And The Next President Of The United States Is…?

A Tremendous Amount Of Serious Food For Thought!

There are many nonreligious people in the United States who either like or dislike President Trump or former VP Joe Biden just as there are many religious people who are on both ends of that spectrum as well.

Having said that, the link below highlights an email from one Christian friend to another Christian friend who obviously sees the current political landscape very differently than his friend. Citing undeniable facts and Scripture verses, the writer proceeds to layout a very detailed response to his friend defending and rebutting his friend’s accusations and insinuations about President Trump and anyone who publicly supports Trump, especially Christians.

Only after reading the attached letter below will you fully understand and appreciate the glaring differences between what President Trump and the Republican Party have done over the last three and a half years and want to do for the American people if reelected, versus what Biden and the Democratic Party stand for and want to do if Biden is elected as our next President.

However, whether you are a Christian or not and whether you are a Trump or Biden lover or not, I strongly recommend carving out about fifteen minutes to read the entire letter HERE.

I agree with the writer that evangelicals face an easy choice of which Party to support. The information in his letter may also help those still on the fence make up their minds which candidate and Party they will support on November 3rd.

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Humor or Truth?

Just a short one this week. I couldn’t resist!

One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, “I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.” The florist was pleased and left the shop. When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

Later, a cop came in for a haircut, and when he tried to pay his bill, the barber again replied, “I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.” The cop was happy and left the shop. The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen doughnuts waiting for him at his door.

Then a member of Congress came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replied, “I cannot accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.” The member of Congress was very happy and left the shop. The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen members of Congress lined up waiting for a free haircut.

And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and many of the politicians who run it!

Humor or truth? You decide.

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Just The Facts: Truth And Consequences?

With all the civil unrest going on in our nation today, it’s time to take a serious and factual look at what really is going on with movements like Black Lives Matter, ANTIFA, and others who are trying desperately to erase our history, eradicate our current way of life, and usher in a new socialist/communist form of government.

Below, I have included some documented information for you to consider. The future of America as we know and love it today, by no means perfect, is clearly under assault!

Choose wisely my friends.

Black Lives Matter Co-founders Describe Themselves As “Trained Marxists”


Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors said in a newly surfaced video from 2015 that she and her fellow organizers are “trained Marxists” – making clear their movement’s ideological foundation, according to a report.

Cullors, 36, was the protégé of Eric Mann, former agitator of the Weather Underground domestic terror organization, and spent years absorbing the Marxist-Leninist ideology that shaped her worldview, Breitbart News reported.

“The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers,” she said, referring to BLM co-founder Alicia Garza.

“We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. And I think that what we really tried to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many, many black folk,” Cullors added in the interview with Jared Ball of The Real News Network.

While promoting her book “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” in 2018, Cullors described her introduction to and support for Marxist ideology.

She described to Democracy Now! how she became a trained organizer with the Labor/Community Strategy Center, which she called her “first political home” under the mentorship of Mann, its director, Breitbart reported.

The center, which describes its philosophy as “an urban experiment,” uses grassroots organization to “focus on Black and Latino communities with deep historical ties to the long history of anti-colonial, anti-imperialist, pro-communist resistance to the US empire,” according to the outlet.

It also expresses its appreciation for the work of the US Communist Party, “especially Black communists,” as well as its support for “the great work of the Black Panther Party, the American Indian Movement, Young Lords, Brown Berets, and the great revolutionary rainbow experiments of the 1970s,” Breitbart reported.

In 1968, Mann was a coordinator for Students for a Democratic Society, from which a more radical wing –- the Weather Underground — was splintered the following year.

It was led by Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, who called for “direct action” over civil disobedience, seeking the overthrow of the US government. In 1969, the FBI classified the group as a domestic terror organization.

Mann was eventually charged with assault and battery, disturbing the peace, damaging property, defacing a building and disturbing a public assembly, for which he spent 18 months behind bars.

What Is A Marxist?

In his book, The Naked Communist/Exposing Communism and Restoring Freedom, W. Cleon Skousen writes, “Some people have mistaken the mission of Karl Marx and his followers as purely economic in nature, but like all other materialists, their mission was to gain power through ideological warfare. Note how they denounced any competitive ideology, even religion: ‘We must combat religion—this is the ABC of materialism, and consequently of Marxism.’ And another disciple declared that when they took over, ‘God will be banished from the laboratories as well as from the schools.’”

I’m guessing the “laboratories” are churches which continue to be burned and leveled worldwide, but they sure accomplished their mission of banishing God from our schools in America!

