A PRAYER ON PSALM 7

Kavanaugh and his family with President Donald Trump in 2018 (from here)

King David wrote Psalm 7 long ago, but men, even the best of our greatest leaders, still need to seek refuge in God. So it is that when we pray for those who lead us we should pray that our leaders will turn to Him

Psalm 7 New King James Version (NKJV)

Prayer and Praise for Deliverance from Enemies

A Meditation[a] of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush, a Benjamite.

O Lord my God, in You I put my trust;
Save me from all those who persecute me;
And deliver me,
Lest they tear me like a lion,
Rending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver.

O Lord my God, if I have done this:
If there is iniquity in my hands,
If I have repaid evil to him who was at peace with me,
Or have plundered my enemy without cause,
Let the enemy pursue me and overtake me;
Yes, let him trample my life to the earth,
And lay my honor in the dust. Selah

Arise, O Lord, in Your anger;
Lift Yourself up because of the rage of my enemies;
Rise up [b]for me to the judgment You have commanded!
So the congregation of the peoples shall surround You;
For their sakes, therefore, return on high.
The Lord shall judge the peoples;
Judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness,
And according to my integrity within me.

Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end,
But establish the just;
For the righteous God tests the hearts and [c]minds.
10 [d]My defense is of God,
Who saves the upright in heart.

11 God is a just judge,
And God is angry with the wicked every day.
12 If he does not turn back,
He will sharpen His sword;
He bends His bow and makes it ready.
13 He also prepares for Himself instruments of death;
He makes His arrows into fiery shafts.

14 Behold, the wicked brings forth iniquity;
Yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood.
15 He made a pit and dug it out,
And has fallen into the ditch which he made.
16 His trouble shall return upon his own head,
And his violent dealing shall come down on [e]his own crown.

17 I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness,
And will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.

Who was Cush? We can only guess the identity of that Benjamite who caused King David to write this Shiggaion (another name for a song or psalm). Matthew Henry thinks (here) it may have been King Saul or a relative of his.

What is apparent is that David believes Cush is slandering him. David believes his enemies will kill him if they can. So he asks for God to save him, and he observes what God does to the wicked. He causes the wicked to fall into the traps that they have prepared for others, a delicious bit of irony. David ends by thanking and praising God.

Have men changed much over the last several thousand years? No. Our president, Donald Trump has innumerable enemies who have pursued him with armies of lies. What is perhaps most disgusting, however, is what some people do to judicial nominees. Consider the case of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Here are a couple of articles from The Washington Times.

Kavanaugh’s enemies (What else should we call people who are determined to destroy a man’s reputation?) will obviously do anything they think they can get away with to stop Kavanaugh from getting on the court. Yet what threat does Kavanaugh pose? His enemies believe he will interpret the Constitution as it was ratified. In some minds apparently that is enough to make anyone a bad person. These people seem to believe that only the worst scoundrel would interpret the Constitution as it was ratified. So they will spare no evil to stop Kavanaugh, completely ignoring the fact they are committing a greater evil than anything Kavanaugh is likely to do. Fortunately, several judges already on the court have denounced the partisan treatment of Kavanaugh. See Supreme Court justices condemn partisan treatment of nominee Brett Kavanaugh by senators (usatoday.com). Perhaps some of the less venomous senators will listen.

32 thoughts on “A PRAYER ON PSALM 7

  1. Regarding Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh vs. Professor Christine Blasey Ford, this WaPo article may have more info on her side of the story than your media carry.

    Major points:
    – Ford contacted the WaPo back in July when Kavanaugh got shortlisted for SCOTUS
    – Ford underwent couples therapy with her husband, telling the story of the rape attempt (her choice of words) w/o naming the perpetrators
    – She passed a polygraph test administered by a former FBI agent, picked by her lawyer. (Disclosure: No, I generally do not trust polygraph tests, as AFAIK there has been too little verification done)

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  2. “His enemies believe he will interpret the Constitution as it was ratified. In some minds apparently that is enough to make anyone a bad person. These people seem to believe that only the worst scoundrel would interpret the Constitution as it was ratified”

    Excuse the snark, but would that not put you back to the point, where slavery was still legal? When women could not vote? When abortion before the quickening was legal, if socially despised? … Is that really the point of view the constitution ought to be interpreted from you have in mind?

