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Love your neighbor?
February 19, 2018, 2:14 pm
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As a Christian I try to practice the teaching of Jesus Christ in my daily life. In a conversation with a lawyer (a religious lawyer), one who studied the Law as found in the Jewish Scriptures. The passage is found in the gospel of Luke:
Luk 10:25-27 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (26) He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” (27) And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” (English Standard Version)
Jesus then answered him that he had spoken correctly and should do as the law required. The Lawyer asked him, “Who is my neighbor”. Jesus then told a story about a man who had been left for dead on a road side by robbers. A priest walked on the road and saw the man lying there and crossed over to the other side so as not to touch the possibly dead man and become unclean. A Levite then came by also a form of priest, somewhat like the deacons in many churches, he too passed by on the other side.

Then along came a Samaritan, seeing the man he went to him, bandaged him as best he could and cleaned out the wounds. Put the man on his animal and took him to an inn. The next day as he was leaving, he handed the innkeeper a goodly sum of money and asked him to take care of the man, anything more that he had to do above the amount that he was given, the Samaritan said he would pay upon his return.

Now we must understand that Samaritans were hated by Jewish people and would normally have nothing to do with them. Jesus asked the Lawyer who was the one who was neighbor to the injured man. The Lawyer replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” He could not just say the Samaritan, they were lower than any Jewish person. He did however realize that Jesus was teaching him that all people are our neighbors.

Since we have removed God from our normal day, no more prayer in schools, no more Bible reading, God is no longer a part of our daily lives in the greater world in which we live. We now have 60 million dead babies, we have school shootings, we have gang violence, drugs are pervasive in our society, we have sexual promiscuity, with children having children, divorce rates have skyrocketed, and marriage is no longer something that is revered.

Evil is rampant in our society, and yet the government says they can solve this problem by just removing guns from law abiding citizens. Problem, then only criminals will be armed, police are armed but cannot come to your aid before you are killed by those criminals. Police are valiant men and women but they cannot stop a crime from happening, they can only react to the crime that has happened. It is my belief that we need to allow for teachers who are licensed concealed carriers to carry on campus, but it is also necessary that we rid ourselves of the “politically correct” crowd in our midst and wake up to the reality of the need for God to be a part of our every day lives.

If God is allowed back into our public square then the teaching of Jesus, of things like “Love your neighbor as yourself” and “Blessed are the peacemakers” will be taught and become a part of our very lives again. We also need to speak up when we see something that seems out of place in our neighborhood, to help avert a suicide, or murder. I know that growing up in New York City, I do not remember teen suicides, or death and destruction on every street. I also don’t remember the hatred I see today in our nation. I grew up in an integrated neighborhood, we played baseball, football, basketball together, there was no thought about black or white, just who was the best pitcher or quarterback. We fought with each other, but it was verbal, very rare was it a fist fight.

We had bullies, but we took care of that too, we stuck together and did what was necessary to take care of one another. We loved our neighbors, even the two German kids on the street, (Joke) we were German, Italian, Irish and African. We did not hyphenate our ethnicity, we did not need to, we were and are Americans. Ethnicity did not make any difference. I blame the government, liberal professors, and lawyers for the mess we are in today. We need more of Christ and less of division in our nation, because we are in the midst of destroying this Republic in which we live. Remember I said Republic, not democracy.

I cannot in good conscience ask God to bless America, for we no longer bless God which we used to do regularly. Our nation is now in the midst of total breakdown, and if we continue on this path we shall end up in groups and perhaps it will be another civil war, and this one will destroy our republic.

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Life – all life matters
August 3, 2015, 1:36 pm
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I hear people talking about how “black lives matter”, that is true, but so are those who skin tone is yellow, or white or whatever color. You see, when you say, lives matter, no matter the color, I have to ask you: Why do you murder your babies? If life matters then abortion is wrong, you see, you are trying to say that lives matter except when the interfere with your own life. That doesn’t make sense, especially since you are punishing that baby for your own actions, or for the action of someone else. They baby is innocent, yet you are stealing its life, to please yourself, or to punish the rapist or the family member who abused you. The baby did nothing to you, it did not ask to be in your womb, yet its life doesn’t matter, you can punish that baby, because you can’t punish your abuser, or won’t admit that you made a mistake, and give that baby a chance at life. Please stop claiming that life matters is you are pro-“choice” which of course means pro abortion, or as I like to think of it, pro murder.

