I Don’t Belong to the “Club”

After nearly ten years of attending a church plant that we had helped get going. We decided that the 70 mile drive was taking a toll on us. A new building was in place, the congregation was growing and the community was being served. We felt released and soon found another new church plant closer to our home.

I have come to the conclusion that you should never start attending a new church in a Presidential election year. Why the Presidential election is such a hot topic for sermons and coffee time conversation is beyond my understanding.

I believe, as citizens, we need to be concerned and involved in what is taking place with our government, but I can find nowhere in the Bible that there is a directive to bring that into the church.

I realize that the “moral majority” movement of a few years ago made it fashionable to carry your Bible to political functions and bring your campaign posters to church, but as I said, I don’t find that anywhere in the Bible.

I recently had a very “Conservative Christian” friend say, “I hate Obama more than I have ever hated anybody in my life.” A fine “Christian” attitude and I didn’t even know that he knew Obama. I figured he must know him, otherwise, how could he “hate” him so much. Such a fine “Christian” attitude. I don’t find the command to hate your governmental leaders in the Bible either. In fact, I find just the opposite.

This attitude and the fact that I did not belong in the same “class” as the other members of the church I have been attending led me to resign my membership. It was a painful realization that everyone in the church, except me, made over a quarter million dollars a year and did not depend on Medicare or Social Security.

I, on the other hand, receive Social Security payments and use Medicare to keep my weary body going. I paid in my entire work life, in fact I paid in more than my share, but because I quit a job 6 months before a cut off, I only get the minimum payment. I am thankful for the forward thinking individuals who many years ago considered that people like me could use the help. I am, on the other hand, disgusted with the people who “dipped” into the fund to support invasions in other countries and who are now trying to make up for it by cutting the chance of some poor slob in the future of getting any help.

Sorry for the rabbit trail, I was talking about quitting my church. As I said, I am middle class and have had to work all my life. Raising children, paying bills and keeping body and soul together, allowed me to own my own home and live comfortably, thanks to the help from Social Security and Medicare. I came to the realization that I must have been the only one in the church that did not make a six figure income and began to feel very uncomfortable.

Each week the “sermon” contained a cry of woe that “Obama is going to raise our taxes.” “We need to “reform” Medicare” and “Social security needs to be given to Wall Street.”

All the research I did on these topics only showed me that the taxes of the people making over $250,000 would remain as they are now, under the plan implemented by the President elected by the Moral Majority, Conservative Christians, and the guy who let his Vice President and advisors put us in a war that has taken thousands of American lives and left thousands more maimed for life.

It is hard to sit and concentrate on God when everyone around you “hates” everything and everybody.

I am going to stay home, at least until the election is over.

I will go vote and I won’t vote for the man who “worships the god of this earth.”

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What would Jesus do?

As my wife and I traveled, working in churches in Central America, Mexico and the USA, we would often hear the well worn phrase, “What would Jesus do?” Signs, bracelets, bumber stickers all displaying the question.

We often asked, “Just what would Jesus do?” and we came up with the answer, “Probably what he did in John 2:12-16,” he got mad!

Who did Jesus dispute with? The political leaders? The Government? The Roman soldiers? The poor? The sick? none of these. Jesus disputed with those who made a mockery of religion, or rather the “super righteous.”

I think that may be where some today get the term, “Christian right,” which has nothing what so ever to do with “Christianity” or “righteousness.” It has to do with capitalism, money and power.

Jesus spent his time working with the poor, the less fortunate, the “least of these” and when he did confront the Capitalists of the day, the Pharisees, he called it like it was.

Somehow, probably because of “Christian television, Christian broadcasters/publishers and brainwashed Pastors and leaders, the masses have been led down a dark path.

In one church we visited, during the announcment period, there was a report on what Rush Limbaugh had said, a report of what Dr. Dobson had said, both about the upcoming Presidential election. The speaker went on for several minutes telling how the country would be in ruin and churches would be forced to close their doors if the Democratic cantidate was elected. It has been several years since and during the term of the Democratic President, the national budget was balanced, the middle class gained ground and the church doors remained open.

The other thing that the announcments contained was a plea for someone to bring the red paint to throw on people at the clinic that was giving out birth control to the poor women and “might be doing abortions.” What would Jesus do? I know for sure he wouldn’t be throwing any paint.

Today things are no better. We are coming up on another Presidential election and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is taking a back seat to harranging about the current President, medical care for the elderly, paying taxes and a myriad of other topics that have no place in the worship service. Nationalism seems to be the focus in many churches. Cries of “This used to be a Christian nation” ring loud from every corner.

