Episode 36: Our Freedoms vs Our Calling

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On recent programs, I’ve largely defended the Christian’s right to argue in the political arena. I’ve stated that speaking out on moral issues is part of our purview, even when those issues are politically charged. We have a duty to the truth, to be sure. But I feel a need for clarification. While there are definite matters to righteously be at odds with, we should not be continually at odds with people. Our focus as Christians ought not be on winning arguments, but on winning souls. So how do we separate issues from individuals? How can we live at peace with men while still giving the devil hell? Also on this episode, we’ll look at what happens when our unique American perspective skews our religious views, plus I’ll get some biblical insight from a man I deeply respect – my pastor and my friend, Aaron Zielinske – so stand by, folks.

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I wanna talk about something on today’s show that, admittedly, I personally struggle with quite often. And hopefully, this will be of great benefit to others who have perhaps struggled similarly. We all know how easy it can be to allow our traditions to get entangled with our belief system. Traditions tend to run very deep, and they get ingrained within our psyche to the point that they can even affect our view of Christianity.

As Americans, many of us draw heavily upon traditional concepts like our sense of patriotism. We value our heritage very highly, and we consider that to be a good thing. We love our liberty, we honor our military, and we hold our freedom in the highest regard. Indeed, we can be our most passionate about things like our American pride and love for the red-white-and-blue. And – make no mistake – this is all true of me. I love my country, I’ve served in its military, and I’m very big on defending freedom. I’m not knocking any of that… per se.

Where I think it can become problematic is when we allow these strong feelings and our own sense of American culture to infiltrate our beliefs as Christians. We tend to think of these two things to be closely related. We reinforce that by pointing out that the USA was founded on biblical principles. And it is indeed true that our Constitution does echo many scriptural truths believed by a large number of our country’s founders. But from there, things can get a bit skewed.

We sometimes start thinking of our Constitutional rights as though they are biblical in nature – as though those rights are given to us by God Himself. I’ve said this myself, and we are quick to point out that we are “endowed” by our Creator with “certain unalienable rights – that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” These are stirring words found in our nation’s Declaration of Independence, thus deeply embedded in our minds as fundamental and foundational truth. But does that make it scriptural? Like a lot of people, I always thought these concepts were pretty much gospel, when in fact, they are uniquely American.

While I hold freedom in high regard and celebrate that I live in the USA, I also must realize that Americanism and Christianity are not mutually exclusive. My view of Christianity has been shaped in great part by my American culture, so I need to recognize my source for actual biblical truth ought to be in scripture rather than the founding documents. I’d better look to see what the Bible really says about things like rights and liberties, and then perhaps I can have a more solid grasp of what true Christianity should look like.

So then, what does scripture say about “God-given” rights? To explore this further, I have some excerpts from a recent sermon by a man who is my pastor, my friend, and a former US Marine, Aaron Zielinske. Here is some of what he had to say on the topic…

Pastor Aaron:

See scripture surprisingly doesn’t say much about rights. Well it’s only surprising to Americans because we’re so hung up on our rights. We love our rights. In fact, that’s why there’s a bill of rights. Because when they first wrote the Constitution, and it was ratified, some states kind of held off on ratifying the constitution until they were given word that even after we passed this, we will introduce some amendments to further protect the rights of individuals, and only then would those remaining states sign on. So after the constitution was passed the first thing they did was worked on “which rights do we want to secure our people with against a corrupt government?” And that’s where the Bill of Rights came from. It wasn’t an original thing, they were all amendments.

But scripture rarely mentions them. In fact when when we look at it, we only see two rights that are specifically stated, “these are your rights,” and they’re both in John’s writings. In Paul’s writings every time he mentions a right, he’s saying that “I’m not making use of this right that I have because it benefits others for me to not.” Scripture speaks more of setting aside our rights for the benefit of another than it does touting “This is my right so I can do whatever I want with it.” Even Jesus set aside his rights, we see that in, in Scripture.

The two rights that we see – John chapter one verse 12… “To all who did receive Jesus who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” You have that right. You have the right to become a child of God, and no one can take it from you. Satan can’t take it from you. Nobody, no other human can take it from you, no government can take it from you, even if they persecute us, they kill us, they disband churches, they burn them to the ground, they can never take our right to be children of God. Can’t do it. Nobody can take that away from us.

The second right we see John mentioned is in Revelation. And this is beautiful. He says, “Blessed are those who wash their robes so that they may have the right to eat, or to the tree of life, that they may enter the city by the gates,” that’s talking about the New Jerusalem that comes down out of heaven. Nobody can take your right to the tree of life in Christ. Nobody. No matter what they do, no matter how corrupt the government, no matter how ruthless a persecutor, they cannot take your right to the tree of life. Will never happen. Impossible. Cannot happen.

But that’s it. You don’t even need your whole hand to count how many rights were insured and guaranteed in Scripture. You only need two fingers: the right to be a child of God, and the right to finish that out by partaking of the tree of life. Those are the rights we have.

Stace:

That’s pretty clear. So then, the idea that our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are God-given does not seem to be supported in scripture. That notion, while it sounds great, is based in our American culture rather than in the actual Word of God. So we would be wise to differentiate the two.

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Let me reiterate that I am not knocking patriotism or American traditions and values. There’s nothing wrong with rights and freedoms, but we should keep in mind that our American liberties are subject to change. Meanwhile, our liberties in Christ transcend beyond that. Our rights in Jesus cannot be taken away like our rights as Americans could. Should we fight to preserve our American freedoms? I believe so, yes. But we should NOT hold those things in equal or higher regard to our walk as Christians. We have a calling in Christ which is greater than anything else in this world. And we need to be careful that our prideful attitude as Americans doesn’t hinder our calling as Christians.

Now, what I’m about to say might seem like an unrelated topic at first, but I want you to indulge me for a moment as I make the point that our rights to do things are not nearly as important as the need to do what is right. Let’s look at what is a hot topic for many of us – flag burning. What on earth does that have to do with any of this? Hear me out…

We’ve seen people within our own country engage in protests against the government. Peaceful protests are an established American freedom. But some have gone so far as to burn or otherwise destroy the flag of the United States. It can be argued that they have the “right” to do this. And as much as I personally detest flag burning myself, I would have to agree with certain other veterans I’ve heard who stated, “I fought for their rights.” Now a lot of people say such an act should be illegal. I disagree. If we value freedoms equally, we must then grant that someone who burns the American flag indeed has the right to do so. However, I would also argue that it’s very misguided and ignorant.

The American flag, despite what some would have you believe about it being a symbol of oppression, is actually a symbol of our freedom. So by destroying that symbol, the flag burner is actually cutting their own legs out from under themselves and trivializing the very freedom they claim to possess. Having the RIGHT to do something is not nearly as meaningful as having the wherewithal to do the right thing in this situation. In fact, when we place our rights above all other things, it can lead us to some rather unfortunate circumstances…just as Pastor Aaron recently preached…

Pastor Aaron:

Knowing that you can do something doesn’t mean that you should do it. See now that’s maturity. Maturity is not “well I know I’m free to do this, therefore I should do this, and therefore it’s good for me to do this, and it’s right and it’s beneficial for me to do this.” Not necessarily. See knowledge is great. I love knowledge. We strive in our preaching and teaching and leadership to be intellectually sound, to give healthy instruction to give solid teaching. We want to be honest with those things and genuine in what we present, but knowledge is not an end in itself. Knowledge is a means to the end of being more like Christ and knowing him more, glorifying him more in our lives and therefore loving him and loving others more. Our knowledge should lead us toward a greater life of love. That’s what knowledge should do. If not, it’s just tragic. It truly is a tragedy, to know so much that you’re hurting yourself and other people because you’re failing to let that knowledge lead to love.

Stace:

And this is what brings us back to our calling as Christians. We aren’t called to beat people over the head with facts to the point that it insults and repels them rather than drawing them into a greater knowledge of the Lord. No, we’re called to REACH the world with the Gospel. So while knowledge is good, we have to be wise in how we share that knowledge with others. If we’re not careful, we’ll just come across as pompous know-it-alls who are gloating in our vast accumulation of knowledge. We can’t reach people like that. And, as stated earlier, we can get so hung up on our rights that we fail to do the right thing by people. Listen to Pastor Aaron as he talks about this conversation from 1st Corinthians chapter 8…

Pastor Aaron:

But knowledge leads to another trap, not just knowledge itself but there’s a trap of rights. See, they, they go on and they think, well, sometimes the word freedom and rights, it’s the same word in Greek, and they’re saying you know, “we’ve got the freedom to do this,” and they’re encouraging others to take make use of their freedoms, and Paul even grants it. He says that to “take care that this right of yours does not turn in to a problem.”

See, Paul has been working this issue and they see that their knowledge shows them what they’re free to do. But we can’t let it be a selfish motive of freedom and a touting of my rights, “I have the right to do that I’m free in Christ to do that.” That’s not the issue. And again, it’s not that rights are bad. Rights are not a bad thing, but they can’t be our emphasis or our grounding for why we do, “why did you do that” – “because I have a right to do that.” And does that mean it was a good decision? “But I have a right” – okay, but was that a good decision? Saying you have a right doesn’t answer if that was a good decision. I mean, sure, you have the freedom to do it if you want. But that doesn’t mean it was a good thing.

And I think maybe this even more than knowledge is the challenge for us as believers in America, because we are big on rights. We love rights, and we have a right to like our rights. Right? The Bill of Rights. That’s a constitutional document. It’s not a scriptural document. The Bill of Rights gives us more rights than scripture does. And sometimes we conflate the two, we think that those are God given rights when they’re really not. Then we take something like the Second Amendment – we have the right to bear arms. That’s a constitutional right that we have as American citizens. And as long as you’re an American citizen and the Constitution has the Second Amendment, you have that right. If the Constitution is ever changed to where the Second Amendment is done away with, you no longer have that right, because that’s a constitutionally given right, not a God given right. And there’s a difference between those two things.

And as American Christians, we have to do the hard work of wrestling with what is Christ, and what is the Constitution of the United States of America. And that’s a challenge, because we’ve been raised with Americanism – this idea of the gospel being blended with the American way and the American dream. We have to fight that. We can’t let things get hung up on rights. The reality is, the rights that God has given us, nobody can ever actually take away. No matter what they do they cannot take it away because they’re internal realities of our relationship between God and other people. And those, nobody can touch those. They can’t do it by force, even the government could come in by force and take your guns. They can’t come in and take your walk with Jesus away. Nobody can do that.

Stace:

So now that we’ve addressed the difference between our American rights and our rights in God, how do we accomplish our calling? How can we keep the issues we battle against separate from our charge to witness to others for the cause of Christ? Perhaps one of the hardest things we have to do when fighting for what we believe is making sure we’re not bringing that fight against people.

I often quote the scripture from Ephesians 6:12 that says, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” But how often we seem to forget that people are NOT our enemy. And while we should speak out regarding injustices, there comes a point when we must recognize that the largest battles will be won from our knees in prayer rather than brought about through verbal argument. We are quick to take up arms or to argue with people about what we think is right, but we should be even more quick to seek the face of God in prayer and allow Him to bring about His will in a way that all the glory will go to Him rather than to us.

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So many times, I have said this: Our chief duty as Christians is to demonstrate the great love of God to the world. Yes, we have the Great Commission. Yes, we are supposed to reach the world with the Good News of Christ. But the best way to do that was exemplified in the life of Jesus. Did He spend vast amounts of time arguing with those who disagreed with Him? He rightfully put the Pharisees in their place on a few occasions, but not through argument. He knew their hearts. He knew they wouldn’t receive His words. So what did He do instead? He openly demonstrated the will of the Father through His actions. He showed that it was good to do good on the Sabbath, even if that involved the “work” of healing. He met needs. He challenged the status quo, not through direct opposition, but through acts of love.

And love is what this all comes down to. While we must stand up for righteousness when it comes to dealing with issues, we must act in love when it comes to dealing with people. Love is how we reach people. Love is what opens doors that might be slammed shut by arguments. We have to put aside our pride, our sense that “we’re right and they should be made to see this” – that attitude will never win hearts and minds, let alone souls. There is indeed a “more excellent way,” and that way is LOVE. In the end, love is what will triumph when everything else has failed.

