- “‘Nor shall you glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger. I am the LORD your God,” Lev. 19:10.
- “He is a father to the fatherless and an advocate for widows. God rules from his holy palace. God settles those who have been deserted in their own homes,” Psa. 68:5-6.
- “Therefore, because you make the poor pay taxes on their crops and exact a grain tax from them, you will not live in the houses you built with chiseled stone, nor will you drink the wine from the fine vineyards you planted. Certainly I am aware of your many rebellious acts and your numerous sins. You torment the innocent, you take bribes, and you deny justice to the needy at the city gate,” Amos 5:11-12.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Let me affirm again up front that my political stance is that I am waiting for the Lord Jesus Christ to return and establish His righteous rule over the entire earth. Therefore, I don’t expect a Democratic or Republican President to fix all the problems in America and establish the pristine kingdom of God on earth. I am waiting for Jesus to do that, and I believe that He alone can and will. But until He returns, my hope and prayer is for a government that will allow me to live for my Lord and Savior now in peace.
Having said that, as a Christian, I am thankful for the privilege to biblically assess what both candidates say and believe. To do that, it really does help to hear them give candid remarks that express their genuine beliefs, even if they come from an open mic like Mitt Romney’s at a recent $50,000/plate fundraiser.
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney essentially said that 47% of Americans do not pay taxes, believe they are entitled to have the government take care of them, and will vote for Barrack Obama no matter what. So Mitt Romney said, and I quote, “So my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them (that) they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
Here’s the video clip. You can hear it for yourself.
If a President believes that’s the problem, shouldn’t he have a deep conviction try to persuade those people to embrace a worldview to be personally responsible instead of writing them off?
Regarding the compassion of God for the needy, the poor, the widows, orphans, and the downcast, the Bible says:
I am glad Jesus is returning. He always has my vote.
Friday, September 7, 2012
Per the LA Times, here's the text corresponding to the vote:
"I, uh, I guess I'll do that one more time," Villaraigosa said after a second vote of delegates in the Time Warner Cable Arena resulted in equally loud "ayes" and "nos."
"You've got to rule, and then you've got to let them do what they're gonna do," a woman standing to his left could be heard saying in a feed carried by C-SPAN.
After a third attempt, Villaraigosa declared that the amendments had passed.
"In the opinion of the chair, two-thirds have voted in the affirmative," he said, drawing large boos and shouts of objections.
- He measured the first vote 4 for the yays and 3 for the nays. No 2/3 required majority there.
- The second vote measured an even 7 to 7. The measure doesn't pass with that vote either.
- Then when a woman on stage encouraged the stunned looking Villaraigosa to just rule and let the delegates do whatever they're gonna do, he ruled that the the third vote passed with the yays being 2/3 louder when in fact the yays measured 10 and the nays actually louder at 11.
My personal position on political parties is to look to Jesus and wait for His kingdom. But how stunning that with the world watching and looking, the majority of the democratic delegates vote God out of their platform and reject Jerusalem's position as being the capital of Israel, and then refuse to re-include them in their platform. And then to appease the powers who wanted to save face and pretend that the majority of delegates are opposed to a godless society, Villaraigosa openly lies in front of their world, dismisses the procedure they just agreed to and with a complete lack of integrity rules that the majority agreed to change the platform, only to have the majority of delegates in turn boo his ruling to reinstate God into their platform.