2016

 

 

Introduction. 1

The New World Order. 2

The United States Government 3

Barack Obama’s Legacy. 4

BREXIT.. 8

The 2016 Presidential Race And Election. 9

2016 Democratic Candidates. 10

Hillary Clinton. 11

2016 Republican Candidates. 13

Donald J. Trump. 13

Terrorism.. 15

Personal Reflection. 18

 Introduction

I set the stage for 2016’s review with the Apostle Paul’s warning to young Timothy, This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  (2)  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (3) Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, (4) Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; (5) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (6)  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,  (7)  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. II Timothy 3:1-7 (KJV)

Few would deny that we live in mounting peril!  In his second Thessalonian letter, the Apostle Paul wrote, 2 Thess 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity (Lawlessness) doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. KJV

I am certain most have heard those campaigning for abortion claim that you cannot legislate morality, but the fact is that all laws come from someone’s, or some group’s morality, but anarchy evolves when society disregards the laws of the jurisdiction of their domicile.  The march to lawlessness requires a society dismiss the value of life!  As long as a society believes life has value, this is the hedge against lawlessness, but this hedge is being raised while environment protection becomes the primary national priority.  There is a most vocal group who claim the environment has rights!

Really?  Americans have experienced three phases of lawlessness because the objects were deemed less than human.  The first was the American Indians we declared were inhuman took their land and moved them to reservations.  We annihilated a race of people for the perceived greater good.  Following the Indians were African slaves when we declared it took two of them to equal a human being and treated them shamefully.

Then the United States Supreme Court instituted the third January 22, 1973 when it legalized abortion.  In each of these, economics was the ultimate objective.

The depreciation of the value of life always precedes lawlessness.  For the record, life begins at conception, abortion is murder and America has considerable blood on our hands for all the babies we have killed!  Looking at the pattern, sociologists now conclude that the next target group will be senior citizens, because they view our contribution versus maintenance to be a diminishing return.  How ironic that the generation who pressed for abortion will be the first generation targeted to be euthanized.  This is the generation that strives to hold onto youth, spending money and extending credit on pills and procedures to camouflage the obvious, but time marches on and respects no one.  The wheels of divine justice grind slow, but oh, so fine!  People have believed we are now in the end-times because of the world-wide peril now growing in magnitude and manifestation, but the Apostle Paul’s context began when the Lord ascended back to the Father’s Right Hand.

One of the tools Satan and his demonic minions use is anxiety which beckons many into a flurry of activities we know as busyness.  This endeavor is rarely productive, and the bustle some equate with accomplishment, but we resemble a marching band marking time.  Such as certainly been the case in 2016.  News media ran moment-by-moment coverage of candidates vying for nomination, the numerous debates, all the mud-slinging, the conventions, and a variety of miscellaneous quips to sully prospective candidates.  Of course the number of terrorist attacks has been increasing worldwide, together with the war against uniformed personnel spawned by unnecessary Washington-Insider commentary.

 The New World Order

George H. W. Bush declared Americans are now part of the New World Order September 11, 1991.  His speech clarified his complicit involvement in this Globalist-Movement shocked many patriotic Americans at the time, setting the stage for necessary acts, and the beat goes on, as Sonny and Cher Bono sang it in 1967.  Looking back, there was a distinct change in America’s leadership when John F. Kennedy died.  He had challenged Americans in numerous arenas; one of the most impressive was in our Space program, in which Americans were the first to land astronauts on the lunar surface.

But Lyndon Johnson involved America in the politically-correct Viet Nam conflict that introduced a major spirit of division in our country.  Excepting Ronald Reagan, follow-on White House occupants were a collection of dismal failures such as Nixon, Carter, Bush I and II, Clinton and now Obama.  Again, excepting Reagan, Presidents thirty-six through forty-four were all globalists’ sympathizers, whose objective was to diminish America’s sovereignty.  The years since have demonstrated growing unrest between countries, together with mounting civil conflict within most nations.  The topology of Globalism with many moving parts, is comprised of elite ideologues whose objectives move in concert with prophetic Scripture written millennia ago that mentions a season when all the world would be governed by a single, anti-Semitic, antichrist individual just before the Lord Jesus Christ returns, as Scripture says He will (Acts 1:11).

The group claiming Jesus already returned disregards the fact that of the three hundred, thirty-three Messianic Old Testament prophecies pointing to Jesus, He only fulfilled one hundred nine of them during His Incarnation.  This leaves two hundred, twenty-four Messianic prophesies unfulfilled, suggesting either Jesus changed His mind, or cannot keep His promise, or the fulfillment remains future.  Validity of either of the first two simply invalidates Scripture, and this author chooses to reject that!  Old Testament prophets wondered about the events the Lord directed them to write about.  In contrast, those living since Israel’s reformation in 1948 have seen more prophecy fulfilled than any previous generation, yet prophetic ignorance and ambivalence is epidemic.  Reasons for this condition seem divided in two camps: those who give Scripture no credibility and those who believe they will be raptured before times get really bad.

The United States Government

British Publisher Sir Earnest Benn wrote, ‘Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedy.’  With that being said, growing numbers of United States citizens have been dubious of our Washington-Insider integrity for many years, beginning with the John F. Kennedy assassination report.  While the incident alone was shocking enough, the politically-correct spin talking-heads fed Americans caused even the ambivalent to realize something was amiss, and this condition has only worsened in the years since.

America’s politically-correct, no-win approach to Korea and Viet Nam baffled Americans who believed this nation had the strongest and best-equipped military-might on the planet, yet battle-strategists were stifled to deploy it, but the most disgraceful outcome of that era was, and remains the shameful treatment of veterans from those conflicts.  Richard Nixon’s impeachment set a contemporary precedent of what should happen, and now spotlights the current double-standard for liberal Washington-Insiders.  Bill Clinton brought fornication shame on the office of the Presidency enough to get impeached, but the authorities in power at the time would not remove him from office.

