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Religion should monitor crime, not the government

Thursday, October 22, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

In response to “Downtown surveillance cameras not an invasion of privacy” by J. Karl Miller, printed Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009:

Cameras, cops, neighborhood watch programs, cell phone cops, body scanners in businesses and industries, homeland security; in short, our United States of America has become a border-to-border prison, a more sophisticated version of the Russian KGB. We have become a nation of cowards and paranoid schizophrenics. You can hardly walk past a vehicle without hearing the locks being activated. It amazes me how despite our smug egos, we believe that living in fear is the proper way to live.

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This used to be America, home of the brave, land of the free, but no longer. Now our nation is home of spies seeking to be rewarded for turning a person into the law if found performing some criminal act. We have become a nation of hero-seekers. We are so depraved that we are starving for attention. In fact, we as much as demand it. This character flaw is rooted in our youth, because many, if not most of us, didn’t get the attention we thought we should have gotten, and now that we are no longer in the “nest” we demand it, even if we must resort to committing some crime to get it.

We should be confronting crime from a strictly religious viewpoint, not a civil one. Unfortunately, we cannot do so because we have an immature religious system in America that has not secured for itself the wisdom and knowledge that only the LORD JESUS CHRIST can deliver. The religious system contains every tool, solution and answer to the myriad problems we can imagine, yet it fails to provide healing.

Consequently, the civil authorities must step in and solve those problems. The HOLY BIBLE, King James Version, in Leviticus 26:8: "And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight … " Excuse me, I believe something is wrong with this picture. According to the Time World Almanac, the statistical compilation of all DEnominational church rolls of people who claim to be Christian in America is 274 million out of a population of approximately 311 million. That comes to way over 75 percent. Now, using the verse quoted above, we have more professing Christians than we should have people to chase. However, the statistics of other non-Christian religions, including atheists are also in the millions, which proves the Christians are not chasing anybody.

In addition to the millions of professing Christians, we have more churches of various denominational types than any other nation. When any of us step outside our dwellings, whether they be houses, apartments, hotel rooms, tents, sleeping bags or cardboard shelters as the homeless must do, without the 50 to 100 people who claim to be Christians singing hallelujahs every morning, why is it that usually the first person you see is a cop? We have more cops, lawyers, judges, jails, prisons, psychiatrists and people working with the brain than any other nation, and yet with all this show of force, it still does nothing to stop crime, but are too arrogant to admit it. A major reason we cannot slow it down is because according to civil law you cannot identify a criminal until he or she gets caught or incriminates himself or herself, voluntarily. In other words you can be a lifelong criminal in America as long as you don’t get caught; Bernie Madoff and O. J. Simpson are two notable names in point. However, if our religious system was actually doing its job, every Christian and non-Christian would know that the conscious is God’s deputy to the soul and would immediately arrest that person bent on crime.

The biggest and oldest crook in the world is a broken down religious system. We have inherited a dilapidated religious system that has been stuck in the mud for nearly 20 full centuries. It started when all experts, masters and professionals of theological doctrine, i.e., the first generation of ministers, who were trained by the founder of the CHRISTIAN doctrine, JESUS CHRIST, all died and that doctrine was handed to the next generation of ministers. In Acts 20:29-31, "For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you (us) not sparing the flock. 30 Also of your own selves a shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them…" Words of the apostle Paul. And this is exactly what happened immediately before the first century came to a close. For 19 plus centuries the heretics and hypocrites have had, and still have, control of the religious system. Now, I’m not saying that there haven’t been some CHRISTIANS who have been able to read between the lines and become masters and experts of the doctrine of CHRIST, but unfortunately, they are in the minority. Most Christians have never spiritually matured, and like high school drop-outs, there are spiritual drop-outs, or pretenders that attend church religiously and regularly, but never mature. They are stuck on the spiritual baby bottle.

Consequently the state, or as the HOLY SCRIPTURES define it, the tail, must take over the responsibilities that the church can’t or won’t do, and it is supposed to be demonstrating perfect leadership. For example, it only takes but a few years of person’s lifetime to become a professor of history, math, English, etc. The church has had 20 centuries to perfect it’s profession so there should hardly be anyone leftwho would be suffering from any mental or physical distress and hardship. The words that no professing Christian should want to hear are found in Luke 18:8: " … Nevertheless when the son of man cometh, shall he find FAITH on the earth?" Words that should never have to be asked with all these millions of CHRISTIANS who claim JESUS as their Lord and Master. Yet we read these words in revelation 6:15-17 "And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every freeman, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sixtieth in the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?"

I am amazed at how perfect the legal and judicial system has grown. However, no matter how perfect it is, it still is not hitting the nail on the head. The grease is so thick around the religious system that nearly every attempt to penetrate it has been futile. However it was penetrated in the last 30 years when child molestation among ministers was exposed. But it again needs to be investigated to find out why it won’t take the tithes, offerings and other donations it hoards for building cathedrals, temples, synagogues, monasteries, mansions, purchasing thrones, silk suits, patent leather shoes, fancy autos, etc., and use it to help the poor and oppressed. God condemned all those luxuries centuries ago, according to Isaiah 11:10-17. What should be done if the churches are not going to be open anymore than four or five hours a week out of the 168 hours? Tear them down, sell the properties, and give the loot back to the society who made them rich?

God did not ordain cops, lawyers and judges to save the planet Earth. That was all Old Testament legalism. He ordained ministers who are supposed to be professionals of His Holy Word, and who are experts at dotting every i and crossing every t, and dispensing the right medicine to the right sickness. When Jesus healed, he healed perfectly, once and for all, no person ever had to come back and complain to him that He didn’t do his job right. Each of us who claim to be his followers are expected to do likewise. No Christian can suffice by saying, "I was not called to preach," when the HOLY BIBLE is about nothing but the ministry. We need teachers, not preachers. I personally have met many "preachers" who have never even read the Bible. But since they know that most people are spiritually ignorant, they are experts at conning people. I always ask every professing Christian if he or she has ever read the Bible ALL the way through, much less studied it. When pinned down, most have not.

It is not a sin or crime to be poor. In fact, being poor and rich is God-ordained. Being poverty stricken is a sin or crime. When people are refused help is a sin. I hear over and over that many homeless refuse to be helped. But no one wants to ask why? What happened in their past that caused them to be so bitter? Who failed them in their time of need? In other words, the blame cannot exclusively be laid on their backs. I challenge the legal authorities to keep investigating the religious leaders who are the ultimate crooks.

If the church is supposed to be the service station for souls, then why is there not at least one church open in every major area that people gather in for shopping, entertainment, employment, health and other services throughout the cities. They should be open 24/7 like other major institutions, i.e., hospitals, fire and police departments, etc.; so that weary, frustrated, depressed and angry people can receive the help they need. In December 2007, Stanley Lamberson was kicked out of Boone County Jail in freezing cold after begging the police to let him stay there until the weather warmed up. He did not have adequate clothing. The attitude of the police was "you got yourself in this mess, now get yourself out." He did! He found a stairwell at the Travelodge Motel where he was found after freezing to death. Where were the Christians who love people "with all their hearts"? There are over 200 churches listed in the church directory of the Columbia Daily Tribune. Do you mean to tell me that the Christians cannot leave one phone number for the police to call when there is a need, like a ride, a coat, lodging, out of approximately 54,000 people in Columbia who claim to be Christians? In the same winter, another man was found dead in Flat Branch Park, and another burned to death in a shack off Conley Road.

The churches should not be so arrogant that they pick and choose who will get services and who will not. Many have gymnasiums, activities rooms, basements and are equipped with kitchens. They could bed people daily, feed, shower and clothe them, provide storage lockers for their personal belongings so people would not have to carry them to employment offices, job interviews or doctors' officers, in short being pack mules and an offensive eyesore to the many visitors who come to Columbia to do business or sight-see. The church could relieve those in need by allowing the poor relief in the summer under air conditioning and the convenience of warmth in the winter. Also, the churches should have a separate mission devoted to those with addictions.

In summary, churches need to practice what they preach. It isn’t like there aren’t enough Christians looking to do God’s work.

Gary Kelley is an independent minister who became a Christian when he was 14 years old and was baptized in the Holy Spirit when he was 25. At age 32, he chose to devote his future to serious Bible study. He has logged more than 120,000 hours of Bible study.


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