You know that I am intent on bringing political and moral clarity into the fog of political correctness. But political correctness is not just something the Left does; it is in the Church, the so-called conservative movement, and very much so inside the Republican Party.
Well I am on a mission to glorify God with biblical truth and no matter where that takes me or who I have to oppose, I will follow wherever my Lord leads me. I have not taken any delight in seeing my conservative heroes being exposed for the charlatans they are, nevertheless the truth must win out.
“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Those are Jesus’ words from the eight chapter and thrity-second verse of the Gospel of John. Those thirteen words are the answer to America’s problems. But truth can be a funny thing because many believe that truth is in the eye of the beholder or that it is defined by current cultural standards.
That is what is known as moral relativism, which claims that no ethical system is better than another. But Jesus uses a very specific Greek word for truth – aletheia. Aletheia implies sincerity, actuality, and reality. This word is significant because aletheia is the truth that first appears when something is seen or revealed. So Jesus purposely used this word because He was teaching that this is absolute truth and is not something you can analyze and take into consideration outside factors. It is what it is.
Eighteen months ago today my son Sergeant Eddie Jeffers went to be with Jesus when he gave up his spirit on an Iraqi desert floor. Eddie was only 23 ½ years old when he died, but he had lived the fullest life of most men I know. More importantly he had touched hundreds of thousands of lives across the world with his “rant” known to the world as “Hope Rides Alone.”
Eddie’s skill for writing came from his love of books…he loved words. I remember teaching him at an early age how to use a dictionary so he could look up the meaning of words for himself. Words mattered to Eddie and your word was all he needed from you because he put much stock in it. The only way to lose his trust was to not be good to your word. Most importantly, Eddie’s words when he wrote flowed from his heart; it was literally effortless. For a man who has spent the last twenty years of my life honing my writing skills, the one thing that bypassed me and went straight to my son was his effortless ability to share his heart and wisdom. It was his God-given talent:
First understand that I am no fan of Keith Olbermann; in fact I loathe the man. I wrote of my disgust of this false patriot in my Talon column titled “Olbermann Overbites.” However I read a column on Townhall.com by Ann Coulter that absolutely flummoxed me. I’ve always wanted to use that word in a sentence and until now I never felt the moment worthy of such locution.
(I felt compelled by the Holy Spirit to post my devotional here this morning)
Here is a question pollsters like to ask: “Is America on the right track?” If I was asked this question I would ask the pollster what he or she meant by the right track? Can Americans who are polled qualify and quantify what they mean by the right track? My suspicions tell me no. Most Americans do not know what they believe much less be able to articulate what their core values are. Why is that?
It is because we live in a world where having any type of moral ruler, something with which to measure our morality, automatically labels you with being intolerant, arrogant, and judgmental. Now there are many so-called moralists running around America who are those things, however those whose foundations are built on biblical truth might be intolerant of sin, come off as arrogant because we can be that way sometimes, and be judgmental if I am comparing myself with you. Nevertheless if I stand on the Word of God I am not being judgmental because it is God who has judged not me.
There is no better way to begin a week then spending Sunday with the Lord, hearing His Word preached, and singing praises to His Holy Name. And sometimes, the best worship is done by children in ways that make you laugh for joy. This video is just one of those times. Thanks to Debbie Hinkhofer for the heads up.
How bad is the housing market? Can you describe it in real economic terms? Can you quantify the “housing crunch” in historical terms? Is it worse as the President claims? Is it being overblown as many economists claim? Is it simply an “opportunity not being wasted” as White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel opined? What is the actual nature of the housing market as it stands today the last day in February in the year of our Lord two thousand nine?
Although I did not watch the President’s speech last night, I was online with a few bloggers watching their running commentary to the speech. I have read excerpts of the speech and I will read it in its entirety later today, but as is the case with most presidential speeches before a joint session of Congress, this president made promises he cannot keep without bankrupting our future:
1. Increase troop levels
2. Cure cancer in “our time”
3. Universal education through college
4. Universal health care
I have received emails from many of you wondering if I and others were not being too hard on the pro-family/pro-life movements. That is a fair question so let me approach it from a fund-raising perspective.