This means we may need to even put aside our own ideas of what our rights are in favor of showing love to people, rather than humiliating them for the sake of proving that we’re right. The concept of setting aside “what I have a right to say or do” to instead reach people with love is a key point of scripture. It’s what Jesus did when He went to the cross. He would have been within His own rights to call legions of angels to defend Him, but He didn’t. He could have rightly maintained the glory of His heavenly station, but He set it aside for the good of mankind…to save us…in the ultimate act of love of dying for our sins. With more on this, here again is Pastor Aaron…

Pastor Aaron:

We see the same with Jesus in Philippians two. One of the most amazing passages of his humility, doesn’t use the term “right” but this is what he’s doing. “He did not consider equality with God, a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men, and being found in human form he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Jesus had the right to all of his attributes as God. And yet he chose to set aside all of those things to come as a human. What we’re celebrating on Christmas day, he was born in a body, freely surrendered himself to a human existence. In order to deal with sin. The most amazing setting aside of rights, you’ll ever see. But he did it in love.

So just to say “I have the right to” is not a good primary reason for doing something. We may well have rights and Paul doesn’t deny that they don’t have the right to eat food. But he said “Don’t let this right of yours be a stumbling block to other people.” We can’t let that be a trap towards selfish motives and self centered thinking it’s all about, “I can do this because I have the right and it’s all about me me me me me.” That’s not where we want to be.

So finally, let’s look at the triumph of love. See there’s a reason why Jesus said the two greatest commandments are both about love: love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength with all of your being love him, and to love your neighbor as yourself. If you just love God and love people, you will never sin again. Think about that. And we think about all the things that are sinful according to Scripture, and sometimes it can be overwhelming. Think about how much there is to do or to not do because he even says that to not do the good we ought to is sinful. “Gosh, this is rough.” But if we just love God. And we love people, we’ll honor him with our life at all times.

Love is the only basis for doing what we do and why we do it. Love has to be the ultimate motivation for our decision. See love truly builds up. Where knowledge just puffs up, well love builds up. Love is like going to the gym and taking protein and having a healthy diet and exercising and, and you build up real muscles that really make you strong, and then you really can do certain things. You’re not just puffed up thinking that you can, you actually have real strength to do with, love does that, love builds up.

And love doesn’t just build you up, it builds other people up. See, that’s the difference, in somebody’s puffed up knowledge they do something that causes someone else’s downfall. But when you’re operating out of love, you’re built up and strengthened and so is your brother or sister because you’re not doing things that lead to their downfall because you consider them. And you think about them. And you, you don’t just make it for selfish reasons. And so rather than destroying your brother and sister by your amazing knowledge, you actually save your brother or sister because you’re treating them with kindness and respect in love. And that’s the basis for why we do what we do.

And Paul says look if, instead of going to the idol’s temple, you’re like “man I, my brother actually is falling because of this, let me just eat at home.” No big deal. Remember you’re not better off if you do eat, you’re no worse off if you don’t. So, what’s it matter? Just do the right thing. See too often when we come to these type of debatable issues we say “well, it doesn’t matter if I do or don’t, so I can.” True, but if it doesn’t matter if you do or don’t, why do you feel the need to? It doesn’t matter, right? So just don’t do it. Just avoid those things, walk in love. So we can just always ask the question, “Is this okay for me to do? Am I free to do this? Do I have a right to this? Is this true, according to what God says about me in Scripture?” That can’t be our primary way of thinking.

We have to ask other questions like, “if I do this, what will God think about that? How will this affect my walk with God?” That’s the first question. And if you come down saying “well I don’t think that will affect my walk with God at all,” great. That doesn’t mean rush into it. Secondly, you should ask, “how will this affect other believers? How will this affect my family? How will this affect my husband, my wife? How will this affect my children? How might this affect my parents? If I do this, how would this affect my neighbors? How would this affect my employer? How would this affect my employees? If I make this decision and other believers find out about it, how will it affect them? Will it affect them? What would the influence be? What would the impact be?” Do we ever think about how our decisions affect other people? Those are the things that we have to do, because then and only then are we truly operating out of love.

So I want to encourage you guys make choices based on your love for others, not just on what you know to be true. And what you may or may not actually have the right and freedom to do in Scripture. Just because we’re free in Christ to do something doesn’t mean that we should, because love is the only one that leads to genuinely Christ like decision making.

And this is for you. This is where the real hard work is for you. See, I don’t know, all of your lives and I can’t be involved in all of your lives and honestly it’s enough struggle in my own life, I don’t want to try to live anybody else’s life. But every one of us has to take this word about love, rather than knowledge or rights, and see how does it affect our life. I want to challenge you guys to take time in your prayer times to ask God, “Lord, what is, what is the motivation for my decision making in life? Am I really operating in love for you and in love for others?” The holy, the application piece is between you and the Holy Spirit. Ask him, ask him to lead you ask him to show you, areas where you’re making decisions for the wrong reasons, for the wrong motives.

And again, I’m not saying that you’re right or wrong or what those decisions are in your life – that’s between you and the Lord to wrestle with those types of things. Some things are genuinely debatable matters that, hey, you could choose to do, or you could choose to not do it, it doesn’t matter. Some things you absolutely shouldn’t be doing, some things maybe you absolutely should be. But let God be your guide as you learn to walk in love towards other people in all things.

Stace:

Amen. Let God be your guide. And may love be your motivation. Don’t let your freedoms or rights become a stumbling block and get in the way of your calling as a child of God. I’d like to thank my good friend, Pastor Aaron Zielinske, for allowing me to incorporate his sermon into this program. And thank you for listening.

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Episode 35: Covid is Real; the Crisis is Not

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Hello, and welcome to another Kingdom Hero Blogcast. Before we get started with today’s show, I want to invite you to support this program and the ministry of GCM (Great Commission Ministries). If you’d like to partner with us and help keep this podcast going, please go to kingdomheroblog.com/support. That’s kingdomheroblog.com/support, where you can use PayPal to safely and easily send your gift of any amount you like directly to us. Again, just go to kingdomheroblog.com/support [repeated] – and your gift will be greatly appreciated.

Everywhere we look nowadays, we see people who have been frightened into or guilted into wearing a facemask. In the last episode, we just lightly touched on the fact that all the restrictions were originally supposed to be over after about 2 weeks or so of flattening the curve. But here we are now, many long months later, and the masks and other restrictions remain – even though we definitely flattened that curve a long time ago.

What do the numbers really tell us about the deadliness of the Chinese virus? Why does all the hype and panic persist? What possible motive for keeping us in fear could those in power have? This episode will take on these questions and more. Get out your calculators – we’re gonna do the math. Stand by, folks… I’m Stace Massengill, and I’m just sayin’.

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So, something happened this week that really made my blood boil. I’ll get to the specifics of that in just a bit, but first, let’s look at some actual numbers from the World Heath Organization’s own website. Do you have your calculator out? I invite you to check my math for me, if you like. And please, go to the WHO website and check out the numbers for yourself. They do update and change ever so often, but the following numbers I’m using are as of 7:09pm ET, December 4th – or last night, as I record this program.

ACCORDING TO THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION’S OWN WEBSITE:

In the USA –
out of 13,759,500 “confirmed cases” of CoViD-19
there are 271,233 deaths
that’s a death rate of 0.01971…or 1.97%
By the WHO’s own numbers, the covid death rate in the US is less than 2%

Globally –
out of 64,603,428 confirmed cases of CoViD-19
there are 1,500,614 deaths
that’s an overall death rate of 0.0232…or roughly 2.3%
By the WHO’s own numbers, the covid death rate worldwide is less than 2.5%

So according to this, the overall survival rate if you happen to get covid is about 98%. You have a 98% chance of surviving covid if you catch it. That’s a pretty high survival rate for something that’s been made out to be some terrifying killer. Now, to certain groups of people – mainly the elderly – covid can be more of a risk because of other underlying health issues that might make someone’s immune system weaker or less capable of fighting the virus. On the flip side of this spectrum, however, typical healthy people – like most of us – who are not in a higher risk group are less likely to even catch it and have practically zero chance of dying from it.

Is covid real. Yes, of course. Has it indeed killed a lot of people? Yes, it has. But the percentages do not at all warrant the extreme steps that have been taken. More people die from Heart disease or from cancer than from covid. In the USA alone – according to the CDC, and you can check their website – heart disease kills 655,381 people per year, and cancer kills 599,274 people per year. But in the year since this Chinese virus was released, it is reported to have killed just 271,233 people in the US. Certainly every one of those lives were important and their deaths were tragic, but those covid deaths numbered less than half of those from either heart disease OR cancer. And nearly all of those covid deaths were among high risk groups like the elderly.

And THIS is IF we could even believe the WHO numbers to be accurate – which I don’t. I KNOW they’re exaggerated. I KNOW that many deaths listed as covid deaths are in actuality NOT covid deaths. How do I know this? I’m glad you asked that question. And this is the frustrating thing I learned of earlier this week. My own late father’s cause of death was listed on his death certificate as COVID. And I know that is completely false. He had struggled for the last few years with dementia and in the last few months began to deteriorate rapidly. He was well on the road to death, and we all knew he didn’t have much longer to live. It wasn’t until the second week of October that he was supposedly exposed to someone with covid when he was placed in a care facility.

We all visited with him there, before learning of a possible covid case at that location. We got very close to him, as family of a dying loved one does, loving on him and kissing his head and face. The next day, we were told that he’d just tested positive for covid, so we all took the precaution of self-quarantining ourselves for a couple of weeks due to our close exposure with him. If he actually did have the virus, it never became apparent. He was asymptomatic, never showing any signs of the sickness. Still, he was dying because of his dementia battle and his body beginning to shut down. He passed away in our family home on October 21st, again surrounded by all of us. None of us had shown any symptoms, including dad.

Meanwhile, after quarantine, the rest of us were all tested and our results were all negative. None of us, not even our 80-year-old mother, had caught covid – which led me to think that dad might never have even had it. But it most definitely is NOT what killed him. He was dying long before his possible exposure and never showed symptoms. Covid had nothing at all to do with my dad’s death. So that cause-of-death listing on his death certificate is completely wrong. And I don’t believe it was merely a clerical mistake. It’s a known fact that hospitals and care facilities get paid more money from the government when the patient’s cause of death is listed as covid. This is a very real motive for fraud. And it has happened in thousands of other cases across the country.

So with this in mind, it is my assertion then that the covid death rate is even lower than the low percentage it stands at according to the WHO. This makes the survival rate even BETTER than the already high 98+% I mentioned earlier. With a survival rate so high, why then are we panicking and mandating masks and shutting down places? Why do some governors think it’s a good idea to prohibit churches from gathering but allow strip clubs to remain open? How much of this nonsense has to go on before we realize that our liberty and way of life is at a far greater risk than our chance of dying from the Chinese virus?

Now I could spend a great deal of time explaining how the vast majority of current mask users are either wearing masks incorrectly or wearing the wrong kind of mask, which makes the practice itself quite pointless. If you’re wearing a mask in a way that does not cover all of your mucous membranes – mouth, nose, and even eyes – then that mask is not protecting you. If it’s a surgical mask, it’s designed for a sterile environment (like an operating room) and only filters the air you exhale – making it only somewhat useful if you yourself are sick, but it’s completely useless if you are healthy and want protection from what you inhale.

If you’re simply wearing a cloth mask, it doesn’t filter anything at all. All it does is trap moisture from your own breath – moisture that turns to mildew within 20 to 30 minutes and puts you at risk of inhaling that mildew if you wear it for a prolonged time. The same risk arises with surgical and other masks when they are not replaced with a clean mask every half hour. Only the N-95 mask is designed to protect the wearer from inhaling contaminated air, but it offers no protection to those around you if you are sick and exhaling the virus. That mask also does not shield your eyes from possible exposure, and it isn’t designed to be worn for extended periods of time either.

Like I said, I could spend a lot of time explaining the ineffectiveness of mask-wearing as most people tend to practice it incorrectly. But the fact still remains that EVEN WITHOUT masks, social distancing, and all of these pointless restrictions, you still have better than a 98% chance of surviving the virus IF you happen to get infected. On average, you have an excellent chance of being affected little to none by this so-called crisis. Meaning, it’s not really a crisis after all. Covid is real, yes. But a crisis, it is certainly not.

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So the question remains… If CoViD-19 is NOT really the big-bad that we’ve been lead to believe, then why have they lied to us? Why would they get us all in a panic where people are bulk-purchasing stuff like toilet paper, Lysol, and sanitizer? Frankly, I’m not sure what toilet paper is supposed to have to do with covid anyway, but that’s just the lunacy of some people. Like when winter first shows up in the south and we get so much as a snowflake, there are certain people who will instantly freak out and go buy up all the milk and sandwich bread for some reason…presumably to make yummy milk sandwiches, I don’t know. But back to the point – why are we being made to fear a virus with such a high survival rate? It boggles the mind.

