Union Ridge Church

Thursday, November 12, 2020

by Reverend Dan on November 12, 2020

I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites.

Romans 16:17


During the election season, this email was forward to me.


In this crazy political season, I decided a little religion might be appropriate so here is a short Bible study. Remember what Jesus said: 'Goats on the left, sheep on the right' (Matthew 25:33). Jesus also told Peter that if he wanted to catch fish do it from the right side of the boat. They did and filled the boat with fish. John 21:6 (NIV) ... He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some. When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

Origin of Left & Right...I have often wondered why it is that Conservatives are called the "right" and Liberals are called the "left". By chance I stumbled upon this verse in the Bible: Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV) - "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left."

It surely can't get any simpler than that.


Where to start?! First, to take the Bible and make it say what you want is pure and simple blasphemy. You have taken God from the center of knowledge and wisdom and put yourself there. Might want to stop proof-texting the Bible. I believe it says something about somewhere.


Second, using the Bible to justify your political leanings?! Seriously?! Really?! How arrogant is that? Can you get any further from the Spirit of Christ?


It’s hard for me to even respond to this because I am so flummoxed, baffled, bewildered, discombobulated, perplexed, confounded, and nonplussed that it’s beyond my cognitive abilities to respond appropriately. How do you respond to heresy with logic?


OK, that’s off my chest. I’m better now.


Ugh, only two more years until we do this again.


“Father, Help those who manipulate and bastardize Your Word see that they have strayed form the very Bible You wrote to use it to serve their own appetites. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.”