Skousen continues, “Now since we’re dealing with the field of ideological warfare, one might well ask, What is the objective of these militant atheists? What are they trying to set up as the new ideal for human relations? Listen to the words of Lenin:

‘We must hate-hatred is the basis of Communism. Children must be taught to hate their parents if they are not Communists.’ And listen to the amazing declaration of the former Russian Commissar of Education, Anatole Lunarcharsky: ‘We hate Christians and Christianity. Even the best of them must be considered our worst enemies. Christian love is an obstacle to the development of the revolution. Down with love of one’s neighbor! What we want is hate… Only then will we conquer the universe!’”

Skousen believes, “In a declared war against morals, ethics, and spiritual values among the people, Marx and his associates resolved to completely eliminate the worship of the Almighty among men. Heinrich Heine declared: ‘Our hearts are filled with compassion for it is… Jehovah Himself who is making ready to die,’ and Nietzsche, so successful in the atheistic campaign, said: ‘Let the death of God be boldly proclaimed.’ Ludwig Feuerbach announced that: ‘The turning point of history will be the moment man becomes aware that the only God of man is man himself.’”

Skousen continues, “As Marks and Engles boasted in their Manifesto: ‘Our program abolishes eternal truths; It abolishes all religion and all morality… it therefore acts in contradiction to all past historical experience.’

But if communist economics are primarily propaganda, what, then, does the communist believe?

The first major premise is this: ‘Everything in existence came about as a result of ceaseless motion among the forces of nature.’ Everything is a product of accumulated accident. There is no design. There is no law. There is no God. There is only force, the force of nature. Force is right, force is good, and force is natural.

Now there is a second major premise: ‘Human beings are only graduate beasts,’ and therefore human life is no more sacred than that of a centipede, a caterpillar, or a pig. The completely reckless disregard for human life is the most striking, single characteristic of ‘materialism in action.’

The third major premise of Communism is this: ‘There is no such thing as innate right or wrong.’ As one of their leaders pointedly declared, ‘To lie, is that wrong? Not for a good cause. To steal, is that wrong? Not for a good cause. To kill, is that wrong? Not for a good cause.’ V. I. Lenin declared: ‘The upbringing of Communist youth must not consist of all sorts of sentimental speeches and precepts.’ And in the same volume he states that ‘Morality is that which serves to destroy the old exploiting society… Communist morality is the morality which serves this struggle.’

It is highly important to Communist discipline to have every person obey blindly. To obey blindly is considered good and therefore morally right. But a system of morals which controls conduct in terms of right and wrong makes each individual a moral free agent. This, Communism cannot stand.

The fourth major premise of Communism is: ‘That all religion must be overthrown because it inhibits the spirit of world revolution.’

One of their writers declared: ‘Atheism is a natural an inseparable part of Marxism… consequently; A class conscious Marxist party must carry on propaganda in favor of atheism.’ In one of their youth magazines the following instruction appeared: ‘If a Communist youth believes in God and goes to church, he fails to fulfill his duties. This means that he has not yet rid himself of a religious superstition and has not yet become a fully conscious person.’”

Why Our System Of Government Still Works In The U.S.A.

In closing, please listen to the short explanation below (1 minute, 38 seconds) of why America’s system of government has stood the test of time when so many other governmental systems have failed its people time and time again.

Listen HERE

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Living Life In The “Fast Lane”?

A friend of mine sent me the story below. After reading it I knew I had to share this wisdom with you.

Whispers Or Bricks?

A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar.

He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something.

As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag’s side door. He slammed on the brakes and drove the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown.

The angry driver jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, “What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing? That’s a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?”

The young boy was apologetic. “Please mister…please, I’m sorry…I didn’t know what else to do,” he said. “I threw the brick because no one else would stop.” With tears dripping down his face, the youth pointed to a spot around a parked car. “It’s my brother, he’s rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him up.”

Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, “Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He’s hurt and he’s too heavy for me.”

Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out a handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay. “Thank you and may God bless you”, the grateful child told the stranger.

Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk. It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message;

Don’t go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!

God whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts. Sometimes when we don’t have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at us. It’s our choice: Listen to the whisper… or… wait for the brick!

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Timely Message From A Real Change Agent!

Things Aren’t Always What They First Appear To Be!

If you haven’t already heard of Joel Patrick, known as “The Legendary Black Redneck”, I’d like to introduce him to you via the ACCESSWIRE article below.

This young man is a true patriot, and a true change agent for racial reconciliation.

I’ve kept this post short on purpose hoping you’ll take the time and listen to his message at the end of this post.

NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / June 26, 2020 / There are numerous ways a 12-year-old can contribute to society. Raising $15,000 for a charity (a local crisis pregnancy resource center – my insert) is definitely uncommon for someone at such a young age, but that was precisely what Joel Patrick did.

A native of Beavercreek, Ohio, Patrick was exposed and involved with issues in his community early on in his life. He was the third youngest of seven children.

Patrick made his way into the social media scene in the fall of 2017 when Joshua Feuerstein, an American internet personality, shared one of his videos. Since then, Patrick has amassed over 500 million views on different social media platforms and has been a tireless advocate for several issues in America, contributing to the recent discussion on the Black Lives Matter movement.

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a movement that aims to uphold fundamental human rights and condemn systemic racism and violence towards black people. This international movement originated from the African-American community. (P.S. It is not my personal view of what the BLM movement “aims to uphold”. I totally disagree that the BLM movement “aims to uphold fundamental human rights and condemn systemic racism and violence towards black people.” If that were true, where is BLM’s outrage and protests in Chicago where the black-on-black murder rate is skyrocketing, and where black children are being murdered at alarming rates? – my insert)

Patrick is quick to point out this movement’s dangerous potential to create unnecessary division amongst people. (I stand in agreement with Joel Patrick – my insert) He expressed in Twitter:

“We can seek justice for #GeorgeFloyd and for #AhmaudAubrey without making it about race…don’t believe me?…look at the color of the investigators that charged both the Officers and the McMichaels.

We must fight injustice together and not needlessly divide.


Additionally, he advocates against the term “racist” being an adjective to describe only white people-slamming black supremacy and emphasizing that anyone who believes a particular race is superior to another can, in fact, be considered racist.

Dubbed as “The Legendary Black Redneck,” Patrick exudes courage and commitment towards the betterment of his homeland. He continues to use his platforms to voice out injustices in his community. An up and coming artist himself, Patrick uses his music as an instrument of his beliefs.

Fed up with the constant oppression by the Left towards causes and people he holds dear, Patrick is inspired to use his talents to influence and educate his fellowmen. The young activist hopes to educate anyone, whatever their political stand. He continues to travel across the country to participate as a public speaker in schools and various events. Among the topics he has a passion for are the rights of unborn babies, the suppression of conservatives and Christians in the mainstream media, and the 2nd Amendment.

Liberty Hangout, The White House Brief on The BlazeTV, ABC Nightline, The Epoch Times, Fox News Special Report, The Hodgetwins, Brietbart, and Glen Beck Radio Show are some of the TV shows he has appeared in.

Like many activists, Patrick hopes for America to be great again. He calls out to his fellow Americans to join hands and work towards that. He says on his official website, “I believe that the silent majority will win. I believe that hard work, loving God, and your fellow man and woman is the way to a better, and more fulfilling life. The truth may set you free, but may ruffle some feathers along the way. I won’t apologize for my beliefs, but I will try and speak the truth in love.”

I say “AMEN” to that Joel!

This young man, Joel Patrick, has an urgent message we all need to hear and take to heart in a very serious way! And, please take some time to listen to the song (“That’s Me”) he wrote  and sings at the end of his message.

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Happy Birthday America!

No More Fence-sitting America. . .It’s Time To Wake Up And Take A Stand!

Either you love America with all it’s colorful flaws and shortcomings and commit to becoming part of the solution for continuous positive change, or you hate what America has become over the past 244 years and want to side with those who are hell bent on burning it down, tearing down historical statues and erasing our history, and starting from scratch to rebuild their utopia!

How did that new “CHOP” experiment work out in Seattle?

It took Jenny Durkan, the mayor of Seattle, almost one month to figure out what most sane logical thinking people knew would happen from day one! A “summer of love” in a police-free autonomous zone lead by a bunch of armed anarchists ended up to be one big violent mess. Two young black men were shot dead and several others are still recovering from gunshot wounds. CHOP was really a microcosm of what the “New America” would look like with anarchist’s/domestic terrorist’s in charge of the rebuilding project!

On November 3rd all Americans able to vote will have a crystal clear choice. There should be no guessing games regarding which side to choose. And just to be clear, aside from those who must submit absentee ballots for verifiable reasons, there must be NO MAIL-IN VOTING, and VOTER ID’s MUST BE MANDATORY in all 50 states and territories where voting is available.

Ever since the George Floyd protests started in cities across our nation we have heard from plenty of folks who support the Black Lives Matter organization lump all white people into one big “racist” pot.

