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On the Refugee “Ban” by President Trump

After seeing a lot of the posts about the refugee ban I felt it was time for a little fact checking and clarity about this issue:

Let’s look at the FACTS:

  1. The 90 day ban does not extend to Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, or (inexplicably) Pakistan. These are the largest Islamic population centers in the world. I’m not exactly sure how the connection could be made about Muslims being targeted by Trump but if you read the actual executive order (http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/28/politics/text-of-trump-executive-order-nation-ban-refugees) there is no mention of any faith or for that matter any country, other than Syria. More on this later…
  2. Obama implemented a SIX MONTH BAN from Iraqi refugees in 2011. Here’s the link: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/al-qaeda-kentucky-us-dozens-terrorists-country-refugees/story?id=20931131 No outcry there by the media, of course, because it was Obama doing it and not Trump. By the way, Jimmy Carter banned Iranian refugees during his administration, too… a specifically targeted country by an American President (http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=33233). Again, no media outcry there. People are acting as if this is the first time something so egregious has ever been done in modern American history. I’m sorry, but that just isn’t true.
  3. The seven countries being reported by the mainstream media as affected by the ban are: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. Funny thing, though, you can’t find a mention of any of those countries (except Syria) in Trump’s Executive Order. It isn’t there. None of them.
    So how did those particular countries get singled out?
    Hold on to your hats here. It was done in the Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 and signed into law in December of 2015 as part of the Omnibus Appropriations Act by… President Barack Obama. That’s right. These countries that Trump is being castigated for “singling out” were originally singled out by an act that was signed into law by the Obama Administration. Read it for yourself: (http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/12/18/460281572/congress-sends-1-8-trillion-tax-and-spending-bill-to-president-obama) This so called “Muslim ban” was actually implemented by the Obama Administration but nobody said a word (again) because… well… it was the Obama Administration and he is a media darling. The bias of this is staggering.
    And why is Syria singled out? Here’s an article from a liberal magazine talking about how ISIS has used Syrian refugees coming to America as opportunities to smuggle in terrorist: http://www.newsweek.com/how-isis-smuggles-terrorists-among-syrian-refugees-453039 
  1. But is it actually a Muslim ban? Nope. In the 2015 Terrorist Travel Prevention Act that Obama signed and nor in Trump’s Executive Order is there one mention of the Muslim faith. Read it for yourself. (https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/158/text) It isn’t there. It is the liberal media blowing this up into an anti Muslim ban and many are willingly feeding on the frenzy.
  2. It’s for 90 days. This is to let the US border security breathe and better vet all people coming into this country. I’m all for immigrants coming to our country… LEGALLY. But if they’ve had ties to terrorist organizations then they shouldn’t be allowed. Where is the common sense among us? Shouldn’t this TEMPORARY ban be in place to make certain we’re all safe? Isn’t it worth vetting these immigrants to keep out radical Islamists who are hell bent on blowing us up and taking over the world? And what about refugees? I agree they should be able to come… again… LEGALLY.
  3. The slowing of immigrants to the U.S. has been going on since the 1980’s. When Reagan took office, the number of annual immigrants was at about 210,000. (This is according to the Migration Policy Institute if you’re interested in researching it for yourself).  Look at the graph below:Migration Policy

    It dropped to about 100,000 during his administration. Under Bush 41 and Clinton it climbed again to 122,000 but declined to 70,000 before Clinton left office in 2000. It dropped dramatically in 2001 (for obvious reasons) to 25,000 and has slowly but steadily climbed since then but has ALWAYS remained low (60,000 or less). It took its greatest jump in the last 2 years of Obama’s administration and (it’s interesting to note) the vast majority were from Muslim controlled countries. Trump’s proposal TEMPORARILY caps it at 50,000. That’s hardly a dramatic cut and not nearly what was implemented in previous administrations. With the threats to the United States it seems perfectly acceptable to me.

