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Mar 29, 2010

What Would Jesus Do about Healthcare Reform?

Now that the Democrats in Congress have passed a healthcare overhaul by a vote of 219 to 212, the big question is what will happen next. A majority of the American people are not happy with this bill being rammed down their throats. The Republicans are vowing to fight it in the courts.

I have noticed a large amount of prophecy lingo tied to the healthcare bill. On the heels of the vote, a new Harris poll reveals Republican attitudes about President Obama: 24 percent say he may be the Antichrist. Obama didn't help his AC numbers by mocking Republicans for acting as if the bill would lead to Armageddon. "After I signed the bill, I looked around to see if there were any asteroids falling, some cracks opening up in the earth," Obama said, adding it turned out to be a nice day and "birds were chirping, folks were strolling down the mall."

One of the most irritating events of last week was the liberal media coming to the Democrats' aid. The press wasted no time capitalizing on claims that House Democrats have faced violent threats after the healthcare vote. Immediately, the blame was placed on Tea Party members and Republicans.

The liberal media turns a blind eye whenever Republicans are threatened. Alaskaís former governor, Sarah Palin, has recently received death threats against herself and her family. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor was allegedly shot at while he was at his campaign office in Richmond, Virginia--an act that far surpasses telephone threats. The coverage of this event has been minimal.

People have been sending letters to the White House to vent their anger, but itís almost a worthless effort. Each week, our beloved leader typically gets 15,000-25,000 letters, 20,000-25,000 faxes, 120,000-150,000 e-mails, and 10,000-12,000 phone calls. His staff says that he only reads ten items each day. Since we have to naturally assume that 60 to 100 percent of the letters are of a supportive tone, the chance of getting the presidentís ear is extremely remote.

It is very aggravating to watch our nation being guided down a path towards financial destruction. I've already said in several NM updates that America is headed for bankruptcy. Even before the vote, Social Security had $15.1 trillion in unfunded liabilities. The tab for Medicare is an even more staggering $36.4 trillion. Why would a couple more trillion dollars matter?

GOP strategists are looking to the upcoming November 2 as their best chance repeal the healthcare bill. Even if they get a majority, it's unlikely they will gain enough seats to override an Obama veto. They could forward their hopes to the 2012 presidential election, but it's questionable whether there will be something worth saving by the time the next president would take office in January 2013.

With all this gloom, it is important to ask ourselves what Jesus would do about this mess. I don't see the Lord becoming politically involved in the debate. I just can't envision Him outside Capitol Hill, waving a "Don't tread on me" flag.

Jesus never once said what the Roman Empire should be doing for its citizens. When Jesus walked the earth, He personally fed the hungry and healed the sick. He didn't ask anybody for his or her health insurance card, and he didn't lobby Romans to establish affordable healthcare. If mankind had trusted God for good health, the average life span might still reach the upper hundreds.

The last time I checked, old age still had a 100 percent fatality rate. The healthcare crisis will never be solved because there is no remedy for the corrupt nature of our bodies. We shouldn't spend all our time worrying about Blue Cross. Our focus should be on the true cross.

"He healed all that were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying: Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses" (Matthew 8:16-17).

-- Todd

Devil's Dementia Goes Viral

Do you ever read, watch, or hear news reports and say to yourself: "The world has gone crazy!" or something to that effect? Certainly, this seems to be a world going--or already gone--mad. The observation is worthy of in-depth investigation.

Looking in any direction across the landscape of human interaction produces undeniable evidence. This is a planet of people whose sanity is under assault by an unseen force. It is the same sin-sickness that infected the first recorded rebel, Lucifer the fallen one, who is so delusional that he thinks he can still defeat the God of heaven. Thus, I give the malady the designation the "Devil's dementia." Indeed, it has gone viral upon planet earth.

The supernaturally inflicted dementia has brought much of humanity to the point that mankind's thinking has become reprobate. The word reprobate is defined as: morally depraved; unprincipled; bad. Reprobate thinking is rejected by God and beyond hope of salvation (apart from redemption found only in Jesus Christ). It is the kind of thinking with which Satan, the devil, now incessantly assaults God's creation called man. Mankind is thus fatally infected, his mind only on evil continually, just as prophesied.

Jesus said it would be like in the days of Noah at the time of His Second Coming (Lk. 17:26-27). When we check those days, we find the following: "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually" (Gen. 6:5).

Let us consider the spreading dementia that afflicts our nation and the world at this late hour in history. Analyzing the arenas of human endeavor and the upside-down thinking that pervades will quite possibly further give us a sense of where this generation stands on God's prophetic timeline.

Religious Dementia

Religion, rather than acting as a comforting abode for the spirit as it is purported to do, more often inflames passions and ignites wars than soothes the savage beast within man. The most volatile religion of our time has at its very heart the demand that genocide be perpetrated upon God's chosen people. Jihad is the term for "holy war" that inspires much of Islam. It is sheer insanity that demands that parents strap bombs to their sons and daughters to blow up others--this in the name of bringing into being peace on earth!

Christianity today more and more spotlights the madness of the hour. Many who say they are Christians have turned from the very reason for Christianity's name--Jesus Christ and His death, burial, and resurrection as sacrifice so men, women, and children can be redeemed from sin. False teachers and preachers divert the minds and hearts of people to fables. It is an inward turning toward self-centeredness and away from reaching out to the lost of the world as Christ commissioned His followers to do.

In the name of Christ, Catholicism harbors a seemingly endless number of priests who are pedophiles, who prey on the innocent children who are supposed to be under their watch care. This is reprobate thinking and an assault on God--perversion of the worst sort.

The devil's dementia is working within the Church today, through the wolves in sheep's clothing, as condemned by Scripture:

"Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith" (2 Tim 3:8).

"They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate" (Titus 1:16).

Socio-economic Dementia

All one has to do to understand what is going on in bringing down the United States is to cogitate on the thoughts recently uttered by one of America's avowed enemies. "Fidel Castro, Cubaís former president, wrote in an essay that passage of the American healthcare overhaul is 'a miracle' and a major victory for Barack Obamaís presidency, but called it 'really incredible' that the U.S. took more than two centuries from its founding to approve health benefits for all" ("In the News," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 3/26/10, p. 1).

The American government and the present administration demonstrate beyond any doubt the dementia that affects U.S. leadership. These "leaders" demand that Americans learn to live within their means, yet the politicians run up tabs of trillions of dollars in the drive to convert the nation to European-style socialism at best--to a Marxist state at worst. The big tax-and-spenders have strapped and continue to strap future generations with debt that can never be repaid. Only God's staying hand has prevented the complete implosion of the U.S. and world economies to this point.

It is madness, but if viewed through spiritually attuned senses, it's madness that can be understood as defiantly following the reprobate thinking that opposes the God of heaven. With a considerable majority of U.S. citizenry opposing the massive spending spree, the majority party ignores the people's wishes. Instead they tie to their insane fiscal scheme taxpayer-funded abortions and other anti-God legislation, which enables atrocities such as public schools outlawing Bibles in classrooms while distributing condoms and birth control pills to students.

The madness spreads and metastasizes. FOX News reported Thursday, March 25, 2010, that a mother was devastated that her fifteen-year-old daughter was transported to an abortion facility by a public school in Seattle, Washington, for an abortion. This was done because the mother had signed a consent form she thought was for the child's medical safety, in case there was a medical emergency while she was at school. The school powers-that-be interpreted the consent form as meaning they had the right to abort the child's baby. That the girl was pregnant is troubling enough, but the government-funded school taking such godless action demonstrates a reprobate mindset that would have in earlier generations been unfathomable.

FOX News reported the same day that a phenomenon known as the "flash mob" has come into being, whereby young people assemble on an Internet gathering site, organize, then physically take to the streets to vandalize and destroy merchandise within stores and damage other places. The report disclosed that an activity known as "catch and wretch" is the recreational activity of a growing number of children as young as nine years old. They pick out a victim (sometimes the elderly), as would a pack of wolves, then they beat them and do other dastardly things. Lawlessness is the result of the devil's dementia, of which Antichrist will one day be the chief proponent.

Geopolitical Dementia Nowhere is the upside-down thinking that is the devil's dementia more evident, from the biblically prophetic perspective, than in the arena of geopolitics. Again, on FOX--"FOX and Friends," Friday, March 26, 2010--I heard contributor Geraldo Rivera accuse Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of being the cause of Middle East tensions. He implied that they were the roadblock to peace in the region because they consistently perpetrated acts against the impoverished Palestinian people.

Rivera had just returned from the region, and, in my view, painted Netanyahu as a tyrant, whose Likkud party wanted only to stir the boiling pot that is the Middle East, and was an obstacle to peace. He praised the Obama administration as the sane influence, and said the Israeli government should be pressured to give in to the two-state solution and the division of Jerusalem.

The devil's dementia--the reprobate, woolly-mindedness--couldn't be more exposed than through Rivera's diatribe. Despite the fact that Israel's enemies, since its reestablishment as a nation in 1948, have been blood-vowed to wipe the Jewish state from off the earth, Rivera and his ilk still spew with a straight face that Israel is the troublemaker.

The history is plain for anyone with a sound mind to understand. Gamel Abdul Nasser, the Egyptian tyrant, attacked Israel with a huge coalition of Arab states in 1956, and again in 1967. Anwar Sadat, Egypt's leader, accompanied by another huge contingent of Arab states, assaulted Israel on Yom Kippur in 1973. The objective in all the wars initiated by the anti-Israel forces was to wipe the nation off the map. The Arab enemies of Israel still hold to the eradication of Israel as their focus of hatred. Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has at every opportunity declared that he wants to scour the Jewish State from the earth; he even wants to bring on Armageddon so the 12th Imam can emerge from the ashes to institute Allah's glorious reign upon earth.

And the world's diplomats and media call Israel the culprit! The devil's dementia has gone viral, and Jesus Christ is the only cure.

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