Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Who is on the Lord's Side?

The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time.
President Abraham Lincoln, 1862
How can we know which party is truly speaking God's will? There is only one infallible measure, and it is the Bible upon which our country was founded. But, you say, both sides quote the Bible.

Indeed, even the devil quotes the Bible. We need wisdom and discernment to avoid those who would twist the truth of God.

Did you know that the word "justice" is not found in the New Testament, not even once? But the word "mercy" appears throughout the Bible, over 250 times.

"Come, let us reason together", says the word of God. Does God want people to be slaves, as the Confederate States claimed? Slavery was indeed a feature of the cultures of the Old Testament, so what did God say about that? He commanded that all slaves, indentured servants and foreigners be set free every seven years, with a reward to begin their freedom. He commanded that every fifty years (a Jubilee), all debts were to be forgiven. I do not think God approves of throwing people in jail over debts or unpaid fines.

God tells us to do justly and love mercy. God tells us "the workman is worthy of his hire" and that he hates those who withhold the rightful wages of workers. Jesus came to set people free. Jesus said the Pharisees put laws onto people which they did not keep themselves and that he hated hypocrisy.

There are many who will quote one verse here, and another there, to prove their own viewpoints, but only by taking the entire Bible can we know the will of God. Did you know that God destroyed Soddom and Gommorah for their violence, and nowhere does it say it was for homosexuality. If you do not like this, do not argue with me, go argue with God.

Jesus tells his followers over and over "Do not be afraid." He lifts up the prostitute and the outcasts. He warns against passing judgement. 

Which party is for workers to be paid fairly? Which party judges others? Which party is for mercy? Which party wants more prisons? Which party endorses war? Which party works for peace?

Who did Jesus mean when he said "Many will say they did this or that in my name, and I will say to them, get away from you workers of iniquity."

1 comment:

GoldiBear said...

Good point, Pandababy. Muddled confusion over the bible and it's contents creates easy prey for those who would pick, choose, and distort God's word for their own ends. But forcing people to 'do good' and 'be good' through rules and punishment ended completely with the termination of the Old Covenant. Now, in the New Covenant, Jesus says plainly that he wants people to obey them because they love him, so that their joy might be full. God does away with rules and punishment as a means of enforcing behavior, and replaces them with Love and Mercy. Yes, God does give guidance for behavior in the New Covenant - and it is simply, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and mind and strength - and Love your neighbor as yourself." The result: a New Testament church that took care of the poor and infirm and where everyone shared their wealth.