1 Corinthians 4:10-14 (New Living Translation)

 10 Our dedication to Christ makes us look like fools, but you claim to be so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are so powerful! You are honored, but we are ridiculed. 11 Even now we go hungry and thirsty, and we don’t have enough clothes to keep warm. We are often beaten and have no home. 12 We work wearily with our own hands to earn our living. We bless those who curse us. We are patient with those who abuse us. 13 We appeal gently when evil things are said about us. Yet we are treated like the world’s garbage, like everybody’s trash—right up to the present moment.

 14 I am not writing these things to shame you, but to warn you as my beloved children.

Judges 7:4-7 (NLT)

4 But the Lord told Gideon, “There are still too many! Bring them down to the spring, and I will test them to determine who will go with you and who will not.”

5 When Gideon took his warriors down to the water, the Lord told him, “Divide the men into two groups. In one group put all those who cup water in their hands and lap it up with their tongues like dogs. In the other group put all those who kneel down and drink with their mouths in the stream.”

6 Only 300 of the men drank from their hands. All the others got down on their knees and drank with their mouths in the stream. 7 The Lord told Gideon, “With these 300 men I will rescue you and give you victory over the Midianites. Send all the others home.” 

Note: This is a great story from the Old Testament. I have heard a few definitions as to why God chose the three hundred who lapped as a dog. I believe the most common is that God chose those who stood on their feet and lapped as a dog because they were ever ready to defend themselves against an enemy.

Well, about forty years ago, I read a different interpretation from a fulfilled Jewish author who was once a Rabbi. He suggested that the reason why God chose those who lapped as a dog and remained on their feet was because "all the others fell to their knees." He suggested that the reason why God hadn't chosen those who fell to their knees was because idolatry was so common a practice among the tribes that they would not be righteous candidates for a miraculous victory.

Well, I suppose the times were much like today. Yet, I am concerned if we can even find three hundred church leaders who haven't bowed their knees to materialism and can still preach a few minute message?

August 29, 2020

I just got through watching the the Republican National Convention and it was as if I had been taken back thirty years in time. 

I was thinking that I wish they would make a Convention Collection of the entire four nights and distribute them as they used to do with Christian Conventions or week long seminars that I attended years ago. 

Do you understand what I am saying?

For years, I would go to various Christian sponsored Campmeetings or Conventions and was able to hear an entire line up of prominent speakers share about the various things that they were doing for the Kingdom of God. 

Overtime though, what happened was that it became "fashionable," to charge registration fees. 

Yes, year after year the registration fees would increase and the more that they increased the less popular these Campmeetings and Conventions became. 

In fact, it was almost as if these gatherings of Campmeetings or Conventions were no longer tailored to bring God glory, but instead they were used to serve a "Clergy," who availed themselves of the opportunities to profit off another Christian enterprise.

What I am saying is that the purpose of these Conventions were to gather together Christians and the result was a great unity amongst the hearers, as well as a unity to call each other to a common and like minded vision. 

Somehow though, the emphasis had slowly changed toward a financial profiting of those who sponsored these events and the end result was that Christian Campmeetings and Conferences lost their appeal. 

I mean, in the early years, you went to one of these and you felt refreshed, empowered, unified, equipped, and united in a soulful pursuit of building God's kingdom. 

Over the years, however, I believe most people walked away from many of these having felt used, abused, lied to, deceived and hypocritical of their  "leaders," stances.

You know, the same way that the Democrats had probably left their National Convention last week?

Nevertheless, it was not so with the RNC. 

When I walked away from hearing night after night of the accomplishments, the vision and the goal of this leader, it was as if I had been transported three or four decades earlier to a time in history when Christians stood up and spoke about their single vision of further advancing the Kingdom of God. 

It was a time when financial gain hadn't yet clouded their purpose or goals for the church. It was a time when Pastors and church leaders were still highly respected as men of God, separated from the other "careers," of the American workforce. 

In fact, the offices were so highly respected many Americans had never considered it a "Career," but a "Calling." 

Today, however, I believe that there are many Americans who neither consider the "Offices," a career or a calling? 

You see, they have been so disgusted and disappointed with what they have read of our highly noted "leaders," that many just believe that the whole "religion," game is nothing but a Con Job.

Last week, I wrote a paper concerning some Patriots, led by Hannity in pursuing the truth and justice of our court system that our nation so lacks. 

After I wrote it, I realized that there are too many to mention, but felt bad for not at least mentioning Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin and a slew of others who have replaced my list of "Men and Women that I Highly Respect."

You see, years ago, it might have been made up of preachers or church leaders. 

Well, they aren't real big on my list, anymore.

Right after that paper the RNC Convention started and I was able to add a number of other "Patriots," to my list of "Men and Women that I Highly Respect."

It was unbelievable, night after night the RNC paraded individuals who when joined with our President's vision and patriotism were made "heroes," in their own right. 

Yes, many of these were added to my list of "Men and Women that I Highly Respect."

During the course of the Convention, however, I was either reminded by the Holy Spirit or just personally noted that there was a serious lack of "Clergy," being represented. 

Well, I know that Mr. Falwell has been preoccupied, but still, I didn't see a lot of "Clergy." 

Of course, there was a lady freed from prison and I believe that she was ordained, and then there was a former Bank robber, who had also become ordained with a ministry to help others, but I missed seeing the typical American "Clergy man." 

I am sure you know who I am talking about.

Last week, I was curious, so I went to "Google" and ask it a question. 

I ask, "What types of animals stick their head in the sand and why?"

