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We are not an organization, nor do we want to be one, so we
cannot introduce ourselves with a particular name. Jesus’
disciples did not give themselves any special name either, but
were recognized as such through their message and lifestyle.
Later they were called Christians because they proclaimed
Jesus as the Christ, the Savior who came to mankind from God.
We, too, are Christians, disciples of
Jesus. We want to follow the example of
the first Christians and put what we read
in the Bible into practice in our lives. We
do not belong to any denomination or
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follow Jesus, our Lord and our God (John
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“The basis for loving our neighbors, and
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to avoid both the fundamentalist and the liberal errors in their
views on the Bible since many of these positions have a zeal,
but with a lack of knowledge.
Faith, for us, is a reality which fulfills
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fruit of obedience of every single disciple towards the Holy
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as long as your kids are leaders and not followers
The people taking prayer out of public school are the Christian
families that leave
By Christopher Graham
Last week, I attended a band concert
at my daughter's school. After the
introduction, welcome, prayer and
performances by several of the musical
groups, a girl rose and performed what
her friends called "spoken word." She
began, "Chapter 13 of Paul's letter to the
Corinthians. The Excellence of Love." To
the accompaniment of "amen" and
"preach it," she proceeded to recite from
memory the entire biblical passage
without abridgment. She received a
resounding ovation from the
congregation — er, I mean audience.
The program continued with more music
and presentations in which were
embedded acknowledgement of the
presence of God. My heart was beating
faster and harder than usual through the
event. That is certainly because of
parental pride (full disclosure: My
daughter was playing a flute in one of the
bands and delivered the recitation.) The
reason my heart has continued to beat
this week, however, is because I realized
that I am surrounded by people in my
churches whose first thought is that this
sort of evening can only be experienced
in a sequestered Christian community.
That is because a myth has taken hold, a
variation of which is, "They kicked God
out of public schools when they removed
prayer." That is a myth. How do I know?
Because my experience last week all
occurred in a Dallas ISD cafeteria with
faculty, administrators and parents in
attendance. I know because I have now
raised three kids (from pre-K to high
school graduate) entirely within DISD,
and each had an active prayer life
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throughout the school day. There was
prayer in each of my kids' schools
because my praying kids were in school.
Fellow Baptists, inasmuch as you have
taken your praying kids out of school,
then you — not "they" — have taken
prayer out of schools. Of course, it's not
only Baptists who believe this myth and,
to wit, many conservative Christians use
the myth of "godless schools" as a front
for other reasons to sequester their
children. But I speak to Baptists, yea even
Southern Baptists, yea even conservative
Southern Baptists because I am one. My
family actually believes the entire Bible
is true in every detail and in every way. I
am a raging, biblical fundamentalist.
In fact, because I believe the Bible holds
facts that are as equally true as 1+1=2, I
have no problem with religious liberty
(codified in our country's constitutional
documents largely as a result of Baptist
convictions and persistence). In the end,
I don't need to squelch or fear those who
say 1+1=25 because, in the end, the truth
For those of us who are Southern
Baptists, these convictions are found in
the document embraced by many
conservative Southern Baptists, The
Baptist Faith and Message. That
statement not only expresses a
conservative (dare I say fundamentalist)
doctrine of Scripture and a strong
statement on religious liberty, it also has
a wonderful section devoted to the
Christian's role in the social order. It says,
in part, "Every Christian should bring
industry, government, and society as a
whole under the sway of the principles of
righteousness, truth, and
That will only happen when
we stop living the myth that
God and prayer to that God
is prohibited in our public
spaces. It will happen when
we live out and help others
to live out the reality that
"the greatest of these is
love," as that young lady
reminded us last week.
Christopher Graham is an associate
professor of theology at Criswell College.
He wrote this column for The Dallas
Well Christopher, your assesment does not
prove to be a great idea in many school
environments. I would not subject my
children to inner city schools that are out
of control. We have reached a Nineveh
crossroads in much of our public schools.
It is so dark and depraved in many of these
government schools we must remember
that the classmates will be the influencers
on your children, not the teachers. I am
glad that you have a strong, principled
daughter but I wonder how she would fare
in San Francisco or Los Angeles. Having
been a teacher for eight years in private
schools has taught me that not all
Christian kids can survive the barrage of
the enemy. Not even in the best
environments. There are many school
districts that I wouldn’t sacrifice my kids
to that worldview. They are young,
impressionable and spend more time with
classmates than with parents each day.
So, your blanket statement that Christians
are to blame for the removal of prayer in
schools is naive at best and dangerous in
a real and serious way. Most Christian kids
are not yet equipped to handle the very
hot bed of one of Satan’s greatest tools....
peer pressure and indoctrination through
a godless public school system.
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zuckerberg’s insidious liberal bias
Beating Facebook’s Algorithm and Being Your Own Curator
By Tim Challies.com
By now we have all read lots of
articles and opinion pieces on
Facebook, or at least seen lots of
scary headlines. We are slowly and
collectively awakening to the power
Facebook has over us, which is to say, the
power we have given it. We have given
Facebook power one click, one tap, and
one like at a time. The situation is not yet
dire and we don’t yet have to
#deleteFacebook. But it’s definitely time
to consider what power we are willing to
cede to it.
One key power we’ve given to Facebook
is the power of curation. Let’s talk about
curation, what it is, and why it matters.
I’ve just spent the better part of a week
browsing museums all over England.
Every museum has a number of items on
display and a much greater number of
items in storage. The job of a curator is to
select which items from the collection
will be visible to the public and which
will not. This gives the curator a kind of
power over the visitor—the power to
describe history. The curator can keep
key objects hidden away, thus obscuring
what really happened. He can choose to
display objects of little importance, thus
telling an inaccurate or unbalanced story.
The more you browse museums the more
you become aware of the power and
responsibility of the curator.
The Power of Curation
There is power in curation, and especially
the curation of ideas. Many of us have
entrusted the curation of the news and
information we encounter to Facebook.
We have allowed Facebook to become
responsible for determining what we will
see and what we will not see. We type F-
a-c-e-b-o-o-k-.-c-o-m into our browser
many times each day to see what it has
for us. When we do this, we are allowing
Facebook and it’s content-choosing
algorithm to stand between ourselves
and the rest of the Web and to choose
what we will see. Every day countless
millions of pieces of information get fed
into Facebook—videos, articles, think
pieces, animated gifs, A La Carte—it all
goes in there and Facebook, through the
magic of its
one of us. It
us and what
is, after all,
like a page on Facebook we are indicating
to Facebook that we desire to see that
page’s content. But it really doesn’t work
that way. The algorithm still stands
between us and the content to silently
and programmatically make that
determination. For a content-creator like
myself, I cannot count on more than one
percent of the people who like my page
actually seeing my content (unless, of
course, I choose to pay Facebook to
extend that reach). The algorithm keeps
it from people like you who may wish to
And so it’s good to ask: With all we know,
and all we have learned, and all we have
experienced of Facebook, is this—the
power of curation—a power we want to
entrust to it? As Facebook is increasingly
determining what is real news and what
is fake, as it is determining what is love
and what is hate, as it is algorithmically
enforcing its own values on us, can we
still trust it to curate our content?
Personally, I don’t mind if it decides
which of my friend’s photos I see or
which of my cousin’s updates I get access
to, but I don’t care to allow it to
determine what is newsworthy, what is
important, or what is moral.
The Future in the Past
I tend to think the future lies in the past,
in a brilliant little technology called RSS.
Essentially it works like this: Almost
every web site generates what is called
an RSS feed—a little file that contains the
site’s most recent content. It’s kind of like
a web site, but for computers to read, not
people. You can use an app or site known
as an RSS reader to subscribe to that
content on your behalf. When you do
that, it will “translate” it to an
understandable format, and present it to
you. The job of an RSS reader is not to
curate the content, but simply to provide
it to you in chronological order. You get
to be your own curator by choosing what
you will add in the first place.
Where should you begin? I’d start with
Feedly.com, a powerful and free service
that is ideal to get you going. You can
access it through their web site or
through a variety of apps. Basically, sign
up for an account, type in a few of your
favorite sites so you can subscribe to
them, and remember to visit a couple of
times a day. You’ll be well on your way.
Why don’t you try RSS and see if it can
work for you. Why don’t you see if you
benefit from taking back the power of
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The Antidote for A Weary Soul
“When I look at your heavens, the work of
your fingers, the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place, what is man
that you are mindful of him, and the son of
man that you care for him?” Psalm 8:34
We are wrapping up our evening meal on
the deck when his eyes shift from the sliver
of pink watermelon in his hand to the
streaks of salmon sunlight hovering above
“It’s gonna be a great sunset tonight,” my
youngest boy declares.
“Mm-hmm …” I murmur as I gather dirty
plates and wrinkled napkins, empty milk
glasses and sticky silverware.
“Can we chase it, Mom?” Joshua begs, “Can
I’ve already spent the day chasing children
across the yard and chasing the dog around
the neighborhood. I’ve chased down
missing keys, missing shoes and my own
missing patience. And the only thing I really
want to chase is a little peace and quiet.
My body is weary. My soul is sapped. But I
let my gaze roam from the dirty dishes in
my hands to the shimmer of sunset in the
sky, and I think of the lesson God has been
teaching me lately:
We who are created in the image of a
marvelous God are made to marvel. And
sometimes our quest for solace is really just
an ache for awe.
So, I set those dirty dishes in the sink and
return my giddy boy’s grin. “We’d better
hurry. The sun is sinking fast.”
We hop in the car and drive to that place
where the thick tree line gives way to
sprawling sky. And for a brief moment, I’m
not just a weary mom with dirty dishes
piled high at home. I’m a wonder-seeker
lifting my eyes above my daily grind to get
a glimpse of the divine.
