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About That Flag Thing

Hi everyone. Bob here. Just a note to let you know that the month of October has been a dry month in the writing area for me, but Genie, my wife,  has been having much more happening in that area this month. Therefore I have asked her to allow me to place an article given to her through the spiritual rheum which fits better in my blog and makes a very important point in truth. Genie and I attempt to live our lives even as Paul declared boldly that he lived his. He stated that he was indeed a citizen of Rome (ACT 16:21-38 & 22:22-27) and of the Hebrew/Jewish clan (ACT 21:39), but that he was foremost a believer in the Christ, Jesus (ACT 19:4). To this Genie and I proclaim with Paul’s court testimony that we are citizens of the United States, still a member of the United Nations, we are descendant members of the Protestant Churches of the World, but first and foremost we are believers in Jesus, the Christ and his father to whom we give our allegiance.

As citizens of this country, which has since its birth proclaimed to be “one nation, under God” it concerns us when we see activity which shows that proclamation to be challenged. Something done quite often it seems. That is what this article by Genie is about. One of those challenges. Thanks, Genie, for allowing me to put this article in my blog this month. The “stage” is yours:

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ABOUT THAT FLAG THING

by: Rogene A. Robbins

 

I do tend to get political on my personal Facebook account. but I try to keep politics and other matters that divide us and make us believe we are separated from God and each other out of Espirational.  But… when I wake up with a blog post I would not choose to write writing itself I get up and start typing.

So what about that flag thing?  Is it un-American to not stand, salute, place your hand over your heart, sing the National Anthem or pledge allegiance to the flag of our country?  If we choose to sit or stand in silent prayer are we dishonoring the flag, our country, war veterans living and dead?  Should people really  be forced to stand for the National Anthem or say the pledge of allegiance?  What slippery slope will that take us down?

I live in Oklahoma, a state that is so conservative our dirt is even red.  When we go into our small town for events it is not unusual for the singing of the national anthem and/or the pledge of allegiance to be used to open the meeting or festivities.  So what do I do?  If I am already standing I stand quietly with my hands at my sides.  If I am sitting I remain seated.  Why?

I pledge allegiance to no one and nothing  but God.  Isn’t pledging our allegiance to our country or even just a symbol of it idol worship?

Let’s read the words of the first two of the Ten Commandments from Exodus, Chapter 20.

“And God spake all these words, saying,

I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”

In the wilderness the people of God chose to worship a golden calf while Moses was on the mountain receiving God’s law.  In our modern-day wilderness our worship is nationalism, electing a political leader to make American “great”, Christian, and white again even if it means going against the Creator.  Some of us even display the flag, one of our national symbols in our churches.  Things change, but they really stay the same, don’t they?

When will we stop looking outside for  help, answers, and leadership when the Spirit of God is within each of us?  Turning back to God isn’t about belonging to a certain church, blindly following a leader, excluding certain groups from society or even standing for the national anthem.  Turning back to God is as simple as realizing that God is still here, within each and every one of us, looking to the Spirit of God for guidance and living as followers of the way.

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A Newborn Year — A Newborn Life

To the new born, everything is new. While usually their eyes are still sealed shut, the new world around them is vibrant with sounds, smells and textures. All of which are spell binding. All of which are wonderfully compelling. All of which create a drive to want to see. To the person who is newly born into the true faith of the Spirit of God, of Christ, within us it is no different. These new born believers hear the sounds of truth around them. They smell the essence of the incense of prayers for them. And they feel the love which is now their life not only within them but all around them. Grow, little children, sleep, observe, play; for soon you will see with your own eyes, your own spirits, that which many have only ever dreamed.

We are holding now a three day old New Year in our hands, what do we do to help it grow and develop into the type of year we can be proud to be part of? We are also holding the occassion to allow the Spirit of the Christ child opportunity to grow within us. The question is will we?

There is only one way a baby grows: By someone loving it enough to provide its basic needs of air, water, milk, warmth and protection. As newborns grow they learn to do these things themselves, but for now they must be comfortable with being cared for by those who love them.

The same is true with this new year. While often uncomfortable, the inability to know the future is actually quite a blessing at times. To know the future would mean that we also would feel responsible to attempt to change that future if something were foreknown to be harmful to someone we love or ourselves. This type of responsibility could cause irresponsible actions by us because we would feel compelled to take actions which, on a universal-eternal basis, may not be prudent.

No, for the most part we know not the future. The year just past has proven that to most of us with the social-political events which have shook the globe. But the globe has been shaken before, yet it still spins on its axis and travels around the sun at a steady pace. And yes, we are still here.

The fact is that the spiritual Kingdom of God is but still an infant, a newborn. The Apostle, Paul, stated that he, representing the early church, “travailed in birth” (GAL 4:19) awaiting the rebirth of the believers in God through the Christ Spirit. And John said, in the book of The Revelation, that the birth of the Christian Church was as if the Hebrew faith were pregnant, and “travailing in birth,” or that is to be in labor (REV 12:2). The early church was the rebirth of mankind’s faith in the true Holy Spirit of God.

It has now been two allegorical days since that birth (2PE 3:8) and while much growth has occurred within the past 2000 years for most of us our eyes are not yet open. Many of us are frustrated and dismayed that the world is still in what seems to be even worse turmoil than historians have recorded to have occurred in the past. So we weep and shout and proclaim ourselves the ones to bring about the promised Kingdom of God on Earth, even with violence if necessary. Yet, even this decision shows that we do not understand Christ’s words when he said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” (JON 18:36)

We are still infants, when it comes to true faith in God. Even as this year we call 2017 is but three days old today, the universal, invisible church called “Christian” is just now entering its third day of existence in the Spiritual realm. It is now time for believers to open our eyes to see the possibilities of the spiritual world which cannot be seen, but sensed only in our hearts and minds – only in our spirits. By doing so, and only by doing so, shall we see the fulfillment of the line in the Lord’s Prayer: “ Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”  (MAT 6:9-11)

May God bless you all this coming year.


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Joshua Whitfield: Why I’ll give my life standing against hatred

(Bob’s Note: During this month I have started reposting what I believe are the best spiritual truth articles which come across my computer screen to share with Espirational’s readers. I’m doing this because I realize how difficult it is for most people to find these articles and to join them together into a consistent pattern which makes sense. I’m hoping this effort will become like a digest of best articles promoting faith, hope, love, understanding, truth and positivity.* The article here is one Rogene found in her perusing the Web’s headlines and sent to me because of other actions by confused “Christian” believers who are proclaiming that to be faithful to Christ we must take up our weapons and “kill all the Muslims.” Please take a few minutes to read this article written by a Catholic priest as a sermon, after a congregate shouted those words at him while consuming his portion of communion. Joshua starts out by giving some important background and history which explains how he got to this strong stance against violence, but please read the whole article which the link leads you to, as it is the best expression of the true gospel of peace I have seen to date. Thank you pastor.)

 

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(Note: None of this article is reproduced here

as I believe it is best read without interruption to get the full spiritual message.)

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