Why Should I Care?

I can imagine a conversation between God and Satan about us, the human race.  I dare not and will not speak for either of them, but I can imagine what might be said from viewpoints they could possibly entertain about us, from what I know about them in Scripture.  And from what I know about us in general.

I can imagine Satan asking God, “Why do you care for them?  What good are they?  After all You have done for them, all You have given them, even bled for them and died, what use is it?  Look at them!  They are selfish, self-centered, egotistical, plotting, perverted, degenerates, reprobates, whining, complaining, bitter, dissatisfied, evil-speaking, conscienceless, merciless, stubborn haters, unloving (except themselves), pathetic, fragile nobodies encased in dirt thinking themselves to be impervious little gods.  Why should You care???”  (In fact, in most cases, this is all too true of us collectively, is it not?)

I can imagine God simply replying, “You wouldn’t understand; they’re my children.”

There is something about the love one has (or should have) for one’s children that cannot be fathomed nor explained.  Sometimes it makes no sense at all.  There is much more than an emotional attachment, something more than bequeathing another person our history, our DNA, our genes, and our name in the human relationship we share with our children.  We are tempted to make excuses for them, to be supportive of them when they say and do truly stupid things; to be overly protective and dismiss their faults with often weak excuses.  The bond we share with them can be very strong.  We will fight for them and we will die for them.  The first thing a parent thinks when they hear a tornado siren is something like: “Oh Lord!  Where are my children; are they safe?!”

Perhaps the most overlooked passage in the entire Bible which depicts as well as anything God’s love for us, is when He said through Hosea, “My people are bent on backsliding from Me.  Though they call to the Most High, none at all exalt Him.  ‘How can I give you up, Ephraim?  How can I hand you over, Israel?  How can I make you like Admah?  How can I set you like Zeboiim?  My heart churns within Me; My sympathy is stirred,’” (Hosea 11:7-8).

Jesus Christ echoed this sentiment as He looked upon the city of Jerusalem: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her!  How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” (Matthew 23:37).  Jerusalem is a microcosm of God’s love for people everywhere.  He is unwilling that any should perish, but all should come to eternal life through repentance (John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:9).

Love this strong, of this sort, will cover a “multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8); in fact, tons of them, over and over and over again.  It is relentless.  It never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8a).

I remember a movie where a woman was bemoaning her love for a scoundrel, a real godless, evil, sinful, man, and she carried his child.  He had thrown her away after he learned she was pregnant.  She confessed she still loved him and asked a woman who had taken her in if her helpless, hopeless, love for him was not the worst sin of them all.  The lady with her gave the perfect answer:  “Love is never a sin; only the lack of it.”

There is no limit to love (Galatians 5:22-23).  It cannot be abused, wasted, overworked, or overdone.  It simply is and always will be, for God is eternal, and He is love (1 John 4:8).

The next time you or I need a reason to love the unlovable, to pursue those who try to hide their tracks in the wastes of sin, who do not want our love or God’s either, whose lives are so mutilated by sin and godless living, whose faces and bodies betray their total immersion in drugs, alcohol, and fornication, and you are asked or imagine why as if the devil were doing the asking, “Why should you care?” the answer is simple:  “Because God does.”  Because He loves me, because I love Him and He lives within me, so will I.”

Never quit loving people.  It is of God.  He offers no explanation nor apology for it.  Neither must we.

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The Lamb of God

In the book of Revelation, filled with its rich symbolism and figures, a number of creatures appear.  Most imposing is the great red dragon, Satan, and all the imagery that goes with it in our fertile imagination:  a gigantic, fearsome, awe-inspiring, thickly-scaled, fanged, clawed, fire-breathing, machine of destruction, that, according to myth, could incinerate and ravage whole villages.  Then there is the beast which arises out of the sea, an imposing multi-headed, ten-horned, creature whose heads bear blasphemous names.  Others may be seen, some typical, some threatening, but all giving the appearance of power, majesty, deserving of our respect and fear.

