Legalizing the addiction makes it no less dangerous

The CDC reported its highest ever number of deadly drug overdoses in the United States for a twelve month period that ended in May, 2020 … over 81,000 people!

The Covid pandemic no doubt has had an affect on these numbers but, as the report acknowledges, the sad numbers were already on the increase before the full effect of the pandemic.

Continue reading

#culture, #drugs, #politics

If pork-barrels were as illegal to government as…

If pork-barrels were as illegal to government as pork-rinds were unclean to the Jews we would be better off.

Many politicians placate to the poor while feeding the rich; some even stubbornly wait until after elections to help in hopes of making others look bad or good depending upon your perspective. Take for example the latest “stimulus package” released by the American government – all nine-hundred-billion dollars of it! Mathematically spelled out that’s $900,000,000,000. And what will the average American get from this number? $600.

Now am I turning my nose up at $600? Absolutely not! But I will thumb my nose at anyone who thinks the politicians who held out support for regular people care anything about these regular people! I know people need help during this pandemic, but I also know that right now the rich are only getting richer and the powerful politicians care nothing about helping the common man. Know how? If this stimulus package was about helping the “common man” (instead of bailing out poorly run local governments and irresponsible fat-cat businesses) then more money would be given to the people instead of filling the coffers full of pork.

Do the math! What’s $900,000,000,000 divided by a nice round number of 300,000,000 people? See if that comes out anything close to $600! And be mindful that this is not the first time this is being done this year!

I am not an anarchist. The point I’m making has nothing to do with anarchy. I believe there are God-given responsibilities for governments and the leaders of whom it consists (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:17). I pray for our government as a Christian should (1 Timothy 2:1-4). But I also know you can’t dig your way out of a hole by making it deeper, and that respect of persons is no more beneficial in government than it is in religion.

The king establishes the land by justice,
But he who receives bribes overthrows it
.” (Proverbs 29:4 NKJV)

#politics #money #government

Two’s company, three’s a crowd

In a nationally televised debate last night, two US Senate candidates (immensely powerful people in the US government) for the state of Georgia addressed the topic of abortion. In regards to his position, the Baptist preacher in the debate said the following:

The question is: whose decision is it? And I happen to think that a patient’s room is too small a place for a woman, her doctor, and the U.S. Government. I think that’s too many people in the room,” (“Reverend” Raphael Warnock)

Amazing! Pro-choice due to the lack of square footage in the room? I wonder if this preacher believes there’s enough space for God to fit in the patient’s room? Or would three still be a crowd?

That’s what happens when you confuse morality with politics.

Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.” (Psalm 139:7-12 ESV)

#abortion #politics #morality

Why are governments so hostile toward Christianity?

From the second Psalm to the book of Revelation and numerous scriptures in between, the word of God recounts what history books readily concur – the governments of man easily and regularly become hostile toward the kingdom of God. But why?

Continue reading

#christianity, #politics

Democrats have a plan to win elections in 2018

This post isn’t as political as the title may suggest. This post is actually about morality.

“But your title uses the words ‘Democrats’ and ‘elections’, so how could that not be political?”, some may ask.

Good question. It’s because of what the “Democratic election” plan revolves around – funding pro-life candidates. And boy has it stirred up a hornet’s nest for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

The committee, out of its own mouth, wants to fund pro-life candidates (who go against the Democrat National Party Platform) not because they believe it’s the right thing to do morally, but because it’s the right thing to do politically!

If you think abortion is a political topic then you’ve stopped thinking. Go watch a video that shows the horror of a partial-birth-abortion. Think about the mental struggles many women live with after making the decision to abort the life of their child. Think about the illicit behavior that is encouraged across all demographics solely due to the mantra, “It’s our choice.” It’s pitiful.

Try to salve your conscience by playing with words all you want. The topic of abortion has never been, and never will be, about politics regardless of any political-party’s attempt to do so. The topic of abortion is a moral issue.

Perhaps the Democratic Party should stop thinking less about 2018 elections and more about eternity by viewing people as souls instead of animals. But that would be too moral, wouldn’t it?

#abortion, #morality, #politics

Hugh’s News & Views (Post-Election Reflections)

POST-ELECTION REFLECTIONS

Donald John Trump has stood the United States’ political establishment on its ear by being elected as the 45th President of our country. Trump, a New York City billionaire businessman, had never run for or held a political office of any kind. But he, of all the candidates in this year’s race for the White House—Republican, Democrat, or Independent—understood the times in which we are living and the mood of America. He “touched” and resonated with a broad and vital vein of political discontent running throughout the country and capitalized on it, resulting in his election to the highest office in the land. Continue reading

#hughfulford, #politics, #usa

US elects Trump as president. My reactions.

Some folks are calling the election for Trump. Amazing.

My reaction, two things.

I am grateful that Hillary Clinton will not be president of the United States of America.

I will pray that Donald Trump listens to good advisors, Prov 11.14.

#politics, #usa

Your opinion is wanted

House to House, Heart to Heart is taking an opinion poll on multiple issues affecting America that are most important to you.

This poll is being advertised in the latest issue of House to House, Heart to Heart.

Feel free to fill out the poll yourself, as well as share it with whomever you think would be interested.

opinion-poll

#america, #morality, #opinion-polls, #politics, #survey

FBI doesn’t know crime when it sees it

I wrote briefly about FBI Director Comey’s statement in which he declined to recommend criminal prosecution of Hillary Clinton over the private email server.

My main interest is about how Christians react to this announcement, now that the U.S. is no longer a country of laws. (In such a country, everyone is equally subject to the law of the land, regardless of their position. That is not now true of the U.S.) I gave three quick points on how Christians ought to react.

How do you as a Christian regard this decision? Does it portend the breakdown of justice in the U.S.? Or is it a mere blip on the greater scene? And how do you see the Christian’s role at this moment?

#USA #politics #world

Dolly’s coat of many colors obviously includes the rainbow flag

Due to several quotes that I was already familiar with, I’ve known for quite a while that Mrs. Parton’s “coat of many colors” included the rainbow flag of the warped sex pride movement. But here’s another story that makes her position (which is given under the almost guise of a non-position) quite clear when it came to her stance toward the “bigotry” of the North Carolina law that requires men to use the men’s bathroom and women to use the women’s bathroom…that sounds so hateful doesn’t it?

#celebrities, #homosexual-agenda, #politics, #sexual-immorality

Influence upstream

forest-stream

I’ve never read this quote from A. Breitbart, but then again, I’m not a voracious reader of political content:

Andrew Breitbart was fond of saying, “Politics is downstream from culture.”

It’s true. Brazilians say all the time that a people have the government they deserve. (It probably comes from some ancient Roman philosopher.) Government is a reflection of the values, beliefs, and standards of the society.

It’s always said in desperation, however, rather than hope.

But let us take it in a positive sense, as a motivator to action. Let us change the people, thereby changing the politics.

The author at the link above is right about where to invest our energies. Further, it is time to invest in faith, in evangelism, in building up the church of God, in making an impact in society through the proclamation of the gospel. Let us throw all we have into saving souls, and we may then see a change in society and in government.

The quotes above assume something of a static set of values. They do not take into account that the evil one constantly seeks to degrade them. So that many people in government and potential office-holders look for ways to concentrate power, create dependency, erode rights and responsibilities, undermine ethics and morality.

The battle is constant to preserve decency and faith. It is a battle with spiritual armaments, not military or political ones. That battle is best waged, not in politics itself, but upstream, among the people. Purify the source.

All else is bound to fail. You can’t push water.

#evangelism, #government, #politics

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

Details do matter. Just ask Jeb Bush.

Seems someone over at the (American 2016 Republican primary) Bush campaign made a boo-boo. Continue reading

#baptism, #corollaries, #details, #evangelism, #politics

Now I get the whole separation of church and state thing…or is it the other way around?

This song must be from the latest “Desperation Theopolitics” hymnal.

#politics, #satirical-commentary, #weird

Scripture, Thought and a Prayer on Political Haughtiness

Scripture: “Say to the king and to the queen mother, “Humble yourselves; sit down, for your rule shall collapse, the crown of your glory.”” (Jeremiah 13:18)

Thought: Politicians may enjoy playing games with political power, but many forget that their power is on loan (John 19:10-11). Those who lift themselves up through pride will fall, whether through internal political failure, external forces or mortality itself. From the book of Genesis right into the book of Revelation, the scriptures are replete with these examples that have been recorded not only for those who are reigned over but also for those who are reigning. The books of Judges, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Proverbs, Jeremiah and Daniel are so politically and governmental based that one must be blind with pride to not see it (I mean come one, there’s not hardly a book in the Bible that doesn’t say something to political leaders)…and when any politician becomes too blind see the handwriting on the wall, their crown of haughty glory will give way to a crown of lowly corrosion.

Prayer: Father, please be patient with our political leaders as you are with us. Help them to see your righteousness and to be willing to lead with the scepter of your son (Hebrews 1:8). Help us to set the proper example as your people as we lean upon your arm and trust in your providence. Strengthen those who stand for what’s right and help those who stand for the wrong to sit in humility before you so that political strife and haughtiness would give way to humility and rest.

#humility, #politics, #religion-and-politics, #scripture-thought-prayer