Government

I’ve read quite a few comments on Facebook today stating that because of this vote in NC regarding gay marriage, that “God wins”. That’s true, but totally unrelated. Had the amendment not passed, God would win. If our next president was gay, God would win. If the entire country were to become the most god-hating, wicked, immoral nation on the planet – God would still win. Remember when Joshua met with the commander of the army of the Lord (many ppl believe this is a Christophany)? What did he say when Joshua asked him if he was for Israel or their adversaries? “NO.” What? That doesn’t make sense – what do you mean “no”. He then clarified the answer by saying that He’s for the Lord. (Joshua 5:13-15) God is not “FOR US” but for Himself. He is “for” those who are in His adopted family – purchased through the blood of Christ, but that’s because those who are in His family share His interests and seek to glorify His name.

The beginning of the Bible opens with God creating and proclaiming what is good, and man chooses to rebel against his Creator and plunge the rest of humanity into the effects of the fall. Death, disease, hatred, malice, immorality, pain, fear, all of these things come from the fall – all of them can be attributed to the sin of the first family – and even in this – God wins. 1400 years later, the entire earth has become wicked and hostile toward not only God but to themselves. God chooses one man named Noah and his small family to build a boat so that He can judge the whole of the earth. Noah and his family build that boat, God populates it with the creatures He chooses to save, and he then brings the flood which wipes out all the land-based animals on the planet. The ensuing flood and geologic changes transform the entire landscape, creating mountain ranges, burying vast mats of vegetation which then become our coal seams. At the end of the flood, vast inland seas are created and when those inland seas finally burst their temporary constraints they create deep and wide valleys and canyons. Days turn into months, months turn into years and the water finally subsides enough for those that God has spared to walk on dry land. Even in all that destruction, God wins.

The Israelites are God’s chosen people – born through adversity from a man of deep pagan roots. God spoke to Abraham and he trusted in God, leaving his former life and following after Him in the wilderness. His son Isaac had two twin boys, one was named Jacob (meaning “he cheats”) who later was named Israel. He had 12 boys who were the heads of the 12 tribes of the nation of Israel. They, through sin and deceit sold one of their brothers into slavery and God orchestrated his path until he was the prime minister of all of Egypt. His position allowed the infant nation of Israel to find a home in a safe place. That safety only lasted for a short time and they were made to be slaves in Egypt. God raised up Moses to bring them out – provided 10 plagues on Egypt to make the Israelites (now nearing 2 million people) abhorrent to the people of Egypt and they cast them out. Through another miracle at the Red Sea God delivered them finally from the reach of the Pharaoh. God wins.

That nation, now delivered into the wilderness to learn about the proper worship of their God who had delivered them from that bondage in Egypt, saw the physical manifestation of God’s glory day and night in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. At times they heard directly from God whose first premise was that they will not worship anyone or anything other than Himself and that they would not fall into idolatry. Sure enough, in the first two years with God actively interacting with them directly they not only built idols of gold to worship, but openly rejected Him, and his ability to deliver them from their enemies into the land He had promised to them, and wanted to return to Egypt, even into slavery, because they didn’t trust the God who could split the sea and who has proven His power over all of life and nature before them. All but two of those people died in the wilderness, never setting foot in the promised land. Even Moses, whom God had chosen to lead and instruct them sinned against God and was not able to enter into the land. God still wins.

The people then moved into the land, destroying the wicked nations that were occupying it. God fought for them and led them in battle, wiping out the inhabitants and setting their borders. He provided for them a fertile land that was prepared for them – a nation that they needed to merely occupy. Sure enough, one generation after Joshua and they fall into idolatry. God still wins. God allowed nations to remove them from the land and place them under slavery again, then provided deliverance for them time after time, giving them judges to rule over the people and to bring them back to worship Him. Every time a judge would die the people would rebel. God still wins.

Finally they ask for a king to be like the other nations. God allows them to have the finest looking and most worldly qualified king they could want. He rebels against God and ultimately runs a failed administration. God provides for them the man who He desires to be king – He trains him in the wilderness, sets him in power. The people flourish under him and under his son, Solomon, who was born through sin, deceit, and murder, but Solomon can’t honor God consistently and breaks God’s laws time and time again. Immediately after Solomon’s death the nation of Israel splits in two. God still wins.

Over the next 330 or so years the nations struggle with God’s rule. There are wars and troubles, and times of great restoration, but ultimately God strips them off the land due to their repeated forays into idolatry and rejection. God still wins.

God restores them to the land and then after a 400 year silence His Son, Jesus, comes onto the scene. Jesus fulfills the law, never sinning even once. He teaches the people, heals nearly every sickness and disease in the whole region, and ultimately is killed because the people He came to save wanted a conquering king, not a humble servant. God still wins.

Jesus is resurrected, proving that everything He said was true – hundreds of followers become thousands. Thousands become hundreds of thousands. Hundreds of thousands become millions. There are deep persecutions laid upon the church. Nearly all of Jesus’ inner circle of followers is martyred in one way or another and many more follow. 300 years later the Roman emperor Constantine legalizes Christianity and that’s where the church begins to encounter even more trouble as the political battles for which is the “true” church begin to take place. God still wins.

1050 years later, God’s word is finally becoming translated into common languages so the people can break free from the oppression of the Roman Catholic church. The RCC responds by killing the translators and burning their manuscripts. God still wins. This continues until a German priest finally translates it into German and distributes it. The protestant reformation of the church begins and, along with it, the birth of thousands of Christian sects. Each one thinks it to be the “one true church” and many are good but even more are very, very bad. Numerous sects become whole religious institutions. Today we see that present in the main bodies of the church -Lutheran, Presbyterian, Baptist, etc. Due to issues associated with denominationalism numerous “non-denominational” churches erupt. Christian “nations” like France, England, and Germany become post-Christian and their influence wanes. America is born and now its Christian influence is waning. Other countries like China and India are beginning to eclipse the USA in their Christian influence – to the point where Christian missionaries from China are starting to hit the US borders. God still wins.

