a dose of what the world needs.

The adverse complexities of life and how to deal with them. “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, harshness and evil speaking be put away from you, with all attempts to get even, ” Instead, ‘Be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God through Christ can forgive you.'” (cp. Ephesians 4:31-32).

Christ exemplified the Apostle Paul’s admonishments according to the Apostle Peter, who declared, It’s the Christ way because Christ bore such hurtful rhetoric and by so doing exemplified how we should react.

Saying, He who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth. Who when He was mocked, did not mock in return, when He suffered, He did not threaten.

But committed Himself, to Him who judges righteously. And Himself, bore our sins in His own body on the tree. That we through Him should live above the attitudinal shenanigans all around us. For it’s by His sufferings we can be healed. We don’t have to behave like that, if He is the Shepherd  and Overseer of our souls. (cp, 1 Peter 2:21-25 with exegesis).

Not one of us? Join the Christ family by following the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. Then note verses 11-13. If our paths don’t cross in this world they will in the next.

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being more than u thought u could b

“I beseech Christ for this thing only, that He will enable me to endure all things courageously, and that He shape me as a potter’s vessel or make me strong,” Huldrych Zwingli.

Some might ask, what is Zwingli talking about? And what about being more than u thought u could b, mean?

It almost sounds like a coded language and for most it is. But not for us, who have experienced the newness of life that only Christ can provide.

Think in these terms, for instance, suppose someone decides to open up a practice of some sort. And, goes through all the expense necessary to operate such an establishment. And then announces, I’m ready, to provide whatever the enterprise might be. Suddenly realizing, I don’t have the slightest clue as to how to do in reality what was imagined.

One does not travel the Christ way, as expressed by Zwingli all of a sudden. It’s a slow spiritual growth, whereby, ones soul and spirit are brought to life by the inner workings of the God’s Spirit.

Consider the following, “Likewise the Spirit helps with our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for, as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with expressions that cannot be understood. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (cp. Romans 8:26-27).

Few are aware that all that is going on within us in one form or another. Call to repentance through Romans 10:9-10. Or the call to service as expressed by Zwingli.

Maturity in Christ brings about this reality. “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ the Father of glory may give you the Spirit of WISDOM and REVELATION in the knowledge of Him. That the eyes of your understanding being ENLIGHTENED; that you might know what is the HOPE of your calling, and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints. (The God plan has a predetermined agenda). (With this purpose for us). Discovering, what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.” (cp. Ephesians 1:17-18).

For us it’s a tutorial, as declared, “Which He worked in Christ, when He raised Him form the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.” (cp. Ephesians 1:19-20).

Far above all principality, and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which to come. (cp. Ephesians 1:21). Meaning the age after the church age ends and often referred to as the age of grace. And that same power resides in us, as we mature in His calling. Have a problem or issue? In simple slang, bush wack it spiritually, and always non-violently, no matter who or what it is.

Because “He has put all endeavors under His control, and made Him the head of the church. And we are His body, the very fullness of Him, who fills all in all.” (cp. Ephesians 1:22-23, with exegesis through out).

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self-angels and a redeemer

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us,” J.J.R, Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring.

Indeed: “Since their days are determined. The number of their years are with you. You have appointed their limits, so that they can not pass them.” (cp. Job 14:5).

“So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (cp. Psalms 90:12).

And, with some help. “He shall give His angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways. They shall bear you up with their hands. Lest you dash your feet against a stone.” (cp. Psalms 91:11-12).

And, all will be better in some unknown future time. “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know. That in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” Job 19:25-27.

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loves satisfaction

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness. Kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, ” Mother Teresa.

Works best this way. “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who lives, but Christ lives in me. And the life which I live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God. Who loved me and gave himself for me.” (cp. Galatians 2:20).

And, Christ in us expresses Himself as follows. “We are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (cp. Ephesians 2:10).

With this resolution. “Now thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ. And through us, diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance among those who are saved, and among those who are perishing.” (cp. 2 Corinthians 2:14-15).

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the obvious blinds most

“Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of education with the greatest for the last,” Sherlock Holmes.

