May 11, 2016
What's On My Mind Today ....
The immigrant issue (both national and global) continues to be polarizing -- Can we get an honest assessment? I know there is no easy answer, and our nation has prospered because we have benefitted from past generations of immigrants. And I welcome those from foreign lands who want to better themselves by becoming part of America. But, really ... Don't we have to be concerned that we might be importing terrorists to our shores? Is anybody minding the store?
And our educational system -- from kindergarten through our universities -- is becoming more and more about propaganda and distorting history than it is about teaching our kids how to think for themselves and stand on their own two feet. An education used to be considered a privilege, in the sense that it was a rare opportunity to better yourself and gain valuable knowledge that would benefit your community. You worked hard for that privilege and acknowledged the sacrifices made by your family to give you that opportunity. As we move further towards Socialism, education is now considered "a right", and you are owed it, at no expense of your own. I guess I'm just old-fashioned, but I worked to pay for my college education, and at the end of that hard-fought four years, I felt I had "earned" something. I never took it for granted, and maybe that's the difference.
Then there is my outright bewilderment and concern over the "rights" of transgenders to use the public restroom of their choice. Add to that the U. S. Department of Justice's ridiculous argument that North Carolina's House Bill 2 (which is a law aimed to protect the general public from sexual predators in bathrooms) is in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. How have we come this far, so fast, in the culture wars, that the government can force us to share a restroom with someone we can't sexually identify with? And does anyone else foresee the possibility that forcing little girls, teenage girls, and grown women to share a restroom with anyone who claims to "identify" as a female will result in a pedophile's playground? What has happened to common sense and decency?
And lest you think that I am exaggerating about where all this could lead, let me tell you a quick story about Richard Hernandez, a male-to-female transgender woman who prefers the pronoun “it”, and says it believes it was born not only the wrong sex, but also the wrong species, and has been undergoing human-to-dragon transition procedures to fix the problem. You read that correctly ... “Eva Tiamat Baphomet Medusa,” has already had a whole slew of transformative work done: Tooth extraction, eye coloring, horn implants, ear removal (!), nose modification and a procedure to give it a forked tongue. And that's not all ... it has also gotten tattoos and scarification on its face and chest to make it look like it has scales instead of human skin. Don't believe me? Just click here to see how far down the road towards perverseness this world is willing to go. (All you have to do is consider the names it has given itself to see who is behind this transformation).
All we need now is for the San Andreas or New Madrid Fault to rupture, or the volcanoes under Yellowstone Park to activate, and we can complete this picture of confusion and chaos. How do folks who don't have the hope of Jesus deal with all this? I guess they just don't see beyond the immediate objective or cause that affects them personally. Whether it be immigration rights, LGBT rights, women's rights, minority rights, or where the next handout is coming from, for more and more of my fellow citizens, it comes down to "what's in it for me?"
I must admit that I am glad I am part of the Baby Boomer generation. I have seen the best of America and enjoyed the benefits of some of the greatest inventions in the world. But I am old enough, and have seen enough, to discern that the future is taking us to places I don't want to go. I will tell you that I am deeply concerned about my nieces and nephews, who will have to navigate a society in which their freedoms will be curtailed and their faith will be persecuted. Fortunately, my godly husband and I still have some time to offer to them our knowledge and our experiences and the blessings of our relationship with the Lord. I want them to know the real history of their country, and that their individual freedoms are a treasured legacy of those who fought and died for them. I want them to always think for themselves, and never submit to "the collective". I want them to know there are absolutes when it comes to morality and justice; and mercy, honesty, and integrity are worthy character traits. And most of all, I want them to know that faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior is the most important thing to assure a peaceful and prosperous life.
I know this post has been a random hodgepodge of thoughts, but that's simply where I am today. It has been a day of quiet contemplation and rumination on what I see before me. While it may seem as if my thoughts have trended towards the negative side, never doubt that I know what my eternal future holds. My spirit keeps focused on that, but my flesh cannot ignore the turmoil in this world. I will remain steadfast in my outlook, committed to my purpose, and joyful at being in the presence of my loved ones. After all, I'm one more day closer to Paradise!
John 16:33 "I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."