I like the following ad for Sen. Mitch McConnell. If the entire Republican Party were this bold, something might actually get done.
I’ve always thought that Hillary screaming “what difference does it make?” really showed her inability to lead. I guess the powers that be also thought that by screaming such a question, they would make the Benghazi tragedy just go away and make it seem like Hillary was only concerned with what is really important. I think she tipped her hand, showing that she and the rest of the Democrats think nothing of a few diplomats getting killed just as long as it doesn’t inhibit their ability to stay in power.
I love Allen West’s forthrightness. We need more men willing to speak up and speak the truth with honesty. Here is Allen West on the recent terror attacks in Boston
OK brothers and sisters in the LORD, Jerry Johnson had done it now. He’s gone too far! He went so far as to say that the First and Second Commandments keep us from paying homage to the First and Second Amendments. In other words, the First and Second Amendment, are in the end, idolatrous.
How dare Jerry do such a thing! Doesn’t he know that the Bill of Rights were carved out of the rock at Mount Vernon? Doesn’t he know that the Constitution is the inspired word of God for America? We are, after all, God’s chosen people for the 21st Century? Doesn’t he know that?
I think Governor Rick Perry nails it concerning Obama’s abuse of power (my words) with these 23 executive orders given today.
“The Vice President’s committee was appointed in response to the tragedy at Newtown, but very few of his recommendations have anything to do with what happened there.
“Guns require a finger to pull the trigger. The sad young man who did that in Newtown was clearly haunted by demons and no gun law could have saved the children in Sandy Hook Elementary from his terror.
“There is evil prowling in the world – it shows up in our movies, video games and online fascinations, and finds its way into vulnerable hearts and minds. As a free people, let us choose what kind of people we will be. Laws, the only redoubt of secularism, will not suffice. Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for help. Above all, let us pray for our children.
“In fact, the piling on by the political left, and their cohorts in the media, to use the massacre of little children to advance a pre-existing political agenda that would not have saved those children, disgusts me, personally. The second amendment to the Constitution is a basic right of free people and cannot be nor will it be abridged by the executive power of this or any other president.“
I hope that more governors will stand up to the abuse of power by the president. We know the Republicans in the house will not do anything since they lack the backbone. Maybe we need to appeal to our governors who have to prove a real backbone given that they work at the state level.
There are days where I realize the greatest disappointments in life are the lives we have here in America. As I look out into our culture and the war that has been waged by those on the left of those things we prize and cherish on the right, it seems hopeless. With the school systems systematically indoctrinating our children to the evils of our very own country, and criticizing the values that made this country great, I don’t see us ever coming back from the cultural cliff we flew off some time ago. I know the big concern is the fiscal cliff before us. But the bigger problem is the cultural and moral cliff we have long since jumped.
Those on the left are making any stand for morality more and more difficult with each passing day. I witnessed this first hand after the gay-marriage debate hit full steam on Facebook and those who saw my stand for morality called me a bigot. It’s not as though my views are actually anything new. But the views of those of us who let the Bible dictate our beliefs are now unacceptable for those in polite company because we stand for that which is right, according to the only place we have for know what is right, the Word of God. It is not that there haven’t always been those who have opposed our views. Naysayers and atheists have always existed. What is so disconcerting is the reality that many who oppose us and our views say that they believe in God and the Bible. It is as if the words of God have become whatever we want to believe, except when it comes to judging between good and bad morality. Those verses in the Bible seem to be the marching orders of those on the left and in the middle. The other verses of the Bible which actually condemn homosexuality and sexual perversion, don’t fit the template.
In fact, I feel one of the reasons that so many have come to champion the cause of homosexuals is two fold: first, they fool themselves into thinking they are taking a moral high road like those who stood in the face of slavery and unjust laws towards blacks. In their minds, they equate the gay-rights movements as if it were the equal-rights movements of the 1960s. I noted on my blog those blacks who strongly disagree with this idea and you can read their own words at The Minority Republican.
