Big Brother vs Big Father

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.    Matthew 6:31-34

Should You Trust Big Tech? by Justin M. Frazier dated June 16, 2020 tells us a lot of what we already know.  The internet, while good for a lot of things, is also a master spy into our personal lives.  That includes the apps on our phones.  Every click, every swipe, every drive, every walk tracks everywhere we go and everything we do.

Here’s what happened to me the other day.  I bought some vitamin supplements online.  The next time I visited the London Daily Mail news website, guess what bombarded and filled the space on the right side of the screen?  Not just vitamins, but the exact things I just bought!!

Do you use a GPS app on your phone for directions?  If so, you’ve probably experienced it sometimes suggesting an alternate route due to construction or an accident.  As you approach the congested area, you see your current route turn orange and then red.  That information doesn’t come from police scanners.  It comes from that very app registering a major slowdown on a road designed for faster traffic.  Everyone’s phone is sending their place and progress back to the app.

We might say, “So what?”  But you’ve also heard how internet providers, social media platforms and more sell information you give them via your “clicks” to the highest bidder to ensnare as many people as possible into buying their products and services.

Anyone paying attention to the current COVID-19 situation knows that the government has been harvesting cell phone data to determine whether people are staying home and restricting travel as the government determines.  It’s both a matter of aggregate numbers, but they can also track individuals.  If you’ve been diagnosed with the virus, the government can track where you’ve been and where you go, using your phone, to determine if you’re being a responsible citizen and seeing who you might have encountered.

All this information is useful for companies, but the government likes it too.  As freedoms erode ever so slowly, the government can use all this data to start ensuring social compliance.  If you think not, look at what’s been happening in China.  They are already there with closed circuit cameras tracking people – not too different from London.  But the Chinese have also started implementing a system of social control which tracks everything you do.

Citizens start out with X number of points to their name.  You can buy and eat what you want, but if those things are graded poorly by the government, you lose points.  The fewer points you have, the more restricted your access to government services and medicine.

The article linked above has some interesting comments; 71% of people polled are concerned about Big Tech and want the government to do something about this privacy invasion.  Roughly 30% are afraid of government using their data to target them.

My favorite quote from the article: “If you’re not paying for it, you are not the customer; you’re the product being sold.”

Here’s a case in point from the article:

Charles Duhigg investigated how companies use data to personalize advertisements. In a 2012 New York Times article, he recounted a story about an angry father yelling at the manager of a local Target store for sending baby-themed ads to his teenage daughter. The manager knew nothing about the advertising but apologized for the ads. He called the man a few days later to apologize again. The father told him that his daughter was indeed already pregnant. The ads revealed something the teen wanted to keep secret.

Privacy is gone.

Now, there are those in government who try to introduce legislation to regulate such data use.  However, if you think about it for just a moment, it is not in the government’s interest overall to do so.  I sincerely doubt those who mean well will succeed in the long run, but such regulation is not in the government’s long-term interests.

This has historical precedent.  When the phone system was first being assembled, law enforcement agencies worked with those first phone companies to ensure there was a “back door” for them to enter the system to check on criminals if need be.

Big Brother is very real, both in reality in parts of the world and lying dormant waiting for his moment in other parts.

My daughter rarely reads the news anymore.  It’s just too depressing and worrying.  But her is her comfort as well as mine and yours – Big Brother might be watching, but we have a Big Father over him…and everything else!  We need to be aware of what’s happening in our world; that’s why Jesus and the prophets have given us glimpses of the future.  That’s why Jesus told us to watch.

The Anti-Christ will most likely be the head of a one-world government with tight controls on everything.  The sort of control through technology that we see growing today makes a great prelude to his arrival!  I’m not saying I think it’s going to happen soon, but, as Jesus instructed, I try to keep watch.

Our big heavenly Father is watching over everything and everyone.  The world will proceed, and time will unfold according to His plan for our welfare.  The Old Testament prophets give us example after example on how God ultimately preserved His people on earth.  They deliver promise after promise that He will deliver us all permanently.  All we need do is cling to Him in faith and obedience.

Big Brother vs. Big Father??  That one’s no contest!!

FOUNDING FATHERS & CHRISTIANITY

IT’S THE FOURTH OF JULY!

There is much debate, even rewriting of history regarding the Christianity of our Founding Fathers.  George Washington’s legacy has been under assault as revisionists attempt to hang the label “Deist” on him.

“George Washington’s Sacred Fire” by Peter A. Lillback with Jerry Newcombe is a brilliant and detailed refutation of that notion.  With over 900 pages of text and totaling over 1100 pages with footnotes and sources, there can be little doubt of Washington’s Christianity.  The authors have anecdote after anecdote to accompany discussions of the culture of those days to explain why Washington – and others of his day and faith – expressed themselves as they did.  Washington was on God’s side, and, more importantly, God was on his.

