To the man with all the flags in his yard that read: God-Trump-And Guns, Get rid of Joe and the Hoe, and Trump is my President and Jesus my Savior.
Also, to my critics who critique me for being a critic of the church. For those that say the church is not perfect; well neither am I. And just as you can use the Bible in your defense, use imperfection and grace for justification..we all can and we all do.
For all the children without fathers or healthy role models. The immigrants wanting a better life. Those in need that have asked and been turned away. And those needing deeper healing and they know it.
There is so more much like this that we don’t hear on Sunday mornings. It’s all the feel good ones or mildly discomforting. And then we go judge the “sinners” for having the itching ears.
We want to base our adherence to Gods “Word” when it suits us, honestly. It is factual and literal only when it fits our story. Heaven and Hell are even more literal to us than these Scriptures here, that far outweigh in number any admonishing of church attendance, study, gathering together, and or praying for one another. Again, there is MORE Scripture found on these things than the ones we give our allegiance to, not implying gathering and study, praying for others, etc not be done.
We are just gluttons, advocates and defenders of the wrong stuff in my opinion.
We defend heaven and hell being real, but won’t take it literal about cutting an arm off or plucking an eye out in the next part. (Neither I don’t believe were to be taken literal. Our versions of heaven and hell are from Plato and passed into our traditions. Jews did not have the same concerns or ideas of hell. Plato did though and the Greeks.
We take more pride in being “like the Bereans”, than we do like Jesus. And if I am correct, there are only one or two verses about the Bereans studying so faithfully and they were studying TO SEE if Jesus was who He said He was. So, it all goes back to Jesus (The last Word of God, The Real Revelation of Who He is)who we don’t seem to “follow” as much as we may think we do.
At least, if I am allowed to use these verses with all the weight of heaven and hell as the ones used in the defense of American Pride, Greed, Consumerism, Violence, Intolerance, Hostility, Hoarding, Gluttony, Materialism…I mean come on now. Are there that many one can use?
It’s not that we’re neither “hot or cold”, as in holy or sinful. But, that we are neither hot or cold in a figurative sense as they would have understood it in ancient Rome.
If the water they got from the aqueducts was neither hot or cold, it was not that it was good or bad. In or out. Saved or unsaved.
They were actually both useful. Just like now cold water quenches our thirst and hot water has it’s multiple benefits..
Luke warm water was simply….
Useless to God and His Kingdom..which is intended to be brought to Earth…right?
Anyway, I feel very compelled beyond my own comfort at times, to speak up for some things I relate to and don’t agree with in much of the Body of Christ here in our Nation.
I don’t do it perfect, just as the church says they dont either. But, don’t forget even the Bible has it’s imperfections, because it was written my imperfect people whome God still loved and chose to share His
Isaiah 1:17: “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.
Psalm 10:17 “O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear.
Ezekiel 16:49 “Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.” (THIS WAS NOT what I learned in church).
Proverbs 14:31 “Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.
“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God (Leviticus 19: 33-34).
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matthew 25:35).
Galatians 6:2: “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
“You shall allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the sojourners who reside among you and have had children among you. They shall be to you as native-born children of Israel. With you they shall be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. In whatever tribe the sojourner resides, there you shall assign him his inheritance, declares the Lord God (Ezekiel 47:22-23)
Acts 20:35: “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
“You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt (Exodus 23:9
Proverbs 21:13: “Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.
Philippians 2:3-4: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others
25Your iniquities have turned these away,
and your sins have kept good from you.
26For wicked men are found among my people;
they lurk like fowlers lying in wait.a
They set a trap;
they catch men.
27Like a cage full of birds,
their houses are full of deceit;
therefore they have become great and rich;
28they have grown fat and sleek.
They know no bounds in deeds of evil;
they judge not with justice
the cause of the fatherless, to make it prosper,
and they do not defend the rights of the needy.
29Shall I not punish them for these things?
declares the LORD,
and shall I not avenge myself
on a nation such as this?”
Hebrews 13:16: “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Matthew 5:42: “Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”
14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. HEBREWS 12:14
Luke 3:10-11: “‘What should we do then?’ the crowd asked. John answered, ‘Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.’”
Luke 10:27-37: “And he answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.’ And he said to him, ‘You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.’ But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’ Jesus replied, ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, “Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.” Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?’ He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘You go, and do likewise.’”
Galatians 6:9: “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
Leviticus 25:35: “If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you.”
Romans 12:20: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Proverbs 29:7: “A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.
Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares (Hebrews 13:1-2).
Luke 6:30: “Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back.
Isaiah 58:10: “If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.”
Proverbs 22:9: “The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.
Romans 12:13: “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Romans 15:1: “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.”
Timothy 5:8: “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
Hebrews 6:10: “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”