Friday, September 30, 2016

This Isn't Funny Anymore, and Really Never Was!

This Isn’t Funny Anymore: and Really Never Was!

My name is Carl Schulz. I’m an ordained minister. I speak here on my own behalf, and not on behalf of any denomination or congregation. I speak as a Christian, husband, father, and American. I’m writing this now because there is too much at stake to remain silent.  I do not believe that pastors and churches should endorse political candidates or political parties. I love the fact that people of every political persuasion go to our church, and that my friendships are trans-political. 

I don’t get into party-politics for three key reasons. First, Jesus is Lord. The passing of power from one politician to another does not change that. So why be anxious about such things? Second, no political party or politician has ever fully represented my Christian beliefs. Most don’t even come close. Third, politics divide Christians. If I were to support a particular candidate, it could harm my relationship with Christians who think otherwise (I know this from experience). And, my support wouldn’t make any difference to the result of a national or state-wide election, so why do it?

I do believe in talking about issues. When I do, I try to do so through the lens of the Gospel, focusing on God’s mercy and grace, while highlighting personal responsibility. So, if (for instance) I talk about abortion, I’m assuring forgiveness and mercy to those who have had one, but also encouraging people not to have one. I focus on adoption, and care of unwanted children as well as mothers-in-crisis. And, if necessary, I’ll talk a little about the government.
All that to say, there is an issue I have decided I need to say something about. And that issue is Donald Trump. I oppose his election as President, and believe that any other candidate now running, from either party, would make a better President. I believe his election would be dangerous to our country, and to the Church. 

I do not believe that Donald Trump has the best interest of our country in mind. Rather, I believe he has shown concern only for himself and his personal advancement. His focus on himself as a “winner” and others as “losers,” his obsession with polls, his demagoguery (“I could kill someone and people would still support me”), and more lead me to this conclusion.

Donald Trump is endlessly entertaining. If this election were a reality show, I’d watch every episode. But it’s not. This is too important. This isn’t funny anymore.

I believe that Donald Trump holds and proclaims racist, sexist, and violent attitudes that are in direct opposition to the Christian message, and to the good of our nation. Things he has said about women and minorities (in specific and in general), his mockery of a disabled man, his foul language directed at opponents, his declared desire to punch people in the face, his call for America to commit war crimes (by killing the families of terrorists), and more—all of these lead me to this conclusion. 

I believe that Donald Trump is taking the Name of the Lord in vain. He is misusing the Faith by claiming to be “a great Christian” while his actions—not seeking forgiveness from God, mocking the Sacrament, barely pretending to know the Bible, supporting abortion, divorcing twice, cynical pandering to evangelicals, ownership of a strip club, his hatred for Muslims and others—belie this claim. 
I believe that Donald Trump has lowered the level of political discourse to that of a school yard. He acts like a bully. I believe that if he succeeds, this level of vitriol and obscenity will become the “new normal,” if it hasn’t already. 

I also happen to disagree with Donald Trump on some actual issues, but that isn’t the point. I disagree with all the candidates on certain issues. My opposition to him is not about his political party or his political beliefs; this is about his character.  That character matters to the Church and to the world.

Presidents have limited power in domestic issues; they have to deal with the congress and the courts. But their power is far greater in foreign affairs, particularly in the use of the military.
If Donald Trump is nearly as aggressive as he claims he will be, I believe he will use military force in ungodly ways. He could make America into a true villain on the world stage, which will only raise up countless new terrorists and destabilize an unstable world. He will have the power to separate us from our allies and strengthen our foes. All of this he could do in the name of Christ, a Name he pulls out whenever it suits him. I have no reason to believe he will show anything like godly restraint. He will be the face of America, and the face of Christianity, to billions of people around the world. Can you imagine Donald Trump in charge of our nuclear arsenal? 

On Election Day I will be voting against Donald Trump as the Republican nominee. I feel very much the same about our other choice.  I would prefer to vote FOR someone. I would prefer to find the candidate who most closely aligns with my Christian beliefs. But, this seems like an impossibility this year. This year I’m choosing to do what little I can to protect us from a Trump presidency, and that may mean voting for a much less than good choice.

This is my choice, and I am not telling anyone else what to do. Everyone is free to make their own decision, and follow their conscience. 

