“We are here taught the great lesson, that to get, we must give; that to accumulate, we must scatter; that to make ourselves happy, we must make others happy; and that in order to become spiritually vigorous, we must seek the spiritual good of others. In watering others, we are ourselves watered. How? Our efforts to be useful, bring out our powers for usefulness. We have latent talents and dormant faculties, which are brought to light by exercise. Our strength for labour is hidden even from ourselves, until we venture forth to fight the Lord’s battles, or to climb the mountains of difficulty. We do not know what tender sympathies we possess until we try to dry the widow’s tears, and soothe the orphan’s grief. We often find in attempting to teach others, that we gain instruction for ourselves. Oh, what gracious lessons some of us have learned at sick beds! We went to teach the Scriptures, we came away blushing that we knew so little of them. In our converse with sufferers, we are taught the way of God more perfectly for ourselves and get a deeper insight into divine truth. So that watering others makes us humble. We discover how much grace there is where we had not looked for it; and how much the poor sufferer may outstrip us in knowledge. Our own comfort is also increased by our working for others. We endeavour to cheer them, and the consolation gladdens our own heart. Like the two men in the snow; one chafed the other’s limbs to keep him from dying, and in so doing kept his own blood in circulation, and saved his own life. Give, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and running over.”
This is more than just a lesson for our personal lives. Spiritual poison seeps into our souls in countless ways that we are not aware of, but the Lord Jesus Christ says that it is what comes out of our own heart defiles us. Do you know people who are repellent, in that when you see them coming, you want to cover your face and walk the other way? Yet they are rarely aware of how others react to their garbage, yet they spend their lives seeking approbation. They don’t love, yet seek it desperately. Do you know others who are attractive, whom you would go out of your way to seek the company of? I guarantee you, they are aware of their effect on others, but aren’t seeking approbation, they love, but aren’t motivated by seeking love. Neither of those types of people are dangerous; you are not likely to be influenced by the repellent person, because you recognize poison. You are likely to be influenced by the attractive person, because you want to share in what they put out.
No, the person who poisons your soul, the dangerous person, is the “wolf in sheep’s clothing“, whom I call flatterers, because flattery is probably their salient characteristic. Too many of us don’t recognize that subtle beast, but Jesus Christ, all the apostles, especially Paul, Peter, James, John, and Solomon’s proverbs, explicitly out them and warn us against them: they flatter with their lips, they insert themselves into quarrels which don’t concern them, they gossip and seduce, most of all, they use your compassion to elevate themselves and their causes. First they kindle your compassion, then lament a “problem”, which often as not is just their spin on a situation which needs working out over time. If you yield to the temptation to join their lament (it’s called crocodile tears), they then suggest “solutions” to the “problem”, and if you nod in agreement, what inevitably follows is the person or persons who are opposing their solutions. But to let you know that they aren’t accusing those persons of something (which might result in the wolf having to defend their accusations), it ends with a verbal shrug, like nothing can be done.
Our air and sometimes our water contain poisons, but in 2019 the most noxious poison is our political rhetoric, aided, abetted and magnified by
unsocial media, where anyone can anonymously spew garbage into the unsophisticated minds of the masses. What gets into the mind seeps into the soul. Repellent people rarely get elected, though they can sometimes don the sheep’s clothing (known as pulling the wool over your eyes) long enough to get elected. Attractive people can more easily get elected, though they rarely desire to. How many truly attractive people can you name in politics? My question implies that you can actually tell whether someone is attractive (or repellent) by their public persona. What is truly the essential difference between repellent people and flatterers? I believe that repellent people harbor such a negative view of others, or are so wrapped up in themselves, that any attempt at flattery is too strained to fool most. Their common mental illness is depression. The flatterer is usually a sociopath, charming on the outside, calculating on the inside. I assert that most of our politicians are this type.
Twitter might just be the best way today to see into someone’s heart, because it is used so spontaneously. If you refer back to Spurgeon‘s meditation on service, then comb their tweet history, looking for a history of love and service, how many politicians show up? Dan Crenshaw maybe. Two people that come to mind are NOT politicians, but football players: Kurt Warner and Tim Tebow. Their tweet history demonstrates what being attractive is. What does President Trump’s tweet history show? I think his is mostly repellent. That’s certainly his public persona. Can anything be accurately surmised about the private person from their public persona? Might this be an important question of our day? My belief is this: The attractive person is mostly the same inside as they are outside. Warner and Tebow are thoroughly attractive. The repellent person is also mostly same inside as they are outside, though they can be very loyal to selected people they like. What does the Bible say about that? “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. Luke 6:27-28. That’s Warner and Tebow, not Trump.
But repellent people are not nearly as harmful as the flatterers, the wolves. “I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.”– Acts 20:29. “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. “Matthew 7:15-16. Circling back to Spurgeon’s meditation on service, all of us recognize the desirability of being perceived as serving. Politicians especially recognize that and try to position themselves as servants. By the time they attain power, and shed the sheepskin to reveal the “ravening wolf”, it’s usually too late. Social security started out as a program requiring contributions of 1% of the first $1,400 annual income, and received a tax deduction. Benefits were not taxed. Now, contributions are 7.65% of the first $90,000 annual income, are not tax deductible, and up to 85% of the benefits are taxed, depending on adjusted gross income. The full retirement age has been raised from 65 to 67. The system is still insolvent. The trust fund that was intended to provide for those who paid into the system was raided to fund other government programs. But the biggest single reason for its insolvency is the availability of abortion practically on demand. Planned Parenthood alone has aborted over 8,500,000 potential taxpayers since 1970, while the birth rate has fallen. Three federal crimes in the U.S. Code at the time the constitution was ratified have grown to well over 300,000.
Who can possibly unmask the wolves before they get in power? Who can provoke the wolves to show their teeth? The apostle Paul knew that the wolves were scratching at the door of the early church, slavering in anticipation of tearing the flock asunder. The wolves of 2019 are also, though the flock they are fleecing is not only the taxpayers, but the very history and nobility of the “American experiment”. The wolves of the Democrat socialists and their fawning media passionately hate someone who doesn’t fear them, who can provoke them to show their teeth. That’s Donald Trump. No one else has, nor probably can. So despite my believing that he is repellent, he is by far the lesser evil. I just viewed on YouTube, Lee Greenwood singing “God bless the USA” at Trump’s inauguration. The President was enthusiastically singing along, his love for our country evident. Can you, and whomever you vote for, sing these words, and get a tear in the eye while doing so?
If tomorrow all the things were gone I’d worked for all my life,
And I had to start again with just my children and my wife,
I’d thank my lucky stars to be livin’ here today, ‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can’t take that away.
And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today,
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land God bless the USA.
From the lakes of Minnesota, to the hills of Tennessee,
Across the plains of Texas, from sea to shining sea,
From Detroit down to Houston and New York to LA,
Well, there’s pride in every American heart,
And it’s time we stand and say….
That I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA.
If you can’t sing this, why are you here?