I want to be very clear here. I am distinguishing and separating those who lead and support the BLM and ANTIFA “organizations” from all other people, regardless of color, who demonstrated peacefully and continue to do so. These “organizations” have clearly demonstrated they have a completely different agenda other than fighting for the injustices of African-Americans.

In the past week, two Black Lives Matter co-founders have had their Marxist backgrounds exposed, adding weight to claims the group is a radical leftist organization trained to disrupt American society and promote a modern multicultural variety of Marxist ideology.

Additionally, Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi’s links to Communist Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro have been exposed, and co-founder Patrisse Cullors admitted to being a “trained organizer” and “trained Marxist” in a resurfaced video.

Since these anti-American factions, as well as the main stream media, are now labeling white people as “racists” whose voices can’t be trusted and should even be silenced, I felt it would be great food for thought to review an interview with the father whose son was killed in CHOP, and from the first African-American billionaire. Both have different perspectives on what’s happening in America today than the leaders of the BLM and ANTIFA organizations.

Father Of Black Teen Killed In CHOP: It’s Time To Bring In The National Guard

By Emily Zanotti,
SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 29: Horace Lorenzo Anderson speaks about his son, Horace Lorenzo Anderson Jr., who was killed earlier this month in a shooting in the vicinity of the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) area, on June 29, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said in a press conference earlier in the day that "enough is enough" after four shootings in less than two weeks have taken place in the vicinity of the CHOP zone, which encompasses the Seattle Police Department's vacated East Precinct. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images

Horace Lorenzo Anderson, the father of a 19-year-old black teen shot and killed inside Seattle’s Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) is speaking out and demanding the city bring in the National Guard to help break up the increasingly violent protest, now in its third week.

Horace Lorenzo Anderson, Jr., was the first person killed in CHOP, more than a week ago, during an outbreak of gun violence inside of the “autonomous zone.”

Anderson’s father, Anderson, Sr., spoke late Monday, after another black teen, this time a 16-year old, was killed in the CHOP over the weekend, and a 14-year-old left wounded.

“I ain’t been sleeping. You see my eyes. I’ve been crying. I’m trying not to cry on TV,” Anderson said in the Monday press conference, according to KIRO Seattle.

“This doesn’t look like a protest to me no more,” said Anderson. “That just looks like they just took over and said we can take over whenever we want to.”

Anderson says that if the city cannot break up the protest alone, officials should bring in the National Guard. “They should deployed them here to say ‘Man, it’s time to go,’” Anderson said. ” ‘It’s time to move on. And break this up.’”

Thankfully, Mr. Anderson’s emotional pleas to rid Seattle of CHOP have been heard. Sadly, far too late for his son and the others who have died at the hands of the CHOP “peace” force!

BET Founder Robert Johnson Mocks Crowds Pulling Down Statues, Canceling TV Shows, Apologizing For Being White

Robert Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), speaks to the media during the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S., on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Media dealmakers digesting $53 billion of mergers, spinoffs and acquisitions announced so far this year, head to Allen & Co.s Sun Valley conference this week to lay the groundwork for more.
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BET Founder Robert Johnson mocked those who are destroying statues across the U.S. and who are trying to cancel television shows because they think that’s what black people want.

During an interview with Fox News, Johnson said that those who are destroying statues across the country “have the mistaken assumption that black people are sitting around cheering for them saying ‘Oh, my God, look at these white people. They’re doing something so important to us. They’re taking down the statue of a Civil War general who fought for the South.’”

“You know, black people, in my opinion, black people laugh at white people who do this the same way we laugh at white people who say we got to take off the TV shows [like] The Dukes of Hazard,” Johnson continued. “I bet if you go back and look at the Nielsen ratings when The Dukes of Hazard was on television, I’ll bet you it had a huge black viewing population. The one thing you can do is research it, find out, because blacks watched more television than whites did, always has been historically.”

Johnson also took a shot at white Americans who think that by doing “emotionally or drastic things” that black people will look at them and think that white people love them. Johnson said that “black people don’t give a damn” if statues of people like Stonewall Jackson, who was a Confederate general, are taken down.

Johnson also mocked HBO Max for taking down “Gone with the Wind,” then putting it back with a disclaimer, saying, “What the hell do you need a disclaimer with ‘Gone with the Wind,’ as if black people think that we believe that slavery was like ‘Gone with the Wind’? Who are you trying to convince?”

“Look, the people who are basically tearing down statues, trying to make a statement, are basically borderline anarchists, the way I look at it. They really have no agenda other than the idea we’re going to topple a statue,” Johnson said. “It’s not going to give a kid whose parents can’t afford college money to go to college. It’s not going to close the labor gap between what white workers are paid and what black workers are paid. And it’s not going to take people off welfare or food stamps.”

