The Truth Will Out.

Probably my poorest habit in writing is that I tend to be overly wordy, posting articles that strain the attention span of most people.  The trend today is to write short pieces, so that readers may get in and get out quickly, without getting bogged down in too many details.

A brother in Christ, and someone I have great respect for has suggested that my emails to him would suffice as posts.  So here goes…

This is what I emailed to my friend regarding this article and its comments:

Many years ago in my first church experience, a young man who sang in the quartet I was in, left to go to college. He had struggled with homosexuality as a teen, but seemed to have put it behind him. But at college he got back into the lifestyle, this time really committing to it and announcing to everyone his decision. I wrote him a loving letter pointing out Scripturally the error of his ways (He still claims to be a Christian.). He wrote me back citing several of those skewed, deceived interpretations of Scripture, and I realized his self justification was beyond my reasoning. So, I shook the dust off my feet and ended all communication with him.

Fast forward to a few years ago. I came across some sites of gays claiming to be Christian, one in particular written by a theologically “trained” fellow with a doctorate who spouted the same deceived errors. I launched into a rebuttal to refute the error of these people who refuse to acknowledge their sin as sin, writing several drafts of more than 3,000 words before I finally decided to shelve the idea. The experience of doing the research and contending with their twisted “reasoning” left me feeling dirty, sick and under attack.

My original desire was to show the error of their interpretations. But after several encounters on-line with commenters (trolls) aggressively pushing the LGBTQ line, I began to feel that they would never be open to listening to any reasoning that put their rationalization in jeopardy. Their minds are so polluted, their attitudes are so distorted, that they simply choose darkness over light. That’s why I was so touched by Patti Height’s testimony [included in the article]. The Holy Spirit can cut through all that garbage. Jesus is the light, and he shines and the darkness cannot hide him.

As far as finding articles that refute their error, the internet is decidedly slanted toward liberal doxies, but sound Biblical scholarship still refutes their lies with the truth. The political/legal arm of the LGBTQ agenda is adamant, aggressive and prolific. Many are swayed by their deception. But the truth will out.

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Looking To The Future

57 years ago, in 1959, I was 14 years old. Back then, when people thought about what the future would bring, they usually thought in terms of technological advances. They thought of things such as longer life spans with better health, resulting from scientific developments in medicine. They thought of exciting conveniences, such as flying automobiles, and wild, science-fiction contraptions such as telephones that let you see the person you are talking to.

Taken for granted by today’s generation, advances in computer technology have actually made many of our futuristic dreams common, everyday facts of life. The ubiquitous smart phone of today far outstrips the performance capacity of the imagined communicator of the original Star Trek series. When those imaginary science-fiction devices were introduced to us in the 1960s, I was no longer a child, but was already a young adult, serving in the Army in Vietnam.

In what seems to me to be a very short time, we have come a very long way. Back when I was 14, the ability to have such a tremendous access to information was seen as a liberating and empowering force that would revolutionize education, stream-line all gathering, processing and exchanging of information, and in general stimulate a golden age of opportunities for everyone.

Brother! Talk about a futuristic fantasy!

Just the other day another 14 year-old had his 15 minutes of fame. The 8th grader recited a poem titled, White Boy Privilege, and it went viral. Everybody jumped to hear what this ignorant little punk had to say, a child who has no concept of history, no real context, no big perspective, no idea of what the world is like beyond his own protected life experience – a child who can only repeat the liberal bilge he’s been taught.

So his poem goes viral. And adults who share his ignorance and buy into his brand of group-think nod and make their intonations of agreement. This certainly isn’t the future my generation had hoped for. Rather than taking what good we had and building something better, the deconstructionism of post-modern thinking has broken down what used to work and exchanged it with chaos, confusion and fear.

In his poem, the 14 year-old apologizes to non-white, non-male groups of people. But his apologies have no real meaning because he has no intention of either changing himself or making restitution to those he may have offended. His poem has no solution, leads to no corrective action, and doesn’t even hope for improvement. Rather than drawing people together toward universal values, it celebrates the selfish interests served when you reduce the concept of community to whatever kind of people you relate to.

This is a poem of class distinction – a childish, narrow, emotional rant exalting class envy. It is the latest iteration of John Lennon’s song, Imagine, which was by his own admission, a poetic expression of the Communist Manifesto. White Boy Privilege reflects the political philosophy of socialism. That’s what is being taught to children today. It was taught to their parent’s generation, too. No wonder there are so many today who look to big government for solutions to all of life’s problems. It’s what they’ve been taught. And it has created the most ignorant generation ever in the history of the United States of America.

