Christian Role In The World

Christian Role In The World

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister. For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God  and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. 1 John 3 NIV

If a person claims to be a Christian and yet does not have the love of God residing within them, they lie.

If a person claims to be a Christian and yet does not have compassion for the poor and the needy, they lie.

If a person claims to be a Christian and yet their actions don’t line up with their words, they lie.

If a person claims to be a Christian and yet the truth does not abide within them, they lie.

If a person claims to be a Christian and yet cannot see beyond their own agenda, looking past those in need and they can help, they lie.

If a person claims to be a Christian and yet cannot love all others–no matter what their skin color or religious faith or ethnicity for any reason, they lie.

Our role as Christians is to love-unconditionally just as God loves us–unconditionally in spite of all our flaws.

When the love of God resides deeply within, we cannot hate others or live in sin, but with everything in us–His love overflowing, we love others to Christ by what they see us do, not by what we say.

There is a  lesson within this short message that will benefit all–if hearts are receptive to hearing God speak, then they’ll know we are to take care of the vulnerable and weak.

This is God’s truth–loving Him and loving others–always ready to defend the rights of the poor and needy, always ready to give as unto The Lord. And this is living as a follower of Christ–just as Jesus would have us do. 

Speak Lord, for Your servants–all who love hear and will obey. Those who are not Yours will continue on their way–will not hear and receive their just reward for ignoring You.

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Consider

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Why, LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises.He boasts about the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD. In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. His ways are always prosperous; your laws are rejected by him; he sneers at all his enemies.He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.” He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.” His mouth is full of lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue. He lies in wait near the villages; from ambush he murders the innocent. His eyes watch in secret for his victims; like a lion in cover he lies in wait. He lies in wait to catch the helpless; he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.His victims are crushed, they collapse; they fall under his strength. He says to himself, “God will never notice; he covers his face and never sees.Arise, LORD! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless.” Why does the wicked man revile God? Why does he say to himself, “He won’t call me to account”? But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. Break the arm of the wicked man; call the evildoer to account for his wickedness that would not otherwise be found out.The LORD is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from his land.You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror. Psalm 10 NIV

How long, Lord, how long?

I wonder how many people are asking that question right now. Many are wondering how much longer we must wait to see the lunacy in the White House end.

But it’s not just the White House–it’s the lawmakers who are only considering what is best for the rich–that 2% of the population in the United States. The rest of us–the 98% receive no consideration by them and never have.

How do we know? We have but to look at what’s going on around us–the changes in the EPA agency–established to protect consumers against corporate greed as they pollute the air and waters in order to make themselves more money. We have but to look at the cabinet choices of 45–all wealthy and unconcerned about those who fall into the 98% of the population. The real issue here is–the 98% have more power collectively if they don’t sit on their butts and not pay attention.

Consider–if you will–how much leverage we have if everyone of the 98% picked up a phone and called their representatives expressing their concerns about the plight of America–with healthcare, environmental protections, and jobs (which have not been addressed).

Consider–if you will–how cutting funds to Planned Parenthood will affect the lives of many impoverished women who will be denied access to healthcare, not related to abortions.

Consider–if you will–how putting a person into a qualified position as the Secretary of Education who has no qualifications to be there. Public Education will surely take a hit and how many of the 98% can afford to send their children to private schools?

Consider–if you will–the fact that coal-mining jobs and much manufacturing won’t be making a comeback simply because there is no need for them. The world is moving away from using fossil fuels and considering the fact that coal-mining companies have been given permission to poison the waters, there won’t be many people living in an environment where their water supply is toxic. Automation and robotics have taken the place of people in many manufacturing arenas and therefore, unless a person is highly skilled, there won’t be jobs.

Consider–if you will–how many people will end up not getting the healthcare they need and will end up dying because of the lack of affordable healthcare.

Consider–if you will–how the Republicans tainted the Affordable Care Act by calling it Obamacare–confusing people simply because they didn’t like President Obama.

Consider–if you will–how hatred and acrimony played a part in getting us to where we are in this country–with an idiot in the White House–clearly unfit for the job–and yet, the Christians say nothing all because they want to interfere with a woman’s right to choose what to do with their lives.

