IT’S THE PEOPLE, STUPID!

James Carville coined the phrase “It’s the economy, stupid” way back in 1992.  Politicians glommed into that and have used it on and off since.  Today I’m borrowing it in paraphrase:

“IT’S THE PEOPLE, STUPID!

The nation is once again shocked at two more mass shootings, and the first words out of the politicians’ mouths are “Gun control.”  Make that the general population too.  Pity for the victims and families come in second.  Then everyone goes back to blaming guns.

I’ve never seen a gun get up and hop over to a grocery store or shopping mall and kill people.  It’s always people who do the shooting, so, logically, people are the problem.  Without reading the Bible and learning how much God loves you, the pain in your soul will never be comforted.  Without accepting Jesus as your savior and knowing that through Him you will spend eternity with Him in perfect bliss, the hopelessness in your heart will never be comforted.

Here’s the proof.  I’ve written several articles about guns over the year, but the following, Guns: A Root Cause Analysis posted on 10/4/17, shows proof that guns are not the problem.  It’s people.  The writer was pro-gun control.  She’s a statistician at a think tank and decided to research gun violence to prove her point.  She reluctantly concluded that she was wrong.  Only people solutions will solve the problem of people shooting each other.  She had no mention of God, but her data clearly show that…”It’s the people, stupid!”

Read the full article I posted almost four years ago below.

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Guns: A Root Cause Analysis

Jesus: It’s different now. If you have some savings, take them with you. If you have a pack, fill it and bring it. If you don’t have a sword, sell your coat and buy one.    Luke 22:36

Jesus: Put your sword back. People who live by the sword die by the sword.    Matthew 26:52

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  38 This is the first and great commandment.  39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.    Matthew 22:37-40

How do we reconcile the first two passages above?  Defending yourself is one thing, both individually and as a nation.  Having the means to protect yourself is one thing.  Owning and using weapons as a way of living is quite another.

I’ve had friends who earned black and brown belts in a variety of martial arts.  To a man and woman, they all had the same basic message for me: every good fighter avoids a fight at all costs.  You never know when you might be standing in front of that one person who’s going to hand you your ass.

Jesus was saying more or less the same thing, but more delicately, of course.  Be prepared for trouble, but don’t go looking for it.

Matthew 26:52 also needs to be taken in context.  Jesus wanted to be taken.  It was His job.  He had to be arrested, suffer, and die for our salvation.  That wasn’t the time for a sword fight, especially against trained troops.

So that leaves me in favor of gun ownership for home and self-defense.  If you look at my article from last Monday, Gun Violence, you’ll see two very important messages.  First, the solution is in changing our hearts as a nation.  Second, you can follow the link provided to a Washington Post article from 12/3/2015, which clearly demonstrates that overall gun deaths have declined over the last two decades, coinciding with an increase in gun ownership!  The only parts of the country with increases in gun deaths are those states – Illinois, most notably – with the strictest gun laws.

As for Matthew 22:37-40, well, that would pretty much solve everything, now wouldn’t it?

Below I’ve pasted in a complete article from msc.com, which does a great job of talking about FACTS, not hyperbole and politics.  When I taught corporate management classes, one mantra for solving problems and making the best decisions was “Think about WHAT’s right, not WHO’s right!”

It’s about fact-based discussions.  Following is a great one.  I’ve highlighted parts to help you skim the article.  I also kept the links to other articles, which I don’t all agree with.  I provide them for you to look at and analyze yourself in light of the December 2015 article cited at the top and the article below.

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Opinion | I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/opinion-i-used-to-think-gun-control-was-the-answer-my-research-told-me-otherwise/ar-AAsRR7y?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=iehp

Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

Leah Libresco is a statistician and former newswriter at FiveThirtyEight, a data journalism site. She is the author of “Arriving at Amen.”

Before I started researching gun deaths, gun-control policy used to frustrate me. I wished the National Rifle Association would stop blocking common-sense gun-control reforms such as banning assault weapons, restricting silencers, shrinking magazine sizes and all the other measures that could make guns less deadly.

Then, my colleagues and I at FiveThirtyEight spent three months analyzing all 33,000 lives ended by guns each year in the United States, and I wound up frustrated in a whole new way. We looked at what interventions might have saved those people, and the case for the policies I’d lobbied for crumbled when I examined the evidence. The best ideas left standing were narrowly tailored interventions to protect subtypes of potential victims, not broad attempts to limit the lethality of guns.

