One Race, Much Diversity

“The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist,” Acts 17: 24-28

God Himself, Maker and Creator, of heaven and earth decided out times and place and everything about us all from one man. The Lord created Adam and from him, Eve, and thus the human race began. One origin of one race with great and marvelous diversity. And yet when they rebelled and sin entered in, everything changed and rather than perfect fellowship with God and with one another and with the environment, strife and mistrust and animosity enter in.

God made a plan of redemption which He is working out even today saving a people for Himself, but we also see that in this world today there is still strife and mistrust and arbitrary categorizing of people.

Intersectionality is a relatively new way of categorizing and lumping people into arbitrary groups (late 1980’s) and showing discrimination and disadvantage because they belong to such and such a group, not taking into account into a person’s individuality and differences, but simply collectivizing people and vilifying and victimizing based on group categories.

I am an individual and belong loosely to many different groups and backgrounds and have my own past and experiences and I am not to be defined by someone’s categories based on arbitrary groupings and distinctions.

Because I am white does not automatically mean I am privileged or not privileged. Because I am a woman does not automatically mean I abused and downtrodden or not.

Because I am from the South does not necessarily mean I am uneducated and bigoted.

Because I am short–well what does that mean???

I am a unique human being and so are you and so is everyone else.
Of course we are molded by family, environment, teachings, friends, personality, experiences but also by genes and heredity, and by God Himself

“I will give thanks to You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works.” Psalm 139: 14

Each person is a unique and one of a kind being; our fingerprints represent that beautiful fact. And we are wonderfully made in the image and likeness of Almighty God, distorted by the fall when sin entered in, but nevertheless, an image bearer of God Himself.

And of course there are groups and categories such as various hues of skin color, and male or female, born in a particular area into a family of a particular economic group, born into a particular culture and nation, speaking a particular language and other diversities which I see as beautiful and wonderful.

Carl Marx, the author of Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto, based his theories on conflict and grouping people into basically two groups–the ruling class oppressors of the the bourgeoisie and the oppressed proletariat. No room for individuality and differing situations. And conflict was the only outcome. No give and take, no discussing differences and looking for equitable solutions, but only a radical change–destroying one and raising up the other and then what??

According to Marx there were the oppressed and the oppressors and you were either one or the other. One was bad, very very bad and needed to be eradicated and the other was a victim and needed to throw off the shackles of oppression by subduing and getting rid of the evil oppressors.

So what do we have — an oppressor group and a victim group. You are one or the other. And what do we have — greed, coveting, demeaning and demonizing whole groups of people, entitlement for some and dehumanizing for others.

Intersectionality seems to be an outgrowth of this philosophy and group collectives and no room for individuals and individual traits and thoughts and actions. You are part of the group and if it’s deemed bad like white privileged American women, then you are vilified. It doesn’t matter that you help and volunteer and reach our and sacrifice time, money, efforts–you are privileged and you are an oppressor and you are only doing your good for your own benefit and you need to be destroyed.

The destruction of the oppressor class and the rise of the oppressed is Carl Marx’s premise and if done peacefully or violently–it must come to pass.

And then of course we see the results–if we are open-minded and not blinded by prejudice and political correctness. Russia became the Soviet Union and in 1937-1938 obliterated 10 million Ukranians as undesirables, and imprisoned and killed how many millions of others as dissidents in the Siberian death camps; Communist China since its inception in 1949 has imprisoned and slaughtered untold millions of its own citizens for daring to think individually and criticize the collective–the government; Pot Pol the communist dictator of Cambodia is infamous for the killing fields, Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam and the slaughter and starvation of his own people and was forced to institute the Doi Moi reforms and revisions to alleviate the suffering and poverty of the Vietnamese people; the poverty of the Laotians, Cuba and the elitists and the poverty of the common people, and finally Kim Jong Un and the mass suffering of those under that communist regime, among many other instances.

Lumping people into arbitrary categories and saying all whites are bad, and all blacks are oppressed, and I’m not sure what is said about Asians–don’t lump them all together–they have various and sundry cultures and languages and in each nations there are various and sundry groups—–

AND all are made of individuals with differing looks and thoughts and beliefs and outlooks and experiences!!!

