It seems the only time the sermon on the mount is preached literally is when it points to yours or my sin. Yet ironically, it is always used in a figurative sense when it comes to the churches responsibility in the civic social arena; namely when it comes to the subject of war or outright crimes against humanity; where there always seems to be some form of figurative justification. I realize that it is impossible to impose true judicial law or to administrate the actions of a civil government based on the sermon on the mount; yet surely, a little transparency and honesty on the part of the American clergy wouldn’t hurt. Surely we should not be in support of every military conquest that comes down the pike. Shouting the same old slogan time and time again, ‘Support our troops!’; when we are not even sure what we are supporting in the first place.
Look, by now it should be common knowledge to those who are even remotely awake that our public media sources and outlets are in fact government run. Of course this has been the case for many years, however, the level and sophistication of government propaganda we are being exposed to now is at an all time high. As the devil himself seeks to harness the power and unity of the christian communities faith and make it his own. At present, there is the huge debate over Iran’s nuclear capabilities. Yesterday it was Saddma Hussein and his alleged weapons of mass destruction; today it is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Yet through it all there seems to be little or no discourse surrounding our basic needs and interests as human beings. No doubt Saddam Hussein had to go, but the situation was terribly orchestrated so a lot of innocent people died with him.
Let me pose a question: If I am allowed a pistol, a rifle, and a shotgun to protect my home and my family, yet my neighbor is not; even though his character has been subject to criticism in times past; does he still not have a legitimate complaint in asking for the same protection afforded me? In this case, the right to bear arms. Of course the natural argument here would be, ‘We are not talking about a rifle or a shotgun; we are talking about a nuclear weapon!’ My answer to this would be the nuclear weapon is today’s basic armament.
This is a very basic human argument! No critical thinking necessary! Yet in all our self-proclaimed wisdom as a people and a nation, simple principles such as this seem to fly right over our head. Leaving us to justify the unjustifiable.
When one man tells another that he cannot do something or possess a thing which he himself both possesses and is doing, can the one making this demand honestly expect his desire to be met? Is it not unreasonable?
‘Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. Then God said to Noah, the end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them.’ ~ Gen. 6:5-6, 13
My friends, if you do not know the Lord, just call on His name, and Jesus will come into your heart and love you! His love is the answer!
‘For when we were still without strength, in due time, Christ died for the ungodly. Demonstrating His own love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. And whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. We implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we become the righteousness of God in Him.
George L. Miller