Gorsuch: Abortion, same sex marriage “settled law,” sort of
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch was pretty coy during confirmation hearings when asked about same sex marriage and abortion. Senator Charles Grassely, (R-IA) asked if Roe was decided correctly? Gorsuch responded, “It is a precedent of the United States Supreme Court. It was reaffirmed in Casey in 1992, and in several other cases. So a good judge will consider it as precedent of the United States Supreme Court, worthy as treatment of precedent like any other.” He gave a similar response when Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) asked about same sex marriage, “Senator, the Supreme Court of the United States has held that single-sex marriage is protected by the Constitution.” What does this tell us?
Gorsuch responded by stating a fact. Both these issues are settled law of the Supreme Court. But he didn’t say if given the chance, he would vote to overturn them and send them back to the states. You see, neither of these issues is enumerated specifically by the US Constitution. The Tenth Amendment states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” Many states, even California, overwhelmingly rejected legalizing homosexual marriage in referendums. The Supreme Court, led by leftist justices, overruled the states, even though there is nothing about marriage in the Constitution.
Many could correctly argue that the very keystone of our nation’s formation protects the unborn. The Declaration of Independence states: “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. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” This is the social contract with all Americans. The Supreme Court in 1973 used the right to privacy to legalize killing babies in the womb. Again, another liberal court twisted the meaning of words and context away from their original intent to establish new law.
President Donald Trump said he would appoint Supreme Court Justices who were pro-life and, if possible, they would cause the court to reconsider Roe and allow the states to decide. He made similar comments about same-sex marriage. By limiting his answers to facts, Gorsuch signaled that he may be open to this possibility. As Christians, we do not have to participate in abortion or same-sex marriage even though it is the law. Likewise, we should not be forced to support it through our tax money. The Lord says in Deuteronomy 30:19, “…I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live.” And he says in Leviticus 18:22, “You shall not lie with a man, as with a woman: it is abomination.” Gorsuch’s answers left room for hope of a return to God’s settled law.
Three questions Senators should ask Gorsuch
There is a whole lot of showmanship being displayed in the Neil Gorsuch Supreme Court confirmation hearings. There are, however, questions that those of us who adhere to the laws of God would like to see asked. In response to a question about overturning Roe v Wade, candidate Donald Trump stated during the third debate, “Well, if that would happen, because I am pro-life, and I will be appointing pro-life judges, I would think that that will go back to the individual states. If we put another two or perhaps three justice on, that's really what's going to be. That'll happen automatically, in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court.” Gorsuch should be posed the same question.
Regarding sanctity of marriage Trump seemed to have a similar view. In a 60 Minutes interview as President-Elect, Trump responded to a question about overturning gay marriage by saying, “It’s law. It was settled in the Supreme Court…These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled. And I’m, I’m fine with that.” During the primaries, Trump said the Supreme Court should have allowed the states to independently decide the issue. In a Fox News interview, he was asked if he would appoint a Supreme Court justice who would overturn the gay marriage decision and send it back to the states. Trump responded, “I would strongly consider that, yes.” Gorsuch should be asked the same question.
Despite being pro-life, there are concerns within the faith community about Gorsuch. Remember the concerns about the ex “president’s” ties with his pastor Jeremiah Wright, a Black Liberation Theology radical? Those concerns were realized during eight years of the “president” acting out Wright’s philosophies, albeit in a watered-down form. Gorsuch and his wife have been very active in a church pastored by Susan W Springer. On January 22, Springer posted a video of the women’s march in Denver and stated that her and her “contingent” were joining Indivisable—that’s the radical organization promoting revolution and funded by George Soros that is providing training videos on how to protest Donald Trump. Gorsuch should be asked whether he supports his pastor’s radical viewpoints.
On February 1,The Washington Post asked Florida Episcopal priest George Conger about Gorsuch and Springer. Conger said, “It’s a social parish in Boulder. There is not really a strong tie between the beliefs of a rector in a social parish and the beliefs of its members.” This is not necessarily a good testimony about church, pastor or parishioner. Notwithstanding, it would be nice to hear how Gorsuch stands. Asked by Senator Al Franken (D-Mn) about whether he was part of plans for “deconstruction of the administrative state,” Gorsuch replied, “I don’t appreciate when people characterize me, as I’m sure you don’t appreciate when people characterize you. I like to speak for myself. I am a judge. I am my own man.” Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” Senators, ask the questions. Let’s see if Gorsuch is his own man.
Gorsuch and the Supreme Court hearings
The circus begins as the Senate vets Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch. Certainly the standards for Gorsuch will be much higher than it was for the two communist sympathizers Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, who also are arguably the two most public supporters of the gay agenda in Supreme Court history. If you claim to be conservative, the criteria changes. I don’t know much about Gorsuch, but I do know that what we will hear as a nation in the next few days will be mostly grandstanding by Senators, including off-the-wall accusations that grab headlines and fire up the already inflamed sensory of both liberals and conservatives alike. A little truth makes a better lie.
Already, Christians and their organizations have conducted email campaigns raising doubts about Gorsuch because of the churches he has attended. He reportedly was raised Roman Catholic and attends a very liberal Episcopalian congregation whose female pastor supports gay marriage. What can we really draw from that? Roman Catholic roots would tell us that on most issues he is conservative—religious freedom, right to life, privacy. Episcopalians are more liberal, perhaps splitting on right to life. Both churches are pretty liberal on issues of homosexuality. This is probably a picture of what we have with Gorsuch—conservative on protecting life and religious freedom; Liberal on homosexuality.
It would be nice, irrespective of Gorsuch’s personal opinions, if he would interpret the Constitution the way that the Bible should be interpreted—from the meaning of the words and the context in which they are written. Gorsuch is supposed to replace Antonin Scalia, one of the most conservative members of the high court. Gorsuch is not Scalia. He is also not who would have been appointed if Donald Trump was not president. If the election had gone the other way, we may have the likes of a judge like Derrick Watson, the Hawaii District Court Judge who twists the meaning of words and appears to interpret the dictionary as a living document—just like he would the Constitution.
Trump may get an opportunity to appoint another two justices. His appointments could change the way law is interpreted for generations to come. It is important that whomever he chooses is able to read words for what they are and interpret the law in the context it was written, especially the Constitution. For far too long, both Republican and Democratic justices have strayed from the original context, making America more and more a social democracy than a Constitutional Republic. We need guardians of the Constitution on the Supreme Court, not esoteric-minded political hacks. Let’s pray for Gorsuch to be such a guardian. May he be an Amos 5:24 judge who lets “judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”
When judges undermine the law
A Harvard classmate of the ex “president” and nominated to the court by the ex “president,” Hawaii US District Court Judge Derrick Watson was the one who ruled against President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban on terrorist sponsoring nations. The ex “president” reportedly made an unexpected trip to Honolulu two days before Watson ruled, causing widespread speculation of a backroom deal. Watson’s ruling postulates that Hawaiian universities and tourism overrules security concerns. Pearl Harbor victims might have something to say about that. Watson also infers that Muslim clerics have the Constitutional right to bring anyone they want into the US, whether they have visas or not. But there is more.
Central to Watson’s ruling was consideration to the plaintiff, who claimed, discrimination to his family in violation of both the Constitution and the INA, denying them their right among other things, “to associate with family members overseas on the basis of their religion and national origin.” The plaintiff is Dr. Ismail Elshikh, a local Hawaiian Imam whose mother is a Syrian national “without a visa, who last visited the family in Hawaii in 2005.” She would be barred from entering the US unless granted a waiver. Further, Watson said the state of Hawaii’s universities would “suffer monetary damages and intangible harms” and the state would lose revenue “due to a decline in tourism” because of the executive order.
Watson admitted that Trump’s executive order contains no express reference to any religion, nor does it “contain any term or phrase that can be reasonably characterized as having a religious origin or connotation.” But Watson says, “The illogic of the Government’s contentions is palpable. The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed.” The judge also cited instances when Candidate Trump said he would ban Muslims until they were fully vetted. So the judge included in his decision to issue a restraining order on the ban because Trump, before he was elected, referred to the action as a Muslim ban.
Watson contends by his statements that non-US citizens living abroad have US Constitutional rights. Overall, he ignored the law. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 specifically states in Section 212: “Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.” The Lord said in Luke 16:10, “…he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” Judge Watson has undermined the law and the Constitution. He should be removed from his position.
Courts justify ignoring the law in ruling against Trump’s immigration order
In December 2015, Presidential candidate Donald Trump called “for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on.” Trump cited a Pew Research poll in his news release that indicated 25% of the US Muslim population agreed that violence against Americans is justified. Almost immediately, Trump drew criticism from Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, calling his remarks offensive, reprehensible, outlandish and divisive. These are the very remarks that are giving courts the upper hand in ruling that Trump’s immigration orders establish religious discrimination. In reality, Trump is in alignment with US immigration law.
Chapter 2 Section 212 of The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (Public Law 414), prohibits entry to the US if an Alien is a member of or affiliated with any organization that advocates or teaches, the overthrow by force, violence, or other unconstitutional means of the US or of all forms of law, and Aliens who publish, circulate and distribute materials teaching or advocating the overthrow by force, violence or other unconstitutional means of the US Government or of all forms of law. Islamic immigration to the US would be prohibited under this law because the Koran, Sharia Law and the Hadith all require complete submission to Islam and Sharia law, which is antithetical to the US government, the Constitution, and to the Republic.
Whether Islam is a religion is immaterial because the law states that Aliens who are affiliated with any “organization” that advocates the overthrow of our government are prohibited. It also prohibits those who distribute literature that advocates the overthrow of our country, which would include the Koran. The Koran is not only Islam’s “holy” book, it is also Islam’s constitution. It commands Islamists to conduct violence against or to kill those who do not submit to allah and the prophet--at least 109 times, in context. But Trump’s mistake was publicly using the term “Muslim” when he called for the visa shutdown. The courts are now using this against him, saying his intent constitutes religious discrimination.