The other reason so many are fighting for gay-rights is that they inherently know that homosexuality is a perversion. However, if they can justify the position of those who are gay, then certainly, they can justify their own immorality. This is why the topic of gay marriage always comes up on news shows that have evangelicals on them. The hosts love to bring it up because they know evangelicals stand opposed to homosexuality… well, at least they did.
So what do we do? How do we combat these views that are so contradictory to Scripture?
We could attempt to force our views on others like Islam and others do, but that would not bring about any real change of heart, which is what is necessary.
The only means given to us as Christians: prayer and perseverance in preaching the truth. As Christians, we must persevere in all things and that means standing for the truth. I constantly have to remind myself that my job isn’t to convert the lost or change their views on things. It is my job to proclaim the truth of God’s word. He is the One that must show grace toward the lost, the blind and the spiritually dead. What we need is a miracle like the one that took place on the Day of Pentecost. We need a miracle in which God’s word goes forth and the Spirit uses that word to bring the dead back to life.
This is the hope for our country. New laws, restrictions, instructions, and taxes are not going to change what needs to be changed. All those things will do is enlarge government and give them more power, thereby reducing our freedoms. That is all that government can ever do. The government has no real power to bring about real change in the human heart.
The promise of real hope only comes in the gospel. Yes, so many do not have ears to hear. I believe that is evident given the way the country voted in November. The country likes the promise of more of what the government gives without the responsibility of actually working for those things. But with this comes a loss of freedom. We tend to think that with the additional blessings of what the government is promising us, then we will be happier. But those things only lead to more slavery, since the real problem of slavery comes through the bondage that these things have on our lives. No, real hope is found in the blessing of Christ and Him alone. Only in Him will freedom be found and maintained.
I believe that God is sovereign over all things, including our nation. Given this, I don’t believe is giving us over to blessings. The current president is the one that God placed in the White House for a reason. But I don’t like that reason. I don’t see rosie roads ahead. Not that I can see the future. However knowing the policies that the one in the White House has, this country will not be blessed.
This doesn’t mean that God is turning from those who are in HIM. We have hope because He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. He has promised to bless us, and true blessings are knowing that we are in Him and have eternal live in Him. The blessings He gives us do not necessarily translate into material blessings. Sadly, this is what saddens me the most. This is what disappoints me the most and shows just how much my heart loves this world. My love, our love needs to be for Him and Him alone. I imagine by the time my LORD calls me home, I trust that He will have worked in my heart enough for me to come to a point of pure hatred for this world we live in. Not hatred for hatred sake, but hatred compared to the love we are to have for Him. He really is the only goodness in the world. I know this. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Perhaps another reason for the long haul of sanctification known in this life, while we wait for the life to come…
I never intended for this to be this long. But… I can’t seem to end it…
I like what Governor Mike Huckabee said in response to the shootings in Connecticut. It has drawn a lot of heat, but that is because he is spot on.
Huckabee’s Fox show monologue:
I’ve said some controversial things from time to time, but none which prompted such a backlash as when I stated that the horrific shooting in CT of school children and teachers couldn’t be blamed on God because we’ve systematically marginalized God out of our culture by removing Him from all aspects of the public square.
The vicious attacks that have resulted, most of all of which are based on total ignorance of what I actually said have actually validated my point, but I’m quite certain that was not the intent of both the professional and amateur critics who have demanded everything from my being banned from ever speaking in public again, or wished me a slow and painful death. On that alone, I wish to acknowledge that the left has again shown that it defines tolerance and diversity as being tolerant only of that with which it agrees, and diverse only to include slight shades of the orthodoxy of liberalism to which they adhere.
They abhor censorship of their own profanity, obscenities, or graphic violence, but are the first to demand that a voice that invokes the name of God to be silenced. A specific act of violence is rarely the result of a specific single act of a culture that prompts it. In other words, I would never say that simply taking prayer and Bible reading from our institutions or silencing Christmas carols is the direct cause of a mass murder. That would be ludicrous and simplistic.
