"Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls."
1 Peter 1:8-9 (KJV)
1 Peter 1:8-9 (KJV)
If you were brought up like I was in the muggy summers of the South by grandma, you were probably brought up the right way. In Grandma’s house you would say, “Yes mam” and “no mam”. You most definitely use “thank you”, unless you wished to get popped on the spot. Surely, never let grandma catch you lying. You would be trialed right on the spot with the execution of the good old belt whooping. There was no jury and the only judge found you guilty until proven innocent. You had better state your case faster than her arm could swing. Still today, I respect my grandmother with the utmost adoration and love. Those spankings didn’t scare me for life, they rarely happened until I asked for it to tell the truth. However, I learned the rights and wrongs in this life for the years to come. God strategically placed me in the right family at the right time so that I would be brought up with respect, so that I would show it when the time come. I was also brought up to tell the truth, so that no one would be able to question my integrity when I was an adult. For that I thank Him with all my heart. The problem is, today’s world was not raised in such a way to respect their parents and certainly not God with fear/trembling. In actuality they mock and curse God with every chance they get. Today’s political and social standards are certainly not any different. Cheating, lying, back biting, and hateful remarks are just a few of the displayed negative behaviors that you see every day in the news and will especially hear through November. Just today, it was released that WikiLeaks (An organization which prides itself on hacking into databases and stealing secrets, documents, and emails) has gathered more details regarding the pre-planned nomination of Hillary Clinton at. the DNC primaries. They have managed to get their hands on quite a few emails and are just now releasing the details a few at a time. The founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange, has confirmed this to be true and seems to be touting the DNC over the whole ordeal. While Assange’s behavior is certainly not praise worthy, another problem seems to be the DNC cheating candidates out of their right to run for office. Once again, we see a situation where another wrong is trying to justify its means and intentions through improper retaliation
While the news covers Hillary’s soap opera like shenanigans and Trump’s ill planned remarks, we have people hacking our government member’s emails and sharing the information with the general public. We know there is corruption within our own government ranks, but to allow outsiders with shady intentions to gain inside knowledge of our sensitive matters politically is totally out of line. Just because a vigilante goes after the accused wrong-doers, doesn’t make them immune to the law. When they commit crimes they are held accountable for the same consequences as anyone else who breaks them. WikiLeaks may have exposed a lot of proof for the corruption that we know is going on, but they broke laws in the process. To justify, they point fingers at the crooked Democrats in hopes that they will be celebrated as a good organization. In the meantime, while the Democrats point their fingers at WikiLeaks they also want to include that Russia may have assisted WikiLeaks in the process. This smells like the brewing of another cold-war era where we already have Russian fighter jets flying over our aircraft carriers in hopes of expressing their dominance militarily. So, what does the Bible say about wrongs committed to undo the problems with our world? We should love our neighbors as ourselves and treat them as our friends (Romans 12:20/ Matthew 5:43-48). This would be that lashing back out at those who have wronged us is much of a sin as the original committed by the person we are lashing out against. Instead of lashing back out at the Democratic Party, we need to love these people back to Jesus. There will come a dark period of time in their party, we just have to be there to show them the light of Christ. Remember that we will all be judged one day and if these wrong doings are left un-repented, there will be consequences. The consequences for dying in sin without salvation is an eternal suffering and burning in hell. I don’t think we can ever get anyone back when we compare our revenge to an eternal suffering judgment given against them. If we let God work out the wrongdoings done against us, somehow that person always reaps what is sown in this lifetime as well (Psalm 7:16). Scriptures like Galatians 6:7-9 should give us hope and strength to continue on in life doing the right things even when everyone else seems to be doing what is wrong. This is something both you Mrs. Clinton as well as Mr. Assange could benefit from learning.
Another problem we run into with situations such as this could be that double standards are dangerous. God created us to have the knowledge to know between good and bad, fair and unfair, glory vs. dishonor. What we find is that our society has created a world of double standards. It started with God’s people letting down their guard to the lies of the enemy. Lies such as we don’t have time for God or His Word, but we have time to spend on our kids many after-school activities. Lies such as it is ok to cheat when everyone else in the pack of competition is cheating to. What we have now created and continue to allow is a government and society based on double standards. It is ok for women to beat on men, but not ok for men to beat on women. While this doesn’t cover every possible situation, many times double standards come out where the rubber really meets the road (Proverbs 20:23). It is not ok for Hillary to rig elections and Donald to smear her integrity. None of these factors should be allowed from a leader of the free world. The biggest hypocrites of double standard I have ever read came from the Pharisees who persecuted Jesus because of what He was doing, but did very little in the way of doing God’s will themselves. So what does God expect from us amidst all this calamity, double standards, back biting, and taking will into our own hands? He expects us to live according to His Word, which is the greatest source of knowledge (Job 28:28 & Proverbs 2:1-9) If we live with honor, integrity, grace, and teaching of Jesus we would have done as much as we can do to show those in the wrong, how to be right. This is easy to commit to, but hard to do. Let’s be sure to do everything we can to live a life in service to the one who gave all He had.
God Bless and Shalom,
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Romans 12:20 (KJV)
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Matthew 5:43-48 (ESV)
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers,[a] what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Psalm 7:16 (KJV)
16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.
Proverbs 20:23 (ESV)
23 Unequal weights are an abomination to the Lord,
and false scales are not good.
Job 28:28 (ESV)
28 And he said to man,
‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
and to turn away from evil is understanding.’”
Proverbs 2:1-9 (KJV)
2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
You can read the full article regarding D.N.C. WikiLeaks findings here: http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/02/politics/dnc-ceo-resigns-in-wake-of-email-scandal/index.html