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Mourning The Anniversary of Death

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By Heather Walton

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?

“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.”

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV

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

“Rescue those who are being taken away to death;

    hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.

 If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”

    does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?

Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,

    and will he not repay man according to his work?”

Proverbs 24:11-12 ESV

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.

“So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, that person shall die in his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul.”

Ezekiel 33:7-9 ESV

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.

Not my president?

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By Heather Walton

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?

“Their feet run to evil, and they are swift to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; desolation and destruction are in their highways. The way of peace they do not know, and there is no justice in their paths; they have made their roads crooked; no one who treads on them knows peace.”

Isaiah 59:7-8 ESV

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.

Why should socialism scare us?

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By Heather Walton

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?

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

27 So God created man in his own image,

    in the image of God he created him;

    male and female he created them.

28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 

“Creation Mandate,” Genesis 1:26-28 ESV

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.

But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Genesis 3:4-5 ESV

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).

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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,

“The goal of socialism is communism.”

Vladmir Lenin

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.

“Darwin’s work is most important and suits my purpose in that it provides a basis in natural science for the historical class struggle… Despite all shortcomings, it is here that, for the first time, “teleology” in natural science is not only dealt a mortal blow but its rational meaning is empirically explained.”

Karl Marx, quoted at Marx and Engels…and Darwin? | International Socialist Review (isreview.org)

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.

We Wish You an Imperfect Christmas

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By Heather Walton

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.

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,

    who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,

from you shall come forth for me

    one who is to be ruler in Israel,

whose coming forth is from of old,

    from ancient days.

Micah 5:2 ESV

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.

Merry Imperfect Christmas to All!

What Is Law?: A Case for Christian Civil Disobedience

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By Heather Walton

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.

“Man, considered as a creature, must necessarily be subject to the laws of his Creator … it is necessary that he should, in all points, conform to his Maker’s will. This will of his maker is called the law of nature … This law of nature, dictated by God himself, is … superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times; no human laws are of any validity if contrary to this.”

William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of england: Book the first.

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:

“Human laws are measures in respect of men whose actions they must direct, howbeit such measures they are as have also their higher rules to be measured by, which rules are two — the laws of God and the laws of Nature; so that laws human must be made according to the general laws of Nature, and without contradiction to any positive law of Scripture, otherwise they are ill made.”

John Locke, Second Treatise on Civil Government (An essay concerning the True Extent and End of Civil Government), XI: 136, FN2; quoting Richard Hooker, Ecclesiastical Polity, 1, iii, 9, cf. Locke, Second Treatise, II: 6: XI: 142.

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.

“You can never be sure when those in power will come after you as a villain for having said or done something that was perfectly fine the day before. And the consequences for violating the new taboos are extreme, including losing your livelihood and having your reputation ruined forever.

People are becoming instant pariahs for having expressed a politically incorrect opinion, or in some other way provoking a progressive mob, which amplifies its scapegoating through social and conventional media. Under the guise of “diversity,” “inclusivity,” “equity,” and other egalitarian jargon, the Left creates powerful mechanisms for controlling thought and discourse and marginalizes dissenters as evil.”

Rod Dreher, Live Not By Lies

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:

HE’ROnoun [Latin heros; Gr. a demigod.]

1. A man of distinguished valor, intrepidity or enterprise in danger; as a hero in arms.

2. A great, illustrious or extraordinary person; as a hero in learning. [Little used.]

Noah Webster, American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828

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!”?

“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.”

Galatians 5:1 ESV

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,

“I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.”

Esther 4:16b ESV (emphasis added)

Why I Stand and Where I’ll Fall

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By Heather Walton

The apostle Paul was a Christ follower, as were Barnabas and Mark. Yet they had a sharp disagreement that unfortunately kept them apart for many years. Really it seems like it was over something that really shouldn’t have been a long term issue, yet it was. Before that they had been very close and a great team. The enemy seeks to divide but God’s purposes stand.

As I’m seeking the Lord and zealous to do His will, it is not a secret that some folks, some godly folks, some folks I greatly respect, some folks I love, believe I am misguided. I don’t believe I am, but I respect anyone’s right to disagree. In fact, I want to protect that very right to believe differently and to speak up about differing beliefs, and that’s why I’ve taken the stands I have.

Our founding fathers were godly, albeit imperfect, men who sought the Lord and framed the Constitution from a Biblical worldview. Those who wrote the Declaration of Independence and those who supported the War for Independence risked everything, including their livelihoods, their safety, their families’ safety, their reputations, and their friendships, because they felt called by God that men should have freedom, not a selfish freedom, because they knew they may not even live to see that freedom. Like those in the Hebrews Hall of Faith, they did this for a higher purpose than themselves. These people were law breakers when it came to King George’s tyrannical laws, and many faulted them for it. But they appealed to a higher Law. God made us in His image. As His image bearers, we have laws that transcend the Constitution, but because the Constitution is based on God’s Law, and it is the highest law of our country and our Commonwealth, I will protect it however I can. In fact, in 1989, I took an oath to do so, and that oath had no expiration date.

My friend from Uganda sent me very graphic pictures of people dead and dying in the streets bc of lockdowns that cause people to starve. If liberty fails here, the world is impacted. I firmly believe we have a responsibility to steward what He has entrusted.I look at people like William Wilberforce and Dietrich Bonheffer, and I’m inspired. These men were not daunted by the fact that few stood with them and that many were opposed. They were sure of their calling and accountable to God above all.

I don’t pretend to be worthy of the company of such men, but I am inspired by their bravery and commitment. I have had few trials in comparison, but I am willing to pay the price because I’m assured of God’s calling and because liberty — true liberty — is worth it.

My greatest allegiance is to the Lord Jesus Christ. I don’t take that lightly. I stand on liberty because He bought it for us. That transcends political borders and parties and has eternal consequences. The things we are seeing run far deeper than masks, vaccines, and lockdowns. There is no political party with the answer. I do not take a political stand. I stand for truth. I stand for Christ, and if I fall, I fall into His arms.

COVID in KY: What do these numbers mean?

By Heather Walton

I examined the statistics for Kentucky on the CDC’s death statistics and made some observations from the following data:

This chart is part of the data found at https://data.cdc.gov/NCHS/Weekly-Counts-of-Deaths-by-State-and-Select-Causes/muzy-jte6/data

1. I calculated the actual Kentucky deaths from week 15 to week 42 of 2019 and 2020, because that period reflects the beginning of the COVID deaths and allows for enough time to have passed that the data for 2020 should be complete. In doing so, I got these numbers for Kentucky: 2019: 25,209 total deaths; 2020: 27,744 total deaths. That means 2,535 more deaths for Kentucky during that period, accounting for about 93 deaths per week. That could be statistically significant, but we do need to control for other factors.

2. I calculated the deaths by natural causes from the same periods and for 2019, there were 22,933, and for 2020, there were 24,919. This means there were 1,926 more deaths by natural causes, which brings the above number to 71 deaths per week, 22 less weekly than the total. This means there were 2,276 unnatural deaths for that period in 2019, and 2,825 unnatural deaths in 2020.

It is important to investigate the effects of the pandemic and its mitigation measures on unnatural deaths, because causation and/or correlation there could be evidence that lockdowns are at least partially counterproductive. Also, if you make the case that civil unrest is unrelated to the lockdowns, then those figures should be considered independently. And if you make the case that lockdowns are causal, at least partially, to civil unrest, then the cure could be partially responsible for continuing cases and deaths due to the virus.

3. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau and World Population Review, the population of KY increased by 32,017 between July 2019 and the present, which is a .35% increase. We should expect rising death rates with rising population, and we should expect the death rates to outnumber the population growth because of the aging population.

4. According to scholarly research, mortality has been disproportionate in skilled nursing facilities, with around 34% of the deaths occurring in nursing homes. In fact, Dr. Steven Stack said during the November 30 Governor’s briefing that two thirds of Kentucky COVID deaths have been in nursing homes. This, of course, is tragic, but does not support lockdowns; it may actually build a case against them.

I believe it is important to think critically and have productive dialogue regarding the issues of our day. We must not rely on others’ opinions, but should do our own research and ask thoughtful questions before coming to conclusions.

In doing so, I’m not trying to downplay anyone’s pain or personal experience with the virus; on the contrary, it is crucial to examine the impact of COVID-19 from multiple perspectives. I have repeatedly been told that, if I had experienced the devastation of this virus, I would think and behave differently. To that I say, is there anyone who hasn’t experienced the devastation of this virus? And why do some people limit the negative impact to catching the virus or deaths attributed to the virus? It goes so much deeper than that:

Consider the impact on people’s livelihoods: In Louisville alone, hundreds of businesses have closed this year. Many workers have been laid off. Our state economy has been devastated. You might say that this isn’t as important as the loss of human life. In fact, it does sound like a reasonable concession to make for the sake of so many potential lives lost. However, when we consider that perhaps the numbers are being over-dramatized, it should make us pause. Even if they weren’t, we need to look at the short and long-term consequences of this huge economic loss. Indeed, it could result in loss of life, and definitely results in loss of quality of life.

