Saturday, May 18, 2019

Calling Collusion Isn't a New Tactic

Jesus was draining the swamp as I posted earlier.

The swamp felt threatened.

Well, further on in our Wednesday night Bible Study:

Jesus was Having great effect and his popularity was rising.
His "policies" (so to speak) were working and were showing results.

The blind could see, the lame could walk, and demons were cast out of strongholds.
People were working again.

Luke 11:
14 And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute. So it was, when the demon had gone out, that the mute spoke; and the multitudes marveled. 15 But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”
16 Others, testing Him, sought from Him a sign from heaven. 17 But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls. 18 If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub. 19 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 20 But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace. 22 But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils. 23 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.

So it's not a new tactic.
They claimed Jesus was colluding with Satan to accomplish His goals.

If that were the case, why would He be working against Satan's interests?
That's crazy talk.
Reminds me of a certain president who has thwarted Russian interests, and yet is accused of being their puppet.

And when it comes to national defense, here's a good prescription:
"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace."

And is there a neutral position?
"He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters."

Eternal truth. Or in other words, some things never change.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Democrat Opportunity to Beat Trump

The Democrats can't seem to come up with a candidate with the enthusiastic backing that Donald Trump has.
 But they did have one candidate who almost beat him had it not been for the Russians.
 Now that the Russians have been exposed and their influence negated,
 perhaps the Democrats should run Hillary Clinton once more against Donald Trump in 2020.



Sunday, May 5, 2019

Row Well and Live

In our lives, we are each given a task (or a series of tasks) to complete.
In the movie Ben Hur (the real one with Charlton Heston), Judah Ben Hur, a man of privilege (did you know that Ben Hur means "son of white?. But I digress) is unjustly sent to be a galley slave by a man he trusted as friend.
His friend was a functionary of the earthly system that oppressed mankind, the Roman Empire.

Serve the system and live.

At a point shortly after this scene, the Roman admiral, who had just admonished him, orders that in the event of the upcoming battle, Hur (#41) is to be unchained.
This is a very unexpected (to put it mildly) act of mercy that is pivotal to the story line.
If the prisoners are chained to the ship, they know that their fate is tied to that ship.
Row well and live indeed!

Spoiler alert to a story over a hundred years old:

The ship is rammed in the battle and as the ship is sinking, Hur unchained in turn releases the other slaves. We know not their fate, but Hur survives.

I awoke this morning to a sermon by J. Vernon Mcgee  speaking about the coming collapse of this world and it's judgment.
The economy is booming, we are generally safe in our beds and it's hard to imagine it all going away.

But when it does, are you chained to it? 
Will you go down with it?
Are you busy unchaining others?

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Judge Not

Somebody just admonished me to "Judge not".
(The only verse most people seem to know, and yet be totally ignorant of.)

This was in response to an article Franklin Graham had written about Pete Budegug (sp, I don't care, not gonna be around long enough for me to learn to spell).

I replied: "Geez, going through life with no good judgment sounds horrible."

Their reply was "Be real! Use your moral judgement not your political standing!"

My political standing is informed by my moral judgement.

My moral judgment is informed by the Bible.
If it wasn't, there's all kinds of behavior I would excuse in myself instead of asking God to help me overcome it.
If homosexuals were born that way, so were pedophiles.

It's no excuse.

Am I a "hater"?
Do I hate people?
In general, no.
Although on numerous occasions, had I the power (which God in His wisdom has not given me), Obama, Chuck Schumer, Eric Swalwell, Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, and a number of tools I own (mostly hammers) would be roasting in hell right now.
Thank God.
I need those tools.

I'm reminded that the disciples once asked Jesus if they should call down fire on the inhabitants of a village that had treated them poorly. I didn't know they could do that.

Jesus rebuked them and told them they knew not the spirit they were of.
I think He kind of meant "that's wrong".
Funny, He didn't tell them they couldn't.
But if they knew not the spirit they were of, maybe He was saying they didn't know they were better than that.
That's encouraging.

On a serious note, my anger has been so swift at the images on my TV that I had already committed murder in my heart before I knew it.
I need to work on that.

I'm better than that.

Now I gotta act like it. Let God act through me.