What’s in it for me vs. All For Christ: Two different perspectives on being a Christian

October 19, 2009

Why should a person become a Christian?  some might argue that they are getting their fire insurance.  Others might assent to the argument of Pascal’s Wager.  Some might buy into the prosperity gospel taught by the likes of the Copelands and Osteen.  Does that line up, however, with the call of Christ to love our enemies, hate our own sin nature, to take up our cross and follow Christ?  I think not.  I would like to put forth that my salvation has little to do with what Christ can do for me, and more to do with what he has already done for me on the Cross.  The Christian life isn’t about escaping Hell.  The Christian life is not about being on the winning side of a bet.  The Christian life is not about what Christ can do for me and how wealthy he can make me.  The Christian life is a call to deny oneself, to mortify the deeds of the flesh, to become Holy, to take up a cross and follow Christ as we continue to embrace our ultimate death as the ultimate gain in our lives.  It is about loving our enemies.  It is about praising the Lord for hardships and persecution.  It is about magnifying Christ in all things, and minimizing ourselves.  Is our salvation all for Christ and his glory, or is it about what’s in it for me?  Or, is it about living for Christ and his glory?  What would we be willing to give up to live the Christian life?  Our wealth?  Our friends?  Our job?  Our homes?  Our comfort?  Our lives?  The lives of our families?  How far are we willing to go to bring glory to God?  It is hard to know for sure what any of us, even believers who struggle with the sin nature till the day we die, would do.  But I think it comes down to our perspective of Salvation and living the Christian life.  Is it all about what is in it for me?  Or is our salvation and our Christian life and walk All for Christ and His Glory?  Jesus tells the story of the rich young man who asked Jesus what he must do to be saved.  Jesus told him to give up everything he owned to the poor and come follow him.  The rich man went away sad for he had things in his life that he wasn’t willing to give up for Jesus.  It was a “What’s in it for me” type of salvation he was seeking instead of an “All for Christ” salvation.  But, really, how much different are we from the rich young man who went away sad that day?  Doesn’t it go against the grain of all mankind to submit his will to the will of God?  Doesn’t it go against the grain of all mankind to embrace the reality of giving up all for Christ instead of asking what is in it for me?  It is only by God’s mercy and grace that anyone can be saved at all.  You see, as Jesus said to his disciples, “With man, this is impossible.  But with God, all things are possible”.

Sola Deo Gloria

Now, go live your life all for Christ and forget about yourself as we go through this week and year and life.  Live your life all for Christ and His Glory.

Matthew 5

Romans 7-8

Mark 8:34

Matthew 10:34-39

Phillipians 1:20-26

Luke 18:18-27

Romans 3:9-18

America Held Hostage

June 8, 2009

Americans being held hostage by a tyranical government.  An American President with no spine.  I can see the similarities between today and the Iran Hostage Crisis back in 1980.  I am calling this, America Held Hostage, Day 1:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,525362,00.html

The facts about Governor Huckabee, Clemency and Illegal Immigration

December 31, 2007

For those of you who are considering voting for Gov. Huckabee, I would also like for you to consider perhaps some of the facts about Huckabee and his record as the Governor of Arkansas that perhaps his website failed to highlight:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071227/ap_po/huckabee_immigration

http://www.arkansasleader.com/frontstories/st_07_28_04/huckabee6.html

http://www.arkansasleader.com/frontstories/st_07_21_04/huckabee5.html

http://www.arkansasnews.com/archive/2004/07/16/News/257786.html

If you still wish to vote for this man after reading all the facts, be my guest.

The Importance of Spiritual Poverty and Godly Sorrow

October 22, 2007

These are not my original ideas. I believe they first came from the heart of God, was then preached tonight from the mouth of my pastor, and is now being transmitted to you tonight all for the glory of God alone.

What is Spiritual Poverty?

What is Spiritual Sorrow?

