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Posted 1/16/17 at 9:20 AM | olabode ososami

Inauguration of “the Deplorable”

Inauguration Day Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 is the day Donald Trump assumes the role of Chief Executive of the United States – becoming the nation's 45th president sworn in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Since the elections in November 2016, more than a few developments qualifying his victory have emerged … i.e. call for recounts, Russian hacks/plots, FBI Chief Comey investigation, salacious blackmail dossiers. But all this has not stopped Trump marshalling a team through a confirmation process aimed at ensuring from day one he is ready for action. There is less doubt, as the initial stages of repealing Obamacare are executed, that Trump means to do exactly as he has said. Respected congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis echoes the views of millions when he says he doesn't see US President-elect Donald Trump "as a legitimate president," because of Russia's meddling … and the saga continues.

But this blog post is not just about the United States, but highlights an even more “deplorable” and less grand political transition and inauguration, as the aged King of Israel – David, approaches his passing away. God had told David that Solomon would succeed him (1 Chronicles 22:9). FULL POST

Posted 12/16/16 at 12:08 PM | olabode ososami

Sacrificing Babies to Molech

The market for healthy seed (sperm/ovary eggs) free of hereditary illness becomes more viable as the "UK approves in vitro fertilization using two women and a man ... claiming "three parent" babies are intended to prevent certain fatal genetic diseases.” CNN reports.

Leviticus 18:21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD. 22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

God ordained marriage, the home and cohabitation between man (male) and woman (female) as the environment for children to not just be born, but to be taught and developed as assets within a society. In biblical times, children – often babies were deliberately cultivated – and “sold” to heathen temples for child sacrifices, creating a market … in the worship of false gods.

In contemporary times, evil sacrifice of children is “correctly” masked by the legalisation and prevalence of abortions. The commercialisation of the seed of mankind has created new ethical questions even as new social disguises hide the targeted ultimate outcome – prevalence of children that are not protected within the traditional family structure – one father and one mother, each playing their role. Consider the surly outcome of a potential conflict between two women who are biological mothers of a single child. FULL POST

Posted 12/2/16 at 7:35 AM | olabode ososami

Fidel Castro – Friend of the Oppressed or Foe

Are we right to judge, when icons like Fidel Castro eventually leave the stage? Do we simply leave it to posterity to arrive at conclusions on the legacy of this icon? There are many who see an enemy to modern freedoms but millions of others, observing from a different world-view, perceive a friend.

Many Africans, in the East/Southern African countries, put Castro at par with a Winston Churchill – and perhaps rightly so, when you consider the blood sacrifices to end apartheid, colonialism and imperialism especially at a time when it was considered de riguer to embrace these evils.

It may sound trite to repeat that all men have feet of clay or to make conjectures on whether the world would have been a better place if one of early attempts at Castro’s life had been successful … but more importantly, how should Christians react to a “Robin Hood” persona … supermen and women who take no prisoners, and have mastered the art of robbing Peter to pay Paul … and who will often stretch the norms of decency, occasionally brutally eliminating opposition to impose that which they may sincerely believe to be good. Loyalty is great, but God commands us to pray for our leaders. FULL POST

Posted 11/22/16 at 7:21 AM | olabode ososami

Throes of Multiculturalism

I feel the discomfort of the family of the United States Vice President-elect following a theatre act, at which Mike Pence was lectured on inclusion, diversity and the fears of some segments of American society. President-elect Donald Trump predictably demanded an apology from the cast of the Broadway musical "Hamilton" a day after an actor delivered a well targeted missive on values and which also reminded the world of the fractious aftermath of the recent 2016 election. We are thankful for Pence in that all he received from the aggrieved protagonist was a lecture at the theatre, Abraham Lincoln was not so fortunate.

Culture has been defined as the “the ideas, customs, and social behavior of a particular people or society.” I heard a respected thinker recently describe culture as the collection of memories, past experiences, and teachings of yesterday that create the norms of today's behaviour. It suggests culture is neither right nor wrong, only that perspectives differ and efforts to unify culture or impose a culture and its values are intrinsically futile. Race is linked to culture to the extent that similar races share the same memories, experiences and learnings of the past but this is again not always so. When you observe multiculturalism, you are immediately struck by how extremely different the reactions and perspectives of people can be …depending on their memories and indoctrinations. Many are irritated with outcomes oblivious of the fact that the lens through which they see things can distort reality … a reality that evokes a completely different reaction from those seeing differently. FULL POST

Posted 11/4/16 at 1:31 PM | olabode ososami

The Undefeatable God

Today, many think God can be defeated, disputed with, embarrassed, cheated or even ridiculed …forgetting that the worlds and powers can be likened to plastic toys in His hands. I watch how people struggle and hustle for power and the intense tensions to win … and the wicked ambitions to acquire illegitimate gains … the vanity of it all. But what stuns me the most is why we think God is surprised, taken aback or slightly disturbed – when it all rests in His hands and while He cannot be changed by anything. Anything invariably happens because He permits it or decides to simply watch it. No one can breathe for a second without Him. Our sanity is in His hands. When He decides an intervention, He cannot be stopped … whatever He has concluded must be so and exactly at the time ordained by Him. God's transcendence means that He is outside space and time, and therefore eternal and unable to be changed by forces within the universe. FULL POST

Posted 10/28/16 at 5:36 AM | olabode ososami

Wasted Zeal, Peace and Elections

The United States of America will be voting for its next President in a few weeks. My prayer is that there will be peace. There are times when we are led to believe that this world has much to offer us, outside what the Bible says. But it amounts only to a waste of zeal and energy in a field of deception. Waste not your energy wooing and expecting love from the world; soon it will manifest its true color which is an unrepentant hatred for all that God stands for. Its true agenda is to put as many on the path of destruction as it can.

Samuel Rutherford wrote “The world never looked like a friend upon you. Ye owe it little love. It looked ever sour like upon you. Howbeit you should woo it, it will not match with you; and therefore never seek warm fire under cold ice. This is not a field where your happiness growth: it is up above.”

Just think of it. What will be found if demons, hackers, Russia, China and Wikileaks could hack into your current and deleted e-mail and also expose all your midnight internet browsing, electronic banking transactions and "chats" for which you have deleted all trails? Will they not find the real YOU ... the real person behind an elegant mask. The mask is the screen that the world offers so all can look as they need to look to win in a fallen civilisation. Is it not strange that evil initially preaches tolerance, when its real ultimate objective is destruction of good? Has it not become a new normal for wickedness to put on the costume of charity? FULL POST

Posted 10/11/16 at 3:54 PM | olabode ososami

America’s Hate Preachers

This is the name of a currently running BBC documentary featuring Hannah Livingston, a talented journalist who spent six months tracking “Americas radical Christian hate groups”. The film artfully presents hatred against abortionists and LGBT community as a rising scourge that must be arrested … even suggesting auspiciously that the animosity towards Clinton’s bid for the presidency can be traced to Christian extremism. The preachers featured in the documentary are already banned from entering the UK, and according to the BBC documentary, should be stopped, in the United States, from making more unbridled comments causing extreme and unfair distress to lesbians, homosexuals, transgenders and others who just want to be left in peace. The preachers, however, disagree that the LGBT are not a threat to society, and accuse the media of presenting vile dangers as only an alternative lifestyle.

It may, on the surface, look like the pulpit is losing the battle, as a new postmodern reality presents the pulpit as a confrontational bastion of hatred and disorder – but even since the time of John Knox, the fiery Scottish preacher also banned from entering England by Queen Elizabeth 1, we have seen the same strategy played over and over again … and if this strategy could have succeeded, Christianity would by now have been snuffed out. FULL POST

Posted 10/2/16 at 4:24 AM | olabode ososami

God Reigns, even in Politics

I have encountered many foolish words of more than a few, who say they expect men of God to be silent on politics, or even worse, who cannot find agreement on their words to the economy, science or to sports or music …claiming they delve into areas in which they have no competence … many even claim God's Prophets are embarrassing their faith and Christians.

First, we must accept that almost everything God says offends and irritates the “flesh” … or the realm of the natural. The old time Pastor would say … listen well to the chiming of the world, then understand that God intends the exact opposite. This can be confusing, especially to Christians who believe they know God … only to be shocked when God speaks and they are unable to come to terms with the supremacy of the Divine.

In truth, God does not just reign over the Church, He reigns over all. He speaks into everything and all things He chooses to speak into. To one, He speaks to the young Samuel - a child of God, even through a backslidden Eli, concerning the affairs of His house. But like Elijah, to others He speaks to the economy, declaring famine or abundance of rain. He may choose to install kings and remove others as He wishes, like He spoke and did many times through the Prophet Samuel. FULL POST

Posted 9/26/16 at 7:19 PM | olabode ososami

Clinton – Trump Debate. Who deserves the Presidency?

Where can we find wisdom to understand how to unravel the professions of men and women to know truth and choose well. The Bible describes the great wisdom of Solomon in deciding the true mother of a baby stolen from another. Both mothers – harlots, present their case, the true mother is more interested not in possession of the baby, but that the baby survives an apparent impending death which would be the natural result of dividing the infant.

A scenario of division and disunity produces no winners … only an imminent destruction that would hurt the real owner of the baby … a pain far greater to bear for the true mother. The true owner of anything is able to release it, knowing it really does not change its identity, only its possession. The life of the baby gives joy to the true mother. Which candidate will preserve America from decay?

Both harlots in the biblical narration are not credible, but one was the true owner. The possessor of the title “President” is the one that truly loves his or her country and who will have grace to release the opportunity if that action will achieve a greater good and preservation of a nation that now appears irreparably divided and besieged by many threats. The pretender will not see or care for these threats or will dismiss them. The “Sword of Solomon” hangs over the baby … the tone of the true mother is indisputably different from the uncaring hustler. Wisdom always knows how to listen beyond the words, for the spirit behind expressions … to pick out the pretender from the virtuous. Will Americans discern beyond facile rehearsed answers, media bias and showmanship to sense the heart truly prepared to nurture a nation to its divine destiny? FULL POST

Posted 9/16/16 at 3:54 AM | olabode ososami

Many Foolish Battles

I pray you are never found in one. These are situations in which there are no victors, only bravery appointed to be smitten by deception and intrigue. But these are so prevalent. In the case of Uriah, a good but weak man – loyal to a human system but who had not learnt to check matters well with God, perished through the plots of his leader.

2 Samuel 11:15 And he (David) wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.

David’s secret haunted him and he was later defeated by a conscience and agony of heart that ushered in for him, the worst episode in his reign – also triggering many painful future consequences.

If Clinton wins this election, will she not soon be defeated by greed (according to Powell’s alleged email) and many contrived deceptions and illegal shortcuts … but how can Trump, if he emerges President, escape the humiliation that awaits the churlish, arrogant and self-confident. The saints can learn from outcomes of foolish battles i.e. always defeat – for all participants albeit the timings and sequences of events and consequences may differ. FULL POST

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