The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Only Three Things!

I believe she's warming up!

I believe she’s warming up!

“The whole art of spirituality is that my human nature should retire and let the new disposition have its way.” ~ Oswald Chambers, Yield Yourselves to God

I have learned that some of the most beautiful things in life emerge from the worst and most difficult times. So in essence I am saying there is lesson and opportunity in tribulation. And, if we know this from our own experience, can we not assume the greater the tribulation, the greater the opportunity? Always remember; What God has made simple, Satan must turn to corn maze so he can hide himself!

I posted my favorite Thomas Paine quote in response to a wonderful piece by Professor Regis Martin, Augustine and the Fat Lady; “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Think of the times he lived in. There was peace and prosperity…and good fellowship among men. Neighbors looked out for one another, lived together, worked together and worshipped together…until their grievances against despotism grew unbearable and ignored. The resulting schism separated those who had grown comfortable in their chains, from those who would no longer wear them…family from family, friend from friend, and neighbor from neighbor. And here we are today…exactly where we started!

It has occurred to some of us, a remnant of sorts, that our present “hot mess” is unfixable. Our problems run so deep, our errors have so compounded, and we have become so untethered from our original covenant with one another…we are irreconcilable. We’ve been here in this exact spot so many times before, like Murray’s Ground Hog Day weatherman, we know that waitress over there will drop her tray before she does. We look out on the exact same multitudes, chasing the exact same distractions, clothed in the exact same threads of indifference, sleep-walking into the exact same cattle cars, time after time after precious time.

This is my childhood dream that never went away. The separation I grew up fearing has finally arrived, as I being the last one on line…the longest line of all humanity following the Piper, not knowing or caring where we were being led, only that I wanted to be part of them…with them, as the tallest darkest gates in the coldest most disturbing dream I’ve ever dreamt closed behind them, shutting me out forever. I know now, this haunting vision from my childhood has turned out to be prophesy; the blissful tale of my own salvation. I’ve only now to become the cheerful grape under God’s feet and wait (gleefully) on Augustine’s “Fat Lady”!

As the entire world is led by the widest most diabolical grin to ever sit a face, into the devastating maze of chaos and confusion, we fortunate few blessed in the knowing of who we are have only to embrace our tribulation, as the congregation of 1 Thessalonians hearing the voice of God from the lips of Paul in 5:16-18, to obey only three simple rules…as if all eternity rests upon our compliance:

  1. Be Joyful Always
  2. Pray Continually
  3. Be Thankful in All Circumstances

That those seeing our light may follow…

Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Our “Squishiness”

St. Augustine's Conversion

St. Augustine’s Conversion

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. ~ Romans 5:3-4

“‘And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.’ This is the act by which Abraham goes out of himself and relies upon God for righteousness and grace. Abraham had manifested many noble qualities of heart and many virtues in his walk of life, but these did not make him righteous before God. That was accomplished through his living confidence in God…The justification of every sinner is by faith, and by faith alone. But it is our just walk that proves Him just in saving us. If we do not walk in the life of faith, we are a slander to God.” ~ Oswald Chambers, The Great Solution

I’ve discovered a great site for better understanding our world in The Catholic Thing, where I find a daily treasure trove of essay and response focused on living our faith in this world. When I think of the great lions of faith throughout history, they all possess a steel-like firmness of character that, the more I think about it, seems to act as an iron dome protecting the soft purity of their souls. There was absolutely no “squishiness” in them whatsoever…

So I’m reading TCT one morning last week to find a remarkable example of the intellectual rot responsible for today’s cultural squishiness unwittingly posited by a man named after a fish. Mr. Marlin’s hat-tip to NPR in the second sentence was an early indicator of the fishy smell beneath the surface of Marlin’s attempt to paint a fantasy using historical colors. Catholics and U.S. Populist Movements

He writes “In our own time, populist movements led by irresponsible extremists on both ends of the political spectrum have embraced ‘hatred as a form of creed.’

On the extreme right, there are countless charges about ‘strangers in the land’ – Catholic Hispanics, Muslim Middle Easterners, Hindu Indians – depriving ‘real’ Americans of jobs and their fair shot at the American Dream.