Jesus said in Matthew 5, “Blessed are the poor in Spirit” and “Blessed are those who mourn”. Why would it be a blessing to be spiritually poor and to mourn. I believe it is a blessing because there are many in this world who have no idea how beggar poor they are and how spiritually bankrupt and dead they are in their sin. They wander aimlessly thinking they can save themselves with their righteousness and good works. And all their goodness only lands them in an eternity of seperation, judgment and punishment in the fires of Hell. It is those who are poor in Spirit who inherit the kingdom of God. Those who have nothing to offer and are beggar poor have to inherit the kingdom because there is nothing they can do or give to deserve it. They are the ones who understand their sin and how totally depraved they are. They are the ones who understand their inability to please God on their own. They are also the ones who cry out to God with spiritual sorrow over their sin and are comforted by God. It is all because God has opened their eyes, hearts, and minds to the truth of their utterly helpless estate that they are able to trust fully in Christ and what he did on the cross for them to secure their righteousness and salvation. Later in the sermon, Jesus tells the disciples: “Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Scribes and Pharisees, you will in no way enter the Kingdom of God”. That is a high standard for man to achieve. But Jesus raises the bar later in the sermon when he tells them to be perfect as your father in heaven is perfect. That is an impossible task for man to achieve. But, it is simple for God to achieve. Salvation begins with God and his sovereign grace, and the fruit of that grace is Godly Sorrow over our spiritual poverty, which produces comfort and salvation. Consider the following example of a man who recognized his spiritual poverty and had Godly sorrow:

“1Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

2Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. “

 Here is a man who was constantly bothered by his sin and understood the gravity of his failure. And because of his Spiritual poverty, he had Godly Sorrow and cried out for God to have mercy on him.

“4Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. “

Even though some might try to cast blame to others or say that God is unjust in his judgments, this man acknowledgeds that he deserves any punishment that God might exact against him (as a matter of fact, he desrves nothing but punishment and judgment from the Holy God of the universe).

“5Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. “

Original Sin and total depravity. Yet and still more evidence that there is none righteous or good but God and God is always just, Holy, and righteous in all his sovereign choices, whether it be a choice for grace and mercy, or whether it be a choice for wrath and punishment.

6Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. “

The Grace of God to open the hearts of man and bring him to Godly sorrow over his sin, which brings repentance, salvation, comfort, and the inheritance of the Kingdom of God, along with a righteousness that certainly surpasses that of the Scribes and Pharisees, for it is the righteousness of God.

“7Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

8Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
10Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
11Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
12Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
13Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
14Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
15O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
16For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
18Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. 19Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar. “

After God has cleansed us and given us a new heart of love toward God, our reaction to the grace of repentance he has given us is to worship the Lord with Godly sorrow, Godly repentance with a broken and contrite heart. Our lives are all about who God is, what he has done for us by his grace, and about worshipping him as our gracious provider. If he had only shown us the extent of our sin and produced an awareness of our Spiritual poverty, but had not brought us to repentance, it would have been enough. Dienu. God’s Grace and Mercy is sufficient for us. If he had only given us an awareness of our Spiritually Poverty and even brought about Godly Sorrow, but not brought us to repentance, it would have been enough. Dienu. God’s Grace and Mercy is sufficient for us. Or, had he simply left us to our own devices to plunge head first into Hell, it would have been enough. Dienu. God’s Grace and Mercy is sufficient for us.But, all praise and glory be to God alone, he went all the way and gave us an awareness of our Spritual Poverty, which led us to Godly Sorrow, which led us to repentance and faith in Christ alone, and gave us his righteousness which has certainly surpassed that of the scribes and pharisees, becuase it is his righteousness.

Pslams 51

Finally, a democrat who seems to get it when it comes to Border Security

July 31, 2007

During the latest amnesty travesty, Senator Mark Pryor wrote the following preceding the vote for cloture:

June 7, 2007
Press Release

Pryor: The Senate Can Do Better To Fix Our Immigration System

The immigration system we have on the books right now is broken. I am for immigration reform that is tough, fair and realistic. Tough means strengthening border control and enforcement efforts. Fair means fair on taxpayers. Realistic means restoring the rule of law and fixing the immigration system once and for all. Unfortunately, this bill fails this test.

I want immigration reform that is good for Arkansas.  I believe a comprehensive approach with strong enforcement mechanisms can work, but the Congressional Budget Office estimates that this proposal will only reduce annual illegal immigration by 25%. We can do better, and I will continue working with my colleagues to do just that.    

Meanwhile, President Bush can and should immediately step up border enforcement and crack down on companies who employ illegal immigrants.  Since he came into office, enforcement of immigration law is down 30 percent.

http://www.senate.gov/~pryor/newsroom/details.cfm?id=277684

Senator Pryor ended up voting against shamnesty at the end of June, proceeding the flood of phone calls he recieved from Arkansans who told him “no”.  Instead of blaming talk radio and the “bigots” on the far right like several Republicans did, he got the message, at least in word, and put out the latest press release:

June 28, 2007
Press Release

Statement by Senator Mark Pryor On Immigration

We must reform our nation’s broken immigration system with tough, fair and realistic legislation.  I voted against the President’s immigration plan today because the border security and enforcement measures are inadequate and the bill fails to effectively address the individuals who are already here illegally. We should not pass a plan the Congressional Budget Office estimates will only reduce annual illegal immigration by 25 percent. 

