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The Stigma of Christian Thought

For some time now, here in the United States, a peculiar way of thinking has set up and proliferated, so that finally it has massed into what I consider a questionable and highly suspicious thought: Persons who openly talk about the Bible, about God and about looking to Him for direction are thought peculiar, and often are investigated (even castigated, though this may be couched differently, and stringently denied) for those ideals. This spread of such a negative comprehension baffles me. For some time now, I have been brooding over this development: I am filled with righteous indignation at what has developed in my country.

In my mind, the awareness of this stigma associated with Christian thought, and the speaking to such ideals, has come to a head during the past few weeks since Sarah Palin has been chosen as Republican vice-presidential candidate. It is now clear, that among us, there is a fanatical anti-religious movement that denigrates those who are God-minded; God-minded to such degree that they speak openly of those thoughts, and that they consider their daily activities in the light of God’s will.

Sarah Palin has been scrutinized, castigated, misquoted, and disdained because she said this:

“Pray for our military men and women who are
striving to do what is right, also for this country, that our leaders,
our national leaders, are sending them out on a task that is from God.
That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is
a plan and that plan is God’s plan. So bless them with your prayers,
your prayers of protection over our soldiers.”

What is wrong with such words? How can a Christian nation reprove and upbraid one of its leaders for such worthy request? How dare she be chastised for suggesting that our plans need to be aligned with God’s plan?

Jana Allard first made me aware of the Pat Oliphant cartoon the Washington Post ran several days ago now, in which it sneers at  Pentecostals and ridicules the biblical-founded practice of speaking in tongues. Recall that Sarah Palin is reputed to have been a Pentecostal for much of her life. The publishing of this cartoon is unconscionable, and served to fuse in my mind the understanding that now in America, there is a stigma to Christian thought and Christian ideals. I am deeply troubled.

I am somewhat soothed by the outcry from such publication. A few days ago my granddaughter Aisha sent me a copy of the following letter from Rev. Nathaniel Wilson.

Letter to the Editor
The Washington Post
1150 15th Street, N.W.
Washington,=2 0DC 20071

Dear Editor:

I am writing in regards to your recent cartoon lampooning Pentecostals.

First, I am somewhat shocked at the paucity of judgment in running such a demeaning piece (not to mention the awful artwork). The crassness and lack of discretion shown in your cartoon reveals a surprising narrowness and ignorance of world realities by both the cartoonist and those who approved it.  When I compare such with the intellectual perspicacity, the enduring utilitarian beauty, and the unparalleled literary skill of the writers of the New Testament (all of which were Pentecos tal, Acts 1:8, 2:1-4) your newspaper comes out a sad and very distant second.  (An example of such beauty is I Corinthians 13.  Yes, it is written by a Pentecostal preacher and author).

Further, it is evident that someone at the Post may not know that 16% of the world’s population is Pentecostal (not just “Christian” but “Pentecostal Christians”).  This is approximately 500 million people worldwide.  Further, this number is expected to continue its exponential growth for decades to come.  So impacting is this phenomenon that, several years ago, Time magazine estimated it may be one of the most impacting events in the last one thousand years.

The liberating power of Pentecostalism also has a direct impact on the political climate of the world. For example, China is being revolutionized from within by conversions20to Christianity, much of which is Pentecostal.  This emphasis on the value of the individual versus the state is literally readjusting the philosophical underpinnings of the world’s largest nation.

In the intellectual and spiritual Hall of Greats, Jesus I know.  Paul I know, but I gently ask, who are you?

Respectfully,

Nathaniel J. Wilson, Ed.D

A few days before I received a copy of Rev. Wilson’s letter,  Rev. Barry King sent this to my screen.

