Why school shootings: Not enough God, not enough guns

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We have spent the last 60 years telling God to get lost from our public schools. It should come as no surprise that He’s not around when we need Him.

There was a man who was living in a neighborhood when a salesman came door to door selling home security systems. He told the salesman he already had one. “What’s your security system?” he asked. The man replied, “God and a loaded gun.”

 We have spent the last 60 years telling God to get lost from our public schools. It should come as no surprise that He’s not around when we need Him.

I know a man who was living in a neighborhood when a salesman came door to door selling home security systems. He told the salesman he already had one. “What’s your security system?” he asked. The man replied, “God and a loaded gun.”

Who failed Douglas High students the most and deserves the bulk of blame?

It wasn’t a matter of either/or but both/and. I suggest we have mass school shootings because we don’t have enough God on our campuses and we don’t have enough guns.

When tragic school shootings happen, like the one in Florida, everyone sends their “thoughts and prayers” to the families of the victims. But why don’t we pray before these shootings happen instead of waiting until somebody’s dead? Everyone understands that prayer in school is appropriate in the wake of a tragedy like this. But if it’s appropriate after, there’s no reason it’s not appropriate before.

Everyone understands that prayer in school is appropriate in the wake of a tragedy like this. But if it’s appropriate after, there’s no reason it’s not appropriate before.

Contrary to what the ACLU, the Freedom From Religion Foundation and activist judges believe, there is absolutely NO constitutional prohibition against prayer in schools. Schools routinely incorporated prayer into their school days from the Founding until 1963, when activist judges mangled the Constitution and mysteriously materialized a prohibition out of the judicial ether, a prohibition that had remained completely undetected since 1791 when the Bill of Rights was first enacted.

The First Amendment only restricts the federal government: “CONGRESS shall make no law…” The First Amendment was never intended by the Founders to serve as a restraint on states or schools. In fact, the federal government is prohibited by the Founders’ Constitution from messing with prayer at all. The central government and all three of its branches – including the judiciary – is flatly forbidden from “prohibiting the free exercise” of religion in any way. So if a federal court – even the Supreme one – bans religious exercise in public schools, it is prohibiting something the Constitution protects, which means it is the COURT which is violating the Constitution, and not the schools.

In fact, properly speaking, it is impossible for a school, or an administrator, or a teacher, or a student to violate the First Amendment by offering public prayer on campus, for the simple reason that it was not written to restrain them. The Founders intended to leave all matters of religious regulation in the hands of the states.

As Joseph Story, appointed to the Supreme Court by the Father of the Constitution, James Madison, wrote (emphasis mine):

“Thus, the whole power over the subject of religion is left exclusively to the state governments, to be acted upon according to their own sense of justice, and the state constitutions.”

Bottom line, according to the Founders’ Constitution, if a state wants to allow prayer in schools, it is absolutely free to do so. It is time for state governments to start reclaiming that constitutional right whether a federal court likes it or not since federal courts have no jurisdiction in the matter.

We have spent the last 60 years telling God to get lost from our public schools. It should come as no surprise that He’s not around when we need Him.

It’s instructive to compare the number of school shootings prior to 1963 when prayer was permitted in schools and the number after when it wasn’t. According to Wikipedia, the number of school shootings by decade from 1900 until 1970 looks like this: 15, 19, 10, 9, 8, 17 (in the 1960s).

The increase by decade after prayer was removed from schools is almost geometric: 30 (in the 1970s), 39, 62, 60, and 145 (from 2010 to 2018, with the number growing virtually by the month).

The number of deaths from school shootings follows a similarly grisly progression. In the six decades prior to the removal of prayer from schools (1900-1960), there were 62 deaths from school shootings, an average of just over 10 per year. In the six decades since (1960-2017), the number has ratcheted up astronomically to 419 (from 28 in the 1960s to 124 so far in this decade), an average of just under 70 per year.

It has always been a matter of obvious and demonstrable fact that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Perhaps the greatest tragedy of all in these school shootings is that when a shooter comes on campus, there is rarely anyone – a teacher or an administrator – who is armed and able to stop him.

