Christianity 201

November 22, 2017

Changing Values in our World

Today I want to introduce you to Jay Mankus who writes at Express Yourself 4 Him. This is a goldmine of devotional resources and new content has been faithfully posted daily since February 2012. Deciding which article to showcase here was so tough that I’m presenting two. Click the individual titles to read at source.

Don’t Go There or Else

There is a new movement emerging from members of the media, seeking to destroy naysayers, opponents and those possessing opposing worldviews.  This rush to judgment ignores the concept of innocent until proven guilty.  Instead of waiting until the facts to come out during a trial, the severity of recent accusations are more than enough to presume guilt.  Where did this mentality come from and what does the Bible say to address this issue?

He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities, Psalm 103:10.

According to David, God does not treat human beings as they deserve.  According to Psalm 103:12, God’s love is infinite, “as far as the east is from the west.”  If God is willing to show forgiveness, grace and mercy to undeserving sinners, why is the mainstream media so quick to condemn.  Have the elite been offended by conservatives in the past?  Is this recent response some sort of pay back for previous hypocritical actions?  Whatever the reason, sometimes you have to use common sense by replying, “don’t go there.”

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”  Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times, Matthew 18:21-22.

There was an unspoken belief that forgiveness should be limited in the first century.  Sensing a good opportunity to address this topic, Jesus shares the parable of the Unmerciful Servant.  Attempting to shatter any stereotypes on forgiveness, Jesus illustrates God’s mercy on those who are unable to pay back earthly debts accrued over time.  God the Father bestows grace on those who beg for mercy.  Yet, lip service is disregarded unless individuals reciprocate mercy by doing to others as you want others to do unto you.  In other words, don’t go there or else.

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins, Matthew 6:14-15.

The or else part of this equation was addressed by Jesus earlier in the book of Matthew.  At the conclusion of the portion of Scripture known as the Lord’s Prayer or Our Father, Jesus emphasizes the conditional aspect of forgiveness.  Yes, I did say conditional, based upon how you treat other people.  In next chapter, Matthew 7 builds upon this concept proclaiming, ” the measure to which you judge others will be used against you.”  Therefore, despite whatever differences you may have against others, make sure your remember to live out the Golden Rule.  Don’t seek revenge or the grace of God will turn it’s back on you.

Character Education

As societies evolve, the meaning of words change to reflect this evolution.  In the early stages of American history, character referred to personality, nature and qualities.  One of the synonyms for character is ethos, where we derive the Greek term ethics.  Ethics is the system of philosophy where individuals develop their basis for defining right and wrong.  Today, character education focuses on an initiative to foster global citizenship.

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out, Proverbs 10:9.

Based upon the United Nations global education initiative, character education is based upon three core philosophies: humanism, socialism and utilitarianism.  Utilitarianism teaches actions are right if they are useful or for the benefit of a majority.  Socialism advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.  Finally, humanism denies the presence of a Creator, seeking solely rational ways of solving human problems.  Signed by former president Obama, this curriculum is now being implemented into public education within K-12 schools across the country.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect, Romans 12:2.

When I first heard of Character Education on the Rush Limbaugh Show, I thought this sounds good, a step in the right direction.  Yet, as I began to hear and read more about this as a former teacher, I was horrified.  This attempt to erase the biblical influences within the foundation of America is unsettling.  Nonetheless, unless parents begin to challenge what their children are being taught, the true history of America will be forgotten.  May this blog awaken believers to stand up to this indoctrination by studying and teaching God’s divine intervention upon the founding fathers of this country.

2 Comments »

  1. When I want to buy groceries, I go to a grocery-store. If I want toys, I go to a toy-store.

    I find it hard to believe anyone wanting truth would go to Rush Limbaugh for it.

    Perhaps the United Nations’ global education initiative actually says that “…character education is based upon three core philosophies: humanism, socialism and utilitarianism.” I didn’t find anything like those words on their website, or the downloadable materials they offer.

    If that United Nations’ agency does make such a statement anywhere, I hope Mr. Mankus will provide us with a verifying link/documentation. Until then, the statement sounds like iit could be exactly the sort of thing Limbaugh and his political faction might falsely ascribe to a U.N. agency they hate.

    Comment by Steve — November 23, 2017 @ 12:45 pm | Reply

  2. Real journalism reports what happens in the real world. If it rains, honest journalism says so. But there are always those who claim that when media reports rain…or drought, or floods, or tornadoes…it PROVES the “liberal media” are trying to foist their evil global-warming agenda on us.

    The “movement” (read “agenda”) Mr. Mankus’ wants us to believe is evidenced by the media reporting allegations (and the news-organizations I follow have been ABSOLUTELY circumspect in calling them “allegations”) of lies, immorality, corruption, etc., seems the same kind of thing. And the unfair “rush to judgement” for which he blames the media has actually come primarily from peers of the alleged evildoers, in entertainment, sports, journalism, politics, etc.

    But I’ll agree with Mr. Mankus that forgiveness is the point of the matter, and that God’s limitless forgiveness is the benchmark. Agree too that Jesus taught our being forgiven is “conditional” on our willingness to forgive others. Agree further that Christians must be willing to forgive the lies, immorality, corruption. etc., of the public-figures Mr. Mankus talks about.

    But Mr. Mankus misses that God’s limitless forgiveness is additionally, and first, conditional on confession, and repentance. Are men forgiven by God, who refuse to admit their sin to Him and themselves ? And can WE meaningfully forgive, even when we stand ready to, men whose only “confession” is “I did nothing wrong” ?

    If Mr. Mankus wants Christians to forgive the unrepentant, He is arguing that we should uphold and whitewash evil-doers and their deeds. It’s a sub- (indeed, anti-) Christian teaching.

    I hope some of the people Mr. Mankus wants to protect from “the media” WILL confess and repent. For their own sake, since it’s the only way God has said any of us can be forgiven: and we all alike have much to repent of.

    I’m sure the media hopes for their repentance too. It would be a FANTASTIC scoop.

    Comment by Steve — November 23, 2017 @ 3:25 pm | Reply


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