May each of you have the heart to conceive, the understanding to direct, and the hand to execute works that will leave the world a little better for your having been here. -- Ronald Reagan

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Moving Out of Snuggly Christianity

I’ve written in the past few posts (just scroll down) about how the church I belong to at the national level has embraced Secular Statism and placed its beliefs, orthodoxy, and aggressive intolerance before Christ and Scripture. The “leadership” of my, and several other mainline Protestant domination's, have jumped to the racist, environmental, gender, central command government model, and that includes attacking Christianity and Jews.  

I’ve wondered for years, given that governments usually end up slaughtering Jews, how and why do they side with government ahead of Yahweh and Torah. It’s because they have made government their religion, and more specifically Statist Atheistic government, their religion. Now western Christians are doing it. I hear stuff being said by Christians, in and out of church saying the darndest things. I’ve got to wonder, if they have read scripture, or if they have do they understand any of it, or if they do, do they believe it.

I hear them side with gay marriage, multiple genders, speech against traditional marriage, pro-abortion, and equality of result in life (in the name of fairness). I have to wonder, if people identifying themselves as Christians professes belief in these things, why?

Fear of the politically correct groupthink crowd? Have they put cultural acceptance ahead of God? Have they put political expediency ahead of God? I can understand, and even acknowledge that kind of thinking, wrong as it is. What is disconcerting are Christians that do put Christ front and center in their lives, yet remain silent or just acquiesce to the hatred, intolerance and bullying.

To those I say, it’s time to speak up, speak back to, challenge. Of course there will be push back, name calling….homophobe, racist, bigot, and the rest that we get thrown at us. This isn’t as bad as what Jesus, the Disciples, Paul and the martyrs experienced. This isn’t ancient Rome, though we do have our self-important politicians and cultural celebrities, our circuses to distract us from the horrors of our civilization brought upon us by those very same people.

If we state what we should, that is from scripture, we will, to be sure, be called out of touch, bigots, haters, insensitive, narrow-minded, intolerant, and all the rest. But like the early Christians, we must speak the truth.

The truth is this. That God created Man and Woman. When Man and Woman come together they become one flesh. From that marriage come children. Those children are sacred human lives, including when they are still in the womb. Made in the image of God. Marriage is sacred, sexual morality as is should be was stated two thousand years ago. This comes from traditional, scriptural, Christian orthodoxy. If we accept that and state it, we are rejecting the zeitgeist, the secularist statist humanist view, and it is more and more at our peril.

Christians must do as Christ commanded, “If anyone wants to be my disciple, let him take up his cross and follow me”. Seems to me there are less and less Christians willing to take up that cross. We’ve been accepted without challenge for a long time. We are all snuggled in our comfort.

Why do so many allow this? Comfort to be sure; so is it that many think they really don’t have to work at their Faith, take the effort to maintain, grow and defend Christianity?

If we are truly disciples we must witness, proclaim the gospel as true. We must be willing to be attacked and insulted. Are you willing to stand with Christ?

Don’t believe it when the forces assembled against us say we can’t win, God is dead, Christianity is dead, the traditional family is dead, traditional marriage is dead, the sanctity of human life is dead, we are only to stand in the judgement of other men and their anti-humane, Godless laws, rules, and punishments.

Only God can judge. Only God’s laws are true and just. Not the people arrayed against the Gospel Truth, Christians and our Churches.

Are you for speaking the gospel? For witnessing God’s word? Stand on the side of truth. Stand with Christ. Have Christian integrity. Walk the talk, live the walk, speak the truth.

Like the early Christians, it’s time to start living outside our comfort zone. We’ll experience discomfort, but at least won’t be eaten by lions or slayed by gladiators.

Step out of the comfort zone. Speak the gospel Truth.    


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Leftist Political Leadership in the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Not Christ Lead. I Don't Like It.

More thoughts on the Leftist Materialist direction and world view of my church, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at the national level, led by Sharon Watkins. There are, no doubt, Leftist local DOC churches that put government and politics above God, but I’m sure there a several that would rather have scripturally run churches. I’m one. I know too there are many in my church have the same mindset. I know, and know of, people that have left the DOC because the "leadership" is more interested in the political and cultural zeitgeist than following Christ.

That oligarchy at the top supported the secularist, atheist, homosexualist movements (anti traditional family) and leftist political beliefs in its recent attack on Christians in Indiana. They followed that with supporting the lie that white racist cops are gunning down unarmed Black men.

There is a corruption of our logo, the Chalice /St Andrew’s Cross which is red and white, turning it into a green chalice. This is a political alignment with the Leftist Environmentalists. Blocking oil production to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (Emergency Resolution) [really this years long argument is still an emergency?], Climate Change, strip mining, seal hunting; the whole Leftist list here. We are, as Christians, to be sure, called upon to be stewards of God’s creation, but all the things on the Green Chalice list are political action, having nothing to do with our Church or Christianity, but everything having to do with submitting to government power. All these issues side with the Democrat Party and the Leftist/totalitarian movements of this nation and world.

The DOC “leadership” advocates welcoming the mass migration of people from south of the border, which is more that can be processed, then make US citizens and church members that are opposed out to be intolerant cold hearted racists. The DOC supports the illegal unconstitutional Dream Act, and all the other illegal immigration executive orders; these things are legislative items, not executive orders; that is illegal. The DOC has the gall to use “the least of these’ scripture to support breaking the law. They are advocates for the president and his political party, Leftist travelers, for breaking the law.

Open borders, millions of illegals (regardless of the reason; violence in their own country for example, then they must deal with it there), the Leftist Environmental movement, siding with atheists, bigots, anti-Semites, and all the rest of it, has nothing to do with, as Aquinas succinctly put it:

To feed the hungry;
    To give drink to the thirsty;
    To clothe the naked;
    To harbour the harbourless;
    To visit the sick;
    To ransom the captive;
    To bury the dead.

The spiritual works of mercy are:

    To instruct the ignorant;
    To counsel the doubtful;
    To admonish sinners;
    To bear wrongs patiently;
    To forgive offences willingly;
    To comfort the afflicted;
    To pray for the living and the dead.

If the DOC is serious about feeding, clothing, the sick, and they are in other countries, then they should go there, increase missionary work, and send them food and clothes. Inviting them to the US, and stressing all taxpayers (not just members of First Christian Church), creating even more unemployment and poverty among our poor who are being dispossessed by even more uneducated/low or unskilled workers illegally coming across our border. They compete with those for government created limited resources and the problems related to high unemployment.

How does the DOC “leadership” think they are doing spiritual works of mercy by siding with totalitarian, anti-Christian, anti-Semitic governments and culture? Our government and anti-Christian cultural elites attack Christian businesses, forcing them do things against teaching and beliefs and the DOC leadership jumps right on.

I suppose I can go on for lots more pages, but I’m thinking I’ve at least started making my point. If DOC in Indiana is serious about putting government and the cultural zeitgeist before God, then they need to consider stepping down.

I’m both angered and saddened that out church “leadership” has put Christ second to the materialist idea that we humans can make life better without God (while using God to justify). They must stop using our Church and scripture to hide behind so they can have political power, or to support the anti-Christian politicians and cultural elites. They have turned their backs on Christ. Pray for them they turn back to Christ.

“The heads of the Church ought therefore to imitate Christ in being affable, adapting Himself to women, laying His hands on children, and washing His disciples’ feet, that they also should do the same to their brethren. But we are such that we seem to go beyond the pride even of the great ones of this world; as to the command of Christ, either not understanding it, or setting it at nought. Like princes we seek hosts to go before us, we make ourselves  awful and difficult of access, especially to the poor, neither approaching them, nor suffering them to approach us.”
― Thomas Aquinas

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Are Christians Going to be Outlawed & Churches Closed Down in America?

Christians are facing the reality of being relegated to our status of ancient Rome. It’s not enough for secularists and atheists and cultural elites that permeate our society to run Christians out of business, they are on the cusp of running churches out of business. The homosexualist movement has moved its attack into direct confrontation with biblically based churches that believe marriage is between a man and a woman. On the 28th April, a couple days from now, oral arguments begin before the Supreme Court to determine if homosexual marriage is a Constitutional right.

