The Daily Paine

I wonder if they celebrate Gaul day in Europe?  Maybe there is a Visigoth Day, or Vandal Day, or even a Hun Day?  Today, we celebrate Columbus Day and not indigenous people day.  I know Colorado has decided to change the name of the day.  Two Denver schools have also required students to dress Muslim earlier in the year to, I guess, celebrate Sharia Law.  Boulder/Denver has been crazy for a long time, but it seems that pot have put them over the top.
Think of the discovery of America by Columbus, followed by other explorers.  What has America accomplished?  Don’t give me that stuff about oppressed minorities.  It is much worse in other countries.  Do we have problems?  Yes!  But work through them, don’t just complain and protest!  There is the talk of the Columbian Exchange and it mostly revolves around the concept of the diseases brought to America by the Europeans.  Funny, there is little talk about the disease–syphilis–being taken to Europe that was common among the “indigenous peoples.”  Also there was much more with the Columbian Exchange:  grains, fruit, vegetables, horses, cattle, to name a few.  Europeans also brought education, art, language, schools, libraries.
Then, the most important thing–Christianity came to a heathen people.  This is largely cast aside mostly because of those who are the cheerleaders for an indigenous day are also opposed to Christianity.  The Great Commission by Jesus is to take the Gospel to the world.  Were there problems, sure, but the Word of God came to a lost people and in many areas if was greatly accepted.
So, have a happy Columbus Day!
So the words of Donald Trump have become a scandal.  I have heard many times that actions speak louder than words, but I see very little in the news about the actions of a Bill Clinton.  I see very little of the scandals, and the actions of Hillary.  Do you happen to think that the media might be biased?  No, never!  Maybe there is an agenda with the left-wing?  No, doesn’t exist!
That is not to pardon or to ignore Trump’s words.  But read some of the words that Hillary has used in private, especially with military.  Oh, that’s right, the media is not reporting that.  What is her view toward gun control, or even more important toward an unborn baby?  What did she say about Christians?  That we need to put our Christianity aside in regard to the idea of abortion.
Guess we’ll see if actions really speak louder than words.
There is so much to do about liberty in Christianity today.  Most folk use it as an excuse to live a licentious life, or have no real clue what the concept really is.  Paul wrote about liberty in several places.  “Because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” (Romans 8:21, NKJV)  “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1, NKJV)
We are to have a liberated life.  We were once in bondage to sin; the Jews were in bondage to the Law, not we are free.  The problem is that we often do not recognize what we are free from.  Israel was released from the bondage of Egypt.  They were slaves under an oppressive people.  Egypt is a “type” of sin in Scripture.  Notice, when they were out in the wilderness they wanted to go back to Egypt–to go back to sin.
“If Christ came to liberate us from a miserable life, why do we go on living the same old miserable way?  We think a life totally free of fear and guilt is too incredible.  We cannot imagine life with 24-hour-a-day rest and peace–life without a heavy burden of condemnation or depression–life in the presence of a loving, gentle Savior who cares about all our needs.”  (David Wilkerson)