Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Silent Majority: 4 Ways to Speak Up to Change the Culture


THIS ARTICLE IS A FOLLOW-UP TO MY ONE CALLED 7 LIES AMERICANS ARE BELIEVING, WHICH WAS VIEWED MORE THAN 29,000 TIMES IN THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF POSTING.



The majority of American conservatives have been taught to be nice and fair. The Left – as opposed to classic liberals and classic conservatives - has been taught to be sneaky, using force and slander.



So it’s easier for small groups of leftists to take over larger groups of conservatives, because conservatives are hesitant to roll up their sleeves and fight. The Left uses fear and mob rule.

Leftists use underhanded tactics that conservatives are hesitant to use. That is true socially, politically, and in religious circles.

I’ve seen it in churches for years. People who want to take over a local congregation and wield power will work behind the scenes for years and be very sly and political. The rest of the people just want to enjoy each other and the experience, and they often realize too late that the manipulative ones have been working behind the scenes to gain control.

And now this has happened in America.

 

A Cultural Civil War

John Davidson writes in his article, We’re In A Cultural Civil War. It’s Time For Conservatives To Fight Back, “If you think what’s happening in America right now is crazy, you’re not alone. It’s true that something’s changed, that we’re in the middle of a crisis, that a cultural civil war is underway and escalating.

But it’s not true that this is a majoritarian movement. It’s not true that America fundamentally changed overnight. The hordes of protesters, impressive as them seem, don’t represent the country at large.”

Leftists infiltrated many of our American universities decades ago.

The Left has systematically indoctrinated our culture with its deadly ideologies:

(1) The jettison of absolute truth

(2) The “don’t offend anyone” narrative.

(3) The “every idea is equally valid” falsity.

(4) The “America is fundamentally flawed” and is not great lies.

And the Left uses fear and punishment to scare people into silence. Read the article here, Fear of the Left: The Most Powerful Force in America Today.

 

Forceful People

Jesus Christ described people who grow the kingdom of God: “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matthew 11:12 ESV).

Ellicot’s Commentary for English Readers explains, “The ‘violent’ are men of eager, impetuous zeal, who grasp the kingdom of heaven—i.e., its peace, and pardon, and blessedness—with as much eagerness as men would snatch and carry off as their own the spoil of a conquered city.”

Unfortunately, we have done a great of teaching people in our churches to be such “violent” citizens. Christians have often thought we have to be the “nice guy” instead of the forceful one.

The modern era includes the fallacy that the church and pastors should stay out of and stay silent about politics.  One result of such a stance is the church's weak influence on society.  While secularists and godless men and women worked feverishly to reshape our nation (after their own lusts and idols), the church often claimed that politics was not their business.  Instead, they should only care about saving souls.


Such a stance does not reflect a biblical worldview.

Lawyer and talk show host Dennis Prager calls our modern battle America’s Second Civil War. He writes that in the Second Civil war, “one side has been doing nearly all the fighting. That is how it has been able to take over schools — from elementary schools, to high schools, to universities — and indoctrinate America’s young people; how it has taken over nearly all the news media; and how it has taken over entertainment media.

The conservative side has lost on every one of these fronts because it has rarely fought back with anything near the ferocity with which the left fights.”

Lawyer turned evangelist Charles Finney wrote in the 1800’s, “The Church must take right ground in regards to politics . . . The time has come for Christians to vote for honest men, and take consistent ground in politics or the Lord will curse them . . . .

God cannot sustain this free and blessed country, which we love and pray for, unless the Church will take right ground. Politics are a part of a religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to their country as a part of their duty to God . . .

God will bless or curse this nation according to the course Christians take in politics.”

Davidson writes, “It’s long past time to fight back. That won’t be easy, in part because the radicals are largely in control of messaging. They have the sympathies—if not the outright allegiance—of the mainstream media, big tech, and corporate America. They also more or less control the Democratic Party and much of the petty bureaucracy, including public schools.”

Respect for law and order, for policemen, for the Constitution, for God, for the Bible, for people of different races, for the sanctity of human life, and for the people of America is constantly challenged.


