LEARN FROM THE MASTER: Jesus Cut Through BS To Get To The Truth … And So Can YOU

You know, in a way it’s become not only entertaining but highly educational to just sit back and watch all the different variations of liberal meltdown/freak-out/tantrums over the election of Donald Trump. In a sense, we should probably even be thanking them for just being themselves. Liberals have become their own repudiation.

Even at this early stage of the Trump Administration, more and more folks are realizing we can’t sit back and gloat. I’ve written before that we have to view this as a God-given window of opportunity to get the country back on track, at least for the next four years (and hopefully eight.)

Christians especially have got to realize what we have been granted. Under a Clinton Administration, she would have had the power (through SCOTUS appointments) to finish Obama’s destruction of any faith based organization that isn’t Islam. Thank you, Lord Jesus…that didn’t happen.

We therefore can’t just sit back and enjoy the view of liberals hyperventilating. We have to go to work. And the template for what we need to do comes from examples of how Christ Himself dealt with the nonsense, even B.S., that he faced daily during his time.

The Rich Young Ruler
Found in Matt. 19:16-26; Luke 18:18-27; and Mark 10:17-22, is the story of the Rich Young Ruler. We don’t know much about this young guy’s specific background except that he claimed all manner of good deeds and religious adherence. When given the chance, though, he couldn’t commit everything he had to faithfully following Christ. Christ to him was obviously only a trend to be followed.

This isn’t any different than Christians who blindly follow whatever happens to the latest “spiritual” trend in the church. One present trend is not talking politics because of political correctness, or for that matter taking a stand on any real controversial social issue. Even though liberals lost the election, they can still influence the church with the “let’s not rock the boat” mindset.

No more. And so called “trends” must be Biblically based and we must speak up when they’re not. We have more freedom to do this now than we did during the last eight years. Let’s use it.

The Poor You Shall Always Have with You
There are three different versions of this story, found in Matt. 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; and John 12:1-8. In these verses, Jesus was anointed with very expensive oil by a woman. In John’s version, it was Judas who complained that to do so was a waste. The oil could have been sold for a good price and the money given to the poor. Christ immediately called him out on it by saying, “You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.” (v.8)

There are two things to consider about these verses: a) Liberals always try to play the guilt trip/victim card, just as Judas tried to guilt trip Christ about the cost of the oil; b) The very words of Christ stated that there will always be poor people, there will always be haves and have nots. His very words were an indictment of socialism and the policies that continually strive for the unattainable goal of total equality.

Complete equal outcome, equal results, equality in most of society will never happen. But liberals will always spout this mantra. Christ is our example of how to call them out on this. We always have the opportunity to do more for others than we are, but certain opportunities and situations that are right in front of us sometimes demand immediate attention. The forest will always be there…sometimes individual trees need attention. That’s the difference between the choice of the collective mindset and individual initiative. To lose the power of the individual is B.S. and Christ knew it and called it out.

Get Behind Me Satan
In Matt. 16: 21-23 and Mark 8:13-31, we find this rebuke of Peter from Christ for saying that the reality of his torture, death and resurrection shall not be. Christ saw the true nature of not facing reality as coming from Satan, the father of lies.

Let that sink in and consider this. Liberalism is based on lies. Christ called it for what it is. It’s Satanic not to face reality, no matter how negative or harsh.

The only time liberals talk about anything negative is when it’s aimed at anyone who calls out the misguided nature of their agenda. Here’s just a really short list of liberals not facing reality:
* ISIS is the JV team
* the planet will heal and the seas will begin to fall
* the entire lie of Obamacare
* shovel ready jobs
* the debt is sustainable
…and on and on. We all know what the last eight years have been like.

The left’s sharpest turn from reality is not fully understanding why they lost the election. The deplorables have spoken and the libs still don’t get it.

They probably never will, but it doesn’t matter. We now have the ability to turn away from trends they want to direct; we clearly understand their use of the victimhood/class warfare guilt trip; and we can definitely see their inability to face reality is based completely on lies.

By following the example of our Lord and Savior, we know B.S. when we see it and now we can call it out. That’s true reality.

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John DeGroff

About the author, John DeGroff: John DeGroff is the original bass player for the Christian rock band Petra. He currently plays for the band GHF which is comprised of other original members from Petra. DeGroff has extensive experience as a freelance music journalist and newspaper reporter as well as an on-line music reviewer. He is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and lives in Warsaw, Indiana where he is employed as a care giver for mentally challenged adults. View all articles by John DeGroff

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