I researched the strictly tightened gun laws in Britain and Australia and concluded that they didn’t prove much about what America’s policy should be. Neither nation experienced drops in mass shootings or other gun related-crime that could be attributed to their buybacks and bans. Mass shootings were too rare in Australia for their absence after the buyback program to be clear evidence of progress. And in both Australia and Britain, the gun restrictions had an ambiguous effect on other gun-related crimes or deaths.

When I looked at the other oft-praised policies, I found out that no gun owner walks into the store to buy an “assault weapon.” It’s an invented classification that includes any semi-automatic that has two or more features, such as a bayonet mount, a rocket-propelled grenade-launcher mount, a folding stock or a pistol grip. But guns are modular, and any hobbyist can easily add these features at home, just as if they were snapping together Legos.

As for silencers — they deserve that name only in movies, where they reduce gunfire to a soft puick puick. In real life, silencers limit hearing damage for shooters but don’t make gunfire dangerously quiet. An AR-15 with a silencer is about as loud as a jackhammer. Magazine limits were a little more promising, but a practiced shooter could still change magazines so fast as to make the limit meaningless.

As my co-workers and I kept looking at the data, it seemed less and less clear that one broad gun-control restriction could make a big difference. Two-thirds of gun deaths in the United States every year are suicides. Almost no proposed restriction would make it meaningfully harder for people with guns on hand to use them. I couldn’t even answer my most desperate question: If I had a friend who had guns in his home and a history of suicide attempts, was there anything I could do that would help?

However, the next-largest set of gun deaths — 1 in 5 — were young men aged 15 to 34, killed in homicides. These men were most likely to die at the hands of other young men, often related to gang loyalties or other street violence. And the last notable group of similar deaths was the 1,700 women murdered per year, usually as the result of domestic violence. Far more people were killed in these ways than in mass-shooting incidents, but few of the popularly floated policies were tailored to serve them.

By the time we published our project, I didn’t believe in many of the interventions I’d heard politicians tout. I was still anti-gun, at least from the point of view of most gun owners, and I don’t want a gun in my home, as I think the risk outweighs the benefits. But I can’t endorse policies whose only selling point is that gun owners hate them. Policies that often seem as if they were drafted by people who have encountered guns only as a figure in a briefing book or an image on the news.

Instead, I found the most hope in more narrowly tailored interventions. Potential suicide victims, women menaced by their abusive partners and kids swept up in street vendettas are all in danger from guns, but they each require different protections.

Older men, who make up the largest share of gun suicides, need better access to people who could care for them and get them help. Women endangered by specific men need to be prioritized by police, who can enforce restraining orders prohibiting these men from buying and owning guns. Younger men at risk of violence need to be identified before they take a life or lose theirs and to be connected to mentors who can help them de-escalate conflicts.

Even the most data-driven practices, such as New Orleans’ plan to identify gang members for intervention based on previous arrests and weapons seizures, wind up more personal than most policies floated. The young men at risk can be identified by an algorithm, but they have to be disarmed one by one, personally — not en masse as though they were all interchangeable. A reduction in gun deaths is most likely to come from finding smaller chances for victories and expanding those solutions as much as possible. We save lives by focusing on a range of tactics to protect the different kinds of potential victims and reforming potential killers, not from sweeping bans focused on the guns themselves.

Read more:

The Post’s View: The worst kind of American exceptionalism

Chris Murphy: Mass shootings are an American problem. There’s an American solution.

Richard Glover: How Australia beat the gun lobby and passed gun control

The Post’s View: Gun control’s silver bullets

Charles C.W. Cooke: The right to bear arms isn’t up for debate

Eternity is Easy!

…knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.    Galatians 2:16

I saw a fascinating documentary about the excavation of a newly found tomb in Sakkara Egypt.  The amount of work and expense that went into making it was staggering.  There was artwork, statues, mummified animals, and all other sorts of items the Egyptians put in their tombs.

The big surprise was that they were able to deduce from the hieroglyphics and inconsistencies in the artwork that there was a little hanky-panky going on.  It seems that the guy whose name was on the place stole it from his brother – maybe even killed him – to get himself this really choice tomb.

Why was so much money and energy spent on it?  Why did one guy steal it from his brother?  These were seen as portals to the afterlife.  In fact, the archeologists exploring it pointed out a door-like feature which was supposed to be the actual gateway between the spiritual and earthly realms through which the deceased could pass.  Great care was also taken to point out what a good guy the deceased was to make sure the god in question, Anubis I think, would allow him entry.

This is mankind’s greatest failure since the beginning.  From the Tower of Babel to Egypt to today people constantly are working to ensure their own salvation, their own portal into eternal life.  Even after learning about Jesus and His Gospel of salvation, people just couldn’t leave off earning salvation themselves.  The Gnostics came along with the idea that you needed to know hidden knowledge and “learn” your way into heaven.

Of course, it’s all nonsense!  We are saved by Jesus’ sacrifice.  Period.  The only effort we need expend is to simply accept it.  Jesus begs us to allow Him to pay for our sins, but so many still think it’s about living a good life or something else.

In response to Jesus’ loving care, we should live good lives.  We should be as kind and helpful and forgiving as we possibly can, but those things are not our passport into heaven.

Live a good life.  You’ll find that it has its own rewards on earth.  As for your reward in heaven?  Just say yes to Jesus!!

Geopolitical Thoughts

In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”    John 16:32-33

My starting point is that there is a global elite, a world government the controls businesses and, hence, elected governments.  It’s a matter of history that the Carnegie and Rockefeller families got their hands on DNA research and kept it to themselves, knowing that there was power in to be gained in understanding and controlling DNA.  I learned about this in the book DNA: Pirates of the Sacred Spiral by Dr. Leonard Horowitz.  I did a 23-part book synopsis years ago.  I wrote a recap of the series, Pirates of the Sacred Spiral, Recap.  Here is a link to the first installment: Pirates of the Sacred Spiral, Part 1.

The nefarious work by the Carnegies and Rockefellers provided the basis for eugenics, the killing of impure and inferior genetic stock from the human population.  Hitler based his genocide of the Jews on their work.  Their ultimate goal remains: control the populace and drastically reduce world population to a sustainable level.

From DNA: Pirates of the Sacred Spiral

There is a small, non-denominational chapel at Jekyll Island, Georgia.  Louis Tiffany, renowned for his stained-glass creations – especially his lamps – designed the only window at the front of the building.  It has an inscription dedicating it to his benefactors, the parishioners who, according to the inscription, “…were granted Divine authority to control the world’s wealth.”  This is where the global power bankers met to establish their global dominance through finance, a plan which included establishment of the Federal Reserve.  The mastermind of The Federal Reserve Act was not an American!  He was Paul Moritz Warburg of M. M. Warburg Company of Hamburg, Germany, which was the chief representative of the European banking family, the Rothchilds.

With this as background, let’s talk about how things stand at the end of 2021.

We have a global pandemic, which was, by all accounts, man-made.  Dr. Fauci has been shown to have been involved in financing the enhancement of COVID at the Wuhan lab.  Set this against the backdrop of an eerily theoretical pandemic scenario called Lock Step.  Lock Step describes a pandemic situation and different governments’ reactions to it around the globe.  It’s scary how close to reality it comes!  Read more in Watching the Coronavirus, Part 2

Now we have the new version called Omicron that the WHO and nations are scrambling to contain.  It’s more communicable than what has been going around.  I’ve heard nothing about how deadly it might be except for an article about a doctor in Africa wondering what the fuss is; he has seen unusual but mild symptoms.  And he’s the one who first reported it.  They say it showed up in Africa, but an 11/24 news article cites a Belgian who tested positive and has never been to Africa.  This begs the question as to whether it’s a mutation, or was it released there by those looking to control world population.  If so, perhaps it was accidently leaked where the Belgian citizen also got it.

Now let’s talk about war.

We have China saber-rattling over Taiwan and Russia massing troops along the length of the Ukrainian border; almost 100,000 to date.  My first thought is that they are coordinating with each other, hoping to overwhelm a weak, doddering administration.

Add to these riots in the Solomon Islands over their government switching alliance from Taiwan to mainland China.  Why does that matter?  Because it is rich in natural resources that China needs.  Given the population obviously doesn’t want it, is anyone taking bets on whether the government officials were bought off by China?

If China can get what it wants without war, it will.  They are masters of the long game.  You’ve all heard of Sun Tsu, yes?  He was an ancient Chinese general who wrote The Art of War, and one of his tenets was to have won a war strategically before ever walking into battle.  Maybe even avoid battle.

You may have heard of how they are recently threatening Australia, who will be no match for them militarily.  And, since everyone in Australia gave up their guns, the general population will be easy to control.  Once Australia has been removed from the game, the US has lost its biggest ally and asset in the Pacific.

Let’s take it one step further…just in theory.  What if China becomes the dominant power in the Asia-Pacific rim?  They may consider coming after America once they have consolidated their gains in the western Pacific.  It may not be necessary as we’d have been stretched too thin by the Russia/Ukraine conflict, if we’re drawn into that.  But let’s say they decide to try.

Thanks to liberal dominance, the west coast has been effectively disarmed.  China would win militarily with relative ease, plus they would not have to contend too much with the unarmed citizens rising up.

