I listened to a snippet of a radio broadcast and learned: My gift is to help others, not to try and gain praise for myself. There are no “stars” that follow Jesus. Only people that love to let Jesus serve others though them. This reminds me of Jesus’ parables – where the servant comes in from working in the field and his master tells him to serve his master first and then eat – And, where his master does not praise him for doing what he was told – And, where we say we are unprofitable servants we have only done what is expected.
No “stars” is so obvious. That’s why I have to hide my wrong motives, especially from myself. If I sit and pray and think long enough and focused enough about why I am doing something many times I see the truth. I don’t like the truth and I reject it. But it keeps coming back and eventually I surrender and accept what my real ungodly motives are. I give my ungodly desires to Jesus to deal with and I ask Him to help me follow Him again.
Jesus is the answer to all my problems. And He gently makes me aware of those problems. And puts me on His shoulders and carries me back to the flock.
Series: Thinking Right in a culture whose Mind’s Left
I wrote most of this essay over a year ago but did not publish it because I thought it would be taken down or worse. We are experiencing less censorship briefly now because the Left wants to win the midterms and knows their cancel culture policies are unpopular. I believe they intend to end all our liberties if given the chance.
George Orwell, around 1948, wrote the book “1984.” This was after World War II and after millions of ordinary civilians had died at the hands of their own totalitarian government (which was driven by the deceit of communism/socialism ideologies and its resulting desire for control at any cost to others). Orwell wrote the book as a warning of what could happen again and how to detect it. With this book he also predicted 2020 U.S. politics; he was just 36 years early in his prediction. “1984” talks about our current illegal drive toward totalitarianism, governmental lying to citizens for political gain,1,2 changing the meanings of words to control thought,3 and the criminalization of free speech.2
“1984” talks about the totalitarian squashing of our freedom of speech.2 We have seen this done in both the private and public sectors this last year (2020 and 2021 as of this portion of this essay). They censor views they do not want to hear or be heard. They also coerce others to do what the censors think is right, regardless of what these others may think is right, and regardless of others’ Constitutional rights and objective truth. They do this because they are insecure and express that insecurity by being bullies, and so their insecurity drives an insatiable lust for power. They don’t rely on facts for their beliefs, but rather rehearse their negative emotions. Their beliefs do not stand up to objective scrutiny and so they cannot defend them and that frustrates them. In the end all they have left is to turn their frustration into anger and hate toward those with whom they disagree. And, ironically, hate is the very thing they say they are against.
Obama4 and Biden are adept at word games to lay the groundwork for subverting the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Obama questions the meaning of absolute God-given liberty and Biden asks if gun rights are “absolute.”
- Hydroxycloroquine and zinc were said to be effective in early treatment by Dr. Stella Immanuel after she treated over 350 people successfully with it at the beginning of the pandemic. See https://www.prageru.com/video/dr-stella-immanuel-we-dont-need-to-die-there-is-a-treatment-for-covid/. While thousands are dying Fauci/Biden wanted a “double-blind test” to determine “effectiveness.” This is reasonable during normal times, when there is time, but not in a pandemic emergency situation, while thousands are dying and over 350 people have already been effectively treated and hydroxycloroquine has been known to be safe.
- Google takes down true report. Medical doctors are overruled by politicians through Medical Boards threatening licenses if doctors dare to question the State. See https://www.prageru.com/video/there-is-an-orchestrated-attack-against-hydroxychloroquine/.
- “Defund The Police doesn’t mean defund the police” one rioter scoffs at the TV reporter’s “ignorance,” while another rioter shouts “defund the police” means exactly what it says.
- Former President Obama, in his second inaugural address, said:
“Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we will all define liberty in exactly the same way. . .”
(Ben Shapiro astutely observes (and I apologize to him for my rough paraphrase) that if your definition of liberty means that you take my money and my definition of liberty means that I keep my money. . . we have a problem. . . and the problem is because we don’t “define liberty in exactly the same way. . . .”)
Written by James Bruce McNaughton, I AM for You!, https://i-m-4-u.com
My pride is invisible to me until God wakes me up to this evil. I mourn my evil for which I am solely responsible. The destruction of relationships. The lost opportunities for good. The obviousness of the right way I didn’t see, or didn’t choose, depending on how honest I want to be with myself.
I need to respect other people’s ability and right to think through conflicts themselves and make their own decisions. I need to ask questions, gently offer what may not be known, not force conclusions.
I believe my insecurity and fear of rejection of thoughts I hold dear fuel my illogical lack of listening and lack of gentleness and lack of consideration of those I am trying to lead to experience new conclusions. The more I push the more the push back.
I think part of the solution is seeking Jesus. He directs me, opens doors to relationships, opens hearts to His truth, and has been conspicuously not invited in my struggle. Maybe if I had been depending on Jesus I would have done less struggling and more serving with more success for Jesus, others and me?