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Be Gentle with the Devil’s Workers in Strength

Screenshot 2014-05-07 16.48.11Just a few quick words…. may the Lord be with us in this journey-yes He is Amen.  Looking at the reality of how one is to deal with the devilish foolishness of non-preaching preachers who continue to savage the sheep of Christ.  See the original text of Romans 16:17-18

17 Παρακαλῶ δὲ ὑμᾶς, ἀδελφοί, σκοπεῖν τοὺς τὰς διχοστασίας καὶ τὰ σκάνδαλα παρὰ τὴν διδαχὴν ἣν ὑμεῖς ἐμάθετε ποιοῦντας, καὶ ἐκκλίνετε ἀπʼ αὐτῶν· 18 οἱ γὰρ τοιοῦτοι τῷ κυρίῳ ἡμῶν Χριστῷ οὐ δουλεύουσιν ἀλλὰ τῇ ἑαυτῶν κοιλίᾳ, καὶ διὰ τῆς χρηστολογίας καὶ εὐλογίας ἐξαπατῶσιν τὰς καρδίας τῶν ἀκάκων. Romans 16:17-18

Interesting choice of words by Paul. Looking, noticing and taking note of those who refuse to hear the word of God and thus make their own opinion on matters, even issues of practical theology, most certainly on doctrine. According to his writing to Titus, they are βδελυκτοὶ and should be marked and avoided because the deny Christ by their continued works against Him and His word. (Titus 1)

Next time you hear polemics, fodder and hooping and hollering from a pulpit, ask the man to exposit a textual proof within the context; then ask him if he has submitted to Christ in dealing with the one he’s flaming according to the text of scripture? If not, then rebuke him sharply, move on and leave him to the devil.

Pray that God may grant him repentance that he may have eternal life… at least that what Paul teaches Timothy. (2Tim2:25 μήποτε δώῃ αὐτοῖς ὁ θεὸς μετάνοιαν)

Do all of this knowing that the God of all love and mercy has granted you salvation through Jesus Christ and without this, you and I would be in the same boat: dead in our sins. Be gentle, guide and disciple, always being ready to give a reason for the HOPE, not the FEAR.

Christians do not FEAR false teaching, they worship the TRUTH in the midst of it and correct it with patience. Enough of the unfit ministers in a fit of rage! Let’s settle down and watch the grace of God give salvation to the hearers of His word!

#DIP #devilinthepulpit

Pastor James
Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon

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A Quick Thought on Grace in Times of Struggle

1 John 2:28-3:3 shows us the full glorious reality that we have been adopted and given a certain hope in Christ Jesus whose righteousness we bare and who by His grace are able to walk in the light of holiness, not perfectly, but continually without fear of judgment or wrath. We abide in Christ because He abides in us and the anointing of Christ in us affords us an eternal hope of preparation (sanctification) as we await to see Him face to face we are being transformed from one degree of glory to another! Grace upon Grace! Amen.

Our pursuit of holiness is the outcome of our position as children, not a constant war of helpless expectation. Repentance is the state of the believer who then is able to abide forever in the finished work of Christ, striving in the power of Grace to rest in Christ who has prepared for us good works to walk in before the world began. (See Eph 2)

Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus because God is satisfied in Christ who paid the penalty of our sin. While we do grieve God the Spirit when we sin, we walk bold before our Father in forgiveness because our debt to sin is satisfied in the body of Christ.

Rest well saints!

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Man’s Helplessness Meets Jesus Faithfulness

Picture of a Leon Kortenkamp's brushed plate monotype of John 6

Leon Kortenkamp’s Brushed Plate Monotype www.dspt.edu

Looking into the pages of John’s gospel brings the fullness of God’s glory to life as Jesus and all His majesty is perfectly seen.  In John chapter six, Jesus performs His fifth miracle after feeding the multitude by meeting the disciples on the Sea of Galilee during a wind storm in the middle of the night.  Though this short little interlude between the miracle of the feeding and the Bread of Life discourse seems as a segway to these events, the event itself is a bold and powerful teaching moment, for not only the disciples, but for the church today.

