AUDIO Random thoughts while not out ‘protesting’ – Stop The Insanity

July 2, 2020 | Larry Elder

At a time in America when one’s race has never been less important, the left has taught an entire generation of the most privileged Americans ever to view the world through race-tinted glasses.

There were 13 Baltimore high schools where, in 2017, 0% of students could do math at grade level, and another half-dozen high schools where only 1% were math proficient. Do you really think these students even know enough about Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson to be mad at him?

During the Chicago Father’s Day weekend, when 14 people were shot and killed and over 100 were wounded, how many Confederate generals were spotted leaving the scenes of the crime? Just curious.

Shouldn’t monuments and schools dedicated to Barack Obama come down? After all, Obama’s ancestors on his white mother’s side were slave owners.

In 2017, more than 60,000 cops were assaulted. In recent years, about 50 cops have been shot and killed annually in the line of duty. More cops are killed by suspects in the line of duty each year than unarmed Blacks are killed by cops.

Whoever called compound interest “the most powerful force in the universe” never encountered “white guilt.”

Next up on the “cancel culture” docket are movies whose names might be offensive under the new woke standard: “Blackboard Jungle,” fictional characters Boston Blackie and Sam Spade, and all Shirley Temple/Bill Robinson dance scenes.

Can we skip to the part where the “protesters” who burned and looted stores denounce business owners as racist for refusing to rebuild?

House Democrats voted to make D.C. the 51st state. If this new state would likely produce two Republican senators, we wouldn’t be having this conversation — just as our borders would be tighter than a clam’s behind if illegal-aliens-turned-citizens were expected to vote Republican.

“But if we are honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that what too many fathers also are is missing — missing from too many lives and too many homes. They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men.” — Then-Sen. Barack Obama, Father’s Day, June 15, 2008.

San Bernardino County, California, has declared “racism” a “public health crisis.” A 2013 Rasmussen poll asked Blacks, Hispanics and whites whether “most” people, in each of these three groups, are racist. Whites and Blacks ranked Blacks as the group with the most racists. Blacks, according to surveys commissioned by the Anti-Defamation League, are more than twice as likely as white gentiles to be anti-Semitic. Now what?

If the USA is “institutionally racist,” why stop at defunding the police? Why not defund public school education? Or public transportation? Or the military? Or the Federal Reserve System? Or government-funded PBS and NPR? Or government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Or the federally owned Tennessee Valley Authority and the federally and state-subsidized Amtrak? Or government agencies like the Social Security Administration; the Internal Revenue Service; the Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Education, Labor, etc.?

There are far more bad public school teachers than there are bad cops. And it practically takes an act of Congress to get a bad public school teacher fired. So, when and where can we expect the #DefundPublicEducation rallies?

Hyperleft “activist” Shaun King wants the statues of “white European” Jesus Christ to come down because “they are a form of white supremacy.” There is no shortage of candidates, but is there a bigger idiot in America?

Social justice warriors promise not to rest until there is a complete and total elimination of racism. Really? Elimination? In a country where, 25 years after his death, 8% believed “there is a chance” that Elvis is still alive? Good luck.

Winning an argument is far less important than winning someone over to a new, clearer way of thinking.

“But the truth is, and people are starting to realize this — racism as a system is often more dangerous and destructive. You know, preventing Black people from getting loans, stopping Black kids from getting an equal education, racial disparities in medical treatment. You know, racism is like the corn syrup of society. It’s in everything. So, right now, thanks to this movement, the movement in the streets, we are being forced to look at all of the ways we might be further perpetuating negative ideas that enforce racism in the world.” — Trevor Noah, June 10, 2020.

So says Noah, the immigrant from post-apartheid South Africa, the product of a then-illegal relationship with a white man and raised by his single Black mom. Noah comes to the United States, gets rich and famous in the intensely competitive field of comedy, lives in a Bel Air mansion, which he reportedly bought for $20.5 million — and whines about racism in America!

Because I don’t think of myself as a victim, I’ve been asked, “How many times have you been called a ‘n-word’?” Rarely am I asked, “How many times have you been called an ‘Uncle Tom’/’coon’/’sellout’?” — even though I’ve long since lost count.

Larry Elder is a bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio talk show host. His latest book, “The New Trump Standard,” is available in paperback from Amazon.com and for Nook, Kindle, iBooks and GooglePlay. To find out more about Larry Elder, or become an “Elderado,” visit www.LarryElder.com. Follow Larry on Twitter @LarryElder.

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VIDEO Celebrate Freedom

 

LIBERTY

The opposite of servitude or bondage, hence, applicable to captives or slaves set free from oppression (thus deror, Leviticus 25:10Isaiah 61:1, etc.). Morally, the power which enslaves is sin (John 8:34), and liberty consists, not simply in external freedom, or in possession of the formal power of choice, but in deliverance from the darkening of the mind, the tyranny of sinful lusts and the enthrallment of the will, induced by a morally corrupt state. In a positive respect, it consists in the possession of holiness, with the will and ability to do what is right and good. Such liberty is possible only in a renewed condition of soul, and cannot exist apart from godliness. Even under the Old Testament godly men could boast of a measure of such liberty (Psalms 119:45, rachabh, “room,” “breadth”), but it is the gospel of Christ which bestows it in its fullness, in giving a full and clear knowledge of God, discovering the way of forgiveness, supplying the highest motives to holiness and giving the Holy Spirit to destroy the power of sin and to quicken to righteousness. In implanting a new life in the soul, the gospel lifts the believer out of the sphere of external law, and gives him a sense of freedom in his new filial relation to God. Hence, the New Testament expressions about “the glorious liberty” of God’s children (Romans 8:21 the King James Version; compare Galatians 2:45:13, etc.), about liberty as resulting from the possession of the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17), about “the perfect law of liberty” (James 1:25). The instrument through which this liberty is imparted is “the truth” (John 8:32). Christians are earnestly warned not to presume upon, or abuse their liberty in Christ (Galatians 5:131 Peter 2:16).

