Helen Thomas, A Fellow Human Being Who Is Not Afraid To Speak Truth

It was like a witch hunt, the way everyone seemed to go after Helen Thomas, to force her to retire in 2010.

But all she did was speak Truth.

She said Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home,” in a conversation with Rabbi David Nesenoff captured on video on May 27, 2010. 

Jews, i.e, the illegal Jewish settlers, should all get the hell out of Palestine, i.e., the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Their presence there violates the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Their presence there is a war crime.

We have the International Court of Justice, the highest court in our world, confirming that the settlers live in the Occupied Palestinian Territories in violation of international law.

http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/B59ECB7F4C73BDBC85256EEB004F6D20

I admire Helen Thomas for not being afraid to speak Truth, to speak an uncomfortable truth to a world that cannot handle Truth.

Just think a moment of the ones who came before her, doing as she did.

We have the Prophet Isaiah, he spoke of the Injustices of his own people to the Jewish people.

Isaiah 1:16 “Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil.” 

King Manasseh had the Prophet Isaiah killed, two rabinnic traditions describe how he was killed; in both cases he was ordered sawn in two by King (of Judah) Manesseh while in a cedar tree. This act is referenced in Hebrews 11:27.

Jesus was the Truth, the Life, and the Way.

Jews had him killed for that. Luke 22 and Luke 23.

Sherri

Censorship

I started this blog, in large part as a response to increasing censorship I have personally been encountering on a discussion board I have been a participant on now for about 6 years.

The discussion board is Beliefnet, and here I record, at the end of this article, the incident I just encountered with censorship.  

I want to point out a few things, about this censorship.

My post is deleted for “personal insult,” as I am having a discussion with a poster who I have no disagreement with, who I am in absolutely no fashion insulting.

I am confronting the issue of how people with messages that raise uncomfortable truths are attacked, and I give illustrations, the Jews killed Prophets, like the Prophet Isaiah, and Jesus, This is FACT recorded in my Christian Bible. This is being brought up because another poster responded to substantive comments by a third party by labelling the person as antiSemitic and refusing to respond to anything substantively this person had to say.

I am about to the point I am ready to stop posting altogether on Beliefnet. When truth is censored, and practically any references to Jesus is called Proselytizing and deleted, and personal discussions with posters are deleted as off topic, there becomes no reason to post on a discussion board. After all, what is the purpose of a Christian’s life, to share the Gospel and to share our lives with others. when we are not allowed to do either, in discussions, there is no purpose in having discussions at all. They become pointless and a waste of time..  

“Apr  4, 07:53PM

A moderator has deleted one of your forum posts in the thread “Get to Know the People Involved in the Global March on Jerusalem”.

Reason: Personal insult

Notes: your post, copied below, is an obvious personal attack against a member. Don’t do this! rangferken 5 hours ago  ::  Apr 04, 2012 – 4:41PM #60 Report Post Delete Edit Quick Reply Quote Multi-Quote SherriMunnerlyn SherriMunnerlyn Posts: 7,067
Apr 4, 2012 — 5:05AM, Dostojevsky wrote:
Leah,
It appears you have nothing to offer in order to contradict Shamir and point out where he is wrong. This is understandable as these things have been documented long time ago.
Much easier to attack the messenger than face the message.
Accusing him of anti-Semitism appears to have no effect.

Dos,

When people cannot deal with Truth, all that is left is for them to do is attack the Messenger.
This is a tale as old as time.
We see the truth of this in the fate of the Prophet Isaiah.
We see the truth of this in the Easter story.
And we see it today in Israeli supporters attacks on Messengers who speak against the Occupation.

Sherri

Here is a link to the discussion board and discussion thread that my post was deleted on.

http://community.beliefnet.com/go/thread/view/44011/29009577/?pg=last#518274855

Sherri Munnerlyn

April 4, 2012

How I See War? I Oppose It All Circumstances

4 years ago I was asked a question about how practically we are to love one another in our world and oppose war.

I trried to anser that question in a post that provided so much of my opinions, that I want to repeat what I said then

here on this blog post. 

