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Today, reply is on the favor shown to Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, and behaving as a respecter of persons. There are two forms of “respecting persons” that appear within the holy writings: 1. judicial respect of persons is the transgression of sacred law that sees bias, influence and partiality in carrying out tribunals, applying sacred law to resolve conflicts and settle disputes, or in determining outcomes and sentences of trials; and 2. social respect of persons that sees undue favor and preference shown to someone on the basis of such features as their formal education, their ethnic background and national origin, their family connections, their office and position, their reputation, their status, or their wealth. Early Christian believers were commanded to maintain decorum, hierarchy and order among members within the church and the larger community by showing obedience, respect and reverence. Thus, Romans 13: 7-8 King James Version (KJV): 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. 8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Owner Of All Cosmos&Universes” (Level 1 with no points shown, a member since May 18, 2018) posted the following:

 

Luke 1:28 says that Mary is very favored, so how is God no respecter of persons(Rom 2:11)?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. (James 2: 1-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Virginity of Mary (01/14/2019); Chosen Through Sacred Process (09/06/2018); Divine Law Is Demanding (04/10/2018); A Descendant of David? (03/18/2018); The First To Help? (12/22/2017); Will There Be Diversity? (10/22/2017); Laws Favoring the Poor? (03/06/2017); The Respect of Persons? (10/14/2016)

 

Owner Of All Cosmos&Universes”, there are multiple differences among created beings and living creatures, yet, GOD has authority to set apart (sanctify) individuals to himself, and to punish or reward according to the provisions of divine law. In the holy writings, divinity is revealed as the Creator and Maker who has put forth all existence, life, and duration. Divine fullness (we also say, the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) is known through active presence; by sacred operations and divine processes such as forgiveness, healing, judgment, praise, prayer, thanksgiving, sanctification, and worship; by such inseparable attributes as faith, forbearance, holiness, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, and wisdom as well as by being the embodiment of dominion, divine prerogative, eternal purpose, and sovereign will. While the divine work of final judgment expresses the wrath of GOD against sin, all divine judgment is carried out with balance, impartiality, restraint, and righteousness. The spirit substance from the makeup of GOD that resides within the living is examined using the record of a person’s deeds appearing within the Book of Life. Influences that would result in errors of judgment are not indulged. Included are ethnic and racial bias; age discrimination; caste or class distinctions based on finances, poverty, and wealth; marital status; national origin; prejudice based on employment and vocation (e.g., sanitation workers); and ones sexual purity. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Deuteronomy 1: 15-18, King James Version (KJV): 15 So I took the chief of your tribes, wise men, and known, and made them heads over you, captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, and captains over fifties, and captains over tens, and officers among your tribes. 16 And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him. 17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it. 18 And I commanded you at that time all the things which ye should do.

2. Psalms 4: 3, KJV: 3 But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.

3. Psalms 7: 10-11, KJV: 10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. 11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

4. Ezekiel 16: 49-50, KJV: 49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. 50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

5. Acts 10: 30-35, KJV: 30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, 31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. 32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee. 33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God. 34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 6. 1st Peter 1: 16-21, KJV: 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: 18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, response is made to the notion that diversity and social hierarchy are divinely created and maintained.  The GOD we serve as Christian believers is not a sovereign over a geographical region or areas within the partially charted universe.  He is a Deity having authority and rule over life essence within the living (i.e., breath, spirit, word).  Respect of persons pertains to the World system in terms of such features as bias, discrimination, favor, influence, injustice, preferential treatment, and prejudice in support of those displaying prestige, privilege, prowess, and economic status.  Respect of persons as an aspect of Christian belief addresses acknowledgment, blessing, judgment, and promotion by divinity to continually manifest existence as well as oneness without sameness, carryout divine operations, fulfill promise and prophecy, and to accomplish eternal purposes.  While imbalance and inequality can provide benefit by provoking action, adjustments, corrections, and movement that cancel inflexibility, rigidity and stagnation, the advantages from consistency, equality, maturity, and stability are often more fruitful and abiding.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Political Commentator” (Level 1 with 6 points, a member since December 03, 2015) posted the following:

 

Do you know that the social hierarchy is God ordained instead of a man made construct (Isaiah 45:9-11, Romans 9:21)?

