Is America At War?

Why was Jesus Christ crucified on the cross? And yes, I know, because He is the Son of God and He gave up His life at the will of the Father in order to pay for the sins of the world that you and I might be saved. But what reason was put forth at His sham of a trial? And yes, He threatened the power base of the religious rulers of the day. But what was the crime he was charged with? Essentially it was heresy, was it not? His claim before the religious rulers of the day to be the Son of God and the fulfillment of the prophecies of the magi that came before Herod seeking “he that is born King of the Jews” (Matthew 2:1-3). Notice that all of Jerusalem was troubled along with Herod. It was troubling times. And this is born out in the written charge that was placed over his head on the cross:

37 And set up over his head his accusation written, This Is Jesus The King Of The Jews. (Matthew 27:37)

So essentially Jesus was crucified for his speech. His teachings. What he claimed. You might even come to believe he was charged with civil unrest and inciting riots if you study hard enough. He wasn’t charged with performing miracles. That would not have been looked upon very favorably by the masses. What He was charged with was performing those miracles on the sabbath. Heresy. And then His answers to the religious rulers when questioned about it. If you boil it all down, Jesus was charged with walking around the country and talking to people.

And I want us to ponder that. Consider the fact that Jesus was doing nothing but exercising free speech. He was talking about ideas. Ideas we know some of the people scoffed at and ridiculed while others embraced and sought to learn more. But Jesus never forced anyone to accept His ideas. Or even to listen. He just exercised free speech. It was the religious rulers that practiced censorship. It was the religious rulers that demanded their ideas be listened to above all else.

And why is that? Well I have a theory about that. We know that the word of God produces results and will not return unto Him void (Isaiah 55:11). And if you consider that Satan is also aware of that fact, then it is not that big a leap to believe that Satan will do everything in his power to diminish free speech. In other words, Satan desires to control all speech. He doesn’t want the Word of the Lord to be spoken. He knows that would produce fruit for God. So he does everything in his power to censor, to quell, and to control speech. Satan wants his message to be on the tongues of men, not God’s message.

And it is not like we have not seen free speech controlled throughout the world and throughout all of history. It is always a battle for the message and the control of ideas. It is always a fight over free speech. Who can put forth an idea and who cannot. Countries like China and Iran go to great lengths, even putting people to death, to control speech. But here in the United States of America, we cherish the First Amendment to our Constitution. Prohibiting Government from interfering in our right and ability to free speech in any way, shape or form. But what happens when we do it to ourselves? What happens when we the people begin to limit and control the free speech of others? When I try and control your speech and you try and control mine, then we are at odds. Because I no longer agree to hear your ideas and you no longer agree to hear mine. And that is when the Nation dies. It can no longer thrive and flourish because it is under the control of tyranny and oppression.

And that is happening within the United States of America today. Those in control, and those in power, are using their positions of power and control to censor and direct the message of free speech. Just like the religious rulers did with Jesus. And trust me, they are out to crucify.

Companies (monopolies I might say) like Apple, Google, Twitter, and Amazon (along with others like Simon & Schuster, and FaceBook) are using their positions of power and control to ensure that only their versions of truth are presented and all others are heresy. Where is this happening you ask? Well for one example they are using it to control the narrative of Parler, a company dependent upon their infrastructure for business. In other instances they are blocking posts, tweets, and blogs of those they do not agree with. The war against Parler may be found in numerous news articles here.

And meanwhile our Government leaders, such as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, are engaged in an all out war, essentially over free speech and the exchange of ideas. Ms. Pelosi is even seeking a second impeachment of President Donald Trump (story here). Why? Because she doesn’t like a few tweets. Nancy Pelosi is the most vile, heartless, vengeful, hateful, and controlling Speaker of the House to ever sit in the chair. And I am careful with my words. Any reasonable person would realize that Donald Trump has barely 10 days left in office and would turn their attention to the affairs of the next administration. But Nancy Pelosi does not have the grace for that. She is driven to put the final stake through Donald Trump’s heart because of her sheer hatred and her vengeful drives. And that is both heartless and vile.

So is the United States of America at War? I believe so. We are not engaged in a physical civil war with guns and bullets and swords, but we are engaged in a war over free speech, the arena of ideas, and who is to control the thoughts of others. And that is because of the age old war of Satan trying to control the Word of God. Think about it.

LRPSP Changes For The New Year

I’ve been impressed to make a few changes to my blog site for the new year. If you’ve been a regular reader of my blog you’ve been used to controlled content, by me. That is going to change somewhat. Hopefully for the better.

The first change which is effective right now is I’ve relaxed the rules for commenting on posts. All new subscribers to the site are now able to comment immediately. And all previous subscribers have had their user permissions adjusted so they may comment to any post now.

Hopefully this change will not drive readers away. As with any other blog site you may choose to view and read the comments or not. The intent is to actually drive up readership by allowing people to interact more freely.

Rest assured there are still rules. My hard earned dollars still pay to keep this site up and I still have some boundaries, not many, but some. So if you can’t say something without invoking one (or more) of George Carlin’s seven words you can’t say on TV (7 dirty words) and maybe a few variants of my own, then your comments will be censored. So if you want to be heard (or I guess read is more appropriate here) then please refrain from what most of us consider unnecessary language. You may post a link in your comments to other sites. But once again, there are rules. Hopefully the guidelines are clear, this is a Family Friendly site and it will remain that way. One of my goals here has always been to reach young people and will not tolerate content that might jeopardize that.

