The conservatives are prideful and boastful of being American, despite the Biblical admonitions against such pride and boasting.
Why are we not going at this gently? Why are we being so frank and blunt? Why not be artful, tactful, and solicitous? Would we not make greater headway with flattery and honey then with such talk? Being coy and syrupy has only served the cause of procrastination for thousands of years. Also, the truth is honey to the ears. It is only vinegar to those who hate the truth. It isn't mean spirited to tell people openly, honestly, and directly what they could change to not be astray. The object isn't to hurt anyone's feelings, but it isn't to avoid the truth for the sake of people's unjustified feelings that they must overcome or remain in danger of damnation. There are billions of lives and souls at stake. There are billions of people who are oppressed under the tyranny of other people's insatiable greed and violence. What is more important, to coddle the selfish or address the suffering of those oppressed by the selfish? Being frank now is being wise as a serpent but harmless as a dove. There is only a blessing in it for those who heed what Jesus taught and exemplified. That is why it is good news, which is what the word "Gospel" means.
With boldness in the face of God, the conservatives more than anyone else plaster signs all about exclaiming their super patriotism. It is quite conspicuous on cars and trucks as bumper stickers, shade screens, and decals. It is quite conspicuous with oversized and numerous flags. It is extremely egotistical. It is no virtue. Such pridefulness is diametrically opposed to the emotional state necessary for being close to the kingdom. It is the opposite of the emotion necessary for loving God rather than serving mammon. It is the spirit of Satan.
Conservative Americans laud the military exploits of the country. They support every military endeavor under the guise of safety and security, even though those endeavors are to preserve, protect, and defend the shameful system of greed. They call for vengeance even on the innocent. Are these the things of their pride? They are desirous of wealth and reluctant to part with money or possessions, even for the sake of those of the family in spirit with the least.
Pride is sin, and they have it
The meaning of the word "pride" as a sinful thing has been eroded. Looking at the connotations of the word as now used, one sees the two different streams of consciousness at odds with each other. One is of the spirit of darkness. The other is of the spirit of light.
Pride is held out to be good in the connotations of the dark side and held out as evil in the connotations of the side of the light. The entire language with every synonym could be broken out into these two at-odds streams of consciousness. One would see the language reflecting the war between the children of light and the children of darkness. One would see the entire process of pejoration in which the forces of darkness have constantly sought to belittle and lessen the effects of the elevated language of the revelation. Pejoration runs through the synonyms of the entire language.
There are so many words that have undergone pejoration. Consider the word "preach," which meant "to teach." Then look at the other connotations of the word and notice the derogatory nature of the connotations. To preach is to be tedious for example. This second connotation was invented by those who do not want to hear it no matter how much truth there is in it. It is true that there are those who call themselves preachers who are full of themselves, but they are not truly teaching are they. Why run down the word "preaching" when one who is full of himself is not really preaching. I understand that this is the nature of the language as one would say there are those who teach and preach evil. However, the connotation of tediousness has nothing to do with the teacher of evil. It has to do with saying that even listening to the truth is tedious. Under this connotation, preaching is bad no matter what. It is instantly tedious. All moralizing is instantly tedious. It spoils the fun of pretending that iniquity is acceptable and unavoidable human nature. It is to turn minds away from listening to the truth. It is to lure minds away to do falsehood. It is to make minds more receptive to temptation and falling.
Of course all sermons do not need to be full of hell fire and brimstone, but there is a time and place for such analogies. The teachings of Christ covered the whole spectrum. That is good teaching, and Jesus was not tedious.
This conflict is being waged over the issue of the pride of America. American pride is a smug self-satisfaction and pleasure in projecting and using military power (the ability to out threaten, out maim, and out kill any other nation or combination of nations). It is pride in the killing machine. That is a negative accomplishment considering that the peacemakers are the blessed and the war makers then make themselves the opposite: The damned.
It is self-satisfaction and pleasure in controlling the world's economy; using currently some forty percent of the world's resources for under 4.7% of the world's people. (These figures are constantly changing, but the point is nevertheless valid). The world's population is estimated to be 6.6 billion, and the US population is estimated to be three hundred million as of October 2006. Even as America is using less now as a percentage of the total in the world, due to increases by China and India in particular, America's usage or resources, including polluting resources, is still going up and the total usage of the world is going up as more and more nations emulate the greed of America. Has America then led these other nations astray? Yes.
