Don’t Do Crime

Here’s a message to all who truly believe the police of our nation are evil and out to kill and wound as many black American citizens as they can: stop doing crime! Do good; the police may not even notice that you exist. That’s how I survived for 70+ years in a country that is “systemically racist”. Yes, my tongue is in my cheek.

Let’s get real. The Word of God says:

Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore, whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority: Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.

Romans13:1-4

Now we all know that God uses nations and leaders of nations for his own purposes. He told the Egyptians that they were raised up for the very purpose of demonstrating who He was. Thus, He hardened the heart of Pharaoh to the point where he just would not listen to Moses, then did what He had to do to free His people. You all know the story. In a like manner I truly believe that the police are God’s servants, used for the purpose mentioned in the scriptures above. However, we all honestly know there are some truly bad policeman. I have personally met a few myself. Check this out.

Once, shortly after our family had moved to Covina, CA, a policeman pulled up to the curb in front of a park at Barranca and Roland Aves. next to the McDonald’s. He got out of his cruiser, walked into the park and up to a young black boy (yours truly) who was relishing his 18 cent cheese burgers, took his name with pen and paper, and told him that all drugs dealers would be rooted from the city. What?!

I have been stopped several times for “driving while black”. The officer (also from the Covina department) chased me and my wife onto a freeway on-ramp. He pulled us over and demanded license and registration. Once produced, he demanded to know whose car we were driving. I told him it was mine. He wanted to know why my wife’s name was on the registration. I told him because the car was registered in her name also. Frustrated and angry, having no actual reason for stopping us, he tossed our papers back into the car and with tires screaming drove up the on-ramp.

You’ll love this one. I had a friend, Donald, who needed help balancing his checkbook. We went to the local Bank of America on Citrus Ave in Covina (again), where we both had active checking accounts in good standing. We went up to the teller to get a register sheet (or something) then took a seat in the middle of the bank where benches were set up for the customers. Evidently it was too much for the tellers to take. Two black guys sitting in the bank looking over paper work just did not feel right.

I happened to look up and noticed the abject fear in everyone’s eyes. I told Donald something was going on and we had better leave. Once in our car, the terrified bank personnel had their faces pressed against the glass of the now locked bank door. Soon enough, we were pulled over and surrounded by a S.W.A.T. team, complete with a barking German Shepard dog, snarling 15” from our faces. Donald started mouthing off, threatening to kill the dog. I told him to remain calm and to realize the officers already knew they had screwed up. The cop with the dog did not like my commentary and ordered me to shut up. I did. We spent hours in jail until late evening when we were finally released on our OR. Later, after multiple court appearances the charges (if there ever were any) were dropped.

What’s my point? It’s this: yes there are bad cops. The good cops know who they are. I was a great teacher (now retired) and I certainly knew who the bad teachers were. Some people are just racist. Shortly after starting my job at Glendora High School, one of my colleagues (who will remain nameless) brought her class into the computer lab and said, “Boy, help my students.” I had to straighten her our front of her class. I particularly remember one Hispanic student who eyes got big as saucers when he heard his teacher’s comment. He probably thought he was about to witness a fight. Later that month, some other old fart came up to me and said, “This would not have happened in the old days.” meaning a black man would not have been hired by the district. I told him it’s a good thing the old days just eventually fade away.

So, yes I understand the genuine anger of some black people. I get it. However, for all my 70 years, I generally have not lived in fear of the police. I respect them, but live my life in such a way as to minimize contact with them. I don’t do crime. I would not want their job, because I already know I would not have the patience to deal with the people they have to deal with daily on the job. Right now we live next door to a policeman, with his wife and children. They are wonderful people. The son of one my dearest colleagues is a policeman. Again – awesome people.

However, which one of you would go out onto your front lawn with a T-bone steak around your neck if you knew where was starving man-eating tiger outside? If I honestly thought every cop was out to kill me, I would not go around doing anything that would attract their attention. I certainly would not dive into their patrol car and try to wrestle their firearm from them. I would not fight with them during an arrest and try to take their weapons from them. I would not shoot down my brothers in the street. I would not steal, or assault my fellow citizens. If a policeman said, “Sit on the curb”, that’s what I would do until I was told to do otherwise. God willing, at least I would be alive and not in jail. How about using some common sense?

I am not making any excuses whatsoever for ANY police misconduct. Evil is evil, especially when you are a police officer who has sworn to uphold the law, then gone back on your promise. You will answer to the Father in heaven. But to all the good cops out there, you know who you are; don’t loose heart. Whether you realize it or not, you are a minister of the Father for good, and to render punishment for those who break the law. We need you. Don’t give up. Don’t let this current foolishness crush your spirit. All will be made right.

