ARE WE WITNESSING THE DEMISE OF AMERICA????


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            I see something developing that if I am right in what I see will lead to Democrat dominance in Washington for long enough to totally dismantle America and precipitate the ultimate demise of our beloved nation. What I am going to say is probably not going to set will with many on both sides of the aisle and I am not trying to tell anyone to do anything differently than what their heart and conscience tells them to do only pointing out what I see happening as a result.

             What I see happening is a situation where the Democrats have become so extremist in their reach to the far left, liberalism, progressivism, socialism, and entitlement and the Republican establishment has demonstrated such willingness to compromise that a situation has developed which will likely destroy America.  The situation has become so dire that many who are so dissatisfied with the status quo and the current crop of politicians in DC they will not vote for a Republican unless that candidate is super conservative and/or constitutional in all things, at all times, and in all situations.  I am not saying that attitude is wrong only that the result will be that the Republican and the Third Party Candidate will lose to the Democrat leading to the Democrats taking total control of the White House and both Houses of Congress and with the current mentality they will dismantle the Constitution and the Country.

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            Again, I am not saying you are wrong in this attitude or action only pointing out what I see happening or likely to happen.  I do not blame anyone for the feeling of disgust and determination to NOT VOTE for any Republican, RINO or Democrat I blame the Republican Establishment and the Liberal Democrats for this condition.  It angers me to the core of my being and saddens me more than words can express.  I too am disgusted and fed up with the Republicans being nothing more than Democrat Lites most of the time.  I am disgusted with the Congressional ignoring of the Constitution and the voice of the people of this great nation.  I am disgusted with the rapid fall of this nation over the past five years and know that the path we are currently on will ultimately lead to the Demise of America.

             HEAR ME PLEASE!  I am not suggesting that you compromise your beliefs or convictions and simply put a Republican in office who might turn out to be at best a part-time constitutional conservative and at worst a RINO but I am saying that the condition and situation we are now is, likely to lead to Obama’s completion of his objective to ‘fundamentally transform America,’ gutting out Constitution, Congress, and stripping us of our Rights and Freedoms. 

             I wish I could tell you that if we all set aside our convictions and vote Republican things would be different and we could save America, I cannot.  I wish I could tell you that there will be candidates that we can rally around who will espouse the principles of Freedom and Liberty that we know and hold dear, I cannot.  I wish I could tell you that I see a knight in shining armor riding out of obscurity and leading the constitutional conservatives to victory and control of both houses of congress as well as the White House, but I cannot.  We are in a mess and the mess is not going to be cleaned up in an election cycle or two but the nation can be lost in just a couple of elections.  THESE ARE DIRE TIMES!

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            Those of the ideology and ilk of Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Chuck Schumer, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and others will destroy America in short order if not stopped.  HOW DO WE STOP THEM?  I wish I could give you a reliable plan but the only reliable plan I can offer is ‘intercessory prayer’ because I do not see the unification of the Republican Party around constitutional principles and I do not see a transformation of the Democrat Party around those principles.  I see the professional political elite becoming more and more of an oligarchy and relegating the populace more and more to serfdom.  We will soon have some major decisions to make and I hope that we each make them carefully and prayerfully considering all the possibilities resulting from our decisions.  THAT IS ALL I AM ASKING!

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            I sound the alarm and know that some will say I am being nothing more than a ‘Doomsday Prophet’ and an ‘Alarmist.’  I hope I am wrong in what I see and hope that candidates rise from the ashes of the political fodder that will demonstrate the principles, character, and qualities that will preserve and restore this nation to the Constitutional Republic status that it enjoyed for the first 100 plus years of its existence and has maintained until the past few decades.  I pray for a miracle!

             God bless you and God bless America!

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RESISTING GOVERNMENTAL TYRANNY AS A CHRISTIAN…..


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            I have repeatedly and frequently been castigated and vilified by some fellow Christians for speaking against the government and government officials when I believe they are violating ‘moral decency’, ‘ethical principles’, ‘biblical guidelines’, and ‘the constitution’.  I believe that I am on solid ground scripturally, morally, ethically, constitutionally, and personally in what I do but others disagree and the most often basis is to cite Romans 13 as a direct command against what I do.  I want to look at that and ask a few questions in my consideration of ‘resisting governmental tyranny as a Christian.’

To be completely fair and honest I must cite the aforementioned biblical passage.

 Romans 13:1-4 – “Let every soul be subject to the higher powers.  For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.  Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.  For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good.  But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.”

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            If we can come to an agreeable definition of ‘rebellion’ we can proceed with a civil discussion.  Hopefully you will accept the following definition:  “Rebellion is the disobedience to a lawful order and a lawful authority.”  If a police car turns on its red light I must stop.  That would be a lawful order by a lawful authority.  Likewise can we agree that “Rebellion IS NOT disobedience to an unlawful order or unlawful authority”?

             Not to make this totally a sermon, if you consider Acts 5 when Peter and the apostles were called on the carpet before the ‘governing authority’ and told to ‘cease preaching Jesus’ they responded, “NO, we ought to obey God rather than man.”  Were they wrong?  Likewise, when the Founding Fathers and Colonist including many in the ministry stood against the Tyranny of the British Crown because, in their view, the Crown had violated their God-given right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, were they wrong?  

The Declaration of Independence states:

“Any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute New Government.” 

             Clearly they believed that if the government violates man’s inalienable right it is not only okay to protest, criticize, but even abolish that government. The list of grievances against the Crown was lengthy and many preachers stood in their pulpits and encouraged the colonist to ‘resist’ and considered resistance ‘obedience’ to God and God’s Word!  Romans 13 cannot be used as an ‘excuse for despotism’ and the violation of basic human rights.  In fact, I would suggest that the Bible throughout directs us to ‘resist’ such a government and to encourage people to ‘resist.’

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            If, as many have challenged, Christians cannot resist government then what shall we do with America for clearly the colonist did just that.  The British Crown was the official government and had official rule over them and they spoke out, criticized, and came together in open rebellion in order to secure independence and freedom.  If the contention that we are forbidden to do so then the United States of America was formed in direct violation of God’s Word and is a cursed nation or should be.  I do not believe that I believe the contrary that America has been a blessed nation and God’s hand was seen in the liberation of this nation. 

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            How about Nazi Germany?  It was the official elected government of Germany and Hitler was the official elected leader of that nation.  Yet, preachers such as Karl Barth, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer preached against the Nazi regime and Hitler.  Were they wrong?  Should Nazi Germany still be the controlling government of that nation today even in the face of the horrific atrocities in the holocaust and beyond!  I think not and do not believe that those who castigate me and other believers for our political involvement believe that either.

             Martin Luther King, Jr. resisted the government and the law of the land in his pursuit of ‘Civil Rights’ was he wrong?  If Romans 13 forbids us for speaking against government then what do we do with the criticism and outcry against those nations with horrible human rights violations and our involvement in any war in history?  We were coming against evil but if that evil is God’s minister and we are forbidden to stand against it then we were opposing God and are in the wrong.  I do not believe we are muzzled in those nor do I believe you do either. Yet, when this nation, our leaders, and government violates the human rights, tramples on our Constitution, wages war against the Christian faith in its mandates, edicts, and actions are we to sit silent?  How can I?  How can I watch my fellow citizens be tyrannized regardless of what political party is doing the tyrannizing?  How can I, as a follower of Christ not allow ‘righteous indignation’ to rise up in my heart and cry out against WICKEDNESS and EVIL? 

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            Now, I understand that we may differ on what we believe to be wicked and evil and that is fine but to tell us that we are forbidden for speaking out against what we believe to be direct violations of our American Constitution and God’s Word while violating our God-given rights and freedoms I believe is wrong.  I pray for those that are in power. I pray for their souls.  I pray for their enlightenment.   I pray that God will guide their actions and footsteps into the paths that He has chosen.  I pray that they come to Christ and allow morality to govern their lives.  I pray for them and pray for this nation but I cannot sit silent when I see evil running rampant for if I do then I believe that the words of Ezekiel apply to me and God will hold me accountable for the blood of the innocent that I failed to warn. 

