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QA: Why do things never change, no matter who is in office?

QUESTION: Why does it seem that, no matter what people are voted into office, government(s) never seem to change?

ANSWER: Because human nature never changes, and the corruption of power appeals to the worst of human nature! This is seen in advance before the Israelites entered the the Promised Land. Moses was given detailed instructions for a king to follow if he was to be given the throne over God’s people: 

Deuteronomy 17: 14- 20: "When you come to the land which the LORD your God is giving you, and possess it and dwell in it, and say, 'I will set a king over me like all the nations that are around me,' you shall surely set a king over you whom the LORD your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; [1] you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. [2] But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the LORD has said to you, 'You shall not return that way again.' [3] Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; [4] nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself. [5] Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites. And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes, that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel.”

In order, kings were NOT to:

[1] be an alien or foreign-born; 

[2] depend on military might and outsiders; 

[3] disregard marriage rules; 

[4] selfishly prosper financially; 

[5] ignore God’s Word!

When God had an earthly kingdom under Moses’ Law, He was very specific about what the king should and shouldn’t do. That God prophesied the Israelite demand for a king hundreds of years before the fact is proof beyond any doubt God is indeed “omniscient” (all-knowing). God’s prophecy through Moses in Deuteronomy 17 was fulfilled after the period covered by the books of Joshua and Judges. The people did demand their own king (1 Samuel 8:6 (read verses 1-9), and even then God prophesied the kind of king Israel would have (1 Samuel 8:10-22). It seems the nature of those who rule tends to graft, corruption, and greed for power over the people.

In 1 Samuel 8, God predicted the king would: 1) take control over their sons’ lives; 2) use them to grow produce for him and make materiel of war and be in his army; 3) employ their daughters for his bakeries; 4) take the best of people’s wine and oil for his own; 5) take 10% of vineyards and grain for his own government employees; 6) take over the finest workers (both human and animal) for his own; 7) take 10% of their sheep; and 8) make the populace serve him. AND the people stubbornly insisted on having their king, anyway!

People still demand “self-government” and keep putting in office(s) those who can be (and are!) corrupted by that power! THE SAME DEMAND PRODUCES THE SAME RESULT- EVERY TIME! -----jjtpII

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My Life Is But A Weaving - by Benjamin Malachi Franklin

QA: Why does it seem that society is out of control?

QUESTION: Why does it seem that society is out of control?

REPLY: Because the media focuses almost entirely on the “lawless,” or those who are “out of control! 

1. The “lawless” are in charge because the “lawful” have not insisted otherwise! “Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, froma good conscience, and fromsincere faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm. But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for thelawless and insubordinate, for theungodly and for sinners, for theunholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust”(1 Timothy 1:5-11)The people who want to live in violation of any restriction from God’s control are allowed to direct :government leadership and legislation, church policies, entertainment values, and educational institutions. The Media microscopekeeps the focus on these, as if they are the norm, while completely ignoring the multitude who are striving to live lawfully!

2. Those who crucified Jesus Christ were ignoring:(1)Moses’ Jewish Law on guilt:"One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established” (Deuteronomy 19:15). With Jesus, “the chief priests, the elders, and all the council sought false testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but found none. Even though many false witnesses came forward, they found none” (Matthew 26:59-60)(2)Roman Law:“Then Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, said to them, ‘You have brought this Man to me, as one who misleads the people. And indeed, having examined Himin your presence, I have found no fault in this Man concerning those things of which you accuse Him; no, neither did Herod, for I sent you back to him; and indeed nothing deserving of death has been done by Him’” (Luke 23:13-15)Neither Religious nor Civil “courts” could condemn Jesus Christ! That’s why, Peter and the Apostles concluded: "Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know-- Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; "whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it”(Acts 2:22-24). By Jesus’ resurrection, God declared forevermore His total opposition to the “lawless!”

3. God has kept the door open, however, for the “lawless” to become “lawful.”“Our great God and Savior Jesus Christ…gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself Hisown special people, zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14). The lawless were commanded: “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). In Sodom, Lot “was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)” (2 Peter 2:7-8)The “righteous soul” must never accept the “lawless” as if they were right!  “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age” (Titus 2:11-12)-----JTPII

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QA: How can Jesus help me with my problems today?

QUESTION: “How can Jesus help me with my problems today?”
REPLY: This is best illustrated by reading Scripture.
“Immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while He sent the multitude away. And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray. Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea [of Galilee, jtpII]; and He was alone on the land. Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. And when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw Him and were troubled. But immediately He talked with them and said to them, ‘Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid’" (Mark 6:45-50). Let’s note some parallels with our plight, today. 1. Jesus waited until they were “in the middle of the sea.” Why? They had to realize that He was back on shore and separated from them. But He knew where they were, and what their need was, and how to best help them, didn’t He? Today, we know that “after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God” (Mark 16:19). But we forget that He knows where we are, what our need is, and how best to help us, don’t we?
2. They were “straining at rowing, for the wind was against them.” The word “straining” literally carries with it the meaning of “torture, or distress.” They were putting all their effort into trying to counter the effects of the contrary wind. Jesus responded to their effort (“work” if you please) when all they could do to make progress didn’t amount to very much. Today, we seem greatly hampered by failed plans, faltering faith, sickness or disease, sadness or sorrows, economics, any or all of which become “the wind” against our progress, completely out of our control. Why are these things much different from that wind? Jesus knew, as He now knows, that we live on an earth where so much we face is out of our hands.
3. He came to them, demonstrating His Supreme Power over everything they were facing: wind, sea, darkness. They had seen many mighty miracles from Him already, yet they “cried out; for they all saw Him and were troubled.” They were surprised that: 1) He came to them; 2) He could come to them; 3) He wanted to come to them! Today, are we often in the same boat as they? Aren’t we surprised that:
1) Jesus comes to us, even Providentially providing what, or who, we need when we need it? 2) Jesus could overcome our barriers and be where we need Him to be for us? 3) Jesus’ on-going attention to our life is such that, He asked: “Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12:6-7). And, He thanked God, “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled” (John 17:12). Jesus will see that all who remain in the boat (“church”) will be cared for.
4. He encouraged an optimistic attitude to go onward: “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” Have a good outlook because we’re dealing with Jesus the Christ, and He is still God, and, therefore we have nothing to fear: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). Keep rowing, my Brethren! -----JTPII

Words of Wisdom Audio Lessons Available

There are 1-minute radio lessons, entitled, “Words of Wisdom,” found in the Audio section and as transcripts here. These radio lessons are studies from the Bible for our current times. They were written by John T. Polk II, the preacher for the Oneida Church of Christ, Oneida, TN.

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The Christian "Passover": Tract Available

My tract The Christian 'Passover' is now available in Tracts on the Publications section.

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