Consider–if you will–how much longer we’ll be able take the barrage of foolishness launched at us on a daily basis before we become a nation of apathy–too frustrated to do anything but wait for the fall-out and if we do that–we all lose.

Perhaps–if people had taken more time to consider all the possibilities before they voted, we would not be in the mess we’re in with North Korean attempting to influence another war because it’s leader has no respect for ours.

Perhaps–if people had not been so gullible they believed a liar–we would all be in much better shape by now and able to rest in the assurance of the Lord leading the person in the White House. By her actions and life’s commitment to helping others–she demonstrated her faith in God. By 45’s actions and life of doing nothing other than amassing wealth for himself–he demonstrates he does not know God.

Lord Jesus, only You know the end from the beginning and we thank You for looking out for the 98%–considering us worthy and making a clear path of success for each of us and we continue to serve You and not the dictates of our flesh.

Did Republicans Read This?

Did Republicans Read This?

“Do not spread false reports. Do not help a guilty person by being a malicious witness. “Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd, and do not show favoritism to a poor person in a lawsuit. “If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to return it. If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help them with it. “Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits. Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty. “Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the innocent. “Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt.Exodus 23:1-9 NIV

Considering the fact–stated previously in another blog post–everyone in this country–except the natives and the imported slaves–is an immigrant (or descendants of immigrants), why on earth do we feel we have the right to totally disregard others?

Forget about the “legal” immigrant--when the colonists first came to this country, the natives didn’t give them legal status–they took over the land and proclaimed it their own--even naming it and trying to turn the natives into them. And they’re still doing it!

But this is the group--the Republicans–who claim to be Christians (actually pseudo-christians with no relationship with God) who apparently either didn’t read what God said or didn’t understand it.

  • They spread false reports about Hillary (yes, I know she “lost” the election but let’s analyze why).
  • They blatantly lied about aspects of Hillary’s tenure in the State Department by telling half truths (which are whole lies) and taking things out of context.
  • They accused her of being responsible for the loss of life in Benghazi when she had no control over the situation after people had been warned to get out.
  • They almost cost other people their lives with the spread of the ill-advised lie promoted by Rush Limbaugh and Alex Jones about Pizzagate when a man rushed into a pizzeria with an assault weapon on a mission to save kids that were never there.
  • They accused Hillary of murdering babies at nine months when any fool should know–at nine months–a baby is delivered.
  • They spread the lie that God chose tRump to be president when God never voted and never told anyone to promote this lie.
  • They have lied about the existence of relationships with Russia and all is coming to light.
  • 45 has lied about so much that I can’t even keep it all straight any more–part of the plan in gas-lighting people–but I do know every time he opens his mouth, he lies.
  • 45 is devastating the national debt with his “budget proposal” because he doesn’t have a clue; yet he’s costing tax payers millions a day with secret service protection in New York, and all his weekend excursions to escape responsibility.
  • Why go to Mar-a-lago? He can arrange to talk to Russia without government monitoring. WE’RE NOT STUPID!
  • All of their “alternative facts” are believable by people without a functioning brain–the rest of us know better.

So, just looking at all the stupid that is unfolding every day, I cannot say that I believe any of the Republicans read the Bible, have a relationship with God, and they are certainly not Christians–not by a biblical standard.

This is why it is incumbent upon every American with a functional brain to actively resist the tyranny in the White House. This is not about being a Democrat or a Republican–it is about saving America from the throes of those who would attempt to change our democratic process into a dictatorship! Bannon, Miller, and all those with connections to the Russians and praise Putin–are responsible and most of the filth has already spread into every government agency and no one wants to take responsibility for it. CLEAN-UP ON AISLE 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NEEDED.

If we sit or stand silently by and allow this to continue–we are all at fault and God will hold each and every person accountable who did not stand for truth, and equitable justice, or defense of the poor and the needy. That’s the biblical standard we must live by–not a political party’s biases.

Truth–The Great Divide!

Truth–The Great Divide!

Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?” But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.” Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.“Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house. “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”Matthew 12:22-37 NIV

Every day, brings new challenges, new insights, new bizarre behavior–all keeping many of us, just shaking our heads.

