Why Are We So Divided As A Nation?, As A World?

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If you know me or have been following this blog for some time, you know that I am very political, but I’m also very serious about my Christian Faith.

Over the past 3 year that I’ve been writing this blog, most of my posts have been about politics. They’re usually a Pro-Republican post bashing the Democratic Party or the Obama Administration. This was put into hyperdrive in the lead up to the 2012 Election, where every post was usually a anti-Democrat, pro-Republican post to vote for Mitt Romney.

After the 2012 election, in which the Republicans were soundly defeated, I was really bummed out because my side lost. The enemy in my mind, the Democrats, had won.

That’s how I felt.

I was angry that Obama had been re-elected, but I wasn’t alone in that. Many felt the same anger that I did.

I was thrilled that the GOP took control of both houses of Congress in the recent 2014 election, but a lot of people were as angry as I was in 2012.

It’s the world of politics and political parties, which is the world of division.

This country is as divided as it has ever been. It was set in to hyper drive around the 2000 election. Do you remember the hatred the Democrats had and continue to have for George W. Bush? It was a lot of hatred. From Kanye West saying Bush hated black people to films and books being written depicting Bush’s assassination, the left had nothing but hate for President Bush. The Republicans have shown much of that same hate towards Obama. Obama has been called the antichrist, accused of being a Muslim while he proclaimed to be a Christian, and his U.S. Citizenship has been questioned since he announced his candidacy to run for President in 2007.

We need top stop acting like this.

I recently shared on here that I re-registered from being a Republican to being a Decline to State voter. I felt a lot of apathy towards politics in general and didn’t want to be associated with either of the two major parties. I also shared on my voter guide I did a few posts back that I felt the nation shared in my apathy towards politics today. I think that was made clear with the record low voter turnout across the nation. They are tired of the division and the nonsense.

How did we get to this point? Why do we feel the need to always make it about Republicans vs. Democrats? Why can’t it be about Americans with different viewpoints coming together to find common sense solutions? I’m not asking people to abandon heir political principles or political party, but we need to work together and forget about these two moronic political parties.

The same type of division is going on in today’s Church. It’s just as bad, if not worse in the Church. We have our own political parties, but we call them denominations. Calvary Chapel, Lutheran, Methodist, Pentecostal, Foursquare, Non Denominational, Assemblies of God, Baptists, and so on. It’s so sad, and the world mocks us because Christians will viciously attack other Christians over the dumbest, most ridiculous things. At the end of the day, does it really matter if someone is sprinkled with water during baptism rather than being fully emerged under water? If you ask some Christians, it could mean your salvation. What nonsense!!!! Why do we destroy each other over the small stuff?

What does it really mean to be a Christian? CARM.com puts it like this: “Theologically speaking, a Christian is someone who has received the Lord Jesus as Savior (John 1:12), trusts Him alone for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 4:12), has put no trust in his own efforts (Isaiah 64:6) to please God, and repented from his/her sins (Mark 1:15).” To add to this, in Matthew 22:37-40, in responding to The question of what is the greatest commandment: “Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

One of my favorite passages in the bible comes from Mark 9:38-41

Now John answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.” But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. For he who is not against us is on our side. For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.

This was the birth of the first denomination. John couldn’t believe that a fellow follower of Jesus, a fellow Christian, would do things a little differently than what he was accustomed to. Jesus rebuked him immediately and forbid the divisions that the modern day church has embraced. Why can’t we just be united and love each other like Jesus teaches us to? Why can’t we agree that we see eye to eye on the big things and that its ok if we do small stuff like baptism or communion in a slightly different fashion than others might?

We need to change.

In the political world, I hope that the Obama Administration will finally come to the bargaining table and be willing to work with Republicans rather than continue his far left liberal agenda he has been on for six years. And I hope Republicans will look to work with Democrats to pass some important legislation rather than go to war with Obama and create gridlock. Their victory in November won’t mean a thing if Republicans can’t pass some meaningful legislation.

Do I still disagree with the Democrats most of the time? Yes. Do I occasionally disagree with the Republicans ? Yes. Can I still call out both political parties on this blog, continue to stand for solid conservative values, but offer solutions rather than just attack all the time? Yes and I plan to.

In Christianity, we need to put God and his Word as No. 1 and don’t sweat the small stuff. We need to be united as Christians. Why can’t Christians just call themselves Christians? They refer to themselves as Lutherans or Methodist and so on. God didn’t create denominations, man did. Man creates division and hatred. This is why we need to keep our eyes on The Lord and not on man. God unites, but man separates.

Keep your eyes on The Lord and love others. That’s the key. Jesus is the key. Keep your eyes on Him.

Veritas Seminary Apologetics Conference

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This conference entitled “Can We Trust The Bible” starts in a few minutes at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Come down if you can or tune in live on the Veritas Seminary website at this link.

Conference Schedule (All times PST)

Friday 11/7

6:00 pm-6:20 pm Worship and Welcome

6:25 pm-7:25 pm Scott Carroll – The Anatomy of Preservation: Divine Providence, Human Responsibility and Biblical Manuscripts

7:45 pm-8:30 pm Richard Land – Can We Trust the New Testament?

9:00 pm-9:45 pm David Limbaugh – Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel

Saturday 11/8

9:15 am-9:35 am Worship and Welcome

9:40 am-10:40 am F. David Farnell – The Battle for the Bible: Responding to the New Attacks on Scripture

11:00 am-12:00 pm Norman L. Geisler – Does the Bible Have Errors?

1:20 pm-2:20 pm Randall Price – Can We Trust the Old Testament?

2:40 pm-3:40 pm Jay Smith – The Bible Versus the Qur’an: A Comparison of Their Manuscripts and Claims