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How We Can Live as God’s People in Troubled Times. The faithful can help the nation, as divided as it is


waving flagAuthored by Wendy Murray | Updated 17 Feb 2017 at 6:58 AM

URL of the original posting site: http://www.lifezette.com/faithzette/how-we-live-as-gods-people-in-such-troubled-times/

Reflecting upon the current state of social discourse, I have come to believe that the greatest battle of our age is not, as one might suppose, the “war on terror,” meaning terrorists. I believe it is an invisible war inside human souls that carries its own element of terror.

This invisible war, as I am coming to see it, can be understood in the writings of Pascal (the Pensées), who describes the character of a person who has who set himself up as his own god: “He [or she] devotes all his attention to hiding his faults both from others and from himself. He conceives a mortal enmity against that truth which reproves him. He would annihilate it, but, unable to destroy it in its essence, he destroys it in so far as possible.”

This captures the essence of what is going off the boil in today’s public discourse generally, and particularly, as it shows itself by “progressives” on the Left and their repulsion of Donald J. Trump’s presidency. The shocking and exceedingly troubling incitement to violence and the raging intolerance is hardly progressive; it is rather quite regressive and, in some instances, barbaric.point-counterpoint


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There is no way to engage such disgorgement on intellectual or even logical grounds. These battles cannot be won on social media, nor arbitrated on late-night talk shows or (especially) cable news programs. In the best of all worlds, the battle might be met by each person, on all sides of the political spectrum, remembering God in a world that has forgotten him or deposed him.amen

The cynic responds: Good luck with that. Nevertheless, those of us who believe in God are not beholden to the cynics. We know God to be good, kind, generous, mysterious and — most vexing of all His attributes, unable to be fooled.

Related: Weaving Prayer into the Daily Grind

We live in a universe of players who live by cravings to be like God. “Each degree of good fortune that raises [them] in the world,” Pascal continues, “removes them farther from the truth, because they are afraid of wounding those whose affection is most useful and whose dislike is most dangerous.” The person or community that assumes the prerogatives of God or thinks to fool God encapsulates the greatest challenge of these times. This is especially true for those trying to navigate these difficult days as people of faith.men-love-darkness

God does not wag His finger, contrary to the popular belief of some — and we, as His emissaries, are wrong to wag ours. He is good at exhibiting patience and practicing persistence, organizing His movements in perfect synchrony that open us to act freely and at the same time draw us irresistibly away from self-deception. 

When I ask myself, What is the “truth” of our times that we, as God-bearers, are called to communicate — I come to see that the answer is quite simple: We must, like God, be good at exhibiting patience and practicing persistence. Beyond that, we (meaning humans) are well-served to remember that we are not God and it is best to leave His prerogatives to Him. (This includes determining who is or is not able to be used by God.) It is liberating if one can truly apprehend it.

Related: What Journalism Can Learn from Lady Justice

I draw consolation from the words of Saint Francis of Assisi: “Since you speak of peace, all the more so must you have it in your hearts. Let none be provoked to anger or scandal by you, but rather may they be drawn to peace and good will, to benignity and concord through your gentleness. We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.”

Ultimately, the challenge of our time is to impart this truth in a way that appropriately echoes God’s loving, aching heart.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Wendy Murray served as regional correspondent for TIME magazine in Honduras in the early 1990s, and later as associate editor and senior writer at Christianity Today. She is the author of 10 nonfiction books and a novel.

Today’s Politically INCORRECT Cartoon


waving flagDoes Size Matter?

We’ve heard much talk about crowd size Left vs Right and that the left’s crowd is larger. Could the reason be work ethic.

Crowd Size matter? / Political cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2017.

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Today’s Politically INCORRECT Cartoon


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Snowflakes protesting the inauguration of Donald Trump can’t handle reality and resort to throwing rocks and burning cars.

Inauguration Protest / Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2016.

