Brother John, I believe our brother Unprofitable answered the question you offered, which is a very good question, regarding Christians and politics. The NT does not offer much advice or direction, in part, due to its nature and the short period in which it was authored. The OT, which is four fold profitable, gives a few examples worthy of review.
Your question reminded me of our discussion regarding protests in Hong Kong. All this leads to a question of how we might define, if possible, a "just" war.
Regarding marches, there has always been a question as to how Christians should influence and impact the political system in which we find the Lord has placed us. It is a part of the American politic to assemble and state our case. It is both a civil (vice Biblical) right. I'm not sure it's effective, but it sure does fire up the masses. Still, at some point, men need to stand up and say "No more!" And if we do that with people with a similar voice, there is some utility and perhaps even an OT precedent. And then a familiar voice will show up crying "Dominionism!"
Political speeches are just that. President Trump was elected as President, not Preacher. Joel does have a point about seeking out something edifying here on SA, but I doubt you were watching to hear some Biblical insight.
Listen, YIA, this isn't an easy time for you guys. While the promises are that the river will not overflow you when you ford nor the fire burn you when you walk through in Isaiah 43:2, it does not mean you won't get cold and wet nor hot and dry. But the Lord does not fail, never, and a single one of His own do not slip through His fingers! He will see you guys thru this in the way He knows is best, even if it does not seem so to us.
In the macro sense, as one wise poster suggested elsewhere, perhaps the Lord is doing something in China that will turn many more to Himself? Or maybe He is removing His people ahead of the Cultural Revolution 2.0? We don't know what will happen, but we can cling to the One who is sovereign over all things. Praying for you guys. Again, keep us informed.
Brother John, I hope you were able to enjoy your tea and certainly hope you are feeling better.
I think you have brought up two important questions - the definition of pride and its source as well as the spiritual state of the President of the United States.
I believe the whole question of pride has been laid on the table already. It also seems that you point in targeting that word had little to do with the person saying it or the context in which it was said. We here often pick apart each other and everything else. How often do we pick apart our own pride? It's a reasonable question, Brother, and transcends ages, oceans, and international boundaries. May the Lord forgive me and turn me from mine!
The other question is whether or not President Trump has saving faith in Christ Jesus. That topic has been hotly debated here and elsewhere. Some have claimed him to be a new or baby Christian. Others have dismissed that claim. What can be said is that we do not rightly know. His outward behavior has left something to be desired, certainly. But as Frank has often said, so long as he is pandering to the Christian vote, Frank will vote for him. I agree with our brother there!
When I was first brought to saving faith, I did not have the same fruit as I do now. It took time for
Praying for you guys, YIA. This is a hard time to remind you of Romans 8:28. No matter what happens, even if it turns out bad from our perspective at this time, the Lord's will is best. It is as if He is saying to you, "Do you trust Me?" Not saying it's easy or fun or pleasant. Hang in there, Brother. Please keep us all informed as you can.
Ultimately, we must love our enemies, even if there are times we must defend ourselves vigorously against them. What missionary groups or boards are active in that area? They with the local believers be our prayer.
That is a serious question, Brother John. South Sudan experienced a c8vil war and a war of independence but last word was that things there had not turned out so well. Sin is a nasty thing, and power ultimately corrupts.
It's a hard question. If someone were to arm these villages and establish militias for the purpose of self-defense, I would be hard pressed to argue against it.
At the same time, the Gospel needs to go forth with vigor and the Islamists committing these crimes need to be brought to justice.
Thank you for your prayers and words of encouragement. The Lord truly deserves the credit. He guided and still guides us enabling our child to come a long way. He must have worked overtime on me. The quip that the Lord "does not give us more than we can handle" isnt something that we've found to be true. We have found instead that that hasn't given us more than He can handle.
The first thing my dear wife taught me when it became apparent that our child was not typical was to grieve the loss but to look for the strenghtens and celebrate those. Parents with a child with DS have a more difficult time, but we have know a few people with DS. Life is not easy for them or their parents, but we have been blessed simply by knowing them.
Are those worse sinners there than elsewhere? Probably not. This should cause all people everywhere to repent and call on the name of the Lord. Yet most will just gnaw their tongues and blaspheme instead.
What would it take for California to attempt to leave the Union? Would Progressives run there like rats seeking shelter if California were to declare itself independent? Or should the US return California to Mexico with an apology for the war in 1848-9?
John 9 opens with statements of misunderstanding and accusation against a man blind from birth and his parents that the Lord quickly dispels. Our child isn't blind and doesn't have Down Syndrome, but we deal with struggles that our child had from before birth and has caused a non-typical development. It has never been easy, but my wife and I would not trade our child for anyone else. The Lord made everyone with a specific purpose. While these children may not grow up to be rock stars, super models, or software engineers...people the world values...they will always be people of value because of who God made them to be, even in an unredeemed state if that be the case.
Some posters here have questioned whether parents should follow through with having a child with DS. Another has challenged our child's autism. Let me tell you all this from experience - the Lord provides beyond what we can imagine to enable us to be the parents we are called to be.
I read elsewhere that Christians in Nigeria have lost trust in the government to protect them. May they not lose trust in the Lord, and may the Lord defend His people. In the midst of this ongoing tragic derailment of justice, may their testimony shine brightly and be a draw to the Lord Jesus.
What mission groups or boards are present in Nigeria?
So instead of investigating these Watergate-level crimes involving the illegal use of the National Intelligence Community, HPSCI Chairman Schiff is trying to prosecute the President. Is anyone going to do anything about these crimes committed by the BHO Administration and then those trying to unlawfully unseat Trump?
Joel, it is the nature of brothers to bicker and occasionally battle. Doesn't make it right, but it is what we all do.
It is importent to keep in mind that, someday, we'll muster by division before the Throne of the Lord...not a person missing...and we may well find ourselves next to one another for eternity. And it won't be because we won enough arguments on SA, made our tract quota, or any other thing. It has been, is, and will be all about Jesus and His redeeming love for sinners.
Agree completely, Dr. Tim. In John's own mind, though, he is trying to earn others about sin. The problem is that what he's declared to be sin hasn't been agreed to by the word of God. Our forebearers declared national days of celebration or repentance based on the OT precedent and did well by doing so both at that time & as an example for us to follow as a nation today. It is a pity that one of the Apostles didnt craft for us a church calendar as an attachment to one of his epistles, but even that would not cover civic celebrations or official days of remembrance.
I do hope John is recovering well and hopefully this latest isn't an indication he is feeling poorly.
But he's not fine, and you're not fine, Doc, and I'm not fine...apart from Christ Jesus who came into this world to save sinners like us.
It seems he has taken a tangent to ad noseum. Any time he sees the word "holiday," he heads off down that rabbit trail.
The root of this dispute is in definitions. The term "holiday" has expanded to include vacations, civic pronounced days off, and days you & I celebrate. If the man doesn't want to celebrate or mourn corporately except with his own church body to avoid injuring his conscience, then that it what he should do.