Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Praying for the Pro-Abortionists

Not praying for their success, but praying that the Lord will turn their hearts towards him,

There are people who claim to be Christian, but they do not say or do the things Christ would have us do.  It is hard to pray for people who have hurt you, or wounded you, or who want to kill you.  Yet Jesus tells us we must do it.  Michael Brown is one who teaches a true Christian message.  Today he has an article on Townhall.com entitled Pro-Abortion Radicals have Lost their Hearts and Minds. The article concerns "tweets" by both NARAL and Cosmopolitan magazine during the Super Bowl:
Two tweets in the last week, one from Cosmopolitan and one from NARAL, reveal the depravity of these radical pro-abortionists.
Although the tweet has now been removed, Cosmopolitan sent out this message on February 4th: “Texas women are having more babies since Planned Parenthood was defunded,” followed by a sad face. This was linked to a picture featuring the graphic #StandwithPP.
Oh, the tragedy!
Texas women are having more babies.
It is indeed sad that these people are watching an event like the Super Bowl and looking for any little thing to manufacture outrage and hatred over. They have seemingly won. Abortion is the law of the land without a single Congressman, to whom the duty of making laws is assigned, lifting a pen. One wonders why they feel so vulnerable?

But I mentioned that Michael Brown asks us to pray for the enemies of our Lord, and that is in this article too. After exposing some of the tweets, and giving us a overview of the ad, which was intended as a silly sketch advertising for Doritos, he notes that:
It reminds us of how deeply the pro-abortionists need an encounter with the Lord and how deeply this battle is spiritual more than anything.
The reality is that the heartlessness and mindlessness and anger and depravity of their position comes not only from many rebellious hearts. It also comes from many broken hearts, from the hearts of women masking their deep wounds and pain.
And so, as we expose their lies and work to save the lives of the unborn, let’s also pray for a wave of repentance and salvation to sweep through the people of NARAL and Cosmopolitan and Planned Parenthood and their supporters, both female and male.
Jesus died for their redemption too.
Indeed.23

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Johnny Cash, Disciple of Christ

Matt Barber today has a great post over at Townhall.com entitled Johnny Cash, the Unsung Disciple. Go read the whole thing. I'll wait.

Have you read it?  Good.

The story of Johnny Cash's conversion rings true to me. I too have wandered in such a wilderness, and being the slow learner that I am, it took a long time to cry out to God.  But I did, and He answered. Like Cash, I view the Bible as the inspired, inerrant Word of God.  Note that I did not say literal, for the Bible speaks to us through many modes of human expression, and is not meant to be literal, but it is the Truth.
So was Cash a Christian "fundamentalist"? It would seem so. He once wrote, "Please understand that I believe the Bible, the whole Bible, to be the infallible, indisputable Word of God. I have been careful to take no liberties with the timeless Word."
Also, like Cash, I view myself as a Christian, plain and simple, though I worship with the Lutherans.
In his 2003 book, "The Man Comes Around: The Spiritual Journey of Johnny Cash," author and music critic Dave Urbanski wrote, "A writer once tried to paint Cash into a corner, baiting him to acknowledge a single denominational persuasion at the center of his heart. Finally, Cash laid down the law: 'I – as a believer that Jesus of Nazareth, a Jew, the Christ of the Greeks, was the Anointed One of God (born of the seed of David, upon faith as Abraham has faith, and it was accounted to him for righteousness) – am grafted onto the true vine, and am one of the heirs of God's covenant with Israel.'
"'What?' the writer replied. 
"'I'm a Christian,' Cash shot back. 'Don't put me in another box.'"
Because I view myself as a Christian, I pray each day for the persecuted Christians around the world, and I pray that God will turn the hearts of all Muslims to him, that every knee will bend, and every head will bow. I don't really care which dogma they follow, for dogmas are just ways to capture what we have learned and transmit it on. But God is always bigger than we can imagine.  He can find and heal a sinner like Johnny Cash, and he can find and heal a sinner like me.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Is there no one who will stand and fight for conservative principles?

Laura Hollis lays out the case for why so many support Trump as the Republican nominee in an article entitled Courage vs Bravado at Townhall.com today. After going through the nearly inexhaustible list of the failings of Republicans who call themselves conservative, Hollis makes the point that if Trump will do what he says he will do, people are willing to settle for bravado, even if what the really want is true courage. Hollis:
In the absence of true courage, voters will settle for bravado. At this point, Trump is the political equivalent of a mercenary. Voters don't care what he calls himself -- much less what others call him. If (and it's a big "if") Trump is willing to go to Washington and actually do what voters want him to do, then they think he's the man for the job.
"If." The fact is, I don't trust him. There seems to be no principle on which to guide him in rough waters. He just reacts. True, his reactions are those of millions of people, but this is just populism. What we need is a principled conservative, who will stand and fight for his beliefs. Is it really too much to ask?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Texas Grand Jury Shoots the Messenger

Daniel John Sobieski has an article over at the American Thinker today that explains that a Texas Grand Jury Shoots the Messenger. If you are for life, and therefore against abortion, this will break your heart. If you are cold hearted, well... I have a liberal friend who likes to think of himself as more compassionate than I am. I wonder what he thinks of this. Here we have yet again an opposite day where the investigator bringing the news that a horrible and gruesome crime has been committed is instead indicted for bringing the proof for all to see.  Had the Center for Medical Progress not made the film, Planned Parenthood would have been able to claim they were lying.  As it turned out, they were able to do that anyway.  What kind of power does PP have over people?

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Still more from the FSA

I found this over at the Smallest Majority. It is Bill Whittles Pajamas TV post here. Bill, whether intentionally or not, spilled the beans that we no longer are living in the nation to which we were born. We now live in a nation ruled by men rather than a nation ruled by laws. From the Supreme Court, some members of which seem to believe it is their job to make the law, to our President, who seems to believe it is his job both the make laws, and to selectively prosecute them, to Congress, whose job is supposed to be to make laws, but who regularly delegate that duty to the Executive, we now live in a land where, if you are part of the "in" crowd, you can get away with anything. 'Twas a time, when even the President felt himself to be beholden to the law and the Constitution, but those days have long gone. If you wonder why I no longer fly the flag, there you have it.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fast and Furious keeps Giving and giving

I don't have much to say, Katie Pavich says it all, really, at Townhall.com today.

When the ATF dreamed up this little scheme, it wasn't a harmless sting that would net some bad guys, they were playing with lives, and lives were cut short.  Border Agent Brain Terry was killed.  Who knows how many Mexicans were killed with the 2000 or so weapons sent into Mexico.  Now we learn that at least one police helicopter was forced down, with the crew on board of course, but guns walked into Mexico and into the hands of the Sinaloa Cartel.  Nobody has been indicted, much less tried for this.

If Hillary become president (there's another criminal, but I leave discussion of her for another day), the likelihood is that she will appoint Eric Holder to the Supreme Court.  So then, we would have a criminal sitting on the Supreme Court!  Truly, that would be an opposite day triumph!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A wrong (left) turn

At the American Thinker today, Deana Chadwell had an article on the need to confront, and then to speak, the absolute truth. Her article can be found at The Wrong Turn, and I highly recommend you read the whole thing. Ms. Chadwell makes a case for first understanding the truth:
Let’s look first at the issue of truth. I say we wimped out because it is much easier, at least for a while, to whitewash all controversies and claim that truth is so flexible that it can take any shape we want it to. If we assume that truth is merely a human construct, we can claim that it comes in thousands of differing colors and sizes, tailor made to fit any need. Thus we avoid having to discern differences, make moral judgments, or stand up for anything. We can act superior to those who still see vast chasms between belief systems and we claim “open-mindedness” utterly unaware of the meaninglessness of that term.

If nothing is really true, then there’s no reason to knuckle down and learn anything, no reason to think very hard, no reason to amass facts –- we suspect they’re not true anyway. I am dumbfounded by the ignorant assertion that Muslims and Christians worship the same god. A person doesn’t have to know, can’t know, anything much about either belief and make that statement. In an untruthful world ignorance is not only bliss, it is the inescapable condition.
...snip...
You see, if one decides against absolute truth, one decides against logic; it is, after all, a self-refuting logical impossibility to say, “There is no such thing as absolute truth.” And what happens when a society decides to ignore the nonsense factor and base its “thinking” on such a floppy foundation? Insanity is what happens.
Insanity is indeed what has happened. David Codrea uses the term "opposite day" for the now normal goings on in the government and the news, and this is his shorthand for the sort of insanity that regularly infects the policies that come out of government. We know that appeasement does not satisfy an enemy, yet we are constantly told that this administration's appeasements are indeed working. "Peace in our time" you can almost hear them say. Ms. Chadwell goes on to site a Hillary supporter, but I could go down a very long list of the things that are untrue, but which nobody seems to be willing to admit. Indeed, the Donald Trump phenomenon is partly because the speaks truths that we all know, but which nobody is willing to say out loud.

Ms. Chadwell is the second published author I have now read to says that Christians and Muslims do not worship the same god. Michael Brown was the first. Christians and Jews worship the God of creation, the God who created everything that is, and everything that is not. He created man in His image. One of the characteristics of this God is constancy. We see this in the working out of his plan for our salvation. It permeates the Old Testament, and becomes fulfilled in the person of Jesus. Our God demands truth, or as much truth as we are capable of, even unto death. The god of Islam, by contrast, tells the Muslims to do one thing one day, and another thing another day. The way the Muslims figure out what they are to do now is to take the last command of their lord as having more weight than the previous commands, which are thus abrogated. So which is it? Constancy, or abrogation. Truth or lying? Lucifer is referred to as the Father of Lies, so I believe that the angel Muhammad was listening to in that cave was Lucifer. Lucifer is, of course, and angel, and thus a creation. Muslims have therefore been led astray by the snake in the Garden of Eden. They are God's children, and all must pray that they come to the true God.

In any case, people who speak of reforming Islam are either ignorant, or practicing taqqiya, the Muslim doctrine of lying to advance Islam. The reform movement in Christianity was based on comparing the Bible to Roman Catholic practice, and finding Catholic practice wanting.  The reformation was the correction of these errors by making Church practice fall closer in line with Biblical teaching.  We had a scripture that showed us where Church practice had gone off the rails.  Islam has a scripture too, the Koran, but they are not misinterpreting it.  In fact, they are following it to the letter, as closely as humanly possible.  Thus, the only "reform" possible is for the Muslim to convert to Christianity, which I hope and pray for, but it doesn't seem likely.

Chadwell then makes the second connection to complete her argument:


Because we have treated reality like a do-it-yourself kit, we’ve arrived at a second philosophical no-man’s land; we’ve decided that, despite all evidence to the contrary, humanity is basically good. We have rejected the biblical edict that “All men have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Original sin is no longer our national creed. I’m OK, you’re OK seems like a harmless dogma, but, since it’s essentially not true, it leads down a really murky trail.

If we are basically born good, then childrearing becomes nothing more than keeping the child alive until he can fend for himself, never mind the fact that such parental neglect has created at least two generations of self-centered, amoral monsters. We are not naturally good. We can be good, but we don’t start that way. What baby has ever given a rip that his mother hasn’t had a full night’s sleep since he was born? What two-year-old goes sweetly off to her nap because she knows mommy needs some quiet time? Children need to be taught, sternly and consistently, to put others first.
The raising of children consists of slowly, over 18 years of so, turning a savage beast into a civilized human being. The child can not help it that he misbehaves, for a child does not know how to behave, or how to control himself and his emotions. Teaching him is the task parents take on when the have children. It is the most important thing anyone does. But do not be fooled, people are not "basically good." and the Bible tells us this. Given the right way and the wrong way, we will usually at least consider the wrong path every time.

Under the influence of witch doctors like Dr. Spock, and suffering under the privations of the Great Depression, the displacements of the Dust Bowl, and WWII, the greatest generation raised spoiled, entitled children by sparing the rod, and giving them the stuff they never had.  The baby boomers in turn did more of the same, even to the point of making the discipline of children illegal in many cases.  Meanwhile, the traitorous Left kept marching through the institutions, spreading evil wherever they went.

We have taken a wrong left turn, and we need to turn around.  But this great turning has to begin in peoples hearts.  Government can not do it, and elections, while they have consequences, fundamentally reflect the people doing the electing.  For better or worse, we get the government we deserve.  Pray for our nation to repent, and return to the things that made us great in the first place.