Sunday, December 8, 2013
Nearly fifty years ago, a small child answered the doorbell in his parent's home. He opened the door and immediately recognized the old man standing there. They had never met prior to that day. They had never even laid eyes upon one another before that moment. Yet this child knew instinctively who the man was. He was an old gentleman who wore a tidy, grey suit and tie. He also wore heavy, thick framed glasses and was clean shaven. His hair was the color of snow, yet he stood his full height and carried a briefcase. He asked the child if his parents were home.
In the child's mind there was no doubt as to who this man was because the child knew who he was without a doubt. He was God. That knowledge was instant and certain. As certain as the child was aware of his own identity and he knew it as surely as he knew his mother and father with identical certainty. Many would question the "certainty" of knowledge within this child. After all, how could a child of about 3 or 4 know such a thing? The only answer that I can provide is that the child was an innocent.
He knew nothing of hate or greed. He knew not the pitfalls of pride or lust. He had no pre-conceived notions about how the world worked and why, and he knew nothing of guile or corruption. In short, the knowledge that had condemned man when Adam first tasted of the forbidden fruit was absent within his mind. As the child would grow, such knowledge would doom him as surely as it had doomed all men, but at that moment, he was relatively pure and looked upon the world with the eyes of innocence and through that lens he recognized God.
In the secular world such innocence is shunned as a detriment to living in the world of men because it marks you as easy prey for others. That has been the case for countless generations. But our children are different in that we seek to keep them as innocent as we can for as long as we can. It is why we pursue those who prey upon children with the full measure of our laws and with the righteous contempt of our society. Perhaps we subconsciously recognize that our children represent the last vestiges of our connection to the lost Garden of Eden before man disobeyed God for the first time. Perhaps it is because we are reminded of our own brief innocence during our childhood. It matters not. We recognize it as special in our children and we instinctively protect it as vigilantly as a she wolf protects her cubs.
To the question, "how could a child know such a thing?" I answer, how could an innocent child not know his Creator? Do you not know your parents? God has created us all in His image. He breathed life into the dust that he formed us out of and He watches over us and cares for us still. God has never turned his back on man and that child's experience proves it. If the Almighty took the time to visit an average American household on a winter's day in 1966, how can man say that God cares not for His children? There was much that was happening during that time.
Man was reaching out into space for the first time and seeking to visit the moon. There was a war in
and men were being drafted
to fight it. There was unrest on Vietnam 's streets and protests
against the war and hedonism had taken over the hippie movement. The fight for
civil rights was heating up. One would think that God had bigger fish to fry.
But such thinking is far too small. The Almighty is not merely the God of
nations or of peoples. He is the God of the individual and of the family. He
has an interest in us one and all. An interest so keen that even a child's
prayers are heard. America
All too often, we blame God for our own foibles. We ask how a benevolent and loving God could allow the horrors we witness upon the world's stage to happen? The answer to that is simple, man has free will. He always has and he always will. Such a thing allows for the perfect tension between the forces of good and evil where the decisions of man determine the outcome between right and wrong. If the balance shifts too far toward evil, then horrors and atrocities occur. The world is no more than a reflection of man's struggle within himself as he wrestles with his own conscience. That internal struggle is ultimately the struggle with temptation.
I know what you are thinking. Temptation is Lucifer's tool to lead good men astray and you are correct. But temptation is also a tool of good as well. As the world moves to one polar opposite or another, it becomes increasingly difficult to resist the temptation of that side. The balance within a man is identical, as Aristotle once observed in his Nicomachean Ethics. This is the essence of free will, it keeps the balance in check between good and evil by acting as a balancing mechanism. Without it, parity between the two opposites is lost and one side or the other would be forced to overcome the other side. As man is caught between these two opposing forces, it would not be difficult to imagine the result of that contest. The scriptures refer to that event as Armageddon. So what is left for man? The answer to that question is hope.
Man's greatest hope arrived with the Star of Bethlehem. Born in a manger, the King of Kings arrived to give man that hope. Christ would spare man the wages of his sins by offering up His own flesh as payment. The words, "for God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son" takes root with the birth of Christ. For the first time since Adam and Eve were cast from the Garden of Eden, man had true hope at long last. Thus Christmas is a celebration of that hope and of the love of God for His children. A love so great, that even Hell was harrowed to provide hope for the tortured souls therein.
Man's world had fallen far into sin and evil and the sacrifice required to restore the balance would be a heavy one. Therefore, there was no other way, but the Crucifixion and suffering of Christ to restore balance. One who had never known sin would be sacrificed so that humanity could be forgiven. Would a God who would willingly do that for man, turn his back upon His children today?
As you have likely suspected by now, I was the child I wrote of in the first paragraphs. Today, it seems more a dream than a memory. When God took His leave from my family, I asked my mother about Him. When I identified Him as the Almighty, she laughed and told me that He was just an insurance man and to go play. I have never doubted that I was right in my identification of Him. Even now, I am as certain as I was on that day so long ago. Why He came to our home and what He wanted to do there or to observe, I know not. Who can discern the motives or reasons of God?