George W. Bush involved us in a war in the Middle East on the premise of weapons of mass destruction, which were never officially found, although someone sent me a video of multiple lengthy railroad trains of rockets on flatbed cars going from Iraq to Syria, but that was never officially reported.  Enough Americans thought the whole thing was a sham and elected Barack Obama as President of the United States on the promise of change and transparency.  Well, he has changed America, but has been the most opaque Commander and Chief ever, and increased the national debt more than all previous presidents combined.  He promised to unify the country racially, but there is more racial division now than during segregation.  While media talking-heads say Barack Obama is Christian, his support of Muslim countries does not support their thesis.  Not only so, but Barack Obama has filled key government appointments with Muslims…

  • John Brennan, current head of the CIA converted to Islam while stationed in Saudi Arabia.
  • Obama’s top adviser, Valerie Jarrett, is a Muslim who was born in Iran where her parents still live.
  • Hillary Clinton’s top adviser, Huma Abedin is a Muslim, whose mother and brother are still involved in the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
  • Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for Homeland Security, Arif Aikhan, is a Muslim.
  • Homeland Security Adviser, Mohammed Elibiary, is a Muslim.
  • Obama adviser and founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Salam al-Marayati, is a Muslim.
  • Obama’s Sharia Czar, Imam Mohamed Magid, of the Islamic Society of North America is a Muslim.
  • Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships, Eboo Patel, is a Muslim .
  • Nancy Pelosi announced she will appoint Rep Andre Carson, D-Ind, and a Muslim, as the first Muslim lawmaker on the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, of all things! It would make Carson the first Muslim to serve on the committee that receives intelligence on the threat of Islamic militants in the Middle East! He suggested that U.S. schools should be modeled after Islamic madrassas, where education is based on the Quran!!!

Barack Obama’s Legacy

The Republicans had been in power since the turn of the century, but people were disgusted with the Washington-Insider-politics-as-usual syndrome.  The nation was divided about America’s involvement in Middle East conflict with bloodshed and very little noticeable return on investment.  The Republican-dominated Congress was more interested in reaching across the aisle to capitulate with Democrats, who were unwilling to yield and the Republicans were unwilling to stand.

Out of obscurity steps Barack Obama, funded and backed by George Soros, and he won the 2008 election on the promise to be transparent and change America.  Enough voters wanted to participate in precedent-setting by electing him on the basis of his ethnicity, without carefully examining his background, his associations, his involvements, his objectives, or lack of accomplishments!  The few who did and tried to publicize their findings with warning were quickly sullied by the liberal media, which charged them with racial prejudice.

Americans looked at him like high schoolers; a homecoming king, the light at the end of the tunnel.  With his inauguration, Americans quickly realized the tunnel-light was a fast-moving freight train!  What came out of the tunnel was not only a fast-moving train, but a rattlesnake with fangs of poison for the American way of life.  Well, Barack Obama has fulfilled his promise, but the changes have not improved the state of our nation, but rather have moved America incrementally closer toward the New World Order.  He has accrued more national debt than all previous Presidents combined.  He damage health care immeasurably, to the point that good doctors have either retired or found another line of work.

The health-care fiasco was a back-room-initiative that got rammed through Congress without even being read thoroughly, and when challenged, the Supreme Court upheld it despite its numerous illegalities, defined it as a law and assigned the administration thereof to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Here again, Americans got hit by another fast-moving train!  While Barack Obama claims to have created more jobs, they are low paying, part-time positions with no benefits.  He has decimated small businesses into bankruptcy by the fast-moving train.

He spent both terms apologizing for America’s background and accomplishments, causing world leaders to view him and our nation as weak.  Barack Obama has favored Muslim nations, shunned Israel so that she no longer trusts the United States and proven to be the most Biblically-hostile President in American history.  He refused to accommodate America’s four-century long religious conscience protection by expecting Roman Catholics, Protestants and religious Jews to disregard their own doctrines and beliefs in favor of political-correctness.  While the following bullet-list is not exhaustive, it should provide you an overview of President Obama’s motivations.

