“The answer to all three questions are the same. Why Congress? Why Washington? Why now? Because of the grave dangers posed by the deal that is on the table right now.”
Video: Bishop E.W. Jackson Explains How Liberalism Is The Cancer Destroying The Black Family. –. via: GOP The Daily Dose
So why is Vice President Joe Biden going to be conspicuously “out-of-town” when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the U.S. Congress? Why is the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) pleading with the Prime Minister of Israel, to not disrespect the president by making a speech to the U.S. Congress and threatening a boycott if he doesn’t comply with their request?
Really? Boycott? Disrespect?
To disrespect someone is to act in an insulting way toward them. When you disrespect someone, you hold that person in low esteem. So when the Prime Minister accepted an invitation from the Speaker of the House to speak to Congress, he did so because he has low esteem for the president?
The opposition to Netanyahu’s speech seems to be two-fold: 1)the first black president is not receiving the respect he deserves from a white foreign leader, primarily because the Republicans who asked him have not been forthcoming in giving the respect the first black president deserves; and 2)a foreign leader is inserting himself into a U.S. political process.
As for Joe Biden, perhaps he really did have a previous commitment that he couldn’t change. Uh huh.
But the second group of non-attendees-to-be puzzle me greatly.
The president of the United States is much larger than race, gender, age, or any of those other identifiers. The presidency is a ‘strong man’ (or strong woman) destination and designation.
‘Strong man’ is defined in the biblical Greek lexicon as one who has strength in body or in mind, boisterous, powerful, and valiant.
Scripture expounds on that definition by 1)asking a question (Mt 12:29) as to how a strong man can have his good’s spoiled unless the strong man is bound, and answers that question in (Mr 3:27) by stating that it can’t be done.
Mt 12:29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.
Mr 3:27 No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.
Isn’t this black man the president of what is the most powerful country in the world?
Netanyahu can’t bind the president or take away from his office, especially in a speech.
The exact opposite is occurring. Netanyahu has humbled himself in recognition of the help he needs from the ‘strongman’ who is the United States president. He comes knocking on the U.S. door seeking empathy and a willingness to join in constraining one common enemy (Iran) from gaining nuclear capability.
Let’s be honest here — Iran hates America (The Big Satan) and Israel (The Little Satan)! So why wouldn’t we want to hear what a friend has to say?
So again, why is the Congressional Black Caucus relegating this president to less of a strong man status than the Israeli strong man? As the CBC retreats (under the guise of a boycott), they reinforce the notion that one strong man can indeed enter this president’s house and spoil his goods.
If you’re the master of your house and a strong man is soon to visit, would you retreat and leave the visitor to do what he wills in your own house? Ludicrous!
This U.S. president should welcome this visit from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a fellow strong man. The president should greet this visitor with a heart of good will, yet exude and assert authority, confidence and control (in his own house).
So to the Congressional Black Caucus and Vice President Joe Biden– Stop diminishing the president! Stop diminishing yourselves!
“Nobody can hurt me without my permission” ~ Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi
I believe that humans are fully capable of understanding and defining moral behavior, but I question the source of their definition of what is moral.
Have you ever watched the behaviors of young children? It doesn’t take long for selfishness, lying, cheating, and other ‘bad’ behaviors to manifest themselves. The interesting question for me is, where in their beginning of life did they learn these ‘bad’ behaviors? Nobody I’ve ever heard about or know willfully teaches their children to do bad things. From the time they are toddlers (or possibly younger), the bad behavior appears to be a natural (self) manifestation.
Yes it’s true. We as adults spend an inordinate amount of our time and effort in teaching children to share, tell the truth, play fairly, show respect, do their best, etc. But where did we get the idea that the bad behaviors they displayed were wrong to begin with? Our parents taught us, their parents taught them….and it goes back to the beginning of human existence. Quite simply, someone has to teach us what is right and wrong.
I believe that the seeds of that instruction go back to the God of creation and that everything ‘good’ comes from Him. That which is ‘bad’ comes from within mankind itself.
Someone recently wrote to me in response to a piece I wrote that “we all create reality together and that our essential responsibility is to understand and explore our inner environment relative to our external environment”. My response is to agree that we all create our reality, but there is a “but” embedded in my agreement.
When I take a look at our world, the reality that mankind has created doesn’t match up to goodness (as a whole), though there may be patches of goodness found.
In addition, when I think of what one might call an ‘inner environment’ and how that inner environment affects our outer environment, I think of the heart or soul of a person. If we all had pure hearts, wouldn’t that mean a world with no evil?