The Senate has now failed to pass immigration reform for the third time. It’s time for a new approach. I advocate that we strengthen and implement the enforcement measures in this bill and show we can fully enforce immigration laws. As the Senate works behind the scenes to draft a stronger and more sensible bill, President Bush can and should take immediate steps to enforce the laws already on the books. He can do better, and so can the Senate.

http://www.senate.gov/~pryor/newsroom/details.cfm?id=277995

 I recieved the extended version of this message in a one and a half page type written letter from his office after I returned home from vacation in Florida in the middle of July.  I applaud Senator Mark Pryor for the courage to stand against the president and even the leaders in his own party, and stand for America with this vote.  It takes courage to vote your convictions.  It takes even more courage to boldly proclaim the flaws with a bill that the president and leaders in your own party supported.  But, the real test of courage will come when he puts those bold proclamations into the form of a bill with his name on it that he votes for.  Proclamations like, ” It’s time for a new approach. I advocate that we strengthen and implement the enforcement measures in this bill and show we can fully enforce immigration laws.”  Here is the extended part of that statement which was left out of his press release, but put in the letter sent to me from his office:  “We must restore the integrity of our laws and the trust of our citizens”.  That is so correct and crucial to understanding why America rebelled against this bill, it is kind of surprising to me that he left it out of the public statement.  Regardless of that, I look forward to seeing the Pryor Immigration Bill which would mandate border security, fully fund it, mandate that the fence be built in the next two years, crack down on employers who hire illegal immigrants, and mandate that no amnesty will occur until these benchmarks have been met and maintained for at least 10 years.  Remember, it is about restoring the integrity of our laws and the trust of our citizens. 

 I also look forward to a bill that keeps our government from playing games with the lives of those who come here legally and do things the right way, even pass the citizenship test, and are still not citizens.  It is unfair and unjust, and an abomination that we have allowed this kind of abuse to occur.  I look forward to seeing a bill from Senator Pryor that addresses this issue and more.  I look forward to a bill which makes English the official language of the United States of America.  Senator Pryor, if you truly want to restore confidence and trust in our government, I believe these suggestions would be a good start.  Please let me know when you introduce your bill doing these things so I can really get excited about it and work to build support for it.  Don’t just play political games and talk a good talk.  Take a stand for America and walk the walk.