This is where we can get into conspiracy theories and a lot of nonsense, but there is a simple and logical explanation. What possible motive could those perpetrating the virus as a crisis have? Control. That’s it. Plain and simple. Fear is a highly effective means of controlling people. Fear is widely used all the time to do this. Fear of failure causes many people to not try things. Fear of being unhealthy can be used to make a lot of people buy supplements, exercise equipment, gym memberships and other “health” boosting products. Fear of dying is often used to get people to purchase everything from pills to life insurance. Fear is a big motivator, and anyone wanting to control you will most certainly use it.

The Bible talks at great length about instances when people did things out of fear. Throughout history, kings and tyrannical governments have used fear to control the populous. And our enemy, satan himself, plays on our fears all the time to try to influence us to do things we shouldn’t – or to not do things that we should. It is no great leap or stretch to think that there are many in our government who’d like to control what we do, where we go, who we vote for, what we wear or eat or think. That’s not a conspiracy theory. That’s the reality in which we live. And yes, they are utilizing fear to control us.

There are indeed many of those within our government who have been using the covid pandemic to enact changes they’ve wanted for decades. They have used these covid scare tactics to change the way we behave, how we think of our own safety, and whether or not we meet up with family and friends or gather to worship. They tried to cancel Thanksgiving gatherings, for crying out loud! No doubt, they’ll do the same thing with Christmas in an attempt to keep us from celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior. Not to mention the psychological effect of wearing a mask everywhere – you lose your sense of self, your sense of individuality. If you don’t think there’s a real and sinister agenda behind all of these efforts to control us, then you are just fooling yourself.

I’d like you to consider for a moment California Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent policy, banning singing in church. The restriction literally states that, “Places of worship must, therefore, discontinue singing and chanting activities…” – Now, hold on a minute. Absolutely nowhere within our US Constitution do we find the power of any government official to instruct churches or people of faith on whether or not they can sing or lift their voices in worship. To the contrary, the original intent of the First Amendment is to protect the autonomy and sovereignty of the church, keeping the government OUT of the church’s business—especially in how we worship. But unfortunately, Governor Newsom has “assumed” the power to interfere with his state’s churches and how they conduct their services. And no, this is not merely an isolated incident.

This clear violation of the believer’s religious liberties cannot be allowed to continue. The church has a higher calling. Whereas the Bible instructs us to obey the authorities placed over us, there is a rather important exception to this. When the governing authority tells us to do something we know from scripture is wrong – or to not do something we know is biblically right – God’s law will always trump man’s law. Telling a Christian “you are hereby prohibited from singing and worshiping” just will not fly. It is contrary to what we’re told in scripture. Sorry, but…you very simply can’t restrict a person’s freedom to worship as he/she sees fit. Forget about it. Oh, you can try. But as we’re seeing in California, there are plenty of Christians who are standing up to this immoral and unlawful attempt to control them.

I mentioned on my last show the passage in the Bible telling us that we are not given a spirit of fear. But a great many of politicians – like Gov. Newsom – would use fear to control us. When in reality, not only are we not supposed to succumb to fear, the very fear they are trying to use against us is baseless. It’s founded in lies and exaggerations. It is literally a fear built upon an overblown and over-hyped viral outbreak. This virus is only a threat to a very small handful of people – statistically speaking – who are in a very high risk category. For more than 98% of those who actually get infected with covid, there is no reason to fear because they’ll survive it with little to no trouble.

Fear, as the song says, is a liar. We can’t allow it to control us. Ever. Period.

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So often, people tend to see someone like myself as a radical or an enigma of some kind. They will ask, “Why aren’t you more afraid of this thing?” And quite honestly, whether we’re talking about the Chinese virus or someone claiming to be a witch – which I have encountered in the past – or whatever, I am not prone to fear because of my relationship with Jesus Christ. Does that mean I don’t take precautions when needed, wear a seat belt, avoid dangerous places? No, of course I will do those things to be safe. But what it means to have Jesus in my life is that I don’t need to worry about or fear the unexpected, much less the threat of harm from something that most of the time is harmless.

“What!? You’re saying that covid is harmless?!” Not quite, don’t twist my words. I’ve made it very clear that this virus is dangerous and even lethal, but mainly to a small portion of high-risk individuals. Most people never catch this thing. And among those who do, better than 98% of them survive. Those are facts that keep me from fearing this thing – but more than that, I don’t fear what tomorrow may bring because of Christ’s influence on my life. His influence is not one of fear, but of love. His influence on me doesn’t allow fear to gain a foothold in my life because – as it states in 1 John 4:18…

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

Not only is the love of God perfect – as experienced through a relationship with Jesus – but that perfect love has the power to repel and cast out all fear! That’s amazing! His love is so powerful and all-consuming that it leaves no place for fear to take up residence. How awesome is that?! Furthermore, having Jesus in my life brings even more than this perfect love. It also brings peace. Peace of mind. A peace that surpasses understanding, as we see in Philippians 4:7…

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

That peace He gives provides a shelter and a shield that protects and guards our hearts and our minds. Protects us from what? From FEAR, of course – among other things. So a relationship with Christ brings perfect love and peace. But that’s not all! No, Jesus also brings light. And His light makes all the difference in the world. Check out what He says in John 8:12…

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

As followers of Jesus, we don’t walk in fear or that place where fear chooses to dwell – in darkness. Instead, we walk in the light and have the light of life within us. What does that mean? The light of life can be seen in people who just seem to have a glow about them. You see them, you see their radiance and love of life in the their smile and in the way they walk and talk, and you know they have something about them, something special, a joy that makes them beam. The opposite of this is seen in people who lack that light of life, looking all down and depressed, fearful of everything, afraid to even live life, no spark, no twinkle in their eyes, as if something is missing from their lives. That something they’re missing – that’s Jesus. That’s the love, peace, and light that He gives.

So what then are we to do? How should we live our lives while knowing that Jesus is in us, bringing peace and love and light? How ought we to respond to those who would try to put us in bondage with fear? We should remain steadfast in our walk with Christ, allowing His light to lead the way. We ought to continue doing what we know is right and just, in spite of any edicts or governmental measures to restrict our worship of the God we serve because His law is above that of man. And we should not – under any circumstances – give in to fear. We are no longer to be slaves to fear. In fact, we have the authority in Jesus to tell fear to take a hike.

To all of you, don’t fall for the hype and the scare-tactics that have been used with CoViD-19. Inform yourself of the facts. Get away from the mainstream media and their lies. I recommend outlets like NewsMax, Epoch Times, and One America News. I also recommend Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA. But more than anything, I highly recommend the Word of God. Soak yourself in it. Spend more time reading the Bible and less time watching TV or numbing your mind and your senses with social media. Get into the Word, and let the Word get into YOU. And remember that fear is a liar. So realize when people are using fear to control you, they are lying to you.

I will leave you with this passage from Joshua 1:9…

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Go with God, my friends. And keep on keepin’ on. I’m Stace Massengill, and I’m just sayin’.

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Episode 34: Whatever Happened to Civil Discourse?

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Welcome, everyone, to another Kingdom Hero Blogcast. You know, there once was a time – at least, I think there used to be a time – when people were a little more civil with one another. No, I know there have always been arguments and even times when people let their sinful nature get the best of them. Yes, since the time of Cain and Abel, there has even been murder. But when people had a simple disagreement, it didn’t always have to turn into a big deal. It didn’t have to come to blows. Folks could debate an issue from opposing sides and still go home as friends. Even if in the end there was no middle ground to agree upon, two people could agree to disagree and leave it at that. I’d respect your right to believe as you do, and you’d respect my right to believe differently than you. Peaceful coexistence and cooler heads could prevail. But sadly, that time seems to be behind us. There no longer appears to be room for civil discourse among many in today’s society. Now, if you disagree with someone, they accuse you of hate and prejudice. Instead of friendly debate, they choose to personally attack and even mock you for believing something contrary to their preferred personal truth. We see it everyday in our current culture. Freedom of speech is only good when you agree with the popular narrative. If you don’t, then your speech is curtailed. You are censored. You are cancelled. You are essentially banished from the public forum. On this episode, we will challenge that mentality. And we will take back, reclaim our rightful place at the podium. We cannot and will not be silent any longer. We owe more than that to our predecessors and to our posterity. Standby, folks. I’m Stace Massengill, and I’m just saying…

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My apologies for the month-long hiatus. As many of you no doubt know by now, November was a very busy month for me personally. We buried my father, we began the grieving process, and then the family had a somewhat somber Thanksgiving in Tennessee – the first of many holidays without my dad, so it’s been a tough time for us. We miss him, and I’m sure this feeling won’t go away anytime soon – if at all in this life. But we are all moving forward, and it’s time to get back to living our lives now.

And speaking of getting back to living our lives, this is yet another bone of contention among many people today. 2020 has been tough for most all of us, and that is an understatement. The pandemic, the shutdowns, the job losses, the lost wages, the mandates and restrictions, the masks – ALL of it. And it’s taking its toll on the populous. People are tired. People are upset. People are anxious. People are depressed. Suicide rates are up. Morale is down. Even among our kids.

I read an article recently about a young boy who had otherwise been leading a normal, healthy life before the mandated school closings. After months of virtual isolation, not being able to go hang out with friends and play and just BE a little boy, he became depressed. The signs were subtle, and before his parents could notice the change in his demeanor was truly serious…it was too late. A child, a young boy not even yet in his teens, in a moment of misguided desperation, he hung himself. And that family lost a precious life – one that had barely begun to live.

This tragedy could have been avoided. It SHOULD have never happened. But you don’t hear about stories like this one because it goes against the popular narrative that the government knows what’s best for all of us – that we somehow are just not smart enough to take care of ourselves – no, we need some wise politician to tell us how to live, where to go and not go, and when it’s safe or unsafe to gather with family and friends. But did they take into account the adverse effects of all the stay-at-home orders?

How did we get here? How did “let’s close everything down for a couple of weeks to flatten the curve” – how did that turn into month after month after month of mask-wearing and “oh, now we need to shut everything down again” and “we need mask mandates in public, at home, in your cars, and everywhere” – WHAT?! How did this happen, and how did WE – as free American citizens – LET this happen?

A big part of the reason so many were quiet as restriction after restriction chipped away at our God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? I’ll tell ya. We have been so inundated over the past several decades with this absurd notion that government is our savior. Whatever happens, whatever troubles come our way, the government will save us! They’ll get us out of this mess, we just have to obey. Comply. Do whatever they say because THEY know what’s best, right? Unemployed due to the pandemic? No worries, there’s a government program for that.

Nevermind the fact that the pandemic didn’t make you lose your job – the government’s overstepping overreaction to the pandemic is what caused you to lose your job. Oh, but, shhhh! No, there’s no place for facts like that here – that violates our community standards and guidelines or some other such nonsense. And THAT’s why so many remained so silent for so long – for fear of being shushed, mocked, ridiculed, laughed at, silenced, censored, and shut down for having an alternate opinion from our all-knowing, all-seeing, and all-caring governmental overlords. They understand better than we do, so we should just be complicit and let them decide how we should all live our lives to best serve the greater good.

[Hot Fuzz clip: The Greater Good]

But it is NOT for the greater good that we keep quiet. It’s not for anyone’s good that we keep our facts and opposing views to ourselves. Oh, our opponents on the left would LOVE it if we’d just shut up. But society as a whole will suffer without some kind of standard and moral compass. And not just ANY kind of standard will do. We have to declare the truth – immediately, unashamedly, and continuously. Immediately, as in whenever and wherever lies are portrayed as truth, they must be refuted. Unashamedly, as in without hesitation and with boldness to insure swift justice. And continuously, as in relentlessly and without ceasing, to constantly beat back the schemes of the wicked. Oh yeah, there are definitely wicked schemes at work when it comes to keeping the populous docile, unarmed, and complicit…like sheep. Believe it.

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Here we are – almost a month after the election – and we still don’t have a definitive handle on who really won the race for president. Of course, the popular narrative is that Biden won. But then, it was also once the popular narrative that Trump colluded with Russia. “We have proof” they said. “The evidence is overwhelming” they said. As it turned out, those were lies. There was no proof, and no evidence was found, but they kept telling us that for nearly three years.

