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A Church Torn Apart: the United Methodist Church Makes a Seminal Decision Friday, & Many People are Very Upset

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The United Methodist Church is a mess.

Factions within are warring; but the latest move signals a conservative trajectory.

On Friday, the United Methodist Church came to a decision: It will uphold major components of its recent plan bolstering bans on same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBT pastors.

The track adopted by the UMC in February — known as the Traditional Plan — states in part that bishops are disallowed from ordaining “self-avowed homosexuals” (see my coverage here). Also, ministers presiding over gay weddings could be suspended without pay. A second offense would mean they get the ol’ heave-ho out of the UMC ship. SPLASH!

But a buncha modern ‘Merican Methodists say the Traditional Plan is goin’ overboard — why be so crappy to the L, the G, the B, and the T? Three of those letters comprise the best sandwich known to man, and who wants to be mean to G?

Hence, one group’s call for an upsurge in defiance. Under the heading “Rise & Resist,” here’s what Reconciling Ministries Network’s website has to say:

We are a network of over 40,000 Reconciling United Methodists and over 1,000 Reconciling Churches and Communities. Dozens of statements, open letters, and bold refutations of GC2019’s shameful decisions have emerged from the people, communities, and churches of the Reconciling movement across the connection. Since GC2019, this people who call themselves Reconciling have borne witness for justice in media outlets, performed same-gender weddings, organized gatherings, and continued in faithful ministry as called by their Creator.

We are not only working on what is to come, but we are already living it. Justice movements within our Church can no longer seek justice by compromise. To do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God require us to rise and resist.

They have good reason to be emboldened: The Traditional Plan was adopted by a vote of 438-384. However, most U.S. delegates preferred an alternate system favorable of homosexuality. Traditionalists won due to votes coming from delegates based in Africa and the Phillipines.

Friday’s decision — by a nine-member panel — did actually rule a few aspects of the plan impermissible under church law; but the bulk was stamped A-Okay.

The impending solution to inner turmoil seems to be a parting of ways.

As reported by ABC News:

The Rev. Tom Lambrecht, general manager of the conservative Methodist magazine Good News, hailed the council’s ruling as a “strong affirmation” of the Traditional Plan’s core elements.

He suggested that Methodists opposed to the plan should start negotiating to leave the UMC and form a new denomination that would allow them to adopt LGBT-inclusive policies.

And there’s also this:

Opponents of the Traditional Plan will have a chance to overturn it at the UMC’s next general conference in May 2020. But Lambrecht said he agreed with other analysts who predict the UMC’s conservative bloc will be even stronger then.

Some averse to the plan — forming the coterie “UMC-Next” — have been holding meetings to discuss their next move. A contingent within even suggests staking claim to the UMC and forcing out the traditionalists.

As the battle rages, some churches are raising flags in defiance (see more of the turmoil courtesy of RedState’s Mike Ford).

And the Reconciling Ministries Network is demanding outright repentance:

“We call upon the Church to repent of the sin of homophobia.”

Christian readers: What do you think?

Member of the UMC: What do you foresee becoming of the 12+ million-member denomination? To quote a great Jack Nicholson movie, something’s gotta give.

I look forward to hearing from you in the Comments section.

-Alex

 

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Water Cooler 4/27/2018 – Open Thread – Sports Videos

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No NFL draft news from me; just some other sports-related things.

Remember the Rams-Saints crap non-call?
Gotta love Drew Brees….

Remember the Rams-Saints crap non-call? Part Deux
Now we have the next closest thing in the NHL playoffs. The refs did not signal a penalty when this happened, but based on the result they figured Eakin had to cross-check Pavelski in the face. But he didn’t.

Vegas was cruising with a 3-0 lead in game 7 with 10 minutes left. San Jose scored FOUR goals during the five-minute major penalty and won in overtime after Vegas tied it up. The NHL later agreed it was a bad call. One of the Sharks even mentioned the Saints after the game.

