A New Series

will be offered at our sister website- https://theoarch.wordpress.com/2020/06/28/internet-spying/

we will be working on that series and delaying posting here for a while.

 

See the first instalment at this link– https://theoarch.wordpress.com/2020/06/28/internet-spying-2-the-isps/

The Difference Between Jesus & the Democrats

There are a lot of Christians out there who have sided and joined the Democrat party. There are many reasons for that membership but a lot of times it is misunderstanding the Democrats and the Bible that leads to such movements.

While the Republican party is not filled with saints either and do not always follow the Bible as it should, the Democrats seem to be the worst of the two. Which is why they are being compared to Jesus today.

The Democrats:

#1. Reading the Bible- while Pelosi claims she reads the Bible and prays the question is does she and other Democrats actually obey it?  Unfortunately they do not seem to as they like to follow the Bible like they follow federal laws- they pick and choose which commandments they will follow.

Their hypocrisy is second only to the Pharisees and Sadducees or a virtual tie. Not sure yet.

#2. Love thy neighbor- this is an often quoted verse and instead of finding out what that  verse actually means, Democrats support evil evil and sinful options elevating them to status and positions they should not hold.

people are forced to accept those promotions whether they agree with it or not.

#3. Calling evil good-  The Democrats are great at calling sinful, evil behavior good and good behavior evil. Those that abide by the law are seen as evil as their actions remind the Democrats that they have made wrong choices.

#4. Pandering to people- the Democrats are also good at changing laws when such changes means more power to them and more votes. The congressional law banning religious head gear was instantly over turned by Democrats when a Muslim was elected to office.

Laws have no real meaning or importance to Democrats.

#5. Education- the Democrats want people to be dumbed down, not educated and easily scared and manipulated. They also want school children to learn that evil is good, normal and acceptable.

#6. Violate rights-  the Democrats have been very busy in this area as they have violated the rights of the majority in favor of sexual preferences, minority status, and protection from criminal behavior. The will of the people does not matter to the Democrats  except when that will agrees with their agenda.

#7. Justice and fairness- the Democrats seem to like to punish people for offenses that were not offenses when those in question were still alive. Removing statues, changing names of airports, educational facilities, or  other areas of life is the norm and done to please  a group of people that can’t be pleased.

#8. They employ methods they claim to despise- that is the typical move by Democrats. They claim that certain actions are wrong yet the first move they make to stop people from disagreeing with them are those exact same methods.

They cry for justice and fairness yet cannot give it to those they oppose and say are guilty of such actions.

#9. Forced acceptance- Democrats are not above changing laws to make sure that those who disagree with them comply with their demands. That is not democratic nor right.

Jesus:

#1. Reading the Bible- Jesus read it and followed it. He actually prayed and his prayers and times of prayer are recorded for all to see. Jesus also obeyed the Bible, the OT, submitting to his parents and other actions.

Jesus was not a hypocrite

#2. Love thy neighbor- Jesus taught what that phrase actually  meant. He set the example by not coveting his neighbor’s things or spouse; teaching the truth; helping others in need; not rioting or trying to overthrow the government

Jesus was not a rebel but leading people to the right way to live. Jesus also did not tell people to sin against their neighbors, put them at risk of harm or violence and did not advocate for any illegal activity. he [protected his neighbors from illegal acts.

#3. Calling evil good- Jesus did not do that. In fact he called out evildoers no matter where they were found and told them to repent of their sinful ways. He supported obedience to the ruling government and their laws.

#4. Pandering to people- Jesus told the truth and presented his message no matter who was upset or offended by it. He didn’t change the standards of right and wrong, morality and immorality or good and evil to please minorities or people who do not accept those standards.

He also didn’t change God’s laws when people did not want to adhere to them.

#5. Education- Jesus did not overthrow God’s commands to the people of Israel when God said to teach their children his ways and statutes. Later in the NT Jesus had Paul say get knowledge. In other words, Jesus did not want people dumbed down, easily manipulated, or scared.

He wanted them to know the truth

#6. Violate rights- Jesus did not violate anyone’s right nor the one right they have from God. He did not force his views on anyone who forced them to accept his message. He let them choose.

He lived a life that was the example to follow and did not interfere with other people’s way of living. He did kick the sellers out of the Temple but he did not stop them from selling in approved locations.

He also did not fire people from their employment,or had them fired for disagreeing with him.

#7. Justice and Fairness- Jesus’ rules and teaching applied to everyone as did the punishments for violating them. No one was exempt and no one could or can overturn those rules and laws.

Jesus also did not punish people long dead for sins or other supposed crimes they could not repent from any longer. He didn’t advocate or tell anyone to remove the statues, the names of buildings etc., because a small group of people didn’t like them or what those historical people did.