This country became great because of its Judeo-Christian values, and it will become great again as we protect the freedom to nurture those values. The progressive Left showed the country in the Kavanaugh hearings – and know in the domestic terrorist assault on our country from the Black Lives Matter movement -  what to expect if they rule - mob law, gross deception, massive character assassination, no regard for the rule of law, and as Hillary Clinton authenticated - no civility.

We live in a day where the church must speak truth into the culture.  Christians must communicate into the national and political processes.  

Believers must not be silent.  We must speak.

What actions can normal Americans take who love their neighbors, their freedom, and their country?

1. Pray

Our current climate is one where the church needs to pray with fervor and steadfastness. This is also a time when we need to be adding fasting to our praying. The Lord said that some problems only experience deliverance through fasting and prayer (Matthew 17:21).

Abraham Lincoln and President Ronald Reagan both said the United States was the last best hope of the earth. No, not in terms of theological salvation, but in our modern era America has been the bastion of freedom and religious liberty for the world.


Today a great battle rages for the soul of this nation – and it is not only a battle between people. A spiritual battle rages in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12). When such wars erupt, God’s people must not only fight in the worldly realm – but fight with prayer and fasting.





2. Love your neighbor

For years, schools taught The Golden Rule – Jesus’ instruction to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

One of the reasons America is basically good is because her people generally treat each other with goodness. Since all of this Anitfa and Black Lives Matter movement have shaken our country, I’ve made  a habit of noticing how people in public treat each other. I see people of all races, ages, and both genders showing respect, civility, and kindness to each other.

Our family visited Nashville, Tennessee, recently. A black waiter generously told us at lunch, “You don’t need to fear being outside in our downtown. This city is very safe. We have police on every block, so you don’t need to be afraid.

We experienced that very thing, and I made it a point to stop and talk with policemen several times and say, “Thank you for your presence here. We appreciate you. We feel very safe here.”

This is the time to not hold back in loving your neighbors, serving each other, and showing other people the real substance of America.

3. Resist the cultural narrative

John MacArthur writes, “To be a Christian is to swim against the flow of the world, to go against its grain, because the adversary-Satan, his demons, and the world system-are extremely powerful. Those who enter the kingdom of grace through faith in Christ do so with great effort through the sovereign power of the convicting and converting Holy Spirit.”

There was a time when values espoused by the American media, public education, entertainment industry, political parties, and “polite society” generally coincided with Christian, biblical values. Today, much of the cultural narrative is controlled by the Left, which has gradually gotten control of the media, the entertainment industry, and much of public education. And many of those values stand in contrast to a biblical worldview.

For years, the three centers of influence – Hollywood, New York, and Washington, D.C., have been out of touch with the values of average Americans.

The Bible reminds believers, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:2 NLT).

The JB Phillips translation adds this emphasis: “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity.

4. Speak up.

The Left has consistently pushed their ways forward on our culture for years. They have worked to monopolize the airwaves and use fear tactics to make people afraid to disagree with them.

Suddenly, many good, average Americans realize their country is being systematically taken over.

The Black Lives Matter movement, along with their bully force Antifa, use force and fear to topple our democracy.

This is not the time to just be the nice guy. This is the time to speak up and challenge the narrative.  But it means several things that most Americans don’t like:

+ You may offend people.

+ You may lose “friends” or the respect of certain people. An English professor approached a friend of mine years ago at our liberal religious college and said, “Gene, the things you believe are not accepted any more be polite society.” My friend, who is now an evangelical missionary, responded, “Dr. so-and-so, with all due respect, I don’t care what polite society thinks. One day, I will stand before the Lord Jesus Christ and give an account to Him of my life, and He is the One I aim to please.”

+ You may be attacked by people – especially on social media. But keep this in mind. Antifa has vowed that after they wreak havoc on our major cities, they plan on going into the residential neighborhoods. What that means is they plan on going into your suburb where your children play and ride their bikes, where people swim at the community pool, and where your family eats, sleeps, and lives, and they will spray paint or burn down your houses, beat up your older people, and kill some of your younger ones.