Of course, once they cross the Rockies, they’d find a widely dispersed and heavily armed population of ranchers and farmers.  They’d by nearly impossible to track and put down.  And Texas?  With everyone there heavily armed they practically are an army in themselves.  It’d be a rough go across the southern tier, less so farther north, and, once again, easy pickings in the liberal Atlantic states.

And what would be happening all the while?  Carnage around the globe.  Population reduction through war and disease, just like the Carnegies, Rockefellers, and Rothschilds planned decades ago.

What will happen then?  It won’t be the end yet, but, if it all happens, this could be the precursor to the one, charismatic man, the Anti-Christ, who will unite people behind him.

Matthew 24 often gets “credit” as Jesus’ “Olivet Discourse”, His answer to His disciples’ questions about end times.  However, Mark offers his account of that discussion, adding things that Matthew didn’t include.  He concludes chapter 13 with…

 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. 34 It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. 35 Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning— 36 lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!”

Am I predicting that there will be a global war soon?  Absolutely not!  All I’m saying is that the tensions are there, and it all plays into the long-range plans of evil men.  All I’m doing here is watching.  I invite you to do the same and not take my word on everything.  Read, watch, study the Scriptures, and see if you come to the same conclusions.  Most importantly, if you do those things, you will be watching as Jesus warned us to do!

Circling the Drain

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”    John 16:33

I read several articles online last week that are very worrying, both individually and collectively.  I fear that America is ending its run as a democratically elected republic, a bastion of freedom, Christianity, and prosperity.  It’s a place where people still risk life and limb to enter.  I can’t help being concerned that their faith will soon be misplaced.  It can happen in my lifetime, and I’m no spring chicken!

For some context, I worked for a huge, global corporation for twelve years.  It was one of those too-big-to-fail entities.  I was proud to work there at the world headquarters and expected to retire from it.  Unfortunately, the defecation impacted the turbine in the early 2000’s.  I was laid off along with 9000 others worldwide.  There was a perfect storm of bad decisions and worse luck.  They entered bankruptcy and barely hung on.

If my former employer and other too-big-to-fail companies can either almost die and completely dry up and blow away, why can’t America?  After all, what is America but the sum of her businesses?  If we continue to make spectacularly bad decisions that betray our heritage and our relationship with God, why should we expect to survive intact for long?

The American Medical Association is reported as having issued a “document which pushes CRT and warns the word ‘vulnerable’ is offensive, while blasting individualism and pushing Marxism.”  When an American bedrock institution leaves its lane and starts promoting essentially anti-American political stances, we have a problem.  When it starts making galactically stupid comments like saying the word “vulnerable” is offensive…Washington, we have a problem!

They denounced individualism and decried merit-based advancement.  So…are they willing to be operated on by surgeons who are not the best and simply met a race or gender quota?

China has built targets on a missile range in a desert in the outline of US aircraft carriers and other US warships.  This in the wake of their threatening deployment of their air force close to Taiwan and warning us to keep out of their business.  The article says fears are mounting domestically that China is preparing for a direct conflict with the US.  From the article:

It appears to be a half-scale replica of a Nimitz-class carrier located on what analysts believe to be a military firing range, with a newly-built facility located nearby.

Satellite imagery uncovered the replica as tensions build between Washington and Beijing over the fate of Taiwan, dominance in the South China Sea, and trade.

I can’t help wondering of China would be saber-rattling of Trump were still president.  Yes, he was a loudmouthed ass, but he was an effective one.  Sleepy Joe, on the other hand, presents a great opportunity for any foreign power to challenge the US militarily.

Wokeness has infiltrated our military as evidenced be a recent shellacking of our Marines by the British Royal Marines.  How ready are we to engage China half a world away?

And consider that Russia is massing troops on the Ukraine border; 100,000 and counting.  Are Russia and Chine colluding to severely damage a faltering USA and White House?

Speaking of Biden, his administration recently revealed that it will rely on whistleblowers at companies to help it enforce it’s vaccine mandates and penalties.  From the article:

Joe Biden will have to rely on whistleblowers to identify workplaces that are violating his new vaccine mandates because the Occupational Safety and Health Administration doesn’t have nearly enough workplace safety inspectors for the massive undertaking.

The mandate will go into effect January 4 and requires all private businesses and companies with at least 100 employees to impose mandatory COVID-19 vaccines on their workers or else subject them to weekly testing – at minimum – by that date.

Um…

Didn’t Hitler take that tack with his Hitler Youth in the 30’s?

What do we do with all this?  We pray!!

