AMERICA AND GOD…


If I asked everyone to give their opinion or belief as to whether or not America was founded on Christian principles or was founded as a Christian nation, there would likely be three distinct responses.  Some would say, NO! That would be a categorical rejection of that idea.  Others would say, ABSOLUTELY! That would also be an unequivocal affirmation.  The third response would be, I Don’t Know, or something to that effect.  There is a basis to argue from all viewpoints, however, my view is that America was highly influenced by the Bible and Christianity and most of the Founders and Framers believed the words of Solomon in Proverbs 14:34 – “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” 

Those who insist categorically that America was not and is not a Christian nation do so from the view that our founders were far more guided by secular thought, self and state interests than the Bible or Christianity.  They acknowledge that the Founders were religious but believe that they rejected many Christian doctrines because they were deists.  The deist argument is one of the most prevalent in arguing against any Christian influence in our formation as a Republic.  I don’t want to get into the minute of that argument but suffice it to say this argument believes that deism, not Christianity was the major influence in America’s founding.

On the other hand, those who contend that Christianity and the Bible were far more influential than any other documents and writings cite the many religious quotations of the Founders.  If that position is taken too far it becomes, “Any quote by any founder supporting religion makes him an orthodox or evangelical Christian.”  I don’t want to take a weak approach in my argument for America’s Christian Founding so let me proceed.

It is a factual reality that in 1776, every European American, except for about 2,500 Jews, identified themselves as being a Christian.  At that time about 98 percent of the colonists were Protestants and the remaining 1.9 percent Roman Catholics.  What kind of Christians were they? Where they committed to the principles and cause of Christ?  Where they superficial in their following of the Christian teaching?  There are those that argue, based on their denominational or doctrinal view that many were not Christians because of their personal failures or omissions such as church membership.

Some were influenced by deism, but the majority were heavily influenced by Christianity and the Bible.  If you research history, you will find how difficult it was to become a member of the Calvinist churches in 18th century America.  If the standard by which we judge whether these men were Christians or influenced by Christianity is ‘moral perfection’ there has never been a Christian.  I would contend that Christianity was not the only influence on the Founders and the Framers of our American Constitution but it was a major influence. 

Historically, it would be difficult to deny that the Puritans who colonized America were not serious Christians.  Their desire and ambition were, in the words of Massachusetts Governor John Winthrop, to create “a shining city upon a hill” (a direct reference to Matthew 5:14).  The Puritans separated the church and the state but believed that both should work in tandem to support, protect, and promote true Christianity.  Were greed and the idea of personal gain involved in any colony?  Of course, it was and that might have been the major influence or motivator for Jamestown.

How can we overlook those fabulous words in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”   The references to “the laws of nature and of nature’s God” and the documents close by “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world” and noted that the signers were relying on “the protection of divine Providence.”  How could one argue that does not ring of heavy influence by the Bible and Christianity?  There were calls by our Founders to prayer, fasting, and thanksgiving issued by the Continental and Confederation Congresses. 

How can we overlook the fact that although the Constitution says little about God or religion the hints are there that they viewed America as a Christian nation?  Before you protest let me continue.  What about the inclusion that a pocket veto occurs 10 days after a bill is passed by Congress, Sundays excepted?  What about the directive of Article VI that prohibits religious tests for federal offices? 

Barry Alan Shain in “The Myth of American Individualism: The Protestant Origins of American Political Thought” makes a broad-stroked argument for the influence of Christianity on our Founders.  He received support from Donald Lutz, who examined 15,000 pamphlets, articles, and books on political subjects published in the late 18th century.  He concluded that the Bible was cited more than any other book, article, or pamphlet. 

Let me borrow from the Heritage Foundations research and argument that although the Bible or Christianity is not mentioned in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights, the Founders were influenced by both.

James Madison wrote in Federalist 51, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external or internal controls on government would be necessary.”  That understanding and Christian influence helped them steer away from utopian concepts.  It helped them turn from what many Enlightenment Thinkers of that day supported, “a strong centralized government run by experts.”  God deliver us from the so-called governmental experts of our day. 

Also, they believed, as do I, that God has ordained moral standards and that all legislation must be made in accordance with those standards.  In their writings, it is easy to discern that they believed that moral law took precedence over human laws.  I also believe it is easy to ascertain their view of liberty was heavily influenced by Scripture and Christianity.  Supreme Court Justice James Wilson said, “Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression.  Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and become licentiousness.”

I’m sure this will upset some who do not believe in God or Creation, but our American Founders believed that human beings were created in the imago dei – the image of God.  I am equally convinced that many of them were devotedly convinced that religious liberty was a prize and right that must be protected extensively.  However, there were many who expressed their views that civil authorities should encourage Christianity. 

If you choose to cite the 1947 Supreme Court Decision of ‘Everson v. Board of Education’ and argue that the Founders intended an impenetrable wall of separation between Church and State let me suggest a consideration.  Consider the many Founders who made public statements and took governmental action to demonstrate their views were eons away from the modern view.  They believed that Religious Liberty was a Right and had to be protected.  I refer you to George Mason’s 1776 draft of Article XVI OF Virginia’s Declaration of Rights. “That as Religion, or the Duty which we owe to our divine and omnipotent Creator, and the Manner of discharging it, can be governed only by Reason and Conviction, not by Force or Violence; and therefore, that all Men should enjoy the fullest Toleration in the Exercise of Religion, according to the Dictates of Conscience, unpunished and unrestrained by the Magistrate….”

James Madison did not like the use of the word toleration and contended that it implied that religious liberty was a grant from the state and could be revoked and had it reworded, “the free exercise of religion” is a right, not a privilege granted by the state.  They also argued that religion belonged in the public square.  I refer to Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptist Association.  It is argued that Jefferson insisted on a wall so prohibitive that nothing of religion could be in the public square.  However, if you research history you will find that Jefferson issued calls for prayer and fasting as Governor of Virginia.  He even drafted bills allowing the governor to appoint “days of public fasting and humiliation, or thanksgiving” and to punish “Disturbers of Religious Worship and Sabbath Breakers.”   

Jefferson suggested, as a member of the Continental Congress that the nation adopt a seal containing the image of Moses “extending his hand over the sea, causing it to overwhelm Pharaoh.”   He included the motto: “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.”  The separation that bans anything religious from the public square won’t square with that.  We could cite George Washington and his numerous references and appeals for focus on God both publicly and privately. 

I believe that our Republic as a society and as a government has drifted from the founding principles.  Our Founders believed it permissible and even encouraged the national and state governments to encourage Christianity.  That may not be prudent today, but to ban the influence of God, Christianity, and the biblical moral virtues and principles from all things public is to invite problems we could avoid.  Most of us would like to see an America where people are treated with respect and viewed as equal under the law.  Most of us would like to see an America where our government allows us to enjoy Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness without undue influence, regulation or control.

I am not calling for Christianity to control the government or the government to attempt to control the Church.  I am calling for all who believe and follow Christ to pray for this nation and pressure our elected officials to return to allowing states and communities to determine how much or how little of the Bible they want in their public sectors.  I am calling for everyone who prays to pray for America and our leaders.  I believe we were founded on Christian principles but also that our Founders wanted you to be free to worship or not worship as your heart dictates.  I believe in America and I believe in God!

God bless you and God bless America!

FOR THOSE WHO SAY, “Shut Up Preachers and Stay Out of Politics”, I OFFER THIS…


BLOG POST 4 - Election Sermon

I cannot tell you how many people, including some of my fellow ministers of the gospel, seek to chastise me over any involvement in the political.  The argument usually comes to, “Separation of Church and State.”  That argument is one that I believe is based on a wrong interpretation of the Constitution and a failure to investigate the words, sentiments, statements, and actions of the early American politicians and the clergy.

I frequently consider the history of the nation of Israel and the American system of government.  No, I am not saying that we are or necessarily should be a Theocracy, but the principles God instituted in that nation’s governance, many are found in our American Constitution.  When God delivered Israel from Egyptian bondage after hundreds of years, He established them as an Independent nation.  He gave them some specific precepts and principles which included laws, rules, and regulations.  Initially, they remained faithful to those principles and directives, but over time they drifted and paid a severe price for disobedience.

In the process, God ordained and established that the roles of civil government (State) and the religious government (Church) were kept separate.  However, it cannot be ignored that He made provision for the two separate institutions to assist and benefit mutually for the influence of the other.  He did not allow for either to control the other but that the two would work harmoniously to produce the best good for the nation and its citizens.  I suggest reading 2 Chronicles 26 for an expanded understanding of this division.

Both Ezra and Nehemiah operated within the principle of citizens and leaders all needed to understand how the principles of God’s Word applied to every aspect of life and culture.  That included the religious and the civic.  Nehemiah 8:1-3 declares, “And all the people gathered as one man at the square which was in front of the Water Gate, and they asked Ezra the scribe to read from the book of the law of Moses which the Lord had given to Israel.  Then Ezra the priest brought the law…[and] read from it before the square.” 

I believe it is germane to our discussion to note that those in attendance were “the heads of the fathers’ households of all the people, the priests, and the Levites.”  It is impossible to miss that those in attendance were both civil and religious leaders.  This was a meeting that would determine the direction of the nation governmentally as well as religiously.  There was no prohibition for the religious leaders to absent themselves from matters of civil government.  Rather, they were encouraged to participate.  There was a similar gathering in 2 Kings 23:2.

In America, we have a record of such meetings.  The first was in 1633 in Massachusetts and that practice continued throughout the colonies up to and beyond the period of the Revolutionary War and the Constitutional Convention.  It was part of how we operated and adopted governmental policies.  In the deliberations of the Constitutional Convention, they began their meetings with prayer.  This was the theme and process followed by all the colonies.  Where is the mandate or even practice of excluding the clergy from the process?  They desired the insight and input from Scripture into their process.

In fact, there was a practice in the colonies that blows the modern theory of ‘Separation’ out of the water.  It was known as the ‘Election Sermon’ that was printed, frequently at government expense, and distributed across the State.  Included in many of those meetings were men such as John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Josiah Bartlett, Oliver Wolcott, Elbridge Gerry, and many more.  If those men had deemed it inappropriate for the Church to be a part of the process to define and determine government and governmental policies, they would not have attended.  They would have objected with great passion, but they did not for they believed that it was important to include the Bible and God in the process.

We have examples in the Bible where men of God confronted governmental leaders including Kings regarding their governance.  Elijah confronted King Ahab and Queen Jezebel.  Isaiah confronted King Hezekiah over national failures and issues related to money.  Eliezer and Jehu confronted King Jehoshaphat over his blunders in foreign relations and ill-advised foreign alliances.  John the Baptist confronted King Herod over his divorce and marriage practices.  Daniel confronted Nebuchadnezzar over his pride and arrogance. Azariah (along with eighty priests) confronted King Uzziah for usurping religious practices and improper expansion of governmental powers.  Those are just a few of the many found in Scripture.  Where is the Separation and demand for silence on the part of the clergy?

There is no biblical model whereby God forbade ministers to speak regarding political matters and to remain separate from civil issues.  Sadly, there are many who have accepted the definition of those following an all-powerful federal government mentality and believe that nothing of God or the Bible can be included in government deliberations.  The Bible is filled with directives for men of God to step into the civic arena and declare the Word of God.  There are many examples in which the Bible mandates that men of God step up and identify the wrong and right directions from God’s point of view.

The practice of the Election Sermon is one of many examples which clearly identifies the mentality and recognition of the Founding Fathers and the Colonist of the importance and value of following biblical precepts.  I pray that we will step back from that view and realize that the precepts taught in God’s Word offer a better way of life.  Excluding God allows or encourages people to become a law unto themselves and opens the door for incredibly self-centeredness and corruption.

Our first president, George Washington in his first inaugural address said, “…Since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained: And since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.”

 I urge everyone to join me in seeking to return to an understanding that God’s guidance is not just important but vital for our survival and success as a Free nation.

God bless you and God bless America!

MY BEDROCK BELIEFS DETERMINE MY POLITICS…


BLOG POST 3 - Faith and Politics

I understand that I will possibly be challenged by some on both sides of the political aisle but my faith, which formulates my bedrock beliefs, determines how I vote in elections.  There are some issues that as a Christian I cannot reconcile with a particular political party.  I cannot reconcile a vote for them based on my core beliefs and what I believe the Bible teaches.  To do so would require me to renounce my convictions and thereby my faith, and my faith takes preeminence over everything else in my life.  If I am faced with a choice of voting for something that the Bible is opposed or what the Bible supports I choose to stand with the Bible.

For some, on both sides of the aisle politically, that is as grating as fingernails on a chalkboard. But for me, it is who and what I am.  Does that make me more righteous or right than anyone else?  No, it defines me and explains why I take the political stances I take.  If that is objectionable to anyone and you find it impossible to overcome, then I guess we part ways.  Do not ask me to shelve my convictions and core beliefs for the sake of your favor.  I must declare as did the disciples when ordered to no longer speak of Jesus, “Whom shall I obey, God or man?”  I would not ask you to change your convictions and reject your faith so please do not expect me to do so.

One of the issues that I find impossible to reconcile is the Right to Life and that includes the issue of Abortion.  I am adamantly Pro-Life and believe that life begins at conception.  Even if you argue that it begins later, surely you recognize that when that baby in the womb has a heartbeat in the first month, that signifies life.  Some will not acknowledge that reality and say No?  If you are like Hillary Clinton, you may argue that that thing in the womb is nothing more than a blog of tissue until it is fully born into this world.  A living organism that has a heartbeat, fingerprints, can feel is not a blob of tissue it is a baby, albeit an unborn baby.  I find abortion at any stage troubling but when it is in the last trimester I can view it as nothing short of murder.

Please don’t tell me this is about women’s health or a woman’s right to choose.  At what point is that life in her womb awarded a choice?  Her choice was before pregnancy.  I understand the argument of rape and incest.  However, how do two wrongs make a right?  I say that with empathy for the woman who suffered either of those abuses.  What about the child?  There is the avenue of adoption as an alternative to abortion.  I know the woman will endure the pregnancy and it will serve as a constant reminder of her plight, but how long will the emotional scars of aborting that innocent baby last?  There are always two sides to every coin.

Within the realm of the Right to Life is the matter of doctor-assisted suicide and self-defense.  No, they are not related but both fall into the category of the Right to Life.  I believe, based on my understanding of the Bible that taking one’s own life is not right.  The determination of when we die is or should be in God’s hands.  On the matter of self-defense, the Bible teaches, and our Founding Fathers understood that this right was inalienable.  That right includes the use of deadly force if necessary in defense of our lives and the innocent around us.  That is where the 2nd Amendment of our Constitution comes into focus.  That is a God-given right, not a government prerogative.

On the matter of welfare and entitlements, I believe it is the responsibility of every individual practice benevolence.  It, I believe should be the view of the Church, the community, families, and individuals to care for the poor, widows, and orphans.  There is nothing in the Bible that directs the government to do that and it is not a provision of our American Constitution.  In fact, those who wrote the Constitution believed that it was prohibited to take tax money for benevolence.

The Bible speaks of the person who does not provide for his own as being worse than an infidel.  It also declares that a person that will not work should not be given sustenance and provisions.  Therefore, when the government takes tax dollars and provides billions in entitlements and welfare that is counter to my faith.  There are some people who cannot work and provide for their own and I realize that if individuals do not do their duty and churches fail, we cannot let them suffer needlessly.  However, that does not mean ignoring the Constitution or our personal duty is okay.

Before you accuse me of being uncaring and unfeeling know that I believe and practice caring for the poor and needy.  I do not do as much as I probably should or even as much as I would like, but I believe that the onus is on the individual, not the government to care for the poor.  God’s promise is that if we give to the poor He considers it a loan to Him and He always repays.

When we adopted the mentality that it was the government’s job to care for the poor and needy we abdicated our responsibility and took the easy way out.  The easy way?  Seemingly, but the cost of that easy way has imposed a burden on the Republic that the foreseeable future generations will not be able to pay.  We have bankrupted the nation in our abdication of responsibility.

When a political party adopts a platform of Pro-Choice, Pro-Entitlements, and Anti-Self-defense, and in many ways Anti-Bible, I find it difficult to support that party.  No, I find it impossible to support that party.  For me, and I do not put this on anyone else, to do so would be to denounce my faith and reject my core convictions.  That is something that I cannot do.

Therefore, my core convictions and my Christian faith prevent me from voting for the Democratic Party because of their stance on abortion, self-defense, entitlements, immigration or amnesty for the illegals who violate our laws and those who harm our citizens.  I cannot support them because of their stance in favor of same-sex marriages, the mandate that those who hold convictions otherwise violate their conscience to accommodate those choosing that lifestyle.  I cannot support them because of their willingness to ignore the Constitution.

The Democratic Party booed God at their national convention and have taken positions that are in opposition to Christians who hold to traditional marriage.  They have demonstrated a willingness to impugn and vilify Christians insisting their biblical views disqualify them from public service including judgeships.  Our American Constitution identified as inalienable the right to Worship according to the dictate of our hearts without interference from the government.  Obviously, if my worship endangers the safety of other people that is not allowable either constitutionally or biblically.

Love me or hate me, accept me or reject me for what I believe, but know that it is my right.  I defend your right to believe what you choose and to express those views civilly and peaceably.

God bless you and God bless America

 

 

 

 

 

UNFORGIVABLE in AMERICA TODAY…


BLOG POST 7 - Unforgivable

Donald Trump has committed the Unpardonable Sin, in the minds of Democrats and Never Trumpers.  What is that sin?  Not it is not the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, for most of the Democrat politicians seem to have no interest or knowledge of the Bible.  So, what is his sin?  What is his crime for which he must be impeached?  His crime:  Obstruction of Liberalism.  That is the worst possible sin in the minds of those following the toxic brand of liberalism, progressivism, socialism, and globalism.  THAT IS UNFORGIVABLE and UNPARDONABLE!  Well, to them but not to millions of us who want that to transpire.

They are befuddled because he does not play the political game like previous Republicans and those in Congress.  He does not run from his own shadow as certain members of Congress and former administrations.  He has achieved some very impressive things despite the lack of support by members of his own party in Congress.  One of his accomplishments has been to virtually dismantle and obliterate the Obama Legacy and expose it for what it truly is.  Republicans claimed to want that, but the members of the House and Senate who are part of the RINO resistance and Never Trump coalition never meant what they said.  They made those promises and claims to elicit votes and win election or reelection.  Someone said, “Silence is golden, but when your Freedom is at stake it is yellow.”  Sadly, too many are exposing the yellowness of their spine rather than goldenness.

The Left believes that the policies they embrace are a birthright.  They believe that the Constitution is an antiquated dinosaur that must be revised, reinterpreted, removed, and ignored.  It, as lamented, the former president “prevents them from doing what they want.”  THANK GOD!  Liberalism has become a religion and a type of opioid that drugs the liberal mind to the point that they can worship at no other altar and pursue no other objective.  Never mind the failures of their policies and agenda.  Never mind the inadequacy of their ideological pursuits.  Never mind, the damage it does to the Republic – IT MUST BE OBEYED or ELSE!

The Left and too many on the Right are left in shock at the failure of the Leftists, the activist, the MSM, Hollywood, etc. to shake Trump from his agenda.  He is accused of being incoherent and unfocused but when I consider what has happened in less than two years under his administration that claim seems a bit out of step with reality.  They cannot understand how this non-politician’s behavior is not dictated by the opinion of others especially the Democrats and media.  He does not embrace the Code of Politics that seems to be an unwritten law in Washington, adhered to by both Republicans and Democrats.  He came from the outside and he has become their mortal enemy.  Their hate of anyone and anything that dares to refuse to worship at the altar of liberalism and Donald Trump has refused, thus far.  They take out their hate on anyone surrounding him, his nominees, and every policy he puts forth.  It does not matter that the Tax Cuts have given new life to the Economy.  Their objective and agenda are to REMOVE TRUMP first and focuses on America second, if at all.  His campaign slogan and motto, “Make America Great Again” is so infuriating to them some, like Andrew Cuomo declares, “America was never that great” or Meghan McCain, “America was always great.”  Acknowledging his accomplishments is beyond them.

The Left and some on the Right have decried his tariffs and insisted they would destroy the economy.  Amazingly, jobless claims fell to a new post-1969 record of 203,000 recently.  His trade negotiations with China and others seem to be opening the door to new agreements that are good for America.  However, the Left finds it impossible to give him credit for his business acumen and his resolve to address issues with America’s interest at the forefront.  NOPE, He is not one of them, and is impeding their progress, therefore, HE MUST BE DESTROYED!

They find it impossible to acknowledge a Truth that Conservatives and Constitutionalist have believed for a long time, Lowering Taxes does increase revenue.  It has provided nearly one-third of a trillion dollars in six months after the cuts in investment in employee training and infrastructure by American companies.  THAT IS AMAZING and worthy of praise.  The federal government collected a record $1.3 TRILLION in income taxes through the first nine months of FY18, beating the previous record by $71 BILLION.  THAT IS AMAZING!  Who knew that about half of all Americas were Nazis before he won the White House.  ABSURD, of course by that is the position of the Leftists.

Another inconvenient truth is that the Racism problem is the Left’s problem, not the Right.  Before you scream obscenities at me, take a look at who is spouting the Racist Comments and ascribing to Racist positions.  It is not the Right, by and large, but the Left, almost totally.  President Trump’s approval rating among Blacks has soared to 36% which is unheard of for any Republican since possible Abraham Lincoln.  His support among Hispanics has climbed an impressive 10 percentage points since summer, even while he and his family have incurred some brutal and heartless criticism and accusations.  The problem for the Left is Trump’s sound economic policies that benefit EVERYONE are hard to tear apart and people on both sides of the aisle (the rank and file) are realizing this is GOOD and WANT MORE.

Also, if anyone still argues there is no Deep State and Political Swamp in America they are surely blind and incapable of cognitive thought, but some of those exist.  When we consider the incredible corruption and collusion by the loyalist to Hillary and the Democratic Party in the FBI, CIA, IRS, DOJ, and State Department we cannot ignore the reality of the Deep State’s existence.  Trump has stirred up that hornet’s nest and the Hornets are determined to sting him to death.  The Russian collusion fabrication is a fraud and farce, yet, Mueller and his team continue and will continue UNTIL they find something to discredit Trump or fabricate it or UNTIL the GOP develops enough spine or Jeff Sessions does his job and says ENOUGH of this madness.

America has been Great and can be Great again and even Greater than at any time in our history.  Donald Trump with all his bluster, bravado, flying thumbs, and shooting from the lip has been good for America economically.  He has been good for America regarding securing our borders and in our dealings with foreign governments.  He has been good for the cause of protecting our Freedoms and Liberties.  Is he flawless?  ABSOLUTELY NOT!  He is a flawed vessel but protecting our Freedoms, defending the Constitution, and restoring America to her rightful place in the world and making life better for all Americas is in his heart.  I believe that, even if you do not.  I believe that He loves America, unlike the most recent president who preceded him.

We have the choice of allowing America to fall into the hands of the Left who want to complete the task of ‘fundamental transformation’ or we can elect Republicans and prevent the Blue Wave and the Government takeover they desire.  I stand firmly on the side of Faith, Family, and Freedom and ask that you join those of us who have taken that stance.  REMEMBER NOVEMBER and make the wave RED not BLUE.

God bless you and God bless America!

CONSERVATIVES, CONSTITUTIONALIST, CHRISTIANS, and PATRIOTS – “Never Forget Who and What We Are Fighting.”


BLOG POST 1 - Enemy

Some will probably attempt to castigate me over the inclusion of Christians in my title, but I believe it is apropos and the importance of the political process to followers of the Christian faith is unmistakable.  I would never go as far as some on my side of the aisle and argument, that one cannot be a Christian and a Democrat.  I believe that is not only in error but rises to the level of Pharisaism that is important to avoid.  Just because people do not agree with us does not automatically make them evil, it may simply be they are misinformed or something, or it could mean that we are.  I always seek to stand with the revealed declaration of God through the Bible and in all matters political that conflict with those prescribed edicts I oppose the politics and/or the politician desires to advance those ideologies.

We are traversing some incredibly dangerous waters nationally and that causes great trepidation in my heart.  I am concerned, and almost fearful for my nation and believe that the rift between various sectors, ideologies, and peoples is plunging us headlong into the abyss of destruction.  The incessant diatribe and rhetoric of the Media, Hollywood liberal elitist, activist, and politicians is not just dangerous it is both diabolical and destructive.  I don’t care if you are on the Right or the Left if you are fanning the flames of hate and not actively seeking a peaceable solution to our differences you are or dangerously close to being part of the problem rather than the solution.  I will have push-back on that from both sides of the aisle but as a lover of Freedom, America, and God I can purpose no other course of action but trying to find common ground.  NO, I do not suggest that we violate our convictions ceding to the demands of agendas contrary and anathema to God’s Word.  I do not suggest that we cede our stance that the Constitution is the Law of the Land and our Inalienable Rights are not negotiable.  BUT, I do contend that we need to quell the anger, cease the superfluous diatribe and parroting of talking points and political soundbites and LISTEN to each other.  If we ever laid aside our biases and LISTENED, we would likely find more commonality than is being realized today.  We can continue the barbs and battle of words and find ourselves in a full-blown civil war that will destroy this Republic and allow for Tyrannical Despotism to arise out of a state of martial law.  NOBODY, on either side, should desire or be willing for that to transpire.

Recently in various states, there were special elections and primaries in which there were signs of corruption.  Some of the antics and events solidify my belief and argument that the Left is predisposed to doing whatever it takes to win or steal as many seats as possible in November.  In Ohio, the razor-thin lead by the Trump endorsed Republican over the Democrat has been taking some disturbing twists and with the input of John Kasich Ohio, one wonders how much help the Republicans will get from government officials in that state.  The miraculous discovery of “588” UNCOUNTED VOTES in a ‘so-called’ routine audit which provided a net gain of 190 votes for the Democrat is questionable. Amazingly, some of those votes were from people in excess of 115 years of age!  HOW CAN THAT HAPPEN?  How can the Dead Vote and that not be a problem?  It causes me to wonder what the outcome of the “provisional” and ‘absentee’ ballots will provide for the Democrat.  The plan of the Democrats is the eventual win by the Democrat. 

Why am I even concerned with this one race?  I am concerned because it appears that too many Republicans and Conservatives are willing to SIT HOME and allow the Left to win in November.  Many of us are unhappy with the GOP leadership in Washington in the House and Senate.  Many of us believe that the Republican Establishment is so anti-Trump they are willing to lose control of Congress and see America suffer rather than back his agenda, which is also the agenda of millions who voted for him.

If we allow the Democrats to regain power in November, there is far more at stake than meets the eye.  Think with me for a moment about the crucial committees that will be headed by Democrats should that happen.  Adam Schiff would most likely become the Chairman of the Intelligence Committee. THINK ABOUT THAT!  Adam Schiff!  Do you really want that to become a reality?  The congressman who brays like a Donkey about Russian collusion while covering up crimes by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, etc.  He would immediately halt any investigation into the Obama administration and focus all his energies and resources on Donald J. Trump.  He would turn that committee into a dogged determined “hunt for anything” against Trump and as we have already seen, the willingness to use phony intelligence and documents would not be off the table for him and them.

It does not take a Blue Wave for the Democrats to regain power.  It would only take a few thousand conservatives, constitutionalist, patriots, and/or Christians in each of the 23 pivotal congressional districts to STAY HOME and they achieve their objective.  Even if a ONE DEMOCRAT majority transpires we are in deep trouble in America.

If the Democrats continue their path toward Socialism and Big Government where Big Brother dictates every dimension of our lives they will either destroy themselves or the Republic.  On Donald Trump’s watch, we have seen unemployment drop to 3.8%, economic growth has doubled that of the Obama administration, taxes have been cut for 8 of 10 Americans, and the Obamacare individual mandate has been repealed.  We have seen serious efforts to overhaul the VA and there is a concerted effort to secure our borders and much more.  Yet, there are those who are Conservatives, Constitutionalist, Patriots, Republicans, and Christians who are so adamantly opposed to President Trump they cannot see the forest for the trees and deny, deny, deny his successes and ours.

I will say again and brace for the assault that will come from some detractors, “Donald Trump is not the enemy of America, Toxic Liberalism as demonstrated in the National Democratic Party is.”  No, I am not saying that every Democrat is the enemy of America but those at the top and those embracing the toxicity of the Liberal Socialist Agenda are!  We can prevent any rise in power by the Leftist in November IF and that is the key.  IF we Unite, become engaged, and participate in the Elections.  IT IS UP TO US!

God bless you and God bless America!

THE HEAVY WEIGHT OF HATE…


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I wish that I did not feel the need to write this article on HATE but I do.  I wish that the answer to Rodney King’s question, “Can’t we all just get along?” was YES, but it isn’t.  I wish that we could agree to disagree, be amicable, fight for our ideological positions in a civil manner, but it seems we cannot.  At least not in today’s PC Correct Political World.

It is my contention that the Liberal Left hates Donald J. Trump with such a passion that they would dance in the streets were he to meet his demise and no longer be present on Planet Earth.  I also contend that they hate him, not just because of who he is but because he has, largely, sided with those of us on the Right who stand for Conservative Constitutional Christian values.  They hate us and they hate him and now it is virtually impossible to determine who they hate more, him or us – but HATE US THEY DO.

Remember Hillary calling us DEPLORABLES and Obama’s description of us was BITTER CLINGERS who held onto our guns and their religion.  They hated us long before Donald Trump arrived on the political scene and will hate us long after he is gone.  The Inspector General’s report confirmed what it denied – POLITICAL BIAS in the FBI and if the truth were told in the DOJ, CIA, NSA, Homeland, and so many governmental bureaucracies.  The political bias is one-sided as was clearly revealed in the IRS scandals under Lois Lerner where conservative and Christians groups were targeted.  The FBI’s Peter Strozk and those working with him were determined to STOP TRUMP at all costs and it is now apparent that the costs will be astronomical for America going forward.  HATE is a powerful motivator, clouds all sense of reason, and justifies actions calling them the moral high-ground or righteous.  HATE is destructive, not productive and anyone who engages in the fury of hate is not just hurting the object of their hate but themselves as well.

Those who are classified as the middle-class have long experienced the intolerance and hatred of the Progressive Socialistic Liberal Leftists, largely Democrats on a national level.  The language and rhetoric of Hollywood and media personalities such as Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin, Joy Behar, Jimmy Kimmel, Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Maher, and an endless list of others are utterly repulsive.  I have never tried to paint Donald J. Trump as a saint but do believe that God had a hand in his election. You may disagree and argue that God does not get involved in politics.  I would argue against that based on the entire Bible and such references that inform us that he sets up and takes down leaders and that He is concerned with every detail of our lives.  If He is, as some like to argue, an “absentee landlord” then He is not the God of the Bible, in my view.  I don’t pray for God to help my favorite sports team win over another team but I do pray that God guide this nation and the elections directly impact the direction of the nation, so YES, I believe He gets involved.  HATE is never acceptable and it matters not if it is coming from the Left or the Right, HATE IS WRONG!

The PC Police of today, the censorship by Liberal Universities and the cry for silencing everything on the Right labeling it HATE SPEECH is rooted in hate, not the advancement of our nation or society.  The demand for TOLERANCE by the Left while demonstrating UNBENDING INTOLERANCE is not simply the result of hypocrisy it is the fruit of the root of HATE.  There are those who so HATE this President and any of us who support him to the point they would be filled with glee were America’s economy to collapse, and this President was to fail at every turn in diplomacy and the fulfillment of his campaign promises.  I wish I could say this was a passing fad or condition but I believe it is the result of decades of HATE being taught and caught and is now generational as well as ideological.  We are living in a world where we have at least two if not three generations of indoctrinated haters in all aspects of our society.  That can only result in dire times and incredibly dark days for America and Americans.

Let me give you a sampling of some things said by Liberal Leftists Democrats regarding those on the Right:

  • Montel Williams – “Michele Bachmann, slit your wrists. Go ahead… or, do us a better thing.  Move that knife up about two feet. Start right at the collarbone.”
  • Rapper Everlast’s tirade was filled with “F” bombs about the president and suggested that if the Secret Service was not on their toes, he’d take out the president.
  • Bill Maher – “I have zero doubt that if Dick Cheney was not in power, people wouldn’t be dying needlessly tomorrow… I’m just saying if he did die, other people, more people would live. That’s a fact.”
  • Courtland Milloy – “I know how the ‘tea party’ people feel, the anger, venom, and bile that many of them showed during the recent House vote on health-care reform. I know because I want to spit on them, take one of their “Obama Plan White Slavery” signs and knock every racist and homophobic tooth out of their Cro-Magnon heads.”
  • Charles Karel Bouley said on the air – “I want MF Joe the plumber dead.”
  • Representative Paul Kanjorski, (D-PA) – suggested putting Governor Scott from Florida against the wall and shoot him.
  • Stephen Crockett called for strapping Katherine Harris and Ken Blackwell to an electric chair and light them up like Christmas trees.
  • Allan Brauer, the communications chair of the Democratic Party of Sacramento County said to Ted Cruz staffer Amanda Carter – “May your children all die from debilitating, painful, and incurable diseases.”
  • Dan Savage – “I wish they (Republicans) were all (blankety-blank) dead.”

I try to be cautious about saying anything about someone deceased but Chef Anthony Bourdain said that he would poison Donald Trump if he had the chance.  Remember Kathy Griffin and a host of others and the vile language and calls for violence against Trump and his supporters.  THAT IS HATE!

We can never achieve the greatness that America was and can be if we continue down the road of HATE.  Some may not like this statement, but WE NEED A REVIVAL IN AMERICA.  We need a move of God where hearts are changed.  We do not all have to agree or want the same thing but we need to be healed from the condition of HATE that is now prevalent.

God bless you and God bless America!

 

 

INDEPENDENCE and FREEDOM…


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July 4th – Independence Day America!  The Fourth of July also known as Independence Day has been a federal holiday since 1941.  The tradition of public celebration dates back to the American Revolution.  On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of Independence, and two days later delegates from 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence.  President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said of December 7th, 1941 that it was a ‘Day that would live in infamy’ and I contend that July 4th, 1776 is also a Day that lives perpetually or should in the hearts of all Americans.  There were battles that broke out before that date dating back to April 1775 over one year earlier.  The foundation for War was being etched in stone and in the hearts of many in the colonies.  The pamphlet “Common Sense” published by Thomas Paine in early 1776 was a significant factor in the education of the public of the situation and articulated the reasons for demanding Independence.  It was not until June 7th, when the Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia when Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies’ independence.  The ball was now rolling and the eventual prize of Liberty and Freedom was won years later.  But, July 4th, 1776 is a Key Date in our American History and one that far too few know anything about today.  John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date to celebrate the birth of America and turned down invitations to appear at July 4th events.  It is interesting that both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4th, 1826.

There were patriotic celebrations after the War and it became an even more popular tradition after the War of 1812 when the United States once again faced Great Britain.  In 1870, the United States Congress made July 4th a federal holiday but it was not until 1941 that the provision was expanded to make it a PAID HOLIDAY for all federal employees.  The most common symbol of our Independence is the American Flag accompanied by the playing of singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”  That today is being tarnished with the disrespect to the flag and the sacrifices made by patriots and heroes of bygone eras as well as today’s heroes in combat.  I salute all who have served and are serving.  I salute all the first responders and law enforcement members.  I salute every American Patriot who loves America enough to give his or her life for Faith, Family, and Freedom as embodied in America!

On this day we celebrate our American Independence.  As we do, I hope that we do more than have the obligatory cookout, trip to the lake, picnic, or relaxing day off work.  I hope that we reflect on the incredible sacrifices made by the Revolutionary War Patriots and the amazing Gift of God in the Republic we know as the United States of America.  I realize that today many on the Left, the MSM, and Hollywood liberals do not see America in the grid of the Constitution and in harmony with the vision and desire of our Founding Fathers.  That makes me sad, but I face it as a reality.  They do not believe in the Original Intent of the Framers of the Constitution and often refer to that document as antiquated and outdated. Former President, Barack Obama called it a “Document of Negative Liberties” and lamented that it restricted the government too much and prevented him from doing what he wanted to do.  Although, he ignored it often, and declared that he was president and could do whatever he pleased.  He even said that if Congress failed to do his bidding he had a ‘pen and phone’ and would ‘go it alone.’  Those on the Left seem to believe that the Constitution is a living document that evolves with the changing whims of politicians and ideologies rather than being a concrete directive that gives perpetual guidance for a Free Society.  That makes me sad, but I accept it as a reality of the evolution of modern politics and the growth of Fabian Socialism and the toxicity of liberalism in America today.

As we reflect on July 4th, Independence Day, I am reminded of some interesting realities about the Original Patriots of this Great Nation.  In my studies, I found that it was Benjamin Franklin who first used the term “patriot” and used it regularly in the years before the American Revolution.  It appears that the term caught on and was embraced by the public and the military resulting in that distinction being given to the colonial soldiers who fought the British in the War for Independence.  Through the years I have come to realize that many seem to have a very romanticized view of the Revolutionary War.  I’ve heard those who are charged with teaching history contend that those fighting against the Loyalist or Tories were ideological soldier-farmers.  History does not support that assertion and historical facts reveal that General George Washington relied on poor laborers who were motivated to join the army because they were offered money and land for their service.  The record indicates that by 1778, half of those serving were not of English descent and the pay the soldiers were promised was often delayed or never arrived.  It was a massive struggle and that makes the success an even greater miracle and/or mystery.  To not see the hand of God and the providence of the Almighty in this victory is beyond my ability to comprehend.

As all conflicts that are rooted in politics and ideology, we discover that families were torn apart by the conflict and the differing ideological views.  One such example is Timothy Pickering, Jr., an adjutant general in General Washington’s Continental Army but his father remained a staunch Tory until his death.  Pickering entered the Revolutionary War as a Colonel in 1775 and after the War was appointed by President George Washington as ad interim Secretary of State on August 20, 1795, and elevated to the official position on December 10, 1795.  John Adams dismissed him on May 12, 1800.  When Pickering learned of his father’s imminent death, he wrote a letter to his father to thank him for his example, even when their opinions differed.  He said, “When I look back on past time, I regret our difference of sentiment in great as well as (sometimes) in little politics; as it was a deduction from the happiness otherwise to have been enjoyed.”  One of the many stories of how families were split over the decision to fight for independence and not all were as amicable as the Pickering situation.

One of the more light-hearted moments of the War came during or after the intense struggle in the Battle of Brandywine.  In 1777 where the Colonist were defeated by the British.  General Washington found a dog sniffing around the camp with tags indicating that it belonged to British General William Howe.  The dog was returned to General Howe with a note attached, “General Washington’s compliments to General Howe.  He does himself the pleasure to return his dog, which accidentally fell into his hands.”  There can be civility even in hostilities.

Everyone fighting on the side of the colonist was not a solid citizen and history reveals that some of the Patriots were Pirates.  Great Britain had the most powerful navy in the world in 1776 but the American Patriots managed to recruit some privateers and their armed ships to fight for the fledgling nation.  Nearly 800 vessels were commissioned, and they ultimately captured or destroyed approximately 600 British ships.  An American navy could never have defeated the British Armada those privateers caused about $18 MILLION in damage to British shipping by the end of the war. That would be over $302 MILLION in today’s dollars.

General George Washington was masterful in the use of spies and had an extensive spy network during the war!  The undercover patriots included farmers, tailors, merchants, ordinary citizens as well as military officials who were engaged in covert activities and spying.  The Spy Ring was directed by Benjamin Tallmadge or “John Bolton,” who created a complex system of coded messages for the operatives.  Women were also used and the network was complex and extensive.  Those spies listened in on British conversations at a vast arena of locations all over the colonies.  In 1780 they uncovered the British plan to ambush French troops and they spread misinformation about the size of the Colonial Army to the British.  This network was so successful that one British officer said, “Washington did not really outfight the British.  He simply out-spied us.”

Women played a significant role as was reflected in the efforts of Margaret Cochran who married John Corbin in 1772 and joined her husband in the war efforts. She cooked, did laundry, cared for the sick and wounded nursing them to health and even dressed as a man and joined her husband in the Battle of Fort Washington, assisting him in loading the cannon.  He was killed and she took over firing the cannon.  She too was wounded and her left arm nearly severed and her jaw severely wounded. She survived the battle and was awarded a life-long pension equivalent to one-half that received by male soldiers, becoming the first female combat veteran of the war to receive a pension.

One of the turning points in the war was fought in South Carolina in 1781 and was a major turning point in the Revolution.  The Battle of Cowpens was a major success for the American Patriots and thanks to the help of spy/messenger Catherine Moore Barry who knew the trails well notified the militia of the approaching British troops and helped General Morgan lay a trap for Cornwallis and the British providing a significant victory.

The amazing outcome and the subsequent establishment and development of the United States of America produced and continue to produce the best system of government and economics of any system practiced by man.  America won her Independence and became a Free Nation and would become the Free Constitutional Republic established with the ratification of the American Constitution.  I pray that on July 4th, 2018 we will remember what transpired in 1776 and then when the Constitution was signed and later ratified.  WE ARE FREE because of the sacrifices of many and because of the providence and hand of God.

God bless you and may we never forget the Gift He has given us.  God bless America!

 

WHY I STILL HAVE HOPE…


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My heart has been heavy over this past year because of the over-the-top diatribe, rhetoric, protests, incessant wrangling and partisan jockeying to hurt, remove or destroy the duly elected President of these United States.  Couple that with the activities or lack of support by the Establishment Republicans and the Never Trump crowd, we have seen a golden opportunity slip through our fingers.  I and many others warned after the election in 2016 that we had a very small window of opportunity given us.  That opportunity was to restore and reclaim our Constitutional Republic, rekindle the Spirit of 1776 advancing the cause of Constitutional Liberty and Freedom, jumpstarting the economy, securing the border, and reestablishing America at the forefront of world policies and politics.  There is a country song by Dierks Bentley, “What Was I Thinkin’” and I often wonder what the Republicans have been thinking?  I have wondered and still do, what they perceive is the benefit of being weights against the progress of the conservative agenda that enabled Donald J. Trump to win the Presidency and the Republicans to maintain control of both Houses of Congress?  I would like to confront each of them and ask, “What Are You Thinking?”  Better yet, “Why Aren’t You Thinking?”

That being said, I STILL HAVE HOPE for America!  NO, I do not think we will successfully drain the Swamp or dismantle the Deep State during President Trump’s first term in office.  There are too many so-called Republicans who claim to embrace the principles of constitutionalism and conservativism who have been and will continue to resist.  What are they thinking?  Do they honestly believe that all their constituents are so blind, dumb, and lazy that we cannot see what is happening and recognize the MISSED OPPORTUNITIES?  I do believe the answer to that is, YES!  They have been successful at the polls enough they believe that we will forgive and forget, or we will never truly understand the damage they are doing and the squandering of opportunities.  HEY, CONGRESS – We are waking up!

Someone asked me, “Roy do you believe it is your assignment to save the world?”  I wish I could, but NO I believe that it is my assignment to INFORM as many people as I can regarding what is happening in politics and life and point them to a BETTER WAY.  I don’t know how many I have won over effecting a change of mind or heart during the past few years of active involvement on Social Media, and speaking wherever and whenever I can to expose the lies and present the truth politically, economically, and societally.  I have a better handle on those I have influenced positively spiritually and that is far more important to me.  Yet, I hope I have been an encouragement to those who are lovers of Liberty and Freedom and American Patriots.  I hope that I have, at times, armed you with information that enables you to solidify your beliefs and counter the leftist liberal arguments of Progressivism and Socialism.  If I have, then my time has been well spent.  On Facebook, I only go a few days at a time before someone bids me adieu because of some stance I have taken either politically, morally, or biblically.  I don’t always know why they left or who it is that left but my friends list decreases.  I only mention that to say, I take heart in the words of Winston Churchill, “You have enemies?  Good.  That means you’ve stood up for something, in your life.”   Jesus said in Luke 6:26, “Woe to you when all people speak well of you and praise you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.”  He went on to admonish us to do good to those that hate us and that is incredibly difficult to do.  However, He did not say concede to their demands that you follow their ideological view when it is contrary to right and reason.  He prayed and urged us to be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”

But why am I still Hopeful?  There are many factors in my HOPE that I wish to mention and know that you will be able to add much more to this list.  I have HOPE because American is a Constitutional Republic.  We are not yet subjected to the whims of a Tyrant or Oligarchy, although the Ole Boy Crowd is trying to force that upon us.  The Courts, although failing at times, still recognize the Constitution as the Law of the Land.  The American people are showing signs of waking up and desiring a return to Constitutionalism in this nation.  We managed to defeat one of the most prolific leftists in modern American history in Hillary Rodham Clinton in November 2016 and maintained control of both Houses of Congress.  The Constitution has provided us a basis of self-government for 241 years, if we use July 4, 1776, as the birthdate of the Republic.  Even Barack Hussein Obama lamented that the Constitution was a document too restrictive on government and that it was a document of “negative liberties.”  He believed as do the leftist that our Rights come from Government, but the Founders and Framers insisted they do not come from man but for the Creator Himself and therefore man has no right to attempt to take them away.  Therefore, providing we can secure the appointment of additional Supreme Court Justices who will honor the Constitution and Rule of Law we will not only survive but thrive and can return to our constitutional and moral moorings that enabled the United States of America to become the great nation she has been for these 200 plus years.

I have HOPE because I believe in God and believe in the power of prayer.  You may vehemently disagree that God’s hand was in the election of 2016 and that is your right, but I believe that the polls were not that wrong UNTIL something changed hearts and minds as they went to the voting booths across this land.  What was that something?  I believe it was God giving America another chance and opening a small window of opportunity for us to RETURN to the Principles upon which this nation was founded and has survived almost 2 ½ centuries.  PLEASE DO NOT ASSUME that I am saying that Donald J. Trump is a saint or even a righteous man.  I don’t know his heart so I will leave that determination to the Lord Himself.  However, I do believe that in his heart of hearts something happened to him to inspire him to run for office with a desire to see America return to her former greatness.  I also believe that during the campaign, based on what I observed and what I’ve heard from some men of God who had direct contact with him, that there was a new or renewed willingness to pursue what is right and needed in America.  He is not the typical political ideologue and therefore his manner of doing things is outside the proverbial politically box.  He is who he is and has always been.  He is a fighter, a businessman, and as most politicians quite egotistical.  I believe that his business background and desire for success affords him the ability to cross political lines to get things done.  He appears more interested in achieving the objective than who he works with to get there.  That can be good and bad depending on the objective and the compromises made.

How can we ignore the incredible rise in the Stock Market, and the willingness to take on difficult issues as well as restoring America’s stance with despots and terrorist to a position of strength?  Again, you may disagree with that assessment, but the judicial appointments encourage me.  However, the inclusion of some Swamp Denizens in his cabinet and the allowing Obama holdovers to remain in various appointive positions is troubling.  I choose to give him the benefit of the doubt and pray that he will do the right thing for America and continue to move us toward a return to Constitutionalism.  If he does that, America will reap the rewards for decades to come.

I have HOPE because I see the opportunity if the GOP Establishment will get out of the way, to solidify the hold on Congress in 2018 and take a giant step in 2020.  It could go bad quickly if the Establishment makes 2018 a carbon copy of 2017 in their resistance to what we voted for and what they promised.  But, I HAVE HOPE that enough people will intercede, become involved in the process, and exercise their Constitutional Right and VOTE for America in every election.

God bless you and God bless America!

THE QUESTION NOBODY SEEMS TO WANT TO ASK???


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In today’s politically correct world where the Left continually argue that the millionaires and billionaires are evil, press for redistribution of wealth, and fan the flames of CLASS WARFARE regarding MONEY something is missing, in my view.  When did it become socially, morally, and politically right to take from someone who earned, created, or inherited and give it to someone who did nothing to deserve it?  I have a question for all the HATERS of those who are wealthy, (I am not wealthy or a hater).  If someone is worth $100 today and 3, 5, 10 years later through their entrepreneurial ventures, hard work, or good fortune become worth $100 million how is that wrong and how is it right for you to expect to share in their wealth?

I agree with Thomas Jefferson in his letter to Joseph Milligan dated April 6, 1816, “To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.”  James Madison said it in a different way when he addressed the Virginia Convention, “It is sufficiently obvious, that persons and property are the two great subjects on which Governments are to act; and that the rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted. These rights cannot well be separated. The personal right to acquire property, which is a natural right, gives to property, when acquired, a right to protection, as a social right.”  If you earned it, worked for it, invented something or inherited something IT IS YOURS and NO ONE deserves any portion of it other than what you CHOOSE to share with them.  If they are in your employ they deserve their salary and any agreed upon benefits or bonuses you choose to convey to them, NOTHING MORE.  If your good fortune is to become wealthy that is nothing to me unless an inspiration to try harder, venture and risk more and strive to climb that ladder.  The Bible warns against COVETOUSNESS.  It also addresses GREED, but a greedy heart affects me only as I do business with that individual.

Warren Buffett, reportedly worth over $75 BILLION continues to spin the idea that there is something inherently flawed and possible evil in our Capitalist System while enjoying the benefits of that system.  His rhetoric is a page out of the Leftist Playbook and although he and other MULTI-BILLIONAIRES talk about how mistreated and lacking the rest of society is, few of them are opening their checkbooks to those who are on the lower end of the spectrum.  Some of them do, but the problem is not that the system is flawed it is that some do not invest the time, energy, ideas, and pursue the doors of opportunity to achieve that dream of wealth.  Many complain about some from other parts of the world who immigrate to America becoming wealthy.  On one hand, when the government subsidizes those individuals but not natural born Americans I find that objectionable.  But, when I view the work ethic, the entrepreneurial energy and willingness to risk all that produces success I applaud and sometimes am shamed by the fact that I have not demonstrated the same enterprise.

It is my personal view, and that of our Founders and the Framers of the Constitution that PROPERTY RIGHTS are as important as the other rights.  I wonder how it would be perceived today had the Declaration of Independence used the Lockean formula, “life, liberty, and property” rather than “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?”  That would be a death knell to the Leftist Democrat philosophy and argument that the rich are evil and their ability to engender CLASS HATRED in millions.  Would it have caused or cause people to realize that what one has is theirs and if you do not have it is incumbent on you to either recognize you cannot afford it and deal with that or labor and save to acquire it?  Would it have inspired more to RISK in the arena of economics?  Would it diffuse the Class Hatred?  Had that been the stated philosophy in the Declaration of Independence rather than the inferred philosophy it possibly would have an effect on many today.  That was the view of our Founders and Framers and not until we entered the 20th Century where people adopted a mentality of entitlement and political bribery to secure votes people may have envied the rich but they understood a simple truth, forgotten today.  That truth was that what someone else had was theirs and theirs alone!

In the new TAX REFORM bill passed by Congress and signed into law by the President the political views on both sides of the aisle have allowed it to be flawed.  There are good things in it, but there is bad in it as well.  Take the property tax exemptions being reduced, that is bad not for blue states or red states but PEOPLE.  If you used your money to purchase the property it is yours.  Some Republicans called the deduction a government subsidy.  SERIOUSLY?  I paid taxes on the money used to buy the property and now I must pay taxes on the property and now by paying this tax and not being allowed to deduct it, I am paying more taxes or in a very real sense a second tax on that money.  If we had a flat or fair tax I would find it less offensive to take the mortgage deduction away.  However, when anyone argues it is not fair because everyone cannot afford a mortgage I go back to the arguments of Jefferson and Madison and ask, “Is everyone entitled to a mortgage?”  Are we a Socialist country where the government basically owns everything, and everyone has property equally or are we a Free Enterprise nation where our financial system is capitalism?  Are we obligated to guarantee everyone a home, a job, a car, a cell-phone, the internet, a computer, or even healthcare?  Have we become a nation where what you have or what you have earned is not yours but belongs to the government allowing them to redistribute it to whomever they choose? 

If you become a BILLIONAIRE overnight that affects me ZERO and I will never hate you for being so fortunate.  I will fight against envy for that is biblically and morally wrong.  I may admire you and be inspired by your good fortune or success and listen carefully for opportunity’s knock on my door, but hate you I will not.  No, I do not believe that simply being rich makes one evil.  I do not believe that anyone has the right to demand from another what that person has earned or owns.  It may be morally questionable for them to horde their wealth and ignore the plight of others, but I have no right to demand they SHARE THE WEALTH.  I have the right to “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” which would include the right to attempt to climb the ladder of success.  I personally, invested most of my adult life in the gospel ministry and in that have not amassed a lot of this world’s goods.  That is not a complaint because I would not trade my experience and service for the billions of the Warren Buffets of this world.  I know what it is to live from paycheck to paycheck or offering to offering.  I know what it is to pray your vehicle from one destination to another asking for divine help in keeping it intact and running because there was not enough money to replace or repair it.  I know what it is like to make $50 per week and spend $25 every two weeks at the doctor’s office caring for a child.  I know what it is like to be POOR and I know what it is like to have enough to not worry about things like I mentioned.  As the apostle Paul, “I know what it is like to be abased and to abound” but neither is my focus.  If I ENVY you and allow HATE to develop a root of bitterness will develop and I will be affected and others as well.  I, as do most of you, know some wealthy people who are incredibly generous and some who are stingy.  I believe Luke 6:38, “Give, and it will be given to you.  They will pour into your lap a good measure – pressed down, shaken together, and running over [with no space left for more].  For with the standard of measurement you use [when you do good to others], it will be measured to you in return.”  What you GIVE you GET.  You reap WHAT you sow, LATER than you sow, and MORE than you sow.  If you have abundance, I praise God for you that He has blessed you so.  If you have lack, I pray to God that He provide your every need according to His riches in Glory in Christ Jesus.  Yes, I connect my faith to my politics and make no apology for it because it has shaped my worldview and life view.

God bless you and God bless America!

 

 

WHAT WE NEED IS A SPIRITUAL REVIVAL AND RENEWAL…


BLOG POST 2 - Revival

I am cognizant that some who read what I write do not share my Christian faith and may disagree with my assertion or argument that what America needs is a Spiritual Revival or Renewal.  I believe that this nation has drifted from its moral moorings and the only way we are going to truly restore, revive, preserve, and perpetuate our Republic is to return to our moral and spiritual moorings as well as our constitutional foundations.  I do not believe that is possible aside from a God.  There again, if one does not believe in God or does not believe God involves Himself in the affairs of men, my argument may be like fingernails on a chalkboard.  But, if you do believe in God and can see, even slightly, the drift in our moral foundations I would encourage you to engage in Prayer for this nation.

Some argue vehemently and stand staunchly against anything biblical being connected to matters of state.  They adopt the argument of “Separation of Church and State” as being a mandate to eliminate everything biblical or of the Christian faith from physical properties or political deliberations in government.  I disagree!  I do believe, as is detailed in our Constitution and validated in the writings of our Founders and the Framers of the Constitution that WE THE PEOPLE should be allowed the Free Exercise of our Faith and Worship. I also believe, as that document details that the State SHOULD NOT establish a national church or name any religion as the State Religion.  Additionally, I believe that the teachings of the Bible and the precepts taught in the Christian Religion were an integral part of the deliberations of those men who hammered out our Constitution and System of Government.  I believe that the moral precepts and principles taught in the Bible have been a strong fiber in our preservation as a Republic for these 200 plus years.  You may disagree and that is your right.

I cannot ignore the many references those men made to the Bible and how important they believed its truths were to our society.  That is evidenced by their inclusion of the Bible in public education, their prayers for God’s favor in deliberations, the fact that Congress printed a Bible for public consumption, and much more.  I am sure that many of you are aware that the Capitol Building, often served as a home for religious gatherings in times past.  Today, that would incur the ire of many and would land in the courts in protest.  Amazingly, our Framers and the Founders did not see it as a violation of the so-called “Separation” many demand today.  For most of the 1800’s, the Capitol building also served as a Church building and became the largest congregation in Washington, D.C. It also hosted Christian gatherings other than weekly church worship services.  In 1844, according to Congressional records: Congress ordered that the use of the Hall of this House (the Capitol) be allowed to the American Bible Society on Tuesday evening next.

It was in that particular gathering that John Quincy Adams, a very elderly man and serving as a member of the House of Representatives as well as an officer in the American Bible Society addressed the gathering in the House Chamber.  The same room he would die in three years later.  He reminisced about his decades of involvement with the Society and said: “Fellow citizens and members of the Bible Society: In taking the chair as the oldest Vice President of the society, I deem myself fortunate in the opportunity… to bear my solemn testimonial of reverence and gratitude to that Book of books, the Holy Bible… Having been taught in childhood the unparalleled blessings of the Christian Gospel, in the maturity of manhood I associated with my brethren of that age for spreading the light of that Gospel over the face of the earth [the American Bible Society was founded in 1816 by several distinguished Found Fathers] … It is a soothing consolation to my last hours that having so long been associated in this cause with the fathers, I still find myself associated in it with the sons.” 

He was so thrilled with the fact that this society and Christianity was able to express itself in the Hallowed Halls of the American Capitol he reportedly wept.  He believed and expressed his belief that the Society would continue and that our government would always recognize the importance of the Bible and God in our deliberations.  Sadly, he was wrong!  Rather than continuing to recognize the Bible’s importance in life and government the litigations to prevent that continue to increase in number each year.

He concluded his remarks saying: “The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith.  Whoever believes in the Divine Inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth.  Never since the foundation of the world have the prospects of mankind been more encouraging to hope than they appear to be at the present time.  And may the associated distribution of the Bible proceed and prosper till the Lord shall have made “bare His Holy arms in the eyes of all the nations, and the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.”  Isaiah 52:10

I believe that the greatest need America has today in all aspects including social, economic, and political is a return to our founding principles and, in my view, that will ONLY COME through a Spiritual Revival and Renewal.  Therefore, I call all who believe in prayer and follow the Christian Religion to join me in praying for America.  We cannot overcome hate with hate.  We cannot survive divided to the point of violence in our society.  We cannot prosper as a nation when we violate the basic principles of Human Rights and Human Dignity.  We cannot devalue human life to the place that it is an afterthought to slaughter millions of innocent babies in the womb.  Some politicians are advancing the idea of “full term abortions” and how that can be deemed anything, but murder is beyond my ability to comprehend.  Our Framers and the Founders established this Republic on a basic principle that we must return to All men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights including, LIFE, LIBERTY, and the pursuit of HAPPINESS.”  No one is owed anything except the right to pursue their inalienable rights.

God bless you and God bless America!