At 17 years old, I entered Defense Information School (DINFOS) which is the military journalism training program; the preparation I received there was the best available. I learned early on that journalism must be ethical; as a novice reporter, I internalized that we were not even to flip a negative of a photo to improve its layout on the page. Nor were we to try to remember quotes; we were to take them down word-for-word, or else we would have to use an indirect quote. I often meticulously read quotes back to my interviewees to ensure accuracy.
The Journalist’s Creed and the SPJ Code of Ethics were integral to my profession and my professionalism. When writing a news story, I knew my job was to report the 5Ws and the H, “just the facts, ma’am,” without inserting bias. If I wanted to give an opinion, it had better come from someone else’s mouth in the form of a quote, and if possible and realistic, I needed to find other perspectives to highlight as well.
Today, I am dismayed at what passes for journalism. Consider the final plank of the Journalist’s Creed:
As far as I can tell, the mainstream media does the opposite of everything in this statement. In the past thirty or so years, journalism has evolved from being somewhat biased, but mostly delivering factual news, to shaping our opinions covertly and overtly. Today it seems that everything an op-ed piece. Peruse the stories of the major news outlets for more than five seconds and you’ll find language aimed at interpretation in every political article. Predigested news is the expectation in our drive-thru, 1000 mpbs-paced society. Apparently the powers that be at CNN, MSNBC, and yes, even Fox News think we are incapable of independent thought. Of maybe, on the contrary, they are afraid that we are.
It’s downright deplorable that the media is directing a political agenda designed to usher in socialism. They no longer report news; instead they manufacture it and suppress anything that gets in their way. According to the Journalist’s Code of Ethics, reporters are to “support the open and civil exchange of views, even views they find repugnant.” Today, we see a largely liberal agenda being pushed, and alternative views being demonized and “cancelled.” Rand Paul recently made this point in an interview with George Stephanopoulos, in which the interviewer practically interrogated the senator regarding whether he believed the presidential election was won by fraudulent means. Clinton’s former press secretary would not allow for the fact that “there are two sides to every story;” in fact, he would hardly allow Paul to answer the question he had posed.
Senator Paul said under fire what I’ve been articulating to friends for months: The media bias defies journalistic ethics. It’s like the modern media is completely ignorant of true journalism. Of course, this is part of a greater agenda. The 45 Communist Goals laid out in 1963 include infiltration of the press (See number 20.), and this one has been accomplished.
According to the Journalist’s Creed, “journalism which succeeds best … is profoundly patriotic.” I would submit that our modern media is anti-American, salivating over the soon demise of our democracy, riding in the Trojan Horse of social justice ideology. They compound the injury by eagerly ushering in an anti-Christian era, which is an affront to the Journalist’s Creed and an abomination to the ideals of our republic’s founders.
Where are the honest journalists? Where are those who uphold truth, democracy, and the right of free speech? Perhaps it’s time for us old-school reporters to return to our post for the good of our democracy and of the future generations who stand to benefit from our legacy.
If you have any interest in joining me on this quest, please respond. I’m interested in interviewing people about truth, and in joining with fellow writers in order to chronicle our true history in real time.Here is information on a journalism class.
In a day where fear abounds, and where Christians see certain persecution looming on the horizon of history, in a day where people seek manmade solutions and develop timelines and deadlines, the Lord encourages us to be steadfast and to trust Him, no matter how deceptive the narrative and how dark the winter.
There is but one man in whom we should place our ultimate trust. One man who sits on the throne. One who knows truth. One who ultimately orchestrates.
His name is Jesus, and He never fails, never disappoints, never abandons, never lies, and never surrenders. He is the only one worthy of our praise, our adoration, and our worship.
When we place our hope in human governors and governments, or in media, or in authorities, we misplace our trust. Jesus rules over all, and someday that will be evident to all, but today, on this side of eternity, that is not yet apparent. For many, all appeared lost on Jan. 20. For others, all appeared gained. Yet only the King of Kings and Lord of Lords knows the full truth, and only He can redeem humanity from the curse brought on by sinful men who do the devil’s bidding.