During the campaign, Trump pointed out that Islam’s hatred for America is “beyond comprehension.” He stated, "Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life." Galatians 6:7 says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.” The ex “president’s” crop is growing. When it reaches harvest, America will rue the day it succumbed to these false narratives and political correctness. Irrespective of what you think about Trump, he is absolutely in alignment with US law and the right to self-defense on this issue.
Extraordinarily disturbing news about our children
If we are to take a recent national opinion poll conducted by the American Culture and Faith Institute of 1,000 Americans 18 years or older at face value, the present generation of parents and the Christian “Church” in the US has completely lost the Millennial generation. This failure appears to be irreversible and by all indicators signals a prophetic shift away from God, the morals, traditional values, and belief in freedom necessary to sustain a Constitutional Republic. The survey showed that only 4%--that’s four in 100—held a biblical worldview; they prefer socialism over capitalism by 44%; twice as many Millennials consider themselves liberals (a complete reversal over the previous generation).
The survey indicated nearly three out of every ten Millennials claim to be atheist, agnostic or non faith, a 35% increase over adults 30 or over. No wonder Millennials are accepting of “cheating on taxes, using non-prescription drugs for recreational purposes, and getting married to someone of the same sex; and being less likely to worship God other than within a church service.” Some two-and-a-half more Millennials than older adults claim to be in the LGBT community. According to the survey, “The largest gaps between the beliefs of older adults and those of Millennials related to the nature of God; the existence of absolute moral truth; concepts concerning evil; and the personal importance of faith.”
In analyzing the poll, George Barna, Executive Director of the American Culture and Faith Institute, says, “the current views of Millennials are so far to the left-of-center that even a typical amount of repositioning over time will leave the youngest generation considerably more liberal than desired, and more distant from traditional norms than has been the case during our lifetime… a person’s worldview is typically developed between the ages of about 18 months and 13 years. There is usually very little movement in a worldview after that point. You could say with confidence that the worldview a person possesses at age 13 is probably the worldview they will die with. Unless pre-existing patterns radically change, we are not likely to ever see the Millennial generation reach even ten percent who have a biblical worldview.”
History may judge us as having been the generation that lost America, but even more disturbing, we may have failed even our children in the mission Jesus Christ gave us—the Great Commission. This should be a sad wake up call to every pastor and every Christian in this country—that embracing bad doctrine, using the world’s ways in marketing, making the “church” into a self-improvement program, and allowing government to take over the duties of the church may well have destroyed our children and the sustainability of this nation. In short, evil is out-evangelizing us and successfully condemning our children to hell. We have some ground to cover and only with God can we do it. But we better not be lax.
Romans 10:13-16 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, Lord who has believed our report?” Isaiah knew the consequences of disobedience. Verse 17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God.” Obviously, this is a grave situation. We need to step up.
Soros, forces of communism organize in US
The ex “president,” billionaire George Soros, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Soros-funded Moveon.org, and the ex “president’s” organizations Organizing for America (his 2012 campaign organization) and Organizing For Action (his 2008 campaign organization) have all teamed up to oppose President Donald Trump. Soros is providing the money, the ex “president” the inspiration and contacts, and the others legal, organizational structure and boots on the ground. This is according to several news reports that have pieced the ex “president’s” mosaic of Islamic Marxist resistance together through various sources following the inauguration. An extreme left mainstream news media follows in the wake.
One of the partners in this axis is the Indivisible Project, which has produced a video and guide to resist the Trump agenda by encouraging protests, mass call dates, encouraging revolution, and targeting Congressmen. The website says, “we want to demystify the heck out of Congress and build a vibrant community of angelic troublemakers.” There have been many documented reports of Soros-funded protesters in the streets. Moreover, the ACLU lawyers and other Soros-funded groups are part and parcel to the legal filings against Trump immigration efforts and the public row over Russia and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. You see, they have a lot of sway, especially with a sympathetic media.
They are all working together to ostensibly stop Trump. But the real end game here is to establish an irreversible Marxist foothold in America. The ex “president’s” narcissism provides motive in preserving his so-called legacy, but he has been a revolutionary communist as far back as his associations with Saul Alinsky, the Democratic Socialists of America, well-known communists Frank Marshall Davis, Sam Webb, and John Drew, as well as weatherman underground terrorist Bill Ayers. These are perfect bedfellows for Soros, an 86 year old duel Hungarian American citizen non-observant Jewish anti-capitalist worth $25 billion, who seeks to see Trump removed from office. He is also a supporter of anti-Israel groups.
These forces are marshaling together like a bad storm for America. They are the underbelly of a shadow government led by the ex “president” to undermine the ability of the duly elected to govern. Over the next few years, we will see these groups fight the crazy fight, the fight of darkness against our land, seeking to foment civil war, race war, Islamic war, gender war, class war—whatever will divide our nation and provide opportunity to establish their brand of economics and government over America. Every news article deserves your discernment. Every move of these people should draw your careful watch. We need to pray and stand for we are living in perilous times. Christ said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.”
Paul Ryan may have hoodwinked the wrong guy
There is a lot being written about how conservative support for the socialist healthcare replacement is falling apart. And well it should. The Congressional Budget Office has issued an analysis that 24 million people would be uninsured because they would drop out of healthcare. That, however, is not the reason House Speaker Paul Ryan’s bill should be abandoned. Forced government healthcare is expensive, it doesn’t provide good care, and it’s socialism in a free market country. If it did pass, Americans should do what they are doing with the current fiasco—do not participate—and the result would be the same. It would die a slow death. Ryan may have guaranteed that anyway by hoodwinking the wrong guy.
Breitbart News Network has published a fascinating exclusive story with Ryan saying in October that he will never defend Donald Trump, “not now or in the future.” Ryan goes on a diatribe on a conference call with House Republican members about how he disinvited Trump from his district and would not be campaigning with him during the last 28 days of the campaign. This is significant because Ryan appeared to shift his allegiances after the election to become a Trump supporter. The first major legislative item up is repealing socialist healthcare and Ryan, according to Breitbart, misled President Trump into believing that the healthcare bill repealing the current system and that it would pass both Houses.
Now Ryan is hustling conservative votes for a bill that essentially lies to the American people about repealing the ex “president’s” socialist healthcare failure. He is using scare tactics saying that if this bill is not passed, the healthcare system will collapse. Well, isn’t that what most of us want? We want free market healthcare for a free market nation. We don’t want the government cyphering off valuable funds for big government waste that could be reducing healthcare costs in the free market. It seems that President Trump feels the same way, but he is now recognizing that Ryan tried to hoodwink him on both the bill’s content and its ability to pass.
Breitbart reported, “The President gave Ryan a chance,” one source close to the President said. “If he doesn’t get his act together soon, the President will have no choice but to step in and fix this on his own. He’s the best negotiator on the planet, and if this were his bill not Ryan’s it would not be this much of a mess.” Trump is seeing how the “swamp” works. And Ryan is one of the clogs in the swamp’s drain who tried to pull a fast one on the President. The Ryan healthcare bill needs to die a quick death and the President needs to get rid of socialist healthcare as promised. Proverbs 12:22 says, “Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.” Ryan’s a liar and Trump’s a dealer. Let’s see how it plays out.
Everybody’s a Nazi if they disagree with the left
Don’t confuse liberals, progressives or communists with the facts. They don’t win or lose arguments on facts. These are a breed of humankind who are in word against bullying, xenophobia, misogyny, homophobia, Islamophobia, paranoia, bigotry, and hate, but in deed they exercise those very traits against anyone who disagrees with them by hurling personal insults and labeling. Their latest post-election rages include calling people who disagree with them Nazis or a Hitler, especially if they are losing an argument. If you are really good with your facts, you may not even get a label before you advance to being a Nazi or a Hitler. These people are emotional, they care little about facts and are quick to label you.
They are also the first to say that they don’t believe much of the Bible, if at all, yet they will sure quote scripture to you out of context. How many times have you heard them say on TV, “don’t judge us” or “who are you to judge me?” They don’t want to be judged for their stands on transgendered bathrooms or abortion, but they are quick to judge those who disagree with them as Nazis. Last June 1, for example, the leftist flagship The Daily KOS, wrote a headline, “Jeff Sessions endorses Nazi style fascism.” He was being labeled because he was one of the few members of Congress who recognized that Islamic terrorists could be among those coming to America through the ex-“president’s” immigration plan.
As early as March 3, 2016, the progressive Huffington Post wrote: “Donald Trump’s ascent to the top of the Republican presidential candidate heap has been increasingly likened to the rise of Adolf Hitler, as both men have used racist rhetoric and blamed select groups of minorities for many of the country’s problems. On Saturday, that comparison became even more apparent when footage surfaced of Trump at a rally in Orlando, Florida, that was eerily reminiscent of 1930s Nazi rallies.” Noted at the end of the story: “Editor’s note: Donald Trump is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist, birther and bully who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims--1.6 billion members of an entire religion--from entering the U.S.” Leftist Bill Maher compared Trump’s speeches with Hitler’s in an attempt to show how both men were alike.
These are just a couple of examples of what has become so commonplace in the national dialogue of the extreme left. The recent women’s march on Washington, DC could provide many more examples where ignorant celebrities who’s trade is to sling a good line, repeatedly insulted those who disagree with them with disrespect and vulgarity. Nothing in modern history compares with atrocities Hitler and the Nazis did to humankind. Romans 2:3 says, “And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?” We don’t have to judge because in the end, God will be the judge. It’s sad that our national dialogue is so disrespectful and hateful and is generated by those who claim to be the opposite. What ever happened to civility and disagreeing without being disagreeable?
Jobs, jobs and more jobs
The left’s media machine was dead set on creating fear about a US economy led by a Donald Trump presidency. News talk shows before the election were parading Ivy League economists one by one before the cameras who decried the horror that would play itself out if Trump were elected. They said the stock market would crash and the world would be plunged into a recession if Trump won. Of course, there were no facts to back up these opinions, but they were stated as if they were locked-down outcomes. These experts ignored the previous 10 years of quantitative easing policies that drove record national debt and jobs out of the country. But something happened on the way out of the voting booth.