I breathe deeply and let heaven’s hush
invade my haggard heart. My son sighs
happily and wraps his slender fingers
around mine. “I’m glad we chased the
sunset, Mom,” he whispers. “‘Cause that’s
just what we do.”
The sky is growing dark, but I can finally
see it clearly — how wonder is an antidote
to weariness. And awe revives a flagging
soul like water fuels a drooping body.
I’m not the first to discover it, of course.
King David knew it, too. He had a nation to
rule and a family to tend, decisions to make
and conflicts to mend; yet David lifted his
eyes above the demands of his days to see
the wonder of God’s ways.
do not let familiarity breed contempt
He applauded God’s handiwork in his own
life (Psalm 139) and relished God’s artistry
in the world around him (Psalm 8). He
celebrated the magnificence of God’s Word
(Psalm 119) and the brilliance of His deeds
In Psalm 8:3-4, David writes: “When I look
at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set
in place, what is man that you are mindful
of him, and the son of man that you care for
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By Jamie Rohrbaugh
The Ark Encounter is a one-of-akind,
attraction in Williamstown,
Kentucky. In an entertaining, educational,
and immersive way, it presents a number
of historical events centered on a full-size
Ark, which is the largest timber-frame
structure in the world
The Ark Encounter demonstrates that
the Bible is scientifically accurate, and it
also serves as an evangelistic experience.
Ken Ham, president and CEO of Answers
in Genesis, the Creation Museum, and Ark
Encounter, has stated, “It’s called Ark
Encounter because people will encounter
the Ark, and then encounter God’s Word,
and then encounter Jesus Christ.”
Points of Interest
How Big Is the Ark?
You’ve probably seen pictures of Noah’s
Ark in children’s books, complete with
giraffe heads sticking out the top. But the
real Noah’s Ark, the one described in the
Bible, was huge. At 510 feet long, 51 feet
high, and 85 feet wide, this modern Ark
shows that Noah’s Ark was no dinghy. It
spans over 1.5 times the length of an
American football field. It was wholly
seaworthy—a ship that kept the
occupants safe during a yearlong,
Recreating this massive ship at Ark
Encounter has been an engineering feat.
While the Ark is a full-scale model, it was
originally designed as a ship but
constructed like a building to meet
structural codes and requirements. The
enormous logs were either standing dead
timbers or timber harvested from
renewable forests. In board feet (laid end
to end), there is enough timber in the Ark
construction to go from Williamstown,
Kentucky, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Its roof is long enough for NASA to park
three space shuttles nose to tail on it!
At the Ark Encounter, you’ll see a variety
of exhibits that will show guests what life
might have been like for Noah and his
family on the Ark, including the Living
Quarters and Noah’s Study. Learn about
the animal kinds that were on the Ark,
and how Noah and his family might have
cared for all of the creatures. Scores of
animal sculptures, furniture, and props
have been designed following extensive
Bring all of your questions about Noah,
his family, the animals, the Flood, the Ark,
and the culture of the pre-Flood and
post-Flood worlds, because you’re sure
to get answers when you visit.
Living Quarters Exhibit
Ararat Ridge Zoo and Petting Zoo Area
The Ararat Ridge Zoo and petting zoo
area are fun places where both children
and adults will enjoy a hands-on
experience with some of God’s amazing
creatures. See kangaroos, yaks, zebras,
and more in this ever-expanding zoo.
Don’t miss the live animal programs
throughout the day. Camel and donkey
rides are available.
Yaks with Ark Encounter
Restaurant and Zip Lines
The Ark Encounter’s snack stands and
1,500-seat restaurant feature a variety of
delicious food offerings, including
options for special dietary needs.
While you are visiting, make sure to set
aside time for the huge zip line course.
Steven A Ford reviewed Ark Encounter —
The Ark Encounter is something you
simply do not want to miss. I have read the
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preached and taught in church and
Sunday School but was never able to
comprehend the size and magnitude of
the project as well as to imagine/
visualize the inner workings of the Ark.
All of this comes together when you see
this life size replica. It debunked every
argument I have ever heard about the
whole story! I think 2 to 4 hrs is a
reasonable "geusstimate" of how much
time you will need to tour the exhibit.
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The ark was to
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all species, from a
intended to wipe
out all life. Its
given as 300
cubits in length,
50 cubits in width
and 30 cubits in
height (450 × 75 ×
45 ft or 137 × 22.9
× 13.7 m).
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Comments from the web
Don't all these celebrities protesting
Trump's wall have big secured fences and
gates around their homes?
Yes. Often guards too. But they only speak
from safe spaces.
Each of these celebrities should house a
few dozen refugees in their homes since
they love leading by example.
Great idea! They all have multiple
dwellings most of which probably remain
empty much of the time. I think the
refugees would love to live in Jackson
Hole, Aspen, Telluride, Miami, West Palm
Beach, Santa Fe, Palm Springs, Malibu,
Hawaii, NYC, the Hamptons, Martha's
Vineyard, etc. Don't you!?!
Randomly selected refugees
They don't get to vet them and only pick
the little Syrian kids
Let's see how comfortable they are with
a 19 year old Somalian male stranger.
killed by the refugee
Rich liberals don't
apply the same rules to themselves as
they do to the plebs. Al Gore owns
multiple mansions and flies around the
world in chartered private jets, but he
lectures middle class people about
cutting back on carbon emissions.
He has yuuge holdings of oil stock.
“Muslim” is a religious faith and”illegal
immigrant” is a criminal status. Neither
one has anything to do with race.
And the house Cher just sold to Beyonce
looks like Folsom Prison. It has a fence
inside a fence with walls!
The audacity on part of celebrities
absolutely amazes me. I mean, they live
in big, beautiful homes within gated
communities; they have bodyguards and
other forms of
private security; their
children go to the
best private schools;
things like healthcare
premiums are just
pocket change to
them. So they need
not worry about
PAYING for these
"refugees," or the
danger they might
themselves or their
families - BECAUSE
THEY WILL NEVER
EVEN BE WITHIN
FIVE MILES RADIUS
They don't even need to do it out of the
goodness of their hearts. They can also
hire them. Do you know how much
maintenance staff these homes need?
Can we find ONE celebrity who is willing
to hire ONE Syrian gardener?
I hear crickets.
They don't get to vet them and only pick
the little Syrian kids
They can pick "kids", but only by looking
at the written case file.
Suddenly when they open the door that
sweet 12y old kid is a 29 y rapefugee.
And since their homes are giant
mansions that can house multiple
And since their vacation homes are not
even occupied, they can surely pack
plenty into those.
Some guy in Germany did that. He was
Dear Whoopi, surely you are intelligent enough to realize that
your onedimensional character acting has always been
propped up by casting directors looking for a token, angry,
liberal, black woman? Your profane, course dissertations on
a nihilistic worldview are a sad attempt to distract other
ignorant people to believe your false prochoice mantra.
Sorry Ms. Goldberg, it’s not your body... it’s the baby’s body.
Yes, and one of them is even suing his
neighbors in order to build a bigger one.
The Obamas are built a wall around their
new DC mansion.
They want open borders, yet they have
high-end security .
I smell Bull Exhaust.
The trump haters should realize that
But that's different.
They want to keep
No joke, I am thinking
of recruiting a group
of centipedes to
representatives of the
"Tear It Down"
walls. Our mission would be to convince
liberal homeowners to tear down their
walls as a show of solidarity with those
who would be impeded from entering the
US, achieving the American dream, or
reuniting with family because of
"Trump's hate wall". At first I expect folks
to be confused, but I am sure once we
point out that their walls impede the
natural flow of water, migration of local
animals, and foot traffic from other
people who may need to use their yards
as a shortcut to get to other places, they'll
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see how wrong their walls are.
For the record, I live in Tucson, AZ. There
are more walled homes than you can
shake a stick at out here.
I am in Tempe. I have found that shaking
sticks at walls doesn't knock them down.
That is why we need The Wall
Of course, it's disengenuous that they tell
you how to live your life without ever
having to do it themselves.
Did you know that they receive free gift
bags at these award shows who's
contents could pay your rent for a year or
more, that their 2k a year sag payment
covers their medical and so on?
They'll never run into anybody they
champion for unless it's a photo op, just
Maybe the celebrities should give up
their citizenship for a refugee. One
celebrity for one refugee.
Or visit Somalia to show their support.
I was thinking the same thing. It's easy to
be for "refugees" and illegals when you
have armed guards and live in a bubble.
Who cares about the rest of us? Feelings
And underground bunkers, armed
guards, helicopters, etc etc.
I believe the answer is yes.
And their kids go to schools with armed
guards. My kids go to schools with a
sticker on the door that says "This is a
They can't have the wall and pay their
illegal house keepers 25 cents on the
Yes they do because they are
I'm really turned off by so many
celebrities now. I honestly think they are
shooting themselves in the foot by being
They are almost excluseviley anti-second
to be the biggest
purveyor of gun
violence than any
They are alienating
their fans. Not all,
but a lot of people
see through them.
acted like such
jerks during and
after the election that I will never pay to
see another movie staring these people
or download their music ever again.
Meryl Streep is a joke in my mind now.
So is Bryan Cranston and Katy Perry.
Madonna, Beyonce, George Clooney,
Ashley Judd, Cher....they are lunatics in
my mind. They are totally isolated from
normal society by thier wealth, walls and
armed body guns and yes they carry real
guns. Their public opinions and outcry
Yeah, and celebrities had to pay for their
own walls, just like we will.
Yea because they wanna open their
mouths in order to stay relevant.
Not only that, but they also were
supposed to have these Houses
with fences and gates in Canada.
Why didn’t they move to Ottawa
liked they promised us if Trump
I want to know why none of these
spoiled brats threatened to move
to Mexico instead of Canada?
