I know a man, a Christian and honorable man, who never earned a college degree. Nevertheless, he excelled in the business world via a fast food company that originally hired him as a retail planning engineer. Over his twenty-two year career, he worked his tail off to reach the level of a corporate vice president. This man experienced poverty in the early years of his life. However, his parents would not take any handouts of government money. Back then, it was considered embarrassing and shameful to do so. Right or wrong, most Americans back then had the attitude of "pulling their own weight" and the handouts were just for the very poor, ill, desperate, old and disabled. [Please note: I am not telling this story to disparage the unemployed or those on food stamps. I'm just stating a fact that people back in the 50's, 60's and 70's often thought this way.]
[Update: How's THIS for a lesson in irony?
Thanks to Major Wood for the outstanding idea.
A great lesson in irony, honest and profound.
The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing this year the greatest amount of free Meals and Food Stamps ever, to 46 million people. Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us “Please Do Not Feed the Animals.”
Their stated reason for the policy is because “The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.”
This ends today’s lesson in irony.]We need to ask the question about exactly why this government would be "proud to be distributing this year the greatest amount of free Meals and Food Stamps ever, to 46 million people?" Answer: DEPENDENCY= votes for the Marxist Democrats.
Back to the original post.
This man, in his younger years, worked every kind of job he could in order to help out his family. He started with a paper route when he was 13 years old. He took odd jobs over the years that included roof work, painting, bar bouncer, bartender; just to name a few. He even took a job that he absolutely hated - as a collection agent. It was a job that he got through a connection with his father. He quit that job just a month later because he finally told his dad that he could not stand it. Knocking on doors of people who owed money but could not pay was too much of a burden on his conscience. It wasn't a job that he would ever had taken if he knew beforehand what it required him to do. He didn't want to disappoint his dad, but there were so many reasons why he needed to leave that job and move on.
Back when he was growing up, the family moved a lot and both his dad (when he wasn't ill) and mom worked really hard to keep the family going. This man attended a trade school and that is what got him into several jobs leading up to his 22 year career with a fast food company.
He once told me the story that when his dad was ill and unable to work, his aunt and uncle took the family in. The relatives did not have a big house, so his bedroom was his sister's small, walk-in closet.
This man isn't rich today - but you might consider him to be more well-off than many others. However, if the Democrats had their way, he would be forced to pay huge amounts in taxes that will come out of his retirement money*.
I haven't even included any of the details about how his work helped "save" the company over the years he worked there. I haven't included all the individuals he has hired over the years to do work for him, or about the charitable giving, or about the generosity towards his family.
It really bothers me to hear the BHO people continue to attack the so-called "rich" and blather on about them "paying their fair share" and "spreading the wealth around." That is a Marxist (a.k.a. communism) mindset, people! Clear, plain, and simple! However, the few liberals who visit this blog deny that label (of Marxist/communist* accusations against BHO - even Russia sees it) and want to continue to demonize me - a member of the "other side."
Remember, dear people, that when it comes to Marxist ideology, there are the "elites" who run everything, dictate, and lord-it-over the plebeian who, (whether given up voluntarily, gradually or suddenly because of dependency on government rather than God) end up having their rights, liberties, religious freedom, and general freedoms taken away by a dictatorial-type government.
I get scolded by some who come to visit this blog and claim that "I'm not very Christian" when I reply to their odd-ball comments in a harsh (but truthful) way. Well, Jesus was harsh with those who would do harm to others; those who would lie, cheat, sin, steal and do evil (especially to children - but that's another topic) in order to get their political way. This is what happens (and, did happen in the Nov. 6, 2012 election) when government is taken over by reprobates and unrepentant types. What they sell to the plebeian (whom they really only use to get elected) sounds good; until the common people realize what it will cost them in the end. That cost is loss of freedom, liberty, justice and the pursuit of happiness.
The first words that Jesus uttered when he began his 3-year ministry on earth were, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
|Mat 4:17||From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."|
The liberal, progressive, socialist, Marxist, communist, anti-colonialists mock, disparage, debase, insult, ridicule, and demonize the opposition in such a way that I'm sure is not of God.
Because it is not only wrong in the eyes of most discerning people, but it is also not biblical!! It is opposed to God's Word! I knew this intuitively, but I didn't realize at what a profound degree this was true until I listened to Dr. David Jeremiah's message. Then, it all made perfect sense! Those who had fallen for the hype and chains of BHO's message [Update: by even labeling him as "their messiah???"**] were brought along by methods that included free stuff; but it was lumped in with class warfare, division, hatred, lies, and envy. The "free stuff" was the hook, while the added vices of warfare, division, hatred, lies, and envy was the sinker. Time will tell how these people will feel once they realize how badly they were duped.
Back to the main topic.
Please go to the link below to view and listen to the message. Then come back to share your thoughts in the comment section here at Talk Wisdom.
David Jeremiah.org: Nevertheless, Give Thanks
[Note: To immediately get to the message portion, fast forward the cursor (at bottom of video screen) to 19:00 minutes ahead.]
Life is seldom without challenges, but one thing remains constant, and that is the blessing and guidance of Almighty God. In every situation we can and should give thanks.***
Dr. David Jeremiah
“Nevertheless, Give Thanks”
November 25, 2012
I. Be Thankful in Spite of the Pressure Against You
1 Kings 8:44, 48-49
1 Thessalonians 5:18
II. Be Thankful in Spite of the Problems That Affect You
1 Thessalonians 5:18
III. Be Thankful in Spite of the Pain That Is Around You
***That quote from the video sermon page is a very tame description compared to what Dr. Jeremiah discusses in the message. Even the outline seems innocuous. But I guarantee that every person who would take the time to listen to the message that Dr. Jeremiah brings forth in his sermon would squirm in their seats at several points! It's THAT GOOD in exposing what (and who) is behind the "rich vs. poor" mantra and the jealously and/or guilt that permeates us to the core regarding such disparagement.
I will tell you that there is nothing outwardly political in the video message. There is no mention of the election, or the two campaigns, or what transpired over the months leading up to the election on November 6, 2012.
But what I learned via the message can be directly applied against all the attacks that the BHO campaign used (apparently, successfully) against the Mitt Romney campaign, supporters and voters during the 2012 election campaign.
And guess what? If you didn't already know or understand this:
Their tactics were opposed to what the Bible teaches!!!
I realize that most thinking and discerning people might already have realized this. But the fact that Dr. Jeremiah shared Scripture and human interest stories that deeply counter the tactics used by that particular political group added a measure of proof about the truth of what I'm sharing today.
In order to hear the proof of my observation, you will need to view or listen to the sermon message.
The final portion of the sermon message - "Be Thankful in Spite of the Pain That Is Around You" is such a powerful, relevant, and at the same time both humbling and encouraging one! That's the Bible - the humbling and encouraging book of the ages!! I must admit that I will never forget it!!!
The message is exceedingly helpful to all of us - rich or poor (and everyone in between), liberal or conservative, woman or man, black, white, Hispanic or any other race, color or creed. If you take the time to watch and listen to the entire message - you will be astonished at the end! You will also come away with a more thankful attitude despite the chaos going on all around us and the pain that we all go through individually, and even the pain experienced by groups of people at certain times on this earth.
Every person alive has pain. There is no escape from it! There are all different types of pain. Some are excruciating to go through (been there, done that!); while others turn out to be mild disappointments (had them too). But even in the midst of such pain, God is there to get us through it!! And...the secret is...ONLY GOD CAN ACCOMPLISH THIS FOR US!
There is nothing more important in this life than knowing God through His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord!! His forgiveness, mercy, grace and love surpasses all understanding; and if more individuals would seek God via His Word and find and accept His Living Word - Jesus Christ, our grief would be turned to joy in every circumstance on this earth as we wait in joyful hope of the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ!
May your Thanksgiving blessings continue on throughout the rest of this year, in the year to come, and during all the days of your lives.
Hat tips to all links.
* A comment from the WND site gives us a horrible history lesson:
#12 November 26, 2012 at 1:38 am
Wow the sh@t is getting deep. These people are insane. Please tell me again how 9% unemployment and 15% in black Americans [unemployment] and 50% of black youth unemployed and a crappy economy with little hope in sight and massive debt and debt along with record foodstamps and welfare make him a god, a savior or anything else but a massive fraud and failure?
Ultimately, we need to keep what Marcie says here in mind:
#48 November 26, 2012 at 9:22 am
It’s O.K. folks…we know how this story ends. Have faith in the one true God.