Judges 21:25. . ."In those days there was no king in Israel, everyone did what was right in his own eyes." I was listening to a book I rarely listen to in my Scourby bible app; the Book of Judges. I should add that I love listening to audiobooks these days, it's like having someone read to me as a little child again. It is also kind of relaxing if you get someone with a soothing voice. Alexander Scourby is one of those people. It can be hard to concentrate this way, especially since I have a tendency to fall asleep listening t audiobooks. The book of Judges was that interim period after Moses and Joshua led the Israelites to the promised land and before the kingdom of Israel was set up. In those days they were ruled by judges, although I would use the term "rule" loosely. As the last verse summarizes, everyone did what was right in their own eyes because there was no king. The Constitutional Foundation for the United States No wonder our founding fathers felt the Bible was a good book for the foundation of a free republic and the American Constitution. A true Republican believes in everyone taking personal responsibility for their own lives. This is the basis on how to live in a free society. Democracy is an illusion because elections tend to be rigged. Also, the basis for Democracy is electing someone to rule over you. The result of Democracy is more government dependency which is reflected in higher taxes. The basis for a Theocracy is rule by God. Obviously, God already rules over everything, though He leaves us the freewill to rule our own lives. No one likes a Theocracy because you usually have an elite group of "rulers." Although you have an elite group, aka the "1%", each person has the authority to rule over their lives. In a Theocracy, each person can be led by the Spirit of God directly if they choose to follow Him. A verse in the book of Psalms says "righteousness exalts a nation but sin brings a reproach to its people." Democracy leads to socialism which leads too laziness and dependency, which is the sin this verse it talking about. Why Democracy is bad and eventually fails Democracy is valued by intellectuals who cherish cooperation over competition. However, most of them don't understand how the world works or even human nature for that matter. The basis for the New World Order is trying to bring in world socialism. If the economy is collapsing, it is just the socialism that is collapsing. Socialism is doomed to fail and eventually leads back to a freer society. Democracy doesn't really value individual freedom and is more secular, which makes it an antichrist kingdom. It is nothing more than mob rule over the individual. Everything social democrats strive for can be found within a free society in their nonprofit sector. Or at least that has been my observation from living in more conservative societies. For example, the universal healthcare in "red states" was provided at local county hospitals. Just to reiterate, Democracy doesn't really exist because society doesn't really exist. It is just a group of individuals who feel the need to vote for someone to have authority over them. The only real authority is the Most High who lavishes wisdom on all who seek it. We really don't need rulers but will always have a government out of convenience; it helps when it comes to enforcing contracts within the illusion of "society". Republicans and Democrats are both socialists to some degree. The former leans more toward greater individual sovereignty and more limited government. Although since both political parties in the U.S. have sold us out in some form or another, the Right is more the lesser of two evils since being sold out to corporate interests is better than becoming a slave to the government.
I borrowed the title of today’s blog post from the Netflix drama with the same name. I have to confess that I would rather watch the drama on the infamous TV app rather than anything to do with politics. This post takes us back to a few years ago when Donald Trump replaced Barack Obama as the 45th President of the United States of America.
The inspiration for the blog post was that I never see much difference in the economy regardless of who sits in the Oval Office. We are usually at war somewhere no matter who the President is for one thing. Supposedly fighting for freedom, though it is usually more for profit than anything.
Granted, the economy was booming under President Trump, yet it started booming under President Obama during his last few years. I am not crediting either President with the success of the economy. The economy is a natural business cycle of ups and downs. It usually booms and busts under a Republican, which is why we are always in a recession when a Democrat gets elected. The Democrats use this as an opportunity to promote socialism. Not long after the election, the economy starts booming again and this is why Democrats get credit for the economy. That and they usually make up for the recession by injecting money into the economy to stabilize it.
I remember the election of 2016. It lasted for hours until Democratic “hopeful” Hillary Clinton conceded to “The Donald.” Trump was merely a tool by the right wing in the United States. It was a psyop to keep the Clintons out of the Oval Office. It may have been a blessing in disguise.
To sum it up, don’t worry about what goes on in politics too much. It is just a distraction from what goes on behind the scenes in the real free society. I only follow it because the Shitshow is entertaining. Everytime I write on something political it ends up being satirical. I may be onto something here.
The title to this blog post has been an ongoing question over the last decade. While it seems most religious people tend to lean toward the right of the spectrum, a growing number of voters are voting left. They cite that it is moral to help the poor and disenfranchised. They are right in that it is, it just depends on who is more moral in doing it.
I grew up in a conservative state and visited the west coast enough to see how democratic states function. I did not see much of a difference with regards to social services. The main difference was that social service organizations relied more on actual donations rather than government welfare programs. I also noticed that organizations like Salvation Army had dorms where they rented out a bed and a locker to transient people more in conservative states.
