Hey, gals, want to avoid being raped? Put away that Lady Smith 38. No need for pepper spray. Self-defense classes? Not necessary. The solution is simple. The best defense against rape is to just cast away your “deeply troubling” Christianity and become a secularist slut.
So goes the advice of one Katie McDonough, Salon.com assistant editor, fertile fount of millennial wisdom and – well – and whatever else.
In an article published at Salon Feb. 20 titled, “The right’s warped ‘purity’ culture: 4 ways evangelical views of sex took over America,” Ms. McDonough provides an unvarnished glimpse into the profligate mind of the postmodern “progressive.” (Yes, you read that right. Purity is warped and biblical sexual morality has taken over America.)
In what amounts to little more than an anti-Christian hit piece on Patrick Henry College – or “God’s Harvard” as the evidently prone-position-prone journo pejoratively pokes – Ms. McDonough says that it’s time for American women to reject all those biblically imposed “gender complementarian” norms and do away with our “toxic purity culture” once and for all. (Because, just look around. That dang ol’ toxic purity is everywhere. What America really needs is more debauchery.)
The opening ceremony of each Olympics is a revealing window into the character and aspirations of the host country. China’s 2008 bigger, louder, longer spectacular left little of her hegemonic ambitions to the imagination; Britain’s 2012 descent into self-parody–from Shakespeare and Churchill to dancing nurses on government hospital beds and fake action heroes parachuting with figurehead monarchs–testified equally well to her flaccid quiescence. We can expect something along the Chinese line from Russia in a couple of weeks, but suppose Chicago had been successful in its bid to host the 2016 summer games. What would an opening ceremony in President Obama’s America (and hometown) look like?
Probably all too much like the British–another glimpse of the sun setting in the West: An opening dance number featuring Julia leading Pajama Boy around a cheery Organizing for Action office; an alternative lifestyles choir singing “We Are the World”; a video tribute to historic woman chiefs of state set to a mashup of Fleetwood Mac hits (ready for Hillary?); and, of course, a speech by the president himself as the better-than-fireworks grand finale–teleprompter, Greek columns, and all.
“Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.”
That the American regime, and American political culture with it, has changed is without question. But for those who yearn to recover some of the better aspects of the regime and culture that has passed us by, the question is: how?
I’m a Bible-believing Christian first, a conservative second and, sometimes, with rapidly dwindling frequency, a Republican third (but only when the Grand Old Party is behaving itself).
Although the GOP’s RINO establishment still controls its legislative reins, I’m mildly encouraged by some recent developments at the Republican National Committee (RNC) level. It seems that under the leadership of Chairman Reince Priebus, the party is moving – at least to some degree – back toward its historical conservative platform moorings.
It’s a popular refrain among “moderate” Republicans and libertine libertarians that the GOP “must give up the fight on ‘social issues’” (i.e., gun rights, religious freedom, protecting life and defending legitimate marriage and the natural family).
In clear violation of op-ed protocol, this week I’m suspending prose and having a little good, clean, limericky fun at liberals’ expense because – well, because they just make it so darn easy. (Warning: Some are bad and others worse. Side effects may include groaning, nausea, vomiting and involuntary eye-rolling.)
Here they are in no particular order. Happy New Year, and may God bless you in 2014! (Yes, you too, my liberal friends.)
There once was a fella named Phil,
With truisms liberals found shrill,
Though they cried for his head,
They got duck-slapped instead,
As old Phil just continues to chill.
New Years Day is a new beginning, an opportunity to start over. It is a chance to draw a line at the end of an old year and start fresh. It’s not that last year’s problems have gone away. We still have Barack Hussein Obama in the White House with Harry Reid and ineffective Republicans running congress. The problems they are creating will still with us in the new year… but that is all outside of each one of us. The new beginning is within each one of us, if will give it space.
In his book, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey’s tells us that public victories are invariably preceded by private, internal victories. Before we can change the world around us, we need to overcome ourselves. We need to master our own inertia. That is the bad habits such as watching television rather than taking real action, hesitancy to speak up, failure to seek necessary knowledge and all sorts of other behaviors that keep us from doing and being what we were created to be. Everyone of us who is not pleased with what we accomplished over the past year… whether it be in the personal, business or political sphere is most likely aware of one or more factors holding them back… if we are completely honest with ourselves.