A Message from Jerry Jones:

Dear Sir:

I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the long-denied political bias of the editorial board of the Washington Post confirmed by the highly offensive cartoon by Pat Oliphant published on September 9th. I was shocked to discover the board also holds a religious prejudice as well. To single out those of us who are Pentecostal and revere as well as practice the Scriptural experience of speaking in tongues in such a calculatedly offensive way is disgusting. That it was published by a leading U. S. newspaper is beyond belief. Quite obviously the board’s phobia of Governor Palin has caused it to lose its senses as well as its decency. To attack her on the basis of her political positions is certainly within your right, but to attack and ridicule her solely on the basis of her faith, a faith that is practiced by a significant number of Americans is indefensible.

A response by the millions of Pentecostals both in their future choice of reading material as well as at the polls can be expected from this unprovoked attack on a belief than spans many denominations of Christianity.

If such a deliberate disregard of the sincerely held beliefs of a significant segment of our population is fair game in the pursuit of a political agenda, how can the already tattered reputation of the traditional press in our country be rehabilitated? Your abrogation of your responsibility to respect and exhibit at least a minimum sensitivity toward other’s beliefs relegates the fabled Washington Post to the sorry company of yellow journalism rags of the past.

I urge the editorial board to issue an immediate apology to the millions offended by this silly and disgusting cartoon.

Sincerely,

Jerry Jones
General Secretary
United Pentecostal Church International

With fervor do I defend the right of the Washington Post to print their cartoon. With equal passion do I plead for editorial honesty and discretion. Let us in every walk of life consider our godly roots and righteous foundation. Let us be of extreme wariness when a person who speaks to his Christian principles; who voices his faith in God and in the Bible is disdained and scorned. God help us.

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Sarah Palin, Our Founding Fathers and Prayer

On a site I do not wish to advertise is a list entitled 10 weird things about Sarah Palin, and as you may imagine, the article demeans and deprecates Governor Palin. The most telling and objectionable statement is this:  Sara Palin prays.

She prays? How weird. Governor Palin prays when she faces a problem? when she needs direction? when she needs strength? when one of her babies is sick? when her daughter is pregnant out of wedlock? when her husband is discouraged? when her state is challenged? when Trig is about to be born? when she has been tapped as VP candidate? when Track is ready to be deployed? She prays? How strange? Weird woman, that Sarah Palin.

Calling Sarah Palin weird because she prays indicts our founding fathers. Be assured, they prayed, for our country is built on Judeo/Christian values. Many would have us believe otherwise, but they are either dishonest or quite mistaken. I want to remind you of a few facts.

1. The founding of America, beginning with Christopher Columbus was of a godly nature. In 1504 he wrote a book in which he says,

“I prayed to the most merciful Lord about my heart’s great desire…it was the Lord who put into my mind…the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies. There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy spirit…

Columbus also wrote, “I am a most unworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace and mercy, and they have covered me completely.”

2. From the beginning, Christians in Europe viewed the New World as a place for religious freedom and a haven and an opportunity to spread the Gospel. Their earliest legal documents reflect their commitment to Christ and their mission. In 1620, the Pilgrims established the Mayflower Compact before they landed at Plymouth Rock. The document said,

“In the presence of God, Amen. We…do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God, and one another, covenant and combine ourselves into a civil body politic.”

3. The Continental Congress called for a day of fasting and prayer within the colonies, beseeching God to give guidance and direction as to whether they should secede from England before they signed the Declaration of Independence.

4. Recall that the Continental Congress began its sessions with prayer, a practice that is followed by both houses of Congress today.

Governor Sarah Palin prays? Sarah Palin may become our vice-president..and she prays? Sarah Palin may one day become president of the United States…and she prays? Sara Palin may go beyond a written, ordered prayer and earnestly intreat God for His direction, for His will, for His protection? Sarah Palin prays in the Spirit?

Let us trust such to be the case. Let us continue to believe this is possible, and to work fervently to insure its coming to pass, for nothing, I tell you nothing will correct the ills of our country as will godly leadership who leads our country back into a holy awareness of God.

