Well, Joelâ€”you are so right. I tried the modern â€śidentificationâ€ť ideology by going to Sams Club. I told them I was identifying as a memberâ€”so I asked them kindly to refer to me as â€śMember Steveâ€ť and that should be good enough. But THEY seem to think that just because I say Iâ€™m something, it doesnâ€™t mean I am. Just saying.
â€śHow then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!â€ť (Romans 10:14-15)
The problem is that the media is comparing apples to oranges. I used to teach Sociology at a local college, and when the topic turned to the integration of Muslims, one thing I always liked to show was an old video I had gotten from a missionary friend of mine. It was taken in Mexico of a Catholic woman who was crawling across a cobblestone courtyard on her knees in order to kiss the feet of a statue. She left trails of blood as she crawled... Obviously in pain, but with the mindset that kissing that statue was of more importance than personal comfort. Most Catholics in America go to church on Saturday night so they wonâ€™t have to get up early on Sunday morning The correlation is this: NEVER judge an international religion by the American counterpart. Americans are lazy and focused on comfort, and donâ€™t take God seriouslyâ€¦ And as an aside, I would even place most believers in that category as wellâ€¦ Not just Muslims and Catholics.
John4 Nice as the conversation seems to be going for you, I thought Iâ€™d jump in and get tagged with all the â€śhereticâ€ť monikers alongside.
â€śFor after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.â€ť (1 Corinthians 1:21) God has chosen the preaching of the written word to tell sinners of the living Word and the salvation He has provided to all who believe. Choosing to believe in Christ and accept the pardon He freely offered is not a work of righteousness. The Calvinists here will never understand that. Now for the insults and name calling in 3... 2... 1....
Whether people like it or not, there are two things that need to be understood about the US and Trump 1.) Not a theocracy. Trump is a secular leader that is beholden to the Constitution to defend Americans. 2.) Solawhatever was a clear and present danger that was taken out to defend Americans.
Itâ€™s like a jock dealing with a mentally handicapped kid thatâ€™s acting out. The jock could beat the kid down, but knows deep down it would be unfair and meanâ€”because everyone wants to feel sorry for the handicapped kid. Sometimes itâ€™s a better man that lets the mentally handicapped kid make a spectacle of himself and walk awayâ€”(except sometimes they accidentally do real damage to something because they just donâ€™t have the sense to know what they are doing.) For what itâ€™s worth, Trump is a jock that decided to smack the mentally handicapped kid around a bit. It looks bad, but itâ€™s because he was trying to make sure he didnâ€™t do any damage. But of course, everyone thinks heâ€™s mean and out of control.
The Bible is rife with instances where God uses something other than His physical hand to accomplish His goal. Was it His hand that blocked the Red Sea, or did He send a strong east wind? Itâ€™s like that old joke about the guy in a flood. A guy sat on his porch as the waters rose, and a rescuer came by in a truck, a boat, and a helicopter to rescue him, but he said, â€śNo, Iâ€™m waiting for God to deliver me.â€ť When he died in the flood and entered heaven, he asked God Why He didnâ€™t deliver him. God replies, â€śI sent a truck, a boat, and a helicopter.â€ť Faith is trusting God for the outcome, not sitting on your tookus waiting for Him to do everything.