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11-24-2016[Thanksgiving] Thank God

“Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the LORD is the great God, And the great King above all gods” (Psalm 95:1-3 NKJV).  Before it was a: nationally-proclaimed “Thanksgiving Day,” “turkey day,” “football tradition,” or “beginning of ‘Black Friday’ shopping,” people approached God in worship and prayer “with thanksgiving.” Pilgrims landed in North America near starvation in 1620, but with help from Indians, survived, and thanked God.  Citizens have forgotten this “state” was not “separate” from worship of Almighty God. “For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer” (1 Timothy 4:4-5 NKJV). Thank, again!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#church-and-state, #indian, #pilgrims, #thanksgiving-day

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11-7-2016 Limits For Caesar

Pharisees asked Jesus a “trick” question: “’Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?’ But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, ‘Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? Show Me the tax money.’ So they brought Him a denarius. And He said to them, ‘Whose image and inscription is this?’ They said to Him, ‘Caesar’s.’ And He said to them, ‘Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s’ (Matthew 22:17-21 NKJV).  Jesus kept the line firmly drawn between “church and state.”  Caesar claims tax money, but a constitutionally-controlled government should stay within its legal limits.  Everything else belongs to, “the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them” (Acts 14:15 NKJV), and should be outside the authority of the State!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#church-and-state, #legal-limits, #tax

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11-7-2016 Limits For Caesar

Pharisees asked Jesus a “trick” question: “’Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?’ But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, ‘Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? Show Me the tax money.’ So they brought Him a denarius. And He said to them, ‘Whose image and inscription is this?’ They said to Him, ‘Caesar’s.’ And He said to them, ‘Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s’ (Matthew 22:17-21 NKJV).  Jesus kept the line firmly drawn between “church and state.”  Caesar claims tax money, but a constitutionally-controlled government should stay within its legal limits.  Everything else belongs to, “the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them” (Acts 14:15 NKJV), and should be outside the authority of the State!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#church-and-state, #hypocrites, #tax

Strong delusion for the weak mind

Supporting the call of the gospel of Jesus the Christ upon a college campus? That’s not right says many in the world of academia and liberal-minded politics. If Federal dollars are involved in any way then such support would indicate a union between church and state. This has been repeated so much over the last couple of decades that the speakers of the mantra are bluer in the face than the field of ole’ glory.

Supporting the call to Muslim Friday prayers upon a college campus? That’s perfectly fine according to some in the world academia and liberal-minded politics. Federal dollars are involved but such a public announcement concerning matters of religion is fine; since there is no church involved it can’t be a union of “church” and state, right? Now those who have been on the receiving end of the “church and state” mantra have been left seeing stars after having smacked ourselves on the forehead for not understanding that the deluded aren’t interested in reality.

And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12)

#american-culture, #church-and-state, #delusion, #irony, #news

What happened to separation of “church” and “state” here?

You can’t mention Jesus’ name in a prayer during school and political events. No way, because there’s separation of church and state!

You can’t post the 10 Commandments on court-house grounds. No way, because there’s separation of church and state!

You can’t celebrate pagan holydays (a.k.a. holidays) in the White House and on Capitol Hill. No way, because there’s separation of church and state! … wait a minute, never mind.

I guess it depends on what “church” you’re talking about when it comes to the separation.

#church-and-state, #current-events, #religion-and-politics

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Psalm 101

Vs. 1-4 declare David’s personal resolutions;

Vs. 5-8 declare David’s royal resolutions against others’ evil.

This Psalm was written by David as he became king (by Samuel, 1 Samuel 16:13; at Hebron, 2 Samuel 2:4). David truly understood a king’s responsibility, as Solomon later wrote: “A king who sits on the throne of judgment Scatters all evil with his eyes” (Proverbs 20:8); “A wise king sifts out the wicked, And brings the threshing wheel over them” (Proverbs 20:26); “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 21:1). There was no “separation of church and state,” for the head of “state” determined his “church” would influence him to lead well. And so it should be!

Verses 1-4: The King would praise the God who was over him (verse 1) and follow the principles based upon God’s characteristics of “mercy and justice.” To “behave wisely in a perfect way” (verse 2) refers not to sinlessness, but to “completely, or consistently,” even at home! The difference between public and private behavior should not be drastically different, as YouTube and Facebook could show. If “what you see is what you get,” then David didn’t want to see it (verse 3)! A man, with the best of intentions, may still fall to his temptations (2 Samuel 11:1-5; 12:9). It is loyalty to God to hate those who “turn aside” (Proverbs 8:13). “A perverse heart” (or “twisted”) kept him simple, honest (verse 4) to accept rebuke for his sins (2 Samuel 12:1-14). To “know wickedness” is to give it your time and attention. David was determined “not to know wickedness,” that is, keep all who carried this dreaded spiritual condition far from him (to have a child’s heart, Deuteronomy 1:39; Jonah 4:11).

