Even the Strong can Fall

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Rome Conquered the Carthaginians: Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. “Carthaginis Celeberrimi Sinus Typus.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 4, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-667d-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Yet sometimes a large celebrated army or warrior succumbs to a smaller more capable one or, a nation directed by an especially adept leader.

Human example: The American Revolution is a good example of the “underdog” becoming victorious – perhaps this is why many Americans like stories where an “underdog’ wins. Follow the link below artwork to read why the British should have won the Revolutionary War.

Surrender of Cornwallis: The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Surrender of Lord Cornwallis, at Yorktown, Va. October 19th, 1781.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 4, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-fb9c-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Three Reasons the British Should Have Won the Revolutionary War (and Three Reasons the Patriots Did Win)

 

Biblical example: David and Goliath; a mere shepherd boy with a stone throwing sling defeats the giant warrior – one of the best known and loved stories from the Bible.

1 Samuel 17:49 ESV

And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.

David and Goliath: Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. “Miniature of David and Goliath. Initials, border, placemarkers.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 4, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-e4d3-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

 

Then Some Strong Kingdoms or Empires that were not conquered from without were defeated from within.

Rome: The great empire we study in world history and still refer to many of its contributions to Western Civilization declined and, of that there is no debate. The reasons for the decline?  A cursory scan of its history lists a number of reasons (or possible reasons) and you may just assume nearly all, or most, of them together did Rome in.  I however lean heavily on the theories supporting its moral decline. The books of Daniel and Revelation have prophecies for this if you choose to read them. So when I scan the Greco-Roman architecture in many of the buildings in our land (especially in Washington, D.C.)  I sometimes wonder if the one negative factor of our society and culture is eroding our Nation from within: Increasing Immorality.

 

Old Testament Israel: Through my life I have had a positive outlook for our Nation’s future but, now in the latter years of my life my optimism is being challenged by experience, examples of humans embracing evil and the Word of God.  I now realize that if the Hebrew people who left Egypt, faced many challenges and experienced the blessings of GOD (many first hand), could fragment into different nations and turn away from GOD, what can be expected from the people of our contemporary times; we must keep our Faith without direct action by GOD on the scale and vivid nature experienced by the Hebrews?

 

Whether or not you believe The USA is vulnerable to attack, and being conquered from without or not, one thing a lesson from history has revealed to me: We, can, self-destruct.

Lessons from the rise and fall of nations (especially the Hebrews) alerts me to the importance of a morally strong culture observant of justice and law and order. In this is the secret to remaining viable and with a strong unity.  The task that establishes this foundation is the family unit. The family unit is where this strength is taught and nurtured. It seems too late to teach children respect and a working knowledge of right and wrong when parents wait until it is time for their children to attend elementary school. It seems if they do wait they leave this important task to the teachers that their children will have. The teachers by that time who must teach this foundation are most often confronted with correcting disrespect and unruly behavior in classroom environments. The energy that must be expended in correcting negative behavior diminishes the real task teachers have: teaching language skills, math and subjects useful to individuals who must contribute in a positive way to our society.

 

The minimum requirements for a good member of our society? Civil, law abiding, responsible and capable of holding a job and raising a family.

 

 

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About Impurities and Imperfection

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It is the flaws in this world that set things apart; often these flaws are used for good purposes.

Colored Jewels, intense survival stories, victory despite odds against it , eternal salvation from sin’s self destruction are just highlights of the drama that plays out here on Earth.  It is these flaws that give meaning and character to the story of humanity since had GOD created all things. Strange as it may seem all of the positive that has come from the flaws here on Earth point to the ultimate victory of GOD’s Son Jesus Christ who demonstrated power over defects and evil, did not succumb to temptation and took upon Himself the penalty for sin, for all humanity for all time, by submitting to death and His resurrection.  The worldly hints of the challenge and the victory abound.

Even the Children’s story The Ugly Duckling Illustrates the phenomena of this era.
APPEARANCES: Colored Jewels . . .

. . . gain beautiful colors from small quantities of other elements within a crystal structure.

Secular: Amethyst geode
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Ugly on the outside; beautiful on the inside! .

Biblical: Flawed Apostle Paul was a Successful Evangelist

1 Timothy 1:15 ESV

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The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I (Paul) am the foremost.

intense survival stories

Secular: This story seems Impossible at First*
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“30 year old Lance Corporal Mathew Croucher, from Solihull, West Midlands, accidentally triggered a trip wire while in Hemland Province, Afghanistan in 2008. He dropped to the ground immediately, lay across the grenade and got blown into the air as the grenade went off. He got the George Cross award, which is the highest decorations awarded due to acts of gallantry, for saving his comrades. He is among 20 living recipients who have received this award.  All I could do at the moment was shout ‘grenade’ before diving on top of it,” he said.