Jesus had just finished feeding a multitude, and teaching the disciples that He, the Son of God, can do everything with nothing.  He even prepares them by asking the absurd question about where to buy bread,  Andrew, God bless him, settles to prove to Jesus that even what they could come up with is really nothing.  So Jesus in His compassion for the needs of the multitude, feeds them and has the disciples pick up twelve baskets of food, one for each of them, for their own provision.  After this, the crowd desires to make Jesus their king by force, so He vanishes and goes to the mountain to pray, leaving the disciples to answer questions and deal with the crowd.  As they make their way through the crowd with their baskets of bread, they get into the boat while the crowd watches, and they head out for the six-hour row to Capernum.

Now get this picture: The disciples were just taught that Jesus can do the impossible, and provide in abundance for every need.  They had already witnessed a great storm at sea as Jesus slept, then awaking, He calmed the sea and storm.  So the power of God in Christ has been evident to them.  The careful thing to notice here in John 6 is that as these men are rowing away from the crowds they have with them the present memory of the provision of God; the baskets of bread.  They have with them the memory and teaching of Jesus practices and provision through three years of ministry and yet, they find themselves in a windstorm, making it difficult to row.  Several hours into the rowing they see Jesus on the water and the scripture teaches that “they were afraid.”  They were afraid because they were attempting to go “home” to Capernum and the reality of the wind took their faith away.  They were desperately depending upon their own power for survival and even as they were readily reminded, they forgot the provision of Christ.

Not only had they forgotten the provision of Christ, but they forgot the presence of Christ.  They did not expect to see Him on the sea and thought He was a spirit and were filled with fear.  They feared because the idea of seeing Jesus was the furthest from their minds.  But Jesus had not forgotten them.  If He had provided bread for them to eat, why would He not provide safety for their travels home?  Jesus watched them, He is God and they had forgotten.  Jesus never left them, though they could not see Him, He was there.  He appeared to them and then He spoke to them, “It is I, do not fear.”  These creative words produced a confidence in the heart of the disciples.  It took their self-provision and fear and cast it into the sea of the Lord.  They were relieved and they were “glad to take Him into the boat.”  Jesus had proven His presence as well as His provision when they were faithless and unable to see.

One of the final aspects of this lesson is that Jesus was teaching them more than just material provision and physical presence, but He was teaching them of His divine power.  Scripture says that when Jesus stepped into the boat, that it was immediately upon the land to which they were going.  This means that with nearly three hours left of rowing, Jesus completed the task.  Not only were the disciples fighting a losing battle against the wind, but they were fighting a losing battle against their faith.  The flesh held them in unbelief, it held them in despair and it held them seeing only the physical world around them while ignoring the power that had so readily been shown and revealed and taught for several years.  It is this moment when God steps in, it is the moment when man realizes that there is no hope, no way, no rest, no assurance at all and then God appears.  God appears and provides and assures and assumes the lead when if man had continued, he would have died and failed.

God doesn’t help those that help themselves, He helps those that are helpless.  For if a man can, then God won’t and doesn’t need to.  Jesus allowed the struggle because it is promised.  And even in the tempest of the sea and the darkness of life Christ was there.  As the scripture teaches that Jesus went away to pray and it was dark, it shows us a time but more importantly it reminds of the truth of a Christless life; darkness.  But the goodness of God appears, giving salvation at the right hour and the light has come into the world and the darkness will not overcome the light!  The light of Christ is the salvation of God who saves the helpless and takes them home.  The suffering in this life is going to happen and our battles are going to be fought one after the other, but when Jesus steps in, even though the sea still rages against us, the light has come and we are taken immediately into the place of justice, the Love of God in Christ!

So as we fight the good fight of faith we are going to suffer, it’s promised.  And as we suffer, even then we remember that Jesus suffered to point of death and most importantly to suffer the fullness of the wrath of God the Father for the sins of all who believe.  So, when Jesus takes us home, He prepares the way that goes through suffering, but the hope is not in the journey of peace, but the Prince of Peace who gives life!  Jesus overcomes the faithlessness of man because He remains faithful and cannot deny Himself.

For His Glory by His Grace,

Pastor James

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Jesus Came to Deliver Fools from Themselves

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In Titus 3 Paul is clear that before God saved us we were foolish, given to fleshly passions and were hating one another.  That is great news!  This is the GOSEPL of JESUS CHRIST!  Because this is true, the scripture is very very very very clear…. did I say very?  Yes, very clear that those who walk in the way Christ walked are in Christ, and if they do not, then they are not in Christ.  So the purpose of my writing today is to answer one simple question: Why do so many pastors live in disharmony, hate, envy, gossip and murderous ways against each other and people among them?  Scripture names the reasons, let’s look at a few today:

Unbelief
This means that the guy who walks around talking bad, gossiping, hating others, not loving the brethren and feeling envy against others is an unbeliever.  He may have “professed” Christ, and he may have even been sincere, but this profession is just like the one that the devil will proclaim, worthless.  It’s just words, nothing more.  He may even have great training and knowledge of scripture, but because of his life, and his lack of love, he is a worthless nothing of wicked proportions.  Now before you call these statements as the like of their “kind”, let me show you the same thing in the Word of God.

They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work. (Titus 1:16 ESV)

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned. (Titus 3:1-11 ESV)

If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. (1 John 1:6 ESV)

Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. (1 John 2:4-6 ESV)

Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. (1 John 2:9-11 ESV)

So, the man of “god” that hates his brother is a liar.  He isn’t a man of God, he is a man of the god of this world, the devil.

Pride
Well, I could just really stop with the first one, because being a slave to pride is a mark of an unbeliever, not a true child in a common faith.  But in all reality, many pastors hate their brothers and it is seen in pride.  A sense of feeling better than others because of many things, including a “bigger” congregation, “better” social status, “brighter” fame and a “bolder” education.  All of these things are of course NOT marks of the work of God, but things that even pagans do in the world with great success.

Murder
The heart of a murderer is one who covets and hates with a malicious zeal, not the heart of a lover of good works prepared by God before the world began.  So the foolish heart holds on to the traditions of men, the culture of the day, and rips the fabric of the sheepgate, disallowing God’s people from entering into the fold because these men are not of the fold of God.  They are deceivers and self condemned.

As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned. (Titus 3:10-11 ESV)

So the heart of the murderer bares false witness, makes lies, accusations, false-confessions, creates stories to suit the “gossip” and tears the man of God down in order to establish a “tabloid” false reality for himself.  These men must be silenced, for they are destroying families and mocking the very name and face of God!

They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth. (Titus 1:11-14 ESV)

In the end, the way of these men is either death and judgment or repentance and eternal life.

Who are they?
They are those leaders in high places who continuously put for the moral effort to be Godly, but lack the power of God in their lives in many ways:

  • They lack the power of God in their knowledge of the truth
  • They lack the power of God in their obedience to the scriptures
  • They lack the power of God in their love for the brethren
  • They lack the power of God in seeking wisdom
  • They lack the power of God in proclaiming the gospel
  • They lack the power of God in living as Christ lived
  • They lack the power of God in ALL aspects of their lives because they only show the power of the flesh for the politics of their positions

These are the men who, for the most part, would be esteemed as the leaders of churches, the pastors of good repute, and yet they disallow the gospel’s power in their lives and have created a “new church” and a “new gospel” without any fear of what may befall them.  They will not apologize NOR will they accept any open repentance from those who they say are guilty of falsehood.  These men are seeds of iniquity and are awaiting a judgment that will not be quenched.  They are known as the one’s who would be angry over this very writing and find fault with God’s word rather than standing on truth.  They are pleasers of people and they SPEAK righteous things in public while condemning themselves to the lies of Satan behind closed doors.

These men will say that OTHERS are divisive and up to no good, while they refuse to allow any conversation for the sake of the faith of the elect of God.  They do not care about the sheep, but just the monument of steeples, buildings, programs and faceless numbers that race into their presence to bow down to their oratory or charisma.  They do not lead the people of God to His glory because they continually resist the spirit of God, and they preach man and his works, rather than God and His works.  They deny the power of God as stated above, to the glory of their own kingdom that is nothing more than a fake castle at the base of the goldfish bowl.  They refuse to reveal the love of Christ because it is not in them and they close their hearts to the needy, the broken the destitute, because “those people” do not look good on their arms.

Where are they?
They are among us, not on the TV, not in the obvious false teaching circles, but they are reading this message considering themselves the answer to the problem.  They are preaching in pulpits across the world, this country, in the state of Georgia and in the pulpits of Evans and surrounding counties.  They sit high above the masses and look pleased while the world is going to hell.  They care more about their authority than their slavery to righteousness as they should lead  people to that end; to the praise of the glorious grace of God.  They may even be you and they could very well be me except by the grace of God.

