Monthly Archives: December 2014

Jesus, the Prince of Peace

Merry Christmas to you all.

May God’s peace be upon you in Jesus Christ, who is the Prince of Peace.

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See Charles Stanley – “Jesus – the Prince of Peace” – at https://www.intouch.org/Content/27938/LP111218.pdf.

See also “True Meaning of Christmas” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-6w.

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True Meaning of Christmas

Is Christmas all about Santa Claus and Jingle Bell rocking your way to a Christmas tree laden with lights and blessed with presents? Does Christmas represent the evils of capitalism and a planet endangered by imminent environmental catastrophes? Does your holiday fair consist of elves or Christmas ghosts reigniting your love life?

If so, then you may be missing the real meaning of Christmas.

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But, of course, America’s cultural degradation of Christmas has been going on for decades and is accelerating at an even greater pace.

A growing number of people criticize the commercialization of Christmas even as increasing number of groups emerge who claim offense at Christmas trees, “Merry Christmas,” and Santa Clause in the public square. What’s next – outlaw snowballs?

Even faithful Christians – who, of all people should know better – may miss the deeper spiritual reality of Christmas.

The Christmas Story

The Christmas story is familiar fair to any who have attended a Christmas play or seen a nativity scene. The historical narrative is found in four chapters of the Gospels (Matthew 1-2, and Luke 1-2).

Virtually every Christmas song – whether traditional, sacred, or secular – is filled with joy, signifying the universal recognition that something joyful is being celebrated.

Joy to the World!

People from all walks of life were impacted by the birth of – and presence of – Jesus.

We read that John the Baptist, while still in the womb of his mother, leapt for joy in the presence of a still unborn Jesus. Mary, Jesus’ mother, sang a song of praise. Wise men came from the east and angels and shepherds sang. A high priest and an elderly prophetess prophesied. A righteous man saw his dream fulfilled.

From babies to the elderly, lowly shepherds, wise men, a high priest, a righteous man, a prophetess – all were impacted by the Babe.

The gift of Christmas was the baby Jesus. A gift to all mankind. Irrespective of race, gender, class. A gift to us all.

Joy to the World!

Immanuel, God with Us

However, the central point of these gospel accounts is not the audience to the birth of Jesus. It is Jesus! The overarching theme is not that people from all walks of life were impacted by Jesus’ presence, but that they all worshiped Jesus and God.

In each and every instance, those who sought Jesus or met Jesus worshiped Jesus.

Did you ever notice that most of the traditional (non-secular) Christmas songs give glory, laud, and honor to the One born to be King?

Why worship Jesus? Matthew 1:23 records the prophecy: “’Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which is translated, ‘God with us.’”

Yes, Jesus was God, and these gospel accounts focus on Jesus, “God with us.”

The Gospel of John sheds some light on the Incarnation of Jesus. In the opening verses, we discover that in the beginning – before creation itself – the Word was God and the Word was with God. In other words, it speaks of the Trinity existing before the creation of anything. Then the Word – which spoke all things into existence – became a human being.

Verse 14 puts it this way: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

The glory appeared in the form of a little Babe called Jesus.

The beautiful song, “Mary, Did You Know?” well expresses the significance of the birth and life of Jesus Christ.

Opposition From Enemies of God

Then, as now, the forces of darkness are ever at work trying to thwart God’s plan.

Satan and his evil minions opposed Jesus from the beginning. But God provided for Him and is people.

The story of King Herod and the massacre of countless children is familiar to those who know the biblical record. The family of Jesus fled to Egypt and were protected by God until their return to Israel.

Even today, the forces of darkness seek to prevent the name of Jesus from being spoken and, especially at this time of year, His story from being told.

Why? There is power in the name of Jesus and there is glory to God in His story.

Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33).”

Jesus came “clothes in flesh” that we might become clothed in His righteousness and live forevermore with Him in Paradise (John 17:22-23).

Joy to the World!

Propaganda Kills

Orwell’s Big Brother would be proud!

Anarchy has been termed democracy in action. Rioting, looting, and arson have been termed components of free speech. And murder has now been called justice.

Yesterday, two innocent New York City police officers were assassinated by a racist thug who is himself a victim of propaganda. The officer were not “executed” – execution implies they were tried and convicted of a crime.

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On Fox & Friends this morning, former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani said it is “shameful” that politicians are using propaganda to separate the community from the police.

former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik blames the race hustlers, claiming that they “have blood on their hands.”

Indeed, they do.

Remember, the meme of “hands up, don’t shoot” is a racial myth! It never happened. yet it has been used to justify all manner of injustice and to foment racial division.

