Yom Hashoah

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Chip owned the local deli in my neighborhood. He made the best sandwiches. Sometimes he would even slip in a piece of bacon. When he layered on the condiments you might catch a glimpse of the mark upon his left arm. As he rang up the sale and bagged your order it was clearly visible. It would never go away — nor the memories that haunted him night and day.

Auschwitz was the only concentration camp where prisoners received a tattoo. So many thousands died there that it became impossible to maintain identification records. The SS began tattooing prisoners in 1941 except those who were sent directly to the gas chambers.

Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) falls on the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar. That corresponds to Monday, April 24, 2017.

Please take a moment to remember.

[Yad Vashem –The World Holocaust Remembrance Center]

Copyright © 2017 Eternal Christ

Loving Your Neighbor

I am a renter which means I live in close quarters with incomplete strangers. We live in a courtyard complex so there is really no privacy. You can’t get the mail, take out the trash, or go for a walk without everyone knowing. Privacy is very important to me, but the rent is low and it’s a great location … so I stay.

The complex is non-smoking. Tenants are advised that no smoking is allowed inside the units. So why is it that I am bedeviled by smokers?

Here’s the catch. The smoking ban is not written in the lease agreement. It is only expressed orally … AND … people will agree to anything for a low rent apartment. Though verbally agreed to, smoking indoors is cause for immediate eviction.

No problem for the smokers who simply step out into the open air courtyard to light up. No problem, that is, unless you are a neighbor who is allergic to cigarette smoke.

That would be … ME!

Tobacco is my number one allergy. It can trigger severe respiratory distress. It makes me sick. Now, I have graciously complained to the manager, and my neighbors — but to no avail.

Th kicker is that the manager — who lives off site — is a smoker as is his mother who works about a block away. She conveniently takes her breaks in our courtyard and lights up with the other nicotine addicts; and all of their smoke wafts into my apartment.

Loving your neighbor?

One of the tenants bought a portable fire pit. Guess where the smoke goes when she has friends over to roast weenies and marshmallows?

My whole apartment — curtains, walls, closets — smell like smoke … for days! I literally am choking and gagging in my own home. I’ve told her that the smoke makes me sick, but it hasn’t stopped her parties.

Loving your neighbor?

According to the lease agreement there can be no courtyard activity after 10 pm. We’re talking about young people. Their night doesn’t begin until 10 pm. When the bars close they stagger home for some courtyard conversation, and a few more cigarettes.

Drunk people don’t realize how loud and boorish they sound at 2 am.

Loving your neighbor?

One more example before I close this short rant. There are 8 apartments, but only one hot water heater. Why do people stay in the shower until the hot water is all gone? The guy next door, for example, will take a 3-minute shower if the water is lukewarm. Generally, his showers can last up to 20 minutes, or whenever the hot water runs cold.

I imagine he stands under the shower head in a hypnotic trance, and doesn’t really wake up until cold water touches his skin. That’s probably true for most people though the previous tenant used to take 1-minute showers … and she didn’t smoke. Gosh, I miss her.

Loving your neighbor?

I mean, I live with people who are just plain selfish. They are fine examples of our narcissistic culture. It is a quality of life issue for me. Smoke inhalation … sleep deprivation … not to mention the inconvenience of having to boil water for sanitation and cleaning. Simply because my neighbors don’t care about conservation, or consideration.

What does loving your neighbor look like? Well, it starts at home .. and it is the second greatest commandment (Matthew 22:37-39).

Notes:

It’s interesting that Jesus condensed the Ten Commandments into two. The first four deal with our relationship to God while the remaining six deal with our relationship to people. Now we are to love the LORD with all our strength, and love our neighbor as our self.

My neighbors could step out onto the city sidewalk to smoke, and there would be no transgression. Or, they could have simply been honest when told this was a non-smoking complex, and rented elsewhere.

The nature of man is not so cleverly disguised.

Copyright © 2017 Eternal Christ

Resurrection

There is a secluded cemetery in Los Angeles tucked away in an area known as Westwood Village. The neighborhood is home to UCLA and Holmbly Hills. Tens of thousands of people drive by on their way to Beverly Hills, or Bel-Air completely unaware of the hidden memorial park. Popular restaurants and classic movie houses (along the iconic Sunset Blvd.) attract thousands of visitors just yards away from the historic spot.

Quite a number of celebrities and movie stars are buried in Southern California due to the fact that they lived and died in Los Angeles. Tourists come to L.A. just to see the grave site of their favorite actor/actress — many of whom are interred at Forest Lawn.

There is only one entrance to Westwood Village Memorial Park, and you could drive by and not even know it was there. But if you’re looking for the crypt of Marilyn Monroe you won’t find it at Forest Lawn. That’s right … Monroe was buried at Westwood Village.

Strolling through the park you’ll discover the final resting place for a number of Hollywood notables:

Truman Capote, Donna Reed, Eve Arden, Eva Gabor, Walter Matthau, Don Knotts, Mel Torme, Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Natalie Wood, Roy Orbison, Carroll O’Conner, Jack Lemmon, Bob Crane and George C. Scott.

It’s an odd feeling to be standing at the graveside of people who were once bigger than life — and now they lay as dust under the soles of your feet. I am haunted by memories of the uncounted hours spent watching my favorite movies over and over again.

There was a caretaker polishing the marker at Marilyn Monroe’s crypt. The marble had been discolored by thousands of palm prints and kisses. (Or think of the millions of fans who visit Graceland to worship Elvis Presley.) We idolized these people.

I heard a pastor this week speak of the idolatry of entertainment. Said the pastor, “Entertainment is idolatry. It is a diversion — an escape from reality.”

Your television can be an idol. How much time do we spend in front of the TV? At the movies? On the computer? Whatever diverts our attention from God can be an idol. It could be music, sports or social media. Honestly, do we give as much time to the Lord?

I love movies. I could watch TCM all day. That’s why I don’t have cable TV. The world does not want you to spend quality time with God. It’s so much easier to turn on the television than open the Bible. If only we had spent all that time learning about Jesus …

Will Marilyn Monroe be in heaven? That is a judgment for God to make. There is one who overcame death — one who escaped the tomb. You won’t find his remains on earth nor did he undergo decay (Psalm 16:10). He sits at the right hand of the Father with outstretched arms if only you will receive him.

The grave is an ignoble end for a man, or woman. But we know that physical death is only a release of the soul and, for a Christian, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8).

First century Christians (Jews) celebrated Christ’s resurrection every day. Of course, they weren’t distracted by 24-hour movie channels. How refined we have become to observe the victory of life one day a year (Easter). Even then we are distracted by colored eggs and chocolate bunnies.

With regards to those buried at Westwood I can only offer this — there will be no classic films in heaven. All the works of the flesh shall be burned up at the coming of the Lord. If we can’t spend 5 minutes a day with God then how do we expect to spend an eternity with Him?

All else is vanity — all else is idolatry. (See Ecclesiastes 2.)

Copyright © 2017 Eternal Christ

The Pope Agrees with Al Gore

In 2015 Pope Francis issued an encyclical letter supporting the Paris Agreement on climate control. The Vatican officially positioned the Church on the side of environmental activism. This week the Pope stated his concerns about the Trump Administration’s reversal of Obama-era policies regarding global warming.

While I believe that mankind needs to be a responsible caretaker of earth’s natural resources — conservatives like clean air and water, too — we need to look deeper into the forces that are behind the environmental movement, and whether the Pope’s sympathies are misguided.

Let me just say that I honestly believed that fossil fuels would have been a dying industry by the year 2000. I imagined hydrogen fueled automobiles, and solar panels atop every home and business. This is a an achievable goal if we had the same commitment that landed men on the moon. A national policy of energy independence would spur technological innovation and economic growth while contributing to a cleaner environment.

Having said that we need to examine more closely the genesis of environmental activism. As of this writing we are just a few weeks out from Earth Day. Several years ago there was a featured article on the official Earth Day website titled, Let Capitalism Die.

Today’s movement was essentially born out of the anti-war protests of the 1960’s. A number of radicalized isms including feminism morphed into a global resistance to the socio-economic dominance of western, capitalist democracies; and it wasn’t particularly accepting of Christianity which makes the Pope’s alignment somewhat disturbing. Environmentalism is not only socialism, but it is a religion. As such, America was cast as the scapegoat upon which all the sins of the world were assigned.

In the 1970’s, Ralph Nader and Carl Sagan were the public face of the environmental movement. TIME and Newsweek published cover stories warning of catastrophic climate change due to industrial pollution.

TIME covered the drought and famine in Africa; record rains that caused flooding in the United States, Pakistan and Japan; shortened harvest seasons in Canada; and cooler temperatures that suggested a global climatic upheaval. The magazine quoted a climatologist who warned that, if current trends continued, the earth could not sustain its current population. It concluded that man is the reason for the changing weather.

Preceding this crisis was a deep-freeze which caused record cold temperatures and snowfall across Canada and the Northeast in what meteorologists dubbed the winter from hell (1966).

A decade later TIME issued a dire warning of the coming Ice Age. Within 20 years the Northeast would be uninhabitable and New York City glaciated.

Newsweek warned of a grim reality if we didn’t find a way of coping with dramatic climate changes. Shortened growing seasons would lead to mass starvation by 1980. The magazine attributed devastating storms such as tornadoes and hurricanes to changing weather patterns caused by man’s contamination of the environment.

That was then … this is now.

In 2006, the documentary film An Inconvenient Truth was released. It re-energized the environmental movement which had lost credibility after the dire warnings of the 70’s did not come to pass. New York City was not an iceberg, and Chicken Little now blamed CO2 for global warming.

It was evident that climate change was not so much scientific theory as it was political doctrine. To save the earth, governments had to enact regulations curbing their nation’s carbon footprint. Seemingly, the rules did not apply to the guru of climate awareness, Al Gore, whose utility bill was 30 times higher than the average person — not to mention that one trip in his private jet was the equivalent of adding 20 cars to the roadway.

We can’t ignore the political angle of global warming. The Heritage Foundation concluded that the implementation of the Paris Protocol would have devastating economic costs and zero environmental benefits. It would essentially un-develop the industrialized world.

There is a brown cloud that perpetually hangs over the Himalayas. Was it caused by developed countries burning fossil fuels? No, but by the tribal people who inhabit the Indian subcontinent and Tibetan Plateau.

Let’s now turn to the geological evidence. Meteorologists typically compare weather charts that are only hundreds of years old. Geologists, on the other hand, examine evidence that is millions of years old.

In the 20th century, for example, the decade of the 90’s was not the hottest on record. The 1930’s posted record high temperatures, but when was the last time the earth was really hot? That would be during the Medieval Warming Period 1,000 years ago. Human civilization prospered by today’s standards due in part to the longer growing seasons.

The error made by global warming theorists is in the measurement of CO2. Do elevated levels cause warming, or cooling? Forty years ago carbon dioxide was stored in the oceans. Today, it is concentrated in the atmosphere. The earth cycles through periods of shifting weather patterns. These cycles are influenced by wind, ocean currents and precipitation.

Evaporation is a process similar to perspiration. The earth has an internal regulator much like the human body — an amazing design when you think about it. Our planet goes through natural cycles of freezing and thawing. Man’s impact is negligible. Humans contribute .001% of the CO2 that is measured in the atmosphere, and it is not even the primary greenhouse gas. What is?

Water. There is 30 times more water vapor in the atmosphere than CO2. Ocean currents and wind patterns determine where the vapor falls as precipitation. Humidity has a greater effect on temperature than does carbon dioxide.

As the earth cycles through periods of warming and cooling it is CO2 that is affected. In cooler conditions the gas is stored in the ocean; but when the earth warms the gas is released into the atmosphere. It is a reactant not a causal agent. Think of it in terms of a bottle of carbonated soda. What happens to the carbonation when you open a cold bottle and leave it on the counter overnight?

The inconvenient truth was, that after the movie’s release, the winter of 2007-08 recorded the coldest temperatures and snowfall since the winter from hell. No problem for Al Gore who simply explained that cold weather was caused by global warming. Understandable from a student who got a “D” in Physical Science.

TIME and Newsweek were partially correct. The last Ice Age occurred 12,000 years ago, and the earth is overdue. There have been 16 warming cycles during the interval known as the Interglacial Period. The earth is essentially thawing out from the last deep-freeze. For only 20% of earth’s geologic history have there been polar ice caps. The Arctic and Antarctic are still recovering from the last glacial period.

The alarmists, and their pseudoscience, would have you believe that melting ice caps is a looming environmental catastrophe. Why is there oil in Alaska? Because the Arctic region was once a veritable Garden of Eden — for dinosaurs, that is.

I wrote about this extensively a decade ago, but presented here only a brief outline for you to consider. This topic will heat up once again at the summer release of An Inconvenient Truth Sequel.

In the meantime, another Earth Day will have come and gone. It is the most popular secular holiday in the world, and idolatrous in its virtual worship of the planet. Not unlike the ancient pagan rites that celebrated the gods of the Spring and Winter solstice.

That the Pope would align the Church with this humanistic movement should be a cause for alarm to those of us who worship the Creator — not the creature.

Notes:

George Carlin

Let me tell you about endangered species, all right? Saving endangered species is just one more arrogant attempt by humans to control nature. It’s arrogant meddling. It’s what got us in trouble in the first place. Doesn’t anyone understand that? Interfering with nature. Over 90%, way over 90% of all the species that have ever lived on this planet, ever lived, are gone. They’re extinct. We didn’t kill them all. They just disappeared. That’s what nature does. We’re so self-important, so self-important. Everybody is going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save those snails. And the greatest arrogance of all, save the planet. What?!

I’m tired of these self-righteous environmentalists, these white bourgeois liberals who think the only thing wrong with this country is there aren’t enough bicycle paths, people trying to make the world safe for their Volvos. There is nothing wrong with the planet. Nothing wrong with the planet. The planet is fine. The people are (messed) up — difference, difference. The planet is fine. Compared to the people, the planet is doing great. It’s been here four and a half billion years. We’ve only been engaged in heavy industry for a little more than 200 years.

Two hundred years versus four and a half billion, and we have the conceit to think somehow we’re a threat, that somehow we’re going to put in jeopardy this beautiful little blue-green ball that’s just a-floatin’ around the sun? The planet has gone through a lot worse than us, been through all kinds of things worse than us, been through earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, continental drift, solar flares, sunspots, magnetic storms, the magnetic reversal of the poles, hundreds of thousands of years of bombardment by comets and asteroids and meteors, worldwide floods, tidal waves, worldwide fires, erosion, cosmic rays, recurring ice ages, and we think some plastic bags and some aluminum cans are going to make a difference?

The planet isn’t going anywhere. We are! We’re going away.

Copyright © 2017 Eternal Christ

God Made Them … Non-Binary?

I went to bed last night listening to Michael Medved’s discussion of the CBS program Gender: The Space Between.

A female caller wanted to know why conservatives just don’t allow people to be themselves. The woman identified herself as a conservative, heterosexual who was engaged to be married to a man.

Medved asked her if she believed that the natural order, by God’s design, was a man and a woman united in holy matrimony for the purpose of having offspring.

“Yes,” she replied, “but …”

Though in agreement that the family unit was the building block of human society, the caller felt that conservatives should not insert themselves into how other people live their lives.

“Attitudes are changing,” she said, “though it does seem that it has happened all of a sudden.”

Medved asked, “So homosexuals are allowed to insert themselves and overturn what is normal?”

Another caller was a man who had a unique problem. His sister told him that she wanted to become his gay brother, and that he needs to tell his children that auntie is now their uncle.

The sister grew up heterosexual. She had boyfriends. In fact, her sexual preference is men, but she feels like she is a male due to the fact that a blood test revealed she has testosterone.

A woman’s ovaries produce small levels of the male hormone, but this does not mean she is a man. Some girls, like this man’s sister, grow up as a tomboy which can often be attributed to the child’s environment. In fact, homosexuality is a symptomatic behavior of inhibited psycho-social development. Treatment, or counseling is what we should be discussing.

The CBS program introduced viewers to the concept of non-binary individuals. Non-binary means that one is neither male nor female — a psychological problem to be sure.

Binary is a word that is commonly used in math and science. In the gay lexicon it refers to people whose sexual identity is separate from their gender identity.

In other words, as one gay activist noted, some girls are born with a penis. A non-binary female explained it this way:

[Sexuality] really doesn’t have anything to do with gender at all. But there is a huge thing with like ‘Well, what, if you don’t identify as a female, then are you gay? Do you not like boys, do you like girls?’ And that’s just a whole other thing. A lot of people are really concerned with what genitalia you have, that’s what they want to know. So there have been instances with relationships that could have worked out perfectly fine if you weren’t non-binary, and after that person found out that you were, everything changed.

Viewers were led to believe that gender identity is not necessarily what is printed on an individual’s birth certificate:

There are dozens of genders, outside of just man or woman, that people can identify with.

What does the Bible say?

He created them male and female … (Genesis 5:2).

I believe that the source of all confusion and deception is Satanic. As it was in the Garden so it is today. What is so troublesome to me is that the daughters of Eve are as susceptible — just like the woman who called Michael Medved.

Not all women, to be sure, but I often hear female callers on talk radio — women who identify themselves as conservative, or Christian — who are permissive of a behavior that is hated by God. Their lack of discernment defies spiritual intuition. It’s as if their emotions and feelings inhibit the voice of the Spirit.

Then I hear the women of daytime television exhorting the sisterhood to deny their husbands conjugal rights if the men harbor incorrect thoughts. People often ask why Adam ate of the fruit. Well, he didn’t want to be denied the fruit of his wife.

Face it men, women decide who reproduce. I was taking a stroll along the beach as two women approached from the opposite direction. One of the women stopped and made eye contact, but her friend tugged on her arm and said, “No, he voted for Trump.”

I didn’t know I had the look.

Medved closed out the segment by asking, “Is this a trend?”

We have noted in recent posts how the Walt Disney Company has not only submitted to, but is creatively promoting the gay agenda. In 1998, Disney CEO Michael Eisner told homosexual activist Elizabeth Birch, executive director of the Human Rights Campaign, that 40% of Disney employees were gay. (By the way, the goal of the Human Rights Campaign is to create a genderless society.)

Though only three percent of the population, homosexuals are prominent in those industries that influence social and cultural trends. The agenda is promoted through movies, music, television and the creative arts. Strategic placement has allowed a very few to effectively change attitudes and perceptions — to redefine how people relate on the most intimate level. It totally overthrows thousands of years of human social development.

Is it a trend? In the sense that man’s nature inherently trends towards total depravity I would have to say yes. God has taken His foot off the brake, and in the style of Thelma and Louise, man is heading over the cliff … into the abyss.

Notes:

There are three stages to man’s ultimate destruction: idolatry, unnatural behavior and, finally, total depravity. This was the condition of the antediluvians — those people who lived in the age between the Garden and the Flood. Mankind is at stage two, and entering the final stage before judgment. Paul, in his letter to the Romans, described the fallen condition of man prior to Noah’s Ark:

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them (Romans 1:21-32).

Copyright © 2017 Eternal Christ

Disney Boycott Update

In a recent post on Messiah Gate we announced a boycott of the Walt Disney Company including its entertainment division and theme parks.

Our point of contention was Disney’s promotion of the LGBTQ political agenda. We noted the legal battles at Disney theme parks in which the company was forced to amend its family friendly policies in favor of homosexual demands.

Over the years, the entertainment division at Disney has hired a number of gay illustrators who have pressured the company to promote gay-themed story lines in its animated and live action productions.

Bottom line: Your children are a target.

Disney has come out of the closet, and is no longer a safe outlet for family entertainment. In our earlier post we brought to your attention a petition drive to boycott the Disney Channel for airing a cartoon that featured two gay characters kissing. Sponsored by the website One Million Moms, the petition had gathered 36,000 signatures. To date, over 63,000 people have signed the boycott.

Since then, Life Site News — a website dedicated to pro-life, pro-family issues — has circulated an online petition in protest of a gay scene in Disney’s new live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. The goal was to collect 100,000 signatures. As of this writing, over 137,000 people have signed the petition to boycott Disney.

The company has suffered a public relations setback in its worldwide distribution of Beauty and the Beast. Muslim countries, in particular, have protested the gay scene. Malaysia, for example, demanded that Disney cut the four-minute scene from the movie. The government has since relented though it tagged the film with an age restriction so that children will not be exposed to the indoctrination.

Regarding the scene, Life Site News posted this:

The “gay” moment involves character Lefou, the sidekick of villain Gaston, played by actor Josh Gad.

Director Bill Condon: LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.

Despite the boycott, Beauty and the Beast became this year’s biggest box office opener when it premiered earlier this month.

Christian, where do you stand? Are you friends with the world, or a friend of Jesus Christ? Make no mistake, the Bible is quite clear … and God is unchanging. The world, on the other hand, is on a fast-track to Judgment Day.

Three percent of the population has brought the world to its knees. We are talking about a behavior that is condemned by Christians, Jews and Muslims; but celebrated by the world. When I was a youngster, homosexuality was considered a mental illness. Today, it is the avant-garde manifestation of unholy pride — in itself one of the seven deadly sins.

And Walt Disney has succumbed to the deception. A company that once defined and promoted family values can no longer be trusted to entertain our children.

People of faith remain steadfast, and protect your children. Do not let the world raise up your sons and daughters (Proverbs 22:6).

#BoycottDisney.

Notes:

It seems there is a civil war brewing in the LGBTQ community. When I was younger it was known only as the LG community — lesbian and gay. After all, bisexuals weren’t really gay. But there is strength in numbers so the LG movement became more inclusive.

How progressive.

Along the way, transgenders — and those who don’t know what they are — were welcomed under the rainbow-colored flag.

Lesbians, however, are not so sure. T and Q are not really women, they say. This has caused one homosexual activist to coin yet a new pejorative (aimed at their own) — sisophobia — which is a lesbian fear of transgenders, and those confused.

The only people who are truly confused are God-fearing men and women who dare to ask the question — “How did this all come to pass?”

Related:

The Gayest Place on Earth

One Christian’s View

Boy Scouts Surrender Faith in God

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Does the Bible Condone Illegal Immigration?

A rabbi and a priest led a protest gathering at the San Diego/Tijuana border. It was a Judeo-Christian defense of illegal immigration. The priest cited the principle of Christian charity while the rabbi compared it to Israel’s sojourn in Egypt (Exodus 22:21).

Catholic priest Roger Vermalen Karban posted an article this week titled,

The Bible Tells Us So: Concern for Immigrants is at the Heart of Faith

The title of the commentary reveals the author’s bias, and since I have recently posted an article on this topic I will only touch briefly on one or two points. Specifically, his citation of the prophet Malachi:

One of the last of the scriptural prophets — Malachi — couldn’t be clearer:

“I (Yahweh) will be swift to bear witness … against those who oppress the hired workers in their wages, the widow and the orphan, against those who thrust aside the alien, and do not fear me, says Yahweh of hosts” (3:5).

My response:

Why is it so difficult for people to understand that the issue is not about immigration, but unlawful violation of a nation’s borders?

As sojourners in Egypt the Jews were not illegal immigrants. They entered lawfully at the invitation of Pharaoh (Genesis 45:17-20).

Today, the issue is that 11 million foreign nationals have entered the United States illegally.

Illegally.

Ancient Israel did not have open borders. A sojourner in Israel represented one of three classifications — indentured servant, traveler, or proselyte (typically a Gentile who converted to Judaism.) Their residency was in accordance with Israeli law. Generally, a sojourner might best be described as a naturalized citizen.

In contrast, millions of “immigrants” have violated the laws and sovereignty of the United States by illegally crossing the border and residing in the country.

The author’s quotation of Malachi 3:5 is misleading. With regards to the “oppression of aliens” I would argue that the United States has been more than hospitable, generous, and tolerant. The Hebrew word גֵּר (ḡêr) can mean alien, stranger, foreigner, immigrant, or sojourner — all of whom were expected to abide by the laws of Israel.

Guwr, from which ḡêr is derived, means properly “a guest”. Illegal resident aliens are not exactly invited guests — certainly not like Jacob and his family.

To cite the Bible in defense of illegal immigration is, frankly, dishonest and deceitful.

Nancy Pelosi recently held a town meeting where, speaking in defense of illegal immigrants, she noted that they just wanted to come here and work hard.

What was that? They want to come here and work hard?

How can they obtain a job if it is unlawful for an employer to hire an illegal immigrant? Why did Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, withdraw his nomination? Because it was revealed that he hired an illegal immigrant. The Democrats feigned disingenuous outrage while yet clamoring for free and open borders.

No, illegal immigrants cannot be compared to the Jewish sojourners who dwelt in Egypt. Their story ended in Exodus out of Egypt. I don’t see 11 million unlawful residents parting the Rio Grande to return to Mexico.

Notes:

Speaking of Nancy Pelosi, she said that Americans can breathe a sigh of relief that Trumpcare which would have impacted them directly was withdrawn from a House vote.

Impacted them directly? Isn’t that what Obamacare has done? I can’t afford the premiums and deductibles. I can’t choose the plan I want. And I can’t see the doctor of my choice.

A caller to the Rick Roberts radio show complained that his son’s doctor visit cost over $1,000. The man said he couldn’t afford to pay, and asked if they had a cash price.

Yes, $200.

Why the difference? Because insured costs factor in a lot of paperwork, authorization and reimbursement.

For the record, I’m glad the Republican bill was not considered. The government — and insurance companies — have to get out of the health care business. We need a free market system like the guy who paid $200 for his son’s office visit.

Historically, medical care has been a target of totalitarian regimes. It’s all about denying you the freedom of choosing the best health care options for you and your family.

The insurance model tacks on a heavy premium because the insurers are in it to make money. That’s all well and good for their financial health, but not so much for your physical health.

I’m just sayin’ …

Copyright © 2017 Eternal Christ

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