Sunday, September 13, 2009

President or King Obama?

The President of the United States is not a King! While he should be presidential in maintaining the respect of the highest office of our Republic, and thereby respected in likewise manner. We the People do not give deference to our president as one does to a King or Queen, Royalty of a Nation. Barack Husien Obama or his supporters should not be shocked by the response he is receiving as he continues to rally in campaign-furor leading chanting crowds of supporters and attacking quips to those dare oppose him.

Gathering opposing view emails and website by gestapo-style 'reporting of fishy' material to the white house, "KGB" video taping of tea party rally participants, and mass e-mailing unsolicited propaganda-syle leaflets flying into email boxes of defending the President's HealthCare truths are not constitutional or the American way of an Executive Branch, White House, protocol. This is vastly different from previous administrations.

So I am not surprised we are seeing vastly different reactions, such as "you lie" comments coming from representatives of opposing views being forced to listen to Presidential spin on His Healthcare in calling a rarely used Presidential address to a joint session of Congress, formly only used at times like the aftermath of 9/11!

The wield of Executive power over the past 9 months has crossed its legal bounds and in many ways looks more like a King, a Despotic, than an American President.

We need to view the whole picture, not one still frame at a time.

There is mounting evidence that this administration is strikingly non-American in its day to day function, plans, and swift-moving force down our throats agenda. We have already swallowed a $1Trillion '2-day rush, don't read, to-pass' spending bill under the guise of stimulus spending. How much medication must an American be forced to take before they are applauded for standing up and speaking out boldly for our Constitutional freedoms?

I applaud Joe Wilson, of South Carolina, who pointed and said, "You lie!" I personally would have done no less, and frankly the framers of our constitution gave us the freedom to be able to do this when dire situations arise, as they certainly have in 2009.

Never forget there is a sin of silence! I proudly stand up and say, "Don't Tread on Me! or My Republic, America!" I would proudly serve my country without pay, or any desire for private gain, to insure Her Liberty!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Truth Does Not Change

The winds of change are blowing.

If you are established in truth, it is absolute, and need not change.

What is changing? That is a good question to ask. Who is changing?

We are to change, conforming to the Truth.

Truth never needs to be corrected, repackaged, transformed, enlightened by a new opinion.

What sets America apart from other countries is that our founding fathers, set up a government based on unchanging principles. They did not look for the best methods of governing of their day. They looked to principles that could pass the muster of the Bible. Principles equal rights, not fairness or equal things. Can current bills in congress pass the muster of the Bible. Are they right Biblically? Are they necessary? Are they fully funded? Are they written in plain english that can be clearly understood instead of needing to be litigated to get their intent interpreted by the judicial system (too fond of writing laws from the bench)?

Our founding fathers understood that certain rights were unalienable Rights, given by God not government, that all men were created equal, under a one true Living God. The Bible taught them that there was peace through strength, to protect the role of the family, to avoid the burden of debt, to protect human frailty and in a free market, the diligent would have more than enough while the lazy would go for want.

The Secret to America's Strength was the fundamental understanding of the role of religion. Cleon Skousen, author of The Five Thousand Year Leap, addressed law students in 1981 explaining our Founding Father's firmly attached the role of religion to our founding documents, like our Constitution, hoping our Constitution would emerge the first free people! People not enslaved to government, debt, winds of change, turbulent times, and the latest ideas. But they failed to realize, beyond their wildest thoughts, that the role of religion would fall to the wayside in many American homes/families.

They emphasized the essential need to teach religion and morality in schools:

"Religion, morality and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged." (Northwest Ordinance, Article 3)
Note these 3 important subjects (and note, these are the foundation of homeschoolers):
  1. Religion (fundamental beliefs of the origin & relationship of man to God and others)
  2. Morality (a standard of behavior distinguishing right from wrong, in the sight of God, not man)
  3. Knowledge (intellectual awareness and understanding established facts, not theories)

These were not intellectual exercises of today's philosophy and religious classes taught in today's schools, but essential ingredients necessary for "good government and the happiness of mankind."

Is there any question why we are in the dire condition we find ourselves in today in America? Is there any doubt as to why God is drawing simple Christian families to school their own children?

God is not giving up on America. He is intent on clearing the slate of those who think themselves wise in their own eyes.

His Word promises (and His promises are firm foundations,truth, to stand on):

Proverb 12:21 No grave trouble will overtake the righteous (believers of Jesus)
Proverb 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise
Proverb 12:24 The hand of the diligent will rule, but the lazy man will be put to force labor
Proverb 12:13 The wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous will come through trouble.
Proverb 12:5 The thoughts of the righteous are right but the counsel of wicked are deceitful
Proverb 11:21 The wicked will not go unpunished, but the prosperity of the righteous will be delivered.
Proverb 12:7 The wicked are overthrown and are NO more, but the house of the righteous will STAND.
Proverb 12:3 The root of the righteous cannot be moved.

