Me inDonald Trump and Christians Fighting A Crazy, Crazy World

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UC-Berkely Riots against speaker they do not agree with.

Dear Folks,

Let’s talk. I have tried to steer clear of being a political blog. But, due to health reasons, it’s been a while since my last post and all kinds of crap has happened since then. That being said, here goes. I’m taking the plunge.

It’s a crazy, upside down world now. I voted for Donald Trump and so did America. He’s the President of the United States. But according to left leaning liberals and Democrats, democracy doesn’t mean a thing anymore.

Before these anti-Americans took to the streets in violence, blocking streets, highway, freeways, demanding stuff that defies logic, I was neither Democrat nor Republican. Neither Left nor Right. I was a proponent of dialogue and logic. But since the LLLD (Left Leaning Liberal Democrats) decided on The Taming of the Shrew path to getting whatever it is they want (I don’t think they really know), I have had to get off my bench and start swinging. Otherwise, if people like me do not take a hard positive stand, it’s bye bye America. And this is not hyperbole. This is down-to-earth truth.

This turn to evil and violence and blocking every move that the President of the United States makes for the betterment of our own country, is so crazy it defies everything that makes sense. The sun is the moon. Night is day. Men are maidens. Killers are welcome. Evil is good. Which the Bible says implicitly to not call evil good.

President Trump, God bless him, said today about his immigration plan, that, “If the U.S. does not win this case, as it so obviously should, we can never have the security and safety to which we are entitled. Politics!”

But, dear President, this isn’t just politics. This goes to something deeper and more vile than we have, in most of our lifetimes, openly seen before. Not since the Holocaust. When judges and mayors and governors and senators and representatives, who are supposed to be guarding the gates of democracy, turn coat and fly in the face of it, then we know the mask has come off of the ancient Enemy of mankind. And that’s not wild-eyed fanaticism. Anybody with half a brain can see it.

The total disregard for even the simplest, childlike logic — in fact, fighting violently against all semblance of reason, shows us the true face of Satan, that Old Dragon, and our true Enemy. Yes, the LLLDs out there are our enemies, but they are slaves of their master.

The Face of Evil

Christians, and all conservatives, can no longer deny that we are in a battle for our nation, and our lives. The reality of Ephesians 6:12 is sounding its clarion call across the entire world to unite as never before in prayer and holding the line of truth.

“We do not fight against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12

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On Facebook I linked to a post by Theodore Shoebat with a very good interpretation of this verse, and will do so here. The writer pointed out that just because the main battle is spiritual, it doesn’t mean we sit back, say a little prayer, buy a Coke, or have a cup of coffee, and let the heavenly realm do their thing. We are to make use of every weapon at our disposal, whether that be the voting booth, or making our voices heard in support of human leaders who are on the firing line. Sometimes it can come down to fighting physically against the physical embodiments of evil

The discussion I shared about this verse points out that the Apostle Paul was warned of an ambush with the intent to kill him. Yes. He knew he was knee deep in a spiritual battle, but he also knew this worked itself out into the physical. He sent word to the Roman commanders who surrounded Paul with the very real Special Forces of that day, bristling with very real weapons.

The battle has come to us, ladies and gentlemen. We are, in reality, now Christian soldiers in every sense of that title. We need an army of Prayer Warriors and Fighters. I say bring it on! OooooRAH !!!

 

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What “We Do Not Wrestle Against Flesh And Blood” Really Means

By Theodore ShoebatIn mostly any discussion in between Christians about the Crusades, somebody usually objects that the Crusades were unbiblical because of Ephesians 6:12:

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places

Well I have done a video dealing with this very issue, showing that Ephesians 6:12 does not in any refute the concept of Christian holy war, but in fact, supports it:

 

It must be remembered that all of the Church’s battles are spiritual, even if they do involve physical fighting. And the purposes of these wars are not to kill, but to advance God over evil. While Paul said that we do not fight against flesh and blood, when forty Jewish bandits came to kill him, he did not quote Ephesians 6:12 and say, “oh don’t worry about it, my war is not carnal.” No. St. Paul had a Roman garrison of over 400 warriors guard him with arms:

And when it was day, some of the Jews banded together and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. Now there were more than forty who had formed this conspiracy. They came to the chief priests and elders, and said, “We have bound ourselves under a great oath that we will eat nothing until we have killed Paul. 15 Now you, therefore, together with the council, suggest to the commander that he be brought down to you tomorrow, as though you were going to make further inquiries concerning him; but we are ready to kill him before he comes near.”