How can I say ignorant? Technology has given us the best access to information in the history of man! But you see, information only works when you pay attention to it. You can have the greatest library in the world, but unless you actually read the books, you remain ignorant.

Socialism is essentially godless. Embracing socialism in effect expunges God from the reality of your life. In socialism the State becomes God. That means your value, your meaning, your success depends on what the government does for you, and what you do for the government. God doesn’t establish laws and morals – government does. God doesn’t make provision for your life – government does.

This is a future I didn’t anticipate when I was 14. A future without God. A future that has forgotten the Noblesse oblige of history, forgotten the words of Jesus, “Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required,” forgotten that in Western Civilization, it was the church that instituted charities and social services to serve the under-privileged.

White Boy Privilege gives meaningless lip service. Designed to stir up feelings without doing one single helpful thing, it is devoid of moral character. At its most fundamental level it is a lie, based on a myth – the myth that class privilege oppresses minorities. It simply isn’t true.  Not in America.

How did a black man become the President? It could be argued that Obama, being half white, benefitted from his half-white boy privilege. But how did Ben Carson become the world’s pre-eminent brain surgeon? How did Clarence Thomas become a Supreme Court Justice? They had no privileges.

There are many minority women in positions of power and influence today. They had no privileges. Many non-white immigrants come to this country and make a success of their lives. Many of them start on the lowest rung, but because of the opportunities found only here in the United States, they move up the ladder and enjoy great success. That’s why so many from all over the world continue to legally immigrate to this country, because we offer everyone the opportunity to work for their dreams.

And work is the operative word here. Success in life is not something that can be handed out to you by the government. Our government was designed to protect the life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness of all citizens. But it is up to each citizen to exercise those rights, work out their own lives and find their own success through hard work.

That 14 year-old child doesn’t know what work is, what self-determination is. He doesn’t know that you can’t have freedom without responsibility. He doesn’t know that community includes everyone, not just people who look like you or live like you. He doesn’t know that the gospel of Jesus Christ calls us together to serve one another in love. His ignorance could fill a book.

Deuteronomy 6:18 says, “And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD, that it may go well with you”. Micah 6:8 says, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Proverbs 21:3 says, “To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.” Galatians 6:9 and 2 Thessalonians 3:13 both urge us not to grow weary in doing good.

These and many other passages give us the Biblical perspective. That perspective is to love one another and serve one another. The Biblical perspective motivates believers in their personal interactions with the world to actually help people and make a difference in their lives. That is a far cry from separating human beings on the basis of racial, cultural, sexual or financial categories. It is a far cry from mindless mob demonstrations aimed at coercing government action. It is a far cry from hatred and violence.

Believers in Christ are called to look beyond all that. Galatians 3:28 teaches that in Christ, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” That truth gives us a message of hope, something to believe in, something to work toward. It does not wallow in disappointment or discouragement. It does not credit perceived victims with a special prestige in order to justify retribution. It does not turn one group against another.

Hope in Christ is manifold. First, he offers forgiveness – real forgiveness, not just being let off the hook by making some phony apology. Hope in Christ embodies unity as it draws us together in him. It brings a healing to our souls. By his stripes we are healed. Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly,” (John 10:10). And in him we have a peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7).

When I was 14 I didn’t understand the gospel of Jesus Christ yet, so there is hope that this 14 year-old of White Boy Privilege fame may still come to learn the truth. But the society that spawned his viral video is deeply flawed, and is more capable of destruction than anything positive. I pray for his future – America’s future – and wonder, will people look to God, glorify God and seek to better themselves by living up to his standards, or will they look to the State, glorify those who govern us and expect the laws they enact to make our lives better?

What does your future hold?

 

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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote and starred in the hit musical, Hamilton. On the site https://www.teerico.com he is selling “Love is Love” tee shirts as a combined fundraising effort to “benefit efforts to secure equality & justice for Florida’s LGBTQ community and the victims of the Orlando tragedy.” Here is what is on the shirt:

 

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The first batch of these shirts has sold out, which shows this effort is receiving strong support.

My take on this is that there are two unique concerns at issue: an attack on America by an Islamic terrorist, and the special interests of “Florida’s LGBTQ community”. To manipulate the natural sympathy that all Americans have for the Orlando victims into a carte blanch approval of deviant sexuality is a victory of emotionalism over critical thought. Otherwise intelligent people just don’t seem to be thinking this through. They can’t seem to get beyond their own pet causes.

