Why A Biblical Worldview?

Romans 12:2

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Ephesians 4:23

And be renewed in the spirit of your mind…

Philippians 2:5

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus…

Titus 1:15

Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

I have a biblical worldview. Why? I’m glad you asked. There are a few reasons. I will try my best to be as brief about my reasons as possible. Please bear with me!

First, I have a biblical worldview because God’s Word says that I should have a biblical worldview. Romans 12:2 says that I am not to conform to, or be like, this world. If I am a Christian, I am to be “Christ-like”. That is what the word “Christian” means…to be like Christ. Christ certainly had a biblical worldview. Jesus wanted the will of the Father to be done to the point that He willingly gave His life for a sinful world that needed redemption. He said in Matthew 26:39, “…O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” Jesus reiterated this plea to the Father again in verse 42 of that same chapter, “…O My Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me, except I drink it, Thy will be done.” Jesus, in the flesh, did not necessarily want to be brutalized and crucified on the cross, but more than what His flesh wanted, He wanted the will of His Father to be done. The only way I can have a biblical worldview is to surrender my wants to Him. I have to want what He wants. I have to love what He loves. I have to hate what He hates.

Second, Paul encouraged the church at Ephesus to think differently from the way they had previously thought. He told them to be “renewed” continually, or to constantly ¨put on¨ a new way of thinking. This is not just the thinking of one´s psychological mind, but this goes deeper…into one´s heart. When deep conviction takes over a person, there is a strong urgency to follow one way or another, and Paul urged the Ephesians to have the deep urgency to think differently…to follow the lead of Christ….to be renewed in the spirit of their minds. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:1. ¨Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.¨ I have found, in my personal walk with Christ, that the only way I can be renewed in my mind. the only way I can follow Christ, is to spend time in His Word, allowing His Word to take root in my heart, and let it cause me to see things the way God sees them and not the way I want to see them. I have to surrender my opinions to Him. I have had to confess to Him many times that I was wrong in the past when I thought for sure I was right. I have to think the way He thinks. I must praise what He deems praiseworthy and condemn what He condemns.

Finally, Paul told the people at Philippi to have the same mind as the LORD Jesus Christ.  If you have the mind of Christ, you cannot think like the world.  You cannot behave like the world.  You cannot agree with what the world does.  To have the mind of Christ is to keep yourself focused on the things of God all day, every day.  Now, I know that we all have lives to live, jobs to go to, interactions to be had, and all of that, and most of it will be with persons outside of the body of Christ.  So I am not implying that we are to spend all day prostrate before the LORD, crying out to Him in prayer for 8 hours a day.  What I am saying is that in all of our interactions, everywhere we go, everything that we do and say, we need to remember that we represent Christ.  Matthew 5:16 says, ¨Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.¨  How will the world see the light of Christ unless the body of Christ allows it to shine through us?  Jesus explained to His followers in John 15:19 that we are in this world, but we are not of this world.  We cannot align our thoughts with those of the world, because they hate the LORD Jesus Christ, and because they hate Him, they hate us.  

I have written ad nauseum about my strong convictions.  I have a strong allegiance to the nation of Israel based on Genesis 12:1-3, 15:18-21 and 35:10-12;  I have strong convictions about abortion based on Exodus 20:13,  Leviticus 18:21, 20:2-5, 2 Kings 23:10, and Jeremiah 32:35;  I have strong convictions about marriage based on Genesis 2:24, Proverbs 18:22, 1 Corinthians 11:8-9,  Ephesians 5:25-27, and Revelation 21:2.  I have strong convictions about the church of Jesus Christ based on Matthew 16:18.  These convictions have been shaped by the Word of God.  I know that the nation of Israel is the ¨apple¨ of God´s eye, based on Zechariah 2:8.  If America, or any other country for that matter, blesses Israel, they will be blessed in return.  God has promised it!  I know that God hates the murder and destruction of His image bearers while they are still in their mother´s womb.  He hates it as much as He hated how Cain killed his brother Abel, and He asked Cain, ¨What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood cries unto Me from the ground.¨ (Genesis 4:10).  I know that God hates the redefinition of marriage, based on how He handled Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19.  Because I belong to My Father, and His Word is my roadmap to eternal life, His Word must be my guiding force as I navigate the waters of this temporary, earthly life.  That is why I have a biblical worldview.

My prayer for you, as you read this post, is that if you do not already weigh everything in the world by the Word of God, today would be the day that change happens in your life.  If you have a biblical worldview already, let´s continue to pray for and encourage each other and share the Gospel to the lost and dying world…

Christians: Be Careful With Your Words!

Matthew 5:44

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you…

Luke 6:27

But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you…

1 John 3:15

Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

1 John 4:20

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God Whom he hath not seen…

I have been reading on social media for the last week quite a bit of vitriol directed towards the President of the United States. And though it has been disturbing, this is nothing new; people are always saying cruel and untrue things about the President. I make it a point not to read most of it. I don’t have much of a tolerance for that kind of media. I prefer to interact and associate myself with people who are positive, at least, and pleasant, at best.

What disturbs me so much about what I have been reading is not that it is cruelty towards the President; it is that it is cruelty towards the President coming from those who claim the Name of Christ. Believers in the LORD Jesus…people who have the Name of the LORD and passages of scripture plastered all over their social media profiles are the ones who are calling for terrible things to happen to our Commander In Chief.

Believers, hear me: you cannot be the light of the world while walking in darkness! Hating the President, wishing that the virus would take his life, rejoicing at seeing him admitted to the hospital…these are things that the wicked one would do. The Bible is clear when it tells us to “...love your enemies...” You may think that the President is the worst person in the world. You may look at his past and be able to count every one of his sins. What you cannot do is hold within your heart hatred for him, and continue to think that you are walking according to the Spirit of God.

For eight years, we were under the authority of a man named Barack Hussein Obama. To be honest, I cringe when I even have to say his name. His name reminds me of a person that exacted great atrocities against America and the world, and his name was Saddam Hussein. Barack Obama had to be the most undeserving President who has ever worked in the White House. He attended a church for more than 20 years with a Black Liberation Theologist as its pastor. He criticized the state of North Carolina, my home state, for voting in 2009, that marriage was between one man and one woman. He said we set civil rights back 50 years with our vote. He was awarded the Margaret Sanger award at a Planned Parenthood facility for his work in keeping abortion legal for women. He sent US taxpayers’ dollars to other countries to fund their abortion centers. He started the race war in which we are embroiled right now when he made statements concerning the death of a young man in Florida named Trayvon Martin. He treated the Prime Minister of Israel like he was something you scrape off of the bottom of your shoe. He gave our military men and women pink slips while they were on the ground in Afghanistan. He defunded the military! He started the whole “defund the police” movement.

