Monday, January 31, 2011

"It's A Free Country!"

Unfortunately, it's least not anymore.

Do we have freedom to carry our guns to church? Do we have freedom to share the gospel openly in public schools? Do we have freedom to drive down the road without being "checked" by the local police? Do we have freedom to preach on the streets without being arrested? Do we have freedom to peacefully protest without a "go-ahead" from authority? Do we have freedom of speech? Of religion? Do we have freedom from "unreasonable searches and seizures", free in our "persons, houses, papers, and effects"? Do we have the freedom to handle State affairs without the federal government "butting in"? Do we have freedom from attack - not from other countries - but from those in the White House? Do we have freedom from immigrant invasion? Do we have freedom of the press? Of the media? Of perversion from Hollywood? Do we have freedom from communists who have snuck in behind the scenes and are now the ones at the very top of government power? Do we have freedom of property without unjust taxes?  The freedoms we don't have anymore are astonishing. Every freedom that I just listed, plus many more, openly contradict our Constitution. You see, we are no longer ruled by constitutional and biblical law; rather by the whim of whoever stands in office.  The correct terms to use would be totalitarianism and dictatorship.  In other words, tyranny.

No, this is not a free country. Some may call it a New World Order.  We aren't a nation anymore.  Instead there are communists who are working to make all nations of the world one.  Considering the diverse population of the United States, I'd say we are a conglomeration of nationalities, fooling ourselves we are still a nation.  As Barak Obama said, we are no longer just a Christian nation, but a Muslim nation, a Jewish nation, a Hindu nation, etc.  I would also add, "a communist nation and a socialist nation." 

Theodore Roosevelt once said, "The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities..."

He spoke prophetically as if he knew what America would be like in 2011.

We are no longer a nation.

Bearing in mind the fact that there are people who would like a new Constitution, or even a revision of the present one, I'd say we won't have biblical constitutional standards for long, if we continue to let the wrong people lead us.   The Left is adamant that every Christian law and principle be smashed into the dust.  Including gun rights.  Especially gun rights.  They want the people to be left defenseless in the face of the enemy (themselves).  They understand that the right to bear arms is a biblical demand; otherwise they wouldn't be so obdurately against it.   As Luke 11:21-22 says:

"When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armor wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils."

A bill, H.B. 54 that has been presented here in Georgia, has that biblical principle in mind. This is what Bobby Franklin realizes, as does Georgia Gun Owners: a people cannot be truly free unless they have the right to bear arms.   Citizens of Georgia, this ought to be a call to bring us to our feet.  Surely we can see the hidden danger in a society that doesn't have the right to carry their guns to church.  We are then left open to attack, defenseless in the face of the enemy.  However, we are to be prepared at all times.

Another thing we ought to realize is that crime rates plummet downward when God-fearing, responsible citizens have the right to carry guns, and defend life against murderous marauders and molesters.  If the law forbids us to carry our guns to church, eventually the law (or actually the people behind it) will take away our right to carry guns anywhere.  Once that happens, we will be attacked more aggressively from every side.  Our children will grow up in an exposed and vulnerable society where thugs parade the streets and no one is safe.  Are we going to allow ourselves to be backed into a corner with no maneuvering room?

The right to bear arms goes back to the founding of the New World (1600s) when colonial settlers carried their guns to church for the protection of their families (Listen here to find out more information).  People in history have always understood that it is a duty, a God-given right, to protect, families.  It should never be just a consideration or a choice - it is a command.  Americans today deem the usage of weapons as less essential compared to those in past history who considered it necessary.   In this day and age, so many places prohibit guns.  In view of all the crime that rampages our fair country, we never know when we might be attacked, which is why we must always be ready (1 Peter 3:15).

Because there are men out in the world who would like to destroy our families and churches, it is even more vital that citizens who are accountable have the right to carry their guns wherever they go, including church buildings.  If not, crime and corruption will burst out bolder than ever.

Will you join us in supporting gun rights?  Will you take a stand for liberty?  Sometimes we complain that there isn't anything we can do!   Here is your first step.  Uncle Sam doesn't want you; instead God wants you to join His army, one that stands for liberty and justice for all.  Our Constitution is being trampled upon.  Our lives are being surrendered to a Utopian, socialistic dream.  Our very country is at stake.  Don't we want to live in a "free country" once again?

 (Another "checking" device of our so-called justices of the peace. Can we really believe this is security?)

“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”  -George Washington

“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light.”  -George Washington

“If we are not governed by God, then we will be ruled by tyrants.”  -William Penn

“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.”  -General Douglas MacArthur

“Two choices are set before a nation. Either God is the ultimate authority or man is.”  -Gary DeMAr

“No man can escape the problem of authority. Every man will consciously or unconsciously appeal to some authority as basic and ultimate to life. Most authorities revered by men today are human authorities: the individual, the people, the elite thinkers and planners, science, reason, or the state. These are all humanistic authorities.”  -R.J. Rushdoony

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”  Edmund Burke

“I charge you, citizens of the United States, afloat on your wild sea of politics, there is another king, one Jesus: the safety of the state can be secured only in the way of humble and wholehearted loyalty to His person and of obedience to His law.”  -A.A. Hodge.

