Don’t Oppress the Foreigner
As an American living on the opposite side of the world for almost 6 years, I have found one problem with laws of almost every country: They don’t pause to understand foreigners, good or bad. Caesar, child of an illegal Mexican immigrant, taught us to understand dogs so we can master them.
To have rule of law, the law must understand people—citizens, foreigners, small businesses…
But, American Churchianity… Try to understand someone outside their Sunday morning groupies? Fat chance! Immigration is out of control because we neglected to understand.
Bible policy: don’t oppress foreigners, don’t follow pagans, lest ye be judged.
Leviticus 19:34, Jeremiah 7:6, 22:3, Zechariah 7:10; Leviticus 20:23 · · · →
Those who are bent on making everyone hate them in their older years get really good at making everyone hate them in their older years. And the same is true of wisdom, knowledge, and youth with old souls who are both wise and happy in both twilights, young and seasoned.
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of institutions, which get worse and worse at everything with time. Old corporations lose their first customers. Governments write policies so bad they make failure a failure. Why do Christians think their house meetings aren’t mature until they “incorporo-institutio-destructionate”?
Lesson: Control exhausts the controller. · · · →
Thistles and thorns have their purposes, but not on a farm. Farms are for cucumbers, pumpkins, wheat, and barley.
The farmers of America’s political and religious systems seem like they haven’t figured this out.
It’s not that American’s wanted thistle fields, they’ve just planted thistles expecting watermelon. Sooner or later, Americans will learn whatever comes up from the ground at harvest grows from whatever went into the ground that spring.
The lesson of sowing and reaping is more important than just reaping what our fathers sowed. The more weeds that we planted that sprout, the better. So, don’t be worried. · · · →
Poser-leaders lack the innovative creativity of founders whose footsteps they follow. It happens about every 50 years: A leader answers the problems of the times, then a poser-successor follows in his footsteps, singing the same song, long after the problems are solved. Fifty years later, new leaders raise up to expel the posers. And so history repeats—with tech companies, civil rights, China, the Church, Democrats, Republicrats, and even in the 2014 elections.
This is not a historical anomaly, but a perfect tempo. Hunger for greatness blinds posers to the demons they empower—demons who don’t know that their tempo exposes itself. · · · →