Christians: Privileged or Persecuted?

According to a seminar at George Washington University, I’ve been getting “Christian Privilege” all my life! That’s on top of my patriarchal, white, gluten/peanut tolerating privilege!

But is that really true? Or is it one of those #FirstWorldProblems things?

Globally, the idea of Christian privilege is pure sophistry. Christians are the recipients of up to 80 percent of religious persecution around the planet, making it the most persecuted religion in the world. Worldwide, Christianity is the opposite of privileged unless you consider it a privilege that the day your faith is discovered in Somalia is the day you die.

“But we’re just talking about the evil empire – the United States, David.”

OK – let’s consider that. Christians in the United States don’t blow people up; they don’t riot in the streets; they do billions of dollars of good work. But they are still persecuted. Examples:

  • Facebook refused an ad from a Catholic University because it was too violent – it pictured a statue of Jesus on the cross.
  • Obama tried to force Hobby Lobby and The Little Sisters of the Poor to fund abortifacients against their Christian belief. Horrible people those “Little Sisters” – caring for the elderly poor and destitute as if they were family.
  • In 2012, Chick-fil-A owner Truett Cathy said he supports biblical marriage: one man/one woman. The mainstream media went ballistic, and his restaurants were vandalized and received threats of violence from homosexual groups.
  • A case is currently before the Supreme Court regarding a baker. The baker will sell homosexuals cupcakes, cakes and brownies, but, believing that same-sex marriage is a sin, won’t bake cakes for their marriage ceremonies. So Colorado is trying to force him to violate his religious beliefs.

None of that sounds “privileged” to me. One could argue that Islam is much more privileged that Christianity these days.

After 9/11, when Muslim terrorists killed 3,000 Americans, U.S. leaders went to GREAT PAINS to distance Islam from those guys who claimed to kill in the name of Islam.
After 9/11:

  • We were told we must watch out for “Islamophobia.” “Phobia” refers to an irrational fear – like the fear that one of the 100 million Muslims sympathetic to terrorism might fly a plane into a building in the name of their religion. Crazy.
  • George W. Bush, confronted with this act of terror, declared, “Islam means peace.” Wrong. Who advised this guy? It’s not a secret – Islam literally means, “submission.” I guess “peace” sounded better.
  • Both Bush and Obama refused to say the term, “radical Islam.” It’s not radical Christianity (they handle snakes) or radical Krishnas (used to accost you with love and bald heads in airports) or radical Girl Scout cookie pushers that are the problem.
  • Obama invited dozens of real Islamic terror suspects to the White House.
  • Obama criticized Christianity for the Crusades, which happened 1,000 years ago, but never criticized Islam for the terror of today.
  • Trump banned travel from seven of 50 Muslim majority countries (they were terror incubators); the mainstream media was apoplectic calling it a “Muslim Travel Ban.” Weakest ban in history since it left out 43 countries. “All Muslims are BANNED. Except for 86 percent of them. But it’s BIG BEAUTIFUL BAN.”

Bottom line?

  • Islamic terrorists kill 3,000 Americans, and everyone runs around making sure no one offends Islam.
  • Faithful Christians refuse to pay for abortion drugs or believe in biblical marriage, and they are the Taliban and must be destroyed!

So in one sense in 2018, anyone that goes around claiming Christians have special “privilege” is cloistered from reality.

But, I must admit, here in the U.S., every single person is a recipient of a specific type of Christian privilege. Here’s the truth. The United States is:

  • the greatest country in the world,
  • the safest country in the world,
  • the most prosperous country in the world,
  • the most secure country in the world, and
  • the freest country in all of history.

Why? Because of the Christian values and principles that informed its founding and governance. Christian values led to the forming of a country unlike any in history – dedicated to protecting the individual’s right to freedom and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

“But what about all the atrocities the U.S. has committed?” America has her flaws, but those flaws exist in spite of Christianity, when the U.S. has not fully embraced Christian values. And we work hard to right the wrongs: Slavery was the norm around the world, and we were the only nation in human history to fight a bloody civil war to end it.

In every election cycle, Barbra Streisand and her buddies declare they will leave the country if the conservative or Christian or Republican wins. And we wait, and we wait, but THEY NEVER LEAVE. THEY PROMISED! WHY WON’T THEY LEAVE?