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POLICE AND TRUMP WILL BE BLAMED FOR THE COMING RIOTS


waving flagPosted by WWW.CAUSES.COM

URL of the original posting site: https://www.causes.com/posts/979065-police-and-trump-will-be-blamed-for-the-coming-riots

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In the game of chess, your goal is to know the other person’s moves in advance.

PRAY FOR AMERICA’S POLICE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS OUR NATION I PRAY

That I’m wrong, but during, and after, both Political Conventions there will be major riots. race-baiters, anarchists, political radicals, and possibly, even some Islamic Terrorists and major news networks will use this period for complete mayhem and wave the flames of hate and division… Everyone and everything will be blamed, but the true sources of hate and evil…TRUMP, POLICE, Republican racism, the list will be long.

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Limbaugh Makes Beyond Chilling Prediction About The Left If Trump Wins: ‘We’re Gonna See…’


waving flagWritten by Russell Bartlett July 1, 2016

After several tumultuous years of destructive protests, the rise of activist groups like Black Lives Matter, and an increased intolerance of free speech in liberal bastions, at least one prominent pundit thinks America’s civil unrest could come to a head following the upcoming presidential election.

Speaking specifically about leftist efforts to reverse the United Kingdom’s recent vote to leave the European Union, Rush Limbaugh told his audience this week that he foresees a similar backlash — if not worse — to the election of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

And the left’s planning has already started, he said.

“Now, you are not a stranger,” Limbaugh told his listeners. “You know full well how the left goes crazy today protesting things, like in Ferguson, in Baltimore, take your pick, any event. Something goes wrong on a college campus and the media is right there. You add to this the Democrats losing the presidency in November, and my sense is that there isn’t gonna be any peace. There’s gonna be anger. There is going to be rage. There are gonna be lawsuits.”mob rule tyranny

Limbaugh predicted that if Trump wins the general election in November, there will be a stream of legal challenges and demands for vote recounts “no matter how close” the final vote is.

“No matter if it’s a landslide loss for Hillary Clinton, they just don’t put up with it,” the host continued, “and they’re certainly not gonna be of the mind to put up with it in November.”Mob Rule

The fact that Clinton is set to run against an especially divisive candidate in Trump, Limbaugh noted, is not the only reason Democrats will protest.

“Trump will be the icing on the cake,” he said. “It could be anybody. If Hillary Clinton loses, if the left, if the Democrats lose, it won’t matter so much who wins. It’s the fact that they’ve lost, they’re not gonna tolerate it. And there won’t be any condemnation of it.”

After suggesting the media would be complicit in promoting the narrative of those protesting a Trump win, Limbaugh went on to suggest efforts — or at least threats thereof — to nullify the election would spill from courtrooms into the street.

“Even before the election in November,” he said, “I don’t care what the polling data is, I don’t care if the race is supposedly close or not, the Drive-Bys, you’re gonna see it starting maybe a month before, you’re gonna see stories about all the planned riots if Trump wins.”

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They Are Putting Armed Guards On Food Trucks In Venezuela


waving flagWritten by Michael Snyder

We are watching what happens when the economy of a developed nation totally implodes.  Just a few years ago, Venezuela was the wealthiest nation in all of South America, and they still have more proven oil reserves than anyone else on the entire planet including Saudi Arabia.  But now people down there are so hungry and so desperate that some of them are actually hunting dogs, cats and pigeons for food.  Just a few days ago, I gave a talk down at Morningside during which I warned that someday we would see armed guards on food trucks in America.  After that talk was done, I went back up to my room and I came across a New York Times article which had been republished by MSN that explained that this exact thing is already happening down in Venezuela…

With delivery trucks under constant attack, the nation’s food is now transported under armed guard. Soldiers stand watch over bakeries. The police fire rubber bullets at desperate mobs storming grocery stores, pharmacies and butcher shops. A 4-year-old girl was shot to death as street gangs fought over food.

Venezuela is convulsing from hunger.

Hundreds of people here in the city of Cumaná, home to one of the region’s independence heroes, marched on a supermarket in recent days, screaming for food. They forced open a large metal gate and poured inside. They snatched water, flour, cornmeal, salt, sugar, potatoes, anything they could find, leaving behind only broken freezers and overturned shelves.

All over the country, people are standing in extremely long lines day after day hoping to get some food.  Sometimes the food trucks don’t bring anything, and sometimes it is just scraps like fish heads and rotten fruit.  To get a better idea of what life is like in Venezuela right now, just check out this YouTube video

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As people down in Venezuela get hungrier and hungrier, extreme desperation is setting in.  And with extreme desperation comes crime and violence

A 4-year-old girl, Britani Lara, was reportedly shot to death Tuesday in the Caracas suburb of Guatire as she stood in line with her mother outside a  government-owned Mercal grocery store.

El Nacional newspaper reported that gangs on motorcycles have fought over the right to control and distribute food at the Guatire store and that the gunfire may have been a result of  that dispute. Eight others were reportedly injured in the incident.

Violence also was reported at a food protest staged in front of a store in the city of Cariaco in central Sucre state, where 21-year-old Luis Fuentes was killed by a gunshot. Eleven others were wounded, according to El Nacional newspaper.

Could you imagine living in a nation where all this is going on?

Most Americans could not even conceive of such a thing.  But of course the truth is that up until just recently most Venezuelans could not either.  In fact, just a couple years ago Venezuela was one of the most prosperous nations in all of South America

Two years ago, Venezuela was a normal functioning nation, relatively speaking of course. It was by no means a free country, but the people still had a standard of living that was higher than most developing nations. Venezuelans could still afford the basic necessities of life, and a few luxuries too.

They could send their children to school and expect them to receive a reasonably good education, and they could go to the hospital and expect to be effectively treated with the same medical standards you’d find in a developed nation. They could go to the grocery store and buy whatever they needed, and basic government services like law enforcement and infrastructure maintenance worked fairly well. The system was far from perfect, but it worked for the most part.

There are all sorts of signs that the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted in the United States is starting to crumble as well.  If you follow End Of The American Dream on a regular basis, you know that I post articles about this theme all the time.  But today I just want to share one tidbit with you.  Reuters is reporting that the number of heroin users in this country has nearly tripled since 2003, and the number of heroin-related deaths is now about five times higher than it was in the year 2000…

A heroin “epidemic” is gripping the United States, where cheap supply has helped push the number of users to a 20-year high, increasing drug-related deaths, the United Nations said on Thursday.

According to the U.N.’s World Drug Report 2016, the number of heroin users in the United States reached around one million in 2014, almost three times as many as in 2003. Heroin-related deaths there have increased five-fold since 2000.

“There is really a huge epidemic (of) heroin in the U.S.,” said Angela Me, the chief researcher for the report which was released on Thursday.

Just like Venezuela, our society is rotting too.  As I have warned before, the exact same things that are happening down there right now are coming here too.

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On a side note, I would like to congratulate the British people for voting for independence from the European Union.  As I have been writing this article, the results have been coming in, and at this point it looks like victory is virtually assured for the “Leave” campaign.

I would have voted “Leave” myself if I lived in the United Kingdom, but let there be no doubt about what comes next.  Uncertainty and chaos are going to reign in European financial markets, and we have already seen the biggest one day drop in the history of the British pound.  There is going to be short-term economic and financial pain, but the people of the United Kingdom have done the right thing for their children and their grandchildren, and for that they are to be applauded.

Article reposted with permission from End of the American Dream

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About the Author Michael Snyder

Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years. Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog. Michael and his wife, Meranda, believe that a great awakening is coming and are working hard to help bring renewal to America. Michael is also the author of the book The Beginning Of The End
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Lisa Benson’s Contribution to Politically INCORRECT Humor


waving flagFrom the Pen of  Lisa BensonSaturday, April 30, 2016

URL of the original posting site: http://townhall.com/political-cartoons/2016/05/2

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

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