Now, there seems to be mounting evidence of fraud taking place in this election. But what we’re told is exactly the opposite. The same people who once warned us about the threat of outside influence in our country’s elections are now saying that it just can’t happen. Facebook constantly reminds us that “There are laws in place that prevent election fraud.” Since when has any law actually prevented a crime? People who are determined to speed, steal, or kill aren’t stopped from doing so just because there’s a law against it. They just try not to get caught. Twitter claimed – as did other liberal outlets – that “There is zero evidence of voter fraud.” They said their “fact-checkers confirmed” this. But how can they possibly confirm such a thing? Courts decide what is actual evidence and if it’s admissible, not so-called fact-checkers.

And when has there ever been ZERO evidence of voter fraud anyway? Are we supposed to believe that – though mankind has always found ways to subvert the laws of the land, and people’s proclivity for cleverly and covertly doing evil things is rampant in every other aspect of society – THIS, this one thing, election integrity is beyond man’s desire or ability to circumvent? Just how dumb do they think we are? I’m having a hard time grasping that anyone with an IQ above that of a box of rocks could keep buying all the nonsense the left is selling us.

You KNOW that they wouldn’t hesitate to cry “foul” if the shoe was on the other foot. We put up with four years of them doing nothing but calling Trump a bigot, a misogynist, a Russian agent, and anything else they could think of with not even a shred of real proof – despite efforts to manufacture evidence and manipulate public opinion through the media. Now they want us to just ignore Sidney Powell, Rudy Guilianni, Jenna Ellis, Lt. General Thomas McInerney, and all the witnesses and signed affidavits that strongly suggest that the election was rigged in favor of Biden. But that’s what we’re up against any time we dispute anything with the left.

When they don’t get their way, they throw tantrums. They riot. They loot. They burn down buildings. If we see an injustice and so much as speak out about it, we’re lambasted as trouble-making idiots. You don’t agree and go along with what they say is the truth, and you are labeled an anarchist and a radical right-winger. Don’t you dare ask a question that challenges the status quo. Don’t dare quote facts or cite evidence to these people on the left. We are being conditioned to avoid even explaining our beliefs or opinions or concerns when it contradicts what they want us to think.

We’re supposed to just keep silent and believe that none of the well-documented stories about Dominion voting machines and Hammer & Scorecard and vote-flipping software are actually true. We’re expected to believe there was nothing odd or fishy about the ceasing of ballot-counting in the middle of the night … in four major cities … which just happen to be run by democrats … and just happen to be located in key swing states. And somehow, a man who repeatedly filled stadiums at his rallies was beaten by the incoherent career politician who didn’t even campaign and couldn’t fill a dozen circles in a high school gymnasium.

[Biden clip: “Come on, man!”]

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I wanna bring all of this back to reality here. Let’s look at everything that’s going on in our nation, and in the world for that matter. The pessimistic doom and gloom outlook comes easy. It does. But that’s not for me. And that’s not the kind of outlook we’re supposed to have as Christians. As believers in God, we should remember that God has a plan – a perfect plan – and His plans will not be thwarted. Is it in God’s plan for Trump to remain in office another four years or for Biden to become president? I honestly don’t know. But I DO know this with absolute certainty… My life as a follower of Jesus will not be impacted by who is sitting in the Oval Office. My life and my state of mind are determined by who is sitting on the Throne of Heaven.

Now I’ve heard a lot of talk from some of my brothers and sisters in Christ. I’ve heard some things that don’t set right with me regarding the state of the world and so-called prophecies of things to come. When those things don’t line up with the Word of God, I have to reject that stuff. A preacher recently claimed to have a dream about coming doom, but whereas his prophecy was heavy on terror and woe, it was lacking on biblical guidance. When I hear people in churches saying, “We need to start stock-piling provisions like food, water, and even ammunition,” I have to rebuke that. Where is the scriptural precedent for that? Where in Jesus’ teachings did He advise people to store up weapons?

Here’s a bit of an unpopular narrative: Jesus told Peter that “those who live by the sword will die by the sword.” Now understand, I am all for our right to protect ourselves. I’m a big supporter of the 2nd Amendment. I own a gun for protection, and I know how to use it. Does that mean I don’t trust God to protect me? No, quite the opposite. But He gave me good enough sense to know there is wisdom in taking precautions. However, I don’t own a gun because of fear. Fear is not my motivation. It doesn’t even enter into the equation. I’m not “living by” the gun. It’s a tool I can use to protect my life and my stuff. But being led to stock up on guns, food, etc., is living in fear. That’s a bit more than just being cautious, don’t ya think?

So if I were of a mind that I thought I should stock-pile food, water, guns, and ammo – my motivation would be one of fear, and this would demonstrate a lack of trust in God. The Bible very plainly tells us that “we are not given a spirit of fear, but of peace and a sound mind.” That kind of fear is not from God. I will do whatever I can to be wise, to be safe, and to even be cautious…but I refuse to be fearful. Whether it has to do with someone breaking into my home, or some global threat, I will not live my life in fear. And no, I certainly am not going to be terrified of a virus with a 99.97% survival rate.

There are evil forces at work in our world that want us to live in fear. There are politicians and bureaucrats who want to keep us in fear, and in subjection, and dependent upon government benefits to survive. But I refuse to be what those powers and principalities want me to be. I am a child of God. I am covered with the blood of the Lamb. And no weapon formed against me will prosper. God’s plan will see fruition. His will is going to prevail. I stand on His promises, and so my outlook is not one of doom but of victory. These are not just empty platitudes or Christian sayings – this is what I believe, and so it ought to be how I live my life.

And hey, after all the legal battles and court rulings are done, if Joe Biden does become president, that won’t affect my outlook on life either. As a matter of fact, let me say this… As Christians, we need to be praying for Joe Biden. Not just the people we like, and not just because we’re suppose to pray for our enemies. No, make no mistake – Biden is NOT our enemy. Nancy Pelosi is not our enemy. Kamala Harris, Chuck Schumar, Adam Schiff – as dirty as some might be, we were once no better. God loves them as much as He does you or I, but hear me on this: We need to pray for Joe Biden for other reasons…

1) Joe Biden is not a well man. He is elderly. He is obviously mentally compromised. Despite what the democrat party would have you believe, Mr. Biden is struggling physically and mentally. I’ve seen his health deteriorate over the last couple of years, and I can’t help but notice the similarities to how my dad’s health began failing. Joe’s battle with dementia is clearly evident, and though it’s been a source of jokes, it’s a serious issue. For this, the man needs our prayers.

2) Since Biden’s mental decline has been so obvious and yet so unacknowledged by those in his own party, it is equally apparent that he is being used. These people don’t care about Joe. He’s simply a means to an end for them. They are using him to get radical leftist people like Kamala Harris in power to advance a socialist agenda. If Biden were to become president, he would likely soon be declared mentally unfit for office. Truth be told, he probably doesn’t have but a year or two left to live anyway. And I don’t say that with any ill intent. I just see his declining health somewhat mirroring that of my late father. The signs are there, and it’s easy for me to see. So again, he needs our prayers.

So, to wrap this up… We honestly cannot afford to sit by and allow injustices to go unchecked. I say this a lot on my show, but it bears repeating over and over again because we need to hear it, and we need to be reminded that we are supposed to be salt and light to this world. When salt is in a dish, it doesn’t tolerate blandness. When light is in a room, it doesn’t tolerate darkness – it obliterates it. We’ve been told for so long that we have to be tolerant. But there are some things that we shouldn’t tolerate – cruelty, murder, rape, or any other injustice. Good does not tolerate evil. It overcomes it.

Witness an injustice…don’t be silent. Speak out. Hear a false claim…don’t bite your tongue. Refute the lies with truth. Yes, even in the face of incivility. Even the violent resistance of the uncivilized doesn’t stop our duty to the truth. See a need…don’t ignore it. Fill it. Do what is right, and uphold the righteous. And pray. Pray that God’s light will continue to illuminate those dark places, that the wickedness done in secret will be exposed for all to see, and pray for lost souls – especially those of people in leadership, so that they will follow the will of God for our country and our world. I’m Stace Massengill, and I’m just sayin’.

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Episode 33: My Dad’s Final Sermon

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As I reported to you at the end of my previous show, my father passed away on Wednesday, October 21st at about 2:40pm central time. Earlier in his life, he had been a preacher. As a child and young man, I heard him preach many a message.

In the last truly coherent conversation with our dad, he said, “We ain’t got nothing made if we can’t get to the point where we love everybody. What we don’t agree with is between them and the Lord. We’re just supposed to love ’em.” During his soft-voiced, and tearful little sermon, it felt like he was making peace with God, with us, and anyone he felt he might not have taken the time to ‘love instead of judge.’

Less than three weeks later, he was promoted to his heavenly home. His final little sermonette held within it a simple yet fundamental truth, and it’s what everything else boils down to in the end. If you don’t have love, you don’t have anything.

In this special uninterrupted blogcast, we’ll examine that unifying message of love, and we’ll say goodbye to a true Kingdom Hero – Troy Massengill.

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A familiar passage of scripture provides the backdrop for this basic lesson. It’s known as “the love chapter.”

1 Corinthians 13 states the following…

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

It’s in these first three verses that my dad’s final sermon was based. His words echo these verses. No matter what else we say or do or become or accomplish in this life, if we don’t love everyone – accept them in spite of their flaws – then all our efforts are in vain. Clearly, love is the most important thing that we can do and possess – and it’s also the hardest concept to grasp. The next verses tell us exactly what love truly IS, what it ISN’T, what it DOES, and what it DOES NOT DO…

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Now that – ALL of that – can be a pretty tall order for many of us. Having patience with people is one of the most difficult things we tend to struggle with in life. And that’s just the FIRST quality that love possesses! Add all the other aspects of love – kindness, absence of envy or boasting or arrogance or rudeness – and it only gets harder for us. Enduring all the heartache someone might cause you and still loving them is not a fleshly characteristic, but a Godly one. And the verses that follow make it clear that this character trait is not something temporary. It’s not something you do only for a time…

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 

What’s it talking about there? When the perfect comes? Well, when Jesus comes, it will mark the beginning of something new. Old things will pass away, and everything will be made new. Another scripture says that, when we see Him, we will be like Him. We will be made perfect like Christ on that day of His return. Likewise, we must be ready to give up the old ways of our flesh NOW, and prepared to take on His new and perfect ways. It’s just like growing up, as this passage reads as we continue…

11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

This is a lesson that we, unfortunately, have to be reminded of from time to time. All too often, we allow our differences with others to become walls of separation that jade our attitudes toward them. But we shouldn’t be doing that. In fact, I wanna read part of a news article to you. This is an example of how that even some of the perhaps more “worldly” among us can show the right attitude regarding their fellow man, despite having very different worldviews and political beliefs…

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2020/10/marvel-stars-defend-chris-pratt/amp#aoh=16035110612332&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s

Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Renner, and director James Gunn are among the Marvel stars who have stepped forward to defend Chris Pratt after the actor experienced backlash and criticism online for his perceived conservative political views. In spite of their own left-leaning political opinions, they stood behind Pratt’s right to hold different beliefs.

And listen to this – this is what Robert Downey, Jr., had to say…

“The ‘sinless’ are casting stones at my brother, Chris Pratt,” Downey wrote Thursday on Instagram, in a post that was endorsed by Renner. “A real Christian who lives by principle, has never demonstrated anything but positivity and gratitude… AND he just married into a family that makes space for civil discourse and (just plain fact) INSISTS on service as the highest value. If you take issue with Chris… I’ve got a novel idea. Delete your social media accounts, sit with your OWN defects of character, work on THEM, then celebrate your humanness.”

Powerful words there, from Ironman. And this is so true. Members of my own family have very different opinions about things, varying political views – we most definitely do NOT see eye to eye on certain topics. But that does not mean that we hate each other. Our opposing views do not stop us from loving one another, nor should they. And certainly we as Christians have to guard our hearts from being so cold that we allow differing opinions to preclude us from loving our fellow man.

Now on my show, you will occasionally hear me speaking my personal opinions about people who believe differently than I do. You’ll for sure hear me speaking out against some who hold views that clearly oppose scripture. But let this one thing be absolutely certain: I do not ever wish to convey the notion that I hate or wish ill will to anyone with whom I may disagree. No matter what my opinions are, I have to line my actions up with scripture. I am charged by God’s Word to LOVE those people and pray for them. If I truly believe that someone is in the wrong and in danger of going to hell, I’d better be praying that God changes that someone’s heart and soul before it’s too late.

