Category Archives: World view

The Melting Pot?

“When I turn my attention to you, I’ll refine your dross as in a furnace. I’ll remove all your alloy.” Isaiah 1:25 New International version

What does the term ‘melting pot’ conjure up in your mind? What ideals do you consider “American”?

Merriam-Webster defines ‘melting pot’ as “A pot in which metals or other materials are melted and mixed.’ AND “A place where a variety of races, cultures, or individuals assimilate into a cohesive whole.”

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The US of A has long been called the world’s melting pot. This melting-together metaphor came into use as far back as the late 1700s. But the term became widely popular in the States after a play entitled “The Melting Pot” opened in Washington D.C. in 1908. The play later moved on to New York City and exploded on Broadway.

In Israel Zangwill’s play “The Melting Pot”,  he modernizes the story of Romeo and Juliette for the 20th century swapping out feuding Italian families for Russian Jewish and Russian Cossack families. Zangwill boldly uses the play to claim that America is a new country free of all the old animosity and predispositions of the old country. America becomes a beautiful escape for immigrants. A place where the immigrants were welcomed but not their former belongings of hatred and prejudice.

According to PBS, “God, Zangwill claimed, was using America as a ‘crucible’ to melt the ‘fifty’ barbaric tribes of Europe into a metal from which He can cast Americans.”

Mr. Zangwill dedicated his play to the US President at the time:
To Theodore Roosevelt
“In respectful recognition of his strenuous struggle against the forces that threaten to shipwreck the great republic which carries mankind and its fortunes, this play is, by his kind permission, cordially dedicated.”

What are your thoughts on that statement now in the year 2017?

Do you think we and any immigrant should melt down our individual heritage and mix together to conform to “American” ideals?

Grandpa and Grandma Klassen

The Klassens did. In 1924 my husband’s grandparents migrated to America from Russia where they faced cruel and unthinkable oppression. They willingly laid aside their European homes and loyalties to sail across the Atlantic to start a new, free life.. They allowed their Russian and German selves to be melted and mixed into patriotic Americans who gladly waited years to gain their coveted U.S. citizenship.

If you happen to live in this Melting Pot of the United States, may you find yourself praising God for the privilege.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people He chose for His inheritance.” Psalm 33:12 New International version

Shine on. . .

karan k

Mysteries of King and Country

“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”  II Peter 3:9  New American Standard Bible

What is your idea of Jesus? I mean how do you envision Him? Think about it a moment.

 

While traveling abroad in Europe, I met an older woman who loved to explore foreign countries. She showed me photo album after photo album of exotic places she’s visited. She and her husband trekked through many countries across the globe, except for one; the United States.

I found that intriguing so I asked “why”?

“Doesn’t attract me”, she said. So I probed further with another “Why.”

“There is no mystery there” was the answer I got.

Seems she was terribly fascinated with Asia, their culture and all the “mysteries” they held. In her mind the United States bore absolutely no comparison. She had zero interest in seeing my beautiful country because we were not “mysterious.” It saddened me.
What she called mysteries I saw as mere superstitions. Before we became the United States, the American Indians held much mystery in this great land. But along with the mysteries and superstitions came barbarism. Not something I want to embrace and explore on a daily basis. I’m grateful changes came to our country even if it may seem boring to some.

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So I could somewhat agree that the USA of the twentieth century is not mysterious as a whole based on her definition. The founding fathers built this country on the principles of the Bible which taught love for humanity and civility practiced authentically. A lot of mysterious questions were answered for them in the scripture and a system of governing was set up in accordance with what they learned.

 

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In time the USA became a powerful and productive nation. We had freedoms and a way of life envied throughout the world. “Why?” Do you believe it’s because we accepted a divine truth and geared our way of life in submission to it?

Why? Or why not?

The attitude of our country is changing quickly with the dissolution of moral absolute thought. No one is sure of anything, let alone what the TRUTH really is. Chaos is beginning to roil and rumble in the undercurrents of our nation. No longer is our nation united as we once were.

Do you agree or disagree?

The woman I spoke with travelled to places like Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and China many times. During her travels she became especially enamored with Buddha and the philosophies he taught.

I asked her what she thought about Jesus.

Same answer. She had no interest in Jesus. My heart sank to a deeper low than over her apathy over the U.S.  So I asked her “Why”?

She said look at my Buddha and pointed to a small figurine in her living room.

“See how happy he is? How he smiles?”

Then she pointed to a crucifix adorning the wall, also in her living room. “Look at Him up there, He’s not happy.”

I tried to explain to her that Jesus was no longer on the cross. That He rose from the dead and is happier than we can imagine in this life. That He is ALIVE and seated with the Father in heaven, not hung on a cross on a wall or on a piece of jewelry.

“He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was REVEALED in these last times for your sakes.” I Peter 1:20 New International version

Mystery Revealed! That one day those who accept His sacrifice on the cross on their behalf will live with Him forever in paradise. Can’t get any happier than that.

It seemed to be a foreign concept to her. Probably thought we made it up in the United States.;(  She appeared more comfortable with her mysteries and superstitions. I pray for her from time to time that she will seek the Truth of the seed I planted in her mind years ago.

May she find the living Lord before she draws her last breath and it’s too late.

Perhaps there is someone you know who needs prayer to accept Christ’s Truth?

TRUTH

“. . . Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and He is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.”

Romans 8:34 New Living translation

 

Shine on. . .
karan k

As always, comments are welcome whether you agree or disagree.