4 years ago :: Oct 25, 2007 – 

How do we practically love each other? When we became saved, the Holy Spirt began to dwell in us. The Holy Spirit prompts us and guides us in the ways of God. John 16:13 Jesus says, “When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth.” The Holy Spirit begins to sanctify us, to conform us to Christ’s image. Reading scripture and immersing ourselves in God’s Word is critical. We must know Scripture. Isaiah 48:18 “If only you had paid attention to My commands. Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.” The Holy Spirit reveals the mind of God to each person continuously and individually.” 1 Cor. 2:10.

Jesus says the two greatest commands are that we love God with all our hearts, minds, and souls and love our neighbor as ourselves. He tells us we show our love for him by following his commands. And we should seek to love one another the way Jesus loves us. (John 14:15 Jesus says “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” and John 15:12 “My command is this: love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” and John 15:17 “This is my command: Love each other.” That takes us to the cross and thinking about how great God’s love was for us all, that he sacrificed his only begotten son to be crucified on the cross to save us.

Jesus words refers to the crucifixion, telling us we should be prepared to sacrifice ourselves for each other. It is an agape love, wanting what is good for others, genuinely caring about others, having empathy for other’s pain and suffering, seeing each person as a special creation of God who God loves, respecting the value of human life (all life), loving our neighbor as ourselves.

Who is our neighbor? Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan, who helped a Jew who had been robbed and left hurt on the road. The Samaritan (Samaritans were not viewed in a favorable light by Jews and were looked down on) felt compassion when he saw the hurt Jew and did everything he could to help him. We are told we should act like the Good Samaritan acted. We should help those we encounter who are in need, even our enemies.

Jesus tells his disciples over and over to love one another, speaking of the command at times as a new command. I believe this is because he is telling us his life is the guide post. John 13:34 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

Jesus tells us many things and gives us many warnings in the Sermon on the Mount. Do not worry. Do not be afraid. Love our enemies. Do not judge others. Ask and we will receive. Seek and we will find. Knock and the door will be opened. In the Beatitudes, Jesus sums up his value system. The ones who are blessed are those who are poor in spirit (those totally dependent on God as the source of their life and strength) , who mourn for their sins, who are meek, who hunger and thirst for righteousness, who demonstrate mercy, who are pure in heart, who are peacemakers, who endure persecution in the name of Christ.

Back to your question, how do we love one another the way Jesus asks us to do? I just realized I wrote a song trying to answer this question. It’s rather long. I will share parts of it that are most relevant to the question in a separate post.

And what can we do about Iraq? I see my life as a journey. Jesus is my Saviour and I seek to follow where he leads me and to put my trust in him alone. I seek to be closer to Christ and become more like Christ. I pray for God to show me how to love others the way he wants me to love them. I pray for God to show me truth and I not be deceived, no matter how painful that truth is. This last prayer has led to God placing burdens on my heart about hurting people, people suffering from injustice and wars in Lebanon, Palestinian Occupied Territories, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Congo, etc. I feel empathy and compassion over their suffering and I suffer with them and Christ (who I know is looking down and his heart is breaking over the horrible things happening to human beings he created), and I pray prayers of intercession for them and my love for them grows stronger and I see more clearly Christ’s love for all of us and I grow spiritually. I can do little for them, that I physically see. But I know there is great power in prayer and one day I believe I will see the differences that made. And I speak out against the injustices and unjust wars and people using hate and fear tactics to get support for US wars. Because of what I saw in Lebanon in the 2006 war and what I learned form God about wars as I sought answers to questions, I have come to believe wars are evil and disobedience to God and I renounce them. We are told over and over to not hate and fear people, in the Bible. We are told to love our enemies. And Jesus is our example to follow. We are free because of Christ. He is the truth that sets us free. To fear and hate Muslims or Arabs or anyone else only robs us of the freedom we have in Christ and blinds us to God’s truths and distorts our perceptions of our world. Let us not be afraid of those different from us. Rather than try to invade and occupy and install puppet regimes in countries, let us reach out and have dialogue with these nations and find ways to co-exist in peace, despite our differences. Iraq and Iran had nothing to do with 9/11 and are not a threat to us. I do not support the Iraq War. It was illegal under the UN Charter and international law. I see it as against the teachings of Jesus. I do not see Iraq as my enemy (or any of their residents) or Iran as my enemy or Hamas as my enemy or Hezbullah as my enemy or Islamic governments as enemies. I do not fear or hate any of them. None of them are a threat to the US or me.

http://community.beliefnet.com/go/thread/view/44011/13153269/Ashamed_to_be_an_American?pg=4

Sherri

April 2, 2012

 

Our Precious Lord, Every Day Of Our Lives

Our Precious Lord

Verse 4

Every day of our lives

Let us know, God is in control

Every day of our lives

Let us cherish God’s Promises

We may face pain and heartbreak

And what seems like hopeless situations

But we know God is always there, to wrap his arms around us

And he will see us through, whatever trials we face

Let us remember, today is but a fleeting moment

In the eternity we have with Christ

Every day of our lives

Let us in hope walk with Christ

Chorus

Our Precious Lord

We love and adore you

Our precious Lord

We worship and praise you

Our precious Lord

We bow down on our knees

We cry out from our Hearts

Our innermost hurts and fears

Our hopes and our dreams

We lay them all down at your feet

And we place our lives in your hands

Our Precious Lord

Let Us Pray

Let Us Pray Let us pray in the morning, as the sun lights up our world Let us pray for God to lead and guide us throughout our day Let us pray for every person, may they feel your love, God, and turn to you, this day Each one of us, your special creations, molded into who we are God, with your own hands And let us thank you, Our Lord, for this beautiful gift of life, and the wonderful gift of your Son Let us pray, let us pray Remember Jesus, how he sacrificed his life, as he died on that cross Remember how He gave up His life to save us all from our sins Remember that Jesus died to glorify His Father, and out of his love for us Let us remember Jesus words, He tells us to love one another, the same way He loved us Jesus calls us to live a life of sacrifice, we each have our own crosses to bare So, let us each embrace our crosses and love one another the way He calls us to do It’s where pain and God’s love come together Such a beautiful place , such a beautiful place Let us pray, let us pray Sherri

Let Us Pray

Let Us Pray

Let us pray in the morning, as the sun lights up our world

Let us pray for God to lead and guide us throughout our day

Let us pray for every person, may they feel your love, God, and turn to you, this day Each one of us, your special creations, molded into who we are God, with your own hands And let us thank you, Our Lord, for this beautiful gift of life, and the wonderful gift of your Son Let us pray, let us pray Remember Jesus, how he sacrificed his life, as he died on that cross Remember how He gave up His life to save us all from our sins Remember that Jesus died to glorify His Father, and out of his love for us Let us remember Jesus words, He tells us to love one another, the same way He loved us Jesus calls us to live a life of sacrifice, we each have our own crosses to bare So, let us each embrace our crosses and love one another the way He calls us to do It’s where pain and God’s love come together Such a beautiful place , such a beautiful place Let us pray, let us pray

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Verse 2 Let Us Pray
This verse is for the soldiers.
Let us pray unceasingly, about all of these wars that seem to be overtaking our lands Let us pray for our soldiers And it doesn’t matter, whether we even believe in war They are our brothers, our sisters Our fathers, our mothers Our children, our neighbors Our family, our friends They are a part of us Let us pray that you, God, wrap your arms around them and show them your love And let us pray that you protect them and bring them safely home to us Let us pray for all of the children and innocent ones hurting from our wars Let us pray, that as their world falls apart around them, that they find you, God, and that they run to you, Jesus, and feel all fear slip away Let us pray for our enemies For Jesus tells us to love them For God made the sun rise on and the rain come down on them, too Let us pray, in the midst of the horrors of war, that they turn to you, God That they feel your incredible love for them and that they become the people that you created them to be When we pray for them, we find that we love them too With prayer, we tear down the walls that divide With prayer, we overcome all fear With prayer, we learn to love one another the way Jesus loves us Let us pray, Let us pray
Remember Jesus sacrificed His life on that cross Remember Jesus died to save us all from our sins Jesus died to glorify you God, His father And out of his love for each of us. Remember Jesus tells us to love one another the same way He loves us Jeus calls us to live lives of sacrifice We each have our own crosses to bear So, let us run and embrace those crosses And love one another, the same way He loves us. It’s where pain and God’s love come together Such a beautiful place, such a beautiful place I don’t ever want to leave that place Let us pray, Let us Pray.
Sherri