But the cause and effect we see in the dramatic changes of what our children are capable of is a part of a cultural shift from a God-centered culture to a self-centered culture.
We have glorified uninhibited self-expression and individualism and are shocked that we have a generation of loners. We have insisted on a society where everyone gets a trophy and no one loses and act surprised that so many kids lack self-esteem and feel like losers. We dismiss the notion of natural law and the notion that there are moral absolutes and seemed amazed when some kids make it their own morality to kill innocent children.
We diminish and even hold in contempt the natural family of a father and mother creating and then responsibly raising the next generation and then express dismay that kids feel no real connection to their families or even the concept of a family. We scoff at the need for mothers and fathers to make it their priority to train their children to be strong in spirit and soul and responsible for right and wrong and exalt instead the virtue of having things and providing expensive toys, games, and electronics that substitute for parenting and then don’t understand why our kids would rather have ear buds dangling from their ears, fingers attaching to a smart phone, and face attached to a computer screen than to have an extended conversation with their family at dinner.
And we don’t teach them there is a Creator God who sets immutable rules, a God who is knowable, and to whom we are ultimately responsible. Instead we teach that God was not involved in our origins, that our very lives are biological happenstances and in fact are disposable should they be inconvenient to us, and that any outrageous behaviors are not sin, but disorders for which we should be excused and accommodated.
I realize my viewpoint sounds out-dated and archaic, but when that world view was the foundation of our nation’s social contract, we got in trouble at school for talking in class, chewing gum, pulling a girl’s pigtails, or slouching in our school desks. We took guns to school, to be sure, but they were in the gun racks of our trucks and we used them to hunt before and after school. It never occurred to us to use them to murder our teachers and fellow students. So yes, I can stand the contempt and criticism of the left. I’ll gladly accept their scorn as they substitute creative language with a steady stream of profanity-laced tirades that I’m an idiot, a throwback to the past, and a person who should be forever silenced. But when we as a nation feared God, we didn’t fear that a 20 year old with a high powered rifle would gun down our children in their schoolrooms.
The nation continues to struggle with the tragedy in Newtown, CT, yesterday and there are a lot of people asking questions. But very few have hit on the problem.
Those on the left think that somehow by manufacturing more laws, problems like this can be prevented. In fact, the left would like nothing more than to remove guns from society if possible. We know the problem with this. In a society that could not rid itself of cocaine after a billion dollars were spent in the war against drugs, we cannot rid ourselves of guns either. In fact, the end result would be that more innocent people would helpless in such situations because only criminals would have guns.
The right wants to make sure we keep our right to guns. This is a double-edged sword. On the one hand it is our freedom to have guns and we have the right and freedom to resort to using guns if necessary. The other edge is that we will continue to live in a society where those like Adam Lanza don’t have to buy any guns, but can find them when they want to.
Those of us on the right are even pointing to issues like our violent society and how we stand by and let it continue on unabated. Lawrence Auster at View From the Right has an excellent piece at his blog sight entitled Our False Innocence, Our Real Guilt. He points out that it is our violent society that leads to such instances of violence and stains all of our hands with guilt. While we are not directly guilty, we are guilty to a point.
Our society has also destroyed norms in taking a non-judgmental and libertarian position on mentally disturbed and dangerous people who once would have been isolated from society. It would be unfair and oppressive to institutionalize the mentally ill, so we let them move about at liberty where ultimately many of them commit violent crimes.
But no one notices our systematic normalization of the normless. People seem to think that because they themselves are not bothered or harmed by this normless world of violence and madness, no one will be harmed by it. But not everyone is equally stable. Some people are more vulnerable to messages of rampant lust, savage violence, and murder than others. They need a sane and well ordered society to remain well-ordered themselves. But our society hurls everyone into moral chaos and assumes everyone will be ok, because, after all, if you don’t like perverted and violent messages in the surrounding society, you’re free to ignore them, right? Isn’t that what every libertarian and “freedom”-loving conservative like Rush Limbaugh says?
