Righteousness or Rightness

Have you ever had what I call Nathan moments?  These are those times when you have chosen, spoken, or acted badly – and the Holy Spirit of God/Allah tugs your heart with a situation, different but parallel to yours, and you rise up in righteous indignation to rightly judge that other situation — only to hear the Divine loving confrontation – as Nathan the Prophet did with, then king, David – “YOU are that man.
Those times teach the difference between being right and being righteous.  Those are growing pains of the soul.  Embraced and attended, they are growing pains; we come through them stronger, richer, and more teachable than we went in.
I’ve been having these fairly regularly of late.  Some people get prophetic revelations or ecstatic trips to Heaven, I get the loving, Nathan moments from my Coach and Cheerleader.  He knows my frame, and He is relentless in His work of teaching and polishing His own – I am one of those, and I wouldn’t trade this relationship for anything in this world or the next.
The other day, after both main US political parties had completed their conventions and named their final candidates for President and Vice President, I was weighing the content of those two elaborate, theatrical events.  I was digesting as much backstory, second-guessing, and peripheral content as possible, in my effort to be a faithful citizen-voter and representative of my set of values.
At the same time, I was disenchanted with both groups from my vantage point of being a senior citizen, living solely on Social Security, trying creatively to stay away from added, pitiful ‘government programs for the very poor’ – a group I was swiftly being defined into.  I was considering some drastic life changes in light of all this, and feeling very much like a “helpless little old lady.”  I’m rich in people that love me – don’t get me wrong – but these are mostly far away and very busy in their own everyday lives.  My solitariness was looming large.
In this mode, none of the items on my varied to-do list seemed relevant, and several activities that comprised “my work” the last few years actually seemed fruitless and vain – as if the last seven years of my life had actually been misspent – missing their point!  Again, there was no human that could speak to this moment.  I needed to hear my Creator’s voice, and I needed it now.
With a short whimper of a prayer, I flipped open my Bible – half asking, half not believing He would answer – to see if I could find the place from which He would speak to me.  As is often the case, I landed in Psalms (strategically placed in about the middle of the whole Bible), and my eye spotted Psalm 72:12:

For He delivers the needy when he calls, the poor also and him who has no helper.

…and him/her who ‘has no helper.’ This lept off the page at me.  Nathan was there.  How can I believe I ‘have no helper’ when the Creator Himself is so ever-present that He draws me to the very promise that pinpoints my need of the instant!  My ‘need’ was to be reminded of God’s power, love, and faithfulness – His ever-present help in times of need!
So, naturally, I began to look at the surrounding verses.  As often as I have read the whole Bible and the Psalms in particular, I do not remember ever seeing that verse!  It turns out that this Psalm was written as a prayer of King David for his Crown Prince and son, Solomon.  In this Psalm, David sings his prayer to the Lord God of Heaven and Earth – the Creator Himself, who has called David a man after His own heart.
Please do yourself and the planet a huge favor.  Please find a Bible and read Psalm 72 as a prayer from  your heart.  It is a Divine blueprint for righteous governance – the recipe for a prosperous nation to function righteously amid the family of nations. This is for governments, not just political, but organizational, institutional, corporate, and in families. If this counsel and strategy were ever needed, it is needed right now – today – in our world!
If we people who belong to Jesus and long to see our nation taking its rightful place on the Earth will pray this Psalm 72 from our hearts, I believe there will be that promised deliverance I found in verse 12 (needy and poor have many ways of expressing, even among the financially rich and powerful).

There is a glaring difference between being right and being righteous.  Most of us can recognize at a glance the wrong elements in the belief system or life choices of others – especially when those are not our wrong elements.  Most of us derive some small or snide satisfaction from noting such things and declaring our right standard or perspective – sometimes loudly and with unkind vulgarity.

Holy Spirit “Nathan” comes to me and asks:  But does that help?  Is this  behavior of yours serving to heal the breach or bridge the gap or empower the flow of mercy and grace?  Is it more important to you to establish your personal rightness at the expense of another’s chance to grow or heal?  Is that behavior in line with My heart of love for My whole creation?