Between the election and the inauguration, Trump started getting commitments from businesses to bring jobs back to America. A confidence in making America great again seemed to overcome the negativity of the so-called experts. The Trump election incentivized businesses such as Ford and Carrier, to keep jobs here in the US. The steel industry, which has been depressed for decades due in part to repressive Democratic-inspired tax and regulation policies, also made commitments. US Steel CEO Mario Longhi told CNBC News that the American steel industry could bring back 10,000 jobs because of “future improvement to the tax laws, improvements to regulation” as a result of Trump taking office.
A record 95 million Americans were not in the labor force in November 2016, about 15 million more than when the immediate past “president” took office. These are folks who have either retired or gave up finding a job. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics some 3.6 million people had lost their jobs and those who have been jobless for 27 weeks or more stood at 1.9 million, a quarter of the unemployed. That was the last job report before the election. In the first full month of the Trump Presidency, the economy added nearly 300,000 private sector jobs according to a survey of economists by ADP and Moody’s Analytics—over 100,000 more jobs than they expected.
If there is a recession, and there very well could be, it is caused by the record debt laid on the economy by the federal government under its globalist Marxist direction of the two terms of the ex “president” and the last term of George W Bush. The best way out of a recession is putting people back to work, making having a job a priority. Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 3:13, “…that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God.” In this country, we have strived to create a freedom where everyone who wants a job can work; where everyone has opportunity. When politicians extol the virtues of the working man, yet govern with policies that oppress him, they rob the worker of the blessing of enjoyment of his labor. Already, we are seeing the impact of more hope and less oppression.
Revolutionary feud deepens
Over the weekend President Donald Trump made history by accusing the ex-“president” of wiretapping the president-elect’s offices at Trump Towers. While some compare it to Watergate, where sitting President Richard Nixon had curried a national spy effort on those he considered his detractors, this “lame duck president” allegedly was gathering information that could be used to undermine Trump when he took office. It is the type of stuff spy novels are made of, yet it is playing out before our very eyes. The ex-“president” has set up a shadow government and is working with seditious forces to undermine the duly elected President of the United States. Trouble is, he has apparently walked the line of the law.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the ex-“president” was livid over Trump’s accusations. A statement was issued immediately that the ex-“president’s” regime had never approved wire tapping or spying on US citizens. This is an outright lie because there are multiple high-profile cases where the White House was caught intercepting phone calls and emails on our citizens. The Guardian published documents signed by Attorney General Eric Holder July 29, 2009 indicating the White House used the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to back door “authority” to collect information on American citizens. AP, CBS and Fox know first hand as their reporters were spied on, as were thousands of citizens.
Was the ex-“president” livid that Trump called him out, or because he got caught doing something he shouldn’t have that may have legal implications? It would appear that the former “president” is walking a thin line between political opposition and sedition. Many are asking why this person is not arrested and brought up on charges of sedition, high crimes and misdemeanors. It is because there is no appearance on the surface of actual law breaking. Paid protesters, encouraging protesting, setting up offices to “keep an eye on” the Trump Administration, stirring up a willing media against the government are all disruptive and undermining actions, but not really illegal. Power and money drive this organization.
Dinesh D’Souza documented just how the progressives in the Democratic Party, the ex-“president” and Hillary Clinton use deception and denial to enrich themselves and garner power. In “Hillary’s America,” D’Souza documents how “progressives” seek to steal from the government and the people. He said, “The methodology of theft is very simple and involves five distinct steps. First, plan the theft. Second, recruit allies. Third, pitch or justify the theft. Fourth, carry out the theft. And finally, cover up the theft." When caught, they never give up the gig, but rather deny, deny, deny. And we see this play out every day in this deepening feud between the ex-“president” and Trump. Proverbs 14:8 says, “The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.” And, hence, we have the tale of two Americas.
Don't believe the so-called socialist healthcare repeal
If the Republican Study Committee (RSC) analysis of the socialist healthcare repeal is true, it needs to go back to the drawing board because it isn’t as advertised. The so-called “repeal” is not a repeal at all, but rather a tinkering with the current system that should be abandoned. It is no more a repeal than the original bill was the “Affordable Care Act,” which was neither affordable nor care giving. The RSC in a memo to Republican members of the House of Representatives says it delays repeal of the healthcare taxes by a year and “does not appear to repeal the Economic Substance Doctrine,” meaning socialist healthcare—tax payer funded healthcare—will remain the foundation. This bill does nothing.
Moreover it is a lie to say that the current plan doesn't penalize people from a tax perspective. The “Cadillac Tax,” which is a 40% tax on individuals or families whose companies provide actual good plans to their workers, is initially eliminated, then reinstated in 2025. The plan also defunds Planned Parenthood, but only for a year. Why should Planned Parenthood get any taxpayer funding of any sort, ever? There are small tax credits based on age, scaling from $2,000 for individuals under 30 up to $4,000 for those over 60. But they are capped at $14,000 for a family and are phased out for individuals earning $75,000 or couples earning $150,000. This gives politicians the ability to say there are tax advantages, but they disappear quickly over time.
The RSC reports, “The bill does attempt to provide guardrails to prevent the tax credits from allowing federal funds from going to abortion services by defining coverage that is eligible for qualifying for the credit as a plan that “does not provide coverage for abortions (other than any abortion necessary to the life of the mother or any abortion with respect to a pregnancy that is the result of an act of rape or incest)”. It is unclear if the language can survive Senate Byrd-rule scrutiny. This is also true of numerous other sections in the Ways and Means title.” In other words, the bill has language that says it stops funding abortion, but not even the RSC believes this language is more than window-dressing.
Overall, the RSC says, “This is a Republican welfare entitlement: 1) Writing checks to individuals to purchase insurance is, in principle, Obamacare; 2) It does allow more choices for individuals, and is more patient-centered, but is fundamentally grounded on the idea that the federal government should fund insurance purchases.” I am reminded of the verse in Jeremiah 8:11, “For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” This is no more than a Republican shell game, trying to convince you that they are doing what they said they would do, but, in reality, are doing nothing but perpetuating socialism. Call your Congressman, pray that the President holds them accountable.
Getting to the bottom of the wire tapping
President Donald Trump accused the ex-“president” of wire-tapping his campaign, setting off a barrage of sanctimonious denials from Democrats and from the ex “president.” The former “president’s” spokesman Kevin Lewis said, “A cardinal rule of the [sic] Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice. As part of that practice, neither the [sic] “president” nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.” The facts, dating back to the 2012 campaign, however, indicate just the opposite. In fact, the White House had routinely ordered surveillance on US citizens.
In June 2013, the UK Guardian released an investigative story on how the White House used the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to bypass the Patriot Act. The Guardian published documents submitted to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), signed by Attorney General Eric Holder July 29, 2009. The documents indicate the White House used this court to back door “authority” to collect information on American citizens. The Guardian reported that the broad scope of the court orders and nature of the procedures established in the documents appeared “to clash” with assurances from the White House that our telephone and email information could not be accessed without warrants.
Also in June 2013, The ACLU filed a lawsuit in the US District Court against James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander, Defense Secretary Charles Hagel, Attorney General Eric Holder, and FBI Director Robert Mueller III for spying on Americans. The suit claimed these agencies illegally obtained “a comprehensive record” of citizens’ “familial, political, professional, religious, and intimate associations.” On May 13, 2013, AP reported that the DOJ had secretly obtained two months of telephone records of Associated Press reporters and editors during the 2012 campaign. Wire-tapping was routine at the previous White House. CBS and Fox News reporters were also confirmed to be targets of the Administration’s surveillance.
The story that tipped off Trump to the ex-“president’s” wire tapping hobby was found in the New York Times January 19 article, stating “Numerous news outlets, including The New York Times, have reported on the F.B.I. investigations into Mr. Trump’s advisers. BBC and then McClatchy revealed the existence of a multiagency working group to coordinate investigations across the government.” There is also documentation that in June 2016 the ex-“president” submitted a request to the FISC to monitor communications by Trump, which was denied. In November 2016, HeatStreet reported “that the FBI sought, and was granted, a FISA court warrant in October, giving counter-intelligence permission to examine the activities of ‘US persons’ in Donald Trump’s campaign with ties to Russia.”
No evidence was found, but the wire-taps were continued, according to HeatStreet and the New York Times, under the pretext of national security. While the ex “president” himself may or may not have ordered wire taps and surveillance on Trump, even after he was elected, evidence suggests the ex “president’s” Administration did spy on Trump and numerous other US citizens during his two terms in office. It is reported, documented and was considered routine. They are lying to cover it up. In John 3:20, Jesus said, “For everyone that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” We need to continue to expose these deeds and demand accountability, otherwise your freedom of religion and of speech will be crushed in darkness.
Suspend your disbelief--We must answer the call
I laid awake last night with anticipation about writing you this morning. This is very important. Every generation of American has had a test. There was the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, two World Wars—all testing whether this great country would remain free. After World War II, the venue shifted to the Cold War where communism threatened our very existence and this continued through the Vietnam War. When President Ronald Reagan’s policies paid off and the Soviet Union collapsed, Americans began to believe that communism was no longer a threat. Then it reappeared in the form of Islam and now the sinister aspect of communism disguised as the Democratic Party and Globalist moderate Republicans.
This generation, you and I, face an attempted takeover of our nation. We are living it and watching it play out every day. The voters spoke. The side that was aghast at the possibility of the opposing candidate not accepting the results of the election, has not accepted the results of the election. The ex-“president” is encouraging the mayhem and we are finding out more each day how the communists and their allies are undermining President Donald Trump’s ability to govern. This is serious. Our generation is facing the very real prospect of a coup. We are witnessing how it is done in third world countries--subversive government appointees, media given over to the cause, paid protesters in the streets, and so on.
Yes, this is real. Suspend your disbelief that this could happen to America. It is happening. Christian Americans kept this country together since its inception. Christian Americans fought, bled and died for the God-given freedoms man was trying to take away. Christian Americans established a form of government that promoted the spread of the gospel around the world through Constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech, freedom of religious expression, and freedom to protect these precious rights, by force, if necessary. It was Christian Americans by the grace, guidance and the hand of God himself who formed a nation of laws based on the laws of God and separated from it the ability of state-sponsored religion.
Communism compels the abolition of all morals and religion, and government replaces God. It is the antithesis of our form of government. It is the anthem of those trying to overthrow our current government. Suspend your disbelief. They have had eight years of working hard to undermine our legal system, to chose which laws to enforce, to dilute our security, and to set in place an overthrow using administrative leverage with perceived public opinion. We are seeing in a very practical sense how Ephesians 6:12 plays out for a nation: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
As Christian Americans we must ask ourselves if we are going to allow usurpers to destroy the greatest beacon of freedom of speech and religion the world has ever known. Are we the generation that allows that physical light of the world, that city that is set on a hill that cannot be hid, to be snuffed out? Has bad doctrine and deception filed the weapons of apathy so sharp that we cannot persevere against them? It is time to pray and act. We must engage with others, speaking the truth in love. This is no time to withdraw. Your God-given freedoms are on the line. Spiritual wickedness is manifest in physical opposition to truth and righteousness. Suspend your disbelief. We must answer the call.
No outcry back then
Does anybody remember the ex “president’s” Attorney General Eric Holder? You know, the AG who refused to enforce the laws? It started with refusing to allow off shore drilling, a law that Congress passed to open up energy exploration off the Gulf Coast. Then there was the Defense of Marriage Act that the “president” and the AG decided not to enforce or defend. Also call to memory that Black Panthers were allowed to intimidate white voters from casting their Constitutionally guaranteed right to vote. And there was the contempt of Congress by Holder for refusing to testify on his gun running scheme that ended up getting border agents killed. Nothing to see here. No one could get the media interested.
On September 7, 2011 Holder told reporters that reports were untrue linking his department and the White House with the decision to sell guns to Mexican drug runners through Operation Fast and Furious. He claimed they were politically motivated, saying, "The notion that somehow or other this thing reaches into the upper levels of the Justice Department is something that. ... I don't think is supported by the facts. It's kind of something I think certain members of Congress would like to see, the notion that somehow or other high-level people in the department were involved." This is an outright denial that he (Holder) or any other high official knew about the operation, but it was boasted about even on the DOJ website.
On April 2, 2009, Holder gave a speech to the Mexico/United States Arms Trafficking Conference in Cuernavaca, Mexico. His remarks at the time were actually posted on the US Department of Justice’s website. He said, “Last week, our administration launched a major new effort to break the backs of the cartels. My department is committing 100 new ATF personnel to the Southwest border in the next 100 days to supplement our ongoing Project Gunrunner…” Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious were synonymous. CBS News, for example, reported on February 23, 2011 the murder of border agent Brian Terry by a drug cartel thug using an assault rifle traced to Holder’s operation.
The Daily Jot detailed several reports of Holder’s illegal/unethical antics. ‘Didn’t hear a peep from the mainstream news media calling for his resignation. Today AG Jeff Sessions has recused himself from 2016 campaign investigations because he met with the Russian Ambassador as part of his job as Senator. Democrats used this fake news story to call for Sessions’ ouster. Romans 16:18 describes these people: “For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” Indeed they are deceiving the hearts of the simple. There must be more to the Democrats and Russia that Democrats fear will come out with Sessions on the job. Meantime, the news media is showing its inability to report real news, a failure of its First Amendment right.
Discerning the truth from fake news
The news media had a brief setback after an overwhelming majority of Americans responded positively to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech. But within 24 hours, they are back to their old tricks of making stories out of insinuation and conjecture. Now there is a renewed attack on Attorney General Jeff Sessions where the media is trying to make him out as some sort of accomplice with Russian influence over the last election. The New York Times is doing a nice little fake news job on Sessions with a story about how the previous “president’s” aides were scrambling in the last days of that Administration to provide an intel trail for investigators to prove that the Russians influenced the election.
Enter the left’s public enemy number 1: Jeff Sessions. During Sessions’ confirmation hearing, Senator Al Franken (D-Mn) planted the seed by asking, “if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?” Sessions answered: “Senator Franken, I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.” The Washington Post is also fake newsing with a story claiming Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at a Heritage Foundation event in July 2016.
The meeting was at an event where several Ambassadors were present. Another meeting with Kislyak occurred in Sessions’ capacity on the Senate Armed Service Committee in September. The Post is trying to say that Sessions didn’t disclose these meetings during his Senate confirmation hearings. To back its claim, the Post says Sessions was asked by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) if he had “been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after election day.” Sessions answered “no.” Both the Post and the Times center their fake news story on the implication that Sessions represented the Trump Campaign during meetings on that topic with the Russian Ambassador, downplaying or omitting that the meetings were normal course of conducting his Senate business.
Sessions, during his confirmation hearing, denied meeting Kislyak as a representative of the Trump campaign. Since, Sessions’ office has denied such meetings were connected to the campaign. Notwithstanding, the Democrats in Congress, such as Nancy Pelosi, are using the stories to call for Sessions’ resignation, saying he perjured himself. See how fake news works? The media insinuates unrelated events are linked which are used by political opposition to imply guilt. Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” These media outlets are purposely deceiving people to prevent Sessions from enforcing laws that the communist left knows will restore order to our nation and block their revolutionary designs.
Blind opposition vs the promise of hope
Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” And Jesus said in Luke 6:45, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Words and actions mean things. The State of the Union speech delivered by President Donald Trump provided Americans with both words and actions to discern the hearts of those elected to represent us, and what the future holds. In the text of Trump’s address are words of hope, encouragement, restoration, protection, safety, order and greatness. In the actions of those in the chamber are the battle lines of blind opposition.
Trump delivered a marvelous vision of a new old America—a vision where our Constitutional Republic represents Americans, puts our nation first, is aimed at creating jobs, stirring enterprise, treating all equally and just under the law. He said in his opening, “Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty and justice–in an unbroken chain all the way down to the present. That torch is now in our hands. And we will use it to light up the world. I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart.” The chamber of Congress often erupted in applause and a standing ovation throughout the speech, except for the Democrats, who sat with scowls.
Trump encouraged Americans with the hope of job creation, public safety, law and order, representing Americans not the world, reaffirming our commitment to Israel, fighting “radical Islamic terrorism,” protecting our businesses with fair trade as well as free trade, immigration reform and protecting citizens from violent illegal immigrants, rebuilding the American infrastructure, improving our military, supporting our veterans, improving our school systems, repealing/replacing socialist healthcare, and more. Trump painted a positive and hopeful vision for America. The Democratic Party representatives sat stoically, even hissing at the president and giving him a thumbs down. Democratic Party women wore white to protest Trump’s plans to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. Wearing white to promote death. Wow!
Trump said, “Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed. Every problem can be solved. And every hurting family can find healing, and hope. Our citizens deserve this, and so much more–so why not join forces to finally get it done? On this and so many other things, Democrats and Republicans should get together and unite for the good of our country, and for the good of the American people…When we have all of this, we will have made America greater than ever before. For all Americans. This is our vision. This is our mission. But we can only get there together. We are one people, with one destiny. We all bleed the same blood. We all salute the same flag. And we are all made by the same God.” From the Democrat side--again nothing. In their hearts, they disagree with this mission and vision. It’s blind opposition, the sightline into their hearts.
The rancid press and the void of truth
A wise man once told me to never pick a fight with a man who buys his ink by the barrel, yet this is exactly what President Donald Trump has done, or has he? In reality, it was the press that picked a fight with the American people and Trump is standard-bearer for those who have been lied to, massaged, brainwashed by a decided socialist news media against all things American. From the news media’s viewpoint, unless it’s socially just, it’s wrong, and all things are socially unjust, especially if they have anything to do with common sense and traditional values. Think of the foul-mouthed, bombastic approach that has been taken. Yet, Trump is being blamed openly by the media for what they call self-inflicted wounds.
At CPAC, Trump explained: “A few days ago I called the fake news the enemy of the people. And they are. They are the enemy of the people. Because they have no sources, they just make ’em up when there are none. I saw one story recently where they said, “Nine people have confirmed.” There’re no nine people. I don’t believe there was one or two people…I know who they talk to. There were no nine people… They make up sources. They’re very dishonest people. In fact, in covering my comments, the dishonest media did not explain that I called the fake news the enemy of the people. The fake news. They dropped off the word “fake.” And all of a sudden, the story became the media is the enemy.”
During the very early days of the Reagan Administration, I was a Washington, DC correspondent for a major newswire. I shared office space with many other news entities. Often at the end of the day, the correspondents would sit around the office having a drink and talk about their news stories, essentially comparing notes. I learned from listening to those discussions that unnamed sources were sometimes, if not often, the journalists themselves speculating on various news events. One time, I spoke up about a story they knew I was working on exclusively. I purposely misled them. The next day, it showed up on the front page of the Washington Post, quoting me as a “source close to the story.” Of course, it was totally wrong information and these old salts were quite surprised when my story broke with the real news.
Fake news is not new to this generation. It is a staple of lazy reporters with agendas. They have been doing it for generations. The problem we have today is that reporters have been trained to believe that their leftist beliefs are the truth and all things must be measured against their particular truth. We therefore have a media that just writes stories from the lens of socialism. It’s generally fake news. Most of what you read and see is twisted. When a free press is dedicated to an agenda, it is part of the problem, not the solution. Trump is right to try to hold accountability. We as citizens must also hold accountability. How? Measure it against the Holy Scriptures. In John 17:17, Jesus prayed the Father to “Sanctify them through thy word; thy word is truth.” Find the baseline of events in the word and discern truth properly. It will set you free.
I have to admit it. I didn't watch the Oscars. I haven’t watched the Oscars since I was a kid, curious about all the pandering. I read about them. Each year, these people who make millions from folks going to their movies tend to want to tell us why how we live is wrong, that God and country are not important, that there is no God (unless it's the occult or money, or political religion), their god is the government. They tell everyone what they think is American and un-American as if they are the be all, end all source. In reality, what the House Committee on Un-American Activities investigated beginning in 1938—anti-American communism—would have no problem identifying those who were alleged to be disloyal and subversive today. The committee would just have to watch Oscar night in Hollywood.