And then there is the Lamb.  I remember one of my instructors, Jim McGuiggan, state that, as we behold that awesome, wondrous, majestic throne of God, at the heart of it, resting serenely therein is what?  – “Ah, a little lamb!”   I am so grateful he pointed that out.  Isn’t that striking?  Many of the other creatures in the book are fearsome, frightening, threatening – things that we all had best tread quietly around.  But no, not the One who is truly the most formidable of all – Jesus, that little lamb.  Of all the amazing things God wants us to take in about Jesus His Son is that we are to view Him, to see Him, as we would behold a little lamb.  Not as a dragon, a beast, a monster, a mighty superhero-warrior of legend – not anything one would imagine for a Being who holds all authority and power, but as a little lamb.  There has to be a good reason why.

Vikings had their gods, Odin, Thor, Freya, Loki, who thrived on warfare, carnage, and battle.  One look at the ancient walls of Assyrian and Persian temples and we see their fanciful imaginations of semi-human beasts with wings and claws.  Even the things represented in Revelation can be a bit frightening, dangerous-looking, and scary.  And, yes, Jesus is called in that book the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” (Revelation 5:5).  However, when He becomes visible to the onlookers He is a mere lamb (Revelation 5:6).  Some of us need to get over the intoxication with super-hero icons, maxims, and the rest of it.  None of them, not one, compare to Christ Jesus.  You want a real hero?  Look no further.  Jesus is the real man, the real God-man.  All others are imposters, figments of overactive imaginations; at best, very pathetic imitations.

Many religions depict their gods, demigods, and human icons as beings wielding deadly power, giving the impression that, “you’d better do as I tell you, or else!”  They want you to view them as beings who will hurt you if they do not get their way.  They promote fear as a means to enforce subservience.  Observe the artwork in Hindu temples – elephants, multi-limbed beings wielding swords and the like.  According to the Quran, Islam is to hold sway over the earth by forcing others who disbelieve to accept Islam’s rule of Sharia Law or else pay tribute and stop promoting their own religion at the point of death.  One could claim that Christianity does the same with threats of damnation and hell-fire upon the world and unbelievers, but it is not by threat nor even the promise of eternal reward that puts teeth into the message of Christ – it is through sympathetic appeal for what Jesus, God in the flesh, did for us to make it possible to avoid hell and experience life with God.  It is through a gospel, a message of divine love toward us, that compels us to take note.  No other religion offers this.  They only peddle fear, making people slaves of fear.

God greatly desires our love and devotion.  He is deeply unhappy when sinners die lost.  Jim stated quite emphatically on another occasion, “God is not in the damning business!!”  He is dead-on.  “Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?” says the Lord God, “and not that he should turn from his ways and live?” (Ezekiel 18:23).  This messed up world is not what God wanted, but is the result of what humanity chose and chooses.  We are like His wayward, idle, bored, children waving loaded guns, wanting to play God, smug in our smartness, clownish in our cleverness, shameful in our sophistication.  Jesus came to help us out of the mess and lead us to something far better prepared for those who love Him.   And He did not arrive on the scene to accomplish it as a raging dragon, a murderous beast, or a blood-drenched Viking warrior.  He came as a lamb, of all things.

Upon seeing Jesus coming toward him John the baptizer announced to those around him and to the world: “Behold!  The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).  He knew what Jesus came to do.  He understood His mission.

Consider some attributes of lambs from the Word of God that fit the description of Jesus Christ:

A lamb is benign. Nobody has nightmares about rabid, bloodthirsty, lambs running amuck.  In a fantasy “zombie apocalypse” nobody would run from a zombie lamb.  Lambs do not attack or harm people unlike their goat cousins.  This is the image of Christ.  He is not intent on hurting people.  He loves us.  He wants what is best for us now and later (John 10:10).  It is illogical and inconceivable that He would die for us in such a horrible, excruciatingly painful way only to laugh at our own pain while He inflicts it upon us.  Satan is the bully, not Jesus.  People who blaspheme Jesus as evil are Biblically ignorant, likely willfully so.  But He died for them too, whether they, or we, like it or not.  Jesus is sinless and harmless.