Scripture is crystal clear on this message, as was my dad’s little sermonette. There is no room for middle ground or any gray area. Love is not a mere suggestion. It is a commandment. And it is the GREATEST commandment. Matthew 22:36-40 plainly tells us this. One of the Pharisees – a lawyer – tested Jesus and asked Him point blank…

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

Jesus didn’t mince words on this issue. Love is the greatest command we’re given, and every other command is contingent upon it. Of the Ten Commandments, the first few are all about loving God, and the rest are about loving our fellow man. It’s not up for debate. Yet this crucial message is probably the toughest for us to come to terms with.

The fact that this was the theme of my dad’s thoughts so near the end of his life is not mere coincidence. I’ve heard of some others who spoke similarly shortly before death. Of every lesson we learn throughout our lives, this one is the most important. Deep down, within our spirits, we know it’s true. It’s written in the core of our being – woven into our DNA. Love is the language that everyone understands, and it is the essence of the heart of God. Realizing that during our final days of this life is certainly poignant, but it’s something that we should strive to live out every single day of our lives.

So, my father’s final little sermon struck a chord with me – as it did with others in my family. And now we have to prepare ourselves for what could be almost a whole year of firsts – our first Thanksgiving without Dad, our first Christmas without him, New Years, July 4th, and so on. Though these may be trying times, and though some tears may occasionally fall, I know that we will often think fondly of Dad’s last message to us: We don’t have anything made if we don’t love people. Truer words were never spoken.

In closing, I offer this tribute to my dad – Troy Massengill – a real Kingdom Hero who served Jesus to the end. He ministered to many people during his life, both in preaching the Word and in singing God’s praises. He won souls for the Lord. He prayed for the sick. He baptized new believers, including myself. He gave comfort and encouragement to the downcast. He loved his wife faithfully, and he taught his four children to love one another. He wasn’t a perfect man, but he was good example to us, and I was blessed to have him in my life. He will be greatly missed from now until we see him again. ‘Til then…I love you, Pop.

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Episode 32: Media Obsession with Control, Big Tech Censorship, etc.

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On my last show, I talked about the mainstream media’s obsession with painting the president as a racist and I played all these cuts of reporters demanding that he condemn white supremacy as if he hasn’t already done this repeatedly. I have a new theory about this, now. I believe that some of these so-called journalists on the left may actually be drinking the kool-aid themselves, okay. I think there really are some of them who are sampling the product, if you know what I mean. That is to say that they really believe the stuff they’re pawning off on the rest of us. I’ll explain that in just a bit – AND we’ll look at the obvious censorship taking place every day by big tech companies. That and more on this episode – don’t go away!

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So to set this up, I want to play just a couple of the cuts I used in the previous show from a recent press briefing. You will hear the reporter demand for a clear and concise response, and then White House spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany’s reply. Here’s that cut…

cut 2

Okay, now initially I was just thinking, great – she’s giving all these times where Trump clearly denounced white supremacy, and this guy is simply being a facetious jerk. And it seems that way. Play the next cut…

cut 3

Stop right there. Now, it still seems he was being a total moron, but having given this a bit more thought, I now think that he may really believe that the president AND his spokesperson are engaging in wordplay and avoiding a direct answer. Bear with me here, and allow me to expound on what I see happening inside the minds of some of these folks on the left.

Notice he kept insisting that reading past quotes was somehow not good enough. And for a moment here, I want you to try to think like a leftist elitist product of liberal bias. Okay? Don’t think that way too long because it might cause a severe headache or brain bleed. But just for a moment, try to see this from a different perspective.

The quotes themselves were not literally saying “I condemn white supremacy in all its forms.” Hang on, go with me here. It was not specifically stated that way in any of those quotes. Now, yes, it was most definitely implied – and STRONGLY implied – but to the leftist liberal mind, that’s not good enough at all. You have to literally answer “Yes, the president absolutely emphatically and categorically denounces white supremacy – and groups who espouse it – in all its forms.” And that is exactly what they are trying to get Kayleigh and President Trump to say – because once you say it in the very terms dictated to you by the left, in words they specifically chose for a reason, THEN that opens the door for further manipulation because now THEY are in control of the narrative. And they love controlling the narrative.

What’s going on here is a power struggle. On one side you have these liberal elites – these entitlement minded people in the press – who want to control what their opponent says by demanding it in their terms. On the other side you have Trump, who is honestly – for all his flaws – he is a master at getting the press to say what he wants them to. He knows the score, okay. He knows how to play the game. And he has a knack for picking people like Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kayleigh McEnany who can sniff out the left’s tactics and counter well.

We can look at Trump’s actions and see where he stands, but the leftist mind works differently – they suspect trickery and wordplay because THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THEY DO. Many of these people are quite narcissistic by nature, and they have to believe that everyone else is just as conniving and devious as they are. And this is why – I think – they press this issue the way that they do.

And just as a side note – because it’s not worthy of an entire segment – Adam “the weasel” Schiff is at it again. In an attempt to downplay the whole email scandal around Joe and Hunter Biden, he says “we know” the Biden smear is coming from the Kremlin. Ha! There’s absolutely ZERO evidence, but he’s still dancing the Russian Collusion Wattoosee. If Schiff is talking, he’s lying. If he’s ever not lying, you’d better check his pulse.

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The Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit Tuesday alleging that Google engaged in anticompetitive conduct to preserve monopolies in search and search advertising that form the cornerstones of its vast conglomerate.

The department alleged that Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., is maintaining its status as gatekeeper to the internet through an unlawful web of exclusionary and interlocking business agreements that shut out competitors. The government alleged that Google uses billions of dollars collected from advertisements on its platform to pay mobile-phone manufacturers, carriers and browsers, like Apple Inc.’s Safari, to maintain Google as their preset, default search engine.

What this means is that Google has pole position in search on hundreds of millions of American devices, with little opportunity for any competitor to make inroads. This advantage also gives the monopolizing Google the opportunity to manipulate search results for the vast majority of web-surfers. They’ve been caught in the past on a number of occasions engaging in the practice of shadow banning.

Example: When searching for a particular video on YouTube by conservative Steven Crowder, frustrated followers couldn’t find it because Google – which OWNS YouTube – had pushed the video down to the 2nd or 3rd page of search results. Most people never look past the 1st page of results, and even then only a few top results are noticed. When confronted, YouTube executives claimed no wrong-doing, saying it was simply an error or temporary glitch. Yeah, sure.

Whether or not this imminent legal action against Google will make a real dent in the ongoing issue of big tech companies wielding way too much power remains to be seen. The fact is that these megagiants like Facebook, Twitter, and Google are actively censoring our voices as well as what we have access to on the internet, and they are clearly getting away with it. That has to stop, just like the mainstream media’s choke hold on the dissemination of information has to be broken. It’s strangling our rights to free speech, and it’s destroying the fabric of all our freedoms.

Another example: We also know that YouTube has been deleting videos and silencing people who go against the popular narrative. Case in point, Dr. Simone Gold is with America’s Frontline Doctors, and she recently tweeted about this again. Her tweets from Tuesday say this…

“WOW: YouTube has removed our White Coat Summit video from its platform under fraudulent and manufactured pretenses, labeling it as “spam, deceptive practices, & scams.”

YouTube is now openly censoring licensed medical professionals.”

“We held a conference with doctors from across the country who have personally treated COVID-19 patients & spoke about treatment options & also discussed the pathology of the virus & its implications.

The videos have been removed from YouTube.

Why?”

Well, Doctor Gold, unfortunately we know exactly why. This group of doctors – professional, reputable physicians – were successfully using hydroxy chloroquine and zinc and azythromiacin to treat CoViD-19. When used early, this treatment actually CURES – totally wipes out – the virus. Literally every patient they treated – hundreds of people – got better and got well. Not a single one died.

But that’s not what we’re told. In fact, largely because Trump praised hydroxy chloroquine months ago, the press has downplayed the effectiveness of the drug. They claimed it was dangerous and that it had awful side effects. Both are lies. HCQ has been FDA approved for 60 years, and it has been used safely for all that time. But if people know that, the left loses its power of fear over the public – they can’t justify all the shutdowns and restrictions and sheer panic if people are made aware that this bug isn’t the hideous beast that they claim it is. And we can’t have that.

So Google, and its subsidiary YouTube, part of the big tech conglomerates that have this sweet deal with the government that allows them to censor speech without being prosecuted, they’re getting their back scratched, and so they are naturally going to scratch the backs of their governmental overlords, right? So what do they do to protect themselves AND those who want to instill panic? They punch a few buttons, create an algorithm, and POOF – your highly informative video with great news for the American people is suddenly just gone, deleted, evaporated into nothingness. And this is the power they will fight tooth and nail to hang onto, folks.

Anyone who can control the flow of information can control pretty much everything else. That kind of power enables you to control what people think and do, what they buy, how they see the world, who they vote for, virtually everything. If power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely, then this type of power is sure to have a corrupt affect on our way of life. And we’ve seen plenty of evidence of that very thing.

White House spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany’s Twitter account was deactivated by Twitter. Charlie Kirk – who’s podcast I love to listen to and highly recommend – Twitter deactivated his account just this week as well. Every single time a conservative voice dares to speak out against the preferred narrative of the left – BOOM – it gets silenced.

How long will we allow this censorship and this utter trampling of our free speech to continue? We cannot afford to let it go on as it has been. Because if we do, and we sit back and do nothing, just give in…where do you think it will end? Imagine if the phone company or your wireless provider were to shutdown your cellphone and your access to the network because they didn’t like what you and your friends were talking about. Think about that for a moment. {pause} Then answer this – what rights are we willing to let go of next?

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Reports Claim 440K Questionable Ballots Sent To Deceased Or Inactive Voters In California. According to the article from OANN, the state sent ballots to voters who have likely died or moved in the last decade. The report notes these individuals have been inactive for up to 20 years yet are still considered active voters.

Meanwhile, thousands more California voters have received two or more ballots due to individuals being inaccurately registered in multiple places in the state. Obviously, this opens the door for voter fraud. Instead of one person one vote, it could lead to multiple votes from one person. But no, there’s no problem, right? I mean, it’s only 440 thousand ballots. Nothing to see here, move along. [Biden clip: Come on, man!]

https://www.oann.com/reports-claim-440k-questionable-ballots-sent-to-deceased-or-inactive-voters-in-calif/

Final Update on My Dad

In closing, I want to thank everyone for your prayers and support during my family’s time dealing with my father’s declining health. At this time, I can give you a final report on that. And I do so with a heavy heart…

On Wednesday morning of this week, October 21st, we received a call that Dad was starting to show signs of mottling – indicating that his bodily functions were beginning to shut down. We elected to have him brought home so that he could pass with us around him. The EMS arrived with Dad. And covid-be-damned, we gave him as much love and comfort as we could while we had the time.

At approximately 2:40pm central time, a processional of angels excorted Dad home to glory. We gathered around him as he took his finals breaths, and he got to hear from his oldest daughter over the phone – his granddaughter, too – right before he shed his mortal coil to go see Jesus. I held his hand and felt his pulse until the moment he was gone. And I am so grateful to have had that opportunity.

It was a moment none of us will ever forget. So many emotions were wrapped up in that short span of time – including both sorrow and rejoicing. My dad, Troy Massengill, was a man of God. He was a dear person and a gentle soul, a loving husband, father, and a faithful servant of Christ to the very end.

We take joy in knowing that he is now in the presence of Jesus. He has no pain, no ailments of any kind, but he does have back all his memories that were stolen by the dementia that plagued him in his final months on earth. He is whole again, and he has a new and incorruptible body that will live forever. I will see him again one day. And of that I have no doubt.

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Kingdom Heroism

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I’ve spent some time explaining the concept of being what I like to call “a Kingdom Hero” in the past, especially while I was still making the GC video web-series. But for those of you who have only recently begun following the ministry of GCM – and particularly these blogcasts – you’re probably unaware of the significance or backstory. So this episode of my podcast will bring you up-to-speed, as well as challenge you to strive toward being a Kingdom Hero yourself. Join us now as we look at this AND talk about today’s headlines and what they mean to us.

Episode 31: What Does It Mean to Be a Kingdom Hero?

First of all, let’s define exactly what a Kingdom Hero is. This is “someone who personifies the love and grace of God, shining His light for others, and who puts other people’s needs ahead of his/her own, ready and willing to lend a helping hand at any opportunity.” Now, while that is the simplified definition, the concept goes quite a bit deeper than that. But we’ll get into all that later.

The term “Kingdom Heroes” originated with a GC episode by that name. As previously mentioned, the GC web-series ran for 7 seasons, and it was where Great Commission Ministries began in 2011. That particular episode was about how we should always be ready for opportunities to witness, minister to, or otherwise reach out to those in need. The term has become a recurring theme, and a central tenet of GCM’s online ministry.

As stated in the GC video, you are an instrument of God’s mercy and grace. Are you living like it everyday? When He presents you with an opportunity to show His awesomeness to others, you should JUMP ON THAT! Be more than the sum of your parts. Be a Kingdom Hero. How? Well, I’m glad you asked.

A Kingdom Hero follows in the footsteps of the greatest superhero to ever walk the earth…Jesus. He showed us the way. He was the example. Now you may say that you can’t perform miracles and do the things that Christ did, but the Bible tells us different. It records the words of Jesus himself, saying to His disciples (that’s us) that the Spirit would come and bring power. We often forget our true potential as Christians is in that power He gives us. Power to do even greater things than Jesus did is available to us. We can do more. We can BE MORE than just the sum of our parts. Remember the scripture, “I can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me.”

A Kingdom Hero taps into that power I just mentioned. And yes, we can do amazing things, but we often get opportunities to do seemingly small things that end up affecting the kingdom in monumental ways. God presents us with chances every day to positively affect the world on His behalf. Are we jumping at those opportunities? Are we tapping into the power He gave us? How can we do that? How can we be more?

God’s Word tells us…

They that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They will mount up with wings as eagles. They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.

Whoa! Sounds kinda superhero-like, huh? And the key is to wait upon the Lord. Well, what does THAT mean? Part of “waiting on” has to do with serving, like when a server at a restaurant waits on you. But it also means being patient and letting God speak to you or lead you. How does He lead us? If we open our eyes and hearts, we will see that He gives us those opportunities I mentioned earlier to minister to those around us. We too often turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to opportunities right in front of us. The challenge is to be sensitive to His Will and recognizing those people and things that He puts in our path every day.

So our source of strength and power is the Spirit. And God’s Word is our helpful handbook that we need to study each day to keep our senses sharp. What then, do you suppose, is our kryptonite? What’s the thing that renders us powerless and easy prey for the enemy? Sin? Well, yeah, that’ll do it. But more specifically, what keeps us from being all we can be is usually more a sin of OMISSION rather than a sin of COMMISSION. It’s a certain state of mind known as complacency…

The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.

Matthew 13:22

If we are so caught up in our own lives that we can’t seem to find time for doing the work of God, we fall into the enemy’s trap of unfruitfulness. If our master is our bank account or anything other than serving Jesus, we become unfruitful. If we allow satan to convince us that someone else will do God’s work so we don’t have to, then we become complacent and no good to the kingdom.

I have often noted that sin – ANY SIN – can and will separate us from God. Talk about kryptonite! Being separated from our source makes us powerless, unfruitful, AND useless to the kingdom. Just like Superman needs the rays from a yellow sun to shine on him and replenish his super-strength, we need the glory of the Son of God to shine on us and renew our strength. Then we can be mighty and do His great work.

Yes my fellow Christians, we are called to be excellent. We are meant for greater things than just idly strolling through life. We are “more than conquerors through Christ,” so let’s act like it. If you see a chance to make a difference, don’t settle for being a bystander. No, be MORE. Step up, make a difference, and – YEAH – be a Kingdom Hero!

In the Headlines

Turning now to some recent headlines… The mainstream media has been running for what seems like forever now with this idea that President Trump is racist – of course without any actual proof of that, they just SAY it over and over and unfortunately there are many who believe it. They’ve been going on and on saying that Trump has never denounced or condemned white supremacy, when in fact he has on multiple occasions, but they refuse to report it because it doesn’t fit their narrative that he is this awful racist orange man.

In a recent White House press briefing, the president’s spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany was repeatedly pummeled – almost ad nauseum – with this same type of claim from the leftist media. Let’s hear cut 1 from this briefing – listen to this, and when you do, you can even hear the arrogance and sort of pompous superiority in the voice of this so-called journalist who I will not name.

cut 1

So arrogant. He says – I’m gonna play this again, but – he asks this question in such a condescending way, saying “give me a definitive answer without ambiguity or deflection.” And this is because that is the narrative CNN – and others – have run with. They want you to believe that the president has never point blank, bluntly, and definitively stated that he indeed is against white supremacy – when in fact, he has done a very large number of times, and yet they continue with this farce that he’s a bigot and a hater. Now, make no mistake, they KNOW that this isn’t true. They KNOW that they are “reporting” lies. And they have to word their questions in this way to continue fleecing their viewers with contrived falsehoods. Go to cut 2, and this is his question again followed by Kayleigh’s brilliant response.

cut 2

So she very plainly recounts several instances where President Trump has in fact condemned white supremacy. And as she was being interrupted there near the end of that cut, you heard her say that he has actually condemned white supremacy more than any other president in modern history. BAM! Right? I mean that should end it right there, shouldn’t it? For any rational and sane and fair-minded person, yes, that should have been as clear as anyone could want it. But no, not the mainstream media. The same reporter chimes in again with the same – slightly reworded, but same – demand again for a clear and definitive response. Play cut 3.

cut 3

Wow, seriously? “Just to clear it up?” Are you deaf, man!? I mean, what more do you want? She enumerated where Trump had repeatedly done exactly what they’re saying he hasn’t done, and when she finishes saying, you know, he has condemned it here and here and on this occasion and that occasion, this guy has the audacity to act as if his demand is still not being met. We’ll hear it again as we pick up with cut 4.

cut 4

I’m just astonished. The nerve of this guy, to somehow imply that all the past quotes she read mean nothing, and to continue to beat this obviously dead horse of an issue – it’s shameful, it’s certainly unprofessional and unbefitting for this type of behavior to take place in a White House press briefing. It’s just unbelievable. But it didn’t end there.

You heard at the end of that cut Kayleigh rightly stated that the president’s record on this matter is unmistakable, but the very next reporter countered that fact with another attempt to keep this narrative alive. Roll cut 5, and notice how she continually interrupts Kayleigh with the claim that the president’s record on racially motivated violence is rather mixed. Roll it.

cut 5

I like how Kayleigh lays down the law at the end there. But you may notice that every single act that this administration takes to effect positive change and to combat racially motivated crimes, the first thing the left does is simply NOT ACKNOWLEDGE it. When it’s brought up, hey the president actually did this or he’s actually enacted measurements to curb that – some of the strongest measurements ever in the history of America – and then they will barely acknowledge it by downplaying it. And the unmitigated gall, the superior attitude of these people – I don’t see how Kayleigh McEnany can tolerate it – it truly takes a special kind of person to deal with these arrogant, pompous, snot-nosed children in the press corps on a daily basis. It’s just unreal!

What Really Matters

On this show, I talk a lot about fighting the lies out there with the truth. We are spoon-fed misinformation every single day of our lives, and we have to keep ourselves grounded in reality – grounded in the truth – in order to effectively combat and repudiate all the garbage and nonsense we encounter. But while doing this, we are going to run into opposition – and we’re definitely going to cross the threshold between the nonpolitical and the very political. As I have said before, our morale compass can’t take a vacation just because an issue is or has become political in nature. Truth is still truth. Lies are the weapons of choice for satan and all those who oppose God and His righteousness. So our weapon of choice must be the truth.

You might say, “But you’re being one-sided and acting like a right-wing religious nut.” That’s fine. Say what you want. You may disagree with me, and that’s perfectly alright with me. But my views come from my understanding of the Word of God. My sense of morality stems from that. If I see evil happening on the left, I’m gonna keep calling it out. I will do the same when I see it on the right, and I have plenty of issues with some so-called Republicans who are so caught up with the establishment in DC that they don’t have any regard for their constituents. But understand that my right-leaning opinions and conservatism isn’t beholding to a political party UNLESS that party lines up with scripture. The Word of God is the final authority for me.

The fact is that, no matter what you call yourself – Democrat, Republican, Liberal, Conservative, Libertarian, Independent – the thing that truly matters the most is what’s in your heart. If you have worldly/humanistic views ingrained in your heart, then THAT will be your guide in life. If you have God’s Word written on your heart, then THAT should be your guide. The latter is the one I choose, and for good reason. My carnal/fleshly nature has always steered me wrong, but God never has.

And this is what it all comes down to – taking on the nature of God and clothing ourselves in His righteousness. The Bible says that our own righteousness is as filthy rags, but the righteousness of God is perfect. When we clothe ourselves in His truth, we can easily spot the enemy’s lies. Wherever those lies come from, we ought to beat them back with the truth. This shouldn’t be a difficult concept to grasp. But we do need to learn to separate the sin from the sinner.

It’s not enough to simply point out where people are lying and combat those lies with the truth. We should also earnestly pray for the souls of those who are helping to propagate false claims. Yes, even those childishly arrogant reporters who I was so critical of earlier should be in our prayers. Though I may be critical of their behavior – or misbehavior – I still ought to go to God on their behalf and pray that they be saved and redeemed from the bad choices they’ve made.

The same is true of those who profess to be Christians and stand on the left. Whatever their reasons are for having an understanding or holding a point of view different from mine – if they claim to be Christian, they should pray for me to come to a correct understanding with God. We don’t need to create divisions among ourselves just because of differing views. But we do need – on the right or left or middle – we DO need to earnestly seek out the view that’s most important…God’s view. Our alignment with Him is what really matters.

At the end of the day, we ought to be just as concerned for the eternal well-being of those that we disagree with as we are about that of our closest friends and people who agree lockstep with us. We have to defeat the idea that disagreeing with someone means hating them. Love for our fellow man must be unconditional, reaching across all boundaries. And as Christians, the perfect love of God should permeate every facet of our lives. So much that, even when we disagree, our actions should be motivated by the loving desire to correct rather than to shame or humiliate. And such is the attitude of a Kingdom Hero.

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Adapting the Medium

Though the typed out format – or transcript – will remain available, I am changing focus to producing the audio versions of these blogs – or “podcasts.” Be sure to follow my podcast on your favorite provider – I highly recommend Spotify.

Episode 30: Back to My Roots

This is my 30th blog or blogcast since starting the Kingdom Hero website. With this new focus podcasting, I am actually going back to my roots in a sense – back to a familiar place of comfort for me. I started in radio when I was 19, and podcasting is today’s modern equivalent. So I am stoked!

As a radio broadcaster, I always used a pseudonym or fake-name. Off and on for the last 30-plus years, my radio persona has been Nick Sommers – a name I still use on a weekly music-based internet radio show. But while using that name, I was always really projecting a character or personality. Here, within my blogs, my recorded shows, even my old GC videos, and every aspect of the personal ministry known as GCM (Great Commission Ministries), here it’s the real me. This is who I am, and so, no fake names here. I AM STACE MASSENGILL.

That means these are MY real opinions and MY OWN personal beliefs. As I have said before, please don’t go from here and base your beliefs or build doctrine purely on my views. Do the work. Investigate on your own, search for truth yourself, and ALWAYS check out what the Bible has to say about a given topic rather than just taking my word for it.

That being said, I certainly do hope that you go on to enjoy these podcasts. Subscribe or follow them on your favorite provider – again, I highly recommend Spotify. And, of course, share the show with others.

Topic 1: Family Trials

Now indulge me for a bit as I update you on some personal stuff that has been going on and interfering with show production and everything else lately. And I share these things with you because I really want you to be in prayer for my family. As my father’s mental health has been declining due to the onset and rapid progression of dementia, we have naturally been having a rough time dealing with all the aspects of what that entails.

I really must say that my sisters have been amazing at helping our mother through the necessary steps, getting decisions made, and so on. It’s truly phenomenal, and my family is very blessed to have such great leaders within it during this time. However, like the old Navajo saying goes, “When troubles come, they come not as single spies, but in battalions.” In other words, when it rains, it pours.

During a recent trip to Tennessee, we visited with Dad at the facility he was in. They were allowing one of us at a time to go to his room, and we each took a couple of turns before leaving. The following day, we learned that he had just tested positive for CoViD-19. This meant that we were all exposed during our visit with him, and we would need to self-quarantine for 2 weeks. Awesome.