To Miranda and his associates the big picture isn’t the threat Islamic terrorism poses to the liberties of all Americans. They see the big picture as whatever threatens libertine LGBTQ lifestyles. This is not surprising since it is narcissism that that feeds these lifestyles, not some noble ideal.

“Love is love” means, “My love is as good as yours.” It’s a narcissistic truism because no one is comparing — that is, no one but the LGBTQs. “Love is love” is an inarticulate truism because like a mathematical equation the value of the terms must be defined. If the term “love” means one thing to you and another thing to me, the meaning of that truism changes according to how the term is defined, thus making it essentially meaningless.

Repeating a truism doth not a profound truth make. The fact is that there are different kinds of love. Not all love is the same. There is love that leads to healing and wholeness, and there is love that dissipates and kills. But to those who support The Cause, “love is love is love is love is love”. All thinking stops here.

What if I were to say, “Food is food”? That too would be meaningless because there’s junk food, ‘real’ food, dog food, fish food, plant food, food for thought, ad nauseum. That kind of non-discrimination does not make for a healthy diet. I would think that intelligent, educated people would want to be a bit more thoughtful than simply repeating truisms.

The big picture from the Orlando terrorism is not about the sexuality of the victims. The big picture is that ALL AMERICANS should be protected from such acts of violence. Yes, homosexuals do not deserve to be ruthlessly gunned down, but the greater issue is that NO ONE deserves that. This is not an issue unique to homosexuals — it affects all of us.
All Americans need to stand together to defeat those whose goal it is to either intimidate us into submission or kill us.

The attack in orlando was against the sovereign right of America and Americans to live according to their own values and conscience. As such, it was an attack on ALL AMERICANS, not just the LGBTQ communities. The big picture is the unacceptable brutality of the perpetrator, who was just one more in a long line of Islamic terrorists. If we, meaning all of us, ever want to be safe again as a nation, we need to adopt a decisive policy to crush all Islamic terrorists.

As others have noted Islam is not compatible with a free society. As a nation, we must unite to defeat the scourge of jihad. That means supporting America and Americanism, which means I still have the right to my own moral convictions. And I don’t have to approve of those with whom I disagree in order to stand with them against the threat of Islam.

The reason for the horrendous slaughter in Orlando is that Islam is based on the Koran, which has produced Sharia law and goes so far in some cases as to prescribe the death penalty for homosexuality. The perpetrator of this insanity made it clear that he was motivated out of a desire to submit to Allah’s approval. He made it clear that he supported the jihad of ISIS. This is the insanity all Americans must stand together against, or our very civilization will be lost.

But the stand we must take together does not require that I support the LGBTQ community. While as a Biblical Christian I believe homosexuality and other aberrant sexual expressions are sinful, my beliefs will never lead me to accept terrorist acts against anyone for any reason. While everyone has the God-given right to believe as they choose and hold the values they choose, no one has the right to slaughter people because of their values.

True liberty means we can peacefully disagree among ourselves. Islamicists hate the kind of freedom we have in this country. I do not support homosexuality nor will I ever support the LGBTQ community, because they stand for a morality that is condemned by the Bible. However, I respect the freedom they have to live according to their own beliefs. That is their right. God created us all with the capacity to choose.

But Islam is the religion of death. The Jihadists’ solution is to kill those who will not submit to them. They are the enemy and defeating them is the issue. Working out our differences over sexuality is not the issue. Only as a free society can we hope to debate any civil matter. Let’s focus on fighting for the liberty of all Americans, not selling a political agenda at the cost of human lives.

If you want to talk about love, consider this: Love is not that you feel a certain way towards another. The Bible teaches that love is God’s gift to us and his sacrifice for us. His love is greater than all others. Don’t cheapen it by thinking love is love is love is love is love.

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What’s Wrong With Socialism?

A friend of mine once mused, “I don’t really see what’s so wrong with Socialism”. And although I have very strong feelings on the subject, I held my peace, not wanting to give vent to them. The problem with being honest is that when most people know you disagree with them, they either attack you as an enemy or withdraw from you in order to avoid conflict.

In his Essay to Leo Baeck, Albert Einstein wrote, “Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social enviroment. Most people are incapable of forming such opinions.” The key to understanding this observation is the word, equanimity, a word and a concept which has largely gone out of style.

Equanimity is remaining calm and composed in a confrontation. It is a quality of being mature and civilized, confident of your own position and yet respectful of the opinions of others. It is a required condition for anyone hoping to bridge the many gaps that separate human beings. And that is what I attempt to do here – express with equanimity what is fundamentally wrong with Socialism.

