The Church, The Culture and Politics

Had not scores of pastors and hundreds, even thousands, of
members of their churches in the 1700’s become vigilantly,
vocally, vibrantly, virulently, viably, even violently involved
in the politics of their day, there probably would not be a
United States of America today.

Many pastors were vigilant to know and tell their people what
the British were up to.  They did not think their only role was
to preach the vital Gospel. They were vivid and vibrant in
vocally using their pulpits to call out the British for their
oppressive rule of the colonies. Their virulent and viable
stances garnered them the name “The Black Robe Regiment”.
Some pastors became “violent” in their political involvement,
by taking off their Black Robe and donning a Continental
Army Officer’s uniform.  Several pastors proceeded to form
their own company, battalion or regiment.  The members of
such units were predominantly men of their own
congregations – and then their pastor led them into combat
against the British Army.

So, there is ample evidence in our history and in Scripture
that the Christian church, her leaders and members, are
to be ardently and winsomely involved in their culture and
in politics, especially when the existing government is going
counter to God’s Word and God’s Way.  To claim otherwise
is to deny the Christian Church’s proper, beneficial effect
upon the culture – to be Salt and Light…

There are two sides in this Battle between Good and Evil.
          If one side doesn’t show up for the fight,
              it is obvious who the Victor will be,
             unless the Lord Himself intervenes.

       So, now the Questions:  As a Christ-following
American Patriot…
Are you personally involved in bringing Goodness and
Light into our Culture?
Are you Vocal in Exposing Evil?
Are you Sharing the Gospel regularly?
Are you faithfully Praying for God’s Help
in all this (Proverbs 16:9)?

March 16, 2021

 

So Let’s Do Three Things!

Right now in March of 2021, there are strong
forces in leadership positions of authority in
America, who appear intent on destroying the
America that our wise and God-fearing Founding
Fathers created in response to God’s leading in
our Constitutional Convention in 1786.  What
can we, the Christian people of America, do
to prevent that oncoming destruction of our
way of life?  The solution is not to count on
humans.  Human beings, devoid of the guidance
of God Himself, created this calamitous chaos.
Therefore, the solution is not to be found among
humans.  It is to be found only in God….

                   So let’s do three things:  

1. Pray humbly but fervently to our nation-founding
God to confess, repent and ask forgiveness for our many
sins personally and nationally. Then ask Him to Revive
His churches in America from Coast to Coast, so all
preachers will once again be faithful teachers of His
Bible, and will again “Thunder from their Pulpits”
against the Evil in our Land, as did the vaunted “Black
Robe Regiment” of the 1700s. Ask Him to provide us
a strong, Christ-following National Figure who will
be stirred by God’s Holy spirit to lead another “Great
Awakening” from Border to Border.  Ask   Him to
restore our government to righteousness, so that
we are led to become a God-fearing, God-following
government once again.  Ask Him to intervene and
bring down the immoral, the profane, and the evil
in our land.  Ask Him to cause us all to lower the
temperature of our speech against one another, and
to help us to show the Love of God toward each other
and not the prevalent hostile attitudes.      The
Lord’s Prayer asks God to “Deliver us from Evil”.
Ask Him to do just that!

2. Speak winsomely but forcefully in Public against Political
Immorality and Attempts to change our US Constitution.

A book entitled “Politics According to the Bible” by Dr. Wayne
Grudem, supports and explains Jesus’ own call for us all to be
Salt & Light in a Decaying and Dark world. As part of this, we
must find, encourage, and support candidates for office who
believe in America as founded and want to see her return to that
greatness – for God’s Glory, not ours.
We must also speak against and vote against immoral laws,
and all policies counter to our US Constitution that abridge
our Faith & Freedom
.

3. Share the Grace of the Good News of Jesus Christ in a
Winsome way with more and more people.  Let us double and
redouble our best efforts. Even those who are not yet Christ-followers
can see there is a need for change, but many are unaware of how to
make it happen.  Let us show them. And we must hurry –
the time is perhaps short.

Colonel Tom McDonald, USA, Ret., Christian Soldier Patriot.

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Print this out, crop it closely, fold it small, then slip it into
your purse, your billfold or a pocket on your cell phone.
Have it always with you so that when time hangs a little
slack during your day, you can pull it out and pray as
though your life depended on it.  Because it does. 

PS:  There is a four-page Essay on this Blog entitled
“America! A Total Reboot Is Possible”.  There is also
a video, Faith & Freedom, on this website.

Response to Pres Biden’s “Income Inequality” Speech

by Bob Lonsberry, on Rochester radio station WHAM 1180 AM,

The Democrats are right, there are two Americas.
The America that works, and the America that doesn’t.
The America that contributes, and the America that doesn’t.
It’s not the haves and the have nots,
it’s the dos and the don’ts.
Some people do their duty as Americans, obey the law, support
themselves, contribute to society, and others don’t.
That’s the divide in America.

