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11-8-2016 Why Wickedness Continues

“But to the wicked God says: What right have you to declare My statutes, Or take My covenant in your mouth, Seeing you hate instruction And cast My words behind you? When you saw a thief, you consented with him, And have been a partaker with adulterers. You give your mouth to evil, And your tongue frames deceit. You sit and speak against your brother; You slander your own mother’s son” (Psalm 50:16-20 NKJV).  God describes a “wicked” person as one who disregards what the Bible teaches while: 1) quoting from it for selfish purposes; 2) justifying stealing by calling mass thievery just a “racial protest,” or “flash mob,” or establishing “legal rights” for the thief; 3) giving legal and moral approval to adulterers; 4) speaking evilly with lies, blasphemy and slander.  Voting for wicked people to continue their wicked ways, is wicked!

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

#racial-protest, #voting, #wicked

The Battle is Over—Did You Vote for the Lord?

The election is over. Your candidate of choice either won or lost. Did you pray the Lord’s will be done as you went into the booth and did you vote in favor of the Lord’s will? It is a serious matter and if a Christian thinks it is not he is mistaken in his thinking. Note the words of the psalmist: “for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart; if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:2-3, ESV). Just who are the upright in heart? The Lord’s servants, of course. Consequently, when arrows are (or were) shot from the candidate you chose, were those arrows shot toward (and against) the Lord’s servant, against the foundations of morality that are crucial to a civilized society? I may not be able to make much of a difference in the community in which I live, but I will always try to make a difference in this respect. RT (A bulletin article of the Highway Church of Christ. 11.11.2012)

#choice, #morality, #voting

We voted against

Legislate morality

Old-style Brazilian mailbox

The Missus and I received our absentee ballots on Monday, promptly marked all the items of interest, and put them back in the mail. We voted against casinos, new taxes, and medical marijuana, as well as against candidates who support taking the life of unborn children, restrict religious freedom and conscience, and promote homosexuality, among other issues of interest to all Christians.

• Our Internet Provider, which hosts BNc, FMag, FPress, BPrayer, and my own little blog, has locked me out of all of them for working hard. I was testing themes in the first site when the hammer fell. Hours later, I’m still waiting to hear from the honchos about my situation. In the meantime I can’t even open the sites. Nada. This is the third time this has happened. Seems like there ought to be a better way to protect a server than by walloping a hard worker. Bellyaching over.

• The BNc site is stuck with an experimental theme until I can get back in and settle on one. After almost four years of the same theme, it’s past its prime. Time to update.

• Speaking of honchos, do you know from what language the word is borrowed? Think before you answer! English is a fascinating language, borrowing from so many of the world’s tongues, so that, according to linguists, it has the largest vocabulary of all of them. No excuse for lacking for a word, now is there?

• If all works out well, tomorrow The Missus and I will host two good American brothers for the day. Their main work this fall break is to teach in Peru. They’re swinging by Brazil to see us in our setting. We’ll have a couple of days with them next week as they head back home. One of them, representing a supporting congregation, we’ve known for some years; the other we’ll have the pleasure of meeting.

• For lunch today, The Missus fried up some manioc from the organic garden of our brother in Christ, Liu, who brings us home-grown delicacies on occasion. I grew up on fried taters, but it would be hard to beat the taste of the light and crispy manioc. The chicken and lentils-and-whole-rice were quite good as well. How to stay a long time on the mission field? Learn to like the local culture, including the food. OK, so I’m still working on the feijoada, with the pig ears and tails and other less seemly parts.

