YES MICHELLE – – “All This for a D***** Flag.”


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On this Memorial Day, May 27, 2013 I want to be more focused on those who have served, are serving, and who paid the ultimate price for Freedom than politics or political figures.  However, having viewed the video of Michelle Obama’s comments at a 9/11 celebration more than a dozen times and reviewing the comments of “lip reading experts” I have concluded that she said what is reported – “All this for a d***** flag.”  The facial expressions and body language of both Michelle and Barack Obama belie their attitude toward the celebration and the flag or the honoring of the flag and what it represents.

 I submit the following as partial support for my view:

 Obama and his wife were attending the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony and watched as the Color Guard folded the flag into a triangular shape, according to custom. A video camera caught the two from the sidelines. Obama’s wife leaned over and said to him, “All this for a damn flag?”  Obama turned to her, smiled smugly and nodded his head in agreement. How do we know what was said? The video was presented for translation to a lip reading instructor at The River School, a Washington D.C. school for the deaf. 

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            I hold a deep respect for the American Flag, not just because it is the flag of the United States but for what it represents, has represented, and hopefully will represent.  I hold deep respect for the American Flag because of the many men and women who have served and paid a very high price to obtain and maintain freedom not only in this country but other parts of the world.  For this Vietnam veteran, American citizen (naturally born), Christian, and Texan the American Flag is something that stirs my heart every time I see it and any time the National Anthem is played I immediately rise to my feet in respect and place my hand over my heart facing the flag.  Why do I do that?  Because this flag is more than just a piece of cloth it is a symbol of Freedom and Liberty which are precious to me.

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            This Flag was the ensign under which our forefathers fought in initially winning Freedom from the Tyrannical Rule of the British Crown.  I’m thankful that over the years Britain has become one of our closest friends and allies in good times and bad but at that time they were seeking to oppress and enslave the colonist.  Those new Americans had tasted freedom and believed that death would be better than the slavery and tyranny that was being pressed upon them so they rallied around the flag which represented a cause that embodied Freedom and Liberty as God-given rights.  They committed their property, time, energy, intellect, and persons to prosecuting a war that would end in our establishment as a nation called “The United States of America.”

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            That Flag has been the ensign under which our men and women have fought against oppression and despotism over the last two centuries.  We stood in WWI and most thought that was the war to end all wars. Sadly it was not long until evil that had not been stamped out and properly dealt with raised its ugly head and we were plunged into WWII where the men and women in uniform, as well as the citizenry rallied around the American Flag and stood against the tide of oppression and evil securing Freedom for our homeland as well as many throughout the world.  It has a special place in the hearts of those who have served and are serving and I say thank you to each one.

 

            There are those in political power in America today that do not see desecrating the flag as a problem but any offense to Islam is, in their view, criminal.  That alone speaks volumes about the condition of our nation and the problems we face.  This Flag that Frances Scott Key wrote about as the British invaded Washington in 1814 and became our national anthem, is a treasure to most of us.  Mr. Key with the aid of President James Madison sought to free his friend from British imprisonment and was taken captive himself.  The British feared that he would reveal their plans so they put him on the British Frigate “Surprise”.  The British commenced an intense bombardment of Fort McHenry and when the smoke cleared Mr. Key and the others saw that tattered American Flag still flying over the fort and that inspired him to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

 

            On this Memorial Day I pause to honor the memory of each one who has served in any capacity to gain, maintain, or reclaim our Freedom.  Words will never be sufficient expressions of our gratitude.  I conclude with some words from our Founding Fathers regarding Liberty:

 

“Any people that would give up liberty for a little temporary safety deserves neither liberty nor safety.” – – Benjamin Franklin

 

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” – – George Washington

“Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present Generation to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.”  –  – John Adams

         

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            Yes, Michelle “All this for a d***** flag”, the American Flag which is a symbol of Freedom for all to see!  May God help us to NEVER FORGET and ever be thankful for what this flag represents and symbolizes. 

 

May God guard, guide, and protect you and may God bless America!

 

THE MATTER OF INTEGRITY AND GOVERNMENT….


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            The Nobel Prize winning French philosopher and novelist, Albert Camus is quoted as saying – “Integrity has no need of rules.”  That is a truism even if his politics and philosophy might be questionable on many fronts.  Sometimes truths have a way of surfacing in the strangest of places.  I believe that quote could be readily applied to our government.  If the government or those in government demonstrated and possessed INTEGRITY we the American people would have no need to hold them accountable to the Rule of Law because inherently they would seek to do the right thing all the time and every time.  Sadly, that is not the case in politicians or even in most of us.  Oh, many have integrity on most things but there are occasions when “How does that affect me?” takes priority over “What is right?”  Thus the need for rules!

