The Losses Were Great In 2020…

I hear it said often that people could not wait to get out of 2020. I guess I can understand that sentiment. It was the most challenging year of my life. It was also the year of some incredible losses. It seems that each month of the year, someone of celebrity status passed away.

I remember New Years Day 2020, reading about the death of former NBA commissioner David Stern. Mr. Stern had some health issues and was in his late 70’s, so, I was sad to hear the news, but not terribly shocked. 25 days later, I came home from church, checked my twitter feed and read the news of the sudden and tragic death of retired NBA player Kobe Bryant. Being a basketball fan, these two deaths caused me to pause and think of the frailty of life.

The following month, I learned of the death of one of the beautiful actresses of my childhood, Ja’Net DuBois, who starred in the 70’s sitcom “Good Times’ and died in her sleep at the ripe age of 85. Also Academy Award winning actor Kirk Douglas died at 103 years old.

For me, the month of March brought on the news of the Chinese Virus that was concocted in a lab in Wuhan, China, and released amongst the American people in an effort to distract voters from becoming aware of the massive voter fraud that would take place in the month of November. The government shut down the entire country. Businesses were closed, with the exception of “essential” businesses, such as grocery stores, gas stations, doctors offices, hospitals, strip clubs, abortion clinics, and ABC stores. Churches were closed! To my shock and dismay, most pastors and church leaders did not resist when the governor of their state decided that ABC stores were essential and churches were not.

In March, I also lost my job. The organization for which I worked was forced to shut down due to the city mayor placing a curfew on the city as of 5 pm on Friday, March 27. We were told that they would do everything possible to bring all employees back, but my position was eliminated, and I was not invited back to work.

In March, I also learned of the death of Curly Neal, a professional basketball player who dazzled audiences with his skill alongside other Harlem Globetrotters. He died at 77. April took famed jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis, Jr., father of the super talented Marsalis brothers, Wynton and Branford, at 85 years of age. The month of May took away Eddie Haskell from “Leave It To Beaver”. He was 76 years young. May also saw the death of another NBA legend, Jerry Sloan, who coached the Utah Jazz for 23 years. His death was another blow to me because I always admired his integrity. He was 78 years old. May 25 brought the most infamous death of the year when 46 year old George Floyd died while being apprehended by police, for crimes that he had committed earlier in the day. His death set off a string of riots, lootings and killings across America. We were forced to witness the hatred and vitriol that is harbored in the hearts of some Americans. We were forced to watch the anger and rage over the death of a criminal, while innocent babies die at an alarming rate in abortion clinics all across this country. But I digress…

In June, Bonnie Pointer died of cardiac arrest at the tender age of 69. She was one-third of the R&B trio, “The Pointer Sisters”. They were a huge part of my youth, recording soundtracks and hit songs that became cult classics. Also, St. Louis police captain David Dorn was killed on the street during rioting in the downtown area. According to Captain Dorn’s wife, he had gone downtown to check on a friend’s business after the burglar alarm went off. His death was recorded on video and streamed live on social media. Thinking of his death makes me so angry. His death was senseless and cruel. He served his city for a number of years, and left a stellar legacy.

July saw the deaths of Hugh Downs, longtime news correspondent, who lived to be 99 years old; Mary Kay Letourneau, the schoolteacher who had a sexual relationship with her student and married him once he was of legal age, who died at 58 years old of colorectal cancer; “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” songwriter-musician Charlie Daniels, who was 83, and Herman Cain, successful businessman and political activist, who died of covid related issues at 74 years old. In August, Wilford Brimley, who played the curmudgeonly old grandfather on the 80’s tv show “Our House”, died at 85 years old. The President’s younger brother, Robert Trump, also died in August. He was 71 years old. September saw the death of Kevin Dobson, 77 year old actor who starred as Mac MacKenzie in the night time soap opera, “Knots Landing”, and Edna Wright, one of the melodious voices of the 70’s girl group, The Honey Cones. She was 76 years old. 77 year old Gale Sayers, retired football player and subject of the movie “Brian’s Song”, died from dementia, and Helen Reddy, the Australian singer who helped fuel the feminist movement with her song, “I Am Woman”, died at 78 years old.

The month of October witnessed the passing of Sean Connery, the Scottish actor who portrayed the fictitious secret agent James Bond in a series of movies. He was 90 years old. In November, Carol Arthur, the widow of Dom DeLuise, died at 85 years old, Alex Trebek, the long time host of the game show, “Jeopardy”, died of pancreatic cancer at 80 years old. In December, Dawn Wells, who was Mary Anne from “Gilligan’s Island” died at 82 years old, as well as Joe Louis Clark, the principal of a New Jersy high school who was portrayed by Morgan Freeman in the movie, “Lean On Me” at 82 years old, and country music singer Charley Pride died from Covid at 86 years old.