    Anyway, you may want to keep an eye on the Brigham Young University, as their linguists are developing the Corpus of Founding Era American English (COFEA), i.e. a resource that will make the investigation of the use of language in that era way more accessible for linguists. This is the kind of question this tool can be used to find better answers for:

    Who Would Founding-Era Americans Have Thought an Officer Was?

    In sum, our analysis found that when referring to office(s) or officer(s), those in the founding era appeared to take a broader view of those terms than the Supreme Court’s current definition: one who exercises significant government authority. Folks who we might not think of as officers today were referred to such in the last half of the 18th century, such as surveyors, public registers, impost collectors, notaries public, loan commissioners, land recorders, tax collectors, deputies and agents, postmasters, auditors, purveyors of the public supplies, assistant postmasters, assistants, stewards for the public affairs of the country, attorneys, accountants, personal secretaries to foreign diplomats, clerks (sometimes), geographers, etc. That our findings clash with the Supreme Court’s doctrinal definition is probably not surprising given that the Court’s definition does not pretend to be an attempt at divining the Constitution’s original meaning.

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    1. @marmoewp

      The ratification process includes the ratification of the amendments, starting with The Bill of Rights.

      The meaning of words changes over time. That is just a fact of life. Even with a written language and dictionaries, words change and some even cease to be used. Nevertheless, we put our laws in writing because we want to be governed under fixed laws, not under the whims of the powerful.

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  3. Tom,

    Do you find it odd that we no longer see truth as truth anymore, but instead just the tribalistic myth of partisan politics?

    Partisanship determines your scientific truths, your journalistic factual truths, your sociological truths, your statistical truths, your philosophical truths, and now your religious truths. Truth is not truth anymore – it is cherry picked and filtered through political biases to the point where is now lacks all meaning and use.

    I know, one can say this about both ends of the political spectrum, and it would be true, but the level to which so-called Christian Conservatives are willing to bend all kinds of basic moral truth past the breaking point, conflates all your whataboutisms to massive fallacious false choices and false equivalencies. If you can find a lie told by one liberal anywhere it magically disappears thousands of lies by the leader of your party. If you can find one liberal vice anywhere, it excuses that you have given yourself over to the trumpeter of vice.

    What is to be done about it? Nothing I suppose. As long as we have trouble agreeing on basic shared scientific, sociological, philosophical, factual, and, worst of all Christian, religious truths, we cannot even speak the same language. Doug’s efforts here are Sisyphean.

    Much as we claim to be rational animals, people are creatures of myth, metaphor and emotion more than of reason and truth. We therefore have two kinds of fools, simple fools who make no claim of reason and truth (for example, the rally going, MAGA hat wearing Trumpsters) and the knowledgeable fools who claim they know enough to have a certainty of opinion on everything important. Only the truly wise man constantly asks himself: “What kind of fool am I?”.

    I’m an optimist though. After much trial and tribulation, I think reality eventually has a way of asserting itself whether we wish to see it or not, and that love comquers all.

    Let’s hope truth is on our own side, but let’s mostly fear that it is not. Because, if it is not, as you well know, Christ seemed to save a special Hell for hypocrites who used His religion of Love to falsely foment condemnation, division and hatred.

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    1. @tsalmon

      Curious diatribe. I may have said something untrue, but you assailed the messenger, not the message.

      Only God knows the exact truth. We don’t. We are too eager to make the truth what want it to be. If you read and study a passage like Matthew 7:13-29 carefully, you may soon realize, as you seem to, that the truth requires humility. If you belong to a tribe that thinks it has the right to impose its beliefs on others you probably are not close to the truth.

      You say I belong to such a tribe? Perhaps, but I suggest you read what I wrote in reply to Doug.

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      1. No disagreement there. I was talking in general terms. And I agree, too little humility is the basic partisan problem. Like I said, the surest sign of wisdom is constantly asking oneself just what kind of fool one is being at any given moment. (I’m certainly being some kind of fool just to not realize the futility of arguing such unknowables).

        Don’t you agree then, that there is something strangely anachronistic about being all too proud of being more Christian than the other guy, even the atheist? Don’t you think that, because the truth of Christ’s Word transcends partisanship, ethnicity, culture, race, nationality and even, yes, religion, then these forms of tribalistic pride must confound that universal Christian truth? That, for example, there is no such thing as a Christian culture, and that to even attempt to define such a thing in cultural terms is to lose it like mercury through one’s fingers?

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        1. @Tsalmon

          Anachronistic? When someone is proud of being a Christian, they are missing the point. God died for our sins. We are the recipients of His grace and mercy. That is something to be grateful about, not proud of. We did not receive an entitlement.

          Is there any such thing as a Christian culture? Yes. You are living in the remains of one.

          The Bible is the most important book ever written. I did not read it until I was in my fifties. I have no good excuse for that, but I am grateful that I did read it. It opened my eyes. Once I was blind.

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          1. Just curious, Tom.. was the “Tom: The First Fifties years” a complete waste of time? In those “early” years were you not in some level of human compliance with the Golden Rule? I have to think.. you fell in love.. married.. raised children… I know you had a good military career.. but to subscribe since having read the Bible so late in life that all time before was in some state of blindness, whether in a practical sense OR spiritual sense?
            I sense not, Tom. You were in no way blind those first fifty years… but you may have been sensitive to a lesser, more practical spirituality given you were indeed living life, responsible for the welfare of others, and met a calling beyond just yourself.
            I’ll be the first to admit.. when all those elements in our lives drift away over the passage of time.. and the increase in our own ages.. there tends to enter a time of “irrelevance”; that which we saw as important has left our realm, our priorities change. I feel the effects of not being relevant every single day. If you’ve found solcae in the pages of the Bible to get you through this part of life, that is your own personal victory. But to compare the what and who you are now with the what and who you were then… and then assigning to your past some idea that it was all some spiritual shortcoming.. it just plain wrong.

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          2. @Doug

            A complete waste of time? No. I suppose being born again late in life is better than never being born again at all.

            The Bible answers important questions about life. If we try to live without God, we live a rather pointless life. I suppose that is why Ecclesiastes is one of my favorite books in the Bible. Using a euphemism, “life under the sun,” it talks about how meaningless it is live without God.

            Imagine meeting the love of your life or finding buried treasure when you have grown old. God is a far better find.

            Ecclesiastes 12:1-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
            Seek God in Early Life
            12 Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth,
            Before the difficult days come,
            And the years draw near when you say,
            “I have no pleasure in them”:
            2 While the sun and the light,
            The moon and the stars,
            Are not darkened,
            And the clouds do not return after the rain;
            3 In the day when the keepers of the house tremble,
            And the strong men bow down;
            When the grinders cease because they are few,
            And those that look through the windows grow dim;
            4 When the doors are shut in the streets,
            And the sound of grinding is low;
            When one rises up at the sound of a bird,
            And all the daughters of music are brought low.
            5 Also they are afraid of height,
            And of terrors in the way;
            When the almond tree blossoms,
            The grasshopper is a burden,
            And desire fails.
            For man goes to his eternal home,
            And the mourners go about the streets.

            6 Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed,
            Or the golden bowl is broken,
            Or the pitcher shattered at the fountain,
            Or the wheel broken at the well.
            7 Then the dust will return to the earth as it was,
            And the spirit will return to God who gave it.

            8 “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher,
            “All is vanity.”

            Here is a commentary that explains the symbolism in the passage. If you want a more answer to your question, read all of Ecclesiastes.

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          3. “Is there any such thing as a Christian culture? Yes. You are living in the remains of one.”

            This may be a bit of symantec confusion. Let’s just look at “culture” in its most broad definition.

            A culture and its government can certainly have religious influences, both positive and negative. For example, Max Webber wrote that the Protestant concept of “a calling” may have been one catalyst of capitalism and the Industrial Revolution. On the other hand, the Founder’s anticlericism probably resulted from the evils of the Reformation Wars and the Inquisition . However, to think that a culture “reflects” Christ rather than just has Christian ideological influences is to try to idolize a culture and to diminish Christ.

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          4. @Tsalmon

            People can idolize anything, culture too, I suppose. Multiculturalism seems like a religious belief to me.

            The Bible and what it teaches use to be an important part of our culture. Still is, but as your attitude indicates, Christianity doesn’t have the same influence anymore. Have to admit mythical pleasantries don’t much affect the thinking of a people.

