Could I be the Bad Guy

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WE may think we are the “good guys” but are we?

If you are a Christian (Christians actually are for whom this blog is written) you will need little in the way of an explanation; if you are not a Christian (you are more than welcome to read my blog) consider what I write is inspired by my belief in GOD’s Word, The Holy Bible, and not merely my opinion.  OK, so I begin:

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One of the most destructive actions occurring in this era of human history is abortion: not only does it kill an unborn human but many participants carry emotional scars for life when they realize the fetus was a baby human being – physically equipped with what makes her or him a person.

Tolerating sin to accommodate human flaws or taxing them for a source of revenue places people, on a destructive path; tolerating alternate life styles or defining them as victimless crime is a fallacy and has real consequences; unrestrained greed coupled with disregard for, the hungry, the homeless, the indigent and the orphaned is a crime akin to murder or maybe even genocide.

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People who allow evil to reign freely cannot be  considered “The Good Guys”, can they?
Not everything that sparkles with beauty and dazzling displays that excite the senses are what they seem; behind the mask often lurks a dark morbid and dangerous reality.
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We can make a difference when we stand for what is right, as we learn what right is, by studying GOD’s Word and speaking up. When we refuse to agree ,or worse, let wrong go unchallenged we may be taking the first step in becoming “The Bad Guy”.

Galatians 5:19-21 ESV 

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

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Since GOD’s truth is the ultimate authority governing my life view, I believe all people are flawed and need this truth to guide them in all they do in their lifetime. Believing GOD is a beginning of wisdom and becoming “a better guy”.

Romans 3:23 ESV

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

If we think we can earn favor from GOD by doing all the good things we can we are wrong:

 

Isaiah 64:6 ESV 

We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

When we accept what Jesus has done by taking our place paying for our sins we receive the grace of GOD and gain eternal life.

John 3:16 ESV

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

We are to do good during our Earthly life not to earn heaven but to express our gratitude for our salvation and demonstrate GOD’s Love.

Colossians 3:23 ESV

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

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Democracy Always Wins

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This may seem counter intuitive when many times not every citizen votes . . .

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That is just it in a nutshell: casting a ballot or not casting a ballot results in the same thing, a vote.  When we actually vote, or abstain, and no matter what the outcome, democracy is in action; yet by our not casting a vote (our abstaining) is in effect deferring our vote to the winning side in an election – even if we are opposed to that agenda it (or they) may win. When GOD’s people do nothing to oppose evil, sin or apostasy, in effect their action (or non-action), gives approval to what or whom we should oppose. Vote for a candidate who shall work for the good of all. Do we have the right to complain if those we oppose win an election but we did not participate by voting?

Exodus 18:21 ESV 

Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.

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Giving Evil People Free Reign Equals Approval of Their Agenda and Actions

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Take care or the host of pitfalls that await unsuspecting citizens will lead them astray when it is time to cast their vote, some are: a hidden agenda, the use of a hot blinding agenda to woow citizens, the use of half truths and misleading statistics, hyperbolic rhetorical language, issues that tickle the ears of people and unsubstantiated accusations of the opposition candidate (even accusing them of the very negatives they themselves are guilty of).  Of course there are many more possible devious tactics to watch out for. Seeking accurate information about a candidate takes time and effort and so does a conscious effort to avoid personal biases that result in self deception. One important action to take before an election? Pray in earnest that you will cast your vote for one who is not evil.

Deuteronomy 16:18-20 ESV

“You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns that the Lord your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. You shall not pervert justice. You shall not show partiality, and you shall not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of the righteous. Justice, and only justice, you shall follow, that you may live and inherit the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

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Provincial America

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After all that the Hebrews experienced during Exodus and beyond who would expect these people to break up into separate Nations.