I will not try to tell you that all Founding Fathers were practicing Christians, but almost to a man, they recognized the importance of Christian values and the worthiness of the Bible as a basis for governing and daily life.

I would encourage you to follow the link below and read for yourself what they had to say.  In the meantime, a number of their comments are pasted in below for your review.

http://www.wallbuilders.com/libissuesarticles.asp?id=8755

John Adams

SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE; JUDGE; DIPLOMAT; ONE OF TWO SIGNERS OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS; SECOND PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.1

Without religion, this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company: I mean hell.2

The Christian religion is, above all the religions that ever prevailed or existed in ancient or modern times, the religion of wisdom, virtue, equity and humanity.3

Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited. . . . What a Eutopia – what a Paradise would this region be!4

I have examined all religions, and the result is that the Bible is the best book in the world.5

John Quincy Adams

SIXTH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES; DIPLOMAT; SECRETARY OF STATE; U. S. SENATOR; U. S. REPRESENTATIVE; “OLD MAN ELOQUENT”; “HELL-HOUND OF ABOLITION”

My hopes of a future life are all founded upon the Gospel of Christ and I cannot cavil or quibble away [evade or object to]. . . . the whole tenor of His conduct by which He sometimes positively asserted and at others countenances [permits] His disciples in asserting that He was God.6

The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith. Whoever believes in the Divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth. Never since the foundation of the world have the prospects of mankind been more encouraging to that hope than they appear to be at the present time. And may the associated distribution of the Bible proceed and prosper till the Lord shall have made “bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God” [Isaiah 52:10].7

In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior. The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.8

Benjamin Franklin

SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION; DIPLOMAT; PRINTER; SCIENTIST; SIGNER OF THE CONSTITUTION; GOVERNOR OF PENNSYLVANIA

As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and His religion as He left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see.29

The body of Benjamin Franklin, printer, like the cover of an old book, its contents torn out and stripped of its lettering and guilding, lies here, food for worms. Yet the work itself shall not be lost; for it will, as he believed, appear once more in a new and more beatiful edition, corrected and amended by the Author.30 (FRANKLIN’S EULOGY THAT HE WROTE FOR HIMSELF)

John Hancock

SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE; PRESIDENT OF CONGRESS; REVOLUTIONARY GENERAL; GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSETTS

Sensible of the importance of Christian piety and virtue to the order and happiness of a state, I cannot but earnestly commend to you every measure for their support and encouragement.37

He called on the entire state to pray “that universal happiness may be established in the world [and] that all may bow to the scepter of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the whole earth be filled with His glory.”38

Patrick Henry

REVOLUTIONARY GENERAL; LEGISLATOR; “THE VOICE OF LIBERTY”; RATIFIER OF THE U. S. CONSTITUTION; GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA

Being a Christian… is a character which I prize far above all this world has or can boast.48

The Bible… is a book worth more than all the other books that were ever printed.49

Righteousness alone can exalt [America] as a nation…Whoever thou art, remember this; and in thy sphere practice virtue thyself, and encourage it in others.50

The great pillars of all government and of social life [are] virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone, that renders us invincible.51

This is all the inheritance I can give to my dear family. The religion of Christ can give them one which will make them rich indeed.52

Thomas Jefferson

SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE; DIPLOMAT; GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA; SECRETARY OF STATE; THIRD PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES</CENTER< A>

The doctrines of Jesus are simple, and tend all to the happiness of man.63

The practice of morality being necessary for the well being of society, He [God] has taken care to impress its precepts so indelibly on our hearts that they shall not be effaced by the subtleties of our brain. We all agree in the obligation of the moral principles of Jesus and nowhere will they be found delivered in greater purity than in His discourses.64

I am a Christian in the only sense in which He wished anyone to be: sincerely attached to His doctrines in preference to all others.65

I am a real Christian – that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ.66

(He obviously is not a true Christian who professes Jesus as his Lord and Savior, but merely as a fine example of how to live.  Even so, Jefferson espouses Christianity as the model for a good life.  Jeffrey H. King)

James Kent

JUDGE; LAW PROFESSOR; “FATHER OF AMERICAN JURISPRUDENCE”