So when Paul’s sister’s son heard of their ambush, he went and entered the barracks and told Paul. 17 Then Paul called one of the centurions to him and said, “Take this young man to the commander, for he has something to tell him.” 18 So he took him and brought him to the commander and said, “Paul the prisoner called me to him and asked me to bring this young man to you. He has something to say to you.”

Then the commander took him by the hand, went aside, and asked privately, “What is it that you have to tell me?”

And he said, “The Jews have agreed to ask that you bring Paul down to the council tomorrow, as though they were going to inquire more fully about him. But do not yield to them, for more than forty of them lie in wait for him, men who have bound themselves by an oath that they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him; and now they are ready, waiting for the promise from you.”

So the commander let the young man depart, and commanded him, “Tell no one that you have revealed these things to me.”

And he called for two centurions, saying, “Prepare two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen to go to Caesarea at the third hour of the night; and provide mounts to set Paul on, and bring him safely to Felix the governor.”

When he was being guarded by men armed with physical weapons and armor, St. Paul at the same time was bearing the full armor of God, protecting himself from spiritual threat that wanted to kill him. Even at that moment, when he had armed men protect him, Paul was in a spiritual war. Christian armies, then, can fight in physical battles that are spiritual wars. The Christians who fought the Muslims and the pagans in the ancient world, were indeed a part of a spiritual war, and they partook in it through physical means.

If Paul can use an army to defend himself on a religious conflict, then the Church can certainly use armies to defend itself religious wars against Muslims, pagans, and other heretics.

Paul’s statement in Ephesians 6 does not signify pacifism, but the spiritual war between light and darkness, that in many times is done through physical arms, not for the purpose of shedding blood and cutting flesh, but for the fulfillment of a spiritual victory over satanic forces. Just because something is spiritual, does mean that a physical involvement is excluded. The Crucifixion was spiritual, but it consisted of much physical phenomena, of nails, of a lance, a crown of thorns, scourges, and a cross.

When Paul had an armed guard protect him, he was fighting the forces of darkness, by protecting himself from people under the influence control of the demonic. Our war is not declared against flesh and blood, since its purpose is not to plunder and murder, but to defend the righteous and purge the world of evil and tyranny. At times the Church must fight against spiritual darkness with the pen of Orthodoxy, and at others, with the sword.

In his epistle to the Corinthians, St. Paul writes:

For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1 Corinthians 6:20

Here Paul tells us to commit ourselves to a spiritual action with both spirit and body. This indicates that in spiritual actions, we must never forget the physical element. To walk in the spirit, is to emulate God, in His virtues and in His justice. Therefore, when the Crusaders executed righteous vengeance on the Muslim jihadists, they were emulating the justice of God, and were glorifying God with both body and spirit, utilizing the Sword of the Spirit, because they were fighting against a satanic religion, and the physical sword, since they were fighting against mortal bodies under the influence of demonic power.

One thing is for certain, a Crusade is not a war against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

 

 

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18 thoughts on “Me inDonald Trump and Christians Fighting A Crazy, Crazy World

  1. Excellent article with information that I have never considered. I agree that the crusades were both spiritual and physical action. I do feel that we are at war and you took my undeveloped thoughts and expanded my thoughts through your words. I have felt strongly for some time that Christians must not diminish their prayers for we are in a battle.

    • Thanks, J.
      I know I’m making blanket statements to prove some points. Not ALL Democrats are anti-American, or ravening rioters, but it seems they are the left leaning liberal party of choice now. But right now this party as a whole are trying to bar our democratic process and this, we as Christians should stand against with spiritual authority through prayer and action. Not as a theocracy, as one man accused me of, but as a working democracy. It has not been a real democracy in many years due to the liberal and nearly untouchable power of the Supreme Court. Thanks for responding.

      • I agree and I’m surprised that you haven’t had other comments. Do you suppose that people are becoming afraid to make their opinions known unless the opinion leans to the left?

      • No. People just hardly ever comment on this site. One of the best strings I got was from a college professor wher we talked about the social and moral impact of the books and TV series Game of Thrones, which he had discussed with his students. I really enjoyed that. But most people just don’t take the time to respond.

  2. Wow. If you took the time to listen to much of the “left-leaning Democrats,” like me, beyond what FOX News was saying and what Rush Limbaugh was saying, you would know that the vast majority of us did not agree with the rioters at Berkley. If you want to speak in these broad terms, I have to ask, how you equate political and non-violent protest, the standing up against Trump’s policies (which seem to boil down to tax breaks for his wealthy friends and family while cutting funds for education, science, healthcare, and the poor) with a godly battle is simply beyond my comprehension.

    And after eight long years of the Republican leadership in congress, who had a stated purpose to oppose everything Obama did, you think that us exercising our democratic right to oppose power is somehow evil? It was fine when they blocked the President’s wishes, but undemocratic when we do? Astounding. Simply astounding.

    “We’re going to do everything — and I mean everything we can do — to kill it, stop it, slow it down, whatever we can.. . . The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
    –Speaker of the House John Boehner before he even became Speaker of the House.

    • And I’m not even going to try to address the majority of your “spiritual” argument from scripture. You blatantly make a case for physical, violent conflict right after decrying (rightly) physical, violent conflict. And yet you see zero contradiction in this. You do not see how your call to holy war is no better than the violence of other religious radicals. Ah, but you have God on your side, so anything you do is right and righteous? That’s what your argument sounds like.

      How you can see Trump as a godly leader is beyond me. Take a look at every nasty, childish insult he’s thrown just at fellow Republicans (forget the Democrats for a second!) during the course of his campaign. The New York Times collected the list and linked to every single one they could count. How can you equate this base, school-yard bully talk to the eloquence of the Apostle Paul? I don’t know how you can see the “pussy grabbing” man you elected as having any interests but his own at heart. He said he’d stand up to Wall Street and then filled surrounded himself with former employees of Goldman Sachs.

      And I’m evil? Seriously? You may use liberal and left-leaning as an insult, but I honestly think that my views are pretty moderate. I do not believe that someone should lose their home because of illness. I do not believe someone should be discriminated based on his religion, color, or the gender of his spouse. I do not think we should pull funds from poor kids in school. I believe the village should take care of its elders and that we should each do our fair share.

      You and I have had lovely conversations in the past. I hope we will again, but maybe what would help is if people like you and I met up for coffee and got to know each other, instead of listening to the hateful stuff broadcast, sorry, but especially on “conservative” media, but yes, sometimes liberal media as well. If we got to know each other and practiced actually loving our neighbors, the world would be a better, more honest place.

      • David. I’ve tried answering twice and got bumped both times. We are RV traveling and are on Shired Island on the Gulf in Florida. I’m going to have to break out the big computer and start over again. But first I’m going to have to take a break. I HATE losing my thoughts when I had them all together. At my age that doesn’t happen often. Thanks for calling me on blanket statements, though we do have things we must agree to disagree on. Then there are some things totally misunderstood but that’s the fault in this writer and not in our stars. Let me get back with you. My brain hurts now.

      • Thanks for taking the time to reply, Linda. I seem to have gotten all three of them here on my end. I can understand the surging anger over an upsetting event. I’ve been there too. And my apologies for any misunderstanding on my part. I’m glad we are talking. That’s where unifying can begin. Thanks again for taking the time!

      • Sorry. I thought they were gone and I would have to get my thoughts back together. They are still not showing up on my end. But one thing I wanted to say above all else — I have never once listened to Rush Limbaugh. Lol

      • Well, that’s a relief! 🙂 I listened a bit back in my early republican years when I was a ministry student in Indiana. But I soon realized that he was an entertainer, not a news caster. My future father-in-law listens to him for two hours every single day, and I worry that that level of immersion, in ANY media, left or right, cannot be good, especially if it’s tactic is confirming your bias (Rush’s “Ditto Heads”), rather than encouraging you to think carefully about why you hold them.

        So I apologize for bringing that up. It has been my experience that everyone I come in contact with who says the sort of things you said in this post has either Rush, FOX News, or Alex Jones in common. Forgive me for presuming.

      • I loved that line you said about how they “confirm your bias”. Both Mike and I reserve the right to think for ourselves instead of being led around by the nose by somebody who may not know any more than we do, or is taking facts and stirring them up with biases and outright lies for their own little recipes. Feeding the masses their own little version of Marie’s French cake.

      • Okay, I don’t remember where the heck I was when I was blabbing. But one misunderstanding is over the Donald Trump character status. To understand where I’m coming from, I believe in an all-powerful, omniscient, omnipresent God who created everything good, but left a loophole for Adam and Eve to decide for themselves whether to stay with door number one or take a chance on door number two. (The simplified version of my catechism.) Throughout the Bible, it gives examples of God using his creation for his deeper purposes. As in Genesis chapter 20, in an incident between Abraham and King Abimelech. Abraham was a man of faith. Abimelech was not. Yet, as it turned out, Abraham was in the wrong, with Abimelech the pagan turning out to actually be the better man in this particular case. In the Bible, God’s people are not perfect and often fail because they ARE people and not robots. But they commit themselves to God through faith. Then you see God using people who have no faith

      • Yes, let’s talk about that last sentence, seeing god use people who have no faith. I’m curious how you see this obviously rude and selfish, boorish bully of a billionaire who has a record of not paying his contractors and putting his businesses through bankruptcy, who has a trail of sexual harassment accusations behind him to rival Bill Clinton’s, I want to understand, how does one like yourself see this President Trump as being used by god for the purpose of good?

      • Through his very boorishness he gets things done. He bulls ahead. But remember, there is a Godly man by his side by the name of Pence to help mitigate him. Esther’s King of Persia was not a Godly man, but he had the power at that moment in time and saved the Jews. Rome was a cruel empire, but the roads they built and the progress they made in many areas advanced civilization and actually protected the Apostle Paul from his own misguided people. Do I understand all this use of people and circumstances in God’s scheme of things. No. But I believe the masks are coming off even the church goers. So many have gone to what is called Universal Christianity, which is no Christianity at all. Real Christianity has the name Christ in it. (John chapter 3).

        We are living in the age of grace where God gives everyone a chance to be redeemed through His son because of His great love for His creation. That is His own word and I believe it.

      • 1. My concern is he is getting the wrong things done. Like trying to make it harder for people like my sister (who doesn’t get this and voted for the guy) who is in remission from cancer. If she were to lose her job or have some sort of lapse in coverage, she would have a pre-existing condition were the cancer to come back. But that’s just one of many problems I have with his getting things done, like boorishly, brashly and without planning setting in place travel bans that divide families and leave a five-year-old boy detained for hours without a parent. This is not leadership. The whole problem with a bull in a china shop is that it may “get things done,” but the things it does are not the things we want done.

        2. I completely disagree with you on your belief that Mike Pence is a good person, let alone a godly one. As I recall from my days studying to be a minister, and as I could reference from a shelf full of Bibles behind me, feeding the poor, healing the sick, and taking care of the outcasts . . . well, they were pretty central concepts to Jesus’ teaching.

        Lying was a no-no in the New, as well as in the Old Testament, but I watched the debate with Tim Kaine, in which Kaine repeatedly mentioned Donald Trump’s own words, words that I personally heard him say. That’s lying. All I could think of was that smarmy look on Pence’s face while he was denying what he had to know was the truth. I was shocked that now we have moved into this post-truth era where we can just pretend that facts are not real. This small clip only catches part of it.

    • David. Sorry I haven’t gotten back with you sooner. Mike and I are finally getting to travel and didn’t see your comment. And your remarks are why I didn’t want to get into politics on my blog. I wanted it mainly for a place away for poetry and beauty and a meeting of the minds without the things that divide us. I very much admire your intelligence (and you made some good points), dedication to family and friends, and your artistry. In all else we must agree to disagree. That being said, you have misunderstood some of what was written. And given that intelligence I admire, that misunderstanding would have to be in the communication itself.

      One misunderstanding. I have never listened to Rush Limbaugh. I have been looking for a news agency that gives the news without commentary. It is possible because I once reported the news myself. Very carefully. I don’t know of a single one anymore whose bias doesn’t show and too many play fast and loose with the truth. I’ve gone from one to the other of conservative news and have deleted most of them. We (Mike and I) have two major news sources — FOX and NPR. Both have their biases but at least still have some measure of journalistic integrity.

      You are right in calling me out on making blanket statements. That is fanning the flames of division which I hate believe it or not. Something had just happened before I wrote that to push me steaming over the edge. It may have been trying to force children into certain gender roles or some horrific violent protest. And that is what is dividing this country. I have said to myself, the media does not reflect the majority. The news is about people like Dylann Roof . That’s not me or even like anyone I know. Everyone i

      One misunderstanding is in my opinion of President Trump. No way no how is he in any form or fashion comparable to the Apostle Paul.

      • And may not even be “good” people. Not that they are forced to do so. God just takes full advantage of their natural propensities and or talents or earthly power, like the Persian king who took the Jewess Esther as his beloved concubine and thus the Jewish people were saved from the machinations of Hiram and his cohorts.

        This to say President Trump is not even in the same league as the Apostle Paul in any form or fashion. But, in my mind and those who voted for him, the very things that can make him obnoxious are the things God can use to bring back some kind of order to chaos. Not “back to the 50s” order or stiff necked religion, but freedom of speech (for all), freedom to not be forced to comply with things you do not believe in, or forced health plans that only enrich the insurance companies on the backs of middle class workers. I believe in helping the poor with food, housing, healthcare. But I do not believe in its abuses. Several family members reported another family member for such abuse — selling the food out their children’s mouths by selling food stamps for drugs. I wrote a blog post on that. The State of Alabama not only ignored us, we were made to feel like the bad guys. It’s the abuses of power and abuses of the system by thieves that raise my ire.

        That being said, the Bible says we are ALL sinners. That’s why Jesus died as a sacrifice for us. None of us deserve Heaven. Sure there are “good” people by human standards. But God’s standard is the perfection of His holiness. And we can’t attain that in ourselves. Only through Christ. Do we still fail? Every day. We are only sinners saved by grace so we have no room to pat ourselves on the back and think we’re better than anyone else. Jesus said there are actually only two commandments. To love the Lord thy God with all your heart, mind, and strength, and to love your neighbor (fellow man) as your own self. Paul said faith without love is useless, like a song out of tune (like sounding brass or a tinkling symbol). It does not fulfill it’s purpose.

        Okay. I’ve thrown a lot at you — if you read it all. But this is my hope and belief and no one is required to believe it, but must be led to that belief through the Word of God.

        Thanks for listening and I pray for our nation’s unity. I miss debate.

    • Sorry. My computer blipped. Not finished.

      I agreed the rebel flag should have been taken down from the state capitol building. I have no problem with people of the south being nostalgic about it, it is, after all, a part of Southern history, and history is history. But it shouldn’t hang with our American flag above a government facility. I myself have seen too many bigots flying the Stars and Bars just because they are mean people who hate the world and everybody in it. Many are from mean little backwoods areas that anybody in their right minds would stay away from. I don’t want to be associated in that context in any form or fashion and I’m not alone in that, even in Alabama.

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