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Obama’s Agenda Ignored In Kenya


I’m certain the President felt slighted in Kenya, his father’s homeland.

Though Kenyans warned the President to steer clear of promoting gay marriage, at a joint press conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Obama lectured the Country on its stringent laws against homosexual behavior.  In his remarks, President Obama said,

“When you start treating people differently not because of any harm they are doing to anybody, but because they are different, that’s the path whereby freedoms begin to erode, and bad things happen.”

The President added that when a Government treats others differently, it can be habitual, citing his own struggles of growing up an African American male.  If President Obama believed Kenyatta would kowtow to his agenda, he underestimated the resolve of the Kenyan people.  The Kenyan President responded,

“The fact of the matter is Kenya and the U.S. share so many values: common love for democracy, entrepreneurship, value for families — these are some things that we share, but there are some things that we must admit we don’t share. Our culture, our societies don’t accept.  It is very difficult for us to be able to impose on people that which they themselves do not accept.”

Here in America, the Obama Administration operates under a different ideology, one more suited for a hedonistic socialist society.  The President caters to the gay agenda, congratulating them on their heroism, while Christians refusing to recognize the unions are labeled as homophobic and intolerant.  In today’s political climate, Christians owning businesses face the tough decision of standing firm on principle or shuttering their doors to dodge the strong arm tactics of the radical gay agenda.  The radicals rally around the mantra, “Recognize my marriage, or else…”

So much for the tolerant Left.

Before arriving in Kenya, many pastors and politicians wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to leave gay rights out of his visit’s agenda.  One pastor wrote,

“The family is the strength of the nation.  If the family is destroyed, then the nation is destroyed.  So we don’t want to open doors for our nation to be destroyed.”

I only wish our Country’s leaders embraced this ideology.  It appears many in America forget God’s handling of Sodom and Gomorrah, and with the recent ruling in the nation’s highest court, they point to the legality of homosexual unions.  Just because the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage doesn’t eliminate the Bible’s teaching on homosexual behavior.

Kenya gets it.  America doesn’t.

I never thought I’d say that.

When Did Americans Become Wimps?


As a kid, I played ‘Cowboys and Indians’.  My younger siblings and I galloped around the yard on stick horses, firing our six-shooter cap guns, and drawing back on our Fisher Price bows and arrows.  We yelled words like “Yeehaw” and screeched like wild banshees, while tapping our mouths.  Those were the days when kids could play.  Today, the politically correct police confiscate gun-shaped pop tarts and frown on the word “Indian” and probably the word “cowboy” as well.  I guess kids living currently play “Cow People” and “Native Americans.”  It just doesn’t have the same ring….

When did Americans become wimps?

As a child, I grew dizzy…sick…and green on Merry-Go-Rounds, catapulted down long metal slides, and sailed up into the sky in rubber seated swings with long rusty chains.  And where were these instruments of death?  At school…sitting on hot black asphalt.  Today, kids play on plastic jungle gyms and kick up pieces of rubber tire as they WALK from one minimally dangerous apparatus to the next.

When did Americans become wimps?

As a little boy, I remember climbing from the front seat of my Dad’s 1969 Ford Fairlane to the back…while it was moving!  I also remember sitting on my dad’s lap while he drove the family from home to church.  Today, if authorities or “well meaning” citizens observe small children, riding in automobiles without being strapped into a five harness clasped government approved car seat, those kids end up in the Division of Family Services System and the parents earn DFS home investigations, sensitivity training, and Sunday supervised visits…if their lucky.

When did Americans become wimps?

I’m not sure exactly.  Maybe it was during the mid-1980’s when lawn darts were banned.

Within the last five years, a school in New Hampshire and a school in New York have outlawed tag and dodge ball because children might get hurt…or their parents might sue.  Good grief, I grew up with holes in my jeans.  Not because I purchased them that way from American Eagle, but because I wore holes in my britches from activities like running, jumping, sliding, wrestling, tag, dodge ball, and Cow People and Native Americans.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand the need for certain laws and regulations.  In fact, I’m probably more of a helicopter father than most dads…especially since watching my eldest wage a war with cancer.  I see the benefits of fastening my children in car seats and mulching playgrounds with rubber chips, but I also see the harmful effects of babying the millennial generation.  And sadly, this effort to protect people isn’t just about the physical body.