I watched these and many other things that he did for eight years. Almost every day of those eight years, I prayed for Barack Obama’s salvation. I talked to the LORD about him regularly. I asked the LORD to change his heart and bring him to the saving knowledge of the LORD Jesus Christ.

Please don’t think that I think I am the standard. I am not. Paul said in 1 Timothy 1:15, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” If we could re-write scripture, I would have to demand that Paul put my name in that verse! I only use myself as an example because I did not like any of the things that the former President did before he got into office or while he was there. But never once did I rejoice if I heard that he was sick or not feeling well. Never once did I wish death on him. As a matter of fact, I did not want to see him die in his sin because he would spend all eternity in a flaming hell. I know that eternity is a long time and I don’t want even my worst enemy to suffer those consequences.

Do Christians in 2020 afford Mr. Trump the same courtesy? NO. Christians go on social media and say some of the most hateful things about him and in response to his posts. Christians who are reading these words, if you are guilty: STOP IT! The Bible is clear that if you hate your brother, you are no better than a murderer. You are, in essence, just like the world which you are here to evangelize. They are walking in darkness and you are supposed to be the light. How can you show the light of Christ to someone and you are the same as that person?

I heard this story many years ago. A lady at my church said she was caught in bumper to bumper traffic in New York City. She was going to make a right turn, but traffic in front of her hindered her from turning. The man in the car behind her obviously became frustrated, and started blowing his horn as loudly as he could. She said she instantly became frustrated and put her hand out of her window, extending to him her middle finger. She said as soon as she did it, she felt guilty. She said she drew her hand back in the window and started asking God to forgive her. She said she thought about it, and knew that if she encountered that man on the street somewhere, and tried to give him the gospel, he might not listen to her if he recognized her from when she gave him the finger at the traffic light. And she is right. The world does not want to hear from us when we behave the same way they do.

I have no expectations of ever meeting Mr. Trump in person, but in the event that I do, I want my witness to be such that if I have the opportunity to share the Gospel with him, he will be happy to listen to me because there is nothing to make me seem like a hypocrite in his eyes. Each one of us should want the same kind of witness with everyone we encounter, because we may be the one who has to give the Gospel to that person.

I know I have rambled on in this post, because I am passionate about this topic, but let me conclude with this: Mathew 5:16 says “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Let the light of Christ shine in you when you are in person or on social media. Give the world something to aspire to…try to be the magnet that draws someone to Christ. Let the words you speak and the words you post be salt and light…

The ChineseVirus Hoax

As I begin, let me say first that by the time you read this, America will have been dealing with what is called the Coronavirus, or Covid-19 for more than six months. The first time I personally heard of it was sometime in mid- to late February. Today is September 3rd.

Also, let me say that I will refer to the virus as the “chinesevirus” because it is my understanding that China is where this virus outbreak originated. I understand that it began in a lab in Wuhan, China. I will therefore refer to it with the name of its origin.

I have always felt like the chinesevirus was a hoax. At first, I thought that the chinesevirus was nothing more than a little more than influenza. My thoughts about it fluctuated over the last six or seven months, but I am back to my initial thoughts: the chinesevirus is nothing more than a little more than influenza. I have had the flu a few times in my life, so I know that it can be serious. I have not suffered from symptoms of the chinesevirus, so I do not know what those symptoms feel like. I have heard that they can be pretty serious. I have heard of the symptoms, because I have acquaintances who have suffered from it, and I do not want to minimize any symptoms that anyone may suffer from it. Please do not hear what I am NOT saying. I get it. The chinesevirus is as serious, and maybe even a little more, than influenza.

Where the chinesevirus loses me is the extreme measures that society has taken to keep from spreading the disease. First of all, wearing masks all day is something out of a sci-fi movie, in my mind. I would never have imagined in a million years that someone would even suggest that, here in America, “land of the free”, that we would be dominated by local, state and federal governments demanding that we cover our faces in masks. What does the mask do? First of all, it holds onto the carbon dioxide that you breathe out. Carbon dioxide comes OUT for a reason! It is actually a poisonous gas that must be released from the body for the body to remain healthy. Masks also hold onto the germs that are present in our noses and mouths. Particles that are too small to be seen by the naked eye are held onto by the mask on your face. Those germs that your body is trying to expel, need to be expelled. They do not need to come back into your body.

The deeper issue surrounding masks for me is this: masks are a way to manipulate a person. The mask itself has a psychological effect on the wearer. It stifles their communication and their thinking. It conveys a certain message that the wearer is afraid. It is a wall, of sorts, to hide behind. It is taken as gospel by those whose lives are driven by the mainstream media. It is a type of manipulation of the masses. Scientists, and even the leading viral specialist in America has now admitted that masks don’t work. All of this is tomfoolery for those who wish this country harm. It is part of the conspiracy to take down America with the chinesevirus hoax.

The second measure that separates me is the social distancing. I am not sure whose idea it was that every person needs to stay six feet away from every other person, but that is also a means of manipulating the population. By making every person feel that they need to stay six feet away from every other person is a means of isolation. People are made to be relational. God created us to be in relationship with other people. With the social distancing, people are even afraid to have simple conversations with other people! I remember the time, just this year, maybe eight months ago, when I would strike up a conversation with a complete stranger in line at the grocery store. NO MORE. People don’t make eye contact with each other anymore. They walk around like robots on a mission. John MacArthur said it best: “You don’t need an army to conquer a nation. You only need fear.” I believe the social distancing is part of the conspiracy to take down America with the chinesevirus hoax.

The final, and probably most important measure that separates me from any belief in anything that the mainstream media says about the coronavirus is the shutdown orders. The audacity of local, state and federal officials to tell people that they cannot leave their homes is utter lunacy! Staying inside, never getting out for fresh air, not going to the gym, or a restaurant, or to the park, or to a friend’s house is mental torture. This is why I refused to do it. Every single day that my county was shut down, I left home. I went for a walk. I went to the botanical gardens. I went to the butcher shop. I went to Walmart! (I stopped going after they demanded that everyone wear masks.) This is America! No one can tell me to stay inside my house if I am not outside my house doing anything illegal. That is absolute lunacy!!!