God’s deliverance of the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage is the great recurring theme of the Old Testament. Time and again, God’s prophets would remind the Hebrews of this great deliverance. Moses, himself, recounted The Exodus with the children of Israel over and over again. Hear Moses:
“I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright.” (Lev. 26:13 KJV)
Make no mistake about it: it was a real deliverance. It was real bondage; real slavery; real tyranny; real whips; real chains; real beatings; and real death. And while there is certainly a spiritual correlation between the deliverance Christ extends to the soul and the deliverance of the children of Israel under Moses, let’s not forget that The Exodus recorded in the Old Testament book named after the event was a literal, physical, and, yes, political reality. Real men and women were taken out of real slavery and given real freedom. It was not merely spiritual freedom; it was physical and political freedom. Men and women didn’t just march out of Egypt in their hearts; they marched out of Egypt on their feet.
How? Simple. A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Well, the “thousand words” told by a single picture of Emmett Till were shocking beyond belief. They couldn’t be ignored or dismissed.
You see, Emmett Till was murdered in an exceptionally brutal fashion. His grossly disfigured body spoke volumes about the evil committed against him. Emmett’s mother, against convention, against the urgings of others, chose for Emmett an open-casket funeral. By making people see Emmett, not just hear about him in the obituaries, she galvanized a population against the horrific crime of lynching.
Is Chris Christie ready to face America’s immoral entitlement system?
Republican establishment front-runner Chris Christie’s landslide victory in New Jersey’s gubernatorial election on Tuesday could not have come at a better time for Christie supporters.
Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s just-released book on the 2012 presidential election, Double Down, documents in a rather unflattering way Mitt Romney’s decision not to select Christie as his vice-presidential running mate. Romney’s team found Christie too large, too loud, and, for many a campaign event, too late. Most troubling for some in the Romney camp was the feeling that there were too many skeletons in Christie’s lobbying closet. One high-level staffer posited, “If Christie had been in the nomination fight against us, we would have destroyed him.”
Halperin and Heilemann report that Romney had two principal criteria in vetting potential running mates: that “they be qualified and immediately perceived as qualified to be Commander in Chief, and that there be nothing in their background that could become a distraction for the campaign.” Christie’s past was a distraction.
But Christie seems to have lost on style points more than anything else, given the marked contrast between his person and persona and those of the athletic, deliberate, altar-boyish Paul Ryan that Romney chose to take to the presidential prom.
The battle within the Republican Party these days seems to be breaking down between those who believe they can work with the Democrats and those who are working to stop the party in power from destroying our country. Years ago, this was the way Washington once worked. Democrats – old style Democrats – were patriots who loved their country. They just wanted the government to do more for the people than the GOP.
It could be argued that such is not the case today. The Obama regime is taking our country in a completely different direction that we have taken in the past. The people who make the nation work have a greatly different idea of the way the world functions. Then we have the Republican leadership and many of their followers who believe the party is the salvation of the nation. This may be almost as foolish those who look to Obama and the Democrat Party to take care of their wants and needs.
American patriots, tea partiers and the like, understand the damage this socialization is doing to our economy and our people. It is difficult to comprehend how anyone could consider cooperating with their disastrous schemes is a workable plan for restoring prosperity and freedom. It is a plan for increasing unemployment, destroying what is left of the health insurance industry and putting our health care system under the iron fist of uncaring bureaucrats.
[Editors note: This article first appeared several years ago. However, in view of recent events, it should give us something to consider as we attempt to understand why things are the way they are. We shall dig a little deeper as we search for appropriate solutions to the issues presented.]
Newspapers, along with TV anchors and infobabes love to tell stories of dissension within the ranks of the Republican Party. They enjoy pouring fuel on any kind of sparks, trying to fan them into a blaze that negates the effectiveness of any non-Democrat politician. The problem is that there is some basis for the stories about factions within the Grand Old Party.
To those outside, the differences may appear to be simple personality conflicts or random loyalty fights. The fact is it goes much deeper than that. There are really two distinct groups within the party. When things are going well, it’s hard to tell one from the other. However the recent electoral failures have deepened these differences and peeled back the veneer of smiling faces.