  • April 2008 – Barack Obama speaks disrespectfully of Christians, saying they cling to guns or religion, and ‘have an antipathy to people who aren’t like them.’
  • February 2009 – Barack Obama announced plans to revoke conscience-protection for health workers who refuse to participate in procedures that violate their convictions and implements his plan a year later.
  • April 2009 – Barack Obama nominated three pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican, which the Vatican rejected.
  • April 2009 – Barack Obama ordered a monogram symbolizing Jesus’ Name be covered during his speech at Georgetown University.
  • May 2009 – Barack Obama declines to host the National Prayer Day services.
  • 2009 to present – The White House Christmas tree decorations included Mao Tse-tung and drag queen ornaments.
  • October 19, 2010 – Barack Obama started omitting the phrase about the Creator when quoting the Declaration of Independence.
  • November 2010 – Barack Obama misquotes the National Motto, saying it is ‘E Pluribus Unum”, rather than “In God We Trust” as established by Federal Law.
  • January 2011 – Barack Obama refused to allow the land of a World War II Memorial in the Mojave Desert containing an erect cross to be transferred to private ownership, as dictated by a Congressional Law and a United States Supreme Court ruling to the contrary.
  • February 2011 – Although he filled other posts in the State Department, Barack Obama refused to appoint anyone as Religious Freedom Ambassador for more than two years. This person works against religious persecution across the world.  Only after Congressional and public pressure did he fill the post.
  • April 2011 – Obama urges passage of a non-discrimination law that does not contain protections for religious groups, requiring them to hire according to Federal mandates without regard to the dictates of their own faith. This eliminated conscience-protection in hiring.
  • August 2011 – The Obama administration released rules that override religious conscience protection for medical workers in the areas of abortion and contraception.
  • November 2011 – Unlike previous Presidents, President Obama avoids any religious references in his Thanksgiving speech.
  • December 2011 – The Obama administration vilifies other country’s religious beliefs as obstacles to radical homosexual conduct.
  • January 2012 – The Obama administration argued that the First Amendment provides no protection for churches and synagogues in hiring their pastors and rabbis.
  • February 2012 – The Obama administration announced forgiveness of student loans in exchange for public service, but exempted those in religious public service capacities.
  • November 2012 – President Obama opposes inclusion of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous D Day prayer in the World War II Memorial.
  • January 2013 – The Obama administration pressured Pastor Louie Giglio to remove himself from praying at the inauguration when they learned he preached on traditional marriage.
  • February 2013 – The Obama administration announced that the rights of religious conscience will not be protected under the Affordable Care Act (ACA-ObamaCare).
  • June 2013 – The Obama administration voiced opposition to a defense authorization amendment to protect the Constitutionally-guaranteed religious rights of soldiers and chaplains, claiming it would have an adverse effect on good order, discipline, morale and mission accomplishment.
  • August 2013 – The military began granting paid leave to homosexual couples for the purpose of traveling to a distant state to be married, when it does not extend the same benefit to heterosexual couples for marriage.
  • August 2013 – The Los Angeles Air Force Base invited a drag queen group to perform during Gay Pride Week, in the wake of series of attack against Air Force Cadets expressing traditional religious or moral views.
  • August 2013 – The Department of Defense military training manual released this month classifies individuals speaking of individual liberties and/or States rights and how to improve our world are extremists. It also listed the Founding Fathers, the colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule, as examples of those involved in extremist ideologies and movements that should be reported.
  • October 2013 – The command at Fort Hood in Texas announced in a general soldier debriefing that Evangelical Christians were a threat to Americans, and donations to Evangelical causes by soldiers assigned to Fort Hood are punishable under Military regulations.
  • March 2014 – The command at Montgomery, Alabama’s Maxwell Air Force Base suddenly banned Gideon’s from giving Bibles to willing recruits.
  • June 2014 – United States government and civilian personnel in Bahrain forced to wear clothing that facilitates the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
  • September 2015 – For White House and State Department dinners honoring the Pope, President Obama deliberately invited guests he knows will be offensive to the Pope and oppose his message, but the White House and State Department exclude invitations to guest who might offend dictators of Cuba and/or China.
  • February 2016 – Veterans Administration (VA) management removed a Bible from a display case in one of the VA clinics in response to an alleged anonymous complaint about its presence.
  • May 2016 – President Obama appointed a transgender to the Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships. This was an overt hostile act toward traditional faith religions.
  • June 2016 – Barack Obama cancelled a military prayer breakfast where the featured speaker was highly decorated Delta Force Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin because the speaker is an uncompromising, traditional-values Christian, who voices his belief in traditional marriage and his opposition to Islamic extremism. Boykin’s cancellation followed an atheist complaint that Boykin is a ‘homophobic, Islamophobic, fundamentalist Christian extremist.’

Every White House issues numerous proclamations on special occasions, but the Obama White House avoids traditional Biblical holidays and events but regularly recognizes major Muslim holidays, such as Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha.  Many of these actions are literally unprecedented – the first time they have happened in four centuries of American history. The hostility of President Obama toward Biblical faith and values is without equal from any previous American president.  Concerning this, Edmund Burke wrote, ‘the greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse,’ and so it is!

Barack Obama seems to feel his two terms were a success and Americans should be grateful for his service, and on this note is still trying to protect and bolster his legacy.  He is doing all he can to make Donald Trump’s promise to America to undo as many of the Obama-calamities as possible.  Many have noticed his anti-Semitism with complaint, but little effect to diminish.

The fifty largest cities reflect an average rise in violent crime of seventeen percent after two decades of decline.  This is the largest single-year increase since 1993.  This started with the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.  What we see is the ‘trickle-down-affect’ from the White House to liberal polycrats that endorse the Black Lives Matter mantra that cops are the greatest threat to young black males.  To the contrary, criminals and gangbangers are responsible for the high black homicide death rate.  President Obama’s endorsement of the Black Lives Matter which is supported by none other than George Soros, that individuals began indiscriminately executing male and female uniformed personnel.  Over sixty law enforcement officers have been so executed, and their blood is on White House hands!

On Friday, December 23, 2016, the United Nations (UN) Security Council adopted a resolution condemning Israel’s construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.  Fourteen UN Security Council members voted to condemn Israel.  While the United States could have vetoed the vote, we chose to abstain, and now Israel got hit by the fast-moving train.

The Obama administration said the move to abstain was in line with decades of U.S. policy aimed at establishing a Palestinian state and condemning settlement construction.  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Obama administration of a “shameful” act against his country after the U.S. helped pass a United Nations resolution that labels Jewish settlements illegal, saying it will only make it more difficult to negotiate peace with Palestinians.  The Prime Minister feels the Obama administration made a shameful anti-Israel ploy in the UN.

The White House broke from a longstanding tradition of defending Israel against censure by the UN Security Council.  Palestinians also voiced skepticism that the resolution would advance a two-state solution to their decades-old conflict with Israel.  For the record, in the past eight years, the UN has sanctioned Israel twenty times, while sanctioning all other nations only four times in the same period.  Without injecting any unnecessary commentary, I would remind the reader of the Lord’s promise to Abram, Israel’s Patriarch…

(2)  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:  (3)  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Genesis 12:2-3 (KJV)

The contemporary world view has reduced Israel to just another nation, but in the Lord’s economy, Israel stands alone against all other Gentile nations.  This invalid equation is the fruit of failing to go back to Genesis!  The unregenerate world has a right to be wrong, and their error becomes more evident with each passing day!  I would remind the reader that the Lord never fails to deliver on a promise.  While we may disagree with the timing, His promises always come on His Schedule!  As noted earlier, anti-Semitism has been since Abram, and continues to proliferate.  Of interesting note, generally speaking Jews used to reject Christians because of our belief in the Lord Jesus Christ to return as Messiah, but anti-Semitism has progressed to a state where the only friends and support Israel has are conservative Christians.  Because of the social development, Jews are more willing to listen to the Gospel message now, than ever before.  Concerning the Christian charge in this, the Apostle Paul wrote…

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16 (KJV)

It is tragic that Christians have retreated into a closet, which violates our responsibility as ambassadors for Christ.  Everyone is a soul on its path to eternity, and the fact remains that you are only one heartbeat removed from your destination.  Matthew 7:13-14 clarifies that there are only two possible dispositions for each soul at life’s end; Heaven or Hell.  Only the most deceived reject the desire to spend eternity in Heaven.  Some of these may appear on your mission field, and some may be Jews.  How are you doing as the Lord’s ambassador?

