Hypocrisy, Where to Begin?

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There a multitude of sins, but hypocrisy, which no doubt we have all been and at some point will all be guilty of, is probably one of the worst there is.  When it comes to the liberal side of the aisle sad to say, even now within the Church it is not a pretty picture, so I decided to delve a bit into it and here is a list of 20 hypocrisies I came across in an article.  This is just on the political and Hollywood end of things.
1) …it’s impossible to come to any sort of reasonable compromise with conservatives on anything, but that we can fix our problems with nations like Iran and North Korea by just sitting down and talking things out. 

2) …they’re the most compassionate people in society. Yet, in study after study, you find that conservatives give more of their money to charity than liberals. 

3) …they’re not racist despite the fact that they consistently support policies that have been several orders of magnitude more devastating to black Americans than the Ku Klux Klan. 

4) …we’ve all got to dramatically reduce our carbon footprint to save the planet. Yet, liberals like Al Gore live in big mansions and fly around in private jets while still maintaining their credibility with their fellow environmentalist libs. 

5) …they’re the people who are really looking out for women, but they strongly support sexual predators like Bill Clinton and they regularly hurl grotesque sexist insults at feminist role models like Sarah Palin who don’t toe-the-liberal-line. 

6) …we definitely need to have higher tax rates in this country. Yet many of Obama’s nominees and cabinet members, including the Secretary of the Treasury, don’t pay their taxes as is — and liberals are okay with that. 

7) …guns should be banned! Yet, while they want to take guns out of the hands of law-abiding Americans who live in dangerous neighborhoods, they believe liberal celebrities like Michael Moore and Rosie O’Donnell should be able to hire armed bodyguards. 

8) …they’re the ones who really care about educating children; yet time and time again, they support policies that hurt our kids, but help their political allies in the teachers’ unions. 

9) …running deficits are bad! After all, liberals ceaselessly took credit for the budget being balanced during the Clinton years and attack Bush for his profligate spending, right? Yet, despite the fact that Obama is running an unsustainable deficit so large that it threatens the future of the country, liberals are perfectly fine with it. 

10) …college campuses are supposed to be places of learning and intellectual openness, but they approve of conservative speakers being attacked and shouted down. 

11) …they’re gay-friendly even as they work to out gay Republicans and they often accuse the Republicans they hate the most of secretly being gay. 

12) …they’re the ones who are champions of free speech, but liberals want to silence their most effective critics on talk radio via the Fairness Doctrine. 

13) …they’re the ones who really want to stick to the Constitution. Yet, liberals buy into a “living Constitution,” which is nothing more in practice than substituting your personal opinion for what’s actually in the Constitution. 

14) …it was terrible for George Bush to detain terrorists indefinitely, to use extraordinary rendition to send them to other nations, and to withhold more photos of what happened at Abu Ghraib — but, when Obama did the exact same things, few liberals had anything to say about it. 

15) …we have to move away from sources of energy like oil, coal, and nuclear power towards what they believe are more eco-friendly power sources like wind power. Yet, whenever anyone tries to build a wind turbine, it’s almost always a liberal that attempts to stop it — just as Ted Kennedy did because he was afraid his yachting view might be spoiled if the ideas he championed were put into practice. 

16) …they’re courageous for speaking out against Republicans while Hollywood and the media cheer them on, but when the time comes to speak out against the abuses of radical Muslims, they’re terrified into silence. 

17) …when someone despises America, we need to ask, “What have we done to make him hate us?” — but, when someone despises liberals for what they’re doing to the country, they conclude that person must be ignorant, bigoted, or evil. 

18) …it’s morally abhorrent to put a serial killer to death, but that a mother killing her baby via abortion is merely a “choice.” 

19) …we have to count every vote, except for members of the military serving overseas, most of whom are denied their right to vote because Democratic politicians deliberately delay in sending out their ballots until it’s too late for them to be returned in time. 

20) …when they looked at information from our intelligence agencies and concluded that Saddam Hussein had WMDs, they were just mistaken — but when George Bush looked at the same info and drew the same conclusion, he was lying.

 

What About in Social Contexts and In terms of Social Justice?  What harm has this doctrine and dogma done to the Church and Society?