It’s not about income inequality, it’s about civic irresponsibility.
It’s about a political party that preaches hatred, greed and
victimization in order to win elective office.
It’s about a political party that loves power more than it loves
its country.
That’s not invective, that’s truth, and
it’s about time someone said it.

The politics of envy was on proud display a couple weeks ago
when President Biden pledged the rest of his term to fighting
“income inequality.”  He noted that some people make more
than other people, that some people have higher incomes than
others, and he says that’s not just.

That is the rationale of thievery.  The other guy has it, you want
it, Biden will take it for you.  Vote Democrat.  That is the
philosophy that produced Detroit.  It is the electoral philosophy
that is destroying America.

It conceals a fundamental deviation from American values
and common sense because it ends up not benefiting the
people who support it, but a betrayal.

The Democrats have not empowered their followers; they
have enslaved them in a culture of dependence and entitlement,
of victimhood and anger instead of ability and hope.

The President’s premise – that you reduce income inequality
by debasing the successful – seeks to deny the successful the
consequences of their choices and spare the unsuccessful the
consequences of their choices.  Because, by and large, income
variations in society is a result of different choices leading to
different consequences.  Those who choose wisely and
responsibly have a far greater likelihood of success, while
those who choose foolishly and irresponsibly have a far
greater likelihood of failure.  Success and failure usually
manifest themselves in personal and family income.

You choose to drop out of high school or to skip college – and
you are apt to have a different outcome from someone who
gets a diploma and pushes on with purposeful education
and/or employment.

You have your children out of wedlock and life is apt to take
one course; you have them within a marriage and life is apt to
take another course.

Most often in life our destination is determined by
the course we take.

My doctor, for example, makes far more than I do.  There
is significant income inequality between us.  Our lives
have had an inequality of outcome, but our lives also have
had an inequality of effort.  While my doctor went to college
and then devoted his young adulthood to medical school
and residency, I chose another avenue.

He made a choice, I made a choice, and our choices led
us to different outcomes.  His outcome pays a lot better
than mine.  Does that mean he cheated and Joe Biden
needs to take away his wealth?  No, it means we are
both free men in a free society where free choices lead
to different outcomes.

It is not inequality Joe Biden intends to take away, it is
freedom
.  The freedom to succeed and the freedom to
fail.  There is no true option for success if there is no true
option for failure.  The pursuit of happiness means a
whole lot less when you face the punitive hand of
government if your pursuit brings you more happiness
than the other guy.  Even if the other guy sat on his arse
and did nothing.  Even if the other guy made a lifetime’s
worth of asinine and shortsighted decisions.

President Biden and the Democrats preach equality of
outcome as a right, while completely ignoring inequality of
effort.  The simple Law of the Harvest – as ye sow, so shall
ye reap – is sometimes applied as, “The harder you work,
the more you get.”  Biden would turn that upside down.
Those who achieve are to be punished as enemies of
society and those who fail are to be rewarded as wards of society.

Entitlement will replace effort as the key to upward mobility in
American society if President Barack Biden gets his way.  He
seeks a lowest common denominator society in which the
government besieges the successful and productive to foster
equality through mediocrity.  He and his party speak of two
Americas, and their grip on power is based on using the votes
of one to sap the productivity of the other
.

America is not divided by the differences in our outcomes,
it is divided by the differences in our efforts.  It is a false
philosophy to say one man’s success comes about
unavoidably as the result of another man’s victimization.

What Biden offered was not a solution, but a separatism.
He fomented division and strife, pitted one set of Americans
against another for his own political benefit.  That’s what
socialists offer.  Marxist class warfare wrapped up with a bow.

Two Americas, coming closer each day to proving the truth to
Lincoln’s maxim that a house divided against itself cannot stand.
END.

My comment:  This man understands clearly what is going
on in our nation today.  The evil of the day, communism, is
trying hard to triumph over the good of the Faith & Freedom
into which our great God birthed this nation some 245 years
ago.  What we must do an often is pray for more of us to stand
against this advancing evil.  We must pray for God to deliver
us from this evil end – and to once again give us another
Great Spiritual Awakening from coast-to-coast and
border-to-border

Divide & Conquer Politics

Divide & Conquer has been a successful strategy and tactic for the
military in fighting an enemy.  It is often a useful option to divide
an enemy’s forces into smaller elements – and then defeat or
neutralize each element in turn.  That strategy has been used by
the Democrat Party since the 1930s.  To implement that strategy,
their tactic has been to create and describe classes of citizens,
then create stories that cause one class or group of citizens to feel
underprivileged when compared to the other created class or
group of citizens.  Then the Dems suggest, to the class feeling
“shorted”, that by voting the Dems into office, the Dems will
correct this alleged terrible imbalance.

