What about their future?

This morning, less than a week after our Thanksgiving Holiday, news mentioned a person, not liking our duly elected President, stealing a private person’s flag and setting it on fire on the porch. It could have burned the house down as peaceful residents slept inside. What is going on now in our country? Why all this hate? Why are we NOT thankful for all we have been blessed with, in a nation built upon freedom of the individual?

I didn’t like our past President, but I prayed for him! It would appear that this so-called progressive political movement, a leftist movement, calling for diversity, is all about hate and confiscating freedoms. A black woman, Star Parker, wrote an ARTICLE published today that all people should read and pray about. Ms. Parker writes:

“Republicans and all Americans who care about bequeathing a free nation to their children and grandchildren need to think long and hard about how to communicate the importance of freedom to Americans of color. It’s our only hope of not losing our country to the left forever.”

I have hundreds of articles that support what she is writing. I have three grandsons; do you have any young family members you care about? What about their future?

Look Beyond Yourself!, You are Alive and Doing Well, Be Thankful

By the grace of God, we are living in the greatest nation on earth. We take care of most of the nations on earth. We are generous people, caring people, forgiving people. We were founded by Godly men wanting to create a Godly nation. This Thanksgiving Day, tomorrow, be thankful for all you have received!

Yet, as you view the negative (on purpose) broadcasts from our main media sources, you would not see this wonderful country we live in; you would see what they want you to see…strife, hate, jealousy, inequality, anger, racism…which all comes (they say) from the group of people that love America the most!

This Thanksgiving, I invite you to set aside politics, take a few minutes and read Ben Shapiro’s wonderful article entitled, The Ungrateful Nation where he writes, after mentioning all the good things that are going on in America, the following paragraph:

“Yet as of July 2018, fewer than half of Americans surveyed by Gallup said they are extremely proud to be American. Just 32 percent of Democrats, down from 56 percent in 2013, said they are extremely proud to be American; only 42 percent of independents said are were extremely proud to be American. That’s ridiculous. Regardless of political affiliation, we should be proud to live in a society founded on eternal truths, in which we have the ability to thrive based on our own choices.”

These people should be ashamed! How ungodly! You have been given so very much, yet your selfishness has blinded you and closed your heart. Look around you, be grateful, and then go out and spread some holiday cheer to brighten someone else’s life. Look beyond yourself!

What really matters?

This morning I heard that the death count in the California fires was at 56…56 dead and maybe more dead in forest fires! …and what about the thousands of abortions in the last day or two? …and what about all the other deaths due to sickness, substance abuse, gang violence, etc.? People are hurting! What REALLY impacts people? Is it truly politics? …some would say yes, but red or blue, it is just shifting sand! What REALLY matters?

We have such division and hatefulness going on in our country now; it didn’t start with President Trump. It has been building for many decades. Michael Brown writes today in a very worthwhile article Let’s Unite Around Jesus, Not Divide Over Trump  “To put it bluntly, it is Satan, the evil one, who wants to divide us (and thereby destroy us) while it is Jesus, our Savior, who wants to unite us (and thereby bless us). To whose voice are we listening? Whose promptings are we following? Whose example are we emulating?”

Let’s all step back, take a breath, look in the mirror, and ask…what really matters? Is it really the quicksand of politics and hate for our neighbor, or is it compassion-sensitivity and love for others? Male-female-black-white-red-yellow, it doesn’t matter for our blood is red, and we were all created in the image of God…that, my friends, makes us all brothers and sisters!

What We Really Need

Karen Kataline writes in her article entitled “Walking Away from Cognitive Dissonance” posted on 11-5-18: “The woman who claimed to write an anonymous letter accusing Justice Brett Kavanaugh of raping her in his car has admitted that she lied. Judy Munro-Leighton turned out to be a left-wing activist who admitted that she did it because she was angry. She has never met Justice Kavanaugh.”

Where does such anger come from? Is this anger stored up inside a person just waiting to explode when given an opportunity? This kind of behavior is simply illogical and has absolutely no basis in truth and balance…it is simply invented.

I think America needs a lesson in balance, compassion, sensitivity and civility. Stop your tongue and start up your heart. Set aside hostilities and political agendas…it is killing you from the inside out. Take time by yourself to gaze upon beauty…a song from a bird, a sun rise or sunset, a peaceful river, a flower. Recently New Yorkers discovered a Mandarin Duck in a Central Park lake Mandarin Duck Article; they wondered at its beauty! It made the news shows. Where did it come from was spoken by many. Little did they know that it was a gift from God! Peace, beauty, gentleness…we still can find it if we will look for it, but you need to close your hate-filled eyes and open up your heart to God to find what you really need…what we really need!

All for One Stupid Night!

I had a dream the other night; most of us have dreams…dreams of all types, good & bad, etc. Let me tell you about this particular dream because it is quite telling of many.

As I stood lying before a great board of officials trying to explain my actions aboard my very expensive and extremely fast speed boat. It was simply just too fast! A great boat with which to show off, and as I recklessly showed off, I endangered a large group of people on a dock, I almost ran over two playing in the water, and nearly hit the shore line. I was simply out of control.

At a party excessively drinking beer, seeing old friends, I continued to show off, being the big guy at the party. Old friends told me I am 3 months behind in payments; of course, I tell them it is someone else’s fault. Heck, I have a $100,000 check in my pocket I can’t deposit! The lie continues.

I told them we will talk later…f or my focus and drive was to continue to show off and party. I refused to be responsible and under personal control! My friends, the real friends that try to care and warn me, are rejected. The devil has me firmly in his evil grip, a great smile on his receptive face.

Wake up time! Yes, this was a dream; I actually awoke and wrote down these notes. It seemed to be something I should share, hence this post. Many in our society are falling into holes of quicksand as the fellow in this dream. One reckless night can ruin your whole life; whether it is getting drunk or having a one-night stand.

This massive downfall occurred last week as a prominent doctor knowing better than to drink and drive, hit a motorcyclist killing him, fleeing the scene, wrecked his car and later caught by the police facing a dozen charges. What an awful tragedy for all involved: the motorcyclist and his family, the doctor and his family, and the hospital and patients entrusted into his care…all for one stupid night of excess! Are we not smarter than this?

Our Problem is Lack of a Nuclear Unit

Our current culture will tell us that any group, any combination of individuals, can raise children in a loving home. Of course, I would agree there are exceptions to this expansion of family structure; however, I think it is the underlaying foundational cause of many of our relational problems. The brutal language being spewed throughout all of society is nothing more than hate speech. What about the violence we see, the increase in gang memberships and substance abuse? Why do kids fight, kill and play their brutal games? Why do boys treat girls so harshly? Why do girls fight so much and express such hate on social media? Is all this a desire to be accepted into some form of “family”…a real family they don’t have at home? Do boys not have a male role model that can teach them compassion, sensitivity, and basic manners? The raising number of single-parent families might suggest this as one of our problems, but then there are exceptions to this where a single caring parent is performing better than an abusive two parent home. Can our problems be traced back to the nuclear family unit? I am sure the problem is multi-dimensional; I don’t want to fall into the trap of suggesting a single simplified cause.

I think our problem is basic selfishness, plain and simple!. We could blame the “Me Generation” where the focus was on self. We could blame of experts in relationships who say a person must first take care of self before they can be able to share. What can I get out of this relationship? I want this and I want that. I am not fulfilled, so I am out of this relationship. The entire focus is on the self. We do know that the family break down goes way beyond one single generation. I grew up in the sixties; now there was a generation focused on self if ever we had one.

This focus on self is not biblical. It is not God’s plan where male and female are both created equally in the image of God, to become a single unit working for the joy of the other.

In John Dempsey’s article published in Townhall on September 28, 2018, entitled “Bloomberg Writer: Dropping Divorce Rate is Leading to Inequality”; we read of  the University of Maryland study which shows an 18% drop in divorce rate in the last 8 years. This should be celebrated…less broken homes is best for our future and our children; but the left seems to take a good thing and make it a bad thing; in this case, an issue of inequality. As Mr. Dempsey noted: “Marriage can easily survive when each spouse is willing to do something special for the other.” This, I can attest works and it is commanded in the Bible…but to embrace this position, the culture would need to embrace the Bible, and we all know where that is going. Mr. Dempsey also notes that marriage doesn’t discriminate between classes of people. The break down of the nuclear family has nothing to do with education or economics; it has everything to do with the heart. There exists an plausible argument that Welfare has broken down the family unit. Can we turn our nose-drive toward destruction around? I don’t know, but I believe the break down in the nuclear family unit, first planned and created by God, to be definitely on our slippery slope.

Worse than ANY polluted River!

For decades now, we have rightly been concerned for the stewardship of the earth, God’s creation. God demanded it. We were created to take care of it (Gen. 2:15). Unfortunately, many have taken God’s command to be good stewards, to become the path for their own personal power and control over people. Yes, we should not pollute, but I wish to bring forward a whole other form of pollution, much worse.

Part of being good stewards of God’s creation is to be kind and good to other people…people who are also part of God’s creation! So where is the pollution, Haven? The pollution I am writing about is in the form of our actions and words.

As Jesus was telling His disciples when concerns were raised about defiling one over the food they ate, He said it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person but what comes out of a person out of their heart (Mark 7:20-23). The words we use can cut more than the sharpest sword. The words we use can linger longer than the distance to our closest star. Just look at the coarseness of our language in everyday talk these days! Just look at the invisible hate polluting the internet and sometimes driving unseen persons to suicide. Just look at the deceit and slander found daily in politics and in the media. This, my friends, is pollution! This coarseness of language, deceit, slander and all lies (large and small) is FAR worse than ANY polluted river found in the least developed country you can kind!

