Trump…China…Israel

I wrote on June 17, 2017 that the extreme hatred for Donald Trump was not actually directed at him but at what he represents. Hate Trump…Hate You…The statement and entry elicited the most responses I have ever received.  I don’t get too many.  Three years later the hatred has escalated.  Every moment of every day there is a systematic campaign both verbally and with physical violence to overthrow the status quo.  It’s not TRUMP.  He is the stand in for the symbol of absolute truth.  If he is elected in November, this hatred will not cease.  The violence will not quell.  If he is not elected, the hatred will not cease, the violence not quell. It is not Trump they are after.  It is absolute truth and the followers of absolute truth are next. The growing suppression of churches and religious freedom is not a fallacy.

The hatred is not isolated to the United States.  Hatred is worldwide.  Much of it is directed toward the little country of Israel. What stands between the world and the desire to destroy Israel?   Simple like Trump, Israel mirrors Absolute Truth.  To be free to rule the world the very idea that there is something beyond man that controls the universe must be destroyed.  As long as the United States exists as the most powerful nation on the planet, and  is tied to Israel,  Israel will be saved from attempted destruction.

The Chinese are emerging very quickly.  Good chance they started the virus.  They have been successfully spying on the world for decades.  They have enticed the United States to enter their lair with the promise of great financial wealth.  They declare that they have the world’s best interest in mind.  But in their way of world domination and the destruction of Israel stands one obstacle, the United States and absolute truth.  Trump just happens to be in the White House presently.  If he is reelected the hatred will escalate.  If someone else is elected the hatred will escalate.  The world is not going to stop hating Israel.  To eliminate Israel the United States must be removed.

For over 100 years this nation’s treasured values has been dismantled systematically through the education system.  The Founding principle of the nation that all men are created equal by God’ has been replaced with personal rights and feelings.  The Chinese and the world have been given the gift they could never have manufactured, self-destruction.  The Chinese are impatient as are the detractors in this country.  Both have accelerated  the pace toward either destruction or takeover.

When the United States falls, the door will be open to finally destroy the source of Absolute Truth.  The dreaded Jews.  Is there any stopping this?  Will the destruction of the United States and world domination by China bring peace and tranquility to the entire planet?  Will the destruction of Israel finally allow the world to approach Utopia?  Of course not.  What it will do is usher in the reign of the Kingdom of Jesus.  Israel will never be destroyed.  Jesus promised his return to establish a Kingdom of glory.  Just writing these words I can hear the laughter, the mocking and the ridicule of the very idea by those committed to secularism. Jesus warned us of this time when he said,  “If you think they hated me, just wait, they will hate you even more”.

It is going to require courage.  Lots of courage and it may be soon.  Followers, don’t lose heart.  Don’t be afraid.  The King is coming.

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The family will never be replaced…

The Family will NEVER be replaced

                                1920                                                                 2020

Vladimir Lennin and Communist Revolution      Leftists, BLM, Antifa,  Democrats

                                               Three Foundational Objectives

  1. Remove All Religion and Histor             1. Remove Religion and History
  2. Legalize Divorce and Abortion               2. Abortion -Pro-Choice  No fault divorce
  3. State Public Schools run by state            3. Public schools run by state

Lenin and the Communists accomplished their foundation objectives in a very short period of time.  It has taken a little longer in the United States.  In the U.S. evolution was integrated into the school system in the 1920s.  Abortion became legal in 1973.  The American public schools became the factory of the ideas of John Dewey. the Frankfurt school. and many Marxist followers.100 years of indoctrinating children into the Marxist/Socialist system of thought has taken a toll. 

This has been all about replacing the family.  Years before Marx put his ideas in writing there were forces laying the groundwork to destroy the institution that holds any society together, one man one woman committed as a bond for life with the charge of raising responsible citizens that can protect and carry on the societies well being.  That idea has been the standard for thousands of years and cultures. It is an absolute.  It is a proven success. If you want to change an entire culture you must remove the family unit.  It IS the foundation of any culture.