In the beginning, predictions were that millions of people would die from the chinesevirus. People bought every roll of toilet paper from Maine to southern California. Grocery store shelves were empty. I took pictures of the bare shelves in Walmart. People were afraid to leave their homes. They were afraid for their children to come outside without a mask. Churches shut down. Schools were closed. Gyms, movie theaters, restaurants, amusement parks, the state zoo, and any other facility that held crowds of people was literally shut down for WEEKS. And guess what did not happen? Millions of people did not die. People who died and tested positive for having the chinesevirus were listed as people who died FROM the chinesevirus. The governor of my state refuses to allow businesses to re-open, even though the states surrounding us have re-opened. The numbers do not suggest that there is any surge of outbreaks, and we found out just the other day from the CDC that the total number of true chinesevirus deaths is only 9,210. Less than ten thousand people have died in the United States when the projection was millions!!! Shutting down the economy is part of the conspiracy to take down America with the chinesevirus hoax.

I write this post to vent my frustration at how this whole thing has played out. I believe in my heart that there was never a need to close down the country. I do not believe that people should be wearing masks all day at work, or in their car, or while they are out exercising. I do not believe that social distancing is necessary in terms of keeping the virus at bay. (Now I do believe that personal space should be respected, but that is only because I am a germophobe. That was true of me before I ever heard of a chinesevirus.) I certainly do not believe that Americans should be holed up in their homes for days, weeks and months at a time. It is not healthy for us mentally, emotionally or physically. It is not good for our kids. If you have boys, you know that they need to be outside in the sunshine, running around, burning off that testosterone. Even girls will get bored and become depressed if they are kept inside too long, without at least being able to get some sunshine and fresh air. Marriages have suffered. Parents are struggling with what to do with their kids. The elderly in nursing homes are not being visited. They are being left in the care of doctors and nurses who do not know or care for them the way their family would. All of this is because of the chinesevirus hoax.

This has been a long post, so I am going to wrap it up. I want to get into how the believers in the LORD Jesus Christ should not allow fear to rule them in any kind of way. 1 John 4:18 says “… fear hath torment…” 2 Timothy 1:7 says “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Luke 12:7 says, “…Fear not…” Matthew 10:28 says, “…fear not them which kill the body…” The consensus of the scripture is that we are not to fear! Nothing, including the chinesevirus, can kill us before it is our time. Anyone who has died from the chinesevirus died from the virus because that is what God ordained before that person was even born! So believers really need to knock it off with this fear mongering. Stand firm in the Word of God! Be strong in the power of HIS might…not yours…HIS!!!

God will use this chinesevirus to glorify Himself. I may do a blog post in the next few days on how God has been glorified since the virus first came to light. Thank you for reading, and may God richly bless you for taking the time.

7 Years And Counting…

It was 7 years ago today that I started this blog on WordPress.  I started blogging as an alternative to journaling.  (I was never good at journaling, and I’m not sure I’m much better at blogging!) At the time, I was going through a very difficult time in life.  I was in an abusive marriage and I was looking for a way to express myself without having to deal with another human being who was not listening to me.  I had been through counseling with various pastors and biblical counselors, some of whom blamed me for my the abuse I suffered.  So, I poured my heart out in many blog posts on this very blog site.

As the years have passed, and the LORD has done great healing my heart, mind and life, I am looking toward picking up this blog again on a regular basis.  This time, not necessarily to use as a balm to soothe the ache in my heart, but as a tool to bless the lives of those who would read it.  I would love to bless the lives of heartbroken men and women who have gone through some of the painful issues of life, some of the things that I have experienced, and share with them some of the resources that the LORD provided for me to make it through.  I believe that I am called to encourage the believers just like Peter was called to witness to the Jews (Galatians 2:8).

I learned, during my particular trial, that there are not many ministries out there that deal with the kind of issues that I dealt with in my marriage and family life.  I would like to provide that encouragement and see where the LORD takes that encouragement.  He may use it in a broader scope, He may not; it does not matter to me…the only thing that does matter is that I am able to help the body of Christ as we await the return of our Savior.

If you read my blog, please leave me a message.  I would love to be in touch with you and encourage you in your walk with the LORD.  If you do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ, leave me a message also.  I would love to walk you through how to become a part of the body of Christ, seeing you taken off the broad road that leads to destruction and placed on the narrow road that leads to life.

God bless you!

Second Choice No More…

I wrote this blog post exactly six years ago.  I believe the truths in this post are as vital now as they were then…I pray that you are blessed my post.

Romans 5:8
But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

When I read all of Romans 5, I am so thankful to the Lord for the sacrifice that He made for us. I try never to let a day go by without thanking the Lord for sending His precious Son, Jesus to die in my place. It is humbling to think that He lived the life that I was created to live and did not, then came and died the death that my sin had me condemned to die, and He did it in my place. Thank You, Jesus!

I am so thankful to Him because when I think of the whole of humanity and how unloving and ungrateful, unthankful and undeserving we are, not only of what Jesus has done for us, but we are unthankful for those He has placed around us for whatever purpose they are to have in our lives. I am so burdened by how badly husbands treat their wives in this day and time. I remember a time when marriage was the one thing that little girls hoped for and dreamed of, because they would have a knight in shining armor like their daddies, who would take care of them, and treat them with the same lovingkindness and gentleness that they have been so accustomed to all of their lives. Nowadays, it is more rare that you find a Godly husband who treats his wife with the love and affection that the Word of God instructs him to do. Ephesians 5:25-29 lays it out so clearly:

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it;
That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

I had a conversation with a man today who has done all but nourish and cherish his wife, and he thinks that it is okay to treat his wife like she is second class. Thank God that He sees all and knows all, and He is going to judge EVERY husband who has mistreated his wife. If He does not, then Malachi 2:13-15 must be a lie:

And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the Lord with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that He regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand.
Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the Lord hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.
And did not He make one? Yet had He the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That He might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

God’s Word is true. He is not going to hear the call and the cry of the one that He has witnessed dealing “treacherously” with his wife. I thought that word “treacherously” was very strong, so I looked it up in the dictionary. The definition read “deceptive, untrustworthy, or unreliable”….and I thought, wow. How appropriate a word for the man that I spoke with today. Treacherous.

