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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (October 30, 2005)      

         "God was NOT ... created in man's image" ... this statement enters my mind so often these days.  As we see the rise in power that evangelical Christians have been given by the Bush Administration ... it becomes almost a daily spiritual practice for me to remind myself that the Christian Right Agenda has nothing to do with the Teachings of Jesus ... they call it "Christian" ... but as the "bad-boy-preacher" Franklin Graham says, the ancients thought the Earth was flat but that didn't make it so.  Unfortunately, so many people confuse Christianity with the Teachings of Jesus.  I don't think the Radical Jesus would relate to the modern day evangelical movement at all ... spirituality and politics ... I think He would suspect, as I do, that they are more like modern day versions of the Pharisees of His time ... more faithful to the love of power than the Power of Love.  In the past couple of weeks we saw members of the Bush Administration seek the "approval" of the Christian Right of Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers ... how do they expect a Supreme Court nominee to understand the Constitution's "separation of church and state" ... when they blur it so badly themselves?  And the evangelical Christian's run for the "bone" like a bunch of hungry, selfish dogs ... they don't care about anything else but their own agenda.  We have oil companies with billions of dollars in profits and the Senate republicans are looking to cut medicare and medicaid but do the evangelical Christians speak out against this? ... you know the answer!  I still don't understand that if George Bush reads the Bible every day why he doesn't teach his people about the "sowing and reaping" that the Master Mind Jesus taught?

So, what does all this have to do with God? ... it really doesn't have much to do with God ... only religion ... which is man-made.  There is no god that cares whether we choose to experience Good or something else.  The Universal Law of "sowing and reaping" or "cause and effect" ... is no respecter of persons.  It doesn't matter whether they have the "ear" of the president or the plumber ... it doesn't matter.  The Law does Its perfect work ... giving us back precisely what we give to the Law through our thoughts, words and actions ... the things we do to each other ... we do to ourselves!  The Radical Jesus explained all of this very clearly ... but only those who have "eyes to see and ears to hear" have paid any attention.  And if you are blinded by "religion" ... you probably won't get it either.  If you want to experience more fear ... "cause" someone to be afraid ... and you will experience more fear.  If you want to experience more peace ... "cause" someone else to feel at peace ... and you will experience more peace.  It is that simple.  You cannot have ... what you are unwilling to give ... that would be an attempt to manipulate the Law ... and this we cannot do ... remember It is no respecter of persons.  When we cheat, manipulate or intimidate to get what we want ... we may get it ... but we will get some misery with it.

          Like the ancient Pharisees, the modern day evangelicals know every letter of the Hebrew Law ... but have little love in their hearts.  Oh, yes, they say they do ... but what did Jesus say about them?  They love to talk about their calls being answered at the White House and about how many people they have in their temples and how much money they give to political action funds.  A couple of weeks ago, someone forwarded me a message from Rick Warren, author of "The Purpose Driven Life" and founder of one of the Christian mega-ministries ... and in the message he stated that he didn't know about AIDS before ... but ... now he sees that outreaching to people with AIDS can help bring more people to Jesus Christ (????).  Now, how did Rick Warren not know anything about AIDS ... has he not "eyes to see and ears to hear?" ... in other words he just saw it as a "homosexual" thing, I guess, and was not aware as are most people in the world that the greatest numbers of people with AIDS are not homosexual, nor do they live in the United States.  What a wonderful, caring and giving Christian statement this was???

Back to our lesson .... "God was not made in man's image" ... and "God is no respecter of persons" ... to God, everything is "groovy" ... whatever we want ... It will give to us abundantly ... but it is up to us to "have eyes to see and ears to hear" ... and "choose" correctly ... what we give to others knowing that the Law will return it to us ... abundantly!

And So It Is!  

Letting Love Use Me In Its Own Good Way,
Rev. Bates

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