As a Christian I believe that all people are important to God. Their sin is what keeps them away from God. God has said, do not kill, the better translation is do not murder. God has made people in His image, male and female are in the image of God. Yet society wants to change this perfection of God into sinful activity. God made men and women to fit together, for procreation as well as for intimacy in marriage.

I grew up in a much different world, I was born in 1945, 70 years ago, I served my country during the Vietnam war, and I gave 12 years total of my life to my country. Yet now I wonder if it was worth it. I grew up in an integrated neighborhood, I remember Dr. Martin Luther King and his peaceful demonstrations against the discrimination that existed. I remember when the Republicans passed the Civil Rights act, not the Democrats, yet I note that Black citizens give their votes to the Democrats. I don’t know why, but I know it is true. Of course today it pretty much doesn’t matter as the Party of the Elephant has become Democrat lite, both parties seem to be for bigger government, more intrusion into our lives, more spending on boondoggle projects. 18.5 Trillion in debt and counting. Yes the deficit has gone down, but 500 billion gets added to the debt each year. You see the deficit, is only the difference between what is received in taxes and what is spent by politicians.

Yes I seem to be all over the place, but the reality is, that the government is not making things better. The Federal Government is making things worse, by keep our borders unprotected, by forcing companies to go out of business, by changing the rules every year. Obama is issuing an order that will in effect destroy the coal industry, that means thousands out of work so he can take care of the billionaires who fund democratic election campaigns. All for a lie about global warming. I grew up as I said during the 50’s through the 70’s. I remember then that it was fear of another Ice Age. Of course back then we had lots of snow in the winter. These climate people were wrong then and they are wrong now.

Folks if lives matter, and they do, why have we changed course over the last 30-40 years. Yes there were those who hated this or that group, in other words racists, but today, it seems we have forgotten all the progress that was made in this nation. I still remember when Jackie Robinson came to the big leagues, there were many in the south and some in the north too, who did not want him in the big leagues. Today we celebrate all athletes, except those who mistreat other people, but hey I love to watch football, I am so glad to see that today we have more than one black coach in the league, we have more than one black quarterback also. Business, companies have black leadership in them all over the country, it is a good thing. Not only that, but, this mantra of the Democrats that women are not treated equally in business. Please, give me a break, there are women CEO’s, Chair of the Board of Directors and other high positions in many of the businesses in our nation.

Lives matter, ALL lives matter because we all need one another if this country of ours is to prosper and grow. We also need to look again at what has happened as we have thrown God out of our schools, and public places just so we could satisfy a small minority of people. Our nation has become more and more lawless, we now have greater immorality than ever before, and we allow things that the great empires of the past would never allow. We have done away with morality, and replaced it with hatred, road rage, abortion, sexual immorality of all kinds pornography and worst of all, Child pornography. We actually allow people to speak of allowing for incestuous marriage, brother and sister marriage, men and boys, and other types of sexual immorality that just 30 years ago was unthinkable and criminal. That says to me that lives matter only as long as they do not interfere with our immorality.

Understand this, because of all this, God is not blessing our nation, until and unless we repent of our sin and turn from the horror of our national obsession with narcissism, turn to God again as a nation, God abhors sin in all its forms. God cannot bless a country that will not bless God. Soon and very soon destruction of our way of life will become a reality, and we too will be swept into the dustbin of history as we deserve.

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Every Life Matters
June 23, 2015, 12:00 pm
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The book of Genesis begins with a description of God creating the world and all life that is on it, including mankind. Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” It doesn’t say that they were people of color or of no color, it just says, male and female he created them. I am getting to be a man of age, 70 years ago I was born, 1945, the end of World War II. In my time I have seen much in the way of death and destruction. Korea, Vietnam, and a number of other conflicts, I even served 12 years in the US Army. Last year I buried my brother, Agent orange in Vietnam ended his life too early. I grew up in New York City, I remember the riots in the early 60’s, I remember the killing of JFK and of his brother Bobby, I also remember the killing of Martin Luther King Jr.

