Ronald Reagan Tribute, The Christian Left, and an Overflowing Stack of Stuff

Ronald Reagan Tribute — Bel Air Presbyterian Church “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” – Proverbs 29:2.  me:When Ronald Reagan was president, they said it was “Morning in America”.  Today there’s a lot of morning in America¡

All Over America Evangelical Christians Are Being Labeled As “Extremists” And “Hate Groups”
by Michael Snyder, (©) Infowars, April 8, 2013.

Cops Beat “Possibly Intoxicated” Man to Death in Bakersfield; Citizen Camera Evidence Seized
by Brian Doherty, (©) Reason, May. 10, 2013.
me:I pray that had I been there and armed that I would’ve had the tremendous courage needed to find some way to have stopped this evil!

Image courtesy (©) Walt Disney Studios.

Img. (©) IJReview
Why did British bystanders watch a soldier get hacked to death?
by Mike Piccione, (©) The Daily Caller, May 24, 2013.
me:Unarmed sheeple are easy prey. This is what it’s like folks, when only the police and criminals are armed! In Britain, pepper spray is classified as a “firearm”.  Someone at least tried, though!:

The Woman Who Stood Up to the Woolwich Butchers
by Christopher Dickey, (©) The Daily Beast, May 23, 2013.
me:A woman with the true spirit of Kim Possible!

Software company to recruit people with autism as programmers
by (© 2013) Routers, via Fox News, May 22, 2013.  me:Cool beans!

The “Real” Story of the Maroon Bluebonnet, by Jeff Abt, (©) Texas Superstar.
Image courtesy (©) Aggie Horticulture.

Image courtesy (©)
Real Color Wheel.
Scientists find woman who sees 99 million more colors than others
by JohnThomas Didymus, (©) DigitalJournal, June 19, 2012.
me:This is fascinating!

Google-Berg: Global Elite Transforms Itself For Technocratic Revolution
by Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones, (©), May 13, 2013.
Google’s Eric Schmidt: “I actually think most people don’t want Google to answer their questions […] They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.”
me:”I don’t need nor want Google to tell me what to do next – I only want them to answer my questions!”  I can think for myself!

Mastering The Linux Shell – Finding Anything
Numerous find & grep examples!
by Marcel Gagne, (©) Marcelgagne, Apr 8, 2013.

The Answer to the ‘Christian Right’ [according to the Christian Left]

Blog by Timothy Kurek, (©) The Huffington Post, May 20, 2013.

“In a country that is increasingly polarized politically and religiously, it’s always a breath of fresh air to encounter a group or a movement that strays from the social norm. Enter the Facebook page/movement ‘The Christian Left.’…”

me:I stumbled across this page posted by a facebook friend who is a progressive.  Seeing the title, my instinct immediately said “oxymoron”, but, being attracted as I am to oxymorons and never wanting to comment in detail on something without having actually read it, I decided to give it a read.  I encourage you to check it out for yourself before reading on for my opinion.  I expected to see a general bashing of the so-called “Christian Right” (conservatives), but I was somewhat surprised to find most of it more of a positive presentation of their own views, though I did see the “Christian Right” being somewhat stereotyped and broad-brushed a bit as “judgmental”, “hypocrites”, and not “following Jesus’ teachings”.  I will have to say that I do share many of their views relating to “separation of church and state”, legislation representing common “values”, striving to follow Jesus’s teachings on how to conduct ones life, and helping those in need.  Therefore, I respect them and believe they are truly trying to live as they believe without hypocrisy, unlike many other progressives these days.  I believe they err in three areas that separate them from many of us conservative Christians.

First:  they erroneously apply Jesus’s commands to individuals and the Church to secular governments.  Jesus commands INDIVIDUALS and the Church to help the poor.  This is likely due to the general progressive view of people being represented by and having “rights” based on groups rather than as individuals. Jesus never chided the Roman government for failing to “provide a social safety net” or even for condoning slavery.  God’s commands to Gentile (other than Israel) Government’s is to “bear the sword (not in vain), to reward those who do good and punish those who do evil” (Rom. 13:4) and execute murderers (Gen. 9:6).  Our constitution lays out specific, enumerated powers to our national government. As Thomas Jefferson pointed out:  “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.”

Second:  they, at least partially, have (like all those on the left) a misconception of government and it’s role due to a wrong (unbiblical) world-view.  This “progressive” world-view both sees man as “basically good” and, from the “Enlightenment” movement, sees human society / government as evolving and becoming better and more civilized with time.  This is diametrically opposed to the world-view of both the Bible, conservatives, and the nation’s founders – that both sees man as depraved and human society / government as in a downward spiral toward an all-powerful one-world government headed by an “Antichrist” dictator into perdition followed by a final Judgment Day by God Himself.  They therefore believe that human government is “basically good” and can and should be “compassionate”, etc.  The truth is that government is all about force and coercion.  It has (and must have) a (rightful) monopoly on the use of force.  It is also controlled by depraved human beings.  Therefore we believe government is at best a “necessary evil” and at worst, a violent and tyrannical nightmare.  Therefore, we believe government should be limited to those areas where the ability to threaten and deploy force and violence are necessary, ie. in “securing our liberties and individual freedoms”, “providing for the common defense”, “PROMOTING the GENERAL welfare”, and protecting us from violence and oppression by others.  We do not believe that government, at least on the national level, is constitutionally authorized nor should be involved in “providing social safety nets” or “compassion”, (stealing property and labor from (enslaving) some individuals and giving it to others, regardless of their perceived “need”).  Helping others must be a VOLUNTARY effort undertaken by individuals and churches, as Christ (not government) commands them to do.

Third:  they claim to be the ones “following the words of Christ”, which I’m not questioning, but they seem to group all Christians on the “Right” as being guilty of “hypocrisy and judgmentalism” – not following Christ?  I’m not calling them hypocrites or judging them, or questioning their faith, motives or sincerity in following Christ, but rather simply pointing out the errors I see in their world-view and their application of Christian doctrine.


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