Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Grey Brigade

A friend emailed this to me and told me I need to enlist. 
I told him I'm already in.

They like to refer to us as senior citizens, old fogies, geezers, and in some cases dinosaurs. Some of us are "Baby Boomers" getting ready to retire. Others have been retired for some time. We walk a little slower these days and our eyes and hearing are not what they once were. We have worked hard, raised our children, worshiped our God and grown old together. Yes, we are the ones some refer to as being over the hill, and that is probably true. But before writing us off completely, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration.

In school we studied English, history, math, and science which enabled us to lead America into the technological age. Most of us remember what outhouses were, many of us with firsthand experience. We remember the days of telephone party-lines, 25 cent gasoline, and milk and ice being delivered to our homes. For those of you who don't know what an icebox is, today they are electric and referred to as refrigerators. A few even remember when cars were started with a crank. Yes, we lived those days.

We are probably considered old fashioned and out-dated by many. But there are a few things you need to remember before completely writing us off. We won World War II, fought in Korea and Viet Nam . We can quote The Pledge of Allegiance, and know where to place our hand while doing so. We wore the uniform of our country with pride and lost many friends on the battlefield. We didn't fight for the Socialist States of America ; we fought for the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave." We wore different uniforms but carried the same flag. We know the words to the Star Spangled Banner, America, and America the Beautiful by heart, and you may even see some tears running down our cheeks as we sing.

We have lived what many of you have only read in history books and we feel no obligation to apologize to anyone for America .

Yes, we are old and slow these days but rest assured, we have at least one good fight left in us. We have loved this country, fought for it, and died for it, and now we are going to save it. It is our country and nobody is going to take it away from us. We took oaths to defend America against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and that is an oath we plan to keep. There are those who want to destroy this land we love but, like our founders, there is no way we are going to remain silent.

It was mostly the young people of this nation who elected Obama and the Democratic Congress. You fell for the "Hope and Change" which in reality was nothing but "Hype and Lies." You have tasted socialism and seen evil face to face, and have found you don't like it after all. You make a lot of noise, but most are all too interested in their careers or "Climbing the Social Ladder" to be involved in such mundane things as patriotism and voting. Many of those who fell for the "Great Lie" in 2008 are now having buyer's remorse. With all the education we gave you, you didn't have sense enough to see through the lies and instead drank the 'Kool-Aid.' Now you're paying the price and complaining about it. No jobs, lost mortgages, higher taxes, and less freedom. This is what you voted for and this is what you got. We entrusted you with the Torch of Liberty and you traded it for a paycheck and a fancy house.

Well, don't worry youngsters, the Grey-Haired Brigade is here, and in 2012 we are going to take back our nation. We may drive a little slower than you would like but we get where we're going, and in 2012 we're going to the polls by the millions. This land does not belong to the man in the White House nor to the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. It belongs to "We the People" and "We the People" plan to reclaim our land and our freedom. We hope this time you will do a better job of preserving it and passing it along to our grandchildren. So the next time you have the chance to say the Pledge of Allegiance, Stand up, put your hand over your heart, honor our country, and thank God for the old geezers of the "Grey-Haired Brigade."

Author, Anon. Grey-Haired Brigade Member

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Success Has Its Own Reward

One big "ATTABOY" award for my four-year-old grandson.

"People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved."
ANNE SULLIVAN, letter, Oct. 30, 1887

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Ron Paul Cheated By GOP Corruption In Athens Clarke County, Georgia

The person with the most votes wins.  Well that's the way its supposed to work.  But apparently the GOP thinks it should be, "The person we decide to get the most votes wins. 

I am not a Ron Paul fan.  There have been and are other men and women whom I prefer over the good doctor.

Regardless of my preferences, I have always determined to cast all 7 of my votes for the Republican nominee.  If that man is Ron Paul he will get my 7 votes.  Conversely I figured I would take a deep breath, hold my nose and go kicking and screaming to cast my votes for the pro-abortion, anti second amendment, big government medical care promoting RINO, Mith Romney if he were the last man standing.

Well not any more!  After watching the way the GOP abused its members in Georgia last week, I am now planning to mark all 7 of my votes for Dr. Ron Paul in the general election in November unless
the GOP does some serious housekeeping.  The people have a right to fair, lawful election proceseses.

We have come to expect fraud, corruption, voter intimidation, and undemocratic election stealing from the left.  The GOP had better wake up.  We the people will not continue to support the party if the party is indistinguishable from the Democrat party.  We are tired of all this inside-the-beltway, good-old-boys, elite crony crap.

We may be unsophisticated, uneducated, uncouth, and untoothed but we still have our pitchforks, our guns, and our votes.  So listen up GOP, if you want my votes for your party's nominee, expose this corruption and fix this problem in Athens Clarke County.  You need to get with us or get lost.

