Culture Wars: Trump Accomplishments restore Patriotism, Judeo-Christian Culture in America

Culture Wars:

Trump Accomplishments restore Patriotism,  Judeo-Christian Culture in America

“I declare today for the world to hear that the West will never, ever be broken. Our values will prevail. Our people will thrive. And our civilization will triumph. So, together, let us all fight . . . for family, for freedom, for country, and for God. Freedom isn’t a gift from government. Freedom is a gift from God. ~President Donald Trump

Trump Restores the America Tocqueville Saw

Rush Limbaugh

Jean Yarbrough [article on Trump and Tocqueville] is saying that what really is happening here since Trump was inaugurated — it began during the campaign — is that Americans are once again demonstrating the capacity to govern themselves both directly and through elected representatives. In other words, Americans are now turning away from government as nanny, government as Santa Claus. Now, not everybody, obviously. There are still a lot of people that hate Trump.

But we’re talking about a trend here, and what Ms. Yarbrough is actually getting at is an explanation of why Trump is succeeding and why nobody can separate his supporters from him, and what that means in terms of what’s happening in America. It’s ultimately all good that Americans, a number of Americans (enough to win a presidential election) are turning away from the idea that every problem in life must be and can only be solved by government, that people are grabbing hold of their own lives again.

They are utilizing self-determination, which is causing a rising instance of confidence in a burgeoning number of Americans, a rising amount of satisfaction with their lives because there is much more control over those lives being exercised by people who are living them, as opposed to anointed administrative state people in bureaucracies in a far-away and distant capital. This is what she thinks is happening.

America Founded on Christianity

She writes, “Tocqueville had been struck by Americans’ love of country.” He hadn’t seen that anywhere else in the world: Love of country. As such, Tocqueville “would not be surprised by the appeal of Trump’s full-throated patriotism, especially when set against his critics’ championing of multiculturalism and globalization. For Tocqueville, national identity was bound up with religion, which, in the United States and in Europe, meant Christianity.”

Tocqueville said that that was the foundational base of the greatness of America — and don’t forget the First Amendment. People talk about freedom of speech and so forth. The freedom of religion clause is why our founders fled Europe. They were denied the ability to worship as they pleased. It’s why the Pilgrims came and began it all. And when America, as constituted began to grow with that as the foundation, there was no stopping its greatness.

Christianity an Obstacle to Democrat Goals

Because of the virtue and the morality that were contained inside of everyone’s religious beliefs. And this is what Tocqueville was literally blown away by. He had not seen it anywhere in the world. “Long before the 2016 presidential election, though, Democrats had clearly come to regard Christianity as an obstacle to their goals.” Now, why do you think that is? ‘Cause I think she’s right.

Why would Democrats think Christianity is an obstacle to their goals? Because it all relies on who is God. They want government to be God. That’s not an exaggeration. That’s not to be flippant. They will never say it. You have to ascertain this by looking at the way they live and what they consider to be inviolate. You cannot violate the tenets of climate change, for example. You cannot violate the tenets of much of their beliefs. Their beliefs are their religion. But Christians of course look to the God of creation, the God of the Bible.

So there’s a competing God, and the Democrats and leftists everywhere, not just in America, leftists everywhere, communists especially need to wipe out God, the God of the Bible, because there can only be one God, and that will be the state. The old Soviets had all kinds of games they played with young kids to prove there was no God. And one of the simplest things they would do in a class of a bunch of sixth graders or the equivalent, first graders, too, bring in two potted plants.

One of them they would ignore for a period of a week or so. The other they would water and nurture and care for, and they said the one they were ignoring they were leaving it up to God to protect and grow. And of course that flower, that plant died. It withered away. But the other potted plant grew and flowered and bloomed, and so the little kids were shown that there was no God. And if there was a God, look at how he didn’t care about that poor plant. If he didn’t care about that plant, he probably doesn’t care about me. But my state cares about that plant.

It was this kind of subtle and if that didn’t take, it wasn’t so subtle, psychological games that were played. And it’s always been one of the fundamental differences between — well, not always. The Democrat Party’s abrogation of God of the Bible is, in terms of our founding, somewhat recent. Meaning in the last 50 to 75 years.

