Are You a Bridge Builder or a Bridge Burner?

When you thought you “heard it all” coming from this Congress,  there are some things that actually pleasantly surprise you.  As you already know that Barack Obama has treated the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu with the absolute utmost contempt.  To the point where Obama said, “ I’m going to have dinner with the girls.  Let me know if anything changes’.  This action has truly set this country up for the ramifications of Genesis 12:3.

Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann also talked about this very verse of Scripture back in February of this year.  It seems that now 76, that’s right 76 Senators have signed a letter to normalize relations with Israel.   Below is the actual letter drafted by Senator Barbara Boxer and  Senator  Johnny Isakson:

Dear Secretary Clinton:

We write to urge you to do everything possible to ensure that the recent tensions between the U.S. and Israeli administrations over the untimely announcement of future housing construction in East Jerusalem do not derail Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations or harm U.S.-Israel relations. In fact, we strongly believe that it is more important than ever for Israel and the Palestinians to enter into direct, face-to-face negotiations without preconditions on either side.

Despite your best efforts, Israeli-Palestinian negotiations have been frozen for over a year. Indeed, in a reversal of 16 years of policy, Palestinian leaders are refusing to enter into direct negotiations with Israel. Instead, they have put forward a growing list of unprecedented preconditions. By contrast, Israel’s prime minister stated categorically that he is eager to begin unconditional peace negotiations with the Palestinians. Direct negotiations are in the interest of all parties involved – including the United States.
We also urge you to reaffirm the unbreakable bonds that tie the United States and Israel together and to diligently work to defuse current tensions. The Israeli and U.S. governments will undoubtedly, at times, disagree over policy decisions. But disagreements should not adversely affect our mutual interests – including restarting the peace process between Israel and her neighbors and preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

From the moment of Israel’s creation, successive U.S. administrations have appreciated the special relationship between our two nations. Israel continues to be the one true democracy in the Middle East that brings stability to a region where it is in short supply. Whether fighting Soviet expansionism or the current threats from regional aggression and terrorism, Israel has been a consistent, reliable ally and friend and has helped to advance American interests. Similarly, by helping keep Israel strong, the United States has helped to reduce threats to Israel’s security and advance the peace which successive Israeli governments have so avidly sought.

It is the very strength of our relationship that has made Arab-Israeli peace agreements possible, both because it convinced those who desired Israel’s destruction to abandon any such hope and because it gave successive Israeli governments the confidence to take calculated risks for peace. As the Vice President said during his recent visit to Israel: “Progress occurs in the Middle East when everyone knows there is simply no space between the U.S. and Israel.” Steadfast American backing has helped lead to peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan.

We recognize that our government and the Government of Israel will not always agree on particular issues in the peace process. But such differences are best resolved amicably and in a manner that befits longstanding strategic allies. We must never forget the depth and breadth of our alliance and always do our utmost to reinforce a relationship that has benefited both nations for more than six decades.

Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,

Barbara Boxer 
United States Senator

Johnny Isakson                                                                                 United States Senator

What I find amazing is that over 3/4 of U.S. Senate can find worth and value in Israel to care about and stand up for her.   This is an instance where the children of darkness are wiser than the children of light.

We in the Church can’t even agree if God is done with Israel (by the way, He isn’t).  Yet keep in mind, these are the same people who passed Obamacare  so that Obama can sign for it.  It is time for the Church to wake up.  Doing one good deed is not justification for them to keep their office in November.  We must be a repairer of the breach, a restorer of the waste places.  We must rebuild our foundation that this country was built on. 

To put it bluntly, judgment from God on our nation came  November 4, 2008.  The day we the people desired a king instead of following God.  It is with deep sadness I would say if we as a nation do not vote in righteous people to rule over us on November 2, 2010,  we may cease to exist as a nation. 

As is was on December 7, 1941 so it may be on November 2, 2010 – A date which will live in infamy.  The only difference between the two dates is the December one we did not choose.

Choose Wisely.

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Are You a Bridge Builder or a Bridge Burner?

With Friends Like Us, Who Needs an Enemy?

As you may have heard by now, the Obama administration officially changed their position on Israel.  They are now adding themselves to a growing list of administrations that are trying to the force the Israeli government into giving up land “for peace”.

Quite frankly the request on its surface is laughable, if the position was not true and the results not so tragic.  Let’s examine what this administration is asking:  A sovereign nation is asking another sovereign nation to give up their land, so that another “race” of people can live there.  In addition, they  are being asked to split their capital city in half so that the “Palestinian” people have a capital to call their own.  No other nation in world history has been asked to do this.  The full weight of our government is behind this action.  Yet once again, the reaction from the Church in America is eerily silent.  It is a living proof text that we in the pew do not know our Bibles, and that those in the pulpit refuse to teach it.