Armed school resource officers are simply not enough. There were two of them present on the Florida campus, but the shooter easily evaded them. Who knows how many adults were in a position to stop the shooter but, unarmed, couldn’t do anything but throw their own bodies over students to protect them, as one of the football coaches heroically did in Parkland.

The 2nd Amendment quite conspicuously protects the “right of the PEOPLE” (not just the military or law enforcement) “to keep and bear arms.” It’s there for self-defense, and for the protection of vulnerable people who look to us for protection – our families and our students.

Eighteen states now allow concealed carry on their college campuses or in cars in their parking lots, and an organization called Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response (FASTER) is now training teachers and administrators how to carry safely on high school campuses. According to FASTER, there are a total of 23,000 schools – nearly a third of all public schools – who have armed security on staff. May their tribe rapidly increase.

I remember hearing a story about a guy who was sitting on the roof of his house as the flood waters rose. A neighbor in a motorboat came by and asked him if wanted a ride. He said, “No, I’m trusting in God to save me.” Then a Coast Guard helicopter came by and asked if he wanted them to carry him to safety. “No,” he said, “I’m trusting in God to save me.” Shortly after that, a police boat came by and asked him if he wanted to jump in. He said, “No, I’m trusting in God to save me.”

Well, about that time the flood waters reached the roof and he drowned. When he reached heaven, he complained to God: “I trusted you to save me and you didn’t do it.” God’s reply: “What do you mean I didn’t save you? I sent you two boats and a helicopter.”

We can’t very well blame God for not coming to our aid if we fail to use the tools (prayer and the Second Amendment) He has graciously given to us.

Trump at Prayer Breakfast Says US ‘Strengthened by the Power of Prayer’

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is second appearance at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump steered clear of partisan politics and focused on his belief in the country’s dependence on God.

“America’s a nation of believers and together we are strengthened by the power of prayer,” the president said in his 14-minute speech that emphasized connections between religion and government.

The 66th annual event, which drew more than 3,600 people to the Washington Hilton on Thursday (Feb. 8), was a time for prayer, speeches and networking between religious and political leaders from scores of countries. Guests at the breakfast of quiche, bagels and fruit salad included the presidents of Guatemala, Kosovo and Latvia.

Trump cited mentions of God in the Declaration of Independence, the words “In God We Trust” on U.S. currency and the etching of “Praise Be to God” atop the Washington Monument.

“Each year this event reminds us that faith is central to American life and to liberty,” he said. “Our rights are not given to us by man. Our rights come from our creator. No matter what, no earthly force can take those rights away.”

Trump’s speech, which also honored first responders, tireless teachers and hard-working parents, was a shift from his first speech to the annual event last year, in which he promised to “totally destroy the Johnson Amendment,” a 1954 legislative measure that prohibits tax-exempt houses of worship from involvement in partisan politics.

He also garnered headlines last year for using the prayer breakfast to bash Arnold Schwarzenegger, who took over as host after Trump left the reality show “The Apprentice.”

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., who spoke after Trump and described the “miracles” of his and others’ surviving a June shooting at a congressional baseball practice, expressed his appreciation for Trump’s challenge last year. He noted the House passed a measure to repeal the Johnson Amendment. But the Senate later removed it from the final tax bill.

Both Scalise, who declared “You can’t separate church from state,” and the president emphasized the importance of Americans’ right to express religious views.

“We see the power of God’s love at work in our souls and the power of God’s will to answer all of our prayers,” Trump said. “When Americans are able to live by their convictions, to speak openly of their faith and to teach their children what is right, our families thrive, our communities flourish and our nation can achieve anything at all.”

At times, the prayer breakfast almost resembled a celebration of faith healing, with an appearance by a military veteran who bounced back from serious injury in a car bomb attack in Iraq, and the president giving a shoutout to a 9-year-old girl who has a disabling illness but whose doctor said she was able to walk again because “this little girl has God on her side.”

