Politics – Loving Neighbors and God
from a Biblical, Christ Follower perspective


WHY DO we call him, “Lord, Lord,” and do not do what he says? (Luke 6:46)

Careful opinions from a life of prayer, Bible study, concern, ministry, study of this world, and teaching (high school and college).
If you’re up for that, come on in.


(Select a phrase in a post, then you can comment on it.)

Recent

You can be serious and still have a sense of humor. Frank C Laubach

You Can Be Very Serious AND Funny (Frank Laubach)

Frank Laubach (1884-1970) worked all over the world, with considerable positive impact. He was known for the two major themes of his life 1. Prayer - especially a very personal relational prayer practice, and one that was prevalent throughout...
Evangelicalism in Danger - Can It Be Saved?

Evangelicalism is Broken. Do They Know? Do They Care? (review of Labberton’s “Still Evangelical?”)

Many of them see no crisis, judging from 5 of the 12 articles in Mark Labbertons’s recent valuable book Still Evangelical? (pub’d Jan 2018). If you are concerned about these issues. If you only read three or four articles, it’s worth it! I...
2019 - Suggested Priorities, Resolutions

New Year! Suggested Priorities, Maybe a Resolution or Two.

Here are links and short quotes from 3 articles mostly written for former New Year’s Days – dealing with our personal priorities, the values by which we can choose to live. There’s good hope! 1. Jesus, and Howard Thurman, on Why Jesus Came Howard Thurman made a clear...
Howard Thurman, Work of Christmas, Cowboy Christmas, War on Christmas

On Christmas – 1. The Work of Christmas 2. Cowboy Prayer 3. War on Christmas BY Christians

Three quotes here from 3 articles on this site. Click through. 1. The Work of Christmas Begins: Howard Thurman This is what Christmas was for. It was for economic justice – proper behavior of and within the legal and criminal justice systems – health care,...
MLKJr Gives Good Advice for the Trump Years and Trump Victims

6 Truths for the Trump Years – Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

A black man in prison in a racist southern city in 1963 was a man whose life was in danger.  Sadly, a black man anywhere in the US today is a man whose life is in danger. But while in that dangerous place, Martin Luther King wrote a letter to the white...
Happy Facts About Friendship with God

8 Happy Facts About Friendship With God – Possible, Necessary, Personal, Love-Based etc.

I’m sure you can add more – these are not “THE EIGHT”! But they seem to me to be important. Is it possible for an ordinary human to develop a personal friendship with God? If such a thing can happen, what do we know about it? What do you think? From the guidance we...
Spiritual Tune-Up. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. Your habit and cherished thought.

Spiritual Tune-up. Your “Habit and Cherished Thought.” (Gen J L Chamberlain)

“We know not of the future, and cannot plan for it much. But ...we can determine and know what manner of men we will be whenever and wherever the hour strikes ...no man becomes suddenly different from his habit and cherished thought.”- Joshua...
Pray face to face, heart to heart, with God

Face to Face With God – Your Words, Not Borrowed Ones (Frank Laubach)

 How infinitely richer this direct, first-hand grasping of God Himself is, than the old method which I used and recommended for years, the reading of endless devotional books ... the very Bible cannot be read as a substitute for meeting God soul to soul...
When Trump, their Great Golden Hope, collapses, how will they recover?

How Can One Recover From Near or Actual Trump-Worship?

I know of, and know personally, a LOT of white professing Christians for whom the emotional and intellectual investment in Trump has been VERY great.  How will it go for them? How will it go as the great golden image begins to dramatically collapse in full...
flexible solidarity, decentralized resistance, against violence and lies

Together in Flexible Resistance. Naomi Klein Has Hope

A deeply diverse and insistently forward-looking campaign … could well prove unbeatable.A Strong Call to Insistent Courage and HopeNaomi Klein calls us to action and hope in No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We...
Inside Out - How God's love Works in and through us

Inside Out – God’s Love Can Come Out of Our Lives

LOVE I.We learn love by being loved.That is, it comes from the Outside In.That’s a very big deal. We learn, many of us, from parents and others when we are very young – what it’s like to have other, important, “big” people care about us and pay attention...
Thanksgiving - short quotes with links to 4 articles

Thanksgiving is Important! – 4 Links with Short Quotes.

link 1: Thanksgiving - Think Sometimes we do not enjoy truly good aspects of life because we do not practice "thinks-giving" toward them. Sometimes we even lose very precious things because we have not taken time to discover how precious they are.... link 2: 3 Short...
Just say "abortion" and you can forget about loving your neighbor.