He did say ‘do unto others as you would like to be treated.’

#8. Employing methods he condemned- Jesus never did that. He remained with the method that was correct and that was to let people freely decide which path they will travel.

He prayed for those doing evil, he taught them the truth like he taught those that followed him and on it goes. He never bullied, threatened, or coerced any decision from anyone.

#9. Forced acceptance- Jesus never changed any law or taught that certain laws should change in order to force people to follow his ways. He told p[eople what was right and wrong, etc., and let them decide what laws they would create and implement.

In other words Jesus gives people a lot of  freedom whereas the Democrats do not.

Some final words

Do a further study on this issue to see how deep the difference between Jesus and the Democrats go. Ask God to help you see the truth.

In The News

Some headlines we have come across with a few comments and quotes

#1.Robert Johnson’s Big Idea: $14 trillion in slavery reparations to African-Americans https://www.foxnews.com/politics/robert-johnsons-big-idea-14-trillion-slavery-reparations-payments-to-african-americans

I think that would be a huge emotional assuaging of guilt’

No modern white person should have or feel any guilt. They did not own slaves, did not buy slaves nor did they encourage slavery. This is just a big money grab. The modern white do not owe any black person anything except Christian love and charity, while teaching them the truth.

You will notice that this rich black man is not talking about sharing his wealth– just wants to spend other people’s money.

#2.Black Lives Matter leader states if US ‘doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system’ https://www.foxnews.com/media/black-lives-matter-leader-burn-down-system

This is not what Jesus taught and those words only show that the BLM movement is only after power not real justice.

Later in the interview, Newsome insisted the Black Lives Matter movement is about “saving lives” and its adherents should be “applauded” for upholding the Second Amendment.

The right to bear arms was not guaranteed so that just any group could rise up and take power. it was there so people could protect themselves from such groups.

If the movement was about freedom of speech then no one would demand the removal of uncle Ben, Aunt Jemima, the words light, fairly and even lightening. Nor would anyone be tearing down statues of historical figures.

#3.Black Southern Baptists urge removal of names of slaveholders from seminary https://www.christianpost.com/news/black-southern-baptists-urge-removal-of-names-of-slaveholders-from-seminary.html

Christians should not be jumping on these bandwagons. Instead they should be bringing the light to the dark world and provide the truth. The truth only lies with God not with sinful humans who have rejected him, even if they are black people

You cannot please these people who make such demands and display racist attitudes towards others.

#4.Christian group urges believers to take action, stop release of ‘demonic’ film depicting Jesus as lesbian https://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-group-urges-believers-to-take-action-stop-release-of-demonic-film-depicting-jesus-as-lesbian.html

We have had similar films in the past.Just do not support the movie makers or go to see the film. Hollywood is not interested in the truth but the fastest way to make money.

#5. Instagram brands Christian worship ‘harmful’ https://www.christianpost.com/voices/instagram-brands-christian-worship-harmful.html

The headline to this article is not sensationalistic. It is not click bait. It is truth. Shocking truth. Yes, Instagram has designated videos of live worship on the streets to be in violation of community guidelines, calling the content “harmful.” Let the outrage be felt and heard.

Yes you should politely let Instagram, Twitter, Facebook know what you think of their anti religious stances. BUT you should use these events to understand scripture and see that God’s actions in the OT were just not the end result of a being who loves genocide.

#6. Prayers go up, search underway after Amish teen goes missing while walking home from church https://www.christianpost.com/news/prayers-go-up-search-underway-after-amish-teen-goes-missing-while-walking-home-from-church.html

ALL LIVES MATTER– enough said.

#7.Pastors vow to ‘defend’ houses of worship, ‘not allow Christian heritage to be erased’ https://www.foxnews.com/us/jesus-statue-church-pastors-defend-protests

A group of evangelical pastors gathered at Seattle’s CHOP zone earlier this week to pray and declare that they will defend houses of worship and statues of Jesus after activists called for tearing them down amid Black Lives Matter protests.

It is a good thing that God said he would write his law on their hearts and not on buildings or statues. Jer. 31:33 and Hebrews 8:10. Christianity does not get defaced because some people of hatred deface statues and buildings.

