October is now history, November, now reigning; Good bye October! And November, welcome To the throne! Gratitude to you October, For you were good, Though you brought heat Into the house; At times, scorching heat; We hope your successor Will do better for us; Don’t burn us, November; Give us normal temperature; We aren’t ready For any more burning heat. Again, welcome November! Welcome, new month!
This is June; We are in June; Did you know that? The month of June; The mid-year month; When half the year Is gone; And half the year Is on the move; To mighty December; June; Ahead of July; Between the start, And the end; How the days fly! Soon, it will be Year’s end; And a New Year will come. We welcome you, June. Bring us nice things.
When did you come, January?
That you will soon be gone?
I thought you would live long,
But here you are on your way;
And to stay for 11 months
Before one can see you again;
Anyway, you accomplished
You did your duty;
You took good care
And despite everything,
We are alive and kicking;
I want to let you know
That I appreciate all that
Till we meet again
In a year’s time,
It’s thank you
And bye from all of us
To all of you, dear January.
I want to thank my older brother for the outstanding message in today’s blog. In all of my writings, only twice have I found myself in a quandary of perplexing thoughts. Once was an incident which occurred when I arrived home from work and my wife was in a dialog with the “First Lady.” She wanted to speak to me, and for once, I was at a total loss for words. Today is the second time someone dealt me an inspiration where more questions than answers came to mind – so what time is it? We are now in the year 2019 of our Lord, but is this time based on the minute Christ was born?
Non-believers try to address different calendar clocks, but
I merely ask as you look at your watches, what
timeframe was it before Christ was born? The answer is B.C., which means “Before
Christ.” Today, it is A.D. “in the year of our Lord.” So, how in the world can
you possibly not believe in God? As explicit as this dating system is to
everyone, I’m perplexed because the time on our watches today are based on the
original point of origin, or life, created by Christ’s existence. Why are some
still doubting there is a God?
Though the B.C./A.D. system was not implemented until
many centuries after Jesus’s death, its purpose was to make the life and times of
Jesus Christ the dividing point of world history. It is quite ironic… while
doing research on the development of our calendars, I found articles with these
details from other religious beliefs:
The Islamic calendar designates 622 A.D. as year 1 because of a holy
journey Prophet Mohammed made in that age
In Buddhism, their God, Buddha, died over 400
years before Christ was born.
Upon analyzing the statements above, do you see other religions have important events timed on the birth of Christ?? Even scientists, who desperately try to disprove a God, base their findings on the B.C./A.D. system. How can one question our Lord’s supremacy? There is no doubt the birth of a Savior was significant enough to develop it into a time system!
So, the bigger question is, are you now worried about your relationship with the Lord? Maybe some will be! We all need to take a closer look at where we stand with Christ for he is real and alive. Life is ticking down on our watches every single day. He is coming again, whether you choose to believe it, and it will be in His timing – not according to our time schedule!
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Monday, January 21, 2019, was America’s official date for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The day has obtained the lofty national status of a three-day holiday, despite the fact that King’s actual birth date is January 15th, 1929.
In consideration of the day, I am indulging in a bit of a thought experiment. Consider what it might be like today if MLK Jr. had not been assassinated that April of 1968?
The State of 1968
Clearly, this thought experiment cannot claim certainty. At best it is a guess, but it is based on experience, evidence, and education, so it is a credible guess.
Experientially, I am old enough to remember watching King’s rallies on TV when I was a child. In 1968, when Dr. King was killed, I was in what was known as Junior High School at the time.
That act affected me profoundly. In fact, it was the first time I remember thinking that evil truly existed in the world.
There were multiple riots and demonstrations in large cities around the nation after the assassination. Many black people (and many whites as well) had seen in Dr. King a new hope for real equality and improved race relations.
For many, King had represented the promise of a better life for African-Americans. But with his death, that hope seemed to have died, too. Black leaders like Floyd McKissick, director of the Congress of Racial Equality, tried to come to terms with King’s death and its meaning for the broader civil rights movement. “Nonviolence is a dead philosophy and it was not the black people that killed it,” he told a reporter from the New York Times the night of the assassination. “It was the white people that killed nonviolence and white racists at that.”
The racial divide which King had helped begin to close between blacks and whites started to reopen upon his death in 1968. The subsequent rioting was widespread but short-lived as law enforcement cracked down and thousands of National Guard troops were called upon to quell the violence.
50 Years of Race Relations Since MLK Jr.’s Death
How have racial relations progressed in the intervening five decades since King’s passing? It depends on what kind of “progress” one is talking about.
Economically, blacks are doing better today than ever before. Under the Trump administration, black unemployment has reached its lowest level ever recorded.
