"An Inside Perspective" 

November 2007

My dear family in Christ,

Ever-precious greetings in the name of our LORD Jesus Christ!
By the grace of God, I have not had a television for the last sixteen plus years. To fill in some time, one of the hobbies that I have developed while in prison is politics. I enjoy watching how the Lord sovereignly orchestrates the affairs of men. I especially like to note how those events tie into His great plan of redemption throughout the world, and their correlation to end-time Biblical prophecy.

On a sidebar, if you have not noticed, Israel is currently surrounded by sixteen Arab Muslim countries and twenty-one non-Arab Muslim countries. The vast majority, if not all, are openly anti-Semitic, and thus, working toward the annihilation of Israel in one-way or another. Watch ye therefore . . .

It is written, "Now learn the parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the door."

It has been my observation, over the course of the last few years, that the level of partisanship in American politics has escalate to a constant bickering that accomplishes nothing. They seem so intent on finding some dirt on the other party that they have completely lost focus of their elected purpose. They are elected to serve the public interest in all things, not, to be so shrill in their rhetoric, one toward another, that they lose sight of their objective.

First and foremost, their objective ought to be American security. All else is meaningless without our security; the economy depends on it, as do all our rights and privileges afforded us under the Constitution. Our borders must be controlled. You cannot expect to win a battle in our front yard, and all the while, your back door is wide open. It is simply ludicrous! Yet, that is what the politicians are doing today. They are so worried about pleasing their political support bases, and their future electability, that they are actually disregarding the security of this nation.

"Political Correctness" has crept into the halls of government and brought a political pox of indecision. Decisions are not made according to the winds of any given poll, and are therefore, no decisions at all. Politicians will reap what they sow, and regrettably, it will cost this nation much more than we could have ever imagined. The back door must be closed!

Sadly, in a similar fashion, it has also been my observation over the course of my Christian walk, that the level of partisanship in the Church was escalate to a state of constant bickering that accomplishes nothing. At time, believers seem so focused on finding some dirt, namely sin in another believerís life, that they have completely lost focus of their elected purpose in Christ.

We are not called to be sin sniffers. We are not to be believing blood-hounds, sniffing for sin in each others life. If that were the case, I can always find someone doing something wrong that makes "me" look better. I suggest that every time you are tempted to compare yourself with another, that you immediately compare yourself to the holy risen Christ, and then, you will have a proper perspective of yourself!

It is written, "And why beholdest thou the mote in thy brotherís eye but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye." According to Paul, when we compare ourselves among ourselves we are not wise.

Make no mistake, there is a place for Christian judging, but it is not that "I" may shine the brighter. Of a truth, we cannot do spiritual battle in our front yard, while sin is constantly entering through our back door. That is ludicrous!

Our elected purpose in Christ is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. We are elected to serve the Kingís interest in all things, at all times. We must not lose sight of this objective, indeed His objective, must be, our objective.

There is also a subtle "Christian Correctness" that has crept into the halls of the church. We cannot worry about how we appear before others. We must please the King only. Double-mindedness is the Christian pox of indecision that worries only what others think. When all is said and done, in the eyes of the Lord, you must only be concerned with "Biblical Correctness."

Be encouraged holy one. You are called unto good works. Keep your eyes focused on the Master. His purpose fails not. The only time we should look down on another is when we are reaching down to pull them up. Is it possible that you yourself are . . .

"A Sin Sniffer?"


Joyfully in Jesus,

Fisherman Philip