Partisanship: Is politics your religion?

There’s nothing wrong with politics. There’s nothing wrong with religion. Nor is there anything wrong with mixing the two. When partisan politics is your religion, however, things have likely gone too far. This is the sorry state of much of mankind across the globe at the moment.politics-religion-orientation-occupation-why-cant-we-just-judge-people-by-the-kind-of-car-they-drive-6efce

Most of what we see, hear, and read (including that which is in the media) has a political flavour to it — some inherent bias. After all, journalists are people too.

Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!

It is a great achievement—a great spiritual victory—for an individual to extricate themselves from every last part of their own bias.

And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Beyond that, however, we deal with mortals: and their shortcomings. The reader, viewer, or listener, must constantly be making allowance for that, accordingly, when interpreting information and the way it is being presented.

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For instance, The Spectator is a mainstream right-wing magazine from the United Kingdom. Democracy Now, on the other hand, is an independent (read alternative) left-leaning news program based in the United States. And Press TV, well that’s a state-sponsored news agency from Iran.

Variations may also exist between individuals within the one organisation. The three sites mentioned (above) are not singled out for criticism, rather that it be self-referential that you may (or may not) make allowances as you may (or may not) see fit. That goes for all information that is sourced.

Notwithstanding, true believers, followers, and doers, need have no bias.

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Putting all the pieces together, from various sources, making requisite allowance, imbues us with a picture of the totality of a situation. Circumstances are complicated because people and relationships are complex—multifaceted and multidimensional— dependencies, independencies, and interdependencies. We all have them. And we have them all, to a degree.

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People are passionate about politics because politics—despite the inherent danger of being so—has become their religion. Perhaps that has always been the case. But never has it been so globally instant, so mimetically viral. Politics is exalted above all else.†  The web, of course, could instead be used to exalt the creator above all. After which, indeed, there should be no reason that religion and politics cannot mix. But until mankind enters that new paradigm of virtuous living, we shall have to continue to make allowance for the information that feeds us.

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† [Ed: perhaps that is why we must have this great Tribulation].

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The Day of Atonement

The LORD reigns; let the peoples tremble! He dwells between the cherubim; let the earth be moved!

Only on one day of the year was the priest allowed to enter the Holy of Holies, the inner sanctuary of the Temple which ‘housed’ the presence of YHWH at the mercy seat of the ark. And not just any priest, but the High Priest. That day is known to Jews as Yom Kippur. On the day of Yom Kippur, having entered the Holy of Holies, the High Priest would sprinkle the blood of the offering on the wing of the cherubim that was to the right side of the seat, as atonement for the sins of Israel for that year.

Yom Kippur, interestingly, is the only fast-day mentioned in Torah (Leviticus 23:26-32). As such, it is taken to be a full fast — from sunset to the following nightfall.

[Along with the usual restrictions of a Shabbat, on the Day of Atonement faithful are not permitted to wash, should not wear leather shoes, should not use any colognes or oils or perfumes, and should abstain from sexual relations. For the born-again believer, one may do well to parse out here as to what counts as the tradition of men and what is doctrine from scripture. Furthermore, Yom Kippur sees the Jew traditionally read from the Book of Jonah. Rest assured, Christian, Jesus (Yahuwshuwa) is our atonement. Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord.]

The High Priest kneels before the presence of YHWH at the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant. [Illustration from the 1890 Holman Bible as per User:Dauster, Wikimedia Commons — Public Domain]

Leviticus 16 — King James Version (KJV)

16 And the Lord spake unto Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they offered before the Lord, and died;

And the Lord said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the vail before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat.

Thus shall Aaron come into the holy place: with a young bullock for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering.

He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen mitre shall he be attired: these are holy garments; therefore shall he wash his flesh in water, and so put them on.

And he shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering.

And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make an atonement for himself, and for his house.

And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the Lord at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the Lord, and the other lot for the scapegoat.

And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the Lord‘s lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering.

10 But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness.

11 And Aaron shall bring the bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and shall make an atonement for himself, and for his house, and shall kill the bullock of the sin offering which is for himself:

12 And he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from off the altar before the Lord, and his hands full of sweet incense beaten small, and bring it within the vail:

13 And he shall put the incense upon the fire before the Lord, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the testimony, that he die not:

14 And he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy seat eastward; and before the mercy seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with his finger seven times.

15 Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat:

16 And he shall make an atonement for the holy place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions in all their sins: and so shall he do for the tabernacle of the congregation, that remaineth among them in the midst of their uncleanness.

17 And there shall be no man in the tabernacle of the congregation when he goeth in to make an atonement in the holy place, until he come out, and have made an atonement for himself, and for his household, and for all the congregation of Israel.

18 And he shall go out unto the altar that is before the Lord, and make an atonement for it; and shall take of the blood of the bullock, and of the blood of the goat, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about.

19 And he shall sprinkle of the blood upon it with his finger seven times, and cleanse it, and hallow it from the uncleanness of the children of Israel.

20 And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat:

21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:

22 And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.

23 And Aaron shall come into the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall put off the linen garments, which he put on when he went into the holy place, and shall leave them there:

24 And he shall wash his flesh with water in the holy place, and put on his garments, and come forth, and offer his burnt offering, and the burnt offering of the people, and make an atonement for himself, and for the people.

25 And the fat of the sin offering shall he burn upon the altar.

26 And he that let go the goat for the scapegoat shall wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in water, and afterward come into the camp.

27 And the bullock for the sin offering, and the goat for the sin offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the holy place, shall one carry forth without the camp; and they shall burn in the fire their skins, and their flesh, and their dung.

28 And he that burneth them shall wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp.

29 And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you:

30 For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord.

31 It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever.

32 And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate to minister in the priest’s office in his father’s stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments:

33 And he shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make an atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation, and for the altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the congregation.

34 And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the Lord commanded Moses.

 

Days of Awe

The shouting is now over.

And these ten days, the days between Yom Teru’ah and Yom Kippur, are in exact parallel to the continuous 40 days (from the beginning of the sixth month) of fasting and prayer by Yahuwshuwa in the wilderness, and His tempting by the devil.

First, get right with your fellow man. Second, resist temptation these next few days leading up to The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). Third, fast and pray that you will be found on the side of the righteous.

Why?

Because the Book of Life is open and we are being judged over the next ten days. Then, on Yom Kippur, the Books will be closed for another year and judgement finalised (for that year).

Do you want a good year, a year of favour, before Elohym? Or will you see trial and tribulation? Our attitude and behaviour over the next 10 days not only assists with forgiveness of last years’ sins but also paves the way for the flavour of the coming year.

The choice is ours.

Selah.

Praying Hands, Albrecht Dürer (1508) [Image as per User:Eloquence, Wikimedia Commons — Public Domain]