I’m…What Am I??? Just a Believer in Jesus Christ Covered by Grace Alone

 Prespective

Getting Related in a Cockeyed World, or Putting Things into Proper Prespective

I’ll be blunt. I am not a “Conservative Christian”, I am rather just a believer in Jesus Christ of Nazareth. I am for the blood of Christ covering all my sin, I believe that I should obey the commands of Christ because He told us that if we love him we will obey him. Therefore I am FOR LIFE and family according to the pattern in the bible. I believe that Jesus came to fulfill the law and made a New Covenant with us with his earthly walk, crucifixion, resurrection, and Ascension into heaven to be our Mediator. Don’t think in terms of there being two choices, either “Conservative” or “Liberal” because  a “Liberal” in the common modern sense of the word which has lost its original meaning and been co-opted by the DNC. So I won’t wear a label, I rather take the attitude of the Apostle Paul who boasted in nothing save the cross of Christ Jesus.

Labels are for those who trust others to do their thinking.

Properly used labels give a starting place, but even so using our faculties is necessary to keep from us from being mislead.
Labels are simplistic yet front loaded with meaning and promise. They designed to be used as scorecards for quick information for busy people and or for those who lack familiarity, confidence, or expertise. After all, to know a matter takes time and attention, comparison and analysis.
For instance when getting a glass of milk to drink you look at the expiration date, pick up the carton noting its temperature, open the carton, put your nose to it, pour the milk into the glass look at its consistency, smell it once again in the glass, then take a sip to be sure it’s sweet before chugging it down. Unless you really don’t mind realizing you’ve just swallowed sour milk and suffering from a bout of gagging, stomach upset, or heaven forbid, food poisoning and maybe death later you have to understand that even a “good” label won’t protect you from spoilt milk.
Also we have to be aware that labels can be peeled off and changed with very little or even no actual changes in products for “re-branding” purposes they direct attention to things away from others, and act upon us as magician’s illusions.
Folks who claim the name of Christian have no business playing the game of politics. Sorry for all the Moral Majority babies out there in their 40s and older, but we were convinced by the co-opted church that the route to the land of the free and the home of the brave was just too dangerous because it allowed folks who don’t embrace our beliefs to make their own choices. So we adopted “Conservative” value politics.

But the label “Conservative” is fraught with meanings that are both negative and positive. Conservative does not equal Christian. It means status quo. Keeping things the way they are and never allowing any change good or bad.

Have you ever been able to clean your house and keep it that way? Absurd to even imagine, yes, you’d have to stop living in it then go into it on a regular basis to dust and air it out and still you’d see it fade and deteriorate from oxygen and sunlight exposure. Maybe you could put it in an airtight vault? But who would benefit from its shelter then?
I’m all for cleaning my house and keeping separate from corrupting systems such as the public school system and many corrupting influences. I try to stay in a good community and eschew places and groups who outright make choices to rebel against God’s ways. He commanded us to be in the world but not of the world, so despite my efforts I find sin and corruption wanting to take over.
No, you’ll have to admit that our Christian walk must be continually tended to and thought about and maintained. Conservation would be a silly thing to do with your home. Your standards have nothing to do with status quo then, do they? Jesus teaches us to abound!

The story of the master giving the talents comes to mind. He came back to see how his servants used them. The master revoked the talent from the “conservative” and gave it to he who had put it to work and doubled it. How does that stack up to the idea that Christians should be conservatives?
Liberty is only freeing if we take responsibility, otherwise we are like the wicked servant who buried his talent because he reasoned, “I knew you were a hard master…….” Notice the distrust, resentment, contempt, rejection of the talent, and the self-reliance of the wicked servant. He imagined there would be no reward and no punishment if he simply conserved the talent! Being a conservative didn’t work out well for that man. He not only didn’t benefit or gain from it, he had it taken from him, and was judged for neglecting it, called wicked, and sentenced to punishment!

“Conservative Christian”
Shouldn’t we reexamine the label? Jesus surely wasn’t a conservative. He tore the status quo from top to bottom with his new covenant. He is the Lamb without spot, sacrificed once and for all, fulfilling all righteousness. He said, “It is done!” He gives liberty to the captives! We partake of that liberty when we believe that was done for whomsoever believeth.
Confessing that belief and throwing off all excuse because of the conviction that we are truly liberated by the grace of God’s will to believe in Him. He draws unto Himself, that is His own mystery and not ours to even understand. Just acknowledge and believe in Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

That is our only political power or obligation that we will account for. Whether we live in a government under despots or believers we each one of us have been made in His image and have no excuse, in neither estate is it easier to come to Christ. We are all captives of the flesh. He came to give liberty to the captives. Take that liberty to be truly free.

This is posted because I am truly agog at the speed with which the freedoms I grew up with are shutting down. Who knows how long the illusion of liberty I have lived in my 58 years will be completely dispelled, I am asking rhetorically, just to make a sound while I still can. ACTA, SOPA, PIPA?  We cannot play politics five or six days a week and worship God the others. Making choices for the lesser of evils isn’t Christian. My choice for president is for Ron Paul because he is the only candidate who espouses liberty and personal responsibility. Whether Dr. Paul would follow through on his words will be on his own head, but as I see it, no other candidate available to us even talks about it. Our true government is above. While a have a vote I will cast it, but I know God is above politics and world orders and He is not slack or slow but merciful and will at his appointed time judge us all.

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"That ye may be mindful of the words…"

Morning Moon Gives Way to Daylight

My last few nights have been slept with racing searching dreams trying to process the inconsistencies of our upside down world. I’ve been watching the GOP debates, they just past eighteen of them last evening in Florida on CNN. I have a wonderful son who is turning eighteen himself this weekend and it is for him and his sisters that I have been watching these grueling word duels.