Now, I’m pressed to find an example that I could defend in such a conversation.  I am silenced by His relentless love and patience – even with me.  I long to have His holy character woven into my fabric and to express it through my life to those I touch.  And I remember, on reflection, that even the worst of the worst humanity was created in the image of my Lord and King.  I remember that someone needs to stop and listen, to see and hear what these others believe to be true, upon which they are basing their choices and actions, so we can love each other into grace and light.  I remember, once again, that until we seek understanding of each other, there can be no optimum outcome and no peace – no good fruit from our shared lives.
And once again, I volunteer to be that someone – by the power of my promised Helper.  

Train my heart, O God, to see as You see and love as You love – for Jesus’ sake and Your glory, Amen.

Light shines in darkness, and illumines all of our hearts and minds.  This Eternal Light is that bright place where right and righteous merge and by His grace, we find the place of peace – speaking truth in love!

Here’s the challenge that faces each one of us – as a command and invitation.  How will we respond?

 

Fighting Fair

 

 

Be angry and sin not; do not let the sun go down upon your wrath.  Ephesians 4:26

So, yeah – I’m thinking about the steep increase in social division, destruction, and animosity over seemingly ‘every little thing.’  I’m reflecting on some recent conflicts up close between people that you’d expect to know better, but wounded people tend to hurt others – even people they truly love.
This list of factors in ‘fair fights’ arose out of these reflections.  It is helpful for me to review; I hope the same is true for you.  The world can be such a better place if we agreeably disagree, without harming the other person.  It is possible to even ‘win an issue’ without ‘losing a friend.’  And we never know which adversary actually may be right, or providing an important ‘learning experience’ in our life!  Here goes:

Fighting fair means:

  • Not wanting to destroy the PERSON to make (or win) a point

  • Refusing to use personal details about someone to shut them down

  • Refusing to generalize and make “all/always/none/never” statements to discuss a single issue, idea, or episode

  • Refusing to hide behind implications of personal impenetrability while jabbing deep into an individual or group soft spot

  • Remembering that you do not want to do damage – even when you feel threatened – at a spiritual/emotional, or even physical, level

  • Staying teachable – even by attackers or opposing views – being ready to LEARN from the conversation

  • Remembering that teachers MUST always be ready to learn – new and even inconvenient/uncomfortable or devastating and scary (new to you) truth.

  • Refusing to use the other person’s private (unique to them) details to silence their point of view

  • Remembering that the enemy is NOT the person or position before you at the moment

  • Remembering that the enemy is ignorance or lies, and it/he seeks to steal, kill, or destroy

  • Being willing to ‘lose ground or stature’ to win the true peace (not some Band-Aid placebo that ends the conversation and “stuffs the core” in a “let’s be nice now” kind of door-closing control statement)

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Settle differences quickly – before the day ends; win or lose the issue, win the friend

Poor examples of ‘fair fights’:

  • A professor intimidating a student on the basis of his professional background when the student has asked a difficult, embarrassing, but earnest question. Authority figure dropping back to personal degrading of the student’s backgroundor education level and puffing/buttressing their own, declaring “I am impenetrable and you are my prey, so shut up and be nice – see? I’m nice.”

  • A marital quarrel about a specific purchase at a certain time – that devolves into attacks on the spouse’s family, training or character, and shuts the heart-door when the spouse on defense refuses to engage at that destructive level. Then the attacker refuses to seek truth and optimum outcome because they are not given permission to steam-roller the home or bond (“my way or the highway”) on a point worthy of mutual input.

  • Political leaders (in government, religion, media, education, or professional circles) that hide behind negative labels and misuse of language to gain power from an illegitimate place – a weak argument pushed through via name-calling and bullying.

If these guidelines don’t give us pause at the water cooler, bar, dinner table, or in social media, we are either already tried in the fire of fairness and practicing the law of love – OR – we are so blind we don’t know we can’t see, and we are probably thrashing our way through life, leaving devastation in our wake.

If this list is Fairness 101, then 1 Corinthians 13, in the Holy Bible, is Fairness 201-501!  How would our worlds change and lives improve if we were to review the elements of mature, healthy love – and commit ourselves to live out that “law of love.”

Just sayin’

 

 

 

Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets/voices have gone out into the world.  1 John 4:1

We live in a layered reality, in this time/space/matter continuum – called “our day.”  Not that it has ever been different from the time our first parents were expelled from the G…

Source: Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets/voices have gone out into the world.  1 John 4:1

It IS finished – can we comprehend this?

