Monthly Archives: May 2012
Hello Everyone!I have been quite silent for some time now and am just now deciding to speak up again. I have had to take a step back in order to get some much-needed rest, as the political world can be quite tiring and frustrating! Today I will be featuring a posting from my Facebook friend Karen Harrison. So many of the American people share in her views (in whole or in part), yet our Government still refuses to listen to the people they are paid (very well paid) to work for. When did we as the American people lose our voice? Since when are our elected officials deaf to the voices of the people they work for and since when, did we as a free society, refuse to think for ourselves and be spoon fed BS?
Here is what Karen had to say:
“It is time for me to get up on my soapbox, for those of you who hate it when I do this, I say delete me from your friends list, you don’t like what I have to say, you don’t have to read it. Something has seriously been bothering me for a while now, and as the election grows closer, I am finding it harder and harder to remain silent. I have grown sick and tired of the class game. “The upper class is keeping the lower class down ” That isn’t the case at all. The lower class is keeping themselves down. They have been listening to the hype and the class warfare that they are allowing themselves to be spoon fed. “We can’t get ourselves out of our situation.” All the while they are being handed money behind our backs. Since when was that the American way? Since coming into office, we have seen the worst recession since the Depression. Millions lost their jobs, gas prices have gone through the roof causing the prices of everything else to go through the roof. We have the means of fixing this problem ourselves, but instead, we are forced to rely more and more on outside help from other countries that only see what’s in it for them. We are at the mercy of countries that would see our downfall before honestly helping others because it’s the right thing to do. We let others who do not speak for us, have a say in how we live our lives. This is our own fault. We have let others do the thinking for us and look where it has gotten us. A country where our freedoms are being eroded, our children are out of control, government is even worse. Our borders go unprotected. The Federal government says they have the power to rule individual states, yet the states on the borders of our country are told that the Federal Government will not defend their borders against illegal immigrants and drug cartels. If anything, the Federal Government has sent guns over the borders to these very same cartels. How many lives have been lost due to this? Of Federal Agents doing their jobs only to be killed by the same guns used to defend them? Class inequality. How many times have we heard that it’s “Not our fault?” I’m tired of hearing this. Yes, it is your fault. Not one put a gun to your head and made you quit school, no one put a gun to your head and made you get hooked on those drugs. No one promised you an $80,000 a year salary out of college. Before you run, you must crawl. No jobs out there? Funny, I see plenty of jobs being advertised for. Do they pay that $80,000 a year, no, but it does pay. Who promised you a huge house of your own when you are 24? No one. Who promised you a BMW, Mercedes, VW? No one. Who is responsible for your life? No one but the person that looks back at you every morning from the bathroom mirror. Your life is what you make of it. Don’t complain because you see what everyone else has. Be happy that you have what you have got. Don’t expect things to be handed to you on a silver platter. Life isn’t The Ritz Hotel. Just because you were born to privilege and had more than others, remember, your parents worked hard to give you what you have. It’s up to you to do something with it. Don’t rest on your laurels. Your parents worked for what they got, you are responsible for making it grow. Don’t look the other way when you see something wrong. “It doesn’t concern me, so it’s not my problem” Wrong, it’s all our problem. Don’t like what you see? Don’t complain and do nothing, if you choose to do nothing, then shut your mouth if you won’t work for the betterment, I don’t want to hear you bitch and moan.” THAT RIGHT IS EARNED BY PEOPLE WHO HAVE AT LEAST TRIED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Be the change you want to see in the world. Stand behind our troops. They are the ones putting their lives on the line so that you can leave your jobs or your posh college dormitory to sit in the street and defecate on the American Flag. That in and of itself should be enough to have you stripped of your citizenship. Don’t like this country, you have two choices, work to change it for the better or there are 189 other countries in the world you can live. You aren’t being forced to stay here. These brave men and women, not to mention animals, have pledged to protect the very freedoms