There are some who await President Trump’s return on a white horse to set all things right. He is not going to. Whether he reappears in the pages of our human chronicle of history remains to be seen. Whether he will rescue our Constitution or rise up as the personification of evil also remains as yet history unwritten. The point is that too many have put too much hope in this man, and those who have need to repent and let God show Himself to be our only Savior. While Trump may yet return and do great things, he is not God. He can not ultimately rescue humanity from what ails us most — sin! It is not even fair to expect the things many have expected from this man.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, I believe we are coming into a time of intense, worldwide persecution of Christians. We need to be ready. We will be cancelled, demonized, misrepresented, falsely accused, imprisoned, and perhaps even killed. The church is currently being refined and many are walking away. Perhaps you think I’m going a little overboard, but did you ever think churches would close, here in America, as a result of government orders? Did you ever think Christians and Christian textbook publishers would be blamed for a Capitol “insurrection?” Worse is coming. But ultimately, this should not worry us.
When we know our eternity is settled, and we are right with our Creator, we can experience peace that passes all understanding, and even if we are called to face a martyr’s death, we can be at perfect peace. Take courage, redemption is just around the corner!
Several weeks ago I was chastened by a friend who thought my stance on Covid lockdowns and mandates was flippant.
“You would see it differently if you’d been personally affected,” she’d said. At the time, I responded that I don’t think anyone on the planet has been left unaffected, but I also knew what she meant. Even so, I asserted in my own mind that, even if I got the virus myself, or had a loved one die with it, I still wouldn’t support the kinds of measures that have been mandated — not saying that I don’t think people should wear masks or stay home, but rather that I don’t support those things being forced by the government.
My beliefs have now been tried in the court of experience.
Now that I have “recovered” from the virus myself, I can conclusively say that I remain true to my stance that the government has overreached its bounds in handling this virus.
Is the virus real? Yes.
Is it highly unpleasant? Yes.
Would I recommend getting it intentionally? Absolutely not.
Should people take reasonable precautions to avoid passing it along? Of course.
Should we wear masks everywhere, social distance, close down schools, churches and businesses, or limit capacity? That should be left to the individual, NOT the government.
I continue to assert that maintaining liberty is more important than avoiding illness. Our founders risked everything to secure our freedom. We surely don’t want to look back through the annals of time and say, “You all didn’t consider pandemics when you wrote our founding documents. If you had, you would have allowed for massive government control in such situations.”
We walk a thin line when we allow for these kinds of measures at the hands of the government.
My personal experiences never negate truth, nor should they color my interpretation of it. As much as I desire to keep myself and others healthy, I’d much rather we all be free from tyranny. Health precautions should be at our discretion, not at the whim of any government official or agency.
In the end, I advocate true living over mere survival.
She sat nervously in the little office, watching a video and awaiting test result. The video was called The Silent Scream. She dismissively watched the video, which showed an abortion through ultrasound, because it was easier to remove herself emotionally from the subject, than to consider the truth it contained. Once the video concluded, an older woman walked in and told the girl that she was, indeed, not pregnant. Thank God! she exhaled, more as an exclamation than a prayer. She went on about her life, pushing all of it into the back of her mind, yet it lingered.
That girl was 16. Scared. Seeking worth. Ashamed.
That girl was me.
Fast forward almost 30 years.
This time I wasn’t at a crisis pregnancy center. This time I had purchased a cheap test at a pharmacy. I sat there in absolute shock as not one, but two blue lines appeared. I was 43 years old. How could I be pregnant? Don’t misunderstand: I love kids. When I became a Christian at 21 years old, God changed me from someone who didn’t care for children and was unapologetically pro-choice to someone who worked at a crisis pregnancy center and later became a teacher. Yet, I was 43 years old and I had thought my family was complete. This wasn’t in my plan.
After about a week I recovered from my shock and started to get excited about this precious baby growing inside. However, it wasn’t long before I learned that this child was not in the right place. This was an ectopic pregnancy. The doctor told me I would have to terminate the pregnancy; otherwise I could die. He prescribed me a medication and scheduled a procedure. There was no discussion. This was not optional.
Yet in my mind, maybe it was. I begged God to save my child. I fervently researched to find out if there was a way. I prayed I wouldn’t have to take that medicine. I didn’t know if I could do it, yet I knew I would have to.
The day before I was to take the medicine, the Lord answered my prayer, not in the way I would have liked, but by taking the choice completely out of my hands. I began bleeding and having so much pain that I went to the hospital, where they performed emergency, “life-saving” surgery. “Life-saving” for me, yet life-ending for my baby, but not before mentioning that the baby had a heartbeat.
This experience plummeted me into a season of grief like none other. In fact, I have several earlier blog posts chronicling my journey.
I share this because there are indeed situations where mothers must make difficult choices, where they may have to choose to terminate a pregnancy in order to save their own life. When this happens, it is tragic.
However, these instances are rare.
It is a national tragedy that we have allowed more than 62.5 million abortions since January 22, 1973. It is an indictment on the church that we haven’t done more to prevent this. Instead, we have gone about our business, mostly unaware and perhaps even avoiding considering what goes on in the abortion mills, operated by an idolatrous, money-hungry industry with an agenda from the pit of hell.
Two days ago we saw the inauguration of an administration that champions abortion rights. This is to our shame as a nation, and especially as a church.
If you call yourself a Christ-follower and consider yourself pro-life, I challenge you to prayerfully consider how you can become a greater champion of life.
However, if you call yourself a Christ-follower and you consider yourself pro-choice, or if you think it’s not a major issue, or if you celebrate the Biden/Harris administration for other reasons but discount their abortion stance, would you prayerfully consider this question: How can you endorse those who do what God hates? Is this an option for a believer?
I would respectfully submit to you that this administration and all who promote and endorse abortion practice every single hated thing mentioned in this passage. How can believers celebrate that which the Lord abhors?
Instead we are to
Church, there is no option for us to turn our backs on the plight of the unborn, or the women who are being deceived into thinking they can participate in the murder of the precious children being formed within their wombs. We need to operate crisis pregnancy centers. We need to participate in foster care and adoption. We need to lobby our representatives and vote pro-life.
We also need to speak up boldly about sin and its consequences. See, when I was 15 years old and sexually active, that was sin. Yet nobody was speaking that into my life. I was seeking worth in the wrong places; yet I didn’t have believers shining the truth into my life that my true worth came from a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Instead of being challenged to have self-control, I was offered birth control. Instead of being told the truth about sin, my behavior was glossed over and even expected.
Church, we abdicated our responsibility to speak into the culture long ago, but it’s not too late to pour into relationships today. Saving one unborn life is worth it. Saving one eternal life is worth it. What we have to say isn’t popular. Some even say it’s hateful. God’s truth is often marginalized, twisted, targeted, or cancelled; yet we must not relent.
Church, we have failed this country. We must repent, and we must declare the truth that our country has gone astray, that we have allowed our children to be sacrificed on Molech’s altars, and that we must not continue; that instead we need to turn to Jesus Christ for forgiveness of our sins, that we need to recognize Him as Lord, and that without Him, we are lost. Until we do this, we cannot expect His favor to return to our land.
I have heard many people say that “Insert Person’s Name I Didn’t Vote For Here” isn’t my president! I have a simple question: Is that an option? And, if so, what are the potential repercussions?
So, if you’re an American, especially if you’re a Christian, and your candidate didn’t win, and even if the candidate that is inaugurated is diametrically opposed to your most closely held beliefs, do you get to say that that person isn’t your president? I would submit that, in this case, you have some choices:
Move to another country. This is impractical for most of us, and truth be told, you would be hard-pressed to find a better one, even in these dark times.
Join or start a movement to overthrow the government. This one is provided for in our Constitution. I find this option difficult to weigh, because, as the saying goes, “Often the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know.” Would a civil war, or an insurrection, return our government to the ideals of our founding fathers? Probably not. It would probably hasten our downward spiral into socialism and the accomplishment of the U.N. 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a lofty-sounding cover for elite management of the entire world.
Work as a responsible citizen to try to enact change at the local level, perhaps joining with grassroots supporters of a return to Biblical values. Pray, raise your family well, and serve your neighbors.
I believe that America’s days are numbered, and like those Hebrew exiles to ancient Babylon, we are called to be good citizens who support the valid aspects of our government while choosing not to participate in those that go against God’s will. Consider Daniel and his three young friends who petitioned their supervisor not to be required to eat the meat and drink the wine sacrificed to the Babylonian idols. Consider Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who refused to bow to Nebuchadnezzar’s statue. Consider Daniel, who continued to pray openly, in spite of being ordered to only pray to the king. These acts all had the potential to carry the death penalty, yet these brave young men stood against the culture and the government. Consider Esther, who risked her life to go to the king without being called; this act saved her people from certain death. Consider Nehemiah, who dared to appear mournful in front of the king, and who boldly petitioned for leave to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. In each case, the exiles risked everything, and brought deliverance to their people and glory to the one true God.
While there are obvious parallels, there is a major difference between us and the exiled Hebrews: We are exiles in our own land. That is difficult to accept. It is heartbreaking to watch the overturning of Biblical values. For example, in less than an hour, we will have an administration that is willing to sacrifice so many precious unborn American lives on the altars of sexual revolution, power, and money. This is tragic, yet we, the church, have allowed this to transpire over time. How can we expect a nation with Molech’s altars, soaked with the blood of so many innocent babies, to prosper and enjoy freedom?
And that is just one example of how America has gone astray, and how the church has failed to constrain iniquity.
Church, we have earned this president, and it honestly doesn’t matter who actually won this election — because at noon, Joe Biden will be sworn in, and he will be our president, whether or not we agree. We might as well use our energy to fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandment, because though we don’t know what’s ahead for our nation, we do know what’s ahead for those who neglect to place their trust in Jesus Christ as Lord, and the consequences are eternal. In the process, we might deliver our nation as well. But even if we don’t, like those three who defied the king in Babylon, we must choose not to serve the false gods of the culture, even as we remain citizens of this land.
As a veteran of the military and of the public school system, I know that the government does few things well and that it needs to “stay in its lane.” But what exactly is the government’s role, and why should we be concerned when it tries to expand its influence?
The first form of government was “self-government,” which gave humans the authority to work in collaboration with God, the Creator, to improve upon the world He provided, using the materials he had given. In fact, the creation mandate didn’t just allow us to work and create — it required us to do so.
We don’t know how long Adam and Eve dwelt in a sinless state, but at some point, Satan entered the scene and asked the fateful question:
“Did God really say … ?”
This question was the hinge on the door to humanism, and our first parents opened that door, at first tentatively, and then enthusiastically; yet the horror was only evident as the monster pushed its way through the gates of hell into the bliss of the garden.
In other words, “God is holding out on you! He wants to be in charge. He’s a tyrant. True freedom is yours if you’ll just take control.” This is the age-old cry of the religion of humanism.
Socialism is the economic manifestation of humanism. Socialism says that we can do it ourselves, that if we just work hard enough, we can create a government that will take care of all of our troubles.
Perhaps the first socialist experiment took place when a bunch of people whom God had again admonished to fill the earth (rather than to stay put) and subdue it, answered that same question, “Did God really say … ?” in the negative. The tower builders purposed that, indeed, they would not expand their horizons, but instead would create a tall structure, so that they could stay in sight of it and remain “united.” God decided, however, that the Tower of Babel would not see completion, and he confused their language (Genesis 11:1-9).
A friend recently asked me this question: “Can you explain to me why you think the country is headed for communism, or why a little more socialism scares you so?”
First, I believe we are headed for communism, because, in an expert’s words,
We are actively welcoming socialism, almost begging for it. Yet the economic system of socialism cannot, in the end, be separated from the political system of communism. And why not? Because the fundamental premise of both is that, instead of work being a good thing, a freeing thing, a thing that makes us like our Creator, socialism and communism, which are based on evolutionary thinking and humanism, presuppose that work creates an individualism that separates us from one another, and that this is a fundamental evil.
In Chapter 9 of the introduction to The Communist Manifesto, Gareth Stedman Jones recounted Karl Marx’s position that man’s labor actually made him more like an animal, and it estranged him from other people. This contradicts the creation mandate, in which work gives us dignity as we share in the image of our Creator.
Marx misunderstood the nature of work, because he misunderstood the nature of the Creator. He believed that the fulfillment of the creation mandate made man the “extension of a machine.” He posited that man did not need to continually produce and refine production, because that turned him into a mere factory of things for the rich. Yet his flawed conclusions followed his erroneous theology, which was lain upon the shattered foundation of Darwinian evolution.
Since teleology is the manifestation of intelligent design, Marxism (the ideology behind socialism and communism) is based on atheism. When you take God out of the foundation, the result is a house built on sand. It will not work, and much destruction will result.
America was built by valiant, yet flawed, men. These men were radicals who believed in self-government and individual opportunity. While Marxists believe in equality of outcome, our founders championed equality of opportunity, a concept that gave rise to the greatest nation in history, one with more opportunity for people of all social classes than any other has offered. Why? Simply and solely because this nation’s foundation was Biblical. People were unconstrained by a king or government that would impede their abilities to pursue life, liberty, happiness, and personal property, and therefore could fulfill the creation mandate largely unhindered.
Socialism seeks to take away personal property, and ultimately will destroy the very liberty and justice it purports to champion, because it denies the Creator who authored liberty and justice. It puts the government in the role of God, and therefore is antithetical to Christianity. We cannot serve both God and money, and we must not give to Caesar what rightfully belongs to God. Doing so will be the death of America, and will cause great harm to the world. Therefore I must oppose it entirely and unapologetically.
What does liberty cost? And if you knew how to get it, what would you be willing to give for it?
Many today mistakenly put their trust in countries, governments, leaders, organizations, or other human entities. People all over the world have joined the ranks of Q-anon and other groups that believe President Trump has the solutions for the world’s problems. Many worry that if he is not in power, the whole world will cave in to the New World Order, democracy will be lost, that socialism will overtake us, and that all will be lost. I do believe we are headed for socialism, as well as the end times. I do believe that we are moving toward one world government and the rise of the antichrist and the beast system. While we are likely going to lose many freedoms, our republic, and perhaps even our lives, that doesn’t mean we will lose our liberty.
Does that sound ludicrous?
Look at it this way:
No matter who is in the White House, God is on His throne. No matter what goes on in Washington, heaven’s purposes will be fulfilled. Sometimes things seem really bad, and sometimes they truly are, but keep in mind that, for the Christ-follower, our heavenly citizenship overrides our national citizenship. Jesus is preparing a place for us that is so much better than anything here on earth. Our Savior has already come and will return one day. No mere man can save us. No mere man can save America or the world. No kingdom can rise or fall without God’s permission. If America falls, and I believe it will, it will be because God has allowed it, and perhaps even purposed it. Things are not always as they appear. If your hope has been in any man but Christ, perhaps today is the day for that to change. If you do not yet know Jesus as Lord, today could be the best day to become part of His family.
One thing 2020 did for me was to loosen my grip on this world and its grip on me. I am a patriot, but I have become deeply aware that my true citizenship is in heaven, and I have come to long for the day I arrive there.
There is much in this world to grieve us, but it’s time to let go, to go through the grief process, and to accept that no man can be our savior and that no country is invincible.
Without a personal relationship with Jesus, we have no hope. This life is but a blink of an eye compared to eternity, so we need to be sure our eternity is secure. Nothing matters otherwise.
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet loses his soul? Nothing — nothing is worth spending an eternity of regret.
None of us know what the future will hold or how much time we have on this earth. If you don’t know the Lord, please put your trust in Him today. If you do know Him, please spend every last breath and ounce of energy urging others to repent and put their trust in Christ. There is nothing more vital.
Persecution is coming to the church. Whether we have a week or ten years to openly worship and to share the Gospel, we need to use that time to the fullest.
And if you’re putting off a decision for Christ, you may find yourself suddenly standing before God and realizing that it’s too late. We all are sinners. Hell is real. Heaven is too. Jesus wants to forgive your sins and be in charge of your life, but you need to acknowledge your sinfulness, accept him as Lord (Master), agree that you want to change, and put all your trust in Him. Otherwise, you remain lost in your sins and on the road to hell.
True liberty comes from finding freedom in Christ. When your sins are forgiven, and you have a relationship with the living God, no matter what griefs come in this lifetime, the assurance of eternity with God in heaven is enough.
Perhaps America must fall in order for Christ to be lifted up in the world, or even in our lives. Perhaps men need to be brought down off their pedestals, that those who have put their hope in them may give up their idolatry and turn their eyes on Jesus, the author of liberty and our only true hope. If the “Land of the Free” must fall in order for us to understand true liberty, so be it.
Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death.”
Today perhaps we should say, “Give me death (to my hopes and desires), that I may understand and enjoy true liberty.”
Update: Interestingly, though I had had symptoms when I wrote this article, I ended up getting COVID a couple weeks later. I recommend the therapies here, because I believe a healthy immune system is key, and I used all of these remedies while I had the virus, and did not need prescription medications. In the end, we can do all we can do, but realize that ultimately, we are not in control.
Although I am not convinced that COVID-19 is as serious as the powers that be would have us believe, and although I don’t fear this virus, that doesn’t mean I’m eager to get it. I’ve done a decent amount of research regarding how to stay clear of it, and how to fight it off quickly if one contracts it. About a year ago, I started taking Zeal, a nutritional drink that contains many incredible ingredients, including Vitamin D. Prior to taking Zeal, I was diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency. I was taking traditional supplements but not seeing results. After being on Zeal for a few months, I had to discontinue my other Vitamin D because I was actually testing over the suggested range. Zeal has many other beneficial ingredients, many of which can’t be easily found in a regular diet. Okay, so that may sound like a commercial, and it actually is, because my husband is a marketer, but I haven’t pushed it at all in the past. After over a year of faithfully taking it, though, I am a believer.
I also have recently started taking a few other supplements, and I actually add most of them to my Zeal to create what I call a Cover “Cure” Cocktail.
I strongly believe in the power of a healthy diet and plant-based medicine. I get most of my essential oils and homeopathic remedies from Butterfly Express, because this company carries high-quality products and a great variety at a fraction of the cost of some of the industry leaders. I have been taking their IF (Infection Fighter) Tincture (about 5-10 drops twice a day) and on days I feel congested, I add a few drops of BRON.
Recently I also read that frankincense is great at combatting viruses and may help keep one from developing COVID-19, and lessen the symptoms. So I started adding one drop a day to my “cocktail.”
On Christmas afternoon I began feeling sick to my stomach, so much so that I cancelled plans with family that evening. I didn’t think much of it, except that it seemed a little odd to become suddenly sick in the middle of the day. I figured I must have eaten something that hadn’t agreed with me. I noticed I was rather tired as well, so I got a heating pad, and my castor oil pack and took a little nap. The rest of the evening I felt mildly nauseated, but that was it.
The next morning I awoke with a mild sore throat, chest pressure, and an acute sense that something was off. There was a candy cane on my nightstand, which I decided to see if I could taste. It was such an odd sensation, because I couldn’t taste it at all. I got up, took my temperature, which was normal, and set out on a quest to taste something. I couldn’t even taste the frankincense in my Zeal, which, trust me, is hard to miss!
You can imagine my surprise at getting a negative result!
Not only that, I began feeling better, and by the next morning, I felt better than I had before having symptoms. Of course I can’t confirm that I actually had the virus, but I did have some compelling symptoms, and after using research-based treatments, I both tested negative and felt better.
I fully believe the best defense against this virus, and any other sickness, is a good offense. Food, exercise, supplements, and an overall healthy lifestyle are the best deterrents, but I’d also advise having some of these things on hand in case you develop symptoms.
We don’t know what, if any, the long-term effects of this illness could be, and I for one, would rather not take the risk. However, there is a worse plague than Covid-19 that we should consider — and this one has definite consequences and an absolute proven cure. That is the “virus,” or rather the “congenital-defect” of every human heart — it’s 100% fatal unless the antidote is applied.
Romans 3:10 tells us that “the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Every one of us has transgressed God’s rules for life in some way or another, and for most of us, in many, many ways. The penalty for sin is eternal separation from God in hell, from which there is no escape. However, Jesus willingly came to earth, lived a perfect life, went to the cross to bear our sins, and rose from the grave, proving He is God and that He has the authority to forgive our sins. His triumph over the grave can be ours, provided we accept this free offer to take away our sins. In exchange, we must repent, which means to agree with God about our sin and to turn the other direction, accept His Lordship over our lives, and follow Him. We cannot do good works to earn our place in heaven or to have a relationship with the Lord, but we will do good things in response to His work in our lives. When we accept the Lord, we receive the Holy Spirit, who comes to live within us as a seal of God’s covenant with us, and enables us to live the life God wills for us. We will not be perfect till we exit this life and enter heaven, but we will progress in holiness throughout our lives as we await the redemption of our bodies. When we do enter His presence, we will be given renewed bodies that will never have to worry about any sickness, any sin, any evil, or any thing ever again.
If you have not committed your life to Christ, I urge you to do so. This world is passing away. No matter how much we try to control this virus, eventually we will leave this life and pass on to the next. At that point, it will be too late for the cure and our eternal fate will be decided.
I hope this article will benefit someone with regard to coronavirus, but even more, I hope that, if you don’t know the Lord, you will accept the cure for sin today.
Today likely has not been your perfect Christmas. Many families are not meeting together because of concerns over transmitting or catching the virus. Some are meeting virtually, or driving by and social distancing. Some are getting together but wearing masks. Many are spending Christmas alone or only with their household.
The season may not have been near perfect either. Shopping was a challenge for some, and buying was prohibitive for many, especially those whose small businesses closed this year, or whose employers laid them off.
For some, the loss of a family member during the past year has made Christmas more of a time to dread than to welcome.
There was a young couple who could identify with a less-than-picture-perfect holiday. Mary and Joseph had no relatives gathered around to celebrate the first Christmas. In fact, they weren’t even at home or among family. And likely their family and friends were a little off-put by the “out of wedlock” pregnancy.
And then came the order that would take them on a grueling journey for an expectant mother, as the Roman soldiers announced the order that would take the couple several days journey near the end of Mary’s pregnancy. Once they got to Bethlehem, perhaps they could find lodging and rest. That would be perfect. Yet, that was not to be.
Weary from travel, yet without time to give in to fatigue, Joseph found himself scrambling to find lodging in a town that was packed beyond capacity due to the decree of a tyrannical ruler, Caesar Augustus, who really wanted to know how many people he could push around, tax, and disrupt. Nevertheless, this journey had been in God’s plan and provision. Though Jesus’ family lived in Nazareth, it had been foretold that the Messiah would come from Bethlehem.
So here was this young, poor, possibly misunderstood young carpenter on his own with his very pregnant young wife, and as they arrive in Bethlehem, she goes into labor. She is not among the ladies of her town — her midwife is several days’ journey away. And on top of this, there’s no place open to them. Don’t you wonder if Joseph was panicky or if he calmly went about looking for shelter? I’ve always pictured him knocking on every door, begging someone take him seriously, but perhaps he simply trusted that God would not allow His Son to be born in the street. Either way, he got the job done, and the babe was born … in a barn.
Did your mother ever fuss at you, saying, “Child, were you born in a barn?” If so, I guess you could have told her that you were in good company, because Jesus was too.
But who would have expected the Lord of the universe to be born in a barn?
The first Christmas wasn’t what most people would have considered anywhere near perfect. However, it perfectly fulfilled God’s plan to save humanity.
This year has defied all the expectations we had on January 1, and the 20/20 hindsight is painful for many of us. Yet as this unconventional Christmas draws this unanticipated year to a close, let us remember that, if God could use a poor carpenter and his betrothed to bring His Son, the very representation of Himself, into this imperfect world, certainly He can reach down into our circumstances and work them for our good and His glory.
May we appreciate our perfect Lord and His perfect sovereignty over the affairs of humanity, and trust Him to work it into His tapestry of grace that reaches from the moment He said “Let there be light!” till the moment He invites us to the wedding supper of the Lamb.
We need to follow the law! We shouldn’t disobey the authorities! How can you call yourself a Christian, yet choose not to follow the law?
I don’t disagree with these statements, but I think that often they demonstrate a lack of understanding of the nature of law.
According to William Blackstone, who authored Commentaries on the Laws of England, an inspiration for American philosophy, explained the differences in Natural Law, Revealed Law, and Municipal Law: Natural Law is that which is apparent to everyone, everywhere, for all times, according to conscience. Revealed Law is uniquely available in the Scriptures. Municipal or civil law is man-made and enforced by government.
Simply put, if civil law contradicts natural or revealed law, it is not a valid law and we are not bound to follow it. Blackstone posited that there were three absolute rights: life, liberty, and property. Our founding fathers used this phrase, yet altered the last to be the “pursuit of happiness.”
Likewise, John Locke, believed civil laws were not to contradict God’s laws:
We have laws today that go against God’s laws. For example, allowances for abortion and infanticide, as well as laws allowing for polygamy and same-sex marriage violate both natural and revealed law, and therefore are unjust laws. Christians are justified in not following these laws. If a baker refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple or a minister declines to officiate their wedding, they are justified before God. If a medical professional goes against state law and performs heroic measures on a baby not considered fit to live, or if a bank refuses to open an account for an abortion clinic, they are justified. If a country mandates that families have only one baby, and a couple hides a subsequent pregnancy, they are justified. Many, though not all, Christians would see these as obvious conclusions; however, there are mandates, emergency orders, and laws that do not seem so clear to Christ-followers.
Consider the case of churches being told to shut down or to limit services or sacraments, or not to sing, in order to preserve the public health, even though these practices are mandated in Scripture. What about restaurants and other businesses that are told they must shut down or greatly limit capacity, yet Scripture tells us that if we are to provide for our families? What about the fact that Scripture tells us to avoid favoritism, yet rulers are favoring big businesses and certain industries while disfavoring small businesses and comparable industries? How about the requirements to wear a mask or, eventually, to take a vaccine, for the good of the populace? These issues have sharply divided the country, including the church.
If the German Christians would have discerned the path that Hitler was taking them down. I certainly hope they would have resisted, that they would have engaged in civil disobedience.
We may not be dealing with things that seem so serious as they did when Naziism gained power, but we need to examine whether seemingly innocuous measures could give way to tyranny, totalitarianism, and full-scale depravity. One thing Hitler did was to get control of the press in order to restrict information and direct the narrative. He also controlled education, which is imperative when trying to usher in totalitarianism. Today we are witnessing a complete takeover of mainstream media and public education, one which is intended to drive public thought and to shame divergent thinking into private corners of society. Even in the church, we are seeing an ideological takeover by Marxist proponents who advocate social justice over biblical justice.
Wholesale gaslighting is creating cowardice and shame, as those who stand for truth are painted as bigoted, uncaring, unintelligent, and combative. Whether one questions the narrative of social justice, coronavirus policies, governmental authority, gender identity, or socialism itself, he is assumed to have ill motives and to reject science. It’s enough to make one question his sanity at times! And what’s more, the progressive ideology by nature evolves, so that what was once acceptable no longer is.
We must remember that most people whom history regards as heroic were not esteemed by the majority at the time. Isn’t the essence of heroism the willingness to do that which the majority refuses? In a culture that praises mediocrity, in which “everyone gets a trophy,” we laud many as heroes who are simply doing what is expected; doing what’s right and noble and difficult is no longer the norm, but the exception, making ordinary people appear heroic. However, when we ponder those whom history holds as heroes, we must consider a higher standard:
One needs to be distinguished or extraordinary in order to qualify as a hero. During the American Revolution, those who were civilly disobedient to King George were considered overly idealistic at best and sinful at worst, yet they believed that they were doing what was right in fighting tyranny. They did it for their fellow man. They did it for future generations. They did it for us. Are we willing to look back through the pages of history at those flawed but true heroes and say, “Thanks, but no thanks. We don’t want the liberty you bought us. We’d rather have safety, health, and prosperity.” I sure hope not!
Taking it a step further, are we willing to look back 2000 years and say to Jesus Christ, who bought us with His blood, “Thanks, but no thanks!”?
The Apostle Paul was speaking out against legalism. He was telling them that they should not submit to rules that people said were required for salvation. Christ alone holds our salvation in His hands. Those who say that the social justice gospel will save us are heretics. Those who say that the humanist, socialist agenda will save us are apostate. Those who say we must obey a government when it mandates the giving up of fundamental freedoms misuse Scripture to validate their erroneous perspective.
There is clearly a dark agenda at play, one that has progressed for the past 200 years. The itinerary is planned by Satan himself. Let us not forget that he masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). The plan is to get all to submit to Satan’s humanistic agenda, which is to get us to think we must be in control, that God doesn’t have the answers, and may in fact, not even exist. When men like Charles Darwin, Friedrich Nietsche, Karl Marx, and John Dewey contributed their respective godless thoughts to the socialist equation, they did so in defiance of God, and they were pawns in Satan’s chess game. Today we are seeing the outcome of the devil’s false humanistic gospel — chaos, rampant sin, and the discarding of common sense and virtue.
As Christians, are we truly to sit by and watch this take place and even participate as it does? I think not! Aren’t we called to rescue the perishing, to light up the darkness, to warn of coming destruction? If, in doing so, we have to violate civil law, then so be it.
This world is passing away. We cannot save it. But we can, by the power of Jesus Christ, share His salvation with others. May we do so until we no longer have breath. May we consider hell so offensive that we would not will even one soul to go there without first having heard the Gospel preached and having seen it lived. We cannot entirely serve Caesar and God in this time, and may we never pick the former, or it’s proposed benefits, over the latter. May we say with Queen Esther,