CSN Sunday – Messages of Light – 2/14/2021
Dear CSN newsletter readers,
The Citizen Sentinels Network has maintained a project, originally deemed the David Project, since 2018. For those readers of faith, the Messages of Light originated as a genuine inspiration from our Heavenly Father. It was initiated to bring Light into the dark in this time. And especially at such a time as this in our nation and in the world, there is clear and present danger requiring the faithful to hold boldly and securely onto the foundations that are rooted in faith.
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BTW – On this Valentines Day, show our Father in Heaven your love too!
Be Ye Therefore Perfect?
“For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.” Matthew 5:20-26
Love Your Enemies
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:43-48
In December of last year before Christmas, I offered some profound words from Jesus from his Sermon on the Mount. https://citizensentinelsnetwork.com/csn-sunday-messages-of-light-12-20-2020/ The end of that quotation was Matthew 5:20, which begins this passage shared here. In this excerpt from the famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus shares some heavy-duty instruction to the crowd of people. Truly, it is instruction that is a heavy-duty assignment for us to obey today. These words of wisdom from Jesus are often broken into smaller bits and pieces in order to be digested more easily, if digested at all. Sadly, as a whole, Christianity has not been capable of guiding believers to consistently put into practice the words and guidance of the Christ. How is this known? One only needs to study Western or European history to see the legacy of the Church. Clearly, the human nature inherited from the Fall of Man prevailed in more instances rather than what was inherited from Christ.
Even in the creation of a new nation – a “Land of the Free” – it is more than obvious that citizens of this nation really struggled with the high ideals that were contained within the blueprints of the United States of America. The struggle in this nation has been centered around living up to such high ideals. There are parts of our history that many would prefer not to examine too closely or for too long. Yet, the struggles we have gone through have usually always been able to yield a higher standard of life for the people as a whole. With those Judeo-Christian principles as those that were the guiding light for the nation, God’s people have always prevailed. However, a more recent message I offered provided a parable from Jesus about the Owner of the Vineyard. It is also possible that again such words from Jesus were hard to digest. One can only imagine how those whom he addressed may have felt: “the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they knew he was speaking about them.” That would have been severe judgment.
In that introduction to the December Messages of Light, I wrote that it was not a coincidence that the Messiah came just as the Roman Republic had fallen under the control of a dictator, the self-proclaimed emperor, Augustus. And, as people of faith understand today, the world of that time was ruthless, and the Jewish society was under the dominion of that Roman Empire ruling by fear and force. In that time, Jesus taught the truth and he taught loving one’s enemies. Yet, I shared that “within 400 years after Jesus walked upon the planet, the mighty Roman Empire fell apart. It was that very empire that was responsible for executing him, as well as many countless Christians, and many millions of other victims of such a government.” Such a victory truly came about due to love, not due to the power of fear or the violence of force.
So, in the message today, I turn again to these difficult words of Jesus to apply in our daily lives.
I turn again to the example of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in our American culture as he was one of the key people in our current time to be challenged with having to fight against fear and the use of force in the “Land of the Free.” It is my humble opinion that Rev. Dr. King was able to successfully put into practice on a regional level the heavy-duty assignment from our Lord. Such understanding will be important for those who adhere to their roots of faith in such a time as this. I do know that we are in times of tribulation, and I do know that Americans may very well be here because we could not love one another as Jesus asked of his followers. And, if we are not able to love one another, how would we be able to love our enemies? We ask Heavenly Father to forgive us, as in our pleas through 2 Chronicles 7:14; however, the passage from Matthew is reflective of a deeper and higher standard. The Lord’s Prayer admonishes Christians to forgive those who trespass against them, as a foundation or precursor for God to forgive us of our own trespasses against him. The message I offer today will touch on this crucial point. The message today is long, but again it is from the heart. I hope you could receive it.
We also have seven videos for today. Two are from ministers: Dutch Sheets and Jack Hibbs. Real Life with Jack Hibbs features a presentation from Eric Metaxes dealing with Dietrich Bonhoeffer. One is from Larry Elder on Donald Trump’s future, which looks much better since he was acquitted for a second time the other day. Congratulations President Trump.
The other four videos are musical and are all special. Most we have featured before, and we truly hope that you can enjoy them all!
Today we also have three articles in our “Recommended Reading” section. The first article is related to my topic on love’s triumph over hate. The other two deal with Trump’;s acquittal and demonstrate truth’s triumph over lies.
These words and images are being freely offered and are being sent to you as part of the David Project’s “Messages of Light.” Please receive today’s messages as a gift from those who care. They are only words that are being offered, freely, but some contain a deep message of faith, or a deeper expression of heart that readers can hopefully receive into their lives. As it was written: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18 – KJV
May we humble ourselves, seek His face, repent, and turn from wickedness – even if that may mean to truly love one another as brothers and sisters, as we are all children of our Father in Heaven, and even if that may mean to love our enemies.
