The Book of Ruth tells a story. The tale is easily understood, and the characters are well developed. So we can vicariously share their adventure. If I were trying to entice someone to read the Bible, I suppose I would tell them to start with The Book of Ruth. Yet as simple as it seems to be, I suspect The Book of Ruth puzzles many. Why is that story in the Bible? Why does God want us to know about that story? At least part of the answer lies in the title of loopyloo305’s post.

Armor of God

Ruth 1:11-18

New International Version (NIV)

11 But Naomi said, “Return home, my daughters. Why would you come with me? Am I going to have any more sons, who could become your husbands? 12 Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me—even if I had a husband tonight and then gave birth to sons—13 would you wait until they grew up? Would you remain unmarried for them? No, my daughters. It is more bitter for me than for you, because the Lord’s hand has turned against me! ”

14 At this they wept aloud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her.

15 “Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.”

16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where…

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What Inspired This Post?

When I got this remark from  joesix, it set me to thinking.

 I believe the people who swear by universal healthcare.  I have my own personal experiences with it to back that up.  I have statistics to back that up.  You have vague assurances that it’s the first step towards fascism.  You call my proof questionable yet you continue to offer no proof of your own.

When you buy an insurance plan at a ridiculously high markup, you’re encouraging a system that charges exorbitant prices for everyone.  As Paul Krugman puts it, “We are not a household. We are an economy. Your spending is my income and my spending is your income.” (continue here)

That quote from Paul Krugman is actually for real (see here). However, it is slightly out of context. Krugman was merely defending continuing big government spending (  :wink:  ) to stimulate the economy.

When I put Krugman’s remark in context with what our president said recently (see DID HE REVEAL WHAT HE REALLY BELIEVES?), I worry for my people. We have too many like  who insist that through the voting power of majority they have a right to dominate their fellow man. Even if this belief were morally defensible, it cannot be made to work. Human nature will not allow it.

The Tyranny Of The Majority

What   wants is economic tyranny by the majority. Why does want such a majoriatarian tyranny? He wants to use the power of government to redistribute the wealth. That’s the essence of Socialism. The Socialist ideal calls for the majority to use its voting power to seize “unneeded” assets from the “rich” and redistribute those assets to the needy “poor”.

Who are the “rich”? Well, given how much debt our nation has acquired, the “rich” are our children and grandchildren. Why are they “rich”? Because they cannot vote, the young and those yet to be born have no defense from the cowardly greed of the majority.

Why must majoritarian tyranny fail? Consider the words of the Apostle Paul.

Galatians 6:7-8 Amplified Bible (AMP)

7 Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.

8 For he who sows to his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality) will from the flesh reap decay and ruin and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

Because they are devoted to secular human reason, Socialists must sow to the flesh. If they acknowledged the supremacy of God, then Socialists would have to admit that God, not government, gives us our rights. Socialists would have to admit that politicians have no right to steal from opposition groups — or the next generation — just so that they can give goodies to their constituents.

Look carefully at our own government and our own economy. Because Socialist ideologies dominate so much our government and economy, we have become economically stagnant, and we risk economic collapse and tyranny.

Respect For The Rights of Others

What does sowing to the spirit involve? Instead of worrying so much of about this life, we contemplate the next. Answering a question, Jesus explained.

Matthew 19:16-19 Good News Translation (GNT)

16Once a man came to Jesus. Teacher, he asked, what good thing must I do to receive eternal life?

17Why do you ask me concerning what is good? answered Jesus. There is only One who is good. Keep the commandments if you want to enter life.

18What commandments? he asked.

Jesus answered, Do not commit murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not accuse anyone falsely;19respect your father and your mother; and love your neighbor as you love yourself.

To receive eternal life, Jesus said we must obey the last six of the Ten Commandments, numbers five through ten. These commandments require us to love our neighbor. Even though the reference is not immediately obvious, Jesus included 10th commandment. For if we love our neighbor as we love our self, we will not covet what belongs to our neighbor. Matthew Henry put it this way.

In answer to this [the young man’s question], Christ specifies several, especially the commandments of the second table. First, That which concerns our own and our neighbour’s life; Thou shalt do no murder. Secondly, Our own and our neighbour’s chastity, which should be as dear to us as life itself; Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thirdly, Our own and our neighbour’s wealth and outward estate, as hedged about by the law of property; Thou shalt not steal. Fourthly, That which concerns truth, and our own and our neighbour’s good name; Thou shalt not bear false witness, neither for thyself, nor against thy neighbour; for so it is here left at large. Fifthly, That which concerns the duties of particular relations; Honour thy father and mother. Sixthly, That comprehensive law of love, which is the spring and summary of all these duties, whence they all flow, on which they are all founded, and in which they are all fulfilled; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself (Gal. v. 14; Rom. xiii. 9), that royal law, Jas. ii. 8. Some think this comes in here, not as the sum of the second table, but as the particular import of the tenth commandment; Thou shalt not covet, which Mark is, Defraud not; intimating that it is not lawful for me to design advantage or gain to myself by the diminution or loss of another; for that is to covet, and to love myself better than my neighbour, whom I ought to love as myself, and to treat as I would myself be treated. (from here)

When we sow to the spirit, we show another how to love. We treat another person as we wish to be treated by them. Why? If we can learn to love our neighbors as we wish to be loved, then we can learn how to love our Creator.

