“I mean, this is where the Second Amendment comes in quite frankly, because you know, what if the president was to ignore the courts? What would you do? What would we do?” Rep. Tom Suozzi, D-N.Y., said during a March 12 Q&A session with constituents in Huntington, on Long Island.
Do we not see, rather, the naked desire and effort of those who seek to destroy every vestige of responsible gun ownership in our Country?
4. The United States does not have an extraordinary problem with mass public shootings compared to other developed countries.
After adjusting for population differences, many other developed countries have worse problems with mass public shootings than the United States has.
There were 27 percent more casualties per capita from mass public shootings in the European Union than in the U.S. from 2009 to 2015.
You see, they’re trying to stigmatize gun ownership. Progressives want to make it taboo to own a gun, or at least to talk about it. The idea is to shift public opinion to such a point that something once socially acceptable – owning a gun – is now socially unacceptable. Then, people will either keep quiet or they’ll be pushed out into the fringes of society.
Basically, to use their terminology, they’re trying to “other” us.
You see, when you successfully “other” a group, you’re capable of doing any horrible thing. You essentially classify a group as something other than human, thus it becomes easy to commit atrocities against those people. It’s how the Nazis were able to do such terrible things to the Jews. They’d already “othered” them to such a great degree.
Hanging Out With Sinners
“When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.’ So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, ‘He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner'” (Luke 19:5-7).
Jesus modeled four things when He lived on the earth that allowed Him to impact other people’s lives. I call them the Four B’s of transformation.
First, he built a relationship with them. In the marketplace it is rare that you can impact a person without building a relationship first. The old saying, “People don’t care what you know until they know that you care” is especially true in the workplace. Jesus modeled this in His life every day of his public ministry.
The second thing Jesus did was he blessed them. He tried to meet a physical need they had. Many times he healed them first, then told them to go and sin no more. He listened to their concerns.
The third thing Jesus did was He began praying for them. He often prayed for deliverance for a person that was demon possessed. He prayed they would know the Father. He prayed for Lazarus to come back from the dead.
Finally, the fourth thing Jesus did was He Brought the Kingdom of God into their lives. He invited people to believe in Him as the Savior of the world and to partake of eternal life.
I decided to test this model with an acquaintance. I intentionally refused to talk about Jesus to this person until I had accomplished the first three steps in my relationship with him. After I had fulfilled the first three steps, I presented Christ to my friend. He received Christ immediately because the soil was prepared and he was ready to receive.
As you consider your ministry at work, consider these four stages of relationship building before you present Christ to others. You will find the fruit of this process will be great.
The desire for God
For reading & meditation: Psalms 42
“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God ‘” (v.2)
Yesterday we looked at the words: “Whom have I in heaven but you?” Now we examine the second part of that text: “And earth has nothing I desire besides you” (Psa. 73:25b). Personally, I find these some of the most enchanting words in the whole of the Old Testament. The first part of the verse is put in a negative, and the second in a positive form. Having looked around and seen that there is no satisfying substitute for the Almighty, the psalmist goes on to make the positive assertion that from the bottom of his heart he desires to know God. He has come to see (so I believe) that it is more important to desire God for who He is than for what He does or what He gives. In a sense, the psalmist’s entire problem arose out of the fact that he had put what God gives in the place of God Himself. The ungodly were having a good time while he was having a bad time. Why was he having to suffer like this? His trouble was that he had become more interested in the things God gives than in God Himself, and when he didn’t have the things he wanted, he began to doubt God’s love. Now, however, he has come to the place where he desires God for Himself. The ultimate test of the Christian life is whether we desire God for Himself or for what He gives. Each one of us must ask ourselves: “Do I desire God more than forgiveness? More than release from my problems? More than healing of my condition? More than gifts and abilities?” How tragic that our prayers can be full of pleadings that show, when they are examined, that we are more interested in enjoying God’s blessings than we are in enjoying God.
O Father, forgive me that so often I am concerned more with Your gifts than I am with You – the Giver. Help me to long after You, not because of what You give me, but because of who You are. In Jesus’ Name I ask it Amen.
For further study:
Psalms 63:1; Luke 6:21
1. What was the psalmist thirsting for?
2. What is the result of thirsting and hungering?
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