May each of you have the heart to conceive, the understanding to direct, and the hand to execute works that will leave the world a little better for your having been here. -- Ronald Reagan

Monday, May 25, 2015

On Memorial Day, When Leftist Thanks Me for My Service, Why I Reject It.

This Memorial Day I of course honor, kneel and pray for those that made the ultimate sacrifice. I kneel and pray specifically for those I personally served with and knew, whose names are now on the Vietnam Memorial. I kneel and pray for the half of this country that reject everything these men died for, that are doing everything they can to take away our freedom, and destroy all vestige of tradition that built up the greatest nation in the history of man. I pray for them to recognize that all they support denies people all the liberties we have sacrificed for.

These people attack and have been fairly successful in destroying, or at least diminishing the traditional family, church and religion [specifically Jews and Christians], the military, free speech, the right to bear arms. Our civil religion is based in the Constitution on which the Left has launched a full on assault.

The men that died to defend this country from imperialism, Nazism, Fascism, and Communism I sometimes think and feel did so in vain. The totalitarian mindset of the Left rejects Liberty, and embraces Statism. We have a government that is most of the way to controlling everything in our lives; what we can say to what we eat.

Everything in the Declaration of Independence they reject.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” They don’t believe in a Creator, and believe the people only have the rights those that govern say they can have.

The list that follows the opening statement, with some modifications, is what we are facing again. The people in power and with influence, politically and culturally, reject the liberties the Declaration and the Constitution say we as a free people should have.
These Military fought and died for and the Left rejects.

Most of the people that signed the Declaration sacrificed their lives or lost everything if they survived. Statists are saying they are nothing but dead white males and slave owners and we should reject what they said, did, and wrote. From that I can only deduce they abhor those that lost lives in the Civil War to free the slaves, WWI to stop horrific murderous imperialism, WWII to stop Nazism and Fascism, Korea and Vietnam to stop Communism, and the Cold War to stop the Soviet Union and their imperialist/communist aggression. Leftists during the Bolshevik Revolution and after, through the Cold War were supporters of the Soviet Union or at least apologists for them.

The historical evidence is clear. The Left/Statists reject the liberties, the freedoms, the rights enumerated in the Declaration and the Constitution. They reject and hate the military. Whenever they’re in power they slash military spending endangering the people of this country. They are the ones that harassed soldiers coming home from Viet Nam.

From all this, if any Leftist/Democrat thanks me for my service, or makes any pro-military statements on Memorial or Veterans Day, I reject it. They are hypocrites and liars. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Moving Out of Snuggly Christianity

I’ve written in the past few posts (just scroll down) about how the church I belong to at the national level has embraced Secular Statism and placed its beliefs, orthodoxy, and aggressive intolerance before Christ and Scripture. The “leadership” of my, and several other mainline Protestant domination's, have jumped to the racist, environmental, gender, central command government model, and that includes attacking Christianity and Jews.  

I’ve wondered for years, given that governments usually end up slaughtering Jews, how and why do they side with government ahead of Yahweh and Torah. It’s because they have made government their religion, and more specifically Statist Atheistic government, their religion. Now western Christians are doing it. I hear stuff being said by Christians, in and out of church saying the darndest things. I’ve got to wonder, if they have read scripture, or if they have do they understand any of it, or if they do, do they believe it.

I hear them side with gay marriage, multiple genders, speech against traditional marriage, pro-abortion, and equality of result in life (in the name of fairness). I have to wonder, if people identifying themselves as Christians professes belief in these things, why?

Fear of the politically correct groupthink crowd? Have they put cultural acceptance ahead of God? Have they put political expediency ahead of God? I can understand, and even acknowledge that kind of thinking, wrong as it is. What is disconcerting are Christians that do put Christ front and center in their lives, yet remain silent or just acquiesce to the hatred, intolerance and bullying.

To those I say, it’s time to speak up, speak back to, challenge. Of course there will be push back, name calling….homophobe, racist, bigot, and the rest that we get thrown at us. This isn’t as bad as what Jesus, the Disciples, Paul and the martyrs experienced. This isn’t ancient Rome, though we do have our self-important politicians and cultural celebrities, our circuses to distract us from the horrors of our civilization brought upon us by those very same people.

If we state what we should, that is from scripture, we will, to be sure, be called out of touch, bigots, haters, insensitive, narrow-minded, intolerant, and all the rest. But like the early Christians, we must speak the truth.

The truth is this. That God created Man and Woman. When Man and Woman come together they become one flesh. From that marriage come children. Those children are sacred human lives, including when they are still in the womb. Made in the image of God. Marriage is sacred, sexual morality as is should be was stated two thousand years ago. This comes from traditional, scriptural, Christian orthodoxy. If we accept that and state it, we are rejecting the zeitgeist, the secularist statist humanist view, and it is more and more at our peril.

Christians must do as Christ commanded, “If anyone wants to be my disciple, let him take up his cross and follow me”. Seems to me there are less and less Christians willing to take up that cross. We’ve been accepted without challenge for a long time. We are all snuggled in our comfort.