We need to rely on God to sustain and strengthen us in all challenges ahead.  We will all likely suffer to one degree or another as our freedoms erode and if armed conflict arises.  But we pray to God for His providence and His gifts of faith and hope that His children will ultimately be given victory in eternity.

Fear not.  Believe.  Pray.

Give Us What We Want!

You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.    James 4:2-4

I ran across an article last month about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.  Thomas made the statement that the Supreme Court has become the most dangerous branch of the government.  It never used to be that way.

‘The court was thought to be the least dangerous branch and we may have become the most dangerous,’ Thomas said. ‘And I think that’s problematic.’

He made this comment – and expanded on it – in light of politicians arguing over packing the court.  In other words, adding justices to the Supreme Court to get in appointees who will swing decisions their way.

He said that justices do not rule on their ‘personal preferences’ and the country’s leaders ‘should not allow others to manipulate our institutions when we don’t get the outcome that we like…When we begin to venture into the legislative or executive branch lanes, those of us, particularly in the federal judiciary with lifetime appointments, are asking for trouble.’

‘I think the media makes it sound as though you are just always going right to your personal preference. So if they think you are antiabortion or something personally, they think that’s the way you always will come out,’ the justice said, per the Washington Post. They think you’re for this or for that. They think you become like a politician.’  

‘That’s a problem. You’re going to jeopardize any faith in the legal institutions.’

Think on it; if a Supreme Court Justice starts legislating from the bench, there are no longer any checks and balances between the executive and legislative branches.  The system gets short-circuited!

Unfortunately, this is where we are as a society, as a world even!  When we can’t get what we what within a system, we start gaming that system, looking for short-cuts that “allow” us to cheat.

Perhaps we can thank advertisers who have bombarded us for years with slogans like “Rules are made to be broken” followed not long after by “Break all the rules!”  Then there is the feeble excuse that someone operated “within the system” even though they gamed it with technicalities.  They argue that they do whatever they want so long as they at least can appear to follow the letter of the law.

But law and rules are more about intent, which is why we have a judiciary to try and keep things in check.  Indeed, the Founding Fathers knew this about humanity and tried to provide such safeguards.  I am tempted to think that they wrote the Constitution with their hearts in their throats, knowing that it depended on good behavior in the first place.

John Adams wrote, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

That statement gives the lie to our current concept of “separation of church and state.”  That phrase originally was addressing the religious persecution by governments over practice of either Catholicism or Protestantism.  Recall that people were tortured to force conversion to one or the other by the state!

The intent was never to remove faith in God and use of His ways from government and society.  It was to prevent persecution for being Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopalian, or any other expression of following God.

We have lost our way after decades of not allowing prayer in schools and removing God from consideration when governing.  Indeed, our society now is not one of community but of self.

Thomas Jefferson wrote, “A nation, as a society, forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society.”

Society determines how its members will conduct themselves and each individual affects how society will continue.

The same holds true of our churches; if we don’t get what we want from them or God, we try to change them.  We form our own interpretation of God and Scripture, trying to game The Almighty!  Or we simply leave church and God behind altogether, which America has done for the most part.

If we don’t get what we want, we petulantly stalk away from either just the institution, God, or both.  The real tragedy is if someone is frustrated by a poor church teaching, they reject God!  I once pointed out to someone who was condemning the church to look to God instead.  If you have a problem with topic X, take it up with God.  Study His Word.

What if we want what’s bad for us?  Shall we stalk away from God for not doing us harm?  We often do!

Instead of telling God, “Give me what I want,” our prayer should be teach me what I should want!

Why Things Continue to Worsen

I’m a big fan of Star Trek.  I’ve always enjoyed the characters, plots, and technology.  Mostly it’s about the people.  If they aren’t interesting, no amount of special effects can make up for that.  It has one fatal flaw, however.  Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future was that people would get better.  Greed and wars would end, and mankind would find a beautiful existence on earth and elsewhere.

That idea is echoed in efforts to eventually colonize Mars.  Surely, mankind will flourish there!  Surely our answers lie in outer space!

I’m reminded of a scene from the movie Six Days, Seven Nights with Harrison Ford and Ann Heche.  He drunkenly tries to pick her up in a bar on an island he just flew her and her fiancé to.  After she gives him some attitude, he concludes that she’s one of those people; people who think they can come to an island and find the love and happiness they’ve been missing.  He tells her it’ll never happen.  Ford delivers a great line.

“It’s an island, babe.  If you didn’t bring it with you, it ain’t here!”

Mars?  It’s a whole other planet, babe!  If you didn’t bring it with you, it ain’t here!

