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Crass or crook: those are our options come election day, 2016 unless of course you choose to opt out of the process this year.

I understand.

thYou and I wish the choices were rather between ‘class and crook‘ so we could sleep better after the election, but that is not our reality. Lets face it folks, collectively as a nation this is our fault and we have gotten what we deserve.

What should we have expected after decades of moral decline? Are we really surprised that crass shows up on the scene when we have been approvingly inviting adultery, fornication, and lewdness into our living rooms via cable TV for the last however many decades? I am not surprised, but I am guilty.

Let’s Look at Porn

Porn is just the tip of this filthy iceberg, but did you know that according to one source, “While few people openly admit to watching porn, 66 percent of all men and 41 percent of American women view pornography at least once a month.”

I’ve watched porn, have you? (that’s a rhetorical question and you are not obliged to answer). Frankly, I am the one who is ashamed and embarrassed of my past behavior and how it has led to our present condition. How can I possibly judge the words that come out of a man’s mouth in a private conversation when my words and deeds over five decades have contributed greatly to the moral decline of this country. I am an accessory to this perversion, having participated in the creation of an environment where illicit behavior is both condoned and encouraged. Sure, I’ve repented and turned away from these heinous activities and turned to Jesus, but that in no way negates the fact that I have been complicit.

Having said that…

I know plenty of crass people (don’t worry, I’m not going to name names). I also know plenty of crooked people, having been in law enforcement for so many years. The thing with criminals is that their former conduct often disqualifies them from holding public office as well as many other jobs. Like it or not, that is the law of our land.

This is not the situation with one of our presidential candidates. Technically speaking, she is not a criminal; she has not been formally charged with any criminal activity, nor has she ever been found guilty of any charge. Having said that, we as a nation cannot help but notice the huge cloud of criminality that hangs over her head. Many of us notice it and talk about it daily, and many others notice and work to sweep it under the rug. Of course the situation is only exasperated when our Attorney General and Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation seem to be working with and for the suspect, rather than the good of our country.

It all just smells oh so foul.

As I said before, I know plenty of crass folks. And so do you. The truth be told most of the people we deal with are or have been crass. This list includes, but is not limited to doctors, lawyers, teachers, policemen, mechanics, and the list goes on and on. I could tell you stories and you could tell me stories. And they could likely tell stories about us. However, there is one thing that many (if not most) of these people have in common: they know their job and they do it well.

So it is with the crass fellow who happens to be running for President of these United States: he knows his job, he does it well, and there is not a raging storm of criminality hovering above his head. He’s crassy, not classy, but he is forgiven.

So there we have it. I’m voting for crass over crooked. I’m not excited about it, but I believe crass has better credentials when it comes to getting this nation economically, Constitutionally, and securely  stabilized.

The Bigger Picture 

I’d be remiss if I left out these pertinent Bible passages:

Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Romans 6:23, “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 10:9, “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:13 “for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

 

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Very rarely does someone stop in the driveway at Planned Parenthood, roll down the window, and begin a civil conversation. If they do it’s usually to babyshare an expletive, a middle finger, or both.  Today was different.

“I need to explain something to you,” she started, “when you already have five children, and can’t afford to feed them, this (abortion) is your only choice.”

I was polite.

It’s never my intention to shame these mothers because of the poor choice they’re about to make (or have already made), nor do I display pictures of aborted babies in the hopes the gory image will change their minds. I believe if I can reach out with the Gospel message (or at least a small portion of it), the mom might be saved and she will in turn save her own baby.

Her car slowly moved forward as she finished her sentence. No time for the Good News today.

“I’ll adopt your baby,” I said calmly before changing it to a question, “What if I adopted your baby?”

What if I adopted your baby?”

The car stopped abruptly and she looked back through her window. She paused a second, then shook her head and said, “Nope! I don’t want anyone else raising my baby,” as the car inched forward.

I was taken aback that she used the term my baby.

“You’d rather kill it?” I asked, kind of ashamed for calling her baby an it.

Without too much emotion she replied, “Yes, I’d rather have the doctor here kill it then let you have it.”

She pulled into the parking lot and behind the building, completely out of my sight. I couldn’t pursue her because it’s private property and I’m restricted to my little portion of sidewalk out front.

“Jesus loves you,” I called down the driveway. “Jesus has a plan for you and your baby! Please come back and talk to me!”

She didn’t come back.

I left about two hours later and did not see her again.

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An Ugly Poem about Saving Lives

Do you remember that fateful day
When about three thousand passed away?
Passed away? Sorry, I am mistaken,
They did not pass, they were taken.

Agonizing as this might be,
Envision another scenario with me.
Assaulted and collapsing towers
Three thousand dead every three hours.

Over and over the casualties mount
At day’s end, thirty thousand is the count.
Praying, wailing, a shocked world frozen,
Were we providentially chosen?

Wondering why I would propose
Revisiting horrors such as those?
Because that many die each day,
Just not in that appalling way.

Thirty thousand kids under age five
This time tomorrow will not be alive.
A child’s death: is – it – as – profound
As when the towers came tumbling down?

Critics may shout, It’s not the same!
The fittest survive, were not to blame.
The words of Jesus would not agree,
What you do for them, you do for Me.

What can be done in this our nation
To surmount this desperate situation?
In Jesus name, reject this crime

By helping one person at a time.

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Woe to those who join house to house; They add field to field, Till there is no place Where they may dwell alone in the midst of the land…Woe to those who rise early in the morning, That they may follow intoxicating drink; Who continue until night, till wine inflames them…to those who draw iniquity with cords of vanity, And sin as if with a cart rope; That say, “Let Him make speed and hasten His work, That we may see it; And let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come, That we may know it.” Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight! Woe to men mighty at drinking wine, Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink, Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away justice from the righteous man! Isaiah 5:8, 11, 18-23

Woe vs. Whoa

The word woe in the ancient Hebrew, means ‘alas’ or ‘lo,’ however in today’s Bible passage we can also appreciate the overt interpretation of ‘a passionate cry of grief or despair’ as spoken by God through His prophet Isaiah — we can say without a doubt our wicked behavior grieves our Lord.

Whoa, take ‘er easy there, Pilgrim.

That of course is not an excerpt from the book of Isaiah, but a quote from the character Tom Doniphon, as portrayed by John Wayne in the 1962 classic, ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.’ The quotation reminded me that although God grieves for His children, He also lovingly warns us to whoa; that is to stop those behaviors that will ultimately lead to our harm and destruction. For that reason this section of Isaiah, at its core, is a call to repentance, not just for historical Israel, but for us today.

The Six Woes

This might be an over simplification of the six woes, but essentially we get a glimpse of the aberrant social activities that were prevalent in those days. Take note that we haven’t changed much as a society in the three thousand years since this prophesy was given.

  1. Piggish Capitalism: consumptive hoarding at the expense and oppression of others.
  2. Hedonism: the excessive pursuit of selfish and perverse pleasure, rejecting all moral values.
  3. Spiritual Apathy: the false notion that God doesn’t care about sin or that He winks at our sin.
  4. Relativism: a concept that maintains there are no absolute truths; what’s wrong for you may be right for me.
  5. Intellectualism: the notion that man is wiser than God; evolution of species is our prime example.
  6. Substance Abuse: the addiction that always follows unrestrained perversity.

The Warnings

God is not mocked and (it’s a promise of God), we will reap that which we sow — those who practice these things and similar will suffer greatly – ancient Israel suffered and we will also suffer. We are already feeling the birth pangs of consequence. Corporately and individually, the unrepentive have these things to look forward to:

Desolate homes
Scant vineyards
Captivity
Famine
Drought
Humiliation
Theft
Spiritual isolation
Spiritual blindness
Moral bankruptcy
Disease
Fruitlessness

Therefore the anger of the Lord is aroused against His people; He has stretched out His hand against them And stricken them, And the hills trembled. Their carcasses were as refuse in the midst of the streets. For all this His anger is not turned away, But His hand is stretched out still. Isaiah 5:25

Our Hope

But His hand is stretched out still. Isaiah 5:25

To those who would say that our God is a condemning God, we share this hope – the God who warns is the God who also saves. He came with outstretched arms to provide our escape and His hand He has never retracted. Ours is Jesus who willingly endured the cross for all humanity, for all who would confess, repent, and believe to receive His gracious gift of salvation and submit themselves to His loving and refining authority.