A Time for Choosing

July 24, 2007

Recently, I recieved am e-mail from Mike Duncan imploring me to “Stop Hillary” and send money to the GOP.  Quite frankly, as a staunch conservative, if I didn’t have to spend my time trying to stop the Republicans all the time, perhaps I would see an urgent need to stop Hillary.  We have a president who, with the help of several liberal Republican Senators and House members, attempted to shove amnesty down our throats when America has clearly spoken that they want to see action on border enforcement first.  No more talk.  Show that you really mean it when you say that you want to secure our nation instead of selling out our national security to big business and the ILLEGAL immigrant voters you are hoping to get on your side.  When America has the gall to call in and tell them no, we are called bigots and told that we are going to be shut up by the likes of Trent Lott.  Not long after that comes talk of the Fairness Doctrine.  My guess is that Democrats and Republicans alike don’t like to actually hear from regular Americans, so they have to silence on of the greatest sounding boards we have, Talk Radio.  It is the Republicans who have spent money like drunken democrats on making the intrusion of big government even bigger on public education, taking even further control away from the local communities.  They do this all in the name of “bi-partisanship”.  We didn’t elect Republicans to be bi-partisan.  If we wanted that, we would have just elected Democrats.  We elected you to be different.  But, in your attempts to attracted new, liberal voters in the party of the “big tent”, you seem to have lost sight of that.  John McCain sponsored the McCain Feingold bill limiting free speech.  This ought not be in the party that claims to honor the sacrifices of those who died for our freedoms of speech.  The top three candidates in the Republican Primary right now include people who are pro-choice, pro gay rights, pro-amnesty, pro-suppression of free speech, and then there is Romney, who is the GOP Kerry who will say anything he needs to get elected.  First he was pro-choice, and now that he is running for president, he is converted to the pro-life position.  I am not a big fan of Huckabee, but he has a good point when he says he is skeptical of someone who finds religion and becomes pro-life in the middle of a presidential campaign.  So, as a representative of the pro-life, anti-gay rights, “bigoted Christian extremist” wing of your party, let me tell you, I will not send one more penny to you as long as this is what the party is all about.  If you want to continue to embrace the left while limiting the free speech rights of all Americans and making personal attacks against those of us you claimed you cared about…the Religious Conservatives, then be prepared to be in the minority for a good long time.  Anything but Hillary slogans are not going to work this time, especially when the top three candidates so far:  Gulliani, McCain, and Romney aren’t that much different.  The only substantive difference there is on the war on terror.  If the president continues to act in an appeasement fashion on this issue, and doesn’t stop tying the hands of our troops and doesn’t follow the advice of Micheal Scheuer on how to win the war, that issue isn’t going to help much either.  Our nation is falling into liberalism and you guys are trying to get along with them instead of standing on conviction, showing some passion and fighting for the conservative causes.  In the words of Reagan when he became a Republican, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party.  The Party left me”.  There are many of us who are almost ready to say the same of the GOP.  The unfortunate thing is there is no good alternative right now, excpet to be independent and vote our conscience and suffer with whatever happens.  Believe me, this will not only be bad for us, but will politically cripple the Republican Party as well.  It may be a “Time for Choosing” for us as well.  These same people are also ready and willing, and eager for the GOP to rid itself of liberalism and stop the bi-partisan grandstanding and the ridicule of your base and once again, join the party of the Reagan Conservatives and stand against the tide of liberalism and show us that there really is a difference between the two parties.  I guess this is going to be a “Time For Choosing” not only for me and many people like me, but also for you and the party.  Do you want to get serious about national and border security and build a fence (not just say you’re going to) and crack down on employers who hire the illegal slave labor?  Do you want to get serious about winning the war on terror and stop tying the hands of our soldiers with ridicilous rules of engagement meant to make the Europeans and Liberals feel better about us when they long for our defeat?  Do you want to give back local control of education and end this liberal idea of NCLB that somehow if a teacher pushes the right button, magically, all children will want to learn?  Do you want to take a stand against the fairness doctrine and the campaign facist reform agaionst free speech?  Do you want to present a candidate for president who really is different than Hillary like Tom Tancredo or Fred Thompson?  Or do you want to continue to call those of us who want border security (and no just in name only) bigots and try to shut us up, continue to play paddy cakes with the war on terror, inflate the beauracracy of the failed philosophy of NCLB, and continue to get me to fund candidates I can’t support while trying to scare me with Hillary?  If the latter, please save your time, money, and energy and just merge with the Democrats, because it isn’t working with me anymore.

A Few Ideas about Immigration

May 22, 2007

Recently, Liberal Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina made the following idiotic comments:

To my colleagues who come on the floor to tear this bill down with no alternative, you’re not doing this country a service, and I will push back.

If you’ve got a better idea, you can lead us to a better solution. I’m all for it. But if all you’re going to do is say no and embrace the status quo, I’m going to be your biggest critic.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,274072,00.html

Well, I have a few comments and ideas about what you can do:

1.  You say that there will be triggers and controls over the border after they get legal status.  I submit that we have heard that song and dance before during the Reagan Administration and you politicians in Washington have proven that you don’t have what it takes to close the border and protect the citizens of the United States and are simply doing this for political purposes.  You are selling out the security of our nation to big business for what you hope will be a new voting block.  Shame on you.

2.  I also submit to you that there are truly good, honest and hard working folk who came here legally and have worked their butts off for ten or more years, and have even passed the citizenship test, but still have not been granted citizenship.  Why?  I am guessing it is because they are waiting for the criminals to cut in line in front of them with your blessing.

3.  I, therefore submit the following proposals to make it true comprehensive immigration reform:  Close the border first, establish an orderly and fair system of legal immigration, prove to us first that you have the intestinal fortitude to enforce the law, and give those who do things the right way their citizenship in a timely manner instead of punishing them by moving the criminals ahead of the line for political purposes.  Then we can talk about what we want to do with the 12 million criminals that are still here illegally.  I would hope by then, however, they will either not be here or will be applying to come legally.

