OK, let me be upfront, my cynical levels are off the chart. I know that I’m supposed to drop into prayer mode for the victims of the Boston massacre yesterday at the annual Marathon held on Patriots’ Day, but my ability to be shocked by news headlines has wained. After my initial emotions ran their quick course, my thoughts turned to how the “left” would respond by demanding more be done in the way of giving Obama more power and removing more rights from Americans.
Today has been declared “Happy Empty Chair Day!” This is in honor of Clint Eastwood’s conversation with Empty Chair Obama at the RNC. I love the message behind the empty chair, as this first picture says. Obama has no ideas. Why should we expect him to? All he is seeking to do is bring America down to size. He doesn’t care about the middle class, lower class, etc, because his goal is to bring us high unemployment, and greater government dependence. This is why he cannot run on his record. To do so, would be to be too honest with us, the American People.
So in honor of the empty chair, here are some of the renditions floating around on Facebook:
Happy Chick-fil-A Day. I hope August 1st becomes the day we remember in this country that we began to stand up to the gay community and their immoral demands that we accept everything they offer to us with a smile. Given the number of people who are heading to Chick-fil-A today (and I would be one of them if there was a franchise closer than 3 hours away), I would say that the gay communities call for a boycott is not working.
They called for this boycott because Don Cathy said in an interview that he supported traditional marriage. Apparently, this was enough to cause the gay community to get upset. Given their demands for special treatment, this should not surprise us.
Too bad the country didn’t stand up against the gay community back in the 1970s when Anita Bryant said she was opposed to such behavior. For those who don’t remember, she was lambasted in the press for her stance, and so few have been willing to speak out ever since. Just think had we stood with her then the way we are standing with Don Cathy now, perhaps we wouldn’t be fighting the battle for culture and marriage today. But we had to learn the hard way. The gay community back then said they just wanted to be left alone to do as they pleased in their own bedrooms and Anita Bryant had no right to intrude into their privacy. Now, they are trying to change culture and silence anyone that speaks against their perversion.
Remember that those who dive into sin the way gays are doing, are never satisfied with what they are given. Sin never satisfies. There will always be a demand for more and more perversions as they continue down that road (Romans 1:18ff show the reality of this truth). Please don’t listen to them when they say they just want to be recognized the same way a married couple is. That is just one more step in their demands. Polygamy will follow, along with pedophilia (which how most of them became gay in the first place), along with other perverse sins.
But we are at least taking a stand against their sinful lifestyle today. Hopefully far more people will respond in November in the same way and vote President Obama out of office. Remember, he supported traditional marriages just a few months ago, and the gay community didn’t get in a tizzy over that. But then again, that was because they he didn’t really mean it. Democrats never really mean it when they say they believe in anything traditional, constitutional or moral. How can they? They are the party of Jim Crow, lynch mobs and abortion.
I digress. Have a great day and rejoice that so many are standing up for traditional marriage.
Lifeway Chrisitan Bookstores
A lot of things going on this week that are worth looking into. The first is the debacle that surrounds Lifeway Christian Bookstores. For those of you who know me, it comes as no surprise that I can’t stand Christian Bookstores. Those in the Christian publishing industry know what a farce they are in their continue publication of cotton-candy theology and the mass produced Jesus junk they sell for a profit. Every time I go into one of these stores, I come out completely discouraged because the stuff the put forth is nothing more than Leave It to Beaver Humanism with a dash of Christianity to boot.
What has brought Lifeway Christian Bookstores to the forefront is that the Southern Baptist Convention had them pull all their copies of the movie “The Blind Side,” because some baptist pastor didn’t like that fact that the movie had some cussing it. If this is the case, then that pastor will have to rip Philippians 3:8 from the Bible, since the word that we translate as “rubbish” could also be used as a much harsher form of the word dung. There are also other places in Scripture, especially the Old Testament, where prophets used harsh profanity in describing the enemies of God.
The point is that life is full of people who cuss. We are to strive for a purity of language, but that comes through the Holy Spirit working in our lives, not taking good movies off the book shelves.
Rachel Held Evans has more on this at her blog site. She writes:
Christian bookstores have developed a reputation for producing a highly sanitized customer experience, purging from their shelves any language, content, or theology that doesn’t meet their uber-conservative standards. Walk into your local LifeWay and you will find plenty of Precious Moments statues, specialty Bibles, Veggie Tale movies, and Thomas Kinkade prints…but little trace of art or literature that intrigues, agitates, and inspires—as true art should! The Christian bookstore experience is, in a word, safe. Butsafe is not how Christians are called to live, and safe is not what artists who are Christians are called to create. In fact, based on LifeWay’s own standards, the Bible itself—which includes profanity, violence, and sex—should be banned from the shelves.
