Saturday, December 20, 2014

FFRF vs Bible

       
        In the world today there are billions of acronyms representing various groups, the majority of them carrying out their own agenda. Recently on the web I discovered a scarcely known one called the FFRF. What is the FFRF? The FFRF stands for Freedom From Religion Foundation. This group devotes time, money, and energy in effort to free people living in the United States from religion. They cherish the idea of having separation from church and state which to them means banning Christianity from public, governmental buildings, offices, and schools.

       In demonstration of their idea of separation the FFRF is currently going after Cloverleaf Elementary School for passing out free bibles, with the help of Gideons International, to their elementary students. Gideons Internaional handed out bibles to the students during class time. The children were given a choice. They were asked whether or not they wanted a bible. If the child said yes he or she was handed one if not the child would not receive a bible. One child refused a bible saying that she "believed God in a different way". The poor girl was teased and bullied for her statement by the other children. She went home and told her parents initiating a forest fire that is now burning red in the Atlanta metro area school.

       Andrew Seidel, an attorney for the FFRF  threatened to file a lawsuit against the school if it dd not stop passing out bibles to its students. John Harper the Bartow County Superintendent received the threat from the FFRF. He has yet to make a comment. Seidel stated that the school's efforts to provide bibles to their students was predatory and similar to tobacco companies trying to recruit children while they were young. The school administrators replied by stating that they have an "open forum policy", meaning they welcome anyone from any religion to pass out informational material. The FFRF responded by demanding that since they have an "open forum policy" they will invite Satanic temple volunteers to pass out informative coloring books to the students. The school is now considering ending the "open forum" policy.

         The FFRF vs the Bible, here is an example of how an atheist organization uses words from the Constitution in order to attempt to shut down Christianity in America. Regarding the freedom of religion, is there anywhere in the Constitution that states that a school cannot pass out bibles to its students? Would our Founding Fathers even consider for a fraction of a second, an organization passing out Satan promoting material to elementary children? This is where America currently stands as the many, growing secular groups continue to attempt to silence God away from the lips of the country's worshippers. Groups like the FFRF are trying to use the Constitution as a weapon to silence Christians. They love to use the phrase freedom against religion. What they are omitting is that not only does the First Amendment prohibit the government from making a law respecting the establishment of religion but also prohibiting the free exercise thereof. The FFRF got the prohibit the government from making a law respecting the establishment of government part of the First Amendment down pact but are seriously neglecting the "prohibiting the free exercise thereof" part. Meaning that groups like the FFRF cannot sue government controlled organizations like schools from taking part in religious activities or passing out Christian paraphernalia simply because they don't like Christianity, nor can they force schools to hand out material promoting Satan.

       Making a law respecting the establishment of government means that the US administration cannot force Americans, businesses, schools, or any individual living or staying in America to attend church, read bibles, bow down to Jesus, praise Mohammed, or any activity involving religion. But atheist groups like the FFRF are taking the law several extra steps ahead by trying to use it to completely ban Christianity out of the eyes and ears of government forums and pretty much every public venue and arena. A school can openly discuss God within its building to its pupils if the school officials and employees within its buildings wishes. The same school cannot force students to accept Jesus Christ in their hearts as their personal savior or make them dunk their heads underwater in obedience to Him.

       People, governmental groups, agencies, and professional businesses must know the difference. Christians cannot allow atheist groups to continue to bully them into the huddled corner of the fence. The United States of America was not intended by the Founding Fathers to be a secular nation. Organizations like the FFRF, GLAAD, People for the American Way, The ACLU are molded in the form and behavior of the anti-christ going against everything God desired and commanded from His people. These groups isolate Jesus Christ in a lone corner, detesting anyone who attempts to give Him the honor He deserves. What business does the FFRF have telling Gideons International that they cannot pass out bibles to school children? Why does that concern them so much? Is it because they are really concerned about being free from religion or do they have their own agenda? What about the religion of atheism? How about humanism or secularism? Aren't those religions? Does the FFRF favor one over the other? Does the First Amendment allow organizations like the FFRF and the government to be able to favor one belief system or religion over Christianity? And what about religions like Islam, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses? When their teachers preach their messages at schools and government forums do they attack them with the same fervor?

       The FFRF threatened to pass out reading material supporting Satanism. That is a religion. In this country the United States of America we also have a growing trend of businesses, government organizations and agencies allowing their offices and co-workers to lead yoga classes within their buildings. The Gwinnett county government in the state of Georgia offers yoga classes to the public. Yoga is a Hindu theistic philosophy. This religious philosophy proposes a teaching dependent on a man integrating or uniting his body with his mind and spirit through meditations. Yoga states that a man has to integrate his body, mind, and spirit in order to be in harmony with himself and his environment. According to yoga such actions will give a man peace. Jesus tells us that we pour are entire mind and spirit to Him. We devote ourselves to Him giving Him our first fruit, then we will have peace.

