Brexit or Bust

© Original content written by James R. Carlson

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The exit of the United Kingdom from a United Europe has had obvious economic repercussions. The connection between the European Union (EU) and Economy was a part of the original vision of a unified Europe. The idea of unifying the money of Europe was just a step towards unifying the politics of Europe. With the exit of Great Britain (Br-exit) we may see more economical and political consequences of dissolving this Union.

Sadly, the financial downturn in the stock markets affect real lives. We cannot sit back and watch as more damage is done to the lives of ordinary people. Keeping the EU together instead of making rapid changes will do more harm than good. Transitions are necessary for such departures and they should take years, not months or days to complete.

It’s likely other nations will leave the EU as the remaining nations are left with less value in their shared economies. From this, other markets across the globe will feel the pain of rapid withdrawals, like a run on a bank during the American depression. This is a problem with the union of nations that do not separate political and economic interests.

Treaties are formed to make agreements for political purposes with some measure of economy combined for the satisfaction of both parties. However, the idea of a global market place is an international agreement apart from formal treaties that leaves various nations vulnerable to rapid changes that may destabilize their own domestic economies.

A unified world economy is dangerous to all nations. International trade is an advantage to all nations. Having treaties that honor the independence of each nation politically and economically is an advantage to all nations. And the United States should continue to negotiate with all nations to continue international trade.

As we witnessed the decline of the American and British stock markets following Brexit, perhaps it is time we reassess the value of depending too much on foreign trade. The idea of no boundaries between nations when commerce is concerned can lead to disastrous consequences. Instead of our gross national product (GNP) relying more upon foreign trade, perhaps we need to limit our economic portfolio to include a smaller percentage of foreign commerce. Let’s continue to trade worldwide but not leverage ourselves where we no longer control our own economy.

God’s Judgment – Mercy

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Jesus taught us:

1 “Judge not, that you be not judged.

2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.

[Matthew 7:1-2 (NKJV)]

The act of judging is reserved by God for God not for man. We do not hold the standard by which people will be judged. We need to consider that God has a greater purpose in judgment than we can know instinctively.

James said:

12 There is one Lawgiver who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?

[James 4:12 (NKJV)]

Judgement is reserved for the Law Giver. God gave us the Law and He reserves judgement for his own will and purposes. We know God’s will in our hearts and conscience but we do not do what we know is right all the time. So we judge ourselves and others according to the standard we present. But God has a higher standard.

Paul said:

1 Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.

2 But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things.

[Romans 2:1-2 (NKJV)]

Paul was not telling us to forgo wisdom and morality. He said that we cannot provide the judgement of God out of our own selves. We must agree with the righteous judgment of God if we are to hold on to the truth. But knowing the truth and doing the truth are sometimes two different things.

Jesus quoted Isaiah the prophet who said:

18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.

20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.

[Matthew 12:18, 20 (KJV)]

Here we get a glimpse of the heart of God. The Spirit of God was upon Jesus who said he will not break a broken person or put out a candle that is smoldering. God sent Jesus to heal the broken hearted and to light aflame our souls for God. Jesus will bring you judgment to victory, not condemnation.

Jesus paid the penalty of sin on the Cross. Jesus, as the sovereign Son of God, declared sin to be sinful at the Cross for all generations that have lived or ever will live. There is no escaping the judgment of God against sin. Jesus’ judgment is final. The penalty of sin is death but Jesus paid this penalty for us that we might be forgiven of our sin.

The judgment of God, therefore, is mercy! God seeks mercy not vengeance. The wrath of God is not on mankind, it is on sin. When Jesus died on the Cross, he brought judgment to victory. Our Victory!

We have victory over sin by faith in Christ Jesus and what he did for us on the Cross. We have victory over the judgment of sin when we choose to believe Jesus paid for the penalty of our sin. We have victory as God gives us mercy instead of punishment for our sins. The judgment of God upon us is mercy in Christ Jesus.

This is why it is not right for man to judge man. God judges man so he may declare victory over sin in our lives. God wants to renew our hearts and our lives so we can serve him with Godly reverence and share the light of His Glory to the world in need of a savior.

As James said:

13 Mercy triumphs over judgment.

[James 2:13 (NKJV)]

Pray this prayer and receive your judgment with victory in Jesus:

God of heaven, I believe in Jesus Christ who died on the Cross for me. I believe that he paid for the penalty of my sin, which I admit I have done. I ask for your forgiveness of my sin and thank you for your love. Please bring me closer to you so that I may know you. By your Holy Spirit, please make in me a clean heart, a renewed spirit, and a right mind that I may do those things that are pleasing to you. Thank you God, Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, and now my Father in Heaven. Amen!

