Now I’m not saying that bad doctrine is acceptable.  There is a time and place to fight against doctrinal deception, so long as we are guided by the Holy Spirit and not by our own pride.  But I am saying that it is not doctrine that saves us.  It is not our interpretation of God’s ideas that washes away our sin.  Only Jesus can save us, and wherever His truth (the Bible) is present, there is always the possibility of someone being saved.  Our God is capable of the impossible, and He is tireless in seeking out and trying to persuade people to become His spiritual children through Jesus. When we get to Heaven, we won’t get entrance based upon our denominational affiliation, nor our doctrinal correctness.  Rather, we will be permitted entrance based on whether we were saved by Jesus.  There will be Mormons there, I’m quite sure.  There will be Catholics and Anglicans there.  There might even be Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterians there.  As 19th century theologian and Princeton professor Archibald Alexander stated, “All my theology is reduced to this narrow compass — Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.”  After a lifetime of studying the scriptures, he concluded that this is the one focal point of all that is in the scriptures, the sacrificially loving act of God permitting His Son to be placed upon that cross as a payment for sin and to make possible a covenant between God and man, redeeming the relationship that was lost in the Garden of Eden.  I tend to agree with him that Jesus is the apex and epitome of our doctrine and our faith. 

This central truth of Jesus is why I don’t worry about labels.  I look at the heart of the person, their character, words, and actions.  I look at the consistency of their lives, their correspondence to the one central truth of salvation by Jesus, and whether they live lives of loving service to others.  All the rest is dross, some of which I can discern, but much of which I’m not smart enough to figure out.  As Paul said in Corinthians 13, “we see through a glass darkly.”  There are many things that I just don’t know, and I’m not afraid or too proud to admit it.  I cannot see into anyone’s heart, and I am always limited in my understanding as long as I am remain in this earthen vessel, so if all the signs are there, I give people the benefit of a doubt even if they don’t have all the right labels.  

That said, why waste time in judgment of my brother or sister and the quality of their walk or soundness of their doctrine, so long as they appear to be walking in the right path and appear to be trying their best?  This bad habit of judgment or comparison can entrap us in pride.  I can still discern when someone is on the wrong path if my intent is to give a loving service or a word of truth to redirect them, but I must always remember that I am not in charge of their development, nor am I the sole arbiter of truth.  God is.  He may use me in His work, but I need to leave the planning and judgment directed at them in God’s hands for the most part and rely on Him to tell me how and when I may be of service.  Additionally, I don’t have to associate with them if I’m worried that they might lead me astray or lead astray those that I’m responsible for.  But my lack of association or my preference to not be around them should never lead me to think that I am better than they are.  And so long as they lead lives that are demonstrably tied to the best truths of our Judeo-Christian doctrines of love and worship of the one Holy, Loving, Righteous God, then they are certainly more fit for political office and public service than anyone who is steeped in humanist, secularist, naturalist, and socialist doctrine. 

While Romney seems to be the real deal, Obama is the exact opposite.  I feel that Romney is a man of character.  He seems to be a man that lives out his moral values and doesn’t just try to put up a façade or public image of living such values.  With Obama, I always feel uneasy.  There are too many secrets about the man.  Too much of his history is hazy and unknown, thanks to his aggressive team of lawyers and the laziness or complicity of most of our national media, even after four years of his constant presence in the public eye.  I feel like nobody really knows who he is.  And I can’t get a good feel for what his moral values are because, the church in Chicago that he was connected to for much of his adult life and much of his political career, has some very worldly, apostate teachings.  Moreover, many of Obama’s statements are catered to audiences as if he doesn’t really believe there is a right and wrong way, but rather he seems to think that there is only the best portrayal of message, image, or spin.  It all sounds too legalistic, too focused on the surface, on the façade, on the image, and not sufficiently focused on the substance underneath.  Some of his statements seem to be a window into his soul.  When he made his famous, “You didn’t build that,” comment, I felt like this statement came direct from his heart.  It sounded like something that a man would say when he had never really earned the success in his life and was cynical about other people’s right to their success or cynical about whether their success was due to personal effort.  Of course, it plays right into the socialist/communist point of view in which everything in life is a class struggle.  It’s the politics of envy. 

 


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07/12/2017 9:10pm

I always be away from the news about the politics. I think politics is like the dirty mud and once people just touch it they will become bad. I hope world become politics free one day and that day would be the freedom of life.

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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