Friday, February 20, 2015

Some thoughts on some thoughts



"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.  By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?  Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. 
 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’  Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’"
Mt. 7:15-23


About a week ago, the President attended and spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast.  I didn't listen to it, but read about it in the paper.  I saw that the former race car driver, Darrel Waltrip gave his testimony.  Then I noticed that the Dalai Lama was in attendance.  I thought to myself, "Oooh, THAT'S gonna rub some folks the wrong way." But then again, I'm not the sort to freak out over that sort of thing.  My second thought was, "Well, that's awesome!  I'll bet you $10 that the Dalai Lama has never actual heard the Gospel presented before."  God moves in some pretty clever ways.

Actually, the fact is that plenty of non-Christians have been invited, including King Abdullah II of Jordan back in 2006 when Bush was still President.

Well, it turns out I was wrong.  People didn't freak out over the Dalai Lama being at the prayer breakfast.  No.  Instead they freaked out over this...


When I first read those lines in the paper, it didn't rub me the wrong way at all.  In fact, it didn't even raise a pulse.  Those are simply sad, historical facts.  In America and the rest of the world, Scripture has been repeatedly twisted and warped to justify all sorts of evil.  And it's still happening.  The President was simply quoting history.  What's the big deal?

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A brief aside here: If you think all of this is ancient history, you are fooling yourself.  Take a gander at this link about Bob Jones University in S. Carolina.  It was founded as a VERY Fundamentalist college back in the day.  Up into the 1970s, it still forbade Black Americans from attending.  Once they were allowed in, no inter-racial dating was allowed.  When I was in Bethel College in the 80s, I saw a story from there about a girl who was half black and half white.  The school made her sign a sheet to decide what she really was before she could attend an event with boy of the Cracker persuasion.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Jones_University

Beautiful.  
And all of this based on some truly pathetic interpretations of the bible.

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So anyway, the President speaks an uncomfortable truth.  No big deal I thought.

Oops.  The next thing you know, social media, FOX, "Christian" leaders, and of course greedy power brokers, are having a field day.  The picture at the top of this post is from Reince Priebus, the head of the Republican National Committee.  I first saw it on Facebook yesterday.  He's no fool.  He knew instinctively how to capitalize on gullible, angry, professional President haters.  And the sad fact is that many, if not most, of these haters are people who call themselves christians.

David Brooks is not a believer, but I've heard him speak on this many times, and I thought his response was spot on...

(BTW: If you want some fun, watch the clip through to the end.  Shields pops a bolt over dumb people who don't believe in vaccinations.  LOL.)



If part of the core of Christianity isn't about acknowledging our sin and seeking redemption, what is it?  Have not all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God?  I can assure you that at this point in my life, I have made enough mistakes before God that I fully understand King David when he wrote, "For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me." (Psalm 51:3) I am no longer ashamed to admit them.  If you want details, I'm not terribly shy about that either...but it might make your ears smoke.

Shouldn't nations be willing to do the same?

The President simply told the truth.  I honestly don't understand what the offense was.

Except...

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"I don't want to see religious bigotry in any form. It would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it."  Billy Graham

"Christians should never have a political party.  It is a huge mistake to become married to an ideology, because the greatest enemy of the gospel is ideology.  Ideology is a man-made format of how the world ought to work, and Christians instead believe in the revealing truth of Scripture."  Chuck Colson 

It's not exactly a secret that the church in America has been sold out to far-right politics in most respects.  When I talk to many, if not most, non-christians, they just assume that since I am a christian, I must be a Republican and probably a TEA-Bagger at that.  How in the world did that happen??????


For the record, I do tend to vote Republican the majority of the time.  But I'm not blind.  I'm not wedded to the idea that I am doing Jesus a favor by voting for his ordained party.  I'm strictly independent.  In fact, I reject the idiotic labels of "Liberal" or "Conservative."  Those are man-made
 philosophical constructs with all of the inherent flaws and falleness that comes with them.

When someone says to me, "Yeah, I'm a Christian and a Liberal...Conservative," what I hear is, "Yeah, I'm half a Christian."  I'm pretty sure that that bible warns about taking on worldly labels.

"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God's perfect will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will."
Romans 12:2


The church in America is massively compromised thanks to politics, particularly far-right politics.  The Left has some of it, but not nearly as much.  I'm uncertain why that is the case.  Perhaps liberals tend to be more secular to begin with.  I don't know.  But for some reason, the church in America is kowtowing to extremism on the Right like a dirty, little whore. (Blunt, but I mean exactly that!) The result is that the purity of the Gospel has been compromised and seriously harmed.

The church in America, either through willful ignorance or shear gullibility or just plain stupidity, has allowed itself to be played and used by politicians, and by those out to make a buck in the media.  If you spray a little Jesus-gloss on whatever you're saying, witless American christians will buy it.  It just breaks my heart.

I know sooooooooooooo many Christians who allow themselves to be influenced by godless, wicked people like Ayn Rand (Militant, Jesus-hating Atheist), Glenn Beck (Mormon), Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity (Gas bags out to sell commercials to masses of sheep) and it makes me weep.  It's one thing to know what they say.  It's entirely different to embrace their ideas.  It's the equivalent of saying you're a Believer, but when it comes to your sexuality, you embrace the ideas of Mick Jagger, Hugh Hefner and Dan Savage.

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The movie, "American Sniper," has been out for a while now.  I haven't read the book or seen the film. Apparently, it has sparked some controversy.  I'm not a pacifist.  War is an ugly business and ugly things happen in it.  However, if you want to see what ugly truly is, watch this next clip.

I don't really care what Michael Moore has to say about anything.  I get a kick out of his movies, but I know from the start that he's loaded it with all of his biases.  Apparently he had some comments about the movie.  FOX news knew right away how to make some money off of that.


I had never heard of this talking twat, Todd Starnes, before this.  He impressed me!  I had no idea that anyone could fart out of their mouth as long has he does here...


If that isn't a perfect example of a complete perversion of Scripture, I don't know what is.  To take my Messiah, my KING, and treat him like a prostitute makes me absolutely LIVID!  That man is NOT my brother in Christ!!!!!!!  No one who follows Jesus would EVER say something like that.  That man is a fool and nothing less.


I highly doubt he even believes what he is saying, but he knows it's good for ratings.  And there will be so many "Christians" who agree with him...

"The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 1 Tim. 4:1

And so it has begun...


Avarice and greed are gonna drive you over the endless sea.
They will leave you drifting in the shallows,

drowning in the oceans of history.
Travellin' the world, you're in search of no good.
But I'm sure you'll build your Sodom like I knew you would.
Using all the good people for your galley slaves.
As your little boat struggles through the the warning waves.
But you will pay, you will pay tomorrow.
You're gonna pay tomorrow.


Peace

Joe

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