The Bible is replete with historical ‘second chances’ God granted Israel. Numerous spiritual templates in the Bible serve to guide us. A template found in Isaiah chapter 45 applies, I believe, to our present situation.
“This is what the Lord says to Cyrus, his anointed one, whose right hand he will empower. Before him, mighty kings will be paralyzed with fear. Their fortress gates will be opened, never to shut again. This is what the Lord says: “I will go before you, Cyrus, and level the mountains. I will smash down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness—secret riches.
I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name. “And why have I called you for this work? Why did I call you by name when you did not know me? It is for the sake of Jacob my servant, Israel my chosen one. I am the Lord there is no other God. I have equipped you for battle, though you don’t even know me, so all the world from east to west will know there is no other God.” – Isaiah 45:1-5 NLT
As it is written in Amos 3:7, “Indeed the Sovereign Lord never does anything until he reveals his plans to his servants the prophets.”
God revealed his plans to Lance Wallnau and to Rabbi Matityahu Glazerson. No doubt he also revealed his plans to pastors Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas and Robert Morris of Gateway Church in Southlake.
There are many facets to God’s handiwork. Here are two to consider.
Israel is God’s chosen people. This isn’t my idea; it’s something God plainly says.
These United States of America is the only nation on the face of the earth committed to the peace and safety of the land of Israel.
What God is doing by raising up Donald Trump to be our president isn’t directly about restoring America’s greatness. His plan is to use us to protect and serve the interests of God within the land of Israel.
I suppose a simple way to express my point is this: It ain’t about you or me. It’s all about God’s Kingdom. Capice?
Trump’s win doesn’t give license to live sinfully without consequences. Trump’s win is a sign God is allowing us a second chance. Perhaps this election marks the beginning of another ‘great awakening’.
Your opportunity is to move out of ‘pablum’ Christianity by becoming a serious student of God’s Holy Word, the Bible, the operating instructions for mankind.
A good starting point is giving thanks to God. Let this month of Thanksgiving become more than turkey and dressing. It is my prayer this month marks the time when Americans renew the spirit of thanksgiving that was born this month, 395 years ago in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
As far back as July 4, 1776, we as a people have embraced the right to life, as expressed in the Unanimous Declaration of Independence.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”
LIBERTARIAN PARTY POSITION ON ABORTION
“Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration.”
DEMOCRAT PARTY POSITION ON ABORTION
Statement-1 “We will appoint judges who defend the constitutional principles of liberty and equality for all, and will protect a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion”
Statement-2 “We believe unequivocally, like the majority of Americans, that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion”
Statement-3 “We will continue to oppose—and seek to overturn—federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment.”
Statement-4 “We will support sexual and reproductive health and rights around the globe. In addition to expanding the availability of affordable family planning information and contraceptive supplies, we believe that safe abortion must be part of comprehensive maternal and women’s health care and included as part of America’s global health programming.”
REPUBLICAN PARTY POSITION ON ABORTION
Statement-1 “The Constitution’s guarantee that no one can “be deprived of life, liberty or property” deliberately echoes the Declaration of Independence’s proclamation that “all” are “endowed by their Creator” with the inalienable right to life. Accordingly, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed.”
Statement-2 “We oppose the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned Parenthood, so long as they provide or refer for elective abortions or sell fetal body parts rather than provide healthcare.”
Statement-3 “We condemn the Supreme Court’s activist decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt striking down commonsense Texas laws providing for basic health and safety standards in abortion clinics.”
Libertarians and Democrats hold a position contrary to the principle of government set forth in the Declaration of Independence.
A government that does not secure the Right to Life will not shy from denying all other rights.
In this November election, the Democrat Party and the Libertarian Party publicly stand for abortion on demand. Government sanctioned murder of children in the womb is anathema to the principles upon which this nation was founded.
Furthermore, the fundamental Right to Life was made an ordinance for all mankind via The Sixth Commandment of the Law given by God through Moses that prohibits murder (Exodus 20:13, Proverbs 16:16-19)
Only the Republican Party aligns with history, the Will of God and the Declaration of Independence.
I call elected to attention another unconstitutional scheme by this sitting president: Takeover of State Elections under the guise of ‘critical infrastructure’.
Among the enumerated powers of federal government, control of state elections by a sitting president is not among them.
Pertinent Law: Article I, Section 4
“The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations …”
This corrupt presidential administration’s track record for lawlessness is legendary. I remind you how he used the IRS to target and harass conservative American groups and persons who publicly oppose him. Shall we roll over and play dead to allow this unconstitutional power grab corrupt state elections? I say, no.
Neither Congress nor the Texas State Legislature has authorized the DHS to take control of state elections.
Contact your elected representatives to voice your opposition to Jeh Johnson’s labeling of state elections ‘critical infrastructure’.
Barack Obama attempted to take over restrooms in public schools in order to allow men into women’s restrooms and dressing rooms. His Justice Department refuses to enforce current laws such as firearms laws and immigration laws. This is cause for alarm and cause for action by our citizens.