Cloaked in esoteric ideals such as social justice, equality, love and peace for all, these people spread their hatred by maligning anyone who disagrees with them. They are the gods of America, after all. They make the most money using the least brainpower, so they must be smarter than anybody else. This has not changed since the communists were infiltrating the film industry in the last century. The only thing that has changed is that they are more open about talking about it. Yes, they call themselves social democrats or progressives, but just like their day to day lives, they are play acting. A social democrat or a progressive is still a communist at heart. And that’s where the rub is. Americans have become so dumbed down about history and politics that they don't understand the threat of communism still exists.
These people are described perfectly in 2 Timothy 3:1-7,” This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, loves of pleasers more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
It’s scary how bold and deceived these people are. It’s also scary that they are able to come into our households and spew forth their wickedness in the innocent name of entertainment. Others even go to the theaters and pay good money to watch them. I guess I’m pretty boring. I haven’t been to a movie in a long time. And I’m pretty careful what I watch on TV or satellite. These people stand for the very darkness of the world and I see very little good in them. If we all would just quit watching them, quit going to their movies, perhaps their decline would be accelerated. The great thing about electricity is that we can turn it off when things get Oscary. We should be exercising that off switch more often.
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Is America set up for a coup?
My ministry partner of 25 years, William Agbeti, has been through six coups d’état in Ghana spanning from 1966 through 1981. Only one failed. I asked him to analyze the factors of those coups and compare them with the current situation in America to see if there were similarities. He said, “All the FACTORS that play out for coups d’état are currently PRESENT in the US. Most of these FACTORS are oftentimes masterminded. The stage is being set for perhaps America's first coup d’état.” Agbeti went on to identify the various indicators already in place that may contribute to an overthrow of the US government in some form or another. Did the previous “president” set the stage for a third-world coup in the US? Read on.
Agbeti says, “Coup makers in Ghana belonged to one, part or all of the following categories of persons: disgruntled leaders, power-drunk individuals, stoogies fronting for organized criminals, over-ambitious adventurers, ex-heads of state with unfinished agendas, opposition members who have created a shadow government, die-hard individuals with sympathetic ears to foreign powers desirous of entrenching and superimposing their interests (or way of life) on a nation. Master minds, employing state oppression as an excuse, using mainstream mass media, institutions, and instigating groups of people to pour out into the streets to create well-organized mass revolts, easily paved the way for successful coups. These master minds belonged to shadow governments with hidden agendas.”
Agbeti says there are several factors that lead to a coup, including “Disgruntled leaders and workers; Heightened trumpeting of corruption, inefficient governance and well-orchestrated and timely resignations; Readiness of the fourth estate of the realm (mainstream mass media) to establish and perpetuate evil government and governance; Organized mass revolts; Fearless or extraordinarily bold, self-proclaimed or secretly elected "insane" leaders ready to "free" the people; Organized murders, fake incidents, doctored statistics, rumor mongering, agitation of people through inflammatory statements; and Mass disbursements of funds to individuals, organizations, people's groups, both local and foreign.”
In conclusion, Agbeti says if there is a coup in the US, “It may come in one of several forms: widespread civil disobedience that gives legitimacy to call for the resignation of Trump, "occupy" versions of coups, planned resignations from and rejections of Government appointments, massive funding of key institutions used by the shadow government to protest new government policies, etc.” When you think about the George Soros-funded professional protestors and the vitriol hate of the malcontents in this country, the unthinkable factors described by Agbeti come into focus. There are strongholds in place that threaten our inalienable rights. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 says, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.” Let us pray and act.
Responding to the hate and disrespect
It’s one thing to say that you promote love, tolerance, inclusion, and equality and then call everyone who disagrees with you a bigot, racist, Nazi, homophobe, xenophobe, Islamophobe, or whatever. Even still it is one thing to say you are taking the high ground and then categorize everyone who disagrees with you as un-American and hateful. Those who are upset that Donald Trump became President are always talking about love and tolerance, but their words and actions are disrespectful, hateful, and intolerant. They put all these wonderful ideals on their websites and then in person they employ the most vulgar and vitriol language and gestures toward those who disagree with them. There is no end to the hatred.
I have been asked many times how to deal with this. It is no small question, and there is probably no single answer. I can say that while I did not like most anything that the previous Administration did, and I believed the ex-“president’s” actions were extremely bad for our country, never did I do a violent act or commit a public tirade as have these never-do-wells. We, as Americans, must find ways to disagree without being disagreeable and disrespectful. The things that were said, for example, at the women’s march in Washington, DC after the inauguration were vulgar and unseemly. I can’t imagine how any self-respecting woman would admit being associated with this behavior. This, however, has become the norm.
Romans 12:21 says, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” We must not allow our good to be spoken of as evil. We must engage because we cannot allow this darkness to overcome our nation—it is a sure demonstration of how the powers of darkness and spiritual wickedness are manifest in the affairs of men. Engaging takes boldness to act and prayer for wisdom. A good rule to follow is found in Proverbs 15:1, “A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” Try to deescalate. Ask questions gently. Specifically, why do you feel that way? Have you researched the facts, both sides of the issue? Is it reasonable to say that everyone who disagrees with you carries a derogatory label? How do problems get solved if you impugn others by calling into question their honor or morals?
Remember that your place as a Christian is to lead/show by example. You can be firm, but fair. By asking questions, you can lead a person toward a path of reason. You also are not responsible to win the argument. Some plant seeds, others water, others reap. The Holy Spirit will convict. It’s not our job. You are not going to get anywhere by just making them more angry. In fact, escalating plays into their pre-judged position. Ask yourself, “What do I want this person to take away from our conversation?” Proverbs 26:4 says, “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like unto him.” And finally, know when to walk away. Proverbs 29:9 says, “If a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.” We have an opportunity during times such as these to shine the light of Christ and his wisdom.
Godless left and the Lord’s Prayer
The leftists are the ones who promote love, peace, tolerance, diversity, equality, but often do so spewing hateful and disrespectful, sarcastic words and actions. Such is the case when First Lady Melania Trump recited the Lord’s Prayer before a Trump rally at the Orlando-Melbourne Airport, which by the way, was attended by nearly 10,000 people. Social media users and the liberal press hurled insults at Mrs. Trump, saying that she plagiarized the Lord’s Prayer; that they could read the prayer in Slovene better than she read it in English; and that if you need to read this prayer, you are not a Christian. Others said this is not a Christian nation and she shouldn’t have done it. Once again the left exposes its hatred.
Many years ago, I was asked to share at the church in Wayland, Ohio where I grew up. Our aging pastor opened the service with a welcome and he asked the congregation to join him in the Lord’s Prayer. Somewhere along the middle of it, I noticed he had forgotten the words—probably one of those brain moments that we all have from time to time. At that point, I spoke just a little louder and no one knew the difference. Did our pastor not know the Lord’s Prayer? After all, he recited it every Sunday. No, he knew it. It was just a lapse of thought. It’s not something that would call into question his salvation, but it did remind me to be ever vigilant in knowing what I was saying. I guess the leftist would have fired him.
But that’s not even the case. Most of these people who are writing and saying these horrible things about the First Lady’s recital of the Lord’s Prayer, probably could not recite it themselves. They have such vitriol against God and Jesus that they would loathe to repeat such sweet words of love, encouragement, and hope. Their words and actions expose their lack of character and overdose of hypocrisy. Making fun of her accent and questioning her faith because she read the prayer. Really? This is uncalled for, over the top, and offensive. Melania Trump is a classy and extraordinary woman who is successful, speaks several languages fluently, and is everything the left says a woman should be—except for her politics—upon which is the real standard these foul-mouthed, sarcastic, mean-spirited people stand. Shame on them.
Melania Trump always should be encouraged to bless us, and our nation, with the Lord’s Prayer, whether she reads it or recites it from memory, and in whatever language she chooses. Jesus taught us to pray in Matthew 6:9-13, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.” Don't let your good be evil spoken of and stand with those who are trying to do the right thing.
First Amendment undermined by not so free press
The news media is jeopardizing its First Amendment credibility with its irresponsible reporting and attempts to demonize anybody in disagreement with its leftist globalist agenda. The most recent news conference with President Donald Trump revealed how the delusional media views fake news. The reporter tried to blame Trump for the media’s credibility problems, asking the President: "But aren’t you concerned, sir, that you are undermining the people's faith in the First Amendment freedom of the press, the press in this country when you call stories you don't like “fake news”? Why not just say it’s a story I don't like?” Herein, it’s the press that is undermining the people’s faith in the First Amendment.
Trump responded, “But I know what’s good. I know what’s bad. And when they change it and make it really bad--something that should be positive. Sometimes something that should be very positive, they’ll make okay. They’ll even make it negative. So I understand it because I’m there. I know what was said. I know who is saying it. I’m there. So it’s very important to me. Look, I want to see an honest press. When I started off today by saying that it’s so important to the public to get an honest press. The press -- the public doesn't believe you people anymore.” In reality, the press is going wild quoting unnamed sources without verification and reporting illegally leaked information as if it were fact.
Case in point: The shadow government and deep state want panic about the possibility that Trump will deport millions of illegals. AP reported that the White House was calling up 100,000 National Guard troops to round up illegals and send them back to wherever they came from. The White House categorically denied that the report was even remotely factual. But the report was made without verifying the source or the memo the source quoted. A free press in bondage to an ideal or agenda is not free at all. The false narrative that the President is undermining the people’s faith in the First Amendment by criticizing the media—is an extraordinary example of the twisted demeanor of the news media.
Exodus 20:16 states, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” Telling the truth is the basis of good journalism. And Truth comes from where? Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.” He goes on to say in verse 17, “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you.” These so-called journalists cannot recognize truth because it’s not in them. The First Amendment, a unique guarantee of Liberty, is undermined when liars lie with impunity while disguising the lies as truth. We need to pray and act to hold accountability, especially within the “Church” where the truth should be rightly discerned and spoken of boldly that good is not considered evil.
