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4-11-2017 The Valley of Opinion

“Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones” (Proverbs 3:7-8 NKJV).  In this country, we value opinion over facts and truth.  There are far more “opinion polls” than there are “fact-checkers.” Make this proverb plainer, “Do not be wise in your own opinion” (Romans 12:16 NKJV).  The only way to live a good, strong life is to “fear the LORD and depart from evil.”  “Fear” is “respect,” and “depart” is to leave it off.  “But, I think” is no substitute for: “I thought about my ways, And turned my feet to Your testimonies. I made haste, and did not delay To keep Your commandments” (Psalm 119:59-60 NKJV).  The Valley of Opinion is in the Land of the Lost.

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

#opinion

VOTD: Deuteronomy 12.8-9 “What seems best”

“You must not do like we are doing here today, with everyone doing what seems best to him, for you have not yet come to the final stop and inheritance the Lord your God is giving you.”

Deuteronomy 12.8-9

Moses told Israel how to worship God once they arrived in the promised land.

What seems best to man is seldom if ever what God wants. Why is that?

#opinion, #votd, #worship

I like Christmas Songs. Do you?

I don’t know about you, but I like “Christmas” songs.

I can’t say I like every song, or even most songs that fall into the “Christmas” category, but some of my favorite songs just happen to be songs that are labeled as “Christmas” songs.

I don’t like listening to all of the pop-stars singing to make a buck with their latest “Christmas” album. I may be wrong, but judging by the albums released before and after the nicey-nice holiday studio cut, I don’t think the vast majority of the famous singers really care about the message that surrounds the average “Christmas” album.

I like singing several songs while I’m alone and while I’m with others. Silent Night, Beautiful Star of Bethlehem, and O Come All Ye Faithful are songs worth singing. They remind us of an important message (1 Timothy 3:16).

Whether the calendar says it’s December or July, I like singing these songs because they do my heart good, and I hope they do you good as well.

I’m not saying you have to like “Christmas” songs … I’m just saying that I do.

Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing.” (Psalm 100:2 – NKJV)

By the way, if you want to watch one of my favorite video and song combos, you can click here.

#christmas, #opinion, #singing

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9-8-2016 Your Own Opinion

“Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion” (Romans 12:16 NKJV).  “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion,” except, that is, when truth is involved!  Personal preference is not the same as truth.  Favorite colors, hair styles, school majors, football teams, or cars may vary, because there is not the same one for everybody!  But no one is entitled to the “opinion” that stealing can be right!  “Stealing” something that  belongs to someone else without their permission is wrong.  “Thieves break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19 NKJV).  Our opinion about it does not change the fact of the theft or the wrongness of it.  Our opinion must never be confused with “truth.”   The words “what I think” must not override “what God says!”

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

#opinion, #stealing, #think

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9-9-2016 Opinion About Salvation

“A wise man fears and departs from evil, But a fool rages and is self-confident” (Proverbs 14:16 NKJV).  “A fool” is anyone arguing against this moral distinction between good and evil, and “is self-confident” without God’s approval.  People may say, “I know I’m saved, regardless of what you show me in the Bible!”  Solomon said: “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12 NKJV).  When Jesus says to “every creature,” “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV), how can anyone “know they are saved” if they claimed “salvation” before being baptized?  Salvation is not man’s to claim, but God’s to give, and on His terms!  “For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends” (2 Corinthians 10:18 NKJV).

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

#fool, #opinion, #salvation, #self-confident, #wise

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9-8-2016 Your Own Opinion

“Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion” (Romans 12:16 NKJV).  “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion,” except, that is, when truth is involved!  Personal preference is not the same as truth.  Favorite colors, hair styles, school majors, football teams, or cars may vary, because there is not the same one for everybody!  But no one is entitled to the “opinion” that stealing can be right!  “Stealing” something that  belongs to someone else without their permission is wrong.  “Thieves break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19 NKJV).  Our opinion about it does not change the fact of the theft or the wrongness of it.  Our opinion must never be confused with “truth.”   The words “what I think” must not override “what God says!”

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

#opinion, #truth

Is God Racist?

A certain segment of the American population has succeeded in perpetrating the notion of “political correctness” (PC) across a broad base of society. This ideology has infiltrated politics, education, and religion. While touted as a manifestation of “compassion” and “respect” for those with whom one disagrees, the fact is that PC seeks to silence any expression of disagreement that is not in line with its covert agenda.     Read >>

#agendas, #apologetics-press, #character-of-god, #opinion, #political-correctness, #truth

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12-21-2015 A Religious Poll

And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, ‘Who do the crowds say that I am?’ So they answered and said, ‘John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again'” (Luke 9:18-19 NKJV). The opinion on the street was: (1) speculative; (2) divided; (3) wrong! Did Jesus say: “each one has their own truth?” “everyone is entitled to their own opinion?” OR, “it doesn’t make any difference what they believe and practice?” None of these. Jesus said to His disciples who had seen His miracles, heard His teaching, and followed Him, “’But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered and said, ‘The Christ of God'” (Luke 9:20 NKJV). Prayers for unity without accepting what the Bible says avail nothing!

