Who are you listening to?
By Bobby E. Mills, PhD
Listening is a Godly quality. This is why God demands that we listen as well as act in righteousness towards each other. Of course, if we properly listen to each other, we can also better understand one another. Jesus said: “Blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it.” (Luke 11: 28). Of course, there is only one important “small-still-inner-quiet-voice” that all individuals must “always” hear because it is what brings individuals into the truth and reality of God: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10: 17). As Christians, we must: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2: 15). Moreover, individuals must be able to discern the truth from a lie by always listening to the “still-inner-quiet-voice” of God.
Republican Party Officials and President Trump, beware of “saying Lord, Lord, while running with the devil”. Saying “Lord, Lord” with words, but not with deeds is a “dangerous-hellish-immoral-proposition”. More importantly, this is why Jesus said to the disciples: “Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.” (Mark 4: 24). The spiritual reference point for Jesus’ remarks to the disciples is the “Two Great Commandments”, especi-ally the Second Commandment: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Matthew 22:39). President Trump and Trump-Co-Conspirators, in un-dermining America’s democratic in-stitutions: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6: 7). Christian Right Evangelicals, you should heed this scripture: “Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be a par-taker of other men’s sins, keep thyself pure.” (1 Timothy 5: 22). Therefore, Christian Right Evangelicals you em-braced “Trumpism” too quickly; and, as a Christian (Christ-like), you should have known better because you should have been listening to that “small-still-inner-quiet-voice” (GOD). Therefore, STOP making ungodly excuses for this extremely ungodly male because: A Christian knows that “A double minded man is unstable in all of his ways.” (James 1: 8). Furthermore, this is why the Bible states emphatically: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2: 5).
The breakdown of “family-life-structure” in American society has produced a monumental spiritual “listening-developmental” problem because what is taught, heard, and exampled in homes is displayed in America’s socio-economic-culture. Parental “spiritual” guidance and the moral development of children are extremely important value orientations for the survival and well-being of any society since society begins and end in family. Without a doubt, too many of America’s children are growing-up listening to the “drum-beat” of “secular-humanistic-culture” that is oriented towards (Me, Myself, and I) or “Instant Gratification”. “Real” Christians know that the SINS of the fathers will produce a crooked and perverse nation, e.g., children killing children! Sin is lawlessness. “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of law.” (1 John 3: 4).
Technology is a modernistic blessing and, at the same time, a devilish curse, because too many Americans are growing-up spiritually and morally undisciplined. In fact, our children know more about “computers, emailing, smart-phones, Face-Book, and texting while driving” than they know about the principles, precepts, and concepts in the books from Genesis to Revelation. Couple this spiritual fact of family-life dysfunction with America’s “Gun-Culture” and what you have is a society on the brink of self-annihilation. Therefore, it should be of no surprise to anyone that as a society, we have gun-violence in “Schools and Churches”. Guns usually and very seldom protect individuals from injury or death. Unfortunately, guns are weapons of “choice” that are always used to inflict harm and death.
Certainly, in every family, there should be a “prayer-in-time” because the family that “prays together stays together”. Prayer is extremely important because it is “internal-introspection”. In fact, prayer helps individuals learn how to “live from the inside to the outside” rather than vice-versa. Above all, there should be Bible study time in order to reinforce Biblical precepts and family-spiritual-values. Every American family should understand this scriptural admonition: “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist steadfast in faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” (1 Peter 5: 8-9). This is precisely why King Solomon said: “Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.” (Proverbs 23: 22). Children cannot and will not hearken (listen) to absentee-irresponsible-fathers who are not willing to meet their basic survival needs (food, clothing and shelter). Neither will children respect “VANITY” oriented mothers.
Mind is a state of being and this is precisely why the Bible declares that the “Mind that was in Christ Jesus ought to also be in every human being”. Here’s why! In analyzing the concept “Human Being”, we understand that the concept human is a compound word. Hue means dirt. Individuals have bodies made from dirt and the body shall return to the dirt: Ashes to ashes and dust to dust (Genesis 2: 7, 3: 19; Job 34: 15 and Psalm 103: 14). After all, man denotes mind. God gives each individual “his/her” own mind (free-will-individuality). For after all, mind is a state of being (invisible-thinking-thoughts). “BEING” is a spiritual concept that is grounded in the concept of ontology (God-Spirituality). Therefore, “Being” (divinity) is eternal, and, thus, never dies. Christian Right Evangelicals and Republican Party Loyalists, it’s never too late to “cease” practicing “self-righteous-hypocrisy” because: “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of God into an image made like to corruptible man.” (Romans 1: 22). Practicing and seeking to perpetuate “White Privilege” under the guise of “draining the swamp” and perpetuating “conservative values” is an abomination to GOD. A word to the wise is sufficient, for Christ’s (righteousness) sake leave President Trump alone and “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7). More importantly, stop being so greedy, because: “A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.” (Psalm 37: 16). Finally, Christian Right Evangelicals, Christian Americans pray that you: “Grow in grace, and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen” (2 Peter 3: 18). Selah!!!