The place of African-Americans in American society is also higher than ever before. In every conceivable area, blacks have attained the highest possible offices, including a two-term president.
In other ways, it might be said the plight of blacks in America is dire. The most ignored of these, especially by the mainstream Leftmedia, is the plague of violent crime among blacks in the inner city.
Data shows that 93 percent of homicide victims are killed by other blacks.
The reason for this lack of media or political interest is frankly racist. It is because this is predominantly black-on-black crime, which does not advance the Leftist narrative.
How about actual relationships between blacks and whites in everyday life? That is harder to gauge with statistics.
On the one hand, in terms of business, entertainment, and the culture at large America has become almost fully integrated. Blacks and whites work and live and relate with each other in most places quite amicably.
On the other hand, there are some areas where integration is not seen as often as might be expected in 2019. One such arena where integration never really caught on in America has been the Christian churches.
Segregation in churches today is of a different kind than in Dr. King’s time. Then it was a forced kind; while now it is a chosen segregation by both blacks and whites alike.
Whether or not this fact is a good thing could be debatable. As a former clergy who happens to have white pigment, I do not believe segregated churches are a good thing at all.
If Dr. King had Lived?
Two factors must be understood at this point in the experiment. First, the historical summary presented above is woefully simplistic.
Secondly, this is not an effort to put words in Dr. King’s mouth. I am not asking what he would say if he were resurrected today, as some are wont to do.
Instead, I am speculating what might have happened if Martin Luther King Jr. had survived the assassination. What if the shooter had missed or perhaps had not hit a vital area?
In fact, what if Dr. King had lived to the present day? That is not out of the question as he would have been 90 years old now.
How would things be different today in that light? For one thing, he would likely still be held in high esteem by most everyone.
However, I do not believe we would have a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday if he was still alive. It is usually after someone’s passing that holidays created in their honor come about.
Another facet of reality which might be very different is the politics of race. It wouldn’t exist, at least not in the virulent manner it does today.
The political party makeup in America would be much different as well. In Dr. King’s day, it was mainly the Republican party that promoted civil rights for black people.
In fact, all of the overtly racist laws in the ‘Jim Crow’ south were passed and lauded by Democrats. King’s primary opposition came from Democrats as his efforts were aimed at those kinds of laws and policies.
The violence that Dr. King and his fellow marchers faced also came from Democrats like the infamous Bull Connor. He was the overtly racist public safety commissioner in Birmingham, Alabama.
In 1963, Connor had the police use dogs and water cannons turned on peaceful civil rights protestors in Birmingham. Video of that action went out on TV news nationwide and the outrage helped passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
If Dr. King had survived, it is unlikely that Republicans would be perceived as racists today. It is incomprehensible that men such as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas would be vilified as he currently is by the Left.
Perhaps had Dr. King survived the inner city crime situation might be less violent for minorities in particular. Hopefully, his non-violent methods and Christian faith would have taken greater hold in that community.
What About the Church?
Many facets of life in America and worldwide concerning race relations would undoubtedly be significantly different if King had lived.
However, I wonder how different the makeup of the churches would be today. Would Sunday morning still qualify as the “most segregated hour in America?”
Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister as well as being a civil rights activist. When he was arrested and jailed in 1963 during the civil rights demonstrations in Birmingham, he wrote what became his most significant statement up to that time.
It became a small book with the innocuous title “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” In it King defended the philosophy of non-violent protest and challenged the concerns publicly expressed by other religious leaders against him and his presence there.
This document inspired the civil rights community and produced one of King’s most noted quotes,
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
The direct challenge to the churches of 1963 was effective. If King had survived, how might he have challenged the churches through the 70s and beyond?
I tend to believe that one thing is likely. Some of King’s associates who have continued to today would not have been as influential as they ultimately have become.
For example, it is doubtful fellow Reverend Jesse Jackson would have emerged from a living King’s shadow to have prospered with his ‘Rainbow Coalition.’ I doubt Dr. King would have approved of activities such as these.
Jackson’s “Rainbow Coalition” raked it in for decades, threating businesses with boycotts and implicit violence if they did not enrich him or his organizations…
My hope is that at least in the churches, MLK Jr.’s living influence as a minister would have brought church congregations to a more integrated state today. We might just have learned better the real meaning of equality in God’s eyes and learn from each other how better to worship Him together.
And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:9-10 [ESV]
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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One of the certainties of 2018 was that it was difficult to be certain about what was coming next. Political and cultural turmoil seemed the norm during the past year.
From the midst of the raging pace of outrage for 2018, there has emerged some disturbing trends which will linger into 2019. Their potential is perilous to the very existence of human liberty.
