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"Socialism is precisely the religion that must overwhelm Christianity. … In the new order, Socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches and the media by transforming the consciousness of society." Antonio Gramsci - Marxist - teacher of Saul Alinsky

08 November, 2008

Yet another job!

Did you ever have that moment when you were a kid and you went to a circus or zoo or theme park and thought, "If I was a grown-up I would LOVE to work here!"

I think that every time I walk into a music or gun store. Last week my buddy Brad, who is the manager of Midwest Guns, thought I was still unemployed and offered me a job at their new location on Grape road in the old Pep Boys building. My mind was racing with excitement and the thought of working around all of those wonderful firearms. Fortunately the responsible side of me took over, and with major disappointment, I informed him that I was already employed at Menard's. He asked me if I liked it, and I told him that for the most part I did. He gave me a tour of the new facility and I was amazed by what I saw. This was no gun store like I had ever seen. The display cases were cherry wood and there was luxurious carpet throughout the showroom. This place looked more like a high end jewelry store than a gun store. He then asked me if I would like to work part time and I just couldn't resist. He said I could work as much or as little as I want and offered me a nice wage. We shook hands and the deal was made. THIS is going to be awesome!

06 November, 2008

Goodbye Charlie

I had a dear brother go home to be with the Lord today. His name is Charlie. He was pretty quiet for the most part. Didn't say a whole lot, but then he didn't have to...

When he gave you that big smile through that salt and pepper beard of his, his eyes lit up at the same time. I can almost imagine that Jesus had those same eyes that lit up when someone said something funny, or when a child wanted to be picked up.

When he gave you one of his bear hugs, you knew you were loved. A hug made of black leather. I'll just bet that it would be the same way Jesus would give a hug. One of those hugs that ended with a reassuring pat on the back so that you knew he meant it and that he was really glad to see you.

When he listened, he listened intently, his eyes didn't wander, instead they looked deep into the soul as you pour out your heart. The look on his face was one of genuine compassion and caring. He didn't just say, "I'll pray for you brother", he did it...right then, right there. It wasn't just because it was the Christian thing to do, it was real... really, really, real.

He was a leader. Not the kind that you follow because you have to, but because you want to. You knew that wherever he led you, it would be a good place to be. He was the kind of leader that you could trust. Where ever he led you, you knew that God would be there waiting for you to arrive.

I can almost see him now, with a beard that was neatly and lovingly trimmed by his wife a few days ago, standing on an emerald street dressed in new leather embracing Jesus. I'm sure that Jesus built him a mansion with an attached garage for his new Harley. I hope that maybe someday we could even ride together again if heaven has motorcycles. If not, I'll just be content, when I see him again, to see his smile, feel his hug and smell the leather as he wecomes me home.

I'll miss you buddy, but I'll see you soon...I love you.

Thoughts about Christianity and Liberalism....

Isn't this what you've always wanted?
Isn't this how you've saw the view?
Careful what you wish for,It just might come true.
Isn't this what you've always pictured?
Isn't this what you plan to do?
Careful what you wish for,
It just might come true...

I've had a few of those moments in my life. What I wished for came around and knocked me flat.

I would like to address an issue that seems to be very prevalent at the moment. Is it possible for a Christian to be a Democrat? My answer would be, that, I suppose so, but my question would be WHY???? If we are truly to be an image of Jesus, why would we have the thought process of a Liberal? They have many issues that clearly undermine the values that Jesus teaches, but here are my 'Big Three."

Unfortunately, in my opinion, they have gotten sucked into the dangerous vortex of "compassionate politics." They genuinely have compassion for the down and out, and the have nots. Jesus did too. Where in the scriptures does it say that it is the government's duty to provide for the poor and needy? (hint: nowhere...) Who's job is it? The church...the band of believers that Christ put together to show the world His love. If that's the case, how did the government get involved to begin with? The church dropped the ball and somebody saw the opportunity to gain some political clout and power by pretending to be the caregiver of the poor and downtrodden. The only way for the government to have anything to give, is to take it forcibly from someone else who has earned it. Do the math, there are far more people who are not rich than those that are. You don't need to be rich to vote, so if you want to stay in power, pander to those who will keep you there! Promise them anything and give them everything and they will keep you in power. It's not about compassion at all...it's about power. Charles Barkley said that "for 50 years poor people have been voting Democrat and they are still poor." If the Dems actually brought people out of poverty, that would eliminate their voting base.

What about the issue of abortion? How can any thinking, caring, Christ-centered person possibly believe that Jesus would ever condone tearing a child out of his mothers womb and grinding them up in a garbage disposal? Is that really what He would want? I am certainly all about a mother's right to choose. There are choices available; Adoption, raising the child, and the biggest choice of all CHOOSE NOT TO HAVE SEX UNTIL YOU ARE MARRIED!!! I can't picture Jesus telling anyone that one of the choices would be to kill the baby.

How about the so-called "gay rights" issues? Gay rights? The Word is VERY clear on this issue, not once, but MANY times. You have people like Jay Bakker espousing the belief that it was all metaphorical, and that that's not REALLY what the Bible means. I have friends and relatives who are caught up in this lifestyle and I love them anyway, but make no mistake when I say that they should not be legislated any 'special' rights. God's word is clear that he designed sex to be expressed between a man and woman who are joined together in marriage.

As I stated above, there are many issues that the Liberal espouse, but for these three alone, I cannot understand why any Christ-centered person would embrace the Democratic party. I'm not saying that the Republicans have all of the answers either. In fact they have been a huge disappointment over the last few years as they have drifted away from the core values of less government, lower taxes, and fewer hand-outs. That's why I choose to call myself a Follower of Christ and a Conservative. Has a nice ring to it doesn't it?

02 November, 2008

What a LINE!!!!

OK, so I'm the guy that walks into a restaurant and when they tell me it's going to be a 10 minute wait, I'm ready to go to the next place. I just know that my wife cringes when she hears the hostess say, 'Just take this little vibrating thingy and when it goes nuts we'll have a table for you' because she knows I'll whine.

Well this afternoon I waited in a very LOOOONNNGGG line for 4 1/2 hours to cast my vote for McCain. Many thoughts went through my head as I stood there;
1) I wonder how many of these people are voting for the very first time just because they have been promised that they will get all of their needs met without having to work.
2)I wonder if these guys realize how ridiculous they look with those Bluetooth bugs crawling out of their ears.
3)I'm thankful to those that have gone on before me who have given their lives so that I can have the privilege of voting.
4) I wonder if this is going to even be worthwhile since ACORN has Donald Duck, Betty Boop, and Mickey Mouse registered in so many states.
5)MAN, I have to pee.

My truck was parked next to the line and the black couple behind me commented on my "VOTE FOR McCAIN, NOT FOR HUSSEIN" bumper sticker, by discussing the fact that the owner of that truck must be very uninformed. I couldn't resist telling them that the guy that owns that truck must be one of those "Angry white men clinging to God and their guns," that Obama was talking about a while back. Then I informed him that the aforementioned truck belonged to me.

I love this country and the opportunities it affords those who want to work and put forth the effort to succeed. It would break my heart to see us go the way of Socialisim and redistributing the wealth of those that have taken the risks, and worked hard to get where they are, and give it to those that have done nothing to earn it. This was never the intended job of the government as our forefathers founded it. This has always been, and continues to be the job of the church as Jesus founded it.

This has been a tough election for those Conservatives like me who have been forced to vote for the lesser if the evils. It is comforting to know though, that God is still on the throne and that HE is in charge. And in case you are wondering, yes, I am clinging both to God AND my guns. God bless our nation and the Biblical truths that we hold dear.