1. Stifled any real debate

2. Created an atmosphere of fear and intimidation

3. Destroyed Biblical truth and wisdom of society conform to God, not God to society’s whims and emotions

4. Created boogeymen and victims everywhere at every corner

5.  Created a totalitarian campus and educational society where the only opinions allowed are liberal ones and  conservative

6.  Constant paying for sins of the past by all for all generations, so there is no equality based on talents, gifts, skills etc…

7. The Church as an agent of ethical, moral restraint is destroyed as it becomes complicit in sin, debuacary etc… or it risks the wrath of the Left, of the Social Justice Warriors, YUKK!!!!

Yet we expect the Church to adhere to administering the Sacraments to all and if they don’t, then we get very upset, how can they refuse anyone, the nerve!  Excuse me?  If they adhere to biblical truth, if any Christian business owner adheres to biblical truth, to their faith, they are crucified, but yet we want all the Sacraments that come the institution based on Scripture, God’s Word with very clear moral codes, right?  Can we say humans are hypocrites loudly enough please, thank you because that is what that amounts to. 

Social Justice is hpoocrity like when we don’t want hight taxes, but we want the government to take care of us in every way, shape form, give us stuff, excuse me?  If you want the government to give you stuff left and right, then when they take all your money, shut up about it, zip it, don’t whine, don’t complain, suck it up.  On the other hand if we would like to do things very differently then we might actually have social and spiritual justice, but not sure we have the courage for it, not quite sure we do.

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faith is mocked etc..

 

True Learning, Bill of Rights, huh?

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In the days of yore, there was a thing called learning, education and we had something called the Bill of Rights, not sure if anyone remembers the days of yore.  Education if one were to take it down to curriculum alone is to gain knowledge and such, but in days past those things were simply tools, but tools for what?  The actual goal is supposed to be to create citizens, citizens that honor the core principles of the founding of the Republic, that cultural and faith heritage.  It is supposed to train people, as should also the media, to connect the dots on all world events, insure freedom of citizens from the tyranny of government and others, that is the purpose of education.  That was the very wise understanding in the days of yore, as was the understanding that debate, even heated, with passionate very uncomfortable disagreement was crucial.  There are a number of reasons education is failing, money is not one of them, not really.  There are a number of them, such as disrespect for authority, for teaching and learning, a complex society of social media that can create all kinds of distractions, and problems, one size fits all curriculum and a curriculum that due to PC, everyone making everything about race, has removed the classics, very important for teaching, the sheer monster of bureaucracy that contorts to fit narratives and get funds, so that much of the discipline is gone.  The Bill of Rights is another thing that we have thrown in the trash and made Political Correctness has taken over, so there is no ability to discourse to debate with vigor, to agree to disagree.  There is an attack on the Bill of Rights, on We the People being a militia not to go to war, but to be empowered against harm. Once you start taking away the Bill of Rights even within education, take away Freedom of Speech, the ability to disagree, to debate, go through critical thinking and research, to understand that we don’t have to agree, we just have to have the accurate facts in front of us and we can then debate all that, in the end agree to disagree.  When education is just about testing, information, indoctrination of leftist activists, even to rewrite history, destroy faith, the whole culture of faith, our foundations, the destruction has begun and so unless we start really debating, discussing, all the facts made available, no lies by the media or academia, not trying to rewrite history or impose on students your views, unless we have a radical overhaul, even take the public out of education, we are in serious demise here.  Education cannot just be about facts and information, those things have to be a springboard to a much deeper learning and creating honorable citizens.  May those days of yore return and may we also honor that Bill of Rights, including freedom of religious expression (healthy parameters, no violence please), we don’t have a democratic republic.

God help us, truly help us because we will need it.

 

Talented Bloggers, Something For All

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The Internet has brought great benefits, even with it’s downsides, to society, such as a range of bloggers to suit any taste, even in poetry, in all areas.  However, I do worry about accuracy in blogging, even journalism, a cautionary tale learned by the whole FISA debate and scandal going on.  I very much appreciate my fellow bloggers, who are passionate about their work, and for that I say Kudos.  I do hope that if bloggers are posting anything related to current events they are doing some solid research first, and that goes even in offering an opinion.  Another piece of advice I would give any blogger is to write about what they are familiar with first, but even when giving opinion, step back, be at least partially logical and level headed, not purely emotional.  Blogging, writing, coaching this stuff is something that can make for break reputations etc.., so let’s be as responsible as possible. 