Time is full of educational values that suggest human survival on planet earth can not last forever. Nevertheless most ignore the obvious, and cling to chance that at death all ends. Mistake! Death is a transition from one state of existence to another.

Divine Providence provided the following for our sake. So that we mortals might know that death is the gateway to life ever lasting. Unfortunately His vehicle, the church, to help us understand the ramifications of that transition has failed humanity. Because Christendom, has religiously political sized itself into agents of nothingness. And, that is the greatest tragedy of history!

But there are exceptions, and Church for Sanctuary through its Padre is one of those exceptions. Some say that the proof is in the pudding. Meaning the reality is in the experience. So the pudding is only realized through sincerity, and not as an experimental quest.

Perhaps a little strange because we’re going to start from the end and travel to the beginning. The following is not the language devised by a mortal like me. It’s the language of Divine Providence given to the Apostle Paul to share with we mortals during the age of grace, our time in history. “If anyone is in Christ, they have become a new creation. Old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new!” (cp. 2 Corinthians 5:17).

The above is the aftermath of this experience. “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raise Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10). Here’s is the promise. “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame, for whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (cp. Romans 10:11;13).

Everyone’s circumstances are different. When this Padre experienced the newness of life through Christ. He was in the midst of some very unusual conditions and circumstances. With no church experience to help him to understand his Christ experience. He just knew that the next morning he was a very different person. Eventually he secured a Bible. And a Biblical search began, hoping to discover why he was so different. Finally, he came across, 2 Corinthians 5:17).

Want that experience? Follow the prompts in Romans 10:9-10. Claim the promises in Romans 10:11:13). And, 2 Corinthians 5:17, is yours!

It may, or may not, be an emotional experience. It wasn’t for this Padre. Just an awareness that a new personage had been been born.

John pretty much captured this Christ child’s experience. “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but can not tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone, who is born of the Spirit.” (cp. John 3:8).

This Padre has been within that Spirit experience for 50+ years. Truthfully, this Padre never tires of Biblical studies. Consider the following, “For by Him were all things created that are in heaven, and on the earth, visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” (Cp. Colossians 1:16). Multiple journeys to be studied, and thus realized, making scriptural studies a profound source of understanding.

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similarities

“I distrust those people who know what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own own desires,” Susan B. Anthony.

Jesus said, “Take heed that no one deceives you!” They’ll most like operate in opposition from the following. “Doing nothing through rivalry or through deceit, but in humility each counting others better than himself. (cp. Philippians 2:3).

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in america something worth fighting for

Nature calls with her waning particularities in like manner. Because everything in nature has a beginning and ending, for our species, our waxing occurred by divine decree. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Scriptural text:Genesis 2:7).

Fight for the celebration of life. Because, as America goes, so goes the world.

It’s what’s in between that we must make the most of. Because it’s divinely recorded, As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, to be flourished. For the wind passes over it; and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. (Scriptural texts:Psalms 103:15-16).

The in between starts with this memorial commemoration of our slain Savior that death could not contain. Recorded for us in Zechariah are these humbling words. That should incite Christendom to war against those who disrespect our Christ with their Easter like shenanigans. “Then they shall look upon Me, whom they have pierced. Yes, they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him, as one grieves for a first born.” (Scriptural text: Zechariah 12:10b).

And that’s what every Holy Week should be about. Our liberator, who entered Jerusalem on the back of an ass. And paid for our sins on the cross. He would have it no other way. Divinely said this way, “For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all. But, the life He lives to God. (Scriptural text: Romans 6:10).

And with His single sacrificial act, we as a species, are very distinct from all others because we were created in His image. (Scriptural text: Genesis 1:27). And now, therefore, we are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and the household of God. (Scriptural text: Ephesians 2:19). That is the desired results from our celebration of Resurrection Sunday

With a new evolutionary cycle is in place lets march to this beat in preparation for Holy Week 2021. Making this happen for those outside the family of God. For we are all the sons of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you are baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, there is neither slave or free, there is neither male or female, for we are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then, you are of Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Scriptural texts: Galatians 3:26-29).

In America that’s something worth fighting for. Because, as America goes, so goes the world.

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such a small thing huge problem

The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of a world that it leaves to its children. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1906-1952.

Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a fire of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets in fire the course of nature, and it is set on fire by hell! For every kind of beast and bird, reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed, and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue, it is an unholy evil full of deadly poison.

With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God. Out of the same mouth proceeds blessings and cursing. Such things ought not to be so!

Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh water.

Who is wise with understanding among you? Let them show by good conduct that their works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual and demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exists, confusion and every evil thing are there.

But wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy, and good fruits without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the peace of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. (cp. James 3:5-18).

And, that’s how a moral society is created for its children.

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dump trump

As most surely must know two articles of impeachment are being prepared against the donald. With the sole purpose of removing the donald from the peoples house.

Where he doesn’t belong because he didn’t win the popular vote. Skirting the will of the people because the founding fathers didn’t think the people were smart enough make the right choice. So they, created the Electoral College. Which allowed the state legislators through appointed delegates to determine the presidential winner, irrespective of the peoples popular choice. The donald lost the popular vote by around three million votes.

Irrespective of what one thinks about presidential winners, Al Gore, and Hillary Clinton. Both candidates won the popular vote. But were denied the presidency because of the Electoral College. Thus denying, the people of their preferred presidential candidates. That has occurred twice in the last twenty years.

Fifteen states, and the District of Columbia have joined a movement to bypass the Electoral College, and join the National Institute Compact, in which member states pledge to give all their Electoral College to the winner of the popular vote.

Florida isn’t one of those states. Therefore, this writer is available to discuss, why having Florida join the National Institute Compact would be in their best interest.

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the harp and golden bowls

Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp and golden bowls full of incense which are the prayers of the saints.

The most effective way to interpret unexplained symbols is match those symbols with other scriptural references. Because the scriptures are pretty good at explaining themselves. In Revelation 5:8, it’s said that each of four living creatures and twenty four elders each had a harp and a golden bowl filled with incense.

Turning to the Psalms this is recorded. “Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. Praise the LORD with the harp. Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. Sing a new song to Him; play skillfully with a shout of joy.” See Psalms 33:1-3.

The golden bowls filled with incense representing the prayers of the saints is a direct allusion to another Psalm. Which reads, “Let my prayer be set before You as incense.” See Psalms 141:2a.

The obvious conclusion is that those symbols represent praise and worship through song and action.

And embodied, in such prayers that we might offer could include these thoughts. “Set guard over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not incline my heart to any evil thing. To practice wicked works with men who work iniquity; and do not let me eat of their delicacies.” See Psalms 141:3-4.

Concerning the four living creatures and the twenty four elders see the discussions, “Freakish Things About A Place Called Heaven,” 20 June 2019. And, “Strangers In Our Midst,” 21 June 2019.

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aging what its like

Aging spells times of trouble. Everyone sooner or later is going to have to dip deep into the banks of ones health insurance. The 2020 election cycle is tantamount, as to, when your silver cord will be loosed. So vote for a collection of candidates that will make medicare available to all! That will be ones path to enjoying ones golden years.

Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, “I have no pleasure in them.” While the sun and the light, the moon and the stars are not darkened, and the clouds do not return after the rain; in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men bow down; when the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look through the windows grow dim; when the doors are shut in the streets, and the sound of grinding is low; when one rises up at the sound of a bird, and all the daughters of music are brought low. Also they are afraid of height, and of terrors in the way, when the almond tree blooms, the grasshopper is a burden, and desire fails. For man goes to his eternal home, and the mourners go about the streets.

Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, or the wheel at the well. Then the dust will return to the earth as it was. And the spirit will return to God who gave it. See Ecclesiastes 12:1-7.

a path not well journeyed

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Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that us within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your (spiritual) diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. See Psalms 103:1-5.

8 centuries of history

Helpfulness in its many shades beats the ugliness of abusiveness in its many shades.

“But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him,” 1 Corinthians 8:3.

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart the things God has prepared for those who love Him,” 1 Corinthians 2:9.

Motto: Change yourself and then change your world. Neither is easy!

doomed

All the animals were making merry one summers day over the Sun’s wedding, and among the rest, the frogs were rejoicing. But one of their number said: You fools, why all this jubilation? One sun is enough to dry up all the muddy pools. If he marries a wife and begets a child like himself, we shall be a in a bad way.

