WHEN IS THE LEFT RIGHT AND THE RIGHT LEFT?

By Bill Byrnes

When is the Left on the Right and the Right on the Left? The following passage answers :

Matthew: 25:31-46–Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Son of Man comes again in his glory, and all the angels with him then he will sit on his throne and all the nations of the world will be gathered before him. He will separate the people–some on his right & some on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right: ‘ Come you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you because when I was hungry you gave me food,  when I was thirsty you gave me drink…You welcomed me when I was a stranger, clothed me when I was naked and took care of me when I was sick ’. Then the righteous will answer him ‘Lord, when was this…’ and the king will answer: ’ Just as you did this for the least of my people, you did this for me.’  Then the king will say to those on the Left:  ‘You are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. When I was hungry you gave me no food…thirsty, you gave me no drink. You did not welcome me as a strangerMatthew: 25:31-46–Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Son of Man comes again in his glory, and all the angels with him then he will sit on his throne and all the nations of the world will be gathered before him. He will separate the people–some on his right & some on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right: ‘ Come you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you because when I was hungry you gave me food,  when I was thirsty you gave me drink…You welcomed me when I was a stranger, clothed me when I was naked and took care of me when I was sick ’. Then the righteous will answer him ‘Lord, when was this…’ and the king will answer: ’ Just as you did this for the least of my people, you did this for me.’  Then the king will say to those on the Left:  ‘You are accursed, depart from…nor give me clothes when I was naked. You did not take care of me when I was sick or visit me when I was in prison.’ Then they will answer him: ‘Lord, when was it that we did not take care of you?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly, I will tell you, just as you did not do it for any of the least of my people, you did not do it for me!’  You will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will enter into eternal life!”

During  the upcoming election think about this passage. I’m sure you will decide (as many of you already have) which side you want to be on! Also, remember this fact: isn’t the Bible referring to a state of mind, and not just throwing a few bucks into the collection  plate on Sundays?

Yes, “VIRGINIA” the Bible really can give you insight into today’s politics!

HERE WE GO AGAIN…

By Bill Byrnes

“…Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocites! You pay your proper tithes—yet you omit the weightier matters of the law – judgment, mercy and faith! Ye blind guides; which strain at a gnat…and swallow a camel !    Matthew:23:23-24

When I started this blog my intent was to keep politics out of it. I think I’ve done a good job at that. But, I also promised to give insight into what the Bible had to say about handling life’s problems and issues in today’s world. There certainly is no shortage of information for it. So, let’s get political!

Four years has passed and guess what—it’s time for another Presidential election. For openers, I can tell just because the G.O.P. has their  parade of rank and file “pablum-peukers”. I have nothing against Conservatives. What bothers me the most about them is when they start ranting about how the Bible justifies their cause(s). What’s more amazing is how many good people appear to “buy” into their erroneous rationales without going to the one source that could clear up any of them – the Bible!

With that in mind – here we go again. The religious right-wingers use Christianity for their own convenience. Their own political agenda is more important than the true meaning of the Word. This practice is certainly not new. In fact, the Bible addresses it quite pointedly! What current political factions do you think of as you read the following passages?

Matthew: 23:3-14: “ …the teachers tell you to do things-but they don’t do them. They are unwilling to help those who struggle under the weight of their rules…They do good things so that others will see them. They love to have the most important seats at the feasts. They love to be greeted with respect in public. You are hypocrites! You take away widows’ houses…then you say long prayers so that people will notice you! You will have a worse punishment! You give to God 1/10th of all you earn–but you don’t obey the really important teachings of the law–justice, mercy & loyalty!”

Jesus continues his scolding of the Pharisees(religious leaders who led the synagogues) in Matthew:23:25-27:  “You are hypocrites–you wash the outside of your cups & dishes but inside they are full of things you got by cheating others and by pleasing only yourselves. You are like tombs painted white. Outside they look fine, but inside they are full of bones of dead people and all kinds of unclean things. It’s the same with you! People see you & think you’re good–but on the inside, you are full of hypocrisy & evil!”

Jesus sure didn’t mince words when criticizing the Pharisees-who were the religious “right” of their time.

If you’d like to read more(& yes, Jesus certainly didn’t stop there)..read the Bible. Start with the New Testament–book of Matthew.

But, regardless of what epoch we live in, one fact remains true: whether Tea Party, GOP, or Pharisee, or even Democrat…we can fool people sometimes–but we CANNOT fool God!

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