            Instead of arguing so vehemently against something, shouldn’t you be wondering why you are arguing against such an obvious fact?

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          5. There you go with that “it’s so obvious” again, Tom… only this time it’s “obvious fact”. If you are assigning your chosen faith being an obvious fact seems to fly in the face of the definition of faith as not fact-based at all. If you are suggesting that man’s nature is to apply faith to fill the gaps when fact is lacking, that would be more factual.

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          6. @Doug

            What I said is obvious is that our culture clearly has Christian roots. Is Christianity an obvious choice? Not for prideful man it isn’t. Yet those pagans slowly adopted long ago. Will we do so again? God knows.

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          7. “Multiculturalism seems like a religious belief to me.”

            After he was reborn in Christ, St. Paul was multicultural enough to spread Christianity far and wide. Before his rebirth, well then Paul the persecutor was quite a culture warrior, don’t you think? What does that say to you about confusing cultural differences with following Christ?

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          8. @Tsalmon

            Thanks to the gift of tongues, the Apostle Paul was multilingual, not multicultural. He taught the Gentiles the superiority of the wisdom of God over the wisdom of man.

            The notion that Paul thought all cultures are equally valid is actually kind of funny. Think about what God told the Hebrews to do to the Canaanites when they entered The Promised Land. The God of the Bible is not multicultural.

            When Jesus died on the cross, He paid the price for our sins. Since the price had been paid, and we are under a new covenant, the harsh judgements that came with the Mosaic Code were set aside. God still, however, hates sin and idol worship. That has not changed, and that was part of the culture of the Gentiles.

            To get an idea of the cultural change Christianity wrought, check out =>https://citizentom.com/2017/03/30/who-is-this-man-by-john-ortberg-part-7/.

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          9. This gets back to truth being a partisan affair. The Old Testament God was not only not “multicultural”, He was adamantly tribal. Duh! OT God was the exclusive God of the Jews, His “chosen people”. But you well know that Paul did not require Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, etc. to give up their “culture” (in any meaningful way that you define that term) in order to become Christians. Paul asked them to accept Christ and Christianity, not adopt a completely new “culture”. By any reasonable definition of the term “culture”, Christianity is therefore “multicultural”. To say otherwise is to warp meaning, language and fact into some Orwellian partisan “right speech”.

            Christianity obvious influences the cultures that adopt it, but it is not “a culture”. To say so is to diminish the profound New Covenant with God that IS Christ and to turn The One God of all humans into merely an American tribal God, but it does give a faux religious veneer to justify the Trumpian partisan xenophobia and ethnocentrism.

            The following of Christ is a sacred path, and it does not belong to any given “culture”. You can warp multiculturalism into a four letter word to suit your partisan prejudices, but to say Christianity is not “multicultural” is to choose to believe a lie and to deny an obvious truth, but as I said, that is what we seem to want to do these days.

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          10. @tsalmon

            What we know and our personal biases limits our ability to perceive the truth. That makes what we think are the “facts” partisan. To get as close to the truth as we can, we must strive for humility (the willingness to put God first) and beg our Lord to guide us in our search for the truth.

            We cannot assume we know what we cannot grasp. In Truth, the Truth is too big for us. God is Truth. Still, it is safe to say you have made a couple of errors.

            There is no “Old Testament God”. The God of the Bible is the same in the Old and the New Testament. That’s why the New Testament authors frequently cite the Old Testament. In fact, to understand the Old Testament, it helps to read the New Testament. Much of Hebrews, for example, is about explaining the relevance of the Old Testament to Jesus Christ.

            Did the Apostle Paul ask Gentile converts to adopt a new culture? If you look up the definition of the word “culture”, it becomes obvious that he did (=>https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/culture).

            How is that you have put yourself in such an untenable position? Apparently, you still believe all religions are virtually the same, but that is dead wrong. Christian life is a life of worship, a walk with God. When we change our morals, what we value, we change our culture.

            Christianity is a relationship with God. God demands our hearts, our complete trust and loyalty. That, for example, created a conflict with the Jewish Sanhedrin and the Roman state. We usually credit Stephen with being the first martyr. However, Jesus set the example by being obedient to the Father.