1 Peter 3:7 is one of my favorite marriage verses: “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

If a husband dwells with his wife “according to knowledge”, then he has spent time learning her. He knows the things that make her happy, and the things that make her sad. He knows what she likes and dislikes, he knows how to get the best out of her, and he knows what brings out the worst. This is God’s command to husbands. Unfortunately, this is not being taught in the pulpits of today’s churches. I would venture to say that this is probably some of the most unpopular teaching in our culture.

The next phrase of that passage says that the husband is to give “honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel”…Wow. That is a loaded verse. Although I am sure this has been taken to mean that she is “second class”, that is not what the Lord is saying here. What He is saying is that there are physical differences between men and women. She is weaker physically than he is. There are some things that a woman should not be expected to do, physically speaking. Therefore, the husband should treat her as the “damsel in distress”. That does not mean that she is weak; it just means that she should not have to carry the same physical and mental load as the husband. That is why it goes on to say that they are “heirs together of the grace of life”, because she is just as important to God as he is…she is just as useful and precious and vital to the kingdom as her husband. The piece that strikes me about this passage is the part that says “that your prayers be not hindered”. Now, if I were a husband, and God said to me, hey buddy, you better treat your wife right or I will not hear your prayers, I would be as kind to my wife as possible because I do not need God to ignore my prayers!!! Nevertheless, we have the men of the church who are clueless when it comes to this concept.

God will have a word with all of you husbands who have crushed the spirits of your wives. Much of what a woman thinks of herself is wrapped up in her husband, and what he thinks of her. His perception of her is evident in how gently he speaks to her, how much he communicates with her, and how much love and affection he shows her on a regular basis. So, when she is starved of affection, communication and the feeling of self-worth, she turns into something that God did not create her to be in response to the coldness and cruelty of her husband. I know first hand of which I speak.

Praise The Lord, however, that I have gotten over feeling like second choice. Sometimes it hurts when I think about it, but for the most part, I remember what the psalmist said in Psalm 139:

“…I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well…”

I know that God loves me, and I know that I am an important part of the kingdom of God. I know He has me here “…for such a time as this…” (Esther 4:14). I know that He sees my distress, He knows full well my pain. He said so in Hebrews 4:15:

For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

He knows the betrayal, the disappointment, the accusations, the false witness, and everything that I have endured. But He loves me so much that He endured those things before me, and He has given me the assurance that I am second choice NO MORE.

To God be the glory…

The Left’s Worst Nightmare

As I have read news stories about what it going on all over the United States and the world, it has burdened my soul to see how many people are deceived by the mainstream media and their constant flow of lies and propaganda. I do not watch the news, but I read some of what is out there on social media and on certain websites.  The news and the mainstream media, such as daytime talk shows and the like, are just too much for me to take.

I am noticing, however, that there is a surge in a certain demographic that is quite interesting.  One particular group of people is beginning to speak up and cry out against some of the nonsense that has been going on in America over the last few months.  Who is this group?  I’m glad you asked.

I am noticing that Black women are beginning to wake up and smell the coffee!  We are beginning to see the death nail that the mainstream media has hammered into our lives.  We are recognizing that most of Black America is too steeped in their anger and hurt over something that happened over 200 years ago.  We are beginning to understand that if we don’t do things differently, things will never be different.

I have listened to the commentary of many of these women.  I listen to an intelligent young woman named Candace Owens, who called out Black America for hailing George Floyd a hero after his death.  Agree with her or not, she had the boldness to say what was on her mind.  She spoke truth, even though many thought her commentary on him was inappropriate.  I personally applaud her for recognizing that, even though what happened to him was illegal, immoral, reprehensible and downright egregious, let’s not make a saint out of him because a saint he was not.

I have listened to the commentary of two sisters from North Carolina who call themselves Diamond and Silk.  Diamond and Silk make no secret that they are staunch conservatives who see through the muck and mire of what has become the Democrat party.  They have supported President Trump since he announced his candidacy, and they remain two of his most outspoken supporters.  They are fearless and relentless in their position that President Trump is the best thing for our country going forward.

I recently became introduced to a young woman named Angela Stanton.  Ms. Stanton is running for the office in the state of Georgia.  I had never heard of her until I came across a live broadcast on Diamond and Silk’s Twitter feed, and Ms. Stanton was being interviewed on a popular radio show out of Atlanta.  I was so impressed with her composure, intelligence and endurance on that show.  The liberal radio hosts did everything they could to bait her into losing her cool and she absolutely refused.  I sent her a tweet and told her that she handed them their heads on a platter!

My point is this: the left’s worst nightmare is a confident, educated Black woman who knows how to hold her composure while being taunted with the foolishness that liberal like to throw at sensible human beings.  You cannot outlast a Black woman when it comes to making a point.  We have had to endure every other demographic for a long time and during that time, we have built an endurance like no one else.  My prayer is that more intelligent, well spoken Black women will step up and say enough is enough.  Time is out for the foolishness that is going on.  Our children are being killed at an alarming rate.  Stop the nonsense.

Step up ladies!  We are the left’s worst nightmare…

 

Why Is It That…?

There are so many inconsistencies in the world today.  It appears that what is fair for one group is not fair to another group.  One standard must be lived out by one group while that same standard does not apply to another group.  Double standards can be confusing and annoying.

My question, ‘Why is it that…” was born out of a situation that I have watched play out over social media.  Videos recently surfaced of late night host Jimmy Kimmel in blackface imitating retired NBA player Karl Malone.  Kimmel, needless to say, is under fire for this behavior and has issued an apology for his imitation: “I did a recurring impression of the NBA player Karl Malone. In the late 90’s, I continued impersonating Malone on tv.  We hired makeup artists to make me look as much like Karl Malone as possible.”  Kimmel further explained, “I never considered that this might be seen as anything other than an imitation of a fellow human being, one that had no more to do with Karl’s skin color than it did his bulging muscles and bald head.  I’ve done dozens of impressions of famous people…looking back, many of these sketches are embarrassing, and it is frustrating that these thoughtless moments have become a weapon used by some to diminish my criticisms of social and other injustices.”  Kimmel concludes, “Thank you for giving me an opportunity to explain and to those I’ve disappointed, I am sorry.”

Of course, it is politically correct now to apologize when a celebrity makes a “faux pas” such as this.  I cannot judge the content of Kimmel’s heart, but I will venture to say that he may be sincere.  I do not watch his show but I have seen clips of it on the internet, and he seems as gracious to his black guests as he does the white ones (in the few clips that I have seen), so he may really mean what he says.  I will take him at his word because sometimes a person’s ignorance of certain things is actually sincere.

