How Will History Judge Us?

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It is so hard to see what is going on unless you are able to take a step back and get the panoramic view.

It’s like fighting the problem with an ever-increasing waist line.  Usually, it goes unnoticed to the one who’s growing the belly until some old pictures of past times are pulled out of the scrapbook.

“Wow!” I often respond when looking at old pictures of myself. “Look how skinny I was back then.  How did I gain so much weight?”

Eating and sitting on my butt is the short answer.  Every day that I overeat and eschew exercise, I provide an opportunity for my belly to balloon.  That is why exercise is a billion dollar industry. Trying to undo the effects of undisciplined behavior becomes very heavy lifting. Loose living is not easily overcome.

As I, and millions of others, slowly roll into our seventh decade upon this earth, it becomes harder and harder to blame others for the condition that America finds itself in. No longer can we blame our parents’ generation; but we must come to understand that when the ‘torch was passed’ to a new generation of Americans, the responsibility for the fruit grown in the vineyard must now rest upon those of us who were supposed to be ‘tending the garden’ of America.

We’ve dropped the ball. My generation, the baby boomers and the hippies, are now great grandpas and must bear the blame for what America has become. America has grown lazy, self-indulgent, and apathetic as our waistline continues to sag over our belts.  In covetousness and greed, we have eaten the inheritance of ‘our children’s children.’

How will history judge us? Well, I have a few thoughts that I’d love to share today. It has been said that hindsight is 20/20. Perhaps it is time we took a peek in the review mirror; for history will be our judge.

A century from now, if there is still a planet here, historians will look back at the latter half of the 20th century and first two decades of the 21st and scratch their heads as they ponder, “What were they thinking?” Indeed, what WERE we thinking? Those who study us will ask:

How could a nation built upon such clear-cut Christian principles have so openly and purposefully rejected the values of their forefathers?

How could the wealthiest nation in the world have allowed their currency to be removed from the gold-standard and believe that the ‘full faith and credit’ of the government was enough to keep evil men from destroying the financial system?

How could a nation built upon the nuclear family redefine that institution in such a way as to make the term nearly meaningless?

How could a nation whose laws were built upon two tablets permit the wrecking ball of litigation to remove those teachings as foundational, generational beliefs from the hearts of their children?

How could the false teaching of separation of church and state become so ingrained in the minds of Americans that public prayer would be ruled illegal?

How could a nation of laws have permitted unelected judges to determine what law is?

How could the Christian churches be so willing to yield the moral education of their children to an amoral, atheistic system designed to install the God of Government as the granter of all liberties?

How could the people have possibly fallen for the folly that there was no difference between a man and a woman, or a father and a mother, and that children would not be affected by the absence of either?

How could we have possibly allowed our children to be taught that all relationships were the same and that sex was normal no matter which appendage you chose to insert in what opening?

How did we permit ‘rights’ to be judged on such base unnatural behaviors?

How could a man with three Muslim names be elected President of the United States in the midst of the greatest surge of Islamic extremism in the history of America?

How could Christian churches permit the nation to be taught that Christians and Muslims serve the same God?

How could a nation buy into the lie that spending more than one earns will lead to financial prosperity?

How did the defense of Biblical morality become ‘hate’ while the drive for debauchery and licentiousness become loving and tolerant?

How could the churches actually believe that non-Christian governmental leaders would lead to a society where Christian values and laws would be supported?  And how could they believe that the Republican Party would become the standard bearer of the truth for millions of Bible believers?

How did the minority become powerful enough to bully the majority?

How did the preaching of sin and repentance give way to the gospel of tolerance and personal fulfillment? How did the threat of hell-fire damnation go the way of pay-phone booths?

How could America have permitted the slaughter of unborn children in the womb of their mothers for no other reason than the inconvenience of motherhood? How could they possibly have thought that there would be no consequence to such barbaric behavior?

How could the American people have permitted electronic voting in an age when computer hacking was as easy and common as the dialing of a telephone?

How could a nation that was birthed by The Black-Robed Regiment give way to pulpits filled with man-pleasing, corporate, government-controlled churches?

How could the nation embrace and teach to their children as normal a lifestyle that is incapable of reproducing progeny? How could a religion replete with examples of the ‘judgment of God’ so easily capitulate to the sinners’ cry to “Judge not?”