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

#opinion

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2-10-2015           To Tell The Truth

Brian Williams, anchorman on NBC TV’s “Nightly News,” recounted for over 10 years how his helicopter was shot down while reporting the war in Iraq. It wasn’t! He also reported seeing a body float by his motel room when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Sadly, his motel wasn’t in a part of the city that flooded. Facts and truth should always shape our opinions. “Do not be wise in your own opinion” (Romans 12:16 NKJV). Relying upon what “we think” can be unreliable, to say the least. Many “think” they remember being saved before they were baptized, but Jesus’ fact about who He saves is: “”He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). Shouldn’t you re-think your testimony about your salvation before you say it again?

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

#brian-williams, #facts, #opinion, #testimony, #truth

Opinions are like noses everyone has them and…

Opinions are like noses, everyone has them and they are often poked out front in places where they don’t belong. One of our adult classes is viewing a video series made by one of our brethren. In the series he takes a number of positions that can at best be categorized as his opinion, yet he treats each as if they are a “thus says the Lord”. There is nothing new about this. For decades and more people have been unable to separate their studied judgments from scripture from the scripture itself. While I agree with those studied judgments that make sense to me, I find those that do not make sense outrageously offensive and samples of flawed human reasoning and the pushing of opinions. The trouble with this is no one wants to put me in charge of separating which opinions we should respect as scripture and which to reject. Therefore duly chastened, I suggest we stick to a “book, chapter and verse” “thus says the Lord” approach to what we know is right and wrong and recognize and admit that beyond that we enter the realm of opinion and studied judgment, treat it as thus and allow others room to think for themselves. This is Just-A-Minute.

#judgment, #just-a-minute, #opinion, #scripture

It’s Amazing What the Government Can Fast-Track When They Want To!

So the Supreme Court decided last week that employers can’t be forced to provide employees with “birth-control” (i.e. abortion causing medication) that violates its religious convictions. Sounds like that would settle it, right? Wrong!

In a government that is notorious for gridlock, somehow one of the political parties has managed to get it all together in only a few days to produce a bill that would overturn the Supreme Court’s decision and force businesses (including certain schools, hospitals and churches) to provide whatever form of birth-control is covered (i.e. mandated) by the Affordable Care Act.

And their reasoning? Well as senator Patty Murray, of Washington state, said, ““Your health care decisions are not your boss’ business….”

So here’s my response to that statement:

  • if it’s not the boss’ business then why is the boss being forced to provide it!?
  • why is the boss being told it’s not their business when it is their business that’s being targeted?
  • if it’s not the boss’ business then why don’t you go take care of the situation privately without forcing someone else to participate against their will?
  • if it’s not the boss’ business, or anyone else’s business for that matter, then why is it the government’s business?
  • and since when does someone’s “right” require the revenue of someone else?

It’s a veiled issue that forces intrusion on the basis of preventing intrusion, and it sure is amazing what riles up the dander of some politicians while other issues seem to float on down the river of moral apathy, hypocrisy and relativism.

#birth-control, #morality, #opinion, #political-hypocrisy, #politics, #supreme-court

Since when does a “right” require the revenue of others?

The world is in an uproar this morning; at least certain in segments of America. And why?

Because Boko Haram continues to terrorize the innocent? No.

Because 80,000+ people die every year in America because of alcohol related issues? No.

Because “The View” seems to be heading in an unavoidable downward direction? No.

It’s because the Supreme Court has said that employers are under no obligation to pay for, wait for it … birth-control!!!

Besides the fact (according to my knowledge – but I’m no Constitutional scholar mind you) that the Constitution in no way guarantees the “right” to health-care, with or without birth-control, let’s pretend that it does. How would that require someone else (the employer in this case) to pay for it even if it comes in the form, or more appropriately the “guise”, of a tax?

We are guaranteed the right to free speech – but who says that our employer or government must pay for the bullhorn so we are heard?

We are guaranteed the right to lawfully assemble – but who says that our employer or government must pay for our day off of work to do so?

We are guaranteed the right of the press’ freedom – but who says that our employer or government must pay for us to print a newspaper?

We are guaranteed the right to bear arms – but who says that our employer or the government must pay for the B.B. Gun, much the most expensive and up-to-date form of firearms?

Get the point? On and on one could go showing how the political “right” of a person does not require (a.k.a. demand) the revenue of another person, any person, much less one’s employer.

Contrary to the opinion that most would have of me by simply reading my words on this “Christian-based” website, I don’t like to paint with too broad of a brush on most issues. But I believe this issue, especially if one considers the comments that can be read on Internet news sites and blogs, seems to revolve more around whether or not certain irresponsible behaviors should be underwritten at the expense of others.

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#birth-control, #opinion, #politics, #supreme-court

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(#134) The Proverbs of Solomon 18:13-Opinion Polls or Truth?