Perspective on Orlando Mass Shooting

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Early in the morning of 12 June 2016, a man, possibly a Muslim, killed and wounded over 100 people in Orlando, Florida. The news reports focus on two issues of Islamic Terrorism and the Homosexual community. A little clarity may help the confusion surrounding this recent tragedy.

First, Islamic Terrorism is not the work of God. God tells us in the 10 Commandments not to murder. Killing civilian personnel in jihad is not serving God and is certainly murder against the will of God.

Second, Sodomy is Sin. But so too is Murder. Islamic societies in some parts of the world do not condemn sodomy as boys and girls are used for some men’s sexual pleasure. The Muslim community has allowed the use of boys for this purpose in some parts of the world whereas girls are sodomized to keep them vaginally chaste. These perverted acts of sodomy, however, do not pass the scrutiny of biblical moral values and are condemned by the Christian community worldwide.

In America, we are going through both a cultural war over social moral values and a war responding to Islamic Terrorism. Christians do not approve of murder (abortion) or of sodomy (homosexuality). There is never anything wrong with standing up for what is right. But the media continues to assault the Christian community for standing up for moral values as they soft handle the issue of Islamic Terrorism. Instead of calling this act of murder terrorism, the media is playing it as a ‘hate crime.’

Instead of killing homosexuals, Christians share the love of God with them for their reconciliation with God and repentance from their sin. The media will certainly play the ends against themselves to advocate their perspective of the LGBT community.

So let’s get a clear picture of what has happened. A murderer has killed a number of people whom he apparently judged as though he were God. He may have murdered them because of his beliefs as a Muslim, which condemns some but not all acts of sexual perversion. And as the media coverage grows, you’ll certainly see the exoneration of the LGBT lifestyle and condemnation of dissent.

Please pray for those who continue to suffer in Orlando, Florida. Pray for our nation. And pray for yourself as well:

God of heaven, I believe in Jesus Christ who died on the Cross for me. I believe that he paid for the penalty of my sin, which I admit I have done. I ask for your forgiveness of my sin and thank you for your love. Please bring me closer to you so that I may know you. By your Holy Spirit, please make in me a clean heart, a renewed spirit, and a right mind that I may do those things that are pleasing to you. Thank you God, Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, and now my Father in Heaven. Amen!

Post the 10 Commandments in Public School Classrooms

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The idea behind the separation of church and state is very old. In the mid-1600s, Roger Williams said that the church was supposed to be separated unto God and the state to the People. He said that the 10 Commandments that Moses gave us, and that all major religions respect, was the foundation of the principle we call the separation of church and state. This historic truth needs to be taught in our public school classrooms for the benefit of the next generation.

The first tablet of the 10 Commandments (Commandments # 1-4) represents man’s duty to God and the second tablet (Commandments # 5-10) represents man’s duty to man or the People. The separation of church and state meant that the state or government was based upon the second tablet not the first.

A religious state is based upon both the first and second tablet. A secular state is based upon neither the first or second tablet. A civil state is based only upon the second tablet and not the first. That means that you have every right to be wrong academically, philosophically, religiously, theologically, but you don’t have a right to do what is wrong. Thomas Jefferson said this in his letter to the Danbury Baptist Association:

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions…

Jefferson borrowed the idea of the separation of tablets that explains the idea of the separation of church and state from Roger Williams. Jefferson continued:

… I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.

Jefferson connected the dots between the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution’s bill for religious freedom with the idea of the separation of church and state, basing the idea of separation upon the idea of the separation of the tablets of the 10 Commandments.

The U.S. Judiciary has concluded that the letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Baptists at Danbury Connecticut was the foundation for the principle of separation between church and state and the U.S. First Amendment’s religious clauses. As such, we can know that civil law must be based upon moral principles (second tablet), which reach the actions of people. The separation of church and state not only mandates that law be based upon morality (principles noted by the second tablet) but that there is no right to do what is morally wrong. I wonder if the courts will follow perspective this given their penchant for following the atheist blogosphere and their revision of the old Christian idea of separation between church and state.