Fish swim, birds fly and liers lie.
Sounds like racism to me.....
They're also the same people who
block the development of low
income housing in places like San
Yes they do. They live high up on
hillsides with gates and walls
blocking entry from the road. I
drive by it every day.
It's very simple, if you have a lock on your
door how can you be against vetting?
And security guards too!!
They live so far removed from reality, in
their own bubbles in gated communities.
The celebrities that speaks about open
boarders and no walls should have to
open their homes up. They can't possibly
need to keep empty mansions empty.
Giving should start at home.
Most homes in Mexico are surrounded by
walls, to guard against uncontrollable
crime. But as soon as the US decides to
build a wall for the same reason,
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do your kids not trust you for their next meal?
By Waleed Ahmed
≠ Not Caring
Those nights when you lie awake,
restless and tossing and turning,
your mind churning over a future
that is uncertain and unknown. Those
days when your heart is heavy and your
spirit is sorrowful while you imagine
what will befall you or that person you
love. There isn’t a human being alive who
doesn’t know the agony of worry. There
isn’t a human being alive who hasn’t
allowed legitimate concern to devolve
into illegitimate anxiety. But just because
worry is universal does not mean it is
right or good. To the contrary, God warns
us against it: “Be anxious for nothing,” he
says, and “do not be anxious about
tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious
But it’s not so easy in the moment, is it?
If God forbids worry, why do we still
spend so much time doing it? If God
warns us against anxiety, why we do we
still find ourselves racked with fear as we
consider what we’ve done and are doing
and will do? Why do we waste days and
squander nights in the joyless captivity
We think worrying is caring. We
associate the issue or concern with the
anxiety we feel for it. In fact, we may go
so far as to sanctify our anxiety, to elevate
it to the status of virtue. “I worry so much
because I care so much.” And maybe we
turn on people who don’t feel the same:
“You don’t worry because you don’t care.”
But worrying is not caring. Or, to turn it
around, not worrying does not equal not
caring. Our willingness to fret about
something is not a necessary indication
that we care deeply about it. Our
unwillingness to fret about something is
not a necessary indication that we are
ambivalent about it. In those times we
are fearful or uncertain, we can make
ourselves believe that our worrying
displays just how much we care, just how
much our hearts are engaged. But it’s a
false connection. The fact is, we can care
deeply and never feel a single pang of
We thinking worrying is
effectual. “Effectual” is
“producing or able to
produce a desired effect.”
We want our problem to
be fixed and convince
ourselves worrying will
help. We think our
worrying will accomplish something.
Especially, we think our worrying may
convince God just how much we care and
cause him to respond to our pleas. But
worry is not effectual. It does not
accomplish anything—or anything good,
at least. Worry is not the means through
which God wants us to express our
desperation to him. Worry is not the
means through which God hears us or
responds to our pleas. Worry is not a
shortcut to the ear of God or the key to
unlock his attention. To the contrary, it
may be the very opposite. Our worry may
cause God to allow our trial to continue
until we have calmed our hearts and
submitted them to his good purposes.
God does not mean for us to worry, but
to pray. He does not mean for us to bear
our own burden through anxiety, but to
entrust it to him through prayer. It is not
God’s will that we fret, that we feel deep
anxiety, that we spend days and nights
running over all the terrible possibilities
in our minds. Rather, we are to “humble
ourselves under the mighty hand of God
so that at the proper time he may exalt
us, casting all our anxieties on him,
because he cares for us” (1 Peter 5:6-7).
His care, not our anxiety, is our refuge.
When we hand it all to him, we can truly
be anxious for nothing. We can care
deeply without worrying for as much as
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. Feed Back From Our Readers
Response to "Legalism" by Joe
A legalist is one who thinks that you must
keep the Law to achieve Salvation.
Nothing could be farther from the Truth.
The Gospel is a simple statement and a
two page rant only makes the Gospel
It seems everyone wants to add their
twist(s) to the Gospel. The Gospel is a
simple statement. There are some
caveats, of which, everyone should be
The Gospel is a simple statement. A
person can hear or see it and take it or
leave it. They can decide to be right or
wrong. You will never successfully argue
a person into heaven.
They say, You must keep the Law to be
saved. No one can keep the Law. The
Law was and is a school master. The
purpose of the Law was demonstrate
that no matter how hard we try we will
always break some part oft the law. Jesus
said " If you break one of the Laws then
you have broken the whole Law.
Robert Killam, Marshfield, MO
Okay, I am confused. After reading your
“About Us” it is very clear you are antichurch
organizations and yet you
promote all the usual offenders on page
28 of each edition. Are you bi-polar or
just compromised by sponsors?
Bucky Lowell, High Point, NC
ed Church organizations are a good way
to respond to our salvation in an
environment that we are consortable
with. Our only beef is with those that
believe that they are in right standing
with God because of their affiliation to it.
I grew up in the Ohio Valley region
amongst a cadre of steel mills along the
Ohio River. It was a booming industry
that dominated the planet with the
highest quality product at a reasonable
price. Due to both Democrats and
Republicans refusing to protect the
industry with Fair Trade practices,
Japan’s junk-steel imports utterly
destroyed the American steel industry.
Because of the unfair trade practices and
our expensive agreement to defend Japan
militarily, Detroit’s automakers and the
steel industry were utterly destroyed.
This is not an opinion... it is a fact. If you
deny this truth because you personally
find Donald Trump distasteful, you are
totally deluded and an intellectually
dishonest human being. Grow up!
Jason Duke, Pittsburgh, PA
Thank you for your occasional articles
addressing the Holy Days of God. For
most of my life I have honored and been
blessed by them but it wasn’t until the
Lord showed me that my right standing
with Him wasn’t in keeping His Holy
Days but rather it was the Works of
Christ and Him crucified that made me
whole. Now, when I commemorate the
Holy days instead of the pseudo-pagan
holidays of man, I can rejoice in the
richness of the shadows!
Joseph Gargiolina, Holt, MI
Our family lost our precious son, in an
IED incident 4 years ago in Afghanistan.
We finally have been able to venture out
for some R & R without the enseless guilt
of enjoying ourselves. We never really
heard of Branson, Missouri as a place we
would like to visit until we came across
your incredible offer at the Gold Star
Family Inn. We thoroughly enjoyed our
room, the great entertainment and
visiting your fine staff. You all made us
feel like family and the back of our door
in our room had a sign reminding us that
God also knows our grief because He too
knows what it is like to sacrifice his Son
for other people’s freedom! Waiting on
our eternal reunion and forever grateful
to you, Julia Field and family, Orlando, FL
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Feeling liberated or oppressed?
The Space Between Courting and Hooking Up
Ihave often reflected on how and why
dating has become so difficult in the
20 years since it was of any real
concern to me. At least, when speaking to
today’s young adults and observing their
lives, it sure seems there has been a
significant shift. Something has changed
between then and now so that what once
seemed relatively simple has become
strangely complicated. I know there are
many reasons for this, but I’ve been
pondering the possibility that the
difficulties arise from two extremes, one
lauded in the church and one lauded in
the world. I wonder if today’s Christian
young people are having trouble finding
the space between courting and hooking
In the wider culture, hookups have
become the norm. A couple of
generations ago, it was the societal
consensus that the right and appropriate
context for sex was marriage. The sexual
revolution soon “liberated” sex from
marriage, but even then it was still
considered an act associated with some
kind of relational commitment. However,
the revolution has since advanced so far
that sex is now a kind of opening act. It’s
now considered perfectly normal for a
relationship to progress from awkward
introductions to tearing off clothes in
mere minutes. The discussion today is
not about whether it’s okay to have sex
before the wedding night, but if it’s okay
to not have sex on a first date. Sex has
gone from a rite of consummation to an
act of initiation. It is a pre-love, precommitment
ritual that people insist has
no real significance.
Today’s teens and young adults have
grown up in this kind of a world. The
hookup culture is the air they’ve
breathed through life, example, and a
million television shows. Now imagine a
young man and woman who are vaguely
interested in one another. A couple of
generations ago they could admit this
mutual attraction and perhaps go out
together for a no-commitment, nopressure
date. The invitation to dinner
and a movie was essentially the
invitation to get to know one another. But
in a hookup culture, any date carries the
possibility, perhaps even the likelihood,
of sex. “Would you like to go out for
dinner?” is understood as, “Would you
like to have sex with me?” This is a
tremendous weight to lay on the earliest
stages of a relationship.
That’s what’s going on in the wider
culture. Meanwhile, in the conservative
Christian subculture, courting has
become the norm, or at least held up as
an ideal. For years we were told that
dating was unsafe and would lead
inevitably to fornication, and further, we
were told that dating was unbiblical, that
it dishonored God and his vision for
Christian families. Young men were
instructed that they must approach a
young woman’s father to seek his
permission before they could do
something as minor and innocent as
asking his daughter out for coffee. They
were told that any God-honoring
relationship must see marriage as the
Today’s Christian teens and young adults
have grown up in this kind of Christian
subculture. The courtship model was
lauded and held up as the God-ordained
means of bringing couples together. Now
imagine a young man and woman who
are vaguely interested in one another. To
know whether that vague interest can
grow into romantic attraction, they need
to get to know one another. But they
cannot do that without securing the
permission of her father, and to secure
that permission, the young man needs to
express his interest in her as a potential
wife. Any desire to spend any time
together is understood as interest in
marriage. “I’d like to get to know you”
carries the connotation of “I want to
spend the rest of my life with you.” This,
too, is a tremendous weight to lay on the
earliest stages of a relationship.
The world insists dating has no real
meaning while the church insists dating
has the ultimate meaning.
On the one
sex in the
church means to convince them that
relationships begin with marriage in the
immediate background. The world
insists dating has no real meaning while
the church insists dating has the ultimate
meaning. Courtship and hooking up are
two very different approaches for a
relationship, but they share a common
consequence: They put too much weight
on too weak a relationship.
