We serve a great God

The greatness of God is unfathomable. Who can measure it? We believe through faith in the Christ-child, who came to earth as a human while still God, and sometimes find ourselves asking why? It leaves us flummoxed. This God-person stepped from eternity into time and space for the purpose of redeeming man from the wickedness of our own disobedience. Once again, what’s the purpose of it all?

When Jesus came to earth the first time, he came as a peaceful. loving servant. He healed the sick and caused the blind to see. The miracles he performed drew many, but the essence of who he was became an anathema to some, and so he was hung to die. Yet the greatness of Christ did not let death claim him. He had the victory because he was God!

We sing such spiritual songs as How Great Thou Art and He Lives with tears because the magnificence of such a being is so uplifting, it shatters our emotions. That we could be so loved by him is more than great. There are no words that can truly describe our Savior.

We may never know the answers to why? But that’s okay. If we are to know, one day, we will.

     He set my feet upon a rock and established my goings…and he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God. Many shall see it and fear and shall trust in the LORD ~ Psalm 40:2-3.

Rights and wrongs of rights and liberty

In the greatest nation on God’s green earth, there are laws to rein in unjust behavior. In fact, law and order have kept this nation the most free, peaceable, and sought-after place of residence in the world. This freedom speaks to what the original Constitutional framers had in mind when the government in America was first established and included three things to be sovereign and originating from God:  The rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

In an effort to live civilly among each other, the framers saw that sinful men could dwell in peace and harmony by the protection of these rights through a small government that was designed for this purpose. They established it to work so that the citizens would lend their consent to be governed; for no man has the authority to rule over another otherwise—only God has that power—and the framers understood this. The beauty they saw in a necessity for a three-tiered government brilliantly and presciently lent to the heart of sinful man to thwart the ungodliness of a tyrant’s rule. Freedom from religious persecution was not the least of these considerations. And God has blessed this nation, I believe, precisely for its biblical underpinnings.

Through these constructs, society is able to function orderly and lends civil rights to men against predation and chaos. By so doing, the founders have laid the groundwork for peace and prosperity for all men, which is biblically based.

Even so, still some cast a jaundiced eye toward these renown men of old. As the stain of slavery seems so indelibly etched into the fabric of our conscience, even strides to make good on past mistakes appear lacking. The stain has become a permanent reminder, and their faults continue to go unforgiven by some and, seemingly, have tainted any and all good.

While most of the apostles and disciples of the Bible are often lauded as holy men, without the power of Holy Spirit, they were anything but. Let’s be real, some of the ancient figures of the Bible were cowards, liars, and deserters. Without the workings of the Holy Spirit, through the grace of God, their words, deeds, and actions often missed the mark. It’s odd that those who may cast aspersions toward our Founding Fathers because they had sin, are slow to mention how sinful the disciples were, too.

So, as Christians, do we have rights to our own lives…our property…our freedom to worship…our bodies under the established government? Some would say that we do not have any rights and that by submitting to authority, one has to throw all rights out the window. But where does it say that these things are mutually exclusive? Scripture bears out that it’s not so cut and dried.

When accosted by authorities, apostles Peter and Paul always submitted to them to keep the peace and order, and both agreed and exhorted their fellow Jews to do likewise. While the apostles often bumped up against the King and his cohorts, they always respectfully submitted, but they did not always obey. In fact, Paul used the law to work in his favor when his rights as a citizen were on the verge of neglect.

Today, some would advocate that Christians should dismiss their own individual rights while these same advocates sanction rights to others, who call for their rights to be acknowledged, when they perceive to be insulted or defamed. Can we have it both ways?

For the sake of God’s glory, we should often turn the other cheek, be defrauded, be defamed, have our dignity insulted, even pray for those who despitefully use us, yes. But God never says we need to obey an unlawful law.

Being absent of privileges or rights, our society can easily devolve into a land of tyranny and persecution where there is no peace. War, mayhem, and every evil prevails where there is tyranny without governance and laws to protect the citizens. Our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are all from Him. Happiness to the founders meant blessed and was the pursuit of God—not worldly delights. Our rights as God’s creatures do not derive from government, nor does government own the rights of God.

Using the laws of society are still within a Christian’s jurisdiction as Paul demonstrated. Even Jesus, himself, said to “render under Caesar the things that are Caesar’s…”

The rights and wrongs of rights and liberty

In the greatest nation on God’s green earth, there are laws to rein in unjust behavior. In fact, law and order have kept this nation the most free, peaceable, and sought-after place of residence in the world. This freedom speaks to what the original Constitutional framers had in mind when the government in America was first established and included three things to be sovereign and originating from God:  The rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

In an effort to live civilly among each other, the framers saw that sinful men could dwell in peace and harmony by the protection of these rights through a small government that was designed for this purpose. They established it to work so that the citizens would lend their consent to be governed; for no man has the authority to rule over another otherwise—only God has that power—and the framers understood this. The beauty they saw in a necessity for a three-tiered government brilliantly and presciently lent to the heart of sinful man to thwart the ungodliness of a tyrant’s rule. Freedom from religious persecution was not the least of these considerations. And God has blessed this nation, I believe, precisely for its biblical underpinnings.

Through these constructs, society is able to function orderly and lends civil rights to men against predation and chaos. By so doing, the founders have laid the groundwork for peace and prosperity for all men, which is biblically based.

Even so, still some cast a jaundiced eye toward these renown men of old. As the stain of slavery seems so indelibly etched into the fabric of our conscience, even strides to make good on past mistakes appear lacking. The stain has become a permanent reminder, and their faults continue to go unforgiven by some and, seemingly, have tainted any and all good.

While most of the apostles and disciples of the Bible are often lauded as holy men, without the power of Holy Spirit, they were anything but. Let’s be real, some of the ancient figures of the Bible were cowards, liars, and deserters. Without the workings of the Holy Spirit, through the grace of God, their words, deeds, and actions often missed the mark. It’s odd that those who may cast aspersions toward our Founding Fathers because they had sin, are slow to mention how sinful the disciples were, too.

So, as Christians, do we have rights to our own lives…our property…our freedom to worship…our bodies under the established government? Some would say that we do not have any rights and that by submitting to authority, one has to throw all rights out the window. But where does it say that these things are mutually exclusive? Scripture bears out that it’s not so cut and dried.

When accosted by authorities, apostles Peter and Paul always submitted to them to keep the peace and order, and both agreed and exhorted their fellow Jews to do likewise. While the apostles often bumped up against the King and his cohorts, they always respectfully submitted, but they did not always obey. In fact, Paul used the law to work in his favor when his rights as a citizen were on the verge of neglect.

Today, some would advocate that Christians should dismiss their own individual rights while these same advocates sanction rights to others, who call for their rights to be acknowledged, when they perceive to be insulted or defamed. Can we have it both ways?

For the sake of God’s glory, we should often turn the other cheek, be defrauded, be defamed, have our dignity insulted, even pray for those who despitefully use us, yes. But God never says we need to obey an unlawful law.

Being absent of privileges or rights, our society can easily devolve into a land of tyranny and persecution where there is no peace. War, mayhem, and every evil prevails where there is tyranny without governance and laws to protect the citizens. Our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are all from Him. Happiness to the founders meant blessed and was the pursuit of God—not worldly delights. Our rights as God’s creatures do not derive from government, nor does government own the rights of God.

Using the laws of society are still within a Christian’s jurisdiction as Paul demonstrated. Even Jesus, himself, said to “render under Caesar the things that are Caesar’s…”

Needles, vaccines, and masks…oh, my!

If it’s heard in the mainstream media–either TV or radio—it has to be true, right?

Enter COVID. The drum beat of COVID has been one such provocative story. It’s deadly. It’s contagious. Get it and you’ll die. The fright of this invisible virus has been dangled over our heads, and the fear mongering just won’t let up. Sadly, it’s permeated our heads to the point where we’ve become fearful of one another as though we were all biohazards. But when a virus is used politically by the wrong people, then it becomes more than a contagion. It becomes a weapon. Never let a good crisis go to waste.

In making relevant news during the months of economic lockdown, mainstream media has barely mentioned the recovery rates for this contagion—the 99 percent or so. They fail to give mention to how we can help ourselves through self-administered protocols of fortifying our immune systems. No one in the MSM has talked about anything other than lockdowns, masks, vaccines, restrictions, and the death toll numbers. Why?