The second change for the new year is I am considering posting a lot more political satire. This is not too much of a deviation from my posts the last 6 years or so. Politics has always been one of the areas I’ve been concerned with. If you don’t think Jesus dealt with the politics of the times, go back and reread the Gospels. The political thinking in the world is important to our freedoms and our ability to influence others. And given some of the political shifts in the United States, especially in younger generations, I have a greater interest in these areas. What is different here is I’d like to get into political satire in order to illustrate points. So that is the real change I am making.

And with this change comes an opportunity. I am looking for someone with artistic talents that can draw sketches and caricatures. So if you’ve ever dreamed of being a cartoonist, especially a political cartoonist, then here’s your opportunity.

And it’s a great deal as well. It pays absolutely nothing (at least for now). I may add advertisements to the site at some point in the future, but for now it is what I can afford. Which is my thanks. Your work will be licensed to the site (LRPSP) which means it will only be published by me here and nowhere else. You may choose to be anonymous if you wish, otherwise you will receive full credit for your work. I am looking for someone to make somewhat of a commitment though. I usually target a couple of posts a month. Not of all of those will contain artwork, but a fair number of them will. So please be prepared to submit your illustrations about 12 times a year.

If you think you might be interested in becoming the official illustrator of LRPSP please Email me at: peorman@lrpsp.com and we’ll work out the details.

As always I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedules to read my blog. Hopefully we together can make a difference in the world today. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Thanks for reading.

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Do You Feel Threatened?

Did you see this? A member of the Michigan House of Representatives, Cynthia A. Johnson, made some remarks last week that included a warning to all “Trumpers”, by which one may only assume she means those who supported President Donald J. Trump during the recent US Presidential Election, that many are considering a threat from a Government official to the citizens of the country.

I’m not sure how you feel about this, but I have a few thoughts of my own I’d like to share with Ms. Johnson if I may.

Ms. Johnson, I am not sure if your tone or words are exactly the best choice to use to get your message across. But I am certainly empathetic. Numerous times in my life I have been counseled about my tone and my words to others. We all struggle with this and I assure you, you will find no condemnation here. At least not from this Trumper (President Trump Supporter).

Instead, let me just say I am confused by your apparent life choices. When it comes to hateful or condemning rhetoric, it has been my observation that the Democrat Party has been a clear leader in ensuring they have the loudest voice. I’d invite you to consider a kinder, gentler tone generally espoused by the Republican Party.

But in order for you to actually make that leap and move over to our side of the house, you will need to shake loose the shackles the Democrat Party imposes and you (apparently) willingly subjugate yourself to. Remember this totally racist statement by Joe Biden?

Perhaps you are not familiar with American History, but it was the largely Democrat South that championed and fought for slavery of African Americans . It was the Republican Abraham Lincoln that championed and fought for their freedom. I’m not sure if you see the irony in all of this. Joe Biden represents the Political Party that largely made up the group fighting to keep African Americans in chains while Donald Trump represents the Political Party that mostly made up the group that freed African Americans from chains. If we could go back in time to the 1860’s here in America, we would most likely find Joe Biden still clinging to the Democrat Party and fighting on the side of the Confederate States. The Democrat Party has always been the party of slavery and repression and has voted and championed slavery for decades. Have you not heard of inner city project housing, largely championed by Democrat policies and leadership, referred to as the new plantations? Of course I am not saying that both the Republican Party and the Democrat party (and all other Political Parties) don’t have individuals who support both good and bad causes, but history has clearly shown that the Democrat Party has continuously elected leaders that champion the wrong causes. So Ms. Johnson, I humbly invite you to consider joining the Republican cause of freedom for all people everywhere. Leave behind the chains of the Democrat party and lets set more people free.

I’d also like to remind you of this horrific racist comment made by Joe Biden:

I suppose a number of individuals retained their blackness and heeded the mandate proclaimed by the master Joe Biden. But just let me say that for this Trump Supporter (and I believe a large majority of the individuals the make up the Republican Party), I celebrate your heritage, and your culture, and your people group, by your side and along with you. I celebrate you for who you are, not for who you vote for. And I assure you, you retain your cultural and ancestral heritage regardless of who you vote for or support. But I also assure you that if leaders of the Republican Party ever started making such bigoted, hateful, and racially charged statements such as this one made by Joe Biden, I’d immediately become an Independent. Why don’t you consider the party that kindly asks for your vote and support, the Republican Party, instead of the one that demands it and tells you the way things have to be.

Ms. Johnson, I’d also like you to consider so many other aspects of your life choices. Such as the Democrat Party’s total devotion and unapologetic protection of abortion up until birth of the child. I’d like you to remember Margaret Sanger, who helped found the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the largest provider of abortions in America today. And I’d like you to consider the cost of those abortions to the African American community. These institutions grew out of racism, bigotry, and hate. And they have been specifically used to target the African American communities and other communities of color. I invite you to join the Republican Party cause of protecting life for all. Come over to the Party of love, life, liberty, and freedom for all people. And leave behind the Party of death, bigotry, hatred, and the long history of slavery.

Ms. Johnson, you said you have a warning to “Trumpers”. But I’d like to remind you that the people you are warning, largely make up the groups that stand between yourself and the policies and practices of communism, dictators, and those who would do you harm. The individuals who you are issuing your warning to are the individuals fighting for your freedoms, working to make your life better, and who gladly make the sacrifices every single day so that you may live your life in peace and comfort. The Republican Party champions our Military, our Police, and the American worker. The Democrat Party has long forgotten that under John F. Kennedy, they had a military budget that dwarfed all other domestic spending. Today the Democrat Party finds it much more important to funnel money to our adversaries, support Green New Deals, and ensure that as many African American babies as possible are aborted every year. Ms. Johnson, I invite you to consider the Political Party that protects your freedoms, seeks to improve your way of life, and offers you peace and prosperity. Why don’t you leave behind the Political Party that seeks to take all of that away from you?