My son in his youthful enthusiasm has embraced Ron Paul as his first candidate to vote for president. You see he has been well taught by his own self directed study of our Constitution that Dr. Paul is the only one running who believes that our nation was based upon the premise that “in order to form a more perfect nation”, and that the document applies to us today.

On every candidate their words and records in written, spoken, and video form are abundantly available from the Internet today. Although as we’ve witnessed in the debates all of them are trying to explain them in less than satisfying explanations. Only Dr. Paul has fully answered without sidestepping his record. My son has thouroughly researched his record .

I’m quite ashamed and sad for my son to be finding out how unwilling the grown men around him other than his dad  have shown themselves to be to study the candidates for themselves. He has had many occasions to cause them to be taken aback with his understanding of current events as well as the history of our republic. Of course the men have given the excuses of not being full time students and too busy making a living, but this young man sees what they do in their spare time and how they seem unable to speak other than in sporting terms. They seem locked up and to believe that politics are too dangerous to discuss for fear of disagreement among friends and family and church members. Keep the peace by all means is what they convey, but I suspect it is their ignorance that they guard instead.

It is odd and funny to see how unable the men are to inform him and how wide they open their eyes at  his command of the statistics of governmental business when these men in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s show an embarrassing lack of knowledge of the needs, problems, issues, and proposed legislation and policies.

The threat to censor what is surely our information highway is all too real with the international copyright ACTA agreement which our president is threatening to declare an “executive directive” and not what the rest of the signers are calling it properly, a TREATY which would have to be ratified by our Senate, and the US House of Representatives SOPA bill, and Senate PIPA bill, and other reformulations of like bills hovering overhead.

I’m a woman, wife, mother, and grandmother not powerful and not strong and not able to do more than love them according to my feeble efforts to follow God our Saviour’s pattern for women. But His arm is strong and able and will deliver all who believe that Jesus Christ is our propitiation for our sins and enables us to strengthen us through the Holy Spirit and the Word for the battle which He has already won.  I know my son and daughters and grandchildren are safe under His protection.  I want to be “mindful of the words….”

2 Peter 3

1This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:

2That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:

3Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

5For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

6Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

7But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

8But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

10But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

11Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

12Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

13Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

14Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

15And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

16As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

17Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

18But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Victory in Jesus!

Stand for ALL Life and Real Reform Starting in the Heart, 39th Anniversary Roe v Wade

I humbly submit my strategy for the best political leadership toward this goal of restoration of personal responsibility and honor and liberty to true choice to obey our Creator.

Image by: http://whyiswhoiswhatare.com/what-are-the-current-abortion-laws

This picture illustrates Where we are. How we got here is infamously chaotic self serving trade offs and political strategies of both Life and Anti-Life so called choice and control over who gets to come into this world.

Caught in the middle are the families torn and provertized of their children who never got liberty to live free of their mother’s wombs.

Roe vs Wade should never have been accepted by the Supreme Court which in doing so stole powers that were delegated to We the People. The checks and balances of our Constitution are out of check and balance. Only by the changing of hearts through conviction that every human being conceived is the property of his Creator can the honor of this nation founded upon the principles of liberty be restored.

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

I pray for individuals to take responsibility and to allow God to heal our hearts and land  in the name of Jesus Christ.

Breaking Down Walls

I’ve been pondering how to be a better wife, mother, daughter, sister, sister-in-law, cousin, and Holy Spirit containing believer in Jesus, how to communicate His light, how to be a candle upon a hill and not under a basket, neither freezing out nor scorching others who come near me.

Fellow blogger, The Mystery of the Ages, wrote a lovely post here; http://theincrediblegift.blogspot.com/2012/01/can-your-family-be-saved.html  

As this applies to all of us all the time it helped bring into focus a few things that have been on my mind  to try to improve in this still new year. Here they are;

Open the lines of communication and take down the roadblocks that hamper it. Disconnect from distracting pursuits and mindless entertainments to allow the quiet spaces necessary to know each other.

Put the phone and electronics aside to be a listener. Sit, work, or walk together without interruption. Be present physically and mentally for those you are with and not off texting or taking calls while they are talking with you.

Especially ask that children put away games and phones to teach them how to look you in the eye and read body language and tone of voice. These are habits that are vital to all of us if we are to be fully aware of the nuances of the complete meanings being conveyed.

Read aloud together, reading current events or informational materials that you think will appeal to them, pausing within the reading for comments and discussion to see their reaction and feelings. Personal anecdotes often flow from identifying with events and stories.

Throw away the ideas of age segregation. Break down the illusion that people are different because of modern lifestyles and share the generations. All people have the same needs to be heard and held as worthy of attention. It’s wonderful to get older and younger to talking after a little practice and so vital to strengthen the ties that bind us together as families. Our time is limited, we want to leave lasting impressions of love and hope. These are treasures we can lay up in heaven.

Deuteronomy Chapter 6 especially verse 7 comes to mind.
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

"Faith Like Potatoes" An Encouraging Movie

I usually don’t like “Christian” movies because of the cloying triteness that rings too pat and superficial, but this offering from South Africa is very well done and presents a very human testimony of real people.

For a lift in spirit you can view the preview here and also buy it if you like ; http://www.globalcreative.co.za/file/Films/Entries/2009/11/15_Faith_like_Potatoes.html
or watch it from rental at netflix or other outlet that has it.

My husband and our teenagers were very well held by the story and the settings were absolutely beautiful. We smiled, laughed, and shed a tear and enjoyed the bittersweet victories and blessings this farm family and their community share in this movie.