The news this week has additional illustrated that the Donald J. Trump administration is an embarrassing cabal of liars and criminals. Trump ran his business enterprise like a mob organization for decades and he just moved the operation to the White Home just after the Russians helped him steal the election.
The worst component of it all is the &ldquoChristians&rdquo assistance him and place forth the deluded lie that they&rsquore the guardians of a &ldquoChristian Nation.&rdquo
&ldquoChristian Nation?&rdquo Truly? Let&rsquos take a appear at the fruits of their &ldquoChristian&rdquo ideology. They take away meals from folks who don&rsquot have adequate as it is. They take away healthcare care from these who will endure and die devoid of it. They take away housing help and force folks to reside on the violent streets. They give gigantic tax cuts to folks who don&rsquot even will need them and improve taxes on the poor and the middle class.
They bully and choose on the oppressed and vulnerable (the easiest targets for them), the LGBTQ, pregnant ladies in terrible scenarios, undocumented folks brought right here as young children who know no other nation but America. They retain wages artificially flat for decades although the expense of living skyrockets.
They go house and stand in front of their constituencies and congregations and inform them they&rsquore performing &lsquoGod&rsquos operate.&rsquo They are &lsquoGod&rsquos celebration.&rsquo The folks think them. They watch Fox &ldquoNews&rdquo and their beliefs are validated and reinforced additional. Their preachers feed them the similar lines every single week as effectively. God has turned more than all who participate in this ugly mess to becoming of reprobate minds. A thing has gone incorrect. A thing has gone extremely incorrect. It&rsquos a cult.
In the Old Testament, God commands Moses to &ldquobring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are recognized to you as leaders and officials amongst the folks. Have them come to the Tent of Meeting, that they may perhaps stand there with you&rdquo (Numbers 11:16). In Deuteronomy 16:18 we study, &ldquoYou shall appoint for yourselves judges and officers in all your towns which the Lord your God is providing you, according to your tribes and they shall judge the folks with righteous judgment.&rdquo
In Deuteronomy 14 and 15 God says, &ldquoAt the finish of every single 3 years, bring all the tithes of that year’s generate and shop it in your towns, so that the Levites (who have no allotment or inheritance of their personal) and the aliens, the fatherless and the widows who reside in your towns may perhaps come and consume and be happy. There must be no poor amongst you, for in the land the LORD your God is providing you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you. If there is a poor man amongst your brothers in any of the towns do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother.&rdquo
In Leviticus 25 God says, &ldquoIf any of your fellow citizens come to be poor and are unable to assistance themselves amongst you, assist them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to reside amongst you. Do not take interest or any profit from them, but worry your God, so that they may perhaps continue to reside amongst you. Don&rsquot lend them dollars at interest or sell them meals at a profit. If they come to be poor do not make them operate as slaves. They are to be treated as hired workers. Do not rule more than them ruthlessly, but worry your God.&rdquo
In Isaiah 58 God says, &ldquoIs it not you I have selected to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed absolutely free and break every single yoke? Is it not you I have selected to share your meals with the hungry and to present the poor wanderer with shelter? Is it not you I have selected when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your personal flesh and blood? Is it not you I have selected to finish exploitation of workers? Have I not selected you to raise up the age-old foundations and be the repairer and restorer of streets and dwellings?&rdquo
More than and more than once more God says, &ldquoBetter to be lowly in spirit and amongst the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud, Proverbs 16:19. He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker, Proverbs 17:five. He who is sort to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has completed, Proverbs 19:17. If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he as well will cry out and not be answered, Proverbs 21:13. The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern, Proverbs 29:7. Speak up and judge pretty defend the rights of the poor and needy, Proverbs 31:9.&rdquo
It&rsquos fair to say that most of God&rsquos communication with us has been how we must treat a single an additional, in all elements of life which includes government.
In Matthew 25 Jesus explains his final judgment, &ldquoWhen the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered just before him. Then the King will say to these on his correct, &lsquoCome, you who are blessed by my Father take your inheritance, the kingdom ready for you due to the fact the creation of the planet. For I was hungry and you gave me a thing to consume, I was thirsty and you gave me a thing to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I necessary clothing and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked just after me, I was in prison and you came to check out me. Definitely I inform you, what ever you did for a single of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.&rsquo&rdquo
How numerous occasions does God will need to say it? How numerous approaches does God have to clarify it? How numerous prophets does God will need to send with the similar message? Was it not adequate that God became flesh and explained it to us eye to eye?
But right here we are once more. We&rsquove constructed the golden calf once more. We&rsquove disregarded God&rsquos guidelines once more. We&rsquove invented our personal program of morality once more. Now the two items God is allegedly most concerned about are fetuses and homosexuals. Now the poor are &lsquolazy freeloaders&rsquo and &lsquowhy must we have to assist them with a gun to our head?&rsquo According to our president most resident aliens are &lsquorapists, gangsters and drug dealers, and we will need to get rid of them.&rsquo People today who say we must basically assist the poor employing the procedures God outlined are labeled ‘Socialists’ and &lsquoCommunists.&rsquo
We&rsquore correct back at square a single, exactly where we often look to finish up no matter how apparent God tends to make it for us. That is why it really is so essential for every single new generation to carry the message of Jesus forward. We intend to do our component, and we do.We show up right here every single day, 7 days a week, and present a continuous flow of news stories illustrating the truth of every thing we just stated. Who else does that? Exactly where else would you discover that in genuine time every single day? Exactly where else can Christian progressives and their allies can collect 24/7/365 and go over the concerns of the day, assistance a single an additional, give comfort, share hopes and dreams, ask for suggestions, share struggles, speak about God anytime we want devoid of becoming harassed, and find out from the content material and from every single other how to apply the teachings of Jesus to our each day lives?
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Though Jesus was obtaining dinner at Levi&rsquos home, numerous tax collectors and sinners have been consuming with him and his disciples, for there have been numerous who followed him. When the teachers of the law who have been Pharisees saw him consuming with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: &ldquoWhy does he consume with tax collectors and sinners?&rdquo - Mark two: 15-16