  4. “But the ones who committed terrorist acts in the US weren’t immigrants!” That’s not exactly correct. Many of them (including the shooter in the often ignored massacre in my hometown of Chattanooga) were children of immigrants from these countries. There is also strong evidence that many of them traveled to these countries to receive their indoctrination and training. The Boston Bombers Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who were widely reported as from Massachusetts (they actually just lived in Cambridge) were both Muslim refugees from Russia who came to America for asylum and then eventually perpetrated the Boston bombing.
  5. “But Trump is giving preferential treatment to Christians”. Here is where my view is admittedly biased. According to a January, 2017 report by a Research Firm in Massachusetts, over 900,000 Christians have been martyred worldwide in the last 10 years, many of those in Muslim controlled countries. (http://www.christianpost.com/news/over-900000-christians-martyred-for-their-faith-in-last-10-years-report-173045) They are fleeing for their lives and for the right to freely practice their religion, which many cannot do in their home countries for fear of death. Do you hear or read about that in the media? No. All that we hear reported is “All Muslims are peaceful people”. I’m sorry, that’s just not true. Radical Islam is a reality and, contrary to the previous administration’s assertion, is the most dangerous enemy the world is facing today.
    And if you’re going to cite the Crusades as evidence of violent Christians, please spare me. That was in the Middle Ages and few of those Christians read nor knew what the Bible actually said. If you’re going to cite others today who supposedly are Christians but commit violence against abortion clinics and other people spare me as well. Here is the difference: When a “Christian” commits violence they are acting in a way that is diametrically opposed to the Bible and the teachings of Jesus. When a radical Muslim commits Jihad they are acting in a way that is precisely in line with what is commanded in the Koran and they feel zero remorse for it.
    Are there peaceful Muslims? Sure. There are unorthodox believers in every religion. Are peaceful Muslims unorthodox? Not necessarily but here’s the incontrovertible fact: Not all Muslims are terrorists, but the VAST majority of terrorist attacks in the last 20 years have been perpetrated by Muslims. Radical Islamic Muslims. Radical Islamics have but one mission: to take over the world and convert every person to the Muslim faith or kill the ones who refuse to convert. They feel justified in lying (It’s called “Taqiya”. You can read about it here: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taqiya), stealing, cheating, murdering, subjugating women (I’m consistently amazed when a feminist defends Islam- you can read about some of the horrors perpetrated against them here: http://www.newenglishreview.org/Ankur_Betageri/Terror_beneath_the_Veil:_The_Subjugation_of_Muslim_Women_in_India), and sending their own children in as suicide bombers (again, cited here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/child-suicide-bombings_us_57bb87aae4b00d9c3a19a62f). This is what we’re fighting against. Negotiation will not work as they teach lying is perfectly acceptable if it accomplishes its purpose of converting infidels or eradicating them from existence. Toleration is not in their creed.
  1. Last of all, It has been astounding to the point of ludicrous to hear some the same people who applauded when our country was declared a secular country now call for us to act more “compassionately Christian.” Which one is it? You can’t have it both ways.
    Those who are saying it is the Christian thing to do to allow these refugees into our country and cite Scriptures of “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” and “suffer not the little children to come unto me”, let’s look at those.
    First of all, to apply these Scriptures to the refugees is way out of context. “Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not” was Jesus reaching out to the children for faith in Him. It would be more applicable to sharing Christ in public forums to children than to these refugees. And neither Scripture is talking about a country inviting refugees into it. It’s talking about Christians inviting them into their homes. I dare say many of the people decrying the plight of these refugees would change their convictions if it meant inviting people into their homes. Secondly, the mandate of Christ is not “allow people not like you into your country”. It is “Go make disciples of all nations.” The mandate of Christ is clearly for Christians to GO into the world and make disciples.

If all these refugees were allowed in… 100% of them…. actually… let’s double that: 200% of them, it still wouldn’t scratch the surface of poverty in the world. America can do so much more by being a safe, strong, prosperous nation and rendering assistance through financial means and missionary work than we can by simply opening our borders to everyone. That is insanity. I thought this video was incredibly insightful in explaining this. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y4jrxRL808) It’s only about 7 minutes long and worth your time if you’re really interested in helping with the immigration problem and our world as a whole.

This temporary ban will ensure America is safer. It is the right thing to do until our vetting process is in place. Nancy Pelosi said the Statue of Liberty is shedding tears today. I would say she’s not shedding nearly as many as she did on 9/11. Legal immigration is fine as long as there is screening and vetting in place. I’m all for people coming to America legally. Illegal immigration is not ok. We are a nation of freedom but we are also a nation of laws and those laws must be abided by.

 


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Israel

I just watched with much dismay the remarks by Secretary of State Kerry concerning our country’s position on Israel. I have some thoughts.

1. By abstaining, you did vote. You even admitted it in your speech “We voted with the values most consistent with our beliefs.” Pilate also “abstained” from voting for Jesus, Mr. Kerry.

2. You have vehemently denied colluding with the enemies of Israel in Egypt on December 12 even though your schedule clearly shows you were there. What happened in that meeting? What was discussed? If it was all an innocent conversation, then why didn’t you address it in your remarks today?

3. You keep touting the “Two State” solution for Israel. Pressure has been brought to bear on the Obama administration to officially recognize a Palestinian state. Let’s go ahead and address this.

a. There has never been a “Palestine”. EVER. That name was coined by the British when they occupied the area. The Jewish people have NEVER been Palestinians. There is some debate about an Egyptian terminology of an area south of Syria but it is much disputed and unproven. Again- study history– There is not nor has there even been a Palestinian state in the history of our world. Period.

b. Israel (according to the Bible) is God’s chosen land and the Jewish people are God’s chosen people. There have been attempts by some to incorporate “replacement theology” saying Christians have replaced the Jewish people. It simply isn’t true nor is it Biblical.

c. President Harry Truman knew the Bible. He read it often. It was this background and the urging of his Jewish lifelong friend, Eddie Jacobson, that persuaded him to recognize Israel. The United States, in fact, was the FIRST country to officially recognize the state of Israel.

d. The Oslo Accords in 1993 gave away quite a bit to the Palestinians. It was hailed as a victory for peace and the participants received a Nobel Peace Prize. The guidelines of that accord have been broken. Nearly all of them– and not by Israel. This push for a two state solution is a rehash of what Jimmy Carter tried to do in the 1970’s (and failed miserably– look at it today)

e. In EVERY instance where Israel has given territory to the PLO it has only resulted in that area becoming war torn and sinking into squalor. In my trips to Israel I have watched with great sadness the areas I have previously been able to visit which used to be quite lovely that now look like garbage dumps.

f. The Palestinians continue to fire missiles into Israel. It is an almost daily occurrence these people live with. It is an accepted part of life that we in the the US will (I hope) never have to live with or understand. The Iron Dome keeps Israel (mostly) safe today. I have watched (in horror) these feckless cowards use children as shields and knowingly send their children into harms way for nothing more than bad publicity against Israel.

g. The Palestinians are NOT interested in a two state solution. They want it ALL. They hate the Jewish people and want them out. They don’t recognize their claim to that area, even though it has been their land for more than 3000 years.

h. To say the Western Wall (one of the most holy sites for the Jewish people) belongs to Palestine would be the equivalent of saying Mecca really belongs to the Christians. It’s stupid. Secretary Kerry– you are either ignoring history or you’re simply ignorant of it.

