Being Dad: A Shepherd

I wrote pages of thoughts about fathers. What does it mean to be a good dad, a bad dad, or an M.I.A.? The thoughts may have been many, but would they make a father pause and think, maybe make a change? I couldn’t really come up with a comfort zone in my thinking, what makes me feel I have the answers? We do have the answer book in scripture. By following what we read about a father’s instructions in Proverbs, we can also read through biblical accounts of fathers in the Old Testament, which are examples of how to, or how not to father children to live extraordinary lives. and that is what I suggest, read those accounts. In nearly every account, Bible fathers weren’t good at fathering, perhaps lack of knowing “how to,” performing the same mistakes of their fathers, expecting different results.

One character was named Eli. He had two sons, and they were priests like Eli. Eli knew his sons were bad, fornicating with the young females who served at the temple, doing as they pleased with the sacrifices, disobedient to the laws. They were what we would consider bullies, using their ministry to please themselves. When Samuel came to live with Eli in the temple, God gave Samuel a dream telling him what would happen to Eli and his sons if they didn’t turn from their evil ways. Eli knew about the dream, and asked Samuel to tell him what is was all about:

“What did the Lord say to you? Tell me everything. And may God strike you and even kill you if you hide anything from me!” So Samuel told Eli everything; he didn’t hold anything back. “It is the Lord’s will,” Eli replied. “Let him do what he thinks best,” 1 Sam.3:17-18 ( you can read the entire account in 1 Sam.1-2)

Eli refused to discipline his sons. Hearing what God said from Samuel’s dream, he responds, “oh well, go ahead God, have at it.” I think Eli was fearful of what his sons would do to him if he had them removed from their position. In short, they died, Eli died, and their posterity was removed from the earth. Discipline is a must for a father. Ignoring a child’s bad behavior is wronging the child, or children in ways that are nearly un-reversible. You must discipline, but you must do so in love, or out of a heart of love for your child and their future. That is not using physical, or verbal abuse. It is shepherding your child, steering the course of their life.

The Shepherd of our souls, Jesus, gave man a whole different picture of God as Father. The people of his day didn’t like Jesus calling God his father, that to them, was blasphemy. But Jesus wanted you and I to see God for what He really is…love. He could have consumed Eli and his sons without warning, but even these bullies, He loved and warned them. The beauty of God as Father, knowing that the Almighty Creator wants to be “Abba” to all people everywhere, is astoundingly unthinkable. This revelation of Him is rejected by even the believers who want to see Father as Judge only, fueled by traditional knowledge, and by our darkened understanding. Abba, (daddy), wants us to crawl into His lap like a child in adoration of His multi-faceted character of grace, mercy, and love. He desires to grant us our needs, even our wants, because we are brought near to Him again by the blood of Christ.

“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are His dear children.” Eph.5:1 NLT

As I stated, I had pages written about dads, that may be just my opinion, not so printable. Being a good dad may not be easy to “ace.” If we take accounts from scripture, real truth, we can improve our ability to father are children with good discipline, not abuse, but by boundaries. Through the Word, we can learn to teach our young, listen to their needs, and lead by example. Devour the scripture, hunger for direction from God in rearing children. above all, thirst for a relationship with Abba, He will direct every step you take in His love.

Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.

End of Days…What does it look like?

People seem to be interested in the end of world. Many of us remember the “Jupiter Effect,” which was supposed to have a major impact in bringing prophetic events into reality. Some think of the writings of Nostradamus, or look to dates like the Y2K threat, the Mayan calendar ending, as well as biblical prophecies. This isn’t true for everyone. Some people think nothing of the end of life as we know it, and live as though it will never come to be. “That has been the fear of mankind for centuries, nothing will happen,” some people think.

For Christians, many have wanted to project when Christ would return, using the prophetic writings. It is true that since Jesus ascended and promised He would come back, each generation has expectantly looked for Him to return. If you take a few minutes and read Matthew 24, you can read what those closest to Jesus recorded from Christ’s words, what to look for regarding His coming again. 2 Timothy 3, has Paul the apostle’s prophetic statement of what people of the end times will be like. That can make you shutter. It is on the money of how people are living in our times…even Christians.

