Monday, January 06, 2014

Imagine... Re-written...

Imagine there's no democrats......
                         And no republicans too.....
 No liberals or conservatives.....
                                    And no libertarians too...
   Imagine all the people...
                                  United in One Perfect King....
   You may say that I'm a Christian...
                                              But, I'm not the only one...
     I hope someday you will join Us....
                                            When the Earth is new again.....
   Imagine there's no money....
                                             No material hoarding to do...
  Plenty of love for everyone...
                                          And no more dying too...
Imagine all the people...
                                        Being in perfect peace...
You may say that I'm not from here...
                              But I'm not the only one...
  With the King we'll live forever...

        Heaven and Earth will be as One.....

"When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all". 1 Cor. 15:28
                                                                              

                                                                                       .....to the rhythm of a famous song.....

Saturday, January 04, 2014

My Wonderful Government-Run Health-Care Plan

With all the negativity about Obama-Care in the media....it's time for folks to get another side of the story....from someone who is actually on U.S. "government-run" health care...via my State.
 At 53, I was without health insurance for my whole life...I managed to get by with low-income community clinics..(horrible)...I even crossed the border into Mexico...(dangerous)...in times of severe pain and misery; I was forced to use the E.R. (more horrible)...and this has been the Republican plan for the uninsured for decades now.

The message I have heard from the Republican platform has consistently been:  I am rich.....You should be too...USA health care is #1... and doesn't need any changes....If you can't afford health insurance...too bad.....go to the E.R..

The message of the Democratic  platform has been and still is : We would rather have universal Medi-care not-for profit health coverage....but we will compromise with  whatever we can force
out of the other party of the reactionary, liberalphobes...and see what we come up with....which is called Romney-care/Obama-Care.

 What does health care look like when one has a serious health crisis and they don't have insurance? People are forced to go to a hospital. Maybe a hospital in the Los Angeles area; where you must line up and pass an airport-style security clearance with x-rays...before you enter a waiting room with literally hundreds of people waiting....Oh, about eight hours average....on a slow day. Unless they see blood or you can't breathe...your chances of being admitted to a hospital stay is slim.
Then wait for the bill....that plunges many into home and food insecurity; and/or bankruptcy.

Without health insurance, I had to pay the full amount for MRIs, medications, anesthesia, etc.  with my credit card. Thank the Lord..I had good credit...the cards, and a decent limit...otherwise I would have been
homeless and bankrupt.....This is all courtesy of the failed, fear-mongering, regressive policies of  the merciless on the radical right.

With the help of financial aid...I was still over $6,000 in debt....with no job, and disabled...and was refused needed surgery. The "death panels"...that the right made up as a fear-mongering media blitz....was just a lie; as well as the typical lying hyperbole that oozes from their overpaid media pundits.

The real death panel...is my experience of going to a hospital with acute Sciatica...very painful....needing immediate care; you cannot walk, stand, or sit, nor sleep...and they literally kicked a 52 year old disabled man to the curb...
after falsely accusing me of "drug seeking"...the most horrible nightmare.

Almost every country in the world would have treated me and admitted me into a hospital....but U.S. patients do not have the rights to request MRI's....unless the god-like U.S. doctors; who never make mistakes; think that you are worthy....Yes my friend...the death panels are only for the uninsured.
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Now I will tell you my story; briefly of what it looks like to be on government health care...that I acquired recently on 10/30/2013... I couldn't be happier with
the care I have received.....Medicare/Medicaid works very well...it just needs to be reformed.

First...I was granted disability benefits....no thanks to the ruthless right.
Second I was reimbursed thousands for my medical payments.....no thanks to the ruthless right.
Third...I have had very good "Standard Plus" health and dental insurance... I like my doctor...He even works on Saturday! Once I had a bad migraine....and I was able to see my doctor...that very afternoon....

It's about time...that my fellow Christian family....actually obey what Romans 13...and James 3  teaches....and decide to not be part of spreading healthcare misinformation and rumor for purely personal, partisan reasons....

Remember...Medicare for all is the goal.... 

Why should health care have any different funding.... than the U.S. military?     Should we have for-profit .....war insurance?     When the firefighters put out your house fire...should you get a $45,000 bill? It's the same illogical conclusion.
       
Bottom line.....the Right  wanted a dinosaur (Romney-care)....and baby that's what we've got ... We have reaped what was sown.....
Any questions?...Any answers?...seen a death panel lately?                   