“Trump’s campaign promise,” she writes here, “to ‘drain the swamp’ — by which he meant scaling back the administrative state that had risen up alongside America’s three constitutional branches of government — can be understood as an application of great-party principles. It represented an attempt to limit the power of government’s unaccountable, irremovable, and self-interested bureaucrats.”

City-Journal: Trump—and Tocqueville? For All His Bluster, the President has Championed Values that Built America, as Tocqueville Saw It – Jean M. Yarbrough

Trump Restores the America Tocqueville Saw

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Moral Support: Thank God for First Responders; High School Principal stands against Atheist groups

Moral Support:  

Thank God for First Responders; High School Principal stands against Atheist groups

Thank God for First Responders

Woman asks Mike Rowe for ‘comforting word’ after Vegas shooting — he delivers with amazing response

A Las Vegas resident asked actor and TV host Mike Rowe for a “comforting word” after the mass shooting there that took the lives of 59 people and injured more than 500 others. And as always, Rowe delivered.

What did the resident ask?

Mike Rowe with Mama Ginger

Molly Carr wrote to Rowe: ” I live in Las Vegas, and I’ve seen you here often. Once, in the lobby at Mandalay Bay. We’re all shattered here, obviously. A comforting word from you would go a long way…”

What did Rowe say?

Hi Molly
I’m not surprised you saw me at the Mandalay. I cleaned their shark tank back in 2006, and I’ve stayed there at least thirty times since. Maybe that’s why my initial thoughts about this latest tragedy were so random and strange. Even before I imagined myself in the thick of the chaos, (as I always do,) and even before I thanked God that I wasn’t, (as I don’t do enough,) I found myself wondering if I had used the same elevator as the killer.

Isn’t that odd?

As people were being murdered in the most cowardly way imaginable, by a creature I can barely think of as human, I lay in my bed at home, stunned and horrified – wondering if I had stood in the same box and pushed the same buttons as the man now destroying countless lives and families. Since I’ve ridden all the elevators at Mandalay, I determined that the answer was yes.

I then wondered if the killer and I had shared the same barstool in the lobby? Had we swam in the same pool, or chatted up the same bellman, or played a hand of blackjack at the same table? Had we slept in the same bed?

It’s not a stretch. I’ve stayed on the 32nd floor of Mandalay before. I remember looking down at the sprawling, empty space 300 feet below my window – the same sprawling space that was recently filled with thousands of people having a good time, right up until they weren’t, courtesy of a monster.

Yesterday, I was struck by how unknowingly we rub elbows with evil. How we share the highways and bi-ways with hollowed-out men and craven women whose capacity for wickedness knows no bounds. It would be convenient if such people all looked the same, but alas, they don’t. They look just like us. And so we dine with them in restaurants, unknowingly. We walk by them in shopping malls, sit next to them in theaters, and maybe even hold the door for them as they smile and nod in thanks.

I’m sorry, Molly. I know these are not comforting words. The world is as uncertain as the people in it, and we share this rock with some very uncertain folks. But we also share it with living proof that hope will never die.

  • Take comfort in men who threw themselves over other people’s children. They are no less real than the killer, and they are still with us.
  • Take comfort in the woman who loaded wounded strangers into her car and drove them out of harm’s way.
  • Take comfort in the hundreds of first responders who risk their lives every day, and the hundreds of anonymous citizens who stood in line to give their blood.
  • Take comfort in the fact all good people are shattered, and that you are not alone.
  • There are no words, Molly, at least in my vocabulary, to bring you the comfort you seek. But there are people among us

    Mama Ginger and her Soup Ladies

    who restore my faith in the species, even as others seek to rob me of it. I can introduce you to those people. That’s what I’ve tried to do with my little slice of cyber space, and that’s what I can do today. The same thing I do every Tuesday.

  • This is Momma Ginger. Momma and her fellow Soup Ladies spend their lives waiting for disaster and tragedy to strike. When the unthinkable happens, they drive to the scene with a trailer filled with homemade soup, and feed the first-responders.
  • It sounds like a small thing. It isn’t. When it comes to kindness, there are no small things. And when it comes to keeping hope alive, our first responders are the best example there is. This is the woman who takes care of them. In fact, she’s on her way to your city right now.
  • Take comfort in her.

