Politics And Truth

George Orwell put in his essay about Rudyard Kipling, “a humanitarian is always a hypocrite” Said dogmatically, yet true enough. Jesus spoke of hypocrisy often during his lifetime, mostly to those trying to prove him wrong. The religious order at that time, made hairsplitting rules for the people to follow, In their many attempts to entrap Jesus, they charged Him with breaking the Sabbath, even after He wondrously straightened a woman`s back, a musculoskeletal or neurological disorder where the spine is bentThis woman had been stooped over for eighteen years, and Jesus healed her on the Sabbath. Jesus pointed out to His accusers that they themselves had brought water to their animals on the Sabbath. It became clear to all that heard Jesus that day that the Pharisees lived by two sets of rules. They had failed to accept the earlier teaching by Jesus on the law where previously in what we call the Sermon on the Mount, he had taught both its intent and meaning which countered their own.

Men in leadership especially those who practice politics generally have become self-servingwanting to improve their own status and that of their party`s especially using deceptive meansPolls and rising donkey votes (electorate randomly marking a ballot box because of a lack of trust in politicians) indicate doubts about anyone telling them the truth at election time. Plenty of porc-barrel spending promises and little substantial policy-making informationrun the same gamut where party`s try to outdo each other to win votes, no matter how many bold face lies are told along the way accompanied by smiling faces. Being “Pharisaical” has come to mean hypocritical. The Pharisees were characterized as those who “kept the outside of the cup washed” (Mat 23:25), making superficial laws to observe themselves and who expected others to follow them, but ignored the weightier matters such as mercy, justice and faithfulness. (v. 23)

Two facedness is something we may expect from officials at election time, but we all our guilty of it to some degree. More simply, we may excuse our “faux pas” as a slip in character or inexperience and carry on like nothing more can be done about it. Meanwhile, we know that our false actions did not betray our true intent, we meant it, problem was we were caught in the act and sought to excuse ourselves or downgrade our insincerity Our Prime Minister has committed a series of stunning contradictions over his short time in office. He is one of many.

Jesus is the only truthful being that ever lived on this planet. Ask yourself how He could confront thousands without receiving a single reproach from the multitudes in return, whereas he never had to defend Himself against legitimate accusations for this simple reasonHe was without sin! He defined the law of God through His perfect life and teaching. None of the crowd that I earlier spoke of could deny their hypocrite ways or accuse Jesus of the same. Since Christ had fulfilled the entire law, He stood as the only truly righteous person that ever lived. The crowds throughout the region of Palestine heard and saw Him as He travelled through their villages and towns teaching and healing. They knew that someone special was among them, yet few would admit He was their Messiah. Still Jesus pressed the truth home to them, because they needed to hear the gospel and turn from their sinful ways.

Will you look inside yourself and see what Jesus saw in each man including yourself, that your motives are not always pure and that you and I are as much part of that crowd then, as we are now. The only way out of impure motives and actions is to see in Christ the only sinless One who has complete authority to forgive us and grant us eternal life. After all, He is the only one who can unmasked our ways and disclosed what is truly in our hearts as He did the crowd. In the same narrative Jesus told His followers: Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. (Luke 12:2)

The gospel is a stark reminder that we cannot live our lives any way we wish and think we can escape judgment. Christ came into this life not to condemn since we stand condemned already, but to give life eternal. Do you see yourself a sinner in need of forgiveness or are you thinking that perhaps you are not as bad as the next guy. Problem with that kind of outlook is that none of us can ever be good enough for heaven. We are all sinners from birth and not anything we do can act as a substitute to remove the guilt and sin`s consequence.  Only by trusting in Christ and confessing our sins to Him and repent of them can we be saved from Divine Wrath.

THE BIRTH OF CHRIST — INEXPRESSIBLE JOY!!

“Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem . . . . to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child . . . . And she brought forth her firstborn Child and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the Inn.  Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields . . . .and behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them and the glory of the Lord shone around them . . . . Then the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of GREAT JOY which will be to all people.  For there is born to you this day in the city of David, a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.”  (Luke 2:4-11). (Bold print mine)

This historical account of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, taking on the form of a man, was the fulfillment of a prophecy made some 4000 years earlier, when Adam and Eve committed the sin of disobedience and needed a Saviour to restore them to God’s favour by forgiving them of their sin.  Jesus Christ entered our world specifically to save us from our sins.  The Apostle Paul relates this great truth.  “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptance, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am the foremost.”  (1 Timothy 1:15)

Having the assurance of being at peace with God through the pardon of our sins causes an explosion of joy that is just impossible to completely explain!!   “That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honour and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen, you love.  Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.”  (1 Peter 1:7-8). God promises this joy to each person who will respond to His offer of mercy!  “Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardons iniquity . . . . He will not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy.”  (Micah 7:18). To those who respond by repenting, we read:  ‘For the joy of the Lord is your strength.”   (Nehemiah 8:10). “And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Ghost”. (Acts 13:52)