The United States was not set up as a Christian Nation. In fact, many of the colonies were funded by Jews. New Amsterdam was owned by a Jewish group in Holland. When a group of exiled Jews were deposited there and started a settlement within the community, the “elite” wrote to the New Amsterdam company and asked that “these Jews be removed.” What would Jesus do?

There were Christian groups that established colonies, The Puritans, there was a real loving, caring bunch if there ever was one. Witch hunting, finger pointing, killing those who were suspect,  Wow! Now that is really Christian. And don’t forget those wonderful “Christian” slave holders, Wow!

The difference between Capitalism and Christianity seems to have become blurred. The focus now seems to be on the rich and the poor that Jesus served seem to be falling further and further behind socially, economically and spiritually. “Feed my sheep” seems to have been forgotten.

I recently read a blog by Jodeane Albright, the Community Editor at the Idaho State Journal, in Pocatello, Idaho. She hit the nail on the head when she spoke wrote on Socialism/Capitalism. Her description of Capatilist opression seems to me to be very much like the Conservative Christian approach to the “less wealthy” members in many churches. The really bad thing and the thing that I can’t understand is that people who are obviously “less privilaged,” who many times depend on Government aide or Church welfare programs, parrot the fat cats who make 6 plus figure incomes and wouldn’t let them eat the crumbs from under their table… things are totally out of whack!   You can read Jodeane’s blog at: http://pocatelloshops.com/new_blogs/albright/?p=2067107113#comment-14

What would Jesus do? He would be about His Father’s business and not preaching Nationalism. He would pay his taxes, “Render unto Ceaser that which is Ceasars,” he would feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick and wouldn’t be wasting precious time parroting some fat cat that he watched on “Christian” television or Fox News.

What should we do? We should be about our Father’s business.

Please consider the following before you cast your “Christian: vote

Please consider the following before you cast your “Christian” vote for Mitt Romney:

Mitt Romney has started inviting the news media to go to church with him so they can see that he is a “normal Christian.”

1Mitt Romney is a Mormon. Mormons are not”Christian” in any sense.

2Christians claim their salvation through the Blood of Jesus Christ.

3Mormons claim their salvation (progression to becoming a ‘god’) through works done through their church.

4Mormons are Polytheists (the belief in more than one god). Each Mormon man is considered a “god in embryo” and is working on becoming a god over his own planet.

5Mormons claim to “worship the god of this earth.” Joseph Smith, the first Mormon Prophet, taught “Adam is our Father and our God and the only God with whom we have to do.”

6The Bible identifies the “god of this earth” as Satan. If the Mormon Church is right, Adam is Satan and therefore must have tempted Eve himself.

7Mitt Romney’s paternal grandparents denounced their American citizenship and moved to Mexico.

8Mitt’s father was not picked by his party to run for President because he was not born an American citizen and yet Mitt, only mentioning it in passing, must be embarrassed that he is “Mexican/American.”

9According to Mitt’s church, Mormon men must have multiple wives to obtain the status of a god.

10To get around the law of the United States, Mormon men marry their plural wives in a Mormon Temple ceremony.

11Will Mitt Romney’s plural wives be considered”First Ladies?” He must have some or he wouldn’t have climbed as high in his church as he has. If he doesn’t, he can’t be god over his own world in the afterlife, someone else will take his wife to the highest heaven and he will be delegated to a lower level of heaven…

12It is said, in the Washington DC, Mormon Temple, there is an exact replica of the Oval Office. Could this be used if Romney becomes President? Would he address the nation from there?

13Joseph Smith said “The US Constitution is hanging by a thread.” The Mormon Church believes the “Elders of Israel” will step in, when the US Government fails and rule with their Priesthood.

14If you ask your Mormon neighbor or friend about these things, they will say, “I have never heard that.” They are either extremely ignorant or are lying. Mormons are allowed to lie if the end justifies the means. They will lie about that as well, so buy some of their books and find out.

15Mormons believe in a god that progressed from a man to godhood. He is forever changing, according to Mormon teaching.

16The Book of Mormon says “If you believe in a god that changes, you do not believe in a god of miracles.” I think that speaks for itself and leaves the Mormons with a real problem. The Book of Mormon also says Jesus was born in Jerusalem, the Bible says Bethlehem. The Book of Mormon says the lost tribes came to America and were proficient in steel production, in the Americas, in 588 BC… There is no anthropological evidence to support this statement!