Whenever anyone in the Republican says foolish things–they confirm what I’ve already concluded–based on the things they say and do. If “truth” is desired in the situation, then no one should fear or rail against an investigation that should reveal truth. However, it would appear with statements made by Rand Paul and some others that, “Investigating your own party is a waste of time” (They spent millions investigating Hillary with one committee after the other–but she was a Democrat). What I glean from that statement is, “Even if we discover truth, we’ll not reveal it because we’ll all be exposed.”

Now, some may argue the conclusions of my premise and that’s their right to do so. But I have said from the beginning there was something fishy–rotten fishy–in the mix with the campaign run by the Republican party. But the smoke is clearing and soon, everyone will be able to see what I see.

It is now established by the intelligence community that members of the Trump campaign were communicating with Russian operatives–a year before the election. After the primaries (or even before), a deal was made with the devil and the Republicans. “Nominate me and I can guarantee a straight ticket win.” Some didn’t believe it, but eventually he was able to convince them as to how he could make such a statement. They knew–they all knew and that’s why they don’t want an investigation into the truth of the matter. For the truth–when known–will create a great divide–one greater that what we already see in this country.

Many who were duped into believing the great orange lie, or were just to angry so see clearly through red-hot emotions--voted for a manipulative, pathological liar whose only goal in running for president was to enrich himself. I’d be willing to bet–if truth is allowed to be exposed by the investigations–they’ll he suddenly be struck with dementia and won’t remember anything. I’ve watched him during a videotaped deposition to know how this is all going to play out. It will be just like his denying on Air Force One last week that he didn’t know about Flynn lying to Pence. He lies with a straight face, cold heart, and no conscience.

At any rate, he’s already decided to “campaign for 2020” this weekend for he needs constant affirmation or ego stroking to survive the day-to-day boredom of acting like a president when we all know–Bannon is actually the president and 45 is just doing what he’s told to do (because he doesn’t have the intellect to figure things out on his own).

And oh yeah! We finally figured out–(most of those watching unfolding events) that republicans are afraid to go against 45 because then he won’t sign their asinine bills. The deal with the devil is exposing all the demons and truth will indeed cause that great divide–of loyalties when they scamper to try to save their own butts.

I wonder how those hypocritical pseudo-christians feel now–knowing they perpetuated the lie that God chose Trump to be president. Deluded people chose Trump and voted for him; that was not an act of God, but of manipulation and deception. Soon they will discover how lying on God has devastating consequences.

Here’s to–the Truth–exposed for all the world to see!

Do We Get It Yet?

Do We Get It Yet?

For this is what the high and exalted One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. I will not accuse them forever, nor will I always be angry, for then they would faint away because of me— the very people I have created.I was enraged by their sinful greed; I punished them, and hid my face in anger, yet they kept on in their willful ways. I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I will guide them and restore comfort to Israel’s mourners, creating praise on their lips. Peace, peace, to those far and near,” says the LORD. “And I will heal them.” But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud. “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.” Isaiah 57:15-21 NIV

There is not one person on earth who has never sinned, never gotten everything right the first time. This is why Jesus came–to provide us a means of being cleansed and never totally forgotten, but forgiven, as we continue to get living right–the way He intends for us to live. He will keep us sheltered in His loving arms until we return to Him–living with Him, for all eternity.

However, the wicked–shall not dwell with The Lord forever for they continue in wickedness even when their sins are exposed and their evil intent revealed for all to see. They are blinded by their own desires to be great–when all they end up doing is making fools of themselves and greatness–will never be theirs. They seek fame and become infamous; they want notoriety and become notorious; they seek glory and are seen as gory. The end of the wicked and their eternity is already fixed in the lake of fire.

Though the wicked will act as though they are the wise, their true selves are soon seen and woe to those who believed anything they said. Their self-important wisdom is seen as foolishness and those who were gaslighted with all the falsehoods about great things–will end up in the muck and mire of all they detested.

The wickedness spilling over from Republicans will end up costing many their lives and this group–proclaims to be “pro-life.” How can anyone be “pro-life when they make laws giving coal mines permission to contaminate and poison water? They are de-regulating food safety mechanisms, ripping apart the safe-guards put in place to protect the environment, the poor air quality will have us wearing masks like the Chinese and because healthcare is not important to them, people will die a slow agonizing deaths–because the pro-lifers didn’t value their lives. What irony from a party who claims to love The Lord!  It would appear they love money and corporate greed far more than they love God and certainly they have demonstrated they have no love for those they can see, struggling on a daily basis. or perhaps–they don’t want to see them.

