Trump is Right: Terrorists Are Evil Losers Who Worship Death

Another day. Another vicious terrorist attack. On the evening of Monday May 22nd, what is now presumed to be a suicide bomber blew himself up at an Ariana Grande concert in Britain, killing over twenty people and wounding many dozens more. BBC reported how the horror unfolded:

 

“The explosion happened in the foyer of Manchester Arena on Monday night, as crowds began leaving the concert. Witnesses – many of them teenage girls – said they heard a huge bang coming from outside the auditorium. Some mistook the bang of the bomb for exploding balloons, which had been released at the end of the concert. Parents waiting to pick up their families in the foyer said the noise of the explosion was followed by a flash of fire. Metal nuts and bolts were strewn around the floor among bodies and the smell of explosives was in the air, witnesses said. They also spoke about the fear and confusion that gripped the concert-goers, as they rushed for the exits. Police were called at 22:33 BST and streets surrounding the arena and Victoria station were sealed off. Twenty-two people were killed in the explosion, including an eight-year-old girl. A further 59 people, including 12 under the age of 16, were injured and taken to hospital.”

 

Prime Minister Theresa May would respond forcefully: “All acts of terrorism are cowardly attacks on innocent people but this attack stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenceless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives.” A fun concert full of dancing and music ripped apart in an instant by a man bent on destruction. The victims mostly young kids. Terrified children fleeing. Parents desperately trying to find their kids while fervently praying that they might be safe – with some of those prayers sadly going unanswered. An evening of joy turned in an instant into a night of terror. Among the victims were eight-year-old Saffie Roussos and eighteen-year-old Georgina Callander (with many many more victims to be identified). And ISIS gleefully claimed credit. Can anyone doubt that evil is real?

President Trump’s remarks in the wake of this horrific attack would state, in part, that: “I extend my deepest condolences to those so terribly injured in this terrorist attack and to the many killed and the families, so many families, of the victims. We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom … So many young beautiful innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life. I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name. I will call them from now on losers because that’s what they are.”

Trump is right about this. What else could you call someone who deliberately targets young innocent concertgoers? These acts are brazen, cowardly, and pathetic. “Evil losers” might seem simple or direct, but it is also exactly what they are.

Remember also what the President said in his speech in Saudi Arabia on Sunday May 21st, where he attempted to draw a clear line between right and wrong, between good and evil, and between the civilized world and barbarism: “The true toll of ISIS, AL-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and so many others, must be counted not only in the number of dead. It must also be counted in generations of vanished dreams … But this untapped potential, this tremendous cause for optimism, is held at bay by bloodshed and terror. There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it. Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person, and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith. Terrorists do not worship God, they worship death.”

Again, Trump is right about this. The terrorist group Hamas has itself admitted that they love death, saying: “We are truly a people who love death as much as our enemies love life.” This love for death is the unifying core of the jihadist organizations operating both near and in the far-flung corners of the world. As I have written previously: “ISIS has carried out spectacular terrorist attacks around the world, including the Pulse nightclub shooting, the San Bernardino massacre, the attacks in Nice, the Paris attacks, the Charlie Hebdo attack, the Brussels bombings, the Istanbul attack, the Westminster attack, the Stockholm truck attack, and the recent bombings of Coptic Christian churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday.” This is the worship of death. And let’s not forget about al-Qaeda’s brazen killing of innocent people over the years as well: the attack on Khobar Towers, the African Embassy bombings, the USS Cole bombing, the Madrid train bombings, the London train bombings, the Bali nightclub attack, its attacks on our service members in Iraq and Afghanistan and Syria and Somalia and Yemen and elsewhere, and of course the attacks of 9/11 that took 3,000 innocent lives. And the list goes on. Indeed, what else can you conclude when any territory controlled by these terrorist groups is marked by nothing but oppression, subjugation, slavery, crucifixion, torture, beheadings, and genocide? This, again, is the worship of death.

