By Forrest Nordic
Luke 11:21 says: "When the strong man, fully armed, guards his own dwelling, his goods are safe." Every Scripture, must be understood in balance, using common sense. Not to confuse philosophies, but the Eastern concept of Yin and Yang (symbolizing ALL eternal opposites)is a true and basic universal Law. For example, Yin-Yang keeps a bicycle standing upright and moving forward: the pedal being pushed down is Yang and the yielding pedal is Yin. Then the pedals reverse positions and functions. Simplified, Yin and Yang mean that you cannot have one power without its very opposite to maintain perfect balance in this Universe --a law of the Creator.
Common sense tells us that a true neighbor is someone who has a perfect right to occupy that status and position. Jesus is not saying,for example, that the local church building and property should be juxtaposed with a house of ill repute, an organized-crime gambling casino, the Playboy mansion, and an "adult entertainment" center; nor is He saying that we are to allow illegal aliens into our nations and homes to invade, occupy, and rule us.
The Children of Israel, to whom the command "Love thy neighbor as thyself" was given, were also ordered to make total war on their enemies as they entered and conquered the Land of Promise for themselves and their posterity.
While someone is engaging in sin, the righteous have a right to rebuke this, and, if necessary, take measures to protect themselves from harm. Yes, by all means, do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Do I want others to enter my home and seize possession of it and throw me and my loved ones out into the cold? NO! Do I want others to steal from me and take unfair advantage of me or those I love? NO! In the same common sense manner, I would not do these things to others.
Some years ago, the Hollywood Jews made a silly movie about the Roman Catholic Church (sorry I cannot recall the name--I only saw the concluding minutes of it). At the end, the Pope tells the world that the Vatican will sell ALL its buildings and priceless works of art and give ALL its possessions to "the poor" of all the world. Well, I do not recall the Vatican being persuaded by this cheap-shot movie to do just that.
It is un-Christian to have a "War on Poverty." Jesus tells us that there will always be poor among the population of this world. To try to make everyone well-off is to disbelieve the words of Jesus.
The Bible emphasizes doing good to the poor of one's OWN people, with words like "your brother," "your needy," and the "poor in YOUR land." "For the poor will never cease to be in the land; therefore I command you, saying, 'You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.'" Deuteronomy 15:11"For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them; but you do not always have Me." -- Mark 14:7"You will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me with you." -- Matthew 26:11