Pastor Randy of “Kingdom Pastor” has an excellent series going, 10 thoughtful posts on what is killing our Savior’s church in America. I have read items 10 – 7 and look forward to taking the time this weekend to finish reading the rest of his series. If you care about the state of the Christian Church in our nation, you may wish to do the same.
Note that we, including Pastor Randy I suspect, tend to think of the Christian Church as a phenomenon of the West, that is, the Americas and Europe. In truth the Christ’s Church is declining in the United States and Western Europe, but that’s is not the case elsewhere. That’s why I say Pastor Randy’s series is about the Christian Church in America. It’s the church we know, and it is that part of the church our Savior gave to us to fulfill His Great Commission.
This morning I had another one of my moments of random thoughts. It is a condition I am afflicted with regularly and I am learning to use it in ways that would be both inspiring and challenging. This morning’s random thought came out of a conversation I had in 2016 with someone at church. Our conversation emerged from that Sunday’s message that was about the question of human sexuality. If you are a member of or are following the news in our Tribe, it is a hot topic button. My point was that God calls us to love and care about others and that homosexuality is not the worst sin, and we needed to stop treating it that way. We need to bear witness to the truth of Jesus through our lives and give the Spirit the opportunity to change whatever needs to be changed in our life.
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The comment from the police officer at the end of this post should bring a new perspective. Whether black, white, yellow, or red; whether Christian, Muslim, Buddhist,…; whether male or female; each person we meet is unique. God made them, and He made them for His own glory,
Before we belong to a race, creed, or sex, we belong to Him who made us all. God made each of us so He could love us and we could love Him and each other. Even though it may be difficult to love someone for some reason, it is wrong to hate that which our Lord has made.
This is a continuation of our discussion on Bridges.
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Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31)
Think about this: rather than love our neighbor with the same amount of love as we love ourselves, what if Jesus meant for us to love our neighbor from the same Spirit who allows us to love ourselves? The same Spirit who allows us to forgive, offer grace and receive spiritual wisdom?
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silenceofmind has an interesting post here. Below is the counterpart to the map he displays. Check out => http://www.vividmaps.com/2016/12/trumpland-and-clinton-archipelago.html.
Few Americans give much thought to the fact our government is constitutional republic. Yet we have a Constitution, including the 10th Amendment. That Constitution authorizes the Federal Government to do certain things. It is a charter, and that is the point of a charter, state the purpose of an organization and the powers given to it.
For added clarity, we have the 10th Amendment.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Obviously, the Constitution exists to keep our leaders from just doing whatever it is they might want to do.
Here is the key. Who decides what the Constitution says and how we implement it? Ultimately, We the People do. Our elected officials in the Federal Government do not have the authority to change the Constitution. Even the Supreme Court does not have the authority to change the Constitution. The Supreme Court only has the authority to interpret it. When the President, Congress, or the Court interpret the Constitution wrongly, We the People have the obligation to correct the offender(s). Our republic belongs to all of us, not just our leaders.
Moreover, the Constitution is not just designed to put the brakes on overly ambitious politicians. We have a constitutional republic because the majority of We the People cannot be trusted to decide some things for the minority. When some popular jackass proposes to abuse the power of government, the Constitution is designed to put the brakes on the majority and force We the People to seriously contemplate the matter. That process can fail to happen when We the People allow the Constitution to just mean what the people in power want it to mean.
What is the alternative? Majoritarian tyranny. What majoritarian tyranny involves is a political system unrestrained by any fixed laws. The law then is whatever the “majority” wants it to be at that particular moment. In such a system, political leaders retain power so long as they reward enough of the right people (special interests), and they don’t piss off too many others. Because the “balance” produced by such a system is so precarious (to put it kindly), when majoritarian tyranny is allowed to progress, majoritarian tyranny always leads to just plain tyranny.
In our country and in most of the West, many politicians want the people to accept Socialism. Socialism uses government power to rob the “rich” and redistribute their wealth to the poor. Because we don’t study history as we should, we “forget” Socialism does not work, but history records that experiments to test Socialism (a system designed to redistribute wealth) have been tried repeatedly. Even the Pilgrims tried Socialism at Plymouth Rock. Fortunately for us, after half of them starved, they gave up on the idea. Others, Communists and the Nazis have demonstrated what happens when Socialism is allowed to progress. Then Socialism produced tyrants such as Hitler, Stalin, and Mao Zedong, tens of millions of dead, and much sorrow.
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.
Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election, but the people who voted for her were clustered (re: cloistered) within very small geographical areas (1).
Donald Trump won in 2626 counties.
Hillary Clinton won in 487 counties (2).
Taking lessons in political philosophy from ancient Greeks like Socrates, Plato and Aristotle (all of whom had deep misgivings about pure majority rule), America’s Founding Fathers (namely Alexander Hamilton) instituted the Electoral College.
Why do people who live in mega-populated urban areas tend to hallucinate a Democrat Party-dominated organized crime syndicate called the Federal Government as something good?