Over the years, these are the classes that the Dems have created:
Wealth, Race, Environment, Gender, Religion.  The classic division
by the Dems for decades is the rich versus the poor.  They
demonize the wealthy as though they should be ashamed of being
wealthy.  They completely ignore the inconvenient truth that most
of the wealthy worked hard and sacrificed early pleasure, leisure,
etc. – for their long-term goal of becoming wealthy enough to
become comfortable.  And the Dems always fail to mention that
the poor have the same opportunity as the wealthy, but that they
have to work for it also.  Instead, they lead the poor (some of
whom remain that way through sheer laziness or drug addiction)
to believe the right thing for the poor to do is to put the Dems in
public office so they can then “tax the rich” and give large gifts,
erroneously labelled “entitlements”, to the poor.  This tactic of
“rich vs poor” has been highly successful – bringing the nation to a
state of technical bankruptcy.

The latest use of this Anger-and-Divide tactic by Dems (some of
whom morphed into full-blown Socialist/Communists), with the
compliant help of the main-stream media, is the lie of widespread
Racism in the nation especially by cops on Black men.  The
Marxist, Anti-Liberty Antifa and BLM (Black Lives Matter) have
created another mythical great rift in America.  Pathetically, the
BLM folks fail to recognize their own lie about Black lives
mattering, because even though Blacks are 13% of our nation’s
population, Black Abortions are 34% of the nation’s total abortions
(source: Epoch Times, May 26, 2021).  So, one could ask “Do Black
lives really matter to Blacks?”

The Black Lives Matter movement is intent on creating/staging
Violent-Cops-on-Innocent-Blacks events.  By having the Main-
Stream Media firmly in hand, the BLM folks can spin almost every
tale of alleged wrong treatment of Blacks by Cops into a rush to
judgment of the Cop. A recent example is the Trial of Officer
Chauvin for the alleged murder of multiple-felon George Floyd.
The videos and the autopsy report, from a reliable source,
overwhelmingly suggest Floyd’s death was a self-inflicted overdose
of Fentanyl – a potent drug that, when overdosed, asphyxiates a
person by filling their lungs with liquid. Long before he was placed
on the ground, he was videoed saying he couldn’t breathe.  The
autopsy report showed no injury to his trachea or larynx. Absent
other evidnce, it appears Floyd killed himself.  Might it be a fearful
community felt, not thought, it had to find him guilty to prevent more
violence in the streets?

There is a Truth about the larger issue of black crime that must be
heard – here are some facts, some Truths, to ponder:
Of the 328 million people in the USA, 41.4 million are Black,
which is 12.6% of the US population.
Blacks commit over 50% of the Violent Crime in the USA.
Ninety-three percent of Black homicides are committed
by other Blacks.
Nine unarmed Black men were killed by Police in 2019.
(“Unarmed” does not mean “innocent” or “not a threat”)
The number of unarmed Black Men killed by Police
is down 23% since 2015.
A Police Officer is 18.5 times more likely to be killed
by a Black Man than the other way around.
Above facts are from Brandon Straka of walkawaycampaign.com

The people of this nation know that there are occasional incidents
of bad behavior toward compliant apprehendees as well as bad
reactions by police officers to violent or disobedient arrested men
from time to time.  It is regrettable, of course, but from the
statistics, it may be in part due to the overwhelming amount of
violent crime by blacks, many on drugs, who refuse to obey the
instructions of the officers.  When a detained citizen starts running
away and is told to stop running or he will be shot, most people
would stop.  But some of the detained men apparently refuse to obey
and are shot, yes, in the back.  It’s sad, but there it is.

And one last word about our Police Departments.  To keep the
peace in any community, police are a necessity.  The Defund the
Police movement is absurd; actually it’s insane.  It should be
Refund, not Defund, the Police, meaning: increase funding and
training so that they can do an even better job of protecting the
law-abiding citizenry.

The Dems have almost mastered Divide & Conquer Politics to
cause unrest in the nation so that they can claim to the people
that the Dems can solve that issue if the citizens will just put them
into public office.  The truth is that the Dems never produce for
the country the rosy picture they paint during political campaigns.
Remember:  Divide & Conquer is a military strategy and tactic that
is used against an enemy.  The clear conclusion for many of us is
that the Dems since the 1930s have made war against their
enemy – yes, their enemy is the American people. Isn’t that
Sedition?  Again the proof of this regrettable truth is the
outrageous financial condition of our nation.  And, sad to see it,
the Dems have been joined by far too many Republicans who see
that we citizens have fallen prey to these socialist enticements
which put far too many of these anti-Americans into office.  Power
is what it’s about; not what’s best for a Faith, Freedom, and Free-
Market nation.

The Dems have formally identified their Divide & Conquer Strategy
as Identity Politics. Identity Politics is the Communist Left’s
constant attempt to Anger and Divide our Nation (Again, isn’t that
called Sedition?).  Communists always want us to believe that Full
Government Control and Central Planning is better for us than our
preferred Faith, Freedom and Free-Market Economy.  It is, of
course, a Myth and Lie, but for some reason (might the socialist
indoctrination of our young in schools have something to do with
it?) the young seem to believe Socialism/ Communism is the single
best way to be governed. History reveals that every Communist
nation has impoverished and enslaved its people.  Who in their
right mind wants that here?

