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Is the Blessed Life of the Beatitudes What You Really Want? Part 2 of 2

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Is the Blessed Life of the Beatitudes What You Really Want? Part 2 of 2

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The American Dream says the “blessed” life is one where you own a nice home, have a well-paying job, send your kids to reputable schools, and retire with plenty of money and time to spend traveling and recreating.

Many professing Christians say the blessed life is one where God causes you to be healthy, financially secure, influential, positive, and “anointed”.

Contrast this to what Jesus preached in his most famous sermon...

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Is the blessed life of the Beatitudes. What you really want pastor Troy Dobbs joined us for part two of our discussion right here today on the Christian worldview radio program were the mission is to sharpen the biblical worldview. Christians share the good news that all people can be reconciled to God through faith in Jesus Christ and the host website is the Christian will thank you for joining us today for another edition of the program.

You're the American dream says the blessed life is one where you own a nice home.

Have a well-paying job. Send your kids to reputable schools and colleges and retire with plenty of money and time to spend traveling and recreating is the American dream. Now many professing Christians say the blessed life is one where God causes you to be healthy, financially secure, influential, positive person" anointed the contrast those two definitions to what Jesus preached in his most famous sermon.

The sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapter 5 he opens the sermon with nine what's called the Beatitudes of the person who is truly blessed and that person is described as seeing one's deep spiritual need. One was blessed to us, who hungers and thirsts for, not self-righteousness, but God's righteousness, and one was blessed who is even persecuted for following Christ.

And there's more than that is, nine of them. The last weekend in part one pastor Troy Dobbs, a senior pastor of Grace Church and Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He joined us to discuss the first half of the Beatitudes this week and part two Troy again joins us to discuss the rest of the Beatitudes.

In light of his new book the blessed life that no one really wants. Let's get to the first the first segment interview today with Troy Dobbs. The book you were discussing his new book the blessed life that no one really wants just a few more questions for you Troy.

On page 52 you quote Charles Spurgeon, the great preacher by saying true godliness lies very much in desires and this chapter were you write that is about. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. What is that mean for a believer to do that to hunger and thirst for righteousness.

I think that when you think about those terms hunger and thirst thing is hard for most people to understand the desperation that accompanies those ports. If you actually hungry or legitimately hungry and legitimate thirst that you do anything to get something to eat. You do anything to get something to drink and so I think he uses that concept. The site is there that kind of desperation for drives for passion for for righteousness. So be righteous than is right be made right with God being righteous, then means you care about righteousness and culture if it and I think people feel this right now that things are all in culture.

Everything's divided everybody's in the lineup on the side of that side there's there's a level of of righteousness missing and we should be hungering and thirsting for righteousness to exist in culture things to be people be right with God and for the real rightness in how we think about things in culture and then there is that this that whole desire of you want other people be right with God as well so do we have a hunger and thirst for our own rightness with God for a rightness in culture for other people to be right with God. And so one of the ways that you test yourself or you gauge yourself is do you do have that desire. If you're not hungry and you're not thirsty. That's pretty telling right so it kinda gives you a letter you like because your appetites say a lot about who you are is if you don't have an appetite for worship. You don't have an appetite for the word I don't have an appetite for the gospel or you have an appetite to advance the gospel you don't have an appetite to know Christ and grow in Christ and desire to follow Christ that tells you something's missing and you and so those appetites can actually help you assess whether or not you really know Christ are not. So I think those images of the Jesus uses are really rich in that way. And so absent your desires are revealing. They reveal your passions.

They reveal your allegiances. They ask reveal what's important and valuable meaningful to and so I think that's all. Jesus wants to think, just think about this then so are we really are we really sure that we know that we know Jesus and I think this will Spurgeon was kinda hitting that with that quote that whole concept and idea begin, Troy adopted us today in the Christian worldview talking about his book the blessed life. We have a link to our website the Christian will be very helpful for you to read this book it to delve into these Beatitudes and really understand the richness of meaning beyond this, the superficial of cortical blessing that's spent so twisted today try to skip forward to the beatitude number six. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. On page 80 you talk about it being impossible to see a holy God while embracing an unholy lifestyle in this Beatitudes, pure in heart will get to see God tell us what it means to have this pure heart, and why seeing God is always presented in Scripture as either people are just unable to even seem at all in but that be a yearning and that being so, in this this word often really should be only applied to something related to God why it is so awesome.great question. I think we talked about being pure in heart, we better understand that is not talk about an external purity like the Pharisees would've been fantastic in that regard. They were great at cleansing the external and focusing on the external so the Bible things really clear that that our heart is cleansed by the blood of Christ, and so there's got to be the inward cleansing that that comes from the shed blood of Jesus on on the cross and when. By faith we say yes to Jesus that gets applied to us and then were purified not because were pure because Christ is purified us and is cleansed us, and in that cleansing.

