Wednesday, October 25, 2017

I Feel Sorry For Those Who Attempt To Carry Out The Great Commission

 One must feel for those who go to church and try to carry out the Great Commission as Christ commanded His disciples shortly before He ascended, because it’s very disgusting to see the lack of compassion which many in His flock exhibit.
         
Today, for example, I had a conversation with someone who is a religious fundamentalist at the gym.  Now, let it be known that my physical trainer and I also discuss the hypocrisy of the Church about its view toward the poor and the political candidates it supports.

The first thing I asked this man is how much Christ charged for a healing and if He ever asked for an insurance card, to which his response was the lack of morality that many politicians have while in office. 

 I don’t know why I didn’t bring up Republican, David Vitter, Republican Newt Gingrich, and Republican Mark Foley-I should have.  I might have had the conversation not ended, but he walked away-which is what usually happens when someone tries to match wits with me.
      
  This man was really annoyed when I brought up the fact that my grandfather would never have been able to retire had it not been for Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
      
 Conversely, my physical trainer and I discuss this all the time, and he seems to hold similar positions with regard to the moral hypocrisy of the conservative movement and its lack of compassion.  He suspects that Donald Trump might be the Antichrist.  However, I support that Trump lacks the intellect and the support need to be that false messiah.  The one where we do agree is 2 Peter 3:4, where people will begin to hide because the Evangelicals will have destroyed America so completely that those who have waited for Christ’s return will become impatient.  

2 Peter 3:4
4They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation."

 Those who go to church, yet oppose social programs, free education after high school, or a raise in the minimum wage might want to keep this passage in mind:
Matthew 25:42-46 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.' 44"They also will answer, 'LORD, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?' 45"He will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.' 46"Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."
 
   Finally, we have one of the last warnings in 1 John 3:17:


1 John 3:17 17If 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?


There were a few other topics which were discussed.  However, the hypocrisy clearly showed, and this makes it much more difficult for those who truly do try to live out their faith convince someone to come to Christ, because all they see is a political party which punishes people for circumstances beyond their control.

 What was truly unfortunate was  that the man who tried to bring up President Clinton’s moral failing, the man who faulted the poor for their economic position, and the man who refused to believe that our Founding Fathers were actually morally bankrupt (read about the Hellfire Club) was the one who abruptly ended the conversation.

 Jesus Christ never turned any sinner away-which, of course I am.  Aren’t we all?

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