Attending public schools between 1950 and 1963, I was taught the concensus values of that era, which included the ideal that good people are to handle their disagreements in a reasonable, constructive manner. O course, as an ideal, it was not always lived up to. Nevertheless, most people aspired to equanimity in public debate.

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” was a popularly repeated and highly respected refrain, as it was attributed to Voltaire. I never thought differently until I recently read that the quote was something Beatrice Evelyn Hall (under the pseudonym S. G. Tallentyre) wrote about Voltaire. Nevertheless, the authorship of the quote in no way diminishes its sentiment.

But that was then, this is now. In today’s generation there is little homage paid to equanimity. It is seen as a weakness, a sign of victimhood. Rather than expressing themselves in civilized, composed, informed, rational debate, today’s youth choose violence to force their will. They don’t aspire to win people over to their side through the effective articulation of ideas. They don’t want political debate. Instead, they use mob violence to intimidate and destroy their opposition. So it is with some doubt that I voice my convictions, because I am afraid that the people who need to hear me are the very ones who would be more inclined to beat the crap out of me.

One of the most common traits of Socialism is violence. When governments establish socialist economies, it comes at the price of millions of people’s lives. That’s an empirically observed fact of history. What’s wrong with Socialism?

  1. Socialism is a utopian fantasy which does not work in the real world.

Pragmatically, the only way socialists are able to implement their programs is through dictatorial force. In socialism the State is preeminent, powerful and controlling. Statist control of your own money through taxation (redistribution of wealth) is just one area they seek to regulate.

Socialism claims to seek “The Greater Good”, a euphemism from Utilitarianism diguised as a sort of pure democracy. In reality, there is no such thing as the greater good. I wrote about this in my post, The Greater Good, at https://retiredday.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/the-greater-good/ ‎

The “greater good” always comes down to what those in power dictate. This philosophy contrasts sharply with American constitutionalism, which is based on the precept enshrined in the Declaration of Independence that God (not government) creates everyone with inalienable rights – one of those rights being “the pursuit of happiness”.

It is important to understand this distinction. The personal right to pursue your own happiness in your own way is abrogated by the government when it compels everyone to abide by whatever makes the most people happy (the goal of utilitarianism). Therefore Socialism inevitably brings about dictatorial powers in government, and the loss of personal freedom.

  1. In order to maintain Socialism, government must become dictatorial, at the sacrifice of the personal freedoms of individuals.

The essence of Socialism is exposed in the eleventh chapter of Genesis. The whole earth was united by one common language. They said, “Come, let us build ourselves…a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth” (vs 4). God saw a problem with this. He saw that the pride of men caused them to unite together for the purpose of challenging his sovereignty.

In verse 6 the LORD says, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing they propose to do will now be impossible for them.” Don’t miss God’s reason for saying this. There is nothing wrong with unity or human acheivement, such as the construction of a city with a tall tower. But the problem was that they came together for the purpose of defying God (“Let us build ourselves a tower with its top in the heavens.” “Let us make a name for ourselves.”)

The justification they used was so they would not become “dispersed over the face of the whole earth”. This again defies God’s command to Noah, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth” (Genesis 9:1 and 9:7). Remember that this command was not simply to Noah but to all humanity who followed. Genesis 9:9 states, “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you”.

So, the story of the tower of Babel is one of defying God. It illustrates the principle of Socialism that seeks to trust in the collective efforts of men. Socialism thrives on the potential that there is no limit to what we can do in human unity (“brotherhood”) and organization. Socialism is humanity coming together without God. Assuming the sovereignty of man, the State pushes God aside.

Christians are wise to discern the false “Brotherhood of Man” from the brotherhood we have in Christ as children of God. We are only brothers to those in Christ. We have been called out of the world. We do not belong to the family of Man. We belong to the family of God.

  1. Socialism is anti-God.
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God Is Not A Monster

Being deceived is like sticking your head in a bucket of your dreams and staying there, as if it were the real world. It doesn’t matter how smart you are or how much you know — as long as you are deceived, your head’s in a bucket.

Reminiscent of the devil quoting Scripture when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13), one commenter to my Open Letter To A “Skeptic” cited Romans 9:10-23 (NIV), claiming verse 22 says, “God creates people for Hell”. He concluded God, “is a monster”.

Reading the whole passage in context, Paul’s point is clear: Because God is sovereign, he has mercy on persons because he chooses to, not that anyone can earn his mercy. This fundamental principle of the sovereignty of God is what the deceived commenter rejected. And by so doing, he presumes the ability and right to judge God “a monster”, like a clay pot presuming to hold its potter accountable.

