Monthly Archives: August 2012

Sunday Sunday, so good to me!

As a child, Sundays were a very special day. The memories are so vivid. Of all the wonderful memories that have been retained I must say they fell on a Sunday. They were a Church day on stage as a Catholic alter boy for the first time, a dress-up day for Easter Sunday with a new suit, a family day with all the relatives I hadn’t seen in a year, a big food day with my Italian Grandmother’s 7 course meal from soup to nuts, a sports day hitting an infield  grand slam homer to win the division championship, a Good Humor Ice Cream day while sitting on our front porch and hearing the bells ringing from down the street, a Wonderful World of Disney,  Lassie and Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom day until it was time for bed! The only negative at all was that the next day was Monday. These positive emotional experiences travel through time. Especially since the most exciting Sunday ever was an eternal one, the day our Lord and Savior rose from the grave and proclaimed the unrighteous righteous. Now that’s a Sunday worth reliving. Sundays are a perfect example of an “Abundant Life” the Lord wants us to live in this world (John 10:10). I suspect we could watch Football on the NFL channel,  reruns of Wild Kingdom and Disney, eat big dinners every day and fill up on Good Humor ice cream till our belts became too tight. But I don’t think we’d experience the same satisfaction, do you? There may only be one way, and that is, to make every day Church day by spending time with Jesus.

So today as you get home from church, just in time to watch the wrap up of the olympics, right before you sit down to your big Sunday dinner or when you finish the day with a big bowl of your favorite ice cream, think about past Sundays. Let’s think about making a plan for the coming week, how we can keep Him a part of it.  Then we can live the abundant life He wants us to live. And if we can,  make every day a Sunday.

Now that’s A Christian American Opinion

Mark

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Fumigate and Disinfect the Office

There are so many admirable aspects of Mitt Romney’s persona and character that go unnoticed via the media. Aside from their deliberate attempt to smear and defame him through slander and libel, they don’t take notice that he has been the leader of a 2 huge companies for many years and has dealt with many critical issues as a leader that Obama only reads about (if he does that). But these attributes do not come across well on TV. I’ll tell you why. He’s not a celebrity.

For 16 years I worked for what may have been the most successful homebuilder in America from the 1950s through 2005. I had the opportunity on occasion to meet and talk with its CEO, CFO and President. The kind of people who make it to those levels of leadership are unique. They don’t play well on prime time TV. They have a bland personality with a global view of an organization’s functions and goals that are very different from a manager or director’s. And certainly miles away from a community organizer.

I see our new Conservative Republican team as a breath of fresh air. A demonstrative step back to sanity and the way our government was supposed to be led. The contrast between the two teams is like night and day. In January  the office of the President will get fumigated, disinfected and squeaky clean again with all that Chicago corruption and slime scrubbed away. It hasn’t been that clean for too long a time.

A new movie, 2016 is being released this week. I strongly recommend you see it. It details Barak Hussein Obama’s past, present and possible future. It shows the powers that control his convictions and policies, his corruption and how his future plans are clearly unAmerican. We’ve seen the influences  that are from this country and that they are from the most depraved sources i.e. Rev Jerimiah Wright, George Soros, Bill Ayers, and Tony Rezco.

The Office of the President of the United States of America is an honored office. The past two Democrat occupiers have not honored its halls. They represent the two  most radical expressions to come out of the debauched 1960s. Sexual promiscuity and anti-American sentiment.  So now we have a choice to repent and maybe get things going in the right direction. It’s up to us, the voter, and not only our vote but the ones we can influence from the streets of ignorance and unpolitical obscurity. We need to do it for our children and our children’s children and also for the world.

Won’t it be great to feel clean again. I feel like our country hasn’t taken a shower in 4 years. Imagine  bringing back honesty and integrity and civility and prosperity and Christianity. Wow. Time to fumigate and disinfect Washington DC. That’s this Christian American’s Opinion. Share yours.

Mark


HOT TOPIC SEX, Intimacy or Love?

With the Chick-fil-a discussion only a week behind us, I’ve had time to think and pray about the arguments and attacks from the left and the homosexual community. My wife Jan and I were doing our morning bible reading in I Corinthians 13, the love chapter, and it became very clear that what is being described as love by those who disagree with chick-fil-a isn’t love at all. Take the time to run through this short list of examples.

Love is patient and kind:

Love is not jealous

Love does not brag

Love is not proud

Love is not rude

Love is not selfish

Love cannot be made angry easily

Love does not remember wrongs done against it

Love is never happy when others do wrong, but it is always happy with the truth

Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits

Love will never end

In society most think love is a fireworks display of emotions, a gushy mushy feeling or an erotic tingle or physical reaction. But the truth is that those experiences couldn’t be farther from the truth. True love is a spiritual experience because God IS love and those who truly love must have a spiritual relationship with their partner and with God. Real love, I mean to actually love someone or be loving does not come  easily.  Now you might say I have some friends that are very much “in love” and they are atheists or homosexuals. Well I challenge that definition of their relationship. They may have an intimate relationship or a compatible emotional or  physical relationship but that’s it. Making more of it is a presumption. I will go as far as to say many marriages that may be Christian and heterosexual may not be love based either. To be a loving person takes Grace, God’s grace, and this one thing I know for sure is that the LGBT lifestyle is not sanctioned by MY God, the REAL living died for sinners God. And that’s A Christian American Opinion.