To my brothers, please, stop doing crime. Do good. Further in the same chapter of Romans it says:

Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. for this, “You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Romans 13:8-10

That’s how this old black man has survived. Avoid evil when you can, do good, don’t do crime. It’s a good formula for living in this less-than-perfect world, while waiting for the King to return and administer true and righteous justice. Amen!

The Foolishness of the Gospel

Psalm 53

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and have committed abominable injustice;
There is no one who does good.
God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men,
To see if there is anyone who understands,
Who seeks after God.
Every one of them has turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
There is no one who does good, not even one.

I’ve been watching the news lately, as I’m sure you have been also. The above scripture sums up what I’ve seen on my television screen; from the police officer that murdered a man under the color of authority to the rioters who pretend they are outraged over the deed.

I hear people has say, “We must come together; we must do better.” It’s a platitude, heartfelt in its utterance, true even, but completely void of meaning and power. Tragically, no one wants to hear the SIMPLE truth. We are sick and corrupt in heart, and too many of us refuse to turn to God to heal our souls. Instead we more rightly fit the description of Psalm 52:

Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man?
The lovingkindness of God endures all day long.
Your tongue devises destruction, like sharp razor,
O worker of deceit.
You love evil more than good,
Falsehood more than speaking what is right.
You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue.

How sadly true, from our elected leaders right down the least of us who follow them. When will we realize there will be no peace on earth until we recognize the corruption and hatred in our own hearts, then repent, ask God for forgiveness, and then begin to strive after righteousness? A rhetorical question indeed, but you know the answer. However, for some the answer is just too simple, too easy. It’s mocked and derided.

However, remember what is scripture says in 1 Corinthians:

Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe?
Where is the debater of this age?
Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
For since in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom did not come know God, God was well-please through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
For indeed, Jews ask for signs, and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews and stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness.
But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Here is my point. After the smoke, fire, and broken glass has been cleared, and all the wise men start blabbing about what needs to happen, be wiser than they. Don’t let anyone deprive you of the only true and effective and answer to the evil done in the world. His name is Jesus, the Son of the Most High God. His eyes are in every place, beholding the evil and the good, and when He returns as King, He will render unto each person according to his or her works.

It all starts with the man in the mirror. Too simple for some, but 100% effective for fixing what’s broken in our nation. Amen!

That’s the Good News Only.

A Bit of Gospel Light

I’ve been wanting very much to post something about the political news I’ve been watching and hearing. However, I’ve been reluctant because I want the main thrust of this web site to be the Good News Only of the gospel Christ Jesus, and not morph into some political arena where people are shouting and arguing about politics. Arguing about politics is not going to get anyone into heaven. Only the good news of the gospel can do that. So where does that leave me?

Well, after the “last straw” of the recent attack on the young reporter, Andy Ngo, perpetrated by the left-wing radical group Antifa, I felt it left me with choice but to speak up. Thought I’d better at least try to make sense of it through the light of the Word.

First, my advice to all those who hold a different view point, and are not in lock-step with Antifa or the radical left: just stay away. The very first verse of the book of Psalms says:

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.

I’d say Antifa qualifies to have all three of the above descriptors in that verse attached to it. Therefore, don’t try to reason with them, don’t “cover” them, don’t be around them. Stay away.

Proverbs 22:3 says:

The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naive go on, and are punished for it.

Yes, Mr. Ngo has a perfectly legal right to cover the protest, and I admire his courage under fire. However, it’s all to no avail. Unless the members of Antifa are willing to repent and change their hearts, and truly love their fellow man and follow Jesus instead radical leftist ideology, nothing will change. Mr. Ngo received injury for absolutely nothing. My wife and I will be praying for him as well as the members of Antifa.

Sadly, we need to remember that some people just delight in doing evil. Their feet are quick to shed blood. Breaking God’s laws is sport to them. Their heart is full of foolishness. They call good evil, and evil good. “Woe unto them”, say the scriptures.

We can pursue Godliness through the leadership we elect. Let’s fix our own hearts first, then try to elect leaders who have a kindred spirit.

It’s a moral outrage to have the police “stand down” while a citizen is being brutalized.

Romans 13:3-4 says (emphasis added by me):

Rulers (police, for example) are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For it (law enforcement) is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword (or the Glock) for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath upon the one who practices evil.

In other words if you want to stay out of jail, stop doing crime. It’s simple.

Finally, to all godly people, those who strive to practice righteousness: keep praying, day in and day out. Don’t stop. We know God has a plan for this world and all things will end up exactly where He wants them to. However, that does not get us off the hook. Bombard the Father with your prayers. He can handle it. Maybe we will get some mayors elected who actually respect the police and let them get on with the business of God’s work. We can only hope.

A Modern Day Psalm

Oh Lord, increase my faith; lend me the power of your Holy Spirit.
Let me not fade away in doubt and double-mindedness.
Grant me power to rely solely on You, for I have resolved to do Thy will upon the earth.
Do not blot out my name from your Book.
Let Your faithfulness sustain me day and night.
May your promises guard my path and keep my foot from slipping.
Let the light of your Word shine on me; lead me to the Higher Rock.