After living 400 years in Egypt the Hebrew people descended from a favored people living in Egypt to a lower slave class.  Moses instructed by GOD to confront Pharaoh and secure their freedom. A favorite story from the Bible resulted in their eventual release but freedom came at a cost: for spiritual failure and sin (even Moses was not to enter the Promised Land because of his disobedience), the freed generation wandered for forty years in the wilderness. After all these trials and tribulations when the 12 tribes entered the land lead by Joshua one would think these people would be permanently bound to each other into one indivisible nation; this only lasted for a time. Eventually for many reasons born of human imperfection The United Kingdom of Israel broke into Israel in the north and Judah in the south.  Yes even people in direct contact with GOD are flawed.  What hope can there be for all the people of the Earth agreeing on what is right and wrong since differences has divided us into so many countries and nations?

The Hebrews became Israel and Judah is it possible for the United States of America to break apart into several separate nations?
Israel and Judah PART OF: Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. “Map of Persia, Turkey in Asia, Afghanistan, Beloochistan ; Palestine, or the Holy Land [inset].” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 8, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-0882-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Provinces PART OF: Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. “Map of the United States of North America” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 8, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-ee5f-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

 

1 Kings 12 (ESV)

13 And the king answered the people harshly, and forsaking the counsel that the old men had given him, 14 he spoke to them according to the counsel of the young men, saying, “My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke. My father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.” 15 So the king did not listen to the people . . . .

16 And when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, “What portion do we have in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. To your tents, O Israel! Look now to your own house, David.” So Israel went to their tents . . .

You can read all the details concerning the Kingdom dividing into Israel and Judah if you visit the Bible and read 1 Kings 12 for your self.

It was a surprise when The Berlin Wall came down and The Soviet Union Dissolved and also when Britain decided to leave the European Union.

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I once believed gradual unification of the entire planet was possible now I am not even sure the United States will always remain united.

If you live long enough life on planet Earth will yield some unexpected events and developments: in my lifetime I never expected the U.S.S.R. (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics ruled by Russia) to dissolve.  More recently I never expected that the United Kingdom’s people would vote to leave the E.U (European Union).  I came to believe the the unity and economic success of The United States of America was so desirable and so emulated that eventually the whole world would imitate us.  Looks like I was wrong.

The rise and fall of empires and nations will probably continue until Lord Jesus returns and the transformation to The Kingdom of GOD is accomplished.
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There are accounts of Empires ending, the weak rising up and the might falling within the Bible . . . here is an example:

Jeremiah 50:1-46 ESV

The word that the Lord spoke concerning Babylon, concerning the land of the Chaldeans, by Jeremiah the prophet: “Declare among the nations and proclaim, set up a banner and proclaim, conceal it not, and say: ‘Babylon is taken, Bel is put to shame, Merodach is dismayed. Her images are put to shame, her idols are dismayed.’ “For out of the north a nation has come up against her, which shall make her land a desolation, and none shall dwell in it; both man and beast shall flee away. “In those days and in that time, declares the Lord, the people of Israel and the people of Judah shall come together, weeping as they come, and they shall seek the Lord their God. They shall ask the way to Zion, with faces turned toward it, saying, ‘Come, let us join ourselves to the Lord in an everlasting covenant that will never be forgotten.’ …

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Plastic Brain or Open Mind

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An adaptable mind should not be pliant or equivocate when taking a stance.

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Children in the school yard are adept at detecting overly conciliatory and duplicitous behaviour. Sincerity and loyalty make for great friendships, even lasting for life. So, it seems we almost, if not actually, know how to judge each other’s sincerity instinctively. In past times when life was even more precarious then it is today this ability could have life or death implications.

 

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Sometimes we can change our mind for good or ill; that is OK if we are sincere even unto death.

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “The tempter and the traitor – The treason of Arnold on the night of September 21, 1780” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 5, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-265b-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

If we change our allegiance for any understandable reason and are willing to take the consequences for our action, this may not always result in being correct but at least it can be said we were true to our conviction (wrong or right).  The Word of GOD has guidance sufficient to cover what we can expect to encounter in life: why not use the wisdom?

Proverbs, Psalms and more from The Word of GOD offers insight and advice concerning human behaviour.

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV 

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

Psalm 120:2 ESV

Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.

Proverbs 26:24-26 ESV

Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart; when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart; though his hatred be covered with deception, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.

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