Finally Ms. Johnson, I’d just like to say that this Donald Trump supporter will not bow down. There were once three men who refused the commandment of the Government over them. You may read their story here: Daniel 3:12-28. Just because you mandate that “Trumpers” should comply, does not mean we should or even could comply. And as long as I have breath I will continue to champion the cause of freedom. So Ms. Johnson, I’d invite you to consider the freedom of religion that this great Nation affords. And I’d invite you to consider the freedom found in becoming a follower of Jesus Christ. Join us. Not in calling for others to bow down, but in securing the freedoms of those forced to bow down. And we secure those freedoms by standing for what is right, and just, and holy. Just like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did some 4,000 years ago. Think about it.

Have You Voted On An ElectroniC Voting Machine?

Have you ever voted using an electronic machine? Did you vote in the last US Presidential Election using an electronic voting machine?

If you have, what assurances do you have that your vote was counted as cast?

Whether Republican or Democrat, Libertarian or Green Party, or even if you just voted with a write in, you should be concerned with the integrity of elections, And if you voted on an electronic machine you should be very concerned as to how that machine is processing your vote.

In the recent US Presidential Elections at least 28 US States certified and used Dominion Voting Machines. There has been a lot in the news about these machines, their use, and their integrity within the voting system. And I believe a public debate on the subject is worthwhile and especially timely.

Today I’d like to share some of my thoughts concerning that debate and hopefully further the discussion on what should be expected as we move forward.

First of all it is my assertion that any voting system should be developed, maintained, and deployed by the country conducting the election. Countries around the world consistently and continually seek to influence the governments of other countries to include their election systems and how they place people in positions of leadership and power. This includes the United States of America and every other developed nation in the world. Countries always look out after their best interests and having like minded allies or world partners willing to work with them toward common goals is always sought after. And this influence extends to countries that choose their leadership via a public voting mechanism. It only stands to reason that at some point countries will try and manipulate the voting mechanism as well if they are given the opportunity. If a voting system is developed outside of the country using that system it is much more suspect and control is lost. Dominion Voting Systems states they are a private US owned entity that started in Canada on their WEB site. They also state their systems are used by several countries. However, in my opinion it would be much more palatable to have a not for profit entity that published its architecture and code.

Secondly, what the voting machine itself does is important as to how it should be treated or trusted. By this I mean that there are different stages to a voting process that should not be combined into a single step or handled by a single machine in order to maintain the integrity of the election. Think about how elections are generally conducted. Candidates for an office usually have to file with an Agency that they intend to run in a particular election. Those candidates that meet the criteria for that election then campaign against their opponents in order to sway public opinion and gain their votes. At election time, qualified voters need to be vetted and authorized to vote in the election. This usually occurs through a voter registration system. On Election Day, the voters are then verified against the voter registration as they cast their vote. This system is intended to verify that a voter only casts one vote in the election and that unqualified votes are not cast. The voter then has to vote through some mechanism. Either by marking a paper ballot, punching a card, or even selecting an option on an electronic machine. The cast votes then need to be counted and tabulated. The results then need to be certified and reported. All of these steps are checks and balances within the system and should not be combined. For example, if an electronic machine is used to record the voters intended vote, that same machine should not be the mechanism whereby those votes are counted. And throughout the process you should have total transparency and verification of the actual intent. Meaning that the voter should have every confidence that their vote is treated and counted exactly as they cast it.

Thirdly, the mechanisms used at each step should be repeatable and produce the exact same set of results each and every time. Think of the process of the voter casting a vote. If paper ballots are used, those paper ballots should have a strict chain of custody and we should be able to count those ballots repeatedly with the exact same results each and every time. The protections within the system should never allow for ballots to be added in or taken away from the set of actual qualified votes that were cast. We should be able to preserve the integrity of the election to the point that even years later, if one were to count the ballots, the same results would be returned as they were on election day.

Lastly, the machines used at varying stages within the process should not be alterable in any form. By this I mean they should definitely not be programable or accessed by any outside means (such as a network, digital media, or any device meant to enter data into the machine for the purpose of altering its intended behavior). Think of a basic desktop calculator (such as this model). Desktop calculators are generally hardcoded machines. Meaning that you should always be able to enter 2 + 2 and get the answer 4. And the machines are such that no one should be able to access that unit once its been manufactured and alter it in such a manner as to cause a different operation (such as causing 2 + 2 to return the answer 48). Any electronic (or electromechanical) machine used within the voting system should operate in exactly the same manner as the desktop calculator. It should be unalterable at the point of manufacture, and it should produce the exact same results for an operation each and every time, and it should be easily verifiable for correct operation.

These machines should be open architecture. Meaning there should be no proprietary components or software contained within them. One of the biggest problems with Dominion Voting Systems is their claim that they need to protect company proprietary information. That is all any authority needs to know to immediately disqualify their systems. Any electronic or electromechanical system used within the voting process should have all schematics publicly posted and any code (to include firmware) publicly posted. Any registered voter should have complete access to this information and the machines should be easily verifiable as deployed.

Dominion Voting Systems violate so many of these rules as to make them totally untrustworthy and they should not be used within the US electoral system. It is my hope that enough of a public outcry will be generated as to force those who oversee the election process in our country to stop using these systems and to secure our election process for future generations.