             If you believe I am totally wrong then pray for my enlightenment.  If this allows you to understand why I am who I am and why I do what I do then God bless you and pray for me.  I want nothing but the best for this nation and our people and for the world for that matter.  I wish no ill upon anyone and hate no one but I must resist evil.

             God bless you and God bless America.

 

 

SOCIETAL PARADIGM SHIFT?


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            I have been thinking and embarked on a research project posed by the question: “Have we experienced a paradigm shift in society from morality to personality?”  I really do believe that the question is germane to the discussion and consideration of most everything we humans face and experience in today’s world.  If this has happened it has happened in the political, social, relational, economic, spiritual, and political worlds.  Are there any examples of it that we can hang our hats on?  Is there any evidence that suggests that such a shift has happened?  What exactly are we talking about in a ‘paradigm shift from morality to personality’?  I probably cannot answer all those questions yet and will not attempt to only identify some of what set me on this journey. 

             What caused me to ask this question and embrace this thought was my observation in the entertainment, sports, media, and  segments of our society the ‘cult-like’ following that Barack Obama has received.  That made me question our society on this front.  When people begin to adopt a ‘cult-like’ worship and following of a person or ideology they are absolutely unable to see the flaws of the individual or ideology and those kinks in the armor or argument become so inconsequential that they are ignored or dismissed.  Mr. Obama has been the beneficiary of that kind of following even when he advanced policies that are diametrically opposite of the belief of most in the Christian Faith, yet many who are followers of Christ follow Mr. Obama and support him unquestioningly.  I’ve observed preachers who stand by him even though his political ideology stands as an affront to what they preach and write about.  Yet, the ‘morality’ they call for in sermon and print takes a back seat to the ‘personality’ embodied in the president.  There can be any number of reasons including race for this phenomenon but it begs the question, “Have we had a paradigm shift from morality to personality?”

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            Some have undertaken to examine this from the perspective of “Moral Hypocrisy” and “Moral Inconsistency” as an explanation of where we are and the condition of the human heart and thought.  They certainly have some valid arguments and we see a tremendous amount of both ‘moral hypocrisy and inconsistency’ in the political world today.  Most of us have heard or been told ‘practice what you preach’ and that has been the foundational definition for hypocrisy.  Most are put off when anyone ‘says one thing and does another’ or as the old saying, ‘do as I say not as I do’ we view that hypocritical and are correct.  Politicians are notorious for that and most dismiss it because we ‘expect’ politicians to be hypocritical when it comes to campaign promises.

             There was a time in our society when we not only expected but demanded that political figures, business leaders, and religious leaders be ‘consistent’ in their display of morality and were not swayed by the personality.  Today whether it is sports figures, movie stars, entertainers, or political figures we seem to be far less concerned about ‘morality’ than we are about ‘personality.’  Could that be a result of a paradigm shift in our society where ‘morality’ is of a lesser worth today than a charismatic personality that can be worshipped to some degree?

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            I saw a study (I do not recall who did the study) that was done where a group of individuals were given the option of flipping a coin in order to make a decision upon assigning particular tasks to themselves or an unknown person.  It turned out that about half of the participants opted for the coin flip but when the results were tabulated 90% of those who flipped the coin reported that they received favorable tasks for themselves.  That was the same percentage as those who arbitrarily made the decision.  That is suggestive that those who opted for the coin flip but skewed the results were seeking to ‘appear fair’ but in reality were being hypocritical.  That is so true in the political world today that it is alarming.  Yet, because it seems that we have made a paradigm shift from morality to personality when the president or some other political figure opts for that ‘apparent fairness’ when fairness is not even part of the equation they receive ‘cult-like’ approval.  The personality rises far above the morality and the hypocrisy is totally ignored.

             If I am right and we have made a paradigm shift from morality to personality in our society we are in deep trouble as a people, a nation, and a world.  As a Christian this is deeply troubling to me because I see it not just in the political but in every facet of society including the Church.  I pray to God that I am wrong!

             May God be with you and may God bless America again!

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BEING AN ANTI-SOCIAL NARCISSIST DOESN’T MAKE ONE AN INTROVERT OR INTELLIGENT….


