Race, riots, and God.

There are only two categories possessing eternal consequence to which people may be consigned.  They are not at all concerned with any external characteristics of man.  No skin pigment, gender, nationality, nor any other aspect of humanity has eternal consequence except for this; either a man is in the first Adam, or he is in the second Adam.  In the first, he is dead.  Unless by the grace of God, he is numbered with the elect, he shall suffer the eternal dying of death.  For those who are numbered among the elect, and come to be in the second Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ, who is life, and light, and sustains all life, these shall enjoy eternal living of life, and this with Him. (Genesis 1, 1 Corinthians 15 & 2 Corinthians 5)

The world is sick, blind, deaf, dumb, without reason, insane, and perverse.  Worse than that, it is death, and dead.  The world is suffering God’s judgment by being given over to even more sin against Him compounding their suffering which is justly warranted.  This world system hates what it lacks.  Darkness rarely battles darkness when there are children of the life, and light present to kill, and extinguish.  For no other reason, then that they are of their father, satan.  He is the accuser who kills, and slanders.  His children do likewise, and wax in their depravity, while causing human suffering to their delight, and to the delight of their father. (Romans 1)

This is not to demonize them, it is simply to point out that they are puppets dancing for their master who hates God, his Creator.  The war that is waging in the unseen realm is being manifested in our natural world.  We are affected.  Both categories are completely engaged in this battle even if it seems that most are simply bystanders.  All are complicit.  Some are justified by the sovereign Lord, and are employed by Him as ordained means to His end.  He will accomplish all He has determined.  Our God is not one who attempts, and fails.  He is the omnipotent Lord!  He is great, and mighty! (Ephesians 6)

As agents of our Lord, we are the militant bride of Christ.  To His bride He has given one powerful offensive weapon with which to take up and be armed, it is the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God.  Contemplate the power in the word for a moment.  It is the sword of the spirit!  It is the word of God!  Yes, put on the armor, the full armor of God, but do not neglect the sword, for an ungodly deference to pacificity regarding the combat we are thus engaged.  For a soldier of God’s is armed to the hilt with all the power to mortify the enemy, and his agents, that he should ever need when he has taken up and read.  Do not delay.  Tolle lege!  The enemy may rail, and riot, but he has no eternal victory.  He, and his minions may have temporal victories over some of the saints, we may fall in battle, but we know who owns the true victory!  In Christ we are victors with Him!

All the authoritative judgments of God we could ever need are recorded within His word.  We can know what He has deemed good, and evil.  We can see evil, and combat it.  We can see good, and reward it.  One of the only roles of government in the Bible is to provide law and order.  It is to reward the righteous, and punish the evil doer.  It is true, we are to obey the laws of our government.  We are to obey in as much as we can without violating the laws of God.  If that government compels by order, rule, or decree that we disobey the Sovereign Lord God, our Master, and Savior, then, only then, must we disobey.   Today we see our country torn asunder by agents of the enemy running riot, and rampant in the streets.  Destroying, injuring, robbing, raping, and murdering like wild unreasoning beasts.  Governments, and law enforcement agencies are crippled, hamstrung by the agents of satan within their ranks, and without.  Those who would do their duty, are decried as racists, and murders, by the very people who are guilty. (Romans 1 & 13)

How do we engage this beast?  With the very sword of the spirit, the word of God!  This weapon not only has the power to finally kill the sinner, to see him crucified with our dear Savior, but also it contains the gospel, which is the power of God unto salvation, new life in Christ!  For the gospel is the power of God unto salvation!  We may slay our enemies, and make of them brothers by the power, and word of God!  Preach to them to be crucified with Him who knew no sin yet became sin on our behalf!  Preach to them the justifying work of Christ Jesus!  Preach to them that if they repent of their sins, and trust Him alone, that they may have eternal life!

The Christian, White Nationalism, and America in 2019.

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If you live in the U.S. no doubt you have heard something about the scary bogeyman nebulously known as, “White Nationalism.” As a Christian, who is ethnically diverse, but appears white, I am just now hearing about this scary bogeyman. The left is even calling, “people of color” white nationalists. This really got me wondering. So, I decided to do some digging.

Depending on whose definition you want to accept, the term, “white nationalist” generally means one of two things. It can be a racist ideology that indicates a right of white people to live in their own country, and govern themselves, without any people of color. The other version is about the same but is worded a bit more to sound like they are separatists instead of supremacists.

What is also interesting is that there is the same ideology for people who would call themselves black. It is called, “Black Nationalism” of course. They define their ideology the same way only black instead of white.

Now, as a Christian first, these things are repulsive to me. As a thinking man, they are repugnant lies, told by evil people seeking to manipulate others with fear. The notion that any sinner is inherently better than another sinner solely based on the color of their skin, or ethnicity is a lie straight from the devil to incite hatred among men.

After reading several articles from leftist web sites, I’ve concluded that everyone who is a conservative and patriotic is deemed a white nationalist. This is also true of people of color. They are being called white nationalists, and white supremacists! This is either insanity on the part of the leftists, or a divisive lie used as a bogeyman to scare people into submission.