Who DID America Vote For?

The United States of America Elections are over and Americans believe they know who they voted for and that their vote counted. But do they really?

I have voted in 10 US Presidential elections. I remember the previous 3 US Presidents prior to my first vote. And while there have certainly been jokes and allegations and even some embarrassing moments concerning US voter fraud in the past, I do not ever recall an election with this level of unanswered allegations or this level of divisiveness.

To be clear, there have almost always been anomalies. The old joke that ‘dead people can vote in Chicago‘ is not just some comedian being funny. People that have been proven to be deceased have been found to have cast votes on multiple occasions (across multiple election cycles) in Chicago, Illinois. And this Presidential election certainly did not break that cycle. I suspect that some form of this has occurred back to our earliest elections. People are, after all, people. And human beings are prone to sin. And humans will get away with whatever they can get away with. Which reminds me of J.C. Watts, a former Congressman from Oklahoma who said that his grandmother told him that ‘character was doing the right thing when you were alone in the woods‘ (I loosely paraphrase). The point is that people are prone to get away with anything and everything they can, especially when they are unseen, and our election process is not immune from that.

But while dead people voting does, and has, swayed elections locally, no one has been able to prove that it has made that great an impact on a National scale. Not that I’m in favor of just ignoring dead people voting, I’m not. I believe we should have enforceable laws with very strict penalties to compel States and local jurisdictions to accurately scrub their voting rosters and to rigorously protect voter integrity.

And this extends to legal voters as well. Non citizens of the United States of America do not get to vote here. Whether here legally or illegally. When I’m allowed to vote or have a significant say in the political process of whatever country people come from, then perhaps the United States could consider having people of those countries vote here. But that does not happen today. So whether you came here seeking asylum, a better way of life, to go to school, or just to be with family that already lives here, apply for citizenship, obtain it, and then you can vote. The same thing applies to underage voting. As far as I’m concerned, if you are old enough to legally be out from under your parents care you are old enough to vote. I believe we’ve established this age as 18 years old in this country. I’m also good with establishing the voter age as the legal drinking (alcohol) age. Which in some jurisdictions is still 21 years of age. But the important thing here is protecting the integrity of the legal voter against all of the voting criteria. Citizenship, age, legal residence, etc. should all be held to the highest level of verification during all National level elections.

However, unverified voters was only a fraction of the problem during this election. The integrity of a vote cast is also greatly in doubt.

First of all, mail-in ballots are about the worst idea anyone could ever possibly come up with. There is no (none, nada, zero) chain-of-custody with a mail-in ballot. If you want to vote in this country, you should be required to show up in person and to physically cast your vote on premise after having duly shown that you are a citizen who meets all the criteria to vote. Mail-in ballots are an easy mark for fraud and have been shown to meet that low bar in this past election. And we need go no further than the tens of thousands of mail-in ballots that were just suddenly found either hours, or in some cases a day or more, after the polls closed. I don’t need to even get to the counting methods of these ballots, whether or not their signatures were verified (by an expert), whether any of them were ‘lost in the mail‘, thrown away, forged, or whether or not the person who signed actually cast the vote. The mere fact that mail-in ballots in the tens of thousands were mishandled, discovered after the fact, or even if they were just delivered late, is unequivocally and undeniably reason for every single American voter to be disenfranchised.

But secondly, in some cases, even those voters who were legal, who met the criteria, and who showed up in person, cannot ascertain with complete certainty that their vote counted as cast. This is because some jurisdictions used voting machines that were digitally based with loadable software. By that I mean that the machines operate off of some sort of integrated circuits designed to run program instructions that can be updated within the machine. This is a complete recipe for disaster and should tell all of us that we are disenfranchised voters. In my opinion any voting machine should not have loadable or alterable software of any type. And if a voting machine is used that has programmed instructions in it, those machines should have the code published and made available free of charge to the general public and the machine code should be open to examination prior to each and every election by any citizen eligible to vote. But the mere fact that some jurisdictions used voting machines of a highly questionable nature is all we need to know that American voters cannot be assured that their vote counted as cast during this election.

Lastly we have the news media. And by news media I mean MSNBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, FOX and just about any other outlet out there ‘telling us what is going on‘. Reporting these days almost borders on treason. When we shape elections through early and constant reporting, through ‘calling states‘ for one candidate or another before all due process, voters are disenfranchised. In my opinion, all reporting during an election should be suspended until after the election and the process has run its course. Hyping a candidate into office by crowd manipulation, while possible, is not exactly free and open elections.

So who won the US Presidential Election? Most likely President Donald J. Trump legally acquired the most actual citizen votes to secure the Electoral College. However when all the dust settles and the air is clear, Joe Biden will most likely be sworn in as the next President of the United States.

But before you lament the loss of your candidate, or celebrate the victory of your candidate, just remember that while we are certainly allowed to participate in the process, it is God who controls the process: Daniel 2:20-22 states that God removes kings and sets up kings. And he does this from the Throne of the King of Kings. And He is still in control.

Who Will America Vote For?

Whether you are an American citizen or not, who America votes to put into power of the highest offices of our land affects the whole world. American politics reach far and wide and world governments of the entire earth watch our elections very carefully. And elections affect our country in a very substantial way as well.

