Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Haitian Orphan Rescue


This video made me weep.

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27

Friday, January 22, 2010

False Teeth


As advertised in National Geographic, Sep, 1941.

Are you sporting a shiny white pair of false teeth?  Before you tune me out I should mention that I not speaking literally but spiritually.  Consider this verse:
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:12-14 (NKJV)
In times of crisis it is crucial that you have a correct understanding of "the first principles of the oracles of God, " or who God is, what He does, and what He doesn't do.  If your view of the heavenly Father is skewed or incorrect you will find yourself struggling to explain the character of The Father to those around you who desperately need answers.  Crisis/hard situations requires real teeth to "chew through" and understand.  If you have not been "exercising your spiritual senses/teeth" you will find yourself turning to someone else to chew it for you (GROSS!) or perhaps buying spiritual false teeth (have fun with that).

Consider the recent tragedy in Haiti.  The responses by Christians to the earthquake has been all across the board.  It is really making me examine my theology.  Here are few of the camps:

1.  The Haitians are grievously sinful people and earthquake is judgment by God for their sin.

2.  God is love and would not cause harm. The Haitian nation is in spiritual bondage and demonic forces caused the earthquake.

3.  God is sovereign and in control.  He caused the earthquake not out of judgment, but with a "infinitely wise and good purpose." 

This is not an all inclusive list by any means and I'm sure there are other biblical views to consider as well. The point of me writing this is to make you (and me) THINK about it.  What exactly is it that you believe and why?  It's time to move beyond the milk, false teeth, and regurgitated food ("first principles") into the fullness of the deep principles of God.


Don't leave behind your principles or one day your principles will leave you behind.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Nothing New Under The Sun

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9
A little background history on this post: Several years ago I saw the last image in this set and I distinctly remember being rather surprised by it.  A few months ago I saw the next-to-last image in this set and immediately I remembered the first one.  The irony of the parallels here were too humorous for me to ignore.


This is the faked "Kenyan birth certificate" for President Barack H. Obama as promoted by Orly Taitz (see you in court Berg). 




This is part of the faked memo that formed the basis of now infamous CBS 60 Minutes report (see you in court Rather) that raised questions about President George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard service.






Here are Kenyan's wearing the face of President Barack Hussein Obama (image via Reuters)...

 


...and yes, here are Kenyan's clothed in the smiling mug of President George W. Bush (image via AP).



Other comparisons include but are not limited to: cranking up the war machine, bailing out the Wall Street crooks, increasing the federal government's control of education, promotion of the Patriot Act, etc.  There truly is very little "new under the sun."

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Differences

Clyde N. Wilson recently published a brilliant article entitled "Differences."  "How much better off the American people would be if they could learn the difference between..."
investors and speculators

the Constitution ratified by the people of the States and the one promulgated by federal judges

a “conservative” and a conservative

public life informed by Christianity and politicized churchmen
etc...

Check it out here.  What are some things that you think Americans should know the difference between?

*WARNING the actual understanding of said differences as listed in the article may make standard "news" fare unpalatable.

Friday, January 8, 2010

What Would You Pay For Freedom?

Individual rights and liberty have been devalued in American society because most Americans have never personally experienced any real lack of them.  They foolishly assume that rights and liberty are easy to come by.  They have been willingly trading their liberty for illusions of security ( USA PATRIOT Act courtesy W. Bush,  Special Administrative Measures courtesy W. Clinton, etc) provided by a government that shows less and less regard for our Constitutional Republic.

What if you (an American citizen) were held in solitary confinement -- in America -- for over three years without ever seeing the evidence against you?  What if your access to attorneys, family and other prisoners was prevented or severely curtailed?  What if you were required to clean yourself and use toilet facilities on camera?  What if during that period you were only let out of solitary for one hour every 24 hours to exercise in a cage?  If all these things were being done to you what would you be willing to "pay" for freedom?


As you probably already guessed, this is happening --in America -- right now.  This is not the "...liberty and justice for all"  that we say we believe in.  According to Paul Craig Roberts,

Syed Fahad Hashmi is a U.S. citizen, but his government has violated every right guaranteed to him by the Constitution. The U.S. government, in violation of U.S. law, is also subjecting Hashmi to psychological torture known as extreme sensory deprivation. The bogus “evidence” against him is classified and denied to him. Like Joseph K. in Kafka’s The Trial, Hashmi is under arrest on secret evidence. As the case against him is unknown or nonexistent, defense is impossible.
I have at least a basic understanding of the threat of Radical Muslims and their stated purpose to destroy our country.  I have been to Africa.  I have seen the hatred for America ("The Great Satan") and the western world.  But while I believe that there is a physical and spiritual war of civilizations going on right now, I am compelled to stand for liberty and the oppressed. Thomas Paine rightly stated, “He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.”

John Adams defended his enemies and wrote in his diary: "The part I took in defense of captain Preston and the soldiers, procured me anxiety, and obloquy enough. It was, however, one of the most gallant, generous, manly and disinterested actions of my whole life, and one of the best pieces of service I ever rendered my country. Judgment of death against those soldiers would have been as foul a stain upon this country as the executions of the Quakers or witches, anciently.”

May our generation stand up and be as "gallant, generous, manly and disinterested" as Adams was.  For if we do not stand for the principles of liberty and individual rights today, the generation following us may only dream of what we hold in our grasp.

Stand for liberty today. It's much cheaper than trying to buy it tomorrow.