Do we wish the GOP dealt with the press like this?
There are a ton of these from hockey interviews. I’m sure there are some from other sports as well, but these are great.

Any of you ever play soccer?
If not you won’t appreciate this. Check out the slo-mo from behind near the end of this video. Eriksen nails this shot 25+ yards before it skips past the goalie. It only makes maybe one-third of a rotation along the way. Beautiful – shots like that look like knuckle balls in baseball. It takes amazing talent and touch to do this.
http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=3832876

Welcome to RedState’s only daily open thread! Enjoy!

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More Dispatches From the Democratic 2020 Clown Car

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Warning: This is intended to be satirical and farcical while retaining shreds of truth.

Candidate and everybody’s favorite socialist Bernie Sanders made some news when he started a hunger strike in the Senate cafeteria.  Among his demands, he wants the food to be redistributed on a more equitable basis and he wants more soft food like cream corn, Jello-O and a larger selection of pudding.

Joe Biden soundly dismissed rumors that he was considering asking Stacey Abrams of Georgia to be his running mate.  Said the former Vice President, “I’m sure she’s qualified…it’s  that stuff colored gals use in their hair…it just smells bad.”

After the first quarter fundraising figures were announced, Elizabeth Warren, who was far back in the pack, was spotted at the homes of several Hollywood producers trying to trade bushels of maize and beaver pelts for donations.  She did receive a promise from director Steven Spielberg for a large donation in exchange for a pair of badger skin moccasins.

Speaking of Stacy Abrams, we can now safely say that thanks to the work of the Georgia State Police, she has been returned to the Mayfair Dairy Farm in Marietta.  Abrams was spotted after a local resident noticed Abrams  grazing in the nearby field looked like the picture stapled to the lamp post.  The anonymous source immediately called police, Abrams was surrounded by a SWAT team, and escorted back to the farm.

John Hicklenhooper…

The Supreme Court ruled quickly on the case of Cyborg K-2000 (or RGB).  In an 8-1 decision and show of unusual bipartisan consensus, the Court ruled to remove Ginsburg from the bench.  The lone dissenter was Cyborg K-2000 itself who refused to recuse itself.  John Roberts accepted its refusal to recuse citing long-standing Court protocols in order to preserve the integrity of the Court.

Hillary Clinton sounded as if she was open to another run for president in 2020.  At a sold out “Evening with the Clintons” event at the Coon Rapids, Iowa Public Library, the 6 people in attendance asked a series of questions of the Clintons.  Mayor Jeff Anthofer said the event would have drawn more people, but not too many could afford the $25,000 price of admission.

Several 2020 Democratic candidates showed up at the annual Democratic Youth Forum held in the gymnasium of the Port Morris School in the Bronx.  A select group of students from Mrs. Wakefield’s kindergarten class asked probing questions such as “What is your favorite fruit?,” “What is your favorite color?,” and “What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?”  For the record, vanilla ice cream won the day prompting a joint news conference by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar to denounce vanilla citing this was proof that the country does not support people of color.  Note:  CNN has hired the kindergarten panel to moderate the first Democratic debate.

Jim Acosta’s candidacy was short-lived after FBI agents conducted a pre-dawn raid on his home.  He is scheduled to appear before a DC judge later in the week facing one count of failing to register as a foreign agent of Russia, 3 counts of lying to investigators, and 427 counts of impersonating a journalist.  A CNN news crew caught the scene on camera as armed agents entered his home in full SWAT gear and automatic weapons drawn.  An unsuspecting Acosta was caught off-guard and appeared to throw a bowl of oatmeal at one FBI agent.

Jay Inslee made an appearance in Virginia where he again railed against climate change.  Said the governor from Washington:

The bad effects of global warming are happening right now and this administration is too blind to see it.  Look around you.  Already the trees are growing green things. There are these many colored…can I say that?…things coming from the ground.  We can’t afford to wait any longer.  They said we have only 12 years to address the problem.  Well, I’m here today to tell you we have only about one month…

And finally, DNC president Thomas Perez had a sit-down with O’Rourke after O’Rourke again managed to stab yet another audience member at a luncheonette in Greenville, South Carolina in the forehead with a fork.  The unfortunate patron who said all they wanted was to enjoy their BLT was treated at a local hospital, but will have a four-pronged scar in his forehead.  After the meeting, Perez announced that O’Rourke provided proof that he suffered from Restless Arm Syndrome and would consult late night television and Pandora music streaming for possible medical cures.

 

 

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Harvey Weinstein’s Court Date Gets Set, & the Charges Are Serious. Will the Media Continue Their Firestorm, or Did They Never Really Care?

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How ’bout a little Harvey Weinstein news?

Have you missed him? He likely hasn’t missed you: There was a time when he surely would’ve climbed a tree to escape the overwhelming attention.

Can you imagine being Harvey in late 2017/early 2018? 

You hate the idea? #MeToo.

Fortunately for him, time and the news cycle moved on. Unfortunate: He’s now scheduled to stand trial in September, for rape and sexual assault

The original trial date was three weeks earlier, but Judge James Burke set it back.

As reported by ABC News, jury selection should last a couple weeks and the trial should go on for a month.

Judge Burke’s been left with the decision of whether to allow women in addition to the two whose accusations comprise the case to testify. He’s purportedly come to a conclusion, but he ain’t lettin’ the cat outta the bag.

At the request of both defense and prosecution — and in the interest of an impartial jury — the judge has ordered the courtroom sealed for the entirety of the proceedings.

From ABC:

The defense said the damage of unsubstantiated allegations should be kept from an insatiable media.

One person who presumably wouldn’t mind testifying is Ashley Judd. The actress seems none too averse to the spotlight (see here). Surely she’d love to get in on that.

Is the media fully done with Harvey? Will September see a revival of his front page status? If they were intently virtuous in breaking their necks to put him centerstage before, they should be willing to follow through during the trial. Or was it all baloney, and nobody really cared in the first place? Was it all about ratings via flavor of the month? We shall see. If I had to guess, I’d lean toward the latter. What do you think?

Please see more of the ramp-up to the manster’s impending courtroom confrontation here and here.

-Alex

 

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With a Massive Runtime Now You Can Schedule Your Avengers: Endgame Bathroom Break!

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Fear Not! You won’t miss a crucial battle with this bathroom exit strategy!

With all of the movie world focused on the latest, and largest, comic book release from Marvel all attention is in one direction this weekend. With so much at stake on-screen fans will not want to miss a single vital moment. But what to do if – horrors! – your bladder is not up to the heroic task of dealing with the villainous incursion of a 64 oz. souvenir soda?! Relax true believers, because RunPee is just the cinematic sidekick to guide you to when the best bathroom break will be.

Serving as the culmination of the current storyline phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (dubbed The Infinity Saga) today’s release of “Avengers: Endgame” promises to be immense on many levels. It is the most expanded storyline, and it is expected to set numerous box office records this weekend. It has already set the record for preview screenings, drawing $60 million last night in limited engagements.

The film is also being released on an all-time record amount of screens — 4,662. Many of the theater chains will be showing the epic on multiple screens. Part of the reasoning behind such a saturation in the marketplace is to compensate for the fact that the film clocks in at nearly three hours. The main film has a run time of 2:48:56, with the additional character farewell credits stretching things to 2:53:17, and then the full run of all the technical credits (and any post-credits scenes) culminating at 3:00:57.

Considering this run time, and then post projection theater cleanup, you are looking at theaters being occupied for double the average amount for an average studio release. The extra screens are therefore needed to not only meet the demand of the fans more to mitigate the viewing time per purchased ticket. As for the fans with a need to decamp to their porcelain lair during the film the RunPee app is just the antidote.