Held in early February each year, the breakfast is sponsored by the Fellowship Foundation, a secretive Christian organization also known as the International Foundation. It is co-hosted by Democratic and Republican members of House and Senate weekly prayer groups. The breakfast is a predominantly evangelical Christian event, but Orthodox, Catholic and other Christians also take part, as do some non-Christians.

The breakfast also paid tribute to one of its longtime organizers, Doug Coe, who died last yearin late February.

President Trump described Coe as someone “who everybody loved” and added: “For 60 years Doug devoted his time and passion to this prayer breakfast and to many other wonderful causes.”

Coe had emphasized the foundation’s focus on people-to-people relationships. The breakfast is known not just for its big-ticket main event but the ancillary gatherings that give leaders a chance to meet and talk.

This year, there were a significant number of Russian attendees at a time when congressional leaders have been investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign.

Speaking in the corridor afterward, Konstantin Bendas of the Pentecostal Russian Union of Christians of Evangelical Faith said that a delegation of about 55 Russians attended the breakfast.

“When politicians cannot agree with each other, that’s the time when mere humans, mere people, should step in and start negotiating,” he said, speaking through an interpreter. “And believing people will kneel in prayer. And I think partially we have managed to do that today.”

Other attendees said they appreciated the multiday opportunity to connect with other people of faith.

“A lot of people focus on just the breakfast,” said Donna Rice Hughes, president and CEO of Enough Is Enough: Making the Internet Safer for Children and Families. “But it really is about three days of events and people coming together from all over the world and coming together in the spirit of Jesus.”

The Price of Kicking God Out of the Schools

The Price of Kicking God Out of the Schools

Tragically, there have been more school shootings in America. Our prayers are with the survivors and with the families of the victims. Reports even indicate that one coach in the Parkland, Florida shooting used his own body to shield others. Jesus said, “Greater love has no man than that he lay down his life for his friends.”

Many people are clamoring for gun control as if that would solve the problem. Of course, there used to be guns at school—long before there were school shootings.

Rev. Paul Blair, a Baptist minister in Oklahoma of the organization Reclaiming America for Christ, wrote an article recently talking about guns in his own public school background.

Says Blair, “In the school parking lot, every fourth car was a pickup truck, most of which had a rifle rack in the back window, a deer rifle hung on the rack and the windows rolled down. We never heard of such a thing as a school shooting. We knew right from wrong. We knew morality. Most of the students went to church as did most of our teachers.”

Of course, guns in the wrong hands can cause many problems. But the real issue gets back to the sinful heart of people.

I have interviewed Christian radio host and author Janet Parshall a few times through the years. One time, in a television interview for our program, “What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?” (based on the book I wrote with Dr. D. James Kennedy), Parshall made this insightful observation: “I can’t quite frankly imagine a world where there hasn’t been a Christian influence because one has to ask themselves the question, if we extrapolate out of the human experience Christianity, what’s left? Well, I think that the answer to that question has to be the basic sin nature of man.”

Dr. Kennedy and I wrote a follow-up book called, What If The Bible Had Never Been Written? In this 1998 book, we noted, “Many of the humanists’ goals have been realized in the public school arena. They have managed to throw the Bible out of the schools. But the result has not been what they imagined.  By every conceivable criterion, our public schools are a mess, and the banishing of our rich Judeo-Christian heritage in the schools has everything to do with it.”

That was before the school shootings began, in the late 1990s.

Others have said we need heart control, as opposed to gun control. One man, E. Keith Easter, wrote: “Take the guns, planes, subways, knives, cars, trucks, hammers, axes and drugs away and unless we as a people have a heart change, more and more people will find something to use as a weapon.”

Dr. Erwin Lutzer, pastor emeritus of the Moody Memorial Church in Chicago, wrote  Exploding the Myths That Could Destroy America. Note what he said on the absence of religion and its impact on morality: “An atheist’s logic tells him that he is of no more value than a baboon or a grain of sand, yet his life contradicts such a conclusion. He may provide for his wife and family, and if you were to steal his car he would want you to be punished—all this because he is created in the image of God.”

 Then Lutzer makes a chilling prediction in this 1986 book: “We have not yet seen the full result of humanism in the United States. We are still coasting on the values derived from our rich Judeo-Christian heritage.” Unfortunately, more and more people are following that atheistic logic out to its conclusion—and we are seeing the tragic results.

William McGuffey, the 19th century author of the best-selling McGuffey Readers, predicted: “Erase all thought and fear of God from a community, and selfishness and sensuality would absorb the whole man….Virtue, duty, principle, would be mocked and spurned as unmeaning sounds. A sordid self-interest would supplant every other feeling; and man would become, in fact, what the theory of atheism declares him to be—a companion for brutes.”

We hear the growing call for more and more laws, as though a thicker book of regulations could solve the problem. Yet we’ve seen that even the current laws and protocols are not properly enforced. John Adams noted that a free society must be a virtuous society, writing, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

We have a toxic stew in our society, where our schools have so often been turned into zones where Judeo-Christian morality is generally not allowed. I pray for a true national spiritual awakening. I believe it is America’s only real hope. Meanwhile, we are reaping what we have sown by essentially disallowing God in the schools.

Nikolas Cruz Says ‘Demons’ Told Him to Open Fire in Douglas High School

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Nikolas Cruz, facing 17 charges of premeditated murder in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, appears in court for a status hearing in Fort Lauderdale.

Accused school shooter Nikolas Cruz reportedly told authorities “demons” made him open fire in his alma mater.

ABC news reports Cruz told investigators that voices in his head told him how to conduct the attack where he allegedly murdered 17 students in teachers in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

One source who knew the suspect say he was “depressed” after his adoptive mother’s death, while another described him as a weapons enthusiast and “psycho.”

“I know she had been having some issues with them, especially the older one. He was being a problem. I know he did have some issues, and he may have been taking medication. [He] did have some kind of emotional problems or difficulties,” family member Barbara Kumbatovich told the Sun Sentinel. “[Lynda] kept a really close handle on both boys. They were not major issues, as far as I know, just things teenagers do like not coming home on time, maybe being disrespectful.”

Cruz’s public defender told Local News 10 the defendant will plead guilty immediately in exchange for a state promise to not seek the death penalty.

Among the deceased are several heroes who shielded students and fellow classmates from the spray of bullets.

Assistant football coach Aaron Feis reportedly covered students with his own body, absorbing the shots meant for them.

“It is with Great sadness that our Football Family has learned about the death of Aaron Feis. He was our Assistant Football Coach and security guard,” Marjory Stoneman football said on Twitter. “He selflessly shielded students from the shooter when he was shot. He died a hero, and he will forever be in our hearts and memories.”

Geography teacher Scott Beigel let students into his classroom while Cruz was in the hallway.

“He unlocked the door and let us in. I thought he was behind me, but he wasn’t,” student Kelsey Friend says of Beigel. “When he opened the door, he had to relock it so that we could stay safe, but he didn’t get the chance.”

One janitor stopped students from running toward the shooter.

“Thank God for a janitor that stopped us,” student David Hogg says. “She saved my life and she saved, easily, 40 others there.”

For more heroes, click here and here.

People of faith responded with both prayers and actions.

Cindy Jacobs charged intercessors to wage spiritual warfare against the principalities taking roots in schools, and the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team deployed chaplains to the scene immediately following the shooting.

“Our hearts break for the parents who sent their children to school, and are now with them in the hospital, or living a parent’s worst nightmare,” says Jack Munday, international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “So many lives have been forever changed by this evil act. As we pray for the students, faculty and families, we know God can bring hope and comfort, in Jesus Christ, in the darkest hours.”

The Parkland response is the fifth deployment of the year for the crisis-trained chaplains. Every one of the deployments in 2018 has been gun-related. The team responded to Benton, Ky., in January after a shooter killed two students and injured 18 more in a school shooting.

Seven evil spirits came out of Muslim woman with loud shrieks

A 34-year-old Muslim woman had been sick for 16 years and neither medical doctors nor witchdoctors could bring relief from her suffering.

“She always continued getting sick,” says Muhammad, a church planter with New Covenant Missions (NCM) in East Africa.

As her family’s money drained away visiting these practitioners, she got desperate. “No help was obtained for her from these medical institutes and witch doctors,” Muhammad notes.

As a last resort, she decided to visit a Christian church. “She came to our church and heard about the saving Lord and then we prayed for her, we laid hands on her and seven evil spirits came out of her with a force of great shouting and screaming,” Muhammad told NCM.

“Then we told her about the Savior Lord Jesus Christ and about Satan who is the enemy over our soul, and then we invited her if she was willing to receive this Lord Jesus Christ into her heart.”

Moved by the powerful encounter, the woman stood up and received Jesus in her heart and received forgiveness for her sins by calling on His name.

Even with the powerful deliverance and redemption, God was not done with her yet. “We prayed to the Lord Jesus to heal her sicknesses and bring about a complete healing to her body. She received not only the salvation of her soul and spirit, but she received a healing to her body!” Muhammad recounted.

When her family witnessed the powerful changes, her husband and two children received Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Why Political Social Media Posts Miss the Real Root of the Florida School Shooting

Once again this week, our nation has experienced another mass shooting, this time in a school in South Florida. The news media provided coverage once again of the horror that took place and the pundits and politicians took turns standing in front of the cameras making all the “right statements” and asking the nation to pray for the families and community affected. There were also the obligatory calls for disarming Americans and the rebuttals from the NRA and other 2nd Amendment groups.
However, none of these people addressed the real issue that has brought our country to the place where these attacks have become more and more frequent. We should all be horrified that these attacks take place but none of us should be surprised. We have for years, through our government and education, taught our children that human life is simply an accident of nature. We just happened, and humanity has no greater value than the rocks we stand upon, which also just happened with no design or planning. We teach this in our schools, and our government has endorsed it as the correct explanation for human existence. This is not only promoted by our government and educational system but reinforced by every medium possible. Movies, television programs, books, magazines, comic books, video games and other media all present this same line of reasoning: Humanity is a cosmic accident. We have now raised a generation that has been taught that life has so little value that killing an infant either inside or outside of the womb is not a criminal act—it is simple health care.

On top of the outside influence of governmental system, the educational system and various media outlets, we now have a generation that has been raised to believe that there is no real value to a human life, because all life is simply arbitrary. These same children have been raised watching television 24 hours a day that is filled with violence of every kind. They have played first-person video games their parents purchased for them which placed them in the role of mass murderer and rapist. We should not be surprised that this learned devaluing of humanity has infected a generation in which life has no value and if life has no real value, then taking a life is no different than kicking a rock down a road.

Once again, none of us should be surprised at the growing number of murders and mass attacks and even the growing number of suicides. They are the inevitable result of the devaluing of human life, which we not only have allowed to be taught to our children, but we actually invested our resources and our right to vote to teach them that life has no value.

The truth is too many of us have waited too long to be horrified. We should have demonstrated our outrage and horror when the biblical values our nation was founded upon were diminished by the lies and deceptions promoted by atheists and humanists. Maybe if we stood horrified together, then we would not be watching the news being horrified today. It isn’t too late to bring change. It isn’t too late to teach that humans were designed by G-D and are not simply part of creation, but the very reason for creation.

Amazing Video Testimony, An Ex Transgender and Bisexual accepts Jesus Christ

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Salvation could be divided into two categories? The first would be with you accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour without following the plan that Jesus spoke to Nicodemus about. This first category takes the chance that even though Jesus Christ did not give me the new birth he has still saved you? This plan takes you to the Judgement of God to find out if your plan was enough. The second category assures you of your salvation as long as you continue with him. This is the one spoken by Jesus Christ in St. John chapter 3 and fulfilled in Acts chapter 2. You need to read both of these chapters and understand that all of the early disciples were recipients of this salvation. So my question to you is: Do you want to be saved in the way Jesus spoke of or in the way the modern church tells you.

I will be at the Florida UPCI District Camp February 22 & 23rd Will You

Well the Florida District Conferance is this month.  I hope that you will be there. I will and I would like to Thank the district for allowing me to present my books there.  As a former missionary to the British Isles I have just completed and published Just a Missionary which covers many of the ministers that served in The B.I. during my 13 year tenure. You will be able to purchase these books from my table at the conferance. Here are the list of books that I will be selling and will gladly sign for you during this event.

I also wish to thank the GB&I UPCI for also allowing me to attend the Unity conferance in Llandudno Wales July 31st. I also will have my books on sale at this conferance also

I am looking forward to seeing all of you at this time. Here are the books I will be selling. Note the Fulness of the Godhead written by David Campbell signed personally by his son who now holds the copyright Gordon Campbell will also be on sale.

Here are the books

From ‘Huck Finn’ to Hosea: Why We Should Read Rather Than Remove Old Books

From 'Huck Finn' to Hosea: Why We Should Read Rather Than Remove Old Books

Remember reading To Kill a Mockingbird or Huckleberry Finn in school? They’re esteemed works of classic literature, but students in a Minnesota school district will no longer be required to read them, according to a recent article on Fox News. The reason? Both include the “n-word.”

It’s a decision I can understand, but it’s not one I agree with. (I’m in no way defending the word, or arguing for using it, so hear me out.)

I’m an avid reader personally, devouring hundreds of books each year from a wide variety of authors. I’ve read many of the classics, including these two, and I firmly believe I am better (as a human and not just a reader and learner) because of it. Yes, both books (and many others on our schools’ required reading lists) contain controversial content, but I believe that’s what makes them especially valuable in the context of a comprehensive education.

Let’s put classic literature aside for a minute and take a look at the Bible in light of this debate.

I’ve been reading through the Old Testament at a fast pace lately as I’ve set out to read through the entire Bible in 90 days. It’s early February and I’m already in the Psalms, to give you an idea of how quickly it’s going. I’ve covered a lot of ground, and much of it hasn’t been pretty.

A few examples:

King David lusted after a woman who had a husband, and instead of leaving well alone, he sent for her, slept with her, impregnated her, and then had the husband killed to try to cover it all up. King after king after king did evil in the sight of the Lord, worshipping idols and murdering men, women, and children in their desire for power and glory. Jacob betrayed Esau and deceived his dying father just to secure the family birthright, and Cain murdered his own brother out of jealousy. Hosea was told by the Lord to marry a prostitute and have children with her, even though the woman continued to sleep with other men and rebel against him. Laban duped his future son-in-law Jacob, making him work for double the time just to earn the right wife. Abram slept with a woman who was not his wife in desperate attempts to continue his family line. God’s own people blatantly ignored his commands and worshipped other false gods despite the fact that he set them free from slavery and was faithful to them.

The Bible keeps it real.

Nothing about the Old Testament was polished over or presented with a filter to make it seem nicer, safer, or easier to digest. But it was all real life. Sex, murder, racism, infidelity, war, scandal… It’s a real story. It’s our story, our history, telling of generation after generation of broken people falling prey to sin and making a big disaster of things.

The Bible isn’t a sanitized story. It doesn’t shy away from telling the truth of who we are as a human race, even when it’s painful, shameful, ugly, and controversial.

But aren’t we better for reading it? Aren’t we better for immersing ourselves in these stories, messy as they might be? Don’t we read them and find ourselves in the pages, realizing our own tendencies to sin, harm others, and fall short of all that God has intended for us?

I think the works of classic literature in question do much of the same thing– they give us opportunities to engage with the realness of humanity and grapple with what it means for us today.

These stories (MockingbirdHuck Finn, and so many others) aren’t sanitized either.

They aren’t putting a polish on the pain of our past. They don’t shy away from telling things how they were, even when it’s painful, shameful, ugly, and controversial. They don’t even shy away from derogatory language (such as the “n-word” in question).

“Human beings can be awful cruel to one another,” Mark Twain writes in Huckleberry Finn. He’s right, we know that full well.

But I think we are better for reading these stories, too.

I will never repeat the curse words these stories include, nor will I endorse the hate behind them. (The exact opposite, really.) I am not suggesting in any way that we repeat the racism, prejudice, and discrimination of past generations. I am, however, strongly advocating for the inclusion of these stories in the education of our rising generations, as a powerful and helpful tool in both understanding our history as humans and working toward a better future together.

If we don’t reflect on where we’ve been, how we will prepare for where we are going?

If we don’t acknowledge the hurt, address the sins of the past, remember the divides between people groups, and humble ourselves to see our own privilege and perspectives for what they are, how can we ever expect to repent and find new freedom?

That’s the theme I see all throughout Scripture, and the thread I see throughout these works (and others) of classic literature– redemption. Repentance. Renewal. A turning away from the sin, the brokenness, the hatred, the evil. A turning toward justice, forgiveness, unity, wholeness, love.

We see David become a king after God’s own heart. We see Hosea and Gomer model repentance for God’s people and find blessing in restored relationship. We see Abraham become the father of many generations and a patriarch for the faith. Jacob meets Esau again many years later, and the two embrace and weep and give each other gifts. In every story, we see redemption, renewal, and new life burst forth from the brokenness and pain of the past.

Like Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird so wisely says, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

Let’s climb inside of these stories. Let’s see the realness of what brokenness looks like, and let’s learn to empathize and understand. Let’s see things from different points of view. Let’s be taught by these stories, and made better because of them.

“Cry about the simple hell people give other people- without even thinking,” Harper Lee writes in To Kill a Mockingbird. “Cry about the hell white people give colored folks, without even stopping to think that they’re people too.”

Just like reading the Old Testament reminds us, there are painful chapters of our story, of our history, but they are never the end of the story. The “n-word” reminds us of painful discrimination and oppression toward an entire people group, but that, too, is not the end of the story. While it might seem easier to ban these stories and ignore these painful, hurtful, horrible reminders of our broken and sinful nature, I believe we will be better for climbing inside of them and considering things from every point of view.

Billionaire hires impeachment ‘army’ to ‘remove Trump from power’

Billionaire Democrat backer Tom Steyer

Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer, a friend and donor to Obama and Clinton, is hiring an army of more than 50 political operatives in a major campaign to help Democrats get control of the U.S. House this year and “remove Trump from power.”

“Need to Impeach” Founder Steyer, 60, announced Thursday that he is hiring a team of 50 political and communications strategists to coordinate his campaign. While Steyer launched his $20 million campaign to impeach Trump last year, he has now promised to double that amount and also spend $30 million on 2018 House races through his super PAC, NextGen America.

“The team, including 50 staff members, is adding thousands of new supporters to the impeachment movement each day, creating a digital army of activists who are mobilizing to take back the House of Representatives in the 2018 election and remove Trump from power,” read a Thursday statement from “Need to Impeach.”

Separately, House Democrats announced Thursday that they plan to target as many as 101 Republican-held congressional seats this year, the most in a decade.

Steyer, who was once considered for secretary of energy during the Obama administration, spent $10 million opposing Trump’s successful tax-reform package. He contributed about $90 million to Democratic Party candidates and causes in 2016.

Steyer was an Obama fundraiser during the 2008 presidential election, collecting $50,000 to put the future president into office. He also lobbied Obama to block the Keystone XL pipeline.

Obama and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., attended a big-money fundraiser at Steyer’s home overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco in 2015. More than 50 wealthy Democratic donors attended the event.

The climate-activist billionaire hosted fundraisers for former Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and paid millions toward ads, canvassing and voter turnout efforts to help her.

In fact, John Podesta, former chief of staff to Bill Clinton, has had a close friendship with Steyer for many years. Podesta served as Steyer’s adviser.