In Italy, Germany, Cuba, and the U.S.S.R., the Left started by ridiculing people for their beliefs and values. Eventually, when they had enough power, they jailed, beat, raped, tortured, and murdered people. And that could happen here.

+ You will have to learn how to logically challenge the thinking of the Left. You will have to learn to think through and discuss why you disagree with some of what your children hear from Hollywood elites, late night talk show hosts, prime time sitcoms, CNN, and some of their high school teachers or college professors. You will have to learn how to THINK – perhaps like never before.

 

Here are a few suggestions for where and how to speak up:



1. Make sure and start in your home and talk with your children about why you believe what you believe. Provide them an intellectual framework to think from your kitchen table.

2. Speak out – with respect and love – but with truth - on social media. Don’t let social media be overtaken by the Left. Remember, sometimes truth divides – and it cuts. When you need immediate open-heart surgery, you don't get offended if the doctor cuts into your skin.

3. Write letters to your local newspaper – or post articles on your favorite blog sites.


4. Contact your centers of influence and let your voice be heard. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: national and state Congressmen and representatives, Governors, mayors, city and town councils, local school boards, state Supreme Courts, etc. Believe me, the Left is and has been making their voices heard to these entities. It’s time for the average American to be “forceful.”

5. Speak up in your centers of influence: your church, your home owner’s association, your local PTA, your sports club, your alumni association, etc.

6. When you see our basic liberties – like the freedom of speech – being taken away, speak up. Speak out. If we do not, we will lose them for good.

7. Consider running for office at the local or state level – or get behind some godly, conservative people who will. Ask your pastor(s) to consider running for these positions. The American Renewal Project is a good resource. 

Prager writes, “This is likely the last chance liberals, conservatives and the right have to defeat the American left. But it will not happen until these groups understand that we are fighting for the survival of America no less than the Union troops were in the First Civil War.”

Remembering Jesus' reference of John the Baptizer, instead of just trying to be the nice guy in the room, maybe it's time to be the forceful one.

It's time for Christians and conservatives to come out of hiding and re-engage the public square.

Liberty is at stake.

 

See also my article, 7 Lies Americans are Believing.

See my article, America: Where Most Blacks and Whites Don't Hate Each Other.



Pictures used by permission from Pixabay.

 

 

 


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

THEY ARE PLAYING US: 7 Lies Americans are Believing


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IT'S TIME FOR THE SILENT MAJORITY IN AMERICA TO BE SILENT NO MORE.


“Deception is one of the quickest ways to gain little things and lose big things.” 

– African American Thomas Sowell, American economist and Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institute

 

America, we are being played.

The American spirit is marked generally by goodness, yet the Left has indoctrinated students now for several generations to believe our country is radically flawed. That’s why Barack Obama promised “fundamental change” – and what we are seeing in our society today is a natural outcome of that change.

The Bible repeatedly warns believers to not be deceived. Here’s just a few references:

“But evil people and impostors will go from bad to worse as they deceive others and are themselves deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13).

“They deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting with smooth talk and flattering words” (Romans 16:18).

“Be careful that you are not deceived, because many will come in my name and say, ‘I AM’ and, ‘The time has come.’ Don’t follow them” (Luke 21:28).

“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap” (Galations 6:7).

“Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals’ ” (1 Corinthians 15:33).

Deception carries great potency for destruction. And today, the Left thrives off of deception.

The Left – as opposed to classic liberalism and classic conservativism - poses the greatest threat to America, liberty, and religion. If you don’t understand that, take some time to read the articles at this link. And today the Left is working full-force to take over America and to hijack the Democratic Party.

In short, Leftism gave us such twentieth-century societal devastation as fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, and the takeover of Russia by the Communists. Remember, American fought two World Wars and one Cold War over those ideologies birthed by Karl Marx.

President Ronald Reagan famously said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

Today America faces her greatest danger in decades of losing her freedom.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich does an excellent job explaining how Karl Marx’s destructive philosophies have slowly but steadily become a serious threat to the United States. See his article Three Generations of Brainwashing are Paying Off for the Left.