In truth, none of us, regardless of skin color, wants violence in our
relations between us.  We should all, regardless of skin color,
stand strongly against all those who want to divide us and who fan
the flames of false narratives about some of us to others of us for
the evil purpose of keeping us stirred up against one another – to
divide us.  It’s time to say ENOUGH!

We have a way to go to get back to some semblance of good will
by each of us toward one another.  A good place to start is for
each of us to humble ourselves before our great God and begin to
daily pray fervently for God to Forgive us and to Revive the
Churches in America, to ask Him to give us another Great
Awakening – to bring us all back to the One who founded this
nation through our Founding Fathers some 245 years ago
.  We
need Him; He doesn’t need us.  So, we are the ones who must
bend our wills to His.  If enough of us really prayed with a
determined deep desire for Him to restore us to righteousness in
all we think, say, or do – God may just do it.  Worth a try,
wouldn’t you say?

In addition to concerted prayer, we must each always stand
against wrong-headed government proposals.  Every time you
read or hear of some wrong-headed, unrighteous thinking by one
of our elected officials, contact them right away by phone or in
writing, and tell them you stand against such a thing.  But we
must all commit to do this
.  Why?  Because most of the people in
government listen only to the mass response; it’s about power,
not necessarily what’s right.  So, a massive response by us to
them about something stupid will get them to act correctly.
Please commit to being one of the thousands who will stand up for
what is right by telling them so
.

Tom McDonald on July 4, 2021

Critical Race Theory

Excerpts from Article by Christopher F. Rufo,
Wall Street Journal, June 8, 2021

Critical race theory’s core concepts, include race essentialism,
collective guilt and racial superiority.  It cultivates shame in
white students and fatalism in minority students.

Left-leaning media outlets have begun spinning a new
mythology that presents critical race theory as a benign academic
concept, casts its detractors as right-wing extremists driven
by racial resentment, and portrays legislation against critical race
theory as an attempt to ban teaching about the history of slavery
and racism.  All three charges are false.

First, critical race theory isn’t an exercise in promoting racial
sensitivity or understanding history.  It’s a radical ideology
that seeks to use race as a means of moral, social and political
revolution.

The theory maintains that America is an irredeemably racist
nation and that the constitutional principles of freedom and
equality are mere “camouflages” for white supremacy.  The
solution, according to prominent exponents of critical race
theory such as Ibram X. Kendi, is to abolish capitalism and
install a near-omnipotent federal bureaucracy with the power
to nullify any law and silence political speech that isn’t “antiracist”.

Second, the grassroots movement against critical race theory is
nonpartisan, multiracial and mainstream.

Third, state legislation about critical race theory bans a specific
set of pedagogies—not teaching about history. Left-leaning media
outlets have claimed that bills in states such as Idaho, Oklahoma,
Tennessee and Texas would ban teachers from discussing racism
in the classroom.  This is patently false.  The legislation in these
states would simply prohibit teachers from compelling students
to believe that one race “is inherently superior to another,” that
one race is “inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive,” or that an
individual “bears responsibility for actions committed in the past
by other members of the same race.”

Critical race theory is a dangerous ideology that will take the
nation into racial retrograde; Americans should have no
hesitation in opposing it.

America! A Total Reboot Is Possible!

This is a Vital Read for Every American and Worth Sharing, especially with the Young!  

America – Why Have You Gone So Far Astray?
You used to be noble, righteous, humble, though far from perfect, considering slavery.  We who now worship the God who made us a once-great nation, weep for you who have renounced God for the passing pleasures of unrighteous desires. To set America back on the right road to righteousness, we will need many millions of us Americans to come back to God – to put godly men and women into elected office at the national, state and local levels.  Those of us who love America, want to see her thrive once again as a nation under God, as stated in our Pledge of Allegiance.

What Is America’s Early History?
America was inaugurated in 1620 by the prophetic words of the Mayflower Compact, signed by every Pilgrim man before they left the Mayflower and set foot on the soil of their new nation.  They had been driven by religious persecution in the Old World (England and Holland) to establish a new nation on this continent “for the glory of God, and advancements of the Christian faith” (quote: Mayflower Compact).

Then on July 4, 1776, Congress declared to the world that the American colonies would from that day forward be free and independent states, no longer under the authority of Great Britain.  Our national founding document clearly states some remarkable precepts that set America on its path to God-centered greatness.  It stands as a classic example of Christians and the Church becoming deeply involved in Politics, as is expected of us.

“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.”

This was revolutionary thinking for our Founding Fathers.  To recognize that God would cause men to lead themselves by selecting leaders who were then accountable to them as a group to discharge that sacred duty and responsibility of governance, keeping always in mind to whom we are all ultimately responsible.