Amen

Patterns, Even from a Biblical Perspective

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Life is often a pattern of behaviors, life’s outcomes are the result of a pattern of behavior.  This is not to say we are to beat ourselves up forever more. If you look at the scriptures, if you look at writing of poets, each has a style, a pattern of writing and anyone who knows literature can spot whose work it is pretty quickly if you present it without the author’s name.  On many levels life has patterns, relationships have patterns, we have patterns, The Trinity and how they operate, deal with things, also that has a pattern, and there is a DNA of apostolic history, of Patriarchy which God instituted, Christ upheld and women are to be a part of, in different ways, ways that matter, but not in the pattern that modern feminism insists.  Most things have some kind of pattern to them, the pattern can be constructive in our lives and society or not.  If we look at the shift of DNA in society with gender fluidity etc…, all of the shifts, trying to make God, Mother etc…, breakdown of tradition, of family, community close knit, can we say the shifts are constructive to lives and to society as a whole?  What about our own lives?  What patterns are we continuing that perhaps are destructive and not in congruence with sacred boundaries etc…?  Something to think about. 

Shalom and Amen

Confusing Jesus and Woodstock, OY!

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The modern church and it can be seen in a number of denominations, or in leaders within denominations, including Roman Catholic, this redefining of Jesus, of the New Testament, of the core message etc..  How did they manage to screw it up?  It went New Age, this notion of line in the sand right or wrong, no objective morality, and turning Jesus into a fluffy dough boy. 

In essence you have to different personas, the a Woodstock style Jesus, a God fashioned after man’s desires and the actual Jesus of the Bible, a God that says, I don’t fashion myself or my moral codes after your wishes, the total opposite. The Woodstock Jesus is this fluffy all about love, and love alone kind of guy, so squishy, gooey and ohhhhh feel good kind of guy.  God suddenly is a woman, is devoid of any absolute moral codes, so is nature of man, and it’s just one hot mess.  Israel God’s beloved child is scorned, big NO NO.  All upside down.  The Jesus and God of modern church and society is just fine with killing babies, it’s anything goes really, no boundaries, no discipline, just love baby, all about the love.  For those who are parents with half or even half of a half of a brain, really?  If you have kids, it’s all about the love, only the love, nothing else, no boundaries, none, no consequences for their actions?  Really, then you are one lousy parent, let me tell you and you had no business having kids.  If one truly reads scripture in context, not cherry picking, then one clearly sees that there is no erasing of the 10 Commandments, of the core precepts of gender identity, marriage etc… in the New Testament, and that Jesus though he does forgive has a condition he expects be met along with that “sin no more”.  He expects that you clean up your act, we all do and he never says there is no hell, nor does he say there are many ways or paths.  He makes it clear if you have seen him, accepted him then you have seen, accepted God, and he his the only way, truth and life, so it’s very exclusive, contrary to what modern churches would teach, not all roads according to Jesus lead to heaven.  It’s him or nothing, no in between, and he is no fluffy, squishy dough boy teddy bear, and if you read Revelation, that is made quite clear.  Whether you take it on an actual literal basis or even a metaphysical basis, karma basis thing, as they say, karma is a bitch.  This notion of all about the love and only the love, no boundaries, no law and order, do as you please etc…, no.  In the church and society teaching this, it has done a great deal of damage to society, to people’s soul, even their heart.  Sad, very sad. 

I hope the Church in general will go back, properly learn about the Gospel, the Trinity, core biblical principles, including God being very clear about nation’s being sovereign, and his wish for there to be clear borders, sovereignty etc… and capitalism to be the way and truth of all economies, managed rightly, but never socialism.  For those who cite the sharing in the bible, get the context straight, includes clergy, get a brain, get the context straight, then read Paul who makes it clear you don’t work, you don’t eat and if anyone comes to the church etc… they are to work, contribute in any way possible, not leech off the church.  We need to get Jesus out of Woodstock and stop trying to mold God to be in our image, and mold ourselves to His. 

Amen

God Because I Choose

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 Remember that they must come to choose the faith, Christian faith because of the wonders of the Holy Trinity, Love of Christ for Humanity, Love of the Father in the Triune Relationship.  The world will do all it can to destroy that, and yes we should share the faith with the children in the family, conservative values for those of us who are, but the journey to a full and rich union, unity with the Trinity, deep love and appreciation for the gift of Christ and what He did for us.  All of that must come from within, so pray for a stirring, beautiful, gentle, consisting stirring of the spirit that gets them there.  It has to be their choice.  Let them know, there are not always clean cut answers, that’s okay!