On the extreme left, there are populists who condemn our Constitutional Republic as immoral, oppressive, and evil; and denounce Catholics, Protestants, and Jews who disagree with their progressive social agenda, as deplorable fear-mongering racists, homophobes, and misogynists – who are ‘irredeemable.’” Seriously…I feel as though I’ve just witnessed a 4-year-old’s attempt at his first magic trick. Sadly, his trick seemed to work on at least one of the early commenters here. Oh well, “some of the people some of the time” becomes most of the time here in Squishiville. I was a bit less kind…

With all respect to the author’s thorough historical assessment of “populism”; yesterday’s populist is no more akin to the populist of today, than yesterday’s Democrat resembles the Democrat of today. There is no moral equivalency between the populist elements on the Left with their counterparts on the Right. The “paranoia, heated exaggeration, suspiciousness and conspiratorial fantasy” you falsely apply to both, are the exclusive tools used by the Left to attack the Right. All one has to do to be branded as an extremist on the Right, is declare Jesus Christ our King, and/or take an Oath to the Constitution…and mean it. You show your Globalist colors Mr. Marlin. The enemy of all mankind is the “Establishment” and our own squishiness, as one of my favorite commenters put it.

There are no accidents or coincidences in the bread crumbs God lays out for us to follow. This very morning Russell Shaw puts up his Links in the Chain at TCT, which connects us perfectly to Romans 5:3-4 and Oswald Chamber’s Great Solution…in stark contrast to Marlin’s fish out of water…as only God can do! Show me a squishy link, and I’ll show you a useless chain.

Progressives are great at the appearance of Abraham’s “noble qualities of heart” in their talk. But only when we study their walk do we find the two fatal flaws that give them away;

  1. There is no “living confidence in God”. They do not believe.
  2. Every song they sing, every product they sell, and every idea they promote is crafted to steer us all away from tribulation.

The heart-breaking horror show playing out on the American political stage before our very eyes, as the world sits perilously perched on the powder keg of complete insanity, is the direct result of our squishiness.

George "Mr. Squishy" Marlin

George “Mr. Squishy” Marlin

Own it, and pray for the miracle of St. Augustine’s conversion captured so beautifully by Mr. Shaw this morning. With every breath…opportunity.
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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ No More Mr. Nice Guy

It's in the Eyes...

It’s in the Eyes…

Up to the time of the Fall man drew all his sustenance from God; when he fell, he lost that harmony completely; and the danger now is that although man’s spirit is as immortal as God, it receives no sustenance from God. The first thing that happened was that man became his own god, exactly what the Devil said would happen. ~ Oswald Chambers, Loss of Communion with God (Romans 1:21-25)

I wrote a song called “Honor” some years ago. It contains one of my favorite lines of all the lines I’ve ever written:

Somethin’ ‘bout the way he walks, make a young girl sway…                                                                                                                                   Somethin’ ‘bout the way he talks,                                                                                 make a bully run away.      

Sadly, in the last line of the song I refer to Honor as the friend “we turned away”…which might very well be the truest line I’ve ever written. Stop and think on this one thing. Think about the 44th President who was given the Nobel Peace Prize before he had a chance to warm his seat, and of all the fingers on all the triggers around our terrorized world in eight horrific years. And then think about our 40th; the way he talked…the worst of the fingers off most of the triggers in a far more peaceful world by comparison. Honor; you have it, or you don’t. And the bully knows the difference! Honor, you see, is what gives us courage to stand up to the bully…with straight talk, bold and direct. But we don’t talk straight anymore…we talk around points that need to be made so as to avoid the possibility of anyone being offended or having their feelings hurt…God it HURT to type these words!

Speaking of honor and courage, I happened upon this post wherein another leader so tragically lacking these qualities, was being dignified well beyond the limits of his own making; the Neville Chamberlain of Bishops in the face of the greatest threats and dangers of our time, Cardinal Dolan…bagman for an even greater evil.