This new upstart of a nation had to fight a bloody war – our Revolutionary War – to make stick our resolve to be independent.  Our first President considered the father of our country, had this to say to all of us about “religion” in all of our affairs:

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity,
  religion and morality are indispensable supports.  In vain would that
  man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these
  great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of
  men and citizens.  …Reason and experience both forbid us to expect
  that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
   Washington – Farewell Address, September 19, 1796

“Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”
(Proverb 14:34) 

What Is America’s True Foundation?
When the majority of the citizens of America worshipped and followed the God of the Bible, as begun by the Pilgrims under their Mayflower Compact, and later formalized in our Declaration of Independence, we thrived as a people and became a great nation – perhaps the greatest nation ever on the earth.  However, after WWII we have seen a dramatic falling away of seemingly an entire nation from the solid virtues that made us once the envy of the world – our flourishing wealth; our honorable government; our excellent school & university system; our ingenious technologies; our strong military; our virtuous and generous people; our beautiful mountains, forests and lakes; our vast, rich farms and ranches; our hard-working people building wonderful new infrastructures and businesses.

It was the intangible, the spiritual in us that enabled that goodness, that foundation in Faith and Freedom which empowers us to build all that we see.  But when we, as a people began turning away from following and worshipping God, He began to take His hand of guidance and benevolence from us.  Left then to man’s wisdom, the Federal government began to control more and more of our lives, adopting socialistic systems of governance which have repeatedly destroyed other nations.*  The insatiable drive for power especially by the left is ruining the decent life that used to characterize America and our healthy personal relationships with each other.

What Is America’s Current Situation?
For the first two centuries we were a kind and gentle giver to, and defender of, the world, yet today we are not regarded well in the main, especially by countries dominated by dictators and Communism.  The not so strange thing about all this, is that many of these authoritarian governments* that opposed us have impoverished their own people, ruining their lives, while we have continued to thrive – until recently.

What Is Our Government’s Part in Our Decline?
Our US Supreme Court in 1962-63 stabbed the very heart of a moral America – they ruled that our young students could no longer pray to our God in schools. Social statistics reveal that decision set us on the slippery slope of sin and moral degradation as a nation.  Then in 1973 that same Supreme Court decided it was fine for us to murder babies in the womb, some 61 million so far.  Then in 2015, the same Court made another unthinkable decision.  They found that it was okay to allow same-sex marriage in America.  With that fateful decision, our Supreme Court challenged the very authority of the God of all Creation.  That same God gave us the Holy Bible to guide us away from such immorality and sin, so that by following its precepts, we could keep on the more narrow path of righteousness 

The insanity of telling God to “get lost” is now reaping us a whirlwind of calamities.  

What are Some of the Results?
Fewer of us now believe in God.  Fewer still are followers of Jesus Christ.  The
radical Left’s Humanistic-Secularization of several of our younger generations
in schools, universities and on social media is at the heart of why this has
happened.  Laws are being passed that restrict and even prohibit the
practices of moral activity.  Some laws and policies attempt to prevent
speech about morality – a growing antagonism toward anything Christian
or Biblical.  Our nation is technically in bankruptcy – hugely growing
liabilities grossly exceed total  assets. Our increasingly socialistic laws,
policies and regulations are driving America ever closer to the
bankruptcy that always – always – follows such incompetent governance.

Much of our industry and businesses are owned or controlled by
foreigners, Communist China in particular.  I use “particular”
because they have stated their goal is total world domination.
America is their greatest obstacle to accomplishing that Goal.

Many governments around the world, and at all levels in America,
are increasingly led by those whose personal and immoral interests
are placed above those of their citizens. (e.g. Marxists, Islamic
Supremists, and others with non-Biblical laws)

The events in late 2020 and early 2021 in America give many of us
a renewed foreboding of what is surely ahead for America – unless
we do a complete reversal of the way we manage our affairs at the
Federal level and other levels.

What Can Be Done To Return Our Nation to Biblical Righteousness?
It would do us well to remember that God allowed great calamity to fall upon His favored people of ancient Israel.  When immorality and sin became so bad in Israel that they would not listen to His prophets but insisted on becoming more evil – God brought terrible
calamities upon them to get their attention.  Later He would give them a leader who brought them back to God, for a time, until they strayed again, repeating the cycle. Perhaps we are in that spot now with God.  He demands righteousness and we have become increasingly immoral, even evil.  Worse yet, we have been in the business of exporting our immorality in music, movies, TV, books magazines, games, and the internet literally around the world.  According to some evidence just now being discovered, even the means of electing people in America’s political system may be compromised.  So the answer here is as clear for us today as it was for ancient Israel then – return to God and His ways of living righteously – or face an ugly end.