What I think is beatitude is saying is that week we get to see God. It the whole idea right. We can see God and live as a space to amaze these two magnificent the Bible says. I think the idea that is that we actually we see God at work and so when there is when your heart is been cleansed by the blood of Christ that you get to see God work and understand God and get a glimpse of how God does what God does in culture in a way that is stunning and amazing and so seeing God is so awesome you, no one can see God. But Jesus in us all.

We need a mediator because God is so glorious, so otherworldly, so unlike us that we could never know him, see him and live to think that how amazing it is then that that God loved us so much that he would give up his only son to enable us to have a relationship with the God of that magnitude which is profound right that whole thought and idea, and then we'll see God at work. That's why think we trust Daniel. The Bible says there is a positional righteousness. And then there's a practical righteousness so positionally right were justified, we can begin the more justified were right with God. We can't be any more save than we already are. And so that's our position before Christ, but practically there's also one and outworking of that and that is where we are trying to buy the power of the spirit to live lives that bring glory and honor to God and we will set unclean things before eyes. We don't want to live impure lives because we know the Bible cares and speaks so highly of and deeply about this whole idea of purity and so we want God to do work in our hearts.

And so that's why what you trusted Jesus Christ is cleansed from all sin that you care so deeply about sin because of what caused Jesus as you move forward in the Christian life you really close to him you want to be close to him you want to continually confess those sins mourn over those sins because you wanted. You want to see God at work.

You want God to do work in you. So God uses people who are pursuing so that all ideas and was always amazed me.

Not Mexicans, but a little time to talk about all concept of Tim, we actually see God when the Bible says what that we can't see God is like not explain that so people can you read about to say that I think you make a lot more sense.

But I do think there's a great powerful picture of being able see God at work and knowing that God is at work and that only comes from being in a right relationship with him. Okay final beatitude to discuss today here on the Christian Realty with our guest Troy Dobbs in his new book the blessed life you say later in the book. Now it comes down to this. Every Christian needs to understand that the goal of Christianity is not to be a nice popular person who never offends anybody as a matter fact, Jesus said in Luke six woe to you and everyone speaks well of you for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophet does it seem like the goal of evangelical Christianity today is is to be palatable to the nonbelieving culture to not be offensive. You mentioned earlier about not talking about sin. How does this final beatitude number eight Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness just completely go against. I think the mainstream church culture today yeah know for sure.

I know I think that you had to be clear that were not just looking for persecution for persecution sake your persecuted because of righteousness. So when your persecuted because you are right with God. You know this, you persecuted when you want to see righteousness and culture because the Bible say that those apart from God hate God or God's enemies say that they don't want to see the rule and reign of God in culture to be persecuted when you want other people to be right with God and be labeled as intolerant as I think over time. What happens is that we start listening to culture more than Scripture.

And if you take your cues from the culture you can end up in a living a very vanilla generic unspecific Christian life regular retreat of fake theism is about God, but not all clean and clear passion for proclamation of Jesus is the only way and I see people cave and that left and right in culture today and I think some of it is you know we want everyone to like us. I think some of it is we will don't want to be insulted or persecuted. I think some of it is we really don't believe the gospel. We believe the gospel is so I joined since last weekend. Grace know you're all impacted by the gospel. Inasmuch as you're impacting someone else's life with the gospel. And so if you're not making any kind gospel impacted culture at all. Maybe is because the gospel hasn't touched on in your life so that becomes the first place that that you look so amazing to me. David soon as you walk through that Hebrews 11 how every single one of of those men and women in Hebrews chapter 11. They all experienced unbelievable persecution slog jeered sawn into you read that is just unbelievable. Okay I guess.

Today in the Christian worldview is Troy Dobbs, a senior pastor at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota were talking about his new book the blessed life, which is an examination of the Beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5 I think it's important to do this in the midst of all the topsy-turvy upheaval that's been going on in our society. This year it's very easy for a Christian to be very uptight deeply focus on that hundred percent in and have the wrong kinds attitudes we go back to Scripture.

Look at the Beatitudes. What kind of attitudes, so to speak. Does God want built into us. What is the blessed life in the midst of unrest and upheaval in our society more Troy Dobbs coming up next on Christian Realty. The Bible says that children should be raised in the discipline and instruction of the Lord is nothing more important than sitting, walking, talking and teaching your son or daughter to love and fear God, the church is swimming in children's resources, but it's also important to select ones that accurately represent God's word in the gospel and I store the Christian worldview.or we are intentional about offering resources to build a sound and strong faith in children, you will find several models for children and raccoons look serious and good news for little hearts series. We also have video and audio resources like piano and sugar creaking, browse the mom the Christian and then use them daily with the child. God is put in your life. That's the Christian worldview.the Christian worldview radio program airs live Saturday mornings at 8 AM central time. Did you know you can also listen according to your own schedule. 1 Simple Way to hear past programs You also find short takes their which are bite-size highlights of each program beyond her website. You can search for the Christian worldview in the podcast app on your smart phone and subscribe for free program is also sermon iTunes Google podcast and stitcher if you need help navigating online podcast from just give us a call toll-free, one AAA 646-2233 will follow the links on the homepage of Christian worldview.because when believers have a sharper biblical worldview and nonbelievers come to saving faith lives and families are change for the glory of God.

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You can find out about all these things resources signing up for free weekly email supporting the ministry all sorts of things by just going to our website the Christian now were talking today with Pastor Troy Dobbs of Grace Church and Eden Prairie about his new book the blessed life, which focuses on the Beatitudes we have one more segment with Troy in them to get into how the culture perceives the blessed life this week. There is a lot of controversy around the Smithsonian Institution that they've had this chart. In this explanation of what they call aspects in assumption aspects and assumptions of whiteness and white culture in the United States. And so their take on it. It's it's blessed that the Beatitudes blessed to be white and in and then you see this in our culture today that it's you reviled. If you're white so will look into what they had to say about that particular very contentious race-based issue coming up in the second half of the program today before we do that do that. Let's get back to the last part of her interview with Pastor Troy Dobbs and yet the Bible says that they long for something better.

So I was look at that, like a well, maybe it's saying that you can you can be faithful to God and you may not get rewarded in this lifetime.

I don't think that's what it means. I think it actually means you can be faithful to God's faithfulness is going to generate persecution by just count on it. Don't be surprised by just count on. I think then what the text is actually saying is that the folks in Hebrews 11 had such a passion for a hunger for a thirst for God that there was there was no blessing, they could they could receive on earth that would satisfy them there only satisfaction would be what we want to know God see God worship God. And so that became the week in the Albany all pursuit, rather than hate. There's something that I can get on earth that would satisfy me. There's really nothing on earth that can satisfy you when you realize that only Jesus brings satisfaction and so that's like to sit in.

That's why our best life ever. Because Jesus is in right Jesus is in charge of.

And so Jesus is the better way of of living that so I think we stop short man of Christ is being reward and we just say God I want you to give me this or this or this, then we get it we were never satisfied, and ultimately there's nothing on earth when you know Christ there's nothing on earth that can ultimately satisfy the deepest need of who you are as a follower of Jesus Christ. So that's kind of the idea and when you're talking about, that nothing can satisfy us that only God can satisfy our deepest longings. I know you're a big basketball fan, you have a son who is an excellent basketball player you were to and you probably read that article and I think it was an ESPN about Michael Jordan the grace past lockdown of all time. The long article they had in him and just how deeply unsatisfied he is now on his MS sure everything is in his mid-to-late 50s or something. At this point, and after all the success and money he's made everything else because he he's not in a relationship that God with God that God intended him to have a dismayed that your point so so strong.