How did we expect God to ‘bless America’ when so much of what we did flew in the face of everything He taught us?

How will history judge us? How did my belly get so big?

How, indeed.

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Hey Christian, Are YOUR Children Showing Symptoms Of Spiritual Ebola?

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Our children are bleeding out the eyes and ears. It is not blood that they are emitting, but heritage.  Very few of our children really understand the Gospel of the Kingdom and what its impact is supposed to be on the world.  We have turned Christianity into a personal life-style choice.

There is no other way to explain what is going on. The American Church is hemorrhaging. The foundation upon which all morality springs is cracking like an egg. If Christians can no longer recognize or defend the truth, we can expect the bloodletting to continue.  Only a super-sized moral tourniquet can stop the oozing from the body of America.

Somewhere along the line, we stopped thinking generationally.  We failed to pass along to our children’s children the Rock of Ages upon which our nation was anchored. As a result, our nation is wobbling, struggling to find it’s footing on the sinking-sand of humanism. Our nation is suffering from Spiritual Ebola.

Ebola attacks the immune system. It stops the body from functioning properly.  It is not the Ebola that eventually kills, but the failure of the immune system to properly fight it off.  For generations, Christianity was the American immune system.  Only recently, since it has been removed from the education of our children, has evil been able to run so unopposed.

Psalm 127 refers to our children as “arrows.”  It is our job to train our little “arrows” to be shot by the Archer into every area of the world.  Some arrows are shot into business, some into government, some into education, and others into media and entertainment; but all are shot into an area where they have the opportunity to wield influence (salt and light).

But Believers have not caught that vision. We have sent our arrows to a world of secular education, where they have been taught that they are only to use their Christian ideals in their private lives and would do well to keep their “personal” beliefs to themselves.  Christian parents rarely pray that their children would be “world changers,” but, rather, that their young arrows might be “successful.”

It is hard to measure Christian “success” unless you measure success by worldly standards.  I wonder how many parents pray that their arrows would be martyred for the advancement of the Gospel…rather than attaining the wealth and happiness that the secular world deems as successful?

The impact of an arrow in the hands of a skillful archer can change the course of history. The job of the parent is to sharpen and form the arrow. God is the Archer. He shoots them where He needs them. How well-fashioned are the arrows that we are putting into His Hands?

Most parents don’t have a clue what I am talking about.  They think the idea of an “education” is to help their children “be prepared for life.” It is my experience that there really isn’t a whole lot of difference between what a Christian parent wants for his/her child and what a non-believing couple wants for theirs.  The goal is for their child to be successful and happy. This should not be so.

That is why Christians are so willing to send their arrows to Caesar to be trained.  If the goal of child rearing is “success,” then who better to train them than those who have been baptized in the world’s system? I have spent the better part of fifty years involved one way or another with education, and I can without hesitation tell you that one will be hard-pressed to recognize a Christian child from a non-Christian child in our public school system.

The light is barely flickering, and the salt has lost it’s saltiness. Caesar has shaped all the arrows the same. At least that has been his goal. How can we expect Christian children to be trained and formed in a system that is designed for worldly success to be the salt and light of the world?

This is so simple, folks.  The student becomes like his teacher.  We don’t need the Bible to tell us that (although it does); why do we take so lightly the law of association?  You know the terms…birds of a feather flock togetherit takes one to know onemonkey see monkey do…and my Mom’s favorite admonition to her children: when you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas. We treat with such a cavalier attitude the training of God’s precious soldiers and are surprised when we have to spend so much time exterminating the fleas that have begun to live inside the minds of our children.

I know…I know…you are sick of hearing about how bad Caesar’s schools are. I know your child’s school is different. I know your child’s teacher is different. I know your child is different. I know your child’s church youth group is strong. I know that you both have to work to provide for your family. I know that your child needs strong scores to get into the college of his/her choice.  I know…

Can I be blunt? There is nothing “Christian” about your “public” school. Nothing. The Name of Jesus dare not be mentioned. “Heaven”, “hell”, “sin,” and “righteousness” are treated as curse words.  Allah, Buddha, and the environment are all placed on the same platform with Jehovah. Sharing the classroom with your child are kids you have never seen, from parents you have never met, from backgrounds and beliefs that you could never imagine, sharing influences you would never want your child to be exposed to. You would never permit your children to stay overnight with many of the children they rub shoulders with every day.  What do you do with this scripture, evil company ruins good habits?