A lot of empty headed people rejoice over the wrong things. (source:Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-“One Is Enough”)

In both the land of fables and the here and now. The same message is apparent because Jesus said, “Therefore I speak in fables, oops parables. Because though seeing, they see not; and hearing, they hear not,” Matthew 13:13.

No doubt the world could use some wise frogs to declare that their jubilation could very well be their doom.

pirsig down by 100

Turned down by 100 publishers. Robert M. Pirsig, author of the 1974, philosophical classic, who journeyed readers into an inquiry into values, “Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance.” It’s been said that a million copies of the book were sold. Perhaps thousand more checked out at libraries or copies shared among friends. Dead at age 88.

Got an idea? Keep at it because that was the Pirsig model and it worked. It was also the Pauline model. The Jew hating prosecutor, who had a life turn around experience. And ended up writhing, fourteen New Testament books. The bedrock of Christendom from the first century, and just as relevant in our twenty first century. Here’s something he knew a lot about. So Paul wrote, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” See Philippians 4:13.

Paul had an interesting approach to life. It was one of get it done then you’ll abound. Wonder if it was the Pirsig model?

He’s a guy who was ship wrecked, shunned by associates and jailed. He revolutionized the world. By insisting that it was time set aside the culture and rituals of Judaism and embrace the Christ culture of receiving Him and then doing for Him. The setting aside of the works of the law. For the atoning grace, of Jesus. That’s what his fourteen books are all about.

Here’s the Pauline model for getting things done. Do now and get later “Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress. Now you Philippians know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only.

For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you. A sweet smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. And my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” See Philippians 4:14-19.

Even the sweet smelling aroma which could have been used to barter with or exchange for food, lodging or travel. It’s all about doing and it’ll get done. It’s part of the Christ mystery.

Checkmate

Two players sit across from each other contemplating how to checkmate the opposing king. But bound, by specific rules of play. What if those sixteen pieces of six kinds, could communicate with the mover of those pieces. Would the mover be motivated to make different moves; resulting in a possible different end? Most likely not because the mover is in control, and ultimately selects the moves, and associated consequences.

Think of humanity as players contemplating how to checkmate opposing nations. For this scenario, the Bible is considered the binding rules of play. One of the players in this game is Israel. The other player is represented by the remaining nations. In this game of life there are far more than sixteen pieces of six kinds. The pieces representing nations and the kinds representing people.

The problem one might conclude is that the players Israel and the other nations are driven to ignore the rule book. And the worlds people, who might be able steer the players to a different checkmate are mostly indifference.  So, it could be argued that ignoring the book of rules, and public indifference to steer a different course is responsible for our current world dilemma.

In a time far in the past a God created a people. God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our Likeness,” Genesis 1: 26a.

From Genesis, we will fast foreword to Ezekiel. Where a prophecy foretells the regathering of a disobedient Israeli people into a rich and powerful nation. In Ezekiel 36, from other countries. I will bring you to your land, verse 24. You will dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, verse 28. Prophecy fulfilled in 1948. I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, verse 30. Israel the land of plenty from a barren desert, verses 34-38.

Israel the recipient of many checkmates is now the chess-master of the Middle East. Surrounded by helpless Islamic nations wanting to exercise the ultimate checkmate. The annihilation of this Jewish state.

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principled life

“Inasmuch then, as the children have partaken of flesh and blood. He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him, who had the power of death that is the devil.” See Hebrews 2:14.

He did that for us. Now it’s our turn. It’s the silent way to make the world a better place. “Now thanks be to God, who always leads us to triumph in Christ. And though us, diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God, the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved, and among those who are perishing.: See 2 Corinthians 2:14-15.

opportunists wanted

Be careful whose listening because you might be surprised. And take advantage of the offered opportunity.

And Jesus perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him by Him. And said to them, “Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me. For he who is least among you all will be great.” See Like 9:47-48.

However greatness from the Christ perspective carries many different connotations than those of we mortals. Note: “But he who would be great among you shall be your servant. And he who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted.” See Matthew 23:11-12. It’s paradoxical because the Christ way couldn’t be true, yet it is, so says Jesus. Go your way, and make your choice and see which is true.

