January 5, 2014

When I was driving to Greenfield on Sunday, I was reminded about a conversation I had about 20 years ago.  I was youth group leader and we were going on a trip on a bus.  The youth pastor was driving and I looked at the speedometer.  I commented that he was speeding because he was going just over 60mph.  He told me that he set the cruise control at 62mph because he rationalized that the police would not pull him over because he was only doing 7 miles over the limit.  It seems he rationalized that 62 wasn’t technically speeding.

At one time or another, are we not all guilty of treating sin the same way?  “I’ll just look at the women’s underwear section.  It’s not like I’m actually seeing anyone naked.”… “I’ll just hang out with my work buddies after work.  I won’t drink or anything.  Maybe I’ll just have one or two, but that’s my limit.”…”Hmm, the sales clerk gave me too much change.  I’m already home and it’s a 20 minute drive.  Oh well, I guess it’s my lucky day.”…“Sure, honey, that dress doesn’t make you look fat at all.”  (Admittedly, this is wrong on both sides of the question, unless one’s wife is looking for the truth.)…“I was only curt with him because he interrupted me and I was tired.  I didn’t mean anything by it.  He’ll get over it.”…“The music lyrics are only a little suggestive.  I can handle a few sexual innuendos.  They won’t affect the way I look at women and my spiritual life.”

Little things that adds up, chipping away at my mind and resolve.  These apparent little things increase my tolerance for sin in me and others.  I rationalize that’s it is only a small act or thought and make it ok.  Soon, I start making excuses for more and more leniency in my life.  One of two things happens, I either believe I am mature because of my tolerance, which makes me a member of the Corinthian church, or I play the harlot chasing after the pleasures of the world.  I am called to be holy, and not to tolerate sin.  I am to beat my sinful nature into submission, so to speak.  But I understand what Paul means in Romans 7,

When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 24What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!  

I don’t want to sin but I can’t help myself sometimes.  In God’s perfect plan of salvation, all my sins are forgiven.  I can’t allow for the little things to build so that I can use it to rationalize the sins I commit.  I am accountable for all my actions and excuses are never valid.

Don’t be fooled, Part 2

What is the type of power the progressive Left wants?  A dictatorship or something similar to communist Russia.  They are Marxists at heart and beliefs.  They don’t necessarily believe the established ruling system is bad.  They only say that it is bad because they are not in power.  It is only bad because they are pulling the strings.

Marx teaches that a revolution must occur.  His preferred method is through violence and scathing rhetoric towards those in power, with acts of violence used to accentuate their position.  It has always been the tactics of communism.  It has happened in Russia, China, Cuba and almost anywhere you see a single dictator ruling over a country with pointless elections where the dictator is always voted to remain in power by 100% of the voters.

In United States, it has been done differently.  The Left has little by little incorporated their ideas into the law of the country.  Income tax, Social Security, welfare, Medicare/Medicaid, and now Obamacare, are government bureaucracies designed to control certain parts of the population.  Usually it is those who desperately need the monetary handouts in order to get by.  There has been little violence to their progression of liberal policies, up until now.

In recent events the Left has been stirring up their constituency, the minorities.  They play the race card which works every single time.  They start preaching white hate against oppressed blacks, working people up into a lather, stoking the flames of perceived injustice.  Evidence and truth do not matter to the Left, only that they are provoking anarchy and chaos.  They want the riots and the violence.  The more the better.  If you watch the reporting, they don’t ever denounce the rioting and violence, they sensationalize it.

Their end game is unrest in the streets, where the respect for civil authority, the police, is non-existent.  The more this unrest and rioting and violence persists the better because it would bring them to the place they really want to be in, the desired situation for the country: a military presence controlled by the federal government and martial law.  That would be how they obtain absolute control.  It never takes long for them to call in the National Guard.  And the people who would feel the brunt of all this are the people they incensed into the rioting and violence.