How do you see the end? Maybe you don’t. I for one, already have my ticket stamped and paid for, so I keep an eye on the sky, but try to stay busy, occupying myself with the “King’s business.” I have this hope that before He returns, that we who claim to belong to Him would really live like we are His. I pray that we live what we say we believe, not worrying ourselves with being accepted, or popular. I want to see believer’s stop disagreeing on silly doctrinal differences, and trying to be politically right. I want to see us find the common ground of caring for the lost, the broken, the elderly, the orphan, the foreigner, the hungry, the homeless.

I want to see the followers of Jesus know what they believe, and teach their children to know God’s will by knowing God…by example. I want Christ to be the center of our lives, that meeting together with other believers be more important than the ball tournament every weekend. I hope to see believers live in a way that doesn’t bring reproach on Christ, living others-minded, not self-centered, slothful, apathetic.

Though I have that passage ticket paid for, I still have many things that I have to rely on God’s grace to help me improve, I can’t fix these on my own. Those things I can improve on, I really work to do so. If I merely look at the direction the world is heading, via the media, the days that remain are few. In fact, today may be the day. There is nothing scripturally that must occur before Christ comes to rescue those belonging to Him. His grace has given us one more day. How will you use today? A suggestion: request your ticket, compel your family, friends, those around you to do the same.

I have often thought that He would return for a group of people that were stronger than the people he made the promise to. If you look in Acts, the recording of how the church began, you’ll see followers of Jesus that had no regard for their lives, only for promoting the kingdom of God in the Earth. Will we become that hungry to do the same? God knows.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.

Disturbing Trends

I do not think it is important to live my life worrying about things that have little probability of happening. Nor do I want to have “conspiracy theories” bouncing around in my head, creating paranoia. As a follower of Christ, I hold to His teaching in the gospel of Matthew:
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matt.6:34 NLT
How do you argue with that logic? Of course, taking this verse in context, Jesus isn’t saying “sha-la-la-la-la, lets live for today,” He is saying don’t WORRY about tomorrow. You can have concern about your future, save for retirement, plan vacations, and so forth. He doesn’t say, “pay no attention to tomorrow.” Tomorrow looks very disturbing to me, and for very good reasons. But I know there is light in the darkness.

I have been reading certain articles, as well as a book I strongly suggest you read, “The Reason for God,” by Tim Keller, in which he addresses questions like, “why does God allow suffering in the world?” “How could a loving God send people to hell? ” Why isn’t Christianity more inclusive?” All of these are legitimate questions of the day we live in. The articles I find interesting are related to trying to convince our dominantly secular society’s young college age, to re-see Christianity, and the Bible, from documented proof. There also needs to be a demand the documented proof for secular theories, such as, biological evolution, and the origin of life they claim as fact. Keller’s book does a great job, explaining so many of secular society’s complaints against Jesus, and against the Bible.

So many of the objections people have are truly a result of viewing Christian’s “life attitudes and actions,” serving God in word only. Plus effectively convincing young minds through crafty educators, unproven philosophies of man’s supposed wisdom taught in our institutions of “higher learning.” The trend I find disturbing, is as we look at the spiritual dumbing down of the young in this nation, though the elimination of the very thought of a God who created this vast universe. There seems to be no resistance put up by the Christian community itself. They could teach that we get all of our cheeses from the man in the moon, without challenge. Why? Do we want our young to follow the teachings of Christ? Of course we do. So why aren’t we horrified that by the time most of college age young people, raised in Christian homes, leave their faith as they enter college or the work-force?

Tomorrow is important enough to start today, not in worry, but in sincerity, turning this disturbing trend of spiritual ignorance away from our youth. We can give them a strong foundation of belief. The reliance we place in the Sunday service to give the young-uns the whole counsel of God is wrong, totally wrong. Trending downward along with the dumbing down of the young is that the parents aren’t wiseing up. As a parent, what do you believe? Is the Bible really God’s Word to man? or is it just bunch of stories that aren’t relative for today? What is the Nicene creed, the Apostle’s creed? Who is Jesus really? Is He the son of God, for real? If you and I don’t know, how do we relate this to the children in an understanding way?

I know that I am really not answering these questions. My intent is to provoke thought. Working with young people in recovery, mainly from drug and alcohol addictions, as well as my own personal struggles, has caused me to want to know how “churched” people end up on skidrow, in prisons, or in the graveyard from these insane addictions. Furthermore, many of these struggling to recover, grew up in Christian homes, and know nearly nothing about their faith. They have no hope, thinking they just can’t live the “Christian life” that they know so little about. When challenged by secular thought, they have no answer. Nobody gave them solid evidence of their faith. Is this the future of your children? Is sports, fame, material goods more important than their life with Christ, their eternity?

Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.

Does the Church Hurt Families?

Since my time in recovery from alcoholism and drug abuse, I have heard many in meetings say, “church isn’t the place to recover, that will get you back where you were.” It is not a vendetta against the church, it is having watched people go to church for their cure, and wind up back on the bar stool. People in church do not have an idea how to help, AA, NA, do know what must be done. Celebrate Recovery was a breath of fresh air to those wanting Christ-centered recovery, there is more to this story for a later time.
What is God like?
In recovery meetings, the attendees often gain a different view of God. Not the evil ogre they always thought, or aloof and unhearing, they discover a God of love, mercy, and kindness. I do not try to correct the misguided any longer unless opportunity arises. I understand they are beaten enough by self-inflicting and guilt. I do hear their stories of church abuse, or from misguided teachings, and thus understand their disdain for the local church.
Reasons?
Outside of recovery, the church has witnessed a dramatic loss of members from the upper-middle to the lower-income classes, nearly cut in half since the 1980’s. From sexual abuse to cult-type leadership desiring control, to ingraining separation of church and state in peoples minds and removal of prayer from schools and government buildings, many of these people have developed bitter contempt for anything related to church. Relativism, pleasure seeking, science without conscience, greed for more, and sloth can all be attributors to lack of church attendance for many, I’m sure there is more.
“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near.” Heb.10:25 NLT
People that take their children to church are to be commended. We should know that the child is learning the truth and sound doctrine. The problem may be that the parents do not know anything close to sound doctrine, and for years have taken the teaching they receive at church as truth. We all really need to considered what we believe, why we believe it, and why it is important. If the church is teaching error, and you know doctrine based on scripture, a flag goes up anytime a message is delivered that does not agree with the Word. And when the child comes out of Sunday School or youth groups, the parent should ask them, “What was your lesson about today?”
Does the church hurt families?
Consider this; if you attend one service per week, the church gets an hour of teaching time to it’s members. That’s 52 hours in a year out of 8,760 hours. The school system gets 1170 hours to teach kids the three r’s, and indoctrinate them in their views that disregard religious belief. I have no idea how much time the children watch TV, play video games, participate in sports and other activities. How could the church on such a schedule hurt your children, your family?
I am convinced that church does not hurt families, especially those living in a Christ-centered home. FAMILIES HURT FAMILIES where religion is concerned. Teaching the young traditional religious beliefs that have been handed down for generations, based on family lore regarding what you have to do in order to make heaven, without biblical basis, is destructive. Placing activities ahead of God throughout a child’s entire growing years, is harmful. It is as though we teach them that sports and fun is all that matters, God will always be around when needed. Never having one on one’s with your little ones to show through scripture the awesome nature of God, His many characteristics and attributes, is allowing others to teach them He is nothing more than a myth.
There is so much to say due to the lack of interest in our society, and how we no longer seem to hunger for goodness, and view church as a stop in and visit poor old God, putting on the façade of good living for the neighbors and minister. I feel that the church is still Christ’s body, we need each other, the world needs us in Him.
What do you think? Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.