In fact, what do people bring with them everywhere they go?  Pollution, problems, and heartache.  Guess what they’ll find on Mars or any other planet they want to colonize?

Of course, there’s another way of achieving our goal that has mankind mesmerized; benevolent aliens.  The US government has finally admitted there are UFO’s.  They aren’t saying they’re from off-planet, just unidentified.  It’s one step closer to them getting here.  Significant people and organizations are preparing for their arrival.

For example, the Roman Catholic Church.  See my 2016 article It’s a Real Fight which documents the Vatican’s operation of what they call the L.U.C.I.F.E.R. Device.  It’s an acronym based on another language, but… couldn’t they have picked just about any other name?  It’s a binocular, infrared telescope at the Vatican Observatory in Arizona.  Why?  You get better pictures of UFO’s with infrared.

Um…

From my article:

They also had an interview with Jesuit priest, Guy Consolmagno.  Guy often acts as the Vatican’s spokesman.  He is a leading astronomer and has “…worked at NASA and taught at Harvard and MIT…”

Bypassing all of the blah-blah-blah and cutting to the chase, Consolmagno shared with them a private article in pdf, “…in which he admits how contemporary societies will soon ‘look to The Aliens to be the Saviours of humankind.’”

They believe that aliens will confirm Rome’s teaching as being true, while also bringing us an improved Gospel message.  They even say that they might compel the membership to accept new alien teachings.

Double um…

All of this shows how humanity continues to screw things up starting at a very basic level; they aren’t paying attention to God!  They’re grasping at any number of other straws while Bibles gather dust.

but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”    Genesis 2:17

As we all know, Adam and Eve did a face plant right out of the gate, and we’ve been paying for it ever since.

But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.    Isaiah 59:2

Yeah, about that.  God hasn’t left us.  We left Him.  I’m not talking about original sin now.  I’m talking about America kicking prayer out of schools, the Ten Commandment off courthouse squares, and God out of our national lives.  St. Paul wrote in Romans 1:28, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;”

So, we now have our current state of affairs with gender, violence in cities and on airplanes as never before, and epidemic laziness.

But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.    2 Corinthians 4:3-4

The god of this age, Satan.  If God isn’t around, because we told Him to leave, guess who is more than eager to fill the void.  That would be Satan.  Adam and Eve gave him the keys to the kingdom when they rejected God’s Word and accepted Satan’s lies.  He’s been in charge of things on earth since.  We can read in the Bible how things steadily got worse with each generation.  He truly is the god of this world, crowned by Adam and Eve.

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.    Romans 8:7

Not subject to the law of God?  Of course!  If it was, we wouldn’t be sinning so darn much!  “Not subject to” is another way of saying we are unable to submit.  We much prefer making up our own minds and making our own judgments.

Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.    Jeremiah 10:23

There it is in a nutshell.  We just can’t obey God even though we know better.  We just don’t have it in us!

That means that we won’t behave and find peace on Mars, the moon, or anywhere else.  Even if aliens bring us great answers, we still won’t listen, because that’s just who we are.  And, by the way, I believe aliens will indeed visit at some point, but I also believe they are demonic and not here for our good.  For more on this see the following from my series about the Book of Enoch: Genesis 6 – The Book of Enoch Part 5 and Genesis 6 – The Book of Enoch Part 7.

Those demons will do anything to take our focus off God.

Not that it’s too hard.

Tough Decisions

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.    1 John 4:18

Drazen Erdemovic had a choice to make in July of 1995.  He was a member of the Bosnian Serb army, attached to a non-combat unit.  He only joined to provide for his family.  He had no desire to fight and kill anyone.

That July he and others were pulled to another unit, whose task was to slaughter civilians as they came in by the busload.  They were to shoot them as they were lined up next to a pit.  Horrified, Drazen told the CO he couldn’t do it.  The choice he was given was stark; either shoot them as ordered or line up and get shot with them.

What would you do?  How would you decide?  Would you, like most all of us, decide based on fear or love?

Fear says, “I don’t want to die!”  Love says, “I can’t kill innocent people in such an act of evil.”

Fear doesn’t want to lose anything, most of all our very body, our life.  The love of Jesus tells us that to die in His name is gain.  Do we fear going through the door of death to meet Jesus face to face?  Enough that we balk at it?

Those of you who’ve been with me for a while know that I’ve almost died three times.  I’m not going to tell you it was ever fun, but neither was it as horrible as I might have imagined.  If I’m told I have x number of weeks to live, I think I’d be OK with that.  I’d make plans and start the countdown.

