Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Somali Terrorist and a Twist

Well, I'm sure by now you've heard the news...or maybe not, since it is rather controversial.

Yesterday, there was a calculated and completely evil attack on unsuspecting students on the campus of Ohio State University.  Nine students were injured by means of car/knife, and the clincher that the mainstream media would prefer to bury, is that the attacker was a Somali refugee, probably one of those poor, dear souls reported to be fleeing ISIS, and given the keys to the country, just like that.  Well, sir, thank you for totally pulling the wool over our eyes.  We never saw it coming.  (Don't mind the tongue in cheek)

Moving on, however, there are two important points I wanted to make with this blog. 

1.  There was a hero to this story.  Yes, I said it.  A H.E.R.O.  His name is Officer Alan Horujko.  This brave warrior eliminated the threat...shot and killed the terrorist, thereby saving many other lives. 

His name should go down in history books. It should have been recognized and applauded by all the major news agencies.  Our very own President should have called this brave officer and thanked him for a job well done, but alas, again, all we hear are crickets...another evil plot foiled and a number of liberal dead heads refusing to admit we have a problem.

This time, good won out.  Evil lost.  It failed.  Lives were spared.  A hero emerged from the shadows.  A profession so widely criticized, was put to the test and proved itself worthy, which leads me to my second point.  Have you noticed that...

2.  All the whining college students who have been protesting and spewing hatred against cops, brutality and such, have suddenly fallen into oblivion, or at least back into their classrooms.

Those "bad, ole cops" and especially in particular, yesterday's situation, simply do not fit into their script.  Students actually needed a  boy in blue....oh the curse of it all.  I'm sure it really is a hard pill to swallow.

Could it be that law enforcement officers really are valuable?  Perhaps it just depends on the situation.  Is it possible that the nine who almost lost their lives yesterday might find some benefit to having them around?  Will situations such as this help change the mindset of the general public?  Ahh...I guess time will tell.

For what it's worth, I am thankful that God raises up heroes like Officer Horujko, but more importantly, I am thankful for a God who came to our aid even when we were His enemy...when we were completely undeserving. 

And, I'm thankful the protesters have gone back to class.  At least until the next thing comes along giving them opportunity to skip.

Just thinking out loud.


Monday, November 21, 2016

The Thin Blue Line Standing Against the Unseen Enemy

Yesterday was an extremely tough day for law enforcement - a San Antonio detective ambushed and killed, a St. Louis Sgt. ambushed and shot in the face, a police officer in Sanibel, Florida shot and wounded as he conducted a traffic stop, and an officer shot during a traffic stop in Gladstone, MO.
Fears are high.  Frustration is out the roof.  Silence from our President is deafening.

This isn't the first grouping of attacks.  In actuality, they've been happening for what seems to be every day for the last several weeks, and frequently throughout the entire year.

Line-of-duty deaths are up 10%.  Gunfire deaths are up 71%.  

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem as if it is going to let up any time soon.  We are at war, and not the kind you think.  We are not in a battle with flesh and blood, but rather deep in the trenches with a darkening hatred that only comes from the enemy.

Sure, these men who have cowardly pulled the trigger on these officers are tangible and real, however, without realizing it, they are only puppets of a more sinister master.

The Apostle Paul reminds us in Ephesians 6:10-18, that we are in the throngs of battle, therefore, each of us are to put on our full armor in order to withstand the flaming arrows thrust our way.

For officers, this is not the time to quit or lessen your resolve.  You must press on, and fight the good fight.  Do not allow the enemy's underhanded tactics discourage you enough to lose sight of the purpose.  Integrity must interweave everything you do.  Courage must be your ever-present friend.  And finally, there are two very important things to remember in light of this battle which rages:

1.  There is a time and season for everything under heaven.  (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

In plain and simple terms, there is a season to be born and a season to die.  God knows those seasons for each of us.  He has numbered our days (Job 14:5), and nothing or no-one can alter the days He has chosen for us.  They are what they are.

There is also, according to scripture, a time to kill and a time to heal.  You have a duty to protect and defend.  If that means taking necessary means to take out your enemy, then pick up your weapon and act.  But, there is also a time for healing.  This thin blue line family is in dire need of healing, along with the entire nation.  True healing can only come from God and having a personal relationship with Him.  You need to embrace that, but so do these who are so darkened by sin and hatred.  With that said, this is a call to prayer for all.

2.  Nothing happens without God's allowance or full knowledge. (Job 1:8, Job 2:3-6, Luke 22:31-32, 1 Corinthians 10:13, James 1:2-4)

We don't fully understand this concept, but the enemy only has power to act, when God allows him to have it.  He can do nothing to you or I unless and until God permits it.  

Why does a loving God allow harm to come to those He loves?  Again, it's something beyond our comprehension, but likely could be as a testing of our faith/the faith of those who care about us; He has higher plans to bring beauty out of ashes and ultimately glory to Himself; the refining of His people, etc. 

Officers, you have been called to this very important task.  There will be days when you feel all strength and courage dissipate, but wait upon the Lord and allow Him to re-fuel you and empower you with the stamina to keep on going.

For spouses and family members of the thin blue line, do not allow fear to render you powerless.  You must not allow the enemy to win by defeating you through your thought life.  If he can gain control over your mind, he's won a major victory.  Fear is not of the Lord, but of the one who wants to destroy you.

In those moments when whispers of evil invade your thoughts, ask God to surround you with His peace and bring that overwhelming stillness. Try eliminating or at least reducing the amount of negativity you are exposed to, and rather fill your mind with the truths of the Word.

Some practical tips I have learned over the years include...

1. Taking a walk
2. Surrounding myself with praise and worship music
3. Doing something kind for someone else
4.  Shutting down Facebook
5.  Spending time on my knees in prayer

The bottom line is this...

The war has already been won, but there are still going to be casualties in small skirmishes.  As long as Christ tarries to return, the enemy is going to seek out whom to destroy.  That means, we have to armor up and be prepared for battle, and the first and most important step is making sure Christ is the One you are following.

It's time that all of us collectively buckle up, suit up, and pray up so that God will move mountains on our behalf, and the thin blue line will withstand the pressures of this war.

He is able!



Friday, November 18, 2016

America...Home of the Immature and the Depraved

I hate to beat a dead horse, but...

Like many of you, my Facebook and Twitter accounts have been inundated with news feeds, comments and stories about the latest antics of classless America.  Let's just face it, stunts of immaturity and degradation sell, and it's all about the money, right?

Against liberal wishes, and along with their extreme attempts to disrupt and malign the constitutional system, our next President, whether some like it or not, voted for him or not, will be President-Elect Donald Trump. 

It doesn't matter how much whining, complaining, rioting or fit-pitching any of us do, it's whom the majority chose, and whom I believe God chose, as the Bible clearly reminds us..."He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others." Daniel 2:21

Yet, here we are almost two weeks later, still arguing about it and displaying our immaturity to the world.  College students, once looked upon as our future, crying themselves into a stupor (whether real emotion or put on), a wedding party giving the Trump Tower the finger (classless), Trump Tower tenants petitioning the Trump name to be taken off...seriously?  It is his building, by the way.  Hillary giving an oh-so-pitiful speech with that worn, whoa-is-me look.  School children, who for whatever reason are being allowed to protest during school hours.  Protesters being paid to "protest". 

Four words...





First of all, this is absolutely orchestrated.  It is well-thought out and planned.  There are big money backers who are concerned that their days of corruption are numbered.

Second, in all honesty, the division, though real, is not tied up in flesh and blood, but rather comes from something much more sinister, more powerful than any organized group or entity.

The Bible tells us that there are spiritual forces working against anything good within the world.  The enemy is rearing his ugly head because he knows his plans are being "trumped" by Someone much greater - the Lord, Jesus.

Multitudes of prayers have been uttered for months.  Large numbers of Christians have been on their knees praying for God to spare and restore America.

Whether Trump is another Mother Theresa or not, I believe he is God's anointed at this time.  It is very dangerous, not to mention unintelligent, to fight against the Lord.  He will win.  His plans will prevail.   He will not be mocked.

Therefore, it is time to put on our grown up pants and funnel our extra energy, aggression and money where it counts - helping others, creating jobs, saving lives, doing good things for humanity.

Hatred, bickering, crying, whining, etc. will only get us so far...down the tubes. 

So, America, stand up, speak up and buck up.  Let's get on with the positives.  We owe it to the next generation.