What most people don’t realize, however, is that the problem of sanitized Christian bookstores extends far beyond the inventory on the shelves to create an entire Christian subculture that is so sanitized and safe it often fails to produce art that is relevant to our culture or our lives.
Now I’m going to say something that will probably get me into some trouble, something that many editors and writers are afraid to say for fear of losing their jobs or their book contracts, but something which desperately needs to be spoken out loud: Christian bookstores have a chokehold on the Christian publishing industry. And this chokehold not only affects the inventory you find on Christian bookstore shelves, but which books are contracted by publishers, what content gets edited in the writing and editing process, and the degree of freedom authors feel they have to speak on their own blogs and platforms. As a result, the entire Christian industry has been sanitized, while its best artists look elsewhere for publication.
Obama Continues to Lie
Guy Benson, at Townhall.com has an excellent piece showing that the Obama Campaign is dead set on lying about Romney and his time at Bain Capital. It seems Team Obama are set on employing the Marxist Maxim that if you repeat a lie enough times, it becomes the truth, which is a lie in and of itself. But when you have punted any pretense of being truthful and honest, as Obama has done, then the little things do not matter, such as being truthful. I hope and pray that the people of this country see through it and withhold their votes for the man.
The Obama campaign’s dishonest attack ads portraying Mitt Romney as a “corporate raider” and a “pioneer” of shipping American jobs overseas have been debunked by multiple independent fact checkers. WaPo called the first such spot “misleading, unfair and untrue,” and FactCheck.org found “no evidence” to support Obama’s allegations. Undeterred by facts and unconstrained by truth, Chicago has produced a second ad on the very same subject, repeating the very same discredited claims. An NBC News affiliate in Florida examined the new spot and reached the same conclusion as the other truth-seeking entities: The ad is “false.”
The end result of hope and change:
Allen West on Hannity:
I really like what Allen West has to say on the economy and especially his enemies. He really doesn’t care what his enemies say about him. He is committed to the truth and doesn’t chase after the false-notion that he has to curb his speech in order to get the left to like him. We need more men like Allen West in politics.
The following video was taken from CPAC 2012. Dinesh D’Souza, president of King’s College, is the main portion of the video. He really helps us understand some of what drives Barack Obama. He says that Obama is an anti-Colonialists, since this is what BHO’s father was. Basically what this means is that Obama wants to reduce America to the Third World Country, since that is what most anti-Colonialists want to do. Looking at his policies, it makes sense.
I’m not a fan of Rick Warren, his church or his methods, but I have to admire him for standing strong in the face of Obama’s encroachment of our Christian beliefs. For those of you who do not know, the Obama administration has mandated that all Christian organizations must provide healthcare to their employees that includes paying for abortions. This mandate violates the conscience of those of us who believe that abortion is murder, and therefore violates the First Amendment. Many Catholics have already started standing up to this tyranny by the Obama Administration, so far, to no avail. The Administration has basically said that we have a year to figure out how to violate our own consciouses so that we can comply with the mandate. Thank you King Obama for such grace in the matter.
Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in California and the man who prayed for Obama at the king’s coronation, has come out in a stand against his majesty. Warren sent the following twitter earlier in the week:
“I’m not a Catholic but I stand in 100% solidarity with my brothers & sisters to practice their belief against govt pressure,” Warren said. “I’d go to jail rather than cave in to a govement mandate that violates what God commands us to do. Would you? Acts 5:29.”
I like his boldness. I like the question that he asks at the end. Are we willing, as Christians, to give up our freedom in order to stand for the innocent of this country, and to stand against they tyranny of our current dictator? Are we willing to lose our access to Facebook, and Angry Birds in order to stand for what we believe in? Are we truly willing to suffer the sake of righteousness?
Sometimes I wonder about our country along these lines, especially the church in our country. The church is dreadfully weak because we have been so focused upon living the good life that we forget that sometimes Christ calls us to the cross before He shares His glory with us. I know that many do not like to think about such things, but it could be that Our LORD is calling us to stand up an fight against such tyrants like Obama, who trample on the Constitution daily, and promote the whole-sale slaughter of innocent children.
We need more men to stand up in face of King Obama and tell him enough is enough. He thinks he is right in telling us that we need to get over our consciences, but he need to get over his tyranny and return to being a president with limited powers. It’s time to tell him that we didn’t elect a dictator or potentate, but a president that cannot do as he pleases.
