This is a short but poignant video excerpt of Bono’s speech at Georgetown University. This video excerpt also appears in Dinesh D’Souza’s excellent docu-movie “America – Imagine the World Without Her.”
I highly and extremely recommend everyone to experience D’Souza’s current excellent number-one docu-movie called “Hillary’s America – The Secret History of the Democrat Party.” If you have not seen it yet, you need to see it especially before election day, see it with a friend or family. It is available for streaming on many platforms and available in Blu-Ray or DVD. http://hillarysamericathemovie.com/
But I also recommend “America – Imagine the World Without Her” http://americathemovie.com/ which came out two years ago, but is truly timeless, and for that matter also “Obama’s America” which came out in 2012 http://www.dineshdsouza.com/movies/2016-obamas-america/ . “Obama’s America” caused Obama to basically have a little temper tantrum and, with the backing of the US Government go after Dinesh and had him locked up, literally. You can learn more about this when you see “Hillary’s America.”
But I really want to talk about “America – Imagine the World Without Her.” D’Souza correctly shows in this movie how before the founding fathers put the idea of America on paper, really, basically the only system that the world knew was that of the conquest ethic, meaning the strong conquer the weak and then take what they have, without remorse. This is so profound and people really need to have a history lesson and wrap their brains around this. Many left-leaning idealists will argue that America was also founded under this conquest ethic, though this may be somewhat true but these same lefties like to revise the narrative of history and ignore facts. They choose to ignore the very good things about the founding of America and ignore the fact that America was the only entity or country “…the first to claw its way out of darkness and put that on paper” (–Bono [see video above]), the first to challenge the class system and the caste system and the monarchy, or an oligarchy or dictatorship or the first to challenge fiefdom. The first to challenge all these archaic systems in favor of the new American idea of liberty and having a small government of the people, for the people and by the people allowing everyone to choose their own destiny through a capitalistic free society.
It seems like every election season, especially during a presidential election season that many Americans seem to lose sight of the bigger picture and get mired in silly trivial details. Many seem to be going through the motions as if we were picking a winner such as in American Idol, or Dancing with The Stars. Why do so many seem to have the mindset that we are choosing a kind of king or queen or dictator. They lose sight of the American idea the way our government is set up. If I have cancer I am not putting all my efforts into choosing an oncologist I am doing whatever I can to choose to destroy my cancer, choosing a competent oncologist may be a part of that, but by no means is it the endgame. The endgame is to alleviate or destroy the cancer. We should be choosing leaders who will do everything within their power to uphold what the Founding Fathers have set up, the Constitution of the United States, and to destroy the cancer or the thought of doing anything different. I have always thought of leftist ideas as sort of a cancer attacking the American idea that must be destroyed and defeated in the arena of ideas.
It always seems that during a presidential election we are choosing either a Republican, someone who wishes to conserve the founding father’s vision or we are choosing a Democrat someone who would rather transform America into something different but in reality the Democrats always are choosing to go back to one of the archaic systems mentioned above except give it a new name or a new twist. By any means the lefties or the Democrats are always trying to hide their true intentions that of changing the way America is governed with an always ever-expanding, oligarchical federal government.
Leftists are very creative in the way they hide their process but mostly they hide it by trying to change the narratives to create an anti-american sentiment. Dinesh D’Souza in his film “America – Imagine the World Without Her” shows us how the left changes the stories and actually creates five very serious indictments against America. These indictments come from revered left thinkers such as Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn or Ward Churchill. In fact as D’Souza points out Howard Zinn’s book, A People’s History of the United States, even though it is not a true History book is required reading on many campuses of colleges and universities and even some high schools. D’Souza does a very good job at detailing these serious indictments right before he shows how these narratives of Chomsky, Zinn and Ward Churchill are actually false narratives, and therefore these indictments are invalid
Anyways as I stated earlier I highly recommend that you see “America – Imagine the World Without Her” and see for yourself these invalid indictments that many take as gospel truth and also see for yourself that the world is actually a much better place now that the idea of America has been introduced to the world some 250 years ago.
