Category Archives: America

What Can the Righteous Do?

Next month the USA will be celebrating its 246th birthday. Celebrate, however, is not a word right now that’s on our lips or in our hearts.

Since May 14th there have been three mass shootings that have made the news. The attack at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, NY that left 10 dead. The horrific attack on an elementary school in Uvalde, TX that took the lives of 19 little children and two teachers. Then yesterday an attack at a medical center that left 4 dead and many injured.

Furthermore, there is the obvious moral decline in America today that seems to be increasing at an alarming rate in the past two decades. There is an increase in various addictions, violent crime in our major cities, riots, suicide, and sexual and gender confusion. Continue reading

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What America Needs

During the past couple of days, I’ve been listening to politicians, political pundits, and experts from various fields discuss the “why” of the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas that snuffed out the lives of 19 innocent little children.

This occurred just 10 days after a gunman went on a shooting rampage at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, New York where 10 people were shot and killed whose only crime was going grocery shopping.

Why are there so many of these mass shootings in America? Continue reading

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The Rise and Roots of Crime

You don’t have to be a “news junkie” to know that crime in the United States is increasing.

Violent crime is especially on the rise according to FBI statistics. And not just in our major cities like Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. Even in our rural community of Citrus County our local newspaper, The Chronicle, reports murders, rapes, and armed robberies.

Recently President Biden met with New York Mayor Eric Adams to discuss the crime problem and proposals to reduce violent crime. Continue reading

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9/11 Remembrance and Reflection

As I sit in the early morning darkness, listening to the falling rain and drinking a cup of coffee, I’m contemplating what words of encouragement, exhortation or admonition I will send out on my blog today.

As I glance at my computer calendar it reads 9/9/2021. Suddenly my thoughts change.

Just two days until I leave for a meeting in Marion, Indiana, with still much to do.

Then it hit me. Continue reading

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Confusing Military Action With God’s Mission

For the past several weeks, and especially the past few days, the daily news cycle has been filled with stories and opinions about the American withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

Last week following the suicide bombing at Kabul airport, President Biden responded to the attack, honoring the slain soldiers by quoting a surprising, and very inappropriate Bible verse.

Here’s the context of the President’s remarks: Continue reading

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‘Sex over religion’: Legal scholars discuss America’s shifting religious freedom landscape

The above headline from The Christian Post caught my attention this morning.

CP contributor Emily Wood, reported on a recent virtual event hosted by the Religious Freedom Institute featuring legal experts in the area of religious freedom. The panel discussed the shifting religious landscape in the United States and voiced their concerns “about the impact of the nation’s increasing religious disaffiliation on the First Amendment” that has evolved over the past two decades. Continue reading

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#NotMyCaesar

“Politics have caused a vast divide in our country. Some Christians want to think that a president being elected by a suspicious or even illegal method means they need not recognize or honor him,” wrote Illinois gospel preacher David Diestelkamp in an article entitled #NotMyCaesar.

“Some conclude,” David continued, “that a president who is immoral, accepts the killing of babies (abortion), or condones the sexually deviant, is not ‘their president.’ And some are judging the validity of a presidency based on their perspective on law, rights, taxes, foreign policy, or free trade.” Continue reading

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A Chaplin’s Prayer for America

Barry Black is the 72-year-old Chaplin of the United States Senate. He was commissioned as a Navy Chaplin and holds the rank of Rear Admiral. Known for his colorful bow ties, he’s served as Senate Chaplin since he retired from the Navy in 2003.

In the early morning hours last Thursday, Black closed a joint session of Congress that had been marred by shocking, sickening and senseless violence with a powerful prayer. Delivered shortly after President-elect Biden’s victory was certified by lawmakers, it is said that “Mr. Black’s prayer cut through the chamber with force.”

In part, here’s Chaplin Black’s prayer for America. Continue reading

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9 Post-Election Things I Know

“Too Early To Call” was the news caption on key battleground states when I turned off the TV last night.

This morning I awoke to the same caption. Neither President Trump nor Joe Biden has captured enough delegates to truly claim victory. While each is obviously hopeful the outcome still hangs in the balance. It’s still undecided. We don’t know. And may not know for a few days.

The political pundits are perplexed over the unknown factors that have made this election the most unusual in American history. Even the experts don’t know how this is going to end. Continue reading

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Chaos or Calm?

While settling into my little corner in the Hampton Inn lobby to write today’s post, the lady working the front desk walked by and asked, “Are you ready for all the chaos that’s about to unfold today?”

I chuckled to myself. I already had decided to share a few thoughts about our attitudes and actions on this Presidential election day.

My new “friend” further opined that the chaos would not end today, predicting post-election problems, discord, and disorder. She may be right. Some businesses in downtown Indianapolis, as well as Washington, D.C., and a number of other major cities are boarding up their windows, fearing post-election riots, and looting. Continue reading

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