America, Look Up

The importance of America returning to Christian principles and Traditional Family Values

Will the Mass Shootings Ever Stop?

In the last 24 hours, two cities have suffered mass shootings. In El Paso, 20 died; in Dayton, OH nine innocents perished. There are many questions today and the Federal Enforcement Agencies seek answers. Unfortunately, these acts of violence will be politicized, each side of the aisle blaming the other for the nation’s ills. Some call for the end to “thoughts and prayers” and demand action from Congress. Of course, the ultimate goal is abolishing the Second Amendment. But will that stop the mass killings?


When people develop a thirst for blood, many avenues exist for the taking of innocent life. Knives, machetes, and moving trucks loaded down with fertilizer all function as means of mass casualty events. So, even if the government confiscated every gun in America, those determined to kill would find means of doing so. The problem isn’t guns.

The problem is the heart.

In the last few decades, God has been expelled from the schools and in more recent years there’s a concerted effort to eliminate God from all public venues. Whenever a people turns its back on God, God removes His hand of blessing. Therefore, to see a Country devolve into violence and hatred should not be surprising at all. For those decrying “thoughts and prayers,” those sentiments and actions are what the Country desperately need…but prior to mass killings…not just after.

We’ve also fostered a culture of death. When the Supreme Court ruled that women could abort babies, our Country embarked upon a journey to lose its soul. Why would anyone respect and embrace the sanctity of life, if the most innocent isn’t even protected?

Then, I believe secular humanism contributes to America’s woes. Science proliferates the lie that mankind evolved from apes. If man is only a glorified monkey, why should we expect humanity to act more humane than an animal fending for superiority in the wild? Evolution stole the place of God when educators chose to embrace a theory instead of the true teaching of the Bible.

Other problems plague our Country, but the root of all America’s difficulties is Her refusal to keep God in His proper place. Though we pin a face to those responsible for outbreaks of violence, and saddle others with blame, real or imagined, we must remember we “wrestle not against flesh and blood.” America suffers a spiritual problem. Until the United States returns to the God of our founding, we will continue to witness horrific acts in the name of….well, you fill in the blank.

Our Country needs an old fashioned revival.


Do You Love Your Kids?

God has blessed my wife and I with six children, three boys…three girls….a modern day Brady Boggs8Bunch of sorts.  When our family piles out of the Suburban or strolls into the grocery store, our presence raises eyebrows.  I wish I had a nickel for every time a person asks, “You know how that happens, right?” My favorite response is, “My wife knows, but she won’t tell me.”

Truth be told, we love kids.  It’s that plain and simple. And because we love our children, we desire a great Country for them to live in now, and for generations to come.

We (our family) associate or tend to support a political Party that champions children, starting at conception.  We always cast a ballot for those representing the Party of Life.  In today’s culture, that’s a vote for the GOP candidate.  Some argue, “But my third Party candidate is pro-life.”  That’s great, but in our overwhelmingly entrenched two-party system, a third party candidate only serves to steal votes away from either the Democrat or Republican nominee.

As the 2020 race heats up, Conservatives must get out the vote. Evangelicals must flood the polls. Those bitterly opposed to Socialism must show up at the ballot box, casting a vote to stop the proliferation of ideas destined to bring our great Country to her knees .

Am I one hundred percent convinced Trump’s a true Conservative?  Absolutely not! And by Conservatism in this case, I’m referring to Conservative Christian values. As an Evangelical Christian, some of his life’s choices cause me concern. However, his policies resonate strongly with me…championing pro-life causes, appointing Conservative judges to lifetime appointments on the Supreme Court, fighting to control the influx of illegal immigrants crushing our Southern Border, staunchly supporting Israel…All of these stances should cause Americans to take great pride in our President’s effort to “Make America Great Again.”

If Conservatives exercise apathy at all in 2020, a Socialist Candidate might waltz into the Oval office, undoing four years of progress and catapulting the Country into a spending spree that crushes average Americans with an unbearable tax burden. The Party of AOC is either completely naive about how economics work or determined to drive this Country into a third world existence. Sadly, it may be the latter. And this doesn’t even touch the lunacy of championing 56 genders, infanticide and slave reparations.

The Left has lost its mind.

And if we aren’t careful, America could lose its soul.

America, look up.

Abortionists Aren’t Superheroes

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Our world’s infatuated with superheroes.

Once an imaginary outlet reserved for kids, superheroes are now embraced by adults willing to shell out millions of dollars to watch Iron Man, Captain America, and the Avengers save the planet.

As a little boy, I often donned a bath towel, pretending my “cape” enabled me to fly from one crisis to another.  I whisked here and there, scanning my surrounding for nefarious villains.  Thankfully, my fear of heights dissuaded me from jumping from a corner of the roof to test my flying prowess.  In my eyes, superheroes served one primary purpose, saving innocent lives.

Before posting this entry, I read several blogs focusing on our infatuation with superheroes.  Every blogger without exception wrote we love guardians of the universe because they give hope.

Hope that one person can make a difference.

Hope to believe we can face every difficult task, undaunted.

Hope that good triumphs over evil.

In real life, we ascribe the tag “superhero” to our parents, military, first responders, or any other people consistent in making a difference in peoples’ lives.

Not the Left.

During Obama’s tenure, he added another demographic to the superheroes list, abortion providers. If superheroes spark hope in the hearts of humans, abortionists certainly serve as the agents to dash hope.  Those destroying futures spawn visions of the archenemies not cape wearing and shield wielding protectors of society.

The former President once used a Women’s History Month reception at the White House to bestow upon Cecile Richards, the head of Planned Parenthood, the title of a “real-life superhero.”  In his comments he said,

“We’ve got a lot of them (real life superheroes) in this room, so I want to acknowledge a couple of them.  First of all, we’ve got Cecile Richards in the house, making sure women’s health care is on the front burner.”

If Cecile Richards had solely focused on the health of women, then certainly she deserved high praise and recognition.  However, Richards served as the President of the nation’s largest abortion business.  Over 300,000 babies are slaughtered in Planned Parenthood facilities every year.

How do the actions of abortionists instill hope?

How does the action of tossing babies into large trash receptacles earn the badge of heroism?

It. Does. Not.

Pro-life advocates are the heroes.   People who operate crisis pregnancy centers offering an alternative to abortion are the heroes.   Women who choose life and birth the baby are the heroes.  Women who choose life, and although not quite ready to be a mother, give up their babies for adoption, are the heroes.  All of the above mirror the actions of superheroes, fighting to protect life and giving the “least of these” a fighting chance at a bright future.  That’s hope.

Do abortionists offer hope for a brighter future?

Not so much.

Gender Confused? Just Look Down…

So God created humankind in His image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27

As a young teenager, I remember accidentally walking into the wrong public bathroom. Once inside, I noted something strangely missing from the walls…urinals.  Immediately, I realized the error of my boysgirlsways and rushed out, avoiding eye contact with anyone in the near vicinity.  I looked at the “male” and “female” bathroom signs. Yep, I certainly had chosen the wrong restroom.  It was a perfectly honest mistake, though.  At every other McDonald’s I’d visited, the male bathroom sat on the right. Without checking the signage, I chose the bathroom based upon its location in other franchises.  Thankfully, I wasn’t greeted by a woman inside.  I would’ve been mortified and possibly considered some type of pervert or peeping Tom.  Things have really changed since then.  Today, I could walk into any Target women’s restroom, as a male, explaining I identify as a female.

No. Questions. Asked.

What could possibly go wrong with boys gaining access to girl’s bathrooms?  Surely pedophiles and wildly hormonal young men won’t take advantage of the ridiculous rule championed by the Obama Administration.  It’s not hard to imagine high school and fraternity boys temporarily identifying as females to ogle girls in the locker room showers.

Can you see that happening?

I can.

Liberals have evolved from “It takes a village” to “It takes a village idiot,” and idiocy is the word that best describes this ideologically driven catastrophe. Those pushing this garbage, do so from their ivory palaces, distancing themselves and their families from the detrimental outcomes.  For instance, elitists advocating for “choice” bathrooms send their children to pricey private institutions of learning, where you guessed it, bathrooms and locker rooms have designated genders…no exceptions.  Whenever suggested policies like this are passed down from D.C., only the peasants pay the price, while the political elitists toast to tolerance and inclusion.

At some point America has to say enough is enough!

 II Timothy 2:22 says, “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”

Instead of fleeing evil, our world chases after it like a moth to a flame.  Opening the door of our bathrooms and locker rooms to all genders or gender identities opens another Pandora’s Box in our already sin sick world.  Depending upon the leadership elected in 2020, it may take years to slam it shut.

A few months ago my twelve year old weighed in on this topic.  He said,

“It’s not hard to tell girls from boys.  All they have to do is look down.”

Looking down might help, but first we need to look up.

Come quickly Lord Jesus.

Back to the Blog

I started America Look Up several years ago, during the Obama Administration, as I watched freedoms whittling away faster than Colin Kaepernick taking a knee at the playing of the National Anthem. I posted regularly, but became disillusioned as I found the platform unable to reach more people than my mother and wife…That’s not exactly true…but my readership was in the dozens. So, I started the Black Robed Regiment on Facebook on a whim. Today, the number of followers on BRR stands just short of 7,400. (Thanks for your support!)

When I posted a question on BRR about a person’s willingness to follow a blog, several commented either “yes” or depends upon the content. You can scroll through posts from yesteryear and find that many of the posts are still relevant today as we see a wider chasm now between Conservatives and Liberals.

I would challenge you to follow along as I try to address today’s issues both politically and spiritually.

Thanks for your support.


So, I’ve started a Video Blog on YouTube

I want to apologize to all of you who have supported my blogging efforts.  The busyness of life has prevented me from posting faithfully for quite some time.  However, recently, I have started a video blog on YouTube.  I plan to use this platform to share my Conservative views and Spiritual truth from the Word of God.  Would you consider joining me there?


