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How many times have we made Jesus look like an idiot??

Don't worry, I'm not talking about YOU or ME!! we're PERFECT!!

Never forget what Jesus did for you. Never take lightly what
it cost Him. And never assume that if it cost Him His very
life, that it won't also cost you yours.
-Rich Mullins-



Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital
is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed
if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of
capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.
-Abraham Lincoln-


There is nothing wrong with men possessing riches.
The wrong comes when riches possess men.
-Billy Graham-

A nation that continues year after year to spend
more money on military defense than on programs
of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.-

Almost always, the creative dedicated
minority has made the world better.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.-


I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility
against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
-Thomas Jefferson-

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
-George Washington-

"And this is what I have come to think: That if I want to
identify fully with Jesus Christ, whom I claim to be my
Savior and Lord the best way that I can do that is to
identify with the poor. This I know will go against the
teachings of all the popular evangelical preachers. But
they are just wrong. They're not bad, they]re just wrong.
Christianity is not about building an absolutely secure little
niche in the world where you can live with your perfect little
wife and your perfect little children in your beautiful little
house where you have no gays or minority groups anywhere
near you. Christianity is about learning to love like Jesus
loved and Jesus loved the poor and Jesus loved the broken "
-Rich Mullins-

We are not cisterns made for hoarding, we are channels
made for sharing.
-Billy Graham-

Radical changes in world politics leave America with a
heightened responsibility to be, for the world, an example
of a genuinely free, democratic, just and humane society.
-Pope John Paul II-

In the last analysis, the individual person is responsible for
living his own life and for "finding himself." If he persists in
shifting his responsibility to somebody else, he fails to find
out the meaning of his own existence.
-Thomas Merton-

The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.
-Thomas Merton-

We do not exist for ourselves.
-Thomas Merton-

Pervading nationalism imposes its dominion on man today
in many different forms and with an aggressiveness that
spares no one. The challenge that is already with us is the
temptation to accept as true freedom what in reality is
only a new form of slavery.
-Pope John Paul II-

An individual has not started living until he can rise above
the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the
broader concerns of all humanity.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.-

As we must account for every idle word, so must we account
for every idle silence.
-Benjamin Franklin-

Government of the people, by the people, for the people,
shall not perish from the Earth.
-Abraham Lincoln-

You can't be evangelical and associate yourself with
Jesus and what he says about the poor and just have
no other domestic concerns than tax cuts for wealthy
people.
-Jim Wallis-

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is
lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is
lost.
-Billy Graham-

As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master.
This expresses my idea of democracy.
-Abraham Lincoln-

When we see people suffer, it is our duty as followers of
Jesus to seek a solution, if we can unite for wars, why
can't we unite for social and economic justice, we must
act as a community making sure all are treated fairly.
-me-

How can we think we can act as no more than loosly
connected individuals with no common interest? with no
God given human rights and claim to be patriotic, how
can we say we are NOT our "brother's keeper" and claim
to follow Jesus!

"Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not
prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out
demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them
plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'

if progressives would go back to church.... and grin and
bear it..... the people they thought were idiots, usually will
end up being great Godly people. they need to see the
truth.

Check this out (Sojourners) [link] believe me, we are not alone,

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I have heard some fellow Christians state that it should be the churches who take care of the poor and the oppressed instead of the government..that taxation is stealing from the rich. My response is this.... If the WE are willing to help the needy... and are capable of doing it... WHERE ARE WE NOW? WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT THE CURRENT SUFFERING NOW? please ... anyone... how will we explain this to God!!


Christianity should not be promoting the interests of the wealthy and the powerful

The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.
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One of the most effective deceptions that Satan has foisted upon Christians is the idea that certain groups are more spiritually mature than less-enlightened believers. The endless game of, "I am more approved in the Lord's eyes than you," divides the Body of Christ and gives non-believers a negative opinion of the Christian faith. Few people would ever openly say, "I'm a better Christian than you." It is through their beliefs and deeds that they proclaim their superiority. Listed below are six common ways people use to promote spiritual elitism.


1. Members of the One True Church

The trademark of this belief is that a particular group has a stranglehold on the truth and that there is no salvation outside of its organization. The groups hold that leaders are specially anointed by God, are in many cases infallible in interpretation of holy writings and, more importantly, are above reproach. These groups believe in what they feel are superior interpretations of scripture and they are more concerned about the doctrines and traditions of man than the Word of God.


2. The Keepers of the Law

This group of people believes in keeping Torah observance. While I see no problem with people choosing to keep the levitical kosher (dietary) laws or the Sabbath, there is a fine line between personal choice and self-righteousness.


3. Legalists

Scripture tells us that we are to exhort fellow believers (1 Thess. 4:1). So where is the line between assisting a believer in his walk with the Lord and condemning a believer for his every thought and action?

Common sense dictates that a believer should not dress wantonly and get drunk, but common sense is not enough for the legalist crowd. That crowd feels a duty to protect people from themselves, so it creates measuring sticks in order to maintain its role as its brother's keeper.


4. KJVOnlyism

Some Christians proclaim that the 1611 King James Version (KJV) is the one and only true English version of the word of God and that all other versions were corrupted by Satan.

The King James Version was written in Elizabethan English (a la Shakespeare), and can be rather difficult for people to read, especially for those new to the faith. What is more important: encouraging people to read their Bibles to learn about Jesus, or overwhelming them with language that makes understanding the text more difficult, causing them to turn to commentaries of man rather than the Word of God?

5. Word of Faith Proponents

This group promotes the doctrine of "name-it-claim-it," which says that the Lord has a storehouse full of blessings in heaven just waiting for the faithful to claim while they're here on earth. It teaches that those in the Lord's favor are blessed with health and wealth and that those who are struggling in life are not blessed because of their inferior relationship with the Lord and their inferior faith and trust in Him.


6. The Intellectuals

One of the most basic human desires is the praise of mankind. Many Christians like to impress other believers with their intellectual capabilities. Some go as far as proclaiming themselves spiritually superior to anyone who doesn't share the same level of academic achievement.

The intellectual crowd is very harmful to the spreading of the Gospel. They motivate fellow Christians to try to master a lofty vocabulary that is often above the heads of average people. They hold the general philosophy that it is better to appear to be intelligent than it is to be understood by your audience.


Bottom Line

Individuals who hold to an "I'm a better Christian than you" mindset can always find Scripture that will support their stance. What they need to do is examine their rationale for holding to this view. If their offering of correction is not sparked from love, then one can only conclude vanity is their only motivation.

Philippians 2:2-3: "Fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself."

abridged from www.raptureready.com/rr-better…
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.



If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.



If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Succeed anyway.



If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway.



What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.



If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.



The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.



Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.



In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.



~Mother Teresa
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