1 Corinthians 6:9
Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor practicing homosexuals.

So you decide. Is it Sex, Intimacy  or Love

Mark


Cower Not From Floaters

Are you afraid of the dark? Most of us as children were. But then we grew up and realized that there is nothing to be afraid of. So how is this proven to us as children?  Usually we, or someone else, turns on a light! And then what do we see? We see there was nothing there to be afraid of. Too many good people live in darkness and cower from its despotism. Like we’ve seen in the media over the past week. But  darkness can have no power over light, even the most faint. In today’s dark politically correct society the darkness is so prevalent that most tremble in fear of going against it or even surrender to it, and then go as far as defending it.

Darkness can be very irritating. For example, this week I noticed something in my eye that was a dark speck. When I tried to focus  I couldn’t help but see this little dark spec. I went to the eye doctor and he says it’s a floater. A myodesopsia or a shadow that’s cast on the retina. Very irritating but permanent.  He said it becomes more obvious in the light, the brighter the light the more obvious the dark spec in my eye will be.

Now this is a very good physical illustration of a spiritual truth in America these days. When the light is broadcast through American Christians’ outspoken opinions, the darkness is exposed. A case in point is the recent Chick-Fil-A furor. All the Christian CEO of this company did was make a public statement that he believed in traditional marriage. This action, (like a brightly lit room would cause my floater to be more apparent), exposed the darkness in our society as it was manifested over the top in the media that supports it.

Ephesians 5: 8-14 is a good illustration of this fact.

 God’s light produces every kind of goodness, right living, and truth. 10 Try to learn what pleases the Lord. 11 Have no part in the things that people in darkness do, which produce nothing good. Instead, tell everyone how wrong those things are. 12 Actually, it is shameful to even talk about the things those people do in secret. 13 But the light makes clear how wrong those things are. 14 Yes, everything is made clear by the light.

Verse 14 continues with  a statement that I’ve taken some liberty with:

“Wake up America you who are sleeping! Rise from spiritual darkness, and Christ will shine on you.”

In the past, before I became a Christian American, I was full of darkness, but now I am full of light in the Lord Jesus Christ. So, in verse eleven above, A Christian American’s Opinion will have no part in the things that people in darkness do, which produce nothing good. Instead, we tell everyone how wrong those things are. (Ephesians 5:11 paraphrased)

So simply  turn on the light and expose the darkness for what they are and Jesus Christ will shine on you.

This is our hope for America. Cower not from floaters.

Mark


Out and Out-liars

What is an Outlier? A person or thing situated away or detached from the main body or system.

These days our Main Stream Media does not stand out as detached from the system. They are all complicit with the liberal democrat politicians and are moving in the opposite direction of a true outlier. So I’m calling them Out-liars instead, and for good reason.

Gallup Polls show that most Americans do not have confidence in the main stream media “to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly”. In 2011 a 60% majority reported a perception of media bias, with 47% saying mass media was too liberal, 13% too conservative. According to Gallup, in every year since 2002 more Americans think the media show liberal bias than think the media show conservative bias. Wikipedia

EXAMPLE: Media Manipulation. Turning the Victim into the Aggressor

Yesterday, while at my local pharmacy, I happened to catch CNN on the TV monitor in the waiting room. The show was Wolf Blitzer‘s Situation room. He was interviewing CNN political contributors Mary Matalin along with Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons. The debate was mostly about which campaign was raising the most money. The conclusion was  that Romney was winning. Since this didn’t sit well with the lefties they shifted the topic to what they described as Romney’s war on women. (Romney’s war on women? Jeeezzzz)

But before they made a full turn into this illogical topic I heard the most blatant admission to media bias I have ever heard and it came from Jamal Simmons the Democratic strategist and defended by Blitzer (through his silence) when he said, and I am quoting from the transcripts:

 SIMMONS: If they (the democrats) get outspent in cash, at the end of this campaign, it’s going to put them in a bad spot when it comes time to communicate with the voters. The one good spot though is in a presidential race, media like this, CNN, all the television networks. All of the newspapers, they’ll have a much bigger impact (for the democrats and Obama) than campaign advertisement. So that maybe the only silver lining here, but Democrats have got to raise more money.”

Next on the show we get a full  illustration of the bias and manipulation!

