Time to Exercise My 1st Amendment Right: I Will Tell You What I Believe

Unacceptable Fear

This morning, after I typed the name of the title and the heading just above, I took the picture you see: that of my laptop, a “Keep America Great” hat, and a painting called “Blue Tears” (one I did in honor of fallen police officers – just those who died in the line of duty by gunfire last year).

On this day, the day we celebrate the birth of this great nation, The United States of America, I decided to lay all my patriotic cards on the table, and then some. Hence, the picture of a pro-Trump (and pro-America) hat, along with an artistic statement of support for Law Enforcement (Police).

Unfortunately, because of the incredible threats of intimidation and backlash, along with the literal danger of physical harm, I have never posted a picture of this hat. But today, because I do not want to live in shame or fear, I will claim my right to tell you exactly what I believe with regard to this country.

Fear is unacceptable. Silence in the face of intimidation is cowardice.

What I Believe About . . .

Jesus

He was a literal, historic figure who was God incarnate, yet with a human nature. After being born of a virgin, He lived a sinless life as the “second Adam” and Lamb of God who would be crucified for the sins of mankind.  He is alive, today, after resurrecting from the dead in accordance with prophesy and His own promises. According to John 14:6, there is no other way to eternal life than through Him: the historically verifiable person who walked the shores of Galilee 2000 years ago and shed His own blood as a ransom and for an atonement that no other man past, present, or future could accomplish.

The cross of Christ is the answer for every problem in the world today. The gospel is the most important message we can share with every man, woman, boy, and girl in the world. And it is this gospel of Jesus Christ, as displayed in the inerrant, infallible Word of God, which is the same “good news” to every culture, every tribe, and ever person on earth, regardless of color or country.

But beyond that…

Police

There are far more good cops that bad ones. More people die every day from medical malpractice than all police acts of violence combined. Anyone marching in the streets calling for the end of hospitals? Every man and woman who put on an the uniform and shield (badge) deserve respect and honor until they do something to deserve otherwise. I #backtheblue.

Defunding Police.

I personally think this is one of the most ignorant and stupid suggestions of all time. Those who support this idea are about as bright and mature as the 4-year-old who thinks he’d be better off on his own without parents to keep him out of the cookie jar.

Black Lives Matter

Of course they do! And, to make it clear, I understand that for many what this means is that “black lives matter, TOO,” just as much as everyone else.

But when it comes to the Black Lives Matter organization founded by self-proclaimed “radicals” Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, I believe it is an anti-American, anti-nuclear family, danger to American and Western society, particularly the very freedoms every color of American fought and died for. I also believe the whole premise of this organization is built on the false narrative of “systematic and institutionally-sanctioned racism.”

President Donald J. Trump 

I didn’t vote for him in the primary election – I voted for Ted Cruz. However, I did vote for him over Hillary Clinton in the general election. Faced with the choice between what each promised they would do if elected, I knew I could not support Clinton.

President Donald Trump is NOT the greatest danger to American civilization and the safety of the world. For that honor all you need to do is look at those who topple monuments to historic figures who fought against slavery while supposedly protesting those who supported slavery.

Uninformed fools will cut off the very branch of the tree that supports them.

Hating 45 (Trump Derangement Syndrome)

Let’s be honest, folks. If you hate President Trump, it’s probably because you are either pro-abortion, hate any restriction to your sexual autonomy, want to silence any religious voice who disagrees with your sexual proclivities, or you simply believe the constant twisting by the main-stream media and radical-left celebrities who fear their sexual autonomy might be limited.  On the other hand, maybe you were so invested in electing the first woman president that the shock of losing broke your brain.

Grand Funerals

Being buried in a Bronze Promethean casket from Batesville ($24,000 min.) doesn’t make you a good person or erase the fact that poor decisions can have catastrophic consequences.

Confederate Monuments

Ironically, those who call for the removal of these monument are supported by the very Democrat party to which those who supported segregation and racism belonged. If they insist on tearing down Confederate monuments, then they should certainly include Democrat icons such as Pres. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (who interned Japanese Americans in camps), Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson (who used the n-word more often than “Jesus Christ”), and Sen. Robert C. Byrd (form Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan).

But truth be told, it’s not about racism or trying to erase a painful past; it’s about erasing and eradicating who we are as a nation and replacing it with something radical, oppressive, atheistic, and Marxist.

Racism

How do I define racism? Well, I believe racism is the belief that one particular “race” is either superior or inferior to another. What racism is NOT is the preference of one ethnic culture over another. It is NOT racist to be inclined to the characteristics of one ethnicity over another. Racial profiling is NOT racist if it is based on statistics, especially when the overall benefit to the profiling will positively affect every ethnicity.

