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What happened to ethical journalism?

I was interviewed last fall by Cal Perry of MSNBC.

By Heather Walton

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:

I believe that the journalism which succeeds best — and best deserves success — fears God and honors Man; is stoutly independent, unmoved by pride of opinion or greed of power, constructive, tolerant but never careless, self-controlled, patient, always respectful of its readers but always unafraid, is quickly indignant at injustice; is unswayed by the appeal of privilege or the clamor of the mob; seeks to give every man a chance and, as far as law and honest wage and recognition of human brotherhood can make it so, an equal chance; is profoundly patriotic while sincerely promoting international good will and cementing world-comradeship; is a journalism of humanity, of and for today’s world.

The Journalist’s Creed, Walter Williams, First Dean of Missouri School of Journalism

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.

“Where you make a mistake is that people coming from the liberal side like you, you immediately say everything’s a lie instead of saying there are two sides to everything. Historically what would happen is if said that I thought that there was fraud, you would interview someone else who said there wasn’t. But now you insert yourself in the middle and say that the absolute … fact is that everything that I’m saying is a lie . . . That’s the problem with the media today is they say all Republicans are liars, and everything we say is a lie. There are two sides to every story. Interview somebody on the other side, but don’t insert yourself into the story to say we’re all liars, because we do think there’s some fraud and the election needs to be fixed.”

Rand Paul to George Stephanopoulos, ABC’s “This Week,” January 24, 2021

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.

The Rise of Socialism and the Case for Civil Disobedience

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By Heather Walton

I have heard Christians say that we should stay completely out of “politics.” As I’ve prayerfully considered this stance, I’ve found it lacking. Instead, my dual citizenship compels me that, in order to truly be heavenly minded, I must also be of earthly good. Just because Jesus is coming, and hopefully coming soon, that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be about His business until the very day the trumpet sounds or He takes me home.

My dual citizenship compels me that, in order to truly be heavenly minded, I must also be of earthly good.

Some have said that America is done, past the point of no return, and that we just need to let events play out. While I would agree that it appears that the sun is setting on our beloved republic, and that it is only a matter of time before we willingly submit to socialism, and subsequently join hands with the coming “new world order,” that doesn’t mean it’s time to give up.

Consider the parable of the talents: The master left three servants in charge of various amounts of his wealth. Two servants invested his money wisely and brought a return, and were therefore rewarded. The third, who feared his master, buried the talent apportioned to him, rather than making it work for his master until his return. As a result, he was disinherited and his talent given to another. Only recently did I realize that Jesus shared this parable in the context of end times prophecy. Church, we are not to bury our talents as we await our master’s return! We are to be about our Master’s business until the very last second.

If, instead, we as the church, forfeit the culture war, the war for the very soul of our nation, and the very soul of the church itself, with the excuse that “our citizenship is in heaven,” we should be charged with spiritual treason. He has called us to “rescue those being led to the slaughter,” to hold back evil, to warn the sinner, to admonish the saint, to subdue the earth, to, like our Creator, in whose image we were formed, use our gifts and talents, not to bury them as we await His return. This does not mean our hope is in this world; rather, unless our faith is evidenced by these actions, how are we to draw all men to Him, and ultimately to that eternal reward He desires for them. If the ministers, missionaries, and apostles of old, would have had the attitude that the culture is lost and we simply need to submit to ungodly authority as we await our heavenly Savior’s return, where would the Kingdom of God be today? Would this country even exist?

If, instead, we as the church, forfeit the culture war, the war for the very soul of our nation, and the very soul of the church of itself, with the excuse that “our citizenship is in heaven,” we should be charged with spiritual treason.

Think of men like William Wilberforce, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Patrick Henry, and George Washington. Think of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men were heroes because they refused to submit to tyranny, and because they instead stood against tyrants on behalf of those who could not stand up or who would not stand up for themselves. They were not necessarily considered heroes by their peers during that time, yet they risked their reputations, their livelihoods, and their very lives for the righteous causes to which they had been called.

“Well, these men were exemplary in their time,” you might say. “They were specially gifted and called by God for those tasks.” Yes and no. We are all plainly called to “love mercy, practice justice, and walk humbly with our God” (Micah 6:8), “to rescue the orphan and widow in their distress and to live lives unstained by the world” (James 1:27), and to “rescue those being led away to the slaughter” (Proverbs 24:11). These admonitions are for all believers, not a select few. We consider these men to be extraordinary, but only because we have settled for mediocrity in the Kingdom of God. We now view ordinary Christianity as extraordinary, or perhaps even as sin.

“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.”

Isaiah 1:17 ESV

The American church has so watered down the Gospel that countless souls are deluded into the illusion of justification before a holy God; unless we sound the alarm boldly and unwaveringly, their blood will be on our hands.

Perhaps it is because of this watering down that we have bought into such heresies as the social justice gospel, which tells us that man can cure the world’s ills without requiring repentance, easy believism, which gives us Jesus as Savior while neglecting His Lordship, and “open and affirming” faith communities, which deny essential scriptural truths.

We now view ordinary Christianity as extraordinary, or perhaps even as sin.

Perhaps it is because of this watering down that we have believed the lie that we need to keep our faith private and not speak into the culture. That there are two realms — the sacred and the secular. Not at all! Either Jesus is our life and governs every aspect, or we are not alive in Christ at all!

If the Gospel hasn’t changed our lives, we haven’t accepted it, and are not beneficiaries of His grace. This is sobering, as it should be. We are called to examine ourselves in light of the Gospel, and judge ourselves, not by our peers’ actions and reactions, but by the Word of God. If we are not in line with it, if we are offended by it, if we are unwilling to live by it, we would be presumptuous to trust our eternal security.

Do we live our lives worthy of this very Gospel? Does our faith cost us anything? Should it perhaps cost us everything? In attempting to keep our lives, we lose them, but in losing our lives for Jesus’ sake and for His Gospel, we gain an eternal glory to which nothing in this world compares.

We have allowed a stunning degree of apostasy into the church. We have played the harlot with the gods of this world. We have trampled the grace of God with the foulest of sins, and we have failed to reprove — and worse, even given hearty approval to — those who prostitute themselves to an Americanized “grace.” In doing so, we have baptized converts into the very gates of hell. For this, we must give an account. From this, we must repent.

Christians, our country is falling fast into an evil that steals, kills, and destroys. That evil is socialism, an ideology devoid of God, an ideology that dictators have used to rise to power at the expense of the vulnerable. Do the names Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler bring up any hint of virtue? No, these men are considered an anathema in the rolls of history. These men were all socialists, communists, Marxists.

