Sunday, February 09, 2014

Favoritism And Sports...As Sons Of God

...I have recently been attending High School Varsity basketball games. My friend's son is the Athletic director for the High School.

We only attend the Home games. At the first game I was very partisan....only cheering for "our side"...and thankfully..."our side" won the game....Yeah!!!!

But....at the next game....last Friday night ...I was in a very joyful spirit...and a different frame of mind. I actually began to think...not as a partisan....as we are programmed by our culture...but....more like God....no respecter of persons...

So, ...I started clapping.....not just for "our side"....but for the other side as well....

And as I thought about it more...it dawned on me......this is simply ...basic practical Christianity

If I make a basket....It is good and worth  applause.....no matter what side I am on.....
If I trained and practiced and prayed and attended...(sowed)...unto God....I would expect the reward of applause from all of God's people...

..not just ...."our side"

This is the same principle that I use for political partisanship and zealous nationalism; also.....I think it is childish, divisive, and doesn't bode well for unity.

What do you think?

Thursday, February 06, 2014

The Fallacy of Political Labels

Is it possible that everyone doesn't fit in a political label? If a person has not professed to be a "liberal"...why should he/she be labeled one? Labels are mostly for
children, medicine and ppps....pedantic, political pundits....GRIN...

But seriously, as a follower of Christ; (a non-partisan)...I think that labels are for the skin deep....and seriously impede constructive, political discourse.

The more rigid one's partisanship....the more it will be a weight around their neck.....and compel them to rigorously defend their illusive grasp on their narrow interpretation of political reality.

The only place where true, political reality is....The Kingdom Of God and His Christ the King.

If a person defends a "liberal" stance on one or two issues...it doesn't make that person fit a "box".

Why can't  we understand that the goal of discussion is to understand the other person's view....not to just practically communicate the inappropriate attitude ..eg.."yeah...that's another one of "those" people.

I have been labeled a left winger....but I actually think that privately administered schools would be better.....that's not a "liberal" talking.

As a Christian...I am "pro-life".....which includes gun control and the opposition to unnecessary, pre-emptive wars.

I also am "pro-education".....and I actually have a "conservative" stance on this issue; which simply stated...

I strongly propose private schooling...that comes with public money....with only the minimal, "safety" strings attached.

At the end of the day.....apt government is about what is {just for all}...and what actually {works....for all}.

...but ...."Labels are for the limited"....JC Goodman

Capital's Unquenchable Quest For Mammon

..Here in the 21st century...Sodom...the world.... is under a historically unparalleled GLOBAL....economy.

..since 1981....we have seen the astonishing expansion of Capital's.....unquenchable thirst for cheaper and cheaper labor...and expendable people...who
are valued to be worth less and less...and abused in many parts of the "developing world".

...while people can be heard in multitude speaking out against ...this injustice or that one...

NEWS FLASH...game over.... Capital has won....Labor has been defeated....The war on Labor has prevailed...in disgraceful triumph!

I am astonished at the lack of mainstream news coverage about this global war on labor.....that was attempted to be misdirected to the inapt and murderous "war on terror".

Last time I checked....Al Qaeda...or... Obama; the popular catch-all for blame....was not responsible for the prevailing U.S. (sub-1964 buying power) minimum wage that forces many, hard-working people to need government/assistance programs for food and shelter. These prevailing low wages have had a major impact on the ultimate decline in living standards in major parts of America's cities...like Detroit.

Child and slave-like labor, unsafe working conditions, etc. seem to not be newsworthy, unless there are inevitable tragic events involving deaths from this negligence; in the amount deemed significant by media standards.

I have only heard the lone voice of the Pope...speak out in warning....and identifying this snowballing economic paradigm shift in the world. There is an overt, aggressive attack on what is just; what leads to peace; and what most would deem as noble in terms of labor compensation.....as its manipulated devaluation continually oppresses the world's people economically with indifference.

 ....Yes ...we saw it well illustrated in the enslavement of the Israelites....in Egypt.

How can a person who loves righteousness; be silent about this horrible quest for mammon.....under the guise of this global, libertarian labor market....advertising...."economic freedom"...."free trade"...?

When actually it is the old, Egyptian Slave Trade.....in new packaging...
where the world's forgotten people...are left at God's mercy...in Capital's ever increasing by-product.....slums and wars.

Thankfully...the Lord will call His Son.... "out of Egypt".....again when Jesus Christ returns.....

Until that day.......woe to those who call good ..."evil"......and call evil...."good".

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

America.....Repent...To Christ... And About Your Nation

Some have said:

"There is no better system than [America]"...and go on to ascribe the USA's current
  problems to the President in hyperbolic, partisan terms. Terms like "Anti-God", "Anti-American", "Socialistic", and "Imperialistic".

The only solutions that they offer is their narrow, right-wing ideology, and  partisan voting strategies....that will..."turn the country around" and "stop the damage".

These are odd statements coming from  mature, Christian political pundits on the radio. Especially from a country that has continually propounded the falsehood that all three of its branches of government are "equal". Not only do they not back up their inapt assessments with logic and Scripture; they also don't even invite any opposing viewpoints to expose their vacuous errors.

