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Fear God

Kelly Renee Gissendaner was pronounced dead by injection of pentobarbital at 12:21 a.m. at the state prison in Jackson. She was convicted of murder in the February 1997 slaying of her husband after she conspired with her lover, who stabbed Douglas Gissendaner to death. Kelly Gissendaner, 47, sobbed as she said she loved her children and apologized to Douglas Gissendaner’s family, saying she hopes they can find some peace and happiness. She also addressed her lawyer, Susan Casey, who was among the witnesses. “I just want to say God bless you all and I love you, Susan. You let my kids know I went out singing `Amazing Grace,'” Gissendaner said…

Gissendaner sang “Amazing Grace” and also appeared to sing another song before taking several deep breaths and then becoming still. More than 100 people gathered in rainy conditions outside the prison to support Gissendaner. Among them was Rev. Della Bacote, who said she is a chaplain at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville and who spent several hours with Gissendaner on Tuesday afternoon, talking and praying.

“She was at peace with whatever was to come,” Bacote said.

Perhaps the premeditated execution of another human being cuts through the layers of veneer in American life more than anything else. Cutting through all the din of media, the vulgarity of commercialism, the nepotism of economics and the corruption of politics, there is the unavoidable reckoning of death.

Death has no politics. It’s economy is accountable and certain. It’s commercialism, far from the noisome pestilence one might expect to be its nature, casts an obscure, shadowy presence. As it comes, even to those who are expecting it by the administration of others, it has no leading pomp. It is the way all must pass.

Some face it better than others, surely. Many know it unexpectedly. Many know its approach. In all there is the inextricable connection to it by which we either shape our lives or live behind a facade of denialism. Faith is our only means of sampling its nature. To experience it is not an end in itself, but a beginning.

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Behold, the gates of hell

Vanderbilt University’s Women’s Center will be hosting a week-long event dedicated to lecturing men about what it means to have “healthy masculinity.” The “Healthy Masculinities Week” is sponsored by Vanderbilt’s Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, which claims to be devoted to “Celebrating Women” while “Empowering All.”

The mission of the Women’s Center is to affirm a “space for all members of the Vanderbilt community that acknowledges and actively resists sexism, racism, homophobia, and all forms of oppression while advocating for positive social change.” The “core values” of the Women’s Center includes the idea that, “progress toward gender equality calls all of us to be champions for change” while simultaneously claiming to “celebrate the unique differences among all persons and work to build community in diversity.”

What evil does, how it behaves, tells of who and what they are. This is just a typical part of what it means to live in 21st century America. Colleges and universities have adopted this thought policing and the nebulous “gender equality”. It means the social justice warriors, or SJWs, are out in the force of the old but ever evolving political correctness. This is gender fluidity and sexual subjugation in all its glory, complete with a typically tired, worn out mission statement and core values statement many organizations feel so obligated to adopt.

Women lecturing men about “healthy masculinity” is nothing more or less than the feminism which usurps God’s original design for the sexes. It is a religion. It is their twisted faith.

We are Dylann Roof

I DO NOT forgive Dylann Roof, a racist terrorist whose name I hate saying or knowing. I have no immediate connection to what happened in Charleston, S.C., last week beyond my humanity and my blackness, but I do not foresee ever forgiving his crimes, and I am wholly at ease with that choice.

My unwillingness to forgive this man does not give him any kind of power. I am not filled with hate for this man because he is beneath my contempt. I do not believe in the death penalty so I don’t wish to see him dead. My lack of forgiveness serves as a reminder that there are some acts that are so terrible that we should recognize them as such. We should recognize them as beyond forgiving.

If we won’t forgive, even one individual, we can’t be forgiven. If there is an evil committed which can’t be forgiven, shouldn’t be forgiven, save the direct affront to God, then all of us are condemned. If we are to rise above evil we must forgive, and the way to understand how to do that is to realize that we are Dylann Roof. We are Ted Kaczynski. We are Aileen Wuornos. We all bear the responsibility of the worst of humanity. In this way, we are our brother’s keeper.

