I experienced no self-pity.
I was just caught up in a
life in which
I could ﬁnd no
meaning.” —Charles Bukowski. (via libertarians)
Killer Pizza from Mars will forever be the best pizza place in the world.
I can’t wait to go home again in November.
I think it’s because he’s jealous.
The answer in my heart is ‘the truth’. That drives me on a daily basis whether it’s artistically, creatively or socially. To take the pretension out of it for a second, it’s like with the comedian Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm; the way he is looking for the truth and finds himself annoyed constantly all day long. That can be a turn off for the people around you. And I have to watch myself, I’m constantly like, ‘Why do people do it like this? Why do they set up a table like this? Why would you have two doors to a gas station and lock one of them? What the fuck does that mean?’” —Jack White, outtakes from AnOther Man article, Issue 10.
like a bird from the snare of the fowler.” —
Proverbs 6:5 (via icansmellthegasoline)
I get what people are trying to do, but this is a prime example of taking things out of context. Does anyone ask the question “what was Solomon saying free yourself from?” because he explains it in verse 1-4 and it wasn’t about anarchy. I’m not upset by it, I’m merely pointing out that taking one sentence out of a paragraph causes confusion from what the speaker originally intended. Politicians do it all the time to discredit others. Others use it to discredit Jesus. Bottom line doing that is dangerous and misleading as I’m sure people can see.
My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth. So do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands: Go—to the point of exhaustion— and give your neighbor no rest! Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids.
It states that when you take an oath you are bound to that oath, just like people who say the pledge or are involved with the military or with law enforcement.
Sure, in the case of this verse, it’s only speaking of individual people and it’s saying that we should carry out the pledges or promises that we’ve made, but the principle is the same. You shouldn’t take an oath if you are unable or unwilling to keep it, especially when government is involved, since the government is in direct opposition to and cannot coexist with Christianity.
K Thanks for your explanation. I just think it’s very important that we be careful with the Word of God. Without proper context, things can go nuts.
To address what your saying about government. I feel it should be specified too. I say these things to ask what your take is on it. I ask so that I can understand you. Feel free to point me to a post if you’ve already addressed this:
Saying that Christianity and man-made government cannot co-exist. I totally get it. “No man can serve two masters”. We are called from under the world’s system of thinking,& doing things, and called to Kingdom mindset, and depend on the Kingdom for what we need. Most brought up example being that of the tithe, with the world looking at us like we’re nuts…but we respond to and depend on a higher government. Another example being, how we are to love those who persecute us and be generous in giving to others..again we respond to a higher government. We are in the world…co-existing physically, but be we are not of the world.(John 17:14). We are called to expand the Kingdom to every people group and culture. Here’s where my question is….People in the army need the Kingdom too. So we need to be in there too, we need to be everywhere in everything to reach every people. Military, law enforcement, those people need it too. Many people have been called by God to go into these areas, to spread the Kingdom. I personally wouldn’t advocate going into the military AT ALL, but truth be told how do we get the Kingdom into the military? how do we get the Kingdom into corporate america, into law enforcement, how do we get the Kingdom into government itself..by sending in PEOPLE who are citizens of the Kingdom of God to spread the Kingdom’s influence to the PEOPLE of those institutions. Institutions made up of people.
Personally, in my opinion…that’s where the revolution is, and I think you agree with that too. I understand what your saying though, but I just wonder about it when we make these evil institutions somewhat untouchable, as if they aren’t made up of people that need to be reached.
I understand that the government, including the military and law enforcement, is made up of individuals and I think that we should treat each individual the same way that Christ would. When I post on the military with an attitude of hatred it’s always aimed at the institution in order to make a point that individuals, especially Christians, shouldn’t take part in it, it’s not meant to single out individuals.
As for how to reach people in the military, I could understand taking a mission trip or something to the areas that they’re stationed, but to join the military to spread the Gospel is a bit hypocritical and completely against the everything the Bible tells Christians to be. You can’t expect a fellow soldier to listen to your teachings on turning the other cheek when you’re both dropping bombs on innocent civilians in the name of something as silly as patriotism and “stopping terrorism.” You can’t expect a Muslim girl to listen to the teachings of Jesus when the military of a “Christian” nation killed her brother. I think that logic is a bit like saying that in order to bring Jesus to the gang bangers that we need some Christians to become gang bangers.
We have to bring other Christians to the understanding that they can’t serve the government and practice true Christianity. Government is violence and murder, Christianity is peace. You can’t practice both at the same time.