Jul 21, 2017

Will Trump Survive As President For 42 More Months on 42% Support?

Not Without Prayer And Pliers

So... six months into the Trump administration, will he survive 42 more long months of Democrat autopsies on his living body? Could anyone survive that? He might, if he had not made so many enemies within his own Party, early on. It is true he still has a solid 42% approval rate, nationally. But, though the other 58% may not all be against him, they are not "for" him. They are pretty much solidly against him. And that includes a large segment of wounded Republicans who supported his opposition candidates in those primary debates. He ruthlessly shot down most of those other Republican candidates, their friends, supporters and some innocent by-standers. Now, their battle wounds have scarred over, but they still carry a limp in their support of his Presidency. President Trump won the battle for the nomination but left an inordinate  number of casualties on the battle field, and neglected sufficient rescue efforts, after the fact, when only he had that power.

Trump still appears to stand for the Conservative principles he campaigned for, but has only moderated, slightly, his anger at opposition and accusation from both the right and left. If he can't at least fake a little more Presidential prestige in his unavoidable dealings with disagreement, that 42%, though solid, will not increase ... and may even diminish. A full plate of courage and determined commitment will not satisfy a starving public without a generous flourishing of humility and a large glass of wisdom to wash it all down.

What our President needs now is not more experts, better advisers or the good will of that 42%. What he needs now is not just great courage and what makes billionaires, which he already has, but what makes a great man and a good President .... courage plus wisdom, honesty, humility and love of the truth as God knows it. And only God can provide that.... and will, if asked.

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." James 1:5.

Wisdom is not all God gives; He gives courage, humility and truth to all who desire it more than their fears, pride, greed and fantasy. Your prayers will help him be that great man and good President. But without our prayers Trump will not make the next 42 months

If you think I am being disloyal to our President, I see myself more as his friend who happens to see his problems and has sympathy for him and a set of pliers. My son Robert Paul (Bob), related an experience with man's best friend, a great guard-dog. He was not a perfect dog, but there are no perfect dogs or people. One morning, when he lived on a remote farm in Montana, Bob's loudly barking and overly exuberant dog, a good hunter and enemy of all skunks, snakes, rodents, thieves and other varmints, showed up one morning with his face, lips, nose and gums full of porcupine quills. He had obviously come out second in a battle with a porcupine. The best of dogs often come home from the wars with snake-bite, smelling like a skunk or with wounds they cannot survive without help. Bob, like a good friend to man's best friend, got out his pliers and pulled out every one of those hooked barbs. Very painful. Lesson one! The same dog did the same thing again, but with fewer quills, lesson two, and a third time with only three or four quills, lesson three. But that was the last time he made that mistake. Bob was not the enemy of his inexperienced, imperfect friend. It took great pain to a good guard-dog to save him from himself.

And don't forget, the final race was not between Trump and Billy Graham, but between an inexperienced guard-dog, a well trained skunk and an adept snake.

Application: Pray for President Trump, but do not pretend he is perfect, nobody is. He lacks political experience with political porcupines, political skunks and political snakes. And don't leave your pliers in the holster or the anesthetic in the medicine cabinet when your friend needs help. Tell him the truth, not what he wants to hear.

Jul 20, 2017

New Stats Prove "Right To Carry Guns" Reduces Crime Rate

The statistics on the number of Concealed Carry Permit Holders vs. the crime rate in the U.S. is just another example of the inability of the anti-2nd Amendment Liberals to discern truth from error, fact from fiction or absorb elements of logic. It is almost funny to watch a highly educated and fully experienced adult, with an adolescent brain, trying to argue the case of increased safety and low crime rates in strong anti-gun law cities ... like Chicago, L.A., New York and New Jersey. RB 

New Data Shows Lower Crime Rate as Concealed Carry Increases

Jul 19, 2017

Teen Vogue Mag. Encourages The Sin Of Sodom For Children (Its True)

That's Why It Is Called Sodomy.
Where In Hell Will This End? In Its
Deepest, Darkest, Dirtiest Crevice.

