UFC Fighter Defeats A Legend, Then Calls Out America: ‘What Happened To You, USA?’

Following a resounding knockout defeat of veteran fighter Lyoto Machida Saturday, UFC middleweight Yoel Romero extended his win streak to six and attracted significant media attention. In a post-game interview, Romero took advantage of his wide audience by opining on an issue he feels must be addressed.

After emigrating from Cuba in 2007, Romero indicated he has noticed America’s shift away from its Christian roots.

“Wow, my friends,” he said in the aftermath of his most recent victory. “I want to say something. I’ll try English. Hey, UFC! Hey, Miami! Hey, Florida! Listen, people. Listen, listen, listen.”

Instead of congratulating his own performance, he admonished the U.S. for forgetting Jesus Christ. The crowd continued to cheer as Romero began sharing his opinion of the nation’s current cultural climate.

Some of his statement is unintelligible due to his broken English; however, reported transcripts reveal the gist of his position.

“What happened to you, USA? What happened to you? What’s going on? You forget the best of the best in the world? The name is Jesus Christ? What happened to you? Wake up, USA! Go back. Go for Jesus. No for gay Jesus, people!”

His final sentence was the source of most debate, with some contending he said “no forget Jesus.”

The message, however, was clear to both supporters and critics.

While his concern obviously resonated with many Americans…

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…others demanded everything from an apology to his termination from the UFC. In a subsequent press conference, Romero set some of his critics at ease with a clarification of his initial remarks.

“I didn’t refer to anybody,” he said. “What I was trying to say was, ‘United States, thank you for giving me the American dream.’ There’s no better country than this one because it is blessed by God. It’s in the dollars that this country was made by Christian people. That means it’s blessed by God.”

Should this champion be fired for expressing his opinion? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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The Liberalization Of America And Christianity Continues!!

According to a recent study, ‘Conservatives in the United States have more self-control than liberals.’

The reality is that Liberalism comes so easy to the average person. It’s totally instinctive.

For the most part, liberals tend to think of themselves as more accepting and compassionate. There are even some who suggest that they are the most Christ-like in their ideology. This is incorrect, however. Jesus did not promote religious tolerance and appeasement. Jesus promoted radical change – a complete denial of self. His invitation was completely inclusive; but the final ‘condition’ is one that is impossible for the carnally minded, unregenerate to embrace.

“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” – Luke 9:23

There’s the rub.

The liberals will hear none of it. They’ll accept Jesus, but only on their terms. Jesus must be conformed to their image. They don’t want to acknowledge that a complete self-denial is the most essential spiritual consequence of giving yourself over to a higher power. They insist Jesus be incorporated into their way of living.

Left to ourselves, we would rather have our riches above Jesus; or maybe, we have some secret vice that prevents us from coming to a place of total submission. We eventually do the complete opposite. Our needs take precedent, and we reach a point of total rejection. We naturally place our own wants and desires before all else, even before a saving deity.

Liberals tend to fancy themselves as the epitome of rational wisdom. They view themselves as enlightened people. They firmly believe that a complete submission to their methodology will enable a fairly distributed, person-centered, needs-driven standard of living to flourish. Underneath it all, however, is an elitist, radically-motivated power-grab reflective of a greater global political-social agenda.

{Note: Charity, not socialism, was endorsed in the Bible within the body of believers and was secondary to the gospel. The Marxist ideologues of our day are promoting tyranny under the guise of empathy. But what they really seek is totalitarianism}.

The mentality behind the madness is quite primitive, almost infantile.

Whereas conservative principles and foundations must be taught, encouraged, enforced, and experientially reinforced, liberal attitudes and propensities are part of our makeup. All of humanity comes into this world as full-blown liberals from the womb. These liberal traits must be methodically broken down, as we are raised to become God-honoring individuals with respect for authority and a willingness to extend peace and goodwill to our fellow man.

Regardless of the varied perceptions, Conservatism, in its purest form, advocates the need for careful restraint in all areas of life (both for the individual and society as a whole). Meanwhile, Liberalism is often identified as encompassing tolerance and forgiveness.

The conservative sees the value in learning from mistakes and facing natural consequences, while the liberal promotes the need for second chances (i.e. erasing mistakes or altering outcomes). In a worst case scenario, the liberal may resort to radical social upheaval (and even apply deceptive manipulations) to even the playing field and advance a form of equality that relies on resource distribution, emotional justification, personal gratification, short-sighted resolutions, arbitrary absolutions, and self-defeating priorities. Liberalism invites bad choices and provides solutions that merely invite, and often ensure, more bad choices in the future.

Unfortunately, we naturally fight against conservatism – a social-ideological system that requires discipline and self-control. We are spiritually resistant and wholly corruptible. Left to ourselves, thus we will remain. Regardless, when we compromise with a liberal, we compromise our future. Thus, here we are…

We’ve sacrificed the future for the present, and the future is upon us.

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* In a purely religious sense (I’m speaking about Christianity specifically) the word ‘conservative’ implies faithful restraint and clear, concise understanding and obedience to scriptures. Biblical orthodoxy is also implied. However, conservatism is primarily a political (or ideological) label and mustn’t become a distractor from nor a stumbling block to the essence of what it truly means to be Christian (i.e. humility, love, self-sacrifice, patience, integrity, honesty, etc.)

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Can Charleston’s Forgiveness Square With Justice And The Constitution?