Because there’s nowhere better to go.

Instead of “Christian privilege” seminars, there ought to be seminars everywhere on how you should thank your lucky stars if you’re an atheist, your lucky charms if you’re a witch, or whoever it is you worship, that you live in a country that was founded by Christians and/or those who respected Christianity and the Bible. Because you are more blessed than the 95-plus percent of the world’s population that lives elsewhere. You have freedom and liberty unlike any other people in history.

 

-David

This was originally published at WND.com.

 

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Getting Rid of Liberty

Well, that didn’t take long.

They come for the Second Amendment, then they come for the First. Because liberty is always under attack. Follow me here:

1. Only a small group of Parkland students have been embraced by the mainstream media. Specifically, five. Commonality? They all hate guns, the NRA, and Republicans. (Democrats are never mentioned by the five.)

2. At least two of the of select students are radically extreme in their language. Cameron Kasky told Sen. Marco Rubio to his face: “It’s hard to look at you and not look down the barrel on an AR-15.” What kind of person even says that? David Hogg has said that NRA members “pathetic f—ers that want to keep killing our children.” For the record, the NRA is a Second Amendment civil rights group funded by 5 million citizens – including me. Its members have been involved in zero mass shootings. This kind of rabid hate-filled screed is immoral and it harshes my mellow.

3. The government’s failures are legion. I’m 100 percent hardcore Blue Lives Matter, but in this case, the list of law enforcement failures that allowed this shooting to happen (including officers sitting outside listening to kids being shot) are so mind-numbingly numerous I can’t list them all, but you can read them here (Wall Street Journal) and here (Miami Herald).

Bottom line? Had local law enforcement and the FBI had done their jobs, at least some and maybe all of the 17 lives would’ve been saved. Let that sink in before you get to No. 4.

4. In spite of No. 3, the “gun control” Parkland students, have expressed NO interest in holding law enforcement accountable. ZERO. If law enforcement failed and the result was that your friends were MURDERED, wouldn’t you be raging from the rooftops? That would be a rational response. But not for the gun control Parkland students:

  • Student Emma Gonzalez said she resents the criticism of law enforcement in this case.
  • Student David Hogg defended the officer who sat outside the entire time students were being murdered and has refused to criticize law enforcement failures that killed his fellow students.

5. Apparently, only survivors who favor gun control are “legitimate” survivors. At the “March for Our Lives,” any Parkland students that were not pro-gun control were deliberately excluded (Kyle Kashuv, Hunter Pollack – brother of murdered student Meadow Pollack). Their friends (and sister) were just as dead, but they were not deemed to be legitimate voices because they were off message.

6. The “Repeal the Second Amendment” push. In the wake of Parkland, there has been a call (by a former Supreme Court justice and others) for the repeal of the Second Amendment. Both Obama and Clinton are fans of repeal, having praised Australia’s gun confiscation as a good model for the U.S.

So obviously, this movement isn’t about school safety, keeping our kids safe, or even right the wrongs. It’s about power and guns and assaulting liberty. It’s an attack on the Second Amendment.

And so we move from an attack on the Second Amendment to the First.

For years there has been a push against free speech with speech codes, warnings about “microaggressions” and hate speech. Since Donald Trump’s election, students have violently rioted against free speech, destroying property at places like Berkeley (home of the free speech movement) to stop the free expression of ideas they disagree with. The result? Speakers the anarchists disagreed with were uninvited. Free speech violently crushed.

So unsurprisingly, Parkland student David Hogg has advanced to attacking free speech. Laura Ingraham hurt his feelings with a tweet, so rather than debate he immediately initiated a boycott of her sponsors to silence her.

When she apologized in the spirit of Easter, he said he would not accept her apology until she started speaking exactly the way he wants her to. He wants to control her speech.

Does he really want her silenced because she hurt his feelings? I doubt it. My guess is he wants her silenced because her voice is an impediment to his power.

Liberty is always under assault.

That explains why there’s this media steam behind an amazingly illogical argument to increase government power in the face of government failure. That’s why there’s a movement against speech on campuses and calls to boycott anyone who hurts a radical’s feelings. People want to control people – that’s the essence of tyranny and, unfortunately, human nature.