The hard Left that embrace Marx’s ideology gradually took over much of the academic world, and students who had been taught systematic falsehoods then took those falsehoods into their jobs. Reagan again said, “The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.”

David Lane writes, “There are very real consequences to having allowed secularists - those in rebellion against God - to imbue the minds of America’s youth with their profane propaganda for the last 75 years.”

The media, often a megaphone for the Left, pushes a certain narrative in keeping with their Leftist agenda. The last several years have shown the average American that reality with the habitual fake news: the Russia collusion hoax and the phony impeachment obsession to name a few.



Here are seven deceptive narratives the Left currently uses to play Americans:

 

1. The Black Lives Matter narrative

As Dr. Al Mohler said, while we certainly should affirm the statement that black lives matter – just as all lives matter – we cannot embrace the movement of Black Lives Matter.

The BLM founder says they are "trained Marxists" - "trained organizers." This is right out of the Karl Marx or Saul Alinsky playbook.

The goal is not to help blacks and whites get along better. The goal is to tear down American democracy and replace it with a socialist, Marxist government. That is why they HAVE TO GO AFTER OUR SYMBOLS, STATUES, AND MEMORIALS TO THE PAST.

New York Black Lives Matter president Hawk Newsome warned that if America “doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it.”

They organize chaos and play on the emotions of well-intentioned citizens. The riots, looting, and tearing down of statues is EXTREMELY ORGANIZED, WELL-PLANNED, AND DEEPLY FUNDED. When the riots began, suddenly large stacks of bricks appeared in city after city, ready for looters to use. Many of

these rioters are bussed in. Not by people who genuinely care for black people in all of this - but people who want to destroy our democracy.

This is by-the book what happened in Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and when Communism took over Russia - they erased the past and stamped out the church as much as possible.

Black Lives Matter is a Marxist, socialist, organized movement to upend America.

See "Black Lives Matter" is Not Helping Blacks

Sherrif David Clarke, a black American, tells us that the mainstream media will not tell us the truth about the Black Lives Matter movement.

See the article Top Ten Reasons I Won't Support the Black Lives Matter Movement.


2. The “Be afraid of the Left and keep quiet” narrative.

Leftism for a century has used fear to intimidate its opponents into submission. The Nazi Party knew in the 1930’s it was necessary for them to get the church under their thumb if they were to take over the German people. They systematically wielded pressure, violence, blackballing, and severe bullying against the church and anyone who disagreed with their propaganda.


This operates in full swing today in our country. It’s not just whispering in the corners – it is now slapping us in the face. Did you hear of Principal Tiffany Wiley of Windsor, Vermont, who was fired recently by the School Board because she tweeted a concern about BLM tactics? These types of moves then make hundreds or thousands of other people AFRAID that if they dare to CHALLENGE THE CULTURAL NARRATIVE that they too may lose their jobs.

This past weekend, here in South Carolina, two different friends messaged me, thanking me for my challenge-the-narrative writings and posts. They both said they agree with me – but both are afraid to express their views for fear of losing their jobs. Folks, that is not America. That is Marxist Leftism.

Remember the frog in the kettle? He stays in as it grows hotter and hotter – until it is too late.

 

3. The “Law enforcement is systemically racist against black people” narrative.

Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute has done extensive research on law enforcement and racial bias. Her findings overwhelmingly show that the idea of widespread racial bias by police is a myth that simply does not exist.

In her Wall Street Journal article, “The Myth of Systemic Police Racism,” she shares, “A solid body of evidence finds no structural bias in the criminal-justice system with regard to arrests, prosecution or sentencing. Crime and suspect behavior, not race, determine most police actions.”

Dr. Walter Williams, African-American professor of economics, says, “While it

might not be popular to say in the wake of the recent social disorder, the true plight of black people has little or nothing to do with the police or what has been called 'systemic racism.' ” See his article The True Plight of Black Americans.

See these statistics: Black Homicides and Other Stats.

