Cold As Ice

For some
who call themselves Chrisrians
it is quite
impossible to break through the
ice cube
in which their heart’s have been
encased
at the virtue of loving one’s neighbor
they look
down their long noses – turn away
from their
brother who desperately needs
their help

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That’s All It Took

Heartless and cruel hopefully
my soon
to be ex sister-in-law sold the
house out
from my brothers feet after
years of
tending to her needs helping
her through
breast cancer and chemotherpy
she choose
to dispose of my brother like an
old shoe
after he’d fallen sick needed to lug
around an
oxygen tank in order to breathe
his only crime
was to need some tender living
care that’s
all it took to make him disposible

The Letter of the Law Vs. The Spirit of the Law

The Old Covenant (made with Israel at Mount Sinai when God gave the Ten Commandments) failed because it was based on the promise of the people to obey who then never fulfilled the conditions of the Old Covenant by obeying as a nation.

Hence as Paul writes in the Book of Hebrews the New Covenant (which is the same as the Old Covenant) is based upon better promises. He then goes on to quote the passages of Scripture in the Old Testament where God promises to write His law upon the heart of those willing to enter into a covenant relationship with God.

Please read Luke 10:25 – 37 and the entire chapter in Christ’s Object Lessons written by Ellen G. White entitled: The Good Samaritan very carefully.

Matt. 22:34 – 40:

“But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law?  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Notice that the neither lawyer in Luke chapter 10 nor Jesus in Matt. chapter 22 choose to quote from the Ten Commandments.

Jesus has just quoted Deut. 6: 5; & 10: 12 (here is Deut. 30:6: “And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.”) along with Lev. 19:18cf and then He states: “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

By Jesus’ statement that all the law – which includes the Ten Commandments  which is also the Old and New Covenants – and the prophets hang upon these two commands found in Deut. 6:5 and Lev. 19:18cf makes these Two commandments the Spirit Of the Law while the Ten Commandments are the Letter of the Law.

Now the Letter of the Law can only condemn the sinner to eternal death it cannot give life thus salvation does not come through keeping the letter of the law. Which is why Paul also wrote in 2Cor. 3:6:

“Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.”

On the other hand (just as Paul also writes in the very same verse)  the Spirit does indeed give life and through a personal intimate relationship with Christ the sinner is empowered by the Holy Spirit to keep the Spirit of the Law thus fulfilling the letter of the law.

Both Paul and James write:

“For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Gal. 5:14

“If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.” James 2:8 – 13

What this means is that until the Spirit of the Law (which is unselfish and unconditional love towards God and our fellow human beings) is written upon the heart the sinner cannot keep the letter of the law. Hence anyone who focuses upon the “Letter of the Law” while ignoring the “Spirit of the Law will fail in keeping the “letter of the Law”, fall short of the Glory of God and find themselves standing with the rest of the wicked outside the New Jerusalem eternally lost.

Was Jesus a Conservative?

Contrary to the myths propagated by the propagandists of the Christian Conservative Political Movement. Dedicated to using the power of the state to enforce their own religious beliefs upon the rest of the nation; by manipulating public opinion in order to have their political candidates elected into political office.

Jesus was not a Conservative and declared that his Kingdom was not of this world:

Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. John 18:36

Once upon a time a rich man asked Jesus, “What good thing must I do to inherit eternal life?” Keep the commandments.” Jesus replied. “Which one Master?” the rich man asked so Jesus began quoting the last six of the ten commandments written on stone with the Father Above’s own finger. “I’ve kept all those from my youth up!” the rich man declared. So Jesus looked the rich man in the eye and stated matter of factly, “Go sell all that thou hast and give it to the poor, take up your cross and follow me.” When he heard that the rich man turned away from Jesus and sorrowfully walked away for he had many things. See Matt. 19: 16-22.

I always think of this story from the New Testament when I hear Christian Conservatives defend the financial hoarding practices of the 1% while watching the poorest of the 99% struggle through life. None of us from the poorest to the richest got there on our own for it was the Father Above who gave the rich their talent to make more money then they’ll ever need. Who also gave to the rich the gift of the poor among us to not only remind the successful as to how blessed they are; but, to provide a check against the temptation to fall into the sin of greed. After all the Word of God declares that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35.

Now if only conservative Christians would return to preaching Christ’s message instead of defending the amorality of the white collar criminal class. Whose greed has throughly tainted and corrupted the financial sector along with the American political system our nation, families and citizens would be much better off in the future than they are today.