Socialism, a pretty name for Marxism, is purely evil. Today it may look like the government is doing some good things that fall in the realm of socialism, but don’t be deceived. Consider public education: isn’t it a good thing? How would our children learn to read and write and do math otherwise? How would they become responsible citizens otherwise? What about the poor who can’t afford private schools?

Don’t fall for it!

Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.

Vladmir Lenin

“He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.”

Adolf Hitler

John Dewey, father of modern public schools, believed that the best way to change the society for the better was through education. As a religious humanist, Dewey believed it was the duty of the schools and other social institutions to transform society, from what he saw as the antiquated traditional model embraced by theists, to a modern secular society ruled by pragmatism and a devotion to community ideals.

Public schools are a socialist construct. Before the state ran public schools, the church offered free education to those who were able to partake. Others were home educated in academics, practical skills, vocations, or a combination. The humanistic, socialistic takeover of schools was by design, and as a result, we have ridden the slippery slope into a pit of immorality and decadence, and our children can not understand the Bible or the Constitution, and they scoff at both. Government has no place in educating our children; it is our responsibility as the church and as the family.

The result of the slide into socialism is that we now are canceled as old-fashioned, homophobes, closed-minded, delusional bigots who are out of touch with reality. In many cases, our neighbors, family members, friends, and even our own children have developed animosity and bitterness toward us, but more importantly toward the God that created them. Yet, some still spout scripture to justify their attitudes and action, and they even use it against us.

For example, in my home state, our governor regularly cites his faith as reason to implement tyrannical measures to “fight the coronavirus,” yet this same man defies the God he cites allegiance to by celebrating homosexuality and abortion. This man who alleges to personally feel the pain of every loss to this virus has no problem severing the livelihoods of healthy people and shaming those who don’t agree. He tramples liberty and belittles those who disagree.

Submitting to unjust laws is not Biblical. Should the German Christians have submitted to Hitler? Of course not! But it was a gradual descent, one that they probably didn’t see because it started out subtle and continued subtly until they got to a point of no return. It likely would have been hard to recognize as it was happening, unless they were really paying attention. In saying that, I’m not likening any of our government officials to Hitler, but I’m simply saying that, if the German Christians would have seen the whole picture from the beginning, perhaps they would not have submitted to the gradual steps that got them to the horrific place they ended up.

I don’t believe this nation has much longer. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to hold back the darkness as long as we can. I don’t necessarily mean to take up arms. But I do mean that I will not submit to unjust mandates if it is in my power to resist, and I’m not doing it to “demand my rights,” but instead to demand your God-given, Constitutionally-affirmed, rights as His image-bearers. If that makes me unpopular, or if it brings me difficult consequences, so be it. Regardless of how one feels about liberty, it is an absolute, and I won’t give up our collective liberties without resistance.

Weighed in the balance …

Louisville, Kentucky awaits an announcement that could bring “the shot heard round the world.”

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

    the holy place where the Most High dwells.

God is within her, she will not fall;

    God will help her at break of day.

Psalm 46:4-5 NIV

My home is in a city that most people probably don’t think much about, except maybe on the first Saturday in May. We have around a million people in the metropolitan area. Generally if you hear about Louisville on the news, it’s for basketball, and occasionally you may relate us with UPS, KFC, or Louisville Slugger. This is an average city in America … usually.

Not in 2020, though. And definitely not today.

Oddly, unless you live here, you probably haven’t heard much about what’s going on here, but in the coming days, I suspect you will.

Breonna Taylor. Have you heard her name?

We have. We will never forget it, either. We have heard her name for 118 days of protests. We have seen it on 26 billboards around the city, purchased by Oprah. We have seen her name in our social media feeds and heard it on the news. You can’t be a Louisvillian and not know who Breonna Taylor was.

Yet, if you don’t live here, you probably don’t know of this young lady, whose case has become a platform for police reform, Black Lives Matter, and social justice.

Taylor was killed by police during a raid of her home on March 13, the same day things shut down for COVID. Police had a “no-knock” warrant, and there is confusion as to whether this warrant was executed without knocking. However, they did attempt to knock down the door, and Taylor’s boyfriend shot them. Fire was returned and Taylor was shot repeatedly, and subsequently died from her injuries.

Breonna Taylor has served as an EMT.

There are all kinds of reports regarding the events of that fateful night, and this case has been tried in the jury of public opinion by various factions, yet the truth is that only a few people have any actual knowledge of what happened.

Folks from BLM, Until Freedom, the NFAC, and other activist groups, as well as a whole lot of angry individuals, want to see the arrest of “the cops that murdered Breonna Taylor.” Others are “backing the Blue.” Due to the high level of sensitivity, and need for further investigation of this officer-involved shooting, the FBI and Kentucky Attorney General David Cameron have gotten involved, and the results of their investigation, and the decision of the Grand Jury, of whether or not to charge anyone in Taylor’s death, are likely to be announced this week, perhaps today. Last week, Taylor’s family was awarded an enormous civil settlement.

Protests have taken place for 118 days so far.

NO JUSTICE .. NO PEACE! has been the rally cry of the revolution … and make no mistake, this is a revolution. It’s a revolution of ideals, and today could be a turning point.

Many Christians claim Psalm 46 and other Scriptures that promise God’s protection. I believe God will protect us through anything, but that doesn’t mean we will come out without a scratch. Many of the faithful New Testament saints and church heroes were tortured, persecuted, and even martyred for their faith. And we are not exempt from the consequences of other people’s actions.

Grandmaster Jay, of the NFAC, has mentioned more than once that if justice doesn’t happen in Louisville, this will be the stage for “the shot heard ’round the world,” a reference to the American Revolution. There are those who want a second American Civil War, and it isn’t too far removed from reality to envision Louisville as ground zero.

Opposing militias and protest groups encircled Churchill Downs on Derby Day, Sept. 6.

I cannot weigh in on the facts of March 13, with regard to Ms. Taylor. I believe there are many possibilities. I acknowledge that injustice occurs, and that it likely happens statistically more often to black people than to white. I also acknowledge that slavery and segregation are stains on our nation’s history, and that we may be reaping what our predecessors sewed. Yet I also know a decent amount about police, and, to an extent, understand their pressures and protocols.

Regardless of speculations and “sides,” I ask my brothers and sisters in Christ to consider this from a Biblical perspective. Here are some takeaways for me:

  1. We should not judge a situation about which we do not have the facts.
  2. We should not allow the enemy to divide us on any and every difference we may have. Instead, we need to look for agreement, and have honest conversation about differences.
  3. God may intervene on behalf of the believers in our city, our nation, and our world, or He may allow us to go through some intense difficulties; either way He gets the glory.
  4. “Solutions” that involve proving whatever “side” we are on are not solutions. People are rarely, if ever, convinced, by repeatedly being told we are right and they are wrong. We do need to call out wrongdoing and push for justice, but there are ways to do this that are more likely to change hearts and minds.
  5. No justice, no peace is not an attainable ideal. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, and the Just Judge, is the only answer to what ails our society. Without Him, there is neither justice, nor peace.
  6. No matter what, God is on His throne. “Though He slay me, yet I will hope in Him” (Job 13:15).