Man of Big Dreams

There are certain characters from Bible stories that really get my attention. In the book of Genesis, the one who stands out is Joseph. Why he stands out to me is not the coat of many “colors” Bible story from childhood. It isn’t  that he was a dreamer of spiritual dreams, or that he could interpret dreams of others. It was what he said to Mrs. Potiphar in Genesis 39. I’ll get to that in a sec, but let’s look at how he arrived at the Potiphar residence, and became overseer of that families estate.
Joseph had eleven older brothers, and at least one sister. He was daddies favorite son, for that reason alone, his brothers didn’t have much for little Joe, their seventeen year underling. Jacob, his father, showed him favoritism by making him a coat of many colors, (a tunic with sleeves…bad translation). And to top it off, he had dreams of leadership over his brothers…they wanted him dead. One day his father sent him to check on his older brothers. When they saw him coming afar off, the plan was down to murder him, what a nice family. His older brother Reuben save him from death. They threw him in a hole then sold him to some merchants as a slave. The merchants sold him to the Potiphar household in Egypt.
The scriptures tell the story in a manner that reveals God’s hand and mercy on Joseph.
“The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master SAW that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand.” vs. 2-3
What did Mr. P see? I have to really think on this in a meditative way, simply because of all of the spiritual lessons in these two passages. Here’s a real kicker:
“So it was, from the time that he made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptians house for Joseph’s sake”… vs.5
The spiritual implication of these verses is that God caused the young reject from his own home to prosper and have success in all he did, and prospered those around him for his sake. He does the same for you and I through Christ as we live a life of integrity, conducting ourselves in truth, kindness, showing grace to all around us. Do you see that in your life?
The big finish to this segment of Joseph’s life is that though everything seemed to be going well for him, evil was busy looking for a counter-attack plan. Mrs. P liked Joseph…really liked him, enough to bed-down with him. She worked on her young prospect daily until one day she caught him alone. “It came to pass after these things that the master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, ‘lie with me.” vs.7
This is the reason I love his story above the other great stories in Genesis. He explained to her that his master trusted him and placed everything except her into his hand, having rule over all. But the statement in verse 9 shows where or to Whom his allegiance was:
…”how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin AGAINST GOD?”        (Selah)
The story actually gets better as to the outcome, but no greater thing was said in my estimation in the rest of his story. My question to myself is, “would I respond the same way?” Not about the issue of lying with the man’s wife, rather, am I that devoted to God that I would not even dream of hurting His feelings, and displease Him? Did I teach my daughter and sons the importance of pleasing God out of their love and devotion to Him?  Most of the way we think of sinning is not doing so, not to please God, but so we don’t go to hell. Wrong.
I’m not trying to be your Sunday school teacher. But I would like to get this point across; develop your spiritual life and understanding out of devotion to God, having a heart to please Him out of love. Just as Joseph had success, and prospered in all he did, as well as those around him were prospered, so our life will go. When God is place in number one position, ahead of our worry for wants and needs, He takes care of outcomes and what is meant for our evil, He turns it for good.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.

Advent…Ritualistic Traditions and Unity

Raised in a church that wasn’t nominal, I thought ritualistic worship strange, and even pagan. I had this, I’m right and you’re wrong belief. It took a large amount of pain and disappointments in life to show me that I did not contain the whole counsel of God. Those were not great ideas in my head, as I think back. I believed that Ash Wednesday, lent fasts, and even advent were people’s way of showing God their loyalty to Him, to earn His favor. I was right, I was wrong. Many people do try to earn favor with God by ritual and their faith tends to be hidden and shallow. However, there are many that practice these rituals and traditions out of their love for Christ and desire to draw closer to Him.

Growing up into the full stature of Christ is difficult for all of us. We tend to take out our religious differences on each other in front of unbelievers, into heated arguments where nobody wins and reproach on Jesus is accomplished in the eyes of the unbeliever. Jesus prayed that we would be one. We’re one alright. One bunch of messed up me-gotist, that insists on our own rights and ways. Yet, He loves us all and came to fix our brokeness. I can say I’m much better, nowhere near perfect, but very cognizant that I need fixed…and so do you.

Traditions are important. Rituals are important, and even more so in this time we are living in. We are faced with secular groups that try to eliminate Jesus entirely from our society. Public and higher education have to extremes to wipe God out of education with science they cannot possibly prove. They believe in tangible proof for fact, yet believe and teach a fairy tale. The media have gone overboard to remove religious thought from scripture to opinion of the talk-show host, and “new faith that is inclusive.” Every TV sitcom or drama portray the follower of Jesus as a back-woods Bible thumper that is judgmental or just plain stupid. It has become urgent for the protestant to defend the Catholic, and vise versa. That doesn’t mean you practice faith the same. That means you do not oppose each others right to believe, how they believe. I am convinced that we are to pray for each other, love one another, and disregard any minister, especially those with a TV audience, that tear down the body of Christ without telling their audience to pray for the ones practicing false doctrine. Expose it, fine, pray for them, we must. Unity is vital to our belief systems even if we disagree, let’s be Jesus to unbelievers and let God fix them, and us.

“These thing I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain it you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11

Advent can be just a tradition or it can be holy, fresh, and experience year-long. I am big on forming personal family traditions that leave wonderful memories for us. Our family had a tradition that lasted a few years. My late grandmother was in her 80’s and we gathered as always with my immediate family, my uncle, and his family. You will think of us as a bunch of weirdo’s, but after everyone had opened their gifts, wrapping paper laid everywhere on the floor. As we went to pick it up, someone threw a wad of the paper at my brother, and he returned the favor. In moments, it was pandemonium! Paper was flying all over the room, even my mamaw was in the fight! We laughed until we cried. As are children grew, that short tradition ended, but the memories remain. Our family loves to cut-up and laugh, and we often find reason to do so, even when it isn’t funny to others. We also sang the “Hallelujah Chorus,” singing the words, but experiencing a stirring on the inside, very memorable.