View MacDonald’s 5-minute video here, “Are Most Police Racist?”

One major problem in today’s cultural narrative is that the Left plays off of emotional reactions – not systematic facts and logic.

Candace Owens debunks the myth of police brutality in her episode here. And Taleeb Starkes discusses The 5 Top Issues Facing Black Americans here.

See Larry Elder's video, Is America Racist?

Jordan Peterson and African-American Brandon Tatum say there's nothing more racist than targeting an entire ethnic group with a collective crime regardless of the innocence or guilt of its individuals. Listen to them here.

 

4. The “It’s ok for them to loot and steal, because peaceful protests have not worked” narrative.

This is one line of reason I have heard several times recently, and it greatly bothers me.

Dennis Prager writes, “America is being taken over by violent mobs; a vast amount of destruction and stealing has taken place (with little police intervention and the apathy of our political leaders). Why aren't all clergy delivering thundering sermons about the Seventh Commandment, ‘Thou shalt not steal’? Does it now come with an asterisk?

A central part of a major American city has been seized and occupied by peo

ple who hate America and its values, including its Judeo-Christian values. Heard any clergy (aside from some evangelical Christians) speaking out against it?”

When our children were preschoolers or elementary-age, and they got angry and hit each other or broke something, I routinely told them, “You have until you are seventeen to learn self-control. If you do that when you are eighteen, they will take you to jail.”

Thomas Sowell says,"Have we reached the ultimate stage of absurdity where some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born, while other people are not held responsible for what they themselves are doing today?" 

Civilization does not work when violence becomes acceptable. 

As Congressman Jeff Duncan shared this week, "We are no longer dealing with legal peaceful protests, folks. This is organized, criminal activity that’s taken over our cities - including targeting federal property, memorials, and religious entities. The sad part is, these extremists and rioters actually believe violently tearing down decades-old monuments and memorials or vandalizing churches will incite positive change. And what’s worse - the fact that we have liberal politicians running these cities who are SCARED to do anything about it. In fact, many of them are SUPPORTING these violent efforts and refusing to allow law enforcement to intervene!" 

See 5 Ways Christians are Getting Swept into a Secular Worldview in this Cultural Movement.

 

5. The “Don’t offend anyone” narrative.

After academic leftists pushed the idea that truth is relative for a generation, after them arose a generation trained by the first that embraced a new standard (to use an absolute term!) for making moral decisions: don’t offend.

Even in my small, South Carolina, liberal arts (with the emphasis on liberal),

religious college in the early 1990’s, I remember the chairman of the English department telling his class of seniors that the way to make moral decisions was to decide what would offend the least number of people.

Twenty-five years later, we have endured this instruction ad nauseam – and we are paying the price. A generation sometimes called "snowflakes" emerged. 

Ultimately, when we jettison the idea of concrete, factual, objective truth , eventually you create a society where “might becomes right” – whoever uses enough force wins. The Left has worked for generations now to tell us not to offend – but what they MEAN is to not offend THEM.

Leftism has offered a loud narrative of what they will accept and what they will not. For years the line was, “Just accept everything and we will all get along fine.” But wise cultural observers knew that was not the agenda. The reality is, when the Left is in power, they discard the “nice guy” fa├žade – and they punish whoever disagrees with their agenda.


The Left thrives off of getting society to believe lies. In contrast, truth – by nature – carries offense – or at least it makes us uncomfortable. Like when I get on the scale in the morning. The truth stands in contrast to our selfishness, the lusts and cravings of our bodies, and our ability to do horrible things when there are no restraints.

Nowhere is this illustrated in our society any more than sexuality. We have jettisoned the almost-oldest truth in humanity’s history: that God specifically created two genders – male and female – and created marriage and family to be marked by one man and one woman. We have jettisoned biology and science to embrace the lie that there are multiple genders and many acceptable approaches to sex and marriage.

When Bruce Jenner was “deciding to become a woman,” my mother told me, “If Bruce Jenner doesn’t know what sex he is, he needs to go into the bathroom, take off his clothes, and look in the mirror.” If that offends someone, so be it. It is true. And truth, by nature, carries offense.