Given that the Judicial Branch of our government has pretty much rejected the Constitution unless it fits the current cultural/legal zeitgeist, there’s no telling what they’ll come up with. That decision is supposed to be announced sometime in June.

What can happen is, worst case scenario, the government will dictate that churches not performing same sex marriages loose their tax exempt status. Most churches, not being flush with income, will have to close down. Secularists, atheists, the homosexualist movement, don’t view churches as doing anything good despite massive evidence to the contrary. They see Christianity as evil. 

Support of traditional marriage not only effects churches, but businesses, as seen in the attack on many Christian bakers, photographers, wedding planners, and most notably Chick-fil-A. A side note about them; the student government at John Hopkins University voted to ban Chick-fil-A from campus. There isn’t even a plan, not even talk of putting one on campus. That's how deeply the hatred of Christians is for many in our society. Banning Christians from the public square is the thing to do in our new culture. What else will be effected are Christian outreach organizations like homeless shelters, Christian schools and colleges, any humanitarian Christian organization would be shut down if they refuse to comply with same sex marriage laws. We don't even have to disobey a law, we just have to say we think marriage is between a man and a woman. Marriage laws not written by the way, but when has that ever stopped anti-Christian bigots or the Left/dictatorships in any nation at any time in history?

In true Leftist, Secularists, Atheist fashion, the enemy, in this case biblical Christians, have been marginalized, and now the attack can begin in earnest. With the legal community on board, we can now be criminalized, run out of business, followed by fines and even imprisonment.

I remember homosexuals in the 1970’s saying they just want to be left alone, not marginalized. There were even chants during protests to that effect. Next, and justifiably, they wanted civil and legal protections as couples. This was a good and important development. Now they want to change the meaning of marriage to whatever anyone wants to define it as. If it isn’t between a man and woman, and it can be between same sex couples, then anyone can marry anyone or anything in any combination. There are already people marrying their pets.

Our option as Christians is to look to the book of Acts and restructure ourselves like the ancient Christians did. Though we aren’t (yet) being imprisoned, fined, or killed for our beliefs, we may have to step up like Chinese, North Korean, or Caliphate Christians, and defy the government, the culture, and made up laws. A true test of our Faith is coming. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Thoughts on the Nomination of Anti-Constitution Loretta Lynch to US Attorney General

These are the Leftists that identify themselves as Republicans and must be voted out of office. They spend more time and money going after Conservatives and TEA Party members than stopping the totalitarians/Dems that ignore the law, in this case Loretta Lynch.

Dems are delighted with the go ahead of the nomination of Loretta Lynch for US Attorney General. She’ll continue with the unconstitutional, racist, immoral behavior of Holder, and implement Obama’s illegal, unconstitutional requests and regulations.

She said she wasn’t familiar with the legal issues or documents of Fast and Furious that resulted in the death of hundreds and Mexicans and a border patrol officer. Just in case you’re not aware, Holder and Obama illegally sold guns on the border and got lots of people murdered. How can someone asking to be the chief law enforcement officer of the United States not be aware of this? I’m just a working stiff it the Mohave Desert and I’ve always been aware of it from day one.

She said she wasn’t aware of the president’s immigration and amnesty policy. Say what? I’m just a workin’ stiff in the desert, and I know what those (unconstitutional) policies are.

She said she was unclear about the legal status and rights of terrorists in Guantanamo Bay. How could one be asking to be the top law enforcement officer of the land and not know the details of this?

She claimed she was not aware of the rules and laws for background checks for weapons, specifically relating to gun shows. This desert rat knows that too.

Marijuana is federally illegal and she said she won’t enforce the law. I’m for legalization, but she wants to be the number one enforcement officer of the land. The Defense of Marriage Act is Federal law and she will not defend or support that.

She made it clear she’s anti Second Amendment and for banning guns. She, like Obama and Holder took an oath to uphold and support the Constitution. I was sworn in to the Military, Army then Navy, to support the Constitution. I did and do. They don’t.