I am awed by what Christ has done. That first advent is precious and dear to so many of us. The ones that follow cannot compare to it, but can be dear to us if we maintain the hunger for a daily visit with the most notable person in history, Jesus Christ.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all!

Breaking Dawn Near Midnight

The latest installment of “Breaking Dawn” comes out today surrounded by more hoopla than the previous episodes. This is to be the last of the series, which explains the hoopla. I have watched the previous segments and halfway through the last one I went outside to watch the grass grow, finding that much more interesting. Well, that’s just me, movies can hold my attention when they seem somewhat interesting. Of course, I am really not a sequel fan. Very few have beaten the original. I say Rambo 1, Rocky 1, were great movies. The Karate Kid 2, was better than 1, I thought. Don’t ever, please try to make a sequel of Cool Hand Luke like the attempt of Gone With the Wind. This generation of movie makers are lost without making a film without sex, foul language, and some absurd chase scene.

Our desire for the super-human has completely possessed our modern thinking. To live for centuries, amassing wealth and possessions, with only having to take blood for food is intriguing to people these days, especially if you are anorexic. Nevermind that vamps have always been evil murdering creatures in history, today they are  swell creatures you can get to know and have a personal relationship with. They can even grant you eternal life, but you have to die first. Does that sound remotely familiar to you? It is to me, another attempt to replace humanity in the place of God, the sacrifice of Christ, and our dying to self to live. There is something else to consider, because this post will be very unpopular to fans of the movie, (which I am not running down), and that is being aware of the times. The time we live in of sequels in motion pictures seems to be promising of a sequel never to be repeated.

In the first episode, the hero was treated badly, despised by leaders and even his own family. He went to the poor and downcast and gave them what he had. He taught them how to live, and how to serve each other. The ones that found him detestable finally got him, and though he could have gotten out of the dire strait he was in, he gave the ultimate service to mankind, and sacrificed himself to cover their obstinate rebellion. The news is that he didn’t stay dead, he rose from death. and left to return to his home and work on the sequel…his return. I believe, for those interested, it is due out any day now. The difference will be, the sequel will portray Him as He really is, King and Lord. Here’s a breakdown of how it went in part 1, and how He is portrayed in part 2:

PART ONE: The Coming of the Lamb
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in the appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death on the cross.” Phil.2:5-8

PART TWO: The Return of the King
“Therefore God hath highly exalted Him, and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of those in heaven, and those on the earth, and those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of the Father.

I watched the many people lining up for the movie, dyed black hair, tats everywhere, so excited about this flick that is created in someone’s mind, just a story, mere fiction. I saw their children in line with them talking about the movie and the previous parts as though it was all that mattered in life. The real show is coming, the star has eyes like flames of fire, His countenance is like lightning, and in the opening scene he roars out of Zion to gather His bride, those covered in His blood, that didn’t just stand in line for Him, or have His name tattooed on their arm, but they gave their hearts and will over to Him, and trusted Him that this day would come…I can hardly wait!

I would love to see everyone and their children in line for this event, but they aren’t, yet. I think it sad that the little ones know all there is to know about werewolves, vampires, and all that is evil, but their parents have no intent of teaching them about the King. As the day approaches for this sequel to arrive, we must let them know. I’m asking God to help me present Him to everyone around me, in word and deed. It isn’t dawn, it’s 11:55pm, midnight approaches…are you ready?

Thanks for reading, god bless and keep you all.