Genesis 12:3 says: “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed”.  This is something that U.S. Representative Michelle Bachmann has stated publicly.  You can read her statement here

In addition, Zechariah 12:3 says:  “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it”. 

As a Christian we know that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (see II Timothy 3:16).  That being said, knowing that Genesis 12:3 and Zechariah 12:3 have not been done away with, why is there no outrage coming from the leadership from the Church in America?  As I have said in earlier posts,  the only difference between the Sanhedrin of the 1st century and the leadership of the 21st century is 2000 years and a better tailor.
Because of the aggressive position of our government toward Israel as well as the lackidazical position of our Church leaders, judgment to our country is not only coming; it is eminent.  God will not stand idly by and let His chosen people be boxed in like this.  He will unleash the full power of Heaven, if we don’t repent of our actions and hold our government leaders accountable. 

This is the crossroad we are at as a nation.  Either we take the the right “fork” of repentance and accountability, and God through His mercy and direction guides us to rebuild the waste places (church and government) and restore them both to their former glory.  Or we take the left fork or pride, arrogance, and complacency and we shall be destroyed.  Our destruction will not come because of God’s will, but because of our foolish choices. 

Make the right choice Church, because it is in this choice that we shall be remembered.      

With Friends Like Us, Who Needs an Enemy?

From Gerber to Steak: When Does That Happen?

 

While surfing religious channels on my TV, I noticed a common thread through most of the programming.  Nearly all of the content teaches the most basic form of Christianity.  With some of them, if they get past John 3:16, you have just witnessed a bona fide miracle.  The Apostle Paul said, “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat” (see Hebrews 5:12).

The Apostle Paul calls us to be teachers.  Why hasn’t this taken place?  I think it hasn’t for a couple of reasons. First, there is no hunger or thirst after righteousness in the pew, just religious satisfaction. This is one of the most dangerous places the Church of America can be in.  This type of attitude is precisely the one depicted in the Laodicea church age (see Revelation 3:14) An age where the mantra has been,  “I have all this wealth (on paper)”.  “I can relax and take it easy”.  If you haven’t struck it rich yet you heard, “The wealth of the sinner is laid up for the righteous”.  “Not to worry, God is in control”.  In either case, it causes the believer not to stretch or grow.  The problem with that is, anything that does not grow begins to die.  In America we are dying because we don’t try, or because of too much pride.

Secondly, I think those in church leadership are partially to blame as well.  Some not all, want to control the congregation so that they set themselves up as the “go to” person.  This type of scenario  puts them at the center of everything and makes people feel they are stuck in a religious prison, not having the latitude to move and do as God as wired them.  Both reasons produce the same result:  It causes the Christian not to grow and remain in a “baby” state.  As with any baby two things occur:  They can not feed themselves and they can not defend themselves.  When the enemy come in with a lie, how do they defend the Truth?  Their first reaction is, “I’ll call my Pastor. He’ll know what to say”.  Scripture says “Give an answer to the hope that is within you” (see I Peter 3:15).  However, this is not their first response because they have not been trained that way.

It has been said by theologians and commentators, that things are first done spiritually and then naturally.  This seems to be no different.  We the Church in America, have created a spiritual “Nanny State”.  Where its citizens are completely dependant on the State (Church Leadership) regarding how to think, how to act, how to give and how to live.   We now have produced the same type of mentality in the natural where Socialists have taken over most governmental authority positions and is now squeezing the Church leadership to conform or shut down their ministries.  This action will cause Church leadership to confront themselves with not only the Truth of God’s Word, but the reality that their living will possibly be dictated by the State and not their freedom of choice.

 

This action should serve as a warning to the Body of Christ at large.  Your freedom is dependent not so much of what God allows, but on what you allow.  Shall another person – be it in the pulpit or in government dictate to you what God’s will is for your life on this side of eternity?  Or will you you stand up, speak up and mount up an offensive to take back and preserve the rights and freedoms that God has given you to steward?   At the end of the day what will you wipe away from your mouth?  – Steak Sauce or Apple Sauce?

From Gerber to Steak: When Does That Happen?

Greece is the Word!

 

A few days ago, I was thinking about the movie “Grease” made in 1978.  It starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.  The setting was an American High School in the 1950’s.  If you can think back to the “innocence” of the time, it kind of makes you want to chuckle inside. This was a time where smoking cigarettes and flipping your collar up on your jacket meant to regular society that their world is was on the brink of a cultural collapse.  Fast forward 32 years later, and you find that Greece is no laughing matter.

