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Girls Need Better Role Models than Beyoncé’


Our Country’s devolved to the point where Beyoncé’ is considered a role model.  I’m not just referring to teenyboppers enamored with her music and dancing style.  No, I’m talking about heads of state.  Both President and Michelle Obama gush over Beyoncé’, referring to her as

“the perfect role model for our daughters.”

I guess the term “role model” has been hijacked by a society sprinting to “hell in a hand basket.”

Webster’s defines the term role model as,

“Someone who another person admires and tries to be like.”

lemonageMany people cite positive exemplars in their lives as role models.  Common character traits to
emulate might be: respectable, responsible, trustworthy, sacrificial, person of integrity, etc.  These attributes seem worthy of imitation and ought to serve as a rule of thumb for those seeking imitable persons.   Though I don’t know Beyoncé’ personally, her public mannerisms and performance antics fail miserably in setting a good example for our daughters today.

I’m not being judgmental, I’m basing this critique upon the lyrics of her newest music release, Lemonade.  According to Danielle Campoamor at Romper, the song stands as an embodiment of how

“you’re entitled to your feelings; and by feeling them and letting them go, you free yourself.”

Campoamor goes on to write,

“This one song from Lemonade, “Freedom,” proved that when it comes to Beyoncé and her creative vision, we’re not ready and we’re not worthy, but we’re in desperate need of her message.”

We’re in desperate need of her message?  What’s the message propelling desperate souls to find solace in the musical talents of  Beyoncé’?  Popular online blogger Matt Walsh breaks it down nicely.  (I’d  share some of the lyrics, but I intend to keep this blog suitable for all age groups.)  Walsh sums up the message of Lemonade in the following way:

Lesson 1: Use sex as a weapon to possess and to gain revenge.

Lesson 2: Find self-worth in your money and the expensive things you can buy.

Lesson 3: See his blog for this one (warning, adult content)

Lesson 4: See his blog for this one (warning, adult content)

Lesson 5: Express your empowerment with middle fingers.

Lesson 6: Eat corn bread and collard greens.

The only lesson in this list suitable for our families would be to eat corn bread and collard greens…and personally, the thought of eating greens turns my stomach.  If your family loves Beyoncé’ and her brand of entertainment, I’m not intending to shame you.  But are the lessons listed in Walsh’s critique, the ideologies we want to instill in our children…especially our daughters?

As Christian parents, it’s our responsibility to lead our children in the “paths of righteousness.”  Her songs, rife with profanities and sexual themes, drive listeners down the broad road of destruction.  Allowing these lyrics to resonate in our mind steers our spiritual GPS away from the admonition found in Philippians 4:8,

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”

For in thinking about “such things,” our hearts will be drawn to folks worthy of imitation, and ultimately to the Lord Jesus Christ.  And it’s in Him, where the desperate souls of this world will find true freedom, because true freedom comes when personal repentance meets God’s grace.

Don’t drink the Lemonade.

The Battle for the Locker Room


There’s been a battle raging in Chicago, School District #211. This battle doesn’t involve guns and gang members.  This conflict doesn’t revolve around the spats between rival cliques of mean girls or even two young bucks sparring for the heart of the same doe.  No, this hostility rages over locker room privileges. A transgender student, born male, now transitioning into a female wants unfettered access to the girls’ locker room.  The main problem being, “Student A” hasn’t fully transitioned and is still an anatomical male.  I realize this may be considered intolerant, but allowing an anatomical male to dress in the same locker room as females is absolutely crazy.  I mean even the little boy in Kindergarten Cop properly identified the differences between males and females and knew which bathroom each was supposed to use…

Here’s my main concern, how many young men drooling to gain access to a girls’ locker room will fake gender fluidity. A person who is gender fluid may always feel like a mix of the two traditional genders, but may feel more like a boy some days, and more like a girl other days.   I envision teenage boys feeling more like girls on the nights the cheerleaders and dance squads are changing in the school locker rooms.  You know society is screwed up when it’s considered politically incorrect to deny anatomical boys access to public girls’ locker rooms and restrooms.  From my experience with the male gender, raging hormones and claimed gender fluidity should raise ample concerns.