Lord Jesus,

Today your people are hurting. We have been awaiting an outcome of this case for several months. We anticipate it very soon and we are holding our breath as we wait for the announcement and the outcome of that announcement.

I don’t ask that we be delivered from whatever may ensue; I only ask that You be glorified, that we be brought to repentance, and that many come to know You as a result.

I pray for Breonna Taylor’s family and friends, that they may know peace. I pray for the police officers and other officials involved, that they also may know peace.

I pray for every LMPD officer, for Mayor Fischer, for AG Daniel Cameron, for the FBI agents and the Grand Jury, as well as every other person directly involved in this determination, that they would know the truth and carry out justice, whatever that may be, and however that should look.

I pray that the Christ-followers in this city would so shine forth with love and truth that others would have to take notice. And should persecution ensue, that we would present ourselves worthy of Your Great Name.

I love this city, but my citizenship is in heaven, and I look forward to the day when I meet You face-to-face and enter into your rest, in a place where there is no more death, no more injustice, no more rioting, no more uncertainty, a place of incredible and unshakeable peace. But in the meantime, enable me to be the best citizen of this city, and this country, that I possibly can, and make me a beacon of justice and peace.

In Jesus Precious and Holy Name. Amen.

Today, things are unstable in Louisville, and in many places. We are not guaranteed justice or peace in this world; in fact, we are assured that we will have trials. We need to put our hope in Christ, and in His kingdom, because He is the one who gives lasting, real justice and peace.

If you are not yet a Christ-follower, please consider making that decision today. Simply acknowledge that you are a sinner, meaning you agree with God that you’ve done bad things, and that you have offended Him with those actions. Because of this, you don’t deserve to spend eternity in His presence. However, God sent His Son, Jesus, to live as a man, to identify with our weaknesses, to live a perfect life, and to die an atoning death, not for His own sins, because He was sinless, but for our sins. Accept that payment for your sins and transfer your allegiance from this world and your flesh to Him. Commit to allowing Him to be in charge of your life from here on out. Confess Him as your Lord, knowing that He died for your sins and rose from the dead, confirming that He is God and that He has authority to forgive sins and power to give you eternal life. When you do, He will save you and begin the process of sanctifying you, which means making you a more Christlike person. Your eternity will be secure, and you will be reconciled to Him. This will give you peace, joy, and comfort, no matter what circumstances come your way. Out of response for what He has done, get plugged into a local congregation, get baptized, read the Bible, pray, and serve others, all in order to know Him better and to glorify God to others, all because you’re grateful for His free gift. We can’t earn any of this; we simply accept it and it’s ours.

Militias, Marxism, and Mayhem: What’s really going on in Louisville?

Louisville, Kentucky, USA skyline on the river.

As a Louisvillian, I’d like to share my perspective on the fact that the NFAC is coming tomorrow. I’ve been doing a ton of research on what’s going on in the world ever since March 14, when everything got locked down. There is much going on behind the scenes. As a Christian, I believe we are in the last days. I realize you may not agree, and that’s your right, of course. Regardless, it is clear to me that there is a behind-the-scenes agenda in play. 

Last night I saw a picture of Master Jay using the “triple six” illuminati symbol. When you look at his logo, it’s clearly linked to illuminati/occult. His theology is mystical, along the lines of evolving to a higher plane. Grandmaster is an illuminati term, but it’s also a chess term. He has said that the government has engineered the COVID crisis and civil unrest to distract us from the fact that there are asteroids on an orbital path to crash into the earth.

Regarding chess, he also has said that there are forces trying to incite a race war, which is something I’ve heard elsewhere, and seems legit, as it’s the perfect way to implode America for the purpose of installing Marxism and a New World Order. The NFAC leader said he knows that they are trying to create a race war but that he will beat them at their own game, and likened it to playing chess. 

Here are some things that don’t add up:

1. The governor has issued a travel advisory, saying anyone coming in from out of state needs to self quarantine for 14 days, and he told us, “Change your plans,” regarding vacation travels. However, when asked about this group coming in, he said that he believes they’ll be peaceful and that his biggest concern is whether they wear masks and socially distance. He says COVID is our biggest threat. When asked if he planned to send the National Guard, he said he hadn’t been asked.

2. The mayor and the police are acting like this is going to be fine. The police spokesman said they’re more concerned about the counter-protest groups. (I am concerned too, because it would be easy to plant someone on the other side to start something. However, I’m not “more” concerned.)

3. The LMPD has allegedly asked Grandmaster Jay to advise them on what community policing might look like. 

4. The president is sending federal troops to four other cities this weekend, but as far as I can tell, nobody on the national scene is talking about the NFAC or Louisville. GM Jay previously said that if he came to Louisville, it would be the “shot heard round the world,” and that it would make Stone Mountain look like nothing. Now he says it’s all going to be good, and he is talking more like a kitten.

But seriously, there are opposing militias coming to Louisville, a city that is within 6 hours of 2/3 of the U.S. population, a city that has had two months straight of protesting, a city where reportedly there is going to be some earth shattering announcement in the Breonna Taylor case, and nobody thinks this is cause for concern (except maybe if some of the “far-right” militias do something “stupid”). WHAT???

Something is up. I believe:

1. This could be a trap. 

2. GM Jay doesn’t care about moving to Africa, but likely wants to fire “the shot heard round the world,” that ushers in the fall of America and gives rise to a Marxist “Utopia.”

3. Either those in power have something planned that they aren’t revealing, or perhaps GM Jay and the government somehow have a similar agenda. I’m not saying they’re consciously working together, but something is just off here. 

4. The federal government either doesn’t see this, doesn’t care about sacrificing a smaller major city, or is complicit. 

Again, these are just ideas, and time will tell whether there is any truth to them. Whether government officials acknowledge it or not, what happens in Louisville isn’t likely to stay here. We will know soon. 

Does the NFAC really want justice for Breonna Taylor?

There are so many things going on in the world right now that it’s easy to get lost in it all, not knowing what to think, how to address the various issues, or even how to pray. Most of these issues have value, and many are complex. As a Christian, I earnestly want to express the right thoughts, feelings, and actions regarding each and every one of them, However, there are many unknowns and few clearcut or perfect solutions.

I want to share one such issue with you:

I live in Louisville, KY. Right now this is not on the top ten list of greatest places to live. (Okay, so it may not ever be, but I have lived here most of my life, so I’m partial.) If you don’t live here, there is a possibility you know why I say it’s not prime real estate right now.

