Respecting People and MLK

Last updated on February 9th, 2020

I have a dream. One day the vast majority of people will treat others with the respect and dignity they deserve. Would you like to be a part of this? The next step forward in this dream is when you reflect on the events of the past two weeks and do your part respecting people.

Respecting People’s Religious Rights

President Donald Trump recognized Religious Freedom Week last week by reminding the federal government to respect their religious rights. The Department of Education sent guidelines to states and school administrators reminding them to respect the first amendment rights of students and faculty. This includes the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion.

How could you do more to respect people’s religious rights? You could start by not avoiding the topic in discussions. Be curious about other’s religious beliefs and listen respectfully. If asked about your religious beliefs, follow the advice in 1 Peter 3:15.

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,”

You can also subscribe to email alerts from organizations that work to protect religious freedom like the Virginia Family Foundation and the ACLJ. Then contact your government representatives to urge them to do the right thing.

MLK and Respecting People’s Race

On Monday our nation remembered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. He had a dream that one day the law would treat all people equal regardless of the color of their skin. As a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he encouraged everyone to treat others with respect. The Holy Bible declares that God created all people in His image. Christians and Jews therefore should treat people with respect.

How can you help respect race? We are all part of the human race. Remembering this should help you avoid or minimize bigotry and prejudice. You can participate in service projects that intentionally mix people of different cultures. Remember the Golden Rule, ” Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:31) You can ask people about what they appreciate from their culture or heritage and listen respectfully. Join Dr. Alveda King in honoring her uncle’s legacy.

Respecting Life

Respecting Life

On Friday, the March for Life encouraged millions of people to restore the respect for the unborn. The U.S. Declaration of Independence states that we are all created equal. The first right mentioned is the right to life. The Supreme Court denied this right to the pre-born since the 1972 Roe v Wade decision. This resulted in about 62 million deaths by abortion in the USA. I believe one day, the courts will reverse this decision and mothers will treat children in the womb as gifts from God.

How can you help respect life? You can volunteer or donate to Pro-Life charities. Please urge your representatives to pass laws that better protect women and children. You can offer compassion to women considering abortion and those that had one.

For more information on respecting people and the right to life, see my Pro-Life page.

Jesus respected the right to choose so much, that he gave His life and resurrected on the third day so that everyone would have the choice to choose life and not death. For more information see my page on Christianity.

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Juneteenth 2019 – Human rights remembrance

Last updated on February 9th, 2020

On June 19th, 2019, some will celebrate Juneteenth. We remember that on June 19th, 1865 the last African American slaves in the USA were freed. Though slavery (human trafficking) is not legal in the USA, it is legal in some other countries. We should celebrate victories, then continue the fight for human rights. After slavery was ended, there remained inequality in other civil rights. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for equal civil rights.

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court went against the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and judicial precedent and decided to revoke the right to life for the unborn and make up a “right” to assassination in privacy. Dr. Alveda King, continues the fight for civil rights by working to restore the right to life.

A child may be unplanned by their parents, but nobody is unplanned by their creator. As the Lord spoke to the prophet Jeremiah:
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
” Jeremiah 1:5a (NIV)

More Pro-Life Resources.

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Is this not a son or daughter? When do human rights begin?

Next, you can read more about Juneteenth.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2019 Weekend – Promoting rights

Last updated on November 17th, 2019

Mourning the loss of life

At the start of the weekend, millions of Americans mourned the loss of more than 60 million babies through abortion in America. Tens of thousands participated in the March for Life. I am grateful for the progress made under President Trump in reducing government funding of abortion. Also I pray more progress will be made in restoring the right to life in my lifetime.

Protesting the protection of life

Today, thousands gathered in Washington D.C. to protest against President Trump and promote immoral sexual choices including using abortion to kill children in the womb. Also Planned Parenthood and associated organizations want to prevent children from receiving their God-given right to life outside the womb.

Remembering a life of service

On Monday, we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was an ordained Christian minister. It is sad the Washington memorial to him left out the importance of his faith in Jesus Christ as the inspiration and source of his work. He promoted peaceful protests to achieve equal rights before the law for non-white people. Also his desire was that we would judge people not on the color of their skin, but on the content of their character. I am sure he would condemn the murder of children through abortion and sexual immorality promoted by liberal politicians and activists. His niece, Alveda King, continues the fight for civil rights by working to restore the right to life.

Protecting the right to life

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves” Proverbs 31:8

This month the Democratic lead House of Representatives passed a bill that would require the federal government to fund abortion overseas. Also the Republican lead Senate failed to pass a bill that would prohibit the federal government from funding abortion. This would make the Hyde Amendment permanent. Both bills had narrow margins. Please contact your representatives to let them know you do not want your taxes to pay for the killing of children in the womb through abortion.

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Finally, check out these Pro-Life resources.