            Jesus knew what His disciples would be up against, and He told them. Consider this passage.

            Matthew 10:34-39 New King James Version (NKJV)
            Christ Brings Division
            34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

            The pagans believed in gods who promised to give them things in return for their worship and sacrifices. The pagans worshipped to get what they wanted. Jesus demands far more, but He also gives us far more. When we choose to let Him into our hearts and live our lives through Him, we live more completely. It is far more profound than a mere cultural change.

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          11. “To get as close to the truth as we can, we must strive for humility (the willingness to put God first) and beg our Lord to guide us in our search for the truth.”

            Hum, you talk about humility, and then you proceed to lecture me on the obvious of what it means to be a Christian.

            First of all, yes, of course, the God of the OT is the same God as the God of the NT. Once again, duh! However, to say that God did not manifest Himself in the OT as the exclusive tribal God of the Jews and that that did not change profoundly in the NT is simply to ignore the obvious. God is God and I don’t pretend to understand Him or His plans. However, for a Christian to say that the God of the Bible did not vastly expand how he manifests Himself to us from the OT to the NT is just being obtuse for the sake of making a disagreement where there is none.

            Second of all, yes, religion “influences” culture – indeed, if Huntington (“Clash of Civilizations”) is to be believed, it is perhaps the most important influence. However, if religion really were your biggest bugaboo against multiculturalism, then you wouldn’t be so adamant about walling out all those devoutly Christian South and Central Americans, now would you? Quit masking prideful nationalism with religious bigotry, and just tell the truth – it’s everything else that those other cultures are and do besides their religion that you really hate.

            And speaking of humility, where do you get the audacity to claim to know what God hates? I have faith and gratitude that God loves us, but who and what God hates and condemns, I’ll leave that to God. It’s not my job. I’m not qualified to hate and condemn in the name of God. If you really think you are, then God help you.

            Thirdly,

            “Apparently, you still believe all religions are virtually the same, but that is dead wrong.”

            What pretentious nonsense you come up with when you are caught defending a lie. I’ve been many kinds of fools in my life and I will no doubt be a fool of some kind many times more before I die, but what kind of fool are you making of yourself when you presume to be more exclusively Christian than me? Humility? Yea sure.

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          12. @tsalmon

            You tried to explain how to be a Christian to me, and I pointed to what you said in error.

            Am I humble? Not particularly. I know I am supposed to be, but our egos don’t seem to die all at once.

            Quit masking prideful nationalism with religious bigotry, and just tell the truth – it’s everything else that those other cultures are and do besides their religion that you really hate.

            Kind of gets to the point of this post, does it not?

            The Bib

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          13. @Tsalmon

            Fired off accidentally. Smartphone more trouble than it’s worth.

            And speaking of humility, where do you get the audacity to claim to know what God hates?

            The Bible is explicit about what God hates. Since I believe the Bible is God’s Word, reading the Bible and believing it is an act of humility.

            Am I more Christian than you? That is not my call. I just pointed to what you have told me.

            The Bible defines Christianity, not me. That is why some pastors focus upon preaching the whole Word of God. Because the Bible holds Christians accountable, all we can do to help each other is point to what the Bible says. So when you say something I believe is not true, I say so.

            Do I have a perfect understanding of the Bible? No. Like any other Christian I make mistakes. Then I have to eat crow and accept correction, and it is important that I do that.

            One last thing. Although Israel treated as their tribal God, the Bible, including the Old Testament, is emphatic that there is only one God, and He is the God of the Gentiles too.

            Apparently, God protected Israel as part of His plan for the First Coming of Christ. Yet there are entire books related to Gentiles. Read the stories of Job and Jonah.

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          14. “Apparently, you still believe all religions are virtually the same, but that is dead wrong.”

            I’m an ignorant soul. I’m sceptical by nature. I’ve had my share of doubts and I still do. I believe that the questions and answers to many, if not most, of the most important questions in life are far more nuanced and ambiguous than we prideful know-it-alls would care to admit. However, your characterization above is not an accurate reflection that comes close to my religious beliefs for the vast majority of my life. No, I don’t believe all religions are “virtually the same” any more than I believe that no other religion except Christianity contains any religious truth. The former is the arrogance of the atheist and the latter is the arrogance of the hateful and fanatic zealot. As you have pointed out, even pagans like Aristotle and Plato had religious truths that many other religions, including Islam and Christianity (in that order) have adopted as part of of our own.