James Orr

Celebrate Freedom Sunday

 


Examples of Christlike Compassion

Examples of Christlike Compassion

During his years here on earth, Jesus went about doing good (Acts 10:38). Whenever he encountered a need in individuals or multitudes, his concern motivated immediate action. He fed, healed, taught, calmed turbulent seas, cast out demons, and even raised the dead. In all he did and said, he set an example for his disciples to follow through the ages (1 Peter 2:21). They, like Jesus, were to be agents of compassion communicating by word and deed the message of God’s saving grace. They were to serve as conduits for the outflow of Spirit-empowered helpfulness.

The best way to appreciate how Jesus’s compassion has impacted history is to consider the lives of individuals who have served as conduits of his caring love. They have been light in the darkness of a depraved culture and voices pleading for mercy and kindness. Here are just two illustrations of Christlike compassion.

Jackie Polinger, who was born and grew up in Great Britain, was a musician by vocation and a Christian by conviction. From the age of five she felt that God was directing her into missionary service. Eventually she found herself in Hong Kong. All alone, she began a compassionate work of witness in the notorious Walled City, where more than 50,000 people were crowded into a mere 6.5 acres. It was a refuge for criminals of every kind. Its streets were lined with heroin dens and opium dives, to say nothing of the pornographic theaters.

Jackie was only twenty years old, untrained and unprotected, when she moved into that nightmare and began to share the good news of Christ’s forgiveness and love. She met with violent hostility. Yet slowly Jackie’s unfaltering compassion, dauntless bravery, and Christ-centered preaching had an impact. Her ministry was dynamic and transforming, indeed it showed the very power of God for salvation. Through Jackie, Jesus continued his work of compassion.

Mary Reed, born in Ohio in 1858, was another conduit of Christlike compassion. Hearing about the plight of lepers in India, she decided to do what she could to alleviate their distressful situation and share with them the good news of God’s love. She moved to the city of Cawnpore where conditions were indescribably difficult. After 8 years of compassionate labor, she suffered a physical breakdown, so she returned home to recuperate. But after a while she returned to India and went to Pithoraterth in the Himalayas.

There in the mountains she came across a tragic group of five hundred lepers, subsisting by themselves, with no human agency concerned about their misery. Burdened for their helpless and hopeless situation, Mary could not forget those neglected sufferers. After another year of intense ministry, she collapsed and was sent back to her American home. Mary knew she had contracted leprosy. Yet, rather than being horrified, she saw it as God’s gift, an answer to her pleas that somehow she might be permitted to work among those lepers in the Himalayas.

Back in India, Mary went to that leper settlement where no missionary had gone before. “I have been called by God to come and help you,” she told the astonished sufferers. And there she remained as God’s agent of Christlike compassion, providing healing, help, and hope to the once utterly hopeless outcasts. For 53 years she lived and served at Chanbag, dying there in 1943.

These two servants of the Lord Jesus are representative of a great host of his disciples, the majority of them unknown and unapplauded. But their names are known in heaven, and they have received the only commendation they desired and deserved, their Lord’s word of approval, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

If we have named Jesus as our Redeemer and Master, we are challenged to follow in Jackie’s and Mary’s footsteps as they followed in the footsteps of him who was compassion incarnate. As recipients of saving grace, we have the privilege of letting the love of Christ flow through our lives and out into the needy world. As we do that only then can some of humanity’s needs be met.

Henri Nouwen instructs us how to be conduits of Jesus’s compassion: “When I pray for the endless needs of the millions, my soul expands and wants to embrace them all and bring them into the presence of God. But in the midst of that experience I realize that compassion is not mine but God’s gift to me. I cannot embrace the world, but God can. I cannot pray, but God can pray in me. When God became as we are… He allowed us to enter into the intimacy of the divine life. He made it possible for us to share in God’s infinite compassion. And by grace we not only share the experience of God’s compassion. By his enabling grace we can become the conduits of that compassion, following in Christ’s footsteps as did a host of our spiritual forbears. But if we indeed are copying Christ, as Paul urged in 1 Corinthians 11:1, our compassion will not be limited to bodily needs. It will have soul needs as its supreme priority.”

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7 Things We Should Do To Be Blessed (Part -1)

Date: March 17, 2020
Author: hepsibahgarden

We all want to be blessed and do well in life, don’t we? Well 😊 that’s also what God desires about us. Even St.John writing about being blessed says,

From the Scriptures let’s find out what we need to do in order to be blessed by God:

1. Live a Life of Separation – God desires a life of separation from His children. Balaam the prophet was sent 3 times by king Balak to curse the children of Israel; but God turned the curse into a blessing all 3 times. Why? Here’s the reason – For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations. Numbers‬ ‭23:9‬. God forbade Balaam not to curse the Israelites because they were a blessed group of people. Numbers 22:12.