  • *SEE: https://www.unbelievable-facts.com/2014/11/People-Who-Survived-Against-All-Odds.html
Biblical: Jonah
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Jonah tried to flee from God because did not want to go to Nineveh and See Lost People so Evil Saved

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Jonah 1:3 ESV

But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went on board, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.

Jonah 1:17 ESV

Jonah and the Fish: Spencer Collection, The New York Public Library. “Yûnus (Jonah) disgorged by a giant fish is offered clothing by an angel.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 27, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/5e66b3e8-9088-d471-e040-e00a180654d

17 [a] And the Lord appointed[b] a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

victory despite odds against it

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Secular: The Battle of Britain

After the Germans conquered much of the continent of Europe during World War II it appeared all but certain they would surely pound Great Britain with bombs and then invade.  A valiant effort of determination, defiance, dogged survival  and endurance caused the Germans to reconsider and no evasion was attempted

Biblical: Gideon

Judges 6:15 ESV

Gideon: Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Gideon overhearing the Midianites’ dream.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 27, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-5d84-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

And he (Gideon) said to him, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”

GOD’s power enabled him to be victorious and a hero of the people.

Judges 8:22 ESV 

Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, “Rule over us, you and your son and your grandson also, for you have saved us from the hand of Midian.”

ACCEPTING jESUS AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR ENABLES YOU TO BE VICTORIOUS OVER SIN AND WORLDLY IMPERFECTION SINCE, IT IS BY THE POWER OF god THAT YOU ARE SAVED ALONE

eternal salvation from sin’s price

Secular:  Works Do Not Save Souls

Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV 

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Biblical:  Jesus is the Only Way

John 14:6 ESV

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

 

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We Are the Caretakers

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In my lifetime I have been warned several times over how our over population is depleting the resources of the Earth.

Genesis 2:15 ESV 

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

Yet long before the predicted doom miraculously humans developed and discovered how to produce, find or distribute more of what a larger population needs to live here on our planet.  GOD gave humans a remarkable brain and an indomitable spirit; we not only survive we thrive. It is also true while some of us waste, horde, and selfishly lavish our selves in abundance there are people in this world who die for lack of a simple medication.  While some of us are swelled grotesquely with fat, there are babies who fall as silent victims of starvation elsewhere.

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No, the planet is not becoming barren or failing to provide food, clean water and fresh air because it has run out.  Though these are stolen, soiled and fouled by a privileged few, not even that is the reason for human suffering.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 ESV 

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

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More human suffering is inflicted upon humanity because evil energized sinful people want to insure they are in control and hold political power over others.  Warlords and tyrants intercept relief supplies, curtail aid workers or even kill the humanitarians that fan out across the globe to assist other people.

 

Some motivation behind needed “good” things might be suspect but it still has a positive affect.

Yes even if greed has motivated commercial entities to produce food and healthcare for an exuberant profit it does help and is unlikely to deplete The Earth’s resources.

Genesis 50:20 ESV

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.

Humans do not lack imagination, cleverness or the skills to continue to locate and extract resources.

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Daniel 1:17 ESV

As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

The physical planet is abundant with raw materials and even if humanity deems it necessary to reach beyond Earth it appears to be within the sphere of the abilities GOD has equipped us with.

 

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The Bottom Line: God has revealed in the Bible that humans are to be the caretakers of Earth and all its resources.

 

Genesis 1:28 ESV

And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

 

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We are to carryout this mandate without capitulating to sin and to do so equitably and see that the needs of all people are met, not just the privileged few. I extend this noble principle beyond our planet by believing it applies wherever humans go in the Cosmos.

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Our Life’s Work: for Man or Woman

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How do we know what to do in life

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Do we have a life’s work or mission?  Often young people are asked what they want to be when they become adults and their answers sometime actually come true but, for many of us life is not, or was not that simple. Instead some of us struggle to find that niche that would define “our life’s work” and some of us have never found it yet.

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Perhaps we missed the match with our potential and the opportunities that were presented to us, or we never had that circumstance that triggered our curiosity; we may think we never were meant to have such a meaningful discovery.

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Setting aside the humorous anecdotes and cartoon images of the old man on the mountain top or perpetual traveler who is questing for “The Ultimate Truth” or seeking a revelation from GOD. We Christians know we have a direct line of communication with GOD; this is despite our dubious nature because our belief in the work that Jesus has done for all people for all time. Because he paid the price for all sin we can pray to GOD directly and ask for guidance in this matter.

 

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Matthew 7:7 ESV 

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

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I am not omniscient nor can I see the future

GOD knows past, present and future so whom shall we ask about what it is we should do with the life we have? Of course we should seek GOD and the best way to do that is by prayer as I have written in the above paragraph. It is also important to learn all we can about GOD by studying The Holy Bible since we cannot achieve anything contrary to GOD’s standards.

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Jeremiah 29:11 ESV 

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

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Beware of false prophets by knowing GOD’s Word

Deuteronomy 18:20-22 ESV 

But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’— when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.

What applies to individuals also applies to nations

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Our United States of America has risen above human flaws and demonstrated much of GOD’s truth when she has sought it in the face of serious challenges.  “In GOD We Trust” truly meant something and was not an empty slogan. My fellow believers join me in daily (near constant) prayer for our Nation; pray that as a nation we return to GOD for guidance and GOD’s ways of what is good and right. Not as unthinking blind and deaf patriots but as Christians who serve GOD and Country. GOD Bless the USA.

Maybe you have been called to work for “The Good of All” as a secular leader or a religious leader; for our nation’s future

Isaiah 60:12 ESV

For the nation and kingdom that will not serve you shall perish; those nations shall be utterly laid waste.

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Sadness, Joy, Sadness, Joy . . . .

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Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday

We celebrate and observer the events of Jesus’ last week:
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The Last Supper:

1 Corinthians 11:23-25 ESV

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

Betrayal, abused, put on trial though innocent  convicted unto death by Crucifixion he fulfilled prophecy  and fulfilled the requirement of “The Law” that sin’s penalty  is death: He paid the penalty for all people, everywhere and for all time. Accepting this grants you forgiveness and fellowship with GOD.
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1 Peter 3:18 ESV

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,

On Resurrection Sunday Jesus’ rising from the dead insured all people that he was the Son of GOD and all He said and accomplished was True.
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Romans 8:11 ESV

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

 

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Could People Learn to Do What is Right

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Yes, people could do what is right “If”

They overcame self interest and serve one another
They oppose evil and support good
They believe in absolute truth
Help Defend Right: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division, The New York Public Library. “Appealing to be allowed to help fight for the Union, or the condition in 1863.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 31, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-d5ce-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

So how can we learn about absolute truth and what it is? I can answer this as a Christian: I believe in absolute truth by faith in GOD; I believe GOD and what I can learn about GOD and GOD’s standards from the Holy Scripture: The Holy Bible reveals GOD’s truth to me.

How can this be you may wonder?

As an ordinary human, in order to do this I must overcome my own self interests, tendency to do wrong, and oppose what evil influences I encounter in “The World” – even from within me. Philosophically the mind GOD gave me, struggles with many illusions and what appeals to my senses, discrepancies in reality and false doctrines; imperfection is the term best describes our milieu, reality and the expectations humans have.  So how are we to learn about what is “The Good”? From GOD’s word; because GOD loves us and has provided us with a way to know about “The GOOD” which is derived from the absolute truth GOD is the creator of. OK then, if we all tried to do a better job reaching for the seemingly lofty goals expressed within the Bible, think of what that could do for the character of life on Earth for more people – Christians and non-believers as well.

 

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No or less Poverty 

 

 

 

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No or fewer Shortages

 

 

 

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No or fewer Illegitimate Babies

 

 

 

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No or fewer Broken Homes

 

 

 

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No or fewer Forsaken People

 

 

 

 

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No or fewer Prisons

 

GOD’s Truth is Absolute

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Gods plan is rooted in love, with guidance, provisions and a wonderful eternity for believers.

 Start here: BELIEVE GOD

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This coming Sunday, Palm Sunday, we remember Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem but in less than a week seemingly all the people will have abandoned Jesus when He is betrayed, abused and crucified. This is a sad testimony concerning the nature of people yet, if He had not suffered and died for the sins of all there wold not be any hope for humanity’s eternal salvation.

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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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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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Choices

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Right Left Neither: What GOD Says

Yes we live in a worlds dominated and complicated by humans.  Now that many people are educated, living in urban areas and affected greatly by politics there is a need to help keep ideas and policies understandable. Since not all people are able to digest subtle differences in these issues a number of devices have emerged to attempt to help them. The terms “right” and “left” represent a package of ideas that summarize what each faction believes in and what their agendas are.  If you (like me) try to sort through the information and make a choice based on who seems the most capable leader you probably discovered it take a lot of work.  And, we must compromise and make the best choice we can because it is rare that any candidate represents our beliefs in their entirety.  It seems to have worked reasonably well here in the United States up until now but, in these current times we must wade through much disinformation and often there are questions of trust as well.

 

 

 

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The complex situation tempts us to take the easy way and just latch on to the political faction we like because, we like the leadership, it is a family tradition or we do not want to dig deeper into the implications nor the consequences if these people gain power.

Hot Cold Tepid: What God Says

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Passion on the Right

 

 

 

 

 

GOD can help us if we are actively seeking spiritual guidance.  It is best to believe in a position and express this with passion.  Right or wrong your passion will teach you what the truth is.  Disengaging, ignoring things or just giving a superficial treatment does nothing for protecting right and opposing wrong.

Believer Agnostic Atheist: What God Says

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