Skipping the main point of Paul’s message, this commenter focused on verse 22 as a proof text that, “God creates people for Hell”. Here is the verse:

What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction?

This is a question, not a statement. The phrase, “prepared for destruction” isn’t foundational to the thought, but conditional (“What if…”). Paul was not saying God creates people for hell. In order to understand Paul’s writing, we must remember that he was a Jewish rabbi, who although he became a key Christian leader and teacher, he never stopped being a Jewish rabbi. He was a master of rabbinical rhetoric, and his epistles are full of the classical forms of rabbinical reasoning in which he was trained.

One such form was the asking of questions in order to guide his listeners’ (or readers’) thoughts. Verse 22 is such a question. But it isn’t a single, isolated question. As you continue reading through Paul’s dissertation, he throws out more questions, like breadcrumbs, leading his readers along the path. If your mind follows that path, you will see that the big point Paul is making is that God, in his sovereignty, chooses to extend his mercy to gentiles (non-Jews), meaning his “good news” is for everyone — Jew or gentile — who is willing to receive Christ.

That’s pretty much the opposite of what the deceived commenter was saying. Ever since Jesus died on the cross and rose again to eternal life, the issue of going to hell is a matter of choice for every person. Everyone who goes to hell has made their choice and is responsible for that choice. God doesn’t send people to hell, they send themselves. That’s because EVERYONE already deserves to go to hell because of sin. Our choice is to die in sin or live in Christ. A “monster” does not give you that kind of choice.

If you are interested, or at least curious as to what more the Bible has to say on this subject, please read my post of January 15, 2013, Hearing The Good News Of God’s Kingdom
https://retiredday.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/hearing-the-good-news-of-gods-kingdom/

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The Pathway To Truth Or The Maze Of Your Own Understanding?

I was 31 years old when I received Christ.  I was already a fully formed adult with my own world view and a baggage load of experience behind me.  But when I began to grow in my faith I saw that I had been living my life as if reality was the maze of my own thinking — like an addictive video game that draws you in, holds your attention and becomes its own reward.  That’s pretty much what deception is.  It captures your consciousness like a drug, and it isn’t real.

My Open Letter To A “Skeptic” drew the attention of a lot of angry scoffers who kept demanding I present evidence for my “claim” that God exists.  But as I had explained, the evidence is already in, and has been for some time.  Scripture says that ever since the creation of the world God’s invisible attributes have been clearly perceived.

But they reject God’s holy word in order to hold onto their deception.  They insist that Christians present “proof” for our faith, not on the basis of Biblical revelation, which is in fact the basis for Christianity, but by using the materialistic presupposition that all of reality is defined according to scientific materialism.  Their demand is preposterous, given that it is not open to to the possibility of examining faith according to the Biblical world view of reality from which it arises.

Faith is a spiritual thing, Atheists deny that spiritual reality even exists.  They not only deny it, they hold it in the greatest contempt, especially God’s holy Scripture.  So they demand that spiritual reality be “proved” using non spiritual methods.  It is a non sequitur to expect to find proof for anything spiritual, using a system of thought that precludes its very existence.  But on that basis they claim God does not exist.

Atheists have also created a false narrative that somehow Christianity and science are opposed to each other.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Many great scientists are Christian.  As I’ve said previously, the more a believer learns about life on this planet and the expansive universe beyond, the more he appreciates the Creator and the greater his faith grows.  There is no hyperbole at all in the Scripture that tells us the heavens themselves declare the glory of God.

Don Batten has written a delightful article entitled Five Atheist Miracles for Creation Ministries International http://creation.com/five-atheist-miracles?utm_media=email&utm_source=infobytes&utm_content=us&utm_campaign=emails giving examples of “Claiming to be wise they became fools” (Link takes you to whole chapter.  The verse is Romans 1:22).

I do not pretend to be scientifically conversant.  However, I think the article does a good job of demonstrating two things:  Christianity is not opposed to science; and Atheistic arguments against a Creator or Designer God may not be so scientific after all.  Read it and take a moment to consider whether or not a Godless “reality” is the pathway to truth or just the maze of your own understanding.

 

 

 

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A Citizen Of The World?

The fool has said, “I am a citizen of the world!”

Of course, as fools do, he adjusts the meaning of the word, “citizen” to suit his globalist fantasy. But in the end, even with altered word meanings, the fantasy of world citizenship is just as real as unicorns.