Instead of rushing to label me as intolerant, imagine for a moment the following scenario. I’m a Dad, and I’ve taken my kids to buy groceries.  Naturally, two aisles from check out, my ten year old girl needs to go to the bathroom.  It’s serious.  She’s doing her potty walk.  Pushing a cart full of groceries and herding her other siblings, I escort my daughter to the restrooms.  Noting the posted signs and seeing no “Family Restrooms” option, she skips into the restroom designated for women.   As I bend over to drink from the fountain, my peripheral vision identifies a man, sporting a dress, walking into the women’s restroom.  As a father, do I ignore the fact an obvious male has now intruded upon the privacy of my little girl, or does my gender become fluid momentarily while I charge into the bathroom, preparing to defend my little girl’s innocence? After the confrontation’s over, should I just explain to management and to the local authorities I identified as a female while my daughter used the facilities or that I distrusted the man in the print dress and responded accordingly?  Sadly, to say the latter would be considered hate speech.

The girls in Chicago don’t hate “Student A,” but they cited two reasons for being uncomfortable with sharing a locker room with the gender confused individual. First, he’s anatomically a boy; Second, adolescent girls are already struggling with self-image issues.  Adding a “male” to the mix only exacerbates the problem.  Girls that don’t feel comfortable disrobing in front of other females now must do so with a male present?  Come on.

Until Jesus returns, the only resolution is too plumb in a third set of bathrooms for transgender people. Don’t give me the argument that this wrongly targets and draws attention to transgender individuals in the public square.  A few years ago, I hawked cell phones for an Alltel agent in a Wal-Mart a few miles away.  One day a man, sporting a sundress stopped to inquire about rates.  I could’ve overlooked the dress and pumps, but he hadn’t waxed any visible part of his body…including his chest and back.  No, walking into a transgender bathroom doesn’t draw undo attention…a man in a dress and heels does that already.

I’m not trying to minimize the struggle of gender identification. In fact, I see this as a spiritual issue.  Ever since the Garden of Eden, the Devil has planted doubt in the heart of mankind.  A question we all mull over from time to time is,

“Did God really say…?”

So, did God really say, “Let there be males and females?”  Absolutely.  If the father of lies can plant a seed of doubt about one’s gender, why wouldn’t he?  Humanity is the crowning glory of God’s Creation.  To question God’s intent on gender, characterizes the Creator as One capable of mistakes.  When in reality the mistake is allowing males and females to change in the same locker rooms.  If you question why, make it a family movie night and watch Kindergarten Cop.

The truth often comes out of the mouth of babes.

What Happened to the Black and White World?


At 12:30 pm, Monday through Friday, I carve out a thirty minute lunch break to eat a sandwich and watch one of the greatest shows of all time…Andy Griffith.  I don’t care for the newer, colorized shows featuring Warren instead of Barney.  No, I love watching the old black and white episodes and laughing at the antics of Andy and Barney.  I’ve introduced this classic television to my kids and they also enjoy it.  The Andy Griffith show tickles the funny bone and often weaves a valuable moral lesson amidst the laughs.  When the show’s on and my kids are watching, I can leave the room and not worry about my children’s eyes or ears being assaulted by raunchy images or vile language.  The episodes clearly point out the evils of lying and gossip and the importance of loyalty and obeying the “Golden Rule.”  Not only were the early shows filmed in black and white, but the morals were taught in definite shades of black and white…No gray areas to confuse the young and the young at heart.

We no longer live in a black and white world.

Our culture preaches a doctrine referred to as “moral relativism.”  In other words, what might not be right for you may be right for me…and vice versa.  Our society has shoved moral absolutes from the public sphere and replaced them with moral ambiguities.  Behaviors and lifestyles once deemed universally sinful are now championed in sitcoms like “Modern Family.”  Fifty years ago, Andy Griffith implied to a gathering of men that if there were no women around, man wouldn’t be able to enjoy a married life.  Today, that statement would be met with outrage and the perpetrator of the verbal insensitivity would be harassed until he apologized.  Somewhere between Myer’s Lake and 21st century America, we’ve lost our moral compass.

