Posted by: the warrioress | August 4, 2013

Stuck In a Red State

Texas Flag

Texas Flag (Photo credit: sylvester75117)

As a Christian, living in a red state under Republican rule is challenging. I hadn’t thought it mattered all that much though until recently when I began to see the Republican party actually impacting my life up close and personal.

Like I wrote in my last posting, “The Next Voting Cycle,” I am actually one of the people in Texas who will not be permitted to enjoy the Affordable Health Care Act because I live in a red state that decided to tell the rest of us that we’re going to opt out of what President Obama so freely offered.

I can write the good governor, my congressmen and senators, (and I will), but they’re predominantly all conservative Republican so I’m not sure it’s going to do much good to tell them that I intend to vote them out as soon as humanly possible — and thanks a whole lot for all they’ve done for Texas, ( mild sarcasm).

As a Christian, instead of cussing them, I have to pray for these misguided politicians and the people who erroneously who support them. I have to do this instead of allowing myself to get discouraged and resentful because my negativity isn’t going to help anything; it’s not going to change anything either. Getting angry about this won’t help a thing.

Red States, Blue States

Red States, Blue States (Photo credit: dannysullivan)

I’m not sure how on earth taking away poor people’s food stamps, or their option for affordable health care is biblical or an example of “loving thy neighbor as thy self;”

I don’t know how encouraging the destruction of the environment and the wildlife upon it is Christian.

I don’t honestly understand how one pooh pooh’s scientifically proven global warming, or supports spending tax payer money we supposedly don’t have to purchase an unnecessary war machine. None of these are Christian values taught out of the New Testament by the disciples of Jesus Christ or Jesus Christ Himself.

I’ll never get how gun violence is actually supported by the religious right who claim Jesus Christ as their guide. I don’t grasp how they claim it’s Christ-like to support and pack concealed handguns and blow away their neighbor if they feel so inclined to do so.

As a Christian in Texas or anywhere else, the written words of Jesus Christ tell Christians to exhibit behavior that shows the fruits of the Holy Spirit in their lives; this is how we know someone is Christian, by their love one for another.

Jesus didn’t obsess over the economy, prosperity, and scratching one’s way to the top no matter who one stepped upon to get there. Jesus basically despised the holier than thou, self righteous lovers of Mammon. He told us what would happen to those who served riches and loved money more than their fellow men and women.

Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, living in luxury every day. A certain beggar, named Lazarus, was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. Yes, even the dogs came and licked his sores.

It happened that the beggar died, and that he was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died, and was buried. In Hades, he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far off, and Lazarus at his bosom. He cried and said, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue! For I am in anguish in this flame.”

But Abraham said, “Son, remember that you, in your lifetime, received your good things, and Lazarus, in the same way, bad things. But now here he is comforted and you are in anguish. 

— Luke 16:19–25

Red State (2006 film)

Red State (2006 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m comforted by this parable in that even though I live in this red state where I was born and raised, where the rich run things and could care little to nothing about the poor, the sick, fatherless, widows, single parents, or the unemployed who are scratching  to eek out a living — it’s okay. It’s all right because God sees what’s going on and He cares.

These right-leaning men and women who claim Christianity, but actually support an approve the likes of an Ayn Rand satanic economic philosophy spouted by wonder boy Paul Ryan, is insanity itself; it’s completely preposterous! There is nothing Christian about this and Jesus Christ is surely horrified, but what can I do about it, after all? Is anyone from that side of the fence even listening to me? I seriously doubt it… nevertheless, I will continue to write and share my thoughts about Christendom gone wrong, apostasy in the making, and the absolutely deceived who think they’ve somehow gotten this all right.

Jesus Christ said it would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a lover of riches to see heaven and I believe He is right. Not every Christian Republican voter flies under this banner that I’ve laid out, but quite a few do and many of them live right here in good old Texas.

These religious right Christians insist that the sins of abortion and homosexuality are an abomination before God, preaching intensely in their self righteous fury, and they are blind as one who strains at a gnat and swallows a camel. They don’t see their own abominable sins! They really don’t!

