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Is the Truth Worth It?

There are fights worth having, and there a fights that you just walk away from and let go. I’m wondering if the truth is worth having a fight over. Will you stand on an island and be bombarded by enemies for the cause of the truth?

Our society at present appears content on ripping its face in half. We are a house divided and we will not stand. People apparently are ready to set fires, assault one another, loot stores, and pepper spray those of differing viewpoints. Not the worst thing happening in our country today, but a sad sign of things to come none the less.

I am not going to make this post political. I don’t really care if you are a democrat or republican. Perhaps you are the noble independent who doesn’t play into partisan politics. Great, each and every one of you people need to stop and think about what the truth means to you.

Regardless of your particular thoughts on the political atmosphere of today; there is a truth that transcends left and right, gay and straight, black and white, pro-life and pro-choice, legal and illegal. That truth is Jesus Christ is Lord of Lords, and King of Kings. What does that mean for those of us that know the truth? Lets look at a few examples from the bible to see what is in store for someone who wants to rally behind that truth, for someone who isn’t willing to allow man to dictate to him what he must think or say, but someone who will freely worship Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

“Yea, and all that live Godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” (2 Tim. 3:12)

strengthening the souls of the disciples and encouraging them to continue in the faith. “We must endure many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. (Acts 14:22)

“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.” (Matthew 24:9-10)

Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are being beaten, tortured, and killed by their governments and countrymen. We have an incredible freedom of religion in this country, but it doesn’t keep itself intact.

Regardless of the enemy of liberty, be it the left with their continual replacement of God’s moral judgements with their own; or the right trading freedom for the hope of security via an interventionist military across the globe…..someone should stand up for it. When our liberty is gone, so too is our liberty in religion. On the current path; within a generation or two we won’t have to worry about making it to church on time, because church will be a crime.

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Heed the Red Flag, or Face the Jolly Roger

We are all prone to failures in our lives. We give in to the demands of our environment, and to the demands of our own internal desires. Most times these are various vices spread out across our lives and while they are a problem, they are not a continual debilitating problem. Then there those of us who have vices that consume. They elevate themselves to a position of authority in our lives and command our attention. Habitual sins, addictions, human nature on steroids; whatever term you use the outcome is the same. You make choices that you wish you hadn’t and hurt yourself and others in the process.

This post is for those of you who have gotten free of a particular vice. Was it superstars of sin like drugs/sex/rock and roll? Or is it the more mundane inability to keep from talking about people behind their back or perhaps gambling your family’s wealth away? No matter what the problem is, Jesus is the solution. He doesn’t solve all these problems in the same way. Some are cured at the drop of a hat in a miracle moment, others are a long process of failing more than you succeed. The point is, once he has brought you to a place of freedom, how do you avoid going back into chains? The Jolly Roger is the skull and cross bones flag of many pirate ships that I’m sure you are all aware of. There are other flags that come up before you find yourself a captive of the enemy, red flags.

Red flags are the still small voice of the Holy Spirit prodding us away from temptation. The Lord doesn’t want us living in bondage to sin. Most people these days think that freedom is their freedom to do whatever they want. They fail to recognize that living in that manner leads to bondage. True freedom is in the fact that  you are free to say no to these sins. You are not under their power. That is the power of the Holy Spirit in your life, the freedom to say no.

The trouble comes when you have been saying no for quite a while and start to forget that it is the power of the Lord that allows you to say no and not your own. This is when the red flags start for me. If you find yourself trying to rationalize away your red flags you will find the enemy boarding your ship and taking you hostage again.

I know a major red flag in particular for myself is when I start to think, “Oh, I can handle that situation.” The second you find yourself thinking this do me a favor and run to the Lord in prayer, or to a friend to ask for help. That is the whole point, we are supposed to comfort one another and help one another overcome sin. If we don’t heed the red flag because of pride though, eventually our own strength will fail and our tireless enemy will conquer.

Don’t be a victim of a lack of attention to red flags. They are warnings to guide your life in the right direction. They are there to help you have life and have it more abundantly. Our Lord desires that we have the best in life, and the best in life is life without sin. Strive for that and trust His strength and not your own. Stay focused on the Lord and encourage a brother or sister.

 

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Left Unwittingly helps Islam

America’s knees are wobbling. She is near to going down for the count. Corruption within our government has played into the hands of anti-American leftist training in our colleges. The folks that tote these “America the Monster”banners have some valid arguments. Yes, we have greedy folks in business, yes the courts  deal out stricter sentencing to African Americans, yes there have been plenty of folks killed in the homosexual community, yes some cops have abused power,  yes there are racists in our country. All of these things are flaws we have as a nation and should be addressed, but they are not things that should destroy our nation. This is exactly what is happening before our very eyes though. Every time anything that has the ability to be the fault of the favorite left leaning  targets of  the  system, white people, or the rich; the internet is ablaze with their crosses. The media locks arms with politically correct zealots and crucifies a person or situation before ever knowing the facts.(Hands Up) Time drags by and when we find out the facts were in favor of  the system, white people, or the rich it no longer matters because we have already crucified six more people or situations at this point. Of course the ideas have to stay vague and some “out there” so that this problem of oppression and control can never be addressed or dealt with.

We have got to get together people. We are so busy fighting and arguing amongst ourselves about our morality or lack thereof that we are missing the bigger danger. I used to buy into the bit that the media has us all focus on boogey men terrorists so they can stir up patriotism to fund more wars. Maybe somewhere under that is a little bit of truth. Can I tell you today that Islam is not a boogey man? Can I tell you that these people want to rule the world? Christianity tells the gay man, “This is sinful, repent and be reconciled to God.” Islam tells the gay man, “This is sinful, you will be beheaded.” This is the lurking danger, this is what is creeping in. Look at Europe, that place is being dismantled and the culture eradicated. No guns needed, just math. The Muslims themselves tell us that they will breed us out. Their four wives having seven to eight children compared to the European having one to two children.

Shhh, careful now, don’t say too much. People might think you are a racist or an Islamaphobe. I am not a racist, but if by Islamaphobe you mean to say that I am in 100% opposition to the doctrines of Islam that fuel jihad, honor killings, and terrorism all over the world; why I gladly accept that hat. Look at the videos online of the “refugees” and the atrocities they are committing. Look at what will be headed to your cities and when your cities are full to your suburbs.

Sharia law for the globe is the end game for Islam. The Islamic flag flying over the white house has been the cry of many imams. Who will stand against such a plan? Between the migrants and the numbers game Europe will be a Muslim dominated land within the next ten years. While the left and their passionate but mislead millennials wage war on their own homelands foundations; Islam waits in the wings to rebuild it their own. Open your eyes, your slumber will cost you your very life.