 

This murderous terrorism in Manchester was not nearly the first such attack and, sadly, it will not be the last. There are lots of these evil losers who worship death scattered amongst us and throughout the world, and, because of them, more innocent people will die. But here’s the good news: There is no sign that the United Kingdom, the United States, or our allies will somehow back down in the face of evil – indeed, our resolve grows only stronger. We have goodness, we have truth, we have righteousness, and we have the finest fighting force in the history of the world all on our side. Here’s the thing about worshiping death – life is more powerful and, if you’re Christian, you know that life has actually already conquered death. And the thing about evil is this – good is simply more powerful (always has been and always will be). And, finally, the thing about losers is this – in the end, well, they lose.

Mike Pence May Be Our President Soon

The sharks have been circling President Donald Trump from the moment John Podesta made his way to the stage of the Javits Center on November 8th, forced a smile, and delivered the news to the victory-party-turned-wake that Madame Hillary would not be attending the ball that night.

Trump’s contempt for the status quo in Washington made him a hero to his supporters, but a grave threat to his detractors. Unfortunately, as many level-headed conservative Republicans feared during the campaign, it appears more obvious than ever that the President’s unprincipled mind, undisciplined approach and unpredictable conduct may cause his administration to be strangled in its infancy.

Sure, it is completely fair to say that the things Donald Trump is being constantly accused of doing – specifically the mishandling of classified information as well as the obstruction of justice – have been a staple of presidential conduct for the last eight years. If you need a refresher, think SEAL Team 6 leaks, Iran cyber attacks leaks, Israel/Syria leaks, IRS targeting of conservatives and subsequent cover-up, and a litany of other examples. And of course the media yawned at all of it while mocking as conspiratorial or racist anyone who didn’t.

But with as tempting as it is for conservatives or Republicans to point to the double standard the Democrat/Media Complex is holding President Trump to, it’s not the issue. The issue is President Trump’s behavior. If it was bad when Obama did it (it was), it is bad when Trump does it (it is). Failing to see that makes you no better than the Democrat/Media Complex you despise.

Some Republicans have sadly responded to this truth by saying, “But the Democrats use our virtue and principles against us.” Yes, that’s probably true. But what is the better alternative? Abandoning virtue and principles?

I get that it’s not fair. But it hasn’t been fair for generations. Remember, before there was Trump Derangement Syndrome on the left there was Bush Derangement Syndrome. George W. Bush faced every bit as much opposition as Trump (in fact I would argue more so). Even the affable and genial demeanor of Mitt Romney was characterized by leftists as mean-spirited greed pouring from a misogynistic reprobate. They pilloried two good men as monsters because that’s what they do. The left is gonna left no matter who the Republican standard bearer is; which is precisely why so many of us wanted a Republican standard bearer who wouldn’t give them ammunition.

That didn’t happen. Sadly, it becomes increasingly clear every day that Trump is stumbling into the legacy of Richard Nixon who once reflected of his enemies, “I gave them a sword.” Donald Trump appears determined to give his two or three.

In light of this fairly self-evident reality, while I feel no need or desire to attempt to bandage up or “spin” away the President’s self-inflicted wounds, I do feel compelled to beg of my fellow Christians and conservatives to be in fervent prayer for Vice President Mike Pence.

The polar opposite of Donald Trump in every discernable way – policy convictions, demeanor, style, graciousness, thoughtfulness – Pence is in the midst of a whirlwind that conservatives (and all Americans) need him to emerge from in tact.

Pray for Pence that he would remain honest and forthright even as signs of corruption or carelessness emerge in the administration around him.

Pray for Pence that he would remain grounded and wise in the activities he is asked to engage in on behalf of the administration.

Pray for Pence that he would be a voice of sound reason that President Trump would hear and heed sooner rather than later.

Pray for Pence that he remains uncompromising and unflinching in the storms he must contend with, and that he is able to successfully escape the ones that shouldn’t involve him.

Pray for Pence that he continues being a, “Christian, conservative, and Republican in that order.”

I wouldn’t even begin to guess what is coming in the weeks and months ahead for the Trump Administration and the country it leads. Damaging revelations from Special Prosecutor Mueller (for the record, I don’t think this investigation sinks Trump)? A White House staff exodus or firing spree? More damaging leaks? An impeachment effort? A resignation? Absolutely nothing would surprise me at this point.

And that means regardless of where you place the odds, there’s an ever-increasing probability that Mike Pence may be our president soon. Pray for him.

God and Family

Yesterday, I finished my first semester of seminary. Thanks to so many of you for your prayers. A lot of people cautioned me when I started to be careful not to lose my faith. I’m not sure what seminaries they went to, but my faith has been well served by spending time in seminary.

As I told my wife, I have found my tribe.

Examining passages of the Bible I’ve read before, but in more depth, has really been eye opening. I put off this journey for two years, but after more and more requests to get in churches and preach and not feeling comfortable doing so, I finally decided I need to get serious. I spend a lot of time here and on radio talking about faith issues and I think seminary is helping provide a deeper understanding.

I’m also now more willing to accept invitations into churches on Sunday. I finally feel up to it and competent.

There is one observation from my first semester that I want to draw your attention to. And before I get all sorts of secular outrage, let me be up front that I’m only writing to those of you of faith. And I’ll give you the conclusion before even starting: if you want to build a better America, build a better family. If you want to build a better family, build a better church.

I have concluded, from this first semester, that being a better Christian is, for me, the key to being a better American. If you’ll allow me, let’s go back to near the beginning.

In the sixth chapter of Genesis, we are introduced to Noah. He is found blameless in God’s eyes. Note that this does not mean Noah is sinless. Noah is, in fact, a sinner. But he stands out from the rest of humanity as righteous. He tries to do what is right in God’s eyes with all humanity around him doing what is right in their own eyes.

God tells Noah to build an ark. Interestingly, note that he tells Noah to build the ark before even telling Noah how it is to be used. In any event, God tells Noah to build the ark and pay attention to Genesis 6:18:

But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.

Then look at Genesis 7:1.

Then the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation.

Notice carefully that the “you” is singular. God did not find Noah’s wife righteous. He did not find Noah’s sons to be righteous. He did not find even Noah’s sons’ wives to be righteous. God found Noah righteous and his family was entitled to the blessings and protections because of this one righteous man.

I think there is an overlooked lesson in this. Fathers have ceded a lot in society, but the father needs to be a pillar for his family and the father needs to take a strong role in getting the family into church.

But there is more to it than that. The waters prevailed on the earth for 150 days. During that time Noah and his family stayed in the ark. Too many of us head into church on Sunday and that is it. We live as Christians for two to three hours on Sunday, then head off to NFL games on TV and a life separated from the church.

We need to focus more time on being Christians 24/7/365.

The Lord said, in Genesis 6:7, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” In Genesis 3, it was man who had sinned. The animals and creeping things and the birds did not sin. But man’s sin so polluted the world, God decided to reboot humanity through the one man he found righteous.

Look at the effects of man’s sin. In Genesis 7:11-12, we read

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

This is a complete undoing and disordering of creation. In Genesis 1, God had separated the waters from the heavens. Then the waters, as collected, were separated into land and sea and the waters under the earth. Six chapters later, the effects of man’s sins are to undo all of this. The waters spring up from the earth, the windows of the heavens are opened, and creation itself comes undone. All living things perish save for those in the ark.

And lest any of you have hesitancy on this point, I fully believe this is a literal story, not a metaphor or myth.

We are promised that God will not destroy the world again by flood. But the world will again end, and this time with finality into a new Heaven and a new Earth. The refuge from the sin of the world is now as it was then — the refuge in the ark, or in the church.

And God’s blessings flow through families. We can learn a lot from the story of Noah. We can learn that fathers need to be involved and need to be righteous before God. We can learn that families receive God’s blessings not just as individuals, but as families. Families are so important.

Churches can learn that they must have a vested interest in strengthening families. Instead of spending 100% of their time on Vacation Bible School, churches should have a vested interest in parents having date nights and solid networks of babysitters.

If we want a better America, we need stronger families. And if we want stronger families, we need more churches not just focused on the individual’s path to salvation, but on the family’s path through a fallen world together.

Too many Protestant churches think once we’ve gotten to Christ they can move on. Instead, the church needs to realize God did not seal the door and let the ark drift with Noah’s family in it. God ministered to that family the whole time in the ark. When Genesis 8:1 says God “remembered Noah,” that word choice does not mean Noah and his family went out of God’s mind and then back in to God’s mind, but rather that Noah was never forgotten and left alone.

The church should not stop once a person has come to Christ, but should work to mature the Christian by remembering always the family.

“You’ve found Jesus, so here is what’s next,” should be a mission in churches so that mature Christians from stable God-centered families can go out and minister to others seeking refuge in the ark that is the church in this fallen, turbulent world.

And that, my friends, is the first semester. Thanks again for the prayers.

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Silencing the Christians

This past Thursday night, before flying to Des Moines for the Family Leader’s Senate Forum, I spoke to the Alliance Defending Freedom in north Atlanta. The Alliance is a Christian ministry that works with lawyers around the country to defend religious liberty. The Alliance has helped students in colleges where secularists have tried to stop Christian voices from being heard. The Alliance has helped doctors and nurses who refused to violate their consciences.

It has been labeled a “hate group” by the left. In fact, Media Matters, several militant gay groups, and other left wing organizations made sure to tell their fans and supporters where the event would be and that I would be speaking. After the Southern Poverty Law Center named the Family Research Council a hate group, a gay rights activist showed up at FRC with a gun aiming to kill people.

This is a sign of the times.

And so it was Thursday night that, in order for this group to meet, they had to have four security officers present along with a fifth who was traveling with my radio producer and me.

Five security officers for a faith based group to be able to meet in peace in Atlanta, GA — that is a disturbing sign of the times.

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An Age of Seriousness Returns

Concerns Grow In Ukraine Over Pro Russian Demonstrations In The Crimea Region

 

Until Friday, we lived in an age where the United States government could, with a straight face, assert that the most serious national security issue of our time is global warming.

Until Friday, we lived in an age where men could be thought of as boys, living in their parents’ basement, on their parents’ insurance, tweeting angrily in support of two dudes and an it getting married.

To be sure, some of that continues today. But while Barack Obama and his unserious advisors in a Western World grown too unserious about reality focus on unserious topics, the nations of the world continue to jockey for national interest and Kremlin tanks continue pouring into Ukraine.

That’s the rub of it. Until Friday, we lived in a world where the West had grown comfortable that Francis Fukuyama was right and history had ended. Events would still happen, but the world would inevitably evolve toward liberal democracy. We all learned in college that liberal democracies were more stable and least prone to violence of all forms of government. Barack Obama, David Cameron, the French buffoon with his mistress du jour, and the rest of the West could sit around tables and worry about the environment, income inequality, unisex bathrooms, and other issues. The West had concluded there were no longer national interests, but global interests where we would all win or all lose together.

Hell, just last week the Ninth Circuit ruled that an American public school could ban displays of the American flag lest Mexican nationalist oriented students were offended.

It is the foreign policy view of the naive, the rube, and elite in comfortable times. The Aspen and Davos sets can tut-tut at world events, but their world view and foreign policy have brought us to this point. That world view both fostered and fed off of an unserious foreign policy press and analytical corps that saw the world through global issues and global interests. Many of those within the foreign policy community with the biggest media platforms eschew the military, support progressive social views, and generally think the world can get along if only the bully United States let others lead. They transitioned in and out of government — a fourth estate that worked in and around the first and second, whispering in ears, holding salons, and attending cocktail parties where world view is more important than the wine selection.

And they all nodded approvingly when Barack Obama declared his intention to lead from behind.

While the circle of jerks from New York to Washington to London to Brussels came up with exciting new ways for nations to work together, some national leaders in some countries had other ideas — they’d work for national interests. The West, particularly the United States, started viewing militaries as avenues for social experience instead of instruments of death and destruction.

Meanwhile, other nations grew bolder. China is now more and more allied with Russia with both countries lusting after previously lost territories. China may soon risk war with Japan over some islands and Russia, knowing the West will do nothing to stop it, has invaded Ukraine.

Therein lies the problem. The West’s unserious leaders still govern. The East knows this and knows it can continue unabated because the limp wristed slaps of governments more concerned about gay marriage and global warming than national geopolitical interests are no deterrent to national interests.

The United States and Europe may be in a drum circle singing Kumbaya, but Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping intend to beat the West like a drum. We have moved back into a serious age. The unserious leaders will either get serious or find themselves on the losing side of history — a more real and documented place than the left’s so called “wrong side of history.”

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