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Friday, December 20, 2013

A Different Kind of Christmas







I will be on vacation for the next several weeks, and I wanted to leave this as food for thought while we are opening our presents under our respective Christmas Trees and celebrating the coming year. There is always someone who seems to get lost in all the shopping, baking, and decorating: Jesus. There are some among us who have too much already. We don't need presents or that cookie or that ornament, but we do need Jesus in our life.

This year my husband and I decided to not give each other a present, for the simple reason we have everything we need or want. We are not wealthy, and neither are we flush with capital, but we are rich in the knowledge that we reside in the bosom of Christ. However, we have taken joy in giving to others, to our grown children, and grandchildren. We decided to celebrate the coming of Our Savior in a more ceremonial way by attending Mass, listening to real Christmas music--no Rocking Around the Christmas Tree--and reading scripture. We want to focus only on Christ, the greatest gift, the only reason for the season.

By shedding the turmoil of shopping, traffic, baking, and all the rest of it, we have coalesced the season into its proper perspective: Focusing on the Christ child. Yes, we've fallen prey to the gift giving mania by sending presents off to our children, but they each needed what we gave, because they are struggling financially, just as we did at their age. And, at night, I count my blessings instead of sheep.







Because of the financial crisis, many have decided to be more frugal and practical this Christmas. Black Friday wasn't that black. We are all feeling the pinch. Rather than give your children dozens of toys they will break and leave forgotten in a corner, why not give a toy to a child who doesn't have any, and take a picture to put up on the wall of your child. That memory will last much longer than another toy. Bring a Christmas dinner to someone who can't afford one, and act as a waiter for the family. Do anything rather than consume. I know it's challenging, but try to remember that Christ came to die for us. Is it too much to ask that we die to consumerism? If you must buy a present, forfeit the big stores, and wander into the small businesses in your town. Buy one special gift for that person you love, rather than dozens from the big stores. Purchase something they would never get for themselves. You're helping your neighbor, and thinking outside the box.

Make Christmas special by subduing the frenetic sounds and overblown commercialism. Take time to be quiet and read the verses about the nativity in the Gospels, and pray. Pray with fervor, pray with tears, pray with love, and thank Him for coming. I wish you all a Blessed Christmas and a New Year filled with the promise of goodness and faith.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Black Liberation Theology - Guest Post

 


I would like you to welcome my Guest Blogger. He wishes to remain anonymous as there has been a threat on his life. This man grew up under the Jim Crow Laws in the South. I felt it was important that people know about Black Liberation Theology and why it divides Whites from Blacks today. Race mongers abound, and this theology is destroying the black community with its lies.


Black Liberation Theology

by,

Anonymous 


As a disclaimer, I want to establish that I am neither a historian nor a minister. My observations are that of a young boy educated by Southern Baptist ministers who preached the doctrine of liberation theology during my teenage years, the first eight years of my formal education. During this time, I did not learn to read, write or count. I listened to their race bated sermons every Sunday and Wednesday nights. The ministers were often ordained with a quart of white lightening but had no formal education or theological training. In the separate-but-equal educational system in Mississippi, blacks were not allowed to be educated.

In order to understand liberation theology, it is necessary to peel off several layers of laws and attitudes. Slavery is the first layer to be removed. The Dixie Crates, members of the Southern Democrat Party created Jim Crow Laws, the second layer, to protect the property rights of southern slave owners when slaves were freed. Slaves were free but slave owners retained the same level of control with Jim Crow laws. There were separate-but-equal schools, drinking fountains, bathrooms, seats on trains and busses.
The plantations were de facto brothels for white landowners. The slave owner had rights to black women at will while a black man looking at a white woman for more than thirty seconds was condemned and executed as an “eye ball rapist “for which they were either hung or castrated. Hanging was the preferred method because it had a greater shock value. Remember the constitutional defined blacks at this time in American history to be only one third of a person. This gave the southern slave owners the right to treat slaves with no respect because they were one third human and two thirds animal. They raped and sodomized black women at will (Webster defines sodomy as anal and oral sex). It is from this background, sixty years after the fact that I make the following statement.

The doctrine of Liberation Theology parallel and complimented the Jim Crow laws designed to keep blacks in line. It is camouflaged with many shades of gray and heavily shrouded in unadulterated hatred and mistrust for whites. Liberation Theology, for the most part, concentrated on preaching that every bad thing that happened to blacks resulted from slavery, evil white men and greedy Republican businesspersons. There was no point in educating yourself because the evil white man would never allow you to advance. The message was to eat, drink and be merry because tomorrow you might be dead. I believe that this perspective is the reason that eighty-five percent of blacks fail to get an education and strive for success today. The key word “Education” in the black experience is equated to being too white, or an Uncle Tom. Black college educated Republicans are frequently labeled as being too white to understand what it is like to be black or they are an Uncle Tom.

