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So-Called Citizens

FeinsteinA New Class of American Citizens

This week, at the confirmation hearings for John Brennan, we learned much about the Obama administration justification for the use of drones, even to kill American citizens.  Senator Dianne Feinstein, an Obama mouthpiece, even created a new class of American citizen…”so called.”

Senator Feinstein was questioning Brennan, President Obama’s nominee for C.I.A. Director, about the justification for killing Anwar al-Alwaki in a drone strike in Yemen in 2011.  Believe me, I do not approve of al-Alwaki’s activities, beliefs, or words, but he was born in New Mexico and that fact makes the following exchange between Feinstein and Brennan most disturbing.

Addressing Brennan on the subject of al-Awlaki Senator Feinstein said, “One of the problems is, once the drone program is so public, and one American is caught up, people don’t know much about this one ‘American citizen’—so called.  They don’t know what he’s been doing, they don’t know the incitement he has stirred up. I wonder if you could tell us a little bit about Mr. Awlaki and what he’s been doing.”

When Brennan didn’t answer her quickly, fully, or loudly enough, the Senator continued her defense, “See, that’s the problem. When people hear “American,” they think someone who’s upstanding. And this man was not upstanding by a long shot.”

John Brennan agreed with her statement with a simple, “yes,” so she persisted in her statement, “And maybe you cannot discuss it here, but I’ve read enough to know that he was a real problem.”

Finally Brennan involved himself agreeing that al-Awlaki “was intimately involved in activities that were designed to kill innocent men, women, and children, mostly Americans. He was not just a propagandist.”

What caused my jaw to drop was the Senator’s summation at the end of the exchange with Brennan, “And, so, Mr. Awlaki is not an American citizen by where anyone in America would be proud.”

The Proud and Upstanding Standard

In the instance of Mr. al-Awlaki, I may, personally agree that he was “worthy” to be assassinated, however, I am flabbergasted, appalled, and frankly, scared to death that this administration has granted itself unchecked authority to kill American citizens.  My reaction is exacerbated by the fact that one of the administration’s greatest supporters, Senator Feinstein describes, and the current C.I.A. Director nominee allows, that the executed was not, “upstanding” or a citizen of whom we could be “proud” and therefore, his execution is justified.  His citizenship was reduced to “so-called” by unilateral decree.

What constitutes the standard of “upstanding” or “proud” put forward by Ms. Feinstein?  I am certainly not “proud” of this President nor am I “proud” of the Majority Leader in the Senate, and the Speaker of the House is not at the top of my list either.  I find the people who made the backroom deals that were done in order to pass Obamacare, far less than “upstanding.”  However, I do not consider them worthy of a drone strike.  I don’t like the socialistic tack this administration is pursuing.  But, however much I may disagree, their citizenship is not “so-called” just because I decide that they don’t meet my standards.

What I find most distasteful and frightening is that no one in the administration has made any attempt to distance themselves from Senator Feinstein’s remarks.  If allowed to stand unchallenged, who is to say what group, what theology, what individual that the government finds challenging won’t be summarily stripped of their citizenship and executed?

Should I Be Afraid?

I am a Christian.  I am a small-government conservative.  I own weapons according to my Second Amendment rights and WILL NOT give them up, nor allow the government to know where they are located.  I write this blog and other articles with the express intent of influencing the thinking of other people.  Am I on a “hit-list?”

President Obama has made his contempt for Christian absolutes extremely obvious.  Mr. Obama and the liberals that support him believe that government is god.  The President’s actions have made clear his total disdain for our Constitution and its roots.  He and his supporters rewrite history whenever necessary.  Christians do not call this behavior “upstanding,” we call it lying and we oppose it.  My role is publicly calling for truth and disclosure.  I do it regularly.  Should I be afraid?

Sorry, Senator Feinstein, but Mr. Alwaki was an American citizen.  I, like you, find his behavior reprehensible, but I find yours not much better.  Mr. Obama, nor you, have the right to rescind his citizenship and execute him without restraint.  Nor would I rescind yours and remove you even if I could.  That is what sets The United States of America apart as a nation.

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My Sensible Solution For Immigration Reform

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Immigration reform is a hot topic of conversation at the moment.  It was a key issue in the last election cycle.  There are many who argue passionately for amnesty being extended to illegal aliens already in the country and there are many who argue passionately that the word “illegal” still has meaning.  Unfortunately, there is far more heat than light being generated in most of the debates.

Politically, both parties seek to get an advantage with a growing voting bloc.  Both parties want to be seen as the champion for Latinos.  Both parties want to be able to trumpet that THEY are responsible for Hispanics gaining political clout in the United States.  And both parties risk losing part of their base voters who live in border states.  We live in interesting times.

Displayed on a plaque on the inner pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, is the poem, The New Colossus¸ written by Emma Lazarus.  It was a donation by Lazarus to a fund-raising effort to construct the base of the Statue.  She initially declined to contribute the work, but a good friend convinced her that her work would be of great significance to the immigrants who would sail under Liberty into New York Harbor.

While Liberty was not conceived and sculptured as a symbol of immigration, Lazarus’ poem has become exactly that.

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

We are a nation of immigrants.  Unless you hail from Native American roots, your ancestors “came” from somewhere.  As you read the history of our nation, people came here looking for a better way of life.  People came here looking for freedom.  People came here longing to worship in whatever manner they saw fit.

As a matter of historical fact, Native Americans were treated poorly and duped into questionable treaties by the Western Europeans due to naivete on the part of the Native Americans and European cunning and overwhelming firepower.  Some argue that the current political situation and argument is hypocritical at best.

Into the secular dispute, Christians must include a discussion of Biblical, Kingdom principles.  As Christians, which side of the debate should we support?  If it comes to a vote, how should we vote?

A Nation of Laws

Illegal immigration is a personally difficult subject.  I have good friends on both sides of the debate and even more importantly, I have personal who were born in the United States, but whose parents came here illegally.  The parents have never violated the law, have held jobs and (I assume) paid taxes, and lived quiet lives.  The entire family has a deep, personal, and active faith in Jesus Christ.  Each of them attends and supports the church with time, energy, and substance.  For me, simplistic answers are insufficient.

If I take the position that mercy should be shown to illegal immigrants and amnesty and citizenship should be given to those who arrived here illegally, but have not engaged in criminal behavior since their arrival, I compromise the rule of law and make it anecdotal.  The problem with anecdotal law is that it can change at the whim of any ruler.  The basis for the establishment of our nation was to escape anecdotal law and launch a system based on the concept that “all men are created equal.”

Illegal immigrants steal American taxpayer dollars through Medicare, Medicaid, and other governmental programs that provide “free” benefits and do not require citizenship as a basis for receipt.  “Theft” does not always happen at the point of a gun or result in an arrest and conviction.  Robin Hood is celebrated in folklore, but in history, he was a common thief.  Does then that immigrant family I know actually participate in “criminal behavior?”  And should the parents be deported?  Does anything less threaten the rule of law in America?

Those who argue for amnesty always use “grace” and “mercy” as their arguments.  Those arguments are not without merit.  Jesus had little use for the Pharisees and Sadducees who were the lawyers of His day.  He chided and condemned them for creating regulations that no one could keep and called them, “hypocrites” regularly.  Does that mean that we should lay aside our laws and simply welcome all who find themselves within our borders no matter how they arrived?

Mercy without a standard is meaningless.  If anyone who can geographically locate himself within what are now our borders, then our borders are meaningless.  What purpose do they serve?  If our borders are to be protected, if lives are put at risk and tax money is spent to do so, then our borders must be significant and citizenship must be significant also.

A Sensible Solution

I wonder what would happen if politics were removed from the debate?  Would there be so much name-calling and vehemence if illegal aliens who became citizens could not vote…ever?  It seems to me that caring for all those who are genuinely in need is a Christian mandate, but as a legal American citizen, I resent having my vote diluted and my resources reallocated to people who have broken laws without my consent.

The situation seems a dilemma until political advantage is removed.  Christians are, I believe, more than willing to assist those less fortunate.  It has been proven again and again, that America responds to needs from a disaster more generously and more quickly than any other nation.  I don’t think caring is the problem.

Don’t confuse a secular debate about law with a spiritual debate about “care.”  Jesus was clear that His Kingdom was not of this world.  He also said that while we are not “of” this world, we are “in” it.

I believe that if the church is allowed to be the church and the government stops playing god for votes, the debate between Americans becomes a profitable discussion and not a screaming match to gain an advantage.

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A Nation Grieves

A Nation Grieves

Words to adequately describe the events in Newtown in the past few days do not exist.  For the heroes who did their best to protect the innocent children who were massacred, “grateful” is a woefully insufficient description.

It was an almost immediate response for many to politicize the tragedy, but this is not the time for the political discussion.  Whether the fault lies with “guns” or with the “moral decline” of this nation is a dispute in which we will gladly engage at another time, but it is appalling to use these beautiful, innocent, babies and their families to make points.  This is a time for compassion and support for those who have suffered the loss.

Today, we grieve.  We grieve for what the shooter did to others, but we also grieve for his family, who lost son, brother, and mother in the shooting, and must carry the family name for the balance of their lives.

I have a two adult daughters and a 9-year old granddaughter.  As I watched and listened to the news reports this past week, all I wanted to do was embrace all of them.  I wanted to tell each of them, one more time, how much love I have for them and that nothing else in the world mattered.

We know who, we know how, we know what, we know when, and we know where.  We will never understand the why.  The shooter’s personality and mental condition will be sliced and diced by the pseudo-experts over the days and weeks ahead, but, at the end of the day, their opinions may be “educated,” but they are just guesses.  Only he knew why he did what he did

Death is never an easy subject to grasp, even for adults.  The death of a child is, emotionally, even worse.   King David was a man of war.  He was accustomed to men around him dying.  But, when the death of Absalom, his son, was reported to him, the Scripture says he was “shaken.”  He wept, and cried out what every parent of every child who dies has said, “If only I had died instead of you….” (2 Samuel 18:33).