Woman asks Mike Rowe for ‘comforting word’ after Vegas shooting — he delivers with amazing response

Assault on Judeo-Christian Culture—

High School Principal stands against Atheist groups

Atheist group demands HS marching band stop its ‘religious’ show. But the school isn’t backing down.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation — a national atheist activist group — has demanded that an Alabama high school marching band stop its “religious” halftime performances at football games, AL.com reported.

What is the atheist group upset about?

. . .the band plays hymns such as “Will the Circle be Unbroken,” “I Saw the Light,” “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” and “Amazing Grace,” AL.com reported.

How is the school reacting?

“We have submitted the FFRF’s complaint to the [school] Board’s attorney for review,” Leeds City Schools Superintendent John J. Moore told AL.com. “We do not have plans to stop the show.”

 

Atheist group demands HS marching band stop its ‘religious’ show. But the school isn’t backing down.

 

Culture Wars: American Family Association, Judeo-Christian Values vs. War on Christianity

Culture Wars:

American Family Association, Judeo-Christian Values vs. War on Christianity

When the fight comes to you

Tim Wildmon

President, American Family Association

Let me challenge you to stay involved with groups like AFA. We will win some and we will lose some. But we can’t quit. We can never give up. What a future America will look like for our children, grandchildren, and Christians in general is very much at stake. ~Tim Wildmon

Truth about America

October 2017 – There is a difference between going looking for a fight and having a fight come to you. It was that way with the colonists who decided to break away from the king of England in the 1700s. Those soon-to-be Americans – the men and women who founded our country – decided they had had enough abuse from the king, and so they made their grievances public with the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, and the war for America began.

Our founders didn’t go looking for a fight with the British crown, but the provocation for a fight came to them. It is much the same way for those of us who believe in traditional Christian values in modern day America. For the past four decades, we haven’t been looking for a fight, but our beliefs and morals have been under assault. For example:

Honoring God and prayer were very much a part of public life, but then the secularists went against those practices through the courts and many of us felt the need to fight back by forming Christian legal organizations to challenge the atheists and secularists in the courtrooms.
Christian teaching regarding sexual behavior was the standard before Alfred Kinsey, Hugh Hefner, and the entertainment industry (Hollywood) began to attack it relentlessly. Television programming from the 1970s forward has proclaimed there are no rules with respect to sex. Christians saw this as having dire consequences for the long term health of our society and decided to fight back and were mocked for doing so.
The taking of innocent human life through abortion was illegal in most states until the 1973 Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision overruled the states and made abortion the law of the land. Some Christians decided to fight back, and thus was born the pro-life movement.
For all of human history, the definition of marriage has been the union of one man and one woman. The vast majority of states, even liberal California, have reaffirmed this view of marriage in the last 20 years. But one federal judge overruled seven million Californians, and later the Supreme Court concurred, thus changing the legal definition of marriage to include men “marrying” men and women “marrying” women. Talk about a classic oxymoron! Some Christians decided to fight back, and what America will do with this issue remains to be seen.

There are many more examples of what the “culture war” is all about, but I’ve just laid out four of the more high profile issues of our time. These issues were why my dad, Rev. Don Wildmon, founded the American Family Association. He saw the need to give Christians (and others who support traditional values) an organized response to the attacks on the Christian value system. That was in 1977. But we have been backed into a corner and left with no recourse but to fight for our values.

There were other groups like AFA who have also engaged in the effort to preserve and restore these values. The culture war is really a spiritual war; therefore it is eternal. There will

by Carl Bloch

always be good and evil, right and wrong, moral and immoral. And just as these values matter in our personal lives, they also matter for the well-being of our country. If we as a nation continue to rebel against God and godly principles, He will either destroy us or He will allow us to implode. I can’t tell you exactly what that looks like, but judging by historical and biblical accounts, it will be really, really bad.

Challenge to Christian Soldiers

If you are a Christian soldier, let me encourage, warn, and challenge you. Let me encourage you that standing for the Lord and His righteousness is always the right thing to do. We must do what we can, while we can.

Elections matter. Building strong families matters. Being involved in your community matters. Winning converts to Christianity matters. Let me warn you that the world is against us – and sometimes hostile towards us – because we make moral judgments based on Scripture and proclaim them publicly. Jesus told us this would be the case.

Finally, let me challenge you to stay involved with groups like AFA. We will win some and we will lose some. But we can’t quit. We can never give up. What a future America will look like for our children, grandchildren, and Christians in general is very much at stake.

https://afajournal.org/past-issues/2017/october/when-the-fight-comes-to-you/

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Moral Values: Normal American Culture equals Bourgeois Values

Moral Values:

 Normal American Culture equals Bourgeois  Values

Normal American Culture

Rush Limbaugh

Here’s a pull quote: “Who are the normals? The Americans who built this country, and defended it. When you eat, it’s because a normal grew the food and another normal trucked it to you. When you aren’t murdered in the street or don’t speak German, it’s because a normal with a gun made those things not happen. We normals don’t want to rule over others. We don’t obsess about how you live your life, but also we don’t want to be compelled to signal our approval or pick up the tab. We are every color and creed — though when someone who is incidentally a member of some other group aligns with normals, he/she/xe loses that identity.

“The left drums normals who are black out of its definition of ‘black,’ just as normal women get drummed out of womanhood and normal gays get drummed out gayhood. In a way, the left is making E pluribus unum a reality again — to choose to be normal is to choose to reject silly identity group identification and unite. Instead of saying ‘normal Americans,’ you can just say ‘Americans.’ Note that while leftists rail against the term ‘normals…’” Mr. Schlichter says, “When I use it on Twitter, the reactions are always delightful!”

You know what I mean when I say normal American, don’t you? Many of you in this audience consider yourselves normal Americans, and you know that because you’re normal you’re under assault, because not everybody is normal. There’s some oddballs out there. There’s some freaks and kooks. And you know who they are. They know who they are. But they don’t want to be considered freaks and kooks, so they attack you so that you can’t be normal.

You can’t say there’s a normal. “We’re a melting pot. We are a diverse, giant melting pot of all kinds of different things, and there is no normal.” And you who think you’re normal are gonna be attacked. And that is part and parcel of what’s going on. “Militant normalcy is the result of normal people roused to anger and refusing to be pushed around anymore.”

Mr. Schlichter writes, “We prefer a free society based on personal liberty and mutual respect.

Higher Education opposes Bourgeois Values

RUSH: What essentially happened here at the University of Pennsylvania, Penn, a couple of professors, one of them working at the University of Pennsylvania, the other one University of San Diego, wrote an op-ed suggesting that what might be needed in the United States is a return to some of the nation’s values and moralities of the 1950s. And what happened after that op-ed ran is the story.

“To the list of forbidden ideas on American college campuses, add ‘bourgeois norms.’” In other words, the old advisories of hard work, self-discipline, marriage, respect for authority. When people talk about going back to the fifties, when people talking about reemerging with values from the fifties, they’re basically talking about what?

Thanks to A.F. Branco at Legal Insurrection.com for another great cartoon

 

 

Wall Street Journal: Higher Ed’s Latest Taboo Is ‘Bourgeois Norms’ – Heather Mac Donald

 

https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2017/09/19/how-an-op-ed-praising-the-1950s-triggered-leftist-snowflakes/

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Von Mises Economics lesson: Capitalism works; Socialism fails

Dinner Topics for Thursday

keyIf we were to regard the Soviet regime as an experiment, we would have to say that the experiment has clearly demonstrated the superiority of capitalism and the inferiority of socialism.~Ludwig von Mises

 

From Wikipedia

Ludwig_von_MisesLudwig Heinrich Edler von Mises; 29 September 1881 – 10 October 1973) was a philosopher, Austrian School economist, sociologist, and classical liberal. He became a prominent figure in the Austrian School of economic thought and is best known for his work on praxeology. Fearing a Nazi takeover of Switzerland, where he was living at the time, Mises emigrated to the United States in 1940. Mises had a significant influence on the libertarian movement in the United States in the mid-20th century.