Don’t forget to vote on November 8 but before you vote see D’Souza’s latest, “Hillary’s America – The Secret History of the Democrat Party” especially if you are considering actually voting for Hillary. After seeing “Hillary’s America” don’t be surprised if you find yourself like me never willing to support a member of the Democrat Party ever again.
Speak the Truth in Love. This article summarizes this position very well.
by Jonathan Parnell published 4/21/2014 at Desiring God.org
Homosexuality is not the only sin mentioned in 1 Corinthians 6:9–10.
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
It’s not the only sin mentioned, but it is different from all the rest, at least right now. At this moment in history, contrary to the other sins listed here, homosexuality is celebrated by our larger society with pioneering excitement. It’s seen as a good thing, as the new hallmark of progress.
To be sure, the masses increasingly make no bones about sin in general. Innumerable people are idolaters, not to mention those who are sexually immoral, or who commit adultery, or who steal and are greedy and get wasted and revile neighbors and swindle others. It happens all the time. And each of these unrepentant sins are the same in the sense of God’s judgment. They all deserve his wrath. And we’re constantly reminded that “such were some of you” (1 Corinthians 6:11).
Concerning Popular Opinion
But as far as I know, none of those sins are applauded so aggressively by whole groups of people who advocate for their normalcy. Sexual immorality is no longer the tip of the spear for the progressive push. Adultery is still frowned upon by many. Accusations of greed will still smear a candidate’s political campaign. Thievery is still not openly embraced, and there are no official initiatives saying it’s okay to go steal things that don’t belong to you. There’s no such thing as a drunk agenda yet. Most aren’t proud to choose a beverage over stability, and there aren’t any petitions that the government should abolish the driving restrictions of inebriated individuals. Reviling others still isn’t seen as the best way to win friends and influence people. Swindling, especially on a corporate level, usually gets someone thrown into jail. In fact, the infrastructure of the American economy depends upon, in some measure, our shared disdain for conniving scammers.
Perhaps excepting fornication, these sins are still seen in a pretty negative light. But not homosexual practice, not by those who are now speaking loudest and holding positions of prominence. According to the emerging consensus, homosexuality is different.
What to Be Against
As Christians, we believe with deepest sincerity that the embrace of homosexual practice, along with other sins, keeps people out of the kingdom of God. And if our society celebrates it, we can’t both be caring and not say anything. Too much is at stake. This means it is an oversimplification to say that Christians — or conservative evangelicals — are simply against homosexuality. We are against any sin that restrains people from everlasting joy in God, and homosexual practice just gets all the press because, at this cultural moment, it’s the main sin that is so freshly endorsed in our context by the powers that be. Let’s hope that if there’s some new cultural agenda promoting thievery — one that says it’s now our right to take whatever we want from others by whatever means — that Christians will speak out against it. The issue is sin. That’s what we’re against. And that’s what should make our voice so unique when we speak into this debate.
Some would like to see this whole issue of homosexuality divided into two camps: those who celebrate it and those who hate it. Both of these groups exist in our society. There are the growing numbers, under great societal pressure, who praise homosexuality. We might call them the left. And there are people who hate homosexuality, with the most bigoted rationale and apart from any Christian concern. We might call them the right.
Those Glorious Words
The current debate is plagued by this binary lens. Those on the left try to lump everyone who disagrees with them into that right side. If you don’t support, you hate. Meanwhile, those on the right see compromise and spinelessness in anyone who doesn’t get red-faced and militant. If you don’t hate, you support.
But true followers of Christ will walk neither path. We have something to say that no one else is saying, or can say.
Distancing ourselves from both the left and the right, we don’t celebrate homosexual practice, we acknowledge God’s clear revealed word that it is sin; and we don’t hate those who embrace homosexuality, we love them enough to not just collapse under the societal pressure. We speak the truth in love into this confusion, saying, simultaneously, “That’s wrong” and “I love you.” We’re not the left; we say, this is wrong. And we’re not the right; we say, you’re loved. We speak good news, with those sweetest, deepest, most glorious words of the cross — the same words that God spoke us — “You’re wrong, and you’re loved.”
God tells us we’re wrong, that the wages of sin is death, that unrepentant rebellion means judgment, that our rescue required the cursed death of his Son (Romans 3:23; John 3:36; Galatians 3:13). And God tells us we’re loved, that even while we were sinners, Jesus died for us, that while we were unrighteous, Jesus suffered in our place, that though we were destined for wrath, Jesus welcomes us into glory (Romans 5:8; 1 Peter 3:18; Ephesians 2:1–7).
Where the Gospel Shines
You’re wrong and you’re loved — that’s the unique voice of the Christian. That’s what we say, speaking from our own experience, as Tim Keller so well puts it, “we’re far worse than we ever imagined, and far more loved than we could ever dream.”
That’s our message in this debate, when society’s elites despise us, when pop songs vilify us, when no one else has the resources to say anything outside of two extremes, we have this incomparable opportunity to let the gospel shine, to reach out in grace: you’re wrong and you’re loved. We get to say this.
That’s why homosexuality is not like other sins.
How to solve the problem of too much taxes, regulation and bureaucracy? Easy, just introduce more loopholes and pile on even more bureaucracy. This is typical #LiberalLogic. It is time the American people wake up.
What a tremendous legacy for President Obama and the usual suspects on the loony left. Medtronic, Walgreens, Pfizer and others are all moving their headquarters out of the United States by using mergers and acquisitions in order to save on corporate taxes. Now, this does not sit well with Senator Dick Durbin, the number two head honcho in the US senate and close ally to Obama. Senator Durbin has decided to introduce a bill that will grant about $1200.00 tax credit per employee to companies that keep their headquarters in the US. Un-freaking-believable!! I cannot believe the mindset of these Liberal Democrats. Just pile on more loopholes, red tape and bureaucracy. Never for a moment consider that the policies of the current people in power need to be checked. This is typical liberal logic. [see http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2014/06/25/senators-say-walgreen-domicile-move-like-giving-up-on-america/ ]
And then Senator Durbin has the gall to scold these companies, accusing them of “giving up on America” for a measly tax break.
No Senator Durbin IT IS YOU WHO HAS GIVEN UP ON AMERICA!! You and you liberal and progressive colleagues have given up on America many decades ago when you all have decided to try and remake America into something the Founding Fathers don’t even recognize anymore, a banana republic or a European-like socialist country.
You and your ilk have decided to not uphold the letter of the law and any decency left in America and have decided to trample on the very US Constitution. You liberals constantly try and try to pass laws that go against every ounce of decency. And if you can’t get your way legislatively then you go to the courts and cry and wail sometimes for years and years until you get your planted judges and supreme court justices to pass laws for you. This is what the Founding Fathers never intended the judicial branch to do. Thanks a lot, you lefties. If we ever get the general public to wake up and realize you liberals and progressives need to be voted out in the coming elections I will say to you good riddance. You, Dick Durbin and people like you must be utterly defeated in the arena of ideas if we are to ever have the hope of the American Dream again.
Call me schizo, but the article below is sort of opposite of my viewpoint, yet I gladly defer to the wisdom of Christian Leaders, Ray Comfort and John Piper, both of whom I am well aware and do revere, in fact I still attend the church that Piper recently retired from, but, call me an intellectual simpleton, I did very much enjoy the book and found it very moving and do hope to see the movie. I too, like Piper, am very skeptical of books like “Heaven Is For Real” in fact I think I know which book Piper refers to in this review (see below) and felt very much the same about it. But, my mother-in-law, who is a strong Christian and also skeptical of these kinds of books actually recommended “Heaven Is For Real” to me a long time ago and I read it on my own and also read it out loud to my family, and we were all moved.
That being said, I share this article below. Even though I cannot argue with Piper or Comfort, I still found the book very moving and very much worth the while of me and my family.
‘Heaven Is For Real’ Movie Reviews by Ray Comfort, John Piper
Christian leaders Ray Comfort and John Piper each recently discussed their views on “Heaven is for Real,” the book turned into a movie starring Greg Kinnear and Connor Corum.
“Heaven is for Real” is about a four-year-old boy who claims that he went to Heaven during a near-death experience. The small boy tells others about the things that he saw in Heaven, including details about deceased family members whom he had never met before. The movie is meant to be told from a Christian perspective and to intrigue those who question whether there is an afterlife. Christian evangelist and author Ray Comfort saw the movie upon its release, saying that it was enjoyable and somewhat comparable to “Little House on the Prairie.” It was, however, lacking the essential message of the Christian faith – the Gospel. “It’s a tear-jerker with a very shallow message,” says Comfort – “God is love, Jesus is friendly, and it seems all is well between Heaven and earth. God’s wrath doesn’t abide on the sinner, and it doesn’t quite fit that Jesus is going to be revealed from Heaven with His mighty angels ‘in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ,'” he says, quoting 1 Thessalonians 1:8-10.
Comfort laments that many will leave the movie theater wondering whether the little boy was telling the truth about the existence of Heaven – “We know that it does [exist], because we have God’s Word on it. That’s enough,” he says.
Comfort explains that God’s word is true, and can be tested through experience – “It says, ‘You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.’ I believe the Bible, not because I welled up some sort of faith in its words, but because the Gospel came to me ‘in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance.’ It authenticated itself because it took me out of darkness and brought me into light.” Born again Christians throughout the ages have attested to the same authenticity of God’s word, that the Bible has been tested and found true. “Therefore every other promise in it about the joys of Heaven, the pains of Hell, and everlasting life is utterly true altogether,” Comfort concludes.
Recently retired Christian pastor and author John Piper also gave his thoughts on the book recently in an “Ask Pastor John” episode. “If books go beyond Scripture, I doubt what they say about Heaven,” he says. Piper doesn’t bother to read extra-Biblical books about Heaven because he knows that the only infallible source on Heaven is God’s word – “I have my Bible, which already tells me what I can know for sure about Heaven. Everything in those books, I do not know for sure … it’s all guesswork,” he says.
Piper once began to read a book similar to “Heaven is for Real,” but put it down after finding something which contradicted the Bible in its early chapters. “I don’t believe these books, I’m very skeptical about these books – mainly [because] I have a Bible that tells me what I need to know,” says the seasoned saint.
As with many of my posts on this blog, once again I am sharing other posts or articles and sometimes adding my reflections or my ‘two-cents.’ Here is no exception. Below read this excellent article and view all four videos too in this article. Decide for yourself if you side with Pastor John Hagee or if you side with Hank Hanegraaff or Chris White.
I cannot help thinking, though, “Are we getting it?” When Jesus came the first time, why did people not ‘get it?’ I mean they had the Old Testament writings that all spoke about the coming Messiah and how he would come, and yet I often think why is it that but for a few exceptions, namely the wise men from the east, the mysterious royal court advisers (or Jewish chief priests or scribes?) to King Herod, Simeon and Anna and John the Baptist, why is it that most of all the other people at that time were caught unawares when Jesus came as a baby and then started teaching as an adult. And now I think, are we repeating the same mistakes? Are we going to be caught unaware too? Maybe most are destined (or predestined) to be unaware. Then again why are we given these signs in the Bible.
You might be compelled to just ignore John Hagee’s teachings and writings but whatever you choose we must all be prepared for the coming age of tribulation and of triumph, whether or not this comes about during our lifetime or not for many lifetimes. If you think I am totally off my rocker than you need to read the footnote on this page CLICK HERE: https://willemdax.wordpress.com/surf-sink-or-swim/ and look for the three *** asterisks about two-thirds of the way down that page. Now read article below and view all four videos: