I'm fed up with the ignorance displayed by much of the Church regarding moral issues. The headlines from the article above illustrate what I mean. I blame ministers like myself in America for not doing a better job of fulfilling the great commission which was to "make disciples." (Matt 28:19)
Disciples are those who observe what Jesus taught even to the end of the age (Matt. 28:20). Most people don't even know what a Christian is. Christian means "Christ like." It does not mean you just believe! Hey James 2:19 says even demons believe and they tremble. Being a Christian means you MODEL what Jesus taught by the way you live His word, His teaching, His commands affect your life choices and actions.
John 1:1, Hebrews 10:7 and Psalm 40 teach us that Jesus was a reflection of God's word. He is the Word presented in both the new and old covenant. Hence, all of God's word is relevant and consistent.
Now to the issue of Kaine's insistence of him being a good Catholic and Hillary being a good Methodist. Catholics and Methodists are denominations of Christendom. The support for any policy or law contrary to God's word from one who claims to be a Christian is a blatant lie as it pertains to God's word. It's just not true and that lie is a load of crap. Crap is a biblical term translated 45 times in scripture with the English word "images" referring to idols. Idols are untruths that are sacrificed to and worshiped in place of the only true God. In some dictionaries and commentaries it is defined as "a shapeless pile of dung pellets." That my friends is crap.
In my library I have the Catechism of the Catholic Church which addresses the issue of abortion which is addressed when they teach on the 5th Commandment which is, "you shall not kill." It's what any good Catholic would study and model. This teaching is well founded in God's word to.
Those who call themselves Christian but do not hold this view are pseudo-Christians. False Christians. False also means it is a lie. The teaching they espouse and the belief they hold that motivates their actions misrepresents God's word and Christ. It is not Christlike hence it is not Christian. But today in my nation that is not considered politically correct.
But in the kingdom of God truth is esteemed higher than a lie or political correctness. As it says in Ephesians 4:15 loves speaks the truth too. Now, let's get back to the issue of life and murder addressed in the 5th Commandment.
The Hebrew word translated kill is more accurately translated murder which is the shedding of innocent blood. They teach that life is sacred and go on to address the proper application of self defense, intentional homicide, abortion, euthanasia and suicide. In precept 2270 it says "Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception." This teaching is a truth that is consistent with the teaching of John Wesley the founder of Methodism. But beyond these denominations there is ultimately God's word which is the final authority. So no Mr, Kaine you are not a good Catholic nor is this lie you live and espouse Christ like.
These are lies about God's word peddled for the sake of acquiring political power. I should mention that in these days in Mrs. Clinton's case, it apparently is part of the foundation of economic power as well. Pun intended!
God's word is clear. Abortion is a form of idolatry as the blood of the most defenseless is shed. Abortion is the sacrifice of innocent children on the altar of pleasure without responsibility as many of the abortions occur among those who have sex outside of marriage. We find God's thoughts toward this in the following scriptures. The scriptures also include a warning.
Molech - Idolatry & Sacrificing Children
The worship of the idolatrous god Molech in the Bible involved sacrificing children on its altar. Leviticus deals with this and a number of sins which hurt a nation. Note the context as it deals with several illicit kinds of sexual relations too.
Moreover you shall not lie carnally with your neighbor's wife, to defile yourself with her. And you shall not let any of your descendants pass through the fire to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God:I am the Lord. You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. Nor shall you mate with any animal, to defile yourself with it. Nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it. It is perversion. (see Lev. 20:1-5, 2 Kings 23:10 & Jer. 32:35)
Gods word goes on to share what will occur if these acts continue and they are not repented of.
For the land is defiled; therefore I visit the punishment of its iniquity upon it, and the land vomits out its inhabitants.
The Land Will Spit the Inhabitants Out
Leviticus 18:25 is a spiritual law similar to the law of gravity. It works whether you believe it or not. If you understand the law you can operate your life so as to enjoy the benefits and avoid harm. If you ignore it, well it can kill you.
If a nation does not repent, change its mind, its laws and actions then the spiritual law will force the inhabitants of that nation to lose their nation.
God Hates the Shedding of Innocent Blood
Proverbs 6:16-19 says:
These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren
When you consider the culture of lying that has come to permeate modern American politics, well Proverbs 6 certainly applies. Only fools believe they can fight and win against the Creator.
It's pretty clear to me that the Democratic party is ignorant of or does not care. I can say the same thing for many participants in the Republican party too but at least their party platform supports life and family where as the Democratic party platform does not.
What is the issue here? It's not just lying, murder and politics!
It is these issues with people who claim to be a good Christian, a good Methodist or a good Catholic. I am never surprised when an unbeliever lies, steals, murders, etc. I hate the acts but I'm not surprised.
What I truly despise and get angry about is when someone claims to be a Christian, such as the current president, and mis-represents Christ and God's word through habitual actions and words contrary to God's word (ie. lying, abortion, homosexual marriage etc.)
More Scriptures Pertinent for Today
Hate evil, love good; Establish justice in the gate...
You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.
"You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him.
but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head — Christ --
So here is love. If you call yourself a Christian but support abortion then stop calling yourself a Christian for you are not Christlike,
Or better yet, repent, change your mind and ask God to forgive you and then begin to let your life reflect your new found value for the life of the most innocent.
Know this, if you do not repent there is a judgment day. We will all stand before God and give an accounting for our life.