are still fighting against this craziness.
Now of course there will soon be people branded as bigots and brought up on charges of hate crimes for refusing to perform homosexual weddings, simply because it is against the belief structure under which these men have lived as Pastors. This has happened in many places in history and will come upon us as we stand for the truth. Rejoice in that persecution for you are not alone, they persecuted Christ and put him to death, if you follow in his footsteps, you may have to suffer as he suffered.
The next rule if you will of living the Christian life is this: Mat 5:21-22 NKJV “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.”
Chromatius was Bishop of Aquileia from 388 to 407 AD and wrote on this passage: “This is what the Lord said: “I have not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it.” In other words, to accentuate what was considered least; that is to say, to reform for the better the precepts of the law. For this reason the holy apostle says, “Do we, then, overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.” The law commands us not to murder. The gospel commands us not to get angry without reason, that we may remove every root of sin from our hearts, because anger can even lead to homicide.”
Jesus came to fulfill the law, and not to abolish it, we need to be aware of all of the law and of those parts that truly are abolished by God, such as the dietary laws. But the Holiness Code which is what is being spoken of here, is still in effect today, we as Christians are to live holy lives because our God is holy. It is something we strive for everyday, and sometimes it is extremely difficult, but we strive anyway. The apostle Paul speaks of running the race that he might win the prize. That is our task to run the race that we might receive the word of Jesus Christ, “well done thou good and faithful servant.” If you are truly a follower of Jesus Christ, then it means that you will study and learn and become more and more like Christ every day of your life. Too many have fallen by the wayside, and have given up the race. Keep going brethren, for the goal is eternal life in the presence of almighty God.
In the gospel of Matthew Jesus delivered a teaching on the Mount. It is referred to as the Sermon on the Mount, but the lessons were given to the disciples. Note what the first 2 verses say:
Mat 5:1-2 NKJV “And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. (2) Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:”
This is clearly a teaching not a sermon, and the teaching was for his disciples, not for those who were not followers of Jesus. We shall look today at the teachings beginning in verse 3. Mat 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Jerome one of the Fathers of the Church died around 420 BCE (aka AD) said this about this verse: Jerome: This is what we read elsewhere: “He shall save the humble in spirit.” Poor in spirit is to be willing to give up all our earthly self to serve God. Poor in spirit is to have humility, as Christ was humble. Humility in this context is not to say, fearful of power, but rather confident in faith.
Webster of Dictionary fame gave this explanation of humility: “In ethics, freedom from pride and arrogance; humbleness of mind; a modest estimate of one’s own worth. In theology, humility consists in lowliness of mind; a deep sense of one’s own unworthiness in the sight of God, self-abasement, penitence for sin, and submission to the divine will.”
Humility is a virtue, and a willingness to give of oneself to further the Kingdom of God in the world. This is a difficult thing to understand, primarily because, we live in a world where it is ME first and “devil take the hindmost”. So God tells us in this first of the beatitudes, that those who are poor in spirit, humble, receive the Kingdom of Heaven. Let us understand that Narcissism leads to that wide highway to hell, while virtue leads one to the narrow path to heaven.
The second of the beatitudes is: Mat 5:4 NKJV “Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.”
We are not talking here about the loss of a loved one or other human reasons for mourning such as, not getting that raise, not getting that promotion. Here we are talking about hurting because God is hurting. We who follow Jesus Christ come to know that pain suffered by our God as the world goes away from God and into greater and greater sin. We mourn for those souls who are lost to evil, that includes those who murder, rape, torture because they think it is what their own inner voice tells them to do. We mourn too for those who are driven into poverty by actions of others, or by the government making law without knowing or even thinking about the consequences of their action. So we mourn unrepentant sinner, one who thinks that their sin is OK and no one will care. Personally I shudder every time I hear the refrain, “my actions did not hurt anyone so it is OK.” The very idea of a victimless crime is a sin that leads one straight to hell. How can something be a crime, if there is no victim? Adultery when learned of, harms those who loved the adulterer and thought they were loved in return. Drug or alcohol addiction harms the entire family of the one addicted. Sin always has victims, the sinner thinks it is OK, but someone gets hurt by the activity of the other. So we Christians mourn for the sin in the world that hurts God and people, and we pray for that sin to be finally repented of before it is too late.
The next of the beatitudes is: Mat 5:5 NKJV “Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.” Turning to Webster again: “Mild of temper; soft; gentle; not easily provoked or irritated; yielding; given to forbearance under injuries.” We are talking here about people who are aware of who they are, and whose they are, they humble, peaceful even in the face of adversity, and yet, lions when it comes to standing for what God says is right. Meek does not connote weakness, but rather an inner strength that comes from complete trust in God, total faith in the presence of God with us.
Knowing that when Jesus returns to bring us home, we shall inherit the earth as His people, of course an earth that has been reborn, cleansed and made new by the hand of God. That is the promise here, we shall inherit the earth.
The next of the beatitudes is: Mat 5:6 NKJV “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.” What do we mean by righteousness when we talk about it in this context. The Bible tells us that there are none righteous, no not one, for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 tells us this. This verse tells us that those who hunger and thirst for true righteousness, those who work at being true to the gospel, whose lives are lived in truth, honesty, grace, love, those who truly seek to live holy lives shall be filled.
All Christians the Bible teaches are clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and all are seen by God as righteous because God sees Christ when he looks upon us, for His blood spilled at Calvary, has bathed our souls and cleansed us and made us into new people. Now that is not something that happens all at once, but when you come to Jesus Christ, confess your sin, and ask forgiveness, you receive that which is His. Cleansing by the Holy Spirit, and forgiveness of your sins. You have begun a journey toward complete spiritual wholeness. If you truly work to understand the truth, hunger and thirst for the righteousness of Christ in your life, you will then find that peace and joy in the Lord, and will one day receive that which you seek, or as the scripture says, “you will be filled.”
Our next beatitude is Matthew 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.” What does this mean? What is it to be merciful, do you save an enemy instead of killing him on the battlefield? Do you offer alms to the poor, and maybe help someone you see in need? Is this the mercy the Lord is talking about? It is I believe even more than that, it is compassion toward others, it is caring for others before yourself. A number of years ago, I was on my way to a very important meeting and was running a bit late. I saw a man and his family on the side of the road, they had broken down in their RV and needed help. I was going too fast to stop, but knew I had to, so I got off at the next exit, turned across the highway and went back to where they were. I took the man into town and to a dealer so he could get the part he needed and then brought him back to the RV. I just knew that I was going to be late for the meeting but I also knew I had done the right thing.
I think also of Francis of Assisi who gave up his inheritance, to serve God, as well as Mother Theresa who did the same and worked for many years in the poorest areas of Calcutta to help the poor. These are the merciful, and these are those who are doing what they know that Jesus would do. They too have obtained the compassion of God upon themselves, and have shared that compassion with others.
Augustine had this to say in regard to the verse above:
Augustine: Hear what follows: “Blessed are the compassionate, for God will have compassion on them.” Do this, and it will be done to you. Do it in regard to another that it might be done in regard to you. For you may overflow yet remain in need. You may overflow with temporal things but remain in need of eternal life. You hear the voice of a beggar, but before God you are yourself a beggar. Someone is begging from you, while you yourself are begging. As you treat your beggar, so will God treat his. You who are empty are being filled. Out of your fullness fill an empty person in need, so that your own emptiness may be again filled by the fullness of God. Sermon 53.5.
The Church needs these type of folks, to lead the way to true living of the gospel so that all of us may follow the example of these and of our Lord Jesus Christ. Have mercy and you will receive mercy.
Next is Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” What a blessed promise this is, to see God face to face, all you need is a pure heart. That is a difficult task, that of having a pure heart, that having lived in Christ for such a long time as Paul, or as David that you can sense evil and avoid it like the plague. I am reminded of King David as he wrote in Psalm 51:7-10 NKJV “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (8) Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice. (9) Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities. (10) Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
There is also Stephen who was stoned to death for being a solid citizen of the Kingdom of God. In the book of Acts the 7th Chapter we find in verse 59 “And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” and verse 60, Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.”
Are you ready to act as these have acted, yes King David was not a perfect man, yet he was called a man after God’s own heart. He sinned, as do all of us who are finite beings, simply because we are men and women, not God, but we can be people after God’s own heart. Searching for God’s own heart, seeking to be as much as any of us can ever be, like Jesus for that is the way to God’s own heart. Yet the scriptures also tell us that you cannot see God and live, so how do we see God while still in our finite bodies? We see God in the realm of the Spirit, we meet with Him in our prayers and in our actions. When we leave this finite life, and begin the rest of our eternity, we then shall indeed see God, not partially but face to face.
What do you think of these things? As a Christian do you live in the manner that Christ has pointed out in these beatitudes? If not are you striving for these ways of living?
Mat 28:18-20 ESV And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. (19) Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20) teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Jesus has now given his Church its marching orders, of course it is just a beginning of the Church, but they are committed to delivering the good news to all who will hear. Jesus gave the disciples many instructions, or, commandments while he was with them on the earth. He taught them many things and gave them many instructions during his 3 years of preaching and teaching. The use of Commanded is the Greek word entellomai which is a verb and can mean, “commandments, enjoin or charge.” Important in our context is that this was the teaching of Jesus as he walked with these men and women during his time of work in the world.
Jesus is now going back to his rightful place as God and he has given his last instruction to his disciples, who will soon begin ministry themselves. They will begin in Jerusalem and gradually spread the word throughout the known world. Thomas got all the way to India, and the Church there traces its existence back to Thomas. There is even some evidence that Paul got to Spain before he was tried and sentenced to death in Rome. The question now before us is: What did Jesus command/teach?
One of his greatest teachings is, Love one another as I have loved you.
Joh 13:34-35 NKJV “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. (35) By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
What does that mean for you and I today? I believe that it means just what it says, Love one another sacrificially just as Jesus loves us. We must remember that He gave His life to pay for our sins, all of our sins, past, present and future. Just because you have confessed Jesus Christ as Lord, does not mean you will not sin. You may not want to, you may think what you are doing is OK, but, sin is sin no matter what we think. Hold your life up to the mirror of Jesus Christ, can you say you live a sinless life since you were saved? Can you say that you love your fellow Christians the same way Christ has loved you? Life is hard, and we are finite beings, we are not perfect, and when God sees you and me, he sees the blood of Christ, and the imputed righteousness that comes from the death of Jesus.
You see, Jesus lived a perfect life, a sinless life, so that he could be the unblemished lamb sacrificed once for all sin. He died to give us a way to be reconciled to God, his life and death, for our crimes against God. So, do you love your fellow Christians? How about the guy down the street who belongs to another church, do you love him or her?
There is a corollary to this love one another commandment. You see, the law is no longer over those who belong to Christ, however, the law still exists and we are supposed to be living a life that makes us blameless. Christ also gave us another Love commandment and that is in 2 parts.
1. Love the Lord your God with every fiber of your being. Luke 10:27 as well as Matthew ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND,’ in Matthew 22 we find the entirety of the Love commandment.
2. Mat 22:37-40 NKJV Jesus said to him, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ (38) This is the first and great commandment. (39) And the second is like it: ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ (40) On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
So Jesus says we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. How would you like to be treated? That is how you should treat your neighbor, that is how God has treated each of us, God loved us so much that he died for us. That is what we are taught, that is sacrificial love. Give all of yourself to God and then give to your neighbor as if that neighbor was yourself.
This is the commandment that Jesus taught the people of his day, and his disciples, and by extension you and I today. Of course that presupposes that you are a believer in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, if you are not, I hope this will help you understand that true followers of Jesus Christ are not out to destroy anyone, but rather we are looking for more folks to become followers of Jesus Christ. More folks who will learn of His love for them, and how to become followers of this God, who loves and wants us to forsake sin and become new persons.