We the New Testament Israelites, while living in the world, must also live far away from the fashions and pleasures the world offers. Only then will God be a Father unto us and we His sons and daughters. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18. The Eye 👁 is connected with the heart and mind. These days the devil is bent on defiling our eyes; let’s protect ourselves from being polluted. Mathew 6:22,23.

2. Praying Everyday – Daniel kneeled and prayed 3 times, everyday. Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he went into his house (now in his roof chamber his windows were open toward Jerusalem); he continued to get down on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously. Daniel‬ ‭6:10‬

There are three types of enemies that come against us daily – Carnal mind, Sin, Devil. Daniel kneeled and prayed everyday to overcome these enemies in his life and thereby became an inheritor of eternal life. Daniel 12:13. Our fight is not against flesh and blood but evil powers that war against us. Ephesians 6:12. These can be overcome only through prayer.

3. By Overcoming Trials – Abraham, willingly getting ready to offer his son as a sacrifice shows how much he loved God. He obeyed God’s commandment implicitly and God saw that he loved God more than his son. Genesis 22:12.

There are trials for us daily, but when we willingly go through it and are ready to suffer for Jesus, God blesses us. When we forgive people who go against us, God blesses us and fills us with the riches of His Grace.

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VIDEO Gen. Flynn: Forces of Evil Want To Steal Our Freedom in the Dark of Night, But God Stands with Us

By Michael Flynn June 11, 2020

There are seminal moments in American history that test every fiber of our nation’s soul.

We are facing one now.

Revolutionary forces are causing every American citizen to question which direction the country is heading. To determine the outcome, we must examine our nation’s history to project ourselves forward into the future.

Once again, tyranny and treachery are in our midst, and although we feel we’ve descended into a hellish state of existence, we must never forget, hell is conquerable.

Prayer is the greatest weapon and a consciousness of God is the ultimate “thought of the day.”

The idea or notion of a heaven on Earth is the very real sense of being free. Freedom is oxygen. Like the air we breathe that keeps our lungs full and our hearts beating, the celestial feeling of freedom brings a sense of peace to our souls.

Freedom must never be taken for granted. Securing our freedom demands a high price — and that price requires hard work and sacrifice. Both will bind us all by the value they produce, but only if we are willing to seek new opportunities and new ideas.

Those who have sacrificed the most, those who have given the last true measure of devotion that derives from the love of faith, family and the cause of freedom — for all of us to be free, and for the betterment of our republic and the free world — cannot be allowed to have died in vain.

Theirs is the ultimate sacrifice and heaven is their reward.

Our future, the future of our children and grandchildren and the future of our country are at stake. God will not give way to the care of the devil or allow us to be left to the evil vices of those who would steal our freedom in the dark of night.

He will not.

Instead, God will stand with us, as he always does.

Hard work and personal sacrifice still very much matter. Being a good person and showing kindness to others still matter.

If our nation is to survive this crucible moment, we need to fall back on the God-given values and ideals that are the very foundation of our constitutional republic. Let us not fear the uncertainty that comes with the unknown, instead accept it and fight through that sense of fear.

RELATED: Bob Ehrlich: FBI’s Treatment of Flynn a Wake-Up Call To All Americans

And we must remember: The power of hell, while strong, is limited. God is the ultimate judge and decision maker. His anointed providence is our country, the United States of America.

As long as we accept God in the lifeblood of our nation, we will be OK. If we don’t, we will face a hellish existence.

I vote we accept God.

Exclusive from Gen. Flynn: Forces of Evil Want To Steal Our Freedom in the Dark of Night, But God Stands with Us


 

Your Berean Battle Plan: Remember

by Cameron Buettel, March 13, 2020

 

The following blog post was originally published on August 14, 2015. —ed.

Christianity was never meant to be a haven for theological pacifists. Christ’s pure gospel is not only worthy of a vigorous defense, His chosen people have been enlisted for that very purpose (Jude 3). Doctrinal peacetime has been rare during 2,000 years of church history, as spiritual terrorists relentlessly attack and infiltrate the body of Christ. Precious truths have been tested and proven on the battlefield of worldviews. That is why the lives of men like Athanasius, Augustine, and Luther are largely defined by the doctrines they fought for.

As we lay out the battle plan for biblical discernment, the first step is to remember and heed the warnings of Scripture regarding the reality of the war on truth. The history of the church is marked by fields where epic doctrinal battles took place. And the war still rages. The enemies of Christ have continue their feverish operations to this present day.

Tragically, the church’s resolve to fight has rapidly diminished as it yields to the niceties of twenty-first century civility. Too many churches prize diplomacy over doctrinal purity—they’re content to dialogue with damnable error. As John MacArthur explains, when it comes to attacks on the truth, the church is following the dangerous example of the world:

Western society, by and large, does not have the will or the inclination to construct boundaries for its own self-defense. Years after the terror war supposedly got serious, America’s borders are still basically open to all comers. Much of European society still opposes the idea of any military response to the terrorist threat. Postmodern values and political correctness rule out profiling, monitoring the conversations of suspicious people, targeting illegal residents, and other means that would help identify who the terrorists are. . . .

The evangelical movement has been similarly naive. Spiritual terrorists are plotting the destruction of the church. Scripture expressly warns us about this. Yet evangelicals in recent decades have done very little to restrain apostates or expose them. False teachers are not stopped at the border anymore. The rankest apostates now have almost complete freedom in the evangelical movement. Unhindered, they have infiltrated evangelical churches, denominations, and Christian colleges and seminaries.[1]

When it comes to lessons from church history, Christians have become dangerously forgetful. Too many shepherds are ill-equipped and unprepared to respond to the modern attacks, and as a result, church history is repeating itself. New perspectives are old errors, fresh revelations are ancient regurgitations, and modern innovations have merely been salvaged from the scrapheap of historical heresy. The constant threat from wolves and snake oil salesmen is nothing new.

As we saw previously, when it comes to biblical role models for discerning truth from error, the Bereans are the benchmark. The Jews in Berea needed to be able to distinguish the truth of apostolic preaching from the pseudo-spiritual lies competing for their attention. God’s Word was their measuring stick for truth because they carefully examined it on a daily basis (Acts 17:11).

In his short epistle, Jude stressed the need for God’s people to cultivate the same kind of discernment as the faithful Bereans. He warned his readers to avoid the folly of ignoring the past, and called to memory the words of Jesus and His apostles:

But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, “in the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly minded, devoid of the Spirit. (Jude 17–19)

MacArthur explains:

Jude urges his readers to remember what was prophesied. . . . Jude is stressing that God is sovereign and has not lost control. He’s reminding his readers once more that the influx of false teachers into the church doesn’t mean the plan of God has gone awry. God is not surprised by this development; it is what His Word prophesied. Even in the worst of times, we can be certain that nothing is happening that wasn’t already foreknown by God. He even told us we should expect an influx of apostasy. We were warned about it, and here it is.

Our duty, then, is to respond rightly. Not only should we not be surprised when false teachers appear in the church; we ought to have anticipated and prepared for the reality of it. It is a wake-up call. When an absolutely reliable source tells us terrorists are coming, it then behooves us to find out who they are and expose them before they do their damage.

Today’s evangelicals have no excuse for not being vigilant. We have been warned—repeatedly. Jesus commanded us to be on guard against false christs and false prophets. The apostolic era was filled with examples of wolves in sheep’s clothing. Church history is strewn with more examples, one after another. Only sinful and willful unbelief can account for the refusal of so many in the church today to heed those warnings.[2]

Failure to remember the past is a guarantee to misread the present. As Christians, we cannot plead ignorance concerning biblical warnings and the vigilance they demand. We may not be under direct persecution or the threat of martyrdom, but the enemy is still at work undermining truth. He is never on vacation. We must be on constant alert, ready to identify error and contend with those who promote it.

Like the Bereans, our chief weapon is the sword of the Spirit. It doesn’t only teach us lessons from the past but also how to remain faithful in the present and how to reach those under deception. We’ll examine those other lessons in the days ahead.

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Compassion in the Life of Jesus

Compassion in the Life of Jesus

Jesus came with his revolutionary message of God’s kingdom—a kingdom accessible only by faith. It required loving obedience to the King and Father, as well as loving service to brothers and sisters in God’s family and to every member of the human family. Love was its one all-inclusive law, a love that Jesus spelled out in his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5), and a love that fulfilled the Ten Commandments (Romans 13:10). The controlling attitude and behavior in this born-again society was to be compassionate, demonstrate love in action, and to provide caring concern for others—all of which was modeled by Jesus himself.

As God incarnate, Christ flawlessly reflected his Father’s nature, not only the divine holiness but the divine heart. Because he was sinless and most acutely sensitive to sin, Jesus sympathized with sinful people who were suffering the consequences of inherited depravity and personal sinfulness. He was aware that the multitudes he ministered to were made up of sinners, most of whom were spiritually weak and emotionally brittle. He realized too that in the crowds pressing around him were people whose faith was not burning brightly but was at best smoldering (Matthew 12:20). Gently, without judgment, Jesus tried to strengthen the weak and ignite their faith. One Old Testament text that he continued to emphasize was Hosea 6:6, where God said, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings” (Matthew 9:13; 12:7). Jesus appropriated those significant words spoken by God himself to defend his tradition-violating compassion.

Jesus’s Compassion for Children

The people of Israel were a society that prized their children. Abortion and child exposure—leaving children outside to die—which were practiced by the pagan nations surrounding the Holy Land, were sinfully abhorrent to God’s elect people. They hailed every birth with joy and gratitude.

Growing up with brothers and sisters, Jesus, no doubt, had opportunity and responsibility to help care for his younger siblings. He thus acquired realistic insight into the characteristics and needs of children (Mark 3:31–32; 6:3). While the Gospels give no specific information about the family relationships in the home of Mary and Joseph, we have good reason to believe they were sensitive, caring, and God-fearing parents.

As his own attitudes were influenced by the attitudes of his parents, Jesus became a lover of children. During his ministry, he was delighted to welcome them whenever they clustered around him. He had an acute understanding of their need for warm acceptance and adult help. Some of the children in the crowds that followed Jesus were acutely hungry or at least malnourished. Some were sick with all-too-common ailments. Some of them were deformed and blind. Some were in the grip of demonic powers (Mark 9:17–18).

The disciples of Jesus were annoyed by restless children and tried to push them to the outskirts of the crowds. They ordered them to be quiet or to go away. Nevertheless the children who sensed Jesus’s love for them, clustered about, waiting to be picked up and held in his welcoming arms. Jesus embraced them and even prayed God’s blessing on them, much to the surprise of his disciples, who he later rebuked (Mark 10:13–16). Not only that, he declared that children were to be welcomed in his name and that they—so dependent, so trustful, so teachable, so innocent—serve as models of the faith needed to enter God’s kingdom (matthew 18:1–5). He declared that anyone who causes a child to go astray will suffer severe punishment (Mark 9:35–37, 42).

Jesus’s Compassion for Women

Israel was a patriarchal society in which women occupied a subordinate position and in many ways were treated as social and spiritual inferiors to men. It’s difficult to generalize, because rabbis differed among themselves on this issue, and fathers differed in the upbringing of their daughters. Husbands also differed in how controlling and restrictive they were with their wives. Love and the personality differences of the Hebrew men in the lives of women created a wide variety of experiences. Yet it is undeniable that generally
a woman’s lot in that patriarchal society was difficult.

In their younger years, daughters were often treated with suspicion. They were closely supervised in order to prevent anything that might be viewed as unchaste. When she began her menstrual cycle, a woman was unclean and needed purification (Leviticus 15:19–30). To touch a menstruating woman was to undergo defilement that required ritual purification.

Incidentally, a man was not to touch any woman except his wife, not even if she was his cousin and the touch accidental. When a girl reached a marriageable age, she was bartered by her father. After marriage she could be bartered by her husband. The female role was that of housekeeper, a time consuming and physically strenuous series of tasks. Her other role was that of childbearing with frequent pregnancies—the more children she bore, the higher a wife was held in esteem. After childbirth, a woman was regarded as unclean and in need of purification (Leviticus 12). If a wife displeased her husband, he could divorce her, but a wife was not granted the same right (Deuteronomy 24:1–4). If she was suspected of adultery, a wife could be subjected to the frightful water ordeal (Numbers 5:11–31), but no such provision was made for testing a suspected husband. A woman had no property rights. She could not serve as a witness. She could not hare equally in worship. Singing and chanting were done by men exclusively while women listened in their own synagogue compartments. Ten men had to be present for a service to be held. Nine men plus one woman would not do!

Jesus, however, was sensitive to the needs of all people whether male or female. He exhibited an all-inclusive compassion that broke through the traditional gender restrictions and taboos. In order to heal her, Jesus allowed a woman, who had been bleeding for twelve years, to touch him. He didn’t react with a shudder and he didn’t follow the prescribed routine for cleansing. Instead of condemning her for such a male-contaminating act, Jesus gently led her to understand the difference between a belief in a kind of magical contact and a saving faith in divine grace (Luke 8:42–48).

Another woman, a prostitute, approached Jesus while he was eating in a Pharisee’s house. She poured precious ointment on Jesus’s feet and washed them with her tears. Compassionately, Jesus, who knew her penitence and faith, defended that bold, extravagant action and sent her away with a benediction of peace (Luke 7:36–50).

Jesus again disclosed his compassionate attitude toward women, and particularly those who were marginalized by their own sin, when he refused to engage in the stoning of an adulteress caught in the very act. Jesus, with pitying tactfulness, handled this sordid situation righteously yet forgivingly. He absolved the woman of her guilt, warned her against future temptation, and sent her away to live a changed life (john 8:1–11). He didn’t condone sin. Not in the least! Yet lovingly he offered pardon and hope to those women whom society pushed aside as moral refuse.

Widows especially elicited Jesus’s compassionate help. The Old Testament provided specific commands that widows were to be treated with kindness and respect (Deuteronomy 14:28–29; 24:19–21; 26:12–13; Isaiah 1:17). Nevertheless some families may have neglected to provide companionship and care for their widowed relatives, thus moving them to the outskirts of the family.

A typical example of Jesus’s attitude toward widows was his encounter with a funeral procession outside the city of Nain. A young man had died. He was the only child of his grief-stricken mother who faced loneliness and in all probability destitution. When Jesus saw the funeral procession and heard the mother sobbing, he was moved with compassion. “His heart went out to her” (Luke 7:13). He didn’t wait for any appeal. He acted. He touched the coffin, risking ritual contamination, and commanded the corpse to rise. Miraculously, the son obeyed as life returned to his body. Imagine the mother’s gratitude as uncontrollable joy replaced inconsolable sorrow! (vv. 11–17).

In Jesus’s sermon in Nazareth as he inaugurated his public ministry, he referred to a widow (an alien from Sidon) as an object of God’s saving grace. That reference, made intentionally, not casually, contradicted the prejudices of his audience (luke 4:25–26).

The Sidon widow was not the only bereft widow whom Jesus used as an example to challenge his contemporaries and today’s readers. In Jesus’s day, men had only a meager knowledge of God and a superficial fellowship with him. The plight of women was far worse. Therefore Jesus, in defiance of tradition, allowed them to be among his followers and actually engage in the service and support of his ministry (Luke 8:1–3). Women, together with men, were being taught about God’s grace that rules out gender distinction. With compassion, Jesus told women, individually as well as collectively, the truth about God and his kingdom. He took time to instruct Mary of Bethany (10:39). Significantly, he gently rebuked Martha the sister of Mary, counseling her that it was better for a woman to learn about God than to be preoccupied with household chores. In so saying, he was turning the traditional role of women upside down.

At Jacob’s well, he gave a brief course in theology to a Samaritan woman. No wonder his tradition-bound companions were astonished. He was talking to a woman alone and in public! She was a despised Samaritan woman, someone of a race that pious Jews viewed as heretics! (John 4:1–30).

Christ was motivated by one thing—compassion. He saw people in the whole gamut of their need. He saw people not in abstract categories such as males and females, Jews and Gentiles, aliens and citizens, adults and children. Jesus saw people as individuals made in God’s image, each a member of God’s human family and a potential member of his spiritual family.

Jesus’s Compassion for Others

As Jesus was compassionate toward women and children, so he was toward those on the edges of society. In first-century Israel, tax collectors and publicans were understandably despised and hated. They were Jews who acted as agents of the Roman government. Their task was to gather a specified amount of money from fellow Israelites with no exceptions. If they could extort anything beyond what was due, they pocketed the extra for themselves. So when Jesus wanted to stress the seriousness of sin in the church, he taught his disciples to treat the person as they would a tax collector if they didn’t repent (Matthew 18:17). People must have been scandalized when Jesus ate with a tax collector and even invited one to be an inner-circle disciple! (Mark 2:13–17). They must have been furious when Jesus invited Zacchaeus, a notorious publican to receive God’s redeeming, forgiving mercy! (Luke 19:1–10). While telling a parable, Jesus must have perplexed his audience when a tax collector rather than a Pharisee received God’s grace! (Luke 18:9–14). The crowd must have been furious when Jesus, the friend of tax collectors and sinners (7:34), declared that the tax collectors and prostitutes who had responded repentantly to the preaching of John the Baptist would enter into God’s kingdom ahead of the self-righteous religious leaders! (Matthew 21:31–32). According to Jesus, divine compassion could and would change members of the ostracized out-group into members of God’s in-group.

In his saving mercy, Jesus also broke through other barriers. He didn’t hesitate to touch lepers who were to avoid all human contact (Matthew 8:1–4; Mark 1:40–44). He exercised his power on behalf of needy individuals regardless of their race. He healed the son of a centurion, an officer in Rome’s oppressive army (Matthew 8:5–13). He healed the daughter of a pagan, a Canaanite woman (Matthew 15:21–24). He talked with a Samaritan woman and shared with her the liberating truth about God and the worship that was pleasing to God (John 4). He chose a Samaritan as a model of God’s own compassion—a Samaritan who had compassion on a victim of theft and violence (Luke 10).

Jesus welcomed the common people who gladly listened to him (Mark 12:37). The Jewish religious leaders looked down on the people with contempt because they were religiously illiterate (John 7:49), but Jesus who was moved with compassion taught the crowd, fed them repeatedly, healed their sick, and freed those who were possessed by demons (Mark 5:1–17; 8:1–10). Jesus’s pity toward the poor in their sickness, in their hunger, and in their suffering emerges in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19–31) and again in his vision of judgment (Matthew 25:31–46). His heart and his arms were open wide, as they still are, to the lowest, the least, and the lost (Luke 15).

Jesus’s Compassion for the Spiritually Needy

Certainly Jesus was concerned about hunger, disease, and injustice, but he was more concerned about people’s relationship to God and their destiny in the world to come. When he read from Scripture in the synagogue at Nazareth, he quoted Isaiah 61: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed, free to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18–19).

By quoting this passage from Isaiah, Jesus announced his twofold mission. First, he would literally help restore sight, give comfort, and liberate those in bondage to destructive habits and addictive behavior. Second, he would bring spiritual renewal, enlightening the spiritually blind (John 6), liberating the spiritually shackled, comforting the spiritually guilt-ridden and distressed.

While his pity took in the whole gamut of human affliction and his healing miracles provided relief, his concern was also spiritual. His society was permeated with religion, but the religion established by God for the blessing of his people had degenerated into a legalistic straightjacket. So he denounced, with fiercest vehemence, the Pharisaic traditionalism that took away the “key to knowledge” (Luke 11:52) and left its soul-empty adherents in ignorance of God.

Jesus was shaken to the center of his being by his vision of their fate in eternity—exiled from the light, the love, and the life of God in darkness and despair forever. Again and again He begged the crowds to flee from the wrath to come. He spoke with a heart-melting eloquence, using the most vivid imagery to jolt the complacent, the indifferent, and the unrepentant out of their apathy. A contemporary rendition of Jesus’s words would be something like this: Don’t stumble zombielike into a destiny worse than the judgment poured out on Sodom and Gomorrah (Matthew 11:24). Don’t refuse the grace of the pardon-offering God who can destroy both body and soul in hell (Matthew 10:28). Such a terrifying prospect filled Jesus’s heart with grief. Even though Jesus ate and drank with sinners, and even though he shared in the happiness of wedding feasts, he never lost sight of “the dark line on God’s face.” He had entered our world as the embodiment of mercy, willing to die in order that lost sinners might not perish but have everlasting life.

 

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Compassion in the Bible

Compassion in the Bible

Most humans believe in a power greater than themselves. If they don’t know the true God, they are apt to create a god or gods to help them explain the mysteries of life. The god of human speculation is a god without a heart, who has no emotions, since emotion involves a change from one state of feeling to another. This kind of emotionless god is like an icicle that never melts. By contrast, the true God of the universe is not merely a mind. He is not just thought or eternally thinking thoughts. The God of the Bible, while unchanging in his nature and purpose, is genuinely personal. We know this to be true because the Bible uses personal pronouns to talk about the true and loving God.

Because we are made in his image (see Genesis 1:27), we can begin to grasp what God is like by using our own personhood as a clue to God’s divine personhood. If we eliminate anything imperfect about ourselves and magnify everything we know about God to an infinite degree, we may begin to understand God’s flawless personhood. The Bible also tells us that the one true and living God actually feels. He experiences a whole range of emotional reactions that are similar to our own. He laughs (Psalm 2:4), he grieves (Genesis 6:6), he hates (Psalm 5:5), he is patient (Nehemiah 9:30), and he is compassionate (Psalm 103:8).

Scripture tells us God is eternal, holy, just, all-good, wise, powerful, and loving. And because he is loving, he is compassionate. That adjective points to a divine attribute that is like the trait we have in mind when we characterize a human as compassionate. Eliminate God’s compassion, and he is no longer God—the personal God who interacted with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Eliminate compassion, and God is no longer the God who has experiences similar to our own states of joy, regret, grief, and merciful kindness. Eliminate compassion from God’s nature, and Scripture must be rewritten, our understanding of the divine nature must be radically revised, and theology must be turned inside out. But compassion can’t be eliminated. It must be given its proper place among God’s attributes. He is the caring God. It follows, therefore, that if Jesus is the self-revelation of the God of the Old Testament, then compassion will be embodied in him.

Old Testament believers were taught to be compassionate by God’s deeds and declarations. And we certainly see God’s compassion highlighted by the inspired authors of the Old Testament. King David included in a prayer, “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness” (Psalm 86:15). Isaiah, the prophet, wrote: “‘For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back. In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,’ says the Lord your Redeemer…. ‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you” (Isaiah 54:7–10). And the prophet Micah wrote, “You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19). Texts like these give God’s people an in-depth perception of God’s heart.

Living in Shalom
In the beginning, God established a world of wholeness and peace. Once that world was shattered by Adam and Eve’s disobedience, God chose to reestablish the state of shalom through his chosen nation, Israel. If Israel had obeyed God’s law of compassion, life in Israel for both women and men would have been the happiest place possible in our fallen world.

The Hebrew word for “peace,” shalom, is so rich that it’s almost untranslatable. Thus the society envisioned by the psalmist in Psalm 85:10, as a society of shalom, is an order of life characterized by joy and justice, piety and plenty, kindness and caring. But God’s people failed to achieve God’s loving ideal. Isaiah graphically depicted the moral and spiritual sickness of that disobedient nation (Isaiah 1:5–7). Divine punishment, administered in sorrowful grace, again and again overwhelmed Israel.

Although the nation lasted more than 450 years, eventually Israel was overtaken by invading empires. Thousands of God’s people were taken captive and carried to another land. But God in his mercy allowed a remnant of Israelites to return from exile. They fiercely resolved not to repeat their ancestors’ sinful failure. So began a long period of legalism that extended from roughly 400 BC to AD 400. Well-meaning rabbis, many of them devout and learned, developed a restrictive system of rules and regulations. At first these teachings circulated orally, but gradually their interpretations were written down. Life-giving laws that were once a delight and joy as well as the source of soul-enlightening guidance and blessing (see Psalm 119) changed into a rigid system of religious ritualism that Jesus denounced (Matthew 23:13–14).

To be sure, there were teachers of the law, rabbis, priests, and scribes who, as spiritual servants of God, proclaimed and practiced Micah 6:8, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Likewise, many ordinary Israelites were models of virtue and piety, loving God and doing good to their neighbors. The Jewish people as a whole found life a heavy burden under the oppression of their Roman conquerors and the rigid rules and structure of the Pharisees. Economically impoverished and spiritually ignorant, they were “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36).

Yet into this turbulent situation Jesus came as compassion incarnate. He made caring central in his ministry, sweeping aside any legalistic distortions and ethnic limitations, and focusing on the all-inclusive grace of God. A Jew by birth and a devout Jew by practice, Christ knew that his heavenly Father, the God of the Old Testament, is the God of compassion. Our Savior and Master modeled perfectly the compassionate neighbor-love that Paul later wrote about to the church in Corinth (1 Corinthians 13), declaring it to be the greatest of all virtues.

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Rev. Graham Praises Pro-Biology Idaho Law: Boys Are Boys and Girls Are Girls

By Michael W. Chapman | April 3, 2020

 

 

Rev. Franklin Graham. (Screenshot)

Christian leader Rev. Franklin Graham praised Idaho’s new law that bars transgender “women” (biological males) from participating in sports designed for real women, biological females, quoting one of the law’s sponsors that “boys are boys and girls are girls” and “no judge” is “going to change that reality.”

On Monday, Mar. 30, Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed into law the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act.” The law basically says that any sports program affiliated with the state, such as public school teams, public university teams, and sports associations, teams will be defined for biological males and biological females.

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A player’s sex will be determined by their anatomy or their genetic/chromosonal identity. “Athletic teams or sports designated for females, women, or girls shall not be open to students of the male sex,” reads the new law.

In a Facebook post on April 3, Rev. Graham, the son of the late Pastor Billy Graham, said, “It’s about time someone started doing something to protect athletic opportunities for women and girls — and Idaho was the first!”

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“This week the state made the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act into law, barring biological males from participating in girls’ and women’s sports,” he added. “Thank you to Representative Barbara Ehardt for sponsoring this important bill and to Idaho Governor Brad Little for signing it into law.”

“State Senator Lee Heider is right, said Graham, ‘Boys are boys and girls are girls. No doctor, no judge, no Department of Health and Welfare is going to change that reality.’ I hope all of our other states will do the same — don’t you?”

U.S. Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas. (Getty Images)

U.S. Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas. (Getty Images)

Commenting last year in the Washington Post about transgender “women” in female sports, All-American track athlete Doriana Coleman and tennis champion Martina Navratilova, said, “The evidence is unequivocal that starting in puberty, in every sport except sailing, shooting, and riding, there will always be significant numbers of boys and men who would beat the best girls and women in head-to-head competition. Claims to the contrary are simply a denial of science.”

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Raising More Than ‘Good’ Kids

by Discerning Dad

A few years ago, we stopped using timeouts as an effort to correct our kids’ bad behavior. We came to the realization that sitting them in a corner and setting a five-minute timer, was doing nothing more than pressing the pause button on unwanted behavior, and giving us the feeling (as parents) that we were actively disciplining—in an effort to raise good kids. After kids #3 and #4 joined our chaos, we decided it was time to take a different approach—to do something more than simply wrangle behavior. Of course, my wife and I wanted to raise good children, but we hoped for so much more.

We wanted them to learn, at young ages, how Jesus could help them behave in ways that were best for them and those around them, by changing their hearts. This meant teaching them the opposite of taking a time out—instead taking a time in with the One who could wrangle their little hearts and effectively change bad behavior. It was early in childhood, that our kids learned the crucial foundation to growth in a relationship with Christ—the exchange of humanness for his Holy righteousness.

Practically speaking, when one of our less than perfect angels act up, we teach them to go to their quiet place (their room) and talk with Jesus. We remind them that peace and joy are mainstays in our home and all family members have the responsibility to not disrupt either of these things. So, if they do something that does, it’s time for a “come to Jesus” moment and when they feel ready, they can come back to the family and apologize.

Sometimes, “come to Jesus moments” last only a few minutes and sometimes they last an hour or two. However, not once, has a time in with Jesus failed to produce a heartfelt apology from the mouths of our cherubs. With this, peace and joy are restored in our home and a greater sense of love, confidence and belonging replace the chaos that threatened it all.

As a father, it is my responsibility to model the love of Father God to my children. Showing my children unconditional love (at all times) is first and foremost. As I love them freely and completely, in every behavior and every circumstance, I am demonstrating the love that their Heavenly Father also has for them. With great love, I desire to show my children all the ways of operating that will bring them good, now and forever. In exchange for what they do not yet know, I actively impart to them wisdom and insight into the ways that will keep them safe and bring reward. This, a silhouette lesson in receiving righteousness from Christ Jesus.

There is a reason we have our kids come down and apologize after a time in. It’s not that we want them to admit how awful they are or, push them into a state of shame and condemnation—that is not it at all! We simply want them to speak the words of a changed heart and as they do that, it solidifies the transformation from bad behavior to good behavior.

This is the same transformation our Heavenly Father desires from all of us. He teaches us to repent, not to shame or condemn us—but to bring us through the process of a supernatural exchange—that brings us from mere humanity to the righteousness of Jesus. When righteousness is imparted to us, we take delivery of keys to the kingdom—keys that unlock heaven on earth. Being a good person, is not what unlocks heaven on earth, or writes Holy-Glory-Stories—only the righteousness of Jesus does these things. It is righteousness that leads to life, prosperity and honor (Proverbs 21:21 NIV). It is the fruit of righteousness that is a tree of life (Proverbs 11:30 NIV). Furthermore, it is the work of righteousness that will bring peace, now and forever (Isaiah 32:17 NIV).

How could I even think to sell my children short of these things by not teaching them the process of repentance and the amazing exchange of righteousness for their humanness? Human goodness could never compare to these things.

It is with Biblical wisdom that I have come to the resolution that good is not good enough—not when raising four precious children. The chaos of Calvary purchased so much more than good for them. It purchased a route to a reward that will shine brighter over their life than the noonday sun (Psalm 37:6 NIV). To truly impart the value of this gift to my children, I must teach it to them in ways they will understand at a young age. This also means, as a father, I must model the process and be the first to apologize.

Prayer: Father God, your Word is a lamp unto our feet—it shines a bright light onto the straight paths you have paved for us—that lead to reward both here on earth and in eternity. Teach us to father our children like you Father us. Your wisdom and clear direction protect us and keep our peace. These things alone, are worth the process of humbling ourselves before your son, Jesus. Thank you for the grace that you freely give when we mess up. And, for your mercy—you never withhold the reward, when we follow your process. Lord, teach us to father in these same amazing ways. You are more than a good Father—you are an amazing Father and we want to be your amazing children, equipped to raise amazing children. Amen.

Jayme Martin

Guest Discerning Dad

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Guest blog- Jayme Martin- Raising more than “good” kids