But you keep your head in the sand as they now double-down with the Satanic curriculum of Common Core. What words don’t you understand? Common…core.  Common core will lead to a pandemic of Spiritual Ebola. Ebola does to the immune system what public schools do to the moral system.

I don’t know how much time we have left. I don’t know if we can make a difference. But I do know what the Lord told us about our children. I pray that the apathy of Believers will not let the soul of another generation be stolen from us.  Children are our heritage. They are our future. They are the immune system the Lord has provided for each generation. They are the Lord’s weapons placed in our hands. For God’s sake, stop exposing them to Spiritual Ebola!!

The Devil is eating our kids for lunch. Sadly, we have fed them right into the mouth of the beast.

“Whoever causes one of these little one’s who believes in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he was drowned in the depth of the sea.”

Statistics show that 80% of children raised in a Christian home do not hold those values after their first year of college.  Our nation is hemorrhaging its Christian heritage.

Our pastors are the only ones who can apply the serum. Truth is the only inoculation against Spiritual Ebola. Why won’t they stand up and warn their flocks?

The children don’t belong to Caesar.  They belong to God.

 

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How’s Romans 13 Working For You Now, Pastor?

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I guess I don’t understand all the hubbub.  Why are Houston’s pastors objecting to turning over their sermons to the government?  Haven’t they told all of us to “obey the authorities?”  Doesn’t Romans 13 demand that we obey un-Godly government?

That is what I thought of when I heard the pastors get all riled up about the lesbian mayor in Houston demanding to see their sermons.  Hand it over, girls.  The government is established by God to do good…remember?

It made me chuckle.  Aren’t these guys supposed to be “watchmen”?  Isn’t it part of their job to see the wolf coming and warn the folks?  Instead, they have told us that God wants us obeying lesbian mayors…unless it directly involves them.

I’m sorry, but there is a part of me that wants to tell them that they got what they deserve.  Funny, isn’t it?  They only get mad when THEY are the ones violated.

The time to close the barn door has long since passed.   They thought they were safe hiding from the world inside their stained-glassed fortresses.  The devil’s spawn has found where they hide, and they have finally breached the wall.

“God has not appointed us unto wrath”, the pastors foolishly instructed their flocks.  “All we need to do is hide inside this building and wait for Jesus to come and rescue us.  Let’s keep ourselves unstained by the world.”

“Religion and politics don’t mix”, they told us.  “Our job is to preach the Gospel, get souls saved, and not pollute our pulpits by talking about worldly matters.  This world is not our home.”

But, unfortunately, they forgot that we have to live in this world.  They neglected the mandate to “occupy until I come.”  They ignored the precept that “when the righteous are in authority the people rejoice; But when the wicked bear rule the people mourn.”

Jesus hasn’t come yet, but the government officials are beginning to.  The modern day preaching of Romans 13 has forfeited the Church’s authority.  The pastors’ exhortation to obey wicked government leaders and edicts has opened the gates to a hellish assault upon all things good.

This may come as a shock to you, but Jesus is above Caesar.  Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s?  God owns everything.  Caesar owns only what we yield to him.

I’m sorry, but this is not what the Lord had in mind when He went to the Cross.

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves; Be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves.  BUT BEWARE OF MEN FOR THEY WILL DELIVER YOU UP TO THEIR COUNCILS AND SCOURGE YOU IN THEIR SYNAGOGUES.   And you shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake for a testimony AGAINST them and the gentiles.  But when,(NOT IF) they deliver you up, take no thought how or what you shall speak; for it is not you that speaks but the Spirit of your Father which speaks in you…and you shall be hated of all men for my Name’s sake.

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Will The Fog Ever Lift In America?

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Americans are in a fog. I don’t have any other way of explaining what is going on.  For the most part, otherwise sensible thinking people cannot put two and two together and come up with four.

They are in a fog, as if the sky was raining down marijuana smoke on us.  Pot smokers call it being “stoned”, and “stoners” is the term they use to describe those who live in a constant pot-induced haze.  Has there ever been a time in America when “common sense” was so uncommon?

I’m telling you, it is as if all of America is living in a Purple Haze.  Jimi Hendrix made that phrase popular back in the 60′s when referring to the drugged condition that caused users to live in a fog.  LSD guru Timothy Leary promoted the condition as “turn on, tune in, and drop out.”