The 10 Commandments represents the foundation for our most important freedoms in America. Not only is it the foundation for the separation of church and state, it is the foundation for our civil and religious freedoms. The 10 Commandments should be put onto public school classroom walls. Although the state may object due its perspective of secularism that came from the atheist blogosphere (a violation of the no establishment clause), putting the 10 Commandments on public school walls represents another separation between church and state where the state cannot deny the principles that are at its foundation. Putting the 10 Commandments onto public school classroom walls actually creates a wall of separation between church and state.

Lawyers, like Kelly Shackelford from the Liberty Institute, have advised that putting the 10 Commandments onto public school classroom walls can be done within the current context of court precedents if the 10 Commandments are put into a mosaic with other historic documents to present an historic truth. To that end, I’ve put together a poster that you can download, along with a booklet that explains the details of the poster, that you can put onto your public school’s classroom walls.

Religious Freedom Poster

Religious Freedom Booklet

Please understand what may already be obvious. If you do this, some religious atheist with a religious political agenda of secularism will find cause to sue you in the court system and the court may agree with them in violation of the no establishment clause of the U.S. First Amendment. Atheists have been doing this and getting away with this for decades with the courts helping them. You must count the cost for this even though it is perfectly legal.

We live in a society that is in the middle of a culture war. We see the moral imagination of our nation becoming more perverted day by day. The courts have even objected to the posting of the 10 Commandments by themselves onto public school classroom walls because it might cause children to read them, ponder them, and act on them. For those who choose to take a stand by posting the 10 Commandments onto public school classroom walls, either by itself or in a mosaic with other documents, they are standing on a firm foundation that will help build a foundation for the education of the next generation.

No Peace with Fools

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Jesus Erases Our Sin

Have you ever tried arguing with a contrarian? They find every reason to dismiss what you say and if you don’t answer them, they’re satisfied with their ability to dismiss the truth. The Bible tells us:

4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

[Proverbs 26:4-5]

Rationalists find many reasons to dismiss morality. Trying to answer rationalist liberal thinking is folly. Conservatives become fools when they try to convince people who are liberal that a counter-rational argument is legitimate. But if conservatives do not answer liberal rational arguments with conservative rational arguments, liberals will think they have an intelligent viewpoint.

Sadly, the mindset of a liberal is rationalist, which is a means of arguing against God’s moral truths found in our conscience and the Bible. The mindset of the conservative, typically, is moral, which means that decisions are not made rationally but instinctively by conscience and tradition. It is painful to argue with liberals either in moral terms or rational terms as they are often stubborn to the point of being stupid. Did you ever hear of someone who is invincibly ignorant? There is not convincing them.

Modern sex politics tries to rationalize the idea of making sin normal; sometimes making it appear moral. No matter how many people join ranks to support the politics of immorality, immoral behavior is still sin. Arguing with people about the sinfulness of sin is foolish. Either you get it or you don’t. But leaving people to their own thinking without correcting their foolishness, means we not only leave them thinking they’re wise, we leave them in their sin. And God does not want people to suffer endlessly in sin.

A generation may leave God behind as they pursue their immoral lifestyles characterized by the appetites of sexual pleasure apart from the moral direction God provides for healthy sexual activity. A darkened heart will refuse instruction. So why try? Because the heart of God seeks the lost soul. One cannot serve the ideas of righteousness without sharing the heart of a righteous God who seeks to save the lost soul of the sinner.

Those of us who find the folly of transgender bathrooms, homosexual marriage, and abortion simply immoral and sinful are ignored by a society madly pursuing the end of their appetites. Our job is not to change people by belittling them but by offering God His opportunity to convict them so He can share his love, the forgiveness of sin, with them. This is the heart of God, this is the heart of love – the forgiveness of sin. Remember, homosexual, transgender, gay, and lesbian people are sinners too. And God offers them the forgiveness of sin through his Son Jesus Christ.

So the next time you find someone trying to justify their sin remind them that it is sin because God said so. You don’t need a rational argument. And offer them the opportunity to be forgiven of their sin by telling them of the love of God that led Jesus to die on the Cross for their sins. And don’t forget, love without morality is sin; love without righteousness is a lie. God is Love and He is Righteous; his love is without hypocrisy. God loves us enough to forgive our sins when we ask.

Please pray this prayer:

God of heaven, I believe in Jesus Christ who died on the Cross for me. I believe that he paid for the penalty of my sin, which I admit I have done. I ask for your forgiveness of my sin and thank you for your love. Please bring me closer to you so that I may know you. By your Holy Spirit, please make in me a clean heart, a renewed spirit, and a right mind that I may do those things that are pleasing to you. Thank you God, Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, and now my Father in Heaven. Amen!