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 18:13: “He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him.”

Many seem to value their opinion above established truth. They are quick with their opinion about anything and everything, even though they know little or nothing factual about the subject. They form their opinions from headlines, magazine covers, Tweets, gossip, or others’ opinions! In Moses’ Law, God emphasized the rule of truth when forming a proper judgment: “Whoever is deserving of death shall be put to death on the testimony of two or three witnesses; he shall not be put to death on the testimony of one witness” (Deuteronomy 17:6), and this continued into Jesus’ day: “Nicodemus (he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to them, ‘Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?’” (John 7:50-51) In His final day on the earth, the “chief priests and scribes” brought Jesus into their mock trial, and asked Him, “’Are You then the Son of God?’ So He said to them, ‘You rightly say that I am.’ And they said, ‘What further testimony do we need? For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth’” (Luke 22:66, 70-71).

More than one witness is necessary to determine actual facts without the individual embellishments, and they crucified Jesus on His one statement to them! “Do not go hastily to court; For what will you do in the end, When your neighbor has put you to shame? Debate your case with your neighbor, And do not disclose the secret to another; Lest he who hears it expose your shame, And your reputation be ruined” (Proverbs 25:8-10).

Speaking up before we know what the issue is all about is “folly and shame” (empty and disgraceful). “Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, And he sins who hastens with his feet” (Proverbs 19:2). Brought over into Christianity, James said, “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak” (James 1:19).

Jesus distinguished opinion from fact by asking: “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” The Apostles replied: “’Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ Then Jesus asked for God’s revealed fact: “He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven’” (Matthew 16:13-17).

Before anyone answers the question, “are you saved?” he/she should study the Word of God on the subject (Mark 16:16), and ask the question, “have I done what God requires?” People’s opinions matter little, “For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends” (2 Corinthians 10:18)!

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

#baptism, #bible-study, #jesus-christ, #opinion, #proverbs, #truth, #wisdom

The Difference Between Feel Good Politics And Medicine

As our nation continues to abandon the spiritual roots that are too evident to ignore we will increasingly, as a whole, look to the government not only as our sole provider but even our soul provider thus ignoring the true source of a nation’s vitality (think Acts 12:20-22 for a moment).

Many politicians love to take advantage of the dependency mindset. They present feel good politics as the answer. An answer that serves the few in hopes of the few becoming the majority that is dependent upon the answer provided. In other words, to give a real world comparison, many politicians (and I’m speaking worldwide here) actually encourage people to become a lifetime child. By that I mean they wish for some people to become completely dependent upon his or her parent whose role is played by the government for the rest of his or her life, thus resulting in a people who have secured the politician’s seat of power.

For example, the latest government dependency program to hit every coast of America, plus some, that goes by the name of A.C.A. (also affectionately known as Obama-care). This government program is based upon feel good politics and not real solutions. It’s a government answer to a problem that has created as many problems that it solved! It took a problem, a real problem, that approximately 15% of this nation was dealing with and made it a problem that 100% of the people have to worry with whether people realize it or not.

Don’t think that I’m just a “big government hater” who doesn’t believe in taking care of the poor. If you’re going to think something based off of these words then think of me as someone who likes to think with common sense instead of thinking with votes in mind since I’m not a politician.

The problem with insurance was that it cost too much in many situations. I myself pay more than ten percent out of my gross yearly wages (not net wages) for my health insurance at my secular job. That’s a lot; and that’s only paying for the service to be there, not what I would have to pay if something were to happen to me or my family. The cost was and is the problem for many middle-class and poor working Americans. And the A.C.A. didn’t fix the cost!!! It took the cost and supplemented it with tax-dollars!!! That’s not a solution. That’s duct-tape on a gunshot wound. On top of that the A.C.A has already inflicted itself with a gunshot wound to the foot by allowing the very people it needs (the healthy 18 to 28 year olds who don’t use insurance very much at all) to keep its book’s balanced with the older generations who use the insurance quite often for obvious reasons. How did it do that? Because it almost allows that entire group of “young people” to stay on their parent’s insurance to begin with! A group that’s not leaving home, not getting married, not starting families and, unfortunately, not working in any meaningful job. Continue reading

#common-sense, #government, #insurance, #life, #morality, #opinion, #politics, #problems

Corruption Wins

From the opinion page of the El Paso Times http://www.elpasotimes.com/opinion/ci_16311617, comes the following observation by Rogelio Lopez:

“Everyone knows corruption and politics go hand in hand but nobody seems to want to break that bond.
Where did we lose the true meaning of this country? Why should all our “representatives” be millionaires and gaining?

How does that represent someone who lives off of Social Security?”

He then ends his article by saying, “I’m lost.”

My response to his statement: “Join the crowd, I’m lost as well, Mr. Lopez.”

#bond, #corruption, #country, #lost, #meaning, #millionaire, #observation, #opinion, #politics, #representative