Since the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, I’m hearing and reading a lot of people asking why this happened, what could have prevented it, do we need more gun control , why did God allow this to happen, why do bad things happen to good people. I’m reminded of what the Bible says. God gave dominion over the Earth to MAN and gave MAN free will. God didn’t allow this, MAN did.
God is just as grieved over this as we are. It breaks His heart to see His creation suffering so much. He doesn’t force His will on mankind, but offers the solution. FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM, SHALL NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE. God sent His son to teach us the right way to live, and to die for our sins and MAKE US EACH A NEW CREATURE LIKE HIM.
The people who don’t accept this solution far outnumber those who do. They affect the world we all live in. Strait is the gate and narrow is THE WAY and FEW there be who find it. The solution: Be one of the few and help others find the strait WAY.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Chief Justice John Roberts swearing in new Supreme Court Judge Sotomayor, whose hand is on a Bible, “SO HELP ME, GOD.”
“So help me, God,” is heard in court rooms all over America every day and is spoken by judges of the Supreme Court in government buildings, and it is not unlawful. This began in the earliest days of America’s existence. Some people have refused to swear on the Bible, and they have not been forced to. Supporters of “Separation of Church and State” say that proves our founders wanted separation. This is an incorrect assessment. “Congress shall make NO law respecting an establishment of religion…” Therefore, they shall not force anyone to swear on a Bible. “…OR prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” requiring government to allow religion and that includes in government buildings, in government functions, on public property, even in schools. Government shall not FORCE TO nor PROHIBIT FROM. That’s quite different from “separaton of church and state.”
Before the Supreme Court of the United States (or any other court in this country) makes any further judgments on the issue of “separation of church and state”, they should be required to read the statements of the very FIRST CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, a man totally involved in the founding of this country, Chief Justice John Jay. He said on September 9, 1777:
“We should always remember, that the many remarkable and unexpected means and events by which our wants have been supplied, and our enemies repelled or restrained, are such strong and striking proofs of the interposition of HEAVEN, that our having been delivered from the threatened bondage of Britain, ought, like the emancipation of the Jews from Egyptian servitude, be forever ascribed to its TRUE CAUSE, and isntead of swelling our breasts with arrogant ideas of our power and importance, kindle in them a flame of gratitude and piety, which may consume all remains of vice and irreligion. BLESSED BE GOD.”
This man recognized, as did the other Founding Fathers, that this country was founded precisely because God willed it so, and interceded in all manners necessary to insure its survival and success. If God founded the country, how can anyone legitimately support “separation of church and state.” The Constitution that our founding fathers wrote and ratified after experiencing the many miracles and interventions of God, included the express guarantee of FREEDOM OF RELIGION NOT FROM RELIGION. These men guaranteed that government shall not impose an official restriction or requirement on religion, which is exactly what government is doing today. The Founding Fathers shouted God’s intervention from the platforms available to them, as well as in their writings, on their monuments and in their speeches. Their very lives were affirmations of God’s hand at work. Common sense demands the acknowledgement that these men DID NOT write law contrary to their own beliefs, experiences and statements.
For those interested in the truth, read the original documents and writings of the original Founding Fathers. See how many of them were actually reverends and pastors and preachers. Note that church services were routinely held in the halls of Congress, that they called for days of prayer, and that Samuel Adams established the first national day of Thanksgiving to God on Thursday, December 18, 1777, which was devoted to thanking God for his protection, provision, forgiveness and blessings, and had nothing to do with dinner.
Many books have been filled with the stories, details, facts and experiences of the Founding Fathers, the Patriot armies, the colonists, and the churches, attesting to God’s inextricable presence and actions to secure the birth, success and longevity of this nation. It defies logic to suggest that these same people then wrote a Constitution prohibiting religion in public places, prohibiting any government entity to be involved in any way with religion or government prohibiting citizens’ expression of religion at government functions or on government property. And as for religion in public schools, the first schools were started and held in the towns’ churches.
Preachers could preach about the government and its officials, and express a Biblical view of the issues, before 1954, when Senator Lyndon Baines Johnson, running for re-election, faced a tough challenger, Dudley Dougherty, who was supported by a tax-exempt organization, The Committee for Constitutional Government. This organization produced material which advocated limiting of the President’s treaty-making authority and more importantly, supported Johnson’s opponent. When Johnson learned of this, he found a way to silence them, resulting in Section 501 (C) (3) of the IRS code, which now limits what churches can say as tax-exempt entities.
One of the most important freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution is freedom OF religion, prohibiting the government from making ANY laws governing our exercise and expression of religion. This was stolen from us in 1954. WE’VE BEEN ROBBED AND SAT STILL FOR IT. Silence has not served us well. We should have marched in the streets and swarmed our representatives’ offices until this egregious law was repealed.