What’s the solution? I suppose it’s
finding ways in which the early days of a
potential relationship can carry a
message no more complicated than, “I’d
like to get to know you.” Obviously we
want dating to be pure and purposeful, to
maintain the highest standards of sexual
purity and not to be merely casual, with
no hope for a shared future. The
challenge is to give young adults the
freedom to get to know one another
without attaching the weight of sex or the
weight of a lifelong commitment. That
may involve going back to an older
model, but, more realistically, it’s
probably working toward a newer model
that accounts for all the ways society has
been transformed over the past couple of
(I don’t mean that courtship can never
work or that there’s anything necessarily
wrong with it. Rather, the notion of
courtship that grew up in the past couple
of decades was taken from a different
time and place and then inserted into a
culture that, in many cases, wasn’t ready
for it. It may have been appropriate for
some families or settings, but certainly
not for all. Additionally, it was taught
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condemnanton or shame.
If you disagree, the statistics of
Christian women having abortions
because they cannot handle the stigma of
being an unwed mother or dissappointing
their famies should keep you up at night.
kill the god you
created in your own
with the force of biblical imperative
where the Bible only
ever describes, never
editor’s note: When addressing our
Christian youth and young adults we have
to also be aware that they are “hooking
up” because they have bought into the
world’s moral deficiency that it is alright
as long as it is with the “right person” or
“in love”. They need to be taught that
condoms do not protect the heart. They
should be told that “hooking up” can and
most often results in lifelong regret and
that if they fail in that area; abortion is
NOT an option. This is the tricky part. You
have to convince them that if an unwanted
pregnancy occurs you will absoltely
celebrate this new life with thanksgiving
and wild excitement WITHOUT
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a spoonful full of intellectual honesty makes the medicine go down
The Bitter Pill
us believe they have checked everything
and they are the final authority.
‘bitter pills of Truth that are difficult to
by Kathleen O’Neil
Do you believe the truth? Which
sources of information can we
My husband tells me that when he
reported the news on the radio several
years ago, they had to confirm everything
by three sources or more. This made it
mostly impossible to broadcast “fake
news.” But today, there is no
accountability and everyone gets worked
into a frenzy over things that are not
confirmed and are presented as truth.
Absolute truth still exists but is seldom
accepted. There is a huge division in our
country and people are no longer civil or
willing to listen to the opposing view
point. I have encountered people that are
so belligerent that they will not even
consider what I have to say.
Young people have been fed information
that is no longer based on even a
remnant of truth but opinion and we
know that opinions change often. At one
time, one of the political party starts a
program and then three or four
administrations later, they are suddenly
blaming the issue on people who were
not in office or involved in any way. It
was their conviction at the time but now,
they have total amnesia.
When I was a kid, we played a game
called telephone. You whispered
something to the first person in the circle
and then it was passed on. The end word
was never the same. An example might
be starting with “elephant” and the end
result is “every man.” We each hear
things differently and if we don’t confirm
things, we tend to believe anything.
Often internet sources and podcasts have
The simple Truth is based on the
Scripture but today even those have been
twisted enough so that we have split into
many denominations, with each thinking
they have the appropriate interpretation.
Many people have just given up and
stayed home or gone fishing.
The ‘church’ has stood by as so many
illegal, immoral and unethical
foundations were laid and now some are
willing to speak up but we are often
ignored or scorned. We are an easy
target. We have forgotten that Truth is
Truth whether we believe it or not. It is
Truth even if we don’t like it or accept it.
It is time for true “Truth Seekers” to give
up opinion and take the bitter pill. Jamie
Buckingham wrote a book called, “The
Truth Will Set You Free but First it Will
Make You Miserable.” While it is a tonguein-cheek
look at our ideas and opinions,
it has a ring of truth! Personally, I am
working on finding the Truth. It is the
There are many influential people who
are on TV, radio, and podcasts. We have
talking heads that tell us what the
speaker we just heard really said. As a
young woman, I heard people report the
news, but today, it is sliced, diced and
disseminated as they impart their ideas
and opinions as absolute truth. After all,
they believe that we are unable to
interpret the words we
just heard for ourselves
and will need the
benefit of their
Help us Lord. We have
the mind of Christ and
need not be led by
others’ opinions. We
can listen to the Holy
Spirit who “brings all
things to our
remembrance”. While it
is a bitter pill, the Truth
sets us free and brings
The Reformation was a time when men went blind, staggering drunk because they had discovered, in the
dusty basement of late medievalism a whole cellarful of fifteen-hundred-year-old, two-hundred-proof
grace— of bottle after bottle of pure distillate of Scripture, one sip of which would convince anyone that
God saves us single-handedly.The word of the gospel—after all those centuries of trying to lift yourself
into heaven by worrying about the perfection of your bootstraps—suddenly turned out to be a flat
announcement that the saved were home before they started... Grace has to be drunk straight: no water,
no ice, and certainly no ginger ale; neither goodness, nor badness, nor the flowers that bloom in the spring
of super spirituality could be allowed to enter into the case.
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ancient, wonderful right of passage
Ask the Rabbi - What is Bar Mitzvah?
From Rabbi Jeremy Storch
One of the best known traditions of
the Jewish people is that of a
Bar/Bat Mitzvah. “Bar” is an
Aramaic word for “son” and “Bat” is
Hebrew for “daughter”. “Mitzvah” is
Hebrew for “commandment”. This is a
special time where a child takes
responsibility for his or her own spiritual
life, a crossing over from childhood to
adulthood. The most detailed description
of a Bar Mitzvah in the Scripture is in the
New Testament, the Bar Mitzvah of Yeshua
the Messiah. (See Luke 2:41-47).
In the Torah, the primary age of
significance was age 20, when a male was
fit for military experience, counted in the
census, and obligated to give a half-shekel
for the upkeep of the Temple (Exodus
30:14, Numbers 1:3).
The term “bar mitzvah” occurs in the
Talmud as a legal concept. A boy of this age
could perform acts such as being a member
of the rabbinic court and he may even buy
and sell property.
According to the Midrash, thirteen
was the age at which Abraham
rejected idolatry and set out on his
own spiritual path and Jacob
committed himself to a life of Torah
Today, in many Jewish and
Messianic synagogues, a Bar/Bat Mitzvah
candidate would be called up to the Torah,
and lead the congregation in prayer. Having
accomplished the task of chanting the
Scriptures, the honoree presents the
"sermon" or “teaching”, and thanks family
and friends for participating.
As with weddings or other life events, it
is common to give the Bar/Bat Mitzvah
celebrant a gift. Common gifts include
books, writing implements, savings bonds,
or gift certificates. Because the Hebrew
word for “life” (“chai”) is also the number
18, monetary gifts in multiples of $18.00
(ie. $18, $36, $180, etc.) are considered
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This Post followed her
husband judging Jim
This is Aileen writing today. On behalf of
Tim I wanted to let you know that the
ongoing issue with the nerves in his arms
has flared up badly over the past week.
He is also having some issues with his
back—we are not sure if the two are
directly related although we suspect they
are not. What it all means is that Tim
can’t type and he also can’t sit at a desk
(or anywhere else for that matter!).
Because of this, he has not be able to
write anything for today. He has some
videos to share this week and will
continue to post A La Carte every day,
since I can do that typing for him. He is
also going to try dictating some articles
to a friend this week to see if he can write
that way. (After 20 years of marriage, we
are compatible in a lot of ways, but
typing articles for him would definitely
be a stretch for us.)
We very much covet your prayers. We
know God has some kind of plan in all
this and we genuinely desire to honor
and glorify him in all things. Please pray
especially for Tim’s pain and for wisdom
as we work through how to proceed. He’s
under the care of some good doctors but
it’s a long process identifying and
recovering from issues related to
ed: I left out the last name of this Christian
leader to cover him with grace.
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The Bible says that God’s children will be ruling with Christ the Messiah for a 1,000
year millennial reign. We are in training now but there will not be a need for
professional politicians, there will only be spirit filled, God lovers showing the world
the wonders of a planet ruled by His children of all races, denominations, tribes
and countries for we will lose all those distinctions and be known as the children
of God. We will show those not yet saved how to live and according to Zechariah
14:1621 the Feast will be required and enjoyed. We keep it now as a
commemoration of a coming perfect government. ed
(Pray for the peace of
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BY NICK VENABLE
Last Man Standing
Trailer Takes Shots
At ABC For
RANDOM ARTICLE BLEND
Fox is known for being a network
that plays faster and looser with its
comedic ethics than others. Such
pointed playfulness is on display in the
latest promo for Last Man Standing's first
season on Fox, which features several
gags where Tim Allen takes aim at
former network ABC over cancelling the
popular sitcom in the first place. Though
I guess it's up to the viewer to judge just
how playful it really is.
While perhaps not the most
bloodthirsty insults that could have
come from Last Man Standing's
creative team, the promo-friendly
jabs at ABC were still savage
enough. And one has to wonder
how quickly those moments were
written up after Fox first
announced it had ordered up
Season 7, knowing that a splashy
way to establish oneself on a new
network would be by throwing the
old one under the bus.
For those who didn't watch, the
first promo segment featured a
befuddled Kyle asking why anyone
would cancel a TV show so beloved
by the masses, to which Tim Allen's Mike
walks in and replies that they might just
be "a bunch of idiots." Certainly that was
an opinion shared by tons of petitionsigning
Last Man Standing fans who were
enraged after the show's surprising
cancellation last year. But it's another
thing when the show's star and executive
producer is voicing those barbs within
the context of the show itself.
