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The Politics of Easter

I love my country.  I consider myself a patriot.  I believe that the United States has provided more people with more freedom and more opportunity than any other nation that has ever existed.  I think the United States has been blessed by God.

Having said all that I must admit that I am only a citizen of this country in a transitory and momentary way for I am but a pilgrim here, a sojourner whose ultimate home is another city, a kingdom, and that even here my ultimate allegiance is to my King.

Over the years I have had many conversations with people regarding the ongoing Progressive degradation of this great Republic.  Often people will say, “I can’t talk about this anymore it is too depressing.”  And often people ask me, “How can you dwell on this so much and be so happy?”

I’m not really happy.  Happiness is a fleeting feeling that can be erased by not getting your pizza delivered on time.  I have joy and peace and the contentment of security.  I always answer this question with, “I spend a few hours every day immersed in the evidence of the deepening betrayal of America’s experiment in personal freedom, individual liberty, and economic opportunity, and I am never depressed.  Because my hope is in Christ and my home is in heaven.”

This is the politics of Easter:

Paul, after warning us what the so-called leaders of this world are really all about said, “There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them. I’ve warned you of them many times; sadly, I’m having to do it again. All they want is easy street. They hate Christ’s Cross. But easy street is a dead-end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites.”  Paul also tells us, “But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him.”

I am a Christian, unabashedly and unashamed.  Jesus is my king, my Lord and my God.  I look about me and I love my country and I love those about me.  However at the same time I take to heart what Peter said “Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul” and I realize that as a Christian, we are visitors in this world of unbelievers.  We may be the same on the outside as everyone else, but on the inside we are different.

  1. We don’t think like them.
  2. We don’t act like them.
  3. We don’t have the same customs as they do.
  4. We don’t have the same goals and desires.
  5. When they want to go partying and getting drunk and go carousing, we don’t want to join them…
  6. They use the Lord’s name in vain, participate in the deeds of darkness and are, essentially, the walking dead.  We are not like them.
  7. They glorify themselves.  We glorify God.
  8. Some glorify false gods.  We glorify the true God.
  9. We are different inside. And it shows. Or at least it should.

If there was a trial today and we were charged with being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict?  Or are we secret agent Christians?  Instead of hiding in the shadows we should be holding aloft the light of Christ in a darkening world so that as Peter admonished us we, “Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives.”

This world and its politics is a soap opera. Following the ins and outs of the progression from colonies to empire to utopia keeps us occupied and obsessed.  We need to keep it all in perspective.  Yes, it is good to stand for freedom for God created us to be free so that we could freely choose Him.  Yes, it is good to stand for personal liberty and economic opportunity so that all people will have the opportunity to become all that they can be and so that they are not oppressed by the utopians in their mad drive toward a heaven on earth that will never and can never be reality.  However it is the height of folly to allow the false god of ideology to cloud our vision until we become as doctrinaire as the utopians holding aloft democracy or national prestige as goals in and of themselves.

We must keep a godly perspective striving always to remember we are sinners saved by God’s unearned grace and so avoid becoming the Pharisees who drive people away from God.  There is a band named Casting Crowns.  Their lyrics touch me in the spirit, and I believe they express the situation that we believers find ourselves in when we try to be that light instead of reveal that light:

Jesus, friend of sinners, we have strayed so far away
We cut down people in your name but the sword was never ours to swing
Jesus, friend of sinners, the truth’s become so hard to see
The world is on their way to You but they’re tripping over me
Always looking around but never looking up I’m so double minded
A plank eyed saint with dirty hands and a heart divided

Jesus, friend of sinners, the one who’s writing in the sand
Made the righteous turn away and the stones fall from their hands
Help us to remember we are all the least of these
Let the memory of Your mercy bring Your people to their knees
Nobody knows what we’re for only what we’re against when we judge the wounded
What if we put down our signs crossed over the lines and loved like You did

You love every lost cause; you reach for the outcast
For the leper and the lame; they’re the reason that You came
Lord I was that lost cause and I was the outcast
But you died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at Your feet.

Jesus said, “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness.”  He also told us to take our testimony to the world, to share with them what has happened to us.  It is as if Jesus told us to take this light (Him) to the world and we have spent two thousand years building a lamp and berating everyone who does not call the lamp the light.

