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HAVE A MORE DANGEROUS ENEMY THAN TERRORISM!
By Bill Champion
Okay! What�s The Answer?
If all the above could be summarized into one statement it would be: An �enemy� is one who wants �rights� to choices of destructive behavior protected politically and legally by society; but, covertly, they don�t want to be held accountable or legally culpable to society for the consequences of their destructive behavior. Stated more succinctly, they want �rights� without incurring any responsibility for consequences of the exercise of those �rights.� For example, those who practice homosexuality want �equal rights� to marriage; but, they don�t want the responsibilities embodied in marriage, the major one being the producing of progeny that will perpetuate life and the human race. Nor do they want the responsibilities connected with raising progeny in an environment that produces well adjusted responsible citizens. Study after study shows that children benefit the most from the influences of both a mother and a father. Neither sex can exclusively play the role of the other in the development of children.
Another symptom that is diagnostic of �enemies� is that their response to the above statement typically would be: �There are plenty of heterosexual marriages that don�t accept those responsibilities either.� That�s true; but failure to accept responsibility in one area can�t justify it in another. Enemies can always be counted on to cite irrelevant comparisons while ignoring relevant differences to justify their destructive behavior, e.g., a drug abuser cites the legality of the use of alcohol. Probably the most common effort to rationalize destructive behavior is: �Everybody�s doin� it.� A typical example of this was when Bill Maher said on his TV show in defense of Clinton�s egregious behavior, �Everybody lies about sex!� Sure! One liar should be the standard for justifying another!!!!! But, an �enemy� doesn�t see anything wrong with that. Another excellent example of the �enemies�� propensity to cite one egregious case to justify another is the Mayor of Chicago�s statement in support of homosexual marriage: (It�s a �beaut�) �Marriage has been undermined by divorce. So don�t tell me about marriage.� (�World Magazine;� Feb. 28, 2004)
A woman who supports abortion based on her �rights� to her own body doesn�t want to be held accountable for engaging in illicit sex that produced a pregnancy. She is responsible for protecting her body for her own benefit and for the benefit of society that would have to suffer another violation of the rule of law if she failed to do so. One person does make a difference in protecting or harming society.
The Answer vs. Reality
The solution is simple: The �enemies� must be deterred from inflicting society with the consequence of their destructive behavior and from their corrupting of the rule of law to rationalize their behavior. But, then, the question arises: �Right! But how do ya do dat???� If every �enemy� who behaved destructively was confined or quarantined half the population would be locked up or isolated. And that�s not practical economically or even probable. So, what do we do to preserve our nation?
We must turn to God for help in prayer! This is an enormous problem; and, therefore, an enormous power must be marshaled to solve it. I am told that when Hitler had amassed his armies across the channel from England threatening to invade, the English people called for day of prayer to save England. The English people congregated in the churches and prayed from their hearts for God to save their country. Hitler never invaded England�even when England was at its weakest! He chose to break their spirit by raining bombs on them from the air; but, their spirit and Help was too strong and sustained them to victory.
Who Is The God We Must Pray To?
He is the One who said: �If my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins and heal their land� (emphasis mine) 2 Chron. 7:14 And God is very serious about keeping that promise. The evidence that He will is astounding and irrefutable when one checks it out. Look what he did for us already:
The Narrow Gate
God has been trying to help mankind enter the Kingdom of Heaven since the first man made the first wrong choice in the Garden of Eden. But it has been an �uphill struggle� for man to even understand the opportunity being offered. That first wrong choice resulted in death and all the temptations leading to it to appear and become challenges and trials for man to overcome to redeem himself from the consequences of that first wrong choice. God has said innumerable times that if man will be obedient to him and follow the Rules of Law he gave us we can live forever with him in Heaven where life is incredibly great. But, it seems that that word �obedient� really gets stuck in man�s craw and makes him behave like an idiot.
So life has become a test of whether or not man will choose death or life with God. But God has kept his promise and provided a formula for man to follow to achieve eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven. It ain�t easy, if one has been behaving like an idiot; but, the effort is certainly worth it. Look what Jesus Christ went through to convince all of us, �enemies� included, that He is serious in wanting us to come live with Him.
God obviously knew that this �Passion of Christ� had to be done to get man�s attention and belief because He chose Jesus to descend from the line of David from the order of Malchizedek, rather than from the house of Aaron. The reason apparently was that a bureaucracy cannot be changed from within. And a bureaucracy had become erected by the Sanhedrin that blocked man from coming to the Kingdom of Heaven. Actually, it could be said that Jesus came to free the Jews from religious corruption and tyranny. (Matthew 23:13) The bureaucracy had erected laws and codes based on the �traditions of man� where salvation or redemption could be based only on works. And the �hoops� that man had to jump through made it impossible to do so. As to how many �hoops� were raised, James Michener tells us in The Source: The Torah (God�s Commandments from Moses) contained five books; and could be printed in two hundred and fifty pages. The Talmud (Man�s traditions and interpretations) contained 523; and required twenty two volumes! That�s a lotta hoops to jump through to get to the Kingdom of God.
Jesus was vehement in condemning the scribes and Pharisees because they were obviously corrupting the Word of God to conduct their own �racket.� They were selling animals in the Temple to be sacrificed for atonement of sins. They used the Moses Covenant, that there could be no remission of sins without the shedding of blood, for their own greed. And they made the sins (the traditions of men) so numerous that it assured the demand for animals in the Temple. They made gold of higher value than the salvation of man. Man hasn�t learned much through the ages, has he??? Sound familiar?? So, to protect their turf and racket they conspired to kill Jesus.
So Jesus Christ, God Incarnate, drove the money changers out of the Temple and subjected himself to hideous pain and suffering (that any of us would lie cheat and steal to get out of) to show that he was indeed serious about redeeming us and proving by his resurrection that there is indeed a life after death. He made Himself the final blood sacrifice so that men could not corrupt it in the future. His blood established the New Covenant. To me, He said that there are no more �hoops� to jump through to get to eternal life with him in the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus came to save the Jews from the corruption of their own leaders, and, to save us all. All we have to do is to ask Him in prayer to be our Savior, trust in Him; and, we are justified in His eyes.
The Jews did not kill Jesus Christ as the haters would have us believe. It was the Scribes and Pharisees and their paid henchmen who did it to protect their corrupt and evil interests, as God the Father knew they would. The Lord works in mysterious ways; but, always for good. As with Joseph, man intended it for evil; but, God used it for good.
Incidentally, Professor Simon Greenleaf, who was head of the law school at Harvard University, and a skeptic, was challenged by his students to study the evidence for the Resurrection before he scoffed at it. He did; and, his conclusion was that the evidence that it had occurred would stand up in any court of law. And he became a believer.
So Jesus gave his life for us and by so doing He said all our wrong choices that violated his Rules of Law can be forgiven. We can start anew and get absolved from all the pain and suffering we have caused ourselves and our neighbors if we repent and trust in Him. He changed the rules and said that �good works� would not get us to Heaven, �lest any man should boast.� He said we could be saved by His Grace alone. All we have to do is ask Him to be our Savior, take over our hearts. And, we must agree to repent of our unrighteous behavior and follow his commandments and ordinances. If we do so we can have eternal life with Him and grow exponentially in spirit and faith.
How can anyone with any sense at all turn down an offer like that? How can anyone not love Jesus with all his heart, mind, soul, and strength when he understands what He did to give us another chance at eternal life, even though we have been acting like idiots? But, he said the gate is �narrow� we have to go through to get to the Kingdom of Heaven to live with him.
Total Trust is a Must!
Achieving that objective is possible only if we follow His Commandments (Rule of law) and TRUST in Him. And that means total surrender!! No half way measures will do. This is the �narrow way.� You can�t expect the support of God unless you�re willing to follow ALL the rules. He said if you violate one you violate them all. For example, a friend of mine said, �I trust in God; but, I�m still going to have sex with whom I want.� He ain�t gonna make it until he realizes that by behaving that way he has to contribute to the delinquency and to the harm of a neighbor for whom he should love and feel responsible. That�s not �obedience;� that�s rebellion.
I could list God�s commandments and Jesus� instructions for correct behavior; but, that is unnecessary because the Bible does it far better than I can. But there are a few scriptures that are favorites which show how stupid the �enemies� are for denigrating Christianity.
How about this one from Philippians 4: 6,7,8, �Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made know to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy---meditate on these things.� Another one: �The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.� Galatians 5: 22.
