Honor which first- Christ or Washington?

Here's a link to an article - the first I've seen on the subject - which addresses something I've been thinking about for, oh about 6 years now:

http://www.onenewsnow.com/church/2015/07/08/flags-should-reflect-god-before-govt?utm_source=OneNewsNow&utm_medium=email&utm_term=16781489&utm_content=16342207304&utm_campaign=20716

We've always been taught to fly the American flag above any other flag, and up until the latter part of the 20th Century that might have made a little sense, since our nation was established on Judeo/Christian principles (sorry liberals, but that's the truth, and you're wrong to say otherwise).  I've always believed, and still do in spite of recent events, that the U.S. is the best place on earth to live.  But we've strayed from our founding principles, so much so that I can no longer say the our country and our founding Biblical principles are inexorably linked.

The last 60 years have seen Christians bit by bit yield to anti-Biblical ideas in the marketplace of ideas to the point that we are no longer considered a Christian nation.  If you believed, as I did, that we were before, you can no longer believe it, particularly in light of the [un]Supreme Court's June decisions.  I hope and pray the bond has been only temporarily broken, but we are now treading on dangerous ground.

It all began when the Church, for reasons of money, entered into an agreement with the government to stay out of politics if it wouldn't be required to pay taxes.  From that point on, the Church began distancing itself from the political process - something which our Founders would find abhorrent, since the 18th century Church was indispensable in the Revolution.  The Church only began to get re-involved when it became apparent the tide had turned the other way.  Well, just what in the world did the Church expect?  When the influence of God's people was removed, what happened was exactly what happens every time - the devil's influence increased.  Now we find ourselves murdering 50,000 babies a year, sanctioning things the Bible calls abominations, and becoming everything our Founders fought to get away from.

Two things:  My allegiance is to Christ first, so given the choice of which flag is more prominent, that should be the overriding consideration.  But, more importantly, it is way past time for the Church to re-engage itself in the public discourse.  In the last several elections, the results would have been markedly different had God's people simply first paid attention, then second, showed up to actually vote.  We must forget about politics and focus on what's right, even if it is politically incorrect (not just from a social standpoint, but from what the world would call a "strategic" standpoint).  You'll also notice I didn't mention anything about political parties here.  As it turns out, no matter which one is in power, we still slide downhill!

There are two famous lines that firmly address this issue.  The first, well know from Irish statesman, philosopher, and political theorist Edmund Burke: "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing".  Couple that with James 4:17, "to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin".  The second, which has been quoted in several forms, but probably has its origins from Danish Philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, the best version of which I've seen goes something like "There's no limit to the changes that can be made from a small, dedicated minority".  The Left has been doing this for decades. 

It's time for followers of Christ to remember the power we have access to.  Us and God makes a majority!  It is time for God's people to begin being the "salt and light" we are supposed to be while here!

Karl

Good Friday Didn't Seem So Good

Good Friday, April 3, 2015

Today, our Savior laid in the grave, dead.  To His disciples, Good Friday wasn't so good.  They had deserted Him in His greatest hour of need and, instead of being His messengers to the world, were cowering, scared, and not very Christ-like.  That's not a criticism - just the way things were.  Would any of us have been any different?  Nope - we would probably have been worse!  Regardless, it was not a "good" day.

Hindisght has the unique ability to change perceptions, erase fears, and add explanation to events that, at the time, seem unexplainable.  Now, some 2015 or so years later (depending on whose calendar you believe) we truly can call this "Good" Friday, because we now know a truly mircaculous work was being done.  Just as "Jonah was in the whale", Christ, the embodiment of the Creator of the universe, was about to unfold the greatest event in history.  He was to reveal how He'd conquered death; and not only that, but He'd sacrificed for us all.

Two mornings hence, on a Sunday morning, the stone was rolled away, the body-cast that He'd been wrapped in was hollow, and the disciples and other followers were astonished to discover that He was not just missing - He was risen!  The angels announced it to them, and a few days later Jesus Himself appeared to the disciples - holes in His hands and all!  When it was all said and done, Friday really did turn out to be "Good".  Sunday was even better!!!