If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. — by C. S. Lewis (quote from here)


What is fundamental transformation? What comes to your mind? Is it the metamorphosis that takes place when a caterpillar becomes a butterfly? What someone subjected you to a fundamental transformation? Do you think it would matter if you had a choice in the matter?

Consider the pictures above: the peasants beside a hovel, the people working for their masters and mistresses, the galley slaves pulling the oars, the beatings, and the chains. When we are the unwilling victim of a fundamental transformation, we become someone else’s property. Our masters raise themselves above us. Under duress, we work for them. Whatever they want we must do or suffer arbitrary punishment.

How does an involuntary fundamental transformation work? It begins with captivation. In the pursuit of wicked dreams, some gain power over others. With the help of willing servants — the “upper classes” — these “dreamers” transform their victims into lower classes of human beings. What do we call these victims? History is replete with synonyms, but the most popular term is slave.

How do we avoid slavery? We must be wary. We must remember there are two sides to slavery. There is the point of view of the master, and there is the point of view of the slave.

  • What the master perceives is glamorous. Search the Internet. When a would-be master shares his dream with his victim, he speaks of prosperity and sensual pleasures. Such talk is just a lure. Of what the would-be master speaks, he intends only for himself.
  • Of what the slave perceives, we know little. In our land, there are few slaves. Where there are slaves, their masters will not suffer them to speak. Yet we can imagine that the visage of a slave speaks for itself. At its worst, it must be a face that sees is all it’s hopes and dreams undone, a man reduced to a thing.

How do we oppose slavery? If we love our family, friends, and neighbors, then we must refuse to impose slavery on anyone, and we must restrain those who have such ambitions.

We must view each others rights to life, liberty, and property as God-given and sacred. When one man makes another his slave, he seeks to warp his victim’s soul. None of us have that right. Therefore, when a man claims he can give us our rights — especially at the expense of others — he claims to be God. He is insisting that we should worship him, and he risks damning both his own soul and the souls of any who would follow him.


In an email he sent yesterday, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter offeres his opinion of part of a speech President Obama made in Roanoke, Virginia.

Nice Try, but No Cigar

For those of us who have raised teens, we are familiar with the “backing and filling” that accompanies excuse making when you catch them doing or saying something they shouldn’t have. So too we have caught President Obama in a similar situation as he attempts to explain away his candid moment in Roanoke two weeks ago when he told businesses all across America that “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen”, a line that will surely live until November. Now he says that “we’re all in this together”, as if to suggest “that’s what I really meant”. Hummmm. Too bad that’s NOT what you originally said.

This is not the first time the President has given us an “inside peek” at his real attitude on things. Recall in March of this year when he was speaking to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and was caught on an open mic explaining his plans to back away from missile defense once the election is over. “This is my last election,” Obama is heard telling Medvedev. “After my election, I have more flexibility”. (So much for protecting America above protecting your political position.)

But the President’s remarks in Roanoke weren’t captured accidently. They were a full-faced declaration that he thinks it’s the government that creates success, it’s the government that is the center of all innovation, that it’s the government that is responsible for anyone’s success. And his ex-post facto teenage “backing and filling” is designed to manufacture a new context for his Roanoke remarks, a context that was not present when he told us that business owners owe their success to the Nanny State.

So, Mr. President, in the tradition of the sideshow barker, “nice try, but no cigar”. We heard what you said Mr. President, and we saw you in an honest moment-just like we did with the Russians-that makes clear your idea of economic success is rooted in a socialist model.

Well, mine isn’t, nor are the millions of hard-working small businesses that know free enterprise, risk taking, and hard work-individual work-and yes sacrifice too, are how businesses start, grow, and prosper.

This President will never get this. It’s nothing like community organizing, is it?

I think it’s appropriate that the President made this gaff in Virginia, because I truly hope that his Presidency will end right here in November as a result of our hard work for the GOP ticket. Elections matter folks, let’s get out there, roll up our sleeves, and send this fellow back to Chicago, soon before there’s nothing left to salvage.

On to Victory!