My children, I wish to talk to you. During my early and middle life I was, perhaps, rather skeptical with regard to some of the truths of Christianity. Not that I did not have the utmost respect for religion and always read my Bible, but the doctrine of the atonement was one I never could understand, and I felt inclined to consider as impossible to be received in the way Divines taught it. I believe I was rather inclined to Unitarianism; but of late years my views have altered. I believe in the doctrines of the prayer books as I understand them, and hope to be saved through the merits of Jesus Christ. . . . My object in telling you this is that if anything happens to me, you might know, and perhaps it would console you to remember, that on this point my mind is clear: I rest my hopes of salvation on the Lord Jesus Christ.69

Henry Marchant

MEMBER OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS; ATTORNEY GENERAL OF RHODE ISLAND; RATIFIER OF THE U. S. CONSTITUTION; FEDERAL JUDGE APPOINTED BY PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON

And may God grant that His grace may really affect your heart with suitable impressions of His goodness. Remember that God made you, that God keeps you alive and preserves you from all harm, and gives you all the powers and the capacity whereby you are able to read of Him and of Jesus Christ, your Savior and Redeemer, and to do every other needful business of life. And while you look around you and see the great privileges and advantages you have above what other children have (of learning to read and write, of being taught the meaning of the great truths of the Bible), you must remember not to be proud on that account but to bless God and be thankful and endeavor in your turn to assist others with the knowledge you may gain.74(to his daughter)

James McHenry

REVOLUTIONARY OFFICER; SIGNER OF THE CONSTITUTION; RATIFIER OF THE U. S. CONSTITUTION; SECRETARY OF WAR UNDER PRESIDENTS GEORGE WASHINGTON AND JOHN ADAMS

[P]ublic utility pleads most forcibly for the general distribution of the Holy Scriptures. Without the Bible, in vain do we increase penal laws and draw entrenchments around our institutions.77  (emphasis added)

Bibles are strong protections. Where they abound, men cannot pursue wicked courses and at the same time enjoy quiet conscience.78

I am half tempted to simply cut and paste the entire contents of this web site into this posting, but will leave it to you to visit the site yourself.  More of the Founding Fathers were real Christian than not.  Indeed, these writings indicate the decided majority were. God & Country!

Violence; a Primer

For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.    Romans 13:4

How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything by Rosa Brooks is a fascinating work “…about what happens when the ancient boundary between war and peace is erased.”  Her parents were a couple of proverbial “peace-nicks.”  She is on the side of peace, but has had a career in the army, worked at the pentagon, and has even been a White House advisor.  Hers is a compelling background, which makes for a compelling book.

One interesting comment is that governing is all about the balance of violence.  A society will accept a certain amount of violence from government in return for peace.  Too little violence brings anarchy.  Too much brings revolt.  What Brooks calls “The Myth of Civilization” lives in the sweet spot between the two.

As we are seeing now, civilization is indeed a myth.  It’s one that only works when most people accept it.  Anarchy is much closer than any of us appreciates.  Witness the current riots as well as historical ones.  When disasters hit, civilization goes away in favor of personal security; looting and hoarding commence and very quickly too!

Our current situation of riots over the George Floyd killing is a combination of factors.  I submit to you that the godlessness that has crept into our society over the last 50 years is the largest cause.

As a youngster I was taught to respect authority.  Policemen would visit schools to help teach us how to be good, lawful citizens.  We looked up to them and saw them as pillars of what’s right, our friends when in trouble.

Yes, police corruption goes back as far as history can see.  Morality, however, kept most of them in check.  Morality kept most of the population in check along with fear of crossing the government and its police.

Modern day advertising teaches us that breaking the rules is the way to go.  It teaches us to create our own morality instead of a societal morality, a Godly morality.

Violence as a deterrent; I can think of one very large example where violence vs. non-violence created a world event.  The Iranian Hostage Crisis was President Carter’s downfall.  I recall a news article from years ago on how it unfolded.

The Iranians originally planned to take the Russian embassy.  Moscow got wind of it and sent a message to Iran.  Go ahead.  Take the embassy.  It won’t be there tomorrow afternoon.  In other words, they’d blow up the whole thing with the Iranians and hostages all together.

This was a time when the Russian bear had teeth and was known to ruthlessly use them.  Cowed, the Iranians looked for another, less risky embassy to overrun.  Knowing the Carter-led US was a paper tiger, they took the American embassy.  The hostages were released just as soon as Reagan took office, because he was a no-nonsense guy.

And then came Reagan…

Are you starting to see how this violence thing can control populations?

Which brings us to Romans 13, a debated teaching since Paul wrote it.  The big question is whether to obey governments that are wrong.  The answer is that we should.  Remember that Paul wrote this at a time when Rome ruled most of the known world, including the Middle East.  Paul was telling people to obey even a godless government, because all governments fulfill God’s ultimate purposes in our sinful world.  God works with what we have given Him; our disobedience and sinful natures.

