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Political Christianity is not of God

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First and foremost, I’m a Christian. Nothing is more important to me than my faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. It is the core of who I am.

At the same time, I have a passion for politics. I endeavor to know what political solutions are best for every circumstance. When I find solutions I believe are the best, I do so under a biblical worldview. I can’t help it. As a Christian, my belief of what is right and wrong is formed by my biblical worldview. I can’t divorce myself from my biblical worldview.

So do I believe that Christians should be involved in politics? Yes, I think it is important for Christians to know what is going on and vote based on their conscience and convictions. Make an informed decision and realize no matter what happens, God is sovereign, and He will ultimately work out His plan.

What I don’t think Christians should do is speak for God when He hasn’t spoken; like megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress. In a recent statement, he stated:

“When it comes to how we should deal with evil doers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary — including war — to stop evil. In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-Un. I’m heartened to see that our president — contrary to what we’ve seen with past administrations who have taken, at best, a sheepish stance toward dictators and oppressors — will not tolerate any threat against the American people. When President Trump draws a red line, he will not erase it, move it, or back away from it. Thank God for a President who is serious about protecting our country.”

This form of political Christianity may be political, but it is not Christianity.

Yes, under Romans 13 and in the Old Testament the government has the power of the sword. The power of the sword isn’t an exclusive power reserved for the United States. The power granted to President Trump is the same power God has given to Kim Jong-Un. Think about that.

Also, the other issue I have with this statement is, that somehow the United States is righteous. Don’t get me wrong. I love this country. I’m an American. I believe America is the greatest country in the world. I love this country so much that I don’t like to be called a Greek-American because we know what ever comes after the hyphen is always diluted. I’m an American, and I happen to be of Greek descent. I believe in American Exceptionalism.

So don’t get me wrong. This isn’t me bashing America. It’s just me pointing out the biblical fact that all nations have abandoned God including the United States.

Therefore, this leads me to my third point. The truth is North Korea is probably the most wicked and evil country in existence. Does this mean that God is angrier with them? I don’t know. You know, what I do know, and what the Bible tells us, that God used the Assyrians to bring judgment upon Israel. The Assyrians were even more wicked and evil than Israel; though God used them because you know what God hates even more. He hates hypocrites.

Israel had the Scriptures and ignored them. They invoked themselves as righteous and above all nations because God had set them apart. We are God’s chosen people; we are superior. They invoked His name and did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.

That is why Jesus continually called the Pharisees hypocrites and blasted them as illustrated in Matthew 15. Jesus called them the blind leading the blind and both would fall into a pit. The Pharisees rejected Jesus because they believed they didn’t need him. We are children of Abraham. We obey the Law. We know God, and we speak for Him. Jesus continually rebuked them throughout his ministry because they neither knew him or his Father. They were first-class hypocrites that invoked the name of God for their own lustful and selfish ambitions.

You see, this is what political Christianity tries to do in this country all the time. They are like every politician, which always end speeches with, May God Bless America.

Let me tell you something. Most of the time this is an excellent example of taking the Lord’s name in vain. Nowadays, we don’t keep the “May” in there we just go to the demand of God Bless us.

You want God to bless us and at the same time completely disregard His Word? What kind of God do you think He is? He is not the false idol most American churches worship. The God of love and no holiness, righteousness, and worthy to judge. Live in your sin, that’s cool. I’m only in it for the blessing, don’t talk to me about dying to self and all that.

I don’t know Pastor Robert Jeffress. I have never met him. Don’t know much about his theology or ministry or even if he is truly a Christian. What I do know is that God isn’t an American. He isn’t a Republican, and He didn’t vote for Donald Trump.

Pastor, if you are called to the ministry, then preach the gospel and make disciples of all nations. Fulfill the Great Commission and get off the airwaves. You want to proclaim what God has spoken. Then open your Bible and preach the only place He has spoken, and that is the Bible.

I don’t know what will transpire between North Korea and the US, but I will be praying for peace and not stoking the fires of war.

One thing I’m certain of is that I am not foolish enough to invoke God’s name and speak when He hasn’t spoken. You know, I’m kind of big on not misrepresenting God and invoking His wrath. Call me crazy but this political Christianity that has been around for decades is what needs to go away and just die.

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  1. David L. Mays

    August 10, 2017 at 9:56 am

    AMEN!!!! Much wisdom in this, and I am much in agreement!

  2. April

    August 11, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    I find the safest way to seek wisdom about Politics is by going to the Word of God, the Bible. Our Bible is our road map, it teaches about correct responses when it come to love, life, relationship, authority, evil and our enemies. Scripture can be applied to ALL things. Even leading a NATION! God can envoke even a ROCK, OR A donkey if he has to. If you believe that God is sovereign and that He is IN CONTROL, then you have to believe that HE RAISES up whom HE WANTS to be a leader, good or bad. Many examples of that truth all throughout the Bible. God is still on the throne, he knows the end, and there is Nothing New Under the Sun!

  3. Tajdeen Ozimede

    August 11, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Politics will always be part of religion, because it the only way religious teachings on equity,accountability and service to humanity can be fully practiced. What is wrong in political religion is ‘we are the chosen people’syndrome.

  4. Konstantinos Roditis

    August 12, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Thanks, David. April, I couldn’t have agreed with you more. Thanks for reading my article and supporting The New Americana.

  5. J

    August 14, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Amen!

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Why abortion must be fought politically AND culturally

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Why abortion must be fought politically AND culturally

Last week, I jumped in on a heated Twitter debate between a conservative writer and a pro-life policy wonk. Though they both wanted to reduce or eliminate abortions in America, they were fighting over whether it was practical or even fair to charge women who get abortions with a felony. Obviously this debate was set within a hypothetical world in which abortions were already illegal, but it’s worthwhile to plan steps that need to be taken if Roe v Wade were overturned, or if some other laws at the state or national level made abortion-on-demand illegal.

Both sides made pretty epic arguments supporting their side, but both missed the bigger picture. Abortion is, at the very least, a two-front war. There are a few smaller fronts where the war can be waged, but the two primary battlefields are political/legal and cultural. Most pro-lifers fight the political battle. They may invoke faith-based arguments or post videos from the womb to pull at the heartstrings, but when they do so within the framework of the law, they’re still making a political argument.

The pro-abortion side is focusing on the cultural side of the debate… and they’re winning. It’s not because they have the better argument. It’s because the pro-lifers are neglecting this front, and the few that are actually addressing it are doing so with a generally poor strategy. Most are relying on judges and legislation as the way to stop abortions. Meanwhile, they’re losing ground on the cultural front.

How is the left so adept at fighting the culture war? Because they’re framing their arguments within a bigger picture. Their focus on the collective rights of people groups has made their willing sheep abandon what they once knew in their hearts, that killing preborn babies is fundamentally wrong.

The left’s message is that if you believe in equal rights, then you MUST believe in women’s rights. Not too long ago they called it “reproductive rights” but they abandoned that when they realized they could position abortion within the greater women’s rights narrative and get away with it. We’ve seen some pushback by prominent pro-life women, but it’s not enough. To win the cultural war against the womb will require utilizing a variation of the same tactics used by the left.

There are three fundamental truths that pro-lifers must understand if we’re going to win the culture war as it pertains to abortion.

  1. Statistics are counterproductive. I cringe every time I see or hear someone spouting out statistics like there are 125,000 abortions worldwide every day or that over 50,000,000 Americans have been murdered through abortion since it was made legal. It’s not that the statistics are wrong. It’s that they only have an impact on those who already oppose abortion. Those who support abortion do so knowing that many abortions happen and they don’t really care because to them, these weren’t people. Whether they think of them as fetuses or potential humans or parasites or whatever, they’re not going to be swayed by arguments that abortions are rampant.
  2. Science is on our side. Every week, there are new stories highlighting certain attributes of preborn babies that need to be communicated to the masses. They feel pain. They dream. They’re often viable at a much earlier stage of development than previously believed. There’s still a large portion of the population that believes a baby’s heart starts beating when they leave the womb. So much effort is made to use the science on the political side, we often forget that it works from a cultural perspective as well, perhaps more so. We need to educate the people so they understand that preborn babies aren’t just potential humans. They’re humans.
  3. Framing is everything. Just as the left has framed abortion as part of women’s rights, so too must pro-lifers frame the right to exist as a human right. This may seem like a political argument instead of a cultural one, and it is, but when we do so from the perspective of right versus wrong, we can allow the argument to transcend into the part of consciousness that touches on cultural ethics. But framing doesn’t just end with making it a human right to live. We have to frame abortion itself with other topics that people may find despicable. Here are three examples of talking points that frame the abortion debate in a culturally favorable way for pro-lifers that have the potential to reach those who are either pro-abortion or indifferent.
    1. Planned Parenthood was born from the tenets of racism and population control and continues those missions today.
    2. Pushing for gun control to save lives while endorsing abortion-on-demand is a contradiction.
    3. The elite promote abortion knowing it is far more rampant among the poor and minorities. This is no accident. It’s by design.

The war on the womb cannot be won through political means. It cannot be won through cultural shifts. It can only be won when both fronts are addressed simultaneously. Pro-abortionists are doing it. It’s time pro-lifers learn a lesson from the enemy.

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Doctors baffled as inoperable brain tumor in 11-year-old Roxli Doss miraculously disappears

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Doctors baffled as inoperable brain tumor in 11-year-old Roxli Doss miraculously disappears

It was the worst news Scott and Gena Doss could have received. Their 11-year-old daughter, Roxli, was suffering from diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG, a very aggressive brain tumor. To be sure, her parents sought multiple opinions to see if the worst-case scenario perhaps wasn’t what they thought it was.

