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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Racism Trumps All Issues in 2012 Election

I try not to post anything political on my page because I trust in God, not in governments, the wisdom of men, or what fear and hate mongering owners of the media outlets tell me I ought to trust in. Fear equals unbelief and such is not my inheritance as a child of The Most High God who reins far above all principalities and powers. We would honor God more by ignoring the political divisiveness that is breeding hate among the so called church in America during this election. Where is the grace in our conversation? What does the world now see in us that is any different than what they see in those who do not know Christ in this hour? Why can't we simply vote our own conscience privately as the country's forefathers intended? "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." (Matthew 12:34) I'm not for any political party. I am for Jesus Christ and Him crucified. We have the right to free speech. Yes indeed we do. However, when it comes to speech that falls short of proclaiming the preeminent sovereignty of God, I question whether His rights are being championed in the conversation. "When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise." (Proverbs 10:19) Scripture mandates that I vote, not hate nor speak hatefully... Is my speech therefore hateful? I need to examine myself to see if I and my free speech are indeed in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). Peace and love to us and all glory to God. The world is watching and we need for them to see the light of Christ, not a spirit of fear which pushes people away. We can vote for whoever we want to vote for in private. Yet, with our freedom of speech, are we lifting Jesus Christ up by loving our neighbor into God's Kingdom? Or, God forbid, do we seem more interested in our opinions and judgment of those who do not recognize the love of God in us? We do not need to fight God's battles. God is omnipotent and wholly sovereign. We do, however, need to obey God's new commandment. "That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another." (John 13:34) If we are honest with ourselves, do we feel the love of Christ when we read some of the things we have written about candidates during this presidential election?

 © 2012 Brian L Hunter

Monday, October 29, 2012

Harsh Realities of Facebook Friendship #1

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:29-32)

All have fallen short of the glory of God. Although I have fallen far short of the mark in regards to producing thoughts entirely free of corruption, I have pointed no one on Facebook to myself but to Christ only. In fact, I have often admitted to being an idiot. The proof is documented in black and white and available for the entire world to scrutinize. Having incurred wrath and condemnation as a result, I have made an observation and it may be mine alone: A true friend will never need to question our integrity. This is a sort of litmus test of the type of intimacy which defines true friendship.

 
© 2012 Brian L Hunter

Election 2012 and Weepy, Snow White's 8th Dwarf

“Jesus wept.” (John 11:35)

Speaking of men who cannot seem to hold their eye water, I have discovered an eighth dwarf. Snow White never met this one. His name is weepy. He seems to be addicted to worship and the presence of the Lord. If Jesus is indeed his example, I am tempted to envy such a soaking of the proverbial handkerchief myself. What burden moves him to tears? It certainly is worth a bit more contemplation on my part. I may eventually be led to conclude that big boys do indeed cry. I have often wondered what else the world may have lied to me about? Maybe I shouldn’t believe everything I see on television or read in the newspaper after all. Thank God He has given me so much relevant reading and thinking to do. I thank Him even more for sending His Holy Spirit that I may be moved to tears by the truth of which and of whom He does testify. Selah.


 © 2012 Brian L Hunter

Weepy

“Jesus wept.” (John 11:35)

Speaking of men who cannot seem to hold their eye water, I have discovered an eighth dwarf. Snow White never met this one. His name is weepy. He seems to be addicted to worship and the presence of the Lord. If Jesus is indeed his example, I am tempted to envy such a soaking of the proverbial handkerchief myself. What burden moves him to tears? It certainly is worth a bi

t more contemplation on my part. I may eventually be led to conclude that big boys do indeed cry. I have often wondered what else the world may have lied to me about? Maybe I shouldn’t believe everything I see on television or read in the newspaper after all. Thank God He has given me so much relevant reading and thinking to do. I thank Him even more for sending His Holy Spirit that I may be moved to tears by the truth of which and of whom He does testify. Selah.