Maybe it started in the 1960’s during the reign of free love and hallucinogenic drugs.  Maybe it started when one woman’s hatred for God precipitated the eventual ousting of prayer from the public schools.  Maybe it started when the highest court in the land found a woman’s right to abortion to be scrawled in the Constitution of the United States.  Or maybe it started earlier, much earlier, when the Enemy promised godhood to humanity for a forbidden bite of tantalizing fruit.

And therein lies the problem today.  We desire to be gods, creating our own lists of do’s and don’ts, disregarding and ignoring the truths of the Bible.  If God’s “Thou shalt nots” cramp our style or our own adopted morals and values, we toss them aside, explaining the Bible’s out of touch with 21st century crowds.  Sadly, we forget that even though people might “evolve” on morals, God does not.

It’s interesting to note that the Andy Griffith show is set in Mayberry, North Carolina.  Neighborly, upstanding, and God-fearing would be a few of the adjectives to describe its population.  Today, Bruce Springsteen canceled a concert appearance in North Carolina because a law passed requiring men and women to use their own restrooms.  Can you imagine the outrage in Mayberry if a man trotted into a woman’s bathroom?  Andy and Barney would haul him off to jail and seek to find the individual help.  Finding that person help today is deemed insensitive and bigoted.

“Let people be who they want to be, ” they cry.

How about being the person God created him to be? Novel idea, huh?

Well, not a novel.  It’s a Bible idea.

I don’t believe the future of America hinges on this next Presidential election.  I believe it hinges upon the actions of Christian people.  Throughout the last few decades, we’ve failed to protest the leftist turn of our Country for fear of being labeled intolerant.  But it’s that silence which allows the voices of aberrant behavior to dominate the conversation and to hijack the culture.  No, we cannot remain silent.  We must teach our children right and wrong, black and white values without  cracks and crevices for the “But what ifs…”

But where do we begin?  There’s one step we must take before jumping into the cultural fray.  It’s found 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, forgive their sins, and heal their land.”

I challenge you to personal revival, then to join the people of God in battling for the soul of America.  And if our Country chooses to vote for a “Third Obama” term and drive a stake through the heart of America, then keep your eyes fastened on the Eastern sky, for surely Jesus’ return is soon.

“Come quickly Lord Jesus.”

Boys Will Be….Girls??


I loved attending Sunday School as a child.  In fact, some of my earliest memories of Sunday School include the teacher hoisting a flannel board onto an easel, the back drop for characters that adhered to the fabric.  One morning, the teacher stuck Adam and Eve to the board, each wearing strategically placed fig leaves.   The Genesis account shares the story of God’s Creation, including the forming of the first couple tasked with being stewards of His beautiful and perfect Garden, Eden.  Genesis 1:26-27 reads,

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

A few months ago, it was brought to my attention that Facebook users are offered 58 gender options.  I read through the list with my wife, both of us shaking our heads, marveling at the mass deception being waged against humanity.  Genesis plainly teaches that God created two sexes, male and female.  In fact, humanity was God’s crowning achievement, creating humanity and only humanity with the opportunity of enjoying a personal relationship with Him.  Obviously over the past several thousand years, the Devil has wormed his way into the minds of some, sewing seeds of confusion about gender.  No one who understands spiritual warfare and Satan’s tactics doubts the turmoil suffered by an individual who is gender confused, but in no terms should a man (gender confused or not) be allowed to utilize a public restroom reserved for women only.

I saw a news story a few weeks ago about a lady in Michigan that was stripped of her Planet Fitness membership because she chose to make a big deal about a transgender individual using the women’s locker room.  On the day in question, a man walked into the locker room while she was changing.  She reported the individual to the front desk.  The employee manning the desk explained Planet Fitness has a “no-judgment” policy which allows people to use changing rooms based on

“their sincere, self-reported gender identity.”

The woman phoned Planet Fitness’ corporate headquarters and received the same response.  She commented,

“If you have male parts you don’t need to be in the women’s locker room.  I don’t care what you are; I don’t care if you’re gay, lesbian, transgender or transvestite.  I am uncomfortable with you as a male in my locker room, in my restroom.”

And why shouldn’t she be uncomfortable?

And now a retail giant has jumped on the political correctness parade.  Target has just announced that it will start phasing out gender-based signage in some of their kids’ departments.  The bedding department will no longer feature boys’ and girls’ comforters and the toy aisles will no longer feature backdrops of pink and blue.  An Ohio mom praised Target for its decision, calling the “color coded” divisions in toys “regressive and harmful.”  With this mentality, soon, gender reveals will be considered harmful to the baby in the womb.  Maybe everyone can just celebrate “it” at a baby shower….

Recently, North Carolina passed the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, also known as HB2.  Under HB2, people in North Carolina are only permitted to use public restrooms that correspond with their biological sex, defined as

“the physical condition of being male or female, which is stated on a person’s birth certificate.”

Obviously Americans need to rent Kindergarten Cop and be reminded about the differences between male and female genitalia.  Women and especially young girls should not feel threatened and uncomfortable by a man’s presence in a bathroom or public shower facility.  Have we drifted so far as a society we fail to consider that males might experience temporary “gender identity” crises any time they want to ogle girls in the locker rooms? I hope women carry mace into these public facilities being invaded by men who identify as women for the sole purpose of leering at females in various stages of undress.  If I ever see a man follow my wife or daughters into the bathroom at the Mall, I too, will identify as a woman for that moment in time….Why can’t men be men and women be women?

You know, like it used to be?

We definitely need to pray for those who struggle with gender identity issues, but we also need to stand firm on our principles, requiring people to use the facilities that match their genitalia, not their feelings or their “I’d rather be’s.”  God created two sexes.  We should celebrate His creative genius and celebrate the sexes.

Not 58.

Just 2.

 

Baal on Broadway


A few weeks ago I read a headline reporting something like,

“Baal comes to New York City.”

Sometimes I have to take things I see on social media with a grain of salt.  At that time, I assumed someone retweeted an Onion story or cited an article out of the National Enquirer.  Sadly, I was wrong.  This morning several reputable news sources are reporting that replica arches to the entrance of the Temple of Baal will be erected in New York City and London.  What’s the purpose?  To show the world what the arches looked like prior to ISIS’ rampage through Syria.  I’m certain many find this harmless, simply a teaching moment for those who have never seen the ancient ruins.  But before we brush off the event, we need to dig a little deeper.  Who was/is this Baal character anyway?

Baal was the name of the supreme god worshiped in ancient Canaan and Phoenicia.  Sadly, the worship of Baal wasn’t limited to pagan Gentiles.  From time to time, the Children of Israel slipped into idol worship, prostrating themselves before the god of Baal.  The word Baal means “lord.”  Baal was worshiped as a fertility god who was supposedly able to coax the earth to produce crops and people to produce children.

Baal worship was rooted in sensuality and involved ritualistic prostitution in the temples.  On some occasions, Baal demanded human sacrifice, usually the firstborn of the one making the sacrifice.  Jeremiah 19:4-5 refers to this practice,

“For they have forsaken Me (God) and made this a place of foreign gods; they have burned incense in it to gods that neither they nor their ancestors nor the kings of Juda ever knew, and they have filled this place with the blood of the innocent.  They have built the high places of Baal to burn their children in the fire as offerings to Baal – something I did not command or mention, nor did it enter my mind.”