BREXIT

One headline-grabbing subject dominating mid-2016 news topics was BREXIT, a term coined from a merger of ‘British’ and ‘Exit’ for the United Kingdom’s initiative to leave the European Union (EU).  The reason in short was the British unwillingness to continue yielding their national sovereignty to the whims of the ‘educated elite’s’ quest for a ‘New World Order’, better known as globalism.  The EU was a post-World War II economic and political initiative comprised of twenty-eight European countries to foster economic co-operation on the premise that countries that trade together are less likely to declare war on one another.

The EU has become a ‘single market’ in the years since, allowing goods and people to move around, as though the member-states were one country, much like commerce in the United States.  It has its own currency known as the Euro used by nineteen member-countries, its own parliament and now sets rules on the environment, transport, consumer rights and mobile phone usage.

Exit polls revealed the two most pressing issues were the eroding British sovereignty by the EU ‘elite’ member decision-makers, and immigration policies decided by British foreigners.  The major cited offense was the influx of Muslims with no intent to assimilate British culture, but rather press British legislators to exempt their communities from local law enforcement, which function under Sharia Law.  This arrangement prohibited Scotland Yard from investigating suspected terrorist activities and capturing terrorists hiding in those safe zones.  The March 22nd Brussels, Belgium terrorist attack and subsequent investigation drove the British to the polls.  Brits were aware that Belgian investigators were stifle by local laws prohibiting them from even entering Brussels’ Muslim communities now allowed to function exclusively under Sharia Law.  Brits were aware of similar situations in Britain, established by EU globalists, and felt the situation at just gone too far!

There are numerous unanswered questions about how the resulting British / EU economic and business interface will function, which are expected to take two years to resolve.  The liberal news media was shocked at the voter’s choice to disconnect from the EU that prompted Prime Minister David Cameron to resign the day following the May 23, 2016 vote.  The former home secretary, Theresa May became the new Prime Minister in his place.  Like Mr. Cameron, Mrs. May was against Britain leaving the EU but she says she will respect the will of the people.  The vote prompted American pundits to recognize the similarity between the British resentment to globalism and the fervor of those riding the ‘Trump Train’ and speculate about the November 8th election.

The 2016 Presidential Race And Election

Americans are generally disgusted with the Washington-Insider nonsense of our national government.  The liberal news media claims that things are improving under Obama, but anyone with any measure of discernment realizes America is in deep trouble.  While Obama blamed George W. Bush for the dilemma, in his eight years has only made matters worse.  Our defense is decimated, our troops demoralized, our veterans are abused, our jobs are gone, our national debt is unconscionable, terrorism is a growing menace, and President Obama only deals with the threat in a diplomatic nod from one of his golf extravaganzas or his tax-payer funded vacations.  This was the political climate, as hopefuls planned a platform strategy to become the United States’ next President.  Campaign details started flooding newscasts in February of 2015, so that by November of 2016, few non-election topics ever made it to any anchor’s desk.

The most prominent comment from reporters was the 2016 Presidential election was like none other America had ever seen.  Based on the BREXIT, common people expressed their distrust of the ‘political-elite’ known as election results became official.  Similar voter sentiment that chose to leave the EU resembled the passion of those on the ‘Trump Train’.  Evidence of election fraud over the last several decades, it did not seem to bother the Democrats until the Republicans prevailed, not only in the White House, but also in Congress.  Eliminating the third-party offerings, electors could choose from an outsider to the political process, which has a career track record of success, or a seasoned politician, who could only offer more of what Barack Obama foisted on America.  By contrast, Trump emphasized repair of America’s healthcare, economy, military might and national defense, terrorism threat and a sagging job market, against Hillary’s press for unisex bathrooms and global warming.  Wow!

Pollsters were having a field day by the fall of 2016.  The publicized numbers consistently favored Hillary Clinton, but Donald Trump said he would win the election.  There is an old proverb that flashed on my mind’s eye with all these projections that, ‘figures lie, and liars figure.’  If I actually knew who published the following, I would give them credit, because I actually believe there is a measure of truth here.  It has been generally accepted that eighty percent of Americans are Christian, where Christian being defined as one who is not Jewish, not Muslim, not atheist and not agnostic.  There is a major credibility gap until one adds those who have a mother and like apple pie to the definition of a Christian, but this is not Biblical Christianity!  When the pollster further qualified the respondents to only those who had made a profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and who lived their life according to Scripture, the number dropped to four percent.  Scripture refers to the righteous as a remnant, and I submit that four percent qualifies as a remnant.

Reflecting on the December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, America was not equipped to defend herself against one adversary, let alone two, but the righteous stormed the Throne Room of the Lord, petitioning Him to deliver us from destruction.  The odds were poor, but the remnant prayed and the Lord delivered us.  Regarding the 2016 election, the righteous petitioned the Lord for deliverance from the wicked plans of George Soros through greedy politicians throughout our government.  Humility and thankfulness sleep in the same bed.  Pride and presumption sleep in the same bed and yonder we have Hillary.  On November 8th, Hillary thought she was the victor until the evening when the tide began to turn.

The Lord remains on the Throne and prayer changes things.  No one should attribute the Democratic defeat to anything except answered prayer!