What good is done openly flaunting government rule only to be incarcerated or executed?  How can we spread the Gospel and effect change, if we’ve invited our own execution?  Furthermore, peaceful behavior in the face of an unjust regime simply points to the effectiveness of the Gospel, of being a true child of God.

I went to a racially charge high school.  I was jumped and mugged several times.  I even prevented an attempted rape once and saved another girl from a mugging.  One night I was driving around with my best friend.  We saw a large group in a parking lot in the cities largest retail area.  Instead of stopping to see what was going on we hightailed it out of that area.  The next morning’s headlines were about a shooting there shortly after we left.  We knew from personal experience that large crowds tend to invite trouble.

All this is groundwork for addressing current events.

George Floyd’s death was all about a bad cop.  That’s disgusting, wrong, warped…pick an adjective!  Peaceful demonstrations are fine.  Society has the right to put the government on notice that their level of violence is overbalanced in the wrong direction.  Official violence needs to be scaled back!

At the same time, the current “break the rules” reactions of property destruction, looting, and civilian and police deaths are way out of line too!  Everyone should have learned my high school lesson by now; crowds are bad news in this environment.  See a crowd?  Get the heck out of Dodge!  Believe me: the government has gotten the message.  The cop who killed George Floyd is being dealt with.  That hopefully sends a message to other cops who tend to lose it and go rogue; do so at your own peril.

The current “break the rules” behavior only serves to invite an increased government response, which we see happening with the National Guard being called out and President Trump threatening action by the regular military.  Society as a whole has asked for it and shouldn’t be surprised by it.

It’s time to let things cool off.  The protests need to stop for now.  Crowds are obviously a bad news scenario, peaceful or not.  Why?  The police have been conditioned by the protesters to not trust crowds.  If you are part of a crowd, you have chosen to be part of a threatening site in this climate.  Just as my friend and I turned tail on a crowd in high school, so should everyone today. Let’s close this out by remembering that our response of first resort should be prayer!  Yes, actions are needed, judiciously and peacefully.  James in the New Testament teaches that blessings without good works are useless.  But good works without prayerful consideration may do more harm than good.

Satanist Children’s Ministry

The Knox County School Board (Knoxville, TN) is preparing to vote on a Bible Release Program wherein students could miss class to attend a one-hour bible study at a local church one day a week. I see this as a well-intentioned effort to help bring God – or at least morals – back into society. I’m guessing they think they can skirt the “separation of church and state” nonsense (that phrase appears nowhere in the constitution) by allowing kids time off to attend class at a church. The schools won’t be teaching religion; just allowing students freedom of their religion.

The program is sponsored by the Elgin Foundation and The Church at Sterchi Hills and was agreed to for a trial run by superintendent Bob Thomas. The Elgin Foundation has already sponsored other Bible release programs across eastern Tennessee.

A group of Satanists responded to the proposed program by founding the Satanic Children’s Ministry of Knoxville last Thursday.

They say they hope that the Board’s proposal is voted down, but they are ready to roll out a Satanism Release Program in response. Their argument, which we’ve heard before, is that if a government entity wants to promote religion, all religions should be included.

The Bible has been the foundation of western society and legal system is based on Christian laws and principles. Why would a western government not want to have their citizens understand the good precepts that our society was founded on?

Going further, why would anyone want to educate people on Satanic principles? Is anyone not aware that Satan is the exact opposite of God? He’s been God’s (im)mortal enemy from the beginning. Here’s where we get into what lawyers call Weasel Words and Wiggle Room. It’s using language to deliberately confuse issues.

The Satanists make the claim that they are a “legitimate organization.” That makes it sound as if Satanic organizations are on a par with Christian organizations.

LEGITIMATE – conforming to laws or rules.

OK, but what laws or rules? They are legitimate as far as meeting whatever legal requirements there are in the USA. Are they legitimate according to God’s laws? The obvious answer is no. Do you see how they use “legitimate” to sound as valid as Christian organizations when, as enemies of God, they cannot be?

A statement from the Satanists said that…

This creates problems in the classroom not just for us as Satanists but also any Muslim, Jewish, Hindu or atheist child in the classroom as the children involved in the Bible Release Time are taught to challenge the beliefs of their classmates and promote that their god is the one true god.

The Satanists are obviously seeking cover behind other religions, again making them seem like just another face in the crowd. Plus, the current climate makes it politically incorrect to marginalize any Middle Eastern religion. By linking arms with them, they seek shelter with them. Anything to prevent the spread of Christianity and Jesus’ Gospel.

Here is their logo, and it’s a revolting thing if you look at all aspects of it.

