A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of the one who gives it;
wherever he turns he prospers.
King Solomon understood politics. This verse is the very essence of politics, as it is now and as it will always be. No matter which side, this verse is politics.
Here is the Merriam Webster definition of politics:
- The art or science of government.
- The art or science concerned with guiding or influencing government policy.
- The art or science concerned with winning and holding control over a government.
Number three got me, winning and holding control over a government. It’s not about doing what is right, or doing what is best for the people being governed. Most of the time what is right and what is best is unpopular. Being unpopular never got anyone elected. Continue reading
You shall not pervert justice. You shall not show partiality, and you shall not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of the righteous.
God via Moses tries to impart this wisdom upon the Israelites. God knows what man is. God knows that governing produces power, which produces wealth, which produces greed and covetousness.
To those of you who put your faith in government I say read again Deuteronomy 16:19. Continue reading
1 Samuel 8 is the story of Israel going to Samuel and demanding he appoint a king to rule over them.
At that time Israel had Judges who weren’t kings or supreme rulers. They were chosen by God to help deliver Israel from oppression, administer justice, and settle disputes according to the laws given to Moses. So they were called Judges.
They were a kind of government but somewhat sporadic. Israel had the laws of God to follow and in doing so there was little use for a formal government other than the aforementioned settling of disputes, etc.
Samuel was the last of the Judges of Israel. When he became too old to continue in his duties he appointed his two sons to be Israel’s new Judges, but the boys were corrupt.
In 1 Samuel 8:4-5 the elders of Israel come to Samuel to let him know they are fed up with his sons and their corruption. And after seeing how neighboring nations had a king to rule over them, well the elders wanted one too. Continue reading
It’s tax day tomorrow so I thought I would run this post again.
Over the weekend I did the one thing that is pretty much guaranteed to put me in a bad mood. I did my income tax returns.
When I see how much I give the government in income tax it pisses me off, not to mention sales tax, real estate tax, per capita tax and so on and so on.
Don’t give me that crap about paying my fair share. That horseshit is served up to the masses by the politician we make rich, and I mean rich. They prosper off of the sweat of yours and my brow.
At one point I was prompted by the tax program to enter the whopping $47 I made in interest and I could watch as Washington immediately took $10 to $15. It pisses me off and it should piss you off. Continue reading
2 Timothy 2:6-7
It is the hardworking farmer who ought to have first share of the crops. Think over what I say for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
I have written about why government is so adamant about separation of church and state and how they have perverted the original intentions of this concept.
I fully agree with the edict of our founding fathers that there should not be an established official religion of the state. No one belief should be the law of the land.
But the ruling political class has seen the danger that religion, especially the Judeo-Christian values, pose to their power. Continue reading
Here are some quick thoughts on a Bible verse that caught my attention.
The verse is Jeremiah 5:30-31:
An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely and the priest rule at their direction. My people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?
When I read those two verses something inside my head told me to remember them.
When I read it my thoughts do not go to the ancient temples and courts of Israel. My thoughts go to the modern temples and courts of Washington DC.
I thought how once again I have come across ancient Biblical prophesies that are applicable today. Continue reading
You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the corn.
Here is the commentary of biblical scholar Matthew Henry in regards to this verse.
“This is a charge to husbandmen. It teaches us to make much of the animals that serve us. But we must learn, not only to be just, but kind to all who are employed for the good of our better part, our souls.”
“Be kind to all who are employed..” Continue reading