The First Nazi Holocaust

Many people do not know that the first victims of the Nazi Holocaust were not the Jews (which started primarily in 1942) but the mentally and physically handicapped. It started with the decision to kill physically deformed newborns and small children in 1939. A group of “experts” were formed, operating under the name of “Reich Committee for the Scientific Registration of Major Genetic and Congenital Suffering” to put together a child “euthanasia program. It only took a few months for the child “euthanasia” program to be expanded into a comprehensive program for murdering audit patients at medical institutions. A bureaucratic apparatus was built up known as the “Reich Working Association of Hospitals and Care Facilities” to disguise the true nature of the program. Patients were transferred to killing centers by the “Charitable Patient Transport PLC.” From the start of the operation until August 1941, 70,000 sick and disabled people were murdered in gas chambers disguised as showering facilities.

Over the course of the spring and summer of 1941, within the midst of World War II, rumors about the mass murder of hospital patients had continued to spread and created significant unease within the German public. On August 3, in a sermon, Bishop of Munster, Count Clemens August von Galen, publicly condemned the killings of thousands of innocent people in these programs. He stated that, if accepted, it would give the government the right to kill any “unproductive” fellow human beings including the incurably sick, invalids, and all who become old, weak or unproductive. The sermon created a stir among the German people as the text of it was illegally disseminated both inside and outside of Germany. Three weeks later Hitler ordered a halt to the systematic “euthanasia” operations, although the Nazis continued to murder medically handicapped persons with medicine in secret with the total number of deaths reaching around 200,000.

Sadly, von Galen refused to speak out against the persecution of the Jews he saw around him due to their rejection of Christianity and supported the Nazis in general due to his long-time nationalist sympathies. Even so, he was put under house arrest by the Nazis until the end of the war with plans by the Nazis to kill him after successful completion of the war (they felt he was too popular with the people to do it beforehand).

Despite his moral failings, his denunciation of the “euthanasia” program, shining light on the murder of innocents, caused the German people to object to this policy sufficient for the Nazi’s to pull back on the program. This reminds us of our responsibility to speak out against the murder of innocent babies in the womb right up to and beyond the date of death. Oh for more Christians in America to get up in the pulpit and elsewhere and loudly and clearly present these abortions as the wickedness they are – especially the late term abortions. It may well be more tolerable in the Day of Judgement for the German people living during the Nazi time than it is for the American people living during this time if we do not advocate strongly for elimination of wickednesses in our country such as abortion.

Nashville in the News

Recently, Ben Shapiro announced that he was moving his business from Los Angeles to Nashville. His motivation was that California had become a “cesspool”, with inadequate security, declining public sanitation, excessive taxes, and failing leadership. He indicated that Nashville was a place of where he could raise his children in safety. Nashville was the location of the last Presidential debate just a week earlier which may cause one to consider its political history.

Nashville is synonymous with Tennessee, a state deeply red with a Republican state legislature and Governor. Consequently, most people across the nation may assume Nashville is Republican, but it is not. When the great migration of conservative southern Democrats moved to vote for republican presidents, they stayed loyal to their seemingly less partisan local city Democrat politicians. Moreover, the term “Blue Dog Democrat” refers to those who will vote for Satan as long as he is a Democrat. Nashville has maintained a Democrat in its US House of Representatives seat forever. This was partly due to the powerful Democrat political machine created over the preceding one hundred years, which populate the city municipal working ranks, schools, police and public institutions.

As the Democrat party moved left, so did Nashville’s Democratic leadership. It even began to resent the “hillbilly” label that came with the home of Country Music. Nashville’s elite Democrats longed for the respect they believed they were due, and were envious of Atlanta with its modern liberal image. The state was growing more politically conservative, and just beyond Nashville’s city limits, Brentwood and Franklin were listed among the top ten highest per capita counties in the nation. Country music had successfully walked the tight rope toward pop music and was booming. It was not until Barack Obama’s first term that the true colors of the Nashville Democrat machine began to fly high again. Obama visited Nashville several times and commented, “I like Nashville.” The Democrat machine chose a woman for mayor just before Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for president. The liberal congressional representative proudly announced support for all things liberal; Obamacare, open borders, gun control, dutifully following directions from the Democrat council on high. The first female mayor of Nashville resigned in a scandal of embezzlement and fraud before her term was completed, and like Hillary she didn’t serve any jail time. During this time the Dixie Chicks ended their career, deciding to go to Europe and trash fundamental American values.

There are plenty of Liberals, perhaps Socialists in Nashville, more come everyday escaping New York and California’s high taxes, crime and liberal mismanagement. It’s good to have hard working, responsible, law abiding, people in our community irrespective of their political beliefs. Similarly, Ben Shapiro would be a very welcome addition. Nashville remains a blue city amid a crimson state. Even the recently elected mayor appears less flamboyantly liberal, but like the “Deep State” in Federal government, it is unlikely that the Nashville Democrat machine will wave a flag of surrender anytime soon.

The Dallas Statement

The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel (or the Dallas Statement) is a statement of faith, drafted in the summer of 2018 in Dallas, TX by a group of evangelicals led by John MacArthur, in response to how certain evangelicals have drifted away from the Christian Gospel towards a social gospel, the latter being some conglomeration of Critical Race Theory, Cultural Marxism, and Rauschenbuschism (a socialist view of Christianity that desired to produce an utopia kingdom of God on earth). The Statement was a long overdue strike against the false racist Critical Race Theory and other false doctrines that have found their way into the Church. Critical Race Theory is the theory that the law and legal institutions are inherently racist and that race itself, instead of being biologically grounded and natural, is a socially constructed concept that is used by white people to further their economic and political interests at the expense of people of color. It maintains that existing power structures are based on white privilege and white supremacy, which perpetuates the marginalization of people of color. In essence, if you are white you are inherently racist and always will be, which is a thoroughly racist viewpoint.

The Dallas Statement is a series of affirmations and denials with supporting verses which include the following points:

1. The Bible is the final authority for truth and socially-constructed standards of truth or morality, and notions of virtue and vice that are constantly in flux cannot result in authentic justice.

2. No person is morally culpable for another person’s sin and one’s ethnicity does not establish necessary connection to any particular sin.

3. Political or social activism should not be viewed as integral components of the gospel or primary to the mission of the church.

4. God created mankind either male or female and this is determined biologically at conception and not subject to change. The curse of sin results in sinful, disordered affections that manifest in some people as same-sex attraction. God’s design for marriage is that one woman and one man live in one-flesh, covenantal, sexual relationship until separated by death. There is no such thing as a “gay Christian” as a legitimate biblical category.

5. God created mankind, both male and female, with inherent biological and personal distinctions between them. Though there is no difference between men and women before God’s law or as recipients of his saving grace, God has designed men and women with distinct traits and to fulfill distinct roles. In marriage the husband is to lead, love, and safeguard his wife and the wife is to respect and be submissive to her husband in all things lawful. In the church, qualified men alone are to lead as pastors/elders/bishops and preach to and teach the whole congregation.

6. All races are ontological equals before God. Any teaching that encourages racial groups to view themselves as privileged oppressors or entitled victims of oppression is wrong. A person’s feelings of offense or oppression does not necessarily prove that someone else is guilty of sinful behaviors, oppression, or prejudice.

7. Some cultures operate on assumptions that are inherently better than those of other cultures, because of biblical truths that inform those worldviews that have produced these distinct assumptions. Having said that, the various cultures out of which all have been called have features that are worldly and sinful and those sinful features should be repudiated. No individuals or sub-groups in any culture are unable, by God’s grace, to rise above whatever moral defects or spiritual deficiencies have been engendered or encouraged by their respective cultures.

8. Racism is a sin rooted in pride and malice which must be condemned and renounced by all who would honor the image of God in all people. All cultures, including our own, at times contain laws and systems that foster racist attitudes and policies. Individuals of any particular ethnic group are capable of racism.

Hooray for John MacArthur and the others who came up with this wonderful statement of faith that addresses the sins of racism, homosexuality, transgenderism, placing on some false responsibility for others sins, placing social activism above the gospel, and women leading and teaching men in the church. In this day when many churches are straying away from the Truth it is encouraging to see that 7,000 have still not bowed to Baal (I Kings 19:18), actually almost 15,000 at last count have signed the Statement.