3.  No amnesty.  Stop playing politics and selling the country to La Raza and big business. 

My guess is that Graham and the rest of the liberals in Washington won’t even listen to these suggestions, but keep in mind that there is another election coming up.  I don’t care of you are Democrat or a Republican.  If you are going to be a liberal, you have a mental disorder (oh no, did I just commit a hate crime – thought crime?) and have no business being a leader of our nation.  America, wake up and vote the bums out  or stop your griping and complaining when you lose your job to an illegal and our nation is attacked again.

Gun Control in light of the VT Massacre

April 16, 2007

I just heard the idea that tougher gun control laws would have prevented the massacre at VT today. I submit a differing POV here:

Had every student and faculty member been carrying a gun on the campus that day and been trained how to properly use it, I estimate that there would have been, at the most, 5 people dead on that campus today instead of 33.

Conviction, Grace and Inspiration found at McDonalds

March 19, 2007

Josh Hicks wrote the following account of an experience he recently had in McDonalds.  He has given me his permission to reprint it here:

 I was in McDonald’s one morning, enjoying a nice warm breakfast consisting of an Egg McMuffin, Hash Brown, and a Cinnamon melt. I was hooked up to the internet on my laptop by way of my Wi-Fi technology. As I finished my morning feast, I perused through some of the Puritan prayers found in The Valley of Vision, thanking God for His graciousness to me. I then began to read through my daily Bible reading as appointed by the plan I was using. This I also accessed from the internet, in the comfortable setting of this quiet little McDonald’s.

I was thoroughly enjoying this refreshing time when all of a sudden a stench filled the immediate vicinity. It had the smell of “old” and mold. A figure passed by in my peripheral vision. It was a man dressed very shabbily, his clothes tattered and having the appearance of having been caught in a dust storm. I made the assumption that this man was a bum…and this BY CHOICE. I mean, come on, we’re in America. Anyone can get a job in this country. Sure, one may not like the job they’re doing, but anyone – disabled or not – is capable of finding employment.

This guy walks in, has ruined my time of rejuvination, and hasn’t even purchased anything from McDonald’s! No, from some of the money he’s scrunged up somewhere he went and bought a 44 oz drink from EZ Mart. However, the setting in EZ Mart ain’t exactly EZ. So he brings it to McDonald’s and sits in a remote corner where he’s unfettered by party-poopers who might ask him to leave the premises. As I tried to regain focus on the passage I was reading he was making looks in a few different directions. I supposed by the manner in which he was glaring, that people (like me) had been watching him and he was repaying their looks with dissatisfied looks of his own.

Who was this guy who had the nerve to come into McDonald’s, having paid for nothing, even having brought a drink from somewhere else, and yet who was going to use McDonald’s time and space to sit for a while and get out of the cool morning air? I kept trying to read through Galatians 2 but kept glancing back at this man with contempt and indignation. Out of his dingy coat he pulled out a pair of glasses, like he was going to actually use them for something. It was pathetic. As he put them on his face, I noticed there was only one lens. On the other side, the frame had been broken and was missing the rim on the bottom part as well as a lens.

Not only did this man stink, ruin my morning, and loiter at McDonald’s, but he also looked ridiculously foolish wearing these glasses he’d probably found on the street somewhere. He wasn’t even reading anything! Who was he trying to fool? I know these types. They came on hard times once, possibly fell into a deep depression, and have just never picked themselves up from it. Instead of finding work they wallow in their self-pity and beg their way through life. BY CHOICE. I considered all this and I couldn’t even focus on my reading:

We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. (Galatians 2:15-16)

Instantly my heart was CRUSHED. Just as Nathan the prophet told the King of all Israel – the one who lived in lavished riches, carefree from the things of the world, reigning and ruling from his throne – just as he told King David, “YOU ARE THAT MAN!”, I realized I was once just like this bum toward whom I was holding great contempt and unjustified indignation. I had no ‘works’ that ‘justified’ me before God.

I was once a God-hater BY CHOICE. I once loitered God’s creation, my sin bringing a great stench that invaded my surrounding vicinity. Everything I did was BY CHOICE. I was a fool. I enjoyed God’s creation, all the while never giving Him credit or praise for anything (I didn’t have anything to give. It was all filthy, dingy, and without merit). I was a pathetic, shabbily dressed, and drifting soul, befitting of only being left to myself…deserving no one’s help. And yet God in His wonderful mercy and saving grace, and despite my hatred toward Him, took captive my darkened heart. He gave me a ring and He robed me with His righteousness. And He did this BY CHOICE.