We have had nearly two straight months of protest because of the police shooting of Breonna Taylor. Twitter has been off-and-on abuzz with calls to burn Louisville to the ground. There has been looting. Protestors and journalists have been shot, shot at, jailed, run over, mobbed, gassed, and on and on. I have to hand it to the protestors; many have remained steadfast even though they have not gotten much of a response from the local government or the police department.

The police have softened considerably, so much so that I wonder if I would even get a response if I were to call them to report a crime. More than that, I wonder why.

The mayor has been asked to resign by just about everyone, regardless of political affiliation, and he’s refused to turn over evidence to the Metro Council regarding the Taylor investigation.

A few days ago, a group that includes the mothers of Breonna Taylor and Ahmad Arbury, as well as several celebrities, was protesting at the Attorney General’s house. Nearly 100 were jailed and felonies were charged. Those charges were later dropped.

And now Grandmaster Jay, the leader of this black militia called NFAC, has mobilized his followers from all over the Western Hemisphere to come to Louisville because nobody in leadership can tell him when the case will be resolved. If you’re not familiar with the NFAC, they marched on Stone Mountain, GA, and in Arizona, on July 4, with automatic weapons, and got things shut down.

Grandmaster Jay (John Fitzgerald Johnson) met online with Louisville community leaders yesterday, demanding to know when there would the investigation would be complete and an outcome announced. They informed him that this is in Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s power. The NFAC leader asked who the AG reports to, and they told him he reports to the people directly. Grandmaster Jay replied that the people want justice for Breonna Taylor and that he needs to carry it out. He adjourned the meeting, saying that the man he needs to talk with wasn’t on the call, and asking him to get Cameron to join them for a call as soon as possible. According to Johnson, Cameron instead responded with a statement that it is not 100 percent in his hands since the Louisville Metro Police Department still holds information and the FBI is investigating the case.

In a previous segment, Johnson gave his reasoning for the outrage: There are allegations that Taylor was targeted because she was “in the way” of a gentrification program, which has something to do with redlining for the purpose of negating the effectiveness of black votes, and making real estate developments “better” by getting rid of black people that live there.

On the other hand, I’ve heard derogatory comments about Taylor, saying she’s been made a martyr when, in reality, she was no angel.

Can I just say that I have no idea what to believe in this case, and as an ordinary citizen, I have no clue what I can do to make this better. There is so much deception going on behind the scenes and so little truth being shared with the public that it would be hard for me to weigh in.

I think the gentrification angle is completely possible, and the fact that I can even entertain this possibility is horrifying. Yes, I believe racism is real. I also believe greed is real. The human heart, apart from God, is capable of the greatest of atrocities. I hope the truth comes to light and that justice is served to those involved. I want to see a world where racial injustice and all injustice is nonexistent.

Truly, I do not expect justice to be served in this case, no matter what the truth is.

I do not think the NFAC expects justice; neither do the practice justice. They threaten our city, saying that those in power must acquiesce to their demands or ELSE. They want to start a revolution that leads to their exodus from the United States with all black citizens who want to join, including those currently incarcerated. According to Johnson, they want reparations in the trillions from the government and to take all of their property with them, so they can start a United States of Africa, pushing all white people out of Africa and building their own Wakonda. Johnson claims to have a special connection with the “Most High,” and that black people are the true Hebrews. He uses scriptures from outside of biblical cannon, including the Book of Enoch and some other writings that he claims are only available to the truly wise. He alleges to be a holy man, yet his language alone defies that. He claims to get his power from the “Most High,” whom he also refers to as Yah or Yahweh. He says he gets his power and insight from the Most High and that he is not the same man he used to be because of it. Who is this Most High to whom he refers?

How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!  You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” 

Isaiah 14:12-14 ESV

Lucifer was an angel of light; he was God’s top angel, and it made him proud, so he decided he would rebel against God. In doing so, he took a third of the angels with him and eventually incited the fall of man. We know that Yahweh is the name for the true God of the Jews and the Christians, but this man is not referring to the true God. He is referring to one who masquerades as an angel of light, the deceiver of old, the devil. He is calling a false God by God’s Holy Name, and that is a dangerous, blasphemous thing to do.

Today we have the potential for an armed black militia of thousands getting ready to invade our city. This group is not interested in equality or racial reconciliation; they are black supremicists who want their way, and are willing to fight to get it. They are willing to kill and to die, and they have vowed to take no prisoners. Johnson says if they come, it will be like the “shot heard round the world.” Will they come, and what will meet them when they get here? Will this begin a declared civil war?

There are scoffers who think this group is crazy, disillusioned, or ridiculous. Their leader isn’t crazy. He is brilliant, charismatic, connected, and dead serious. His “Most High” is none other than the serpent of old, the devil. I can see people getting behind this movement, and if they do, it will be a force to be reckoned with.

How then should we respond? First, I’m asking every Christian who reads this to pray. If police or leaders are hiding anything, I pray it is exposed, that they repent, go public, and take whatever consequences come. I pray that justice is established for Breonna Taylor, but I also submit that she already has received justice. If she put her trust in Christ, she is justly in heaven with Him because of His shed blood on her behalf.

There needs to be justice for anyone involved in this terrible act, so I pray that it is served. If leaders are hiding things, bring it to the light. If they are not, I pray that will be accepted. Either way, I pray for racial reconciliation and that our community, our country, and our world will find healing.

I pray that Gov. Beshear, Mayor Fischer, Attorney General Cameron, the police chief, the city council, the officers involved, and every other leader will recognize the need to repent and to publicly call out to the Lord for forgiveness and healing.

I fully believe that, as a nation, we are reaping what we have sewn. Our founding fathers never should have allowed slavery. That was a catalyst for all sorts of corruption, leading right down to today when we reject God, murder the unborn, and still allow racism to exist. We have turned our heads to atrocities the world over and we have aided and abetted nations that practice persecution and ethnic cleansing.

I do not support the NFAC or its disillusioned leader. Yet I concede that he has some valid points. I do not support violence as a resolution to violence, not in this way. However, I firmly believe that God has removed His hand of protection from the United States of America and that the world as we know it is about to change more than most of us could have ever seen coming.

As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

Matthew 24:3-14 ESV

This passage of Scripture reads like today’s news. Brothers and sisters in Christ, we need to be ready for whatever comes, continuing in the assurance that the Lord is on His throne and that He will complete what He has begun. We may be the terminal generation. We need to persevere, that we may hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” We need to remain courageous, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7 ESV).

