Friday, March 27, 2015
My high school grandson alerted me to the story that KOMO News was reporting earlier this week.
A motorcycle State Patrol officer pulled over a man driving in the HOV lanes in Fife near Tacoma last Monday because the trooper spotted an unusual friend setting beside the driver, thus "legalizing" travel in the fast lane.
The officer wanted to take a closer look.
More than 2000 years ago, over 2 million people had crowed into the city to celebrate the Feast of the Passover. There was talk circulating that something beyond the normal important celebration may be in the works. They had heard that the man from Nazareth had raised Lazarus from the dead. His teaching was becoming more and more controversial.
They wanted to take a closer look.
The religious leaders found places to observe. They were concerned. Very concerned. In fact, John quotes the Pharisees as saying, "Look how the whole world has gone after Him."
As the Triumphal parade of Jesus moved into the city streets, the Roman soldiers watched and smiled---they had seen this kind of Triumphal procession in the city of Rome where war heroes were honored--- but who is this?
Who is this man riding on a donkey? An imposter? Is He a merely a cardboard likeness of what some wanted Him to be? Or is He more---and different?
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Lexington, Massachusetts was ground zero for the Revolutionary War, with the "shots heard round the world" being fired and the first battles fought in this town.
However, 240 years later, "American Pride" is considered offensive to the school system, and some of the students they are trying to indoctrinate.
The prom committee voted to have "American Pride" as the theme of this year's high school prom.
That fits...doesn't it?
After all, up the street from the high school is the monument that commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord---the beginning of the Revolutionary War.
The monument itself, erected by the community in 1799, declares it was erected to honor "The Freedom and Independence of America, Sealed with the blood of her sons."
Aren't we proud of that?
Assistant Superintendent Carol Pilarski says the "American Pride" theme "would not be inclusive."
What are the students who daily walk or drive past one of America's most important national monuments to Freedom thinking?
They're thinking this is about something much more important than a school prom.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Heather Barwick was raised by her mother and her mother's lesbian partner.
She isn't angry. She is not a "hater." In fact, well into her twenty's she advocated for same-sex "marriage."
But that has all changed now.
Both time and experience has taught her same-sex "marriage" is the wrong path.
She says same-sex "marriage" is not the same, nor is it normal as she was taught. She now knows that the traditional family is the best.
Addressing her remarks to the homosexual community in which she was raised, she says, "A lot of us, a lot of your kids, are hurting."
She says her father was not a good man, but, "My father's absence created a huge hole in me and I ached every day for a dad. I loved my mom's partner, but another mom could never have replaced the father I lost."
She has published an essay in The Federalist in which she directs her comments and her appeal, not to those of us who stand for and support traditional marriage, but to those who seek to redefine marriage. Those with whom she was raised.
Her essay begins with, "Dear Gay Community: Your Kids Are Hurting---I Am Your Daughter."
Yesterday I wrote that the foundation of the secular progressive's agenda is being questioned by the very activists who have been advancing and advocating for it.
Heather says there are many, many children of gay parents who share her feelings, but are afraid to speak out about how they really feel.
Apparently one of the homosexual communities' strongest arguments for redefining marriage and family is collapsing as their children come of age. Two mommies is not normal.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Minds are changing. Hearts are changing.
I believe our cultural climate is approaching a threshold of change toward Truth.
Yesterday at Liberty University, the largest Christian university in the world, Senator Ted Cruz formally announced that he is running for President of the United States.
He told the packed auditorium, "God is not done with America yet."
A growing number of young Americans agree with him.
Others who share similar beliefs will also announce their candidacy for the presidency in the coming days.
While optimism is building among Christians and conservatives, there is a growing pessimism among those who have embraced secular progressivism.
Even those who have led the movement to establish relativistic values, political correctness and the so-called new "Tolerance" and diversity are now expressing regret over the oppressive political correctness regimes that liberals and progressives have implemented on college campuses and elsewhere in our culture.
One leader in the progressive movement recently expressed her disillusionment saying, "There is something dark and vaguely cultish about this particular brand of politics."
University professors are admitting, confidentially and out of fear, that they are fearful to have an honest discussion or to dissent from the secular progressive view of marriage, sexuality and family.
Some in academe are now saying the cultural "codes" sweeping America's campuses "are a striking abridgement of everyones freedom" and that the results of political correctness "are intellectually embarrassing."
Political correctness is suffocating our culture, even those who have advocated for it are now gasping for air.
Is the sun rising on America again?
Monday, March 23, 2015
In December of 2011, Jay Leno, then host of NBC's Tonight Show, asked President Obama about his "leading from behind" leadership model. You will recall that our American Embassy in Libya had been bombed and burned leaving 4 Americans dead, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama trying to blame it on some guy from California who had made a negative video about Islam.
President Obama told Leno that he was actually leading both from behind and from the front. The president then explained that this was "merely a phrase that the news media had piled up on."
Interestingly, only a few months before the president identified with the concept, the Harvard Business Review had published an in depth article advocating "leadership from behind" as the new paradigm for the 21st Century---a business model whose "time has come."
Leading from behind may have been a good model for Nelson Mandela who actually coined the phrase, but it doesn't work for America and the world. Mandela actually popularized the phrase in his 1994 autobiography, "Long Walk To Freedom," by using the metaphor of a shepherd who follows and herds his sheep.
Mandela suggests that if you successfully lead from behind, stay behind the flock, the sheep will go where you want them to go thinking it is their idea..
Last year Time Magazine concluded what most ordinary Americans already knew--- the "lead from behind" idea doesn't work for America. Or the world.
We continue to become painfully aware of just how much this model does not work in our world that is out of control.
The Middle East is now burning from the relentless actions of Islamic terrorists, Putin is expanding his empire and the rest of the world is holding its collective breath because of the vacuum created by the US "leading from behind."
Two recent letters, both written by patriots, have struck a clear and current contrast between "leading from behind" and simply leading by being a leader.