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Should Christians be Involved in Politics?: A New Heart!

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*2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) New King James Version 17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Our last issue ended with a question “What would you do for a person who is naked, destitute having nothing to eat?” Remember, James 2:14-16, the scriptural text from last week’s issue. What was your answer?

Christians believe once a person has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, they become a new person. They are no longer the old person they use to be. They have been changed with a new heart! The sinfulness and selfishness the old person condoned/committed without a second thought now brings conviction from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit now dwells inside the new person; He brings conviction regarding sin. Remember last week we discussed Christian Faith which is trust, confidence, assurance, and belief in God. With this belief, the new person with a new heart now feels “utter repulsion” regarding their sin.

Ezekiel was a prophet of God who gave the following message to the Israelites during their captivity in Babylon. Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

It is the new heart that was given thru Faith in God that brings on the Works. So, what does “Works” look like when Christians are involved in politics? Our next issue will discuss Works!

Please feel free to send me your answer to “What would you do for a person who is naked, destitute having nothing to eat?” perfectplanministry (at) gmail.com.

Here is another website to review with informative information regarding the upcoming national election. Review “astartingpoint.com,” a bipartisan website with two-minute answers to common questions regarding our nation. Hear politicians in their own words regarding their position on a variety of issues facing America today. Also, continue to use ballotpedia.org for information on your local and national elections.

May God’s Blessing Be With you.
Glendora Matthews

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Glendora Matthews is the founder of “The Art of Conversation”, a think tank
created and devoted to educating our American citizens regarding the 2020 election
and census. Our top priority is to assist individuals with voter registration, understand
the American political system, and how to stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ms. Matthews also founded the Perfect Plan Ministry in 2003 whose sole purpose is to
spread God’s plan of salvation for all mankind thru one on one and group study.

Glendora Matthews is a part of WOW…Works Of Wonder…The Single Christians Experience is a 501©3 charitable organization. We exist to glorify God and build His Kingdom. WOW represents single Christians thirty five years of age and older throughout the Dallas Fort Worth Texas Metroplex. WOW fellowships with likeminded-individuals and performs community service. All are welcome.

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  1. Menlo Bensimeon

    August 18, 2020 at 5:26 am

    Most Christians who participate in the electoral process fail to recognize or acknowledge the connection between war and violence and the ballot box, preferring to take little or no responsibility for those they elect into office. But what the author of this article (and the majority of Christians) overlook has been explained succinctly in David Lipscomb’s “Civil Government”:

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    [H]e who maintains and supports an institution is responsible for the general results of that institution. The general and necessary results of human government are war and the use of carnal weapons to maintain the government. Every one then that actively supports human government, is just as responsible for the wars and bloodshed that grow out of its existence and maintenance as are the men who actively wage and carry on the war.

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    So a question Christians need to consider is whether they can keep their hands clean and remain “innocent as doves” when they vote men and women into positions of national power? Is it possible to separate their votes for a candidate from the job functions that the candidate must perform?

    When Christians elect officials whose duty it is to govern a people using the threat of violence against them, and who have the power to use violence against perceived enemies in distant lands, which often end up killing innocent bystanders and causing collateral damage on account of the messy imprecision of warfare, do they not in some way become their supporters and employers? When Christians participate in these types of secular elections, they should consider that they are not only selecting representatives, but are also authorizing those representatives to perform certain job functions-duties which include the use of violence against others. And when Christian do this, do they not in some way become complicit and culpable? Read Matthew 27:22-26 if you wish to see the only place in the Bible where a citizenry voted on an issue. History goes on to show how that electorate was then held responsible for their votes to crucify Jesus, even though they never laid a finger on him but voted instead by proxy, which is exactly the same thing Christians do when they vote national leaders into positions of deadly power.

    For a much more serious look at this issue (something the author of this article should have done before penning her article), check out the book “Blood Guilt” by P. Kapusta. In particular, chapters 17 & 18.

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‘Origin of Everything’ on PBS Sparks Interest with Controversial & Everyday Topics (EUR Exclusive!)

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*“Origin of Everything,” available on PBS.org, has been exploring topics since 2017 that run the gamut. The show jumps into a variety of subjects by investigating daily life like the words we use, pop culture, and why we are hooked on technology.

The show does not shy away from controversial topics such as slavery, race and ethnicity, and mass incarceration of African Americans.

Danielle Bainbridge, Ph.D., the host and lead writer of “Origin of Everything,” told the EUR in a recent interview that the series is about making people think beyond the restrictive ways we have been taught to view history.

“It’s a show about our collective story and how we are envisioning history,” Dr. Bainbridge said. ”How do we think about history that includes all of us and just not the figures and facts that we were taught in school. So, it’s a show about under told and underrepresented history. We’re trying to make history feel very present to the people who watch it.”

She continued, “One of the reasons to watch it is if you’re curious about how did we get to our current moment? How do small things such as why do we eat popcorn at the movies or what is the origin of ethnicity and how do these things still impact the way we think about the world?”

