Presidential Profanity

President Trump was in Huntsville, Alabama last Friday to speak at a rally for Luther Strange. He is the GOP establishment-backed choice for the Alabama special election to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he became the U.S. Attorney General. Oddly, Strange was not the front-runner and was defeated on Tuesday in the GOP runoff election by fellow Republican, Judge Roy Moore.

During his sometimes-randomized-remarks, the president spoke about NFL athletes who use their “freedom of speech” to protest during the National Anthem. He suggested that the player’s actions were disgraceful and disrespected veterans. Team owners, he said, should fire players who disrespect the American flag. Unfortunately, he got quite explicit about it.

While the President’s profane comments seemed to thrill his supporters, many veterans, and those who criticize National Anthem protesters, others were embarrassed or angered by his speech.

The thoughtless profanity literally disrespected the players’ mothers, calling them “bXXXhes.” That animal terminology has always inflamed anger and frequently incited violent responses. It is not surprising, then, that the number of NFL players linking arms and “taking a knee” during the playing of the National Anthem rose from six the previous week to over 200 this week, capturing the news cycle for weeks to come. And the NFL season has just begun.

It was no longer about former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s continued protest of alleged “police brutality” or the charge by others of the “disrespecting our nation’s values and flag” by “overpaid, pampered, players.”

Rather, the non-violent protests on the field by players, coaches, and some owners were a defiant “show of unity” in support of some of their fellow players, who felt disrespected by the profanity of our president.

Sadly, there is no escaping that our president sometimes uses coarse and crude language. Some would even say he is coarse and crude. Either way, his outbursts of profanity have raised undesirable, divisive dialog and lowered the needed level of civil discourse in this country.

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Are You Ready for the “Rapture” on Saturday?

Yesterday, I was in the lobby of a public building, which had a large-screen TV on the wall,  providing general interest and serving as background noise. All of a sudden I caught a “talking head” say that some Christians are expecting the “Rapture” to take place this Saturday, September 23. More information was promised, “…when we come back.”

The follow-up information revealed a self-described “Christian numerologist” and self-published author named David Meade is among internet prognosticators saying that on September 23, 2017, the sun, moon, and stars will mirror “signs” from chapter 12 of the Revelation, the last book of the New Testament. This phenomenon will supposedly signal the beginning of events associated in Scriptures with the end of the world, culminating with the judgments and wrath of God and, finally, the second coming of Christ to Earth.

Meade also predicts a mythological planetary system known as Planet X or Nibiru will appear in the sky or crash into the Earth on or near September 23. He claims if it just passes the Earth, its gravitational force will knock the planet off its polar axis and cause huge volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

I know of no biblical prophecy experts who buy into the Planet X hypothesis and its linkage to the astrological “sign” of the woman of Revelation 12. Instead, they warn Christians to be careful about being drawn into such sensational claims. Others outright mock the theory and its adherents. One said:

I think he missed it.

The great “sign” of the end is not Planet X it is the iPhone X and that does not happen until after September 23rd.

Solar Phenomena and Biblical Prophecy

Since ancient times, people have perceived total eclipses (as Americans uniquely experienced on August 21) as omens or perhaps the beginnings of the judgment of God and the end of the world, as we know it.  The Bible refers to such a time of divine wrath as the “last times” (1 Peter 1:20Hebrews 1:1-2) or “the Day of the Lord.” This time will also include “signs in the heavens,” astrological alignments and phenomena announcing dramatic, cataclysmic events.

Jesus said that at “the end of the age,” after the “tribulation of those days” and just before His “coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory” then “the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light: the stars will fall from heaven and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” (Matthew 24:29-30)

It seems clear, from the mouth of Jesus in this Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24 and Luke 21), that we should expect to see the “beginning of sorrows” or “Jacob’s Troubles” for the Jewish people first. Then “great tribulation” will be released by Satan and his Anti-Christ on all of God’s elect. During this time, deceivers and conspirators will try to divert our loyalty and devotion from the God of Heaven and Earth.

These realities will be followed by cosmic disturbances and signs, including the “sign of the Son of Man” appearing in heaven, against the backdrop of a darkened sun and moon. Other cosmic disturbances will occur, including “stars” (Planet X? asteroids?) falling from heaven, causing great earthquakes and tsunamis on Earth.

After all of these astronomical events,  Jesus will “send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet” to “gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

So how should believers relate to these terrible times and cosmic calamities, as they live in these “last days”?

The Apostle Paul spoke of these practical issues when he wrote to the believers in Thessalonica. He commended them for turning from their former beliefs, superstitions, and practices “…to serve the living and true God and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.” (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10)

Later, in his second epistle to the believers in Thessalonica, Paul warned them (2 Thess. 2:1-12) that before the “Day of the Lord” will come, to demonstrate God’s glory over all opposition, two key things must happen. First, Continue reading

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Repugnant Religious Testing for Public Office?

Were you as shocked as I was to recently watch Democratic Senators on the Judiciary Committee question judicial nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s religion, as a modern litmus test for their approval or rejection? Not all “dogma” is religious, and their liberal, progressive dogma was very apparent in their unconstitutional approach and bias toward this distinguished judicial nominee.

Rather than simply consider the professional achievements of a nominee for the federal judiciary, Democratic Senators Diane Feinstein and Dick Durbin found her “controversial” and challenged her fitness to serve, mainly due to her Catholic faith. Feinstein slyly observed that “the dogma lives loudly within” the Catholic mother of seven.

History observes that anti-Catholicism is one of America’s underwritten biases. One has to wonder whether there would have been more of an outcry if Professor Barrett had faced a similar grilling from Democrats if she were a Muslim or a Jew.

All Democratic committee members appeared to rely heavily on research done and selectively provided them by a leftist, activist resource. Apparently, they carefully presented the Democratic members with only part of the religiously focused article that Professor Barrett co-wrote nearly 20 years ago, the subject of which was not selected by her but was assigned by a professor, under whom she was working.

The article, “Catholic Judges in Capital Cases,” discussed how judges with strong religious beliefs should address death penalty cases. Specifically, it related how they can recuse themselves if the law is contrary to their personal beliefs. But that never came out, did it?

The article specifically stated, “Judges can not—nor should they try to—align our legal system with the Church’s moral teaching whenever the two diverge.” Yet somehow, Professor Barrett was treated by the Democratic Inquisitors as if she wanted to turn the United States into a religious society, presumably answerable to the Pope!

This is as absurd today as it was when Jack Kennedy was running as the “first Catholic” for President! This offensive religious-testing is not only illegal (Article VI, Section 3) but appears to be part of a broader effort on the left to disqualify people with strong religious views from the public square.

California Senator Feinstein’s partisan approach seemed to be of the same mentality as the discredited, leftist Southern Poverty Law Center’s current effort to brand any non-profit organization or ministry which doesn’t agree with their uber-liberal agenda as “a Hate Group.”

While I admire these senior Senators’ leadership in the area of national security, I submit that this distinguished Notre Dame Law professor deserved better from them than repugnant religious testing and Catholic bashing.

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In Remembrance…

This morning I attended a public, community meeting in the complex where I live. I was pleased that after the reciting of the pledge of allegiance to the flag of our “…one nation, under God,…” we were asked to remain standing for one minute of silence, in remembrance of the tragic events and lives lost sixteen years ago, on September 11.

Observing a few moments of silence on such occasions may have become, for many, a perfunctory patriotic ritual. Others will remember vividly the Twin Towers falling and the burning Pentagon. For some, the inspiring heroism of regular Americans in bringing down United Flight 93 in Shanksville, PA before it reached its deadly destination of the U.S. Capital has been overtaken by the current cares and concerns of our daily lives.

However, we should use this calendar reminder to cause us to seriously consider today’s global threats. Radical Islamic hatred for our freedoms and liberties has not lessened, in these sixteen years. Just last week, ISIS called for individual jihadists to poison food in our grocery stores!

While, after seemingly weekly jihadi attacks somewhere in the West, politically correct leftists and liberal religious and political leaders presume to tell us again (and again) that these threats and attacks from Islamic purists are not shared by the majority of “the religion of peace.” More accurate and honest souls see this kind of societal barbarism to be consistent with specific scriptures in the Qur’an*and the supremacist teachings of Islam’s founder and leaders, for nearly 1400 years.

In an evening address to the nation, on that fateful, modern “day of infamy,” President George W. Bush led the nation to rest in the arms of “a power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me’.”

Now, 16 years later, on this solemn anniversary of 9/11, may we resolve that those we lost will be honored–not just for a minute of silence in meetings or at memorials, but—in the ultimate victory in the ever-present struggles for faith, family, and freedom.  May God continue to protect and bless America!

 

 * So that we might better understand what the Qur’an says in its own words that inspire not only ISIS but where other terrorists/jihadists get their calling and inspiration, here are 10 top Quranic verses which may motivate Muslim fundamentalists to violence toward “infidels” or “apostates.”

  1. Qur’an 3:32 – Hate (Allah only loves believers in Allah. That’s only Muslims!)

“Say: Obey Allah and His Messenger; But if they turn back, then surely Allah does not love the unbelievers.

  1. Qur’an 48:29 – Terrorize (Muslims are to be severe to unbelievers!)

“Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard (ruthless) against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves.”

  1. Qur’an 4:24 – Rape (Approved for your women captives, even if married as to avoid adultery!)

“And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess. It is a decree of Allah for you.”

  1. Qur’an 5:33 – Murder (Punished, crucified for objecting to Sharia!)

“The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement”

  1. Qur’an 9:5 – Idolators – (Convert, die or pay jizyah tax!)

“So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.”

  1. Qur’an 9:29 – Dominate The World (Dhimmi/death / subdued!)

“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”

  1. Qur’an 9:73 – Apostates & Hypocrites (Non-Muslims are to be hunted like animals!)

“O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them, and their abode is hell, and evil is the destination.”

  1. Qur’an 9:111 – Jihad = Holy War (Believers are those who slay and are slain!)

“Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Quran: and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme.”

  1. Qur’an 47:35 – Power & Victory (Peace is the cry of those being slaughtered!)

“Be not weary and faint-hearted, crying for peace, when ye should be uppermost (Shakir: “have the upper hand”) for Allah is with you,”   

  1. Qur’an 2:106 – Abrogation (The later verse erases the former!)

“Whatever communications We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, We bring one better than it or like it. Do you not know that Allah has power over all things?

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Should “Dreamers” Keep on Dreaming?

Share the “American Dream”?

President Trump’s Department of Justice announced this past week that it will take steps, over the next six months, to “rescind” the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which temporarily protected immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally, when they were children.

This 2012 temporary-amnesty plan was popularly linked to the concept of the “American Dream” and the executive action shielded these young “Dreamers” from deportation. As Attorney General Sessions explained:

“In other words, the Executive Branch, through DACA, deliberately sought to achieve what the legislative branch specifically refused to authorize on multiple occasions. Such an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws was an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the Executive Branch. “

These “Dreamers” are young, undocumented immigrants over the age of 16 and below the age of 31. Many are now adults and their average age is 25. They claim to have been brought into this country by their parents before 2012 and have illegally resided here for 10 years, or more, but without any criminal records. Many have spent most of their lives in the United States and are now seeking educations, careers and even military service in this country.

While the “deferred action” by the Obama administration policy did not give these estimated 800,000 young people legal status, it did shield them from being deported and allowed them to seek work permits. Those currently with DACA status and two-year work permits would be allowed to stay in the U.S. until their permits expire, or even renew them for another two years.

President Trump has been clear that it is Congress’s constitutional role to legislate immigration issues:

Donald J. Trump 

✔@realDonaldTrump

Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!

5:04 AM – Sep 5, 2017

The announcement from Attorney General Sessions indicated that in winding down this program, no action of deportation will be made by the administration for the next six months, to give Congress time to act on this emotional issue. Their failure to stay on top of the surge of illegal immigration and the inexplicable loose border policies of the last administration have brought us to this crisis.

This is just the latest step in the social justice battle for understanding, compassion, and justice in the larger immigration debate, which has plagued our country for decades, if not centuries.  As “a nation of immigrants,” we have not always assimilated and “played well together” with our new neighbors.

We have had the misfortune of simultaneously praising some and resenting others, or welcoming some immigrants while scapegoating immigration in general, since before the nation was actually founded. The fear of an unfamiliar mother tongue or custom from some immigrants or their refusal to assimilate and learn the language and ways of their host country has been the context of more than a few heated debates, hurried immigration policy proposals and—sadly—instances of bigoted hatred.

“Dreamers” in Scripture?

The “American Dream” has been the background of thought which has compelled millions to come to these shores from near and far. The economic success of the democratic experiment offering “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” in this “land of the free and the home of the brave” has been a world-transforming phenomenon. Fiefdoms of the “old world” have fallen. The harsh, draconian, social experiments of socialism, Marxism, and communism have all but proven too burdensome for most of our world’s inhabitants.

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Are Natural Disasters Really “Acts of God”?

Insurance policies frequently have specific disclaimers for “acts of God,” like tornados and hurricanes.  Is that really the case? Are these natural disasters part of the wrath of a vengeful god?

As Hurricane Harvey continues to dump millions of gallons of rain on Texas and Louisiana, some areas are expecting over 50 inches of rain, in a matter of these few days. The unprecedented storm’s winds and waters have made yet a second landfall, in densely populated sections of the affected areas.  Innumerable homes, churches, and businesses are flooded, some up to their roofs!  Some residents have crawled up to their attics and then broken through the roof to gain access to potential rescuers.

I’ve not, yet, seen displaced people shaking their fists at God, but I have seen the “Cajun Navy” and other good hearted neighbors joining with organized first responders in hundreds of home rescues and transport of stranded motorists. One lady was assisted by helpful neighbors from her flooded home to a working hospital when she went into labor during the early hours of the “wind and waves.”

As Hurricane Harvey Lashes Texas, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Chaplains Deploy to Offer Hope and Comfort. Give to the RRT now!

Some news journalists have referenced this coastal calamity as wrecking devastation “of biblical proportions.” They were referring to the biblical account of a 40 day-long, worldwide flood which destroyed “all living things,” except for one family of eight people and the animals which they had gathered in a large, three-storied ship. You can read all about it in Genesis, chapter six, of the Old Testament.

In this biblical record, the disastrous flood was an act of judgment by a holy God on a wicked people. In contrast to others of his time, the man Noah “was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God” (6:9). Unsurprisingly, Noah found favor in the eyes of God (6:8).

But, this holy God observed that “the people on earth had corrupted their ways” and the earth was “full of violence” and “every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time”  (6:5,11-12). The Creator God “regretted that he had made human beings on the earth.” He was deeply troubled and determined to destroy the wicked population and start over. Only Noah, his wife, his three sons, and their wives escaped the devastating deluge and repopulated the earth (9:19).

The process of redemption and restoration of humankind on earth also brought a significant promise from Creator God. He told Noah and his family that “…Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” As a sign or symbol of this everlasting agreement or covenant, God “set My rainbow in the cloud” as a reminder of His promise that flood waters would never again “destroy all life” on earth.

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Eclipse of the Son?

Total Eclipse of the Sun

Monday, August 21, Americans can uniquely experience the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse over our nation in nearly 100 years, since 1918.

Crossing over 14 states, this astrological phenomenon will be the first total solar eclipse viewed in the U.S. since 1979 and the first one seen only from our nation’s vantage point, since 1776.

Beginning Monday morning at 10:16 a.m. (PDT) in Government Point, Oregon, the moon’s elliptical orbit will carry it precisely between the Earth and our sun. With all three celestial objects in direct alignment, the moon’s shadow across the Earth’s surface will appear, to a potential 12 million U.S. sky gazers in a 67-mile-path, to blot out the sun entirely. Millions of others, in a 200-mile periphery on either side of the primary path, will be able to see a partial eclipse.

Darkness will be experienced at each viewing area for a period of about two and one-half minutes. The primary eclipse will exit the North American continent near Charleston, South Carolina at 2:48 p.m. (EDT).

Those not positioned to see the full eclipse this time will have another chance in just seven years. In September 2024, another total eclipse will take a different trajectory across much of America, from our nation’s southwest to the northeast.

Eclipse Effects?

Interestingly, the trajectory of both of these celestial events—seven years apart—will ominously form a cross over the continent and intersect over the town of New Meridian, Missouri and the hazardous fault zone which bears its name.

This seismic zone (NMSZ), north of Memphis, Tennessee, produced massive earthquakes in 1811 and 1812 which were strong enough to cause the Mississippi River to flow backward! Some modern seismic speculators suggest the massive intraplate interaction in that area could produce an earthquake massive enough to split the continent along the huge river valleys of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.

Solar Phenomena and Biblical Prophecy

Since ancient times, people have perceived eclipses as omens, perhaps as predictions of Doomsday. The Bible refers to such a time of divine wrath as the “latter days” (1 Peter 1:20Hebrews 1:1-2) or “the Day of the Lord.” This time will also include “signs in the heavens,” astrological alignments and phenomena announcing dramatic, cataclysmic events.

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