There were other deaths that hit closer to home for me, such as my sweet Aunt Daisy, my grandmother’s last surviving sibling, who died at 103 years old. Aunt Daisy was my favorite of all my grandmother’s 12 siblings. She used to make the best tea cakes and creamed corn. She tried to teach me to make her creamed corn, but I could never master it. She had a gift as it pertained to cooking, and she blessed everyone who came into her home with that gift. The sadness that I feel for her is that she lived so long, was so kind to so many, but I have no confidence that she had saving faith in the LORD Jesus Christ.

Two of my high school classmates died in 2020. These were young men, and though I don’t know the state of their health, all things being equal, they died early. I just heard yesterday about the death of a distant cousin. Once again, I don’t know if he had health issues or what caused his death, but he was relatively young.

2020 was the year that, in my mind, the wrath of God was unleashed on America. I don’t know how other countries dealt with all that the Chinese Virus brought with it, but in America, where we are used to our freedoms and doing things differently from socialist and communist countries, it has been hard. My prayer is that we will wake up and see what is going on in our government and society. God’s wrath is unleashed on us because of how cruel we have been to the nation of Israel. We have historically not been their ally. God’s wrath is unleashed on us because of how bloody our hands are in the abortion mill in this country. We have slaughtered more than 60 million babies legally in the US since 1973. God’s wrath is unleashed on us because of the fact that we have embraced a sodomite lifestyle, and legalized marriage between two men and two women in the US. God’s wrath is unleashed because of how little of the Gospel is actually preached from the pulpits in US churches, traded for the ways of world, seeker friendly tactics, concert-like music productions, pastors in t-shirts and skinny jeans, and absolutely no sound doctrine that would offend anyone or cause them to be concerned about their sin.

The losses were great in 2020. But the loss of our soul would be the greatest loss of all. If you are reading this, it means that you did make it out of 2020. You still have a chance to get it right with the LORD Jesus Christ. You still have a chance to make heaven your eternal home. You still have a chance to receive forgiveness for your sins, and be saved from the penalty of your sins, which is eternal death. Ask the LORD for forgiveness today.

Reminding Myself There’s Hope In Christ

Psalm 1:5-6

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.  For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Many in the Christian community, like myself, are exasperated at what has happened in our country over the past year.  We watched as the government hoaxed us with a virus that was constructed in a lab in Wuhan, China; we watched the same government shut down our businesses, schools, and churches; we watched our thriving economy and low unemployment rates go to the dogs; we watched the government force us to stay cooped up in our homes, stay away from our friends and loved ones, and wear a germy, nasty face muzzle every time we are out in public.

As I sit here thinking about it, I don’t know how we survived.

I do know this:  God is still on the throne.  I have to remind myself daily that the God of the Bible is still in control of all of this. 

I never thought I would live to see the day when the freedoms that my father, my brother, two of my uncles and three of my cousins served/fought for would be taken away right in front of our eyes.  My father spent 21 years  in the army fighting for our freedom.  One uncle spent more than 20 years in the Air Force.  The other uncle paid the ultimate price on the ground in Vietnam.  I ask the LORD sometimes, were their sacrifices in vain?

No matter how weary I am, or how weary you may be, we have to remember that God sees all evil and He will vindicate His people.  The psalmist wrote that “...sinners will not stand in the congregation of the righteous…”  One day, we will be separated from all those who are blood-thirsty, desiring the lives of innocent babies in the womb.  One day, we will be separate from all those who lust after their own gender, pretending to be “married”.  One day, we will be separate from all those who bear hatred in their hearts for others who do not share the same level of melanin, or the same economic level, or education.  All of those persons will have rejected the LORD Jesus Christ, and unfortunately, their eternity will be separate from ours.  While we are basking in the glory of the LORD Jesus Christ, those persons will be dealing with weeping and gnashing of teeth, the worm that will never die, utter darkness, and a fire that cannot be quenched.

I don’t take that lightly.  I have a family full of unsaved folks and I hate to think of them in hell.  My mother, my siblings, my nieces and nephews, my uncles, some of my cousins…are all destined for hell unless they repent and do it soon.  I have given them the Gospel, but the psalmist said, “…the way of the ungodly shall perish…”

So……take heart believers!  As painful and discouraging and hopeless and sad and disappointed and betrayed as we all may feel right now, the Word of God encourages us when the LORD said, “…in His favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”  (Psalm 30:5).  Revelation 21:4 says “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain…”  This will all be over one day.  We have to remember that there is hope in Christ.

If you are reading this and you do not have a relationship with the LORD Jesus Christ; you have never repented of your life of sin, and you cannot for sure say that you are going to spend all eternity in heaven with the LORD Jesus, don’t let this moment pass without asking Him to forgive you!  We have no idea how much time we have left….but we do know that it is probably not going to be long.  The return of the Savior is imminent.  Please be ready!

January 6, 2021: The Day That Changed Everything

Today was the day.  If you are like me, you kinda wanted to know what would happen, but then again, you didn’t.  You wanted to be aware just in case someone called and said. “Hey, did you hear what happened in DC?” I checked in on Twitter and Parler periodically just to see what was the latest.  I watched the President’s rally online and listened to his speech with the hope that all would be well by the end of the day.