What does that mean? Is it something to gloss over quickly without absorbing the full import of what it means? America has, and still is, leading other nations woefully astray. The current neocon leaders of America are leading people away from God. Those who lead people away from God are working evil. They are working for the opposite spirit of God. They are working under the satanic spirit. That's what it means. Now, do we just shrug our shoulders and forget about it to go on with our daily mundane self-absorbed lives, or do we keep it in focus so that we are not partakers of such sinning?
American pride is self-satisfaction and pleasure in possessing the most material possessions of any nation in the world. Even if the population of America falls into second place in this regard, corporatism will have become completely globally dominant and the elite in all nations will be even more a club of fat-spirited capitalists devouring the poor of the world.
It is self-satisfaction and pleasure in the self perceived greater value of the life of an American over the lives of non-Americans, all things being equal. When capitalistic wealth is factored in, however, the lives of the rich and famous of other nations are really seen as being worth more than poorer and more anonymous Americans. You will notice that when a plane crashes and the passengers are killed, it is always the rich and famous (no matter how selfish they were) who receive the endless focus as if their lives were more precious. It is a factor of money. It is that interest that sells. It is the capitalists who sell people on having greater interest in the rich. It is a circle of lessening the value of the downtrodden and elevating even tyrants. You will also notice the penchant for stating the number of Americans who were on board, as if in cases where there are no Americans, the tragedy is somehow less.
It is self-satisfaction and pleasure in the internal associations of Americans with other Americans. Those not at the center of the Empire no matter how wealthy they may become individually will really remain tools and cogs of the Empire. Every one of the global capitalists will remain beholden to the Empire of capitalism with its capitals in London and New York and Washington, D.C.
Now, that view of superiority, to the prideful in America including the self-styled conservative Christians, is all justified and proper. Whereas, the Biblical view concerning the lessons of pride is that such self-satisfaction and pleasure, even elation, is undeserved, arrogant, haughty, and conceited.
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18).
For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish. They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily. (Psalm 73:3-8).
Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. (Ezekiel 16:49).
The only difference between Sodom and the US has concerned idleness. The US has many people driven to materialism. They have been extremely industrious, but in general it has been for self, which doesn't make it a good thing but rather in furtherance of evil. It would have been better had they been lazy rather then produce the fruits of greed. Now, the US has plenty of people who are rich and idle. They live off the labors of others putting nothing in themselves. They have contributed nothing but putting to work hoarded value pent up in mammon to get them even more gain for their idle path. The US is the sister of Sodom in having great pride, being full of material and food, and in actually having weakened the hand of the poor and needy around the world and at home. Also, there is an abundance of idleness in many of her rich sons and daughters.
The conservative Americans boast that God is on their side. They boast of their mighty and expensive war machine and that none shall stand against their wealthy system and their willpower and survive.
They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him. (Psalm 49:6-7).
How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves? (Psalm 94:4).
The time is fast approaching if the people do not repent. Only those who trust in God, and not in money, can redeem, and atone for, others. The pride and boasting of the conservatives will be shown up for what it is. They worship in the synagogue of Satan. They wittingly worship mammon.
The greatest symbols of mammon, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York in the city's financial district, the capital of capitalism (the opposite of giving and sharing all as has been freely given by God) are gone. All the buildings of that symbol of international capitalism are gone. They were destroyed in evil wrath. It was a sign. Read the signs. Repent.
What are they doing now but building another complex with the central building called the Freedom Tower—how delusional. It is as if the Jews started rebuilding their temple within five years of its being leveled.
There has been no admission or confession from the powers that be in the US. Only the citizens who have dissented and prophesied, speaking truth, have spare America.
And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes. And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD, which am but dust and ashes: Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it. And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty's sake. And he said unto him, Oh let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there. And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty's sake. And he said, Oh let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake. (Genesis 18:23-32).
Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven. (Genesis 19:24).
Are we saying that those who perished were greater sinners than the rest of the people? No.
Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (Luke 13:4-5).
Does it mean that everyone who doesn't repent will be killed in terrorist attacks on buildings? No. It means that the unrepentant who died in those buildings died without first becoming part of the just who will be resurrected into eternal life free of sin and evil temptation. Does it mean that everyone who died of the 9-11 attacks was unrepentant? That cannot be concluded from what Jesus said about the tower in Siloam. They were killed in a great act of sin. They were taken in their iniquity to the extent they were iniquitous in this life. Their blood will be required at the watchmen's hands.
