A sad situation that reveals an even sadder mindset

I don’t know if you’ve heard the news (as of right now, the video on YouTube already has over 5 1/2 million views), but a very sad, bad and unfortunate situation played out over the weekend when a very young child fell into a lowland gorilla exhibit at a Cincinnati zoo. The boy’s encounter with the gorilla ultimately resulted in the gorilla being shot and killed, and the boy having to go to the hospital for, what some media outlets were calling, “non-life-threatening” injuries. And as of this morning, according to the stories of outrage now being directed toward the zoo and the parents, it seems as if another result of the situation will be that the family of this young child will have to go into protective custody!

The following are “some” of the “profanity-free” comments that can be read on YouTube. Now I want to say that I have no doubt that some of these “comments” are only being made because of the brashness, “boldness”, “bravery” and desire for attention that oft describes many comments made on websites. But that fact withstanding, I believe that some of the comments come from their maker’s heart and that they reflect a growing warped mindset concerning the western culture’s view of human life versus animal life. Look at what I mean:

  • The employee who killed the gorilla should be fired and sent to prison.
  • They should have let the gorilla kill the kid. There are around 200 left of them on the entire planet and nearly 7 billion people. We’re a disgusting species that ruined our natural ecosystem. Now we keep animals in cages for our entertainment. Shame on all of us.
  • They should’ve shot the child instead of the gorilla
  • Hmm there’s only a handful of gorillas in the world left. There’s millions of little boys, this should speak for itself.
  • Gorillas are endangered kids are not I think we know who should’ve been shot.
  • I still can’t believe the gorilla had to die over protection of a 3yr old
  • They shot an innocent, beautiful Silverback because of a BAD mother, how disgusting
  • If someone forced me out of my natural habitat to entertain people and these entertained people managed to fall… i would have done worse than this gorilla.

On and on the comments go. Now we see the mindset that leads to millions of government tax dollars going to child-aborting-production-line companies such as “Planned Parenthood” while “adults” elsewhere chain themselves to trees and freely give millions of dollars to companies that fight for animal lives. Now we see the mindset that leads to more tears being shed over the thought of an animal losing its life than the rivers of human blood that flows down America’s sewers because of “liberty”. Now we see the mindset that leads to legal action being taken against people who reveal the flippant attitude that Murder Inc. bosses have toward the dead body of a human fetus while the people who release footage of animals being killed on food-farms are lauded as heroes. Now we see the mindset that causes a sad situation to become something that reveals an even sadder mindset.

Is there room for discussion about vigilant parenting when it comes to this situation? No doubt. But I believe that there is now more room for discussion about the mindset that calls for “vigilante” justice because the life of a child was protected by taking the life of an animal.

Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are?” (Matthew 6:26 – NET)

#abortion, #animal-rights, #animals, #human-life, #mindset, #news, #values, #western-culture

Is that a boundary composed of walls?

So building a wall to establish national boundaries equates to one not being a Christian?

Well, maybe if Trump drew a map of America and Mexico and then labeled the wall as a divider of “state territory” in the legend then all would be well.

Eh, when it comes to settling the question, I guess it’s as Jorge himself said, when he was asked whether he thought he was being used as a political pawn, “I’ll leave that up to your judgment….”


#news, #politics, #vatican

We’re living in a spiritually blinded culture

We’re (and by we I mean everyone in the west, especially America) living in a spiritually blinded culture. And I didn’t say blind – I said blinded.

Now, when I say “blinded” I’m talking about a condition that leads to a rejection of one thing on the basis of it being too restrictive, and this rejection becomes detrimental to the extent that something else is accepted in its place despite the fact that the “something else” is far more (whatever the “more” may be) than what the original thing actual was.

The above is why I say that America is in a spiritual stupor that has been increasingly worsened by “liberal-minded” agendas which tout that the ways of Christianity are oppressive to women, that Christianity is too narrow in scope of spiritual freedom, that Christianity should not be promoted in any way within any levels of the public education system, and that Christianity is a scourge to any culture that seeks to broaden its “enlightened” ways of life.

To all of that I would say two things, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone…and it’s on its way out” and “There are none so blind as those who will not see”.

True righteousness has been rejected throughout all levels of American government for a plurality of immoral reasons. But, regardless of the reason, when a nation, any nation, has seen the light of God’s righteousness but, in spite or in apathy, still decides to determine what their own standard of righteousness will be, then blindness to God’s true light follows. No exceptions! For there truly is a difference in being blind and being blinded (John 9:40-41, 12:37-41).

For an example (one amongst the many that purvey the headlines every day) of the totality of what I’m saying here, all you have to do is look at what recently happened at Continue reading

#american-culture, #news, #religion, #spiritual-blindness

Consequences for good intentions?

A New York EMT was reprimanded and ultimately suspended without pay for … wait for it … trying to save the life of a child!

That’s right; an EMT was actually suspended for trying to save the life of a dying person. But how does Qwasi Reid view the consequences for his good intentions? He said, “I’d do it again. If I know there’s a child choking, I’m going to do my best to help her.