Work in the United States

In 1940 Mises and his wife fled the German advance in Europe and emigrated to New York City.[2]:xi There he became a visiting professor at New York University. He held this position from 1945 until his retirement in 1969, though he was not salaried by the university.[6] Businessman and libertarian commentator Lawrence Fertig, a member of the NYU Board of Trustees, funded Mises and his work.[12][13] For part of this period, Mises studied currency issues for the Pan-Europa movement, which was led by a fellow NYU faculty member and Austrian exile, Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi.[14] In 1947, Mises became one of the founding members of the Mont Pelerin Society. Mises had an indirect role in the economic reconstruction of Europe after World War II through his professional relationships with Ludwig Erhard, Charles de Gaulle and Luigi Einaudi.[15] In 1962, von Mises received the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art for political economy[16] at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C.[2]:1034

Mises’s work influenced various Americans, including Benjamin Anderson, Leonard Read, Henry Hazlitt, Max Eastman, legal scholar Sylvester J. Petro, and novelist Ayn Rand. His American students included Israel Kirzner, Hans Sennholz, Ralph Raico, Leonard Liggio, George Reisman and Murray Rothbard.[17]

Mises received students at his home in New York.[18] He retired from teaching at the age of 87.[19] Mises died at the age of 92 in New York. He is buried at Ferncliff Cemetery, in Hartsdale, New York. Grove City College houses the 20,000 page archive of Mises papers and unpublished works.[20]

Mises wrote and lectured extensively on behalf of classical liberalism.[22] In his treatise Human Action, Mises adopted [praxeology]] as a general conceptual foundation of the social sciences and set forth his methodological approach to economics.[citation needed]

Mises criticized socialism in his 1922 work Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis:

The only certain fact about Russian affairs under the Soviet regime with regard to which all people agree is: that the standard of living of the Russian masses is much lower than that of the masses in the country which is universally considered as the paragon of capitalism, the United States of America. If we were to regard the Soviet regime as an experiment, we would have to say that the experiment has clearly demonstrated the superiority of capitalism and the inferiority of socialism.[23]

Read more about Ludwig von Mises

 

Judeo-Christian Culture: Christian Art, Christian Music reach out to Secular World

Judeo-Christian Culture:

Christian Art, Christian Music reach out to Secular World

Find Solace and inspiration in Christian music. Art and music glorify God. There is little music to be found today that truly honors God. Check out the music of this Christian composer, Jordan, . With fans worldwide, Jordan is working on a double album depicting the Creation, and God’s Divine Plan. More about Jordan Music   and sign up for news and updates

Johann Bach . . . Where are you?

Stacy Long

American Family Association Journal

September 2017 – In 1970, a visiting pianist at a church was critiqued and dismissed by a pastor because something about him just didn’t quite sit right with the church congregation. That was when vocalist and pianist Byron Spradlin – who was in the congregation that day – realized something amiss.

“This pianist was from a different culture,” Spradlin noted. “We’ve got a society moving away from God, not toward Him, and people in the arts are the most powerful people.” He recognized that Christians in the creative arts have potential to connect to the larger culture.

Yet Christians too rarely find ground for a serious approach to the arts. Before the eyes of the world, if they make a claim to faith, the worth of their artistic expression is often demeaned by the secular culture.

Spradlin saw need for artistry in the church and for God in the culture, and founded Artists in Christian Testimony in 1973, an offspring of his own musically diverse career and engagement with ministries such as Campus Crusade for Christ and Jews for Jesus. With ACT International, artists are mentored for missions in the church and around the world.

Art connects
Artists are connectors who bring the essence of their faith and ideals to people at a universal level.

Christian artist, Misty Tolle Stiffler

“We have to think of being like the Levitical priests of the Bible, responsible and called out to stand before God and minister to Him and connect others to Him,” said Misty Tolle-Stiffler (left), director of worship arts at Man O’ War Church in Lexington, Kentucky.

Formerly a musician in Broadway productions, the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, and director of school and family programs at Carnegie Hall, Tolle-Stiffler knows all about high standards of excellence carried over from her education at the Julliard School. Yet, she gave up the pinnacle of her career, and moved from New York City to Kentucky to learn what could be accomplished by getting on her knees before God.

When Mitchell Tolle, her dad and himself a well-known artist (See AFAJ 2/13), asked her to serve as worship leader at the church he pastors, it was something all her training had not prepared her for.

“My whole approach to being a worship leader and reintegrating classical music as a believer in Christ has been to keep prayer at the center of my life,” she told AFA Journal.

The power of her artistic leadership is that it is well done and encompasses the nonbeliever, even as it heightens the sensibilities of the worshipper.

“I’m thankful for my classical music training,” she said. I know it plays into the success of our music programs. When the world is going out to concerts and events, they encounter excellence. So we make sure that everything is top quality in our productions – and those are ways we connect to the community that wouldn’t normally step inside a church. But it’s tied to God and Him being the One exalted.”