Friday, March 16, 2012

This Is Why Our Founders Gave Us The Second Amendment

This story is a small, proud moment in American history.  It is, in part, a tribute to the need and purpose for the 2nd Amendment.

 The Battle of Athens was a local issue.  It was a cakewalk.

The next battle could be widespread.  Americans deserve honest elections without intimidation, thuggery, or fraud.  It is our Constitutional right. 

The Second Amendment is our protection against government tyranny.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Theology for Girls: Qualifications For Pastors

I am posting this link just because I like it.

Theology for Girls: Qualifications For Pastors:

"The qualifications of a pastor are:      
The mind of a scholar,      
The heart of a child, and      
The hide of a  rhinoceros.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Death Of A Christian School

I read the news yesterday; a Christian School operated by a Baptist Church in Southern California was closing its doors after 36 years.
The school is a ministry of the church and therefore under the authority of the church leadership.  The church’s pastoral leaders made the difficult decision to close the school.   According to the leadership, enrollment has steadily declined for several years.  Current enrollment is about 120 students fewer that it was about 5 years ago.  No doubt current national and local economic and jobless conditions played a major part in their decision.  These are extremely tough times for many businesses and Christian ministries are not exempt from hardships.  Tuition is very expensive and, when times are tough, people must make sacrifices or find other options to survive. 

According to the church leaders, the Christian school ministry has not been financially viable for at least seven years, as the cost of operations has adversely impacted the church’s budget by several hundred thousand dollars.  In spite of austere and cost-cutting measures in the past, they simply could not outlast the recessive economy.

And that, my friends, is the objective, unspun story as it can best be known from direct, verifiable sources even though some of those sources no longer exist in print because the news report was substantially changed overnight.

Once the decision to close became public, news of the school’s problems began spreading like wildfire, as current and former students began posting comments on Facebook.  Within hours an organizational structure began to form, from parents, students, and the community, to garner support to save the school.

Of course, that is heartbreaking and tragic news to the students, parents, and teachers.  And I understand the personal, emotional reactions; the prayer meetings, the tears, and expressions of frustration that manifest themselves in a myriad of ways.  I get it; you have my sympathy.  However, the obvious manipulative slant from the press (evidenced by its own printed revisions) and the strings of misguided and ignorant comments on the internet are troubling for the church. 

So, as a former church and Christian school business administrator, a parent of two Christian school students and the grandfather of Christian school students, a former member of a Christian school board, the husband and father of Christian school teachers, and a supporter of Christian school education for over 35 years, I want to proffer a few random observations from a Christian church’s biblio-centric ministry perspective.

·        The Church is not an organization of human origin.  It is an organism comprised of the regenerated (born-again) believers that form the Body of Christ in this world.  The local Christian church is an assembly of believers formally joined together for specific and limited ministry purposes that are mandated by God in scripture.  Those purposes are to preach and teach the Word of God, to care for the members, to build them up in the faith, and to prepare them for the work of spreading the Gospel throughout the world.   As such, the church must be free from any external pressures or alliances that may compromise its mission.  This principle understanding of the nature and purpose of the church is foundational to every other comment that follows.

·        The local church is free to develop a framework of programs that it deems expedient to accomplish its mandated purposes.  A Christian school can be, and sometimes is, one of those structures only insofar as it is and remains effective to teach the Truth of God’s Word, present all truth in all subjects from a God-centered and biblically sound worldview, and ensure that every student hears the good news of the Gospel and is instructed in righteousness. 

·        One commenter suggested that the church’s priorities are misplaced because it allocates resources to ministries other than the school.  Another questioned how the church could claim to be in financial stress and then send the pastor on a mission trip to Africa.  But a church has multi-faceted ministries just as a body has multiple functions and all of those ministries must be evaluated from time to time for effectiveness and then supported.   The church’s mission is not to be determined or prioritized by outsiders, the local community or the “market.”  When an outside group attempts to usurp the control or direction of a ministry, that church is in trouble. 

·        One very harsh comment was critical of the pastor for his teaching and preaching about honoring commitments and yet, letting everybody down by dishonoring the commitments to teachers and students.  That was immature and irrelevant.  Most Christian schools operate on a one-year basis.  Teacher contracts are renewed year-to-year and, unlike government schools, most of them understand that there is no tenure and no guarantee of future employment.  But then, most Christian teachers trust God, and not the State (or the church), to supply their needs.  At least they should; most of them are very emphatic, at the time of hire, about how God “called them to this ministry” so it would seem reasonable to trust that He is now “calling them elsewhere.”  As for the students, tuition is paid on an annual basis.  It is a fee for service and if you get all the class instruction for which you paid, and a report card documenting your earned grades, the church’s commitment has been honored.  They owe you nothing else.  Sorry!