Here are eight of the most disturbing trends entering 2019.
1. The Transgender ‘rights’ Train Picks up Speed
The speed at which so-called transgender ‘rights’ has gained support is astonishing…and very disturbing. In less than six years transgenderism has gone from a psychological disorder to a legal right in nations such as Canada.
This began back when Bruce Jenner became Caitlyn Jenner and claimed to be a female. It is now at the point where a male ‘transitioning’ to female was entered into the 2018Miss Universe pageant.
However, this ‘movement’ is most threating to children. As I have written before, transgender advocates are engaging in child abuse.
The latest example of such child abuse featured an 11-year-old boy dressed as a provocative female dancing in front of adult gay men.
The obvious question which ran through the article and comments was this. What if this had been a pre-teen girl dancing for men?
Would there be an exhibition of leftist ‘moral’ outrage in that case? Why is it different for gay men and an 11-year-old boy?
Transgenderism has led to both physical and psychological child abuse in 2018. It is very disturbing that the Left is promoting it into 2019.
2. The Swing Toward Socialism
One of the fruits of the 2018 midterm elections in America was the success of the ‘democratic socialist’ movement. The current star of the movement is newly-elected N.Y. Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Ocasio-Cortez has been a controversial and revealing figure even before assuming office. Conservatives can be grateful for that.
Grateful because at least the demands of the Left are being exposed for all. This is a portion of her list from the campaign of 2018.
Medicare for all – medicine, vision, dental & mental health care
Universal Jobs Guarantee – serve our communities with living wages
Fully Funded Public Schools and Universities – plus taxing Wall Street to support tuition-free public universities and trade schools
Paid Family and Sick Leave – giving everyone the right to choose care
Housing as a Human Right – safe, secure, habitable, & affordable homes
Justice System Reform – end the War on Drugs, demilitarize our police, and abolish for-profit incarceration
Immigration Justice – protect DREAMers & TPS recipients, simplify the paths to citizenship and abolish ICE
Infrastructural Overhaul – invest in 100% renewable green industry..
The price tag for these goodies has been estimated at a whopping 40 trillion dollars. That would lead to the collapse of the American economy, as Socialism has done in Venezuela.
Socialism is the same poison everywhere it has been tried. Sooner or later, it will kill the liberty of any land.
3. The Leftmedia’s Hatred Is Unabated
The first piece posted on TIL Journal called out CNN over its absence of journalistic ethics especially concerning covering President Trump. CNN has epitomized Leftmedia hatred for all things Trump.
There are multiple Leftmedia outlets which echoed the enmity of the CNN, MSNBCs, and NY Times etc. in 2018. Here is a recent example from NBC of a false story broadcast out of fury toward Trump.
On Christmas Day, NBC News published what can only be described as a hit piece, scorning the president for ignoring American troops during the holidays. “Trump becomes first president since 2002 not to visit troops at Christmastime,” that outlet’s scolding headline declared… “By staying home on Tuesday, Trump became the first president since 2002 who didn’t visit military personnel around Christmastime,” NBC declared in its article.
NBC decided that since their “sources” had not heard about a visit, there wouldn’t be one. However, the “news” story turned out to be all story and no news.
This disturbing trend will continue in 2019 and in fact, will increase in intensity. There are serious problems with this reality for journalism and for liberty as well.
Journalism is the carrier of truth in current events. If that carrier is so bias that the truth is not being carried, liberty itself is threatened.
4. The Immigration Invasion Situation
This disturbing trend is the most immediately serious problem facing America and many other nations around the world. During the last few months, the immigration invasion gained sharper focus from the Left.
One reason for this is the Obama administration’s invitation to anyone from Mexico to South America to come to America illegally combined with their ‘catch and release’ policy. Simply said, that meant that anyone crossing the border illegally would be first ‘caught’ by law enforcement and then ‘released’ upon promising to show up for a court hearing concerning their case.
Since over 90% did not show up for court, their cases were never adjudicated. Then these illegal aliens would disappear from legal authority and could live anywhere in America.
The second factor behind the new immigration invasion is purely partisan.
The Left is pushing this trend because it gives them an automatic voting block which they can count on. Which is also why the Leftist social media machine is desperately trying to stop any criticism and honest reporting about this crisis on the border.
This leads to the next disturbing trend as 2019 approaches. That is the all-out assault by the Left on the right of free speech.
5. The Leftist Assault on Free Speech
This trend has the potential to be the most damaging of all for Western society. Leftist groups associated with Antifa began this with violent protests on the Berkeley campus against conservative speakers.
The annihilation of anyone who disagrees with them is the purpose of this leftist activist group. Here is a quote from a reporter’s Twitter feed who covered the latest Portland event.
