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Why Google is right, and you should be happy

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Conservatives should take yesterday’s firing by Google of its programmer James Damore as a needed wake-up call, but in more ways than one.

The incident is already being used as evidence of corporate political intolerance. Maybe it is. But that misses several other points, all of which are much more important.

First of all, I will second (or third) the sentiment expressed this morning by both our editor Steve Berman (in The Resurgent) and National Review’s David French, that businesses have the right to fire people without running afoul of the First Amendment.

That’s more important than you realize. Imagine what would happen if businesses could not fire employees for expressing sentiments to colleagues or to customers that were harmful, say, to the company’s bottom line.

What if you ran a business and discovered that some of your workers were outspoken Marxists? And what if the performance of those workers indicated they were subtly undermining or sabotaging performance? What then? Would you be able to fire them?

Or would their political leanings — overtly hostile to the success of your company — give them “safe harbor” from a pink slip?

Would you be forced to retain them?

And how would their hardworking colleagues respond? Can you imagine how destructive these hostile workers would be to morale?

There’s more. The Google story should remind us that oversharing is, for the most part, harmful and risky. We as a society have lost our sense of (and perhaps Millennials have never been taught) boundaries. The workplace is not our home, our co-workers are not our friends — indeed, they are competitors in the same sense as a reality show competition — and our employers are not surrogate parents.

Most of all, we need to learn and remember that we work as employees for the benefit of the employer, not the other way around. We can survive and many can prosper by aligning their interests with the corporate interest; once those interests diverge, the relationship is immediately endangered.

This is not heartless or cruel. It is economically optimal. It explains companies’ difficulties in employee retention.

As for workplace discourse, we must learn that work is not home. Not even if we spend most of our waking hours in the office.

Conservatives’ problems don’t stem only from corporate managments’ ideological rigidity or a prevailing pressure (not necessarily endorsed) to conform.

Primarily, these problems are self-induced. Conservatives and indeed all independent minded thinkers — classic liberals — must now add emotional maturity to the mix.

We must realize that the workplace is not a safe space. Not for anyone, really, but not for conservatives and not for those who wish to be open about their thoughts.

The problem, then, lies in our wrong approach to work. We have made the mistake of thinking that we are entitled to fairness, to the same treatment at work irrespective of politics.

But whether others are able to “get away with it” is to miss the point. Everyone is making the mistake of treating the office space like an extension of the friendly college campus or bar scene. It just isn’t.

In short, conservatives have joined progressives in becoming way, way too comfortable in environments where it isn’t merely inappropriate, but it threatens your paycheck.

Conservatives need to readjust their expectations, not because they’re persecuted right wingers, but because the workplace is the place to make money. Not to test out your debating skills or settle an old argument.

When conservatives grow up and accept reality, they’ll stop blaming the progressives for hostile work environments.

They’ll start owning their responsibilities.

They’ll become more focused on their jobs, their careers and their own ambitions.

They’ll become indifferent to what the progressives say, think or do.

And that’s when conservatives will get ahead.

Now there’s something that will drive the social justice activists nuts.

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Matthew 22:37 – ‘love the Lord thy God’

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Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. – Matthew 22:37 (KJV)

We’ve all heard this verse, but have we really contemplated it? This is a verse that sits in the middle of many different things happening. The Pharisees and Sadducees were questioning Him. His answers were profound and defining.

This important portion of this message is echoed three times: all. Love thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all they mind. This is the most important Commandment according to Yeshua.

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Scouts BSA: Proof that moral leadership matters in life

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Scouts BSA Proof that moral leadership matters in life

In the Age of Trump, where the Fellowship of the Pharisees and their so-called evangelical followers have given “God’s chosen president” a “mulligan” for his sexually immoral past in exchange for a seat at his table, the damage being done to the Gospel of Christ is obvious.

Another consequence of this kind of hypocrisy has been the destruction of moral leadership in nearly every area of American life. For example, let’s take a look at Scouts BSA, formerly known as the Boy Scouts of America.

In a report by NBC New York yesterday, we learned that nearly 8,000 adults are suspected of sexually abusing more than 12,000 children in the Boy Scouts over the years, and that these incidents have been kept secret according to victim’s rights attorney Jeff Anderson.

“For many, many years there’s been an excavation of what are called the ‘perversion files’—those are files held and hoarded at the Boy Scouts of America headquarters.

“Those ‘perversion files’ that they’ve had reflect that they have removed thousands of offenders of childhood sexual abuse over the years and they’ve kept that in files secretly.”

While the abuse appears to have been going on since the 1940s, recent decisions by the Boy Scouts created an environment that essentially guaranteed it would happen with greater frequency, thanks to the institution of LGBT-friendly changes to their leadership requirements.

In the summer of 2015, then-president of the Boy Scouts and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates abandoned the organization’s commitment to develop moral character by lifting the ban on homosexuals serving as leaders due to fears of possible lawsuits.

The lawsuit excuse was a lie as the Supreme Court had already upheld the BSA’s right to exclude homosexuals. In reality, Gates, the guy responsible for ending the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, simply wanted to open scouting to the LGBT community, regardless of any consequences. Moral considerations be damned.

Here’s an irony for you. Scouts BSA announced a few months ago it may go bankrupt due to the lawsuits over sexual abuse and declining membership. I guess Gates missed that one.

By the way, Scouts BSA also made a policy change in February 2017 to recognize children by their “gender identity,” and the reason Boy Scouts of America changed the name to Scouts BSA is because it’s now open to girls. How long will it be before we hear about a “straight” leader sexually molesting these new additions to the Boy Scouts?

In the end, however, it’s not an LGBT or straight issue; it’s a moral leadership issue. Unfortunately, morality no longer exists in the Boy Scouts because their first duty to God no longer exists, due in no small part to the rise of the lukewarm church and cheap grace theology.

Moral leadership matters in life; and in politics as well. But we’ll never see it again in America unless something changes in the heart of the church.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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Fasting facilitates changes

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Fasting facilitates changes

As strange as it may sound, the three words that I used to build the title of this article took a bit of thought. Believers in Yeshua look to fasting as a way to do many things and the topic is both extremely complicated and exceptionally simple. Those three little words, “fasting facilitates change,” were chosen very carefully.

It’s important to state up front that I’m not an expert on fasting. I’ve done it twice and I’m about to start again, so at least a little of this article is geared towards helping me to focus my own thoughts on the matter. Hopefully, it can be a blessing to you as well.

The reason that fasting is so important to modern day Christians is a little different than it was in the time before and during Yeshua’s walk on the earth. The presence of “the world” is so much stronger today in that western society has positioned Christianity and pretty much all religions as a pastime rather than a way of life. We are drawn to this world due to perceived financial obligations, an unbelievable availability of distractions, and a general sentiment that is pro-secularism and pro-humanism. As a result, our own walks with the Lord face worldly roadblocks… at least that’s the perception.

Let’s discuss what fasting is and isn’t.

What fasting is

I have done a little research. Not enough. Everything from here on out is not very scriptural nor is it purely doctrinal based upon the writings of experts.

We know that fasting was used in the Bible to deprive the body in a way that would allow a clearer connection with the soul and spirit. It’s like turning down the signal between the world and the body so that we can hear the other two signals better.

Our bodies need nourishment and depriving it of this nourishment allows for clarity of message. It is a powerful tool for change, one that I believe can have a similar but slightly different effect as prayer alone. In a way, it’s the humbling demonstration of physical weakness that allows us to be more in touch with the Holy Spirit.

We are a haughty people. Stiff necked. By allowing our bodies to enter into a state of weakness, it makes true supplication possible and allows our Father to work through us to purge ungodly spirits at work on us daily.

What fasting isn’t

I’ve read some about the psychological effects of fasting. It bordered on heresy because it focused on concepts like hallucinations, harnessing raw emotions, and spiritual enlightenment. I cannot say for certain since I have not experienced those things first hand but the descriptions certainly made it seem as if fasting was being used to allow the wrong spirits of disillusion and corruption go to work on us rather than the Holy Spirit.

This is not a vision quest. It’s not about looking in. This is about opening up through utter humility to let the Holy Spirit be our guide. Fasting with prayer to the Father in the name of the Son and supplication from a perspective of lowliness and humility are the things that allow a fast to work in us properly. Denying our bodies of food and drink will open us to many spirits. Prayer to the one true God is the only way to make sure it’s the right spirits that fill us through our physically weakened state.

Fasting is not casual. It’s not a diet. It’s not a status symbol or something that we should discuss with others unless absolutely necessary.

Fasting is you and the Holy Spirit on a personal journey to cleanse your own spirit and prepare it to do the work of the Father. Anything else added to it diminishes it.

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