Monday, January 27, 2014

Victory ... Then Weakness

He was sore athirst, and called on the Lord, and said, Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of Thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst? - - - Judges 15:18 
 
Samson was thirsty and ready to die. The difficulty was totally different from any which the hero had met before. Merely to get thirst assuaged is nothing like so great a matter as to be delivered from a thousand Philistines! but when the thirst was upon him, Samson felt that little present difficulty more weighty than the great past difficulty out of which he had so specially been delivered. It is very usual for God's people, when they have enjoyed a great deliverance, to find a little trouble too much for them. Samson slays a thousand Philistines, and piles them up in heaps, and then faints for a little water! Jacob wrestles with God at Peniel, and overcomes Omnipotence itself, and then goes "halting on his thigh!" Strange that there must be a shrinking of the sinew whenever we win the day. As if the Lord must teach us our littleness, our nothingness, in order to keep us within bounds. Samson boasted right loudly when he said, "I have slain a thousand men." His boastful throat soon grew hoarse with thirst, and he betook himself to prayer. God has many ways of humbling His people. Dear child of God, if after great mercy you are laid very low, your case is not an unusual one. When David had mounted the throne of Israel, he said, "I am this day weak, though anointed king." You must expect to feel weakest when you are enjoying your greatest triumph. If God has wrought for you great deliverances in the past, your present difficulty is only like Samson's thirst, and the Lord will not let you faint, nor suffer the daughter of the uncircumcised to triumph over you. The road of sorrow is the road to heaven, but there are wells of refreshing water all along the route. So, tried brother, cheer your heart with Samson's words, and rest assured that God will deliver you ere long.  


- - - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Morning and Evening

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Littlest Terrorist

Although he is not likely to be here for very long, let us welcome to the world little Mahdi, a precious boy born last week in Lebanon.  In keeping with the traditional and demonic practice of putting their children on the front lines of battle, Mahdi's parents, like all faithful Mohammedans, have already dedicated his life to the cause of martyrdom for the savage desert god "Allah," and his "prophet" Muhammed.  They have gone so far as to dress him in military garb before he even left the maternity ward, and the hospital (and/or the Lebanese government) recognized and rewarded them for it:

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There are people in the Western world who are so willfully blind and suicidal that they say "All religions produce terrorists and fanatics; Islam is no worse than the others."  This stupid, vapid lie can be disproven by a simple glance at any day's headlines, but in the case of little Mahdi, it becomes especially egregious.  Jewish communities celebrate parties and celebrations when a baby is born; Catholics and many Protestants have their "christenings" and "infant baptisms."  Other religions have other ways of rejoicing in new life.  But only the Mohammedans, who love death more than life, regard every newborn child as a potential "martyr," or, in the case of girls, a future piece of chattel property.

God save little Mahdi from his parents and his society.  This is no way for a life to begin - - - but it's the Muslim way.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Another TSA Sexual Assault

As has been noted elsewhere in this blog, the agents of the federal government - - - in this case, the Transportation Security Administration - - - are absolutely unmatched in their zealous invasion of the persons and privacy of the American people (or anyone traveling in America). One of the latest incidents in the scandalous and sordid history of the TSA came recently in Colorado, at the Denver International Airport, where yet another woman was sexually assaulted, under entirely "legal" pretexts, by TSA agents.  What makes this story particularly egregious is the fact that the woman wasn't even attempting to board a plane, but was merely escorting her minor daughter to the departure area, where the daughter would be catching her flight.


Quoting this story from CBS-4 TV in Denver:

Denver police have initiated a sexual assault investigation focused on Transportation Security Administration officers at a checkpoint at Denver International Airport. It comes after a Colorado woman filed a complaint saying the frisking she received amounted to a sexual assault .... The criminal probe stems from a complaint filed by Jamelyn Steenhoek, 39, who was patted down by TSA agents on Dec. 26 as she was escorting her 13-year-old daughter to a flight bound for Philadelphia. Steenhoek was not flying, just getting her daughter to the gate. “I feel like someone who works for a powerful agency that we are afraid of used their power to violate me sexually — to put me in my place,” said Steenhoek, a working mother for a county social services department. Steenhoke is also a full time college student. Although she had proper credentials to accompany her daughter to the airline gate, an alarm at the checkpoint sounded when she went through. Steenhoek believes the machine picked up the jewels that were sewn into the rear pockets of her jeans. She was asked to submit to having her hands swabbed, which she did. “Then they told me I tested positive for explosives,” Steenhoek said during an interview with CBS4.She explained to the agents that the positive hit from her hand swab was probably the result of her pumping gas into her car earlier in the day.  “She said, ‘We’ll have to do a search.’ So I thought, ‘Okay.’ “Steenhoek said she was just focused on completing the search and getting to the gate with her daughter with enough time to get her teenager something to eat. She said she was ushered into a small private room at the TSA checkpoint with her daughter watching from a few feet away. “They told me to spread my arms and spread my feet.” She said the female TSA agent seemed to get agitated when Steenhoek tried to hurry the process along so she could get her daughter to her plane. “At that point she did a pretty invasive search. They are just areas of the body I’m not comfortable being touched in. On the outside of my pants she cupped my crotch. I was uncomfortable with that.” Steenhoek said the agent repeatedly dug her fingers into Steenhoek’s armpits. “The part of the search that bothered most was the breast search. You could tell it shouldn’t take that much groping. To me it was as extensive as an exam from my physician — full touching and grabbing in the front. I felt uncomfortable, I felt violated.” She said when the search turned up nothing, the agent repeated it a second time. “So it didn’t make any sense. The whole search was done over and more touching and grabbing than the first time.” Eventually TSA officers released her without finding anything and she managed to get her daughter to her flight on time. Steenhoek complained to the TSA about her treatment but felt that would not yield any results. Three days later she went to Denver police and filed a police complaint against the unnamed female TSA agent who searched her. In the report Steenhoek complained of an “intrusive search,” characterizing what happened to her as being “sexually assaulted.” “I was looking for consequences, for TSA to be accountable for what they do to people,” Steenhoek told CBS4. “You want one or more of them to be charged with sexual assault?” she was asked. “I do,” she responded. (video available in above link)

Good for Ms. Steenhoek.  I don't like to see anyone go to prison unless they've committed a violent crime, but cases such as these are clear cases of battery, sexual misconduct, and, even worse, federal arrogance.  Until some of the overpaid, undereducated agents of the TSA are called to account in a real way, this nonsense isn't going to stop. These "agents" are not protecting anyone's security; they are no more than hogs at the public trough, and a scandal to a "free" society.


Happily, Mrs. Steenhoek isn't the only one outraged by this continuing federal malfeasance. According to a report in USA Today (Jan. 14), a panel of members of the House of Representatives have threatened to start privatizing more airport screening if the TSA doesn't stop the abuse of travelers and others.  (There are already 14 airports, including San Francisco and Kansas City, where passengers are screened by private contract workers, under the "oversight" of TSA representatives.  To say that the contract personnel are more professional and well-mannered than the TSA agents is damning with faint praise.) Rep. John Mica (R-FL), head of the Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee,  says that "one way or another," all airports will be privatized within two years. "If you come to Orlando airport or Sanford airport, what is going on is almost criminal to American citizens, the way they are treated," said Mica. "This is the mess we've created."

Added Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA), "When we mistreat them by barking orders at them as if they are cattle, not people, we actually diminish spirit of cooperation. I've had it, and I think a lot of the public has had it. There is no excuse for it."

God bless Reps. Mica and Connolly, and may their efforts bear fruit.  Because the situation has been traumatizing American children and infuriating American adults for years now, and the overlords of the American police state love to have it so.

 © Credits in above links

UPDATE: As of February 6, 2014, the Denver District Attorney's office has declined to file charges against the TSA.  What a surprise.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Distracted from Prayer?

But I give myself unto prayer.  - - - Psalm 109:4 

Lying tongues were busy against the reputation of David, but he did not defend himself; he moved the case into a higher court, and pleaded before the great King Himself. Prayer is the safest method of replying to words of hatred. The Psalmist prayed in no cold-hearted manner, he gave himself to the exercise--threw his whole soul and heart into it--straining every sinew and muscle, as Jacob did when wrestling with the angel. Thus, and thus only, shall any of us speed at the throne of grace. As a shadow has no power because there is no substance in it, even so that supplication, in which a man's proper self is not thoroughly present in agonizing earnestness and vehement desire, is utterly ineffectual, for it lacks that which would give it force. "Fervent prayer," says an old divine, "like a cannon planted at the gates of heaven, makes them fly open." The common fault with the most of us is our readiness to yield to distractions. Our thoughts go roving hither and thither, and we make little progress towards our desired end. Like quicksilver our mind will not hold together, but rolls off this way and that. How great an evil this is! It injures us, and what is worse, it insults our God. What should we think of a petitioner, if, while having an audience with a prince, he should be playing with a feather or catching a fly?  

Continuance and perseverance are intended in the expression of our text. David did not cry once, and then relapse into silence; his holy clamour was continued till it brought down the blessing. Prayer must not be our chance work, but our daily business, our habit and vocation. As artists give themselves to their models, and poets to their classical pursuits, so must we addict ourselves to prayer. We must be immersed in prayer as in our element, and so pray without ceasing. Lord, teach us so to pray that we may be more and more prevalent in supplication. 


- - - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Morning and Evening

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Ariel Sharon: Death of a Giant

In 1966, Hollywood produced a film entitled "Cast a Giant Shadow," starring Kirk Douglas, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, and other top movie stars of the time. The film depicted the exploits of Mickey Marcus, the American Army Colonel who covertly assisted in Israel's war for independence, and later became the first General in the Israel Defense forces.  Marcus was a grand and towering figure, but the film's title could just as easily be applied to the life and legacy of Ariel Sharon, who died, following nearly eight years in a stroke-induced coma, on Saturday.  Sharon was the terror and scourge of Israel's enemies, and one of the greatest heroes in her modern existence. 