Here is the truth – the word of hope and joy for this day, and every day!  

Life DOES swallow death, and Jesus Christ/Isa/Yesua/Yeshua has won it!  

This Good News of His Kingdom is for EVERYONE, not just some little club… 

We need to GET this – it is ours, individually and collectively – the life and work of Jesus is complete! 

He declared this from the Cross and Father God/Allah/YHWH confirmed it by raising Him up on the Third Day and seating Him at His right hand forever.  

The Name… Ha Shem… Hashemites… Connect the dots… 

The Good News is out of the box! It is for everyone – no need to fight about it – we don’t kill for it, we LIVE for it — there’s plenty for all — Grace, forgiveness, cleansing, new life, light on the Straight Path to Father’s House, our first and last Home!  

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Delights from the Concert Hall

These are some links to a wide variety of music (as the list grows) that are some of my all-time favorites for one reason or another – usually having to do with the time and place of first experience with each. Added here in no particular order.

1.  This, by Van Cliburn, I had on 33-1/3 LP record as a young teenager.  He had won a prize at a major festival for his performance of this piece and I happened to love it then – and it refreshes and motivates me to go for the gold – even today.

 

2.  This piece was one of my earliest childhood memories of a specific classical piece that I remembered and that moved me deeply with longings and wistful dreams beyond my understanding.  Whenever I hear this melody well done, that call from the mysterious other world still calls me toward it.

Lifting the lid on Pandora’s nasty box

Psychiatry as mystical symbolism by Jon Rappoport May 31, 2016 (To read about Jon’s mega-collection, Power Outside The Matrix, click here.) Every time I re-publish this piece, I find another angle to emphasize. This time, it’s reductionism, the strategy of making the truth, whatever it is, into something overly simple and, therefore, deceptive and false. […]

via Psychiatry as mystical symbolism — Jon Rappoport’s Blog

*Blessed are the poor… Matthew 5:3 and Luke 6:20

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I have been musing on the matter of the distribution of wealth, the distribution of options, and the distribution of misery.  I’m not talking about the misery that is the bitter fruit of having one’s own way; I’m talking about the misery foisted upon masses by others who have neither clue nor care re the ramifications of their policies or practices.

In Micah 6:8 (NKJV), we read: He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

It is clear, to me, that our Creator and Redeemer has a system in place that balances even the unjust scales of this world’s systems.  This takes a lot of pressure off us to do the fixing.  But we are given the great opportunity to be part of His plan, and thereby release justice and mercy into the spheres we are here to impact.  If we want to be on the galactic winning team, wisdom would have us side with the Almighty.

With this in mind, I propose we try something new in the distribution of wealth.  This is not a ‘take from the rich and give to the poor’ idea.  This is a rerouting of expenditures already being made from the public coffers.

We have tried, valiantly, to work with President Reagan’s “trickle down” theory and, maybe with the right-hearted hands at the helm, this would work.  But for various reasons, it hasn’t.  I’m proposing we see what we can do with the “trickle up” flow.

In this version of Trickle Up, which would require people of integrity and good will to construct and protect (may be asking too much here), we would establish categories of people that are known and desired to be permanently out of the paid job market.  This would include retired people and permanently disabled.  Of course, retired people are a rich source of counsel and volunteering. But those activities that honor their skills and give life rich meaning, are not intended to provide a livelihood.

Once the groups permanently out of the labor force are identified, their pension from the Social Security TRUST Fund would be greatly enhanced, maybe tripled, from what it is now.  Once this structure is operational, there would be no corporate bailouts, no banking bail-ins, and corporations would lose their status as legal ‘persons.’  They would become, rather, for-profit (or not-for-profit) associations.  These associations would be motivated to operate by courting the loyalty of the newly empowered consumers.

Think about how seniors spend their money – if they have it.  They buy gifts for loved ones, take trips and maintain their homes and vehicles.  They eat out with friends, take classes to keep fit and to follow intellectual interests.  They buy season tickets to sports events, symphonies, opera, ballet – they support libraries and the arts!  They go camping or otherwise support parks and recreation businesses.  They take care of their health: body, vision, teeth, and soul & spirit.  They give to good causes – in both time and money. They take up hobbies, tend pets, and grow gardens.  The ways that senior people on pensions spend discretionary income are ways that feed directly back into the everyday economic life of their community – in great diversity for upward quality of life all the way around.