Art exalts
The Christian’s art translates into a worldview that magnifies God, and mankind made in His image.

In Saving Leonardo, Christian apologist Nancy Pearcey chronicles how art forms have changed over history to express the dominating worldview of the time. In the past, art embodied meaning, order, and beauty, because it reflected the Christian worldview.

Now, more often, art is abandoned to dissonance, fragmentation, and absurdity, having been hijacked by philosophies that reject the worth and guiding purpose of a universe held together by God’s hand.

Pearcey quotes Dana Goia, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, a tax-funded agency most noted for funding the bizarre and the blasphemous. Goia acknowledged, “All art is a language – a language of color, sound, movement, or words. When we immerse ourselves in a work of art, we enter into the artist’s worldview. It can be an expansive and glorious worldview, or it can be [a] cramped, dehumanizing worldview.”

Thus, it is more important than ever for Christians to be propelled to the forefront in all manners of artistic expression. In this way, quality is matched with meaning for the eyes of the world.

It is because of the Christian worldview, too, that art should be encouraged by the church, Tolle-Stiffler emphasized. Art is not just worthwhile on the human level, but as a recognition of God’s glory and His handprint on each life.

“There is a part of our soul that, in the way we’re made in the image of God, has an innate need to make beautiful things,” she told AFAJ. “We need to create because in that way we are like our Creator.”

In the worldview of Christian art, both God and man are exalted by the proper expression of their nature.

Art complements


While the role of art in church for the sake of worship and community may be quickly recognized, the involvement of church in the arts is less prioritized. The arts are not just an asset to the church; they are a responsibility.

“In the times of Bach and Michelangelo, so many incredible artists were basically on retainer by churches and religious organizations,” Tolle-Stiffler said. “Part of the reason people like Bach were writing sacred music is that they were literally employed to do so by the church. You could just say, ‘Well culture has changed from a spiritual perspective,’ but part of the big shift is that the church is not investing in the arts. If we relegate all creativity to the world, we’re not able to pour Christian values into those art forms, or into our communities.”

Because art is an integral part of worship and imago dei (image of God), as well as a mode of instruction in Christian worldview, it should belong to the church to sponsor and uphold – for its own sake, and not just as a church-building tool.

Spradlin expresses in a video interview on the ACT International website, people in music and arts have more than just utilitarian capabilities but function as strategists in leadership, development, and community.

“We need to affirm these people … so they will step into what God designed them to be for the church and for humanity in general,” Spradlin says.

Pearcey echoes those thoughts in Saving Leonardo, writing, “Where are today’s counterparts to Bach? Where is the music and art that expresses biblical truths so eloquently that it invites people to embark on a search for God? Christians must go beyond criticizing the degradation of American culture, roll up their sleeves, and get to work on positive solutions … The church must once again become a place with a reputation for nurturing artists.”

Christians in the Visual Arts is a network for artists, galleries, educational facilities, and churches with the goal of creating a relationship between the arts, the church, and the secular world. One of its goals is to encourage churches to sponsor and host an art presence.

As an example of one way that can be done, Grace Point Church in Bentonville, Arkansas, has created Story: The Gallery at Grace Point, a public art gallery. The gallery hosts art camps, changing exhibitions, and opportunities for artists. Visit gracepointchurch.net/story-the-gallery-at-grace-point.

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Online resources
civa.org
608-433-9339

actinternational.org
888-376-7861

mistytolle.com

mitchelltolle.com
859-986-1069

 

Hurricane Facts: Faith-based Charities, Private Sector provide Best Hurricane Relief

Moral Support

Hurricane Facts:

Faith-based Charities, Private Sector provide Best Hurricane Relief

The People Who Make the Country Work Rebuild It After Hurricanes

Rush Limbaugh

According to the Daily Caller, “Christians Provide More Aid to Hurricane Victims than FEMA” right now. But look, I don’t want anybody to misunderstand this. This is simply because FEMA’s a massive bureaucracy and no matter how well they’re doing, it takes a while to get everything going. By the way, have you seen the stories, folks? Have you seen these stories all over cable news about how great the Trump administration is doing with FEMA in response to both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma? Have you seen those stories?

They’re not there. Those stories, you don’t find them. There are no stories that are detailing the competency of FEMA and the first responders. You’re just not seeing them. And you won’t. There will not be any significant news stories that praise the Trump administration efforts of this or anything else. Now, the Daily Caller is saying, “Christian non-profit organizations have outdone FEMA and provided the vast majority of the relief aid to victims [so far] of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

“Faith-based relief groups are responsible for providing nearly 80% of the aid delivered thus far to communities with homes devastated by the recent hurricanes, according to USA Today.” I mean, they’re the Drive-By Media. “An alliance of non-profit organizations called National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD), 75% of which are faith based, has helped FEMA distribute relief assistance to communities hit by disasters and assisted families in navigating government aid programs to begin the process of rebuilding.

Faith-Based Charities, Private Sector, Entrepreneurial Efforts. . .

“‘About 80% of all recovery happens because of non-profits, and the majority of them are faith-based,’ Greg Forrester, CEO of NVOAD, told USA Today.” Now, the faith-based people need FEMA, though, to get through all the government red tape. It’s a collaborative effort here. I don’t want anybody to misunderstand. But one thing that is in most cases… It’s not true in all cases but in most cases, individual, entrepreneurial efforts are always going to be faster, speedier, and more efficient than any bureaucrat endeavor, whether it’s a government bureaucracy or even a corporate bureaucracy.

The more people involved in having to sign off on every decision, the longer it’s gonna take to get all of that, and people that don’t have to wait on such decisions who can just get going are always gonna outpace bureaucracies. And that’s true not just in disaster relief, but just in the daily conduct of business or just daily affairs of anything. And it always is on display here. You know, it’s been said, but it’s true: You’re finding out the real America. And you know who you’re not seeing in any of this relief, these relief efforts?

. . .NOT Black Lives Matter, Antifa

You know who you’re not seeing? You’re not seeing Black Lives Matter — they’re not passing anything out — and you’re not seeing Antifa or Antifa, whatever they call themselves. These anarchist, black masked ragtag bunch of protesters. You’re not seeing any of them. You’re not seeing any. You’re not seeing Code Pink. You don’t see all of those women that were protesting Trump wearing the [feminist] hats. You don’t see them out there. You don’t see any of those groups whatsoever.

And those are the groups we’re told, “They are the social justice warriors. They are the people with compassion. They are the people that have grievances. They are the…” You don’t see ’em. They are nowhere to be found. What you’re seeing is the real America, who America really is, the kind of people that make this country work. That’s what you see in the immediate aftermath, and even during the disaster itself. But especially during the aftermath, that’s who you see, and the fact that they’re faith-based?

Undeniable. And that’s gonna offend a lot of people, because the attack on faith-based people is constant and on going, but they don’t care. They just get in, get it, do what’s necessary, and then get out.

The Left’s False Compassion

These revolutionists are using a technique that is as old as the human race—a fervid but false solicitude for the unfortunate over whom they thus gain mastery, and then enslave them. ~David O. McKay

But with you don’t see all of these leftist groups that have a monopoly on caring and a monopoly on compassion. You don’t see them out there. Not helping. You don’t see them out there helping to pass out supplies, food, what have you. It’s an interesting observation.

The People Who Make the Country Work Rebuild It After Hurricanes

Parents as Teachers: Christian Moral Standards and Biblical Values for Children and Youth

Parents as Teachers:

Christian Moral Standards and Biblical Values for Children and Youth

Written, Not with Ink

C.A. Davidson

keyoldAnd we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophesies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins. (2 Nephi 25:26 )

 

Moses and 10 cropJochebed, mother of Moses, gently laid her infant son in a carefully crafted little ark, then watched over the short river journey of her precious cargo until he was safely in the arms of Pharaoh’s daughter. Even then, in the king’s court, she was there, nursing him and vigilant in his care.

Despite the opposition of those who would have killed him, Moses grew to manhood, delivered his people from bondage, and left to the world the priceless moral code known as the Ten Commandments. Moses went on to his reward, but opposition to his work continues.

In the New World, about 148 B.C., the prophet Abinadi was put to death by a king, for defending the plan of salvation and the Ten Commandments.

