An Open Letter Exposing Ted Cruz

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Dear Senator Cruz,

I’m sorry to say this, but the finger points directly at you. You are wholly deserving of the blame. This is all YOUR fault!

I was ready to turn the page. I was fully convinced that our elected officials fit into only one of three categories: Crook, Coward, or Commie.

I had come to fully understand the harsh realities of our day and how the current administration is finishing the work that had begun decades ago. We no longer will resemble the free society we once were. Our children will struggle, they will be monitored, and their care (and possibly even their food) will be rationed. They will work for the government, be supported by the government, and be indebted to the government; and they will not have the freedom to speak out against the government – no matter how repressive it becomes.

I’d come to accept it. There sure isn’t much I can do about it. I just know it wasn’t supposed to be this way. This is not what our forefathers envisioned. In fact, this is exactly what many of our former generations fought against. They spilled their blood so that freedom would be preserved. And now, a select few are arrogantly and maliciously taking it all away. Even the freedom to uphold and honor the Judeo-Christian God of our founders is under assault. Nevertheless, I’ve become resigned to the fact that the country I love is swiftly becoming no more.

And here you come, Senator Cruz, with your bold words and integrity. You withstand contempt and disdain even from within your own party.

Senator Cruz, I blame YOU for restoring honesty and sincerity back into the relationship between representative and constituent.

You are the culprit; and regardless of the final outcome, I just want to say……

Thank You!

* Originally written and published prior to the infamous ‘shutdown.’ It’s being republished in celebration of the fearless Senator’s Big Announcement!

No more of these putrid ‘electable’ Romney-type RINO candidates who place global interests above that of the average American. This is our last and final shot to save America. If we are going down, let’s put our best guy out there. It’s do or die time! Cruz or Bust!!!

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‘I Am Not Worthy': An Analysis Of Luke, Chapter Seven

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Now a centurion had a servant who was sick and at the point of death, who was highly valued by him. When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue. (Luke 7:2-5)

Grace… this one word encompasses so many vital truths: Love, Mercy, Forgiveness, Propitiation, Redemption. In modern culture, there is a widespread lack of humility and knowledge of our standing before a Just, Righteous, Long-suffering and Holy God.

In Chapter 7 of the Book of Luke, we hear of a man who was favored among the Jews. He was not of them, but he possessed a deep reverence and love for their God. He was a Roman Centurion, and his belief and humility rightly offered unto the King of Kings and Lord of Lords infinitely surpassed anything the chosen people of that day could muster.

And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it. (Luke 7:6-8)

The Roman Centurion deeply understood something that so many in his day (and our day, for that matter) were (and are) completely blind and ignorant of. The most essential and favorable position we may ever experience is to be in a state of grace and humility before God (in which all our sins and miseries have been paid for by the shed blood of the precious Savior). His Righteousness must be imputed unto us.

All true rights and liberties are bestowed via a restoration only made possible by the greatest act of love in the history of mankind. To know and experience the saving grace of God is to be free from the bondage of sin. This is the divine justice, deliverance, and transcendence that surpasses all of mankind’s feeble and futile attempts toward utopia.

Grace is the starting point and the full completion. Without grace, human civilization will perpetually chase its tail until it wholly collapses once and for all.

When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the servant well. (Luke 7: 9-10)

This essay was inspired by a sermon from former U.S. military chaplain Christopher H. Wisdom.

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What’s Left Of The Religious Left?

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I’m speaking to all religious Democrats (the Jew and the Gentile, peace-loving Muslims, and moral, freedom-loving believers everywhere!). What do you treasure? What are your religious values, and how do you seek to live out your faith?

America is a land where Jew and Gentile (and those of every religious persuasion) should be able to live side by side and exhibit dignity and respect out of a mutual love and concern for all humanity. This does not mean there will not (nor should not) be plenty of room for debate as it pertains to ultimate truth and salvation. If we are secure in our faith, we should withstand all sorts of ideological, historical, and empirical scrutiny. But we should have a mutually inclusive understanding of what it means to live righteously before our fellow man and uphold a moral standard in which lives are not sacrificed and creation is not defiled. We also need to have an understanding of the limitations of government (i.e. economic realities, fiscal constraints, political deceit, etc.).

How long will shameless ‘divide and conquer’ propaganda keep us in bondage?

As far as the Christian and the Jew are concerned, here are the principles that sustain us:

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.”

Do we not owe our very existence to our God? How do we show our gratitude and devotion to Him and His many blessings?

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.”

Do we seek out all types of idols, or does God hold the prominent place in our lives?

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.”

Do we love God in times of prosperity and persecution? Do we strive to honor and respect God in all that we do?

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”

Do we make time for Him and take a special day of rest in which we offer praise and thanksgiving?

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”

Do we love our earthly fathers and mothers and show them proper respect and admiration?

“You shall not murder.”

Do we love our neighbor as ourselves? Do we love our own bodies and chreish our offspring? Do we love our enemies? Do we protect the weak and vulnerable? Do we uphold the oppressed and afflicted? Or do we merely disregard and ignore the pain, suffering, and lethal persecution of others?

“You shall not commit adultery.”

Do we respect our vows? Are we faithful to our spouse? Do we cherish our families and seek to preserve them as we refrain from doing harm unto our married neighbors.

“You shall not steal.”

Do we willingly and knowingly deceive others? Do we excuse those who deceive on our behalf? Do we do our due diligence to ensure that those we support, defend, and uphold are not abusing their power?

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

Are we seeking to falsely accuse and destroy those we disagree with simply to secure an earthly victory?

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”

Are we failing to see the big picture by placing our own concept of righteousness and equality over that which God favors and ordains?