In doing this it does not mean we excuse the misdeed, or the wrong done. It does mean that we hold each other accountable under the power and authority of God because we have no power of our own over evil. This should be the primary reason Dylann Roof is being deprived of his freedom, not that simply “it is against the law”, were that we alone have such power over each other. Unforgiveness is the prison of our own making. Freedom is our aspiration, and that freedom avails itself only in Christ.

Ms. Gay errs in two respects. By her “unwillingness to forgive” even this one man she indeed empowers his evil. Ms. Gay goes on to state, “What white people are really asking for when they demand forgiveness from a traumatized community is absolution. They want absolution from the racism that infects us all even though forgiveness cannot reconcile America’s racist sins.” Secondly, demanding forgiveness is a contradiction in terms, for forgiveness only comes by the willingness of the offended, and it is the only way we can expect to reconcile all of America’s sins.

Rule of the elite

Your vote is but the consent of the governed, America. It matters not how or for whom or what you vote. Practicing the vote alone is your assent to the status quo, and that is the oligarchy that rules.

The pro-life group behind a series of undercover Planned Parenthood videos accused the bio-service firm StemExpress late Wednesday of trying to “cover up this illegal baby parts trade” after the company obtained a court order blocking the release of footage.

The Los Angeles Superior Court issued a temporary injunction Tuesday stopping the Center for Medical Progress from releasing any video showing three officials from StemExpress, a company that transfers fetal tissue from abortions performed at Planned Parenthood and other clinics to medical researchers.

If they can thwart the judgment of the people, if they can overrule laws for their own convenience, if they can quell dissent in the media, then of what use is the franchise given to you, America?

Game over

It’s love-40 and this is game/set/match for the U.S. military.

The Pentagon announced Monday that it will allow transgender members of the military to serve openly starting next year, marking an end to a long-standing policy that barred them from the armed forces.

In an echo of the Defense Department’s repeal of the ban on gays in uniform four years ago, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said he had directed the armed forces to devise new rules over the next six months that would allow transgender troops to serve, except in situations “where objective, practical impediments are identified.”

“We must ensure that everyone who’s able and willing to serve has the full and equal opportunity to do so, and we must treat all our people with the dignity and respect they deserve,” Carter said in a statement. He called the military’s current regulations “outdated” and said they were “causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions.”

If the military had any moral fortitude, this will dissipate whatever remained. Will Christian parents encourage their sons or daughters to join the military now?

The SCOTUS Obergefell decision was a high water mark for the rainbow elephant crowd. And the SECDEF used that “dignity” term, fresh from the SCOTUS definition of it out of the 14th Amendment.

The American military is on the decline, and by its own choosing.

Clean thine own mess

The Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision landed like some sort of culminating body blow onto this beleaguered climate. Rod Dreher, author of the truly outstanding book “How Dante Can Save Your Life,” wrote an essay in Time in which he argued that it was time for Christians to strategically retreat into their own communities, where they could keep “the light of faith burning through the surrounding cultural darkness.”

He continued: “We have to accept that we really are living in a culturally post-Christian nation. The fundamental norms Christians have long been able to depend on no longer exist.”

Most Christian commentary has opted for another strategy: fight on. Several contributors to a symposium in the journal First Things about the court’s Obergefell decision last week called the ruling the Roe v. Wade of marriage. It must be resisted and resisted again. Robert P. George, probably the most brilliant social conservative theorist in the country, argued that just as Lincoln persistently rejected the Dred Scott decision, so “we must reject and resist an egregious act of judicial usurpation.”

…Consider a different culture war, one just as central to your faith and far more powerful in its persuasive witness.

We live in a society plagued by formlessness and radical flux, in which bonds, social structures and commitments are strained and frayed. Millions of kids live in stressed and fluid living arrangements. Many communities have suffered a loss of social capital. Many young people grow up in a sexual and social environment rendered barbaric because there are no common norms. Many adults hunger for meaning and goodness, but lack a spiritual vocabulary to think things through.

Social conservatives could be the people who help reweave the sinews of society. They already subscribe to a faith built on selfless love. They can serve as examples of commitment. They are equipped with a vocabulary to distinguish right from wrong, what dignifies and what demeans. They already, but in private, tithe to the poor and nurture the lonely.