The world has grown cold; they have forsaken Your Word.
There is no fear of God before their eyes,
Nor do they give head to Your lovingkindness.
Evil men rush to do evil; treacherous men lay a trap for the innocent.
They gnash upon them with their teeth.
They council together to perform deceitfulness.
Their words are smoother than oil, but inwardly dwells hatred.
As a millstone crushes grain, so do they to their fellow man.
A net is spread for those who would strive to live righteously.
Their words pour forth, a sharpened sickle to reap those who fear God from the face of the earth.

But You, God, will laugh at them; You will remember their deeds on that Day.
Your reward is prepared for them, while they say, “Who sees; who hears?”
They know not that their recompense does not slumber.
Judge them Father; give them their due; break the teeth from their jaw.
Let their arms become useless.
Divide their tongue when they speak treachery.
Let their habitation become desolate and their purposes be thwarted.
Let confusion overtake them, and their counsel be darkened.

But Lord God, are from everlasting to everlasting.
You reign over heaven and earth.
All things belong to You.
The heavens declare Your majesty, and the earth Your power.
Do not forsake those who love truth; let the righteous man be unmoved.
Sustain your servants; let those who love peace fear not.
May the light of your countenance shine upon them.

For Thou are the King of kings above all the nations.
All power and dominion belong to the Most High God.
You will not suffer evil to triumph over good, but will redeem the one who waits for You.
Surely those who love peace will be rewarded.
He who orders his life aright will see Your salvation,
And his habitation will be in Thy house forever and forever.

Amen.






Godlessness: The Road To Destruction

… it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the Universe, who presides in the Councils of Nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect…

No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.

The words above are from the Inaugural Address of President George Washington on April 30, 1789. President Washington surely believed in the power of Almighty God, having been miraculously saved during a particular battle of the French and Indian War on July 9, 1755. He believed that the hand of God guided the creation of our great nation. His will demanded it. America was founded on the belief in, and the reliance on God Almighty.

As I watch and listen to the news today, it has become sorrowfully evident that we as a nation have strayed far from that belief. God is no longer allotted His rightful place in the affairs of the nation. Instead there is an insidious effort, continuing without respite, to remove Him from the lives of the American people. This will ultimately lead to the destruction of the United States of America, the last great hope of the world.

Think about it. How is it that dozens of people each weekend are shot, killed or injured in the streets of our major cities?

On the web site of the National Institute on Drug abuse it says that we lost 172,000 to drug overdose in 2017. Those numbers are rising. How is that possible?

We kill 125,000 babies per day in our country; and worldwide 40 to 50 million per year. Again, how is this even feasible? The answer in each instance is admittedly multi-faceted. However, entwined therein, within the bowels of each, is the irrefutable fact that we are growing increasingly godless. It’s applauded, lauded and taught.

During the Democratic National Convention of Sept, 2012, the Democrats voted to remove God from the platform. It was a deliberate and strategic step to separate God from the people. People who pursue righteousness cannot be controlled by ungodly tyrants. Therefore, any trust in Him must be done away with.

In 2011, in Washington DC, Georgetown Waterfront Park, then President Obama scolded Congress for wasting time by enacting legislation to affirm “In God We Trust” as our national motto. How dare they be concerned with such an inconsequential effort?

Educators rarely teach or discuss morality in the classrooms of our educational system. It’s simply avoided or legislatively prohibited. Children are taught to have faith in themselves, via secular humanitarianism, rather than faith in God, even tough the latter concept is far superior for fostering loving cooperation and care between peoples and nations.

If we continue down this road, we are doomed as a nation. Consider the following scriptures from the Word of God:

Hosea 4:6

my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.

2 Timothy 3:1-7

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,  heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good,  treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,  having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.

Romans 1:18

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

Without God we are less able, if not wholly incapable, of loving one another as He demands. There is less room for compassion in our hearts and minds, less caring, less seeking to take care one’s neighbor. Ultimately we will pay the price for rejecting God.

What can we do? In a word – pray. Every day make an effort to pray for our leaders. Ask God to appoint men and women who love Him and treasure His word. Ask God to reinstate Himself into the hearts and minds of our people. The Good News Only is that God promised He would return to us, and restore us, and heal us if we would only repent and turn towards Him. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says:

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.
 
As long as we are living we can make that choice. If we don’t, I fear we may lose our nation.
 
We would wise to remember the words of preacher/patriot George Duffield, which he spoke before several companies of the Pennsylvania militia and members of Congress four months before the signing of the Declaration of Independence:
 

Whilst sun and moon endure, America shall remain a city of refuge for the whole earth, until she herself shall play the tyrant, forget her destiny, disgrace her freedom, and provoke her God.