Last night/in the wee hours of today, I wrote to my pastor in regards to the official statement of Bishop Hanson of the ELCA on the flotilla to Gaza that ended in tragedy. I haven’t been happy with the direction the ELCA is going for quite some time now as every year that passes, they move further and further away from the true teachings of God and closer to the political correctness of the liberal left socialist propaganda machine that is the antithesis of God’s teachings & laws.
Fast forward to this afternoon when I went to 1john3one.blogspot.com for the daily scripture reading, 2 Sam. 5: 17-25. Now while the scripture was not of a surprise, what was, was the discussion question, especially in light of my correspondence earlier in the day.
“David seemed to have the LORD on his side. Such is the claim of some when current battles are fought. What do you think about that claim?”
Now, I do not comment at pastor’s site as I have a deep distrust of most things google since the company is tied so deeply with our new marxist/Islamic fascist regime and Open ID (so I can use my wordpress log-in) is not an option. So it is here today that I will make my 1st public response for the discussion.
What do I think?
I do not think it is a matter of sides. It is a matter of protecting God’s people from invasion while also upholding his laws & commandments. David gave an oath to God. He had spent many years in God’s training ground learning to teach & lead the people to walk in the light of the Lord. In today’s scripture reading, David did not go forth on his own, he waited for God’s command and then he followed God’s lead. In today’s real world, the Israeli leaders did not go out looking for a confrontation, it was the flotilla flying Turkish flags carrying dozens of Al Qaeda extremists looking to slip into Israel from Gaza that forced the Israeli’s hand. God was leading the Israeli soldiers in a peaceful attempt to protect their people and homeland from additional endless mortar attacks from the Gazan strip, but instead, their peaceful attempt was met with Islamic radicalists who had their minds set on the opposite.
The fact of the matter is, is that we do not live in a politically correct world. Civilization never has and God knows it. But, if we follow his lead/command, he will guide us through the most peaceful resolution possible and thus is his teachings. The Israeli’s are following God’s lead/command for the most peaceful coexistence possible with those that call for the death of Israel & her people on a daily basis. Yet instead of standing behind God and along side the people of his chosen land, those such as our own ELCA Bishop Hanson would rather lead with political correctness based on false propaganda.
Now I have a few scripture readings for the leaders of the ELCA church who took an oath to follow God’s teachings & laws, not the politically correct movement of those that wish to destroy Christianity and wipe it from history for all time:
Matt. 23: 28 ~ “Woe, to you, hypocrites!” This cry resounds seven times in Jesus’ address to the scribes and Pharisees. “So you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity!”
~ James 1:25 ~ But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it ~ he will be blessed in what he does.
~ 2 Peter 2:18-19 ~ For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.
1 Timothy 4 ~ The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.
Command and teach these things. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.
Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
2 Peter 2: 2-3 ~ Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.