Why do so many allow this? Comfort to be sure; so is it that many think they really don’t have to work at their Faith, take the effort to maintain, grow and defend Christianity?

If we are truly disciples we must witness, proclaim the gospel as true. We must be willing to be attacked and insulted. Are you willing to stand with Christ?

Don’t believe it when the forces assembled against us say we can’t win, God is dead, Christianity is dead, the traditional family is dead, traditional marriage is dead, the sanctity of human life is dead, we are only to stand in the judgement of other men and their anti-humane, Godless laws, rules, and punishments.

Only God can judge. Only God’s laws are true and just. Not the people arrayed against the Gospel Truth, Christians and our Churches.

Are you for speaking the gospel? For witnessing God’s word? Stand on the side of truth. Stand with Christ. Have Christian integrity. Walk the talk, live the walk, speak the truth.

Like the early Christians, it’s time to start living outside our comfort zone. We’ll experience discomfort, but at least won’t be eaten by lions or slayed by gladiators.

Step out of the comfort zone. Speak the gospel Truth.    


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Leftist Political Leadership in the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Not Christ Lead. I Don't Like It.

More thoughts on the Leftist Materialist direction and world view of my church, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at the national level, led by Sharon Watkins. There are, no doubt, Leftist local DOC churches that put government and politics above God, but I’m sure there a several that would rather have scripturally run churches. I’m one. I know too there are many in my church have the same mindset. I know, and know of, people that have left the DOC because the "leadership" is more interested in the political and cultural zeitgeist than following Christ.

That oligarchy at the top supported the secularist, atheist, homosexualist movements (anti traditional family) and leftist political beliefs in its recent attack on Christians in Indiana. They followed that with supporting the lie that white racist cops are gunning down unarmed Black men.

There is a corruption of our logo, the Chalice /St Andrew’s Cross which is red and white, turning it into a green chalice. This is a political alignment with the Leftist Environmentalists. Blocking oil production to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (Emergency Resolution) [really this years long argument is still an emergency?], Climate Change, strip mining, seal hunting; the whole Leftist list here. We are, as Christians, to be sure, called upon to be stewards of God’s creation, but all the things on the Green Chalice list are political action, having nothing to do with our Church or Christianity, but everything having to do with submitting to government power. All these issues side with the Democrat Party and the Leftist/totalitarian movements of this nation and world.

The DOC “leadership” advocates welcoming the mass migration of people from south of the border, which is more that can be processed, then make US citizens and church members that are opposed out to be intolerant cold hearted racists. The DOC supports the illegal unconstitutional Dream Act, and all the other illegal immigration executive orders; these things are legislative items, not executive orders; that is illegal. The DOC has the gall to use “the least of these’ scripture to support breaking the law. They are advocates for the president and his political party, Leftist travelers, for breaking the law.

Open borders, millions of illegals (regardless of the reason; violence in their own country for example, then they must deal with it there), the Leftist Environmental movement, siding with atheists, bigots, anti-Semites, and all the rest of it, has nothing to do with, as Aquinas succinctly put it:

To feed the hungry;
    To give drink to the thirsty;
    To clothe the naked;
    To harbour the harbourless;
    To visit the sick;
    To ransom the captive;
    To bury the dead.

The spiritual works of mercy are:

    To instruct the ignorant;
    To counsel the doubtful;
    To admonish sinners;
    To bear wrongs patiently;
    To forgive offences willingly;
    To comfort the afflicted;
    To pray for the living and the dead.

If the DOC is serious about feeding, clothing, the sick, and they are in other countries, then they should go there, increase missionary work, and send them food and clothes. Inviting them to the US, and stressing all taxpayers (not just members of First Christian Church), creating even more unemployment and poverty among our poor who are being dispossessed by even more uneducated/low or unskilled workers illegally coming across our border. They compete with those for government created limited resources and the problems related to high unemployment.

How does the DOC “leadership” think they are doing spiritual works of mercy by siding with totalitarian, anti-Christian, anti-Semitic governments and culture? Our government and anti-Christian cultural elites attack Christian businesses, forcing them do things against teaching and beliefs and the DOC leadership jumps right on.

I suppose I can go on for lots more pages, but I’m thinking I’ve at least started making my point. If DOC in Indiana is serious about putting government and the cultural zeitgeist before God, then they need to consider stepping down.

I’m both angered and saddened that out church “leadership” has put Christ second to the materialist idea that we humans can make life better without God (while using God to justify). They must stop using our Church and scripture to hide behind so they can have political power, or to support the anti-Christian politicians and cultural elites. They have turned their backs on Christ. Pray for them they turn back to Christ.

“The heads of the Church ought therefore to imitate Christ in being affable, adapting Himself to women, laying His hands on children, and washing His disciples’ feet, that they also should do the same to their brethren. But we are such that we seem to go beyond the pride even of the great ones of this world; as to the command of Christ, either not understanding it, or setting it at nought. Like princes we seek hosts to go before us, we make ourselves  awful and difficult of access, especially to the poor, neither approaching them, nor suffering them to approach us.”
― Thomas Aquinas