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Constitution of the USA: Unexcelled, Unrivaled, Under Attack

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On this 226th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America, I grieve for our country–our exceptional country, the finest country any man has ever known. The unraveling of reason, the attacks on our principles, the unspooling of our society all congeal into a dark and foreboding shadow that as a weighty cloak hovers above our land. The frenetic press against morality, the challenge against Christianity, the unveiling of godlessness and its presentation as an angel of modern thought, and of correctness and of the preferred are a throw to my very breath.

Yet, there remain we–many of us–who hold to the principles of the Constitution set by our fathers, and with unflagging persistence and with determined grit we hold to the assumption of the greatest experiment of all time. We plan to prevail.

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Challenge to Republicans and to Christians

Similarities exist between political parties and church denominations: A close look at that knowledge might serve as a magnifying glass to assess the effectiveness of either organism.(Hang with me, here. Need to lay some groundwork 🙂 )

Since the election, much discussion has centered around the future of the Republican party, with some predicting its demise, while others say we just need to regroup and reignite ourselves. There seems to be no dispute that not only have the demographics in America changed, but the social conventions and mores are distinctly different from those of 50 years ago–or either 20 years ago for that matter. So, then, if the Republican party is to survive as a conservative body and if we hope to ever again elect a president, should we not change our stance? Should we not accommodate those who want to legalize abortions, those who want to say that marriage no longer needs to be between one man and one woman, those who want increased government involvement in our lives . . . and on and on? You know the issues.

Similar challenges face the church. If we are to grow then, should we not accommodate revised values and declining morals? Should we not lower our standards so as to entice people to fill our auditoriums–to vote for us, if you will?

I say no. We should not change. Never. (Don’t get silly on me here. I’m not talking about refusing to use cars, computers, telephones, or airplanes. I’m speaking to changes in morality, modesty, and integrity.)  If we do change, the Republican party will be gone, morphed into something else: If we do change, our church “denomination” will be gone, morphed into something else. The answer? We must help people understand our beliefs and our value system. We must somehow find a way to let them know the advantage there is in living upright, with Judeo/Christian principles in place.

Within the book I finished writing a couple of weeks ago, the protagonist, Abram, speaks to a church board where he has been called to account for his frank preaching:

“Truth is the great examiner.” Every eye was directed to Abram as he continued. “Truth is the inquisitor that recognizes no rank, and that considers neither race, gender, age, nor intent in its expose. Truth advances into a hospital room and announces a grim report, or laughs with another who tells of dodging the cancer. Truth points a finger at David and declares, ‘Thou art the man.’” Silence roared in the fine room.

Abram returned to his assigned place. He stood, as he continued, his voice softer now as he appealed to his colleagues. “Brethren, let us remind ourselves that of he who markets in truth is demanded the highest accountability.

So, those of us who call ourselves Christian and those of us who call ourselves Republican, let us examine ourselves and our principles. Let us be sure of them. Then let us find effective ways to present our message as being truth and the hope of the world.

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Open Letter to Governor Mitt Romney

Dear Governor Romney:

I am 74 years old and have never before written to a government official. I am 74 years old and have never before written anything that resembles a fan letter. Today, though, with a grieving heart, I do both.

On Tuesday evening, Jerry and I sat in our living room to follow the election results. As the wretched end of the election became clear, a heavy cloud of depression enveloped our living room, an emotion that neither of us are prone to incur. It was as though the air had been sucked from around us.

My husband is a retired Pentecostal preacher, and as such, our religious beliefs differ strikingly from yours as a Mormon. From the beginning of the campaign, though, we understood that we would vote for you–not as a pastor or any other religious leader–but as the president of the United States. As we learned more of you and your family through the debates, your speeches, interviews, videos and various articles, we came to highly respect you, your ethics, your dream for America, and your history. Would that America were filled with such caring, giving, and classy families as yours. In all sincerity, do I say this.

For the most part now, your faces are gone from the news sources. Disappeared. And I wonder about you . . . and yours. How sad are you? Do you weep? Are you desolate? As leaden as is my heart–I, just an ordinary voter–I suspect your pain–you, the candidate for the presidency–to be dire. So, I come today to remind you that at least half of America wanted you for our president. At least half of us are hard-working, upstanding Americans. We take care of each other. We don’t abort our babies, nor do we marry people of the same sex. We don’t want the government to take care of us, we don’t want Obamacare, we don’t want higher taxes and more regulations, nor do we want the president that some misguided people elected into that office. But we have him, and we will respect the office, and we will work for the advancement of the United States of America.

I wish you well, as do millions more. We will not forget your graciousness. We will not forget the pieces of your life that you left scattered in the field. Our dreams will not die, and although our great country seems to have lost her way, and we stagger now in a dark place, our hope is not gone. We look to God and to the innate goodness of America. And still, let us hope that someday we can regain our place as the last great hope of the earth.

Thank you for what you gave.

Shirley Buxton

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If you read this and have such thoughts about Mitt Romney, it would be great if you would leave a comment here.

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God and America

In our home, we are seldom–if ever–depressed, yet as Jerry and I sat in our living room last night and followed the election returns by radio and by the internet, depression filled our hearts. Had we a gauge to measure the air, I suspect our atmosphere would have thundered with depression. I stayed up to listen to Governor Romney’s gracious concession speech. I could not bear to hear President Obama’s acceptance speech.

Last night I wrote a paragraph on my facebook account in which I stated my deep concerns about the health of America, at which time I suggested the election outcome was not a fluke, but rather was a revelation of the heart of our country. I am convinced this is so. I grieve.

The problem goes deeper than the discussion of job creation, the size of the military, black vote, women vote, youth vote, red states, blue states, Hispanic vote, automobile bail-outs, Bain Capital, outsourcing, China, Iran . . .far deeper than all that. The problem is with our hearts. The America I have known all my life is gone. I no longer recognize my country, my dear country. We have lost our way.

Just this week PETA asked the city of Irvine, CA. to erect a memorial to 1600 fish who died because of a traffic accident. Yet today–today–American mamas took themselves to clinics or to bedrooms and more than three thousand of them killed their babies. They aborted them. Fifty million every year. It’s ghastly.

Yesterday, into the U S senate Tammy Baldwin was elected. She is openly gay.

In September, I sat in my living room and on my computer heard the delegates at the DNC shout no when they were asked to include references to God and to say that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel in their platform. I was sickened.

In 2006, in a short blog post I raised the question as to whether or not God sets up our leaders. I had forgotten about the piece, but it has come to my attention that it recent hours it has received hundreds of hits. I plan to study the issue more. How can it be that God would set up an evil person? Does He? Are we being punished because we have turned from God?

Our hope lies in Jesus Christ the righteous. There is no other way.

“If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14

I’m very interested in your thoughts. Please leave a comment.

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Is the Newsweek Cover Offensive?

She was a parasitic twin, born with four legs and four arms, and the Indian villagers worshipped her as a god, for one of their many gods was one with multiple arms and legs. She attracted the attention of the world when her plight was discovered by a caring doctor who arranged for a risky operation to remove her extra limbs. I wrote extensively about Lakshimi here. (In that post are other links, including one to a video about this charming little girl.)

Now, another incident has arisen concerning Indian gods with multiple limbs. This one has come about because of a cover of Newsweek magazine that makes a connection between President Obama and their  multi-limbed deity. Many Hindus are offended.

Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism in Nevada, told the English-language Sify News in India that Nataraja is highly revered and meant to be worshipped, not indecorously thrown around. Zed, who is known for his work on interfaith dialogue, said it is not OK to use Hindu concepts and symbols for profit or self-serving purposes.

Source: Fox news

The accompanying article is intended to show the job of President is so daunting, it is difficult for one man to do alone, but how that translates to “god of all things” is puzzling.  Perhaps Newsweek is hinting at the ‘need’ for an even larger, more intrusive and tyrannical government.  Remember, this is the magazine that declared, “We are all socialists now“.