This was a dark time in our nation’s history, yet I also know that we have come a great distance from the time. Is there racism, sure, there are always going to be people who will want to foment hatred for one group or another. Witness the hatred against Jewish people, my own ancestry includes Irish ancestors, they experienced hatred. One of the ancestors of my wife was an indentured servant. Not slavery, but he sure suffered whipping and other deprivations while an indenture. I also remember going to Ft. Knox Kentucky in 1963 as a private in the army. A friend of mine at the time, a man of color, and I went to Louisville on a pass, we stopped at a place for lunch. As we entered the cafe, we were stopped and my buddy was told he needed to go to the back (colored) entrance. After some back and forth with the man who stopped us, we both left and found another place, I was the only white face in the place. I wasn’t told to go elsewhere, we were both welcome in that place. Had a great lunch and a good time while we were there. What a difference from the inhospitable cafe we originally went to.

Today that will not happen, we can go where we wish to go, and enjoy a meal in any place we want to enter. I live now in Texas, there is no problem where we live, we celebrate Cinco de Mayo, and Juneteenth as well as the 4th of July. Much has changed, and yet, we hear people claiming that racism is rampant in our country. These people who claim to be Pastors, (Rev. Al Sharpton) and others, the invective sure seems somewhat short of what the Lord Jesus would be saying, and what I remember from Martin Luther King Jr. as well. It also pains me to hear our President speak in derogatory terms about people, I note that he has not done what I really hoped he would, and that is to improve on race relations even more than they were. Instead we have been forced to listen to a racist Attorney General, and many others in this administration, claiming that racism has been rampant in our society. Yet without the millions of us racist white folks voting for this President, he would not have been President. We had hoped that the progress that had been made in race relations would continue under Barack Hussein Obama. Unfortunately that hope has been dashed.

Now we hear the Democratic candidates invoking racism as well, talking as if we were still in the dark ages of our nation. I studied history, and find that hundreds of thousands of white people died to end slavery during the most horrific war of our history, a Republican President was the issuer of the Emancipation proclamation, not a Democrat. A Republican man of Color, Frederick Douglass, a freed slave and a pastor was instrumental in the writing of that proclamation. Yet that history has been buried, and the name of Douglass has been hidden, in order to foster, hatred between the races.

We all live in this nation, and whether you are black, white, yellow or brown, we all matter, our lives all matter. The problems we face are of our own making, and it is high time we stopped hating each other and begin again to treat one another with respect. We need to regain that which we have lost in the last 10 years or so, we need to stop this constant beat of race baiting and begin to heal these wounds that have been caused by those who are making their living on hatred. It is high time to change the rhetoric, and the path we are on, and once again move forward as a United People, as people who want to live in peace with our neighbors, as people who look at the heart and the work of each other and not at the color of our skin.

It is time to see ourselves as neighbors and friends, instead of enemies. Are you ready to move forward instead of backward? Let us start a new conversation, one that hears as well as speaks, one that respects each other, one that moves us toward being the great country we can be. Will you join me?

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Discrimination against Christians in California
October 11, 2014, 3:26 pm
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World Magazine has an article in regard to the closing down of Christian groups on California college campuses. It seems that we are no longer allowed to require our leaders in different clubs to believe in Jesus Christ, we must instead be open to anyone who wants to be leader. Be it a Muslim, Buddhist, or Satanist, or even an atheist. Looks like we soon will be unable to preach and teach the word of God because it will be considered “Hate Speech”.

WORLD | The D-word is coming to a campus near you | Josh Good | Oct. 11, 2014.

A few years ago there was a Pastor in Canada who preached a sermon on Romans Chp 1. He was arrested and tried for hate speech, because he read about Homosexuality being sinful in God’s word and that was not allowed speech in Canada. I do not remember the outcome of the trial but I do know what happens if you speak about Jesus in Muslim circles. There are quite a few pastors in jail, because they loved Jesus more than the trip to hell that they believed so many were on. They wanted to save souls. this is not limited to Muslim countries though, it happens in many places in the world of today. There is a persecuted church and more Christians die for their faith in Jesus Christ than had died in the previous 1900 years.