A Higher Force

Mick Jones explained, “I always worked late at night, when everybody left and the phone stopped ringing. ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’ came up at three in the morning sometime in 1984. I don’t know where it came from. I consider it a gift that was sent through me. I think there was something bigger than me behind it. I’d say it was probably written entirely by a higher force.” He is describing the hit song by Foreigner. The lyrics are quite good and encouraging. The rock music sound may appeal to a narrower group, but the yearning vocals are outstanding and perfectly convey every humans intrinsic desire, need, and longing for love.

The lyrics actually seem to be a conversation with this Higher Power, from whom love comes and is sought with confidence? It starts with a serious contemplation described as “thinking between the lines”, which is actually quieting the soul and preparing an open heart. Next, the reality of life’s burden, hardness and pain seem to draw us toward the light and hope of Love’s goodness? Then the critical posture is found in humility with the realization that there is “no where to hide” and love first reaches out to find us. The chorus is the crescendo of an earnest request, the anticipation of a favorable answer and unspoken, but assured peace. This love is received as a free gift as faith and hope are expressed in confessing, “I know you can…”. These are all critical elements in the interpersonal relationship with the Most High, accepting that which is needed most on His terms with humility and open receptivity. In the proper frame of mind it is intercession and worship. Is there any doubt that love makes itself known? For those who know the love of God in Yeshua, and its depths the song may end as a single tear forms in your eye and a peaceful thanks swells in your heart.

I  Want To Know What Love Is

I’ve gotta take a little time,
A little time to think things over.
I better read between the lines,
In case I need it when I’m older.

Now this mountain I must climb –
Feels like the world upon my shoulders.
But through the clouds I see love shine –
It keeps me warm as life grows colder.

In my life there’s been heartache and pain;
I don’t know if I can face it again.
Can’t stop now, I’ve traveled so far
To change this lonely life…

I wanna know what love is.
I want you to show me.
I wanna feel what love is.
I know you can show me.

I’m gonna take a little time,
A little time to look around me.
I’ve got nowhere left to hide –
It looks like love has finally found me.

Shelby Bottoms Greenway

This is a bike trail in Nashville, Tennessee. We were there recently and parked at Two Rivers park across from the Grand Ole Opry house and Opry Mills shopping center. We crossed the Cumberland river on a very nice walking bridge with nice views of the river and city. We continued after a steep winding decline as the path follows the river toward downtown. This was not our first ride on the trail and I remembered the early years when it was first constructed among a vast pasture land next to the river. Due to flooding this valuable property could not be developed, but the grasslands were mowed for hay or pasture. After the city acquired the land many hiking and bike trails were created, along with a nature center that eventually connected miles of bike paths running from downtown to Percy Priest lake, Opryland, and Ingelwood, where the old Cornelia Fort airport is located.

The main trail along the river has grown up with scrub trees like Box Elder, Sycamore, Cedar, Bradford Pair and an occasional Mimosa, Pine or Elm. However, these trees are smothered by every invasive plant you can imagine, Japanese lilac, Privet Hedge, Briars, Vines, and Honeysuckle so close they form a wall of thickets on the side that was once a vast grassland. On the river bank side there remains old growth native plants like Cane and trees such as Maple, Oak, Walnut, Hickory, Ash and Hackberry, but these also must compete with the invasive species.

The compete bike trails are paved and the hiking trails are well maintained and mowed. However, it appears that the park management is either ignorant of long range thinking or has fallen prey to the ineptitude of political correctness, by letting “nature” do as it will. While it is true that an established forest will replant itself quite efficiently, the same is not true today with respect to establishing forest lands. This is a perfect illustration of neglect and acquiescence to invasive species that will never yield a valuable and desirable native habitat. Moreover, unrestrained overpopulation of Whitetail deer wreak havoc on native saplings, but ignore the invasive plants listed above.

It may be that the city did not want to spend the money to properly prepare and effect a forest plan, so it has become an overgrown weed patch. The State of Tennessee has foresters in every county and many tree nurseries to help create and manage private and public forest lands. It seems unlikely that State resources could not have been made available to help Nashville, but more likely that urban socialists who run inner-city matters have brought their ineptitude and failings to city park management.

Still, it is a nice bike path and well worth the money required to construct and maintain it. Rental bikes are  available in Two Rivers park and there were several families enjoying a walk, stroll or bike ride as were we. The great flood of 2010 ruined and closed Cornelia Fort Airport, but the Greenway connects to it so you can ride on the runways and read about its interesting history. There is also a bird observation structure in an area that is still maintained and likely is a decent place to watch birds. Many towns and cities have greenways and I encourage you to take time and enjoy a bike ride or walk as you are able. Include the whole family as it’s great exercise and a good time to talk with each other, and unless you’re a tree lover like me, you want notice the differences between the various plants.

Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood

Well over 50 million babies have been killed through abortion in the United States since the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision. Many of these abortions are now performed by Planned Parenthood, an organization formed by Margaret Sanger. Her early days saw her as the publisher of the liberal newspaper, “The Women Rebel”, which boasted the slogan, “No Gods!, No Masters!” The premier issue denounced marriage as a “degenerate institution,” capitalism as “indecent exploitation,” and sexual modesty as “obscene prudery.” In issues to follow, she published articles on sexual liberation, social revolution, contraception, and two articles that defended political assassinations.

Sanger was a leading advocate of the eugenics movement, specifically of negative eugenics, which promoted the reduction of sexual reproduction and sterilization of people with undesired traits or economic conditions. She became an admirer of the Nazi’s “race purification” program which performed euthanasia, sterilization, abortion, and infanticide. She wrote books praising the cause of eugenics calling for “eradication of human weeds” and coercive sterilization of “generically inferior races.” Although she had the common racist views of her times her motive did not appear to be elimination of certain racist groups but rather an elimination of “undesirables” wherever they were found. For example, Sanger preferred intelligent, middle class African Americans to illiterate, low class whites.

After the war, Sanger started an organization that eventually became “Planned Parenthood”. In the beginning, the organization was primarily formed to advocate for birth control and sterilization, especially among “undesirable” groups such as “morons, mental defectives, epileptics, illiterates, paupers, unemployables, criminals, prostitutes, and dope fiends” to quote Ms Sanger. To her credit, Sanger was opposed to abortion calling it a “shameful crime” and wanted to cull the “undesirables” through birth control instead. Planned Parenthood begin advocating for abortion law reform around 1955 and only began providing abortions after Sanger’s death – after the Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973 as a natural extension of its mission to limit births of “undesirables”, many of which are simply babies not desired by their Mothers.

Planned Parenthood is now the largest single provider of abortions in the country and hundreds of thousands of innocent babies are murdered in the womb each year by this organization. We need to pray for these innocent babies in the womb that God would sear the conscious of our nation and that our leaders would change the laws to protect them and quit funding this wicked organization that also now sells aborted baby parts. There is some hope as several states have passed laws to roll back unlimited abortions if our courts will only rule in their favor. Also, we need to pray for our church leaders that they will preach against these wicked abortions so we can turn from this national sin and avoid the judgement of God.

The Kiss of Death

After pushback from the LGBTQ community the Hallmark Channel has apologized and vowed to reinstate a handful of previously removed LGBTQ-friendly wedding ads on its platform, including a lesbian couple kissing.  Hallmark’s leaders initially decided to remove the ads after the conservative activist group One Million Moms, which represents a sizable chunk of the network’s target demographic, launched a petition denouncing the commercials as inappropriate for a family-friendly channel because of its promotion of homosexuality.  Ironically, the Hallmark Channel styles itself as “The Heart of Christmas” while promoting a lifestyle that is offensive to Christianity.

It is a shame to see our country continue to devolve into increasing immorality.  The LGBTQ community desires to force their unnatural lifestyle into the forefront of our daily lives at every turn.  Even many churches have become afraid to speak out against these immoral lifestyles due to the fear of being seen as having a lack of love.  The lack of pointing out the immorality of these lifestyles actually shows a lack of love as the LGBTQ community needs to hear the clear teaching of the Word of God to save them from eternal torment in Hell.  We should always approach them in love but not be hesitant to present the Word to them fully.

In case there is any doubt about the clear teaching of Scripture against homosexuality some verses are:

“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” Leviticus 18:22.

“For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions.  For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.” Romans 1:26.

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” I Corinthians 6:9-10.

“Knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.” I Timothy 1:9-10.

“And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day; just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.” Jude 6-7.