Andy C. Ngo
I was assaulted by a mob of masked individuals in black. They also targeted my equipment. They called me a fascist & Islamophobe. They said my parents & grandparents would be ashamed of me. It feels surreal to be treated this way by people who don’t even know me.
By the way, Andy Ngo associates with the Left’s point of view. He is also Asian and gay so you would think lefties would at least leave him alone.
This trend has grown and evolved into personal attacks on social media. Combined with ‘doxing,’ leftist platforms suspend certain accounts on the basis of political affiliation.
This is simply another form of violence aimed at silencing opposition voices. This past year saw executives from Twitter, Facebook and Google testify before congressional committees about censorship of political views from conservatives.
Those testimonies were held for a good reason. All three of those social media giants have been credibly accused of censorship against conservative voices.
6. The Militant Muslim Machine Marches On
This threat has been escalating worldwide for years. 2018 has seen the threat advance through both physical and political intimidation and violence worldwide.
A recent example comes from the continent of Africa. It is the attempted murder of a 12-year-old child by Muslims in Uganda.
Sleeping on a hospital bed at Budaka Health Center in eastern Uganda, 12-year-old Emmanuel Nyaiti writhed in pain as he explained how Muslim extremists attacked him for refusing to convert to Islam. …Emmanuel was walking home from his grandmother’s house when four men ambushed him and spirited him to a cassava plantation, where they tortured him and attempted to strangle him. One was named Ali and another was Abdul, he said. They wound up leaving him for dead. “Ali convinced me to convert and become a Muslim, but I declined. They started pushing me on the ground threatening to kill me if I don’t accept Islam,” he said. “One of the attackers hit me with a sharp object on my neck, and I became unconscious. I remember them saying they have killed me.”
This is but one of millions of such stories in Africa alone. This is from a list of Islamic terror attacks worldwide in just the 30 days from November 28 to December 27, 2018.
During this time period, there were 99 Islamic attacks in 24 countries, in which 556 people were killed and 523 injured.
Moreover, the Muslim invasion has come to political power all over Western society. London has a Muslim mayor, first elected in 2016.
An imam of Vienna’s As-Sunnah mosque has called to establish an Islamic State and wants to introduce Sharia Law on Austrian territory. “Last month a Muslim party leader called for the introduction of an Islamic State in Belgium as well.” Islamic supremacists have become more emboldened as a result of Western kowtowing to Muslim groups,
7. The Social Activism of the Leftist Church Continues
It is not an exaggeration to state that every socio-political issue favored by the Left was also advocated by one or more of the so-called main-stream ‘Christian’ churches during 2018.
There are three issues in particular left-leaning churches decided to take up the standard for in 2018. These were in favor of abortion on demand, illegal immigration, and LGBT ‘civil rights.’
These are simply against the teachings of God’s Word, period. One sterling example of support for LGBT comes from the Episcopal Church in America.
The Episcopal Church has garnered a lot of attention, but with the help of organizations such as Integrity USA, the church has continued its work toward full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Episcopalians. In 2003, the first openly gay bishop was consecrated; in 2009, General Convention resolved that God’s call is open to all; in 2012, a provisional rite of blessing for same-gender relationships was authorized, and discrimination against transgender persons in the ordination process was officially prohibited; and in 2015, the canons of the church were changed to make the rite of marriage available to all people, regardless of gender.
8. The Hostile Political Arena Will Get Worse
As 2019 approaches there is one fact that virtually everyone will agree upon. The political air, not just in America but in much of the globe, will very likely get worse in the coming year.
The leftist political rage has spilled over into everyday life as a routine and daily event. The old atmosphere which allowed a separation of politics and private life has been almost completely burned away by leftist fury at President Trump.
Here is one very recent example involving a purple heart triple amputee attempting to raise money to build a border wall. In normal circumstances, attacking this man and his family on a personal basis would be unacceptable.
Deranged leftists have been sending triple-amputee veteran Brian Kolfage mountains of abuse after he was trashed by the Daily Beast, Jimmy Kimmel, Alyssa Milano and other high-profile liberals. The hate mail provided to the Gateway Pundit contains appalling statements such as people asking if his brain was “amputated too,” calling him a “handicapped bitch,” telling him to commit suicide, wishing harm upon his children and mocking him for having lost his limbs while fighting for this nation.
Nor is the hate-filled rhetoric exclusive to border wall issues. Remember the ugly conduct of the Left during the Kavanaugh hearings.
Next time we will look at the most hopeful trends heading into the new year.
They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together who are makers of idols. Isaiah 45:16 KJV
Sources: The Holy Bible, King James Version, Public Domain
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