We, Americans that hold dear our religious faith, principles morally right in God's eyes, and knowledge, need to stop being tossed to and fro by these 'winds of change' and 'wicked lies we hear and read'! We need to stand firmly on the promises of God's Word, without fear! God is watching and waiting. He is enormously more powerful and sovereign then anything man-made or any person. With God on our side, Who Should We Fear? No One!

Steady yourself, ground yourself in quiet time with Him and be filled with His truth to combat the lies so poetically rolling off of the tongues of those given a platform and media coverage. Don't get discouraged, keep your focus on Jesus. He is still at the right hand of God and in Him you are seated in the heavenlies. Don't grovel for what is toss as a 'keep quiet bone' (like Obama's demonstration tort reform on healthcare in one state to be tested)! We will not bow down to lies watching our republic and constitution being ripped to shreds. The battle is not lost. Look up to the horizon, it has only just begun!

God has been preparing a godly generation of children called out and set apart to Him. He is about to unleash them. Be prayerful and prepared to stand with them. Homeschoolers have been trained up the last 30 years for this cause. The time is now! Watch and see what God is doing. Praise Him, and be awed! I have felt there was a specific reason for over the last 20 years that God moved hearts to homeschool, now I am going to live to see it fruit! In this, I am rejoicing!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fearless by Max Lucado - Book Reveiw

True to Max Lucado's rich visual storytelling style of writing, he draws the reader quickly into his book, Fearless, with a real life story. Fearless is a state of being that God offers to all of His children and Max Lucado begins in Chapter One asking, "What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats?...Can you imagine a life with no fear?" This is the possibility in Jesus that Max Lucado writes about in the next chapters of his book, and he is serious about your ability to live fearless practically day in and day out, even in the fears of today (debt, terrorist, swine flu, politics, foreclosures and job loss).

He grabs the reader with his talent to make the Bible come to life as he reveals the treasures many of us miss in a quick Bible reading. He teaches that "Fear corrodes our confidence in God’s goodness." and "We begin to wonder if love lives in heaven" since so many terrible things are happening all around us. This book is packed full of Scripture that commands us to not be afraid, lending to the authoritative teaching-style which convinces and convicts the reader to trust God and stop fearing.

Even the seasoned Bible Student will glean new insights into areas of their life that fear still lingers, making this book a valuable read for a wide audience. His book would be a wonderful book to give as a gift because fear is a universal topic we all experience, and everyone will be able to relate and grow in faith as he/she reads Fearless.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Creating a New Church - Good Enough for the Future

Call For Change

In light of reading a blog post by a Southern Baptist Church Pastor on the fact that SBC organizations needed to
"rise up a new breed of leaders who can truly cooperate, examine, dissect, implement and strategize to create a new convention of churches that say the past had its place but it is not good enough for the future." I became alert to how familiar this sounded to the current events of our American Country today.

He went further to say "
A changing world deals ruthlessly with ministry and organizations that don’t embrace change, and people are coming to respect that fact more every day. The Cooperative Program and the Southern Baptist paradigms of organizations are broke. We can fix it, change it, or simply sit back and continue the tired rhetoric of “we just need to keep doing what we have been doing…just work harder.”

My Personal Response:
While I have been a member of a SBC church for over 10 years, I only have allegiance to God. He can organize His children together under solid Biblical Teachings to further His kingdom work. What concerns me the greatest is not the desire to change, but a common view held by society today that we need to re-construct new frameworks, instead of returning to the foundations that are tried and truly tested over centuries. God's church is not new, His ways are not new, He never changes.

While science has learned to build upon previous scientist experimentation, especially theories repeatedly showing to be correct time and time again, and even becoming laws. The church and society in whole thinks the ways of a previous generation are not applicable or able to move forward to reach newer generations, but must be taken down and discarded instead of being remembered, dusted off and returned to.

Just as we loose our course as Americans, as we try to make the Constitution living, changing for times and current thinking. It seems the church, sees a reason to move on by disassembling the past framework for new ideas, which are never really new because "there is nothing new under the sun".

In the church, We The People (congregation-led), has worked well for the SBC as for our American Constitution. Representative leadership voted in by the freewill of the people, less central (Federal/CEO-type) control over local (State/Member-led) church assemblies and membership. As I see church constitutions in SBC tumble over, often beneath the surface of church member's awareness or knowledge, to become a Leader/ Senior Pastor control (as a despotism of government) removing the rights of the people (the congregation), and places all rights/control in the hands of one or a few leaders.

While this may seem prudent in a season when the one or few leader are of highest character and spirit-led, it is not far-thinking to a time when one less scrupulous (even a wolf in sheep's clothing) may take the helm of leadership and destroy congregations. It is dangerous to God's Church and to Government to put all power in the hands of few instead of broadly trusting God's ability in and through all people.

I don't have a personal benefit from seeing society honor forefather's wisdom and discipleship of thousands of years of believers, but I have a responsibility to God to be alert in the times that I am alive because one may never know when for such a time as this He formed me in my mother's womb, and allowed me the experiences of my life, to stand up and speak a plain and simple call - "It about God, and nothing else"....not a congregation, denomination, Nation, person, method, program, ministry, tradition,etc. Clearly Solomon in all his wisdom bestowed on him by God found "all is vain" and "fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man's all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil."

Having such wisdom from God, need we look for today's ways or should we not listen to the wisdom of Solomon and return only to God's ways?

A Picture Story

Picture this, a first century church leader is preaching in the home of a believer teaching about Christ come, Christ died, Christ resurrected way into the night. As the Spirit-led, multitudes gather to hear and learn. As he spoke about repentance and the call to respond, many felt touched, some even had tears well up in their eyes, others looked convicted. In the corner was a magician to keep the children entertained, the musicians played loudly in the street to give the young people a place to hangout, and a drama skit alternated with an artist on the far left side to keep the seekers plugged in and not overwhelmed by the weight of the Preacher's message.

Still a man fell asleep, and dropped out of the second-story window to the ground, because Preacher was not engaging enough to keep him alert. The church leader vowed to never again preach so long into the night, for the health of those listening. He was to not be led by faith in what he could not see for it was obvious the truth is what he could see with his naked eye, and plain to everyone else. Times were changing, the people drawn to fellowship needed more than God's simple message.

They need laughter, excitement and practical how-to life lessons on saving money at the market, how to speak in foreign languages, and wholesome recreation. From this day forward he taught all the leadership to gauge the mood of the people to discern what the church needed to offer to those coming weekly and to draw out those who lack interest in knowing God. And the local called-out gatherings of believers swelled in numbers too big to fit in the home they had once used because every wanted to spend time with their friends, to uplift/ encourage one another to good neighborly deeds, and relax to a reasonably-priced fellowship meal before a weekly nighttime activities since they had been working hard all day in the fields.

It was evident to all this formula was working since so many filled the halls and yard of the homes being used. New larger building would need to be erected to allow newcomers a place to sit and tie up their camel, so everyone brought their offerings to the Preacher and his growing staff along with their tithe to ensure everyone would feel welcomed, comfortable and desire to come again.

News spread quickly of the success of the First Century Leader. People traveled from afar to learn his method, longing to repeat his outcome in their hometown and become the largest, fastest growing local church. Years later, huge building were in many towns, often a few on a single street and the people were committed to their congregation enjoying the positive influence on their life and their children's.

Change and hope were continually in the air, and all the best leaders kept their eyes peeled for new and creative ways to communicate .... hmmmm hmmm, oh... leaders were doing all kinds of programs, small groups, children activities to communicate .... oh...., love, acceptance and tolerance to all to never offend the crowd and keep up the growth, and of course, to keep their high paying job.

Jesus's Leadership

The greatest leader ever known to mankind was not by worldly standards a great leader. He was simply a man called Jesus of Nazareth. He build no buildings, created no clubs or organizations, and delivered no campaign drumming up attendence prior to his plan to enter a village or town to preach.

He was not about change, embracing the new trends of his day to keep up with the times. He was only about one change in life, offering each of us an opportunity to trade our sinful wrecked life for His new righteous life. He was about helping people return to a relationship with God that had long been severed by sinful choices by do what seemed right in people’s own eyes instead of God's.

He never desired a larger team. He liked working in small groups developing personal life-on-life relationships. He never drafted a long-term mission plan. He knew God's plan would be written in the Scriptures, and sufficient for every life from His first coming to His second coming. He never listened to others opinions and views before he spoke. He was a leader following only the voice of one other, His Father-God. He set forth not policies, committees, programs or goals. He was spirit-lead, and when He died and left His followers and closest companions, He trusted each to be personally Spirit-lead doing the will of His Father-God.

Does the church of today need to embrace change and new structures and rising leaders? What do you think? Are today's leader's like Jesus' leadership? Tell me what you think.