Those that commit the unnatural and unholy act of sodomy (homosexuality) will not inherit the kingdom of God (Heaven) but rather be judged with eternal fire in Hell, if they do not repent.  The Bible is clear on that and this is very sobering.  We, as Christians, have a duty to show love to the LGBTQ community by presenting the wonderful Gospel message that God can forgive their sins and give them eternal life if they would only repent and turn from their sin.  In the meantime, Christians should refrain from watching programs that support the LGBTQ lifestyle to promote removal of all of the advocacy and acceptance we can of this wicked lifestyle.

The Greatest Whine

I saw a little of a TV show regarding Hank Aaron, baseball’s career home run record holder until Barry Bonds passed his total in 2007.  It was describing Aaron’s team, the Atlanta Braves, during the period as he was closing in on the record of 714 homeruns long held by Babe Ruth. Images of a nearly empty stadium were said to illustrate the public’s disinterest, perhaps snubbing of Henry Aaron’s eminent breach of the longstanding homerun record.  Then without any uncertainty a woman asserted that white people were opposed to Aaron, a black man, breaking the preeminent homerun record.  They offered at least one letter purportedly sent to Aaron expressing such sentiments.   At this point I could see that this was not a documentary or sports show, but rather a media fiction of the socialist political agenda.

I was still a baseball fan in 1974 and my best friend was a Braves and Hank Aaron fanatic.  This media accusation of baseball, the Atlanta Braves, and all white people of discrimination and injustice, perhaps a measure of abuse against Hank Aaron is absolutely ludicrous.  There were and are a few racists in America, some are white and some are black, but common sense alone indicates that Aaron had been cranking out 30+ home runs with the Braves for a number of years.  Baseball is a team game and the Braves did not have a good team, although they had at least one star in Aaron. The team was not supported by large crowds because they usually lost and were not a good team.  Nevertheless, Hank Aaron eclipsed Ruth’s record and the news media made a big deal about it at the time.  I recall Aaron being interviewed and applauded for his achievement.  Yet, Aaron was not a showman, nor a popular personality, he seemed to expect his new record alone would entitle him to public adoration.  I recall one interview where he appeared arrogant in his expectations.  Aaron did not become a baseball commentator or TV personality or a popular ambassador of baseball.  It was obvious that he had no capability for these activities, irrespective of any interest he may have had therein. Nevertheless he had the record at the time, it was undisputed, so why would he pretend to be a victim.  Even though there was racial bigotry and Aaron had been exposed to it during his career, we all suffer injustice of one sort or another, he prevailed.  Forty-five years later this fictional complaint and false charge of white racism is flaunted to advance a political agenda and utilize the liberal socialists favorite tool of racial victimization.   However, baseball is only a game where players can earn high salaries, but their records and fame do not pay cash dividends, without some collateral effort.

My friend who nearly idolized Hank Aaron, went to a game, entered the Braves locker room and found Hank Aaron, sitting in a chair smoking a cigarette.  My friend shared with me, how Aaron glared at him, cursed vulgarly and ordered, “get out of here”.  My friend was still just a kid and his hero had fallen from his pedestal.  He still honored Aaron’s achievement, but having seen the man in person he realized that there is far more to the worth or measure of a man than his achievements as compared to others, particularly those pertaining to a mere game.

Great men achieve noteworthy things in spite of the obstacles and adversaries alined against them.  Winners don’t whine and complain about the circumstances; they won after all.  I think this is the most pathetic whining I have ever heard about a sports figure.  Hopefully, Hank Aaron had nothing to do with this show.  Todays fake media hype reminds us to question everything we see on TV, in the biased media, and to remember that the qualities of honesty, humility, lovingkindness and unselfishness are character qualities that mark the greatness of people, rather than fame or athletic ability.  I think Dr. Martin Luther King expressed it as well as anyone, saying we should be judged by “the content of our character”.

Fatherhood

In the 1950’s there was a TV show entitled, “Father Knows Best”.  It was about a family who’s children encountered various trials in their path toward adulthood and how this father was able to guide, advise, nurture, and/or assist his children on their journey.  It is a show about family values from the perspective of a middle class American family.  I’m surprised that it’s reruns are still shown and have a very respectable 7.5 rating on IMDB.

Baby boomers still apparently appreciate this classic view of the family as it deals with relationships that were enshrined in the American middle class.  I can not believe Generation Z or the liberal social architects attempting to influence society today even acknowledge the concept of family values.  Gender confusion, enshrining feminism, a maternal focus, political incorrectness of all things masculine, and attacks upon the traditional family in the media and liberal political discourse have sought to destroy and counter the historical preeminence of fatherhood.  The results can be seen in the breakdown of the black family and its vast abandonment of traditional fatherhood.  It is not necessary to get sidetracked by argument over the causes, blame, extent, or racism associated with this observation.  It is simply a fact evidencing the devastating impact of the absence of fathers from the family unit.  It is not limited to black families and where black fathers have stood against the forces of their demise, they stand as a beacon for all to see.  All men from every ethnicity who have stood firm for their families against the siege of humanistic post modernism are worthy of great honor and an essential voice in the public debate over America’s future.

Fatherhood is the anchor of the family which in turn is the brick in the foundation of society.  The health of a nation can be measured by the stability of the family unit and fathers are most responsible for providing, protecting, and prospering families.  Fatherhood has virtually nothing to do with siring children, but rather, raising children to be responsible, committed parents themselves.  My own son is such an example, though he had made many mistakes and was himself burdened by the insufferable weight of addiction he choose to give his son a name, home, heritage, and father who is present.

It would have been most easy to look or run away; to deny responsibility, avoid the commitment of time, effort, love and emotion that come with a child.  Nevertheless, he chose to love the innocent and helpless and embrace the denial of self. In such dire circumstances as these I stood beside him and marveled at his courage.  I was proud of him and his decision because it was right and just to follow through and become a real father in every sense, beyond biological.

Our most critical need in America today is a commitment and support of fatherhood.  That is not in any way a denigration of motherhood, both are necessary.  However, many of our leaders and voices have abandoned the men who are the backbone of a healthy society, instead they take actions to burden, isolate, condemn, and confuse the men who should take up the banner of fatherhood and join in building up our nation.  The voices of evil desire to kill innocent babies in the womb, and if they are unable then to deny a most essential figure to a successful prosperous future – a father.  They portray men and fathers as drones who are a burden and nonessential after they have mated with the queen.  It is true in the beehive but not among a free people under God.

There are few lessons that can be taught regarding fatherhood as it is not instruction in a skill.  Having a good father is a great blessing but it does not guarantee success in the next generation.  In every generation men must turn to God for there is no other source for spiritual equipping.  It takes an anointing to become the father that children need.  Wisdom is required and all the knowledge in the world will be useless to the one who cannot apply it to the needs and situation at hand.  Fatherhood in its highest application transcends the physical and rational analysis.  It is not in words or provisions that children secure the most essential qualities of a father but in his embrace, approval, correction, and/or acceptance, the esoteric communication that is genuine and unconditional.

Fatherhood Interview

The following is an interview of the editor on the subject of fatherhood.:         

Question: This is a topic contrary to political correctness, some might say that it is irrelevant in today’s society which champions all things feminine, single parenthood, gay parenting, and generally ignores the role of fathers.  Yet, statistics stands out:

– 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (US Dept. Of Health/Census), 5 times the average.

– 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes, 32 times the average.

– 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes, 20 times the average.  (Center for Disease Control)

– 80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes 14 times the average.  (Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26)

– 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes, 9 times the average.  (National Principals Association Report).

How important is fatherhood to the fabric of any society?

Reply: It is very important to have both a mother and a father.  Whereas mothers play an indispensable role in nurturing a child, protecting it and always being its foremost advocate, one primary role of a father is making sure a child is encouraged to stand on his/her own and accepts responsibilities for their actions.  While a mother can participate in this also it is my experience that mothers are loth to see their children step out into anything where they might fail or get hurt in some way.  Failures are the building blocks of success and a father has a unique role to play here.  It is not that a father wants to see his child hurt or fail but should desire to encourage them to step out when they come of age, to fly if you will, and grab the destiny that God has for them.  Fathers also can sometimes discipline more easily than mothers for the same reason and this is something that is needed to properly develop a child.  Without fathers we would have more fearful/timid children with less confidence to assume their role in the world.  Having said that, there are many examples of single mothers raising fine children as God tends to take over as Father and gives compensations as discussed below.

Question:  No father is perfect, some are very poor examples, but what is your experience and belief regarding the biblical model of fatherhood?

