Harp and Story

Why Indeed!

Have you ever wondered why truththe minority opinion almost always seems to get it’s way? Is it because those with the minority opinion are the loudest, or the bigger bully? Is it because the rest of us don’t want our little boat to be upset so, we just give in? When we ‘give in’ or stay silent we allow the minority opinion to frame the argument thus giving them the road to securing their desired outcome. Think about the decision to take prayer and Bible reading out of the public-school classroom; or the Supreme Court decision permitting the free exercise of abortion; or the redefinition of marriage. These decisions, that affect all of us in one way or another, were given life because, I believe, the Christian majority in this country have an incorrect view of Yashua’s teaching on ‘turn the other cheek’.

What has our ‘turn the other cheek’ philosophy regarding the liberal view of separation of church and state done to our society? “Just over 60 percent of millennials say that Christianity is “judgmental,” and 64 percent say that “anti-gay” best describes most churches today.” LINK

What has our ‘turn the other cheek’ attitude done to the family?

The data on abortions displayed on the Worldometers’ counter is based on the latest statistics on worldwide abortions published by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to WHO, every year in the world there are an estimated 40-50 million abortions. This corresponds to approximately 125,000 abortions per day. In the USA, where nearly half of pregnancies are unintended and four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion [1], there are over 3,000 abortions per day. Twenty-two percent of all pregnancies in the USA (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion. LINK

And what about the outcome of the re-definition of marriage?

“Changing the law so that marriage includes same-sex unions would be a change to what marriage means. Currently marriage involves a comprehensive union between a man and a woman, and norms of permanence and exclusivity. Marriage has a place in the law because a relationship between a man and a woman is the kind of relationship that may produce children. Marriage is linked to children, for the sake of children, protecting their identity and their nurture by a mother and a father.”

“The State supports marriage because children may result from it. The State lacks a reason to legislate to promote relationships that do not produce children. The State has an interest in the exclusiveness and permanency of marriage because they are needed to protect the identity and status of any children who result from marriage, in the first instance, and to preserve their rights to know, to have access to and to be cared for by both a mother and father.”

“Research clearly demonstrates that family re matters for children, and the family structure that helps children the most is a family headed by two biological parents in a low-conflict marriage. Children in single-parent families, children born to unmarried mothers, and children in stepfamilies or cohabiting relationships face higher risks of poor outcomes … There is thus value for children in promoting strong, stable marriages between biological parents … It is not simply the presence of two parents … but the presence of two biological parents that seems to support children’s development.” LINK

From the 6th day of creation and on through-out our history YHVH has made it clear that He is about FAMILY! Genesis 1:27-28, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth...”

And this scripture from Malachi makes it pretty clear what YHVH thinks! (Mal 2:13-17),

“And this second thing you do. You cover the LORD’s altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. But you say, “Why does he not?” Because the LORD was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth. “For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the LORD, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless.” You have wearied the LORD with your words. But you say, “How have we wearied him?” By saying, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delights in them.” Or by asking, “Where is the God of justice?”

Read this article from Dr. Michael Brown as a witness of twisting and perverting YHVH’s commands. “Clay Farris Naff, (humanist author writing for the April 29 Huffington Post) was upset that the highest court of the Methodist Church struck down the consecration of Bishop Karen Oliveto, since her only infraction was being married to another woman. How, he wondered, could the church punish her for love?

He writes, “To anyone free of ancient prejudices, the injustice of condemning Oliveto is plain. How can love be wrong? How can love enfolded in commitment and fidelity be wrong?” LINK

And, if we continue to keep silent what kind of country will our grandchildren inherit, or will there even be a country left to inherit…

The 1st amendment right of the freedom of speech is under severe attack. Will we “turn the other cheek” on this assault too? Quoting from Free Speech Is Central to Our Dignity as Humans by William Ruger, “Restrictions on free speech imperil our democratic system, as well. When the government can restrict speech it finds offensive or dangerous, officials can easily use that power to serve their own partisan purposes.”

“At its most fundamental level, free speech is our natural right to express ourselves, consistent with the equal rights of others to do so. Protecting this right respects the moral dignity of individuals as reasoning, autonomous beings with their own ideas, beliefs and values. This means that speech should not be restricted, even when we think it is wrong or dangerous. When we vociferously disagree with someone and willingly engage them in a dialogue, we actually reveal our deepest respect for their dignity as reasoning beings.” LINK

A famine is coming; a famine of truth and righteousness as revealed in the Word of YHVH, the Bible. We must stand up now and speak the truth in love with boldness before there is no freedom left to stand and speak the truth of YHVH’s Word.

Mark 13:9  “But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them.

Mark 13:11  And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.

To ‘turn the other cheek’ does not, I believe, mean that we just take it on the chin and shut-up. When we are silent evil triumphs. We must learn to speak the truth in love, not with anger or rancor. We must consistently present the truth of YHVH’s Word; in our homes, in the workplace, in the public arena, being ready with an answer; speaking the truth despite what the detractors say; despite all efforts to silence us. We must face our fears of being despised, ridiculed, mistreated, persecuted, or abused and boldly speak truth in the power of the Holy Spirit. To ‘turn the other cheek’ is not responding in kind, but in love, presenting the truth of the gospel in the unflinching boldness of a martyr. Are we willing to give all for what we say we believe? Our Savior, Yashua haMashiach did! And He said you go and do likewise.


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