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When Politicians (Mis)quote the Bible

President Barak Obama misquoted the Bible.   He said, “I think the good book says don’t throw stones in glass houses.”

He added, “or make sure we’re looking at the log in our eye before we are pointing out the mote in other folks eyes.”

The proverb he meant to quote is “people who live in glass houses should not throw stones” a warning against hypocrisy, a big word for being a phony.  As usual when politicians quote a book about which they know little or nothing they do indeed look like phonies.

The word glass appears only twice in the Old Testament but it refers to mirrors, a common household item made of polished brass and used in the wash basins of the Tabernacle where the worshiper was required to examine his own sin in  a mirrored basin of water, to recognize his sin as preparation for God’s cleansing.  They were also popular as ladies mirrors as well.

I checked an English version of the Koran, which Obama actually does know, and there are a few references to glass, but that book was written much later in world history.

Cal Thomas, a long-time Christian whose word on such matters can be trusted, has a short column on Bill Clinton, Al Gore and others bringing Bible quotations into politics because they perceived that Republicans have a leg up on the topic. Thomas knows his Bible in any event.

Click on this article for more info.  Cal Thomas on some politicians’ Bible references

Obama has simply misapplied the verse.  Hypocrisy has nothing to do with immigration policy. It is either a matter of Law or not.  There are only a few times when I think we can “separate church and state” and this is one!

President Obama would be better off remembering the modern version of this proverb. “People who live in glass houses (e.g. the White House) shouldn’t get stoned.”

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Why Donald Trump is Hated (and why it won’t go away)

The American public routinely becomes testy with the sitting President of the United States, maybe it’s boredom, maybe the culture has just moved on. In the 1940’s folks were disgusted with Franklin Roosevelt’s grandiose notions of his assuming a four term kingship. They hassled Harry Truman over his not-so-savory buddies. They fumed about General Eisenhower’s 3% inflation. Three percent??? Oh for the day!The many-sided Donald Trump

John Kennedy lowered taxes which the statists did not like. Johnson increased the debt and blacks lost their homes in record numbers. Nixon made everybody mad and the Media gained too much power thinking it could elect and remove politicians at will, and perhaps it can. President Jimmy Carter refused to kowtow to elites and Ronald Reagan refused to kowtow to the press.  George Bush #1 made the mistake of compromising, Clinton made sexual license seem like an innocent game and they hated George Bush #2, because, well they just did. Finally inert Barak Obama inaugurates the nadir of life and culture, especially economic decay. Average household loss during his years was $40,000 which he tried to blame on others, and he added a crushing economic load of taxes and regulation. Barak means in the original language “blessing” – well maybe not.

All this public kvetching usually occurs in the second term. But poor Donald Trump has not had one minute of approbation except from his dismayed followers.

The Bible says there is a spiritual cause for everything. So we are not to look to the newspaper or TV for the answers.

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

This Bible is two books; the Old Testament outlines the moral law, which means that everything it says is true whether you know it or follow it or not.  It applies just as equally to the dictator of North Korea as it does to the Governor of Maine. Old-timers, one of them was Aristotle, called this Natural Law, meaning it happened anyway; just sit back and watch.

The New Testament, in addition to its key message of salvation of the soul, tells how individuals and nations can apply the moral law to their decisions and behavior to improve on human life. The Protestant Reformation caught this message and went full bore ahead. Our world today is a reflection of this theology in practice.

At the same time our morals have deteriorated at an exponential rate, as Robert Bork wrote, Slouching toward Gomorrah; not so, we are racing there. The 50 years from 1950 to 2000 represent a replacing of most of the assumptions that the natural law applies to us.  To wit: the wildly successful and profitable abortion industry which has slaughtered more than Murder for Hire, some 117 million babies according to estimates since legalization in 1973. But legal does not mean moral and it’s the moral law under siege here. Shabby attempts to call babies “tissue” have actually failed, but we are stuck with the law, the statistics and millions of women trying to hide guilt.

Divorce had many causes after World War 2, not the least being the dearth of males in the USA and a lopsided system of leaving women poor with child custody. Generations of poor children then became the unhappy and disconnected rebels of the late 60s and on. Today these confused, partly homeless latch key kids are now gender confused.

Churches are losing members, the one place where morals were once taught, but now no more lest someone might be offended.  Heaven help us that God should offend us! Jesus said He would bring division.

Matthew 10:34-36 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

Sodomy is OK now too, even embraced by churches and decaying denominations who know that sodomites have more money to spend because they don’t have children, and there is always that mortgage to pay. Reminds you of selling indulgences, doesn’t it?

Defacing monuments, as a ruse for erasing history, is still public vandalism. History is not your enemy; history is morally neutral and changing it can’t be done. Hitler tried to erase Jews. The Palestinians tried to erase the Holocaust. The Civil War is real and that’s that.

Gunning your car through a group of citizens is still attempted murder; oral sex still results in an increase in mouth cancers; opioid pills no matter how obtained, stolen or prescribed, still kill in large, unchecked numbers; maryjane is still no lady and she still seduces unsuspecting kids into drug addiction if they have addictive personalities as so many do. Adultery, child abuse, animal abuse are all too common, all taken in stride, the mother’s milk of drama and news.  It is hard to be shocked anymore but it is still evil only now they call it something else.

Weak willed hypocritical Congressmen are still exposed by their forked-tongue votes; people who make a business and practice of hate, public or private are still reprobate anarchists in spite of media white washing; Sharia Law is still a gross violation of human decency no matter how many football fields and other emoluments the Islamists finance for local schools; the world is filled with more George Soros’ just ready to do what he has done if he is gone.

Spiritual wickedness in high places is not about humans or humanism, although humanism has made anti-human life possible and acceptable. It is about evil on the throne of a culture.

Enter Donald Trump 2016. Why is he so hated? The answer is plain.  The Media and the licentious generations of the last 50 years fear he will restore the Moral Law as the Law of the Land. To acknowledge Donald Trump is to acknowledge one’s moral depravity, or at least its tacit acceptance in the public square. We can’t have that; we can’t change because change means admitting what you can’t face about yourself.

Trump can’t restore the Moral Law of course, because it already rules whether the president is Mr. Trump or Maxine Waters. It rules not just individuals but also nations and the inanimate universe as well.  The collapse of law and order and the noxious culture of f-bombs filling the airways are the visible results

Your panicky efforts to be rid of the moral law won’t work; and Donald Trump can’t restore it either. The human race is stuck with truth.  Donald Trump has done the one thing modern men cannot tolerate; he told the truth.  The truth can make you free, if you can accept it. The Media will not accept that. Truth-tellers will be crucified, as you well know.

That war is now being fought out in our public streets, a valley of decision for each individual. Where will you stand?

Living on the Interest – A Life Fulfilled

Leontyne Price was born in a small Mississippi town and traveled to New York to study at the famed Julliard School of Music. Subsequently she became the first African-American to star in top-rated operas, famous on every continent where opera is revered.  Describing her training she said I “invested for many years in the principal” of my voice and then continued to the end of her career “singing on the interest.”  I’d never heard anyone refer to interest, much less a talent, as other than cold cash.

But our whole life, not just our money is an investment of time, energy, and purpose. If we develop our talents thoroughly eventually we end the strain of trying to do better and better.  There is a time in our lives, not when things are easy, but when our professional status is like gliding.  All the energy expended previously is now keeping us airborne and productive.

This is the quality that distinguishes an actor who can play roles well into his 60s and 70s, versus one who lasts only so long as her talents are marketable.  This is the ability authors gain when they continue to write good books and not just re-write the first big seller. James A Michener continued well into his 90s writing highly detailed historical novels.  About Centennial he said with amusement, “After you read this you will know more about Colorado than you ever cared to know.”  You could say that about all his works, but that is what made them great, the attention to minute details.  He would do so much research that when he completed one project he had almost enough for another book.  His vast personal knowledge based on research had the bizarre effect of increasing itself the more he used it.   He was writing on the interest.

Martin Luther King, Jr in spite of dying at 42 years of age still lived on interest.  He studied great literature and his speeches are filled with Biblical allusions and references to history. He spoke with what appeared to be little effort at all. His most-quoted “I have a Dream” speech is a literary gem replete with quotations from other works.  That alone makes it worth literary study. Anyone can be a black activist, or a white activist as well, but not everyone can move millions to passion, purpose and hope.  He had invested in great literature and became a literary force in the process.

Two friends of mine have been married 50 years.  Not in the best of health now their marriage is supported only by interest.  Because they have invested so much in each other’s lives and the marriage between them, they no longer have to work at it.  Some couples act lovey-dovey, but not this pair. People frequently ask them about being happily married even when no one has previously broached the subject.  In other words their investment shows.