This tragedy comes in the midst of the celebration of the birth of a baby, a unique child, the Son of God.  He, too, was killed senselessly and without just cause.  But, His death was part of the plan of God, and he rose after three days as He had promised he would.  Paul reminds us that believers in Jesus Christ do not “grieve as those who have no hope.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13)  Note that he did not say we would not grieve.  The separation, the hopes, dreams, plans and futures that will not be realized, the senselessness of an untimely death, cause us to hurt, to grieve, to mourn.

It is right and appropriate that we do, however, because we believe that because Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, we have hope that we will be reunited.  It is that hope to which we cling.  It is that hope we offer as comfort to grieving parents.  Innocent children were slaughtered, they are with God, and we live in HOPE.

To all in Newtown, and to all who grieve, we offer a prayer from the famous Christmas Carol, “Sleep in Heavenly Peace.”

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

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Our world has changed dramatically since the Christmas Season of 1965.  That was the year that “A Charlie Brown Christmas” first aired on CBS.  It has been enjoyed by millions ever since and has become as much a part of American Holiday TV as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  But, in 2012, it is not politically correct to tell the Christmas story on secular TV.  In 2012, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Chanukah, and even Earth Day are all approved subjects for public consumption.  Christmas, on the other hand, creates controversy even when expressed in a 47-year old cartoon.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Parable

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” is the depiction of the loneliness that many feel during the season and the joy that comes from inclusion.  It also contrasts the sacred with the secular in Christmas, and that is the source of the controversy.  “Sacred” is not an acceptable topic for secularists.

Charlie Brown and the little Christmas tree are parallel characters.  Each of them is considered by their peers to be defective and unwanted.  Charlie Brown begins the show looking into an empty mailbox, finding nothing, and exclaiming he “just doesn’t understand” Christmas.  All his friends are so shallow consumed with the secular trappings of the season, that they find Charlie Brown’s search for meaning beyond their understanding.

For the other characters, Christmas is all about Santa and the gifts that they will receive.  Using comically PC language for today, Sally, Charlie’s own sister, says she only wants her “fair share” of the Christmas loot.  The children in the Peanuts neighborhood don’t understand Christmas any more than the secularists of today.  Self-centeredness and consumption have replaced peace on earth and good will toward men.

The Tree

When sent to pick out a Christmas tree, Charlie Brown picks the sorriest tree on the lot, proclaiming, “This little one needs a home.”  After much initial ridicule from the rest of the cast, the tree is trimmed and is transformed into a beautiful centerpiece for celebration.  The tree is a beautiful symbol of God’s relationship with His creation.

That poor tree was ugly and useless.  There was nothing the tree could do for itself.  That little tree was not just unappealing, it was wretched.  Guess what?  We are like that forlorn tree.  We are wretched and hopeless.  Our world is ugly and our presence does nothing to enhance it.  There is nothing about us that makes us appealing, we need “a home,” and love that is beyond our own ability to earn or deserve.

Choosing us makes no more sense that Charlie Brown’s selection of that little tree.  No one can understand why He would choose us, but He did.  Instead of being abandoned, we were suddenly included.  Instead of being the object of ridicule, we unexpectedly have eternal value.  After choosing us, he “decorated” us with His own love, mercy, grace, and righteousness.  He made the ugly beautiful.

Merry Christmas!

The real story of the Birth of Christ contained in the Gospel of Luke is recited by Linus in the performance.  Secular humanists, et. al., would much prefer it not be included, but Charles Schulz was adamant about its inclusion almost 50 years ago, and so it remains.

Frankly, the Gospel is the point; the point of A Charlie Brown Christmas; the point of the Holiday; and the point of life itself.  We were without hope and God chose to become one of us so that we would have the opportunity to know Him.  Why would He choose to do such a thing?  No good reason, but He did.  He “decorated” an ugly tree on Calvary’s hill so that He might “decorate” us with peace, joy, love, and eternal life.

If you celebrate another holiday at this time of the year, I wish you a sincere, “Happy Holiday.”  But, I expect your respect of MY Holiday in return.  No matter how much you secularize, marginalize, ridicule and sue, Jesus is still the reason for the season.

Merry Christmas to Charlie Brown and to you!

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Do You Give To Get?

What Motivates You to “Do Something” For Others?

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Do you write a check to a charity at this time of year?  What percentage of your gross income do you give helping others directly?  If you are a church-person, do you tithe?  Do you believe there is a direct correlation between what one gives to God and what one gets from God?  These represent a few of the theological, practical, philosophical, and political questions that are on many minds during December.

Theologically, “giving to get” is nothing new.  Though some TV evangelists and networks would have you believe that supporting them financially is “sowing a seed” in the Kingdom that God is required to multiply back to you.  First, let me tell you that they have no “new” revelation.  The theology has been written about since at least the early 1800s.  The metaphysical teacher and author E. W. Kenyon popularized the theology in the early 1900s.  The Pentecostal and Charismatic beginnings were led, in large part, by people who were Kenyon followers.