As I did four years ago, I’d like to share with you why I and my family are voting for Trump/Pence in just a few days:

  • #BlackLivesMatter – This is one of the most frustrating misconceptions to me out there. The Democrat party is the party of Racial Segregation, Slavery, Jim Crow Laws, and Division. The idea that the Democrat party suddenly became the party of inclusion sometime in the 1960’s is ridiculous. Trump/Pence have done more for African Americans in four years than the the Democrat party has done in its entire history. Trump/Pence is the ticket for African Americans in 2020.
  • #UnbornLivesMatter – The Democrat party relishes in the taking of innocent lives. They champion abortion on demand to include the very controversial 3rd trimester abortions. They even champion the taking of a life after the child has been born if the abortion procedure resulted in an actual birth. Trump/Pence have championed the lives of the unborn and cherish all life here in America and on earth.
  • #PoliceLivesMatter – The attack on Police forces across America has been unprecedented in American history. Police forces keep our neighborhoods safe and maintain the rule of law. Without them we are faced with anarchy and chaos. The Democrat party wants to destroy Police forces across America for one reason: eliminating them opens the door for a National Police force whereby they can take away freedoms and advance their socialist agenda.
  • #FemaleLivesMatter – Trump/Pence have done more for the women of this country than any of the previous Democrat administrations. More women employed. Higher wage growth for women. And greater protections for women dignity and rights. While the Democrat party talks of equality, their policies lead to loss of freedoms and misery for all.
  • #IsraeliLivesMatter – The Trump/Pence administration honored Israel by moving the American embassy to Jerusalem where it rightfully belongs. This one act has created a peace accord in the middle east for the first time in decades. It strengthens our alliance with Israel, our most important ally in the middle east, and makes the world a safer place. The Democrat party despises Israel because out of it Christianity was born and swept the world.
  • #AllLivesMatter – The Trump/Pence administration has expanded freedoms for all. Created the lowest unemployment in decades. Generated true wealth in America. Championed the freedom of all peoples around the word. With the Democrat party all lives do not matter. Socialism creates caste systems that trap entire generations in poverty and despair.
  • #PromisesKept – The Trump/Pence administration has kept more promises than the Democrat party has kept in all of fifty years. The Trump/Pence administration has a proven track record. Unlike the Democrat party that is full of empty promises and unfulfilled hopes. The Trump/Pence administration earned the American peoples trust and respect by being honest and true to their word.
  • #JudicialSecurity – The Trump/Pence administration has been open and honest with their Judicial appointments maintaining the balance of power in the country and refusing to legislate from the bench. They have not attempted to stack the courts or move forth their agenda through legislative actions when blocked through other means. The Democrat party on the other hand has done exactly the opposite. Creating new laws of the land through judicial action and limiting freedoms for all.
  • #SocialismIsBad -The Democrat party wants to practice socialism in America. Limiting religious freedoms. Devaluing human life. Destroying America as we know it by opening our borders and suppressing our freedoms. The Democrat party does not want to take away our 2nd Amendment rights to keep us safe. They want to take it away because it stands in the way of their socialistic agenda. The want to limit free speech. They want to take away life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The Trump/Pence administration has fought to keep the American dream alive for all Americans and to spread it to the rest of the world.
  • #MilitaryLivesMatter – The Trump/Pence administration is for a strong America. They have have returned fighting forces home from foreign lands where appropriate. They have supported and used the US Military wisely and with a steady hand. The Democrat party is not for a safe America and have cut military budgets recklessly and without regard for the upheaval it has caused in the world. A strong American military means a safer world and greater peace. The Democrat party cannot have peace because it disrupts their socialist agenda.
  • #ReligiousFreedomMatters – The Democrat party wants to advance their socialistic agenda because our religious freedoms threaten them. They are not about our freedoms. They are about dictatorships and control. They crave power and oppressing others. The Trump/Pence administration has fought for Americans to worship in peace as they see fit and have championed religious freedom for all.
  • #TaxBurdensMatter – A lot of our freedoms are tied to what we can or cannot do with our wealth. The Trump/Pence administration has returned more money through tax cuts in the last four years than ever before. The Democrat party has promised to take that money away the moment they are in office. They promise to limit our freedoms with every stroke of the pen and at every turn. A vote for Trump/Pence means more money in the pockets of Americans everywhere.

I don’t know who America will vote for in about 24 days but I pray that God will provide us the leaders that will keep us safe and secure and will protect our freedoms. For me that equates to four more years of a Trump/Pence administration. Freedom is fleeting. It can be taken away in a heartbeat. It must be cherished and guarded very carefully. And one party has shown the strength to guard that freedom while the other party promises to take it away. May God see fit to sit Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence in office again for another four years for all our freedoms and for the peace of the world.

Which Side Are You On?

Yesterday I passed along my thoughts on the two different cultures manifesting themselves in America today. I said that I didn’t have a question, only an observation, but that was not entirely accurate.

I do have a question. The point of the observations, naturally, was to cause you to consider which culture you fit into and whether it is the right choice or not. In other words Which Side Are You On?

The second phrase of the opening sentence of Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities (see yesterday’s post) reads:

it was the age of wisdom,
it was the age of foolishness,

A Tale of Two Cities, Chapter I. The Period

And if that doesn’t describe today’s America, I don’t know what does. One side of the culture screams about the foolish tweets from President Donald Trump and then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi makes the totally nonsensical statement:

“a wall, in my view, is an immorality” and “the least effective way to protect the border and the most costly.”

Fox News Story

A view not exactly shared by the rest of her party.

But it is crazy, right? One view is shared and the opposing culture hears it as total foolishness but yet the agreeing culture hears it as great wisdom.