Depression and anxiety are on the rise. This is a major consequence of the lockdowns. Many children and adolescents are suffering from the lack of true social interaction and the uncertainty perpetuated by these mitigation measures and the media attention given to the pandemic. Unemployment also contributes to mental health, as does isolation. And what about the elderly who are not allowed visitors, even in the final moments of their lives? It seems downright unreasonable that the government has even mandated that people die alone.

Students are receiving less-than-ideal education, because non-traditional instruction (NTI) is not cutting it for many who are enrolled in in-person programs. Granted, NTI can be done well, but many students in public schools, especially if they do not have parental support, are not getting an education comparable to what they received in the classroom.

These are just a few of the consequences of restricting the movement, activity, and free will of the entire population. And what’s worse is that the restrictions are somewhat random, with some industries and activities being allowed to continue, while others are not.

Concerns regarding religious liberty may be the most alarming. Church, we are being lulled to sleep, boiled alive, or whatever proverb you want to use. We are operating with our masks not just covering our mouths and noses, but our eyes and ears as well! Some are allowing feelings and experiences to override truth, facts, and even Scripture.

I understand that COVID is real and that people do have devastating health effects, some of which we may not realize for years to come; however, some people act as if this is the only cost, and that we must avoid losing even one life due to this virus. How many of those same people are doing everything they can to avoid cancer, heart disease, and diabetes? How many people who shame others for not wearing a mask would do the same to someone smoking a cigarette or going through the drive-through at a fast-food restaurant? How many of those same people make sure they are doing everything health-wise to avoid the virus? How many text and drive?

It’s time for us to wake up to the possibility that we are being manipulated, and to ask why. This may not be comfortable for some to consider, and I predict that many will be upset by me even suggesting this. Yet, I must. It would be remiss of me to withhold critical thinking in the name of feelings. We must, if we are honest seekers of truth, explore the possibility that we have been conditioned by the media, by our education system, and by the government, to believe things about this virus that are not true. To take it a step further, we may even be responding to this virus in ways that are not correct, and that we may be perpetuating falsehood by going along with the narrative. It’s not wrong to think critically. It’s wrong to allow our feelings to override truth.

If you’ve lost someone due to this virus, I am not downplaying your pain. But I submit to you that I have personally seen things from a different perspective during times of grief, and that perspective has generally been flawed, because grief is all-encompassing. I would also ask you, if your loved one had died of something else, would you be vigilant about the other cause of death? For example, if your loved one died of heart disease, would you be evaluating your health choices in light of your loved one’s death? Would you be changing your eating habits and exercising more? Would you be trying to close down the fast food industry? Would you be shaming people who eat fast food and don’t exercise? These are important questions to ponder, especially given that heart disease is the number one cause of death, and many with COVID had it as a comorbidity. If the answer is “no,” what does that do to your credibility in the way you are handling this virus?

I simply ask that those of you who feel so strongly about these mandates and lockdowns please consider the true statistics and the broader context. I also ask that you try to understand that those of us who feel strongly in the other direction are not malicious, unfeeling, greedy, self-absorbed, indifferent, or stupid. Most of us believe you should be free to make up your own minds about this. Most of us are upset at the powers that have created this pandemic of fear, and we are simply trying to bring truth to light. Most of us would find it easier not to be confrontational, yet we believe in God-given liberty too much to see what is happening and turn a blind eye. We are not your enemy. Please consider our perspective.

So Long, Social Media?

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By Heather Walton

Dear Facebook,

I think it’s time we consider breaking up. I feel like our relationship isn’t healthy. I find myself too dependent on you, checking on you too often, trying to make sure our relationship is still okay. I need to know that people are reading my posts, and I really hope they like them. I know sometimes I write stuff people don’t like, but I really hope they won’t judge me for it, or worse, unfriend me, or even worse, presume my eternal fate. I crave social points. I want to know my worth is secure, and everybody knows that likes, positive emojis, shares, and friend requests offer security. I mean, if everyone on social media thinks I’m alright, well, then I must be. Right … ???

Even then, you know, I’m not sure. You know, there could be people who unfriended me and I didn’t notice. Didn’t I see someone pop up in my friend suggestions yesterday who I thought was already my friend. What was up with that?

And sometimes I post something and somebody doesn’t like it, and they say something really unkind back to me, or they scold me, even calling my character into question. I know you can’t tell tone in a comment, but it sure seems like they’re yelling at me, or shaming me. Maybe I’m not okay after all. Maybe they’re right, and I’m insensitive, or an idiot, or a bad friend. Maybe I really don’t know the right way to think. Maybe I should just stop posting anything that might offend.

