Monday, February 22, 2016

Walking Backwards

I just got done watching some of the primary election coverage from South Carolina and I have come to some conclusions. Half of the people in this country are insane - they are considering voting for a socialist. The other half are just plain crazy. They are considering voting for Donald Trump.

There is not a single politician that seems trustworthy in my eyes. Ted Cruz for example says something about Marco Rubio and then Rubio says he's lying. Ben Carson blames Ted Cruz for dirty politics and Cruz says he's innocent. Who are we to believe. Who can we trust.

The problem . . . . is us.

"We the people" tend to fall into two categories. One group is typified by those who want stuff. Let's call them "The Wants." These are mostly democrats and socialists as they are all about wanting this or that. Mainly they want other people's stuff.

The second group is "The Haves." They already have the stuff that The Wants want. They just want to keep in. So, in a way, they are also "Wants" as well, but let's not confuse things.

My first question is, where are these supposed "Evangelicals" that everyone is talking about? I heard on the news that 74% of South Carolina are evangelicals. Did they back one particular candidate over another? No. They went everywhere. They do have their own idea of who to vote for and it is NOT one particular candidate. "Evangelicals" are all over the place too.

The main problem with "Evangelicals" is they are not walking the walk. And, if I may say so, they are not acting like Christians at all. Let me explain by way of a few examples.

When you go to church, do you take your Bible with you? For the most part Catholics don't, Lutherans don't. I am generalizing here. My point in this is who do you follow? If you follow a priest or a pastor you are NOT a Christian. Christians follow Jesus.

When we examine politicians, trying to discern who is telling the truth, we learn quickly that we cannot trust their words. How then do we know what each candidate truly desires? We examine the fruits of their decisions. We examine how they walk. The same is true for pastors and priests. One would hope they speak the truth but then why are there so many denominations, so many opinions, so many factions.

Joel Osteen is a pastor. He has the biggest church in America. One could say, "Surely God has blessed his ministry." No. Surely there are many people who like to have their ears tickled by what they hear. Mr. Osteen doesn't speak about sin in any of his messages. He is preaching a false Gospel. He is a false teacher.

"3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry." - 2 Timothy 4:3-5

The pope is also a false teacher. Dare I say, a False Profit?

He too is leading God's children astray. This latest pope, and I use small case letters intentionally, is telling his flock that all people can go to heaven, even atheists, and that we should be building bridges not walls (he told this to Donald Trump). Yet he lives in Vatican City . . . surrounded by a wall.

Why? Why do these people in such high positions say one thing with their lips but their actions are far from what they tell us?

How do you know what your pastor tells you is truth?

Jesus told us that the truth will set us free.

"31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”

34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."
- John 8:31-36

Our responsibility as Christians is to discern what the truth is. And just where can we find what truth is? The Bible. So why doesn't every Christian take his or her Bible to church? Why don't we take our Bible's into the voting booth and use them to discern who to vote for? Who to believe? Good questions. We are followers! Of Jesus! He said to us, "If you love me, keep my commands." - John 14:15. Why is that command so hard for us to follow?

We are walking backwards in our faith and in our priorities. God should be first and we should be last. God's commands should take precedent over our own wants and desires. Otherwise, how can we call ourselves Christians?

My prayer is that we Christians would learn to follow God, not man. The Bible is full of stories about people who don't follow God. Things never end well for them. Why should things end differently for us?

Moon Walk - Michael Jackson

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