One can certainly understand the pain, anguish, and shear lunacy Charles Dickens was attempting to describe in his book A Tale of Two Cities.

But what if I were to tell you I believe this division has happened much earlier in history? Consider the words of John:

37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. 38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all. 39 But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?

John 18:37-39

Pilate was completely frustrated with the foolishness of the day. On the one hand he could find no fault with Jesus but on the other there were cries from the people for his crucifixion. In his frustration he asks “What is truth?

It is this very same struggle for truth that is plaguing all of us today. It is the confusion on one side of the culture when #BlackLivesMatter calls out for the destruction of (so called) racially offensive language, monuments, and the erasure of American history itself. And the other side of the culture is confused because these exact same people align themselves with Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and the mayor of New York City Bill de Balsio. If these people were actually intellectually honest with themselves and us they would be calling for the abolishment of the Democrat party itself rather than aligning themselves with it.

It was the Democrat party that championed slavery and racism. It was the Republican party that freed them. It was the Democrat party that voted for Jim Crow laws and segregation. It was the Republican party that fought for inclusion and the idea that ALL people are created equal. It is Democrat party members that held positions within the KKK while the Republican party did not. It is the Democrat party that continues to this day to enact laws and policies that disadvantage more people of color while the Republican party has established a record of providing more jobs and opportunity to all of Americans. If #BlackLivesMatter is really so incensed with being reminded of the history of slavery in America, then they should be for the complete abolishment of the Democrat part as well.

There are so many that have fought to bring the light of truth to this history. Alfonzo Rachel for one. Dinesh D’souza for another. People of color who would certainly have no agenda for furthering “white supremacy“. And there are so many others that continue to educate, inform, and offer alternate points of view. But our culture is divided. And people ask what it is divided over. The answer is quite simple and is very plain. We are divided over the TRUTH.

This is why I am passionate about the state of our country today. Not only for the very survival of America, but for the souls of so many people who are lost without TRUTH.

For you see, there is another interesting phrase in Charles Dickens opening to a Tale of Two Cities. As he sums up his setting he notes:

“… we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way …”

A Tale of Two Cities – Chapter I. The Period

And as another champion of American History, Rush Limbaugh, would say – “for those of you in Rio LInda” Charles Dickens reference to those “going direct the other way” means Hell. And that is the real crux of the problem with Which Side Are You On? Because one side leads to Eternal Life and the other side leads to Eternal Damnation.

As for me, I chose the side of TRUTH. Because there is only one person in all of history that could (and can) credibly claim:

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 14:6

And that is the person of Jesus Christ. And I believe the TRUTH because only He, the creator of all the universe, can establish TRUTH. The only thing that remains (for both the survival of American history and people’s souls) is to determine which truth you will believe. Which side are YOU on?

A Tale Of Two Cultures

In 1859 Charles Dickens wrote the historical novel A Tale of Two Cities. A story centered around London England and Paris France before/during the French Revolution. It has been referred to as the best selling novel of all time (and certainly must be in the top 10, assuming it is even taught in schools these days) and it opens with the iconic line:

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

You can find an online copy of the work here (at Project Gutenberg).

Today I do not have a question, but rather an observation of how little things change and what great opportunities we (as a society, as a Nation, and even as a World) have before us to learn Truth and to apply lessons from history in order to help make all of our lives better.

One might consider the similarities between the events of 1789 in France and what is occurring in the USA today in 2020 (231 years apart) in that both are predicated by social and political unrest that affected (and affects) everyone in the land. In other words, it was a National, social and political upheaval. Oh sure, there were pockets of events, within cities, small towns, and even neighborhoods, but the prevailing mood was not just contained in small areas. It was felt Nationally and was seen around the world.

And before you get too far down the path trying to pick the analogy apart, let me just point out that it is not all that original of an idea. This story from the Daily Signal references a tweet from Senator Lindsey Graham with the same observation.

And No, I did not know of Senator Graham’s tweet when I started authoring this post, but I generally like to do a little due diligence before I post something. And even with Senator Graham’s tweet, I decided to go ahead with the conversation because I believe it is relevant.

And yes, I also realize there are those that are simply going to dismiss the analogy because it is Senator Graham‘s tweet. Because those of you who hold such wisdom have been elected to (what is arguably) the most significant legislative body in the world today. Right? Perhaps you might want to rethink your ability to assimilate and interpret data.

And whether you agree with the analogy or not, there are a couple of very interesting comparisons. You might say that today is “The best of times”. In all of human history we, as a people, have more than has ever been had before. Which is pretty funny when you consider that the #BlackLivesMatter revolution is being fought out of air conditioned homes, run off an abundance of fine food (and I don’t care if we’re talking McDonalds hamburgers here, compared to what the French were eating during their revolution, that is pretty fine dining), enjoying the benefits of social media, and traveling around in air conditioned autos with Dolby stereo systems in them. The French revolutionaries had it much harder I assure you. You might also say that today is “The worst of times” in that there is more political and social upheaval in the country than any of us has known within our lifetimes. Another interesting comparison is that both periods tried (and are trying) to remove perceived ills from the world. When the French tore down the Monarchy, they ended up with a Dictator (in Napoleon) before they got to the desired democracy. Let’s certainly hope that history doesn’t repeat itself there.

But the comparisons of the French Revolution and the state of social and political upheaval in the USA today are not what I want draw your attention to. They are merely illustrative of how history repeats itself and how we can learn valuable lessons if we only open our eyes and our minds and seek wisdom.

