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" The Bible: Read It "
    "when all Israel comes to appear before Jehovah your God in the place which He chooses, you shall read this Law before all Israel in their ears. Gather the people together, men and women and little ones, and the sojourner who is within your gates, that they may hear and that they may learn to fear Jehovah your God and take heed to do all the Words of this Law, and that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear Jehovah your God all the days you live in the land which you are crossing the Jordan to possess." (De31:11-13)

    "Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine." (1Ti4:13)

First, a quote from www.patriotpost.us news e-mail on 1/5/11
    Deliberate ignorance: "[Reading the Constitution aloud in Congress is] a gimmick. I mean, you can say two things about it. One, is that it has no binding power on anything. And two, the issue of the Constitution is not that people don't read the text and think they're following. The issue of the Constitution is that the text is confusing because it was written more than 100 years ago and what people believe it says differs from person to person and differs depending on what they want to get done."
    --Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein
This, of course, referring to the new Congress House of Representatives, to which John Boehner has risen as Speaker, and one of his first acts as speaker was to have a full-house -reading- of the United States Constitution...our official, ultimate, Law-of-the-Land. That against which all other laws are supposed to be compared. Yes... to actually take the document in hand and -read- it, word-for-word, in the hearing of all gathered.

Why?

While it is not the mission of this ministry to delve into politics, this particular matter so closely parallels the Christian life, and what has happened in politics has also happened to that which is called "church"; this is a prime object lesson for we who claim to name the name of Jesus Christ.

I started hearing the expression with Bill Clinton; and finally now some Republicans and Tea-Party people are finally taking notice. The expression that the US Constitution is allegedly a "living document" that "breathes" and is subject to "give-and-take" and personal "private interpretation" and individual "whims" as to "what it means...at any given time". That those words don't mean the same today, as they did over 200 years ago when they were first written, because the "times have changed".

GW Bush is remembered, when he was doing some unconstitutional things, for a made-up 'quote' that has been falsely attributed to him about "that [bleepedy bleep] piece of paper". And the Obama administration has been running rough-shod over even any pretenses at adhering to the Constitution.

This is not even a discussion of the pros or cons of any particular legislation that has been passed, or universal measures that have been taken in the name of whatever pet concern. Is what they have been doing "Constitutional"? Are the laws they have been passing... LEGAL? The way citizens are treated at airport security check-points, is all that pornographic body scanning and gratuitous personal groping Constitutionally Legal?

How would anybody know?

If a person purchases some gizmo which requires assembly or connecting, how does the person know 'how' to set it up? By -reading- the instructions. How do legislators and citizenry know if certain laws, in question, are legal? By -reading- the Constitution. How many lawmakers have never read the Constitution? And yet they swear their oath of office to "uphold" it. If they have never read it, HOW do they know that what they are legislating is in keeping with its requirments?

THEY DON'T!

But you see, that blogger is exactly right: "what people believe it says differs from person to person and differs depending on what they want to get done" Those last six words are at the crux.

WHAT THEY -WANT- TO GET DONE

And ex-president Clinton, in his wrangling over words, would even argue "what the meaning of -is- is". And they have been ignoring that Document for the purpose of GETTING DONE...WHAT THEY WANT.

Thus... as far as it goes, I applaud Speaker Boehner for taking this initial bold step. Now, let's watch and see where it goes from here...and may have progressed by the time you are reading this.

But for that which calls itself "christianity" and the "church"... do we have any sort of Document similar to the US Constitution? Something by which all other things are compared, and upon which all else is based? But does it also receive the same [bleepedy bleeps] by those who "twist, to their own destruction" (2Pt3:16) as people claim it is so "old", but we are in more "modern times", so it is no longer 'relevant' for 'our' times, and as people talk -about- it they sit around discussing their own 'interpretations' of it? Is there such a document that seminarians go to school and get degrees behind their names, but when they graduate, they don't know what is contained within its covers? A Document, that when they counsel people, or chart their course for life and behavior, or write their sermons, it is ignored in favor of what they -WANT- TO DO?

The -BIBLE-

    "the HOLY SCRIPTURES, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed by God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2Ti3:15-17)
While God's Word is "living" and "active" (Heb4:12), it is so because it is the very embodiment of the Word, Jesus Christ. (Jn1:1-5) It is not a "breathing" document; that is to say: 'changing'. Jesus Christ is the...
    "same yesterday, today and forever" (Heb13:8)
And God says,
    "I, Jehovah, change not..." (Mal3:6)
So therefore, what God said 6000 years ago at Creation still holds true today. In fact, one of God's prime characteristics is His...
    "[DECLARATION of] the end from the beginning, and from antiquity things which are not yet done, saying, MY COUNSEL SHALL STAND, and I will do all My pleasure" (Is46:10)
When God proclaims...
    "I am Jehovah your God... you shall have no other gods before Me" (Ex20:2-3)
...in our more 'enlightened' times He does not now 'change' and give license to believe any ol' thing we want: New Age, meditation, self-deity, goddess feminism, etc. When He proclaims "You shall not murder" (Ex20:13), it is not now suddenly OK to kill the unborn in the womb, calling it instead "fetal tissue". When He proclaims that Sodomy is an "abomination" (Le18:22), it is not now suddenly subject to 'political correctness' to "live and let live"; and instead of accepting that God made them "male and female" (Ge1:27), to say that with the changing times, people are born with "orientations"; rather than that God created them to -reproduce- "according to their kind". (Something no "gay" relationship can do!)

And the "church" is going along with the world's perversity, allowing for "alternate lifestyles". The "church" goes along with all sorts of immorality and spiritual aberrations and "doctrines of demons". (1Ti4:1) We won't go into those details here...

However... supposing somebody starts getting a clue that things are NOT RIGHT with the "church" the way it is, how do people learn what the RIGHT WAY is? How are they to hear that voice, "This is the way, walk in it"? (Is30:21) Where do we find God's -WORDS-? The Bible. How are we to discover -what- is in the Bible?

READ IT

Israel had gone into apostasy, and God judged them, carried them in exile to Babylon. And then, after some years, Cyrus was moved of God to issue a decree for the Israeli captives to return home. And then Nehemiah also shows up on the scene, and at one point they gather all the people together and the scribes, with God's Word...

    "Now all the people gathered together as one man in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate; and they commanded Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which Jehovah had charged Israel. So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women, and all who could hear with understanding, on the first day of the seventh month. And he read from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.... And Ezra opened the book in the eyes of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up. And Ezra blessed Jehovah, the great God. Then all the people answered, Amen, Amen! while lifting up their hands. And they bowed down and prostrated themselves before Jehovah with their faces to the ground... So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and helped them to understand the reading." (Neh8:1-8)
There is a lot of speculation today -about- the Bible. There is a lot of -rejection- of the Bible, as being 'antiquated' and not -with- the times. There is a lot of EXPLAINING -AWAY- what the Bible says, because God's standards don't match what people -WANT- TO DO. They want to become aquainted with Jesus, add Him along-side their own desires; so rather than -read- the Bible for WHAT IT SAYS, they come up with cute little slogans, "What would Jesus do" which they -speculate-. What -would- Jesus do? Well, what does the Bible -say- that He -did-? What does the Bible say, from Jesus' command, that we are -TO- DO?

But they are trying to serve two masters. They want to live life according to their own lusts, but also have a specter of 'piety' with the label "christian". But Jesus said that such a combination is impossible.

    "No one is able to serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other..." (Mt6:24a)
Out of all the political turmoil that has been swirling about these days, one -lone- individual has taken it upon himself to instigate a -reading- of the US Constitution, with the stated goal to get Congress back on the right legislative path.

In these latter days the churches have been swirling around in apostasy, false doctrine, lustful living, rebellion against God, and a general "lack of knowledge" of God's Word; and are about to be "destroyed" (Ho4:6)

Who is the -lone- shepherd out there who will take God's Word to his congregation, and -read- it, and -preach- it? So that the people may learn to fear God, to -LIVE- and -DO- what is written!

    "Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made administrator over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing." (Mt24:45-46)
Amen!

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