Source: Joe Newby

I really don’t know what to make of this. Have you thought about it? Is Newsweek deliberately trying to offend the Hindus? Should Hindus be offended? I’d like to hear your thoughts.



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Patriotism Political insight

VOTE!

PLEASE VOTE!

It is our privilege to go to the polls today in this very important election. Please vote! If by chance you’re lacking in passion or patriotism or love for our spectacular country, take a look at this video–my favorite rendition of America the Beautiful. God shed Your grace and mercy on us today.

Have you voted? Are you planning to? Why? Why not?

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Of Imagery

Of inestimable value to me, both as a source of pure enjoyment and as a considerable fount of spiritual and practical enlightenment, has been my lifelong close association with ministers of the Gospel. With preachers. With gifted preachers. With preachers so moved by the Holy Ghost that a snippet of scripture, once only cold, dry markings, illuminates into such revelation that in the strike of a gleaming moment Truth is unveiled. Imagery. Imagery of such clarity as are raven words on glinting screen, and more so, for somehow the story is told, and its back-story is understood, the precept, the principle.
Now while I admit to these certain advantages, I’m quite convinced it does not require living around preachers to understand and appreciate imagery and its power. Thus, I was shocked to hear the recent words of President Obama when on Monday he delivered the following at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I. According to the Associated Press he said,
“…Now that progress has been made, we can’t have special interests sitting shotgun. We gotta have middle class families up in front. We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”
It is shocking that President Obama, our first African-American president, would make such an obvious reference to that dismal period of our history when black people were required to sit in the back of the bus. It is shameful. It is regrettable. It is a slap in the face of Rosa Parks, who that December day in 1955 changed the course of American history. When told to move to the back of the bus, she said in essence, “Not today.”
We need leaders of other ilk than that recently demonstrated. We need leaders who will rise above pettiness and smallness. We need leaders in every branch of government and in every party who will forever cast aside the garments of racism and all its disgracefulness and malignant thought. We NEED LEADERS. We need eagles.
Eagles have always been representative of high calibre leaders. They don’t flock like geese but rather fly solo. While this may rob them of the ability to draft from each other, it provides them with some crucial advantages that are essential for vision development, maintenance, and casting. Here are two:

One, an eagle and a turkey react very differently to the threat of a storm. A turkey runs under the barn, hoping the storm won’t come near. The eagle, on the other hand, leaves the security of its nest and spreads its wings to ride the air currents of the approaching storm, knowing they will carry it higher than it could soar on its own.

Two, when an eagle is attacked by a pack of crows it doesn’t fight back. All it does is simply fly higher and higher, knowing that pretty soon the crows won’t be able to fly any higher. The eagle plays smart rather than lose its sensibility in the mindless games of small-thinking crows.

Herman Najoli

Of imagery. Of eagles and crows. Of buses and cars. The back. Of Rosa Parks, resolute and unflinching. Of courageous and soaring leadership.

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Startling Vulgarity

It adds to my disrespect and to my disgust of President Obama that he now has resorted to vulgar street language. Such response to a most extreme problem does nothing to quiet my fears concerning his wisdom, nor do I feel comforted as I consider what seems to be his shocking lack of skill, competence, and judgment.

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Miss Me Yet?

At first no one knew who had erected the billboard, but in recent hours the news has surfaced that an anonymous business owner is responsible for this unique display. The billboard is in Wyoming, Minnesota and has attracted nationwide attention.

Complete story here.

Well, do you? I do.

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Outrageous Political insight

The Audacity of President Obama’s Scolding the Supreme Court

The arrogance of President Obama has never been more evident than during last night’s State of the Union speech. As the Chief Justices sat prominently before him, the President, in extremely poor taste, in blatant rudeness, scolded and disparaged the Supreme Court, blasting their recent ruling. It was disgraceful.

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