‘Make America Great Again’ – A Promise Donald Trump Cannot Keep

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions” – Anon.

After entering Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, on Friday, August 21, 2015, what followed were a personal pronoun fest and the now familiar story of the conversion of a government building to a plush hotel. Trump used the pronouns I, me, and my about 300 times (give or take); but nothing much new was offered.

After bashing China, Mexico, Democrats and a good number of Republicans, the rest of the speech took on the nature of a road to riches rally led by a financial guru who verily promises that everyone will emerge rich and prosperous if they only follow the plan – and the leader.

The crowd cheered to the promise of a mighty revival of military might and the oft repeated campaign slogan and promise to “Make America Great Again.”

It is here that I am forced to start with a paragraph from my last article; it is a statement that undoubtedly I will have to make for the next year and a half until the election period is finished

“God never separates our economy and our morality – they are inextricably linked forever. We are at our all-time low in morality; what is concomitant is an economic crash – you can count on it!”

What is our definition of greatness? What is God’s definition?

Let’s start with a passage that applies to both individuals and nations and work out from there.

“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mt 16: 26)

If increasing wealth and producing jobs was all it would take to make America “great” again, I would be the first person to vote for Donald Trump.

What is not on the list of any Democrat running for president is what is at the bottom of the list for the Republicans running for president. The two issues that Trump refuses to face are at the top of God’s list for the future survival of the nation.

God will never judge this nation because of a bad relationship with China or Mexico; he also will not cause our economy to fail because of oil, outsourced jobs, taxes or any other problems imagined or real.

Our insistence on perverted “gay marriage” and our continuance of the slaughter of unborn babies will bring us to a reckoning day we will all rue.

Trump has skirted and copped-out on these issues.

What’s the best you’ve got, Donald?

Trump has offered no more than Democrats Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders on both issues.

On abortion, Trump has declared that he will stop abortions after twenty weeks.

Not good enough, Donald!

It is still murder or genocide at one day or twenty weeks; this Divine rule was in place before you drew your first breath, and the arbitrary assignment of time limits for when an abortion can legally or morally be performed are not yours to make.

On “gay marriage,” Trump has resigned to the “it’s the law of the land” nonsense that all those who have given up resort to.

As a nation, the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling is what may be safely referred to as the last straw in God’s patience.

Greatness is not what follows such a ruling, but only judgment and a long intense series of national difficulties, otherwise known as judgments–campaign slogans notwithstanding.

It is a hundred times more likely that America will be facing an economic fall rather than a Trump-led windfall for everyone.

In Trump’s America, the borders are sealed, the military is big and the economy is booming, even while the nation becomes the playground for perverts and the slaughter capital for unborn human beings. This is naiveté and absurdity all rolled together; and to use one of Trump’s favorite words – it is stupid.

We don’t need a degree in divinity to understand the basic theology of the biblical law of reciprocation (Reap and sow). God is not going to allow the Trumpian vision of America – it is a veritable impossibility.

When does a simple scriptural admonition become a prophetic warning?

Two major prevailing conditions have converged in America – one is our economic might; the other is our moral decline. We are at the height or the extreme of both, but they cannot coexist together for long.

God simply will not allow it!

The rule for individuals and for nations is the same, to wit:

“And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?” (Luke 12: 19-20)

The time is short.

Mr. Trump can promise us “greatness,” but leaving these two issues alone will render his promise so much dust in the wind.

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Mr. Trump: A Rolex Watch Is Not A Moral Compass

Obviously, this title is a hook, I have no idea what kind of a watch Donald Trump wears, but I don’t know what kind of moral compass he follows either – does anyone?

Mr Trump’s cockiness has brought him to the top of the endless polls as the candidate with the toughest rhetoric against everything the leftists, liberals and lawless bunch think is peachy keen.

But, is it anything more than rhetoric? Is there any substance, past record, long standing position, moral perseverance or even believability to anything the Donald says?

On closer examination, it seems that Trump is a political Indiana Jones – he is just making it up as he goes along.

The latest wishy washy uninformed proclamation is a statement made on CNN that he would like to see some of Planned Parenthood’s programs and services continued and given ample funding.

Live Action’s Lila Rose says “Trump’s vacillation on Planned Parenthood funding is deeply troubling, and reveals an ignorance about their horrific abortion practices–their killing over 320,000 children a year, and bartering to sell the body parts of those they abort. It’s obvious from Mr. Trump’s comments that he has not watched the Planned Parenthood videos released by Center for Medical Progress. That is the only way he could recommend to continue funding this abortion conglomerate that is totally unnecessary and any organization that engages in these human rights abuses does not deserve a penny of tax payers’ money. It would be better spent on health services that would save the lives of women and babies. I challenge Mr. Trump to watch the videos.”

Trump has insulted Megyn Kelly, risked a war with Fox’s Roger Ailes, and proclaimed on CNN’s “New Day” that if he whines enough he will always win.

Trump said: “I do whine because I want to win and I’m not happy about not winning and I am a whiner and I keep whining and whining until I win.”

Someone – give this man his baby binky before he spits-up all over us.

Mr. Trump claims to be a Presbyterian, a church that recently altered its definition of marriage to include same-sex couples. He says he tries to go to church and at the very least will attend on Christmas and Easter.

Among evangelicals, a Christmas-Easter-type Christian is called a CE, which is another way of saying they are wannabes. Discipleship and church attendance are miles apart. A bit of church attendance can neither make a Christian nor deny him the chance to become one, but modern man’s overreliance on all things relative is often only a means to self-deception

What is relative is that even Trump could not buy Big Ben from the British, but we could stand in front of Big Ben and ask a man who wears a twenty five dollar Timex for the time and get the same result.

What we cannot do is get what is moral from a timepiece.

Relativity fails when it comes to morality. We can ask any person for advice, but they can only deliver what has previously been deposited. To wit:

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” (Lu 6: 45)

When we put it all together, what America has done after hearing and cheering Trump’s statements about immigration and his subsequent refusal to back down, is to waive him through to the front of the line.

Now, we would send a warring, whining, wishy-washy wannabe – winging his way to Washington without a wary word to the wise!

Good thinking, America!

It is at this juncture you would expect this writer to say that we should believe the Bible, then quote a verse or two that would cast aspersions on the Donald. While it’s not a bad idea, we can’t start that high up the common sense ladder. Let’s look at the first few wrungs and ask these questions on what we think we should believe about Donald Trump.

Do we believe that in several lifetimes, Mr. Trump can get Mexico to pay for our wall on the border?

Do we really believe that this self-proclaimed star is the right ego and the right temperament to have his finger on the nuclear button in today’s volatile world?

Do we honestly believe that a cocky billionaire has any lasting solution to the deep moral decline we have been in for an entire generation?

Can money, jobs, business acumen, stock market booms and burgeoning markets get God to back off from even one of His promises that clearly say the nation that sins will be cut off and eventually destroyed.

Don’t believe God? Then take an honest look at history; it wouldn’t be the first time a nation plunged into moral decline and passed from history – never to be heard from again.

I will provide this one verse, lest I be remiss in my duty and calling.

“Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.” (Isaiah 1: 4)

Abortion, chop-shop babies, perverted marriage, an ongoing national sexual obsessive compulsive disorder, corruption and deep darkness on every level don’t mean much; Trump’s solution for all of this is – kick China’s butt, bounce the immigrants back to Mexico, conjure up a few jobs and proceed to live happily ever after.

This is not bad thinking; it is the means by which we will become the world’s bully instead of the world’s policemen – it is callous cultural degradation that defies God and insults the very heritage of our nation.

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Six Reasons To Honestly Doubt ‘The Donald’ – Let’s Not Do 2008 Again

Long before Barack Obama swept into office as a pop-culture icon in 2008, I had serious doubts about his record, his honesty and his intentions about many issues including ‘gay marriage’ and abortion. I tabled many of my doubts, naively believing that the American people would see through his inexperience, dishonesty and hidden motives and leave him behind.

How wrong can a man be?

I will not make that mistake again. As a writer, I will speak up loud and early with my doubts before we repeat the horrible errors of 2008 and 2012.

The power of the American people to place their favorite sons or celebrated and heralded favorite candidates in office remains unquestioned. The decisions are ours to make.

It is the long range wisdom of our choices that must be examined now – America is on the threshold of its own demise if we repeat the mistakes of the past.

This alone is my motive for offering my six reasons why I believe that giving the republican nomination to Donald Trump would be a mistake on the level of giving Barack Obama a third term.

I will borrow the phrase used as a slogan for the website called Godfather Politics: “It’s Not Personal…It’s Politics”

It will take more than an aversion to political correctness to determine if someone is prime material for the presidency of this nation.

Millions of Americans also hate the ridiculous worming out that liberals have accomplished by hiding behind the use of preferred words and phrases. It is the very will to resist the popular word-speak garbage of this decade that is the impetus for this assessment of the Donald.

Can we ask the Donald to take a dose of his own medicine? Let’s see.

  1. Where’s the record?

When Trump was firing people, putting American beauties on parade and putting money in the Clinton Foundation, others were fighting for the nation. Where was Trump when Ted Cruz battled on the Senate floor for twenty one hours in 2013 to stop Obamacare? Where was Trump when Scott Walker took on the unions against all odds in Wisconsin? Where was the Donald when Jeb Bush lifted his state to become one of the greatest fiscal success stories of the decade?

Is it safe to say that loudmouths are only loud and are not necessarily good fighters standing on the front lines and taking the blows?

Bluster, braggadocio and business successes are the product of ambition and self-assertion; they will never be the litmus test for character, resiliency and statesmanship.

  1. Can you call a man a fool with impunity?

In the famous ‘Sermon on the Mount,’ Christ said:

“But I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” (Mt 5: 22)

Seriously, if calling a man a fool can put us at the front door to hell, where will calling women dogs, fat pigs, slobs, and disgusting animals leave a man?

If all this does is get Megyn Kelly a little hot under the collar, the question is moot; but in the larger picture, this is the antithesis of diplomacy, philanthropy and common decency. Agree or not, the one thing it can never be is – presidential!

American women deserve better than this; and since there are 158.6 million women in the U.S. according to the Census Bureau as of 2009; isn’t that a lot of votes to risk? Women make up over half of the population of the U.S.; as it pertains to “a woman’s scorn,” that leaves very few places where Mr. Trump can find a place to hide.

  1. Is respect for the rich an American idiosyncrasy we should be proud of?

Warren Buffett, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and a host of other rich men all have one thing in common: they all get the respect of most people in our nation. To some degree, they represent the very fulfillment of the American dream.

But is it always a respect that is deserved?

In fact, it is often the least common denominator to use when we choose the icons of our nation that we want the rest of the world to see. It is always men and women who have sacrificed rather than gained that fill our history books with glowing accounts. Which of our history books gives a list of the net worth of our founding fathers? Oh, how times have changed.

The Apostle James gave strict warning to the believers in his day not to become respecters of persons, especially if it was only because they were rich. To wit:

“Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?  If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.” (James 2: 5-9)

If James says respecting persons, especially because they are rich, is a “sin,” then why are we willing to use this as a criterion for choosing a president. In fact, in doing this, we are saying more about our own character flaws than those of Donald Trump.

  1. How Much Trust Does Trump Place in Riches?

Only a cursory examination of Mr. Trump’s speeches and replies to questions produces a curiosity that few may have noticed. He uses the personal pronoun “I” to excess, and it is often conjoined to the declaration that his “I” is worth about ten billion dollars.

The words ‘trust’ and ‘faith’ are interchangeable in the English language for good reason. We have faith in what we trust; or more succinctly, we put our weight on what we trust.

We never hear Trump declare his faith in God, or even that he trusts the American system of democracy. Is it not reasonable to think that the Donald stands on his money and nothing else? While he alone can answer this question, what can be gleaned from his public rhetoric seems to support the idea that his ten billion is the ground on which he stands – alone.

Again, Christ said: “…how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!” (Mt 10: 23)

If you can’t use riches as a springboard to get into heaven, then why should it be thought of as a good place from which to bounce into national politics? America is in crisis, money did not get us into this crisis, and money will not in and of itself get us out of it. We had better look to a better foundation.

  1. Is ‘greasing the palm’ a Trumpian philosophy? Isn’t that exactly what is wrong with today’s politics?

When asked why he had given money to the Clintons for their foundation, Trump explained that it was so when he asked for something in return (coming to his wedding), he would be sure to get what he wanted.

The nation has long been hijacked, diverted and bought out by special interest groups and lobbyists for as long as can be remembered. Trump seems to be a master at greasing the palm; will he also be a victim of this practice if given the highest office in the land?

Votes and influence are never for sale in good government – does Mr. Trump understand this?

  1. Are belligerence, bellicosity and braggadocio considered good qualities to Mr. Trump?

Fiery speech, hotheadedness and lack of self-control are the last qualities we should be looking for in a potential president in today’s nuclear world.