A lamb is vulnerable. A lamb being harmless means it is a target ripe for destruction and abuse.  They are a predator’s first target within a flock of sheep, no doubt because they are easily caught and make the tenderest of meals.  Nobody I know of goes “Lamb hunting.”  One would become a laughing-stock to brag to hunting buddies: “Hey, I went bow-hunting for lamb last week.  Killed a hundred of ‘em.”  Ah yes, big game hunter, are you?

All levity aside, Jesus was vulnerable.  Read the Gospels.  See how people used Him.  They had no shame sometimes, no sense of common courtesy.  He seldom got a moment’s peace from them.  To say humanity, all of us, have taken advantage of Him is wildly understating the case.  We still do it today, don’t we?  When we partake of His forgiveness, grace, patience, and love, expecting it, counting on Him to palliate our guilty consciences when we have willfully, sometimes, let Him down by being far less than what we should be, are we not using Him?  Are we not exploiting His vulnerability?  Perhaps.  Yet He forgives, lifts our load, carries our burdens, anyway.  He can handle whatever we throw at Him or put on Him.  And the beautiful part of this is – He wants us to.  Rather, He begs us to! (Matthew 11:28-30).

A lamb is tamable. In the story that the prophet Nathan presented to King David, he used the image of a lamb, a “ewe” (a young female) the family’s beloved pet, very dear to them (2 Samuel 12:1ff).    Neither sheep nor lambs are wild animals but docile, and hence, tamable.  Jesus had to learn like the rest of us in God’s planet-earth training class, that “though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered” (Hebrews 5:8).  You heard that right.  Despite being who He was, eternally or otherwise, He learned obedience through suffering just like everyone else.  No exceptions.  He had to put up with this seriously dysfunctional world being hungry, cold, hot, injured, thirsty, deprived, sick, despondent, etc.  Those things taught Him (and can teach us if we let them) “man shall not live by bread alone but by every word which proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).  In so doing, getting through it with His integrity intact, He brought us and bought us, total victory.  He overcame the world (John 16:33) for His Father, for Himself, and for our sakes.   We just have to get through this thing with our mind, heart, and the righteousness He clothes us with, intact.  He showed us the way.  He shows us we can do it if we are obedient to the Father as He was, and follow Him.

A lamb is a sacrificial animal. The Law of Moses commanded a lamb be sacrificed morning and evening (Numbers 28:1-5).  They had to be blemish-free, that is, no deformities or imperfections; they must not be less than the very best of the flock.  God does not want nor appreciate “scraps” as worship, homage, to Him.  Let’s remember that.  He, through Christ Jesus, gave His very best to pay for our sins at Calvary.  He did not demand our children, as many pagan cults did; He did not send an angel or someone else.  He came Himself, in the flesh, to be our only atonement for sin.  God gave His best and desires our best.  That is what John the baptizer meant.  Jesus is the One who, by His vicarious death, takes away our sins.  All of them.  Paid in full by His body and His blood, for all time (Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Peter 1:17-20; 2:24).  God wants us to partake of His fullness, bounty and glory so much that He did this for us.  Not with a rampaging dragon’s beastly roars or berserker battle-cries – just a stunning, heart-rending, appeal for us to accept His sacrifice, shape up, and be shaped up by Him, to share the joys of eternity with Him like He always wanted.  He calls us to be lambs also, just like He is (Matthew 10:16) so we will fit in when He comes back one day to take us home.

God always does things that don’t make sense to us.  His ways are higher than our ways.  When we think of power, majesty, what is fearsome, we think of beasts like dragons or beastly men, savage warriors.  God has none of that; needs none of it.  Oh yes, there will come a day when the Almighty will “judge the world in righteousness by the man He has ordained” Christ Jesus (Acts 17:31), and will come “in flaming fire, taking vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:8).  But He came first as the Lamb of God, to fulfill the righteous requirements of His holiness in paying for our sins, and in so doing, to woo us, to show us the side of God that mankind has been missing from the beginning of time – to our own desperate loss and His eternal sorrow on account of it.  Only He could pull it off.

