Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Today's Election in Alabama Is Bigger Than Alabama

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The state of Alabama is voting today to fill the Senate seat vacated when Senator Jeff Sessions was appointed US Attorney General by President Trump.

Sarah Palin and other high-profile supporters of Trump are not, however, supporting the candidate President Trump endorsed a while back---they are supporting Judge Roy Moore---a devout conservative Christian.

Today's Alabama election reflects something bigger than Alabama---the outcome will be revealing.

And to those who think the NFL can't do anything to curb the craziness at their football games---think again.


Yesterday I noticed several "sports experts" saying the NFL can't do anything about the rebellious protests of players as they continue to dishonor our flag and our country.
Take a look at these 9 player related issues the NFL has inserted themselves into, then tell me they could not stop the disrespect toward our flag and country if they were motivated to do so.
Last Friday---before this past weekend's fiasco---34% of American adults told a Rasmussen Survey they are now less likely to watch football on television because of the growing number of protests by players on the field.

Sarah Palin told Breitbart News the movement that elected President Trump is now firmly behind Judge Roy Moore in Alabama.

Several weeks ago, President Trump endorsed the Republican establishment backed candidate Luther Strange.

The so-called "mainstream media" are doing their best to cast this as a break by Palin and other high-profile conservatives in their support of Trump.

It isn't. But it is something the media doesn't understand---or at least refuses to report.

This is an example of American people---particularly Christians and conservatives, thinking for themselves---and acting on their personal beliefs.

Oh, my.

This past weekend, thinking people expressed their disgust toward multimillionaire football players who disgrace our flag and our country---and the NFL who enables them.

The votes on football will be counted as we watch the attendance and viewership over the next few weeks.

The votes in Alabama will be counted tonight.

Why would President Trump endorse an establishment Republican when Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and others of the Republican hierarchy show little to no support for him in his attempt to keep his campaign promises to the American people?

I personally think he was misled or misinformed and made a hasty decision. But who knows?

Sarah Palin told Breitbart:

This movement has been rumbling underground for so many years. We finally, during the last presidential election, had a spokesperson for what it was we had been saying and thinking and that was ‘put America first.’ Put America first. A lot of that movement, for Republicans, has to do with the battle against the Republican Party hierarchy that seems more concerned about party politics and positions—their own titles—versus what’s best for their own constituents. I’ve been fighting that since I was 18 years old and first registered to vote against the Republican Party in my own state, bless their hearts, running against them when they were not believing in smaller, smarter government and they weren't exercising Reaganomics. Running against them, winning, and it’s helpful to see it wasn’t just little old Wasilla, Alaska, that had those types of battles. Those battles have been going on all across this country, and finally enough people stood up and said ‘enough is enough’ and that’s the movement. It’s all good, it’s all positive. It’s all energetic.

Palin said, "Like Steve Bannon has said: 'Did anybody think they were going to give up power easily or gently? No.. It's a battle'."

It is. It's not only a political battle, but more importantly, a spiritual battle. I'll come back to that in a moment.

Palin says, "We can win this war," this is what we need, the happy warriors who are in it for the right reason. They're in it for a reason, not just a season and not just a business for them. They have a servant's heart that we need in government."

"Happy warriors" is a term that has been attached to people like Steve Bannon and others who have joined the political battle, because they believe it is the right thing to do, rather than for personal gain.

Palin says Judge Moore has the right people on his side in Washington DC---and he does.

Informed Christian and conservative voters are backing Judge Moore. They love him.

You will recall it was Judge Roy Moore who was politically cut down by "establishment Republicans" and secular Left progressives after he refused to remove the Ten Commandments from his courtroom.

Judge Moore, in the spirit of those who founded this country, has laid his career and his reputation on the line for what he believes. He will do the same if he is elected to the Senate in the Alabama election today.

This is the spear, as they say, in the battle for the soul of America.

And it isn't only Palin who is saying this. Millions of Christians and conservatives are awakening to the need to take a stand for what they believe, as evidenced in our last election.

Yet millions more are uninformed politically and spiritually.


Politically


A new survey from the Annenberg Public Policy Center reveals a shocking lack of knowledge as it pertains to US politics among the general public.

Their recent survey of American adults shows that only about 25% were able to name the 3 branches of the federal government, while 37% couldn't name a single right protected by the First Amendment.

The 3 branches are executive, legislative and judicial. Now you are more informed than 75% of your friends.

Most telling may be that 33% of Americans could not name a single federal branch of government.

It was Thomas Jefferson who said, "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free...it expects what never has been and never will be."

The purpose of this ministry is to inform, and hopefully inspire action.

Spiritually


Another Founding Father, Patrick Henry, said, "When a nation forgets God, tyrants forge their chains."

Over the past 6 decades, our nation has "forgotten God" by removing Him and all related to Him from nearly all public discourse.

The Church has allowed this to happen through its silence.

Its silence has been veiled behind the notion (or excuse) that "impartiality" in political issues would allow the church to be more effective in reaching people for Christ.

While "preaching the gospel to all the world" is the Great Commission of the church, preaching the gospel and speaking to a decaying culture is not mutually exclusive.

The Church can, and must, do both. If not the Church, who will speak the Truth?

G.K. Chesterton said, "Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance."

Over the last 6 to 10 decades, secularism in America has triumphed so spectacularly that secularists have dominated the cultural mountain tops of influence: business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, the family, and religion.

Secularists have created a foundation that is the antithesis to those foundations laid by our Founders.

While being informed politically is the spear that can help win the political battle that Palin spoke of, the tip of the spear is the spiritual battle in our country.

The Apostle Paul reminded us (Ephesians 6:12), " For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places."

Spiritual renewal will precede political renewal.

That's essentially what the Alabama election is about today, and I believe that's what the Church is being called to be about in our day.

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active.


5 comments:

  1. We have people in government whose motto seems to be "Sorros money first." or "Dirty money first". That needs to be drained. What we see today is an effect of too large of government, too strong, too centralized. They have been robbing from the states and people, taking power from them. Obama care is unconstitutional. The federal government has no authorized power to do that. It's something that should be reserved to the states and the people, according to our constitution. We should be looking at that document, and start cutting out what is not clearly mentioned in the constitution, doing this reasonably, but steadily. The dirty money thing has to be fixed. That is where a congressman gets bought, just when his vote is needed. That's taking power from the people. It should be illegal. Isn't it? Where is our DOJ?

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  2. America lost it's ability to know what justice and judgment is. A portion of our Judicial is lost. God gave us a word from the Old Testament. He even put his name on it, and it was about how a people could get to know Him. Without knowing God, we are lost. Here it is: He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him; was not this to know me? saith the Lord. - Jer 22:16./ My 1599 says "because" he knew me, yet I still believe if people would really, actually turn to righteous judgment, and do what this verse says, they would be turning to God and the light would begin to shine unto them. We need the Judicial back. We've been robbed. We've got to get it back.

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  3. Excellent synopsis Gary, of how we got here and what we need to do about it.

    Islam has one thing right, the American people are spoiled, weak, and lazy...and that includes a large number of Christians. In their minds, we are “ripe” for a takeover and conversion to “submit” to Allah.

    We have had it too good for too long, and our general apathy and cowardice betrays us. We have come to take our freedoms and liberties for granted. Our dependence on God has waned as our dependence on Government has grown magnificently. We have allowed government to gradually take the traditional place of God in our lives and our Nation’s identity. We lead by justifying our selfishness and cowardice.

    When we glibly say “God is in control”..We need to ask ourselves if we are saying that in order to avoid taking responsibility for what is happening in our culture and/or for what “someone” should be doing about it!

    What has happened to our culture and our nation is not God’s fault! It is ours! If we continue to fail to have the courage to put our personal fears and indulgent life-styles to the side and work (with the Holy Spirits leading) to recapture our Godly heritage through prayer and courageous social (and political) activism, leading with God’s truth (as opposed to man’s truth), then we will have squandered the great gift God has given this earth…America!

    It is up to us……Our LORD will help us if we follow His advice in:
    2 Chronicles 7:14 } 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

    Truth is a lonely warrior…

    G>T>

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  4. Thanks Gary for always providing thoughtful insight. It is dismaying to me that the church by and large has neglected (and been fearful) to preach about morality and righteousness from God's Word as related to the political climate. The uninformed citizens of our country could learn so much if there was courage from our pulpits; especially the young people who are pulled away from biblical Christianity by the culture.

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  5. We need a judge or someone in congress, who will say that Roe v. Wade was a tragic mistake. Look at it this way...suppose a man and a woman bought a lap top computer together and it gets locked up in her car. Does this mean she can do anything she wants with it, even destroy it, and he man gets nothing under the law? Where is equal protection under the law then? Well, someone is going to say, "But it's in her BODY."...well sooner or later, one way or another, that thing (can I call it a thing, is that OK?) is going to come out, and in the mean time, SHE DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO DESTROY IT...It's a human life, an individual human life..isn't that why it doesn't just stay in there? We have got to get back to justice and judgment, or we as a nation will not know God anymore. That was the Devil's plan was it not? God's plan is greater. His plan is bigger. His plan is higher. His plan will prevail.

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