We need a president who has something to say, not one who has simply got the urge to say something.

We do not expect Mr. Trump to pass his words through the three golden gates before he speaks, but we may want to feel assured that he would choose better speech if it was as critical as life and death – today, it often is.

“He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” (Proverbs 16: 32)

What do our children make of our political uncertainty?

In summary, we give our children the very best opportunities and encourage them to get the finest education they can; yet year after year, they show less interest in politics than ever in our entire history.

Why would they be interested when, after viewing the recent debates, they see we have been offered the greatest bevy of statesmen (17) in the history of politics?

What choices do we make if the polls are any indicator of our inclinations?

We want to replace a former community organizer, who thinks he has become the emperor, with a man who all but perfectly resembles a loudmouth used car salesman with the people skills of an angry teenager.

The next generation sees us as the kind of people who never seem to learn from our mistakes. They see how quickly we have forgotten that whether it is Obama or Trump, when things start to go bad, we cannot send someone to the door of the oval office with a pink slip and the words “you’re fired!”

We show our children that it is not our candidates who are the problem – it is us!

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Satanic Statue Comes To Detroit – Is There No Price To Pay?

After a long reign as the auto capital of the world, the beleaguered city of Detroit was last seen (in 2012) asking President Obama to bail them out since over 75 percent of them pulled the levers to get him re-elected to office. Now, the city has become the host of Satan’s statue, complete with two adoring, admiring and worshiping children as part of the display.

On July 25, 2015, the city plunged to a new low as city leaders decided to allow the unveiling of the one ton statue of Satan (Baphomet) by the “Satanic Temple,” after being rejected by the State of Oklahoma.

Following the unveiling, a party was held in the warehouse district that, after being rained out, produced about 400 revelers, while some estimate the crowd was upwards of 700 people, who noisily partied under the banner of a lighted inverted cross.

Why would a city almost destroyed by economic woes place the statue of what the Bible calls “the destroyer” in its neighborhoods–and follow up with a party?

This question is the easiest to answer since some of the other appellations of Satan, who is referred to nine times as the destroyer, give a strong clue to the clueless. Satan is the one who leaves the nations “desolate” (Dan 9: 27).

The second question is far more serious.

Why does the statue come with adoring children?

People paid $75.00 to be photographed sitting on the statue, and in some cases groping each other – all done figuratively in the presence of children. Is this tacit confirmation of child abuse in the minds of the satanically seduced?

Isn’t this carrying the effort to enforce the separation of “church and state” a bit too far? This is more like the separation of people from their brains.

Some would say that since the unveiling roused only a mere 400 adherents, there shouldn’t be much to worry about. There is not a national trend toward worshiping Satan underfoot.

The statue of Baphomet is symptomatic of a generation-long delivering of our children to Satan’s front door. Educators, Hollywood, the media, loose politicians, and apostate churches are all ushering the little ones into the Godlessness that is prophetically promised to precede the emergence of Satan in the flesh, otherwise known as the antichrist.

Is there no price to pay for this?

There is a terrible price to pay.

“The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.” (Eze 18: 20)

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Ro 6: 23)

Lining our children up to face spiritual death is a kind of child abuse that may not invoke the intervention of child services, but has far more deadly consequences than the imagination is capable of understanding.

The amazing thing about the gospel message is that God has decided that no one needs to pay up if they wise up. He is the propitiation for our sins, and that is a theological way of saying what is blaringly simple; he has paid the price for us by his death on the cross of Calvary. Through simple repentance and starting off in a new direction, we can get that bill marked “paid in full.”

Sadly, many believe that a person pays for his own sins, and nations are not held accountable – not so. The death of nations, including ours, is always on the table in God’s economy.

“If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it.” (Jeremiah 18:7-8 ESV)

In 1989, Cashbox Magazine listed author Harold McWhorter’s song, “Sin Will Take You Farther,” as number 1; and it remained there for eleven months. McWhorter was the principal of Tallapoosa High School and worked in the Georgia public school system for many years.

McWhorter summarized the plight of many people today who, after waltzing down many darkened pathways that lead to despair, realize that sin is not only the only thing at the end of the path–but it is what gives full definition to the term “dead-end.”