The first type is the structural Republican. With these, it is a tradition and they may have been in the party all their lives. They feel a kind of proprietary interest in it. They would vote for anyone as long as they have an R by their name on the ballot and will continue to support them no matter how far they stray from party orthodoxy. Because of their party orientation, these are usually the people who show up at party functions and usually run for party offices.
Benjamin Franklin famously quipped, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
Franklin evidently failed to envisage today’s postmodern left. For the conservative, there exists at least one other certainty, and it is this: The degree to which “progressives” attack you corresponds precisely to the degree with which you challenge any among their assorted, distorted and sordid sacred cows.
What would you call a 33-year-old man who both had and axiomatically acted upon a deviant sexual appetite for underage, drug-addicted, runaway boys? (No, not Jerry Sandusky.)
What would you call a man of whom, as regards sexual preference, his own friend and biographer confessed, “Harvey always had a penchant for young waifs with substance abuse problems”?
The Merriam-Webster dictionary (online version) defines negotiate as “to discuss something formally in order to make an agreement”. This requires that those involved actually discuss the issues at hand. It precludes the idea that one side enters the process with a declaration that they will not negotiate.
When faced with this situation, the other side is faced with greatly limited options. It requires wisdom, courage and a commitment to achieving a satisfactory outcome. The Republicans attempting to face down Barack Hussein Obama on his signature legislation, unfortunately, had major deficits in all these areas.
To be fair, they were up against an ideological sociopath who believed he would pay no price for shutting down the government and inflicting pain upon the people. The fact that he was willing to follow that path showed that he was unsuited for any position of leadership, but that is a discussion for another day. The fact is that he actually thought it was to his benefit to eliminate services and facilities the public liked and desired. The threat of a shutdown did not frighten the president, realistically, he welcomed it.
Washington, DC – What are your kids studying in school today? Public schools from California to Florida are celebrating LGBT History Month, where they highlight a homosexual or lesbian each day. Today, America’s school children are learning about Edward-turned-Gwen Araujo, who was intimate with men who allegedly beat him when they discovered that he was not a woman.
“If parents think our school children should be focused on science and math, not sex and murder, they need to talk to teachers, principals, and school boards to ensure that this program is stopped,” cautions Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.
“The sexual assault on our children is mind-boggling,” Staver said. Earlier this week, Mat Staver was in federal court in New Jersey challenging the new law that bans minors in the Garden State from receiving counseling to overcome unwanted same-sex sexual attractions, behavior, or identity. Liberty Counsel has already challenged a similar law in California. Washington, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia have introduced like measures that insert the government between the client and the counselor.
With his inspirational and unprecedented show of leadership on the floor of the U.S. Senate this past week, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, made hundreds of enemies in Washington.
But more importantly, he made millions of friends across America.
When you have both liberal Democrats and mealy-mouthed establishment RINOs (Republicans in name only) allying against you, you know you’ve got the bead over the beltway “good ol’ boys’” center-mass. Mr. Cruz emasculated, delightfully, Obama’s political yes-bots on both sides of the aisle.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., was both a sponsor of – and cheerleader for – Obamacare. That was, of course, because he evidently followed Nancy Pelosi’s obtuse advice “to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”
I am constantly asked, “Chuck, why don’t pastors take a stand and speak out?” I’ve been a pastor most of my adult life. I believe I am qualified to answer that question. Here is the stark reality: the vast majority of pastors today are “success” oriented. Beginning in Bible College or seminary, and continuing throughout a pastor’s ministerial life, the emphasis is success. And that means church growth, larger congregations, bigger buildings, bigger offerings, burgeoning statistics, greater notoriety, denominational praise, invitations to speak at conferences, applause from fellow ministers, not to mention the financial perks and benefits that come with pastoring a “successful” church.
And the way to learn how to build a successful church is to learn from those who have done it. Pastors regularly attend church growth conferences to learn from the “big” church pastors on how it’s done. They purchase books, magazines, newsletters, etc., that are all geared towards telling pastors how to build a successful church. They are constantly being schooled in the latest and greatest “how to” strategies of church growth and success. This usually entails more and more sophisticated programs, music, sound, lighting, atmosphere, classes, seminars, organization, etc. Everything, and I mean everything, is geared toward success as described in the aforementioned paragraph.