RELIGIOUS RIGHT and AMERICAN CONSCIENCE

PART THREE

They are one and the same. That is the religious Right and the american conscience. You really do not think that the religious right put the current crop of Republicans in office alone, do you? If you do, you are wrong! From time memorial the moral values perpetuated by the Religious Right, and captured by the Republican party have been drilled into the American conscience from youth. It has occurred in Sunday schools all across America, and still continues. And will continue, until the end time as taught in the scriptures. Furthermore, acceptance of these moral values are encouraged in our public schools. Across the country, and I suspect in every state, colleges and universities exist that teach what the Religious Right holds as key doctrinal issues that consist of the nations moral values or CONSCIENCE. Today it’s accomplished in camouflaged ways.

To compound matters these moral values are accepted by millions of people outside the influence the religious right through public evangelism by protestants. One can not leave out the influence of the Roman Catholic Church or the influence print media. All this along with radio, and television, and now the internet, cell phones allows for the recruitment of a huge Christian Army. All under the banner of a hymn titled, ” Onward Christian Soldiers Marching as to war.” Make no mistake, it is war.

Any and all opposition will be CRUSHED. And do not be surprised if some of the CRUSHING is retroactive. By that I mean women who have had abortions along with their doctors. Do not feel safe if you are a man. If you were the father or someone who encouraged the abortion you will also be CRUSHED. Take it to bank and earn some interest on your deposit BECAUSE IT WILL OCCUR. Even under current law murder has no statute of limitations. Especially from a biblical perspective.

Which leads me to discuss the foundation of the moral values sacred to the religious right. In part two this writer discussed some sacred moral value of the christian right. The absolute prohibition against homosexuality, gay marriages and transgender equality. In this installment this writer will expand on the topic so we will see why the ELEPHANT can stomp on the Donkey and send democrats to pasture at will, part one. Understanding how Corporate America, the republican party and the religious right have all been able to advance their agenda through mutual tolerance and cooperation, part two. While the introduction to part three is long, those statements had to be made in order to set the stage for what is to follow. It provided clarity as to why the religious right is such a formidable foe. But understanding the ‘ why ‘ is not enough, if one is to understand the influence of the religious right upon the American conscience.

The religious right gets its marching orders from the Bible. It is what provides their moral authority to make demands of the executive branch, the congress, the courts and the American public. It’s what allows a convicted terrorist of the Religious Right, Eric Rudolph to proclaim the following after receiving a life sentence. He said, Some expect to see a man languish broken and unloved in the bowels of some super max. But by the Grace of God I am still here. A little bloodied, but emphatically unbowed.” Source Associated Press, St. Peterburg Times, Sunday April 17 2005, Nation and the World. p 21A. The moral authority that leaves the consequences of behavior unbowed by the grace of God. That’s their mantra. More often, then not, expressed in nonviolent ways, but nevertheless violence is always an option.

The religious right believes that the Bible is the infallible word of God because He breathed His very Breath into the human authors of the Bible making them incapable of human error. See 2 Timothy 3:16. That the man of God (Rudolph) may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work, verse 17. For such people  God’s law supersedes all other law. Therefore, some think they can hunt you down and kill you under certain circumstances. The goal is to be able to be able to prosecute violators of God and His law through conservative courts. For example any behavior by humans that in any way ends a life in a way that is not natural is murder. Example terminal ill people euthanized professionally or otherwise fit this fit this biblical edict in modern day America. “If he smites him with an instrument so that he dies, he is a murderer; the murderer shall be put to death,” See Numbers 35:16.

Here is another perfect incident which also is dated but whose ideology is very much with us today. It was all about the removal of the feeding tube from Terri Schiavo that reached to the White House, Congress, state and federal courts. The hollow halls of the Florida State Capital where rarely a good thing occurs for We the People. Of course, the same can be said about for those folks in the U.S. Capital. That I will discuss in part four. From what has been shared with this discussion, it should be easy to understand the anger of the religious right against federal and state judges and politicians, who refused to intervene.