“…If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
  1. How does this relate to the United States?
  2. How does this relate to you individually?
  3. Do you see the way of escape?
  4. What is your prayer today?

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Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
The local newspaper gave this account…
Nikki…usually wore a black leather motorcycle jacket, boots and jeans. Chicken soup and pasta fagioli were among her specialties. One friend said the 54-year-old Long Branch woman was a jockey years ago, while another said it was more likely that she simply worked with horses at the racetrack. She spoke her mind, often tried to help those in need and had a good heart, friends said. ’She was a tough broad, ’ said one neighbor, Denise, who did not want her last name published. ’I can tell you that, and that’s how you can describe her — as a tough broad.’ Asbury Park Press, August 2008

Nikki was found dead, brutally murdered in her apartment; the alleged assailant was arrested.

Nikki was not a friend, but back in the day we hung out and drank excessively in the same filthy places. That was over thirty years ago. Perhaps six years later I met Jesus. In that time, and in the decades since, I never thought to introduce Nikki to Jesus. I supposed, having been in and out of trouble (and jail) through her life, others likely shared the Gospel with her. My hope is that somewhere prior to her last gulp of air one of those seeds germinated, yet I cannot help but think I had squandered an opportunity or two to speak the truth to her.

Now don’t get me wrong; I am not taking on the burden (of the possibility) of her not being saved. That choice was always hers. I’m confident if she didn’t hear the Gospel from me, God would have sent someone else. What troubles me, in a ‘I-have-a-chance-to-learn-from-my-mistakes’ kind of way, is that I quenched the work of the Holy Spirit when I opted to do or say nothing—in that sense I denied Jesus Christ. It would seem that I failed to see the urgency of the situation.

Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies.
1 Thessalonians 5:14-20

I am not proud of it, but when I read that Nikki died, I chuckled. Oh not at the fact that she had been brutally murdered, but because I had assumed (because of her hazardous life style) she was probably already dead. Girls like Nikki tend to have short lives. I confess that it got me thinking that the only real difference between Nikki and me is that I made one good choice in my life and she did not, that good choice of course being to accept God’s free gift of grace.

In Nikki’s passing a few years ago, I re-concluded I needed to step it up a notch, oh not to overreact in my flesh, but to be more in tune to the Lord’s promptings and when He is guiding me to open my mouth on His behalf. Life is short and people are dying in their sin. Yes it’s true, God will send somebody; His will will be done, but shame on us if we’re chosen and we say no.

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Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints–and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel… Ephesians 6:18-19

Did you see this recent headline?

American Sentenced to Prison for Insulting Thai Monarchy

I must confess that before I read the entire story, my first thought was,

Good. There are far too many arrogant Americans who believe they can go overseas, say or do whatever they want, and are then exempt from the consequences.”

I mean did you see the story of the three American college kids: Luke Gates, Derrik Sweeney, and Gregory Porter, who were arrested for throwing fire bombs at people during the riots in Egypt and then released from jail and sent home?

They weren’t hurling rocks or insults…they were throwing Molotov cocktails at human beings!

Sending these children home is exactly the wrong message to convey to an inexpedient, entitlement-prone, and irresponsible portion of our society. If Luke, Derrik, and Gregory were so compelled to fight for this cause, then they should own the repercussions as well.

Remember Michael Peter Fay?

He was the American who was sentenced to a caning in Singapore as an 18-year-old in 1994 for theft and vandalism. I suspect he learned a valuable lesson, and like it or not, he was an example for the rest of us. In light of current events, it would seem Luke, Derrik, and Gregory never heard about it.

Back to Thailand

This story is a little different.

Joe Gordon is a 55-year-old, Thai-born American, who several years ago, while living in Colorado, posted links to the Thai-banned biography of its monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. While visiting Thailand, he was arrested and sentenced to two and a half years in a Thai prison. Obviously, this situation has unique characteristics.

