Politics and U.S. Current Events
Posted 12/8/16 at 11:47 PM | Michael Bresciani
The prophet Ezekiel was instructed to rebuke the ancient Israelites for using a proverb; (saying or common catch phrase) because they presumed that everything the prophet said was not to be fulfilled until many years into the future.
“Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth? Tell them therefore, thus saith the Lord GOD; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, the days are at hand, and the effect of every vision.” (Eze 12: 22, 23)
The prophet appendaged his warning with two peculiar words in the next passage, they are words to ponder.
“For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel.” (Eze 12: 24)
Flattering divinations were made by professional (false) prophets who tickled the ears of those in the upper echelons of the priesthood and political rulers. They were prophecies that affirmed every law and decision of the constabulary. They were compensated richly for the garbage they spewed.
The word, vain in the passage is unique only because it is literal. It has no secondary meaning. FULL POST
Posted 12/7/16 at 8:13 AM | selwyn perry
A letter to America from Australia
The Victorian State Government is preparing legislation to legalise euthanasia in 2017. This is not a new attempt to alter the law by giving dying people the right to die peacefully. The fear of pain and suffering, of being unable to die without misery and sorrow is a cry from the heart. And the Northern Territory too has long been in favour of a change in the law to legalise death by mercy killing. Where people live in remote areas of Australia palliative services to comfort and help dying people through their last days are sometimes out of reach. So the desire to legislate mercy killing is, for them, a legitimate concern.
But there is more feeling than thought in this legislation. For over 5000 years mercy killing has not been allowed because life is sacred and because western civilisations inherited laws that were made to protect life from being disposed of for any reason. The chief reason is that human beings are sinful and are capable of taking life for utilitarian reasons, for self interest, money and ambition, for inheritances and power. A recent comment on TV by Dick Smith, a well known business man who opposes this legislation said, 'The goal posts can easily be moved,' meaning that the reasons for terminating life, once approved, may be made without number, as in abortion, once only performed if the mother's life was in danger, can now be obtained almost on demand because many women claim that they have a right to do with their bodies what they like.
I can visualise a time, if this law is passed, when, to save money, people will be encouraged to die to save the government money and hospital beds. This type of legislation is naive and thoughtless, turning a blind eye to man's sinful and often ignorant nature, in favour of blind humanism. It is surprising to me how society forgets Hitler and the gas chambers, Nuremberg, the bombing of Nagasaki, and the crucifixion of Christ.
Let us not let feelings turn our backs on reality and let courage and bravery rule our dying days.
Posted 12/2/16 at 7:35 AM | olabode ososami
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 11/29/16 at 8:36 PM | Michael Bresciani
“But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” – Hebrews 5: 14
There has not been a more perplexing turn of events in our politics in many years. Perhaps only at the birth of our nation or at the outset of the Civil War has there been this much distress, angst and civil discontent. Explaining what these events mean will be very difficult.
Only those who know both history and true Biblical prophetic utterance can begin to make a reasonable explanation of recent events.
At the moment disappointment, doubt and unrest abounds for those who did not support Mr. Trump and those who simply, were not sure.
America’s pampered collegiate darlings the soon to be lettered, literate, spiritually slighted Lilliputian’s of the liberal set have been deeply disappointed. All the benevolence of the nanny state up to and including free college tuition faded away with the end of the Sanders campaign. Now, there will be struggles, bills and work ahead, just like those in the working class.
Today’s millennial minions are content to overlook the obvious millions of missing links in the idea of a Darwinian evolutionary scheme, and the notion that everything (the entire universe) came from nothing. It is only a short step to believing that they should be given everything for nothing. FULL POST
Posted 11/28/16 at 4:49 PM | Karen Kramer
Grandpa had once been a United States Diplomat in post-war Germany. Hand-picked by the FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover, he led a year’s worth of top secret missions as the Iron Curtain draped itself over Eastern Europe.
He went to the grave with the secrets he’d been sworn to keep. But he knew the evil of political revolutionaries and communist governments.
As a teen, I’d see him reading thick books and espousing on events half way across the world—a world he’d personally explored and studied.
He’d pound his fist in anger over brutal dictators and the wars they caused. Not interested in running for public office, he’d chosen to rant to a captive audience—students in his college courses and me—since I’d ask questions that would get him riled. FULL POST
Posted 11/25/16 at 7:26 AM | selwyn perry
THE WINDS OF CHANGE
The winds of change are sweeping through America. Unexpected and unimaginable changes have shocked everyone in the western world. A man who has never been a politician or a governor of any state is to be the President of the United States of America. In my lifetime I have seen many unexpected things.
I was born prior to World War 2 when Hitler was trying to win Britain on side against the world. The British Prime Minister comforted the British people with the words 'Peace in our time', but it was not to be. As Germany invaded Poland, Britain could not stand by and let Hitler's Germany take Poland or any other nation.
I lived through that dreadful war which killed 70 million men who were sacrificed to win freedom and peace from tyranny. I was only six years old when Germany's flying bombs exploded on our town; when London was blitzed, when Liverpool was torn apart, when Coventry was bombed.
Italy and Japan backed Germany, and America lost a whole fleet of ships in Pearl Harbour when Japanese planes bombed them. These events still remind us of what nations can do to each other. From those memories the 'triple alliance' has been welded to resist and counter terrorism. FULL POST
Posted 11/23/16 at 3:09 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
The largest producer of Butterball turkeys in the US is being investigated by the Justice Department over ties to individuals blacklisted for financing the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah.
The producer of the brand prized at many Thanksgiving tables, the international company Seaboard, allegedly worked with a businessman named Kassim Tajideen who was blacklisted by the U.S. State Department in 2009 and 2010 for channeling tens of millions of dollars to Hezbollah, according to a report by The Clarion Project.
A meeting allegedly took place in 2012 between a Hezbollah financier and Seaboard in which the two parties discussed how to use middlemen to conceal Seaboard’s ties to Tajideen. Federal investigators are trying to determine whether that meeting took place and what occurred there.
The meeting was apparently set up through Seaboard’s subsidiary in Africa. FULL POST
Posted 11/22/16 at 7:21 AM | olabode ososami
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 11/22/16 at 6:36 AM | selwyn perry
. What we are witnessing in America is a galvanized reaction to liberalism, free trade and globalization.Many Americans believe that liberalism has failed them. But a nation is judged by God and blessed by God. It is not democracy that makes a nation great, or the election of one party instead of another.
With the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States of America, we are seeing the desire for a strong, safe and peaceful era. Socialism is too weak to oppose the forces of capitalism and too idealistic to govern the real world. Liberalism and free trade, deregulation and off shore businesses weaken the USA and Australia's economy, lowers job opportunities and engenders unsafe political interests abroad.
THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT
It is true that whatever political system is adopted a country is only as good as its leaders and as bad as its divisions. A democracy requires responsibility, politically and socially. . A true leader asks God for wisdom to rule, like Solomon did.
Posted 11/17/16 at 11:19 AM | Karen Kramer
Post-Election Emotionalism Disorder is rampant. It’s okay to grieve and ponder the future; it’s another to destroy property in unruly protests.
It would seem things can only get worse.
But there’s a cure—spend time with a younger child.
Here’s an example: My tween-aged grandson plays sports and that commitment means going to all the practices—even the rainy, muddy ones, going to all the games—even in a losing season, and always making time for his real work—school.
And school is where he’s required to meet new academic standards—complete with nightly homework, extra reading, and projects.
Good grades aren’t easily earned.
Chores are part of his daily life too. Like most families, they work hard all day and come home tired. FULL POST