March 7, 2013 § Leave a comment
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about the differences between God’s law and man’s laws, and how conflicts may be resolved. We all know that we are supposed to respect our man made governments (Romans 13:1-7), however the Bible is rife with examples of God’s people defying orders from human government. In the book of Acts (Acts 5:20-29) Jesus’ disciples obeyed God rather than men.
Many Christians today are struggling with this, especially concerning some of the latest legislation regarding gun control. We want to be in compliance with our local governments, yet we also want to stay in compliance with God’s laws. What do we do? Do we hand over our ability to defend ourselves and our families?
The book of Nehemiah chapter 4 verse 14 is very telling:
And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.”
Jesus himself said that if anyone does not have a sword to “let him sell his garment, and buy one.” (Luke 22:36) These two verses alone point to a need to arm and defend ourselves. I think the operative point in all of this is to defend ourselves, never becoming the aggressor.
There are many examples of Christians standing up to secular government and refusing to obey or comply, even under pain of death. The prophet Daniel was thrown into a pit of lions, Shadrach Meshach Abednego also refused, these are two examples, although there are more.
All in all, I think it is imperative for Christians to stand up to our government and defy any law that is unjust, or goes against what is taught in the Bible, regardless of the outcome or consequence. What are your thoughts? Please let me know by adding a comment below.
March 4, 2013 § Leave a comment
I came across this link today which was posted late 2011 with a great amount of downloadable PDF files on preparedness.
The world we are living in is quickly decaying, and all of us must be physically, mentally, and spiritually prepared for what faces us in the near future.
Take a look at a few of these links and download what will be most useful to you. I would suggest putting these on your phone, or ebook reader in case you are ever away from you computer and need the information.
March 4, 2013 § 1 Comment
Last night during bible study we were discussing with the children Jesus’ parable of the sower. This morning, while reflecting on the reading, I began to wonder about changing the soil. What does it take to change the type of soil in our hearts in order to better grow the seeds of truth?
Here is the parable:
18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
I know what kind of soil is in my heart, and it makes me wish I could cultivate in my heart the soil that would cause the seeds of truth to flourish, but how?
I have an idea on how to do this that I would like to share with you. All but one of the types of soil mentioned in parable are able to bear fruit. If we had a field with rocky, thorny soil, we would have much work to do before we could reap a bountiful harvest. Likewise, in our hearts we will have much work to do to remove the thorns (influences of this world), and the stones (our own lack of trust in God, the callousness of our hearts, lack of compassion) before we can see a harvest of any measure.
Another point I’d like to make regarding this harvest that is mentioned, is that I’m guilty of expecting (ha, expecting!) a radical change in my heart instantly. Seeds like those mentioned in parable and seeds of a physical nature require time and attention if they are going to grow strong and produce worthy fruit. Likewise, I have to remember that with careful attention to the nurture of the soil and seeds I will over time develop a worthy and abundant harvest for Jesus Christ.
March 2, 2013 § Leave a comment
While we may be under the impression that our democratic system of government is here to protect us, corporations—and the politicians getting paychecks from them—do a fair job of making that difficult. This manner of “legislative capture” is manifesting itself in a host of appalling ways far beyond those listed here. Here are 8 ways corporations are poisoning our food supply, humans, and mother earth.
1. Sugary Drinks, Diet Drinks are Addictive and Fattening
Sugary drinks, especially soda, run rampant in the U.S., with corporations shelling out millions to advertise to both children and adults. Kids are taking in 7 trillion calories of sugar each year from soda alone, with sodas making up 15-25% of the daily recommended caloric intake for kids aged 2 to 19. Sugar-sweetened sodas can contain upwards of 200 calories per can, but even artificially sweetened drinks should not be considered safe. Several studies show that artificial sweeteners—like cancer-linked aspartame—can contribute to tooth decay, obesity, kidney damage, and depression.
2. Bisphenol A and Other Chemicals in Canned Goods
BPA is a hormone disrupting chemical used in canned goods and plastic bottles. The chemical, which is labeled as “toxic” in other nations, had a chance to be banned of March 2012. In a move that angered activists within the US and even internationally, the FDA ruled against the ban. This ubiquitous chemical has been linked to:
- Hyperactivity in girls
- Breast cancer
- Reproductive issues
- Hastened puberty
- Feminization in boys
- Damaged arteries
3. Buying Out and Creating Organic Companies
You may not know this, but many organic companies are actually owned and operated by major corporations like Coca-Cola or Kellogg. Companies like Honest Tea and Odwalla may appeal to health conscious shoppers, but they are actually owned by Coca-Cola. Another popular ‘health’ brand is Kashi, owned by the Kellogg corporation. Some products from these companies may be ’100% organic’, but do you really trust their labeling practices? Or perhaps more important, do you really want to give support to the corporate producer?
Further, these large corporations are buying out some of the companies many natural-health advocates have grown to love. One example is when New Chapter, a vitamin and supplement company offering worthy products since 1892, was bought out by mega-corporation Proctor & Gamble.
4. Antibiotics are Making People Fat
These days, physicians are a little stab-happy with their antibiotics, often to just please the patient with a medical solution (a placebo effect, if you will). But it could be setting us up for lifelong obesity – at least that’s what some research has to say. In addition to killing “bad” bacteria, antibiotics kill “good” bacteria in the gut, thereby disrupting digestion even in the long run. There’s also mounting evidence that antibiotics may be promoting diabetes and metabolic syndrome—but not killing the cold and flu viruses that parents think they are (antibiotics cannot kill viruses, only bacteria).
5. Antibiotics in Livestock are Promoting Bacterial Resistance
Last year, The Guardian wrote about 150 scientists and 50 farmers—including a former FDA commissioner—demanding that Congress regulate antibiotic use in livestock. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has even blamed overuse of antibiotics for the global resistance to antibiotics, which could make antibiotics futile against disease-causing bacteria. And this is not even considering the other ill effects antibiotics have on the animals we eat.
6. Supporting Genetically Modified Foods and Herbicides
If you are into organic foods and have been following GM news, you know that the latest and greatest chance for GM labeling was with California’s proposition 37. Needless to say, the bill was not passed, but Prop 37 did teach us a lot about the interest of various companies and mega corporations. It was no surprise to see biotech giant Monsanto dish out over $4 million to fight the bill, but some people were surprised to see Naked Juice, Kashi, Cascadian Farm Organic, Honest Tea, and some others on the side of anti-GM labeling. As mentioned above, many of these companies are owned by corporations like Coca-Cola or General Mills.
They all support GM food, are anti-GM labeling, and subsequently support the use of herbicides and pesticides. Pesticides that are being used in greater amounts each day thanks to mutated insects that become resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup-ready GM crops.
According to numerous pieces of research, GM foods like Monsanto’s corn have been implicated of contributing to weight gain, organ disruption, tumor development and infertility in rats. Roundup—a glyphosate-based herbicide— is to thank for contributing to water pollution, resistant rootworms and superweeds, and environmental devastation.
7. Herbicides and Insecticides Contributing to Bee Colony Collapse
Although technological products like cell phone towers and cell phones are hurting the bee population, herbicides, insecticides and pesticides brought to us by Bayer, Monsanto, and Dow AgroSciences appear to be the main culprits. It has been shown time and time again that these chemicals are ravaging these tiny insects that are essential for agriculture purposes and pollinating food crops.
“…a document was leaked revealing that a bee-killing pesticide put in use by the EPA may be to blame [for the bee decline]. Adding to the controversy, more records have emerged showing that the USDA was fully aware of the pesticide’s threat to not only bees, but humans…Neonicotinoids, the particular type of pesticides used, are absorbed systemically into plants, including the pollen and nectar. Once the bees begin to pollinate, they also absorb the insecticide, and die.”
Neonicotinoids have been banned in France and Germany, but not the United States.
8. Factory Farms Devastate Land and Sea
If you purchase your meat from a grocery store instead of a farmer’s market or co-op, it was probably raised in a factory farm. Not only are these farms known for extreme animal cruelty (which many undercover videos have gruesomely pointed out), but they are also responsible for polluting groundwater, drinking water, and contributing to massive deforestation. Actually, they produce 100 times more waste than the entire U.S. population.
Run-off from these establishments as well as non-organic crops are contributing to blooms and dead zones in coastal waters. Earlier this year, a scientific paper argued against the case of factory farms feeding the world, but with the USDA and FDA deep in industrial farming’s pockets, it will take considerable time and effort before we see any changes.
About Mike Barrett:
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March 2, 2013 § 1 Comment
I, along with many other people, have developed an instant gratification mindset which seems to permeate throughout our entire lives. I expect changes now, and like the proverbial frog in the water, didn’t notice the water heating up; the water is hot now. The water is very hot.
We, as Americans and Westerners have enslaved ourselves. There is no other way around that simple fact. We have enslaved ourselves in body, mind, and spirit. Let me explain.
Our bodies have been enslaved by the sedentary lifestyle the Western world leads, especially Americans. In fact, the NY Daily News reports late last year that Americans spend roughly forty hours a week watching television programming; that is not including time spent playing console video games, mobile devices, etc. Further, we’ve enslaved ourselves with addictions to various chemicals prescribed to us to treat health conditions which curiously enough are never cured. We’ve enslaved ourselves by not standing up and demanding change from our elected officials regarding the poisons in our municipal water supplies, the overwhelming amount of GMO food tyranny, pharmaceuticals that kill thousands of people each year with dangerous and horrific side effects, and experimental, unproven vaccinations. Yes, our bodies have been enslaved and we have done it to ourselves; we allowed it to happen.
Our minds have been enslaved, and have been molded for years to condition the way we think. We’ve stopped using any critical thinking skills we have, and are so easily led. We only need the latest celebrity gossip on our television sets (whose size is directly proportional to the size of our penis ) to be happy. We have allowed this! We allow ourselves to be desensitized and conditioned to seeing people killed and maimed and any other sort of grotesque immorality; and we demand more and more!
Americans’ spirits have been crushed and enslaved too. Too often the responses to injustices and corruption are “Yeah, I know, but…” or “What can I do about it? I’m just one person.” The spirit of giving in and knuckling under oppression and corruption is what led us to where we are today. Americans and Westerners need to wake up, shake the sleep from their eyes, and stand united and stop the injustices, stop the corruption. We have allowed the corporate media to define for us what is worth celebrating and what is worth lamenting. We need to say “Enough!” and demand an about face from this government, and fascist globalism before its too late.