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” Luke 10:27-28.

       More important than peace if we integrate our mind, spirit, and body with Jesus we will live. And not only will we live we will be given eternal life which allows us to have peace while living here on earth.

       There is a hypocrisy from stories like these that are very disturbing. One religion, the religion of the anti-christ trying to suppress the teachings of Jesus Christ. Christians need to use their brains in this battle. Thomas Jefferson did not write the First Amendment in order to suppress Christianity. He wrote it to protect the teachings of Jesus Christ and His followers from pressure groups like the FFRF who would like nothing better than to keep His teachings lying ten feet underground. And if people and institutions like Cloverleaf Elementary and John Harper do not continue to press forward handing out those bibles while explaining away the true meaning of the First Amendment, these atheist groups will continue to bully them. Hopefully Cloverleaf Elementary will not allow the FFRF to scare them. Regardless of what happens in court God is on their side. We will win in the end.


10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:10-12
     
 
 
 
      
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Michael Brown's Death = Racism?

       Was Michael Brown killed in Ferguson Missouri because he was black? That is a difficult question to answer. First of all I don't personally know either Michael Brown or Officer Darren Wilson, the man who shot him to death. Second, I was not there to witness the struggle between the two provided according to Officer Darren Wilson's testimony. What I and most people living in America know is that racism between white and black Americans has been going on in this country for a long time. Slavery first began in America in 1619 when Africans were shipped down to Jamestown, Virginia in order to help settlers with the production of such lucrative crops as tobacco (http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/slavery). From that time until present Africans, Black Americans, Caribbeans, black people from all over the globe have struggled with White Americans as well as other races to be treated fairly in this country.
     Since the Rodney King's LA beatings I have read and paid special attention to articles as well as news events of incidences involving police nistreatment of black people living in America. A USA Today article reported that a black man was killed by a white officer in America an average of twice a week during a seven year period ending in 2012 (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/14/police-killings-data/14060357/). On average there are 96 incidents of white officers killing black men among 400 incidences that were reported to the FBI by the local police. Since Michael Brown 14 teens have been killed by police officers, six of them are black (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/25/the-14-teens-killed-by-cops-since-michael-brown.html). Some of them were discovered to be simply carrying a BB gun. I, myself have had personal encounters with police officers, one where I was followed around and questioned while walking around a white neighborhood in a Chicago suburb. There was no physical altercation but I do remember feeling irritated about the officer's decision to begin questioning my intentions when I did not believe I gave anyone any reasons to believe I was in the pursuit of any kind of mischief.
       Sadly, I see no reason for this pattern of blacks being mistreated by white officers to change anytime soon. Nor do I see a lessening of the anger black people, especially young black men have towards white cops. The anger African-Americans have toward white police officers is deeply rooted. The fury is rage stemming from the days of slavery when blacks were regarded as 3/5s of a man. Of course this is no excuse for men to be setting police cars on fire and engulfing hard working families' business in flames. But the anger has a  psychological and social source that needs to be dealt with in a fair and serious matter.
       One means of settling the enmity is for the United States government to give African Americans a sincere apology. African American ancestors were forced to leave their homelands in order to work in a far away place where they were greatly mistreated, disrespected, and forced to endure hard work without receiving any pay. An apology can work wonders even for the most grievous sins. Second the president along with the government, religious, and civil rights leaders should discuss some kind of financial repayment of Black Americans for all the hard work their ancestors had done. The black slaves did a lot of work for this country. America's rise to prominence in this world is highly due to the free labor the country and many of its citizens were provided for hundreds of years. Imagine a country, an entire southeastern region able to develop and produce a very crucial money maker for its people, cotton, while not having to pay a dime toward the workers slaving hours night and day in order to make it happen. Add the maids, butlers, babysitters, workers harvesting sugar cane, planting and harvesting rice, weavers, carpenters, tobacco farmers, dairy workers, railroad builders and one could build multiple corporations and various businesses. The work and responsibility forced upon the back of African American slaves was tremendous and all of this  was provided for free. The amount of uncompensated labor would likely total to at least billions. No wonder America developed so fast. No wonder this country has been so prosperous. Imagine if the United States and its companies were able to mine and transport coal for free today. Imagine if  America allowed businesses like Burger King and Target to force workers to sell their products without having to provide them any wages or merely paying each worker something like $2.13 an hour. What if professional teams like the LA Lakers or Chicago Bears were allowed to force big time players to fill their stadiums each game while paying minimum wages. These companies and their owners would be colossally, mega rich. Money that would be transferred and shared amongst relatives, friends, nearby businesses. This is close to they type of atmosphere American land owners, company owners, businessmen, and the country's economy thrived in during the slavery era. Many companies and politicians would balk at such an idea but if one was serious about America working together and being as one then such or similar plans must be considered.
       Another means of pacifying African Americans anger is for the government to recreate a system in each major American city where law enforcement and the court system is being watched closely and held accountable for their actions. Obviously much of the people living in this country do not trust the police, the government, and the court system. Some of it is due to paranoia and individuals in various American neighborhoods living a dirty lifestyle but much of the lack of trust is also because of a many misdeeds like Michael Brown's wrongful death in the hands of an officer and the recent occurrence of a 12 year old black boy who was killed in Cleveland by an officer who mistook the toy gun he was waving around for a real firearm. The repeated denial of responsibility by law enforcement agencies, the court system, and the government can no longer continue. The evidence of the mistreatment of black people especially young black men is obvious. Michael Brown did not have to die. Was he a good example of an obedient, well mannered, studious young citizen, perhaps not. Did he deserve to die in the matter that he did in the hands of an officer, no. Shoot to kill and ask questions later is not the job of a police officer. At least not in this country. The police force is not supposed to resemble a gang of vigilantes. That is why there is a court system, with judges and attorneys. Regard each individual, black, white, Asian, Indian with respect, never prejudge, and most importantly hold each person accountable for his or her actions. Such a change of behavior can only occur with a true showing of outward repentance that can be easily seen and measured.

                                                       References
Johnson, K., Hoyer, M., & Heath, B, (2014) Local Police Involved in 400 Killings Per Year. USA Today, Retrieved November 26, 2014 from http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/14/police-killings-data/14060357/
Strochlic Nina (2014) The 14 Teens Killed by Cops Since Michael Brown. The Daily Beast, Retrieved November 26, 2014 from http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/25/the-14-teens-killed-by-cops-since-michael-brown.html


      

Sunday, November 23, 2014

America's Favorite Dad???

       When first hearing about the rape allegations concerning Bill Cosby one would first think "Naahhh!!" "Another whacko with no life seeking attention!" But as the stories continue to pour in and more women from a broad age range and race continue to tell their horrific stories one cannot continue to shun the possibilities. This could be true. America's favorite dad. The same guy who wrote those Little Bill book series which is now the source of the Little Bill cartoons that have been on the air from February 16, 2000 until February 14, 2014. The friendly dad that pitched Coca Cola and Jello-O commercials. The guy who starred in those I Spy action shows. The funny father whom everybody would have loved to call dad from The Cosby Show and It's a Different World. Bill Cosby, the creative producer behind hit kid television series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids as well as Electric Company (Cosby produced the first two years of the show). This man, famous for making all those goofy, stretched play do faces and strange dance contortions, a rapist?!? Well let's not place the final verdict yet but as one follows the news on air and online the conclusion is not looking good for our Mr. Huxtable.
       How does someone with all of these accolades, who could very likely have dated and married any woman he wants, molest or even rape anybody? This is a question America has asked often and for many years, in reference to a large number and variety of individuals. Does Michael Jackson come to mind? He was not convicted of child molestation but after hearing from his many accusers and watching and listening to the pop singer's often eccentric behavior one cannot help but think "Hhhmm?". We can't forget Mike Tyson. Here was a ferocious brawler many boxers feared, millions of fans could not wait to watch, who allegedly beat up his first wife, actress Robin Givens. Well, he claims to not have hit her with a "closed fist" but a man as big as him, even a open hand would likely send a woman to the hospital. Rihanna's accusation of Chris Brown's brutal attack against her. Eminem;s ex-wife Kim accusation of his attack against her. Martha Stewart serving time for obstruction of Justice. Paula Deen's accused racist remark. Let's not forget the ever so famous Ike Turner's long time physical abuse of former wife Tina Turner. The list goes on and on.
        It seems that for a long time America becomes drugged and lulled into sleep while viewing, listening to their entertainment idols and then "BAM!", "Whop!" something unbelievable happens to wake us up. These people are not Jesus they are human beings like we. Some of them have grown better at practicing their secret, at times evil deeds, because of all the money and fame they have acquired. They can now afford to buy or fly whatever, where ever they want in order to make sure that nobody finds out. But in life, as it often happens, someone eventually discovers what has always been hidden.
       Will there ever be a time when people, especially fans, will ever stop being surprised? Will there ever be a time when a news man will announce that Pop Star Moneyman was found raping a minor and America will respond with a yawn? Will people in this country ever learn that these people they see on television and even on the concert stage are actors, illusionists, entertainers. They are there to entertain us. They are on television to enhance their careers. They are not on a mission to to save the world from Judgement Day. Not saying that they are all evil, now some of them, eeehhh?!? Just saying that strong admiration and following of someone one does not know can often end in disappointment. Now Jesus Christ is someone who does not disappoint. He is the Savior of the World. The Healer and Redeemer who rose from death to save not just Himself but others. He is someone who can never disappoint. Who is your hero? Maybe you should reconsider?

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Should you Celebrate Halloween?

       Halloween is a very popular holiday in the United States celebrated by both young and old, but especially the young. People are are pulled into the annual celebration by the opportunity to act silly and have fun without much obligation. When one studies Halloween and learns about its truth and origin the individual will learn that there really is not anything here to celebrate. Halloween originated with the Druids, in northwest Europe, in honor of Samhain, lord of the dead, whose festival fell on November 1. This was before the birth of Christ. The druids celebrated the souls of the dead while these souls were being held by the lord of the dead before allowing the better behaved ones were to be passed onto heaven. The druids, each October 31, celebrated the lord of the dead who kept the souls of individuals who had died within that year in the bodies of animals before deciding where he was going to place them. They felt that they could coax him with prayers to give their dead friends or relatives a lighter sentence. This day was called "all hollows eve". The day was the eve off "All Saints Day". It was the eve in which the lord of the dead would set all these souls loose to wonder around the earth. This day was held in celebration of the idea that the dead was not really dead. Of course when one reads the Word of God we know that when one dies his soul is either going to heaven or hell depending on whether or not the person accepted Christ as his Savior (John 3:3).
      The Catholics, living amongst the Druids in places like Scotland and Ireland, adopted some of the Druid teaching in their culture. The Catholics also believed in a holding place for the dead called purgatory. They did not believe that people's eternity was already determined by their own life decisions, whether or not they had a relationship with God before they died. They believed that there was a place for people who needed to have some of their bad behavior and sins cleaned out of them before being allowed to enter into heaven. The Catholic church along with the Druids combined their belief and customs to form what is presently celebrated as Halloween.
      The lord of the dead is Satan. He holds the key to the dead unless their souls are redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ (I Peter 1:18-19). Every year people in the millions are wandering around the western part of the globe, traveling from house to house, dressed up as witches, ghosts, and goblins, smiling, laughing, not knowing that they are in fact celebrating the devil. Today is no different then what is was in the 1600s or 2000 plus years ago except that then neighbors were not passing out candies to little children and there was not any commercialization to pump  more money out of the pockets of the civilians but the intent has not changed. The devil still has children and adults marching from house to house playing a role similar to an old ritual where a procession of men, led by a man wearing a white robe and a horse - headed mask, would knock on farmers' doors. Unless the group was rewarded with a treat their crops were threatened with curse for the whole, entire year of production. As children, teenagers, and adults play along with this reenactment they have no idea what they are celebrating and the role they are playing.
      Regardless of what Halloween means to them people who celebrate this day are celebrating Satan. This is his day. He is the lord of the dead. People are dressing up like witches and goblins, commemorating evil while denying the power of the gift of Jesus Christ to give life to the dead, if the individual will only heed to Him while alive here on earth. The devil obtained the power of the dead when Adam and Eve sinned and sin entered the ground, bringing with it a curse. Jesus came to earth died on the cross, entered the ground, and came out alive and well. With His rebirth along came a cure for the curse on the ground, His blood. A person who has poured his soul into the Blood of Jesus is no longer held by Satan. His faith does not need to rely on old Catholic teachings. His soul does not need purgatory. He can have faith in Jesus that He will save him and carry his soul away to heaven whenever he either passes from earth or if he happens to be alive to experience the resurrection. Looking at the all the gifts and blessings this person is about to receive why would he want separate himself from Christ in order to take a jaunt with the devil?
       Halloween is pure devil worship plain and simple. From the trick or treating, to the people dressing up like devils and angels, evil is being celebrated. Why would anyone want to celebrate the dead? We should want to celebrate the present. As Jesus Christ said in Matthews, let the dead bury their own dead, come follow Me (Matthew 8:22). Once a person is dead there is not anything we could do for that individual except give him or her a decent burial and treat his or her family with generosity and respect. The person is dead. God is going to take care of the rest. God wants us to be concerned about the living. No one should celebrate a holiday honoring the dead, especially not a Christian. Christians celebrate the Living Son of God, Jesus Christ. Jesus is not dead. He defeated death, paving a future and hope for those who follow and believe in Him.
       Knowing the truth about Halloween how does one determined christian respond, while living within a world where the day of the dead is celebrated like a super mega Superbowl? I read several articles where writers advised readers to not be judgmental regarding how one celebrates the holiday while responding kindly to the people partying in the middle of the fest. I disagree. Yes you still want to be nice but a christian should stand his or her ground and let their friend, sibling, coworker, boss, etc. know that he or she does not celebrate the holiday because it goes against the teachings of Jesus Christ. You should still be nice and polite while stating your stance against Halloween but you should never agree to celebrate it. You don't want to celebrate Satan. This is a time one can take to share his or her faith about Jesus Christ and salvation. Don't be ashamed of your belief and faith in God. He was not ashamed of you when He suffered on the Cross for you.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Popular Media's Role In Same Sex Marriage