© 2012 Brian L Hunter

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Poema 12

Interwoven interests of a Christocentric nature
Motivate compassion and salve anoints
Unkind aspersions. (Hunter, 2012) 

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© 2012 Brian L Hunter

Break Me

“It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn your statutes.” (Psalm 119:71)

Graciously break my legs as you see fit, Great Shepherd of the Sheep (Hebrews 13:20). By the time my leg has healed, I, your precious lamb, the lamb you loved enough to sacrifice your only begotten Son, will have learned to stay nearer my God to Thee. Hallelujah! Do not allow me to lean to my own und
erstanding, oh Lord (Proverbs 3:5). Perfect my trust in You today. Convict me when I rebel against Your instruction if indeed Your Spirit is within me. Help me to more diligently examine myself to determine daily if I remain in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). It is so easy to follow my own way. My own way does not bother me like the inerrant two-edged, cutting truth of  Your holy Word. I am comfortable left to my own wisdom. Therefore, provoke me to holiness by discomfiting this flesh which prefers the stable sameness of self-centered stagnation. Upset this flesh and move me toward the light, Your light (Matthew 5:14-16, John 8:12), Almighty God. Hallelujah!


© 2012 Brian L Hunter

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Unbelief, Racism, and the 2012 Presidential Election

“So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)

Government can work to protect our stuff. However, what we possess, our rights, our homes, our cars, our jobs, and the like, are temporal. “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26) Irrational fear reveals deeper issues such as unbelief, as though God is not sovereign, faithful, or able to deliver on His exceeding great and precious promises (2 Peter 1:4). Shame on us if we nullify faith in God - no matter who, what, where, or when government succeeds or fails. We seem to be more concerned about eating whole foods in the natural than we are about believing in the whole truth, the whole way, and the whole life (John 16:6). Let faith reveal our hearts, not hatred and bigotry. All of my hope is in things eternal. Lord, let not my faith fail me in this hour. In Jesus’ mighty name I pray, realizing that I need Thee every hour. Amen.

 © 2012 Brian L Hunter

Our American Stuff

“So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)

Government can work to protect our stuff. However, what we possess, our rights, our homes, our cars, our jobs, and the like, are temporal. “For what is a man profited, if he sha

ll gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26) Irrational fear reveals deeper issues such as unbelief, as though God is not sovereign, faithful, or able to deliver on His exceeding great and precious promises (2 Peter 1:4). Shame on us if we nullify faith in God - no matter who, what, where, or when government succeeds or fails. We seem to be more concerned about eating whole foods in the natural than we are about believing in the whole truth, the whole way, and the whole life (John 16:6). Let faith reveal our hearts, not hatred and bigotry. All of my hope is in things eternal. Lord, let not my faith fail me in this hour. In Jesus’ mighty name I pray, realizing that I need Thee every hour. Amen.


 © 2012 Brian L Hunter

Friday, October 26, 2012

Another's Well Being?


“His secret, inner heart will become known, and so he will bow down to the ground and worship God, declaring, "God is truly among you!" (1 Corinthians 14:25)

When our genuine concern for another’s well being is no greater than the concern a virus has for us when we have by it been infected, then the egocentrism of humanism becomes clearly evident. If our agenda runs contrary to the Word of God and His love then our thinking will breed mischief. Oh, we will smile while we wield the weapons of our discontent. Nonetheless, by no fault of our own thanks to Adam, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34, Luke 6:45). A human being, like any other creature, will become extremely defensive seeking to kick, scratch, and claw his or her way out of the perceived corner of endless potential threats. Unfortunately, misperception developed as a survival mechanism over the course of enduring the hideous abuses indicative of mans total depravity can cause the wounded to then become the violator.