Johnson also mocked “white privilege,” and those who get on social media and apologize for being white.

“You know, that to me is the silliest expression of white privilege that exists in this country. The notion that a celebrity could get on a Twitter feed and say, ‘Oh my God, I am so sorry that I am white.’ I don’t find any black people getting on Twitter and saying, ‘Oh, I’m so sorry I’m black.’ And we got the worst problems. … My thing is: embrace being white and do the right thing.”

Mr. Johnson is right on. Instead of pulling down statues, cancelling TV shows, and apologizing for being white, instead of hating each other, why not try loving and respecting each other as men and women created in God’s image? Not black, brown, yellow, red, and white people pointing fingers and yelling at each other, but people with lighter and darker hues of one color God chose for each of us. In other words, all lives matter to the Creator of humankind! And until Americans of all colors can express that thought without fear of offending another American, a sincere resolution to racism will never be achieved.

As Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

I believe no truer or perfect words were ever spoken other than the words of Jesus Christ in the Holy Bible! Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30,31 – NIV) And, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21 – NIV)

We can only change the world for the better when each and every one of us commits to start making positive character changes within ourselves. It’s not rocket science but it’s going to take a firm commitment to do better, to “do the right thing” what ever and where ever that may be.

The future of America is at a serious crossroads in time. Yes, change is needed.

How do you view America? Who do you want leading the changes that need to be made?

Do you want leaders who support the methods for change we are seeing played out before our very eyes in cities like Seattle, Minneapolis, New York City, and Washington D.C.?

Or, do you want leaders who “pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”?

What kind of America do you want for your children and grandchildren?

PLEASE . . .Let your conscience and common sense be your guide on November 3rd . . .VOTE!


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It’s Your Day Dad!

To all the dad’s out there making a positive difference in your children’s lives . . . THANK YOU, keep up the great work, and HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

I’m on vacation for a couple of weeks so see you then for more Wisdom Matters!

How To Change The World!

I’ve been a follower of Dan Miller’s 48Days newsletter since the early 2000’s. His message last week, which I posted below, is well worth sharing in light of all the unrest still going on in cities across America.

Just as an aside, if you are a struggling or wannabe entrepreneur, his website is worth checking out. And, if like millions of Americans right now, you are out of work and wondering what the future holds for you, I highly recommend taking a look at his website.

The vision of 48Days is to foster the process of imagining, dreaming and introspection, to help people find their calling and true path, and to translate that into meaningful, purposeful and profitable daily work.”

I Want to Change the World

In his classic book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey distinguishes between two circles. The first is our Circle of Concern. This includes a whole range of things – global warming, the state of the economy, the current pandemic, societal attitudes including racism and bigotry, the apparent collapse of political systems, the demise of the American church, and more. The actual list will depend on the individual, but the important thing is to understand there may be little you can do about these large scale issues since they are outside your influence. Devoting energy on them may be a waste of time – the equivalent of yelling at the television – and our energy is thus depleted.

Our Circle of Influence will be much smaller but includes the things we can actually do something about.

People who focus on their Circle of Concern – because they have very little direct control – are often reactive and maintain an attitude of victimization and blame.

The extent of your control will obviously be related to your power – if you’re the President of the United States, the chairman of NASA, the CEO of General Motors, or the Pope, you may have far more influence than the average person. But the key is to focus our energy on those things we can influence. And thus we can in fact initiate effective change. And when we do this with wisdom and decisive action, we’ll find our Circle of Influence will increase in scope. Conversely, if all your energy goes into things you cannot control, your Circle of Influence will shrink. Not only will you waste your energy and perhaps destroy the very resources needed for positive change, you’ll feel frustrated, drained of energy, and others will see you as a negative force to be avoided.

And yes, this presents a very dicey balance. If we assume our Circle of Influence is small and thus we have no power or impact, we can justify inaction on large scale issues. We can bury our heads in the sand, protect our tiny space or escape to a place of isolation. So what do we do with problems like lack of clean water in foreign countries? What about challenges of adequate food or housing right here in the United States? What do we do when desperate immigrant families are locked up when approaching our borders? How do we correct racism and police brutality?

If I watch TV and scream in anger at the injustice or join the incensed mob in breaking windows in my home town, I may be acting righteously in my Circle of Concern, but the likelihood of positive change is slim.

