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February 2015

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.

 

 

 

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Book Review: “Chasing Francis” by Ian Morgan Cron


Imagine a pastor addressing his congregation in the following manner:

“I used to have all the answers, just opened the Bible and there they were. The truth is, they aren’t all there – or if they are, I can’t find them. I’ve tried to convince you that Christianity is logical and straightforward, as if God can be codified and stuffed into files he can’t jump out of. Each time uncertainty knocked on the door, I hid behind the couch until it went away. Now I’m the one who’s thirsty. And the Jesus I’ve known for twenty years isn’t making it go away.” “And what about our church? I mean, is this all there is?…”

Sound like a death knell from a Pastor’s lips?  Well, that’s what happens in Ian Morgan Cron’s first book, “Chasing Francis.”

The Church, not knowing how to respond, suggests Pastor Chase take a leave of absence.  He agrees and so sets in motion a pilgrimage, one that chases after the life of St. Francis of Assisi.  Though written in the genre of fiction, “Chasing Francis” speaks volumes to all who have experienced a crisis of faith.    Chase’s crisis emerged when a young girl from his congregation dies a seemingly senseless death and he feels helpless ministering to the needs of the bereaved mother.

After an extended visit in Italy, walking in the steps of St. Francis, Chase rediscovers the joys of his Christian faith and what it truly means to be Jesus in a world scarred by sin and devastation.

Near the end of the book, Chase shares these words of personal renewal:

“When I left here, I wasn’t sure what a Christian looked like anymore. My idea of what it meant to follow Jesus had run out of gas. I started feeling less like a pastor and more like a salesman of a consumerized Jesus I didn’t believe in. Learning about Francis helped me fall in love with Jesus again – and with the church again, too.”

“Chasing Francis” is a fine book, with great story telling and relatable characters. It’s a must read, especially for those who have found themselves facing their own crisis of faith.

Benjamin Rush Warned Us


Not many recognize the name Benjamin Rush.  He served as one of the lesser known Founding Fathers and signers of the Declaration of Independence.  Normally, I post much longer entries, but tonight, as I hear of Obamacare horror stories and people being hammered with penalties and fines, I find the following quote of Benjamin Rush to be prophetic.

“The Constitution of this Republic should make special provision for medical freedom. To restrict the art of healing to one class will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic. … Unless we put medical freedom into the constitution the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship and force people who wish doctors and treatment of their own choice to submit to only what the dictating outfit offers.”**

We were warned…….

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