What I do know is that God takes an active interest in His children. He has been active in the lives of men ever since we were created. The rub is that we just don't notice the vast majority of time, but is that really His fault or ours? We go at breakneck speed from here to there, we text and email, we surf the web, and we distract ourselves with a myriad other things to boot. I tell you now, the Lord is subtle. One must pay attention to see His hand at work in the world. If one pays attention, the evidence of His presence will be discernable and you will see that miracles still occur and that prayers are answered. You just have to observe and the presence of God will become evident to those with eyes to see.
If you do, you will take a step into a world where the extraordinary is not only possible, but frequently occurs. You will see that miracles still happen and that God is alive and well in our world. And you will also know the hope and joy of Christmas for what it really is and why we should keep it close to our heart. More importantly, you will understand why we should carry the spirit of Christmas within ourselves throughout the year. Christmas is a time of giving, of caring, of family, and most importantly of hope. Hope for ourselves and our neighbors. Hope that there is something far larger than ourselves in this world. Hope for our children and hope for the future.
Christmas is also a time of renewal. We renew the bonds of family and friends. We renew ourselves with the act of giving to others, and we renew our faith in God as we give praise to our Creator. Faith is a living thing, and it needs care and attention or it will wither and die. But it too, can be renewed should it come to that and that is a miracle in itself. The magic of Christmas lies not in what we receive or in the crass commercialization of the event, but in the gift that humanity received on that very first Christmas. A gift that is eternal and one that was given with great love by a caring God. We are not alone in this world and we are loved.
Merry Christmas my friends, and may the true spirit of the holidays live within you for all time!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
You may have noticed my blog has not been updated for a while now. I must confess that my health had been in decline and on 16 October, I suffered a heart attack. I was fortunate to have survived because at my age a heart attack is frequently fatal. The good news is that the damage to my heart wasn't as bad as it could have been. Therefore, I feel lucky on that issue.
As I monitor the news I find myself amazed at the events that transpire in the world. An incompetent in charge of the White House,
U.S. and Israeli relations souring, the
ridiculous deal cut with ,
and the list goes on and on. Perhaps sanity will one day return to our reality,
but until that day arrives we must live with our surrealistic version of
reality. I shall return to regularly posting next week. Iran
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Everybody has opinions. Heck, we bloggers have oodles of them, but when opinions are promoted as fact, that is when the society errs. In the case of George Zimmerman, the left has excoriated him despite his acting in accordance with the law. Frankly, I am surprised that the jury found him innocent. Not because I believe that he was guilty, but because in our PC world most of us don't make waves. We just go with the flow and do as we are told. The fact that George Zimmerman was found innocent proves that the soporific of the left has not achieved its purpose entirely.
I was once a use of force instructor and a police firearms instructor for more than a decade and a half. Watching the testimony delivered at trial proved, in my mind, that George Zimmerman was correct in his decision to use deadly force. I saw no elements of racial profiling in his decision making process and I saw no ill intent towards Martin prior to the engagement. He saw something that he thought was suspicious and he reported it to the police. Martin noticed Zimmerman following him and took offense, and he then took it out on Zimmerman telling him that he was going to die as he pounded his head against the pavement. Say what you will about Travon Martin, but the evidence is clear that he was a thug.
Race has entered into this case because it was injected by the news media and by the traditional race hucksters Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Chris "tingles" Mathews even apologized on behalf of the white race for our abuse of blacks in
because his white guilt
runs so deep. That in and of itself is a joke, in that the last great bastion
of racism in America
there exists the Democratic Party, of which Mathews is a member. Down here in
the South we call that window dressing. Folks window dress in order to give a
certain impression or to evoke certain thoughts in others, but that doesn't
mean that they actually believe what they are peddling. America
Then there are the Black Panthers who are calling for Zimmerman's blood because he managed to kill the black teen who was trying to murder him on the streets. The Black Panthers apparently take a rather dim view of a "white boy" escaping a black, would be murderer by killing the assailant. The tragedy in this is that the U.S. Justice Department ignores their activities and refuses to hold them criminally accountable for violations of Federal law, while Eric Holder searches feverishly for a reason to charge Zimmerman on civil rights violations. Not surprising given that the organs of government have been weaponized for selective use against political enemies.
Then there is the President of the
who has weighed in and said, "...I could have been Trayvon Martin."