It should be noted that Democracy is a secular idea that originated in ancient Greece and thrived mostly in pagan societies. Maybe this is why democratic societies embrace science more than religion and trend towards atheism. The one thing I noticed in democratic societies is a higher cost of living and a tax on virtually everything. This goes against the notion of a free society that was envisioned by our founding fathers during the Enlightenment. Maybe this is why the founders did not speak very well of Democracy.
The spread of democracy tends to lead toward more government dependency (i.e., social poverty) and runs antithesis to capitalism. More atheists lose faith in the church and subsequently the free market and this explains why they lean more towards democracy and big government. From growing up in a conservative society, the market always tends to provide for the needs of everyone. Most counties in Texas have county hospitals for those that lack health insurance, for example.
From the divine perspective, I don’t think it really matters who is you vote for. It is God who prospers His people. Prosperity in the kingdom of God may not look like prosperity from the world’s point of view since the Kingdom is not dependent on money like the world is. A wise person that can live simple is just as prosperous as a billionaire. The spiritual realm is the only realm where all things are truly equal.
On a final note, when a Democrat gets elected, it is usually during a recession. Therefore, if the economy looks like it is doing better under democrats, it is more than likely because the economy is already in the process of bouncing back. Also, there is the fact that governments spend more money which makes the economy looks like it is thriving; all the while putting society in a debt that will probably never be able to pay back.
I love the Strong’s Concordance. I learned enough about the definitions of words in the Bible to get me kicked out of church. For example, the definition of Grace is “a divine influence upon the heart that is manifested in the life.” The word charismatic just means grace motivated. Too bad some charismatics end up promoting a prosperity gospel into making this about material wealth (which is not bad in and of itself.).
I was reading 1 Corinthians 6 one day, you know verse 9 where it says “homosexuals will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven”? At least in the new translations. Just like in the book of revelations where the newer translations say “sexual immorality”, the older translations just say “fornication”. The latter meaning is perversion of something (porneo in Greek) and not necessarily about sex. Religious zealouts pervert the law by trying to follow it without understand the spiritual meaning is about loving God and our neighbor.
Spiritual adultery is not trusting in God which leads to an enslavement to materialism.
The older word is 1 Corinthians 6:9 for homosexuals is “effeminate”. The meaning of this word is “soft”. How else do you explain why Paul started the chapter off talking about people suing each other? The people of the day were becoming soft and enslaved to the elite, or 1% of their day. Cross reference this with Proverbs 28:1 where it says “the righteous are as bold as lions” and a verse towards the end of Revelations where it says “the cowardly will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
Separation of Church and State is one of the foundations for the Amerian Constitution. Though it has never came to fruition. Evangelical Christianity, or the Christian Right, aligns itself with the Republican Party and even Zionists in an attempt to build a man made kingdom or Theocracy. This didn’t work when the Catholic Church had a Theocracy, it won’t work with Protestants. The Kingdom of God is already here for those that walk in truth and already established because it belongs to God and needs to building up, just an awareness that it is within.
The Christian Left is the polar opposite and doing just as much damage. And they wonder why Libertarian types don’t get into politics much. It’s hypocritical for the Right to say they are against Democracy yet think your vote matters. Democracy looks good on paper but can never exist in this world and only seems to result in more taxes and regulation and less freedom.
God told His people in 1st Samuel that they don’t need a ruler. Anarchy begins to make more sense since it involves taking full responsibility for ourselves and not being dependent on a system.
I have generally felt less patriotic the last few years. Nationalism is basically idolatry. Once you realize all nations become corrupt and the kingdom of God isn’t bound by any boundaries, then you realize it’s all built on a lie.
One of my Daily E’isms (one liners) is that every time I think about finishing that last half of an undergraduate degree, I have this fear that it will get in the way of my real education (self-education).
It seems as if we are spending more time in school, and for every year we have to spend in school, it takes twice that to unlearn everything in the real world. That is if we can even function in the real world with all of that useless knowledge crammed into our heads most of our lives.
It has been said that the purpose of education is to teach people how to think and not what to think. The problem here is that no one can teach us how to think. We have to do that for ourselves. Any attempt to do so ends up being indoctrination, or teaching us what to think.
State schools try to promote democracy; it is absolutely amazing how good this system looks good on paper. But all it’s done is show us how nothing man creates works the way it is supposed to and everything gets corrupted.
The only thing Democracy accomplishes is making us lose faith in humanity. People that believe in this don’t understand how the world works. And once you learn this, it doesn’t make a difference if you try to start a revolution. American colonials succeeded at this because the elite let us. Within a century everything that we ran from caught up to us.
At least realizing how corrupt the world is has confirmed my convictions that there must be a Supreme being out there and something more to this life. Maybe it just exists on a higher realm that the naked eye can’t see, but has to be spiritually discerned.
Jewish Zionism and Evangelical Christianity, with the latter’s second coming belief, are only political systems trying to build a man made kingdom that is destined to fail.
In the words of Jesus, don’t look for the Kingdom here or there, it is within. Everyone looks for an escape from reality but on one wants to take the journey within.