Their final question for you today Troy. Again, thank you for coming on the program is just a summary for someone listening today that the tuned in is trying to figure this all out about these Beatitudes Matthew five the sermon on the Mount what what you say to the person listening today who maybe hasn't entered into a relationship with with God through Christ by faith. At this point, or for the Christian listening today who wants to better live out have these be manifested out of their lives, how they go about some practical ways to go about doing this. Yeah, I think that one humility is the key to getting more of God's grace. If you're a Christ follower God is attracted to humility and so when you're really honest before God that moves the heart of God.

I think you know you looking culture today. We need to mourn are sent right, we should be mourning the sins of our culture. I think this whole idea of meekness bridled strength that relies on God's sovereignty, not our own power. Relevant works for us today and everybody striving real it's it's it's just a constant power struggle with a Christ follower says that we have strength but it's bridled strength because were to rest in God's sovereignty. God is the one who has all the power think then we look at what we hunger and thirst for what we really after in life. If it's not the word of God the son of God right the church of Jesus Christ. We can look and say what's missing in me. Blessed are the merciful week. We certainly need that in today's culture right where we understand what grace does, and when we give people grace we show people mercy and give them second chances how powerful that is not transformative it is for culture. Certainly the pure in heart for Christ followers will ensure that were cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. We want to see God work talk to a group of passage of the day. We need to see a work of God and we need to seek work in our culture right now and then.

Peacemakers obviously keeping peace is one thing. Making peace is another thing that when the gospel is the peace plan right that that that changes people's lives forever and then I just think this whole idea that you follow Jesus Christ. And you're not. I have trouble in your noggin I have struggles when you look at the founder of the faith.

Jesus Christ himself who ends up nailed to a tree and that somehow you and I would would be able to live lives different than that, contrary to that without pain, without struggle. I just think you you look at your Savior and and he told us this right.

You can expect it right. So don't be surprised when it comes be disappointed when it doesn't come I would say is maybe not live a righteous Christian life that draws any sort of distinction then I think people don't know Christ. Listen, the whole key that is you rely on you to rely on him. So I'm sharing the gospel to three different friends of mine right now it is going to go with you blanket on you and you know the Bible would say that if you will just humble yourself and let yourself low before God and say hey I acknowledge I'm a sinner I'm in need of a Savior and I acknowledge my face as saviors. Jesus, I want Jesus to come in my life and fill my life, that he will cleanse you from all your past present future sends to write your name in the book of life will give you eternal life. The moment you believe, so solid you get when you die you get it when you say yes to Jesus that that be the greatest gift that anyone could ever receive. On on the planet. And so I was a man I would run towards this gospel. This good news. Stop relied on myself and start trusting in the Savior and his work forming so well said and so true Troy Dobbs is been with us today in the Christian worldview. Thank you so much Troy.

This is an insightful and biblical convicting and helpful book the blessed life. Hopelessness will read it and we wish all of God's best in grace to you Troy and your family and thanks again for coming on the program today. David think so much rather have me appreciate you, hope you enjoyed the interview with Troy enough you want to get a copy of his book, we have it we have it on a special discounted price as well. Just for a limited time is called the blessed life that no one really wants now were going to transition now and do a contrast between what Troy just talked about in this deed the blessings that Christ talked about in his sermon on the Mount, none of these are based on circumstances or situations and are society their ear there irrespective of that now this Reagan read the passage again in case you missed it last week when I read this opening of the sermon on the Mount in the Beatitudes when Jesus saw the crowds for Matthew five, he went up on the mountain and after he sat down, his disciples came to him and he opened his mouth and began to teach them, saying, here, here come the nine blessed statements. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

This is spiritual brokenness, realizing of a deep need to be right with God. It's a blessing. If you have that number two.

Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted. This is mourning over your sin. That's a good thing. It's a blessing. If you have that because that's going to lead you to the solution that the offer that God offers to to make you right to forgive you of your sin number three Blessed are the gentle or the meek.

It's often translated as meekness is is power under control at self-control, for they shall inherit the earth. The meek it's it's it's self-control over the sinful desires that are inside every one of us and that we don't his rage out in anger. We have control over our our own spirit by the power of the Holy Spirit, you blessed if you have that meekness number four Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

This is our greatest desire is to eat and drink, but it's not just physical eating and drinking the greatest desire blessed if your greatest desire is to pursue the righteousness that God offers you through his son will go through the rest of them at the beginning of the next segment and then also working to get into this contrast of what the culture says is to be blessed.