“Loving One’s Enemies Triumphs Over Despotic Hatred”
By Dennis Jamison
February 14, 2021
The other day I wrote an article, https://canadafreepress.com/article/lincoln-is-still-being-victimized-by-hatred-and-intolerance and I acknowledged Abraham Lincoln’s birthday; but I admitted that similar to saying ‘Merry Christmas’ in the intolerant Leftist enclaves of California, saying ‘Happy Birthday’ to the Great Emancipator could prove hazardous to one’s health in San Francisco. The article focused upon the recent decision of the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education to remove the names of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Paul Revere, even Dianne Feinstein from 44 San Francisco public schools. One major point among many I made was that Lincoln still suffers from haters, even in this day. In addition, great Americans like George Washington or Paul Revere are being targeted by such hatred from ignorant people. In this sense I intended the word ignorant to include not only ignorance of true American history, but also ignorance of the laws of God – specifically of the admonition against bearing false witness in the Commandments given to Moses.
Truly, the realms of human hatred and intolerance often knows no bounds when unchecked by common reason or logic. However, hatred is like an illness, like an infectious disease that not only eats away one’s heart, but also eats away one’s mental capacity for proper rationalization. Lincoln faced rabid hatred from Democrats in his day as trusted “leaders” in the United States committed treason against the nation. It is also happening in this day. The obvious hatred being expressed by contemporary Democrats against Donald Trump and people who support him has eaten away their humanity and any serious capability to reason well. Intelligent people who paid attention to the hate driven, Democrat controlled, kangaroo court-type charade characterized as an “impeachment” proceeding could witness such hatred on full display. For me, it is hard to see the attraction of so much ugliness of the human condition.
Such demonstrations of human hatred have marred and tragically tainted human history. In the very beginning, the murder of Abel by his brother Cain established the historic trajectory of our inhumanity towards one another. It was the fruit humanity inherited from the Fall of Man. Hate is still present in human affairs – today – not just as witnessed time and again in human history. We who are called by His name stiff suffer from a world polluted with hatred. In his day, Washington was hated. Why? Washington was hated due to his leadership as a general in leading the army of the fledgling nation, and he was hated for his leadership as president of the United States. He became hated for freeing his slaves through his last will and testament. And, he may be hated by haters for quite a long time.
Abraham Lincoln was hated in his day, and he was hated by likely one-third or one-half of the population of the nation. People in the south still hate Lincoln. Proof? Government officials still
refuse to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday – even if it is part of a President’s Day event. They will include Thomas Jefferson, not Lincoln, in such celebrations. It is this same southern society that had bred hatred of the Blacks who were not considered fully human since the New York Times’
“1619 Project,” which is indoctri-narrative, not history. Yet, the ugly part of history does exist in the not so distant past of the United States. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man of God who was called to deal with the simmering hatred in that southern society. He was definitely hated in his day as a black man in a hate-driven white dominated society. Yet, as a Christian he was able to deal with such hatred in a more healthy and positive manner. This is why his courageous efforts in such a society, where he risked his life on a regular basis, should provide guidance for all true Christians in this day. Yet, I realize that this is a statement that is hard for many of those who call themselves ‘Christians’ to accept. It was Christian ministers in the Deep South that had opposed King in his day, along with the other secular-based haters in that southern culture.
As a Christian, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was able to put into practice a method to overcome such hatred by teaching and practicing loving one’s enemies, and there were many enemies for a Black preacher “raising hell” in a dominant white culture that had existed since the 1600s in the southeast region of the United States. He eventually forfeited his life in the process of the overall effort of challenging a culture of hatred. In my writings, I have referred to the powerful sermons of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on numerous occasions. However, the outcome of his efforts speak more loudly than his words, although the words are indeed powerful.
A sermon he had delivered numerous times, entitled, “Loving Your Enemies” shares a very profound message, that he not only spoke of, but also struggled to put into practice in the toxic political and social environment in which he lived. His words still ring true today:
There’s another reason why you should love your enemies, and that is because hate distorts the personality of the hater. We usually think of what hate does for the individual hated or the individuals hated or the groups hated. But it is even more tragic, it is even more ruinous and injurious to the individual who hates. You just begin hating somebody, and you will begin to do irrational things. You can’t see straight when you hate. You can’t walk straight when you hate. You can’t stand upright. Your vision is distorted.
There is nothing more tragic than to see an individual whose heart is filled with hate. He comes to the point that he becomes a pathological case. For the person who hates, you can stand up and see a person and that person can be beautiful, and you will call them ugly. For the person who hates, the beautiful becomes ugly and the ugly becomes beautiful. For the person who hates, the good becomes bad and the bad becomes good. For the person who hates, the true becomes false and the false becomes true. That’s what hate does. You can’t see right. The symbol of objectivity is lost. Hate destroys the very structure of the personality of the hater.