Let’s say I come to all of you with a proposal for a new organization that is “dedicated to the promotion of marriage and family and the sanctity of human life in national policy.” My organization will be at the forefront “valiantly fighting the culture war”, but it will suffer “terrible defeats.” My organization will not be “able to arrest and reverse the moral and cultural slide by protests, lobbying, voting and legislative remedies.”
I was asked by a caller this morning to publish today’s daily devotional on my blog so here it is:
A New Beginning
Today we inaugurate Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America. This makes the 44th time in our great history that power is willingly handed over from one man to another. Many people are praying for Barack Obama to be successful; I am not doing so in an unattached manner. I do not approve of his agenda but God has seen fit to allow this man to lead our nation. Others are praying that President Obama fails; I will not do that either because his fall will be cushioned by our country. So I will pray that he surrenders his life to Jesus Christ and/or he is influenced by godly men and women such as Daniel of the Old Testament influenced pagan kings.
Hat tip to one of my regular email buddies Pete whom many of you prayed for his wife Shirley when she was having heart trouble. This really helps to put Christmas into focus:
This morning I heard a story on the radio of a woman who was out Christmas shopping with her two children. After many hours of looking at row after row of toys and everything else imaginable. And after hours of hearing both her children asking for everything they saw on those many shelves, she finally made it to the elevator with her two kids.
A very interesting commentary I found on Pamela Geller’s Atlas Shrugs that was linked from Pat Dollard’s blog. Before you give into the urge to scoff, remember these words of warning from the Apostle Paul to Timothy over two thousand years ago:
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:1-7)
The Jeffers Family would like to send its love and heartfelt thanks to all our wonderful veterans, past and present, who have willingly served and sacrificed to bring liberty not only to this great nation, but also to freedom-loving peoples across the world.
Our hearts are especially full for those and their families “who gave the last full measure.” May the Lord bring you a peace and pride that comes from selfless service and sacrifice.
Folks, Karen and I could not be prouder to see the wonderful gospel group InnerFire reaching new heights of success. Bernie and Faith Joyner, and Scotty and Johnna Carroll are the heart and soul of InnerFire. While Scotty is in the background running the sound and bringing God’s message during their intermission, InnerFire is Bernie, Faith, and Johnna blending their beautiful vocals.
They have already been interviewed numerous time, including our own Greg Allen of The Right Balance, and now they have their first video interview. Check out the YouTube below and if the short lady in the middle of the video looks somewhat familiar that is because those of you who know Karen there is a striking resemblance. Faith is the daughter of Karen’s brother Randy Ritchie and his wife Barbara. Faith’s husband Bernie is one of the Timothy’s in my life and I love him like a son.
Here is the latest John McCain ad and it is a very good one. Pass this far and wide; Barack Obama has an amazingly narcissistic opinion of himself. As a self-described Christian, you would think the junior senator of Illinois would remember Philippians 2:3 (NIV):
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”
I remember watching Hannity and Colmes last year when the Reverend Jeremiah Wright was a guest and Sean Hannity was trying to question the senior pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ. Reverend Wright asked Hannity if he had read any of Dr. James Cone and others books on black liberation theology and implied if Hannity had not then he could not really question the reverend.
I took the liberty of ordering three of Dr. Cone’s book and just finished reading Black Power and Black Theology and I’ve written a column about it at the New Media Journal. It is titled “Automatically Under Suspicion” and I would encourage you to send it to all the Obama mice.
Yesterday was 10 months to the day we lost Eddie. I love my son with a love unexplainable. I read about it in the Bible, but the Heavenly Father’s love for His Only Begotten Son makes my love for Eddie seem so small. And then there is the love of an earthly father who would do anything for his earthly son. This video shows such a love.