Many years ago, in the early 1990s, I was stationed at the Jackson, MS, Military Entrance and Processing Station (MEPS), working first as an administrative officer, then being put in charge of the testing section, and finally taking over the job of operations officer, which was the second in command in the organization, just beneath the commander who was a major.  As we settled into the community of Brandon, MS, where we had bought a home, we started shopping around for a good church where we could get good teaching from the pulpit, good doctrine in the Sunday Schools, and a sound children’s ministry that would reinforce the Biblical values we were teaching our growing family at home.  In the course of visiting a few churches, we received visits from the pastors or deacons of those churches who were trying to gauge our spiritual state but were also lobbying for new church members.

At the time, it was very important to me to be involved in an activist church which was doing the Isaiah 58 and Matthew 25 tasks that God specified as real evidence of people who loved God.  Instead of just doing the lazy work of pimping the product like many churches: i.e. marketing Jesus and neglecting the many other serious obligations to disciple people, to serve needs of the poor and downtrodden in the community, and to have an ameliorating influence on the societal injustice around them.  In Isaiah 58:6-7, God makes it very clear what actions He expects of those who claim to love Him: “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?  Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh?”

One of the main issues of injustice in the United States for the past 40 years has been the licentious abortion policy for any and all reasons and the medically unregulated abortion mills that have been in operation in many U.S. states ever since that logically flawed and very twisted legal ruling Roe vs. Wade in 1973.  Just like the morally perverse Dred Scott decision of 1857 which stripped black slaves of their God-given rights as human beings, so did Roe vs. Wade strip another class of people of their personhood and their God-given rights unleashing the slaughter of millions of innocent babies without due process of law, treating them as sub-human.  I know that there are some very strong disagreements over this issue on both ends of the political spectrum, but anytime that we begin to redefine the personhood of other human beings, valuing them as less than human, you can bet that Satan is behind this evil, and you can bet that the shedding of innocent blood will follow. 

More on this tomorrow.  I pray that God will bless your evening with peace and rest, strengthening you and encouraging with renewed vigor in the morning.

 


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09/06/2014 7:16am

I need to to thank you for this fantastic read!! I certainly enjoyed every little bit of it. I have you book-marked to look at new things you post.

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Churches are holy place for public and they comes for worship of God. It is peaceful place and it gives the peace of soul.We should give the respect and try to keep it neat and clean.

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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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