As a child I foolishly turned God away
Not knowing the heartache a sinner must face
But God in His goodness has let me return
To share with His children this lesson I’ve learned

Sin will take you farther than you want to go
Slowly but wholly taking control
Sin will leave you longer than you want to stay
Sin will cost you far more than you want to pay

How far will we go as a nation before we can say these words?

Time is not on our side.

Really, Detroit, a statue of Satan with adoring children?

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The History Of Evil – Planned Parenthood Writes A New Page

“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” (Mark 21: 25-26)

This verse, taken from the gospel of Mark, has nothing to do with the last day’s wave of heart attacks; but rather it is a prophetic picture of the collective fainting of the hearts of men at the sudden, deep, and wholly unexpected changes that are rolling into human history.

This week, America is reeling from the videos in which officials from Planned Parenthood are negotiating the going price for the organs of unborn babies. We are witnessing something far more sinister than the ancient pagan world’s excursion into the offering of children to be burned in the fires of the idol known as Molech.

Today’s version of the “fires of Molech” is more sadistic and wicked than the ancients could have imagined, because it is now done under the cover of “law.” One man out of a band of nine cast the deciding vote for Roe v. Wade in 1973; and since then, the waves of unborn children have met their doom to the grand figure of 55 million and counting. This is the “law”? If Molech were actually a real and living deity – he would be delighted.

The rest of the world’s nations mandate abortions out of fear (overpopulation), but they are no slouches in honoring the idol of Molech. In China, it is reported that upwards of 336 million abortions have been performed since 1971. The latest twist from the orient is reportedly eating the remains of aborted babies in a soup which is thought to rejuvenate youthfulness in those who practice this kind of cannibalism.

Moderns think they have by means of consensus science arrived at the place where all superstitious allusions to God, gods, and deities have been properly abandoned, but have not noticed that they have thrown the baby out with the wash.

They scoff at intelligent design while scraping through the dirt of their archaeological digs with fine camel hair brushes and high expectations that they may at last uncover one of the millions of missing links for the species we now know as the human genus. Undaunted, they are willing to cling to the few remains, all of which have fallen into repute and total about 12 (depending on which scientist you ask) to answer the question of origins for an entire generation.

Even those who do not believe in God are beginning to ask if the camel hair brushes would not be more useful in brushing away the little mounds of dirt in the human psyche–not in search of an intelligent designer, but for intelligence itself.

Have Godliness and true wisdom now become fossils?

We can imagine the Apostle Paul kneeling in prayer and peering far ahead into the prophetic cloud of the will and counsel of God, only to turn and write of this generation in these most unflattering terms.

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” (2 Tim 3: 1) After this, Paul concludes that the last day’s generation will be…“Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Tim 3: 7)

Now, it seems that the political class is all wound up over which conservative candidate for president will come and sweep away the entire moral decline with his pen and cellphone.

I like the Donald too; but what makes us think that a loudmouth rich man, whose greatest accomplishments are the acquisition of gleaming skyscrapers and the parade of half-nude women in a pageant, is the most likely one to lead, change, and even save a nation from its own complete demise? Has statesmanship also passed into memory with only a fossil record to attest that it once was? More camel hair brushes needed here.

The best the Donald has offered if elected president is to support a congressional bill referred to as the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” which would prohibit all abortions after 20 weeks except in cases of medical emergency. Not even 10 billion dollars seems enough to wake up the Donald to the simple biological fact that at only a few weeks into the growth of a fetus, you have a human being –nd no law of man will ever change that. Thanks for the compromise, but it will not suffice in the Day of Judgment.

Hidden under the mounds of dirt called ‘politically correct speech’ and ‘cultural diversity’ can be found the fossils of human wisdom and better judgment. Let’s dig there – because political correctness, compromise, and election rhetoric are lousy substitutes for a real conscience.

No one, including Donald Trump–who is not willing to make a full frontal attack against all abortion and perverted same sex marriage–is any more than a paper tiger vying for our votes based on a better deal than Barack Obama. America needs more than a substitute for Obama; we need a first-class statesman with a full blown conscience.

This article would not be complete if I did not show the reader that the Apostle Mark’s dire warning that the hearts of men would fail is appendaged with what radio commentator Paul Harvey used to call “the rest of the story.”

We don’t know which politician will be inaugurated as our next president, but we do know who will come in last to become the first for all eternity.

Planned Parenthood may be writing a new page in the history of evil, but we know exactly who will write the last page of human history and bring in the long-awaited correction to the misrule of men.

“And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Mark 21: 27-28)

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