The good will have their day and the wicked–will certainly know the consequences of their actions–sooner than they expect. God is watching–He sees, He hears, and He knows our thoughts from afar. He knows who belongs to Him and who doesn’t. I’m willing to bet (though I don’t gamble) that over 80% of those who claim to love God and are supporting a Republican agenda, are lying to themselves and they are certainly making a mockery of how God’s love is manifested towards others by those who truly have received the love of God, and know how to love. Perhaps, they need to read the Gospel of John and all of his letters–again, and again, and again, until the love of God is revealed to them and in them.

Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining. Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them. I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, dear children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one. Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. I John 2:3-18 NIV

There is so much more in The Word and in John’s letters that reveal who we are by what we do, rather than what we say. God’s love towards us is unconditional and so should our love be for others.

Truth That Sets Free!

Truth That Sets Free!

So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” Even as he spoke, many believed in him. To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:28-32 NIV

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? Galatians 4:16 NIV

My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins. James 5:19,20 NIV

There is truly something to be said about liberating truth. It sets us free–totally unencumbered from fear of being discovered in falsehoods–or as some are calling lies–alternative facts.

A Lie is A Lie

A Prevarication is a lie

A Falsehood is a lie

A Half-truth is a Whole lie

A White Lie Is an Ugly lie

An Alternative Fact is a lie

By any name you choose,

A Lie is A Lie!

Liars do, what prevaricators do—LIE!

There is no escaping the fact that those sitting in the White House at this moment–are liars all and there is no truth in them.

If they lie about the little things that mean nothing, what will say about the things that matter? They will do what they have practiced doing–lie and then try to spin the lie by lying more.

When we see the lies and recognize the liars for what they are–why should we even pretend there is anything honorable about them?

A lack of integrity–being truthful about all matters–leads to doubt and disdain of those promoting lies and when those promoting lies are advising others in leadership–in this case–the illegitimate president of the United States–who has already established himself as a pathological liar–what is the rest of America supposed to do?

We do what we’re instructed to do in The Word–we tell the truthcalling out the lies and the liars–no matter who they are and we publicize the truth–by any means necessary--so eventually–the scales will fall from their blinded eyes and they will see–truth as it is before them.

We have seen from the campaign cycle that we cannot count on the media to call out the liars when they’re being interviewed–though some are taking a different stance now–we still have to call out the liars–utilizing social media–and pushing the broadcast and print media to do the same.

What we have seen in the past few days is a concerted effort by those in the White House to distort truth because they know they are in the White House–due to the lies and rigged election. Trump is angry because he feels people are trying to delegitimze his presidency when in fact–he is not the legitimate president and he knows it–which is why he is so combative when confronted with the truth.

We have heard the phrase–“he won fair and square” which is a lie by itself. How is a win obtained by promoting false propaganda, lies and interference by Russian hackers a “fair and square” win? It would have been fair and square if Hillary had used the same tactics, but since she didn’t–who’s the corrupt one now? Trump and team of co-conspirators–including Putin. And if the Republicans are found guilty of collusion, they should all be set free from their collective positions in Congress!

There is something seriously wrong in our nation’s capitol–when the toddler-in-chief leads the nation, thinks himself above the laws and policies that have long established for the security of the country and to avoid the appearance of evil–refuses to abide by said policies and no one is checking him! The role of Congress is to maintain a balance of power–and unless Congress steps up and does their job–we now have lopsided government–and no truth shall ever be told by any of them because of their short-sightedness.

However, there is something we–the average American voters can do–we can re-call every elected official that refuses to do their jobmaking decisions that are best for all and keeping the toddler-in-chief in check. If they’re not willing to do their job, they don’t need to hold the position–pure and simple truth. And when they’re recalled, the people will be set free–to elect those who might employ more integrity and honor than those we see at the moment.

So gear up America–it’s time for us to take charge of our fate–by RECALLING EVERY ELECTED OFFICIAL WHO IS NOT DOING THEIR JOB! They are elected to govern according to the needs of the people, not their greed of power and status. IT IS OUR RIGHT AND RESPONSIBILITY TO HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE AND WE SHALL!

