What about our culture?
As was mentioned, through the freedom that we have, great diversity abounds, but in the larger scene of things the real question that should be answered is, how did we get here? How did we become such a Nation of the greatest freedom of any country on earth? Well, we won't go all the way back to the 15-1600s when America was settled, that's a long, long story...We'll start off with the date-April 30, 1789. Do you know who became our President on that date? If you said George Washington, you got it right. How much do we know about George Washington? Well, we know he was the first President of these here United States of America, we know he endured many hardships through much war and turmoil, but what stood out the most about George Washington? He was a praying, God-fearing man, of all the things Washington done, that's what stood out the most about him. Here's what two noted political figures in history had to say about the man; from - Webster and Thomas Jefferson:
"The character of Washington," said Webster, "is a fixed star in the firmament of great names, shining without twinkling or obscurity, with clear, steady, beneficent light. It is associeated and blended with all our reflections on those things which are near and dear to su. If we think of the independence of our country, we think of him who was so prominent in achieving it; if we think of the Constitution which is over s, we think of him who did so much to establish it, and whose adminsistration of its powers is acknowledged to be a model for his successors. If we think of glory in the field, of wisdom in the cabinet, of the purest patriotism, if the highest integity, public and private, of morals without a stain, of religious feelings without intolerance and without extravagance, the August figure of Washington presents itself as the personation of all these ideas."
"On the whole," said Jefferson, "it may be truly said that never did nature and fortune combine more perfectly to make a great man, and to place him in the same constellation with whatever wothies have merited from man an everlastiong remembrance. His integrity was the most pure, his justice the most inflexible, I have ever known."
I take particular notice of where Webster says, "Of religious feelings without intolerance...Hmmmm, that strikes me, but not a surprise at all...You see, George Washington was a Christian man, as Christianity was the faith and life of our ForeFathers, as it was through God's Only Son Jesus Christ that we have freedom from the bondage that enslaves us as individuals in this world controlled by the "Prince of this World" and who is the "Prince of this world", you might ask? Satan. But, you see, the Prince of this world has no power over The 'King of kings' our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who came to become sin that we might be freed from sin...and this is why he shunned no one away...Jesus said in Matthew 11:28...'Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon yu and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. And, you see, these were the attributes that our ForeFathers held in such high esteem, they took our Lord's teachings and applied them in everything they done in order that the people would follow their example so that peace would fill the land. George Washington not only welcomed others to join and be a part of the Family of God, he always stressed the importance of prayer and devotion to God and attaining Salvation so that everybody could work toward the goal that will earn us the ultimate of gifts, and it's Free.. Eternal life.
Oh, if only today were like in those days, eh? Yes, indeed, we would not see the turmoil that we are seeing. You know, I hear so much these days coming from liberals about the tolerance idea and how in their definition that tolerance has shaped America to be welcoming to others of differing backgrounds....Yes, that's true, but if only people would strive to understand the origination of their freedom and what freedom means...Jesus told Thomas, yes, ol' doubting Thomas..."Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." And, you see, that's where people have not taken heed, it's kind of like in the scientific community, the scientists place their faith in what they can actually see, and they won't believe until they get the actual result they are looking for and can see happen through a physical perception of an event or discovery. Yes, all that we can learn, we must strive to learn, but what is behind it all, the Creation of it all, is not just "meta-physical" no, He is real, more real than you could imagine, just sitting there, you should be well aware that through God's power you are enabled to breathe every breath of fresh air that you breathe, ever single living soul.
Ok, I want now, to go at some length about this tolerance thing, it's taken me some time to come up with the right words to explain it...I understand it clearly, the problem is as clear as day, I just had to come up with the right words so that others, you, may understand it more fully, and I pray that God will speak to your heart as I share with you the difference and actual meaning of the two very different understandings of tolerance as we know them.
Let me first begin by saying...what exactly is there that we should tolerate and are there limits on what we should tolerate...To come to a clearer understanding of what we should tolerate, let's ask ourselves...What would Jesus tolerate? And how his answer would affect our current, modern day culture.
These are some of the things that we should ask ourselves...
Would Jesus tolerate abortion?....? Stupid question, right? Of course, without a doubt. Jesus would never condone the murder of the little children!
What about the people that commit the act of abortion, would Jesus tolerate them? The answer is...yes, He would. You see, Jesus still loves those, whom, even though they are committing an act of sin, defined by the God of creation as murder.