The Democrats went to great effort to discredit the 2016 election result, but to no avail.  As an editorial note, the political season from Lyndon Johnson through Barack Obama may have been a shot over America’s bow to remind us of the depravity men rejecting the Lord can institute.  This is not to suggest that Donald Trump is a savior, in whom Americans should place our trust, but all authorities are in place by divine appointment…

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Romans 13:1 (KJV)

I would hasten to remind the reader that most of George Soros’s efforts to socialize America over the last several decades will be foiled when Donald Trump swears into the Presidency, January 20, 2017.   Please note that theologians have been puzzled for decades that any reference or suggestion of a power like the United States is conspicuous by its absence from Scripture, except possibly Mystery Babylon, which will be destroyed.  Had the Democrats prevailed in 2016, America’s fast-track to demise would have been accelerated, but we may have gotten a stay, for which we should be thankful.  We need to remain in prayer that Donald Trump succeeds in taking the Presidency on January 20th of 2017!

2016 Democratic Candidates

The Democrats had only five individuals striving for the nomination: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Lincoln Chafee and Jim Webb.  O’Malley, Chafee, and Webb withdrew early-on.  I was frankly curious that Bernie Sanders got as much traction as he did, being an avowed socialist, but the number of supporters he had reflects how far from American values contemporary culture has drifted.  This is very likely the result of decades of historic revision liberal educators fed our children.  Revisionists have systematically removed historical evidence of the Lord’s Hand guiding, directing and protecting our land, and now youth shaking their fists in reporter’s cameras demonstrating for the downfall of capitalism is certifying evidence that they are clueless about the death, damage and destruction socialism in its varying forms brought to all but the ‘elitists’ at the top of the socialist food chain.  What a tragedy that patriotic Americans are dying off, to be replaced by gullible and deceived, educated youth!  I was equally surprised at the support Hillary Clinton got, having demonstrated a dismal failure in foreign, policy, particularly in Libya, but more than that in the deceit and scandals that have hounded her path for the last thirty years.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Diane Rodham was born October 26, 1947 at Edgewater Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.  She was reared in Chicago’s Park Ridge suburb, in a United Methodist home, and attended Park Ridge public schools.  She transferred to the new Main South High School, where her political aspirations began to ferment.  Initially, she maintained the politically-conservative position of her parents, aligning herself with the Republican platform, but found her inner feelings challenged when she joined a radical church group, where she met Saul Alinsky.  Alinsky claimed her recruitment was his crowning achievement.  She then earned degrees from both Wellesley College where Rodham wrote her senior thesis, a critique of the tactics of radical community organizer Saul Alinsky.  This paper was restricted from public viewing when she was First Lady in the White House, generating considerable speculation.  She also attended the Yale University Law School.  She stepped into the political arena in her college years, moving her political allegiance to the Democrats in 1968.  Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals has become Hillary’s principal of operation, as well as that of the corrupt Washington-Insiders.  See if you can remember how this group used them as you review the following.

Rule 1  Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood. (These are two things of which there is a plentiful supply. Government and corporations always have a difficult time appealing to people, and usually do so almost exclusively with economic arguments.)

Rule 2  Never go outside the expertise of your people.  It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone. (Organizations under attack wonder why radicals don’t address the “real” issues. This is why. They avoid things with which they have no knowledge.)

Rule 3  Whenever possible; go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)

Rule 4  Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity’s very credibility and reputation is at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)

Rule 5  Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions. (Pretty crude, rude and mean, huh? They want to create anger and fear.)

Rule 6  A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones. (Radical activists, in this sense, are no different than any other human being. We all avoid “un-fun” activities, and but we revel at and enjoy the ones that work and bring results.)

Rule 7  A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news. (Even radical activists get bored. So to keep them excited and involved, organizers are constantly coming up with new tactics.)

Rule 8  Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)

Rule 9  The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (Perception is reality. Large organizations always prepare a worst-case scenario, something that may be furthest from the activists’ minds. The upshot is that the organization will expend enormous time and energy, creating in its own collective mind the direst of conclusions. The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)

Rule 10 If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog. (Unions used this tactic. Peaceful [albeit loud] demonstrations during the heyday of unions in the early to mid-20th Century incurred management’s wrath, often in the form of violence that eventually brought public sympathy to their side.)

Rule 11 The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem. (Old saw: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Activist organizations have an agenda, and their strategy is to hold a place at the table, to be given a forum to wield their power. So, they have to have a compromise solution.)

Rule 12 Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

Hillary adopted these rules as her thesis, and we see the plot thicken in a comment from biographer Sanford Horwitt, ‘U.S. President Barack Obama was influenced by Alinsky and followed in his footsteps as a Chicago-based community organizer.’    The common goal was, and continues to be an incremental social agenda that gradually became the heart of the Democratic platform, which aligned with George Soros’ objective to destroy capitalism.  Hillary Clinton’s platform attempted to capitalize on Barack Obama’s track record, which Democrats call positive.  Barack Obama entered the Presidency with no political experience out of obscurity with George Soros’ backing.

One of his claimed successes is to be the first black President, which of course set a precedent, and Hillary wanted to follow suit with a second precedent of being the first female President, but the Democratic liability was Hillary’s scandal baggage she carries with her.  The following is a list of those scandals Hillary dismisses as inconsequential, does not remember or claims to be a right-wing conspiracy.

  • Clintons turn IRS into ‘gestapo’
  • Clintons covering Bill’s dirty deeds.
  • Looting the White House
  • Filegate: FBI files on GOP enemies
  • Hillary’s ‘Muslim Brotherhood princess’-Huma Abedine
  • Vince Foster’s 1993 death
  • E-mail Scandal
  • Chinagate: Sale of high-tech secrets
  • Travelgate
  • Whitewater
  • Landing under sniper fire’ in Bosnia
  • Hillary’s ‘missing’ law firm billing records
  • Pardongate: Hillary Senate contributions
  • Hillary’s cash cows and 9,987 percent profit
  • The body count of those involved with Clinton scandals continues to rise.
  • Hillary laughs about defending child rapist.
  • Hillary received funds from Iranian government.
  • Clinton Foundation scandal
  • Benghazi, Libya scandal where four Americans died.
  • Peter Franklin Paul, another Hillary friend – imprisoned.
  • Hillary fired from Watergate investigation for lying.