The leftists have presupposed that everyone who is Christian, conservative, patriotic, and traditional is a white supremacist and a white nationalist. Their evidence is your opposition to them, and their leftist agendas. Anyone who stands in their way is instantly vilified.

Since they are using these labels so broadly, people can see through their crazy lies. When you try to make Candace Owens, a black woman, appear to be like Hitler, and make her out to be a white supremacist, you will cause thinking people to see that you are either insane, or a liar.

We aren’t even free of their insanity in the Church. The, “Woke Movement” questions if white people can even really be Christians. They insist that we owe our brothers and sister in Christ, who happen to be people of color, an apology, and that we need to repent of being white.

Like I said, I look white. I have a white last name. My ancestry is from mostly Eastern, and Western Europe. Some of my ancestry is from Turkey, Iran, Israel, and Nigeria according to my DNA test. I’m guessing that would be true of many of you. There is no pure white race. There is not a homogenous, “white people.” This is also true of all the other perceived colors of people. My whiteness, your blackness, brownness, and all the other shades in between are all pointless. This is true whether you are in Christ or not, but for the Christian there is no excuse to be racially/ethnically divisive. The Bible is clear on this.

Galatians three is about how one is justified to God. There were some who were making it a matter of following the Law, and Paul was clearing this up. In the process he wanted the people of the circumcision, and the gentiles to put these notions of works out of their minds, and be unified in their acceptance of justification by faith in Christ. In verse 28 of Chapter 3 Paul says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Christians have no excuse to be at odds due to skin color. The world might be falling for this nonsense, but we have no business following the world.

If you have been finding yourself falling into the temptation to think that you are better than someone due to your skin color, or that it is acceptable to hate someone because of theirs, or even if you have been hating yourself because of your whiteness, you need to repent, and trust Jesus.

If you remove microaggressions and triggers from the Bible?

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Let’s examine what the our favorite Bible verses would look like if we removed microaggressions and triggers from them.

[Matthew 23:27 NASB]
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.

Now let’s see what it would look like without microaggressions and triggers.

[Matthew 23:27 NASB]
“to you, scribes and Pharisees,  For you are like washed  which on the beautiful, but inside they are full of bones and all.

[Acts 2:38 NASB]
Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Now let’s see what it would look like without microaggressions and triggers.

[Acts 2:38 NASB]
Peter said to them, “, and each of you be baptized in the name of for the forgiveness of your ; and you will receive the gift of the Spirit.

[Mark 15:24 NASB]
And they *crucified Him, and *divided up His garments among themselves, casting lots for them to decide what each man should take.

Now let’s see what it would look like without microaggressions and triggers.

[Mark 15:24 NASB]
And they , and divided up garments among themselves, casting lots for them to decide what each should take.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NASB [9] Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, [10] nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. [11] Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

Now let’s see what it would look like without microaggressions and triggers.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NASB [9] Or do you know that the will inherit the kingdom of ? Do be deceived; neither nor , nor , nor , nor , [10] nor thieves, nor the , nor , nor , nor , will inherit the kingdom of . [11] Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the and in the of our .

Acts 7:55-60 NASB But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; [56] and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” [57] But they cried out with a loud voice, and covered their ears and rushed at him with one impulse. [58] When they had driven him out of the city, they began stoning him; and the witnesses laid aside their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul. [59] They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” [60] Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” Having said this, he fell asleep.

Now let’s see what it would look like without microaggressions and triggers.

Acts 7:55-60 NASB But being full of the  Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of , and  standing at the right hand of ; [56] and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the  of standing at the right hand of .” [57] But they cried out with a loud voice, and covered their ears and rushed at him with one impulse. [58] When they had him out of the city, they began him; and the witnesses laid aside their robes at the feet of a young named Saul. [59] They went on Stephen as called on the and said, “, receive my spirit!” [60] Then falling on knees,  out with a voice, “, do not hold this against them!” Having said this, fell asleep.

Are we getting the picture yet?  When you start acting as the thought police, making up rules for society that are totalitarian, rules that have as their authority the fallen sin nature of man, rules that require complete adherence, so much so that you must be silent, then you remove God, His will, sin, human sinfulness, the atoning work of Christ, and the gospel from the God’s word itself.  We must never consider fallen human desires to be accepted over and above what God has declared and decreed in His Holy Word!

It is not a God given right to go through life and never experience trauma or shame.  Nobody should demand or expect this.  Because we live in a fallen sinful world, there will be sin.  You will have to deal with it.  You must deal with it.  Making laws against everything that is potentially offensive to someone is ridiculously ludicrous.  We need to hear that we are sinners.  We need to understand how transcendently holy, good, righteous, and authoritative God is.   We need to contrast our lowly, sinful, unrighteousness, and sinfulness, to God.  We need to be offended and traumatized.  This is how God’s Spirit brings us to new life, repentance, and faith.  Remove microaggressions and triggers from society, and you get a silent, malignant, homogeneous, sinful, tumor.  The truth is offensive to those who reside in a lie of self-deceptive idolatry.  Don’t have the golden calf of microaggressions and triggers.  Don’t enthrone yourself as the god of your life.  Repent and believe, on and in, the finished work of the resurrected, Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior.