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Healing America’s Divide

all lives matterMy heart breaks for this nation which seems to become more and more divided by the day. This has been a horrific week in America and all I can say is God, we need you. This is not about black versus white, this is not cop versus citizen, all lives matter.

The facts in the cases regarding two black men being shot are not fully known and an investigation is under way, yet that did not stop thugs from gunning down officers in Dallas last night. I honestly don’t know what to say. We need love and respect for each other in our nation again. We are so polarized with left and right we are tearing each other apart. I fear we are headed for another civil war.

I have a suggestion for us; if you are on the Christian right, read some books by those on the left. If you are on the Christian left read books by those on the right. We need to enlarge our circles. It’s no secret I’m a conservative but the truth is there will be liberals in Heaven. There are those on the left who love Jesus they just apply the teaching of loving your neighbor differently than I do.

There used to be a day in America where the left and right had the same principles but different methods, big government and smaller government. Nowadays it seems the chasm between the two is so big no one can get across.

Can we just agree that not every cop is bad, not every black is a suspect, and not every white is a racist?

Is there any common ground between us anymore? If we are in Christ the answer is yes. Can I tell you the answer for our nation is not Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, or a third party. The answer for our nation is for the Church to be the Church.

The left and the right need to get back to the place of civility and understanding one another. We must call out all leaders who try to divide us by race, politics, or social class. It is crucial for us to listen to one another, not for the ability to argue but for the purpose of understanding.

I don’t believe that by listening to each other we will be converting each others politics but I do believe we will be able to find common ground. I don’t think any sensible person would want a cop who has done wrong to go free or for a black man who has done wrong to go free. I support any civilians right to stand trial and I also support the same for a cop who used his gun because he saw no alternative, in both cases, the law and courts should provide justice not vigilantes.

The Church in America right now needs to come together and get on our knees for our nation, for the upcoming election and for racial healing. In the upper room the disciples were in unity and the Holy Spirit came. In order for healing to come to our nation the Church must come together.

The ball is in our court. As much as I disagree with the left, I picked up some books today written by leaders of the Christian left, I will read, I will learn, my goal is to find common ground, I will pray for the healing of our nation and the unity of the Church.

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Thoughts on Our Nation’s Culture

communityI’ve been thinking, praying, and reading different posts about what happened in Orlando. I’ve watched another gun control debate erupt. I’ve watched leaders ignore the Islamist extremist aspect of what happened, and I’ve seen so called Christians take this opportunity to say God did this because He doesn’t like gays.

First of all as a Christian I want to say that I am standing with the gay community. No one should be murdered for their sexual orientation. My prayers are with the family that lost loved ones and those injured for a speedy recovery.

In today’s society everyone responds to something immediately as it happens because the quicker you get it out there the quicker and more times you can get liked and shared.

I want to address more than the attack, I want to address our culture and nation as a whole. Many are angry at government and each other. Many of the reasons to be angry with leaders is justified, but I have to say as a whole I think we are losing our humanity, we are losing respect for fellow human beings. I will proudly stand with the gay community’s right to live the lifestyle they choose without fear of being beaten or murdered. I don’t have to agree with their lifestyle to support their safety.

Somewhere along the way many of us have bought into the lie that in order to be civil to one another we must agree, what page is that on?

We can look at the two major political parties and both of them are in turmoil and both of them are eating their own. I believe in large part this is due to lack of human decency in society and specifically a lack of love.

As followers of Jesus we are called to love everyone, regardless of if we agree with them or not.

John 13:34-35 ESV “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Mark 12:30-31 ESV “ And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

We need love for our fellow citizens back in our country again. We need mutual respect for those we disagree with again. Earlier this week the letter written by President George H. W. Bush to President Bill Clinton was released. It was a warm and respectful letter. The men had just fought on the campaign trail and Clinton won. These were the last words of that letter, “you are our President now  and I wish you and your family all the best”.

It’s time for us to love again. We may disagree with peoples politics, choices, religious beliefs or whatever, but we are called to love.

The hope for our nation is not President Trump or President Clinton, the hope of our nation is found in love and mutual respect for each other. The hope of our nation is found in God.

As heated as things are in this nation on every level, the election cycle is just magnifying what has been simmering for years, we need to take time to step back and love.

Love is the answer to restore our nation. Before things can be fixed politically, economically, or anything else, we must love each other.

Thoughts on Overcoming Division

black and whiteI sit here trying to write a Thanksgiving post and I can’t. The only thing on my mind is the racial division being propagated in our nation and how the blood of Jesus atones and overcomes all injustice.