What is a little closer to home is the sheer lunacy that is occurring with the #BlackLivesMatter movement ripping down statues of Christopher Columbus, Frederick Douglas, and our founding fathers (stories here, here, here, and here – search for ‘statues torn down’ if you want to read more). The argument for all of this wanton destruction and terror is that they depict ‘white supremacy’. We cannot know the pain that a black person feels when they walk past one of these statues or memorials.

Well guess what? You cannot possibly know the pain that I feel when I visit a WW-II memorial, or an American Civil War battlefield where #WhiteLIvesMatter fought and died just so #BlackLivesMatter could have the privilege today to tear down all the memorials because they are too painful to walk by. But I don’t want to tear any of them down. Rather the contrary. I want my children’s, children’s, children to see them and to understand that freedom isn’t free. It is bought and paid for with a price.

What my friends over at #BlackLivesMatter might want to consider is the consequences of their actions (and I mean for their children’s children). Take another group, #JewishLivesMatter. Do you think the Jewish people want to erase all remnants of WW-II and the holocaust? Quite the opposite. They build memorials and museums all over the world to remind people of what they went through. Why? Because they don’t want people to deny that it ever happened. They don’t want history swept under the rug. And if you think that #JewishLivesMatter are being a little too paranoid, consider these kooks here, and here, and the fact that it is a prevalent enough theory to warrant a Wikipedia article (here).

And the sheer irony of the matter will be, that one day, when slavery has been erroneously erased from American History, it will be #BlackLivesMatter that will have been the cause and will have brought down the consequences upon themselves.

So before the protesting continues, before more statues and memorials are torn down, before we rewrite any more of history than has already been rewritten, perhaps #BlackLivesMatter might want to take a page out of #JewishLivesMatter playbook and consider:

Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;

Deuteronomy 4:9

How Do I Know If You Trust Jesus?

The other day in my last blog post I talked about people at the George Floyd protests carrying No Justice No Peace signs (as those found here) and I mentioned how ridiculous I find that slogan. I also mentioned these people don’t know peace and that peace dependent upon justice is worthless peace. But I left it at that because my previous post was a comparison of the circumstance of George Floyd and those of Jesus Christ and why I found it both ironic and sad that people would jump to champion the cause of George Floyd, but not so many jump to champion the cause of Jesus Christ.

Today I’d like to expound on those comments a little because I don’t want to just make a blanket statement without others understanding that I actually have thought about it, prayed about, studied it, and drawn some conclusions about it that I believe are in line with the Holy Scriptures. That and I really do think it is something for all of us (especially me) to consider.

But the way I’d like to explain those comments is by answering a question that anyone might ask of me. So I’d like to propose that a question one might ask of me is how do I know if you (or the person asking the question) really and truly trusts Jesus Christ? I could have titled today’s post “Do You Have Trust Issues?” but perhaps if I explain it from my perspective it will ring a little truer.

So lets start out with the answer before I get to the logic and explanation. The answer is simple. By observing your level of PEACE with life. However, allow me to explain that by trust I don’t mean the way you trust your bank to keep your money safe. I mean a faith that is unwavering and unshaken. A faith that cannot be moved. The trust I am talking about takes all of your heart, and all of your mind, and all of your soul, and all your strength (Mark 12:30). The trust I am talking about takes place on God’s terms and not on man’s (or our) terms. And likewise, when I say peace I am not talking about the human definition of mutual harmony between countries, friends, and neighbors. The peace I am talking about is inexplicable. We are told it passes all of our understanding. It is literally incomprehensible peace. And it is peace that comes from God (John 16:33). Your level of TRUST in God (the person of Jesus Christ) is directly proportional to the level of PEACE you experience within your life.

So how do I know this? Well first of all allow me to debunk the myth that peace is somehow tied to justice. If I am to assume that those who brandish this slogan mean that we cannot have peace without justice, then clearly they are wrong. Justice is indicative of a moral or righteous code of conduct. And there are injustices all over the world each and every day. How about the injustice of abortion? Something that bothers me greatly. But my peace is not dependent upon it. By point of reference, those that brandish the slogan are usually talking about what they would define as justice not what would necessarily be just within the eyes of God. If by their slogan they mean we cannot have peace without first having their brand of justice, then I submit to you it is a lost cause and we will never have peace. As long as justice is arbitrary and defined by the whims of man then peace will be elusive. We are told that vengeance belongs to the Lord (Romans 12:19) and that we are not to be given over to wrath. So clearly my peace isn’t (or shouldn’t be) tied to whatever justice I find or experience here on earth.

On the other hand if if those that brandish this slogan mean that they will not allow peace without justice, then once again I would submit to you there will be no peace here on earth. How can there be when we’ve tied it to some warped sense of justice? I am almost positive that those that brandish the slogan would have a problem when I tell them that I find those that call for the destruction of Israel, unjust. I am sure they would have a real problem with my views on abortion and how I find that practice unjust. I’m sure they would have a problem when I point out the unjustness of a cake decorator in Colorado (story here) being taken to court for not making an LBGTQ cake because it is contrary to his faith while at the same time they are calling for the tearing down of crosses (an example here) all over America. So whose justice are we talking about before we make peace not war? Certainly not what I (and hundreds of thousands of others) find to be just. Are we to go without peace for the sake of others? Or have these fools mistakenly tied peace to justice because it furthers their world view? (Just to be clear, I’m going with the latter).

So peace is not dependent upon justice, but what is it dependent upon? I would submit to you that peace is dependent upon trust. So how do I know this? Well I believe it is born out in Holy Scripture. Take Psalm 18:2 for example. What is your rock, your fortress, your deliverer, your very salvation, if not your peace? Is He not your place of refuge? Where all your needs are met? Where you find tranquility and where you are safe from all terrors? Is He not your PEACE?

And how do you obtain that PEACE? Through TRUST of course. You observe this almost everywhere in life. Missionaries exhibit this behavior every day of their lives. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen Missionary friends in seemingly impossible circumstances. And yet totally at peace. They look at you and say “God WILL provide.” And they know this because they trust Him.

I don’t lose my peace because God is my VENGEANCE, God is my FORTRESS, God is my SALVATION, God is my ROCK, God is my EVERYTHING and I TRUST Him. And when my trust wanes, and worry creeps into my life, and it seems like terror is closing in, I cry out to Him to help me in my unbelief (Mark 9:24).

So how do I know if you trust Jesus? I look at the level of peace you exhibit in your life. The more peace, the more trust. And the more trust, the more peace there will be. Try it yourself and see if I’m right.

Are You Marching For George Floyd?

About four weeks ago no one in America (other than family and friends) had heard the name George Floyd. However, suddenly, after one senseless act, not only had the world heard the name of George Floyd, but he had suddenly become some type of martyr, a symbol, a cause to rally around.

Cries of racism, police brutality, and #BlackLivesMatter sprang up all over the news and on city streets everywhere. George Floyd had become a cause. Interestingly enough, where there was no cause the day before.

George Floyd was memorialized, he had a funeral of more than 500 including an appearance by the Rev. Al Sharpton. His family was invited to testify before the U.S. Congress. Rallies sprang up in cities across the nation. There were riots where entire neighborhoods were ravaged. And it continues on today.

Some folks even flew half way across the Pacific ocean in order to ensure they brought the protests to the State of Hawaii. I know because I saw them lining the side of the highway as I drove my wife to a Drs. appointment in town. One of them, a very young lady, probably not even in High School, held a sign that read “No Justice, No Peace“.

I’m not even sure she was wise enough to understand the sheer folly of the sign she was holding. Are we supposed to interpret that as without Justice in the world there can be no Peace? Or that they will not allow peace without justice? These people neither understand justice or peace. And to think that the two are somehow tied together or are dependent upon each other is so ridiculous and juvenile as to be laughable. The real problem is these people cannot experience peace because they’ve tied it to some warped sense of justice they’ve invented in their heads. And prior to four or five weeks ago, they didn’t even know they wanted that justice.

Let me tell you about a friend of mine. My friend, like George Floyd, is a person of color. He is not some white, European, male that (supposedly) holds all the privilege in the world. No, quite the contrary, he is probably part of a smaller minority than George Floyd is.

My friend, like George Floyd, is part of a race of people that has suffered slavery and intolerable injustices. My friends race was enslaved for many hundreds of years and far, far, far, more of them died in slavery than did any African Americans. And they were treated as worse or even more intolerable than any African American slave.

My friends race, unlike George Floyd, had six million of their brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, aunts, and uncles just exterminated, for no cause, during World War II. They were killed for the gold filling in their teeth, their skin was used for lampshades, and their dead bodies were stacked like cordwood.

My friend, like George Floyd, was arrested by a group of European white guys who pretended to be the law of the land, but only because they were part of an occupying force. They came for him in the middle of the night. Carrying swords. And they took him while he was praying in a garden. They never read him his rights, they never told him what he was being charged with, and they never extended him any human dignity.

My friend, unlike George Floyd, was arrested without cause. As-a-matter-of-fact, my friend had not only never broken a law, he had never even committed the smallest sin. He had never lied, never had an evil thought, never stolen. He was totally righteous and without blame.

My friend, unlike George Floyd, was brought before a kangaroo court and was charged with fabricated and false charges. The Chief Justice even said he found no fault in Him (John 19:6).

My friend, unlike George Floyd, was beaten and scourged almost to the point of death. He was crucified. Hung from a cross. And my friend did not get any justice in death. There were no marches in the streets, no calls for justice. The important religious leaders of the day were embarrassed to show up at his funeral. And my friend was buried in a borrowed grave.

My friend is a member of the Jewish race. And you never hear #JewishLivesMatter. Even though there are repeated calls from around the world today to literally exterminate them all. There has never been a race of people that has suffered the injustices to the extent that the Jewish people have. And no one, absolutely no one marches in the street for them.

My friends name is Jesus Christ. And unlike George Floyd, he gave up his life willingly to the Roman guards. Even though he was totally without blame, he did not resist arrest nor did he alter the course of history when they scourged him and hung him on a cross. Even though he could have easily called upon the very Angels of Heaven itself and destroyed the earth (Matthew 26:53).

Oh what a friend I have in Jesus. He gave his life willingly that I (and you) might live. He died unustly that there might be justice. He died that there might be peace like no other peace on earth. Jesus is my Rock that assures me there is Justice in this world. And Jesus is my Savior that brings a Peace that passes all understanding. No matter the marches in the streets, no matter the riots, no matter the sheer lunacy the world sinks into, you cannot take my Peace. For my Peace comes from He who owns all Peace.

Never in the history of all humanity has ANY individual ever been more unjustly treated and made to suffer without cause than the person of Jesus Christ. And never has racism ever reared its ugly head in a more prominent manner than against the Church of the Family of God.

And yet no one marches in the streets. No one picks up the cause. No one wants to hold high the banner of Jesus Christ. And yet if we did, we would find the Justice and the Peace we all are looking for in the world today. Think about it.

The discussions that matter.

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