Yes. Prayers are Absolutely Enough.

In the wake of the horrific tragedy that took place at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, America has jumped into a now all-too-familiar cycle. You know it as well as I do, Leftists demand gun control, while the Right says that shootings like this are why we need more good people carrying guns. Same song, who knows which verse, could get better, but it’s likely going to get worse.

But this article isn’t about gun control. It’s about the people that were butchered in that little white church, who they were, and who their God is.

Along with all of the other arguments (some valid, many not) being thrown around the internet and bickered over on television and in print, a relatively new line has begun to emerge from the Left.

Adherents to this line openly taunt anyone who says that they are praying for the victims of mass killings. Because this massacre happened in a church, in Texas no less, the mockery has been especially hot this time.

Many are openly ridiculing the victims of the shooting, asking where their God was and why He did nothing to protect them. Sarcastic shots about an “imaginary friend,” and even remarks about the victims having “the prayers shot right out of them,” have not only been rampant, but also celebrated. Many using this line would say that they are advocating for “action” with these remarks, but the vitriolic and hateful tone they are using cannot be ignored.

So where was God when this happened?

He was right there with them.

Just like He is there with the Believers being slaughtered by ISIS and others in the Middle East and Syria. Just like He was there with the Christians who were blown up in Church on Palm Sunday in Egypt. Just like He was there with the members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston when Dylan Roof murdered them. Just like He is there with the Hmong Christians being beheaded in Vietnam. Just like He was there with Christ Followers like Richard Wormbrand who were imprisoned, tortured, and killed by the Communists of the U.S.S.R.. Just like He was there with Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the other members of the Confessing Church who were murdered by the Nazis in Germany. Just like He was there with the 1.5 million Armenian Believers who were systematically raped and killed by the Ottoman Turks in 1915. Just like He was there with the Apostles and Church Fathers who were tortured, imprisoned and fed to wild animals in the Roman Empire during the early days of the Church. Just like He was there with Jesus Christ Himself when He was mocked, humiliated, tortured, and murdered on a hill outside Jerusalem.

You see, Christians were killed long before guns were ever invented, and we will be killed long after they are banned. And we understand that. Our God was killed. How could we ever demand to be spared? But that doesn’t mean that He is absent or powerless.

Anyone with a true understanding of the tenets of Christianity knows that our faith is not in a God who promises physical protection, pleasure, or wealth. Our faith is in a God who we know can protect us from harm, but often chooses not to–often for reasons that we don’t understand. Christ’s own death seemed senseless at the time, but ultimately led to his greatest victory over the grave. Who then would we be to demand an immediate answer? Frank Pomeroy, the pastor of that tiny church in Texas, who lost his own daughter along with so many friends, said it best when he was asked why horrific tragedy happened. He simply answered that he doesn’t know why, but that his God does.

Why would anyone place their faith in a God like this? Why would anyone in his or her right mind trust their souls to a God that does not promise protection, prosperity, or often even answers ? Because He offers something so much more priceless: Himself.

He offers us the opportunity to know and to truly be known by our Creator. He offers unconditional love and forgiveness when we are at our absolute worst for no other reason than that He wants to. He offers us eternal adoption as His sons and daughters simply because that is who He created us to be.

As His adopted sons and daughters, we know that our identity is secure in Him. We are the Children of God. We no longer have to run on life’s hamster-wheel of constantly trying to achieve enough, to conquer enough, to amass enough, to experience enough to satisfy our thirsty souls. We are satisfied.

We no longer have to live in fear of the unknown, of failure, of rejection, of death. We are secure.

Because of this satisfaction, because of this security in Him, we are confident that regardless of the political climate, regardless of the Media, or the Government, or anyone else’s perception of us or our God, we are the Church. And as the Church, we know that the very gates of Hell will never prevail against us. For us, prayer is, was, and always will be, enough.

 

 

SHOCK: 58% of American Millennials Would Rather Live in a Communist, Socialist, or Fascist Country

As a Millennial, I get a little touchy when members of older generations bash our generation and blame every problem of the world on us. After all, we were mere twinkles in our boomer parents’ eyes when tragedies such as the New York Mets, New Coke, Disco, and the Carter Administration were allowed to happen.

That said, we are by no means innocent. Bad haircuts, worse music, and a pretentious obsession with coffee and beer that cost $10 per drink because they were brewed in a copper bathtub at sunset under a rainbow in view of a waterfall by a “master craftsman” named Bjorn, are just a few of our well-documented vices.

In all seriousness though, one of the biggest problems that the millennial generation has is that of willful and deliberate ignorance.

In an age of mass-information readily available to nearly everyone, young Americans are choosing not to learn basic concepts that are crucial to the well-being of our civilization.

The non-profit Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation recently released their annual survey intended to gauge Americans’ knowledge of basic political ideologies such as the definitions of capitalism, communism, socialism, and fascism. The results of the survey are pretty disheartening, especially when it comes to the Millennial Generation.

The online poll conducted by the Foundation between September 28 and October 7, 2017 indicates that 44% of Millennials would prefer to live in a Socialist country over a Capitalist nation. 7% indicated that they preferred a Communist state, and 7% opted for Fascism.  Only 42% of Millennials responded that they prefer Capitalism.

But wait, there’s more…

When asked how they view Communism generally, only 36% of Millennials answered that they viewed it very unfavorably, and a mere 44% answered that they would be insulted if someone described them as a Communist.

So why do Millennials have what can only be described at best as “wishy-washy” feelings about forms of government that have been tried over and over and have only ever led to war, famine, poverty, and oppression? The answer is simple: willing blindness.

When surveyed, only 19% of Millennials knew that Communism has killed more than 100 million people since its inception. (Realistic estimates place the total figure around 150 million). More disturbingly, only 31% of Millennials could accurately identify Communism when confronted with its definition, and only 34% could identify Socialism.

In this day and age, there is no excuse for such ignorance. Yes, our universities are predominately pumping socialist and communist propaganda into class-rooms. Yes, our public education system does do a poor job of accurately portraying basic historical concepts for our children. But at the end of the day, the information is out there. It’s not hiding. One basic Google search will show anyone with an honest desire to learn that Communist, Fascist, and Socialist governments ultimately humiliate, enslave, and destroy those living under their rule. One honest conversation with someone who remembers the Cold War can do the same. But apparently those searches and conversations are just not happening. And that’s not a good thing. Actually, it’s a really, really bad and dangerous thing.

History can only bear witness to the fact that if Americans choose to continue down the path of intentional ignorance, we will deserve our fate. When a generation allows itself to forget the principles of freedom and ignore those of the alternative, slavery is at the door.

 

SPOOKY: Hillary Clinton Plans to Dress as “The President” for Halloween

Alex Seitz-Wald, a reporter for NBC and MSNBC tweeted out last night that when asked what she will be for Halloween this year, Hillary answered “The president.”

Obviously, Hillary can’t go as herself because she is not, was not, and never will be president. So the question that naturally presents itself this Halloween is “which president should she dress up as?” I’ve done a lot of thinking on this and have come up with a few theories.

The first one to come to mind is the only Clinton to ever be president: Bill. I’d say this is unlikely though because they’re reportedly not getting along at the moment over their spat regarding Hillary’s “What Happened!?!” failure tour. So strike that one off the list.

Next would be Barack Obama, but that would just be culturally inappropriate.

If Benghazi is any reference, her foreign policy skills closely align with those of Jimmy Carter.  But Jimmy’s into building houses for needy people these days, and construction is more of something that Deplorables would do, so rule him out.

Andrew Jackson loved a good genocide, so her radical views on exterminating vulnerable people groups would jive pretty well with his. Unfortunately though, Old Hickory hated banks, and we all know about Hillary and banks, so nope.

JFK can’t even be considered because Hillary is too good at dodging sniper fire. (Too Soon?)

Also Considered:

Abraham Lincoln– Too tall

FDR–Wheelchair jokes are not cool

Nixon–Too ironic

Washington–Can’t ride a horse to a party (unless it’s a pony party)

Teddy Roosevelt–Because “toxic masculinity” of course!

All the rest: Too boring

FINALLY…Drum-roll Please……After much soul-searching and contemplation, I decided that Hillary Clinton should dress as Millard Fillmore. Why? Because no one, literally no one remembers anything about him, and 100 years from now, her fate will be the same as his. Happy Halloween Everyone!

 

HUGE: 9/11 Benghazi Terrorist Leader Captured

Today, while most of America has been fixated on the Mueller indictment, a gigantic news story has nearly slipped through the cracks.

At around 3:00 p.m. this afternoon, U.S. Officials with knowledge of the situation announced that an American special ops team working with Libyan forces had captured a key leader in the September 11, 2012 attack on an American compound in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stephens along with 3 other Americans.

As the afternoon progressed, more details emerged which revealed that Mustafa al-Imam is currently in U.S. custody on-board an American naval ship, and is en-route to the United States to be brought to justice for his suspected role in the attack.

President Trump, who ordered the mission to apprehend al-Imam, stated that this capture proves that America’s “memory is deep, and our reach is long.”

On a day when we as a Nation are being bombarded with euphoric media coverage of craven political hacks who colluded with our enemies to enrich themselves, it is good to be reminded that thanks to the patriots in our armed services and intelligence agencies, we are still the good guys, and that the good guys are still making the bad guys pay.

VIDEO: Frederica Wilson’s Loathsome Comments Take the Left to a New Low

My dad always used to tell me not to ever wrestle a pig because when you do, you both get muddy and the pig enjoys it. I used to always laugh when he said that, but I’m not laughing anymore.

You see, I’ve thought a lot about this over the past year, and I’ve come to the conclusion that day in and day out, the People of the United States are being forced to witness a 24-hour a day, 7 day a week, mud wrestling match between the President and the Democrat Party.

The latest round in the match has been this week’s hullabaloo over what the President said or didn’t say, how he did or didn’t say it, and what he meant or didn’t mean during a private phone call to the grieving pregnant widow of American hero, Sgt. La David Johnson.

Stop and read that last sentence again. This is what we are being subjected to. This is how far we’ve sunk.

You see, Frederica Wilson, a Democrat Representative who before now, had little national recognition, decided to tear a page out of Rahm Emanuel’s playbook by not letting this “good crisis go to waste.” She listened in on the call and immediately fed her spin on it to the soulless, craven media.

The ever-thin-skinned President immediately fired back, and the media circus has been running at three ring levels ever since.

I’m not going to go into what was said or meant or not not said and not meant. There are literally hundreds of articles out there about that with plenty of inflammatory shots from both sides.

This article is about the point that we have come to as a nation where we now use the death of a good and heroic man to try to score points in a blind and senseless battle against those we hate.

Never mind that Sgt. La David Johnson, one of our nation’s finest, has been slain. Never mind that Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright gave the ultimate sacrifice alongside him. Never mind that instead of living for themselves, these brave men chose to give their lives for the freedom of people that they didn’t know and would never meet. Never mind that far too soon, they left behind heartbroken mothers, fathers, siblings, wives, children and friends.

As far as Representative Wilson and the media are concerned, Sgt. Johnson will soon be forgotten when the next hot take hits the headlines. This was never about him. This was a chance for Wilson to elevate her national status as a Trump hater, and for the media to cash in on clicks and views. If you don’t believe me, you can watch what she says about the situation here:

Representative Wilson should be ashamed of herself. The reporters harassing Sgt. Johnson’s family for quotes in attempts to snipe at the President should be ashamed of themselves. But she’s not, and they aren’t.

This is where we are now, and I shudder to wonder if we can go any lower in this seemingly never-ending race to the bottom of our humanity.

The battle is ever raging. The American people are the one’s being sprayed with mud. And the pigs are loving every minute.

Trump Dump? GOP Down 14 Points in 2018 Election Poll

CNN is peddling a poll conducted this week that asked 1,010 adults whether they would vote republican or democrat in the 2018 midterm elections. 51% answered Democrat, while only 37% answered Republican.

Before we get to what this may or may not mean, let’s look at the poll itself. First, let’s consider the source: it’s a CNN poll. Hey, at least it’s not Buzzfeed or Huffpo right? Secondly, though, the poll was conducted on adults…not likely voters, or even registered voters. So obviously these numbers need to be taken with a grain of salt.

That said, history does tell us that polls like this one that show the GOP in big trouble for the midterms shouldn’t be completely ignored. The President’s party almost always takes a whipping in midterm elections.

In the 2010 midterms, Democrats lost 63 Congressional seats, and 6 Senate seats. Dems lost 13 more Congressional seats and 9 more Senate seats in the 2014 midterms. Before Obama, George W. Bush did manage to gain seats during the Iraq war in the 2002 midterms but lost 30 House seats and 6 Senate seats in 2006. Clinton, Bush 41, and even Ronald Reagan also lost seats during midterm elections.

Whether this trend will hold or not remains to be seen, but the fact remains that the clock is ticking on Trump and the GOP. 2018 will be about results, and Republicans better be aware of the fact that piddling around with major promises like healthcare, immigration and tax reform is a very dangerous game.

To say that the past ten months have been a cringe-worthy comedy of errors is an understatement. The President has spent much of his time playing musical chairs with the presidential cabinet and attacking true conservatives, while Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have continued to do what they do best–pander to defeated Democrats and governing like the minority party despite holding one of the strongest hands in American political history.

If Trump and the GOP don’t stand and deliver in the next 12 months–if they leave Obamacare or some bastardized version of it in tact–if they fail to put a stop to unchecked illegal immigration–if they don’t follow through with tax reform–their total self-emasculation will be complete. They will have utterly humiliated themselves as a party and the voters that sent them to Washington. Americans will not forget their betrayal nor forgive them for it.

Bernie’s Socialist Utopia Venezuela is Facing a 2300% Inflation Rate

In 2011, Bernie Sanders wrote an essay accusing America of being a banana republic and gushing that it is now easier to achieve the American Dream in socialist Venezuela than in the U.S.A..

Fast forward to today, and the IMF is now estimating that Venezuela’s inflation rate will soar to 2300% in 2018. Of course, the IMF did have to put in some work to come up with this number, because Venezuela’s central bank gave up even trying to publish inflation data back in 2015. If you’re wondering how bad 2300% is, for or a point of reference, the Congo was number 2 on the IMF’s inflation scale and they are supposed to increase by 44% next year. Venezuela’s GDP is tanking as well. In 2012, the average Venezuelan earned the equivalent of about $14,500. By 2016, that number decreased to the equivalent of about $12,800.

The saddest thing about all of this is the human cost. Venezuelans are literally starving. The average individual involuntarily dropped 19 pounds  last year. Crime rates in Venezuela are sky-rocketing as well, with its capitol, Caracas, now bearing the dubious distinction of being the murder capitol of the world. The U.S. government estimates that Venezuela had over 27,000 homicides last year, with a rate of 91.8 per 100,000 people. (The U.S. had about 5.3 per 100,000). The Venezuelan government does dispute these figures, but their estimate is 70.1 per 100,000.

None of this had to happen. Venezuela was once the richest nation in South America, and still sits on the largest oil reserve of any one country in the world. But unfortunately, they allowed a socialist government to seize nearly absolute power and are now following down the inevitable path of destruction that always ensues. (See also: The 43 million people who starved to death in Communist Russia and China in the 20th century.)

So the next time that Bernie and his followers start preaching to you about the evils of our Nation, remember what they would like to see it become.

 

THE NFL IS COMMITTING SUICIDE BEFORE OUR EYES…and it’s their right to do it too

SPOILER ALERT: This article is not another hot take on who should or shouldn’t be kneeling. There are plenty of those over on msespn if that’s what you’re looking for.

That said, the Washington Examiner is running a piece highlighting the fact that TickPick, an online secondary ticket market has seen ticket sales drop 17.9% this week.

While according to TickPick, this isn’t entirely unanticipated because ticket sales dropped about 10% after week three last year, one does have to imagine that there is a correlation between the media circus surrounding NFL’s decision to allow itself to become ground zero for the latest episode of the reality show that is “The Petty Adventures of Donald Trump and Liberals Who Think the Sky is Falling.”

This trend is significant. Why? Because it’s just the newest evidence that the NFL is slowly committing suicide. And it’s their God-given, red white and blue, American right to do it if they want to.

You see, the argument that’s been swirling around all week over kneeling or not kneeling is whether or not the players that are kneeling during the national anthem are protected under the First Amendment. This is a stupid, stupid argument, because if you’ve ever read the Bill of Rights, and have any understanding at all of how our Nation works, THEN YOU KNOW THAT THEY ABSOLUTELY DO.

Heck, if these players want to stand on their heads, run around in a circle and wipe their butts with the flag, they can do it. No problem, go for it! Knock yourself out!

BUT, let’s be very clear here on what the First Amendment actually does. The First Amendment grants the right of freedom of speech (and longstanding legal tradition includes certain expressive actions as forms of speech). This right protects Americans from being stifled BY THE GOVERNMENT. No matter how mad he gets, Big Bad Trump can’t send the army or the police or a drone or anybody else into those stadiums to make those players stand up and put a hand over their hearts. And Trump knows that.

However, the First Amendment DOES NOT protect Americans from private censoring of speech. This is the real issue here. The issue here is that even though they don’t have to, the NFL IS ALLOWING ALL OF THIS TO HAPPEN. And if they want to do that, it’s totally fine. They can put ISIS flags on all of their stadiums and it would be legal.

But here is where Free Market Capitalism comes in. Americans are turning off their TV’s and staying home from games. Why? Because they don’t like what the NFL has become.

Some people have enjoyed the NFL over the years as an escape from the constant yammering that is petty politics, the NFL no longer does that, so they’re cutting it off. Many more are offended by what they see as the NFL’s allowing it’s players to disrespect what they see as a symbol that friends and family have fought and died for.

Some are upset that the NFL has been bullying states that have laws defending religious groups from abuse from the LGBTQ movement, by threatening to withhold Super Bowl games unless those laws are changed.

Others are turning off the NFL and staying home because quite frankly, the games aren’t very good anymore. There are penalties and reviews on nearly every play now. The League loves these because they make more time to run commercials, but most people don’t enjoy watching games that now amount to legal battles with nerds fighting over their rule books on every play.

It also doesn’t help that for years, the NFL has been hiking ticket prices and forcing fans to buy personal seat licenses at stadiums built against the will of the people with tax money.

Ultimately, the NFL and its Players Association have every right to do whatever they want to do. If they want to destroy the most exciting sport and greatest entertainment product in world history, that’s totally fine.
They’ve been eyeing the edge of the cliff for a while now, and if they want to jump from being a wildly profitable entertainment business into the wretched cesspool of politics, I say let them do it. But we don’t have to go with them. And from the looks of things right now, it appears that the American People are flipping the channel, staying at home, and collectively saying “Bye Felicia!”