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War or Just Interference?
September 5, 2013, 4:42 pm
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If our sending missiles into Syria is just interfering with the Civil War in Syria, then I guess 9/11/2001 was just interfering with our ability to conduct business. Of course congress at that time gave President Bush the authorization to go to war against Terrorism, so why wouldn’t Syria and their allies go to war against the U. S. in the same way? If the U. S. Military fires missiles into Syria because the Congress gave authorization, will we be surprised if Syria declares war against us? What about their threat to attack Israel, and the Russians saying they will send arms to Syria to help them in their war against their enemies.

Listening to the news makes me cringe, wars, rumors of wars, the return of measles, a disease that was all but wiped out, until we decided that it was wrong to force parents vaccinate their children. It seems that stupid trumps good health. Let us learn from this that inserting ourselves into foreign countries and choosing sides is a losing proposition. It is time to vaccinate ourselves against misplaced charity. All that has happened is that many of our young men and women have been killed or injured trying to bring civilization to these countries. These folks hate us, not because we have been helping them by building schools or helping to bring their countries into the 21st Century. They hate us because their leaders both secular and religious have taught them that the Americans are the great Satan. They will kill us when they get a chance, and feel no remorse.

We have no dog in this fight in Syria, and since the Arab League refuses to step in, why should we do so? Please don’t tell me it is a matter of National Security, that is bunk, this people cannot really hurt us, nor can they seriously think that they can go to war against us. Let them do what they have been doing for over 1,000 years, that is killing each other. The Sunni’s kill the Shia and the Shia return the favor. They treat women like slaves, they claim to revere women, if that is the case why is it that a woman cannot leave her home without a male member of her family. A woman who is raped, must have 3 men witnesses who will testify in her behalf, otherwise she is sentenced to death by stoning for being a harlot. Let these people kill each other instead of killing our men and women, perhaps they will wake up and realize that they are destroying themselves, and will find a better way to live.

We have no dog in this fight and it is time we woke up and realized that it is not our job to try to save these people from themselves. Of course the other truth in this idiocy is that we are only going to send in a couple of thousand missiles killing innocent people instead of actually stopping or “degrading” the ability of Assad to use poison gas. Let the Arabs stop the conflict, of course they won’t they will wait until the Syrians are beaten down, then pick the bones of Syria clean. Contact your Congressman/woman and tell them you are not interested in going to war in Syria. Contact your Senators and tell them the same. This is a senseless loss to life, and a declaration of war because we will be attacking a sovereign nation, like it or not, they are a sovereign nation and it is not our fight.



Religion of Peace?
June 8, 2013, 1:22 pm
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I find myself wondering if the people who speak of Islam as a religion of peace have ever read the Koran or any of the Hadith. I want to share some of this with you who may read my blog and let you decide if this seems to be a peaceful religion or not.
Quran (4:74) – “Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.” Just to let you know, these martyrs of Islam, are unlike the martyrs of Christianity who were led to slaughter praying for their enemies. These are ones who are killed in battle, fighting to kill all who are not Muslims.

Quran (5:33) – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement” Pretty self-explanatory.

Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” How can one think that this is peaceful, or self-defense?

Quran (9:29) – “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”
People of the Book, Christians and Jews. Muslims are to kill or subdue and make slaves of all who are not of their own faith.

Quran (17:16) – “And when We wish to destroy a town, We send Our commandment to the people of it who lead easy lives, but they transgress therein; thus the word proves true against it, so We destroy it with utter destruction.” It is interesting that before 9/11, Osama Bin Laden issued an invitation to become a part of Islam to America.

Quran (61:10-12) – “O You who believe! Shall I guide you to a commerce that will save you from a painful torment. That you believe in Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad ), and that you strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with your wealth and your lives, that will be better for you, if you but know! (If you do so) He will forgive you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow, and pleasant dwelling in Gardens of ‘Adn – Eternity [‘Adn (Edn) Paradise], that is indeed the great success.”

The following are from the Hadith:

Bukhari (52:177) – Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.”

Bukhari (52:256) – The Prophet… was asked whether it was permissible to attack the pagan warriors at night with the probability of exposing their women and children to danger. The Prophet replied, “They (i.e. women and children) are from them (i.e. pagans).” Innocent or not, kill them all!

