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Truth!

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Now there’s a word that gets misused.

Over time so many words change their meaning and most of the time that doesn’t matter. But TRUTH?, now that’s a different thing.

TRUTH used to mean what really is; what really happened; what is happening”; to do with “FACTS” and “REALITY“, two more words that have come to mean whatever the speaker wants them to mean. This I’m told is something to do with “Post Modernism”.

So it was with the debate between Biden and Trump. Would either if them know what truth is if it jumped up and bit them? Doesn’t seem so. Apparently the past 8 years have been occurring in parallel universes. In this case a Democratic Universe and a Republican Universe. What should have been a debate based on actual figures, actual events, actual people’s pain, suffering, grievances, fears, hopes and aspirations, deteriorated into a childish slanging match not much above “My Dad’s bigger than your Dad.” To hear a prospective POTUS resort to “Oh shut up!” was depressing. Equally to hear the current POTUS tell his opposite number that he isn’t smart. Well again, nuff said.

It would seem that the same gathering of people can variously be described as a peaceful protest and a violent riot. Arson becomes an expression of frustration. Looting becomes some sort of equitable redistribution of wealth. Apparently its O K for young people in masks to use force, bully, curse and throw molotov cocktails, but not appointed officers in uniforms. But enough said on that topic.

If America is to become “Great” (i.e. leaving open the question was it ever?) TRUTH needs to take centre stage and that I fear is highly unlikely.

I can so imagine Donald Trump, or indeed most of the other current politicians, voicing the words of Pontius Pilate to Jesus, “What is Truth?”

Ultimately there is only One Truth and He is also the Way and the Life.

We would do well to stop and listen.

There is a very good and clear statement which leaders of Churches and Charities in Reading put together, as a response to all the media coverage around the death of George Floyd, which I would personally generally endorse. It can be seen here, but please read on below.

It ought to be the case that the statement and sentiment “Black Lives Matter” should go without saying, but some people feel that unless one actually states it repeatedly like some sort of mantra, one is being “racist”. It should also go without saying that as Christians we believe that we are all descendants of Adam and Eve and therefore that race is pretty much a human construct underpinned by the idea of evolution, not creation. It seems profoundly stupid to suggest that skin colour alone makes any one human superior to another.

George Floyd

The tragedy of George Floyd’s death became the trigger to many more tragedies and horrendous rioting, criminal damage, with massive repercussions and potentially a revolution in the States. Pure conjecture spread like wildfire on social media. The truth didn’t matter. The myth formed within hours and became “fact” overnight. Such is the modern world.

One of the most unfortunate effects has been a polarisation of views whereby one only has to say, or not say, a particular phrase and one is condemned as something unpleasant. The U.K. has escaped the excesses of the fallout, but we must sympathise with parts of America which have been badly effected. We should also be saddened by how the actions of certain individual police officers in America have resulted in the felt need to state that Blue Lives Matter.

Have you watched what actually happened?

Months on from the original event, bodycam footage was released which should have been seen immediately after the event. I recommend that you at least listen to the first 10 minutes. Here is a man clearly under the influence of drugs, behaving erratically and resisting arrest. 30 minutes in we get the second officer‘s bodycam footage, and therefore the same events from a different angle.

My heart goes out to George Floyd who has got himself into this mess by passing off a forged bill (which he admits to btw), one of many that he had on him. My heart of course also goes out to his grieving relatives.

But I also feel so terribly sorry for the police officers simply trying to do their job! This situation escalated steadily and progressively and lessons seriously need to be learned in training around restraint. But please, please watch. Don’t just condemn me out of hand because of what you have been told. In particular, when did he start saying “I can’t breathe“? Listen to what people around are saying to Floyd and the police! Listen to the words of the police officers and put yourself in their shoes.

SIMPLY TRAGIC AND AVOIDABLEI’m not being insensitive, but watch and then tell me again that this was anything more than a legitimate arrest of a criminal that went horribly wrong. What would you have done?

When all is said and done ongoing there are two things which have resulted.

One is that certain political factions have used events to push their agenda, in some cases using violence with no concern for the breakdown of law and order.

The other is the growth in influence of the political organisation “BLM“.

It is overtly anti-Christian* and christian values. They make themselves impossible to support if one wishes to remain true to one’s own beliefs around the sanctity of life, family, marriage and other issues.

*It has more recently (September 2020) come to light that the leaders of the movement are actively into a traditional African religion which includes ancestor worship and calling on the spirits of the dead. This is heavy stuff and you may in any case think that voodoo, contacting spirits and the like is nonsense. However they openly say that BLM is a spiritual movement, so it is no wonder that their world view is so at odds with the conservative “christian” American one aside from the racial inequalities element.

Personal views?

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Billy Graham

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We have just lost perhaps the most influential Christian of the 20th Century.

He was an inspiration to any aspiring evangelist …. keep it simple and to the 4 points

God loves you

You have sinned 

Christ died for you

You have to make a decision

 

I saw him in the early 60’s at Earls Court and again in 1973 in Wembley Stadium.

Memorable moments in my Christian life. A truly great man.

 

Did I say influential?

          

His last message is recorded here

A word to the wise

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This is the first time I’ve posted anything from UCB Word for today, but this is serious stuff. It may need reading more than once to take in.

“If you train yourself to listen carefully to what someone is saying, they will generally tell you who and what they are before you get into a relationship with them. Prevention is better than cure! But more times than not, when someone begins to warn us of their weaknesses and what to expect, we jump in with our motivational ‘Oh no, that can’t be true’ thoughts, and encourage them to move forward with us. We need to learn the priceless art of listening without interrupting. If you do, you’ll save yourself years of tears, secret disappointments, and negative experiences. Rather than using your optimism and persuasive style to coerce somebody into accepting your goals and objectives, you need to know when a person can’t become something just because you want them to or believe they can. They can’t run on your fuel! Your character and maturity won’t make up for their lack of it. Without your awareness of this principle, these high-maintenance relationships can weary you and drain your strength for years. In private or professional relationships, if you have to keep motivating to get started, you’ll have to keep motivating to maintain. On the other hand, if you look, listen, pray, and observe, you can decide whether it’s worth the effort to engage in the relationship in the first place. And if you ask God, He will guide you in this: His Word says, ‘Look with your eyes…hear with your ears, and fix your mind on everything I show you; for you were brought here…that I might show them to you.’ ”
Is 59-61, 1 Thess 1

It is one clear statement of how far western society has fallen that even a man of Graham’s stature has begun to be vilified in the liberal media.

We live in troubled and desperate times when people cannot discern good from evil and seem not to want to know the difference between right from wrong.

Even some elements of the established church seem to be more concerned with not causing offence and being popular rather than standing out, and setting an example to society.

Jesus said, “Do not be conformed to the world, rather be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

 

Malki

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Somewhere along the line a friend started calling me Malkimalk

Then I came across the Malkijahs in Nehemiah and was quite taken by the name

This little fellow appeared on a range of clothing, now defunct.

I still have the Tee shirt and the cap!

Does look alarmingly like a DUP supporter, but hey!

The Archer?

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Several trips to Stockholm, Orebro and other places in Sweden have given me a real heart for the country.

The Archer to the left was drawn for me by my good friend Christer Aadland

The logo on the back is the Boiler Room

The concept was based on a prophetic word about shooting arrows (young people) into other countries

One prophecy which I have not really lived up to as far as I can tell.

I am very blessed to have been able to visit Brazil several times.

I love the country. I love the passion of the Christians.

I have never visited anywhere else that can boast a city (Goiania) where 40% of the population would say that they are evangelical Christians. The photo is of an intercessory/evangelism prayer group.

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