Back to that morning at McDonald’s. My heart broke and I began to cry, asking God to forgive my foolishness. Sure, I still thought this man was a beggar and bum by choice. I still truly believe that anyone who wants a job in this land is able to get one, regardless of their circumstances…it just may not be the one they want. But I was the same as a filthy sinner before the eyes of God…choosing my circumstances, blinded to His light. But he saved me. I repented of my ungrounded attitude toward this man, and approached him asking him if I could buy him something to eat. He politely said, “No thanks, but if you could leave me a couple of bucks, I’d be grateful.” This was expected, as I knew what he probably wanted it for. I told him I had no cash, only a debit card. He again expressed his gratitude and I wished him a good day.

God was merciful to me as a dead sinner, and He’s merciful to me now as a Christian who still struggles with hypocrisy…BY CHOICE. Blessed be the Name of the Lord Who saves sinners.

http://www.reformersandpuritans.com/2007/03/18/by-choice/

http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php?p=251257#post251257

Truly, it is good to remember where we came from to fully appreciate the grace of God that has brought us to where we are today.  As Paul reminds the Ephesians, we were all dead in our sins and headed to Hell before God saved us by his grace.  It is also good to remember that it was God who brought us out of our spiritual Egypt, and brought into a land with large flourishing cities, buildings we did not build, wells we did not dig, and vinyards and olive groves we did not plant.  Throughout the whole Bible, mankind’s total depravity and God’s grace and mercy are seen throughout.  How can we possibly boast of our own righteousness or look down on others because of their own lack of righteousness?  Truly, when we are faced with the reality of our sin and God’s grace, we have no room to judge others and condemn them.  They are condemned already by a just and holy God.  But this is the same just and holy God who is sovereign and also shows mercy to those whom he wills.  Consider the following passages:

 Deuteronomy 6:10-12

Ephesians 2

Matthew 7:1

Romans 9

Praise God for his Holiness.

Praise God for his Justice and Wrath which punishes sin.

Praise God for his grace and mercy which forgives sin.

Praise God for where we were in sin, where we are today because of his infinite mercy, and where we will be because of his same mercy and grace.  I believe it was all part of his providential plan from the foundation of the world.  May we never forget to praise God for his grace instead of judging others for the same depravity that used to identify us in bondage to sin until God saved us.

Michael Scheuer discusses why America has lost every war since 1945

February 3, 2007

I, in no way, agree with everything that Scheuer says.  I do think he is dead on, however, in his analysis of why America won WW2 and why America has lost every war since then, and why we are in danger of losing the current war in Iraq:

Scheuer participated in the following exchange on the FOX News program The O’Reilly Factor:

O’REILLY: I’m bringing it up to be – to show the Islamic world and those Muslims who are watching us right now, the inconsistency of their thought that, if there was a – you know, a God that was actually wanting them to do whatever, how could he possibly want them to…
SCHEUER: No, I don’t quite follow it, sir, because I — as much as I’d like to believe that human life is sacred in all instances, war, whether it’s conducted by Americans or by British or by Chinese or by Muslims, war is just war. And it kills innocent people. And that’s the way it is.
O’REILLY: But there’s a way to wage it. And the way that the al Qaedas are waging it is by killing civilians. They’re not waging war in a conventional way, as you know. Now…
SCHEUER: Well, they are waging war in the conventional way that we waged war until 1945, sir, which is the last war we’ve won. Once we stopped waging war in the American fashion, we haven’t won a war since….
O’REILLY: Is there anything we can do to win it?
SCHEUER: Yes, sir. We certainly have to kill more of the enemy. That’s the first step.
O’REILLY: Any way we can?
SCHEUER: Anywhere we can, whenever we can, without a great deal of concern for civilian casualties. As I said, war is war. The people who got killed when they were hosting Zawahiri to dinner were not the friends of the United States.
O’REILLY: All right, Mr Scheuer, always a pleasure to talk with you.

From The O’Reilly Factor, 19 January 2006[9]

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Scheuer#Civilian_Casualties

 As long as we play patty cakes with war, we have no hope of winning the war and peace.  War is a horrible thing which has incredible potential to either defeat evil and produce unimagined peace, or demoralize the military and weaken the nation.  Unfortunately, the way we are choosing to fight this war, we are on a collision course with the latter outcome.


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