Really, people, in thinking about a thriving economy, do we really only want it about who gets how much money?  Is the accumulation of money what life is all about? Does the kid who dies with the most toys really win?  If so, win what?

 

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The current economic philosophy driving our law and policymakers seems mono faceted and shallow.  In the illustration of the fish in the food chain, let’s take a fresh look.  It appears that the bigger ones eat the progressively smaller ones – but flip this.  See that the little fish actually can feed the next size bigger.  In Trickle Up, this happens and the little-fish population continues to thrive, creating sustainability all the way ‘up’ the chain.  When the feeding frenzy is allowed to be designed by the big fish – for the big fish, smaller fish populations die off and soon there are none generating biological sustainability and vibrant health in the full spectrum of global economy.

Even if the big fish in charge mean well, they can’t do the job right because they have no current understanding of realms other than their own.  They have protected themselves from the realities foisted upon the rest of the ‘fish’ classifications. They are probably not to blame for the situation; we smaller fish groups have been silent far too long – assuming, perhaps, that leaders knew where they were headed and, incidentally, taking us and our children.

It has been said that if all the money in the world were evenly distributed among all persons, within a very short time it would flow into the hands of its “rightful owners.”  If this is true, what possible harm could there be in trying this shift in focus?  What are the uber wealthy afraid of?  If the wealth is rightfully theirs, it will return.  That may be the rub.  Maybe they know something that we can only suspect.  But I digress.

If Social Security pensions were tripled and permanent disability payments were tripled, people would live with more dignity – which engages the market at its direct-service and products level.  This creates jobs in the retail and service sectors, travel and medical fields.  Those areas feed investments and real estate, universities, law firms, business start-ups, and on upward in the educational/financial strata.  This also builds the ladder for hope-filled upward mobility of gifted and motivated persons from all walks of life – enriching the cultural mix all the way through.  With the money fed into the pockets of permanently unemployed, consumer spending would jump-start quickly, and make its way up through the ranks to the top-tier taxpayers and back into personal savings (put to work in stocks and mortgage loans) or government coffers for recycling.  This would all be based on personal options and choices – which would engender a more richly diverse world than that of the ‘one size fits all’ government offering of green walls, plastic chairs, lines, and forms – and highly militarized control of disgruntled masses.

Trickle Down, on the other hand, feeds the uber rich and barely sustains the uber poor – the cleaning and serving staff at resorts and such.  Middle economic strata are made extinct and there is no way to make the leap upward for the struggling poor. Behind the billboards in resort regions a crime element festers that feeds off the desperate day-job holders. With Trickle Up, this social ill would be seriously cut into, because better paying jobs would be more available, and the attraction to the black market economy would not be quite so strong.  And – the separation would be clear between the simply poor and the slithery criminal elements that thrive in the shadows where poverty is forced to walk.

With pension-seniors out of the entry-level job market, the way is made clear for youth to enter and learn the rudiments of the world of work.  Without this opportunity, we have a current generation still living with parents well into adulthood – not by choice.  And we have unemployables loitering in the streets of Facebook, or on couches in front of TVs and video games because they never learned how to become reliable members of the work-a-day world.  These are often waiting for life to happen for them rather than by them… and this is pitiful!  I believe we can, and should, do better!

Oh yes, one more thing.  We probably need to get rid of the global-level private banking machine, and as sovereign nations, again take responsibility for printing our own money, backed by real assets like gold, silver, and other precious metals.

I believe that this paradigm shift could bring the paddles to the heart of our societies and cause this human near-cadaver to spring back to life.  Again, remember, no matter how money is redistributed, it will – in time – make its way back to its ‘rightful owners.’  Let’s make it work its way back home by bringing life everywhere it flows along the way!

This is a hope-filled idea.  Ideas have consequence.  Ideas shape thinking and dreams.  Dreams become reality and thinking drives policy.  Public policy flavors culture and quality of life (up or down), and freedom engenders diversity and growth.

Why wouldn’t we want to live in this kind of world?  What’s stopping us, if not ourselves?

 

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