In Regards to Clint McCance & Solid Christian Doctrine

34   But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. 35  Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36  Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38  This is the first and great commandment. 39  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.  Matthew 22, KJV.

The word of Mr. McCance’s dilemna was delivered to me late this evening.   Mr. McCance is Vice President of Midland Arkansas School District.  He posted the following comments on his personal Facebook page, “I would disown kids (if) they were gay…my kids will have solid Christian beliefs”.  To all of the would be parents who “think” you “own” your children, you do not.  You own a car, a house, a dog or a cat.   You do NOT own children.  But I quickly digress.  It is heart wrenching – the bullying and gay bashing of kids – Period!   Why would a parent “disown” a child is beyond me.  A home should be a place of solace, a place of safety.  Who else are they going to run to?

One day, long ago, I read the above biblical passage, probably for the umpteenth time, but it was on the umpteenth time that I got it.   And it was on that day, that my life changed dramatically.  There was a shift in my consciousness that confirmed that I had come across some life-altering information.  Let us revisit the dialogue between the Master and the Lawyer. The Master responded to the lawyer by saying that “thou shalt love…God with…thy heart, thy soul, and with…thy mind”.  What I found interesting on that day, long ago, was that the Master did not just stop there.  The Master continued with bonus data by saying, “the second is like the first, thou shalt love they neighbour as thyself”.   The operative words in the “bonus” material, then as now are “like” and “as thyself”.   You see Mr. McCance, you have been commanded to Love your Neighbor.  The standard, per your Master, Mr. McCance, is loving thy Neighbor as Thyself, second only to the first commandment of Loving God.  Now that is what I would call “solid Christian doctrine”.  

COMMENTARY:  You cannot know how to LOVE your neighbor without first understanding how to love yourself – Period!  The standard by which you love your neighbor is the SAME or LIKE standard that you Love Yourself and Your God (or whatever you want to call God).   I have been saying this for years, it is about Love you guys, it is simply about L-O-V-E, Love.  What Mr. McCance said was from his heart and with hate.  And we had better become more conscious of our hatred and/or bigotry or we are in trouble, not only as a people – red, yellow, black, white, gay or straight, but as a Planet. – Period, Case-Closed.

Triple Filter Test, by Socrates

In ancient Greece (469 – 399 BC), Socrates was widely known for his wisdom. One day an acquaintance ran up to him excitedly and said, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about Diogenes?”

“Wait a moment,” Socrates replied, “Before you tell me I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test.”

‘Triple filter?” asked the acquaintance.

“That’s right,” Socrates continued, “Before you talk to me about Diogenes let’s take a moment to filter what you’re going to say. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”

“No,” the man said, “Actually I just heard about it.”

“All right,” said Socrates, “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about Diogenes something good?”

“No, on the contrary…”, said the man.

“So,” Socrates continued, “You want to tell me something about Diogenes that may be bad, even though you’re not certain it’s true?” 

The man shrugged, a little embarrassed. Socrates continued, “You may still pass the test though, because there is a third filter, The filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about Diogenes
going to be useful to me?”

“No, not really.”, said Diogenes.

“Well,” concluded Socrates, “If what you want to tell me is neither True nor Good nor even useful, why tell it to me or anyone at all?” The man was bewildered and ashamed.

Elaboration:

 “…this is an example of why Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem. It also explains why Socrates never found out that Diogenes was sleeping with his wife.” – by the writer.

Commentary: 

Lol.  Would you have rather skipped the filter and heard the news of Diogenes?  It’s a very interesting inquiry.  In the current moment, I am unsure if in either case there is a wrong answer- Period, Case-Closed!

There is Not a Habit

There is not a habit which will bring so much of value to the life as that of always carrying an optimistic hopeful attitude of really expecting that things are going to turn out well with us and not ill, that we are going to succeed and not fail are going to be happy and not miserable. – Orison Swett Marden

Commentary:
There is NOT a habit…and if you know of one, do share, but then again, why would we invite that knowledge, please disregard.  Commencing further, the book states, “…SO MUCH value…”, not just a simple, ordinary, generous, but SO MUCH value. Things WILL turn out WILL work out WELL for us and NOT ill…that we WILL succeed and NOT fail…ARE happy and NOT miserable. – Period, Case-Closed!

In Regards to: bishop Eddie Long:

In regards to bishop eddie long:  There is such great bitterness surrounding this latest news story, such great arguments surrounding his guilt or innocence and the media in this modern world of ours provides just the right amount of fuel.  Making a comment, publicly, would be such an adventure, but then I recalled some wise person who quoted the following scriptural reference, “…be Quick to listen, Slow to speak, and Slow to anger…!”  I am still learning, so in the meantime, that probably doesn’t do any of you much justice in terms of knowing where I stand on this debate, but I do provide the following story, but shortened to assist us in navigating this present argument and future ones.

It was autumn, and the Indians asked their new chief, “…will it be a cold winter?”  The chief, raised in the ways of the modern world had no way of knowing whether the winder would be cold or mild.  To be safe, he advised the tribe to collect wood and be prepared.  A few days later, as a practical afterthought, he called the National Weather Service and asked whether they were forecasting a cold winter.  The meteorologist replied that, indeed, he thought the winter would be quite cold.  The chief then advised the tribe to collect even more wood.

A couple of weeks later, the chief again consulted with the Weather Service.  “Does it still look like a cold winter?” the chief asked.  The meteorologist replied, “Yes, it sure does?”  The chief then advised the tribe to gather up every scrap of wood they could find.

(This is getting too good and I am anxious to get to the end, so here we go.)

A couple of weeks later, the chief again called the Weather Service and asked how the winter was looking at this point.  The meteorologist replied, “We are now forecasting that it will be one of the coldest winters on record!”  The chief replied, “Really? How can you be so sure?” The meteorologist replied almost hyper-excitedly, “The Indians are collecting wood like crazy?”

PCC’s Commentary:  Where are YOU in terms of what YOU really think about this situation that eddie long finds himself in?  Do YOU believe he is guilty or innocent?  The questions in both cases are why, and were YOU there? What information are YOU going on?  Is it from the media, your own inner assumptions, people in your inner circle?  Speaking of circle, ironically, the above story is called a circular argument.   The nature of your belief as to Long’s guilt or innocence is contained in your proposition itself.  You must evaluate it.  I am so watching this one very closely, wondering if my proposition(s) are correct.