Reply:  To mirror our father God, even though imperfectly.  A father should have a sacrificial love for his child, provide for them, spend quality time with them and, most importantly, see that they are brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).  If a son/daughter rebells a Father should not enable them by constantly bailing them out of their problems but allow their circumstances to bring them back as with the Prodigal Son.  Likewise, a son/daughter should always know they can come home with forgiveness extended no matter what they might have done.

Question:  What has caused this erosion of fatherhood in the families of American society?  Are men alone to blame for abandoning or failing their children?

Reply:  Each man that fails his family has the blame.  They are alone responsible for their actions and will answer to God (I Timothy 5:8).  The increased feminization of our times has caused women to assert roles in the home and elsewhere that are not biblical.  The man is the head of the family, although he should act in that role in a sacrificial way, and he should take the lead in instructing the children as discussed above.

Question:  What would you say to those who have had bad fathers or none at all?

Reply:  I have often noticed how someone with a bad father or mother or spouse or other difficult situation will have God give compensations to them.  In other words, those who are given less in the way of parent or spouse often are given other unique blessings.  I know of one situation where a wife had a very difficult husband, although not physically abusive.  She does not believe in divorce for any reason and has stayed with him in a long unhappy marriage.   I have always noticed a supernatural contentedness in this person, so much so that I have often commented to my wife how impressed I am with her contentment compared to other people.  This is God giving supernatural contentment as after all he is the only source of true contentment.  In regard to difficult fathers, I believe a son/daughter can actually benefit from the fathers failings as it teaches them how not to act while at the same time they can benefit from the same fathers strengths.  No father is all good and very few are all bad.   You will be a better father yourself from this lesson and you can wait for the compensations sent from God to make it easier to bear.  For those without a father, I would say in the same vein that God is a father to the fatherless (Psalm 68:5) and what better father can you have.  In the meantime, love your Mother and watch after her as she may have a hard road without a Father.  God is in control.  If you submit your life to Him you will have a fruitful life.

Question:  What does the Bible say about the importance of fatherhood?  What encouragement can you offer to fathers as they struggle in a society that demeans, criticizes, and accuses their role as leader of the family.

Reply:  As discussed above a Father should take the lead in training up a child in the way he/she should go (Proverbs 22:6) and be a rock the children can rely on for support, counsel, love and security.   They are the head of the home and primarily responsible for the direction the children take in life – at least their start.   In regard to encouragement, I would say to be strong in the Lord, stand up and assert your God given role and do not consider what the world has to say about it (Joshua 1:9).  A Father answers to God for his actions as all do and not to the world, so the worlds opinion is of no concern to a Christian.

Question:  What is necessary to address this issue in the congregation of believers and society at large?

Reply:  Simply for our pastors and teachers to preach the Word of God including a fathers role in the home and family.  Nothing else matters really.  Only Gods Word can change hearts and the world will always be opposed to the Truth.   But be of good cheer, Christ has overcome the world. John 16:33.   

Respect

I ran across a few articles on how women can unintentionally disrespect their husbands.  It’s important to everyone, butmen interpret respect as love, which has broader implications.  The first article was very clearly based on scripture, the second made no reference to scripture or its underlying principles.  Both had lists of actions that demonstrate or communicate disrespect.  This was one list:

– Implying he is not intelligent/capable/competent

– Implying he is not enough for you sexually

– Implying he is not providing enough for you financially

– Implying that you are superior to him morally/spiritually

– Displaying contempt for who he is as a man not accepting him as he is (I am not saying you must respect sin, but that you respect him as a person and as your husband)

– Telling him what to do/bossing him

– Questioning him a lot

– Criticizing his family

– Taking control of the marriage/family and not allowing him to fulfill his God-given leadership position

– Making fun of him, putting him down, insulting him, criticizing him, belittling him, especially to others

– Body language that communicates contempt/hatred/judgment

– Implying that you respect another man more than you respect him

– Implying he is not a good father

– Undermining his authority as a father.

This list is quite exhaustive, I can’t imagine one person doing many of these regularly, but in such a situation it would be evidence of severe contempt.

One author addressed women who are dismissive.  “Sometimes though, a dismissive woman is more subtle.  She wont tell her partner shes dismissing his need or preference; shell simply ignore it.  Or shell become unavailable physically, sexually, or emotionally.  Why is this ‘bad’?  When a woman unilaterally dismisses her partners need or preference, her husband feels rejected, unloved and unimportant.  He may not say it, but he feels it.  Plain and simple, it hurts.”  This could fall into the unintended category, if one spouse regularly expected to have their preferences always followed.  It reminds me of a once popular saying, “Happy wife, happy life”, which could become a one-way street leading to dismissive attitudes.

This was a conclusion from a non-Christian perspective.

“Keeping a relationship together in todays world requires a man to actually know how to deepen the love, respect and attraction that a woman feels for him over time.  If he cant do that, the relationship will almost always fall apart eventually (or very quickly).”  I considered this a strange approach – the man is responsible for engendering the woman’s respect for him, therefore, it is his fault if she is disrespectful.  This is contrary to scripture, “wives are to respect their husbands.”  It doesn’t include the condition – if they deserve it.  The Bible gives similar instruction to men, to love their wife, without condition.

Another article had a shorter list of actions that are disrespectful:

1. Interrupt him

2. Not including him in decisions

3. Throwing him under the bus in public and/or demeaning him in front of others

4. Halfhearted engagement in conversations

5. Marginalize anything that stresses him out or bothers him

6. Holding a grudge

7. Using sex as a weapon/Ignoring intimacy

8. Expecting him to fulfill you

It is recognized that these acts of disrespect can also be done by men to their wife.  Over a period of time these behaviors do far more than communicate disrespect, they destroy one’s confidence and ability to feel loved.  No one is perfect or always right in every opinion or decision, and a fault-finder will exude disrespect in every situation.  In a worst case scenario effective communication will cease altogether, leaving only contempt toward each other, but at that point it will certainly not be unintentional.  In healthy relationships unintended behaviors can be corrected with love and respect restored.  We can not fix ourselves or others.  We need God to restore, deliver and heal us; fortunately that is exactly what he promises for all who come to him.

Racism Eliminated

It seems there is more talk today regarding ethnic division than ever, principally between Blacks and other ethnicities. Considering that slavery was abolished in 1865, Affirmative Action was started by an executive order in 1961, the civil rights act was enacted in 1964 eliminating segregation, what remains and how long will it take?  Why is the rhetoric continuing to increase as though slavery still exists?  Is there a profit to be made through the malcontent of continuing protest?  Just recently in South Africa, properties owned by Whites were taken over by the Black controlled government. In Congress reparations to decendents of former slaves are being discussed, although President Lincoln made actual offers after the civil war.  Is this current debate really a disquised attempt by some people to secure power and money, rather than equality that clearly exists under current law and has for fifty years?

When specific incidents are hyped and recharacterized in the media and used by politicians to garner influence, is it right? Is rioting by destructive thieving mobs protected behavior under the law and Constitution?

There are far more poor Whites than any other ethnicity and this has been true even during the years when slavery was legal and civil rights were not equally permitted.  What guarantees of equality exists for other ethnic groups?  Analysis of ethnic dispersion compared to representation in many areas of employment have resulted in a quota system effected by the courts.  Are racial quotas fair or just, considering they are not laws passed by Congress?  Recently, in the Federal Government the greatest number of Equal Employment Opportunity complaints were being filed by white men, who were experiencing discrimination on the basis of Race, Gender, and Age.  Affirmative Action is an ethnic preference, approved discrimination, to make up for inequalities in the past, but for how long will it continue?

It is not uncommon for those who hope to gain power or wealth to attack and vilify the so called “Rich”.  For many years New England state politicians have been taxing the Rich as a means of furthering their power through class envy and in retaliation against the “injustice” of wealthy people.  Is this simply a political power grab by those who actually support socialism?  Has socialism ever worked for the betterment of any society?  The former USSR and China are not considered desirable places to emulate.  The only benefactors are those in power, who preside through tyranny and oppression of freedom for the people.

There is a society where Racism is eliminated.  It is not accomplished through law.  It does not guarantee equality of individual outcome or position in society.  It is not regulated by an invasive police force or through arbitrary court rulings. It comes down as a gift and mercy from above, rather than contrived by flawed men.  It is described in scripture, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God…Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.” (Colossians 3: 1, 11).

As free and blessed as America is or has been, it is not so by virtue of a righteous and benevolent government, but by a government by, for and of the people, under the grace, mercy, and authority of God Almighty.  Our freedoms and responsibilities do not originate, nor are provided, nor guaranteed by government.  “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams.   “The only foundation for . . . a republic is to be laid in Religion.  Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.”–Benjamin Rush (signer to the Constitution)

May God look with mercy upon this nation and deliver us from ethnic, social and political divisions.  Lord Yeshua, save us from secular humanism, socialism, fascism and all their forms that lead to tyranny, misery, captivity and hate.  Thank you for your Kingdom were racism and ethnic division is eliminated.

Most People

Most people are environmentalists, they don’t pollute the land, water or air, nor do they think others should.  These same people are kind to animals and would never think of starving or abusing their pets, or even a stray.  The vast majority of people have compassion for the poor and those who have lost their way falling into addiction or made wrong decisions that led them to homelessness.  They may not know how best to help these various individuals, but they support those who do.  Most people are respectful toward the elderly and are courteous to women and patient with children.  Though the crying baby or the slow driving old person may try our nerves we understand that the very young and very old are doing the best they can.  Most people are honest, they almost always tell the truth and they would not think of deliberately robbing or cheating another person.  They were taught these lessons through the years by their parents, teachers, family, and friends.  They want others to be honest and trustworthy to them, so that is how they most often behave.  Most people are friendly to others.  They greet people they meet along their way and they wave at children and groups of tourist as they pass.  They consider a small act of kindness, courtesy, or a simple smile to be a good investment that always pays a dividend.

These are just a few of the really good characteristics of most people who live in America. Even though there are some bad apples in the bunch and though they are rotten and worthless, they are very few.  Still, they get too much attention from a few bad people who control the news and sell sorrow and fear to make their living.  When we open our eyes, get out of the traffic, and reach out to those around us, we see people just like us, the salt of the earth.  Even, perhaps especially, in times of disaster we see people helping needy people.  A vast majority of Americans believe in a Creator God, as they see a world of complexity and design that testifies to the supernatural and spiritual realm, just a breath and heartbeat away from us all.  Most people admire and are grateful for the first responders and protectors who safeguard all of us from the very few who seek to steal, kill, and destroy.  Most people are tolerant and fair towards others who may look different or believe different things than they do.  An overwhelming majority of people are not bigots or racists or hateful toward others, even if they may disagree with their politics, religion or social values.  The vocal militant few who accuse others in order to bring division and foment hate are the liars, who are following a selfish, racist, bigoted agenda for evil purposes.

Yes, we all have made mistakes, bad choices, said and done things we regret. We all have stood in need of forgiveness and almost all have forgiven others from time to time.  This is how we know each other and why we can move forward together.  This is why we are Americans and remain grateful to be in the land of the free and home of the brave.  Take encouragement from the truth of your neighbor and turn off the lies spewed by the wicked evil media who claim a humanistic self-righteousness that is totally fake.

Division

At the height of the cold war, school children regularly practiced getting under their desks at the sound of a loud siren, designating a nuclear attack from the USSR, our bitter enemy. The threat was real and tensions high. As a small child my hope was that the bomb would hit right on us, so I would be spared the ensuing devastation. Many in our country today are locked in a similar struggle of ideas, not with an evil foreign regime, but with their fellow Americans.

The enemy uses division as a means of destruction. America is a combination of vastly different perspectives. The northeast is populated by self-righteous people, that value education, intellectual achievement, communal empowerment, and citizen participation in government as a shield against tyranny. They are comfortable with government regulation. Their associates in the neighbouring regions and west coast have a highly commercial “materialistic” approach with a profound tolerance for ethnic and religious diversity and an unflinching commitment to the freedom of inquiry and conscience. Rounding out those of this mindset are predesessors of these who maintain humanistic self-expression and exploration traits.

A counter culture exists in the South and Mid-west that values personal sovereignty and individual liberty and is intensely suspicious of aristocrats and social engineers. These people oppose the influence of federal government into private lives. This group has a very rigid social structure and fights against government regulation that threatens individual liberty. Others in the nation are leery of government control and regulation, but have differing expressions of individual freedoms, the value of hard work, and self sufficiency.

The lines are drawn most clearly over government control versus private individualism. There seems to be very little middle ground between the perspectives of government control and its influence. A growing division is also centered in religious belief, not necessarily tolerance of different beliefs, but whether such beliefs can coexist with agnostic and atheists views. Anti-religious sentiment is growing and it brings a greater divide between the aforementioned groups. The self-righteous materialistic group welcomes agnostic/atheistic humanism, while the group that values individual freedom, accepts the Humanist as another religion with Mankind as its God, yet staunchly defends their generally deistic beliefs.

The cold war of ideas has escalated tensions, through investigation, outrageous assertions, infiltration, propaganda, breakdown in communication, with weapons locked on target. A failed coup was just uncovered and legal controlling authority is strained to a breaking point. All the while the enemy presses his advantage of division, fanning distinctions in ethnicity, gender, ancestral history, and a myriad of social and cultural distinctions.

There is no common ground, except where we individually recognize our own flawed human nature; how prone we are to evil, and the void of any true goodness apart from external truths contained in our founding documents and the Bible. “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3: 16).

It is up to believers to breach the chasm and restore the foundation upon which this nation is founded, not by conceding truth or with capitulation, but by the Spirit, supplication (prayer), and love for those who treat us as enemies. In addition, for my part, I will turn away for the angst the enemy stirs up toward others. I will recognize my own failure to be “good”, and I will be slow to abhor the sins of others, while minimizing my own. It was a universal saying, America will never fall to an outside aggressor, but from within. Lord, Yeshua have mercy on us.

From One Racist to Another

For 18 years the New York Yankees have been playing Kate Smith’s version of “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch.  They have recently banned the song due to her singing some purported racially insensitive songs 80 years ago.  The hockey team, Philadelphia Flyers, have done the same and even covered a statute of Ms Smith that has stood in front of their arena since 1987.  The songs apparently had racist stereotypes of the time in the same view as “Aunt Jemima”.  Many of the offending songs were sung as satire and not meant to be overtly racist with some even sung along with African-American artists.

Kate Smith’s family is heartbroken over the team’s distancing from her.  Her niece, who helped take care of Ms Smith before she died, stated that the family was “saddened that a woman who has been dead for almost 35 years would be attacked in this way.  Aunt Kathryn really did not see color.  She didn’t see a person’s color.  She was very in tune with a person’s character.”

The ironic thing is that the New York Yankees have a racist past themselves.  They long refused to sign black baseball players due to their racism.  They only signed Elston Howard in 1955, eight years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier.  The delay by the Yankees to integrate had led to everything from editorials to picket lines, all of which had been ignored by the Yankee’s top brass.  They were one of the last Major League teams to integrate.  Yankees general manager George Weiss reportedly said in 1952 that having a black ballplayer would draw undesirables to the Stadium as it would offend certain fans to have to sit next to a (insert N word here).

As a long-time Yankee fan I am sickened by their attack on Ms Smith.  It is certainly unclear if Ms Smith was actually racist but certainly the biblical mantra “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone” is appropriate here.  If we discard every person, team, organization or statute that has a sinful past of any kind associated with them there will be none left.  Ms Smith’s version of God Bless America is iconic and one of the great traditional, religious, patriotic songs that our country has produced.  

If only we had more Kate Smith’s singing “God Bless America” and less self-righteous organizations like the New York Yankees, with overtly racist pasts shaming others for the same things they did, we would be a better country.  If Kate Smith should not be heard due to her past, the New York Yankees should not be allowed to field a baseball team due to their past.  If only we could leave Ms Smith to rest In peace and instead throw a big cover over the entire Yankee organization to hide its shame from all.  The Yankees need to get the log out of their eye so they can see better to get the speck out of other’s eyes. Matthew 7:5.

Public Forum and Free Speech

Are the electronic platforms of Twitter, Facebook, Google and Apple, public forums? Free speech is protected in the public forum, not in private locations. The public square, parks, and sidewalks are places of public fora. Yet, in our society public speaking is largely conducted via audio, video, and electronic means through television, radio and ever-expanding digital formats. Is the Internet a public arena or a completely private sphere created and operated by private individuals? Email is private, but are broadcast messages, blogs, opinion journals, tweets, and comments posted for the entire digital world on various platforms public speech?

