CHRISTIAN ETHICS

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Having a Christian worldview is paramount in our understanding of the world and ourselves from a Godly perspective. But developing such a view of the world and self is not easy nor is it natural; something must come first, something must be ingrained in our minds which prevents us from seeing life through the proverbial “Rose-colored glasses.” That something is the development of a personal Christian ethic.

It was once said you can judge a man character by what he does when he is alone; the only problem is we are never alone, God is always with us. Whether we think we are alone or not, developing a Christian ethic is easier said than done; first and foremost there has to be a heartfelt burning desire to be Christ-like in our thoughts and actions. So, like Calvin in the cartoon we must beware, because having a Christian character can complicate our lives and relationships. The bottom line is, we must want to develop a Christ-like character as portrayed by God in His revelation, the Holy Bible.

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The Apostle John gives us the basic platform from which we are to develop the character of Christ in our lives: John 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 no longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” ESV. This passage says a lot; first it makes clear Christ has given us all we need to know to develop our Christian character by making known to us all He heard from the Father. Secondly, Christ lays down the foundation of Christian ethics when He says we must be willing to lovingly lay down our lives for our friends. Notice His command is not about obedience to a set of rules or even to the Decalogue found in Exodus 20. His command is about love, sacrifice, and what ought to be and not what is. This is not to imply we are not to be obedient to Christ; rather the implication is if we have developed the proper ethic we will willingly do our best to be obedient.

However, God’s rules should not be laid aside; rather when we think of rules laid down by God we must first consider how the rule reveals to us the character of God. For example, looking at the command not to commit adultery it obviously means we are not to have sexual relations outside of the bond of marriage; but what it says about God’s character may not be so obvious. The rule says God is faithful in His relationships; therefore we are to be faithful in all of our relationships if we are to have the character of God. Another example; we are commanded not to steal, this demonstrates God as a giving God not one who consumes. Others are we are not to bear false witness telling us God is truth and the source of all truth; lastly we are not to covet showing the generosity of God. We could make the similar explanations when studying the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5.

The point is, if we understand the character of God found in the laws of God we will be motivated to apply that understanding with greater depth, instead of a shallow application for a particular incident. To clarify the point one could say being faithful is one law of Christian conduct; but choosing faithfulness will yield to you a faithful character.

I am currently studying Christian Ethics and I will be sharing with you my notes and thought after each class. My prayer will be you will gain at least as much from my experience as I will.

“Knowledge, like air, is vital to life. Like air, no one should be denied it.”
Gregg

I would like to thank Dr. Dan Doriani and Covenant Theological Seminary for making the course, “Christian Ethics,” freely available at:
http://www.covenantseminary.edu/resources/courses/christian-ethics-doriani/

 

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Cereal in Crisis

Reasonable people would think with all that is going on in the world the least of our worries would concern something as mundane as eating a bowl of cereal in the morning. But this morning reason was tossed out the window and cereal became a major issue.

Not realizing the critical nature of having your morning cereal just right I found myself on the cutting edge of learning a new and valuable lesson; don’t put another’s cereal in crisis. Now how is it one could be as crass as to put the women you love and have spent the majority of the years of your life into a situation where her cereal was approaching the stage of crisis?

Let’s rewind this picture and do a replay of what really happened and what goes on in the mind of a woman in preparation of her morning cereal. First she gets out her one cup cereal bowl. Now this is significant because it speak to the paucity of the meal about to be enjoyed. If it was a four cup bowl the situation may not have been so critical; something about quantity that removes the urgency of the situation.

The next step is to retrieve the yogurt from the refrigerator placing it carefully to the right of the one cup bowl of cereal. This is the second most critical step (the most critical is yet to come) because location of the yogurt is tantamount to fast and furious retrieval. Now we are coming to the real issue concerning the crisis, each spoonful of cereal must have had the yogurt place on it on seconds before it is eaten. If the yogurt is on the cereal for more than 15.24 seconds the cereal is less than crunchy and soggy cereal is cereal in crisis.

So, how did I fit into this crisis? I had the audacity to interrupt the process by asking a question and expecting an immediate answer.  At this point I am not sure whether it was the lack importance found in my question (although at the time I thought the question was of extreme urgency) or whether there is no question of significance value which can be asked when my wife consumes her one cup bowl of cereal.

legalismBut isn’t this the way with the world, it is not the issue, it is not even the dire significance or consequence surrounding an issue; it is always about the timing.  So the next time your wife reaches for the cereal, remember at that moment in time don’t put her cereal in crisis.

Have a great and Godly day,

Gregg

 

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Question of the DAY: Is government too invasive?

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Shouldn’t people of all faiths, Christians, Jews, and Muslims, speak out against this intrusion into our privacy?

Things to consider:

 

The greatest concern is, people of faith are apathetic concerning privacy because they don’t see it as a faith issue. Too many people of faith believe if they aren’t out pounding someone over the head with a bible, the torah, or the Koran they are not living up to their calling. But the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob tells us He has ordained governments to be just and protect righteousness; thus leaving it up to the believers to call out governments when they fail in their mission.

 

THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE,

Gregg

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Question of the DAY: The Problems with SWAT

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Are we trading Liberty for Security?

Things to consider:

A month or two ago I ask you to consider the role of local police forces across the country. My point was they are becoming too militarized in their efforts to fight crime. Below are several articles you need to read so as to get a fuller understanding as to what is going on locally right under our noses.  The first article is key to understanding the problem.