17Mitt’s church teaches that angels are beings that have once lived on the earth. Adam, according to Mormon teaching (who their Prophet said was God) is the angel Gabriel. The angel Michael, according to Mormon teachings, was Moses. The Bible teaches that the angels were “never” humans.

18Jesus told the thief on the cross, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” The Mormon church teaches after you die, if you are not a Mormon, you go to a thousand year spirit prison where you are taught Mormonism and given a chance to accept the teachings of the church. Did Jesus go to spirit prison? If not, the thief went to paradise which the church teaches is a place where righteous spirits go after death. They also say that since the repentant thief hadn’t done his “church work,” he couldn’t go to paradise…???? I guess Jesus didn’t know what he was talking about, at least that is what the Mormon’s seem to be saying.

19Mitt’s church teaches that a woman cannot enter heaven unless she is “sealed” (married to a Mormon man in an authorized temple service). The Bible teaches there is neither male nor female, Jew nor Greek… And says nothing about exclusion from heaven based on sex.

Ask your Mormon friend, “To progress to Godhood, do you have to have plural wives? If not, how do you account for the fact that those exhalted to Godhood have multiple wives? Can you honestly tell me that a man can become a God and not be sealed to more than one woman? Are you telling me that the Church changed the “Word of Heavenly Father” and the order of progression that all before have gone through to get exhaltation?” You might add, “Come on now, we are friends, don’t lie to me, be honest.” 

20Mormons question the Bible, according to the eighth article of faith. “We believe the Bible in so far as it is correctly translated, we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of god.” They question the Bible, but do not have any question about the Book of Mormon. Any place Mormon theology or writings contradict the Bible, the Bible is counted as being wrong.

21It is also strange that no major tenet or teaching of the Mormon church is found in the Book of Mormon, a book Brigham Young called, “the most perfect book ever written.” He also said, “Everything necessary to obtain salvation is couched in its pages.” Eternal progression is not found there, baptism for the dead is not found there, temple work is not found there, the belief that god was once a man who worked his way up to being god over this planet is not there and multiple gods is not there. The Mormons base all these teaching on incorrect understanding and twisting of scripture from the Bible, the very book they question.

22Mormons, like Muslims, abrogate their scriptures. The later “word from god” overrides the former “word of god.” In other words, if the current Mormon prophet “receives” a “revelation” from their god that contradicts a former revelation their god has given, the latest revelation is right and what their god said before doesn’t count anymore.

23Mormons teach that Jesus and Lucifer were brothers, born on a planet called Kolob, to the god of this earth and one of his numerous wives (Eve, according to Joseph Smith). They also teach that we were all born on Kolob and got to choose which family we would be born into when we came to this earth for our time to “work out our salvation.” The Bible strongly contradicts that theology and says Jesus and the Father are one and Lucifer was a fallen angel. The Bible teaches that God is Spirit, not an”exalted man.”

24The Mormon “Sacred Grove Encounter” of which there have been numerous versions, says that god appeared to Joseph Smith and told him “all the churches are wrong.” The very first statement of Mormonism was an attack on Christianity. The attack continues today. An angel was supposed to have appeared to Joseph Smith and presented him with some golden plates that contained the Book of Mormon and a “new gospel.” In Galatians 1:89, Paul wrote, 8“But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

25- The Bible teaches that Jesus did not marry. Mormonism teaches that Jesus married several women, including Mary Magdalene at the wedding in Canaan, which was, according to their teachings, his wedding.

Do not get me wrong, Mormons are wonderful people. They are very sincere, but they are sincerely wrong. I have told my Mormon friends, “If Mormonism is true and can stand up under questioning and investigation, I want to be a Mormon.  If it cannot stand up to investigation and is not true, do you want to be a Mormon?”  Everytime they have told me, “I want to be a Mormon even if it is a lie.”

Mitt Romney’s church does not teach the”Good News,” “Gospel” that Paul preached. Mitt Romney’s mission, for his church, was spent spreading “another gospel, another holy spirit, and another god.

Please think about these things when you decide who you will cast your vote for in November.

Again and again I hear Christians bemoaning the fact that we are “no longer a Christian nation.” Is voting for a man who preaches another gospel, another holy spirit, another god, who believes Jesus Christ was the brother of the devil, going to make it a Christian nation again?

If Mitt Romney is elected, will you bow your head when the prayer is said to the “

god of this earth?”