Rick Perry’s Gift To Texas’ Governor-Elect…A Bible Verse?

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For this week’s commentary, I just want to say that I love Jesus Christ! He is not only the greatest Teacher to ever live, but also the best political leader.

His statutes and judgments were always perfect! People, not himself, were always the top of His priority. He knew when to give harsh critique of the self righteous, and when to give necessary justice in times of political hypocrisy.  He acknowledged the need and legitimacy of the state when He taught “Render under Caesar that which is Caesar’s.”  Then He limited that political power by saying “Render unto God, that which is God’s!”  He distinguished the two powers, placing the emphasis on God’s authority.

This January, part of that biblical, civil government authority was passed from one governor to another in the state of Texas.

Outgoing Texas Gov. Rick Perry, while keeping in tradition of the state of Texas, handed over a very coveted copy of the Bible to Governor-elect Greg Abbott. As has been tradition in Texas, Perry underlined a scripture inside of the book for the incoming governor to meditate on.

First of all, I want to compliment the tradition of the state of Texas–and secondly, compliment the verse that Governor Rick Perry chose to pass along.  I am so grateful for the former governor’s decision to keep this tradition alive.  I believe it is traditions like this that cause these United States to remain a Republic, where authority is derived from our Creator and that all law is subject to the laws He has given us in Nature and the Bible.

The purpose of government in the U.S. is clearly stated in the Declaration of Independence: “…that to secure these (God-given) rights…  governments are instituted among men.”

Don’t you wish every governor in this Union would subscribe to the American View of Government: “there is a Creator God; our God-given rights come from Him; and the purpose – the only purpose – of government is to protect our God-given rights”?

This American View can very easily be extracted from Governor Perry’s admonishing Scripture…

“But Jesus called them unto Him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20: 25-28)

 

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Another Veteran Victimized By The VA

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The trauma experienced by so many veterans at the Veterans Administration becomes at once more poignant and more outrageous when it blindsides someone you know. Raphael fought in Afghanistan and was twice injured. He made me promise to disguise his identity before giving permission to tell his story; his benefits could be eliminated by a vengeful bureaucrat. He knows others who complained and paid.

Raphael’s story contains classified information. Among other things, he needs psychotherapy for his PTSD – post traumatic stress disorder. Each time he requests therapy, he is assigned a doctor who is not cleared to hear classified material. The VA explains that it cannot afford enough docs with the requisite clearance to hear his story; if he talks to someone without clearance, he risks life in prison.

Raphael is 90% medically retired from the Service because of the injuries he sustained. He worries that he is losing whatever muscle tone he still has; but if he works out – and is caught by VA authorities – he can lose all medical and financial benefits. It is okay for him to be employed – as long as he does not work out or do anything else to put himself into physical condition for work and play. His VA doc prescribes weekly chiropractic care because of the injuries to his back. VA policy is one trip to the chiropractor every three months. It is called Catch 22.

He lives about two hours from the nearest VA clinic; yet he can only get his medication at such a facility. That means by the time he drives two hours, waits in line for two hours – picking up meds is not considered urgent – and drives home another two hours, his day – whether working or off – is shot. And sometimes, the ordered meds have not yet arrived; and he must return another day. This is the price he pays for risking his life for his country on a foreign battlefield. His country talks of honoring his sacrifice; plenty of Americans want to shake his hand and thank him for his service. But this is the reality with which he and hundreds of thousands of vets live every day.

Promises were made when the scandal broke months ago; vets would be given vouchers for care VA clinics could not provide. Despite launching of the “new” VA on Veterans’ Day, not one vet has received a card. Nothing in the re-organization mentions changing the policies that penalize Raphael.

I could blame the Administration. There is no question things have gotten worse on Obama’s watch; his disdain for the military of which he is commander in chief is legendary. But this dysfunction for which Raphael and his brothers and sisters pay every day goes back a long way. I know a clinic director who was hounded from his job during the Bush Administration in retaliation for his constant complaints to higher ups in Washington. And the nature of his belly aching? He wanted adequate medical supplies – in stock – to serve those who depended on him and on his staff, and a mobile clinic for vets living in the rural areas of his region. George Bush loved the members of our armed forces, and they loved him. But he did not love them enough to crack down on the incompetent and the bean counters – and not enough to carry the horrific truth to the American public.

It is not too late. What if we demanded of leaders a workable plan to overhaul the VA – beginning with the termination of every employee who has been part of the problem from the top down? What if we demanded that plan include sufficient funding to pay the debt we owe our vets – from all wars? What if we said “Nuts!” to promises made by the leaders who break promises already made to vets? And what if we voted only for leaders who are honest enough to admit there is not enough money for all things (and that the illegals who want drivers’ licenses and a college degree can go to the back of the line)? What if we hound those we place in office until they deliver – even if they did not promise? The vets were here first, and they deserve whatever they need.

Jesus said there are none more blessed than those who lay down their lives for their friends. He refers literally to those who die in sacrifice; but every vet has sacrificed health and wealth, and many have damaged hearts and minds. Americans have an opportunity to right a great injustice and bless as Jesus blesses. Let’s stand tall and do it now.

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Watch What Happens On CNN When NFL’s Benjamin Watson Mentions Jesus Christ

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New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson recently wrote a post on Facebook about Ferguson, and it went viral.

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CNN brought him on to talk about his post and Ferguson, when something very curious happened.

Just when Watson began to talk about the Gospel and mentioned Jesus Christ as savior for all because He died for our sins, his feed cut out.

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This isn’t the first time that an NFL player has been censored by a news outlet for proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord. A few months ago on ESPN, Robert Griffin III was about to give his customary press conference when something happened. He was wearing his shirt correctly before the interview, but then someone made him turn it inside out.

His shirt read “kNOw Jesus kNOw Peace” before he turned it inside out.

From the Book of Matthew: [Jesus speaking]

“So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” Matt 10: 32-33.

H/T Young Conservatives

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UN-common Ground: Christianity, Islam, And ISIS

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In light of recent world events including the rise of ISIS and the ongoing slaughter of Christians, many people are still confused about the differences between the teachings of Islam compared to Christianity. The first obvious contrast is that Jesus taught love and forgiveness; the prophet Muhammad was a violent warrior who promoted conquest and who killed Jews and Christians.

Here in America, there are over 3.5 million Muslims; but the problem is with a minority of the overall Muslim population that has blended into our society with the goal of implementing acts of takeover or terror. Estimates suggest there are about 250,000 radicals who are patiently working and waiting for the call to jihad. Another problem is that very few “moderate” Muslims publicly renounce acts of terror taking place around the world. One cannot help but wonder exactly where they stand.

It is no secret the Obama administration has openly supported Islam since the president’s 2009 speech in Cairo. Ever since the “Arab Spring” in early 2011, Sharia Law has been implemented in Islamic countries; and the persecution of Christians has reached record levels. Few media outlets reported that one year after President Obama released Abu Bakr al Baghdadi from an Iraqi jail, Baghdadi formed ISIS, which has been on a bloody rampage of terror, death, and evil ever since. Where should Americans stand?

The following is a book excerpt from ERADICATE: BLOTTING OUT GOD IN AMERICA.

Both Christianity and Islam promote a standard of morality and good works, but the god of Islam is not the same as the living God of the Holy Bible. The Muslim holy book, the Quran, considers Jesus a prophet, but not the Son of God or the Savior. Muslims do not believe Jesus died on the cross, but that he was assumed to heaven by Allah.

“Jesus is like Adam in the sight of Allah. Allah created him of dust and then said to him: ‘Be,’ and he was” (Quran 3:55, 58). In other words, Jesus was a created being like us with no divine attributes.

In contrast, the Bible teaches:

In the beginning … The Word was with God … He [Jesus] was with God in the beginning; all things were created by Him and for Him (John 1:1; Colossians 1:16).

The 66 books of the Bible were written by at least forty different authors over a period of at least 1,500 years, and its unity and continuity remain apparent and cohesive. [Several centuries after the Bible was written,] the Prophet Muhammad is said to have received divine recitations from Allah over a period of twenty-three years.

At times, Allah commands Muslims to love Jews and Christians–and at other times calls for their death if they do not convert to Islam. Because there are verses that teach peace, you may hear Islam referred to as a religion of peace. However, other instructions in the Quran order Muslims to kill all unbelievers, especially the more recent verses relating to Jews and Christians. What does a follower of Islam do when two instructions seem to contradict each other? This word is a pivotal key to unlocking the answer: abrogation.

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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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