“Cardinal Dolan joked with Father Carella that he had a mint Mickey Mantle rookie card that he’d be happy to trade for one of the saints.” The passage from Images of Sanctity which inspired my comment and the ensuing criticism from another reader:  

So Dolanesque to equivocate a boozing ball-player, albeit a legendary one, with the Saints. He’d have made a better Santa Claus I think…

I think that’s a comment that could have been backspaced over before sending. Beat up on the cardinal, if you must, over his choice of dinner companions; Mr. Miner tried to inject a mildly humorous anecdote into his light-hearted, yet edifying piece. You should have let it go at that.

I appreciate humorous anecdotes but tire of good people whistling past the graveyard…Dolan has disgraced and betrayed his sacred post. Treating him as a good ole boy is classic effeminacy.

There have been plenty of stories on TCT and other blogs that provide occasion to harp on Cdl. Dolan’s deficiencies. He’s still your brother in Christ and you should have let this occasion pass by unremarked.

I’ll comment where the Spirit compels me, as I would expect you to do as well.

It seems the poor man was offended by my direct truthfulness. These men and thousands upon thousands more like them are dead or expunged from ancestral lands for the lack of it!

The Truth and the Lie are the two most important trains of our lives traveling 200 miles-per-hour on the very same track. One is traveling East, and the other is traveling West. The same people who’ve opened the gates to the monsters responsible for the atrocities pictured above, are trying desperately (in vain) to convince the world that Donald Trump is the greater threat. Madness!

The problem, as I see it, is that too many of us have grown into the deadly softness we see in the poor man offended by my Dolan comment. It’s as if they believe that papering over evil with “nice” will somehow make it go away…when in reality, it makes it bigger and bolder than ever. This soft weakness has permeated our entire culture. I observed it in my own circle of friends just the other night. Even though they are all standing on the tracks, they would simply rather not look. Or, put another way…their ideological blinders only allow them to peer North and South!

And what do the liars who, thanks to our softness, now command the highest offices of Church and State all have in common? They hate, despise and fear the very essence of that which makes America, America…YES 100% fact: Dolan, Francis, Clinton & Company have ALL sold their souls to the Globalist Cabal driving the Train of Lies. You can and better bet your life…

“The core value of Individualism has been the common denominator linking all other aspects of our cultural distinctiveness. It’s what makes the United States, America. Valuing the sovereignty of individuals is precisely what makes America exceptional. So it’s the culture that warrants our attention because the actual underlying disease invading the mental health of our country has arisen not from the government directly, but from the injection of destructive ideas (via Frankfurt School>Columbia University in 1930’s) into our individualistic socio-economical system.” ~ Alexandra York at the 20min mark, Socialism in America: Part 2 of 3

The monster comes like a hurricane, gathering strength from the warm waters of our indifference, apathy, appetite for distraction, and most of all…our effeminate softness. If you have not realized by now that our so-called journalists and news media who are especially good at turning storms into monsters, are in fact the conductors punching tickets on the Clinton’s Globalist Cabal Train!

My gloves are off and have been for some time. They’ve already taken the things I loved most. What about you…where is your line in the sand? How many more Melissa and Aaron Klein Families have to be destroyed before you decide to stand and “fight”?

I don’t need a gun or bullets to shower…                                                                                                                                    just God’s will to speak truth to power.                                                                                                                                    When all your slings and arrows are through…                                                                                                                                    all the lies and cheating and killing you do,                                                                                                                                              there will come a moment under the sun,                                                                                                                                          where you’re finally left with nowhere to run…                                                                                                                                           just you and me under the sky…                                                                                                                                           just we two…                                                                                                                             and the fear in your eye.


No More Mr. Nice Guy

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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Progressivism WILL Be Outlawed

The Progressive Candyman

The Progressive Candyman

“The times are never so bad but that a good man may make shift to live well in them.” ~ St. Thomas More, Living Well in Evil Times

Clinton is not actually worried about real racists, or real sexists or real homophobes. What she and the establishment are worried about are true conservatives, because our principles are not built on hate; they are built on reason and truth. It’s easy to defeat a movement driven by hate; it’s next to impossible to defeat a movement driven by truth.                                                      ~ Brandon Smith, How the “Deplorables” Can Save America

We are on our knees dying by every measure; hopelessly divided, morally vacant and in debt beyond our ability, desire, or intent to ever repay. Our once-envy-of-the-world-constitutionally-ordained transfer of power has evolved into a global freak show. I said to a person who was my friend on the other side of our…schism, “You cannot be friend to both Truth and lie.” But I have come to the painful realization that this person I once shared so much with over a thirty-year period has, over the course of the past 8 years, not only become friend to the lie, she has wed herself to it.

