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PCR #209. (Vol. 5, No. 13) This edition is for the week of March 22--28, 2004.
Matt's Rail

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Well, here we are at another cornerstone of history, where the godly try to force their will upon the ungodly thru laws and Constitution circumvention. And not unlike the crusades of the past, it's just plain wrong.

Oh, I'm not saying I'm not weary of all the blasphemy and immorality that's being shoved down our throats on a daily basis, because I am. I shake my head not so much in disgust but sorrow. But that's me. Not you. You may have different views. You may find one or both of those things your cup of tea. That is my choice, and your choice. I choose to try and abide by the will of my Lord, while you may choose to abide by the will of man. That's what it comes down to. God and man. By our decisions in life and the heart of truth within us, we either embrace God's truth or man's.

The reason I say this is because of what's being forced upon the majority of people in this country at a staggering rate. The ones who support Bush's initiatives in terms of laws banning damn near anything and everything contrary to God's will are missing the point of all this entirely.

They think this is a good thing, and that God is working thru Bush and his administration to stop that which they consider evil. They consider it evil because God says most of our culture is evil. Not just ours, but the world's. But there is no law that can make someone come to God in repentence. It will only drive a wedge between those who do not believe and God's desire to save them.

In the end, after all is said and done, and this insanity continues to grow, what we'll have is nothing other than a good old-fashioned police state, where our rights of individuality and freedom of choice, given us by God Himself, are left to the lawmakers who, as always, bend to the will of the dollar and are driven mostly by their need to be re-elected.

Personally, while I do believe the Bible is the word of God, I don't believe forcing the will of man to accept its precepts is Godly. That is, and always will be, a personal relationship between the individual and God himself.

These people need to not so much read the Bibles they have, as much as try to discern what it's saying, and that is NOT to go around judging people by their lifestyle and telling them they're going to burn in Hell if they don't change. Only God Himself can know someone's eternity and where they are going to end up. Not Falwell, Robertson, and certainly not Bush, as much as he may like to look at himself as the burning kind.

The mission of the Christian is to profess the truth of God thru living righteously and being an example of God's truth and love. God will see to it that you are given opportunities to profess the truth to people. And as always, it will and should be left up to them to decide. After Saul, who was a persecuter of the early church, had his run in with Jesus Christ on the Road to Damascus, he became a fervent diciple proclaiming the truth of the Resurrection. He spoke to the Jews of the communities he visited, and after they rejected Christ, he told them that his responsibility to them was complete, and that he was going to proclaim the good news to the Gentiles, who freely and warmly embraced God's gift of salvation. What he didn't do was stand there screaming at the wind telling them they were all going to burn in Hell. What he did tell them was that you can't get close to God living a life outside of God's will, and that included sexual immorality. Not just for the homosexual, but for the heterosexual as well.

I believe in separation of church and state, but that ONLY exists to keep government OUT OF IT; preventing merging the two together.

Instead of pouring out the loving grace of God upon the present world, we have a feeding frenzy of division, hatred, anger, hostility, name-calling, and intrusion upon our free will given us by the creator, pushing those sick of the obvious hypocricies even further from the One who wants to save them.

All in the name of the Almighty.

May He forgive us all.


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