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David Hogg may find himself Bar-B-Q’ed in Memphis

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On Wednesday evening, one of the most recognizable and outspoken gun-control activists in the country, thanks to CNN, David Hogg, posted a message on Twitter indicating he would be heading to Memphis, TN to stage a protest against Federal Express.

Memphis, Tennessee is home to Federal Express Corporations.

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It is unclear why Hogg chose to post the address he did, as the company’s headquarters are located just off of Hacks Cross Rd, rather than Ridgeway.

David Hogg has, for months, been urging his followers to boycott the world-wide transport company. Federal Express Corporations offers discounted costs to customers whom belong to a variety of organizations, including the National Education Association and the National Rifle Association (NRA), among many others.

It is FedEx’s discounted cost offering to customers belonging to the National Rifle Association which has landed the company in Hogg’s crosshairs.

Hogg did not state when the protest would be held, but he indicated more information would be forthcoming.

In February, David Hogg appeared on MSNBC’s “AM Joy.” During his interview, Hogg exhorted FedEx to end its discount program for Americans belonging to the National Riffle Association.

Also during his interview, David Hogg claimed, erroneously, “The CEO is one of the biggest donors to the NRA, and we have to take care of them.”

Fred Smith, CEO and founder of Federal Express, is neither a member nor a financial contributor to the NRA. Back in February, spokesman Patrick Fitzgerald stated, unequivocally, that Mr. Smith “has never been a member of the NRA, nor has he ever contributed to the NRA … and his political contributions are a matter of public record.”

On February 26, 2018, in response to the David Hogg’s accusations, the company issued a statement which included the following:

FedEx is a common carrier under Federal law and therefore does not and will not deny service or discriminate against any legal entity regardless of their policy positions or political views.  The NRA is one of hundreds of organizations in our alliances/association Marketing program whose members receive discounted rates for FedEx shipping.  FedEx has never set or changed rates for any of our millions of customers around the world in response to their politics, beliefs or positions on issues.

Late Wednesday, after Hogg’s tweets, Federal Express Corporations issued a statement reiterating the company’s earlier statements:

FedEx is aware there are some continuing concerns related to the NRA, and we want to provide important, clarifying facts… the pricing program that is the focus of these concerns is not for the NRA itself – it is for American small businesses and consumers that are members of the association.

FedEx has also pointed out that UPS does in fact have a contract with the National Riffle Association.

David Hogg has not targeted UPS.

My Take:

This dude is about to become Memphis Bar-b-que!

When my father, who was a decorated USAF Captain, returned from Vietnam, he found himself, like many other veteran pilots of that time period, unemployable. He was 30-years-old, which, at that time, was considered too old for a new higher. My dad worked at a laundry mat until, by God’s divine intervention, he was introduced to Fred Smith, a guy who was just starting up a new company and needed pilots.

Fred Smith is also a Vietnam veteran.

Acquiring a position as a pilot entirely changed the trajectory of my family’s life. It was a genuine gift, a blessing.

We aren’t alone.

FedEx employs thousands of hardworking people in the Mid-South. You would be hard-pressed to find someone who wasn’t related to or friends of a FedEx employee. Thousands of families depend on this company for employment.

And… Most people don’t take kindly to others interfering in their jobs, their income.

Fred Smith and Federal Express have generously given back to our community, contributed millions of dollars for education and other charitable causes.

In fact, the FedEx St. Jude Classic, the PGA golf tournament benefiting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, kicks off next week. 2017’s purse was $6.4 million.

Federal Express Corporations has generously funded technology education through the University of Memphis’ FedEx Technology Institute, where students are trained in “data analytics, information security and testing, intermodal freight transportation, mobile sensors and quality data management” (Bizjournals.com).  Through a FedEx-University of Memphis Research Foundation partnership, students act as interns in a state of the art call center.

There are countless examples of the generosity FedEx has afforded schools across the country, such as here, here, and here.

Then, there is the matter of guns…

This is Memphis.

THIS IS MEMPHIS.

T-H-I-S  I-S  M-E-M-P-H-I-S!

There are thousands of bad guys with guns – especially illegally-obtained guns! In addition, our police force has been hemorrhaging officers for several years now.

Here, both Democrats and Republicans own guns: black, white, Hispanic, et al.

We may be a Democrat-driven area, but no one wants to be the chump who protects his home with flowers and sunshine.

We’d all love to have the bad guys’ guns taken away. We all cringe at the thought of any more babies losing their lives, whether by stray bullets or gangs or school shootings. Still, the fact remains, we live day-to-day knowing we must be equally armed in order to protect ourselves.

Gun-control isn’t very popular here. Sure, it has its cult following and we all know the criminals support disarming the law-abiding, but most people prefer to live in reality

So, in conclusion…

Federal Express won’t be the one getting skewered.

It will be David Hogg, himself, who will find himself on a hot burner.

He’d be wise not to live by such lofty expectations.

In Memphis, we aren’t so “high on the hogg,.”

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Acts 17:11 – ‘searched the scriptures daily’

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Acts 17:11 searched the scriptures daily

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. – Acts 17:11 (KJV)

We’ve talked before about doing daily Bible study, then we made sure to expand on what we were promoting by reminding people that Christianity itself should not be a task. Now, we’ll go to the source (as we should have done from the beginning) and point to scriptural backing that we are not only supposed to read the Bible, but to search it and use at as the ultimate reference.

This verse is often quoted out of contest. It points to the Bereans as true students of the Word. There are even ministries today who herald to the Bereans and continue in the works that were alluded to in this chapter. The reality is this: the Bereans were Jews who studied fervently and as a result they were easily converted to belief in Yeshua as the Messiah.

If there’s any one takeaway from this (other than the call to continuously study and find truth in the Bible by applying the teachings of the Bible itself), it’s that those who are the most steadfast in their studies, whether it’s of the Bible or of this world, are the ones who are easiest to bring to the truth. Christianity and all religions have gained an unfortunate label of being only for the “weak of mind” or gullible people. Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s not necessarily about intelligence. It’s about discernment. Those who see the world through the lens of common sense and an unbiased intellect are the most likely to come to the faith. They simply need a little Biblical worldview prompting.

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

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Matthew 2237 love the Lord thy God

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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