One look at the representatives who get returned to government repeatedly shows a sad tale of misrepresentation. Old men who have been in power since the 1980s and even the seventies are failures, even in the very task for which they were elected, defence.
No shame over the racist past yet
The pursuit of happiness never looked more dangerous. How can it be the centre of life when it remains undefended? The unending racist ambitions and the crime spree have reached the halls of power. Defending one’s seat and one’s party have taken precedence over defending the laws of the land and the next generation. It is more important to be united than be true. The number of people who know that they perjured themselves over and over when they took the oath of office must be in the majority. The murders of young people in schools and the repeated mass murders show that ambition has corrupted government with wars and denial of justice.
Paul had discarded his Jewish heritage in matters of personal salvation when he asked (Romans 8:34) about the possible sources of condemnation, having declared in the first verse that it does not exist. Christ the justified is not a fly-by-night deliverer. The only satisfaction of being just or of being free from condemnation is the maintenance of faith.
Decide! Sinai or Zion
Paul was familiar with suffering for the gospel, not the gospel of the 21st century, which apparently can be anything anyone says is the gospel, as long as it can be found in the Bible. Paul and many of us who put our necks on the line suffer because we dare to say that Gentiles (or unbelievers) have God’s regard without reference to law or ancestral practice. John, after ripping up the lies of those who are trying to achieve a sinless state (1 John 1:8-10), goes as far as to say that the expiation of sins for believers and the world is the same “Jesus”.
One mediator for humanity
1 John 2:1-2
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
However comfortable or popular it feels, trying to straddle the world of both Jew and Gentile has is an excuse for intelligence especially to people who should know better than to drift away from the glorious gospel of life. How have we ended up embracing, even chasing (the instruments of) death?
Gentiles do not need the law, neither do Jews. If Sinai had delivered atonement and cleansing the tabernacle or temple would have long ceased to be needed. The proof of Zion’s effectiveness was the giving of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2.
Christ has no interest in condemning anyone and he would be doing just that if his mission included administering the prohibitions and injunctions of the Sinai covenant and its food, drink and festival regulations. To be sure, if law is in the salvation picture it is a counterfeit salvation. Law does not bring about righteousness and speaks, even when it was in the tabernacle as a witness (Deut. 31:26-29), as silencing every mouth with a guilty verdict. You cant hug law and grace. The way of Balaam, greedily grabbing both sides, is an utter failure.
Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:Romans 3:19-22
Run all of you back and forth through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if all of you can find a man, if there be any that executes judgment, that seeks the truth; and I will pardon it.Jeremiah 5:1
Do we credit ourselves with recognizing the just man or the truth teller in 2019? The hundreds of convictions overturned in Canada and the United States may shock us if we have been part of the culture of privilege. Criminals are in charge of armies, the administration of justice, the jailing and murder of Black and First Nations people. Look at Bill Barr and Mitch McConnell and you will see shameless corruption. Listen carefully to your pastor, rabbi, or imam, and you will see bias, incredible corruption and dangerously empty cisterns.
The travesty of sworn statements and oaths of office in 2019 pales in the presence of Christ’s trial by the Jewish high court. The certainty of mistakes in the administration of justice is no reason for us to stop expecting police to stop closing their eyes to sworn statements, to stop covering up racial profiling, to end trashing the poor, and to give up trying to merge morality into civic policy. Do we not know that faith and love are not the treasures of government anywhere on the planet? Are they not lacking in the sacred places.
Matthew and Luke report different discourses following our Lord’s instructions on prayer. Matthew tells us about consequential or “on demand” forgiveness. Luke connects a parable about the necessary movements of friendship.
Our Lord addresses how we pile the need of one friend onto another friend. It is a kind of impertinence. My friend’s friends are not necessarily my friends, but a need is a need.
For if all of you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if all of you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.Matthew 6:14-15
The parable reported by Luke sets up a landmark of generosity.
And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;Luke 11:5
The leader of the free world goes down in shame, appropriately labelled. Caught with his — around his —, his — on the —, and his — spewing —, the people who for eight years did every thing to oppose, malign and intimidate President Obama now rise to defend the house they desolated. A mountain of wild west quasi-legal jargon cannot rebuild the dignity of the people’s house. It is a distinction of the greatest president of all time not to know the difference between right and wrong.
Who can forget how the little d-t sat beside the Russian leader mum about Russian atrocities? Who can forget how the convicted scammer visited the Holy Land and collaborated with Zionist malice against the Palestinians? Does anyone forget how the megalomaniac tax cheat called the mothers of many of America’s distinguished citizens s-hole nations?
King of corruption and crud
I no longer wonder that evangelicals think he is leader. Leaders do everything well except follow, and especially not crowds. The cheapest, most insensitive, hateful and cruel obsessions of the human race are at the centre of their approach to life. They have not noticed that the dear leader little d-t, king of the GOP does what the devil (Satan) is known for: lying and covering up. If those sorcerers had anything to do with Christ beside scalp tickets to heaven they would not be bewitched by racist and neo-nazism or paper heroes of capitalism like little d-t.
They now have the spotlight to spin their illusions of American greatness as the Duke of Mar a Lago gets the appropriate label. Condemned for Corruption