And what is sad for me as a Christian and knowing that God made each person an individual in a group with some similarities, yet with many diversities within each group, is that some professing Christians seem to be buying into this group categorization and lump people together and victimize and vilify people based on categories and not acknowledging individual differences.

And that is so distressing. Secular individual promote this thought and totally buy into it, but that professing Christians do and of course if you don’t, you are categorized and vilified as racist, bigoted, hater of all humanity and the scum of the earth who needs to be eradicated because somehow you are less than human. That is not right.

Long ago I watched Star Trek: The Next Generation with Picard and Riker. Picard was captured by the Borg and was told to assimilate or die–resistance is futile. That appears to be the choice today–assimilate, become politically correct or lose it all!!

The 1st Century Christians were told to give just a pinch of incense to the Emperor and all would be okay. Many chose no pinch but rather torture and death at the hands of Caesar. There is no compromise with evil.

We are individuals made by Almighty God and as a Christian redeemed by the precious blood of Christ, I must stand on His word and His definition of who humanity is and not buy into or compromise with those who would say otherwise.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, My word will never pass away.” Matthew 13: 31

“Choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24: 15

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Green Is Beautiful

Here I am!! I am green!
A beautiful deep green!
Some of my best friends
are green also!
They are light green,
They are grayish green,
Some have a reddish tint,
One or two are purple-green!!
Blue-ish green,
Green-ish blue,
Emerald green,
Sage green,
Olive green,
And every hue
In between!
We are beautiful
And so vital to this world.
You call us plants, shrubs,
bushes, trees, grass
and even weeds-haha!!
But we are here —
And we are vital–
Did you hear that–
We are vital and useful,
And necessary and important!!
Beautiful and utilitarian!!!
This world cannot get along without us!!
We enhance the environment
Filling it with lovely blooms
In a rainbow of colors!
We make shade from the sun
And keep the soil from drying out
Or running off,
And many of us provide tasty food
For vegans and meat-eaters alike!!
Lots of nutrients and vitamins
For a healthy life—
People and animals devour us!!
We inhabit the earth in all climates
And temperatures and seasons,
And just you name it–Everywhere!!!
In the sea, on the land, up in the mountains,
In the deserts, in the oceans,
Valleys and dales, hot and cold,
Burning and freezing,
You will find us there!!
And especially in warm–
Did you hear that warm,
We love warm and warmer!!!
And moist, and warm climates!!
Some places are harder and some better–
But you can’t keep a good Green down!!
We are here and we’re here to stay!!
So why, o why, do some people desire
To starve us and take our food away!?!?
We thrive on light and CO2!!
That’s right—you heard it!!
Carbon dioxide!! Good ole CO2
❤️❤️
It’s not a poison,
It’s not a toxin,
It’s our food!
We take it in, turn it to food,
And breath out oxygen!
You guys like that oxygen!!
Let us have our CO2,
And we thrive and survive
And make this world a better place!!
And we’ll keep giving you
Oxygen and food and
A beautiful clean fresh world
For all of us to live in and enjoy 😉 😉

“Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a third day.”
Genesis 1: 11-13

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A Willing Sacrifice

A gracious Lord, a great sacrifice!
The Lamb of God gave His life for His sheep,
Willingly, without coercion or force,
Authorized by His Father,
In perfect harmony,
He laid down His life
Only to take it up again!
Take it up again!
The Paschal Lamb slain for His own,
Shedding His blood,
More precious than silver or gold,
Accomplishing His task,
Reclaiming His own
From the clutches of sin and death,
Snatching them like brands from the fire,
Diverting them from the broad path of destruction,
Setting them on the path to life,
Transferring them from darkness to light,
Suffering humiliation and shame,
Rejection and pain,
Taking on all their iniquity
And drinking the cup of the wrath of God,
And through it all
Never whined or complained,
A man of sorrows stricken and despised,
Oppressed and afflicted,
Yet did not open His mouth,
Endured the cross, scorned the shame,
And now at the Father’s behest
Seated at the right hand of His majesty,
And given that name above all names,
That at the name of Jesus Christ
All will bow and all will confess
Jesus Christ is Lord,
And in it all the Father will be glorified;
Sacrifice complete, buried and risen,
Exalted and praised,
Given honor and glory, majesty and dominion,
Worshipped by those He redeemed,
From every tribe and tongue and people and nation!!

