Archive for August, 2009

Let’s just fast-forward to 2015 and take a look at the landscape, if president Obama is successful in establishing a “single care provider” in the United States. In other words, government run health care.

Currently, the public outpouring is universally against the government choosing doctors and what will be covered by the plan, but there’s another issue, which has not yet been addressed.

What role will the ACLU play, if government-run health care becomes a reality?

Since everything would be run by the government, the ACLU would step in and demand that any hint of religion be excluded from health care. For most Americans, this would be a bitter pill to swallow. It’s one thing to be prohibited from having a prayer said before the start of a football game; it’s quite another to not be allowed to pray for your dying mother or beloved husband moments before their death.

Does this seem far-fetched to you? It shouldn’t, because that’s exactly what will happen. The agenda of the ACLU is to create a secular society—devoid of any spiritual content. Stories like the following would dominate the news.

  • Mary Kate Sullivan has been charged with saying the Rosary for her mother shortly before the older woman’s death.
  • Jim Bob Mason will stand trial for having communion with his twin brother, Billy Joe, before surgery to donate a kidney at Birmingham General Hospital.
  • Father Romano was arrested when he tried to give Extreme Unction to one of his dying parishioners last night in Brooklyn.

Death, and near death experiences, are deeply personal. They are also inevitable. When it’s your turn, do you want the ACLU to be part of the equation, telling you what you can and cannot do—what is legal at a government run facility and what is not?

If you think this is not what will happen, just go back to sleep for the next five or ten years. When you awake, just like Rip VanWinkle, the world will have changed—and not for the better. With the type of appointments to the Supreme Court Obama is certain to make, this outcome is virtually assurred.

The time to stop Barrack Obama is now because just as ants are inevitable at a picnic, so is the ACLU wherever Obama goes. And just like ants, the ACLU is hungry to devour your spiritual rights.

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One of this month’s leading story, especially on talk radio and the news networks, concerns the possibility that Principal Frank Lay and athletic director Robert Freeman could go to jail for six months and lose their pensions for saying grace before a meal at a school event.

People are shocked and enraged, and the Liberty Counsel, a Christian-based legal group, has vowed to defend the two school officials. The charge has been brought by the ACLU, whose hostility to Christianity is legendary. They have been so successful that Barrack Obama was correct when he said that America is no longer a Christian nation. He’s happy that this is true, and it’s exactly what the ACLU wants as well.

As I see it, Lay and Freeman have two choices. They can fight the charge, which is what they are currently doing. This strategy makes them newsworthy and also furthers the agenda of the Liberty Counsel, who probably has a fund raising effort planned to pay for their defense. Coincidentally, such an effort would also fund the Liberty Counsel.

The second choice would be for Lay and Freeman to accept their punishment, go to jail, and forfeit their pensions, which represents seventy years of work between them. They have a lot to lose, but they did the crime so they should do the time. They violated the law and should accept the consequences of their actions. This would really bring attention to unjust laws like the one these men broke.

If they went to jail, they wouldn’t be serving the agenda of the Liberty Counsel; they would be doing something far more significant. They would be serving the agenda of the Lord. Their troubles began when they prayed to Him, which the law forbids. Let the Lord do with this situation as He sees fit.

I would encourage them to make a stand for what is right and not waiver under any circumstances. Like the revolutionary leader in Les Miserables, the Lord is asking, “Who will be strong and stand with Me?”

Could you be that strong? It may not be a rhetorical question in the near future.
Obama, and many others, want our nation purged of every vestige of Christianity, and right now they are winning the battle. Will you be strong? Can you cast aside your easy life, if required? This could just as easily be you. All they did was say grace before a meal.

The situation in America is serious. It’s up to little people like you and me to be strong—to stand for freedom, to stand for what is right, regardless of what the ACLU or anybody else does to stop us.

Lay and Freeman have an opportunity to do something that will count for eternity, or they can continue to play the game of Christianeze. They can write a book, speak at churches, and whine for the cameras for the next couple of years.

What would you do?

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Being intolerant is the primary sin in America’s cultural religion, followed closely by being a racist—just like pride is the first of the Seven Deadly Sins, followed closely by lust and greed.

The politically correct crowd are just as self-righteous about their tenets of faith as any Sunday school teacher, preacher or priest is about theirs. Any deviation from the norm in political correctness is soundly repudiated by those who hold this perspective. They are as militant as any Prohibitionist was during the 1930s. Castigating any criticism of their beliefs—whether real or imagined, these zealots use ridicule to to force conformity. If that doesn’t work, they resort to fear and intimidation.

They venerate freedom of speech—just as long as the position espoused conforms to their worldview. If it doesn’t, the person holding the contrary position becomes the object of scorn and contempt, paying a heavy price for their disagreement. Similar to a racial attack, those who espouse political correctness criticize a person’s character—not the person’s beliefs. They reason that any alternative to the politically-correct position stems from ignorance, so ad hominum attacks are appropriate. The deviant deserves no better.

For example, if a charge of racism can be used against an opponent of the politically correct crowd, the opponent never recovers. His or her reputation suffers a mortal wound. Dealing with the person swiftly and mercilessly, they destroy his or her reputation as thoroughly as a spinster would destroy the reputation of a girl who has numerous beaus.

The problem is that racial intolerance is only criticized where white people are concerned. Black Americans can say anything they want with impunity. It’s OK for them to do so; at least it’s politically correct. Additionally, whenever the issue of race is brought up, whites are expected to back down. It’s our duty and the politically correct thing to do. It’s payback time. After all, it was white America who created slavery and segregation. We have to make restitution for the abuse—restitution which never seems to have an end.

It’s time for all of this nonsense to stop and for someone to speak the truth boldly, regardless of the consequences.

Racism is just as wrong when it’s black racism as it is when it’s white racism. Just because black racism is politically correct, doesn’t make it right. This worldview is flawed and unsustainable over a long period of time. It doesn’t work because it’s not founded in logic or truth. It’s founded on emotional empathy, which is a foundation built on sinking sand.

Racism is wrong and unjust, which is my firmly-held belief, but my belief is based on Scriptural truth—not political correctness. My perspective is clear, coherent, and reasonable—unlike the belief system of the politically correct. It also has a long tradition—at least two millennia.

I’ll explain my perspective—the rationale for what I believe—in tomorrow’s entry.

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I have enjoyed reading the last few political postings. It has coordinated well with my quiet time in Proverbs. Here are three examples:

Proverbs 28:

When the country is in chaos,
everybody has a plan to fix it—
But it takes a leader of real understanding
to straighten things out.

Proverbs 28:16

Among leaders who lack insight, abuse abounds,
but for one who hates corruption, the future is bright.

Proverbs 29:2

When good people run things, everyone is glad,
but when the ruler is bad, everyone groans.

Perhaps John C. Maxwell had a point when he said, “Everything rises or falls on leadership.”

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The pain from racism runs deep within the fabric of American society, as exemplified by conflicts, which repeatedly flare up. White people have become so fearful of being labeled as racists, they will go to almost any length to ensure that the label cannot be applied to them. The pendulum has swung so far away from white racism that blacks now have an elite status in our nation, which means they don’t have to follow the same rules as the rest of us.

For example, when Barrack Obama ran for President, nearly all black-Americans voted for him because he was black, and everybody was OK with this. If people had done the same thing for McCain—voting for him because he was white—there would have been a huge backlash. They would have been called racists, but blacks behaving the same way are exempt from that charge.

There’s a double standard, which insures that the pendulum will once again swing in the other direction at some point in the future. Anything which is patently unfair is certain to have a backlash; that’s the way life works. If you’re white, you can’t understand why blacks can’t seem to put racial issues behind them, and if you’re black, you think, I know what racism feels like. White people don’t!

Blacks have a valid point, which I understand quite well. Ten years ago, I took all of my adult children and grandchildren to Calloway Gardens in South Georgia for Christmas. It was a grand time for all of us. One of my granddaughters, Dillon, was there. She was four years old at the time and half black.

As we were all sitting at a large table having dinner, I noticed a couple across the room who seemed to be annoyed with us. I didn’t think much about it and continued to enjoy the family gathering. A few minutes later, I looked back at the couple again. They were now looking at our table with open contempt, which didn’t make much sense to me because we were not being loud or unruly.

Then it dawned on me. Their contempt was for my half-black granddaughter, who was just a child—a beautiful child I might add. Instantly infuriated, I started to push back my chair to confront the guy, fully prepared to knock out the few teeth he had remaining. As I did, however, I stopped and said to myself, This is racism—pure and simple, and I want to feel the pain of it. It hurt deeply, and I can still feel it more than a decade later. For just one moment in time, I knew what it felt like to be the object of discrimination. I never confronted the couple. Instead I hugged my granddaughter and told her that I loved her.

This is the way I now look at that experience: I was given a gift by God. I was allowed to experience racism first hand—an experience few white people ever have. I didn’t like it, and it only happened once. I wonder what it would be like on a daily basis? I’m sure my sense of pain, anger, and frustration would be much greater.

That’s not the reason I’m not a racist, however. My reason is much deeper than that. I’ll explain why in the following two blog entries.

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I remember when I was a little boy and there was a conflict in our family. My dad would always end it by saying, “I’m right because I’m the Father in this family, and I say I’m right.” When he said this, there was no further discussion. It was the ace of trumps, and he used it whenever he wished, which in our family was routinely. It always worked when we were little. We were forced to stuff down our feelings, suck it up, and act like we accepted his decision. By doing this, we tacitly admitted he was right and gave him his way—even when we knew he was dead wrong. When we became teenagers, we rebelled against his tyranny, producing familial discord that lasted for years.

I mention this because it reminds me of what is happening in our society today. The same kind of tyranny is being forced on us—just like it was in the Watts household a half century ago. If you disagree with Barrack Obama—with the way he sees the world, at some level you are accused of being a racist—the mortal sin of political correctness. And guess what? It works every time.

It changes the argument. As the person protesting, you are forced to defend your position and say you are not a racist. The argument becomes about you—the person who disagrees with him. It’s intimidating—just as it’s meant to be; and it forces you to retreat from your position. If it makes you angry to be called a racist and you allow your emotions to show it, you’re proving that your accusers are right. You are indeed a racist.

Obama never does this himself, however, that’s the secret to his success. He has an army of politically correct Pharisee’s to do it for him, especially the press and newsworthy people from the left. By injecting a racial element into any discussion about Barrack Obama’s policies, it means he can never truly be wrong. Like a super hero, he has an invisible shield to protect him from any argument hurled his way which does not jive with the world as the politically correct see it.

Because racism has been a real problem throughout American history, many people do what I did as a little boy. They stuff down their viewpoint and their feelings, fearful of looking like a racist. Others become angry and endure the taint that comes from being depicted as a racist. Either way—just like my father—Barrack Obama wins, at least in the short run.

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Shortly before the last presidential election, when Barrack Obama received the Democratic nomination, his wife Michelle stated that she was proud to be an American for the first time in her life. I remember saying to myself, I can’t believe we’re going to have a First Lady who is ashamed to be an American.

Recently, President Obama traveled to the Middle East and met with numerous Arab leaders. When he met the King of Saudi Arabia, our president bowed, which was clearly a submissive act. When Obama did this, like everybody else, I was surprised. Again, I said to myself, I never thought I would live to see the day when a President of the United States would bow to anybody—let alone a Muslim potentate.

I am no longer surprised by what our President does. The shock has worn off, and I have come to expect this type of behavior from the Obama’s—husband and wife. It’s who they are—plain and simple. Having sat at the feet of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, who gave a lifetime achievement award to Louis Farrakhan—a radical Muslim extremist from Chicago—I believe that President Obama will favor Islam over Christianity because that is what he has been programmed to do. It fits into his theological heritage, which governs his thinking. Obama’s worldview is favorable to Black Liberation Theology.

He calls himself a Christian, but it’s not what you think of as Christian—not even close. He quit Wright’s church, but he can’t repudiate the belief system instilled in him for twenty years. It’s not possible to do so. It’s part of his soul. It’s who he is, and it’s the reason why he bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia. To Obama, it was the right thing to do. The spin-meisters tried to twist his behavior into something else, but they couldn’t. He did it. To most, it didn’t mean much, but it was very revealing.

It’s been a year since his nomination, and his true colors become clearer as each day passes. Because of what he believes at the core of his being, we should no longer be surprised by what he does. We should expect it. If you want a blueprint for the future, all you have to do is look at the past. He will be apologetic for America as long as he is in office; he will appoint judges that consistently side with the ACLU; he will favor the Arabs over the Jews; and he will rival Jimmy Carter in dismantling our military.

At the same time, he is still my President, and I will remain loyal to him—his loyal opposition.

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Shortly after his inauguration, Barrack Obama said that the United States was no longer a Christian nation. When he made this statement, he said it with a distinct sense of pride and satisfaction. As he was saying it, I knew he was right.

In the strict sense, the United States has never been a Christian nation. No nation is Christian. It isn’t possible. The citizens of the Kingdom of God are known only to the Holy Spirit, which has nothing to do with any political entity. But that’s not what Obama was talking about.

The American political model was founded upon the Judeo-Christian worldview. It has been part of the fabric of our society from the time of the Puritans. It’s the building block upon which our system of government has been built, and it has sustained us through a long and tumultuous history. Now, that model is broken. According to Barrack Obama, we have advanced beyond our Christian heritage to a richer, more pluralistic society. Christianity, like slavery and capitalism, is just part of our regrettable past.