Awakening at 3:00 am can do tricks to the brain. This question about the agnostic, dyslexic insomniac came to mind as I suddenly awoke at that hour.
Moral relativism and political correctness hold our fellow Americans hostage to a tyrannical government. The problem is one of authority, or better still the understanding of it.
Do we want a king to rule over us? Yes, it’s built into our DNA so to speak. One day an incorruptible king will rule over the earth with inexhaustible wisdom, infinite wisdom and perfect justice. This incorruptible king? His name is Yeshua Ha-Mashiach to the Jews, Isa to the Muslims, Jesus Christ to the Christians.
Meanwhile, we Americans have a unique system of government in all human history: a democratic republic.
The uneducated, unknowing majority do not know the order of authority God has graced to us. Allow this question: How do you know who the boss is? Is it not the person who can fire you?
Our president is not a king. He is but a hired administrator. As stipulated in the U.S. Constitution, We the People hold authority second only to God himself. Our system of government has three NOT co-equal branches of government. In order of authority, these are the Legislative branch, the Executive Branch and least of all the Judicial branch.
We the People can ‘fire’ legislators who, in turn, can fire presidents and federal judges. Only our elected representatives have been authorized to make law and tax us. The executive has only authority to execute (carry out) the laws. Our founding fathers gave us a judiciary to settle disputes, not to craft law. Therefore, as a bonus, ‘case law’ is not legitimate law.
Our country is in trouble. As Pres. George H.W. Bush once said, “deep doo doo”. If your hope rests in the hands of one or more of the three branches of federal government, then I suggest you spit into one hand and put your hope in the other to see which fills faster.
Comedian George Carlin humorously said, “I have as much authority as the Pope. I just don’t have as many people who believe it.”
Actually, we who have come into personal relationship with the Heavenly Father through the Spirit of Adoption have the authority Carlin jokes about.
Personal responsibility and personal accountability are attached to personal authority. The Bible defines this as dominio propio ( a little Spanish lingo), self-control. If we lack self-control, we are then powerless.
Is it not time for each and every one of us to call on the Living God for wisdom? Shall we choose instead to be willingly ignorant of God’s amazing gifts that await our discovery?
“But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light [of God’s precepts], for it is light that makes everything visible. For this reason He says,
And arise from the dead,
And Christ will shine [as dawn] upon you and give you light.””
On this day, 151 years ago Union general Gordon Granger proclaimed General Order Number 3 in Galveston; I quote in part:
“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.”
Apart from historical context, one cannot appreciate the magnitude of slave labor in our state.
The first census ever was performed in 1850. At that time, according to the TSHA, “the Texas population comprised 154,034 whites, 397 free Negroes, and 58,161 slaves.”
By 1860 the Texas population grew explosively up until the time of the Civil War when growth came to a standstill. The last official U.S. census before the war was done in 1860. By then, our state’s population was 604,215 persons.
That historical General Order liberated approximately 250,000 slaves or about 41% of the total population.
Liberation of slaves was not accomplished overnight but happened gradually over several months as plantation owners decided to inform African-Americans enslaved on their farms.
As freedmen took stock of their situations, they prepared to participate in government at all levels. Naturally, they voted Republican.
Freedmen voted Republican for a number of reasons. First and foremost, Democrats would not allow them to vote in the party of the plantation owners. Second, it was a natural thing to do because it was the leader of the Republican Party that freed therm.
Democrats energetically strived to prevent African-Americans from voting and to discourage political activities. Covered in white sheets, wearing pointed hats, Democrats organized as the Ku Klux Klan, the KKK in order to retain power in the state. Over time, the KKK murdered thousands. Their targets were not blacks per se, but REPUBLICANS, during the 1865 to 1877 phase of the Klan. The Tuskeegee Institute estimates 1,500 total murders, 1,200 blacks, and 300 whites. The second phase was from 1915 to 1944 during which time 416 persons were lynched, all black except one Jew. Among those murdered were WW1 returning veterans.
Can’t happen in our time? Yes, it can. In fact, the lynch mobs have swapped roles. Blacks now kill more blacks than the sum of all Klan lynchings.
There can be no political solution. Only God can change the hearts of sinful men. Martin Luther King, Jr. knew this. Our Bill of Rights and our Declaration of Independence declare all men are created equal, that the duty of government is to secure our God-given rights.
As it is written [1 Timothy 2:1-3] we must “pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior”.
Regarding Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s remarks on the UT race-based admissions system.
Justice Scalia, with respect to university admissions given to scholastically low-ranking black students over others, he is correct. This also applies to scholastically low-ranking white, brown, yellow and red students.
State-funded university education has been dumbed down to the lowest common denominator in order to get as many students as possible from the admissions office to graduation day diplomas.
Time was when universities were truly institutions of higher learning. Today, I work with university graduates, mechanical engineers, who don’t know the physics of air and water.
It seems to me (this is my opinion, in other words) state-funded universities bloat tuition to fund far-left educators for whom the mission is to indoctrinate students in all manner of illogical, immoral leftist values. Is this not evident to the most casual observer?
Safe zones? Free-speech zones? Sexual identities? Really?
For the first six decades of my life and for the first two hundred years of our nation’s life, we followed God’s “sexual identities”. For a refresher, let’s read Genesis 5:2 which says, “He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind” when they were created.”
Is homosexuality a new “gender identity”? No, it first appears in recorded history in Genesis 9:20. Roughly 3,000 years later on, the Apostle Paul reaffirmed the wickedness of homosexuality in Romans chapter 1, verses 26 and 27.
“…their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”
Prohibitions against “sexual relations with an animal” (Exodus 22:19) tell us bestiality was always a deviant sexual behavior.
Sin has been with mankind from the time of Adam and Eve and sin will be our nature until the day of Jesus Christ.
Public University students are now taught that sexual deviancy is the new “normal”. Corrupt, ungodly, atheistic college professors now tell public university students there are 22 “sexual identities”.
I told you the bad news. Here’s the good news: God sent his only natural-born son, wrapped in burial cloth, birthed in a barn, lived a sinless life, sacrificed his own life so you can have eternal life and so you can have the grace of God in your present life.
I take opportunity to encourage parents to seek Christian universities for their soon-to-be high school graduate children. One great resource is CollegePlus.org.
Meanwhile, I applaud Justice Scalia’s frankness and encourage public dialog around the Biblical models of righteous male and female roles.
TPP is the goal, a wide ranging set of enforceable rules to assure a level playing field for American interests doing business around the Pacific Rim. Among those enforceable rules, as stated by President Obama who calls it “the most progressive trade deal in history“:
“Strong enforceable provisions for workers, preventing things like child labor”
“Strong enforceable provisions on the environment”
“Preventing wildlife trafficking or deforestation or dealing with our oceans”
He says, “these are enforceable in the agreement”. I agree, because I read and understand the U.S. Constitution.
“He [the president] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur” – Article II, Section 2
President Obama needs no further authority than the above to make a treaty. So, why does he beg Congress to give additional authority? The Constitution yields no authority whatsoever to the House of Representatives in this respect. Let’s read further from our Constitution.
“The judicial Power [of the Judiciary] shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;—to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;—to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;—to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party…” – Article III, Section 2
I remind you it was the Judiciary that ruled ObamaCare “constitutional”, despite the fact it is not so. You see, Justice Roberts yielded to the administration’s argument that it is a tax and Congress has the power to tax. What he in his ignorance failed to recognize is the taxation in ObamaCare originated in the Senate and not in the House, as per Article I, Section 7. It was an earlier Supreme Court that declared the murder of infants within the womb “constitutional”, leading to the deaths of over 53 million American children. But, let’s go forward.
“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land...” – Article VI, paragraph second
After passage of NAFTA, over 1,000,000 American jobs evaporated into thin air. Actually, they evaporated over our borders. Here in Rockwall, I was witness to the relocation of Rockwall jobs to Tijuana, Mexico when the local aluminum plant relocated its aluminum extrusion machinery and equipment to that city south of the border. FactCheck.org disagrees, but qualifies by saying the numbers are unsure. Let’s look to our employment picture for a reasonable assessment.
One cannot rely on the published unemployment rate, because of the variability of the means by which it is calculated. A better measure is the United States Labor Force Participation Rate which was at 62.9% in April. A little math reveals true unemployment in America: 100% – 62.9% = 37.1%.
Various news sources have been reporting on a dramatic rise in applications for disability payments. Apparently, this dramatic rise has within it elements of fraud, but regardless the cause of the rise, it’s happening. It’s real. And, it points more to a vacuous job market.
I don’t propose “protectionist” measures. I do propose a sound defeat of TPA in the Senate and a sound defeat of TPP there, also. If we set ourselves up for our laws to be governed by foreign interests, and you can bet your sweet bippy that is precisely what will happen, if passed, then we lose our sovereignty. The United States of America is the only nation on the face of the earth that somewhat reliably follows the rule of law. China, Vietnam and all other Asian-Pacific countries do not. They are parliamentary forms of governments that can change internal laws on a whim.
Finally, my chief complaint is this silly notion promoted in Congress by Republicans is we can trust Obama to follow the law. Accountability they call it. Really? At this point in time, how is it working for us in Congressional hearings? This scandalous administration has demonstrated disdain for our Constitution, the Rule of Law and refused accountability from January 20, 2009 to this present time.
There are many others who object on the grounds of internet freedom, copyright laws and other matters. I urge you to research and THINK for yourself.
We have a president who says “climate change” is a greater threat to us than Middle East terrorists. He openly says he has no plan to deal with ISIS, but he has a plan to ban trans fats. He and his wife have squandered over $44,000,000 on their private vacations. This sitting president cannot be trusted to do what is right for American citizens.
I urge all American voters, Democrat, Republican and Libertarian, to tell our U.S. Senators to OPPOSE TPA, TPP and TAA. Let’s now craft trade agreements that are good for America.