Ahh well.

Things are as they are and I’m just going to fix my mind upon what Jesus said while I sit in this red state and think about my inability to receive the health care that President Obama kindly tried to arrange for me and others who are in dire need of it, who also live in red states. And I will think about the following words as I watch Republican values playing out before me in a state where I have no choice but to accept what is.

So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many are called, but few chosen. Matthew 20:16

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”Matthew 6:19-21,24

When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”Matthew 20: 24-28

Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19: 21-24

“And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in; it chokes the Word, which becomes unfruitful” – Mark 4:19.

In Wikipedia we read:

‘Thus, Jesus cites the words of the prophet Isaiah (Is:61.1-2) in proclaiming his mission:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” — Luke 4:18-19

Luke, as is well known, had a particular concern for the poor as the subjects of Jesus’ compassion and ministry. In his version of the Beatitudes, the poor are blessed as the inheritors of God’s kingdom (Lk 6.20-23), even as the corresponding curses are pronounced to the rich (Lk 6.24-26).

God’s special interest in the poor is also expressed in the theme of the eschatological “great reversal” of fortunes between the rich and the poor in The Magnificat (Lk 1.46-55):

He has shown the might of his arm:
and has scattered the proud, in the conceit of their hearts.
He has pulled down the mighty from their thrones,
and exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich has sent empty away.’
–Luke 1:51-53

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_views_on_poverty_and_wealth

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_man_and_Lazarus

http://biblehub.com/niv/matthew/19.htm

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Responses

  1. Dear sister,

    Welcome to the club! This isn’t your fathers Republican party any more You are of course a right as rain ! When the evangelical Christian base got into politics, that was their first mistake. The second was believing that a party that for all intents and purposes has been bought and paid for by those who care nothing for ethics or morality peopel like the Koch brothers. The fact that people have always took care of one another through the church are other group who hold the dignity of their fellow men and women is no longer the way things are. Here in Indiana, people continue to believe that our governor is looking out for the majority of its citizens. Not true! I had a chance to challenge Mr Pence in a debate over the health care bill. He wouldn’t back down and he lied to the group where we spoke but I did tell him and the people there what was going on.

    We have the beginning of two class of people those with money and power and those who will be the next slaves (Witness the fast food workers, Walmart women being denied health care they would prefer you to be barefoot and dependent. Notice the defunding of quality education. The continuing effort ro stop voting rights of the poor and elderly Those who actually read, study and try to understand the Bible have seen this for a long time.

    The question is what to do. Write, call petition those currently in office. And most of all get involved and VOTE! Get these people out. We no longer can afford to sit back and allow our country to run on cruise. control. You might want to turn Fox “News’ off as well. The key to this whole thing and how to know who to trust is “follow the money”!

    Nescire autem quid antequam natus sis acciderit, id est semper esse puerum. (To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.) Time after time, history demonstrates that when people don’t want to believe something, they have enormous skills of ignoring it altogether. Jesus’s procession deliberately countered what was happening on the other side of the city. Pilate’s procession embodied the power, glory, and violence of the empire that ruled the world. Jesus’s procession embodied an alternative vision, the kingdom of God. This contrast—between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Caesar—is central not only to the gospel of Mark, but to the story of Jesus and early Christianity. The Western World has been attempting to preserve the fruits of Christianity after having surrendered the roots.”

  2. Wow! I have endorsed everything you wrote in your post. I often pondered over some of the same things. I cannot, and I do not think I will be able to fathom why any sane human being who cares about the poor and suffering would vote to take food and healthcare from the poor.

    Thanks so much for sharing. God blesses.

