In order to make sense of the chaos and vast trials dealt by 2020, you have to go back in time. If you don’t learn from hints left behind by historians, you’ll fall prey to future lies, schemes and uprisings. Thomas Paine was an English-born American political activist, philosopher, theorist, and revolutionary. Paine authored two of most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution. Paine’s work inspired the patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Great Britain.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might, Deuteronomy 6:5.
Two of my favorite quotes from Thomas Paine are listed below. “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph”. “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Common Sense challenged the authority of the British government and the royal monarchy. The plain language that Paine uses spoke to the common people of America to openly ask for independence from Great Britain. These words were like the spark that ignited states to commence the American Revolution.
Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins shall die, Ezekiel 18:4.
Fast forward nearly 250 years, the death of George Floyd has spawned a new movement. Whether out of compassion, fear or guilt, many Americans have donated to, joined or participated in Black Lives Matters protests. Citizens across the country in all 50 states have come out to support this cause. Yet, actions speak louder than words. Will Planned Parenthood representatives begin to convince African American woman not to have an abortion? Is defunding the police really the answer? Yes, Thomas Paine was right, “these are the times that try men’s souls.” I pray to the Lord that God will save and restore America before this country is torn apart.
Who needs Reality Television when daily current events bring news stories that seem more appropriate for a comedy, drama or Sci-Fi thriller. Anyone who watches cable news, follows social media or scans the internet will find a real life soap opera. Instead of watching the Jersey Shore, people want to know what is it like to live in land formerly known as Chaz. When asked about protestors who have secured this six block section of downtown Seattle, the mayor replied, “If this movement continues, this could become the summer of love.” While members of the mainstream media have painted the picture of a street festival, some concerned citizens have requested to have their identities hidden to avoid any backlash.
Understand [this], my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear [a ready listener], slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry. 20 For man’s anger does not promote the righteousness God [wishes and requires], James 1:19-20.
Grant Napear was the Play by Play announcer for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association for 22 years. Over the past two decades, Napear has developed relationships with NBA players he called games for. Following the death of George Floyd, DeMarcus Cousins, a former star with the Kings reached out to Napear via a tweet. The context revolved around wanting to know Napear’s opinion on Black Lives Matter. Trying to be all encompassing, Grant tweeted, “All Lives Matter.” This tweet set social media on fire, creating a backlash against Napear and the King’s organization. Bowing down to the Cancel Culture, Grant Napear was fired after expressing his politically incorrect opinion.
See, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil, Deuteronomy 30:15.
Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Alicia Garza co-founded Black Lives Matter in 2013. Black Lives Matter was conceived following protests after police shootings of African Americans. Over the past 7 years, Black Lives Matter has grown to become an international activist movement. Protests and riots spawned by the outrage over George Floyd’s unnecessary death at the hands of 4 Minnesota police officers has increased the public awareness of Black Lives Matter. After the homicides of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn, New York, Blue Lives Matter was founded on December 20, 2014 to counteract Black Lives Matter. Blue Lives Matter is designed to change these wrongs to law enforcement by shedding positive light on America’s heroes to boost morale and gain society’s support.
[If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which] I command you today, to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His ordinances, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land into which you go to possess. 17 But if your [mind and] heart turn away and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, 18 I declare to you today that you shall surely perish, and you shall not live long in the land which you pass over the Jordan to enter and possess, Deuteronomy 30:16-18
As political debates continue daily, one movement has been ignored, overlooked and silenced, The headline of an article says it all, Abortion at “historic low” by all measures, new CDC Study says. What the title minimizes is the fact that 623,471 babies were aborted in 2016. This was the lowest number of abortions in the United States in over 40 years. Having the lives of over 600,00 fetus’ snuffed out prematurely isn’t news worth celebrating. Just like one life lost to the Coronavirus is one too many, one unwanted pregnancy terminated is a sad state of reality. When my wife Leanne’s final pregnancy encountered a series of issues, a specialist suggested aborting our daughter Lydia. Instead of bowing to fear, the Lord protected Leanne and Lydia until her birth almost 16 years ago. While opinions vary depending upon who you ask, the born and unborn matter to God.