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Just Win Baby

While the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League stole most of the headlines in the 1970’s as America’s Team, another team only cared about one thing.  As owner of the Oakland Raiders, Al Davis adopted a simple strategy, “Just Win Baby!”  Instead of seeking approval and recognition like the Cowboys, Davis developed a win at all cost mentality.  Thus, as the Dallas Cowboys bandwagon grew in stature using their famous cheerleaders as eye candle, Oakland built a two time Super Bowl Champion using arrogance, intimidation and swagger.  Raider fans embraced being the bad boy team of the NFL, forming the Black Hole with crazy dressed fans sitting in the front row of the end zone.

Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable, 1 Corinthians 9:25.

During the 2012 presidential campaign between Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid accused candidate Romney of not paying taxes for ten years.  When a reporter approached Reid, asking for proof of this allegation, senator Reid replied, “don’t ask me, go ask Mitt why he hasn’t paid his taxes in ten years.”  This false statement was repeated so many times by members of the media that American voters believed this lie to be true.  Thus, president Obama easily won his re-election in 2012, becoming a two term president.  Upon his retirement from the Senate, Harry Reid was asked by a reporter, “don’t you feel bad about spreading this lie about a political opponent?”  Reid’s response would make the late Al Davis proud, “We won didn’t we.”  This comment speaks volumes about the “Just Win Baby” mentality in politics, even if it mean spreading lies to gain a victory.

Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:1.

If you follow current events or politics, the past three years has become a combination of Big Brother, the Jerry Springer Show and a real life Survivor series.  This soap opera began with a Russian Conspiracy Theory, moved to Obstruction of Justice and now is fueled by a phone call between President Trump and the new Ukrainian president.  While this is all going on, some Democratic leaders in Congress are leading protests, participating in chants of “Impeach the Mother F’er.”  When the dust settles, I won’t be surprised if ten years from now when another retiring Democratic Senator is asked about the present will boast about spreading more lies.  While adopting a Just Win Baby mentality in sports seems logical, applying this same mindset to politics will disenfranchise voters, further divide this country and threatens to destroy our Constitution.  May God help us all.

by Jay Mankus

 

A Clash of Two Cultures

The National Education Association was founded in 1857.  This group is the largest labor union and professional interest group in the United States.  This status also makes the NEA the most powerful and influential special interest group, swaying politicians to continue to fund education programs in their annual budget.  Prior to the 1970’s, education was left up to each state, giving local PTA members, parent teacher association, the ability to impact school curriculum.  However, in the last fifty years, education is being now controlled at the national level through objectives like Common Core.  With liberals and progressives now editing, replacing and writing new curriculum, the stage is set for a clash of two cultures.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith, 2 Timothy 4:7.

If you have children, you will be taking visits to colleges and universities that your daughter or son have interests in attending.  These tours may reveal an institutions true intentions or they might be hidden to avoid choosing an alternative school.  From my experience, these schools of higher education roll out the red carpet, trying to impress and persuade as many as potential students as possible.  As a former high school teacher, graduates often visited me relaying the good, bad and ugly sides of college.  Although many colleges on the east coast of the United States were founded by Christians for Christians, few traces of faith remain.  Just as public education removed Bible verses and prayer from its curriculum in the 1960’s, colleges have used revisionist history to scrub significant events like the Magna Carta from textbooks.  If generations grow up without a biblical worldview, college professors can introduce new ideologies that clashes with what parents and grandparents were taught.

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses, 1 Timothy 6:12.

These factors set the scene for current events like Antifa members taking over downtown Portland, Oregon, protestors harassing conservatives in public and marches on Washington.  From where I sit, observing day to day events, its like the Jerry Springer show on steroids, stirring the pot until emotions bubble over into a shoving match.  Perhaps, everyone needs to go into their corner, take a timeout out to relax and begin to act like a grown up in front of children who are watching.  America is on the verge of a new Civil War.  However, instead of re-enacting the events of 1861-1865 on a battlefield, this clash will between cultures.  One clinging to the Judeo Christian values of America’s founding fathers.  The other eager to usher in a progressive era replacing the Bible with a different set of moral and political standards.  I hope I am wrong about this clash, but if you watch cable news it appears this clash has already begun.

by Jay Mankus

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