Everything comes from God. Every good gift is from God, and we should preserve what we’ve been given (and share willingly and charitably); but we are not to take that which is not rightfully ours. Without God’s wisdom, how lost would we be?

“If a man steals an ox or a sheep, and kills it or sells it, he shall repay five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep. If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt for him, but if the sun has risen on him, there shall be bloodguilt for him. He shall surely pay. If he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft. If the stolen beast is found alive in his possession, whether it is an ox or a donkey or a sheep, he shall pay double.” 

If a man causes a field or vineyard to be grazed over, or lets his beast loose and it feeds in another man’s field, he shall make restitution from the best in his own field and in his own vineyard.

If fire breaks out and catches in thorns so that the stacked grain or the standing grain or the field is consumed, he who started the fire shall make full restitution.” (Exodus 22: 1-6)

The battle unto which we are devoted should not be right vs. left–but rather, right vs. wrong. We are all equal before God in sin and salvation.

Which side are you truly on???

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A Few Words On Praying For The President

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“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.” Romans 13:1-2

I think there are many people who believe that those who express frustration and infuriation over the “ways and means” of President Obama are merely foolishly raging against unregenerate ideology. I come across many Christians who have lashed out against those who publicly express criticism and discontent toward the man and his office. Many of these men will sharply discredit any efforts, no matter how thorough, to expose this administration for the internal threat they are.

The fears voiced by the concerned citizen, Christian or no, often take a sharp, heightened tone – one of fearful vigilance. We are those who had previously taken for granted that we live in a democracy, one in which the will of the people will have the final say.

The cold, hard reality lies in the accidental transparency of the current administration. The idea that a level of corruption reigns behind the closed doors of Washington was not difficult to fathom. However, the gratuitous amount of lawless abuse, political debauchery, and tyrannical force that has come to light (and proceeds without apology) has left many shaken to the core. We are witnessing lawlessness at the highest level in action. Human depravity is now fully realized at the federal level, and we have been rendered powerless to confront it.

We are at a crossroads. Do we turn a blind eye and merely wait for the worst case scenario to unfold? Do we continue to safely monitor the situation from a distance and remain hopeful that enough men and women with integrity will make the impact required to turn things around?

One thing is certain: we should not underestimate the amount of bribery, blackmail, and extortion from the majority at the highest level of government (on both sides of the aisle). An ethical and loyal majority would have never led us down this road. It is obvious that there are very few good men and women left.

So where should this leave us? Should we continue to separate? Should the divide between church and state (in which we are estranged from and maligned by mainstream secular society) continue to grow infinitely wider?

It is clear where we must go. It is the place we should have been along – down on our knees.

May the Lord of Heaven and Earth let His Mercy and Grace Shine Upon Us. Awaken our leaders and fill their hardened hearts with Thy Goodness and Love. May we come to know of Thy Holy Righteousness.

Please Lord, grant our President the wisdom and knowledge of Thy Truth. Fill his heart and soul with peace and repentance that Your Glory may be magnified and the Love of Jesus Christ be gratuitously treasured and shared above all else. May Thy Will Be Done! In Jesus Christ we pray… Amen!

No matter how we got here, it is God who has ordained it; and the future is ultimately in His Perfect Hands!

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Mercy Will Prevail — The Struggle To Know The One True God

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There are many troubling developments unfolding threatening to extinguish the lasting remnants of our common law, Judeo-Christian foundations. At the same time, it seems as if Sharia law is starting to creep its way in.

Just recently, I proudly flaunted my conservative principles during a heated online exchange. I found myself blindsided, however, as I was unprepared for the sobering response that followed my ideological offensive…

AJ: “Leftists are so dangerous and hypocritical in what they espouse and who they target. All men and women can get married in the U.S. What is being demanded is a (recognition and) redefinition of marriage; so what’s the standard? They don’t want any part of that aspect of the conversation. But how is marriage ultimately to be defined? What is the consensus? What is the new normal?

“When people start throwing around the words ‘hate’ and ‘phobia,’ it exhibits a lack of a sound, big-picture perspective.”

Unknown Responder: “Perhaps if you had experienced, firsthand, hatred with the physical beatings and attacks I and others here have endured and fortunately survived (because of the pervasive anti-gay Christian culture in this country over the past two and a half centuries) you wouldn’t be so quick to make such statements!”

I was troubled by this. If accurately conveyed, this is truly horrible.

But I can’t help but view this battle as just one part of a greater cultural and ideological struggle being forcefully thrust upon average folk with no true axe to grind. The pot-stirrers are the same people willing to trample on existing laws and promote open rebellion against our ‘men in blue’ via some contrived race-war narrative.

When you cater to the whims of the individual (in particular, those who promote a radical uprooting of our traditional foundations), a path to arbitrary totalitarian rule is laid that threatens to devour our natural/universal laws.

We all have a part in shaping the culture. What we don’t challenge, we by default embrace. We must continue to promote values and virtue, and demand such attributes are present (and apparent) in those elected to public office.

It appears that we Christians are being scapegoated and ultimately driven into the fringes of society.

I am of no greater worth than my neighbor – no matter how he identifies himself. This trumped-up emphasis on sexual identity is way overblown. We are not what we desire, but rather, we are what we embrace. Sometimes, it is an acting against carnal interests that is the most loving and compassionate way to engage our neighbor and uphold ourselves. In fact, it could be said that we must embrace death if we truly want to live. This I actually know, for my Savior tells me so.

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.””

What does your God tell you?

Search your conscience and seek ultimate authority and wisdom. May our Answer Be a Truly Merciful One!

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