Monthly Archives: October 2016

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Freedom OF Religion

I had somebody send me a private message asking me about the separation of church and state. Let’s be clear on the facts:

1. “Separation of church and state” isn’t in our Constitution or Declaration of Independence.

2. The idea was quoted by Jefferson in a letter to the Danbury Baptists. They were worried about the government interfering with their right to freely express their worship in private AND PUBLIC. Jefferson assured them that would NEVER happen because “there exists between church and state a wall of separation.” It is abundantly clear that the idea of separation is to protect the church from governmental interference. In other words Freedom OF Religion not Freedom FROM Religion. Our society today has it backwards.

3. I’ve heard many liberals quote the 1st Amendment establishment clause. The only problem is they don’t quote the entire thing:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF.” (Emphasis mine)

4. The clear intent of our Founding Fathers was for our government not to establish a forced governmentally imposed religion nor to prohibit people from exercising their religion FREELY in private or in public.

5. The whole non forced religion includes atheism. Yes that is a religion and it’s wrong for a government to force someone to adhere to its tenets just like it is wrong for a government to force someone to pray in Jesus’ Name.

6. Having said that, this is America. An atheist has the right to freely express their lack of belief in any deity and their total faith/belief in science in private and in public. Likewise a Christian has the right to freely express their faith in Christ in private and in public. If either offends your delicate little ears, GROW UP. Learn to ignore what you don’t agree with and move on.

7. Just because our country does not have Christianity as its official religion in no way, shape, or form negates the well documented historical FACT that our country was founded on Judeo-Christian ethics and principles. There has been, in the last 25 years, a push by historical revisionists to say all our Founding Fathers were Deists and even atheists. (It’s always entertaining to hear the revisionists change their stories as the years roll on) If you take the time to actually read our Founding Fathers’ own writings (which I have) you’ll find that they were men of deep faith and belief in God. Some attended church regularly. Others did not. But to say ALL were Deists or atheists is historical revisionist JUNK (<– being nice here) In fact, many of the original state constitutions required men to be men of faith in order to show their fitness to hold a public office.

8. When you erase God from the American equation you also erase the source of your rights. Consider 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.”

Jefferson (obviously NOT an atheist– neither was John Adams, James Madison, nor Benjamin Franklin who all had input on it) clearly stated he believed the basis of our rights as individuals came from a Sovereign God. Erase God and you’ve also erased the Source of your basic rights.

9. I believe the moral decay, multiple violent outbursts our society, and general disrespect for life, is due to a liberal, secular push to remove all aspects of God from society, including schools and government.

As Ronald Reagan said, “If we ever forget we’re one nation under God, we’ll be a nation gone under.”

And as Benjamin Franklin observed on July 28, 1787 when our Founding Fathers were called to pray at the Constitutional Convention:

“I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?”

This zealous push to erase God from public and private lives is pure bigotry. Practice whatever religion you like. But stop telling others what and where they may practice theirs. I have watched with great sorrow and now indignation the systematic targeting of Jews and Christians freely practicing their deeply held beliefs. Public figures who hold these beliefs are shamed into silence in the media by bigots and bullies.

God’s people need to rise up and say “enough” and take a stand! Vote not only on election day but also with your wallets as consumers! If it costs us everything, then so be it. Our Founding Fathers believed liberty was worth dying for. So did the Greatest Generation who saved us from Fascism in the 1940’s.

Where is that courage today? Where is that conviction? Or are we so obsessed with our own comforts of life that we’ve become a group of feckless weaklings who cower at criticism? People who have gone silent for fear of being labeled something we KNOW we’re NOT. Why???

History supports our cause. So does the Bible. Don’t back up. Take a stand. Let your voice be heard. Let’s share the conviction of Patrick Henry who believed the natural state of every man was freedom when he cried out:

“Give me Liberty or give me death!”

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Donald Trump and the Election

Many have asked me what I think of Donald Trump and the recently released recording from 11 years ago. Here’s what I think:

The thing Donald Trump said is vulgar and indefensible. End of story. He shouldn’t have said it. I’m grateful to God all of my private conversations with my friends haven’t been played for the world to hear. I’m also grateful for the grace of God and for His forgiveness in my life which I’m in desperate need of every day of my life. I haven’t met anyone yet who would like to have every moment of their life played out on YouTube for everyone to watch either. So the bottom line: What he said was awful and wrong. Period.

Having said that, I’m also appalled at the people who are castigating Trump while at the same time touting the integrity of Hillary Clinton. Really???? She is perhaps the most corrupt politician of our time. Here’s the truth, what Trump said was awful. What Clinton (both of them for that matter) DOES is awful. They’re both awful morally. Trump and Clinton. And if you can’t say that then YOU have an integrity problem and you’re blinded by your own political prejudices.

If you condemn what Trump said and you’re one of the 60 million Americans who watched/read “50 Shades of Grey” then you’re a hypocrite. If you condemn what was said but you’re watching rated R movies or (even worse) pornography, then you’re an even worse hypocrite. Don’t act shocked and appalled when you’re voluntarily giving your money to actors to talk that SAME EXACT WAY to you in your home or at the movies.

And while I’m on the subject of actors: Being able to memorize lines and realistically repeat them in front of a camera or on stage does NOT qualify you to tell me who to vote for nor does it make you an expert on public policy. Your personal moral lives are hardly lighthouses for all of us to aspire to either. Do us all a favor. Stick to acting and SHUT UP.

This election hasn’t been about morality for many, many months. It’s about who I feel will support the policies that most closely align with my beliefs. My hope has never been in either of the people running, though. I’m not counting on either of them to change my life. That’s my job, not theirs. I’m not counting on either of them to change the world. My Savior already did that.

So vote your conscience and who you feel will support the issues that matter the most to you. But please spare me the “My candidate is a bastion of morality and yours is a pig” posts because if I’m forced to vote for a moral person I’ll simply be writing in “Jesus Christ” and ignoring the rest of them.