       Gay Marriage has ran a long marathon as a media headliner. From the early 1970s until now the pro gay movement has given tremendous effort to turn the United States from a red and blue divided country into a completely pink nation. Christians, Republicans, traditionalists, even some of the Moderates and those leaning hard toward the left as well as their leaders fought hard to keep traditional marriage in this country pure and true. But the news continues to pour onto the public stories upon stories of judges granting victories to gay marriage seekers as each state bickers and fights over whether or not to make gay marriage legal. Just about each and everyday media members announces the new number of states allowing gay marriage. As of October 7, 2014 25 states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. as well as the District of Columbia) have allowed marriage certificates to be granted to same sex couples. Nevada provides legal unions to same sex couples. States like Michigan, Idaho, Arkansas, Texas, and Kentucky are viciously fighting against the court judges from forcing them to accept gay marriage as legal but these states appear to be fighting against long odds. Florida and North Carolina have same sex marriage legalization pending but not yet in effect. The other states either have same sex marriage out right banned or find themselves somewhere in the middle.
       Recently because of the Supreme Court avoiding the opportunity to make a decision on the legality of same sex marriage for all the states, individual state judges played the role as nation dictators by making that important decision themselves. Several judges arrogantly and likely illegally placed themselves as nation's lone decision makers by making gay marriage legal in their states and passing out marriage certificates to same sex partners. On Wednesday October 8, 2014 a Kansas judge ordered the state's most populated county to being issuing gay marriage certificates. Colorado has begun issuing gay marriage certificates. North Carolina and South Carolina will likely soon follow.
       While watching the news on television, listening to the radio, and reading about these current events on the newspapers both in print and online, the stories make these events appear as if these gay marriage court victories is all good for America. The media describes this judicial swing toward gay marriage as a grand slam winning homer hit during the middle of the ninth inning for the home team. Gay marriage cases are forcefully assimilated with the Black Americans Civil Rights Movement. People like Pierce Brosnan, President Barak Obama, Kobe Bryant, Madonna, Clint Eastwood and many others have publically announced their support for gay marriage and homosexuality while giving the traditional responses: "it is not a big deal", "let people marry who they love", "people should be able to do whatever makes them happy", and as previously mentioned, the ever so famous comparisons to the racism and harsh treatment Black Americans received before and during the Civil Rights Movement.
       A careful reader while poring through the news articles from media newspapers and listening to the commentaries on popular talk shows and current event discussions, will notice that much of popular media over glamorizes homosexuality and gay marriage, giving it constant affirmation, while never providing any information regarding the negative sides of homosexuality. People who disapprove of gay marriage are not given proper respect or careful attention to at least allow a chance to discover whether or not what they are saying is true. Homosexuals are told and preached to the world to be born that way even though many of them don't believe that themselves. There are many individuals who have currently state that they were once gay but have themselves experienced the process of changing their lives. The media simply ignores them. People often say that gay sex resembles sexual abuse and porn when shown to minors. They say that such scenes confuse minors while reducing their respect for the act of sex. Popular media calls those people "haters" and "bigots". Psychologists have come out to say that homosexuality is related to individuals who were sexually molested as children (1997 issue of the Journal of American Medical Association) . Researchers have shown that pedophilia and homosexuality is related (Fraternal Birth Order and Sexual Orientation in Pedophiles, " Archives of Sexual Behavior 29, pg 64) (also The Heterogeneity/Homogeneity of Pedophilia," Psychiatric Journal of the University of Ottawa 13 pg 218). Such comments are laughed at by the media, often responding that heterosexuals molest children too. They don't pay attention to the actual numbers showing the relationship between homosexuality and child molestation that such a relationship does exist. But it seems that popular media has chosen to rather be friendly and supportive to the gay crowd then to hold people accountable for actions and sins that are terribly harmful to human beings.
       Facts are there are many people in the United States, in the world who are hurt. They are crying inside. Many of them do not know how to handle their feelings, emotions. They do not know what to do. It is true that many gays deal with psychological issues like depression and suicides. Suicide plays a major role within men who have sex with men. Sadly the media plays this reality off by simply stating that these men are responding to being hated by the world. Popular media is feeding the world this lie by portraying gay characters on television as people who are often bullied, mistreated, but are trying hard to live a normal life just like everyone else. The media produces programs displaying a typical gay man's life as normal, minus any problems the average human being would deal with. Yes gay men and women are people like you and your next door neighbor and deserve to be loved. They are human beings and no individual(s) should mistreat them. Their lifestyle though is wrong and not just wrong but is also an extremely risky, very dangerous lifestyle to live. What the media does not show is that the average gay man's life is very promiscuous. The average gay active man engages in sex with several partners.  According to the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry 28% of homosexual men had more than 1000 partners. During a survey 79% of homosexual males said that over half of their sex partners are strangers. A 1978 study said that 78% of gay men had more than 100 partners, 28% more than 1000. These are huge numbers. Representing such large numbers no wonder men who have sex with men are the largest populating in America suffering with the HIV AIDS virus. But popular media will try to confuse listeners by always touting African Americans as being AIDS victims. Popular media and most of the educational institutions and leaders  preach that AIDS is a black race problem. They confuse much of the world into believing hat only black men and women from African American centered US communities and African villages and cities receive AIDS. What many people in The western world do not understand is that gay men and women out number African Americans by far in being victimized by the AIDS/Virus. AIDS is sickening and killing people in large numbers in areas of the world like Thailand, India, The United Kingdom, Russia, China, Mexico, Ukraine. The disease is located all over the world. The sickness is hitting men of all colors, nations, and races. The situation is at a point where it can grow much worse. Imagine having AIDS and Ebola racing neck to neck hitting individuals here and there and the media wants us to simply worry about Africa.
       Unfortunately popular media has lied to America and the world regarding the negative effects of homosexuality. Allowing same sex marriage to be legal throughout the country will only make the matter worse by painting a false picture on the behavior. Legalizing same sex marriage will further allow the act of men having sex with men and women with women appear normal. Approving same sex marriage in America will bolster popular media toward its mission to popularize homosexuality making the behavior seem positive. People who in other circumstances, maybe even in a previous generation may have never given the behavior a thought may become curious to try it because they see their famous celebrities (ex. Raven Symone, Cosby Show) and maybe even their own friends involved in it. Who knows how many individuals, celebrities have been enticed by the seemingly wonderful entrapment planted by pop culture. Peer pressure is a powerful tool used by the devil to entice people into getting themselves involved in activities they would have never done on their own. Bad influences can quickly steer a person down the wrong path. A lot of the people involved in gay relationships were once married or were sexually intimate with a partner from the opposite sex. Some kind of pattern presented itself in these people's lives that caused them to change. Popular media will simply state that they were born gay and realized this later in their lives. But popular media's explanation does not derive from pure evidence or unbiased research of such kind of report. Some of these people have been saved from their wrongful patterns and directed back into the right path. Popular media often refuses to acknowledge and make references to such occurrences that happen more often than many of the "experts" will like to admit.
       A famous, popular media lure for enticing gay relationships is that the act in itself is okay and won't harm anyone. Such a wide acceptance given and approved via popular media with their attractive characters is similar to allowing cocaine and heroin to be distributed widely and freely throughout American cities and neighborhoods though popular sports characters. These people would have never become hooked into taking these drugs if not drawn by the opportunity and seeming attractiveness. But now that they are hooked, left to fend for themselves. They are often declared drug addicts, many spending much money and years attending chemical recovery classes and one-on-sessions with drug counselors. Think of the person who now has the HIV/AIDS virus, gonorrhea, or one of the many other sexually transmitted diseases. Each one has to spend thousands at times in the hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in treatment. Based on a 2010 figures the average annual per patient cost for HIV/AIDS treatment in the US is $19,912. That is a whopping amount of money. Many people living in the United States do not even make that amount of money per year. Popular media refuses to involved itself in any serious dialogue about these real financial problems facing the gay population. Television and news personalities hardly mentions the many individuals, both black and white, laying sick in hospital rooms, struggling because of having to shell out money to pay for these drugs the need in order to stay alive. The attention instead is placed on calling people who try to make useful discussions on these realities facing the gay population and America "bigots" and "haters". The media is a very powerful machinery within the US culture and much of the world. It has the ability to call people in arms to fight against the approach of sickness and disease amongst the gay population but it seems to have refused to instead of placing more emphasis and focus on legalizing gay marriage and gay rights. America has been given grace via the miraculous medications that has slowed down the quick successive deaths of the gay population that occurred back in the eighties. But though they are not dying as rapidly as they once were, they are still dying. And, as previously mentioned, many are only staying alive through paying out of pocket for expensive medications and treatment.
       If one will allow him or herself to blank out all the accusations of Christians or right wingers hating gay people or simply naming everyone unsympathetic to the gay movement a "homophobe". If one would take a deep breath and just listen to the facts. Forget about people like Rosie O'Donnell. She is a celebrity who, like Cyndi Lauper, is a committed Leftist, who will pretty much accept anything approved of by Major Hollywood moguls and popular, rich, atheist individuals. These are people who don't believe in God as being the Father, the Creator of mankind, the Almighty. They don't believe in Jesus Christ being the Redeemer of this World. The Howard Stern's of this world will only regurgitate explanations given to them by Satan. Look at reality. Peer your eyes beyond what is shown on television and in the news. Does the gay population look alright? Do they appear physically and mentally healthy? Are the majority of them doing well financially? Can one honestly agree that even if all of them were allowed to marry in this country that many of the current physical and financial problems they currently face will decrease? And if they don't can one honestly blame it on a homophobic society?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What does Yoga Offer?

       Has one notice that as the main media and much of the world has openly rebelled against God and the Bible, society all over has openly campaigned throughout the western world for yoga? The media's heavy push for yoga always advertises a very positive, no lose reward for all those who pursue it. Yoga for much of it's peddlers symbolizes a means of happiness one can achieve without spending time boring over the Bible, driving to church, laboring through Biblical lessons or studies, or even trying to live a moral life. Yoga preaches meditation techniques that is supposed to create mindfulness, concentration, super mundane powers and insight. An insightful person may ask super mundane powers from where? Who is this mundane power? And what is this individual who practices yoga actually concentrating on?  A world full of atheists and agnostics who will often argue and fight to say that there is not a god will pursue time and energy meditating for a super mundane power whom they can not specifically explain, describe, nor name. They cannot state who or what they are suppressing their bodies for. 
       The Wikipedia explains yoga as the yoking together of the mind and body. Yoking is supposed to illustrate the "yoking together" of mules and horses. While reading this explanation one may still ask: "yoking to who? what? When a yoga follower sits on the floor with his or her legs crossed while breathing in and out, closing his or her eyes and humming, who is this person humming too? the air? 
While reading through various definitions and views of yoga I came across explanations such as relying on progressive restrictions of inputs from the outside, making oneself aware of his or her deepest nature, to experience one's deepest self. And again after reading through these explanations one may still ask restrictions from who? or after knowing one's deepest nature then what? How is one knowing his or her deepest nature going to transform his or her life? Will knowing your deepest nature make you happier? Will the achievement make you smarter? Will it bring you any closer to a state of no suffering? Will one achieve everlasting peace?
       These are typical questions that an individual who has not been sold into yoga may ask, or even one who has. These same questions are difficult to find the answer to. Christianity preaches meditation also but instead of one trying to yoke together his mind and body, the individual will communicate directly to Jesus. Someone who has prayed to Jesus and welcomed Him into his or her life will be able to talk freely with Him without ever needing to cross his or her legs or be forced to practice breathing exercises. Any one of you who has visited a Bible believing church, can you imagine the attendees sitting cross legged on their butte while practicing breathing exercises? Can one imagine Isaiah, Moses, Paul, or even Jesus sitting cross legged while enduring one of their many trials and sufferings? This is what the media and much of the world is trying to sell the world as good or beneficial. This is the same group of people who state constantly the separation of church and state. These are the same people and media who refuse to tolerate the idea of having the Ten Commandments posted in a court room or any general public facility. These same groups of people will be quick to want to expel your child for openly inviting someone to church while within his or her class room or discussing the rewards of salvation and baptism in the middle of the students' lunchroom. These are also the same media, groups, and individuals who will call someone a bigot or homophobic for choosing not to support homosexuality and, or gay marriage.
       But what does Yoga have to offer? Can it produce miracles? Can it save marriages? Can yoga turn an abusive, drunken husband into a loving spouse who becomes clean and sober for the remainder of their marriage? Can Yoga bring hope to a fallen nation who has forgotten their God, One who once brought them hope and freedom from countries, empires, religious organization, and leaders who were trying to kill them? Can the exercise pull one's precious soul out of the depths of hell? Can being aware of one's deepest nature allow him or her to spend eternity with Jesus in heaven? Do you want to place your soul into the hands of yoga? Where's your faith? Which reality sounds better to you? 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Why Stay?