My dictionary first defines a citizen as a person owing loyalty to and entitled to the protection of a given state. A second definition is given as a resident of a city or town, especially one entitled to vote and enjoy other privileges there.

Let’s break that down:

  1. loyalty to the world
  2. the protection of the world
  3. a resident of the world
  4. possessing a world vote and other privileges

Let’s see…we can say that number 3 is a reality. The fool is indeed a resident of the world. But as for the rest, the idea of world citizenship is only a fanciful imagination, an endorphin-producing state of mind like the one brought on by singing We Are The World. It’s a construct of the brotherhood of Man without the context of the Lordship of Christ, a replay of the tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9).

In order for world citizenship to be a reality, a one-world government is required. What about the United Nations? First of all, not all of the countries in the world belong to the UN. Those holdout nations would certainly deny they had any responsibility or accountability to any “citizen” of the world. There is the matter of sovereignty to consider. In a one-world government, there can be no sovereignty, no citizenship.

Secondly, UN member nations represent every form of government there is. Some are representational, some are dictatorial. In America, we have a federal republic. Other nations claim to be democracies, some are oligarchies, some are monarchies, some theocracies and some are governed by little more than brutal, oppressive war lords. In that mix, there can be no realistic application of the concept of being “united”, which makes “loyalty” nothing more than a vague abstraction. There can be no universal protection and certainly no universal vote.

The heads of state of each nation appoint their own “representatives” to the United Nations. None of them are voted in. None of them can be held accountable by the people who live in their respective nations. The people have no recourse to what their so-called “representatives” do. They have no input, no choice, no vote.

The “democracy” practiced when the UN General Assembly votes, does not reach the peoples of the nations. At best, they can only consider themselves mere subjects of the authoritarians who have been appointed over them.

As for world protection, the UN is pitiful. Hotel Rwanda made that point clear. And that is pretty much the tip of the iceberg. In the real world, there is no such thing as a citizen of the world. It is a utopian pipe dream of fools.

On the other hand, I am a citizen of heaven. Let me break that down according to the same principles of citizenship applied above:

  1. loyalty
  2. protection
  3. residency
  4. the vote and other privileges

The kingdom of God is the kingdom of heaven. Jesus began his earthly ministry by preaching the kingdom of heaven is at hand. God is the King of heaven. As far as loyalty to him is concerned, when we accept the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross as payment for our sins, that is, when we receive Christ and believe in his name, we enter the kingdom of heaven in a privileged condition. We do that by being “born again” and becoming children of God (John 1:12). That makes us heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). Ephesians 3:6 says, “This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”

As for protection, Psalm 119:114 calls God “my fortress and my shield”. Isaiah 41:13 says, “For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.’” Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through him [Jesus Christ] who strengthens me.” God has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5; Deuteronomy 31:6). Jesus said, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever” (John 14:16). And, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” (Acts 1:8).

As for residency, Philippians 3:20 says, “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,” and in John 14:2 Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” And even though we now live in this physical world, as citizens of heaven, in spirit we are already seated with Christ in heaven (Ephesians 2:6).

As for “the vote and other privileges”, consider all that has already been said and add to it, Revelation 5:10: “and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” God gives citizens of heaven the authority to rule the world. That’s more than just a vote. Though physical death represents an essential change (1 Corinthians 15:42-44) once a person has faith in Christ, he has already been born again and has passed into eternal life. For in John 17:3 Jesus prayed, “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:4-5

If you want to know more about what it means to know Christ and become a citizen of heaven, read the Bible, talk to a believer, go to church. Perhaps one day you will begin to understand, “…since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God” 1 Peter 1:23.

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Open Letter To A “Skeptic”

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. — Romans 1: 19-20

Several words in this passage are like burrs under a horse’s saddle to atheists, agnostics and skeptics. To be described as ungodly and unrighteous jabs them at the heart of their pride — a pride that upholds their personal judgment as objective, logical, scientific and even noble. They see “truth” not as something greater than they are, to which they must be held accountable, but something that is subject to their own judgment, their own approval, their own powers of observation and measurement. Rather than considering truth to be authoritative, they consider themselves to have the authority that allows truth to be what it is.

The Biblical world view recognizes that God exists because it is clear that he has revealed himself to us.The Bible is God’s revelation of himself to man. But also, all of God’s creation reveals himself to man and affords us the opportunity to perceive his eternal power and divine nature. The passage above cites the creation of the world. But Psalm 19:1 includes the whole universe in which we live: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”

God reveals himself to us, and what can be known about God is plain to everyone, because he shows it to us. In John 18:37 Jesus tells Pontius Pilate, “…For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” Jesus also said in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” So those of us who are of the truth bear witness to the truth. It is easy for us to see God’s invisible attributes in the things that he has made. So, the more we learn about his creation, the more our faith is confirmed.

The only reason a person would not be able to see the truth of God revealed throughout creation is that they are covering their own eyes. They don’t see God because they won’t see God. And when you cover your eyes, it’s just as if you are saying, “I don’t care what’s out there. I only care for what goes on in my own mind.”

That is why they are without excuse. God has plainly shown us what can be known about him. Those who can’t see it are refusing to see it, as a matter of their own will. That is why words like ungodly and unrighteous are used to describe them. And that is why God is also revealing his wrath against them. They are without excuse because they willfully block God from their view, substituting themselves for God as the final arbiter of reality.

Logic and imagination are wonderful gifts, and often lead to great creativity and achievement. But when your logic and imagination are held captive by self-centered pride, the reality you create in your mind becomes a maze and a prison. Such a reality is limited, small and marked by sin and selfishness. God isn’t there in your world because you won’t allow him any space.

But the truth is greater than your tiny reality. God is bigger than you — something you lack the courage to admit. Faith takes courage because you will only know God when you are willing to humble yourself before him. And to do that, you must first come to the end of yourself.

Jesus said, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.” That is the total opposite to what the world teaches. But read the book of Ecclesiastes. It says that everything about human life is meaningless — “vanity and chasing after wind”. But the book ends by saying “fear God and keep his commandments” because he is going to judge everything we do.

You can only hide your eyes for so long. Eventually God’s judgment will come, and at that time, if you are still trying to hide your eyes it will be too late for you. You will have made your bed and now you will have to lie in it.

There can be no lasting meaning to life, nothing of permanent value, without God. Thus, it is the fool who says there is no God (Psalm 14:1).

“Make your ear attentive to wisdom,
Incline your heart to understanding;
For if you cry for discernment,
Lift your voice for understanding;
If you seek her as silver
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
Then you will discern the fear of the LORD
And discover the knowledge of God.” — Proverbs 2:2-5

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” — Proverbs 9:10

[UPDATE]  No snarky, irate, argumentative, challenges to debate or endless repetitions of demands for evidence that already is apparent, but denied by so-called “skeptics” are welcome here.  I will not publish such comments.  This site is not a place for free-for-alls.

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“Just Say No”

Words don’t have intrinsic meaning any more. They simply mean whatever you want them to mean. And regrettably, most people apparently find that perfectly acceptable.

I have a 45-year-old dictionary that gives several definitions for the verb, pervert. Here’s what it used to mean:

1. To cause to turn from what is considered morally right; corrupt;
2. To bring to a worse condition; debase; vitiate;
3. To employ wrongly or incorrectly; misuse;
4. To interpret incorrectly; misconstrue.

Hopefully, these definitions should help you to see how the meaning of “equality” has been perverted by society’s politically correct, permissive attitude on the issues of “gender identity” and “gender selection”.

An article entitled, Target Takes a Stand on Transgender Issues, at http://fox40.com/2016/04/20/target-takes-stand-on-transgender-bathroom-controversy/ begins by saying,

Target reinforced its stance on equality in its stores. The company says in a statement released Wednesday, inclusivity is a core belief. Target wants transgender customers and employees to feel comfortable using the bathrooms and fitting rooms for the gender they identify with.

The word, “equality” has been perverted to mean “the same”. A man who thinks of himself as a woman is “the same” as a woman. A woman who thinks of herself as a man is “the same” as a man. Therefore they should use whichever fitting rooms or restrooms that make them feel comfortable. The word, “inclusivity” is used to emphasize their perverted definition of equality. To them, the concept of gender isn’t biological, but a matter of choice. So specific gender classification should be inclusive for individuals of either gender, in order to be “equal”.

I hope you are able to understand what is happening here. Gender refers to the biological classification of the sex of human beings, identified as either male or female. This is a feature of our bodies, not our “identities”. It’s about human reproduction. Both genders are required in order to produce offspring. It has nothing to do with “equality”.

Socially speaking, in America public facilities such as restrooms and dressing rooms, have been separated by gender for purposes of privacy and modesty. That is because male and female bodies are different, regardless of any feelings an individual may have about his or her own body.