Let me tell you the sad story of a friend of mine whose marriage collapsed after 30 years.  She described it in the same terms we have used here, unaware of Leontyne’s prophetic words.  She said she had devoted herself to her husband believing her marriage was a 50-50 proposition and for many decades investing in the “marital” bank, even neglecting her relationship with her children. Overwhelmed, one day she was forced to seek support for herself but looking into the joint account balance, she found it barely open.  Not only had her husband not invested anything in their account, but he had been withdrawing her steady payments.  The account, like her marriage, was closed.  Marriage counselors, especially Christian ones, are often astonished by the numbers of Christian marriages that go under.  This story sounds like a good explanation to me.

Itzhak Pearlman, famous first violinist, was playing one day with the orchestra when one string broke.  Without missing a beat he finished the rest of the concert using only the 3 remaining strings.  Gleefully, the audience rose to their feet in a cheer.  This is called playing the violin on interest.

Sometimes success is knowing when to move on.  You have never heard a 2nd rate song by Doris Day, at one time the biggest box office draw in Hollywood, and for good reason.  She knew when to leave the stage.  She has spent her older years working for the betterment of animals.  Living on the interest also knows when to turn over the reins to a new generation.

This quality permits a tennis star leave the court when days of raw physical prowess are behind to become a great coach or talented sports observer.  The same qualities that make a good football star can also make a good stock broker, or inner city minister.  They are living on the interest.

When the investment of principal is not there, or it is inadequate, that also shows.  The skater swings out too wide and catches herself on the board surrounding the ice; she jumps and nearly falls.  The skier flies high but lands and slides into the spectators. We groan.  In contrast the professional makes it all look so easy and effortless.  That is living on the interest.

If you continue to draw down the principal of life eventually there is nothing there.  Many elders wake up to find themselves 70 and broke!  There is little energy left and the principal is gone.  Many a pop star has endured 10 or even 20 years, then we learn they die in an alley somewhere, maybe alcohol, drugs, or profligate living has stripped them of both principal and interest. Every year a news reporter digs up a story on an aging celebrity recently found in the streets, flop house or rescue mission – a big name at one time – how they fell from fashion and are now living on the handouts from others.  They thought the principal of their talent would never go away.

Living on the interest means taking charge of your own life.  Judy Garland once complained that she worked herself to death but never saw a profit.  Her schedule was grueling.  When she died young, the people who spent her millions were identified but now it was too late for her.  She, like Elvis Presley, had been fed drugs to help her perform under intense pressure; it cost them their lives.  They might have been living on interest but the handlers around them were dipping into the principal of someone else’s life.  Talent never dies, we enjoy both Judy and Elvis today, but it can be wasted, mis-used, and stolen.

Winston Churchill could have easily become a sour old curmudgeon when the Parliament rejected his leadership after the 2nd World War, but he had learned that you can take your principal with you. He wrote many English history books receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature. Interest can be spent anywhere and any time, but the principal is yours and you can carry it with you wherever you want to go. You are the boss of your principal.

 Our stories are not so dramatic but they can be just as instructive.  I am always a future-oriented person, building, studying, working towards the future.  Then when I was about 62 I woke up – Hey, I said to myself, I am living in the very future I have been working so hard for.  I need to start living right now and I did.  I started living on the interest of life invested in education.

 

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Discussion questions:

 

1. What investment of your life (remember we are not ever talking about money here) has really paid off?

 

2.  Reflecting on your own life, is there any investment of time and energy that proved to be a complete waste?

 

3. There are 2 stories here about marriage.  While the details are sketchy, can you speculate on what caused one to succeed and the other to fail?  What do you think about the idea of “investing principal” in a personal relationship?

 

4. In our tragic stories here of Judy and Elvis we can empathize with their efforts and their talent.  Can you speculate on what they should have done to stop being used so badly?  Have you ever been used and called a halt to it?  What were the consequences?

 

5. Leontyne Price and her brother both became famous, he as an admiral in the United States Navy.  What do you suppose was common in their upbringing in the small town of Laurel, Mississippi that brought this pair of black children to such accomplishment?  What can we do for our children to set them on the path of valuable living?

 

6. How is it that “talent never dies”?

 

7. The author told of a time when she turned her life around and started doing things differently. Have you ever closed down one part of your life and gone on to something else?  Was it hard to do?  What prompted you to that decision?