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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Politic

Updated on May 4, 2019
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Education of I have plenty. Learning more is what us philosophers and preachers do. Can you get degrees in those? I have. Crazy! Doctorate?

Old School in My Hood

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Words Help Us Think, I Like It

Now hold on, the word politic probably does not mean what you think it means. It is very fun and interesting. It is huge in the spiritual and loving world. The concept involves temperament. Now citing definitions is kind of rude I think, just like over citing scripture without good reason. I love words and their meanings straightened out from the milieu.

Remember the term “Thinking outside of the box”. I was paid to do so. And then it seemed that everyone was trying to think outside of the box which only created a new box so then I went back to the old box and it was innovative. Go figure. “In the moment” is another one. Every time you get in the moment it has past and so you are really living in the past at that scale. Of course it really means to “be present in your where and when”. Do not dwell on the past or anticipate too much about the future. But that is not a catch phrase.

Taken from that source when you ask for a definition on Google. (I still cannot figure out that source accurately ;-) So just check it out:

pol·i·tic /ˈpäləˌtik/ adjective

  1. (of an action) seeming sensible and judicious under the circumstances.

"I did not think it politic to express my reservations"

synonyms: wise, prudent, sensible, judicious, canny, well judged, sagacious, expedient, shrewd, astute, discreet, tactful, diplomatic; More.

It does not mean what we think of as politics. But clearly the same “root meaning”. Of course what happened is that those we elected as our “politicians” stopped following that definition. They changed the discourse and bastardized its noble calling. How boring if someone acts prudently and judiciously. This is like the way we call this a sermon. They took the first preachy definition and turned a blind eye to the real second definition of discourse on a moral subject. Or presentation on such. So we keep the title here as to fend off those who hate sermons. Fine and dandy. Closed mines should not read these sermons. They are not meant for them. They are meant as a question and answer concept. No not my questions or answers but yours.

Of course this is leading up to something. We would hope you decide what it leads up to. Your tail gets to wag the motley dog.

Look Up the Definition of Love. It Will Depress You. My Nephew Gave Me This as He Struggled.

Dad is Silly

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We Each Define Love and All Are Worthy

Wow we are having too much fun here. The notions the above bring out are exciting. They say that people judge you by the words you use. Well I teach that to my young. It is critical. Folks who drop cuss words often can be judged as having a lack of vocabulary and vocabulary comes from learning. No learning no vocabulary. And yet living in a certain social environment may make adaptive language appropriate. We should not just think of that in the negative. That is a cool thing about churches. At least you get to hang out with people who use praise language. How could that hurt?

I like building/construction language because it reminds me of our love and spiritual language. What you say? Well you start out with a strong foundation. Then you build on to that things like studs and rafters and headers and the Hips and Valleys and then a strong roof, Asphalt shingles, to protect. Add in some circuit breakers and wire stringing the wire to places which need illumination. And make your plumbing healthy and to last a long time with even flow. Call me crazy I am just throwing that out there as my crazy mind works – all to happiness.

Is “politic” the same as judgement and/or discernment? Perhaps the adjective that goes along with them. It reminds me to keep my mouth shut and listen with love as my spouse relates a problem she does not necessarily want me to help solve. My job is a light sounding board. A vent? Some type of absorption material not made to reflect more like solar paneling.

My beautiful bride brings her stress and angst from work right in through our front door. I caught myself complaining about it and directing better behavior. What an ass I was. Now my boy and I throw parties complete with balloons and banners at least once a week. We leave homemade cards out near daily. Not about us, it’s about lifting her spirits. Wait, maybe it does the same for us and maybe we do it too much for us. Now I get to complain about me to me. Hey it allows me to vent because my Lord is in the conversation. Mostly my Lord just listens. We know that “act in Love” is the answer. Including myself to myself. This is the day that the Lord has made I shall rejoice and be glad in it. My job is to “help” not “make” others to enjoy the same.

I Love Words

My son laughed at me for taking about 20 minutes to read a poem from Vellur. He said "you can speed read, why does it take you so long?" Enough said.
My son laughed at me for taking about 20 minutes to read a poem from Vellur. He said "you can speed read, why does it take you so long?" Enough said. | Source

Baby It Ain't Supposed to Be Easy

Let Our Fire Raise the Flames Rise Above

I have been thinking of the difference between instructing and teaching. Two rather plain words and meanings. But not synonyms in the natural. We instruct and we direct learning and tell how in the practical. We teach and we lift the learner up to instruct themselves. Coaching is cool as it provides both. What we would hope for from a preacher is the same. Do not get me wrong a teacher can instruct and an instructor can teach as any worthy parent can do.

These are just words I suppose. But low and behold we use words to think. Sometimes I wonder if we use words to feel. Kind of I suppose as we put labels on love and feeling.

Jesus, Buddha and Sitting Bull spoke in languages of instruction but only a guide in where to look for answers. Metaphor, simile and parable. Seek and ye shall find ran the course of their teachings. Is this a real meaning of politic and discernment? Perhaps when a Rabbi does not speak we can learn more from that than words. Just saying. I spent a whole lot of time learning how to read facial expressions. I came to find that after they were about age fifty it was better to read the wrinkles and creases. This showed the inner constant attitude. My only wrinkles are in my forehead and they go both ways. Hard to discern my scrunched face in thought or dissatisfaction versus joy and happy surprise. Some of our creases are like that. Dimples never fade unless there is never a smile. That carries over into the spiritual.

I lean toward politic. Drives wives wild. “Didn’t you see what he did, why aren’t you angry and standing up for me”. Oops, because it is not politic? Sorry but loving your mean and nasty neighbor is not politic. Loving the bully or criminal is not politic in most circles.

Taking the time to make love what is politic to you is hard. I always wonder about “if you have nothing nice to say do not say it”. Horse manure. Loving someone does not let you rest on platitudes. Brutal honesty with the time and patience to work through it ends up being love. But not politic.

I think most would like to avoid thinking about such. Maybe too deep but probably too self-examining. Who but us strange ones have the time to think of such?

Although many include the idea of sex in the word Love I do not. And that is not politic.

If our hearts are filled with love, that which comes out of our mouth reflects that. To heck with politic, too much thinking and not enough feeling there.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora your words lift me higher than an eagle. I think maybe the right kind of pride. Pride that God has entrusted me a bit and with restrictions to speak of love. For I am nothing without love, an empty gong.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, thanks for the vocabulary and application lesson on "politic." Also, if I were interested in getting married, my suitor would have to sit at your feet before I said yes. He would have to learn from you, all that I am learning.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Lori. My little head was trying to figure out if our "deep" state - professional bureaucrats were apparatchik. Didn't get to an answer but thought about politic. "Words words the magical treat, the more you read the more you meet".

      As for our home improvement project - It is like we are making more room for God in our hearts. Even our morning group hugs are better :-)

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      Lori Colbo 

      2 years ago from United States

      It appears to be unanimous that we didn't know the true definition of politics. Thanks for the lesson. Too bad our politicians and political machine don't reflect that meaning.

      I love how you decided to minister to your wife when she comes home upset and complaining about her job. You turned your attitude around and I'm guessing she appreciates your loving gesture.

      That first video says it all. I loved it. And who doesn't love Johnny Cash singing Ring of Fire. I have a comedian friend who uses that song in her routine.

      I think we can all relate to your love for words. It's part of what makes us tick. Your favorite word is love and I thank you for revealing it to us every time you write. God bless.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mary I cheat. I love words. Some folks look at me strange and then hire me. I think they kind of don't like me. But they tolerate me. Oh well. My boys like it so what the heck.

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      Mary Norton 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This made me appreciate words aa channels of communication. Some people have a gift for words or expression and it's wonderful. I suppose one learns it early at home. I smiled at your thoughts on politic. Only you can get those things in a hub.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita my oncology therapist told me it was weird to have so much fun. I wish she would not have told me that. ;-)

      Like the love I get from you. It is not ordinary it is extraordinary. My big bro loves the idea of love synergism. True dat!

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana for a time my late afternoons we spent next to my fathers medical care center, just a house converted. But next door he would send us and "auntie" would read us stories. Wow! He owned the place and rented it to her for twenty dollars a month.

      Oh my sitting by a hearth and listening to fantastic tales from books. Each session I was so sad they ended. A Baptist evangelist she made us read scripture also that I loved when it was my turn. Jericho still is in my mind.

      I was and am so loved!

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Demas it has been to long since we have "spoken". I can tell by your words you are doing well. But I seem to remember family members of yours not faring so well. peace be upon you and yours.

      Isn't John awesome. 7 reminds me of a young man coming up to me after a sermon (a 2nd gen in a missionary church) and asking me "where to you come up with this stuff?" I breathed through my teeth and said "I do not". Enough said.

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      2 years ago from london

      This piece reads like you're on a roll, bro. So politic! Ha ha. Yes, it flowed well, like a river... a bit of story-telling. I say that, because most story-tellers are very good. All 'river' and energy; all flow and consciousness and the subject heading lent itself to your input. A very simple yet thought-provoking piece, or is the word 'reflective'? Nice one Bro!

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana thank you. I do "use, reuse, reuse again and recycle. Funny terms for environmentalism I think. I cannot stop doing the same with scripture. One day means one thing and another it means different and all to the good.

      Are we having a blast about blasts from the past? I hid my ties, my wife found them 20 years later. And said they were perfect. How much fun is that. Maybe I will pull out my stack disco dancing shoes. Lol.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sean as is my want I hang out with plants as my church. I sit here with the dirtiest cuticles and fingernails known to man ;-)

      Cogito Ergo Sum was so close. Descartes, I am convinced died before "Amare Ergo Sum" I hold on to that. I love therefor I live in God which is love.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda so nice to have a loved one drop by and leave a note. Last night was spinach night. Well until later I told him it was our beet night. He ate the whole bowl up. ACV and oil soaked leaves. I did not tell him the name of what came from our garden.

