ARE WE APOSTATES???


BLOG POST 1- Apostasy

Why would I ask that question?  To whom am I directing the question?  I ask it because some time back I heard some people accuse Franklin Graham of being an APOSTATE because he said that “God put Donald Trump in the White House.”  Honest confession is good for the soul so let me confess, SO DO I.  I believe that it was the direct response to prayer that Donald Trump won the Election and became the 45th President of the United States of America.  Therefore, the charge of those individuals accusing Franklin Graham of being an apostate means they are also charging me and all who believe like Graham and me of being Apostates.  Is that a valid charge?

What is an APOSTATE?  By definition, it is a person who renounces a religious or political belief or principle. It is defined as someone whose beliefs have changed and who no longer belong to a religious or political group.  So, let me ask, “What did Franklin Graham and those who agree with him abandon?”  Was their declaration, rooted in their belief that God “sets up kings” and by contrast “takes down kings” as seen in Daniel 2:21 the position of an Apostate?  Is the belief that the effective fervent prayer of the righteous something that produces results as referenced in James 5:16 a condition of Apostasy?  Is the confidence that if the nation prays, turns from wickedness in repentance and seeks God will see NATIONAL HEALING as seen in 2 Chronicles 7:14 the position of an Apostate?  That would be impossible for me to accept so I believe the charge that Franklin Graham or any of us who believe that God worked to place Donald Trump in the White House makes us Apostates.  In fact, I contend it makes us the exact opposite.

The charge also included the assertion that if we believe God placed Donald Trump in the White House we must also believe that He also placed Barack Obama there. Did He?  My simple answer is yes.  Not that I believe it was God’s desire or will for Barack Obama to be President of the United States but that, as He did in times past, allowed us to reap what we have sown.  God allowed America to experience the leanness of soul because of apathy and the drift from our moral moorings we had allowed to become current reality.  Israel operated as a Theocracy where God was their head and His prophets and judges guided the nation based on God’s word and direction.  Over time, Israel decided they wanted to be like the other nations and wanted a human king to rule over them. They moved from an attitude of righteousness to a more secular mindset.  God had prophesied that through Moses and when it became a reality it came with the warning of the leanness that would result in the loss of freedom and liberty and the decline of the nation.  He granted their request and allowed them to have what they wanted and when Barack Obama ran for office, America or a large portion of it were pining for the change he offered.  They thought he would lead us into a racial, global, financial, and social utopia and God allowed America to have what she wanted even though He knew and many of us knew it was the wrong choice.  God allowed us to experience eight years of destruction so that we would once again cry out to Him for deliverance and help.  He allowed us to experience the pain that the Obama administration brought so that millions would, once again, seek His face.

I personally believe that the election of Donald J. Trump was the result of God answering the prayers of millions.  Many were like me did not get on the Trump train at the beginning, we came to the party late.  We preferred another candidate and labored for that candidate through the primaries or until our candidate dropped out of the race.  Once the choice was made by the GOP voters that Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee, I viewed him as the only possibility to defeat Hillary Clinton and stop the Progress Liberal Socialist agenda we had endured for eight years.  Therefore, although he was not my candidate originally, he became my candidate in the interest of America and the Republic.  Some found and find that position Apostasy and completely unacceptable.  I believe it to be patriotic and adhering to my faith and confidence that God raises up kings and takes them down.  It is rooted in my faith that the effective fervent prayers of the righteous avail much.  It is grounded in my belief that God has given America another chance to turn the tide and return to Him and be restored.  It is rooted in the belief that Hillary Clinton would have been Barack Obama on steroids and virtually, if not literally destroyed America.

Please hear me.  There are times I agree with President Trump and times I adamantly disagree and that will continue.  There are times I wish he was more calculated in his response to people, criticism, and objections but that is who he is and it will not likely change.  Yet, if Franklin Graham and those of us who believe that God answered prayer in the election of Donald Trump are right, America will move forward for the better IF we do our part.  We can have the man God chose for President and still not have the desired result IF we allow ourselves to be drawn into the NEVER TRUMP, OBJECTIONISM, and RESISTANCE that is being displayed today.  I do not ask anyone to like or agree with President Trump on all things but to stop being so blinded by your hate or so driven by your pride that you cannot accept him on any level.  Some were so vocal and insistent that he was evil and vile and completely unacceptable that to accept him now would mean swallowing their pride in giving him a chance.  He is in a position that he is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.  If he acts decisively those who hate him will insist he should not have.  If he hesitates those same people will insist he should have acted.  Therefore, I am praying for the President that he will hear the counsel of wise and godly people and continue to be largely apolitical and do what he believes best without regard for how the political winds and polls are rating his actions.  DO WHAT IS BEST FOR AMERICA PLEASE!

You may agree or disagree and that is your choice.  This is my view and like people who support and some who do not support this president, I love America.  I ask that, from that position, we seek to find common ground and move forward for the good of the republic.  The division that now exists is leading us to a full-blown blood-letting Civil War and I cannot believe that any lover of Liberty would truly desire that.  It is my prayer that we learn to work through difficulties and seek what is best and good as we seek to protect and defend the Constitution and preserve the Republic.  A sovereign and free America should be the desire of each of us and I ask that we pray for our leaders and allow God to work His desire through them and us and make America a beacon of Hope once again!

God, bless you and God bless America!

OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BECOME WORTHLESS…


BLOG POST 3 - Worthless

I did not say, “Has Our Government Become Worthless?”  Rather, I said it as a statement of fact, It Has Become Worthless!  Many of us have thought and argued that for a long time, but with all the antics, shenanigans, illegalities, cronyism, obstructionism, partisanship maneuvers, and incessant rhetoric and diatribe in Washington and the media it is too obvious to ignore.  No, I do not want to disband our government and go back to square one and hammer out a new constitution under which we are to be governed.  I’m not sure we have enough people today, as existed in the late 1700’s, who are wise enough and devoted enough to the idea and ideal of a Free Republic to achieve a positive outcome.  Those men, through long debate, serious struggle personally, mentally, emotionally, politically, and spiritually arrived at what they deemed the BEST POSSIBLE government and time has proven them right.  It was and is nothing short of miraculous when allowed to function as originally designed.  Sadly, we are so far from those principles and precepts the founders and framers would be aghast were they to see what is happening today.  Thomas Jefferson would be calling people to water the tree of liberty with blood and George Washington would be infuriated, as would most, if not all the others.  Those men knew that they did not get, individually, everything they wanted in the Constitution but they came to a workable agreement they believed would best serve the Republic for generations.

Today, in 2017, we are so embroiled in partisan activist politics we meet impasse after impasse and the Left is separated from the Right as far as the East is from the West and it seems that never the twain shall meet.  Every day, almost, there is some new revelation denied by the Left and not sufficiently challenged by the Right revealing how deep the divide and how dangerously close to total anarchy we are.  The Democrats were overconfident, thinking the election of Hillary Clinton was a slam dunk and now they are hell-bent on defeating, delegitimizing, and destroying Donald Trump and his presidency.  The damage that would result were they successful and now being done by their actions is painful to watch.  If they were truly concerned about America and the Republic I could empathize with them in their defeat, but they are not so I do not.

Now we know that Susan Rice, the national security adviser to Barack Obama, the same Susan Rice who lied about Benghazi and other things was the person who requested the names of Trump associates in the raw intelligence data and reports.  WHY?  She, as before, was asked on national television, “PBS NewsHour” about the unmasking and said, “I know nothing of this.”  Whoa, Nellie!!!  Ms. Rice, the NSA has revealed that you not only knew something about it but you asked MULTIPLE TIMES for information.  Chairman Nunes made some explosive comments about the unmasking and the ranking Democrat Adam Schiff has not seen the same data.  Congressman Schiff tries to spin the spin but won’t comment on the unmasking because if he did he’d have to out the Democrats and the Obama administration as CRIMINAL.  That will not happen from a dedicated Democrat.  This should be immediately investigated and criminal charges filed post-haste.  America deserves to know the truth and those guilty are deserving of their own bed in one of the government’s special hotels.  We have had other revelations of unlawfully or unethically gathering information by the Obama team and Democrats for political purposes.  WHERE IS THE OUTCRY?

The Hypocrisy of the Left is rendering our Government meaningless and worthless.  The Democrats are attempting to demonize everything Trump does and everyone he nominates and accusing them of things the Left has been guilty of historically.  Jeff Sessions was accused of being Ku Klux Klan but the empirical evidence was that as A/G of Alabama Senator Sessions took on the Klan, defended civil rights, and upheld the law.  Concerns about the KKK is interesting since the Democrats have a long history of appointing or including former members of the Klan in their ranks and government jobs.  President Franklin Roosevelt appointed a man who had been a member of the Klan to the Supreme Court, namely Hugo Black.  Senate Democrats from the North and South voted overwhelmingly to confirm Justice Black. President Harry Truman, who himself was a member of the Klan for a short time, named as his Attorney General, a man widely believed to be a Klansman, Tom Clark.  Mr. Clark’s racism was so well known that black leader Paul Robeson called his appointment, “a gratuitous and outrageous insult to my people.”  In more recent history the Democrats ousted Teddy Kennedy as their whip and elected Klansman Robert Byrd in his place.

Allow me to highlight a few of their hypocrisies and inconsistencies.  The Democrats are Pro-Abortion but Anti-Capital punishment.  They claim to be Pro-Technology but Anti-Free Market.  They are Pro-Homosexual and Pro-Muslim at the same time.  They are largely Pro-Darwinian Evolution and Anti-Human Domination.  They defend Religious Freedom for all Religions except Christianity.  They are Pro-Education but Anti-School Choice.  The claim that anyone disagreeing with them is engaging in Hate Speech and promoting Hate but if they deliver vile and vitriol they are simply being patriotic.  They claim to be Pro-Women but viciously attack conservative women such as Sarah Palin and others.  If the Democrats are not Racist, why do they insist on categorizing everyone by the color of their skin?  They claim to be Pro-Jew but they are consistently Anti-Israel.    Those are a few of the myriad of examples we could offer of their hypocritical and incoherent and indefensible positions reveal another reason our Government has become WORTHLESS. 

Can we fix the problem?  Not easily, but yes, we can.  It will require a 1776 type dedication and commitment to draining the swamp, sweeping the halls of congress clean, and refusing to accept anything other than a return to our Constitutional Republic and governance.  Do we have that resolve?  TIME WILL TELL.  We can fix the problem only if we return to our founding principles and return to prayer for our nation.  There is hope but not if we attempt to ignore problems and continue conducting business as usual.

God, bless you and God bless America!

 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN GOOD PEOPLE WON’T…


BLOG POST 1 - Do Nothing

I know that my title is an incomplete sentence but hopefully it will serve as a catalyst for us to consider what happens when Good People will not serve, will not speak out and speak up.  There is a quote that has surfaced in various forms and attributed to Thomas Jefferson, Edmund Burke and others regarding the foothold of tyranny being birthed in the silence and inactivity of good people.  Although I am unable to fully determine who said it first and what it looked like in its first form, it’s truth and importance is not debatable.

John F. Kennedy offered a quote that he attributed to Burke, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”  In examining first mentions, I discovered that a similar statement was made in 1916 by Reverend Charles F. Aked as he called for restrictions on alcohol saying, “It has been said that for evil men to accomplish their purpose it is only necessary that good men should do nothing.”  In 1770 Edmund Burke wrote of the need for good men to oppose the cabals of bad men and in that quote, is quite possibly the source of the aforementioned quote.  He said, “No man, who is not inflamed by vain-glory into enthusiasm, can flatter himself that his single, unsupported, desultory, unsystematic endeavors are of power to defeat the subtle designs and united Cabals of ambitious citizens. When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”  In 1867 the British philosopher and political theorist John Stuart Mill delivered an inaugural address at the University of St. Andrews and the second sentence expresses that same sentiment,Let not any one pacify his conscience by the delusion that he can do no harm if he takes no part, and forms no opinion. Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends than that good men should look on and do nothing.”  A statement of Burke that is germane and should resonate was, “When bad men combine, good men must organize.”

             I draw an analogy from the Bible that can be applied to our present situation in America and government.  When Gideon died, Abimelech sought to become the new ruler.  He made incredible promises, used bribes, and surrounded himself with ‘worthless and reckless fellows’.  One of Gideon’s sons described the situation using a parable found in Judges 9:8-15.  In that parable, I take note of three things that are of interest.  The Trees of the forest attempted to get the best and most productive of them to be their ruler. They went to the olive tree, the fig tree, and the grape-producing vine but each of them offered an excuse for not serving.  After none of the good trees would assume the role of leader the bramble or thorn bush became the leader by default.  It cannot be missed that when good and qualified people refuse to do good we are stuck with the inferior or bad rulers.  With the thorn bush as ruler the trees were left with two choices and neither of them could be called good.  The call was “come and take refuge in my shade” but sitting under the shade of the thorn bush is anything but pleasant and living under the rule of a bad ruler is never good.  The warning was, “if don’t submit to me, I will use punitive measures to punish you.”  DOES THAT RESONATE?  DOES THAT SOUND FAMILIAR?  Recall the past few years in our nation and how we have suffered under punitive measures anytime we resisted the desire of the Leftist Administration.

One of the major reason politics becomes corrupt is the absence of good people. It is the absence of principle, ethics, and morality.  If competent, God-fearing people refuse to participate over a period of time, politics becomes incredibly corrupt and people will argue, “I can’t get into politics because it is so corrupt.”  NO, that is exactly why we need good people in politics.  What are the qualifications of Good Candidates?  Let me once again go to the Bible in Exodus 18:21, where we are told to, “…select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, if hundreds, of fifties, and of tens…”

The Candidate must be AN ABLE PERSON.  A person who is competent for there is nothing worse than having an incompetent person in charge.  Second, he must FEAR GOD and have a personal relationship with God for out of that relationships flows integrity, morality, and ethical behavior.  Third it is necessary that he LOVE TRUTH, otherwise he will be closed minded, immovable in his ideology and unrelenting in his agenda.  Fourth, he must HATE DISHONEST GAIN.  He not only rejects fraud but the perks that come through the Ole Boy System of Washington and Cronyism.  If the individual demonstrates those four qualifications he/she is a candidate for leadership and a deterrent to corrupt politics.  This is the answer to stopping tyranny.

BLOG POST 16 - Do Nothing 1

America, we are in the condition we are today largely because good people have been silent and uninvolved.  Freedom cannot be preserved if good people sit silent and allow evil to advance its agenda.  Politics may be a dirty business and filled with corruption but that cannot be a reason, excuse, or justification for good people to sit on the sidelines.  There are times that it is not enough to contribute to candidates, vote or pray but when we must throw our hats in the ring and get into the fight on the frontlines.  America as the Constitutional Republic established by the founders and fought for by the founders cannot survive if GOOD PEOPLE SIT SILENT and DO NOTHING.  Evil never rests and neither can good.  Those of us who love freedom, are true patriots, and defenders of the Constitutional Republic of our Founders and Framers MUST commit to involvement.  That may be SPEAKING OUT and SPEAKING UP.  It assuredly means PRAYER but could also mean that we must become candidates ourselves.  I am praying for you and me that we will become willing to do whatever is required to preserve the Republic.

God, bless you richly is my desire and prayer!

 

 

WE HAVE DRIFTED FAR FROM THE SHORE OF SANITY IN AMERICA…


BLOG POST 4 - Shore of Sanity

I told someone recently, that as long as I could remember I have known people who would vote Democrat regardless of the character or position of the candidate.  The candidate’s character, propensity to tell lies, bread campaign promises, and engage in actions that were harmful to the economy, our freedom, and America, had no bearing and they still VOTED DEMOCRAT.  I have known a few Republicans of that ilk but not nearly as many as those who identify as Democrat.  I have long wondered why that is and believe that I have a partial explanation that will get to momentarily.

My parents, especially my mother, liked to say, “I vote for the man, not the party.”  That is a noble expression and her intent was genuine but I do not believe that it is always a sound philosophy.  WHY?  Because the party’s political platform is very important.  Not just for the individual candidate but the governing ideological philosophy that will likely be followed in Washington if that party gains power.  The Democrats, for the most part, are Party Loyalist to the end.  They will check their principles, scruples, and often brains, at the door of the Party Caucus and however the leadership instructs, vote.  The Republicans, do not follow that pathway as much and I believe that one of the reasons is they are more individualistic and independent in their thinking and approach to governing.  That has proven problematic at times when faced with a unified liberal bloc in the Democrats.  I have talked to Democrat Politicians who have confessed their displeasure with the overall direction of their party but when asked why they go along they always say, “I HAVE TO DEFEND THE PARTY’S PLATFORM.”  Democrats toe the line like good soldiers and loyal sheep and the Republicans are offended when someone suggests there is a line to toe.

There was a time, in my lifetime, when politicians, at least a larger percentage than today, voted according to their belief in the Constitutionality of a bill and how it affected their constituents.  Today, there is the prevalent idea, by the Left, that the Constitution is an ever, evolving living document that changes with current public attitudes.  Those of us who are adherents and proponents of Original Intent and Textualism in interpreting the Constitution are deemed to be archaic dinosaurs politically, socially, and morally.  We are labeled as haters, bigots, laden with some phobia that somehow negates our views and beliefs.  We become the enemy, or their enemy, and are considered more dangerous than Islamic jihadist and terrorist.

James Madison, America’s fourth president said, “I entirely concur in the propriety of resorting to the sense in which the Constitution was accepted and ratified by the nation.  In that sense alone it is the legitimate constitution and if that be not the guide in expounding it there can be no security for a consistent and stable, more than for a faithful, exercise on its powers… what a metamorphosis would be produced in the code of law if all its ancient phraseology were to be taken in its modern sense.” (Barton, Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, and Religion, (Wall Builders, P.O. Box 397; Aledo, Texas, 76008), p. 22)

Justice Joseph Story, founder of the Harvard Law school and nominated to the Supreme Court by President James Madison argued, “The first and fundamental rule in the interpretation of all instruments [documents] is to construe them according to the sense of the terms in the intention of the parties.” (Barton, Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, and Religion, (Wall Builders, P.O. Box 397; Aledo, Texas, 76008), p. 23)

Justice James Wilson, one of six people who signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, a law professor and nominated by President George Washington as the original justice on the Supreme Court said, “The first and governing maxim in the interpretation of a statute is to discover the meaning of those who made it.”(Barton, Original Intent: the Courts, the Constitution, and Religion, (Wall Builders, P.O. Box 397; Aledo, Texas, 76008), p. 22)

If we allow those who were there and hammered out the agreements, compromises, and formulated our system of government to identify HOW we should interpret the constitution we will arrive at no other conclusion than ORIGINALISM.  If we return to that philosophy and restrict Congress from violating its guidelines, hold any President accountable to the Constitutional allowances afforded the Executive Branch, and only place jurist on the Supreme Court who will interpret not legislate we can salvage the Republic.  We have drifted far from the shore of sanity, left public morality in the shadows, and ignored virtually every warning our founders gave making “keeping the republic” almost impossible.  WHO IS TO BLAME?  If we cut to the chase, it is YOU AND ME, the American voting public.  Yes, the politicians have violated our trust, abandoned the constitution, and become party parasites but who put them there?  Who failed to send them home after it became apparent they would not adhere to the constitution?  Are they culpable and to blame?  Of course, but UNTIL we revoke their credit cards, rescind their memberships, and allow them to experience living under the rules and laws they enact, as the rest of society we will not solve the problem.

Can we return to the shore of sanity?  I believe we can otherwise I would go into hiding and become a recluse.  I would be in such despair that I would be weary of life.  I have confidence in God and believe that prayer works and is a powerful and valuable weapon we can use.  I also believe in the Constitution and its Original Intent.  Additionally, I believe in America and the American people.  NO, I do not think everyone in America is willing to return to that place and I do not believe that everyone realizes the damage and danger of our current path.  WHAT CAN WE DO?  You and I must educate as many as possible by continually reporting the truth, exposing the lies, and demonstrating the civility that is essential to achieving that objective.  We must adopt the directive of 2 Chronicles 7:14 and Pray, seek God and acknowledge our error and sin.  At that point, the promise of God is that He will HEAR us and HEAL our land.  I applaud independent thinking but caution everyone to remember that we are a nation, one nation, and if we are to be indivisible we must become unified and that will mean engaging in some give and take. NO, do not abandon your core convictions but do not let preference become your interpretation of principle.

God, bless you and God bless America!

 

WHO GETS or HAS THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE???


BLOG POST 2 - Child not Choice

Yes, I am talking about the often highly sensitive and volatile issue of Abortion.  Pro-Choice or Pro-Life is a political, ideological, social, moral, and spiritual divider that separates families, churches, and longtime friends.  It has become so volatile that, at times, the discussion becomes more than heated it brings heaters to the argument and blood is shed.  That is no solution to the issue and the vilification of those on both sides of the issue is no longer curious but tragic.  That leads me to my title question, “Who Gets or Has the Right to Choose?” 

That question leads to numerous others which should be addressed and in addressing them I will likely be viciously attacked by those holding opposing views and even taken to task by some who agree, in part, with my position.  I base my opinion, as most would call it, or conviction, as I would describe it on the Bible and moral law.  What is the Choice that women, as it is normally argued, get to make in the matter of Abortion?  Since no woman, other than Mary the Mother of Jesus, became pregnant without male sperm, I wonder why the man is not included in the decision making.  Don’t go off on a tangent over that statement but it is something I have considered and asked dangerously, at times.  How did we arrive at the idea that the entity, being, person, baby in the womb has no rights and this is strictly a matter of a Woman’s Right to Choose?  If you embrace the philosophy and definition of life as Hillary Clinton and many on the Left have, that baby in the womb is not a human being UNTIL it breathes the air of Earth and even if it survived an attempted abortion still has not right to life.  That woman was almost President of the United States and that troubles me as much as anything else about her because it reveals a mindset that is extremely dangerous.  What if those espousing that view decide that those who have reached their golden years and not serving in some high-level government job are a burden to society and society has the right to euthanize them for, in their words, “the good of society?”  If a baby is not a baby and can be eliminated with such a cavalier attitude what would prevent considering those suffering from various birth defects, mental disorders, or health conditions as being deemed unnecessary and too costly to keep alive?

But, back to the question of CHOICE.  What are the choices that we are allowed to make in this matter?  At the risk of alienating my audience, you do not have the Right to Kill that baby unless your name is Jehovah God and it is not.  You have the CHOICE to not have sex before marriage or unprotected sex.  If you are unmarried then sex is a decision you made in violation to God’s principles and if you get pregnant as a result that is a burden you are obligated to bear.  You do have CHOICE in whether to allow that baby to be adopted or raise that child but you do not have the right to snuff out its life.  Some will immediately argue, “But Roy, what about the case of rape or incest?”  WHAT ABOUT IT?  How did those situations as horrible as they are, change the value of that child?  You may be completely incapable of accepting or loving that child because of what happened to you or your wife but killing it is not your right.  If you deem that you cannot love that child, then allow one of those thousands who want a child but cannot have one to shower that baby with their love and raise it as their own.  The only place that the CHOICE of who lives and who dies is when life or death is the question.  I cannot answer that for you, though I have a strong opinion.  If the life of the mother is deemed to be at risk to the point that continuing the pregnancy would mean her death that is a family matter that should be handled by the family privately and possibly with the help of pastor or priest, not by politicians and activist.

You have the RIGHT OF CHOICE.  You can choose not to have premarital sex.  You can choose to use proper protection (although some would argue that is pre-abortion).  You can choose to give that baby up for adoption to someone who will be able to love, appreciate, nurture, and train them in life.  I’m sorry ladies, it is not simply a matter of it being your body and you can do with it what you please.  Are we a society where we make inconvenience a justification for taking a life?  From the biblical argument, it is not your body for according to passages such as 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 12:27, 16:19-20; Romans 12:1-2; and Psalm 139:14 our bodies are not OUR BODIES they belong to God!

Few of us believe we have the right to arbitrarily decide who lives and dies in any case except when it comes to abortion.  Why do we find that morally, spiritually, ideologically, and judicially acceptable?  Would we consider it acceptable to eliminate someone at work who is a nuisance, inconvenience, a hindrance to our careers or we simply don’t want around anymore?  Do we not consider it heinous terrorism when someone decides that they have the right to blow up a bomb, drive a truck or take a weapon into a crowded place and indiscriminately begin killing people?  One of the most distressing ideas, for me, is the killing of a truly innocent person.  Again, if you adopt the philosophy of Planned Parenthood, the liberal activist, the Pro-Choice Crowd, and many politicians that that baby is not a human being then you are not taking a life you are simply removing an unwanted parasite as you would a mole or skin blemish.  On the other hand, if you consider that baby in the womb a living soul, taking its life would be virtually unconscionable in almost every case.

Who Gets or Has The Right to Choose?  I hope you seriously examine that matter for I believe that the almost 60 MILLION innocents aborted in America since the inception of Roe v Wade represent a blight on our nation that only the Blood of Jesus can remove.  The impact not only to that baby who lost his/her life but to those directly affected is far beyond what most will ever know.  I weep daily over the millions of babies lost because they were not wanted and pray God spare our nation and help us turn this ship around.  Please don’t bother attacking me, it won’t change my position and will only cause you to harbor hatred that you and I do not need.  If you believe differently, your arguments can and should be heard but if you resort to anger, vitriol, and violence they are unworthy of considering.

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

 

 

WHEN DID MAN GET SMARTER THAN GOD?


BLOG POST 1- Smarter Than God

Yes, I am being facetious and using sarcasm but the average politician especially the Liberal Leftist seem to believe that government and politicians are smarter and have a better plan than God.  Sadly, millions of Americans have bought into that logic or illogic and thus we have the class war that exists today and the ungodly and unjust “tax code” and much more!  Will we change it to a more just and biblical code?  I seriously doubt it because politicians are addicted to our money, impervious to the dictates of God and driven by their desire to fill the government’s coffers.  Money is power and power they love.  Money buys votes and votes they love.  Money buys subservience and subjects. they love.  Therefore, I seriously doubt most of them even know what God’s TAX PLAN was or care.

In Deuteronomy 14:22, we find God’s plan for His people as civil laws were established by Moses under the direction of God Himself.  Deuteronomy 14:22, “You shall surely tithe all the produce from what you sow, which comes out of the field every year.”  The tithe was one-tenth or10% of the annual income of every citizen and basically functioned as a TAX or a LEVY upon the people.  From the proceeds of that 10%, officials were paid and social programs operated. (Deuteronomy 26:12).  The mention of the tithe is not derived from a singular mention but numerous occasions in the Bible it is referenced and directed.

In God’s Plan, everyone paid the same rate.  Heaven Forbid would cry the leftist and some on the right, that would not be FAIR.  But in God’s eyes, it was deemed not only to be fair but optimum. The rate was 10% for the rich and 10% for the poor or proportional.  If someone made $10 MILLION they paid $1 MILLION and if they made $100 they paid $10.  You may scream, as do the liberals, that what is left makes this unjust and unfair but does it?  In this system, everybody has skin in the game and pays a fair proportional share.  I personally believe that God is smarter than man and would not have instituted an unjust system.  He has a reason for everything He does and as a Christian, I trust His judgment.

Jesus, taught impartiality and described it as reflective of God’s character saying in Matthew 5:45, “He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and unrighteous.”  Imagine that!  This system is known as “capitation taxation” which can be understood as “an assessment levied by the government upon a person at a fixed rate, regardless of income or worth.”  That is exactly the system that is found in the U.S. Constitution. I have met politicians that did not know that.  In Article 1, Section 9 we read, “No capitation or other direct tax shall be laid unless in proportion to the census or enumeration herein before directed to be taken.”  THAT IS NOT TODAY’S SYSTEM.  Our Framers required that all federal taxes be applied evenly to every person and divided equally based on the census population.  In Article 1, Section 8 we find, “The Congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises… but all duties, imposts and excises shall be UNIFORM throughout the United States.”  OOPS!  How did we deviate from that?

With the rise of Progressivism and Poststructuralism which are largely anti-biblical and promotes the idea that people are not part of the country but members of sects and groups thus affording them special consideration.  The views promoted by those paradigms of thought pit group against group, ethnicity against ethnicity, and divides this nation wrongly and harmfully.  From the views espoused by those ideologies, there must be laws that protect various groups and force others to accept or adopt their views.  The Great Seal of State of the U.S.A. is ‘E Pluribus Unum’ which means “out of many, one.”  These infringing views alter that to be ‘E Unum Pluribus’ or “out of one, many” and thereby divide the nation into sectarian groups and ideological societies that are virtually at war with each other.

That view gained a toe-hold in Congress in 1894 with the passage of a TAX that singled out the wealthy and treated them differently than the rest of society.  Congressman, John Morrill argued, “In this country, we neither create nor tolerate any distinction of rank, race, or color, and should not tolerate anything else than entire equality in our taxation.”  I agree because that is both constitutional and biblical.  In 1895 the Supreme Court of the United States struck down the 1894 Law as a direct violation of the wording of the Constitution.  Now, you begin to understand why Liberals, Progressives, and RINO’s do not like Originalism.  Supreme Court Justice Stephen Field gave a warning that could be deemed prophetic saying, “It [this tax] will be but the stepping-stone to others, larger and more sweeping, till our political contests will become a war of the poor against the rich – a war constantly growing in intensity and bitterness.”  THAT IS WHERE WE ARE TODAY!

Once the Law was struck down this adversarial group advocated a Constitutional Amendment that would allow the rich to be treated differently to everyone else, which would only lead to the selective targeting of various groups.  In 1913 their proposal was ratified as the Sixteenth Amendment and permitted the PROGRESSIVE TAX SYSTEM we now endure.  This is one of the greatest dividers in our nation and the incessant ranting of the Left, many of which are rich, to make the rich evil divides our nation doing great damage.  Our original system, the biblical one, treated every American the same and afforded a path whereby every American paid his share and every American had an investment in the success of the nation.  It did not punish success or reward failure.  The rain fell on the just and unjust alike.  If we went back to this system we would, over the long haul, bring some sanity to our nation, but in the interim, there would be such anger and violence we might not survive.  After all, the government is smarter than God, right?  (My tongue is firmly planted in my cheek.)  Returning to God’s system which is birthed out of His wisdom would offer a pathway to health whereas ignoring it only invites more division and destruction.  YES, I am a proponent of God’s method and do not believe that the federal government should every get more than 10%.

I am praying for America and asking God to bless you and my nation!

AMERICA’S DEBT DILEMMA IS CATASTROPHIC…


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I have often wondered how anyone could adopt a position of frugality, living within one’s means, and fiscal restraint as being good for individuals and businesses but not for the government.  That embodies a dualism that is dangerous and destructive for the nation and her citizens.  Unsustainable debt harms the very people the debt was supposedly designed and purposed to help.  In our personal lives or businesses if we incurred debt that would outlive us and becomes a burden on our heirs that would jeopardize their ability to pursue Life, Liberty, and Happiness.

The federal government’s increasing and continuing debt will impact multiple future generations negatively.  That is an issue that no one on the left and too few on the right is discussing or even seem willing to address.  When the volume of debt reaches the levels, it has today it places every American and most assuredly every taxpayer at great risk financially.  I have l long been an adversary of “Baseline Budgeting” and an advocate of “Zero Based Budgeting.”  One perpetuates debt (Baseline) and the other offers a path to financial freedom.  In our federal system, the politicians are not just advocates of “Baseline Budgeting” but fierce defenders of that system.  The reason, in my view, is to ensure their ability for cronyism, corruption, and bribery as it increases their power.

Politicians on both sides of the aisle seem to have adopted the view that it is government’s privilege and responsibility to ‘redistribute the wealth’ of its citizens, taking from those deemed to have and giving to those who lack.  It never considers the reasons those who have were able to amass wealth or the reason for not having risen in economic status.  The excessive debt of America, created by the politicians, wears down the very spirit of enterprise and entrepreneurialism that is required in developing a strong economy.  It also increases the opportunity for corruption and perverts our entire system of government.  That should be so appalling to every lover of freedom that we rise up in resistance at the voting booths and FIRE the offenders in Congress.  It would only take a few election cycles for us to get the attention of the politicians and bureaucrats and we might see a move toward fiscal sanity.

Our politicians and the non-elected bureaucrats have created a situation where we have incomprehensible debt through loan guarantees, stimulus, entitlements, and subsidies.  Our government guarantees loans for so many areas the danger is clear even to those not trained in economics.  We have housing guarantees, subsidies and guarantees in agriculture, energy, transportation, education, and many other areas.  Our government insures banks, credit unions, pension funds, the decline in agricultural production and more.  It is so frightening that the “Bailout Barometer” of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond estimates that 61% of ALL LIABILITIES in our financial system are explicitly and implicitly backed by the government.  Who is that?  The Taxpayers!

Current loan guarantees exceed $18 TRILLION.  Many politicians and some economist argue that government lending is essential to achieve economic growth. They contend that it mitigates the imperfections of the market.  That is wrong, in my view, for when the government becomes involved in private industry that industry becomes public and we all know how inefficient government has proven to be.  The Department of Education alone has approximately $1.3 TRILLION in direct student loans outstanding and there is almost $75 BILLION in default.

When government the makes loans, it relieves the requirement for a business to compete for the loan based on merit it is dangerous.  In the private sector ‘profitability and creditworthiness’ are essential but not so with the government.  Private banks and investors want to make a profit but the government is interested only in tax revenues and a measure of control, not sound business models.  We have been exposed to that on more than one occasion during the previous administration, but not limited to Obama for Republican and Democrat administrations followed the same path.  The default rate on government loans is over 20% and that is an untenable level but is ignored by the politicians and our debt continues to grow as we lend money to unqualified businesses.

Some have stated that the government lending machine is nothing more than a Credit Racket that is destroying our economy and thereby our Republic.  The government has commandeered business after business temporarily or long-term through subsidies, loans, grants, or stimulus offerings.  Excessive National Debt is destroying our nation and if we do not change our budgeting process and find fiscal sanity we will so burden future generations that only the super-rich will survive financially.  They will survive only because they are super-rich.  The middle-class and poor will become so poverty stricken that without governmental handouts they cannot survive.  Sadly, in that state the government will be unable to sustain them so the nation will crumble under the financial burden that politicians for decades have laid upon the backs of the taxpayers.  ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

God, bless you and God bless America!