Tuesday, December 24, 2013

How Christ Changed the World

As the Christmas celebration approaches, let us consider how the words of Acts 17:6 came to fruition…

17 Now when they [Paul and Silas] had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:
And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.
And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.
But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, 
“These that have turned the world upside down
are come hither also."
(Acts 17:1-6,  King James Version)

Christ did, indeed, turn the world upside down.

Before the people had knowledge of the Author of self-government, they were unaware of Truth and Light. Think of the Dark Ages…aptly named, eh? Both government and the Church were corrupt. Serfdom. Peasants. Injustice. No hope for the common man.

Then, as God orchestrated the writing of the Bible in English and He placed Scripture into the hands of the people, they learned that they did not need a king to rule over them. As they read the Bible, they learned that they could have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. They discovered they could be self-governed through the Holy Spirit. They had hope!

Once they realized they could govern their personal thoughts and actions, they realized they also had the capacity to govern their families, churches, and communities.

As self-government grew and the Gospel spread, the world saw great advancements in every field: science, math, art, music, literature. Just as the opponents of Christ noted during the times of the early church (Acts 17:6), the Gospel of Christ had turned the world upside down. 

Jesus was the Great Equalizer, for now women were to be held in high esteem. Rich and poor were on equal footing. People of all colors and backgrounds were the same before God.

The Gospel even brought modesty with it. As missionaries took Christianity to remote areas, tribesmen and women desired clothing. It's interesting to note that clothing was the first provision God made for His creation after Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden.

The founding of America demonstrates the Gospel's effect on achievement. America was the only nation whose government was built on this new idea of self-government - this is what makes America exceptional…it was an exception to previous forms of government.  In colonial times the literacy rate was as high as it has ever been, 97-99%! 

What has happened since then? Once post-Christianity began its spread throughout Europe and North America, what have we seen? 

Science has devolved into the acceptance of the theory of evolution as fact in spite of Darwin's own warnings against it. 

Music and art have become disjointed, eclectic arrangements that people find disturbing rather than pleasurable. 

New methods of math are confounding rather than inspiring. 

History, His-Story, the story of Jesus Christ played out on the stage of world geography has been deduced to unrelated facts that bring boredom, disinterest, and apathy.

The literacy rate continues to plunge despite the money poured into its coffers. We have even set aside the poetic King James Version of the Bible written at the 12th-grade level in favor of the 3rd-grade level New International Version. 

And has anyone noticed that modesty has departed along with the Christian influence?

Ah, the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

Now, who's ready to turn the world upside down again?

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Shattered Trust: The Morality of a Promise

Ok, so let's say you're in the military.

You ponder getting out to offer stability to your young family. The government really wants you to make defending your nation a career in order to foster continuity and provide experience through the ranks. They make promises so that you'll stay. Knowing there will be much family separation, unknowns, danger, possible disfigurement, mental anguish, or death, you stay. 

Then, through the years, politicians begin to default on their promises.

"We know we promised lifetime medical care to you and your family members, but we have to take that away now."

Wow. That's a tough pill to swallow. 

But, ok. Budget in, budget out. You get that. Government has overspent and is trying to make things right now. It's going to hurt. Everyone will have to sacrifice. Financial responsibility - it's the right thing to do.

But as the years pass, you start scratching your head. Congressional members continue to get pay raises. That same Congress insulates and protects itself by excluding its members from purchasing the same national health insurance that the rest of Americans have to buy. They won't have to pay the penalties/taxes/fees (whichever term whichever court deems is correct for the day) either? An unfunded Medicaid system continues to expand. The food stamp program grows beyond our wildest dreams.

What is happening? I thought we all had to give?
Then, the Ryan-Murray budget comes along.  

"You know what, military veterans? It's time for you to sacrifice again. We know we made you a promise, but it's for the good of the nation."

"No, we can't just reduce the pensions of future retirees, the men and women who can choose to leave or stay based on the changes we have to make. We have to break another promise."

I'm not speaking out because of money…
though as much as 20% of a promised retirement pension is significant, 
over time it is manageable.

I'm speaking out on behalf of morality.

This. Is. Wrong. 

If we are in such a mess that the government has to repeatedly renege on promises made to veterans (think the collapse of the USSR), then there are many other things that should go, too.


Let that sink in for a moment.

This "savings" on the backs of veterans will provide our government not even a drop in the bucket in relation to the size of the hole we are in.