This revered code has been preserved, found today inscribed in stone or metal. The Ten Commandments have been ridiculed, forbidden, removed from public display. Yet within the calm eye of stormy hostility, this code remains serene, steadfast, and immovable.

After the children of Israel broke the Ten Commandments and other higher laws, Moses was instructed to create a complex structure of rules and regulations.

Today, many try to replace the Ten Commandments with gargantuan legal documents of government regulation.

10commandmentsLaws of men come and go. People have been killed or thrown in jail defending the Ten Commandments. But this moral code persists as a foundation for all civilized societies. Why? Because its Author is absolute— the same, yesterday, today, and forever. The Ten Commandments are moral absolutes.

Those whose behavior is consistent with moral absolutes are guided by what is called “internal government.” These individuals can successfully govern themselves, but are accountable to a just God.

When internal government breaks down, external government takes over, with rules, regulation, and bureaucracy. Persons under external government are accountable to men, who may not be just.

lesmisbookIn Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, a timeless novel about justice and mercy, hero Jean Valjean served in prison for decades because he stole one loaf of bread. He learned about mercy when a compassionate priest bought his freedom with two valuable silver candle holders. Because of that gracious gift, Valjean lived out his life serving and bringing joy to others. But Javert, his jailer, refusing to accept the price paid for Jean’s deliverance, became obsessed with re-capturing him. Failing in his objective, Javert finally ended his own miserable life. Such is the state of man at the hands of human justice.

In a civilized society, however, justice must be served, or there would be nothing to deter evil and protect the innocent. But much as we may desire to be morally perfect, we all fall short. What is to be done?

Many today reject moral absolutes because, like Javert, they do not understand the plan of mercy. A loving Father in heaven knew that his children would fail to keep all the commandments that justice required. Only His perfect Son could meet the absolute demands of justice and pay the price for His children’s deliverance.

Gethsemane2Parents need not be afraid of holding their children to high moral standards. The atonement of Christ is a safety net in the times of falling short, but it is fastened to repentance. Like Valjean, our children must forsake evil, or justice will have claims upon them.

If we as parents, like Jochebed, diligently train, nurture, and safeguard the internal government in our children, their souls will remain clean and whole when all around them are falling apart. Despite the fading ink of human doctrine, our children can remain true to eternal principles, written, not with ink, but in the fleshy tables of their hearts. (2Cor.3:3)

But remember, “It is easier to prepare and prevent than to repair and repent.” (Ezra Taft Benson)

Children prepared with strong internal government will always make honor and virtue their choice; they will triumph over evil, and rejoice.

 

Dinner Topics for Thursday

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  1. Give examples in the world today of human injustice, in which the Ten Commandments have been perverted and the atonement of Christ is denied.
  2. If we do our very best to live high moral standards, but fall short, what must we do to receive the mercy of Christ?

 

Copyright © 2010 by Christine A. Davidson

 

True to the Faith

By Evan Stephens

 

truth1Shall the youth of Zion falter in defending truth and right?

While the enemy assaileth, shall we shrink or shun the fight? No!

While we know the powers of darkness seek to thwart the work of God,

Shall the children of the promise cease to grasp the iron rod? No!

 

We will work out our salvation; we will cleave unto the truth;

We will watch and pray and labor with the fervent zeal of youth. Yes!

We will strive to be found worthy of the kingdom of our Lord,

With the faithful ones redeemed who have loved and kept his word. Yes!

 

ShieldresizeTrue to the faith that our parents have cherished,

True to the truth for which martyrs have perished,

To God’s command, soul, heart, and hand,

Faithful and true we will ever stand.

 

 

Christian Standards for Children and Youth

 

holyspiritI will follow Heavenly Father’s plan for me.

I will listen to the Holy Spirit.

I will choose the right. I know I can repent when I make a mistake.

I will be honest with Heavenly Father, others, and myself.

I will use the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ reverently. I will not swear or use crude words.

girlmodesty_largeI will do those things on the Sabbath that will help me feel close to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

I will honor my parents and do my part to strengthen my family.

I will keep my mind and body sacred and pure, and I will not partake of things that are harmful to me.

I will dress modestly to show respect for Heavenly Father and myself.

familyprayerI will only read and watch things that are pleasing to Heavenly Father.

I will only listen to music that is pleasing to Heavenly Father.

I will seek good friends and treat others kindly.

I will do my part to strengthen my family.