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Bull About Bullying

Bull About Bullying

Thomas Sowell. Refreshing Clarity. I had a good chuckle over this article. Especially the part about “the grand make-believe that pervades our politics.”

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From HumanEvents.com:

“President Barack Obama has joined the chorus of those deploring bullying. But his own administration is pushing the notion that a disproportionate number of suspensions or other punishments for members of particular racial or ethnic groups is discriminatory.

“In other words, if a school suspends more black males than Asian females, that is taken as a sign of discrimination. No one in his right mind really believes that, but it is part of the grand make-believe that pervades our politics and even our courts.”

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Jesus – The Lord of Spirit, Soul, Body and MIND

Jesus – The Lord of Spirit, Soul, Body and MIND

Whose “2 cents” worth matters?

For my entire Christian life I have been hearing this: “we need to be more relevant to the world to draw the world to Jesus.”

Usually this is expressed as a change in style of music, style of church service, etc. “We are the ‘cool’ Christians. We’re not like those other stuffy religious bigots. Come to our church.”

Much of my ministry career has been spent involved to some degree or another with World Missions. Striving to “contextualize” the Gospel into another culture is a challenge, but a necessary one. We want to see every people group in the world hear about Jesus in a way that they can understand!

This is just as true in America. We want everyone to hear the Gospel in a way that they understand.

I remember reading in an essay on contextualizing the Gospel about how challenging it is to present the Gospel in a relevant way without compromising exactly what the Gospel is!

Here is one key element of the Gospel that seems to get missed in America: Jesus is Lord!

He is the Creator and Originator of all things. He is the boss. The head honcho. The big cheese. The final say. The judge.

What He says is true – is true. What he says is false – is false.

Jesus is Lord of all opinions of truth!

Of course, God created each of us as unique individuals, so we can like chocolate-chip-cookie-dough ice cream over fudge ice cream. This kind of opinion is valid.

We each have different styles, giftings, preferences, etc. Sometimes there is no “one right way” to do things.

But sometimes there is only ONE right way. If Jesus says so. And don’t forget, when I say Jesus, I mean God. In other words, whether the Truth is presented from the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit it is still true.

Christianity is true whether you believe in it or not!

I have often wondered why there seems to be so little interest in Biblical Worldview amongst Christians. There seems to be a satisfaction with just getting “saved,” going to church, tithing, signing up for the usher’s list (or nursery, or bake sale, or softball team) and waiting for the end of time.

And of course, don’t vote for anyone who is for “special” rights for gays or pro-choice. Well, those two used to be sacred anyways.

But Jesus is Lord of All of Life, and His Opinion is Truth!

Here is my call to the Church of Jesus: Repent of believing whatever you want to believe and preferring whatever truth you want and instead surrender your Mind to Christ!

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind! Surrender Absolutely to the Lordship of Jesus Christ over your thoughts.

Think God’s thoughts after Him.

Ethics? Philosophy? Politics? Values? Leadership Principles? Work Principles? Financial Principles? In everything it is time to lay down our weapons and surrender to the One True God in the area of our opinions.

Lord help me! Help me see the world the way You see it! Get rid of my error. Show me the Truth. Teach me the Truth!

In the end, it doesn’t matter what my opinion is and it doesn’t matter what your opinion is. It matters what God’s opinion is on every issue.

It’s very hard to have real conversations about how the Gospel applies to All of Life unless we are all surrendered to and seeing the Truth of Jesus Christ as reveled to in the Bible and testified to by the Holy Spirit.

What do conservatives say? What do liberals say? What about Fox News? What about the Huffington Post?

???

What about the Bible!

Amen.

Death Panels?

Death Panels?

sarah_palinI’m sure you’ve been listening to the debate about “Death Panels.” Our President has called them a Myth.

I believe Sarah Palin coined the phrase here: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=113851103434

When Barack Obama tries to stop this “deception” he does so by saying it is an outright lie, there is no “death panel” in any current legislation.

I think he is missing the point. Palin is addressing the mentality behind the bills and the implications of the bills as well. She clearly shows this in a subsequent note here: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=116471698434

Here is a quote from that article:

“Of course, it’s not just this one provision that presents a problem. My original comments concerned statements made by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a health policy advisor to President Obama and the brother of the President’s chief of staff. Dr. Emanuel has written that some medical services should not be guaranteed to those ‘who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens….An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia.’ Dr. Emanuel has also advocated basing medical decisions on a system which ‘produces a priority curve on which individuals aged between roughly 15 and 40 years get the most chance, whereas the youngest and oldest people get chances that are attenuated.'” [Read More]

I just read an article that seems to show these implications coming true in the U.K. I don’t mean to attack the U.K. health system. I have never lived there. Perhaps some of my friends in the U.K. can explain. The point is not to attack a nation, but to try and really see if we can observe the “death panel” type consequences really coming true in a state health care system, whether or not that is the intent of such a system.

You can read that article at JewishWorldReview.com:

tracinski_new“Remember the whole controversy over ‘death panels’—the idea, as President Obama dismissively put it, that greater government control over medicine would cause bureaucrats to ‘pull the plug on grandma’?

Well, for weeks now Britain’s newspapers have been filled with articles about the National Health Service pulling the plug on grandma.” [Read More]

The story has a number of links to articles from U.K. sources about various stories where the “death panel” kind of thing is allegedly taking place.

tankThe United States is in a Worldview War primarily between the ideas of Secular Humanism and the ideas of Christianity. (Sometimes the “Christian” ideas are even pushed by people who are not necessarily “Christian.” They just embrace some of the values.) The rest of the world is in this war as well.

I don’t think we’re at a place where a law could openly say “let those who aren’t productive die;” but it is a clear implication of contemporary worldview to let this happen. Our culture actually considers it a legitimate debate whether or not the wholesale slaughter of the unborn going on through abortion should be illegal. This is not a culture that can be trusted to force a health care plan upon us. If our culture tolerates the murder of innocent unborn children, what will end up being tolerated in the name of saving health care costs? I would suggest we avoid any expansion of government, especially in the current climate.

Just some thoughts.