Everyone’s walking on egg shells nowadays in fear of offending another individual.  Some colleges go to the extreme of designating tiny areas as free speech zones, and only in those specified boundaries may you freely speak your mind.  Thankfully, young people aware of their first amendment rights have fought for free-speech campuses and won, but how much longer can we count on our future generations knowing about the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, or the Constitution in general?  I mean Jesse Watters has discovered that some of our nation’s finest can’t identify a picture of George Washington or the reason we celebrate the Fourth of July.  If we’re not careful, we’re going to dumb and politically correct ourselves into the annals of nations that once were.  (Sorry, I used the word “dumb.”)

Soon, I’m chaperoning over twenty young people from our church to a raucous evening of paint balling.  I don’t know what will offend people more…that we’re shooting “guns” or that we’re a church group, or both.  In fact, this “helicopter” dad is allowing his eldest to go play.  He’s been warned about the stinging projectiles, the bruising, and the outside chance of a small scar.  He said,

“Dad, bring it on!”

In fact, we might just break into teams and play “Cow People and Native Americans.”  I know, I know…it’s offensive.  Get over it.

Benjamin Franklin once said,

“He who gives up freedom for safety deserves neither.”

Let freedom ring.

 

What Bible Has Jimmy Carter Been Reading?


I’m not sure what Bible Jimmy Carter’s been reading, but concerning gay marriage, the former President said this:

“I believe Jesus would. I don’t have any verse in scripture. … I believe Jesus would approve gay marriage, but that’s just my own personal belief. I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else, and I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else,” he said.

So, would Jesus really support same sex marriage?

First, let me be perfectly clear. God loves gay people. How do I know? Well, John 3:16 states,

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Note, God fails to insert an asterisk or add a disclaimer. No Christian familiar with the teachings of the Bible argues God’s love for all people.

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

But God’s love for people does not change His views on morality.  God’s view of sin doesn’t evolve.

When thinking about how Jesus handled the issue of sin in people’s lives, I often cite the story of the woman caught in adultery. Jesus demonstrates the model of

‘Hate the sin, love the sinner.’

One day as Jesus taught, religious leaders dragged a woman from the bed of an adulterous liaison and dumped her at the Master’s feet. The religious leaders circled, spewing judgment on the woman, reminding Jesus and all within earshot about the Law. For her infidelity, she deserved the prescribed punishment – a public stoning.

In response to their vitriol, Jesus stooped and scrawled something in the dirt, then stood and challenged,

“You who are sinless cast the first stone.”

I’ve often wondered what Jesus wrote. I doubt He wasted His time on doodling stick figures. I wonder if He jotted a list of sins with which these men struggled. Maybe He wrote the words, “pride,” lust,” or the word that labeled the actions of the religious leaders – “entrapment.” (How did these men know about this woman’s indiscretion and the ability to catch her in the arms of a man not her husband?)

As these men cast aspersions at the woman and questioned Jesus’ handling of the situation, I imagine their words trailed off as they watched Jesus write. If Jesus enumerated a list of transgressions, as each man’s besetting sin appeared, the Spirit of God pricked their hearts. When He stood to authorize the first hurled stone, each dropped his rocks, slinking away. Jesus asked,

“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?

“No one sir,” she replied

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared.

Those demanding acceptance of ungodly lifestyles, quote only the first part of Jesus’s statement, adding:

“See Christians, Jesus didn’t condemn and neither should you!”

But what many conveniently ignore is that Jesus added the following exhortation,

“Go and leave your life of sin.”

Jesus would say the same thing to a gay couple seeking Christ’s approval for a same sex marriage today.

Arm chair theologians argue Jesus never addressed same sex marriage, thereby claiming homosexual unions are left up to the discretion of the people choosing them.  Granted, in the Gospels we find no mention of gay unions, but Jesus does address the definition of Biblical marriage.  In Matthew 19:4-6 Jesus says,

“And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH ‘?”So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”…

Jesus doesn’t add,

“Oh and that’s why men marry each other and women marry each other as well.”

That’s not God’s standard for marriage.

Obviously, Jimmy Carter supports the ruling of the Supreme Court and the edict for all states to acknowledge same sex marriage.  Sadly, the Left fails to see this as a governmental overreach and a threat to exercising religious freedom.  And though the highest court in the land has vacated Christian principles, nowhere is it written that a Christian’s morals and conscience are to be abandoned once vacating the shadow of the steeple.  If the Government resorts to stripping Churches of their tax exempt status for failing to recognize same sex marriage, they’re gambling with America’s future…but God’s holding all of the cards.

Jimmy Carter holds the distinction of being a former United States President, but God’s not so impressed that He takes Carter’s view of Scripture into advisement. The Host of Heaven will never hear God say,

“Gabriel, I’ve been wrong about homosexuality…In fact, ‘Modern Family’ and Jimmy Carter changed my view…”

Nor will God’s view evolve on adultery, pre-marital sex, pedophilia, rape, incest, etc.

“Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”  Hebrews 13:7-8

Who is Jesus?  According to John chapter one, He is the very “Word” of God.  In other words, the Word of God does not change or evolve to cater to the whims of those looking for a lifestyle to be sanctioned.

Simply put, no Mr. President, Jesus would not approve of same sex marriage.

This Morning I Cried


This morning as I scrolled Facebook, I clicked on a YouTube video, posted by a friend, of the Gaither Vocal Band.  The group delivered a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.  Their tight harmonies accompanied a moving patriotic video.  As I watched, I swallowed back a lump gathering in my throat.  Then tears welled in my eyes and soon dampened my cheeks.  Yes, I’m an emotional guy, and yes, occasionally a beautifully sung song (or a “Little House” episode) moves me to tears, but neither was the reason this morning.

This morning I cried for America.

I remember the Presidencies of Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, and Bush II. Under these men (even Clinton), I felt more secure in America’s future than I do now.  On 9/11, I watched in horror as planes torpedoed into the World Trade Center, but not once did I doubt America’s ability to rebuild and to stand resolute.  I remember watching proudly as George W. Bush stood on a mound of rubble proclaiming,

I can hear you, the rest of the world can hear you and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.”

Now, our Country’s too busy drawing and re-drawing red lines.  Honestly, I don’t know how this current Administration would respond to another mass attack.  Would they offer the terrorists jobs? Or hugs? Label the event as workplace violence? Or would they hold a press conference to warn Americans to refrain from calling this Islamic terrorism?  Granted, this is sarcastic in nature, but how many of us really trust the current leadership in Washington to do what’s best for America?

American Enterprise Institute published a public opinion report evaluating Americans’ level of patriotism. One of the most astounding and disappointing results was the following:

Americans aren’t as proud of their country as some citizens in other countries are of their own nations. According to a World Values Survey, 98 percent of citizens in Qatar claimed to be “very proud” of their nationality. However, only 56 percent of Americans responded positively in this category.

Qatar?  Are you kidding me?  In Qatar, only Muslims can express their religion publicly, all others must conduct worship services in private homes.  Those leaving the Muslim faith face imprisonment or death.  And yet, 98% of those living in Qatar are proud of their country….How can this be?

Everyday we read of new crippling policies, court judgments, or another round of decisions being written into law by an overreaching “pen and phone.”  The Church sits on the precipice of being made obsolete as the government now attempts to shoulder the responsibility of dictating what is and isn’t sinful.  And now innoucuous entertainment is banned because of a flag that Liberals find offensive.  Many Conservative people are cowering in the shadows, fearful of offending the PC police or being investigated by rogue government agencies.  I wish the above was hyperbole, but that’s the America we currently reside in.

That’s why I cried.

I’m not weeping for myself, but for my family, especially my kids. Unless America rights this ship and charts a new course, what will our future generations face? If we’re not careful, in a few decades, America will be nothing more than a footnote in the pages of history. The Founding Fathers sacrificed too much for this to be our Country’s outcome. Too many brave men and women have paid the ultimate price on the world’s battlefields for us to surrender our freedoms to ideologies intent on destroying American exceptionalism.

At times I feel like Elijah.  After a God-given victory against the prophets of Baal, he fled from another enemy…the Queen.  He moaned that no one else was standing for God.  He thought himself to be all alone.  He suffered from a

“nobody likes me, everybody hates me, I’m just going to go eat worms”

mentality.  God reminded Elijah that there were 7,000 others who had yet to bow their knees to false gods.  Occasionally, the filthy haze of America’s ills conceals the possibility of the United States rising from the ashes to greatness again.  That’s not an impossibility. But for that to happen, America must turn wholeheartedly to God and remember the encouraging words of President Ronald Reagan,

“We are never defeated unless we give up on God.”

Keep standing Patriots, and may God once again bless the United States of America.

 

Saving America…and the General Lee


As a child, I looked forward to Friday night television. Every Friday evening, my family gathered around the television, anxiously awaiting the antics of the boys from Hazzard County.  I often imagined myself sitting at the wheel of the car that could fly.  We watched so regularly my siblings and I could sing the theme song, and I developed a decent impersonation of Roscoe P. Coltrane.  Yes, the “Dukes of Hazzard” conjures pleasant memories of my childhood.  I’ll have to admit, I haven’t given the show much thought since the Duke Boys drove the General Lee off into the sunset in 1985.  Although a few months ago, I scanned Netflix offerings to see if I could introduce my kids to the Duke Boys and the General Lee.  To no avail, I assumed the show would make its appearance one of these days.

That might not be the case.

After Dylan Roof murdered nine people in an historic black church in Charleston, investigators discovered pictures of Roof carrying the Confederate Flag.  Immediately, adherents of political correctness demanded the flag be banned from the Capitol Lawn in South Carolina.

Many jumped on the banning bandwagon.  The National Park Service confirms Confederate Flags were removed at Fort Sumter, the site of the first Civil War Battle, and Confederate Flag souvenirs were stripped from the gift shop shelves.  Some have called for banning the book “Gone with the Wind.”  The latest victim of political correctness is the beloved TV classic, “The Dukes of Hazzard.”  Because of the Confederate Flag flap, TV Land announced it would no longer air the show because the General Lee sports a Confederate Flag on its roof.  PGA Golfer Bubba Watson, an owner of one of the original General Lee’s, announced today that he plans to paint over the Confederate Flag, replacing it with an American Flag.  Mr. Watson announced earlier on Twitter,

“All men ARE created equal, I believe that so I will be painting the American flag over the roof of the General Lee #USA

Many believe this is a necessary step forward in eradicating racism in the United States of America.  Instead, this is political correctness run amok. Not once while watching The Dukes of Hazzard did I harbor hatred of minorities.  After watching the show for six seasons, I didn’t join the Ku Klux Clan. The Duke’s never wore white hoods and burned crosses. The only reason the Confederate Flag adorned the car was to celebrate Southern pride.  Something the show expressed with…well…pride.

If the Left seriously desires to rid racism, they should start with their darling, Planned Parenthood.  Margaret Sanger founded America’s largest abortion provider for the express purpose of eradicating

“human weeds.”

Who were these undesirables as described by Sanger?  Black people, immigrants, and poor people.  As Sanger wrote in her autobiography, she founded Planned Parenthood in 1916

“to stop the multiplication of the unfit.”

Now that’s racism, but the Left adores the abortion industry and supports its mission.

“Just two good ol’ boys
never meanin’ no harm..”

Those phrases begin the theme song to the beloved show.  I wish the Left adopted the portion “never meanin’ no harm.”  But instead, they continue to stomp on the Constitution and create an America barely recognizable by a boy who dreamed of one day driving the General Lee.

Though our Country’s being run by people determined to implement a socialist’s “hope and change,” there’s still hope.  Real hope.  God’s still on the throne and the 2016 election is just around the corner.  And for that I can give a hearty,

“Yeehaw!”

And making a Conservative choice is a baby step in saving America….and the General Lee.

 

 

 

Would Jesus Condone Same Sex Marriage?


Response to Memories Pizza in Indiana has run the gamut. Some threatened to burn down the establisment; popular Conservative talk show host Dana Loesch set up an online fundraiser to offset the financial lost incurred by the Christian business owners. (It raised almost $850,000 dollars. Wow!) What was the crime of this popular mom and pop pizza joint? Exercising their Religious Freedom and their First Amendment rights.

A news reporter ASKED the owners of Memories Pizza if they would be willing to cater at a gay wedding. Co-Owner Kevin O’Connor responded,

“I don’t turn anybody away from the store, I don’t have a problem with gay people. I just don’t condone the marriage.”

This reply set off a firestorm reverberating across Liberal and Conservative lines. Some staunchly supporting the owners, others spewing hate and vitirol aimed at shutting Memories down.

In the last few days, social media has continued to keep the debate alive. One of my Facebook friends insists if Jesus was asked to supply a cake or build a table for a gay wedding reception, He’d do so gladly. In quoting the post,

He would sell them a table, and a darned good one at that.”

Let’s say he’s right. For those Christians standing with those who embrace the homosexual lifestyle, they stand on the argument of love, citing God’s love of all people. I don’t question the love of God for all people. John 3:16 states,

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Note, God fails to insert an asterisk or offer a disclaimer. No Christian famliar with the teachings of the Bible argues God’s love for all people.

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

When thinking about how Jesus handled the issue of sin in people’s lives, I often cite the story of the woman caught in adultery. Jesus demonstrates the model of ‘Hate the sin, love the sinner.’

As Jesus taught, religious leaders dragged a woman from the bed of an adulterous liaison and dropped her at the Master’s feet. The religious leaders circled, spewing judgment on the woman, reminding Jesus and all within earshot about the Law. For her infidelity, she deserved the prescribed punishment – a public stoning.

In response to their vitriol, Jesus stooped and scratched something in the dirt, then stood and challenged,

“You who are sinless cast the first stone.”

I’ve often wondered what Jesus wrote. I doubt He wasted His time on doodling stick figures. I wonder if He jotted a list of sins with which these men struggled. Maybe He wrote the words, “pride,” lust,” or the word that labeled the actions of the religious leaders – “entrapment.” (How did these men know about this woman’s indiscretion and the ability to catch her in the arms of a man not her husband?)

As these men cast aspersions at the woman and questioned Jesus’ handling of the situation, I imagine their words trailed off as they watched Jesus write. If Jesus enumerated a list of transgressions, as each man’s besetting sin appeared, the Spirit of God pricked their hearts. When He stood to authorize the first hurled stone, each dropped his rocks, slinking away. Jesus asked,

 ”Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?

“No one sir,” she replied

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared.

Many who demand acceptance of ungodly lifestyles, quote only the first part of Jesus’s statement. Jesus added the following exhortation,

“Go and leave your life of sin.”

Let’s visit the carpenter shop owned by Joseph, with Jesus apprenticing.   A couple living in a gay relationship request the Son of God craft a banquet table for a wedding feast.  There’s no doubt He’d make a “darned good one…” But would He condone the wedding?

I envision Jesus requiring the partners to spend time with Him in the carpenter shop, the Master sharing spiritual truths while He sawed, chiseled and sanded. I can see the partners squinting through sawdust laden air, complaining about the threats of the religious leaders to have them stoned to death.  I see Jesus listening to their concerns and maybe even saying,

“Don’t worry, there’s no condemnation here…”

But adding,

“Go and leave your lives of sin…”

Of course the couple’s taken aback.

Oh no, another armchair Rabbi ensnared by the teachings of  some antiquated scrolls…..

Many believe Jesus never addressed same sex marriage, thereby claiming homosexual unions are left up to the discretion of the people who choose them.  Maybe in the writings of the Gospels we find no mention of same sex marriage, but Jesus does address Biblical marriage.  In Matthew 19:4-6 Jesus says,

“And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH ‘?”So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”…

Jesus doesn’t add,

“Oh and that’s why men marry each other and women marry each other as well.”

That’s not God’s standard for marriage.

I can imagine the couple in the carpenter shop either being convicted of their sin and repenting or leaving the shop insulted and outraged, either way the banquet table no longer necessary.

If the government forces Christian owned businesses to provide the same services to all wedding ceremonies whether straight or gay, maybe the owners should adopt a “come to the table making” strategy.  To appease both sides, the owners share their views on godly marriage, expressing truths from the Bible.  I can imagine some couples embracing the views, others tolerating the “opinions, and several storming out of the bakery, decrying “discrimination.”  But see, it wouldn’t be discriminatory with all couples submitting to free pre-marital counsel.  Of course the above is hyperbolic, but nowhere is it written that a Christian’s morals and conscience are to be left once vacating the shadow of the steeple on Sunday mornings.

Hang in there Memories Pizza, many around this great nation support you.

 

Houston Has a First Amendment Problem


Houston has a First Amendment Problem.

Lawyers  for the city of Houston have subpoenaed sermons of Conservative religious leaders.  Their intent?  To identify Pastors who might have spoken out against an equal rights ordinance approved by the Houston City Council in May of this year.  This ordinance, which bans racial and sexual discrimination in city employment, contracting, housing and public accommodations creates controversy because men and women can utilize public restrooms based upon their gender feelings, not their biological makeup.

Mayor Annise Parker says she only found out recently that the lawyers had requested sermon transcripts.  She claims the request to be overly broad.  However, her Tweet of October 14th hints otherwise:

If the 5 pastors used pulpits for politics, their sermons are fair game. Were instructions given on filling out anti-HERO petition?-A

Fair game Ms. Parker?  Hardly.

According to the IRS, all pastors and churches are banned from “directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.”  But, this law doesn’t restrict every type of political speech.

Pastors can educate his parishioners about the issues and can even endorse ballot referenda.  The law only prohibits the pastor from endorsing any particular candidate, as this threatens the revocation of the Church’s tax exempt status.

Leftists cry foul when Churches address the political issues of the day through the lens of God’s Word, believing the men behind the pulpits have overstepped their bounds.  In reality, the issue at hand isn’t one of limiting a Pastor’s speech rights but of a concerted effort to silence those who believe the homosexual/transgender/gender neutral lifestyles an abomination in the sight of God.

The agenda pushed in Houston would allow men and women to use public restrooms of their choice.  Imagine for a moment a typical Sunday morning at Church and little Sarah slips away from Mom and Dad to use the bathroom.  While in the stall, someone else walks in, and when Sara steps up to the sink to wash her hands, she sees the reflection of a man standing behind her.  There’s great potential for the suggested scenario to play out in Churches across America.  “Pat” informs the Pastor he feels like a female, and strolls into the women’s restroom.  In reality, he doesn’t feel like a woman, but instead is a child predator.

It could happen, right?

Senator Ted Cruz delivered his thoughts concerning Houston’s attempt to infringe upon religious liberty:

“Yet as we’ve seen it across the country, our hearts are particularly broken that we are seeing it (religious liberty attacked) here in Houston, Texas. This week, the government of Houston, Texas sent a subpoena to silence prayers. The government of Houston, Texas demanded of the pastors, hand over your sermons to the government. The city of Houston has no power – no legal authority – to silence the church. Caesar has no jurisdiction over the pulpit, and when you subpoena one pastor, you subpoena every pastor.”

The month of October is designated as “Pastor Appreciation Month.”  Continue to pray for those pastors who boldly proclaim the Word of God.  It appears religious liberties continue to come under attack, and those men behind the pulpits are standing in the crosshairs of a Liberal agenda intent on silencing not only the voice of religious liberty but also the voice of truth.

 

 

A Closer Look at the Life of a Young Conservative, Elissa Roberson


A few weeks ago, I discovered I enjoyed interviewing people and posting answers about their lives on my blog. I started with some of the primary actors/actresses from “God’s Not Dead.” Now I hope to share several entries from Conservatives who work diligently to wheel America back to the Right.  Please take a moment to become more acquainted with Elissa Roberson.

I don’t know much more about you than your Twitter Bio which reads,

“Assistant Editor of Social Media/Writer @TCC_US. Christian. Teacher. College student. Annoys Liberals. Founder of #ConservativeSweetheart. Follow if you dare!”

  Could you tell us a bit more about yourself?  For starters, where are you from?

I’m from a small town north of Palm Springs, California where I’m attending college while teaching as a ballet instructor.  Before I went back to my training as a dancer, I spent about 2-3 years in politics as a founding member of a political student group (Young Americans for Liberty) at my previous college as well as helped start different online initiatives to get out the Conservative message and worked on a couple Get Out The Vote campaigns during the 2012 election season.  I’ve basically done outreach and field work in politics on top of more writing/blogging.

Where are you attending college and what degree are your pursuing?

I’m currently at a community college in my area where I’m slowly working on finishing my Associates Degree in History.

What are some of your interests outside of politics?

I actually have a lot of interests, too many to name. I guess I just like to keep from being bored.  Music and dance are my main ones since I have many years of classical training, both as a violinist and in ballet.  Outside of that, I love hiking and being outdoors with my family and friends.  I also enjoy traveling and seeing new places. Cooking, crafts, and reading while I’m just at home.

Your Twitter Bio shares, “Social Media/Writer @TCC_US.”  Tell us more about this position.

I’m the Assistant Editor of Social Media over at TheCollegeConservative.com, which is a website where Conservatives in college can write on political as well as cultural issues and is internationally read.  I basically handle all the social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for the website by posting the articles and any pictures or interviews where our writers are featured.  I also still write on occasion.

You’re the founder of #ConservativeSweetheart.  What do you hope this hashtag accomplishes?

The name Conservative Sweetheart was actually a nickname one of my followers gave me a while back because I made it known that I try to engage in conversation with people of opposing views rather than shutting them down and the nickname just stuck so I made a hashtag out of it.  I like to see Conservative women use it.  It seems like women these days are encouraged to be more like a bulldog feminist pushing their way through life and I think being a strong woman doesn’t mean being what the Progressive Left encourages. Hence, Conservative Sweethearts.

What is your affiliation with thecollegeconservative.com?

I have been involved with TheCollegeConservative as a writer since the website first launched in November 2011 and I became the Social Media Assistant Editor around April 2013.  I don’t write so much now that I’m an editor but you can read all of my previous articles on the website by searching my name.

Do you see signs that there could be a Conservative resurgence in America, and if so, what do you consider to be some of those sign posts?

I do believe Conservatism will make a “come back” just looking at how the Affordable Care Act (known as “Obamacare” by many) was received.  I definitely think young adult voters are starting to realize how Progressive Liberal policies will affect them, not just now but in the future.  I think as long as people crave freedom Conservative principles will have a place in politics.

You list “Christian” as a term that defines who you are as a person.  How does your faith impact your political views?

It has everything to do with my political views as it shapes my worldview.  My faith in Christ leads me to follow what is written in Scripture in everything and that doesn’t stop when entering the political arena.  I’m pro-life because I believe we are created human beings and not some blobs of tissue or cells, etc.  I may not always be the perfect example of a Christian but I strive to follow what my Bible says and honor Him in doing so.

Looking down the road, what political aspirations do you have for the next several years?

Come 2016 I think I’d like to get back into working on elections, getting people to vote for a Conservative candidate or perhaps journalism.  We’ll see what the future holds and where I am by then.

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I want to offer a special thanks to Elissa Roberson for allowing us a closer look into her life.  Obviously this Country needs more young Conservatives like her.  You can follow Elissa on Twitter @ElissaRoberson and be sure to check out the website thecollegeconservative.com

Read about these other young Conservative ladies: Amy Lutz, Anna Maria Hoffman, and Gabriella Hoffman.

A Closer Look at the Life of a Young Conservative, Gabriella Hoffman


A couple of weeks ago, I discovered I enjoyed interviewing people and posting answers about their lives on my blog. I started with some of the primary actors/actresses from “God’s Not Dead.” Now I hope to share several entries from Conservatives who work diligently to wheel America back to the Right.  Please take a moment to become more acquainted with Gabriella Hoffman

I don’t know much more about you than your Twitter Bio which reads, “Dangerously conservative. Northeast Regional Field Coordinator @LeadershipInst.  Angler. Blogger.  Gun girl.  First-generation American.  These are my spicy tweets.”  Could you tell us a bit more about yourself?  For starters, where are you from?

I’d be happy to! I’m originally from Orange County, CA but currently reside in Northern Virginia.  I’m a young conservative blogger and grassroots activist.  My parents are Lithuanian immigrants who came to this country 28 years ago and my sister is Anna Maria Hoffman, founder of the blog Counter Cultured.  As you may know, I come from a very conservative family.  My parents and other relatives faced a lot of hardships in Soviet-occupied Lithuania, so subscribing to leftist ideas was heavily frowned upon in our house. Some call my upbringing “indoctrination” –which is quite laughable—but I’m happy it laid the foundation for my conservative beliefs.

Where did you graduate from college?

I graduated from UC-San Diego in June 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science and Minor in History.  During my time on campus, I wrote for the conservative paper and ran a conservative club.  Off-campus, I worked on radio for The Rick Amato Show when it aired on KCBQ 1170 AM, was involved in local San Diego Tea Party groups and the local Eagle Forum chapter.

What are some of your interests outside of politics?

Aside from politics, I thoroughly enjoy fishing, shooting guns, traveling, mushroom hunting, reading, going to concerts, hiking, baking/cooking, and spending time with family.  Politics can be draining, so it’s important to be well-rounded!

Could you explain a bit more that statement, “First generation American?” 

I was the first person in my immediate family to be born in the U.S.

Your Twitter Bio shares, “Northeast Regional Field Coordinator @LeadershipInst.”  Tell us more about this position.

Leadership Institute is a 501©3 nonprofit organization based out of Northern Virginia.  It was started by renowned conservative activist Morton Blackwell.  I’ve been working there since August 2012 as the Northeast Regional Field Coordinator.

And what is your role there?

My job entails working with students in the Northeast as a liaison, essentially.  I help students start/expand campus conservative groups, expose liberal bias, and equip them with resources to help bring right-leaning views to campus.  I love helping fellow young conservatives; it’s very rewarding!

Your website, thegabriellahoffman.com‘s header reads, “All-American Girl for the Restoration of Values.”  What “Values” matter most to you as a Conservative woman?

I’m a firm believer in sound conservatism, allowing for free markets and values to work in concert with one another.  I’m a firm believer in free enterprise, limited government, traditional values, and a strong national defense.  I reject the notion of victimhood and believe in self-reliance.  Big government is antithetical to faith, freedom, and free markets.

Recently you appeared on a panel on a Blaze TV program hosted by Dana Loesch.  Tell us about that experience.

I met Dana Loesch in summer 2012 at FreePAC Dallas. She’s tough, honest, and principled—qualities every young woman should emulate.  She’s very accomplished in many respects-proving that women can be successful conservative activists, wives, and mothers.
It was an honor to appear on her show!  Several of my friends joined me on the show, which made the experience more enjoyable.  There are so many smart, articulate, bright young conservative women out there—our voices need to be heard!  It was a fun segment, especially when Glenn Beck made a cameo appearance.  I was grateful for the opportunity to come on and share my perspective!

Do you see signs that there could be a Conservative resurgence in America, and if so, what do you consider to be some of those sign posts?

It’s a tough hill to climb, but conservatism can make a comeback.  Our movement shouldn’t be discounted.  Conservative women are speaking out, young people have had enough of Obama’s lies, and many others are rejecting paternalistic government.  The Left fears us.  That’s why they resort to childish antics whenever they challenge us.  If we stand tall and arm ourselves with facts, we can outlast them and pivot this country back in the right direction.

What can Americans do that aren’t as involved in the political arena as yourself but still want to do their part to right this Country’s ship?

Americans need to stay engaged in the political process by holding their elected officials accountable.  We have to stop electing candidates who betray us when they’re elected to office.  Most, if not all, of the laws enacted during the Obama administration have miserably failed.  Slowly but surely, people are waking up—especially with the botched Obamacare roll-out.  More principled candidates are running for office.  Grassroots activists are more competitive now.  More people have an unfavorable view of big government.  There’s a lot to celebrate, yet there’s a lot to be done.  We must remain vigilant.

What drives you to work for the “Restoration of Values?”

This country affords us many opportunities and freedoms unseen throughout the world   If we lose freedom here, where do we go to?  America is truly the last beacon of hope.  My family came to this country to pursue the American dream, and we’re doing our best to live it.  It would pain me to see this country adopt the same collectivist policies that plagued my family’s homeland.  History does repeat itself.  I’m doing my part to stop this country’s slip into statism; I hope others do their part too!

Looking down the road, what political aspirations do you have for the next several years?

A lot of people I interact with in person or online say I should run for office.  I’m flattered by the encouragement, but am not interested in doing that.  I don’t have any desire to run for office. (However, I do plan to identify and cultivate constitutional conservative candidates to run for office.)  My niche lies in blogging and grassroots activism.  Too many people don’t know how to articulate conservative values correctly, so I hope to fill that void.  I want to help people market conservatism better.  My sister and I plan to start an organization together to better educate people about the ills of communism, all the while promoting conservatism. Stay tuned!

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I want to offer a special thanks to Gabriella Hoffman for allowing us a closer look into her life.  Obviously this Country needs more young Conservatives like her.  You can follow Gabriella on Twitter @Gabby_Hoffman and be sure to check out her website thegabriellahoffman.com

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