Monthly Archives: July 2015

Iran’s Agressive act of defense.

There are articles on the Internet depicting a silhouette with a gun to their head in a symbol of suicide. The quote to the side says, “We welcome no war, nor do we initiate any war, but if any war happens, the one who will emerge loser will be the agressive and criminal U.S.”

First, “We welcome no war…” Iranian officials are reminding the American politicians that war is not the meaning of this message or their stance. They have an agressive stance but clearly in only defending their country. This is backed up by the fact that Iran isn’t know as invading any country. In fact, it has been hundreds of years since Iran invaded a foreign nation. That cannot be said about America which has invaded dozens of countries in the last 100 years let alone counting all the wars since it’s founding time.

Secondly, “nor do we initiate any war…” Iran was overthrown in 1953 by a CIA coup under full knowledge of Eisenhower and his administration. The Dulles brothers (John Foster and Alan) used Kermit Roosevelt as the agent provocateur in Operation AJAX. The CIA has even confirmed Operation AJAX and admitted they overthrew Iran in 1953 ( The Islamic Revolution of 1979 was a direct response to the Dictatorship of the Shah (King) of Iran Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi. So 1979 most likely would not have happened if 1953 didn’t happen. So ironically, America’s foreign policy in 1953 (the same foreign policy as today) is responsible for the current Iranian regime having the power that it has today. Iran didn’t initiate agression towards America. America started this agressive action. Iran is merely being agressive in a defensive stance. There is no real threat from an individual that claims to fiercely defend themselves once attacked. That’s rather honorable as the bully of the playground is the real culprit because he lives by offensive agression. Nobody should defend a bully.

Thirdly, “…but if any war happens, the one who will emerge loser will be the agressive and criminal U.S.” Bullies shouldn’t be tolerated so who in their right mind would defend them? Again, Iran is stating in action form that should the US initiate a conflict they will punish America in a purely defensive war. Don’t go looking for a fight and you won’t have one. Iran will only defend itself from within its borders. What kind of threat against the America is that? It’s a defensive one.

In conclusion, we are at a time when propaganda is prevalent. Don’t allow yourself to be emotionally charged and intellectually ignorant as you concede your thoughts to a mindset. Think for yourself and won’t be so quick to fall into error. Now is a time to foster healthy respect and a mind of peace with Iran. The time for mindless agression has passed. Pursuing peace can best be obtained by trading freely with one another. The greatest benefit we have is to foster peace by buying and selling rather than antagonizing and demonizing one another. Let’s be peacemakers and turn our swords into plowshares as we work together to foster peace for our children and children to come.

The Satanic Christian

“He who presides over a system which aims at nothing higher than formalism, is far more a servant of the devil than a minister of God.”

– C.H. Spurgeon

Can it be said that a Christian can serve the Devil? Many Christians assume that what Jesus meant to be done by persuasion and in the Spirit was actually meant to be done by force and carnal ambitions. Obviously this is a lie because violent force and carnal ambitions were not what led Jesus to exaltation but rather led to his demise, but for a moment. He was killed for His persuasion and living in the Spirit. So what can be said of today’s Christians who seek to throw off the shackles of Satan and assume control of the State?

Political ambition in the Bible is not a topic of endearment. In fact, two Apostles tried to get their mother to work a deal with Jesus so they would have power in His new Kingdom. You can read about that in Matthew 20:25-28. They thought physical power and carnal ambitions were going to get them far. They learned the hard way and paid with their lives but especially more so, with their freedoms.

I recently came across a posting from a mega church that stated a phrase in such a way that I had to think twice. Some attempt to wrap their phrases is sophisticated and highly mannered language so as to get a quick “Amen” before you have a chance to think before speaking. That may not have been their intention and I give them the benefit but they still have to answer and I made sure to show them the fallacy of their statement. It stated, “Nothing is politically right when it’s morally wrong”. The phrase sounds grammatically incorrect but I’m not going to get into that. Essentially, it means that that which is morally wrong shouldn’t be politically allowable. That sounds nice but it essentially means that morality should be legislated. There are many problems and I outlined a few.

