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2-23-2016 All Discrimination Is Not Condemned

According to the dictionary, discrimination involves our “power to distinguish and select what is true or appropriate or excellent.” In other words, discrimination is our ability to make good judgments. Because it has been tied to the word “racial,” many people are afraid to have it. Discrimination is a non-racial, non-sexual word, and those who make it that way are bullying people from making good moral decisions. God’s Wisdom says, “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate” (Proverbs 8:13 NKJV). Solomon said, “a wise man’s heart discerns both time and judgment, Because for every matter there is a time and judgment” (Ecclesiastes 8:5-6 NKJV). Jesus said, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24 NKJV). We must discriminate!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#discrimination, #judgment, #racial, #sexual

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4-10-2015 What Is Discrimination #5

By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith” (Hebrews 11:7 NKJV). Noah could not obey God in building the Ark without “condemning the world.” What if a State or Federal Law had been passed that told Noah he could not “condemn the world,” but had to permit everyone who wanted to to enter that Ark? Amendment I of the United States Constitution says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Discrimination based on moral values is “the free exercise thereof.” “It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment” (Proverbs 18:5 NKJV).

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

#amendment-i, #ark, #condemned, #discrimination, #judgment, #noah, #righteous, #state-or-federal-law, #u-s-constitution, #wicked

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4-9-2015 What Is Discrimination #4

Solomon said, “a wise man’s heart discerns both time and judgment, Because for every matter there is a time and judgment” (Ecclesiastes 8:5-6 NKJV). Today, Christians are “those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:14 NKJV). Skin color is no basis for discrimination, but a moral decision is! If discrimination against skin is opposed along with discrimination against the immoral, then Solomon “saw under the sun: In the place of judgment, Wickedness was there; And in the place of righteousness, Iniquity was there” (Ecclesiastes 3:16 NKJV). This is “throwing out the baby with the bathwater.”

Throwing out all “discrimination” because some of it is wrong, destroys the difference between ”good and evil.” Jesus said, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24 NKJV).

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

#appearance, #discern, #discrimination, #heart, #iniquity, #judge, #judgment, #righteousness, #skin-color, #solomon

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4-8-2015 What Is “Discrimination?” #3

Lot “pitched his tent even as far as Sodom. But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the LORD” (Genesis 13:12-13 NKJV). Sodom was so wicked, homosexual men took to the streets and demanded their “right” to have carnal relations with Lot’s visitors (Genesis 19:1-7). The New Testament says, God “delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)” (2 Peter 2:7-8 NKJV). Righteous people must make daily discrimination about the morally-bankrupt conduct of those around them, whether or not the “laws of the land” agree. No demonstration in the street by sinful people can change God’s moral law to choose between good and evil.

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

#demonstration, #discrimination, #homosexual, #lot, #moral-law, #righteous

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4-7-2015 What Is “Discrimination?” #2

Discrimination is bad when the wrong standard is used, for instance, things people cannot help: skin or kin. However, the right standard is set by God’s moral values for His people. David said, “Teach me good judgment and knowledge, For I believe Your commandments” (Psalm 119:66 NKJV). Christians are told: “everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:13-14 NKJV). It is by exercising our moral values we can tell the difference between “good and evil,” and there is a difference! It is wrong to discriminate because of skin, but right and essential to discriminate right from wrong.

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

#discern, #discrimination, #judge, #moral-values, #skin

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4-6-2015 What Is “Discrimination?” #1

Discrimination” is the quality or power of finely distinguishing,” or making judgments. Making moral judgments based upon what God says, is exactly what God wants us to do. Solomon asked God to “give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” (1 Kings 3:9 NKJV). Making “judgments” and “discerning” on the basis of “good and evil” is what God’s “wisdom” is all about. Jesus called “Hypocrites! [those who] can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time? Yes, and why, even of yourselves, do you not judge what is right?” (Luke 12:56-57 NKJV). When is this ever wrong?

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

#discernment, #discrimination, #judgments

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(#83) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:15-16-Simply Lost

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 14:15-16: “The simple believes every word, But the prudent considers well his steps. 16 A wise man fears and departs from evil, But a fool rages and is self-confident.”

“The simple” is a term, in the Book of Proverbs, which describes someone who is not using their mind for good judgment. “Simple” is not a compliment, for it is a disgrace for a human being not to use reasoning before acting. When sinful actions are the result of hormones, others, anger or malice, opportunity, lusts, pride, envy, rebelliousness, or willful ignorance, then prudence has not been used. “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:19-20).

One of the purposes of a proverb, Solomon said, is to “give prudence to the simple” (Proverbs 1:4). When one honestly, sincerely, and lovingly “thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth” (1 Corinthians 13:5-6), that indicates a purity of heart desiring to believe the best in others. But when one is “simple,” in the New Testament, it means to think innocently without always dwelling on wrongs, sins, or evil. One may therefore be easily deceived by slick speeches, designed to mislead. “For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil. And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen” (Romans 16:18-20). Being “wise in what is good” means using God’s Word as a filter for discrimination or prudence. Being “simple concerning evil” means making judgments unmixed by seeing any possibilities of evil.

Every time sin is identified, “a fool rages” as if he is right and unjustly condemned! The indignant sinner makes mockery of God’s Word. “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). NONE of such sinners has any moral right to such behavior, and NO right to condemn God, Scripture, or Christians because their behavior is damned! The church of Christ in Corinth was made up of people who, having heard, “believed and were baptized” (Acts 18:8), but had left behind their immorality and ungodliness (1 Corinthians 6:11). NO indignant or raging sinner will be saved. Scribes and Pharisees watched Jesus for something with which to condemn Him, but, with a miracle, He healed a man, and challenged their false doctrine. “But they were filled with rage, and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus” (Luke 6:6-11). It is sad when any sinner reacts with defensive rage but misses Jesus Christ.

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

#bible-study, #discrimination, #evil, #good, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #prudence, #simple, #wisdom

Discrimination That is a dirty word right I…

Discrimination! That is a dirty word, right? I am astonished at the power of the media to take a legitimate word and pervert its essence until if it is ever used it results in scorn. But discrimination means the ability to reason and distinguish between the good and the bad. To discriminate between restaurants keeps one from unpleasant dining. To discriminate between witnesses helps juries arrive at justice. A multiple choice quiz requires the student to discriminate between right and wrong answers. On the other hand, bigotry can be found in all, even the media. If the media chooses to regularly present religious issues as irrelevant or Christians as out-of-step with reality, is that just and fair or biased and bigoted? Speak not of whites and non-whites; we are all people. Rather discriminate between righteousness that exalts a nation and sin that is a reproach to any people. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#discrimination, #just-a-minute