Consequences for doing good? Can it be? You better believe it! In this world, with its own version of rules and regulations, there will be times when good intentions do nothing but lead to bad results. Not because the intention is misinformed, misconstrued or even mishandled. But solely because the intent of the intention is good at its very nature.

I don’t know the spiritual condition of Mr. Qwasi Reid (he obviously understands what’s at the heart of being an EMT better than his employer) but I do know that this world of darkness will always look for ways to shun the light of God’s goodness, and nevertheless we’re called to still let our light shine.

Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.” (Philippians 2:14-16)

#christian-living, #doing-good, #news

A link to a video you’ve probably heard about

This young lady shows great composure while describing the interaction she had with her 7th grade (atheistic) teacher that basically gave her, and her class, an ultimatum: Deny that God is real or fail the assignment

After clicking on the picture’s link (which takes you to the school’s site), click on “Item 8 – Open Forum” to watch the original footage in full length.

#atheism, #link, #news, #video

Parental Guidance not suggested – it's necessary!

In one way or another you’ve probably seen or heard something about the riots in Baltimore. One of the most controversial elements to this sad situation is the number of school-aged children and young adults who participated in the destruction of the public and private property of individuals who had nothing to do with the situation that sparked the events. Seeing such involvement could make one ask, “Where in the world were the parents of these kids?” Were they out there chucking the rocks with them? Were they lied to when they asked their child where they were? Did they even care enough to ask, or check? Well I can’t answer those questions for every underage rioter (as if there is a proper age to riot) that was present, but according to one news story one mother took note and she took action!

The mother-and-child moment that was caught on camera led to this quote:

An individual mother-and-child incident like this one is the best way to get these violent groups to listen, according to ABC News contributor and former FBI agent Steve Gomez.

“If you get them separated, and you get their family member, someone they respect, to lay into them,” he said. “I don’t think that they’re going to listen to anybody other than their parents or someone in their family that they respect.”

Parental guidance suggested? No way! Life isn’t a movie. Parental guidance is necessary for any kid that society needs to grow up into a young and responsible adult. The kids that participated in the riot were old enough to know what they were doing; now whether they were taught to do better remains to be seen, and the answer to that relies solely upon the shoulders of the parents whose roof those kids live under. If kids don’t learn to respect their parents, they won’t have any respect, true respect, for the public in general. And it’s not the general public’s responsibility to teach a child to respect his or her parents – it’s the parents! Even if the general public and governmental authorities must follow through with the consequences. So the FBI agent is right, but only to the extent that the child even has an adult in their life that deserves, or better yet commands, the respect that is necessary to take a rioter’s rock out of their hand by putting the rod of discipline across their backside or upside their head, as was the case of the afore-mentioned mother.

I for one say good job mom! I don’t know you, but I know you loved your child enough to act, and I hope the lesson that you were trying to teach sinks in for your son’s and for society’s sake.

*as an editor’s note, let me add that I don’t necessarily endorse the language that was used in the video, but I do endorse a mother who decides to take action when their child is doing wrong

#baltimore-riots, #good-examples, #news, #parenting

Oh the things you see on the road

Have you heard about the nationally known rap star getting arrested on the Interstate in Tennessee? We (meaning my family) actually saw his bus parked at an old Interstate gas station. I suppose it was waiting for a new driver, or a piggyback ride to the impound station. We didn’t know it was his bus at the time, but you could tell it belonged to someone with more than five figures in the bank. After we heard about the story on social media and the local news, we knew who the bus belonged to.

That same day we saw something that you wouldn’t want to be on the wrong side of (see the picture with the shiny thing attached to its barrelAll Business and you’ll get why I’m saying what I’m saying). While the previously mentioned group “lived it up”, this group was spending the weekend working. I know it’s not Veteran’s Day, but thank you to all those who have honorably served America in the armed forces.

On the way home, again on the Interstate, I saw someone changing out a flat tire on the right shoulder of the road. Another car had already pulled over either to help or because they were traveling together; I couldn’t tell which it was…maybe both But the thing that stuck out to me about the situation was the number of vehicles that refused to get over while this guy changed the tire that was on his front driver side of the car. Do the math correctly and you’ll figure it out why that frustrated me – especially if you’ve felt the power of a passing vehicle on the Interstate while sitting on the shoulder. Either the people on the road weren’t paying attention and didn’t see him until they were up on him, or they just didn’t care.

The other day, while driving down the road (this time not on the Interstate) I saw a goat with a stick taped to his horns! If you have any experience with goats then you know why. If you can’t figure it out, ask and I’ll tell you why.

Have you ever thought about the number of stories in the Bible that center around things that happened while someone was on the road? Most people could probably think “The Good Samaritan” rather quickly, but there are actually several of them worth noting for the sake of the lesson that it teaches. Share the ones that come to your mind if you like.

Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.” (Matthew 22:9-10)

#armed-services, #bible-lessons-involving-roads, #country-wisdom, #news, #pictures