And He did – but as a lamb, Jehovah God’s precious Lamb.

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Highway to Heaven

It is clear from Scripture that getting to heaven is a process that involves two essential elements: God’s part and our response to it. God has provided the means of salvation from sin, its guilt, consequences, and domination, through Jesus Christ’s vicarious sacrifice on Calvary (Matthew 26:26-28). The motivating factor for that involves 1) His tireless, unfading, goodwill toward His creation (love, John 3:16) and 2) His mercy (Ephesians 2:4-5). His holiness demanded justice for wrongdoing; He has to be Just to justify the guilty (Romans 3:25-26).  Because He loves us, when we could not provide it ourselves, He did by sending His Firstborn into the world to do what we, or any law/code/legalistic religion could not – pay for the crimes Himself.  He did it in totality, once, and for all time (Hebrews 1:2-3).  We cannot, by any means, save ourselves by our “good works.”

Therefore, the highway to heaven is the highway of His grace. Picture an easily accessible, inviting, smooth roadway, free of potholes, damaging interference, other motorists, anything that would impede progress – for His grace is all sufficient (1 Cor. 12:9). If we remain on that highway it will invariably lead us to where He is, waiting for us to arrive. God’s grace is His favor given to us when we did not deserve it. All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). Yet grace stepped in to pave the way for us to get home. You and I are on one of two highways: the highway to heaven as a Christian, or the highway to hell as an unbeliever. Please consider which one you now travel.

The vehicle in which we must travel is faith. It can accommodate any passenger. It does not matter what a person looks like, where they are from, what they have done. If they hear and believe the gospel (Romans 10:17; Mark 1:15), trusting Jesus to save them (John 8:24; Acts 4:12), and do as Christ commands (John 14:15): confess His name as divine (Matthew 10:32), repent of sins (change the mind/heart about sinful behavior) (Luke 13:3, 5) and submit to water baptism (Mark 16:16), Jesus promises salvation, eternal life, and heaven as rewards. Jesus’ blood, not water, through their obedience of faith to the gospel (Romans 16:26), cleanses them from all their past sins. As they continue to live by faith, remaining inside the vehicle of faith, and repent of sins, fulfilling the will of Christ as best they can, sins will continue to be forgiven (1 John 1:7) and faith will get them home intact, safe and sound.

Faith alone is not enough. It may surprise you but the only text in all of Scripture that combines the words “faith” and “only” in a passage were recorded by James, the inspired writer, who stated we are NOT saved by faith only (James 2:24). Though the kind of faith he speaks of is the kind which thinks one thing but fails to act, any disobedient, rebellious, faith is insufficient to save. The devils believe, but they refuse to honor God’s will. Furthermore, Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:2, “…though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” He said the only thing that matters is “faith working (there’s the obedience part!) through love” (Galatians 5:6). Therefore, love must be the fuel which propels the vehicle of faith. Just like an empty gas tank on an automobile will leave it immobilized, faith which has no love channeling through it will fail one way or another. If we stop loving God and those He loves (everyone), then no matter how much we believe Him to be God and accept His word as truth, we will not be treating Him with the respect that love demands, nor anybody else for that matter. Our vehicle of faith will sit on the roadside, useless, unable to move, unable to get us where we want to be and where we need to be. Love is absolutely necessary to get us to heaven!

These three things are essentials: grace, faith, and love. Grace is the highway, faith is the vehicle, love is the fuel. Each is critically important to get us to heaven. God has paved the way home by His grace with the precious blood of  His Son, Jesus Christ. Let the vehicle of faith, fueled by love, get us there.

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You May Have…

Obedience without saving faith, but you cannot have saving faith without obedience.

 “Old Time Religion” to be seen by men, but you cannot have true religion without having love to be seen by God.

 Glory and blessings on earth, but you cannot have glory and blessings in heaven without Christ.

 A good name in life on earth, but you cannot have a new name in heaven without life in God.

 Wit, skill, and intelligence to help you escape the judgment of law on earth, but you cannot have them to help you escape the laws of God at the Judgment.

 The time to do what you want to do while alive, but you cannot have the time to do what you need to do after you die.

 A  comfortable life without God in your life on earth, but you cannot have an eternal life in heaven without God in your life on earth.

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Culture War

When I was in school back in the sixties, no one would have dreamed of shooting up a high school.  It never entered anyone’s mind to do so.  Did we have bullies?  Of course.  I lived a full year of torment from bullies.  It was so bad that I prayed to wake up sick on certain days of the week when we had P. E.

Did we have guns?  You bet.  Where I lived every family had them.  Most adult males were hunters and kept lots of them, ammunition, knives – you name it.  My dad had about six to ten that I can remember, including semi-automatic rifles.  Nearly every male old enough to fire a rifle was trained to do it well.  I was.

Did we have hate?  Oh yes.  I hated going to school to be hounded and bullied and I was white.  Blacks were treated much worse.  Segregation was still in effect in some places but white-on-white bullying was plentiful and the norm.  Black on black crime was high too where I lived.  Hate persists.

What then kept me, and others, from grabbing a rifle or shotgun and attacking a school or someone therein?

Religion.  Specifically, Christianity.

I lived during a time when, despite the bullying and general meanness of people, there were limits, limits imposed by the general belief that 1) the God of the Bible does exist; 2) that we were all made in His image; 3) that He will hold us accountable for our actions, and 4) He will give you what you deserve one day.  We said the pledge of allegiance and the Lord’s prayer every day.  It was normal to hear God’s name and people spoken well of.  It was not normal nor acceptable for anyone to blaspheme in a public forum.  Corporal punishment was meted out for insubordinate, unruly, rebellious, ill-tempered miscreants.  Those things kept most of us in check – our evil-side, bestial nature subdued and sometimes entirely tamed.

However, when the atheistic, pseudo-intellectual, pompous, hedonistic lot took over schools and universities shortly after those years, they systematically sought to boot the God of the Bible, and His Word, out of everything.  They heartily promoted their unprovable theory of evolution, making absolutely sure that everyone understood quite clearly that we are nothing more than bags-of-water living a rat-race and anything but God’s children.

In their successful run at filling the minds of young people for the past fifty-plus years that humans are just glorified apes, they have led us to a point in time where babies in the womb can be murdered at five months without any remorse on the part of anyone (in fact it is bragged about) and that guns, the NRA, Republicans, and lack of gun control are to blame for the massacre of innocents at schools.  It should come as no surprise that those who brought us to this point in time are the very ones who angrily posit the blame they generated, at others… and inanimate objects.

The real issue with our, or any, society is not guns, bombs, and knives and who has them.  It is not the NRA.  It is not Republicans.  It is not having access to firearms.  We had all of that in abundance in the fifties and sixties.  The difference is what the atheistic, God-hating, progressives have infused into the minds of people since then – the belief that we are alone in the universe, God is not real, there are no moral absolutes of right and wrong set by God, and that human life is therefore cheap – at least in the womb.

When any person or nation removes God and the belief that we are made in His image – those who must be respected and loved, each and every one of us – from their hearts, consciences, and lives, then what follows is a descent into the maelstrom of spiritual chaos, injustice, evil, and madness.

This is what we are seeing and experiencing.  Things will not improve until people are taught and believe in general as they once did (see paragraph six) if that is even possible now in any real sense.

Guns, bombs, and knives do not get up and kill people on their own.  The power of life or death is in the hand and heart of the person of flesh and blood who wields them and it has been on the side of death for far too long.

And the ungodly and godless have put it there.

Physicians! Heal yourselves.

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Same Now as Then

They were viewed as “non-persons,” property, more or less.  They “belonged” to someone.  They had no voice, no vote, no rights, no way to escape.  Freedoms came only as their masters permitted.  Dehumanized, despised, and viewed as subhuman they merely existed.  This was a prevalent view of black slaves and blacks in general before and even long after the Civil War.