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Vote November 6th 2018

Last updated on November 17th, 2019

There is a Christian responsibility to vote November 6th 2018 for the more godly and honorable candidates for election.  The very term election originated in voting for the person that is more devout to the Christian faith and more likely to be part of the elect of God, those who have been reborn in Christ.  Surveys by George Barna indicate that those who rarely attend church or consider themselves Christians not committed to evangelism, Barna would categorize as born again. They tend not to vote or to vote based on non-biblical and secular standards.  These are marks of immaturity in Christian discipleship. They are swayed by the liberal media and false advertising. In the USA, surveys estimate between 30% and 50% of the population consists of born again Christians.

Additionally, those mature in the Christian faith, Barna categorizes as evangelical.  They have a commitment to living their lives on biblical principles and standards.  Also they demonstrate a devotion to God that includes showing God’s love by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  They tend to educate themselves on the candidate’s positions in light of biblical truth and standards. In the USA, there are estimated between 8% and 15% are considered evangelicals.

Vote November 6th 2018 from a biblical and Christian perspective

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke

Some churches make efforts to avoid talking about politics. Others encourage voter registration drives.  Even further, some distribute voter guides or even talk about biblical values in the pulpit.  If our government is to become more civil and fiscally conservative, more Christians need to encourage others to vote with biblical convictions. We need to encourage one another to vote smart. We need to be better stewards of government and vote November 6th 2018!

Finally, The Republican Party may not perfect, but the Party Platform includes a push to restore the right to life.  There are voter issues we should discuss and encourage others to consider from a Christian perspective.  Take time to talk about the election, pray for wisdom, vote, and pray for our government leaders.

 

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Voter Issues Help Republicans Win 2018 Elections

Last updated on November 17th, 2019

This past week, the despicable behavior of Democratic Senators and liberal protestors during the hearing to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court appalled me.  The liberals/Democrats in the room disrespected the offices of the Senate and the Supreme Court. Also they rudely interrupted the proceedings.  Finally, they could not find any evidence that disqualified Kavanaugh.  If this is what they do when they are in the minority of control, I would hate to see them gain majority control. I hope this helps you help Republicans win elections in 2018 and beyond.

One of the reasons the people elected Donald Trump to be President was his promise to appoint righteous judges. He appointed judges that respect the U.S. Constitution, the separation of powers, and the original intent of our Founding Fathers.  This group includes Judge Kavanaugh.

Restore civility and justice and help Republicans win elections

It took me a few dozen searches on three different search engines to find a reasonable article that clearly defined a few campaign techniques Republicans can use to increase their majorities in the House and the Senate in 2018.  I was really trying to find a listing of issues and positions that would encourage conservatives to get out the vote and avoid increasing the political passions of liberals. I did not find such a reference.  President Trump has a way of stirring up both groups.

Here are some things that should stir up conservatives and deflate those who wish to promote illegal and immoral activity.  We should strive to conserve and hold on to that which is good.

1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 (NIV)

19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.

Unlawful Immigration / Illegal Immigration

First, Democratic Party leadership has pushed for open borders, ignoring illegal immigration when they are in power. Also they push to legalize criminal trespassers and invaders.  They want to grant citizenship to millions of illegal aliens.  Republicans need to point out that if Democrats gain control in Congress, even more illegal aliens will flood across the border. Conservatives respect the rule of law.  They should push for more funding to secure our borders before granting the right to work and educate here without the right to citizenship. Immigration should be handled with justice and compassion.

Gun Control in line with the Second Amendment

Second, Democratic Party leaders believe in expanding restrictions on gun ownership and sales.  While they say it is intended to improve public safety, research has shown it normally makes places less safe.  Cities like Chicago and Baltimore have been run by Democrats for years and have very restrictive gun laws, but remain high crime areas.  One reason is because law abiding citizens cannot defend themselves or others against criminals with guns.  Crime rates go down when responsible gun ownership and concealed carry permits go up.  Spending government money to confiscate or buy guns from law abiding citizens is a waste of money and resources.  They would be better off with qualifying and paying part time deputies to patrol high-crime areas in those cities.  Also, Republicans should promote the enforcement of existing laws to ensure background checks are done to prevent criminals and those with mental illnesses from easily purchasing guns.

Taxes

Third, Republicans passed an historic tax cut in 2017 that reduced personal income taxes and corporate tax expenses. This led to more capital available to reinvest in growing the economy.  Democratic Party leaders want to increase taxes and continue to spend more than the government receives in taxes.  Republicans need to promote a balanced budget approach that maintains military might and reduces wasteful discretionary spending.  Our grandchildren should not have to pay for our indulgences.  We should not pass our debts on to future generations.

Impeachment

Fourth, if Democrats gain control in Congress, they will pursue impeachment on the President and White House officials despite the lack of any evidence they have committed crimes while in the White House.  This would be the lame investigation of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign on steroids. No evidence, but a long investigation and waste of taxpayer money.  Also, evidence shows the ones who were in collusion with the Russians include Hillary Clinton campaign and liberal deep state actors in the FBI and Department of Justice.  Republicans should push for proper legal investigations that follow the evidence, not political machinations.

Micah 6:7-9 (CEV)

The Lord God has told us
what is right
    and what he demands:
“See that justice is done,
let mercy be your first concern,
    and humbly obey your God.”

Finally, if you have some other good ideas to help Republicans win elections, please let me know.

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