 
It would be foolish to say there isn’t racism in the nation because there are racist people. However, I do believe we have made great strides to overcome racism in the nation, unfortunately, there will always be those who will not progress in God’s love and accept the truth that all people regardless of color are made in the image of God.

 
Even some in the Church refer to a black church, a white church, a Hispanic church, there is only one Church; color does not matter, denominations don’t matter, even certain doctrinal points don’t matter.

 
If we as the Church are going to help bring healing to our land there are a few things we must do.

 
The first of course is to love one another as Christ has loved us. When we see racism being propagated on campuses we need to come in with the love of God, hear grievances, find truth, and bring healing.

 
We must call out those who name Christ and propagate divide in this nation. We are all God’s creation and everyone deserves to be judged on the content of their character.

 
The verse that keeps coming to mind is, they overcame him by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony.

 

The only way to overcome racism is to acknowledge that we don’t have a racism epidemic but a small part of society that are truly racist. When we choose to acknowledge that we are greater than them we can neutralize the effect.

 
We must acknowledge two other things that play into this issue. The majority of cops are not bad apples. Do a few cops do bad things, yes, but those who paint with a broad brush are creating a greater divide not facilitating healing.

 
We also need and must acknowledge that political correctness and a belief that words hurt us is also increasing the divide. We are all big people and we must come to a grown up place by repeating the childish phrase, sticks and stones will break my bones but words can never hurt me.

 
At the end of the day we stop racism by not using a microscope, not overcoming bad apples and under covering the good guys. We stop it by calling out the Al Sharpton’s of the world. We overcome by loving as Christ loved, we overcome by acknowledging the strides we have made and by choosing to work together.

 
What are your thoughts? How do we bring healing, together?

Why it’s NOT a gun problem

gun lockLast week there was a shooting at an Oregon college and like clockwork liberals came out demanding more gun control before anyone knew what happened. The issue is not guns, the issue is the heart of man and that is what I want to primarily deal with in this post.

 
Before I address those issues I want to honor Chris Mintz, the hero who took down the shooter after he himself had been shot five times. Many in our culture have strange definitions of hero these days, to clarify what the word means, Chris Mintz’s picture is next to the word in the dictionary not Bruce Jenner’s.

 
Genesis 4:6-8 NIV “Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it. Now Cain said to his brother Abel, let us go out to the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.”

 
The issue now, as it was then, was an issue of the heart not a weapon. You do not need a gun to kill, cause harm, or instill fear. The heart of man without God consciousness is evil.

 
The gun does not kill, a gun is not bad. A weapon can be good or bad it depends on whose hands the gun is in. Paul persecuted the Church until he met Jesus, people who do violence with guns cannot blame the gun, seller, or manufacturer, you can’t even blame the NRA, people must take personal responsibility.

 
When the shooting took place in Carolina the media and the administration blamed racism and the confederate flag, yet in the Oregon shooting it’s the guns fault. By and large it’s ignored that he targeted Christian’s, it’s ignored that he had a picture on Facebook with an ISIS flag in the corner.

 
Violence with a gun or any other kind ultimately goes to the issue of the heart, it ultimately speaks to the sinfulness of man and it speaks to the fact that there is hope in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

 
In this nation we are in a spiritual battle. John 10:10 says the thief (the devil) comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Jesus came to give life and life more abundant.

 
When we removed God from society is when things went down hill, we used to pray over the loud speaker, students used to not get hassled for praying at football games.

 
The Ten Commandments were removed in the dark of night in Oklahoma yesterday, while in broad daylight Chicago raised a statue of the devil. Good is now evil and evil is now being called good in this nation.

 
The Church must wake up, we are losing the greatest country in the world! We must bring America back to its moral roots. No one candidate can save America. We the People will save America through humility, love, repentance, and prayer.

 
the Church must engage again!

 
Our founders were decedents of the French Huguenots. The Huguenots were told they could worship God if they gave up their guns and that the government would protect them. The Huguenots did, the next day the government slaughtered them. This is why our founders put the second amendment in the Constitution.

 
Regardless of what progressives say, regardless of the false statistics they claim more gun laws will not solve an issue that begins in the heart. More gun laws will not prevent crime, they will not prevent shooting deaths. Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the country yet look at how many deaths occur with guns there. It is also mostly black on black crime, but I guess those black lives don’t matter because they don’t fit a race narrative.

 
If we want to solve the issue of mass murders we must solve a mental health problem, if we want to solve mental health, we must address the anger issue. In order to address the anger in culture, in order to address the wedge driven between race we must address the underlying issue to all these issues, the breakdown of the family.