The Bible calls this our “sin nature,” and the nation’s founders understood it. They knew that “power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” They understood that the only safeguard against corruption was to make sure no one person or one group or the government had “absolute power.”

How did they do that? They recognized that God is the giver of certain absolute rights, not the government. Among those is freedom of speech, religion, and freedom to defend life, property, and liberty. Whenever those are infringed upon, you have tyranny (see China, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela).

When people are willing to ignore the facts and the failure of government, so they can use that same government to limit the rights of the law-abiding, it’s critical we recognize their attempts for what they really are: an attack on our God-given liberty.

-David

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The Greatest of All Time

Muhammed Ali used to say he was the “greatest of all time!” and in terms of boxing, maybe. But there’s another “greatest” that comes to mind at Easter, and it’s the greatest verse in the Bible, John 3:16, because it has five “greatests” in it. Here they are:

1. The Greatest Being: For God…

All of science believes to some extent the opening section of the Bible…In the beginning was nothing, then BANG…something.

Christianity: In the beginning there was an ultimate being. Who created everything.
Atheism: In the beginning there was nothing. Nothing exploded. And became something. Makes perfect sense.

The Hubble Space Telescope is that giant Nasa telescope that beams back incredible pictures of the universe. George Will writes, “Soon the ACLU or the People for the American Way, or some similar faction of litigious secularism will file suit against NASA, charging that the Hubble Space Telescope unconstitutionally gives comfort to the religiously inclined. Science is augmenting, not subverting, the sense of awe that undergirds religious yearnings.”

Isaiah looked into the heavens some 2700 years ago and recognized the stars were made by (Isaiah 40:26), “His great incomparable power.”

Everything begins and ends with the Greatest Being, who used:

2. The Greatest Power: God so loved…

If you say “of course God loved David!” that just shows you’ve grown up in a Christian culture. For most of history and even now in most of the world, a loving God was NOT a common belief:

  • The Greek and Roman gods didn’t love mankind.
  • 33 million Hindu deities and none of their descriptions speak of the Christian God’s love that is innate, unique, grace-based and self-sacrificial.
  • What about Allah? The Muslim God? Well – one of his 99 names “el-Waddud” – means “loving.” He is called that twice in the Quran. But…Allah’s love is qualified – he loves the pure, those who do good deeds, he does not love sinners, he does not love the unjust, and the Quran clearly states…he does not love the non-Muslim.

The Christian God – loves sinners. Romans 5:8 says God loves us and died for us…WHILE we were sinners, unbelievers, and enemies of Him.

Love is the greatest power. It is God’s power, through Christ, to make the dead – alive, the lost – found, the sinner – holy, the filthy – pure, the guilty – innocent.

The Greatest Being, God, exhibited the Greatest Power, Love:

3. To the Greatest Degree: …the World….

“Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight – Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

God loves the Charismatics, but also Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Catholics. God loves the conservatives – but also the liberals and the communists. God loves preachers – and the murderers, gamblers, bartenders, prostitutes and the addicts and on and on and on.

God loves ALL – ALL colors, ALL individuals, ALL social groups, ALL…God so loved…the world.

Which includes you. Jeremiah 31:3 God says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.”

The greatest being with the greatest power to the greatest degree, gave:

4. The Greatest Gift: …that He gave His only Son…

I would be happy to risk everything to save someone from death. But if two were at risk and one was my daughter, I’m going for my daughter first.

Every. Single. Time.

God looks at the same equation and makes a different choice. He gave His Son…for you. And it’s not some crazy forced killing against the Son’s will. The Son willingly gave of Himself for you. He lived out John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” He gave the greatest gift. His life. He took the penalty for our sin.

Why? To deliver:

5. The Greatest Promise: … that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 

What do you do when your life is completely shot? Like the guy who has shattered his family? The woman who has killed every relationship? The job down the tubes? The financial crisis that makes life look like the bottom of a pit? What then?

What about the regrets. The “what ifs?” What if I hadn’t done that? What if I hadn’t hurt the ones I loved? What if I’d been a decent parent? What if I hadn’t been so selfish? What if I hadn’t failed in so many ways?

God gives you five “greats.” Here they are: 

  1. The Greatest Being God with
  2. the greatest power – loved,
  3. to the greatest degree – the entire world,
  4. so He gave the greatest gift – His Son,
  5. The greatest promise you can ever get on this earth:

That if you put your faith in Jesus, who died and then rose on the third day, that in spite of all the epic fails in your life, His death washed all of that way so that you can be part of His family, and live with Him forever and ever and ever in the greatest place prepared for you: heaven.

That’s the greatest promise of all time.

Amen amen.

 

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Get To Work Forgetting!!

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Beautiful wisdom from The Panda.

 

During the summer in college, I put in sprinkler systems with a New Yorker who was also a Doobie Brother (smoker not rockstar) with a massive walrus mustache. One of the funniest guys I’ve ever known – loved working with him.  And he loved the term “wayback machine” of Professor Peabody fame.  He’d say, “Where you gonna go Professor?” Then answer himself, “I’m gonna go…waaaaayyyyyback!” Then he’d laugh and laugh.

So would I.

But the truth is some people live their lives in the Wayback Machine. And that’s a horrible way to live. Here’s what I mean (illustration is not original with me):

Have you ever seen a really really bad movie? I mean one you REALLY hated? Maybe horribly made, or a comedy that wasn’t funny or maybe it was really offensive. Have you ever seen a movie and thought “that’s 2 hours of my life wasted!”

And did you watch that movie 3 times? 20 times? 50 times? 100 times? Ever watch a movie you hated 1000 times?

Of course not! Because that would be:

INSANE.

“Wow – this was painful the first 300 times – maybe 301st time is a charm!” And then, “I’m SHOOK! I’m WOKE! It was still horrible! Whew. Glad that’s over…wait a minute – maybe one more time – yeah – that’s the ticket!”

But we do just that in our mind.

We’ve all had that bad experience/bad fail/painful event that we rehearse over and over and over and over and over – and in some cases, a ONE-time event can give pain for years and years and years.

The Apostle Paul was an incorrigible man.

Acts 9:1 says “But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord…”

Have you ever “breathed” threats and murder? I’ve never even met someone like that and I’ve been in more than a few jails – that really is a deplorable.

And look one chapter back-Paul watches the murder of Stephen and believes it’s a wonderful service to God! Paul is literally the Taliban – a murderous thug.

But Jesus saves him – he’s radically changed. His sin is forgiven. All of it!

Sadly, for the next 50 years, Paul questions his faith and salvation and NEVER does anything for the Lord, because he keeps taking the wayback machine wayback and reliving his massive moral failure. He’s such a wreck he goes from doctor to doctor and walks around in pharmaceutically numbed state for the rest of his life.

WRONG!  He changes the world! He writes half of the NT. How does he do that? The answer is here:

“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past…” Philippians 3:13a

Paul doesn’t have a wayback machine; he doesn’t go see bad movies more than once; and he doesn’t relive his murderous past over and over again! That’s what Satan wants him to do. God wants him to move forward. Smart guy that Paul is, he listens to God.

How many times have you watched a bad movie from your past?

Maybe someone mistreated you – and you’ve relived it 1000 times. Stop letting that person live rent free in your head. Learn from it. Forget it. Move forward.

Maybe it’s a major fail. You were a complete and utter train wreck! And you keep rehearsing it over and over until it completely defines you. Learn everything you can from it. Make amends if it’s that kind of fail. Move forward.

As soon as that memory begins to play in your mind, seize it – isolate it – and cast it out. Replace that bad movie with praise to God for the sacrifice of Christ that has completely obliterated it. Because here’s the truth: if you’ve confessed it, made any amends needed, and received forgiveness through Jesus, then:

Satan won’t forget it, but God has (Isa. 43:25, Psalm 103:12, Heb. 10:17).
So don’t be like Satan, be like God.

CRITICAL ALERT

And don’t be that husband or wife or parent who makes your spouse or kid relive their failures over and over – that’s Satan’s job – do you really want to do Satan’s job in your marriage or for your kids? “I’d like to apply for the job of Chief Beelzebub in charge of guilt for my wife please!”

Back to You

Some of you will say, “I know I should forget my past, I just can’t.” Stop that – RAISE your standards and CHANGE your mind. Get rid of the “should.”  Replace it with a “must.” Get to work forgetting.

Failure in this is not an option. Your future depends on it. Tell yourself, “I MUST put those events in the past out of my mind because Christ wants to use my future. Paul is a lot worse than I’ve ever been, so like he says, I’ll forget the past and move forward to what lies ahead.”

Jesus is Lord of the future. So look to Jesus and lean in the direction He wants you to go. And get rid of the wayback machine.

Amen amen.

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Where Do I Go To Get God’s Favor?

 

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This gives me nightmares. Brrrrrrrrrr!!

 

Mark Twain said, “Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.”   Notice he said “dog,” not “cat!” Cats are evil and would only get into heaven through God’s favor like you and me (and even then it’s an iffy proposition.)

God’s Favor: His promise to lead, feed, and protect me, for His special purpose in my life.

God’s favor is all over the Bible, and especially prominent in the Exodus. Someone once said, “You can do more in one second of God’s favor than you can in a lifetime of your labor.”

If you don’t understand God’s favor, it’s demonstrated in this remarkably absurd verse:

Now the LORD had caused the Egyptians to look favorably on the people of Israel. And Moses was considered a very great man in the land of Egypt, respected by Pharaoh’s officials and the Egyptian people alike.  Exodus 11:3 (NLT)

“The Egyptians look favorably…”

Seriously?? Simply insane. The Egyptians just lived through plagues of locusts and gnats and all that other rot. I can just hear the Egyptians now:

“Moses, thank you for the boils and gnats and flies and bloody Nile and frogs! But especially the BOILS! The glorious boils! It’s like puberty times a thousand! How could we NOT favor you and your awesomeness?”

That kind of attitude adjustment is only explained through the miraculous favor of God. And it continues! In Exodus 12:36 the Hebrews ask for the gold and silver and the Egyptians just turn their pockets inside out loading them up!  How is that? It defies logic! Unless God’s favor brings it about.

God’s favor is a powerful thing. You don’t need anything else in the world if you have God’s favor.

Easter is proof of His favor.

If you are in Christ, you have found favor with God. Not a prosperity Gospel kind of favor that says that God wants you rich and healthy all the time. That’s pure rubbish. Sell that to a man or woman sitting in Mozambique dying of AIDS. ”You just have enough faith brother, have enough faith sister –you’ll be healed AND rich!”  Rubbish.

But His favor He will work in you for your purpose and His glory. 

Psalm 23 is my favorite “found favor” chapter in the Bible. I love the last verse that our extravagant God pours out to us: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:6 (ESV)

The Apostle Paul said of God’s favor:

 But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out His special favor on me-and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by His grace (unmerited favor.) 1 Corinthians 15:10 (NLT)

God’s favor can find you anywhere.

God’s favor found the Hebrews in four centuries of slavery. God’s favor can be on you:

in the unemployment line,

in a painful marriage,

in a hospital bed,

in a gulag,

in the middle of your greatest depression.

God’s favor is not bound by circumstances. Because God is outside of time. Our circumstances may look like an awful now, God knows the end of the story. God’s favor found Joseph in the dungeon (Genesis 40) long before Joseph was found in Pharaoh’s palace.

So what?

So wake up every single morning, knowing that in everything you face – those things that worry you and stress you and keep you up all night and wear you out; He’s going to lead you through all that stuff, and He’s going to provide  the way, and He’s even going to protect you in the midst of it all.

Here’s the truth: Just like God’s favor found Moses and the Hebrews and Joseph in the dungeon and God’s favor finds every single person who is in Christ. That’s why the Bible says, “We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” Romans 8:28 (NLT)

God’s rescue brings His favor. His rescue brought favor on Moses and the Israelites as they fled 400 years of slavery. His rescue at the cross brought His favor to you. In Christ, you can have this confidence:

“The Creator of All? He loves me, He is good to me. And He FAVORS me.”

Amen amen.

 

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Why Gun Control is a Spiritual Issue

This post originally appeared at World Net Daily here.

Immediately following the Parkland, Florida, shooting there was a call for – get this – gun control. A fury was led by Parkland students David Hogg and Cameron Kasky, who were given expert status by the media simply because of geography. (They were in a school while a shooting took place, apparently giving them unassailable wisdom. By this logic the entire city of Chicago is genius.) That fury was directed:

  • Against the shooter who actually killed the people? No.
  • Against the FBI for ignoring tips that the shooter was going to shoot? Ridiculous.
  • Against Sheriff Israel, who lied about how much contact his department had with the shooter, his weapons, etc., while talking about his own “amazing leadership,” (which coincidentally led to the deaths of 17 people)? Try again.
  • That the shooting took place in a “gun-free” zone, where 98 percent of ALL mass shootings take place? That’s some Einstein thought calling a place “gun-free” would repel rather than attract shooters?

No no no. The fury is against the NRA, a Second Amendment civil rights group of 5 million citizens. The NRA had no part in the shooting. Its members have never committed a mass shooting, but an NRA member did use his AR-15 to stop the Sutherland Springs shooter.

Most significantly, there is a lot of talk about “gun” violence and “gun” control and “gun” deaths. What’s missing? The language of “murderer” control and “criminal” violence and “terrorists caused” deaths.

Why? Why propose limiting the power of the citizenry instead of expressing anger at a government that can’t follow its own rules to stop a killer? Where is the rage at the mass shooter and his bloodlust? What’s behind this thinking?

The answer is this: Gun control is a spiritual issue based on a spiritual worldview.

Let’s consider two views in light of what God says about this issue in the Bible.

The two views are:

  1. The weapon makes the person do bad things. If people didn’t have guns, everyone would be safe.
  2. The person is the problem and responsible for all his or her actions.

Let’s examine both from a Biblical perspective.

1. The weapon is the problem. It makes people do bad things – or global warming does, or Christian football players kneeling in prayer (may provoke ISIS), or whatever is “out there” that might trigger someone.

What does God say about this? Nothing.

God NEVER, EVER says a condemning word about spears, javelins, rocks, arrows, axes, clubs, whips or other tools used to kill. (Guns weren’t invented until around 1364). That is remarkable. There are many, many many words in the Bible. It’s incredibly wordy! Over 807,000 words! But God doesn’t use one word to condemn weapons used in an actual murder!

The first murder in all of creation is recorded in Genesis 4: Cain kills Abel. But God doesn’t even name the weapon! If the very first murder weapon in the world was to blame, seems like God would name and condemn it. What a great opportunity for God to ban the weapon. Instead, He will later famously say, Thou Shalt Not Murder.

Which only makes sense if it’s not the inanimate object that causes the problem.

2. The person is the problem.

Short summary for those who like to skip ahead: This is the view of the entire Bible.

God always and only blames individuals for evil done in the world. He claims that it’s a heart problem, not an inanimate object problem. He sent His Son to die on a cross to deal with the problem in the heart of every person.

To further demonstrate, while God never says, “ban the weapon” He does say “punish the wrongdoer.” He says good government is put in place to do (Romans 13) “terror to those who do bad” and that the government “does not bear the sword in vain,” and “carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.”

No wrath against the sword! No terror against the knife or gun! Instead, we see actual wrath and terror against the wrongdoer (God’s Words not mine). That’s scary stuff! And, by the way, the only thing criminals fear.

Rather than banning the weapon, in a very real way, God commands banning the murderer.

He says,”If anyone takes a human life, that person’s life will also be taken by human hands. For God made human beings in His own image” (Genesis 9:6). God is pro-capital punishment, no ifs, ands or buts (read more here).

It’s not about weapon control. It’s all about murderer control and armed robber control and wife beater control and child killer control and rapist control and terrorist control.

Our Founding Fathers, (not all Christian but shared Biblical values) never feared an armed citizenry. They did fear an unchecked, armed government and the criminal. So, they enshrined in our Constitution the God-given right of a free press and the right to bear arms to protect everyone against criminals and tyrannical government.

Weapons don’t make bad guys do bad things. They do bad all on their own. So, they should be met with force, punished forcefully and yes – kept away from guns. But never at the expense of the liberty of the law-abiding.

Amen and amen – David Ruzicka

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#Thoughtsandprayersdonothing

This piece originally appeared as an exclusive in World Net Daily here.

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#ThoughtsAndPrayersDoNothing began trending on Twitter, tweeted by gun-control advocates, almost immediately following the Parkland, Florida, shooting. The shooting was heartbreaking beyond belief – lives lost forever! And the profanity-laced responses to the offer of prayers were tragic.

Police visited the shooter’s home 39 times; the FBI received TWO tips in six months that the shooter wanted to kill, and he was still allowed to do so. The FBI didn’t even follow its own protocol.

So, I have no interest in surrendering my Second Amendment rights to a government that can’t stop a shooter who communicated loudly that he was going to kill.

Instead, this is a time to stop and have some “thoughts” that do something. Einstein said, “If I had an hour to solve a problem, I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and five minutes thinking about solutions.”

So let’s compare our present day to a time when mass shootings were rare to nonexistent – 50 to 100 years ago.

Then … guns were everywhere. Guns were on racks in trucks and under people’s beds (my dad’s storage spot). Sixty years ago, Life magazine published an article on “gun safety being taught in schools.”

Now … guns are everywhere. Same then as now.

Then … unless you were the love child of Bonnie and Clyde, there were very little outside stimuli to feed a murderous thought.

Now … a momentary thought of killing can be stoked until it’s an uncontrollable passion. A kid can practice killing innocents with video games, watch violence in movies that wouldn’t have been made 50 years ago and listen to music that celebrates murderers and cop killers as heroes.

He can follow toxic violence on “Twitter like the calls for ‘killing Republicans.’”

He can follow those who attacked the father of a murdered child because he wore a Trump shirt.

So today the culture breeds and feeds murderous desires.

And lastly:

Then … not everyone prayed or was Christian. But most respected Christians, except folks like Madelyn Murray O’Hair. And most found her to be repugnant. (She was. Besides going to SCOTUS to get prayer removed from schools, she chased her father with a butcher knife, trying to murder him).

Now … Obscenity-filled tweets that end with #ThoughtsAndPrayersDoNothing trend on Twitter. Joy Behar announces that she thinks anyone who hears from God is insane, and the TV audience wildly applauds her. Attacks on Christians in media are common (Pence, Dungy, Tebow).

So some things have changed in the last 50 years. But what can we change today, so it’s like it was 50 years ago?

People had guns then and now. And we have the Second Amendment. And the left says it’s impossible to deport 11 million illegal aliens, so the government isn’t going to get magic unicorn power to pry 300 million guns from the hands of Americans.

Nobody is going to force a change in social/entertainment media. And we have a First Amendment. Twitter will continue to be a cesspool, Hollywood will keep pumping out Scarfaces, and violent video games will keep appearing – even if illegally on the internet.

But the last one – #ThoughtsAndPrayersDoNothing. Serious leverage there for success here. I’ll give you three examples of thoughts and prayers doing something:

  1. In Exodus 33 God tells Moses he’s going to wipe out the Israelites because they’re a bunch of ingrates who have completely rejected Him and everything He’s done for them. Moses says, “Please don’t.” God says, “OK.”I’ve read the passage many times, and the only thing makes God change His mind? Moses asks. #thoughtsandprayers.did something.
  2. Steve Scalise, the Republican congressman who was shot by a Bernie Sanders supporter and almost died, said on Feb. 16, “The prayers helped me tremendously, and unfortunately, there are some on the left that actually mock praying for people.”I needed those prayers,” he added. “Those prayers helped me and my family at a really difficult time and you could feel them. These families need prayer, they need counseling, they need help.” #thoughtsandprayers did something.
  3. Walk into any Bible-believing church in America and ask around. You’ll get story after story of “thoughts and prayers” changing lives from train wrecks to examples of God’s goodness. Heck – walk into any AA meeting and you’ll hear story after story of folks who almost killed themselves with alcohol, but prayers to their “higher power” radically saved them from death. #thoughtsandprayers did something.

Bottom line?

Thoughts and prayers shouldn’t be an excuse for not acting. We should so what we can do – like reject the majestic idiocy of “gun free zones” (98 percent of mass shootings happen in gun free zones).

We should make the FBI do its job when someone says, “I want to be a shooter.”

We shouldn’t let those with violent tendencies buy guns legally. If illegal is good enough for MS-13, it should be good enough for someone who threatens to kill fellow students and tortures animals.

But our needs run much deeper than that. “The State” cannot do what only God can do.

What we need is a heart change in millions. Laws are crucial, but no law is going to change a heart steeped in a culture of violence and mayhem. A killer will find a way to kill (Cain/Abel). But God can change a nation when His people are steeped in prayer.

It’s said in the good Book (called so because it’s good), “If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Then, thoughts and prayers were respected and desired. Now, we need them more than ever.

Amen amen.

 

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