No Real Winner


The election results are in. It is over, or is it? While there are many differing opinions as to why it turned out the way that it did, I thought that I would share mine. The reality is that nobody really won the election even though we now have a president-elect Trump. Both sides of the political spectrum need to do some soul-searching and this is my attempt to point them in the right direction. So, lets start with democrats since they lost, and then move to the Republicans.

This election was in no way a mandate for Trump. It was however, a rebuke of three different entites. First, Hillary Clinton was simply not an electable candidate. Secondly, the Democratic National Committee rigged the primaries to make her their candidate. Lastly, it was a rebuke against the establishment media (which is all democratic). Clinton lost this election not because Trump was so electable but because she was so unelectable. The fact of the matter is that she is a difficult politician to trust. She’s done some shady stuff. The emails, FBI investigations, the rigging of the DNC primary, and the flip-flopping on so many issues made her difficult to stomach. Secondly, when the email leaks came out that the primary was rigged in favor of Hillary, the DNC did nothing. The chairman resigned and that was the end of it. Richard Nixon was impeached from the Presidency for doing less than this. All he did was wire tap a headquarters in an election that was a landslide in his favor. The DNC and Hillary rigged the primary in her favor and simply accepted this as OK. Its not OK. The establishment media never really reported on it. The never dug into the heart of the criminal activity. Instead, they dug up an eleven year old audio recording of rape culturist Trump and let all of the DNC criminal activities go. This is simply not OK and most Americans didn’t tolerate it. On top of the fact, that all their polls were so wrong that now, we have to question the validity of all of them. Perhaps they were just trying to brain-wash the public and the public would have known of it. Had the Bernie Sanders been there candidate, he would’ve probably beat Trump. The fact of the matter is that all of this was simply too much for most folks. These are the reasons why the democrats lost, it wasn’t because of race or the electoral college system, it was for these three simple reasons.

Republicans have some soul-searching to do as well. The fact that Donald Trump won the primary against several other heavy hitters in the party still boggles my mind. We have got to do better. This election in no way validates the Republican agenda it only means that even Trump could beat Hillary. Its sad. As I said previously Trump won because Clinton was simply not electable not because folks have this trust in Trump. For sure, some do, but for him to win the way that he did, says more about Clinton than it does about him. It is my hope that he will recognize this and all Republicans will recognize this and get on with the business of uniting the country from humility rather than ruling in arrogance. Trump will have to address the racism. It is simply not acceptable. It is also my hope that the Republicans who oppossed Trump will continue to hold him accountable. As I said, this election was not a mandate for Trump.

Moving forward, both parties have got to be selective in how we pick our candidates. The shady business of political rigging must stop and the rhetoric of race/hate must also stop. We, as Americans, are better than this.

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The Fear of the LORD is Wisdom

“And unto man He said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” (Job 28:28 KJV)

 

     We hear the phrase, “Fear God” all the time but it seems that there is no real consensus regarding what that exactly means and entails.  Hence, it is the purpose of this post to briefly examine wisdom in relation to the Fear of the Lord and attempt to draw some conclusions.

     To begin with, the Hebrew word for fear, used in the above quoted verse and often in the Old testament, is the word “Yirah.”  It has a couple of different meanings.  First, is the emotion of “fear” as in Deuteronomy 5:5 when Father manifests on Sinai before the children of Israel.  This was a terrifying experience for them.  However, there was a reason for this experience.  Namely, as Moses states in the Exodus account, “Fear not:  for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.” (Exodus 20:20 KJV)  Secondly, it is often used in passages meaning, proper or righteous people such as Job who “feared God and turned away from evil.” (Job 1:1)  Thirdly, fearing the Lord carries the idea of a reverent awe or respect for God.  This can clearly be seen in the Egyptian midwives who put their own lives at risk by refusing Pharoah’s command to kill all the male babies of the children of Israel.  The bible states as their reason, “They feared God.” (Exodus 1:17-21)  Another interesting passage demonstrates the “fear of the Lord” while not completing following the Lord in 2 Kings 17:32.  In this passage, the people whom the king of Assyria relocated into the Northern Kingdom of Israel had a polytheistic approach to life.  Meaning, they had several gods that they worshipped and they also included Yahveh in this because the “they also feared the LORD.”  To summarize all of these three ideas into one sentence it could be “A respect for God that is rooted in experiences with Him and these impact all the actions and decisions that are subsequently made.”  In essence, that is what it means to “fear the LORD.”

      The two words that are used for wisdom in both Hebrew and Greek have a very similar meaning.  The Hebrew word is “hakmah” and the Greek word is “sofia”.  The basic idea of New Testament wisdom is: The wisdom of God that existed in Jesus and now has been given to us via the Holy Spirit.  It is true insight into the nature of things.”  Wisdom is the bi-product of relationship with God.  We gain true insight into the nature of things as we fear the Lord, considering Him in all our actions and decisions, and this shows us the nature of all things.

     This idea has merit to the translators of the Septuagint.  In the above quoted verse at the top of the post, they didn’t include the usual phrase for “Fear of the LORD”.  Instead, they used “jeosebeia” which is basically translated “godliness.”  It carries the meaning of proper conduct in reverence towards God.  It is what Abraham feared was missing in Abimelech’s kingdom (Genesis 20:11) and what the angel of the LORD commended Abraham for having as he prepared to sacrifice Issac (Genesis 22:11)  So, we see that the ideas we have presented here have support from the Rabbi’s who translated the Septuagint.

     Here is the sum of the matter, “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13 ESV)  When we have reference for God that is rooted in experience and we implement that in our daily lives, we live a life that “keeps his commandments.”  This also, as we’ve seen in the above-quoted passage of Job, gives us true insight into the nature of things by the power of the Holy Spirit, which is  wisdom.