Bible Solutions For Worldly Pollutions.
Or Let’s Get It Right
Dr., I have a question about politics and politicians. Why do politicians label themselves as “rightists” or “leftists”?
Analysis of this paralysis: Yes, and those who do so seem to be very proud of the label. That’s the first sin in this condition, PRIDE. It is an outgrowth of the natural sin of human kind, which is described in 1 Jn 2.15-16, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man (does), the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” KJV. This describes the condition, SELF CONSCIOUSNESS. We can trace every problem we will have in this world to our natural sin, SELF CONSCIOUSNESS. Self Consciousness can be described as the opposite of HUMILITY. True humility is “not thinking less OF oneself, rather, thinking of oneself less.” The problem can be further analyzed as an expression of the first sin, that of Satan: “who is going to be in control?” Politicians are subject to this lust.
At the risk of opening myself to an argument about my political beliefs, I must state that in the USA, the Democrat party unabashedly calls itself, politically, “the left”. Further, they in turn call the Republican party “the right”, and often, the “extreme right.” I never knew how such labeling was started. Nevertheless, that is the way it is. However, one can classify oneself biblically, as to his political leaning, and more needfully, as to his uprightness before God and men.
Biblical Analysis: Eccl 10. 1-3, “As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs WISDOM and HONOR. The heart of the WISE inclines to the RIGHT, but the heart of the FOOL to the LEFT. Even as he walks along the road, the fool lacks sense and shows everyone how stupid he is.” NIV. (Emphasis mine). So said Solomon of whom it has been said, “he was the wisest of all men.” Thus, one can classify him self, as do many politicians. You would think they would think again. What honesty they have!
One day I heard a “left” leaning lady who worked in the US capitol say, “I like what I hear the ‘left’ saying (she liked a welfare state, I believe) but the ‘rightists’ are the only ones I hear praying.”
Rx; Take this gos-pil and call me on election day: Eccl 10. 12, “Words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious, but a fool is consumed by his own lips. At the beginning his words are folly; at the end they are wicked madness—and the fool multiplies words.” That is, one can DEFILE him self by the words of his mouth, and by his actions.
Dr. Lyndel C. Barnes
THE DR. IS IN
(Does The Narrow Or the Wide Way Lead To Life?)
“Dr., are people now practicing ‘Existential Theology’? Am I seeing permissiveness and lack of moral character in America? Where will it lead?”
Definitions and insights: Pollution, or adultery, is when one adds impurities to what is otherwise a pure substance. An example is adulterated bread as the Bible discusses and defines it. The Hebrews were commanded to bake only unleavened (unadulterated) bread for observing the Passover meal. An adulterant such as yeast in the bread is an impure substance. Though hardly anyone would bake bread that does not rise and be a “loaf”, the reason God commanded that no adulterant be added must surely represent a great truth. That truth has to do with emphasizing true worship. Other gods, other partners in the marriage, other religions pollute the sacredness of a purity that makes for a pure and holy relationship. Further, the significance of adding no leavening (adulterant) to the dough is emphasized in a marriage. Adultery pollutes the sacredness of the otherwise sanctioned marriage. The union is then unclean. The marriage bed is defiled and dissolution of the marriage can surely follow, with awful circumstances and results as so many people have discovered. The same is true of a society, a culture, a nation, and The Church.
Existential Theology was defined by the man who made the term popular in the 1960’s. I was in a meeting of other ministers when he said, “I believe that every one of the Ten Commandments should begin with the word ‘sometimes’. Sometimes “thou shalt not commit adultery,” etc., etc. This man, though not teaching in their School of Divinity taught at the prestigious Emory University, Atlanta, GA, originally a Methodist school. As with most universities in America that started as Christian schools to educate the clergy specifically, it added teachers who were “eminently” qualified, but who were often irreligious or just a “little polluted in their philosophy or theology, but who would draw the ‘best students’ and would appeal to the large moneyed people who might endow the school, and help assure that the school would be accredited.”
Witness the North Carolina school whose logo is a pirate. Now, we are told that the logo will be further enhanced by making the head of the pirate a skull and crossed bones. The admitted justification for doing so, and I suspect that the justification was the same previously, is purely and simply, that money can be made from mementoes. It is seen to be good for the school and businesses. “It’s only a mascot thing.” Now you try to tell God that that is anything other than showing honor and respect to a murderer and crime and sin. Try to convince a holy God that it is all right “sometimes” to pollute a society if it will prosper from it economically.
My son was sitting in the university writing lab recently and overheard two student teaching assistants, whose field is Women’s Studies, say that 99% (sic) of the students in that field were either lesbians or bi-sexual. One of them was married. They both proceeded to unashamedly describe their ongoing exploits in detail. Such pollution of North Carolina’s society and culture can only produce more dissolution of what should be a better citizenry. How can God honor such? Further, does the Church turn its head and say that “sometimes” it might be OK? Has America done the same? I need not belabor the point about murder of the unborn, homosexual unions, laws that make that OK politically and socially, dishonoring God under the guise of the “political correctness” of some godless interpretation of the constitution saying the Church and the state must be separate, and that we must never mention the name of God, etc., etc.
The broad way of even “sometimes” polluting one’s life can be likened to going down a wide hallway with sin being practiced “sometimes”. Be warned that as you deviate from a narrow, righteous way, you will pick up speed and hit the walls much harder with more disastrous results than you bargain for.
Rx: Take these three Gos-pils seriously and call me in the morning: 1) 1 Thess 5.22, “ Abstain from all appearance of evil.” 2) Mat 6. 33, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all (other things you seek for ) will be added to you.” 3) Rom 6. 33, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life (only) through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
UNFETTERED, LYN BARNES, DMin