When he said this, there was no outroar. In fact, nobody complained at all. Nobody even commented on it. It must not have seemed that important.

That’s why I’m writing about it today. As I see it, this is the most important statement Barrack Obama has made while President. It speaks volumes about who he is—as versus who he said he was while campaigning. It also lets us know the direction he will be taking the country while at the helm. I’m not complaining, and I’m weary of those who do. But that doesn’t mean that I’m going to sit back and be passive as our country slips further into the cultural pluralism that typifies European countries. I don’t hate barrack Obama for what he is doing, but I do stand against it. I believe he is arrogance and, in his pride, I don’t believe he thinks God’s people have the strength to recapture the minds and hearts of the American people.

I don’t believe he’s right, but I do know it’s time to stand up and be counted—not self-righteously or out of anger—but out of a confidence that “greater is He who is with us” than all of those who stand with Barrack Obama.

I have a lot to say about this, so stay tuned.

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I appreciate what you wrote about character. I’m reminded of what I found in the rooms of Al-Anon: Though we do not struggle with addiction to substances like our loved ones, the disease of alcoholism wreaks havoc on our mind, body and spirit, as we try to force solutions and control others in a futile attempt to restore harmony.

I found through my relationship with my Higher Power that I had abandoned who I was in an alcoholic marriage. I was full of shame, guilt and suffered from incredibly low self-esteem. My Higher Power helped me recover my Spirit and thus, restore my character. I started becoming who I was meant to be—that meant making different choices. These choices ran counter to the ones that enabled my husband to continue self-destructing and pulling our family down in the pit with him.

It’s tough to turn in another direction, but the alternative is much too painful. My Higher Power promised me safety and a new life, but it hasn’t been easy to place my faith in Him and make tough choices—to look at myself without the veil of denial. My character is slowly being restored, and I will be forever grateful to my Higher Power, to Al-Anon, and to those courageous members in the rooms of both A.A. and Al-Anon. These were the people who shared their experience, hope, and strength with me for almost three years.

Character CAN be restored no matter how hard any of us fall. Anything is possible when we turn our wills over to the care of a compassionate, loving, FORGIVING God. Thank you for your site. I love it, and it inspires me to keep moving forward in spite of fear. As they say in the program, “Courage is fear that has said its prayers!”

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Many invite Christ to come into their lives because they don’t want to face challenges; they don’t want to muddle through life’s difficult situations. They want pat answers for everything and a life free from conflict—free from the negative consequences stemming from poor decisions. They want a cosmic bailout. They also want God to be a constant, perpetual blessing machine. They want Him to indulge them with creature comforts as a sign that He loves them—as a sign that they are OK. Materialism and the acquisition of “things” validates them, providing positive proof that they are living the life God intended them to live.

Churches corroborate this mindset routinely by elevating successful businessmen to the role of elder and deacon to the exclusion of all others—except for doctors and lawyers, of course. Above all else, God wants His people to enjoy creature comforts—lots of them, which success in business ensures.

Christians with this mindset give lip service to loving and caring for others, when—in reality—their existence and purpose for life is all about themselves. In their superficiality, they believe they are profound, as they blissfully go about their lives doing whatever benefits them the most. Pursuing an alternative purpose, which is at cross-purposes with materialism, never enters their mind. If it did, it would be no more than a fleeting thought—like the emotional response you might experience after watching an uplifting movie. It touches you for a short while, but that’s all. It has no life-altering impact.

Christians, who embrace this worldview, eagerly wait to be “Raptured.” In their lethargy, they assume little responsibility for the state of the world or for the depraved condition of mankind—spiritually, morally, or materially. At the same time, they criticize government for doing so. They say they love others, but their actions rarely benefit anyone but themselves.

If you’re being candid, is this who you really are? If so, be honest with yourself and start making the core changes that will render you useful rather than useless.

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Just ran across your site and wanted to pass along my gratitude for what you’re doing . . . it really, really resonates with me personally.

In my comment on this post, I want to mention first that I’m staunchly apolitical.

I think your analysis and insight is profound.

I have to admit though that there is part of me who appreciated his “stupid” remark just because it struck me as genuine and honest . . . something that’s quite rare in the world of politics.

I totally agree about the destructiveness of our human tendency to not admit when we’re wrong. But I don’t expect to get any President who would. I’m sure it has happened in the history of our nation, but I’m hard pressed to recall an example.

Our society regards the virtue of admitting when one is wrong as a defect. Presidents, Congressmen, CEOs and, unfortunately, many pastors would never dream of doing so without some sort of self-justifying spin because it would would be perceived it as a sign of weakness.

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