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The Difference between a Christian Life and an Obedient Life

We’re getting down to the wire here in the USA. We find a host of malcontents and anarchists on one side – a very vocal group, and on the other, an increasingly disgruntled class who want their country back. That means a return to civility in the public square, a modicum of morality and at least a little patriotism combined with a sense of community values and goals. This is what the Greatest Generation fought and died for.

This malaise happened while the great mass of American Baby Boomers were living the American dream and the standard Christian life. What went wrong?

The late Senator Jesse Helms (R. NC), not known for sweet speech, said this about the compromise eating away at our nation.

Compromise, hell! That’s what has happened to us all down the line — and that’s the very cause of our woes. If freedom is right and tyranny is wrong, why should those who believe in freedom treat it as if it were a roll of bologna to be bartered a slice at a time?

https://www.azquotes.com/author/6533-Jesse_Helms

Helms’ slices were the loss of international bargaining power, the increase in entitlement spending, indulgences in wars and unwise treaties, and rising debt all of which impacts the family unit as a symptom of creeping socialism. Losing your nation one slice at a time can be applied to morality, the dumbing down of public education, the acid of inflation, loss of trust in our institutions, sports events and processes, even educational testing. Everything is on the skids.

There was a time of public formality when husband and wife addressed each other as Mister and Misses. Today small children come out with f-bombs at WalMart, in parking lots and on TV. Apparently there is no grandmother available to spank them, and spanking is also out of style.

The Christian Life plays by the rules

All this happened while Americans were living the Christian Life. But at the same time divorces increased, plus alcoholism, drug usage, reduced church attendance and even some Christian churches going rogue, dumping the Bible and personal moral behavior in order to match the personal lives of their parishioners. School demands deteriorated.

They raised their children to be good citizens, to finish their homework, to eat good nutrition, to attend a church, to learn the rules of an egalitarian society, to pay their taxes, to take vacations and live a balanced life. Parents were trying to keep the rules but they kept slipping out of their grasp. Living the Christian life by the book was not enough.

Obedience to God means getting your hands dirty

God’s command to us is to be change agents in a fallen world and when they did promote change they were seduced by compromise. Many who did run were gifted and well meaning, but they were lured by political forces into accommodating to others “to get things done.” It became a political stepping stone for ambitious people and the bologna was sliced a little thinner. For all the reforms they brought in, standards and consequently results deteriorated.

“Token” women, blacks and Hispanics, and more recently transgender and whatever, found themselves where they did not belong or where they could not be effective because the way we did business in every corner of life was politicized.

In contrast there is the obedient life.

The Obedient Life, in contrast, requires sacrifice such as Martin Luther King Jr., or Gandhi, or the brave little black kids who faced cat calls and possible physical violence entering a white school or college. Not all brave soldiers made the evening news; countless kids were fearful, and after the schools were segregated, all children also faced danger daily because so many people were resistant. Black and white parents were cautious and worried. The obedient life is not always open to public review; many suffered in silence.

The real Christian life costs you something. We look around for people to serve on committees or run for office or head important reform groups and we can’t find them. They’ll say “I’ll get the Kavanaugh treatment,” perhaps the most embarrassing drama to be seen on recent TV, which should be reviewed during every political season to expose the opportunists in Congress who showed their true stripes. (Bret Kavanaugh was publicly slandered without a shred of evidence from is critics, a major violation of his rights as a citizen.)https://www.theepochtimes.com/grassley-kavanaugh-probe-by-fbi-found-no-hint-of-misconduct_2678807.html

The word “to bork” is in the English language after Robert Bork’s reputation was dragged through the public mud, in spite of the fact that he had stellar qualifications. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Bork_Supreme_Court_nomination

The Supreme Court is now the papacy of the secular humanism religion trading indulgences for votes from aggrieved groups.

How can we ask people to endanger themselves and their families especially when the basic tenants of jurisprudence were trashed in a torrent of accusations without a shred of evidence? Who would stand for office given that scenario? And yet that is just what Jesus would ask us to do.

Well we can, in Jesus’ Name we can. There is a sign on NC route 74 going west to Murphy through the mountains. It says this.

God said, “I sent someone to discover the cure for cancer but you aborted him.”

I wonder if God also has a sign that says, “I had candidates for office who would turn this country around but they refused to run. I had singers, and poets, and writers, who were willing to face public shame and humiliation to fight for the right but you would not support them, give them a job, or join with the crowd to
condemn them from some ill-defined sin.

And then there were those who said, “I’d rather not expose myself to that kind of public abuse.”

So God said, “How do you think Mary liked being thought a fallen woman when she had a baby out of wedlock, according to the gossipy women of her town? Don’t you think that hurt? That went on for years and then when Jesus died, they said, she deserved to lose her first born son for having that baby without a real father. She was an embarrassment to the Jewish faith and to Nazareth. And what about Joseph? Some men say, I’m not going to raise some other man’s baby.  But he did not.  He obeyed.  It cost him something”

This is where we are now in 2019 America.  Where are the obedient people to pick up the mantle of reform.


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?

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