i. The Palestinians (and radical Islamics for that matter) will continue to play “peaceful” at the negotiation tables until they get everything they want and then they will do what they’ve ALWAYS done– take over with martial law (or Sharia in the Muslim case). Secretary Kerry actually said “Israel can be a Jewish state or a Democratic state but it cannot be both.” Yes, he said it. That is probably the most overt anti-Jewish statement I’ve ever heard come from an American leader. If that was said about a Muslim, sharia controlled country the outcry of “hate” and “bigotry” would be deafening. But because it’s against the Jewish people, we hear silence.

j. Lastly, show me one place in a Palestinian controlled area or any radical Islamic country where ANY other religion is allowed to practice freely. Show me ONE place in the ENTIRE Middle East all religions are allowed to FREELY practice their religion. There is ONLY ONE: ISRAEL. That’s right. The supposed “oppressive Zionists” allow Jews, Christians, and Muslims to all freely practice their religion in their borders. Take away the Jewish state, and that will be the first thing to go: religious freedom. But perhaps that’s what this administration was after all along.

There will be NO peace in Israel until the return of Jesus. In the meantime, I stand where by Bible tells me to– with ISRAEL. PERIOD. Mr. Kerry– it’s time for you (thankfully) to leave office in less than a month. I pray the damage you and your cohorts have done in the last several years will be undone and the United States will once again have the close and abiding friendship with Israel.

Last of all, Happy Chanukah to my Jewish friends. May God bless you and may God bless Israel.


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Two Paths, Time to Choose

Today I’m home, sick. I’ve been contemplating what happened in our country in the 1970 and 1980’s. I’ve always loved Presidential history. I was the weird kid who would actually watch Presidential speeches when they aired. President Jimmy Carter in his “Crisis of Confidence” speech in 1979 told us that America was in deep trouble in an energy crisis and gave a bleak outlook for the next several years. He told Americans to quit seeking selfish abundance, learn to live with less, travel less, and conserve more. He said if we didn’t do what he was describing that America was in for a financial collapse. His solution called for Congress to empower the Executive Branch of our government (i.e. him) for mandatory conservation of resources. I am barely old enough to remember the long lines at gas stations and the “No Gas” signs. I remember my father going to get gas on certain days and being thankful we already had financed a home and feeling sorry for the people who had 18% home interest rates. President Carter admitted that for the first time in history the majority of Americans felt the next 5 years would be worse than the previous. His response to America was to ask America to sacrifice more and give the government more money and more control over our lives so they could “fix it.”

On Tuesday, January 20, 1981 I was also home, sick. That was the day Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as President. That same day the Americans being held hostage in Iran were released. It was quite a day. It was an historic day to watch the news.

I watched as President Reagan immediately brought an optimism and an infectious, unbridled belief in America. I heard him promise to cut the taxes of average Americans so they could keep more of what they earned and he was going to ask the government to learn to live with less for a change. He promised the dark days would go away not because of what he would do, but because of what he knew Americans could and would do. He made a statement that has stayed with me, “Government is not the solution to our problems, government IS the problem.”

He expressed a strong faith in the ability of Americans to work their way out of any problem as well as a deep and abiding faith in God to lead our way:

“Our government has no power except that which is granted by ‘we the people’.”

“Our federal government didn’t create the states, the states created the federal government.”

“Government must foster productivity, not stifle it.”

“We are not doomed to an inevitable decline.”

Carter said (just like Hillary said in her recent debate with Donald) in the 1980 Presidential debate that Reagan’s economic plan would result in 30% interest rates. Carter was wrong. Dead wrong. Ronald Reagan delivered on his plan and his promises. In the next 8 years, America experienced an unprecedented economic turnaround unlike any other time in American history. Unemployment dropped, the economy boomed, inflation drastically dropped, but, perhaps more importantly, the confidence Americans had in America soared. Americans turned from the dark thoughts of scarcity to the bright path of abundance and prosperity.

In the next 24 hours we will elect a new President. The two paths have never been clearer:

One path promises more governmental control over our health care. It promises “free” college tuition. It promises that the benevolent government will provide for everything we need if we just give them more control over our lives and pay them more in taxes. (After all, who wouldn’t agree that the government manages our money so well?!)

The other path, releases the burden of the government from our back. It cuts our taxes and cultivates growth in the private sector. It gives tax breaks to entities and people who actually create more jobs for Americans instead of raising those taxes to rates that only encourage them to leave the country and do business elsewhere. And while it doesn’t promise “free” things it does promise “FREEDOM” to every American to provide for themselves.

One path will lead us to economic scarcity and eventual financial demise. The other will lead us into abundance and prosperity.

One creates a society of enslaved citizens who are utterly dependent on the government for its basic needs. The other frees each one of us to determine our own destinies.

Nothing is free. Ever. Someone has to pay that bill and if history has taught us anything (see the City of Detroit for the most recent example) it has taught us that when the “wealthy” and “corporations” are taxed to provide those “free” things they simply move their business elsewhere leaving a once prosperous place filled with job opportunities, as a ghost town full of abandoned factories and houses and a city filled with crime.

I would remind us all of the words of President Gerald R. Ford, “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”

I would not have chosen either of the candidates running. Trump wasn’t my 4th choice and I’d have rather seen Bernie than Hillary. At least he’s honest. But the fact is in this election we have two choices who stand a chance of winning. One platform drives us further into our economic demise (for more information, see our 20 trillion dollar debt) and the other starts digging us out of the hole.

I also believe the time for 3rd parties is here, but they must be included from the beginning. Neither Gary Johnson nor Jill Stein will garner more than 10% of the popular vote. They won’t come close to winning. Neither will Evan McMullin. They don’t stand a chance. Your vote could make the difference in the financial destiny of our country as well as a myriad of other issues.

I urge you if you haven’t already: GO VOTE ON TUESDAY.

May God bless America, but may America also turn and bless God

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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.


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Dear GOP…

Dear GOP: What did you expect?
 
We voted you into office to repeal Obamacare. What did you do? Passed the Omnibus bill that funded it and thought we wouldn’t notice.
 
We voted you into office for health care reform. What did you do? You stuck us with the exact same health care plan that people are now paying through the nose for (including exorbitant tax penalty fees for those who can’t afford it- by the way, that’s a great help to lower class people– making them give money to the government when they can’t afford to buy this “affordable health care”– well played) while simultaneously keeping your own wonderful health care packages that none of us have access to.
 
We voted you into office to lower our taxes. What did you do? Passed bills that effectively raised them.
We voted you into office to get a handle on the out of control spending and runaway debt of our government. What did you do? You voted to spend more and put us further into the financial hole that will likely be around for my great grandchildren.
 
We voted you into office because you vowed to stop the left wing, socialist agenda. What did you do? Nothing. You have the majority and you’ve done nothing with it. In fact, nearly two years later I still hear you talking about what you’re “going to do.” 
 
You say one thing and then do another and then act surprised with the results of this year’s election.
 
Remember 1994? Remember Newt Gingrich? Remember the “Contract With America” and the sweeping Republican takeover of Congress? Do you remember WHY that happened? You laid out an agenda of what you would do to stop the left wing policies of then President Clinton and the American people voted you into office and then (pay attention here!) you actually DID what you said you would DO. President Clinton had no choice but to work with the GOP Congress (very much as President Reagan did with a Democratic Congress) and in doing so we experienced the largest period of economic growth in our country’s history– simply because you did what you SAID you would do.
 
But now you seem to have forgotten “We the People.” You have forgotten this simple truth: WE are YOUR bosses, not the other way around. You make sweeping promises and then don’t deliver. You say one thing, then do another. We’ve been begging for change and only gotten the same thing from you. And we’re tired of it. We’re mad about it. We refuse to put up with it any longer.
 
Take this climate you created and add in a candidate who will not be controlled by anyone. I’m not here to debate his morality or his qualifications. I’m simply saying that’s how that candidate became the front runner. NOT because America is rejecting conservative philosophies or their moral compass or embracing socialism or any other “ism.” It’s for one simple fact and one fact alone: Because nobody believes you anymore. Nobody believes you will do what you say you will do. It started as a cliche and a joke about Congress and now it’s become a label. The problem is the label fits. Your approval rating rides right around 14% and YET…. you continue to do what you’ve always done and expect us to keep paying for it. If you were an employee at any other business, you’d have been fired long ago with that type of ineptitude. You act like children and name call and blame each other rather than civilly debating and coming to a compromised solution. 
 
It’s also funny because when the current GOP frontrunner was asked if he would support the GOP candidate if he didn’t get the nomination he said no and was “booed” for it. It seems that he should’ve asked you that question because now you’re getting a candidate you know you can’t control and you’re desperately fighting it. And I’ll say it here: the GOP frontrunner was not my choice for President. But we’re here now because of YOU and your incompetence.
 
And consider this: the Democratic frontrunner should have been a shoo in but instead she’s lost states to a socialist. Get that? A socialist! In America! The bastion of capitalism and the free market. Why? Because nobody trusts her either.
 
So, whereas you expected the rest of America to operate as you do in Washington (more of the same and pay us extremely well for it) America is strongly voting for CHANGE. The change you promised us is leaving the average American with just that left in their pocket: change. I heard somebody say “America doesn’t work anymore.” That’s not true. YOU don’t work anymore. You didn’t do your job. The people we’ve elected don’t do what they’re supposed to do nor what they say they’ll do. They do or say anything to get elected and because of that, this election has become the year of “Elect an outsider because it can’t be worse than what we have now.” The fact that you have the audacity to call someone a “con artist” or “fraud” has got to be one of the greatest hypocrisies of our modern age.
 
“con”- kän/ informal. verb
1. persuade (someone) to do or believe something, typically by use of a deception.
 
^^ That sounds just like Congress to me. How about you? ^^
 
So I blame YOU, Congress, for doing nothing. I blame YOU, GOP, for not doing what you said you would do. YOU did this to this election. So do us all a favor now, please: STOP WHINING. Do what you should have done in the first place: your JOB. You ran for it and promised us you’d do it. Now… do it! Quit trying to manipulate America and respect their wishes. We’re way smarter than you think we are and we’re sick of your lies.
 
Your bosses are watching you. And we’re all mad as hell.

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Starbucks and Christmas

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Ok, I wasn’t going to comment on Starbucks and Christmas and the whole coffee cup thing but I am now.

Here’s what I’ve personally observed:

  1. I have yet to hear one of my friends tell me that they’re upset by this whole issue.
  2. I have 5000 friends on Facebook. Not one of them has posted anything saying they’re upset at Starbucks for not having little snowflakes and Christmas trees printed on their cups.
  3. My understanding is some guy in Arizona posted something about this as if it were some clandestine attempt by Starbucks to steal Christmas just like the Grinch. (I just realized! There’s green on those cups too? Coincidence??)

Now my analysis:

First of all I think the media is blowing this thing up to create some sort of controversy and create internet traffic and make money. Again, nobody I know or have come into contact with online or in person has a problem with red Starbucks cups. Typical of our media today, they take one person’s opinion and present it as a mainstream view in an effort to stir the pot.