Here’s a link to my channel:


God Bless,


Supplements Journal Entry #2

Well, I intended to submit only weekly updates, but I thought I’d go ahead and share this news. My wife has struggled with nagging skin irritations for the last couple of years.  She’s tried over the counter creams and doctor prescribed ointments, the latest being last Monday, the 15th. These prescribed medications have done nothing more than ease the itching, the outbreaks only fading occasionally, never going completely away.
Last Wednesday, the 17th, my wife and I started Plexus.  We are taking BioCleanse currently and will add ProBio5 this week.  She’s also been applying the Plexus Body Cream a couple of WhatADifferencetimes per day.  (This in addition to what the Doctor prescribed.)  This time she has marked improvement.  In fact, we know it must be the Plexus, because the current prescribed cream is the same one given before and has only functioned as a relief for the itch…This time, with the Plexus products, not only has the itch stopped, but the irritable flare ups have mostly disappeared.  That’s only in five days!!!  We’re both rather blown away.

We can’t guarantee the same results for you.  All people respond to supplements differently.  However, this is the first time anything has worked in almost 2 years!  If you have questions, feel free to email me at: or visit our website at

Here are the before and after pictures:

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Plexus Journal Entry #1

Several months ago, a friend from high school contacted me about supplemental products that had changed her life.  I wasn’t interested, but politely responded to her instant messages on Facebook.  Occasionally, she followed up with other information about her health and the products she took regularly to address physical issues.  Over time, I started asking questions, with the biggest being, “What’s it going to cost?”  (Isn’t that the question we always ask?)  She shared the answer and I knew our finances would not allow.  It costs money to support a wife and six kids….

For the last several months my wife’s suffered with nagging patches of eczema and my second born’s battled reoccurring bouts of strep and throat infections.  My wife’s tried several creams and medications without relief and my son’s visited the doctor multiple times, without success.  For my son, we started taking him to a homeopathic doctor and he’s improving, but not 100%.  I decided I needed to do whatever it took to help get my family well.

With the help of my parents and encouragement from Kim Lawhon (friend from high school), we decided to take the plunge.  My wife and I started the Bio Cleanse a few days ago and will be adding the ProBio5 soon.  My IMG_20160815_131311wife is also applying the Plexus Cream for the eczema.  It appears we’re guinea pigs of sorts, as several people are now curiously watching for updates and testimonies of improved health.  In fact, some are already poised to start the products as well, joining us in this healthy experiment.  I pledge to share our results…good, bad, or indifferent.  I hope to update at least once per week, so please check back regularly.

Full disclosure…I don’t believe in miracle working drugs or vitamins and supplements.  However, I believe in a God who functions as our Great Physician, often using medicines and vitamins to accomplish His healing purposes.

If you are interested in knowing more, email me at  You can also check out the products at:

Pence-Ive About Trump? Maybe This Helps…

Last week a dozen folks from our church traveled to Red Oak, Iowa.  We served in that community, sharing the Gospel with over 200 people at the Montgomery County Fair.  Our booth (Crossroads Community Church, Red Oak, IA) was situated across from the Republican’s table.  Mike PenceOn Saturday afternoon, I had the privilege of meeting United States Congressman, David Young.  After we discussed his spiritual life (he’s a born again believer), I posed a political question.  I wanted to know his opinion of Trump’s Vice Presidential pick, Mike Pence.  Young expressed complete Confidence in the Indiana Governor and assured me this man’s evangelical faith was the real deal.  In fact, he believes Pence will be a fantastic help to Trump, especially in the matters of what it means to truly be a follower of Jesus Christ.  Now home, I decided to do some personal research on Mike Pence, verifying the Iowa Congressman’s glowing endorsement.  So, here’s what I discovered:

  1.  Mike Pence has worked as a Lawyer, a political talk show radio host, a Congressman, and now serves the Hoosier State as Governor, elected in 2013.
  2. Pence’s family raised him as a staunch Catholic.  He attended Mass several times a week as a child and served as an altar boy on multiple occasions.
  3. He committed his life to Christ in college.
  4. A personal mantra about himself is, “Christian, Conservative, Republican…in that order.”
  5. From the Roll Call website:  “His reputation as a culture warrior was unsullied. He opposed federal spending on embryonic stem cell research, was active in efforts to advance a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage, fought expansion of abortion rights and got new federal funding for Planned Parenthood cut off for a time.”
  6. At last December’s Republican Jewish Coalition’s Conference, Pence said concerning Israel, “Israel’s enemies are our enemies, Israel’s cause is our cause. If this world knows nothing else, let it know this: America stands with Israel.”

Governor Pence would be the first to say he’s not perfect.  In fact, he calls himself a “pretty ordinary Christian.”  But, his record in politics speaks volumes, Obviously he strives to make political dealings based upon his knowledge of Scripture and his walk with Jesus Christ.  While in Congress, he was characterized as one of the strongest social Conservatives in the Republican Party.  Maybe…just maybe…a little Pence might wear off on Trump.

And that wouldn’t be a bad thing.

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