On the other hand, back in May 2018, Roseanne Barr, comedienne and actress, former star of the “Roseanne” show, tweeted a comment that many saw as racist.  Her tweet called Valerie Jarrett, a black woman who served as a senior advisor to Barack Obama, the child of “the Muslim brotherhood and the planet of the apes”.  After being called out over the tweet, Ms. Barr issued this apology: “I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans.”  She admitted that her remarks were in “bad taste” but defended herself by saying that she meant it as a “joke”.  On May 29, 2018, Ms. Barr posted one final tweet: “I apologize. I am now leaving Twitter.”

Since that time, Ms. Barr has been interviewed on several different outlets explaining her side of the story.  Once again, I cannot judge the content of Ms. Barr’s heart, but I will venture to say that she may be sincere.  She did subject herself to several interviews where she was probably asked some pretty direct questions about the tweet and she she did not hide from it.  She also, in the weeks following, gave up her show and her interest in the show so that the cast and crew could continue working, since the network was about to cancel the show.

Back to my original question: “Why is it that…?”  Why is it that Jimmy Kimmel will be forgiven by the masses, will continue to host his show, and will continue to work in Hollywood, hosting awards shows, doing commercials and whatever else he does, when Roseanne Barr has basically been banished into relative obscurity for doing something akin to what Kimmel did?  Why is that we choose to forgive some and not others?

Did we not forgive Ms. Barr because she is a woman and Jimmy Kimmel is man?  Did we not forgive Ms. Barr because she is less talented than Kimmel? Did we not forgive Ms. Barr because she was less deserving?  I will venture to say that none of these suggestions is true.  So why?

I am so glad my Father in heaven does not pass out forgiveness the way we do: choosing to forgive one for his or her sins, but withholding it from others.  I am glad that, when I come to my Father in sincere repentance for sins, He forgives me freely. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  Hebrews 10:17 says, “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”  God has promised us that if we confess to Him, or in common vernacular, if we apologize, He will hear us and forgive us.  Once He forgives us, He does not bring that up to us anymore.

So you have never confessed your sins to the Father?  Take this time to do so.  You think you’ve messed up so badly that He cannot forgive?  Nothing you can do is that bad.  God is waiting to hear from you.  Your apology, or confession, is good enough for Him.

Three Reasons Why Christians Should Reject BlackLivesMatter

I found this article on Twitter and I want to share it with you in case Twitter decides to take it down.  It is written by Josh Boice.  It is very thoughtfully written regarding the BlackLivesMatter movement.  Take a read and leave your comments.

On May 25th 2020, the video of the mistreatment and subsequent death of George Floyd was a bombshell that rocked our nation. Within hours of the video that surfaced with officer Derek Chauvin on the neck of George Floyd, protests and subsequent city-wide riots broke out in Minneapolis and eventually, throughout the nation. Organizers of these protests continue to use the #BlackLivesMatter or #BLM hashtag as they call for justice in the case of Floyd.

Black Lives Matter was born during the height of the controversy surrounding the George Zimmerman trial in 2013. What started as a simple hashtag quickly grew into a cultural movement and subsequently—an entire social justice organization.

According to Herbert G. Ruffin II, the Black Lives Matter movement builds on past civil rights movements and infuses intersectionality as a means of fueling the new social justice movement. He writes:

Its organizational structure builds on the legacy of earlier reform campaigns, including the civil rights/black power movement, Pan Africanism, Africana womanism, the LGBT movement, and the Occupy Wall Street movement while using cyber activism to promote its agenda. Specifically, Black Lives Matter puts the feminist theory of “intersectionality” into action by calling for a united focus on issues of race, class, gender, nationality, sexuality, disability, and state-sponsored violence. [1]

If anyone should value life—including the lives of Black people—it should be the Church of Jesus. While every single Christian, regardless of ethnicity, should desire justice in the case of George Floyd, that doesn’t mean that Christianity must be baptized into the woke movement of #BlackLivesMatter whose worldview is rooted in ethnic partiality.

This is certain for several reasons, which I will detail in this article, but at the end of the day we must remember that Christianity is the world’s greatest message and if we as Christians will see real peace, love, and unity—it will only be through the gospel of Jesus.

The Radical Social Justice Agenda of #BlackLivesMatter

According to the Black Lives Matter website, they exist to work for “freedom, liberation, and justice.” They have a new agenda in 2020 called, #WhatMatters2020 which is described as follows:

BLM’s #WhatMatters2020 is a campaign aimed to maximize the impact of the BLM movement by galvanizing BLM supporters and allies to the polls in the 2020 U.S Presidential Election to build collective power and ensure candidates are held accountable for the issues that systematically and disproportionately impact Black and under-served communities across the nation. [2]

Notice the language of “power” which seems to be the central goal of the organization. They want to gain power so that they can change power structures within major arenas like the powerful seats of office within American politics and beyond. The woke social justice movement has mortally wounded the university system in our nation, negatively impacted businesses, and has now been infused within evangelicalism.

We continue to see this movement working through evangelical circles as proponents of social justice demand equality and continue to make the claim of ongoing present systemic racism that is dominating evangelicalism.

Pastor Eric Mason, the founding pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the author of Woke Church defines “woke” as an “urban colloquialism used by black nationalists and those who are in the black consciousness movement” to describe becoming fully aware of “the systemic, sociological, economic and comprehensive disenfranchisement of African-Americans.” In his book, he writes,

Colorblind theology denies Christ’s power to heal racial divisions, disparities, and injustices by ignoring their ongoing impact. Colorblind theology undermines unity in the church by refusing to acknowledge significant ethnic differences or address significant problems. [3]

Mika Edmondson addressed the Council of The Gospel Coalition in 2016 where he answered the question—“Is Black Lives Matter the New Civil Rights Movement?” In his address, he said the following, “I strongly recommend full engagement with the concept and critical engagement with the movement, especially since there’s no evangelical alternative to Black Lives Matter.” Is that true? I would argue that the Church of Jesus is the best place to minister and mobilize to make disciples who find their joy in Christ Jesus. Edmondson goes further to say:

Why am I not as torn up over this as non-Christians are? Why is Black Lives Matter more torn up over black people dying than [Christians] are? . . . They have more moral sense than we do! How can Black Lives Matter see the value of black life better than we can? [4]

I would argue that the Church of Jesus is torn up over the injustices of this world, but we grieve differently than the world and we have different goals than Black Lives Matter. The reason the Church looks different than Black Lives Matter is based on a fundamental goal of the movement itself. Black Lives Matter is about disrupting and changing power structures and the Church is about changing hearts with the good news of Jesus.

