Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Integrity in Politics

Chuckle:  Newspaper proofreading goof:  "Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant."  Might work better than a fair trial! 
Quote:  "Integrity is the equivalent to being honest, trustworthy, sincere, genuine, and is fundamental to good moral character." --Bible Encyclopedia  
    "People with integrity have a firm footing, but those who follow crooked paths will slip and fall" (Proverbs 10:9 NLT).  "Good people are guided by their honesty; treacherous people are destroyed by their dishonesty" (Proverbs 11:3 NLT).
I have avoided making these daily e-mails political in nature.  I try to write about moral and spiritual issues purely from a Biblical perspective.  However, this does not mean I am passive in my political views.  I have always encouraged my readers to be good citizens in the Biblical sense (Romans 13, etc.) and to be active in the political process.  Recently the Lord has convicted me to write about how Christians should conduct themselves with integrity when expressing their political views. 
A couple days ago, a dear friend reminded me, and others, that Christians are being used, sometimes unwittingly, to spread malicious and false accusations against political figures with whom they disagree.  Regardless of your political persuasion, you are no doubt aware that our modern-day political environment is fraught with anger, slander, dishonesty, rudeness, and sometimes even hatred and violence.  The use of innuendos, half-truths, and outright lies are commonplace when attempting to destroy political opponents or promote political agendas. 
Believers are to be different.  We are admonished in Scripture to be people of integrity in every aspect of our lives -- including politics.  I believe God would have us be active in the political process, and we should have strong convictions concerning political figures or issues based on the authority of God's Word.  But our uncompromising support for certain individuals or issues does not mean we should use falsehoods to promote our views or destroy other candidates.  I don't believe the smearing of someone's character and reputation with false accusations is acceptable conduct for Christians.  The end does not justify the means if the means include conduct contrary to Biblical teachings.
We should not be quick to assume that a slick e-mail or website demeaning the character of a political figure are true.  Some are but many are not.  Some of these false or misleading ads are well done and believable, especially to the uninformed.  Because of our political leanings, we may want to believe them.  We may even agree with the theme of the ad, but to forward it to others without determining its authenticity and accuracy is not acting with integrity. 
Let's pledge together to be active in supporting godly people and moral issues in local, state, and national elections.  Let's speak out against corrupt politicians when appropriate, and let's pray that our efforts will help return our beloved country to the Judeo-Christian values espoused by the Founding Fathers.  But let's do it all with integrity, self-control, and love for others with opposing views.

Love, Jerry & Dotse

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Atheist's Holiday

Yes, I posted this one year ago today, but maybe you will enjoy it once again on this April Fool's Day.  

Chuckle:  “An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.  --Sir John Buchan
Good Quote:  "The highest praise of God consists in the denial of Him by the atheist, who finds creation so perfect that he can dispense with a creator."  --Marcel Proust
    "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God' . . . The Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God" (Psalm 14:1a,2 NIV).

I can't vouch for the accuracy of this story, but the Scripture quotations are certainly accurate.
In Florida, an atheist became incensed over the preparation for Easter and Passover holidays.  He decided to contact his lawyer about the discrimination inflicted on atheists by the constant celebrations afforded to Christians and Jews with all their holidays while atheists had no holiday to celebrate.

The case was brought before a judge.  After listening to the long passionate presentation by the lawyer, the Judge banged his gavel and declared, "Case dismissed!"

The lawyer immediately stood and objected to the ruling and said, "Your Honor, how can you possibly dismiss this case?  The Christians have Christmas, Easter and many other observances.  Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah...yet my client and all other atheists have no such holiday!"

The judge leaned forward in his chair and simply said, "obviously your client is too confused to even know about, much less celebrate his own atheist's holiday!"  

The lawyer pompously said, "Your Honor, we are unaware of any such holiday for atheists.  Just when might that holiday be, your Honor?"  The judge said, "Well it comes every year on exactly the same date -- April 1st! Since our calendar sets April 1st as "April Fools Day," and considering that Psalm 14:1 states, 'The fool says in his heart, there is no God.' Thus, in my opinion, if your client says there is no God, then by scripture, he is a fool, and April 1st is his holiday!  Now have a good day and get out of my courtroom!"
Love, Jerry & Dotse