       The video of Ray Rice punching his then fiancee has been shown on television repeatedly thanks to the Kings of Gossip - TMZ. Now everybody who is an avid football fall, or at least television viewer, has witnessed the scene of the famous knockout punch and later Ray Rice dragging his unfortunate wife from across the floor. After the picture first aired masses of anti - domestic violence and pro -  woman groups as well as individuals came out in front of the microphones and cameras voicing their dismay and anger against Ray Rice, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and the NFL. The NFL was receiving constant attacks and criticism for running a league full of mad driven, high ego males who habitually beat up their wives and girlfriends as if the behavior was customary. Myself, a fan of Ray Rice and a sorta fan of the Baltimore Ravens felt very disappointed in him. "He should have known better", I thought. Regardless of what she may have said or done, "he did not have to punch her". But, like most people, after hearing her comments concerning the transgression, - "No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family" - a feeling of shock and disbelief immediately struck me. "Don't you realize that man could have easily ended your life?!?" I felt like screaming inside her ears. But then after awhile the feelings of disbelief dissipated. I realized that this is a domestic situation and these scenarios are often extremely complicated. I began to read the commentaries on many of the readers of various internet articles based on the Ray and Janay Rice domestic incident and saw similarities between their comments and my initial feelings regarding Janay Rice's response. A lot of Americans  are still clueless when it comes to domestic violence. Many of them assume that Janay is simply standing by her husband for his money or that she is just the typical booty shaking, pro sports groupie whose brain is located nowhere close to reality. But despite what many people believe her support for her man may have nothing to do with his money. She may be inellectually  brighter than you and I. Domestic violence has little to do with the financial power of the man, his family or their social status. Poor husbands beat up their wives just as much as rich and middle class husbands. Spousal abuse occurs throughout all occupations, nations, religions, and cultures. Domestic violence is an individual issue where various combinations of anger, fear, and suspicion is triggered by events and circumstances. The effects of these events and circumstances differ depending on the aggressor and his or her personal history as well as psychological mindset.  The victim in the relationship, her history, psychological mindset also contributes towards the intensity and frequency of the violence by how he or she responds to the aggressor and the situation. When he yells does she often yell back? When he strikes does she often strike back? When he threatens her does she stay in the home or does she call a friend or relative? When she comes after him does he lock himself inside a safe place or does he immediately call the police? When she says she is sorry does he believe her? There are so many more questions but each and every one of them are crucial. Each question plays a very key role in the decisions the agressor and the victim will make and whether or not their will be further violence in the relationship.
       A lot of people place complete blame on Ray Rice stating that no man should ever hit a woman no excuses. As a person who has spent three years interacting within domestic violence and anger management group sessions I know, that simply walking away from a loved one who upsets you is not always easy. Words as well as actions hurt and when that loved one says those few words or sentences that hits that nerve the individual immediately wants to fight back. Human beings are prideful we don't always want to walk away allowing another person to win the argument or get away with saying something hurtful. But then again I was not there in the parking lot with the couple so I cannot state for sure whether or not Janay Rice said anything meaningfully provoking toward her husband or whether he may have been doing all the provoking from the very beginning himself. Regardless though, a man should never hit a woman. especially a man that big. Ray Rice should have known better. He did not have to punch her. He could have called a friend, a cab, even the police, just to protect him, his wife, his children from encountering a life changing situation. And it is very possible he may have punched her before. If that is the case I pray that Janay wakes up and calls the authorities or someone for help because way too many real stories occur where a loved one ends the life of someone he or she was supposed to take care of but failed to because of the inability to control his or her temper. And if Janay is often saying cruel words to him in order to provoke him and he is not able to handle it then he needs to consult further counsel and help from a trusted source. They have the money they can afford it.
       As mentioned before domestic violence is a very complicated issue and should not be treated as a one size fits all affair. It is possible that this was a one time infraction that will never happen again. I believe that the two really love each other but like all couples they have disagreements and this time the argument between the two got way out of control. The first thing they should do is to do everything to not allow the media, ex. TMZ, or public opinion to influence their reliatonship. TMZ cares nothing for Janay and Ray Rice. The media simply is running after the ratings and all the money, attention, and laughter that comes with it. Shut the door from the media get help and counseling. Attend a church, yes church, that believes strongly in the Word of God as well as loving on people. It does not occur often but yes couples do save their marriages, even have good ones after experiencing marital violence. It takes a lot of patience, love, and FORGIVENESS, but it is doable. Of course, if the man is beating her like a pulp and continues to do so then for the sake of saving one's life and possibly the children, by all means leave, and leave quickly.
       Circumstances where a wife is beating up on her husband, physically or verbally can be a bit more tricky because often times the husband is more physically stronger and intimidating than his wife. But there are wives who physically abuse their husbands and if such abuse is beginning to become life threatening then he needs to consider leaving his woman in order to protect his life or both and protect their children if they have any. Verbal abuse is trickier. Here he needs to follow the advice of a wise pastor or counselor but please don't do what Ray Rice did.