Racism is sinful, unbiblical, and an affront to the very nature of our Creator God. Having “prejudices” for or against particular cultural norms is NOT being racist; it’s showing preference. However, you can be a racist and be prejudiced at the same time, but it should not be assumed that one is automatically a racist if he/she has certain prejudices. For example, I married a white woman because I am white and preferred (had a prejudice toward) women who have the same skin color and cultural customs as myself. That was not a “racist” choice.

It is NOT racist to note our physical differences, either. Just as long as our physical differences are not used as an argument to suggest that one “race” is inherently better than another. God has designed each of us, and there is nothing wrong with acknowledging the fact that we are not all physically the same. It is wrong, however, to suggest that one color of human should be subjugated to another, for we are ALL equal before God.

Gun Violence and Guns

The old adage is still true: “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” Anti-gun laws (which are in opposition to our 2nd amendment to the Constitution) do nothing to change the heart that pulls the trigger. That same heart can thrust a blade or swing a club.

“When was America ever great?”

When it acknowledged the right you have to publicly ask a stupid and uninformed question without fear of government retribution.

“America, America, God shed His grace on thee! And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.”

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8 responses to “Time to Exercise My 1st Amendment Right: I Will Tell You What I Believe

  1. I think this 4th of July is a better one than most. I decided to look up the Civil war. I am not much of a history buff or generally get into such things unless they are part of biblical history, but I was glad I did.

    Trumps speech last night was pretty good. What I got out of my quick peruse of American History is How the South did not want to give up slavery because they wanted the benefits. The cash.

    It reminded me of Jeremiah 34 but with a happy ending. And it shocks e that those thugs would want to destroy American history. It is a great tale of some taking a wrong side on an Issue and another deciding this cant stand. And not just an issue, an matter of human dignity and worth, the very heart of Loving your neighbour.

    Being Canadian I didn’t know much about American History. And when Trump went over a few words from the Battle Hymn of the Republic, I never saw those words before.
    “As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free” He being Jesus our Messiah. And what is Holiness if it isn’t doing right toward to your brother.

    About Trump.
    Normally a Minister should stay out of Politics so that various people will not be offended and then turn off your words. Its funny how people do that if they get a nighti in a knot. And there needs to be work to deal with that.

    That said, I think there is a case for having a huge discussion about Politics. It actually matters a group has chosen the side of abortion, hate toward religion and God, Israel and freedom to speak the gospel.

    In a sense the Democrats are not democrats any more, they are Marxists. And a little apology to a group first,” I generally don’t speak of this” is a cheat, a way to give yourself permission to talk about it.
    Even asking how can we not talk about this. Is there cause. Making the case. It should be done simply to bring everyone onside so the gospel is not hindered. Calling people not to vote for Trump, but to chose if they want to be a christian, do they have morals. And why, where are they at spiritually. Why should some things matter. Always of course relating it back to the Gospel, because that is the mission. One might ask what does Politics have to do with the gospel. About grace, about love, about living life. Does it matter what our governance is. And should we voice our opinions and vote for our choices or should we sit down and not say anything because we were told religion is not wanted.

    If a voter has a voice, then doesn’t a religious person still end up being a person. Are not our views and beliefs as valid and worth forwarding. Or should only other people forward their views.

    Generally I would say keep politics out of the church but I think in this case, there is cause for the gospel, a cause not to win on politics but to call people to chose God or lasciviousness, God or apathy. What is being luke warm. Why does it matter? isn’t it easier to just stay home and not vote. Isn’t it easier to let others be in a conflict. What benefit is there or what can I really do by complaining, and isn’t that all I could accomplish and then still nothing different will happen. Is it worth the effort? I think these are valid issues worth discussing rather than just expecting people to vote trump. I in Canada have been voicing my disdain for the left and trying and others are as well. done right I think the church could ask for personal change which will lead to national change.

    • Well, a blog isn’t a church, so there’s that….

      Isaiah 61:1
      “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.”

      • Church is anywhere 2 or three are gathered in his name. And I think we are here, gathered in his name. He is worthy of our praise, the real talk of the town to those who believe. God is here. And where the spirit of the lord is, there is a quorum. And its a great place to ask for His Leadership and guidance/direction. We are by all respects on his dime, bought with a price to do his work.

    • Thank you. Great comment.

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  3. You are correct. I left the democrat party when I seen them applauding rioters and calling them peaceful protesters. You are viewing marxism and true Americans will not allow that in our great country. We’ll get through this time of history and be stronger for it. ❤️🇺🇲❤️

  4. Well done, Anthony! Happy 4th of July. God bless America.

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