The political concept of equality is perverted when it is applied to gender inclusivity. When equality means a person’s gender has nothing to do with their physical body, but is strictly dependent on a person’s choice, it loses all semblance of meaning because one person’s comfort comes at the sacrifice of everyone else’s. A transgender person who insists on using the facilities of their choice ignores the feelings of everyone else. Most people are “uncomfortable” and may even feel threatened when transgender individuals are using the same facilities.

And this is where the cries of fairness, inclusiveness and equality become meaningless. The LGBTQ mob doesn’t care about the feelings the rest of society. They only care about their own selfish and perverted feelings. And they aggressively insist on preferential treatment, insisting all along they just want “equality”. George Orwell clearly expressed this in Animal Farm when he wrote, “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others”.

Think about this the next time you go to Target. Will you be comfortable using fitting rooms that are also used by persons with gender identity issues? Does your comfort matter? Or is LGBTQ comfort more equal?

Former First Lady, Nancy Reagan used to tell children, “Just say no” to illicit drugs. In the same spirit, I’m just saying no to Target. I’ll take my money elsewhere, thank you very much.

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A Million People

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. – Psalm 139:13

For some time I’ve struggled to grasp the fact that there are almost seven and a half billion human beings living on planet Earth. I spell out the words here because 7½ is just a number, and the concept of a billion anythings is a challenge to truly comprehend. What makes it hard to understand is that each one of us is unique – even down to small details like fingerprints and the irises of our eyes.

For those of us who believe in the Creator, it is comforting and sustaining to know that he loves each one of us with an infinite love – all 7½ billion of us – not to mention the billions of people who lived before us and those whose lives are yet to start. How great is our God, and how great his love!

Try to wrap your brain around the idea of 7½ billion people. Try to picture it. It’s not too hard to visualize a stadium of people. But that’s only tens of thousands. Even pictures of The Million Man March only give the impression of a huge “numberless” crowd. In order to determine what a crowd of any size looks like, we need to use some known area as a comparative scale. As crowds get larger, the distance from them must be increased in order to observe them, which makes individuals appear smaller and smaller, eventually blurring together into something vague and impersonal.

I wondered what it would look like if I were flying in an airplane and saw one square mile filled with people. How many people would that be? One popular website said a square mile filled with people standing “shoulder to shoulder” would hold about 625,000 persons. But that didn’t seem quite right to me. Simple computation with my calculator produced far different results.

A mile consists of 5,280 feet, giving a square mile a total of 27,878,400 square feet (5,280 X 5,280). Dividing the square feet by 625,000 persons allots 44.6 square feet per person (an area of more than 6½’ by 6½’). That is hardly “shoulder to shoulder”. I wanted to picture people standing closer together, so I based my calculations on an area of 4 square feet (2′ by 2′) for each individual to stand in.

A football field consists of 87,750 square feet. Allowing each person to occupy 4 square feet, 21,937 people could stand together on a football field. I can picture that. But a million persons, each taking up 4 square feet, would need 4 million square feet (2,000′ X 2,000′) or about 45½ football fields! How high up in an airplane would you have to be to see that clearly? Would you be able to differentiate individuals?

Using the same standard of 4 square feet per person, a square mile would accommodate 6,969,600 persons (27,878,400 square feet divided by 4 square feet). Can you picture looking down at a square mile of people from an airplane? At the distance required to see a square mile full of people, all you could discern would be colors and textures, like a farmer’s field. In order to see them all, you must be far away – too far to be able to discern individuals. All you can see is a fuzzy crowd.

The point I am trying to make is, the human mind is only capable of comprehending the totality of humanity in the abstract. 7½ billion people is too great a concept to picture. Even just one thousanth of that figure (7½ million) is beyond our comprehension. When we try to picture it, it’s only a blur.

And yet, we know in our hearts that these numbers beyond our comprehension are made up of individuals with value, persons who matter, who dream, who love and are loved, a humanity that seeks meaning, discovery and acheivement, yet too often finds bitter survival their only reward.

When I think of my own capacity to love and to care for my fellow human beings, I realize I fall far short of being able to love 7½ billion people. My capacity, as with the capacity of everyone else on the globe, is to care for those in my own little corner of the world.

And sometimes, we can join together to help folks in their little corners, on other continents, and that’s what’s so great about over-seas missions. They give us the opportunity to reach out and touch great crowds of humanity we can’t even see or might not even imagine. That’s part of what love is all about.

God loved the world so much he gave his Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. We love because he first loved us. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” – 1 John 4:7-8

Think about the nearly 7½ billion souls in our world. God loves each one. We may not be able to deal with so many people, but surely we can all reach out to someone – someone we can see clearly in our own little corner of the world.

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