 Others have said:

"If you invent an economic system that is better than capitalism, you will be a mega-billionaire and have enormous amounts of money to help the poor of the world and other causes about which you feel strongly".

The Lord already did.. He said...It is more blessed to GIVE than to receive.....and commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves.

This was demonstrated perfectly and zealously in Acts 2.......not 21st century Sodom..... America.

Cut-throat capitalism.....hardly fits....and Mexico is the perfect example....of an incredibly prosperous Aristocracy..(number 12 largest economy in the world)..but with very little regulation and so much corruption......over 85% of that "Catholic Capitalist Country"...has desperate poverty...and cannot run over the border fast enough...

Therefore; ...this arrogant and exuberant exaltation of "Of the public...limited government" or any one economic or political system shows the lack of this essential understanding....that the sovereign purposes of Almighty God behind any political leadership in any country can yield favorable results for His purposes.

This is why we, as Christians, are told to pray for our leaders....not to erroneously criticize them, complain, and offer vain "solutions".

Joseph's position In Egypt that the Lord God gave him....was a DICTATOR......yet God's will was done and this story is part of Scripture's Blessed Canon....any questions?

God's command to Pharoah in Exodus.....was "Let my People Go"...not... "Stop your Anti-God, Socialistic Dictatorship".

In Jesus Christ we have left "Egypt" already...and our citizenship is in heaven....This is the mature perspective that we are called to....not.... voting "Tea Party".

....so when I hear all this exuberant exaltation...of any man-made "ISM".......I can destroy it with my axe in five graceful blows........

America has 5% of the world's population and spends about 40% of the world's spending on weapons of death and destruction...

The sign of maturity ...is pressing on and walking worthy of the high calling to which we were called....and sacrificing like the widow that Christ praised in proportional
giving.

Concerning America's generosity.......Jesus said.....when you do a good deed...
Matthew 6

1 "Take care! Don't do your good deeds publicly, to be admired, because then you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. 2 When you give a gift to someone in need, don't shout about it as the hypocrites do -- blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I assure you, they have received all the reward they will ever get. 3 But when you give to someone, don't tell your left hand what your right hand is doing. 4 Give your gifts in secret, and your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.

....so when I hear all this boasting about how much U.S. money is given.....it's wealth..

I answer with the perspective I find from the mouth of Christ....not a pundit on Christian radio..

Living in a culture that values material wealth and power and fame.....and has an entitlement mindset....of what can I get......but I don't want to pay taxes....is where we are at......while our infrastructure and stability as a nation is in peril.

Many seem to ignore the relationship of America's God-forsaken....Anti-Christian culture.....its divorces, crime, murders, unjust war, incarcerations, suicide, and drug use....and war on labor.....with its UNIQUE BRAND of toxic capitalism.....under the guise of this "false economic freedom"...

......Perspective....with maturity..is what we need to seek by God's Grace.

When we were children....(spiritually speaking....being in Christ...therefore being Israel through Him).....we had many laws that God in His wisdom gave us because He saw that it was Good.

.....How can we think that we can take away these laws...less regulation......which equals right-wing ideology...and come out with a just outcome?

I have been on this forum for 2 months...and NOBODY has been able to answer this....maybe you might try.....?

...Democracy and small, limited government...is only worshipped in America...but they are not found in the Bible...and world history doesn't support their success.

When I read right-wingers writing...and your writing.....I see that you acknowledge the sin of humanity....but you cannot connect the dots to apply it to apt government. It is obvious to many that BECAUSE OF GREED AND SIN....more regulation and laws...therefore...more liberal government...in the true sense of the meaning...liberal.

 Some have said....
 "It is the job of the Christian Church to gradually and
incrementally over the coming decades, centuries, and millenniums to make
America a better nation state."

When Jesus saw a tree was bearing no fruit....He did not bless it.....Axe to the roots of this truth- and-justice-choking, idolatrous, divided, Plutocracy!

....The first step in making America a better place.....is for people to .
1) Repent....(greek)...Re-think the esteeming of America better than it really is.....Romans 12:3
2) stop worshipping it more than the Kingdom of God.....Matthew 6:33
3) take a big axe and destroy the lies about America EVER being a God fearing Nation...when Scripture clearly records Israel's devout periods under God-fearing Kings...Chronicles....
4)take a big pair of scissors....and seriously get rid of all idols.....starting with our unnecessary and practically non-workable Congress ...democracy, usury, and re-regulate capitalism and labor to 1964 standards...and re-negotiate the true meaning of fair and reasonable labor compensation....
5) Establishing a Non-Partisan....Board of Directors...in lieu of Congress to actually get things done

 ...Remember when Israel repented ...how things turned around for them...

....Now...do I think this will Ever Happen ?...even though I believe with God it would be a great choice...

I am not here to throw a wet blanket on anyone's enthusiasm...keep it for the Lord....but just remember His words..and His apostles' words

Matt. 24:12 "And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold."

Peace be unto you.