Least Lives Matter

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Lots of talk over the last few months about whose lives matter. I recorded a short video off the cuff concerning this topic according to the scripture below. Check it out and read the passage because you need to make sure you are aware of your choices. Someday it will matter more than you realize! Click here to watch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QEEpQ5SMPQ&sns=em

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Karan Klassen, Least Lives Matter

“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit upon His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in His presence, and He will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at His right hand and the goats at His left.

Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed Me. I was thirsty, and you gave Me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited Me into your home. I was naked, and you gave Me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for Me. I was in prison, and you visited Me.’

Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see You hungry and feed You? Or thirsty and give You something to drink? Or a stranger and show You hospitality? Or naked and give You clothing? When did we ever see You sick or in prison and visit You?’

And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to Me!’

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Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the fire prepared for the devil and his demons. For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed Me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give Me a drink. I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite Me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give Me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit Me.’

Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help You?’

And He will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help Me.’

And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”
Matthew 25: 31-46 New Living translation

These are the words of Jesus Himself. He is telling us about our future. It’s a long passage but I trust you took the time to read it. No matter who we are, these verses concern us. So pay close attention to them. Simply acting religious or doing good things will not cut it either. You must KNOW Him— {see Matthew 7:21-23 and Ephesians 2:8 &9} and then you will recognize Him as one of the Least Lives who matter most!

GOD saved you by His grace when you put your faith in HIm. HE empowers you now to serve the Least!
GOD saved you by His grace when you put your faith in HIm. HE empowers you now to serve the Least of These!

Shine on. . .
karan k

KARMA MISKONCEPTION

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Karma MisKonception
“Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of GOD. What a person plants, he will harvest.” Galatians 6:7 The Message Bible
To all those who think karma is kool, I have a bit of a different perspective. It’s possible you might be misusing the term?  Ergo the purpose of this post, Karma MisKonception! Unless you also believe in reincarnation, you can’t seriously believe in karma because the two are inseparable. Carelessly using it for fun may not be a great idea. Read on. . .
Karma has two main definitions, one formal and one informal;
First the formal definition according to the religions of Hinduism and Buddhism is the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence viewed as deciding their fate in future existences. Thus reincarnation is paramount to basic karma. Reincarnation basically rewards us according to deeds from our past life. You could possibly graduate from a flea to a mouse in this system, read with a tinge of sarcasm please.

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The informal definition is destiny or fate which is the development of events beyond a person’s control, regarded as determined by a supernatural power. Simply put, a supernatural power beyond ourselves decides our future and I would have to agree with that only to a point.
There is a definite law governing our universe concerning our actions. Some choose to call this karma but karma gives the impression that the individual has no control whatsoever in life.  I prefer to give credit to God’s principle of reaping and sowing from the opening verse in Galatians. Because if it is simply karma, fate or destiny controlling us,  we can absolve ourselves from any accountability. Many in the modern world gladly choose this belief system as an excuse for poor decisions or laziness to make no decision which in essence is a decision!
The truth is there are two things we can control; our attitudes and our choices. Our great GOD of the Bible did not create robots. HE gave us a free will to use the magnificent minds HE created in us to make our own choices. HE did not choose to control our destinies although HE could have. HE preferred to give us freedom of choice even though HE knew some of our choices may turn out to be painful for us. Ultimately, painful for HIM as well because of HIS deep love for us. In Joshua 24:15a HE speaks to HIS people Israel through Joshua, “If you decide that it’s a bad thing to worship GOD, then choose a god you’d rather serve—– and do it today.” The Message Bible
HE doesn’t want forced love or worship. HE just invites us to get to know HIM as HE reveals Himself in the Bible and HE desires that we choose Him but the actual choice remains ours. HE risks losing our love and worship to lesser things because HE loves us so much HE wanted us to have that freedom to choose.
Also, Our great GOD offers rewards so much better than reincarnation! Plus because of grace there will be no punishment for His children, only rewards. Read I Corinthians 3:12-15 for example.
We won’t be coming back to another life as a detestable rat or any mere animal, but reigning princes and princesses in HIS kingdom. Romans 8:16&17a Because we are HIS children we are joint heirs with Jesus. WE will reign with our Lord according to our faithfulness to HIM in our earthly lives. We will live in HIS presence and be given various crowns of glory. (II Timothy 4:8, Revelation 2:10 etc.)

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I Peter 5:4 “And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor.” New Living translation

According to the Urban Dictionary, karma is the Buddhist belief that whatever you do comes back to you, e.g., if you do something good, something good will happen to you and vice versa. This is taking God’s principle of reaping/harvesting what you sow/plant from Galatians 6:7 and renaming it as karma. Buddhists and Hindus may do this if they choose but I don’t want to give any of GOD’s glory away so I personally refuse to use the term karma except in this post.:) Just seems dishonorable to my Lord. Read over this passage from Galatians 6:8-10 several times in different versions and let me know what you think concerning karma, which by the way doesn’t leave any room for grace!

May we FLURISH in our attitudes about doing good things for others because HE has done so much for us. May we also FLURISH because we make good choices that result in rewards here because of the law of reaping and sowing and in heaven because He promises eternal rewards.
“Remember this—-a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give.”

II Corinthians 9:6-7a New Living translation

Revelation 22:12 “LOOK, I AM coming soon bringing My reward with Me to repay all people according to their deeds.”

FLURISH in doing good for His glory and your future!

Shine On!

karan k