Romans 9:21 – Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?

Isaiah 45:9 – Woe to you who strive with your Maker, earthen vessels with the potter! Does the clay say to the one who fashions it, “What are you making”? or “Your work has no handles”?

Isaiah 45:10 – Woe to anyone who says to a father, “What are you begetting?” or to a woman, “With what are you in labor?”

Isaiah 45:11 – Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: Will you question me about my children, or command me concerning the work of my hands?

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Romans 9:21 has made it clear that God (Creator, Potter) has purposely created human diversity, such that one person would always have greater honour, prestige and social status than his neighbour/brother.

Such differences are innate and God ordained according to the meaning of Romans 9:21.

As God has given some individuals innately more prestige, honour and social status than other people.

Romans 9:21 is unequivocal on this point – That God is merciful to have purposely created some people to have greater honour, prestige and social status than other people; and this social hierarchy was part of God’s divine plan from the very beginning.

Update: So what are you going to do about it if you don’t like God’s creation and the social hierarchy ordained by the Creator – knowing that it would be folly, misguided and a sin to question/deny God’s preordination, creatorship and His sovereign right over human life?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:  But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.  For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.  (James 2:  8-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Diversity and Divine (08/28/2016); GOD’s Way Not Equal? (07/17/2016); Purpose Cultural, Political, Spiritual Growth? (07/10/2016);  Hierarchy For Mankind (01/24/2016); Hierarchy Among Christians (01/22/2016); Where Society Is Headed? (01/11/2016); A GOD of Judgment (12/01/2015);  Called To Be Servants? (11/25/2015)

 

“Political Commentator”, for many mature Christian believers the divine use of hierarchy is in the nature of bestowing accountability, charging and entrusting servants with duties, delegating tasks, and structuring divine government.  Thus, the Creator revealed himself to Moses as a god having authority who also requires impartiality, judgment, justice, mercy, obedience to sacred law, reverence, and righteousness.  The platform for assignment of value as a “life companion” to divinity (we say, salvation) is not the collection of standards historically promoted among men such as ones carnal attributes (e.g., eye color, hair, height, physical strength, weight), ownership of material goods (e.g., car, horse, house, luxuries, weapons), and their personal relations (e.g., business contacts, children, friends, spouse).  Another mindset must be employed wherein divine gifts (we say, the imparted, indwelling spirit) establish capacity for growth, humility, learning, ministry, service, sharing, and suffering.  Inseparable aspects of the makeup of GOD are bestowed that include faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Consider again how these ideas appear within the holy writings:

(1.)  Psalms 15:  1-5, King James Version (KJV):  1 LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?  2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.  3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.  4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.  5 He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

(2.)  Isaiah 57:  15-16, KJV:  15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.  16 For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth:  for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.

(3.)  Deuteronomy 1:  13-17, KJV:  13 Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you.  14 And ye answered me, and said, The thing which thou hast spoken is good for us to do.  15 So I took the chief of your tribes, wise men, and known, and made them heads over you, captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, and captains over fifties, and captains over tens, and officers among your tribes.  16 And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him.  17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.

(4.)  Isaiah 57:  1-5, KJV:  1 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart:  and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.  2 He shall enter into peace:  they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.  3 But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore.  4 Against whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood.  5 Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks?

