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Ronald Reagan

“It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.” Ronald Reagan

They say great minds think alike, or better put the student can only be as smart as the teacher (Matthew 10:25). Perhaps that is why Ronald Reagan shared the same thought as did Paul when he was writing to Timothy about those who did not believe what Paul was teaching. Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:7 they are “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Paul was referring to men or women who were willful, boastful, proud, arrogant, self-absorbed, money hungry, chasing after pleasures and not seeking God. These folks are constantly chasing one passion or another, looking for the next big thing, seeking fame and fortune, never acknowledging God, in fact, attacking what is good if it interferes with their personal pursuits. They are always learning but never able to grasp what is real and true. They believe that what they believe is truth, but who can blame them since they were taught by those who believed they too possessed great knowledge and charged handsomely for others to get that knowledge.

Unfortunately, all that knowledge left them bereft of truth but now they have been awarded a certificate of accomplishment validating their intellect, although like Reagan said, they know so many things that just aren’t so.

How is this possible? Can we avoid being led astray by our intellects? Is there a point where we become too smart for our own good?

Let us look at how this might happen and then suggest what you can do to avoid it happening to you.

We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.  John Naisbitt

1. We are learning too much

Information overload. With the advent of the internet everything, there is to know about anything can be found via Google. Since knowledge spells power and survival, and it is virtually easy to obtain, we are continually packing our minds with new information and knowledge. We err, however, if we assume that we can know God by doing a Google search, or worse believe that the internet has all the wisdom available to us. This is simply not true.

Spiritual truth is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit in moments of quiet and unhurried reflection and contemplation upon His word. Taking time to seek Him and His ways, not relying on our own human understanding. This is a slow process and in our hurry-up world of instant gratification, it is difficult for us to accept, especially if we are conditioned to stuffing in knowledge through condensed articles, blog posts, Facebook, and 140 characters of Twitter.

I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance. Ruben Blades

2. We are learning the wrong “stuff “

In our quests for knowledge, it is easy to wander down the dark paths of forbidden knowledge, to partake of the proverbial forbidden fruit. If we recall Adam and Eve were told to keep away from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil found in the middle of the garden, they were permitted to partake of everything else in the garden. This did not satisfy their human curiosity and when tempted Eve took and ate the forbidden fruit and offered the same to her husband who also partook.

It was at that point that their eyes were opened and they saw that they were naked. They became self-aware, their eyes were opened to what they lacked and they lost sight of what God had provided for them. It was at this point that they set out to provide covering for themselves to hide their nakedness. They were now seeking human solutions to their earthly existence. They started out by rejecting God’s clear instruction to not eat from the tree and ended up hiding in the bushes.

Adam and Eve traded divine insight, Godly counsel for that which was being served up by a serpent. It did not turn out well for them, neither will it turn out well for us if we too are seduced to partake of the forbidden fruit of the poisoned tree.

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. Charles Spurgeon

3. We are hindered in our learning by our pride

“Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become foolish (literally: a “moron”) that he may become wise.” (1 Corinthians 3:18b)

There is indeed a sense of pride and accomplishment when one earns a degree from an institute of higher learning. Many view a college education as the means to personal success and work to earn many degrees and perhaps even a Masters or  Ph.D.

Paul was a well-educated man, in fact, this is what he says about himself in his letter to the Philippians:

Philippians 3:4-8 (NIV)
4  though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more:
5  circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee;
6  as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless.
7  But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.
8  What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ

Here Paul was running down through his resume, extolling his credentials, he was making a list of his accomplishments. By the world’s standard Paul was successful, and yet Paul considered all those accomplishments as nothing compared to that Damascus road encounter with God. All his earthly pursuits, all the degrees he had attained led him into a life of opposition to Christ, in fact, he was persecuting the church and killing Christians. In his mind, based on what he was taught, he believed he was doing the right thing. He was seriously misled. He had been lied to and seduced by the serpent to seek knowledge apart from God.

It is good to seek the truth and to gain an understanding of how things really work to avoid the pitfalls that accompanying bad choices but consider the source of that knowledge. Turn off the cable news outlets and their sound bites, shut down the internet for a week and pick up a good book instead, better yet put up the “good book”. Allow yourself some quiet time to reflect on life and sort through all the information that has flooded into your head through the things you have seen and heard. Most importantly recognize that the wisest among us is not smarter than God. And you are not god.

Our prayers should be “I want you to be wise in that which is good, and innocent in what is evil.” (Romans 16:19b) and only God is good therefore make Him your source of good information, He promises to lead you into all truth. (John 16:13)

Politicians Take Note


One thing our Founding Fathers could not foresee…was a nation governed by professional politicians who had a vested interest in getting reelected. They probably envisioned a fellow serving a couple of hitches and then looking…forward to getting back to the farm. Ronald Wilson Reagan

Former California Governor Ronald Wilson Reagan and later President of the United States saw professional politicians as an enemy of the state. Today’s politicians may have never worked the farm but they sure are giving away the farm. The current climate of Washington Politics makes one wonder if the home of the brave and the land of the free is being sold out beneath our feet by the very ones who are supposed to be watching out for our interests.

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.Prov 29:2 (NKJV)

The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me: ’He who rules over men must be just, Ruling in the fear of God.2 Sam 23:3 (NKJV)

Your princes are rebellious, And companions of thieves; Everyone loves bribes, And follows after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless, Nor does the cause of the widow come before them.Isaiah 1:23 (NKJV)

 

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A Presidential Greeting for the New Year


Official Portrait of President Ronald Reagan.

“I’ve always thought New Year’s Day was an especially American tradition, full of the optimism and hope we’re famous for in our daily lives — an energy and confidence we call the American spirit. Perhaps because we know we control our own destiny, we believe deep down inside that working together we can make each new year better than the old. … Let us renew our faith that as free men and women we still have the power to better our lives, and let us resolve to face the challenges of the new year holding that conviction firmly in our hearts. That, after all, is our greatest strength and our greatest gift as Americans.” —Ronald Reagan

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  1. Taking on the ‘class warfare’ debate. Demonizing the rich in order to excite the masses for political gain is a tactic as old as time itself. Although the political parties attempt to draw a distinct line between the have’s and the have not’s reality is not quite so neat. This report shows how the takers are spread evenly across all income levels and all social orders. Those who feel obligated to the wealthand property of others is not a rich versus poor argument, it is a symptom of a government set on enriching itself with as much power and influence possible in order to continue to amass power unto itself.The only remedy to this social ill is to return again to the biblical foundation upon an orderly civil society can best operate. The answer is found in the golden rule which is a simplification of the ten commandments. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. One of the ten commandments says; Thou shalt not covet. Thou shalt not desire anything that belongs to thy neighbor. Imagine how many social ills could be eliminated by this one simple rule.

  2. The Class Warfare We Need Identifying the Parasites, Pirates, and Predators to wealth creation ow.ly/84IBu
    December 19, 2011 1:17:07 PM EST
  3. This story I found very informative. A list of our economic ills. Take the time to read through this and see for yourself why we are facing an economic meltdown in the United States.I can not help but be reminded of the scripture which teaches… the borrower is subject to the lender…

  4. 50 Facts About the American Economy that will Shock You amplify.com/u/a1kvxq
    December 19, 2011 1:17:07 PM EST
  5. December 19, 2011 11:04:13 PM EST
  6. “Do not muzzle an ox while it treads out grain. Deuteronomy 25:4 (HCSB) Here is a story that argues the moral supremacy of Capitalism. Allowing every individual to pursue their happiness and allow them to keep the results of that pursuit. Our declaration of independence declares that “all men” everyone is entitled to certain rights granted to them by their CREATOR and not allocated by government. Our form of government was established to PROTECT these inalienable rights endowed to us by God. Our Constitution set to limit governments ability to restrict or deny the people these inalienable rights.

    Personal pursuits and the owning of private property is the foundation upon which this country grew from obscurity into the greatest wealth producing nation in all of history. The steady diet of one socialistic government program after another has been weakening our financial health and making slaves of us all.

    Again we find wisdom in the pages of scripture. Preventing the ox from eating while treading out grain only weakens the ox and before long the ox will die and no work will go forth. Government feels that by squeezing the golden goose somehow the goose will produce more golden eggs. History has proven the Marxist approach does not work anywhere it has been tried.

  7. The Moral Case For Capitalism – the only “fair” system in the world ow.ly/825L6
    December 19, 2011 1:17:07 PM EST
  8. Like tying a stone to a sling, so is giving honor to a fool. Proverbs 26:8 (GW)
  9. And last but not least here is this week’s DoDo bird award winner presented to Time Magazine for their 2011 Person of the year award nominee. And some still regard this publication as a worthy news source. Like the DoDo bird Time magazine is headed for extinction.
  10. December 19, 2011 11:23:23 PM EST
  11. DoDo Bird Award Winner : Time Magazine which named the Protestor as their 2011 Person of the Year bit.ly/sWMpyb
    December 19, 2011 1:17:07 PM EST
  12. Until next time, may the Lord bless you and keep you and may the Lord make his face to shine upon you and grant you peace.
  13. December 19, 2011 11:25:55 PM EST
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A Christmas Greeting from Ronald Reagan


Official Portrait of President Ronald Reagan.

Image via Wikipedia

“In spite of everything, we Americans are still uniquely blessed, not only with the rich bounty of our land but by a bounty of the spirit — a kind of year-round Christmas spirit that still makes our country a beacon of hope in a troubled world and that makes this Christmas and every Christmas even more special for all of us who number among our gifts the birthright of being an American.” —Ronald Reagan

via Brief for Monday, December 19, 2011 – Editions – PatriotPost.US.

It is difficult to continually listen to all the bad news coming across the airwaves lately. The world is in a state of unrest, the world economy is failing, the American people are being told by their leaders that we are selfish and greedy, the productive in our society are being demonized by those who are supposed to be looking out for America’s interests, and yet there is not other place I would rather be than in the United States of America. I know, like Ronald Reagan, that dispite America’s shortcomings, she is endowed with the grace of God by the people who live and work here. Thank you to all my fellow Americans and may God bless us one and all this Christmas season.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

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