There are not words to describe the exceeding depravity and depth of disgust we are now seeing unfold in our America. But it didn't develop over night. It grew out of small deviations which were "tolerated" as too insignificant to matter... by pastors, the press, law enforcement, government and then by the majority of our citizens. Even as weed seed are ignored in a vegetable garden, only to later see weeds take over the entire garden and produce even more seed.
The sad fact is that we citizens of the land of the free and home of the brave have allowed our nation to become the land of the vassal and home of the wimp. Yes, there is still a percentage of patriots, champions and committed Christians in this land, but we have allowed ourselves to become outnumbered by evolutionists, abortionists, homosexuals, Liberal socialists, atheists, agnostics, and one worlders. My own voice is weakening with age, but even a small spark can ignite the fuse to a very large explosion. God's word is just as powerful as ever, when it is delivered like an arrow to an evil target. Sodomy is second only to the abortion of innocence.

"... Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain (Sodom and Gomorrah), and pitched his tent toward Sodom. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly." Gen.13:13.

This from FOX News Opinion by Todd Starnes

Teen Vogue defends teaching kids how to engage in sodomy

Teen Vogue is defending its decision to publish a graphic tutorial to anal sex for children and teenagers – calling critics homophobic.
“This is anal 101, for teens, beginners and all inquisitive folk,” author Gigi Engle wrote in “A Guide to Anal Sex.”
“Anal sex and anal stimulation can be awesome, and if you want to give it a go, you do that,” wrote Engle, a self-described sex educator. “More power to you.”
The original article did not include any references to practicing safe sex – but was later amended to include a line about condoms being “non-negotiable.”
“Here is the lowdown on everything you need to know about butt stuff,” the writer declared.
Parents across the nation became enraged upon learning that Teen Vogue wanted to turn their children in sexual deviants.
“I was truly flabbergasted,” Elizabeth Johnston said on The Todd Starnes Show. “They should not be teaching sodomy to our children.”
Johnston, known as The Activist Mommy, launched a national campaign to urge local stores and public libraries to pull Teen Vogue from bookshelves - #PULLTEENVOGUE.
“This is not a Republican issue or a Democrat issue. This is not a conservative issue or liberal issue. This is a parent issue,” she told me.
More than 10 million people have viewed a video of Johnston burning a copy of Teen Vogue in her backyard.
Phillip Picardi, the magazine’s digital editorial director, fired back in a flurry of tweets – culminating with a photo of him embracing another man while holding up his middle finger.
He said they had been “inundated with hate mail saying we promote sodomy and want teens to get AIDS.”
“How can you expect young women to not get pregnant without access to reproductive health care,” he tweeted.
Picardi then accused his Catholic school of being “guilty of endangering all of us by sheer omission of FACTS. EDUCATION doesn’t equal ENCOURAGEMENT.”
Well, I think we can all agree that Hell would freeze over before a Catholic school would teach children about anal sex.
Picardi then played the phobic-card – a favorite among liberals.
“The backlash to this article is rooted in homophobia,” he wrote. “It’s also laced in arcane delusion about what it means to be a young person today.”
“This has nothing to do with homophobia,” Ms. Johnston told me. “This is about parents protecting their children from perversion.”
Teen Vogue would have you believe it’s offensive for parents to be offended by the smut they are peddling.
And in their perverse world, the magazine’s editors would have you believe that a bunch of 12-year-olds are frolicking across the fruited plain having anal sex with Lord-knows-what.
Remember the good old days when kids just used to play spin the bottle?

Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary. His latest book is “The Deplorables’ Guide to Making America Great Again.” Follow him on Twitter @ToddStarnes and find him on Facebook.

Jul 15, 2017

Don't Waste This Crisis ... The Destitution Of A Brother Or Sister In Christ

Rham Emanuel, the Liberal, Democrat Mayor of Chicago, who takes political advantage of every serious crisis, put his philosophy into this quote, "You never let a serious crisis go to waste." Rham built his political career taking advantage of a series of "serious crises". Well, he now has, as mayor of Chicago, his best opportunity ever, to ride a crisis to some personal gain. Chicago is the most broken part of the broken, bankrupt, state of Illinois. Chicago has the highest crime rate, and the most murders of any of our 50 states and is totally bankrupt financially on top of that. I have to wonder how Rahm is going to slither around and use this crisis for his own personal gain or success. He may even twist this one into his becoming the Democrat candidate for President in 2020.

That is the negative aspect of using serious crises ... devious gain. The Democrat party is famous for using war, tragedy, and even hurricanes for their and their party's gain in the polls. But there is another side to using crises for gain. There is a good side, a good opportunity when a serious crisis, calamity or attack befalls a person or a nation. 

