COMPROMISED?

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Dissecting The Liberal Stance On Israel

Here of late there has been lots of publicity about ISIS, ISIL or whatever it is we are suppose to call a bunch of bloodthirsty fanatics. There is only one good thing about this outfit. ISIS is revealing just the kind of fanatic insanity Israel has been fighting. Apparently, ISIS seeks complete domination, including the deaths of those not of their Islamic sect.

What kind of insanity has Israel been fighting? Because ISIS has been so blatantly evil, we are receiving plenty of news of their mass murders, religious persecution, and horrid abuses of military power. So my last post, NEVER AGAIN published on Thursday, dealt with something closer to home, the American version of anti-Israeli insanity. That’s the hypocrisy in our own political leadership.

Perhaps because of the growing threat posed by ISISNEVER AGAIN received relatively little traffic. However, today two people commented. scout disagreed with the post here, citing the usual Liberal arguments. Keith DeHavelle dissected ‘s comment line-by-line, making the absurdity of ‘s position all too obvious. Nonetheless, we have put a man who speaks all too much like  in the White House and not just once, but twice.

Compromised 

Many supposedly reasonable politicians say that politics is the art of compromise, but think about the definition of “compromised.”

com·pro·mised [kom-pruh-mahyzd]
adjective Pathology
unable to function optimally, especially with regard to immune response, owing to underlying disease, harmful environmental exposure, or the side effects of a course of treatment.

Too many of us, seeking to fatten our own pocketbooks, have repeatedly compromised on the principles that made our constitutional republic possible. Many of us have never even taken the time to understand how our government is suppose to work. We just expect somebody else to take responsibility. As a result, we have severely compromised our constitutional republic. We have elected such a scoundrel to run our nation, President Barack Obama, we are uncertain of his true loyalties. Whatever his loyalties may be, the mess he has made of this nation and the Middle East is criminal.

So What Can We Do?

There is no easy solution. The best I have come up with I posted in WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO? In meantime, since we are thinking about the Middle East, we might try praying for those people.

Why Christians Must Pray for the Middle East Now More Than Ever.

The recent bloodshed and chaos of the Middle East is so indescribably disturbing! So much hatred, anger and misunderstanding thrive in the Middle East in our time. Consider especially:

  • Hamas persecuting Christians in Gaza for the seven years since it came to power —murdering pastors, burning homes and church buildings, and abusing and torturing many Christian brothers and sisters, long before Hamas’ recent all-out attacks on Israel. (Perhaps most of us American Christians forgot to pray or protest. )
  • Hamas in Gaza shooting missiles at Israeli civilians every day now for seven years.
  • Muslims driving out all the 1.5 million Christians from Mosul, Iraq – one million over the last ten years, and 500,000 just a couple weeks ago. Under the threat of mass beheadings, a half a million Christians were driven from their homes, and then robbed of all their money, jewelry and any other valuables as they left Mosul with barely the clothes on their backs.
  • Muslims terrorizing other Muslims in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other places.
  • More violent Muslim persecution against Christians in several countries in the Middle East than has been seen in centuries – or perhaps ever before.

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Perhaps if God answers our prayers for the people in the Middle East, He will help us mend the disaster we are making for our children in our own country.

18 thoughts on “COMPROMISED?

  1. After reading this post. and all the referenced post articles along with the comments and dire predictions of the writers, we need to indeed pray.

    The only consolation I have in regard to the state of current affairs in the world is from the writings of King Solomon which bears out four historically proven facts. 1. We are the masters of our own disasters. 2. What we will do is what others have done before us. 3. If we do nothing as a (world) community to prevent conflict,when it begins, it will worsen and grow. 4. Regardless of what we do, nothing is ever new under the sun, the sun will rise every morning after we are gone.

    In other words, every day we are alive and well is a blessing. And every day we live in peace is a special blessing that will only last as long as we mortals decide that is what we want..

    Prayer is indeed what is needed,now, especially for wise leadership to seek peace and who believe and abide by the basic ten commandments of God. ..

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    1. I suppose some will detect a certain fatalism in your words, but I hear you saying God is ultimately in charge, that we will suffer if we choose to ignore God’s wisdom. Hence, because we have that choice we are the masters of our own disasters.

      God bless you.

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      1. What you have said is a great brief summary of King Solomon’s Ecclesiastes. Many who read it, believe it is a pessimistic view of life. However, it has a very positive message for those who study it and come to understand it better.

        Regards and good will blogging.

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    2. Respectfully, I don’t have the same take at all with regard to your four points. I have no objection to prayer — but it is not the only indicated action.