Those days have not been forgotten such a stunning defeat to everything sacred to them. With that defeat the religious right became determined to move the nations highest court from its liberal ideology to a ultra conservative ideology. Folks, the nation is on its way to a theocracy through the nine justices on the supreme court. They’re not satisfied with a 5-4 split. The goal is 9-0. They’ve learned their lesson from conservative justices like O’Connor and Kennedy. And they’ve, got their man to make that possible in trump. Trump prides himself, as a deal maker. He’s not one of them but he knows they’re a large voting block. So he’ll give them what they want, and they’ll give him want he wants. Authoritative power to be doanld trump no matter what the consequences.

With the scriptural admonition from the book of Numbers it is easy to understand the nations love affair with the DEATH PENALTY. And of course, the opposition to EUTHANASIA. All of this and much more is woven into the American conscience by religious and secular institutions. The religious right and the Republican party have captured this as though it is magic. From such magic, they’ll rule the nation and jeopardize the nations democracy. It must be magic because it’s the only way to explain the existing lethargy through out the nation. among the majority of voters.

This writer has only barely touched on the subject of what makes the Christian Right, so determined, successful, and powerful. It centers around subjects like the Jewish question, the rapture, the great tribulation, the second coming of Christ, the millennial reign of Christ. God’s eternal kingdom on earth. Such topics are significantly integrated into the psyche of the Christian Right. They must be understood if one wants to understand the danger posed by the Christian Right.

Minister Irish is available to lecture, or do workshops about the religious right and their growing influence through out the nation.

SPIN DOCTORS AND THE AMERICAN CONSCIENCE

PART TWO

Think what you want about donald trump. But he, brilliantly mobilized several necessary constituencies as supporters. And in the process siphoned off key democratic voters,  all of which were necessary, if he were to have any chance of becoming president. Even that wasn’t enough to win because he was propelled into the peoples house by the working peoples enemy the Electoral College.

When you think about it, what Corporate America, the Republican party, and the Religious Right has been able to accomplish represents genius. Think of it this way the three need each other to survive and excel. They are able to put aside vast ideological differences as long as each gets what they want.

Corporate America puts politicians into office, who then write legislation that favors the business community. The Republican party in order to come to power needed a dependable constituency. Much like the Democrats and it’s dependable constituency with labor unions and the minority vote. So, they hooked up with the Religious Right. The Religious Right delivered the vote that put the Republicans in power.

They were able to siphon votes from the Democratic constituency, who identified with their moral values. When it comes to moral values Democrats are all over the map. For example, democrats as voters are not united on moral values like the Religious Right who are mostly republican voters. The moral values under discussion here are not some johnny come lately ideology meaning a whim of someones imagination that seems like a moral value worth embracing. We are talking about moral values with centuries of history. Like the prohibition against homosexuality, and gay marriages found in the book of Leviticus 20:13, which reads,” If a man lies with a man; as he lies with a women, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” This was written 1400 years B.C., and is just as important today, as it was when it was written to the Religious Right, and many moderate Christians, and voters of other religious faiths. Because of the impact of spin doctors, both religious and secular, many voters regardless of party affiliation or religious faith will and have voted for a party that takes a stand against homosexuality and gay marriages. It’s an abomination embedded in the American conscientiousness. It’s an issue that hurts Democrats. Many Democrats accept homosexuality and gay marriages as an acceptable lifestyle. It hurts them because the Religious Right is relentless on this issue especially when it is time to vote.

We know what Corporate America gets for their dollar. What did the Religious Right get for delivery of their vote? An administration in Washington championing their causes. This is done through appointments to key government positions of candidates favored by the Religious Right. Appointment of judges to the federal bench who are likely to embrace the social agenda of the Religious Right. Along with the power of the ‘ bully pulpit. ‘ And a justice department to make life tough for people to the left, or in opposition to the agenda of the Christian Right. I might write on that subject because what is going on is rather scary.

Here is what the Republican party gets in return for capitulating to Corporate America and the Religious Right? They get to reek havoc on the nation and the world. Another subject I might write on.

In part three the subject of this posting will be expanded to include other doctrines of the Religious Right that makes them a formidable foe to democracy and civil rights.