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Biblical Hypocrisy.....Explained.....

It seems like I need to explain the Biblical definition of hypocrisy....with actual scripture...to oppose those who are using a Biblical word in a worldly fashion.

Some quotes from Scripture:

"You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”"
Matthew 15:7-9 ESV
"If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless."
James 1:26 ESV
"If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen."

These are but a few of the many scriptures on Biblical hypocrisy...

....Which is.... the act of someone pretending that they are so close to God and truly know Him ( in their own minds and to those deceived by the outward appearances)...but their fruit and/or practices....and words that they speak or write....tell of a person who really doesn't personally know the Lord very well....by their hard-hearted questions......by their contempt for the Truth and the freedom it brings (from the legalism that they hold onto) by really knowing it by experience.....by their mocking statements that  attempt to subterfuge the actual Truth (but it cannot be true because THEY don't think so).

Hypocrites will cover their own unbelief and unwillingness to study scripture and seek, ask, and knock themselves....with their emotional show of severe disdain for the things that they personally hate....
...yet have ...ZERO TO DO WITH GOD, HIS WORD,  AND WHAT HE HATES...

They are very artful in peppering questions to their adversaries....Matt. 12:10

And a man was there whose hand was withered. And they questioned Jesus, asking, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"-- so that they might accuse Him.

Another is Luke 20:1 - 8....is classical, Biblical hypocrisy.

The most telling sign of a hypocrite...is that they don't know that they are one...and they can't see real hypocrisy...so they make up their own definitions of hypocrisy.....to put another notch on their self-righteous scoreboard.

Jesus said....don't be deceived....hypocrites will be known ( by those not deceived ) by their fruit.

Biblical hypocrisy....is a very serious charge...and should not be thrown around loosely; according to our Lord....Matt.5:22

We are all hypocritical at times....because we are not perfect.....but there are some you can smell three blocks or three posts away!!!!   he..he..he.. Any questions? Any answers? Know any modern day Pharisees?

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Christian.....How Partisan Are You?.... In Twenty Questions

 Yesterday....I answered several questions offered on a political discussion post....that asked a loaded "How are your views on {any "ism"}?   Most of my answers were not yes or no....which would be a typical sign of a centrist.

For example.....the glass of water filled to the halfway mark; some say .."It's half full".....some..."it's half empty".....a centrist says..."it's both at the same time"....which view is the least limited and allows the most freedom?

These are some questions to consider...if one were to gauge
their level of mild to staunch partisanship.

 1) Do you vote for a particular party all the time..year after year?

 2) Do you vote for the party that promises the lowest taxes....because you would like to have that money?

 3) Do you deserve everything you own because you earned it with your sweat?......

 4) Does God own everything; teach us to be generous, and we own nothing (outside of Christ)..but we are stewards of what we've been given, and God gives wealth by grace.

 5) Should I complain, name call, and  get upset when an elected government passes a law that doesn't have anything to do with suppressing the Gospel Of Jesus Christ...eg... raises taxes....?

 6) As A U.S. Christian...should my citizenship be exalted above a mere legal status?

 7) As A Christian...Am I a stranger and a pilgrim; whose citizenship is in Heaven..seated in Christ..in His Kingdom...and not of this world?

 8) Are my individual legal rights more important than the right of collective society to justly curb them?

 9) Is man's government the problem?

10) Is man's government the solution?

11) Is man's government useful and instituted by God...and ultimately under his final Justice. (Does Jesus Christ have the Last Word)?

12) Do I blindly accept every comment about  U.S government policies according to the particular view of the media?

13) Do I google search and fact check, and ask the Lord for wisdom and clarity on controversial policy issues?

14) Do I love my President and all in authority and pray for them as Jesus Christ taught?

15) Do I curse and badmouth and judge the hearts and motives of elected people that all have to answer to Jesus Christ..including myself?

16) Can you calmly disagree with a Christian with a different point of view and hold a discussion  with the respect that you would also give to Christ?

17) Can you back up each answer to these questions with at least two scriptural references?

18) Are there any scriptural references that point to partisan preferences to the size government should be?

19) Have you considered the U.S. Constitution to be unjust, inapt, vague, and corruptible to a fault; and in need of reformation? Why or Why not?

20) Have you considered the U.S Constitution to be a fixed canon that is perfect and complete and unchangeable?  Why or Why not?