  3. I feel for you being that I live up in one of the blue northern states…fortunately for this beautiful country, if the GOP does not change their tune drastically in the very near future..they will go the way of the Whig Party after Hillary Clinton landslides the GOP 2 times in a row…and she will…and, then, If the democrats aren’t careful, they will be next. End corporate personhood immediately and then this country will be great again

  4. Frankly, Realeyezlife, I think the Republican party needs to go the way of the Whig Party. And yes, I am praying that Hillary will be our next President, after President Obama finishes this second term out. The Republican party scares me and is about as close to the beast/666 as somebody can get. I’m not sure what they will do with Jesus were He to return without warning, but I bet they would call Him a dirty, liberal hippy socialist.

    Thanks so much for reading my blog and commenting here!

  5. Noel, thanks for the endorsement. I do not understand this lack of real Christianity myself. It is depressing, discouraging, and causes resentment within me. Unfortunately, there is little I can do about it but write. I do hope that the conservative right Christians reading my blog will at least consider what I’ve been saying and think deeply on the matter, maybe praying about it and attempting to view things as Jesus did. I appreciate you reading and commenting.

  6. Thank you for your suggestions, Dr. Denis. I see you understand exactly what I’m saying here in this post and the last one. I will write, call, and petition those in office. I will get these people out with my vote. I don’t often watch Fox News except to eye the reporting with concern and disgust.

    What concerns me is how good Christian people can be so very deceived and blinded by Satan as to fall for this crap the Republicans are selling them. At any rate, thank you for grasping what I’ve said and making me feel not so alone in my frustration.

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  8. I feel like I could say the proof with you until I’m blue in the face, but it’s not enough to undo the media brainwashing. Keep plugging on though, my friend.

  9. Amen and Amen. Encultured religion is so far away from discipleship that Christianity as we know it has nothing to do with Christ – yet in the name of Christ. For example, notice the emphasis on “the Bible” as a whole. When we talk about “the word” we aren’t talking about The Word (Christ), we’re talking about the entire Bible – a library of books written by different people in different contexts. If people buy into religious leaders’ doing this, they can be manipulated. This is not only where brainwashing begins, but where we deviate from Christ. Never did HE call the scripture He knew (the Old Testament) the word of God, let alone the Bible we know today.

  10. I find both partys are corrupt..neither is any better than the other..

    they both are working hard to destroy the constitution..but I feel the Democrat party is more intent on destroying the Constitutional Republic
    that gives us our freedoms..

    The Democrat party is basically the Communist Party USA..It has been taken over.. these last few decdes

    Hillary would be nightmare..She is a traitor of the American people..going daily to the United Nations..trying to get a SMALL ARMS TREATY signed in our gov…

    This is treason..and Anti America ….Hillary..is not a true American…She works for her Tribe, her people..and her country..as she is a dual citizen…She works for this International Global Cabal

    TELEVISION..A WAR WEAPON OF MASS DECEPTION

    Her Tribe are these people
    this is what the bible says..not me

    STRONGS EXHASTIVE CONCORDANCE KJV..Hebrew
    #3067…Yehudiyth…Judith..a JEWESS ..A CANAANITESS

    Judith was wife of Esau (Edom)..She was daughter of Beeri..a Hittite..of the Canaannite tribes.

    WE have been greatly deceived..and have almost handed over our great nation to communist

    LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ISRAELI KIBBUTZ’S in Israel..that teach HEDONISM..SEXUAL IMMORALITY..

    =======================

    Many people are being called by God to learn scriptures…..they are obsessed with reading the scriptures..SOMETHING BIG IS COMING..A BIG AWAKENING…AND MANY PEOPLE SUCH AS MYSELF..ARE BEING CALLED BY GOD..TO TEACH THE TRUTH OF THE SCRIPTURES..as there are many deceptions today..many false prophets..and false teachers as was foretold to come according to scripture..

    II THESS 2…When you see the MAN OF PERDITION standing in the temple of God…you see apostasy in the Christian…for we are the living stones of the temple of God made without hands..and as the ancient Hebrews did…today..many Christians are unknowingly aligned themselves with the Luciferians..and their religion..Their religion is being taught in the Christians churches today..and passed off as Christianity..

    THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW THE TRUTH..IS FOR YOU TO READ THE BIBLE FOR YOURSELVES..You and you alone..are responsible for your eternal soul…That job should never be trusted to a mere man…instead..read the bible..pray..and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you to truth..

    God told us in the scriptures…that by reading his word…we will gain WISDOM..AND THE GIFT OF DISCERNMENT.

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    JEREMIAH 8:8..THE LYING PEN OF THE SCRIBES..

    JEREMIAH 23:36 Ye have PERVERTED THE WORDS OF THE LIVING GOD..of the Lord of hosts…Our God..

    JEREMIAH 29:23 THEY SPOKE LIES IN HIS NAME.

    JEREMIAH 17:5 CURSED BE THE MAN THAT TRUSTETH IN MAN..

    EPHESIANS 5:11 HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FRUITLESS DEEDS OF DARKNESS..BUT RATHER..EXPOSE THEM..

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    STRONGS EXHASTIVE BIBLE CONCORDANCE KJV
    Hebrew #1942 $ # 1943

    Je – HOVAH…EVIL PERVERSE THING…VERY WICKED…

    Jehovah..the name of the god of the Jews..(Canaanites) Jewpiters

    Gods word tells us that there is no wickedness in Heaven..where he dwells..so Jehovah cannot be the name of the Creator…but instead …its been inserted into our bible..getting the people of God..to pray to Lucifer..
    ========================================
    AMEN..an ancient Egyptian god of creation
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    JEW..should read Judean..as in a country…Amos 9 tells us there is no more nation of Israel..so Jew cannot be Judah today.

    the word ‘Jew’ did not exist when the scriptures were written..making it IMPOSSIBLE for the Torah to be of Jews..This is a deception

    GOD CHANGED ABRAMS NAME TO ABRAHAM…and noted it in the bible
    GOD CHANGED JACOBS NAME TO ISRAEL.and noted it in the bible
    GOD NEVER CHANGED THE NAME OF JUDAH..TO JEW..

    Revelation 2:9 and 3:9 should read…THEY SAY THEY ARE OF JUDAH..BUT ARE NOT…AS THEY DO LIE…BUT ARE A SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN..

    So..where do you think these people are today?

    GOD WARNED US OF A PEOPLE WHO WOULD COME..AND MASQUERADE AS JUDAH

    GOD TOLD US IN AMOS 9 THAT ISRAEL WAS NO MORE..NOR WOULD EVER BE GAIN…but a remnant of Jacob would remain

    THAT PROPHESY came to pass in ROMANS 11:5….It was this remnant of Jacob..that beget the New Covenant Christian church…and WE ALL ARE NOW HEIRS TO THE KINGDOM…GOD SAID HE WOULD CALL A PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT CALLED BY HIS NAME..(Israel Exodus 4:22)

    THE OLD COVENANT HAS PASSED AWAY…HEBREWS 8:13

    LAND PROMISES WERE FULFILLED IN NEHEMIAH 9:8 , 22-24
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    HALLELUJAH..
    Jah..is representing of pagan gods…
    HEYLEL the hebrew name for satan.
    HEYLEL is pronounced as HEY-LELE

    HEY-LELE-JAH
    .
    HEYLELEJAH

    When you say this..you envoke Lucifer..instead of the Creator
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    YAHWEH…an ancient pagan god..who has a consort named ASHTORETH..WHO WAS worhipped as a pagan godess..

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    God never gave us HIS NAME…but only a concept of himself..

    I AM…THAT ..IAM….and no more….

    this to be known for all generations…as a monument.

    He never said his name was any of those names the Jews have made up..

    ======================================
    When a person read the bible..ALOT..under the tutulage of the Holy Spirit..they gain wisdom..and the gift of discernment

    SCRIPTURES ARE ALWAYS BACKED UP WITH OTHER SCRIPTURES IN THE BIBLE..Like the TWO WITNESS’S are required in Christian courts.