See Fear of the Left: The Most Powerful Force in America Today.

See Ben Carson’s We Need to Stop Getting Offended.

 

6. “The way to a better future is to erase the past” narrative

Again, this is classic Marxism – they did the exact same thing in the USSR (tearing down crosses and churches, confiscating Bibles), Communist Cuba, and Nazi Germany. Trained Marxists – trained organizers – ride on the wave of “being offended” and then systematically remove anything from society that doesn’t fit their agenda.

Today, we have ridden this absurd tide of “don’t offend anyone” or “fear their retaliation” to a ridiculous result. Aunt Jemima. Really? Have we dipped that low? I submit to you that if you are offended by syrup, you have much deeper problems.

Gone With the Wind. The Dukes of Hazzard. Statues and monuments. And the most ridiculous to date – Mary Poppins. Why? Because the chimney sweeps have soot on their faces, which is obviously a racial slur. If you believe that, then you have already lost your marbles.

And the latest as of this writing is that statues and stained glass window depictions of "white Jesus" are offensive and need to be removed.

As George Orwell prophetically wrote, “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered.”

People do this when they want to set up a totalitarian state – when any thought that does not agree with the cultural narrative is suppressed, punished, and removed.

Governor Mike Huckabee writes, "It's an all-out assault on all American history and culture, and everything and everyone who did something to contribute to it."

See Rewriting American History by Walter Williams.

See Statue Toppling is Bringing Mob Rule to America

See We Must Stop the Great Unraveling



7. The “We need to focus on color” narrative.

In America, most white people don’t hate black people, and most black people don’t hate white people. In the America I know, blacks, whites, Hispanics, Asians, etc., get along, look out for each other, and work together.

Yet the media constantly pushes the focus on color narrative.


Dennis Prager, an American Jew, for years has challenged the narrative that America is a racist nation: "I am increasingly impatient with the libel that America is racist. Yes, there are racists in America – of all colors. But knowledge of history should restrain one from making unfair generalizations.” He writes, “America is the least racist multiracial society in the world. On a daily basis, Americans of every race and ethnicity get along superbly.” And, by the way, he believes that hatred of Jewish people is the oldest racism that exists – far longer than racism toward blacks.

Are there racists? Of course. Most blacks have probably been called the "n" word at some time. My son was called "cracker" at his public high school. It happens. (And my son said the black teen boys called each other the "n" word MUCH MORE than any whites used that slur.)

Black radio host Larry Elder says, "Racism is not in America's DNA."

And black woman Candace Owens discusses BLM and black America in her episode What Does Black America Want?

The Bible teaches there is one race – the human race – all created in God’s image. It is an offense to the Creator Elohim to hate His creation.

If we don’t want racism to be a thing, then we must deal with the reality that racism and discrimination goes many ways. Many Christians - and pastors - are only speaking one narrative - "white people should treat black people better." That is like saying, to a truck driver with an eighteen-wheeler with every tire flat – “Which tire do you want to change?”

That is ONLY ONE PART OF A MUCH LARGER AND MORE COMPLEX STORY GOING ON HERE.  Christians, pastors, and leaders, what are you addressing today? If the only thing you are saying is that white people need to treat black people better, then the truck is going to have one working tire!

If we want to get past racism, one of the best ways is to STOP TALKING ABOUT COLOR. Stop talking about white people and black people, white Americans and black Americans, European-Americans and African-Americans.

The Left and the media love to keep a crisis spinning in our country so that we “need” them. And they must keep our differences before us constantly in order to achieve the purposes of the Left.

African-American scholar Shelby Steele says, "It seems to me that in many ways it’s about power. In order to pursue power as they do, you have to have victims. Wow, the excitement that creates on the Left. It validates their claims that America is a wretched country, and they must get their recourse. It feeds this old model of operation that we’ve developed, that America is guilty of racism, guilty of this sin, and has been for 400 years, and minorities are victims who are entitled.

So when people start to talk about systemic racism, built into the system, what they’re really doing is expanding the territory of entitlement. We want more. We want society to give us more. Society is responsible for us, because racism is so systemic. Well, that’s a corruption, and I know it’s a corruption, because the truth of the matter is blacks have never been less oppressed than they are today."


See this article – Black Leaders on Systemic Racism and White Privilege – to hear a different perspective than the cultural narrative.

See my article – America: Where Most Blacks and Whites Don’t Hate Each Other – and Very Black and Proud.

See Bishop E. W. Jackson’s An Open Letter to the Black Community.

See How to End White Privilege.

See Robin Smith’s article, In Race Relations, What Matters is Truth.

See Blacks Have Never Been Less Oppressed

See Will Jewish and Christian Schools Teach the Truth About America and Racism?

 

“If you are a Jew or Christian in America, the seriousness of your Judaism or Christianity is now being tested,” Prager writes.

“People look back in time and wonder how religious people, especially religious leaders -- specifically, the clergy -- could have failed in times of moral crisis. The failure of most rabbis, priests and pastors to speak out today -- when the risk to personal safety is so much less than it was in communist and fascist countries -- should provide the answer: Religion doesn't have all that much impact on most religious people. During comfortable times, it provides two essentials to a happy and fulfilled life -- community and meaning -- but when tested, it often fails like an umbrella that fails to expand just as it starts to rain.”

And Gingrich gravely warns us, “If we want America to survive as a constitutional republic under the rule of law, which protects the right of free speech and is dedicated to the belief that each one of us is endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, we have no choice but to fight to defeat the anti-Americans and reassert our nation.

Reagan would understand. Lincoln would understand. Freedom itself is at stake.”

Don’t be deceived.

Pray. Love your neighbor. Speak up. Liberty is at stake.




See my follow-up to this article, The Silent Majority, part one: It's time to speak out.

For more, see my articles Four A's for Dismantling America; America: Where Most Blacks and Whites Don't Hate Each Other; and Very Black and Proud.


Pictures used by permission from Pixabay.


Monday, July 6, 2020

The Silent Majority, part two: 4 Ways to Break the Silence


"The left didn’t take over American mainstream culture overnight, and taking it back won’t happen overnight. But we have to begin, now, each of us in our own private lives, in all our small choices. No one is going to save the republic for us, so let’s get started," writes 
John Davidson.


What actions can normal Americans take who love their neighbors, their freedom, and their country?

1. Pray

Our current climate is one where the church needs to pray with fervor and steadfastness. This is also a time when we need to be adding fasting to our praying. The Lord said that some problems only experience deliverance through fasting and prayer (Matthew 17:21).

Abraham Lincoln and President Ronald Reagan both said the United States was the last best hope of the earth. No, not in terms of theological salvation, but in our modern era America has been the bastion of freedom and religious liberty for the world.


Today a great battle rages for the soul of this nation – and it is not only a battle between people. A spiritual battle rages in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12). When such wars erupt, God’s people must not only fight in the worldly realm – but fight with prayer and fasting.



2. Love your neighbor

For years, schools taught The Golden Rule – Jesus’ instruction to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

One of the reasons America is basically good is because her people generally treat each other with goodness. Since all of this Anitfa and Black Lives Matter movement have shaken our country, I’ve made  a habit of noticing how people in public treat each other. I see people of all races, ages, and both genders showing respect, civility, and kindness to each other.

Our family visited Nashville, Tennessee, recently. A black waiter generously told us at lunch, “You don’t need to fear being outside in our downtown. This city is very safe. We have police on every block, so you don’t need to be afraid.

We experienced that very thing, and I made it a point to stop and talk with policemen several times and say, “Thank you for your presence here. We appreciate you. We feel very safe here.”

This is the time to not hold back in loving your neighbors, serving each other, and showing other people the real substance of America.

3. Resist the cultural narrative

John MacArthur writes, “To be a Christian is to swim against the flow of the world, to go against its grain, because the adversary-Satan, his demons, and the world system-are extremely powerful. Those who enter the kingdom of grace through faith in Christ do so with great effort through the sovereign power of the convicting and converting Holy Spirit.”

