Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Infighting over Texas while putting America at risk

Familiarity often breeds contempt in the political realm. I know the familiar Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, is not perfect. I haven't agreed with all of his decisions; but I've agreed more often than not. He has been around a long time having served 6 years as Lt. Governor under George Bush and is going on his 10th year as governor.

Another one of Texas' less-than-perfect politicians is challenging his governorship. At what cost is this challenge from Senator Kay Baylee Hutchinson going to come? Senator Hutchinson has been in office since 1993, a total of 16 years in office. Clearly both candidates have the quality of experience.

My question is this? What is the popular Republican senator willing to risk by running against the popular Republican governor? The senator has the endorsement of Dick Cheney; President Bush' right-hand man. That is ironic considering the governor was previously the President's right-hand man. Governor Perry counters with the endorsement of the ultra-popular Sarah Palin. That endorsement is interesting as the rogue lady from Alaska bucks the notion she should endorse another Republican woman.

At tally time in 2010, the great state of Texas could be minus the services of either of these candidates. How could that happen? Is it possible? It certainly is and much more so thanks in large part to Senator Hutchinson's quest for governorship.

First, by challenging Governor Perry, she is forcing him to spend millions on a primary campaign that could otherwise be saved for the general election. Also, the battle is sure to be heated and neither party is going to look better to their constituents after the messy campaigns. It is very possible, that the big winner of the Perry versus Hutchinson battle is going to be Democratic nominee Bill White.

The Houston mayor is probably not going to get much of a contest from eccentric former independent Kinky Friedman. I still don't think Texas is ready for a governor named Kinky! Mayor White's biggest competition was former President Bush employee, Tom Shieffer, who served as the President of the team for the former owner of the beleaguered franchise. Mr. Shieffer, wisely and very strategically threw his support behind Mayor White. Can the Republicans learn nothing from this show of support within the party?

I am certain that the good senator has Texas' best at heart. Perhaps she knows the governor better than all of us and feels it is time for a change. But seriously, how much is she willing to put on the line for this? If she wins the primary, her seat in the Senate could up for election. Are the republicans certain they win back that seat if she decides to vacate. For now, she has stated she will not vacate the seat, but will she change her mind after winning a primary? Let's hope not.

At any rate, instead of 4 more years of Rick Perry and a Republican in Texas' U.S. Senate seat; we could end up with 4 years of left-of-center Bill White and a big question mark in the Senate.

While I'd gladly support term limits in congress and the Texas governorship, I prefer the safety of the status quo.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Wrestling Against the Powers of this World

The shooting at Fort Hood has made America sick to their collective stomach. It's not the first of its kind either. I am sick of the media and the military blaming this on stress or traumatic emotional damage. This was a cold, calculated, planned attack on Americans. This was suicidal treason for religious and political reasons.

I'm not going to rehash everything you've already heard and read about this story, but did you notice the uncanny timing. I was watching C-SPAN because I couldn't take the mainstream media's presentation of the tragedy. Guess what was on C-SPAN? They were showing a taped recording from an event held on Capitol Hill earlier in the day. Thousands of folks had gathered in Washington D.C. on the steps of the Capitol to stand against the House voting passage of Nancy Pelosi's health care bill. There were dozens of speakers from the Senate, House, and conservative media to encourage folks to make a last ditch effort to stop this horrendous monstrosity. They had a copy of the bill on the podium and it was 2 feet thick!!! It makes War and Peace look like a comic book. It imposes a $250,000 fine for NOT accepting government health care; does that sound like freedom? While this effort to get Americans to call their congressional representatives and provide their opinions of this bill was proceeding; a mass murderer was carrying out his insidious plan.

Normally, thousands of people gathered on the steps of Capitol Hill is newsworthy, but on this day it was not. A dark cloud quickly overshadowed any attention this media event would have normally received. If I hadn't of stumbled upon C-SPAN's coverage of it, I would never had known. The planning was for this event was obviously extensive as the list of speakers included Mike Pence, Michelle Bachman, Mark Levine, and many others. The crowd at the event appeared very large although it was difficult to tell from the camera angles provided.

I'm not a conspiracy theorist. I do not believe there was some super secret connection between Nancy Pelosi's legislative efforts and the timing of the terrorist attack on Fort Hood. Yelling "Allah Akbar" while shooting dozens of unarmed men and women is called "terrorism". From what I've seen, the media seems to have forgotten this; even Fox News.

So where is the connection, if any? Some of you are going to think I'm nuts, but I'm going to connect the dots for you. Abortion is the missing link.

Who has the most to gain from the passage of Pelosi's "healthcare" plan: the insurance companies, AMA, ACORN, AARP, illegals, the unemployed, China, the Democratic Party? How about none of the above. The one person with the most to gain is Satan. He has a murderous agenda that is carried out with each and every abortion. He has masterminded the killing of innocent children throughout all of history and he would love to see a system that makes abortions free.

I believe he pulled the strings on his puppet to murder Americans in an effort to overshadow any negative news coverage that the Pelosi bill would have gotten otherwise. Without the killing spree, the Conservatives are the lead story speaking out on Capital Hill. I'm sure MSNBC would have made fun of them and found (or hired) some lunatic dressed as a Nazi to be the centerpiece of their coverage; but at least it would have been on the news.

So what happened? The bill passed.

Once again, we are reminded that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against forces and powers of a supernatural element in this world. You may choose to think I'm crazy or that it was just a coincidence; but I do not believe in such things. We are in the midst of a massive war for all of the marbles! The good news is that the good guys have already won. You need to choose sides if you have not already done so. By the way, there is no Switzerland in this war.

Satan is tricky, but his Foe is wise, all-wise. Satan is intelligent, but his Creator is all-knowing. He never stood a chance opposing God.

Despite the passage of the bill, a group of staunch pro-life supporters were able to corner Nancy Pelosi into putting forth a vote to remove funded abortions from the bill. So for now, despite lack of media coverage; abortions will not be funded by this ridiculous government take-over of your health and wealth.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Finders Seekers, Others Weepers

Jesus said, "Seek and you will find". Find what? Seek who?

The answer must be God or more specifically, the "Kingdom of God".

I've heard so many people say, "all religions lead to God" or "every religion is trying to find God in their own way". Are all religions simply different methods of seeking God? If that is the case, then according to Jesus, every religion will find God. Isn't that great news! It doesn't matter WHAT you believe, just stay in our own path and eventually you will get to meet your Maker.

It should be pointing out that almost immediately after Jesus stated, "seek and you will find"; He also said, "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." (read Matthew 7). That certainly does not give you the same warm and fuzzy feeling about your path.

Is it possible that every religion is simply a different "narrow path"? If that is the case, then who are the "many" travelling on the wide road?

By the way, do you know what happens when you put a true Christian, a Muslim, a Mormon, and an atheist in the same room? I do! The Christian gets outnumbered 3 to 1 and ridiculed mercilessly. Meanwhile the other 3 don't have any issues with each other. Don't believe me. Ask my wife. She is the true Christian by the way. Why do the other 3 get along so well? They are on the same road!

How do you reconcile all of those well-meaning religions seeking God and Jesus' statements. Did Jesus contradict Himself? Is this an example of logical fallacy in the Scriptures? How can these religions fulfill Jesus' promise of finding while also going down a broad road that leads to destruction?

I would argue this: Jesus did not teach that all religions lead to God, nor did He teach that every religion is a different way of seeking God. John 14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.

Here is the truth. Those who find God and His Kingdom, go through Jesus Christ to do so. There is true religion and there is false religion: that is all. True religion includes true seekers on the narrow road. False religion includes those on the broad road, but they are NOT seeking God.

If you are really seeking God; He knows it. No man is capable of judging the intent of the human heart with regard to spiritual inclination, but God can do it in His sleep. Of course God doesn't sleep, stay on task here!

All religions, with respect to the one true religion of Jesus Christ, are not separate attempts to find God. They are similar efforts to avoid God. Whether you go to a church or not; whether you are atheist, deist, polytheist, monotheist, or satanist; there is seeking God and there is NOT seeking God. Only God and the individual know the difference.

Was Eve seeking God when she bit into the forbidden fruit? No, she was seeking knowledge and power. Churches are filled every Sunday with people looking for fig leaves to cover their nakedness instead of the Lamb of God to take away their sin. They seek fig leaves of acceptance and tolerance. God is not tolerant! "He will in no wise clear the guilty."

God will not clear us, but he will forgive us if we accept the payment He provided for our sin. When God found Adam and Eve hiding after they had disobeyed Him, He pointed to the "Lamb of God slain before the foundation of the world". There has always been only one way to God and that is through Jesus.

God laid on Him the iniquity of us all. For all have sinned and fallen short of God's glory. Whoever believes on Jesus will not perish, but have everlasting life! He did not come to condemn us, He came because we already were. In Adam, death passed upon all men; but in Christ we can be made righteous.

Every world religion seeks to get around God's revealed plan of salvation. They are NOT seeking God, they are running away from Him.

Atheists deny God's existence. God calls them fools.

Muslims invented a god of hate to replace the true God of Love.

Mormons make God a man, and think they will become God. I think Lucifer thought of that first. It didn't really work out for him.

Catholics think they are getting into Heaven because they are "Catholic". "Oh, you are a Catholic? Well why didn't you say so; come on in!"

No one is exempt from having to trust in Jesus.

What about those people in the deep dark jungles who have never heard of Jesus? Heard that one before? I'm not the Judge and I can't speak for Him, but He did say, "If you seek, you will find". How many stories of missionaries have you heard where they get to the field and the people praise God declaring, "We were praying for you to come!".

Don't let any religion, philosophy, person, plight, or power keep you from truly seeking God. If you can get to a Bible, read it. When you are done, read it again; I bet you missed a few things! God wrote the Bible in a common everyday language. It is not hard to understand. If you feel like you've run into a door seeking God, knock and it will open. If you lack faith, ask for it and He will give it to you.

See you on the narrow road.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Subtle Serpent

I have a question and would like feedback from all of my theological peers and mentors.

Was the serpent able to talk before the fall or was it a supernatural enabling similar to Balaam's donkey speaking audibly?

In its current design, a snake's mouth really isn't physically capable of producing human speech is it? I'm not a 100% sure on that, but I'd be surprised if it could. I guess I should have asked my biological peers and mentors that one. Wait, I don't have any. You folks will have to do.

Eve does not seem alarmed at the speech. Could conditions have really been that much different prior to man's disobedience to God? I know behavior was certainly modified, but were anatomical alterations made by the Creator?

I'm all ears....or eyes, kind of like a house fly.

Of the People, For the People, and By the People

To what extent are we as Christian citizens of the United States of America supposed to be submissive to government authority? My question stated this way would lead Bible Thumpers to Romans 13. I love Bible Thumpers by the way: I'm trying to be one!

What if I asked a different question? What is the role of the Christian in the government of the United States of America? The first question presupposes that the Christian is separate and apart from the government authority unto which one is submitting. The second question does not contain this presupposition.

If we lived in a monarchy, a communist state, a fascist state, or any other form of government other than ours; then we would be bound to submit. But what about a government of the people? What about one by the people and for the people? Lincoln stated that our founding fathers envisioned a new kind of government based on the "proposition that all men are created equal".

How does the vision of our founding fathers affect the Christian's responsibility in light of Romans 13?

In his farewell address, George Washington stated, "The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government."

He continues, "All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction; to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community, and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans, digested by common councils and modified by mutual interests."

Proverbs 29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

Did George Washington have Proverbs 29 in mind when he said this...

"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness – these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked, "where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice?" And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."

Romans 13 teaches that everyone is expected to be subject to the government authority in their life. God ordained the entity of government. That does not mean every government acts in accordance with God's designs. God invented parents as well; and how many poor parents do you know? Paul makes it clear that poor governing is no excuse for an individual Christian to revolt.

Why can't I revolt? Submission is part of the Christ-like life. If you study the American War for Independence; you will find that Americans were very submissive and respectful. King George attacked us, not the other way around. The Americans had every right to form a "more perfect union" and as a formal government cast off the shackles of the English monarchy. They made every attempt to do this in a peaceful manner, but were forced into a war for their very survival.

Paul knew something about stubborn monarchs. He dealt with the likes of Emperor Nero (a.k.a world's craziest emperor ever!)

Christians have a higher purpose in life than forming a perfect government to rule; however, that holy calling does not preclude a responsibility to govern as God would govern. If we are really in charge, then we are the government! It is "of the people", so if we fail to govern as God would govern; then we are failing in our God ordained responsibility.

In America, it could be argued that failure to vote and get involved in the political process is actually failing to submit to the government. "I'm not going to vote, because it doesn't matter anyway" is a rebellious attitude that causes the American governmental system to break down. It is, after all, a government of the people.

So how is your government doing?