    When I saw JEHOVAH in my bible….then I read Exodus 4:22..I knew that did not match up(a people called by MY NAME which his Israel)..ALSO Exodus 3:14-15 IAM THAT IAM..

    so I did further studies…and found out who Jehovah really was…Jupiter..thus Jewpiters..JUPITER WAS THE CANAANITE GOD…JUPITER..IS LUCIFER

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    THE NEW AGE RELIGON…comes from the Jewish Kabbalah..and the Babylon Talmud..aka the Teachings of Babylon..Their religion is like that of Solomon…pagan..Luciferian..That is why they seek to rebuild Solomons Temple AS A monument to THEIR god…Jehovah.or Jupiter..who is Lucifer.

    THE NEW WORLD ORDER…is a world where the God of the bible no longer exists…nore the people of God…No Christians..no DIASPORA Jews….No Torah keeping Muslims-Sons of Ishmael…No bibles will be allowed to exist.

    This
    is what the 80% global reduction in population agenda is about and they seek to replace the Adamites… with their own people, leaving a few Adamites for breeding and chores (Genesis 3:15 – Genesis 6)

    VIGILANT CITIZEN – SINISTER SITES…
    http://vigilantcitizen.com/sinistersites/sinister-sites-israel-supreme-court/

    see what they build in Spiritual Babylon Sodom and Egypt
    (Revelation 17:8 – 17:1 – 17:18 – 18:10- 18:2-3 – 18:23-24)

    .There is nothing of God in that un-holy place..

    OUR CHURCHES HAVE BEEN INFILTRATED..just as the Hebrews were . and their religion, Mosaic Hebrewism was replaced with Talmudic Judaism..a cult

    ARE WE GOING TO SUFFER THE SAME FATE AS THE HEBREWS?

    NOTE…those that push the prophecies…DANIEL 11:14…ALL THOSE fanciful myths and fables and HIGH DRAMA about the last days…are man made..and not of God..Rothschild created Israel..which is really Palestine.

    GOOD NEWS!!!

    WW3 is NOT Armageddon…The bible says that Armageddon will be fought at the end of the 1,000 year reign of Christ..and that it will be WON BY THE DOUBLE EDGED SWORD THAT COMES OUT OF CHRISTS MOUTH…..

    THE DOUBLE EDGED SWORD..IS THE WORD OF GOD..not man made weapons.

    Jesus said it would be as in the days of Noah…(LAWLESSNESS) AND THAT people would be eating..drinking…marrying…building….just another day..

    SO DONT WORRY SO MUCH..IT WILL BE OK..those of us who did not take the mark of the Beast in our foreheads (the Harlot religion).or our right hand (represents an alliance) are safe. and sealed with the Seal of God…

    Rev 11:8 THE GREAT CITY spiritually called Sodom and Egypt….WHERE OUR LORD WAS CRUCIFIED…(Jerusalem is the Great City..)

    17:1, THE HARLOT

    17:18, the global gov..

    18:10. great city is BABYLON

    18:2-3, BABYLON..HOME OF DEVILS

    18:23-24 For by thy sorceries were all nations deceived (24) And in her was found the blood of the prophets and of saints, AND OF ALL THAT WERE SLAIN UPON THE EARTH..

    EZEKIEL 36:5 Edom posesses the land with glee in their hearts..

    MICAH 3:10 They build up Zion with blood..and Jerusalem with iniquity

    CHRIST MADE A WHIP..AND WHIPPED THE MONEY CHANGERS.AND TURNED OVER THEIR TABLES..

    .I DONT THINK WERE SUPPOSED TO SIT HERE AND ALLOW EVIL TO FLOURISH, BABIES TO BE ABORTED..OR OUR CHRISTIAN NATION TO BE HANDED OVER TO DEVILS IN GOV.

    A God ordained gov..works for the people..Read Romans again..with new eyes.

    PSALMS 93:16 Who will rise up FOR ME against EVIL DOERS. Who will stand up FOR ME against the WORKERS OF INIQUITY..

    GODBLESS YOU ALL..

    TESS


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