Will Christian Education stay on the vine?

“The first great fact which emerges from our civilization is that today everything becomes “means”. There is no longer an “end”; we do not know whither we are going. We have forgotten our collective ends, and we possess great means; we set huge machines in motion in order to arrive nowhere. Jaques Ellul

I began my calling to education in 1977, almost fifty years ago.  The modern secondary Christian Education movement surged in the early 70s.  It blossomed as a strategic response to the 50 plus years of secular humanism thrust upon the country by progressivism in the academic world, liberalism in the religious world, and abandonment of Judeo Christian values in the culture.  The straw breaker was Madelynn Murray O’hare’s campaign to eliminate prayer from the public schools. Her influence was successful in 1963. 

I started out in a pioneer school that was just five years old at the time.  Like most in the movement, it was about families that wanted an alternative to the coming secular wave.  Families. Intact, two parent families.  Committed life long couples determined to raise their children to be obedient followers of God for a lifetime.  Seeing the secular public schools as a threat, parents desired schooling  to come along side them and hold the line, and fill the gap they could not during the week nor could Sunday School once a week.

I remember fondly when speaking with other Christian Educators sharing this adventure there  was a  common statement about the schools we served. “The school is a family.”  Not, it seems like a family, or we hope it’s like a family.  It is in truth, a family.  The early schools were small, many in the basements of supportive churches.  Likewise faculties and staff were small.  Teachers taught their discipline and in addition pitched in whenever and wherever needed to keep the daily operations running.  

The growth was rapid and it needed to be.  The competition from the secular academic world, the breakdown of the family, and the accelerated deterioration of the culture created a competitive environment and market for Christian Schools.  It became clear that for a Christian School to survive the institution would need to mirror all the opportunities available at the local public plan in addition to the “religious” facet that was eliminated from public education. must provide all the facets of the public school in addition to the “religious” component . As still today,  that meant capital.  Tuition rates grew steadily during the decades and smaller less equipped Christian schools fell by the wayside while those that had either church or community demographics to support them grew. Through the years the Christian School moment has earned the respect and credibility of the educational community and is some cases even antagonism for its accomplishments. In 2021 many Christian schools are on par or superior to  public education in all areas.  

On now near 50 years I can look back and see from where we have come.  There are strong Christian Schools that are celebrating thirty to sixty year anniversaries.  Many schools have earned respect and recognition for the accomplishments and value of their systems.  It is noteworthy and the influence on thousands of students and families is indeed significant and eternal in impact. 

What will the next 50 years of Christian Education look like?  There are significant challenges ahead.  Economics has always been a key to longevity.  In the beginning money was needed to  acquire and or establish  facilities.    The money spent on plants and structure most often limited the pool for salaries. From the beginning, the common theme recited often was you didn’t enter Christian Education to become rich.  It was a calling and sacrifice would require a servant’s heart.  And most important, you were not there to replace the family, you were there to be a resource for parents. It has always been the responsibility of parents to raise their children, while educators had the great honor to be the parent’s assistants.

The new challenges come after 50 years of further cultural deterioration.  Economics limits Christian Education to those that can afford it in communities of means and or affluence.  Government intrusion is threatening to eliminate economic means that have fueled enrollment the last 20 years.  Leftist ideology is encroaching through government edicts to effect curriculum development that must meet state standards.   

For me, by far the biggest challenge will be for Christian Education to stay attached to the vine.  Moored to it’s founding distinctiveness of valuing the gospel of Jesus as the number one priority in all facets.  This challenge will be critical and the most challenging as the breakdown of the family cross culture including the church community is driving the this country toward collapse.  I don’t hear “our school is really a family” these days.  The number of divorced and blended families in the Christian Community is similar to the culture at large.  The distinctiveness of a school that’s sole purpose was to assist families in raising obedient Christ followers has defaulted to creating equity in school academics and culture to maintain credibility and competition in the community.

For Christian Education to stay on the vine Christian Schools must be intentional in maintaining or returning to the initial mission of the movement.  The importance and value of the intact family must be preached and preached daily from K-12 despite how uncomfortable it may be for the community. The Theology of Gender should be front and center curriculum from K-12 more than ever with the breakdown of the family and casual acceptance of divorce. Christian Education was never to be a replacement for the nuclear family. The present culture has moved from training obedience for a lifelong pursuit of holiness to allowing feelings in the moment to dictate perceived happiness. Only the family unit can model a long obedience in the right direction.

As Paul said in 2 Timothy, “Perilous Times will come”. They are here.  Christian Education is needed now more than ever.  It must be first and foremost about reinforcing the design of God for the family.  Intact stable families grounded in the truth of the gospel of Jesus is the hope for now and the future. 

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The times aren’t coming…the times are here…

The Chinese are chipping away.  Afghanistan is now in the Chinese sphere of influence.  With every stroke they are sculpting the future of the ultimate desire.  They have been waiting for 100 years for the obstacles in the way to be patiently and systematically removed. The United States the largest mountain to conquer is collapsing in front of the entire world.  Once neutered by its own self destruction the Chinese will move to capture the final prize, Israel.

Two thousand years ago came the following prediction:

     “Realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.  For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, overs of pleasure rather than lovers of God; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; and avoid such men as these.  

     For among then are those who enter uno households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led  by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to th knowledge of the truth.”

The collapse of American society and influence in the world fulfills this prophecy directly.  It may be just a short time for America to fall, not to the hands of other nations, but by the intentional elimination of God.  It has  been coming for over 100 years and is now moving in hyper speed.  Now the doors are opening to the Chinese, Iranians, Russians, and all the Muslim world to taking out Israel.  On a side note, earthquakes, volcanoes, world wide pestilences, wars and rumors of wars are all accelerating around the globe.  The signs are all around us.

Brother Paul also predicted how followers of the true King will need to respond in these perilous times:

     “I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His Kingdom; preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.  But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry…in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge will award to me on that day; not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sward, and piercing as far as the division of should an spirit, of both points and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

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The Agony of Defeat…Greater than the Thrill of Victory

How does the greatest female gymnast on the planet that has spent everyday for fifteen years sacrificing, committing, surrendering normal life just walk away from the pinnacle of achievement?  After standing on the stage in 2016 as the greatest ever in the sport why did Simone Biles casually step away from the same glory this time?

The analysis is all over the place.  On the one hand, she is a sell out, a coward, a traitor to her teammates and country.  How could she do this.  She is clearly just a selfish narcissistic product of the I-Phone Generation.  She deserves to be shamed and guilted for her cowardice.

On the other hand, the defenders are calling for some slack as mental struggle and or illness is a real thing and her mental well being is paramount over any other consideration.  She stated herself that the stress at this level of competition took the fun of competing away so for her own sanity, she needed to step back and allow her teammates the freedom to pursue their goals and dreams. She sad is so casually.

There is another angle here.  It was all over Simone’s face after her faltering scores on the vault and bars.  The pressure isn’t any greater this time than four years ago.  In fact, without fans in the stands the pressure is less than 2016.  And yet, in a moment, without any warning, no injury, no physical symptoms, she quits.  No emotional despair, no visual signs of mental fatigue or trauma, just done. As if the decision is not that important and will not carry any meaning.

The look on Simone Biles face looking at her less than champion scores was the fear of losing.  Elite athletes of her caliber and record of success don’t walk away casually from the he opportunity to be on the throne again.  She knows the thrill of standing on the podium as the best of the best.  No pressure, no excuse in the world would keep someone from chasing that feeling and reality.  But at age 24, Simone is facing the one challenge she does not appear to be able to conquer.  Fear.  The fear of losing.  The fear of not being quite good enough.  The fear that the world will no longer see her as the best.  The fear that someone else will take her place at the top.  The fear of being seen as a loser.

Self-doubt, the sense of having no value is THE most powerful enemy to anyones soul.  It is just on display more in the world of elite athletics.  It is very difficult to accept that Simone Biles just walked away because of the pressure.  Her scores made it clear for her that her failures would cause the team to have to settle for a silver medal.  It would be better that the blame not fall on her for the team’s loss because of her failure to deliver on her expected performances. That’s a real and logical feeling for her and anyone in her position. Ironically, her withdrawal accomplished the same result.

The fear of losing, the destruction of self doubt, the deep feeling of having no value is more powerful in all of us than we admit.  It is what leads a Simone Biles to purposely self sabotage her life to avoid the pain of believing she will never be enough  She invested too much time, sacrificed too much of life, experienced too much success and notoriety to just walk away now.  At the depth of her soul there is a wrestling match with the fear of failure.  It is a horrible experience and one we all face every day.

This will pass.  The fall out will be momentary and analysis will be all over.  For Simone, the battle will go on long after athletics.  I hope she begins to confront her fear and next time pushes through without the worry of what others will think if she doesn’t just quite measure up.  Then the champion in her will be on the podium for life.

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Selective Projecting

Leftism is a godless ideology.  That given, lying is the acceptable relentless practice used to advance its cause.  Take Ilhan Omar’s latest statement.  “The United States is guilty of crimes against humanity for supporting Israel’s right to defend itself against 4000 unprovoked rocket attacks.” 

Murdering millions of people because of their race, performing medical experiments on children and adults, terrorist attacks against innocent people and countries are what have been the historical definition of crimes against humanity.  Would purposely unleashing a deadly virus on the entire world fall into the category?

But like everything the left does, it projects onto others what it in fact does in an attempt to justify both the rhetoric and action.  In this case, Omar clearly identifies her own bias and hatred of Israel and the United States.  

Long and recent history proves that Omar’s claims are unfounded.  America has been the defender of Israel since 1947.  There is no evidence that America has purposely aided or abetted Israel in deliberately attacking or oppressing any groups of Middle Eastern people including the Palestinians.  As great projectionists do, Omar blames America for what the radical Islamic state has been doing for thousands of years.  Omar, like her fellow ideologues desires the elimination of Israel and will approve of any methods necessary to do so. Omar knows that the US stands in the way and must be weakened or eliminated for Islam to achieve it’s long desire objective, the destruction of Israel.

However, Omar may be on to something as far as America goes. If Omar was serious about the United States involvement in crimes against humanity she would address the fact that the United States government has allowed for the death of over 60 million humans since 1973.  60 million innocent, human beings have been eliminated by legalized  abortion. This true crime against humanity continues unabated and with the total support of leftism and the tolerance of the American government. 

Projection is one person or group accusing another person or group of doing something they themselves are doing, in order to deflect the truth away from their behavior. Lying.  It is a little tricky in this case as Omar is incorrect in identifying America’s real crimes against humanity.  America is not guilty as it pertains to Israel, but unfortunately Omar and America’s leaders are complicit in allowing legalized abortion to continue.

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It Will Always Be About Israel

In just four months we are witnessing what may be the beginning of the end. January marked the end of four tedious years of providing stability to this country. The border was stabilized and moving toward security.  The economy was recovering and on track to pre covid growth.  The country was energy independent with low gas prices.  The COVID vaccine was a month away from being rolled out.  The Middle East was calm and indications were peace would be maintained.  All the new administration had to do was move forward and manage.  Share ideas that would enhance and improve the gains made. 

There are dozens of signs that collapse is coming.  The main one being the firestorm that has begun in Israel.  It has always been about Israel.  The forces of evil for thousands of years have been relentlessly pursuing the destruction of Israel.  In the present, evil is joined by leftism and its worldwide ideology to make a final push to eliminate Israel and its God.  Only one obstacle remains in the way.  The United States.

The last four years were a pause in the road.  Truth was on display and it angered the left to a boiling point.  The advancement of leftism was stalled and the anger and hatred was suppressed momentarily only to explode in rapid time. In order for Israel to be removed, the United States must be eliminated.  Not with military might, but with self destruction rendering it a non factor.  The attacks on Israel are the beginning.  The collapse of the United States is imminent.  When the time comes and the United States will need to mobilize as it did in World Wars I and II, it will be too late.  The vacuum of leadership and generated division in the country will see the once mighty power surrender and obediently put on their masks.

This movement began over 150 years ago.  It has slowly eroded this once great land and is now holding on by a thread as we witness how quickly the fragility can be destroyed.  The question is, what will replace it? Leftism has no desire to build anything.  Evil’s only motive is to tear down and destroy and place in power the the enemy of Israel. For leftism to proceed, Israel must be eliminated.  It is about truth.  It has always been about truth.  Nothing animates leftism more than truth.  The truth that control of this world is not nor ever will be in the hands of evil and mankind is the driving force that will lead to destruction. 

I fear there is no going back.  The forces of evil have aligned with man to take down this once great country and open the door to a full assault on Israel.  It may be that the United States will not lead in defending our once most treasured ally.  Very sad.

In the midst of all this confusion and despair this one good thing remains.  

Who’s the Judge?    THE JUDGE IS GOD!



Who is your opponent?   HE DOES NOT EXIST!





                   THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.

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Polygamy has changed to Polyamory in Cambridge, MA. Coming soon to your community…

June 26, 2015 almost six years ago the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges made same sex marriage legal nationwide.  At the time those of us opposed to same sex marriage warned that the decision would be the beginning of the slippery slope to all sorts of moral debauchery, including polygamy.  At the time of course we were all shamed into silence for such outrageous claims. 

Well, it took less than six years to see the warning come true. This week the city of Cambridge Massachusetts, approved an ordinance, amending an existing rule that says a domestic partnership is defined with only one partner.  

With the new stature, the city now defines a domestic partnership as an “entity formed by two or more” unrelated individuals.  The arrangement will have to file a registration declaring that the individuals in the said partnership are “In a relationship of mutual support, caring and commitment” and intend to stay in such relationship, are not engaged in another domestic partnership and regard themselves as a family.

The usual suspects in promoting this have been joined by the newly formed, Polyamory Legal Advocacy Coalition (PLAC).  The ordinance according to the PLAC is the first of what advocates hope will be a wave of legal recognition for polyamorous families and relationships in 2021. The PLAC joins the Chosen Family Law Center, the Harvard Law School LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic, and members of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Consensual Non-Monogamy. The coalition pushes for legal recognition for polyamorous partnerships and other types of non-nuclear families.”

The coalition cleverly uses the term “Non-nuclear families” to cover the sexuality component as if it is non-existent.  Non-nuclear families include step-families, open adoption families, multi-generational families, multi parent families, and now polyamorous families.  By using the term family, advocates have disguised the true meaning of marriage as a commitment and bond between one man and one woman for life.  All kinds of groups can be labeled families  and have significant impact on children, but human sexuality confined to marriage is the one truth that cannot be dismissed if a society is to remain intact.

This will spread across the country rapidly. It will be in your community soon.  It is the continuation of the destruction of the God designed model for men and women, marriage and family.  There is no end to this. Any combination of loving individuals can be a domestic partnership. The level of perversion is limitless.

As with all the radical ideas for human sexuality.  What is the end game? The justification of sexual immorality and perversion.  Countless efforts at justification can never overcome the power of the conscience to know right and wrong exists. Removing God does not lead to freedom as the coalition for polyamorous families and relationships desires.   In truth, it leads to the collapse of society and culture and ultimately barbarism.

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You Can’t Fix Stupid

In the movie The Emperor, Kevin Kline portrays a classics professor at the prestigious all boys school St. Benedictus.  Annually, Kline’s character Mr. Hundert oversees the Julius Cesar festival, a competition to crown the best Cesar scholar of the year.  It is a highlight of the school year and in this particular year one student, Sedgwick Bell a student that has challenged Mr. Hundert all year with disrespect and adolescent antics wins the Julius Cesar competition to Mr. Hunderts Surprise.  It turns out that Bell was in fact cheating and brings great harm to Mr. Hundert, the history of the traditional event, and most poignantly the reputation of St. Benidictus.  In a tense scene where Mr. Hundert confronts Bell, the proud professor looks sternly at Bell and says, “You can’t fix stupid”.

I have lived in Arizona for 23 years now, just two hours from the border with Mexico.  I have witnessed the differing philosophies in border control.  In just sixty days our government has enacted a policy if allowed to continue will damage Arizona and the whole country significantly.  At the root of the issue is “Leftism”.  The philosophy pretends to have the goal of creating a society of perfection.   Leftism uses only one method, destroy opposing views at all costs.  Name one thing Leftism has ever done to better the state or people it influences.  Its sole reason for existence is to ruin and destroy what others have created.  

Once Leftism has achieved its goal of destruction and removal of a way of life, what does it propose to replace it with?  In its utopian pie in the sky theory it will establish a world of peace and goodness where everyone will live in happiness and harmony. Ironically, the only way to achieve the high and lofty goal is to destroy the status quo with confusion, violence, and hatred.  It never delivers on its promise, and yet time after time, year after year Leftism barrels ahead using lie after lie, scheme after scheme to garner the control it desires above all else.  

At the pace this is going, the country will be overrun with refugees believing the lies that America will be their Savior to the detriment of both them and all the people that cherish this country’s history and goodness.  What can we do? Leftism ruins everything wherever it is tried and in the words of Mr. Hundert, “You can’t fix stupid.”

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The Theology of Gender is Absolute


       In the Beginning God (Theology) created the heavens and the earth (philosophy)

                         The Theology of Gender begins with God, the Creator.

God DESIGNED man and woman in Their Image to live in Relationship with each other for life.

The Glory of God – Father – Son – Holy Spirit existing in relationship together

Image Bearers – God creates Man and Woman in Their Image – Same but different

“God said this once and for all; how many times have I heard it repeated? Strength comes straight from God, and tenderness is yours oh Lord.”
Psalm 62-11-12 Message

Man = Strength and Hope Woman = Faith and Tenderness – Together One in God’s Image

Man and Woman – Human Beings – Co-equals Genesis 1:27

Male and Female – Genders – different but same Genesis 2:23

For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall be joined to his wife and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:24

Marriage – One Relationship Forever

Children – Created by man and woman – God’s Design Genesis 1:28

Marriage and the Family are the remnant of God’s original Design.  The world is aggressively attempting to eliminate the remnant and is making alarming progress without any plan to replace it.  How do you produce a good society?  You make good people.  How do you make good people?  In the structure of the original design for marriage and the family. You make good children. You make good children you make a good society. It takes years and total commitment. Sin broke the relationship between man and God.  Sin is destroying relationships between husband and wife. Secularism is the enemy of marriage and family. 

Gender confusion took to the streets in the sixties and seventies.  It is now gender insanity.  It is designed to destroy the design of the family.  If you destroy the family unit the society crumbles.  It is not a conspiracy of ideological views or political parties. It is the onslaught of the opponents of the God of creation and His design.  It has taken all forms of disingenuous intellectual gymnastics attempting to justify sin. Feminism, normalizing of homosexuality, same sex marriage, now transgenderism. It is accelerating as fear of the absolute truth threatens to expose the nonsense for what it is.  

Marriage and family are hard work.  It takes a lifetime and ultimate commitment.  It is two people dedicated to raising good children, good citizens.  I shared the above chart with my students the last four years after a lifetime of learning from those before me that fought the fight and persevered through the years.  Returning to the model of years and years of committed marriage and family formation looks very grim.  Fight the fight for marriage and family.  The enemy grows stronger every day.

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See where this is going?

The new power brokers are moving quickly to solidify their positions and power to hold it forever.  The scariest part of the agenda is the first three weeks of branding everyone in the country that disagrees with them and their agenda as domestic terrorists.  It is a gas lighting term that they have no desire to define, yet.  When it has been shouted and proclaimed enough, then the definition will be anyone and everyone with different ideas and that stands in their way must be eliminated at all costs.

Here is where this is going. Gaslight every day with lies that have no basis or credibility. Gas lighting in the public schools and Universities. The ideas create anger because they are untrue.  When they reach a boiling point someone who is unstable to begin with will react in a violent manner.  Since the gas lighting has been taking place relentlessly for so long the masses will believe that anyone who disagrees with those in power are truly domestic terrorists and they must  be suppressed, locked up, detained, reprogramed and controlled.  The justification will be there, the power in place, and the round up will begin.  News that disagree will be shut down, churches preaching hate and intolerance closed, they too are domestic terrorists.  And it is going to go very quickly.

It has only been three weeks and the left is moving faster than ever without any resistance. This has been coming for many years and and the moment has arrived.  Waiting to believe the system will neutralize this over time is fantasy.  The takeover is under way.  The people are in place to accomplish the transformation.  The longer this goes without pushback from leaders with the ability to fight the gas lighting will solidify the lies and truth will be without power. The good news is that truth will never be defeated. Never be silenced.  Jesus is the way the truth and the life.  He and we will not be silenced.  Hold onto Hope.

Domestic Terrorists?

Group of People Holding Cross and Praying in Back Lit
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It will be about food…

I acknowledge my redundancy. The crackdown the last week or so once again points to the similarities of the last four years in America with the human life story of Jesus.   If you are a United States Senator and  supported Trump in a public manner there are calls for you to be stripped of your elected position.  If you worked for Trump you will be black listed and may be denied another career.  If you voted for Trump you may face sanctions to force you to change your mind and behavior. There are calls to question the loyalty of servicemen in the military.  There is mass hysteria this week that there will be a colossal uprising starting on Wednesday.   

Hysterics?  Maybe.  It is clear that there is a serious desire to control the masses quickly.  How could you possibly do that? By using the oldest method on the books…Fear and intimidation.  And very soon it will be about food.  

Beginning last February in just weeks the American people gave up some of their freedoms due to the fear of death from a virus we knew nothing about.  We were told millions would die.  We were told it spreads like wildfire.  For the sake of the world and your life you will now follow these demands.  The American people followed dutifully and may I say quickly without even questioning the protocols.  Fear of death, fear of the unknown.  By sheer chance the arbiters of control seized upon the moment to demagogue.  It is what this is about…control.  This was and now continues to be a means to quickly secure control of the masses and the country is willingly obeying.

You cannot enter any retail establishment in the country without a mask.   Businesses, churches, schools, shut down.  You want to fly?  Wear a mask.  You want to worship don’t even think about it.  You want to buy food put on the mask or don’t come in.  The fear of death has been exploited to seize control.   How very quickly freedom can disappear.  The last firewall is the loyalty of the military. Signals have been sent to the military corps that soldiers may not be bound to follow the commander in chief if he or she calls on them to incite harm on others.  Think of the implications of that.  Think of the outright disrespect with cavalier statements.

The question is, how will the control seekers control millions?  In one word…food.  You want to buy food?  In addition to the mask some may need a card with the information required to qualify one to enter a store. You want to buy food online, you will have to secure a code to continue with a transaction.  Sounds hysterical.  Sounds conspiratorial.  Why would people in power desire such stringent control?  What could possibly be so dangerous that masses of people need to be curtailed or disabled?

I may be crazy but look at the last two weeks.  It went from admonishing to impeachment of Donald Trump. Leaders are calling for the  resignation of elected leaders that spoke out on his behalf.  The internet is banning anyone that supported Trump.  Business leaders are calling to black list anyone that worked for Trump.  One congressman has called for commissions to identify ways to eliminate certain media outlets and to reprogram those that have been corrupted by Donald Trump. Re-program?  Where?  This same leader sees no issue with putting people in disagreement in reorientation camps.  That sounds ominously familiar to the 1940s and China today. The end game is the control of anyone that disagrees with leftist ideas.  Impossible? Conspiracy theory? Wacky Trump supporter spreading insanity? 

Will masses of Americans need to fall in line again in a short period of time as obediently done for Covid 19?  Is there technology in place to control the masses?   Will the people in the positions of power and control have the means, desire, and ability to control millions?  With ease…food.

What will we do when we need a card in order to purchase food?  What will we do if we are required to denounce what we believe to be true in order to receive the card?  This is not 1970s Late Great Planet Earth stuff.  This is right in front of us…now.  And it will not take years to accomplish.

Here is a similar story.

     “And having arrested Him they led Him away, and brought Him to the house of the high priest; but Peter was following at a distance.  And after they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter was sitting among them.  And a certain servant-girl seeing him as he sat in the firelight, and looking intently at him said, “This man was with Him too”.  But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know Him.”  And a little later, another saw him and said, “You are one of them too.” But Peter said, “Man I am not.”  And after about an hour had passed, another man began to insist saying, “certainly this man was also with Him, for he is a Galilean too.”  But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed.  And the Lord turned and looked at Peter.  And Peter remembered the word of the Lord how He had told him, “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny me three times. And he went out and wept bitterly.”

This is NOT about Trump.  Trump has been the speed bump.  This is about the Way, the Truth and the Life. Peter the eventual Rock of the church abandoned his best friend in just a few hours.  Fear and intimidation rendered him a blubbering coward.  This is at our doorstep.  Control of the masses is just a click away.  I am not writing to amp up the fear.  This is not about politics.  This is the reality that Jesus may be closer than anytime since he left.  This is about the method the enemy has used forever.  Intimidation and control to seize and manage power.  I’m scared.  I’m afraid that if and when the moment comes to stand up, I will be the blubbering coward.  I’m afraid for my children and grandchildren so much so that I may submit to the power seeking authorities and deny what I know to be right.  

Bill, you have gone off the deep end.  You may be showing signs of dementia?  Maybe.  Let’s say I am nuts.  Will the explosion of technology be thwarted and the power brokers  move toward using it to better the world and mankind?  Will the enemy decide that we should all step back and learn to love each other, especially the followers of Jesus? If and when given the opportunity to silence and control their enemies, will the control freaks come to their senses and reach out for the common good instead? The idea of this county collapsing has always been an abstract idea out there in space somewhere for all the apocalypse conspiracy quacks.  I’m not so sure anymore.

There is some encouraging news.  Peter became the rock of the church just like Jesus said he would.  Peter went to a cross of his own and died for his friend and Master.  Both are the grace of the same Lord we follow.  Despite his failure, and who of us has not failed Him, Jesus restored his friend and with that restoration the courage to live without fear.  Peter wrote to us:

      “But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed.  And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence, and keep a good conscience so that in the thing which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.  For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.  For Christ also died for sins, once and for all, the just and the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit.”

I desire that this will all blow over and our Lord spares us from madness and the world I grew up in will return for my children and grandchildren.  At the same time, I am going to prepare my heart and mind for what may be coming.  Either way, heaven awaits.  Peter will be there too.

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