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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Senate candidate John Thompson proclaims war against the white man.

 Have you seen the footage? This man is the devil incarnate. He is the antithesis of Martin Luther King, jr. He has put the white man on notice, "prepare for war, you white blah blah blah." And there are thousands of people in our nation who are rallying behind him, having drank the kool aid, including many blind and ignorant white people. If he does what he threatens to do, there will be blood, white homeowners defending themselves, their families and their homes against attacks perpetrated by this man and others like him. 

The question I and millions of my fellow country men have is, "How far will our government let this go before our nation is put under martial law?" It looks like many governors and mayors and our elected officials in DC are willing to just sit by and let this play out. In fact, they support the anarchy and the violence. They are afraid to stand up against it lest they too be labeled racists.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

The Fifth Commandment: The "Star Trek" commandment conclusion

    And there it is, the "Star Trek" commandment.  Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

 2 HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first commandment with a promise),

 3 SO THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU, AND THAT YOU MAY LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH. (Eph. 6:1-3 NAU)

Do you see it? "So that it may be well with you and that you may live long on the Earth." "Live long and prosper." Thank you, Mr. Spock.

The Hebrew word translated "honor" in Exodus 20:12, means to put weight on our parents in the sense that we value them and their opinions and their wisdom. However, not all parents are worthy of their children's honor. And another "however." There is nothing said about honoring only worthy parents. The honor is from our side, not theirs. Honoring our parents is in our court, not theirs. It is those who honor their parents who will be blessed and not the parents.

My parents were sexually immoral people. My dad associated with homosexuals and was very likely homosexual himself, and my mother committed adultery more than once, finally being arrested for occupying a motel room for immoral purposes. But by the grace of God, on a Tuesday morning in March of 1974, I came to faith in Jesus Christ and I was enabled by the Spirit to love and forgive my parents. My mother came to faith in Jesus while I shared the gospel with her. Dad never did. But I was the one responsible for honoring them and I did by forgiving them their myriad trespasses against me while I was a kid.

While we are not "under the law but under grace," the ten commandments still serve to remind us of the will of God. And that's what the apostle Paul meant by "with my mind I serve the law of God."

In Jesus' name. Amen

Friday, August 7, 2020

The Fifth Commandment: The "Star Trek" Commandment: part 1

 I was never a fan of the old Star Trek tv series, I personally found it silly. However, most of those who watched it were really, really huge fans and will take issue with me about it being silly. I did watch it though. It came on on Sunday afternoons way back when and there was nothing else on so, what's a young man to do? And we only had three channels available on tv. Anyway, you will see the connection between Star Trek and the fifth commandment later.

The ten commandments are found, as you know, in the 20th chapter of the book of Exodus. Our particular commandment is found in v.12, Exodus 20:12. Exodus 20:12 "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you. (Exod. 20:12 NAU). And it is repeated in Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus, chapter 6, verses 1-3,  Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first commandment with a promise), 3 SO THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU, AND THAT YOU MAY LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH. (Eph. 6:1-3 NAU) Paul's comment on the fifth commandment explains what the fifth commandment was teaching. And Paul being a former Pharisee and outstanding Jew would know this.

The thought came to me this week that the fifth commandment is one of ten and therefore it made it onto "God's Top Ten." God's top ten. Remember Casey Casem's America's Countdown? He had his top ten picks of the week. Yeah, it's kinda like that.

I have always known that God takes family relationships very seriously and He expects us to do likewise. So it isn't any surprise that this commandment about Jewish parents is included. 

And, furthermore, since the ten commandments were "added because of transgressions" (Gal. 3:19), it means that somehow the Israelites had dishonored their parents. The transgressions or sins that brought about the necessity of the law of Moses began on day one when Adam and Eve blew it for all of us. If one should go back to Genesis 3 and read up to Exodus 20, one will see the dozens of transgressions the descendants of our original parents committed.

Transgressions were acts that offended the holiness of God and if anything fit that bill it would be dishonoring one's parents. And then I asked myself, "why not homosexuality or bestiality or drunkenness or pedophilia? Why didn't those gross sins make it onto God's top ten? God says they are abominations and punishable by death. They didn't make into the top ten? But they did make it into God's law found elsewhere in the books of the law. Lev. 20:9-16. 

I will continue this series on the fifth commandment in a couple of days.