Having read the whole story (not just the headline), from my perspective, Joe is an innocent man…so how should we pray for him?

Speak Boldly For the Lord

I’m drawn to Paul’s prayer request in Ephesians.

And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel…”

I find it remarkable that Paul, essentially an innocent man, never writes in any of his Epistles, “Oh yea…and please remember to pray that I be released from this awful jail.”

Maybe God Wants Me Here

Perhaps.

Are we too quick to assume that God doesn’t want us or Joe Gordon in a difficult situation? Do we mistakenly pray for release, when in reality the Lord has put us there or has allowed us to wallow for a purpose we have yet to realize?

I don’t know.

What we do know is that Paul wasn’t deserving and he never bemoaned his condition — he considered his predicament both a Divine honor and opportunity. How else could he have referred to himself as an ambassador in chains.  I suspect he ministered to many while in jail and led many innocent and guilty people to Jesus Christ.

Shining Opportunities

Regardless of what we are going through, there is always an opportunity for Jesus to come and get His glory or for us to glorify Him. In Paul’s case, he could have curled up and died in that jail, but instead he prayed for boldness in his ministry and (despite not being aware of it) wound-up penning much of the New Testament.

What about Joe Gorton? 

If we’re guided solely by our emotions, we’re praying for Joe’s release from prison. But is that God’s plan?

Is Joe a Christian and does God desire to use him in a Thai jail?

Is Joe unsaved and is it God’s desire to meet him in a Thai jail?

I’m don’t know and the last thing I want to do is pray against God’s will. God can get His glory in the ugliest of situations and we need to seek and pray in accordance with His will.

Bad Things Happen

We have opportunities to shine as well and my prayer for you is that you would continue to speak boldly the truths of the Gospel in your rotten health, in your financial debt, in your failed marriage, in the loss of your job, or whatever situation you find yourself, regardless if it’s your fault or not.

Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

Questions:

  • How does the Bible tell us to pray?
  • How has Jesus ministered to you while in the midst of a trial?
  • Has being led by emotions (alone) ever made matters worse?

Please remember to pray for Joe and the persecuted church.

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…May (God) give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints… Ephesians 1:17-18

An Abundant Life?

What is the hope of His calling? What are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints? It was Paul’s desire that the saints would see deeper into God’s will so that we might know true prosperity and the primary purpose behind it.

Sadly, far too many Christians believe that God’s blessings are entirely evident in their amassed possessions, thus they’ve become about as discerning as a three-year old choosing between an ice cream cone and a savings bond. Regardless of value, they opt for immediate satisfaction every time. They lack the spiritual capacity to see the bigger picture and are unable to appropriately distinguish between temporary and eternal.

For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more. Luke 12:48b

Those who cling to prosperity are not prosperous; they are idol worshipers. The Father would have us know that an abundant life is realized when we understand that our inheritance is found in Christ and not in earthly treasures that He allows us to possess for a season. These things are of God, but they are not designed as rewards for our faith – prosperity is the means by which we can bring honor, glory, and praise to Jesus.

Consider This Lady

Her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil All the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, And willingly works with her hands. She is like the merchant ships, She brings her food from afar. She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household, And a portion for her maidservants. She considers a field and buys it; From her profits she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms. She perceives that her merchandise is good, And her lamp does not go out by night. She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hand holds the spindle. She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household, For all her household is clothed with scarlet. She makes tapestry for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, And supplies sashes for the merchants. Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her:”Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.” Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, And let her own works praise her in the gates. Proverbs 31:10b-31

The virtuous wife is a heavenly portrait of prosperity with a purpose and an example for every believer. She has received the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. Her eyes have been enlightened. She knows the hope of His calling and the riches of the glory of His inheritance. She doesn’t give more than she gets, she gives as she gets and therefore lacks nothing. She’s submitted and obedient to Jesus.

Meditate

Read Proverbs 31 again and note the action(s) that follow the word ‘she.’

  1. Who is her provider?
  2. Who is her motivation?
  3. What are her expectations?

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20

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