The communists worldwide have succeeded for the moment in damaging the family unit as the sole provider of cultural success and continuity.   Their foundational objectives explain for us here in the home of the free the riots (protests), the rebellion, the cry for change.  The 100 years of influence has damaged the family deeply.  But I believe there is GOOD news.  Hope in fact.

This is a small movement in a country of 330 million people. The majority of people in this country know at the core that the family is where there is hope.  Father and Mother living together for life create a bond, a unit, a safe place.  Every family struggles, there are family disasters but the model is still the model.  It is the answer for every culture, tribe, and people. It will take a long time and a lot of surrendering to return to the best choice for keeping this country stable.  And I admit, at the moment it doesn’t look promising. So many confusing ideas have stolen the acceptance of the true model. 

Hold your ground.  Cherish your family at whatever stage you are in the journey.  Young parents embrace the blessing you have been given to raise kids that will be productive worthy citizens.  Older parents, support and encourage your kids to keep the faith.  At the end of the road it will bring joy, affirm value, and preserve the future.

 

 

                                                                                            

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It’s all about control…

The hatred is now spilling into the streets.  The society is crumbling before our eyes, quickly. The anger that has been pent up for many years has turned to hatred.  What exactly is all this vitriol about?  Hatred for Donald Trump?  Outrage over police injustices?  A collective expectation of entitlement?  All of these and more.  What is at the core of this?  Is there hope that this will be resolved?

Three years ago I suggested that the hatred for Donald Trump is not toward him directly.  It is instead, a deep fear and hatred of absolute truth.  Absolute truth exemplified in Jesus Christ.  In a Divine creator of the universe and man.  People responded to my theory by questioning how I could call Donald Trump a Christian.  (https://billharbeck.com/2017/06/13/hate-trump-hate-you/) I never did.  I wrote that Donald Trump represents the worldview of those that hold to the sanctity of life.  Those that believe that there is a higher power.  Those that believe that Jesus Christ is the incarnation of the living God and that he brought, ironically, a message of  peace and love. 

At the core,  the rebellion is about the need to control.  Every human being from birth wrestles with two questions; Do you love me? and What can I get away with?  The first a deep and inner desire to affirm that I have value.  The second a determination to be in control.  I want to determine my outcome.  Where do these desires begin?  Therein lies the battle.  If you aspire to absolute truth, then it had to originate in someone outside of human existence. If you choose naturalism, then control is granted to every human being as he or she determines.

The United States experiment was designed by the founders to allow every citizen the freedom to be in control of their own destiny.  “All men are created equal with inalienable rights”.  With that freedom each person is granted the freedom to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. How does one argue with that founding principle?  By denying the premise, ignoring common sense, and using faulty reasoning to justify victimhood. Then it comes down to whose ideas will have superiority.

In the late 1800s, over a hundred years after the American experiment began, the elimination of God began systematically with the ideas of a few men. The ideas turned to systems of practice.  They then spread to the United States where for over 100 years now the worldview of Naturalism has been taught as the response to the burden of absolute truth. After all the years of indoctrination in the schools and institutions it has molded the  culture into its image and is spilling out into the streets in the form of anger, violence, and hatred.  All in the name of control.  Control of what?  Will these riots and calls for overthrowing the present system result in any beneficial change for the culture? 

Let’s say Donald Trump loses this November.  Will that solve the problem of anger?  Let’s suppose Donald Trump wins, will that solve the problem?  In 2024 will a new president have all the answers to reform the country into a peaceful utopia?  The outrage in the streets is not emanating from the leaders presently in place or in the future.   It has everything to do with man’s absolute desire to be in control.  The Socialist experiment is now going on one hundred and forty years.  The ideology is not about equality for all.  It has proven over the years in multiple arenas that it is about nothing but absolute control and it has failed every time. Instead of peace, love, and equality it morphs into a handful of people who have secured the most power, then determine exactly what the rest will do while eliminating any resistance to the few in charge.  Exactly what the founding fathers anticipated and knew could happen.

But at the core, is not rebellion against the system.  It is rebellion of the heart.  The deep desire to be in control.  The anger and violence is the outpouring from the heart of those rebelling that the dream of utopia on earth will never happen.  Deep inside every human is the understanding that they will never be in total control.  That something out there is truly determining man’s destiny. That’s why death is so frightening to today’s culture.  It is the ultimate enemy to a control freak.  It doesn’t matter the presenting issue, Black Lives Matter, Police brutality, White Privilege, Economic inequality, Corruption in government, Immigration, 2nd amendment rights, they are all symptoms of the temptation and desire for control. 

This is not gong to end well.  The American experiment may be the best human model ever designed with the best chance for peace and tranquility as a society.  It was designed with absolute truth as its principle foundation stone.  It recognized that there is a power outside of man that is in total control.  When a person or government chooses to ignore and or eliminate the reality of that truth you witness the Soviet Unions, the Cubas, and Venezuelas. The Vietnams, North Koreas, Cambodias, and Chinas.  Power and control is relegated to a few that wield it over the many with no moral compass.

In all the chaos, is the glimmer of truth.  It is just flickering now in our country.  But it will not be extinguished.  It is in the heart of millions.  It will never die.  Time has arrived for those who follow the truth to acknowledge that it will now be about courage.  It will take great courage to walk in the truth, to speak the truth, to live the truth.  It may come at great cost, but it will never be the wrong choice.  The Godman, Jesus, healed, loved, cared for the broken, spoke kindness, and showed  the way to love. He was hated, despised, and murdered. He said often, “You see how they hate me, I tell you they will hate those that follow me even more.” 

Man can’t conquer death. Jesus did.  For now, it is about surrender.  Not to the mob.  We must surrender our hearts to the truth that we will never be in control.  If and when that happens, peace and love will triumph. It demands courage.

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Priest Abuses Hundreds for 25 Years… The Survivors live on in Silence

French Priest recounts how he abused boy scouts over decades

This report was released January 14, 2020 on ABC news.  Take note of the highlighted quotes throughout the report and then the comments following the article:
LYON, France — A former priest detailed Tuesday how he systematically abused boys over two decades as a French scout chaplain, and said his superiors knew about his “abnormal” behavior as far back as the 1970s. (1) 
The shocking testimony of Bernard Preynat is likely to further shake up the French Catholic Church as it reckons with sexual abuses that were long covered up. His account in court Tuesday suggested as many as five cardinals were aware of his behavior over the years, but didn’t report it to police or prosecutors. (2)
Preynat, now 74, is charged with sexually abusing multiple minors and faces up to 10 years in prison in what is France’s biggest clergy sex abuse trial to date. He’s suspected of abusing around 75 boys, but his testimony suggests the overall number could be even higher. (3)
He said he abused up to two boys “almost every weekend” from 1970 to 1990 when he worked as their scout chaplain, and as many as four or five a week when he led one-week scout camps.
He said parents first alerted the diocese in the 1970s, but his hierachy never punished him.
“I often said to myself ‘I have to stop’ but I started again a few months later. I blame myself today,” he told a hushed courtroom. (4)
“It seemed to me that the children were consenting,” he said. “I was wrong.”
“It took me time to understand the repercussions on the children. For me, they were gestures of tenderness, and I took a certain pleasure in that,” he said. (5)
Church hierarchy is suspected of covering up Bernard Preynat’s actions for decades, and a French cardinal was convicted last year of failing to report him to police or prosecutors. The case’s repercussions reached all the way to the Vatican.
Victims testified about how much power Preynat held over them, and the lifelong damage the abuse caused. (6)
“I saw this community that admired this man, and I was his protege, his pet,” said Francois Devaux, whose decision to speak out about Preynat’s abuse helped prompt the priest to come to terms with what he had done.
“He incarnated absolute hierarchy, sacred power,” Devaux said. Later, he said he attempted suicide. “I blocked out a big part of my adolescence, which was violent and complicated.” (7)
Responding to Devaux’s testimony, Preynat said, “I’m shattered to realize that because of me, he wanted to kill himself.”
In 1991, Preynat swore to the then-cardinal that he would no longer touch a child, and no other victims have come forward saying he abused them after 1991.
At the time of the abuse, Preynat was in charge of the Saint-Luc scout camp in a private Catholic school in Sainte-Foy-les-Lyons in the suburbs of Lyon for 20 years, then continued his career as a priest until 2015 in the mountains near Lyon.
It wasn’t until last year that the French Catholic Church found Preynat guilty of abuse and removed him from the priesthood.
In defrocking him, the church said in a statement: “In view of the facts and their recurrence, the large number of victims, the fact that Father Bernard Preynat abused the authority conferred on him by his position within the Scout group that he had founded … the court decided to apply the maximum penalty … namely the dismissal from the clerical state.”
That decision came after French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin was convicted in March of covering up for Preynat’s actions. Barbarin tried to resign, but Pope Francis refused to accept it until the appeals process is complete. An appeals court ruling is expected Jan. 30.
Several other church officials were also accused of failing to alert police or prosecutors, including a senior Vatican official, Cardinal Luis Ladaria. The Vatican invoked his immunity as an official of a sovereign state.
Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.
Jillian and I founded Holding onto Hope Ministries in 2008.  We believe the Spirit of God laid on our hearts a desire to speak out and provide hope for children of childhood sexual abuse.  I believe more than ever that the truth of the magnitude of the issue and the destruction rendered, continues to remain under the radar around the world. It is a testament to the power of shame and the influence of the enemy Satan.
Look at the statements in the above article:
(1.) …”his superiors knew about his “abnormal” behavior as far back as the 1970s.” For fifty years the community and the church in France has kept this secret.  The shame carried by both perpetrators and survivors is so powerful it silences all involved to the detriment of everyone.   (2)”as many as five cardinals were aware of his behavior over the years, but didn’t report it to police or prosecutors.”
(3) “He’s suspected of abusing around 75 boys, but his testimony suggests the overall number could be even higher.”  The average pedophile has over 400 victims in a lifetime.
(4)  “I often said to myself,  ‘I have to stop’ but I started again”  Sexual addictions are the most powerful of all addictions and the least addressed.  Symptoms of rape, molestation, and assault are encountered but the number that actually happen remain in the shadows.  I also believe the number of silent porn addicts dwarfs all other addictions combined.
(5) “It took me time to understand the repercussions on the children. For me, they were gestures of tenderness, and I took a certain pleasure in that,”.  The perpetrator cannot even conceive of the damage he or she has done to the victims.  Sadly, very few understand the depth of the hurt and pain, nor a way to assist in the healing process.
(6) Victims testified about how much power Preynat held over them, and the lifelong damage the abuse caused.  The power of adulthood and authority are too much for children to overcome.  The control continues, the shame deepens, the silence persists and the pattern of self-rejection lasts a lifetime or survivors choose to end the suffering early…“He incarnated absolute hierarchy, sacred power,” Devaux said. Later, he said he attempted suicide. “I blocked out a big part of my adolescence, which was violent and complicated.” (7)
This is the world that holds Jillian and my hearts. I continue to hear the still small voice that reminds me in stories like this one that there are countless numbers out there living in silence.  One word to each one of them that they are truly valuable in God’s sight goes so far in beginning or continuing the healing process.  We must admit there is a huge need.  We must speak out to give the survivors hope.  We must embrace the dependence we all share in the saving work of the cross. We must hold onto hope.
I am retiring from education this spring.  My heart continues to break and feel called to the survivors of sexual abuse.  Keep the ministry and Jillian and I in your prayers. We will continue the work as long as we are able. Somedays waiting for a word is really hard.  I am looking forward to the time to be available to my fellow survivors.  Blessings.
                                                            HOLD ONTO HOPE
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Technology may be Ushering in the END.

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“Education is thus a most powerful ally of Humanism, and every American public school is a school of Humanism.  What can the theistic Sunday schools, meeting for an hour once a week, and teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?”    Charles Francis Potter  1928

“Here are all the elements of a religious faith that shall not be confined to sect, class, or race.  Such a faith has always been implicitly the common faith of mankind.  It remains to make it implicit and militant.”  1933

“The battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that recognizes and respects the spark of what theologians call divinity in every human being.  These teachers must embody the same selfless dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in whatever subject they teach, regardless of education level—preschool, day care, or large university.  The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new—the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism, resplendent in its promise of a world in which the never-realized Christian ideal of “love thy neighbor” will finally be achieved…humanism will emerge triumphant.  It must if the family of humankind is to survive. “

John J Dunphy   The Humanist  January/February 1983

It is now 2019 and the consequences of the ideas from the last 100 years are playing out in force.  The millennial generation is the culmination of the desire of utopian humanism.  And what do we have for it?  Millions of unaware mindless robots suffering at record levels from depression, anxiety, loneliness, substance addictions, failed marriages, and the inability to lead the masses.

Studies show that there is direct connection between the rise of depression, anxiety, and suicide among adolescents in the last ten years correlating  with the  introduction of the smart phone to the youth  culture.  As if one hundred years of daily indoctrination isn’t enough,  children now have infinite connection to all the propaganda at their fingertips and are able to share in it instantly with anyone on the planet.  Social media is advancing the godless agenda at light speed and it is ahead of man’s ability to understand its impact.  In the near future man will look back and gasp at the destruction the tools of technology have rendered on the world. 

As Potter said in 1928, “Education is thus a most powerfully ally of Humanism.  What can the theistic Sunday Schools, meeting for an hour a week and teaching only a fraction of the children do to stem the tide?”

Nothing.  The agenda is complete.  Now it is left for technology to finish it off.  It will be impossible to turn around over a century of indoctrination and limitless technology without a powerful remedy. “Only Jesus is the answer” is dismissed as archaic and irrelevant. The corporate church defaults to appeasement using tolerance and a feel good message.  All the while hold up in safe castles as the world around burns to the ground.

Grace is still grace.  Mercy is still available.  The collapse is moving at warp speed in front of all those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.  There is no time nor desire for a “movement” that will reverse the course.  It falls to the quiet humble followers of the Carpenter to love their neighbor as themselves one day and one person at a time.

“Education is thus a most powerful ally of Humanism, and every American public school is a school of Humanism.  What can the theistic Sunday schools, meeting for an hour once a week, and teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?”    Charles Francis Potter  1928

“Here are all the elements of a religious faith that shall not be confined to sect, class, or race.  Such a faith has always been implicitly the common faith of mankind.  It remains to make it implicit and militant.”  1933

“The battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that recognizes and respects the spark of what theologians call divinity in every human being.  These teachers must embody the same selfless dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in whatever subject they teach, regardless of education level—preschool, day care, or large university.  The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new—the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism, resplendent in its promise of a world in which the never-realized Christian ideal of “love thy neighbor” will finally be achieved…humanism will emerge triumphant.  It must if the family of humankind is to survive. “

John J Dunphy   The Humanist  January/February 1983

It is now 2019 and the consequences of the ideas from the last 100 years are playing out in force.  The millennial generation is the culmination of the desire of utopian humanism.  And what do we have for it?  Millions of unaware mindless robots suffering at record levels from depression, anxiety, loneliness, substance addictions, failed and non-existent marriages, and the inability to lead the masses.

Studies show that there is direct connection between the rise of depression, anxiety, and suicide among adolescents in the last ten years correlating  with the  introduction of the smart phone to the youth  culture.  As if one hundred years of daily indoctrination isn’t enough,  children now have infinite connection to all the propaganda at their fingertips and are able to share it instantly with anyone on the planet.  Social media is advancing the Godless agenda at light speed and it is ahead of man’s ability to understand and keep up with the fallout.  In the near future man will look back and gasp at the destruction the tools of technology have rendered on the world. 

As Potter said in 1928, “Education is thus a most powerfully ally of Humanism.  What can the theistic Sunday Schools, meeting for an hour a week and teaching only a fraction of the children do to stem the tide?”

Nothing.  The agenda is complete.  Now it is left for technology to finish it off.  It will be impossible to turn around over a century of indoctrination and limitless technology without a powerful remedy. “Only Jesus is the answer” is dismissed as archaic and irrelevant. The corporate church mired in scandals and popularity contests, defaults to appeasement using tolerance and a feel good message. all the while hold up in safe castles as the world burns to the ground.

Grace is still grace.  Mercy is still available.  The collapse is moving at warp speed in front of all those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.  There is no time nor desire for a “movement” that will reverse the course.  It falls to the quiet humble followers of the Carpenter to love their neighbor as themselves one day and one person at a time.

Jesus Hands

 

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SHAME: The Most Destructive Force to the Human Soul

SHAME: THE most destructive force to the Human Soul.

I inquired in my Contemporary Moral Issues class what the students believe to be the number one moral issue of the day.  I did not anticipate their answer.  The eleven students responded unanimously, “sex before marriage”.  I was expecting to hear homosexuality, abortion, gun control, or immigration to be the issue they believed to be most influential on their world. 

The class explored and examined the idea of sex before marriage and slowly arrived at the definition, benefits, and consequences of the issue.  As to definition, the students concluded that sex before marriage is just a small portion of the larger category of illicit sex.  The students quickly realized that homosexuality, transgenderism, polymorphous perversity, adultery, pornography, and sex before marriage exist under a larger umbrella of illicit sexuality.  They agreed to amend their original response of sex before marriage to one larger category; Sexual Immorality.

The students then proceeded to examine the benefits and consequences of Sexual Immorality to the culture at large.  After a time of discussion, the students concluded that there are only a few benefits from sexual immorality.  They listed three, pleasure, stronger relationships, and stress relief.

When they turned to the consequences the list grew quickly including, sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies, addictions, broken relationships as long term physical harm. Then they identified numerous emotional issues caused by illicit sexual behavior including, anger, mistrust, depression, long term memories, depression, and helplessness.  One more emotional issue emerged from the discussion that places illicit sexuality under the umbrella that covers everything: SHAME.

Shame is the most destructive force to the human soul.  And the examples and consequences under the umbrella of shame seem endless.  Substance abuse and addictions, workaholism, divorce, abuse of all kinds, (I personally believe sexual abuse to be the number one destroyer of the soul), illicit sexuality,  failure, and there are many more.  In each of these categories is the emotion that Adam and Eve felt the moment they were exposed.  Shame.  They hid themselves because they realized they were naked.  Exposure to the eyes of another immediately produces the deep sense inadequacy.  “I am a failure, I am worthless, I will never be loved, I let someone down, I will never amount to anything, I am a loser, I deserve nothing, I am unattractive, I can’t parent, I can’t measure up” and the examples go on and on.

Shame is not limited to illicit sexuality.  It is the consequence of rebellion against God.  The curse in every human to strive to be something we were never meant to be, our own god.  Every time man fails to pursue his design there is an indwelling understanding of shame.  This isn’t a religious concept or idea.  Inside everyone is the voice that knows that we can’t not know what is wrong and when we fail and are exposed to others and ultimately God, we succumb to the rivers of shame that slowly drown out our value.

Individually I believe every person alive deals with some aspect of shame regularly in their lives.  The lie that I have no value, no worth, and no hope because of it drives us all to pursue relief.  Whether the shame is of our own choosing, or as the result of being harmed by others, there is the constant struggle to find worth.  In the end surrender is the only remedy.  Surrender to the truth that I must let go and allow a greater force to carry the load of shame for me.

My students are right and I am in agreement with them.  Sexual Immorality is the number one contemporary moral issue.  Sex is God’s ultimate design and gift to all humanity to know and feel a measure of the Glory of God. Every time it is expressed outside of God’s design it is marked with shame and when it is exposed to others the shame is overwhelming.  The culture as a whole has chosen to believe and behave in rebellion to God’s design and the corporate shame is surfacing in alarming ways.

There is only one remedy.  Surrendering to the truth.  We are not in charge or our lives.  We have great value in the eyes of our creator.  Our Lord desires us to put our hand in his and let him walk with us.  Shame will not go away in this life.  There is no escaping it.  There is relief, there is joy, their is hope and there is a promise that one day I will know and feel, and believe that I am His beloved.  I look forward to that day.  Hold onto Hope.

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It IS Getting Worse?

I am now living in the 10th Presidential administration in my lifetime. I have not seen anything like this in all the previous years. Once upon a time there was an understanding in the country that the people in authority deserved respect for the position they held as leaders and protectors of our safety and well-being. The respect was unquestioned and the product of the long history of shared ideas and values. At the very core was the agreement that there is an absolute authority that has final say on all matters of morality. It was the foundation of every community.

I remember my mom and dad when I was in my twenties and thirties extolling the fear and danger of a country deteriorating at a rapid rate. I dismissed their rhetoric as the product of their conservative fundamental upbringing and advancing age. I would think to myself. “C’mon folks, things really aren’t at that bad. People have been fearing the end of the earth and the return of Jesus since the disciples were with us. It’s always appeared to be worsening for each generation”

Well, I am now my mom and dad. And I apologize to them for not respecting their life experience and understanding of the nature of the destruction of sin. I have what I believe is legitimate fear for my precious grandchildren. From my present place in life I believe the prospects for the country moving in a positive direction are at best pessimistic. Selfishness and greed have breached the dam and the flood waters are rising quickly.

For a culture and country that desires to live without God the inevitable collapse is growing imminent. Lying, hatred, immorality, disrespect, jealousy, unkindness, mistrust, apathy, and more is advancing at light speed. It is not the way it used to be. It is not the fear and rantings of an old man out of touch with the day. It is a husband, father, grandfather, and teacher that desires the best for others and this country.

Despite all the gloom and doom, there is hope. Remember these words?

“I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold
I’d rather be his than have riches untold
I’d rather have Jesus, than houses or lands
I’d rather be led by his nail pierced hands

I’d rather have Jesus than man’s applause
I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause
I’d rather have Jesus than world wide fame
I’d rather be true to His holy name

Than to be the king of a vast domain
Or be held in sin’s dread sway
I’d rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.”

 

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We can’t not know that it is wrong!

January 22, 1973. Forty five and a half years ago I was a senior in high school when the Supreme Court Decided 7-2 that the law in Texas banning abortion was unconstitutional thereby legalizing the procedure across America.  I was only eighteen at the time but I knew then in my heart and soul what every person on this planet knows in their hearts and souls; no one can not know that killing another human being is wrong. That day the culture began to drift into insanity.

After years and years of attempting to defend insanity once again the issue has raced to the forefront and insanity is on display for all to see.  On television for all to see today an activist declares at the conclusion of an impassioned speech supporting abortion, “God Bless Abortion and God Bless America”.  Marches, protests, insane rhetoric declaring that the end of the right to kill is under assault.  No one cannot know that it is wrong to kill and innocent human being and yet to the streets and airwaves go those demanding the right continue.

Think what it takes to justify killing an innocent child.  Because we can’t not know that it is wrong to deliberately kill human beings, as J Budziszewski points out there are four options.  “We must deny that the act is deliberate or we must deny that it kills.  Third we must deny that its victims are human, or fourth deny that wrong must not be done.” The last option is literally nonsense.  That something must not be done is what it means for it to be wrong; to deny that wrong may not be done is merely to say “wrong is not wrong”, or “what must not be done may be done.”  The first option doesn’t work.  Abortion just doesn’t happen it must be performed.  The supporters not only admit there is a “choice,” they boast of it.  Ultrasound has eliminated option two as now you can see the baby kicking, sucking their thumbs, doing somersaults.  They are very much alive. The only option left is number three: to deny the humanity of the victims.  But that goes completely against biology which tells us that from conception onward the child is a human just like the rest of us.

For forty five years I have listened to the abortion advocates and I have yet to hear any of them answer the question they cannot not know.  Is abortion the taking of an innocent human life? They will not answer that question.  A woman has a right to her body.  There are extenuating circumstances where abortion is justified.  The government has no right telling a woman what she can or cannot do.  This is to save children from the horrible world of economic hardship.  This is to eliminate children that may be born with disabilities and not have quality of life.  On and on it goes but never the answer to the question.  Is it wrong to kill and innocent life?  Why will no-one answer this question?

Because in every human beings heart is that still small voice that says, “You can’t not know that it is wrong to kill an innocent human life.” And so one must deny that voice exists and search for some way to silence it.  The culture continues to sink into complete insanity.  As Budziszewski so wisely points out.  “The conscience will have its revenge.”  It can only be denied for so long.  In the meantime there will be more stupid statements, more nefarious justifications for murder, more clamoring for the protection of immorality.  I pray we can slow down the loss of over 70 million of our fellow citizens the last 45 years. We all know in our hearts it would be the right thing to do.

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Red for Ed…Pretty Mixed Message

If you are a teacher with over 20 years of experience and are a supporter of the Red for Ed movement here in Arizona, may I respectfully ask a few questions.

  1. Do you believe that classroom experience is valuable for colleague that desires a leadership position in the arena of education?
  2. What characteristics do you believe would qualify a credible, and capable spokesperson for the education arena?

As a teacher with 40 years of experience I find it sad that veteran teachers would allow a small minority of pretend educators be the spokespersons of the profession. I offer that the best measure of a qualified educator, the ones that are truly in it “for the children”, if the number of years of sacrificial commitment possessed.

One of the self-proclaimed leaders of the Red for Ed movement has a couple of years of teaching experience as a 5th grade music instructor. How in the world, can a movement expect to garner respect from anyone, when the recognized leader has nothing to offer but a few college theory classes and a recommendation from Bernie Sanders as an average volunteer.

Years and years of commitment, perseverance, integrity and more are what motivates a true teacher.  We all knew going into this work that compensation would never be adequate or even fair.  At the core of every called teacher is a desire to make an impact on children for the betterment of the future.  Only the individual teacher can measure their true motive.  A pretty good indicator is a veteran that goes to work every day regardless of all the limitations because he or she respects the calling, understands the stakes, and cares little about getting any credit or notoriety.

Educators are overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated.  The class sizes are too large, the resources inadequate.  All and more are valid and worth attention.  Has been forever. Education is about the message we send to children.  The message the chosen leaders wish to impart to this generation is that walking out on your responsibility is more important than the responsibility.  A twenty three year old who has no sense of responsibility, no experience in the field, and most assuredly no calling is leading thousands, and they are following.  That’s sad. 

When the students do return.  How do we explain our behavior?  How will it help mold them into the responsible leaders of the future?  Maybe this is the future.

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Conyers, Franken, Franks all resign. Who will replace them?

In the last two weeks John Conyers, Michigan House Representative, Al Franken, Minnesota Senator, and Trent Franks my representative in Arizona have all resigned their positions citing moral failure as the cause.

Just one day after Representative Franks announced his departure the radio and newspaper experts here in Phoenix starting throwing out names of possible replacements.  Every single name mentioned far is that of a lifelong politician.  Apparently the election of Donald Trump went right over the heads of the local pundits. The people out here in the fields really would like to see the status quo replaced and people heading to Washington with different skill sets. Instead, the names put forth are nothing more than the same old schmoozers ready and willing to keep the status quo.

I would love to run for Trent Franks position.  I have no money, no name recognition.  I have no political affiliations and not a single minute of political experience.  I have no desire to move and live inWashington for life and I am not a lawyer.

I do have 62 years of life experience in the greatest country on earth and I live life based on one and only one principle.  I fear God more than I fear man.  If all 535 members of Congress had the same guiding value there would be no need for ethics committees or oversight panels.  Trust would rule the day between representative and constituent. How refreshing would that be?

A man named Daniel made it pretty clear once long ago that he feared God more than he feared men.  It worked out quite well.  Oh that there were many more Daniels out there.

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