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            I laugh out loud (lol) when I hear the various pundits and talking-heads declare that Mr. Obama’s problem is that he is an ‘introvert.’  Seriously?  If I take the definition of an ‘introvert’ and without any other consideration apply it to him then I would concur.  The classical definition of introvert:  to turn or direct inward and in psychology it is to concentrate (one’s interests) upon oneself.  In that definition I would say DEFINITELY because his focus is most assuredly upon himself.  However when I take the definition of a ‘narcissist’ I have to back away from the ‘introvert’ label or characterization!  The definition of narcissism:  Excessive love or admiration for oneself (conceit is a synonym).  A psychological condition characterized by self-preoccupation, lack of empathy, and unconscious deficits in self-esteem.  When I add that definition to the mix I see Mr. Obama far more narcissistic than introverted.  Then when you factor in his selective ‘anti-social’ behavior I am even more convinced he is a narcissist rather than an introvert.

             They run from calling him a ‘narcissist’ because that would have a strong negative image conjured in people’s minds but to say that he is an ‘introvert’ affords him either sympathy or empathy from those wanting to support him or fearing to oppose him.  Many believe that an ‘introvert’ is a shy person but while that could be the case often it is not ‘shyness’ that causes them to turn inward but a lack of interest in other people as is the case with the narcissist.  Mr. Obama has demonstrated almost zero ‘empathy’ for the plight of people is a disturbing characteristic for any world leader and opens the door for massive ideological assault on freedoms and liberties with no sense of any responsibility or accountability.

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            We all know that Barack Obama is anything but shy about proclaiming his own abilities and his tumescent sense of self-worth.  He has stated that his ascendency to the office of President of the United States will be noted in history as the moment when ‘our planet [began] to heal.’  That is incredible that any mortal human being would make such a self-exalted claim but not when you realize how he was reared and conditioned to view himself.  He demonstrates an incredibly ‘thin-skinned’ demeanor and an excessive need for admiration and praise while exhibiting continual grandiosity and lack of empathy.  He connects so well with the ‘entitlement world’ because he has a deep sense of ‘entitlement’ himself.  I do not know how anyone could fail to acknowledge his arrogance and insensitivity to the plight that his actions bring upon others. 

             The classical narcissist is ‘exploitative’ and we have witnessed that characteristic from this President on multiple occasions.  The narcissist can do no wrong in his/her own eyes and this is certainly a visible and demonstrable trait with Mr. Obama.  The narcissist is frequently, if not usually, very cold and ruthless underneath an outward appearance of being cool and engaging!  He is dismissive and holds incredible disdain for anyone who disagrees with him.  We have watched this in Mr. Obama and he incessantly blames someone else for anything and everything that is not deemed praiseworthy.  His prime target for blame even five years later is still George W. Bush.

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            I would also argue that Mr. Obama is a ‘sociopath’.  Sociopaths love power.  Winning is all important to them and are almost entirely without empathy for others or the view of others.  Their ‘will to win’ at all costs precludes any possibility of demonstrating empathy for others.  Their opponents are viewed as hindrances that must be stamped out and annihilated in whatever fashion is possible.  Frankly, I believe that Barack H. Obama the current sitting President of these United States of America is a Narcissistic Sociopath who desires to be King.  I don’t think dictator is enough or emperor is sufficient for him and while he would probably hesitated to declare himself a god, King would be well within his yearning.  So, I cannot accept that his behavior is due to being an ‘introvert’ lacking normal social skills but due to his ‘narcissism’ and ‘sociopathic’ mindset, none of which implies intelligence.  That, for me, makes him a very dangerous person to be in charge of our government, our military, and certainly our healthcare. 

             It is critical that for all who practice prayer to become intercessors for our leaders and our nation.  If we do not see a transformation in their hearts our nation is in grave danger of an internal demise. 

             God bless you and God bless America!

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ALLOWING THE PERFECT TO BECOME THE ENEMY OF THE GOOD….


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            Are we willing to allow the perfect to become the enemy of the good?  I cannot count the number of times or people who have expressed to me dissatisfaction with this or that political candidate and declared that because that candidate did not meet their criteria for conservatism, constitutionalism, or something they just didn’t vote.  Some even acknowledge that by doing so their actions helped facilitate the election of the liberal, progressive, or socialist in the race.  Most of the time I am told “I refuse to vote for the lesser of two evils because evil is still evil.”  Others have declared, “I’m standing on my principles.”  I do not argue that either are wrong but I do have some observations.

             First and foremost let me say that my purpose is not to chastise or criticize you for that stance or shame you into doing something differently if it is not in your heart.  What I am asking is that you hear what I have to say on the matter and if it resonates with you adopt it and if it doesn’t reject it.  If I say something about spiritual things and the hearer does not believe what I’m saying has veracity or anything worthy of accepting then I tell them ‘reject it’ but if it does ‘adopt it’ or at least ‘do further study’.  That is equally true in the political arena.

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            If we demand that any given candidate embody 100% or even 90% alignment with our political ideology or beliefs and if they do not we are either going to ‘stay home’ or we are going to cast our ballot in such a way as to ensure the Democrat and the liberal wins is that good for the country?  I understand the argument and frustration with voting for what is often called ‘the lesser of two evils’.  I understand the desire for an alternative to the Democrat and Republican Parties. I understand the disgust with national candidates such as John McCain and Mitt Romney.  I get it, but even with those less than desirable candidates I still believe that this country would be better off with either of those than we are with Barack Obama in the Oval Office.  I realize that some have declared that they are the same but history proves that to be incorrect and while I applaud anyone standing on their convictions I go back to the question, “is it a good thing to allow the perfect to become the enemy of the good?’

             I have a difficulty with putting myself in a position that I am willing to allow ‘ultimate evil’ triumph over something that is less than ‘perfect’.  While I believe that both Romney and McCain are at best moderates and at worst RINO’s I still believe that either of them would have been infinitely better for America than Barack Obama and his radical liberal socialist transformational ideology which is destroying this nation.  I pray that the Republicans in 2016 do not run out Chris Christie as the standard bearer for the party because if they do they will lose again and in all likelihood we will have another Clinton in the White House and this one will be as radical if not more so than Barack Obama on most fronts.

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            In the recent governor’s race in Virginia even with the Obama PAC bundler funding a split in potentially Republican vote by backing the Libertarian candidate whom they had no desire to win, the Democrat money machine, backing the Democrat and the scandalous lies in television commercials mischaracterizing the Republican he still almost won.  Had the Republican Establishment backed the Tea Party Candidate he would have won but they were more willing to see a liberal Democrat win than have the Tea Party given any credit for a Republican win.  They were willing to ignore the huge opportunity to drive a stake in the heart of Obamacare by defeating the Democrat that they by their actions have helped to advance the monster called “Obamacare.”  That, to me, is beyond reasonable comprehension. 

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            Sadly, many of my friends have expressed a willingness in the pursuit of the perfect candidate allow the good to be defeated and see evil win while claiming a moral victory by standing on their principles.  Just like in sports ‘moral victories’ do not advance your cause they appease your conscience!  That is your right and I will defend your right to do take that stance and action this is America!  My only question is when you look at the overall big picture is choosing to allow the perfect to defeat the good the right choice?  I cannot answer that for you I can only answer it for myself.  I believe that we must defeat the liberal left and work to bring about a change over the next few decades.  We must adopt the strategy of the Democrats, the Fabian Socialist, and the Alynsky model of ‘looking to the future’ and taking ‘small victories’ and move toward real change and real transformation of the political landscape.  If that means withholding our votes for the Republican candidate in the interest of ultimately building a viable third party great.   However, I do not see that as the immediate solution and believe that we are so near ultimate destruction in this nation that we MUST WIN NOW and then begin to work on the long haul transformation.  If we allow the Democrats to regain the House, keep the Senate, and the White House for another eight years there will be nothing for that ‘perfect candidate’ to oversee America will be lost.  I wish we had the luxury of slowly forming an alternative to the established two major parties but I fear that the time it will take to accomplish that will result in the complete annihilation of the Constitution and a Free America.  I hope I am wrong and in the primaries will do everything I can to unseat the RINO’s.

             That being said, you consider and you decide what course you must take.  I simply ask that you place America ahead of your personal preferences in your decision.  May God bless you and may God bless America.