The Supreme of All

He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: But he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he. ~ Proverbs 14:21

Candidates Reagan & Bush-41 Discuss Illegal Immigration in 1980 Debate

“They need to return to where they came from! USA! USA! USA!”

These words don’t appear to be that hurtful until you hear them and then look at the people who have embraced this patriotic bigotry.

That’s why breaking news from the Supreme Court came as no surprise to legal junkies.

The Supreme Court made a split decision on President Obama’s executive order that would have allowed four million immigrants who have been residing here without legal documentation in the United States not to be deported.

In other words, four justices were supporting the lower court decision to deport and 4 justices were against the lower court ruling.

What the world is seeing isn’t something new by now.

America is so divided in its moral standing that it is hard for any American to convince the world we care for anyone but our own self interests.

The argument on deporting families with children to go back from where they came is that they came in this country without permission.

The argument on the other side is that since they have helped keep America running and have only sought to have a decent living for them and their families. They should be given the opportunity to do so.

Let’s pray that the human race never escapes from Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere. ~ C.S. Lewis

When we look at both sides of the arguments, we have left out the One who is and will always be the deciding factor of how we should live our lives out while here on earth.

Perhaps a healthy dose of what God says will put us all in our rightful place.

The final decision will always be God.

After all, He is the Supreme of all.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

 

Deuteronomy 14:7-11 -Generosity to the Poor

“If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother, but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs. Beware lest there be a wicked thought in your heart, saying, ‘The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand,’ and your eye be evil against your poor brother and you give him nothing, and he cry out to the Lord against you, and it become sin among you. 10 You shall surely give to him, and your heart should not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand. 11 For the poor will never cease from the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land.’

Poor People and Bernie

“The poor and needy seek water, but there is none,Their tongues fail for thirst.I, the Lord, will hear them;I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. Isaiah 41:17


Yesterday, when I arrived home from church, I chose to watch the rebroadcast of the Sunday morning program Meet the Press.

On the program this weekend was Senator Bernie Sanders who was interviewed by the host Chuck Todd about the senator’s uphill battle against Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primaries.

Senator Sanders was adamant that he was not going to put an end to his campaign despite the pundits and polls showing him facing an uphill battle to get enough delegates to overtake his opponent.

While I was truly engaged in this interview, what I found myself taking offense with dealt with Senator Sanders opinion that he was not during well in the larger states in part was due to poor people.

As he stated himself, “poor people don’t vote. ”

Right after that comment, Senator Sanders may have lost a number of his poor voters.

I don’t believe that Senator Sanders intention was to offend anyone but he did.

Here it is that a number of his impoverished voters may have perceived that the Bernie Bern was not like your “A-typical” campaign. And that they…the poor voter…is under the impression that they too, are on an even playing field just like the young, white die-heart Bernie devotees.

Sure, Senator Sanders probably thinks that he is a refreshing and honest politician and independent by not being beholden to lobbyists or Wall Street.

But the tragedy of Senator Sanders words and perception of poor people, especially those living in urban communities, bring to light the reality that people in lower-income brackets will almost always be viewed as no more than a quick opportunity to be used and then be neglected until the next big campaign comes along.

The fact of the matter is that Bernie voters are enamored by his supposedly independence from the Democratic Party establishment (yet, he is using it to his advantage to run as a Democrat).

And the real fact that his young followers  are indeed not in the category described as needy or poor people. They are separated and placed on a higher plateau by Bernie himself.

But here lies the second tragedy, that so many young people in the urban community have bought into the perception that Senator Sanders really cares about them and the reality is, he only cares that they vote for him. That’s the character and the thinking of a seasoned politician.

Sadly, Senator Sanders comments about the poor not voting is another slap in their faces, especially, for those who believe that they matter regardless of race, ethnicity, education and financial status.

There is a myth about poor people not voting.

Actually, poor people do vote with the hope that the politician espousing change will be about change within America society.

So, what would I have to say to Senator Sanders at this very moment about his misinformed comment?

Say it ain’t so Bernie…say it ain’t so.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

The Lazy Politicians Song-Peter Hollens feat. Luke Conrad

When History Repeats Itself

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. Psalm 118:8

Bernie Sanders Stirs Up Crowd at High School (Jan 2016)

“Child, you don’t go following people blindly. ”

Those words still remain ingrained in my mind.

My grandmother was giving me advice when I was in my teens because I had become enamored with the hippies in California.

Whenever a news story on television would cover the hippies and their wild, free, peace and love carefree life in California, I was glued to the screen and my heart was racing as to the opportunity to be with the “in crowd. ”

It looked to me that these young white kids knew what life was about. They were rejecting society’s traditions and carving out a whole new world just for the young.

I was indeed thinking I could at any moment pack a little bag and head out of Philly and find my way to the Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco. Once there, I would figure things out as to which communes I could find that were open to accepting a creative and carefree black teenager.

Of course, I never made my way to California because of two big reasons. Grandma and fear!

Yes, my grandmother was full of profound wisdom but at the time, I never recognize how much her sound advice would in my adulthood be echoing through my lips to my own children and grandchildren.

I resolved to write about a truth that will be perceived by some as another “racial blame game. ” but I can assure you it is not.

What I believe as a fact and have and continue to be subjected to over these many decades of my life is that people don’t change in attitude and perceptions when it comes to race, class and economics, especially, here in America.

Racism unfortunately is evil and sadly, it continues to separate us.

A few days ago, I had a very insightful conversation with my younger daughter (a millennial) regarding the political climate taking place right now.

My daughter is presently serving outside the U.S. but she is constantly updated and aware of who the players are in the two main political parties.

So, as a parent, I wanted to get her opinion about this phenomenon youth swell for Bernie Sanders.

“Just what is the big attraction for Bernie Sanders? ” I asked with an attentive ear.

“Well, for one thing. They say he’s been consistent for the past fifty years. ”

From that point on, I listened and took mental notes, then, as a typical parent might react, I gave my opinion on what I believe draws the infantile to Senator Sanders.

“Let me tell you something. ” I told my daughter. “Bernie Sanders represents a bygone era that left their counter-partners (minorities) behind. You see, a majority of those hippies in the sixties now reside in that “establishment” world they rejected. And for those who are in the minority class, we got ignored…and do you know why? Because, the fun and appeal these young white kids had of rejecting their parents and the establishment had run its course. And as to be expected.  They happily went back home feeling that they had accomplished something. And in part they did. They created businesses that commercialize their wayward years and some became successful and wealthy (the irony of it all).

My daughter stayed silent for a moment and then she spoke.

“Well, I haven’t decided on who I will vote for yet”

And then our conversation went in another direction.

Yes, the appeal of Bernie Sanders has taken on another Haight-Asbury fantasy with all this youthful vigor but eventually, reality kicks in…especially for those in the “minority class” who are still struggling to understand…why we keep getting sucked up with emotional hype that guarantees the architects of the game everything they desire and the minority players once again become the losers.

This political season and those in the future is too important to drop the ball…I learned that the hard way a few years ago and relinquish my political affiliations with both major parties to go independent.

Like my grandmother told me.

Child, you just don’t go following people blindly.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

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