Now to anyone who does care about it:

OH MY GOSH! Really?! Are we REALLY talking about this? Is this the most serious thing facing Christianity: the color of a cup of coffee at Starbucks? Who cares?!! Let me just say this. It needs to be said to everybody on both sides: If you’re looking for a corporation, restaurant, or any other place of business to represent Christ, you’re looking in the wrong place. No business has an obligation to represent Christ. If the owners are Christians they have an obligation to run their business in a way that honors Christ and… if you’re a Christian, guess what? It’s our job to BE Christ! WE represent Christ. That’s right. You and me. And while Christians can be in business and make an impact for the Lord, it isn’t the business’ job to do that. It’s individuals. It’s US.

I used to be offended when people didn’t say “Merry Christmas.” Not anymore. If they want to say it, great, if not, fine. I have yet to hear of one person whose life was radically changed by somebody shoving “Merry Christmas” down their throat. If somebody wishes me “Happy Holidays” I smile back and say “thank you.” Shoot, with the way things are today in stores you can start wishing people “Happy Hallothanksmas” the first week of October.

People keep talking about putting “Christ” back in “Christmas.” How about we start by putting “Christ” back in “Christian”? If we truly did that, these other things would become non-issues. I mean, seriously? There are people who have never heard the Name of Jesus in our world (including people next door to us). There are people who are hurting and suicidal. There are people who are starving to death. There are Christians in chains and prisons because they will not renounce their faith in Christ. There are Christians today who are being beaten, beheaded, and shot for claiming the Name of Jesus. And we’re bickering over the color of coffee cups and whining because Starbucks “doesn’t celebrate Christmas like we think they should!”?

This season, instead of worrying about businesses and people who choose to observe the holidays without Jesus, how about we make a concerted effort to BE Jesus in our private and public lives? How about we practice the art of loving people like Jesus does? How about we do some random acts of kindness in Jesus’ Name and when people ask, “Why?!” we simply reply, “Because Jesus loves me, I wanted to do something loving for you.”? That could possibly change somebody’s life. That might actually create curiosity in a non-believer to want to know more about a God who actually loves people like that and open a door to share and just maybe… their life will be changed forever!

And if you feel you simply cannot do that then please do everybody else a favor. Have an overpriced cup of coffee or some chicken nuggets or a coke or a smoothie and then… shut up.


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Christian Magician?!

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As an illusionist, I will occasionally have someone ask me (very sincerely), “Isn’t magic evil?” or “Isn’t what you’re doing forbidden in Scripture?”  I lovingly explain the truth.  However, due to time constraints, I normally cannot go into great detail about what the Bible says about “magic.”

In order to provide a resource to spread the truth of what the Bible really says about this subject, I have provided the biblical definitions to the words in Scripture commonly thought to be related to magic or magicians and given their references in Strong’s Concordance for you to look up if you wish.  This article is long because I have tried to be as thorough as I can possibly be.  I have divided the segments into Old and New Testament, but you can clearly see the harmony of the inerrant, infallible Word of God in all these definitions.

 

BIBLICAL DEFINITIONS: OLD TESTAMENT

CHARMER: Hebrew word: “Lahas” (Strong’s # 4318) To mutter incantations, to mumble a spell.  This person could supposedly whisper and mumble spells to charm snakes and people.   This word was also used in Isaiah 3:20 to describe a “charm” (like a gem or a stone) that was inscribed with a formula and worn around the neck or in the ear and was believed to have magical powers. It is also another name for “Enchanter” which is defined below.

CONSULTER OF FAMILIAR SPIRITS/MEDIUM: Hebrew word: “Ob” (Strong’s # 200) A sorcerer who consults spirits to divine the future.  This is closely related to “necromancer.” The most prominent biblical example of this is the Witch/Medium of Endor in I Samuel 28:7 to whom Saul went to and consulted after he was rejected as king of Israel.

DIVINATION: (Leviticus 19:26; Ezekiel 13:6-7; Ezekiel 21:21-22;)  Hebrew word: “Qesem” (Strong’s # 7877) which literally means “to divine false visions or delusions.” The idea was one who said and spoke as though they had heard from God when they really had not. Whether this information was made up off the top of their head or given to them through demonic influence, the point is, they were falsely trying to make people believe they had a true vision of the future. This word is derived from the Hebrew word “Qasam” which is “Soothsayer.”  See the New Testament definition of “Divination” for an even clearer picture of the biblical definition of this word.

ENCHANTER: Hebrew word: “Kassap” (Strong’s # 4177) An enchanter.  The biblical example of this is found only once in Jeremiah 27:9 in a list of people who attempt to cast spells on people to control circumstances.  The verb form of “Enchanter” is the Hebrew word “Heber” (Strong’s # 2490) meaning to cast a charm or a spell on someone.  The literal meaning is “to attach something to someone.”

NECROMANCER: (Daniel 1:20; 2:2) Hebrew word “Assap” (Strong’s # 879) Used to describe one who attempts to contact the dead (specifically) in order to glean insight for the present and future. This practice is expressly forbidden throughout Scripture.  This word is closely related to a “Medium” listed above.

MAGICIAN: (Exodus 7:11; Daniel 1:20, 2:2) Hebrew word: “Hartom” (Strong’s # 3033) This always occurs in a plural form and denotes one who practices sorcery (which is defined below).  In Exodus 7, Pharaoh’s court magicians used their “secret arts” (Hebrew word: “lhatiym” Strong’s # 4268) meaning sorceries.  In this connotation, it is clear they were using natural means to achieve a supernatural appearance in order to exercise control and influence over people.

SOOTHSAYER/OBSERVER OF TIMES: (Numbers 22-24; Joshua 13:22) Hebrew word: “Qasam.”  (Strong’s # 7876) This word was always used to describe false prophets and is extremely close in definition and pronunciation to the Hebrew word for “divination.”  This was the counterfeit version of true prophecy. The idea was a basic pagan attempt to learn the will of the gods in order to manipulate circumstances. The strongest biblical example of “Soothsayer” is Balaam in Numbers 22-24.