For a long while, it was very difficult to wrap my mind around the contradictory views. The Catholic Church provided the structural guidance to overcome my fathers’ repudiation, abusiveness, hostility and illiteracy. The priest and nuns were frequently targets of the local Klan. Monthly the staff received hate messages in bottles thrown on the school property that referred to their work as the work of Satan. The Klan referred to the priest and nuns as Nazis and nigger lovers. My young untrained mind was constantly contrasting and validating the principles of Liberation Theology against the liberating love, peace, and understanding of Christ as emulated by the Catholic priest nuns. The love and devotion shown by the priests and nuns quickly invalidated the notion that all white people were evil. The nuns and priests were definitely not evil or greedy, but patient, long suffering and they were white. I had a major decision to make. At this point, I rejected the Liberation Theology indoctrination and converted to Catholicism. With the help of a tutor, the Catholic school had me reading at the eighth grade level in one school year.

Historically interesting are ministers who are tax-exempt and promote liberation theology in government-funded schools. I cite one minister in particular, Jessie Jackson. In the book “Shakedown: Exposing the Real Jesse Jackson”, December 1, 2003 by Kenneth R. Timmerman. I have reprinted verbatim from the paragraph Repudiation Day on page 420-421.

Mr. Jesse Lee Petersen grew up on a former plantation near Tuskegee. Alabama, and by the time he was a teenager hated whites. I was a young man, and I had a lot of anger. I did not have a father to teach me. I listened to people like Jesse Jackson, who told me that my problems were not my fault: It was racism. It was because of slavery. It was because the white man didn’t want me to move forward”. Petersen recalls hearing Jackson as an eighteen year old in Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, where he had moved with an uncle and aunt. Jackson was a visiting speaker at the high school, and he was trying out a version of the PUSH-Excel “motivational” speech he would dispense around the country at government expense in the 1970s. The message was about race, power, and the evils of the white man: and especially the evils of the Republican Party. “He was saying the Republican Party was the party of the rich white males”, Petersen recalls. And the Democrats were the party of the people. I did not realize the partisan message at the time; because it was the type of thing black people were hearing everywhere behind closed doors. We have been brained washed by the civil rights movement for the past forty to fifty years. The people we trusted the most are the ones who are keeping us down and lying to us the most”.

The race base industry, formerly known as black Community Organizers, and staffed by men as Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the Rev. Wright are still operationally and functionally enforcing Jim Crow laws on blacks. It is not the evil white man but the evil black men posing as non-certified ministers who are earning tax-exempt millions to keep blacks in their place in the Democrat party and dependent on the government for their livelihood. The men preaching liberation theology are still living in the 1880s. 

 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Everything Bad Is Not Demonic, Even Though, Demonic Activity Is On The Rise





Recently, I've noticed a trend in my Christian social media circles. Too many people are seeing demons for everything from depression to people behaving badly. Yes, I do believe that demonic influence is on the rise. Especially in our country.

The why is interesting. When we have leaders who are divisive, create chaos, and cause unrest in the governed, and promote the worst kind of behavior, it becomes an open invitation to open the Gates of Hell and devour the people. Isaiah 5:14 says, "Therefore the nether world enlarges its throat and opens its maw without limit . . ." NAB version. In my Artscroll, Stone Edition of the Tanach, "Therefore, the nether world has enlarged its appetite and opened its mouth wide without limit . . ." The entire chapter of Isaiah is concerned with people who are wise in their own sight causing this turn of events. Those who govern have a responsibility to promote good behavior. They are held to higher standard, and should do everything within their power to do what is right, principled, godly. Every unprincipled act, every law broken, every sin committed nudges that gate to open wider.

However true that fact may be, not everything is the result of demonic activity. Neither is everyone who behaves badly possessed by demons. We should be careful to not find pigs in the parlor every time something happens that looks bad.

The Knockout Game is definitely demonic. The recent mass shootings are demonic, even though the perpetrators were mentally ill. They were all influenced by demonic activity because they were unable to filter it out through prayer and faith. They had no help either spiritually or mentally. Finding pleasure in hurting a fellow human being is definitely demonic. The strange drug induced incidents of cannibalism is definitely demonic. Someone impatient standing in a long line is not demonic.

Our country is under tremendous stress both economically and spiritually. Our leaders are not helping to relieve that stress, and seem to be adding to it with their unprincipled behavior. Those who are principled are reviled, even by their own party, and they should be held accountable at the voting booth. We have a President who seems to delight in casting blame on everyone but himself, and he remains clueless as to how to govern. I cannot help but feel he is doing his all to cause the chaos and unrest. He appears to be the angry little boy, rejected by both parents, all grown up and lashing out against those he feels need to be punished: The Middle Class of America. The alternative is he is all mouth and no intellect. Either way, he is to blame for what he says, what he does not say, and who he appoints to lead in the different cabinets, as well as, what he has done. We have the right to let him know that we are unhappy with his leadership by encouraging our representatives to take action, by voicing our concerns that we are headed in the wrong direction. This is our right as citizens and we must exercise our rights. Paul did when he declared himself to be a Roman citizen.

Whatever you may believe politically, as Christians we must pray and help not just other Christians, but all Americans to find the truth. We must bring comfort to those who are stressed, who are in need, who are searching for an answer to their problems. Ephesians 6:10-18 instructs us to dress ourselves and be prepared to meet evil on the spiritual battlefield. However, don't end your reading at verse 17, where a good many do, remember verse 18, "With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. To that end, be watchful with a perserverance and supplication for all the holy ones . . ." NAB. Pray for your pastors and priests, pray for each other, pray for those who govern, and pray to end this division without compromising our principles. Help those who cannot seem to see their way through the mire of words with encouragement and much prayer.

And, the next time you are standing a long line and someone begins to become nasty, don't look for demons. Offer your place in line by saying, "You seem to be in a hurry. Please take my place." Let that driver, impatient to cut you off, have your spot by dropping back and waving them ahead of you. Smile, be gracious, be kind. Don't return bad behavior with bad behavior. We can make this a better place by having faith, not searching for demons.






Monday, December 2, 2013

Do Not Give Your Work Away! That Is Just Plain Stupid!



I recently read an article describing how too many aspiring authors mistakenly give their work away for free. Each of these authors are convinced that people will take the chance on an unknown author for free when they won't if it will cost them the typical eBook price. We are made to believe the reader will love us so much they will automatically want a hard copy in their hand, and any future work we may produce. The promoters of this paradigm tell us that this process will give us exposure. Now, this word, exposure, is hyped on nearly every social media and book website vying for our work to be given away. This is talked about so much and so often that the question begs to be asked: Does it work? The answer is a resounding NO!

Authors, please stop this practice. It cheapens those of us who are trying to make a living by writing. Writing is hard work. It takes time, and we have so little of it these days. For those of you who are a tad long in the tooth, you might remember hearing from your parents that people who receive things for free don't appreciate the free item. They see it as disposable, cheaply made merchandise that is not worthy of respect. This philosphy is true. Our parents knew what they were talking about. Take their advice. Learn from them.

I would apply that same philosophy to those who review books. A while ago, I sent out a number of books to respected book reviewers at major Catholic newspapers. Mind you, I had previously asked for permission to send it, to see if they might be interested in reviewing it before I paid to ship it to them. I received answers back explaining it would take time, but they would be interested in reading my novel. Off it went in the mail, and at quite an expense. I discovered that my book, and every other book, were tossed into a corner, piled up, and generally mistreated by these seemingly respectable persons. Every book was classified SLUSH, and not worthy of their time, even though these people are paid to read and review books. They only seemed to review books written by the already famed Catholic, or if the writer was a priest, a nun, or a person who had credits from some Catholic organization. Mind you, these writers are reviewed by dozens of people already. This means that these writers are receiving reviews they don't need, wasting the time of the reviewer, and taking the space that is desperately wanted by my fellow authors.

Imagine how it felt to know that the work I had spent ten years researching and writing was treated like so much trash, that they had said they would review it, but really had no intention of ever even reading it. Eventually, I forwarded an eBook to a fellow blogger on LinkedIn and received a decent review, but I had to eat the price. In essence, it was a paid review. Yes, the reviewer is not a famous reviewer, but even they review books already reviewed by dozens of others. And, the insanity continues. It's a crazy system that must be revised, and addressed by all the writers of the world.

When a fellow author asked for a review of his Catholic work, I not only read it, but gave it a review on all my social websites. Even though I couldn't give it more than three stars, I still believed it was worthy of promoting. However, I will not review any more books. I don't believe that I could afford it, nor do I have the time to spend away from my own writing.

I've also noticed that people are always angling to get a free book from me. If I do business with a person they feel they are entitled to a free book. Recently, I had several people doing just that. I was in contact with them for business and they kept schmoozing me for a free book. They didn't directly ask for one, but I could tell by the innuendoes they wanted a free book. No! My days of freebies are over. I've learned my lesson, and I will not repeat it. If you are an author reading this, stop the insanity, now. Stop being stupid. Don't give your hard work away. This does not give you exposure. It only exposes you to ridicule, to cheapen your hard work. I am not alone in this idea. Below are two articles talking about the same thing.

 New York Times article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/opinion/sunday/slaves-of-the-internet-unite.html?pagewanted=2&_r=0

LinkedIn article:

http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Is-there-war-on-authors-2603729.S.5808643665421164544?view=&srchtype=discussedNews&gid=2603729&item=5808643665421164544&type=member&trk=eml-anet_dig-b_mc-ttl-cn&fromEmail=&ut=1NzBguj0v8um01