Trump exposes wickedness in high places
After a month in office, President Donald Trump held a news conference to update Americans on the condition of their country. What he said was an extraordinary indictment on the corruption he found. He said the government was in a big mess, bigger than he thought, that politicians had been lying year after to year to get elected, foreign policy was in a shambles and that the news media were lying to the American public to advance an agenda protecting this institutionalized entrenchment of corrupt power. Having covered politics every day for over 15 years, these observations are not new to this writer. If Trump is 10% right, he is right enough to support him in his efforts to right the good ship America.
Trump is telling it as he sees it. He is unabashedly organic in his presentation, rough around the edges, not a diplomat. If he is seeing things accurate, he is the right man in the right position at the right time. Any much longer and the country would be taken over by an Islamic Marxist globalist coup. Trump spoke of “the entrenched power structure” He said, “As you know, our administration inherited many problems across government and across the economy. To be honest, I inherited a mess -- it’s a mess -- at home and abroad. A mess.” While everything was going along and Americans were living out their lives, evil politicians were globalizing our country and folding it into a dangerous one-world order.
Moreover, the free press was supporting this remaking of America, by, as Trump said, “distorting” the news and information. He said, “Unfortunately, much of the media in Washington, DC, along with New York, Los Angeles, in particular, speaks not for the people but for the special interests and for those profiting off a very, very obviously broken system. The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people--tremendous disservice. We have to talk about it to find out what's going on, because the press honestly is out of control. The level of dishonesty is out of control.”
Trump enumerated a number of accomplishments during his first month—border security, job creation, deregulation, a five-year lobbying ban on White House officials, and a lifetime ban on them lobbying for foreign governments, the start of repealing socialist healthcare, a pro-life justice of the Supreme Court, sanctions on Iran. And the list goes on and on. The press continues its war on this man. The opposition distorts the truth and attacks at every opportunity. Trump is showing the very practical workings of Ephesians 6:12,”For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” He is taking a stand against the physical manifestation of this each day. May we take up the whole armor of God and stand and intercede as well.
A great day for America
The Abrahamic Covenant, made by God to Abraham and his descendants, is the foundation on which God’s entire plan of salvation rests. Genesis 12:1-3 says, “…Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee; And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and you shall be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee and curse him that curses thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Over the past decade, America has not blessed Israel, and we have suffered great economic loss, strife and division. On February 15, that began to change under President Donald Trump.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the White House and President Trump in one of the most significant meetings in recent history. America changed course with its President stating that his foreign policy goals do not involve dividing Israel into two states to achieve peace with Palestinian terrorists, and hinted at a broader, regional approach involving other countries. Trump said that his Administration rejects the “unfair and one-sided actions against Israel at the United Nations.” Trump reiterated that his administration has already imposed new sanctions on Iran and confirmed: “I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing—I mean ever—a nuclear weapon.” Trump in one news conference committed to undoing almost every foreign policy of his predecessor’s evil and malicious support of Israel’s enemies.
Netanyahu said that to have peace, “First, the Palestinians must recognize the Jewish state. They have to stop calling for Israel’s destruction. They have to stop educating their people for Israel’s destruction. Second, in any peace agreement, Israel must retain the overriding security control over the entire area west of the Jordan River. Because if we don't, we know what will happen -- because otherwise we’ll get another radical Islamic terrorist state in the Palestinian areas exploding the peace, exploding the Middle East. Now, unfortunately, the Palestinians vehemently reject both prerequisites for peace. First, they continue to call for Israel’s destruction--inside their schools, inside their mosques, inside the textbooks. You have to read it to believe it.”
There are many Christians who do not believe Israel is Israel and Jerusalem is Jerusalem. Some believe that Christians replaced Jews as God’s chosen people. Others believe that the Israel spoken of in the Bible is a spiritual one. And there are many supersessionist beliefs in between them. But if you believe that the Bible is the infallible and inerrant word of God, then Israel is Israel—historically, physically and prophetically. The promise in the unconditional, one-way Abrahamic covenant is that those who bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed. This is repeated throughout the prophets even unto the end of days. The sea-change in foreign policy by the Trump Administration toward Israel marks a great day for America.
Flynn ouster is a disturbing sign
Before Donald Trump was elected there were many concerns about the leaks in the US national security and intelligence system. Hillary Clinton is a living testimony with her web of trading classified information for money and influence peddling using her State Department position. But the leaking of sensitive information during the previous Administration goes far deeper than that. The ex-“president” appointed so many people that are loyal to his Marxist Islamist globalist agenda that they are able to spy on the members of the new Trump Administration in efforts to sabotage it and undermine it. The firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was an example. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn may be another.
Whether Flynn misled President Trump about conversations with the Russian Ambassador, Trump dismissed Flynn and has handled that element of mistrust. The real problem here is the network within the federal government that is working to undermine the Trump presidency. These agencies are populated with holdovers from the previous administration. The conversations between the Russian Ambassador and Flynn occurred before Trump took office. Information swirling around Flynn’s conversations was being leaked by internal intelligence sources to friends in the news media, which in turn, allowed Democrats to publicly question if Trump was trying to mislead the American people about his ties to Russia. Remember, Russia was the Democratic Party’s ghost source of all US intelligence problems during the election.
Quoting unnamed sources in the intelligence community, the Wall Street Journal alleged that Flynn’s conversations were secretly recorded by operatives of the previous Administration, who claimed that Flynn spoke of easing the sanctions the then “lame duck president” levied on Russia. This information is still in debate. Enter Acting Attorney General Sally Yates who scurried over to FBI Director James Comey wanting immediate action. Yates was later fired for instructing the Justice Department not to enforce Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigrants and refugees from terrorist sponsoring states. There is a pattern here: Russia, unnamed intelligence sources, news media spin, holdovers from the previous Administration undermining the current Administration, leftist politicians sowing distrust through insinuation.
The disturbing sign is more than what Flynn said to calm US-Russian relations during transition before Trump took office, but that deep in the circles of America’s intel operations are rogue operatives spying on new Administration appointees, developing deadly narratives, and leaking this information to a news media eager to undermine Trump before assimilating the truth. Then the politics of division takes its course. The circumstances surrounding Flynn are more disturbing evidence that the ex-“president” is fomenting rebellion. It’s his organization, operatives, and progressive stalwarts who are carrying out the revolution. Much deception is in the air. As Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.”
Why the “Church” must stand NOW
The latest report on the unconstitutional shadow government is an article in Foreign Policy magazine by Rosa Brooks, former Pentagon advisor in the previous administration, now working for the George Soros-funded New America Foundation. Brooks suggests a military coup to oust President Donald Trump. Brooks wrote, “One possibility is one that until recently I would have said was unthinkable in the United States of America: a military coup, or at least a refusal by military leaders to obey certain orders.” This, combined with an army of usurpers 30,000 strong in the ex-“president’s” Marxist Organizing for America group, and a court system stacked with progressives, is a dangerous marker for America.
Why is this an important prophetic time for the “Church”? Christians, through their lack of participation as responsible citizens by not voting, were the one block that allowed two terms of the most communistic and Islamic “president” America has ever seen. During his tenure, religious rights and free speech were repeatedly attacked. It is fully documented that Christian churches, businesses and organizations were singled out and demonized for their beliefs. National security documents attacked religious freedom by suggesting that those who believe abortion and homosexuality is wrong were extreme radical threats to our country. While all along Islamists were killing people in the US in the name of allah.
The “Church” apparently had enough of this foolishness in 2016 and rose up, voting as a block and defeating the Islamic Marxist globalist candidate. This action alone fomented a nationwide temper tantrum by the malcontents. They have labeled Christian conservatives as Nazis, bigots, racists, homophobes, xenophobes and whatever else, while they themselves are acting out the very traits of their accusations. Meanwhile, it appears the “Church” has once again disappeared. The “Church,” you and me, must resist every temptation to withdraw from society, thinking that a strong, conservative-minded President will do our bidding. He alone cannot. There is organized, lawless and Godless opposition.
Our country, the foremost beacon of religious freedom in the world, is faced with a revolution aimed at taking away our Constitutional freedoms. First will be freedom of religion and of speech. Next will be the right to bear arms. This is the pattern in every country that allows Marxism and/or Islamism. It moves from anarchy to despotism in short order, muzzling people, replacing God with government, and disarmament. Take heed “Church.” You must stand NOW, not stand down. We must pray. We must be vocal. We must tell the story of righteousness and Godly sense. We must act courageously. Or we are going to face a dark and violent future. As Romans 13:12 says, “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” Answer this prophetic and clarion call.
The perilous times we live in
If you had an army some 30,000 strong and a court system stacked over the decades with judges who would allow you to break the laws, how much damage could you do to a country? We are about to find out in America. The ex-“president” said he was going to stay involved through community organizing and speak out on the issues, and that appears to be one post-administration promise he intends to keep. He has moved many of his administration’s top dogs over to an organization called Organizing for Action (OFA). OFA is behind the strategic and tactical implementation of the Marxist resistance we are seeing across America, and politically active courts are providing the leverage for this revolution.
OFA is dedicated to organizing communities for progressive change, meaning Marxist revolution. Issues are gun control, socialist healthcare, abortion, sexual equality, climate change, and of course, immigration reform. OFA members were propped up by the ex-“president’s” message from the shadows: “Organizing is the building block of everything great we’ve accomplished. Organizers around the country are fighting for change in their communities—and OFA is one of the groups on the front lines…Commit to this work in 2016 and beyond.” OFA’s website says it obtained its “digital” assets from the ex-“president’s” re-election effort and that he inspired the movement. In short, it’s the shadow government organization aimed at resisting and tearing down the Constitutional Republic, picking up where Communist Party America leaves off.
