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JESUS IS NOT A LIBERAL
Many times I have heard liberals try to shame Conservative Christians into being liberals. They state authoritatively that Jesus was (and is) a liberal. This idea could hardly be farther from the truth, and liberals are truly hypocritical in making this point. In order to disprove their claim, we first need to look at what Liberals really believe. Many major principles come to mind:
This is the idea being that government, not God, determines what is just. Liberals claim there is justice only for well off whites and not to minorities. Therefore, poor blacks should cause civil disobedience and demonstrate until they achieve their goals. Violence is not directly endorsed, but it is not avidly spoken against.
What did Jesus teach us do if Government is not doing the right thing? Did he teach to riot or organize demonstrations? Of course not. Instead, scripture states that governments are established by God and that we should not rebel against government since God put the authorities in place and he can remove them.
The Apostle Paul was very clear in Rom 13:1-2 NIV..... “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. (2) Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.” Paul clarifies this in his letter to Titus. He states that the context of Government obedience is second to obedience to God. We should only do that which is not evil. In other words, you should only do good. Rulers have the free will to disobey God and God will eventually take control. In the meantime, we should not do evil because the government tells us to do so. Remember Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? God is always first.
This idea takes its strength in the promoting of socialism and criticism of capitalism. This goal is to be achieved by social engineering – use of government to force an equal playing field. Minorities may have racist organizations and practices based on race or gender. Black universities, Black Lives Matter, black scholarships, Congressional Black Congress, NAACP, and all types of affirmative action such as racial quotas are examples of social engineering. Could you image if there were white only colleges, white only scholarships, White Lives Matter, White Congressional Caucus, and National Association of White People? Liberals have taken Martin Luther King’s dream of color-blindness and turned it into acceptable racism if you are in the minority. You do not have to be treated equally, but instead you have to have forced equality in outcome.
Does God want all people to be equal? Perhaps he originally wanted to create all humans to be created equally, but that all ended with original sin. People are born with differences in both physical and mental abilities. Some people are born into rich families and some into poor ones. People are born into Christian families and some into non-Christian families. Some people have bad luck or bad health that makes them unequal to others.
What does the Bible say about equality? - God did not create all people equal, but he did give people free will to do the best with what they are given. Jesus wants us to enjoy life, and he often blesses or punishes as he sees fit. Jesus, however, taught extensively about what is important in life. That gift is salvation. Salvation is available to everyone. We must realize that grace is an equalizing force regarding salvation. The Apostle Paul tells us that those who never have a chance to receive Christ are judged by their willingness to follow their conscience. Furthermore, remember Jesus saying that those who have more will have more expected of them?
Although scripture makes it clear no works are required to be saved, faith is required to stay saved. James 2:14-26 explains explicitly that faith without appropriate works or deeds is no faith at all. He goes on to say that this type of faith is the faith of demons.
TEACHING THAT GOES AGIANST SOCIAL EQUITY
Ever since Adam and eve, God did not treat people equally. God created man first and woman to be his helper. God said that a man shall have authority over a woman. This idea was still preached by the Apostle Paul. Paul also taught that some positions in the church were greater than others and some gifts are greater than others. Do not forget - Cain killed Abel because God did not treat his sacrifice equally with Abel’s sacrifice. The whole Bible is filled with stories of people being blessed for their good works and being punished for their evil works. However, not all things in life are caused by God. The story of Job is a vivid lesson in trying to ascribe all events to the will of God. God often allows things to happen. Did not God call prophets such as Isiah before he was born? Isa 49:1 NIV...... “Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the LORD called me; from my mother's womb he has spoken my name.” Furthermore, Jesus did not treat all his disciples equally, but gave them differing responsibilities and authorities. Even in Heaven we will not be equal. People will not all receive equal rewards, but they will receive according to what they did. Rev 22:12 NIV..... "Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.” Above all, “God does not show favoritism. ” (Rom 2:11 NIV) We are not only told that God does not treat all people equally, but we are not to criticize God for this inequality.
• Rom 9:20-21 NIV..... “But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?" (21) Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?”
As a side note - who will decide our reward in Heaven? The mother of James and John asked Jesus if her sons could sit at his right and left side in Heaven. He replied that the Father decides these things. Remember, Jesus said he does nothing unless the Father tells him to do it.
We are not to be envious of those who have more than we have. Moreover, envy violates the 9th Commandment. Jesus also taught that we should not be greedy, and that we should share our surplus with the poor. One good quote to remember Job 5:2 NIV..... “Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple.”
Christ never talked about a minimum wage. Neither did he teach about the equality of pay. In fact, he taught against equality. Matt 20:8 to 9:15 tells a parable about workers that complained because they worked all day and others who worked only one hour received the same pay. The workers did not receive an equal hourly wage and the poor did not get paid more than those that were better off financially. The parable ends by the employer saying, “Or are you envious because I am generous?” The parable relates not only to salvation, but also to the evil of envy. In Mat 26:11 Jesus said the poor will always be with us. In Mark 10:21-23 Jesus told the rich man to sell everything he has and give it to the poor. He went on to say it is hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus certainly did not teach that government should help one get out of poverty or accumulate more wealth.
A GOVERNMENT FREE OF RELIGION
Of course Jesus did not feel government should be free from religion. In fact, God has repeatedly threatened to punished governments that go against his will. God also said he will bless a nation that accepts him as their God.
o Deu 28:49 NIV.... “The LORD will bring a nation against you from far away, from the ends of the earth, like an eagle swooping down, a nation whose language you will not understand,”
o Psa 33:12 NIV..... “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.”