Forgetting to Remember

Each time I reach the other end of a major trial in life I ask myself, Why didn’t I see that earlier? I really did not have to go through so much heartache or stress in that situation, or in any situation I face. What gets in my crawl is the next time I face that same problem, it is as though I never learned the lesson at all. I ask God to help me in those situations, but there is silence. He wants me to remember how I came through this trial the last time when I asked Him for help. He helped me see my way out, or He delivered me out of the problem. My forgetfulness is a result of my lack of “spiritual fitness,” or spiritual awareness.
This is how it works as a parent. Your child falls into mischief, and you readily help them out of the trouble they got in. When they repeat that behavior, you may help them again. When that behavior continues, you eventually say to them, “its time for you to learn how to fix your own problems.”  This is letting them grow into adulthood and maturing into a responsible adult. If you continue to get them out of their problems, you become codependent with their bad behavior as though you did the bad deed yourself. God is not going to be codependent with my bad behaviors, and He requires you and I to be spiritually prepared, or fit to face our problems. Remembering is very important to spirituality.
“My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; for length of days and long life and peace will they add to you.” Prov.3:1-2
I get the message and see this as a major issue for those individuals that are in recovery from addictions. They are dramatically brought out of possible life-ending addictions, receiving help from people who are not paid to help them. These people share their experience, strength, and hope with anyone wanting to get sober and willing to do whatever it takes to do so. They get involved for a time, but soon forget how these meetings with those caring individuals led them to God, and how they got better. Soon they become complacent, then forgetting how bad it was for them when they entered into recovery. Soon they are gone, back in their old ways, or even lost to the ages. Remembering is vital to sobriety.
“Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth.” Eccl.12:1
 It is okay to forget, it is excusable because we are human. But to forget the pain you felt when you received the gift of sobriety, to forget the help you received from others, and to forget the God who brought you out if the living death you were entrapped by, may be all it takes to finish you off. Don’t allow this to be your story. You may be like me and have to go through the same tribulations over and over, but don’t forget to remember the God who helped you, how He helped you, and the means He used to help you, so when you get in a pickle, you look back and remember.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.

The Heart of the King pt.2

After doing part one of this post, I sat down and seriously read what I had written. I’m convinced it probably never came close to the outcome I expected. So this will be more poignant and hopefully short.

In part one I made an attempt to look at how this countries elected leaders had led us to the point of godlessness because that is how they were educated. Removal of prayer from our schools because of the phrase “separation of church and state” has preeminence over any church based programs in government-owned centers. The current leadership has no concern that “we the people” are the owners of government property, and they are our servants, not lords. The majority wants this nation to be recognized as a “Christian nation,” but the government seated has decided they know better, and we have to play by their rules.

“The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water, he turns it wherever He wishes.” Prov.21:1

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” Prov.14:34

If we truly believe these passages, and we have determined in our hearts to please God, we will vote prayerfully. What I want to convey to anyone who reads this is that if we vote for men and women who promise us present help and disregard the future generations, we are making a mistake. If we know a candidate is standing for things that displease God, but we put them in office anyway, don’t we share with their sin? Not only that, we also should know by common sense, that these candidates making us promises have the goal of getting into office by whatever means, saying what it takes to get themselves elected. They can have all of the best intentions, and truly desire to make this country a better place but they know their speeches are designed to move people to select them, and that means many of them lie to get in.

When I read through part one, I felt uncomfortable with what I had written. I feel that I was trying to convince the reader what I believe, that to ignore history is to repeat historical mistakes. This is basic truth that you and I already know. You do not need my endless rambling to inform you that electing ungodly leaders make for an ungodly nation. So I will appeal to your conscious and ask you to pray for God to lead you in your voting. This is serious. This vote upcoming is vital to our future here in America. The candidates are poised to forever remove or restore the hopes for all by imposing their will on us. If we truly trust God will direct the king (president) then we must seat the leader who is not obstinate, and disregards Him.

Jehoshaphat was a king in Judah that trusted in God. One day he was informed that several nations were coming against his kingdom, he took action. He feared at first, then gathered the people together to Jerusalem. They fasted and called on God. God sent word to the king, that they would not have to lift a finger in battle against these enemies, He was going to take care of this. The day of battle came. Jehoshaphat did the only normal thing, completely rational…he placed worshippers on the front line, ahead of his army. As the revival service began for Judah, and they began to worship the Lord their God, mighty in battle, perfect in His Holiness, God took action and the enemy turned on each other, utterly destroying themselves. (Read 2 Chron.20)

My appeal to those who believe in God, that follow Jesus, is to do likewise. WE are at war. The opposition has the heavy artillery. They have the media, the school systems, higher education, but even greater, they have captured the minds of the people, especially the leaders. The truth is, our battle is not physical, but spiritual. We fight with weapons they cannot compete with, and these weapons are mighty. Hear me, if you believe, prayerfully vote, but before that, begin to worship the Lord. Worship Him, exalt his holiness, His power, His wisdom, mercy, love for all. He will go ahead of us, He will subdue our enemies entirely. Determine in your hearts that you want what God wants, that you want leadership that is good for all including future generations, and delight yourself in God…He will give us the leaders we desire.