Verses 5-8: “Secret slander” (verse 5) cannot be mistaken for good (Proverbs 10:18), nor can it be passed off as “being a sound preacher!” The fact that it is “secret” shows the disgusting underhandedness of the one spreading it, and it is an obvious manifestation of a perverse heart without love. “Whisperers, backbiters” are listed with “haters of God” and given up by God (Romans 1:28-32)! Such people are also guilty of a “haughty look” and “proud heart” and seldom repent of their “secret” wickedness. Since Jesus Christ now sits on David’s throne in heaven (Acts 2:29-32), these sins are an abomination to Him and banned from His kingdom (2 Corinthians 12:19-21). David’s attention will be to “the faithful of the land” (verse 6), for only they would help him in the right way (Proverbs 11:20). David seemed to know: “If a ruler pays attention to lies, All his servants become wicked” (Proverbs 29:12). Since verse 7 is the negative of verse 6, applied today, no faithful Christian “works deceit” and no one who “tells lies” “walks in a perfect way.” David would waste no time in ridding the land of “all the wicked,” (verse 8) as defined in Moses’ Law (Exodus 34:10-17). Jesus Christ now reigns over his kingdom (the church of Christ, Colossians 1:9-14) and Psalm 101 could be His banner over His throne.

Thought: From our hearts to God’s ear: Give us government leaders like David, and help us know how to select them. May we teach all who would lead to follow Psalm 101 and Jesus Christ.

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #book-of-psalms, #christian-living, #church-and-state, #daily-bible-reading, #god, #government-leaders, #jesus-christ, #obedience, #slanderers

Hypocrisy on Stage

Let me say ahead of time that my comments here (along with their inserted comments) reflect the hypocritical use of religion by liberal (I don’t approve of conservatives doing it either in case you’re wondering) elected leaders in the American government much more than it reflects my stance on the issue at hand.

Diane Feinstein (Senator of California) had a press conference today (1/24/2013) concerning her proposal to introduce legislation to ban “assault” weapons. That seems like typical duck-tape politics to me, but the LOL (and that’s the first time I believe I’ve ever used that) moment came when remarks were made by a guest introduced by the senator before the proposal got underway.

The guest was “the Very Reverend Gary Hall” (forget reverend, could someone tell me how a man can be biblically called very reverend??? I wonder if that makes the regular reverend people feel a little smaller???) who represents the National Cathedral (not a church that belongs to God, but a bastion of moral and religious relativism) in D.C.. I’d like to say a thing or two about Gary’s comments and the prayer that followed.

Gary said,

As people of faith we have the moral obligation to stand with and for the victims of gun violence and to work to end it.

Statements like this make me wonder in a way that causes exasperation. No amoral law can solve a moral issue!!! It is already illegal to murder someone is it not? Regardless of the weapon being used, murder is a moral issue that this government is approaching in an amoral way. People need to be taught about the spiritual consequences violating God’s law along side the consequences of violating the law of the land.

Gary also said,

We’ve tolerated school shootings and mall shootings and theatre shootings and sniper shootings and workplace shootings and temple and church shootings and urban neighborhood shootings for far too long, enough is enough…I don’t want to take away someone’s hunting rifle, but I can no longer justify a society that allows people other than military and police to own weapons like these, or that permits the sell of high-capacity magazines….

If the issue is about the taking/protection of innocent life, then why aren’t all innocent lives given the same intolerant attention and care by Mrs. Feinstein? If life is sacred (and it is) then who sanctified it? How can you look for moral support for an issue like “gun-control” while ignoring real moral obligations to protect innocent lives who live within the womb of their mother? I’ll tell you how…you find someone dressed up in a hypocrite’s costume with a collar and you let them give a speech. Are the 50+ million innocent lives (approximately 3,700+ per day) that have been violently ended not enough? How can one not justify a society that “fails” to restrict the ownership of amoral objects like guns in the way a particular person wants (gun ownership is restricted to law-abiding people mind you) while finding the ability to justify a society that rips apart children piece by piece, or flushes them down the toilet!? Yes, enough is enough, and the pro-abortion senator who called the press conference should be told such.

Gary then prayed,

Oh God, you made human beings in your image, and you’ve given us hearts with which to feel the pain of others and minds to create solutions for human suffering…we ask all this in God’s holy name….

Where did the separation of church and state go today? A prayer to God (which I am in support of) sounds like religion to me…maybe it’s because he represents a “cathedral” instead of the church? I don’t know (or do I?). How is that prayers at graduations violate the “separation” rule but this didn’t? How is that prayers around the flagpole violate the “separation” rule but this didn’t? How? Seems to me that the “state” only approves of the “church” when the “church” approves of the “state’s” position. Be a contrarian (you could be called much worse) with that and you might be accused of being a “constitution thumper” (oh wait, that whole “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…” is that little Declaration thing isn’t it?). What solutions are being offered anyways? Are people going to be taught to value life because we’re made in the image of our Creator??? Ah, that would violate that whole “separate” thing wouldn’t it? I guess they’re going to have to convince people who don’t mind violating the law by murdering others that it will be really bad if they do so with weapons deemed unacceptable.

There was much hypocrisy shown on that stage today. It was a show about a political stance, not a stance on a moral issue – murder is already wrong and illegal…unless it’s the murder of victims who cannot speak! Religion for hire is not a religion that brings one higher. Religion for hire reveals a religion desperate to stay in the lamelight. Dress it up in whatever way you want, hypocrisy only washes the outside of the cup while ignoring the nastiness on the inside.

And by the way, Gary, whose name was that prayer asked in again? We have to be careful with that one, don’t we?

May the longsuffering and patience of the Almighty God continue to be with our nation as it has been with us (1 Timothy 2:1-6).

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