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Why we pray for our nation

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Why we pray for our nation

Every day, I briefly consider distancing myself from the world of politics. It’s ugly, as we all know, and oftentimes it seems futile to participate more than just casting my votes as an American citizen. Are the efforts I put into espousing a conservative ideology framed within a Biblical worldview really making any difference at all? Even as our reach grows, it seems the tide continues to turn on America with Washington DC increasingly turning towards leftist solutions.

Every day, I end up coming to the same conclusion: This fight must be fought by us even if it won’t be won by us. We are outmatched, but that doesn’t mean we give up. We must all continue to do our part by sharing the Gospel, increasing understanding of the Biblical worldview, and helping all around us to see the right direction to take. That means starting with ourselves, spreading to our families, communities, cities, states, and yes, our nation.

Prayer is a funny thing. I believe most Bible-believing people of the various Judeo-Christian faiths aren’t praying right. I often find myself ignoring the very basic precepts of the Bible by praying sheepishly. We’re sheep, after all, in more than one way. Some of us are sheep at home, doing only that which maintains a status quo for ourselves or our families. Some are sheep at work, herded from task to task in an endless cycle of repetitive motion. Most are political sheep who follow the edicts of our chosen tribe even when deep down we see the fallacies they present. But it’s when we sheepishly pray for blessings here and there that we miss the point.

Matthew 21:22 says:

And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

I’m not going to tell anyone how to pray. I’m still trying to learn how to properly pray. Simultaneously, I’m trying to remember to pray always. But one thing I know is that Americans often pray as if there’s not much to it. The verse preceding the one I just mentioned should tell us everything we need to know about the power of prayer. In Matthew 21:21, it says:

Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

Our nation is beset on all sides, but our greatest enemy lies within. These forces that are driving the nation away from the Bible, away from the common sense ideas that made us strong, and towards indefensible positions on multiple fronts are forces that cannot be defeated by posting articles, sharing videos, or ranting on Twitter. In fact, listening to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians might make us so aware of the strength mounted against us that we might want to give up.

Ephesians 6:12 is my favorite verse because it reminds me of why our challenges as a nation often seem insurmountable:

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

There is no doubt that forces in Washington DC and at every level of government are working overtime to subvert the faith of the nation and the incredibly prescient guidelines set forth by the Constitution. This, friends, is why we must pray for the nation. We cannot win this battle on our own.

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Dean Cain’s label of San Francisco’s new incarceration language is spot on

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Dean Cains label of San Franciscos new incarceration language is spot on

Actor Dean Cain is one of the few outspoken conservatives in Hollywood. The star of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman has taken plenty of heat for voicing support for President Trump and for calling out his progressive peers as they rant unhinged.

One of his latest critiques of leftism was in response to San Francisco’s plan to change official words that pertain to convicted felons and juvenile delinquents. In pure Bay Area-style, the city is planning on sanitizing certain phrases so as to not “further victimize” criminals.

Once we catch our breath after laughing at the way these progressives see criminals, reality sets in about how asinine – and potentially dangerous – it is to cater to the criminal aspects of society at the expense of law abiding citizens.

Here are some of the details of the proposal:

San Francisco to do away with terms like ‘convict’, will instead call them ‘formerly incarcerated person’

They recently passed a resolution containing “person first” language guidelines that all agencies and departments are urged to used.

For example, an offender will now be called a “formerly incarcerated person”, “justice-involved person”, or “returning resident.”

A juvenile delinquent will go by “young person with justice system involvement” or a “young person impacted by the juvenile justice system.”

How did San Francisco leaders find time to address this non-issue when homelessness has reached crisis-levels and their city is literally covered in human feces? Have voters become so engulfed in tribal allegiance that they can’t see the absurdity in front of their faces?

Cain’s reaction was short and perfect.

In George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, the nation of Oceania had adopted the official language of Newspeak, “a controlled language of restricted grammar and limited vocabulary, meant to limit the freedom of thought.” It’s both a partial precursor to and a necessity of socialism because freedom of thought allows deviations from authoritarian control. Whether the leaders of San Francisco know it or not, they’re building a version of Oceania right now.

As long as Americans stand by and elect leaders who are more interested in not offending criminals than solving the massive problems faced by law abiding American citizens, this lunacy will continue. San Francisco is dying.

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Omar, Tlaib silent after Nadler rebuke

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Omar Tlaib silenced after Nadler rebuke

Representative Jerry Nadler is one of the bad guys. He’s leading the charge to keep the House of Representatives focused on one thing: Taking down President Trump. But even bad guys do good things sometimes. His singular moment of clarity came yesterday when he rebuked Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar of “The Squad” fame for sharing an anti-Semitic cartoon on Twitter.

To keep things in perspective, this isn’t Nadler doing the right thing for the right reasons. His interest is in making sure focus remains on the President and he views his freshmen cohorts as distractions. And even in rebuking them, he did so by first insulting the President with a lie.

The President’s comments about American Jews being disloyal to Israel if they vote Democrat is not an anti-Semitic trope. In fact, it’s not a trope at all, but since it’s a word that’s often associated with anti-Semitism, Nadler felt the need to invoke it.

As for the cartoon Nadler referred to, it came from a nefarious source:

But the real news here isn’t that Nadler went after his own teammates. It’s that the didn’t respond. It’s obvious they’re aware of the rebuke, but both have focused on playing nice on Twitter and have not addressed Nadler at all, at least not in public. This is a departure from their modus operandi as they’re known for striking back at criticism regardless of the source. Invariably, they play the race card and characterize anyone who criticizes them as bigots attacking “women of color.”

Nadler is an older straight white male, which is to say he’s a prime target for the wrath of “The Squad.” Are they suddenly playing nice or are they biding their time? Perhaps they don’t want to draw attention to the rebuke. Whatever their reasoning for not hitting Nadler back, their silence is conspicuous.

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib were wrong to share the anti-Semitic trope and Nadler was right to rebuke them. But don’t cheer Nadler’s action too hard. His only concerns are how their bigotry reflects on his party and keeping attention on President Trump.

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Elizabeth Pipko: Democrats ‘supported one anti-Semitic comment after another’

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Elizabeth Pipko Democrats supported one anti-Semitic comment after another

Racism is real in America and there’s a push to attach it to President Trump. Anti-Semitism is among the hot topics being discussed by legacy media, especially after the President went after Jews living in America who vote Democrat.

Despite the left’s cries to make the GOP, President Trump, and all of his supporters seem like racists, the truth is starting to come out. Much of this is at the hands of “The Squad,” who ironically attempt to use the race card at every turn. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley have gone so far as to call others racist while demonstrating their own bigotry in the same sentences.

Jewish activist Elizabeth Pipko was part of a panel of Fox Nation discussing the recent press by Democrats to reverse the anti-Semitism narrative back onto President Trump. As their party seems to be pulling further and further away from supporting Israel while attaching to the much larger worldwide Muslim population, it’s becoming increasingly clear they are at a crossroads. Today, most Jews are Democrats, but as the party embraces anti-Semitism as their new normal, how long can that support continue?

As Pipko pointed out, politicians must either condemn or support a stance. Silence is viewed as acceptance, and as Democratic lawmakers are conspicuously silent on “The Squad’s” anti-Semitism, we must take this as their measure of supporting it.

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