Jesus came because man was failing to accept the will of God. No nation accepted the will of God. Jesus pointed the way to a kingdom not of this earth. He focused on a new holy nation. The Apostle Peter said it best in 1Pe 2:9 NIV..... “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” However, that did not mean earthly nations had permission reject him. Jesus knew physical nations would reject him. In Rev 14:6 we are told God will eventually take charge, “Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth -to every nation, tribe, language and people.”
Jesus mocked the Pharisees by asking if they haven’t read the scriptures about marriage. He then defined marriage as being strictly heterosexual and explained his teaching is based on the very nature of mankind as described in Genesis.
• Mat 19:4-5 NIV..... "Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' (5) and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'?
Liberals encourage gay marriage. Homosexual marriage is the ultimate rejection of Judeo/Christian belief that homosexuality as a sin. Liberals not just accept homosexuality, but celebrate it. That is what makes this sin worse than many others. A Christian who is a liar or a thief, or an adulterer, when caught, will at least admit that he is going against the Word of God.
Pro-abortion is a liberal stance that not only goes against God’s will, but is the essence of irresponsibility, selfishness, and murder. Abortion is also often the result of a previous sin of fornication or adultery. When discussing abortion with a liberal, the first question you should ask is, “Are you a Christian?” They will probably ask what that has to do with anything. You simply say that a person cannot be a Christian and be pro-choice. If they refute that statement, you ask them if their opinion is based on the Bible.
Then you might ask them if they know that God calls an unborn child a “life” and that a person who kills an unborn child, is guilty of murder and should receive the death penalty. I am talking about the following scripture:
• Exo 21:22-24 NIV..... "If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman's husband demands and the court allows. (23) But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, (24) eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,”
If they say that this scripture addresses abortion against the mother’s will, you can mention that the issue is that the unborn baby should be treated the same as an adult. The issue is not when it is OK to kill a baby or even an adult. The issue is that the unborn baby is a life with the same God-given protection against murder as the mother. In fact, the baby is given more protection because the child is hidden away from danger and protected by the mother’s body. How much greater is the evil for the mother to kill her own child? A woman’s love for her child should be like the woman before King Solomon who would rather give her child to another woman than have her baby killed. Today, this is called “adoption” rather than having an abortion.
A WALL OF SEPARATION
Christians put the laws of God above the laws of government. They believe God is not only a part of Government but is the head of government. If the government tells us to sin, we are to follow God’s will. However, unlike Islam. Christianity is not a theocracy, but a belief that government starts with a born again nature within each individual, and Christianity is voluntary, not compulsory.
On the other hand, liberals believe that there is a wall of separation between God and government. Liberals put their own beliefs above God and try to force others to put government above God. They deny the divine nature of government and look upon government as a secular tool to control the growth of religious morals. Liberals use government to force a person to participate in celebration of a homosexual wedding. Liberals also believe one should have to offer health insurance that pays to have unborn babies killed. Liberals believe that a girl should be forced to go into a bathroom or locker room shower if a boy believes he is a girl. Furthermore, if liberals had their way, Christians would be forced by the government to hire homosexual pastors and be punished for a hate crime if a person speaks against homosexuality.
Liberals believe government is above all religions, above all people, and above all Gods. Government is actually the Liberal God. If you need anything government, not God, will help you. If you need food, money, medical care, education, child care, legal representation, counseling, home repair, fuel for heat, cell phones, computers, transportation; and then government will provide. No need to pray, just vote for the right person.
That’s a separate lesson.
IS JESUS A LIBERAL? – SUMMARY
I hope I have given you information to respond to those who wish to advance a world based on envy and secular humanism. Many of these people are hypocrites like the Pharisees. They resent those who have more money than they do because they value materialism so much they want a piece of the action. Christians do not expect wealth because God will give it to us as he sees fit. Like everything we have, it is all a gift. Also, Christians believe in voluntary charity, and not redistribution of income by forced taxes.
Many liberals are pacifists when it comes to wars, but they are confrontational or violent when someone disagrees with them. These liberals are not true pacifists.
The typical liberal believes all religions are equal and refuses to admit there is only one God and one true religion. Furthermore, they cannot grasp the idea of absolute truth as revealed by one God. How can there be equity when God is above everyone else? Because of their lack of Christian values, Liberals promote gay marriage, divorce, abortion, and other anti-biblical actions.
Jesus was not afraid to say all other religions are false. He was not afraid to let the Father bring corrupt Rome to its knees in good time. Jesus did not organize a single march or demonstration. Make no mistake – Christians are the enemy of today’s liberals. However, we do not need to fight them. Instead, we need to spread the Gospel and support those public servants who want to give us freedom to live our Christian lifestyle.
In short – Liberals believe in the power of government, but Christians believe in the power of God. If government is run by Godly men, God will bless our nation. If the leaders in Government turn their backs on God, God will either replace these leaders or punish the nation that follows them. In the United States, The powers of darkness and deception have already started to mercilessly try to gain control that they have lost.
Not that any president is the ideal Christian, but that he is one who advances a Christian agenda and surrounds himself with Christian advisors and leaders. I repeat; this agenda is freedom to live as a Christian, and not to force others to become a Christian. We need to be vigilant. God bless our nation.
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