These rising death toll numbers have been finagled every which way from false positives to PCR testing irregularities, including touting COVID as the number one killer over and above heart disease and cancer. How is it that these deaths are attributed to COVID when this virus hasn’t even been able to be isolated in a lab according to doctors?

Even the WHO has finally admitted that PCR testing for COVID is inadequate, and they are recommending new protocols. In January, Merck Pharmaceuticals just scrapped their COVID vaccine trials, saying that it’s better to get the virus and recover. The vaccine shots delivered an inferior immune system response in comparison with a natural infection.

With every doctor who promotes the benefits of a questionable vaccine, there are countless other doctors who do not.

Dr. Ted Noel is among the latest to use common sense and reason to argue that masks don’t work to stop aerosol virus transmission. The first randomized controlled trial of the efficacy of surgical face masks against SARS-CoV-2 infection found masks did not significantly reduce the incidence of infection. The particle size is too small and passes through the mask easily. While some now advocate the wearing of two masks, he says that there’s one little problem with that: One risks the mistake of not being able to breathe.

Among states without a mask mandate, 5,781,716 cases were counted over 5,772 days. This works out to:

No mask mandates: 17 cases per 100,000 people per day
Mask mandates: 27 cases per 100,000 people per day

In short, COVID-19 cases were higher with mask mandates than without. As noted by Daniel Horowitz, a senior editor of The Blaze:

“We can turn the numbers upside down and inside out, but no matter how we examine them, there is no evidence of masks correlating with reduced spread. If anything, the opposite is true … It’s self-evident that the virus does what it does naturally and follows a very mechanical pattern regardless of state policies …”

In the debate on governments wanting to keep us safe, I’m not so sure that state governors have flown under the banner of their own state constitutions. In fact, some have overreached to the point of stepping on the citizenry’s freedoms of choice and liberties. The governmental agencies playing the oversight role are often sold out to big lobbyists, who have a bigger stake than citizen’s health. The global reset is on the rise, and they are part of it. Masks, vaccines, lockdowns are more about control than our health, and money is at the root.

If people believe Moderna, Pfizer, Bill Gates or Tony Fauci are acting on our behalf and with our health interests of paramount concern, they need only look at history…look at what has happened in Nazi Germany and present-day China to get a clue what is on the horizon for America. The powers that be say they’re following the “science”; but they are not. The head of the WHO isn’t even a medical doctor. What they are doing is strangling our civil liberties and rights of conscience.

The fact that states without mask mandates have better results than “mandated” states is quite telling. This breathing in of our own CO2 is not healthy in the least, even causing bacterial infections in those who wear masks for long periods. Put a muzzle on a car’s exhaust pipe and see how long the car runs.

As a kid, we were taught not to believe everything we saw or heard but that lesson was long fought as it was much easier to believe the crazy rumor or the unfounded tale without question or discernment. Same with news headlines today. When President Trump took office in 2017, the headline could have easily read: White family kicks black family out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home…and people came to believe it. It’s easy to believe what we want to believe.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus, ~ Philippians 4:6

 

A new song to sing

Who can measure the greatness of an unfathomable God? One who is Lord of all creation…and a three-person deity? Is there anything greater? That as a baby, Christ came into the world, born of a woman, while still the exact replication of our spiritual God, the father, leaves one flummoxed. This God-person stepped from eternity into time and space for the purpose of redeeming man from the wickedness of our own disobedience. It defies logic. How do we worship such a glorious thing? What song can do our reverence justice?

When Jesus walked the earth, he came as a peaceful. loving servant. He healed the sick and caused the blind to see. The miracles he performed didn’t go unheralded, but the essence of who he was became an anathema to man, and so he was hung to die. Yet the greatness of Christ did not let death claim him. He had the victory because he was God.

The magnificence of such a being is so humbling. We sing spiritual songs as How Great Thou Art and He Lives with tears because the magnificence of his presence in our lives is so uplifting, it shatters our emotions. That we could be so loved by him is more than great.

We sing our praises to him on earth and look forward to continuing our song in heaven! As the song goes, When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be. When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory!