Are All Christians Hypocrites?

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“If we expect others to rescue our nation for us, as we go about our daily lives as mere observers to what is transpiring, or close our eyes and ears to current events, we will lose the struggle.”  – Mark Levin, “American Marxism”

THE LEFT HATES AMERICA. Because it is still “too Christian” for their taste. My topic this week came from a Facebook post by a personal friend of mine who calls herself “spiritual” but thinks most of us are hypocrites. She posted a reply to a Laura Schlesinger comment on her radio show:

Dear Dr. Laura: Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination …. End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God’s Laws and how to follow them.

  1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?
  2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her? . . .

I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I’m confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging. Your adoring fan, James M Kauffman, Ed.D. Professor Emeritus, Dept. Of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education University of Virginia

I sense a bit of sarcasm there from Mr. Emeritus. These are the kind of professors who gave us Joe Biden and now want to stir up a race war through Critical Race Theory in the schools. My reply, in part was:

You are joking, right? The founder of the U. of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson, was a believer. In the last days mockers shall come. And they have. You are assuming the good professor knows how to translate the Hebrew into English. I misplaced my 4-version Parallel Bible, but when Moses wrote Exodus, the Hebrew word for slave had a different connotation than it did in 1860. If a poor Hebrew family was struggling to provide for all of its children and a rich family could provide work for some, that was a good thing. The word “sell” was probably a mistranslation. It was simply a contract. The Israelites had come out of an Egyptian culture that was really CRUEL. The Lord was establishing a “new paradigm” and HAD to get it right. If the aim was a little off at the outset, it would have gone further and further off target as the years went by. Thus, the state of Israel and their cousins today are the most advanced nations in the world, which is a blessing to the world.

In modern English, the word “slave” in Exodus should be “indentured apprentice.” I’m searching for the other word too. Monica Lewinsky was “working” in the Clinton White House as an unpaid (???). Congressmen have these young kids working in their offices all the time. It’s a way for the kid to build up a resume. Read the book of Romans by Paul if you think God has “changed.” “INTERN” is the word l was looking for. Blame the translators in 1500s England for the word “slave.”

My friend said, “Curtis Dahlgren you’re not getting the point. Everyone who claims to be “a Christian” picks and chooses what the bible tells them. NOBODY can follow the ‘rules of the bible. This is why I identify as ‘spiritual.’ I don’t like hypocrites.” It’s true we’ve all fallen short. That’s obvious, but I replied:

I don’t pick and choose because the Mosaic “rules” were written for that time, not ours. Exodus is history. Spiritual is okay, but we are all being judged yet. As for the sacrifices, they were a temporary addition because people had defied the Law, but the Big 10 Commands have not been rewritten. Someone said, “All generalities are wrong, including this one.” Accusing “everyone” who claims to be a Christian of picking and choosing what the Bible tells them is a gross generality. Professor emeritus my butt !! Just a typical academic.

I hope on a beautiful day such as this, we are still friends, Nikki.

P.S. In the final chapter of Levin’s book, he says people often ask him, “What can we do?” He says they are implying that there’s nothing they can do:

“If we are to rally to the defense of our own liberty, then each of us, in our own roles and ways, must become personally involved as citizen activists, in our own fate and the fate of our country.”

PPS: ENOUGH SAID?

Curtis Dahlgren

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Curtis Dahlgren
Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in the frozen tundra of Michigan's U.P., and is the author of "Massey-Harris 101." His career has had some rough similarities to one of his favorite writers, Ferrar Fenton. In the intro to The Fenton Bible, Fenton said: ​"I was in '53 a young student in a course of education for an entirely literary career, but with a wider basis of study than is usual. . . . In commerce my life has been passed. . . . Indeed, I hold my commercial experience to have been my most important field of education, divinely prepared to fit me to be a competent translator of the Bible, for it taught me what men are and upon what motives they act, and by what influences they are controlled. Had I, on the other hand, lived the life of a Collegiate Professor, shut up in the narrow walls of a library, I consider that I should have had my knowledge of mankind so confined to glancing through a 'peep-hole' as to make me totally unfit for [my life's work]." ​In 1971-72 Curtis did some writing for the Badger Herald and he is listed as a University of Wisconsin-Madison "alumnus" (loosely speaking, along with a few other drop-outs including John Muir, Charles Lindbergh, Frank Lloyd Wright and Dick Cheney). [He writes humor, too.]