Many of you will be familiar with this portion of scripture: to others it will be new. I ask you to read it carefully and to consider it’s timely message.

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

Credit to Were the Founding Fathers Christian?

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Does Hillary Secretly Love Sarah?

There are some who believe Hillary secretly loves Sarah.

“Let me tell you something,” said Luanne Van Werven, a Republican delegate from Lynden, Wash., as the convention closed late Thursday night. “I secretly think Hillary loves Sarah Palin.”

Why?

“Because she wants Barack to lose, so she can run again, of course!” Ms. Van Werven said with a laugh. “I just bet Hillary was watching Sarah’s speech on T.V. Wednesday night and cheering, ‘You go, girl!’ ”

More at the New York Times where Patrick Healy writes of what he calls “this juicy business.”

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“Thanks Very Much, Mr. Speaker. We’ll Leave it There.”

“Her resume is not something we’re familiar seeing with Presidential candidates,” complained the MSNBC reporter to former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, suggesting Sarah Palin is not qualified to be elected vice-president of the United States.

Impatiently, Newt Gingrich rattled off the long list of accomplishments of Governor Sarah Palin…then he deftly turned the tables.

“Tell me one thing Barack Obama has done (that qualifies him to be President.)”

“Thanks very much, Mr. Speaker. We”ll leave it there.”

Watch it here. Very telling.

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Sarah Palin Announces Pregnancy of Her Unmarried Daughter

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In order to quell the left-wing blogs which have circulated ridiculous unfounded rumors, Sarah Palin, just minutes ago, announced their unmarried daughter 17-year-old Bristol is five months pregnant. She will marry the young father, and the family is asking that the privacy of the couple be respected.

There is no question but what the Palin’s have discussed at length the harsh spot-light in which her nomination as Republican vice-president would place them. According to news reports, Senator McCain knew of Britol’s pregnancy when he tapped Mrs. Palin.

Is there a perfect family among us? He that is without sin, may now cast a stone.

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“Removing Republican–Putting on American Hat”

It is being reported that Senator John McCain has just said,  “We must take off our Republican hat, and put on our American hat.”

With that, the word is given that because of the dangerous storm threatening the gulf states, the Republican convention will begin as scheduled, but only to such degree as required by law to fulfill the minimum base of requirements. Nothing should be done that will take attention and workers away from the emergency situation in Louisiana and other southern states, said the spokesman for the Republican committee.

Let us all join in prayer for the safety of our people across the country. God bless our country. Keep us safe.

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Flip-flopping Anyone?

flip-flop
noun
1 a light sandal, typically of plastic or rubber, with a thong between the big and second toe.
flip-flop 1
2 a backward somersault or handspring.
3 informal an abrupt reversal of policy : his flip-flop on taxes.
4 Electronics a switching circuit that works by changing from one stable state to another, or through an unstable state back to its stable state, in response to a triggering pulse.

Over the past months, we’ve heard the term flip-flopping used extensively, have held our hands to our mouths and snickered over our leaders–and candidates– who, seemingly for political advantage, frequently change their minds. Now, there’s nothing wrong with a person’s changing his mind; indeed it is the mark of an honest inquiring person who will consider facts as they develop and modify his position accordingly. Nothing wrong with that. Don’t think anyone has ever said there was. It’s the studied inconsistency, the wishy-washiness of some whose shiftiness deserves the term flip-flopping.

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Dr. Dobson Speaks Out for Sarah Palin

Dr. Dobson just said on the Dennis Prager show that if he were to go into the voting booth today, he would “pull the lever” for John McCain and Sarah Palin.

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A Dynamic First Glimpse of Sarah Palin

She is dynamite!

John McCain is one wise man. She is pro-life, a lifetime NRA member, beautiful, conservative, brilliant, mother of five and governor of the state of Alaska. Now she is John McCain’s choice as vice-president, and the presumptive nominee of the Republican party for that position.

A happy day for America.


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