Which brings me back to my original question, who defines good and evil? What is seen as ‘good’ in one man can be seen as evil in another.
My major position is that only a perfect being can define what is good (moral) and what is bad (immoral). Since none of us is perfect, that morality has been defined elsewhere, by a perfect God, not imperfect man.
Mankind does have power in his or her own right — but that power is limited to rejecting or accepting the morality that God has eternally ordered.
From whence does your morality come?
Over a week ago Americans celebrated the birthday of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But just what did America celebrate?
America seems to celebrate everything about Martin Luther King, Jr. but his love of God, his humbleness in recognizing his need for the Savior, and his unrelenting pleas to the masses to ‘do righteousness’. King’s message went much further than non-violent protest and civil disobedience. His message was God’s message — obey God and do righteous works unto your fellow-man.
The biblical definition of righteous, in the KJV Dictionary, is “1. Just; accordant to the divine law, 2. Just; equitable; merited.” The secular (worldly) definition by the Merriam Webster dictionary follows closely as, “morally good : following religious or moral laws”. In addition, if one does an Internet search of ‘quotes on righteousness’, the search will yield a plethora of quotes from famous and non-famous people alike.
Being righteous does not naturally flow from humanity unless each person receives the righteousness of the Holy God, which is only obtainable by and through faith in Jesus Christ. As quoted from the original Martin Luther, “People must have righteous principals in the first, and then they will not fail to perform virtuous actions.”
Therefore the first source of righteousness is from God. It is not something you “have” — it is a quality you ‘get’. It is a gift to spirit, soul and mind, which is acquired by faith — faith in the Savior, Redeemer, Restorer, and Deliverer, whose name is Jesus. The first man (and woman) had this God-given righteousness, but they traded it in for the next source of righteousness — that of ‘self’.
Reverend King had God-given righteousness. The people who supported and followed him had the same righteousness. Even those who didn’t necessarily follow or agree with King sought to abide in the righteousness of his cause. They listened, changed laws, policies and practices which favored the righteousness of justice, peace, and equality.
Perhaps you have no faith, belief, or trust in God. You might call yourself an Atheist, or you’re proud to denounce a white Jesus or refuse to claim a black Jesus. If so, then your righteousness flows from you. It is self-righteousness and has no recognized authority above it.
Today’s so-called movements are built upon self-righteousness. Moral Mondays, Ferguson, Hands Up Don’t Shoot, and Black Lives Matter sadly lack the dignity and integrity found in the days of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
Self-righteousness is so insidious that what starts with a few will grow like a cancer until it kills off what was good. It will cause many to vote for a man because his skin color is the same or vote for him because it is not. It will stand up and applaud loudly when stealing from those who have, to give to those who don’t is advocated (income inequality). Self-righteousness demands that there is an equal opportunity to start and own a small business, but has no problem with burning down someone else’s small business. Self-righteousness says black lives matter, but has no problem fighting to support laws that allow abortion because the baby is the wrong sex, or aborting a baby no matter the age of gestation. Self-righteousness will even say, allow me special rules because I’m not capable of obtaining or doing what everyone else is capable of obtaining or doing (voter ID). Self-righteousness is always destructive. It can’t build up, it can only destroy. It doesn’t teach, it dumbs-down.
Demands for justice, equity, freedom, compassion, and love are not reciprocated by the self-righteous. Self-righteousness doesn’t care about anyone or anything else. It is after all, about ‘self’.
Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister. His principles flowed from the righteousness of God. Would he march with the protesters of Ferguson? Would he allow protesters to chant death wishes to police officers? Would he have been present in the March for Life? Would he stand with the NAACP and their Moral Monday’s? It is difficult to imagine his presence in any of the protests we’re seeing today. God-righteous people will remove themselves and return to right thinking and right actions, or more so, not become involved in self-righteous actions to begin with.
Each person must seek and hold fast to God-righteousness, for destruction is sure to follow anything else.
Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin [is] a reproach to any people. Pr 16:8 Better [is] a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
Thank you Gateway Pundit for another look into the souls of my fellow man, in-spite of the pain it causes. I don’t like watching this. It gives me no joy to see the pain in the eyes of these people. It crushes my hope that there really is an ‘American dream’.
What is the answer? Are these people begging for something they can obtain themselves? Is opportunity the same for them as it is for others?
After you watch this, let me know what you think?
17 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes You Never Hear. by Heben Nigatu of Buzzfeed