This may mean we spend time in jail when the tyrant throws a fit. I hope Warren is ready to do so, and many more. It’s time to say enough! “Your tyranny was dealt with once in the 1700s with another king, we will deal with you in the same way.” Otherwise, we should accept the coronation as it was given back in 2008, and go back to playing Angry Birds.
“O Lord, Jesus Christ, may we not fail You in the challenges before us!”
It dawned on me while commenting over at The Bumbling Genius, that we can compare Bush and Obama on the Osama bin Laden assassination. We do have an example of Bush capturing a terrorist leader and how it was handled. Remember, that Bush was in power when Saddam Hussein was captured. Saddam Hussein was capture and was carrying a .45 at the time. Did our troops gun him down? Not at all. They arrested him, handed him over to the Iraqi people, who tried him and hung him.
My point is that had Bush been in office while OBL was captured, he probably would have been arrested and put on trial. We can only assume that Obama allowed the “shoot-to-kill” order to be in place. After all, Obama wants credit for this victory, let’s give it all to him. He gets credit for the “shoot-to-kill” order as well.
The reason I bring this up, is that we know that the press would have been all over Bush had he handled the capturing of OBL in the same manner that Obama did. Once again, the press gives the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave a pass.
In view of the following comment:
I don’t get it… What makes you say Obama is clueless on basic tenets of Christianity? And why do you think he likes Muslins more than he likes Christians like you?
Let’s start with his cluelessness on Christianity. Every thing he does is contrary to God’s word. Here is a short video put out by the Christian Anti-Defamation League.
You can also see reason number 1 here. These first two videos show his misrepresentation of Scripture to meet his needs. A classic tactic of a false prophet/pastor, etc.
And reason number 2 here.
Other evidence or lack of evidence supporting his belief in Christ include the fact that he has not joined a church since his arrival in Washington. This is a real red flag issue because it shows he doesn’t believe he needs to continue in the fellowship of the saints, and under the preaching of God’s word. Any true believer would yearn for the preaching of God’s word, and he seems to think it is not necessary.
Also, the fact that he ignores the National Day of Prayer. Yet, he makes sure to celebrate the first day of Ramadan in the White House. One is clearly a day for Christians, while the other is not. Who is Obama supporting? Not Christians, but Muslims.
Then there is the fact that he slammed Bible-believing Christians during the campaign with his “gun clinging, Bible carrying” remark. Doesn’t look like the fruit of a true believer to me.
Also, just look at the beliefs of his church in Chicago and the former pastor, Jeremiah Wright. I wrote about here and here. He was not a preacher of the gospel, but a typical health & wealth preacher disguised as a theological liberation pastor.
Is there any evidence that he is a believer at all, besides some weak-kneed confession so he could delude a few voters? Jesus made it clear that you could tell a tree by it’s fruit, and Obama isn’t producing fruits of the Spirit at all.
I wish that BHO was a Christian. I wish that he truly would acknowledge those of us who are faithful and call us brothers instead of degrading us. I wish that he would see the need to turn to Christ for all his decisions in life, instead of the political and academic elite. I wish he would admit his need for the preaching of God’s word in his life, instead of just giving Christianity a token nod. No, I don’t expect him to be perfect. But I do expect to seem some true fruits of the Spirit in those who claim the name of Christ. BHO doesn’t do that. He’s too busy placating Islam.
Growing up, my Uncle Bill Harmon used to say that you can tell the greatness of the man by the type of people he surrounds himself with. He was referring to college football coaches. The really great coaches always surrounded themselves with great assistants. I believe there is a lot of truth to that. Your character and who you is revealed in the type of company you keep.
This is why I cannot get away from this article by Michelle Malkin which shows that BHO has aligned himself with AFL/CIO President Richard Trumka. The man is clearly a thug of the first order. He will use violence at the drop of a hat and he is running the largest union in the country. That doesn’t bode well for the unions or BHO. I will admit up front that I am opposed to unions. Yes, you can make the argument that they started out in order to give the workers a better living. That is always the argument put forth in defense of unions. The problem with this is that unions are born out of violence, fear and intimidation. They survive on violence, fear and intimidation and grow using the same tactics. Exactly what biblical principle can we find to support such a tactic? We cannot. Violence is not the way of the gospel and unions are clearly opposed to solid, biblical teaching.
Here is Malkin describing the man BHO has aligned himself with:
The new Obama/AFL-CIO power alliance — underwritten with $40 million in hard-earned worker dues — is a midterm shotgun marriage of Beltway brass knuckles and Big Labor brawn. Trumka warmed up his rhetorical muscles this past week with full-frontal attacks on former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. He indignantly accused her of “getting close to calling for violence” and suggested that her criticism of Tea Party-bashing labor bosses amounted to “terrorizing” workers.
Trumka and Obama will cast Big Labor as an unassailable force for good in American history. But when it comes to terrorizing workers, Trumka knows whereof he speaks.
Meet Eddie York. He was a workingman whose story will never scroll across Obama’s teleprompter. A nonunion contractor who operated heavy equipment, York was shot to death during a strike called by the United Mine Workers 17 years ago. Workmates who tried to come to his rescue were beaten in an ensuing melee. The head of the UMW spearheading the wave of strikes at that time? Richard Trumka. Responding to concerns about violence, he shrugged to the Virginian-Pilot in September 1993: “I’m saying if you strike a match and you put your finger in it, you’re likely to get burned.” Incendiary rhetoric, anyone?
A federal jury convicted one of Trumka’s UMW captains on conspiracy and weapons charges in York’s death. According to the Washington, D.C.-based National Legal and Policy Center, which tracks Big Labor abuse, Trumka’s legal team quickly settled a $27 million wrongful death suit filed by York’s widow just days after a judge admitted evidence in the criminal trial. An investigative report by Reader’s Digest disclosed that Trumka “did not publicly discipline or reprimand a single striker present when York was killed. In fact, all eight were helped out financially by the local.”
In Illinois, Trumka told UMW members to “kick the s**t out of every last” worker who crossed his picket lines, according to the Nashville (Ill.) News. And as the National Right to Work Foundation, the leading anti-forced unionism organization in the country, pointed out, other UMW coalfield strikes resulted in what one judge determined were “violent activities … organized, orchestrated and encouraged by the leadership of this union.”
Trumka washed off the figurative bloodstains and moved up the ranks. As AFL-CIO secretary, he notoriously refused to testify in a sordid 1999 embezzlement trial involving his labor boss brethren at the Teamsters Union. No surprise. Thugs of a feather: Trumka’s violence-promoting record echoes the riotous Teamsters strikes dating back to the 1950s, when the union organized taxicab companies to target workers with gas bombs, bottles and fists.
BHO is once again demonstrating his lack of character in that he aligning himself with the thugs of the AFL/CIO. At every turn he makes, he lacks wisdom and discernment(see the article by Ken Blackwell). He has yet to do anything in the best interest of the country. All his moves and actions have been solely for the purpose of advancing a leftist agenda that is contrary to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. He could not even use the word “victory” in his concession speech earlier this week that the Bush Surge finally paid off in Iraq.
Given also that his administration is on the attack against those who stand for righteousness and upholding the law, we can safely say that BHO has no problems of hanging out with thugs because he is a thug. All the more reason we need to curtail his power in November. By voting for conservative Republicans, we can end his unchecked reign as President. Yes, he will remain in power for 2 more years. But without a boot-licking Congress to follow him around, he will not be able to continue to push forth the tyranny of socialism.
In fact, I read this week that if those conservatives take over the House in November, they will likely follow up their victory by starting to investigate the Obama Administration.
From the Politico:
If President Barack Obama needed any more incentive to go all out for Democrats this fall, here it is: Republicans are planning a wave of committee investigations targeting the White House and Democratic allies if they win back the majority.
Everything from the microscopic — the New Black Panther party — to the massive –- think bailouts — is on the GOP to-do list, according to a half-dozen Republican aides interviewed by POLITICO.
Republican staffers say there won’t be any self-destructive witch hunts, but they clearly are relishing the prospect of extracting information from an administration that touts transparency.
And a handful of aggressive would-be committee chairmen — led by Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Lamar Smith (R-Texas) — are quietly gearing up for a possible season of subpoenas not seen since the Clinton wars of the late 1990s.
Issa would like Obama’s cooperation, says Kurt Bardella, spokesman for the ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. But it’s not essential.
“How acrimonious things get really depend on how willing the administration is in accepting our findings [and] responding to our questions,” adds Bardella, who refers to his boss as “questioner-in-chief.’
That’s feeding anxieties within the West Wing — even if administration officials won’t admit it publicly.
He needs to be investigated. Remember, the Constitution does not give him the power to take over General Motors, to demand we buy health insurance, to demand that we come under the care of Obamacare. Those are not powers granted to him in the Constitution and if those on our side of the aisle regain control of Congress, they will seek to right the ship through investigating the Chief Thug and His operations.
That cannot come soon enough. I know many don’t want to hear the word “investigate.” But given BHO’s friends and policies of thuggery, it’s the best news around in a long time.