WITCH/SORCERER: (Exodus 7:11; Deuteronomy 18:10; 2 Chronicles 33:6) Hebrew word: “Kasap” (Strong’s # 4175) Means “to engage in witchcraft.”  This is always used in connection with the worship of idols and is meant to pull people away from worshiping the One True God.  Another word for sorcery is the Hebrew word “Anan” (Strong’s # 6726) which is simply one who practices “sorcery.” These people used entirely natural means to promote the belief that they had supernatural powers.  This is evident in Pharoah’s court sorcerers who used sleight of hand effects to convince people they had true powers. These were people who attempted to exercise control over other individuals through fear and intimidation, making them believe they had powers they did not have. An expanded meaning of “sorcery” and “witchcraft” can be seen in the New Testament definition listed later on in this article.

WIZARD: Hebrew word “Yidd oniy” from the Hebrew word “yada” meaning “To know.”  This is the masculine form of “Ob” (Medium) and refers to a “spiritist” or “wizard” who supposedly knows the future by consulting spirits or the dead.  It was forbidden by God to consult these men.

 

BIBLICAL DEFINITIONS: NEW TESTAMENT

DIVINATION: Greek word: “Pythios” (Strong’s # 4780) This New Testament example of this word is found in Acts 16:16 in reference to a woman who had a “Spirit of Divination.”  This was a woman who was controlled by a demon who “told the future.”  Some very cruel men were using her to make money from her “fortune telling.”  This “spirit” had the appearance of right and followed Paul and Silas saying, “These men will tell you the way to be saved!” (Acts 16:17)  The spirit was still demonic and was cast out by Paul in verse 18.  The idea of this word becomes even clearer in the New Testament example.  Here is a person who had given themselves over to a demon to control them and supposedly predict future events.  This is obviously a violation of Scripture and a dangerous position to put oneself in.

MAGICIAN: Greek word: “pharmakos” (Strong’s # 5761) One who practices magical arts.  This word (like sorcerer) can refer to one who used drugs to cast spells and give the appearance that they had magical powers.  Whether they used drugs or not, they were attempting to achieve a supernatural appearance they did not have. The biblical example of this would be the condemning reference in Revelation 21:8.  This instance in Revelation is the verb form of “pharmakon” (Strong’s # 5760), which is a noun that means “magical potion, charm, or magical art.”  The Greek word for “magic” is a derivative of these words: “pharmakeia” (Strong’s # 5758) which means “witchcraft or magic.” The reference to drugs in these words is obvious.  You can clearly see the Greek root to our English word for our modern day drug stores: “Pharmacy.”

SEDUCERS/IMPOSTERS: The biblical example of this is in II Timothy 3:1-13.  Jannes and Jambres (The magicians in Pharoah’s court who opposed God’s truth being revealed through Moses) are referred to here as Old Testament examples of this New Testament incident.  It is saying these people will appear to be godly, but will be using people to gain their own means. The basic idea (again) is that these people deceive others in order to control them.

SORCERER: Greek word: “pharmakeus” (Strong’s # 5759) A derivative of the words for magician that refers specifically to a sorcerer or a witch.  The clearest biblical example of this is Simon the Sorcerer in Acts 8. Simon is a prime example of one who claimed to have supernatural power, but truly did not.  When he saw the authentic power of God he tried to purchase it. Simon was cursed by Peter for attempting to do this and prayed for repentance (Acts 8:24).  It is clear from Scripture that Simon was only interested in having an appearance of power in order to control other people and make them think he was someone great (Acts 8:9-10) with extraordinary supernatural powers. This practice is expressly forbidden in Scripture.

 

SOME INSIGHTS …

First of all, the word “Magician” does not always carry a negative connotation in Scripture. In the Old Testament in Daniel 5:11, Daniel was called the “Chief of the Magicians” (Hebrew: “Hartom“- Strong’s # 3033) because God enabled Daniel to correctly interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams.  In the New Testament in Matthew 2:1, the Wise Men are referred to as “Magi” (Greek: “Magos” Strong’s # 3407), which refers to a magician.  It was these wise men that observed the star in the sky and made the journey to visit the Child Jesus and worship Him.

The negativity associated with “magician” did not come in the word itself.  The negativity is always associated with the claiming of the power.  All the ones listed above were people who claimed to have supernatural power.  In truth, I believe the majority of the ones listed used secretive natural means to achieve a supernatural appearance and claim supernatural powers that they did not truly have. This is the basis of their sin.  All the practices listed above are expressly forbidden by Scripture and considered evil.  These biblical examples parallel their modern day counterparts: Psychics, Wiccans, Mediums, and Spiritualists.  I believe those who practice these things are what the Bible is condemning.

In order to clearly understand the difference between what Scripture forbids and what illusionists do, we have to give some definitions:

“Magic” is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as the “The use of charms, spells, etc. in seeking or pretending to control events; sorcery; witchcraft.”  Whether pretended or actual, these practices are clearly condemned by God in the Bible. Even if one claims to be using these practices for good, they are an abomination to God.

The second definition for “magic” in Webster’s Dictionary concerns modern day theatrical magic “The art of producing illusions by sleight of hand” Consider also Webster’s definition of “illusion” when thinking about the modern day application: “An unreal or misleading appearance or image.”  “Illusionist” is defined as “A sleight of hand performer.”

