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Posted By Ed B

This post started out as a comment at Returning to Faith.

Social Justice, as commonly understood (by it's practitioners) today, is a synonym for socialism.
The government doing the redistribution thing under the guise of "justice".
Justice is harsh, I'll take grace and mercy. The self-righteous want "justice".

Old Testament Jewish landowners owned the land.
God, however, mandated that they harvest in such a way that there is something left to glean. God being the government, leaves something for charity.
But God did not mandate the landowners to clear-cut and give a portion to the poor.
He made them give the poor an opportunity to work for their sustenance.
They would harvest what they did not sow. Some honest effort without investment.
I've often felt that if we want a "Christian Nation", that nation would be charitable to it's poor.
That would not be "work-fare", or a "jobs program", but the opportunity to work for a living, and the encouragement of private charity (tax breaks).

I read a blog called Think Christian, which leans more to liberal christian theology, and get frustrated often by the world-view, but it makes me realize that there are a number of Christ-Dedicated People (maybe that's what I'll name my denomination if I ever start one), that don't have my political/economic views (which I believe are bible-derived).
We can't all be perfect.
If I get any kind of "socialism" from reading the bible, it's expected (not mandated) within the church, not the world at large.
As an evangelistic outreach, charitable activity by churches is a good idea, but the ROI is numerically small.
Then again, so was Jesus' sacrifice on the cross.


 
Posted By Ed B

Pascal wrote Saturday showcasing a transcript of Mark Levins' show concerning Professor Elizabeth Warren nutty approach to economics and personal freedom.

Mark Levin points out that not only does the left want to determine how much you pay in taxes, but since "time is money" and you're only given so much time on this planet (and you're reading this?) they are effectively looking to take more of your life (your life being your time on Earth).

Remember "The Matrix"?
The precept of that movie was that the people had been subjugated by the matrix, and were living their life in a fantasy world, while their life's energy was being sucked out of them to power the matrix.

It was Neo's job to wake people up to that fact, some of whom preferred the comfortable enslavement.
I always looked at that movie as a spiritual metaphor: that people didn't see the struggle for their souls, and that the Christ-figure (Neo rose from the dead to set them free) was there to wake them up from their spiritual enslavement.
But frankly, it works also as a political analogy.
If the state is ultimate, Then, when the head of state says you must give your "fair share", his
vision of "your fair share" be it 100% will be the share required of you.

RISE UP, Sleeper! Awake!

 


 
Posted By Ed B
And I am grateful. Thanks to all who prayed or showed concern.

 
Posted By Ed B

Imagine a nuclear attack submarine. Los Angeles Class.
Imagine that submarine belonging to the most powerful navy in the world.
Imagine it surfacing.
Imagine it rising to periscope depth.
It scans the horizon searching for danger.
A chief petty officer picks up a phone set and places a phone call,
a call that the US Navy deems important enough to pursue this manuever.
Imagine me answering the phone.
Our son wanted to know if his mom was alright.

He had received my e-mail that his mom was back in the hospital for siezure related issues.
I believe she'll be out tomorrow.
Prayers if you got 'em.

 


 
Posted By Ed B

I listened to a call-in on a radio show,
and the caller said something to the effect of:
"I don't want to know (insert candidate's name here)
view on abortion or homosexuality ."
"They should keep their religion out of this race."

Let's get this straight.
Religion is where and when (or if) you kneel, bow,
burn incense, go to church, blow up airliners, etc.
Abortion and homosexuality are MORAL issues.
Even atheists have MORALS.

Your religion may dictate your morals,
but (frequently) when someone says:
"Keep your religion to yourself ",
almost invariably that person is saying:
"Since I don't have a religion, I will press my moral agenda,
but you may not."

Thanks for listening...


 


 
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