Talking to Vanessa, Mike points out that
he thinks everything is way better on the
new network. But that opinion will need
to wait a little longer to find others to
share it, since the season has yet to kick
off at its new home. Even beyond taking
shots at ABC, these Fox promos also seem
to be very optimistic that the audiences
that tuned in for the first six seasons'
episodes will automatically be returning
for Season 7.
Specifically in the second one, when the
Baxter parents are called out of the
woods by "million of strangers" to come
back, it's clear that Fox is confident in
how well Last Man Standing will do in the
same Friday night timeslot it used to air
in. In its later seasons, the comedy was
bringing in between 5-7 million viewers
for its live viewings, and earned around
a 1.0 demo rating. But it would often
surpass those numbers to drive its yearly
averages up, especially when delayed
viewing came into play. So if Fox can
manage to bring in the majority of those
former viewers, the network could be
looking at one of its most-watched
comedies in years.
New and old viewers will be in for some
changes, too, with new actors
stepping in to fill the roles of
Mandy and Boyd. As well, the show
will introduce a new character into
the Baxter home that will have a
big impact on Vanessa. But almost
everything and everyone else will
stay the same.
Last Man Standing will
be back for Season 7,
the new episodes air
on on Friday nights at
8:00 p.m. ET.
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we cannot earn His favor... seriously
Many Christians refuse to live by Grace and insist on
earning God’s favor through personal behavior (legalism)...
the lost refuse the Grace of God by believing they are
righteous by “loving” the world into oblivion
Examples of legalism
Most of us are familiar with the famous
comic, Jeff Foxworthy. While he has his
famous redneck test ("you might be a
redneck if…"), I have my not so famous
legalist test ("you might be a legalist if…
"). Here are some illustrations of the four
types of legalism named above.
1. If you think you must become good
enough, or do a certain number of good
works in order to be saved and/or
maintain your salvation status with
God…you might be a legalist. If, when you
sin you feel as though you cannot come
before God until you have met some sort
of probationary period to regain your
worthiness…you might be a legalist.
2. If, when you think about the way God
sees you you can only think of your good
or bad works, rather than thinking about
your acceptance before God in Jesus
Christ…you might be a legalist.
3. If you elevate Christian traditions
(particularly moral traditions) to a status
on par with the teaching of Scripture
itself…you might be a legalist.
4. If you require others to live in the same
manner as you do, and yet you cannot
find the behavior you are prescribing or
prohibiting in Scripture…you might be a
Legalism is a Universal
Tendency of Mankind both
Liberals and Conservatives
Legalism is common to us all In one
degree or another because it is consistent
with man's nature. We want to do
everything on our own; i.e. we are selfsufficient.
This is even evident in toddlers
who commonly say "I do it!!!, I do it!!!"
with great anger and vigor when mom or
dad try to do something for them. Human
beings like being in control. That's why
we rebelled against God to begin with.
We didn't want God to hold that place of
authority over us. So when it comes to
good works we look at them as the way
in which we can control our salvation. If
we are bad, we forfeit salvation; if we are
good, we earn it.
That is why the message of salvation
by faith in Christ apart from good works
is so difficult for us to accept. We want to
be able to have some control over our
salvation, to make some sort of
contribution as it were, and yet the
Gospel says "Christ did it all, and there's
nothing more you can add to it. You must
accept what Christ did for you on your
behalf, or you will die in your sins." That's
why Paul noted in Galatians 5:3-4 that if
you trust in your works (circumcision in
the case of the Galatians) Christ will
profit you nothing. He said that those
who trusted in their works
(circumcision) had fallen from grace.
How? It was because they were trusting
in what they could do, working for a
reward (salvation) rather than trusting
in what God did for them and accepting
salvation as the unmerited free gift of
God that it is. Those with a legalistic
mentality forget that God justifies the
ungodly (Rom 4:5:), thinking rather that
they must become godly before God will
accept them. by JasonDulle@yahoo.com
And now an intellectually
honest admission from a
person on the left...
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria said recently that
liberals think they
are tolerant, often
that "at the height
season," many new
the country had
apparent, from the
walked out as Vice
Pence gave his
address to the
DeVos during a
speech at Bethune-Cookman University.
"American universities seem
committed to every kind of diversity
except intellectual diversity. Conservative
voices and views are being silenced
entirely," Zakaria said.
The CNN host said he found this attitude
strange, especially given that these
incidents occurred on college campuses
that "promised to give their
undergraduates a liberal education."
"The word liberal in this context has
nothing to do with today's partisan
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it’s what He did... not what we do
language, but refers instead to the Latin
root, pertaining to liberty. And at the
heart of liberty in the Western world has
been freedom of speech. From the
beginning, people understood that this
meant protecting and listening to speech
with which you disagreed," Zakaria
That means, he said, not drowning out
"the ideas that we find offensive."
In addition, Zakaria noted what he
called "an anti-intellectualism" on the
"It's an attitude of self-righteousness that
says we are so pure, we're so morally
superior, we cannot bear to hear an idea
with which we disagree," he said.
"Liberals think they are tolerant but
often they aren't," he added.
No one, he continued, "has a monopoly
on right or virtue."
In fact, it is only by being open to
hearing opposing views that people on
both sides of the political spectrum can
learn something, Zakaria said.
"By talking seriously and respectfully
about agreements and disagreements,
we can come together in a common
conversation," he said.
"Recognizing that while we seem so
far apart, we do actually have a common
To fill the missing “God Void” in their
lives, those on the far left have become
their own gods. They pander to every
dysfuntional, broken human behavior
with tolerance, acceptance-enabling
normalization of brokeness. All the while
participating in the world’s worst
genocide (abortion). They dubbed this
as “loving behavior’ as opposed to the
Christian “Haters”. Recent pundits ask ,
“If abortions were carried out with hand
guns, would the
liberals be in favor of
overturning Roe vs.
5:20 ESV - Woe to
those who call evil
good and good evil,
who put darkness for
light and light for
darkness, who put
bitter for sweet and
sweet for bitter!
The scripture verse
found in John 8:44
ESV says, You are of
your father the devil,
and your will is to do
your father's desires.
He was a murderer
from the beginning,
and has nothing to do
with the truth, because
there is no truth in
him. When he lies, he
speaks out of his own
character, for he is a liar and the father of
The gospel that is beautiful and
transforming to God’s people is ugly and
odious to those who are not his people.
The gospel that so satisfies those who
believe it revolts those who reject it.
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the peace that passes all understanding
BY MIKE BENNETT
continued from page 2
Throughout human history, people
have been searching for
contentment and satisfaction—but
when they think they have found it, the
feelings have been fleeting and
temporary. Mostly people have been
looking in all the wrong places.
For example, it is common and seems
logical to conclude that if everyone were
prosperous, everyone would
automatically be content and satisfied.
But is having enough to eat and drink
with the peace to enjoy it enough to make
us lastingly content? Is physical
abundance the cause of contentment and
What is the real source of deep, lasting
contentment and eternal satisfaction?
We’ll see it’s not prosperity that will
bring contentment. It’s something much
The satisfaction experiment
How do we know that physical things
alone won’t satisfy people? We may know
this by personal experience or by
learning about others’ experiences.
We can also learn it by reading about it in
a book of revealed wisdom. There are
verses in the biblical book of Ecclesiastes
that tell us:
“The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor
the ear filled with hearing” (1:8).
“All the labor of man is for his mouth, and
yet the soul is not satisfied” (6:7).
No matter what we see or hear or taste—
whatever we experience with our
physical senses—it will be temporary.
King Solomon performed the
quintessential experiment on this
subject. He recorded his experimental
search for happiness and satisfaction in
Ecclesiastes 2. In this chapter, we see a
man who had it all—who was rich and
powerful and had everything he could
imagine. Few people in history have had
all the blessings he had—and yet he was
not satisfied. He decided to try an
experiment to see what would really
bring him the satisfaction he longed for.
He tried humor and wine and song—
every type of entertainment. He tried
building projects and big fancy homes
and gathering all the treasures and
luxuries he could.
Solomon summarized his experiment
this way: “Whatever my eyes desired I did
not keep from them. I did not withhold my
heart from any pleasure, for my heart
rejoiced in all my labor; and this was my
reward from all my labor” (Ecclesiastes
Yes, he had some level of rejoicing and
reward for what he accomplished. God
designed the physical world to give us joy.
But Solomon goes on in verse 11 to show
the longer-term outcome of his
experiment: “Then I looked on all the
works that my hands had done and on
the labor in which I had toiled; and
indeed it was vanity and grasping for the
wind. There was no profit under the sun.”
He found it all futile—empty—
like trying to grab a handful of
Solomon’s reign was a time of plenty. The
people of Israel, and Solomon in
particular, were blessed with peace and
abundance. But Solomon learned that
peace and prosperity are not everything.
These physical blessings aren’t what
bring ultimate satisfaction and
contentment. You can have it all—
physically—but still feel empty inside.
The real source of satisfaction
So what does bring true contentment—
Solomon concluded the book of
Ecclesiastes with this moral of the story:
“Fear God and keep His commandments,
for this is man’s all” (12:13). This is what
makes us whole and complete.
Solomon explained it more completely in
Proverbs 19:23: “The fear of the LORD
leads to life, and he who has it will abide
in satisfaction; he will not be visited with
evil” (emphasis added).
The main Hebrew and Greek words
translated fear in the Bible can have
several shades of meaning, but in the
context of the fear of the Lord, they
convey a positive reverence.
The Hebrew verb yare can mean “to fear,
to respect, to reverence” and the Hebrew
noun yirah “usually refers to the fear of
God and is viewed as a positive quality.
