Bad Blue – A Resource that Tells Us What is Trending


The day after I commended the newly-found Nice Deb blog (at least new to me) and had referenced Rhymes with Right as the source for this find, I saw a reference to something that I really need and really do not need while I was reading each of these sites. That is, because I love to find out the newest ideas trending on Twitter, I really need Bad Blue. However, due to the fact that I currently have a 40-hour job, another blog to populate, a son who often needs help with homework, and a balance of 46 published/139 incomplete postings — I really do not need this resource.  Nonetheless, in a world where the truth matters and blogs are blooming daily, Bad Blue provides an automated (that is, 24/7 without editorial input — other than the article being tweeted) news feed.

Therefore, this is a great resource for those trying to look at all sides of the world and give a fitting answer.

Bible Input Regarding Listening 

Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. (Proverbs 13:20 NIV)

The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. (Ecclesiastes 10:2 NIV)

I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. (Matthew 10:16 NIV)

Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise. Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. What a man desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar. The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble. The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth! Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke a discerning man, and he will gain knowledge. He who robs his father and drives out his mother is a son who brings shame and disgrace. Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge. A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil. Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools. (Proverbs 19:20-29 NIV)

Bible Input Regarding Your Own Bible Study

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 NIV)

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, (1 Peter 3:15 NIV)

Nice Deb – Another Great Resource


Through my reading of Rhymes with Right, I have stumbled upon another great resource — Nice Deb.  I encourage all to this blog due to its own concise statements and the comprehensive quotes that it uses.

Particularly encouraging is her inclusion of posts titled “Your Sunday Hymn.”  Below, I have included a video that she includes in her most recent “Your Sunday Hymn.”

A Word for Nice Deb

Why do I recommend Nice Deb:

  • Because her means of delivering information has encouraged me and I believe that it will encourage others. Anything commanded as often as the command to encourage others should be a part of our daily life.

    Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV)

    But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. (Hebrews 3:13 NIV)

    Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29 NIV)

    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 NOV)

  • Her persistent presentation of logic evidenced through her years of blog entries works as a model.  Therefore, I will try to follow the example set in persuasion and encouragement delivered by way of the blog.

    Patient persuasion can break down the strongest resistance and can even convince rulers. (Proverbs 25:15 NIV)

    Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Phillipians 2:1-4 NIV)

  • Finally, as she seems to, I realize the limits of persuasion and defer to the leadership of God.

    Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children (Ephesians 5:1 NIV)

Rhymes With Right – A Study In Contrasts


   

In a recent post by Greg at Rhymes With Right, he contrasted the reactions of the Israeli citizens as they absorbed the reality of the murder of three teens with the reactions of the Palestinians as they rioted in response to the murder of one teen and the beating of another.  While I wholeheartedly agree with Greg’s assessment, I would like to add a number of observations.

Comparing What Happened to the Victims

According to the Times of Israel, Hamas terrorists Amer Abu Aysha and Marwan Kawasme thought that they were only picking up Eyal Yifrach. Only intending to kidnap one victim, Aysha and Kawasme were surprised when three teenagers jumped into the vehicle. Then one of the teens, recognizing that they had not boarded an Israeli car, called the police at 10:25 and whispered “We’ve been kidnapped.” Military radio reported that the three were executed during the phone call. Investigators found blood, bullet cases, and personal belongings of the murderers in the car.

The Miami Herald reports that a gag order prevents the sharing of details of how six Israeli youths may be involved in the burning of one Palestinian youth. However, BBC News reports that Floridian Tariq Khdair is accused of belonging to a group of youths that attacked Israeli police. Cell phone video shows two masked Israeli police punching him in the head. Tariq’s family disputes his involvement in attacks against police. Additionally, Haaretz reports that Tariq resisted arrest, attacked officers, and was carrying a slingshot for lobbing stones when he was arrested.

Comparing the Reactions of the People

On the Israeli side, there had been vigils for the three teens, the capture and prosecution of six suspects in the Palestinian’s murder, and some soul searching. This soul searching was evidenced by articles in the Jewish Journal, Haaretz, Israel Today, and other outlets.

On the Palestinian side, the response on the streets to the deaths of three teenaged boys included celebrating in the streets, posting social media messages, and handing out candy and food. Several sources even report that Palestinian Authority Arabs threw rocks at the ambulance transporting the bodies of the three teens. No arrests or visible attempt to search for the murderers of the three Jewish teens has been undertaken by the Palestinian Authority.

Comparing the Portrayals by the Media

Like a defense lawyer that blames the raped teenager for wearing a skirt, the Christian Science Monitor,
justified the kidnapping of the Israeli youths by Palestinians through convoluted logic that objectified the victims as “bargaining chips for justice.”

Note that I would have normally included links to the Christian Science Monitor article that I quoted in the paragraph above; however, this reprehensible article was removed from the site while I was preparing the Bible-study portion of this article.  Luckily, the kind folks at HonestReporting.com not only reported on the bigoted reporting that I had observed from the Christian Science Monitor, but also the slanted reporting of CNN and Sky News.

How Does this Apply to Christians?

Christians should note that the natural (1 Corinthians 2:14) inclination for people would have us commit inhumane acts (since it was common to exact hyperbolic retribution before Exodus 21:23-24) and hold hatred (1 John 4:20); therefore, because the two groups involved neither profess Christianity nor deviate from the natural, we cannot expect either the Israelis or Palestinians to start adhering to Christian principals.

Having said that, we should consider the following blessings that we might garner:

  1. God will bless those who bless Jews

    I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you. (Genesis 12:3 NIV)

  2. God blesses those who work for justice

    The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. (Psalm 103:6-14 NIV)

  3. Jesus set a new standard for Christians when it comes to avoiding murder

    You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

    “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

    “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny. (Matthew 5:21-26 NIV)

  4. We should remember that God gave governments the responsibility to punish evil; therefore, we should expect justice (not forgiveness) from government

    For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. (Romans 13:4 NIV)

  5. We should remember that our security is in God

    When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. (Deuteronomy 20:1 NIV)