Today 15 June 2020, the Supreme Court in the US has dealt the final blow on the Christian Right’s attempt to deny basic rights to gays. The supreme Court decision meant that gays could not be sacked just because they are gays. With the court so stacked with conservatives, it was the last chance for the Christian Right to bring a clear case of denial of basic human rights to the courts which in normal circumstances would not even be heard. The church has been deceived by the devil and the optics would have looked bad whatever decision the Supreme Court would have made. Ironically, the charisma magazine called one of the supreme Court judge as engaging in treacherous deception when the charismatic evangelicals are so easily deceived by Satan because of their own hidden sins needed to be placed on the gentle gay lambs.
The church is not necessarily the Body of Christ because the Body of Christ are those who are in Christ, who believed that Jesus Christ alone is Lord, God and Saviour above all other gods. Only in believing by faith that Jesus death and resurrection makes us a child of God in Christ rather than works of love or being part of creation. The weeds have so cluttered the church until darkness reigns and there is no power to heal nor to save. The church itself is steeped in darkness that it cannot be saved but by the light which is Jesus Christ.
This day today, June 7, 1967, Jerusalem is in Jewish hands again after 2,000 years (from 63 BCE when Roman conquered Judea) . It is also the first Sunday after the Jewish feast of Pentecost.
Prior, the Europeans in World War 2, killed more than 6 million Jews. This was the ending of the Jewish diaspora to Roman Europe with millions killed in the Holy land in AD70 and the subsequent uprising in the next 200 years. The Jews defended the land until they were physically removed from their promised land. Many chosed death such as in the famous siege of Masada in 74 AD. The modern day Palestinians knew the land didn’t belong to them but to the Jews so much so that their leader Mahmoud Abbas declared the Palestinians were the descendents of Cannanites who came before the Jews.
Many years ago I was walking through a prison in the Australian outback doing electrical works. The black prisoners were all screaming racist slurs and curses and spitting at me as I walked through the corridor. There was so much hate and anger. It gave me a different perspective of the world. Perhaps victims often becomes perpetrators of their own predicaments if they don’t respond with grace. But many have lost so much that it is very painful. Isint the heart of the matter our hearts rather than the excuses we made of racism of the old days?
In the United States, in the midst of the Covid 19 pandemic, the death by the hands of the white police of a black man has triggered a series of violent protests by Black lives Matters and Antifa, a militant left radicalised socialist group making best use of the opportunity to cause havoc. As a safety issue during Covid19, it is irresponsible to be out in the streets protesting in masses. I see many whites joining in the protests but ironically the issue is also with white privilege of the elites.