Taking Advantage


A good man is known by his truthfulness; a false man by deceit and lies.

~Proverbs 12:17, TLB


Integrity is the integration of the whole self into one distinct personality.


“When in Rome, do as the Romans,” is an old adage used of blending into the culture or environment. I guess it could be a defense mechanism but it is also a form of deceit. A person of integrity is always the same, no matter what the environment. Truthfulness begins by being honest with yourself. There is no such thing as a harmless lie. I’m not talking about being ruthless with the tongue: sometimes the Christ like thing to do is not to speak your mind. On the other hand, there is nothing noble about flattery. Flattery is a form of bull and some folks are full of it. As followers of Christ, we must never use any form of deceit to take advantage of someone else. Paul admonished us to speak truthfully to our neighbor.

God will judge us by our motive; we may arrange the facts in such a way that we can convince ourselves that we are not actually lying but if our motive is to deceive and take advantage of the other person, we will be judged as liars. The sad thing is that sales people are trained to do this very thing. A young college student got a job selling vacuum cleaners and he was trained to use high pressure methods. After his first sale, he began feeling guilty. He knew the family who just signed the contract could not afford the product so he turned around and went back. He sat down with them an shared his heart. They were relieved when he agreed to tear up the contract. He did get fired but he did the right thing. Although his honesty was costly at the time, I can assure you that he has no regrets today.

Yes, I want to prosper. I think everyone wants to prosper. I would be perfectly happy if my DG stock turned into millions {my children would be happy, not to mention Big Mama} but I have no desire {zero, zilch, nada} to prosper at your expense. It is one of many reason I avidly oppose gambling. Gambling is a attempt to prosper at other’s expense. In gambling, others is usually spelled ignorant. Park at the Ardmore, Tennessee exit on I-65 and watch those who come in to buy the lottery tickets. The overwhelming majority or either poor or ignorant or both. Why would I want to win by making everyone else a loser.

You will not like the next line. I don’t really like it myself. Not only are we not to take advantage of others, we are to give them the advantage. Paul said in Romans 12, Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor. To the Philippians he said, Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. Jesus gave us the advantage. We used and abused Him but only because He in His infinite love allowed us to do so.

Well you know my feeling about the supreme court: they are as corrupt as the Sanhedrin which was dominated by the corrupt and powerful Sadducees {democrats of the day}. We can call them “Supreme” but they are anything but supreme. It is a low court and it’s getting lower. Roberts is like a fish out of water, flipping and flopping. He is supposed to be a conservative but he has betrayed us too many times.

Rick Burgess made a valid point this morning: our current crisis has nothing to do with race or a virus. The democrats are not being honest about their agenda. Why would we expect them to be; they are liars. We are in a ideological war and our REPUBLIC is at stake. They want to destroy the REPUBLIC {Rule of Law} and replace it with a democracy, a social democracy. It is a throw-back to the old feudal system where they {the elites} become the land owners and we become their peasants. They think they are too sophisticated and intelligent to live under the dictates of a constitution written more than 200 years ago. They are destroying this country: they are certainly not our friends. By the time these morons who put them in office realize what they have done, it will be too late. Black people are waking up. Some of them are beginning to realize what the democrats have in mind: they are not going to empower black people or poor people. Their intention is to enslave them. Don’t kid yourself, they also despise middle America. They will destroy the middle class. Who is stopping them right now? It is the middle class. Who elected Trump? The middle class. Who produces soldiers and policemen? The middle class. Who provides jobs and runs small businesses? The middle class. Who pays the taxes? The middle class. Who funds the charities and missions of mercy in America? The middle class. The democratic party is nothing like it was 50 years ago. There are no conservatives in this party: it was high jacked by the left and the yellow dogs will not concede to the facts. If you vote for a democrat, not only are you voting for abortion on demand {which God will hold you accountable for}, you are voting for revolution and the destruction of the Republic. My prayer is that God will have mercy on us but I can’t think of a single reason why He should.

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