(5.)  Acts 10:  34-38, KJV:  34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:  35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.  36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ:  (he is Lord of all:)  37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;  38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power:  who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, the words of Jesus, (6.)  Luke 12:  15, KJV:  15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness:  for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Continuing to acknowledge Citizen Martin Luther King, Jr., topics, today, include covenant, election, godliness, and racists.  Racists are those who use physical and other differences among and within social groups as a license to abuse authority and privilege; to create conflict; to defy civil law and overthrow government; to express deep-seated bitterness, cowardice, envy, hostility, and fear; to display ill-will and resentment as well as to show undeserved contempt, disrespect, and prejudice against others.  They insist their actions and attitudes have been forced by the threat of inferiority, lowliness, or a poor quality of life that will result from others being dealt with as equals, or acknowledged as superior.  The provision of GOD arrayed against racism includes comfort, forbearance, forgiveness, final judgment, longsuffering, mercy, patience, promise, and truth.  The blood of the cross does not endorse or justify any behavior and conduct that defiles the shared communion, fellowship, praise, service, and worship that exist as the Kingdom of GOD.  Consider again the following Scriptures and the points appearing below:

Romans 3:  29, King James Version (KJV):  29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:

Ezekiel 20:  8-10, KJV:  8 But they rebelled against me, and would not hearken unto me:  they did not every man cast away the abominations of their eyes, neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt:  then I said, I will pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.  9 But I wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, among whom they were, in whose sight I made myself known unto them, in bringing them forth out of the land of Egypt.  10 Wherefore I caused them to go forth out of the land of Egypt, and brought them into the wilderness.

Isaiah 63:  15-16, KJV:  15 Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory:  where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained?  16 Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not:  thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.

Colossians 3:  9-13, KJV:  9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;  10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:  11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free:  but Christ is all, and in all.  12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;  13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any:  even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

Galatians 3:  27-29, KJV:  27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female:  for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.  29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Is the Christian God racist?

why doesn’t the christian god care about black people my ancestors have been raped slaved abused and held against their will and what does this loving god do absolutely nothing god doesn’t care about me my people or any minority in this world whites haven’t experienced anything as bad as blacks have and what makes me so mad is that you whites act like slavery wasn’t that bad or you say stop complaining slavery is over you whites never will and never have experienced the things blacks did during slavery

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God:  the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.  The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:  But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.  (Deuteronomy 7:  6-8, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  African American Christmas? (12/15/2015); Tools for Revelation? (10/26/2015); Why the Jews Were Called Out? (06/15/2015); The Curse of Black Skin? (02/05/2015); Not Yet Delivered From Racism? (12/21/2014); Racism Is Not From GOD (12/22/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, Ahmad, Kwame and Ausegiere want me to tell you, there is much to learn of a spiritual—not secular—nature when speaking about the character and substance of GOD as distinct from that for created beings and living creatures.   Educated men and social science professionals generally agree that “race” is a classification created by men through custom, culture, and tradition that actually describes nothing that can be scientifically measured and studied.  Therefore, we are pressured to accept that the notion of race pertains primarily to skin color and attributes assigned on the basis of hostility, ignorance, prejudice, and pride (e.g., laziness; love of peculiar foods such as fried chicken and watermelon; size of ones private parts; sexual prowess; tardiness).  Those who accept racial labels upon themselves are as much in error as those who impose racial labels upon others.

Christian believers acknowledge that the natural world (we say, earth) has been created by GOD, and displays great diversity and variety among created beings and living creatures who must co-exist within a single sphere of life.  As an expression of divine consciousness and eternal purpose, the earth is an incarnation of Deity, and reveals or shows divinity through physical forms.  Thus, we also say, mankind is made in the image of GOD.  Belief systems generated for mankind by divinity since Creation are described in the holy writings as “covenants.”  “The world” is a man-made belief system developed for communication, exchange, and survival; and it is the world, a finite product of men, not GOD, that generates and maintains racism.

Covenant with Abraham and his descendants has been established as an aspect of full transformation for mankind and the earth to exist without corruption, death, mortality, and temporal limit.  Through the operations of sin, the world system that generated cities through Nimrod the Hunter and a one-world empire through Egypt (during famine the people sold their property and themselves to a single person, Pharaoh, who then owned all the land and people on it), and made possible levels of violence previously unknown, also embraced multiple flaws that included the ethnic arrogance found among Jews; exclusion and selection on the basis of language acquisition, dialects, and rhetoric as well as genocide and political intolerance on the basis of ethnic origin, religious beliefs, and vocation.  Perhaps unintentionally, nonetheless through “human error” and sin, everywhere the Jews have gone in Diaspora, conflicts centering upon racial identity also have appeared.

Blessing, covenant, forgiveness, and the salvation of GOD, have never been on the basis of race; however the gifts from divinity have been maintained upon earth through the devices of family, inheritance, and nation.  In the true process of GOD, all must endure the same challenges from change, growth, and nurture.  Divine law is proclaimed that establishes and upholds all form, order and process for existence (including galaxies, and the universe).  Sacred law should also be understood as the expression of divine love, righteousness, eternal purpose, and sovereign mind.  Christian believers receive deposits of spirit substance from the makeup of Deity whereby they are “born again” having divine DNA (so to speak); and must mature upon the earth to become perfected at the Advent of Jesus.  It is the imparted, indwelling Spirit that makes possible godly endurance for all life challenges.  Included are bereavement and loss of loved ones; enduring discrimination, prejudice, and heathen cruelty; overcoming bad habits and error; self-deception, self-pity, and self-destruction; poverty; exaggerated pride; and suffering.

Of course, there is far more to be considered and embraced by those who are seeking godly wisdom.  Along with your study of the Scriptures, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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Today, a PDF document (3 p.) is described discussing Federal legislation that provides necessary legal protections for people of faith who seek to live out their spiritual commitments in daily life.  Nearly unanimous bipartisan support was garnered within both houses of Congress for this law addressing restoration of religious liberty.  A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court (called Employment Division v. Smith) made it more difficult for religious believers to challenge laws that constrained their ability to live out their faith.  In that case, Native Americans were fired from their jobs because they used peyote as part of their religion.  The RFRA was intended to affirm and buttress the First Amendment of the Constitution that guarantees the free exercise of religion.  Twenty states are reported as having adopted their own versions of RFRA, and another eleven states have similar provisions in place provided by state court decisions.  RFRA is reported as supplying a balancing test when the government attempts to restrict the free exercise of religion.  In general, RFRAs help people of minority faiths who cannot secure legislative exemptions for specific practices maintained among themselves.

 

THE KINGS SPEAR:  I am continuing to review documents posted in the “Bishop’s Advocacy Activity on Religious Liberty” page at the Internet site of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB).  The Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty has published a “must read” PDF document on the Federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) [http://usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/upload/Why-the-Religious-Freedom-Restoration-Act-Works.pdf].

The Federal law enacted in 1993 under Bill Clinton is described using a Q&A format that presents the following six questions:

1. Does RFRA provide a “license to discriminate” against gay people?

2. What are the safeguards built into RFRA?

3. Why is any RFRA necessary at all?

4. Since there is already a federal RFRA, why do states need their own?

5. Who really benefits from RFRAs?

6. What is the impact of RFRA on current debates over “same-sex marriage” and laws prohibiting “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”
discrimination?

See Why the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Works/The Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, April 07, 2015.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together:  and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.  Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me.  But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of.  For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you:  because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.  And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee.  But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest:  for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.  And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.  And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.  (Acts 28:  17-24, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Human Law, Divine Favor? (03/23/2015); The American Covenant? (03/03/2015); On Christians Being Inclusive? (07/16/2014); War and Peace (07/17/2014); Separation of Church and State (07/04/2014); The Point of Wisdom? (07/05/2014); Holiday Displays? (12/07/2012); An Attack Upon Creation? (12/08/2012); The Crux of the Matter (10/26/2012); Women Ordained to Minister? (10/27/2012)

 

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, members of minority faiths in the U. S. (e.g., Baha’i, Hindu, Muslims and Sikhs) and those operating family-owned businesses must have further protection through the law when their beliefs continue and promote practices in opposition to state or local antidiscrimination laws.  Their legitimate conscientious objections may appear as expressions of “unjust discrimination,” yet, are exactly what is intend when America speaks of religious freedom protected by strong law.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC