January 16, 2018

Three Important Ways to Honor “Religious Freedom Day”



January 16 has been declared “Religious Freedom Day” in the U.S. and this is an important subject.

Because religious freedom is so basic, the Apostle Paul urged a focus on this. No matter what country you live in, true religious freedom is a not something to be taken for granted but is something vital to pray for and support. It's now perhaps more important than ever to understand that U.S. Christians are increasingly being attacked for simply refusing to support anti-biblical values, as Christian bakers have experienced, and for personally holding to biblical values, as was the case of former fire chief Atlanta Chief Kelvin Cochran. While persecution in America has not reached the levels seen in Saudi Arabia and China, 2016 was the first year that the U.S. reached the 'top 12 list' of countries where Christians are persecuted for their faith. 

History Informs our Present Needs

National Religious Freedom Day commemorates the Virginia General Assembly's adoption of Thomas Jefferson's landmark Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom on January 16, 1786. That statute became the basis for the establishment clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and led to freedom of religion for all Americans.”

President Trump today issued a formal proclamation to declare and commemorate January 16th as "Religious Freedom Day" suggesting that "religious freedom around the world" is a good goal. It would be wonderful if this became an international commemorative holiday based on a need to address increasing opposition to freedoms based on unfair laws and practices:

"Unfortunately, not all have recognized the importance of religious freedom, whether by threatening tax consequences for particular forms of religious speech, or forcing people to comply with laws that violate their core religious beliefs without sufficient justification."

Religious Freedom overlaps the freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. This 'trinity' of freedoms is under attack in many countries today, including the U.S. We can honor and celebrate this day of supporting religious freedom first by joining in prayer for the freedom to hold to our values and share the gospel without obstruction. The Apostle Paul urged the following type of prayer for religious freedom:

1. A Call to Prayer

“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,” (1 Timothy 2:1-5 NIV)

2. A Call to Educate

There is an increasing tendency to shut down discussion of basic religious issues. Many Christians are unaware that religious freedom is seriously under attack and they will actually oppose religious freedom by, for example, opposing politicians working to protect religious freedom. Following are two of a number of examples in which President Trump has taken practical steps to protect freedom of conscience for holding biblically-based values:

February 22, 2017—'President Trump rescinded former President Obama's pro-transgender guidelines for schools receiving federal aid that are subject to Title IX. A day earlier, the Trump Administration announced it would discontinue Obama's pro-transgender policies.'

May 4, 2017—On the annual National Day of Prayer, President Trump signed an executive order on religious liberty. Among its provisions, it loosened IRS restrictions against political activities by tax-exempt religious organizations, effectively weakening the Johnson Amendment; and it attempted to make it easier for employers not to provide contraceptives if they had religious objections. The order gave conservative Attorney General Jeff Sessions greater authority regarding religious liberty policy. Although well received by some Christians and conservatives, others criticized it for being ineffective and easy to repeal.'

Unfortunately, some evangelical leaders today are either not aware of the serious threat to basic religious rights or have come to use faulty logic in believing that opposing and vilifying the current president is helpful. It does not make any sense to pray for peace while undermining it through your actions. The fact is, sin destroys lives. And if we as Christians give up the legal right to discuss what sin is, then we are helping to destroy our own society. The more a society is committed to unobstructed idolatry, the less hope there is. There is a downward progression described in Hosea 4 from ignorance to obsolescence: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge....Ephraim is joined to idols; Let him alone."

January 15, 2018

Why Today's "Racial Activism" is Mainly a Disgrace to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy


This is an article in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the ideals that he not only stood for but gave his very life for. Rev. King was known for promoting ultimate positive racial harmony, non-violence, and free speech, recognizing the importance of dialogue based on open and honest communication. His understanding of Christian ethics formed the basis of his values and actions that transformed society for the better. Alveda King, the niece of the late Reverand and activist, is highlighting the low ethical level to which racial activism has stooped. She is calling attacks against President Trump regarding alleged racist comments as “outrageous.”

Alveda King is also a committed activist and she is interested in defending and preserving King's true and honorable legacy while emphasizing the issue of abortion as critical to Rev. King's views and addressing deception within the African American community:

“He said the Negro cannot win if he is willing to sacrifice the futures of his children for immediate personal comfort and safety,” King said. “Abortion, of course, forces us to do exactly that.”

Many African Americans unwittingly support Hillary Clinton, who has heavily supported Planned Parenthood and late-term abortions. Many African Americans are not aware or remain willfully ignorant of the fact that the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was an adamant racist intent on exterminating African Americans through abortion. Alveda said this week that if Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today he would be a pro-life activist.

Alveda was interviewed by Fox and Friends and The Daily Signal and outlined that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King understood the spiritual basis of ethics and the importance of unconditional love and respect as central to Christianity.

“As the niece of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and I emphasize the ‘reverend’ because history has not always recorded his spiritual aspects … I have been mostly impacted by his messages of unity, of racial reconciliation, of course, nonviolence, and the strongest has always been and will always be for me the agape love message,” Alveda King told The Daily Signal in an interview Friday. “One of the things that we would say [is], ‘We must learn to live together as brothers,’ and I’ll add, as sisters, ‘or perish together as fools.’”

Recent alleged comments by the president about Haiti and Africa have been recycled endlessly by the establishment news with a claim of racism, however, the president denied saying the specific words, that many others stated they did not hear, not to mention that no words of race were mentioned and comments were in keeping with Trump's plan for a merit-based immigration system. Rand Paul pointed out the illogical nature of the assumptions based on actual help that Trump offered as a private citizen supporting 200 cataract surgeries with a group of surgeons in Haiti and the same in Central America.

Sadly, we have racial activists today such as Rev. Al Sharpton in a video calling for the killing of police officers as a response to injustice. And then there is the highly-praised Colin Kaepernick, who's NFL protests offer divisive results due to the illogical protest of country symbols of patriotism as a venue for racism, and who also supports Marxism, Islam, and convicted cop-killers as supposed valid examples of opposing oppression. This is not to mention the anti-white rhetoric and attitudes by Virginia politicians that led up to the Charlottesville rally violence, that was blamed entirely on whites. The largely dishonest mainstream news has affected much of society to the point where many evangelical leaders in the U.S. offer a faulty basis for evaluating politics that ultimately creates more problems than it solves. Many democrat pastors today support Antifa, even though it advocates violence. And then there is the unique PC racial activism promoted on university campuses in the U.S. today.

An article titled “21 Racial Microaggressions You Hear On A Daily Basis” outlines that guessing what country a person is from or their nationality is supposedly unacceptable. Ironically, the habit of trying to read racism into every word a person says is a racist approach to life. And this can actually help to cause division.

Amazingly, the same types of people that make up protocols of racial microaggressions at universities will promote the idea that actual physical violence should be used against a person that is conservative or racist because alleged “verbal violence” is unacceptable. Logic and reason are second to emotionalism and identity politics now at many universities, as Ben Shapiro points out:

“This philosophy ranks the value of a view, not based on the logic or merit of the view, but on the level of victimization in American society experienced by the person espousing the view.”

Today's focus on racial victimization, self-pity, and retaliation is not in keeping with King's focus on taking steps towards positive tangible changes in public policy based on sound altruistic values. There was more of a sense of personal self-empowerment and freedom in his message rather than self-pity.

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. understood that the right to free speech and the First Amendment were crucial to the civil rights movement. “King spoke passionately in support of the First Amendment on April 3, 1968, the day before his assassination, in what turned out to be his final speech.” The type of “racial activism” today that promotes totalitarianism, division and violence is antithetical to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s ideals and is a disgrace to his legacy. The obsession today with stopping subjective microaggressions and the promotion of racial division and physical violence are antithetical to the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King who sacrificed to gain tangible civil rights and racial unity at the expense of his very life. Ephesians 6:13 advocates standing for truth:

"Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand."

And a quote by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. highlights the necessary courage that this implies:

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

Tags: MLK agape love ethics, true activism versus pretentious activism, victimization versus empowerment and positivity, 

January 01, 2018

New Year 2018: To Live Less for Self-Interest and More for God's Interest


Wishing you a meaningful, happy New Year and that your soul would prosper as well as your life in general in 2018 and that we will all know God's perfect will for our lives.

I never really got very excited about the New Year in the past. But the more I think about it, there is hope for new possibilities and also this reminds me that I am closer to experiencing eternity with God at the next level, something to be happy about.

God is good all the time. I'm glad that God's perfect nature never changes.

It's interesting that C.S. Lewis' quote on timelessness is from his book, The Four Loves (chapter on Charity), written mainly about on God's love that never changes:

"All that is not eternal is eternally out of date."

If you look at the context of this quote, C.S. Lewis emphasized a few other ideas, including that we as Christians find perfect rest in Christ:

December 23, 2017

Why Tim Keller's Summary of Trump and Evangelicals is Misleading





The following introduction outlines important considerations that we all should be taking into account before we make any assumptions about politics and politicians:

COMPARE TWO LEADERS

One leader warns about documented fake news and news bias and urges fact-checking truth claims while another leader uses popular opinion and polls in such a way as to imply that truth is based on consensus. 

Which approach displays more wisdom? 

Which approach warrants more trust? 


The Bible encourages us to "test all things" as true or false, good or evil, and that includes not just opinions but the basis of opinions and where information is obtained (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Unfortunately, many evangelicals and even evangelical leaders are not doing this these days and are succumbing to media manipulation and false ideas.

I have respect for Rev. Timothy Keller in many ways. I am acquainted with him because I used to be involved at Redeemer Church and led a Redeemer Bible study in Brooklyn after I graduated from the Cooper Union. I appreciated Dr. Timothy Keller's sermons, and I agree with the premise of his new book, The Freedom of Forgetfulness. I also went on my first mission trip to Uganda through Redeemer Church that was a powerful and life-changing one led by Katherine Leary Alsdorf. I was disappointed, however, when I read Timothy Keller's article in The New Yorker, "Can Evangelicalism Survive Donald Trump and Roy Moore?" that explores the label "evangelical" as its use is changing in society. The subject of evangelicalism is is a platform that Keller uses for passing along his surreptitious judgments. While warning of Christian identity politics, Rev. Keller offers an extremely biased approach that vilifies one group and through this, he actually engages in the practice of supporting a heavy-handed type of Christian identity politics.

Dr. Keller apparently feels tainted by evangelical Trump supporters and he presents some loaded phrases to imply that Christian evangelicals that support President Trump are basically hypocrites. His article appears to take public opinion and polls as extremely valuable while neglecting the greater value of God's word, research, and the use of critical thinking as necessary for Christians in forming a sound basis of opinion on evangelicalism and politics.

I believe that three main apparent errors should be addressed. First, it seems disingenuous for Keller to imply that certain evangelicals are hypocrites simply because public secular opinion might suggest this or because he as an evangelical holds to a different approach for evaluating politics. Second, decorum is not the main deciding point in supporting a political leader both in terms of specific scriptures and regarding valid points raised by highly-respected evangelical leaders, though Keller implies that this is the most important factor. And, third, passing along unqualified selective outrage against Trump and his evangelical conservative supporters is divisive and counterproductive. Towards the conclusion, I'll examine more closely why we should be extremely wary of popular opinion and polls in an age of fake news and how Trump is actually a better example in this regard than Keller.

Rev. Keller distills public opinion into loaded phrases without qualification and offers effective tacit support for such opinions per the maxim, "Silence equals consent." The subtle suggestion that truth is based on a consensus of opinion is a logical fallacy known as argumentum ad populum. Note the following quote:

'“Evangelical” used to denote people who claimed the high moral ground; now, in popular usage, the word is nearly synonymous with “hypocrite.”'

Dr. Keller does not question whether the label of “hypocrite” often applied to conservative evangelicals that support Trump could be misapplied or false, but in his article simply implies that the label is valuable and true based on a high regard of public opinion. Left-leaning Politico actually treats evangelical Trump supporters with more fairness than Keller and nowhere is the word "hypocrite" used in their summary article when describing that evangelicals tend to support Trump based mainly on abortion and Supreme Court issues.

“People who once called themselves the “Moral Majority” are now seemingly willing to vote for anyone, however immoral, who supports their political positions.”

This loaded phrase by Rev. Keller offers assumptions that were not appropriately fleshed out. The broad brush that Keller is using to label conservative politicians as “however immoral” does not refer to lawbreaking, but to accusations regarding moral indiscretions. This evaluation is in keeping with Max Lucado's rejection of Trump based on “tone and decorum” in his article "Decency for President" that I quoted in a previous article.

Rev. Keller's use of the phrase “political positions” is presented in such a way as to imply that supporting a polished politician such as Hillary Clinton (one politician his Gospel Coalition website heavily supports) and abortion, Marxism, radical Islam, transgenderism, the destruction of religious rights, and entrenched establishment corruption is preferable to supporting someone like Donald Trump who is neither a polished speaker nor a candidate for the priesthood, but who actually works to protect traditional freedoms and values. While Keller and Lucado are entitled to their opinion, many highly-respected evangelical leaders raise referenced scriptural arguments that are in my opinion more cogent. Added to the previous problems, it's further disturbing that Keller heaps on the leftist tact of selective moral outrage:

“The fury and incredulity of many in the larger population at this constituency has mounted.”

December 19, 2017

What is the Best Gift This Politically-Correct Christmas Season?




What is the best type of gift I can give? What is the most meaningful type of gift? These are the types of questions we ask around this time of year.

As a Christian, I can honestly say that to me the greatest gift of all is knowing Christ on a personal level. This is the central meaning and source of joy of this holiday season for me and my family. Someone in a business email wrote "Happy Holidays" to me and in reply, I wrote, "Wishing you etherial joy this Christmas!" That was the first thing that came to mind. Anything would be better than the standard generic option. While I respect people's rights to celebrate the winter solstice, pagan sun gods, and Santa Clause, I truly believe that Christ is the basis of deeper peace and joy and at least I can offer a conversation starter if someone wants to take the subject further. Instead of more materialism this Christmas, maybe we as Christians need more reflection time on the giving nature of God and the opportunity that we have this season to share the greatest gift of all that is not material but is spiritual and personal:

Christ is the only one that can offer the greatest gift of all simply with open and outstretched hands.

The gift of eternal life that God offers was made possible by Christ giving himself on the cross. Scripture describes how Jesus still had the scars on his hands after his resurrection and showed these to doubting Thomas as evidence of who he was (John 20:27). Despite this type of incredible self-less love being the very core of God's nature, it's interesting that many people will become triggered and offended when you bring the word "Christ" into Christmas. And it's good to ask why. Jesus defined his main mission as such:

"For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." (Luke 19:10 NIV)

People don't like to be called "lost" -especially men. And this is just the beginning. The gospel is an inherent aspect of the Christmas message, and maybe that's why it's considered offensive. Some of the misconceptions of the gospel have to do with misconceptions about life itself. For example, people usually don't like exclusivity, unless perhaps you are talking about a private club that they belong to. However, according to the basic rules of logic, truth claims about life are in fact exclusive and two opposing views cannot both be true.

December 18, 2017

The Migration of Abuse: The Irony of the Muslim Refugee Crisis


The irony of the refugee crisis is that migrants are fleeing abusive Muslim countries and arriving in countries that promote the very same totalitarian abuses that led to the migrant problem in the first place.

Instead of promoting true and equilateral tolerance, for example, allowing all people of all religions to discuss and debate their views, countries that heavily promote Muslim immigration, such as Germany, Sweden, France and Britain, are unequivocally favoring and promoting Islam even above the beliefs of their own people. Totalitarian beliefs and Muslim Sharia laws have helped to cause the migrant problems in the first place in their own countries and are now being employed in the EU.

Syria is the main provider of refugees and the fighting there is between 'rebel' soldiers who support the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, who don't want Assad to be in power anymore, and the group self-defined as the Islamic State.

The Islamic State stands with al-Qaeda as is considered one of the most dangerous jihadist groups, after its spread in Syria and Iraq. It was formed basically in April 2013, growing out of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI).

It would be more logical for countries that do welcome Muslim refugees to allow the Christians and people of other beliefs in their own lands to reason with Muslims, to debate ideas, and to be free to share the gospel of peace and Christianity if they wish to, instead of claiming that there is "hate speech" anytime someone offers an alternative voice or debates the subject of religion. But instead of this, we are finding Orwellian totalitarian dystopias forming in the very countries that are supposed to be the "better" alternatives. True concern for wellbeing is what drives the Christian scriptural view of humanitarian aid and assistance, not merely checking off boxes for numbers of people relocated.

The Gatestone Institute has documented how Sharia Law is now being widely promoted in European countries. And there is a dark irony at play when secularist Europe promotes the inordinate suppression of its own women, among other ironies: "To paraphrase the American writer Daniel Greenfield, the irony of women celebrating their own suppression is both heartbreaking and stupefying."

In short, Europe is increasingly promoting Sharia law, which has been the justification for persecuting and murdering infidels and causing the refugee crisis in the first place. The fact is, many strict Muslims think that killing an infidel guarantees going straight to paradise, that all apostates are to be killed, and that men have a certain right over women.

According to Italian sociologist and author Massimo Introvigne, Christians continue to be the most persecuted believers in the world with over 90,000 followers of Christ being killed in 2016, mainly at the hands of Muslims. But we don't hear much about this persecution from politically correct leftist governments. Rather, if you happen to use "hate speech" in questioning ideologies, then this is treated as the most serious issue by far.

And the effect on the women in Europe should not be seen merely as an undermining of ideological feminism. Statistics show that serious violent crimes against women have increased based on Muslim immigration. In terms of the most severe abuse in Sweden, "92% of all ‘severe rapes’ (violent rapes) are committed by those of a migratory/asylum background." The most violent types of rapes tend to statistically occur with groups of men and gangs. In Sweden, "According to a recent survey, 94% of gang criminals have at least one foreign-born parent." This abuse is not limited to Sweden. After Denmark submitted to United Nations pressure in 2015 and began allowing in thousands of refugees, the rape rate soared 163% in just one year.

Extreme Intolerance against Jews and Christians in Europe is on the Rise

December 09, 2017

List of Trump's Key Positive Conservative Accomplishments



A person doing objective research into the facts of President Trump's list of actions and accomplishments since taking office will see that overall he has promoted a less-controlling government and a renewed impetus towards religious liberty in the truest sense of the word. His list of achievements shows support for traditional values and freedoms and the critical right to public free speech. In contrast to this, the past few U.S. presidents have increasingly supported globalist totalitarian governmental control, increased bureaucracy, and status-quo corruption. This is why Trump's approach has been labeled "draining the swamp." All of the following points have documented reliable sources based on original source links.

List of Trump's Key Positive Conservative Accomplishments

Abortion 

January 27, 2017—'Vice President Mike Pence became the first vice president in United States history to speak at the annual March for Life march in Washington D.C. Additionally, Trump senior advisor Kellyanne Conway also spoke at the event, and Trump himself strongly expressed his support for the march.'

April 4, 2017—'The Trump Administration halted U.S. funding of the United Nations Population Fund, which has links to inhumane abortion programs such as China's one-child policy. Instead, the $32.5 million was shifted to the U.S. Agency for International Development.'

'President Trump appointed several pro-life advocates to Department of Health and Human Services positions. On April 28, 2017, in an apparent victory for the pro-life movement,'
   
The Department of Health and Human Services has published a revised strategic plan that states in its introduction that life begins at conception. 
   
Religious Liberty

February 22, 2017—'President Trump rescinded former President Obama's pro-transgender guidelines for schools receiving federal aid that are subject to Title IX. A day earlier, the Trump Administration announced it would discontinue Obama's pro-transgender policies.'

May 4, 2017—On the annual National Day of Prayer, President Trump signed an executive order on religious liberty. Among its provisions, it loosened IRS restrictions against political activities by tax-exempt religious organizations, effectively weakening the Johnson Amendment; and it attempted to make it easier for employers not to provide contraceptives if they had religious objections. The order gave conservative Attorney General Jeff Sessions greater authority regarding religious liberty policy.  Although well received by some Christians and conservatives, others criticized it for being ineffective and easy to repeal.' 

November 20, 2017

The Paradox of Happiness in Christ: Why Jesus is not a Christian Hedonist

  


Many Christians today are obsessed with the subject of happiness and seeking joy as the top priority in life. Don't get me wrong, being happy and joyful are good things. But when a good thing is made the most important thing, then this is the essence of idolatry. If we were meant to seek our own happiness in God above all things, then the Sermon on the Mount would actually be in reverse order and false. We would be admonished to seek our happiness first above all and to view righteousness and holy behavior as merely a means towards this. But this is not what Jesus taught. Based on a close examination of scripture, Jesus was not a Christian Hedonist and in his first teaching, he warned us of those that would corrupt the commands and priorities of God. After reading this article I hope that you come away with this important truth: Life in Christ is a beautiful paradox. Don't fight it, embrace it.

The very first teaching that Jesus gave has been called the Sermon on the Mount and its content has been called the “Beatitudes.” According to Vines, "In the beatitudes the Lord indicates not only the characters that are "blessed," but the nature of that which is the highest good." The word "blessed" indicates a spiritual state that is associated with happiness but is more than mere secular happiness or satisfaction.

What is the Sermon on the Mount mainly about? A deeper revelation of true ethics and discipleship.

Here are the first four points of Christ's first teaching:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
(Matthew5:3-6 NIV)

According to the explicit words of Jesus, we are admonished to actually hunger and thirst after righteousness, not satisfaction. And the state of satisfaction is a byproduct. This underscores the paradox of happiness. As a conclusion to his long teaching, Jesus emphasized that the blessedness of God is not the main goal we are to be seeking, but is a byproduct of seeking the whole of God's kingdom, and all that this means, and living according to God's righteousness:

November 06, 2017

Witnesses: Texas Church Shooter was Depressed and Adamant Secular Atheist


On November 5, 2017, a mass shooting took place at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. I pray for the families of the victims. And I thank God for the hero, Johnnie Langendorf, an exemplary citizen that was able to stop the killer's illegal gun from killing more people by using his own legal gun. There is not a lot of info coming out in the MSM about the Texas shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley. But alternative news sites are offering witness accounts by acquaintances. These witnesses outline the shooters life, beliefs, and habits. It's helpful to look deeper into the subject of gun violence in America and to try to understand not only the shooter's motive but also what formed the basis of the shooter's motive. If anything, this will help us as Christians to better respond to this problem in society.

Chris Cuomo asked a Texas pastor about the Christian response to mass shootings.

"Why do people find their end in the murder of others?"

And then he goes deeper:

November 03, 2017

Hillary Clinton's Violation of Election Fraud Law Carries Possible 10 Year Prison Sentence


According to their own testimonies, it seems that Both Donna Brazile and Elizabeth Warren helped to deceive all of the Democrat Party into thinking that Hillary Clinton was a good candidate, while both of them have recently confessed that they knew Clinton had personally controlled the primaries and rigged the vote against Bernie Sanders, resulting in his loss to Clinton. Brazile and Warren did not blow the whistle when they knew of a crime. Rather, they supported the charade. 
This could give a whole new meaning to the "I'M WITH HER" campaign slogan. This implies their possible complicity in election fraud. And their recent confessions imply that they want to try to distance themselves from serious crimes and place all of the blame on Hillary Clinton. 
        
While the political activism and momentum against President Trump is focused on alleged "Russian collusion" in the presidential election, the very same arguments used against Trump probably carry more weight against Hillary Clinton. The evidence of collusion against Trump, by comparison, is actually very weak. It's truly appalling to see the lack of investigative journalism and objective coverage of these subjects by the mainstream news, but laws are laws and we can view the opinions of legal experts on these subjects to help answer the questions: What are the specific election laws that Hillary Clinton might have violated? What is the possible prison term for Hillary Clinton for election fraud?
   

The following analysis by Lorraine C. Minnite sheds some light on election fraud:

November 01, 2017

Chuck Schumer's Flawed Response to the N.Y.C. Muslim Jihad Truck Attack Explained



The vehicular slaughter yesterday in Manhattan of eight random people was performed by Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, that screamed "Allahu akbar!," which is translated as, “God is great!” and, in light of the fact that I will probably be labeled as a "hater" for pointing out an objective fact, only people with Islamic beliefs say this phrase when they kill people. A note was later discovered that outlined the attack was carried out in the name of ISIS and it was announced that long-term planning was behind the attack. I pray that God brings healing to those mourning and suffering as victims and I also pray that leaders have insight and wisdom towards addressing this type of issue.

This person entered the U.S. with a visa based on N.Y. Senator Chuck Schumer's intent to bring in more "diversity" to the U.S. and immigrants from any and all countries, even with high populations of Muslim extremists, with no special terrorist vetting. But does the applicant have a job? That apparently is a more important question for Chuck for immigrants. The need for more serious and practical wisdom on terrorism, however, was highlighted by President Trump's response to the act of terror:

"The terrorist came into our country through what is called the 'Diversity Visa Lottery Program,' a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based," Trump tweeted. "We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter)."

Despite the fact that the killer came into the country through Schumer's own policy, Schumer does not accept any responsibility. There would have been no attack if Schumer had not authored his lottery visa program. Instead of accepting appropriate responsibility as a genuine leader, Schumer is immediately demanding that President Trump and the U.S. continue to back Schumer's ideologies and illogical policies.
  
According to Daily News, Chuck Schumer's money hole for "anti-terror funds" is titled the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) and is mainly an after-the-fact emergency response:

“In particular, New York uses its UASI funding to pay for first responder training efforts, like the FDNY’s Tiered Response Training and the NYPD’s Counter-Terrorism Training.”

October 27, 2017

Kaepernick's Confusion: LGBT and Islamo-Leftist Values Aren't Exactly Harmonious




Colin Kaepernick's website helps to explain a lot of the confusion and misunderstanding surrounding the NFL anthem protests. In a previous post, I outlined five reasons why the NFL protests are illogical. And in this post, I'll highlight the ideological self-contradictions of Kaepernick's activism.

In the Gospel of Mark 3:25, Jesus states, "If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand." (NIV)

If the foundation is self-contradictory, any doctrine, movement or activism based on that foundation is bound to ultimately bring about chaos and discord. Islamo-leftism is self-contradictory. Communism and Islam promoted together is self-contradictory. And highlighting wanted criminals and murderers as role models is not a good place to begin for offering role models to troubled inner-city youths.

In searching for some kind of foundation of thought or virtue at Kaepernick's website, there is nothing to find. The "About" drop-down tab of his website menu offers an image (webclip pictured) with one sentence of a description:

"THE MISSION OF THE COLIN KAEPERNICK FOUNDATION IS TO FIGHT OPPRESSION OF ALL KINDS GLOBALLY, THROUGH EDUCATION AND SOCIAL ACTIVISM."

Likewise, the "About" page at his 'Know Your Rights Camp" offers a one-sentence description:

"OUR GOAL: To help build a stronger generation of people that will create the change that is much needed in this world."

While these sound like positive missions and goals, there is no actual information on how to "properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios." And the outlining of basic constitutional rights, as suggested by the page on the youth camp is also nowhere to be found. It is only by digging deeper that one can try to determine what "self-empowerment" means politically for Colin:

October 16, 2017

Movie “Fences” Points to Answer for Racism and True Nature of Ethics



The NFL anthem protests have highlighted how racism is still considered an important subject and the unassuming movie “Fences” (2016) produced by Denzel Washinton, and starring the same, offers some insights on the subject of racism and, more importantly, raises important questions about the nature of valid and reliable ethics in society.

Denzel Washington's and Viola Davis' acting were top-notch quality in this movie and worthy of academy awards in my opinion. The film has some serious adult-life themes in it, so it's probably not a good family movie for young children. But for a family with a mature teen, it seems like a helpful family movie. The family lessons are good for both parents and children. Though the underlying belief of God is evident in the family interactions and this belief culminates with a sense of conviction that God is truly alive and interacting with them, the sense of family redemption in the conclusion ultimately does not mention or do justice to the more important biblical personal redemption defined by Jesus in scripture.

Though racism is not the main theme of the movie, it's the foundation of Troy's bitterness, and serious unhealed wounds from this form the basis of the entire movie plot. The film shows how Troy's racial bitterness negatively influences himself and, therefore, has a negative influence on his family and their future. A portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hanging in their home hints at the true path towards addressing the problem of racism.

Apparently as a means of retaining some sense of meaningful morality outside of a full and wholehearted commitment to God, and as a protective mechanism to avoid further personal pain in life, Troy identifies a basic rule for his life and family that he strictly lives by, and that is simply to provide food and take care of the family's basic physical needs. However, as the movie progresses, it becomes obvious that this rule is enforced with a sense of strict and cold legalism and as an unwritten contract of required obedience within the family.

October 12, 2017

Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood's Redemption



"...but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more," (Romans 5:20b ESV)

Harvey Weinstein’s daughter called 911 on Wednesday morning out of desperate concern that her father was "depressed and suicidal" as sexual allegations continue to mount against him. We should probably pray that Weinstein has an epiphany about the reality of God and the need for salvation in Christ. Hollywood in general seriously needs an awakening and this is something that only God can do. As an extremely powerful producer and partner of Miramax, it is believed that Weinstein is just the tip of the iceberg regarding entrenched sexual abuse in this industry. And it is well known that Hollywood has a history of suicide and drug overdoses. But a recent film about Steve McQueen and testimonies by other actors show another side of Hollywood, a side of redemption.

September 25, 2017

NFL Hypocrisy and the Warped Ethics of the PC Anthem Protests



I have zero sympathies for the revenue losses of the NFL because of their extreme hypocrisy with regard to selectively enforcing their rules, especially with regard to offending veterans and the worship of their corporate sponsors and false politically-correct narratives as their highest good. For example, a study in 2016 by African American Harvard professor Roland G. Fryer, Jr. showed that there was no racial bias at all with regard to deaths and shootings by police. However, the main basis of the NFL protests is that there are systemic racial killings by the police. And so fallacious political correctness is at the root of the NFL anthem protests. In addition to hypocrisy, there are at least five illogical aspects of the NFL protests that I'll outline in this article. On a deeper level, there are forces intent on fragmenting and destroying the U.S. through exploiting such protests.

The most pronounced feature of the NFL protests might be the manner in which political correctness is being displayed as a divisive disease more so than as a helpful cure. People are being told what they are supposed to feel and how they are supposed to react based on the illogical actions of protesters. This entire spectacle is helping to show that true and valid ethics are not based merely on feelings, but must be based on facts in order to be valid and convincing. Many people that embrace relativist secular-atheist ethics and political correctness simply do not seem to understand that the toppling of statues, the rejecting of white professors at college, the demand for reparations for white privilege, kneeling for the anthem and flag, and the forcing of their PC opinion, in general, is a trend aimed ultimately towards the destruction of the United States and the removal of the very civil rights that it exploits and uses towards this end, as I'll show in this article.
   
In terms of NFL selective rule enforcement, some may remember that a Christian player, Redskins' quarterback Robert Griffin III (pictured), was basically forced to reverse his Christian T-shirt inside out for an off-field interview because there were explicit requirements to wear only Nike brand clothes. According to an eyewitness, "NFL Uniform Inspector Tony McGee (former Skins DE) approached Griffin...McGee told Griffin he couldn't wear the shirt because it wasn't a Nike product. Made him turn it inside out for the press conference." Player Ryan Kerrigan, at the same press conference, was wearing a non-Nike T-shirt that was not Christian and he was not confronted. Additionally, protests of the National Anthem and Flag are opposed by the rules, but the NFL commissioner basically defends the kneeling for the flag and anthem. But for some reason, simple decals of 9-11 tributes on clothes and tributes to murdered cops were forbidden by the NFL. And then you have the ridicule and harassment of Tim Tebow for kneeling to pray, whereas, kneeling in opposition to the anthem for political reasons is somehow supposed to be far superior.

By all accounts, the NFL is arbitrary in selecting which free speech rules it enforces and which it does not. Likewise, the praises and scandals are selectively promoted by the leftist media. The types of sponsor rules and overall reactions to player behavior ultimately seem to be dictated mainly by corporate sponsor greed, but also by some perceived politically correct need to appease the demands of only minority players. The NFL can seek to modify their player and sponsor rules if they want to, but they don't seem interested. If you look at the anthem rules and guidelines, these are completely ignored by the commissioner. Players are technically required to stand for the anthem. But perhaps since no sponsors and profits are immediately involved in this question, the NFL commissioner selectively ignores these guideline rules:

September 13, 2017

Christian Charities' CEO Salaries that Support Disaster Relief




The Daily Caller highlighted that “Christians Provide More Aid To Hurricane Victims Than FEMA” and this is a good thing. UMCOR was mentioned, which seems to be a top charity choice. Key questions for me are: Is the CEO salary reasonable? Is the money actually going to the cause? Is there transparency in the finances?

To gain some perspective, a list of mainly secular charities shows 17 CEO salaries of over $1-Million per year. While Franklin Graham's annual salary of $572,145. at Samaritan's Purse is merely half of this, it still seems excessive to me. The purse strings might be a little loose compared to the following five choices. The "Compensation of Leaders" section at Charity Navigator will the CEO salary if it is transparent and public.

1. World Relief (Evangelical relief agency)

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, this organization founded by the National Association of Evangelicals offers this as a mission introduction: "We believe God has equipped the church - the most diverse social network on the planet - to be at the center of these stories, leveraging time, energy and resources to join the vulnerable in their time of need..."

The President, CEO Stephan Bauman has a salary of $124,419. while the Senior Vice President of International Programs, Kevin Sanderson has an annual salary of $129,423. according to Charity Navigator.

This is a link to their hurricane relief page.

2. HOPE International (Christian micro-finance faith-based organization)

Based in Lancaster, PA, has a long-term mission “to invest in the dreams of families in the world’s underserved communities as they proclaim and live the Gospel,” HOPE International now operates in 16 underserved countries and has assisted hundreds of thousands of people through over 2.7 million loans. This linked post that they do not supply emergency relief, but long-term building assistance in places like Haiti after a hurricane in 2016.

The CEO / President Peter Greer receives an annual salary of $137,683 according to Charity Navigator and has their top rating of four stars.

3. Convoy of Hope (Non-denominational relief agency)

September 03, 2017

ARGUMENT AGAINST CHRISTIAN HEDONISM FROM AUTHORITY





ARGUMENT AGAINST CHRISTIAN HEDONISM FROM AUTHORITY

1. All doctrines that deny that the Lordship of Christ is at least one of any valid and prime basic motives for obeying Christ are false doctrines.

2. Christian Hedonism denies that the Lordship of Christ is at least one of any valid and prime basic motives for obeying Christ.

3. Therefore, Christian Hedonism is a false doctrine.

Is the ultimate basis of our worship and service of God feelings? Or simply who God is? It's who God is. Because God is manifold in his perfect majestic nature, there are many nuances in our relationship with God. Ultimately, knowing God, not feeling God, is the basis of eternal life:

“Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:3, NIV)

God intends that we acknowledge Christ, in all that He is and represents, as the foundation of our lives and what we think and do. Our personal relationship with Christ is of utmost importance as a part of this foundation:

“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 3:11, NIV)

When feelings of LGBT physical attraction challenge Christ's definition of marriage between a man and a woman in people's minds, the choice is often not Christ's authority, but human desires. And the doctrine of Christian Hedonism by John Piper also bases moral decisions mainly on feelings, but feelings that are attuned to God. Feelings are emphasized in Piper's doctrine to the degree that simply obeying God's word towards honoring God's authority is not a valid and prime basis for obeying God, according to Piper.

To be clear, I'm not claiming that Piper consciously or intentionally denies Christ's authority, rather, I'm outlining that his doctrine is false because it denies that simply obeying Christ's authority is a properly basic and prime motive, in addition to other valid motives. The manner in which Piper changed the fulcrum of the SWC summary from "and" to "by" shows the resolute primacy of pleasure in his doctrine and how enjoyment negates any basic and prime sense of honor and duty towards God:

September 02, 2017

ARGUMENT AGAINST CHRISTIAN HEDONISM AS IDOLATRY



This message does not go over very well in our society that is based on seeking personal happiness as the highest human end. But it's an important subject. Let me be clear that I am not denying that we should find our greatest joy in God. Rather, that seeing God merely as a means to our greatest joy is not glorifying to God and is actually harmful to our relationship with God. Objectifying any person for the sake of pleasure necessarily diminishes the value of the relationship itself by comparison. If you embrace Piper's Christian Hedonism, I'd suggest that if you cannot disprove either of the points in the following argument then you should probably accept the conclusion as true. I understand that people, in general, do not have a lot of interest in logic. But it does help in order to test the validity of doctrine. I believe that the logic and form of this argument are airtight. If the premises are true and the form is valid, then the conclusion that follows must also be true. That's the beauty of the syllogistic form.