Nor can they wipe out the Christian church because the church is made up of humans not buildings or statues. The Christian is the light unto the dark world, not buildings or works of art. Math. 5:16

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

 

A Call for Biblical Leadership

The founder of the succeeding T’ang dynasty was Li Yuan. With a well established power base in the northwest, he swiftly quelled the local rebels and remnants of the Siu forces and regained unification of the country in 624 {A.D.}. His brief but constructive reign was,however, overshadowed by that of his son, EmperorT’ai-tsung, a monarch as close to perfection as China ever produced…Surrounding  himself with honest, courageous and able officials, his willingness to accept fair criticism, even when harsh became legendary. At his death of his most severe critic Wei Cheng he lamented; “with bronze as a mirror one can correct his improper appearance; with history as a mirror one can understand the rise and fall of a nation; with good men as a mirror one can distinguish right from wrong. I lost one mirror with the passing of Wei Cheng (pg.116 China: A history in Art)

That is an interesting concept and Lincoln did the exact same thing putting men who disagreed with him in his cabinet to help him govern properly. Yet the Christian has a better mirror.

In times like these and even in times of peace it is easy to say follow Jesus. But it is another matter to fully understand what Jesus taught and implement it correctly in any society. Especially one that prides itself on separating God from the state and using the secular model only.

Even though the concept of separation of church and state is not mentioned nor even described in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights many unbelieving Americans force their secular views on their fellow citizens through a misunderstanding of the first Amendment (https://www.livescience.com/10156-separation-church-state.html)

Allowing God to influence government decisions is not forced worship but obeying God and submitting to him, as he is the only  person who can govern fairly and justly. Being a good leader does not exclude the creator of governments (Romans 13:1-3)

That passage has strong words for protesters, looters, rioters and those that support them while remaining hidden in the background. How one obeys the current government, including those they disagree with is a tell tale sign of how good a leader they will be if they are returned to power.

One cannot expect to tell people to follow their laws and instructions when they have openly defied the precepts set down by an administration they do not like or agree with. Changing certain rules just because they do not like them is not a mark of good leadership either.

Thought has to be put in place as to why those rules were first established and then implemented. Change is not always for the better when certain people are marginalized under false accusations, false labels, and hatred.

Nor is it good leadership to allow hatred and discrimination as well as bias influence the new rule creation. Or pandering to another group of people because one cannot stand the criticism they will face by disagreeing with those who are upset and seeking change the wrong way.

Good leadership has something to stand for and on. That stance usually involves having a personal faith in God and allowing God to direct their thinking so that all people can have justice and fairness.

The question many people have asked when it was a fad, what would Jesus do? But that is not the right right question to ask. Jesus showed us how to live correctly and set a very good example. So it is not a matter of what Jesus would do but what Jesus did.

That is the question to ask if one wants to get a handle on biblical leadership. Jesus already showed us what he did so there should be no question as to what biblical leaders should do whether in secular government or church leadership.

What Jesus did:

#1. he was honest– he did not pander to people to get them to like him. He told them the way it was and did not change that message when people did not like what they heard

#2. he told the truth– Jesus did not make up stuff in order to get one group to calm down or be peaceable. He established his credibility by never lying to anyone, no matter their nationality or color of their skin

#3. he had standards– he followed his father’s standards of right and wrong, morality and immorality and good and evil. He did not change those standards just because groups wanted to practice what was wrong over what was right.

#4. he gave direction to the people– using those standards he told people how they should live if they were to be avoid punishment. Those standards he lived by were part of that direction.

#5. he did not mock others– he was mocked but he never mocked anyone in his 33 years on this earth, even those that were doing a bad job, were not liked by others or when mocking gave them an edge with their audience.

#6. he respected the people in power- he did not call them names, sought to over throw their authority, even when he was put on trial, or when people did not like what they heard him preach

#7. he told people to obey the ruling government- even though it mistreated God’s chosen people, was unjust, unfair and did other wrongs to certain segments of society

#8. he obeyed the law – his activities were never illegal or done in defiance of the law. he obeyed his father over man but at the right times and never disobeyed his father’s rules. He did not pick and choose which laws he would or would not obey.

You may add to the list if you want but the key is to find the right items that Jesus did and what the Bible teaches. Jesus did not use interpretation to get around obedience to his father or the secular government.

He brought the truth and told everyone that they can find it as well if they followed the Spirit of Truth to the truth. There is only one truth. Good biblical leadership, whether in the church or secular government, employs correctly what Jesus did because the leader truly loves God.

He is not doing it for show, to get votes or put seats in the pew or pander to certain minority groups. In other words, the biblical leader is already correctly following God before he becomes a biblical leader.

In times like these we need true biblical leaders to stand up and help point to the right way to go. The Constitution and Bill of Rights clearly allow the Christian to use his faith to be a good leader in secular government.

It does not ban the Christian from using their faith to help govern the nation. Freedom to practice one’s religion is not excluded when one reaches the pinnacle of political power or any political or judicial seat.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech,

That means there is no real separation between church and state. The key is to put one’s faith in action correctly and rely on God’s wisdom to govern no matter if people disagree with you.

That is what Jesus did.