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            Robert Fulghum said – “It doesn’t matter what you say you believe – it only matters what you do.”  That is a mouth full and something that most politicians, this President, and those in the public eye seem to have forgotten.  Many of them live and act as if WE THE PEOPLE were either dumb or blind and what they do openly not to mention behind closed doors, is an absolute indicator of what they really believe.  I can claim to believe in God and be a Christian but if my life belies my profession of faith, most would conclude that I neither believe nor am a Christian.  What I do speaks so loudly that what I say cannot be heard or is dismissed as being of little consequence.

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            Bill Gothard founder of the Institute of Basic Life Principles said, “What we allow in moderation our children will do in excess.”  I’ve found that to be true more often than not.  No wonder the Bible says in Proverbs 22:6 – “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” NASU Sadly, too often we as parents have abdicated our responsibility to “train up our children” and allowed the public institutions such as the schools and colleges to instill in their hearts and minds a political ideology that is foreign to the Bible, basic moral and American principles.  Mr. Flughum also said – “Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.”  I have heard all my life regarding children, – “Little pitchers have big ears”, meaning that children hear and see everything and mimic what they see the influential adults in their lives doing.  If they see us do it, and we are influential in their lives, they believe that it is not only acceptable but often desirable and adopt it into their lives.  No wonder Jesus said that to offend one of the little ones would be a serious offense in the eyes of God.  We are responsible to train up the next generation to become productive members of society and should be instilling in them principles of integrity and honesty.  Sadly, if the little ones and even the not so little youth of our day are observant of politics they are being deluded with a message that finds itself almost totally void of any shred of integrity.  The end justifies the means is deemed acceptable and even desirable and integrity is of little value or significance.

            The political tone of Washington today displays anything but a core principle of integrity, and that is not the America that many of us grew up in.  Our parents and grandparents members of the ‘Greatest Generation’ viewed integrity as essential and never optional.  Today, we live in a Jonathan Livingstone Seagull world of “never let a crisis go to waste” and one that believes that it is okay to lie, distort, and misrepresent so long as it serves the purpose of moving your agenda and ideology forward because after all your view is obviously the right one, at least to you.  I frequently wonder what our Founding Fathers would think of our political world today.  I believe I know but since I cannot ask them I would only be speculating so I won’t go there. 

             Proverbs 27:2 tells us, “Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth – a stranger, not your own lips.”  If that were somehow applied and could become the rule for politicians they would have little to say.  So many exhibit all the classical symptoms of paranoid narcissism that they seem to be so self-absorbed that they cannot and will not listen to or examine the merits of anyone’s view but their own.  The President is most assuredly one of that number but to be fair so are most of those in Washington.

             America once had politicians and the core principle in our society was that of INTEGRITY.  Today, I cannot say that I see that or believe that is the guiding principle governmentally, commercially, socially, and sometimes religiously.  The thin skinned politicians react to truth about themselves often in a very vindictive manner and seek to destroy those that differ with them or speak truth about them.  I am reminded of the words of Benjamin Franklin – “’Tis great confidence in a friend to tell him your faults, greater to tell him his.”  Do that with politicians and you have made an enemy for life and one that he/she will seek to destroy. 

             We need INTEGRITY in politics and in life if we are going to return to being the Great Nation that our Founding Fathers gave us and we enjoyed for over 200 years before the current mentality became the predominant mentality and ideology.  America let’s work to return to what we were in principle and move forward with the advancements and technology available today.  America can be great again and God can bless America again.

             May the Lord God bless you and guard and guide America!

POLITICS AND FAITH……


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(The Bible and Our Founding Fathers understood Life is Life.)

            For the past few days I have been on somewhat of a spiritual retreat where I had almost no contact with the internet and various social media outlets.  My reason for this retreat was the “sickness” I sensed rising in my heart over the condition of the world, our nation, the church, and politics.  I wanted to “Hear from God” what He would have me say and do as a Christian and an American.  I needed clarification as to my purpose and assurance that what I felt compelled to do was what He desired for my life.  During this time of deep soul searching and crying out to the Lord my heart has been stirred greatly and my understanding illuminated giving me a clear sense of direction and purpose.  It is with that I write today and hopefully lay a foundation upon which to build in the days to follow.