That would not be the case.

I am not sure of all that happened in DC today.  I am not sure how the electoral college works, and I am not sure what effect Vice President Mike Pence has on it.  I am sure of this: today was not a good day in Washington, DC on the steps of the Capitol.

Masses of supporters of our President converged on DC to make sure our Congress knows that we are serious about integrity as it pertains to elections.  We don’t mind losing; we just want to know that we lost fairly.  

Supporters of President Trump were infiltrated by terrorist groups like antifa and blm.  They dressed up in flags, wearing MAGA hats and t-shirts.  They made themselves look like the masses so that they would fit in.  But they would not fit in for long.

Bottom line is that things got out of hand.  Videos have surfaced of a young woman who was shot, apparently in the Capitol building.  I am not sure of her condition at this hour, but I do pray that she and her family will be ok.

Today I was deeply disappointed when I heard that the Vice President did not call foul on any of the states where voter fraud was in question.  I thought for sure that he would uphold the Constitution of the United States.  I also thought that he would show us that he is the man of integrity that we thought he was for the last four years.  Now I know that he is not that man.  

For four years, I have been praying for President Trump’s salvation.  Looks like I should have been praying for Vice President Pence also.

There were rumblings that he was dirty.  I refused to believe it.  

So now, I don’t know what to think.  I did listen to a video message by MyPillow founder and CEO Mike Lindell, who seems to think that there is still hope.  I will admit: I am weary at this point.

Mike Lindell’s video was posted on Twitter:

These are just a few of my thoughts about today. I am praying that the LORD will intevene. If you are a believer, I hope that you are praying also. That is the only weapon we have. I would not have gone to DC to demonstrate; that’s not something that I could do. But I did vote, I have given the Gospel to all who will listen, and I have been on my knees daily praying for our nation. Now we just have to wait and see if the LORD will show us mercy.

2 Chronicles 7:14: If My people, which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sins, and heal their land…

Why A Biblical Worldview?

Romans 12:2

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Ephesians 4:23

And be renewed in the spirit of your mind…

Philippians 2:5

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus…

Titus 1:15

Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

I have a biblical worldview. Why? I’m glad you asked. There are a few reasons. I will try my best to be as brief about my reasons as possible. Please bear with me!

First, I have a biblical worldview because God’s Word says that I should have a biblical worldview. Romans 12:2 says that I am not to conform to, or be like, this world. If I am a Christian, I am to be “Christ-like”. That is what the word “Christian” means…to be like Christ. Christ certainly had a biblical worldview. Jesus wanted the will of the Father to be done to the point that He willingly gave His life for a sinful world that needed redemption. He said in Matthew 26:39, “…O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” Jesus reiterated this plea to the Father again in verse 42 of that same chapter, “…O My Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me, except I drink it, Thy will be done.” Jesus, in the flesh, did not necessarily want to be brutalized and crucified on the cross, but more than what His flesh wanted, He wanted the will of His Father to be done. The only way I can have a biblical worldview is to surrender my wants to Him. I have to want what He wants. I have to love what He loves. I have to hate what He hates.

Second, Paul encouraged the church at Ephesus to think differently from the way they had previously thought. He told them to be “renewed” continually, or to constantly ¨put on¨ a new way of thinking. This is not just the thinking of one´s psychological mind, but this goes deeper…into one´s heart. When deep conviction takes over a person, there is a strong urgency to follow one way or another, and Paul urged the Ephesians to have the deep urgency to think differently…to follow the lead of Christ….to be renewed in the spirit of their minds. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:1. ¨Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.¨ I have found, in my personal walk with Christ, that the only way I can be renewed in my mind. the only way I can follow Christ, is to spend time in His Word, allowing His Word to take root in my heart, and let it cause me to see things the way God sees them and not the way I want to see them. I have to surrender my opinions to Him. I have had to confess to Him many times that I was wrong in the past when I thought for sure I was right. I have to think the way He thinks. I must praise what He deems praiseworthy and condemn what He condemns.

Finally, Paul told the people at Philippi to have the same mind as the LORD Jesus Christ.  If you have the mind of Christ, you cannot think like the world.  You cannot behave like the world.  You cannot agree with what the world does.  To have the mind of Christ is to keep yourself focused on the things of God all day, every day.  Now, I know that we all have lives to live, jobs to go to, interactions to be had, and all of that, and most of it will be with persons outside of the body of Christ.  So I am not implying that we are to spend all day prostrate before the LORD, crying out to Him in prayer for 8 hours a day.  What I am saying is that in all of our interactions, everywhere we go, everything that we do and say, we need to remember that we represent Christ.  Matthew 5:16 says, ¨Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.¨  How will the world see the light of Christ unless the body of Christ allows it to shine through us?  Jesus explained to His followers in John 15:19 that we are in this world, but we are not of this world.  We cannot align our thoughts with those of the world, because they hate the LORD Jesus Christ, and because they hate Him, they hate us.  

I have written ad nauseum about my strong convictions.  I have a strong allegiance to the nation of Israel based on Genesis 12:1-3, 15:18-21 and 35:10-12;  I have strong convictions about abortion based on Exodus 20:13,  Leviticus 18:21, 20:2-5, 2 Kings 23:10, and Jeremiah 32:35;  I have strong convictions about marriage based on Genesis 2:24, Proverbs 18:22, 1 Corinthians 11:8-9,  Ephesians 5:25-27, and Revelation 21:2.  I have strong convictions about the church of Jesus Christ based on Matthew 16:18.  These convictions have been shaped by the Word of God.  I know that the nation of Israel is the ¨apple¨ of God´s eye, based on Zechariah 2:8.  If America, or any other country for that matter, blesses Israel, they will be blessed in return.  God has promised it!  I know that God hates the murder and destruction of His image bearers while they are still in their mother´s womb.  He hates it as much as He hated how Cain killed his brother Abel, and He asked Cain, ¨What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood cries unto Me from the ground.¨ (Genesis 4:10).  I know that God hates the redefinition of marriage, based on how He handled Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19.  Because I belong to My Father, and His Word is my roadmap to eternal life, His Word must be my guiding force as I navigate the waters of this temporary, earthly life.  That is why I have a biblical worldview.

My prayer for you, as you read this post, is that if you do not already weigh everything in the world by the Word of God, today would be the day that change happens in your life.  If you have a biblical worldview already, let´s continue to pray for and encourage each other and share the Gospel to the lost and dying world…

Christians: Be Careful With Your Words!

Matthew 5:44

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you…

Luke 6:27

But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you…

1 John 3:15

Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

1 John 4:20

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God Whom he hath not seen…

I have been reading on social media for the last week quite a bit of vitriol directed towards the President of the United States. And though it has been disturbing, this is nothing new; people are always saying cruel and untrue things about the President. I make it a point not to read most of it. I don’t have much of a tolerance for that kind of media. I prefer to interact and associate myself with people who are positive, at least, and pleasant, at best.

What disturbs me so much about what I have been reading is not that it is cruelty towards the President; it is that it is cruelty towards the President coming from those who claim the Name of Christ. Believers in the LORD Jesus…people who have the Name of the LORD and passages of scripture plastered all over their social media profiles are the ones who are calling for terrible things to happen to our Commander In Chief.

Believers, hear me: you cannot be the light of the world while walking in darkness! Hating the President, wishing that the virus would take his life, rejoicing at seeing him admitted to the hospital…these are things that the wicked one would do. The Bible is clear when it tells us to “...love your enemies...” You may think that the President is the worst person in the world. You may look at his past and be able to count every one of his sins. What you cannot do is hold within your heart hatred for him, and continue to think that you are walking according to the Spirit of God.

For eight years, we were under the authority of a man named Barack Hussein Obama. To be honest, I cringe when I even have to say his name. His name reminds me of a person that exacted great atrocities against America and the world, and his name was Saddam Hussein. Barack Obama had to be the most undeserving President who has ever worked in the White House. He attended a church for more than 20 years with a Black Liberation Theologist as its pastor. He criticized the state of North Carolina, my home state, for voting in 2009, that marriage was between one man and one woman. He said we set civil rights back 50 years with our vote. He was awarded the Margaret Sanger award at a Planned Parenthood facility for his work in keeping abortion legal for women. He sent US taxpayers’ dollars to other countries to fund their abortion centers. He started the race war in which we are embroiled right now when he made statements concerning the death of a young man in Florida named Trayvon Martin. He treated the Prime Minister of Israel like he was something you scrape off of the bottom of your shoe. He gave our military men and women pink slips while they were on the ground in Afghanistan. He defunded the military! He started the whole “defund the police” movement.

I watched these and many other things that he did for eight years. Almost every day of those eight years, I prayed for Barack Obama’s salvation. I talked to the LORD about him regularly. I asked the LORD to change his heart and bring him to the saving knowledge of the LORD Jesus Christ.

Please don’t think that I think I am the standard. I am not. Paul said in 1 Timothy 1:15, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” If we could re-write scripture, I would have to demand that Paul put my name in that verse! I only use myself as an example because I did not like any of the things that the former President did before he got into office or while he was there. But never once did I rejoice if I heard that he was sick or not feeling well. Never once did I wish death on him. As a matter of fact, I did not want to see him die in his sin because he would spend all eternity in a flaming hell. I know that eternity is a long time and I don’t want even my worst enemy to suffer those consequences.

Do Christians in 2020 afford Mr. Trump the same courtesy? NO. Christians go on social media and say some of the most hateful things about him and in response to his posts. Christians who are reading these words, if you are guilty: STOP IT! The Bible is clear that if you hate your brother, you are no better than a murderer. You are, in essence, just like the world which you are here to evangelize. They are walking in darkness and you are supposed to be the light. How can you show the light of Christ to someone and you are the same as that person?

I heard this story many years ago. A lady at my church said she was caught in bumper to bumper traffic in New York City. She was going to make a right turn, but traffic in front of her hindered her from turning. The man in the car behind her obviously became frustrated, and started blowing his horn as loudly as he could. She said she instantly became frustrated and put her hand out of her window, extending to him her middle finger. She said as soon as she did it, she felt guilty. She said she drew her hand back in the window and started asking God to forgive her. She said she thought about it, and knew that if she encountered that man on the street somewhere, and tried to give him the gospel, he might not listen to her if he recognized her from when she gave him the finger at the traffic light. And she is right. The world does not want to hear from us when we behave the same way they do.

I have no expectations of ever meeting Mr. Trump in person, but in the event that I do, I want my witness to be such that if I have the opportunity to share the Gospel with him, he will be happy to listen to me because there is nothing to make me seem like a hypocrite in his eyes. Each one of us should want the same kind of witness with everyone we encounter, because we may be the one who has to give the Gospel to that person.

I know I have rambled on in this post, because I am passionate about this topic, but let me conclude with this: Mathew 5:16 says “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Let the light of Christ shine in you when you are in person or on social media. Give the world something to aspire to…try to be the magnet that draws someone to Christ. Let the words you speak and the words you post be salt and light…

The ChineseVirus Hoax

As I begin, let me say first that by the time you read this, America will have been dealing with what is called the Coronavirus, or Covid-19 for more than six months. The first time I personally heard of it was sometime in mid- to late February. Today is September 3rd.

Also, let me say that I will refer to the virus as the “chinesevirus” because it is my understanding that China is where this virus outbreak originated. I understand that it began in a lab in Wuhan, China. I will therefore refer to it with the name of its origin.

I have always felt like the chinesevirus was a hoax. At first, I thought that the chinesevirus was nothing more than a little more than influenza. My thoughts about it fluctuated over the last six or seven months, but I am back to my initial thoughts: the chinesevirus is nothing more than a little more than influenza. I have had the flu a few times in my life, so I know that it can be serious. I have not suffered from symptoms of the chinesevirus, so I do not know what those symptoms feel like. I have heard that they can be pretty serious. I have heard of the symptoms, because I have acquaintances who have suffered from it, and I do not want to minimize any symptoms that anyone may suffer from it. Please do not hear what I am NOT saying. I get it. The chinesevirus is as serious, and maybe even a little more, than influenza.

Where the chinesevirus loses me is the extreme measures that society has taken to keep from spreading the disease. First of all, wearing masks all day is something out of a sci-fi movie, in my mind. I would never have imagined in a million years that someone would even suggest that, here in America, “land of the free”, that we would be dominated by local, state and federal governments demanding that we cover our faces in masks. What does the mask do? First of all, it holds onto the carbon dioxide that you breathe out. Carbon dioxide comes OUT for a reason! It is actually a poisonous gas that must be released from the body for the body to remain healthy. Masks also hold onto the germs that are present in our noses and mouths. Particles that are too small to be seen by the naked eye are held onto by the mask on your face. Those germs that your body is trying to expel, need to be expelled. They do not need to come back into your body.

The deeper issue surrounding masks for me is this: masks are a way to manipulate a person. The mask itself has a psychological effect on the wearer. It stifles their communication and their thinking. It conveys a certain message that the wearer is afraid. It is a wall, of sorts, to hide behind. It is taken as gospel by those whose lives are driven by the mainstream media. It is a type of manipulation of the masses. Scientists, and even the leading viral specialist in America has now admitted that masks don’t work. All of this is tomfoolery for those who wish this country harm. It is part of the conspiracy to take down America with the chinesevirus hoax.

The second measure that separates me is the social distancing. I am not sure whose idea it was that every person needs to stay six feet away from every other person, but that is also a means of manipulating the population. By making every person feel that they need to stay six feet away from every other person is a means of isolation. People are made to be relational. God created us to be in relationship with other people. With the social distancing, people are even afraid to have simple conversations with other people! I remember the time, just this year, maybe eight months ago, when I would strike up a conversation with a complete stranger in line at the grocery store. NO MORE. People don’t make eye contact with each other anymore. They walk around like robots on a mission. John MacArthur said it best: “You don’t need an army to conquer a nation. You only need fear.” I believe the social distancing is part of the conspiracy to take down America with the chinesevirus hoax.

The final, and probably most important measure that separates me from any belief in anything that the mainstream media says about the coronavirus is the shutdown orders. The audacity of local, state and federal officials to tell people that they cannot leave their homes is utter lunacy! Staying inside, never getting out for fresh air, not going to the gym, or a restaurant, or to the park, or to a friend’s house is mental torture. This is why I refused to do it. Every single day that my county was shut down, I left home. I went for a walk. I went to the botanical gardens. I went to the butcher shop. I went to Walmart! (I stopped going after they demanded that everyone wear masks.) This is America! No one can tell me to stay inside my house if I am not outside my house doing anything illegal. That is absolute lunacy!!!