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Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Those who are merciful don't give people what they deserve that. That's what mercy is.

Justice is people or someone getting what they deserve of God-given justice will be sent to hell. Immediately after the first time we sin because we sinned against our creator. It's treason. It's a crime against the infinitely holy God and if we got justice. What we deserve what we would be justly condemned and sentenced to hell because of the first sin we committed, but God is merciful.

He's patient. He doesn't give us what we deserve at least right away I he give us opportunity to be right with him. He gives us grace that is being given what we don't deserve. So those those returns are interesting to think about justice is being given what we do deserve mercy is not being given what we do deserve it deserve judgment and grace is being given what we don't deserve the forgiveness and eternal life rightness reconciliation with God, and that that's a blessing.

If you are are merciful in life because that makes you like God.

The next one.

Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God being pure in heart means you you seek holiness and if that's your desire, rather than seeking sinfulness that that's a blessing you have a blessed life. The next room.

Blessed are the peacemakers for they should be called sons of God. Right now there's such an easy time a natural time to be so contentious and so divided and so you know just I'm there. I got the right way.

Here you got the wrong way. It's us against them.

But that's our crises. Blessed are the peacemakers.

Those who try try to seek peace, for they shall be called sons of God know sometimes is not possible. Of course, to seek peace with someone or someone else who doesn't want it but trying to seek trying to be a peacemaker is a good thing it's it's a blessed thing in the next. The last two were sort of almost combined together it's it's in the passions in the present.

Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven, and Glassman is Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, so there's a past tense for those who have been the present tense for those who are being insulted and being persecuted and saying all kinds of things against you falsely beat because of me says rejoices that is not to say you direct this it says rejoice and be glad. He says for you your reward in heaven is great for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. In other words, when you have been persecuted or have been insulted and persecuted for righteousness sake, or because of Christ. Your sharing it in the suffering of your Savior that he came to earth, he lived a perfect life and yet he was persecuted and insulted eventually martyred on the cross he was crucified and so your sharing at least a little bit of the one you're following and it's also showing you your blessed because it showing you that if you're willing to suffer for the sake of righteousness for following Christ to be persecuted for that it showing you in your blessed because it showing it. Your loving God more than your own personal safety and security and Serta peace and ease because it was always easier as Troy was saying his last answer to, you know, because a shimmer away from that kind of thing you getaway to want to be don't want no one wants them, and who who wants to be persecuted.

It's it's much easier to have you know by personal peace and affluence right then be persecuted. But when you're willing to suffer persecution at the hands of error because your follower of Christ that shows that you love God more than you love your own personal comfort and then that's what why Jesus calls you blessed of these are all internal blessings that we can have in the midst of any situation, notice want to contrast that as I was reading this week story came out from the Smithsonian about the Smithsonian Institution. The great historical institution that keeps track of American history and artifacts in all sorts of things here in in our country and they had a chart and a column on their website about this issue of race, which is been so much in the news recently and according to the Smithsonian Institution. Of course of so much of our culture today they would say blessed or privileged are the white people, for theirs is the power that the kingdom of heaven for theirs is the power in our society. So, blessed are you if you're white and actually to those who resent that reviled are you if you're white students contrast how different the definition of blessing is according to those who see everything through racial identity and how what a dead-end street that is in something at the Bible never dies and never divides us. According to the mall and encounter the color of our skin or even our ethnicity doesn't divide us. According to that LA does Jesus as one race, the human race.

But if you say that today while you're denying your your racist you're denying what is a patently observable well, that's because they're dividing people into categories that there shouldn't be division they're focusing and dwelling and obsessing over skin called color color and culture and leads only to more division so they came out with a chart. The Smithsonian Institution and on the chart. The title of it is and that she took it down.

He probably could find it somewhere on the Internet. If you just type in aspects and assumptions of whiteness and white culture in the United States have all these different categories.

In this particular chart so they they describe what whiteness and white cultures it's it's rugged individualism.

That's one of the categories is the individual is the primary unit. This is a symbol or this is a trait of whiteness is that you're an individualist you're self-reliant you have independence in and autonomy is highly valued every reward misreading off this chart you and ended in individuals assumed to be in control of their environment.

