The Immoral Moral Crusader

Robert Bentley, the former governor of Alabama, entered a guilty plea for several criminal charges on Monday.  He also resigned as the governor to avoid the upcoming impeachment hearings.  Bentley admitted to embezzling funds and illegally using state resources to cover up his affair.

During his political career, Bentley opposed gay marriage rights, the state lottery, and legalization of gambling.  Bentley wanted to use legislation to promote his Christian moral values.  Bentley wanted to be a moral crusader.

In actuality, Bentley was an immoral moral crusader.

Legislating morality is a popular political platform; however, it doesn’t fix any problems or address the real issues.  Bentley knew what he was doing was illegal, but he wasn’t concerned.  His problem wasn’t based on a lack of legal consequences.  His problem was based on a lack of character.

We can legislate morality, but it isn’t going to create a moral society.  We need to focus on personal character.  We need to value character above a person’s financial status, fame, or appearance.  If you don’t change hearts of people, changing laws will not be enough to fix our problems.

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Jesus Fulfills the Law (Matthew 5:17-20)

In Matthew 5:17-20, Jesus is talking to a crowd.  Jesus tells them, he did not come to abolish or do away with the law.  Jesus came to fulfill or complete the law.

Jesus also tells the people, “For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.  Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”  (ESV)

This section ends with Jesus saying, “For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (ESV)

If Jesus came to fulfill the law and Christians are not under the law, do they have to follow the law?  Also, Jesus said our righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees.

The scribes and Pharisees were religious leaders and they made a point to live out the law.  They wanted to follow the law to the letter, but they often failed to follow the spirit of the law.

When I read this passage, I think about some of the legalistic churches in my area.  They are concerned with outward appearances and they judge a person’s spirituality based on those outward appearances.  They may talk about the importance of a heart that is holy or righteous; however, it is not what they are truly focusing on and practicing in their lives.

I also think about some of the churches with an anything goes attitude.  They never want to appear judgmental, so they just ignore the importance of righteousness.

I think Jesus wants us to live a holy life and to be an example to the world around us; however, I think Jesus is looking for more than just following a bunch of rules that make us look like good people.  I think Jesus wants our hearts to be pure and that is a harder goal to achieve than just checking off a list of rules.

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Blogging & Tweeting Without Getting Sued

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I was searching for books about blogging on Amazon when I found Blogging & Tweeting Without Getting Sued by Mark Pearson.  I was intrigued by the title and decided to read the  book.

Here are a few important points to keep in mind when blogging:

  • Criminal and civil laws apply to bloggers and bloggers are treated the same as media companies as far as the law is concerned
  • You should never forward or repost material that you have not reviewed and verified
  • Libelous material may be defended if it is in the public interest, but this is a hard point to prove and any signs of malice will destroy your defense
  • Think about the consequences before posting a negative blog about an individual or a company
  • Anonymity is not guaranteed on the internet
  • Blogging any confidential information about other people is illegal

Free Continuing Education Classes

http://www.edx.org

The continuing education classes on this website are available to everyone at no cost.  It is a non-profit organization that relies on participation from major universities.  The participating schools upload videos from actual classes and offer certificates of completion for students that complete the coursework and pass the exams.

A few of the participating schools include:

  • MIT
  • Harvard
  • Sorbonne University
  • University of Queensland

There is a huge variety of classes available, for example:

  • Humanities
  • Sciences
  • Computer Programing
  • Business, Finance, and Economics
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Mathematics

I have taken a couple classes on this site and I throughly enjoyed the experience.

Immigration Reform

Immigration has been a hot topic lately.  I understand why people frown on those that come to this country illegally.  They are seen as criminals by many.  However, I cannot fault someone for wanting a better life and for being willing to risk their own lives to better provide for their family.

Coming into this country illegally can be extremely dangerous.  People have died when their boat capsized, also people have died from dehydration in the desert.  There is the possibility of being shot by border patrol agents (official and unofficial).  Yet these people keep coming in hopes of a better future.

Many of them chose the illegal route, because coming into the country legally is not within their realm of possibilities.  The amount of money they would need to do this may even exceed what they would make in an entire lifetime.

I think immigration reform should focus on a merit system.  People come and apply for citizenship.  They are monitored for a number of years to see if they maintain employment, increase their education or marketable skills, do volunteer work, and stay out of trouble.  This gives people a way to immigrate without having to break any laws.

What are your thoughts on immigration?  Please leave a comment and let me know.