Before the Hebrews crossed the Jordan to enter the Promised Land, God warned the Israelite people to steer clear of Canaan’s gods.  Israel turned to idolatry anyway.  In the book of I Kings, we see the Lord God confronting the paganism through His prophet Elijah.  First, God showed that He, not Baal controlled nature by sending a drought lasting over three years (I Kings 17).  Then, Elijah called for a showdown between the God of Israel and Baal.  All day long, 450 prophets of Baal begged their god to send down fire from heaven.  Baal remained silent.  Upon Elijah’s heartfelt prayer, the God of Israel responded with fire immediately. (I Kings 18)

Interestingly enough, Jesus calls Satan “Beelzebub,” linking the devil to Baal-Zebub, a god of the Philistines.  But let me make it clear, the Baalim referenced in the Old Testament were nothing more than demons masquerading as gods.  In other words, any time the Children of Israel bowed to an idol of Baal, they participated in devil worship.

So, that’s what’s coming to New York City, a replica archway that welcomed people into the presence of a false deity…a gateway to worship the Father of Lies.  Ultimately, this is a prolife issue.

The act of abortion, mirrors in part, idol worship discussed in the Old Testament.  Cultures outside of Israel sacrificed to false gods, Baal and Molech.  On occasion this required child sacrifice.  Pagan cultures worshiped this god of Baal, sacrificing their children to him.  But since Baal didn’t truly exist, the god of this world received glory in these sacrificial rituals.  Here we are, a few thousand years later, cultured people conceal Baal, disguising him under the banner of an organization like Planned Parenthood.  Certainly all of the darkest recesses of hell shriek with delight every time a helpless innocent baby is ripped limb by limb from the womb.

Three years ago, I woke to the Twitter trend, “Hail Satan.”  I couldn’t imagine what transpired in the overnight hours.  Pro-life advocates had congregated at the Texas Capitol Building and sang Amazing Grace.  Rabidly pro-abortion advocates taunted the makeshift choir, drowning out the hymn by chanting “Hail Satan.”  Erecting an arch to the god of Baal takes this hideous action a bit further.  In Texas, those  people were merely chanting “hail Satan,” but now an altar will be raised in his name in the most powerful and identifiable city in the world.

One day the chant “hail Satan” will cease.  In fact, one day Jesus will shout the order,

“To hell, Satan.”

And forevermore he’ll dwell in the Lake of Fire.  What a glorious day.  But until then, we pray,

 “Come quickly Lord Jesus.”

Abortionists Don’t Wear Capes


kid in cape  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 and Captain America 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 Obama.

This past week Obama 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 President 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 solely focused on the health of women, then certainly she deserves high praise and recognition.  However, Richards serves 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, those 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.

What abortionists offer?  Not so much.

Trashing a Picasso


Imagine for a moment strolling down the streets of Madrid, admiring the sights and sounds of Spain’s Capitol city.  Outside the Plaza de Torres, you hear the shrieks and cheers of the spectators as a matador playfully teases a charging bull.  You note street vendors hawking their wares under another typical cloudless sky.  And then you see him, the master.  Pablo Picasso is standing outside his studio, a paintbrush and pallet in hand.  Hunched with age, he stares with determination, surveying the blank canvas.

You watch with great interest as the artist dabs his pallet and swipes his brush across the canvass in shades of blue and blue green.   Minutes pass.  Maybe hours.  Then unprovoked, you push the artisan from his easel and grab the partially completed masterpiece.  Finding a dumpster, you toss the painting in the trash receptacle, proudly rubbing your hands together in victory.  Pablo demands to know your motives.  You turn a deaf ear, only commenting it wasn’t really a painting because it wasn’t completed.

Can you imagine the audacity, the gall, the absolute lunacy of such a deed?  I mean we’re talking Pablo Picasso, one of the most renowned painters of all time.  Even a partial painting buried under another completed work fetches stunning amounts of money at auction.  No, to trash a Picasso at any stage of the process would be absolutely foolish and tragic on many levels.

So, what about God and babies?

Psalm 139:13-16 says,

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 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.  16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Note the artistic language in the passage.  God knits us together.  We are woven in the depths of the earth.  Both phrases teach of God’s intricate design as He plants a person in the womb of an expectant mother.  According to the Scriptures, we are God’s masterpieces.  If that’s so, why is the womb a dangerous place?

At the most recent Democratic Town Hall meeting, Bret Baier asked Bernie Sanders if there should be a point in pregnancy when life should be protected.  Bernie Sanders said,

“I am very strongly pro-choice.  That is a decision to be made by the woman, her physician, and her family.  That’s my view.”

In other words, Sanders supports an abortion at any point during a woman’s pregnancy.  Isn’t this like the person in Madrid trashing a Picasso before being signed and sold in an art gallery?  There’s still much worth and value to the unfinished project because of the artist’s reputation.  Completed or not, the canvass still deserves the title of “Masterpiece.”

How much more then should the creative genius of God be honored, respected, treasured and preserved?  Liberals rally around the eggs of eagles and the endangered Delta Smelt in California.  Why not babies?  Classifying babies in the womb as “fetuses” serves to fool people into believing the fledgling developing is something other than human.  The word “fetus” means “unborn offspring of a human.”  And what is the unborn offspring called?

A baby.

I love reading Dr. Seuss to my children.  Though I know nothing about his political ideologies, he espoused a pro-life view whether he intended to or not.  My favorite Seuss work is “Horton Hears a Who.” My favorite line from the book reads,

“A person’s a person no matter how small.”

Let’s not trash the life of the unborn, and let’s not support a candidate with a staunchly held position that abortion should be allowed at any stage of the pregnancy.  Our politicians are quick to point fingers at ISIS and categorize them as barbarians.  Yet, our culture rips a baby from the womb and toasts the right to do so.

Can you imagine one million Picassos treated as common trash, tossed into a bin awaiting a furnace?  Certainly not.   Then why do we treat God’s masterpieces with triviality and inconsequence?  Each step of the developmental process highlights the creativity of God, the finished project birthed in nine months.  To believe otherwise showcases humanities’ desire to evict God from His own art studio.  Again, ridiculous.   God will not be mocked.  At some point, His righteous Hand of judgment will no longer be stayed.

May God have mercy on our souls.

Blaming God for America’s Woes


Whenever life fails to go as planned, we tend to blame God.  Sure, God controls the universe, holding it firmly in the palm of His Hand, but this does not mean we are exempt from experiencing painful consequences of poor choices.  From the very beginning, there’s been a problem with taking responsibility.  In the Garden of Eden, Adam threw God and Eve under the bus for his part in biting into the forbidden fruit.  In the Book of Jonah, we find the prophet blaming God for allowing him to soak in the digestive juices of a “great fish.”

Do you recall the story?  God called Jonah to go to Nineveh to warn them of pending Judgment.  Instead of being obedient, Jonah boarded a ship to Tarshish, a port city almost 900 miles in the opposite direction.  He balked at sharing a message with people he believed deserving of God’s wrath.  While on this ship, God orchestrated a violent storm at sea.  The sailors discovered Jonah was the cause of this tempest, and Jonah explained the only way to save the ship was to throw him overboard.  And that’s what they did. But listen to what Jonah says in chapter 2:3,

“For You cast me into the deep…”

Jonah obviously forgets his role in the story.  Jonah ran from God.  God chose to get his attention.  Jonah asked to be thrown into the sea.  Blaming God for becoming fish food serves to exempt Jonah from responsibility.

In several conversations of late, many people ask why Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton stand atop the race for the White House.  Those opposing Trump cite his conceit, vulgarity, and boyish bully-ness.  On the other side of the aisle, Clinton turns the stomach of many because of her propensity to lie and her role in an Ambassador’s death in Benghazi….not to mention she’s under FBI investigation concerning her handling (or mishandling) of classified and top secret emails.  Why do voters choose people like that? I’m asked.

It’s simple. We asked for it.

Remember how the Children of Israel suffered from the “Keeping up with the Joneses” syndrome?  Other nations appointed kings, and Israel determined to have one as well.  The prophet Samuel warned them of the consequences of having King, but they disregarded the prophet’s vetting of a future leader.  Samuel was offended and went to the Lord, who said,

“They have not rejected you.  They have rejected me from being their king” (I Samuel 8:7)

Once again Samuel implored the people to reconsider; instead they demanded a king.  So finally God said,

“Give them a king” (I Kings 8:22)

God allowed the Children of Israel to have a king, not because their choice was in His perfect will, but because of His practice of allowing people to exercise free will.

 

Fast forward to 2016.

The current frontrunners in both parties aren’t the problem; they reflect the result of a society stomping on the accelerator, running the opposite direction of God.  Trump claims repentance isn’t necessary in his life, and Hillary had the audacity to say she’s never lied to the American people.  But why does this behavior shock us?  In 2012, the Democratic Party booed God at their national convention, and sadly, the Republican Party may not be that far behind.  For whatever reason, we’ve lost sight of the importance of character, values, and morality, pillars modeled by our Founders as they crafted the Constitution and cited the Hand of Providence as their guide.  Our moral compass has broken and we’re shaking the magic eight ball to get directions.  We’ve lost sight of what’s true and right and pure and noble…. As a Country, we’re getting what we asked for.  Why don’t we care otherwise?

Maybe it’s because we’re too busy Keeping up with the Kardashians.

Why Not Respectability?


A few days ago, my 11 year old posed the following question:  Dad, who have been your favorite Presidents. I thought a moment and responded, “Lincoln, Reagan, Washington, not necessarily in that order.” He followed up with another question: Why? Several thoughts came to mind, but I limited my answer to two reasons. They were respectable men, acknowledging the importance of God to help direct the course of a Nation.  My son considered my response then asked the $64,000 question.  If those traits are important, then why are people so excited about Trump?

 

I’ve tuned into each Republican Debate, watching with great interest the back and forth between the frontrunner, Trump, and the other Candidates contending for the Republican nomination.  My two oldest occasionally sit and watch the drama unfold.  Both question the facial expressions and mannerisms of Trump, his disrespect for his opponents and anyone who questions his ideology or his ability to lead.  The last debate stooped to a new low as Trump and Rubio sparred over his hand size and how that directly correlates to another physical attribute.  Maybe I’m too young to remember, but did any of this crude diatribe occur between Reagan and Carter.  I don’t even think Bill Clinton stooped this low…well, at least on the debate stage.

 

Sadly, our culture has devolved into a society of celebrity worship.  For whatever reason, we tend to accept the mudslinging, the profane, and the over-the-top antics of celebrities, explaining away the behavior as “that’s just Hollywood.”  Can anyone imagine Donald Trump leading the pack had he not hosted a successful reality show for years?

 

Are any of the candidates perfect?  Of course not, but at least some act with Presidential decorum.  Imagine for a moment Trump hosting a press conference with Putin in the Rose Garden.  Putin expresses a dissenting view of President Trump’s ideology and “the Donald” shrugs, makes faces, snorts, and calls him “Little Putin?”  Is he truly the man we want representing the United States of America?

 

American made history when electing Obama, the first bi-racial individual to hold the highest office in the land.  Many people voted for Obama, not because of his policies or his experience, but because he was a “rock star” in the Democrat party, a celebrity of sorts, and they wanted to help America do something that had never been done before.  (Why they re-elected him, I’ll never know….)Voting for Trump because he starred on the Apprentice, makes as much sense as voting for a Candidate that’s under FBI investigation.

 

And maybe the single most important reason for not supporting Trump is his answer on repentance.  When asked if he’d ever confessed his sin, he said no and suggested it was better to keep God out of his mistakes.  A man who thinks God isn’t necessary for forgiveness is a man determined to govern a Country without the leading Hand of Providence.  Can America survive another four to eight years of a Narcissist and Chief in the Oval Office?  Only by the grace of God…..

 

Oh, and by the way….if you believe Mexico’s going to pay for the wall, I’ve got some prime ocean front property for sale….in Arizona.

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