that WE take for granted. I fly my flag proudly, not only to proclaim my loyalty to this country, but to show that I stand behind those men and women and animals who go out night and day in hostile territory to make sure that I can have my freedom. In a perfect world, these people wouldn’t have to worry about roadside bombs, or children strapped with explosives. They wouldn’t have to worry about carrying 130lb backpacks filled with gear in 120 degree temps. They would be home, with their families. Mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, and children would not have to be on pins and needles worrying about if there is someone from the DOD standing at their door to tell them that their loved one paid the ultimate price while people with a GOD COMPLEX can invade the service meant o honor their sacrifice and make a mockery of it. (Yes WESTBORO PSYCHIATRIC WARD FOR THE INSANE THIS MEANS YOU) I have my opinion of these bafoons, but that is not what this rant is about, I will save that for another time. Politicians, this is the one that gets my goat….. We have elected these fools. I call them fools as a whole. They sit there, in the positions that WE have given them to represent us, yet they do as they please, knowing full well they can do as they please for about 3 years. Some are career, this is seriously wrong. I don’t vote for people whose only job has been as an elected official. Give me someone who has shoveled horse crap, flipped burgers, washed cars or delivered pizza. For they understand that to get anything you have to really work for it. Give me someone who has worked in the heat and frozen in the cold, not someone whose idea of “roughing it” is having to downgrade from 1st class. Politicians work for us, not the other way around. They want a raise, we are their bosses, don’t you think that WE should decide if they are doing a good enough job? If we were all allowed to give ourselves pay raises, we would all be out of a job. If people want a check from the government and they are not of retirement age, then they should be willing to put a little work out for it. That’s how Skyline Drive was created. “Shovel Ready? More like totally unprepared. American jobs…… now here’s something we ALL can do something about. We want more jobs in America, but we buy our goods from Mexico, China, Indonesia. Our pets are getting sick from eating dog food made in China because of the chemicals. Well, duhhhh, look what they did to their own CHILDREN just a few years ago, there was melamine in the milk they gave babies. And we trust them to feed our pets? No thanks. Oh, it’s cheaper to buy thinks from other countries. Have you seen their living conditions? I would rather spend a few more cents to know that what I buy is keeping Americans employed, than to save a few cents for a country to abuse its people. Come on now people, we read labels for poly unsaturated fat, Carbs, trans fats….how hard is it to locate “Made in the USA”? If we want a strong economy, it can’t be fixed by federal regulation, it gets fixed by WE THE PEOPLE”. When will we realize that WE are the ones that gave them their jobs, WE owe them nothing. If we are so dissatisfied with their job performance, then WE need to replace them. Not with anyone who can look good in a suit and talk nicely and look good on camera. This is NOT A POPULARITY CONTEST, which is exactly what the last election was all about. The current President had very little job experience. Many of us are business owners, let’s look at this from a business owners point of view. You are looking for someone to fill a positions with your company, are you going to hire someone who is all looks and no experience? No, you are going to go for the person who at least has experience in the field, someone who knows what to do and isn’t afraid of cracking a few eggs to get the job done. Why leave someone who isn’t doing the job you wanted in that position? Yes this is a country, not a business, but, anyone who has ever run a business knows that tough decisions must be made. You can’t hire more people if you don’t have the money coming in to pay them. You can’t keep running to a bank asking for a loan to pay people who don’t really DO ANYTHING. No bank would loan money unless it was on something that will make a reasonable return on the investment. The Post Office….. I have family who worked many many years in the Postal Service, so no, I’m not saying any of this to be mean. This department is losing billions of dollars a year. What business could possibly stay afloat doing this? Correct, none. While I am all for regulations on what can and can’t be sent through the mail. There must be standards. UPS and Fed Ex are already putting a hurting on them. They have announced closings and a cut back of hours, but does this really help the problem? They say that rates are going up, but that the delivery time on packages and mail will increase. Now, I don’t know anyone who is willing to pay more for less. They