My name is Keith, and I approve this message. God bless and keep you all!

The Heart of the King, Pt.1

How could I keep this post short enough to read? I realize that the majority of people are not convinced the Bible is accurate. I know that I could not throw every proof discovered over the past fifty years, so I won’t. Here is a biblical view of selecting leaders in a way that pleases God, or displeases Him.

If you read the books of 1 and 2 Kings and 1 and 2 Chronicles, in the Old Testament, you may find it most interesting how each of Israel’s divided kingdom’s leaders reacted to their being placed to rule over the people. You see a name, then you get the length and sum of his reign. It says something similar to this: “And Joash reigned over Judah 40 years, and did that which was right in the sight of the Lord,” or, ” Abijah ruled in Israel, and did not walk in the ways of the Lord and did wickedly”… These books showed how this powerful little nation rose to power under a godly king, in David the shepherd giant killer, that loved God with everything, and how Israel prospered under his reign, to kings that took Israel’s prominence to the dirt, ignoring God completely, and served foreign gods, eventually tearing the people out of the land. They were then taken away to bondage in Babylon, as they were before in Egypt. The land was their’s forever, but God said that He would remove them from this promised piece of ground if they were disobedient and disregarded Him.

I am sure there were people then, as there is today, that say things like, why is God so unjust? What have we done to offend Him, that we have lost our freedoms, and our prosperity? I don’t want to serve a God like that, in fact, I don’t even believe in Him!”  Does that sound familiar? It should because this is the state of mind we are in today. We have listened to those who have no belief in God, and follow the god called science, that only believe in things that have physical proof, but they are, at least many are, fully in agreement with science without evidence, and follow Darwinian evolution as an explanation for man’s existence. They wholly follow anything that disregards God, and put these unproven “facts” in our textbooks, teaching our children false teachings of man. We have a society that elects leaders that follow their beliefs, or walk in the ways of the scientist, and do “wickedly” in God’s sight. How do they do wicked things?

It isn’t just the science, but every branch of education, every governmental program or department, all scream out the Constitutional “separation of church and state,” which does not appear in our Constitution, but they have successfully written this law in the minds of the citizen’s, and have had any reminders of God removed from government and public places. They have set up new idols of man’s achievement, eliminating the memory of our humble beginnings, and how the originators honored the Almighty as head of this land. The fall began when the doctrines of man took first place over the truth of the Bible, the prayers invoking God’s blessing and provision was removed from public ed, and instead of having hundreds and thousands of school children asking blessings, we have near anarchy in many inner city schools, that are located in war and drug zones. Little children are  having to walk through metal detectors, to be taught to believe in man, and not God any longer. (What did you say, I didn’t hear that. Did you say we have gone from the top ten in education worldwide to twenty-sixth?)

All of this does eventually come together. Israel’s repetitive obstinence, continued to place leaders as kings, that did, as we do, by ignoring God and His ways, and they eventually were no more. Those leaders put the prophets of God to death, elected false prophets that spoke in their favor, and the kings crushed any resistance to the new, false prophets doctrines, erasing every thought of the law, and the history of those who had done the same. As the king goes, so goes the nation. Every kingdom that has ruled, and placed man as the center, has fallen, or is falling.

The difference a leader makes in biblical history is staggering. When the good king, that directed the people into God’s ways ruled, the nation prospered and the people taught their young from birth to follow God. Of course, this is just a fairy tale to the ones who say the Bible is not reliable truth. The evidence of these truths are on the pages of history, yet we have become like those evil kings and listen to the words of false prophets and leaders, and look where we are today. Before kingdoms have fallen in history, two things happen. The first is moral decline, second is economical collapse. Are we there? More importantly, can we stop the fall?

There is more to say, so I will try to finish this tomorrow. There are many scriptures that I feel are pertinent to this post, but I want to keep this as short as possible, to keep your attention and not bore you to sleep. The election is nearing, but so is Christ’s return. All over this world people are hungering for peace and prosperity as in the former times, at least in the free nations. People under oppressed governments, and communistic rule, want to see freedom’s origin. I understand that we have an enemy determined to wipe out these hopes. Come back for part two tomorrow, and I will attempt to wrap this up, and give the people who read my posts in those places some hope from a biblical perspective, and we who think we are free as well.

Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.