Amen

Context In Faith Matters

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https://www.smp.org/dynamicmedia/files/403be70573b2c3b4525f97c2ad6d5c85/TX002208-1-content-Catholic_Biblical_Interpretation.pdf

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I was on twitter and got into discussion with atheists, we started discussing America’s heritage, I pointed stuff out, our history, national anthem, last stanza what it says, and then the Bible came up and the thing with it condones slavery, other stuff.  I had to explain context.  I had to explain that you have to look at scripture in the context of that culture, and distinguish between whether they were referring to slaves  brought over on ships or another category of people working in the household.  Also I pointed out that Paul admonishes care and kindness for all who work in the household, one of the servants who returns to the Master, even changes him and then gains his freedom if memory serves. They were not commissioned to overthrow the government or the status quo of the government and if they had created a situation of the house workers etc… rebelling that could have put those very people in grave danger.  Remember there were no civil right groups back then.  They likely felt it was more wise to try to change the sin behavior, is often the wise course, and let the change happen due to change in behavior, in emotions, in mindset through Christ, and power of the Holy Spirit.  There is a whole host of contextual stuff you have to, should at least glance at when looking to know the Bible, historical, cultural, then there is eschatology, Christology etc… To read the Bible is great, but one should have a study to understand proper fundamentals, after all it is the Word of the Creator. Just saying.

Shalom and Amen

Know What You’re Walking Away From

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Often Catholics, even yours truly will get caught up in the trap of not really knowing about the faith, now knowing the core truths of it, the biblical basis for these truths, the exegesis, the deductive and inductive reasoning of the Church Fathers in regards to the faith and will fall into the trap of Sola Scriptura, walk away from the faith.  They will get caught up in the emotional preaching of Evangelicals and I do think Catholicism does need to do a better job connecting the teaching to the all aspects of the self, heart, spirit and soul, and also in evangelization, not in your face evangelization, but evangelization.  I myself need to get back a strong fundamental understanding of the faith because to leave behind something that you don’t even truly deeply understand, well doesn’t make a lot of sense when it comes to spirituality and the spiritual life, though the one path I hope no one ever tries to understand is Satanism, ever, or any such path, please. 

Amen

Music and Prayer, One and The Same

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I attended a prayer service yesterday at Life Center church in my neighborhood for the first time.  What was different about it that will have me going back? What did it make me realize?

The first thing was that it was a place that was not distracting, it was a place where when we were hearing the praise music from the artist who also at one point offered her intercessory prayer, and when the pastor’s wife did the same, and another member of the church, we really were focused on that, on Christ.  There was also because of this, a sense of egalitarianism where I felt that I could at some point perhaps also offer an intercessory moment such as prayer for the nation, our POTUS, for parents to be guided to do right in their parenting.  Then there was the fact that we were combining worship music with prayer, both in harmony, in compliment and synergy.  I had my eyes closed most of the time, really letting the music soak into me, the words, and the prayer intercessions, really communicating with all my heart, spirit and soul with God.  I realized that this is why perhaps there is a moving toward the evangelical because while they do offer teaching, and God willing sound biblical teaching, they also understand the power of music as prayer, as part of prayer.  I realize for me that is crucial to my faith, my faith life etc…, that communication of truth, and biblical truth through music, the arts.  If that truth offends, not because of the truth itself, but rather because the truth has hit home and is truth, one that that person does not want to accept.  

I will be going back and hopefully contribute also to the music and prayer, and I hope also to let people know about it, bring people to participate, pray with prayer and music. 

Amen

Getting Creative and Bonding

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The holidays can be a time of stress, of running around and shopping for gifts It can really lose the significance of the season. Think about it.  It is supposed to be about Christ, about bonding with those we care about, sharing love and light with those we care about.  Somehow, Advent preparing for the season of light and love, and redemption has gotten lost in the commercial, in the craziness of activities of running around.  What if instead of all of that we came together to create decorations with the family, with friends?  What if we all agreed homemade gifts instead of fancy store bought gifts, just for this year?  What if?  Here are some ideas for that.