·        The church should fire their attorney.  According to the press report, Jimmy Mettias, the school’s attorney, in direct contradiction to the church’s leadership, said (the school) is “financially self sustaining and sufficient” and the move by the church may lead to litigation.  He also said, “The way the church handled this situation was shameful.  You don’t let people go like that.  It’s a haphazard way of doing things.”  He has planned meetings with parents, teachers and staff in order to discuss the possibility of relocating the school, independent from the church.  He has recklessly created doubt and concern regarding the well-being of the children by stating, “The school is being run by eight teachers, which is a very serious safety concern for parents,” and saying, “They are exposing themselves to significant liability.”  At best, it sounds like his interest in his client is conflicted.  In my opinion, it certainly seems unethical.

·        Finally, because of creeping liberalism, outside influences, and market pressures, most Christian ministries naturally decline. I don’t need to expound on this point here; I have written extensively on this subject in another post.  As an example, let me point your attention to an organization with which everyone is familiar (or maybe not).  The Young Men’s Christian Association.  No doubt about it; it was a social ministry started by serious, well-meaning, committed Christians for the purpose of reaching boys with the good news of the Gospel.  Years ago they changed (shortened) their name to their initials, YMCA.  Today it is mostly known as the “Y.”  The “Christian” part of the ministry has been successfully obscured or totally lost but the social aspect is still in existence.  Sadly, that downward trend threatens every aspect of Christian church ministry, whether schools, music, missions, youth, or anything else.  And so churches must evaluate them from time to time.  When a church’s “programs” lose sight of their original biblical mandated purposes, the church should turn them back or turn off the lights. 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Don't Give TULIPs To People Who Hate Flowers

I asked my friend, "Do you believe in the sovereignty of God?"

He said, "Yes, I do!"

I asked, "Do you believe He is sovereign in all things?"

He said, "Of course He is."

I asked, "But do you really really believe that He is absolutely sovereign in everything?"

He said, "Yes!  He is sovereign in everything."

Then I asked him, "Do you believe God sovereign in salvation?"

He said, "Well, to an extent."

And that's when the argument started.

"Calvinism" seems to start a lot of arguments.  In my community it has just recently caused a church split.  In another church a visiting family attended for several weeks until they "found out" that the pastor was a "Calvinist."

Why recite the five points of the TULIP when you can just recite the Word of God? 

In this post, Michael Acidri boldly declares biblical Truth from the Word of God without tiptoeing through the TULIPs.  End of argument.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Irrelevance of Relevance-Seekers

"A ministry that God honors maintains the biblical distinction between the world and the church which is called out from the world."
"Those Christians who seek to make Christ and His Church more attractive to unbelievers by appealing to them in the natural state of their lostness—by seeking to woo them by fleshly and superficial means—implicitly regard themselves and their methodologies as more glorious than Christ Himself. If unbelievers hate Jesus as He’s presented in Scripture, and if they regard the Apostles as fools for their message, but they like us, it may be because we’re more like them than like our Savior."

Mike Riccardi

Posted at The Cripplegate

Thursday, March 1, 2012

How Sheriff Joe Arpiao Helped Make My Birthday Enjoyable!

I woke this morning to my wife singing "you're older than I am."  She does that every day for 55 days each year until she catches up to me late in April.

My pastor Emailed me to wish me a happy birthday and invited me to lunch at Der Weinerschnitzel for a chili cheese dog.  I love those chile cheese dogs.  I had to decline; maybe he'll make it up later.

Then my wife "treated" me to a free birthday breakfast at Denny's.

I learned, on the news, that a great American and TEA party hero, Andrew Breitbart, died this morning at the age of 43.  It was just a few days ago that I thought about contacting him to see if I could go to work for him.  I will miss him. 

One of my daughters, Valerie, and her five children joined us for the breakfast.  Denny's also gave me a free dish of ice cream and everyone sang "Happy Birthday."  The family at the booth next to us joined the song.  One of my grandsons gave me a hand-made birthday card with an excellent drawing of a rhinoceros.

My other daughter, Dawn, and her three children called and sang "Happy Birthday."   Later this afternoon a friend treated me to a Reese's peanut butter cup Blizzard at Dairy Queen.  He had a coupon so he got mine for free.

Dozens of my Facebook friends, many of whom I have never met, wished me a happy birthday.

BUT, the most thrilling event of the day was reading this message that I got from Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio.  It  is the major preliminary finding of a six-month ongoing Sheriff's Cold Case Posse law enforcement investigation into the authenticity of Obama's birth certificate and his eligibility to be president.  It doesn't look good for the Chief but, really, all He has to do is come clean with the proof He insists that He has.   Andy is gone but Sheriff Joe is still engaged in the war for truth and the protection of our constitutional republic.  

I was born on March 1, 1948 in Culver City, California and I HAVE COPIES OF MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE TO PROVE IT.

I'm looking forward to the rest of the day; I'm sure it will be great.  Thanks to all my family and friends and Sheriff Joe.  Happy Birthday to me!