If one studies and ponders Kenyon’s teaching and its timing, “God spoke” to him at about the same time the capitalist profit-motive philosophy was in full vogue.  Physical possessions were being accumulated at a rate never seen before due to economic influences that, frankly, had little to do with God’s blessings.  So teaching that if you give God a little, He will respond (make the MUST respond) with a lot gained traction and has maintained it through men like A. A. Allen, William Branham, Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Oral Roberts and family, Trinity Broadcasting, and the Osteens.  Of course, Scripture is quoted to support the theology, but often the context of the quoted scripture is brutalized to serve the point.

It is also worth noting, that the theology is often embraced by those who are most desperate and often, most vulnerable.  Unfortunately, the “give to get” theology makes a relationship with God transactional.  If I do my part then God is obligated to me to respond in the manner I have set up in the transaction.  For example, if I have “enough” faith, then I will be_______________(you can fill in the blank with whatever it is you want God obligated to do).

The biggest issue with the Kenyon theology, is that God is too big for any box man can create for Him and refuses to be reduced to a transaction.  God, through the Scripture, is abundantly clear that He seeks relationship with us, not a transaction.

Would You Give If You Couldn’t Deduct It?

The philosophy of “giving to get” is the philosophy of the capitalist.  Investment reaps reward.  I invest my dollars in a venture that I believe will bring me more dollars.  I am willing to risk what I have in order to gain what I want, but does that figure into charitable giving?

The practical and political tone to the question comes if it is rephrased to ask, “How much would you give to charity if your donation was not tax-deductible?”  Do you give to charity because you believe in the charity and in its mission, or do you give to the charity INSTEAD of giving to Uncle Sam?

Remember when Jesus said that if you hate your brother then you are guilty of murder, and lust is no different from adultery?  The message He delivered through the hyperbole is that motivation matters.  The widow who gave her “mite” gave more than those who could fill the coffers because her motivation was approved of God.  I wonder what her response would have been if she had been able to “deduct” it from her taxes?

Here’s my point.  There is a huge political debate raging at the moment about raising revenues for the Federal Government and reducing the spending on entitlement programs that it does.  One of the ideas being floated is to do away with the charitable deduction now available to Americans who itemize their deductions.  How do you feel about that?  Would it make a difference in your giving if your gift was non-deductible?  Will ministries like this one suffer if donations are not deductible for the donor?  Who is more responsible for the poor, the government or the church?

Please take a minute to answer our poll.  We’ll give you the results next week.

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NOW THAT THE ELECTION IS OVER

 

Political and Spiritual Realities

 Mourning the political loss of last Tuesday has been the dominant theme among those of us who “live” on the internet, discussing and reading Christian and political commentary.  There is no doubt that the re-election of President Obama came as a genuine shock and disappointment to the many Christians who espouse the traditional Biblical values upon which this country was founded, me included.  However, winners and losers in God’s eyes are neither Democrat nor Republican.  His Kingdom is not of this world.  In fact, “He that overcomes the world is he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God” (I John 5:5)

Many Christians have never seen themselves as a “remnant” even though the Bible calls us that again and again.  Constantine may have legitimized Christianity, but Scripture makes it very clear that light will always struggle against darkness and the majority will always choose darkness.  Many are genuinely grieving over what they see as the death of America.  But, I would submit, that even with all the political and economic uncertainty, there are a couple of things that are absolute and certain.

 How about God’s Word on real  winners?  “To him that overcomes, God will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” (Rev 2:7)  And, “He will also be clothed with white raiment, and instead of his name being blotted out of the book of life, Jesus will confess his name before the Father and His angels.” (Rev. 3:5)

 I am absolutely convinced that attitude is reflected in performance.  Unfortunately, our attitude is directly linked to our emotions, and our emotions are affected by the information we gather from various sources.  What that means, as any computer geek knows, is GIGO. “Garbage In, Garbage Out.”

 Read newspapers, watch TV, listen to radio, access the Internet and fill your mind with information, most of which disregards or denigrates our faith in God (Garbage In) and I guarantee you will display an attitude of defeat and dismay (Garbage Out).  Your work is affected, your relationships are affected, even the simple enjoyment of life is affected.  But, God doesn’t change.  His Word is just as true as it was before the election.

The election proved what we already knew but did not want to acknowledge; we are a deeply divided nation.  Our Christian influence has dwindled over the past few decades.  Clearly, no overwhelming mandate was give to the Democrats.  No candidate crushed another.  At the end of the day, the status quo was pretty much maintained.  There is one constant in politics and that is “struggle.”  No victory is ever permanent, nor is any defeat, unless the battle is abandoned.

Veterans Assured Your Freedom to Participate

Sunday was Veteran’s Day.  It is an annual celebration of the men and women who have defended, some with their lives, the rights and privileges we exercised last week.  Whether you agree with the election or not, it was the free exercise of the vote that our Veterans sacrificed to preserve.  Veterans know about struggle.  Veterans know about sustaining battles.  Veterans know about losing battles, but winning wars.  Veterans know about sacrifice.

 The more troubling part of the election was not the outcome, but the lack of participants.  Roughly 125 million people voted.  That number is appalling.  Fewer people voted in this election than in 2008.  The population of the country increased, but the vote decreased.  What is wrong with this picture?  Vets died so that you, YOU, could have a say in the leadership of the nation, and you didn’t bother?