This fear acknowledges God’s good
intentions. … This fear is produced by
God’s Word … and makes a person
receptive to wisdom and knowledge”
(The Complete Word Study Dictionary:
The fear of the Lord is not talking about
a paralyzing terror. The positive fear of
the Lord taught in the Bible is a key
element in leading us to change. It helps
us have a proper, humble perspective of
ourselves in relation to our awesome
God; it helps us in times of temptation
when we need to remember the serious
consequences of disobeying God; and it
motivates us to become more like our
By doing these things, the fear of the Lord
helps us build a strong, loving
relationship with God that brings eternal
benefits. (Learn more about this in our
article “Fear of the Lord: What Does It
When we do put God first—fearing to
displease Him and seeking to please Him
always—we will be on the way to true
and eternal satisfaction.Even in the
“Millennium”—the utopian age God
promises will spread around the world
after Jesus Christ’s second coming—
peace and prosperity and physical things
won’t be the cause of satisfaction. The
real contentment comes from a right
relationship with God.
When we do put God first—fearing to
displease Him and seeking to please Him
always—we will be on the way to true
and eternal satisfaction.
God has real and permanent eternal
blessings in store—He has things that the
human eyes have not seen and that
human minds have not even imagined!
Consider some wisdom recorded by King
Solomon’s wise and God-fearing father,
King David. Psalm 36 starts by talking
about those who do not fear God, and
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how that leads to sin, wickedness and
evil. But in verses 7-8 David shows the
eternal blessings of a close relationship
“How precious is Your lovingkindness, O
God! Therefore the children of men put
their trust under the shadow of Your
wings. They are abundantly satisfied with
the fullness of Your house, and You give
them drink from the river of Your
Learn the lessons of King
Solomon in Ecclesiastes and
recognize that the true source
of satisfaction and
forever—is a right relationship
with our loving God!
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Jesus wasn't white:
he was a brown-skinned,
Middle Eastern Jew.
Here's why that matters
By ROBYN J. WHITAKER
Igrew up in a Christian home, where a photo
of Jesus hung on my bedroom wall. I still have
it. It is schmaltzy and rather tacky in that
1970s kind of way, but as a little girl I loved
it. In this picture, Jesus looks kind and gentle,
he gazes down at me lovingly. He is also light-haired,
blue-eyed, and very white.
The problem is, Jesus was not white. You’d be
forgiven for thinking otherwise if you’ve ever
entered a Western church or visited an art gallery.
But while there is no physical description of him in
the Bible, there is also no doubt that the historical
Jesus, the man who was executed by the Roman
State in the first century CE, was a brown-skinned,
Middle Eastern Jew.
This is not controversial from a scholarly point of
view, but somehow it is a forgotten detail for many
of the millions of Christians who will gather to
celebrate Easter this week.
After winning the 2013 Oscar for Best Supporting
Actress for her role in 12 Years a Slave, Kenyan
actress Lupita Nyong’o shot to fame. In interviews
since then, Nyong’o has repeatedly articulated her
feelings of inferiority as a young woman because all
the images of beauty she saw around her were of
lighter-skinned women. It was only when she saw
the fashion world embracing Sudanese model Alek
Wek that she realised black could be beautiful too.
If we can recognise the importance of ethnically and
physically diverse role models in our media, why
can’t we do the same for faith? Why do we continue
to allow images of a whitened Jesus to dominate?
Many churches and cultures do depict Jesus as a
brown or black man. Orthodox Christians usually
have a very different iconography to that of
European art – if you enter a church in Africa, you’ll
likely see an African Jesus on display.
On Good Friday, Christians attend churches to
worship Jesus and, in particular, remember his
death on a cross. In most of these churches, Jesus
will be depicted as a white man, a guy that looks like
Anglo-Australians, a guy easy for other Anglo-
Australians to identify with.
Think for a moment of the rather dashing Jim
Caviezel, who played Jesus in Mel Gibson’s Passion
of the Christ. He is an Irish-American actor. Or call
to mind some of the most famous artworks of Jesus’
crucifixion – Ruben, Grunewald, Giotto – and again
we see the European bias in depicting a whiteskinned
Does any of this matter? Yes, it really does. As a
society, we are well aware of the power of
representation and the importance of diverse role
But these are rarely the images we see in Australian
Protestant and Catholic churches, and it is our loss.
It allows the mainstream Christian community to
separate their devotion to Jesus from
compassionate regard for those who look different.
I would even go so far as to say it creates a cognitive
disconnect, where one can feel deep affection for
Jesus but little empathy for a Middle Eastern
person. It likewise has implications for the
theological claim that humans are made in God’s
image. If God is always imaged as white, then the
default human becomes white and such thinking
Historically, the whitewashing of Jesus contributed
to Christians being some of the worst perpetrators
of anti-Semitism and it continues to manifest in the
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“othering” of non-Anglo Saxon
This Easter, I can’t help but wonder, what
would our church and society look like if
we just remembered that Jesus was
brown? If we were confronted with the
reality that the body hung on the cross
was a brown body: one broken, tortured,
and publicly executed by an oppressive
How might it change our attitudes if we
could see that the unjust imprisonment,
abuse, and execution of the historical
Jesus has more in common with the
experience of Indigenous Australians or
asylum seekers than it does with those
who hold power in the church and
usually represent Christ?
The Conversation Perhaps most radical
of all, I can’t help but wonder what might
change if we were more mindful that the
person Christians celebrate as God in the
flesh and saviour of the entire world was
not a white man, but a Middle Eastern
Robyn J. Whitaker, Bromby Senior
Lecturer in Biblical Studies, Trinity
College, University of Divinity
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insightful observation by Elizabeth Scalia
KATE SPADE, ANTHONY BOURDAIN, AND THE MYSTERIES BEFORE US ALL
When Kate Spade and Anthony
Bourdain committed suicide
within days of each other this
past year, it brought into sharp focus a
troubling fact that had until then flown
under most social radars: suicide has
become the tenth most common cause of
death in both the United States and
In fact—and this is stunning to
consider—the Center for Disease
Control reports that while 2016 saw
almost 19,000 homicides in the United
States, the number of suicides was
more than twice that at 45,000.
We’re talking about 64,000 lives lost to
violence against the self or another. How’s
that for tragedy? Add that to the
approximately 800,000 legal abortions
performed that same year, and one fact
becomes very clear: we human beings,
loved into being and formed in the image
of our Creator, are throwing ourselves
Why do we think so little of ourselves
and our humanity?
This is a core question, not a frivolous
one, and it cannot be answered as glibly
as some might like. Because we fear the
question, though, and because we
desperately want to make sense of horror
when we encounter it, we try to make a
fast response that “seems” to address it—
mostly so we can compartmentalize the
mystery and not have to think about it.
Thus, after the Spade and Bourdain
suicides we heard, “Well, depression;
here’s a hotline number,” which helped
some tidy up the issue in their minds so
they could move on. But studies and
researchers have determined that
suicides, or suicidal ideation, are not
exclusive to those suffering from
depression or ongoing mental illness.
Fear, anxiety, trauma, a loss of hope, a lack
of trustworthy human outreach, deep
loneliness, despair—all of these can come
into play in suicide, and a one-liner can’t
be the answer.
So, it was disturbing to see some
Christian voices—some fellow Catholics
among them—suggesting that if only
Spade or Bourdain had embraced a life of
faith as fully as some of us, why, they
wouldn't have killed themselves, because
they’d know the joy of the Lord.
It’s a terrible charge to make against
another; it’s right up there with saying
that if only one had enough faith, one
would never become ill. You might as well
say that if only one had enough faith, one
would never sin—something said by no
In fact, the saints attest to the truth that
darkness can, and usually does, visit all of
us at one time or another. In the stories of
their lives, we see that knowing Christ,
even knowing the Lord as intimately as
we may through the Eucharist and prayer
and service, does not preclude us from
losing heart, becoming confused,
imagining that we are alone, unloved, and
unlovable, and feeling forgotten or bereft
of all friendship. In her letters, we read
Mother Teresa’s writing of “my pain and
suffering, my darkness and separation.”
The woman had faith—she knew she
possessed the love of God—yet she
experienced feelings of abandonment and
Sometimes we are so full of selfloathing
that the idea of anyone else
loving us, much less the Almighty God
who is All Good, seems frankly
unimaginable because we’ve become
convinced that we are All-Bad. This is a
dark lie, of course, but when the feeling
becomes ingrained within us the battle
against it can be lifelong. It is usually in
the weakest of our moments—moments
that will pass, but while we are in them
we cannot see how—that the fight is lost.
We throw ourselves away, and the people
we leave behind are left to agonize over
why it was we did not believe in their
love, call on their love, depend on their
love, trust their love.
The thing is, we often don’t call on love
because we do not understand love—few
of us do, really. “Love is patient, love is
kind,” wrote Saint Paul, and yes, it is that.
But love is also complicated, as any child
who has been molested by a family
member or abandoned by a parent (or the
parent who did the abandoning) can tell
you. Love means being vulnerable; love
brings the pain, and the deeper the love
(or the sense of having lost it, somehow,
either through our own actions or the
actions of another), the deeper the pain.
That’s why, even though we crave love
and want to give love, we so rarely fully
19,000 homicides; 45,000 suicides;
800,000 legal abortions—the throwing
away of humanity—all of it is
symptomatic of a crisis in our
understanding of love, and possibly of
forgiveness too. And people who are
believers, people who have faith in a
God who is one hundred percent Love,
and can therefore be nothing less than
Love in their lives, can lose sight of
what that means (because it is, in fact,
a mystery) just as easily as those
without faith, or “whose faith is known
to God alone.”
I am a writer and a Catholic, and I have
many times repeated to others the
absolute truth that Pope Benedict XVI
promulgated in his Principles of Catholic
It is only when life has been accepted
and is perceived as accepted that it
becomes also acceptable. Man is that
strange creature that needs not just
physical birth but also appreciation if he
is to subsist...If an individual is to accept
himself, someone must say to him: “It is
good that you exist”—must say it, not
with words, but with that act of the entire
being that we call love.
Perhaps hundreds of times, I have
shared that quote with others, because I
believe it is completely right. And
sometimes, I have had to seek those
words out for myself because my own
self-loathing—casting me ever-farther
away from the mystery of love—requires
that reminder in a despairing moment.
The theology of Love is powerful but,
as the Crucifix itself attests, it is also
complex because humanity is still broken,
still prone to misuse love, or
misunderstand love, or misidentify love.
And because we do -- and because we sin,
and thus become further enmeshed in our
confusion of love -- we suffer. And
because we understand suffering even
less than we understand love, we throw
ourselves away, or we throw away others.
Ultimately, it's the same thing.
Religion can certainly help with all of
this, but it’s not an “easy answer” or a
psychic bandage. The Catholic Church
possesses the fullest and best theology of
suffering to be found, because it is a
theology of the Cross inhabited by All
Love. It seems to me we have got to find a
more effective way to bring that theology
to the fore—to suffer together, that we
may better understand and trust in love.
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That baby falls on his butt hundreds
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balance mustered up to take a couple of
wobbly . . . TODDLING steps. Thus the
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In fact, you may not know this but we
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because they aren't potty trained, we put
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But nobody has ever . . . EVER watched
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When you are two, falling on your butt
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OR in other words FAILURE is the
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people start to get this idea in their head
that if they fail at something . . .
They are a loser or It just isn't meant to
be or I will never amount to anything or I
guess I'm just not good enough or No one
will love me if they see me fail or I guess
it's not GOD'S will. (Yea, I'm pretty sure
that God just loooooves being used as an
excuse for our lack of development)
Whatever. . . . you get the idea.
Here's the deal . . . It doesn't matter if you
are 9 months old learning how to crawl
or 65 years old learning how to play the
drums for the first time or a middle aged
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. Fail often . . .Fail fast . . . Regroup . . . Fail
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Equality and Fathers
By Jeremy Ham
the US. At
Genesis, we receive a number of requests
to give our take on various popular films.
As I watched this in a movie theater to
determine whether to write a review on
it, there was nothing that demanded we
comment on the film. But I do have some
personal thoughts and reflections that
may be beneficial to consider if you
choose to watch the film.
For those who would like to read a
review to determine if you or your family
should watch the film, I recommend you
read reviews such as “Incredibles 2
Movie Review” on PluggedIn. I will not be
commenting on whether the content is
suitable for children or adults.
In the Western culture, there is an
increased emphasis on women’s rights
and women being treated as equals to
men. A number of factors have
contributed to this focus in the culture
such as the MeToo movement, which has
helped keep this issue prominent,
including in Hollywood media.
Teaching Equality by Making
Men Look Foolish
Although this movie has been in
development for a number of years, I was
not surprised that Incredibles 2 includes
some of these issues.1 First, understand
that I found the film to be very funny and
entertaining. But as I was watching, I was
reminded that many movies will express
the importance of women being treated
as equals but do so by making the men
Now, God created all men and women in
His image (Genesis 1:27). The Bible—the
true history of the universe—is God’s
Word, and the truth of His Word is our
foundation that men and women are
created equal and should be treated as
such. As men and women we have
different roles in marriage (Ephesians
5:22–33), but we are still equal before
God (Galatians 3:28).
The secularized culture has no moral
foundation or absolute authority for why
women and men must be treated as
equals. In certain instances, people will
resort to belittling and joking about one
gender in order to emphasize the
importance of recognizing the other
Not Leading by Example
In the film, Bob (Mr. Incredible) is seen
looking after their children while his
wife, Helen (Elastigirl), works as a
superhero. If the movie had just stayed
with this scenario, I would not be writing
this article, but I came away with the
impression that Mr. Incredible was
initially shown as incapable of handling
his children. In addition, Elastigirl was
more capable than her husband in the
role of a professional superhero.
At one part of the movie (near the
conclusion), an ad is shown on a
television with a man making a pie. The
commercial said it was so easy to make
that anyone can do it (I am
paraphrasing). It was clearly a put-down
about men. This type of joke seems to be
harmless, but, with the many situations
portrayed in the film, it reminded me of
how men will unnecessarily be seen in
movies as looking foolish in order to
show the importance of women.
Of course, with any film, each moviegoer
can view it with a different
interpretation, and one could argue that
the movie redeemed each character by
Are Men (Fathers) Being Foolish
in Our Culture?
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I would venture to say that many men
(more specifically fathers) are being
foolish in our culture, but not because
they’re unintelligent. Christianity no
longer has the influence on our culture it
once did. America is becoming less
Christian with each day, and I would
place a significant part of the blame on
THE DECLINE OF OUR CULTURE HAS, IN
PART, STARTED IN HOMES WHERE
FATHERS HAVE NOT TRAINED THEIR
CHILDREN AS THEY OUGHT.
As a father who loves and fears God, I
recognize the enormous responsibility I
have to train my children and lovingly
lead my family in the fear and admonition
of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). The decline
of our culture has, in part, started in
homes where fathers have not trained
their children as they ought.
Even the culture will sometimes
recognize how men are not taking a
loving leadership role in the family. In
movies and books, women are often
portrayed to be the strong leaders in the
family while the men take a secondary
role— and many times are made to look
ignorant and foolish.
It is important for both fathers and
mothers to be equipped in the truth of
God’s Word, ready to defend against the
attacks of the Devil (Ephesians 6:11). But
the role of the father, according to
Scripture, is to lead lovingly and
spiritually. The Devil is cunning
and his attacks are subtle. We must be
prepared to recognize his attacks and
train our children accordingly.
If you decide to watch Incredibles 2, I
encourage you to teach your children that
men and women are created equal before
God but have been given different roles
in marriage. Teach them, too, that God
has made each and every one unique and
special, yet in his own image. I also urge
fathers to humbly seek wisdom from God
and ask Him to give us desire to hunger
and thirst for righteousness (Matthew
5:6) and to be the spiritual head of the
homes they were called to be.
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By Tom Toles
good research... wrong conclusion
You can stop
calling for a
between right and
left. It can no longer
happen. We agree on
Here are all the things we agree on.
Tyranny: Conservatives and liberals
both say that tyranny resides in the
Official corruption: Conservatives and
liberals are alarmed at the official
corruption that is manifest in the other
Draining the swamp: Conservatives
and liberals are frantic at the swampwater
swirling around the ankles of the
Wall Street power: Conservatives and
liberals are quick to point out the cozy
relationship between Wall Street and
the other party.
States’ rights: Conservatives and
liberals both defend the rights of
localities to properly resist bad federal
Obstruction: Conservatives and
liberals both believe it is right and
essential to resist the president of the
Election fraud: Conservatives and
liberals think the other party is
Health care: Conservatives and liberals
both know the other party is out to
destroy the U.S. health-care system.
Deficits: Conservatives and liberals
both think deficits are the worst thing,
Fake facts: Conservatives and liberals
are both sure that the other side’s facts
Am I implying a false equivalence here?
Hardly. Conservatives don’t care about
facts or logic and say whatever is
convenient to confound rational
And, of course, they say the same about
Tom, you are spot on with your
observation! However, there is a right side
and a wrong side when it comes to
progressive liberals and conservatives.
The party that now even “celebrates”
abortion rights are endorsing the largest
mass genocide in human history (60
million since Roe vs. Wade). There have
been more abortions committed than
every single person ever lost in combat.
Belief is acknowledging that God is our
source for all good things... worry and
concern is an acknowledgement that we
do not believe in a benevolent, generous
God that is more than able to meet all our
needs. There has arisen a segment of
society that demonstrates unbelief which
reveals the same fatal trait of their father,
the devil... self importance. They believe
that they know better than their creator.
This ignorant, barbaric attitude, all in the
name of inconvienance, drowns out every
other position they hold. They have no
credibility and thier pandering to self
indulgent, unambitious, self entitled
fringes of society is a futile attempt to
appear as a compassionate righteous
movement on the world stage.
However, it is nothing more than
sacrificing human life to the god of
inconvienamve rather than Molek. ed
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What is so bad about
The larger the scale of administration &
distribution the less voice any given
individual has in their lives. The less
control. If you are one voice in 1,000 you
are far more likely to be heard than 1
voice in 3 billion. Your opinion and
actions count considerably more. If a
company is limited to a nation, and then
does something which goes against that
nation’s character there are real
consequences for that company. An
international company can make up sales
in other nations for any transgressions
while things blow over. Thus no
consequences for poisoning people,
insulting entire nations or otherwise
being a bad corporate citizen.
Each nation is it’s own social experiment
and success is imitated and blended into
other nations. If there is but one nation
& culture there is no more experiment.
The scale is too great for rapid changes
which can occur in a nations, especially
smaller nations or confederacies like the
US where individual states are essentially
their own nation.
Globalism inflicts a uniform culture and
values upon all infected by it. All the
character and identity that is unique is
lost so as to fit on the global stage.
Globalism removes responsibility to
community and nation from individuals
and corporations. They are acting on
behalf of the “world” which equates to
their own best interests and have no one
to answer too. If community X doesn’t
like what they do, then they’ll move
halfway across the world to a place that
likes what they do or at least stays silent
about sometimes brutal company
policies. Globalism has repeatedly bred
sweat shops all over the world.
Conditions that Western nations would
NEVER tolerate for workers, but it’s
excused as it’s globalism at work.
Globalism harms nations by wreaking
havoc with their economy. It makes the
rich richer because they are putting small
regional, local and national business out
of biz. The global
make it impossible to
compete even if the
provides a much lower
wealth becomes even
The larger the scale
the more capital and
resources are required
to start up an
compete with existing
players. This reduces competition which
degrades quality and increases price.
Globalism creates gigantic bureaucracies.
All organizations are prone to corruption
and inevitably succumb to it. The larger
the organization the greater the effects
corruption have upon individuals and the
more difficult it is to reform, dislodge or
disassemble the organization.
Globalism harms the environment.
Shipping alone has produced more CO2
than all of the cars in the US combined on
a given day. One single cargo ship
produces as much emissions as a
medium sized US city. When you have
hundreds feeding products halfway
across the world you have introduced a
tremendous amount of pollution,
expended staggering amounts of
resources on transportation alone.
Worse, globalism has pushed Western
industry outside of pollution controls
into nations with little or no pollution
control. So poor Asians are using the
same pan they fry dinner with to recover
lead from circuit boards and Africans are
burning huge amounts of toxic materials
to recover trace metals contained in
them. Factories that used to be mild
polluters are driven overseas and now
have NO pollution restrictions. Toxins
dumped by them eventually drift back to
the Western nations that pushed them
Globalism destroys the unifying force
between citizens of a nation. They no
longer have that umbrella that makes
them brothers and sisters. National
boundaries instead become nothing
more than a location and a formality. This
destroys the allegiance necessary to
create a functional social order. Everyone
is battling for the same piece of the pie
that used to be big enough for everyone
when we remembered what one does
affects all. The world is just too big a scale
to be brother and sister with everyone.
We psychologically need rivalries, friends
and enemies. While many Utopian
schemes believe everyone would be
happy and singing in 3 part harmonies if
there was no strife, it’d be a boring and
lackluster world. A horrible thing to
experience. Enforced equality would
drain our souls and march us to the beat
of exponentially lower standards.
Conflict and strife in reasonable
measures inspire us, fire our souls and
give us opportunities to be our best.
Think of it this way. Would you play a
video game where you always won no
matter what you did? That’s what a
world without strife is like. You win but
it’s totally empty and meaningless. What
you win is a meager life where everyone
shares an equal part of unending misery.
This is not a prophecy because if I am
wrong you are mandated by the Bible to
take me out to the city gates and stone me
to death. (seriously, we need to hold our
“prophets” accountable, don’t you think?
This is merely a “what if” scenario. If the
dems take control of the house they will
most assuredly “Trump” up evidence to
impeach our president. If he was removed
from office, Mike Pence, perhaps the most
mature Christian to hold the post would
take his place. Hmmmm. Even the worst
case scenario is not a bad thing since
President Trump blazed a trail for him to
pass through and maintain.
(Just saying) ed
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JFK would be kicked out of the democratic party today
Left or Liberal?
Tell the average American you’re a liberal
and they’ll assume you’re on the political
left. Yet, leftists and liberals hold very
different positions on key issues. In this
article, Dennis Prager explains how the
tenets of liberalism like a belief in
capitalism and free speech have more in
common with conservatism than with
the identity politics and racial
resentment preached by the left.
Liberals once celebrated Western
civilization. Leftists now condemn it
as a euphemism for “white
Liberals have traditionally celebrated the
West’s unique moral, philosophical,
artistic, musical and literary
achievements, and have taught them at
virtually every university.
The most revered liberal in American
political history, President Franklin
Roosevelt, often cited the need to
protect Western civilization and even
But when President Donald Trump
spoke of the need to protect Western
civilization in a 2017 speech in Warsaw,
the left-wing media widely denounced
The left has increasingly associated
Western civilization with “white
While liberals have historically
embraced capitalism as the best way to
lift people out of poverty, leftists want to
dismantle it entirely.
Before the 1960s, liberals in America
believed in the individual over the state,
but leftism, which has since become
increasingly prominent, promotes state
While liberal FDR promoted
government intervention in the free
market, he still understood the necessity
of capitalism to create wealth and
improve living conditions.
Liberal John F. Kennedy promoted
pro-growth tax cuts in the early 1960s.
“Liberalism believed in creating
wealth; the left is interested in
redistributing it,” writes Dennis Prager.
Leftists divide the world by class rather
than national identity—that’s why they
reject national sovereignty and borders.
The Democrats’ increasing embrace of
radical ideas, particularly “open border”
policies, has brought more far-leftists
into the party who reject the tenets of
The left’s rejection of national identity
has famously played out in the Superman
comics. When the writers of Superman
were liberals, he was proud to be
American, fighting for “truth, justice, and
the American way.” But under the lead of
left-wing writers, Superman has
since renounced his American
citizenship and become “a
citizen of the world.”
The left is leading the first
widespread suppression of
free speech in modern
speech tactic promoted by leftists on
campus and online is to label anything
that counters their arguments as “hate
The tech companies that govern the
internet use subjective terms like
“clickbait” and “fake news” to curtail free
Google famously fired James Damore for
writing a memo leftists deemed an “antidiversity
Leftists reject the liberal view of
race—that we should be colorblind,
focusing on an individual’s character
rather than race.
The modern left has rejected Martin
Luther King Jr.’s concept of
Western leftist have increasingly
pushed the racially divisive idea of “white
he University of California has so fully
rejected the liberal view of race that it
has deemed the statement, “There is only
one race, the human race” as “racist.”
Public universities are beginning to
allow forms of racial segregation, some
even promoting all-black dormitories.
Some universities have started
holding separate black graduations.
Liberals once promoted American
exceptionalism, creating wealth and
national defense—now, leftists fully
condemn such pro-America ideas.
American liberals used to endorse the
idea of a strong national defense.
Liberals have long promoted creating
wealth rather than redistributing it.
Liberals also once widely endorsed
the idea of American exceptionalism.
Historically, liberals have been quite
aware of America’s imperfections, but
they’ve agreed with Abraham Lincoln
that America is “the last best hope of
view America as
between a liberal
and a leftist?
This question stumps most people
because they think liberal and left are
essentially the same.
But they’re not. In fact, liberalism and
leftism have almost nothing in common.
But the left has appropriated the word
“liberal” so effectively almost everyone—
liberals, leftists and
conservatives—thinks they are
synonymous. But they’re not.
Let me offer you six examples:
This is probably the most obvious
difference between liberal and left. The
liberal position on race has always been
a) the color of a person’s skin is
insignificant and b) those who believe
race is significant are racists. Meanwhile,
the left believes the very opposite. To the
left, it’s the liberal attitude toward race—
it’s unimportant—that is racist. That’s
why the University of California officially
lists the statement, “There is only one
race, the human race” as racist.
And liberals have always been
passionately committed to racial
integration, while the left is increasingly
committed to racial segregation—such
as all-black dormitories and separate
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lack graduations at universities.
Liberals have always been procapitalism,
because liberals are
committed to free enterprise and
because they know capitalism is the only
way to lift great numbers of people out
watching overtly patriotic, Americacelebrating
films—virtually all produced,
directed and acted by liberals. Liberals
were quite aware of America’s
imperfections, but they agreed with
Abraham Lincoln that America is “the
last, best hope of earth.” The left,
however, believes the left is the last, best
hope of earth and regards
America as racist, sexist,
violent, and imperialistic.
5. Free speech:
No one has been more
committed than American
liberals to the famous statement,
“I wholly disapprove of what you
say, but I will defend to the death
your right to say it.”
liberals in America, Harvard Law School
Professor Alan Dershowitz, said, “As a
liberal, as an American, and as a Jew, I far
more fear the left than the right.”
Dear liberals: Conservatives are not your
enemy. The left is. I’m Dennis Prager.
He just keeps getting
dumb and dumber
(Jim Carrey fans will get the pun)
of poverty. It is true that liberals want
government to play a bigger role in the
economy than conservatives do, but
liberals never opposed capitalism, and
they were never for socialism.
Opposition to capitalism and advocacy of
socialism are left-wing values.
Liberals believe in the nation-state,
whether that nation is the United States,
Brazil, or France. But because the left
divides the world by class rather than by
national identity, the left has always
opposed nationalism. So, while liberals
have always wanted to protect American
sovereignty and borders, the left is for
When the writers of Superman were
liberals, Superman was a proud
American whose very motto was “Truth,
justice, and the American way.” But that
all changed a few years ago, when leftwing
writers took over the comic strip
and had Superman renounce his
American citizenship to be a citizen of
The left has contempt for nationalism,
seeing it as the road to fascism. Better
that we should all be “citizens of the
world” in a world without borders.
4. View of America:
Liberals have always venerated America.
Watch American films from the 1930s
through the 1950s and you will be
But the left is leading the first
widespread suppression of free speech
in modern American history—from the
universities to the tech companies that
govern the internet to almost every other
institution and place of work. Of course,
the left claims to only oppose “hate
speech.” But putting aside the fact that
the left deems “hate speech” anything it
differs with, protecting what you or I
might consider hate speech is the entire
point of free speech.
6. Western civilization:
Liberals have always championed and
sought to protect Western civilization.
Liberals celebrate the West’s unique
moral, philosophical, artistic, musical
and literary achievements, and have
taught them at virtually every university.
The most revered liberal in American
political history, President Franklin
Roosevelt, often cited the need to protect
Western civilization and even “Christian
civilization.” Yet, when President Donald
Trump spoke of the need to protect
Western civilization in a speech in
Warsaw, the left-wing media, also known
as the mainstream media, denounced
him. They argued that Western
civilization is no better than any other
and that “Western civilization” is just a
euphemism for “white supremacy.”
So, then, if liberalism and leftism are so
different, why don’t liberals oppose the
left? In a nutshell, because they have
been taught all their lives to fear the
right. But as one of the best-known
Riddle me this, Batman, Why is it that a
plethora of Canadian entertainers
stumping for free health care for all
Americans have opted for dual citizenship
tax treaty here in the United States?
Because Jim Carrey, just like the Beatles...
you do not want to give the major part of
your entire income to your mother country
to support the socialist positions like
universal health care.
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