On the cross, Jesus Christ saw all those who would repent of their sins and trust in Him as their Saviour, and it brought great joy“Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  (Hebrews 11:2)

Religion and Truth

In this article,  and several to follow. I will point out how hypocrisy has become a way of life for many.  Practicing double standards occupies a broad swath that cuts across everyday life.   So much of our world, the way we deal with each other,  has become like a murky pool of double standards, we lie and deceive one another while while trying hard to shield our efforts from being discovered.  Concealing real motives in politics, religion, and business has become almost like wizardry, turning deceitfulness into feats of remarkable cleverness.   In the weeks ahead, we will seek to take the cover off falsehoods by exposing it to truth.  The Bible speaks of evil and truth as darkness and light, so shinning God`s Word is what is  needed.  To simply tell the truth may leave some readers troubled, as it may hit close to home.  We will begin by speaking about the 2nd largest belief system in the world.

While hypocrisy can be found most everywhere, religion is no exception.   In recent articles by Quillete  (18 July 2017) and Ottawa Citizen (22 Nov 2019), Islam and its influence were articled.  In Quillete, Jeffrey Taylor had written a piece in response to a Huffington Post article that spoke about a recent religious conversion of one of their reporters, Kristiane Backer.  She  became a Muslim, while on assignment for the publication in Pakistan.  Kristiane compared Islam`s values “not only with German values [but] with European values generally…”  She adds that “Islam is a religion for all times and all worlds–therefore also for Europeans in our day and age.  I`m living proof.” she says.   While she is enthusiastic, her view is not in line with reality.   German values do not compare to that of Islam.  In times past, the prophet Mohammad had called on Muslims to one day rally behind Jesus after his resurrection to destroy Christians, Europeans, and Hindus at the end of time.  (Ottawa Star, pg 17, 21 Nov, 2019 Tarek Fatah).  Islamic cleric do not deny this, neither condemn or reject it.  One has to ask oneself where is the peace in all of this?   They seek the deaths for all non-conformists.   Much of the world wishes to live in peace, and freedom of religion is a pillar of Western society.  But  to speak of Islam to be what the world seeks for itself as Kristiane says is simply wrong thinking and to insist upon is hypocritical.   All through the Middle East and Northern Africa, Islam forces their beliefs on non-Muslims through intimidation and violence and while what is happening today in the Far East is disturbing, an increasing presence of their terror is being staged in the free world also.     Peacefulness does not make for chopping off the hands of thieves, holding women responsible for their own abuse and rapes, or murdering the apostates of whatever religion that they may belong to.   No, this is not what the rest of the world wants for itself.

Earlier, we saw that Jesus was brought into the plans of the prophet Mohammad.  That is dubious thinking since Jesus is the central figure in the Bible and speaks truth so men and women may be converted to Christianity, peacefully.    Christians understand this, and rally to His call for peace throughout the world, not by the sword,  but through the Gospel to spread its message.  It is hardly conceivable and in fact insulting to think that Christ would kill His own people that He saved on the cross.

Jesus had given a discourse of some considerable length to a crowd of thousands (Luke 12), and when he arrived at the end of it, He  gave a parable to urge his hearers to be quick to reconcile to God.  Now this same parable was used another time in Matthew 5:23 – 26 which taught Christians that their relationships needed to be right with other Christians, and, if not, that they were to reconcile quickly with their brother and sister in the Lord, even if it meant leaving off worship until it was done.  For the Christian,  it would be hypocritical for any one of us who follow the Savior to leave broken relationships unresolved within the Church.  Reconciliation becomes a priority.    And for those who are not Christians, and wish to become one, reconciliation with God the Father through Christ is your first step.  Jesus is the way to the Father if you are to be in a right relationship with Him.  We know that Christians will suffer wrongly for the sake of Christ, but we do not dishonour Him by seeking vengeance or retribution.   It is by peaceful means, love and respect we seek to win people to Christ.

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On Judgment Day — Justice is served

Charles Darwin put to words his feelings about hell and judgment:

I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so the plain language of the [biblical] text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my father, brother, and almost all my best friends, will be everlastingly punished. And this is a damnable doctrine. Judgments value to the suffering. Christ will come to judge the living and the dead. That he will separate sheep from goats and wheat from weeds. That there is an everlasting torment, a lake of fire, weeping and gnashing of teeth, and (gulp) a great many will spend eternity there. And the lover in us asks, why can’t everyone escape this horror?