Satanic Childrens Ministry of KnoxvilleYou’ve got a childish, almost Pokémon face. Never mind the devil horns, goat ears, pentagram on the forehead, and the goat legs. It’s a caricature of a Pan figure. Is this the image that they have of the successfully Satanized child?

They’ve hit on an effective strategy to marginalize if not demonize Christianity by invoking “separation of church and state,” which is an incorrect interpretation of the Constitution. They either get one over on Christianity by ensuring it is absent from schools, or they can use the Constitution to ensure they are given a seat at the educational table if something like this Bible program comes along.

Also, I should defend my statement regarding the incorrect interpretation of the Constitution that allows for separation of church and state. If you read your history, you’ll discover that the Founding Father were all for the separation of church and state, but what they meant then and what we choose to read into it now are two completely different things. We currently hold that idea to mean that there should be no religious consideration in government. That is incorrect.

What the Founding Fathers associated with that phrase was state mandated religion, like the church of England. People were jailed, tortured and killed for not bowing to the church dictated by the crown whether the Church of England or the Roman Catholics. That is what they were referring to when discussing the separation of church and state.

Not all the Founding Fathers were Christians. Far from it. Thomas Jefferson was not, but He affirmed Christian values. Following are several quotes taken from a website called WallBuilders.com.

JOHN ADAMS: The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.1

Without religion, this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company: I mean hell.2

The Christian religion is, above all the religions that ever prevailed or existed in ancient or modern times, the religion of wisdom, virtue, equity and humanity.3

Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited. . . . What a Eutopia – what a Paradise would this region be!4

I have examined all religions, and the result is that the Bible is the best book in the world.

JOSIAH BARTLETT (signed the Declaration of Independence): Called on the people of New Hampshire . . .
to confess before God their aggravated transgressions and to implore His pardon and forgiveness through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ . . . [t]hat the knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be made known to all nations, pure and undefiled religion universally prevail, and the earth be fill with the glory of the Lord.

Congress, U. S. House Judiciary Committee, 1854:

Had the people, during the Revolution, had a suspicion of any attempt to war against Christianity, that Revolution would have been strangled in its cradle… In this age, there can be no substitute for Christianity… That was the religion of the founders of the republic and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and His religion as He left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see.29

The body of Benjamin Franklin, printer, like the cover of an old book, its contents torn out and stripped of its lettering and guilding, lies here, food for worms. Yet the work itself shall not be lost; for it will, as he believed, appear once more in a new and more beatiful edition, corrected and amended by the Author.30 (FRANKLIN’S EULOGY THAT HE WROTE FOR HIMSELF)

So much for our modern interpretation of “separation of church and state” and the Satanist claim that they are just another legitimate organization. You can read the full article for yourself.

Upside Down

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!   Isaiah 5:20

Last Saturday the London Daily Mail reported Chaos in Brooklyn. 1000 protestors held a demonstration in Brooklyn against the NYPD over a series of violent arrests over fare jumping on the subway system. From the article:

Brooklyn DemonstrationWhile flashier banners bore slogans such as ‘Don’t let these pigs touch us,’ ‘F**k the police,’ ‘Punch that cop’ and ‘NYPD out of MTA,’ other signs read ‘Free transit,’ ‘Poverty is not a crime’ and ‘Our subways need more $ for elevators, not for cops.’

I saw another article reporting that the police removed a child from the mother…who was resisting arrest! What does anyone think is going to happen when they put up a fight against the police? Wouldn’t you assume that the arrest would get violent when fighting back against the police?

And what are the police supposed to do? Referencing one of the signs above, if the protestors think they need more money for elevators than police, where do they think that money comes from if police allow people to steal services from the subway system without paying?

Lucy ShrugAnd if someone fights back, does anyone think that the police response should be, “Well, if you feel that way about it, I guess we’ll let you go”? That way lies chaos.

How Everything Became WarI understand that police abusing power is a real thing, but I submit that is a minority of instances that are over-reported by the media. If it was a prevalent problem, the entire nation would be in revolt. I cite a book called How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything. Author Rosa Brooks makes a well-argued observation that civilization is a balancing act of what level of violence is needed to maintain it. Too little violence by the government brings chaos. Too much brings revolt. Think of our own Revolutionary War.

If police violence were a chronic problem, revolution would be the order of the day across the country. Instead, we have spotty, albeit sometimes large protests on the matter. A closer look at the signs noted above tells us that these people are largely agitators…most likely the people that are fare-jumping themselves.

I submit that the inflammatory slogans reflect no desire for cooperation but rather provide cover for their own misdeeds. These are the ones who cause and call for trouble and call their actions good and policemen trying to enforce the law bad.

Finally, let’s consider that there are unjust governments and there is legitimate police brutality. What does Scripture tell us about that?