Glenn Beck recently posted a story and video of an MSNBC anchor in tears as he witnessed a spontaneous outburst of church and community members singing Gospel songs and offering prayers of forgiveness at the Charleston Emanuel AME Church, the site of a recent horrific shooting. The families and friends of the victims showed the most powerful demonstration of true love that we can experience or give on this earth: the absorbing of crimes against humanity with no retaliation.

The man who has committed this heinous crime has forfeited, as the Constitution states, his right to life, liberty, and property; and this should happen speedily and publicly. So just how does this Constitutional demand for justice reconcile with forgiveness? John Paul II brilliantly brought to life this fragile landscape where forgiveness and justice meet in his message where he stated:

“Forgiveness is in no way opposed to justice, as if to forgive meant to overlook the need to right the wrong done. It is rather the fullness of justice, leading to that tranquility of order which is much more than a fragile and temporary cessation of hostilities, involving as it does the deepest healing of the wounds which fester in human hearts. Justice and forgiveness are both essential to such healing.”

So you see, what the Charleston Emanuel AME Church has done is created a foundation of restoration, unity, and love from which human and societal blessings can flow. What the Church has not done is taken this opportunity to protest, vandalize, rob, loot, or hate. It also has not done what Obama is doing: demanding more federal and state gun control laws. Instead, we see singing, praying, and forgiveness.

It is a miracle for any individual or group of individuals to practice this type of self-sacrifice. We see this in men like Jesus Christ and His disciples who preached and lived this revolutionary message of “love your enemies, do good to them which hate you.” This redemptive message continues to set unrivaled precedents of humanitarian charity to the world. For example, Christ’s Church is the single largest healthcare and education provider in the world; it has pioneered orphanages; fielded social workers; provided protection for children; provided homes for the elderly, disabled, and terminally sick; provided free schooling for poor children; and has advocated both equality and the ending of chattel slavery and discrimination in multiple societies.

Our Separatist and Puritan English ancestors, along with our founding fathers, hazarded all to establish a nation founded on religious liberty with all of the before-mentioned examples in play, holding the presupposition that “all men are created equal”. This Christian “equality” challenged the status quo and was taken up by contemporary Christian ministers like Martin Luther King Jr. and the peaceful resistance movement that won equality for untold numbers in the U.S. and around the world.

To quote the Rev. Norvel Goff of the AME Church:

“The doors of the church are open, no evildoer, no demon in hell or on Earth can close the doors of God’s church.”

So why is this tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina, being overcome by the power of God?

The answer can be found in the blend of Christian virtue and Constitutional Justice that has been the foundation of American happiness and political prosperity for over 225 years. George Washington gave personal credence to this fact, stating:

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness–these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.”

After all, the Constitution was written to “secure the blessings of liberty for themselves and their posterity…”

 

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The New York Times’ Reckless Report

“It seemed pretty glaringly obvious to me that the ‘news fit to print’ was pretty much the news that’s fit to serve the powerful… The way that the paper’s senior staff think is exactly like those in power — in fact, it’s their job to become their friends.” – former NYT correspondent Daniel Simpson

We see right through the propaganda. As one possibly left-leaning commentator astutely noted in response to a stereotypical hit piece against those who lean politically right:

No doubt there are people infuriated with the government but to suggest that these Faux News watchers are going to take up arms against the government is not supported by the facts. Moreover, those few examples cited appear to be unstable individuals, not politically motivated but listening to audio hallucinations found in young male schizophrenics. Better research and an editor with a sharp pencil might are needed here.

Words matter and loose labels are highly irresponsible. Too much mainstream reporting is perpetuating a hidden agenda in their political projections and culture war aggression. Maybe if all crimes were reported equally – black on black, black on white, and everything in between – rather than fanning the flames in a unilateral direction, the right wing news outlets would not feel the need to overcompensate.

If you only followed mainstream media, you would think Obama was the second coming of Jesus. Well, Jesus does not play favorites and neither should we. We are either for Him or against Him. Faithful believers of every color, race, background, gender, and ethnicity are fit for the Kingdom. He is an equal opportunity redeemer. Look in the mirror, see past your complexion, and decide where you stand!

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” – James 1:5

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Pope Francis Just Made A Staggering Claim About Guns And Christians That’s Causing Buzz

The pope is facing mounting criticism this week after making a controversial pronouncement about professed Christians who either work or invest in the arms industry. During what Reuters described as a “long, rambling talk” in Turin, Italy, Pope Francis took aim at firearms supporters with one particularly direct allegation.

He denounced “people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christians and they manufacture weapons,” suggesting that Catholics would be justified in distrusting the claims of anyone in such a situation.

In his address, delivered in front of thousands of young people, Pope Francis went on to castigate those with a financial interest in any firearms-related field while claiming to follow Christ. He claimed that “they say one thing and do another.”

His anti-gun rhetoric was firmly rebuked by a litany of critics, many of whom wondered how he could square such a position with his reliance on armed bodyguards.

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“I assume the Pontiff has disarmed all of his guards,” one Reuters reader opined.

When another commenter pointed out that the pope was referring only to those occupationally or financially invested in the industry, several others jumped to the initial poster’s defense.

“If it’s immoral to sell something,” one critic reasoned, “then it’s a scandal to buy it. It is a mortal sin to induce someone else to commit a mortal sin.”

Another pointed to Jesus Christ’s own teachings to make the case for self-defense.

“Why did Jesus tell the 12 if they had no sword then sell your cloak and buy one if lethal weapons are a sin?” the reader wondered.

Is the pope right to condemn those who support gun manufacturers? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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