What is next on the veteran chopping block? I don't know, but I do know they'll be first up.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Nelson Mandela: Inconvenient Truths

“There is nothing sacred or inherently superior about non-violent methods of struggle.” 

—Nelson Mandela, Author of How to be a Good Communist

Last week, I saw a Christian church marquee announcing that on the upcoming Sunday they would be celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela. 

Given the national half-staff flags, the Christian churches devoting their Sunday services to the life of Nelson Mandela, and the constant media propaganda about this man (Apple.com even dedicated their landing page to Mandela for several days), we must not allow the hard, inconvenient truths surrounding him to be ignored:
- Unlike Martin Luther King and Ghandi, Mandela denounced nonviolence and chose radical revolution as a means for change.
- He was a convicted terrorist, admitting to 156 terrorist acts where men, women, and children were burnt, blown up, and/or killed. South African Christian Missionary Peter Hammond relates of Mandela...He admitted in open court—and remember, he was trained as a lawyer—he pleaded “guilty” to 156 acts of public violence and terrorism. He was the head of the revolutionary terrorist wing of the African National Congress, “Umkhonto we Sizwe.” And he was behind so many different operations: from the plotting of bombs in the railway station (which killed women and children, which crippled people), bombs in shopping centers, attacks on farmers, . . . so many acts of violence.
During Mandela's revolution, blacks, missionaries and their children, and Red Cross ambulance drivers were murdered. Whole families were killed by land mines. 
This man had his lips and ear cut off while his wife was cooked and eaten:

This woman had her lips cut off because she spoke out against the Communists:

One act of terrorism that Mandela pled guilty to was the fuel suitcase bombing of this little girl in the airport:

- He condoned, and his wife endorsed, "necklacing," the practice of placing a tire on a victim's neck, dousing it with gasoline, and lighting it while watching the excruciating death of the person being burned alive as the rubber melted into the skin. 1000 people were necklaced by the African National Congress, of which Mandela was the head of the military wing.
- He was a Marxist, a leading member of the central committee for the South African Communist Party (SACP) and author of "How to Be a Good Communist."
- He was an ally and friend of mass murderers Castro, Che, Mao, and the Soviet Union.

Under President Mandela, the government DENIED much-needed AIDS drugs to blacks and others (can you imagine the world's response to that under anyone else's leadership?).

Since then, poverty has increased and South Africa is now the murder capital of the world.

If the media and politicians were really a friend of the minority, they would not "whitewash" and ignore these facts and the state of South Africa since Mandela. 

Democracy does not equal morality.

Yes, apartheid had to go. But have blacks - or any South Africans - been better off since Mandela and the Communists took over?

Socialists/Communists/Progressives always promise the moon to the hurting and desperate black population...and deliver only more poverty and destruction.

And in America?

Since the "War on Poverty" was declared in 1964, American blacks are worse off than ever. Billions of dollars have not helped their plight. Think, people. Why do you think that is?? 

American politicians and race-baiters continue to purposefully keep blacks in poverty in order to keep their power. 

Truth is, if the black community were to succeed, 
many politicians would no longer have a job. 

But I digress…back to the topic at hand.

The Church would be wise to first learn the truth about this man, then see how his life lines up to Scripture. 

If the Church focused on the life of the only Man worthy of our celebration, our nation - and the world - would be a much better place.

If you care about facts, if you'd like to know TRUTH rather than propaganda about Mandela, here are some very good resources…

1. See here for what the South African Communist Party says itself about "Comrade Mandela":
(Just skim the section headers if you don't want to read it all. See how Communist parties around the world sent condolences to SACP upon hearing of Mandela's death.)

2. Hear what South African Christian missionaries have to say:

3. Reconciling Mandela's history:

4. Steel on Steel audio presentation rich with Mandela facts and quotes:

5. How Cubans are responding to Mandela's death:
Mandela's Complicated Legacy Difficult to Celebrate for Cuban Exiles 

6. Shocking historical statistical facts about the American black community
Breakdown of the Black Family and Its Consequences
[These facts clearly demonstrate what we all know: No matter how much money we throw at these people to soothe our consciences, the government cannot replace the father. The family unit and Godly manhood must be restored if future generations are to see real change. Additionally, we must work to change the current laws that encourage unwed pregnancies and poverty.]

All images from sources cited above.