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             Over the Weekend, I talked to several friends, who are Christians, and shared with them what I was sensing in my heart, mind, and spirit as the purposes of God for my life and told them what I planned to write.  I received as many different responses as people, which was not surprising although one in particular caused me to rethink what I had initially planned to say.  Some felt I was not going far enough, some that I had gone too far, and one said that I should take into consideration “Separation of Church and State” and focus on the fact that, in his words, Jesus forbade Christians from talking about politics.  He could give me no chapter and verse to support that statement other than a few verses he used as “stand alone passages” yet when you take them in context and light of the entire biblical Message of Christ fail to hold up. 

             The idea of “Separation of Church and State” is a misapplied definition that supposes our Founding Fathers did not want “Faith” to have any role or place in politics.  The actual reading of the First Amendment is “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”  That is not a statement to “ban” religion and faith from politics but that the United States Government WILL NOT, establish a STATE CHURCH and place it above all other religions.  If you read the writings of our Founders you will find that many of them were “clergymen”, many were profoundly “religious” espousing and expressing their faith and calling for the involvement of “faith” in all matters of political discussion.  It was not that they wanted to alienate or eliminate God from politics rather they wanted to ban the Government from establishing a State Church as was the situation in England.  They wanted to protect “religious freedom” not discard, deny, or disrupt it.

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             I am convinced that what is happening in Washington is a symptom of what we have allowed and are allowing in the church, society, and our personal lives.  We have not exhibited the righteousness and power of God.   We have fallen prey to political correctness and allowed ourselves to be silenced while evil has been called good and good called evil.  We have been silent in things God calls sin and abomination.  We’ve claimed tolerance and many have contended that we should not speak out on matters of politics even when some of those matters are direct assaults against what God’s word declares.  It is time that we return to our first love and not just proclaim the Word but demonstrate it!  That means we get our hands dirty, speak up and out on things that some mistakenly believe we are not to speak on.  We must become people who are wise as serpents and harmless as doves. We must set our faces like flints and determine that nothing short of God’s rule in our lives is acceptable.  We must, by our lives and words, bring God’s power and love into our world and yes that means spiritually, relationally, economically, and politically.  We are not cats with nine lives or compartmentalized lives we have we have A LIFE.  So it is imperative that we LIVE THAT LIFE in all its phases and facets! 

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             Some insist that “Religion” or “Faith” should have no voice in politics and I must ask, “How Can That Be?”  I have learned that WHAT I BELIEVE determines my actions and involvement in business, relationships, and ministry. So HOW is it possible that “faith” would not be or should not be present in the political?  MY LIFE is driven by the principles and purpose derived from the “Foundation of my Faith.”  I cannot check my faith at the door when I enter the “voting booth” or engage in a discussion that involves politics.  IT IS WHO and WHAT I AM.  I am a Christian, a husband, a father, an American, and a Texan.  My ancestry is heavily Scottish-Irish with a mixture of Cherokee. I choose not to be identified by some hyphenated distinction because I am a “human being” who was born in the United States of America naturally and into the Kingdom and Family of God supernaturally.  I AM WHO I AM by the Grace of God and WHO I AM is visible in ALL I DO and SAY!  I cannot “compartmentalize” my life into differing segments because each part touches every other part and I am the SUM TOTAL of all the parts.

             We are in difficult times in our world and it is my firm conviction that while we have turned a blind eye and deaf ear to many things that would fall into the category of “calling evil good and good evil” we no longer have that luxury.  The time has come when God has drawn a line in the sand and we must STAND FOR WHAT WE BELIEVE and WHAT HE HAS DECLARED no matter how that affects politics, business, or anything else.  We must stop the senseless slaughter of the unborn, the blatant attack on Christianity, and the drive to enslave people infringing upon their God-given unalienable rights and liberties.  If we hope to win as many as possible for the cause of the Kingdom of God WE MUST live lives that are harmonious to the revealed Word and Will of God.  We must be willing to make difficult and unpopular choices to speak out and stand against things that many, even in the church, believe are private matters or political matters that are off limits to believers.  Instead of a discussion on the right for a woman to have an abortion maybe we should discuss the right of the unborn to be adopted into a home that loves and wants them.  In politics I’m more interested in principle (based on the Bible, the Constitution, and Morality) than I am party affiliation.  It is not politics that makes me sick it is the politicians who engage in politics and do everything for political purposes.

             I love God, my Family, and my Country and will do all I can for each up to and including giving my life if need be.  It has been reaffirmed in my heart that I am to carefully listen to the voice of my heart as the Spirit of God speaks, the Bible, and perform my calling to be a “Watchman on the Wall” warning of evil and wickedness.  So as you face the future please face it with a Hope that is in Christ and a Commitment that is absolute to God, Family, and Country.

             May God bless and protect you and may God Bless America again!