Disputes over the abuse of private information and censored speech by the large internet platform providers mentioned earlier resulted in congressional hearings questioning the necessity of government oversight or regulation. A few large corporations control the various network platforms. The officers or owners of these corporations program their political and social bias into these networks in order to promote their own values, ideas, and political agenda, which is lawful, but they go further by censoring dissent. Much of it is done in secret with algorithms that block distribution while appearing to be broadcast. More flagrant censorship happens when an “offenders” account is blocked or terminated.

The Supreme Court is reviewing the case Manhattan Community Access Corporation v. Halleck, that could have a bearing on these issues and what constitutes a public forum. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the District Courts decision that the community cable network was a private concern, rather than a “state actor”. This ruling conflicted with decisions in the 6th Circuit and DC circuit, thus guidance from the Supreme Court is required.

Free speech is protected from censoring in a public forum. The Cato institute filed a friend of the court brief explaining that first amendment protections apply only to the state. “…when it comes to the First Amendment. Allowing the state unfettered power to interfere with the flow of speech in the marketplace of ideas would allow the state to alter discourse and consequently interfere with the search for truth. The First Amendment therefore prevents the state from restricting who may speak and what they can say. This risk of abuse of power is absent, though, when a private person is speaking or—as relevant here—

deciding who may use its property to speak. Allowing lawsuits that challenge the editorial decisions of private persons who promote speech via their private property would unduly and unnecessarily stifle the free flow of speech in the marketplace of ideas.”

Historically, this is all true and pertinent, however, in our digital age of monopolized electronic public forums, the abuse of power is perpetuated not by the State, but by a very few Internet barons, who are actively restricting who may speak, what may be said, and who may use their property (if in-fact they own the infrastructure) to speak. Moreover, these self-appointed censors are not interested in promoting speech, but rather preserving their bias. Censorship is not editorial activity when it is applied to further a political purpose and agenda as we see today.

Unfortunately, the issues we face today can not be resolved by merely concluding that the monopoly of electronic platforms are public forums. To do so requires entanglement with the state, which the founders and constitution deem the entity from whom protection is necessary. Public speech is being censored by a few private individuals who control vast electronic forums. Political and religious speech is being censored, rather than, threats, vulgarity, indecency, or other acknowledged inappropriate speech. When the only source for securing one’s right comes from the very entity most likely to deny it, we are left in a paradox without recourse. It will be interesting to see how the Court clarifies these issues in our digital age and whether the right questions will be addressed. If my hope and faith were not in God alone, I might be worried that the Supreme Court is like a seventeenth century physician whose patient has a severely infected wound. After a brief physical examination the doctor recommends blood-letting and application of a dung poultice.

Protected Class

I was reading a Wikipedia biography of Pat Robertson that contained a section on Controversies and Criticisms, listing all manner of so-called controversial topics and criticisms, (are these criticisms of Robertson or subjects of his critique). The tone of this section is highly negative of Robertson, as it promotes a biased premise seated in political correctness and Ad Hominem statements, (which means, attacking a characteristic or belief of the person making the argument or claim, rather than by addressing the substance of the argument or producing evidence against the claim).

When did the liberal definition of “politically correct” become defacto truth – never. The Supreme Court in 2003 did not sanction homosexuality by demanding public approval and acceptance, but narrowly as a private matter between two adult individuals in a private dwelling. Moreover, the dissenting opinion noted that there is “no general right of privacy” or relevant liberty in the Constitution. Nevertheless, contrary to constitutional authority, the Court legalized private acts of homosexuality and subsequently in 2018 granted legal unions between same-sex persons, but it has not granted a preferential or favored status to such behavior, as media supports and militants seek.

Therefore, to express a religiously based opinion recognized throughout human history, that homosexual and incestuous behavior is detestable is not controversial. The constitution clearly protects religious practice and expression, while it offers no right of privacy or freedom of sexual perversion. It is the militant left and homosexual activists who are controversial. Expression of religious tolerance is not to be confused with license or acceptance, thus dissent is protected free speech regarding such behavior and is acceptable, reasonable, and legal in every respect. Controversial are two Court rulings for which there is no basis and the militants who can not be satisfied with freedom, but demand subservience.

The protected classes under E.E.O. laws are founded in physical God-given characteristics and religious freedom, (disability and age discrimination are governed by separate legislation, although commonly grouped with the whole). Even though the Federal government permits administrative E.E.O. complaint procedures for ‘sexual preference’, there is no law that gives a preference to LGBTQ claims and they are founded in chosen behavior. The psychiatric community of professionals still recognizes homosexuality as a mental disorder and no physical or biological gene causes homosexuality. Controversy is generated by those who promote lascivious lifestyles and their accomplices in the liberal media who have an agenda to divide and remake America in their image.

The concept of a Protected Class has been further distorted, radicalized, and used by militants who use the courts and media to secure favor and priority to certain groups. The law never granted or intended to grant a preferential class, but classes which should be protected from illegal discrimination. The Federal Government instituted a policy of “Affirmative Action” with respect to racial discrimination in order to make up for historical racial discrimination. It provided that where all candidates for a job were equally qualified, a precedence should be given to black candidates if there was a disparity in racial representation within a geographic area. This was not law but was upheld in the courts and measured by quotas based on racial percentages within the geographic area. This policy is not supported by any legislation, merely policy, executive orders and some court cases that accepted as evidence of disparate treatment analysis of the general population in a given area, thus suggesting that each race should be accorded a quota.

Once again the courts created judicial law governing behavior that exceeded its authority under the constitution. Other groups have since attempted to secure protected class status and assume a preferential state like that of Affirmative Action.  Militant activist and the liberal media claim preference and special recognition for every “victim” group. They contrive and structure scenarios to form a basis for legal court action in order to further their self interests. EEO laws should be the guardian of equality for all, rather than a device granting preference in support of bias.

Spirit Undiminished

I said to my daughter-in-law regarding her baby, “She really loves her Mommy.”  Of course and her Mommy loves her as much or more, but there is something deep in these bonds of love.  I have said for years, when I see a new-born smile as they sleep that they are recalling their delight in the presence of the angels.  In their spirit, that doesn’t age and begins with all its trust hope and love, undiminished by life’s difficulty, there is still a connection with the presence of Spirit beings.  “See that you do not despise one of these little ones.  For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 18: 10).  So, I see in the eyes of infants the memory and continuing care of angels assigned as guardians of this precious eternal spirit.

The accomplished evangelist, Billy Graham, compared the existence of God with a mother’s love, though unprovable by scientific research, yet certain and real to every human being.  This is the bond of love filled with trust and adoration. What a mother feels for her baby, connected physically for nine months, delivered through pain with joy that a longing, so innate, purposeful, ordained and intrinsic is fulfilled in birth.  A supreme gift of God to women.

My wife, a nurse, has little patience for men who speak of childbirth, knowing that something so amazing, profound, and godly can scarcely be fully understood by those who observe it only.  Still, we may pass on that which has been revealed to us as messengers and witnesses of God’s love.  No one disputes the innocence of an infant, though some may only see a loud, inconvenient, eating, sleeping, pooping baby, but I see a Spirit unbiased by ego, rationalization, hatred, greed, lies, or lust.  A Spirit that has not been overwritten by memory or crowded out by desires, plans, cares and deception.  A pure Spirit that has come from God and which will return to God after the body returns to the dust.  A Spirit still capable of connecting with the Creator and source of all love and life.

Is it any wonder that the enemy of humanity and God Almighty would seek foremost to kill this most innocent and valuable work of God, within the womb of its mother.  All wars and natural disasters together have not killed as many humans as abortion in these last days.  However, God is Sovereign and He will triumphant over every enemy.  “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations.  He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets.  A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.  In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth.  In his teaching the islands will put their hope.” (Isaiah 42: 1-4).  “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.  But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell.  Yes, I tell you, fear him.” (Luke 12: 4-5).

Social Justice

This term has different meanings to different people, particularly among Christians.  Generally, in the media and public forum it refers to justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.  In this context, it has little or nothing to do with the teachings of the Bible.  The Bible is not directed toward government, but individuals.  The distribution of wealth is a concept of communism and socialism, governments that forcefully take money from some and give it to others.  This is not a biblical idea and Yeshua never taught that government should care for the poor, but rather, individuals and collectively the church is to give to help the poor freely and not under compulsion.  Yeshua did not oppose the ruling Roman government, but He did condemn individuals who were hypocritical, self-promoting, and corrupt.  When the Jewish leaders asked Yeshua whether taxes should be paid to the Roman occupation, He replied, give to Caesar what is Caesars and to God what is God’s.  Robbing the so-called rich by way of Government in order to give to the poor is Robin Hood’s idea, not God’s.

Yeshua was clear that God cares for the poor and downtrodden and desires us to give help to them.  When Judas objected to Mary using her own expensive oil to anoint Yeshua, He defended her against Judas who was a thief and cared nothing about the poor. (John 12: 3-8).  The Bible teaches justice, not a man-made concept, but of righteous impartial justice.  “Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.” (Leviticus 19: 15). “Learn to do right; seek justice.  Defend the oppressed.  Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” (Isaiah 1: 17).  Some would interpret this as sanctioning political and social protest for women rights and all the other so-called victim groups that have been fabricated today.  No, this was directed to a nation of evil, godless, guilty people who had “spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on Him.” (Isaiah 1:4).

The godless hypocrites of today desire to assuage their guilt and pretend to be compassionate and good by usurping government power to unjustly extort money and give it to their political supporters while calling it “Social Justice” – distributing wealth, opportunity and privilege.  In an American free society citizens work for their wealth, opportunity, and privilege, rather than have it granted by the royalty, socialist committee, dictator or emperor.  This is the very kind of evil favoritism and corruption Yeshua spoke out against.  Beware of those who speak of defending and helping the poor with money that is not their own.  Judas did this, was a thief, and betrayed the Son of God for money.  Scripture says, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor. 9: 6-7).

Truth of Life Here

There is a central theme in the “Walking Dead” TV series that is consistently true in society today –  Everything and everybody is trying to survive.  We take steps to maintain our life among the many things that threaten us.  However, this is only a perception or notion that makes sense in a fantasy world full of Zombies.  In the real world created by and for God’s will and purpose everyone is born or adopted into some kind of family.  Some infants die of illness, many are killed in their mother’s womb, but all are helpless for years and years.  Nevertheless our family, whether natural, extended, or adopted, cares for us.

Moreover, God sustains all life on earth.  Even as hard and harsh as it can be in certain areas, people survive because of God’s provision.  Historically, it was known as Providence, the unseen hand of God at work.  This word was commonly accepted and well established until recently with the rise of humanism, political correctness, science myth, and ignorance which have gained influence over the popular media stage.  We are told that the current generation is the most intelligent, advanced, and superior; old things, ways, and people are inferior and are to be discarded, like an old analog TV.

The wisest man ever to live said, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.  Is there anything of which one can say, ‘Look!  This is something new’?  It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.   No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them.” (Ecclesiastes 1: 9-11).  This does not mean that cell phones or TV once existed, these are only means of communication, but many methods of communication have existed in ages past.  Trains, planes and cars are new means of transportation, but various methods of transportation existed in the past.  Quicker, easier, more efficient means of communication and travel do not constitute a unique thing?  The same is true of all gadgets in our day, they save time and in some cases physical effort, but the tasks involved were accomplished before the gadgets were invented.  It may be that writing on paper was a greater leap for communication than electronic means.  Electronic formats get outdated quickly, who can even read a diskette, and deteriorate rapidly, while writing on paper has endured thousands of years, (consider the dead sea scrolls).  Todays technology feeds the myth of “New” with its inherent deceit, that it is always better.  Yeshua said, “Watch out!  Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” (Luke 12: 15).

I’m not suggesting we go back or freeze innovation, as some religious groups have done, but important truths should be preserved because they are essential to a sound future.  First, materialism, humanism, consumerism, leisure time, and technology do not provide a foundation for a healthy society, but rather, by family, Godly values, diligent meaningful work, individual character, respect, tolerance, love, mercy, equal justice for all, and faith in the one true God.  Our ancestors established these principles through great endeavor, sacrifice, struggle, and faithful pursuit of and submission to God. Humanism and its destructive influence on education has blinded rising generations to basic truth.  For example, many students are uncertain as to the meaning of gender, and marriage has been redefined after thousands of years.

We must reaffirm the truths and values for which our ancestors bled and died, otherwise, we will become like Pontius Pilate, who said to Yeshua, Messiah, “What is truth.”  It’s not too late, everyone is crying out, on some level, for relationship, substance, meaning, and purpose.  These are found in the search for the Living God, Creator of the universe.  “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.  God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him.” (Acts 17: 26-27, see also Heb. 11: 6).

Bully

We typically think of a bully as someone who unjustly mistreats weaker people.  Most of us have encountered a bully somewhere along life’s pathway.  I realized two groups of bullies in today’s society that may be obscure.  First, bullies in community sports.  These are teams of bullies who are very good at their chosen sport, but they claim they are a weak team and get in a weak grouping or league.  They get on the field or court and thrash their opponent with ease and delight.  These bullies have a pathetically low self-esteem and are willing to lie in order to crush weaker teams to make themselves look big. Second, online video gamers do the same thing when they become expert in a particular game.  They hang out in online games, so they can kill weak players just as they respawn over and over again.  There are other realms of bully activity outside the school playground and many never grow out of this bully behavior.

In both these examples we see people who have no self-respect, no sense of fairness, and no true respect for competition.  In sports one gets better through competition, overcoming a challenging, even better opponent.  A bully is a coward which is often demonstrated when the weaker person fights back. Bullies want to win at any cost and purely for selfish reasons.  They don’t know that true victory means giving ones best performance, irrespective of the score.  A true competitor strives to improve and perform their best, not merely win.  To play poorly and win is repugnant to a true athlete.  The bully can’t compete with equals, because they are cowards and true losers.  Imagine a professional golfer going out to a local course and beating amateur occasional golfers.  They would be considered a deviant and the worst sort of person.

The answer is not as some sissy parents do by structuring leagues where no score is kept or giving every player the same trophy.  This eliminates competition, which is not the problem.  Competition is good, and thrives where opponents are well matched.  The old adage is right, “It is not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game that counts.”  Those who outlaw bullying are control freak nannies who likely know nothing about competitive endeavor.  All they do is counterintuitive to building character through athletic challenge.  Teach your children to love a challenge, don’t try to protect them from losing, but urge them to compete, do their best, and always strive to overcome.  Don’t fret over a bully, avoid them like the plague and punch back, if necessary.

The Nazis Among Us

Many people since World War II have questioned how Hitler could have carried out the holocaust.  How could the nation that produced Luther and had a long christian history have so willingly aided Hitler, including the professing church in most cases.  The answer is the fallen nature of man and the inherent wickedness that resides therein.  It is true of all people, including American people.  It may lie latent for a time and be restrained by a strong national christian witness but it is always there waiting to rear its ugly head when the christian witness diminishes, the pulpit does not respond with the true Word of God, and a fear of God is lost.

We see this wickedness in the late-term abortion bills signed in New York and considered in Virginia recently.  This effectively removes all restrictions on abortion allowing it up to the date of birth and beyond.  The Democratic Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, who strongly supported the measure and which has been tabled due to the backlash, described a situation where a baby could be resuscitated after a failed abortion attempt and then kept alive until the doctor and parents could decide whether to kill it or not.  This is murder by any standard of morality north of the pit of Hell.  The  idea that this could not only be discussed in America but a similar bill signed into law in New York shows the Nazi like mentality among many in America.  With little fear of God, amazingly about half of the Democrats still support Governor Northam and only 25 percent actually disapprove of him.

We should not be totally surprised at these heinous activities as late-term abortions have been legal and ongoing for many years and there has been no strong protest from more than a relatively small minority of people in America.  Although some have stood up against this wickedness, including those associated with the March For Life, there has been relatively little outcry from the pulpits or from many christians against this infanticide in the same way the German people looked the other way during the holocaust.  Today, America is primarily exceptional only for its wickedness, which is the way of all people who abandon God.

We need to pray that God protects these unborn babies and brings repentance to America.  We need to pray that our pastors and other church leaders have courage, regularly preach against this wickedness from the pulpit and mobilize christians and others to protest.  If we do not, America will be judged and destroyed the same as Nazi Germany.  God is merciful and longsuffering, giving time to repent, but He is not mocked and we will sow what we reap.

 

 

 

Men Created Equal

These famous words from the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America were written by Thomas Jefferson.  John Adams and others certainly had significant influence in its creation, but his choice of words stand upon a greater premise of the hand of Providence at work.  I watched part of Ken Burns film, “Thomas Jefferson”, wherein these words within the larger phrase beginning, “We bear these truths to be self-evident…” were repeated over and over and contrasted against Jefferson’s personal life, most particularly as a slave owner.  First Burns, through the mouths of various “historians”, says his life as a slave owner was a contradiction to the belief that all men are created equal, then describes it closer to hypocrisy and finally, after pointing out that Jefferson had drafted and sponsored over thirty bills in the Virginia legislature that would have done away with slavery, concludes he was too weak to act personally by freeing his own slaves. This characterization is very subtlety done in the film and in such a way as to ignore alternatives that might lead to other interpretations.  Yes, slavery is abhorrent, but is the topic linked directly to the proposition that all men are created equal as Burns suggests?

Do all men remain equal today, once born, following their own choices, and in light of God’s providence?  Isn’t the variety and diversity of culture, individual characteristics, and preference a virtue as to the whole of the human race?  Does God’s creative action compel the conclusion that all men will remain equal as Burn’s posits?  No, this declaration is about freedom and liberty from tyranny, despotism, and injustice by Government.  By parsing the phrases some might suggest that these words actually support the ideal that all people should remain equal, that the government should be the arbitrator and dispenser of education, healthcare, status, wealth, and whatever may be necessary to maintain equality among people.  This would appear to eliminate poverty; oppression of the poor by the rich, inequality between all the six or so genders recognized by some today; and sharing of the nation’s wealth among all.

Yeshua said, “You will always have the poor among you.” (John 12: 8).  Yet, He was always an advocate for the poor and gave away all He had to them, advising others to do likewise.  What is the cause of poverty: catastrophic events, circumstances, bad choices, bad behavior, poor education, innate character flaws, laziness, thieves, etc.  Inevitably there are distinctions among people and only a great fool would think these are subject to the control of man and only a wicked man would think they are subject to the control of government.  History has yet to finish the great experiment that is a representative republic by the people and for the people, but complete socialism has been shown to be an utter disaster full of tyranny, oppression, injustice, neediness, and captivity.  Many historians agree that the American experience is unique, not in its objective of liberty or goal for equality of justice for all, but by a people who subjected their will and government to the Creator God.

Alignment under God’s authority is a foundation of security.  Daniel, the Hebrew prophet saw it very clearly.  “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven.  He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence.  He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him.  His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.” (Dan. 7: 13-14, see also Eph. 1: 18-23).

John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”  When humanists lay hold of our founding documents they only can pervert them, revise history, and separate the clear overriding importance of “one nation under God”.  As believers in God we maintain their right to free speech and offer tolerance, because the light of truth will reveal the folly of their aims, and in God’s abundant overflowing mercy they may yet come to faith.

 

Hypocrisy Redefined

I noticed an article with an astonishing title/accusation against the Vice President, charging he and his wife of moral hypocrisy.  I looked for the source and noted that it was from a discredited fascist source.  However, what was the basis for this accusation?  The writer stated that Mrs. Pence taught art at a private christian school that did not condone sexual perversion and required each student to agree to follow biblical teaching and principles for marriage.  The author’s conclusion followed that working for such an institution was morally contrary to LGBTQ beliefs, and thus morally hypocritical. If one does not believe in the fascist-humanist way, they are immoral.

The truth is that Biblical Christianity is contrary to sexual perversion in its various forms.  “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable.  They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” (Leviticus 20: 13-21; Rom. 1: 25-32; 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim 1:10).  Incest, adultery, homosexuality, casual sex among unmarried people, and other detestable behavior is condemned in the most clear and serious language.  Historically, this was instituted in most civilized societies and recognized as common knowledge.  As recent as 1986 the Supreme Court upheld state sodomy laws in Bowers v. Hardwick (1986).  In 2003, the Supreme Court decided the case of Lawrence v. Texas by rejecting Texas’s anti-sodomy law, essentially declaring that the Bowers decision was incorrect.  Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion stated, “Bowers was not correct when it was decided, and it is not correct today.  It ought not to remain binding precedent.  Bowers v. Hardwick should be and now is overruled.”  This decision was an example of the Court imposing its opinion over the law and contrary to constitutional authority.  So, we see that all historical law and common knowledge agreed with religious teaching until 2003.  In 2018, the Court, in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, upheld first amendment protections allowing freedom of speech and religion against homosexual activists who contrived a scenario to deny them to a Christian businessman, stating, that these disputes must be resolved with tolerance, without undue disrespect to sincere religious beliefs, and without subjecting gay persons to indignities when they seek goods and services in an open market.”  Where is dignity protected in the constitution?

Today, religious freedom is still protected from LGBTQ activists who along with many other anti-religious groups seek to eliminate our freedom of religion.  Therefore, a Christian school can follow biblical teaching and a person can teach art at such a private school without being labeled “immoral” and “hypocritical”.  Only a great fool or very evil person can not distinguish the difference between tolerance and license.  Christians tolerate evil in society as the Bible teaches, but they do not agree, condone, or license evil practice.  To do so would deny their own religious faith.  Interestingly, their opponents are not equally tolerant of biblical teaching either in society or in their personal lives. The anti-christian groups have their own fascist humanist religion that is based on doing whatever they wish, but they go further by demanding that their faith must be given priority with preeminent acceptance by all.

The Supreme Court ruling in 2003, did not repeal the constitutional rights to free speech and freedom of religion.  Moreover, it has no authority to do so, if and when it should ever do so.  A similar case was brought against the IRS, seeking to overrule longstanding laws pertaining to religious clergy, under a ridiculous premise that no law could acknowledge or pertain to religious organizations.  The Court recognized historical reality and the IRS properly replied that if any clergy of the humanist faith wished to claim treatment under the existing laws, they would need to file accordingly. These Fascist-humanist are a religion, but they seek to be granted the highest power to eliminate all other faiths.  The words “Moral” and “Hypocrisy” have no meaning to these neo-fascist humanist.  Their attacks on the innocent reveal a sinister plan to gain power and wield it to deny freedoms long-held and well established.  How can such ludicrous accusations be given any credence.  Similar hyperbole is used by Nancy Pelosi, leader of Neo-fascism, referring to a border wall as immoral.  Invasion into America, contrary to longstanding law accepted world-wide, is not immoral to any reasonable person.

Sodomite Revenge

The wicked shaming of Karen Pence for teaching art part-time at a Christian school that adheres to biblically rooted views of marriage arises directly from the Supreme Court’s equally wicked decision to legalize same-sex marriage in Obergefell vs. Hodges.  As pointed out in William McGurn’s recent Wall Street Journal article, when Obergefell was decided it was sold as live-and-let-live.  But dissenting justice Alito predicted a perilous future for those who continued to hold a traditional view of marriage that being only between a man and a women.  He said – “I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools.”

Despite the fact that the private school’s views against homosexual marriage are the same as Barak Obama’s as late as  in 2004, the Congress’s Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, and 2000 years of majority opinion in the largely Christian Western World, Ms Pence has been vilified for even teaching at a school that holds this opinion with CNN’s John King going so far as suggesting her Secret Service detail be withdrawn.

How this state of affairs has come about is because of the increasingly live-and-let-live attitude toward homosexuality, even among many with traditional christian beliefs.  It is understandable that people would be glad to let others live their life the way they want, including homosexual marriage, as long as they allow them to live their life the way they want and hold the values that they believe.  However, many homosexuals will never be satisfied with anything short of full acceptance of their life style, even from bible believing christians.  For example, if you will not bake a cake celebrating a homosexual marriage your business must be destroyed.

The homosexuals understand within themselves that their immoral lifestyle is against God’s ordinances (Romans 1:19) and thus cannot countenance anyone reminding them of this fact.  Anyone that points out the immorality of a homosexual lifestyle must be destroyed or at least shut up.  Therefore, there can be no compromise in the public arena by persons with traditional beliefs with the homosexuals and their allies on the Fascist Left.  Instead of taking a live-and-let-live attitude, those with traditionally biblical beliefs need to be advocates of reinstating laws against homosexual marriage and even homosexual conduct itself.  Of course, persons should be free to conduct their lifestyle in the privacy of their home in the way they wish but it should not be permitted in the public arena.  This is difficult to accomplish with the Supreme Court decision in place, but decisions have been overturned when public opinion is changed and that is exactly what those with traditionally beliefs should attempt to do.  To continue to adopt a live-and-let-live attitude will mean the destruction of the right to hold a traditional biblical position in the public arena and perhaps eventually not even in the recesses of our home.