Truth Telling is a Revolutionary Act


My parents taught me to tell the truth.  Lying resulted in painful consequences.  So, I learned early in life to avoid falsehoods and be a person of my word.  Just a few decades ago, telling the truth earned one the title of “trustworthy” or a “person of integrity.”  Just a few decades ago, people appreciated the truth and those who told it.  Nowadays, distinguishing the truth from lies in the world of public service can be a burdensome chore, especially when news outlets are no longer reporters but water carriers for the Administration occupying the White House.  How do we peasants discover the truth?

I believe the answer is a spiritual one.

Sure, a handful in media do their best to uncover fact from fiction, but sometimes the truth’s so far buried, removing layer after layer of falsehood can exhaust and frustrate the most determined of reporters.  Over the last several years it’s been a practice of most of the mainstream media to swallow the lines and rehearsed responses delivered from the Obama Administration, and only the bravest of souls dare challenge or pose probing queries.  White House Director Anita Dunn told an overseas crowd in 2009 concerning Obama’s Presidential Campaign,

“Very rarely did we communicate through the press anything that we didn’t absolutely control.”

So much for living up to the promise of being the most “transparent Administration in history.”

So what about the spiritual solution?

Though seldom talked about in the Nation’s Beltway, a spiritual battle is raging for the heart of this Country. In Ephesians 6, the Apostle Paul reminds,

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

In our efforts to pinpoint our government’s problems, we identify those we consider to be the top perpetrators. The names of Obama, Jarrett, Holder, Pelosi, Reid, and Boehner (Yes, even a Republican) top the list of most aggregious perpetrators of America’s ills.  But in reality, these people aren’t the faces of the real problem.  Remember,

“We wrestle not against flesh and blood…”

In the Book of Proverbs, Solomon shares seven things God considers abominations. “Lying lips” makes the list. The Bible teaches Satan is the father of lies.  At no time are people more like the devil than when fabricating stories and weaving tales of deception. Unfortunately, people seldom admit to lying, but instead use terms like “misremembered” or “misspoke” to describe their “regrettable” actions.  Actually, the only “regret” is getting caught.  And, there’s the solution. Illuminating the darkness.

John 1:5 says,

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overvome it.”

As Christians, we must start the battle for our Country on our knees.  For too long we’ve moaned and groaned about our Country’s course but done little else.  If we truly want to turn the juggernaut of overreaching government around, we must follow the recipe as outlined in II Chronicles 7:14:

“If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, will forgive their sins, and heal their land.”

First, Christians need to resolve to get right with God.  Asking God to illuminate the areas in our life that offend His holiness.  When Christians enmasse commit their hearts to God, then healing to the land becomes a reality.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

Those conniving and plotting in the darkness will have their evil deeds fully exposed. Until revival breaks out, we need to ask God to thwart the efforts of those weakening and undermining the foundations of this great Country. We need to ask God to bring to light the truth, and raise leaders in all walks of life to proclaim it. This won’t be popular. George Orwell once said,

“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

The answer to America’s shortcomings is spiritual.  America’s problems won’t be solved at the voting booth but at the altar.

God Refuses to Answer this Prayer


The prophet Isaiah warned,

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”

This cautioning from the Word of God applies today as well.

A friend shared a Facebook page of an organization called, “Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.” On this page, a lady proudly holds a message that reads,

“I’m a lifelong United Methodist and I thank God for abortion providers.”

I thank God for abortion providers? Are you kidding me?

I chose to dig a little deeper.  I searched Facebook for “Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice,” and several options from various states appeared.  I chose “Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.”  Scrolling the site, I noted several people holding similar “I thank God” signs, each representing either a religious affiliation or claiming to be a Christian.  You’ll also find a daily prayer guide. For instance, Day 14 reads,

“Today we pray for Christians everywhere to embrace the loving model of Jesus in the way that he refused to shame women.”

Then, in fine print at the bottom,

“40 days of prayer to keep abortion safe and legal.”

The Bible clearly teaches this important truth about prayer.

“If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;” Psalm 66:18

Praying for God to bless abortion is like asking God to bless adultery, or stealing, or murder….and in this case, especially murder, for that’s what abortion is.

I can say with complete confidence that if people really do pray to keep abortion legal, that prayer’s falling on deaf ears. In Psalm 139, God reveals we are “fearfully and wonderfully made,” and that He “knits us together in our mother’s womb.” Augustine observed,

“Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering”

Consider the following facts about the human body:

“You have more than 200 bones each shaped for its function, connected intricately to one another through lubricated joints that cannot be perfectly duplicated by modern science. More than 500 muscles connect to these bones. Some obey willful commands; others perform their duty in response to unconscious commands from the brain. They all work together to keep us alive. The heart muscle itself beats over 103,000 times each day, pumping your blood cells a distance of 168 million miles.

Your lungs automatically breathe in the right amount of life-giving oxygen which just happens to be mixed in the right proportions (about 20% oxygen, 80% nitrogen) in our atmosphere. Each of the other vital organs and glands in your body works in complex conjunction with the others to sustain life, which science can’t explain or create.

A single human chromosome contains 20 billion bits of information. How much is that? What would be its equivalent, if it were written down in an ordinary printed book in modern human language? Twenty billion bits are the equivalent of about 3 billion letters. If there are approximately six letters in an average word, the information content of a human chromosome corresponds to about 500 million words. If there are about 300 words on an ordinary page of printed type, this corresponds to about two million pages…..” (Facts from Sermon: No Escape from God, by Steven J. Cole)

In other words we are God’s masterpiece.

A few days ago, new agencies expressed outrage over ISIS and its decision to smash valuable artifacts in the Mosul Museum in Iraq. Some of these ancient pieces dated back 3000 years. According to the Christian Science Monitor,

“The tactic is unofficially called “cultural genocide,” a term that David Nersessian, assistant dean of global programs at Boston University School of Management, has used to describe attacks on an ethnic or religious group’s wider institutions – including its languages, traditional practices and ways, religious institutions and objects, and clergy members, academics, and intellectuals.”

This destruction of priceless artifacts and relics is truly a shame, but what about God’s masterpiece?

The Psalmist utilizes the term “knitted together,” as the act in which God performs the miracle of creating life.  Imagine for a moment that your grandmother spent countless hours on a handmade quilt, customizing the design and color to your own personal tastes.  At Christmas, she presents the heirloom to you.  Though not priceless in the eyes of the world, it will be something you treasure because of the one behind the design.  To rip it to shreds and toss it in the trash would be a sacrilege, a shame, and a slap to your grandmother’s face and legacy.

God is behind the design of life. Tossing unwanted babies in to trash bins slaps the Creator‘s face and breaks His heart.  The “god” of the Religious Coalition….is not the God of the Bible, but resembles more the pagan god Molech.  People worshipped Molech by sacrificing their children in the fire.  Today, the abortion industry honors a false pagan god every time a surgeon rips a child from the womb.

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,”

For those praying for God to bless abortion, you can save your breath. It ain’t happenin’.

Does Life Begin at Conception?


Recently, I engaged in a social media conversation about abortion.  The civil discourse revolved around the question, “When does life begin?”  This person shared Genesis 2:7,

“And the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.”

By this verse, she interpreted Scripture to teach life begins when a baby takes his first breath outside of the womb.  She wasn’t alone.  I Googled the topic and found many bloggers and pro-choice advocates embrace this view of Scripture.  She asked if I believed that this verse settled the issue of when life commences.  I assured her I’d research the topic and post a blog about my answer.  After doing a bit of research, I’m even more convinced life begins at conception.

Genesis 2:7, though used as a verse to validate the pro-choice view, cannot be quoted as a verse to okay abortion.  This verse does not apply to a baby developing in the womb, because in this case it’s used to describe the creation of the first human being.  God created humanity, not as babies, but as adults to be stewards and caretakers of the Garden and to enjoy fellowship with Him.  As one blogger wrote, “The key here is that Adam was lifeless prior to the breath of God whereas a baby is not lifeless prior to his/her breath.”

Every time my wife scheduled the ultrasound to learn the sex of our children, I made plans to be away from the office.  The first three times, we watched images of our boys…the last two, our girls.  On no occasion did any of the babies In utero sit completely still.  Occasionally, they wriggled out from under the pressure of the transducer as the technician rubbed it around my wife’s belly.  At other times, the babies kicked at the handheld device feistily.  At no time did I consider the images flashing before my eyes as lifeless.  And besides the black and white pictures, my wife and I witnessed one of the most beautiful sounds on the planet, the rhythmic thumping of our baby’s heartbeat.

Job 33:4 shares,

“The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”

After Elihu listened to Job’s friend address him, he took his turn to talk to Job.  In verse four of chapter thirty-three, Elihu reminds Job they are both created by the same God.  He then says,

“the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”

The word breath, here, comes from the Hebrew word, “neshahmah” meaning divine inspiration.  Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible interprets the latter portion of the Scripture in this manner,

 in God‘s stead” to thee; a “daysman,” umpire, or mediator, between God and thee. So Elihu was designed by the Holy Ghost to be a type of Jesus Christ

Elihu saw himself as a man created in the image of God as Job, but also a man inspired by God to relay a timely message to Job.  In no way does this verse apply to a baby in the womb.

Ezekiel 37:5 says,

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.”

The “I will” speaks of God’s sovereignty and omnipotence.  The word “Breath” in the Hebrew is the word “Ruah/Ruach which is also translated spirit. Life from the dead bones requires divine intervention, so in this Scripture God is describing a supernatural event.   This Scripture is not addressing breathing life into a person or persons, but this is a portion of the message Ezekiel delivered about the rebirth of the nation of Israel.  This verse has to be considered not individually but as a part of a whole…in this case, a prophecy delivered in both Chapters 37 and 38 of Ezekiel.

So, does  the Bible give any indication as to when life begins?

Yes.

Psalm 139:13-16 reads,

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; you works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.  When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

The phrase “your eyes saw my unformed body” in other translations reads “saw my substance.”  The word substance comes from the Hebrew word “golem,” and is only found one time in the Bible, here in Psalm 139.  A related word, the verb form “galam” is found in II Kings 2:8 where it is used in reference to Elijah’s mantle.

“And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together.”

That is, Elijah rolled it up, or he folded it.  The noun form “golem” then means, “that which is folded up.”  Therefore, the noun refers to anything folded up or undeveloped.

Picture the infant stages of the baby in the womb.  All of the members of the body are folded up and undeveloped.  It will take weeks and months before the differing members of the body assume their distinct form and proportions.  The commentary Notes, Critical, Explanatory, and Practical, on the Book of Psalms shares:

“This is undoubtedly the idea here.  Before the embryo had any such form that its future size, shape, or proportion could be marked by the eye of man, it was clearly and distinctly known by God.”

And according to the rest of this passage, even before mom and dad knew of the child’s conception, all of that baby’s future was known by God, and was written down in His book.

Do any other texts suggest life before that first gasping and wailing breath?

In Jeremiah chapter one, we see the call of God on Jeremiah’s life.  Verses four and five say the following:

The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

But possibly the greatest example of all comes from the Gospel of Luke, chapter one.  After receiving the announcement she was going to carry the Son of God, Mary hurried to visit her cousin Elizabeth.  The account shares that when Mary greeted Elizabeth, the baby in Elizabeth’s womb responded.  At that instant, Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed:

“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!  But why am I so favored that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.”

The Bible clearly teaches life begins prior to that of baby’s first breath, and based upon Psalm 139, I believe the Bible teaches life begins at conception.  Why?  Because according to the Scripture, before that baby is a twinkle in his parents’ eye, God’s orchestrating a beautiful plan for that child’s life….a plan summed up in Jeremiah 29:11,

“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you.  Plans to give you hope and a future.”

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Our baby at 13.5 weeks.

Book Review: River’s Edge by Terri Blackstock


River’s Edge is book three of the four book Cape Refuge Series.  From the very first page, author Terri Blackstock weaves a mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very last chapter.  Set on the fictitious island of “Cape Refuge,” Blackstock’s vivid characters spring to life and the protagonists feel like friends.

In this book, Small town Police Chief Matt Cade investigates a mysterious disappearance, murder, blackmail, and fraud.  A mystery, coupled with a bit of romance and the very personal issue of infertility, it’s easy to find ways to relate with the story’s main characters.  When forced to set the book aside, I found myself wondering how the story would end.  With several twists and turns, the story ends in a surprising manner.

It’s refreshing to read a quality book, written without gratuitous sex, profanity and violence. Granted, murders take place on the island, but the author finds it unnecessary to describe the scenes with an abundance of blood and gore.

Intertwining intrigue with Christian values makes for a wonderful combination.  I look forward to reading more from this accomplished writer.

If God’s a God of Love then….Part Two


Recently I was posed the following question:

Why did God order a whole generation including CHILDREN to be slaughtered in the Old Testament and why does He seem to change from a God of vengeance and judgment in the Old to a God of mercy and grace in the New Testament?

In Part One, I shared instances of God extending grace and opportunities to repent to those nations sitting in the bull’s-eye of God’s judgment.  Other examples can be found in Jonah’s reluctant ministry to the people of Nineveh and the sound of Noah’s mallet hammering out a message about an imminent global flood.

But what about God’s call to annihilate entire people groups, including babies and children?

First, let’s examine something God told Abraham.  Genesis 15: 13-16 shares:

13 Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. 14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions. 15 You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age. 16 In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.”

Notice God stays His righteous hand of judgment on the Canaanites for 400 years!  God extends a 400 year grace period!  This once again attests to the longsuffering and patience of a God who wants

“none to perish but all to come to repentance.”

Note the phrase:

“Has not reached its full measure.”

By the time the Canaanite’s sin had reached its full measure, they practiced ritual prostitution and child sacrifice.  But still some wonder,

“Why destroy them all?”

Deuteronomy 20:17-18 answers that question.

17“But you shall utterly destroy them, the Hittite and the Amorite, the Canaanite and the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite, as the LORD your God has commanded you, 18so that they may not teach you to do according to all their detestable things which they have done for their gods, so that you would sin against the LORD your God.

Think of it this way.  God allowed those peoples to transgress His laws and His call to holiness for hundreds of years, until their unrighteous acts were no longer tolerable.  He used the armies of Israel to carry out His righteous judgment.

But what about the children?

God commanded the complete destruction of entire pagan people groups to prevent them from being future antagonists of Israel and leading future Jewish generations to chase after false gods.  God also warns of potential future ungodly unions.  Deuteronomy 7:3-4 shares,

“You shall not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons, for they would turn away your sons from following me, to serve other gods.”

Obviously God is serious about Holiness and His people being set apart.

Question:  Does God know the future?

Yes!

God foresaw the future of the Canaanites and because of their hard hearted nature and their love of sin, He knew the Canaanites would not be repenting and following after Him.  In ordering the deaths of children and babies, He was actually extending grace and mercy.  These young innocent children who were destined for hell because their future generations would not repent nor acknowledge the God of Israel, found an eternal home in Heaven.   God’s judgment resulted in their salvation.

Scholar William Lane Craig writes,

‘Nothing could so illustrate to the Israelis the seriousness of their calling as a people set apart for God alone.  Yahweh is not to be trifled with.  He means business, and if Israel apostasizes the same could happen to her.  As C.S. Lewis puts it “Aslan is not a tame lion.”‘

He may not be tame, but He is righteous and holy.

God knows best.

 

 

 

If God’s a God of Love, then…Part One


Many times in talks with non-Christians, I’ve been posed the following question,

“If God’s a God of love, then…..”

The query ends with questions like

1.  Why do kids die of cancer?

2.  Why is there child abuse?

3.  Why did my parents divorce?

And just recently,

Why did God order a whole generation including CHILDREN to be slaughtered in the Old Testament and why does He seem to change from a God of vengeance and judgment in the Old to a God of mercy and grace in the New Testament?

And that’s the question I intend to address in this post.

According to the first five books of the Bible, after God called the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage and to migrate to the Promised Land, He ordered His people to annihilate all of the Canaanite peoples occupying the land which God had set aside for His people.  Deuteronomy 7:2 says,

 “When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations—the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you— and when the Lord your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally.[a] Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy.”

Note the terms God utilizes to express His plain orders:

defeat, destroy totally, no treaties, no mercy.

So, where’s the God of the New Testament represented in this command.  Where’s the God who stooped to write in the ground to save an adulteress’ life?  Where’s the God of the New Testament who rubs shoulders with the down cast and the down and outs?  Where’s the God of the New Testament who promised a dying criminal,

‘Today you will be with me in Paradise?’

How could this God of Deuteronomy be the God of the Gospels who attracted children in droves?  It does seem harsh for God to order what appears to be genocide of entire people groups, including children and babies.  But can it be explained?

Yes.

First, can we find proof of God’s love for all peoples in the Old Testament?  Absolutely?  Ezekiel 33:11 says,

“As I live says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.”

Do you see that?  This verse spoken by the Prophet Ezekiel sounds very much like what the Apostle Peter wrote in II Peter 3:9,

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

God doesn’t rejoice when an atheist tumbles into the fires of hell.  He desires a personal relationship with every one of His highest creation, but there is eternal punishment for those who reject His perfect gift of Jesus Christ.

In Genesis Chapter 18 we see another example of God’s grace, mercy and longsuffering.  God warned Abraham of His pending judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah.  Abraham stands in the gap and lobbies for the people of these wicked cities.  Beginning in Genesis 18:23 we find,

23Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not sparee the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? 25Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?”

26The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”

27Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, 28what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?”

“If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.”

29Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?”

He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.”

30Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?”

He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”

31Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?”

He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.”

32Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?”

He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”

Maybe Abraham believed his nephew Lot and family would be four of the ten, leaving only six more godly people to be found in Sodom and Gomorrah.  Surely there’d be six….

In this encounter with God and Abraham, we see God dispensing mercy, not taking pleasure in the death of the wicked.  I believe the same happens today.  I believe God’s heart grieves when people refuse Christ.  In Revelation Chapter 3, we see Jesus standing at a door knocking.  He promises to come in and fellowship with all who open the door.  If you haven’t yet decided to trust Christ, He’s once again offering another opportunity.

Why?  Because He’s a God of grace and mercy.

Stay tuned for Part II “What About the Genocide?”

 

Maybe America Isn’t a Christian Nation


I often hear people argue America wasn’t founded on Christian principles and therefore Obama’s quote, “We (America) do not consider ourselves a Christian nation,” resonates with truth. For those who ascribe to this idea, they dig through the writings and quotations of the Founding Fathers to justify this belief. One such tidbit comes from the writings of our second President in a letter written to Thomas Jefferson. John Adams is often quoted as saying,

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This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it!”

I thumbed through my “God and Country” book of quotes and found that John Adams also said,

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

So which is it? What did he really believe?

Based upon biographical works of Adams, I chose to believe the former quote to be taken out of context. I researched the “no religion” quote and found that history revisionists extracted the quote from a greater body of work. In fact, here’s the complete quotation in an April 19, 1817, letter to Thomas Jefferson.

“The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were. . . . the general principles of Christianity. . . . I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God; and that those principles of liberty are as unalterable as human nature.

“Twenty times in the course of my late reading have I been on the point of breaking out, “This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion at all!!!” But in this exclamation I would have been as fanatical as Bryant or Cleverly. Without religion, this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company, I mean hell.”

Watching the happenings in the world today, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to deduce our world’s going “to hell in a handbasket.” At the 2012 Democratic National Convention, participants enthusiastically booed the idea of recognizing God and the nation of Israel in the Democratic platform. When a nation chooses to shun God and His chosen people, judgment can’t be far behind.