It reminds me of the old saw about a man on the street interview, where the interviewer asked a young man what the two biggest problems facing this nation were. “I don’t know and I don’t care” was his honest response.

Unfortunately, these are still the two biggest problems facing America.  God-fearing Americans, in particular, are living in an apathetic haze. Confusion reigns. Satan is the author of confusion. At no time in my lifetime have so many cared so little about so much. Or perhaps it would be best to phrase it this way: at no time have they cared so much about so little.  The only thing they care about is what they care about. But what they choose to care about is so insignificant compared to what really matters.

Will the fog ever lift?

I have been hitting the Tea Party circuit recently as an invited speaker.  God has gifted me with the ability to speak what should be the obvious in a way that can be easily understood.  I had another such event last night.

The Tea Party is made up, for the most part, of what I call the gray-hair brigade.  They are the group of rapidly aging Baby-Boomers who were drawn into the political battle mainly out of fear of losing their retirement and pension income.

These are the children of the “Greatest Generation” who spent some of the best years of their lives turning on, tuning in, and dropping out. But now that their minds have begun to clear, and they can see the sun setting on their lives, they understand what we are allowing to be frittered away.

But the sad truth is that for much of their lives, they were only focused on themselves and the ones they loved.  They bought into the lie, as we all did, that “if it feels good, do it.” And they did. But now, as they shuffle into the twilight of their days, they realize that much of what they invested their lives into has stolen the hope of their “golden years.”  The “eat, drink, and be merry” approach to life they were encouraged to live has left them facing a future full of hunger, thirst, and anxiety.

One particularly concerned granny approached me after my talk last night and asked me in desperation, “Coach, what will it take to awaken people?  It is as if everyone is asleep.”

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Here’s Why I Blame Pastors, Not Congress, For The Mess Our Nation Is In

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Allow me to begin by saying, if the shoe fits…wear it.

Now please don’t email me about how wrong I am for pointing out the obvious; the glaringly obvious even. Please don’t tell me how harsh I am, or how your pastor is a great man of God, or how your church is the best thing since sliced bread.  If you attend a church with a real pastor, you are truly one of the lucky ones.  But the odds are, your pastor isn’t all that great.  He has just convinced you that he is.

I get around. I visit a lot of churches. I know of that which I speak. When I leave a service, it is not unusual for me to look at my wife and ask her how the people can sit in that place week after week and listen to the bilge.

Oh yeah, your pastor is a good one just like your congressman is a good one. Everyone hates Congress, but they love their congressman. Nearly 90% of them get re-elected. It’s that Democrat congressman that’s the bad one. Your guy is a good conservative.

Compared to what? Compared to whom? If your congressman is so good, why is our nation in such a mess?  If your pastor is so good, why is America in such a mess? People love to blame the politicians.

I blame the pastors. Recent studies show 90% are derelict in their duty.

Politicians ride the wave that culture creates. The church used to be the tide upon which the politicians surfed. Politicians want to get elected.  They ride whatever wave is breaking.  The pulpits have gone soft.  There is no “God wave” to trouble the waters of political correctness.

Churches have become impotent because the pulpits have turned soft. Everyone wants to model Joel Osteen and Rick Warren.  Those dudes aren’t pastors; they’re book merchants. Congregations around this country have traded the Bible for the “self-help, purpose-driven, best-life-now” doctrine of demons currently flooding our churches. The people in the pew can no longer recognize the truth for themselves. They need a shepherd to lead them to truth.

Jesus told us that He is the Good Shepherd, and that His Word is the guide.  Warren and Osteen are blind guides, and America has fallen into the ditch.

Here is a Litmus Test for your church. This is merely the first qualifying factor.  If you don’t answer yes to this question, then you can bet that yours is a church that I am referring to.  Here’s the question:

Is carrying the Bible to church and actually opening it a requirement at the church where you attend? Some of the more progressive churches are kind enough to put the words on the big screen for you, saving you the embarrassment of having to find Malachi on your own.

Politicians get elected by saying what the people want to hear. Pastors build churches by teaching what the people want to hear.  There’s no difference.  Politicians and pastors both tend to be man-pleasers.

The prophets prophesy falsely and the priests bear rule by their own power; and the people love to have it soJeremiah 5:31.

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