One day, all will come before the Judgement Bar of the LORD. Let’s all work to clean up the pollution found all around us…start today!

Storms Often Come When You are Obedient

So many today think that if they follow Jesus and be a Christian, they will not have any problems. I knew a co-worker who thought he would never be sick again in his life. So what happens when problems do befall on them? They, in their guilt, think God is mad at them. This is all wrong! Besides the desires of the Devil to impact, not those already in destruction, but those trying to live as Jesus taught, I blame television preachers proclaiming the so-called “gospel of health and wealth”. Another name for this false unbiblical teaching is “word of faith” (sounds so much better, easier to hook people); this preaching comes from the likes of Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and many others. Sadly, many local churches have also fallen prey to this heresy.

Let’s look at the book of Mark chapter 6 for a great example. After the feeding of the 5,000 men plus women and children, Jesus in verse 45 tells the disciples to get in a boat and go ahead of Him to Bethsaida. In the middle of the sea, the disciples were struggling against a strong wind storm. They were in trouble and afraid BECAUSE they had obeyed Jesus!

So at their darkest hour (it is darkest before the dawn, see verse 48), Jesus comes to them and says “take courage, it is I, don’t be afraid” (verse 50). To be obedient does NOT mean you will be well with money in your pocket, and a fancy new car. To be obedient could kill you, as it did for 11 of the 12 disciples; obedience killed Jesus!

I pray we stand up and be obedient; stand for something greater than what the world offers. Christians, show that we are not of this world! Show the world we stand for something so much better than the world we currently live in! Be obedient to the words of Christ Jesus and get in your boat. Recognize the LORD, it is Jesus coming to you, our one and only Savior! Jesus will come to you at your time of need!

Will you see Him?

There is a Bible verse that has Jesus telling those around Him to let the children to come to Him (Matt 19:14); I believe that partly what Jesus was saying was for those [even the adults] to come to Him “as little children”. That is as persons who can believe without overthinking, and accepting things at face value. Jesus did many miracles, but this did not cause people to become believers (John 12:37). Pastor Alistair Begg says, “the main things are the plain things and the plain things are the main things”. Why do we have to make things so difficult?

Is it because we want to be seen as being intellectual? The creation of the universe is easily shown to come from God but just look at the complicated arguments and the theories that arise on both sides! Do these arguments prove anything? Who is more intellectual than someone else? I am not so sure that is a good thing to be an intellectual; just look at nonsensical comments coming out of our universities these days. High brow comments tend to bring focus on the person and not the subject at hand. Children don’t do this; they accept things at face value. This Jesus knew full well, thus He calls the children! It is the adults that complicate things for the selfish manipulation of others.

Now we find ourselves in a post-modern situation where people don’t believe anything at face value anymore. Saint Thomas did not believe in the resurrected Christ until he could touch His side. Do you remember what Jesus said then? Blessed are those who believe but don’t see (John 20:29). This is faith! Faith as little children! Won’t you come to your only Savior, Jesus Christ at face value? Don’t wander off in the muck and mire of discussions like: “you cannot prove God exists or that God doesn’t exist”. For it is easy to prove God exists if you have eyes to see…the proof is all around you. Open your eyes as a child! This is why I wrote, I Am, the Great Creator God, to show people how to see…but sadly if you are not thinking as a child, you will never see.

Honesty…Yes, it is still a goal for us!

Honesty…certainly not shown in politics, not shown in education, and not shown in business and advertising. I suppose there has never been a time where honesty was the norm. The snake was not honest, so Eve blamed the snake, and Adam blamed Eve…no one from the start takes responsibility for their own actions. Certainly, people have twisted truth and told lies to reach some benefit or just for the greed of power and influence.

We learn this form of deception early in life from role models, be they in Hollywood, politics, sports or at school. What happens when our teachers are dishonest and lie to suit their politics? A recent example, even the left-leaning NPR shared a very interesting exposure:

“Deeply flawed data published by the U.S. Department of Education was exposed by National Public Radio this week. NPR’s investigation found that more than two-thirds of school shootings reported to authorities between 2015-16 never happened.”

How many have run with the awful thought of their children at exaggerated risk at school due to dishonest reported data? How does this happen? Is this local reporting for attention and money? Is this the “federal mother ship” altering things for the greed of national money and political power?

…and we get mad when our children cheat on a test?

I wrote an article in 2008 entitled “Force Honesty”, I think it still applies…and sadly, maybe it always will. It is only one page, check it out at Mankin Christian Library.