What are we to do?
Repent and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Not just once, but always!  Our faith is a gift from God by His marvelous grace and it IS ALWAYS effective and ultimately evident in the lives of His people!  Pastors need to unite around the gospel and stand for THE ONLY ONE TRUE CHURCH, the Body of Jesus Christ who purchased her!  We as the church, if we are not together in learning, ministry, reaching, worship and glory then we WILL NOT BE TOGETHER in ETERNITY.  I am not talking about small differences, I am talking about LOVING each other at the cost of ourselves.

We are not ALLOWED to hate anyone in this world, period.  Especially those that claim the name of Christ.  So, two things must happen: First, we must CALL OUT the sin of hatred and the actions of professing pastors who live against the gospel and second, we must REJOICE when they repent. But wait, it’s not just for pastors, it’s for all of us.  We all are held to the same standard.  We must care for all people, speak ill of no one, never speak evil and thus prove that we are indeed in the faith.  Our glory is our humility and our power is the word of God.

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you. (Titus 2:11-15 ESV)

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. (Titus 3:1-8 ESV)

See that we do well and prove God’s glorious grace rests in our hearts.  The reckoning is coming brothers, the light OVERCOMES the darkness either by causing it to disperse and those in it walk in the light OR by shining light on the dark hearts so that the church will SEE THE TRUTH of it.

For His glory by His grace,

Pastor James Tippins

 

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Pagan Pastorate: The Devil in the Pulpit

Devil in Pulpit

While trying to steer away from the ever so common polemic per se, it is necessary, for the sake of the Gospel-called men and the church of Jesus Christ who have been purchased by His blood, to further equip the saints and warn them of the continued encroachment of unregenerate clergy front staging the churches of the world.  This series will exposit the text of Holy Scripture in reference to God’s calling and equipping of the man of God as one who will “give an account” for the shepherding.  While not popular, I pray it will serve as a reminder to us all that the enemy is active and at work and that God will not be mocked.  Further it will prayerfully expose darkness and bring many to the light of repentance as they are daily being fed sinful and man-centered garbage in the name of God’s Son.

It seems more and more today that many so-called Christians love to profess Christ as a merciful Lamb who paid their way to glory but have no evidence of such truth.  The fact is that unless a man is born again, he isn’t saved and a whole-hearted choice to be saved isn’t salvation nor has it ever been.  The outcome of such Christians is that they hate others, avoid people who are not like them, talk evil of others, even speaking evil of God’s people in authority over them such as presidents and governors while never laying their lives down nor their knees in prayer thus forgetting that their claim of redemption is neither true nor evidenced.  While I could sit and show why this is the case, I think it begins with the shepherds who look over them.  So, we will start there.

Please pray that the Lord’s will be done and if it is to be, this series and subsequent published book will further the cause of Christ. Hold fast to the confession of hope in Christ and may the Spirit of God go before us and show us all our certain savior and the vast need we have for Him.

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Patty Cake Reorg

With my fifth child and fourth daughter I found myself thinking it odd to sing “Patty Cake” to her calling her a baker man.  So I changed it up and thought I’d share it.

Patty Cake, Patty Cake Baker Girl

Pit em and Pat em and give em a whirl

Throw em in the oven on the baking rack

And in a few minutes we’ll have a snack!

The hand motions are about the same, but in a few minutes we touch our watch and with “we’ll have a snack”, we rub our belly.  She likes it. Maybe I’ll put it music and sell a CD.

God is good, even in crazy little creations like these.

James

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The Only Fear in Death is Fear of Life

aacoffin_blackSitting here listening to the ringing of my four oldest children as they play together gives me a moment to contemplate the amazing and glorious gift of God of my family.  At times I feel as though I am truly the richest man that ever lived.  Even in the aggravation of life, I can honestly attest to the reality that our family and our home is a haven of worship, a place where constant reminders of God’s grace sing through the echoes of memories and madness.  A place where there is a people at the heart of it all, a people for God’s glory by the power of His mighty grace.  I’m reminded of the gravity of being a father often, especially in this season as it has been one hard lick after another with “something” just around the corner.  Whether it be problems with our house (firstworld) not coming together or financial strain due to emergencies or the 29 visits to a doctor in 2013 and the related joys that tag along, it all comes in a very small manner, painful but joyful and God is truly using it all to sanctify us.