are wondering why they are losing business, look no further. I know that this isn’t the only problem that they have. There are people making WAY too much for doing WAY too little. Does this fix all their problems? No, but it’s a start, and a start is still better than standing there, looking at the problem and scratching my head, then shrugging and walking away figuring others will fix it. This has always been a country of DO-ERS, when did we become a country of DO-NOTHING-ERS? We have the most advanced medical treatments in the world, yet citizens can’t afford lifesaving meds because drug companies charge too much. We can fly halfway across the world and save one person from persecution in a foreign country, but we can’t look after our soldiers who come back from protecting our freedoms when they are having a hard time coping with the horrors they have seen. When did it become our job to police the world? Don’t you think that we need to take care of our own before we try to take on the world? When Hurricane Katrina hit and our oil refineries were knocked off-line, who came to our rescue with tankers of oil asking nothing in return? Was it Arabia? Was it Russia with their new-found oil reserves in Siberia? No, it was the country that we fought to win our freedom from, England. Who sent hundreds of rescue personnel with dogs to help find Americans and people of other nations when 9-11 happened? Was it the countries that the bombers came from? No, it was England, Germany, Switzerland and Japan. When those countries needed help, we were there to answer the call. These are our allies. To allow the President of our country to spit in the face of the leaders of our allies is a slap in all of our faces. We need a role model we and our children can look up to and be proud of. Not someone who can make empty promises and do as he pleases. It is time to make politicians accountable for their actions. Since when have we become a society willing to let our children be raised by the government? Since when has Social Services, Child Protective Services, etc had the right to tell us how to raise our children? Since when has disciplining a child been against the law? We were spanked when we did wrong, but now we can only smack the back of a hand and shake a finger saying “shame shame” No wonder kids are running wild. Since when should it be that parents are afraid of their kids? WE ARE THE PARENTS, we make the rules. If the kids don’t want to live by our rules in our house, there’s the door, make your own rules out there. When we did wrong, we were guaranteed a tail whoopin’ from our parents, or any other parent that happened to know who we were and who we belonged to. All these regulations have turned our kids into either bullies or sissies. Can’t ride a bike without a helmet, don’t drink from a garden hose, don’t play in that pile of dirt. Since when have we needed saving from ourselves? Has society become THAT stupid? What you say on FACEBOOK doesn’t happen in some imaginary land, once on Facebook always on Facebook. People don’t turn into these imaginary avatars and become unfeeling things you can say whatever you want to and it won’t hurt them. On the other hand, good grief, some people need to grow a thicker skin. if you don’t like what someone says, either tell them yourself or shut up, don’t go complaining to others.Shit, grow a backbone for Gods’ sake. (I’m Pagan so yes it is spelled G-O-D-S-’ I have more than one) If you don’t have to guts or balls to say it to their face, don’t say it at all. How many people have taken their lives because some selfish bitch didn’t like their hair or the way they dressed? This is America people, we all walk to the beat of a different drummer. We are all unique and entitled to our own freedoms. You don’t pay my bills, so don’t tell me how to dress, talk or act or who to be friends with. We don’t have to like or even get along with EVERYONE, but we do need to respect them. Gays and Lesbians….. this is a tough one for some to swallow, but again, don’t like what I have to say, then delete me, I don’t answer to you or anyone else, I pay my bills, put food on my table, I owe you nothing. Those who live this lifestyle do it because it makes them happy. This is what THEY want, stop trying to run lives you have no control over. If they want to live together, fine, who are we to judge them? No one made us GOD. Stop worrying about what others are doing. If it makes them happy, it’s not going to kill you. Good grief you sound like a bunch of chickens clucking and cackling. Don’t you think we have bigger things to worry about? Society will not end if Sally kisses Jane or Dick sleeps with Robert. Get your head out of your own ass. In short, the entire point of this rant is to tell people……… Don’t believe everything you hear or read. Find out for yourself. Don’t like the way things are, then change it. But above all, BE AN AMERICAN SUPPORT AMERICA. Ok, getting off my soapbox until I get fed up again.”
Karen had a point when she said “This is America people, we all walk to the beat of a different drummer.” America is a melting pot and we are not all the same. We have people of different sex’s, races, colors, religion, school of thought, etc….. and that is what makes our Country great! That is why people flock to our Country in droves (at any cost at times). They want Freedom, and that’s what our Country stands for over all, isn’t it???? Everyone wants to be treated fairly and not fear persecution to live freely however they choose to live and practice in their day-to-day lives. The last I checked we are still considered to be a Christian Nation. At times, that will mean we do not approve of another’s lifestyle or way of life, but as Christians, we are not to judge another (the last I checked a man with higher power has that job and we will all answer to him in the end). We have a legal system in place and rules to follow to deal with things that break “man”s law, it may not be perfect, but it is more fair and effective than other countries. Now, does that mean that we have to accept Sharia Law or things that defy the Christian values that our Country is based on, NO. People have the right to practice and live as they choose, but it is a personal choice if the way you choice to live is considered a crime under “mans” law. If it defined as a crime under “mans” law, they should be punished according to “mans” law until such a day comes and those laws are changed. The Bible tells us that we are still to abide by “mans” law. This is done under the assumption that mans law encompasses the law of God as well if we are a Christian Nation as we claim to be.
That is the good thing about our Country, we have the ability to change when change is needed. Take the Civil Rights Movement for example. Our legal system may have been slow with its process, but eventually the system recognized that there was a problem and that people’s Civil Rights were indeed getting violated (not only by “mans” law standards but by Christianity standards as well). People often misinterprets mans interpretation of the Bible for things that the Bible actually states, and that comes along side with just going off of what you are told and not looking and researching for yourself. With that, comes our legal systems ability to change its laws when such mistakes are found and then corrections are then made. It may not happen overnight, but eventually, it does happen. When making the decision to overturn laws such as this, the decisions are usually made by encompassing “mans” law and Christianity ideology combined. When the two are applied correctly, our system works effectively and great. When the two do not work hand in hand and “mans” interpretation of either side distorts the true ideology behind them, it can have a disastrous effect.
Now, many may not agree with what Karen in part or in whole, but the reason I chose to post it here is because she does has a point over-all. We are the AMERICAN people. There is no America with out its people or their voices. Our nation has become soft. We let others (the Government) tell us what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. We have also let the Entitlement Mentality take over and become lazy. Well, what happens when the Government is not working in our best interests??? What happens when the “parents”(the Government) go rogue on us and make unwise decisions??? Who do they answer too if not the American people???
If we as AMERICANS can not get it together and work together to get this Country straight, we will lose this Country. It’s time to set aside the smaller squabbles, put them aside for now (we can revisit them later), and save our Country.
Ask yourselves a few questions:
What use is it of fighting over the smaller arguments (like 5 year olds over a cookie on the playground) if our Country and all of it beauty and freedoms is being taken from us while we battle each other over differences of opinions???
If we don’t have a Country, then all the little squabbles are null and void, right???
Are you an Angry American yet????
Today I feature again another christian conservative writer friend of mine Talitha McEachin. Talitha writes with the conviction of God in her heart and soul, speaks the truth of the Bible with the clarity that others want to tear asunder with lies!
Talitha McEachin: I think that one of the reasons that many view Christians as religious bigots when the topic of the day is dealing with homosexuality is because many of us Christians are very inconsistent with condemning all sinful behavior or immoral lifestyle choices equally. We whisper and gossip about the rumors within the church of the woman sleeping around with another woman’s husband – adultery. We might think badly of the fornication of single members of our church but we don’t always confront or condemn this behavior. We may know that a member is smoking marijuana, drinking excessively, beating his or her spouse or stealing and we may even be vocal about it, but not nearly as loudly or with such fervor as we do the homosexuality in our midst. Homosexuality, in my opinion, more than any other sin, is treated as the sin of all sins – the ultimate abomination to Jesus Christ. The swan song of morality. It is regarded as something that is so unnatural, vile and repugnant to us that if we don’t speak up against anything else, we’ll speak up against it – well many of us but most certainly not all.