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Knowing The Signs!

Knowing The Signs!

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.  Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.  At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:3-14 NIV

Rumors that spread faster than a forest fire unchecked tend to cause more damage than the actual event. What’s a rumor? A story or statement circulated without any confirmation of truth or facts. And in this age of technological advances, we see rumors spread faster than the speed of light or rather at the speed of a person’s typing ability.

The problem with a rumor is that “the noise generated by the unsubstantiated story” causes irreparable harm to many in most cases. By the time truth is revealed about the rumor, people have already accepted the rumor as truth and are reluctant to rethink what they’ve heard–even the evidence is right in front of them.

We see this happen over and over again in the daily influx of opinions based on rumors and falsehoods made to appear as though they are truth.

Examples of rumors appearing to be true include all the uproar about a book written by a person with a grudge, Peter Schweizer, the author of Clinton Cash. It would appear that most of what the author alluded to in his book was based upon false information, but the innuendo led to a federal probe of the Clinton Foundation in which they have found nothing to substantiate the claims in the book. Of course, upon discovering the author’s connections to a network that includes backers of Trump, and other disgruntled Republicans, one can understand the motive behind the book.

Other rumors that appear to be designed to impact the current election include, “an indictment against Hillary Clinton based upon information found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop” that has since been debunked. If the FBI has not had an opportunity to review the information they found, how could a determination made about the material? And then, we recently discover that the announcement made about the continuing investigation was known days before by the Trump campaign and Rudy Giuliani admits to having access to what was being done before it was announced.

There are two things we should understand about Giuliani’s hatred of Hillary Clinton–he hates her because she won a seat to the Senate against him and that he is–Comey’s–the FBI Director’s former boss. I guess some ties are never broken even when they could cost a person their current position.

And then there are the so-called videos created and distributed by James O’Keefe (filmmaker) with the Veritas Project–a project that was given $10,000 by the Trump Foundation in May (according to public financial information disclosed). These supposed videos indicate conspiracy by the Clinton campaign to disrupt and create violence at the Trump rallies. Apparently, a payment was made to two people claiming to work for the Clinton campaign (who are no longer part of the campaign) and thus we have a rumor started that Hillary Clinton paid people to disrupt Trump Rallies. If we take the time to look at all the facts, critically analyze what is known and know how to draw rational conclusions,  it is easy to dispel some rumors, but unfortunately, many people would rather believe fiction over facts.

Now the noise we hear–without a foundation of truth to support such a plan is--the Republican leaders plan to “impeach” Clinton should she win the election and The Chairman of the Oversight Committee is guaranteeing that her presidency will accomplish nothing since he plans to keep her tied up with investigations for the first two years. Somehow, I guess I mistakenly thought the role of elected officials was to take care of business for all citizens in the United States, not incite animosity because of grudges. It would appear that the elected officials in Washington are nothing more than vengeful old men.

And yet–these same Republicans are supposed to be the party of “family values” and “beacons of Christianity.” Amazing how their actions do not align with the words they speak–apparently falsely. But then again, we are told in The Word, from the abundance of the heart (whatever is in there), the mouth speaks. So I guess we know, what’s in the hearts of a majority of the Republicans holding elected positions.

Are these the signs of the time–when people’s hearts grow cold and they turn from the faith in Jesus Christ and look to “mere mortals” for salvation? If people are looking to the Republican to do anything other than obstruct and impede forward movement, their words are the sign of what we can expect. Considering the nominee’s stance and continued encouragement of chants, “Lock her up,” we have nothing to look forward to other than more hatred, bigotry, and manipulation by a megalomaniac who does not understand the democratic process.

I’m grateful to Holy Spirit who always alerts me to those things that are rumored and leads me to seek truth. I’m also grateful for having the integrity instilled in me by the love of Holy Spirit, to not perpetuate the spreading of a rumor. When they get to me and I have researched the matter, I do not accept the perpetuation and will not promote hearsay. I ask for evidence of everything from those who are attempting to spread the rumor and I know how to determine if a source is credible or not. God is just good that way.

Lord, whatever Your plan, we accept as Your Will and will keep hope alive, waiting for Your return, knowing we will spend eternity with You.