Cracks in the Foundation

Luke 6:49 – But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure when you rip out a foundation: the house crumbles. Our nation has cracks in its walls – figuratively speaking – because we are ripping out its foundation piece by piece.

The United States of America was founded upon a representative government for the people by the people, a small federal government, states’ rights, one nation under God, liberty for all. These things are almost ALL taboo now. Why?

Where did we go wrong? How did we – a nation founded on capitalism, where ‘the commies’ were feared only 60 years ago – become a place where socialism is cool? Sorry to inform the ‘feel the bern’ kids but check out an economic book from the library and you’ll find out Mr. Sanders’ plan will RUIN our economy.

Do you like that cell phone you have? Are you excited for the next one and all the new features it will have? Well you can thank the greedy profit-incentive that you are so against for that. You think it’s a good thing that we have treatments for cancer? You can thank the profit-incentive in the pharmaceutical industry for that. We lead the world in medical research (citations at the bottom). If you tax these industries/businesses to death, one of three things will happen:

  • Businesses leave the U.S. for more tax-favorable countries (killing jobs and the U.S. economy)
  • Prices will raise (causing inflation and hurting the U.S. economy)
  • Businesses will cut research and development (causing standard of living to stagnate)

These are all bad things, but they are a side-note to my original rant…   We have let our nation become so divided that we no longer can look at our neighbor and smile that they are a fellow American or thank God that we were both born into such a blessed land with promise and opportunity.

Now we look at our neighbor and frown because they have more than us or they have an opposite opinion of us. Really?

We should be adults. We should be able to treat people with kindness and respect even if they are of the opposite view point. Shutting people up or shouting them down doesn’t help your cause – civil discourse does.

We are blessed beyond measure that we live in a nation where we can even speak our mind or worship they way we see fit (First Amendment). People around the world don’t have these rights, let’s not abuse them or take them for granted.

So if you get a chance this summer to pick up a novel, don’t just read the greatest pop-culture hit. Read a book about our nation’s history and its founding. It may just give you a greater appreciation for the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Citations:

www.scimagojr.com/country

http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/search/map

 

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Should Christians Argue Politics?

Galatians 3:28 – There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

All I hear in the news anymore is a litany of classifications: you’re a Democrat or Republican, you’re ‘Black Lives Matter’ or ‘All Lives Matter,’ you’re Pro-Choice or Pro-Life, you’re liberal or conservative, you’re religious or atheist, and on and on and on…

The verse at the top of this blog shows us that with God, there are only two classifications: in Christ and not in Christ a.k.a. saved and unsaved. If we’re believers, shouldn’t we follow the same classification system? If someone has a political viewpoint that isn’t Biblical, the highest likelihood is they aren’t saved, and if they aren’t saved, the Holy Spirit is not within them, and if the Holy Spirit is not within them, then they will not be lead and guided according to the scriptures. Therefore, instead of arguing with these unbelievers, shouldn’t we simply pray that they get saved? Because their opinion won’t change unless they see the world with the lens of the Spirit instead of the lens of the flesh.

For any Christian readers, I want to share with you what the Lord taught me this week. As Christians, 1 Peter 3:15 tells us that we are to be ready to give an answer for our faith. Notice the word answer. We are not to seek out conflict or start arguments with others (Romans 1:29); instead, we are only to answer for the faith when we are asked about it or attacked for it. We are not to seek out debate.

Now, what I just said applies to non-believers. What about believers? Should we engage in political debate with fellow believers?

I’d say the answer is both yes and no. We should not debate because debate often leads to tempers flaring and anger. The Bibles us to be angry and sin not (Ephesians 4:26), but unless its righteous indignation burning within you, it’s all too easy to sin with that anger. However, that doesn’t mean we should not correct our brother or sister in Christ.

The Bible says in 2 Timothy 4:2 that the word of God is for reproof, rebuke, and exhortation. When we have an opinion that is contrary to the Word of God, our brothers and sisters in Christ should step in and correct us with scripture that proves where we are against Biblical teaching.

Now, no one likes to be corrected. It’s not fun to be wrong, so we generally snap at the person, but we should always read the scriptures they referenced, pray, and see where God leads us. If you’re like me, the Lord generally proves the person who corrected you was right and then you have to ask God to forgive you (for the wrong viewpoint and the poor reaction) and also apologize to the person you snapped at (because the Bible tells us we are not to have ought (strife) with our brother – Matthew 5:23-24).

This may seem like a minor issue in the grand scheme of things, but in this wild political season, the clarification sure helped me. Praise the Lord for the daily revelations He gives us to help us grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).

Decoding the Liberal Dictionary

Proverbs 15:1 – A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. 

For today’s read, I figured we could explore the liberal dictionary. Liberals all too often are throwing out words, like “bigot,” without much thought. Everything is bigotry or some sort of -phobia. Now, I’m not denying these things exist, but let’s be real, it doesn’t happen 24/7.

The real logic in using these words is silence. When someone can’t formulate a good argument to further their point, they throw out a word like “racist” in order to silence their opponent. No one wants to be a bigot/racist/sexist, so the conversation moves from substance to defending yourself from being associated with the term.

As I’ve said plenty of times before: knowledge is power. If we want to win these types of arguments, we need to explore the dictionary. When we know what these terms mean, we can then switch the argument back on the liberals who all too often only know their talking points and catch phrases.

Now, I’m not saying the ‘right’ is innocent on these charges, and I’m definitely not saying conservatives know more than just talking points. There are idiots on both sides who only know the “token terms,” but I’ve found you pretty well have to be a lawyer to hold a conservative position in this day and age. If you can’t defend it (and quickly), you’ll be shouted down in a matter of minutes.

So without further delay, the liberal dictionary (definitions provided by Merriam-Webster; commentary provided by me):

  • Bigot – a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially  :  one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance.

[Using this definition, liberals who shout down conservatives are, therefore, bigots.]

  • Racist – a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.

[This term does apply to many still in this day and age – sadly – however, it has been overly applied as well. Today people are called racist for simply commenting on what racial group someone belongs. That is not racism: that is observation. It is racism when you think your race is superior or you treat other races as inferior. As a Christian, the Bible tells us to love our neighbor as ourself, ALL people should be treated with love – period – end of discussion.]

  • Sexist – prejudice or discrimination based on sex; especially  :  discrimination against women

[Today, women are fighting hard to be 100% equal with men. On some aspects, I agree with this fight and on other aspects, I do not. For example, women should be given access to sports, schools, work, housing, etc. just as men are. Women shouldn’t be considered second-class citizens and should be able to own homes, drive cars, have careers, etc. To women in my generation, this has always been the case. However, I do not think all sexism is bad. For example, women should not be given jobs where they cannot perform the job duties. Recently, two women completed the training to become Army Rangers. The training was not “dumbed-down” and they did everything required of the men. To them, I say kudos! I’m proud of these women. I’ve also heard discussion of the Navy Seals lessening their requirements because women can’t complete the training – BAD! If we can’t do it, then we have to accept that fact. Women and men are not 100% equal, and we never will be. We have different body parts and different strengths/weaknesses. Instead of trying to become a genderless society how about we embrace the beauty of diversity. Liberals preach diversity-tolerance constantly! Well, there is diversity in the sexes as well, and we should celebrate that fact. And for the record, chivalry is sexist, but I will gladly promote chivalry to my children. It is a beautiful thing to see a man open a door for his wife or a boyfriend buy his girlfriend’s dinner. Not all sexism is bad.]

  • [Insert]-phobia – an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation.

[There are all types of phobias, or fears, in the world: claustrophobia (fear of tight places – I have this and hate elevators as a result), acrophobia (fear of heights), etc. Liberals, however, associate any negative statement as a phobia. For instance, I am against gay marriage and for traditional marriage. I realize that the Supreme Court took it upon themselves to invent aspects of the Constitution that are not there and declared gay marriage legal, but my stance doesn’t change. The Bible says it is wrong, and therefore as Christians, so should we. Liberals will automatically say I am homophobic. No, I do not have a fear of gay people. I know several gay individuals and they are very nice people. I have conversations with them and want the best for them just as I do everyone else, but that doesn’t mean I think it’s right for them to get married. Being against something doesn’t make you some type of -phobic.]

  • Xenophobic – one unduly fearful of what is foreign and especially of people of foreign origin.

[This is another phobia, but it is so often used today, I figured I’d cover it separately. Most conservatives who are currently opposed to immigration are called xenophobes. This could be somewhat true because we are fearful of foreign immigrants, but that fear is not unduly-founded. With ISIS, Boko Haram, the Taliban, etc., etc. expanding over many Middle Eastern countries, Africa, and now into Europe, and with massive terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, we cannot be called unduly fearful of foreign immigration. Unless liberals sleep every night with their front and back doors unlocked and a sign out front that says “All Welcome,” they cannot criticize conservatives for wanting to protect this nation. Just as we protect our families by locking the doors and installing security systems, we should too protect our nation by securing our borders, vetting immigrants, and tracking non-permanent residents of this nation. If we do not, we are doing our country a grave disservice.]

  • Cultural Appropriation – 1) Cultural – of or relating to a particular group of people and their habits, beliefs, traditions, etc 2) Appropriation – to take or use (something) especially in a way that is illegal, unfair, etc.

[This is a relatively new liberal phenomenon. Blending the two meanings: cultural appropriation is taking or using something of another group’s habits/beliefs/traditions unfairly. For instance, a white college student was accused of cultural appropriation for wearing dreadlocks. First off, seriously? Second, America has been referred to as the “melting pot.” We are supposed to be proud that we share cultures and blend together into one beautiful pot of stew. This blending or melting is part of assimilation and part of what made America a great country. And again, liberals are supposed to be the diversity police, so they should be honored and proud that America is a diverse place, where people can adopt traditions from other racial/ethnic backgrounds.]

So next time someone accuses you of one of these terms, just ask them, do you even know what that term means? And then continue your logical, well-reasoned argument.