 
Whether progressives want to admit it or not we need a strong family structure, God did not intend for women to be single mothers, He did not intend for children to grow up without a father.

 
Church, we must address the breakdown of the family. We should not have divorce care without marriage counseling first. We must preach biblical values, we must speak to the culture, we must say the Bible addresses these issues, this is the good and right way. When we do that our nation will be back on the right track. The Church must engage, our society, our nation, our world depends on it.

Recovering the Conscience of a Nation

american-flagYesterday, I watched as Ms. Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood was questioned by a congressional committee. I felt sick as I watched. She admitted facilities did not have mammogram machines. She evaded the matter at hand by saying her employees were illegally tapped. There is plenty I could say on what went on yesterday, sufficed to say it seems like the nation at large looks away. sixty five percent of people say we should continue to fund them with tax payer money, it’s clear they don’t need it, what’s more, they don’t deserve it. Click here for more on Planned Parenthood.

 
Not only is this going on in our nation, something just as sad is going on. Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland is set to be discharged. Why you may ask, for intervening to stop the rape of a boy. You read that right, a member of our military is being discharged for doing the right thing. Yes, some say he used force he shouldn’t have. He was told not to intervene, he was forced to listen to boys be raped night after night. Finally, like any decent human being he couldn’t set back any longer. Thank God, no young boy deserves to be abused night after night. Shame on those who told our great men and women not to intervene. Now two republican lawmakers are doing the right thing by demanding he not be discharged.

 
As if these two stories aren’t enough, I came across this column by Matt Walsh on a mother giving her fourteen year old son estrogen patches because she has been helping him become a girl. Please read this column, we must wake up to the liberal/progressive manipulation of our culture.

 
Folks, are nation is upside down and I don’t care what progressives tell us, we are a moral people and America is an exceptional nation. If we go back through history we see that it is progressive ideology and policy that pulls us down. The Obama administration has taken us backwards in race relations. Cops are being attacked and killed, we are on the verge of experiencing race riots in this nation, Ferguson is only the beginning.

 
I am not here to be a doom and gloom guy. Just like in the days of the Reagan revolution, I believe we are in a time for the grass roots to rise again and reignite the promise of America.

 
I believe that if each of us as every day American’s will rise up and unite together we can see our nation back on the path of morality and prosperity.

 
We must first hold ourselves accountable for our lack of involvement in the political system and we must educate ourselves and get involved.

 
Secondly, we must hold our leaders to their principles and promises.

 
I believe if we will humble ourselves, respect one another, regardless of differences we can see greatness in America again, we will restore our standing in the world.

 
There may be tough times ahead and yes it will take some time to get the nation back on a moral and economically prosperous track. That will happen as we the people unite together under our first principles. Regardless of republican or democrat, regardless of black, white, Hispanic, whatever. Regardless of whatever differences we must unite on principle, the principles found in our constitution, we must rally together. Together we will see the greatness of America again.

 
Don’t listen to a media that tries to divide us by color. Don’t listen to a media that pits candidates against each other. We are on the same side, or we should be. How can we expect the nation to return to conscience if we don’t return the conscience of our conservatism? We must remember we are all on the same team, let’s return to our principles so we can see America once again be that shining city on a hill, the example of peace and prosperity to the rest of the world.

Bringing Healing in the Land

americaAnother undercover video has been released. The atrocities of Planned Parenthood are unbelievable. However, there is something even more unbelievable, the silence of Christian leaders, magazines, and television shows.

 
If my people will humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from my wicked ways, THEN I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land. It’s not the world that needs to repent it’s the Church. We are the ones who have largely been silent, we are the ones in all ball in the corner crying out for the rapture to get out of this bad old world.

 
Stop it! God loves this country and this people, stand up! We need to quit crying about what the government isn’t doing. Churches and non-profits need to step up and start helping the poor and those who have come to hard times, that’s why we’re here, that’s our deal not the governments.

 
It saddens me how quiet the Church has been on these videos, but the truth is God won’t heal the land, America won’t find its way back to greatness until we do our part. It’s time for us to rise up as we the people and start honoring God and our values. It’s time to speak loud to be heard, no more setting on the side lines, our nation can’t afford it.

 
It’s time to get informed, it’s time to get involved. I’m not talking about making everyone believe the exact same thing, I’m saying each of us have a part to play. God has put each of us in this nation for a purpose. We can all do something and as important as prayer is, we must do more than prayer. Faith without corresponding action is dead, get out and do something.

 
I’ve noticed lately that the those on the Christian left have been getting articles out about separating Jesus from the Christian right, not allowing your faith to be co-opted by politics. Wake up, they are trying to guilt, condemn, whatever word you want to use. They are trying to intimidate conservative Christians into continued silence so a progressive/liberal agenda will come forth. I will not be intimidated or shamed into silence.

 

I am a proud pro-lifer. I believe there is forgiveness and healing for those involved in abortion. I believe we should love those who have gone through that process, but I also believe we should stand for life.

 
I am pro legal immigration but no line jumping for law breakers. I am for traditional marriage and for a private companies right to refuse service on both sides.

 
I am not ashamed of my conservative views and I will not hide them, there is too much at stake to stay silent. This Iran deal is horrendous and dangerous and we cannot afford show votes, it must be stopped.

 
The current administration is propagating racial tension, it has said nothing about the murders of cops continuing in recent weeks. It is up to us to bring racial healing. There is no black church, white church, Hispanic church only The Church of Jesus Christ. When we quit allowing government and media to divide us that’s when things will change.

 

I long for the days of conservative republicans again. Moderate positions don’t help and moderate candidates sure don’t win elections, when will we learn our lesson. When will leadership in both parties quit playing politics and start doing the will of the people again? We elected them, when they don’t do what they’ve been voted in to do we need to start voting them out. Representative government is pretty much dead, look at the Iran deal. It’s time we vote establishment out and we the people back in.

 
When we have leaders who will stand up and even stand against members of their own party we need to stand with them. Chuck Schumer, a democrat is against the Iran deal, I stand with him. senator Ted Cruz has stood on principle and stood up to his own party, I stand with Ted Cruz.

 
Whether you are republican or democrat do your part in your party. Both parties have corrupt individuals in them and it’s up to us, the grass roots to bring about change.

 
Research the candidates, get behind someone who is your values, not in words but action. All of this needs to be done.

 
First and foremost we, the Church do need to truly repent of what we have allowed to take place, after we have done that, it’s time to get involved. God will heal the land through us. The great awakenings of the past came through pastors and Christians not afraid to speak out and not afraid to get involved.

 
It’s past time to get up. We cannot set on the sidelines anymore. We cannot say we’re in the Kingdom so the nation doesn’t matter. When the righteous are in office the people rejoice and when corrupt people rule people mourn.
It’s time to be informed, it’s time to stand up, it’s time to speak out, and it’s time to get involved!

 

 

Ways to get involved:

 

Participate in Silent Sieges at Planned Parenthood Locations

 
Research the candidates and support someone who shares your values and principles

 
Come to DC16 on April 9, 2016 at the Lincoln Memorial and stand for LIFE and Freedom

 
Support your local pregnancy center

 
Use your social media accounts to shed light on issues

 
Join your local political party and bring change in your county, city, and state

 
Pray daily for national, state, and local leaders, including military, police, and fire fighters.

 
Host prayer meetings for an awakening and for Godly leaders to be elected.

 
VOTE in every election!

Abortion, The Spirit of Molech, & One More Thing

molochBy now most of us have heard and hopefully have taken the time to watch the Planned Parenthood videos. They truly are sick. But this post is not about Planned Parenthood, actually very little of it will have to do with abortion but I’ll start there.

 
Pharaoh ordered all babies two and under to be killed, this was then what modern day abortion is now. King Harod did the same thing. What came out of that attack on a generation? Moses and Jesus. No wonder the enemy murdered so many. That’s what abortion is, the plan of the enemy.

 
Now, there is no condemnation to any woman who has had or any man who has supported abortion, there is forgiveness and healing that can be received through prayer.

 
The issue is not abortion, but what is behind abortion, and that is the spirit of Molech. Molech (Moloch, in the Greek) is a god, and the sacrifice of worship to this God is children. The Israelite’s were forbidden to offer sacrifice to this god in Leviticus eighteen. The purpose of sacrificing children to this false god was to atone for the parents sin. How messed up is this!? You atone for sin by committing another sin, that’s stupid, but that’s the devil.

 
The spirit of Moloch in this age is not just confined to abortion. Many would never support abortion but the spirit of Moloch still operates in the forms of suppressing a child’s dreams, by holding back spiritual development based on natural age.

 
We in the Church may be against abortion, but many have done little to provide an alternative, sure we have clinics, but how well do we support them? It does us no good to scream for life when after birth we don’t assist the mother and child. It does her no good to have the baby to then just be condemned by the Church for being an unwed mother, hello somebody?

 
It does us no good to support life, when a Christian man feels he’s too good to marry a woman with a child, hello somebody? Can we acknowledge our own disgusting self righteousness here?

 
There’s more to the spirit of Moloch than just abortion, there is the oppression trying to hover the child as it grows up, this is where we, the Church, have been snared.

 
It’s time for generations to unite instead of fight. It’s time for us to comfort and connect with individuals instead of condemn.

 
Is abortion wrong? Yes. However, we should not hold past decisions over someone’s head, that’s what the enemy does, we need to come along side them and bring healing. I’m not in a campaign to defund, I’ll leave that up to the politicians. Instead of defunding one organization we should be more focused on funding crisis pregnancy centers. We should be focused on helping the women and men that choose life. We should be focused on helping raise up a young generation in the Word of God.

 
If we are going to defeat the spirit of Moloch it will only happen one way, by partnering with the generation he is trying to take out.

Thoughts on SCOTUS Ruling

americanchurchWhat can I say that hasn’t already been said by leaders in the Church?
Last week was a sad week. Politically, states lost a little more of their rights, morally and culturally a long standing definition was changed, and biblically, judges that legislated from the bench violated God’s law.
My post is actually not about any of that though, it’s about what we do now and where we go from here.

 
What do we do? We preach the gospel and love people.
Where do we go? To the hurting.

 
I do not agree with the SCOTUS decision, constitutionally, I believe, it should have been left up to the states.
Now, it’s time for us to show the love of Jesus and clearly present the message of the gospel.
have I had all the doom and gloom thoughts? Yes.
Do I think we need a religious protection amendment added to the constitution? Yes.
I didn’t write last week because I didn’t want to write out of emotionalism.
Really the only thing that can be said now is don’t back off the truth and keep presenting the love of God through the gospel.

 
This really is the bottom line, let’s not get distracted.

 

Various responses to the decision:

Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Statement

Dutch Sheets Statement

Video from Pastor John Kilpatrick

Dallas Theological Seminary Statement

 

The Culture of Abercrombie & Fitch

afMany people are upset and with good reason with the CEO of Abercrombie and Fitch for some comments he made.

“He doesn’t want larger people shopping in his store, he wants thin and beautiful people,” Lewis said. “He doesn’t want his core customers to see people who aren’t as hot as them wearing his clothing. People who wear his clothing should feel like they’re one of the ‘cool kids.’” – Robin Lewis, New Rules for Retail.

“In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids,” he told the site. “Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely. Those companies that are in trouble are trying to target everybody: young, old, fat, skinny. But then you become totally vanilla. You don’t alienate anybody, but you don’t excite anybody, either,” he told Salon.

Many people are upset by these comments, they are upset that A&F doesn’t carry XL or XXL women’s clothing, they are mad because the pant size doesn’t go past 10.

This post is not about A&F but the fact that our entertainment, media, and clothing culture agrees with him they just don’t say it. While it’s true other brands will go up to size 16 or 18 and even carry the XL and XXL sizes let’s look at the models, they are all skinny. Look at the movies and TV shows it’s always centered on the hot skinny couple, he’s an athlete and she is skinny, brunette and beautiful, or skinny, blonde, and beautiful.

The commercial advertisements are all on weight-loss and fitting into the tiny yellow bikini. This is not about eating right or making healthy choices, it is about the stereotype of what is acceptable. America’s Next Top Model, young girls watch that and think that is what they need to be. And even worse, Toddlers in Tiaras, I despise that show with a passion! It totally sets up little girls with the wrong perspective on life. You have prom that is simply a beauty and popularity contest.

Please don’t get me wrong I am not against prom, the point I want to get across is we can’t be upset with the CEO without looking at the majority of our culture and say everything is pretty much in line with him.

We are getting close to swimsuit season and we all know that most girls if they aren’t as thin as a tooth pick think they can’t wear a swimsuit, that is wrong, but it is what the culture says.

As Christian people, let’s look at the big picture and not Just the A&F CEO. We need to teach, encourage, and instill in our young people that their worth is found in Jesus Christ. Mom and Dad tell your daughter she is beautiful on a regular basis, tell her you love her every day, tell her you are proud of her, and spend time encouraging her with your words and the word. And don’t forget about your son, encourage him as well.

Parents, Pastors, Church family we can influence our young people with the word of God and our words of encouragement. Spend time with your kids in Ephesians and teach them who they are, that they are loved by God, the authority they have in the name of Jesus, and that Holy Spirit will lead them every day in the way they should go.

We may not be able to change the entire culture but we can change the culture and outlook of the life of one young person at a time.

Every day we should make a point to encourage someone, tell them they look nice, they did a good job, I appreciate you.

One positive word can change a person’s day, maybe even change their life.  

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