We can see the goal of disruption and political goals during a press conference in Atlanta for Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to speak as the riots broke out in the city following George Floyd’s death. After she spoke, she turned over the microphone to a hip-hop artist named “Killer Mike” who approached the microphone with a shirt that read, “Kill Your Masters.” This is what he communicated to the citizens of Atlanta while rioters were busting windows of businesses, looting property, and burning police cars in the streets:

It is your duty not to burn your own house down for anger with an enemy. It is your duty to fortify your own house so that you may be a house of refuge in times of organization, and now is the time to plot, plan, strategize, organize, and mobilize. It is time to beat up prosecutors you don’t like at the voting booth. It is time to hold mayoral offices accountable…I’m mad as hell. I woke up wanting to see the world burn down yesterday because I’m tired of seeing black men die…we want to see the system that sets up for systemic racism burnt to the ground. [5]

He then finished his speech by encouraging people to register to vote and go to the polls in November and vote by exercising “bully power” to beat up politicians that “you don’t like.” He encouraged people to vote for progressive politicians who would legalize marijuana and topped it off by calling the President of the United States a “Dumbass President.” This is social justice 101, and it capitalizes on tragedy and emotions as a campaign to further their own agenda.

This is not the way of Jesus. Our God is the God of justice—he created justice—and our justice system is designed in such a way as to reflect the justice of God. Although our justice system is imperfect and upheld by imperfect people, we are called to be people of peace, law, and order. Christians are commanded to love God supremely and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Anyone who diminishes the value of human life and engages in ethnic prejudice is denying the way of Jesus. The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel describes the Imago Dei in the following way in Article II:

WE AFFIRM that God created every person equally in his own image. As divine image-bearers, all people have inestimable value and dignity before God and deserve honor, respect and protection. Everyone has been created by God and for God.

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WE DENY that God-given roles, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, religion, sex or physical condition or any other property of a person either negates or contributes to that individual’s worth as an image-bearer of God.

The modern social justice agenda is not about equality and civil rights—it’s about disrupting systems of power and gaining power in order to accomplish their progressive political agendas.

The Lawlessness and Injustice of #BlackLivesMatter

As I write this article, the rage continues in the streets of America under the banner of #BlackLivesMatter. Lawlessness and anarchy abounds. Major cities are at a boiling point with businesses being burned and looted, police cars burned and damaged, graffiti messages of “BLM” are being painted on monuments and government buildings, police stations burned, and police officers attacked.

Black Lives Matter is built on a postmodern foundation that has a goal of deconstruction. Notice the language of “disruption” as one of their functional goals:

We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.

This methodology of disruption and deconstruction finds its source in Jacques Derrida, a postmodern philosopher. The goal is to dismantle and deconstruct power structures, organizations, entities, Christian denominations, athletics, universities, and especially political structures. This agenda is clearly visible as Black Lives Matter promotes the hashtag #DefundThePolice.

During these riots, police officers have been verbally abused and viciously attacked. The very men and women who put their lives on the line to serve and protect the citizens of our communities every single day are now the daily recipients of the rage of unjust mobs who are looking to take out their frustration in an unjust manner on innocent officers. During these attacks, not one message has been issued on social media by Black Lives Matter to denounce such rage and violence.  Graffiti in Oakland, California was captured on the wall that reads, “Kill one back…”

This is not the teaching of Jesus. The Church of Jesus Christ should reject any movement that applauds and supports this type of lawless and reckless behavior. Jesus said:

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “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.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:19–21).

In his famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said the following:

You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’  But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you (Matthew 5:38–42).

The lawless behavior of the protests under the banner of Black Lives Matter is simply not the teaching of Jesus nor should it be supported by Christians.

The Religion of #BlackLivesMatter

From the very beginning, Christians have written out creeds and statements of belief that articulate key positions and doctrines. Such statements of belief provide clarity on key positions and doctrines that govern how we live, worship, and serve God.

If you visit the “What We Believe” page, on the Black Lives Matter website you will see that their stated beliefs and key positions do not align with a Christian worldview and outright deny key Christian doctrines. In fact, they stand opposed to Christian doctrine on several essential issues:

  1. Human Sexuality
  2. Ethnic Prejudice
  3. Marriage
  4. Family
  5. Social Engagement

Black Lives Matter is more than a movement, it’s a religion. A black man approached a white woman in the name of Black Lives Matter in New York and asked her to get onto her knees and apologize for her white privilege. At one public rally in Maryland (*I do not endorse the full video, but you can at least see the video footage), white people by the hundreds are being asked to publicly repent of racism before black people and recite a confessional creed as an open apology for their sins.

Black Lives Matter serves as a corrupt denomination within the social justice religion. It’s gospel is a social gospel rather than the true gospel of Jesus. It has more in common with common criminals than it does the Church of Jesus Christ. The key doctrines, principles, and practices of the organization do not align with Jesus Christ. The social justice movement is morphing into a confused modifier for gospel. In other words, if you are unwilling to accept social justice—or in this case, Black Lives Matter, many people will not consider you to be Christian.

There is a better way to grieve and a better way to stand against injustice than locking arms with Black Lives Matter. Remember, God’s plan for his people was not a social justice organization—it’s the local church. The message we have is far superior than the message of Black Lives Matter. We must remember the strong words of Paul to the Church at Galatia as he grieved that the people had opened the church to a false gospel. Paul said the following:

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed (Galatians 1:8–9).

Do not be fooled or shamed into embracing a godless anti-gospel message. Don’t trade your gospel for a false gospel. Remember the message that Paul goes on to preach to the church in Galatia as he points to the cross of Jesus as our ultimate hope and means of unity with God and our fellow man. He writes:

But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise (Galatians 3:25–29).

Paul is not arguing against the reality of gender distinction or ethnic distinction—but what he does in this text is demonstrate the beauty and power of the gospel. The very people who are the most different, distinct, and in many ways—opposites on a social level—are brought into a familial bond where they are literally brothers and sisters through the blood of Jesus. Black Lives Matter can never achieve such goals.