Watching this Country I (we) love in her death throes, I (we) realize two crucially important things that actually link us to our founding as a nation;

  1. God’s word as revealed in The Bible is my (our) supreme doctrinal authority.
  2. There will be an eventual “reboot or reset” and Progressivism will be outlawed along with every other false religion antithetical to the supreme authority of God and the Constitution of our re-United States on the other side of this nightmare some have actually begun referring to as the “new normal”.

Progressivism is the root cause of our $20 Trillion Debt Bomb (fuse now lit?). Progressivism is the root cause of Middle Eastern and North African refugees swamping the world. Progressivism is the root cause of Political Correctness and absurd Safe Spaces replacing Freedom of Religion, Thought and Expression…in the very places we send our kids to LEARN (see it to believe it!).  Progressivism is the root cause of ISIS. Progressivism is the root cause of Government of the Government, by the Government, for the Government! In other words, Progressivism is by far the deadliest most diabolical and destructive enemy we as Liberty and Freedom-loving Americans have EVER had to face! How did we allow this to happen?

Progressivism is one of those words designed to create the appearance of virtue where none exists. It’s kind of like vernacular candy to bribe the brain. Who could oppose progress? In fact, they make their candy so sweet and delicious that critical thought is the only obstacle they face…which is exactly why they need the SS of Mind Police…Political Correctness to keep the wandering minds on their reservation.

Watching the FBI’s Clinton investigation hoax play out over the summer, I thought of Vince Foster as the farce reached its inexplicable climax. Why? Because I believe that James Comey, just like Vince Foster, was once a good and decent man…before being lured into the Clintonian web of corruption. Ann Barnhardt has revealed the real Hillary in her brilliant dissertation on Diabolical Narcissism here. A DN can and will intentionally drive a good person to commit suicide…usually after they’ve sucked the goodness out of them. Is Comey about to Foster himself? He looked a little shaky under the bright lights, actually brought to tears during his Congressional hearing last week.

One is awfully tempted to think, on the eve of the most critical Presidential election in my lifetime, that the Globalist-Progressives have us where they want us. The entangling fabric of their web seems to reach every aspect and corner of our lives. The sweetness of their song seems to fill the very air we breathe, does it not? Here, there and everywhere…except the hearts and minds of the remnant. Those of us for whom Truth is the sweeter bargain by far. I promise you the reader this; their madness will collapse in upon itself. In fact, it has already begun. Trump was closer to the Truth than he realized the other day when he warned Obama not to pardon Clinton.

I wrote at the top that there will be a reset. Progressivism WILL be outlawed, as will the even greater fraud Muslimism. This is the Progressive Matrix. In the exact same way logic and reason are twisted into juvenile knots in the “Safe-Space” debate linked above, the Satanic brutality of Islam is twisted into a peaceful little red bow by the Manchurian President. Here again, the false Progressive paradigm ~ Radical Islam vs Moderate Islam. NO…ISLAM IS THE PROBLEM!

Every single one of us is being lured to their web. We are given choices in all aspects of our lives every single day. In our friendships, marriages and workplaces…we are being funneled into a vortex of “lies and falsehoods” that have escalated from trivial matters to the “real magillas” Comey himself referred to at his hearing. Beware the Candyman…he’s at his very best here!