      He got so excited about me not telling him he wanted more.

      Shut up Eric and see what happens. (oh by the way he drank some beet juice too, not knowing what it was) "No Way Dad!" And the beet goes on.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Tim. So true.I find words a bit like anger. If we spend the energy and time to get through them the rewards are quantum (a word we learned yesterday). Peace on this wonderful day made just for you.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      How great Bill. Just a little love goes so far. A little pep in her posture is such a gift back!

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      2 years ago

      Quote: " Closed mines should not read these sermons." This raises the thought that closed "mines" have only one sermon: "No Trespassing" which in itself is a worthy sermon.

      Reading John Chapter 7 today was once again insightful and refreshing, and later of the man born blind, the clay, the pool, the testimony, the casting out, and the belief. Some things were not politic, nor were they loving in those days either.

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      Dana Tate 

      2 years ago from LOS ANGELES


      When I was around eight or nine, I picked up a paperback, kids novel and read it all the way through. I'm sure I read books before but this particular day it had been raining outside and I was unhappy so this memory stuck.

      I was fascinated with the story and an avid reader was born. Now, I realize why I love to read and, I love what you said I am a lover of words. As a young adult I used to read the dictionary studying the meaning of words. Its funny I was doing it to increase my vocabulary but rarely used it outside of the business world; it wouldn't have been cool using big words around my friends who already thought I was a little different.

      I also started cursing like most young people will in their rebellious youth but realized it was unattractive and un-lady like so I tried to stop. Eventually I did but it was hard, so teaching your son that people judge you by your words is a good thing.

      You had me in stitches when you said- You were told to think outside of the box, and then everyone else started thinking outside of the box. So you started thing inside of the box again, and was innovative.

      I've seen hairstyles and clothing all once considered outdated now coming back in style. I remember when I was studying history and was amazed how amazing the ancient world was. The clothing the furniture their homes. I don't know what I expected but I didn't expect them to live pretty much like we are now except for television, computers, and cellphones.

      I think of the scripture- There's nothing new under the sun- There really isn't. Few things are new but most things are being recycled over and over, of course being made better but still being recycled.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 years ago from Greece, Almyros

      God created the Universe with words, so indeed words have the power to create or destroy! We both chose the same word, LOVE, to create our world. Isn't this politic? Another wise article my brother! Thank you for the joy!

      I Love, so I exist!


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      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      I love your thoughts here Eric (and I love you). I love that you lift up your wife's spirits with little notes and reminders that she is loved and appreciated. I love that you are her "safe place", where she can vent and rage and find peace for her spirit.

      It's been said that our Creator knew what He was doing when he gave us just one mouth and two ears (talk less, listen more).

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      Tim Truzy 

      2 years ago from U.S.A.

      Hi, Eric,

      Great article. Thanks for going into these definitions with us. The words can get in the way of love certainly.

      Respect and admiration,


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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love the spontaneous parties and notes....a house filled with love....very cool!

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I spent a couple of years picking juries as a part time living. People actually lie to get on or off the jury. So they will act a certain way. But an old lady who scowls most the time can't pretend to act jovial if the lines tell a different story.

      I really do spend some time with my children in the mirror so the realize the story they tell to others.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well I will be John. You are fully right about that "line" and how it is misused. It really should be used to mean that "I take responsibility" and they use it to shield themselves from taking responsibility. Someone once told me that I butcher the English language by my misplacing adverbs, nouns, adjectives.... I hope I do not do it to deflect, deceive.or obfuscate.

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      William Kovacic 

      2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I would say that's a pretty thorough definition. I liked your thoughts on reading wrinkles. Never thought of it but it makes perfect sense. Thanks for sharing another lesson with us.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for explaining the term "politic" Eric and others. I agree with you it's good to think outside the box until, as you say, everyone else starts to and create another box lol. One phrase that annoys me when overused is "at the end of the day" (when everything is taken into consideration.) Politicians really love using that one.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela I have bad news on the front. Mom bought him a new hose. Our side took heavy losses in the water fight. tomorrow we will escalate. Oh what the heck he learned a new word. Escalation in war is bad.Butt....

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I like your politics better than most politicians. There's a whole bunch of feelings in your writing and I like that too. Teaching a child through the heart is a good thing too. I can remember my first day at school, the teacher asked me to go out in the hall ( Where the clock was ) and tell her the time. I couldn't tell time, so I just shot her a number and of course it was wrong. I was really embarrassed, so I vowed to teach my son how to tell time before starting school. He sat with his arm up to avoid any punch I might give him if he got it wrong. You get my drift, there's a good way and a bad way to teach. Cheers...

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I did not know the actual definition of politic, and politicians do not seem to fit into that part of that defiition these days.

      However, I really liked your article about words. I look up words I hear quite frequently if I am not totally sure of the definition. We never stop learning. I want to live with my heart full of love too. I think that 9 year old son is sure a treasure to love. Good article my friend.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Friends I had a spiritual moment last week. It kind of made Saturday Sunday. Strange but love does not work on my clock on the wall which is set to Monday.


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