While our society manufacturers suicidal false guilt, such as the guilt of whites for their fictional racism against blacks, it ignores its own actual guilt in having built a continent-sized Sodom where anything goes. Yet as soon as something bad happens, the Sodomites—meaning the residents of Sodom—cry, “But we thought our town was safe!” Amazing. Mass murders have of course previously occurred in “safe” towns. Yet each time another mass murder takes place in another “safe” town, everyone is shocked and rushes to tie pink ribbons on trees and hold prayer-and-therapy vigils and hug each other—symbols of their own invulnerable and utterly false sense of innocence.
I understand exactly what he is saying. We are all complicit in our acceptance of violence. For instance, last night I took one of the members of my church to see The Hobbit. I was really looking forward to it and hoped that I would be able to take my two boys, 5 and 7, to see it as well. But I cannot. While the book by J.R.R. Tolkien was written for a younger audience, Peter Jackson’s adaptation is far too violent for such young minds. It’s far too violent for the culture at large. We hide this fact by saying things like, “Jackson is just bringing realism to the story.” I thought one of the purposes of reading fiction was to escape the realism of our world, and yet we pay $8.50 to watch orcs and goblins get their heads cut off because it is realism.
No one protests the violence because we all like it. This is closer to the truth of the problem than anyone wants to admit. We like violence because we are violent. Removing violent video games and movies will not reduce the violence in our culture. Violence, war and murder are found in all cultures, regardless of the technological advancement of those culture. So video games and movies are not the problem, just symptoms of the problem.
The problem is the same as it has always been, it is the human heart. Baba Lucy wrote this in my comments section of yesterday’s post:
People who want to kill will kill no matter what. Guns are not the problem. Hearts are the problem. Hearts must be changed by JESUS or a person can do anything. I pray that people realize that killing a child is like killing a baby- It is LIFE and our country is choosing death over life. We as a country are doing what is right in our own eyes instead of GOD’s and things will only get worse.
Seems quite simple, yet she bases her statements on Biblical truth. It is the same problem mankind has had since the first massacre recorded in Genesis 4, in which Cain wiped out 25 percent of the population. It is the problem of a wicked heart. Listen to the Prophet Jeremiah:
“The heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?
10 I, the Lord, search the heart,
I test the mind,
Even to give every man according to his ways,
According to the fruit of his doings.
God is not only showing us grace by showing us our fallen nature, He is warning us of the consequences if we do not turn to Him. He is giving us and the culture we live in over to our ways. Do we like violence in our movies? Then our culture will be saturated with it. Do we like adultery in the television shows we watch? Then our marriages will be saturated with it. Do we like the ways of the world? Then our churches will become worldly. In fact, I would have to say that our churches have succumbed to our infatuation with entertainment, to the point that our worship is no longer that which worships a holy and just God, but worships our desires for the right kind of experience. But that is another post.
The point is that our hearts are desperately wicked. The LORD has shown us the root cause for all our problems. Only when we turnt to Him will there be any hope of cultures that reflect true peace, a peace not brought on by the additional laws of fallen mankind, but by the redemption of fallen people by Jesus Christ.
But alas, our world and the church, doesn’t want to hear this. We want Congress to “do” something to make everything OK. We fool ourselves into thinking that with the stroke of a pen, our Congress and President can make the world a safer place, as if the laws already on the books were not enough. Congress cannot help because they do not have the power to do so. Remember, Cain murdered Abel without an AK-47. There were no assault rifles in his day. I guess Congress could fix that too by banning assault rocks. But they still cannot address the human heart.
Only the gospel of Christ can do that. Only by the preaching of God’s word, with all its hard passages, can the Spirit work in order to redeem people. Just know however that mankind doesn’t want this either. Remember the words of our LORD in John 3:18ff, that men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.