“To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb,
be blessing and honor and glory and dominion
forever and ever.
And the four living creatures kept saying, ‘Amen.’
The elders fell down and worshipped.”
Revelation 5: 13-14

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Encouragements and Warnings

Encouragement and Warnings

Blessed be God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
Through whom we are blessed with every spiritual blessing
In the heavenly places;
We are seated with Christ
And co-heirs with Him,
Saved by His grace,
Not of ourselves,
Not of works,
But by His good pleasure,
Through the faith He has given us to believe,
And believe we do!!
When He opens our blind eyes to the truth,
The truth that we are sinners,
That we have sinned against the God
Who created us
And are separated from Him by that sin,
And are helplessly and hopelessly dead in that sin,
And even more–we love our sin,
We revel in our sin,
We desire to be the master of our fate,
And the captain of our ships,
And to do things “My Way,”
And cannot even see we are on the
Broad path that leads to destruction–
Until!!! Until!!! and unless the Lord gives us eyes to see
And ears to hear and a stony heart made flesh,
Then and then only can we turn,
Then and then only can we recognize our desperate state;
And fall before the throne of grace,
Crying out, “What must I do to be saved!!”
And Jesus our Lord and gracious Savior has answered,
“Repent and believe the gospel.”
And all who do, He graciously receives with open arms;
“Come to Me all who are weary and heavy-laden,
And I will give you rest.”
Rest from the heaviness of sin,
Rest from the guilt of doing wrong,
Knowing we are doing wrong deep in our souls,
And yet justifying and rationalizing and
Blaming and telling ourselves that we had no choice,
Someone else caused us, looking for any excuse
And stuffing the guilt and shame deeper and deeper down,
And seeking relief in relationships, possessions,
Drugs and alcohol, doing good, working hard on the job,
Whatever gives us temporary relief
From what we know is right and true,
We are guilty sinners, with no way out on our own,
And left to our own devices we will go deeper and deeper
Into sin and run faster and faster down the path to destruction,
And yet there is relief, eternal relief
In Christ and His great sacrifice on behalf of lost sinners,
He came to redeem and reconcile weary, heavy-laden sinners
To His Father and to shed His blood for that restoration and
The blessed hope that all who turn to Him in faith and trust
Will have relief, blessed relief,
Will have forgiveness and cleansing in His blood,
Will be reconciled and called a child of God,
Will now longer be condemned and guilt-ridden,
But set free to follow Jesus where He leads
And His leading is good and pure and holy and true,
And to know peace with God,
To know the peace of God and
To rest in His loving arms,
To come under the shadow of His wings,
To run into His protective fortress in times of trouble,
Knowing that trials and tribulations will come,
Knowing that He is in the midst of our troubles and sorrows,
Knowing that He is growing us and drawing us closer to Himself,
As we endure hardship and suffering,
And as we draw closer to Him, He gives us the confident hope
Of final relief and eternal pleasures,
At His right hand in the new heaven and earth,
Face to face with our beautiful Lord Jesus,
Seeing His glories and worshipping around the throne,
With those down through the ages
From every tongue and tribe and people and nation!
What a glorious and beautiful conclusion to life on this earth
For all who find their hope and trust in Him.
All will bow and all who declare Jesus is Lord,
glorifying the Father–
Bow the knee now, repent and
Come under His joyous sovereign rule and love
That lasts throughout all eternity,
Do not be among the scoffers and unbelievers
Who walk down their own path and receive the just due
For their disbelief and spend eternity in the lake of fire,
Heed the call today,
Repent, believe and come!!!
Jesus receives all who do!!!
A gracious and merciful Savior
Who rejects no-one coming in faith
But wraps His loving arms around them
And pours out His love into their hearts
And sends His very Spirit, God Himself,
To dwell within their hearts
To comfort, teach, convict, guide
And lead into all truth,
Never leaving or forsaking
And being with us even to the end of the age!!
One God, Three Persons–Father, Son and Spirit!!

