There is so much in the news these days that it is difficult to find the time to write about everything going on, and such a wealth of subject that it is difficult to know where to begin.
I want to write about ISIS, and its relation to the Psalm 83 war, and I want to write about the foolishness of the western governments in their dealing with ISIS, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Iran. There is a lot of foolishness coming from Washington, London, Paris, and Berlin these days.
Instead I am going to write about a seemingly unimportant event that happened to me this week.
One of my Facebook friends, one Heather Owen, unfriended me this week. I never got any notice that this was happening, but I noticed that all of a sudden all of her posts disappeared. This is what happens when someone “unfriends” you on Facebook.
The event that precipitated this action of hers is my reply to her announcement that her husband, Trevor, has been given approval to run for the nomination of the local riding of the Liberal party of Canada, in the next election. I have known her husband since my first year in high school, almost 40 years ago!
Maybe I should have congratulated him, but I responded with the truth; “The original meaning of “liberal” is one who is generous with their own property. The modern liberals think they have the right to take money from hard working people and give it to those they deem worthy to receive it. Modern “liberals” are not liberal in the true sense of the word, and for this reason I could never vote for them.”
Or words to that effect. I cannot even find my own response to her post, because Facebook has deleted it all.
Some people hate the truth so much that they will unfriend you if you speak it!
I didn’t look up “liberal” in the dictionary, I just allowed the biblical usage of the term to form my definitions. In fact there are two definitions of this word in the bible;
If a Hebrew had a Hebrew slave, then at the end of six years he was to send him away free, and this is how he was to be treated;
“Thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of that wherewith the LORD thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him.” Deuteronomy 15:14
“The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.” Proverbs 11:25
In these cases the word “liberal” describes one who is generous with their own property, and the first is a command to do so. The second it the reward the Lord gives to those who are liberal.
How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. II Corinthians 8:2
Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men; II Corinthians 9:13
Here the churches of Macedonia and Corinth are described as being liberal, even when they themselves are poor. These people did not force others to give, they gave what they could out of their own poverty. That is the description of a true liberal.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:5
Here God Himself is described as a “liberal”. He is not like the modern Liberal party of Canada, nor the Democratic party of the USA, God is generous with His own possessions, the most important of which is wisdom! These parties are more like Robin Hood, who takes from those he deems unworthy, and gives to those he judges to be more worthy.
I must confess that as a youth I read the Robin Hood story several times, until it became a way of thinking. I have come to the place where I have had to repent from that worldview, but I now see that this disease has affected most of the parties of the western world, and they are destroying our civilization.
The “Robin Hood” definition of liberals is also used in the bible;
“The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful.” Isaiah 32:5
This is a reference to those who call themselves “liberal”, but in fact are not generous with their own wealth, but take it from others and distribute it as they see fit. You should read the whole passage to understand the context, and understand that while this writing is some 2700 years old, it is actually a prophecy of the times in which we live, and beyond;
Isaiah Chapter 32
1 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment. 2 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. 3 And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken. 4 The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly.
The king in verse 1 is Jesus Christ, and thus this times the prophecy to the millennial reign, when He returns. Here some of the conditions of the millennial kingdom are described.
Now he goes back to a time just before the millennial reign begins, a time which is infected by those who call themselves “liberals”;
5 The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful. 6 For the vile (liberal) person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail. 7 The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right.
A “churl” is a rude or boorish person. Modern liberals actually are some of the stingiest givers to charity. Because they believe it is the responsibility for government to care for the poor, they rarely give out of their own pockets! Conservatives are always more generous than Liberals!
This last verse of the section describes what these people are doing;
8 But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.
The word “stand” here could also be rendered “be established”. By increasing welfare and entitlement payments to those who will not work, the modern “liberal” gets their vote, and thus establishes himself in public office. This is why there is such a big commotion over the vast number of illegal immigrants in the USA at the moment. They are actually illegal Democrats, and by extending amnesty to these people the Democratic party is ensuring that they will be elected in coming elections.
This is exactly what it means when it says “But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.” They are attempting to influence future elections by allowing millions of illegal immigrants into their country, and granting them amnesty, and welfare!
As tax rates rise to support the “liberal” entitlement programs, there is less and less incentive to work or to invest in businesses, to the point that the economy suffers. In the long term these policies are destroying lives, and nations!
This is not only happening in North America, some 80% of German Muslims live on welfare as well, and the numbers are similar throughout Europe.
But the very wise man Paul the Apostle says;
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. II Thessalonians 3:10
You and I are responsible to put food on our own table. It is NOT the responsibility of government to do this.
The Old Testament did provide a tax to be given to those who couldn’t work, and that amount was 10% every third year, or 3 1/3% per year. (Deuteronomy 26:12) You will find that today the welfare roles have swollen to the point that this is one of the largest expenditures of modern governments, far in excess of the biblical amount. It is an addiction, and it keeps them in office, while impoverishing the working class.
So I stand by my statements; The modern “liberal” is not liberal at all, but is actually a kind of “Robin Hood” thief. You shouldn’t vote for anyone who identifies themselves as a “liberal”!