Join me on this expedition if you will, let us learn together the truth about Jesus and the way God has for us to live our lives. Let us know what you think about this, and how your life has been affected by learning about Jesus Christ and His commandments to His followers.
Filed under: Culture, Politics | Tags: Abortion, adultery, founders, immorality, morals
Over the last 70 years I have watched our nation change from a country that offered everyone a chance to realize their dream, to a balkanized chaotic place where government becomes the parent. You no longer have to work hard, the Federal government welfare programs will take care of your needs. If you do want to get ahead the government will loan you the money to go to college, where you will not learn how to live and work, but rather how to become a socialist and live off the dwindling working class.
I was born in 1945, I grew up in a nation that was becoming truly integrated, it took a few years and a brilliant man named Martin Luther King Jr. to actually move us to the place where the Declaration of Independence statement that all men are created equal, became a reality. It happened and since then we have moved in positive directions most of the time, but lately, say the last 20 – 25 years, we have begun to move away from a moral society, to a society that looks more like George Orwell’s 1984.
I have to make note here that this has been happening since the so-called sexual revolution of the late 1960’s, that is when drugs and sex became more popular than law and morality. It also has led us to today, where “medical” marijuana, rap music and other forms of gratuitous forms of radicalism have become the norm. Note that this mention of marijuana as a form of radicalism is intentional. It has been shown in scientific experiments that marijuana is at least as harmful as cigarettes, and alcohol, and yet politically it has become advantageous to approve of its use, it does dumb down the population and they vote for more relaxing of moral standards.
The United States was formed as a Republic, not as a democracy. It was deliberately formed by the founders to keep the Federal (central) government contained. It was to be a country where all the power was held in the hands of the people, not governments. A careful reading of our founding documents, tells us that power not given to the Federal government, belongs to the States and / or to the people. The founders of the nation also realized that in order for this to work, it required a moral and educated people. It was quite successful over the first 200 years of existence, but it has, over the last quarter century fallen apart. Morality is no more, it is interesting that we now are even doing away with gender type labels on products, because we now allow people to choose their own gender.
Of course in the process we have had to remove certain items from our culture. Bibles can no longer be openly carried in schools, you may not write a book report on the Bible or on any work which can be considered Christian. The 10 Commandments have been removed from courtrooms, and public facilities, because they are offensive to some of our population. There is even a movement to remove crosses from federal cemeteries. Having children dress in Muslim clothing, and act as Muslims is considered correct, but to wear a T-shirt to school that talks of Jesus is grounds for expulsion. Freedom of speech, is now governed by fiat, certain forms of speech are no longer acceptable as they are offensive to some members of society, God of course is one of those words that are increasingly not allowed in public.
Of course, I still wonder when speech became destruction of property. It seems that if you want to burn, walk on, or otherwise destroy the American Flag, or bibles or other items it is also free speech.
Of course free speech now includes pornography, destructive speech disguised as music, where the N word is acceptable, where women are denigrated and referred to as whores, where cops are denigrated as pigs and other terms. This is probably the greatest immoral trash to be foisted on the American public of any of the now acceptable immorality that flows freely within our society.
The other side of this coin is the banning of certain terms of speech because they are offensive, and certain organizations because they are not following the PC rules. I note that many of our Higher learning establishments are beginning to ban people from speaking, because it hurts the sensibilities of the latest liberal/socialist/fascist crowd on campus. Most times it is conservatives who are banned. This kind of nonsense allows communists to speak at graduation ceremonies but not conservative Americans. I am ashamed at those who banned Condoleezza Rice from speaking because they held her to be offensive.
Since when is a College or University, concerned about offensive views? I thought these institutions were all about free exchange of ideas. Of course these days, the only ideas that are acceptable are those espoused by socialist professors, and by hate mongers such as the so-called “Reverend” Al Sharpton.
One of the reasons for removal of the 10 Commandments from public view, is so the abortion industry can continue murdering babies, and as we have lately seen, selling the body parts to so called research institutions. The 6th Commandment is “you shall not murder.” I know that many of you know it as “thou shalt not kill.” but the truth is the underlying hebrew is “ratsach” and its meaning is somewhat more graphic than kill, it means to “dash in pieces”. Isn’t that what the abortionists do?
How about the next one, “you shall not commit adultery” that one sure trips up a mess of folks, especially in places like Hollywood, that is one place where immorality runs rampant. They even like to flaunt their vulgarity, women who are accomplished actresses showing as much of their bodies as they can, parading down the red carpet offering themselves to whoever can pay the price. Singers, with truly beautiful voices wearing next to nothing so they can be more popular, exhibiting their bodies as objects, rather than their voice and their talent as gifts to the world.
Our nation is rapidly heading into the scrap heap of history, as one more example of destruction from within. It is a shame, but we have thrown out our country so we can become like all other nations, we have not learned from history what happens when you give up your morals, for popularity. Where your god becomes fame, money and yourself, and the true God the one who has blessed this nation for over 250 years is thrown out like trash. Those who we look to as the founders of this nation came here for reasons of freedom. Freedom to worship, freedom to work and increase in wealth by their own knowledge and ethics. Whatever you may like to think about this nation, our founders formed us as men who knew God, those who tell you different have an agenda to destroy the basis of our nation. We were formed under the learning of these men, learning that included the Bible, the law of God and both Hebrew and Christian mores. They knew this verse from the Psalms:
Psa 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance. (NKJV) We forget these things to our own peril. Wake up America, before there is no more America.
Filed under: Culture, God | Tags: Hatred, immorality, Perversion, repentance
I hear people talking about how “black lives matter”, that is true, but so are those who skin tone is yellow, or white or whatever color. You see, when you say, lives matter, no matter the color, I have to ask you: Why do you murder your babies? If life matters then abortion is wrong, you see, you are trying to say that lives matter except when the interfere with your own life. That doesn’t make sense, especially since you are punishing that baby for your own actions, or for the action of someone else. They baby is innocent, yet you are stealing its life, to please yourself, or to punish the rapist or the family member who abused you. The baby did nothing to you, it did not ask to be in your womb, yet its life doesn’t matter, you can punish that baby, because you can’t punish your abuser, or won’t admit that you made a mistake, and give that baby a chance at life. Please stop claiming that life matters is you are pro-“choice” which of course means pro abortion, or as I like to think of it, pro murder.
As a Christian I believe that all people are important to God. Their sin is what keeps them away from God. God has said, do not kill, the better translation is do not murder. God has made people in His image, male and female are in the image of God. Yet society wants to change this perfection of God into sinful activity. God made men and women to fit together, for procreation as well as for intimacy in marriage.
I grew up in a much different world, I was born in 1945, 70 years ago, I served my country during the Vietnam war, and I gave 12 years total of my life to my country. Yet now I wonder if it was worth it. I grew up in an integrated neighborhood, I remember Dr. Martin Luther King and his peaceful demonstrations against the discrimination that existed. I remember when the Republicans passed the Civil Rights act, not the Democrats, yet I note that Black citizens give their votes to the Democrats. I don’t know why, but I know it is true. Of course today it pretty much doesn’t matter as the Party of the Elephant has become Democrat lite, both parties seem to be for bigger government, more intrusion into our lives, more spending on boondoggle projects. 18.5 Trillion in debt and counting. Yes the deficit has gone down, but 500 billion gets added to the debt each year. You see the deficit, is only the difference between what is received in taxes and what is spent by politicians.
Yes I seem to be all over the place, but the reality is, that the government is not making things better. The Federal Government is making things worse, by keep our borders unprotected, by forcing companies to go out of business, by changing the rules every year. Obama is issuing an order that will in effect destroy the coal industry, that means thousands out of work so he can take care of the billionaires who fund democratic election campaigns. All for a lie about global warming. I grew up as I said during the 50’s through the 70’s. I remember then that it was fear of another Ice Age. Of course back then we had lots of snow in the winter. These climate people were wrong then and they are wrong now.
Folks if lives matter, and they do, why have we changed course over the last 30-40 years. Yes there were those who hated this or that group, in other words racists, but today, it seems we have forgotten all the progress that was made in this nation. I still remember when Jackie Robinson came to the big leagues, there were many in the south and some in the north too, who did not want him in the big leagues. Today we celebrate all athletes, except those who mistreat other people, but hey I love to watch football, I am so glad to see that today we have more than one black coach in the league, we have more than one black quarterback also. Business, companies have black leadership in them all over the country, it is a good thing. Not only that, but, this mantra of the Democrats that women are not treated equally in business. Please, give me a break, there are women CEO’s, Chair of the Board of Directors and other high positions in many of the businesses in our nation.
Lives matter, ALL lives matter because we all need one another if this country of ours is to prosper and grow. We also need to look again at what has happened as we have thrown God out of our schools, and public places just so we could satisfy a small minority of people. Our nation has become more and more lawless, we now have greater immorality than ever before, and we allow things that the great empires of the past would never allow. We have done away with morality, and replaced it with hatred, road rage, abortion, sexual immorality of all kinds pornography and worst of all, Child pornography. We actually allow people to speak of allowing for incestuous marriage, brother and sister marriage, men and boys, and other types of sexual immorality that just 30 years ago was unthinkable and criminal. That says to me that lives matter only as long as they do not interfere with our immorality.
Understand this, because of all this, God is not blessing our nation, until and unless we repent of our sin and turn from the horror of our national obsession with narcissism, turn to God again as a nation, God abhors sin in all its forms. God cannot bless a country that will not bless God. Soon and very soon destruction of our way of life will become a reality, and we too will be swept into the dustbin of history as we deserve.
Filed under: Culture, Democratic, Politics | Tags: Balkanization, Hate, Iran, Nuclear War
President Obama has cemented whatever it was that he wanted to accomplish in regard to the Nuclear program in Iran. He also has insured the Nuclear Arms Race in the Middle East and the possibility of Nuclear conflagration sometime soon in that part of the world. In the process America seems to have forgotten that Iran holds 4 Americans in their prisons, and this president doesn’t seem to care one whit about that, he ignored the opportunity to say to Iran, “if you truly want this deal, you will immediately release those 4 men to us. Once they are safe in our hands outside of Iran, we will conclude our agreement with you.” Instead he said, they had nothing to do with Nuclear programs, yet when Iran asked for the ability to purchase ICBM’s from Russia, again mind you nothing to do with Nuclear programs, he gave them what they wanted. This is so egregious on the part of this President, after giving 4 Taliban generals from Gitmo in exchange for one traitor, he won’t even try to get the release of 4 of our men while giving away the store to the Iranians who are chanting even louder “Death to America, Death to Israel.”
While we are talking about the egregious actions of this President, let us take a moment to look at his history of intervention in various killings across this nation. There have been 4 incidents in which this president decided to get involved each had to do with a black person being killed by a white man. Starting with Martin in Florida, a case that was decided as self-defense on the part of the white man. Ending with Gray in Baltimore the President and the Department of injustice decided to get involved, and of course in the case of the horror in Charlotte with the racially motivated killing of 9 innocent black persons by one hateful racist. I have a problem with a President who will get involved with one and ONLY one type of killing, that of a black by a white, while totally ignoring the senseless murder of a young white woman walking with her father and being gunned down by an illegal (criminal) resident of a Sanctuary City in direct contravention of Federal law. We have heard NO word from this President nor from his INJUSTICE Dept. in regard to this horrific crime.