      1. We are the masters of our own disasters.

      Some, but not all. What we’re dealing with here are human problems, and we can, with prompt and decisive action, fix many of these. But there are many natural disasters that we cannot master.

      2. What we will do is what others have done before us.

      Well, the Bible speaks to human nature, of individuals and of groups. But it does not tell us which sorts and groups of human nature will be in charge, and that is the crucial point of “what we will do.”

      3. If we do nothing as a (world) community to prevent conflict,when it begins, it will worsen and grow.

      Agreed — but this mean that more than prayer is needed.

      4. Regardless of what we do, nothing is ever new under the sun, the sun will rise every morning after we are gone.

      Not literally true, of course. Eventually, this planet will vaporize and be subsumed by the expanding Sun. It will take a while, and in fact we might not even be gone by this time — though I suspect that “people” of that time would be unrecognizable to contemporary humans.

      As perhaps the most active non-theist commenter[1], I would note that I am not at all hostile to Christianity, nor do I ridicule prayer or those who believe in its efficacy. It’s just that we need to actually work to fix problems, not just pray/contemplate/philosophize about them.

      Best wishes.

      ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

      [1] The most active non-theist with the possible exception of scout, who professes faith but who finds religious conservatives “embarrassing.”

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      1. Thank you for your thoughtful reply and opinions. I will try to answer you below in italics, as well as link you to previous posts which may give you a better perspective to what I state in my brief remarks if you are interested in reading the posts. I do not expect to persuade you to change your opinions, only give you an idea of what King Solomon believed based on his proverbs which are still relevant in today’s modern world in my opinion.

        1. We are the masters of our own disasters.
        Some, but not all. What we’re dealing with here are human problems, and we can, with prompt and decisive action, fix many of these. But there are many natural disasters that we cannot master.”

        When we choose to live in a straw house in Nebraska without a tornado shelter, or on the side of the volcanic Mount Helen, or in San Francisco on a fault line, we assume a risk by making these choices to live there

        http://rudymartinka.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/king-solomons-advice-on-making-choices/

        http://rudymartinka.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/king-solomon-on-causes-of-disasters/.

        2. What we will do is what others have done before us.
        Well, the Bible speaks to human nature, of individuals and of groups. But it does not tell us which sorts and groups of human nature will be in charge, and that is the crucial point of “what we will do.”

        “We” encompasses all mankind regardless of color of skin, despot or saint, fool or wise. We all are affected by each other’s actions in one way or another and members of one family.

        http://rudymartinka.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/king-solomon-pope-francis-and-red-jacket-blood-brothers/

        3. If we do nothing as a (world) community to prevent conflict, it begins, it will worsen and grow.
        Agreed — but this mean that more than prayer is needed..

        War unfortunately is a reality of life caused by fools instead of wise leaders. We, as a family of mankind are all affected by foolish leadership, some chosen by us and some inflicted on us. We all mourn our heroes who die for us. Pray for them and their family’s loss.

        http://rudymartinka.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/king-solomons-wisdom-on-war/

        4. Regardless of what we do, nothing is ever new under the sun, the sun will rise every morning after we are gone.
        Not literally true, of course. Eventually, this planet will vaporize and be subsumed by the expanding Sun. It will take a while, and in fact we might not even be gone by this time — though I suspect that “people” of that time would be unrecognizable to contemporary humans.
        People who fear the lord have a different perspective than atheists. We believe that as you said, a time will come when earth is no more, even though 50 million have already past. However, our maker who made earth will decide when it will be the right time, same as he decides when it is the right time for every happening on earth.
        http://rudymartinka.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/king-solomons-beginning-explanation-to-the-queen-of-sheba-of-fear-of-the-lord-is-the-beginning-of-wisdom/
        http://rudymartinka.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/king-solomon-and-atheism/
        Regards and good will blogging.

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      2. Keith, I very much appreciate your comments.

        I see scatterwisdom has replied on his own account, but here is why I agree with him.

        1. We are the masters of our own disasters.

        The natural world does what it does. We understand less than we think, and to make matters worse, my neighbors and I are gullible idiots. As a practical matter, the only thing we can each control is our attitudes (I have real trouble with mine.). So the best we can do is master our disasters as best we can, and that takes wisdom.

        At any rate, I thought scatterwisdom was referring to the man-made variety, those we create ourselves.

        2. What we will do is what others have done before us.

        We can learn from history. If We the People don’t want to repeat a disastrous part of our history, we should try what has worked before, and we should choose our leaders accordingly.

        3. If we do nothing as a (world) community to prevent conflict,when it begins, it will worsen and grow.

        Effective prayer involves praying in God’s will. For example, when we pray for our leaders, we should try to understand the problems they are dealing with and how they wish to solve those problems. Then we should ask our Lord to help them — and us — do what is right. As James said, faith without works is dead.

        4. Regardless of what we do, nothing is ever new under the sun, the sun will rise every morning after we are gone.

        I am not certain you understand what King Solomon meant when he wrote “nothing is new under the sun.” I understand that even Catholic school educated Voltaire had Ecclesiastes all backwards. At any rate, that phrase is going to confuse somebody. So here is an explanation.

        Whether or not the tradition about Solomon’s age at the time of the composition of Ecclesiastes is true, the book does deal with the quest for meaning that humanity has pursued since the fall. Technology advances and governments change, but the fundamental questions of existence remain. Why are we here? Does my life have a value that endures beyond my death? Where can I find purpose and direction? What is most important? Though our surroundings may change, there is “nothing new under the sun” (Eccl. 1:9) in that people continue to wrestle with the same basic questions of existence. And, since human nature never changes, men and women, apart from grace, always look for answers to these questions in things that cannot satisfy.(from http://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/nothing-new-under-sun/)

        Keith, I imagine you would agree people don’t take enough time to study and think. What effective prayer does is lead people to seriously contemplate what they should be doing. When we ask God for something, we should be asking for Him to make us part of the fulfillment of His plans. In this world, Christians should strive to be Jesus’ hands and feet.

        Think about the sheer stupidity of telling the Creator of the universe what to do, but even Christians do it. Such is still prayer, but it is not what the Bible calls effective prayer. Yet we need His Grace and Mercy. We need His guidance, and we are His children. Fathers guide their children, especially when those children ask for guidance. And even foolish prayer is a start.

        Why would we pray for others? If we love someone, why wouldn’t we want God to make them a part of His plan too?

        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 http://www.quotesdaddy.com/quote/141803/cs-lewis/if-you-read-history-you-will-find-that-the-christians)

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  2. PS And for all of the commentators who discount prayer as unscientific, useless, or hocus pocus,, consider this. What you think about is what you do, is a scientific fact. Perhaps if you pray for a good leader, you will a least be thinking and considering what you hope that leader will do when they are elected.

    Regards and good will blogging

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  3. One thing I love to see is our troops coming together to pray before they go out! I know they have been doing it but to have a photo of it is encouraging. And yes, we ALL need to be praying and we also need to be using our pens and our phones and contacting our representatives and ask them WHAT THEY ARE DOING and tell them WHAT YOU WANT THEM TO BE DOING! Hold them accountable as they represent you as their constituents!

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    1. Right on! Obama may want to be intractable, but those in Congress want to keep “their seats.” If they realize we care, they will either force Obama to act or throw him out.

      If We the People insist upon it, impeachment is an option.

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      1. As a lifelong non-theist and respecter of traditions, I find it annoying and saddening that the Obama administration has disallowed military chaplains to say anything specific to their faiths, like the name “Jesus.” Of course Muslim imams are exempt from this rule, and it seems that Obama is intent upon driving (non-Muslim) chaplains out of the military entirely.

        ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

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        1. I agree with you that it seems that the way has been paved for the Imams but anyone of the Christian faith cannot have their chaplains pray with them in the Name of Jesus. That’s censorship first of all, and against their freedom of religion. Why is it that right now only Muslims have freedom of religion in OUR country?

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        2. Why is it that right now only Muslims have freedom of religion in OUR country?

          Some people lead as statesmen. They help their people form a shared vision that defines how they ought to respect each others rights and what each citizen owes to the community. Some people lead by dividing and conquering. They inflame divisions — even create new ones. They play the people off each other, suckering them into slavery.

          In our day the divisions within the United States have never been so great. Those who connive to divide us have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. So now we are divided by race, actual sex, sexual orientation, creed, language, disabilities, hobbies, politics, employment, and so forth. Therefore, even though the number of Muslims is fairly small, Liberal politicians enjoy elevating Muslims over Christians. If it offends those Right-Wing Muslim hating Christians that makes it worthwhile. It demonstrates to the multiculturalists just how hateful those Right-Wing Christians are, and it provides a way to divide Conservative Muslims (a growing group) from Conservative Christians.

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        3. “Some people lead as statesmen. They help their people form a shared vision that defines how they ought to respect each others rights and what each citizen owes to the community.”

          Excellent comment Citizen Tom! This is what we need to elect into each seat in Washington!

          Even though JFK was a Democrat, and he was killed the year before I was born, he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country!” This would take a coming together. And to abolish the ‘entitlement mentality’ and become We, the People, once again!

          Lord willing!

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