Political Juggernaut

sun in the cloudsPsalm 46:8 is translated in The Message, “Attention, all!  See the marvels of God!  He plants flowers and trees all over the earth, Bans war from pole to pole, breaks all weapons across His knee.  Step out of the traffic!  Take a long, loving look at Me, your High God, above politics, above everything.”

This sets the parameter of our Papa God being “above politics” while simultaneously acknowledging there is indeed “traffic” on this earthly level that we — His kids and disciples — need to consciously step out of.  We need to purposely take that long, loving look at Him and weigh the choices we hear culturally promoted all around us with the truth and guidance of His Word.  I named this page Political Juggernaut because “juggernaut” is defined as “Something, such as a belief or institution, that elicits blind and destructive devotion or to which people are ruthlessly sacrificed.”  A second American Heritage Dictionary (online) definition states “An overwhelming, advancing force that crushes or seems to crush everything in its path.”

And this is what we face in America right now.  Cultural and political wars rage all around us on numerous fronts, far beyond the concept of mere “traffic.”  There are both victories and defeats, and I believe the fight for the soul of America is current and ongoing.  Ephesians 6:12 enlightens us:  “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (NASB)  It is still our amazing God who is unstoppable in His power to ban war “from pole to pole,” and to decimate powerful weapons of warfare “across His knee.”  We have a role to play.  Timothy 2:8 (The Message) states, “Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray — not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God.  And I want the women to get in there with the men in humility before God…”

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.  We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God…” (2 Cor. 10:3-5a, NASB)

ARTICLES OF NOTE AND INTEREST

August 19, 2019:  Alert:  “1619 Project” Perspective Intends to Infiltrate Historical Interpretation at Every Level

This self-proclaimed/self-admitted goal as stated by the New York Times on its own website should be very concerning to all of us in its ramifications and application. As the NYT exerts significant media influence regarding the tone and focus of how news and events are described or explained, however, this is a worrisome endeavor — and one of which to be consciously aware. 

This platform goes by the name “The 1619 Project” and is self-described as “a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.  It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.”

Of interest to me are the freedictionary.com definitions of “reframe” — “To change the plans or details of (a policy, idea, etc.)”; or “to look at, present, or think (beliefs, ideas, relationships, etc.) in a new or different way”.   Thus, the phrase “to reframe the country’s history” is, to me, a polite but clearly ominous warning.  I suspect that commonly accepted historical documents and events taught as historical Amerian milestones may be significantly modified under this “new” interpretation of history as it is promoted through various venues.  I am also wary of their phrase, “the story we tell ourselves about who we are,” for it moves our focus from being a nation centered around historical documentation to a nation whose history hinges on relativistic viewpoints…one that changes from person to person, based on ideologically shifting sand.

A quick cornucopia of additional research:  The “1619 narrative” is not entirely new, though the NYT public statement regarding its active involvement in promoting the “initiative,” is.  In 2017, smithsonianmag.com ran a significant article entitled “The Misguided Focus on 1619 as the Beginning of Slavery in the U.S. Damages Our Understanding of American History.”  Please, take the time to click and link and read it.  There is also a website entitled Project 1619.org, which states as part of its ongoing mission, to be “teaching and educating people on the true history of Virginia’s first Africans since as early as 1973.  There is ongoing discussion in Virginia as to whether the first Africans brought here in 1619 were slaves or indentured.”

An interesting passage from a 2013 website entitled todayifoundout.com states, “The first Africans to be imported to the Americas were brought over in the 1560s, primarily in areas controlled by Spain.  The English colonies didn’t start importing Africans until much later, until 1619…the first group to the British colonies were imported to Jamestown and comprised of 20 Africans who had been aboard a Spanish ship that was attacked by a Dutch vessel.  After the Dutch crew successfully took over the Spanish ship, they were left with 20 Africans who they took to Jamestown and declared they were indentured servants, trading them for supplies.”  Another 2013 website, electricscotland.com, states, “There were hundreds of thousands of Scots sold into slavery during Colonial America.  White slavery to the American colonies occurred as early as 1630 in Scotland.”

