Where Is Your God Now, Christian? How Could He Let This Shooting Happen?

There has been a lot of news about the church shooting in Texas and there has been much conversation on talk radio and elsewhere about it. But many people keep asking how Christians can believe in a God who would let this happen. They ask where God is and how can he be all good. I have not heard a lot of people take on this issue and figured I would at least attempt an answer.

Democrats Mock Thoughts and Prayers

Here is a nice little montage of Democrats, reporters and pundits questioning and mocking thoughts and prayers with no action. This is all about not taking action they want and nothing more.

The Adoption Tax Credit Should Be Non-Negotiable

The Republican Party claims it believes in dynamic scoring of tax cuts and various budgetary policies. Here is a fact. It costs the federal government more to help states care for children in foster care and orphanages each year than it does to give the adoption tax credit. The tax credit incentivizes lower and middle income families adopting children, removing those children from state care and taking them off government support.

On top of that, the children who remain in foster care and orphanages long term tend to then be at greater risk for crime, substance abuse, and government benefits due to unemployment or low wages. Placing these children in adoptive families long term lowers their costs to society and, in most cases, makes them actually be responsible long term tax payers.

In other words, the adoption tax credit actually leads to the creation of net new taxpayers. Dynamically, the GOP should be giving the adoption tax credit and even adding to it.

On a more practical side, but for the adoption tax credit, many families who have the heart to adopt simply cannot afford the process. Both domestic and foreign adoptions are very costly affairs and the wealthier an American is the less likely he is to adopt. Adoptions are in middle income families where the cost of an adoption will more often than not exceed a family’s annual income. They get help from churches and family in many cases, but they rely on the adoption tax credit. It is no coincidence that adoption rates in the United States went up after the adoption tax credit was enacted.

The GOP continues to fund Planned Parenthood while calling itself the pro-life, pro-family party. The adoption tax credit is a no brainer, saves the government money long term, and helps children in need. Use our action center below to tell your member of Congress and Senators to demand the GOP put the adoption tax credit in their tax reform plan.

Save the Adoption Tax Credit

Sadly, Republicans in Congress want to kill the adoption tax credit. While its “cost” to the tax plan amounts to only around $1 million of the $1.5 trillion total cost, the adoption tax credit makes it possible for many people to adopt who otherwise would not.

Most children are adopted into lower middle income and middle income families. The cost of an adoption runs upwards of $60,000.00. The tax credit only defrays costs up to $13,490.00, but that really matters to those families.

Children adopted into families also put less strain on state services. The longer a child remains in foster and state orphan care, the more the state’s expense on those children go up. The GOP often talks about dynamic scoring, but they are ignoring this aspect when factoring the cost of the tax credit.

The pro-life, pro-family claims of the GOP must seriously be questioned if they can keep funding Planned Parenthood while killing the adoption tax credit.

Please text the word ADOPT to 52886 and demand the GOP restore the adoption tax credit to their tax reform plan.

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What Nearly Dying Taught Me About Politics & Family – Erick Erickson

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Erick’s ICU doctor thought the chart he was looking at was for a corpse. Erick should have been dead. He’s been working in politics for more than a decade, but that experience taught him more about making an impact than any campaign study.

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One of my favorite things about being involved in politics is the incredible relationships you get to build. I’ve known this week’s guest for nearly 8 years now and he’s been an incredible supporter of the work we’re doing at My Campaign Coach.

Erick Erickson is a recovering lawyer and former editor of Redstate. He currently runs TheResurgent.com, is host of the Erick Erickson Show on the nation’s most listened to news/talk station, WSB Atlanta and a contributor at Fox News. Additionally, he’s one of the chosen few who get to fill in for Rush Limbaugh behind his golden microphone.

The Atlantic magazine named Erick the most powerful conservative in America and the Hollywood Reporter called him the most influential conservative blogger on the internet.

He’s also an author and we’ll spend some time talking about his latest book, ”Before You Wake: Life Lessons from a Father to His Children“.

Erick has been observing, supporting, advising and commenting on political campaigns for most of his adult life. It’s an arena within which he’s built an incredible reputation. But he was also a candidate himself and won a seat on the Macon, GA City Council. Georgia’s 4th largest city.

Erick is a good man, a great friend and somebody I’m always happy to hop in a political fox-hole with.

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We Are In The Last Days: Jesus Isn’t Just All Right With ABC

…having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! (2 Timothy 3:5)

Whoopi Goldberg and the staff and producers of ABC’s “The View” would do well to learn this Scripture. In fact, they should learn it in context of what St. Paul wrote to Timothy.

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,  traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,  having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was. (2 Timothy 3:1-9)

You’d be hard-pressed to find a group of people more emblematic of that Scripture than the hosts and producers of “The View.” They just proved it Monday, in a discussion of which of God’s commandments might be obsolete (video above).

Seriously, they were discussing which commandments given by the Almighty Creator of the Universe we might simply ignore today, because God has become irrelevant or something. Goldberg even mockingly pointed to heaven and said “don’t hit me, God!”

At one point in the discussion (the 4 minute mark), Paula Farris mentioned that she was raised in a strict God-fearing family.

My parents were really strict about what we said in the home. We couldn’t say, ‘Oh, my God.’ We couldn’t say J.C., we couldn’t say Je- (bleeped out) … My son, we could say ‘Jeez’ … unless you were praising him, and then you could say, (bleeped out).”

The producers bleeped the name of Jesus, spoken in context of His power and relevance. Just before those remarks, Farris said “the great thing about the Bible and God, it’s the same yesterday, today and forever.” But Jesus is not to be spoken of publicly in this discussion, because His name is apparently not okay in a Biblical context.

Disney/ABC will broadcast all forms of blasphemy, including multiple and endless taking of the Lord’s name in vain. They will broadcast coarse language, cursing, and outright rejection of God and His power. But the name of Jesus, properly used, in Biblical context, must not be heard.

Honestly, I’m disgusted by it, but not at all surprised. So far, Disney itself hasn’t banned the mention of Jesus Christ from its theme parks or other venues–my family and I still pray out loud when we visit Disney properties and we haven’t been thrown out.

Walt Disney World still hosts the Night of Joy Christian music festival, albeit no longer in the park itself, but on property. I wonder how much longer that will continue, since censoring the name of Jesus is now a normal activity.

As the Scripture says, we are in the last days.