 

This is a small sampling of the news articles and commentary available about the problems surrounding military style police actions.

What can we do? Contact your local mayoral office, police chief, and city council demanding they set up a citizen’s task force to review all SWAT actions and set standards of policy guidelines as to when and how SWAT should be used.

THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE, if you don’t at least pass this on you deserve Plato’s nightmare.

Gregg

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Is Darwinian Evolution a fairy tale?

Things to consider:

  • A species or kind would be identified, for example, a bird, fish, mammal, human etc.
  • Evolution is said to be settled science; i.e. considered to be fact.
  • There is about 6k years of recorded history and many thousands of years of fossil history.
  • There is nothing in any history to indicate or prove one kind/species transitions into another, thus nothing to prove evolution as settled science.
  • There are no discovered transitional fossils or transitional species living today.
  • All mutations have proved to degrade the species.
  • Any changes within a species stays within that species; this is called adaptation.
  • Examples of adaptation are Darwin’s finches changing the shape of their beaks or humans becoming tan when exposed to sunlight.
  • The truth concerning evolution is being suppressed because money to be made has, since the middle of the 19th century, shifted from  philosophy and religion to science.
  • Evolution is a pseudo science because it cannot be proven by the scientific method.
  • Darwin was a racist and was trying to prove that dark skinned peoples were inferior.
  • Hitler used Darwin’s theory to legalize genocide.
  • Evolution is now the philosophy of evolutionism and is perpetrated to change the way we look at each other and the world.
  • Today we speak of everything as evolving; even inanimate things like computers and software.
  • Politicians use evolutionism to promote changing government, euthanasia, abortion, genocide, mercy killings, etc.
  • Whenever you hear a politician or pundit use the words evolve, evolving, or evolution, beware; someone is trying to convince you what they believe (may or may not be true) is fact.

THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE, if you don’t at least pass this on you deserve Plato’s nightmare.

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Question of the DAY

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Is there more to think about concerning G. Zimmerman and T. Martin?

Things to consider:

  • The media is ignoring the fact that Zimmerman was found to be innocent of any crime.
  • There was nothing revealed in the trial to indict  Zimmerman with a criminal hate crime.
  • Zimmerman is still be referred to as a “white Hispanic.” No one is referring to Obama as a “white Negro.”
  • Regardless of what you hear, racism cuts both ways.
  • Zimmerman has been mentoring black kids for at least the last 3 years. No one is reporting that fact.
  • This has been a CYA issue for Obama; no one is talking about the unresolved white house scandals.
  • When a black kid gets killed by a white person it is a tragedy; but when a white kid gets killed by a black person no one hears about it.
  • Protest are being organized and paid for by the DOJ under the orders of Eric Holder and Barak Obama.
  • Trayvon Martin had THC in his blood the night he was killed.
  • Martin’s criminal record is being hide in the closet; he isn’t the sweet little boy he is being pictured as.
  • After the initial investigation authorities announced there were no grounds for indictment. There was no new evidence found between that time and the time of the indictment.
  • We are one email away from knowing who pressured Florida officials to prosecute Zimmerman; look for it to come out that the demands came  from the White House.
  • No one is asking the question as to why Martin was inside of a gated community when he had no business being there.
  • There is something drastically wrong with our society when an innocent person and his family is forced into hiding to protect their safety.
  •  Democrats should be concerned about a Hispanic backlash if they continue to go after Zimmerman.

THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE,

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Question of the DAY

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What are the five top reason America is corrupt?

Things to consider:

ABC News ran an interesting story this week as to why people think their country and/or government is corrupt. Here are the top 5 reasons and a thought or two as to why we think the country is corrupt.

  1. The Police: In most countries around the world if you have a run in with the cops it requires a monetary bribe. The police in the USA are not corrupt so much in that way, but they are becoming more militarized with SWAT teams and special units which are typically belligerent and overbearing.
  2. The Judges: In most countries it is impossible for the poor to get justice in court room. In the USA the corruption is just as sinister. Liberal judges tend to forget the rule of law to satisfy their own agenda. This was demonstrated in the highest court in the land when Chief Justice Roberts ruled to up hold Obama Care so as to secure the “integrity of the court.” Legal analyst also see judicial miss-management in the Zimmerman trial.
  3. The Bureaucrats: In most countries it requires bribes to get anything done in the legal system. In the USA bureaucrats are no longer “civil servants,” they look at themselves as holding a position of privilege. Again we see them going after certain groups because of their political leanings. Even on the local level they are often rude and lack the desire to serve the public interest.
  4. Political Parties: Political parties in most areas of the world, as in the USA, are controlled by big money interests. The average person in USA see the parties as part of the problem and not a solution. Politicians make promises they have no intention to keep. Within a years or two they are often as corrupt as those who have held office for years. Case in point is Marco Rubio and John Thune. Both have forsaken many of their promises. Also Politicians can no longer be trusted because they lie with impunity.
  5. The Citizenry: When you consider all the above may be a neighbor or even a relative you can begin to see why number five is, we don’t trust each other. The fact is we have little or no cause to trust one another.

You can read the article in its entirety at: http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/world-corrupt-worst-offenders/t/story?id=19629992

The truth will set you free,

plato

 

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