Today, points are shared on current issues in social media, and American liberty in the light of Jesus Christ dying upon the cross. Arbitrary differences (we say, accidents, chance, or random conditions and events), individuality, and divisiveness continually threaten to alter policy, popularity, and standards within modern States, and even within our own homes. (Included are characteristics and vital statistics describing the population such as density, distribution, growth rate; ethnic origins; regional customs; and even success for local athletes and their teams.) Empathy, law, mutuality, reciprocity, and trust are the most fundamental and essential principles for strong communities, families, global leadership, secure nations, and covenant relationships that include marriage, peace treaties, and trade agreements. Thus, the following words spoken by Jesus accurately describe what transforms a diverse multitude into a recognizable commonwealth: “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” (See Luke 6: 31, King James Version (KJV). ) One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:
What do Atheists think about this transgender teen boy who thinks he is a girl was allowed to participate in a girls track meet?
"In Alaska, a boy who thinks he’s a girl is allowed to participate in the girls’ track meet, and he wins. The girls are not happy, but are not quite sure how to express their protest since they don’t want to be branded as bigots for calling a boy a boy when that boy wants to be called a girl."
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20)
THE GOLDEN ARROW: For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. (1st Peter 2: 19-25, KJV)
THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Sodom and Gomorrah Again? (05/30/2016); The Cross Condemns Fornication (05/20/2016); Gender, Sex and Christian Beliefs? (05/18/2016); A Bold Step Forward? (05/15/2016); A GOD of Judgment (12/01/2015); Many Are Called… (10/15/2015); Diversity and the Church? (07/22/2015); Different Strokes, For Different Folks? (06/22/2015); Should Men Take Their Hats Off? (05/15/2014); The Issue Is Not Accuracy (05/16/2014)
“Anonymous”, may I share a brief comment, here, despite being far from “atheist” and “transgender”. With the unique understanding that comes by acknowledging the death of Jesus Christ dying upon the cross, for many mature Christian believers, the various conflicts and disputes we now see in the public forum come down to the opposition of arbitrary differences, fashions, personal preferences and things that frequently undergo change as well as traditions that are man-made, social and temporary in contrast to things described by divine law, sacred principles and spirit content along with things that are fixed and permanent (we say, eternal, everlasting) expressing divinity and spirituality. What many in America regard as our special “liberty” and joy as a nation is the freedom to exercise conscience, work hard, fulfill our duties and answer our obligations, and then to indulge our private dreams, fantasies, and “flights of imagination.” It is true: We have had great fun within our homeland following much hard work; and this is counted as natural order. Therefore, the prosperity and stability of our nation continues grounded upon such shared values as acceptance of others despite differences; acknowledgment of an equality that extends to all who live; mutual respect; assisting one another to meet common needs; heartfelt love, sincerity, and genuine tolerance as well as regard for the many forms of animal and human life that include the unborn. Consider again the following points from the Bible that many feel also correctly speak to the blessings, hope and spirit of America:
(1.) Isaiah 61: 1-3, King James Version (KJV): 1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
(2.) Psalms 119: 41-46, KJV: 41 Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word. 42 So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word. 43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments. 44 So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever. 45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
There is far more that should be carefully said, thoughtfully examined, and spiritually understood. (For example, (3.) James 2: 10-13, KJV: 10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. 13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.) Even so, I am sure this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.
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