Lisa Unger wrote ‘The universe doesn’t like secrets.  It conspires to reveal the truth, to lead you to it.’  Both Clintons have operated oblivious to the law for over thirty years.  Concerning this, Leonardo da Vinci wrote, ‘He who fails to punish evil, commands it to be done.’  While Hillary does boast of considerable experience, her efforts were geared to aid a socialistic agenda, which enough Americans remain opposed to.  The Democratic approach to victory has been to dominate large populated areas and do what they can to diminish the effect of rural votes.  Their objective is to reduce their target campaign area and only travel to Democratic majority areas.  This is why they tried so hard to overturn the Electoral College vote, but it did not work.

2016 Republican Candidates

Presented alphabetically, the following nominees initially vied for the 2016 Republican candidacy: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, Donald J. Trump, and Scott Walker.

Sparing the reader from the gory details we endured for an extended period, twelve debates culled the field down to Donald Trump.  Viewers agonized, hoping to hear a glimmer of positive projection for the direction of our nation, but what we got for the most part, was the equivalent of a schoolyard fight.  Of interesting note, except from the three with no political background.  Donald Trump thumbed his nose in the face of political-correctness, which commentators thought would end his candidacy, but his rating continued to climb, and of course, there were several lines of demarcation that surfaced.

One was between the relative parties of association.  Another was between liberal and conservative.  Another was between career politician and outsiders with no political experience.  While the Democrat candidates had unique agendas, they were unified in their intent to keep America on the track we have been on.  The Republicans demonstrated no unity whatsoever, which I believe served the Democrats well.

Donald J. Trump

Donald John Trump was born June 14, 1946 in Queens, New York, is an American businessman, television personality, author, politician, nominee of the Republican Party for President of the United States in the 2016 election and now President Elect Trump.  He is chairman of the Trump Organization, the holding company for global real estate ventures and all of his other business endeavors.  He was reared in New York City and then earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968.  As a college student, Trump worked in his father’s Fred Trump’s real estate and construction firm.

His Dad gave him control of his real estate and Construction Company in 1971, which Trump later renamed to the ‘Trump Organization.’  In his career, he has skyscrapers, hotels, casinos, golf courses, and numerous other developments across North and South America, Europe and Asia, many of which bear his name, such as the Trump Place apartment complex in Manhattan.  He sought the Reform Party presidential nomination in 2000, but withdrew before voting began.  Forbes includes the Trump business conglomerate among with the world’s five hundred wealthiest businesses, and Donald Trump’s personal, business and political involvements have been long-standing media attractions, so that most viewers are familiar with Donald Trump.

He hosted and co-produced the reality television show called The Apprentice from 2004 to 2015 on NBC, for which he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Politically, Donald Trump is liberal, but has moved his political affiliation several times, most recently aligning with the Republicans.  He has made cameo appearances in films and television series, and appeared at the Miss USA pageant, which he owned from 1996 to 2015.

Donald J. Trump announced his candidacy for the 2016 Presidential race, as a Republican in June of 2015.  Early on, everyone recognized him as a Potential antagonist and storm clouds of criticism formed immediately.  Nearly universal agreement that his effort was ill-founded, coupled with confidence that his candidacy would never get airborne filled the airwaves, but contrary to popular belief, he emerged as the front-runner.  Donald Trump stated without equivocation that the last eight years have been a disaster for America.  His campaign pledge was to overturn Obamacare and the Obama’s executive orders that moved us toward socialism.

He pledged to stop American companies from relocating to other countries, bring back jobs, reduce taxes, vet immigrants and close our borders.  These pledges spoke to patriotic Americans, who are disgusted with the globalism push of the current Administration.  All of his Republican rivals withdrew by May of 2016, and he got the Republican nomination.  Donald Trump’s presidential campaign received considerable media attention and international attention.  Having only experience as a successful entrepreneur and none as a politician, he kept committing politically-incorrect incidents his pundits thought were the ‘straw that would break the Trump camel’s back’, but the Trump camel emerged from each of them stronger and gaining more support.

An adversarial relationship evolved quickly between Donald Trump and the liberal news media.  Neither had any good commentary about the other, but Trump did an ‘end run’ around all adverse commentary the liberals could contrive by using Twitter.  His use of social media prohibited the liberals from tainting anything he said, much of which was controversial, but it did not seem to bother either Donald Trump, or his support network.  He experienced overwhelming support at his rallies, so much so that the liberals began trying to disrupt them, and we saw George Soros’ name time and again as the organizer of the anti-Trump initiatives.

Different from other political candidates, Donald Trump funded his own campaign.  What emerged was a gigantic clash between two wealthy behemoths, Donald Trump and George Soros.  News of this conflict hit the airwaves after Trump cancelled the March, 11, 2016 Chicago, Illinois rally, where professional provocateurs looked foolish demonstrating when Trump was not present.  Ilya Sheyman, a failed Illinois contender for Congress and the executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action took credit for the violence, and promised similar reaction at future Trump events.  MoveOn spokespeople attempted to justify their actions with claims that Trump’s platform was hate-filled.  MoveOn has consistently functioned as a lobby-group for the policies of the Obama Administration, including the disaster of Obamacare, the continuation of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the escalation of the war on terror that has turned America into a police and surveillance state.

George Soros donated $1.46 million to found MoveOn, as a front for wealthy Democrats, and Linda Pritzker of the Hyatt hotel family gave the group a $4 million donation.  Of interesting note, many of the Democrat and “progressive” candidates supported by MoveOn have failed to be elected since the organization was formed in 1998.  Evidence continues to mount about how much American support George Soros has actually purchased with his wealth in politics, new media, education and our court system.  The tragedy is how many fellow Americans have betrayed our way of life for a few dollars, claiming to favor socialism.

There was a collection of contributing factors to Donald Trump’s win.  He is a successful entrepreneur, who has developed the skill of reading his audience and pressing them to the limit.  His business achievement has honed his negotiating skills.  Comparing his experience to America’s world status, he could see that the current political arena is in desperate need of repair.  He quickly evaluated the cause of America’s dilemma, stated the cause and effect, if not corrected, and vocalized repair approaches that set him apart from counterparts in the political arena.  As his business experience taught him that time is of the essence, he began choosing his cabinet early in November.

Terrorism

I chose to omit references to specific acts of terror, but examine the fundamental energizing force driving these egregious acts.  Many people believe it is a subset of Muslims, who have become radical in their beliefs, and label the subject ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’  While the Obama administration struck this phrase from the politically-correct vocabulary, it remains an accepted descriptor the rest of us use openly.  Islam historically presents its followers as peaceful people, which they appear to be until their numbers exceed fifty percent, when peace ends as the Muslims forcefully claim the geography for Allah.  This is a religious ideology that will not change with negotiation.  While many American Muslims do live a peaceful existence, they all hold the Koran as authoritative, which contains the following…

  1. Quran (2:191-193) – “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief] is worse, but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone.  But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)”  than killing…
  2. Quran (2:216) – “Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.”
  3. Quran (3:151) – “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”.
  4. Quran (4:74) – “Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.”
  5. Quran (4:76) – “Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah…”
  6. Quran (4:95) – “Not equal are those believers who sit (at home) and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home). Unto all (in Faith) Hath Allah promised good: But those who strive and fight Hath He distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a special reward,-“
  7. Quran (5:33) – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement”
  8. Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”
  9. Quran (8:65) – “O Prophet, exhort the believers to fight…”
  10. Quran (9:5) – “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.”
  11. Quran (9:29) – “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”
  12. Quran (33:60-62) – “If the hypocrites, and those in whose hearts is a disease, and the alarmists in the city do not cease, We verily shall urge thee on against them, then they will be your neighbors in it but a little while. Accursed, they will be seized wherever found and slain with a (fierce) slaughter.”
  13. Quran (48:29) – “Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard (ruthless) against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves”

You must understand that the Koran contains prophecy about a coming kingdom, which Muslims believe will commence when their Twelfth Imam debuts and converts all infidels to Islam.  This resembles the Christian doctrine of Jesus’ Second Coming.  Christians believe the mounting depravity of man will precede the outpouring of the Lord’s wrath before He returns to set up a righteous kingdom, the fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant documented in II Samuel 7.  Muslims believe jihad will trigger the Twelfth Imam’s appearance.

Since profiling is frowned-on politically, it is very difficult to determine who America’s enemies are on a personal level, but I want to lift the curtain to show how governmental liberals have been setting the stage for an incremental Muslim take-over of America.  Similar forces have done the same in Europe, which is further along than is America.  Noted above are some of the key governmental positions the Obama administration filled with Muslims for this very purpose.  While I mention Huma Abedine twice, we must spend additional detective-time understanding who this woman is and expose her objective.

Huma Abedine is Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, having worked with Hillary for over twenty years.  She has known ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, a group bent on destroying America from within.  This fruit does not fall far from the tree, because Huma’s mother and father are deeply tied to al-Qaida, as is Abedin herself.  The ruling Saudi Arabian monarchy placed the work of any institute that employed Huma Abedine at the forefront of a grand plan to mobilize American Muslim minorities to transform America into a Saudi-style Muslim state.  That should warm the cockles of your heart!

The mobilizing of Muslim communities in America to spread Islam, rather than assimilating into local communities is a key strategy and an ongoing effort to establish Islamic rule in America and a global Sharia.  Muslim devotees are patient strategist, who believe if they can successfully establish these Sharia Law safe zones, then they can simply outbreed the infidels and eventually force us to convert, or simply murder us in the name of Allah.  The last decade revealed an increasing proliferation of Muslim mosques, with a common objective of defeating America, all under the initiative of Huma Aberdine.

There is a curious dichotomy emerging from the liberal camp.  Liberals have campaigned for women’s and homosexual rights, in stark contrast to Sharia Law that has little regard for women and vows to kill anyone even suspected of homosexuality.  While the Muslim attempt to take over America was not something Donald Trump mentioned during his campaign, he has spoken of the catastrophe in Europe.  He got considerable opposition when he mentioned restricting Muslims from coming to the United States.  Hopefully he will end this destructive allowance.

EU law enforcement undertook a major manhunt for Salah Abdeslam, the lone surviving participant of the November 15, 2015 Paris, France terrorist attack that killed one hundred thirty souls and wounded over four hundred others, the deadliest terrorist violence in Western Europe since 2004.  They wounded him and took him into custody March 18, 2016.  While this was a major investigative breakthrough, it became the pulpit to amplify the danger of Sharia Law Muslim neighborhoods exempted from local law enforcement pose.

EU authorities learned that Brussels, Belgium is the European terrorist headquarters.  The British reasoned that if Brussels was the war room for such deadly terrorist activities, and they had similar protected Muslim communities, set up by the ‘elite liberals’ in the British Isles, that something had to be done to curtail this sadistic endeavor.  American took note of the same during the 2016 United Sates Presidential campaign, together with the fact that Hillary was pressing for additional unvetted immigrants, which poses a serious threat to America’s national security.  Like the British, Americans expressed our sentiment at the polls November 8, 2016.

I want to turn a corner for a purposed word study.  Radical defined is:  (especially of change or action) relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough.  This applies to Muslim terrorists who are uncompromisingly committed to kill or die for the tenants of Islam.  First Century Christians were certainly willing to die for their faith, and many of them were martyred, but not prone to killing those unwilling to acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Concerning contemporary faith, Mike Barret wrote: ‘After traveling from Portland to Delhi, looking for radical faith, here’s the conclusion I came to that might surprise you.  Radical in its origin really means to be rooted.  The idea behind the word is to be so grounded, so deeply rooted in life-style direction that you stand against the social and cultural currents that tear others away from your path.  It’s not so much forcing a change of course, but returning yourself and others to an originally – intended path.  By this definition, classic radicalism is found in the lives of many historical figures–people who stood for human rights and religious reform.

Today, anyone who adheres to the Person and Teaching of Christ in the midst of a run-away hedonism and humanism is by definition, a radical.  It’s essentially building your house on a rock that doesn’t get torn down in cultural storms.  So becoming a radical is returning yourself and others to a sacred path, and stand against modernity’s eroding influences.’  To be a radical is to stand for the truth, or against those who want to tear the truth away from you.  Jesus’ family thought He was demented.  His enemies thought He was demonic, and His followers thought He was divine!

You fall into one of those three categories.  Concerning Jesus and your belief about Him, C. S. Lewis wrote, ‘I’m trying to prevent anyone from saying, the really silly thing people often say about Jesus.  I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I do not accept His claim to be God!  That is the one thing you cannot say, because anyone who said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher.  He would either be a lunatic on the level of someone who says he is a poached-egg, or he’d be the devil of Hell.  You must make your choice.  Either this Man was, and is either a mad-man or something worse, You can shut Him up as a fool or you can spit at Him as a demon, or you can fall at His Feet and call Him Lord, but don’t come up with any human nonsense about Him being a great human teacher.  He has not left that door open to us and He didn’t intend to!’‘

Personal Reflection

Not one person I’ve spoken with experienced ease in 2016, but rather described an anxiety that hung over every passing moment.  I concur, but personally strove to cast down anxiety as a vain imagination (II Corinthians 10:3-5) in obedience to…

Phil 4:6 Be careful (Anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. KJV

But for the Christian, the Sixth Century Greek Philosopher Aeschylus gave an appropriate proverb that should be the operative evaluation of hardship when he wrote, ‘Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart  until, in our despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awesome grace of God.’  Life spanning seven decades taught me that every hardship is a divine seminary course to learn Biblical principles on a personal level.  Multiplied difficulties arise in every Christian life that responds to trials in anger.  They flunk the course, and this is not good!

The problem with this response is that your sanctification stops with failure to yield to the Holy Spirit, and guess what: you have to repeat the course.  A friend counseled me once when I was floundering in a slough of despond, ‘If you don’t get your spiritual act together, you are going to make another trip around Mount Sinai.’  The choices are not good to either correct a bad attitude or trudge around the mountain again.  The Apostle Paul claimed the office and responsibility of being an ambassador for Christ (Ephesians 6:20), and so it should be for every Christian.

PERSON NOTE:

As some of you know, I broke both legs when we moved to California, and endured quite a number of complicated surgeries.  The bottom line was that one leg was two inches short, which can be corrected with lift shoes.  There are two problems that surface.  The first is that different weight footwear makes it difficult to walk straight.  The second is that the lift shoe is heavier, which tends to cause muscle cramps in that leg.  Having the need to exercise presented a whole new challenge.

After moving to Colorado and finding a new family of doctors, I asked about exercise.  I got referred-around to several doctors and wound-up in an orthopedic surgeon’s office. ‘Ken, you’ve got two options.  Either you lengthen your short leg, or face replacing your other hip later on.’

After praying about the matter, I chose the first option.  I had read about a leg-lengthening procedure developed in Russia over one hundred years ago that took ten years to extend a short leg about two inches, but this doctor claimed the process would take less than a year.  The process actually started in late April and should end in late January of 2017.  The primary objective was to equal the length of both legs, and have the bone in the lengthened leg harden to bare my weight, but the unexpected benefit was experiencing answered prayer.  I asked my church family to pray, and pray, they did.

The surgeon required weekly post-operation visits, which after my third return appointment, heard him say, ‘there is a problem.’  Your leg is healing too fast, so we will need to operate again to slow the process down.’  The procedure prohibits any weight on the lengthened leg until the bone has hardened sufficiently, meaning I was restricted to a wheelchair.  While the equipment does provide ease of mobility, it is a most humbling experience.  Through this, I came to grips with several points the Apostle Paul stressed.  In II Corinthians 12, he mentions a difficulty the Lord chose not to remove from him, but his comment was that it was a messenger of Satan sent to buffet him (II Corinthians 12:7) for the purpose of humbling him.’

No one I have ever spoken with admitted to needing humbling, and speaking from experience, it is not enjoyable, but it does serve a most necessary purpose.  Pride is the first of seven abominations Solomon says the Lord hates (Proverbs 6:16-17).  No one, including me wants to admit pride, but is standard equipment on every soul.  It is far better to yield to the Holy Spirit’s correction of this common malady, than attempt to hold on to it and continue circling Mount Sinai!  In theory, once the surgeon released me to stand, I will need to learn how to walk again, which will be an interesting challenge next year.  As mentioned above, one of the blessings has been the experience of answered prayer, and sharing with prayer-warriors how the Lord is responding to their intercession, but I want to isolate one in particular.  A snail-mail letter came to me from a five-year-old in my church.  He drew me a picture and in printed text told me he was praying for my healing since he heard what I was going through.

It is pretty staggering to me that a five-year-old would be that aware of suffering around him, and respond in prayer to such a burden.  This is unusual, it is my belief that the Lord will do a work in this young man’s life in days to come.  I want to close with two quotes, the first credited to Ralph Waldo Emerson, but in reality, the author may be unknown who wrote, ‘What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.’

The other comes from Augustus Toplady, who wrote, ‘upon a review of the past year, I desire to confess that my unfaithfulness has been exceedingly great, my sins still greater, but God’s mercies greater than both.  My short-comings and misdoings, my unbelief and want of love would sink me into the lowest hell, was not Jesus my righteousness and my redeemer,’ and I concur.

  

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