St. Paul wrote, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.  Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will [a]bring judgment on themselves.  For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same.  For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.”

This during a time of Roman occupation!

Whether there is police brutality or not, whether there is a corrupt government or not, we are to submit if for no other reason than self-preservation! Even corrupt governments are used by God to execute His will. Think of the Babylonians who delivered God’s judgment on Israel and were later destroyed themselves for their evil. The American Revolution? This was an entire population finally calling a halt to injustice and pursuing independence through above-board means; specifically, The Declaration of Independence.

Short of something of that magnitude, I again believe that resisting authority is ill-advised at the least. You end up getting the trouble you ask for!

Extra! Extra! A Twofer!!

Extra ExtraYou shall not murder.   Exodus 20:13

Those Belgians are driving me absolutely bat-guano crazy killing people. Oh, they use nicer, longer words like “euthanasia” and “death with dignity,” but killing is what they’re about.

Let’s start with a little history: Disposable People, which documents how a family decides that their older “loved one” is getting to be a bit of a burden and gets the hospice to KILL him or her. That same article of mine references several other instances of killing people under the guise of kindness. My favorite is the one where they slip the old girl a mickey in her coffee so she doesn’t feel the needle with the “Euthanasia Medicine,” but she wakes up anyway AND HER FAMILY HOLDS HER DOWN WHILE THE “DOCTOR” KILLS HER!!

But on to today’s horror; Belgium has now decided children of all ages may avail themselves of the privilege of being murdered by the medical community.

Two children with cancer aged nine and 11 became the youngest in the world to be euthanised, it has been revealed. They were given lethal injections in Belgium under the world’s only law that allows children of any age to choose to end their lives.

Not all Belgian citizens approve of this. There are those who are as horrified as I am, thankfully. Still, you’d be amazed at the reasons Belgium considered legitimate causes to murder someone in the guise of a medical procedure (Where have I heard that before? Oh, yeah! Planned Parenthood).

Belgian Euthnasia Stats

PERSECUTION

Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.   Matthew 5:11-12

China demolishes hundreds of churches and confiscates Bibles 

You might recall that I recently mentioned how Russia enacted a law 2-3 years ago making it illegal to talk about Jesus to someone else. Talk to the wrong person, and you could find yourself in jail There are still churches, but they really need to be careful!

China Xi's Era Cracking Down on Christians

A home church destroyed by the state

Now China is cracking down on Christianity:

Under President Xi Jinping, China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, believers are seeing their freedoms shrink dramatically even as the country undergoes a religious revival. 

Experts and activists say that as Xi consolidates his power, he is waging the most severe systematic suppression of Christianity in the country since religious freedom was written into the Chinese constitution in 1982.

Hundreds of members of a 1500 member church were detained and questioned. The problem is that the atheist Communist government sees Christianity as a threat to the Chinese culture and their authority:

Officials once largely tolerated the unregistered Protestant house churches that sprang up independent of the official Christian Council, clamping down on some while allowing others to grow. But this year they have taken a tougher approach that relies partly on ‘thought reform’ – a phrase for political indoctrination. 

Last November, Christian residents of a rural township in south-east Jiangxi province were persuaded to replace posters of the cross and Jesus Christ inside their homes with portraits of Xi, a local official said. 

‘Through our thought reform, they’ve voluntarily done it,’ Qi Yan, a member of the township party committee, told the AP by phone.

Thought reform? Apparently, Big Brother isn’t just an American invention.

Church members are understandably terrified of the pressure being brought to bear. They are no different from you or I. I can imagine my fear should things come to that here in the US. You might think that will never happen here, but 20 years ago I wouldn’t have been able to imagine risking ridicule for admitting being a Christian.

I fear the worst is yet to come, both here and abroad. For that reason we should pray for God’s church worldwide for strength and protection for the persecuted. Every. Day.

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Defending the Faith and Living the Faith

jesus-on-cross…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.   Romans 3:23

I read about man who set very high ideals for his company to operate under. He was challenged in an interview as to whether they were attainable, realistic goals. He admitted that they were not, but he added a phrase that caught my attention.

“It’s in the trying that we succeed.”

Sporadic failure is acknowledged, even anticipated in the piece-by-piece tactics of operations, but by maintaining direction, strategic victory is achieved.

franklin-graham-featured-712x475We might think it sounds like so much double talk when Franklin Graham recently said that President Trump is a great defender of the faith even though he might not be the best at living the faith. It seems many, especially the media, are comfortable with holding Trump in judgment over his many transgressions.

Before getting too comfortable sitting in the judgment seat, we might consider shining that spotlight on ourselves.