Remember, we are citizens of Heaven. We are Pilgrims here, strangers in a strange land.   As Easter approaches remember “Living He loved me, dying He saved me, buried He carried my sins far away, rising He justified freely forever, one day He’s coming oh glorious day, oh glorious day”

I pray with Casting Crowns, “Oh Jesus, friend of sinners open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers let our hearts be led by mercy help us reach with open hearts and open doors oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours.”

This is the politics of Easter: vote for Jesus who has already won the war and join the winning side.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion. He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2015 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

Muslim Brotherhood in the White House: Obama Appointees Grow and Prosper in America’s Political Correctness

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New information on the Muslim Brotherhood invasion on the Obama White House. Add the article below from Gulag Bound to the realization that Obama issued no Easter greeting this year, but surely did remember and honor the Muslim Ramadan, devoted to “prayer and fasting,” which Obama says is a “festive” holiday – the month considered most holy of the Islamic year, just as Easter (Resurrection Sunday) is the most holy day for Christians (but never characterized as “festive”). There has been no Easter proclamation or statement of any kind since Obama took office in 2009.

CNS News:

Obama did not issue a statement marking Easter this year, and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked about it during a press conference on April 25.

You guys traditionally put out statements or proclamations on various religious holidays and I dont think I saw one from the president on Easter yesterday and was just wondering if theres any reason one didnt go out? a reporter asked.

Carney responded, You know, the president went to the church yesterday; it was well covered. Im not sure if we put out a statement or not, but he obviously personally celebrated Easter with his family and went to church to celebrate that, and

Another reported interjected, Wait a minute. The highest Christian holiday and you dont know if he put out a statement?

Carney responded, Im glad youre asking these key important questions, guys. The fact is, the president took his family to church in a very high-profile way to celebrate Easter. I think it was highly visible to most Americans. And he as a devoted Christian, he believes its a very important holiday for him personally, for his family and for Christians around the country.

Begin article from Gulag Bound and Noisy Room: Muslim Brotherhood in Our White House – Vetting Obama

Stated by a Muslim Liberal Democrat Marxist who worked and campaigned for Barack Obama:

“I want you to focus and I hope you can talk to your families and your friends and your neighbors that when someone says that there is a penetration of Jihadi Islamists within Canadian society, do not dismiss it as some right-wing xenophobic racist rant.

Today in the White House there are three members of the Muslim Brotherhood that influence Obama’s policy.

Rashad Hussain

➥ One is Rashad Hussain of Indian origin who is the American Ambassador to the 52 nation organization of Islamic countries.

➥ Dalia Mogahed who writes his speech who comes from the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

➥ Just day before yesterday, another woman, an academic, was appointed in that circle. [Readers, I believe this is  Azizah al-Hibri, but she was appointed in June 2011. I will clarify as soon as possible. In the meantime, Azizah al-Hibri is an Obama appointee and has participated in a seminar sponsored by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), which the Muslim Brotherhood says is a “like minded” organization.]

This is happening while we sit silent and I say that as a Liberal Democrat, as someone who worked and campaigned for Barack Obama.

We have evidence in Canada of this penetration that’s going on.”

Tarek Fatah, a moderate Muslim advocate and Liberal Democrat Marxist, told an auditorium filled with thousands of Canadians at Ideacity that “the religion of Islam is being used as a tool by a fascist force.”

Americans need to know, as Tarek clearly states…

Instead of bringing victory over the fascist forces of the Muslim Brotherhood, we now recognize that their infiltration is right up to the American White House, but we can’t say that.”

“Today we are fighting another idea of Islamo-fascism that has shut our mouths and we can’t speak because we’re too scared that someone may turn around and call us a racist. And mind you, everyday as I speak, a few dozen Muslims would have been killed by now by these Jihadi’s.”

He says that he has seen his own “fellow travelers betray the cause of Social Justice and align themselves with the most horrendous fascists that you could ever meet.” The far-left has joined with radical Islamists and they are working together. Recall that Glenn Beck warned of this in January 2011 and now, from inside the Liberal Democratic movement, Tarek sees it with his own eyes and speaks out about it.

America’s government-controlled media fail to report the truth, which is why many Americans research, self-educate and become citizen journalists in order to bring you the truth. On this subject, we have previously explained that Islamism is not a religion; it is a complete system comprised of totalitarian rule over day-to-day life – political, financial, legal, social, cultural and religious – and its mission is Jihad. Tarek explains this too.