The racist cop myth is being used to disguise the real causes of legitimate grievances within the black community: fifty years of failed liberal policies.

NYC Mayor de Blasio’s policies have allowed protests to turn into anarchy as “protestors” call for the death of cops. The “protestors” got their wish.

Fox News contributor Peter Johnson actually equated police officers turning their backs on de Blasio with the step-father of Michael Brown calling for Ferguson to be burned to the ground. Johnson said that both were “emotional responses” to their respective situations.

Wrong answer. One was a peaceful show of disagreement with the mayor, the other an out-of-control call for mob violence.

“Dead cops!” Apparently only “black lives matter.” Cops of any color do not. And those who contend that all lives matter are condemned, shouted down, attacked, and killed.

Nevertheless, with anarchists in the streets and violence overtaking America, President Obama contends that we are in the midst of a “healthy conversation” about race.

Update:

Every single investigation into the Ferguson shooting – including the exhaustive federal Justice Department investigation – exonerated Officer Wilson and determined that the Hands Up, Don’t Shoot narrative was a lie.

Even though this false racial narrative – this myth – has been proven false, many media, political, and cultural elites continue to promote this false narrative and attack those who expose it as a fraud.

That false racial narrative plays into the fears of those who are race-obsessed or who have been indoctrinated into believing racial stereotypes, which is ironic given they accuse others of racism.

Torture or Slaughter?

The politically-motivated Democratic Senate swan song attack against the CIA and the Bush administration – euphemistically called “the Torture Report” – is deeply flawed and false in many of its particulars.

Meanwhile, President Obama gets a pass on killing hundreds of innocent civilians through drone strikes.

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According to a recently released report, “Attempts to kill 41 men resulted in the deaths of an estimated 1,147 people, as of 24 November.

The report also reveals that “An analytically conservative Council on Foreign Relations tally assesses that 500 drone strikes outside of Iraq and Afghanistan have killed 3,674 people.”

Meanwhile, only three terrorists were waterboarded.

Which is more moral, more humane, more just: waterboarding terrorists or murdering innocents?

Obama Targets Israel

Is Barack Hussein Obama “the first Jewish president” as some contend?

A lengthy feature in New York Magazine quoted White House counsel Abner Mikva, who claimed in 2008, “When this all is over, people are going to say that Barack Obama is the first Jewish president.”

The columnist concluded, “’The first Jewish president?’ Maybe not. But certainly a president every bit as pro-Israel as the country’s own prime minister – and, if you look from the proper angle, maybe even more so.”

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If President Obama is so pro-Israel then why is he so anti-Israel?

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Author and columnist Ken Blackwell disagrees. In the wake of Obama’s Jakarta trip, Blackwell wrote:

“With his remarks in Jakarta, Indonesia, President Obama made history once again. Sadly, it’s a most unenviable title. I believe he is the most anti-Israel President in U.S. history.”

“He used his Jakarta platform to complain about Israel building apartments for her growing population. Where? In Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.”

“To make matters even worse, Jakarta is a city no Israeli is allowed to enter! The symbolism of saying what he said in the country and city where he said it is simply atrocious.”

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R – MN) concurs, calling the “first anti-Israel president in American history.”

Bachmann recognizes the flawed nature of Obama’s worldview, explaining, “In their fantasy world, a smaller, diminished, less powerful United States is somehow supposed to bring about global tranquility.” Mocking Obama, she said. “Well Mr. Obama, Mrs. Clinton, we want our 1980s foreign policies back. Peace through strength!”

For Obama, America is the problem. For Obama, Israel is the problem.

An Obama acolyte recently reversed reality, using an Orwellian formulation, to assert that “to be pro-Israel is to be in favor of liberating the country from its occupation of Palestinians.”

To be against Israel is to be for Israel reminds me of the infamous claim “It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.”

Proposed Sanctions Against Israel

Now Obama is considering sanctions on Israel.

Weekly Standard investigative reporter Steve Hayes finds it remarkable that the White House is “refusing to deny that the United States is considering sanctioning one of its closest allies facing an existential threat, daily threats, from Iran but you have the White House on Capitol Hill lobbying now against any additional sanctions [against Iran] because it’s going to blow up those negotiations that constitute the threat Israel is facing. The levels of idiocy on this I think are befuddling.”[1]

As JihadWatch notes, “While he hands Iran approval for its nuclear program on a silver platter, Obama is apparently considering sanctions against Israel. He turns allies into enemies and enemies into allies – the latter in his eyes only, not theirs.”