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Bow Before the King

A great and mighty God sits on His throne,
Surveying the world and all that’s His own;
He is awesome in His splendor and majestic in His ways,
He is holy and righteous, the Ancient of Days;
Who is like Him, who can compare,
A jewel like no other, so fine and so rare;
The Pearl of great price, the true living vine,
The Light of the World and Savior of mankind;
The bread of life and the door to the sheep,
Unlocking treasures as deep calls to deep;
The good and great Shepherd sent down from above,
Hands held out to lost sinners showing God’s mercy and love.
From the lavish living waters come, come and drink,
He pours out abundantly more than we can ask or think;
He holds nothing back,
In Him there is no want or lack;
He pours out extravagantly,
He spared not even His own Son for lost humanity;
So great was His love that He sacrificed His only Begotten,
For the rebellious, the vile, the despicable and rotten.
What love is this, what amazing grace
God stepped down from heaven and entered the human race.
He became one of His created and lived among them;
Sharing life’s sorrows and pain, and yet untouched by sin.
Identifying with His own and yet so pure and far above;
We are like Him and yet not in the fullness of His great love.
God Almighty, Prince of Peace, Lord of lords and King of kings,
Son of man and Son of God, our all in all and everything;
There is nothing like Him in heaven or on earth,
The glorious, matchless King of infinite worth;
So who is this God-man we are called to worship and adore,
The One who gave His all so we could be reconciled back to the Lord;
Jesus, the Humble Servant of God, the Lamb sacrificed,
The Holy One, the Messiah, our blessed Jesus Christ,
Bow down before this man, this holy and lovely gracious One,
Bow down before the King, God’s only begotten Son,
Bask in His presence and His comfort and love,
Fierce as a lion and tender as a dove;
The Eternal Son of God, always was, always is,
Died for wretched sinners, His life to give;
Lived a sinless life, died on a cross,
All was gain, nothing was lost;
Three days in a tomb, then raised from the dead,
When He ascended on high, captives He lead,
His Holy Spirit giving gifts to men,
Shedding His light on darkness and sin,
His blood washes sinners clean
So that on Him they can rely and lean,
Resting in His everlasting arms,
Keeping them safe from evil and harm;
Holding them close, close to His heart,
He will never, ever leave or depart;
Until that day He comes back as the conquering King,
Stamping out all evil and every vile thing;
Bring perfect justice to all evildoers
To those who are heartless, wicked and cruel;
And taking home His beloved ones,
Where they will spend eternity with Father, Spirit and Son.
No hurt, not pain, no sigh, no groan,
In blessed fellowship around the throne,
With our sisters and brothers from all the ages,
No laments, no cries, no sorrow, no rages;
Just perfectly crying with one heart and one voice,
An incredibly beautiful and united chorus,
With the angels singing along,
A multitude of believers and saintly throng,
Holy, holy, holy is our God and King,
A new heaven and earth He will bring,
Sun and moon we need nore more,
God will be our lamp and our light for evermore.
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! The newborn King,
The Risen Messiah! Our all in all and everything!

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Around the Throne of God

“And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they *sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.” Revelation 5: 6-9