 What is troubling is the number of Christians who did not vote and are proud of it.  Forgive me, you remind me of the Pharisees who wrapped their robes and crossed the street so they wouldn’t have to deal with a beaten and dying Samaritan.

 I have no doubt that, given the chance, Christians in Sudan would have voted.  Christians in Syria would have voted.  Christians in China would have voted.  Christians in North Korea would have voted.  Christians in any of the “stans” would have voted.  I hope you get the point. Your silence was deafening.  You need to engage! 

 My father-in-law is a Christian, a retired missionary, and a proud Veteran.  He has sacrificed his life to bring men and women to Jesus Christ.  He has “served” through all manner of political administrations.  As a missionary, he even “served” under dictatorships.  The constant in his life is his witness; it was never compromised, never changed, though often challenged.  His commitment to the Truth has rendered him immovable and unflappable.  To this day, he is engaged in the struggle for men’s souls.  I aspire to be like him.

 So…Christian…square your shoulders today, the battle is not over.  Remember what the Scripture commands, “Rejoice!”  “Give thanks unto God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ (II Cor 2:14) knowing that no weapon formed against you will prosper, and every tongue that rises up against you in judgment you shall condemn for this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord. (Isa 54:17).”  Our battle does not end with a four year term in the White House, it is for an eternity in God’s House called, “Heaven.”

Don’t be discouraged.  Don’t ever forget, Satan thought he had won on Friday…but Sunday was coming!

 

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Decision Time

Make A Decision!

Decisions, decisions, decisions!  We all have to make them and we all procrastinate as long as we can with difficult decisions.  We say, “We’re trying to get all the facts before we decide,” but we are really trying to decide what happens if we do this and what happens if we do that…if we’re not sure, we prefer to put off the decision hoping that someone or something will make it for us.  (You’re probably not like that, but the rest of us are)

Well, tomorrow is Decision Day.  It is more than Election Day.  It is a day in which we will decide on a direction that our nation will take for the next several decades.  Your children and grandchildren will be effected by the decision you make tomorrow.  If that seems melodramatic, I assure you it is not.

Consider These Decisions…

It was an ELECTED judge whose decision began the rulings that led Roe v. Wade to the Supreme Court where justices appointed by ELECTED Presidents and confirmed by ELECTED Senators made a decision (against over 100 years of precedent law) that abortion was legal.  That initial ruling is now being interpreted as a “right.”

It was a Supreme Court APPOINTED by ELECTED Presidents and confirmed by ELECTED Senators that made the decision that God was to be removed from our society.  The Court’s decision was that the Constitution provided for a “separation clause” that has been used to work toward a secular society.  The Court’s decision was not based on a strict interpretation of the document, and its interpretation still plagues this nation.

It was an ELECTED Senate that, for political reasons alone, made the decision to allow a man, disbarred for lying, to remain President.  And the currently ELECTED President makes Mr. Clinton look like a saint.

Here’s Why YOU Need To Make A Decision

Mr. Obama has called the United States a “post-Christian” nation.  It was Mr. Obama’s decision that has plunged the United States into more debt in four years than his predecessors combined.  It has been Mr. Obama’s decision to lie about his faith.  The decision or decisions made regarding the events in Benghazi ultimately lie with Mr. Obama.  It was Mr. Obama’s decision to send out surrogates to blame an obscure video for an Al-Qaida attack.

It was Mr. Obama’s decision to appoint and approve an Attorney General who has thumbed his nose at Congress and everyone else.  The decision to pass what has become known as “Obamacare” was made in the middle of the night by ELECTED officials who cared nothing for the unintended consequences of their actions.

It is the decision of the Department of Health and Human Services and its APPOINTED Secretary, to require employers to “cover” abortive and contraceptive drugs to their employees even though their personal religious convictions are violated.

Saul Alinsky was never elected to any office, but his beliefs and writings have been studied and believed by liberal democrats for decades.  Contrary to the Judeo-Christian eithic upon which this nation was founded, Alinsky’s philosophy has been blatantly adopted as public policy by the current administration.  Every decision that this administration has made is tainted with Alinsky’s sewage.

My Decision Is A Matter of Faith

Please don’t think that I am so naïve as to believe that the Republican ticket is perfect, but the alternative makes my decision relatively easy.  Governor Romney was not my first choice for a candidate, but the socialist, godless, anti-family, morally bankrupt agenda put forth by the Democrats and Barack Obama is beyond my contempt.  As a Christian, not a Republican, I cannot allow Barak Obama and the democrats the opportunity to APPOINT anyone who will continue to marginalize the Church, violate the sanctity of life, and to thumb their noses at those of us who believe that values matter.

As I said earlier, my decision in my personal vote does not reveal naivete.  Romney may be a better decision but I do not (and probably will not) agree with all of his policies.  However, I do believe he will restore a measure of dignity to the Office of President.  And, I do believe that he hold a faith in Almighty God that the current administration disdains.

