THE CHURCH and THE STATE, America’s Beginning…


BLOG POST 2 - Bible and America

Every time I post something along these lines I lose friends or people on my friend’s list.  Some of them let me know why they are leaving and others do not, they just go.  That is fine, everyone has the absolute right to associate with whoever is chosen and I defend that.  From time to time, I will have professing Christians and even preachers tell me they cannot stay with me because what I’m saying is a violation of both the Constitution and the Bible.  Obviously, I disagree but again, everyone has to decide for themselves what they believe and why they believe it.  In last night’s presentation by the Democrats, their nominee declared that our national motto is “E Pluribus Unum” meaning: “out of many, we are one.”  However, that is not our national motto and never has been.  It is on our official seal.  In 1956, “In God We Trust” became the official national motto of the United States of America.  If you will check you will find that 36 U.S.C. – 302 confirms my assertion.  Our official national motto is “In God We Trust.” Hillary, I do hope we stand by our national motto, the real one and out of that, we will have E Pluribus Unum.

That leads me to today and I will attempt to give you a few examples of what our Founding Fathers, former Presidents, and others have declared that on the subject.  That, in my view, lends credibility and validity to my argument that America was a Bible Nation and the Founders never intended the modern idea of “Separation of Church and State” to mean that the nothing biblical or religious could gain access or involvement in anything government or public.  The idea that religion is to be a private matter is foreign, in my view, to the view our founders and the Bible.  Again, you will have to determine what you believe and why.

Stepping forward to one of our more notable presidents, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who did not ascribe to the modern view of exclusion of the Bible and religion as can be detected in his words, “In the formative days of the republic, the directing influence the Bible exercised upon the Fathers of the Nation is conspicuously evident…This Book continues to hold its unchallenged place as the most loved, the most quoted, and the most universally read and pondered of all the volumes which our libraries contain…We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a Nation without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic.  I suggest a nationwide reading of the Holy Scriptures… For a renewed and strengthening contact with those eternal truths and majestic principles which have inspired such measure of true greatness as this nation has achieved.” 

President Harry S. Truman echoed those sentiments saying, “The fundamental basis of this Nation’s laws was given to Moses on the mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings which we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah to St. Paul.  I don’t think we emphasize that enough these days.”  (He spoke those words before the Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Conference, February 15, 1950).  President Teddy Roosevelt speaking to the American Bible Society in New York said, “The teaching of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally – I do not mean figuratively, I mean literally – impossible for us to figure to ourselves what that life would be if these teachings were removed.  We would lose almost all the standards by which we now judge both public and private morals – all the standards toward which we, with more or less resolution, strive to raise ourselves.  Almost every man who has by his life-work added to the sum of human achievement of which the race is proud – of which our people are proud – almost every such man has based his life-work largely upon the teachings of the Bible.”

Then, one of our founding fathers and a first attorney admitted to the Supreme Court Bar, Elias Boudinot said, “Were you to ask me to recommend the most valuable book in the world, I should fix on the Bible as the most instructive both to the wise and ignorant.  Were you to ask me for one book affording the most rational and pleasing entertainment to the inquiring mind, I should repeat, it is the Bible.  And should you renew the inquiry for the best philosophy, or the most interesting history, I should still urge you to look into your Bible.  I would make it, in short, the alpha and omega of knowledge.” 

President John Adams declared, “Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited… What a Utopia – what a Paradise would this region be!  The Bible is the best book in the world.”  

BLOG POST 2- Bible and Schools

But let me add one more tidbit which I believe speaks powerfully against the argument to eliminate the Bible and religion from all things government.  In 1781, there was a plan advanced in the United States Congress to print America’s first English-language Bible.  On September 12, 1782, the full Congress of the United States approved that Bible, and it was printed with a congressional endorsement which reads: “Resolved, that the United States Congress assembled… recommend this edition of the Bible to the inhabitants of the United States.” 

Therefore, I ask how can we ignore these and scores of other quotes, writings, and actions of the founding fathers and former presidents dating back to the inception of this nation and the writing of our Constitution?  How can we somehow conclude that they rejected the Bible as a viable part of our nation, deliberations, and politics?  We do so with disregard to what they said and did.  They were adamantly against the State or Government imposing any religion on the citizenry or taking any actions to hinder or restrict Churches from the free exercise of their religion.  They DID NOT consider the Bible anathema to government and an enemy of the State, nor did they want it eliminated from public proceedings or influencing the directions of our national or personal lives.

I believe that this nation was founded on biblical principles and our founding fathers desired the influence of God and the Bible on American life including politics.  They even had the Bible as a part of the public school curriculum.  Their words and actions cannot be squared with the modern pronouncement of “Separation of Church and State.”  Churches, preachers, Christians I urge you, do not be forced into silence at a time when your nation needs you to STEP UP, STAND UP, and SPEAK UP.   It is time that we return to our founding philosophy and become our national motto, “In God We Trust” and out of that we can become one out of many!

God bless you and God bless America!

MORAL INTEGRITY and GOVERNMENT…


INTEGRITY

I am not so naïve as to suggest that Government has moral integrity but I am bold enough to declare that our founding fathers believed it was a requirement for those who held office.  Sadly, we have evolved as a political society to the point that it is assumed normal and expected that politics and politicians are corrupt.  The image of politicians as corrupt reminds me of the story of a man walking through a cemetery and say a headstone that read:  John Jones “A Lawyer and an honest man.”  He turned to his companion and said, “I wonder who the other person is buried in this grave?  It says a lawyer and an honest man.”  It is a sad indictment that we do not demand moral integrity in our government and elected officials.

John Adams, one of those who signed the Declaration of Independence and the Second President said, “It is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue.”  Samuel Adams declared, “Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty nor happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.”  Fisher Ames, the framer of the First Amendment, said, “Our liberty depends on our education, our laws, and habits… it is founded on morals and religion, whose authority reigns in the heart, and on the influence, all these produce on public opinion before that opinion governs rulers.”  Charles Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence said, “Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime & pure, and which denounce against the wicked eternal misery, and which insured to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.”

With those reflections alone we can readily realize that the founding fathers truly believed that Moral Integrity was not only good for the government it was essential. They expressed their belief that anyone not exhibiting the highest of moral integrity was immediately disqualified from holding office.  It would seem that the general public agreed, unlike our modern condition.  Men like Richard Henry Lee, a signer of the Declaration of Independence spoke prophetically, it would seem, saying, “It is certainly true that a popular government cannot flourish without virtue in the people.”  Jedediah Morse, a patriot and “Father of American Geography” declared, “To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoys…Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government and all blessings which flow from them must fall with them.”  That would be considered HATE SPEECH by many today and totally inappropriate.  Our founding fathers understood the value of moral integrity and believed only through people of moral character could the nation be led and preserved.

Benjamin Rush, another signer of the Declaration of Independence spoke on this matter saying, “The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion.  Without this, there can be no virtue, and without virtue, there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.”  Our first president and the father of the nation, George Washington, said, “The federal government…can never be in danger of degenerating into a monarchy, an oligarchy, an aristocracy, or any other despotic or oppressive form so long as there shall remain any virtue in the body of the people.”  Daniel Webster took it even further saying, “If we and our posterity reject religious instruction and authority, violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the political constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us that shall bury all our glory in profound obscurity.”  I realize that I am using a lot of quotes and some tire of reading them but if you listen to what they were saying you realize they valued moral integrity and believe it indispensable for the republic. Their words convey a clear warning to America that if we reach a point where we reject the moral principles taught in the Bible and allow politics and politicians to become corrupt the republic will be lost.  Is that not where we are today?  Are we not living in a time where it is a joke to refer to an Honest Politician or to speak of a Moral Government?

James Wilson, a signer of the Constitution phrased it beautifully saying, “Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants.  Indeed, these two sciences run into each other.  The divine law, as discovered by reason and the moral sense, forms an essential part of both.”  Then Robert Winthrop, speaker of the House of Representatives said, “Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.”  William Penn pulled back the veil and exposed the danger saying, “Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.”  That my fellow Americans is my fear that America’s political rejection of God will reach the logical conclusion of Tyrannical Rule.

I long for a return to those founding views and principles that demanded Moral Integrity in Government and in Elected Officials.  I long for a return to the principles that established the nation and has kept our liberties intact for 240 years.  Can we continue as the Free Republic our founders established and our Constitution demands?  Only if we return to that which made us strong and has preserved us – Moral Integrity is a must not a wish for a Free America.  

God bless you and God bless America!

THE FOREVER OF “Never” May become Forever…


BLOG POST 1 - Never

My heart is deeply troubled as I reflect, watch, listen, and read what is being said and done on the political, social, relational, and economic scenes of today.  I hear more hate than I’ve heard in a long time coming from almost every spectrum and corner of our society.  I hear hate from people I would have thought should be on the same side of the debate, discussion or effort but are filled with more animosity toward people who are largely like-minded than they are against those who are truly the enemies of freedom.  As I contemplated this and prayed about it the thought that kept ringing in my heart was “The Forever of Never may become Forever…”

America, this Presidential Election cycle has produced more division, angst, trepidation, fear, and hate that I have witnessed in all my years.  I keep hearing NEVER and that is not simply never to losing our liberties and freedoms by allowing Hillary Clinton to ascend to the Oval Office.  I am concerned about the divisiveness among those who all attest to being patriots, lovers of freedom, constitutionalism, and conservatives.  I can only imagine the joy in the leftist camps on the other side, for they have reaped the benefits of a divided GOP and Conservative Movement.  That gave us Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama and now the danger is giving us one who is possibly an even greater threat to America as the Free Constitutional Republic in the person of Hillary Clinton.  I am heartbroken and stunned at the vitriol that is continuing to flow and divide all efforts to prevent the disaster a Hillary Clinton presidency would be.

BLOG POST 1 - Conscience

I do believe in and will defend everyone right and responsibility to “vote their conscience.”  How can I do otherwise as a Christian, an American, a Patriot and a Lover of Freedom?  That being said, I see this election a CHOICE that is larger than personal preferences and as Ben Carson said, “If I took all that has been said and done as being about me I could not move past it but it is larger than me it is about America.”  That is not just a magnanimous statement it is a reality that I fear we might be overlooking.  If you choose to stay home in November, you have that right, all though I disagree with your decision, I agree you have that right.  If you choose to vote for a third-party, you have that right.  However, my concern about the third-parties is the viability and possibility of winning.  Right now the Libertarian Party’s candidate, Gary Johnson is hovering around 12-13% in the polls and should he reach 15% he will be included on the debate stage with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  Even if that happens, my question is, “Can he actually win States?”  Yes, he may strip votes from the Democrat or Republican and shift the balance but UNLESS he can win States he cannot receive ELECTORAL VOTES and that is required to win the White House or even send the election to the House of Representatives.  If that is not a realistic possibility then a vote for the third-party candidate is a decision to slant the election in one direction or another.  It may not have been intentional but reality is reality. 

Some have declared that it is no big deal if Hillary wins the White House but the ominousness of who occupies the White House should be unmistakeable.  The next president will have the opportunity to pack the Supreme Court with jurist that are aligned with their political philosophy and ideology.  Also, the next president will appoint or nominate lower level federal judges and the Courts will become reflective of the ideology of the candidate or party in power.  THAT IS A BIG DEAL and in the case of the Supreme Court, it will be the difference between America surviving as a Republic or being TOTALLY TRANSFORMED into something foreign to that nation established and governed by the Constitution.  There are so many imposing dangers such as our borders, national security, the economy, healthcare and much much more.  I personally, cannot fathom taking a stance that allows Hillary Clinton to become president.  Castigate and hate me if you choose but that is how I see it.

BLOG POST 1 - Choices

Someone said that this election was like the Game Show, “Let’s Make A Deal” and we have before us two doors in which we have no option but to open one of them.  Behind door number one is a “man-eating lion” and behind door number two there might be a “man-eating lion” or there might be “a solution”.   Which door do you open?  Please don’t tell me that the Republican and Democrat candidates are exactly the same.  We must, in my view, consider the agenda and proposals of the opposing parties and candidates and those are different.  I do not believe that both parties are exactly the same nor do I believe any of the candidates are exactly the same.  I have never been a staunch defender of Donald Trump or a hater that says “NEVER” or “I’d rather endure Hillary than vote for Trump.”  I love America too much to take that stance.  Yes, I believe those who feel that strongly, love America too, we simply disagree and hopefully can fight for Freedom together even in that disagreement.

I am and will remain an adamant NEVER HILLARY person because I have ZERO DOUBT about who she is and what she will do.  I do not know, fully, who Donald Trump is or what he will do but I continue to hope and see signs that suggest he does love America and wants to see her restored to her Constitutional Status.  Could I be wrong?  Of course!  Some of the methods Mr. Trump employs bothers me but as I try to look beyond style I see signs in some of the people and proposals from his camp that give me a reason to hope.  I believe that Governor Pence is a genuine conservative and principled man, and hope he can and will influence Mr. Trump.  I believe that Ben Carson is a godly man and principled and know that, he has, in some ways influenced Mr. Trump.  I am amazed at the intelligence and political knowledge of Newt Gingrich and hope he can have conservative and constitutional influence on Mr. Trump.  A number of Mr. Trump’s proposals are things that I believe in and desire.  There are some UNCERTAINTIES in areas with Mr. Trump but absolutely NO UNCERTAINTIES with Hillary Clinton.

BLOG POST 1 - Never Hillary

To me, this election is about America and I do largely see the election as binary and therefore I, personally, can only take one position – NEVER HILLARY!  After eight years of Barack Obama’s destructive “fundamental transformation” how can I even consider any action that would perpetuate or expand that agenda?  If you believe that withholding your vote is what you must do, that is your personal and hopefully prayerful decision.  If you truly believe the Republican and Democrats are exactly the same, then do what you must.  However, I ask that you attempt to move past any hate and personal bias and consider what is at stake for the Republic.  I am 100% convinced that if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency America cannot survive as the Constitutional Republic.  Hate me or love me for my views, but please respect the fact that I, like you, have the right to my opinion.

God bless you and God bless America!

 

POLITICS OF CORRUPTION or CORRUPTION OF POLITICS…


BLOG POST 7 - Corruption

Is there a difference or is it semantics?  In some ways, yes and in others, no because corruption is corruption and detrimental to America, her citizens, and our future.  It speaks worlds about the condition of our system but possible even more about who we have become as a people and a nation.  I do not want this to be a railing indictment against everyone and on our entire system of government but an unveiling of the reality and destructiveness of the corruption of today in politics and the politics of corruption.

One of the most recent examples of the power of corruption in politics was the decision of the FBI Director James Comey to ignore a plethora of facts and opt to let Hillary Clinton off with only a backdoor reprimand for carelessness.  We know that Hillary Clinton has repeatedly displayed incredible contempt for “rules” in her pursuit of political objectives.  Mr. Comey had to overlook the fact, not theory, that she had her staff set up her private server on the very day she appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in her confirmation hearing to become Secretary of State.  That smacks with intent and most definitely demonstrates contempt for “the rules”, even if she did not know this was in direct violation of many regulations and even laws, her staff most assuredly did.  Were they too fearful of her to address the issue or did they proceed knowing full well that she knew and was determined to have her scheme to hid from the public and congressional eyes enacted?

BLOG POST 7 - Political Corruption

The motto that is on display in the main portico of the Supreme Court is “Equal Justice under Law.”  The saying, “The Law is no respecter of persons” is a mantra and motto that has long existed in our nation and yet, Hillary Clinton and others seem to be exempt for reasons unknown or because of the Politics of Corruption or the Corruption of Politics.  Our founding fathers adamantly fought to ensure that “No one could be the judge in his/her own case.”  Yet, Hillary Clinton repeatedly litigated her case in the media, destroyed records, and lied to congress and the public, as well as the FBI.  But with regard to the latter, the director revealed that Hillary was not formally interviewed and was not under oath.  AMAZING is a word to describe that decision for it would appear that the director made the decision to take perjury off the table and not give Hillary a chance to lie by not placing her under oath.  Why?  Again, if it is not the Politics of Corruption or the Corruption of Politics, what is it?

The New York Post published an article stating that FBI agents who worked on the Hillary Clinton case are privately upset and believe that Loretta Lynch, possibly with instructions from her boss, struck a deal with Bill Clinton in their private meeting about their grandchildren.  How we get from grandchildren to Hillary Clinton’s email illegalities is a leap but if you believe their meeting was just “chit-chat” I have some prime Oceanfront property in the middle of the Arizona desert I’d like to offer you at a very appealing price.  In fact, the agents had to sign “Case Briefing Acknowledgement” forms silencing them unless called to testify under oath.  Again, is this an example of the Politics of Corruption or the Corruption of Politics, whichever you prefer to call it?

BLOG POST 7 - Stop Corruption

Can we ignore the pork in politics?  How many of those elected to political office begin their terms in Washington with meager financial portfolios and leave Washington as multi-millionaires garnering influential and powerful positions in corporations or become powerful lobbyist where millions of dollars flow to their accounts?  Can we ignore the cronyism that the current president has been involved especially with regard to the so-called “green energy” industry?  Can we ignore the activism by justices of the Supreme Court and lower courts?  Can we ignore the backdoor funding of terrorist organizations by this administration or the diabolical and failed efforts of things like “Fast and Furious” where American lives have been lost and the world made more dangerous?  Can we ignore the promise for transparency by this administration and the repeated failure to fully disclose information that is lawfully required by law?  Can we ignore the hefty sums of money contributed to political candidates by foreign governments and nationals who have a demonstrated disrespect if not hatred for America and our way of life?  Can we ignore the blatant disregard for America and Americans in cases like Benghazi where repeated lies were advanced for political purposes and the apparent decision that sacrificing American lives for political purposes was, in their minds, both acceptable and justifiable?  IF WE CAN then that speaks more about our condition than it does about the opportunism of corrupt politicians.  We will be answering those questions in November and what we answer will speak of our condition and be prophetic as to our future.

