These elections are NOT certified yet. The only way to get this investigated, much less recounted or overturned, is through the Secretary of State of each of the five key states: Florida, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Where do we constitutional Judeo/Christian conservatives go from here? Attitude and Resistance...
In honor of @pmbasse, a descendant of one of the original 300 Texas settlers, I want to tell you WHY I LOVE TEXAS. As they say, I wasn't born here but I got here as soon as I could. And for me that was 3 times.
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Friday, May 20, 2011
It is unfathomable that there are people today who still believe Israel is somehow the problem in the Palestine State controversy. ....well, maybe not. There aren't many mainstream news sources that tell you how rockets (paid for by Iran) have been launched at schools and hospitals for the past 2 decades. There aren't too many analysts that REMIND viewers that when Prime Minister Olmert OFFERED EVERYTHING the PLO wanted, including the land requested this week - they still turned it down refusing to acknowledge the right of Israel to exist.
But if we turn from emotion or what OTHERS tell us - we can figure out the RIGHT answer to this dilemma by asking 3 questions: Who are the Palestinians, Whose land is it, and Who really wants peace?
Other questions that are good, (but never asked) include:
Has anyone asked WHY Jordan - a country with ideological sympathies to the Palestinians has never offered (or been pressured) to give land?
Does anyone ever wonder why, after the British and United Nations granted land to the Israelis that ALL Arab nations suddenly attacked, without provocation a tiny group of people that had just faced extermination by Hitler?
And why won't Hamas acknowledge TODAY Israelites right to exist? No, those who insist that Israel is at the heart of the lack of peace have no understanding of history or they simply are too intellectually lazy to find out.
How about when Rome invaded Jerusalem and took the land. Does that count?
Why 1967 CE? Why not 967 BC? How about when islamic forces took it, raped women, leveled nearly every sacred synagogue and built their mosque on Jewish land with a history FAR better documented and OCCUPIED before they even existed? Why not be incensed at that?
There are really 3 central questions that must be answered to come to an accurate understanding of the problem:
1. Who are Palestinians (I think we all know who the Jews are).
2. Whose land is it? (what is Palestine)
3. Who REALLY wants peace?
The first two questions can be answered well by this documentary: Jerusalem, the Land of Covenant
However, suffice it to say that NO ONE called the land Palestine until the end of the Roman empire. SEE this short video:
The land has been documented to be in Jewish hands up until islamic forces tried to conquer in 636 CE (AD). There was no legal right to the land then. However, wars come and go (Texas and California anyone?) but it has been pretty well established that there were Jews in Jerusalem CONSISTENTLY (albeit in minority) for it's entire history.
So why 1967? Why not 15 years prior when British rule prevailed. Why not 1000 years before? Those arguing for Israel to give up it's tiny slice of land (kind of like Virgina and Maryland asking for Washington DC) will always try and ground the debate in 1967. WHY!!??? And why not JULY of 1967 when Israel took land from those who publicly declared they were going to annihilate them?
The dirty little secret is this: ONLY THE JEWS can lay history to the land before the modern area (BC). ONLY THE JEWS have historic documentation that they BOUGHT (not conquered) the site where their religious shrines are.
Prior to the WW1 NO ONE lived in Palestine/Israel. Well, maybe a few thousand people. NO ONE WANTED IT!! (see Jerusalem, Land of Covenant link above). Prior to Islam, the Arabs and Jews that lived there got along quite nicely even though Jews were an extreme minority after the Arab control.
Only when the United Nations granted them sovereignty, did it become valuable. There were no trees, no culture, no farm land until the Jewish people populated and cultivated the land.
Which brings us to question #3: WHO REALLY WANTS PEACE?
An argument is made that Israel has tanks and the Palestinians have only sticks and stones. This is a blatant lie (the flotilla that was attempted to land at Gaza months back on a "peace" mission had hundreds of thousands of lbs of rockets and guns.) But EVEN if Israel had tanks and Palestinians did not- it doesn't negate the fact Israel has an attempt to defend itself.
Israel does NOT do similarly to lands in Jordan, nor areas that are predominately populated by Arabs. Only when attacked, and told they will be exterminated, do the Israeli's fight back.
Ironically, it is ISRAEL that had a baby dismembered last month by Palestinian forces (google it) and other atrocities. Israel isn't perfect - far from it - but THEY are continually under attack under Hamas (Iran) sponsored terrorism. (You don't find Israelites dressing their women and children up as suicide bombers.). Who is the civil one here?
Again, WHY - when Islam takes over a region (like Lebannon) does it become an uncultivated war zone? When Christians or Jews take populate an area THE REVERSE becomes true. So even now, that the Jewish people have made Israel beautiful and viable - why suddenly is there such world pressure WHEN NONE OF THE WORLD CAME TO HELP THE JEWS WHEN THEY WERE ATTACKED IN 1967!???
Because, this is a spiritual battle. Our grandparents and populations prior to them for hundreds of years NEVER would have believed that Israel would be reconstituted much less become the center of the world's attention. It seemed impossible. But as prophesied by the Bible, it WILL become the center of attention for the REAL end of the world in the coming years.
And if you are unsure where you stand. READ. INVESTIGATE. And not just the sources you normally listen to! Listen to BOTH sides and ask God for enlightenment and truth.
And if you are a Christian believer, you will also shiver at the curses upon those who attack God's chosen (not perfect) people. You should marvel at how in 1948, a nation was reformed that seemed impossible for hundreds of years.
Monday, May 9, 2011
I am an ardent Bears fan. I love pro-football. Even to the point where I can't watch college anymore. (Well, I do at the end of a season, to work out my brain and heart pressure by screaming at the satanic curse called the BCS.)
I have followed a number of NFL players on Facebook and Twitter and followed the latest labor dispute with more than a casual interest. Many of these players are God fearing, wonderful Christians who even use their celebrity to encourage other believers and spread the Good News.
What I have observed over the past few weeks during the dispute has made me a bit sick to my Spirit. I've heard the owners called 'greedy,' 'liars,' and worse. Some have even speculated that the owners are 'evil,' a word some people in our culture still wouldn't use on Osama Bin Laden.
I've contemplated writing this article for the past two weeks since I heard a very famous (minority) TV preacher speak on the scripture above (1 Tim 6). Now, our culture has a hissy fit when we talk about any scriptures that involve slavery (See Adrian Peterson, you are not alone!). But it is important to remember a couple of things. First - God never sanctifies slavery. Even in ancient times, when the mindset of acceptance that this practice existed, it was acknowledged that it was better to be free. John and Abgail Adams wrote to each other during the creation of our country who immorally hypocritical it was to fight for freedom from a tyrant on a governmental scale - but not to acknowledge it on a personal scale.
Regardless, for those of us that believe scripture is OF GOD, we are put in the uncomfortable situation of not being allowed to tear out certain scriptures that, at best, are hard to understand and, at worst, are displeasing to us. To me, this is one of those scriptures.
Without getting into the specifics of the actual points of the labor dispute some with which I strongly agree (long term health care for players) and some with which I frankly don't care - please allow me to point out a couple of areas for my NFL brothers to pray about lest they inadvertently 'blaspheme' the name of God as His representatives.
First, let's make sure we understand what are OUR ideas of 'fairness' and 'rights' and what are Gods'.
- God had his own labor dispute and reinforced an owners right to do what he wanted.. In the parable of Matthew 20, God likens the Heavenly Father to an employer (owner) he paid men a full's days wage the same as those who had worked all day. The early labors objected to the late arrivers being paid the same. But Jesus rebuked them in essence saying - mind your own business! What another gets is no business of your own!
? - Am I saying that unions don't have a right to exist? NO! Unions have served an amazing function from owners who could not be trusted. They also (as the recent case in public unions in Wisconsin) have shown to be very detrimental when they effectively kill a business (or government) for short term personal gain.
+ What I am suggesting is that AS A CHRISTIAN, you will do far more for the cause of Christ to do what Daniel did when confronted with being forced to do something he didn't want. He used GODLY APPEAL. He tried to find out the goals of those in authority and fashion a solution that would meet BOTH parties concerns. (Not coerce, threaten or suddenly pretend their was no union to get their way).
And if that doesn't work - calmly, respectfully take whatever action you must. But be prepared for the consequences. The NFL doesn't OWE you a living. Your blessings come from God and no other. But PLEASE BE CIRCUMSPECT AT YOUR REAL MOTIVES. If you read ALL of the rest of the 1 Tim 6 chapter you will see that God admonishes us to make sure we are not exalting the LOVE OF MONEY in place of HOW we conduct ourselves with those in authority over us.
- God is a God of Responsibility and Profit. Jesus said the Kingdom of God was likened to a man who discovered a pearl ON SOMEONE ELSES PROPERTY, and bought the property so he could obtain it for himself! When I first read this I couldn't believe it. Wouldn't the 'Christian' thing be to TELL the farmer what he had so he could be enriched too? Yet God is a God of agreements. He will honor WHATEVER the agreement is - whether it is fair or not. Perhaps this is why God said it is better to NOT vow a thing, than to do so and renege.
+ The owners have a RIGHT to run their business the way they want. The players have a RIGHT to decide whether to play by those rules or not. Don't like it? Go into insurance or dentistry or try and reform the WFL or UFL. The NFL (despite it's PR) is not in business to take care of players. It is there TO MAKE A PROFIT. AND THE MORE THE BETTER. Just as you have a RIGHT to try and make the most you can. You can decide to sit out your entire rookie year - but don't cry if there are consequences to that.
It is the PLAYERS RIGHT to form a union or - to try and force an employer to do something they want - to decertify and loose their health and collective bargaining benefits, etc. BUT QUIT ACTING like there is some kind of moral superiority in what YOU are doing versus the owners!
If your gardener or accountant suddenly demanded 50% of your earnings because they felt it was unfair, YOU WOULD FIRE THEM! They have a right to ask, but you have a right to fire them. And if they PRESS the issue - they need to take responsibility for the consequences! They might loose your house as a client!
- If you are wronged by your employer YOU ARE BLASPHEMING GOD'S NAME by trashing your employer! 1 Tim 6 - the headline scripture to this post makes this abundantly clear - the way to present grievances is NOT to trash them in public. In fact - you are called to FORGIVE. (See the movie AMISH GRACE for an example of this)
This whole country seems to disdain authority. Yet, the only time God said a human was of 'great faith' was the Centurion who completely understood that there was power in acknowledging authority.
I recently saw some tweets of some players suggesting the original injunction against the owners was God's will and the like. Oddly, these tweets were less forthcoming when the appeals court granted a temporary stay. In cases like these - the cause of Christ is hurt.
God is for justice. However, there is no contract. Therefore there is no agreement. The owners have a right to do whatever they want their business. If they handle it wrongly, they will loose players and fans. Players have a right to ask and hold out for the best deal possible. But they are not 'OWED' anything by the owners. There is no God accepted authority in coercing someone's real property from them.
So please. Tone it down a bit and show how to win under authority with grace.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
There are really 2 questions being asked here.
1. Is it ok to kill Osama and,
2. is it ok to celebrate?