    “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness
that 
guards the land.  I searched for someone to stand in the gap
in the wall 
so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no
one.” 
Ezekiel 22:30
 

So let’s do three things:

  1. Pray Humbly but  Fervently to our nation-founding God, to
    confess, repent and ask forgiveness for our many sins personally and nationally.  Then Ask Him to Revive His churches in America from
    Coast to Coast, so all preachers will once again be faithful teachers of
    His Bible, and will again “Thunder from their Pulpits” against the Evil in our Land, as did the vaunted “Black Robe Regiment” of the 1700s.
    Ask Him to provide us a strong, Christ-following National Figure who
    will be stirred by God’s Holy Spirit to lead another “Great Awakening”
    from Border to Border.  Ask Him to restore our government to righteousness, so that we are led to become a God-fearing, God-following government once again.  Ask Him to intervene and bring down the immoral, the profane, and the evil in our land.  Ask Him to
    cause us all to lower the temperature of our speech against one
    another, and to help us to show the Love of God toward each other
    and not the prevalent hostile attitudes.  The last line of the
    Lord’s Prayer asks God to “Deliver us from Evil”.  Ask Him to
    do just that!
  2. Speak winsomely but forcefully in Public against Political Immorality and Attempts to change our US Constitution.
    A book entitled “Politics According to the Bible” by Dr. Wayne Grudem, supports and explains Jesus’ own call for us all to be Salt & Light in a Decaying and Dark world.  As part of this, we must find, encourage, and
    support candidates for office who believe in America as founded
    and want to see her return to that greatness – for God’s Glory,
    not ours.  We must also speak against and vote against immoral
    laws, and policies counter to our US Constitution that abridge our
    Faith & Freedom.
  1. Share the Grace of the Good News of Jesus Christ in a Winsome
    way with more and more people.  Let us double and redouble our best
    efforts.  Even those who are not yet Christ-followers can see there is
    a need for change, but many are unaware of how to make it happen.
    Let us show them. And we must hurry – the time is perhaps short.

    Closing Thought
    :  I was forty years a heathen, now forty-five years a
    Christ-follower.  I clearly see that America’s many problems like absurd
    economics, corrupt politics, lying officials, corrupt Judiciary, inferior
    education, drug-abuse, porous borders, immoral entertainment,
    hedonism, etc. are only symptoms.  The Problem in America is we have
    stopped following God – even in some segments of the Christian Church!

We Americans must Repent and Return to God in Christ – or – we are DONE…

February 5, 2021

Note: There are five papers that will help you in these three purposes. They
are posted on this BLOG.  Titles of papers: The True Meaning of Christmas;
Insights; Am I Going To Heaven?; Pray for God’s Church, Our People, and
Our America; and Watchfire.  In addition, for a more detailed look at some
of “America’s Issues that Need Urgent Redress” (especially Education, and
Federal Financial Management Reform) consider ordering the 74-page
document America 2020 – A Call For Action To Restore Our Nation,
written by the America 2020 Coalition and published by BookLogix.com
for $7.76.

* A partial list of those nations that have succumbed to Communism since the late 1800s:
Argentina: The richest nation in the world in the 19th century; by the early
20th century unbridled socialism had bankrupted them.
Cuba: A fine nation in the Caribbean taken over by Fidel Castro in 1959 and
financially ruined by Communism within a decade.
Venezuela: This oil-rich nation in South America went very quickly bankrupt
under Communism.
Russia: Fell under Communist rule in the early 20th Century, ruining their
economy and enslaving their people.
China: Communism arose after WWII, ruining their economy and enslaving
their people; today it is resurging economically because they have adopted
carefully controlled Free-Enterprise, though the majority of their people still
live in poverty or squalor.
North Korea: Perhaps there is no better illustration of the diametric opposites
that Free-Enterprise and Communism are to each other than to observe two
nations of one people on the same peninsula in the Far East.  South Korea is
a thriving nation with a vibrant economy under the Free-Enterprise system,
while North Korea is a destitute, enslaved Communist nation.

It is inconceivable how a thinking person can want Socialism, much less, Communism.

The True Meaning of Christmas

The coming of Jesus the Christ into the World as a humble Teacher

though He was and is Lord of Lords and King of Kings

is the single greatest example of God’s Love

for the people of this World, His Special Creation.

And why did He come? 

To provide us, sinners all, a Way Home to God, our Heavenly Father,

through Jesus’ Great Gift of Love on that Cross where He paid the

Penalty of Death we each owe for our sin here on earth.

You may not be able to avoid the evil that some say is soon coming,

but by praying to ask Jesus to Forgive you and be your Savior,

you will insure God’s Heaven and not Satan’s Hell

as your final destination.

Making this Decision gives you a special Relationship with Almighty God.

You will have become His child, and He invites you

to ask Him for your Needs and to Deliver you from all Evil.

He promises to hear such praying … and will answer.

Insights!

When what you believe collides with Truth, what you believe is revealed as False – a lie.  Reasonable men do not want to lie, we inherently know it to be wrong.  Some of us resolve to change our thinking to no longer believe the False.  So we need the Truth.  We need to know where to find the Truth.

What is Truth?  It is ultimate reality – what actually is, is Truth. A great man once said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Some other men did not like what he said, so they had him arrested, found him guilty in a rigged court trial, severely beat him, and then executed him in the presence of a large crowd.  But he proved he did speak the Truth by coming back to Life three days after being put in the grave.  In fact, he walked about on the earth for some forty days (seen by hundreds) and talked about the Way to Heaven before He was called up to sit at the right side of God on His throne in Heaven.

So – if you are tired of the Way things are going and want the Truth of eternity about the better life, then you simply tell God you’re sorry for your lies and sins and want His Son, Jesus the Christ (the “man” I mentioned earlier) to be your Redeemer.  God will forgive you and will regenerate you, transform you into someone who delights in the Truth and gives up the lies and sins.  If you do this, you will have become a Truth-seeker, a Christ-follower, which makes you a child of God.  And you will have secured your ultimate destination with Him in Heaven – when your time on earth is done.

If you don’t accept Jesus’ forgiveness of your sins, you’ll not go to Heaven when you die – you’ll go to a horrible place of eternal suffering in Hell, instead of the eternal joy in Heaven.  This may help: a clever sign on a message board in front of a church in the north Georgia mountains says it all:

Eternity.  Your Choice!
Smoking or Non-smoking?

Am I Going to Heaven?

Have you ever casually, or even seriously, wondered about that?  Is there an answer to such a seemingly unanswerable question?  You bet there is!  Jesus Himself told us how to insure we join Him for eternity after our physical death.  The following words written by the Holy Spirit through John and Luke carry Jesus’ own answer to that vitally important question for all of us.

 

“I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”1  Anyone who believes* in God’s Son has eternal life.  Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.2  “For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes* in Him will not perish but have eternal life.  God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save** the world through Him.3  So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’4  I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one can come to the Father except through me.”5  There is salvation in no one else!  God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.**6 Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved**, along with everyone in your household.7

 

He was equally candid about our going to Hell if we reject His message of salvation.  Right now might be a good time to pause and let you satisfy any lingering doubts you may have about there being a real Hell and a real choice.  Read in the Bible what it says in Matthew 5:22, 29, 30, 10:28, 25:41, 46; Mark 9:43; Luke 16:24-31; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 2 Thessalonians 1:8, 9; 2 Peter 2:4; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:2-4, 8, 27; 22:11.  So you see, there is a choice. Make sure you choose eternal life in Heaven rather than eternal death (separation from God) in Hell.

 

What Do I Do?

You must admit to God that you are a sinner, and all of us are, whether it’s pride, lies, adultery, covetousness, selfishness, self-indulgence (drunkenness, drugs, overeating, sex, gambling, profanity), self-righteousness, self-pity, idolatry (money, self, another person, things [your smartphone, for example]). (1 John 1:10)

 

You must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God – and that as a perfect man He took upon Himself all our sins (past, present & future) to die in crucified agony in our place – and that through His triumphant rising from that death to eternal life with God, the Father, He secured victory over Satan forever – for you, but only if you will believe it and act on it. (John 3:16,18)  In a deliberate act of your will, you must surrender yourself to Jesus, the Christ.  This act of yielding to God through Christ is done simply by praying to Jesus, saying that you know you are a sinner and asking Him to forgive you, and to come in to lead your life forever. (Romans 10:9-10)

 

Not incidentally, of all the founders of the various faiths and religions of this world, only Jesus claimed to be God, andonly He rose from the dead, later seen by hundreds, as documented in the Bible and in other books of the time, to prove He was and is the only true God. As taught by Jesus in scripture, Christianity is not a religion; it is a personal relationship with God Himself in Christ Jesus.  And do not be deceived by the doctrines and dogmas of the religions of this world (Colossians 2:8). If any tenet held by any religion cannot be supported by God’s Word (His Holy Bible), then it is false and will mislead you, no matter how “religious” it seems.

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Footnotes (New Living Translation):
1John 3:3     2 John 3:36     3 John 3:16, 17     4 John 3:7     5 John 14:6    6 Acts 4:12    7 Acts 16:31
Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance is source for these definitions:
*    Believe (+):  From Greek Pisteuo meaning to entrust, to commit (especially one’s spirit to Christ).
**  Save (+):  From Greek Sozo meaning to deliver, protect, preserve, make whole.

God’s Guarantee
If you have just prayed that prayer with heartfelt commitment, your spirit has been reborn and regenerated by the Holy Spirit who now lives in you.  You are now saved from death (eternal separation from the God who made and loves you) and sealed by the Holy Spirit as one of God’s family.  How do you know for sure?  Because God does not lie.  He said if you believe* in Jesus, you will have eternal life (1 John 4:15 and 5:11-13).  You are now the true Christian son or daughter of God, the Father, that He longs for you to be.  You are assured of joining Him in His heaven after your mortal death (John 11:25,26) and of enjoying here a growing personal friendship. Your praise and thanks for this true miracle go to God alone (Father, Son & Holy Spirit)!

One final thought to ponder…. God has provided only one way home – Jesus.  Please don’t turn your back on the only way to Heaven.  If you are thinking of putting off your personal acceptance of Christ Jesus as your Savior, please read 2 Corinthians 6:2; James 4:14.  Accepting Christ as Savior is the only Total Surrender in which there is Total Victory!  So pray now to receive Him as your Savior and Lord!