One of the most interesting articles I discovered was published in 2012 by theroot.com, which states, “We even know the identity of the first documented African to arrive.  His name was Juan Garrido, and more astonishing, he wasn’t even a slave…Juan Garrido was born in West Africa in 1480.  According to the historians…Garrido’s notarized ‘probanza,’ (his curriculum vitae, more or less), dated 1538, says he moved from Africa to Lisbon, Portugal, of his own volition, as a free man, stayed in Spain for seven years and then…joined the earliest conquistadors to the New World.”

Point:  yes, slavery enacted in all its forms and involving all affected ethnic groups, is reprehensible.  However, in any age it is a dangerous practice to potentially reinterpret centuries of established historical documentation through a lens of partial-truth, ignoring significant other factors that were woven into the overall narrative.

August 14, 2019:  George Washington University Trolled by Campus Reform, Results Reveal Student Lack of Intellectual Analysis

OK, my above title is a summation of the article, which actually focused on the results of a phony petition being circulated by an undercover Campus Reform member.   The topic?  The color “white” of the stick figures portrayed in LED crosswalk signs.  According to theblaze.com, Campus Reform member Ethan Cai used petition wording, “As we students cross the street, we are told by the symbol of a white man when it is OK to cross.  Many students from diverse backgrounds, including individuals of color, gender fluid individuals, and LGBTQA+ individuals, feel oppressed by this.”  First, and most obvious, apparently there were no observations regarding the reality of “white” gender fluid/LGBTQA+ persons, eliminating those two categories from those who objected.  The LED signs have a black background, also eliminating a wide range of stick figure color options.  In a sense, it doesn’t matter–it was a “fake” petition being circulated.   In another sense, it is concerning to me that many comments could be summed up in the one person stating, “It’s definitely a representation issue.”  “Definitely”?  Really?  The indoctrination factories are working overtime and leaving no issue unformulated.

August 9, 2019:  Pennsylvania County Seal Allowed to Retain Image of Cross

Apparently this lawsuit was brought against Pennsylvania County by the Freedom From Religion Foundation in 2016/2017, and a first ruling sided with the atheist organization.  As reported by christianheadlines.com:  Becket Law, a practice specializing in religious liberty cases, argued that the seal had been “in use for over 70 years without any complaints,” and that its inclusion among the five-graphic seal represented “the county’s early German settlers who fled persecution in their homeland seeking religious freedom in America.”  It was, therefore, considered an historical rather than “religious”  symbol.  Other graphics on the County seal include a factory, farm, bell and a heart.  Does anyone else really find themselves wearied by unending, frivolous lawsuits of harassment?  I am reminded of Daniel 7:23-25, in which the fourth beast will “speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One…”  My key takeaway there is “wear down the saints” — we are indeed in a wear-’em-down tug of war with the enemy’s agents.

June 16, 2019:  New Denver City Council Member Vows to “Usher in Communism”

It’s my opinion that much of the political scene in Denver is whacko…but this report actually caught me by surprise…and is very concerning.  As reported by dailywire.com, newly elected District 9 Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca has stated, “I don’t believe our current economic system actually works,” preferring “community ownership of land, labor, resources, and distribution of those resources.”

June 13, 2019: Editorial Comparing Medicare-for-All with European Socialized Medicine

Kevin Pham writes an article for dailysignal.com I found quite interesting.  Although the statistics he quotes are small, they are currently rising and presenting a case for private medical care plans growing in the countries of Canada, United Kingdom, and the Scandinavian countries.  In a political culture where one-payer medical coverage is greatly touted, Pham points out “They (the governments of these countries) provide nearly everything a proponent of socialized health care could ask for — and yet each of these countries host a growing private health insurance sector…it behooves us to ask why this is….”

 

May 24, 2019:  Pastor’s  Commencement Speech at Christian College Includes Insults, Political Agenda

I’ll admit it up front — I don’t know anything about Baylor College except it is designated a “Christian college.”  I include this short article from theblaze.com because it typifies the confused, contradictory, and outrageous age through which we all are navigating.  Consider:  Christian college.  Pastoral commencement speaker. from an historical, self-described Baptist church.  Prayer includes asking God to give graduates “the moral imagination” to reject “old keys” to their future, states the planet has been poisoned due to fossil fuels and that there are “too many straight white men” like himself in positions of authority.  Christian college commencement address.  Unbelievable. I am drawn to Matthew 6:22-23:  “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.  But if your eye is bad your whole body will be full of darkness.  If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness.”  

May 22, 2019:  Colorado Part of 18-State Lawsuit Against Trump Administration Conscience Opt-Out Clause

Although the focus of the lawsuit primarily focuses on abortion, my interest was caught by the inclusion  of euthanasia/mercy-killing as we see the rise of medical protocol versus comfort protocol in dealing with the aged and hospitalized.  According to theblaze.com, “A group of 22 states, counties, and cities has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, to try and get rid of a rule that would allow employers, insurers, and health care providers to opt out of procedures, including abortion, that conflicted with their beliefs.” The rule is also described as protecting “personal beliefs” that would prevent them “from assisting in an abortion, contraception, assisted suicide, euthanasia or mercy-killing.” Originally announced  by the Dept. of Health and Human Services on May 2, and set to take effect on July 22, 2019, President Trump is quoted as applauding the rule: “Together, we are building a culture that cherishes the dignity and worth of human life.”  Colorado is one of 18 states to participate in the lawsuit to block its implementation.

May 15, 2019:  Double-Voting in California Reinforces Need for Electoral College

Well, at least that’s my take on it.  This relatively unpublicized practice in California apparently occurs in several counties…which brings me back to the concern that yes, there is definitely voter fraud and those who claim otherwise simply don’t know or choose to ignore the facts when they surface.  westernjournal.com explains how the double-voting “system” has worked over multiple elections.

May 10, 2019:  Fighting Disruption with Disruption.  Bad Idea

OK, just throwing this little article out here.  According to christiannewswire.com, The Society for Truth and Justice is actively recruiting “men and women to disrupt Buttigieg and Biden events throughout the Democratic primary season.”  Bad idea!  Adopting the tactics of the enemy and slapping God’s name on them will not reveal an accurate picture of the workings of His Kingdom or create an accurate witness of a God-honoring lifestyle.  We need to be pro-truth, not anti-deception.  I feel like Paul would say, “You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you?”  (Gal. 3:1) 

May 9, 2019:  Satanic Temple Receives Tax-Exempt Status

churchleaders.com posted an interesting article pointing out that the IRS “officially acknowledges the group as a religion.”  Why is this significant?  In the words of a Satanic Temple organizational Instagram account, “This acknowledgement will help make sure the Satanic Temple has the same access to public spaces as other religious organizations, affirm our standing in court when battling  religious discrimination, and enable us to apply for faith-based government grants.”  I am hoping there will be legal challenges to this new designation and praying that deception will be peeled away.

May 9, 2019:  Pastor Claims Pete Buttigieg Attempting to Re-Define Christianity

Pastor Stephen Broden of Fair Park Bible Fellowship and creator of the website Gone2Far states that Mayor Pete’s  now-famous statement, “God made me this way” regarding his homosexuality, is “far more dangerous and sinister than it appears.  Mayor Pete’s claim challenges the integrity of scriptures.  It poses the question:  how can the Bible condemn homosexuality when God created the homosexual?”  christiannewswire.com shares  Pastor Broden’s concerns.

 

April 18, 2019:  Franklin Graham ‘Draws the Line in the Sand’ Regarding Buttigieg

christianpost.com shares the April 14 encounter between Pete Buttigieg and protesters while the presidential candidate visited Iowa.  Walking the balance between “I don’t agree with heckling anyone” and sharing Bible verses on homosexuality, Rev. Franklin Graham, took a stance that stated, “In reality, being a Christian isn’t just a title we select or a church membership.  It is a faith in God and His Word that transforms our lives to be more like the One we follow — Jesus Christ.”  I found this short article to be a thought-provoking and interesting read. 

April 10, 2019:  One Conservative’s Historical and Practical View of the Electoral College

At dailysignal.com, contributor Jarrett Stepman wrote, “A full-blown war is waging against the Electoral College.  But as activist groups become more desperate to overturn our way of electing presidents before voters go to the polls in November 2020, their arguments become more absurd and hyperbolic.”  This is an article well-worth reading.  For additional example, click here and read what I published in February, regarding Colorado “considering” giving its electoral votes to the popular-vote candidate, which it since has done.

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