1. Jesus never said this. Jesus knew that sins were wrong but He never demanded nor did He teach that moral laws were to political laws. For example, he believed Adultery was sinful yet He was unwilling to politically condemn the woman and instead forgave her by doing so. He implied that Nicodemus was stealing as a tax collector, which was normal back then, but He didn’t bring criminal charges. Heck, He was condemned while the people legislated morality to free a murderer, Democracy in action as the larger crowd gets what it wants, and condemn a just man.

2. Whose morality gets enforced and for how long? Christians love to make quotes about legislating morality but they open a Pandora’s Box when they forget that the same allowance is made for the larger crowd, especially in a Democracy. Laws are immutable and agreeable amongst all but when legality gets perverted by chosen one morality over the next it’s just a matter of time before the power changes hands and Christians are the ones being judged for not following the morality of the current rulers. As Christians are not in the majority, this way of thinking is dangerous, worldly, and ultimately a weapon against the Church and not a tool for the Church. An example would be how many Christians attempted to pass the Defense of Marriage Act upon all Americans but then cried out when not only it didn’t pass but homosexuals were able to sway public opinion to allow them to marry. Might makes right is not the way a Christian should live by. I would want the laws to be just across the board so that no matter who was in charge you wouldn’t have to fear unless you were the criminal.

3. Jesus didn’t teach that morality was to be forced upon the world by the State. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…” Christians are to be transformed by the renewal of the mind (persuasion and education) rather than being conformed to the world. The world seeks conformity and does so by force. Christians, like Jesus, are to seek change by persuasion and truth not violence.

In conclusion, a person that holds to their faith should really understand what it’s founder taught and how they lived. In this case, it’s Jesus. Many cute phrases and snappy political statements make well for powerful messages but are you forsaking your faith to find power? Or are you staying faithful while finding power in what aligns with what your faith teaches? If we stand for nothing then we will fall for anything. Never be too prideful to ignore plain and simple truths and never be too ignorant to believe anything anybody says. Always be vigilant. A Christian serves the Devil when he seeks to force his morality on others to make them act like a Christian while neglecting the true in working of actually accepting the beliefs of what makes a person a true follower of Jesus. Without a change of inward thinking the outward man is nothing more than a robot supressing himself to conform to what Christians expect of him. Force without conversion leads to Christian actions without a Believers heart. What is more damnable to the Church than actively seeking robots rather than true believers in Jesus?

Abolish Ignorant Pastors

“Better abolish pulpits than fill them with men who have no experimental knowledge of what they teach.”

– C.H. Spurgeon

Too often I hear of Preachers and Teachers in the Christian Church telling the world of a topic they have little to no knowledge of. Franklin Graham wanted Muslims to be banned from immigrating to America. Don Stewart and Greg Laurie proclaim news of Iran previously unheaed of in 2 thousand years. They will glad sell you their latest book revealing this truth for the low price of $19.99 and at only 100 pages.

Although these teachers and preachers may mean well they are actually damaging the pulpit. They have spoken out of line and are causing grief when they had to license to speak.

Franklin Graham has turned into a bigot blaming all Muslims when one acts out of line. Yet he condemns others who use the same logic to condemn Christianity when a Christian acts out of line. Hypocrisy? I will let you decide.

Don Stewart and Greg Laurie frequently attack any peaceful resolution with Iran. They lack credible facts and ignore the facts that discredit their stance. Too often many want to criticize Iran for 1979 but ignore the US overthrowing the democracy in 1953 in order to setup the Dictator Mohammad Reza Shah. They ignore the original language and assume a modern sounding country is the same as the Greek when that mindset has led many to make false assertions and false doctrines.

In conclusion, Christian leaders need to be held accountable for their errors and should repent of such blatant bigotry and prejudice. America is a country like all others and far from innocent. Instead of attacking Muslims and Iran, the Christian Church should focus more on what it stands for. It’s not for the furtherance of the faux American Exceptionalism by which the blood of the Savior ran red but for the salvation of the lost both Jew and Greek, Male and Female, Muslim, Gay and straight that He paid the penalty for all. Why seek to undo in the flesh what God has done by His sacrifice?

Persian Peace?

Iran and America have come to an agreement. With the lifting of some of the sanctions Iranians can now gain access to markets they were either blocked or regulated to a minimal allowance. America also needs to realign a more peaceful relationship with Iran.

Trade will bring greater benefits than war ever could. In a trade both benefit while in war both lose by huge financial losts. Germany just paid off its World War 1 debts, so imagine how much debt still has yet to be paid off from the wars we have today.

Not all is peachy as the Congress gets to debate the deal and possibly deny any peaceful resolution. At this point in time, war isn’t an option except for the fool and the foolhearted. My hope is that Iran can be more integrated with the world and in doing so will feel obligated to give up its more maligned perspectives. The persecution of religious minorities is one area of concern for me.

My hope for individuals like Saeed is that Iranian officials will now feel pressured to do the right thing towards these people who have committed no true crimes. There are no victims, no actual crime, and no reparations for any criminal action. As such they have not right to withold these people from freedom. Peace and prosperity will flourish as we are allowed to trade and interact with one another. Let’s us press onward and encourage our politicians to do the same.

The Profits of Doing Business Together

Profits are the driving force behind any business. A business will choose to invest in profitable goods and services otherwise they go bankrupt. Nobody wants to go bankrupt.

Those who produce goods snd services must serve consumers. Consumers are those who purchase the producers goods and service, you and me. They don’t force consumers to buy their goods, but they seek to satisfy the consumers wants and needs.

Producers must pay attention and see what consumers really want so they can make a profitable decision. This is Capitalism through and through.

We can buy better and faster electronics due to producers producing what we want and need. What a wonderful system where we learn to serve one another for the betterment of both. A producer can make a profit by properly serving the consumer. The profit leads to buying more efficient equipment and the savings can be passed along to the consumer as well. All while both parties benefit from the exchange.

Imagine a machine that can make a $1,000 computer for $600. Then imagine a more efficient machine that can produce that same $1,000 computer at not $600 but $400. Now, imagine the company lowered the price to $800. You would be purchasing the same computer for $200 less but their cost would be 50% of the price instead of paying $1,000 and their cost being 60% of the price. The producer makes 10% more and the consumer pays 20% less. No violence was needed and both groups end up better than before the purchase. This is just one of many examples why profit is necessary and how everybody benefits from doing business together.

Taking back America

Christians in America have been shouting this slogan for some time now. Much of that slogan has more to do with Nationalism and politics than following Jesus.

Jesus certainly didn’t say, “Let us take back the Roman Empire, for God”. Jesus not only warned against seeking power like the Gentiles do (Matthew 20:25-28) but the Bible reveals that human governance originated with Pagans who appear to have wanted a human leader to guide them (1 Samuel 8). Since pagans weren’t worshipping God its understandable why they chose a visible man. Israel committed a great sin and God told Samuel that it was not Samuel’s leadership they were rejecting but His leadership (1 Samuel 8:1). God does allow human governance to exist but man’s authority is not absolute. Isaiah 33:22 reveals that it is truly God who is King, judge and the only lawgiver.

So why are Christians seeking power? My guess is that many are upset with the recent ruling on homosexual marriage being made legal. Rather than accept there will be a difference between marriage according to the Bible from marriage according to the State, some Christians think they need a 51% majority to do anything. Encouraging people to run for office is a scary notion when you understand how ignorant most are of not just basic principles of private property rights but of their own faith. Also, campaigning on religious overtones is not an unfamiliar tactic of the most deceptive and vile of politicians. What’s the best thing for Christians to do? Stop empowering the State. Stop worshipping war and soldiers when those holidays come around. Afterall, Jesus broke all notions of prejudice when He spoke of their neither being Jew nor Greek and also spoke of treating not just fellow Christians with respect but treating all people with respect. For if we only respect those we agree with then how are Christians any different than adherents to other faiths?

Now is a time for peace and so much depends on us all. Since it depends on us let us make the most of it and treat one another fairly. Rather than seeking power let us seek peace.

Are you a pervert or have you been walking circumspectly?

I agree with defending this couple for the same reason I defend homosexuals having a right to associate and form contracts. Violence cannot be used against an innocent person who has committed no crime unless that person using the violence wants to be labeled a criminal themselves. This is why we call one a murderer and the other committing self-defense. It depends on who is doing the action and whether or not that action is just.

It is not just to use violence (fining this couple $135,000 and telling them to shut up by legal force) no more than it is just to block another couple from forming a contract simply because you disagree with their title and definition of the contract.

It’s hypocrisy for a person to defend this couple and yet attack homosexuals who wish to have a licensed State union.