Archive for September, 2016


michaelrose

I have consciously refrained from weighing in on the Colin Kaepernick situation, but I can’t ignore it any longer. This situation has now touched me where I live – Nebraska Cornhusker football. Three members from my favorite team (since I was knee high to a grasshopper) chose to kneel during the anthem Saturday night. One of them is among my favorite players on the team. I have to admit at first I was a bit bugged by this. I feared this was a situation that could lead to dissension on the team. And it puts the head coach in a bit of a quandary as far as preventing that dissension. After reading the young man’s rationale for his actions, I had to adjust my position. You can read Michael Rose-Ivey’s statement in its entirety here:

https://www.landof10.com/nebraska/read-michael-rose-iveys-full-statement-on-why-he-kneeled-during-the-national-anthem

This is not the rant of a thug. There is a big difference between a protestor and a hooligan. Both those who want to honor law and order and officers of the law, protect the sanctity of our national anthem and patriotism and those who work for social justice to complete the process that was started by Martin Luther King and others, must understand this. Ironically I believe it was football and other sports that helped the color barrier finally be brought down. Those advocating violence must remember that those who live by the sword, perish by the sword and that equality was never obtained by killing innocent people.

The governor of Nebraska says this act was disgraceful but he respects their right to protest – but obviously not the protestors themselves. One of the regents in Nebraska stated that the three boys involved in this protest better be fired, even though the coach gave his permission. Perhaps the regent should rethink-or renounce his own position. That is not the worst of it. Michael Rose-Ivy received comments like, “you ought to be hung before the next game.” Do you not see that this type of attitude is exactly how things were during the Jim Crow days? Black men had to leave certain towns before dark or face execution. It chills my blood to think about a young man who had the courage to stand up (well, kneel in this situation) to fight for the protection of life. To be killed for such a position is the height of irony and insanity and the exact thing that our national anthem is supposed to celebrate – freedom of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. And should I note that these men were kneeling, in prayer, during the anthem. I do believe that kneeling is the most reverential position we can place ourselves. To me sitting would have been more disrespectful. Remember people, we do not worship our flag or anthem. We pay tribute to what it represents. The American flag is not just a bolt of cloth with red and white stripes and white stars on a field of blue. It embodies the concept of freedom. We all have the inalienable right to do whatever we want as long as it doesn’t break a law which was dutifully passed by a representative government seeking the best for all citizens as a whole.

Back to my first reaction of shock and a little fear. The Huskers have a good season going. I didn’t want anything to jeopardize that momentum. Distractions would not be good here. After thinking it over though, I’m a bit ashamed. This is much bigger than football. Much bigger. Nebraska players have dedicated this season to a fallen comrade, Sam Foltz, who was killed in a car accident. Husker fans, and actually fans and players all over the nation have honored Sam. Perhaps now is a good time to ask what Sam would do in this situation? I can tell you one thing – if anyone came to lynch one of his black teammates for exercising their freedom of speech, Sam would have punted them into the next county.

There are a group of young men who have opted to raise a fist in the air during the anthem, just as two black track athletes did in the 1968 Olympics. Not many remember the names of Tommie Smith and John Carlos today. Their raised fist was the sign of the Black Panthers. They were not protesting inequality. Their slogan was “Black Power” and they weren’t finicky about the methods they used to bring about that power. I admired Martin Luther King; the Black Panthers, not so much. The governor of Nebraska suggested that it would have been more respectable for the athletes to raise their fists rather than kneel. Really, Gov? I think the only one potentially guilty of disgraceful behavior holds the top political office in the state.

I grew up in the Vietnam War era. There was a protest movement back then which impacted all young people. People who criticized our presence in Viet Nam were told, “America: love it or leave it.” I was perplexed. Aren’t the people who truly love a country the ones who do their best to improve that nation and her people?

I don’t know what’s going to happen here with the Nebraska situation. Perhaps the coach will keep his team in the locker room during the anthem this week at their home game. Maybe they’ll come out and the whole team will kneel together. Maybe they’ll all hold the American flag together too. In any case, America needs to quit censoring those who see and speak out against the flaws. If Americans force people to conform to their own standards, what difference is there between America and a totalitarian government?

Intelligent people realize we still have a problem, and perhaps a growing one, with race relations. How do we solve it? Check out this YouTube sermon which nails it the best I’ve seen. This guy pastors in Charlotte so they have been impacted by the collateral damage of this maelstrom.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fYjKI5-Q0g

Color Me Deplorable

Hillary might consider me a deplorable. Truthfully, I don’t really care what she thinks. If God is pleased with me, then I am not deplorable in His eyes. But Hillary very well could be. She doesn’t seem to be overly concerned about what God might think however.

Our female presidential candidate considers those people deplorable who possess these characteristics:  racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic or Islamaphobic. Let’s break those down into their individual categories and examine them a bit more closely.

Racist: this is the new catchall term to sling at anyone you want to oppose. I’m convinced that the majority of people in the United State have no freaking clue what this word really means. Would these be the people who say “all lives matter?” Would these be people who think that all people, no matter what their color (there is only one race – the human race – proven by DNA studies) should be arrested and prosecuted for their crimes?

Sexist: this term totally baffles me. Perhaps it’s a replacement for chauvinistic pig the phrase that graced the lips of the kids in Archie Bunker’s household on TV in the 60s. I’ve never seen a situation where a female was accused of being sexist. In my eyes this is a term coined by the feminists in their battle for superiority, I mean equality. Yes, I believe a woman should get paid the same as a man for the same job. Yes women should have equal protection under the law, etc. etc. etc. There, am I off the hook on this issue? Or does the fact I believe that women should have the freedom to seek employment outside the home, but the greatest job of all is being a mom land me into the deplorable category?

Homophobic: I have to submit to you that this is totally a case of misnomenclature. Phobic indicates an unnatural fear. I don’t know of anyone who has unrealistic fears about homosexuality. There are people who I admit have a hatred for homosexuality and homosexuals themselves. Phobia and hatred are far from the same thing. And then there are those who oppose homosexuality because of their religious convictions. The ideal in that scenario is those people hate the sin but love the sinner. If standing up for what you believe without inflicting actual (not perceived) injury to people who believe otherwise is deplorable, then sign me up for a long tour of duty.

Xenophobic: fear of foreign culture. I admit I had to look up this word. Perhaps I have an unhealthy fear that soccer will soon surpass American football as the most popular sport in America. Not! I can safely say that in this day where terrorism raises its ugly head all over the globe, that wanting to limit the people who are allowed to enter our border is not a deplorable thing. We have immigration laws to handle such things. So do other countries. I don’t know of a country where you can just decide to drop in and take up residency. Why would not wanting that scenario make people phobic?

Islamaphobic: back to the question of irrational fear. I just broached this topic in my latest book. If a group of people makes threats to kill others who are not part of their group and they actually do so in heinous manners, wouldn’t fear of such a group be rational? So number one: there is reason to fear jihad minded Islam. Number two, the primary crime against Islam by Christians is that they refuse to budge on the position that Jesus is the only way to Heaven and the son of the living God. Christians are commanded to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. That basically forces us to claim that Islam is a false religion whether we use such terminology openly or not. That is labeled Islamaphobia. I can’t help but wonder what we should label the practice of Islamic followers killing or imprisoning those members of their faith that embrace Jesus Christ. I submit to you that Christians are not the problem with the unreasonable fear here. Thus if again standing for my belief in Jesus Christ makes me deplorable, chain me to the wall (in my best Chihuahua accent).

In summary, it appears that people who make public professions against homosexuality, transgender-ism, feminism, illegal immigration, forced resettlement of refugees from Islamic countries, and Sharia law are deplorable. Those who choose to champion such causes are the darlings of the main stream media culture shapers and obviously of the woman who would be president. I hate to be negative here, but Hillary’s use of the term deplorable here exceeds by far the paradigm of the pot calling the kettle black. Oops! Is that a racist joke? The Bible says that in the last days that evil shall be called good and good evil. So Miss Hillary, by deploring God’s truth and being worshiped as a “good” woman, you are fulfilling scripture. Just sayin’.

 

A PS just for jollies: here’s a definition found on the Internet which is very revealing in itself.  Christophobia is the irrational fear or hatred of Christianity or Christians. While Christophobia is a real thing, it is usually used as a snarl word by some Christians with a persecution complex and (at most) only a passing familiarity with reality. There’s probably a good overlap with the people who claim there’s a liberal bias in the media.

Hillary Clinton recently spoke at a black church and touted the merits of grace and humility. This approach has brought me into the discussion. I don’t write much about politics, but when a politician brings up faith, I jump in with both feet–well both hands anyway since all my compositions are done via a computer. One of my targets in the world of Christianity (and the subject of my latest movie Old Rugged Cross) is hypergrace. People who are caught up in the trap of hypergrace (also known as greasy grace, cheap grace, sloppy agape, etc.) will deny that there is such a thing. I argue that this concept is perhaps the most dangerous in our universe. People who feel convinced they have the truth usually aren’t continuing their search. In this situation, people who embrace hypergrace certainly don’t want to be convinced that they’re wrong because they want to believe that God is one dimensional, full of forgiveness and mercy for everyone. That’s not the God that’s revealed in the Bible.

Did you know that Jesus doesn’t mention the word grace a single time? Paul is the principal espouser of grace yet he is the one who writes that liars, cowards, adulterers, homosexuals, drunkards, etc. will not enter into Heaven. Hillary has already shown to the world that she is guilty of lying. Whether the nickname of Killary is appropriate for her is beyond us at this point. However, you might notice that she has filed zero lawsuits for slander (that I know of) against those who have written publicly (in magazines even) about the list of people near the Clintons who have died in mysterious ways. What’s up with that?

Here’s my point: Of course God has grace for those who repent of their sins and trust that the blood of Jesus will blot them out. But nowhere does the Bible indicate that grace will cover those who practice sin–those who scheme and plan their sins and never come to the point of contrition. Grace is a safety net for those who fall off the high wire act. Hypergrace never even gets on the wire but simply walks across the safety net. It may be possible to delete emails in this life and escape punishment, but the Judge of all mankind does not miss a single detail.

I have to admit that after watching Hillary cough almost nonstop in her speech the other day, I felt sorry for her. I envisioned her with the Heavenly Father’s arms around her giving her assurance that He loved her and that she didn’t need to lie or manipulate to make herself look good to others. He is the only one whom she needs to impress. And I realized that instead of heaping scorn and criticism upon her head, we need to pray for Hillary to see the light, especially if her health issues are serious. In the meantime, I urge you to avoid embracing Hillary Clinton as your source of theological truth. Well, any truth actually.

 

By the way, Old Rugged Cross premieres at the Dallas Theater in Dallas, Georgia on September 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM.  DVD’s are available also as of that date at http://donaldjamesparker.com/oldruggedcross.aspx

 

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