• Last night in our home Bible reading group, we read the whole chapter of Matthew 18. Big idea there are the little ones. See my blog for a devotional on that. Don’t miss the line of application where I take on big-dog preachers, theological education, and building programs. Is there anybody I didn’t offend yet? Continue reading

#christian-universities, #corollaries, #elections, #missions, #voting

Interesting News

I receive what is known as the Pastor’s Weekly Briefing (PWB). Every now and again, Ifind interesting news. I thought you might like this bit of news.
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Poll Reveals Christian Voting Trends

Exit poll data which was collected by CNN and then analyzed by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life shows gains by the Republican Party among Christian groups. Among Catholic voters, 54 percent voted for Republican congressional candidates in 2010 compared to 42 percent in 2008. The analysis also revealed:

Among all white voters who describe themselves as born-again or evangelical Christians, 78 percent voted Republican this year, compared to 70 percent in 2008 and 2006.

Among voters who attend religious services at least weekly, 60 percent voted Republican, while only 44 percent of those who attend services less often voted Republican.

Among voters with no religious affiliation, 66 percent voted for Democratic candidates, down from 72 percent in 2008.

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Randal asked where I was yesterday. To my regret, I failed to get posted Ephesians 6 Bible Reading. It is coming shortly. I was at home with our grandson, while grandma was at work (teacher). I hope to do a bit of catch up this morning. We have a lunch engagement, then the FB game (2:30), and then our daughter swings through.

#news, #voting

Approving Things Not of God

In our secular society, there is a mighty struggle with the voting-block. That struggle consists of those who support godliness and those who oppose. This oversimplification of the categories suggests, nonetheless, where a problem lies. In the media we hear reports that some on the “radical right” want to take us back to a time when there were “morality police.” The people on the “godless left” want to take us into an arena of moral debauchery that Rome, of many years ago, had sown to its own destruction.

It is interesting to note that in Scripture the Lord had condemned many things, and though many things were condemned, it is also worth noting that He condemned those who supported those many condemned things. “Although they fully know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but also approve of those who practice them” (Romans 1:32, NET). This is stated in a context where the Lord gave up on those who know and practice such evil things. Consequently, it is fair to say that the Lord gives up on both (be sure to read the context)!

An interesting question that arises from such a remark is how is it that one supports such things? One can support such evil activities by engaging in them. This we know and no further comment is needed. However, unbeknownst to many people is the fact that one can support such evil activities by promoting those who support the practice. Some of the people who believe such things believe they are the enlightened ones living in an enlightened society, not encumbered by “traditional morality” of the past. They have come to accept a “new” morality, a morality that is judged by the person, not an all-powerful God that condemns (or saves) for all eternity. In fact, this “new” morality is supported by a god of one’s own making. This is our current political environment.

Do you support Democrat or Republican? Do you support Christian or not Christian? Do you support Secular Progressivism (liberals), Don’t Know (moderates), or Traditionalists (conservatives)? On such thoughts as I have expressed, this is where I get into the most trouble; but be that as it may, let us state it plainly.

#morality, #politics, #voting

Voting in the Country

I had the great honor to vote today. As a citizen, I find my greatest joy when I have the right and privilege to participate in selecting the leaders of our government. I think of the billions of people who dream of the same privilege.

The image of the Iraqis, when they had their first free election, lifting their ink stained fingers in the air, brought tears to my eyes. For many, that was probably the most powerful moment of their entire lives. They were jabbing their fingers in defiance at the forces that denied them and in victory for those who had liberated them.

So, why would we, who have the freedom to vote, refuse to accept the offer? Why would we take for granted what so many have died to accomplish?

Voting allows me as a Christian to have some impact on the culture in which I live. I can play a minute part in the moral climate of our nation. I take that very seriously. I cannot be the type Christian who votes for those who stand for immoral policies and then complain when the candidates helps them become public policy. For example, how can I vote for a pro-choice candidate and then complain about the number of aborted babies?

I live in the country and that brings a unique flavor to voting. The polling place, like the one above, is in a cramped, rundown area. The poll workers are familiar faces and they ask about your family and share a joke and a smile. The lines are non-existent and in a few moments, the task is complete.

Thankfully, we do not have to vote for our heavenly leaders. Christ is our Savior once, for all time (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). He never changes and exudes perfection every day (Hebrews 13:8). Therefore, there will never be a need to vote Him out of office!

#honor, #privilege, #voting