Monthly Archives: December 2015

Left Wrong on Biggest Stories of 2015

The AP recently listed the top ten news stories of 2015 – and the Left was wrong on every one of them!

Left Wrong - 2015

The pacifist and radical Left, especially as epitomized by the Obama administration, rejects the very notion of a war on terror and denies the existence of Islamic terrorism in America. It prefers to wage war on climate change (a hoax), endemic and institutional racism (a myth), and law-abiding gun owners (a bogeyman), while championing the dissolution of America’s social fabric (e.g., gay marriage and the gay agenda).

1 – Islamic State

The Islamic State was the number one new story of 2015, with good reason: Islamist jihadists have created a terrorist nation-state which is gobbling up whole swaths of the Middle East and their vision of a global caliphate stretches around the globe, with climactic terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino which serve to underscore both their ambitions and their zeal.

Even in the face of the latest atrocities, the Left in general, and the Obama administration in particular,[1] reflexively defend Islam. Even in the face of savage brutality immune to reason, they seek to negotiate peace with these predators.[2] They view poverty – not religious ideology – as the motivating cause of terrorism.[3] Indeed, they hold politically correct conferences which teach the West how to capitulate to Islamists.[4] Refusing to accept reality, they really think that ISIS is contained[5] and the war on terror is over.

2 – Gay Marriage

After decades of indoctrination (via public education, entertainment, academia, and political correctness), a significant number of Americans have fallen for the gay agenda. The Supreme Court recently “settled” the issue of gay marriage. The Left was ecstatic!

The gay agenda has further infiltrated a number of churches,[6] causing them to preach a false gospel. Gay activists seek to stifle the true gospel through the power of the state and mob action (e.g., Sweet Cakes Bakery, Memories Pizza).

The Obama administration has succeeded in its goal of fundamentally transforming America[7] away from traditional values and its Judeo-Christian roots.

The Left champions gender transformation and self-identification as a different race[8] as acts of courage. America is becoming lost in a fog of immorality and tyranny[9] – while the Left applauds.

Kym Davis was denounced for standing up for truth, morality, and the law[10] when she removed to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

3 – Paris Attacks

Islamists committed notorious terrorist acts in Paris in 2015. In the first instance, Obama snubbed the Parisians[11] even as the world stood with them.[12] Right-thinking people advised Obama to stand in solidarity[13] against these terrorists. After the latest attack, Obama continued to insist that climate change is a greater threat than jihadists. The Left, as a whole, went bonkers over that attack, blaming everyone but the terrorists for their terrorism.[14]

4 – Mass Shootings

“Mass shootings” is AP’s catch-all category which includes typical criminal activity, atypical massacres committed by the mentally ill, shootings by white and black supremacists, and Islamic acts of terror. Failure to differentiate between different kinds of violence precludes prevention of that violence.[15]

Unable to split different types of violence into appropriate categories, the Left is left with only one solution: gun control.[16] Indeed, the Left’s answer to all violence, whether committed by criminals, crazed individuals, or fanatical terrorists, is … gun control![17]

The reverse is actually true: more guns, less crime. Gun control is a form of appeasement to criminals. Charles Cooke provides an excellent and thorough explanation and analysis of why the Second Amendment arose and remains relevant today. Moreover, the weapons used in San Bernardino massacre were already illegal.

In addition to reflexively screaming “gun control” at every instance of violence, the Left is wont to wrongly affix blame, usually on conservatives[18] or Christians. For them,

5 – Black Deaths in Encounters with the Police

AP’s sole focus was on the allegations of police brutality and murder and the rationale behind the Black Lives Matter movement, with zero interest in the perspective of the police and the targeting of police for assassination. The Left seems largely apathetic about the illegitimacy of most of those allegations.

“Hands up; don’t shoot” was a fraudulent narrative from the beginning,[19] yet the racial grievance industry continues to regard it as factual.[20] This is one of the Left’s most cherished narratives.[21] As a consequence of perpetuating this racial myth, Ferguson went up in flames.[22] The lives of countless police officers across the country were threatened (some were killed).[23]

Despite all the hype from Black Live Matter activists and the eagerly-complicit media, their memes are false.

Just as the Left refuses to place the blame for terrorism on Islamists, for crime on criminals, for mass shootings on the mentally ill. The Left also refuses to place the blame for dysfunctional black communities in major Democrat cities where it belongs: fifty years of Democrat policies.

Instead, the Left denies the astonishing progress made to achieve Dr. King’s dream[24] and, instead, encourages more violence in the name of alleged black victimhood and black entitlement.[25] Escalating violence in Baltimore[26] is but one of many examples. The “Ferguson Effect” endangers whole communities, including blacks.

6 – Terrorism Worries

Despite the Left’s protestations, Islamic terrorism has been on the rise in America[27] ever since President Obama took office. The AP’s sole entry in this category is the San Bernardino massacre. It completely ignored the many Islamic terrorist attacks committed in the United States[28] during the Obama administration.

The Left regularly employs Orwellian word games for ideological and political purposes. They continually try to redefine terrorism[29] to exclude the actual terrorists committing terrorism and to include their political foes: conservatives[30] and Christians.[31]

Ever-ready to deny the existence of Islamist terrorists,[32] the Left perpetuates the notion that Christians and conservatives are a far greater threat.[33] Perversely, they want to believe this nonsense.[34] A recent poll confirms this observation.

7 – US Election Campaign

The AP only names Trump, Clinton, and Sanders. It totally ignores every[35] Clinton[36] controversy.[37]

The media’s singular obsession with the Trump Phenomenon serves multiple purposes. First and foremost, ratings and money. Second, it enables them to tarnish all Republicans with the Trump brand. Third, it diverts attention away from more credible, serious, and substantive candidates. And fourth, it provides cover for the many character and candidacy flaws of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

8 – Climate Change

That climate change – a non-story – came in number eight on this list shows the extent to which the White House[38] and liberals will promote this myth. Headline: “Obama’s EPA – Holiday Meals Cause ‘Global Warming’’

Meanwhile, despite its efforts to hype global warming, the media ignores those stories which disprove its thesis.

Climate doomsayers have been around for over a century!

9 – Charleston Church Shooting

The Charleston massacre by a white supremacist made the list, fitting the media narrative of black victimhood and white racism. Finally, this very real tragedy gave the Left a singular, high-profile of white villainy. This tragic event, roundly condemned by everyone, sparked a massive campaign to destroy all things Confederate or Southern, from the flag to statues and monuments for Confederates and even America’s founding presidents! (Strangely, college campuses remain awash with courses, posters, and memorabilia exalting the Castro regime and other left-wing causes.)

But the actual surviving victims of the massacre and the citizens of Charleston exhibited genuine Christian charity in their grief.[39]

For the Left, America’s greatest threat comes from whites, conservatives, and Christians. Hence, the media silence over a gay, black supremacist, and Democrat who committed terrorist acts.[40]

10 – Europe’s Migrant Crisis

Last on the Top Ten list, Europe’s migrant crisis exposes the failures of the Obama administration’s strategy of appeasement and disengagement from the world.

Having made America weaker, Obama claims the opposite.[41] Obama’s appeasement of Putin emboldened Putin’s quest to recreate the Russian Empire.[42] Instead, Obama’s policies frustrate America’s friends and strengthen America’s enemies.[43]

Obama’s precipitous withdrawal from Iraq and hands-off approach to Syria created ISIS and enabled it to seize massive amounts of territory and expand its reach globally.[44]

Yet, Obama admits he has no strategy[45] (while claiming it is working) and denies we are at war.[46]

Still, the State Department has the chutzpah to assert as one if its accomplishments in 2015: Bringing Peace, Security to Syria.” Tell that to the Syrian refugees!

Endnotes:

[1]              See “Obama’s Muslim Roots and Sympathies” at http://t.co/3FIt1xmLqV.

[2]              See “Let’s Talk ISIS Into Peace” at http://t.co/x5bJ44gBxY.

[3]              See “Root of Evil: Let’s Put ISIS on Welfare” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-7s.

[4]              See “CVE: How to Submit to Jihad” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-7x.

[5]              See “ISIS Is Contained!” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-bX.

[6]              See “Vicky Beeching and the Lesbian Gospel” at http://t.co/CpHQtj5sGN.