The Love Off-Switch – Say “Abortion” and You Don’t Have to Love Your Neighbors!

“ABORTION!”  Some people do abortions!That settles it. I literally can ignore my neighbor whom, as it says in 1 John, I “CAN see” – because some people offend against unborn children.  Maybe you didn’t realize that anyone sinning anywhere – if it’s a sin...
flexible solidarity, decentralized resistance, against violence and lies

Together – Flexible Solidarity, Decentralized Resistance (#1) (Chris Moore-Backman)

What If Trump Is Still President?  (He is.)Combative by nature, happier in a fight, the president may now have to choose between escalating the pitched conflict that has torn Washington apart in recent years and attempting the sort of...
Thanksgiving is a good spiritual practice! 3 Exercises

Thanksgiving is a Very Good Spiritual Exercise. 3 Ways to Practice!

We can work on being thankful two or three ways.First: The English word “thank”“Thank” developed itself out of the older word “think.” So as we think about thanks this week, let’s be sure we really do - think. How do you do it? Talking about it is not...
Are the Rich or the Poor More Moral?

Who’s More Moral, the Rich or the Poor? What Traits Go With Each Group? (John Ruskin)

That's not an easy question.The Bible criticizes the wealthy, sometimes individually, sometimes for specific behaviors, sometimes even as a group. But it also has harsh words for some of the poor. It sometimes speaks well of wealthy persons; and even...
Political Worship Music from Mary and Zechariah via Luke

Political Worship Songs? Mary and Zechariah’s Songs (in Luke 1) are Blatantly Political.

The “songs” of Mary and Zechariah,  just before Jesus’ birth, are both blatantly political. Mary: He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones...
Let Nothing Upset You, Let Nothing Frighten You - Teresa of Avila

Do Not Be Upset. Do Not Be Afraid. Even If Everything is Changing. (Teresa of Avila)

"The Bookmark of Teresa of Jesus"Do not be upset.Do not be afraid.Everything is changing.God alone is changeless.Patience attains the goal.Who has God has everything.God alone meets all our needs.It Deals with Three C's -Calm, Context, ConqueringLines 1-2:...

Main Issues – Key Articles Here

Politics, Economics

Extremism

Spirituality

Jesus, Prophets

Jesus and Racism – Samaritan Lives Matter – Black Lives Matter

Jesus and Racism – Samaritan Lives Matter – Black Lives Matter

Samaritans in Jesus' day were both religiously and racially despised. The phrase "Samaritan lives matter" would have been very offensive to the Jewish culture in which Jesus was raised and in which he was a teacher and doer of good. But to Jesus, clearly Samaritan...

Turn the Other Cheek MEANS Resist Them Non-Violently

Turn the Other Cheek MEANS Resist Them Non-Violently

I. THE PROBLEM: Jesus says to turn the other cheek. [See a summary of this post.] Is it ever appropriate for Christians to resist authority? Many of us feel there is much in the behavior of our national leaders that cries out for criticism and resistance. Are...

100 Quotes

100 Quotes

  Nerd alert! This is a list that used to be behind the quote widget on the upper right of the page. They are from various places, maybe half from my personal reading (books). I'm not documenting sources because I don't have time or did not record them. There's...

German Christians Sold Out to Power and Glory

German Christians Sold Out to Power and Glory

[A Review of Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, by Charles Marsh, 2014] This book is not written to coddle nor to discomfort whatever our self-image is as American Christians today; Marsh is trying to show reality. To me, two eras of Bonhoeffer's life seem...

On War – and Its Effects on Humans

Quotes from the e-newsletter I get from Information Clearing House. ... the United States, for generations, has sustained two parallel but opposed states of mind about military atrocities and human rights: one of U.S. benevolence, generally held by the public, and the...

"THIS IS HOW they made the pleasant land desolate."

"THIS IS HOW they made the pleasant land desolate."

The Bible fairly often makes a direct connection between the desolation of a land (and its people - and, obviously, its economic life) and moral corruption in the people's prior social, legal, and economic patterns. Here's an example from Zechariah 7. The residents...

Why Many Christians Do Not Vote Republican

Why Many Christians Do Not Vote Republican

This was written about 12 years ago (as of today, in February 2017). Wow. And the problems remain, and have grown; which means these things still need thinking and talking about. References and Bible quotations...

Family Values, Christian Morality – Defended by Hitler

Family Values, Christian Morality – Defended by Hitler

  Current prominent figures, speaking words the "Christian Right" wants to hear, are not the first national leaders to use Christian morality as a rallying cry. These words are from 1933: "The National Government will preserve and defend those basic principles on...

You MUST Obey? No. You Are Not a Dog.  Romans 13.

You MUST Obey? No. You Are Not a Dog. Romans 13.

Top US Government Officials Say the Bible Requires Us to Obey Them. NOT. Here is the audio of my recent sermon on that.  Below are quotes from Romans 13, a passage the Attorney General referenced, and a couple outlines of key points. Romans 13:1-3 Let...

Are YOU On This List Yet? We are All In Increasing Danger.

Are YOU On This List Yet? We are All In Increasing Danger.

TARGETED! One way or another, THESE people, mostly fellow American citizens - all fellow humans and all loved by God - THESE people are living in increased fear now compared to a year ago. "Making America Afraid Again" This is not a careful list; it's just...

Christians & Churches Should Not Enforce the Bible on Us.

Christians & Churches Should Not Enforce the Bible on Us.

  Here's another example of the misunderstanding and misuse of Scripture by the 'religious right'.  This was quoted to me to show that no Christian could ever vote for Democrats. "Don't you realize that if even one person is allowed to go on sinning, soon all...

The Civilized Are Responsible

The Civilized Are Responsible

Originally published in 1976. My how times have not changed. The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their slaughter and enslavement; rain down bombs on defenseless...

7 Signs of a Healthy, Christ-Following Christian Faith

7 Signs of a Healthy, Christ-Following Christian Faith

  Unhealthy, dangerous forms of “Christianity” seem epidemic today. Are there healthy forms? Here, I believe, is a good example, from the church I attend. A summary of priority concerns of a Christ-following, healthy faith. 1. We strongly emphasize...

Jesus Pushes Us to Judge Our OWN Lives – Not Other People’s

Jesus Pushes Us to Judge Our OWN Lives – Not Other People’s

  Jesus was a highly respected teacher of morality and of the spiritual life. So, logically enough, a man asked him to take a stand on a moral issue between the man and his brother (Luke 12:13-15) - Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to...

Is Trump a Christian?  What Does It MEAN to Believe in Christ?

Is Trump a Christian? What Does It MEAN to Believe in Christ?

There was some excitement among certain Republican Christians when Dobson said Trump had become a "baby" Christian and should be cut some slack on that basis. Two problems with that: A novice at practicing the Christian faith is not someone we should automatically...

Two Types of Religion – Authority vs Love

Two Types of Religion – Authority vs Love

Seems to me there are obviously two primary modes for religious practice in this world. That amazement is the opposite of complacency and self-satisfaction. And that gentleness is very different from constant critique and...

The Quiet Places in Our Lives Make Our Public Activity Safer

The Quiet Places in Our Lives Make Our Public Activity Safer

 Contemplation and Public ActionThe public good is most in danger when the voluntary visits to contemplation are neglected in favor of immediate communitarian action.We don't have to go off and become full-time contemplatives. But times of stepping aside from the...

Advent: Christ Has Come.  So, What Do We Have TO DO?

Advent: Christ Has Come. So, What Do We Have TO DO?

  CHRIST HAS COME. SO WHAT DO WE HAVE TO DO? 1. STAND ALONE “Peter … asked, ‘Lord, what about him?’ Jesus answered, ‘… what is that to you? You must follow me.’” John 21:21,22 If Christ is really present to us in this world, we have to personally...

The Moral Priorities of Jesus – What Did Jesus Teach?

The Moral Priorities of Jesus – What Did Jesus Teach?

He said, "Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord' but do not do what I say?" Maybe he meant it. This short book (40 pages) is available as a free pdf, or as a paperback at LULU.com (see the links below). It treats the following issues.  Here, each chapter title is followed by...

Are Economic Matters a Moral Issue? Isaiah Thinks So.

Are Economic Matters a Moral Issue? Isaiah Thinks So.

  In spite of Isaiah, and other Bible sources, we’ve all heard this - something like: I. It is NOT the government’s place to interfere in economic matters - tell people how they should spend their money or how they should treat their employees. That warps...

Why I Pay Priority Attention to Jesus Christ

Why I Pay Priority Attention to Jesus Christ

WHY? Why should we focus any more on Jesus Christ than on Abraham or Moses or Isaiah? Or on the laws in the Bible, or prophecy, or the end of the world? Is focus on Jesus more needed than pointing out sins – especially other people’s sins? Is Christ actually more...

Share
Tweet
+1
Share
Email