Prayer is the most powerful tool I have, and I’ll be doing that too. I pray for Donald Trump, and all of those running. 

Jesus is Lord. He reigns no matter what, and nothing can shake his Throne. And, at the same time, evil triumphs when good men remain silent. I trust in the Lord, and I must speak out.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

AFTER DONALD TRUMP, CAN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY BE REBUILT TO SERVE AMERICA?

Not without rebuilding from the ground up.

Four months after Mitt Romney’s loss to President Obama, the Republican National Committee released an autopsy report to prevent a similar blow out in 2016. Their recommendations?

 “We need to campaign among Hispanic, black, Asian and gay Americans and demonstrate that we care about them, too.”
“We must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform.”
The party needed to shed its identity as “scary,” “ narrow minded” and filled with “stuffy old men.”
Today, most of that report’s authors have endorsed a 70-year-old loudmouth billionaire who has made a mockery of everything they proposed. After labeling Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists, his entire post-primary Hispanic outreach was a photo of the candidate grinning over a taco salad.
Trump built a bridge to another minority community by pointing to an audience member and saying, "Look at my African American over here.” He praised another black man for beating up a Caucasian at one of his rallies.
The GOP nominee has criticized POWs because “I like people who weren’t captured,” claimed a confrontational female journalist had “blood coming out of her wherever,” and bragged that he “could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot people and I wouldn’t lose voters.” Trump’s offensive, false and downright bizarre statements could fill a midsize bookmobile, so I won’t list them all here. But when you add his promises to harshly restrict trade, order the military to commit war crimes, and his casual contempt for anything resembling “family values,” it shows that Trumpism has finally destroyed Reagan’s three-legged stool. Trump hasn’t simply sawed down a leg or two; he has simultaneously tossed defense conservatives, fiscal conservatives and social conservatives into the wood chipper.
The Republican Party has been destroyed and remade in The Donald’s image.
The rightly reviled GOP establishment should have known that a reckoning was coming. Decades of broken promises and crony kickbacks had to come with an electoral price. But instead of a needed restoration of first principles, the base decided to burn it all down, immolating corruption and classical liberalism alike. Much of the conservative movement has outlived its usefulness, but Trumpism isn’t a case of free-market “creative destruction.” It’s just nihilism with nothing to take its place except a dyed comb-over, a fake tan and tiny hands.
As damaging as President Obama and the Clintons have been, they were never able to infiltrate conservatism and tear it down from inside. With Trump, one big-government con man was able to slap an R at the end of his name and leave rubble in his wake.
Breaking stuff is easy, but building a national party takes a lot of hard work. Despite the tacky skyscrapers bearing Trump’s name, he has trouble staffing a campaign, let alone building an infrastructure that will turn out candidates, volunteers and voters in precincts around the country.
It will take an army of forward-thinking leaders to build a party that welcomes conservatives — an army motivated by clear ideas and concrete action. Unlike the recommendations of the 2012 autopsy, what’s needed is not a Beltway-centric push for round 932 of comprehensive immigration reform, but a full-spectrum return to the small-R republican ideals this nation was founded upon.
After spending the past few years groveling to out-of-touch money men and now spit-shining Trump’s Ferragamos, the GOP leadership is simply not up to the job. Reince Priebus et al. have botched the best chance to elect a conservative president in a generation and have shown none of the skills needed to rebuild a functional party.
New leaders must take their place and clean out the Augean stables of the RNC. Their first initiative should be to patch up relations with their enraged base. Admit that they completely failed on comprehensive immigration reform, repeatedly lied about it to get elected, and apologize with sincere words and potent deeds. This requires a repudiation of blanket amnesty and anything that smacks of open borders.
Illegal immigration certainly isn’t the biggest issue facing the country, but it is a proxy for the chasm dividing Beltway elites from everyone else. This chasm is what fueled the Trump candidacy. Until the GOP proves its honorable intentions on immigration, forget trying to convince the base on anything. Even with a public about-face, it will take a few election cycles before Republican voters trust their party on the issue. Nevertheless, repentance must precede redemption.
Sen. John McCain was re-elected on his promise to “complete the danged fence” just as Trump won the nomination by promising to “build a great wall.” Neither structure will stop illegal immigration, but a concerted effort at border enforcement is necessary before immigration reform is acceptable to most voters.
Then begins the reform of the broader party agenda. It can’t be a list of Democratic-light policies; Republicans’ slouch toward liberalism is what made the base so furious.
The party can assuage middle-class economic anxieties by ending the self-serving racket that is the D.C./Wall Street/Chamber of Commerce power structure. End foolishness such as the Export-Import Bank, which exists only to serve big business. Instead of fretting over the tax rates of CEOs, eliminate loopholes and lobbyist-crafted rules that advantage the monied class. Hack through Washington red tape that interferes with charities, non-profits, religious organizations and small businesses, just as conservative governors are doing across the country.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Who Shoved Through Obamacare? Or did that really Happen?