BLITZER: They certainly do if they’re going to compete. Three months to go exactly, Mary. You know, look at the new ad that the Obama campaign just put out going after Mitt Romney on the issue of women. Listen to this. (BEGIN CLIP OF ANTI ROMNEY AD see TRANSCRIPT)

The show continues with a full anti-Romney ad, free of charge from CNN! No anti-Obama ad from the Romney side (of course) to balance things out.

Now this show is at the 4-6pm news hour. It’s a NEWS network that is biased toward the political/spiritual left  and is broadcast at all the airports, restaurants, bars and most public places in prime time,and biased  with impunity! I feel like I’m in the move “They Live” and the only person in the room with the special sun glasses that allows me to see the truth about them!

So take a stand and be vocal to all your friends and neighbors. You know, the decent folks in our lives that believe in fair play. Maybe if enough of us demand a stop to the liberal biased monopoly in the most powerful industry on the planet we just might get something done. But be careful, don’t let anyone dare try and compare their liberal onslaught to AM radio as an example of balance, how ridiculous. Like, who except radical right-wing conservatives like me or someone stuck in 1950,listens to AM radio. I bet most people don’t think AM radio is  even around anymore. No, its the Out and Out-Liars on TV that are influencing impressionable people these days. DON’T BE FOOLED!!!!

Put your special glasses on!

Mark


A Vacation Package Chapter 10

Our journey picked up after we dried off. We drove until dark. He apparently knew exactly where we were headed, though this was new territory for me. I just remember a lot of trees and winding roads. We eventually made it to a parking area that was only lit by the car’s headlights. There was a sign posted, “north ridge 9100 ft.” We shined the car lights over to an area around 150 feet from where we parked. There was a split-rail fence and a ledge that appeared wide enough to camp on.

My driver grabbed his stuff from the trunk including a small flashlight and we began to walk. The ledge overlooked nothing that could be seen from our vantage point but pitch black on a moonless night. There was an eerie cavernous dirge of a wind blowing through what seemed to be pine trees located near the precipice of the abyss. The ledge that we laid our sleeping bags on was slanted oh so slightly but comfortable enough. This was a ghostly feeling. The wind and the dark and the cold and also the unknown…what was out there? Why was there such a deep howling like I had never heard? The stars were bright but not enough to light anything more than the bit of black around them.

The wind was continuous, but we eventually drifted off to sleep. I slept well, considering the conditions, a light sleep though. The events that followed were normal at first but eventually became most incredible. My eyes peaked from behind my lids as the sun began to rise. The wind was still whistling through the pines, though not with as much a lamentation as the night before. The ever so faint sign of the dawn reflecting against what seemed to be something faintly orange got my keen attention. I couldn’t quite make out what I was beginning to see; but it became ever so clear in an instant. As the sun continued to rise behind me the reflection of a vast chasm wall continued to grow wider and deeper every second. Oranges, yellows and reds of every shade were being unveiled, thousands of feet above the canyon floor. I was totally mesmerized, my eyes glued to its magnificence, astounded beyond any wonder I had ever, ever experienced. The Grand Canyon was indeed grand, grander than I could have ever imagined. I was awestruck. I can only strain for the words to paint such an incredible scene. It was bigger than life itself.

This is an excerpt from my new book Seeking God, Searching for a Daughter

The  true story or my 20,000 mile trek by  faith and thumb across America in search of my girlfriend who I believed was carrying my yet to be born daughter Trinity.


A Christian American’s Redress

So the question comes up all the time, “how can I be a Christian and resist the government’s authority?” Doesn’t Paul the apostle make it very clear that we are to submit to governing authorities? Romans 13:1-7. I will try never to take the word of God out of context. Paul was speaking very clearly about government authority in general and their purpose to restrain evil. I believe Paul (and of course the Holy Spirit) is directly referring to the Executive Branches of Government i.e.”he does not bear the sword in vain”. In the United States of America we have a constitution that describes the authority of the government and responsibility of its citizens.  Our government’s constitution preamble states:  We the People of the United States in order to form   a more perfect union…

Our Declaration of Independence states:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government.

Americans have a history of “self governance.”  Abraham Lincoln acknowledged this in the Gettysburg Address. “…that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth”.

We are a government “of the people”, “by the people” and “for the people” as well as a nation under God. So as citizens of this great country we have a Biblical responsibility to follow its laws that we, through our republican form of government created but also have a responsibility and a right to alter or abolish it as an unalienable right if it moves beyond its constitutional limits.

So how can I do this and remain within my scriptural boundaries? Well if we read the “Bill of Rights” we can read in 1st 9th and 10th amendments to the United States Constitution which allow us the freedom and responsibility of  demanding our rights from our government through redress. If our rights are being violated we have a Christian obligation to resist. Not only for our sakes but for the sake of our children and other Americans whose rights afforded them by our Constitution and laws are being violated.

So when a fellow Christian brother or sister rebukes your outspoken position using Romans saying it is God’s will to submit to our government, let them know you are, and then  that you expect them to get off their couch and stand up for our country as well…In the name of  our founding fathers, the constitution and your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


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