On the other hand, if I focus my energy on working with my neighbors on cleaning up the local park, or leave an extra tip at the newly reopened restaurant, or provide work for an immigrant family, or supply a hand-up to a young black lady who just got out of prison, or be an example of health and optimism in the face of a pandemic, I can expand my Circle of Influence, and create a small positive change on those larger issues.

When I spend my mental, emotional and spiritual energy serving others and adding value to their lives, rather than tearing things down, I can create a tiny ripple toward the major challenges in the world. And each of us is equipped with unique skills to accomplish that. We don’t all need to find positions with nonprofits, church or political organizations; rather, finding work that engages God’s greatest gifts to you is likely your best way to improve your life and, subsequently, help improve the lives of your family, your friends, the members of your community, and ultimately, the entire world.

I’m reminded of this inscription on the tomb of an Anglican Bishop in Westminster Abbey, dated 1100 A. D. (I used this with permission in No More Dreaded Mondays)

“When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits,
I dreamed of changing the world.
As I grew older and wiser I discovered the world would not change –
So I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country,
But it too seemed immovable.
As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt,
I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me,
But alas, they would have none of it.
And now I realize as I lie on my deathbed, if I had only changed myself first,
Then by example I might have changed my family,
From their inspiration and encouragement I would then have been able to better my country,
And who knows, I might have even changed the world.”

Quotes: On Changing the World

“Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.” – Confucius

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy

“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)

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21 – NIV)

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

Archbishop Viganò’s powerful letter to President Trump:

Re-posted from a Facebook post this morning.

Eternal struggle between good and evil playing out right now!

Archbishop Viganò’s powerful letter to President Trump: Eternal struggle between good and evil playing out right now

            Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

June 7, 2020

Editor’s note: Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has released this powerful letter today to President Trump warning him that the current crises over the coronavirus pandemic and the George Floyd riots are a part of the eternal spiritual struggle between the forces of good and evil. He encourages the president to continue the fight on behalf of the “children of light.” Read the letter in PDF form HERE.

Mr. President,

            In recent months we have been witnessing the formation of two opposing sides that I would call Biblical: the children of light and the children of darkness. The children of light constitute the most conspicuous part of humanity, while the children of darkness represent an absolute minority. And yet the former are the object of a sort of discrimination which places them in a situation of moral inferiority with respect to their adversaries, who often hold strategic positions in government, in politics, in the economy and in the media. In an apparently inexplicable way, the good are held hostage by the wicked and by those who help them either out of self-interest or fearfulness.

            These two sides, which have a Biblical nature, follow the clear separation between the offspring of the Woman and the offspring of the Serpent. On the one hand there are those who, although they have a thousand defects and weaknesses, are motivated by the desire to do good, to be honest, to raise a family, to engage in work, to give prosperity to their homeland, to help the needy, and, in obedience to the Law of God, to merit the Kingdom of Heaven. On the other hand, there are those who serve themselves, who do not hold any moral principles, who want to demolish the family and the nation, exploit workers to make themselves unduly wealthy, foment internal divisions and wars, and accumulate power and money: for them the fallacious illusion of temporal well-being will one day – if they do not repent – yield to the terrible fate that awaits them, far from God, in eternal damnation.

            In society, Mr. President, these two opposing realities co-exist as eternal enemies, just as God and Satan are eternal enemies. And it appears that the children of darkness – whom we may easily identify with the deep state which you wisely oppose and which is fiercely waging war against you in these days – have decided to show their cards, so to speak, by now revealing their plans. They seem to be so certain of already having everything under control that they have laid aside that circumspection that until now had at least partially concealed their true intentions. The investigations already under way will reveal the true responsibility of those who managed the COVID emergency not only in the area of health care but also in politics, the economy, and the media. We will probably find that in this colossal operation of social engineering there are people who have decided the fate of humanity, arrogating to themselves the right to act against the will of citizens and their representatives in the governments of nations.

            We will also discover that the riots in these days were provoked by those who, seeing that the virus is inevitably fading and that the social alarm of the pandemic is waning, necessarily have had to provoke civil disturbances, because they would be followed by repression which, although legitimate, could be condemned as an unjustified aggression against the population. The same thing is also happening in Europe, in perfect synchrony. It is quite clear that the use of street protests is instrumental to the purposes of those who would like to see someone elected in the upcoming presidential elections who embodies the goals of the deep state and who expresses those goals faithfully and with conviction. It will not be surprising if, in a few months, we learn once again that hidden behind these acts of vandalism and violence there are those who hope to profit from the dissolution of the social order so as to build a world without freedom: Solve et Coagula, as the Masonic adage teaches.

            Although it may seem disconcerting, the opposing alignments I have described are also found in religious circles. There are faithful Shepherds who care for the flock of Christ, but there are also mercenary infidels who seek to scatter the flock and hand the sheep over to be devoured by ravenous wolves. It is not surprising that these mercenaries are allies of the children of darkness and hate the children of light: just as there is a deep state, there is also a deep church that betrays its duties and forswears its proper commitments before God. Thus the Invisible Enemy, whom good rulers fight against in public affairs, is also fought against by good shepherds in the ecclesiastical sphere. It is a spiritual battle, which I spoke about in my recent Appeal which was published on May 8.

            For the first time, the United States has in you a President who courageously defends the right to life, who is not ashamed to denounce the persecution of Christians throughout the world, who speaks of Jesus Christ and the right of citizens to freedom of worship. Your participation in the March for Life, and more recently your proclamation of the month of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, are actions that confirm which side you wish to fight on. And I dare to believe that both of us are on the same side in this battle, albeit with different weapons.

            For this reason, I believe that the attack to which you were subjected after your visit to the National Shrine of Saint John Paul II is part of the orchestrated media narrative which seeks not to fight racism and bring social order, but to aggravate dispositions; not to bring justice, but to legitimize violence and crime; not to serve the truth, but to favor one political faction. And it is disconcerting that there are Bishops – such as those whom I recently denounced – who, by their words, prove that they are aligned on the opposing side. They are subservient to the deep state, to globalism, to aligned thought, to the New World Order which they invoke ever more frequently in the name of a universal brotherhood which has nothing Christian about it, but which evokes the Masonic ideals of those who want to dominate the world by driving God out of the courts, out of schools, out of families, and perhaps even out of churches.

            The American people are mature and have now understood how much the mainstream media does not want to spread the truth but seeks to silence and distort it, spreading the lie that is useful for the purposes of their masters. However, it is important that the good – who are the majority – wake up from their sluggishness and do not accept being deceived by a minority of dishonest people with unavowable purposes. It is necessary that the good, the children of light, come together and make their voices heard. What more effective way is there to do this, Mr. President, than by prayer, asking the Lord to protect you, the United States, and all of humanity from this enormous attack of the Enemy? Before the power of prayer, the deceptions of the children of darkness will collapse, their plots will be revealed, their betrayal will be shown, their frightening power will end in nothing, brought to light and exposed for what it is: an infernal deception.

            Mr. President, my prayer is constantly turned to the beloved American nation, where I had the privilege and honor of being sent by Pope Benedict XVI as Apostolic Nuncio. In this dramatic and decisive hour for all of humanity, I am praying for you and also for all those who are at your side in the government of the United States. I trust that the American people are united with me and you in prayer to Almighty God.

            United against the Invisible Enemy of all humanity, I bless you and the First Lady, the beloved American nation, and all men and women of good will.

+ Carlo Maria Viganò

Titular Archbishop of Ulpiana

Former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America

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Breaking Down Racial Walls

When Will We Ever Learn?

Just when it appears that America is on the downside of the COVID-19 pandemic and many states are cautiously opening back up, on February 23rd an unarmed black man named Ahmaud Arbery was videoed being shot to death by two white men in Brunswick, GA, and several days ago another unarmed handcuffed black man named George Floyd was videoed being brutally murdered by a white police officer in Minneapolis, MN.

And even as I write this evening, we are witnessing cities across our nation being looted and burned by rioters who have used these two horrific deaths as opportunities to stoke more racism and unrest at a time when peaceful solutions MUST prevail.

On July 1, 2018 I posted the following blog which is even more appropriate today!

Everywhere you look, on any TV news channel you may watch, there are racial tensions growing to unhealthy levels in America, and all around the world for that matter! It’s an issue we must all take seriously and do our part to bring about racial reconciliation, starting in our own backyard.

To that end, I’ve chosen a book I read over twenty years ago by two individuals I had the pleasure of meeting. Breaking Down Walls was written by two Christian men, Raleigh Washington, an African-American, and Glen Kehrein, a Caucasian, who are the best of friends and walk their talk when it comes to racial reconciliation.

In the preface of their book Raleigh and Glen write, “The racial situation in our nation today cries out for Christians to ‘pick up our cross,’ step out of our comfort zones, and build relationships across cultural barriers—beginning with at least one person, one family, one church—whether it is African-American, Asian, Hispanic, or white.”

Below I have highlighted the eight principles Raleigh and Glen have used in their own lives, and have taught others, to achieve racial reconciliation among themselves and with others.

