Finding Safety!

Finding Safety!

“ ‘The days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah. “ ‘In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. This is the name by which it will be called: The LORD Our Righteous Savior.’ Jeremiah 33:14-16 NIV

If we look at The Word of The Lord, we know that true safety will only be found in Him. None of the rest of what people say will matter since we know we can trust the word of those in positions to keep us safe. Specifically, the WH administration apparently has no regard for the safety of Americans since Michael Flynn was put in a position–with access to sensitive information–and Russian ties for which he lied about.

I hate to sound redundant, but it would appear that everyone in this administration lies to the point of being pathological.

How many times have we seen Sean Spicer attempt to spin truth with more lies?

Isn’t this how we arrived at “alternative facts” with Kellyanne Conway?

We know the liar-in-chief lies about everything, including the lies and thinks the rest of us are either stupid or blind (we see his tweets).

I suspect that those heading the military and NSA are lying to the president to bolster his ego and polling, but their lies–may lead us into a war into which the loss of lives will be catastrophic.

I do not believe for one moment–that Mike Pence didn’t know about Michael Flynn since there are photos of them with Russians before the election. Since Mike Pence doesn’t have a Christian bone in his body, his lies about that make all Christians suspect. No one can honestly claim to be a Christian and not love all and defend the rights of the poor and needy.

The religious right in Congress–both House and Senate have apparently been lying to people to years in order to maintain a seat–a job in which taxpayers are paying them to go on recess more than they do actual work for the betterment of all Americans. Their only concern has to be pass laws that benefit the wealthy (2%) and the rest of us (98%) are on our own–as demonstrated with the passage of the latest version of tRumpcare. If we cannot expect lawmakers to care about our access to affordable healthcare, what makes us think they’ll care about our safety?

Stating the obvious–the launch of missiles on Syria were not sanctioned by Congress and neither was the dropping of a bomb on Afghanistan–though they should have been. The United States was not in imminent danger from either country, but the liar-in-chief–in effort to flex his muscles, ordered the launches. No safety from that end of Washington can be expected.

And then–on top of everything else–he demonstrates his disdain of protocol and respect for traditional proceedings–yet again, in an attempt to intimidate Sally Yates before a Senate hearing began and since the Senate would not cancel the hearing, the Republicans–of note–Kennedy, Coryn, and Cruz made fools of themselves trying to attack Ms. Yates’ credibility with off-topic questions. No, we cannot count on our safety being protected by rude, belligerent old white men who wanted to do nothing else than to humiliate a woman. They were humiliated instead when the Hamanesque effect took place.

Our only avenue for safety can be found in Jesus Christ and while we pray for sound judgment in those in leadership positions, we must remember–our hope and trust is not in them, but in Him.

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With A Little Understanding!

With A Little Understanding!

The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young— let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:1-7 NIV

When people dismiss the value of a quality education, it usually means they think they are superior to others and don’t want the competition. We see that trait in what is happening in the White House.

In spite of their “level of education,” they lack understanding and knowledge and experience to even be in the White House–from the top to the bottom.

What’s needed in order to get “a little understanding” is the following:

  • Background knowledge of the party a person claims to represent in politics.
  • Knowledge of how government works (read a good civics book or find a version of Schoolhouse Rock for those who are functionally illiterate).
  • An intense inquisitiveness to understand various cultures and their needs (visit museums, watch documentaries that illustrate the complexities of life on earth and the importance of appropriate interactions with others, spend time reading in libraries and not just “favorite” books).
  • Having a capacity for demonstrating compassion and empathy without launching missiles at those one might dislike.
  • Realizing that the world evolves and will not stand still simply because one lacks understanding of how things are done and that there is more than one perception about every issue.
  • Understanding of who Christ is and all He represents (read a bible)
  • Making sure one’s physical and mental capacities are functioning optimally.

 

People shouldn’t be “too hard” on Sean Spicer for after all, he simply doing his master’s bidding. He is simply a parroting buttwipe–repeating what he’s told to say. So, not only does he need to visit the Holocaust Museum, they all need to visit every museum on the mall and beyond to get a better understanding of people and what governing people from all walks of life–really means.

Perhaps, someone should arrange a “walking tour” for everyone in the White House so they get obtain  a little understanding of what it means to be there.

But perhaps, my thoughts are simply fantasy–just a dream that we’d actually have people in the White House who know what they’re doing and why. Did I say dream–more like a nightmare from which I hope we’ll wake up soon.

What I’ve learned from living is that there is so much that I don’t know that I can appreciate learning something new–everyday. I look for opportunity to learn something knew, never completely satisfied with what I already know.

But then, I trust in The Word of God–“Wisdom is the principle thing and with all of your getting, get understanding.” If we get beyond thinking we know all there is to know, we’d be surprised at how much there is to learn–on a daily basis.

How much better would our lives be with a little understanding about self, others, and the world around us!