There is the throne,
A heavenly throne,
Who is seated there?
Surrounded by four creatures
And worshipping elders,
Only One is seated there.
God Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,
The only One of infinite value and worth,
The only One worthy of praise,
The only One before whom we bow,
The only One filled with glory and truth,
The only One who rules over heaven and earth,
God, the Triune God, Father, Spirit and Son,
Perfect in unity, harmony and nature and character,
One God, three persons, eternal, coequal, everlasting
to everlasting.
The Father sent the Son to save His people,
The Father and the Son sent the Spirit
To indwell, instruct, teach, convict and comfort.
One God in three, each performing His task,
To elect and to save a vast multitude
Out of sin and unbelief,
Giving a new spirit and heart
And desire to worship and serve,
Melting a stony heart and making it flesh,
Putting in new desires and a will to love,
Picking up a cross and come after a new Master,
Leaving the old life behind and following where He leads,
And He leads into still waters and green meadows,
Giving peace and hope in the midst of trouble and trials,
And one day when this life is done,
He, our Lord Jesus, comes back to take us to our new home;
A glorious and lovely home with no sin or sorrow,
No death or pain or mourning or disease or wickedness,
A place of utter loveliness with our Lord face to face
Around that throne of grace
With the creatures and the elders
And the slain Lamb in the midst;
All crying out in glorious adoration,
And singing a new song,
A new song to the One seated on the throne
And the Lamb in the midst,
Worthy, worthy is the Lamb who was slain
You took the scroll and gave Your life
And purchased God’s own with your precious blood
Pouring it out on the cross in a life-giving flood,
And dying and resurrected and taken back into heaven,
What a glorious God and what a glorious Savior!
Receiving the precious prayers of Your beloved saints
As sweet bowls of incense coming before Your throne,
How amazing, how humbling, how gracious of God,
To receive our petitions, our supplications, our prayers
As a sweet fragrance before Your holy nostrils,
And around that throne of grace where our sovereign God
is seated,
And standing in the midst the slain Lamb,
Surrounded by cherubim and seraphim,
Angels and creatures and worshipping elders,
There are those redeemed ones
From every tongue and tribe and people and nation,
No culture, no ethnicity, no language, no tribe,
no color, no gender, no age, no rich or poor,
nothing or no-one who comes in faith is excluded,
But all are welcomed into His family to praise and worship
Our glorious God and His Lamb
Around His throne
Forever and ever
Throughout all eternity!

This is the destiny and life and future of all who heed the call of Jesus, who said, “Repent and believe the gospel.” Mark 1: 15 “Unless you repent, you will perish also.” Luke 13: 5

Jesus said it all–repent and believe or face judgment and eternal punishment in a place where the worm never dies and the the fire is never quenched, a place where there is great wailing and gnashing of teeth.

But all the repentant are with Jesus forever in the new heaven and earth.

If you believe, rejoice in Your great salvation and if not, may today be your day of salvation.

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And I Will Give You Rest

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being…..And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”
John 1: 1-3,14

Long ago in eternity past,
Before the world began,
The Triune God-
Father, Son and Spirit-
In all wisdom and love,
In His holy counsel,
Planned the creation
Of the world,
And the Word who was with God,
And the Word who was God,
Caused all things to come into being;
And when He completed His work,
Culminating in the creation of man,
He said, “It is very good.”
Adam and Eve were set in a beautiful garden,
All their needs, physical and spiritual, supplied;
Only one rule, just one simple rule,
Eat not of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil,
Perfect fellowship with God, one another
And their surroundings,
But then that wily serpent came in
Deceived Eve as Adam stood by,
They ate and everything changed,
Sin entered in,
Separation ftom the Creator
And through sin came death,
Spiritual first and then physical,
And man was sent out of the garden
Lest he should each of the Tree of Life
And live forever separated from his Maker,
What was man to do?
Helpless, dead in trespasses and sins,
At enmity with very God Himself,
And under His wrath,
Man could do nothing,
Nor does he want to,
Happy in his sin,
Reveling in rebellion,
Going His own way,
Yet God in His great mercy and grace and
In His abundant unconditional lovingkindness
Had already set up a plan of redemption,
Based not on man’s worthiness,
Man is not worthy,
Only God is worthy,
Only God is good,
And in His great love for mankind,
“The Father sent the Son to be
The Savior of the world.”
And the Son willingly stepped into
His creation, taking on flesh;
Becoming one of His own,
Identifying in every way,
Except in sin,
The perfect One,
God’s justice requires punishment
A perfect sacrifice without spot or blemish;
Only Jesus the God-man could answer the call,
Perfect man and infinite God in one person;
He willingly gave His life for the joy set before Him,
Endured the cross and scorned its shame,
Shed His precious blood, gave up His spirit,
Buried in a tomb and three days later
Resurrected and now seated at His Father’s
Mighty righteous right hand,
Interceding for His redeemed children
And one day coming back to take them home
Forever with Him in the new heaven and earth.
The call and cry of the Lord is—-
“Repent and believe the gospel!
All who do are welcomed by God
And have forgiveness and eternal life!!!
Jesus saves and saves completely
On the command and authority of
His beloved Father!!!
“Salvation is of the Lord.”
“Come all who are weary and heavy-laden,
And I will give you rest.”

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