            “The Bible is explicit about what God hates. Since I believe the Bible is God’s Word, reading the Bible and believing it is an act of humility.”

            I am human and, though I know that should not, I sometimes hate and condemn, but I try to avoid blaming God for my sins. God’s knowledge is infinite. It seems to me that God does lots of things that we should not presume to have the power, the judgement and right to do, particularly not in His name. The logic of God wanting us to love in his name seems unselfish and good to me whereas the logic of God wanting us to condemn and hate in his name seems selfish to me and, well, hateful. That’s just my opinion – I don’t presume to know this with God’s certainty. But which of us, given what Jesus said about erring in such judgemental condemnation, if he is wrong on this, do you think is in the most prideful jeopardy?

            “One last thing. Although Israel treated as their tribal God, the Bible, including the Old Testament, is emphatic that there is only one God, and He is the God of the Gentiles too.“

            Mostly agree, but I’m not certain that it is completely true. I’ve read treatises by knowledgeable theologians that said that Abraham believed in many Gods, and that God only demanded to be first among those God’s. In other words God’s first manifestation to early Judaism was polytheistic. God does not evolve, but God evolved his manifestation to us in the Bible in a way that logically and methodically could be coherent to us, but that’s another discussion.

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          15. @Tsalmon

            You have clarified your position on religion and culture. It is an improvement.

            Does God hate? Well, He certainly hates sin.

            Proverbs 6:16-19 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
            16 There are six things which the Lord hates,
            Yes, seven which are an abomination [a]to Him:
            17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
            And hands that shed innocent blood,
            18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
            Feet that run rapidly to evil,
            19 A false witness who utters lies,
            And one who [b]spreads strife among brothers.

            Jesus died on that cross for a reason. Some will go to Hell for a reason. In English, the word for this reason is sin. God is supposed to love sin?

            Abraham began as a pagan. Did he end up believing in only one God? I am not certain. All I know is that he only had faith in one God. Read Hebrews 11.

            The Bible records what happened. God doesn’t change, but we do, and He waits.

            Sometimes we confuse our changing with Him changing. God is perfect, perfectly holy. Why would He change?

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    2. As I oft lament, T… either the cup is half filled or half empty, when both are indeed fact.
      I dare suggest, both politics AND religion are indeed Sisyphean in nature. But the chink in that armor is being just vulnerable enough to allow for pausing just enough to reflect on a word or phrase that just might challenge your perception and make you think. It may not change your personal conclusions.. but it will force either an revision of your thoughts, or an affirmation of them. Admittedly, not a lot of that lately given our universal tribalism forces walls between that which we WANT to hold true from what is not necessarily the reality.

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  4. Well… as you know, Mr. Tom, I don’t subscribe to mixing biblical verse as having some relevance to politics.. like this suggesting Kavanaugh is somehow attached to some godliness aberration and his “enemies” are Trump’s “enemies”.. and all those ‘enemies are some level of anti-Christ… and it’s yet again, onward Christian soldiers into the fray to defend the Constitution!
    BUT…
    I will contend the entire advise & consent process for judicial selection totally sucks.. and of and by itself totally represents the hypocrisy of the process. The whole idea of SCOTUS is to be impartial.. yet both sides want only THEIR “impartiality” represented. Every single time we go through this charade it always ends up being a debate about Roe Vs. Wade and LGBTQ… when I see a lot more important issues to resolve. It’s just a stage for electioneering and playing to the cameras.. and we’ve come to accept all that nonsense.

    Honestly, Tom… not to cast any offense toward your personal devotion to your level of Christianity.. after all, we believe as we believe. But very generally speaking… from my own personal moral standpoint, I am truly very sick of self-serving so-called evangelicals who in the past have asserted their religion as some moral interpretation of how politics should be.. only to toss all that morality to the wind simply to accommodate the political buffoonery of Trump. Again, it’s always the end justifies the means. This judicial selection process is just such an extension.. or rather, imposition.. of religious will.
    Religious morality should guide us through political life.. not be the all-consuming doctrine of political bias. But.. that’s just me.