Saint Paul, the spokesman for Jesus Christ, says in Galatians 5: 19 that if we want to �inherit the Kingdom of Heaven we must avoid the �works of the flesh�. (Wrong choices:) which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries. These kinds of behaviors can make anybody an enemy of everybody.
The one that is the real clincher, and the most difficult, that tells us what we must do to help heal our land is Matthew 5: 44, 45: �But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you. and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.� As I�ve said before, God�s commandments are just good common sense. We�ll never change an enemy�s behavior by hating and criticizing him. That only puts �a stumbling block� between him and God. A person can�t solve his problems and defend his behavior at the same time.
The �Vaccine� is Available to Everyone!
If you�ll recall, I said above that there is a vaccine available that�s a sure cure. So here it is: We�ve got one powerful force aiding us: The enemies� wrong choices have put them in real pain and anguish they desperately want to escape from. And they are looking for a �way out.� I can personally attest to that. I was addicted to tobacco, alcohol, sex, gambling and pornography. And, the tobacco and alcohol were ruining my health. Obsession with sex, gambling, and pornography robbed me of the attention and energy I needed to pursue my best interests. I was in real pain; and, I mean physical pain. When one gets addicted the body takes on nagging hungers and urges that are destructive and progressive, and rob one of self control and will to change. Well, I couldn�t change by myself. So I went to Jesus Christ for help. I can say that it was a struggle; but He was there with me all the way. I could then and still do actually feel the physical presence of either Him or the Holy Spirit standing beside me. And when I�m tempted by any of my wrong choices, all I have to do is to say, �Stay with me Lord.� And I can walk away every time. But, wonderfully, those physical naggings and hungers that used to drive me to seek those destructive choices are gone!! The �vaccine� really works!!
In summary, the answer is to �pray for our enemies,� that they get �vaccinated� from their destructive urges and bondages, and to reverse their fields and ask Jesus Christ for forgiveness. If they do, and enough of them will, our nation can be healed. God has promised to �heal our land, if we humble ourselves and pray�. And He hasn�t made a promise he hasn�t kept!
The alternative is to do nothing or to pass laws against all the wrong choices; but, there already are laws against most of them. Right? But men in judicial robes have corrupted those laws to serve their own worldview that licentious behavior must be given priority over the rule of law. Even, if the state was in charge of enforcing God�s commandments, men would turn this country into another Taliban; and that ain�t freedom of religion or anything else good!!
Samuel Adams was right when he said in 1789 that �Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.� Accordingly, I request that the churches post on the walls of their buildings the wrong choices God is against in addition to those proscribed by The Ten Commandments. The �traditions of man� should also be included, i.e., abortion, homosexuality, pornography, consensual sex, the abolition of God through the theory of evolution, the regulation of the �free exercise of religion by the state, same sex marriage, cohabitation, etc. The churches must be �up front and center� against these wrong choices!! There should be no equivocation! And most importantly, there should be a bold invitation to those who are addicted to the wrong and destructive choices to come in and get �vaccinated� against them. It should be made clear that God loves them and most definitely wants to redeem them! The head banner should read, �SAVE OUR NATION FROM TYRANNY.�
So: America, get on your knees and pray that the hearts of the �enemies� will be changed, and that our freedom to worship as we please be released from state control. If you don�t, it is inevitable that the �rights� to licentious behavior will become the law of the land; and, those �rights� mean fascistic thought control and censorship of the Bible. And the end result of that is despotism and tyranny. And America will be another third world country.
God be with you, your families, and our country.
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Bill Champion is a semi-retired management consultant who has been active in several fields: Developing managers from �caretakers� to motivated, result-oriented achievers; Management team development; Developing and writing management training manuals; Arbitrator; Negotiator collective bargaining agreements; Active in state political arena; Contract lobbyist at Nevada State Legislature for Gaming Industry and private businesses; University Instructor in Labor relations.
A graduate of Case-Western Univ. Vice president of Human Resources at original MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas. Hobbies: Writing and Golf. Authored several essays on politics and religion. Now engaged in writing book on history of the �mob� in Las Vegas, and who really killed Bugsy Siegel. Bill's
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God has been trying to help mankind
enter the Kingdom of Heaven since the first man made the first wrong choice
in the Garden of Eden. But it has been an �uphill struggle� for man to
even understand the opportunity being offered.