“We the People” can now begin to understand what it may be like to live like despised and hated people of past history — to taste this experience. Already in this new regime, it is becoming quite evident that Christian conservatives are not readily tolerated in this time — even by Republicans! It is possible to understand this erosion of the character if a genuine faith is at the core of our natures. Yet, people get confused within the political arena as we conflate the word conservative with Christian values and that does not always align properly with reality. There are variations of political conservatives, and several variations are not Christian and do not behave as Christians would in all instances within this broad society of the U.S.A. For those Leftists, who may think they are Christian, it is quite likely that they do not fully realize the genuine meaning of what it means to be Christian. It is important for all people to examine this realm of common ground in which Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. appealed to Christians on the Left and on the Right. It is more clear that the common ground was a point in which people could love one another rather than purposefully perpetrate hatred towards one another.
Dr. Rev. King admonished Blacks and Whites, Leftists and Conservatives:
There is a power in love that our world has not discovered yet. Jesus discovered it centuries ago. Mahatma Gandhi of India discovered it a few years ago, but most men and most women never discover it. For they believe in hitting for hitting; they believe in an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth; they believe in hating for hating; but Jesus comes to us and says, “This isn’t the way.”
My central point is more to focus on the example of King and those whom he inspired to walk such a path as they were attempting to practice the words of Jesus rather than to follow the path of the pursuit of unbridled hatred. There is one last point I would like to share from Rev. King’s sermon. It is derived from the beginning part in which he is examining the same text we feature here in this overall message. It is a serious admonition. And, I seriously believe it is a serious admonition for our time, not just from Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., but from our Heavenly Father even more as He addresses us as His children through this simple Baptist preacher.
Certainly these are great words, words lifted to cosmic proportions. And over the centuries, many persons have argued that this is an extremely difficult command. Many would go so far as to say that it just isn’t possible to move out into the actual practice of this glorious command. They would go on to say that this is just additional proof that Jesus was an impractical idealist who never quite came down to earth. So the arguments abound. But far from being an impractical idealist, Jesus has become the practical realist. The words of this text glitter in our eyes with a new urgency. Far from being the pious injunction of a utopian dreamer, this command is an absolute necessity for the survival of our civilization. Yes, it is love that will save our world and our civilization, love even for enemies.
Now let me hasten to say that Jesus was very serious when he gave this command; he wasn’t playing. He realized that it’s hard to love your enemies. He realized that it’s difficult to love those persons who seek to defeat you, those persons who say evil things about you. He realized that it was painfully hard, pressingly hard. But he wasn’t playing. And we cannot dismiss this passage as just another example of Oriental hyperbole, just a sort of exaggeration to get over the point. This is a basic philosophy of all that we hear coming from the lips of our Master. Because Jesus wasn’t playing; because he was serious. We have the Christian and moral responsibility to seek to discover the meaning of these words, and to discover how we can live out this command, and why we should live by this command.
May we all strive humbly to receive this medicine from a higher source for it rings quite true in our time as it did in the time of Jesus, as it did in the time of the nation’s founding, the time of our Civil War, in the time of the Civil Rights Movement, and in this divisive time of tribulation. It is what we decide to make of our civilization that will be left to future generations. There is a clear pathway for people of faith to follow, it may not be a path that everyone can take for that which is within their hearts may prove to be stumbling blocks on that path. Yet, we can get through this time by following the path that Christ has illuminated before us. It remains for us to choose life! ____________________________________________________________________________
Video Views – Onward and Upward!
From Dutch Sheets Ministries: History Makers – Give Him 15: Daily Prayer with Dutch Sheets – 2/14/21 https://rumble.com/vdto9n-history-makers-give-him-15-daily-prayer-with-dutch-feb.-14-2021.html
Ray Charles ★ America the Beautiful ★ 2001 World Series ★ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OTRRzSuWro&t=36s
From Boston Police: police officers sing ‘God Bless America’ in cruiser – 7/2/2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgRLr0qSUtA&list=PLzR65lApIBJzS3uWIGwAaoGWajlYIteZR&index=14
Real Life with Jack Hibbs’ sermon – What Would Bonhoeffer Do Today? A Special Message by Eric Metaxas – 2/14/21 (begin around the 26th minute if Metaxes is who you want to hear) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEqetbBdHk8&feature=youtu.be
From The United States Air Force Academy Band with the Colorado Springs Chorale “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” – 12/21/20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04opcmByWsA
From Larry Elder: If You Think Trump Is ‘Finished’, Think Again – 2/10/21
Zach Williams – Fear Is a Liar (Official Music Video)
Recommended Reading – follow the links…
From Alabama Life & Culture: In Alabama, MLK Day means memories of love in the face of hate – Janauary 2021 https://www.al.com/life/2021/01/in-alabama-mlk-day-means-memories-of-love-in-the-face-of-hate.html
From Canada Free Press: Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America- 2/13/21 https://canadafreepress.com/article/statement-by-donald-j.-trump-45th-president-of-the-united-states-of-america
From Newsmax: Trump Acquitted by US Senate; 7 Republicans Join Dems – 2/13/21 https://www.newsmax.com/politics/aquittal/2021/02/13/id/1009919/