Nancy Pelosi, US House of Representative for California’s 12th district, took offence at Donald Trump’s remarks regarding MS-13 gang members. After President Trump called them “animals”, Congresswoman Pelosi called them “children of God”.
There is much to be said regarding the spiritual fruit of patience, long-suffering, and endurance. Indeed, God demonstrated these characteristics with ancient Israel, despite the nations repeated acts of willful disobedience. Many spiritual leaders today teach on these character traits that God possesses, but doesn’t God also hate immorality?
Even God has a point at which he gives rebellious people what they want – complete freedom to practice disobedience until it destroys them. Yeshua (Jesus) called out the hypocrisy of the religious leaders of his day, stating:
You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44 NASB).
Yeshua would no doubt defend morality and those who MS-13 have harmed by naming them what they are, children of the devil. He would also expose the hypocrisy of Congressional representatives in the U.S Government, just as John the Baptist did, losing his own head as a result.
Attempting to empathize and apologize for murderers, rapists, and rebels does not address the core problem – that they are void of God and need to repent by following the teaching of Yeshua. It’s often said that the first step to recovery is admitting that the addict has a problem. This must also be true for MS-13 gang members.
“You can and should cultivate multiple options in your personal and professional lives in the internet-powered world of today.”
Source: Undergrads: Build a Portfolio, Not a Career | Intercollegiate Studies Institute: Educating for Liberty
A sophomore university English student accurately portrays the conflict between traditionally Eastern collective society vs. the Western individualist mentality that is emerging in Vietnam.
The heartfelt video story demonstrates this conflict using fictional characters, while the blog article explains the details of this conflict.
“The biggest conflict of Vietnamese parents is that they want their children to become independent individuals, which is proved by the fact that they spend lots of money sending their children to life skills courses, in contrast, they tend to take care of their children too much even when the children have grown up. Although the tendency of extended family is less popular in Vietnam than in the past, a new trend that parents and children live nearby in order to take care of one another illustrates part of that tradition.”
Student’s blog article continues here: What do parents raise their children for? – HuynhChau
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In a sloppy periodical piece, Ian Johnston of the Independent attempts his hand at evaluating Biblical history, while either ignorantly or deceptively propagating #FakeNews that appears to damage the historicity of the Biblical text.
The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah by John Martin (1852), oil on canvas
The title of his hit-piece says it all: “Bible says Canaanites were wiped out by Israelites but scientists just found their descendants living in Lebanon”. This classic straw-man fallacy leads to an unwarranted assumption that the Bible is historically incorrect for stating the Canaanites were wiped out, whereas in fact, it is explicitly stated in the Biblical text that they were not wiped out.
A 30-second Google search returns the Biblical map of the kingdom of Israel surrounded by several Canaanite people they did not conquer. A 30-minute speed read through the Bible’s books Joshua and Judges explains that they did not “wipe out” all of the Canaanites. The most famous of the Biblical Canaanites were the Philistines, who are today’s Palestinians.
If the Independent is looking for a consultant in Biblical and early church history, my CV is available on LinkedIn. But I doubt they’re interested in accuracy. Multiple readers have commented on this article showing Ian Johnston’s error. I attempted to contact him via social media without any response.
Ian’s article: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/bible-canaanites-wiped-out-old-testament-israelites-lebanon-descendants-discovered-science-dna-a7862936.html