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Dr. Danielle Bainbridge, host of “Origin of Everything,” available on PBS.org. (Courtesy of PBS)

Deftly equipped to talk about controversial topics, Dr. Bainbridge holds a Ph.D. in African American Studies and American Studies from Yale University and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English & Theatre Arts. She is also a faculty member at Northwestern University in Theatre and African American Studies

In early 2017, when she was a graduate student, she was contacted by PBS about working on the show and thought it was a joke.

“When they first reached out to me, I thought it was a hoax,” Dr. Bainbridge said. “I was thinking how would they even know who I am because I was a graduate student? But I think they found me through a since defunct janky website that I had set up. They reached out to me, I auditioned, did a screen test, and a writing sample and after that I was hired to help develop the show.”

Viewers are encouraged to be interactive with the series because it is digital. With instant commentary from the audience, the show knows immediately what viewers think, which for the most part is positive. However, when it delves into controversial subject matters things can get sticky.

“I would say overall people are pretty positive about the series because most of the folks who watch it are longtime watchers who tune in every week for episodes,” Dr. Bainbridge said. “The only exception is if we cover more sensitive topics like, race, gender, or sexuality we will get some pushback. I think that’s just the cost of doing business with open discourse.”

One of the most controversial shows was about the transatlantic slave trade.

“We did one episode on why Europeans enslaved Africans and that was probably our most viewed episode as well as our most critiqued one,” Dr. Bainbridge said. “I think often times if you view yourself as pretty well versed in history from what you learn in school and then you learn something that goes in the opposite direction it can be jarring or for some people upsetting. We think of it as our value or service to our audience to present accurate history or history that doesn’t get told that often so that people can be informed with the whole picture.”

She added that she has an answer for those who point out that Africans sold slaves to Europeans.

“Slavery was not invented with West Africans and Europeans,” Dr. Bainbridge continued. “Some form of enslavement – whether through war, becoming a prisoner of war, or through different systems – goes back to ancient societies from around the world. So, it is not distinct to West Africa or Europe or any other region of the world.”

Dr. Bainbridge added, “But the difference with this particular moment in slavery was that it intersected with capitalism in a way that was very different with slavery that preceded it. People were taken into the system and their children inherited their status as a slave and that is where the differences started to emerge. We have to think about these things as distinct only because the system that existed with chattel slavery was so radically different than the slavery that existed around the world beforehand.”

With the ongoing protests against police brutality, “Origin of Everything” has also tackled the racist beginnings of United States law. Dr. Bainbridge breaks down the discriminatory history by looking at colonialism, slavery, the Jim Crow era, and mass incarceration.

“I decided to write this episode about legal discrimination, and I didn’t have a particular agenda in mind,” she said. “As I started doing the research it was overwhelming. I started to find (material) that just dealt with legal discrimination about black people in this country from its origin to now. I thought it was something that people needed to know.”

“I was never taught in any history class that I took through high school any of the information from that episode. I was taught that things are fair and that a lot of the blame was placed inadvertently or inherently on black communities, impoverished communities, or communities that struggle. When I saw that in some ways the law was stacked against black people and certain other populations, I thought that was important to bring to light. In this moment, people are looking for reliable sources and this could add to the conversation.”

New episodes of “Origin of Everything” are available on PBS.org and the PBS Digital Studios’ YouTube Channel. Join the conversation by visiting Twitter-@PBSOrigin and Instagram-@pbsoriginofeverything.

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Tats and Surgically Blackened Eyes Cost This Kindergarten Teacher His Job – He’s Feels ‘Betrayed’

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*A French teacher says he is banned from teaching kindergarten due to his tattoos and overall appearance.

35-year-old Sylvain Helaine taught at the Docteur Morere Elementary School in Palaiseau (France) and was terminated from the school after a child told his parents he was scared of Helaine’s appearance.

Helaine said the child was not in his class but he was removed after the parents filed a complaint then banned from teaching children under the age of 6. Throughout his 12-year teaching career, Helaine has only received a few comments from parents about his tattoos.

He also underwent surgery to have his eyeballs and tongue permanently darkened three years ago along with tattooing his entire body. “They didn’t even try to convince the parent that I was a good teacher and that I had a lot of experience … I felt betrayed by them and I’m a bit sad.”

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Teacher Threatens to Kick Student Out of Zoom Class Over Trump Flag on Bedroom Wall (Watch)

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Colusa Student Says Teacher Threatened To Kick Him Out Of Virtual Class Over Trump Flag

*A 16-year-old boy was told by his teacher to remove a Trump 2020 flag from his bedroom wall or else be kicked out of class.

The student, at Colusa High School in California, was in his bedroom participating in an online Chemistry class when the teacher demanded that the flag be taken down or placed out of view.

“You can sit up, remove the flag, or reposition your camera within the next 15 seconds or I’m kicking you out of class,” the teacher said. A video of the incident shows the teacher counting to 15 seconds.

Watch below. (The teacher begins counting at the 1:06 mark.)

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