Obama – Netanyahu Rivalry

President Obama has had a stormy and icy relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu throughout his presidency. As CNN notes, they have squabbled “over peace talks, wars in Lebanon and Gaza, settlements and Israeli military action in places like Iraq and Syria.”

CNN concludes:

“For Obama, the Iranian nuclear challenge is another crisis to be managed, and a test case of his doctrine that the United States should be prepared to talk to its enemies. But people familiar with Netanyahu’s worldview say he believes history has handed him the role of delivering the Jewish state from an existential threat posed by Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.”

But there’s far more to it than that. There are distinct ideological and (dare I say it) theological differences between these two heads of state.

Obama is Pathologically Pro-Islam

Is Obama really pro-Israel? The first Jewish president? Hardly.

Obama has Muslim roots and Muslim sympathies. Throughout his political career, Obama has defended and extoled Islam at every turn, while expressing either disdain or hostility toward Christianity and Judaism.

Obama finds a strange moral equivalency between Israelis conducting defensive strikes and Palestinians engaging in terrorism. Strikingly, Obama always sides with the Palestinians and actually blames Israelis for the deaths of civilians used as human shields by Palestinians.

Throughout his presidency, Obama has insisted on a Middle East peace process but taken the side of the Palestinians, insisting that Israel stop its settlement program – as a precondition to those very peace talks. Obama also favors a suicidal return to pre-1967 borders.

Despite the fact that the Palestinians have consistently broken its cease-fire agreements with Israel, Obama blames Israel.

Obama opposes Israel in large measure because of his Muslim roots and because Israel is an American ally who shares American values.

Americans have supported Israel since its birth in 1948. Obama – hailed the first Jewish president – has broken with that long tradition and is risking both the demise of Israel and civilization as we know it.

Resources:

Obama’s America – Fundamentally Flawed” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-1h.

Obama’s Muslim Roots and Sympathies” at http://t.co/3FIt1xmLqV.

Complete timeline of Obama’s anti-Israel hatred at http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/03/20/a-complete-timeline-of-obamas-anti-israel-hatred/.

Endnotes:

[1]               Steve Hayes, Special Report, FNC, 12/5/14.

Hillary Crazy about Crazies

We Must Empathize With America’s Enemies

Say what?

Hillary Clinton, the as-yet-unannounced Democratic front-runner for president spoke at Georgetown this week to express her vision “to advance peace and security.”[1]

Attempting to seize the moral high ground, Hillary’s strategy for world peace is hilarious: empathy. (This is reminiscent of that quintessential quality Obama seeks in Supreme Court justices – empathy, not legality.)

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In Hillary’s world, Clinton calls this “smart power” which leaves “no one on the side lines.”

(I would think we would want terrorists and other evildoers to be “on the side lines,” but the Obama administration has been known for negotiating with the worst of the worst.)

Eschewing military action, Hillary seemingly contends that diplomacy will solve all of our problems and lead to global peace. “That is what we believe in the 21st century will change – change the prospects for peace.”

Clinton’s approach to resolving tensions with our enemies is simplistic, naïve, and dangerous: “Showing respect even for one’s enemies.”

And what does that entail? “Trying to understand, in so far as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view.”

Empathize? With terrorists and tyrants?

Having run the State Department for so many years, one would think that the smartest woman in the world – who oversaw the dismantling of peace around the world – would know what the perspectives and points of view our enemies possess.

ISIS and other Islamic terrorists want to create a worldwide caliphate and, to do so, they must convert or kill every other person on the planet, especially us. That is their perspective and point of view.

Does Clinton, like Kerry, think we can talk ISIS into peace?

How do we show these butchers, beheaders, and barbarians “respect?” Through negotiation? With appeasement?

How are we to empathize with butchers and barbarians? Will that empathy dissuade them from further butchery? Genghis Khan was undeterred by pleas for mercy.

Vladimir Putin wants to restore the old Russian Empire. He seized the Crimea despite world protests and he is hell bent on absorbing the whole of the Ukraine. Virtually unopposed by Obama and his diplomacy. How did that reset button work out for you, Hillary?

Iran is unalterably resolute in its desire to develop nuclear weapons and the Obama administration’s policy of appeasement will never contain that threat. Indeed, for all these years, negotiation has always worked to Iran’s advantage.

Instead of acknowledging evil where it exists and taking action to protect Americans, Obama talks, talks, talks. And Hillary Rodham Clinton – the presumptive POTUS in 2016 – apparently supports that policy.

Endnotes:

[1]               Daniel Harper, “Hillary: We Must Empathize With America’s Enemies,” Weekly Standard, 12/4/14, http://nation.foxnews.com/2014/12/04/hillary-we-must-empathize-americas-enemies#.