Friday, January 15, 2010

What And Where Is Your Heart?

Biblical Evidence That Republicans Are Not The Party of Christ Part Three

Over and over throughout the Bible God makes one thing crystal clear above all else: He wants your heart. When a lawyer tempted Christ by asking how he might inherit eternal life, Jesus answered: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:37.

God’s desire for man’s heart is everywhere in scripture.

“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9.

“But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29.

“Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the LORD.” Psalm 24:3-5.

Consider the very first words of the New Testament. “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David.” Matthew 1:1. David is the greatest king in Jewish history, and Christ the king of mankind. Christ descended directly from the line of David, and when God chose David, it was on account of his heart: “And…he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will. Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Savior, Jesus.” Acts 13: 22-23.

The Republican philosophy at its core is heartless—despising health care reform, and spending on programs to educate, house and feed the needy—programs which they hard heartedly vilify as evil, socialist entitlements.

But in so doing they fulfill the wrong scriptures, such as:

“If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of the gates of thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother.” Deuteronomy 15:7.

“Wherefore then do ye harden your hearts, as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts?” 1 Samuel 6:6.

And by ignoring the poor at whose expense they further enrich the already wealthy, Republicans disregard scriptures they should cherish and take to heart, as it were, such as Christ’s teaching:

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6: 19-21.

So if your republican heart is a stone, or a block of ice, or a lump of coal, or a black hole that destroyed your soul, what can you possibly hope to find for treasure in the kingdom to come?

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