A Model for Reconciliation in an Age of Racial Strife

“Principle 1: Commitment to Relationship – Commitment is a combination of attitude and action. Here are three ways to increase your level of commitment to a cross-cultural relationship:

  1. Take risks. You must be willing to reach out to someone who is racially different, even if you risk misunderstanding by that person.
  2. Discover opportunities. Look for people of different backgrounds at your work, in the neighborhood, where you shop.
  3. Move beyond saying hello. When you meet someone, try to initiate a conversation that moves beyond a superficial greeting; take time to know the person. It could be the beginning of a great friendship.

Principle 2: Intentionality – Intentionality is a planned activity; it requires purposeful strategies. Here are some positive activities that can be considered to develop relationships with those of another racial group.

  1. Inviting a church member or neighbor or coworker who is racially different to dinner in your home, adjusting however necessary to make them comfortable.
  2. Developing a continuing friendship with a person of another ethnic group.
  3. Visiting a black church or other ethnic congregation as a family at least four times a year.
  4. Expecting and accepting pain in the early stages of a new cross-cultural relationship.

Principle 3: Sincerity – Whether you are black, white, yellow, or brown, take the initiative to reveal yourself to a friend across the color/ethnic group line. Remember, if you are sincere, you will want to make the first move instead of waiting for the other person to initiate.

  1. Spend time together to develop trust. Remember years of abuse, ignorance, and stereotyping have developed a deep layer of distrust. You will need time to overcome it.
  2. Be willing to open your ‘closets,’ to reveal the hardships and failures in your life. Everyone has failures. Your friend will respect you as a ‘real person’ when you disclose them to him or her.
  3. Be on the alert to recognize your (and others’) involvement in WWB/BBW conversations. Be ready to confront those involved, in love, including yourself. (WWB is short for whites know how to talk to whites about blacks, and BBW is short for blacks know how to talk to blacks about whites.)

Principle 4: Sensitivity – Here are three ways you can increase your sensitivity to other races:

  1. Read literature about and by other racial groups.
  2. Choose to use your growing knowledge to strengthen your preaching, teaching, and outreach cross-culturally.
  3. Do not dismiss unintentional racial insensitivity. Because our comment is unintended, we may think it is unimportant. But it has been heard, and it has an impact. To say it was ‘nothing’ and unintended will be taken as rationalization and justification. Use the opportunity to learn. And if you have offended someone, apologize for the action. Your humility can pull the two of you closer together.

Principle 5: Interdependence – Often you will find new friends of another race by helping in a cross-cultural ministry. Therefore, volunteer some time in an inner-city or cross-cultural ministry. Go with the expectation that you will receive as much as you give.

If you have a cross-cultural relationship (whether a close friendship, an acquaintance, or coworker), specifically identify strengths that the other person brings to your relationship. Then thank that person for that gift to your relationship.

Principle 6: Sacrifice – Sacrifice costs. Yet it is fundamental to building cross-cultural relationships and to achieving racial reconciliation. The principle of sacrifice requires a give and take on both sides.

Principle 7: Empowerment – Empowering someone else to draw closer to you and achieve reconciliation requires repentance (a change of heart and mind) and forgiveness. Depending on our individual experiences, repentance and forgiveness may be difficult. Here are four questions (and suggested responses) to help you prepare for repentance and forgiveness.

  1. Do you find it difficult to enter into expressions of repentance (or forgiveness) for the sin of racism? Identify the thoughts, feelings, and struggles you have.
  2. Have you been wounded in a cross-cultural interaction(s)? If the relationship is still active, what steps can you take toward reconciliation?
  3. If you are black, what changes in your attitude or behavior toward whites would empower them to work side by side with you toward racial reconciliation?
  4. If you are white, what attitudes and behaviors do you need to take responsibility for to help bring down the walls of hostility between the races?

Principle 8: Call – A ‘call’ is God’s way of impressing upon us what He wants from us. Each one of us must open his/her eyes to the brokenness between the races and ethnic groups that make up our own communities and cities, and accept personal responsibility to reach across the racial and cultural barriers to build relationships.”

Raleigh and Glen go into so much more detail on racial reconciliation in their book Breaking Down Walls. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested and concerned about building real loving relationships, hopefully leading to long lasting friendships, with individuals and families whose ethnic backgrounds may differ from yours.

Since time began, hate has never resolved any issue with a peaceful outcome. Now, more than ever, America needs the grace, mercy, and peace of God to powerfully move in the hearts of all Americans!

We are all created in God’s image. It would be a beautiful God-honoring way to live if we all remembered that each day and started living out Jesus’ second greatest command to His disciples, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1Peter 4:8 – NIV)

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