Shield of Prayer

sword and shield

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.”

(Ephesians 6:18a NIV)

Every time there is a tragedy, the social media hashtags go up, “#PrayFor….” It is a way for people to deal with their grief. No doubt, many prayers are said for survivors of terrorist attacks.  There is also no doubt that many people across the nation prayed for the families of the five Dallas Police Officers who were killed last week. It shouldn’t take a tragedy to bring us to prayer.

Prayer is communication with God and He wants us to bring our concerns, requests and gratitude to Him in our prayers.  You do not have to be on your knees to pray; you don’t need to be in a building with candles burning to pray and you don’t have to be standing in a circle with others, holding hands to pray.  In fact, you can pray anywhere and at any time. You can pray while walking your dog; pray while you wash the dinner dishes; while you drive to work; when you exercise, etc. You can pray right here, right now! Go ahead, do it. Every time you open your heart to God in prayer, He hears you! Scripture instructs us to always pray, so that is what we should do.

Groups of people, filled with hate and anger, are stomping their feed and demanding the blood of law enforcement personnel.  Today, they are calling for a Day of Rage to cause chaos in cities across America. Jihadists across the globe are manufacturing new and more gruesome ways to murder multitudes of innocent people.  The world is dark, and evil has invaded.  It is not enough to pray only when tragedy strikes; we must be willing to pray always. This post is not just a call to prayer; it is a call to constant prayer! Let’s build a shield of prayer around those whose job it is to protect us. Let’s build a shield of prayer around those in the path of jihadists. And, let’s keep that shield strong through continued prayer and supplication.

Here are a few suggestions for you to consider:

1) Pray for every member of Law Enforcement in every town, city and rural area in the country (actually, in the world – I am sure police in Britain and France could use your prayers, too).  Ask God to protect them.

2) Pray for God to protect each and every member of the United States Armed Forces.

3) Pray for every neighborhood and community to be alert to the dangers and protect them from evil.

4) Pray for the families of Law Enforcement and Military personnel to be strong.

5) Pray for Citizens to be courageous in the face of evil and to be protected from harm.

6) Pray for godly leaders to stand up to the evil and commit to putting a stop to it.

7) Pray for God to soften the hearts of evildoers, so that they will see His Light. And, pray for justice to be done.

“You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in Your Word.”

(Psalm 119:114 NIV)

Dear Reader, please consider joining me in this journey to build a shield of prayer around those whose job it is to keep us safe and free. Consult Scripture for comfort and guidance, and pray continually for God’s protection. If you are so inclined, please share this post with others and think about sharing on your social media accounts. You could use #ShieldofPrayer to connect with others.  Also, be aware that you will be attacked on social media for your efforts. Unbelievers and hate-filled individuals of all sorts will berate you for your prayers – pray for them and then step away; don’t let them pull you into the muck and mire with them.

Finally, please study the words of Jesus in these few verses…

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the Name of God’s one and only son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”

(John 3:16-21 NIV)

May God give us the wisdom, strength and courage to build and maintain a shield of prayer to protect and shed Light on this dark and evil world.

Complacency is not an option.

Culture of Contempt

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Events of the last week in America are cause for great concern to the average citizen.  We have entered a time of violent chaos that only promises to get worse.  People are angry; some of them are justified, but most are not. Like a hoard of demons let loose from the abyss, the media manipulates the details and pushes the narrative in order to cause even more anarchy for the sake of ratings. It is ugly out there.

We live in a nation of Laws that are supposed to protect the citizens from an over-reaching government and from criminals.  That may seem a little too simplistic, but that is the foundation of a free society; protection from those who wish to do all manners of harm. The Constitution of the United States is our guarantee that government will not over-power our rights as citizens. The laws that stretch from town to town and state to state across the nation, based on the Ten Commandments – Don’t steal, don’t murder, don’t lie, etc., are there to protect society from individuals who don’t care about anybody’s rights, but their own, when they get caught breaking the law.  Justice is blind, but because the justice system is overseen by fallible men (and women), we have instances where innocent people are victimized over and over again, and where guilty people seem to glide right back into the muck and mire of their own criminal behavior. Because of political correctness and weakness, we have allowed criminal behavior to become pandemic throughout society.

When a mass shooting takes place, the liberal/socialist hyenas come out of the woodwork with their anti-gun, anti-Christian, anti-common sense rhetoric. They never, never focus on the true core of the matter, which is a heart filled with anger and hatred.  There may be a minute exception, but police officers do not go to work every day with a wish to shoot a criminal suspect; they know they might have to, but it is not in their hearts to want to.  Their training, their job and their purpose is to keep the community safe! They take an oath and they work hard to fight those whose sole purpose in life is to do harm.  Police officers help real victims of real crimes. And, when necessary, they are willing and able to use force. The criminal, on the other hand, has no purpose but to cause injury to others; whether it is by stealing stuff, selling drugs or shooting up a neighborhood. Criminals are not victims! In this country we are supposed to hold back on conviction until guilt is established – Innocent until proven guilty. We expect the Justice System to work (and most of the time it does). However, when the media jumps the gun and starts running stories and interviews that malign criminal investigations, it ruins the chance for a fair trial where evidence is submitted, witnesses give their testimony and juries deliberate the outcome.