It is time for you to make your decision.  I call, today, for you to vote tomorrow.  If you don’t agree with me, go vote just to cancel me out!  Get involved in the process, make a decision.  Your vote, your decision, might make the difference between a baby living and dying, your kids learning the value and importance of prayer, and continuing to worship the God whom we serve freely.

Moses challenged Israel to make a decision to serve the Lord and Joshua did likewise.  Joshua’s words seem to summarize my feelings on this day before Decision Day.  “. . .if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living.  But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD!”

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Does Anybody Care What The Bible Says Anymore?

Faith is Openly Challenged

Last month, Hobby Lobby filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration’s contraceptive/abortion mandate portion of the Affordable Healthcare Act.  Hobby Lobby is the largest business, to date, to file suit, having 500 stores in 41 states.  There are some 3 dozen lawsuits against the mandate that are pending.

You might remember that Hercules Industries, a Colorado business owned by devout Roman Catholics, won a temporary injunction preventing implementation of the mandate.  Note, the ruling is being appealed by the administration.

However, a Federal court in Missouri threw out a similar lawsuit filed by O’Brien Industrial Holdings, LLC saying that the mandate to provide “indirect financial support of a practice” to which O’Brien had objected on the basis of the violation of his religious rights was not “a substantial burden” on him or his company.

Hobby Lobby founder and CEO, David Green, says that Hobby Lobby’s insurance plans do cover contraception that is preventative in nature, but that the “abortion-causing drugs go against our faith, and our family is now being forced to choose between following the laws of the land that we love or maintaining the religious beliefs that have made our business successful…We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate…our faith is being challenged by the federal government.”

Legislating Our Morality

Liberals, the irreligious, and those who want nothing to do with God or anything absolute are quick to use the phrase, “you can’t legislate morality” when they feel their rights are being violated.  We, who do believe in moral absolutes, are told that we are not to “jam our belief system down their throats.”  I have not heard one liberal, the ACLU, or any other leftist stand up and scream about the violation of the rights of millions of Americans who hold the traditional values that made this nation great.

Social engineering (manipulating a population to accomplish cultural change) is the absolute goal of godless liberal politics.  To illustrate, if a conservative doesn’t believe in owning a gun, he won’t buy one, but believes that everyone ought to have the right to make that choice.  A liberal, on the other hand, needs to engineer society so that no one has the right to purchase or own guns in order to validate his own position.  This administration is as intent on and engaged in social engineering as any in American history and it will violate our rights as Christians to accomplish its end.

In order to manipulate a population, the “foreign” (that which is radically different) must be made to feel familiar.  The cultural change being sought by the godless liberal left through Obamacare and its mandate, concerns the sanctity of life.  American society had assumed, until the past 60 years in American life, that life was sacred and that it began at conception.  The baby (not the “blob of cells”) had a right to life.  The population had to be manipulated to make holding that position become uncomfortable so that the “foreign” position could be made to feel familiar.

Where Was The Church?

In the 1950s, the absolutes of the Bible and public prayer were removed from public schools.  The blame can only be laid at the feet of the church which was silent and allowed people to be put in positions to make such decisions.

One can assert that a slippery slope was created which led to changing abortion policies in the 1960s, which led to the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.  The women’s movement, women’s rights, civil rights, and environmental rights groups all formed during that era.  Moral relativism became a mainstream teaching of philosophy rather that the radical fringe it had occupied previously.  Again, the church was largely silent and those that did speak out were branded as radicals in order to marginalize their message.

Accepting relativism as “normal” and “absolutism” as radical has been a resounding success of liberal social engineers.  Making the “foreign” feel familiar was absolutely essential if the culture was to be changed and they have done it well.  A neutered church has stood silently and allowed core beliefs and values to be eradicated in the social marketplace.  This President even had the courage to proclaim that we are now a “post-Christian” nation.

One should not be surprised by the mandates and the legislation put forth by the social engineers of our day.  Their worldview does not include your individual rights or beliefs.  The only way for the agenda they espouse to be realized is to muzzle the church and every Christian.  Don’t expect things to be “like they used to be,” they will not.  The paradigm has changed and we have allowed it to happen.

A recent Gallup poll indicated that 9% of registered voters say they will only support pro-life candidates while only 7% say they will back only pro-choice candidates.  The 2% margin is sufficient to make the difference in any election.  The 2% margin comes, primarily, from those who consider themselves Christians.  How then, can those same Christians vote for the very people who advance the agenda with which they specifically disagree?

Hobby Lobby and the others who have sued are challenging the social engineering being promulgated by a “post-Christian” administration.  It is time the Church of Jesus Christ began to stand publicly for the things we say we stand for privately.  It’s time the clergy started teaching the absolute truths of God’s Word.

The Bible is replete with examples of God’s involvement in politics.  He has mandated His people be involved.  It is past time that the cowards who man pulpits and will not teach/preach on the absolutes of morality, lying, cheating, stealing, murder, and leadership because it may be offensive be removed.  God did not call the Church and its pastors to be politically correct, he called us to be the nation’s conscience.

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DON’T BELIEVE YOUR LYING EYES

I’m Not Lying, This Isn’t What It Looks Like

There is an old story about a wife who catches her husband in an adulterous act.  His immediate response to her is, “Don’t believe your lying eyes.  This isn’t what it looks like.”

Seems to me that our government and our left-wing media are telling us the same thing over and over and over again, don’t believe your lying eyes.  We see our Diplomats killed in an obvious terrorist attack, but we are told not to believe our lying eyes, it wasn’t what it looked like.  Two weeks later, the government backs away from its initial lying stance because the evidence of what actually happened is overwhelming and the position cannot be defended.  So now, we can believe those lying eyes.

Pakistan

On September 22, Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour of Pakistan said this to an applauding news conference, “”I announce today that this blasphemer, this sinner who has spoken nonsense about the holy Prophet, anyone who murders him, I will reward him with $100,000.  I invite the Taliban brothers and the al-Qaida brothers to join me in this blessed mission.”   But, America, don’t believe your lying ears.  This isn’t what it sounds like.

The government of Pakistan told us not to believe our lying eyes, that Bilour’s statement was personal and not a statement of his party or of the current administration.  Bilour’s response?  Bilour said, “I am a Muslim first, then a government representative.”  And therein is the problem.  This Muslim speaks like many (certainly not all) that we hear every day.  The message they deliver is hate, not peace, but our government and left-wing media tells us not to believe our lying eyes and lying ears.

Egypt

In an interview with The New York Times anticipating his upcoming address to the United Nations General Assembly, the new President of Egypt, Islamist Mohammed Morsi , was very clear that Egypt is a different nation that it was just a few months ago.  He asserted that it is not possible to judge Egyptian behavior by the cultural standards of America. But be careful, what you see and hear may be lying to you….

Morsi  praised President Obama for moving “quickly and decisively” to support the Arab spring overthrow of authoritarian leaders, but called on America to change its approach to the Muslim world, saying “Successive American administrations essentially purchased with American taxpayer money the dislike, if not the hatred, of the peoples of the region.”  Morsi accused American Administrations of taking “a very clear biased approach against something that (has) very strong emotional ties to the people of the region that is the issue of Palestine.”  What are my lying ears hearing now?  Was that an Israel reference?  Was he lying?

Mr. Obama announced the Egypt is no longer an ally, though we supply billions of taxpayer money to them.  Our Embassy is stormed, our flag ripped from its mast, a jihadist flag raised, and chaos reigns for many hours in Cairo.  But, the media and the Administration says, “Don’t believe your lying eyes.”

Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Over the past 4 years Muslims have been portrayed as victims, and even now, it is a video, amateurish at best, that has “victimized” them for their faith.  America is accused of lying about Islam.  We are accused of lying about their peaceful nature.  But what does the record show?

Christians are being killed across the Muslim world in a deliberate genocide, encouraged, and taught by the “best” interpreters of the Koran.  The world should be up-in-arms, but we are told the incidents are isolated and we should not believe our lying eyes.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, based in Saudi Arabia, has 56 member nations and says it is the the collective voice of the Muslim world, ensuring to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world.  It is second in size only to the United Nations itself. There is no lying when it expresses hostility toward the West in general and Israel in particular.

Have you ever heard a leader of this Islam Organization condemn Islamic lying about violence, much less the violence itself perpetrated against anybody?  During this Administration, particularly, this group has been incredibly successful in introducing a new word into our vocabulary, “Islamophobia.”  The term is intended to be emotional and to elicit a response of disapproval.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s effusive apology, the American Embassy in Cairo’s news release, and the President’s own words illustrate the effectiveness of their campaign.

However, if one steps back and looks at the actions, not the words, of the members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, “Islamophobia” pales in comparison to the atrocities committed by its members against Christians and other minority-religions in the member states.  Somebody’s lying….

Where’s Our Apology?

How is it OK for the Egyptian government, in its outrage, to issue arrest warrants for Pastor Terry Jones and for Nakoula Basseley Nakoula?  My lying ears heard that.  But, how is it that we say nothing, demand nothing when Sheikh Yousef al-Badri, a member of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, associated with the primary Islamic institute of al Azhar University, calls for the “spilling of the blood” of Muslims who convert to Christianity, causing them to live in hiding under the constant threat of vigilantism and death from fundamentalists?  And he has done it multiple times!  Your lying ears have probably not even heard about that!  Where is our outrage?

It is reported by United Nations human rights investigators, that more than 300 Christians in Iran have been arrested, just since 2010.  Are they lying?  According to the investigators, there is a “climate of fear” that exists among Christians in Iran.  There is no question of persecution, but don’t believe your lying eyes or lying ears.

St. John’s Catholic Church

A suicide bomber in Baruchi, Nigeria attacked St. John’s Catholic Church during Mass yesterday, killing 2, wounding 45, and destroying the church.  More than 680 people have been killed in that region alone since January.  Nigeria is 40% Christian, the largest percentage of any Muslim-majority country.  A group called, “Boko Haran” which means “western education is sacrilege” has vowed to kill all Christians.  Their actions suggest they are not lying.  Have you heard the same kind of apologies from any OIC member as our government has offered them?  Have you heard anyone from our left-wing media even probe for such an apology?  But don’t believe your lying eyes or your lying ears….