I seem to remember him claiming that he would be the President of ALL the people of this nation, yet it seems that ALL the people are black and anything else is not worth mentioning except in pejorative terms. His legacy will be that he has managed to BALKANIZE our nation he has set in motion a clear program of marginalizing those not of color in this nation as beneath his notice and those of color are near and dear to his heart. This is a terrible and completely a destruction of 250 years of work in this nation to try to bring us together as one people. He has single-handedly set back racial progress in this nation by at least 100 years. I grew up in an integrated neighborhood in NYC, today it would not be the same as it was 60 years ago when I was a young man. The we played together and worked together, today it is becoming more and more difficult to see that happening, simply because this President and his Injustice Dept. have set about destroying those who would work together to build a greater nation that what they inherited. I fear for this nation, I fear for the people who would try to undo the horrible damage this man has done to this country, it seems that we may very well have walked down this road perhaps a mile too far.
I sincerely hope that I am wrong in this assessment but I fear that I may be right. I pray that God still holds some love for this nation that once loved and revered Him, but that too seems to have vanished. We are a morally bankrupt nation these days and we continue on that pathway to destruction. What do you think? Leave a comment and tell me what you see for this nation.
Filed under: Politics
After the horrific act of murder of 9 Christian people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, the family members of the those who were murdered, forgave the man who committed this heinous act. That does not mean that they do not want him punished, nor does it mean that they do not grieve the loss of the ones they loved. What it means is that they let go of the horror, they let go of the control that hatred would have over their lives. It means that they acted as their Lord and Savior acted and taught.
Jesus from the cross as he was being crucified said, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.” In the gospel of Matthew 6:12 where Jesus teaches the prayer that we call the Lord’s prayer we are told that we are to forgive those who sin against us if we wish to be forgiven for our sins against God. The disciple Peter asks Jesus “How many times must I forgive, up to 7 times?” Mat 18:21 Jesus reply is 70 times 7. The truth is that it is also beneficial to us to forgive those who would harm us, not because we forget the harm, but so we can release that which would harm us more.
If we keep our anger, our hatred of the one who has done harm to us, it tends to control our actions in life. If you see one who you just absolutely despise, you tend to avoid meeting them, that means they control your actions. I personally grew up in an integrated neighborhood in New York City, we played ball together in summer and winter, we hung out together and just generally enjoyed each other. There were black and white, we had German, Irish, Italian and African kids, we enjoyed Boy Scouts, as well as sports together. Later when I was a young man working and had a car and lived in an apartment, the folks in the first floor apartment were black and we enjoyed each others company. We would have barbecue parties and just generally have fun together.
One of the folks that hung out with us, said he needed to go to a court date but had no car so I loaned him mine. I never saw him or the car again, the police told me that they were able to trace it to Mexico, but that was all they knew. I was angry and upset, but I forgave the man and went on about my life. Never saw him again either. As far as slavery is concerned, in my past are a number of family ancestors who fought in the war between the states, Union side, they lost their lives in battles fought. They died to ensure that slavery would be ended, I also know that once that horror was ended General Robert E. Lee was in a church service and Communion was served. There was a black man in that service and when he went down to receive the bread and wine, no other person in that church went down. The General stood up and went and knelt at the rail with that man, and they partook of the Lord’s Supper together on that day. Yet I have heard that people want to tear down his statue because he fought on the Confederate side. Should we also tear down the artifacts from FDR as he imprisoned many Japanese American citizens during WW II. It seems to me that it is much better to let go of the hatred and anger that we feel about these terrible wrongs, in order for us to better work together to cause a greater country to emerge. There is more than enough injustice in this world to go around, lets try, together to create a world where justice and mercy flow together.
Prejudice has no place among a truly free people, black against white, and against Hispanic and Asian, as well as white against these same groups and them against the others, does not further freedom it only helps to destroy that which our nation was founded upon. The words of the Declaration of Independence should shine forth for all of us. We are members of one family, Americans all, let us act like it, we are all created equal. We enter the world naked and with nothing except our families, we leave the world in the same condition. While we are living in this world, let us live as one family, created equal, with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We are guaranteed none of these except the right to life, liberty we must continue to fight for, as our government continues to erode this right, and happiness is something we strive for.
Jesus Christ taught another thing that we would do well to remember, that is simply this: Mat 22:39 “Love your neighbor as yourself.” It is time for us to remember that we are all neighbors and act accordingly.