This up coming election has no influence on whether God wins or not. He is the alpha and the omega – he controls all of nature and all time. He controls nations and laws and weather and even our personal situations. God owns it all. God always wins.

Facebook Membership May Be Forever (from Foxnews.com):

The Consumerist blog noticed Sunday that the social-networking giant had quietly made a change to its user Terms of Service (TOS) on Feb. 4.

Facebook now declares that it has a perpetual license to use anything you post to your own Facebook page – even if you terminate your account.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended the change as necessary in a blog posting Monday afternoon.

Here’s the licensing part of the legalese, which sounds bad enough:

“You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii) enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof.”

In other words, while it doesn’t actually own your photos, scribblings and status updates – you do – Facebook can do whatever it wants with it, whenever it wants, in order to promote itself or create or sell ads.

Theoretically, it can even “license” a picture of your kids for use in a third party’s ad campaign.

Most of that has been part of the Facebook Terms of Service for a while. After all, without user-generated content, Facebook would be nothing.

What’s been removed is this: “If you choose to remove your User Content, the license granted above will automatically expire, however (sic) you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content.”

And what’s been added is this: “The following sections will survive any termination of your use of the Facebook Service” – after which follows a list of most of the sections on the Terms of Service page.

So even if you decide Facebook isn’t for you, the site can still use anything you posted. It’s all been archived…

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The common misconception in the world today is that anyone has any “privacy” on the internet. All information passes through public systems that anyone can filter. I will put money on the fact that the government is filtering all internet traffic in the United States. Honestly, you have to come to some point of faith that either the government is going to use that information in a positive way and only seek out those who cause trouble in the world, or once you realize how little control or security you have, you will go insane. Mostly, I don’t think that many of the issues are addressed because it would tip their hand and show the world how closely they’re watching this stuff. Could they act on all of it? Sure – but then the cover would be removed and we’d see that everything that we’ve been operating under is a sham. All of our “rights” in this country that are “granted” by the government are only granted as long as it’s good for the state. They should, for their own preservation, keep that in perspective. To keep in power they need to grant us rights to please our desires for “freedom” but in order to keep us secure they need to break those rights to monitor for people who could cause trouble. Think about it – the internet was a government entity long before it was public. What’s to stop them from monitoring once it becomes public? Do you really think that the encrypted public channels are that hard to decipher for a government supercomputer? Really? One website stating it openly means nothing compared to the government who has been doing it since its inception.

That’s where, as a Christian, real freedom comes into play. Even though we may have no authority or right to privacy granted by our government, we have, in reality, no privacy at all from God who knows even our innermost thoughts and desires. The whole concept of “privacy” is, in my opinion, somewhat sinful to begin with. Sure, it’s required for mankind to exist in a world market where what we keep to ourselves keeps us safe from those who would seek to do harm to us or who would seek to rip us off, but how often are we keeping things from people that would help them or that would, in some way or another, benefit someone else? Think about the poor man on the street who is begging for food? Do you really mean it when you say, “I don’t have anything?” No, of course not. What you mean is “I don’t want to share what I have with you.” At what point does the right to privacy overcome our right to be Christian? Should we hide some of our income on our taxes, even if we know the taxes will be used for sinful acts by our government against the most innocent among us? Should we lie to protect people? Think about this – if preaching the Gospel becomes illegal in this country, as many of us are predicting based on what the Bible has said, would you lie to protect your pastor, knowing that God called all lying a sin against Him? You can argue about Rahab lying to conceal the spies (Joshua 2), but remember that God doesn’t need our lies to do His work. Had she followed the commandment and said the truth, I can guarantee you that God’s sovereign will of the Israelites destroying Jericho would still have been taken care of. In the same way, God doesn’t need us to lie for Him. Granted, God, through Joshua, honored her and her household by sparing them in the onslaught for preserving the spies, but the question that it comes down to is when do we have the authority to judge one sin over another? Lying lips, regardless of the lie, are an abomination to the Lord (Pr. 12:22) and all liars will have their part in the lake of fire (Rev 21:8).

Our freedom, however, comes in the freedom from our sins and as we are saved now from many of our sinful desires by our death with Christ in our redemption purchased on Calvary, we also can conquer the sins that continue to plague us. Our freedom comes in our death to the law, where we no longer are under the condemnation of a set of rules that no natural man can ever keep, but instead our natural righteousness (as filthy before Holy God as used menstrual cloth) has been replaced with God’s own righteousness when we surrender the lordship of our lives to Christ. Our freedom comes through that righteousness where we are no longer blocked from conversing with our God and Father in Heaven and our prayers are heard and answered. Our freedom cannot be granted or removed by any government, legal, or religious system. It is fully guaranteed and sealed.

What does that have to do with the government or a website that decides to make known their control over people’s accounts? Everything. If you want a great analogy, think about it this way. The website was created by an entity outside of itself. That creator designed all of the features, options, look and feel, then inserted a set of rules into that environment. People joined the environment and it began to grow and grow. Eventually people started using it for nefarious means and things went south so the creator changed the rules by which his website should be run and now, the people who “live” in that virtual world are revolting saying that the creator has no rights to invade into their privacy nor tell them what to do. Sound familiar?

There is no “savior” from Facebook, nor from the government. There is only the Savior from God who came to heal our brokenness from our God and Creator, and who has promised to come again to take us to live with Him forever.

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