The defining face of social conservatism could be this: Those are the people who go into underprivileged areas and form organizations to help nurture stable families. Those are the people who build community institutions in places where they are sparse. Those are the people who can help us think about how economic joblessness and spiritual poverty reinforce each other. Those are the people who converse with us about the transcendent in everyday life.

It’s the same old tune. They tell us now the culture war is over. Give up the fight, and move on to champion social causes to give Christianity a good name, as if a good name depends on them. They dismissed our warnings after Roe v. Wade and the consequences of legalized abortion. They dismissed our advice about no-fault divorce and the breakdown of the family. Now we tell them of the repercussions of legalized homogamy, but have they ever listened?

No. They refuse our beliefs, but want us to “reweave the sinews of society”. They want our selfless acts to fix what they break, but they won’t heed our spiritual advice when the dangers they face result in social disaster. They tell us to “help nurture stable families” devoid of spiritual foundation. They want us to “build community institutions”, but don’t want our community. They even suggest a fixable connection between “economic joblessness and spiritual poverty” when they have no clue they live in the poverty of spirit while economically secure.

Yes, Jesus tells us to care for the poor and needy. Yes, Jesus tells us to tend to the widows and orphans. His Word also tells us to remain unstained or uncorrupted by the world. Yes, God is love, and Christians are people of His love, but we’ve also repented of our sinfulness and stupidity. We don’t need any of the Left’s worthless advice. Christians are smart enough to care for the so called disadvantaged and lonely without any advice from them, and we’ll continue to do it, but it is inseparable from the message of the Gospel. Take it or leave it.

Wendell Berry and homogamy

Wendell Berry well manages to find the middle ground in this talk on homosexual marriage. There are a few points he makes with which I disagree, however on the whole I find his comments insightful and illuminating, particularly regarding perversion, kindness, rights and the politicization of marriage. Wendell Berry’s “Unsettling of America” is a must-read for Christians, in my opinion.

The elephant in the room

But he [Pres. Obama] admitted that on Friday night he took a moment to enjoy what he called a “gratifying” week as the White House was lit with rainbow-hued floodlights in celebration of the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision.

“To see people gathered in an evening outside on a beautiful summer night and to feel whole and to feel accepted and to feel that they had a right to love – that was pretty cool,” Obama said. “That was a good thing.

Interesting it is that the White House was bathed in the rainbow. The biblical rainbow was a sign of God’s covenant not to destroy the earth again by flood, with particular emphasis in scripture.

I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds, and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures. Never again will the floodwaters destroy all life. When I see the rainbow in the clouds, I will remember the eternal covenant between God and every living creature on earth.” Then God said to Noah, “Yes, this rainbow is the sign of the covenant I am confirming with all the creatures on earth.” – Genesis 9:13-17 (NLT)

…but it curiously also recurs in Revelation…

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads. After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads. Out from the throne come flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God; and before the throne there was something like a sea of glass, like crystal; and in the center and around the throne, four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind. The first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face like that of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle. And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say,

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, Who was and Who is and Who is to come.

– Revelation 4:1-8 (NASB) [Bold my emphasis]

It’s ironic that homosexuals have assimilated the rainbow symbol into their own culture. Earlier in Genesis, prior to God’s rainbow declaration, it states, “Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.” (Genesis 9:1) It was clearly His intention, just as it was at the beginning (Genesis 1:22), to have man procreate with woman. That is the design of marriage. Instead we have not only the deviance of men and women thwarting the Lord’s intentions sexually, but they throw it back in His face, as it were, by assuming the protection of God’s rainbow. For now they live in an absurd cocoon fashioned by their self absorption. By the vision of Revelation, they will revisit the rainbow as a sign of their own undoing.

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! – Isaiah 5:20

SCOTUS Docket 14-556 and Proverbs 18:17

The first to plead his case seems right, Until another comes and examines him. – Proverbs 18:17 (NASB)

Some of the arguments people are making to support the legalization of homogamy sound plausible. On closer examination they don’t hold the proverbial water they should.

1) No one is going to make you be gay.  Now that SCOTUS has finally declared that discriminating against people on the basis of their sexual orientation violates their basic rights, they are not saying that you have to become gay now yourself. This approval of same-sex marriage at the national level does not mean that you now have to get gay married, okay?  So let’s get that part out of the way first.  It also doesn’t mean that you can’t teach your own children to judge other people for their sexual orientation. You’re still free to do that, no matter what. It’s your right.  It’s a part of your religion (or at least of your particular version, just don’t ask the other people in your religion who don’t see it the same way), so the United States government is not going to take that away from you, I promise.

Making specious claims about the arguments of others will get them nowhere. Address the issue accurately. The Obergefell v. Hodges decision, Supreme Court Docket 14-556, addressed homogamy, not homosexual discrimination. The court in its magical way found homogamy in the fourteenth amendment to the Constitution when nothing in the Constitution says anything about marriage, let alone homogamy or homosexual marriage. On the basis of this decision from the Supreme Court homogamy is now constitutionally protected. Suggesting that Christians are still free to teach our own children to judge on the basis of sexual orientation because “the United States government is not going to take that away” is being blind and deaf to the whims of not only the court, but of the other two branches of government as well as the education system. The powers that be want nothing more than to indoctrinate our children. To “promise” such a thing upon which one has no control is foolish and stupid.

2) Preachers will not be forced to marry gay people. Thanks to the same First Amendment that keeps your religion from taking over everyone else’s lives, those churches which do not approve of this move will remain free to disapprove of it—and to speak publicly about their disapproval—for as long as you still care about this issue.  What’s more, that constitutional protection has enabled churches to refuse to marry anyone they choose despite every new national advance in the fight for civil rights.  You don’t want to marry an interracial couple?  That’s actually your right.  Always has been, always will be.  Your churches will remain free to reject as many kinds of people and relationships as you please.  This is a well-established protection that will not budge no matter what those who disagree with you wish were the case. Even if somebody tries to take you to court over it in the future, they will fail because your constitutional protections overrule their personal views.  That’s how this works.

John Adams, as many others have echoed, believed this to be a government of laws, and not of men. This guiding principle, like the failed Confederacy in Jefferson Davis’ words, died of a theory. The First Amendment, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances“, and the Supreme Court’s enshrinement of homogamy into the constitution are on a collision course if only because homosexuality and Christianity don’t go together. If the court can conjure homosexual marriage out of a document which says nothing about marriage at all then it can compel pastors and the religious to sanction something labeled marriage for the clearly immoral. Anyone claiming “…that constitutional protection has enabled churches to refuse to marry anyone they choose…” is ignorant of a little SCOTUS case called Bob Jones University v. United States which was argued due to the university’s prohibition of student interracial dating or marriage. Yes, the constitution enabled Bob Jones University to freely practice it’s belief, but this case enabled the IRS to withdraw Bob Jones’ tax exempt status based upon racial discrimination. Money has a way of speaking louder than the law. The SCOTUS in this case found that “Government has a fundamental, overriding interest in eradicating racial discrimination in education.” If a similar case comes before the court it wouldn’t hesitate to use this case as precedent and eradicate sexual discrimination. A question in the minds of many is how long it will be before the first 501c3 tax exempt status is withdrawn by the IRS from a church on this basis. It’s been threatened on the basis of sermon content alone before. When the first homosexual couple darkens the doorway of a church to insist that their “marriage” be officiated by some reluctant curate we’ll know we’ve arrived.

3) It will not become illegal to be a Christian. Ever the opportunist willing to stoke the fires of evangelicals’ persecution complexes, Mike Huckabee continues to spout warnings that once LGBT folks are given the same rights as the rest of us the government will begin putting people in jail for openly disparaging this move.  He continues to capitalize on evangelicals’ irrational fears that the Christian faith will soon be criminalized like it was back in ancient Rome under a completely different kind of government. Huckabee used to run the entire state of Arkansas, but I honestly can’t tell if he just really doesn’t get how the US government works, or if he’s being intentionally dishonest in order to whip his potential base into a frenzy just to get their vote. Either way, you shouldn’t listen to him because he’s misleading you.

Again, anyone foolish enough to imagine this to be a “completely different kind of government” and that a former state governor and presidential candidate “really doesn’t get how the US government works” doesn’t have a very good handle on reality themselves. Christianity can just as easily be criminalized tomorrow as homogamy was sanctioned in a day by a panel of 5 judges. Perhaps the only reason it doesn’t happen suddenly would be because it runs the risk of revolt. Yes, there are Christians who would revolt. No, it most likely won’t happen that way, but it will happen slowly, carefully and methodically. There may be enough of their atheist friends around to help make their dreams come true. That pesky law of unintended consequences, though, will bring about some very undesirable results in the absence of Christian moral restraint.

4) God isn’t going to destroy America. I can’t really tell if my Christian friends seriously think this will happen even though they use the rhetoric a lot.  Most American evangelicals I know harbor a deep sense of exceptionalism which leads them to believe that God needs America in ways that would prevent him from wiping us out.

This is one Christian who knows that America isn’t standing in the way of God’s will, it’s unpleasantly coming to it. While the atheists, agnostics and all around ungodly merrily celebrate an America covered in rainbows, there are Christians wise enough to see the hazards and dangers ahead. Just because the destruction of America, just as illegal Christianity, doesn’t happen tomorrow doesn’t mean we’re not headed there. It’s a pity as well, for if their minds were of understanding they would realize, just as Christians do, that America’s time is drawing short.

While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. – 1 Thessalonians 5:3-5

Shangmail: How then shall we live?

Among some questions posed by a reader is, “We can see that things are unraveling quickly in this country. What scenario do you think best fits our future?” It does appear as if events are moving quickly. Greece is economically lost, and surely with it the EU. The immigrant invasion in the U.S. and Europe threatens the end of Western culture. The caliphate is steadily wiping out previous Western coalition military and political achievements in the Middle East. China, unofficially mind you, makes regular incursions into U.S. internet and political interests. Russia once again looms ominously in Western Europe. All this not to mention the internal economic and moral implosion happening in the U.S. itself.

I am no expert, nor do I consider myself an effective prognosticator, and in that vein I simply couldn’t come to the point of forecasting a particular dystopian scenario. I would simply cast an opinion based upon some biblical as well as historical and political knowledge. It’s difficult to tell where these events ultimately lead, but I believe one thing is certain. The United States of America is done. I put this very simply so that NSA/CIA/FBI scanners make no mistake. God extended His grace and mercy to what came to be the United States of America for a dispensation of time. As a country we have progressively separated ourselves from that Superintending Creative Power and in so doing degeneration and degradation have slowly taken over. The seeming acceleration of these indications show me that the end is coming. Whether that results in anarchy, a caliphate or the U.S. simply becoming a third-world police-state is anybody’s guess.

Generally, I don’t expect the United States federal government to last effectively past 50 years or so. There are other opinions out there I’ve read which give it less time than that based upon economics. When a government heaps up over $18,000,000,000,000 in debt, there will be a day of reckoning, and I am loathe to think that the reckoning will come at the hands of foreign investors. It may seem like lunacy, and again I am no economic expert, but it seems to me debt means that creditors demand payment. I can imagine a state or states ultimately being sold off, as it were, to pay it (Bye, bye California?). In any event, the federal government is in ominous financial trouble as it tries to foster confidence and obfuscate the depth of its dire circumstances both domestically and in the world. In modern parlance, they’re blowing smoke. All of it, from arguments of raising the debt ceiling to unemployment figures to GDP reports, is a canard. It’s just a side show for the major media networks to rebroadcast and distract the citizenry. Think of it like this. Politicians simply don’t want to be the ones without a chair to sit in when the music stops. The financial events in Greece in the past few weeks are a foretelling of what I expect the banking conditions to ultimately be like here. The more well to do are holding their assets abroad, attempting to be out of the reach of an invasive government, and there is a rise among them renouncing U.S. citizenship. American economic collapse is just a matter of time, and I just don’t foresee the United States as an aggregate of 50 states for much longer.