Homosexuality....Does Jesus tolerate homosexual people? Yes, He does. Now, this is not saying that He will always protect them, He still loves them, but He does not tolerate the act that they are committing. You see, to God, Sodomites are not Sodomites, but sinners that He loves dearly and wants them to turn from their sin so that they might be spared the anguish of eternal torment and inherit eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. And to go back to what I said about this is not saying that He will not always protect them, and you ask why? Here's how you can understand it...when someone commits a crime, and the police arrests them...if person committing the criminal act, misdemeanor/felony, whatever, says that they are sorry for the crime that they had committed and says that they will never do it again, does this mean that the police can just let them go on their word? No! Even though they are sorry and ask for forgiveness, they must still pay the price for their crime under the law. This sets a precedent for others to heed in the future, and those who've had to pay the penalty for their crime can thereby, be witnesses to the law, so that others may strive to do good and therefore, escape the consequences of the law.
Now, let's ask yourself this...Let's say for a hypothetical situation, let's say the criminal in question is allowed to go free without paying the penalty for his crime...what kind of message does this send? In this instance it would be tolerance for not only the person but for the crime also, sending the message that criminal behavior is ok.
So what can tolerance in the latter form be considered as? Tolerance in the latter form equals complacency, a government giving no thought or concern for its citizens. And so, what is the end result? A Nation out of control!
Third...Idolatry. Does God tolerate Idolaters? Yes. Does He tolerate idolatry? No! Absolutely not. God loves the idolaters as persons, but He literally abhors the act or sin of idolatry.
As I said in an earlier paragraph, it is so amazingly unbelievable that our society cannot understand this basic principle, those of us who have been grounded in the Word of God can understand it clearly...but those who want to take the easy road, such as liberals, humanists, and atheists are the very people responsible for this opinionated ideology of "tolerance" in their own terms. The humanist ideology has no basis in fact, because their point of view is convoluted from their pereception of what is and what is not; for example - I could say that "I am walking upside down", that "all humans walk upside down" .... Would I be right? Well, in my own mind, yes, I would be *chuckles*. So it is with the atheist/humanist argument that there is "no God." In their minds they feel that they have it correct, but that's as far as it goes, and no further.
We must go from the original perception of ideas, which is where true tolerance originated. God shows us clearly what He tolerates and what He does not. When Adam and Eve were in the garden and and they disobeyed God's orders, right then and there is where God showed that He will not tolerate sin. From that time forward, God set down in stone the things that He will not tolerate throughout His entire Word.
Now, let's go back to the problem and see if we can find a solution to all this.
Ok, we know the problem is sin. That's fact #1...and we know that God does not in no way, shape, or form tolerate sin. We further know that the modern day culture of America is very tolerant of the many lifestyles that are displeasing to God, lifestyles that are considered sin or abomination (same thing) to God.
When we fine tune this down to a fraction of a fraction, what do we have?
This is it, folks, the problem refined to a tiny dot the size of the head of a pen...
The people of America have become tolerant of those who have no tolerance...Did you get that? Let me say it again, in bold this time...The people of America have become tolerant of those who have no tolerance
Now you must be wondering, who are these people in America who've become tolerant of those who are intolerant?
Do you know who it is? Christians, yes, you, Christians. Now I don't know if any of you reading are Christians or not, but if so, know this, and know it well ... You have professed to know God, and you say you love Him...but here we are, America's freedom is disappearing. Your freedom, the Christian's freedom is being taken away.
Can you pray in your school? No. Why not? Because you, the professing Christians have allowed or become tolerant of the intolerant ideas that the ACLU puts forth, even going to the extremes of putting their agenda into the law of the land, mind you, as a means to rob you of that freedom. Let me tell you, people, the ACLU does not hold your rights to prayer, then who does? Our heavenly Father above. So, do you see where this is going? The ACLU screams, "No Prayer in school" and you, the professing Christians say, "Ok, no problem" thus, one of your freedoms has been taken from you, because you, the professing Christian tolerated the idea of "No prayer in school." It is you, the professing Christian who says, "Homosexual marriage is "ok"" It is you, the professing Christian who says, "Everything is fine, just so long as I have lots of money." It is you, the professing Christian who says, "Abortion is acceptable".
There you have it.
There's three things that happen to a Nation before it collapses, swallowed up in destruction...
One - Abortion - Two...Homosexuality - Three - Idoloatry.
America is presently in all three!
Is it too late to save America?
That's up to you, the professing Christian....Which will it be? Are you going to act in the manner of Jesus and say, 'No more murder of the unborn' or "Let genocide reign"?
Before I go, if your mind is made up about all these issues, and you wish to tolerate the ACLU and their deceitful evil agenda, just remember what Jesus told his disciples:
Luke 21:34-36 -
Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on your unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand begfore the Son of Man.
Some would call John the Baptist, a messenger for Jesus a "Radical" ... Well, he was definitely on fire with the truth fully on and in his heart, and he warned the people about living a life in defiance of the King of kings. His (John the Baptist's) duty, is the same duty that we as Christians have today, and that is to proclaim truth.
Friends, you don't have to open your mind, just open your heart and hear what the Spirit has to say.
This the freedom that our ForeFathers brought with them, shouldn't we want to do the same?
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