2009-05-03 — Update
Dear People searching the Internet for this essay’s title and finding this essay. Here is the short version of my interpretation. When Jesus said God makes it rain on the righteous and unrighteous, he was talking about blessings, not tragedies. Rain is a blessing (in most instances). Here is the passage and context so you can read it yourself: Matthew 5:38-48.
Sorry to say, but some people use the above passage as though it described bad things happening. Read the saying in context and you will find that is not the case, rain is a blessing.
Today's essay will address various events happening these past few days and weeks (2008-06-01).
The ills of the world can not be so easily diagnosed by a skin color observation, or a gender observation.
* [Matt 5:6] In fact, also read 5:3-12 to help temper your temper. :-)
Let's start of with some food for thought from scripture.
Proverbs 22:10 (NIV)
Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.
Luke 9:51-56 (NIV)
As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem.
When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?" And he said, "You do not know what kind of spirit you are of, for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them." And they went to another village.
John 3:17 (NIV)
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Matthew 18:15-18 (NIV)
"If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that `every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.'
"If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
"I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
And now for the analysis of how these passages from scripture apply to some recent events.
1. God CLEARLY advises us not to condemn.
2. Jesus CLEARLY tells us that even though we are evil and can barely think to ask God on a level worthy of God, God longs (and does) give us better than we deserve [Luke 11:11-13]. [Matt 5:43-48]
3. God CLEARLY advises us to speak directly to the individual(s) we think has done wrong and try to work things out that way, before going in to the pulpit, blasting away or mocking. Did you talk to this person first?
4. "Preachers say what they say because they’re pastors. They have a different person to whom they’re accountable."
Any minister or pastor, or whatever terminology you prefer, that says or implies ALL PEOPLE (and animals, see Genesis 9:5) are not first and foremost accountable to God is wrong. Any person who claims he is accountable to God, but others are more accountable to humans and less accountable to God is wrong.
Please also realize no matter what you say or do, there will be mean folks standing around, throwing rocks and beating you on the head, so do what's right because it's right, not because of human influence.
Someone said, "Jesus said, 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.' You cannot do terrorism on other people and expect it never to come back on you. Those are biblical principles, not bombastic principles."
This is a perversion of truth. The Golden Rule IS a measure of HOW TO TREAT others. The Golden Rule IS NOT a measure for how you HAVE BEEN treated. And certainly The Golden Rule DOES NOT IN ANY WAY advise the mistreatment of others because you have been mistreated. In fact, it advises the opposite; forgive and be forgiven.
Prime Example #1: Jesus. The man never sinned. Yet he was insulted, slandered, physically abused, tortured, and killed. He never did that to anyone.