Everyone agreed. It was bad.

“At Dell Children’s, Texas Children’s, at Dana-Farber, at John Hopkins, and MD Anderson, all agreed it was DIPG,” said Scott.

The prognosis was grim, but then something miraculous happened.

Texas girl’s inoperable brain tumor miraculously vanishes

https://nypost.com/2018/12/18/11-year-old-girls-inoperable-brain-tumor-miraculously-vanishes/Roxli underwent weeks of radiation as her Buda community rallied by holding a benefit for her in August, when all her parents could do was pray for a miracle.

“And we got it,” an overjoyed Gena said.

“Praise God, we did,” Scott added.

“When I first saw Roxli’s MRI scan, it was actually unbelievable,” Harrod said. “The tumor is undetectable on the MRI scan, which is really unusual.”

Doctors have no idea why the tumor vanished.

My Take

Those of us who share faith in God and His plan are rarely surprised to hear stories like this one. Medical science can only go so far before a higher power must be called on to intervene. We hope and pray the Doss family’s story can inspire others.

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Harvard students figured out why women are paid less than men

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Harvard students figured out why women are paid less than men

It genuinely disgusts me that, despite how much we’ve progressed as a society, especially in regards to our treatment of minorities and women, men still earn more than women do. It makes me ashamed of my country. How can we still refer to the United States as the “Land of Opportunity” when women are only paid $0.80 for every $1.00 that men are paid despite working just as hard in the same positions? Hell, even that depressing number doesn’t accurately express how large the gender pay gap is, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

In the report, titled Still a Man’s Labor Market: The Slowly Narrowing Gender Wage Gap, published in November 2018, the organization revealed that women earn a mere 49% of what men do. What’s worse is that it won’t be until 2059 that men and women have 100% equal pay, assuming the gap continues to narrow as slowly as it currently is. This is absolutely unacceptable, and it’s well past time Congress made it illegal for employers to pay women less than men for the same work.

At least, that’s what I would say if I was a leftist moron who still pays attention to the easily debunked “women earn less than men because of sexism” argument that’s been regurgitated countless times over the years.

The reality is that Congress made it illegal for employers to pay people differently based on their sex decades ago. It was called the “Equal Pay Act” and it was signed into law by President John F. Kennedy all the way back in June 1963. Ever since then, employers have been able to pay employees differently based on their merit, their seniority, their work output, or really whatever factors the employer desires… except sex.

A man and a woman in identical positions with identical output are legally required to be paid the same amount, and employers that fail to do so run the risk of some hefty legal ramifications. But if that’s the case, then why do the numbers presented by the IWPR show that there’s such a massive gender pay gap? Is the Equal Pay Act ineffective? Did the IWPR mess up its numbers? Is there some patriarchal plot to keep women from making money?

No, no, and no. The real answer is incredibly simple, and it’s one I’m sure most of us were able to figure out on our own the first time we heard the “women earn ($0.75, $0.79, $0.80) for every $1.00 that men earn” statistic that’s been getting thrown around for years. Basically, men are paid more than women on average because they seek out more lucrative jobs on average and work longer hours on average. If you take the combined earnings of all the women in the United States in a given year, divide that number by how many women worked at any point in that year, and then do the same for men, you’ll see that the earnings-per-working-woman are quite a bit lower than the earnings-per-working-man, so clearly there is a gender pay gap. However, despite what leftists like the people at the IWPR want you to believe, this gap has nothing to do with sexism.

This was demonstrated in a report, also published in November 2018, by two PhD Candidates in Economics at Harvard University. In the report, titled Why Do Women Earn Less Than Men? Evidence from Bus and Train Operators, the two students examined the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in order to figure out why such a heavily unionized agency in such a notoriously progressive city (Boston) still paid its female employees $0.89 for every $1.00 it paid its male employees. The answer was, once again, incredibly simple. Women were less likely than men to work overtime hours while also being more likely to take unpaid time off. That’s it. That’s all there is to it.

Men tended to prefer making more money to having more free time, while women tended to prefer having more free time to making more money. While an argument could be made that more employers should account for the different preferences of men and women, something the report actually advises on how to do, there’s no basis for the argument that the gender pay gap is a result of sexism.

It should be noted that the Harvard report examined just one industry in one metropolitan area, which means the findings aren’t applicable everywhere, but the gist of them is. Yes, there is a gender pay gap. That’s an objective fact. However, it has nothing to do with sexism. The causes of the gap vary from industry to industry and place to place, but they almost always have to do with the inherent differences between men and women. I think there’s a conversation to be had about whether or not this is an issue, and if it is, whether it’s up to employers, society, or women themselves to solve it, but to even have that conversation requires us to abandon the idea that sexism is the cause. There are certainly some instances where it is the cause, but the vast majority of the time, it’s not.

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