The sentiments I expressed several months ago regarding the state of this nation, particularly “any semblance of the current United States will cease to exist in approximately 20 years” I still stand behind. By that statement I essentially mean that the geopolitical context we’ve known as the U.S. will undergo dramatic change. Even now we’re seeing the internal unraveling of what was federalism. There is growing conflict between federal and state sovereignty. Marijuana laws (Colorado), illegal immigration (border states), and Obamacare (states refusing to establish exchanges) are just a few examples of that. It’s just a question of time until the practical threshold is reached when federal requirements of the states over reaches federal funding to them, and then the states will decide for themselves what to do in the face of tyranny. How and what that looks like, again anyone’s guess.

Illegal immigration is in reality a territorial invasion. Perhaps the only significant difference between an invading army and mass immigration are the weapons. Essentially, there is no difference if the people being invaded are forced to allow it by arms or by their own government. We’ve seen this not only in the U.S. but with the Islamic invasion of Europe. In that respect, ISIL has apparently struck again in France. The Mexican government’s only interest in all this is to be rid of their undesirables across the border.

In a national geopolitical view, I think what we’re seeing is the balkanization of America. Historically Western culture in the U.S. is being decimated through several factors, not the least of which is immigrant invasion. Such faux ideals as egalitarianism, the rise of “sexual fluidity”, neo-communism and political correctness have contributed to the eradication of any concept of American ideology. The notion of “one nation” let alone “under god” is pure fantasy. Contrary to some prevalent current thinking, the Southron Confederacy was a valid political alternative to an oppressive economic and cultural influence at the time. Because history has that proverbial way of repeating itself, I believe we are culturally, politically, ideologically and especially spiritually revisiting those first causes of secession once again. I’ve had this opinion for the past 15 years or so, but I’ve also understood that secession isn’t necessarily along predefined political boundaries. It’s uncertain what this country’s future geopolitical landscape will look like due to the current nature of the immigrant invasion, the urban versus rural political/cultural complex and the economic fallout to come, but dividing lines are definitely developing. Will there be a Southron Confederacy redux? The wicked keepers of the public conscience, the social justice warriors, can disdain and attempt to eradicate the vestiges of history like the Confederate Battle Flag, but they cannot eradicate history itself. They cannot destroy the will of those, who just as was in that Southron Confederacy, dispatched tyranny from an oppressor. Time will tell where or if there is safe harbor before the end is in clear view.

Will it get a lot worse before it gets better?” It will surely get worse than now, and I shudder to think of a current child’s future as I make that claim. Christians are being pressed, crushed and persecuted into prayer as it has been in history. Think Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Think of the 21 Egyptian Christians. They were true believers. THAT is Christianity, not some convenience about “going” to church, or “fellowshipping” with the saints over a backyard barbecue. It’s about preparing our convictions to face the ugly, disgusting reality of evil and sin, even at the blade of a sword or point of a gun. Consider also the lives of four Americans currently imprisoned in Iran and remember that there is nothing but God now to restrain a federal government from acting in a similar fashion (Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes). “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones.” We should pray that we are worthy to die in such a way that will give glory to Him Who is not only the author and finisher of our faith, but in Whom are all the issues of life and death.

Will there ever be a better day before Christ comes?” I wait with expectancy for Christ to come, but live and contemplate these conditions becoming worse as if He is still a thousand years off. What will we do when they come for our guns? What will we do when they come for our children? Christians have to decide what The Tipping Point is going to be. The essence of choosing your battles wisely is to know what truly matters. Christianity doesn’t mean we supinely allow evil free rein. It does mean that as Christians, our lives are hid within Christ and vulnerable to everything else.

“How long do we have?” Simply, all we have are our lives, nothing more. We have our whole lives long, if that’s what it takes, to remain faithful to the Lord and to suffer whatever ignominies of which we are worthy until we find ourselves before Him. Accept Christ or deny Him and live that way. That is all that is left for our generation. The pivotal question, I believe, at this juncture in history is, given all the influences and everything that is happening before them, how will our progeny find Christ? How will they know Him? What Godly legacy will we leave them? I intend to make their encounter with Christ a real one.