A Special Kind of Garden

A Special Kind of GardenGardening takes an abundance of hard work and dedication. It’s cultivating soil, planting, watering, weeding, careful tending. I’m working on a special kind of garden these days…

In many ways, my blog is like a garden. Writing a blog is one way I try to plant seeds of love and encourage to others.  I enjoy sharing facts, opinions, ideas, details, and truths through writing. I believe God started me down this blogging path as a tool for His glory and the good of others.

Those who truly know and love me will tell you that my heart is to encourage others and to glorify The Lord. There are times, however, when I have to approach some of those nasty, choking weeds of untruth. Today is one of those days…

I just get frustrated with this world and the way it treats My Lord. I know many people believe Christians should just sit down and be doormats without expressing their beliefs, thoughts, or frustrations. It’s usually the same people who believe in all of that old “Dr. Spock” express your feelings, don’t hurt the psyche psychological mumbo-jumbo which is completely contrary to the Bible. What they really mean is only express your feelings and opinions if they are the same as mine. We’ve seen how selfish society has become as result…

Well, I’m just going to give you a heads-up: as I mentioned previously today is probably not going to be one of those uplifting and encouraging posts. I am really feeling the need to stand up for Jesus against people who are trying to use Him for their political agendas.

I’ve seen a few popular articles and social media posts on how Jesus was a “liberal/socialist”. HA! I’ve also seen posts on how Jesus was a republican of sorts. Well I have news for you–He was neither of those! People should be ashamed of trying to equate Him to those parties or to even degrade Him down to their levels.

In today’s society you have republicans who are supposed to exhibit Christian Biblical principles and family values. For the most part the majority of republicans do just that, but then you have those who are lax in their conservatism. They are a terrible witness to God because they bend God’s Word to fit their own agenda. Then republicans preach all day long about how things are wrong, but then they don’t put their words into action. They have done nothing to stop the madness of sin in this nation. They defend our forefathers with their words, but it is just lip service.

I find it extremely odd that liberals will make fun of republicans for taking everything so strictly and seriously, but then in the next breath now they are faulting them for their lax and misguided decision to back Donald Trump. How hypocritical! (and conservatives are supposed to be the only Phariseees of today. If you ask me both parties fit that bill.)

You also have liberals who don’t hold strict to a Biblical worldview. They believe that people should be able to live their lives as they see fit, floundering to and fro with whichever way the wind blows this old world. They don’t believe the Bible is absolute truth, and they choose to ignore any convicting verses that discuss sin. They take one verse about judging (Matthew 7:1-2: “Don’t judge others, or you will be judged. You will be judged in the same way that you judge others, and the amount you give to others will be given to you.”) They take it out of context and say we are not supposed to even recognize whether something is right or wrong.

It is insulting and offensive that a lot of people believe Jesus was just a prophet and not Son of God. They also believe He was not sinless. Their whole political leg is wrapped up in not promoting Christianity and tearing it down. Yet, when they find one little string of His Word that they can distort or pull out of context for their agenda, all of a sudden they conveniently pull Him out of their little compartment and use Him. Then they shove Him back in when they are convicted of their own sin or don’t want to change their lives and give them to Him.

Then they choose to dissect and extract one or two verses from the Bible about the poor from the Bible and tell the whole world we are supposed to give all that we have. That’s the truth–we are supposed to give our lives and possessions to Jesus so that He is Lord over them. They skip that part and just talk of material possessions alone eliminating the spiritual nature of the verse. They also don’t do any of that themselves. They choose to state that only the rich are supposed to give up everything. The Bible says rich and poor alike are to give everything for God’s cause.  Even the widow in the Bible who was poor gave everything she had to Jesus. Jesus didn’t have a problem with the fact that the others were rich. He had a problem with the state of their hearts. He said the widow was righteous because she gave all she had. I don’t see many on either side doing that, do you?

They  brainwash people into thinking people who have are sinful. I know people who have more than I have but also give more than they keep. They sacrifice and God keeps blessing them with more. I also know people who have nothing and they continue to sit around and do nothing to help their situation. God gives them opportunities to be blessed and work, but they choose to continue to sit on their tails waiting for a handout.

Giving generously so that the government can indoctrinate our children, control our lives, control family size, force parents to enroll children in public schools, and compartmentalize or dissolve our faith is the way of the liberal, but it is not the way of the Bible.

The Bible is full of commands which both sides ignore like murder-abortion, God’s plan for families, lying, cheating, husbands leading families and wives submitting to authority, stealing what is not rightfully yours, coveting, adultery, the list goes on and on. And the Bible says ALL sins are against Him and are equal in His eyes. So someone’s “little white lie” is just as bad as someone’s greed.

Do you realize how many laws have been enacted by liberals and republicans alike which do NOT fall in line with God’s Word? Liberals are no more Christian than republicans and vice versa.

I am so glad Jesus was neither the definition of today’s typical liberal or conservative. Jesus spent time with sinners and loved them unconditionally. He NEVER once told them it was okay to live in sin. God hates sin. Jesus told them to go and sin no more. Liberals and republicans alike tell people it’s okay to be selfish putting self first by not giving, by murdering babies, letting filth come from their mouths, watching tv that is not pleasing to God, lying, stealing from those who have just because they have not, and a myriad of other sins. The hypocrisy is on both sides of the political spectrum.

How dare people write posts and articles attempting to compare my sweet Lord and Savior with any political party. Both are so far from God it is not even funny. There are people who claim to be Christians but don’t live the life of generosity, holiness and sacrifice which God calls them to.

As far as the results from the primaries, I’m disappointed to know that so many who claim to be Christians just tarnished the witness for Christ by voting for someone who clearly knows nothing about Christianity like Donald Trump, but I’m also disappointed in those who distort God’s Word and knowingly allow and make it easier for people to live a life that is going to put them in hell for all eternity.

I’m disappointed in the other side for spreading a love of money and greed that would encourage them to sell their souls to the devil in order to make decisions that make them “happy” or “feel good” or promise them they don’t have to pay for things they should be paying for as their personal responsibility.

Jesus cared about souls more than money and living for self. So should we. I also don’t believe we should associate ourselves with a political party or social group like feminists or any other title we know is not biblical. Do you understand my frustration?

Then I’ll post something in frustration and people think I’ve gone off the deep end. I haven’t jumped off a cliff. I’ve jumped into the arms of Jesus and joined God’s Army. I will not apologize for my faith, and I will follow God’s command to share it. One of the ways I accomplish this is through this blog. I pray the seeds I plant will flourish and grow through God’s powerful and loving cultivation. I want to be able to stand before Jesus and say that I tried my best to speak truth in love, that I tried to win souls for His Kingdom. How about you?

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