Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people.
— Isaiah 1:16:17 —
What is evil isn’t up to you or anyone else to determine. God has already declared what is evil and what it good, it’s up to you to learn which is which and then to obey Him by putting evil away from you forever.
Stop doing evil.
Learn good and do it!
Pretty self explanatory.
As you can see, some crazy lady in Kansas penned those words and a bunch of crazy followers decided to believe her and make that their viral slogan for the holiday season…but the truth is…
Don’t matter how you spell it, she’s WRONG!!!
If we adhere to the definition of what a refugee is: “a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster,” then by that definition alone Jesus was never a refugee.
Jesus was never forced to leave his home to ESCAPE persecution or war; matter of fact, Jesus volunteered to enter the war by choosing to leave his post in Heaven and became the very thing He created: a human.
He did this to be obedient to His Father in Heaven by enduring the very persecution, hate, war, strife, pain, misery, disbelief, hardship, loneliness, grief and death this world had to offer.
And just so we’re clear…Jesus faced all of that head on and overcame it!
He defeated it.
He was victorious.
So, if Jesus was never a refugee, what was He?
He was a soldier. (defined: a person who serves in an army)
A warrior. (defined: a brave or experienced soldier or fighter)
A hero. (a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities)
A servant. (a person who performs duties for others, especially a person employed in a house on domestic duties or as a personal attendant)
A leader. (the person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country)
A friend. (a person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically exclusive of sexual or family relations)
But he was never a refugee!
So, when some pathetic person tells you that Jesus was a refugee, don’t believe them. Instead, correct them. And that goes for the crazy lady from Kansas or any person who preaches it from the pulpit.
I gotta tell ya, I’m really sick and tired of listening to christian radio or watching christian television broadcasts and having 15 minute sermonettes with 15 minute smatterings of book/travel/CD/video promotions.
I remember when christian radio programs were about bible teaching and how to live your life as a dedicated follower of the LORD Jesus, not promotional mediums to sell some fluff-n-stuff that a long-winded pastor wrote while taking an extended vacation to the Holy Land with their devoted supporters.
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Now, let’s get back to more of our blog post, “Pathetic Promotionals.”
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Radio has been around for many years and with it, the introduction of marketing and promotions. However, since the introduction of television and the internet, pastors and churches are able to reach more homes in less time. This has resulted in pastors hiring marketeers who now use as much pathetic mainstream media to promote the many works of the person behind the pulpit as well as other frivolous items they deem ethical enough to show the world how ‘devoted’ a person is to the LORD Jesus.
Marketing ploys have become more elaborate and devious in recent years. This is done to entice a broader audience into buying something that is pathetically worthless in value, but since preaching is now a place of great profit for the highly educated pastor, it’s a great place to sell goods and services or to promote a creation that will never actually prove to the world how ‘godly’ a person really is.
Quite pathetically, those in the marketing business know how to manipulate the masses of cattle who tend to be really good followers. They cloak their messages around churchian phrases that are misleading to the unsuspecting.
Pathetically, the church has become a place for self-promotion, self-glorification, self-approval and self-satisfaction.
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Have we forgotten the words of the LORD Jesus? Have we become so dull in our hearing, dull in our learning, dull in our service to the God of Heaven that we don’t know when we’re being duped or misled?
As Jesus was quoted in Mark 11:17 saying: “And He began to teach and say to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a robbers’ den.”
Or when the LORD Jesus spoke these words to Isaiah the prophet: “Even those I will bring to My holy mountain And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar; For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.” – Isaiah 56:7
By marketing the books and plates and clothes and trips, the house God that was built to be a house of PRAYER has been converted by humans to be a robber’s den!
A den of thieves!!!!
Sadly, the people of this world have fallen away to serve another God that is not the God of Heaven. They serve want and gluttony, pride and arrogance, hopelessness and despair, but they do so to their own folly“…and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. (Heb. 5:11)”
How utterly disappointing that the church has become so very, very commercialized that they have resorted to pathetic promotions and turned the house of God…a house of PRAYER…into a robber’s den.
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Everything is a choice.
You have a choice to get up in the morning or stay in bed.
You have a choice to shower and get cleaned up for the day or not shower and smell funny.
You have a choice to get your kids ready for the day and send them to school or leave them in bed to fend for themselves.
You have a choice to drive, bike, bus or walk to work.
You have a choice to do the work/tasks assigned to you throughout the day or not do them.
You have a choice to go to lunch with co-workers or use that time for self-healing or running errands.
You have a choice to share stories and gossip or to stay silent.
You have a choice to go back to work and finish the day or go home and take the afternoon off.
You have a choice to drive, bike, bus or walk home from work.
You have a choice to get an education and learn more or not.
You have a choice of what and where you want to eat dinner.
You have a choice to pick up your kids from school or not.
You have a choice to feed your kids.
You have a choice of having kids or even keeping them after you’ve had them.
You have a choice of picking up that alcoholic beverage or leaving it on the table.
You have a choice of opening a pack of cigarettes, lighting up and puffing away or just walking away.
You have a choice of running that red light or stopping.
You have a choice of stopping at the green light or driving through it.
You have a choice of exercising or sitting on your couch binge watching movies and television shows.
You have a choice of reading a book or a magazine.
You have a choice of picking up a weapon and committing a violent crime or not.
You have a choice of reading your bible and learning about God or avoiding it altogether.
You have a choice of what church you want to attend or not attend at all.
You have a choice of whether or not to look at porn.
You have a choice of music you want to listen to.
You have a choice of whether or not you will accept another person’s advance or shun them.
You have a choice of who you will have sex with.
You have a choice of who you want to spend time with.
You have a choice of whether or not you will tell a lie.
You have a choice of doing drugs or not.
You have a choice of what you want to worship and where you want to work or play.
You have a choice of what car you want to buy.
You have a choice of what color you want the car to be.
You have a choice of furniture and home decor.
You have a choice because everything is a choice.
Every choice has an outcome that may result in a reward or a consequence. That which is good leads to a reward, that which is evil leads to a consequence.
No one on this planet forced you to make the decisions you made, nor did anyone on this planet force you to be who you are.
Unless you were born with a deformity, YOU made choices over the years which resulted in you being who you are today, so deal with it and live with the consequences of your pathetic stupidity. . . unless you made good choices. . . in that case . . . bask in the rewards.
The meaning of a word can and will be taken out of context unless the reader knows exactly how the word is used and defined. For example, take the words ‘As’ and ‘And’.
There are many people who read those words and assume that their meaning is similar, but those people would be pathetically incorrect.
Let’s look at the how the words ‘As’ and ‘And’ are defined in their simplest of forms:
‘As‘: 1) to the same degree or amount; 2) used to introduce an example.
‘And‘: 1) used to join words or groups of words. 2) used to described an action that is repeated or that occurs for a long time.
Notice that the definitions of the words ‘As’ and ‘And’ are not the same.
‘And’ is used mainly as a conjunction to bring together words or groups. ‘As’ can be used as a conjunction or a preposition, but it’s primary use in the English language is that of an adverb and is used to compare or introduce an example.
The word ‘And’ is not able to do this because that would change the meaning of a sentence. Here’s an example… “Sally is not the same and her brother.”
See what I mean? If you replace the word ‘As’ with ‘And’ in that sentence, it throws the sentence structure off completely because ‘And’, in its simplest of forms, isn’t used to compare something with another thing.
Now, let’s change it up a bit and replace ‘And’ with ‘As’. “The boys as their mother are going to the mall.”
Makes the whole sentence sound pretty pathetic, doesn’t it? If not, then you’re just weirdly pathetic and under-educated.
So, knowing how a word is defined and used in a specific language, a reader can develop a better understanding of what the writer is trying to convey. Hence, the command: “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”
Since we know that ‘As’ is defined as a word used to compare and refer to the extent or degree of something, we can then see that the meaning of the command is really: “Love your neighbor in comparison to or to the degree of which you love yourself.”
If God had said, “Love your neighbor AND love yourself,” that would have changed the meaning of the command entirely.
Please don’t misunderstand, the commandment is not commanding you to love yourselves. It’s commanding you to love your neighbor to the same degree in which you already love yourself. Therefore, if you love yourself a very little bit, then love your neighbor a very little bit. If you love yourself a lot, then love your neighbor a lot.
No matter the degree of love you have for yourself, the command is: love your neighbor with the same amount of love!
You see, the command isn’t about loving yourself because you and I already do that, though, not to the same degree.
Your love of yourself might be a lot more than my love for myself, or your love for yourself might be a lot less than say your neighbor’s love for themselves.
However, if you and I and your neighbor don’t love ourselves at all, then any attempt at loving a neighbor is just a pathetic waste of time and we all might want to get some much needed therapy.
Nonetheless, we all have a love for ourselves and it’s proven by how we fulfill needs and desires. Those needs and desires can be things such as food, water, clothing and shelter. Consequently, if you’re willing to provide your body with those needs, then do the same for your neighbor.
In conclusion, now that we know how the command is meant to be interpreted, we have a better understanding of what Jesus was talking about when He said: “…by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.” AND “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”
It’s pathetic when ‘As’ and ‘And’ are mistaken to have the same meaning.