Thursday, May 27, 2010

Morning Thought

An absence of purpose creates an absence of fulfillment.

Be a visionary for your generation today.

Where there is no vision, the people perish... Proverbs 29:18

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Freedom For Alim

As American Christians it is SO easy to take our freedom for granted.

Consider this story:
"Alimujiang Yimiti was born in June, 1973, in Hami, Xinjiang. In 1995, he converted from Islam to Christianity and became a house church leader.  On January 12, 2008, the Kashi Public Safety Department placed Alimujiang in criminal detention and accused him of 'jeopardizing national security and providing national secrets to foreign countries.'"

A moving and challenging video by his wife:

I have difficulty comprehending the pain that Alim, let alone his wife and children, must be suffering.  

Monday, May 17, 2010

Morning Thought

The Lord inhabits praises, but He consumes sacrifices.

Be a living sacrifice today.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Romans 12:1

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Seal of Virginia

This past week, many media outlets and lefty blogs excoriated Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for "photoshopping," "tinkering," and "censoring," Virginia's "historic" state seal.  What they ignore is the fact that most of the "historic" versions of the seal that you can find are more like the AG's version than the new current 1930's standardized one.  Prior to the 1930's there were a lot of versions.  Most of them - including Thomas Jefferson's rendering here - were sporting a breastplate, long hair, a drawn sword, and an upright spear. (not an exposed breast, short hair, a sheathed sword, and a downward pointing spear).  The VA flag code (Ordinance No. 30, Adopted April 30, 1861) said nothing about a specific seal design other than this:

"Virtus, the genius of the commonwealth, dressed like an Amazon, resting on a spear with one hand, and holding a sword in other, and treading on tyranny, represented by a man prostrate, a crown fallen from his head, a broken chain in his left hand and a scourge in his right. In the exergon the word Virginia over the head of Virtus, and underneath the words "Sic Semper Tyrannis."

If there had been a standardized version of the seal (as peddled by our AG haters) do you not think they would have mentioned that important bit of information when they wrote the code for our state flag?
I think the attempts to demonize Cuccinelli over the use of a historical seal in a lapel pin that he paid for are laughable. Those who want to mock him would do well to learn a little more history about our great state.

“Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.”  Edmund Burke

Here are some historic versions of the Virginia State Seal for reference.  Most of them are pre-civil-war.  A simple Google Image search will reveal many such seals.

Some source documents:

Seal of the commonwealth of Virginia, 1875
Source: Benson J. Lossing, An Outline History of the United States (New York: Sheldon; Company, 1878)77

Seal of the commonwealth of Virginia, 1904
Source: Wark's Modern Educator (New York: Henry Wark, 1904)202

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Presidential Proclamation

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

Presidential Proclamation--National Day of Prayer

Throughout our history, whether in times of great joy and thanksgiving, or in times of great challenge and uncertainty, Americans have turned to prayer.  In prayer, we have expressed gratitude and humility, sought guidance and forgiveness, and received inspiration and assistance, both in good times and in bad.
 On this day, let us give thanks for the many blessings God has bestowed upon our Nation.  Let us rejoice for the blessing of freedom both to believe and to live our beliefs, and for the many other freedoms and opportunities that bring us together as one Nation.  Let us ask for wisdom, compassion, and discernment of justice as we address the great challenges of our time.
 We are blessed to live in a Nation that counts freedom of conscience and free exercise of religion among its most fundamental principles, thereby ensuring that all people of goodwill may hold and practice their beliefs according to the dictates of their consciences.  Prayer has been a sustaining way for many Americans of diverse faiths to express their most cherished beliefs, and thus we have long deemed it fitting and proper to publicly recognize the importance of prayer on this day across the Nation.
 Let us remember in our thoughts and prayers those suffering from natural disasters in Haiti, Chile, and elsewhere, and the people from those countries and from around the world who have worked tirelessly and selflessly to render aid.  Let us pray for the families of the West Virginia miners, and the people of Poland who so recently and unexpectedly lost many of their beloved leaders.  Let us pray for the safety and success of those who have left home to serve in our Armed Forces, putting their lives at risk in order to make the world a safer place.  As we remember them, let us not forget their families and the substantial sacrifices that they make every day.  Let us remember the unsung heroes who struggle to build their communities, raise their families, and help their neighbors, for they are the wellspring of our greatness.  Finally, let us remember in our thoughts and prayers those people everywhere who join us in the aspiration for a world that is just, peaceful, free, and respectful of the dignity of every human being.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 6, 2010, as a National Day of Prayer.  I call upon the citizens of our Nation to pray, or otherwise give thanks, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, for our many freedoms and blessings, and I invite all people of faith to join me in asking for God's continued guidance, grace, and protection as we meet the challenges before us.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.

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