Our fifth child being born in October has brought a few more experiences, beginning with Robyn, my wife, who had a very difficult pregnancy and bed rest the latter third.  Then the birth in itself was a gift of God’s mercy pushing the physical and emotional limits of our hearts to the peak of failure and even death and all the while, the Lord was there, holding it all together by the Word of His power.  So this day, not yesterday and not the hope of what tomorrow brings but this day is the day for us now.  Now is the time of faith, now is the time of rejoicing and now is the time when all things are for the Glory of our Lord.  My children remind me of this and keep me ever working and hoping, not in a wishful way, in a certain and guaranteed confidence that only comes from God, that His purpose is good for me.  Fatherhood is dear to me, it is something that even as a young boy I desired and I am thankful that the Lord has given me the best and most excellent wife and five wonderful sinners, that by the Lord’s grace, believe on Him (well four at this point).

In this little moment there isn’t much of an argument for me to declare or theological paradigm to proclaim but a small reminder, a big smile and a wonderful glimpse at the Father’s love.  Hearing them play, sing, talk, and work through their own struggles brings me back to my childhood when one of my only fears was the loss of my family.  It really was, I lived in a pretty faith-filled place but when it came to considering one of my parents or grandparents dying I was shaken, not just pouty, but fearful.  I hear my children play and think, “is that their fear?”  Many times in the last 16 years of fatherhood each of my children have expressed this fear.  Daily they all affirm their love for me and their mother through obedience and affection and I know that there will come a day when they will face the reality of the death of their parents.  That day when I or their mother will depart this Earth to receive all that we have longed and held fast for in our lives.

While death is such a sweet and glorious blessing that brings with it no fear, pain or suffering, I have just realized that there is a small amount of fear in me still.  The fear that my children may fear as I feared at their age.  A fear that they would consider life wrecked and hopeless if we died.  And with that thought I can still feel the warm hand of fear in my own soul.  At the same time I rejoice, not because I love the macarbre but mainly because I am satisfied.  I am satisfied that they have the fear of children because they recognize their affection and dependance upon us and because we are their salvation in so many ways.  I know not every family has this that we enjoy and I would be a fool to think it could never end.  But for now, it is what we have and it is to this that I speak.  I am satisfied that the God of my salvation, Jesus Christ has attended to me and will in fact attend to my children.  I am satisfied that true hope is available through the Spirit of Life to them and that we teach them about the reality and certainty of physical death and how it is NOTHING in relation to the death of sin.

I am satisfied to know that my children, even if they are not aware, are prepared by God to face each day He has given them and that with all that I have within me I pray they hold fast to Him forever as He has held fast to them.  I am satisfied that there is no fear in death and that my fear and theirs, even in grief, will be brief and tied to a glorious outcome for their good.  I remember countless death room experiences, some of my own family where the dying would fear what would happen to those left behind.  It is natural, but our life in Christ is above natural, it is above comprehension because it is born of God.

I know that the God of Heaven has established all the days of my life and theirs and that nothing my children accomplish in life will ever make me proud or fulfill my greatest dream or reach their greatest potential except for them to trust fully in the perfect life and finished work of Jesus Christ the Righteous!  I am satisfied knowing that the Lord who began the good work in them will complete it, even if my death in their young lives is part of His glorious grooming and purpose.  But until that day, we fix our eyes not on that which is seen or feared, but the One who is unseen and revealed to us by the Spirit through the Word.  He alone is our peace, He is our comfort, He is our glory, He is our redeemer, He is our sufficient High Priest and He is sufficient to see my children be raised up to lay down their lives for the Gospel.

May the God of all gods and the King of all kings reign supreme in our home and all the days of our lives and God, may the legacy of these parents be one of Christ exalting glory!

Amen.

Pastor James

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Babies are Murdered Here | Abortion and It’s Truth

Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 12.35.09 PMThis discussion and debate has and will always be with us. Let’s just be sure that the church of Jesus Christ knows how to be prepared and properly respond; biblically; in the power of God through the Holy Spirit. Watch this, it will help you.