And if you have not yet placed your trust in Christ, it’s time to do so. Don’t put it off one more day! No matter what is going on in the world, not one of us is assured our next breath. There are many false messiahs in the world today, whether they be causes or individuals. But there is only One legitimate Savior, and that’s Jesus Christ.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

John 14:6-7 ESV

All who trust Jesus as Lord will be saved, but those who don’t will perish. Our Lord is no respecter of persons. He shows no favoritism. There are only two categories, the righteous and the wicked, and the only way to be righteous is to accept the payment Jesus gave for our sins. There is no room for pride.

The enemy seeks to divide and destroy us. Let’s not let him win any battle. Thankfully, we know he doesn’t win the war. Hate can conquer a nation, but love conquers all.

July 4, 2020 … The Last Birthday?

My basic training picture from the summer of 1989. I was 17 years old.

I was an oddly patriotic kid. Growing up in the 1970s and 80s, under the continual threat of the Soviet Union launching a nuclear attack or invading our land. Movies like Red Dawn and The Day After made a strong impression on me, and I wondered if someday we would face an attempted totalitarian takeover or a nuclear holocaust.

During my senior year of high school, my oddly patriotic spirit was intrigued by the opportunity to serve my country. While I was still in high school, I raised my right hand and vowed to defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I began going to weekend drills in January 1989, and left for basic training at Fort Dix, NJ, in June. The following February, I graduated from Defense Information School as a photojournalist. I returned to my reserve unit, the 100th Division, in Louisville, KY, and started college, only to be activated for Operation Desert Storm a few weeks into the semester. When my service was up in 1995, I didn’t leave my patriotism behind.

Though I grew up during the Cold War and served my country during an era governed by a different threat, I never actually feared that America would cease to be a nation. In the past few years, though, I started to wonder if the sun was getting ready to set on the American era. It seemed plausible, given that we have, in so many ways, descended headlong into depravity.

Yet there was always hope. I was never truly concerned that I’d live to see the end of the United States of America …

until now.

Tomorrow we “celebrate” our 244th birthday as a nation, and I wonder if it will be our last. We are fighting an unseen microscopic organism, with threats of other micro-enemies almost surely promised. We are witnessing our leaders trampling the Constitution, that same almost sacred document I swore to protect from all enemies, foreign and domestic. And, I believe worst of all, we are living through an undeclared civil war. We are literally destroying ourselves from within.

How do you celebrate a birthday under these conditions?

There’s a part of me that wants to petition the Lord of the universe to spare our nation, but I’m going to be honest: I don’t think He will. I think we’re getting what we deserve, as we have spent our entire history stained with the blood of innocent lives, whether through slavery, prejudice, senseless violence, or abortion. Whenever people decide that some human lives are worth less than others, God is not pleased.

I also believe the world is gearing up for the Great Tribulation, and that our days are numbered.

Recently I read Daniel 5. King Belshazzar received a supernatural message, directly from the hand of God:

MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN

Daniel 5:25

What did this mean? Perhaps America is being given the same message now:

MENE: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; TEKEL: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; PERES: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.

Daniel 5:26-28 NKJV

God has numbered the days of every kingdom and every person in that kingdom. Though we began, in many ways, as a God-honoring nation, we had some fatal foundational flaws. For the past 150 years, we have been on a downward moral slide in many other areas, and that has accelerated exponentially since the Bible and prayer were removed from schools and public life. Our days may be drawing to a close.

Is the handwriting on America’s proverbial wall?

We have been weighed in the balance. We have not practiced justice. We have not acted rightly. We deserve to be judged.

And we have been divided across most any imaginable or man-made division. We now have no idea who we are, or who the real enemy is.

Those of us who follow Christ know that Satan came to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). He is a deceiver, a murderer, and a liar (Genesis 3:4-5; John 8:44; 1 Corinthians 5:5; 2 Corinthians 2:11; 2 Corinthians 4:4; 2 Timothy 2:26; 1 Peter 5:8). Right now he is getting us to destroy ourselves from within.

If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.

Mark 3:24-25 ESV

We are likely more divided than ever, because we are divided over every conceivable issue. We are not divided on geographical lines and in danger of splitting the country in two parts; instead, we are divided in every state, in every city, and perhaps in every church and every family, and therefore in danger of destroying ourselves in our quest for justice and peace.

If we do celebrate another Independence Day, the likelihood that we will celebrate the birth of the country that our founding fathers fought for, that our grandparents fought for, or even that my generation fought for, is very unlikely. As an oddly patriotic American, I mourn that.

Yet there is cause to celebrate, though in a bittersweet way. As a Christian, I have put my trust in Christ alone, not in this country or this world. All of this will pass away, and maybe it will be sooner than any of us can imagine. Perhaps, for those of us who follow Christ, we will soon celebrate a true Independence Day in heaven, where we will be free from sin and death, where our mourning will be turned to dancing, where there is no more fear, no more deception, and no more unrest. The more I see what’s going on today, the more I long for my heavenly home, because my true citizenship is in heaven.

Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

Phillippians 3:17-21 ESV

If you don’t yet know Christ, I urge you to repent, to put your trust in Christ alone, that you may have assurance of salvation through a relationship with the Living God. If you have never accepted Jesus as Lord, you can do that right now. This takes an honest and genuine acknowledgement that you are a sinner, that you can’t do enough good deeds to be right with God because He is holy and we are unholy, that you need Him to save you, and that you are willing to follow Him and allow Him to govern your life. Baptism is the outward expression of this inward decision and should be done publicly and by immersion, in an act of obedience, submission, and testimonial to others. You also should read the Bible, pray, gather with other believers, and obey God’s commands, not to be saved, but out of gratitude for salvation, a desire to grow in your relationship with God, and in hopes of winning others to the Lord. Taking this step will provide a freedom that cannot ever be taken from you, no matter how bad things get in this world.

Awakened from Slumber: Thoughts from a Privileged American

By Heather Walton

I grew up in a home that was as colorblind as realistically can be. I didn’t have much interaction with people of different backgrounds; however, I knew that racism and prejudice were unacceptable. I realize that we naturally have biases, and we need to acknowledge that, and at times even to fight against those preconceptions. I owe my mother a debt for her teaching and example. My children do as well, because I’ve been able to model this for them and I am thankful that her views have blessed two generations so far.

While this is a tremendous foundation, I have long tried to understand what I should be doing, beyond seeing everyone in the human race as equal and deserving of respect, as well as teaching my children to do the same. I try to write things that bring injustice to people’s attention. I pray about it (albeit not enough). I try to learn from those who experience injustice and marginalization, but they don’t always want to talk. Maybe they feel it’s futile because there’s no way they can make me understand their experience.

Even so, I know I haven’t done enough. What little I have done hasn’t been sufficient. Most of this is due to ignorance, but I can’t let myself off the hook, because it’s on me to learn. I’ve also been silent at times when I needed to speak up. Frankly, it’s easy to put something out of mind that is out of sight. For these things, I apologize.

Frankly, it’s easy to put something out of mind that is out of sight.

It’s hard to know what to do, because I know that whatever I do to try to do may offend someone. I might do it wrong. I might inadvertently be insensitive. I might have the opposite effect than I intend. I realize that’s a possibility even in writing this article, but I am risking it, in the hopes that it will make a difference for good. That’s why, if you’re a person of color, I need you to educate me.

Last night, I accompanied my daughter to the protest in our city. That may seem crazy, given that the night before there were shots fired. But in hopes that the protests would be peaceful, and because, even though she’s an adult, I’m still a momma bear, and because I really do want to show solidarity, I rode along. However, we didn’t make it to the protest because as we were walking toward it, teargas was deployed. Don’t get me wrong: teargas doesn’t scare me; I was in the army and have been gassed. I’m not eager to experience that again, but I would do it to defend injustice. I knew it was in response to violence, though, and I do not want to be a part of that if at all possible.

My daughter tried to explain to me why violence may be necessary, and I’m trying to understand. I think I get it to some extent: People say they’ve tried to get our attention — those of us who are privileged — by peaceful means, but we didn’t listen. Sometimes when people aren’t heard when they ask quietly or respectfully, they feel the need to talk more boldly or loudly. I can understand that, but at the same time I can’t.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that, and “Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.”

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate… Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

“Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?”. Book by Martin Luther King Jr., 1967.

Jesus said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand” (Mark 3:25). Many who have been discriminated against or otherwise been the recipients of injustice may not feel like we live in the same house. But I have to ask, what happens if we destroy ourselves from within? And what can we do to prevent this? These are genuine questions. What ways can a privileged American make this situation better? For those of us who want to know, we value the input of those who have experienced racial injustice. And the only way for us to truly know is for you to tell us.

I welcome your comments.

Is Gov. Beshear violating the Constitution?

By Heather Walton

Sadly, though I’ve lived here for most of my life, I hadn’t read Kentucky’s Constitution until this week. I suspect I wasn’t alone when it comes to constitutional illiteracy, but I have begun to be enlightened. I would encourage everyone to become familiar with their state constitution, and with the U.S. Constitution, because these are the highest laws of our land, and when our governing officials break the laws that give them their authority, we should consider whether it’s wise to submit.

While I’m not a constitutional law expert, an ordinary citizen should be able to analyze officials’ actions in light of national and state foundational documents. Therefore, I’ve evaluated recent executive orders by Gov. Andy Beshear in light of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, as well as Kentucky Revised Statute 39A, which gives him the authority to declare a state of emergency and outlines his functions.

According to Ky. Rev. Stat. § 39A.090, “The Governor may make, amend, and rescind any executive orders as deemed necessary to carry out the provisions of KRS Chapters 39A to 39F.” I do not think this gives the state’s chief executive carte blanche. Ky. Rev. Stat. § 39A.100 states, “Except as prohibited by this section or other law, to perform and exercise other functions, powers, and duties deemed necessary to promote and secure the safety and protection of the civilian population.” Since the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Kentucky is the highest law of our Commonwealth, it serves as the highest law in our state, and is in keeping with and subordinate to the United States Constitution.

Section 1 of Kentucky’s Constitution guarantees rights of life, liberty, worship, pursuit of safety and happiness, free speech, acquiring and protecting property, peaceable assembly, redress of grievances, bearing arms. All men are, by nature, free and equal, and have certain inherent and inalienable rights, among which may be reckoned:

First: The right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties. The Governor’s edicts have kept and continue to keep many from being able to work, and thereby enjoying their lives and liberties. We do not have the freedom to live our lives and to practice liberty of movement or fulfillment of our God-given calling to provide for our families, move about freely, attend church, sing and participate in sacraments, decide how many people to have in our homes, go places without a mask or temperature check, or keep our associations with others private. At first, these precautions seemed necessary, but they still would have violated the Constitution; now that the curve has been flattened, our rights certainly should be returned to us.

Second: The right of worshipping Almighty God according to the dictates of their consciences. We have not been able to worship according to the dictates of our consciences. While I’m glad we have been able to use online worship services, we have not been able to meet, and now that we are, we still are not able to do so according to our consciences. We are told not to get too close to one another, not to sing corporately, and not to participate in Sacraments. These things go against Scripture. If a person is sick, he should stay home from church, but that’s common sense and should be exercised at all times, but if he is well, there is not a substantial reason to comply. (He also should theoretically be able to be anointed and prayed over by the elders of the church.) If a person is at-risk, she also should consider staying home, but also should have the freedom to make that choice. For those who are healthy, there is no compelling reason to celebrate faith differently than at any other time.

Third: The right of seeking and pursuing their safety and happiness. This is an individual right of each Kentuckian to seek and pursue safety and happiness, not a mandate for the government to impose corporate safety on all citizenry. Our governor and other authorities have decided to potentially compromise financial, religious, and informational safety for supposed health safety. And many have been forced to trade happiness for a supposed safety.

Fourth: The right of freely communicating their thoughts and opinions. While I can’t specifically fault the government for this, I see the media inhibiting and overruling the right to free speech and communication.

Fifth: The right of acquiring and protecting property. How can people acquire and protect property when commerce is mostly shut down and nearly half of the state population is unemployed? Granted, many are receiving unemployment, but not all, and there will likely be a future price to pay for today’s temporary provision.

Sixth: The right of assembling together in a peaceable manner for their common good, and of applying to those invested with the power of government for redress of grievances or other proper purposes, by petition, address or remonstrance. People have been allowed to protest; yet they have been demonized for doing so. Have their petitions been acknowledged or addressed? It doesn’t appear so.

So far, we have only looked at Section 1. In Section 2, absolute and arbitrary power is denied.

Absolute and arbitrary power over the lives, liberty and property of freemen exists nowhere in a republic, not even in the largest majority. It seems to me that there has been much absolute and arbitrary power in the republic and in the commonwealth. Gov. Beshear made many executive orders which were presented as law and did so while the legislature was out of session. He was partially checked by the courts, but many of his edicts have been made without anyone being able to do anything about it. Not only has he exercised absolute power, but his decisions have appeared arbitrary. A large store could be open and lots of people could be inside, while a small business had to be closed. People couldn’t get cancer screenings and “elective” surgeries, but they could get an abortion. People could pack the hardware store or go to a liquor store, but could not go to church. Kids can now participate in contact sports, but nobody can go to a public pool.

Section 15 says that the General Assembly is the only one with the right to suspend laws, but it seems that the governor has done so time after time during this “crisis.”

Section 26 sums it all up well by stating, To guard against transgression of the high powers which we have delegated, We Declare that every thing in this Bill of Rights is excepted out of the general powers of government, and shall forever remain inviolate; and all laws contrary thereto, or contrary to this Constitution, shall be void. I understand this to mean that several of Gov. Beshear’s executive orders are essentially void.

This brings me to my last point, in Section 4, which states that power is inherent in the people. Right to alter, reform, or abolish government. All power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority and instituted for their peace, safety, happiness and the protection of property. For the advancement of these ends, they have at all times an inalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may deem proper.

We have a governor whom I believe to be well-intentioned, yet in many ways wrong. He may be a nice guy, but nice is not a leadership qualification. Gov. Beshear has, in the name of saving “the most vulnerable,” neglected many vulnerable taxpayers, small business owners, people with health conditions other than COVID-19, school children, unborn children, and newly born children. Our Constitution gives us the right to alter, reform, or abolish our government as we deem proper. Is it time to exercise this right? We have petitioned Gov. Beshear. He has refused to listen, and in many cases, even to acknowledge our grievances; perhaps it is time we consider requiring him to step down from leadership, and restructure the government to provide greater checks and balances, that we may not be subject to absolute and arbitrary leadership from any future governor.

Author’s Note: I am not condoning violence in any way. Those who have threatened the Governor do not represent the best interests of Kentuckians, and should be held accountable for their actions.

A Conflict of Liberty?

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

There is a divide in the church today. Unfortunately, this statement could likely be made at any time in history past, present, or future, until the Lord returns.

I just read an article about a local megachurch, in which they had taken a survey of their members. According to the pastor, there was about an equal split between members who believe they should meet in person immediately, those who think they should wait the situation out a little longer, and those who believe they should wait till there’s a cure or vaccine for COVID-19. Right after reading that, I read a post from a Christian leader who believes it’s cowardly for pastors not to immediately open, especially given that the President said he supports churches opening right away, even though some governors have kept them closed or placed lots of restrictions on them; she was discouraged that many pastors elected to remain closed.

Our small church did open today, allowing for following CDC recommendations, while not demanding churchgoers follow these protocols. We had some folks in attendance, as well as some watching online.

Christian seems to rise against Christian, some claiming we need to stand up for our rights, while others say that doing so violates Biblical principles. While I agree that the Bible trumps the Constitution, I also would posit that the Constitutional framers did so with Biblical principles in mind. Initially I asserted the view that we should lay down our First Amendment rights for the greater good of protecting our brother from harm; however, I’ve appreciated some contrary perspectives, and, while I don’t claim to have a perfect answer, I want to propose consideration of these thoughts:

  1. If someone slaps me on the right cheek, I can offer him the left; however, if someone slaps all of us on the right cheek, or if slapping me on the right cheek could lead to abuse of others, I should strongly consider standing up for our collective rights.
  2. I should examine my motives; if I’m driven by fear, greed, unrighteous anger, or any other sinful attitude, I should reconsider my position. Once my motives are pure, then I need to establish the best plan of action and follow it.
  3. What precedents are we setting by allowing our Constitutional rights to be infringed upon? How will our response impact future generations? We need to be wary of giving up rights that our God-fearing forefathers and generations of military members secured for us, many of them giving their lives, and all of them being willing to do so. More importantly, we need to prayerfully consider what is worth giving up the freedoms for which Christ set us free. We have been commanded not to be subject again to a yoke of slavery. The enemy of our souls can make a very convincing argument, and we need to be vigilant and discerning, lest we be led astray.
  4. What effect do our actions and inactions have on those who witness them? What will most glorify God to the watching world? There is a prevailing thought that Christians need to be compliant, docile, and unassuming at all times. Jesus called us to be peacemakers, not peacekeepers. Some people believe that, since Jesus was described as meek, we are not to assert ourselves. However, meekness isn’t weakness. Meekness is power under control, not a lack of power. Jesus stood up against oppression and injustice. He spoke out against the Pharisees, who placed unbearable yokes on others, and against the moneychangers, who took advantage of others. He did not gloss over sin, but lovingly confronted transgressors. Should we not follow in His steps?
  5. How has our culture shaped our view of what it means to be loving? Is being nice the same thing as being kind? In this era of political correctness, we have been brainwashed into trying to please everyone and to avoiding actions that may offend others. To love another means to want his or her best. I would never condone shaming someone who doesn’t feel comfortable returning to church, to work, or to society because they are in a high-risk group; we are called to prudence. However, if we give the impression that the only way to be loving is to watch church at home, to keep our businesses closed, to wear a mask everywhere, and to support the governing authorities’ every decision, we may not be giving the full picture. Isn’t it also loving to visit the sick (provided we are healthy and not caregivers for others in a high-risk group), to contribute to our neighbors’ livelihoods by utilizing their businesses, to contribute to society with meaningful work, to uphold truth, to confront error, and to preserve our countrymen’s God-given rights?
  6. Do our actions show favoritism to any person or group? It seems that we are listening to the counsel of some medical professionals but not others. There are plenty of solid medical personnel, some of whom use conventional medicine and others who use alternative methods, who say that the recommended measures are inaccurate and even counterproductive. Even though many are using recent data or reliable research to verify their stance, not only are they being discounted, many are effectively being silenced, because their recommendations don’t fit the prevailing narrative put forth by many in government and the mainstream media. We also seem to be showing favoritism to those vulnerable from a health standpoint, to the exclusion of those vulnerable from an economic or spiritual standpoint.
  7. What is the highest authority in our country or state? It is not the president or governor, and it definitely isn’t any worldwide organization or philanthropist. The Constitution guides our government, and the government is “by the people, of the people, and for the people.” Who are the people? The citizens of this country. When governors, presidents, legislators, or judges violate the Constitution, we need to question whether obedience is necessary. If we follow the Constitution, we are not breaking the law, even if we are told that we are.

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, a masterpiece of logic, morality, and theological exposition, as applied to the issue of segregation is the source of the famous words, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Do you know the audience of this letter? Dr. King addressed this apologetic for “civil disobedience” to white pastors who thought he had gone too far by encouraging his followers to break the law. He echoed Augustine, saying that an “unjust law is no law at all.” He said that a just law is in harmony with moral law, that any law that degrades human personality is unjust. We must ask ourselves if quarantining the healthy is in harmony with moral law. We must consider whether destroying people’s livelihoods, keeping them from attending church, and imposing social isolation, especially in the midst of compelling evidence that this virus isn’t a serious threat to otherwise healthy people, is the correct coarse of action.