Alexis de Tocqueville sounded a warning and one we must heed if we are to succeed in protecting, preserving and defending the Republic.  He said: “When the taste for physical pleasures in such a nation grows more speedily than education or the habit of liberty, a time occurs when men are carried away and lose self-control at the sight of the new possessions they are ready to grasp. … There is no need to wrench their rights from such citizens, they let them slip voluntarily through their fingers. The exercise of their political duties seems to them a tiresome nuisance.”

America, when we allow politicians through corruption to pervert our entire system and buy votes we have ceded our Republic to corruption.  Benjamin Franklin made an alarming prediction on the last day of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 saying:  “I agree to this Constitution…and I believe, further, that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other.”  He was not promoting despotism but feared it knowing humanity propensity for “self-interest” and susceptibility to “corruption.”  Thomas Jefferson echoed those concerns and advanced his fears saying:  “The great object of my fear is the federal judiciary.  That body, like gravity, ever acting with noiseless foot and unalarming advance, gaining ground step by step and holding what it gains, is engulfing insidiously the governments into the jaws of that which feeds them.”  Then James Madison made a statement that should send chills down the spine of every Freedom Loving Patriot as he said:  “If Congress can employ money indefinitely, for the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every state, county, and parish, and pay them out of the public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, the establishing in like manner schools throughout the union; they may assume the provision of the poor…. Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited government established by the people of America.”

BLOG POST 7 - Lobbyist

America, we have allowed corrupt people to ascend to the highest elected offices in the land and we have allowed them to use corrupt means to gain and keep power while reducing our rights and privileges as Americans under God and the Constitution.  We have allowed the evolution of this condition and it is up to us to STOP IT and RETURN to the principles and expectations upon which this nation was established.  We can continue to allow the Politics of Corruption or the Corruption of Politics to rule and lose the Republic or we can UNITE, grab our brooms and SWEEP CONGRESS CLEAN of the corruption.  That cannot be done in one election or even one lifetime but if we do not begin now we may relegate our posterity to the slavery of tyranny.  I cannot do that with a clear conscience.                             

God bless you and God bless America is my prayer and desire!

 

 

YOU CAN’T SLEEP THROUGH THIS ONE…


BLOG POST 5 - Sleeping

Everyone who knows me or has read the things I write knows that I openly declare my belief in God and that I am a Christian.  You also know that I am a veteran, a proud American, and a constitutional conservative who believes in interpreting the constitution from an originalist view.  Therefore, as I address the statement in my title know that I will include my biblical perspective in what I say.

I have lived on this planet a long time, in the view of some, and having grown up in the 50’s and 60’s witnessed some incredible changes in our world.  However, someone having grown up in the 80’s and 90’s could say the same thing because the transition has become so rapid it is difficult to stay abreast of what is happening.  The forces at work to “fundamentally transform” or “totally destroy” our republic and “transform” the world into one that embraces their anti-God, anti-capitalism and anti-national sovereignty have become incredibly bold and active.  I have often wondered about this phenomenon and how they are able to advance their agenda so easily and rapidly.  I have even asked God why?  As a result of musing on the matter, talking to scores of people, reading extensively, and praying earnestly I have come to a singular conclusion that, I believe, is at the top of the list of WHY.  What I am going to advance will resonate with some and receive the scorn of others, but it is what I believe.  My prayer and hope are that what I say will cause you to look inward and outward and realize the need as well as the opportunity.

My title should have suggested what I believe to be at the top of the list of causes for the conditions in our nation and world.  I am convinced that one of the major reasons we are in the condition we are in is APATHY or SLUMBER.  I see that on more than one front and would say that “We Have Been Asleep” and while we slept the enemy crept in and has sown tares in our wheat, robbed our chicken coops, and stolen our republic.  For too long, we (Americans) have taken a “live and let live” attitude toward government.  It seems that so long as the “entitlement checks” keep coming, and the politicians do not do anything that “directly” affects us we have been blasé in our attitude which has allowed the fox to raid the hen house without detection or resistance.

BLOG POST 5 - Midnight Cry

There were some significant shifts in political attitude in Washington back in the late 40’s that manifested itself in a much more significant manner in the 60’s and at the turn of this century that train was barreling down the track almost unstoppable.  I don’t know if the strain of WWII moved us to a more individualistic attitude and one where we wanted to just be left alone or if there was more, but that surfaced in a noticeable way in the late 40’s.  In the 60’s the Baby Boomer Generation had become so adamantly “anti-establishment” and determined to throw off restraints that we ignored government and pursued our personal interests which were sometimes simply to get stoned and party.  Without the watchful eye of the public and because many were focused on what the Baby Boomers were doing they ignored the politicians and those who sought to “transform” and “revise” the American republic saw and seized their opportunity.  America was, in a great sense in a deep sleep trying to sleep it off hoping that tomorrow would return us to normal or restore our founding moral moorings.  Tomorrow didn’t come but we slept on.

However, there is an even larger problem, in my view, and that is the Church has been ASLEEP and when the church sleeps evil gains ground.  When evil gains ground it affects every aspect of life especially the political.  In Matthew 25, Jesus followed His discussion of the Last Days in Matthew 24 with the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins.  The Jewish wedding was not like our Western weddings.  The groom had to build a honeymoon place at his home or father’s home and once it was completed would go get his bride and take her to his house for the ceremony.  That might occur anytime in a seven day period and could occur in the middle of the night.  Jesus spoke of the 10 virgins and described 5 as wise who took the lamps and extra oil and 5 who only had their lamps with the oil in them.  In the middle of the night, the cry or call came, “The Bridegroom is coming!”  All the virgins arose from sleep and went out.  The 5 foolish realized they were not prepared and asked the prepared ones to share their oil, but that was not possible because the oil represent the Spirit of God and I cannot give you my portion of the Spirit you have to receive it directly.  The issue was, they were sleeping and half of them were unprepared and in a real sense caught unaware.  They could have prepared and been ready but they underestimated the need.  I believe the Church, has largely been in a state of slumber, and not been on the job as lights shining in the darkness.  Too many churches have ceased seeking the oil of the Spirit of God and since they lived in relative peace and were doing well financially and numerically they stopped warning and watching.  When the Church or Christians are silent evil expands and grows bold.  When Churches and Christians fall asleep during their watch the enemy sneaks by the sentry post and entrenches itself within the city.  That has happened in America and the result is incredibly bad politically, socially, morally, relationally, and even economically.

The problem or a significant problem that occurs when the Church is silent regarding the evils of government, government moves toward the tyrannical.  When they Church is willingly or forcibly rendered silent, bad government expands and the moral moorings of the nation drift away from those basic principles upon which America was established and have kept us strong for almost two and one-half centuries.  I remember traveling once and another person took the wheel to drive while I caught a few winks.  I woke up an hour later and we were 50 miles off course and headed in the wrong direction.  We missed a critical turn because I was sleeping not navigating.  We have some troubled waters to navigate today, in America, and if we continue to SLEEP THROUGH IT we will wake up and find our nation no longer our nation and our freedom no longer freedom.  GOD HELP US!

What I believe is about to happen is two-fold.  I believe God is about to send the Midnight Cry and many are going to awaken.  The result of that will be a revival and move of God like we have never witnessed.  It will be the End Time Harvest the Bible predicts.  Sadly, if this Parable is reflective of what will happen at least half the Church will be unprepared and that is tragic.  The other thing I believe is that simultaneously there is going to be such a catastrophic event(s) launched from hell that is going to rock the world and make 9/11 look like a small thing.  Evil is going to be loosed on such a scale the world will tremble and at the same time the Church is going to wake up.  Had we not been sleeping we could have prevented much of what has transpired but we know, from the Bible that the Last Days are going to be both treacherous and tremendous.  We are in the condition in America we face today because WE SLEPT and were MUTE when we should have been SOUNDING THE ALARM!

That which is coming, the good and the evil, will not be something we can sleep through and remain disinterested.  It will destroy the idea that embodied in “Separation of Church and State”.  Americans, Christians, Patriots, and lovers of Freedom if we do not awaken now, we may find that our lamps are lacking enough oil and suffer unnecessary consequences and subject others to undue suffering.  The time is now to AWAKEN OUT OF SLEEP!  We need to do that spiritually, politically, morally, socially, and relationally.

REMEMEMBER NOVEMBER!  God bless you and God bless America.  I know and believe that as the last chapter of the book reveals – WE WIN in the END as followers of Christ!  WE CAN SALVAGE THE REPUBLIC if we Wake Up, Stand Up, Speak Up, and Step Up involving ourselves in the process and battle for Freedom! 

 

THE MURDEROUSNESS of the Religion of Peace…


BLOG POST 1 - Terrorism

That title alone will probably get me booted from various social media sites and further ensure that my name remains on the ‘watch lists’ of this administration.  I am a small fish but they have demonstrated a willingness to sacrifice small fish in their efforts to promote their liberal agenda.  A prime example would be Benghazi where they arrested and imprisoned a person for an obscure video to promote their lie about the cause of the act of terrorism that cost four (4) American lives in Libya.  They needed to divert the attention to the truth to prevent any negative press or views that might cost Barack Obama a second term.  Therefore, I proceed knowing that my advancement of truth is dangerous but I also believe it is vital that we expose that which needs to be exposed and warn against that which needs a warning.

We know that just prior to the onset of the Ramadan, the Islamic religious practice, various Imams, and ISIS called for Muslims worldwide to carry out acts of terrorism and vowed that this would be “the month of conquest and jihad.”  They encouraged MURDEROUSNESS in the name of their Religion and to be during the time of the religious festival known as Ramadan.  According to what I can determine they believe that sacrifice during this time is considered more valuable than any sacrifice made at other times. Therefore, martyrdom during the month-long festival holds a powerful allure to the Islamic Terrorist.  Their month of Ramadan ran from June 5th to July 5th and according to their beliefs it was during this month that their god revealed the first verses of the Qur’an to Mohammed, on a night known as “The Night of Power.”  But, not to get into their beliefs only to reference the blood-letting they called for and have carried out as clear examples of the Murderousness of their Religion of Peace, making it anything but a Peaceful Religion.  For all Muslims who claim this is not the religion taught in the Qur’an, I call upon you to actively and openly CONDEMN the practice, call out the Imam’s and take definitive action to bring the perpetrators and instigators to justice.  Until you do, I can only assume you agree with the call and philosophy behind the call for MURDER and MAYHEM.

We have seen attacks in Orlando, Afghanistan, Kenya, Lebanon, Istanbul, and Bangladesh.  I am not sure there have not been others or other targets, that for one reason or another failed but those are sufficient to highlight the murderousness of the terrorist.  We must never forget they are doing their deeds in the name of their religion and at the behest of their religious teachers the Imams and ISIS.  It is not done in a vacuum.  They are not hiding or attempting to hide their religious zeal but wearing it like a badge of honor.  At the same time, they are openly proclaiming their commitment to their religion the American President and Left are working laboriously to ensure that we do not identify the real issue or problem.  No, this administration and the Left are making it about “gun control” not “terrorism.”  This president proclaims with reverence the virtues of Islam while denouncing the evils (as he perceives them) of Christianity.  He wants to label those of us who follow the Bible as evil and those who follow Islam as good.  Something is terribly wrong with that view and it comes from an individual who declares he is a Christian.  A skunk can call itself a domesticated housecat but it won’t remove the glands filled with that horrible smell.  I can only evaluate a fruit tree by the fruit I see hanging from its branches.

 BLOG POST 1 - Terrorism

If you will recall, during Ramadan in 2015 the Islamic jihadist carried out attacks against France, Syria, Kuwait, Somalia, and Tunisia.  Since declaring its caliphate in June 2014, the Islamic State has inspired at least 90 acts of terrorism in 21 countries other than Iraq and Syria.  The result is at least 1,390 dead and over 2,000 wounded.  If that does not get your attention and causes you to realize that the Murderousness of this so-called Religion of Peace is not abating as this administration would have us believe.  They are not contained and most assuredly not the Junior Varsity Team Mr. Obama proclaimed.  They are a cancerous blight on humanity and radical surgery is required to deal with this problem. 

Again, I call upon all followers of this religion, if you want us to accept you as a peaceable religion that exhibits tolerance, do something!  You must immediately denounce those committing and calling for these types of acts.  You must immediately take action to bring the perpetrators and instigators to justice.  You must modify your Sharia to allow tolerance and freedom of religion in your communities and countries.  Until you do so, I cannot call you a religion of peace but will continue to identify the murderousness of the jihadist who proclaim they are acting in accordance with your book and following the directives of your religious leaders and teachers.

America, there are many problems in the world and ignoring the source of this kind of terrorism and attempting to blame everything except the true source will only enhance and embolden those who follow this ideology.  If we want to protect America we must not allow the Liberal Left to continue dictating the policy with regard to terrorism and our War with the jihadist.  Therefore, please pray earnestly about the elections in November and I believe as you examine the record, study the facts, you will conclude we cannot afford Hillary Clinton and the ideology of the Leftist and Liberals.

God bless you and God bless America is my desire and prayer!

THE NON-RELIGION RELIGION of Liberalism…


BLOG POST 1 - Liberalism Moochers

I have contended for a long time that liberals have and are a religion of their own.  They worship their ideas and ideals and are as intolerant as the Islamists when anyone disagrees.  The difference, for the most part, is they don’t literally behead people for not bowing at their altar they do so in other ways including an attempt to totally silence, censor, and destroy the dissenters emotionally and financially.  When I read Ann Coulter’s statement in her book, “Godless”, published in 2006, “If a Martian landed in America and set out to determine the nation’s official state religion, he would conclude it is Liberalism, while Christianity and Judaism are prohibited by law.”  Her argument and mine are that Liberalism is truly the state-sanctioned religion and it is a godless one.

I believe that America has evolved even further in just ten years since Coulter’s assertion to a condition where Liberalism is not simply the state-sanctioned religion but the state-mandated religion in many respects.  In a very real sense, Christianity is becoming illegal via the actions and edicts of the federal government and federal courts.  Yes, I know we are not, for the most part, carted off to jail for practicing our Christian religion but we are assaulted when our practice runs afoul of the desired mandate of Liberalism.  Do I really need to cite the recent examples where people are literally put out of business for standing by their biblical convictions?

BLOG POST 1 - Liberalism Definition

Liberalism, as a philosophy, would argue that it is not, in fact, a religion but it sure has the characteristics of one.  Coulter went further and declared that the Church of Liberalism’s sacraments includes abortion, its clergy is largely the public school system and teachers, and its churches are none other than government schools where prayer is banned and condoms are free.  Can I ask, if anyone truly thinks that handing out condoms to hormone raging young boys while steering them away from God, prayer, and moral convictions is a good idea?  In fact, recent studies conducted by the government after years of free condoms has discovered that instead of a reduction in teen pregnancy and STD’S in teens there has been an increase.  So much for the Church of Liberalisms insistence that we ban God and invite promiscuity.  How has that worked out for us?

BLOG POST 1 - OFFENDING LIBERALS

You dare not oppose their agenda or the agenda of the LGBT lest you face the political and financial firing squad.  You will likely become a target of the IRS among other federal agencies and find life most difficult or increasingly more difficult.  Liberals demand tolerance but they are among the most intolerant people on the planet.  Their push has been further and further away from moral principles as declared in the Bible as they press their godless agendas.  In fact, this president has encouraged the indoctrination of our youth encouraging them as did Hitler’s youth to be spies and report, even their parents if they violate the Liberal Mantra and Mandates.  I do believe the Bible spoke to that in Matthew 10:36, “…a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.”  Argue the context all you desire but we are living in a time when brother is turning against brother as is described in verse 21 of that same chapter.

BLOG POST 1 - LIBERALISM FACTS

When you find Federal Judges ruling that parents are not allowed to opt out of LGBT indoctrination for their preschool children we have a serious problem.  The Bible places the onus of parenting on parents, not the community or government.  We have the declaration of this administration’s Department of Justice that they would aggressively prosecute anyone speaking ill of Islam but no mention of doing the same for anyone attempting to defame Christianity or the Bible.  We know the scandals including the use of the IRS to target any and all supposed conservative groups in an attempt to silence any opposing message to that of Liberalism.  The current state of the Democrat Party is that it should be called the Church of Liberalism rather than Democratic.  The religion of the non-religious is visible and becoming more and bolder as time marches on.

BLOG POSt 1 - In God We TRust

I am totally convinced that were Hillary Clinton to be elected the next President of these United States of America the push of Liberalism for Total Control of our Lives will escalate exponentially.  Many, in America, are so beaten down by liberalism they have surrendered and are now willing to bow at the Altar of Liberalism.  Liberalism blames those of us who are God-fearing, Bible-believing, and Constitutional Originalist as the enemy and people to be silenced at all costs.  We are seeing and will see ever increasing persecuting and discrimination against anyone unwilling to bow at the Altar of Liberalism in the days to come regardless of who is President but it will ten times worse if Hillary Clinton wins the election.  Therefore, in my desire to see America restored to our founding principles and return to being the Constitutional Republic I can only take my stance as a NEVER HILLARY advocate.  I personally am unwilling to bow at the Altar of the Church of Liberalism, Islam or any religion not rooted in God’s Word, the Bible.  I will continue to stand for FAITH, FAMILY, and Freedom!

God bless you and God bless America!