Really? Thirty years ago you were a street thug? That explains a lot. He tossed
his dear old grandmother under the bus, he listened to a racist preacher's
sermons for decades, he began his political career in the home of two unrepentant
domestic terrorists, and judging by how he bows to every tyrant with a crown,
he likely would have dipped the American flag in honor of Adolf Hitler at the
1936 Olympics just like every other nation. Yeah, I'd call that a thug. United States of America
From arson, to violence, and vandalism the left has let the nation know that it is upset that a "white man," George Zimmerman, was let go because he followed the law. Wait, that isn't right either. Zimmerman isn't white. He is Hispanic and partly black. How did he become white all of the sudden? Because that was the narrative that the media wanted to play. I can easily imagine the following: editor at a major news outlet, "Zimmerman is a Latino? With a name like Zimmerman?! Screw it, we're going with white anyway to gin up the blacks." One female reporter at a black magazine even went so far as to declare the entire town where the shooting occurred nothing, but a cesspool of racial hatred and bigotry. She was so sincere in her beliefs that you could nearly hear the tears of rage in her piece. I am sorry, but the only racism that I could spot was the blatant racism of the author who was weeping for the criminal.
Our societal morals have eroded to the point that we allow the blatant support of racism to be perpetrated on the American public so long as it comes from an ethnic minority who applauds terms such as "creepy cracker," or from the left in general. In fact, I recall that Democratic Senator Byrd continued the use of the word "nigger" until he died. I don't recall any political blowback for his use of the word by the black community. How can you have a color blind society when you allow these pockets of social pus to exist and expand into the healthy tissues of society thereby spreading the corrupting infection? Are we not trying to change as a nation? But hatred has long been the trademark of the left and racism fits in perfectly with such an ideology.
The left has long harbored hatred and exclusivity as their trademarks. Only they are the oppressed, only they suffer, only they are the targets of a demanding society, only they sweat under the toils placed upon them by the rich, and on it goes. Who painted Joe Lieberman in black face? The left. Who uses the word "nigger" and can get away with it? The left. Who is allowed to diddle teen interns in the Oval Office restroom? The left. Who is allowed to send lewd texts and snap shots of their privates to random females across the internet while their shamed wife is lauded as a hero? The left. You don't hear a peep out of the NAACP or NOW about any of it because they are the slaves of the Democratic Party and they don't want "
on them for thinking for themselves. Massa
Then there is the anger at the courts for having the temerity of allowing the victim of black violence to escape. I am certain that everyone has witnessed several talking heads quiver with rage at the so called stupidity of the jury. They rail against
stand your ground law, but that law had absolutely nothing to do with Martin's
death. In fact, Florida
has had a "stand your ground" law since the days of the colony. There
is no duty placed upon a Virginian to retreat even a fraction of an inch in a
self defense case. This principle has been upheld in Virginia case law since the 1800's. Virginia Florida just enacted the same law that has always had and now, all of a
sudden, it is a big deal and it is wrong. Talk about crazy. Virginia
In the final analysis, George Zimmerman is not a racist. In fact, he his date to the High School Prom was black. He has mentored black children after the program was shut down and on his own dime. He has stood up for the black community when he believed that the police acted wrongly. How does any of that define a man who bears racism in his heart and had hatred toward Trayvon Martin merely for the color of his skin? He is a Latino and he was terrified on the night that he shot Travon Martin. He was terrified because he couldn't get this kid off of himself, the kid was bashing his head against the pavement, the kid was telling him that he was going to die, and George Zimmerman believed him. Once Zimmerman's belief in Martin's threats solidified, he pulled his weapon and shot his attacker. In the same place and under the same circumstances, I would have done the same.
Those are the facts and the left can piss and moan all they like, but they aren't going to change them. Bottom line is this, Trayvon Martin was a thug and in the end it killed him. No amount of leftist hand wringing is going to change that. No whiney, liberal tears of rage are going to change that. The entitled are angry that one of their victims escaped, the left is pissed off because the jury failed to follow the politically correct path. And the black community is pissed off because they stay that way courtesy of people like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
Even with a black President sitting in the White House, the black community still feels victimized. That is the most telling fact of them all. That fact alone speaks volumes about the black community. It means that the weight of the chains they feel about their necks, was forged by their own hands. Each link of the weight was another that they added themselves. The Republicans gave them their freedom and they couldn't stand on their own two feet and so they wore the yoke of continued slavery for the Democratic Party who keeps them tied to the plantation. Like the Muslims, they prefer to live in the past rather than to accept responsibility for their own future.
Having Democrat, like Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden, stand before a nearly all black audience and speak about how the Republicans want to keep "y'all down on the plantation" in a poor Southern accent, is a gut wrenching insult to the black community. Especially considering that it was their own party who sought to keep them enslaved in the first place and does so today by keeping them in a position of being dependent. A sad, sad, situation if ever there was one. All they need to do to be free is to awaken to the hypocrisy of it all and refuse to be a part of it any longer and they will shatter their chains.
George Zimmerman's case was never about justice. It was about politics, and politics cares not for the truth. It cares only for securing its position and maintaining power. In this respect, Zimmerman's fate was secondary to the politics and to justice. Fortunately for Zimmerman, he received justice instead of politics. Now all he has do is to dodge the bullet awaiting him from Eric Holder's office and survive the civil suit that will be brought against him and his long nightmare will finally be over.