In 1857 Dred Scott, a black slave, filed a lawsuit challenging his, and his family’s, slave-hood because he had lived in two “free states” for several years.  The United States Supreme Court decided 7–2 against Scott, finding that neither he nor any other person of African ancestry could claim citizenship in the United States, and therefore Scott could not bring suit in federal court under diversity of citizenship rules. Moreover, Scott’s temporary residence outside Missouri did not bring about his emancipation under the Missouri Compromise, which the court ruled unconstitutional as it would “improperly deprive Scott’s owner of his legal property”.[1]

It was the law of the land.  Dred Scott was a non-citizen.  He had no rights.  He and his family remained slaves and he died one year later as one.

Any person possessing the tiniest sliver of human decency, humanity, compassion and Christian morality, will view all of that in abject horror.  How anyone would consciously treat another human being in such a vile, cruel, cold and ruthless way is truly astounding.  How people could be so blind, so unyielding, so subjective and committed to inhumanity and brutality is mind-boggling.  Yet that was how it was… and that is just how it is today in another vein.

Every minute at least two unborn children die by abortion.  According to the Right to Life of Holland Area, there are 2,900 abortions in the U. S. A. every day; 137 per hour; 2.3 per minute.  There have been nearly 57 million abortions since Roe v. Wade made abortion legal in America in 1973.[2]  So even as I write this, and as you read it, babies are being murdered in the womb somewhere in this nation.

It is considered lawful for the very same reason Dred Scott was forced to remain a slave – the Supreme Court says so.  As he was, so are they portrayed:  dehumanized and subhuman (“fetus” “blob of tissue” et al), property (“It’s MY body!”), without voice nor vote and no way to escape their fate.  I submit again that abortion is the slavery issue of our day for anyone who can see past their prejudices to the comparative truth in it.

And its supporters are defending it in the same way the defenders of slavery did and for the very same reasons.  There is a video showing someone punching a Pro-Life fifteen-year-old in the face standing outside a Planned Parenthood.[3]  The way of violence has always been the resort of the righteously anemic whose motto is “Might makes right.”  The South went to war not merely for States’ Rights, but to ensure that it might continue treating blacks as slaves so their economy might continue to prosper.  Those who abort babies or support it will fight to the bitter end and with all the tactics their misguided and evil hearts can devise, to protect their “economies” as well.  Whether it be to enhance individuals’ creature comforts, or the profit derived from selling fetal tissue as ingredients in skin conditioners[4] , body parts, and stem cell research by companies, there is personal aggrandizement to be gained from it – the utter vileness of it notwithstanding.

We can be thankful the Supreme Court reversed itself, finally.  Although in the minds of many (and most wrongfully so) blacks remained second class citizens for many long decades, the law finally declared their full citizenship and, more importantly, personhood.

Will it ever be so with abortion?

If the earth protested Cain’s spilling of his brother’s innocent blood, then its cry must now thunder in God’s ears at the wholesale slaughter we are seeing today.

I am no prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I do have Scripture.  It tells me if this does not stop, there will be a reckoning:

 “These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him:  a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart the devises wickedness, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren” (Proverbs 6:17).

“Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom a desolate wilderness, because of violence against the people of Judah, for they have shed innocent blood in their land” (Joel 3:19).

If you view this new version of slavery as abhorrent and you wish to try to forestall disaster, get involvedStop voting for politicians who support Planned Parenthood’s abortionist policies and repent if you have.  It is likely we may never be able to go back to pre-1973 days but we should not be funding abortion mills and consorting with politicians who promote this despicable evil.  Speak out and do not be silenced.  If you are currently pro-abortion and irreligious, I suggest you hear what Ben Shapiro has to say on the subject[5].  From a purely secular viewpoint his oppositional reasoning is compelling and forceful.