JIHADIST – – We Must Match Their Commitment….


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            I say that to us as a nation and to those who are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.  If we do not “match” their commitment and dedication to what they believe and stand for, we are “doomed.”  I say that simply because a person that is ideologically and religiously driven to achieve something to the point that they are willing to die for their cause will usually win over people who are not equally committed.  If we allow ourselves to grow complacent and lax in our commitment to this nation, our freedom, and our faith we will be overcome and that is borne out in Scripture and history.

             It does not matter if we believe that the Muslim religion is a valid religion or not, they do!  It does not matter that we believe theirs is a false god, they don’t!  It does not matter if we believe that the Muslim religion is a religion of peace, many within it do not.  In fact when surveyed, 30-40% of all Muslims in Muslim countries believe that “suicide bombings” are okay to achieve the Islamic goal.  If that does not disturb you then you cannot be disturbed.  I’m not talking about a poll or survey of Americans I’m talking about “Mainstream Muslims” in Muslim ruled countries.  The vast majority expressed a belief that Sharia Law was the right path for not only their nation but the world.  So, when you have the Radical Jihadist supported by the “so-called” moderate and peaceful Muslims in their efforts for world domination and imposition of Sharia Law on the world you have a “powder key” waiting to explode and it will explode, especially if they do not see “in us” an equal commitment to our way of life, nation, freedom, and faith. 

             Political Correctness will get us killed and our nation overrun.  Political Correctness will not stem the tide of “Islamic Terrorism” that is and will be in the world.  Political Correctness will only hinder us from the diligent and committed pursuit of Freedom and Faith.  It will be labeled Islamaphobic and in the not too distant future will be presented by the Department of Justice as a “hate crime” and even speaking out against Islamic Terrorism will result in prosecution or worse being turned over to the Jihadist for prosecution under their Sharia Law.  Yes, I mean here in America!  I know, I know – some are saying “Never happen here.”  Sadly, it already is on so many fronts and has already been evidenced in Mr. Obama’s way of handling events in the military regarding Muslims and Islam.  So before you dismiss that statement you might want to consider the possibilities and how grave that really is.

             As for me, if they or anyone kills me they have accomplished nothing for I will just go home to be with the Lord and spend eternity in the presence of my Lord.  That would simply mean an early exit from this planet.  However, for America, the Free World, and multiplied millions that are not followers of the Lord Jesus Christ that would mean the most horrific time that the world has ever known and Hitler and Nazi Germany would pale in comparison and I do not mean to lessen the horror of that time.  It was birthed from the very pit of hell and was unadulterated evil to the nth degree.

 I want to bring your attention to a few of passages from the Bible:

 Matthew 10:16-23 – Read it all but I will highlight one two verses 21-22 – “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.  22 “You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.” NASU

 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 – Again I encourage you to read it all but let me highlight verse 3-4 – “Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.”   And verse 7-10 – “For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. 8 Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; 9 that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, 10 and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.” NASU

 Revelation 20:4 – “Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.” NASU

             The Jihadist have a singular goal and that is to either have the Muslim religion dominate the World with a Solitary World Leader who is Muslim imposing Sharia Law on everyone or die trying to achieve that end.  There is no middle ground or compromise in their ideology or commitment.  The real question for America and those living in the Free World is “Are We Equally Committed or our Freedom, Nation, and God?”   If the answer is not 100% affirmative then we are in more than a little trouble and the days of a Free Constitutional America are numbered.  If you are not TOTALLY COMMITTED to God and Freedom then you might want to take the advice of the author of “The End of America”, John Price and seek to find another country that is not filled with Muslims and thereby buy yourself a little time.  I do not feel that God would have me pull up stakes and run because I believe He wants me to stand against evil wherever I find it and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ as long as I can.  I am vocal on many fronts and not shy about my faith or my love for this nation and freedom.  I know who I have believed and am persuaded that He can keep that which I have committed to Him against that day.  I TRUST GOD and that does not mean I have to become a doormat and not resist any assault on my nation, my freedom, and my faith.  I can RESIST.  I will RESIST.  I do RESIST. 

             My commitment is “to death” if need be and I ask, “Who stands with me?”  If we do not become equally committed as are the Jihadist we are already defeated.  I will not allow Congress, the President, public sentiment, or pressure from other Christians and Preachers delude or weaken my commitment to God and Freedom.  I am as committed as the Jihadist only I will not resort to criminal and immoral actions that slaughter innocent victims as has been the case in ‘every terrorist act.’  That being said, I WILL RESIST!

             May God be with you as you pursue Him and Freedom and may God bless America again!