There was a time when values espoused by the American media, public education, entertainment industry, political parties, and “polite society” generally coincided with Christian, biblical values. Today, much of the cultural narrative is controlled by the Left, which has gradually gotten control of the media, the entertainment industry, and much of public education. And many of those values stand in contrast to a biblical worldview.

For years, the three centers of influence – Hollywood, New York, and Washington, D.C., have been out of touch with the values of average Americans.

The Bible reminds believers, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:2 NLT).

The JB Phillips translation adds this emphasis: “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity.

4. Speak up.

The Left has consistently pushed their ways forward on our culture for years. They have worked to monopolize the airwaves and use fear tactics to make people afraid to disagree with them.

Suddenly, many good, average Americans realize their country is being systematically taken over.

The Black Lives Matter movement, along with their bully force Antifa, use force and fear to topple our democracy.

This is not the time to just be the nice guy. This is the time to speak up and challenge the narrative.  But it means several things that most Americans don’t like:

+ You may offend people.

+ You may lose “friends” or the respect of certain people. An English professor approached a friend of mine years ago at our liberal religious college and said, “Gene, the things you believe are not accepted any more be polite society.” My friend, who is now an evangelical missionary, responded, “Dr. so-and-so, with all due respect, I don’t care what polite society thinks. One day, I will stand before the Lord Jesus Christ and give an account to Him of my life, and He is the One I aim to please.”

+ You may be attacked by people – especially on social media. But keep this in mind. Antifa has vowed that after they wreak havoc on our major cities, they plan on going into the residential neighborhoods. What that means is they plan on going into your suburb where your children play and ride their bikes, where people swim at the community pool, and where your family eats, sleeps, and lives, and they will spray paint or burn down your houses, beat up your older people, and kill some of your younger ones.

In Italy, Germany, Cuba, and the U.S.S.R., the Left started by ridiculing people for their beliefs and values. Eventually, when they had enough power, they jailed, beat, raped, tortured, and murdered people. And that could happen here.

+ You will have to learn how to logically challenge the thinking of the Left. You will have to learn to think through and discuss why you disagree with some of what your children hear from Hollywood elites, late night talk show hosts, prime time sitcoms, CNN, and some of their high school teachers or college professors. You will have to learn how to THINK – perhaps like never before.

 

Here are a few suggestions for where and how to speak up:


1. Make sure and start in your home and talk with your children about why you believe what you believe. Provide them an intellectual framework to think from your kitchen table.

2. Speak out – with respect and love – but with truth - on social media. Don’t let social media be overtaken by the Left. Remember, sometimes truth divides – and it cuts. When you need immediate open-heart surgery, you don't get offended if the doctor cuts into your skin.

3. Write letters to your local newspaper – or post articles on your favorite blog sites.


4. Contact your centers of influence and let your voice be heard. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: national and state Congressmen and representatives, Governors, mayors, city and town councils, local school boards, state Supreme Courts, etc. Believe me, the Left is and has been making their voices heard to these entities. It’s time for the average American to be “forceful.”

5. Speak up in your centers of influence: your church, your home owner’s association, your local PTA, your sports club, your alumni association, etc.

6. When you see our basic liberties – like the freedom of speech – being taken away, speak up. Speak out. If we do not, we will lose them for good.

7. Consider running for office at the local or state level – or get behind some godly, conservative people who will. Ask your pastor(s) to consider running for these positions. The American Renewal Project is a good resource. 

Prager writes, “This is likely the last chance liberals, conservatives and the right have to defeat the American left. But it will not happen until these groups understand that we are fighting for the survival of America no less than the Union troops were in the First Civil War.”

Remembering Jesus' reference of John the Baptizer, instead of just trying to be the nice guy in the room, maybe it's time to be the forceful one.

It's time for Christians and conservatives to come out of hiding and re-engage the public square.

Liberty is at stake.


See also my article, 7 Lies Americans are Believing.

See part one of this article, The Silent Majority: it's time to speak out.


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