Now, I don’t know about you, but staying in the same house with my family is great for a few days – a couple of weeks, and we can start to really get on each other’s nerves. Besides that, I had not planned for a 2-week trip. I took just enough clothes and everything for a few days. Most importantly, Dad’s covid-status threw a wrench into our plans to bring him home to begin hospice. Everything was set up, and BOOM. It’s suddenly all on hold. To top it off, this is while simultaneously having the knowledge that he might not be around much longer, and the last thing any of us want is for him to pass while in quarantine and away from his family. So, yeah. Your prayers are definitely appreciated.

Topic 2: Continuing the Fight

Meanwhile, as we’re shifting the focus to podcasting, one thing has not changed – the fight against misinformation and defense of the truth goes on. The confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett is still in the news. And it seems that, as expected, the democrats remain relentless in their attacks on her faith and her family. To those who have been paying attention, this comes as no surprise at all.

Attacks on Christianity certainly are nothing new, and attacks on the nuclear family and traditional values are increasingly common. So what should we do when these attacks take place? Same as always. Defend the innocent, repudiate the lies, and speak the truth. Political or not, that duty does not change.

While we will continue using this show to speak out and help make known what is true, I would also encourage you to take another important step in promoting truth over the enemy’s lies. That is, to pray. I’m talking about praying specifically for God to bring truth to light and expose deception so that people will not be fooled. The psalmist David prayed that way on a number of occasions…

1 Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people, from the deceitful and unjust man deliver me!

3 Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!

Psalm 43 [ESV]

So we should pray that God will defend those who are under attack from the deceitful ones who spread lies, that He will shine His light of truth on those situations. Also, we need to pray that it will be God’s light that leads our country’s leaders. Yes, I do believe that the attacks we’ve seen on our president and on his pick for Supreme Court are orchestrated attacks of hell. So while I will speak the truth that I know, I will also pray fervently for President Trump, Judge Barrett, and anyone else I see being attacked with vicious lies, rumors, and other false information. I encourage you to do the same. Never ever discount or think lightly of the power of prayer. It is the most vital part of our fight against the spiritual forces at work.

Topic 3: Expanding the Format

Another thing we’ll be doing with the launch of this podcast-focused approach is, we want to actually expand the format ever-so-slightly to include more input from you, the listeners. I really want to be able to incorporate as much of your thoughts and ideas in this show as possible.

In addition to dropping us a line on our website’s contact page, you can also send me a voice message through our Anchor podcast page. Just go to in your web browser to anchor.fm/kingdomhero and click on the message button. You will be prompted to record your own voice message. This is one way you can have more input into the show, give us your feedback, AND influence the future of this podcast. Your voice message can even be featured in an upcoming show.

Sound cool? That web address again is anchor.fm/kingdomhero – that gets you to our official Anchor podcast page – click the message button and record your voice message. Opposing views are welcome, but please keep your comments respectful and PG (clean and free from profanity). Be advised that by leaving me a voice message, you are giving me permission to use it in a future podcast if I so choose.

Final Thoughts

There are many of you who are listening right now, and you’ve been following Great Commission Ministries since the beginning. But I dare say a lot of you never saw a GC episode or any of the other videos or blogs generated by GCM. I want to encourage you to, at the very least, check out the ministry videos on my YouTube channel. It will entertain you, hopefully minister to you, and definitely give you a great background of where this all started. There are 7 seasons of the GC web-series, totaling 77 episodes, plus some other short videos that you really should watch and share.

The web address for that channel is YouTube.com/The1Nixter – that’s the video home of GCM (Great Commission Ministries). Again, it’s YouTube.com/The1Nixter. Or you can simply navigate to my YouTube channel by going to my regular website, kingdomheroblog.com, and clicking on the YouTube icon in the right column under the heading “Social Media Sites.” However you get there, just get there. You’ll enjoy the content.

To simplify things, all of my web pages and content are now accessible from a single location. As of now, the main website of kingdomheroblog.com has links to everything else – my Facebook page, Twitter page, YouTube channel – they’re all accessible through the links in that righthand column under the heading “Social Media Sites” I mentioned a moment ago. Be sure to LIKE my Facebook page and FOLLOW me on Twitter for updates and other content. Get there through the links I just mentioned, or you can go to the web addresses facebook.com/KingdomHero67 and twitter.com/KingdomHero67. A link to the Anchor podcast page is also at the top of the kingdomheroblog.com main page – simply click where it says “Audio Blogs.”

Now I realize that I have thrown a lot of web addresses at you, but I just want to make sure you can continue to access all of our content and keep updated on any future changes as we move forward. I promise the next podcast won’t be so dry as was necessary to share all this information with you. The good news is that all of the web addresses I’ve shared with you in this podcast are available in the typed out (transcript) version located on kingdomheroblog.com. Again, my website – kingdomheroblog.com – is the main one you need to remember and bookmark.

I would like to close by asking again for your prayers. Please pray for my family as we go through this difficult time, as my Dad makes his final transitions from this life to a more glorious one. And also remember to pray for our nation, her leaders, and that God’s light will drive out the forces of darkness. His Word says, “if my people will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their sins, then I will hear from heaven, and I will heal their land.”

Worth the Fight?

Lies. We have to combat them every day, it seems. Lies about our Christian beliefs. Lies about our personal beliefs. When the world is constantly calling evil “good” and good “evil,” is it even worth our time and effort to keep up the fight?

Futile Arguments

In previous episodes/blogs, I have mentioned how we are best to avoid getting into futile arguments with those who don’t really want to listen. And the Bible even speaks of not casting your pearls before swine. This is a metaphor, of course, warning us of the uselessness of bringing a word to those who would automatically reject it. It’s an important lesson for anyone, but especially to us as followers of Christ. We don’t need to argue with those who rail against us when we know they aren’t listening to a word we say. It’s a waste of breath. And our time and efforts should be used more wisely.

But is that to mean that we ought never to argue our side? Perhaps not for the sake of argument, but shouldn’t we stand up for our beliefs and defend what we know to be true and just? It seems that today many Christian believers have been cowed into thinking that they should remain silent. We might offend someone. We may be viewed as radical or intolerant. Oh no, we don’t want to be guilty of forcing our beliefs on others. But, isn’t that exactly what those who belittle our faith do? They insist that we go along with what THEY believe because they see our beliefs as extreme or antiquated.

In the face of injustice, we had better be ready to stand up and be heard. If we don’t speak out against the injustices around us, we are instead being pretty much complicit. If we aren’t striving to right the wrongs we see, then we must ultimately share a part of the blame. Remember the famous quote: Evil prevails when good men do nothing.

Twisted Morals

Be aware that there are many who twist this concept into a devious attempt to force people to go along with their self-proclaimed righteous movement. For example, those in the BLM organization often bully others into falling in line with them saying, “If you don’t support BLM, and you refuse to say ‘Black Lives Matter’ with us, then you are a racist!” This is manipulation, which I’ve talked about before as being evil and never a tactic of the righteous. This skewed sense of morality isn’t moral at all.

While we’re on the topic, let’s talk about the BLM movement for a moment. Fear tactics and manipulation have been used to scare white people especially into going along with them. The name of their organization itself is a clever turn of words designed to make anyone who disagrees with them out to be against black people. If you don’t agree with Black Lives Matter, then you must not believe that black lives do indeed matter. And this is the devious trick at the heart of the movement.

I don’t know ANYONE who values anyone’s life over another based solely on skin color. And as I’ve said before: LIVES have no color, but SKIN does. We are all of ONE race – the HUMAN race. But those who can only see skin color will see racism everywhere, when they are the ones being truly racist. Besides that, when you look closely at what the BLM mission statement says, no Christian anywhere should be aligning themselves with this group. Here’s what Marcellus Wiley had to say about this on his show…

So, among other things, the BLM mission statement clearly indicates that they are fully against the nuclear family and what they call “the patriarch.” In other words, they see no need for the traditional structure of a family with both a father and a mother. One of the biggest societal problems facing ALL families today, but especially black families, is the absence of a father in the home. BLM rejects the patriarch – the very idea that a strong male role model is necessary. And we see time after time where children with no dad are statistically more likely to encounter all kinds of problems in life.

Lies from the Left

To make things even worse, leftist organizations like BLM aren’t living up to their own hype. The very name of BLM says that Black Lives Matter, but they seem to be seriously lacking when it comes to ACTING LIKE every black life matters to them. How about the millions of aborted black babies? Margaret Sangar, a known bigot, established Planned Parenthood to literally eradicate the black population. But all those black lives who were extinguished through abortion, where’s the outrage by BLM? Where are they? Didn’t those innocent little preborn black lives matter to them? No, of course not.

The poverty and sad conditions of black communities is a great source for rhetoric from the left, but has any of the millions of dollars donated to BLM found its way into those communities to help them? Again, the answer is no. And this is where we have to be unafraid to stand up, speak out, and make the truth known. This is why I very much love Candace Owens and the work she is doing to spread truth to people about the lies of the left which has kept a large part of the black population dependent upon government for decades. Listen…

If we don’t expose the truth, as Candace is doing, and support the efforts of those like her who are speaking out the cold hard reality in the face of the more popular lies out there, then what ARE we doing? There are so many people who fall for those lies because they are so prevalent today. When lies are repeated enough times, they become taken as truth. But that’s politics. And again, Christians can’t ignore issues just because those issues are political.

Fighting the Narrative

The mainstream media promotes a web of lies every single day, and it’s no wonder so many people believe it. And most higher learning institutions teach the same liberal garbage to young minds, so it’s no wonder our youngest generation of voters fall prey to the mainstream narrative. Trump is a racist. So are Republicans. America is evil and was built on the backs of slaves. All this divisive tripe is pumped into our nation’s youth, and when they go to the polls, they act on it. Here’s an interview with one such young woman on a college campus…

She has no clue about the positive things that Trump has done for the black community because she never heard it. None of her college professors were going to acknowledge something good that the president had done. And you heard her say, she was just going by all the negative stuff she heard on the news. She believed the lies, and so Trump just isn’t her candidate.

But HERE’s a young black woman (who’s name I unfortunately don’t know), and she decided one day to ignore everything she was being told about Donald Trump, and do her own research. I love it. Listen to this…

So because her older brother supported Trump, she decided, hey, I’m gonna check this guy out for myself. She discovered who the man really is, and she found out that she had been lied to by people all this time. Did you hear what she said? She said, “This is a generation that wants to believe lies.” Man, she nailed it right there! People living in darkness don’t want the light, and there are those who will outright reject the truth for a lie today. And once she learned the truth, she was set free by it. She was no longer angry about all the bad stuff she had once thought was true, and she’s excited to share the truth with others, and she’s also excited about the future, which is not what the left wants at all.

SCOTUS Replacement & Heath Care Lies

Recently, long-time Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg passed away. Did you happen to notice the difference in how those on the right and those on the left took the news? Conservatives, by nature of being conservative, were mostly reserved and respectful in their response to this woman’s death – even though, throughout her career, Judge Ginsberg stood on the side of abortion being a right of the mother to extinguish the life of her unborn child. Despite many other differences of opinion, conservatives were polite and refrained from any divisive talk. Liberals, on the other hand, used this woman’s death as a reason to lash out against their political opponents. Many of them only viewed Ginsberg’s passing as a political set-back, knowing that the president would be nominating a conservative judge to fill the vacant seat.

Of course, that IS his duty. As president, he is required by the constitution to pick a replacement nominee, and the Senate is required to vote on whether or not that nominee should be installed to the Supreme Court. Oh, but it’s an election year, and the left is rallying against Trump, saying the seat should not be filled until after the election. Indeed, they want him to forego his lawful job as president, and they want “the next president” to pick the nominee. Uhm, that’s assuming a bit much, isn’t it? That argument assumes that Trump will lose the election, yes, and it also goes against everything we know historically about keeping 9 justices on the SCOTUS.

We know that, if the roles were reversed, the Democrats would not hesitate for a second to place a liberal judge in that open seat. And they know it, too. Naturally, they have to attack whom ever he nominates. And who was his pick? Roll tape…

Trump brings in Judge Barrett, another brilliant and battle-tested female justice, and without fail, the left zeroed in on her. They attacked her adoption of minority children. They attacked her, of course, just because she’s Trump’s choice and she’s conservative. Then they claimed that this was some awful tactic of the president to help do away with ObamaCare. They made it a political issue as though, if she’s in, heath care is out. Here’s Trump’s press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany with a response to that…

You know, I didn’t know if Sarah Huckabee Sanders could ever be topped as the White House spokesperson, but Kayleigh McEnany is simply amazing at it.