After the ACA being started and actually reaching the goal of 7 million enrolled between October 2013 and the end of March 2014, there are still questions regarding its validity.  The complaints regarding this matter all begin with how it started.  I'm always hearing people say that Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act was shoved down the throat of Congress on Christmas Eve.  I promised to research this political issue and to see if that is what really happened. This information was posted at http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/28/politics/supreme-court-health-timeline/index.html .  Below I have found detailed information to validate the timeline for the act and everything that has gone into the ACA becoming law.

These are the actual dates of the Affordable Health Care Act being voted on.
November 7, 2009 -- The House of Representatives passes a version of the sweeping health care bill by a vote of 220-215.
December 24, 2009 -- The Senate passes its health care bill 60-39. (You were right about this one vote)

Even after these votes the Senate changed the act to include other provisions that related to concerns of the GOP
March 21, 2010 -- The Senate passes its version of the bill, sending the legislation to Obama for his signature. A separate package of changes expanding the reach of the measure also passed the House over unanimous GOP opposition, and will be taken up by the Senate.
March 23, 2010 -- Obama signs the health care bill into law.

After this rather long process the Court challenges began and below you will see the result.
August 12, 2011 -- The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rules that parts of the law are unconstitutional.
November 14, 2011 -- The Supreme Court agrees to hear a legal challenge to the law after 26 states, led by Florida, petitioned the high court.
June 28, 2012 -- The Supreme Court rules that the individual mandate portion of the health care law may be upheld within Congress' power under the taxing clause.

This all took two and a half years to be completed. Since then House Republicans have voted to repeal Obamacare 50+ times only to wind up with the same results of the 49+ previous attempts and that being that they can not change anything.

The thought that something was forced through at the last minute would suggest that it was all over on December 24th, if that were true all of the other things that happened before and afterward, such as the congress passing the act 1 1/2 months before the December 24th Senate vote, the act being changed and re-voted on by the House and Senate before it was finally signed shows that this wasn't some how shoved down everyone's throat. That idea seems a bit of a stretch to me considering all that's gone into this issue.

Although I am not personally for the Affordable Health Care Act in its current form and the fact that I didn't vote for O'bama, forces me as a man of conscience and thoughtfulness to consider the facts and these facts clearly show a broader involvement than just laying this at the feet of one man.

As I mentioned I am all about the facts, and these are the indisputable facts and should cause one to see past the concerns over just one man, President Obama.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Do You Hate Obama more than You Love America? I question your Patriotism!

I meet you all the time and almost everywhere. You hate Obama. You hate black people, immigrants, Muslims, labor unions, women who want the right to make choices concerning their bodies, You hate em all.  I remember siting recently in a Veterans of Foreign Wars Club having a drink and watching the national news and listening to a Republican political operative making more degrading comments about President Obama.  I was silly enough to say that “I wish we weren’t living in a time that those kind of remarks could be made with no proof and no truth behind them”.  To my surprise someone else at the bar picked up the mantel of disrespect and called me a communist.  Considering that I am a veteran of the Vietnam era and this gentleman never served in the military at all. Need I say that I was offended, but not surprised?  It seems to be in vogue for many Americans to be haters.  A few other things you hate.  You hate being called racist.  You hate being called a bigot.  Maybe if you talked about creating jobs more than you talk about why you hate gay people, poor people, and women’s rights you wouldn’t be called bigots.  Maybe if you talked about black people without automatically assuming they are on food stamps while demanding their birth certificates we wouldn’t call you racist.  You hate socialism although the majority of you live in states that receive more government subsidies than the whole state pays in Federal taxes, and you hate social justice.  You hate regulations and taxes and spending and the government and anyone who thinks about a way to correct our problems other than just to blow the government up.  Simply stated “You Hate”.

You like war.  You like torture.  You like Jesus.  It is impossible for anyone who thinks at all because these “Likes” are clearly incompatible, but no one ever accused you haters of being over-committed to ideological consistency.  You like people who look like you or at least hate most of the things that you hate.  And it is reaching the point where “most of the things” is not enough, it has to be everything you hate.  And it appears that You hate everything.

Now, I know you profess to love our country and the founding fathers (unless you are reminded that they believed in the separation of church and state), but I need to remind you that America is NOT what Fox News says it is.  America is a melting pot, it always has been.  We are a multi-pot, it always has been.  We are a multi-cultural amalgamation of all kinds of people, and yet you still demonize everyone who is not a rich, white, heterosexual Christian male or his submissive and obedient wife.  You hate liberals, moderates, and anyone who disagrees with Conservative dogma as espoused by Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the boys.  You hate em, and you accuse them of all kinds of evil.  Reminds one of the McCarthy era when everyone was a communist who didn’t agree with Joe McCarthy.  A sad period in our history and one we appear to be re-living.

Well, here are the facts, Jack.  If you hate the Government then you are unqualified to manage it.  If you hate gay people more than you love America and our basic principal of freedom for all then maybe you should take your own advice and get out, go somewhere else.  The idea of giving up our individual rights to be free just to meet your right to be prejudice is totally unacceptable.  There are several countries that are openly hostile to gay people, but they are full of brown people, Muslims or Communist and you don’t like them much either from what I understand.  It looks like you are screwed, but that’s not what I am here to tell you.

Let’s face it, now that you have thrown everything and the kitchen sink at President Obama and it still hasn’t worked you are panicking.  President Obama won his first election for president in 2008 by 3.78% and then won the second election in 2012 by over 7%.  Obama’s approval rating still remains over 40% in spite of the overwhelming effort’s to discredit him, undermine the economy and tell lies with immunity every step you can.  You tried to hold the American economy hostage to force America into default on its’ debts, debts that YOU rang up under Bush.  You’ve used the filibuster more than any other Congress ever, going so far as to vote against providing health care access to 9/11 first responders.  You remember 9/11, don’t you, it’s that thing you used to lie us into a way in Iraq, and then when Obama killed Bin Laden and ended the war in Iraq you told people that he hates America and wants the troops to fail.  Another LIE!!!  You hate Obama with a passion, despite the fact that he is a tax cutting, deficit reducing war President who has led us through one of the most difficult periods since the great depression.  It’s fine if you think someone else could have done better.  You just needed to convince more of your American brothers and sisters.  You call him a Muslim Kenyan.  Fifty years ago they called John F. Kennedy an Irish Catholic.  Giving people labels is the practice of grade school children on the playground and not the act of grown educated citizens of our great nation and it needs to stop.  Frankly, this activity is disgusting and nauseating.  This bigotry is offending. This racism is revolting.   You dance with your hatred singing it proudly in the rain like it was a 1950’s musical.

Dear Haters, I am openly questioning your patriotism.  Why?  Because, I think you hate black people, poor people, women, gays, atheists and agnostics, Latinos, Muslims, Liberals, progressives, Obama, all of us and everyone who isn’t exactly like you, and I think you hate us more than you love your country.  I think you the gay soldiers more than you want America to win its wars and more than you believe in taking care of our verterans.  If former Vice President Dick Cheney is your hero, I don’t even think you want America to win wars as much as you want America to have wars, never ending wars and the war profiteering it generates.  You love spending on Faith based initiatives that goes against the freedom of religion and the separation of church and state, while waving the constitution as if you believe what our fore fathers wrote.  You love spending on subsidies for profitable oil corporations, you spend like drunken sailors when you are in the White House, but if it is a Democrat then suddenly you cheer when America doesn’t get the Olympics because you hope it will make the black President look bad.  But ooooh how you love your country, you say, and you want it back.  Well listen here skippy, it isn’t your country, you don’t own it, it is our country, a democratic country, where the majority rules, not the super-majority.  America is NOT the religiously extremist representation of those who hate science, or the economic extremist representation of those who believe that all debt is bad, or the elitist rich who believe they should get all of the tax breaks because they create the jobs while history proves no one has ever hired someone just because they got a tax break.

Republicans can NOT win on these issues.  They’ve got NOTHING.  All they have is a divide and conquer class war that pits ignorant racist and bigoted people against the rest of us in a meaningless battle of wedge issues and the already proven to fail George W. Bush agenda again of tax cuts for the rich, deregulation, privatization and war profiteering and nothing else, so all they can do is blame black people, gays, the government, anybody and everyone else for their own failings.  They claim to be the party of personal responsibility.  Who are they trying to fool?  But they love multi-national corporations, but ask them about a person living in poverty in desperate need of food stamps in order to feed his children, or that person who can’t find a job while corporate bonuses are at there all-time high, then they are not so sure.

Dear Haters, you have become cruel, heartless and misinformed who would sell America out to Haliburton in a heartbeat, you would rather pay ZERO taxes than you would see a newly born baby get access to quality health care, you cheer when we discuss denying health care to young people with preventable diseases and you laugh and boo when we discuss the First Ladies plan to cut back on childhood obesity.  You carry the cross as if you died for us and wrap the flag around you as if you are the only ones who understand its value. But, I guarantee that if Fox News and its clown car of entertainers told you to dress that way you would, because you are blinded by your hate, closed minded by your greed, uninformed by choice and bound to the notion that some men are more equal than others.  In short, stop wearing your hate with pride.  Stop celebrating your anti-science, anti-math ignorance.  Stop using code words to mask you bigotry like “family values” as if you own these values, especially when you hate my family and when you stand on the same stage as a guy who has had three marriages or if you share a seat in the Senate with a guy who cheated on his wife with hookers while wearing diapers.  You should be ashamed.  I know that you are just doing this to motivate your misinformed hate cult base, because if you took the time to think on your own without the HATE filled drum beat pounding daily in your head and actually knew that your ideas will make you poorer than you are now, you would never vote for these people.  You are doing your best to impoverish your countrymen so rich people can get bigger tax breaks and you can keep on delivering corporate welfare to the special interests who have bribed you while cutting food programs to needy American families, and I am disgusted by the way you gleefully parade your hatred with impunity.  I don’t think you do love America.  At least, not as much as you hate everyone in America who isn’t exactly like you.

You should think about that, and maybe get some help.  And for the record, I do not hate you.  I am embarrassed by you and nauseated by your cruel and thoughtless behavior and your all-consuming greed, but I do not hate you.  In fact I would fight for your right to be this way.  I forgive you and I hope you can change someday, but I do not hate you.  Thus far it is clear you have enough hate in you for the rest of us as it is…… To take a quote from Rocky V after Rocky fought Drago the Russian boxer he said, “If you can change, and I can change, then we all can change”.  Let’s try that simplicity for a while.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Smallest Government Spender Since Eisenhower? Would You Believe It's Barack Obama?

I have to ask this question, ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE TRUTH?  It’s enough to make even the most ardent Obama cynic scratch his head in confusion.  Amidst all the cries of Barack Obama being the most prolific big government spender the nation has ever suffered, Marketwatch is reporting that our president has actually been tighter with a buck than any United States president since Dwight D. Eisenhower.  Who knew?

If my assertion is true then how have the Republicans managed to persuade Americans to buy into the whole “Obama as big spender” "A socialist" narrative?  It might have something to do with the first year of the Obama presidency where the federal budget increased a whopping 17.9% —going from $2.98 trillion to $3.52 trillion. I’ll bet you think that this is the result of the Obama sponsored stimulus plan that is so frequently vilified by the Republican conservatives…but you would be wrong.  The first year of any incoming president term is saddled—for better or for worse—with the budget set by the president whom immediately precedes the new occupant of the White House. Indeed, not only was the 2009 budget the property of George W. Bush—and passed by the 2008 Congress—it was in effect four months before Barack Obama took the oath of office.  Do you remember that meeting in Washington D.C., at the White House where President George W. Bush had Senator John MaCain and Senator Barak Obama brought to the White House where he explained that all of the Banks were going under and that he was going to propose an $800 Billion Stimulus package in order to avoid a worldwide financial catastrophe.  Why did President Bush  request this meeting? Because he new that whichever man won they would be saddled with the financial pain that this would bring to the country and to their Presidency.  Republican Presidents have always wanted someone else to blame for their spending it seems.

Accordingly, the first budget that can be blamed on our current president began in 2010 with the budgets running through and including fiscal year 2013 standing as charges on the Obama account,.

Check out these statistics from Marketwatch – If you are interested in the truth.

So, how do the actual Obama annual budgets look?
Courtesy of Marketwatch-
In fiscal 2010 (the first Obama budget) spending fell 1.8% to $3.46 trillion.
In fiscal 2011, spending rose 4.3% to $3.60 trillion.
In fiscal 2012, spending is set to rise 0.7% to $3.63 trillion, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate of the budget that was agreed to last August.
Finally in fiscal 2013 — the final budget of Obama’s first term — spending is scheduled to fall             1.3% to $3.58 trillion. Read the CBO’s latest budget outlook.

No doubt, many will wish to give the credit for these facts to the efforts of the GOP controlled House of Representatives. That’s fine if that’s what works for you.  However, you don’t get to have it both ways. Credit whom you will, but if you are truly interested in a fair analysis of the Obama years to date—at least when it comes to spending—you’re going to have to acknowledge that under the Obama watch, even the heralded President Reagan would have to give our current president a thumbs up when it comes to his record for stretching a dollar.  Remember that President Reagan presided over the largest percentage increase in government spending in all of American history, increasing our indebtedness. When Reagan took office in 1981 the national debt was only $930 Billion, eight years later in 1988 the national debt had increased to $2.684 Trillion dollars a 188.6% increase. (http://www.skymachines.com/US-National-Debt-Per-Capita-Percent-of-GDP-and-by-Presidental-Term.htm) No American president before or since has overspent with such immunity.  Of course, the Heritage Foundation is having none of it, and constantly attempting to counter the actual numbers and all arguments by pretending that the spending initiated by the Bush Administration is the fault of Obama. As I understand the argument Heritage is putting forth in using the baseline that Obama inherited, is making it too easy on the President.  But then, with the Heritage Foundation being the creator of the individual mandate concept in healthcare only to rebut the same when it is no longer politically convenient, I’m not quite sure why anyone believes much of anything they have to say any longer.

I would say how odd I find it that in today's political climate we are avoiding the facts and following the fantasies of high Democratic spending, but it isn't odd at all.  That argument has been the repetitive argument of the republican movement my entire life.  Again look at the chart at the link provided earlier and showing the:

      US National Debt & Interest Expense by Presidential Term, Percentage of GDP
Showing the percentage of national debt increase during their Presidency from Largest increase in debt to the Lest increase over the last 30 years.

Republicn Presidents:
1) Ronald Reagan          188.6%     1981-1988
2) George W. Bush          89.0%     2001-2008
3) George H. Bush           55.6%     1989-1992
Democratic Presidents:
4) Barak Obama              53.6%     2009-2012
5) Jimmy Carter              42.3%     1977-1980
6) Bill Clinton                  35.6%     1993-2000

What does this tell you?  That what we are being told year after year is a political myth and that many of us continue to believe it.  Let me say what many just refuse to say.  In a world with immediate information available way to many of us are to lazy to do our own research and find the truth for ourselves, but instead listen to Fox News or MSNBC News full of their own prejudices designed to keep up their ratings and accept it as the truth with the complete inability to validate and verify the facts that can be found with such little effort.  The information high technological age has certainly past many of us by and it appears that we are reverting back to the informational stone-age.

Well I hope you take a minute to do your own research and determine an opinion that "YOU OWN" and not just live with the ability to simply Parrot someone else's opinion.  Good Luck, we all need some!



Friday, December 20, 2013

Duck Dynasty and Christian Ministry

Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame has in the last few days even become more famous or infamous, depending on which belief's you hold than ever before.  The political media shows are going wild over what should be basic in our constitutional democracy.  So what did Phil say that was so bad that he would be fired from his show and why do so many care?  Why was he fired for practicing free speech? Why was he fired for stating his own opinion on a subject? Why was he fired when people like Bill Maher can rant about Christians and be celebrated for it?

Why was he fired? He was fired because Christians have retreated into a state of “I don’t want to offend anyone” attitude about sin. Christians would rather send a fluffy love message than proclaim that abortion is murder or that homosexuality is a sin. We have become pansies.  Not just in the site of man, but in the site of God.  Stating these scriptural truths is not an unloving act, the way you state it may appear to be unloving, but; the fact is the most loving thing you can do is proclaim the truth from God's Word.  The Scripture says; "you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free".  Freedom in the present and throughout eternity is what the truth offers and it is after all what we all are looking for in this life.


For all of you proclaimed Christians, lets put this entire episode in Biblical context:  Here is what Jesus said, "Everyone therefore who shall confess Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 10:32,33). That is what Jesus said and it doesn't appear to me to require any interpretation or explanation.  Confessing Jesus before men is an act of speaking with power what He says is true.  What do you think?


Christianity has become so watered down as to make it palatable for the world that it has ceased to be Christianity in many ways.  The problem is that God’s truth never changes, never waivers and cannot be altered to make someone feel accepted in their sin. Sin is sin and truth is not just relevant, truth is absolute.

Phil further explained after his comments, "Please understand that I would never condone hating a person. We must love everyone, but loving someone does not mean we accept their sin. I love my children but that does not mean I do not correct them or warn them when they are in danger of harm or the occasion of sin".

I so often hear people tell me they do not want to wear a pro-life t-shirt or speak out against abortion because they don’t want to offend someone. People will say that standing in front of an abortion mill and pleading with men and women not to kill their child is hatred.  I can think of no more loving or Christian thing to do in a situation where parents are literally taking their own child into a building to have them killed, than pleading with them to turn back from the slaughter.  Again the scripture says, Proverbs 24:11 Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.  – ESV


Now I must say, that I am sure that I would not have said some of the things that Phil said the way he said them, however; I most certainly agree with his understanding of God's Word. Phil was not making jokes about homosexuals; he was not mocking them on the Duck Dynasty show. Phil Robertson was directly asked about sin and homosexuality and then explained his views and his faith in that interview and is now being persecuted for his standing by his faith. He did as we as Christians are commanded to do, he proclaimed the Gospel and is being hated for it.  My hope is that whether you are a Democrat or Republican you will realize that if we are to claim we are Christian, we must accept the Word of God claiming it as true and if we are Americans, we must allow for our fellow Americans to speak their mind, whether we agree with it or not, and celebrate their right to do it.  It seems that Republicans currently claim the right of Christianity.  But I can tell you that just because I don't agree with Republican fiscal policy does not mean that I don't agree with their social and moral policy.  And I can assure you that I am not the only Democrat Christian out their.  


The fact is, many Republicans throughout our country are voting against their own good and much of this is because they are looking at the Christian symbolism that is spoken by Republicans.  Perhaps the most obvious illustration of this is the constant attack by Republicans on voting rights, unemployment insurance, food stamps for the poor and needy, keeping our government solvent while we solve the problems caused by previous generations, and on and on I could go.  If Christian principals are what each of us desire to stand for, then we should apply the words of Jesus to these political policies and forget which political party we have ascribed to.

Persecution by those that disagree with us is easy for them to do, because for so many years we have been tickling the ears of the masses with “Christianity light.” We have been so afraid of offending anyone that we have offended the very God we are trying to represent with our silence and fear.

I am glad that Phil spoke up even if it was, in my opinion poorly done, because there are people on both sides talking about God's Word and what the Bible says, many of whom you would not have expected to do so, than I have heard in a long time.  Let’s take this outrage over Phil Robertson getting fired and start speaking up with the same passion and conviction that the LGBT community does. Let’s start talking about abortion as if we actually believe that over 55 million babies have been MURDERED. It is time that we stop retreating and altering the truth of God and start speaking with the boldness of Christ and His disciples.  If we are silent about sin, is that not the same as condoning it, even participating in it?  Are we more afraid of the world and what the world thinks of us than we are of the God we claim to love?  If you are angry about Phil Robertson getting fired, ask yourself this question,  "Would I have spoken up, spoken God's Word without apology, or would I have hidden in silence and not confessed His truth before men?  This is the choice that you face daily and it is in that choice that you can find the truth of your own relationship with God.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Michigan passes "Rape Insurance" Bill

What kind of nonsense is this?  Lead by State Republicans in both chambers of the Michigan legislature have passed a measure banning insurance coverage for abortion in private health plans unless women purchase a separate rider.  And because of the way the legislation was put forward, it is set to become law despite the objections of both the state's Democratic minority and the veto of Michigan's Republican Governor, Rick Snyder.  In the face of Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer who told her story of her own rape and countless numbers who also have personal experiences that can not be planned against, these republican idiot's voted to have women insure (If they could) for their own rape as if that should be considered a natural action of women.  Also, as an individual who has worked in the insurance industry, there is no such thing as "Rape" or "Abortion" Insurance coverage or a rider to add to your plan.  Additionally, to even discuss this is redundant in that this law that passed, bans insurance coverage, get it "BANS INSURANCE COVERAGE", for abortion in private health plans.  Talk about double talk.  Pass a law banning something and then tell them to go buy the same on the open market. 

This is just one of the latest crazy, irresponsible, repulsive and did I say crazy, attacks on women's health in America.  I will tell you on a personal level that, I appose Abortion and honestly struggle with the balance of thought required to consider individual rights vs. moral determinations.  This is no short consideration for me. I remember attending the Southern Baptist Convention of 1977' where the issue of Abortion was addressed with this Resolution:

    Resolution On Abortion, adopted by the SBC convention, June 1977:

RESOLVED that this Convention reaffirm the strong stand against abortion adopted by the 1976 Convention, and, in view of some confusion in interpreting part of this resolution we confirm our strong opposition to abortion on demand and all governmental policies and actions which permit this.

The 1976 resolution on abortion is as follows: 

WHEREAS, Southern Baptists have historically held a biblical view of the sanctity of human life, and

WHEREAS, Abortion is a very serious moral and spiritual problem of continuing concern to the American people, and

WHEREAS, Christians have a responsibility to deal with all moral and spiritual issues which affect society, including the problems of abortion, and

WHEREAS, The practice of abortion for selfish non-therapeutic reasons wantonly destroys fetal life, dulls our society's moral sensitivity, and leads to a cheapening of all human life.

Therefore be it RESOLVED, that the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Norfolk in June, 1976 reaffirm the biblical sacredness and dignity of all human life, including fetal life, and

Be it further RESOLVED, that we call on Southern Baptists and all citizens of the nation to work to change those attitudes and conditions which encourage many people to turn to abortion as a means of birth control, and

Be it further RESOLVED, that in the best interest of our society, we reject any indiscriminate attitude toward abortion, as contrary to the biblical view, and

Be it further RESOLVED, that we also affirm our conviction about the limited role of government in dealing with matters relating to abortion, and support the right of expectant mothers to the full range of medical services and personal counseling for the preservation of life and health.)

While sitting there hearing the reading of this Resolution for a vote of the convention Representatives,  I was sincerely concerned about how this matter would ultimately effect the people of America.  And as you can see this issue has always been a matter that those with a moral conscience have seen as a difficult matter to resolve.  Even the great leaders of one of the most conservative religious bodies in American history, men and women who have been responsible to counsel their individual church members, families, and their children who were going through counseling and struggling with the decision to abort a pregnancy,  these same Leaders who could only find language to direct us to "support the right of expectant mothers to the full range of medical services and personal counseling".  Ultimately we can only say that the handling of this matter only directs us to leave it up to the personal decision of the "expectant mother" and to "affirm the conviction about the limited role of government in dealing with matters relating to abortion".

In this political time in America I can only say, that I don't understand how one political party, a party who has a large contingent of women, female children, and men who go home to their wives and daughters can continue to propose such irrational and un-thoughtful approaches to such a serious issue.  Aren't we all called to help the helpless, give hope to the hopeless and to look in a forward way to the potential struggles of those we serve.  There are many moral questions housed inside this issue.  There are many financial questions circling inside this issue.  I can appreciate a difference of opinion, but; I pray that your opinion is drenched in prayer and considered thought and not with political motivation and irresponsible double talk.

Tell me what you think.  I want to know.