Then there is Sudan.  The government of Sudan exists in the north of the country.  It is Sunni Muslim. It has, for decades, sustained persecution of Christian and animist minorities in the south.  Our left-wing press calls it, “civil war,” but, again, they are lying.  What is happening is simply the systematic killing of anyone who does not embrace Islam.  Reports from the United Nations indicate that between 53,000 and 75,000 innocent civilians have been displaced from homes and buildings that have been looted and destroyed.  You’ve seen some video of the “rebels” in the south being killed, but you are told not to believe your lying eyes.

Not only do we not hear apologies proffered by OIC members for atrocities, our Administration defends their outrage.  Worse, our own left-wing media doesn’t ask for apologies or even ask probing questions because it might offend and compromise the reelection of its anointed president.  The left-wing media is good at manipulating your eyes and ears to desensitize the lying.

Conspiracy of Silence

There is a conscious and virulent conspiracy of silence surrounding this president and his policies in the Muslim world.   The violent expressions of religious intolerance experienced there are not reported or are not considered matters of concern, only our apologies to those whom we have “offended.”

When Barak Obama schedules visits to The View  and The Letterman Show to campaign and publicly shuns a meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, our staunchest ally, his priorities seem obvious and must be questioned.  In a week when we, the American public, will listen to speeches haranguing us, our culture, and our religion, our President will be yukking-it-up with his TV cronies rather than shoring up the most important alliance in the region.  But don’t believe your lying eyes.

The policy of appease and apologize has to stop.  If allowed to its logical conclusion, it will cost Americans our deepest held freedom.  But don’t believe your lying eyes.

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JESUS HAD A WIFE????

New Evidence of Jesus’ Wife?

 A “new” piece of “evidence” has been made public by Harvard Professor, Dr. Karen King.  According to King, 4 words, in Coptic script, written on a 1.5” X 3” fragment of papyrus translate to, “Jesus said to them, my wife.”  The fragment is said to date to the fourth century.

Dr. King was good enough to say that this new “evidence” does not prove that Jesus was married, but that it is evidence that early Christians believed that Jesus was married.  Really?  Four words on a document written, as an educated guess, in the fourth century provide new “evidence” of what early Christians believed about Jesus?  Really???

Now my cynical mind wants to know why this new “evidence” hasn’t surfaced until now.  And, how objective is Dr. Karen King in her analysis?  Are there any agendas that might be playing out?

Who is Dr. Karen King?

 Well, let’s look at objectivity first, shall we?  Dr. King is, according to her bio, “Karen L. King was appointed to the Divinity School in 1998 and from 2003 to 2009 served as the Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History. In October 2009, she became the first woman appointed as the Hollis Professor of Divinity, the oldest endowed chair in the United States (1721). Trained in comparative religions and historical studies, she pursues teaching and research specialties in the history of Christianity.”

Dr. King is also an author, her books include The Secret Revelation of John; The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle; What Is Gnosticism?; Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity (with Elaine Pagels); and Revelation of the Unknowable God. Other publications include Images of the Feminine in Gnosticism (ed.) and Women and Goddess Traditions in Antiquity and Today (ed.).

King revealed this new “discovery” in a paper delivered to a group of about 300 “academics” in Rome.  Interestingly, the Vatican made no mention of her new “discovery” in any of their media releases about the some 60 papers that were presented.

According to King, the fragment belongs to an anonymous collector who hired her to translate and analyze it.  There was no detail given on how the fragment was originally discovered or where or under what circumstances.  Tests run on the papyrus, ink, and language seem to indicate no obvious fraud.

So…what’s the problem?  Simply that Dr. King has indicated a predilection to Gnosticism, which directly contradicts the Jesus of the Bible.  That predilection needs to be revealed when her work on Jesus is presented.  Not doing so is deceptive.  The academic fear is that if the agenda is revealed, the report is degraded.  They are right!

The Hypocrisy of “Evidence”

 Secular society and media wants, so badly, to prove that Jesus was not Divine; that there is no God; that there are no absolutes; that faith is only for the uninformed, the uneducated, and the unsophisticated.  So, a tiny fragment of a document of unknown origin, submitted by an anonymous owner, to an academic who has a bias toward Gnosticism, whose translation and analysis of 4 words is presented as “proof” that Jesus was married and is welcomed as NEW evidence.  And that doesn’t require “faith?”  Really??

So…what’s new?  Nothing, absolutely nothing.  This sort of ploy is nothing new at all.  Publishing a story under a sensational headline, only to find that the story lacks substance when examined happens every day.  Headlines like, “The Chicago Teachers Strike is About the Children” are similar in substance.

The DaVinci Code was a vastly popular novel.  The novel purported to present a “new” Jesus.  But, the Jesus presented in the novel was a Gnostic Jesus.  The book’s popularity was driven by the desire of the faithless to destroy the Biblical Jesus.  Dr. King’s paper is no different.  Gnosticism is not embraced by most Biblical scholars, just those who have the preconception that there are no absolutes; therefore, the Biblical Jesus could not be true.

Sounds like the difference between liberals and conservatives in politics doesn’t it?

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