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    1. @Doug

      All laws have some sort of moral basis. Since our religious beliefs provide a foundation for our moral beliefs, we all apply our religious beliefs to our political beliefs. What has you confused about Christianity is that Christians believe in freedom of religion, that we each answer to God, not each other, some powerful monarch, or the state. Hence Christians generally don’t make political arguments based upon their religious beliefs.

      Why do I argue from my religious beliefs? “Secularists” have starting arguing for their policies based upon their beliefs. When some people start forcing the rest of us to adopt their ideas of charity, pay for aborting the unborn, educate our children in their beliefs, support same-sex “marriage” , and so forth, I just laugh when the hypocrites complain of self-serving so-called evangelicals.

      Think it through. It is Liberal Democrats who propose endless numbers of social programs, and it is Liberal Democrats who insist upon “social justice”, not your self-serving so-called evangelicals.

      Do you think that social programs and “social justice” have nothing to with religious belief? If you do, you are lying to yourself.

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“I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts.” Ronald Reagan.

TLP

Finding Clear and Simple Faith

altruistico

People Healing People

Amatopia

Author Alexander Hellene - Sci-Fi - Urban Fantasy - Fantasy - Culture - Art - Entertainment - Music - Fun

John Branyan

something funny is occurring

Because The Bible Wasn't Written In English

Welcome to Conservative commentary and Christian prayers from Gainesville, Virginia. That's OUTSIDE the Beltway.

Fr. Pietraszko's Corner

Discovering Truth and Love

Victory Girls Blog

Welcome to Conservative commentary and Christian prayers from Gainesville, Virginia. That's OUTSIDE the Beltway.

Through Ink & Image

...Pursuing a God Inspired Life

D. Patrick Collins

liberating christian thought

Healthy Mind Ministry

A Ministry Devoted To Mental Wellness Through Jesus Christ

Conservative Government

Welcome to Conservative commentary and Christian prayers from Gainesville, Virginia. That's OUTSIDE the Beltway.

The Night Wind

Welcome to Conservative commentary and Christian prayers from Gainesville, Virginia. That's OUTSIDE the Beltway.

In Saner Thought

"It is the duty of every man, as far as his ability extends, to detect and expose delusion and error"..Thomas Paine

Christians in Motion

Why be stagnant?

SGM

Faithful servants never retire. You can retire from your career, but you will never retire from serving God. – Rick Warren

Communio

"Behold, I have come to do your will, O God." Heb. 10:7

All Along the Watchtower

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you ... John 13:34

The Bull Elephant

Conservative and libertarian news, analysis, and entertainment

Always On Watch: Semper Vigilans

Welcome to Conservative commentary and Christian prayers from Gainesville, Virginia. That's OUTSIDE the Beltway.

The Family Foundation Blog - The Family Foundation

Welcome to Conservative commentary and Christian prayers from Gainesville, Virginia. That's OUTSIDE the Beltway.

praythroughhistory

Heal the past. Free the present. Bless the future.

Dr. Lloyd Stebbins

Deliberate Joy

Lillie-Put

The place where you can find out what Lillie thinks

He Hath Said

is the source of all wisdom, and the fountain of all comfort; let it dwell in you richly, as a well of living water, springing up unto everlasting life

partneringwitheagles

WHENEVER ANY FORM OF GOVERNMENT BECOMES DESTRUCTIVE OF THESE ENDS (LIFE,LIBERTY,AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS) IT IS THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO ALTER OR ABOLISH IT, AND TO INSTITUTE A NEW GOVERNMENT...

nebraskaenergyobserver

The view from the Anglosphere

bluebird of bitterness

The opinions expressed are those of the author. You go get your own opinions.

Pacific Paratrooper

This WordPress.com site is Pacific War era information

Running The Race

Hebrews 12:1

THE RIVER WALK

Daily Thoughts and Meditations as we journey together with our Lord.

atimetoshare.me

My Walk, His Way - daily inspiration

Rudy u Martinka

What the world needs now in addition to love is wisdom. Wisdom to help us find the path to true love, peace, and joy in our lives, and our world.

Truth in Palmyra

By Wally Fry

Kingdom Pastor

Living Freely In God's Kingdom

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