Sadly, we’ve adopted the ideology of those referenced in Judges 21:25,

“In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.”

I almost gag each time I hear Obama conclude a speech with,

“And God bless the United States of America.”

Will God bless a nation that continues to abort babies by the millions and champions gay marriage? It appears we’re living in an age where people identify evil as good and good as evil. The prophet Isaiah warned against such behavior,

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” (Isaiah 5:20.)

In the New King James Version of the Bible, “woe” occurs 71 times in 69 verses in the Old Testament, most of them in the prophets. The New Testament chimes in with the word 40 times in 33 verses, and in 32 of those 40 times it comes from the mouth of Jesus! The word “woe” was used to express grief and lamentation and was associated with the grief of death. God used the word “woe” to warn of pending judgment.

Several times throughout the Scriptures the word “woe” also means the opposite of “giddy-up.” In other words, “halt, stop, or cease.” I can imagine the prophet Isaiah bellowing out God’s message of “woe” to America today. Imagine him preaching, exhorting Americans to,

“Stop your disobedience to the Word of God….halt your transgressions….cease your godless behavior….Repent!!!”

After spending time observing the abominations being committed by the masses today, he might side with Barack Obama.

Maybe this Country isn’t a Christian nation.

 

Hillary Clinton and The Princess Bride


Hillary Clinton finds herself making headlines and not the kind desired when being the presumptive presidential nominee for the Democrat party.  For the past few days, an outcry has arisen over the fact she utilized a personal email and a “home brew” server to conduct government business while she served as Secretary of State.  The Clinton’s aren’t strangers to controversy, and this current indiscretion committed by Mrs. Clinton might be nothing more than fleeting news, but her actions do corroborate teachings found in the Word of God.

Numbers 32:23b teaches, “……and be sure your sin will find you out.”

Some might balk at the idea of calling Hillary’s secret missives sin, but the Bible addresses this as well.  Romans 13:1-7 states,

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.  For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you.  For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”
This passage makes it abundantly clear that we are to obey the government God places over us. God created government to establish order, punish evil, and promote justice.  According to information posted on TheHill.com, “White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that the Obama administration had given “very specific guidance” telling all agencies that staffers should use their official email accounts when conducting official business, and that any business conducted through personal email accounts be “preserved consistent with the Federal Records Act.”

Though considered not technically illegal, she deliberately and with forethought chose to disobey the protocol established by the Obama Administration.  The Word of God specifically teaches that the only time disobedience to governing authorities is okayed, is when the law of man conflicts with the law of God.  Acts 5:27-29 shares,

 “Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. ‘We gave you strict orders not to teach in this Name,’ he said. ‘Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.’ Peter and the other apostles replied: ‘We must obey God rather than men!’”

Askquestions.org explains,

“It is clear that as long as the law of the land does not contradict the law of God, we are bound to obey the law of the land. As soon as the law of the land contradicts God’s command, we are to disobey the law of the land and obey God’s law.”

Some scoff at applying biblical teaching to this “bump” in Hillary’s road to the presidential nomination.  However, if she conceals important information as the Secretary of State, how much more will she cover up as Commander in Chief.  She boasted in 2008,

“I think I’m probably the most transparent person in public life.”

Former White House Press Secretary echoed these sentiments about the Obama White House when he said,

“There has never been a more transparent Administration.”

Transparency and hiding official government emails seems to be an oxymoron.  Every time I hear an Obama Administration dub itself as “transparent,” I think of Inigo Montoya in the Princess Bride saying,

“You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means.”

The American people know what “transparency” means.

Does Hillary Clinton?

 

Biblical History: The Reason for Middle East Aggressions


In case some missed the Sunday School lesson discussing the origins of the friction between the Jewish people and the Arab nations, let me take a moment to share a little refresher. A few days ago, aides from the Obama Administration appeared dumbfounded on the morning news shows when asked about the hatred between Muslims and Jews. It’s quite simple, really. One needs only turn in the Bible to Genesis chapter 16.