Do you know who the watchmen where?
Under the excuse of not causing panic, those who knew to expect attacks on buildings via planes did not sound the alarm. They kept it under wraps. Those who knew that the US was offending people of other nations without offering those people any forum for having their grievances heard and dealt with fairly and who did not speak out about injustice will be held to account. Those who continue to lie about this to cover over their complicity will also be held to account.
Denying people an open voice concerning their grievances is a sinister ploy. Where is the forum?
Look at what has happened with Bunnatine H. Greenhouse, Janis Karpinski, and Katharine Gun.
Look at what is even happening concerning Saddam Hussein. Hussein has been very poorly tried for what happened at al-Dujail.
He is to be tried now for gassing the Kurds, etc., in what is called the Anfal campaign/genocide, in which an estimated fifty to two-hundred thousand Kurdish separatists were killed and thousands of villages destroyed. Will the involvement of the US and other nations as accomplices (complicity) in providing the illegal weapons come out? The dissidents will see to it, are seeing to it. Will those responsible also be held to account along with Hussein and his henchmen? Satan will see to it.
Will Hussein be allowed to point to Abraham Lincoln's US Civil War against Southern separatists in the US as a defense? How many died in the US Civil War to keep the Confederate States of America from carrying out their plan to become a separate nation? Was Lincoln ruthless? Of course he was.
There are those who will say the comparison is impossible. They will point to Lincoln's emancipation goals for the slaves. Well, one need simply compare the results of the US invasion of Baghdad (hundreds of thousands dead and the country torn to pieces) with the situation before Saddam's overthrow by George W. Bush to see that Saddam has a point that he was holding the nation together that were it to have fallen apart would have resulted in worse ethnic and sectarian violence than the results of his own ruthless measures. We don't subscribe to such methods, but we acknowledge the hypocrisy of the Bush position.
One need only look at the US complicity in numerous genocides and crimes against humanity and war crimes, etc., to see that it is the height of hypocrisy for the US to be in control of the trial of Saddam Hussein. If we accept the US insanity that was the invasion of Baghdad, the least the US could have done was turn Hussein over to the International Court.
Will Hussein be allowed to point to the terror and indiscriminate and racists warfare waged by all the major powers and recently by Israel, among other things, a US proxy in the Middle East?
Will Hussein be allowed to point to the US policy of balance of power that prevailed at the time, saying that he was insuring the greater stability of the region by keeping down the separatist aspirations of the Kurds?
Will Hussein be allowed to point to Turkey's and Iran's hostilities concerning Kurdish statehood, etc.?
We don't defend Hussein, but neither do we defend George W. Bush. We don't judge or condemn them either. We seek the truth and universal repentance.
Hussein is guilty of the same things done by the major powers, but because he wasn't as militarily strong as they, he will be punished.
He may be executed before he is able to speak openly about US duplicity in the gassing of Kurds and Iranians. Saddam knows too much. The neocons would like him dead before he can speak out about George H. W. Bush's administration and even some of the current officials in the George W. Bush administration.
They won't allow Hussein to have a real defense team for that reason. They've given him one commercial attorney for a war-crimes defense. That says it all. Saddam Hussein was a ruthless leader; however, justice will not be done by silencing him before the truth comes out about the greedy system of the United States.
Nevertheless, all the US foreign-policy doctrines concerning Iraq and Middle Eastern oil issued by various US presidents speak loudly and clearly of US greed and iniquity.
It must be understood that the US, by imposing and even dictating to the entire world is inviting wrath upon itself. Such endless coercion is not aimed at righteousness. Often in such wrathful circumstances, people less responsible for the incorrect direction of a nation are made to suffer. That was the case for most in the Towers and jets and for those subordinates in the Pentagon building on 9-11. It was the case for their relatives. It is the case for the military subordinates in Iraq and elsewhere who sell themselves to be pawns of the foreign-policy makers.
Prideful and antagonistic expressions such as "bring it on" made by a president only serve to exacerbate wrathfulness. The Bible is full of warnings against this attitude of American conservatism. It cannot go on with impunity.
Why do they try to build empire when every empire in the history of the world has fallen? They want it while they can have it. They also mistakenly believe that history will record them as great conquerors. However, history is written by the victors and the current worldly Empire spirit loses. That history has already been written in the prophecy.
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And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)