[7]              See “Flags Depict Obama’s Fundamental Transformation of America and the World” at http://t.co/xjupplSWD1.

[8]              See “PC Trans-Racial Politics” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-aB.

[9]              See “America – Lost in a Fog of Immorality and Tyranny” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-aL.

[10]            See “In Defense of Kym Davis AND the Rule of Law” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-bQ.

[11]            See “Obama Snubs Paris, Disses War on Terror” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-6S.

[12]            See “We Are All Parisians!” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-71.

[13]            See “CPAC: Roman Genn – Solidarity for Liberty” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8f.

[14]            See “The Left Goes Gaga Over Paris Attack” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-c0.

[15]            See “Making Sense of Madness” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-aY.

[16]            See “Let’s Stop the Insanity Over Gun Violence” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-1o.

[17]            See “Commonsense Guns Laws” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-br.

[18]            See “Left Politicizes Las Vegas Shootings” at http://t.co/dPKxyOnxsH.

[19]            See “Ferguson: Justice, Race, and Reason” at http://t.co/ksowFPCx62.

[20]            See “I’m Black: Truth Does Not Matter” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-5t.

[21]            See “Ann Coulter Takes on the Racial Grievance Industry” at http://t.co/YgG2rpgZIc.

[22]            See “Ferguson in Flames” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-5I.

[23]            See “Propaganda Kills” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-6n.

[24]            See “King’s Dream Realized (sort of)” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-76.

[25]            See “Race Myths Exposed!” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8Z.

[26]            See “Baltimore ‘Purged’” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8S.

[27]            See “Terror Strikes America – Again!” at http://t.co/nurkdy0GI6.

[28]            See “OK Beheading? Must be Tea Party Christians!” at http://t.co/JeE8yIckeC.

[29]            See “Terrorism Redefined” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-S.

[30]            See “Right-Wing Islamic Terrorists” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-6V.

[31]            See “CPAC: Alleged Christian Terrorists” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8I.

[32]            See “Islamists Fear Cartoons” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-9Z.

[33]            See “’Right-Wing Terrorists’ or Muslim Jihadists” at http://t.co/JriDYcKizd.

[34]            See “Willful Blindness to Reality” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-c9.

[35]            See “Orwell Lives: Dead Broke = $Millions” at http://t.co/85yxboS3lk.

[36]            See “Clinton Cash – Only 15% for Charity” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8O.

[37]            See “HRC: A Caricature of the Left” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-94.

[38]            See “Obama’s War … on Global Warming!” at http://t.co/WmjRvUyVlw.

[39]            See “Our Daddy: God is Our Refuge” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-aE.

[40]            See “Bryce Williams – Domestic Terrorist Ignored by the Media” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-ba.

[41]            See “Obama: America is Stronger Than Ever” at http://t.co/3dxkSeF8fj.

[42]            See “Putin = Hitler? Yes!” at http://t.co/czfFgLNzmx.

[43]            See “Obama Abets Five Anti-American Empires” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-7k.

[44]            See “Is Baghdad Burning? Obama’s Leadership Vacuum” at http://t.co/anrh8hfqtC.

[45]            See “We Don’t Have a Strategy Yet” at http://t.co/Ftcx1QT0eA.

[46]            See “War? What War?” at http://t.co/k63DebowZE.

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Obama and Reagan on Jesus

In Matthew 10:34, Jesus made a seemingly enigmatic statement: “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth, but a sword.” Jesus graphically depicted how differing views of Jesus would divide people.

Obama & Reagan on Jesus

The contrast between views could not be starker between the Left and the Right. One party removed God from its 2012 platform while the other is derided by the Left for its embrace of the Religious Right.

As usual, Jesus is the pivot point, the demarcation line, or, as He put it, the sword which divides. Jesus is either a rock of offense or the foundation of one’s faith.[1]

The head of the Democrat Party, President Obama, views Jesus as a dead social justice activist, while President Reagan, the model for most Republican candidates, viewed Jesus as both alive and divine.

Obama’s Jesus – Social Justice Activist

President Obama’s Christmas message in 2015 was simple and secular. Obama said (emphasis added),

“Today, like millions of Americans and Christians around the world, our family celebrates the birth of Jesus and the values He lived in his own life. Treating one another with love and compassion. Caring for those on society’s margins: the sick and the hungry, the poor and the persecuted, the stranger in need of shelter – or simply an act of kindness.”

With his very next words, Obama watered down the significance of both Christ and Christmas, saying,

“That’s the spirit that binds us together – not just as Christians, but as Americans of all faiths. It’s what the holidays are about: coming together as one American family to celebrate our blessings and the values we hold dear.”

Actually, no. Christmas is about worshiping the newborn Babe and risen King.[2]

While people of all faiths can certainly enjoy this festive time of year, and Americans of all faiths should certainly strive for peace and harmony, only one faith – and, in particular, one Person[3] – is the reason for the season.[4]

God blessed America because people of the Christian faith sought His will in establishing this great nation. Our political, cultural and spiritual heritage is distinctly Christian in nature.[5]

Reagan’s Jesus – Divine

In contrast to Obama’s view of Jesus as a dead social justice activist, Reagan viewed Jesus as both alive and divine.

President Reagan’s 1983 Christmas Eve address (emphasis added):

“We celebrate the birthday of the Prince of Peace who came as a babe in a manger. Some celebrate Christmas as the birthday of a great teacher and philosopher. But to other millions of us, Jesus is much more. He is divine, living assurance that God so loved the world He gave us His only begotten Son so that by believing in Him and learning to love each other we could one day be together in paradise.”

Speaking of our nation’s Founder, George Washington, Reagan said (emphasis added),

“The image of George Washington kneeling in prayer in the snow is one of the most famous in American history. He personified a people who knew it was not enough to depend on their own courage and goodness; they must also seek help from God, their Father and Preserver.”

Endnotes:

[1]               See “Attacking the Faith: Did Jesus Say that He is God?” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-P.

[2]               See “Celebrating Christmas” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-ct.

[3]               See “Jesus, the Prince of Peace,” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-6J.

[4]               See “Not a Dickens Christmas” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-cq.

[5]               See “CPAC: America’s Christian Heritage Denied” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8E.

Celebrating Christmas

At the center of all of the Christmas narratives is the Babe, Jesus Christ, our Emmanuel (“God with us”).

Celebrating Christmas

In the beloved Christmas carol, “O Come Let Us Adore Him,” we sing “Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.” This harkens to Jesus’ birth (called the Advent or Incarnation) as recorded in the Gospel of John 1:14, “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.”

With the birth of Jesus, mankind was introduced to God in the flesh, One who could fully empathize with us and who, now, intercedes on our behalf with our Father in heaven.

Our Father? How?

The Word was born a Babe that we might become children of God. John 1:12 explains, “But as many as received Him, to these He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.”

Why would God want to share His life with us?

The most well-known Scripture, John 3:16, tells us, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

The apostle John added, “truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full” (1 John 1:3-4).

The exquisitely joyous Christmas season reminds us of our fellowship with God in Christ, a relationship which should fill us with joy. Every day. And, when we meet our Maker, we will fully experience joy forevermore.

John also revealed a little bit about that time, writing, “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2).

Jesus became a human being so that, ultimately, we could might experience spiritual rebirth and be transformed into His image, to become like Him!

These are just a few things to ponder as we celebrate the day of Jesus’ birth.

Without Christ, there is no Christmas. But with Christ, every day is Christmas.

Not a Dickens Christmas

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a popular, perennial tale which captures the imagination, tugs at our heartstrings, and, sadly, misses the whole point of Christmas.

Dickens

Every year, new Christmas movies are released, destined to garner good ratings. Many are romantic comedy/dramas. Others address family or financial issues. Some are simply fun. And many explore the Dickensian themes of economic disparity and evil elites.

Dickens was a Unitarian” who “focused more on morality and ethics than on traditional theology,” and whose “own faith seemed to be more of a romantic, deistic, Unitarian variety.” In fact, today he would be called a social justice warrior. “Benevolence, rather than faith, is central to Dickens’s vision of the Christmas.” Hence, his harangue against the stereotypical greedy capitalist.

According to Dickens – but contrary to the gospel of Jesus Christ – Scrooge was given a second chance and was able “to save himself – to become his own savior.”

In the end, Scrooge promises to honor Christmas as his path to redemption. This is idolatry and a false gospel. Like those pagans condemned in Romans 1:25 because they “worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator,” Scrooge is worshiping Christmas instead of the Babe who was born on Christmas.

But Christmas is a joyous season for one reason: Jesus Christ was born that we might be redeemed by Him and live with Him through eternity.

Virtually all traditional Christmas songs celebrate this sublime truth.

This classic song proclaims:

Remember, Christ, our Saviour / Was born on Christmas day / To save us all from Satan’s power / When we were gone astray. / O tidings of comfort and joy, / Comfort and joy. / O tidings of comfort and joy.

Remember the words of Isaiah’s prophecy: “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).”

Don’t neglect the reason for the season. As you celebrate the birth of Jesus, spend time with the One whose birth we are celebrating.

Mele Kalikimaka

Christmas is indisputably the most joyous season of the year. For many Americans, 2015 will prove especially memorable.

Mele Kalikimaka

The American Northeast is experiencing record highs this Christmas season, prompting some to herald “Global warming!” (Every area of the world has its own record highs and record lows for every day of the year. It’s called weather.)

Others, especially Hawaiian shirt-lovers like me, are grateful for this temporary change of temperature, if not of venue. (Those who flew down to Florida for the holidays just for the weather may have wasted their money.)

Regardless of the weather wherever you are, may we all remember the reason for the season.

In the Gospel of Luke 2:10-11, we read: “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.’”

Remember, it is truly “Joy to the World, the Lord is come!

May you all have a marvelous Christmas season. “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests (Luke 2:14).”

The Dawn of Hope

“the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the shadow of death a light has dawned.” – Matthew 4:16

The real meaning of Christmas can often be obscured by the trees and lights, the fanfare and the presents. But Christmas is not about the glitter – as festive as that can be – but about the glory of God revealed in Jesus Christ, who was born as a Babe to bring hope to the world.

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For God so loved the world … that the Word clothed himself in humanity to dwell with us. Jesus entered our darkened world to bring us the Light that we might have the hope of salvation in him.

Christmas is a joyous season with joyful and festive songs – with good reason! Jesus was born to save his people from their sins and to bring us into a relationship with the Father, Son, and Spirit that will continue through eternity.

The Good News of Jesus arrived that Christmas day, with angels and shepherds and wise men witnessing the miracle and worshiping the Messiah. Joyful adoration erupted from hearts filled with hope that God would fulfill his promises.

Jesus was born in a dying world and we, 2,000 years later, live in a darkened world. But Jesus, our Light, gives us a certain hope for the future – a hope that we can share with others.

Jesus, our Emmanuel – God with us – is indeed with us so that we have nothing to fear.

This Christmas season (and throughout the coming year), may we express the love and exhibit the hope that Jesus has given us to those still in the darkness, pointing them to the true meaning of Christmas.

Leprosy is Not Forever

Have you ever felt so unworthy, so insignificant and worthless, that you felt hopeless and in despair? Do you feel as if everyone thinks of you as a loser, someone to be scorned and spurned? If so, consider the plight of the leper.

Leprosy

As reported in Matthew 8:2-3, “And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, ‘Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.’ Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.’ Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”

Several things emerge from these two powerful verses.

First, the leper knew that Jesus had the power to heal him. Without Jesus, the leper was utterly and completely without hope, an outcast, ostracized from humanity.

Second, the leper had the courage to approach Jesus (within an arm’s length) to make his request. [Lepers were regarded as unclean and could be stoned for even approaching someone else.]

Third, the leper wanted to be cleansed and he went to the right source for healing. Indeed, Jesus is our Healer (by His stripes we are healed).

Fourth, Jesus expressed His willingness and desire to heal. Jesus’ heart of love is open to all who seek Him (see Matthew 11:28-30).

Fifth, Jesus healed the leper immediately. Such is God’s love for His children that He responds instantly to those who humble themselves before Him.

Without God, we are all lepers in this life. Our leprosy is our sinful nature. But Jesus offers hope and healing. Jesus offers a life eternally in his grace. All we have to do is ask Him.