Black Lives Matter is an anti-gospel movement fueled by postmodern social justice.  The Black Lives Matter organization will never lead communities to peace, harmony, and unity.

Do Black lives matter? Yes, in fact, all lives matter and we see this clearly articulated in the pages of Scripture. All people are created in the image of God (imago dei) and all human life should matter to the Church of Jesus.

Dear Christian—follow Jesus, do justice, and walk humbly with our God.

 

Throwback Thoughts

This is a post that I wrote back in 2019. After reading through it, I thought it was appropriate for today.

Power Is Given Only By God

Romans 13:1-7

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

I am amazed at how much hatred is spewed toward leaders today, whether in government or in church.  At this moment, I am thinking of two prominent leaders who are always on the lips of people who want to bash them.  The first of these two men is our President, Mr. Donald J. Trump.

I remember Mr. Trump prior to his bid for the White House.  I became familiar with him during his time hosting the realty TV show, “Celebrity Apprentice”.  I looked forward to watching the tasks that each team had to perform, watching the contestants team up with each other to eventually turn on each other in order to win the title of “Celebrity Apprentice”.  Mr. Trump, on that show, was a stern business man, but he was always fair in his assessment of which persons needed to leave and which ones could remain.

Even before his stint on reality television, his name was a household word, synonymous with wealth, privilege and business acumen.  His name was mentioned in scripted situation comedies and movies.  He was well known for good things and some not so good things, but the world loved him because he had money and power.  He was his own man and no one could control him.  He basically did what he wanted to do and he was respected because of that.

Fast forward to November 2016.  The same man, Donald J. Trump, was elected president in one of the most controversial elections to date.  He won his bid for president against Hilary Clinton. I admit, I was shocked.  I thought that the “dirty pool” that Hilary played during her run would have won her the presidency, but thank God, He spared us from her!  Anyway, this man, Donald J. Trump, is the same man that was admired and respected before November 2016.  He is doing and has done, since he became president, the same things that he did before and now he is hated for those things.  It is the craziest thing I have ever seen in my life.  He is a stern business man, so he has been able to create jobs, raise the stock market, and stabilize the economy the way no one else could.  He inherited a mess from the former president (who made the mess) and he has done a great job.  He has also been great in foreign affairs.  I most admire the fact that he moved the embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the rightful capitol of the nation of Israel.

The second man whose name is always on the lips of those who want to bash him is Dr. John F. MacArthur.  Dr. MacArthur is the pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California.  Dr. MacArthur is also the Chancellor Emeritus of The Master’s University and Seminary.  I became familiar with Dr. MacArthur in the late 1990’s.  I listened to some of his sermons on a third party website.  I shared the website with my best friend.  We both started listening and discussing what we had heard from him, which was much different from what we were hearing in church.  At that point, we because restless and discontent with the lack of Biblical teaching we were experiencing in the church we were attending.  We both decided that it was time to find a new church.  Our spiritual growth began with our introduction to Dr. MacArthur’s teaching via a simple search on the internet that led me to a third party site.

Over the years, I have collected and read most of Dr. MacArthur’s books.  My favorite books are “God’s High Calling for Women”, “Charismatic Chaos”, “Strange Fire”, “Divine Design”, “Twelve Unlikely Heroes” and “Twelve Extraordinary Women”.  My best friend gifted me with Dr. MacArthur’s commentaries and they have been an incredible blessing to my study of God’s Word over the past six years.  I can only think of once when Dr. MacArthur said something that I did not agree with, and it was something very insignificant…nothing to do with salvation or the sufficiency of scripture.  I have listened to nearly every sermon that is uploaded onto the Grace To You website, and in so doing, I feel as though I know Dr. MacArthur personally.  His teaching style exudes humility and Biblical integrity.  I can tell he is a man who loves the LORD and teaching God’s people.

Being a man of integrity in 2019 comes with its challenges, and Dr. MacArthur has had his share.  During a conference at his church recently, he made a comment about a woman who is a false teacher, and instead of going to God’s Word to understand the gist of what he was saying, Christians on social media took on the pattern of the world and started raking him over the coals.  I guess I am a little biased because I have listened to so much of his teaching that I knew immediately what he meant when he said what he did, and I knew the context from which he drew his opinion, but it appears that many others in Christendom failed to see the truth of God’s Word as the backdrop for Dr. MacArthur’s comments.  Astonishing.

I give all this introduction about these two leaders, one in the political realm and one in the body of Christ, to point us back to the scripture where Paul reminds us that these men are only in place because God placed them in their respective roles.  Before the beginning of time, God knew that Mr. Trump would be an astute business man.  He knew that He could place Mr. Trump in the White House and use him at this time in history to complete his purposes in America, whatever they are.  God knew that Dr. MacArthur would be the fifth generation pastor in his family who could be trusted with the Word of God and stand on it regardless of the hatred spewed in his direction.  God knew He could trust Dr. MacArthur with the handling and teaching of His Word and with shepherding His people.  As believers, it is our job to remember that God is in control of these placements.  No man is placed in power without God being in total control of it.  And just like the scripture says:  when we buck up against that power, we are not bucking up against that person, but we are bucking up against GOD.  Not only are we resisting what God has ordained, but we are heaping God’s wrath upon ourselves by doing so.  God will be obeyed.  We can do it on our own, or we can suffer the consequences of our disobedience.

Paul teaches us in Romans that leaders are only a threat to those who are planning to do evil.  There is no need to fear a leader if you are obeying God’s Word and living a holy life.  God placing leaders in place is not a consequence for those who are right.  Paul plainly says in this text that if you do what is right, then you shall have the “…praise of the same…”

Paul goes on to say that if you do evil, then you ought to be afraid.  God does not allow the leaders to yield power for nothing.  God can and will use leaders to execute judgment upon those who do evil.  In light of that passage, my thought was that I can see how Mr. Trump could possibly be used to execute judgment because he has the power of government at his disposal, but how could Dr. MacArthur execute judgment?  Well, Dr. MacArthur is armed with the Word of God which is called the “..sword of the spirit…” in Ephesians 6:17.  Hebrews 4:12 says the Word is “…sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit…”  By teaching God’s Word relentlessly for more than 50 years, Dr. MacArthur exposes the works of darkness and those involved in them.  God’s Word being preached pierces the hearts of those who hear and know they are wrong.  It reminds me of the story of the first martyr for the faith, a young man named Stephen (Acts 7).  As Stephen was being stoned to death, he preached the gospel and the hearers could not bear to hear his words.  They grew increasingly angry because of the truth to which they were being exposed.  John MacArthur is just the same.  He is making those around him who are disobedient to the Word of God angry, and they cannot bear to hear his words, which come directly from THE WORD.  Like it or not, that is the wrath of God on the hearer.