If you want to explore anything here more thoroughly, just talk with one of the Christians around you.  We all want to help introduce you to Christ Jesus, your only way to Heaven.

From a Christ-following soldier & servant, in Christ’s Love and Service!  _______________________________________________________________________
Original written Oct 79, renewed Dec 2000, condensed in 2019.  Accurate use by others is joyfully granted.

Now, a special word to those who are church-goers
There are many good, church-going or bible-reading people who say, “Sure, I believe all of that, so I’m a Christian.”  The truth is that they may be using the word “believe” as it’s defined in a dictionary, “to accept as true or real.”  In James 2:19 it says even the devil and his demons believe in Christ and shudder.  But as the footnote for believe* says, the writers of the New Testament, empowered by the Holy Spirit, meant much more than intellectual agreement for believe*.  They meant “to entrust, to commit, to yield” to Jesus.  Anything less does not meet God’s only condition for your entering His kingdom.  “For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it” (Matthew 7:14).

So now it should be clear.  You must understand with your mind and heart that we humans are utterly incapable of earning eternal life in heaven by doing or being good, such as going to church, giving to charity, tithing, singing in the choir, visiting the sick, etc (Titus 3:5-7).  We simply have to “get it” that what God wants is our acceptance of His Love and Grace (means unmerited favor) by surrendering our lives to Him through His Son Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-10).  Which isn’t asking much considering that He asked His Son Jesus to voluntarily shed His blood as full payment for the penalty for our sins. Surely gratitude alone for the price He paid should compel you to accept that magnificent, unconditional Love by yielding yourself to Him.  You will then be assured of being His child and of entering His kingdom now and forever! Your eternal life and deepening personal relationship with Him starts here and now if you choose to make it so.  No gift is yours until you accept it.

We hope all this has helped you see The Truth.  We are not Human Beings on a Spiritual journey.  We are Spiritual Beings on a Human journey.  And Jesus wants to see us all safely back in Heaven with Him someday…

Pray for God’s Church, Our People, and Our America

Our Father in Heaven, we humble ourselves before You. Forgive us our sins.
Cleanse us of all unrighteousness –
that we may approach You now with pure hearts
and clean hands.  Please hear the anguished cry of our hearts –
for Revival of Your Church in America to Holiness,
for another Great Awakening to Your Spirit for all our people,
and for Renewal of America to Righteousness.
Your church, our people, and our nation are in
desperate need of 
Your Grace, Your Forgiveness
and Your Cleansing Touch
.
Help all of us in America See and Repent of our Sins.  We plead with You
to remove the apostasy in Your church, and rid our nation of aborticide,
drug abuse, materialism, racism, secularism, socialism, and
sexual perversion.  Expose and destroy false religions,
but in your mercy, save the lost souls.
We plead with You to visit us –
to Revive all Your churches in America so that not just some,
but all will Embrace, Teach and Live Biblical Holiness
for the benefit of all in our nation.
Help us make Your Revived Church the bedrock foundation
of the Families
of America.
Call all your shepherds and the sheep of their flocks to spend more time
with You daily – in Your Word and in Worship – through Prayer,
Praise and Service.  And we ask:  Is it not time
to replace all Your under-shepherds who will not bend to Your will?

We ask You for a praying President. We ask for Your blessings of Wisdom
and Courage for the President and all leaders in his Administration –
for Justices and Judges, for Congressmen and Senators, as well as for
all Governors, State Legislators, Mayors and County Commissioners –
and for leaders in Business, Education, Law, Media, Medicine
and Entertainment.  Help all of us see our need for You
and to ask You for Your help.
Protect from Harm the President, Vice-President and those
called to staff their administration.
We ask You to move them to use the teachings of Your Bible
as their daily guide to righteous governance.
We ask You to roll back the dark cloud of evil over our nation’s capital
by the power of Your Presence.
What we ask here is impossible for us – but not for You.
You say in Proverbs 21:1 – “The king’s heart is like a stream of water
directed by the Lord; He guides it wherever He pleases.”
We ask You to so direct our president. Help him
choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong – and
to never be content with a half-truth when the whole can be won.
Help him develop the calm, mature demeanor of an inspiring, strong,
righteous leader.

Over the last five decades You have sent America many interim
judgements in the form of natural and other disasters, but none were
acknowledged as such by our leaders.
Please God, in your abundant mercy, withhold Your Final Judgement
upon America; give our leadership more time to bring us back to You.
Cause us all to be ashamed of what we have made
of our nation today.

“Help us, O God of our salvation! Help us for the Glory of Your name.
Save us and forgive our sins for the Honor of Your name.” (Ps 79:9, NLT)
Revive us, O Lord!  Save America! 

Now help each of us to gratefully treasure what You have given us and
to never take for granted anything from You ever again.
Help us hold to Your standard of Righteousness in all we Think, Say, or Do.

In Jesus’ mighty name we ask that all this be done to the Unending Praise
of Your Eternal Glory!   Hallelujah Forever!      and Amen