… but the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing.

4 Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8 Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13 And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.


One more passage on the supremacy of Love

1 John 4:7-11

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

I’m sure most of you have heard of Rep. Maxine Waters’ call to action concerning how the Democrats should treat those on the right who support POTUS and all the confrontations between liberals and members of the Trump administration that ensued.  Maybe you’ve also heard of the #walkaway movement started by Brandon Straka, encouraging Democrats to walk away from the party.

I want to contrast these two ‘movements’ for a moment here in light of the scripture above. The left, the supposedly tolerant, morally superior left, encouraged by Rep. Waters, ask Democrat voters to show intolerance and bigotry towards Trump supporters. Democrats were encouraged to be spiteful and refuse service to those on the right, and offer hatefulness towards those they disagree with in the Trump administration by ganging up on them in public places.

Brandon Straka on the other hand simply makes his case to just #walkaway from the intolerance and hate sanctioned by the Democrat party. Brandon has only recently walked away from the party himself and as a result, has become the spokesperson for tens of thousands (by his reckoning) that are leaving the Democrat party.

Recently Brandon was refused service in a camera shop because the employee was acting on this call by Rep. Waters to refuse service to anyone on the right.  Brandon on the other hand, refused to name the camera shop employee and stated he did not want him fired for his intolerance.  In an interview with David J. Harris Jr.,  Brandon stated that his goal is that hearts and minds would be opened to his message to just leave the party of intolerance, not that there would be even more intolerance because of it.

The left’s narrative is that the right are the ones who are intolerant and bigoted. If you are honest with yourself after viewing two incidences I’ve linked to here- you may decide to #walkaway from the Democrat party too if you are a member.  Take a look:


The Left’s Response to Different Viewpoints 

The Right’s Response to Differing Viewpoints     

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.  Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776



When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

Read more at  The Lid 

I wonder if the left realizes we celebrate today because some guys wouldn’t give up their guns to the government when told to?

Lies, More lies, and Damn Lies

God gave us 10 commands that if obeyed can make life a lot more pleasant to live and make us more pleasing to God. I’d like to talk about the ninth commandment.

It reads;

You shall not bear false witness.

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
Exodus 20:16 
Honesty must always characterize our speech and conduct. To bear false witness against our neighbor is an affront to a holy God Who is Himself “the truth and the life”
Being honest, however, means more than just not telling a falsehood for there are many ways to lie.
A person lies when they tell something they know to be false, but they can also be lying by not telling ALL the facts of a matter if done with the intent to mislead.  This is why when you swear an oath in court and promise to tell the truth, you are instructed to say… “I swear to tell the truth, the WHOLE truth and nothing but the truth”.
A person can lie without intent to deceive, we call this a ‘white lie’, a lie told to spare someone’s feelings. Most people believe this kind of lie is not really bad. After all, it was done with good motives, so as to not hurt someone. While it is true that society could not function if everyone was completely honest all the time (many of us would be fired on the spot or in divorce court) it is important to remember that using white lies to avoid confrontation can lead to even bigger confrontations. We should check our motive with this type of lie, are we telling it to spare feelings, or to mislead, or just to avoid confrontation?
Another type of lie is a broken promise. We all have had to break a promise at one time or another. It is just a fact of life that things can happen that cause us to have to change our plans. But it is lying to make a promise with no intention whatsoever of keeping it.
One type of lying most people do not consider lying is the spreading of rumors and gossip about another person. We often speak these things as if we know they are true when in reality we’ve not bothered to go to the person concerned and ask. I think it is safe to say if we gossip and spread rumors that are not true, it is lying and God will hold us accountable.
Exaggeration is also lying. It is mixing truth with falsehood, and if the person you’re talking to does not know you are doing the mixing of truth and lie and believes it all to be fact, then you have lied to him. Tall tales are different, tall tales are told to an audience who understands there is exaggeration going on and done for entertainment.
Deception, pretending to be something you are not. Even if it is self-depreciating it is still a lie.
Bold-faced lying, the deliberate lie, the telling of what we know to be false as if it were true, that is told to deceive another, is probably what most of us think of when we think of the ninth commandment or bearing false witness.

If you stop and think about this passage in scripture all of those things God says he hates… involve some sort of lying.

I think it is safe to say that lying or being dishonest is hurtful not only to ourselves but to others, most importantly to God who has revealed himself to us as The Truth.  Satan, the adversary of our souls is said to also be the father of lies, and it was his lies in the garden that caused our separation from our Creator, which cause our Lord and Savior to suffer and die in our place. Lying has severe consequences.

John 8:44 – Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

We see a lot of lying in our society, amongst friends and family, in the workplace, in politics, and even in the news which is supposed to be where we go to get the facts. Lies are told often to promote an agenda. Lies are also told to cover up crimes and corruption. It is important for Christians to be able to discern truth from lies and to speak the truth in all things.

Proverbs 12:22 – Lying lips [are] abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly [are] his delight.

Should Christians ‘Resist’ Trump’s Administration?

Romans 13:1-7  Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

1: All governing authority has been ordained or instituted by God.

2: Therefore, a person who resists or opposes governing authorities experiences two things: one is pangs of conscience that he is really opposing God, and the other is the punishment that the authorities mete out to those who oppose them.

Now we know that in the Old Testament as well as the New Testament there were times when God’s people DID disobey, or resist the ruling authorities and did so in obedience to God.

Exodus 1:15-17

15 Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of one was Shiphrah and the name of the other Puah; 16 and he said, “When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstools, if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.” 17 But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive.

So the Hebrew midwives disobeyed the civil authorities for God’s sake, and God was pleased.

Two examples of civil disobedience from the book of Daniel.  King Nebuchadnezzar issued a decree that all who heard the music playing must fall down and worship the golden image.  But Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to obey the edict. So they were thrown into the fiery furnace, and God miraculously saved them and thus put his stamp of approval on their civil disobedience.

Daniel 3:16-26

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” 19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. 20 And he commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 22 Therefore, because the king’s command was a]”>[a]urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his b]”>[b]counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?”They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” 25 “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like thec]”>[c]Son of God.”  26 Then Nebuchadnezzar went near the d]”>[d]mouth of the burning fiery furnace and spoke, saying, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here.” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego came from the midst of the fire.

And Daniel disobeyed King Darius by praying to YHWH despite an edict to NOT pray to any other than the King himself. It is interesting to note, the King himself did not want to punish Daniel and praised God for saving Daniel from death.

Daniel 6:3-23

Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps because an excellent spirit was in him; the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him. Then these men said, “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.” So these governors and satraps thronged before the king, and said thus to him: “King Darius, live forever! All the governors of the kingdom, the administrators, and satraps, the counselors, and advisors have consulted together to establish a royal statute and to make a firm decree, that whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions. Now, O king, establish the decree and sign the writing, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which ]does not alter.” Therefore King Darius signed the written decree. 10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days. 11 Then these men assembled and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. 12 And they went before the king, and spoke concerning the king’s decree: “Have you not signed a decree that every man who petitions any god or man within thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?” The king answered and said, “The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which does not alter.” 13 So they answered and said before the king, “That Daniel, who is one of the captives from Judah, does not show due regard for you, O king, or for the decree that you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day.” 14 And the king, when he heard these words, was greatly displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him; and he labored till the going down of the sun to deliver him. 15 Then these men approached the king, and said to the king, “Know, O king, that it is the law of the Medes and Persians that no decree or statute which the king establishes may be changed.”

16 So the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions. But the king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.” 17 Then a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signets of his lords, that the purpose concerning Daniel might not be changed.

18 Now the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting, and no musicians were brought before him. Also, his sleep went from him. 19 Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions. 20 And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” 21 Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! 22 My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths so that they have not hurt me because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.” 23 Now the king was exceedingly glad for him and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God.

One last  example of God’s approval of civil disobedience from the New Testament is that of Peter and John; Peter and John were arrested by the Jewish authorities and commanded not to teach in the name of Jesus, they answered in Acts 4:19, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge; for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” So they went on teaching in public and were arrested again. The high priest said to them in Acts 5:28, “‘We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.’ But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than men.”‘

Paul wrote in  1 Corinthians 2:8, “None of the rulers of this age understood the wisdom of God; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” Paul was keenly aware that the death of Jesus was the ultimate breach of justice—that the governing authorities did not praise the good and punish the wrong. They did just the opposite. And he knew from his own missionary journeys that the ruling authorities could be a menace to his own ministry Acts 16:16.

So what are we to take away from Paul’s command in Romans to obey earthly authority when the Bible elsewhere teaches that we are to obey GOD above all before obeying man? Is Paul’s basic premise wrong? Are all governing authorities instituted by God? I would say that God is sovereign over both the just and the unjust rulers of the world according to the scriptures.

Daniel says in 2:21 that it is God who “removes kings and sets up kings,” and in 4:32, “The Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.” So even wicked kings have their position and authority only from God. The same thing is taught in the Gospel of John. Pilate, by whose authority Jesus was finally crucified, was a governing authority set and ordained by God Acts 2:234:2728. In John 19:10 Pilate says to Jesus, “‘Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?’ Jesus answered, ‘You would have no authority over me unless it had been given to you from above.'” Therefore, if Pilate, Nebuchadnezzar, and Darius were set in their places and given authority by God, even though they did much evil, then we have no reason to deny Paul’s assertion that “there is no authority except from God” Romans 13:1.

Now back to our original question, should Christians resist or disrespect the administration of Donald J. Trump based on the belief he is not fit to be the President because of his past and or present sin? I think the question we should first answer based on our readings is has Donald J. Trump as president ordered any one of us to disobey God’s Word or commands? There may be some who object to their tax money being used for things God would not be pleased with, that are sinful such as abortion. So be careful here, are you ALSO prepared to NOT pay those taxes to the governing body based on your convictions about how they are spent and risk the wrath of the said governing body? Ask yourself if you had the same conviction about paying or not paying those taxes  BEFORE Donald J. Trump was elected when someone else sat in the Oval Office.

Donald J. Trump was elected per our Constitution. He was legally sworn in as POTUS.  Furthermore, he has not commanded anyone to break God’s Law. Therefore it is my opinion that to disrespect the OFFICE of President of the United States based on his occupying of it is wrong for Christians to do.

Last word; 1 Timothy 2:1-4  I exhort, therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.


What is a worldview?

I chose the title of my new blog ‘Kosmotheoria’ because in Greek it means ‘worldview’. A worldview is a framework from which we view reality and make sense of life and the world. Everyone has a worldview though they may not even be conscious of having one.  A baby’s worldview is limited by his tummy and his mama’s voice.  As a baby grows his worldview expands to include perhaps daddy and siblings and experiences with the outside world such as playmates. By the time we are adults, we’ve most likely decided on a philosophy or belief system that we view the world by. Every experience we’ve had and what we’ve learned from them has shaped our worldview.  Our worldview can change from time to time as we learn new things and gain experience.  However, a person who has come to embrace by faith Jesus as his Savior has hopefully also embraced a Biblical worldview and has a solid foundation of God’s Word by which to shape his worldview. We who are Christians experience the world and all the pain, frustration and fear it can bring as others do but our Biblical/Christian worldview can and should bring peace to our hearts and souls as we trust God’s Word to be sure and true.   We are taught to put on the mind of Christ, and we are admonished to renew our minds by the study of the Word, and the practicing of our faith. Our perspective should be the absolute Truth of God’s Word. Philippians 2:5 – Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:   2 Timothy 1:7 – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

I have set off on this journey with you via this blog to help you (and myself) make sense of a political world that often does not fit within that Biblical Worldview.  Rest assured there are answers to the questions we Christians so often encounter in our role as citizens in this country within the Word of God.  God’s Word is always true, and we can always trust it to guide our journey. We CAN put on the mind of Christ. My goal is to present the news of the day to you and couple it with a word from the Bible to help put the news in perspective.

Some truth from  Focus on the Family

If we don’t really believe the truth of God and live it, then our witness will be confusing and misleading. Most of us go through life not recognizing that our personal worldviews have been deeply affected by the world. Through the media and other influences, the secularized American view of history, law, politics, science, God, and man affects our thinking more than we realize. We then are taken “captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

However, by diligently learning, applying and trusting God’s truths in every area of our lives — whether it’s watching a movie, communicating with our spouses, raising our children or working at the office — we can begin to develop a deep comprehensive faith that will stand against the unrelenting tide of our culture’s nonbiblical ideas. If we capture and embrace more of God’s worldview and trust it with unwavering faith, then we begin to make the right decisions and form the appropriate responses to questions on abortion, same-sex marriage, cloning, stem-cell research and even media choices. Because, in the end, it is our decisions and actions that reveal what we really believe.

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2).

Thanks for taking this journey with me as we learn to make sense of the political and cultural world using the truth of God’s Word.