Monthly Archives: February 2012

A Christian’s Heart 2-27-2012

America the Fool Part II

(A Budding Tyranny in America )

(Update 3 1 2012)

I may not issue my next blog on March 5.  There is much to research on how the Nanny State we have been building has been enslaving us. The article referenced in the previous update gives but a hint of how our freedoms have been eroded by the idea that we need a Big Brother government to tell us how to live our lives.

America the Fool Part II

(A Budding Tyranny in America )

(Update 2 29 2012)

This article, which talks about how intrusive our government has become, confirms my fears as stated below. We are in a heap of trouble in this country.

America the Fool Part II

(A Budding Tyranny in America )

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools …” (Rom 1:21-22)

As mentioned in my February 19 blog, since the Supreme Court declared that prayer and the Bible could not be taught in our schools, America has gradually ceased to be a Christian nation and has become a pagan nation.

We now live in a terrifying time in America. As all of us who worship the Lord Jesus Christ and believe His Word know, there are dire consequences for turning from God. (There is hope to avoid these consequences, however, if America repents.) As a result we are losing the liberty that God has granted us and exchanging it for tyranny based on a cult of personality surrounding our president and a destructive collectivist philosophy that champions group rights rather than individual rights; that asserts that government can solve all our problems; and that filters everything through a race/class/gender lens which, for example,

–         demonizes white males (see the Duke Lacrosse case  ) but stereotypes African-Americans (especially women) either as always being victims of racism (Crystal Mangum in the Duke case) or as “… a moral paragon — spiritually elevated, or somehow magically gifted person who exists mainly to guide or help white people”;

–         demonizes certain classes of society (e.g. the rich elites as in the Duke Lacrosse case, or as our president labels them “millionaires and billionaires”) and assumes that these classes intentionally victimize the poor by finding ways to not pay their fair share of taxes;

–         and assumes that women never make false accusations of rape or sexual harassment against men, especially white men. (See “Wendy Murphy”  of the Duke Lacrosse Case” and how the media buys into this twisted view of reality.) It also assumes that any non-African-American man accused of rape or sexual assault is guilty as charged.

Twentieth century tyrannies all manifested themselves as follows: there was an absolute and ruthless (“they bring a knife, we bring a gun” ) leader who ruled through a personality cult and who had absolute contempt for the rule of law (as required by our Constitution); and all public media was controlled by this leader so that it faithfully filtered everything through the lens of whatever political dogma (e.g. Marxist-Leninism, the race/class/gender filter) the ruler adhered to.

Clearly in this country a personality cult is being built around President Obama. The 2008 campaign seemed surreal to me, as if some terrific delusional spirit had descended on America. It was so profound that in some quarters, candidate Obama was referred to as God: “In a way Obama is standing above the country, above the world. He’s sort of GOD. He’s going to bring all different sides together.” – Newsweek editor Even Thomas, June 6, 2009. (Quoted here.  Note also that Obama has certainly failed to “bring all sides” together,  as evidence by the rage that is tearing this country apart.) This cult is being built by a sycophantic press: there was no vetting of candidate Obama, no real critical examination of the qualifications he would bring to the presidency, no real analysis of who he was and how his relationships with the left-wing radical’s radical Saul Alinsky and with known terrorists such as Bill Ayers and anti-Semite hate mongers such as Jeremiah Wright had shaped his personality.

This lap-dog like adoration has continued into his presidency as this report by ABC News  shows. It is nothing but a propaganda piece for the president. Here, they quote several statements of our president without questioning their truth when so many of them were clearly akin to campaign rhetoric. For example, President Obama is quoted as saying about negotiating with Republicans:

“It was heartbreaking to get so close and see politics get in the way,” he said.  “They’ve [the Republicans] walked away …  So let’s be honest.  I need a dance partner here — and the floor is empty”  leaving the President “enforcing flawed laws in the most humane and best possible way.”

Now, there were many public statements made by others that Obama reneged on promises he had made in his negotiations; in some cases he himself stormed out of meetings when he wasn’t getting his way. This type of sycophantic reporting casts our president as a “victim” of evil forces working against him and his standing valiantly up to them, “enforcing flawed laws in the most humane and best possible way.” Hence the personality cult.

The news media in this country is completely captive to our president’s destructive and evil collectivist, race/class/gender philosophy and never deigns to say anything critical of our president or of his method of governing. The subservience of the press to President Obama and his political philosophy was demonstrated vividly in the 2008 presidential campaign.

Now that the media is captive to a single destructive philosophy, it cannot therefore be faithful in reporting the truth. In fact, Media critic Alex Pereen has said that “It’s not exactly surprising, but it’s always good to be able to point to specific evidence that there are, in the mass media, absolutely no consequences for blatant, constant lying.” Note that reporting lies in the press is so prevalent that the quote starts off with “It’s not exactly surprising”. Lest you think this applies only to cable news (which was the target of the article), see this analysis by the American Institute of Journalism of the execrable reporting by all media on the Duke Lacrosse case. In this example, the three players maliciously and falsely accused of rape had been all but tried, convicted and hanged by the press, as they filtered the story through their race (black woman)/class (“rich kids”)/gender (“white males”) lens. This is not unique to the Duke case. Recently the New York Times did another hatchet job on a young white athlete at an elite (e.g. “exclusive for the rich”) school, Patrick Wit. Race was not an issue here but gender sure was: the story presumed that any white male who was accused of some form of sexual assault, no matter how “informal” the accusation, was guilty.

And here’s what’s so frightening about this failure of our national news organizations: they don’t have to be “controlled” by a ruthless ruler to reliably spout his propaganda. No, indeed, they have voluntarily decided to be the propaganda arm of this president, his party, and of the political philosophy he follows.

The cult-like reverence for our President—a president who has said that he wants to “go it alone” and avoid having to deal with congress; who has burning contempt for those who disagree with him; and who has shown an equally flaming contempt for the law of the land (as in his failure to defend the “Defense of Marriage Act”)—and the media’s failure to really dig into the truths about how this man governs and of the statements he makes, shows signs that we American’s are indeed in great danger of losing our freedom.

In my next blog (March 5) I will talk about how our President’s and his party’s collectivist, race/class/gender based policies are destroying our freedoms as well.

A Chrisitian’s Heart 2-19-2012

Questions of Faith Update

(February 24, 2012)

See this post  by Jeffrey T. Kuhner in the the Washington Times concerning Obama’s “Pseudo Religion.” It says, in part “Obama has declared war on our Judeo-Christian culture. He understands the economic transformation of America cannot take place without a government-imposed social revolution: Smash religion and the family – the key institutions of civil society – and the restraints upon the federal leviathan are removed. The path is laid for a soft authoritarian nanny state. The president acts as if he is hell-bent on eradicating Christianity from the public square.” Though Mr. Kuhner uses no Scripture to back his assertions, I could not have said it better myself.

Questions of Faith for President Obama

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)

This installment of my blog was to be devoted to the tyranny budding in America. But God has laid something on my heart to share with all of you who know Him through the Person of Jesus Christ. The next installment will begin to deal with that pressing issue.

On November 4 2008, we Christians helped put a man in the White House who claims to be a Christian. By that statement he claims to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. To all of us that have that relationship, it means that anyone who claims to be Christian also testifies that it is God himself who is moving him to do what he does through the Holy Spirit living in him.

Before proceeding, I acknowledge that it is certainly not for me, or anyone else, to judge the heart of our President, but only God alone can know the truth of these claims. But God does warn us that false prophets will come and that we will know them by the fruit they bear.  And Jesus clearly calls us to carefully evaluate their fruit so that we can separate the ferocious wolves from the rest.  So I write this blog for other children of God to examine our president by his own actions and words to see for themselves through their testing spirit whether our president is who he claims to be. For the Spirit tells us that if we know the Lord we will do the righteous things He did.

With these cautions in mind, I have some questions for our President.

Mr. President, you have recently established a rule that religious institutions must provide contraceptive services free of charge to their employees. Your justification is that it enhances women’s health services. Setting aside that contraceptive devices of all kinds actually endanger women’s health, it is well known, that these contraceptive services include providing the morning after pill which kills a live fetus, the most innocent of human beings. As Christian, Mr. President, you must know that killing an innocent human being is detestable to the God you worship. You have made it very clear that you also promote abortion on demand. How, then is promoting the killing of the innocent consistent with your faith? Are you not declaring that if Jesus Himself were to come back to us, He would approve of abortion on demand?

To complete your establishment as President, you had to take an oath before God “to the best of [your] ability, [to] preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Implicit in that oath is a vow to uphold and defend the laws of the United States. As a Christian you must know that the God you worship takes our vows very seriously. But your actions as President have called into question your fealty to that oath.

For example, regarding the contraceptive order, how is trampling the tenets of the very religious faith you hold by clearly violating the First Amendment to the Constitution— which guarantees that government will not interfere with religious freedom—consistent with your oath? How is refusing to defend a court challenge to the “Defense of Marriage Act” upholding your oath?

You have stated publicly that you wish you could “go it alone” to pass laws, presumably by ignoring the powers vested in the Congress of the United States by that same Constitution you have sworn to uphold. You have appointed a cadre of czars who are to carry out your executive directions, none of whom have been approved by the Congress. How is this consistent with your oath of office? How is violating your oath consistent with your faith?

During your campaign you spoke words consistent with your faith when you promised to be a uniter, not a divider. But how is singling out one class of people, millionaires and billionaires for not paying enough taxes, as being worthy of our hatred. (Incidentally, for the 2009 tax year, the top 1% of all tax payers (with adjusted gross income of $344,000 or greater) , presumably the millionaires and billionaires you hate, pay over 36% of all income taxes, while the bottom 50% of the people pay only 2.25% of taxes. ) As you well know, Christians are to be men of peace. As a man of faith you must know that God detests those who causes conflict within the community. This conflict has erupted throughout the United States. The Occupy Wall Street movement, which you’ve publicly supported, is one example of that. After three years of your presidency, it is clear that this nation is more divided than ever. Would you have us believe that your divisive rhetoric had nothing to do with this?