Would I ever leave a firing squad and join the condemned.  I would hope so!  I go to God innocent of murder, having stood up for what is right, even if the slaughter would go on without me.  Maybe that sacrifice would not go unnoticed.  Maybe whoever shot me would have to look me in the eye as they took aim.

What did Drazen do?  He figures he killed about 70-80 people that day.  In an effort to bring that genocide to light, he found himself on trial for war crimes at the Hague.  The defense tried to use the defense of being under duress.  A split court denied that defense.  He was convicted of manslaughter and given a relatively light sentence.

What was his reaction in the end? He ended up pleading guilty before the trial ended.

His initial decision to kill was his concern for the fate of his wife and kids.  His final statement to the court, however, is very telling.

“I (pled guilty) because of those victims, because of my conscience, because of my life, because of my child and my wife, I cannot change what I said…because of the peace of my mind, my soul, my honesty, because of the victims, the war and because of everything.”

His initial decision based on fear didn’t hold up for him!  Even though it was at least in part based on providing for his family, he eventually realized that providing for them through morality was more important.  This from someone who perhaps didn’t even know God.  He knew he had to have faith in what’s right, even if he didn’t know it was God.

Thanks to Jesus and the Father’s mercy, we can make decisions, large and small, based on love and not fear.  We can look death in the face, as we all must someday, smile at it, and say, “Take me home.  I don’t fear you, because Jesus defeated you.  He transformed you from a grave into a door.

So open wide, ‘cause I’m coming through!

Another Result of Rejecting God

For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies.     2 Thessalonians 3:10-11

Our country has been suffering the consequences of rejecting God and His ways; laziness.  The government, which outlawed prayer in schools has made another blunder, and we’re all suffering for it.  The overly generous and long payments to people who don’t work has created a big problem.

Workers sit at home collecting government subsidies when jobs are available and businesses struggle to stay open.  I call on a lot of retail parts houses who are having trouble keeping their doors open for lack of help.  A sign at a local Red Robin advertises $15/hour wages plus a $400 signing bonus!  Similar signs are popping up at fast food places like McDonalds.

The government, instead of relying on God for their governing principles, decided they know better and have flipped God’s Word on its head.  The government has declared, “If anyone will not work, well… what the hell.  Here’s a bunch of cash.  Pig out!”

C. S. Lewis made a great analogy in his book Mere Christianity.  God is like a factory that produce people.  The Bible is the operator’s manual.

America has ditched the operator’s manual and is running people in ways God did not design them to be run.  Is it any wonder we’re having problems?  From abortion to shoplifting to riots and raves we’re seeing the results of operating ourselves outside of our designed parameters.

The only question is how much worse will things get before we decide to start doing things right?

Derailed Faith

not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.    Hebrews 10”25

Louis de Bernieres led an interesting life from early on, according to a recent article in The London Daily Mail.  It started when he joined the army to fulfill his parents’ ambition that he would serve in the Queen’s Dragoon Guard, his father’s former unit.

It was not to be.  He wasn’t a match for it and managed an honorable discharge before he got very far.  His parents disapproval reached the point where he couldn’t stand the tension at home and took off.  He taught English for a white farmer in Columbia.  The other side of the world was as far as he could get; I imagine he would’ve gone farther if possible.

He returned home after a year and quickly realized he’d never really be “British” again.  He dealt with being in Britain by “remaining in Columbia in spirit.”  He writes that Columbia changed him regarding his faith also.

His father had been high Anglican and his mother sort of protestant.  Going to a church-related school didn’t do him any favors:

At my prep school (pre-Columbia) we had Chapel twice a day because the headmaster liked to dress up as a priest and parade his piety, in between bursts of his fondling and thrashing.

Still, he felt close as to Jesus as his friends.  It was divinity school that drove another nail into his faith’s coffin.  He was taught to read the Bible in a critical and scholarly manner as opposed to being the Word of God.  That’s where the seeds of his doubt were sown.

The last thing that happened to snuff out his faith was a train trip in Columbia.  His seat mate was a flirtatious young woman, and he was enjoying her interest in him.  She was beautiful and full of life. 

What I remember most about her was her smiling warmth.  I was slightly embarrassed. I was not at all experienced in flirtation with women from other cultures, and not remotely adept in it even with women from my own.  Maria didn’t mind. She liked me, it was fun flirting with me, and for her that was enough.

He left her to get drinks for her and himself.  While he was gone, she tried to get to another car in the train.  There was no safe walkway between cars, and she mistimed her step, falling on the between the cars.  She didn’t die right away.  All he remembered was her shredded body where there was once a beautiful woman.

All I could think was that if God did exist he either cared about nothing or was a sadist. I have always wanted to meet God on a dusty highway somewhere and challenge him to justify Himself.

In a perverse sense I need God, so that there is someone to blame. I told God to leave, and He did, like someone walking down the garden path to the gate, opening it and striding away without a backward glance.

I miss being religious. Religion makes you feel at home in the world and gives you the reassurance that there is some point to your life.

Religion.  Therein lies the problem, yes?  Religion is what his parents apparently practiced only half-heartedly.  Religion was what his school’s headmaster practiced, and that even more poorly.  None of them seems to have had a relationship with God.  Certainly, none of them knew the Bible past a cursory familiarity with it.

As one reads the article, one can see where Christianity was a feel-good safety net.  There was no understanding of God, which can be found in Scriptures.  Once the religion’s ability to maintain emotions loses its power, God takes the hit.

He obviously took his frustrations with others and the world out on God.

His headmaster was an obscenity, not God.  His parents were at odds with him over his choices, not God.  Yet, he blames God for their unchristian behavior.

Mostly, he blames God for the young woman’s death.  That was the final nail in his faith’s coffin.  If only he had truly understood Scripture!  If only his divinity classes and taught God’s Word instead of making it an academic exercise!

What was there to be understood?  Sin entered the world through one man and death through sin.  Adam gave the keys to the kingdom to Lucifer when he and Eve listened to the father of lies instead of a loving God.  The evil of the world is not God’s fault but humanity’s.

God throws us a line in the Person of Jesus.  God gives us hope to last through the evil days we spend on earth.

How do we keep our own faith from being derailed?  Read God’s Word.  Study it with other Christians who seek to study and learn from it, not dissect it.

Live your faith in a community of faith, not religion.  Don’t try to walk your path alone, but draw from the strength of others of faith.

The Miracle of America

I just read this article, The Miracle of America, on the Real Truth magazine website.  It outlines the improbable success of the War for Independence, national expansion, and subsequent rise to superpower.

It also marks the parallels between our growth as a nation and ancient Israel’s, a comparison made by many others throughout our history.  It’s an interesting article and deserves a read.

The one caveat to my suggesting you read it is that it is also a whitewash of our history.  It lauds the expansion of Manifest Destiny with no mention of the displacement of American Indians.  There is much in our history to proud of and much to hang our heads at.

Ancient Indian prophecies foretell of foreigners in great canoes that will bring with them “talking leaves” to enlighten them about the Great Spirit.  The great canoes were the European sailing ships that landed on our eastern shores.  The “talking Leaves” were the Bibles containing God’s Word with pages made of tree pulp!  The prophecy included a warning that the newcomers would also do them great harm.

There is much evidence that Indians worshipped the same God as we do, calling Him the Great Spirit.  They also referred to Him as Creator.  Not the Creator…just Creator.  One chief even had a vision of Jesus on the cross given to him by a spirit.  The chief asked the name of the man who was to be killed for their sakes.  The name given translates to “Son of God.”

I highly recommend the book That’s What the Old One’s Say by Chief Joseph River Wind.  It will break your heart in some places and inspire you in others.

But for all our skeletons, the United States is a country God has blessed and used for His purposes.  There was a telling episode I read in George Washington’s Sacred Fire by Jerry Newcombe and Peter Lillback.  Actually, two connected episodes.

The first was before the Revolution when Washington was still in the British army.  His troops were ambushed by Indians, and he was the only one to escape without any wounds at all, despite a bullet passing through his coat as he rode the line on his horse, directing the battle.

After he became president, a contingent of Indians came to him, saying their chief wished to speak to him.  That old chief was one of those who attacked Washington and his troops that day.  He told of how they concentrated their fire on him as the leader, but even his best marksmen could not touch him!  Soon after, he received a prophecy that told him Washington was protected by the Great Spirit.  His destiny was to start a nation that would endure for centuries.

Satan is not omniscient, so there was no way that was a demonic prophecy.  Satan would have no way of knowing!  The only logical conclusion was that God Himself gave that prophecy.

The United States of America is a country deigned by God to be great and to lead the world in His light.  We brought it about by an embarrassing combination of hard work and great sins, not unlike the growth of Israel in the Bible.  We have abdicated that role in favor of writing our own rules and worshipping at the alter of wokeness.  Who knows how dark our future lies for that?

As Christians, we still live in the greatest country the planet has ever seen even though it is not as great as it once was.  People still risk much to come here for freedom and prosperity!  We must do our part every day to preserve as much of that original greatness as possible.  We must let our lights shine during increasing risks to do so.

On this Fourth of July, let all Christians resolve to be great Americans in the tradition of our best days!