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The Selfish Always Have An Excuse

corporate_slaves31Let me just begin these short, pointed thoughts by saying that I do not have a political passion for much at all.  In the scheme of things I have given very little thought to pop-culture, entertainment, politics or anything else really outside of my very myopic world-view that rests in the powerfully satisfying person of Jesus Christ who is the God of Heaven.  But today I have to readily admit I should have been paying more attention to many things.  Not because I could change them, have been called to do anything or would become an activist, but mainly because I love and care for humanity.  I really do have a strong God-grace-size heart for people and can understand their pain.  At the same time I know that all the bread, dough, power, money, health and water in the world will not satisfy the soul of man, nor will it truly make “life” worth living because Christ is the highest hope and treasure that all of the world needs.  I am also here to remind my readers that I am not a proponent of “relational” or “benevolence” evangelism that requires friendship or food prior to one being “open” to the Gospel.  I can readily show anyone that scripture is devoid of such teaching on purpose.  So, my thoughts here are not to point to anything ultimate, but are to point out something that is important.  If nothing else, it is common good citizenship and concern for our fellow man.

In the wake of horror and destruction Americans love to pile into the ditches and help drowning people get back on their feet.  Some people do it because they see a camera, but I believe that there is an innate passion for helping others in the world and so when disaster hits, we love to come to the rescue and in most seasons, many feel good about being able to give and serve their fellow man.  When tragedy comes the lines of economic and ethic division do come down to some degree, but as the dust settles, these walls can rise back around the plenty while the “have less” are laying in a cesspool of decay.  Now I want to diffuse the rhetoric and the bigotry that would angrily reply, “you don’t know what you’re talking about” or “it’s people like you that think every body else should take care of people.”  Or even those who would say, “why don’t people try harder, work harder and save more.”  Well, to this I reply, “hush,” no one wants to hear your sissy rants about things that you are too ignorant to comprehend because my friends, you don’t know what you are talking about.

See how that sounds when I reply like that?  It isn’t nice, it isn’t civil and it doesn’t show concern for one who may feel that way.  So, the above statement as an example could fit two left or two right feet at the same time if one would take the time to bake them in the oven of thought rather than vomit out the special sauce while saying it was truth.  What I mean is that no one has ever has ever stomped their feet at Lord Byron about his experiential endeavors to poetically express the Battle of Waterloo and other historical events.  Why? Because “we” were not there.  We did not hear the stories he heard nor did we see the sights he saw.  Therefore, in these matters, the opinions of all are nothing in light of the truth of experience for the many.  I have heard all the fallacies, I have heard all the rants, I have heard the statistics and they are just not true.  Don’t take this at its word, just research or “fact check” everything you hear.  Ask the question, “how do I know what I am saying is true?”  If you cannot, then hush.  (My earlier point.)

WHAT are you talking about you might ask?  Well, I am talking about the countless individuals who work harder than me, longer than me, have more experience than me and no matter how many hours they live on the planet or how many times they have open doors to opportunity, they will never overcome poverty.  Yes, there is poverty because of sorriness, but that is not the topic of our monologue today.  I want to address my thoughts and experience on the ideas of greed.  Some people call it capitalism, but even that system doesn’t have to be fueled by greed, it can be fueled by a spirit that includes concern for others.  So, when one runs, owns and operates a business they are the primary person who puts their future on the line.  Someone has to take the risk.  But the problem isn’t that no one recognizes the risk or the skill or the creativity to produce something that the world loves or needs, it’s the problem that for so many of America’s poor will never be enough.

Let’s ask a few things.  Where would the big businesses of America be without the producers, laborers, shippers, customers, maintainers and the like?  Where would the widget designer be if no one would work for him because he was a cantankerous old scrooge?  Where would stock holders be if no one bought their services or products?  They would be poor, hoping someone would give their skill and intellect a chance to be part of a system that would grow a community of supported servants.  Yes, even the CEO is the servant and companies all over the globe are servants.  But why again do so many in America live in abject poverty?  Greed.  Power. Lust. Lies. Wickedness.  Seriously.  Let’s look at the reality of the daily fast-food worker.  He gets up early, goes to work, stays there for ten hours doing that which he is supposed to do FOR the boss who works for his boss and so on.  Then the owner makes some profit who then gives some profit to the people who gave him the money or bought into his company to make it happen.  It is now that everyone begins to see that there is no single success in the island of capitalism, it is a dependent machine sucking from the breast of community.

So on with some more great metaphors… This employee gives himself for the sake of the profit of the company.  Without him, the company would fail.  (Now some here would say, “I’ll find someone who would.”  You are right and this is what this article is about.  YOU)  Yep. This guy is the gears that make it all work.  The one who puts the motion in the mission and for many like him (the fast food worker) he lives in poverty.  He leaves ten hour from this job to join his night job, working 60 to 70 hours per week for another entity who promises him a living wage.  Well, he makes so little that he lives in poverty, has to be on public assistance, has to live in dangerous neighborhoods and then has to worry about how he is going to have time to take his child to a doctor much less himself.  Not just the time, but the funds to pay for it.  In the end, this guy gives his life away so the company he works for can amass great wealth with little or no care for this guy.  Let’s think about this some more.

The company pays this man as little as they are required by law.  And when the law make the minimum higher, they just raise the price of everything because all the way up, everyone else is raising their costs.  The real issue though isn’t that they cannot afford to pay people a wage that they deserve (for them to eat, be housed, have medicine, and have clothes etc.) but that they will NEVER dig into their massive profits to pay the people who gave it to them.  Sad.  It really is, because so many trolls with bad breath will burn this to the ground most likely.  It’s sad because in the name of freedom, the company actually gains absurd freedom financially because they have legal slaves.  Yes, the man who works for a company that profits 100’s of millions of dollars and lives in the street is a slave.  He is a slave because he has to work there because it’s his only option.  He is a slave because he cannot afford to go to work but much less can he afford not to.  He is a slave because as he saved for months for a better future for his family in regard to basic needs, he contracted the flu at work, serving the customer and missed a week of work.  He is a slave because he is not compensated for his part in the profits of the beast while the upper level bosses dance on his grave and sing praises to the god of money.

Sounds harsh because it is.  This is not OK.  No matter what your “faith”, the basic and common human idea of community is not seen in this picture.  The cap in capitalism should be the difference between the amount of profit and the cost of setting the slaves free.  Set them free.

Now I have voiced a concern, revealed a problem (that has been around for years), and will begin to hear it again about how wrong I am.  Well, if sitting in the highest place on earth never having a care in the world while I throw away leftovers that could feed an army while the people who put money in my pocket stand outside the gates of my city begging for bread is right, then I want to part of it.  If I am wrong then why does scripture teach that man cannot serve both God and money?  Why does Jesus continually and dogmatically command the people of God to CARE FOR the needs of others?  Why do so many of these large corporate whores cheat on Jesus Christ as they serve as Deacons and teaches in churches while treating their employees as though they should be thankful they were employed by them?  So for the world, the lost, the wicked who stand before the rest of America and say, “look at my wares! I did it! and I don’t care!”  Good for you…  BUT if you are one who claims the name of Christ, you cannot do these things.  The profit from those who labor for you is for you to share with them.  Not that they become rich and sit hight, but that they can have a table at which to sit and eat!  What does it profit a man to gain the world and lose his soul?  What believer sees his brother in need but closes his heart to him?  What person knows that his neighbor is hungry and in need and roasts a pig and throws a party while the neighbor looks starving over the fence, then says, “I can’t help you.”

This must stop, but sadly it will not.  It won’t stop all together but it can slow down.  It can slow down if the church of Jesus Christ who have been given the riches of Glory will stand up and say no more.  It will stop if the gospel would be preached from pulpits and live would be changed making the greedy benevolent and caring.  It would reduce as the glory and treasure of Jesus springs forth when corporate Christians say to their boards, “this is enough, look at our people, it belongs to them.” It would slow down if Christians voted their conscience instead of their party.  It would slow down if the youth of American would not buy in to the lie of Satan.  It would slow down if generations would teach their children that they are not deserving of anything and that all who have must be honest and generous with those who have not.  It would slow down if I WOULD take a good hard look at my own wealth and see how I could use it for the purpose of God in the lives of others and stay awake on this point for years to come.

So, in the end all we have here is just another commentary on a problem that is bigger than anyone.  So why mention it?  Because CHRISTIAN, you need to be aware that many people starve at the hand of corporate greed and the leaders (who have been established to serve people) who take the food from the mouths of children so that their jets can be ungraded with a better kitchen.  Take it for what it is, the church needs to realize that our faith is not a segmented function of a spiritual side of things but that as believers, we make God a liar when we feed the beast of Babylon by allowing her to keep her slaves on a short, bound and death-filled chain.

 

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