A Talking Head or a Discerning Spirit

 

I watched Glenn Beck’s keynote address at CPAC.  I was impressed by what I heard.  He cited American History quite often to back up his case.  He even recognized that our rights come from God.  What he doesn’t say – not that I expect him to is this:  What did the Founding Fathers say regarding God and government?  I briefly talk about that in “Freedom Isn’t Free.  A Price Has to be Paid”.  to that end, I have a few questions:

  • Why does this “revelation” of where our rights come from have to be announced from a political convention instead of the House of God?
  • Why are we being admonished to take an account of our time and our money, but rarely (if ever) our vote?  Don’t they all come from God?
  • How come when discussions on political matters are brought up, party affiliations instead of the Word of God become the focus?

These questions as well as many others like these, are in the minds of many believers.  Yet sadly, there is no real world forum that believers can bring their concerns to without facing some type of religious persecution – be it from their peers or the authority they have submitted themselves to.   If we are not honest with each other and feel safe enough to air our political opinions – right or wrong in the House of God, how can we win an unsaved, unregenerate world to Christ when we have disharmony of what a true Biblical worldview is?  

 

Biblical harmony does not mean we “get along” with each other.  What it does mean is that we are strong enough in Him to defend the Faith from all comers, inside and out of the Body.  Yet we are humble enough, when proven through Scripture that when we are shown that our view is  wrong we can apologize, ask for forgiveness and learn from each other.   The bottom line is that we don’t become a “talking head”, but have a discerning spirit.

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A Talking Head or a Discerning Spirit

Terrorism Now Looks Like Us

Just when think you know your opponent, they change their game and put you back on the defensive.  Name the sport and that has been done.  But what about politics?  Been done there too.  Just when you think you know your opponent by their different uniform,  language, weaponry, or tactics;  they change up on you to keep you anticipating their next move instead of you planning yours. 

On September, 11, 2001, 19 men changed the face of war and how that war will be waged.  To them, this war is not about land, but ideas.  The fact is that they think their ideas are superior to yours; to the point of laying down their (and your) lives for them.
In Matthew 24:7 Jesus said, “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom”.  When translated, the word nation is ethnos or people group.  This is where where we get the word ethnic.  What Jesus did not say is that this uprising is going to happen outside our borders.  For this is the very thing I want to speak about.

We live in a time and a world that the enemy is not well defined.  That they are able to blend in with us.  Why?  Because they look just like us.  Remember Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols?  How about John Muhammad, the “D.C. Sniper”?  Now most recently Joseph Stack,  who took his single engine plane and crashed it into an IRS building.  What is the common denominator?  All were Americans.  All were angry at the government.  All believed that violent acts had to be committed before anyone would listen.

This is evidence that America’s sins has reached Heaven and we as a nation are not repentant of it.  Had the Church made proper choices of selecting governmental leaders according to Biblical standards instead of party affiliation, would these atrocities not take place?  Possibly.   Because of these and many other calamities that have come to our shores, are we a nation under judgment?  Yes.  What the Church has forgotten is where does judgment start?  It starts in the House of God (see I Peter 4:17).   Because God is slow to anger and is plentiful in His mercy, judgment slowly escalates.  From the spiritual, where favor has been removed. To the natural to where “100 year storms” become commonplace. To economic, where your money will not be able to buy what you need. Now to the physical where gunmen will open fire in churches, killing innocent people.   Now I know that some will think that these are all just “coincidences” and would need Biblical evidence before they would believe what I’m saying is true.  I would ask you consider Deuteronomy 28:20-21:

The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me. 
The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it.

Remember, these judgments are for HIS people, not the world.  The end result of any spiritual blessing or curse is not because of an Devine or demonic influence.  It comes from our choices.  To use one of the most recently quoted Scriptures as an example II Chronicles 7:14; It is we that choose to humble ourselves.  It is we who choose to pray.  It is also we who need to turn from our wicked ways (choices).  In my entry “Political Correctness or Cultural Suicide”  I stated: 

When political candidates have publically stated they support abortion on demand and same-sex marriage how can you as a Christian still vote for them?

How can this choice be considered pleasing to God?  How can choices like this invoke a blessing from Heaven?  How will we show the world that there is a better way when we make the same choices that they do?  That’s not making a difference from them, that’s coming into agreement with them.

When we will learn that it is our choices based on the correct standard (The Bible) that will make the difference?  Until that happens, God will not be pleased, judgments will continue, and the world won’t know there’s a better way. 

Terrorism Now Looks Like Us

Freedom Has Become Yesterday’s News

 

There are some things that should be valued and cherished above all others.  We as Americans has valued and cherished freedom for over 200 years.  In that time we have shown the world through word and through deed, that freedom is to be treated as vow in a marriage: To love, honor, and cherish until death do you part.  At this point in time, I find that our freedom in on its death bed. 

Where you have Obama doing all he can to wreck the country politically, socially and economically, The TEA Party Movement along with other individuals and groups, are struggling trying to get it back. In all of the civil struggle that is going on, where do you find the Church?  On the sidelines trying to be like Moses;  praying,  but without the mountain (see Exodus 17:8-12)  The problem is not that the Church has been praying.  The problem is the overwhelming majority of the Church thinks they are either Moses, Aaron, or Hur.  The reality is that the majority of the Church should act like Joshua – taking the fight to the enemy and winning. 

As I stated in, “Patriotism Lit the Fuse, but Repentance and Revolution Started the Fire”  We need to rediscover ourselves.  It is in rediscovering ourselves, we would find that the primary freedom that  should be cherished above all others is this:  Religious Freedom.  It is precisely this freedom, that is on the verge of expiring.  You would ask yourself, How is this possible?  It is possible when a Pastor in a mall can talk about God to three people – who consented to the conversation, then have the Mall Police arrest the Pastor, have him booked at the local jail, and was never charged with a crime. (Man Sues California Mall After Guard Arrests Him for Having Conversation About God)  What is the reaction from the Church?  Absolute silence. When you see this type of open assault to the members of the Church, it is a sign that totalitarianism is about to take place.  There are 5 things the State will do before enslaving a nation:

  • Take away or severely limit the freedom to arm yourself.
  • Take away or severely limit your ability to make a living.
  • Take away your freedom to intellectually choose a political candidate by stacking both sides of the deck with their own.
  • Severely limiting your ability to move around the country as you choose without governmental intervention (checkpoints).
  • Removing or severely limiting who or how you worship.

As you can see by my list four of them has already taken place.  The fifth is in seedling form.  If the Church does not step up and speak up, we wont have to read about the persecution of Christians in the Bible or outside this country – we’ll live it.

 

The choice is in your hands.  You and the Believers you know can either stand up, speak up and educate others about our God given freedom, or you can discard your freedom like yesterday’s news.

Freedom Has Become Yesterday’s News

Patriotism Lit the Fuse, but Repentance and Revolution Started the Fire

Watching the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) “party” movement grow,  I noticed something.  While there is justified resentment and anger displayed,  there was one thing lacking:  Repentance.  Not just in the II Chronicles 7:14 fashion,  but repentance that we as individuals and as a nation did not seek the Lord on who is to rule over us. 

As it was with the ancient Israelites, so it is with us.  We do not understand that God constructed this form of government and that we have been privileged by Him to choose leaders over us.  We wanted a “king” like the other nations (see I Samuel Chapter 8).  This is exactly what we got.  We got a “Saul” – a man who looks like a king but lacks the wisdom to govern like one (read I Samuel 9 to see what Saul does after becoming king).  It is for this reason, we are witnessing the slow death of our nation.  

The biggest inspiration of the TEA movement is not their vocalization of their anger, or their rallies or marches;  but in their rediscovery of who they are.  This a modern case of the children of darkness being wiser than the children of light (see Luke 16:8)  To them the “master of the house” are the Founding Fathers.  To us it is the Lord Himself.  Rather than trying to come into agreement on every little nuance and risked being kicked out of the (Founding) Father’s house, the put aside their differences or “settled the debt” instead of waiting on the debtor to give them the full amount.  That in turn gave them some working “capital”. 

This should be an example to the Church in America.  We need to rediscover ourselves.  We need rediscover why are we here.  Yes, we are called to preach the Gospel to every creature.  Yes, we are called to be salt and light to a dark generation.  I’m saying to you look deeper than that.  We the Church in America are to be the spiritual and social half  of the “solution” to the problem we all face.  The TEA movement on the other hand, is political half of the solution to the same problem.

What if, just what if, we lend our gifts and talents to them and they in turn, lend their gifts and talents to us.  What do you think America would look like?  I believe it would look like what the Fathers (both the Lord and the Founding) would envision.  The “city set upon a hill”.  The “refuge” people could run into.  In other words, what Heaven would look like on the Earth.  The Church would give balance to the TEA movement on trying not run government without God and they would in turn give the Church balance to take action on an issue instead relegating it to prayer alone.

 

The time has come to join forces.  To put aside our spiritual pride.  To link up in arms and fight a common enemy: Demonic forces and the people they use, who have set out to radically and permanently alter the spiritual, political and social landscape of this nation.  With God’s help and our obedience, we will return this land to what is was called to be:  One Nation Under God.

Patriotism Lit the Fuse, but Repentance and Revolution Started the Fire

Freedom Isn’t Free. A Price Has to be Paid

I know that after people read this title they would naturally think, “Of course a price has to be paid. That is what our Armed Forces are for. As true as that statement is outside our borders could it be the same inside? Probably not. That being said, who would defend our freedom inside our borders? The answer may come as a shock to some, and a jubilant message to others. The answer is: We the Church in America. While it is true that those in the Body should pray for their leaders, it is their duty and responsibility to hold their leaders to account – be it political or spiritual. The alternative is a political or spiritual dictatorship. Either one will cause despair and heartache in the hearts and minds for those under their authority.

We have an innate need to free. However, in our society we have incorrectly defined freedom and sadly, the Church in America has accepted this definition. In the world, the definition of freedom is to do as you please. The correct definition of freedom is to do as you ought. The only way to do as you ought is to know and understand what is truly right and what is truly wrong. The way to know this is to understand and walk in the correct standards. The Founding Fathers understood this better than the average American today. Why? The Founding Fathers based their freedom on the Bible. Considers some of things they said:

  • “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other”. – John Adams
  • “In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior. The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity”. – John Quincy Adams
  • “Sensible of the importance of Christian piety and virtue to the order and happiness of a state, I cannot but earnestly commend to you every measure for their support and encouragement”. – John Hancock
  • “The great pillars of all government and of social life [are] virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone, that renders us invincible”. – Patrick Henry

Many people over the last nearly 234 years have given huge sacrifices – up to and including their lives. The one who have given the most of course, is Jesus Christ. He died and was resurrected by His Father (according to Romans 10:9) so that we can be given and enjoy freedom – freedom in Him. That being said, since God made everything, including governments (we have been bestowed the privilege by Him to choose which candidates to install in them). This act is truly a time to worship and give back thanks to Him by installing candidates with moral character not moral failures. That their ambition is to serve God, family and community and not themselves in the public sector and to leave a legacy of said service for future generations to follow.

As I stated in the title of this article a price has to paid. The question is what type of price are we willing to pay. Shall we as a nation bite the bullet, suffer some pain up front and get the right candidates in office? Or shall we continue on the this wide primrose lackadaisical path of comfort and ease deceiving ourselves thinking that tomorrow never comes, but in reality are already living in it?

Scripture says, “There is a way that seemeth right unto man (mankind), but the ends thereof are the ways of death. (Proverbs 14:12) If we as a nation do not wake up and choose our candidates wisely and follow them up with accountability, the death of a nation could happen – Our Own.

Freedom Isn’t Free. A Price Has to be Paid

Check the Lens, Not the Image

 

How we judge things is based on our perception.  The image itself may be fine, but it’s how we perceive it or the “lens” we use the image may become distorted.  An example of this is the world around us.  How we view and react to the world we live in will be a direct reflection of the lens we use.  The judgment that we make through that lens is known as a worldview.

Most things around us revolve around something else.  For example,  the moon revolves around the Earth.  The Earth revolves around the sun.  Your worldview will revolve around your perception of how the world would be made righteous.  But your belief system is the lens you use to see that righteousness. 

There are many ways to see righteousness in the world. In reality it just boils down to two:  A human viewpoint or a Devine one, commonly known as a Biblical view.  A humanistic world view deals with the human being being the center of life.  Being the one primarily that we share our joy in moments of triumph and our pain in our moments of despair.  That being human is the common denominator that binds us together, yet makes us unique at the same time.  Unfortunately in order to answer questions that no individual human can answer, you would have to rely on collective human reasoning and wisdom.  Even on the best of days, that kind of reasoning and logic is limited at best. That being said, your quest for the truth may be fruitless and your frustration may begin to grow because you realize your journey has become incomplete.   

In contrast, there is the Devine or Biblical world view.  In this view you have a God who has not only created the universe and everything in it, He created human beings that look just like Him (See Genesis 1:26).  He has given a manual on how to live (the Bible).  That manual not only tells people how to live, but also give promises of rewards to those that are faithful and promises of judgment to those who are His enemies.  In most cases a humanistic world view the journey is made alone with a little help along the way from time to time.  Not so with a Biblical worldview. In a biblical worldview God, who created us promises never to leave nor forsake us (see Hebrews 13:5).  in other words, we take this journey called life together with Him.   In this journey we discover things about ourselves that He already knew about us.  Which is the one of the reasons we thank Him for in essence,  showing us ourselves. 

I have heard from the both the secular and the sacred arenas that God does not get involve in politics.  Nothing can be further from the truth.  Proverbs 29:2 says:

When the righteous are in power, the people rejoice.  When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. 

This came from Solomon.  The wisest man that ever lived.  The son of King David.  He knew as God knew that in a governmental system such as the Judges as well as our own Constitutional Republic, a wise choice for a political candidate could spell prosperity or destruction for a nation. 

 

A choice needs to be made. The time is short.  The image of our country is in front of us all.  The question is shall continue wearing “rose-colored” glasses and continue to see a  distorted image or do we retire the glasses and see the image clearly?

Check the Lens, Not the Image