© 2012 Brian L Hunter

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Abuse

“"I hate divorce," says the Lord God of Israel. "I hate it when one of you does such a cruel thing to his wife. Make sure that you do not break your promise to be faithful to your wife." 17 You have tired the Lord out with your talk. But you ask, "How have we tired him?" By saying, "The Lord Almighty thinks all evildoers are good; in fact he likes them." Or by asking, "Where is the God who is supp
osed to be just?" (Malachi 2:16-17 Good News Translation)

Too many of us have been abused thoroughly and severely over incredibly long periods of time by the very people who claimed to love us the most. We know bondage and we are well acquainted with sorrow. However, please let us resist the temptation to become subtle abusers of others in our defensive attempts to avoid repeating the victimization of our past. Oh yes, it is quite possible to abuse without lifting a hand or saying a word. In fact there is a spiritually clandestine type of abuse which requires the complete silence of the abuser. Lord, please heal us from the pain which threatens to make us a cancer in God’s Body, the Body of Christ our Savior. In Jesus’ mighty and holy name I pray believing wholly that it is done unto us, your beloved, according to the Word of your power (Hebrews 1:3). Amen and amen.


© 2012 Brian L Hunter

Pawns

“For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.” (Hebrews 5:12)

We must refuse to be offended, manipulated, or baited into a fight with any pawn of the enemy just now and we must also not be coerced into silence simply because our accusers ha

ve found strength in any common consensus. We mustn’t mind at all being branded as hateful for merely speaking the truth of God’s Word when we have not spoken on our own authority. To be offended by the Word of God is a good thing if it brings about a change of direction. Conviction is evidence that the Holy Spirit is present and actively working on one’s heart. Hallelujah! We should be happy then to be hated for such a cause, that the will of the Lord be accomplished in the life of even one of us who would have continued on stagnant in immaturity and nursing wounds and offenses of which we refuse to let go.


© 2012 Brian L Hunter

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Election 2012 Encouragement

“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” (Psalm 27:14)

No matter who runs the local Seven Eleven, the Board of Demons (Deacons), or the country, God is still sovereign, omnipotent, faithful, long-suffering, merciful, and on the throne. Hallelujah! Neither Ghost Busters, presidents, businessmen, nor Wall Street can deliver us. “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” (Psalm 20:7) My Savior left me His peace (John 14:27). Like the infants in the nursery, I should be at rest in a bed of grace prepared for me. Hallelujah! I certainly don’t have time to fret about polls. God is in control, saints. He never slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121:1-5) and He is not on vacation. I promise. Better yet, He has promised. I can honestly say, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” (Psalm 37:25) Hallelujah! I can either be a faith baby or a cry baby. However, I cannot be both.

 © 2012 Brian L Hunter

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Food for Thought (Not for the sensitive...)

Please allow me to ponder out loud. Mormonism doctrine has historically promoted hatred for the decedents of Ham (Genesis 9:18). What of the English word ‘black’ and its etymology? Part of the Merriam Webster definition: “indicative of condemnation or discredit ” Has this contributed to the systemic brainwashing of Americans generation after generation? So many powerless evangelicals in 2012 who proclaim to be disciples of Christ seem to be completely unaware of their inbred racism and the offensiveness of their seemingly inherent if not merely institutionalized and learned hatred for the first American President of obvious African descent. I think a little sensitivity training may be  in order for the church at large. Corporations have realized the benefits of diversity training for employees. Why is the church so far behind? For further cogitation see: 

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/black 

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=black 

 http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F30F17FB385E15738DDDAE0894DF405B8984F0D3 

© 2012 Brian L Hunter

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

To The Remnant

"But if you fail to keep your word, then you will have sinned against the LORD, and you may be sure that your sin will find you out." (Numbers 32:23 NLT)

Question: Though you profess to honor "the way, and the truth, and the life," (John 14:6), yet enjoy the fruit of a poisonous worldly tree, once you have benefited so greatly from the lies necessary to perpetuate the illusion of your righteousness, why then would you ever want to surrender to truth? I reckon that a snake does not cut off it's own neck, naturally. However, just as sure as a viper must rear it's head in order to strike, so shall your sin find you out. To the remnant - selah.
 
© 2012 Brian L Hunter