“Please understand that there is a distinction between Islam as a faith which, along with every other religion, has its own problems, and “Islamism,” which is an ideology, a political ideology, that says that Western Civilization has to be destroyed.”

“The books that are distributed at Eaton Centre and the Dundas Square clearly state by the founders of the Muslim Brotherhood that all Western countries have to be destroyed.”

Obama’s embrace of those who hate America and actively pursue the destruction of our country from within and externally has been on display for quite awhile and it’s time we see, speak and hear the truth.

Obama brought the Muslim Brotherhood into our White House; no one but Obama did this. He brought George Soros into our White House, an anti-Semite who aided the Nazi’s and a financial terrorist who is making billions off the economic misery Obama has purposely caused in our country. Many Americans fail to understand this while the media hides the truth. From corrupt dictators (e.g.inviting President Ali Bongo of Gabon to the White House) to domestic terrorists (e.g. Bill Ayers) to self-proclaimed Communist/Marxist (e.g. Van Jones), these, and many more like them, are the people Obama brings into our White House… these are his friends and associates.

Do you know people like this? Do you work with people like this? Would you appoint three Muslim Brotherhood members to the White House if you were President?

The Muslim Brotherhood creed:

“Allah is our objective, the prophet is our leader, the Koran is our law, Jihad is our way, dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”

“Jihad is our way” explicitly endorses the reinstatement of a worldwide Islamic regime.

As Tarek says, talk to your families, friends and neighbors; show them the warning from this Liberal Democrat Marxist (video below).

“Why is it happening? Because we are not speaking out. And the dangers we face… if we do not confront them today, our children will not forgive us tomorrow.”

End Original Post from Noisy Room and Gulag Bound

Dalia Mogahed has stated publicly that “the majority of women around the world associate gender justice, or justice for women, with sharia compliance. She is Obama’s Muslim Affairs Adviser and works for pollsters, Gallup as a Senior Analyst and Executive Director in the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. Read more about here.

Read more about Obama’s lack of interest in what Easter means in America here.

Linked by Terresa Monroe Hamilton @ Noisy Room: Dictator-in-Chief and Congress Collaborating to Destroy U.S.A.

Linked by Gulag Bound – Thanks Arlen!

Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook

What? No Easter Greeting

by KEITH KOFFLER on APRIL 25, 2011, 11:11 AM

Updated 8:00 pm ET

Just when I thought the current team running the White House might have used up all its allotted mistakes comes word that President Obama failed to issue either an Easter or a Good Friday greeting to the nation.

Now, let’s forget for a moment that these greetings, which presidents issue on many holidays and commemorations of events, are largely perfunctory and symbolic gestures that nobody cares about.

Until there’s a problem with them.

Fox News first caught the blunder and put it into context that makes the omission insulting to Christians. The mistake is odd enough to call into question just what Obama’s priorities are.

 

By comparison, the White House has released statements recognizing the observance of major Muslim holidays and released statements in 2010 on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha.

The White House  . . . did release an eight-paragraph statement heralding Earth Day. Likewise, the president’s weekend address mentioned neither Good Friday or Easter.*

Obama, Fox notes, did head out to church yesterday and held an Easter prayer breakfast at the White House last week.

Obama is on a roll for religious holiday greeting screw ups. Fox News writes:

In 2010, Obama was criticized for releasing an all-inclusive Easter greeting. He reached out to Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and people of no faith at all in a statement about a holiday that is uniquely Christian.

And as I noted last week, the president released a Passover greeting this month that compared the ancient Jewish exodus from Egypt to the Arab political awakening this year, which would be a beautiful thing if most Arabs didn’t seek Israel’s destruction.

The president is, of course, hosting the Easter Egg Roll at the White House today. But Easter isn’t really about rolling eggs on a manicured lawn, now is it?

UPDATE: Asked during this afternoon’s briefing about the issue, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney suggested Obama’s “high profile” visit to a church Sunday should suffice.

“I’m not sure if we put out a statement or not, but he obviously personally celebrated Easter with his family,” Carney said, adding ”the president took his family out to church in a very high-profile way.”

Carney added that Obama is a “devoted Christian.”