Churches have always made substantial differences in our liberties and the fair and just treatment of our people, an admirable fact until 1954. Americans will never forget the contributions, tireless work and fearless efforts of a Baptist preacher named Rev. Martin Luther King, who is credited with achieving civil rights for African-Americans, which has spread to all minorities. Christians fought slavery in the early decades of the newly born United States of America. Today, Christians are fighting abortion, which kills untold numbers of babies lawfully everyday. As black slaves were not counted as full human beings, but only as 3/5 of a human, unborn babies in the womb are not counted as human beings. The 1954 IRS Sec. (C) (3) ban on political speech of churches must be repealed as unConstitutional, and the myth of separation of church and state refuted and abandoned.
For those who are happy with the current loss of religious freedom, consider that governments are run by people, many of which love their position of power, fame, privilege and money. If the government is allowed to steal one of our freedoms, it can and will steal another. Any freedom that is seen as a threat to the power and money of its representatives, can and will be taken away. Lyndon Johnson is one example. Someday, they will steal a freedom that is important to you. Freedom of speech? Freedom to assemble? Freedom to travel outside of the U.S.? The Right to Privacy? Freedom to own private property? Which one of your most prized freedoms is next?
We have lost too much already. It’s going to be an uphill battle, but we must regain every right, protection and freedom guaranteed us in the Constitution. Fight Congress, the President, his czars, the EPA, the Federal Reserve, the FCC, whomever is usurping our rights. Don’t put it off. Fight for ALL of the guaranteed freedoms, even religion, because yours might be next, and probably will.
REFUTE THE “SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE” MYTH. REVERSE SUPREME COURT RULINGS LIMITING OUR RELIGIOUS EXPRESSIONS AND PRACTICES. REPEAL THE IRS CODE SECTION (C) (3) OF 1954.
THERE IS NO MORE TIME TO DO NOTHING.
On another note: This nation was clearly founded on Judeo/Christian principles. There is NO doubt. It’s well documented, no matter what anyone says. Barack Obama has no right to declare that this nation is not a Christian nation. It is and always has been. He talked about the contributions of the Muslim religion in the founding of this country and that’s a flat out lie. There is no evidence of that. It may be his design to separate this country from its Judeo/Christian heritage and elevate Muslims, but millions of Americans will not sit quietly for that. Not again. We’ve learned our lesson about sitting quietly by while our freedoms, rights and heritage are stolen from us. NEVER AGAIN.
See, NO BIBLE! This is the second swearing in at the White House in the map room. His first swearing in at the inauguration was botched slightly.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )
The burial shroud of Jesus Christ will be on display this spring from April 10 to May 23 in Turin, Italy. This is a rare event and will be attended by millions of people from all over the world. Italians will have to vie for their position in line amidst those who will travel thousands of miles to see the most famous and sacred relic in Christianity. Officials say they have already received one million reservations to view the shroud including Pope Benedict XVI on May 2.
I’ve been to see the shroud in its reliquary in Sindone Chapel in Turin. Simply standing in that room, looking up at the glass window through which the silver casket containing the shroud can be seen, with the sun beaming down directly on the gold adornment atop it, is a moving experience to say the least. There’s a wave of emotion that engulfs visitors amidst the black marble, the larger-than-life statues, the incredible architecture with its magnificent windows in the dome, the gold and silver, the sunlight illuminating the center altar that houses the Shroud. It’s unlike anything else in the world.
People are currently weighed down by economic woes, joblessness, earthquakes, illnesses, crime and frustration with our government. The general population is seeking some kind of relief from depressing situations and bad news. They quickly embrace the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras, but these are only a temporary fix. Too soon, the fun wears off and the situation is unchanged. There ought to be something that really helps and lasts more than a weekend.
After the death and destruction of September 11, 2001, people all around the world, but particularly Americans, were in such pain and shock that they turned en masse to God, praying for comfort and help, flocking to churches, reading the Bible, expressing their faith in God. They reacted the same way after hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike. It’s been reported that revival in Haiti is in full swing. People are finding great lasting comfort and real help, answers to prayers and even miracles when they turn to God. But when everything is going well, they work and play and forget God, until the next horrific calamity when the cycle begins again
Events like the display of the Shroud of Turin, the Pope’s visit to America, the debut of the movie, “The Passion”, remind us to keep our minds on God in the good times and enjoy the benefits of comfort, help, and even miracles. The bad news and depressing situations would have less effect on us and we may even be able to resolve those problems with God’s help and answers to our prayers. But we get caught up in every day living and forget to stay close to our Creator.
I’m looking forward to the news coverage of the display of the Shroud of Turin and all the discussion of its meaning, which will include the death and resurrection of Christ. We need to be reminded. We need to turn back to the faith of our fathers. We need the stability of belief in our all powerful God and the principles in the Bible. If you can go to Turin, do it. You won’t regret it. If you don’t want to be in a crowd of millions, wait and go the next year. But keep in mind how inspiring and exhilarating it is to be among thousands of like-minded people in one accord. It strengthens one’s faith and encourages the heart. It’s unforgettable and will last far longer than a weekend. Find other ways and other events to stay connected to God and other people who share your beliefs. This is what you’re looking for, whether you realize it yet or not. It doesn’t matter whether men have proven the authenticity of the Shroud or not. It’s what the Shroud points us to that matters.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )