May 21, 2018

Christian Faith: The Mets and Yankees Share Their Beliefs in Videos



Our family went to the Mets game yesterday against the Arizona Diamondbacks and it was inspiring not just to watch the game but also to look deeper into the lives of the players. One of our sons was invited along with hundreds of local Little League players to walk on Citi field before the game in a parade of sorts and we also received a free ticket because of this league which helped to offset the cost of food there. Personally, I'm more interested in football and lacrosse and this was the first pro baseball game that I've gone to, but the come-from-behind win was inspiring boosted by Rosario's pair of solo home runs and Cabrera's homer.

We all had a great time at the game and I was also inspired by reading about how the players and managers from both the Mets and the Yankees share their Christian faith and by watching some of their videos that I've linked to. Although there is a fan-based rivalry between the Mets and Yankees, faith transcends the game and it's inspiring to hear spiritual testimonies from all teams and players.

April 07, 2018

We Love Simply Because God is Love and we are Born of God


“We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19 NIV)

The question of "why" is one of the most important questions in life that little children intuitively understand but adults tend to forget. It's extremely important today to understand why we as Christians love God and other people and what this love is based on because popular false teachings have sprung up that seriously misrepresent this very issue.

First, scripture teaches that our love and all other actions should not be based on humanistic motives or self-centered urges, rather, we are taught that our prime impetus as Christians is a supernatural type of love that was initiated wholly on the part of God, "because He first loved us." (1 John 4:19 NIV)

Second, it's clearly explained that God's nature is to love with a self-giving type of agape love. Everything that exists has an identity and nature that is manifested. God does not love in order to feel pleasure or to seek His own glory. To love is simply God's nature. Fish swim, birds fly, God loves. And we love because we have God's nature.We love because God is love and we are born of God.

“Beloved, let us love one another because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8 NIV)

February 21, 2018

Should Christians Discuss Politics on Facebook and on Social Media in General?



This question of social media etiquette and discussing politics on social media was born out of a comment on my blog by Josh Lee implying that Christians should avoid all such discussions. If public school children are now freely discussing gun politics after the Parkland school shooting, then it seems adult Christians should probably also feel at liberty to discuss their political views on the Internet and on social media. Christians are often the "silent majority" regarding important rights.

My opinion is that God desires to guide each Christian personally on this type of question and that there is no one-size-fits-all answer. However, the one-size-fits-all answer is, unfortunately, the default that many Christians embrace and promote. The general opposition to becoming 'too involved' in politics was based on the following points that seem to be common:

“I personally don’t get involved into politics, because I feel getting into such an environment immediately puts people at odds (and even make enemies of one another), which I think is counter to what God teaches us to do.”

This is a common approach by many Christians, including many pastors. But I'd offer that there are underlying misconceptions in this statement that need to be fleshed out.

A) Political discussion (allegedly) puts people immediately at odds and makes enemies.

First: I'd offer that while there is a strong possibility that tension can be experienced in political discussions, this is not necessarily the case. Some people prefer photos of kittens and other people gravitate towards online discussions and debates. We have an opportunity to learn and grow through discussions and debates if we are open-minded and interested. If not, there is no harm done and no compulsion to be involved.

January 27, 2018

John Piper's False Doctrine of Utilitarian Happiness in Worship






Should our worship of God be mainly understood as self-seeking in order to experience pleasure?

Recently, Jesse Morales argued in defense of John Piper's doctrine of Christian Hedonism (his full argument is posted following this article in blue text). And Jesse is very much on target in proposing that the concept of Christian happiness needs to be fleshed out. This is perhaps more important now than any other time in history. It's a good idea to break down doctrinal ideas as much as possible for the sake of discerning truth from error as much as is helpful, and I'm thankful for Jesse's interest in clarifying the truth.

With all of the devoted followers of John Piper out there, it's a bit surprising how few are interested in discussing and defending his doctrine. The main reason that I published the following argument, as described in a previous post, was to pinpoint error and deny wiggle room for potential sophistry and to invite important discussion. This CHAI argument has yet to be successfully challenged:

ARGUMENT AGAINST CHRISTIAN HEDONISM AS IDOLATRY

1. According to the law of identity, "joy in God" is not God, and God is not "joy in God."

2. Seeking as the highest aim anything but God is idolatry.

3. Therefore, seeking joy in God as the highest aim is idolatry.

The first observation I'd like to point out is that Jesse in his response did not deny John Piper's opinion that the prime objective of the Christian life is basically seeking joy in God as the highest aim. We see this in Piper's summary article that I discussed previously this claim: “...we should pursue happiness, and pursue it with all our might.” And we see this in a 2017 post titled "Joy is Never Optional": "God commands all people, everywhere and in all times, to pursue their maximum pleasure." Piper explicitly requires that our worship of God is based on seeking joy: "Christian Hedonism does not put us above God when it makes the joy of worship its goal." (DG p 95)

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."

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.”

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 Christians 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. 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. The subject of evangelicalism is basically a platform that Keller uses for passing along his surreptitious judgments.

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.

Tim Keller implies that supporting a polished politician such as Hillary Clinton (one his Gospel Coalition prefers) and abortion, Marxism, radical Islam, transgenderism, the destruction of religious rights, is preferable to supporting Trump. Though Donald Trump is neither a polished speaker nor a candidate for the priesthood, he 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, e 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 much more than mere 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 mainly hunger and thirst after righteousness, not satisfaction. And the state of satisfaction is a byproduct. 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 promising 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.