“I might not be perfect, “ we bluster. “I’m not divorced! At least not as many times as Trump! I’ve never (fill in the blank.)”

But all have sinned.

I’ve heard people say that Christianity is about hypocrisy, and I can understand that, but it really isn’t. We’re all admitting to striving to the perfection God asks us to do. That’s our loving response to the incredible sacrifice and suffering of Jesus. We aren’t saying we’re perfect. We’re saying that we’re trying, know we’ll fail, and we thank God continually for His forgiveness.

But it’s in the trying, in making the loving-response effort that we succeed.

When we point out the failings of others in correcting, loving ways we are helping them with their loving response, helping them keep their focus. That does not make us hypocrites!

wheelchair-old-peopleMy best visual of true Christianity comes from an Atlantic City gambling casino. I saw two very old and frail gentlemen making their way to the slots. The guy with the oxygen tank was pushing his friend in a wheelchair.

That’s us; people on oxygen pushing others in wheelchairs. No one is healthy. No one is perfect. We just keep moseying on as best we can, pointing the way as we stagger out of line from time to time.

Or, as Franklin Graham put it, we can defend the faith even if we don’t do very well living it.

Patriotism

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.   Romans 13:1

US Flag TatteredNo country is perfect. Let’s just get that out of the way up front.  All countries exist and have their authority from God.  They may misuse their authority, and “We ought to obey God rather than men…”, but insofar as we do not transgress God’s law’s, we obey civil authorities.

Even evil Babylon served God’s purpose top punish the Children of Israel for a) not keeping His commanded observance of the Shemitah (see Sweet Release) every 7 years and b) sacrificing their children to the pagan god, Molech.

Isaiah and Jeremiah mourned for their beloved country and people, Israel. They were patriots who were grieved at what their country had turned itself into and worked tirelessly as God directed them in an attempt to save it.

In that context, I am an American patriot. I love the country I used to know and grieve for what it has become, what it has chosen to become.  I pray for its recovery for former glory as One Nation Under God, because it is now One Nation Under Self.

I grieve for the lost character that won two World Wars and generated an economic engine that powered the world. I grieve at the new character that says self over God and country, the new character that turns over hospital beds like restaurants turn over tables instead of putting the patient first, the new character that that disrespects its own home and neighbors in self-righteousness instead of contributing to a positive effort to solve problems.

Do I still say the Pledge of Allegiance? Do I still sing The Star Spangled Banner, standing, with my right hand over my heart?  Yes to all of that!  I do that, because I think most of America feels the same, but is being drowned out by voices with bigger microphones who think they know better than the true majority.

DNA Pirates CoverHas America been hijacked by people with wickedly selfish agendas? Absolutely!  Who else would convince so many Americans to tell God to get lost?  Who else would prey upon their own population and third world countries with terminal experiments in radiation, cancer, and covert  sterilization projects?  See my series on DNA: Pirates of the Sacred Spiral.

But I’m not going to disrespect and condemn the entire country and population in an effort to resist the problems we face. I’m going to stand with my hand over my heart, tears in my eyes, and sing the National Anthem, pledge allegiance to the flag, and communicate in my small corner of the country as best I can what problems we face and what mind set I think will combat those problems.

old-holy-bible-olivier-le-queinecMy first, best action is to continue to pray every day for our country, it’s true leaders, and all those who fight against evil, both on battlefields and halls of government. God is our ultimate Hope and Protection, now and in eternity.  His Protection remains to those who are faithful and is suspended from those who tell Him to leave.

His Protection has left America. It will only return when we look to Him and His Ways to solve our problems and change our hearts.

Even in its weakened state, The United States of America is still a beacon that draws refugees from the world over. It’s still the best thing going on the planet, but that won’t last without a return to the values, to the God that made us great in the first place.

American Flag

Will we ask God to sew it back together?

To Knee or Not to Knee

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.    Romans 13:1-4

NFL1The big controversy right now is NFL athletes kneeling during the national anthem, because they’re upset about something. Even President Trump has become embroiled in it.  Here’s my take on the whole fiasco..

The guys kneeling in protest during the national anthem before the start of the day’s game are idiots. I’m not being derogatory, just analytical.  You see, they’re trying to get some sort of message across, some sort of protest, but I certainly have no idea as to precisely what it is.  Do you?  Precisely?

I didn’t think so. We’re all too concerned about whether or not they should kneel, be fired, fined, or what.  There is zero dialogue getting through to the general public.  So here are my reasons for objectively calling these guys idiots.