Sherri

In The Palm Of God’s Hands

In The Palm Of God’s Hands

Verse 1

You gave me life

You created me, in your own image

You molded me into your very own special creation

Thank you for the wonders of your love, God

You sent your only Son into this world

To die on a cross to save me from my sins

Thank you for your amazing grace, Lord

Each and every day of my life, I give you my heart

I give you my mind, I give you my soul

Take me, do with me what you will

It’s all about you, God

It’s all about you

Chorus

In the palm of God’s hands, that’s where I want to be

Following, wherever Christ leads me

There will be sunshine, and there will be rain

But I know, wherever I am in my life, you’ll always be there

Beside me, and inside my heart

And your presence fills me with joy and love and faith and hope

You are the light of my lfe, what makes life worth living

And I know, you will see me through any journey you take me on

Until one day, you deliver me into your arms

Where I will, for Eternity, rest in the palm of God’s hands

It’s all about you, God

It’s all about you

Verse 2

You sent your only Son as a baby boy into this world

How amazing, God and man coming together into the face of a child

Jesus was born in Palestine, in a manger in Bethlehem,

And His mother called Him Yeshua

Jesus grew up and lived in a land under Occupation

Jesus lived in a world filled with injustice

And how did He respond to injustice?

Jesus confronted injustice always with Truth,

And He showed every person, dignity, respect, and love

Jesus shows us who you are, God,

And how to live and love

Jesus said, love God with all of your heart, your mind, and your soul

Love your neighbor as yourself

I give you a new command, love one another as I have loved you

Jesus, who lived a life without sin,

Became sin out of love for the Father and for each one of us

Jesus, our example to follow,

His life,a picture of what it means to die to self and live for God

Jesus, His life one illustration after another,

Of how we should and how we should not see and treat one another

So, let us reach down and pick up all of our own crosses

Let us with boldness and courage carry our own crosses onward,

And follow wherever Christ leads us to go

Keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus

And let us eagerly await to behold God’s blessings,

That never cease to amaze us, raining down all around us

Throughout our lives, and into Eternity

It’s all about you, God!

It’s all about you!

Chorus

In the palm of God’s hands, that’s where I want to be

Following, wherever Christ leads me

There will be sunshine, and there will be rain

But I know, wherever I am in my life, you’ll always be there

Beside me, and inside my heart

And your presence fills me with joy and love and faith and hope

You are the light of my lfe, what makes life worth living

And I know, you will see me through any journey you take me on

Until one day, you deliver me into your arms

Where I will, for Eternity, rest in the palm of God’s hands

It’s all about you, God

It’s all about you

Verse 3

You take me places, all over this world

Where people are hurting

Suffering from injustice and wars

You look down on them, Christ

And your heart is breaking

And I share in your sorrow, and I feel your love and compassion for them

And there’s no place in this world, that I’d rather be

Then right there where you are, Christ

Sharing in your pain

And feeling, your endless, incredible love

For those who are hurting, suffering from injustice and so many horrible wars

So many people, struggling just to live day to day

So many people, struggling just to keep hope alive

And I get down on my knees,

And I cry out to God

God give them justice, if that be your will

God, lead them to choose peace and not war

And to live out your teachings every day of their lives

God, protect all of the children

Show them your love

Wipe away their tears

Take away their pain

Wrap them in your arms

Show them your face

And most of all, I pray

That these horrible injustices and wars

Become opportunities for people everywhere to see their need for you,

God I pray, may they turn to you, Lord, in these trials they face

And may they be your people, and you be their God

In Jesus name, I pray

It’s all about you, God  It’s all about you

Chorus

In the palm of God’s hands,

That’s where I want to be

Following, wherever Christ leads me

There will be sunshine,

And there will be rain

But I know, wherever I am in my life,

You’ll always be there

Beside me, and inside my heart

And your presence fills me with joy and love and faith and hope

You are the light of my lfe, what makes life worth living

And I know, you will see me through any journey you take me on

Until one day, you deliver me into your arms

Where I will, for

Eternity, rest in the palm of God’s hands

It’s all about you, God

It’s all about you

Sherri Munnerlyn