For decades Greek citizens have been enjoying economic socialism – cradle to the grave benefits that everyone else around you paid for.  While in turn through higher taxes and less earnings for yourself, you paid for everyone else benefits as well.  There’s only one problem with the system:  The benefits come from the Greek government.  Since the government does not manufacture anything,  it can not generate a profit.  If you cant generate a profit, you’re not a business, you’re a charity. The money to sustain the benefits have to come from somewhere.  Where does the government go? to individuals and corporations and collect the money in the form of higher taxes.  If people and companies leave, the benefits still continue.  The only difference is that those remaining will pay higher taxes.  Eventually the money will run out.  When it did as it happened in Greece recently, the people walked off their jobs.  Let’s face it.  Nobody is wiling to work for free.

You may be asking right now, “What does all of this have to do with me”?  To put it simply, where Greece is, America is on the same road and the car (government) carrying the economic engine has the accelerator almost to the floor.  While our politicians and our Pastors are too busy looking in the rearview mirror primping themselves for the next photo-op or video shoot, the car is careening out of control heading dangerously close to the sign that says “Bridge Out”.  I wrote about this spiritually and culturally speaking in “Sign Post Ahead: Bridge Out America” and  politically  on “We Have Passed the Signpost.  Brace Yourself for the Cliff Ahead”.  Now we are at the final barricade that is keeping our country from going over the cliff.  If you call yourself a Christian, the time is now to get up and fight.  Tell your friends. Tell your Pastor.  Tell your Priest.  Tell all those who are willing to listen, this the wrong time to be passive.  I am very aware that God is in control.  However, the one thing Almighty God, Ruler of the universe can not control is:  Your choice.

 

I have said this before and it bears repeating here:  Check your government before the government checks you.  If we go under as a nation who do the other nations turn to?  To make this point a little closer to home, we the Church in America are the righteous ones responsible to build the foundations of this country that is supposed to be based on the Word of God.  Ask yourself this question as it is asked in Psalms 11:3  “If the foundations are destroyed, what will the righteous do”?

Greece is the Word!

Get Out of the Clique and into the Game

 

Here it is May 2010.  The warnings have been loud and clear that the judgment of God is eminent and is happening at the same time.  From Obama bowing to other heads of State.  To him saying we are no longer a Christian nation.  From him not attending the National Day of Prayer.  To a  Wisconsin federal judge ruling that said day is unconstitutional.  We are nation under siege:  Politically, economically, culturally, and most importantly, spiritually.   Why?    How we view things (e.g. Biblical worldview) shape the culture, shapes how we do business, and shapes what we determine what is considered right and wrong in government and society at large.   

When each of these instances are addressed to the Church Leadership what is their response?  Pray for our President, Pray for our Courts.  When will we learn that prayer – While it is sorely needed, while it is truly necessary.  Prayer by itself is not enough.   Yes, we need to not only shout the message “Jesus is Lord”  but  we need to shout “Our government belongs to Him” also.  Then once the message is uttered, we need to act on it.

How do we act on it?  Scripture says, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”  (See II Timothy 2:15).  This not only means that Scripture is preached correctly in the pulpit.  This also means that  you apply Scripture correctly in your everyday living.  This would include how you vote and holding politicians accountable for their character that’s in them and the promises they made, which is why you cast your vote for them in the first place.  It is accountability from you and conviction from God that will cause the politician to toe the line.  Conviction from God will not come to the ungodly, so why would you vote for them?  When the ungodly do make it into office, why would pray for them to make Godly decisions when they can’t hear God in the first place?  I am very aware of that Scripture says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour (See I Timothy 2:1-3) 

However, when you look at the political context, none of these people were elected.  Therefore, you did not have a choice whether they ruled over you or not.  So if you wanted to live, praying for them would be a good thing.  We in America have a choice of who to rule over us.  From the President to the school board Trustee and everywhere in between.  Since God created government and our system installs leaders via elections and not by edict,  the stewardship of our government does not fall on God.  It falls squarely on our shoulders.  We pray for His direction, but the choice and the accountability for that choice is all on us.  Ask yourself when was the last time you heard that on Sunday Morning?   

There are many in the Church that took God’s gift called the vote and squandered it on a candidate that looked like them.  Who had a party affiliation the same as them.   Yet sadly, these candidates did not have the same values as them and we were too blind to see it.  In November we have the opportunity to make it right.  Regardless of what the Pastor says to you personally or in the pulpit corporately, we have an obligation to find candidates that reflect a Biblical worldview.  We are then mandated by God to seek them out, pray them in , then vote them in.    

 

The choice is yours:  Stay with your Pastor and the rest of the church clique and do nothing.  Or get in the game and exercise your freedom and your vote before both of them are taken away from you.

Get Out of the Clique and into the Game