Last week, two men were shot by police officers. The media got a hold of video from both shootings and ran with it. The circumstances surrounding the shootings, the evidence and the truth were all cast aside so media could feed a frenzy of racial tension across the nation. Never mind the facts when you can just throw a bunch of rubbish out there and get people riled up. The media’s malpractice prompted large groups of protesters that gathered in cities all over the country. They stopped traffic on Interstate Highways and city streets. They yelled and they made their demands for justice.  In Dallas, Texas, a man filled with hate and anger shot 11 officers, murdering 5 of them. Yes, 5 men who chose to protect their community were killed in cold blood by a guy filled with hate. The gun he used did not kill those fine police officers; the heart behind the trigger finger did.

When a nation ignores its own laws and allows criminals to take over neighborhoods, towns, legislatures, courts and the government, then that nation recedes into a lawless pit. When people hate police, teachers, Christians, Jews, whites, blacks or whomever they set their sights on, we have slipped into a culture of contempt. Citizens have the right to protest. They do not have the right to infringe on the rights of others (hindering transportation, destruction of public or private property, looting and murder).  If we are to have the kind of dialog it will take to even start to fix these problems, we must be willing to use force (if necessary) to stop the criminal behavior and promote unity within our own communities and neighborhoods.  Yes, criminals need to go to jail.

There is so much more to be said on this subject, but that should do it for now. It is not possible to reason with the unreasonable, so we must pray, and pray hard, for God to give relief in this storm.

Complacency is not an option.

Is America Done?

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It is a valid question; is America done? It is a question that has been asked a lot of times in our 240 year history. Every time we’ve been to war, suffered through an economic depression or endured decade’s long natural disasters, people have asked if America could survive. Well, we’re here, so I’d say the answer has always been, “no, we are not finished.” Yet.

Both parties’ presumptive nominees leave the stench of sulfur when they walk out of a room. Mrs. Clinton is as corrupt as any politician that has ever slithered on the face of the earth, and yet she gets away with crime after crime, because there is an insinuated fear among the mainstream media and other demoncrats that must bow down to the liberal/socialist queen of deleted email. The GOP has managed to bungle every chance they’ve had to present to the nation with a rational and worthy candidate.  There is no honor or dignity in a candidate that promotes hateful discourse and division among people who have long tried to fight for conservative, American excellence.  Both candidates are an abomination to what our Founding Fathers gave their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to build and defend.

Liberal/socialist activists of all sorts of size, color, gender (or whatever they call it now days), sexual orientation and generation have flooded America with all manners of deviance and perversion. They stand on street corners and demand that the rest of us bend to their will. Bakers, photographers and pharmacists who genuinely believe in Jesus Christ are being persecuted. Dressing rooms, locker rooms and bathrooms in public spaces are becoming places of fear. Our Military is demeaned, demoralized and left without the resources to defend our Nation.  And, throngs of millennial idiocrats cry and whine about not getting their way about everything.

What will America be 25 or 30 years from now? What will the older generation of that time do when the children they raised are all even whinier than they are? How will America survive without a hard-working, skilled and proficient labor force? How will they handle the lack of imagination and innovation that gives them all their toys to play with?  But, perhaps the biggest question: How will history record the chaos and mayhem our generation and the one before us have wrought on this country?

The current political storm along with moral and cultural rot should have us all seeking to find answers and solutions.  We know that the ills of socialism will kill any nation that it infects. We know that a despotic body calling itself a government of the people, like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, will only devour every bit of freedom it can get its teeth into. We know that tyrants who go unchecked will, indeed, keep feeding themselves power until the citizens are left oppressed and starved for their God-given rights. Is America done? The answer depends on our willingness to stand up to those who deny our Constitution and use everything they’ve got to persuade the ignorant masses to hand over their Freedom. It is up to us! Pure and simple! May God help us.

Complacency is not an option.

A Wildfire!

Smoke from the Dog Head Fire, June 15, 2016

Smoke from the Dog Head Fire, June 15, 2016

About noon on Tuesday (June 14, 2016), I left the house to go to the grocery store. As I turned out of my drive way I noticed a small plume of smoke to the south and wondered if there was a car on fire on the freeway. I didn’t think much about it and continued on my way to buy milk and bread. During the 10 mile journey to the grocery store, I did what I do every time I run errands; I listened to J.S Bach on the car stereo and enjoyed the scenery. I stopped at the huge-big-honking discount store to get some vitamins and paper towels, and then I drove to the grocery store for my food items. When I exited the grocery store, I noticed southern sky was filled with billowing clouds of smoke from a forest fire. It only took a couple of hours for a small fire to become a blazing inferno.

The fire is over 20 miles away, but the magnitude of it fills the view from my home.  On Wednesday, the fire went from a few hundred acres to a few thousand, burning its way through high-mountain terrain and toward small mountain communities. Smoke from the fire could be seen hundreds of miles away, and for those close by, the dense, thick smoke covered the sky.  Wednesday evening, as I watched the fire’s eerie glow from my dining room window, the political idiocy and issues of the day seemed insignificant (they aren’t, they just seemed it in the moment).  As the smoke-filled sky painted the moon a dark orange-red and obscured the view of the stars in the night sky, my petty worries gave way to a sense of wonder at how God can take something so ugly and still show His beauty.

As of this writing (1:30 a.m. Friday) the fire has scorched 16,000 acres, and it has taken at least 25 structures (homes and/or outbuildings).  We will not know the full extent of the damage for weeks. Tonight, people are staying in evacuation centers, not knowing if their family homes are still standing or not. The community has pulled together to help in any way they can; there are even evacuation areas for the livestock. People are heartbroken and worried. Some of those homes have belonged to the same families of many generations. Meanwhile, hundreds of firefighters and emergency personnel are out there doing their dead-level best to fight a raging monster.

When tragedy strikes, people have no choice but to get real about life. Families come together and communities support their neighbors. Little things that seemed important this morning are now a dim, distant memory. Right here and right now are the only things that truly matter. Whatever calamity happens will end and recovery will begin. People will work together to rebuild and heal. This is where a nation’s strength begins; in the individual, the family and the community.  For the better part of 200 years, America’s strength was in her people, not her government. In recent decades this country’s strength has not only diminished, but our core has atrophied and become almost completely disabled. We’ve lost the moral fortitude that comes from a strong family and community. We’ve gained a nation of selfish idolatry where people would rather spend time with their electronic gadgets than with their loved ones.

In our community tonight, people are concerned for each other; wondering what tomorrow will bring.  We are praying for the safety of those brave individuals who have gone to fight the flames; we are praying for families who may have lost a home; we are praying for those who have lost livestock and hoping against hope that the inferno will leave no casualties. We are focused tonight on what Americans should focus on every night (and every day); our families and our communities. When we put the most important things at the top of our list, everything else will fall into place.

May God give us His mercy.  May He heal our families, our communities and our nation.  Amen.

 

Another Wake-Up Call

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Yet another terrorist has succeeded in bringing chaos to America.  The liberal/socialist tools are shouting out against guns, Christians and pretty much anything else that they hate. Anything, that is, except the actual issue; jihadists.  There are at least 50 people dead and another 50 (or more) injured, because a radical jihadist who hated everybody, killed or maimed them.  Information will be coming in about this individual for days to come, but we already know that he had a history of making statements against people who do not believe as he did; his employer was afraid to do anything about him because they did not want to offend him; and his Dad is a terrorist sympathizer (all of this information can be found, look it up).

Every time a terrorist succeeds in a scheme to kill just one or many, people lose their bearing and start blaming anything and everything except the perpetrator of the act. The guns and bombs jihadists use are worthless until the trigger is pulled or the detonator activated.  It is the jihadist ideology that pushes jihadists to engage in acts of terror. They firmly believe that infidels must be eradicated. Who qualifies as an infidel? Everyone that is not one of them! Yes, they want to kill all of us. They don’t care if you are Christian, Jewish, atheist or whatever. They don’t care about your education, vocation or social status. They don’t care about your gender, age or race. At the core of their being is a rage-filled hatred that can only be quenched when they kill. Americans need to stop the pansy-ass political correctness rubbish and get real about the threat we face. If someone gets offended because they were profiled and deemed to be a threat, too bad.  Perhaps a lawsuit will cost money, but will it cost lives?  When people travel to known terrorist-supporting countries of their own accord, they need to be thoroughly vetted before being allowed back into America.  If somebody spouts off with jihadist talking points at work, that person needs to be locked up. If threats are made, they need to be met with force. Being tolerant doesn’t work when it comes to jihadists, because they just use that tolerance against their victims. Being proactive against terrorism is a much better way to deal with it than being reactive.

In 1984, Ronald Reagan used the phrase, “Its Morning in America”, in his presidential campaign.  He had a vision of citizens waking up after a long, complacent sleep and working toward securing freedom in all aspects of life.  How many wake-up calls does it take to get people to forget their idiotic, whining, temper-tantrum-throwing complacency?  We’ve been hitting the proverbial snooze button for decades. As we roll over and go back to sleep, the politically correct agenda has invaded our country like a swarm of vermin eating its way through our freedom and security. What does it take to stop it? The answer is simple; it takes us to stop it!

I will leave you with that thought for now, but know that if I sense you have dozed off again, I will start shouting even louder.

Complacency is not an option.