Pastors and other Christian leaders are called to be countercultural. We are to obey the authority placed over us, but in this country our highest authority is the Constitution, which was primarily written from a Biblical worldview. The Apostle Paul appealed to Caesar in the face of injustice; in America, the equivalent would be to appeal to the Constitution. Our Constitution says that nobody should prohibit the free exercise of religion, of speech, the press, or the right to peaceably assemble (Amendment I). Furthermore, “no State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws” (Amendment XIV).

Some of you live in open states, and may wonder what all the fuss is about. Churches in Washington State and Minnesota have unjustly been kept from operating, and many still fear government reprisal. This morning, the Chicago mayor was reported to have sent police to shut down a church gathering in her city. Churches, daycares, and small businesses in Kentucky have far too many restrictions to practically operate. Everywhere the mainstream media mafia perpetuates fear and censors informed citizens in an attempt to control the narrative.

Christians, we must not be silent. Pastors, part of your calling is to admonish the flock according to Scripture and to equip us for participation in all spheres of life, including the media and the government. Please challenge us to speak into the culture, rather than to assimilate. Please give us permission not to be nice, but rather to be holy and effective at fulfilling the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. Please activate us in the spiritual war that has the whole world in its grip. Please don’t sit down and shut your doors. Please don’t bow to those who rule unjustly, no matter how “well-intentioned” they may seem. Please bow only to God, and refuse to allow His commands to be twisted into irrelevance.

In the words of Dr. King, “it is wrong to use immoral means to attain moral ends … it is just as wrong, or even more, to use moral means to preserve immoral ends.” Let us be neither complacent, nor arrogant. Let us not use our liberty as an excuse for sin, but also let us not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. We were bought with a price. It was for freedom that Christ set us free. Let us walk in that freedom, for the good of our country and our fellow countryman.

It’s all about control

By Heather Walton

We need to protect the most vulnerable.

We must protect our Constitutional rights.

Where is my unemployment?

I will not wear a mask!

It’s my body, and my choice.

Everyone needs to take the vaccine before we can get back to normal.

I will not take a vaccine.

Answer the phone when the health department calls, and cooperate with the contact tracers.

I will not answer the phone. In fact, I’m not doing any updates on my phone and I’ll leave it at home when I go out. 

You don’t value my life!

You don’t value my livelihood!

Since the beginning of the human race, it’s been about control. Did God really say you should not eat of any tree in the garden? … He knows that when you eat of it, you’ll be like God, knowing good and evil (Genesis 3). In other words, He is in control, but if you eat this fruit, you can be in control.

Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but the enemy of old, Satan, sure wants us to think it is (Ephesians 6:12). We get angry because we want to be in control. We fear because we want to be in control.

Guess what: we are NOT in control! We never have been. It’s an illusion. God is in control, but He has temporarily allowed Satan to be in control of certain aspects of the world (Matthew 4:8-9; Luke 4:5-6; John 14:30; John 12:31-33; Ephesians 2:1-3). I believe that the “spirit of the antichrist” which has been in the world since the beginning, is largely a spirit of control (1 John 2:18; 1 John 4:3). Satan himself, as Lucifer, fell from heaven because he wanted to be in control, rather than trusting God to be in control (Isaiah 14:12-15; Luke 10:18).

When we allow God to be in control of our lives (Romans 10:9-11) by accepting Jesus as Lord (master, one in charge), we gain a peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7). The very things we desire to have control for — peace, provision, victory over death — we gain by giving up control. It seems like a paradox, doesn’t it? However, it is true.

The spirit of the antichrist may soon be revealed as world leaders navigate this global crisis (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; 1 John 2:18). They have a global answer: They believe we need to seek world peace through a concept called globalism. They believe all people need to unite to end world hunger, poverty, inequality, illiteracy, “overpopulation,” and so on; however, God called us to scatter, to fill the earth and subdue it. Granted, our greed has tempted us to become bad stewards of the earth and to oppress people. That doesn’t change the fact that God wills us to populate, to work, and to be diverse. At the tower of Babel, the people wanted to stick together. They defied God by building a tower, not so they could reach heaven, but so they could keep from wandering too far. God had told them to scatter, but they reasoned that if they could build a tall enough tower, they could make sure that they could all see it, and that way they wouldn’t go too far. They would stay one global community, in defiance of God’s clear command to spread out. He confounded their language so that they would not remain together (Genesis 11).

Today, some of the world’s most powerful people want to control the world once again by uniting us all in a global community. This global crisis calls for a global solution, they say. They want control, pure and simple. Their motives may look noble and pure, but in reality, they don’t trust God. Did God really say? Is there really even a God? Don’t you know that we can do anything we set our minds to? 

Many people believe would agree with Bill Gates:

“I’ve been very lucky, and therefore I owe it to try and reduce the inequity in the world. And that’s kind of a religious belief. I mean, it’s at least a moral belief,” said Gates. “I agree with people like Richard Dawkins that mankind felt the need for creation myths. Before we really began to understand disease and the weather and things like that, we sought false explanations for them. Now science has filled in some of the realm – not all – that religion used to fill.” (Rolling Stone, March 13, 2014)

You see, if science is the answer, we can control that. We can’t control God, but we can, at least in some ways, control science. We can control what we understand, but we cannot understand God because His ways are so far above our ways that they are beyond comprehension (Isaiah 55:8-9). We don’t like that. We want to understand. We want to know. We want to control.

We cannot control, but we can put our lives in the hands of the One who is in control, the One who can give us the abundant life now and eternal life when we die (Deuteronomy 30:19; Joshua 24:15; John 3:16-17; John 10:9-10).

It seems to me that so many of us are addressing the things we can’t control and are angry at those who seem to hinder our control. In the end, though, we are all going to die and our fortunes will be given to another (Psalm 39:6; Psalm 49:10; Proverbs 27:1; Luke 12). We aren’t guaranteed our next breath or our next paycheck, no matter how hard we try. We should take good care of our bodies, we should work hard to earn a living, and we should try to keep our country free from tyranny. However, we also must recognize that our days are numbered and the world can change in a moment’s notice. We could literally be ushered into the presence of our Creator at any moment. We need to be ready.

The one thing we can do to control our future is to put our lives and our eternity into the hands of the One who possesses ultimate control.

If you have never accepted Jesus as Lord, you can do that right now. This takes an honest and genuine acknowledgement that you are a sinner, that you can’t do enough good deeds to be right with God because He is holy and we are unholy, that you need Him to save you, and that you are willing to follow Him and allow Him to govern your life. Baptism is the outward expression of this inward decision and should be done publicly and by immersion, in an act of obedience, submission, and testimonial to others. You also should read the Bible, pray, gather with other believers, and obey God’s commands, not to be saved, but out of gratitude for salvation, a desire to grow in your relationship with God, and in hopes of winning others to the Lord. If you have any questions about that, reach out to a believer you know, begin fellowship with a local church, and/or reach out by filling out the contact form below.