But first some background.

Have you ever become impatient with God?

Abraham did.

God promised Abraham that he and his wife Sarah would be blessed with a child…a son. Many years passed and Sarah failed to conceive. Instead of waiting faithfully for God to provide the promised heir, Abraham weighed his options.  Abraham considered the situation and decided God needed help. So, he married his wife’s maidservant, Hagar, and she conceived.

But this wasn’t God’s plan.  Abraham failed this test of patience miserably. The child growing in the womb of Hagar was not the chosen son.  Abraham sinned by choosing to take matters into his own hands. Bitterness, strife, and envy raged between Sarah and her maidservant Hagar. Abraham instructed his wife to do with Hagar as she wished. Chapter 16 verse 6 says,

“And when Sarai dealt severely with her, humbling and afflicting her, she (Hagar) fled from her.”

An Angel of the Lord found Hagar near a small brook. Hagar poured out her heart to God’s messenger, but the Angel of the Lord commanded her to return to her mistress. She also was given the following promise concerning the child she would bear:

“I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be numbered for multitude.”

But then the Angel of the Lord shared the following about the baby she would deliver:

“You are now pregnant and you will give birth to a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the Lord has heard of your misery. 12 He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.”

God promised that Ishmael’s descendants would be numerous, but also warned that Ishmael and his future line would be violent, living in hostility toward everyone. Ishmael’s line fathered the Arab nation that exists today.

Abraham and Sarah did eventually conceive a son and gave him the name Isaac.  Isaac’s birth fulfilled God’s promise and insured the Jewish line would never cease to exist.  Of course tensions existed between Ishmael and Isaac, and that animosity continues to this day.

If the Obama Administration would just brush up on biblical history, there’d be less head scratching by Obama Aides on future morning news shows.

Why Jobs Won’t Rehabilitate ISIS


The Islamic State continues to dominate headlines.  The atrocities of beheadings and burning caged people strike terror in the hearts of those sitting in the bulls-eye of the ISIS campaign.  According to those well versed in the religion of Islam, this behavior stems from a belief that the end of the world is imminent, and to hasten the arrival of the Islamic Messiah, they must destroy Israel and the United States.  When the Obama Administration insists these barbaric acts are perpetrated by those embracing a twisted interpretation of the Koran, they’re spewing half-truths and lies to protect the “religion of peace.”

For starters, the name “Islam” means to submit, not peace.  It means to completely surrender and cease resistance against a stronger power. Some suggest this higher power is Allah; but those left in the wake of terrorism see the term as submission to the precepts and teachings of Islam…or else.   Countries with strong democracies stir the furor of those wishing to usher in the arrival of the “Twelfth Imam” or the “Mahdi.”  Israel and the United States sits squarely in the sights of the violent Islamists as these bastions of freedom fail to recognize Sharia as the law of the land.  Because of the despised freedoms allowed in these countries, radicals dub Israel the “Little Satan” and the United States the “Great Satan.”  With a belief system so steeped in the destruction of democracies and republics, no wonder they strive to bring Jihad to the shores of liberty.

In January of 2013, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee grilled then Secretary of State about the Benghazi terrorist attack.  In a particularly heated exchange, Clinton said,

” Was it (the attack) because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?”

What difference does it make?  WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?  With all due respect Madame Secretary, it makes a world of difference.

If America propagates the idea these men are nothing more than blood thirsty bored adventure seekers, then some might be persuaded to believe this “fad” of murdering innocents will soon pass and occupy nothing more than a footnote in future textbooks.  But for those who haven’t fallen under the spell of revisionist history or Liberal doublespeak, watching the broadcasts of raging antics mirrors 1400 years of Islamic terror.

Some in Washington D.C. actually believe providing jobs for the radicals is one way of curbing their desire for seventy-two virgins.  Maybe they’re right.  Imagine gifting each terrorist a street vendor cart, an unoccupied corner, and an inventory of burkas and camel saddles.  That might solve the problem of ISIS once and for all.

But probably not.