When babies in the womb stop having red blood like our own, and stop bleeding like we do when cut, I will stand down.  Not until.  Neither should you – not unless you are pro-slavery like some of our more deluded forbears.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dred_Scott

[2] https://rtlofholland.org/abortion-statistics/

[3] https://townhall.com/tipsheet/timothymeads/2017/12/03/15yearold-prolifer-punched-in-face-outside-planned-parenthood-n2417454

[4] https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/nov/3/aborted-fetus-cells-used-in-anti-aging-products/

[5] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDmwPGrZkYs; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkONHNXGfaM

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Why Should I?

In the wake of all the sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, issues centered around Hollywood elites and others, more than a few people are expressing their opinions, rebuking men in general, and moralizing about it.  Listening to them one might get the impression that they have fortified the moral high ground, having wisdom that transcends that of us mere mortals.  From thence they are happy to tell us what is right and wrong in all of it.

Many of them are atheists, agnostics, anti-Christ, anti-Christian, anti-religion-in-general types who exhibit no reluctance to lecture us on morally acceptable behavior either personally or in society.  Often smugly assertive and arrogant, they castigate anyone and everyone who does not adhere to what their heart tells them.  Like actors in a play, they listen eagerly for the applause of those who agree with them, their sycophantic audiences, as if the favor of their glib inner circle somehow makes them indisputably correct in their assumptions.

To them I ask:  What makes you think you have a right to dictate to me or anyone else what is morally acceptable behavior or not, aside from borrowing from God?  Why should anyone listen to you as you opine about morals, codes of ethics, and social conduct?  On what basis, other than your own opinion, do you legislate morality for the rest of us?

Can you answer me that?

Will you play the “majority rules” card?  “Might makes right”?  If so, you may not enjoy the actual practice of it unless you would have felt comfortable under the dictatorships of Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Pol Pot and Saddam Hussein, or, currently, that of Kim Jong-un.  They ruled or rule with iron fists, having the military power to bend the masses to their will by bloody means if necessary.  Thus, if you subscribe to “might makes right” then you are not at liberty to complain nor object when it’s your own head, or a loved one’s, on the headsman’s block.

Do we vote on morals as a group?  Let democracy prevail; let the masses decide!  There is little difference between that and the dictatorship.  On one hand you have an individual’s might and on the other you have the “herd’s” might.  And who knows which way the herd will be headed at any given time?

Until you can provide me with an authority higher than yours, mine, or the mob’s, I don’t have to pay any attention to you.  Your opinion is no better than mine and mine is no better than yours.

However, I DO have a moral authority higher than my own and it is not my opinion.  I believe in the God of the Bible and in the deity and Lordship of Jesus Christ as revealed and claimed in the New Testament.  Granted, it’s your right to reject, dislike, disagree with, impugn, mock, and blaspheme Him and it but it is NOT a rejection of me and my religion but of God.  I will grieve over the horrific fate of your precious soul, and it is that indeed, but you will not be harming me by any of it.

And because the moral standard to which I subscribe is not my own, unlike yours, I will be happy to oblige when you tell me not to force it upon you, as you are so keen to do to me.

So, if you are anti-God, anti-Christ, against “organized religion” and deigning to pontificate about morality, you might as well vacate the bully pulpit.  You have no authority to legislate anything, much less morals, just as I have none.

Furthermore, you are no real atheist nor agnostic worth the title, for why would they care about morals?  If there is no God to answer to, then there is no standard of authority to guide us and rein in our appetites.  The sky is the limit.  It’s just a “dog eat dog world” after all and may the biggest, meanest, toughest, smartest, dog win.

I beg you to leave moralizing to believers in the Word of God.  At least we are not, or should not be, preaching our own version of it but His.  And He can, and will, back His up one Day, some day.

“Then the messenger who had gone to call Micaiah spoke to him, saying, “Now listen, the words of the prophets with one accord encourage the king.  Therefore please let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak encouragement.

And Micaiah said, “As the Lord lives, whatever my God says, that I will speak.”

2 Chronicles 18:12-13

 

 

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