Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder


It maybe better stated that to whomever you are beholden shall be seen as beautiful.

“Never in my lifetime have I seen a law that is helping so many people be so vilified,” complained Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). “This is a huge success, this law.”

How successful? Well, a report released in time for ObamaCare‘s four-year anniversary Sunday indicates just the opposite.

The American Action Forum sums it up:

“After four years of implementation, countless delays, a website disaster, and constant litigation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) celebrates its inauspicious birthday this week,” the report said. “From a regulatory perspective, the law has imposed more than $27.2 billion in total private sector costs, $8 billion in unfunded state burdens, and more than 159 million paperwork hours on local governments and affected entities.”

“What’s more troubling, the law has generated just $2.6 billion in annualized benefits, compared to $6.8 billion in annualized costs,” it said. “In other words, the ACA has imposed 2.5 times more costs than it has produced in benefits.”

 

As is typical when liberals speak you have to listen with liberal ears and look with liberal eyes. Remember these folks do not think like normal, main-stream, American citizens do. You have to take into account from what perspective they are speaking and then what they say will make perfect sense.

In the liberal mind what is good for them and their ideology is considered good for all. And if it happens to harm conservatives in the process it is even better. So then using the liberal template and looking through the liberal tinted eyeglasses we can understand Ms Boxer’s statement this way:

The Affordable Care Act was never intended to save the average person money, it was designed to TAX the rich and give even more benefits to the poor. And by poor we mean those who support the liberal agenda. The fact that it is costing businesses money is a good thing to a liberal, since they think PROFITS are evil and corporations are pawns of Satan, therefore taking more money from them is a good thing.

The fact that the law only delivers a tiny benefit is also good because a good liberal knows that with any policy it is important that you never really SOLVE a problem because if you actually solved a problem there would be no more need for liberal policies, as such these programs are designed to dangle a carrot and keep the people chasing after a fix and demanding the government do more. This is DEFINITELY good news to a liberal. They want to control more and more of our lives and the bigger the government gets the more  control they have which also is a good thing to a liberal.

What liberals consider bad is liberty and freedom. They do not want you prospering as an individual, you must be rounded up into groups and then vilified and indoctrinated into the liberal way of doing things. This is what liberals call good.

So you see Barbara Boxer was actually telling the truth when she said the law is a HUGE SUCCESS! To a liberal it is. To real folks living in Realville, this law is a disaster, which again is good for a liberal because anything that is BAD FOR AMERICA is good for them.

Now you understand that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, and to the liberal the more who are beholden to them the better.

And that is the way I see it. What say you?

 

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But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31 (BBE)

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Self-Rule or Subjugation: It’s Your Choice


 

God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Genesis 1:28 HCSB


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Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson writing the Declaration of independence (1776) were all of British descent. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To “reign over” something is to have absolute authority and control over it. God has ultimate rule over the earth, and he exercises his authority with loving care. But he chose to share authority with mankind.

In the beginning God created man and placed him in a garden and commanded him to subdue it, to tend to it, and procreate. God gave man the power to rule his domain, to work and provide, and to take care of his responsibilities. Man was to be responsible to tend the earth, subdue his environment, and be responsible for the outcome of his choices.

Failure on Adam‘s part to control his environment well resulted in the serpent being free to beguile Eve which cost him his home. God drove him from the garden. By not subduing the serpent Adam relinquished his authority over his own domain to Satan.

Each time Israel refused to do things God’s way they ended up in bondage and servitude, driven from their own country and forced to labor for another. Sin causes us to lose our ability to self-govern and places us into bondage to whatever we subject ourselves to. Failure to recognize God ordained authority places us under the failed leadership of fallen man.

Where the spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. There can be no liberty without the Spirit of God. Without acknowledging God as our source and ultimate authority we can not retain self-rule. Our founders knew this and said as much.

in a speech to the military in 1798 warned his fellow countrymen stating, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams is a signer of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and our second President.


Benjamin RushSigner of the Declaration of Independence said. “[T]he only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be aid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.  Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind.”  

Noah Webster, author of the first American Speller and the first Dictionary said,  “[T]he Christian religion, in its purity, is the basis, or rather the source of all genuine freedom in government. . . . and I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of that religion have not a controlling influence.” 

Gouverneur MorrisPenman and Signer of the Constitution.  “[F]or avoiding the extremes of despotism or anarchy . . . the only ground of hope must be on the morals of the people. I believe that religion is the only solid base of morals and that morals are the only possible support of free governments. [T]herefore education should teach the precepts of religion and the duties of man towards God.”

Fisher Ames author of the final wording for the First Amendment wrote,  “[Why] should not the Bible regain the place it once held as a school book? Its morals are pure, its examples captivating and noble. The reverence for the Sacred Book that is thus early impressed lasts long; and probably if not impressed in infancy, never takes firm hold of the mind.” 

John JayOriginal Chief-Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court ,  “The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.”  

James WilsonSigner of the Constitution; U. S. Supreme Court Justice, “Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is divine. . . . Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other.”

Noah Webster, author of the first American Speller and the first Dictionary stated, “The moral principles and precepts contained in the scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. . . All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”

Robert WinthropSpeaker of the U. S. House,  “Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong-arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.”

George WashingtonGeneral of the Revolutionary Army, president of the Constitutional Convention, First President of the United States of America, Father of our nation,  “Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.” 

Benjamin FranklinSigner of the Declaration of Independence “[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

“Whereas true religion and good morals are the only solid foundations of public liberty and happiness . . . it is hereby earnestly recommended to the several States to take the most effectual measures for the encouragement thereof.” Continental Congress, 1778

God created man to rule but  man relinquished his authority to  satan and now America by turning her back on God is relinquishing self-rule for subjugation. By refusing to take authority and  personal responsibility, we reject God’s  way and opt instead for an inferior way.

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The Real Threat to Our National Security


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The hidden source of world domination has always been satanic by nature. The evil intentions of Satan was to dominate the world and make all men subject to his demonic rule. The ever growing animosity toward anything Christian in today’s America is an real sign of the spiritual war being waged against our nation’s soul. Antisemitism is another sign of the spirit of anti-Christ in the world.

Be careful and be fully aware of the powers at work in our society. The efforts of fallen man to remove any mention of Christ from our society is a sure sign of Satan’s evil intentions on world domination.

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Pouring Salt in Our Wounds


“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. Matt 5:13 (NKJV)

This past week tragedy struck outside a Safeway grocery store in Tucson Arizona killing 6 and wounding 13. A lone gunman, Jared Lee Loughner, with a long history of disturbing behavior opened fire on a political rally hosted by

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who police said was the gunman’s first target. Much has been written about the motives and causation of this tragic event. Many were quick to cite Sarah Palin and conservative talk-show hosts as the catalyst that ignited Jared’s shooting spree. Although no link could be found to ‘conservative ideology’ that did not stop the commentators from continuing the story line. The media was incessant in their attempts to give Jared an out, a reason for his heinous act. They desperately wanted to find a link between Jared and Sarah Palin, yet none could be found. Could it be that the heart of Jared was simply wicked? Was there anyone to blame other than Jared? Were their cries for help? I believe there were many but our “politically correct” society prevented Jared from getting the help he most desperately needed. A change of heart.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? Jer 17:9 (NKJV)

In an article published at crosswalk.com Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan wrote in his commentary about this incident:

“The human heart is desperately sinful and capable of despicable sins. Of course, no one commends the crime, but few are willing to condemn the criminal either. In such a world we are no longer moral beings with the propensity for great acts of righteousness and great acts of evil. We are instead, at least when we are bad, the mere product of our circumstances, our society, our upbringing, our biochemistry, or our hurts. The triumph of the therapeutic is nearly complete.”

 

In his book The Death of Satan: How Americans Have Lost Their Sense of Evil by Andrew Delbanco. we read

A gulf has opened up in our culture between the visibility of evil and the intellectual resources available for coping with it. Never before have images of horror been so widely disseminated and so appalling-from organized death camps to children starving in famines that might have been averted. Rarely does a week go by without newspaper and television accounts of teenagers performing contract killings for a few dollars, women murdered on the street for their purses or their furs, young men shot in the head for the keys to their jeep-and these are only the domestic bulletins…

The repertoire of evil has never been richer. Yet never have our responses been so weak. We have no language for connecting our inner lives with the horrors that pass before our eyes in the outer world…

In our disenchanted world, one respected historian has recently remarked (and here he is perfectly representative) that mass murderers like Hitler and Stalin require us “judiciously [to] distinguish mental disorders that incapacitate from streaks of disorder that should not diminish responsibility.” This distinction would be meaningless to the scores of millions who died at their hands. What does it mean to say that the inventor of the concentration camps, or of the Gulag, was subject to a “disorder?” What does it mean to call these monsters mentally disordered, and to engage in scholastic debate over whether their brand of madness vitiates their responsibility? Why can we no longer call them evil? (3-4).

Kevin continues his commentary with these words:

“The world, and to a large extent the church, has lost the ability to speak in moral categories. We have preferences instead of character. We have values instead of virtue. We have no God of holiness, and we have no Satan. We have break-downs, crack-ups, psychoses,maladjustments, and inner turmoil. But we do not have repugnant evil as the Bible has it. And this loss makes the world a more dangerous place.”

With all the commentaries written this past week about the Tucsan shooter, the silence from the church was deafening. In one report a Catholic Bishop was quoted as saying:

“I wish I knew the answer. “But as the world continues to seek an answer to that question, we can, each in our own way, strive to respect others, speak with civility, try to understand one another and to find healthy ways to resolve our conflicts.”

Face it my friends, there is evil in the world because there is a real devil. The bible says Satan roams around seeking souls to devour and to spread death and destruction, to the individual as well as society (1 Peter 5:8). God loves; and Satan hates everything God loves.

In our politically correct society sin is no longer permitted to be called sin, evil must be explained away, and the secularist religion requires the removal of all judgments of any kind. The secularist sees the world as evolving and men as gods, while the Christian sees the world as fallen and in desperate need of a savior.

Where has the salt gone? Is there anyone left to stand in the gap? If not us then who is going to speak the truth? Who is left to “pour salt in the wounds” of society?

In our quest to get along we have been silenced by the thought police and our vocabulary has been corrupted by the PC society in which we live. We are no longer acting as the preserving agents. I am afraid we have lost our saltiness and therefore been reduced to worthlessness in a hurting dying world. Pouring salt in wounds stings a bit but it promotes faster healing.

Where does one go to find the saltiness needed to preserve moral order if the church has lost it? What hope does the world have if the preservative loses its power to preserve? Think about it!

eagle_feather_icon.gifAnd that is this week’s tail feather

But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31Open Link in New Window (BBE)

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God’s Standard Bearers


 

…When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.Isaiah 59:19 (NKJV)

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They have been much maligned by the mainstream press. They are hated and vilified by ‘liberal’ activists and politicians. They are considered illegitimate by some but their presence can be seen and their influence felt none-the-less. To conservatives and people of faith however, the tea-party movement represents nothing less than a mighty move of God upon the hearts of his people.

–“We wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness. We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes….For our transgressions are multiplied before Thee, and our sins testify against us….In transgressing and lying against the Lord and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. And judgment is turned away backward and justice standeth afar off: for Truth is fallen in the street and equity cannot enter. Yea. Truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil is accounted mad” (Isaiah 59:9-15, see margin of v. 15). Nevertheless when Satan has brought in a flood of lying errors and lawlessness has become ascendant, the Spirit of God intervenes and thwarts Satan’s vile purpose.

The solemn verses quoted above accurately describe the awful conditions in Israel under the reign of Ahab and his heathen consort Jezebel. Because of their multiplied transgressions, God had given up the people to blindness and darkness and a spirit of falsehood and madness possessed their hearts. In consequence, Truth was fallen in the street-ruthlessly trampled underfoot by the masses. Idolatry had become the State religion: the worship of Baal was the order of the day: wickedness was rampant on every side. The Enemy had indeed come in like a flood, and it looked as though there was no barrier left which could stem its devastating effects. Then it was that the Spirit of the Lord lifted up a standard against him, making public demonstration that the God of Israel was highly displeased with the sins of the people, and would now visit their iniquities upon them. That heavenly standard was raised aloft by the hand of Elijah.

 

God has never left Himself without witnesses on earth. In the very darkest seasons of human history the Lord has raised up and maintained a testimony for Himself. Neither persecution nor corruption could entirely destroy it. In the days of the antediluvians, when the earth was filled with violence and all flesh had corrupted His way, Jehovah had an Enoch and a Noah to act as His mouthpieces. When the Hebrews were reduced to abject slavery in Egypt, the Most High sent forth Moses and Aaron as His ambassadors, and at every subsequent period in their history one Prophet after another was sent to them.

So also has it been throughout the whole course of Christendom: in the days of Nero, in the time of Charlemagne, and even in the dark ages-despite the incessant opposition of the Papacy-the Lamp of Truth was never extinguished. And so it is today the Tea-party has arisen as a standard against this evil tide that has come upon us. Be sure to stand with the tea-party and help reclaim America. Vote for God and country Tuesday Nov 2nd 2010.

And that is this week’s tail feather.

But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31Open Link in New Window (BBE)


Along for the journey

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