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Monday, September 19, 2016

The Consequences of Drinking The Punch

In the U.S., there is a slang phrase called "drinking the koolaid", or "drinking the punch".  This has negative connotations and for good reason, although it has nothing to do with Koolaid itself.  I enjoy the actual Koolaid, when prepared correctly, in the Cherry flavor.  :-)

This actually has to do with a bit of history, dating back to 1978.  I'm talking about this because it has significance now, in a spiritual sense.

Many of the young kids and young adults are too young to remember the Jonestown Massacre in 1978.

This was a religious cult led by a man who was running from the law - and proclaiming to many that he was God.  This was clearly a false religion, culminating in one the largest mass suicides in history.

Many of the over 900 people who died drank poisoned punch.  Koolaid to be exact.

Many of these people were told by their leader it was time to meet up with him (their god) and that death would be better than what was waiting for them.

This, of course was a lie, but it was a lie that the people believed.

The video below is graphic, parental discretion is advised.  I'll post the video containing the full documentary at the end of the post.

The reason I'm bringing this up refers to a scripture:  Matthew 24:24

24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, ifit were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

What has been concerning me for some years leading to now, is not only the corruption within the political arena, but how it has drawn in some of those within my own faith.

I'm seeing posts on Facebook designed to shame those who are seeking to help the refugees, as well as the poor within our own country, state and city, to the degree that politicians who are of my faith (and make sure it's advertised) use the "fiscal responsibility" rhetoric to push to remove subsidized housing from the city they are in. Their excuse is that the schools are overtaxed with the needs, and rather than actually paying to money to actually run these schools properly, we will just kick the poor out.

In other words, if Jesus Christ were walking upon the Earth today and his followers were "subsidizing" his housing in their cities, Jesus would not be welcome there.

In my opnion, these are politicians who have drunk the punch and have poisoned their hearts, their minds and their souls.

The leaders of my faith have been warning of this for a while now, but the nastiness in the political arena has reached an all time high.

So the question remains:  Are you going to "drink the punch", or are you going to drink the pure waters of life that Jesus offers?  The waters that heal, even to the degree of resurrection.

Here is the documentary.\