Most pastors today are in reality not spiritual shepherds as much as they are corporate CEOs. The same mentality, philosophy, and strategy that drive corporate boardrooms also drive the boardrooms of modern churches–to a tee. Pastors act like CEOs, dress like CEOs, talk like CEOs, manage like CEOs, and think like CEOs.
Doesn’t listening to the words of most politicians just drive you crazy… especially when the media doesn’t push them for straight answers. Most recently, the issue has been Syria, but the habits carry over from almost any issue that faces our nation today. When asked a simple, straight forward question, we often hear the something like, “that is a good question, but the real question we need to address is…” Then the pol goes on to recite his own talking points. For a candidate, it’s called staying on message. For a politician, it’s called keeping your options open… and the people in the dark.
Years ago, Virginia had two masters of obfuscation. When I would call or write John Warner’s office, I would receive a response noting both sides of the issue in question with no indication of what the good Senator’s position would be. Chuck Robb had an even more interesting approach. His letters would come back with a miscellaneous assortment of canned paragraphs that usually had nothing to do with the topic at hand. I guess pharmaceutically altered minds have a rough time focusing on getting work done right.
The Bible has a few things about transparency and the ability to give a straight answer. Matthew 5:37 says “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.” (ESV) Of course, governments can’t let everyone know everything that is going on, but elected political leaders owe the people that put them in office the respect of letting them know what they are thinking.
Is it just me or is the world really becoming stranger every day? Just a quick review of one days news will make most normal people wonder if we have fallen into an alternate universe. A universe where we have no relationship to the reality we have known and the values we hold dear.
The lead story in many sources was the sad tale of Bradley Manning, the young soldier who was just sentenced to 35 years in prison for releasing thousands of pages of confidential documents to WikiLeaks. Yet, the big story was not that he was going away for a long, long time, or that his attorney thinks he could be out in as little as seven years. The big story was that, in the future, Bradley wants to be known as Chelsea… and he wants the government to begin hormone therapy and taxpayers to eventually pay for surgical correction of what he believes to be a mistake that has caused him/her the discomfort of a woman trapped inside the body of a man. Manning wants to begin living as a woman. Given the people he will be serving time with, this could a major error in judgement. One can imagine his biography – Klinger at Leavenworth?
Then we have Kathleen Sebelius making it known that under ObamaKare, the homosexual and bisexual communities would receive special focus on their needs because “for too long…[they] were pushed to the side.” Considering the amounts spent on AIDS/HIV treatment and research, this justification does not seem to align with reality. She continued, “They have been less likely to get the preventive care they need to stay healthy, they have higher rates of tobacco use, and they are often at increased risk for mental health illness.”
Brothers are supposed to be allies; they are supposed to be friends. This is true for spiritual brothers as well as physical brothers. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes, brothers become enemies.
Think about it: in our War for Independence, brother fought against brother. How many Christians sided with the British Crown and raised voice and bayonet against their brothers in Christ who stood for American liberty and independence? More than we can possibly count. How many Christians were among the British troops that participated in the Boston Massacre? How many Christians were among the British troops that participated in the raid on Lexington and Concord? How many Christians were among the British troops that participated in the assault against the colonists (many of whom were Christians) on Bunker Hill?
The same thing happened in the War for Southern Independence. How many Christian men in the North took up arms against their spiritual brethren in the South for basically the same reason that Christian Tories took up arms against colonial patriots years before: to forbid them from declaring independence. Too many to count. How many Christians were among the troops that invaded Virginia and assaulted the citizens of that State (a sizeable percentage of whom were believers) in the First Battle of Manassas? Again, too many to count.
In these days of one depressing news story after another, it’s easy to get frustrated with the world and believe there is no hope. No hope was the case Katie Lentz, a 19 year old Tulane University student who suffered a near fatal crash one Sunday morning, as reported in USA Today. Her vital signs were slipping. The emergency responders were fearing she would not make it out of the mangled car. She asked if someone would pray with her, and a man dressed in priest’s garb responded “I will” and began praying for her.
Katie’s vital signs picked up and another response team arrived with new equipment to free her from her tangled metal prison. The girl has had several surgeries and is on the mend, to the delight of her family. As the men were finishing cleaning up the scene they looked for the priest to thank him for his assistance. He was nowhere to be found. Strangely, he was nowhere to be seen on any of the almost seventy photographs taken at the scene… and since New London MO is a small community, they found it curious that no one had ever seen the man before.
The responders and the girl’s mother believe the priest’s arrival was a miracle… an angel sent to spare Katie’s life. This would not be the first time. Consider Paul and Silas miraculous escape from prison. Consider the fog that shrouded the revolutionaries escape from the British at Brooklyn Heights. Then there are many lesser known times that divine intervention redirected the course of history, or the course of an individual life.
There are several advantages (I guess) to living over a half-century. For one thing, you figure you have seen just about all the ways that so-called friends can betray you. With apologies to Jay Leno, when I die, I’m going to have it in my will that six of my old traitorous “friends” will be the ones who lower me in the grave just so I can know that it will be the very last time they will let me down. There are several other benefits to getting older, I’m sure. But I guess my memory is at the point where I have a hard time remembering what they are.
However, one of the things (of which there are also several) that I hate about getting older is watching the people whom I have long loved and admired pass away. For so long, I always thought of myself as the kid on the block. There were so many wonderful mentors and friends from whom I could draw wisdom and strength. Suddenly, I am beginning to feel old–and very alone.
I became a clone of none of these men; I had significant differences with some of them. With others, our hearts were knit as one. But each of them contributed substantially in helping to mold me (for better or worse, depending on who you talk to) into what I am today.
Back in 1924 Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb took the life of 14 year old Bobby Franks to show they could commit the perfect crime. These were two overpriviledged and highly intelligent young men in their late teens who believed they were smarter than everyone else… who enjoyed watching the police stumble about looking for the brutal murderers… for a short while.
Whatever gave them is preposterous idea that proved to them, and to everyone else, that they were not as brilliant as they thought? They were disciples of German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, who’s concept of the Ubermensch – or superman – caught their fancy. These supermen, as Nietzsche saw them, because of their intelligence and capabilities, were not to be constrained by mere laws that controlled the behavior of normal people.
Because these young men had the intelligence and lived lives devoid of the consequences for bad behavior, they saw themselves as Ubermenschs – not to be constrained by the simple morality of the little people. They believed that the rules of society just didn’t apply to them, and if any of the common folks attempted to tie them down, Leopold and Loeb believed they were smart enough to deflect them down false paths.
Much of the impetus for the first American Revolution came from America’s pastors as they preached the word that, along with all the things we need to sustain us, our rights came from our Creator – not the king or government. They preached that our allegiance belonged to this same Creator. If there was a conflict between what the king demanded and what God’s Word showed us, the only right choice was to follow our Creator.
Many of the colonists came to the new land in pursuit of religious freedom, having been persecuted for their beliefs. As spiritual leaders, they led their people to preserve the liberty they traveled so far to secure. One, in particular, Jonas Clarke helped arm and stood with the men of his congregation when the British marched in to Lexington, Massachusetts to confiscate their weapons. These simple men of God were so effective in rallying them farmers, blacksmiths and merchants as then endeavored to breath free, that King George called them the Black Robe Regiment.
As one reads through the Declaration of Independence, we see a litany of misdeeds by the English monarch. He was doing some pretty bad things to the colonists who he expected to still be loyal subjects, but the plight of those who fought for their freedom pales in comparison to the things that are being done to the American people today.
We’ve just seen one more Supreme Court decision that takes us further from the righteousness that “exalts a nation”. This is not surprising. It’s nothing new to see laws, regulations and high court decisions that are designed to create a different country from the one we have loved and the one our founders passed on to us.
I hear many people talking about how bad things are. They expect things to get even worse. Knowing the difference between right and wrong does not mean that we can just identify things that are not good for us, or for those around us. It means we have a responsibility to do something about it. We see the values of the ruling elite are destroying our land, but worse than that, they are destroying the people.
There are many calling for the Christian church in it’s many and varied manifestations to understand that times have changed and they need to get in step with today’s culture. This advice often comes from those who have nothing to do with the church and have no idea of what the basis for the Christian faith is all about. Worse, sometimes it comes from some within the church. They tell us we need to be relevant to today’s world – that old fashioned ideas of sin and redemption will not appeal to younger people. They say we should just talk about God’s love.
If we were talking about a service club like Rotary or Kiwanis, there may be some virtue to this thinking. Some organizations are facing diminishing membership and may benefit from updated thinking. However those telling Christians of the need to change their message show they have no understanding what the body of believers is and what it stands for.