Here’s a twenty-minute Mark Adams tutorial guaranteed to help you resist the bait:

The War on Reality: How Globalists Occupy Your Mind To Control Everything

“They please the world most, who please Christ least.” ~ St. Jerome

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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ The Devil in the Ideology

The Well-Hooded Shadow of Ideology

The Well-Hooded Shadow of Ideology

I’ve been wondering why, if democracy is the finest form of government ever invented, in its current form it brings out the worst in us. In theory it shouldn’t be so. In theory, we should, in this election season, be engaging in a national discussion of the troubles we face. Marriage is on the rocks, and more children than ever are growing up fatherless.  What have we done, though with good intentions, to bring such suffering to the most vulnerable among us? ~ Anthony Esolen, The Heart of the Matter: Ideology

Chances are that if you the reader are experiencing conflict within your heart, trouble in your home, struggles in school or on your job, problems in your relationship or with your marriage…the well-hooded shadow of ideology is the primary benefactor of your condition. I say well-hooded and refer to it as shadow because it needs to mask itself as the appealing, desirable, and compassionate alternative to Truth in order to survive, and here’s the truly scary part; because it feeds on the very hosts it enslaves.

Prime Example ~ NYC Mayor de Blasio’s comment in the wake of the Chelsea bombing, “We think it was intentional, but not terror.”

That, I am fairly certain, can be accurately characterized as the “insane ramble” one might expect of one our largest city’s homeless crack-heads. But it’s mayor? And then within minutes of that incoherent babble, prostrating himself in total supplication to his Master, he calls for an increase in Muslim refugees!

If you or anyone you love happens to live in New York City, I encourage you to considering moving as far away from there as you can…now. You are not safe. Period!

“The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love, and in order to occupy and distract himself without love he gives way to passions and coarse pleasures, and sinks to bestiality in his vices, all from continual lying to other men and to himself. The man who lies to himself can be more easily offended than anyone. You know it is sometimes very pleasant to take offence, isn’t it? A man may know that nobody has insulted him, but that he has invented the insult for himself, has lied and exaggerated to make it picturesque, has caught at a word and made a mountain out of a molehill — he knows that himself, yet he will be the first to take offence, and will revel in his resentment till he feels great pleasure in it, and so pass to genuine vindictiveness.

~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov Father Zosima to Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov, father of the brothers Karamazov and Diabolical Narcissist

Speaking of New York, it seems that de Blasio’s Master is something less than compassionate…and far less than truthful And my friends, it is not only the narcissistic ideologues ruling over us we must fear but all of us who continue to graze in the pasture of our own effeminacy…KNOWING IT TO BE SO!  “This (effeminacy) is a vice that is neither masculine or feminine…what it is, is…it is a softness of character that prevents you from identifying, facing, and dealing with objective reality.” ~ Ann Barnhardt, Jim Sinclair’s MineSet (Trump Fans Beware) A MUST hear!

OK, so now that we know that Ideologues literally “bank” on a population hypnotized by their own effeminacy, I will ask those of you brave enough to snap out of it, shrug it off, and follow me here. Do you remember the “slime” in Ghostbusters 2? Well the slime I’m about to show you makes GB2 slime seem like maple syrup from heaven! The Slime Beneath The Slime:

David Brock has 7 non-profits, 3 Super PACs, one 527-committee, one LLC, one joint fundraising committee, and one unregistered solicitor crammed into his office in Washington DC.

Uncovered records expose a constant flow of money between these organizations.

The Bonner Group, his professional solicitor, works off a commission. Every time money gets passed around, Bonner receives a 12.5% cut.

Nonprofits are required to disclose who they give cash grants to.

But they aren’t required to disclose who gave them cash grants.

This weak system of one-way verification is being abused by Brock. He’s been cycling money between his organizations for years, and the Bonner Group’s 12.5% commission gets triggered after every pass.

Say, for example, you donate $1,062,857 to Media Matters for America. This is how David Brock would have used your charitable donation in 2014:

  1. Media Matters would receive your $1,062,857 donation…

The Bonner Group would earn a $132,857 commission                                                      Media Matters would retain $930,000

  1. Next, Media Matters would give what’s left of your entire donation, $930,000, to the Franklin Education Forum…

The Bonner Group would ‘earn’ a $116,250 commission                                                         The Franklin Education Forum would retain $813,750

  1. The Franklin Education Forum would then forward the remaining $813,750 to The Franklin Forum…

The Bonner Group would ‘earn’ a $101,718 commission                                                          The Franklin Forum would retain $712,031

In the end, Brock’s solicitor would have pocketed $350,825, almost a third of your initial donation! That’s a far cry from the advertised 12.5% commission.

As bizarre as that scenario may sound, this is exactly what David Brock did in 2014.

And then, tying the concept of the abject fraud of the contemporary western political and electoral matrix to our continuing study of Diabolical Narcissism and its derivative – sexual perversion – we get this shocking – SHOCKING bit of info:

Brock’s former long-time live-in boyfriend William Grey (whom Brock has thanked in several of his books) threatened to go to the IRS with damaging information about how Brock was running his Media Matters empire. What did Brock do? He paid Grey $850,000 to keep quiet. Brock reportedly had to sell his home in Rehoboth, Delaware to come up with the money. This certainly seems to indicate that Brock was terrified about what the authorities would uncover.”

Adding to this, Fox News reported the following:

“Grey accused Brock of “financial malfeasance” and threatened to undermine Brock’s fundraising efforts.

“Next step is I contact all your donors and the IRS,” Grey wrote in an email dated May 19, 2010. “This is going to stink for you if you do not resolve this now.” ~ AB

  • So, how to we fight the slime that is suffocating us to death?

I think Anthony Ensolen would advise that we first need to identify and understand the source of the slime; “Ideology is an ersatz religion. It rushes into the emptiness when one no longer is open to the divine.”

  • How do we continue not to see…when our own hearts can no longer follow the charade?

“The danger now is not that religion will inform our politics – that is what religion ought to do, because our intuitions into the divine ought to direct our treatment of the human. I am speaking generally here. The danger now is that religion will be driven to hide in caves, while politics, with its ideological credos, assumes the prerogatives of religion; and that, not religion, has drowned the last two centuries in blood.”

Our Federal Government has evolved into a global crime syndicate. Our markets are completely rigged slush funds. Our cities are burning. And the first black President has instigated a race war and opened the Gates of Hell upon us. Only Ideology can drive a man to turn his back on Truth…and kneel before the lie.

The Ghost of Us

Beneath the eons of decay, the rust of time that slipped away

A shape that lingers in the din, a soundless whisper held within

Beyond the form you held so dear, bound and gagged and shaped by fear

Beyond the oceans’ ebb and flow, and silken moonbeams dare to go

Beyond the print of memory, all galaxies and stardust…

I will speak to you then, what no heart can bear,

of all we did and didn’t do…The ghost of us,

The me and you…

CM ~ 9/24/16

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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ A Tale of Two Jihads

"Divided Loyalty" ~ What about my jihad Mr. Ellison?

“Divided Loyalty” ~ What about my jihad Mr. Ellison?

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. ~ C.S. Lewis

Yes, you can fool most of the people all of the time…when it’s for their own good. How else can you explain our willingness to commit national suicide, even as we watch the French slit their own throats for all the world to see?

I would suggest, if you wish to visit Europe, you do so much sooner than later. And you might want to avoid Paris altogether. Actually, the C.S. Lewis quote above is a most apt description of Socialism if ever there was one. The French are toast, and WE (according to DHS whistleblower Philip Haney) are not far behind. “Muslims from around the world are coming to America to wage ‘settlement jihad’ and implement Shariah law, a Department of Homeland security whistleblower warns.”

This is for our own good…according to Islam: “to implement Shariah law, which according to Islamic theology is the grace and gift to mankind.” I might not be an expert on what constitutes “our own good”, but I challenge anyone to find a sliver of a single soul being “graced or gifted” in the streets of Paris in the video linked in the previous paragraph. And yet thanks to an American President who appears more Muslim than Christian, a conflicted Minnesota Muslim Congressman, a thoroughly corrupt former Secretary of State, and a weak and morally bankrupt Congress; we have more than opened the doors to our own destruction…we are importing it!

The Islamic term jihad means “struggle” and it plays right into the hands of the global tyrants C.S. Lewis describes. All good people, especially Liberal Jews and Christians want to help those who “struggle”. In fact, if we study those who fight for Social Justice carefully, we see that want has really become more of a need. But if we were really interested in being honest with ourselves, we would examine the idea of jihad (struggle) in the context of all religions, wouldn’t we? Haney refers specifically to “settlement jihad”. Who has experienced a greater settlement struggle than the millions of Yazidis and Christians persecuted, raped, murdered and forced to flee the ancestral homes of their fathers’, fathers’, fathers in Iraq? In fact, the persecution of Christians has become a world-wide epidemic. Jews in Europe are being advised NOT to wear their yarmulkes! On the other hand, if someone has a single report of Muslim persecution…other than for failing to be Muslim enough, please feel free to share in the comments section below. In reality, for Muslims, jihad means “special treatment and institutionalized favoritism”. For Christians and Jews, it means persecution, death and torture. And yes, that goes for Liberal Jews as well.

Jesus did teach us to love our enemies. Nowhere at any time, however, did He teach us to loath ourselves…to the best of my knowledge. And yet, that is exactly what we are doing when we sit in silence and accept the circumstances I’ve just accurately described. Please think about it…and then call your Congressman and let him or her know what you are thinking, what real jihad is, and that you aren’t going to take it anymore! And yes…it’s political. You’re darn tootin’ it is!

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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ The Plumb Line of Grace

The get back up again!

The Faith…to get back up again!

Behold, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of My people Israel. ~ Amos 7:8

One doesn’t have to be a builder to know there would be no building without levels, plumb lines, and squares. Certainly not something worth investing in, or living in. Loving the metaphor as I do, the Amos 7 verse is one of the richest, sweetest and truest I’ve ever read.

The plumb line is simply a string with a pointed weight on the end, used to indicate the vertical “true” center from top point to the bottom one. Metaphorically, God reveals Himself through Amos as the top point providing the true line (morally straight) to the heart (center) of Israel. Though the exchange between God and Amos was harsh and heavy with judgment, God’s warnings are carried by the intention of grace and mercy. This is how and why disciplining children is one of the greatest signs of a parent’s love.

The nearly complete and total rejection and departure from the plumb line set for us by God has become so shockingly apparent, one can only observe the daily stream of mounting evidence with a sense of numb helplessness. If we have not become a nation of people who tolerate, accept, and reward those who LIE,  CHEAT, and STEAL, then why on Earth would we ever elect such a person to the highest office in the land? “The Clinton Foundation is a charity fraud of epic proportions” according to Charles Ortel, a highly respected Wall Street analyst who would know. The sitting President is as far from being a STRAIGHT SHOOTER as I am from being a sitting President. And our filthy mass of rot is a total TOP-DOWN disgrace! Wells Fargo, one of the oldest and most prestigious firms in our country…5,300 reps…2 million fake accounts!!! How do any of us (mindless NFL stars excluded) who love our country bear this?

Talking to a friend I work out with the other day about our sad state of affairs, I told him I didn’t know how people without faith in God are able to handle it. He replied that he was not able to accept that God exists “intellectually”. I guess to the extent he is not alone in his belief; it would certainly explain our free-fall. If we don’t believe in God, why would we believe in or follow His plumb line? The fact is that we, as a people, have been rising and falling in our faith ever since the beginning…that very first Fall, remember?

Falling, it seems, is just a very normal part of living life as the flawed beings we happen to be. The most important thing is what do we do after our fall. I was always coached as a kid by those I loved and respected most to get back up. One of the most powerful stories and examples of this can be found in comparing the lives of two great men. King David and his predecessor King Saul both deviated from God’s plumb line. It’s hard to find a greater and more faithful man of God than David was. But it is also hard to find someone who sinned as greatly. The incredible story of his great sin, cover-up, condemnation, repentance, healing and restoration is story every single one of us should re-visit, read and read again. Because in it there is hope for us.

The remarkable thing to me is that although David’s sins were much greater than Saul’s, David ultimately found healing and restoration, while Saul found only torment and misery to the end of his days…all for lack of his willingness to turn back to the plumb line and repent.

There will always be the Bathsheba to distract, but if a man is patient, wise and strong enough…he will find the good woman to make him a better man.

A Better Man

The greatest gift a woman brings, the better man to be

The measure of his love for her, is the tallness of his being

In all the world and all the days, when all the songs are sung

The want to be a better man, is what her love has done.

The greatest thing that can be said, the greatest love can do…

The want to be a better man, is just because of you. ~ CM ~ 9/9/16

Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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