It is the purpose of this blog to glorify God, not mortal men.  But Ariel Sharon was one of the most valiant warriors in the tumultuous modern history of God's nation, Israel, and his passing deserves note.  One of the most controversial men of his times, Sharon served as a soldier, a General, a Defense Minister, and, ultimately, as Prime Minister of Israel (2001-2006).  His enemies called him a "butcher," and his allies called him "The Bulldozer" and "the Lion of Judaea," but, ultimately, he will be remembered both as a man of war, and a man of peace.  This is not the place for his biography, but his biography deserves attention.  In an age with few genuine heroes, Ariel Sharon was one.

Already, the Philistines, who call themselves "Palestinians," are joining their Arab brethren in a celebration of their favorite emotion: sheer hatred, and happiness at a Jewish death.  As they howl for "Allah" to punish and torture Sharon, and as they stage cowardly demonstrations in which they stomp and shriek like the maddened beasts they are, we note Ariel Sharon's passing with respect, calm, and thankfulness for his service to God's nation.  And with a simple rendition of his most beloved song.

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See also:  The Lion of Israel
                   Ariel Sharon, the Last Lion of Judaea 

Friday, January 10, 2014

The "Grace" of Abortion

Now comes Ms. Valerie Tarico, a professional atheist and "former fundamentalist," to assure prospective mothers that abortion (also known as infanticide) is not merely "a necessary evil," but is actually "a gift, a grace, a mercy, a cause for gratitude, a new lease on life."  (We refer to Ms. Tarico as a "professional atheist" because promoting disbelief and attacking Christianity are how she makes her living.) Not content to defend abortion on practical grounds (she is a member of the Board of Advocates of Planned Parenthood), she is using her status as a self-described "Christian atheist" to present the procedure as a positive good.

Writing in The Huffington Post, this dreadful harpie even takes former President Bill Clinton to task for his famous statement that abortion should be "safe, legal, and rare." The word "rare," which President Clinton always emphasized, seems to offend Ms. Tarico, who writes: "An abortion should be exactly as safe, legal and rare as a surgery to remove swollen tonsils or an infected appendix. If we think about abortion like we think about other medical services, then the attitude is one not of shame or ambivalence but of gratitude."

 "safe, legal, rare"
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Really, Ms. Tarico?  "Gratitude" to whom, exactly?  The abortionist, who is paid, and paid well, for ending the lives of unborn or partly-born children?  The Supreme Court, which legalized the practice?  Surely you don't mean gratitude to God; you don't believe in Him.  And exactly what do you mean when you refer to abortion as "a gift" and "a grace?" A gift from whom, to whom? From the unwilling mother to her slaughtered child?  From a liberal government to its constituents?  You can't mean a "gift" from God, although you piously use religious language, which you certainly don't mean, to present your case.  As a "former fundamentalist," you know precisely what the word "grace" connotes to Christian people.  It's as if she's wandering the campus of the nearest Christian college, handing out flyers for the local abortion clinic.

And they say that Christians are hypocrites! This treacherous bawd is a bigger liar than Ananias and Sapphira.


In response to those who say that abortion is immoral, Ms. Tarico replies, "For me, bringing a child into the world under bad circumstances is immoral. It violates my moral and spiritual values.  Whose god decides?"

Apparently, you bloody-handed shrew, your own "god" decides: the one you see when you look in the mirror.  I'd send my daughter to the lowest crustacean in the sea for moral or ethical advice before I'd send her to you.

As for God, you should think back on your time as a "fundamentalist," if that time ever existed, and recall a few of the things that He said.  Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts (Proverbs 21:2). And you might remember that one of the seven things that are an "abomination" to God are hands that shed innocent blood (Proverbs 6:16-19).  If there is any blood more innocent than that of the unborn children you are so zealous to kill, I don't know where it would be found.


But enough of this self-righteous harridan. Just for some relief, and some clear thinking, let's hear, once again, from Canada's Lia Mills, who, at the age of twelve, electrified millions on YouTube with the following speech:

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Be careful, Ms. Tarico.  Your enthusiasm for abortion may be a bit outdated.  There's a new generation of women coming along that are going to make you look like the intellectual slattern that you truly are.



 

Monday, January 6, 2014

"Watch and Pray"

     "Watch and pray"
    (Matthew 26:41)

We need to watch for prayers as well as for the answers to our prayers. It needs as much wisdom to pray rightly as it does faith to receive the answers to our prayers.
      
We met a friend the other day, who had been in years of darkness because God had failed to answer certain prayers, and the result had been a state bordering on infidelity.
      
A very few moments were sufficient to convince this friend that these prayers had been entirely unauthorized, and that God had never promised to answer such prayers, and they were for things which this friend should have accomplished himself, in the exercise of ordinary wisdom.
     
The result was deliverance from a cloud of unbelief which was almost wrecking a Christian life. There are some things about which we do not need to pray, as much as to take the light which God has already given.
      
Many persons are asking God to give them peculiar signs, tokens and supernatural intimations of His will. Our business is to use the light He has given, and then He will give whatever more we need.


- - - A. B. Simpson
Days of Heaven Upon Earth