Like most politicians, websites have been devoted to your perceived lack of honesty and forthrightness with the American people. But my personal perception is that this lack of honesty has been carried to new heights by your administration.  For example, in an interview with Bill O’Reilly in December of 2010 Mr. O’Reilly asked if you wanted to redistribute income. You said “No”. But in your campaign you stated to Joe the Plumber that his taxes would rise. You said the reason was to make those who made more pay more taxes and to give a cut to everyone else. Then you stated flat out that “… I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” How is this consistent with not wanting to redistribute income? Again, I ask, how does being dishonest with the American people comport with your faith in Jesus Christ? Should we not expect more of someone who knows the Lord Jesus Christ than to be excoriated as a liar in the public domain?

So, Mr. President, how do you plan to answer the Judge of all Creation when He asks you how you’ve lived out your faith? Do you really expect us to believe that you are doing these things by the hand of God working through you?

To my brothers and sisters in Christ: according to some accounts as many as 40% of the evangelical community voted for Mr. Obama in 2008. My question to you is, what has the church done, electing this man to be President of the United States?

More about the tyranny that’s forming in America in my next installment.

A Christian’s Heart 2-13-2012

America The Fool

America has turned away from God and has become a fool in His eyes.

America used to be a shining city on a hill. She was made so by God because she was formed in His Name. All through our early history we recognized that God was our Father and ultimately the Father of our nation.  Of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence over 50 were men of deep Christian faith. Up until the 1960s we recognized the supremacy of God in our national affairs. And God worked in us and for us to preserve our country and to make it the greatest nation the world has ever known. (See for example, Toby Mac & Michael Tait, Under God, Bethany House, Minneapolis, Mn, 2004.)  Until the 1960s we would have been proud to call ourselves a Christian Nation. But since then we have gradually turned away from God. We can no longer call ourselves a Christian nation, and with good reason.

America is now a pagan nation which celebrates toleration for all forms of evil, even saying that they are good and desirable. Now any person of faith must endure the horror of abortion (murder) on demand, the spread and legitimization of all forms of sexual immorality (including homosexuality), all of which God hates, the awful sense of entitlement which pervades and sickens this society. The government-can-solve-everything mindset, which created the welfare state and the abominable sense of entitlement,  has made us a nation of beggars (panhandlers on every street corner, it seems) and victims (if I fail, it’s someone else’s fault).

It seems to me that the downward slide into the abyss started with a pair of  Supreme Court decisions in 1962 and 1963 that outlawed the reading of the Bible and praying in schools.  God was taken out of public discourse, and so we have forgotten Him. This had a devastating effect not only on our country but also on the Body of Christ here. As public discourse turned to free love and to the idol of personal gratification (“if it feels good do it”), and rejected personal responsibility and traditional moral values, the Church itself began to be corrupted.

As this 1960s poison seeped into the Body of Christ in America, it gradually forgot how to fear the LORD. Today sexual immorality, divorce, and other sin has infected the Church, and it has become an ineffective witness for Christ and herald of the path to salvation. How, for example, can we stand effectively for the sanctity of marriage when we ourselves do not practice it? Many in the Body support politicians who promote murder on demand, the “rights” of the sexually deviant, even the promotion of deviant behavior. How is this consistent with Christian claims to know and love Jesus as one’s savior?

If we do not reverse this trend, I believe the country is doomed. We can see the results already: the country is full of rage and hatred. America is tearing `itself apart.  We can see this in our public discourse. A sad example of this can be seen in this article where a DJ engages in a racially charged, profanity laced tirade against a politician with whom he disagrees. The language and his behavior during the “interview” is thug-like and completely inappropriate. It shows a man whose spirit is consumed by darkness and despair. Nothing like this should ever happen in a free society where the exchange of ideas fuel the fire of our freedom. It represents the totally unacceptable behavior that we’ve come to accept as normal. How sad! (In fact that this can go on without condemnation from all sides of the political spectrum frightens me.  The America we have known cannot survive this.)

This is the natural result of our increasing moral degradation and sense of entitlement. How do I know this? It’s what God has said would happen through the prophet Isaiah: “If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.  Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God. Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness.”

The Body of Christ was put here by God to be a shining light. But because of the corruption in the church’s midst, our light has gone dark: we are reviled and are becoming increasingly irrelevant on the political stage. We must repent or I believe that we will be swept away as the country continues down the path of destruction.

Our foolishness as a nation has caused us to allow tyranny and oppression to take hold among us. We are losing our freedom. I will speak more of this in the next installment, February 20.