“When a man is secure in the possession of his property, he has an area of liberty and dominion which is beyond the reach of other men. If no man and no state can reach in to tax and confiscate his property, man can enjoy true liberty and great security, whether he be prosperous or poor. Every attack on private property [and guns] is, therefore, an attack on man’s liberty.  Man’s freedom and security in the possession of his property is not only basic to man’s independence, but it is also basic to his power. A man has power if he can act independently of other men and the state, if he can make his stand in the confidence of liberty. Every attack on private property therefore is also an attack on the powers of free men as well as their liberty.”  -R.J. Rushdoony

A video James Brown of Covenant Commission (pastor of Covenant Baptist Church) speaks on H.B.54

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Right to Bear Arms "shall not be infringed."

 I took the liberty of copying and pasting an issue of my dad's covenant e-newsletter he sent out last night, for my readers' benefit.  Just recently this has came to my attention, considering the fact that my mom, sisters, and I helped Daddy shoot video yesterday.  Below you will find out the important information needed to understand the reason for this post.  People, the right to carry firearms is not something to be afraid of, unless, of course, when guns are in the hands of lunatics (the same thing could be said of driving, drinking, serving in positions of leadership, etc.)  The Second Amendment to the Constitution gives us that right - a right already ordained by God (protecting life).  How is a man to protect his family if he can't carry his gun to church?  "The law makes no sense."   The right to bear arms "shall not be infringed" (2nd Amendment to the Constitution), including places of worship.

 January 26, 2011

Dear Brethren,

On a number of occasions over the years, I’ve awakened to the news that a violent, gun-wielding thug has burst into a place of worship and taken the lives of peaceful worshippers.  Attacks upon defenseless crowds are becoming more common.  Criminals and madmen look for easy targets.

I’m rather troubled by the thought of such an occurrence at places of worship in Georgia.

Unfortunately, if something like this were to occur in Georgia, worshippers would be sitting ducks—defenseless in the face of the assault.

Why?  Because the government of the State of Georgia says we are criminals if we carry to defend ourselves and our families in our places of worship.  Why can we protect ourselves when we go down to the local grocer but not in our worship facility?

The law makes no sense.  We are left open to attack by those who would wish to do us harm. We are considered criminals and this is wrong.

The good news is that we can fix this.  Recently, I was made aware of a bill, H.B. 54, which was introduced in the Georgia General Assembly by Rep. Bobby Franklin.

If passed, individuals in Georgia would be able to carry at their preferred place of worship.

I’m supporting this bill and I hope will too. If you are a pastor or minister, please get behind this bill as well.  We need the support of pastors to get this legislation passed.  Our state representatives must know that pastors and well as their parishioners want this legislation.

What you can do is get on the phone right now and call the legislature.  Call your elected officials and demand that they call for a public, roll-call vote on H.B. 54.  Ask them to publicly support the bill and to vote for it when it comes to the floor.

The first week in February (next week), we are trying to get some pastors and other concerned Georgians to go with us to the State legislature and speak with members directly.  We are attempting to show support for this legislation and influence them to stand firm this time around.  We cannot let them get out of acting on this important bill.  Our public support is the only way to ensure the bill comes to a vote.

If you are interested in going with us to the State legislature please respond to this email as quick as possible so we can get the date and time coordinated.  It will be well worth your time and greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much and God Bless.

For Christ and liberty,

Pastor James Brown Jr.
Covenant Baptist Church

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

What Our Future Courtships Will Look Like...

 No close proximity

 Casual conversation

Girl: *blushes*

How boring this is. "Daddy, I tire of this! I never want to get married!"

This may be a cute picture of courtship, but it is a serious step, one that should not be taken lightly, and only under God's guidance.   May God  raise us up to be His pure children who glorify Him in everything, even relationships.  Marriage is a covenant of two people together, which begins with a beautiful courtship.  May Psalm 144:12 describe us as sons and daughters:  

"That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace." 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Living The Impossible

2010 has closed its door; 2011 has opened another.  This means God has not forsaken us, but has given us another chance at life, and another chance to live wholly for His glory.  Let's look at "living for God's glory" a moment.  1 Corinthians 10:31 says, "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." We may smile and nod our heads in righteous piety, but do we take this verse at its fullest context?  "I pray before I eat," we may say triumphantly.  Apparently we forgot to read the remainder of the verse.  You've heard that the Bible applies to every area of life?  This verse could sum it up.  Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever, exactly what this verse is reminding us.   "Whatsoever ye do" doesn't mean whatever we feel like doing or whatever we want to do - it is everything.  That means how we treat our siblings, honor our parents, the music we listen to, the movies we watch, the books we read, the words we say, our attitudes, our thoughts, even the simplest chores around the house.  We want to do something big, however.  Some of us may be willing to face the jungles of Africa or the communist hostility in China, but no one wants to wield a toilet scrubber and face a dirty bathroom.  Or, we may want to work in a big company for fame, recognition, money, or even just to make a difference, but who wants to help their father in his vision and business, especially if it is small and unnoticed?  We would gloriously die on the mission field, but we don't want to live contentedly at home. We take Paul's words in Philippians 1:21 a little too far.  Sure, to die is gain for Christ.

Daughters at home can get a little discouraged sometimes.  Okay, maybe very discouraged (more than sometimes).  This is dangerous- very dangerous - because the world begins to look inviting.  We must not fall into that trap!  Daily routine becomes monotonous. Because of our restlessness and discontentment, we are grumpy, moody, and liable to be snappish.  The truth of the matter is that we are not happy with our position, and we don't want to glorify God in everything.

I'm not one for making New Year's resolutions.  I never have been.  Anything I might have "promised" myself in the past always ended in disaster, such as waking up every morning with a smile on my lips and a song in my heart.  It's always the impossible with me.  I might want to be completely loving, always honoring my parents, never quarreling [much] with my siblings, always having the right attitude in every situation, being a servant, daily displaying the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23), and on and on and on the list goes.  Call me crazy, but I'm a perfectionist.

Mark 10:27 and Luke 1:37; 18: 27 say the same thing: with God nothing is impossible.  So we think that, while glorifying God in the home, everything should be practically unproblematic.  We want the easy life.  Yet, if everything was easy and breezy, where would satisfaction come in?  Our character would never be strengthened, our patience would never be tried, and we would never receive a "well done" from our Master.  Life wouldn't be life without difficulty.  There would be no triumph over trials and no ultimate glory in the end.  We would be lazy good-for-nothings.

Again we take a verse out of context (many times we do this to fit our preferences, ironically).  We as infallible human beings cannot be perfect!   Everything is impossible with us because we cannot do good. (Romans 3:10; 3:23; 7:15; Isaiah 64:6)   Therefore we shouldn't expect a miracle every morning (especially at 7:00 a.m.).  However, this also doesn't mean we have the right to be a snappy grump.  Titus 2:3-5 exhorts women of all ages to be holy, temperate, loving, discreet, good, and obedient - showing us a pattern of good works.   I know from experience how hard it is to be kind and patient.  But that doesn't give us the license to be mean, cross, and irritable.  To develop a good relationship with family and friends we have to be considerate, helpful, understanding, and attentive.  If not, bitterness and strife will cause pain because of rejection.   Again, speaking from experience, people will want to completely ignore you if you haven't the right attitude.  Everyone finds irksome people a chore to get along with.  True love will find a way, however, even amongst faults. (1 Corinthians 13)

With a whole new year ahead of us, just waiting for us to taste the delicious delights pending over the horizon, we shouldn't expect the impossible.  Instead, cultivate joy and contentment even in the smallest of things.  People will be happier, and the atmosphere so much more pleasant.  Because God in His mercy and grace has given us another chance, we ought to look forward with bright eyes and a rapidly beating heart.  Only God knows what lies ahead, but we can be sure it will be something grand as long as we walk in His footsteps.

Living the impossible...
For the Crown Rights of Jesus Christ
Soli Deo Gloria!
For Christ's Crown and Covenant

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A Lot of Catching Up To Do...

I'm back!...with lots to post. Daddy and Mama's 18th anniversary came first, Christmas flew by, and finally the New Year showed its face.  It's surreal the way so many things have came and went!  Even more astonishing is that today we are living in 2011.  Just where did all the time go?  The holidays season was a joyous time of family, friends, and fellowship, unforgettable memories, and best of all: laughter and love, especially the love of God.  We have had so much to be thankful for.  There were more goodies to bake, plenty of beautiful home-made gifts to wrap and open, annual Christmas movies to watch, lighting advent candles, the Christmas Story reading, etc.  And now today, January 4th, little Clara Mae's 7th birthday.  My, how times flies...

 18 years of a blessed and happy marriage

 Twue wuv!

 Ready to distribute...

 Goodies, of course

 Wide-eyed and innocent....if you don't notice that wee bit of chocolate around the mouth...

 Little candy bags

 Liberty really enjoyed opening presents

 A sweet little mommy!

 Wrong way, mommy!

Finally, a sword with which to protect his weak "little" sisters.

My lil sister growing up...
Happy Birthday, Clara Mae!

Now that the busiest time of the year has passed, hopefully I can get back on schedule.  I never really realize how much I miss blogging until I've gone weeks without a post.  I pray everyone had a splendid holiday season, but are now ready to plunge back into "normal" life with all its ups and downs, chaos and happiness.  Farewell, my readers, until next time...

Maybe then I'll have something more interesting to post...

Monday, January 3, 2011

A Journey of Hope

 With an inspirational message, "Blind Hope" is the story of a bitter young woman and the blind dog which was thrust into her life. From the time of their first meeting, both woman and dog begin an amazing journey as they experience love, trust, and peace.  They are transformed by God's unfailing love and grace.  From this story we can learn that although we are imperfect, even when we feel unloved, God is always near to comfort us and cheer us - even in the roughest parts of our lives.

I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.