When it comes right down to it, we are dependent upon God’s grace. Yesterday, He chose for His reasons to remove that grace from the elementary school in Newtown, CT. Now the masses are sitting in judgment of His goodness, never stopping to consider that it is His grace that keeps any elementary school safe. It is His grace and through His ways that culture works at all. If we truly want a safe world to live in, then we need to turn to Him. Only then will the real problem of the human heart be dealt with. He knows our hearts. He knows our problems and our struggles. Without Him, we can do nothing in this situation other than ask pointless questions. Only in Him will we find the answer to the real problem. The real problem is not guns, but the heart. The real answer to this is the gospel of Jesus Christ, not more laws. Laws were never intended to change the heart, only through the gospel can that happen. To the world that asks “why?” this is foolishness. But it is the only real answer to the questions.
I know all the theology and partials answers to the questions of “why” such a tragedy took place in Connecticut this morning. But even given those truths, it is still absolutely heart breaking.
When I really looked at the pictures of the children being led out, I saw a boy who was Andrew’s age that even looked like Andrew. That is when it hit me just how horrible this entire shooting is. I know it’s about to be politicized by those on the left for more strict gun laws. Shame on them. The first response should be to pray to the living and true God to comfort those going through all of this. After all, more gun laws still would not have stopped this. People intent on taking the life of children ignore man’s laws.
In Isaiah’s day, while the Assyrians armies were approaching, the people of Israel had fallen so low spiritually speaking that to seek God’s help instead of seeking foreign aid seemed liked a conspiracy to them. The prophet warned them not to seek foreign assistance even though he was accused of conspiracy against the theocracy. What Isaiah was telling the people was that they should not have feared the approaching armies, but the LORD Himself.
Isaiah told the people:
“Do not say, ‘A conspiracy,’
Concerning all that this people call a conspiracy,
Nor be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.
13 The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow;
Let Him be your fear,
And let Him be your dread.
14 He will be as a sanctuary,
But a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense
To both the houses of Israel,
As a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
We suffer from the same spiritual blindness today. We should not say: “conspiracy” when it comes to our elections or our country. There may be conspiracies and voter fraud. But God is the one who raises up rulers and disposes of them at will. He is the One who placed the president in the White House. He is the One who placed the stumbling block in front of the people so they could not see what was best. He has His reasons for doing so.
I’m not sure what those reasons are, but I have a clue. As one friend pointed out to me yesterday, had Romney won the election, we as Christians might have been too tempted to look to him for the solutions to the problems in this country, and not the LORD. After all, it was the hope of many of us on the right that Romney would fix “it,” whatever the collective “it” was and is. Romney is not the fixer of “it.”
The LORD is. He is the One that brings peace. He is the One that provides wisdom. For far too long we have been trusting in our own strength and abilities to fix things and we are seeing the results of this today.
Just one anecdotal example: the Bush years. Remember that George W. had both houses of congress and did absolutely nothing to fix the problem of abortion. They didn’t even make an attempt to limit it. In fact, they were so busy trying to out Democrat, Democrats that… well, you were there and remember the results.
Congress is not going to fix the problem of abortion. Neither is the Supreme Court. Neither will they fix the problem of Obamacare, or immigration, or higher fuel costs, or high unemployment. If we want the blessings of all those things being turned around we must turn to the only One who can bring about those blessings.
The same was true in Isaiah’s day. The prophet said: The LORD of hosts, Him you shall hallow; let Him by your fear, and let Him be your dread. Of course, the people all cried out: “conspiracy!” “Turn to the LORD for our help? What is He going to do?”
We hear the same complaints today. But unless His people are willing to turn to Him, nothing will change. The foolishness that is our government will only continue to spread and grow until the Assyrians are at our door ready to remove our government for us, and give a new and more oppressive one.