 

CONCLUSION

When you look at modern day “illusionists” in this light it is clear from Scripture and that they are not at all doing what the Bible forbids.  I do not, nor would I ever, claim to have any supernatural power other than Christ in me, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)  I do not attempt to control people or events with magic.  I do not attempt to communicate with the dead. I do not use drugs. I do not attempt to cast spells on people.  I readily admit to every audience I entertain that everything I do as an illusionist on stage is accomplished entirely through natural means and has a simple explanation (which, by the way, I won’t tell you).  As my good friend Andre Kole, illusionist for Campus Crusade International and collaborator with David Copperfield on some of his most famous illusions, says: “Any eight year old child can do the illusions I’m doing here tonight… with twenty years of practice!”

So, you may ask, aren’t you still deceiving people? I am upfront and honest about my intentions. When two opposing football teams meet on the field they are using secretive means to fool the other side and win a game. I am using secretive theatrical illusions, sleight of hand, and concealed apparatus in order to entertain and instruct.  20th Century philosopher Elbert Hubbard said, “I love magicians because they are honest men.  They tell you they are going to fool you and then they proceed to do it.  But no matter what happens at the show, when you get home you will still have your watch, your pocketbook, and your appendix.  And that is more than I can say for some of my non-magician acquaintances.”

Still someone else may ask, “If you’re being so honest, why not just tell us how everything is done?”  To divulge the secrets of the illusion not only ruins the entertainment value and jeopardizes the income of other full-time illusionists, it also is a serious breach of integrity. The fact that I do not reveal the secrets in no way equals evil deception. As Christian illusionist Toby Travis said, “Secrecy is an integral part of my work just as a certain secret recipe is for Kentucky Fried Chicken! Secrecy is simply a matter of good business.”

So after saying all of this, do I believe there is such a thing as real magic?  Absolutely!  Real magic is taking water and turning it into wine.  Real magic is taking five loaves of bread and two fish and feeding five thousand people.  Real magic is causing someone who is blind to see again. Real magic is raising someone from the dead.  I do believe in real magic. They’re called “miracles!”  I simply believe that God is the only One who is capable of doing them.  Do I believe miracles still occur today?  Absolutely!  I have to believe in miracles because I am a walking, talking miracle of God’s grace, love, healing, and mercy.

Finally, some people say illusions should be avoided in order to “avoid all appearances of evil.”  My full time calling and job is leading people in worship in the local church.  Music, drama, and dance have all been perverted by Satan and are associated with evil in many modern day applications.  Yet, who among us would want to eliminate music and drama from worship services?  Where would our worship services be without music? Satan always counterfeits God’s authentic. Does the fact that Satan perverts it negate its legitimate use in ministry?  Obviously the answer is a resounding “no.”   Three verses are extremely applicable in this situation:  We are told in I Corinthians 9:22, “I become all things to all men that I might by all means save some.”  Philippians 1:18 tells us to be sure “In every way, whether in pretense or truth, Christ is preached.” And in I Corinthians 10:31 we are told, “Whatever we do, do all to the glory of God.” It is our responsibility as Christians to use all means within our reach to touch people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I hope this clears up any misconceptions concerning what the Bible condemns and what modern day illusionists do.  Let’s all work together as Christians, using every creative resource we have, to bring glory to God and spread the Gospel to every person until everyone knows that Jesus Christ is Lord!

Special thanks goes to Toby Travis for his permission to use his quote and to Andre Kole for his inspiration and invaluable input in completing this article.


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Chattanooga Strong

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I have kept pretty silent about the tragedy in my hometown of Chattanooga this week. I was actually in Atlanta with my son when it all happened. I watched, as many Americans did, with shock and a profound sadness that I still feel in the pit of my stomach. What I am about to say some may not agree with and that’s fine. You don’t have to agree with me. So with that caveat, here goes:

These murders were an act of terrorism (NOT just a criminal act or domestic violence) committed by a cowardly Muslim extremist who shot unarmed people. People who should have been armed. And for you people who continually say, “Remove the guns from America and the violence will stop!” please stop. Just stop. These murders occurred in a gun free zone. Criminals do not nor will they ever respect “gun free zones” even if all guns are banned in our country. Our founding fathers knew this and I remain in agreement with them. IF our Marines had been armed there would not be five deaths in my community. Our military personnel should have the right to carry arms here as well as abroad. There is no doubt in my mind that it would have saved lives in this instance. It is time for our governor in Tennessee to join others in granting our “Armed Forces” the right to be ARMED on military bases. Not later… NOW.

Muslim extremism can NOT be negotiated with. Why our current administration has not figured this out is beyond me. Perhaps they know and just don’t care. I’m no longer sure but I do know one thing: Talking and negotiating is seen as nothing but weakness and weakness is disrespected and attacked. All this talking has done is made us more open to these attacks. I have been saying for two years that ignoring and negotiating while the terrorists attack in other countries would lead to attacks on our soil and now it has happened in my hometown.

And in the middle of this, I waited with baited breath for strong words of hope and assurance from the President and instead got a 2 minute sound byte about “It is a heartbreaking circumstance for these individuals who have served our country with great valor to be killed in this fashion” and then later on a long commendation to Muslims for the end of Ramadan which I found to be sickening. I’m still waiting to hear Presidential condolences on the death of the sailor who died this morning. And I’m sorry Mr. President, but even though you’re afraid to say it, Muslim Extremism DOES exist. This is another example of it. These Muslim extremists want to destroy our country that I love dearly. You seem to ignore it and pretend it isn’t there. I, for one, am tired of this anemic, weak, and apologetic “leadership” that is being exhibited. Americans want to feel safe again and right now we don’t. Our borders are wide open and we’re going to see more and more of these attacks until we close them off to those who would do us harm. It is time for you to step up and protect the citizens you swore to protect. I know many Chattanoogans and Americans will be getting their conceal/carry permits this week. We’re going to protect our families.