Paul Sperry, writing for the New York Post, says OFA is an army of agitators 30,000 strong who will fight President Donald Trump at every turn of his presidency and the ex-“president” “will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House.” Sperry writes that the ex-“president” is setting up a shadow government to sabotage the incoming administration through a network of leftist nonprofits led by OFA, which is growing its war chest (more than $40 million) and has some 250 offices nationwide. OFA IRS filings, according to Sperry, indicate OFA has 32,525 volunteers nationwide. The ex-“president” and his wife will oversee the operation from their foundation office near the White House.
Think about how this works—Trump issues an immigration executive order; OFA signals for protests and statements from Islamic and pro-immigrant leftist groups; ACLU lawyers file lawsuits in jurisdictions where activist judges obstruct the laws; volunteers are called to protest at airports and Congressional town hall meetings; the leftist media springs to action; the twittersphere lights up with revolutionary social media; violence follows—all emanating from the ex-“president’s” signal that he is heartened by the protests. Speaking of the end times, the Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:1-3, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be…without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good.” Indeed, perilous times are ahead for us and our nation.
The culture of hate threatens our liberty
Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren was told to sit down and shut up by the male-dominated Senate when she was reading a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King opposing the nomination of Jeff Sessions for a federal judgeship. That’s how the Democratic Party and the mainstream news media are propagandizing the late-night moment. In reality, Warren, who is a known liar from her days falsely claiming she was part American Indian to get a job at Harvard, was railing against Sessions with personal attacks while reading the letter when the Senate voted to break her visceral filibuster, using Rule 19 that prohibits senators from impugning each other. Now you are seeing fake news at its best.
The communist/anarchist propaganda machine fueled by the Democrats and a willing media are crying foul. Warren’s words play the female victim of bigotry and chauvinism card: “I literally can’t be recognized on the floor of the Senate. I have become a nonperson during the discussion of Jeff Sessions…They can shut me up, but they can’t change the truth” Majority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, explained, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” And those are the sound bites that the fake news machine are using to say that because Warren is female and opposes Sessions, the GOP is discriminating against her for reading a letter that other senators also quoted from. Truth is, the other senators were not personally impugning Sessions while reading the letter. Sessions was later approved by a 52-47 vote.
The incident prompted Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fl, to respond, “I want people to think about our politics here today in America. Because I don’t know of a single nation in the history of the world that has been able to solve its problems when half the people in a country absolutely hate the other half of people in that country. Turn on the news and watch these parliaments around the world where people throw chairs at each other, and punches, and ask yourself, how does that make you feel about those countries? It doesn't give you a lot of confidence about those countries. Now I’m not arguing that we're anywhere near that, but we're flirting with it. We're flirting with it in Congress and we are flirting with it in this country.,,
“We have become a society incapable of having debates anymore. No one ever stops to say, ‘I think you're wrong, I understand your point of view, I get it, you have some valid points, but let me tell you why I think my view is better.’ I don't hear that anymore. We are reaching a point in this republic where we're not going to be able to solve the simplest of issues because everyone is putting themselves in a corner where everyone hates everybody.” Rubio said that if you disagree, you are immediately characterized as a bigot, racist, or whatever. Rubio is right. We need to find a way to disagree without being disagreeable. He also said it well. As Philippians 2:3 says, “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem the other better than themselves.” It is the missing link to civilized discourse.
Disconnected with reality
When we look at the anarchists making fools of themselves in the streets of America, protesting anything and everything against President Donald Trump, the question often arises about how these people actually view the world. Do they see things from an ethical, moral or truth foundation, or are they emotionally driven and disconnected with reality? The answer is obvious to many, but a recent Rasmussen poll sheds light on how these people think. Rasmussen found that 62% of likely US Voters believe Christians living in the Islamic world are treated unfairly because of their religion. Rasmussen reported, “Just 17% disagree, while 21% more are undecided.” But the details of the survey reveal something shocking.
Rasmussen reports, “By comparison, 39% feel most Muslims living in the United States are treated unfairly because of their religion. That’s up from 31% last year and is the highest finding in surveys to date. A plurality (46%) still believes Muslims are not treated unfairly because of their faith, while 15% more are not sure.” But here is the shocker: “Fifty-six percent (56%) of Democrats, however, believe most Muslims in this country are mistreated, a view shared by only 22% of Republicans and 39% of voters not affiliated with either major party. Fewer Democrats (47%) think most Christians are mistreated in the Islamic world, compared to 76% of GOP voters and 64% of unaffiliateds.”
Thereligionofpeace.com, a site that is concerned with Islam’s political and religious teachings according to its own texts, reports, “since 9/11, an additional 145 Americans have been killed in 50 separate acts of deadly Islamic terror or Islam-related honor killing in the United States. Hundreds of mass murder plots have been thwarted or botched. The real story is not "Islamophobia" but American tolerance - which rightly refuses to punish the individual based on group identity.” Indeed, around the world Muslims are the majority perpetrators in killing Christians. Pew Research says that close to 100,000 Christians are killed each year because of their faith. Jihad Watch reports that the Christian population in Iraq is now between 50,000-250,000, down from 1.4 million in 2003—“They were either massacred by jihadist or abducted.”
It is not debatable that Islam relentlessly persecutes Christians. That the vast majority of Democrats (56%) don't believe it is an incredible disconnect with reality. It serves as a prime example of how liberals process information and reject what they don’t want to believe, even though it is indisputable. This is the same mentality that we are facing as a nation with those who are protesting the crack down on illegal immigration and bringing in people from terrorist-sponsoring Islamic states. Their “truth” is what they believe, not what is actually true. As is said in 2 Timothy 4:4, “And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” This is what those of us with a sound mind are dealing with.
When resistance crosses the line
We have seen peaceful supporters of President Donald Trump being verbally attacked, physically beaten, hair set on fire, and demonized by the news media—all the while the perpetrators of such violence are labeling the victims as haters, extremists, and fascists. So when does resistance cross the line and become treason or sedition? The Constitution guarantees the right to free speech and peaceful assembly. But historically, the Founders were very wary of those elements in society that were trying to tear down the Republic or overthrow the government. They likely would not have accepted contemporary political norms of communism, socialism, and Islamism somehow coexisting with the Republic.
Article I Section 8.15 of the Constitution says Congress shall have the power “To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions.” Article 3 Section 1.1 defines treason as, “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” Section 4 states: “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.”
In his 1796 farewell speech, George Washington warned that parties and factions were a danger to Liberty, “They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests.” This is exactly what is happening today—an artful minority attempting to impose its will against the people.
So when does it go too far? I would suggest that the answer is found in the very mission statements of the groups instigating this nationwide rebellion. Communist Party USA, Islamic Society of North America, Council on American Islamic Relations, Moveon.org, Human Rights Campaign, Planned Parenthood, National Education Association, and the factions that work with them—all contain language, subtle or direct, that is against the Constitutional Republic form of government. Just as they spew the very hate they accuse others of doing, their brand of “patriotism” is of a similar nature against our guarantees of liberty. It has already gone too far. As Jesus said in Matthew 7:16, “You shall know them by their fruits.”
Skillet calling the kettle black
I remember an old saying my parents had: don’t be the skillet calling the kettle black. It’s the way the old timers explained how someone who is doing a certain act accuses another person of doing that very same act, yet the accused isn’t doing the act. I guess psychologists call it “projecting.” I would call it judging others from the content of your own heart. But it is becoming a very dangerous phenomena in American society because the socialist/progressive/communist left continues to characterize conservative, law abiding, God-fearing people as homophobes, xenophobes, haters, racists, bigots, fascists, and Nazis. In reality, the actions of the accusers match exactly with the words they use against others.
Herein is just a small example found at the University of Central Florida. It’s a “student” organization called the Knights for Socialism, an offshoot of the Orlando Popular Front. The Orlando Popular Front’s mission is: “We the People of Orlando reject President Elect Trump and the xenophobic, sexist, and fascist Republican Party. We will stand in absolute resistance to Republican policies that will spit on the civil liberties that our American brothers and sisters have died for. We stand in solidarity with the African American communities, the Latino communities, and the LGBTQIA communities that make Orlando the City Beautiful!” The Knights of Socialism aim to be the enforcers of this resistance.
The Knights of Socialism are hiring an amateur boxer who “will teach us the basics of hand to hand combat. Following his instruction, we will all have the opportunity to face off against one another and practice what we've learned.” Their Facebook page says they are holding “Bash the Fash” (meaning fascists) self defense events “In response to the record number of hate crimes against Latinos, immigrants, Muslims, Women, the LGBTQIA+ community, Jews, African Americans and other minorities since the rise of Donald Trump and other Alt-Right Neo Nazis…the event is for everyone EXCEPT REPUBLICANS.” This group is characterizing everyone who is white, Christian and conservative as Nazis.
There are no credible statistics that hate crimes against these groups have increased since Trump became President. In fact, illegal immigrants and Islamists have committed an incredible number of crimes against society. There have been numerous documented crimes of leftists beating up Trump supporters, setting people’s hair on fire for carrying pro-life signs, and death threats against those who disagree with this rebellious anarchist mob. Yet they accuse decent law abiding people of being fascists. This is the makings of a revolution. The former “president” and Hillary Clinton have encouraged it. We must stand firm as Romans 14:16 admonishes: “Let not then your good be evil spoken of,” and in our actions, words and deeds as ambassadors of Christ, speak boldly as we ought to speak (Ephesians 6:20).”
Civil unrest and the revolution
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Americans lived through a time of civil unrest. Mixed in with the much needed civil rights movement were those who wanted to destroy America. Fortunately, gains were made in civil rights. Unfortunately, those wanting to destroy America continued to grow. What we see today is a product of those times, only far more radical and violent. It seems that the majority of protesters don’t even know what they are protesting. They are just exercising their right to protest. An angry minority are latching on to whatever propaganda they can to believe it enough to protest, and they are being used. Still another radical minority knows their end goal—cause enough strife to foment revolution.