If, as the Bible tells us, we are God’s representatives on earth, we need to consider that, while we have been given authority over the powers of darkness, we have not been given the authority to change the message. It is the height of audacity to believe it is acceptable for the church to change its preaching to make people feel warm and fuzzy.
Holy Cow, Martha! Will miracles never cease? Chuck Baldwin and the New York Times editorial board actually agree. Are we in the Twilight Zone? Is it Freaky Friday? Is the Times editorial board reading my columns and seeing the light or am I watching CNN and MSNBC too much? I know I don’t watch those two propaganda outlets too much, and I doubt the Times editorial board pays too much attention to what I write, so what is going on?
On June 6, the editorial board of the New York Times posted a column that yours truly could have written. The column was entitled “President Obama’s Dragnet.” The editorial begins:
“Within hours of the disclosure that federal authorities routinely collect data on phone calls Americans make, regardless of whether they have any bearing on a counterterrorism investigation, the Obama administration issued the same platitude it has offered every time President Obama has been caught overreaching in the use of his powers: terrorists are a real menace and you should just trust us to deal with them because we have internal mechanisms (that we are not going to tell you about) to make sure we do not violate your rights.
By now many people have seen the video of Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory explaining why he left the Democrat Party. He explains it better than I ever could, so I recommend playing the video if you have not done so already. He is an honest and courageous patriot.
We many not always agree with everything the man has said or did in the past, but through genuine soul searching, he arrived at the conclusion the Democrats were not really working for the benefit of his fellow black Americans. He saw how government programs were designed to trap them into a cycle of dependency that carried over from generation to generation. He saw, like Frederick Douglas and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., that true freedom and prosperity for his brethren came, not from special programs, but from a free society where everyone is able to move themselves up in the world rather than wait for the, never coming, government assistance.
Both Mark Twain and Steve Landesberg agree that “honesty is the best policy”. These two noted humorists made the same point while understanding that a lot of truth may be told in jest. Humor lets us say something with a smile on our face that would never be accepted otherwise. The problem is the a thought that honesty is a virtue should not be that controversial… but today it is.
We live in an age where it is popular to believe that truth is relative – that we can each have our own “truth”. By this definition, truth is whatever we choose to believe. Most readers here easily see the problem with this thinking. If I believe that I am seven feet tall and should be playing in the NBA… eventually I will run into the harsh reality that I am five eight and haven’t played basketball in forty years.
Then, there are people who believe Barack Obama is doing a great job as president – keeping our country safe and providing jobs for all who want them. In this case, their collision with reality is delayed by a malfunctioning media and a government that benefits from this belief and forsakes, even hides, the truth to maintain this fantasy. However, as with all such departures from the real world, eventually we run into the brick wall of reality. Unfortunately, this practice did not begin with the Obama administration. For decades we have been told exactly what our government wants us to believe.
Encouragement from Congressman Randy Forbes (VA-4) – one of the unsung good guys.
BIVOUAC OF THE DEAD
By Theodore O’Hara
(Written in memory of the Kentucky troops killed in the Mexican War – 1847)
Portions Of This Haunting Poem Are Inscribed On Placards Throughout Arlington, As Well as On The McClellan Gate There
The muffled drum’s sad roll has beat
The soldier’s last tattoo;
No more on Life’s parade shall meet
That brave and fallen few.
On fame’s eternal camping ground
Their silent tents to spread,
And glory guards, with solemn round
The bivouac of the dead.
Words are inadequate to describe the tragedy in Moore, OK. People lost their homes, their businesses and, worst of all, their children. A lot could be said that is just speculation, but there are some observations that come to mind.
The first is that the people of that area are in need of our sincere prayers, not just a quick “bless the people in Oklahoma”. Prayer is still the most powerful resource we have. We have seen that there are some things we cannot control… some things not even the government cannot protect us from.
The second thing is something we heard from a national commentator a week or so back. News pictures from just after the tornado tore through the town, people came out of their storm cellars and pitched in to find rescue the trapped and injured. There were no police or firemen, no National Guardsmen. They could not get there. This is not to diminish the value of those fine public servants who take their oaths seriously, but they cannot be everywhere.
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