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Mike King: Living the Neutral Dream :Part 2

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Matthew 16:1-6,12- The Pharisees also with the Sadducee's came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed. And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees .... Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.


The Pharisees represented the Religious Culture Creators of their day. Culture being defined as the manners and customs shaped & accepted by society. The Sadducees represented the Visible Economic Powers (the word 'economic' replaces the word 'political' because there remains to this day, NO difference between moneychangers & lawmakers, nor the elite & the elected). In the 1st Century these leaders ignored reality and burried their heads in the sands of the governmental leaders & social temperment. Most of them acquiesed to whatever influence brought them money, fame & power. Just because our political & religious leaders "Live the Dream" or "Keep the Dream Alive" or "Reclaim the Dream", does not mean that we have to be asleep at the wheel also. Leaven is yeast and it spreads very rapidly, expanding under darkness. It's very easy to zone out or tune yourself out to what's going on around you. There are plenty of things that you do not have to take a stand on. You can live your life "not rocking the boat", but unfortunately there is no way to be NEUTRAL. If you can recall the story of Nabal in the Bible.... if not here is a brief summary....


"1 Samuel 25 Now there was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmel; he was a great man and had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats: and he was cutting the wool of his sheep in Carmel. Now this man was named Nabal, and his wife's name was Abigail: she was a woman of good sense and pleasing looks: but the man was cruel and evil in his ways; he was of the family of Caleb. And David had word in the waste land that Nabal was cutting the wool of his sheep. And David sent ten young men, and said to them, Go up to Carmel and go to Nabal, and say kind words to him in my name; 6 And say this to my brother, May all be well for you: peace be to you and your house and all you have. I have had word that you have wool-cutters: now the keepers of your sheep have been with us, and we have done them no evil, and taken nothing of theirs while they were in Carmel.... And when David's young men came, they said all this to Nabal, in David's name, and said nothing more. And Nabal gave them his answer and said, Who is David? who is the son of Jesse? there are a number of servants in these days running away from their masters. Am I to take my bread and my wine and the meat I have got ready for my wool-cutters and give it to men coming from I have no idea where? So David's young men, turning away, went back and gave him an account of everything he had said. And David said to his men, Put on your swords, every one of you. And every man put on his sword; and David did the same; and about four hundred men went up with David, and two hundred kept watch over their goods.......And when Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her ass, falling down on her face before him. And falling at his feet she said, May the wrong be on me, my lord, on me: let your servant say a word to you, and give ear to the words of your servant. 25 Let my lord give no attention to Nabal, that good-for-nothing: for as his name is, so is he, a man without sense: but I, your servant, did not see the young men whom my lord sent.So now, my lord, by the living God and by your living soul, seeing that the Lord has kept you from the crime of blood and from taking into your hands the punishment for your wrongs, may all your haters, and those who would do evil to my lord, be like Nabal. And David said to Abigail, May the Lord, the God of Israel, be praised, who sent you to me today: A blessing on your good sense and on you, who have kept me today from the crime of blood and from taking into my hands the punishment for my wrongs...And about ten days after, the Lord sent disease on Nabal and death came to him. "


Nabal wanted to be NEUTRAL, he wanted to stay in the middle. But he didn't understand that NOT picking a side...IS picking a side! The leavening of the Pharisees/Sadducee's (Religious Culture and Economic Power) begins when people believe that some great disaster/cosmic event will AWAKEN them to the seriousness/realness of the Spiritual Battle that stands before us today. The leaven, continues to erode away the conscious, spreading like a virus, until self preservation becomes the main driver and only focus in life (of course this cannot really be called life; because life cannot just exist on its own, there has to be another to affirm the life of the one who lives). The leaven, continues to rise, causing emptiness and a dry and shallow existence lead to despair and ultimately to self destruction .....anyway.....Our Lord Jesus Christ told the Pharisees/Sadducee's that their HEADS were out of the window, observing the clouds and that they couldn't understand the signs of the times (signs of the kairos- in the greek, kairos referring to the opportunity that becomes present during time of crisis and the decisions that need to be made). They could not see what was occurring around them in their OWN HOMES, with their OWN FAMILIES, and in their OWN NEIGHBORHOODS.


The Religious Culture they created prompted them to look for SIGNS so that they could continue in their hypocrisy, lies, lust, and evil; until they saw something in the "sky" that would cause them to say "now is the time to get right with God". The Economic Power they wielded prompted them to challenge God to curse their prosperity even though their deeds were evil. This Culture & Power persuaded the masses to redirect their focus, forsaking their own families/communities. This Culture & Power persuaded the masses to become apathetic to reality, expecting a political savior to arrive. This Culture & Power persuaded the masses to redirect their goals. Mike King Sr., his peers and his generation left a legacy of neutrality. They influenced people to believe that peace & change rested in the branches of the flourishing, utopian destined government. As of 2009, there are African Americans leading at the top of the executive, judicial, and legislative parts of government. History does not bode well for "The Dream", as in every election voters rights fall victim to electronic voting fraud. In culturally & racially mixed class rooms education remains elusive for the greater part of minority students. In racially integrated grocery store lines, minorities make buying decisions based on coupon clippings & food stamps because of the imbalance in unemployment rate. Home ownership & wealth takes a psychological backseat to depreciated vehicles in minority communities. This is the reality... "The Dream" will never come into fruition. "The Anesthetic" has lasted for over 60 years...Beware of the leavening.....


  • Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducee's, don't let your children become detached from the family.
  • Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducee's don't become complacent with your Spiritual life.
  • Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducee's pay attention to what is going on around you in the world and in your community.
  • Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducee's make decisions for your family and don't let others make the decisions for you.
  • Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducee's don't trust in systems but trust in the Living God.
  • Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducee's don't allow the T.V. to babysit your children.
  • Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducee's don't allow the religious systems to give us approval and honor.
  • Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducee's don't allow the school systems to be the final educational authority in the lives of our children.
  • Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducee's don't believe in the farce of business ethics and executive/judicial/legislative morality.
  • Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducee's don't allow theatre-based political battles control our opinions.
  • Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducee's don't allow them to fool us into thinking that the merging of religion & science is for the good of humanity.
  • Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducee's don't allow them to fool us into thinking that a political saviour will bring PEACE & PROSPERITY to all mankind.
  • Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducee's don't allow them to fool us into thinking that God resembles a genie who grants every wish of prosperity and success.
  • Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducee's don't allow them to fool us into thinking that we shouldn't be finding out the TRUTH of world events
  • Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducee's don't allow them to fool us into thinking that the we should seek our OWN welfare, instead of the welfare of others.
  • Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducee's don't allow them to fool us into thinking that FAME and WORLDLY possessions give us joy, peace, & righteousness.
  • Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducee's don't allow them to fool us into thinking that our children will be safe in the new world without knowing the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducee's don't allow them to fool us into thinking that philanthropic & charitiable organizations are designed to help people.
  • Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducee's don't allow them to fool us into thinking that everything that happens in History is random & accidental
  • Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducee's don't allow them to fool us into thinking that our religious and political leaders serve God instead of MAMMON ($$$).