The very idea that two men or two women would physically & emotionally embrace one another in the manner which the word of God has clearly designed and preserved for one man and one woman is so repulsive to us and quite rightfully so because it is repulsive to Christ. Before someone comments mentally or otherwise that I am a bigot, note that I am speaking of the acts themselves as repulsive, not the person committing them. Now I’m not arguing that we should not view homosexuality in this way, but why aren’t the other sins named and others, equally repugnant to us? None of us are perfect, although I think we should be striving for it as best we can. Even if we are not physically manifesting the sins named, many of us are thinking about dating or sleeping with other men or women when we are married, even if that person is married – we lust and are enticed by sins of the flesh constantly, well I know that I am, if I am being honest with myself. Matthew 5:28 tells us unequivocally that:
“But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his mind.”
Many of us, without manifesting the sin of adultery itself, have been guilty of it repeatedly without giving it a second thought– think about that. Many of us are “in the closet” with our manifestations of heterosexual perversions. So how dare we point a harsher finger (keyword harsher not that a finger should not be pointed at all) at those who sin openly because we feel morally superior in the moment, because no one knows about our sins or we are not sinning in the same way that homosexuals are or committing an allegedly “worse”sin. My father, Leroy “Lee”McEachin (RIP) had a great method for keeping his mind on things that were pure and righteous – he constantly studied and memorized the word of God. When he was on the job he would read over and over again scriptures that were written on the back of his business cards. One of the gifts he received from me one year was his favorite – a small hand-held electronic Bible which he used so much the markings on the keys became worn and faded in just under two years. When I was a child our home was filled with conspicuous postings of scriptures on bright orange poster board – above the sink where we brushed our teeth, on the refrigerator, which some members of my house accessed more than others (smile Lance, my brother) and on the mirrors of our bedrooms where we glanced, or stared for hours (okay guilty as charged). Obviously, he too, was not perfect but the habit that he passed along to my siblings and I through his actions more than words, was to commit the scriptures to memory for our spiritual survival in this world full of sins of all types and more importantly, our minds – the devil’s playground. Back then I didn’t appreciate this habit so much but now as an adult I completely understand. After speaking with other fellow Christians about this matter, one of them said to me:
“..it (the church & I know this person didn’t mean all churches) doesn’t view all (non-violent) sin equally. It looks the other way on premarital sex, and is now warming up to same-sex marriage because it doesn’t want to be confrontational, unfair, bigoted, homophobic, etc. The church is just all too willing to be just like the world instead of shining light on darkness. That’s why Christians are trying to find all sorts of excuses to go along and get along on same-sex marriage. I guess they’re just tired of getting beat up. The bottom line is they won’t be able to squirm away from this one so easily.”
I am in strong agreement with this person. Now back to those non-homosexual sins; I have found none and believe that there is no biblical evidence that the sin of homosexuality is greater than others such as adultery or lying for example. If someone has it, please share it and I will retract that statement after consulting with trustworthy Christian scholars on the matter (trustworthy to me). I submit to you, that the bigotry accusations, due to the view of homosexuality, hurled at Christians, are misguided and misdirected because in our faith, which we have the constitutional freedom to pursue in America, we are taught in Colossians 3:5:
“So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust and evil desires.”
and also in Galatians 5:19-21:
“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness,wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.”
The Bible outright forbids and expresses disdain for the practice of homosexuality in the Old and New testaments:
“You must not have sexual intercourse with a male as one has sexual intercourse with a woman.”
“That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against thenatural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other.”
I could just as quickly and logically hurl accusations of non-religious bigotry at those who hurl them at Christians but I’m not a fan of ad hominems, so I won’t do that. Instead let me emphasize that although marriage is licensed and taxes are collected from the institution of marriage by the government, the institution itself is a predecessor of government. One thing that religious and governmental institutions once universally agreed on is the belief that heterosexual unions in marriages were the best environments for rearing and protecting children. Consider this, nearly 75% of America’s population says that they are of the Christian faith and Christianity is not the only religion which opposes homosexual lifestyles. When our governing officials attempt to re-define marriage in ways that many citizens oppose based on the tenets of their religious faith, they are in fact launching a direct assault on our liberties and legislating morality for all.
Instead of our current president Barack Obama’s recent open support of gay marriage, and in light of his strong views on the separation of church and state, his only response to the topic should have been in support of states’ rights to democratically decide the legality of non-traditional marriage. At least this way, religious and non-religious citizens alike, on both sides of the argument maintain their choices on this decision where they reside. It is in this tradition that the members of the highest court of our nation – the Supreme Court, can maintain their personal opinions while fairly and objectively rendering legal decisions. For Christians, if the vote is in their favor they can rejoice when the legal mandates are in harmony with their personal beliefs and respect them when they are not, although they should still be able to vocalize disapproval, without the ever present stigma of being labeled a “bigot”, which is etymologically fallacious anyway. A bigot is a person who is viciously and utterly intolerant of a differing creed, belief or opinion. Expressing disagreement in and of itself does not merit intolerance. Many Christians simply agree to disagree with non-theists on the matter, and cast their votes accordingly. Christians, if we were to voice our dissent on non-homosexual sins such as adultery just as quickly, adamantly and loudly as we do at homosexual lifestyle choices, perhaps the non heterosexual community would not be so quick to label us “bigots”. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t live to avoid labels from non-believers but Mark 16:5 states:
“And he said to them, Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation.”
and Matthew 28:19-20:
“Go therefore to make disciples of all of the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Predestination arguments aside, how are we to achieve this with hypocrisy red herrings regarding the sins we unequally stand against as obstacles? Again, either way this label is unfair, however, we are spiritually charged with the task of and justified in expunging all sin from among us, as much as we possibly can. We must treat the sin of adulterers, liars, fornicators and so forth with equal spiritual condemnation. It is not the fact that we speak out against homosexual lifestyle choices that is problematic, it is the manner in which we treat other sins, equally forbidden in the Bible, as if they render a cooler place in hell or a warmer place in heaven if the offenders are not repentant. I spoke with another colleague who is a self-professed “gay Christian” He says:
“I believe that gay persons are born this way. Since many in the gay community are guilty of fornication and promiscuous, the church should advocate gay marriages in order to discourage sexual promiscuity and the spread of diseases just as they do for heterosexuals”
There are several errors in his logic and views among other things but I’ll say this – personally, I think that those in the church who believe that “some people are born gay” and use this as an argument to justify their support of gay marriage are wrong. What we are all born into is sin:
“Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me…” Psalms 51:5
I believe that we have different inclinations towards different sins and some have an attraction towards the same gender. This alone is not the troublesome issue but rather the fulfillment of such desires in active homosexual lifestyle choices. This is the same problem for sinners whose inclination is for premarital sex that become practicing fornicators. We will either choose the path of hedonism or seek to be forgiven and quell those desires through the teachings of Christ and fellowship with the righteous. So I say to believers under the cyber sound of my voice, that if we want take charge of the religious and general narrative on sexual lifestyle choices in light of morality and be taken seriously, we must first, like my father, form habits which encourage and foster pure thoughts and leave little room for sinful impurities. Then once this habit is formed, we must develop an equal opportunity philosophy towards all sinners, regardless of which one they choose to indulge, including ourselves. Either way, quiescence in the face of sin is equivalent to approval and sin type based, biased, vociferous condemnation is hypocritical. Balance, which is always my personal goal, is found in the scriptures, when applied equally to sin inclination demographics.
By: Talitha McEachin/Editorial Writer May 15, 2012