It is time for these extremists and cowardly terrorists to be defeated. Not acquiesced to or understood. DEFEATED. Not ignored or negotiated with. DEFEATED. That is the only type of negotiation tactic this type of demonic evil understands. Nothing less will do. The blood of these 5 servicemen are crying out for justice. The question is: “Will we come together and rise up as a nation and say NO MORE”?

Last of all, what do we as Christians do? I can already hear some people saying, “Wow! This response doesn’t seem very Christian of you!” I would remind you the Bible says there is a time for war and a time for peace. We are called to pray for our enemies which I certainly will do, but my prayer is for them to repent of their wicked ways and come to know Christ as their Lord and Savior. And the call for the Church is the same, “If my people who are called by Name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14. As I said in a post a few weeks ago, I believe that repentance begins with me. I pray you’ll join me. If we, as a nation, return to God I believe we’ll see His Hand of protection over us.

Please pray for the families who needlessly lost their loved ones in this heinous tragedy. Pray for the children who are now growing up without their fathers. Pray for us here in Chattanooga. This tragedy has rocked us to our core. But in the middle of this I have seen the best of our community. I’ve seen our first responders run into the face of danger to defend and protect the citizens of this great city. I’ve seen people of different denominations, faiths, races, and creeds come together and pray for our community and our country. I have faith that this tragedy will make us a stronger city and community. I know our churches will come together and minister to these families and do our best to reach our world for Christ.

Chattanooga will come back from this stronger than ever. #noogastrong


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A Christian Response to the Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage

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I posted this on my Facebook page and had quite a response so I decided to publish this here on my website too. It’s meant for Christians to read but I hope it will help bring healing and hope to all who read it.

There are two possible Christian responses to this week’s decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to legalize gay marriage in America:

#1 Response- Condemn and spew vitriol. I was extremely upset by the SCOTUS legislating morality. If this decision had gone the opposite way (by only one vote!) the other side would be screaming the same thing. I remain very concerned as a Pastor about being forced by the government into doing something against my deep convictions. But in spite of my deep disagreement with the decision, railing against homosexuality is NOT the solution. I have friends and relatives who are homosexuals. Bottom line is: I love them. Does that mean I agree with what they’re doing? No. BUT they do NOT need me to tell them I disagree with them nor do they care if I do. I’m sick to death of petty, childish name calling on both sides. It solves nothing.

And here’s the problem with Christians disagreeing and railing against homosexuality: Not only is a non Christian not going to understand a Biblical world view (you waste both yours and their time and honestly look stupid for even having the discussion) but when you’ve been divorced and remarried four times, lecturing someone on the morality of marriage between a man and woman doesn’t hold water with them. When you’ve cheated on your spouse, lecturing someone on heterosexual monogamy isn’t going to mean anything either. When you talk about love but you’re constantly running people down with your mouth it smacks of hypocrisy. As Christians we can be very arbitrary in our “pet sins” that we feel good about condemning. We condemn homosexuality but wink at idolatry, adultery, fornication, gossip, greed, getting drunk, and swindling when all those things are condemned as well. Bottom line is: the moral slide in America isn’t the fault of the world, it’s the CHURCH’S fault. We have lived lives of compromise for decades and now we want to condemn others as unrighteous when we ourselves have been living unrighteously, too. Just because our sin doesn’t look like someone else’s in no way qualifies us as “Condemners in Chief.”

#2 Response- Live a righteous life. Pray in our homes. It is the height of hypocrisy for us to call for prayer in schools when don’t even pray in our own homes. Don’t tell someone “You need to read the Bible!” or “You need to go to church!” when you don’t do the same thing yourself! And if you’ve been in sin or failed, FINE. It happens. But don’t wallow there! Ask for forgiveness and get right with God! It is the height of hypocrisy to call for others to live lives of righteousness when we ourselves are not. We must surrender everything to Christ and allow Him to live His life through us. LOVE EVERYONE!

Loving everyone is two fold: 1. Don’t condemn. Jesus didn’t condemn the woman caught in adultery. 2. Don’t condone. Jesus also told that woman, “go and sin no more.” Nobody has been condemned into heaven. Plenty have been loved into it. Love is not saying “Everything you do is ok” but it is saying, “I’ll accept you as you are and still not compromise MY beliefs and live my life in such a way that is an example of what a Christian should be. I will pray and lovingly (Ephesians 4:15) share the truth of Christ and realize that everyone has to make the choice to accept Christ or reject Him on their own and that it’s the Holy Spirit’s job to draw and convict.” (i.e. take care of OUR homes and OUR morality and OUR families)

I heard Dr. Adrian Rogers say one time, “If the gold rusts, what will the iron do?” The immutable law of reaping and sowing is always in effect. The Church is now reaping the results of years of compromise and laziness. We’ve ignored our own sin and lived lives of compromise and unrighteousness and now we’re reaping the results of all of it. BUT there is a promise God gave us: “If MY people who are called by my Name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then will I hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14. Notice it does NOT say “If the world repents or if sinners repent.” The onus is on Christians. God’s people. He’s calling on US to repent!

God forgive me for placing my focus on others and not on myself. If our nation is going to experience revival it’s up to one person: ME. And the same is true for you, my Christian brother/sister. It starts with us cleaning up our OWN lives and being who Jesus said we’re supposed to be. Until we do that, we aren’t qualified to say anything.

Here endeth the rant. Please know, my friends: I love you. I really do. The choices you make are your own and the choices I make are mine. May we both do so with these parameters in mind: Love Jesus, love others and live like HE would have us live. In public and in private. NO compromise.