Since the beginning of our nation, people have been trying to bring it down. Today, they are more vocal and radical than ever. Today, our freedoms of speech and religion are being threatened by bullies who accuse those who disagree with them from the content of their own heart. They proclaim they are exercising their right to freedom of speech, but when someone disagrees, he is beaten by mobs and/or labeled with some kind of “ist” or “obe”. Those in disagreement are not afforded their rights to free speech because in the eyes of the radicals, dissenters of the radical mantra are wrong. More and more they are emerging as groups linked together by a common cause—America must go down.
What do radical homosexual groups and radical Islamic groups have in common? In reality, homosexuals in Islamic countries are beaten, tortured and killed. But they were allied in the Women’s March in Washington, DC. What is the common thread that binds them together long enough to trash our nation’s capital with words and litter? They want to see America go down and be remade into their own image. Islam wants an Islamic America. Homosexuality wants an America that submits to their sexual orientation. I guess if they were able to take America down, they would have to fight it out as to who gets their way—Islam who wishes all homosexuals dead, or homosexuals who want Islam to accept them.
We as Christian Americans must speak into this morass. Somewhere, somehow, the light of Christ needs to shine. It starts with knowing the facts and being able to speak to them. These anarchists run on emotion, making the half-truths into facts, then into battle cries. We need to be armed with the facts and also, as Romans 14:16 says, “Let not then your good be evil spoken of.” We need to be firm. Remember Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” This spiritual wickedness manifests itself in flesh and blood, but originates in the principalities of darkness. Let’s, having done all, stand, as we are not to be overcome by evil, but to overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).
Behind the scenes at the Super Bowl
The NFL often is criticized for players who do bad things. It’s all over the news when an NFL player does something wrong. What most people don’t know is that the NFL has programs, services and resources available to their players to assist them in doing the right thing, in having a career after their NFL playing experience, and being role models to a society whose children need someone to look up to. In reality, if a player is fortunate enough to make it to the NFL, there is no reason in the world that he cannot be a success in life. I know. Part of what I do involves strategic character and leadership development for the NFL. The vast majority of NFL players are successful, positive contributors to society.
Behind all the glamour at the Super Bowl are meeting after meeting focusing on character development—most of which are conducted by Christian men and women who care. The NFL stresses and encourages good character and excellence. We see this in its Walter Payton Man of the Year Award to the player who exemplifies character and excellence both on and off the field. All of the 32 teams nominate a player who does outstanding work in the community and is a role model to fans—young and old, alike. The nominees each receive donations of $5,000 in their name to a charity of their choice (usually their own foundation that does great work in the community). The winner is awarded $50,000 for charity work.
Many NFL players are Christians. Super Bowl week is full of meetings and activities conducted by Christians. For example, Tony Dungy’s organization, All Pro Dads presents an All Pro Dad of the Year award during Super Bowl week at its Faith, Family and Football breakfast. This year’s recipient is Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations. He played 15 years in the NFL and is the only NFL player to be awarded all four of the NFL character awards the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, the Whizzer White NFL Man of the Year award, the Bart Starr Man of the Year Award. In addition, NFL players and their families worship the Lord in the annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration.
This year, the Bart Starr award went to Matthew Slater of the New England Patriots. This award is presented by Athletes in Action, the sports ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. It goes to the NFL player who best exemplifies outstanding character and in the home, on the field and in the community. Slater’s father, Jackie, also won the award. Awards such as these are just indicators of how the NFL and football in general promotes leadership and character among its players and coaches. It’s real easy to find offense if you are looking for it, and the news media does a good job pointing those things out. But let’s not ignore the positive things that people do, including football players, who many will say that they are 1 Corinthians 10:32 men—in whatsoever they do, they “do all to the glory of God.”
Pushback on Trump ban by radical Islamist groups
An unindicted co-conspirator in the Holyland terrorist money laundering scheme and a designate terrorist group by the United Arab Emirates is filing a Constitutional challenge to President Donald Trump’s temporary US entry ban on people from Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Libya, and Sudan without “extreme vetting,” and banning refugees from these countries for at least 30 days. The Council on American Islamic Relations says the ban is targeting people of the Islamic faith from Muslim-majority countries. CAIR national litigation director Lena F. Masri says there is no evidence that refugees “are a threat to national security” and that the order is “based on bigotry, not reality.” The ACLU is also enjoined.
The group reportedly is instigating #Muslimban protests at major US airports in San Francisco, Dallas, New York, Washington DC, Chicago and other cities. Breitbart reports: “On Saturday, protests broke out at airports around the country, including New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Saturday morning, two Iraqis were detained at JFK. CAIR chapters were actively promoting the protests on social media and acting as spokesmen for the issue.” Time Magazine concurred: “The demonstration, led by the New York Chapter of the Center for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was hastily organized in response to Trump’s executive orders restricting immigration from Muslim countries and efforts to curb undocumented immigration within the US.”
These organizations were also sponsors of the Women’s March on Washington, DC after the inauguration. They are distinctly anti-American and seek to replace the US government with a Marxist or Marxist Islamic governance. This has been specifically stated by officers of CAIR. And the Marxist philosophy of the ACLU is well known. They are trying to twist the narrative of national security into a civil disruption based on bigotry, hatred, and racism. In reality, Trump’s actions are to allow proper vetting of refugees, to prevent illegal entry and terrorism. This is not a ban on Muslims entering the US, but rather a temporary ban on people entering the US from certain countries until they are properly vetted.
President Trump’s and the American people’s quest to restore law and order and personal and national security is being met with stiff resistance from those who seek lawlessness to their own ends. This is not about religious freedom or any kind of hate “isms”, it’s about doing whatever they can to destroy our nation and doing it in the name of justice. As Habakkuk 1:4 says, “Therefore the law is slacked, and justice does never go forth: for the wicked does surround the righteous; therefore perverse judgment proceeds.” Trump and the American people must stand up to this as is found in Amos 5:15, “Hate the evil, and love the good and establish judgment in the gate.” In doing so, anger will arise among the evil.
Trump stand against terrorism exposes dangerous shadow government
The media frenzy and anarchist globalist visceral over President Donald Trump’s executive orders limiting immigration, visas, and refugees from nations of known terrorist activities exposed something far more dangerous to the American Republic than the rights of non-citizens and illegal immigrants—the emergence of a possible Marxist Islamist shadow government. The former “president” issued a divisive, seditious, and inflammatory statement against Trump’s orders and his mouthpiece, the Huffington Post, printed it. Trump even had to fire acting Attorney General, Sally Yates a holdover from the previous “president” until Trump’s Attorney General is approved, for refusing to legally defend his executive orders.
The office of the ex-“president,” whose policies and legacy were soundly rejected by Americans in the November 2016 elections, issued the following statement through the Huffington Post:[sic] the “president” is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country. In his final speech as President, he spoke about the important role of citizens and how all Americans have a responsibility to be the guardians of our democracy—not just during an election but every day. Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voice heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake…the “president” (quotations added” fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith.”
The ex-“president” is right in one respect: that American citizens need to be vocal, especially Christian citizens who see the common sense in enforcing the law, which the past “president” selectively did and the current President is trying to do. Notwithstanding, President Trump is not singling out Muslims because of their faith, he is preventing for a limited time visits of people from states known to harbor terrorists. He is taking measures to protect each of us from the murderous effect of terrorism. The ex-“president” would appear to be trying to stir up division and rebellion by protecting possible terrorists in the name of American civil rights. Never mind, he did similar acts that the media hardly noticed.
As for the American people—a recent Rasmussen Poll suggests that some “57% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a temporary ban on refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen until the federal government approves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here…Similarly, 56% favor a temporary block on visas prohibiting residents of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the United States until the government approves its ability to screen for likely terrorists.” As 1 Samuel 15:23 says, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness (insubordination) is as iniquity and idolatry.” This is a dangerous time for America as a seditious shadow government of Islamic Marxism supported by globalist anarchists may be in the making. Pray and act.
Enforcing the law causes outrage
President Donald Trump, true to his word, is temporarily banning entry into the US of people originating from countries with known terrorist activity. He also is preventing entry of those who do not have a valid visa or green card from other nations such as Mexico. In short, Trump is enforcing the immigration laws on the books, which have not been enforced for the better part of a decade. This has sparked outrage. Protests at international airports located in the US; protests at the US-Mexican border; the ACLU going to court to stop the executive orders; a federal judge blocking part of the order that is not allowing people with visas or green cards to enter the US. People are angry because the law is being enforced.
The news media immediately went into “globalist” group-think and interviewed immigrant travelers who were stranded by the Trump E-Os and the good they were doing for America—heart specialists, doctorial candidates, people who had saved to get their education in America, etc.—painting a picture that these folks were unfairly being singled out by this nasty president who insists on enforcing the law. There has not been one mention of the terrorist attacks in the US—one per year since the previous “president” took office, involving those who had immigrated to this country or were homegrown products of not enforcing immigration laws or carefully vetting those coming from terrorist-sponsoring countries.
The Center for Immigration Studies analyzed data released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. From 2010 to 2016, ICE released 124 aliens who have been charged with 135 new homicides--some have been released multiple times. In 2014, ICE released a total of 30,558 criminal aliens. These aliens had already been convicted of 92,347 crimes before they were released by ICE. As of July 25, 2015, a total of 1,607 aliens had been convicted of a crime after being freed by ICE. The total number of new crimes for which these aliens were convicted after ICE released them was 2,560, including: 298 dangerous drug offenses, 185 assaults, 40 weapons offenses, 28 sex offenses, 10 sex assaults, four kidnappings, two arsons, and one homicide. The numbers have escalated since the study.
The Bible is very clear about how to handle immigrants. Exodus 22:21 says, “You shall neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him.” This is repeated in Leviticus and Deuteronomy. In context, Exodus 12:49 says, “One law shall be to him that is home-born, and unto the foreigner who sojourns among you.” This is also repeated in Numbers and Leviticus. One law for all. In this context it is God’s law, but these people neither want to submit to the laws of the nation or to God’s laws. If they are here illegally, they have broken the law as their first act. Hard as it is, policymakers must address this, otherwise our country is in danger. Trump is taking the first step. It’s not pretty enforcing laws that have not been enforced for a long time. But it is necessary to protect the rest of the population from the predators and terrorists.