Politics and U.S. Current Events
Posted 10/12/15 at 11:26 AM | Michael Bresciani
The insults are flowing like a river this week. First GQ mag, a liberal rag, with all the class of a plane crash has taken to insulting Ben Carson for saying that people should defend themselves from mass murderers. There is little to say about a magazine that seems to be headquartered in a foreign land – world?
Then along comes Geraldo on the Factor Friday October 9, 2015 belittling Carson’s belief in Creationism.
Since the candidate I support is the one Rush recently declared as the “most principled,” Ted Cruz, no one can say I am speaking from bias. I am speaking from disgust at the pompous, self-assured Rivera who had to include millions of Americans in his insult.
Not everyone in America has swallowed the Darwinian Kool-Aid – some of us have chosen to think it out for ourselves. We have not all taken the word of some college professor who would flunk us if we don’t giggle along with him about the comical contentious remarks made about the creation story at the Scopes monkey trial of 1925.
It is reported that the court broke into laughter when Darrow asked the famous question about the serpent being cursed to crawl on its belly. When Bryan, who was called to the stand, replied with a simple –yes, he did believe that was what happened? Darrow said “Have you any idea how the snake went before that time?” FULL POST
Posted 10/11/15 at 7:24 PM | Sunny Shell
"The purpose of a man's heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out. Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find?...The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it where he will. Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart. To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice." -Proverbs 20:5-6; 21:1-3, ESV
Too often when Christians talk about voting, we talk about having to vote for the lesser of two evils. This usually forces us to vote based on our fears (financial security, health, etc.) and affinities (worldly comforts), rather than simply and confidently voting our faith, in accordance with the Word and precepts of God.
Throughout biblical history, when God’s people have waned from wholeheartedly following His Word, He lifted up pagan leaders (e.g., Pharaoh of Joseph’s time, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, King Cyrus of Persia, etc.) to care for and discipline His wandering flock, so that they might turn back to Him and flee from all wickedness. Since January 20, 2009, we've had a type of King Nebuchadnezzar rule over our great country because too many of God's people have become comfortable and lazy; compromising with the ways of this world that satisfy our fleshly desires to be healthy, wealthy and safe. And just like the Israelites experienced, the saints of America foolishly trusted the feign promises of our current president, rather than trust the LORD God Almighty for what is best for us—whether in plenty or in want. FULL POST
Posted 10/9/15 at 6:55 AM | Michael Bresciani
According to a new Pew report republicans now favor new ideas over experience and a proven record.
The shift may well be just another way of saying we want Trump even if he doesn’t have a shred of experience. Republicans seem to be suffering from acute loss of memory. New ideas were how voters put Barack Obama into office in 2008. Obama’s accomplishments and his record prior to 08 were dismal to non-existent. ‘Change we can believe in’ was an empty campaign slogan with no clear definition.
Today we are sure, what Obama meant by the slogan, but we have not been sure about anything else since 2008.
The Pew report says, “Since March, the share of all registered voters who say it is more important for a presidential candidate to have “new ideas and a different approach” has surged – with virtually all of the increase coming among Republican and Republican-leaning voters. Today, by more than two-to-one (65% to 29%), Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters say it is more important that a candidate have new ideas than “experience and a proven record.” Just five months ago, GOP voters valued experience and a proven record over new ideas, 57% to 36%. FULL POST
Posted 10/9/15 at 12:37 AM | Michael Erdel
This morning I read an article in the Christian Post, where the Lt. Governor of Tennessee, Ron Ramsey, gives Christians in America a very definite instruction. Below is a quote of what he said.
"The recent spike in mass shootings across the nation is truly troubling. Whether the perpetrators are motivated by aggressive secularism, jihadist extremism or racial supremacy, their targets remain the same: Christians and defenders of the West,"
"While this is not the time for widespread panic, it is a time to prepare. I would encourage my fellow Christians who are serious about their faith to think about getting a handgun carry permit. I have always believed that it is better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it. Our enemies are armed. We must do likewise," he wrote.
Here are a few points and counterpoints to consider when thinking on the Lt. Governor's instructions. I realize my additions to the Lt. Governors points are not his words, but they enable us to consider why he made them.
Our enemies are armed, let the potential for harm lead you, prepare to protect yourself...
Although he did not want to encourage widespread panic, the reason for his instruction is fear of what could happen. This is also the basis of anxiety, which the Word of God commands us to not give into. We are also not to fear what men can do, and recognize that fear is not of God. We are reminded that God does not give us a spirit of fear but of power and love and a sound mind (II Timothy 1:7). FULL POST
Posted 10/8/15 at 5:05 PM | Karen Kramer
Campbell’s #RealRealLife campaign is not about tasty soup. The latest commercial features a young boy eating soup with his father—who in his best Darth Vader voice says, “Luke, I am your father.”
And then, another man enters the room and declares, “No, Luke I am your father.” Viewers are getting the message about homosexual men raising kids—no woman involved.
Rather than promoting the deliciousness of their products, Campbell’s Soup prefers to normalize homosexual relationships. Instead of pushing healthy reasons to eat soup, the LGBT agenda is more vital for families to understand and embrace. One Million Moms has a way to contact Campbell’s Soup and express your concern about commercials that sell agendas more than products. Click here to send your email.
Posted 10/8/15 at 3:22 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
The Russian Orthodox Church is lending their support to Vladamir Putin’s ground and air campaign in Syria as a ‘holy war,’ echoing the refrain of bygone centuries in Christendom.
“The fight with terrorism is a holy battle and today our country is perhaps the most active force in the world fighting it,” said Vsevolod Chaplin, head of the Church’s Public Affairs Department.
While many in the U.S. are wary of Putin’s actions in Syria, Iran and Iraq, he seems to have a loyal ally in the Russian Church. “The Russian Federation has made a responsible decision on the use of armed forces to defend the people of Syria from the sorrows caused by the arbitrariness of terrorists,” Chaplin continued.
“Christians are suffering in the region with the kidnapping of clerics and the destruction of churches. Muslims are suffering no less.”
In 2012, the Russian church brought to Putin’s attention the rising tide of persecution against Christians under Islam, according to Frontpage magazine. FULL POST
Posted 10/6/15 at 4:04 PM | Sunny Shell
Part of my daily Bible Reading today was Proverbs 18. As I read this chapter, I stopped at verse two and began to earnestly pray for the Lord to keep me from being a fool in His sight. Whether I am a fool in the sight of people is of no grave consequence to me. Being a Christian doesn't mean I don't care what people think about me (who doesn't want to be liked?). It means I care more what Christ thinks about me (Gal 1:10).
Knowing the days are evil (Eph 5:16), I strive to live every day in view of That Day...when I will see Christ my Savior in His full glory. I long to hear Him say that I have done well in His sight and that my life was a beautiful offering (Mt 25:21, Mk 14:6). I pray this article is well pleasing to my Lord, and that He will use it as an instrument to sow peace and wisdom within the Body of Christ, while proclaiming the undefiled Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost. FULL POST
Posted 10/5/15 at 7:13 PM | Michael Bresciani
Immediately after Chris Harper Mercer shot, killed and wounded almost two dozen people in the Umpqua Community College near Roseburg Oregon, the investigators, media and the usual plethora of ‘experts’ rushed to the scene to do what they do best – run the word ‘tragedy’ into the ground while wringing their hands in disbelief and confusion.
Second to the word ‘tragedy’ is the next great quest to ascertain the reasons – why?
Only those who know the scripture (The Bible) will get this answer right, but they will be the last ones to be asked, and as usual, their answers will be totally disregarded.
A unique aspect of this shooting is that 26 year old Mercer asked his victims if they were Christians. If they said yes, he shot them in the head. If they said no or remained silent he shot them in the legs. It is here that we come closer to the “why” of these shootings, but we will address the significance of this fact to summarize – a summary you may not like.
What is the source, or inspiration, for the answers of the ‘experts’?
The Police: looking for a motive in any crime is a standard procedure for the police and it is necessary to bring about proper charges and to some degree to make some sense out of the senseless. In the case of mass shootings motives are not always so clear. FULL POST
Posted 10/5/15 at 4:51 PM | Karen Kramer
The solution to gun violence is more guns in the right hands. Gun Free Zones are an open invitation to murderous maniacs.
Teachers in gun-free zones have to resort to emergency protocol guides and active-shooter drills to stay safe. Without any real means of self-defense, teachers and students are forced to barricade doors and hide.
Our cities can’t afford cops on every school campus. So arm the staff. Most schools require FBI clearance to work on their campuses. That should help determine if he/she would be an appropriate candidate for a school-defense team.
How many would-be mass murderers would take their chances at a school that is fully armed with trained personnel?
Parents would probably welcome their child being more secure. Students on college campuses should be given the same security.
Politicizing gun control isn’t helping. Let every school be armed. We wouldn’t send our cops out defenseless, so why are we willing to allow our students to be?
Posted 10/4/15 at 4:33 PM | Candice Lanier
Social media users have been showing support for the victims of the Umpqua Community College mass shooting via social media. Following the attack, reports began to surface that gunman, Christopher Harper-Mercer, specifically targeted Christians.
The grandmother of one of the shooting victims said her granddaughter told her the gunman was singling out students who said they were Christian. Janet Willis explained that her granddaughter, Anastasia Boylan, was in the classroom when the shooter opened fire. Willis said she was told the shooter was questioning students in regard to their faith. "If they said they were Christian, he shot them in the head," Willis said.
She said her granddaughter also told her the shooter handed one of the students, who hadn't been shot, a package and told him to deliver it to the authorities. Additionally, a law enforcement official told the New York Times that Mercer had asked victims about their religion before killing them. Those who indicated they were Christian were informed by the shooter that they would “see God in just about one second.” This quickly evolved into the mass murder of 9 Christians. FULL POST