Leaders in government and in the body of Christ are to be respected.  The respect that they are due has nothing to do with whether we like them or agree with them, but has everything to do with obedience to God’s Word.  Do I believe that Mr. Trump is a Christian, my brother in Christ?  I would have to say no.  But I do know that he is the President of the United States, and according to God’s Word, there is a certain honor and respect to which the holder of that office is entitled.  There is no loophole that allows me to disrespect the office of the President just because I do not like the person.  There have been several presidents in my lifetime prior to Mr. Trump that I did not care for that much and did not vote for, but because they were in office I respected their position until they were no longer in office.

Do I believe that Dr. MacArthur is a Christian, my brother in Christ?  Absolutely I do!  I believe that he is grounded in the Word that he teaches; I believe that he labors over the study of God’s Word; I believe that God is pleased with his efforts and his obedience to the Word for more than fifty years.

If you are a Christian, take heed to Paul’s words in Romans 13.  If you do, you are rising up against God.  God is sovereign, and rising up against God will not end well for you.

Very Well Said…

This article was written by a dear friend of mine. This article brought tears to my eyes and knots to my stomach because the subject matter is so heart wrenching. The only solace that I gain is the fact that one day, Jesus is going to return and relieve the believers of all the injustice in the world. His return will be soon. Be ready.

The Injustice Against George Floyd

Posted on  by Samuel Sey

There are four images from the George Floyd video I can’t unsee. I can’t unsee the police officer’s apathetic face while a man was dying beneath him. I can’t unsee George Floyd’s distressed face while he was being killed by a man over him.

I can’t unsee the police officer’s knee on George Floyd’s neck even after Floyd laid voiceless and lifeless on the ground. And I can’t unsee the police officer’s hands in his pockets the entire time.

It’s distressing to watch a man die. And it’s devastating to watch a man die by the callous hands—or knee—by person who was supposed to serve and protect him.

And that is partly why thousands of people have been protesting and rioting over the last two nights in Minneapolis.

Three days ago in Minneapolis, four police officers responded to a 911 call about a fraud in process. The suspect, George Floyd, was apparently intoxicated while he attempted to purchase a meal at a local deli with a counterfeit $20 bill.

When police officers arrived on the scene, Floyd was apparently inside his car. And according to Minneapolis Police, Floyd physically resisted the police officers before they placed him in handcuffs, and they also claim they called for an ambulance after they noticed Floyd appeared to be suffering medical distress.

That could be true. It’s not impossible to believe that perhaps Floyd physically resisted arrest. It’s not impossible to believe that perhaps Floyd was suffering from medical distress. However, video recordings do not reveal Floyd physically resisted arrest, nor do they show he was suffering from medical distress other than the distress inflicted on him by the police officers.

We do not have access to every detail between the time police officers arrived on the scene and the time when the paramedics arrived on scene. The video recordings especially do not show what happened between Floyd and the police officers right before three police officers pinned Floyd facedown to the ground, including one police officer, whose knee pressed on Floyd’s neck for at least seven minutes while Floyd begged:

“I’m about to die…Please, the knee in my neck, I can’t breathe…Mama!…My stomach hurts, my neck hurts, everything hurts…Don’t kill me.”

Bystanders also begged the police officer to stop. They refused. The bystanders also warned the police officers their actions might kill Floyd. But the police officers didn’t relent—even after Floyd became voiceless and lifeless.

The next day, Minneapolis’ police chief fired the four police officers involved in the incident. And the scene of the incident has become the centre for protests and riots in Minneapolis over the last two nights.

What makes George Floyd’s killing especially disturbing to me, is that unlike most recordings of people who get unjustly killed by police officers, Floyd’s distressed face and distressed words are so clearly seen and so clearly heard before he dies.

As I suggested earlier, we do not have access to everything that happened on the scene. Nevertheless, given much of the footage and information available, it’s difficult to imagine any justification for the police officers’ actions. That is, after all, why Minneapolis’ police chief fired the four police officers.

And I’m glad Minneapolis’ Police Department asked the FBI and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigate the incident—an investigation that will surely lead to charges against one of or all the police officers involved.

However, we should remember God gives us freedom to grieve—he gives us freedom to be angry. But he doesn’t give us freedom to sin while we are grieving and while we are angry.

Just as George Floyd’s apparent unjust attempt to defraud the deli doesn’t justify the police officers’ unjust actions against him, the police officers’ sins do not justify our sins either. We will all be accountable to God for our unjust and sinful actions.

Some citizens in Minneapolis are using the injustice against George Floyd as justification for their own unjust, destructive actions. They are using Floyd’s killing to sin—they are rioting, stealing, assaulting others, and destroying property. We shouldn’t be like them. We shouldn’t react with unjust, destructive behaviour on social media either. If we’re angry by the police officers’ unrighteous behaviour, we shouldn’t react in an unrighteous manner too.

Therefore, we shouldn’t make any conclusions about the incident—including the police officer’s motivations and George Floyd’s character— if it isn’t explicit in the video recordings.

Those of us who reject social justice ideology might be tempted to allow the opportunism and foolishness of others to cloud our own judgment. But we shouldn’t allow those who cry wolf to make us deaf to real, genuine growls of wolves.

And you’ve probably noticed I haven’t mentioned the police officers’ skin colour and especially, Floyd’s skin colour. I haven’t mentioned George Floyd was a black man. I haven’t mentioned the police officers consisted of one Asian and three white men. I haven’t mentioned that Derek Chauvin, the officer who pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck, is a white man.

I didn’t mention that because when I watched the horrific video, I didn’t see a black man—just like me—unjustly killed by white police officers. I simply saw a human—just like me—unjustly killed by police officers.

That doesn’t mean George Floyd wasn’t a victim of racism. Maybe he was, maybe he wasn’t. I don’t know. All I know is: four people like me apparently unjustly killed another person like me.

I look forward to the day when I won’t have to see this anymore. And I especially I look forward to the day when Jesus won’t have to see this anymore—when he returns to execute perfect justice.