A Voice in the
"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber." (Jn10:1)
The state of Washington, where I reside, is still in the midst of a gubernatorial election dispute. As of this writing, the democratic candidate has been sworn in, and has assumed office; but the republican candidate is still challenging the results in the courts, and at this point seeking legal redress to require a statewide re-vote. To an outsider, does this republican appear to be doing the same things you've come to expect from the liberal democrats, when things didn't go their way?
This article is not for the purpose of expressing my political views respective of the two individuals. I am increasingly disgusted with the democrat's antics and tactics; but also havn't been totally impressed with the republican's personal suitabilities to the office. So, this is not about who I wish to see in the office... but the facts as they have been playing out...
Not remembering exact numbers, now: by the end of the election the republican seemingly had won by a couple hundred votes. With such a small margin of victory, a machine re-count was ordered. The resulting margin was smaller, but the republican was still ahead. At one point in this whole process, the republican was ahead of the democrat by a mere 10 votes. The democrat then sued to have certain "disputed" ballots counted, won; and when those ballots were counted, she ended up pulling ahead of the republican by a similar margin as the republican had been ahead at the end of the original count. Less than a couple hundred votes. Considering the state's millions, a tiny margin.
The democrat, of course, after this third count, smuggly accepts victory, and exhorts everybody to pull together and accept the results.
But hold on...!
What were those "disputed" ballots? Even the Secretary of State, the one who certifies election results, was heard to say that it was obvious the election contained many "irregularities". For one thing, there were more ballots counted, than there were voters. Many of the ballots counted did not also have the proper associated voter signatures. Some alleged voters signed the names of dead people who used to be registered, but are now dead. The number by which the votes exceed voters is greater than the democrat's margin of (alleged) victory.
All these recounts, and the suing to count those "disputed" ballots was at the request of the democrat. Suing to NOT FOLLOW PROPER PROCEDURE. Requiring signatures to accompany votes is one of the checks and balances against voter fraud. But Gregoire sued, and won the ability to have those checks and balances circumvented, because she 'knew' ('how' did she know?) there would be more votes for her in those "disputed" ballots....which is exactly how it turned out.
Well, guess what!
One of Gregoire's proclamations during her compaign rhetoric, about how she would promise to be effective as a governor was: "I'm gonna blow past the bureaucracy...." to get things done. And indeed, that's exactly what she has done in order to win a closely-contested election. The 'rules' that are in place (bureaucracy), to assure that elections are fair? Awe, phooey on them! These piles of ballots over here, that don't meet the proper criteria? Let's count them anyway. Whatever it takes, whether by hook or by crook, I'm gonna have my way!
There are RULES! Everything in life is governed by LAWS. The laws of gravity say that, if a child is running along and stumbles, gravity is going to pull his body towards the ground...and we know the results may likely be a bloody chin, face full of dirt, or depending on the fall perhaps a broken bone. The bureaucracy of events says that when a boy and girl begin fooling around, she is likely to get pregnant; and if she does, it is going to affect her schooling, their relationship, the lives of their two families, as these under-aged children become parents, being supported by the bureaucracy, in turn, of their parents.
A child cannot blow past the bureaucracy of gravity and avoid getting hurt; but he learns the consequences of unbridled enthusiasm. Many in society try to blow past the bureaucracy of pregnancy, and everything that follows, by killing the baby in the womb; but in so-doing, commit murder. And what was God's law against murder? "Whoever sheds manís blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God He made man." (Gen9:6) And if a society refuses to uphold God's law, then God is towards them as He was towards Israel, "Therefore I poured out My fury on them because of the blood they had shed on the land..." (Ezk36:18)
Well, you see... there is a certain Bureaucracy that God requires before a sinner can be allowed into His holy presence. God proclaims about the sinner: "the soul who sins shall die" (Ezk18:4) In order to not die, God requires repentance, as He pleads: "I take no delight in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn (repent) from his way and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! For why will you die..." (Ezk33:11)
God also requires allegiance to His Son: "Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him." (Ps2:12)
God's bureaucracy set in motion a series of promises and events. God promised the "Seed" of the woman (Gen3:15), His Son (Jn3:16) born under the Law. (Ga4:4) The proclamation is made: "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of God, to those believing into His name:" (Jn1:12) "...Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under Heaven given among men that is required for us to be saved." (Ac4:12) as Jesus had said: "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (Jn14:6)
In the opening passage Jesus was likening Himself, figuratively, to a "door". There is the -door- by which to gain legitimate entrance. A person who sneaks around through windows or other means is a "thief and robber". And Jesus says, "I am the door. If anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.." (Jn10:9)
But there are many who reject God's plan, and seek other means to Eternal Life. They -say- they want the joys of Heaven, but do not desire to follow the rules of the invitation. If somebody was giving a party, and sent out invitations, would not the guest follow directions regarding which address to come to, and which door to enter? If such a person decided to sneak around the basement or back entrance, and they were caught by security, would they be 'surprised' at being arrested? If they are seeking to attend the party with the host's good-will in mind, will they not pay respect? A person who sneaks around is NOT the host's 'friend', but an enemy.
Well, it's the same with God. Jesus said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them." (Jn10:7-8)
Many are wanting Heaven, not because they love God, but because they want the eternal benefits Heaven promises; in the same way, many people don't much care for a wealthy person, but would think nothing of trying to finagle the good graces of the wealthy person, in order to receive of his wealth.
There are many who desire Heaven's benefits, and thus pretend to be of God's kingdom, but sneak past the butler and sit at the banquet table, even though they have not followed the directions on the invitation; and when the host comes greeting the guests, he finds one not properly attired... So he says to him, "Friend, how did you come in here without a [proper] garment? And he was speechless. And the king said to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Mt22:12-13)
Regarding our current governor's office I have been wondering how things will fall-out if/when a re-vote is ordered, and should the republican be shown to have won, what happens to the democrat who is currently smuggly sitting in office? Jesus also spoke of this: "When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to you, Give place to this man, and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place." (Lk14:8-9)
In our current state politics: Don't latch onto an office that you don't legitimately own...lest you be knocked out, and the rightful heir rising to the office wipes that smug look off your face, and you have to eat your own words.
Even though our governor's office may be contested between Gregoire and Rossi, that is merely 'politics'; and in a few years there will be another election, and people will forget about this current situation.
But if you attempt to "blow past the Bureaucracy" to Eternal Life, and smuggly sit in your seats of Yoga, Hindu, self-actualization, mother-earth, pseudo-christianity; and whatever other Jesus-alternative you may be embracing; that is your Eternal Soul that is at stake! Will you hear, "well done good and faithful servant" or will you, as a "thief and robber" in shame be led to the "lowest seat" of the Lake of Fire; having heard the Host's rejection...
"I never knew you; depart from Me, you who work out lawlessness!" (Mt7:23) ??