Why All This Matters

Now, some of you who have been tracking with me for a while now may say, “Whoa, why are you all the sudden getting more political than before?” And it is true that, for the most part, my videos and blogs and podcasts have steered away from these types of things in the past. But I have always believed in fighting back against lies with the truth. Sometimes that truth is about topics that are universal in nature, sometimes it’s strictly a topic of religious or relational nature, and sometimes it’s controversial. There comes a time when we have to step out of our churches and into our community and say, “Enough is enough.”

You can’t call yourself a Christian while you sit by and let the neighborhood burn to the ground. And we literally have people on the far left calling for anarchy in America. We’ve already seen violence and destruction in cities across the country. As I’ve said before, these aren’t just political issues – these are MORAL issues. We have a responsibility to the truth to debunk the lies. We have a responsibility to those before us to maintain the liberty they fought and died for. We have a responsibility to generations to come to protect that freedom. We have a responsibility to those who can’t speak for themselves – like the unborn – to speak out on their behalf. We have a responsibility to those who live in the bondage of darkness to bring the light of truth to them and set them free. And if we shirk those responsibilities, what good are we?

I’m going to leave you with this final word from Jim Caviezel. During an interview recently on Fox & Friends, he gave this stirring speech. Quoting some things that the late President Ronald Reagan had said, Jim offered this…

We can no longer appease and accommodate and retreat because, by doing so, we are surrendering to the enemy. We must be unafraid. We must be righteous. And we must speak out.

Christianity Amid Chaos

Violent scenes we used to only see in news stories from other parts of the world have suddenly become more commonplace right here in cities across the USA. When it all seems so politically and/or racially charged, how should we as Christians respond?

Having an Unshakable Hope

I have personally had a number of occasions when a friend or coworker has asked me how I can be so calm in the midst of turmoil. This has, of course, not always been the case. But the point here is that it IS possible to be unshaken by the insanity going on around us. How? It’s all about where our hope lies. When someone would ask me that question, it was a prime opportunity to share my faith and hope, and explain exactly how I can remain unworried by the dire circumstances that may exist.

I recently learned that the company I began working for in January of this year is now, in mid-September, about to be forced to close down due to the economic constraints of the whole covid crisis. Now, whether or not you believe the hype of the virus being an actual crisis, the effect of the economic shutdown and the hype has certainly created a significant crisis for many businesses. The company I work for is just another casualty in that ongoing crisis. However, I am not fearful about losing my job. I’m not consumed with dread at the wonder of what’s next. Why not? Because my hope doesn’t lie in the material. My God has never ever failed to bring me through the trials that come my way, so my hope is in Him.

Where does your hope lie? If your hope is in the material, in the carnal things of this life, then that’s some pretty shaky ground. Like the fool who built his house on the sand, there’s no real foundation to help that type of “faith” to weather any kind of storms. But if your hope is in Jesus, based on things eternal, then you are like the wise man who built his house on a rock. A firm foundation is essential for the structural integrity of a building, and it’s the same with our hope. My hope in Christ is unshakable, therefore, circumstances are irrelevant.

Knowing and Fortifying Your Stance

Once you have a firm foundation, you don’t stop there. You build. The way we, as Christians, build up our hope in Jesus is by studying His teachings and following His commands. This involves something I have mentioned the importance of in many of my videos and previous blogs: staying ROOTED in the Word of God. We need to keep our hearts guarded and our minds sharp by continually reading and meditating on the scriptures. Without the proper framework solidly attached to that firm foundation, the walls of our hope will tumble down around us. The crafty enemy we face will find our weakest spot and attack us there. Only by staying rooted in biblical principles can we be prepared to defeat him.

Now that our stance is established on the foundation of Jesus, and is built up with a daily renewal of our minds by studying the Word, how do we fortify ourselves from every attack and every scheme of the enemy? This is where prayer comes in, as well as the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. We need to have daily conversations with God, not just to ask for strength, but also to listen and be open to His guidance. Make the time to just BE in His presence and let Him equip you with what you need to face each day. If you haven’t yet experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit, you should actively seek it. When you pray, ask God to not only fill you with His spirit but also to immerse you in it. The difference is life-changing. (more about that in a future blog)

The Christian’s Worldview

As you can see, we haven’t even dealt with the original question at the top of this blog yet. We first had to tackle the process of establishing our worldview based on a Godly foundation, rooted in His Word, and fortified through prayer and the enabling of the Holy Spirit. If you don’t take care of these things beforehand, you’ll likely fall flat on your face when you try to deal with the tricky arguments and con-games of the enemy. Our current societal worldview is so corrupted and skewed, that any attempt to argue with someone about why the violence is happening or how groups like Antifa are only making things worse would be counterproductive at best. Consider this…

Scoffers set a city aflame,

    but the wise turn away wrath.

If a wise man has an argument with a fool,

    the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.

Proverbs 29 [ESV]

These verses jumped out at me recently because they sound as if they were written directly toward the current situation we’re seeing today. How many cities have been set aflame during the riots lately? There’s chaos in our own streets here in the USA like we’ve never seen before. Oh, we saw it happen in other countries, but not here. I would throw in here that, what we are witnessing right now in our country is a direct result of the moral decay which began many years ago. We removed God from so many aspects of our lives, while embracing or condoning so many evil practices, that it’s no wonder anymore how far we have fallen. Our society makes excuses for everything from the wanton destruction we see in our streets to the child-pornography found on major streaming services. Why be surprised by the sheer evil that is currently running rampant right here in our own nation?

But that 9th verse is crucial. Arguing with fools – those who are perfectly happy wallowing in their wickedness – does no good. They just scoff and laugh at us, and continue with their riots, their destruction, their violence, etc. So if we can’t accomplish anything by arguing with fools, what should we do? Should we remain silent and allow it to continue? Should we just sit back and hope somebody comes along and puts a stop to it? Some would say we should just pray and leave it in God’s hands. Okay, but how does God work here on Earth? While He could exact judgement by His own hands, we don’t see a lot of precedence for that in scripture beyond a few major events and of course at the 2nd coming of Christ. But for the most part, God works through mankind. So perhaps we ought to be ready to step up if He wants to work through us.

Willing Vessels

One of my favorite passages of scripture is found in 2nd Timothy…

20 Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.

2 Timothy 2

This is referring to us, as followers of Jesus and as men and women of God, who willingly desire to be used by Him to effect change in this world. It tells us that, if we really want to be used for honorable purposes – for God’s purposes – then we must first be cleansed from what is dishonorable. Then, we can become useful to our master – our God – set apart as holy and ready (or prepared) for any and every good work He might have us do.

If we purpose ourselves to be willing vessels, then God will do a work through us. Stop asking, “Well, what exactly should we do?” Instead focus on being willing and ready to do whatever God chooses to do through us. Remember, a vessel is just a vessel. It’s an empty thing to be filled and used. We can’t fill ourselves. Oh, we can prepare ourselves to BE filled. We can and should empty out anything that would make us unclean. And Jesus does help us with this through His teachings. The Holy Spirit helps as well, by convicting us of wrongs so that we can turn away from them. But it is God – the master – who fills us and uses us. The onus is on God then, once we have done all we must do to present ourselves to Him as willing vessels. We just have to learn to give up the control and let Him do what He wants to do.

Stand Out

Still some might say that Christians should avoid political issues altogether. Really? Why? Are we not to stand up and be counted? Do our opinions and beliefs not matter? There are so many moral issues facing us today, and just because those topics have been politicized we are to keep quiet about them? Abortion, racism, rioting and murder – these are moral issues, and we’d better not be guilty of sitting by and letting these things continue unchecked. We are morally obligated to speak out for those who can’t, defend the innocent, and beat back wickedness with righteousness.

The main idea here is for us not to simply accept the chaos. This is not “the new norm.” Never let that be your attitude. We have to guard against the tendency to just go with the flow of things in this world. Remember the familiar passage:

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12 [ESV]

If we refuse to conform to the patterns of the world around us, and instead actively allow the renewal of our minds to take place through studying and meditating on God’s Word, then a transformation happens. We become vessels that God can use for His purposes, and we receive spiritual discernment regarding what God’s will actually is. When this occurs, we go from being mere believers of the Word to being DOERS of the Word.

Through willing obedience to God, we can become more than the average ordinary run-of-the-mill “Christian in name only.” Through sanctification, or being set apart as holy, we distinguish ourselves even in the eyes of those following a more carnal worldview. We stand out. We’re a peculiar people. We don’t just say we believe, but we live in that belief. Our hope in Christ is firmly founded, and God can use us to turn the tide against the evil schemes of satan. The world will hate us, sure. Jesus told us that would happen. But being in the righteous will of God the Father is way better than being in the favor of this sinful and wicked world.

The Christian Response

In the midst of chaos and darkness, we are to be the light of a city on a hill. Our light – which is Jesus – should stand out and overwhelm that darkness. But we must be firmly founded, rooted in the Word, built up and fortified by prayer and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, and be ready and willing to let God work through us.

Most of all, don’t get bogged down in futile arguments with those who don’t wish to understand. Our response to others should not come from a place of judgement or condemnation because that’s not our job, but instead from a position of love – the amazing love of God. Seek first His will, and do only as He directs. And they will know that we are Christians by our love, for one another and for them.

Life and Diversity

Life itself has no color; skin does. Diversity can only be appreciated where there is unity rather than division.

What Gives Us Life

The account of Creation given to us in Genesis tells how God formed the first man in His own image, but life didn’t enter the man’s body until God breathed into him. It was this act of giving the man a spirit that made him alive. That spirit was literally the breath of God.

then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

Genesis 2 [ESV]

This is what gives us life. And so, the insistence by some to assign color to lives is a narrow view based on an outward appearance. But that which gives us life – our spirit, or breath – has no color. There is no such thing as a black life, white life, or whatever. There is only life, and all lives are attained through the spirit or breath of God.

Crown Jewel of Creation

While life itself is colorless, God saw fit (in His infinite wisdom) to create within humankind the capacity to display outwardly a variety of colors. Why would He do this? Think about it. God had created everything else – stars, planets, trees, flowers, animals – all displaying a wide array of beautiful colors. So when He finally made the crown jewel of His creation, mankind, why would He make us any less glorious? And we’re made in God’s image, so His splendor should manifest in us in a variety of ways – including color.

If you think of mankind as the jewel that it truly is supposed to be, you begin to understand the analogy between humans and rare gemstones. Diamonds, for example, are cut in such a way that light is reflected and refracted by the many different facets or sides. This is what makes it sparkle and appear to shine colorfully in the light. We are also made to shine differently as individuals with different colors and talents, and this is beautiful in the eyes of our Creator.

The Pigmentation Principle

Did you know that all humans possess the same pigment in their skin? It’s called melanin. The type and amount of this pigment in a person’s skin, eyes, and hair is what determines the shade or coloring displayed. So the more melanin in someone’s skin, for example, the darker complexion that person has. Lighter-skinned people have less melanin. But we all have the same pigment, just in varying amounts.

This is God’s design for diversity. One color alone would have been bland and boring, but many colors together is quite beautiful to behold. The key word there is “together.” Separated into this group and that group, the glorious beauty of diversity is lost. So why are some of us so determined to be divided into different groups?

The Race Delusion

For thousands of years, we have come up with excuses to divide ourselves into different classes of people. Some early civilizations had cast systems which divided people into groups according to factors like education, work skills, nobility, etc. There were certain tribes of peoples in biblical times that were considered unclean or lower class. This type of thinking permeated many cultures throughout history and often resulted in violence, slavery, and murder.

Why would anyone hold on to such a backward and uneducated notion today? One reason is the false idea that there are many races of human beings. People tend to divide themselves into groups with others who look like them. But this outward appearance is all about the color of people’s skin. The very thing that makes us beautiful together as a whole is what is being used to separate us. But this isn’t really a race issue, rather it is a race delusion. We’ve allowed ourselves to think of each other as black people, white people, brown people, and so on – but these aren’t different races, just various colors. We are all ONE RACE – Human. We are the same. Skin color doesn’t make us different – it makes us beautiful. It adds variety, which is the “spice of life.”

In The End

Though the fires of division still burn among us today, there will come a time when all people of all nations, colors, and walks of life will finally come together as ONE again – just as God planned from the beginning. We will stand united, hand in hand, and give praise to our Creator with one voice.

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

Revelation 7 [ESV]

Until that day, we should strive to be what God designed us to be… ONE race of people, human beings joined in unity, diverse but not divided, bound by love for one another. May it be so.