Abu Dawud (14:2526) – The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Three things are the roots of faith: to refrain from (killing) a person who utters, “There is no god but Allah” and not to declare him unbeliever whatever sin he commits, and not to excommunicate him from Islam for his any action; and jihad will be performed continuously since the day Allah sent me as a prophet until the day the last member of my community will fight with the Dajjal (Antichrist)

Bukhari (8:387) – Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah’. And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally.”

Let us stop trying to make Islam what we want it to be and recognize instead that it is a religion and a way of life, that requires the death of slavery of any and all who are not Muslim. There are too many politicians who are afraid to say anything negative about this religion that is spread by force, by slaughter of those who do not believe it. Wake up America, there is a coming a day when many will die because our political class will not secure our borders, nor admit that this is the aim of these folks. Utter subjection of all people on earth under the caliphate of Islam and the law of Sharia.

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Deviancy is the true culprit
February 12, 2013, 1:06 pm
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Walter Williams has written an excellent article today 2/12/2013. He posits that Cultural Deviancy is the true culprit of our society. It is not so much guns as it is the deviant society in which we live today, with music that glorifies rape, murder and other forms of wrong behavior. Along with Mr. Williams, I am amazed that our politicians and many of our pastors don’t condemn this behavior in our society, it is easier to ban assault weapons than it is to go against the deviancy that causes our lack of caring about one another.

He points out the simple truth that gun laws such as those posited by our political elites, will do nothing to stop violence in our society. He also shows that more murders were committed by other than guns, “according to FBI data from 2011, there were 323 murders committed with a rifle of any kind but 496 murders committed with a hammer or a club.” Yet our politicians want to ban “assault weapons” not hammers or clubs. Of course they don’t even know what an assault weapon is, so they include anything that looks dangerous.

Let’s look for a moment at our society, we glorify mayhem, rape, armed robbery and assorted other forms of killing and torture, just look at the “Saw” movies. Yet we say nothing about the killing of women and children when one of our drones are sent to kill one man and instead kill a couple of dozen or more. A short few months ago we saw a man kill a number of people then escape into a crowd, when he came out onto a crowded street, the NYC Police fired many rounds at him, hitting him a few times, but also hitting a number of innocent bystanders. That was OK, it was just collateral damage. New York City, Chicago, Washington D. C. and Detroit all have very strict gun laws, yet they also have the highest crime rates in the country. Especially crimes where guns are involved. Then if we look at where the shootings have occurred we might just notice that they happened where there are signs that say, “Gun Free Zone”, or “No Guns allowed” or even “No Concealed Carry allowed.” Criminals don’t give a flip for laws, they are made for law-abiding citizens, criminals are NOT LAW ABIDING people, that is why we call them criminals!

How about some of the other statistics that our politicians ignore, such as these, quoted by Mr. Williams in his article: “What explains a lot of what we see today, which politicians and their liberal allies would never condemn, is growing cultural deviancy. Twenty-nine percent of white children, 53 percent of Hispanics and 73 percent of black children are born to unmarried women.” Then there is this one: “By the way, the low marriage rate among blacks is relatively new. Census data show that a slightly higher percentage of black adults had married than white adults from 1890 to 1940. In 2009, the poverty rate among married whites was 3.2 percent; for blacks, it was 7 percent, and for Hispanics, it was 13.2 percent. The higher poverty rates — 22 percent for whites, 35.6 percent for blacks and 37.9 percent for Hispanics — are among unmarried families.”

It seems to me that something is greatly amiss in our society. I do believe it is what my parents would never have allowed me to be a part of. Sexual perversion, music that spews hatred toward women and other groups, violent video games, gratuitous sex and violence in our movies and even TV programs. These are things that my parents and most of the folks I grew up with would never have allowed, and I don’t allow them in my home either. I turned off the half time show at the super bowl because I saw the gyrations and the outfits that the women wore and wanted nothing to do with it. Cultural Deviancy truly permeates our society, and cheapens that society as well.

What do you think? Can you agree with Walter Williams and me, or do you think it is perfectly alright to allow women and children to be abused and debased? Leave a comment, what do you think?

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