Well, this is one of the purposes for my paper tonight. 

I would like to break that myth that certain animals put their head in the sand. It is not true. 

Let me post a quote from a search I did on Google, it was titled:

"Do ostriches really bury their heads in the sand?" by Bambi Turner

When frightened, ostriches instinctively bury their heads in the sand in the hopes that trouble will pass them by -- or so the legend goes. In reality, ostriches don't bury their heads in the sand to avoid danger. Not only would they be unable to breathe, but when you think about it, they really have no reason to do so.
Ostriches are the fastest animals on two legs, capable of running as fast as 40 miles per hour for a brief period if they have to outrun trouble.  

Well, can we be clear on this?

As popular as the myth is, it really isn't true.

No, Ostriches do not put their head in the sand, but...Man, They run like hell to avoid any trouble that might upset their convenient and pampered lives. 

Does this remind you of anybody in particular?

And please don't say your "Pastor," I've been trying to keep my promise and to not pick on them as much. 

Let me give you a couple of other statistics that copied today. 

During the DNC Kamala Harris, drew 5.7 million more viewers than Vice President Pence did during the RNC. 

During the DNC, the third night was up 2.2 million voters from the previous night. 

On the third night of the RNC 2.3 million viewers had quit watching as compared to the 2nd night. 

On the third night of the DNC, they had 21.4 million viewers.

On the third night of the RNC, there were only 15.7 million viewers. 


You see, I watched both the conventions and I just assumed that the RNA by pure common sense, Patriotism and by those good feelings that it gave me would have blown away the mindsets of those who had watched the DNC.

The reality check that I am speaking of here is that we have progressed as a society to where there is no longer common sense, patriotism or a righteous vision that brings good feelings amongst us as a common unity. 

Up is down, wrong is right, good is evil, law is no longer needed, abortion ethics is no longer relevant, as it has been replaced by the question of infanticide, conceding an election is weakness, cheating and voter fraud is right, so long as it favors your candidate, public rioting and beatings have replaced the practice of carrying placards. 

I mean, Hey, No Problem, just a change in normality. 

So anyway, after the RNC, I was feeling really good, but then I saw these statistics today. 

Well, nobody has a clue as to how this election will turn out. Presently, we have rioters who led a United States Senator to fear for his and his wives life last night.  

What will these "rioters," be doing election day?

Will there be hundreds or thousands of these individuals paid to over turn voter boxes or to invade and terrorize voting places?

Well, I am tired of pleading or suggesting that our religious leaders speak up concerning these issues, nevertheless, as I was talking to the Lord about it a few days ago, I had a thought. 

You see, most of these leaders are so afraid of losing their precious tax statuses that they are powerless in tongue and speech. I mean, logically they ought to be able to see that if this election goes to the Far Left, AKA the Democrats, there will be no "church" as they understand it. 

In other words, whether they know it or not, "They are here in America ordained men and women of God, much as Esther was."

You see, the time is short and the decree has been arranged to go into effect on a particular day, so if they fail to present themselves before the king, then so goes the American heritage of righteousness. 

Do you understand what I am saying?

This is a battle between Satan and the Church, between Good and Evil, between the future destruction of our country or the salvation of it. 

Well, I still believe that there are enough righteous people to vote the one man who could "lead us toward God's will," into office. 

I also believe that if the church leaders would all come together in unity then they also could find a way to have an "honest election."

You see, I will say this again,  I am not worried as to the election, as I believe that it is destined for Mr Trump to win. Nevertheless, what I fear the most is that the "Right," and the "church" will just be their typical apathetic fearful self and will fail to stand up and to fight for their right to have an honest and truthful election. 

As I was thinking of this a few days ago, it was as if I heard a suggestion from God. 

Well, since these pastors can't seem to profess a righteous choice in government, what if we could just get them to to preach an "Honest Election?" 

Can you imagine if every preacher "online" ended his sermon speaking about the importance of an honest Election?

I mean, if some just took a sixty second time of encouragement to "preach" the importance of an honest election, I believe it could change the nation. 

And I said "Preach," because this is the purpose of "preaching."

It is meant to strike the conscience of the hearers. 

In other words, you instill into the hearers a sense of "righteousness," in order to do otherwise would bring a pang of consciousness. 

You tell them, "If you see your neighbor abusing our election laws then you report them."

"If you see the voting booths being tampered with, then you report it."

Do you understand what I am saying?

The church has been pretending to be "Preaching," righteousness for so long, you sometimes wonder if they have forgotten how?

This is the reason why America is in the situation that it is in, it is because the church has been preaching materialism for so long that the people no longer have a conscience against sin. 

Well, I believe that the church could redeem itself, but first it must begin preaching what an honest election is and how it will affect America's future for years to come. 

You know, God looks down from heaven and he sees all these great mega churches filled with pastors and associate pastors and pastors, pastors, pastors, and sister pastors,  gathering and synchronizing their watches. And this is all so the hundreds of thousands of them can recite a prayer that God gave Solomon that they faithfully recite for days and months on end. Nonetheless, sometimes I wonder if he would instead just like three hundred or so men to emulate Gideons little band of men and to speak a word instead?  

Yes, our Pastors are all great prayer leaders, and wonderful orators when the subject is offerings, but can any of them still remember to preach?

That is the question that I will be asking after the election?

I mean, after all, I don't think God is asking you to go and convert the millions and millions of lost on the left. 

No, I just think that he is asking you to do one simple little thing that could have catastrophic events if it is not accomplished, "Can you preach an honest election?"

That's all!

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