You get what you deserve that. That's that that's what they call white culture. If you're if you're individually minded rather than community minded number two category is you you are a part of white culture. You have white superiority.

If you believe in a family structure of the nuclear family were you have a father and mother and raising as they say 2.3 children. I is the ideal social unit. That's the ideal social unit that that's a symbol or a trait or characteristic of whiteness and and by the way, it V, the implicit tone here is that this is not right to have these particular things to be to to to have self-reliance or to be an individual is the primary unit that that's not a good thing or the nuclear family is the ideal ideal social unit that's not a good thing or a husband is a says your husband is the breadwinner and the head of the household and the wife is a homemaker and subordinate to the husband. That's also what they say. Here children should have their own rooms and be independent next categories emphasis on the scientific method. This is a trait of whiteness and white culture.

And so the bullet points under that one are your objective, you have rational, linear thinking, as if that somehow lacking you.

You should not be subjective and rational and then your in your thinking, you should be relative, and you should be irrational in your thinking. Apparently that's better. You have a cause and effect in relationships, you know, people treat you badly.

There is enough cause-and-effect for that next one is history. White culture is based on northern European immigrants experience United States it say a heavy focus on the British Empire, the primate at the primacy of Western and Judeo-Christian tradition that are getting at something here. They're saying our white culture, what they deem white culture and whiteness is is based on Judeo-Christian tradition. Again, it's not saying that this is just an observation of what white culture is not states or there is an implicit negativity attached with this particular white culture in America.

Next category from the Smithsonian Institution and talking about race aspects and assumption of whiteness and white culture and white superiority is what they get into and their column is the Protestant work ethic.

The bullet points under that her hard work is the key to success you work before you play if you didn't meet your goals. You didn't work hard enough on that so sure about the last one.

Maybe for some people take it to the extreme. But as if hard work isn't a good thing as if you obey is better to play before you worked at that said, that's a better value than actually working before you play the next category of white culture and enhance white superiority is anesthetics. It's based on again European culture. Bland's best women's beauty is based on blonde skin like a Barbie doll and men's attractive man's attractiveness is based on eyes here glasses, economic status, power and intellect and will I ever just a that that is probably the last about man's attractiveness of me and tell me which society in the world.

Isn't that based on if you go over to Asia, Russia, the Middle East or wherever the put position economic power, status, intellect, isn't that always a powerful position to be and why is that actually a category of of white culture holidays. The next category. According to this chart. There based on Christian religions based on white history in male leaders are holidays are are based on uncracked Christmas and Easter, and so forth. It seems kinda rather obvious.

In a society like ours who has a majority of white people who came from Christian backgrounds are founded upon Christian principles and values that this would be the case.

Some of the things are writing about here came from Judeo-Christian worldview, so you'd expect that there be a focus on the individual.

Not that that the community the bylaws focus on the individual, not the community you think there would be an emphasis on the nuclear family. That's what the Bible teaches you think there would be an emphasis on work man won't work, neither let it meet you think there would be an emphasis on Christian holidays.

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Their actually reviled, and that's what has to be overturned them in reading this chart, which describes this from the Smithsonian Institution. The title is aspects and assumptions of whiteness and white culture in the United States, not just even that title. I just just imagine just for a second. Can you imagine the Smithsonian Institution or anyone any media outlet ever putting making a chart like this on aspects and assumptions of blackness and black culture in US or imagine organization be entitled white lives matter with with the beliefs on the right state of the right in the website that we are on the pet unapologetically white in our positioning as black lives matter since we are unapologetically black in our positioning key. Imagine a congressional white caucus. Can you imagine historically white columns instead of black colleges. Can you imagine an organization called the national Association for the advancement's advancement of white people instead of colored people.

This is there so much duplicity within this whole thing is so racialized and it is so ultimately divisive it they they want to go to a place they they say they're going to a place of reconciliation.

Racial reconciliation but ultimately is not can ever get theirs can become more divided and ultimates can be a power struggle. It's ultimately a James Cohen said won't play the soundbite tapes will do it next week about all about holding power.

That's with the ultimate goal is its power control. Those who don't think they're in power because there are not the right kind of skin color for our society want power, and the only way they can get it is to shame. Those who are in power and hopefully they'll give it up and take it over. So to the humanist mind. Blessed are those again who are white but the really has nothing to do with being white these things in the chart has everything to do with the influence of Christianity is what they described as white culture, at least most of the things that they describe is what white culture. In this chart are mostly based on biblical values sit this is this chart in this whole white fragility white superiority white supremacy movement. It's a really not-so-subtle attack on Christianity and it needs to be asked from this chart so it says that if the white culture focuses on individual so is it better to have community rights over individual rights. Is it better to have a nonnuclear family arrangements where there is no mother and a father raising children is a better to have relative nonrational thinking in a society is a better to have people not working in a society. Is it not good as they say they get into justice. They said the white cultures is noted by protecting private property and entitlement is a better not to have private property and protect private properties let people take what they want from you is it is a good to talk about communication to lessee, they say, speaking clearly is a is a lead in it in understandable terms and words that that's a attribute of white cultures better not to speak clearly. It is this a white culture is is doesn't show emotion is a better to show every emotion you you ever have come in your mind is let it all hang out easy.

This is a a not-so-subtle attack on biblical Christianity because what of what they deem white culture. So much of that is based on the Judeo-Christian worldview and ultimately I think what it is is it's making excuses for sinful traits of people any people any skin color, who reject God and his word. It's really an attempt at Marxism, which is what black lives matter is all about and is a set racism only gets worse when more emphasis is placed on your skin color. It only gets worse. Just think about Martin Luther King, Junior what what he said that that he envisions a day in America said this back in the 60s when the content of one's character was more important than the color of one's skin that he's absolutely right. But that's not what the. The race movement believes today that lined content of character of the color of skin.

That's actually helpful toward racial reconciliation because it helps toward a colorblind society will be. Don't just categorize and pigeonhole people. According to be in certain ethnic or people of color categories that help stars that but black lives matter doesn't want that they didn't want racial reconciliation. They want Marxism and Commies, and they did basically just say so and so there's a whole column associated with this chart that's been taken down after the Smithsonian Institution website and the column is actually link to our website the Christian world The title is whiteness by the Smithsonian Institution.

I would really encourage you because next week looking to do a topic on this program are going to have soundbites from some of the leading proponents of of of this idea that worldview of whiteness right at the top that list as an author name Robin D'Angelo. She's an American academic and lecturer and author.

She's written a book that's extremely popular called white fragility, which is basically a strong criticism or critique of white culture as we are talking about in this in this chart that I was reading earlier today will have soundbites from her and others in this really gets at the heart of what the racial tension what's at stake in our country right now. It's a pulling down of what they like to say white culture which again is based on the Christian worldview. Much of it is not. Not all of it. Course culture can have really bad elements and take things too far beyond what the Bible intends but this really a subtle attack on that and what are they after and so next week really get into that the issue of white privilege and so forth. All this giving example from this calm since white people in America hold most of the political institutional economic power. There is the word again.

Again, remember that what it's all about power.

They receive advantages that when nonwhite groups do not these benefits and advantages of varying degrees are known as quote white privilege for many white people back. This can be hard to hear or understand or accept. But it is true. If you are white in America you have benefited from the color of your skin is all based on the color of your skin is not based on attributes and it's certainly not base the blessed life isn't based on what Jesus said in the sermon the Mount.

Those beatitudes, those inner things that any person of any color can have when they enter into a right relationship with God through Christ, then you can truly have the blessed life is not based on your skin color or your circumstances or your health and your wealth and your prosperity in your position in life to stay too much more coming up on this next week on the Christian worldview. We do live in a changing and challenging world, but there is one thing we should always remember Jesus Christ and his word are the same yesterday today and forever until next weekend. Think biblically and live accordingly. We hope today's broadcast turned your heart toward God's word and sought to order a CD copy of today's program or sign up for our free weekly email or to find out how you can be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ go to our website the Christian, call us toll-free at one Tripoli 646-2233. Christian worldview is a weekly one-hour radio program that is furnished by the over comer foundation and is supported by listeners and sponsors request one of our current resources with your donation of any amount go to the Christian or call us toll-free at one Tripoli 646-2230 3.2 was sent Box 01, Excelsior, MN 55331 that's Box 401, Excelsior, MN 55331.

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