The primary reason for Christ coming into the world was to save sinners. For those who reject him his coming carries another side, that is, to judge sinners for their sins which they failed to repent of and seek Christ for forgiveness.  This would appear for many to be the dark, inevitable side of the gospel of Christ.  However, if there is no judgment, what do we have to say and do about injustices and the amount of evil that goes ultimately unaccounted for in our current system of justice, where injustices occur regularly, and many receive light sentences and get off on technicalities.  Recently on the 1st Nov issue of the Ottawa Citizen , it had reported that a judge thought that a maximum five year mandatory term was unwarranted for one of two individuals who had groomed young girls ages 14 and 15 years of age for prostitution.   The judge decided that to pick up teens, ply them with booze then find customers to sell them to as sex objects that a five year term was cruel and unusual punishment,  even though if these perpetrators were to do what they had planned, it could very well have ruined the lives of these teenagers.    Both guilty parties were let go after what the judge felt was sufficient time already served:  18 months for one and 175 days for the other.  Now ttep back and imagine how incensed you would be if you were the parents of these girls, having sat in the courtroom and watched this trial unfold before your eyes where your own daughters were a step away from becoming sexual objects to be sold like merchandise.   You may wonder along with me where is the justice these days and protection for our youth?

Let me begin to answer this by returning to Darwin`s own comments on justice, and consider jointly the place of God`s Judgment (Darwin infers that God is cruel), and how poorly our world deals with injustices?  First, what do you say to the oppress and victimized today, when abuses such as rape, a child’s innocence ripped from him, elderly robed of their life savings,  innocents murdered where these and many more never see real justice.  What do you say to these fallen victims of crime and moral indignities that only by a herculean self-effort could they get back on their feet, are their lives ruin. The Darwinian chaos where the strong eat the weak and only the powerful survive is what you are left with ultimately once you buy into the Darwin`s natural law.

To be sure, more problems are created than solved if all we do is to loosen our morals and put the gavel down,  because our law institutions are unable or unwilling to keep up with an ever-increasing load of corruption all around us —  truth is it will probably get worse.  What do we say to victims who have been violated and have experienced loss of self-worth?   Our justice system though better than most countries, has failed in many ways, so the idea that justice is impartial and objective may once have been a comforting concept but far from what is actually happening in our system of justice, sadly to say.   That justice is blind is an allusion to the Greek statue for justice, wearing a blindfold so as not to treat friends differently from strangers, or rich people better than the poor ones.  But it can be just as true that justice is blind but not in the way it is idealized to be.  What actually occurs in our courts of law often leaves its victims broken and despairing, with little hope of ever seeing their perpetrators get what they deserve.  You see that in Darwinism thought and while it may be argued that Charles Darwin never intended for his philosophy to redefine what evil is, this is what it has become.  Social Darwinism is where its proponents treat societies similar to the way Darwin treated biological species;  the strong adapt to their environment in order to survive while the weak fall away:  a instance of this is where Nazi Germany saw themselves as superior to everyone else, the strongest naturally prosper at the expense of the weak    This “natural law” Darwin promoted is very much in evidence today and underscores our own legislation for euthanasia and abortion.   Our politicians have put aside the moral code of God to purge out the weak and vulnerable people from our social system.     People rise to the top any way they can and condemn kind behavior if it gets in the way of their cause, and while they offer alternative reasons for doing so, they present a fallacious sense of doing good.   In truth, “what evil is” becomes less of a concern for them.

We can say safely, that God will Judge all men, and will do so with a righteous thud of His gavel!   He provides hope for the wrongs and sin`s of man where each are called into account.  Unless, offenders have sought forgiveness and repented of their sinful acts, they will be punished in hell.  Darwin may have hated the thought of hell, but hell will continue to be a place reserved for the unrepentant and disbelieving.  Whatever you may think of hell, no one will be given a light term, or dismissed due to a technicality, the judgment of God is final and will happen in the Last Day.  Maybe this truth might help some out there who need reassurance that justice will not be neglected forever.

If you have been victimized, then rest assured that God is Judge over all the earth and none will escape Him.  Another point we must think over, is that God judges all sins, that means ours as well, regardless of their nature,  against man and God.   The Bible tells us that we all have sinned against Him.     All have sinned and come short of the Glory of God. (Ro. 3:23)   All offensives criminal or moral, are considered law-breaking before God and will be judged in the Last Day.  Darwin saw God`s Judgment as unfair and unloving.   The truth is that you cannot have a compassionate God without Divine Justice.    For love to be truly loving, there must be judgment.   If there is no Divine Judgment, then there is no hope for people who have been exploited.   If no one is called into account before a Divine Judge, then evil wins the day.   We are thankful to God that this is not the case.  We have a righteous God who can get angry at sin!    We need a God who will protect righteous standards and in so doing gives us all hope, that once and for all evil will be dealt with and justice served.  Therefore, one of the most loving things we can do is compassionately voice the truth that hell, just like heaven, is for real.  We who love God and believe in His Son,  if we are to really care for the people God has placed around us, then we must be willing to risk social awkwardness and tell the truth about evil and its consequences.   We do so out of a spirit of gentleness, respect, and Christina love.