But then I try that, and I still end up offending someone over something I didn’t even consider controversial.

Sometimes I wonder which life is reality. Is there a living, breathing representation of me somewhere in cyberspace? Sometimes it sure feels like it!

It used to be that I would fret over the things I actually verbalized to people, and that was enough. Now I also get to overanalyze online dialogue. And I receive feedback from any number of people with whom I never would have shared in person what I posted online because of the sheer volume of people who can be reached in a nanosecond on the Internet. Several post their commentary for my reading “pleasure.” And have you ever noticed how bold people will be online? Most of them would never actually say out loud some of the things their fingers will vomit out onto the screen.

Some people choose to only use social media to showcase themselves. Others to share lighthearted memes and family photos. Nothing wrong with that. But, and I’m sure you’ve noticed, Facebook, I’m kind of intense. I have convictions and I want to share them, not because I want to shove my thoughts down people’s throats, but because I believe in the free exchange of ideas, and because I believe what I have to say is worthy of being heard.

To go even further, I believe God has called me to seek truth and to speak and write about it. If I break things off with you, then I won’t be able to share with them as easily. Do I need you? No. Might God use you to get His message out through me? I hope so. Now that may sound prideful, but for me, writing is a calling. In the parable of the talents, the stewards were expected to use what the Master gave them and to multiply it. My Master has gifted me with the talent of writing, and I dare not bury that talent by keeping it hidden only in my journal. If I did, that would actually be the prideful move.

I really do believe that God has called me to communicate in writing with a fallen, desperate world, to tell them that Jesus is the answer to all that ails them. Sometimes He calls me to write stuff that I really would rather keep to myself. Other times I make mistakes. But my intent is always to glorify God and to serve my fellow man.

So for now, I guess I’ll hang in there. I need to remember that it’s not about me, how I feel, or how comfortable or popular I am. It’s about obedience to share what God has laid on my heart, in hopes that it will encourage and strengthen Christ-followers, and draw unbelievers to Jesus. Sometimes that offends people who disagree, but that doesn’t change God’s call or His truth.

Okay, Facebook, I guess we’ll give it another chance, but I’ve got to remember not to get caught up again in trying too hard and analyzing too much. I have to remember that my real Audience sits on the throne of the universe and not on the other side of a screen.

Sincerely,

Heather Walton

P.S. “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10 ESV).

Exploiting Women Hurts Everyone

By Heather Walton

I have hesitated to share this because I don’t want to dishonor anyone in doing so, but here’s the problem with that: many people are hurt because people fail to stand up and call evil what it is. Like many of you, I watched the Super Bowl half-time show. I actually sat there horrified at this display of borderline pornography. Oh, it’s just a little harmless entertainment, you say? I beg to differ.

As a victim of childhood sexual abuse and a failed first marriage due to pornography and its effects, I can tell you, without hesitation, that this was not harmless entertainment, a celebration of culture, or any other positively spun act. It was evil, vile, and exploitative. How awful that one of the performers’ young daughters saw this, and actually was part of the show!

How many of us would welcome women dressed like that, doing a sensual dance, in our living rooms? Isn’t that exactly what we did on Sunday?

Our culture has normalized sexual sin. We expect that “boys will be boys,” we think it’s fine for people to have sex outside of marriage and to love whomever they want. As women, we want to be treated with dignity, yet we excuse pole dancing because it’s entertainment or a display of athleticism. We endorse practical nudity because they did a great job dancing. There is something very wrong with this reasoning, which is nothing short of justification of sin.

I’m thankful that my husband turned his head and talked with me while this scene was playing out, but some of the men in the room did not. As someone who previously had felt she had to try to compete with women with flawless bodies, I feel for the many women whose husbands or boyfriends didn’t turn away from the screen. But I feel even worse for those who are okay with that.

Ladies, we have the power to ignite a cultural transformation by insisting that women not be considered mere eye candy, that we be valued for what’s beneath our skin, that we be applauded for contributions other than those related to sex and physical attractiveness. The Lord created us with a special beauty, but He did not create us to flaunt that beauty or to be objects. And we are the ones with the power to shape the way men, other women, and especially children, view us. If we see ourselves as sex objects, they will too. We need to consider the logical consequences of our thoughts and our actions, rather than blindly accepting cultural attitudes.

We are worth more. We need to believe it, we need to express it, and we need to live it.