Crisis is an opportunity for sinners to judge themselves and repent.
Crisis is God's opportunity to convict, convert, restore and save.
Crisis is the Christian's opportunity to realign himself with God.
Crisis is an opportunity to awaken to truth, reality and holiness.
Crisis is a time to forgo evil surmising of the reason God allows tragedy to befall a person and judging that victim of calamity instead of  realizing that person's pain may be God's trial of our own reactions more than it is of them. Did you judge them  or go to them with prayer, encouragement, and help? Remember the person Jesus spoke of who, when they saw the destitute need of a brother or sister who had no clothing or food, and self-righteously gave them nothing but words ...   "Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding you give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone." James 2:15-16

That attitude most likely imagined the needy person's suffering was their own fault and they deserved no help. That was the attitude of many religious people when Jesus came among the Jews ...

"And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him." James 9:1-3.

One of the most wicked sins, by number of Biblical references, is judging others. But the sin with the most references are all the sins of the tongue such as evil surmising, cursing, dissimulating, condemning, slander, boasting, deception, verbal false presumption, using God's name in vain (lightly, jokingly, without reverence). 

"And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell." James 3:6.


Jul 14, 2017

Its Just A Matter Of Time ... Measured In Weeks Not Years

The Illinois Comptroller recently said, "you can kiss what little is left of the State goodbye" http://youtu.be/HH-Z7-PMIwI

And Then What? Which Liberal, Democrat State Is Next? RB

Here is a snippet from a Report by CNBC

These states are a bigger fiscal mess than Illinois :

But as bad as things are in the Land of Lincoln, three other states are in worse fiscal shape, according to an analysis released Thursday by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey are coping with even bigger problems thanks to large accumulated debts, underfunded pensions, and looming deficits, among other measures of fiscal health, the researchers found in an analysis of the latest state financial statements available.
George Mason University also listed as nearly, as bad off fiscally as the above, New Hamshire, New York, Maine, California, and Maryland, all of which are on the brink of bankruptcy. RB
Now, this latest report, concerning Illinois

Welcome To The Third World, 
Illinois About To Default?

From Dollar Collapse.com by John Rubino

The train wreck that is the state of Illinois has generated a lot of questions lately, including “Will its government ever pass a budget?”, “Will it ever pay its overdue bills?”, and “Is it possible for a state to go bankrupt?”
Looks like we’re about to get some answers to these questions, along with one more: “What happens to the financial markets when people finally realize that Illinois is far from the only impending bankruptcy?”
Today’s Wall Street Journal has an anecdote-filled article illustrating what certainly looks like a case of terminal financial mismanagement (How Bad Is the Crisis in Illinois? It Has $14.6 Billion in Unpaid Bills):
Among the many, many data points:
  • The state comptroller predicts unpaid bills will soon top $16 billion. “It is almost hard to say those numbers out loud because they seem so insane, but that’s where we are right now.”
  • Unfunded pension liabilities now total $250 billion. That’s about one-third of state GDP, and is in addition the myriad other debts taken on in recent years.
  • S&P Global Ratings has warned that it could lower the state’s rating to junk as early as this week if a budget isn’t passed.
  • Peoria-based OSF Healthcare, a network with 10 Illinois hospitals, is owed about $115 million for bills over four months old, the equivalent of 18 days of operating expenses.
  • The state owes Illinois dentists $225 million. Some dentists with lots of state workers are selling receivables to keep the lights on. Others are asking state employees to pay in cash.
  • The state owes two Springfield hospital systems more than $200 million.
  • The Coliseum building at the state fairgrounds closed indefinitely earlier this year after the state failed to fund needed repairs.
  • Eastern Illinois University has received $53 million less in state funding in the past five years than the previous five. Professors in the chemistry department haven’t been able to print in color since the department’s printer ran out of yellow ink a year ago. Enrollment has fallen from 12,000 to 7,000 in the past decade.
  • If the state doesn’t pass a budget in the current special legislative session or allocate emergency funding, about 700 road projects under way across the state—worth $2.3 billion and employing 20,000 people—will come to a stop.
  • Some social-services agencies are operating without state help while others have closed entirely, leaving some rural communities without mental-health clinics, domestic-violence shelters and drug-treatment clinics, despite a raging opioid crisis.
  • Illinois has lost more residents than any other American state for the third year in a row, with 90% of the state’s counties seeing a drop in population, shrinking the state’s tax base. In 2016, a net of 37,508 people left, according to census data, putting the population at its lowest in nearly a decade.
The impending downgrade to junk status might be the final push off the cliff, since Illinois – despite a constitution that kind-of-sort-of requires a balanced budget – still borrows a lot of money each year, mainly to fund its out of control pension system. As a junk-rated borrower, its interest costs will be much higher, making its financial imbalances that much worse. Assuming that anyone will lend money to the state on any terms.
Yes, Chicago is ill and Illinois is ill. It is not a "budget" they need but a budget, not exceeding their income, which they rigorously keep. To think their budget busting spending can continue is foolish fantasy which will end in disaster. The same goes for the other states which do the same stupid nonsense, which they have learned from our Federal government, and which is in the same shape but has the Federal Reserve printing presses to just print the budget shortfalls of their excessive spending.  
So what can you do? Pray for our country, save your money in some form other than stocks and bonds, and be prepared for some rough times wherever you are, but especially in the above states. RB

Jul 12, 2017

Obama's Shadow Government Set To Destroy Our Elected Govenrment

The degree of political intrigue and evil hypocrisy, within the Washington, Liberal establishment, is beyond a layman's comprehension. It it so extensive that it cannot be accredited to mere human conspiracy or hatred alone. It has more similarity to Lucifer's insatiable lust for God's place upon the throne of deity, which diminished not a whit, even after he was outcast from heaven's glory into a godforsaken pit of black emptiness ... created by his own presence there. He has continued fighting for power and control for over 6000 years. RB 

"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do ... there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." John 8:44.

How Obama is scheming to sabotage Trump’s presidency

By Paul Sperry

When former President Barack Obama said he was “heartened” by anti-Trump protests, he was sending a message of approval to his troops. Troops? Yes, Obama has an army of agitators — numbering more than 30,000 — who will fight his Republican successor at every turn of his historic presidency. And Obama will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House. 

In what’s shaping up to be a highly unusual post-presidency, Obama isn’t just staying behind in Washington. He’s working behind the scenes to set up what will effectively be a shadow government to not only protect his threatened legacy, but to sabotage the incoming administration and its popular “America First” agenda. 

He’s doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action. Normally you’d expect an organization set up to support a politician and his agenda to close up shop after that candidate leaves office, but not Obama’s OFA. Rather, it’s gearing up for battle, with a growing war chest and more than 250 offices across the country. 

Since Donald Trump’s election, this little-known but well-funded protesting arm has beefed up staff and ramped up recruitment of young liberal activists, declaring on its website, “We’re not backing down.” Determined to salvage Obama’s legacy, it’s drawing battle lines on immigration, ObamaCare, race relations and climate change. 

Obama is intimately involved in OFA operations and even tweets from the group’s account. In fact, he gave marching orders to OFA foot soldiers following Trump’s upset victory. 

“It is fine for everybody to feel stressed, sad, discouraged,” he said in a conference call from the White House. “But get over it.” He demanded they “move forward to protect what we’ve accomplished.” 

SEE ALSO How Obama is bankrolling a nonstop protest against invented outrage How Obama is bankrolling a nonstop protest against invented outrage “Now is the time for some organizing,” he said. “So don’t mope.” 

Far from sulking, OFA activists helped organize anti-Trump marches across US cities, some of which turned into riots. After Trump issued a temporary ban on immigration from seven terror-prone Muslim nations, the demonstrators jammed airports, chanting: “No ban, no wall, sanctuary for all!” 

Run by old Obama aides and campaign workers, federal tax records show “nonpartisan” OFA marshals 32,525 volunteers nationwide. Registered as a 501(c)(4), it doesn’t have to disclose its donors, but they’ve been generous. OFA has raised more than $40 million in contributions and grants since evolving from Obama’s campaign organization Obama for America in 2013. 

OFA, in IRS filings, says it trains young activists to develop “organizing skills.” Armed with Obama’s 2012 campaign database, OFA plans to get out the vote for Democratic candidates it’s grooming to win back Congress and erect a wall of resistance to Trump at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. 

It will be aided in that effort by the Obama Foundation, run by Obama’s former political director, and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, launched last month by Obama pal Eric Holder to end what he and Obama call GOP “gerrymandering” of congressional districts. 

Obama will be overseeing it all from a shadow White House located within two miles of Trump. It features a mansion, which he’s fortifying with construction of a tall brick perimeter, and a nearby taxpayer-funded office with his own chief of staff and press secretary. Michelle Obama will also open an office there, along with the Obama Foundation. 

The 55-year-old Obama is not content to go quietly into the night like other ex-presidents. Critical to the fight is rebuilding the ravaged Democratic Party. Obama hopes to install his former civil rights chief Tom Perez at the helm of the Democratic National Committee. 

Perez is running for the vacant DNC chairmanship, vowing, “It’s time to organize and fight .?.?. We must stand up to protect President Obama’s accomplishments,” while also promising, “We’re going to build the strongest grassroots organizing force this country has ever seen.” 

The 55-year-old Obama is not content to go quietly into the night like other ex-presidents. 

“You’re going to see me early next year,” he told his OFA troops after the election, “and we’re going to be in a position where we can start cooking up all kinds of great stuff.” 

Added the ex-president: “Point is, I’m still fired up and ready to go.” 

Paul Sperry is the author of “The Great American Bank Robbery,” which details the link between race-based housing policies and the mortgage crisis. 

Pray for a restoration the Constitutional Government which our Christian forefathers and founders envisioned when they wrote it. RB

Jul 6, 2017

God's Single Authorization Of Human Government

Chosen by and representing the people.
If Governments did only what God authorized, there would be safety, peace.... and a balanced budget.

"And surely your blood of your lives will I require ... at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man, shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man." Genesis 9:5-6.
The word, "man" in these two verses translated from the original Hebrew word for "adam", means "mankind", the human race, each and every society, state or nation of human beings. This statement, designating responsibility for the life and safety of every individual, is here assigned to human, civil, government, which is the original, foundational authorization and command for every major body of people to institute a civil, human government. The people's government was to be chosen by the people and charged to make laws, enforce laws, and judge lawbreakers who hurt or killed other people. God's reasoning for Civil government was that it was for protecting and securing justice for those created in His own image. He concludes this Civil Law Authority with His reason ... being ... "Because each human was created in God's own image ... and therefore ... an unjustified attack upon any human was an indirect attack upon God Himself. Thus, "the sanctity of life". Capital Punishment was the foundation of all lesser Civil Laws.

That, my friends, is the only divine authorization of human, civil government... to protect life and punish those who violate the life and safety of others. If governments did only that, the nations of the world would not be bankrupt and approaching total collapse. At which time, they will no longer be able to accomplish the one thing God authorized them to do.
That is why 2 Samuel 23:3, speaking of civil magistrates, warns, "He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God." 
The Apostle Paul expanded upon this subject in Romans 13:1-7. In these verses, Paul implores Christians to obey the laws, and show respect to such governments as our Christian forefathers established upon these precepts. 
The American System of Justice has gone astray from our Constitution's just demands for the life and safety of our citizens and so, is coming apart. The only remedy is a spiritual revival which leads to civil law justice and peace.

Jul 5, 2017

These Are The Days Of Ezekiel ...

"The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest ...
and the hand of the LORD was there upon him." Ezekiel 1:3.

Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord God..... I take from them their strength, the joy of their glory the desire of their eyes, and that whereupon they set their minds, their sons and their daughters...."   Ezekiel 24:24-25

Don't miss "These Are The Days Of Elijah",
at the bottom of this page, sung by Marines.

George Soros spotted Barack Hussein Obama early on and began promoting him from a Community Organizer to an Illinois Senator and then quickly into the Presidency of the United States Of America. How could that happen, considering his background and contempt for the Constitution? An evil miracle, with Soros' help.

Now we meet another of George Soros' Champions destined to be another Democrat Candidate for President of what was once "Christian America" and the Greatest Nation on Earth. My study challenge to you is that you keep an eye on this young genius being groomed by the Soros $Billions. These are the days of Ezekiel. RB

Another Of Soros' Champions Takes The Stage
He is everything the left half of the U.S. wants.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships 
for new Americans
Dr. Abdul El-Sayed is a candidate for Governor of Michigan. Previously, he was the Executive Director of Public Health and Health Officer for the City of Detroit under Mayor Michael E. Duggan. In his role, he directed the Detroit health department and other health-related initiatives. 
Dr. El-Sayed is an internationally recognized expert in population health policy, the social determinants of health, and health inequalities. Previously, he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University, where he directed the Columbia University Systems Science Program and Global Research Analytics for Population Health. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles, commentaries and book chapters, in journals including JAMA, the American Journal of Public Health, and Pediatrics. He has been a featured speaker at national and international conferences. He is the recipient of numerous health policy research awards, including being named a Policy Innovator by the Carnegie Council. Dr. El-Sayed’s writings on urban health policy has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, CNN, Al-Jazeera, The Hill, Project Syndicate, and Huffington Post. In addition he has appeared as an expert commentator on local, national, and international networks.
Dr. El-Sayed earned a doctorate in Public Health from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and an MD from Columbia University as a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with Highest Distinction in Biology and Political Science, where he delivered the University-wide student commencement speech alongside President Bill Clinton in 2007. 
Dr. Abdul El-Sayed was born in Michigan to parents who had come to the United States from Egypt. 
Additional Fellowships
Work History
My Comment... RB
Meanwhile, back at the Marine Camp, 
our finest young Americans were 
preparing for war and singing .......

"These Are The Days Of Elijah".

Jul 4, 2017

United States Founded Upon Biblical Principles, By Christians, Led Of God... For Freedom

241 Years Of Success Is Now Slipping Away ...

Independence Day, July Fourth, is commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire. There comes a time when the people of a nation must rise up and overthrow an abusive, tyrannical government, as our Forefathers did in the revolutionary war against the British Empire. That war took 9 years of destruction, death, and sacrifice to win America's Freedom and allow our Founders to declare our U.S. Independence. Now, 241 years later, the political left is doing their best to bring us back under a Dictatorship. This time a Socialistic system of Fascism.  The pseudo-Democrats are trying to repeal our U.S. Constitution which was designed by our Founders, under the leadership of our Creator, 241 years ago. If they succeed, our freedoms will go with it. RB 

By Joshua Charles, writer, and researcher at the Museum of the Bible, for Prager University.

What role should religion play in a free society? More and more people today would answer ... none. That would not have been the answer of the Founders of the United States – the men who fought the American Revolution and wrote the country’s Constitution. To them, the issue of religion and freedom were inextricably linked. You couldn’t have freedom without religion. In fact, the political philosophy of the Founders necessitated a divine foundation. Thomas Jefferson makes this clear in the Declaration of Independence when he writes that “all men…are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” The purpose of government, Jefferson and his compatriots believed, was not to bestow rights; rather, it was to protect those rights already endowed upon human beings by God. But a government isn’t enough for a free society. A moral people is also required; that is, a people moral enough to police itself. “Virtue or morality,” George Washington observed, “is a necessary spring of popular government.” Thus, for the Founders, liberty was not merely the ability to do what one wanted; it came with moral demands and boundaries. They all accepted the rule of life expressed by Benjamin Franklin: “Nothing brings more pain than too much pleasure; nothing more bondage than too much liberty.” The Founders knew that the absolute enemy of freedom was – ironically – freedom that was absolute and unrestrained. And where was this restraint going to come from? Their answer was religion, which for them – because of when and where they lived – was some variety of Christianity. “Let Divines, and Philosophers, Statesmen, and Patriots unite,” Samuel Adams wrote, “[in] instructing [citizens] in the Art of self-government…in short, of leading them in the Study, and Practice of the exalted Virtues of the Christian system.” The Christian system to which Adams refers is composed of Judeo-Christian values – the values rooted in the Old and New Testaments, both of which were referred to by the Founders with equal conviction and frequency. Jefferson – yes, the very same Thomas Jefferson who is so often portrayed as anti-religious – confirmed this sentiment in his Notes on the State of Virginia, when he asked: “Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? [And] that they are not to be violated but with his wrath?”

James Madison likewise affirmed the essential connection between religion and morality: “The belief in a God All Powerful, wise, and good is. . . essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man. . . .” John Adams believed that “the doctrine of a supreme, intelligent, wise, almighty sovereign of the universe,” a doctrine he credited to Judaism, was the “great essential principle of all morality, and consequently of all civilization.” And he applied this thinking specifically to the new nation he helped to create: “Our Constitution,” he said, “was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” As President, he replied to a letter from university students in a way that would surprise many today: “Science, liberty, and religion . . . have an inseparable union. Without their joint influence, no society can be great, flourishing, or happy.” Meanwhile, another Founder, Alexander Hamilton, looked at the French Revolution and saw something much different. That revolution, unlike the American Revolution, had devolved into violence and chaos. Hamilton believed he understood why. The anti-religious force it unleashed, he wrote, “annihilates the foundations of social order and true liberty, confounds all moral distinctions and substitutes [for] the mild and beneficent religion of the Gospel a gloomy, persecuting, and desolating atheism.”

For the Founders, a free society divorced from religion simply could not work and would not survive. It is no wonder then that in his Farewell Address, George Washington chastised those who would claim to be patriots, and yet undermine the influence of religion: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.” The Founders did not demand that anyone believe in any particular religion or even in God – quite the contrary. But while they understood the value of a secular government, they feared a secular society – one without religion. So should we. 

I’m Joshua Charles, writer, and researcher at the Museum of the Bible, for Prager University.

From The Heart Of Texas Comes This July 4th Blessing.
When this opens, scroll down a page to the video. RB

Jul 2, 2017

It Wasn't My Fault: He Hit Me: I Didn't Hit Him

Who did that evil thing that happened to me?
People who do evil things will suffer for their sin.

But, of course, God can and does bring blessing and suffering, gain and loss into our lives, for us to deal will. And surely there are those whose willful sins leave the door open for Satan to bring in pain and turmoil. But it is my opinion that most of the bad or good we accomplish in life is the result of our own actions or lack thereof. Even as a fruit tree produces fruit and a thorn tree produces thorns, but God can "nourish the one and hinder the other. As Jesus said in Matt.7:17, "Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit." 

Jesus wasn't that concerned with what trees do but was using them as an example of what humans do. And we all know God's law of sowing and reaping ... "Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Gal.6:7. It works every time.... sooner or later.

The truth is, we, ourselves are usually our own worst enemy. Most of our suffering, not all of it, is of our own making. However, the natural inclination of our fleshly mind is to take full credit for our successes, blame someone else for our failures, see their faults plainly but bury our own. Or, on the other hand, justify ourselves in the offenses we cause and lay off the guilt onto someone we don't like who happened to be nearby at the time.  "So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God." Rom.14:12.

I believe that most suffering, which falls upon us as a result of sin, is as automatic as brokenness is delivered by God's Law of gravity,
not God, when a person jumps from a ten story building onto the sidewalk below. The destruction and death are a result of the violating of the law of gravity. God doesn't have to punish that mistake, gravity, height, and concrete do the job automatically. Even so, sin has within itself the seed of its own punishment and destruction. "The wages of sin is death...." Rom.6:23. God created the laws of nature and the laws contained in his word. They are inviolatatable (my word) without their accompanying, automatic retribution, moderated only by repentance and God's forgiveness. I say "moderated" because most often, even when a sinner repents, he must still suffer pain, loss or jail for his crime but now has God's grace on his side.

If Jesus' words in Luke 6:38, "Give, and it shall be given unto you...." are true, and they are, the opposite is also true, "Take and it shall be taken from you." Again... "We reap what we sow".

Drive through the red lights and STOP signs and you will quickly kill your own self. Don't blame the other guy or God. You did it.

God doesn't have to hurt us, we hurt ourselves, or someone else does. In which case, they, in turn, reap what they sowed. Neither God nor you have to seek them out and get even. They will automatically receive the wages of their sin here, in this life,  and eternal judgment in the next.

Though the wicked seem to get away with their evil, without any visible punishment, God's Law of sowing and reaping is a marble column reaching from earth to heaven and stands firm. Sin Suffers.
However long the punishment is delayed, it will be meted out, in its own time. "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." Ecc.8:11.

It Wasn't My Fault; He Hit Me
                    'Typical Story" By Rayburn

I was on my way home from Sunday School with my Bible.
I had slowed down to 20 when I passed that STOP sign and 
sped up to get across that four-lane highway as fast as I could.
But all those speeding cars and trucks were driving recklessly 
as they swerved, skidded and dodged each other all around me.
Their faces looked crazy and they screamed and cursed at me...
for no reason. Then this one reckless old guy came skidding into the side of my car and totaled it. So it wasn't my fault. He should have to pay because HE hit me ... I did not hit him.  RB