In the beginning, predictions were that millions of people would die from the chinesevirus. People bought every roll of toilet paper from Maine to southern California. Grocery store shelves were empty. I took pictures of the bare shelves in Walmart. People were afraid to leave their homes. They were afraid for their children to come outside without a mask. Churches shut down. Schools were closed. Gyms, movie theaters, restaurants, amusement parks, the state zoo, and any other facility that held crowds of people was literally shut down for WEEKS. And guess what did not happen? Millions of people did not die. People who died and tested positive for having the chinesevirus were listed as people who died FROM the chinesevirus. The governor of my state refuses to allow businesses to re-open, even though the states surrounding us have re-opened. The numbers do not suggest that there is any surge of outbreaks, and we found out just the other day from the CDC that the total number of true chinesevirus deaths is only 9,210. Less than ten thousand people have died in the United States when the projection was millions!!! Shutting down the economy is part of the conspiracy to take down America with the chinesevirus hoax.

I write this post to vent my frustration at how this whole thing has played out. I believe in my heart that there was never a need to close down the country. I do not believe that people should be wearing masks all day at work, or in their car, or while they are out exercising. I do not believe that social distancing is necessary in terms of keeping the virus at bay. (Now I do believe that personal space should be respected, but that is only because I am a germophobe. That was true of me before I ever heard of a chinesevirus.) I certainly do not believe that Americans should be holed up in their homes for days, weeks and months at a time. It is not healthy for us mentally, emotionally or physically. It is not good for our kids. If you have boys, you know that they need to be outside in the sunshine, running around, burning off that testosterone. Even girls will get bored and become depressed if they are kept inside too long, without at least being able to get some sunshine and fresh air. Marriages have suffered. Parents are struggling with what to do with their kids. The elderly in nursing homes are not being visited. They are being left in the care of doctors and nurses who do not know or care for them the way their family would. All of this is because of the chinesevirus hoax.

This has been a long post, so I am going to wrap it up. I want to get into how the believers in the LORD Jesus Christ should not allow fear to rule them in any kind of way. 1 John 4:18 says “… fear hath torment…” 2 Timothy 1:7 says “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Luke 12:7 says, “…Fear not…” Matthew 10:28 says, “…fear not them which kill the body…” The consensus of the scripture is that we are not to fear! Nothing, including the chinesevirus, can kill us before it is our time. Anyone who has died from the chinesevirus died from the virus because that is what God ordained before that person was even born! So believers really need to knock it off with this fear mongering. Stand firm in the Word of God! Be strong in the power of HIS might…not yours…HIS!!!

God will use this chinesevirus to glorify Himself. I may do a blog post in the next few days on how God has been glorified since the virus first came to light. Thank you for reading, and may God richly bless you for taking the time.

7 Years And Counting…

It was 7 years ago today that I started this blog on WordPress.  I started blogging as an alternative to journaling.  (I was never good at journaling, and I’m not sure I’m much better at blogging!) At the time, I was going through a very difficult time in life.  I was in an abusive marriage and I was looking for a way to express myself without having to deal with another human being who was not listening to me.  I had been through counseling with various pastors and biblical counselors, some of whom blamed me for my the abuse I suffered.  So, I poured my heart out in many blog posts on this very blog site.

As the years have passed, and the LORD has done great healing my heart, mind and life, I am looking toward picking up this blog again on a regular basis.  This time, not necessarily to use as a balm to soothe the ache in my heart, but as a tool to bless the lives of those who would read it.  I would love to bless the lives of heartbroken men and women who have gone through some of the painful issues of life, some of the things that I have experienced, and share with them some of the resources that the LORD provided for me to make it through.  I believe that I am called to encourage the believers just like Peter was called to witness to the Jews (Galatians 2:8).

I learned, during my particular trial, that there are not many ministries out there that deal with the kind of issues that I dealt with in my marriage and family life.  I would like to provide that encouragement and see where the LORD takes that encouragement.  He may use it in a broader scope, He may not; it does not matter to me…the only thing that does matter is that I am able to help the body of Christ as we await the return of our Savior.

If you read my blog, please leave me a message.  I would love to be in touch with you and encourage you in your walk with the LORD.  If you do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ, leave me a message also.  I would love to walk you through how to become a part of the body of Christ, seeing you taken off the broad road that leads to destruction and placed on the narrow road that leads to life.

God bless you!

Second Choice No More…

I wrote this blog post exactly six years ago.  I believe the truths in this post are as vital now as they were then…I pray that you are blessed my post.

Romans 5:8
But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

When I read all of Romans 5, I am so thankful to the Lord for the sacrifice that He made for us. I try never to let a day go by without thanking the Lord for sending His precious Son, Jesus to die in my place. It is humbling to think that He lived the life that I was created to live and did not, then came and died the death that my sin had me condemned to die, and He did it in my place. Thank You, Jesus!

I am so thankful to Him because when I think of the whole of humanity and how unloving and ungrateful, unthankful and undeserving we are, not only of what Jesus has done for us, but we are unthankful for those He has placed around us for whatever purpose they are to have in our lives. I am so burdened by how badly husbands treat their wives in this day and time. I remember a time when marriage was the one thing that little girls hoped for and dreamed of, because they would have a knight in shining armor like their daddies, who would take care of them, and treat them with the same lovingkindness and gentleness that they have been so accustomed to all of their lives. Nowadays, it is more rare that you find a Godly husband who treats his wife with the love and affection that the Word of God instructs him to do. Ephesians 5:25-29 lays it out so clearly:

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it;
That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

I had a conversation with a man today who has done all but nourish and cherish his wife, and he thinks that it is okay to treat his wife like she is second class. Thank God that He sees all and knows all, and He is going to judge EVERY husband who has mistreated his wife. If He does not, then Malachi 2:13-15 must be a lie:

And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the Lord with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that He regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand.
Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the Lord hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.
And did not He make one? Yet had He the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That He might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

God’s Word is true. He is not going to hear the call and the cry of the one that He has witnessed dealing “treacherously” with his wife. I thought that word “treacherously” was very strong, so I looked it up in the dictionary. The definition read “deceptive, untrustworthy, or unreliable”….and I thought, wow. How appropriate a word for the man that I spoke with today. Treacherous.

1 Peter 3:7 is one of my favorite marriage verses: “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

If a husband dwells with his wife “according to knowledge”, then he has spent time learning her. He knows the things that make her happy, and the things that make her sad. He knows what she likes and dislikes, he knows how to get the best out of her, and he knows what brings out the worst. This is God’s command to husbands. Unfortunately, this is not being taught in the pulpits of today’s churches. I would venture to say that this is probably some of the most unpopular teaching in our culture.

The next phrase of that passage says that the husband is to give “honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel”…Wow. That is a loaded verse. Although I am sure this has been taken to mean that she is “second class”, that is not what the Lord is saying here. What He is saying is that there are physical differences between men and women. She is weaker physically than he is. There are some things that a woman should not be expected to do, physically speaking. Therefore, the husband should treat her as the “damsel in distress”. That does not mean that she is weak; it just means that she should not have to carry the same physical and mental load as the husband. That is why it goes on to say that they are “heirs together of the grace of life”, because she is just as important to God as he is…she is just as useful and precious and vital to the kingdom as her husband. The piece that strikes me about this passage is the part that says “that your prayers be not hindered”. Now, if I were a husband, and God said to me, hey buddy, you better treat your wife right or I will not hear your prayers, I would be as kind to my wife as possible because I do not need God to ignore my prayers!!! Nevertheless, we have the men of the church who are clueless when it comes to this concept.

God will have a word with all of you husbands who have crushed the spirits of your wives. Much of what a woman thinks of herself is wrapped up in her husband, and what he thinks of her. His perception of her is evident in how gently he speaks to her, how much he communicates with her, and how much love and affection he shows her on a regular basis. So, when she is starved of affection, communication and the feeling of self-worth, she turns into something that God did not create her to be in response to the coldness and cruelty of her husband. I know first hand of which I speak.

Praise The Lord, however, that I have gotten over feeling like second choice. Sometimes it hurts when I think about it, but for the most part, I remember what the psalmist said in Psalm 139:

“…I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well…”

I know that God loves me, and I know that I am an important part of the kingdom of God. I know He has me here “…for such a time as this…” (Esther 4:14). I know that He sees my distress, He knows full well my pain. He said so in Hebrews 4:15:

For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

He knows the betrayal, the disappointment, the accusations, the false witness, and everything that I have endured. But He loves me so much that He endured those things before me, and He has given me the assurance that I am second choice NO MORE.

To God be the glory…

The Left’s Worst Nightmare

As I have read news stories about what it going on all over the United States and the world, it has burdened my soul to see how many people are deceived by the mainstream media and their constant flow of lies and propaganda. I do not watch the news, but I read some of what is out there on social media and on certain websites.  The news and the mainstream media, such as daytime talk shows and the like, are just too much for me to take.

I am noticing, however, that there is a surge in a certain demographic that is quite interesting.  One particular group of people is beginning to speak up and cry out against some of the nonsense that has been going on in America over the last few months.  Who is this group?  I’m glad you asked.

I am noticing that Black women are beginning to wake up and smell the coffee!  We are beginning to see the death nail that the mainstream media has hammered into our lives.  We are recognizing that most of Black America is too steeped in their anger and hurt over something that happened over 200 years ago.  We are beginning to understand that if we don’t do things differently, things will never be different.

I have listened to the commentary of many of these women.  I listen to an intelligent young woman named Candace Owens, who called out Black America for hailing George Floyd a hero after his death.  Agree with her or not, she had the boldness to say what was on her mind.  She spoke truth, even though many thought her commentary on him was inappropriate.  I personally applaud her for recognizing that, even though what happened to him was illegal, immoral, reprehensible and downright egregious, let’s not make a saint out of him because a saint he was not.

I have listened to the commentary of two sisters from North Carolina who call themselves Diamond and Silk.  Diamond and Silk make no secret that they are staunch conservatives who see through the muck and mire of what has become the Democrat party.  They have supported President Trump since he announced his candidacy, and they remain two of his most outspoken supporters.  They are fearless and relentless in their position that President Trump is the best thing for our country going forward.

I recently became introduced to a young woman named Angela Stanton.  Ms. Stanton is running for the office in the state of Georgia.  I had never heard of her until I came across a live broadcast on Diamond and Silk’s Twitter feed, and Ms. Stanton was being interviewed on a popular radio show out of Atlanta.  I was so impressed with her composure, intelligence and endurance on that show.  The liberal radio hosts did everything they could to bait her into losing her cool and she absolutely refused.  I sent her a tweet and told her that she handed them their heads on a platter!

My point is this: the left’s worst nightmare is a confident, educated Black woman who knows how to hold her composure while being taunted with the foolishness that liberal like to throw at sensible human beings.  You cannot outlast a Black woman when it comes to making a point.  We have had to endure every other demographic for a long time and during that time, we have built an endurance like no one else.  My prayer is that more intelligent, well spoken Black women will step up and say enough is enough.  Time is out for the foolishness that is going on.  Our children are being killed at an alarming rate.  Stop the nonsense.

Step up ladies!  We are the left’s worst nightmare…

 

Why Is It That…?

There are so many inconsistencies in the world today.  It appears that what is fair for one group is not fair to another group.  One standard must be lived out by one group while that same standard does not apply to another group.  Double standards can be confusing and annoying.

My question, ‘Why is it that…” was born out of a situation that I have watched play out over social media.  Videos recently surfaced of late night host Jimmy Kimmel in blackface imitating retired NBA player Karl Malone.  Kimmel, needless to say, is under fire for this behavior and has issued an apology for his imitation: “I did a recurring impression of the NBA player Karl Malone. In the late 90’s, I continued impersonating Malone on tv.  We hired makeup artists to make me look as much like Karl Malone as possible.”  Kimmel further explained, “I never considered that this might be seen as anything other than an imitation of a fellow human being, one that had no more to do with Karl’s skin color than it did his bulging muscles and bald head.  I’ve done dozens of impressions of famous people…looking back, many of these sketches are embarrassing, and it is frustrating that these thoughtless moments have become a weapon used by some to diminish my criticisms of social and other injustices.”  Kimmel concludes, “Thank you for giving me an opportunity to explain and to those I’ve disappointed, I am sorry.”

Of course, it is politically correct now to apologize when a celebrity makes a “faux pas” such as this.  I cannot judge the content of Kimmel’s heart, but I will venture to say that he may be sincere.  I do not watch his show but I have seen clips of it on the internet, and he seems as gracious to his black guests as he does the white ones (in the few clips that I have seen), so he may really mean what he says.  I will take him at his word because sometimes a person’s ignorance of certain things is actually sincere.

On the other hand, back in May 2018, Roseanne Barr, comedienne and actress, former star of the “Roseanne” show, tweeted a comment that many saw as racist.  Her tweet called Valerie Jarrett, a black woman who served as a senior advisor to Barack Obama, the child of “the Muslim brotherhood and the planet of the apes”.  After being called out over the tweet, Ms. Barr issued this apology: “I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans.”  She admitted that her remarks were in “bad taste” but defended herself by saying that she meant it as a “joke”.  On May 29, 2018, Ms. Barr posted one final tweet: “I apologize. I am now leaving Twitter.”

Since that time, Ms. Barr has been interviewed on several different outlets explaining her side of the story.  Once again, I cannot judge the content of Ms. Barr’s heart, but I will venture to say that she may be sincere.  She did subject herself to several interviews where she was probably asked some pretty direct questions about the tweet and she she did not hide from it.  She also, in the weeks following, gave up her show and her interest in the show so that the cast and crew could continue working, since the network was about to cancel the show.

Back to my original question: “Why is it that…?”  Why is it that Jimmy Kimmel will be forgiven by the masses, will continue to host his show, and will continue to work in Hollywood, hosting awards shows, doing commercials and whatever else he does, when Roseanne Barr has basically been banished into relative obscurity for doing something akin to what Kimmel did?  Why is that we choose to forgive some and not others?

Did we not forgive Ms. Barr because she is a woman and Jimmy Kimmel is man?  Did we not forgive Ms. Barr because she is less talented than Kimmel? Did we not forgive Ms. Barr because she was less deserving?  I will venture to say that none of these suggestions is true.  So why?

I am so glad my Father in heaven does not pass out forgiveness the way we do: choosing to forgive one for his or her sins, but withholding it from others.  I am glad that, when I come to my Father in sincere repentance for sins, He forgives me freely. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  Hebrews 10:17 says, “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”  God has promised us that if we confess to Him, or in common vernacular, if we apologize, He will hear us and forgive us.  Once He forgives us, He does not bring that up to us anymore.

So you have never confessed your sins to the Father?  Take this time to do so.  You think you’ve messed up so badly that He cannot forgive?  Nothing you can do is that bad.  God is waiting to hear from you.  Your apology, or confession, is good enough for Him.