I came to my realization that I needed Christ at an early age, and accepted HIs gift literally as a child.  While I've not been entirely faithful to him over the last 50 some-odd years, He has always been faithful to me.  I can look back and see His guiding hand, keeping me from disaster, and guiding me through the turbulence I created, always with a plan in mind that I couldn't always see.  Had He not been in that grave that Friday, and arisen from it on that Sunday, there would be no need to remember a "Good" Friday, and no need for an "Easter".  Millions of our neighbors have yet to grasp the enormity of what He has done for us, simply out of love.  Will you join with me this weekend and pray for those masses - our neighbors - that the God who came down in human flesh and paid our penalty will become so real to them they'll have to do something about it?

Happy Good Friday, and Happy Easter!!!

Immigrants

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

From a speech by our Dear Leader on November 24:

“There have been periods where the folks who were already here suddenly say, ‘Well, I don’t want those folks,’ even though the only people who have the right to say that are some Native Americans,” Obama said, rhetorically dismissing the right of 300 million actual Americans to decide who can live in their homeland.

Americans should not favor other Americans over foreigners, Obama demanded. “Sometimes we get attached to our particular tribe, our particular race, our particular religion, and then we start treating other folks differently… that, sometimes, has been a bottleneck to how we think about immigration,” he said in the face of many polls showing rising opposition to his immigration agenda.

Well, that's about the most idiotic racist thing I've heard lately.  I don't know of anybody who's against letting immigrants into the country.  I do know of people, myself at the top of the list, who want them to follow the rules because if the first thing someone wanting to come into this country does is violate our laws, I don't want them at all!  I don't care what their race or country of origin is, obey the rules or don't even think about coming here.  The fact that the leader of our country, the man charged with enforcing the laws, has this attitude is all the indication we need that the wrong guy is in the White House, and the idea that his insurance policy is Joe Biden should make no difference.  It is time to fire Barack Obama and deal with that idiot Biden later.

Oh, and don't even get me started on his racist attitude towards Ferguson, Missouri.......

Karl

Sons of Liberty?

January 28, 2015

Well, that was an interesting piece of garbage.

I just finished watching History Channel's "Sons of Liberty".  While it was interesting television, it was historical garbage.  Just what is it with these TV execs that they can't just tell it the way it happened.  The true story of the Revolution is infinitely more interesting in the drivel they made up, and t's almost as if they don't want you to know the real story.  I don't know who the powers are behind the History Channel, but the programming there is careening downhill so fast that it most certainly won't take long to hit bottom.  In fact, this Sons of Liberty episode is evidence they may already be there.

So, first we dumb down the history books in school; then we distort the facts in popular culture; then we just deny it happened that way at all.  From the facts surrounding the life of Christ, to the events in the Middle East a thousand years later, to the discovery of America, to the Revolutionary War, to the War Between The States, fo the lives of our best and worst Presidents, history has been so distorted and the lies so embedded in every avenue of our culture, that if we can ever get back to the truth, it will be a genuine miracle.

The good news is, the truth is still there.  All you have to do is look.  "All Truth asks, all it wants, is the liberty of appearing" - Thomas Paine.  Is anyone listening?

Just Say No!

Well, once again Mississippi shows the rest of the world just how stupid we can be when we really try. Cochran has now admitted that it took 35,000 Democratic votes in the Republican Primary to help him hold on to power, and he got a lot of financial help from his power-hungry friends, including the other Senator from Mississippi, Roger Wicker. People, it is wayyyyy past time for a revolution against the power-hungry interests that infest our government at all levels. So what if Cochran will be in a position of influence in the next Congress - THAT'S WHAT WORRIES ME!!! I'd rather have no influence than bad influence. The country is on the brink of collapse just because of people like Cochran spending like drunken sailors I will NOT be voting for Cochran, even if that means Travis Childers wins in November. If McDaniel doesn't run as an independent, I'll be writing his name in.

Now, just so we're clear here, I don't think the sun rises and sets on McDaniel, but when we have a qualified candidate that espouses the same things we believe in, and he's running against an incumbent that's not only been in office since Moses was a little boy but has obviously, based on his voting record, been co-opted by the forces of compromise to the extent he even voted for Obamacare to go forward (sure, it was a cloture vote, but defeating cloture would have killed it!), then it's time to exercise the good sense God gave us and enact term limits from the ballot box.

Tuesday we were poised to do that. But Cochran cares more about hanging on to power than fulfilling his oath of office, so he pulled a real stinker and invited the enemy into the camp.

Absolutely despicable!!! You want to know why I'm not a Republican? Now you know. Neither of the political parties can be trusted. So, just say "no".