Opossum News Monday

Chris, “Welcome to Opossum News Monday. I am your host Chris Wallet. Today our guest is Jesus. But first the news:

President Trump tweeted out this morning ‘Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan and Clapper! Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information. Must be stopped!’

Again the President is attacking his opponent in what I think is very unpresidential. Let’s see what our guest says.

I would like to welcome Jesus of Nazareth to our program for the first time.”

Jesus, “Thank you for having me.”

Chris, “Based on your teaching, don’t you think this is a little over the top?”

Jesus, “Not really. But to what teaching are you referring.”

Chris, “Luke reports in his 17th chapter verse 4 that you said “if he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’ you should forgive him”. Doesn’t such a tweet indicate that the President does not forgive him?”

Jesus, “Luke is accurate in his reporting. But you only reported part of what I said, which was “If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’ you should forgive him. Must I remind you of the phrase ‘if he repents’. Did Adam Schiff repent? So it is with our Father. He is willing to forgive. But to get that forgiveness you must repent.”

Chris, “How do I square that with Chapter 6 Verse 37 where you say “Stop judging and you will not be judged.”?”

Jesus, “I like Mathews’s version better. Again read the whole quotation. “Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.

” But you must keep my words in context of the whole of my Father’s law. Remember that he warned Ezekiel in Chapter 3 18 “If I say to the wicked, You shall surely die—and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade the wicked from their evil conduct in order to save their lives—then they shall die for their sin, but I will hold you responsible for their blood.19 If, however, you warn the wicked and they still do not turn from their wickedness and evil conduct, they shall die for their sin, but you shall save your life.”

Chris, “On another subject. In Leviticus 19:34 ESV God says “You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Isn’t building a wall on our border with Mexico contrary to that teaching?”

Jesus, “you must also consider the actions of King Asa as reported in 2 Chronicles 14, 14:1 Asa did what Yahweh his God regards as good and right. ... 14:5 He rebuilt the fortified towns of Judah, since the country was at peace and free of war during those years, because Yahweh had granted him peace. 14:6 'Let us rebuild these towns,' he told Judah, 'let us surround them with wall and tower, with gate and bar while the country is still ours, for we have sought Yahweh our God and he has sought us and given us peace all around.' They built and prospered.

”There is an aspect of the 10 Commandments that is oft missed. True, if all men obeyed them we wouldn’t have a problem. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Then we must consider the other aspect. For example, implied in the commandment ‘You shall not kill.’ is you can expect not to be killed. And the commandment ‘You shall not steal.’ you can expect that your possessions to remain your possessions. There is no law that prevents you from taking steps to insure those aspects.

”Further, King Asa was not only protecting his citizens’ lives and possessions, he was, with God’s blessing, protecting the very culture of his citizens.

“Regarding the wall across the southern border, you must consider if the open border allows more violations of the Commandments and if those coming across are changing the culture.”

Chris,”We have just a few seconds more, but I have one more question. Is President Trump a Christian?”

Jesus, “My disciple Paul has given some guidance in that subject:

“You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.

If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!

In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.” “But I have said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.