  1. They are entertainers. If they want to exercise their right of free speech, do it away from an entertainment venue where people are paying very high prices to watch them perform. Although the TV networks are not showing it, I’ve read reports and seen videos of fans flipping off and booing the players as they kneel during the national anthem. They didn’t pay to watch athletes kneel in some sort of ill-communicated protest. They came to watch a bunch of ‘roided up footballers bash into each other. Even if the players have legitimate issues to talk about publicly, all they’ve managed so far is to alienate their intended audience.
    1. What kind of an idiot does that?
  2. What the heck is this all about anyway? As I’ve already mentioned, I don’t know. I don’t think anyone else does either. Everyone is too riled about the fact that they kneeled during the national anthem. Supposedly the vast majority of these guys are college graduates. How about they dust off those diplomas and write a clear manifesto on just what they’re so upset about and then sign their names to it? Publish it, bring it out through a press conference and assign a panel to take questions from the general public, not reporters who, judging from their work as a whole, skipped class the day journalism was taught at journalism school. The signers of the Declaration of Independence pretty much did that, and look at how well that worked out for them. But, no, these college-educated men decided to hide in the anonymity of a cover shot before a game and leave it us to figure out why they chose to alienate us by committing an act of protest, the exact meaning of which remains obscure in the media, to say the least.
    1. What kind of an idiot does that?
  3. Patriotism seems to be on the wane, as does football attendance and revenue. Still, there are enough patriots around the country to make an overall majority in the country, albeit not in very large cities like, oh, say Los Angeles, Portland, or New York City to name a few. I have my problems with the US of A, but I still am a patriot for what we used to stand for wholeheartedly and still stand for, even if not entirely. I think the general citizenship make up a great country, even though I have serious concerns about the governments. So, when the NFL boys take a knee during the national anthem, it seems they are protesting the whole country. What else are we left to think sans some sort of clear communication as described above? Again, they are alienating their own constituents who, by the way, pay their salaries. Their decided course of action? They do something that further threatens their own livelihood by delivering an action that is wide open to misinterpretation offense.
    1. What kind of an idiot does that?

American FlagThe United States of America has not always been the Good Guy in the world. Our government has done some horrendous things in the past, even the recent past, and continues to do things now that I am not too thrilled about.  But the economy, the freedoms, and overall standard of living are great.  For now.  What other country in the world has our immigration problem over the long haul?  Those are few and far between, if any.  Tony Blair once commented that you can tell the greatness of a country by how many people are clamoring to get in.  By that measure, we’re still the best thing going on the planet.

What kind of an idiot doesn’t get that?

Told You So…

Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.    James 4:2

I’m not crowing, scolding, or anything of the sort. It’s just that I’ve written on legally killing people for convenience a number of times, and expressed the concern over who gets a say in end of life questions.  One would assume the patient gets that decision.  I’ve wondered how long before that right is removed from them, and it’s finally happened.  Someone was euthanized a Dutch nursing home while she fought back.  The doctor was acquitted as having ‘acted in good faith’.

Seriously.

An 80 year old woman succumbing to dementia had previously expressed an interest in euthanasia when ‘the time was right.’ Apparently, she didn’t specify who got to make that call.  But let’s hear directly from the article just what happened.

“It is believed that after a decline in the patient’s condition, it was deemed by the doctor that it was time to deliver the lethal drugs.

However, according to Catholic News, the elderly woman woke even though the doctor put a sleep-inducing drug in her coffee so she could give the lethal injection without consulting the woman.

The patient then tried to fight off the procedure so the doctor asked her relatives to hold her down so she could administer the injection.

The doctor then completed giving the injection and the elderly woman died.”

So the doctor, without asking the her if SHE thinks it’s time yet, slips her a mickey in her coffee to make killing her easier. The doctor must have been out of practice, because she apparently got the dosage wrong.

The old girl wakes up when she feels the needle and fights back. The doc then asks the family – whom I presume were indeed mentioned in the will – to hold her down…AND THEY SAY YES!!!

Now, please forgive my humor in telling this tale; it’s a thing I do to take the edge off the horror. You should’ve heard me when I had double-bypass.  I could’ve had a Comedy Channel special.

But can you imagine? Even if your cookies have started to crumble upstairs, you know when someone is trying to off you, and you fight back.  You aren’t quite that demented yet.  So, instead of those present thinking, “Maybe this was a bit premature,” Mom and the kids pile on to keep you still so the good doctor can finally get into that crafty little vein in your arm.

I’ve been mugged several times in high school. I’ve been pillaged by the banks in the housing crash.  I have a small idea as to what it’s like to be powerless against your assailants.  But that was just beatings and robbery.

Can any of us even fathom the panic of that moment? What kind of people do that?!?

The same kind that gave us The Holocaust, ethnic cleansing, genocide, abortion, and cracked the door open on assisted suicide, and the rest.

God help us!

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