The RunPee app and website are here to ensure you will not be left out of any crucial moments. The app will calculate the best moment plot-wise for you to dart from the shadows, alerting to when there is a lull in the narrative and the action. More than that, it will also provide a brief, spoiler-free synopsis of what you missed during your micturating sojourn.

So relax fans and fanboys, and buy that massive character emblazoned soft drink container that is large enough to have an undertow. If your kidneys are not up to the challenge RunPee has your six during the “Endgame”!

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Evil Twins: Tyrannical Thanos and the Totalitarian Green New Deal

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By Lennie Jarratt and Chris Talgo

In Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos, the Mad Titan, certainly has a warped sense of environmental sustainability. His plan to save the galaxy from pending environmental doom is predicated upon eliminating roughly half of the universe’s population. Warning: spoiler alert. Thanos successfully implements his plan by gaining complete power over time, space, minds, souls, and reality.

Astonishingly, proponents of Rep.Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) Green New Deal have an eerily similar strategy for environmental sustainability. Apparently, they have watched Infinity War a few too many times. Like Thanos, Ocasio-Cortez and her minions crave unfettered power so they can implement their ludicrous sustainability plan, which would include a government takeover of health care, the end of air travel, the mass slaughter of cows because cow flatulence contains methane, the termination of all fossil fuel use in 10 years, the upgrade of every single building in the nation, and a universal basic income—even for those unwilling to work.

Ocasio-Cortez and her cadre of climate militants are more focused on moral superiority than on science, facts, and economic theory. They ardently believe they can predict the future climate, marketing their “solution” as the only way to avoid environmental apocalypse. Anyone who questions their solution is automatically labeled a denier—someone out to destroy the world.

Just consider some of the crazy claims the so-called climate change clairvoyant has spouted recently. In January, Ocasio-Cortez said “the world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.” Of course, Ocasio-Cortez failed to provide one smidgen of evidence to support this utterly outrageous proclamation.

Shortly after this absurd statement, she compared her self-declared war against climate change to World War II—the most destructive war in human history, in which more than 100 million people lost their lives. According to Ocasio-Cortez, “This is the war—this is our World War II.” For Ocasio-Cortez and her eco-warriors to equate the supposed evil menace of climate change with the actual evil menace posed by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan is not only insulting to the brave soldiers who died in battle—it is also flat-out historically ignorant.

Whereas Thanos uses infinity stones to control his victims, climate change zealots such as Ocasio-Cortez and her acolytes have infiltrated the public school system, higher education, and the media in their attempt to indoctrinate the American public on the supposed environmental doomsday looming just around the corner.

Ocasio-Cortez is all too willing to abuse her position in government to gain power over people’s very lives (and souls). She and her fearmongering forbearers (Vice President Al Gore) have pushed their crazy ideology over many years, hoping they reach a point where their insane environmental positions no longer remain in the shadows. Of course, if they had their own infinity gauntlet, they’d certainly use it.

Their endgame is clear: gain power, destroy capitalism, and replace it with socialism. Just as Thanos didn’t care how many worlds he destroyed or how many people he killed, the Green New Deal zealots will try to implement their ideology regardless of how much it costs or how many people (and cows) will suffer and even die because of it.

No matter what they call their attempt to gain unencumbered power—the Green New Deal, socialism, or democratic socialism—it is dictatorial and totalitarian in nature. Some Americans may submit, while others may even aid and abet the eco-zealots in their attempt to seize total power.

However, it is much more likely most Americans will defy this ridiculous power grab. Totalitarianism is the only way their ideology can be implemented. We cannot wait to avenge this destruction. We must stop this dictatorial socialism before it gains traction.

Lennie Jarratt (ljarratt@heartland.org) is a state government relations manager at The Heartland Institute. Chris Talgo (ctalgo@heartland.org) is an assistant editor at The Heartland Institute.

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Kansas Supreme Court legalizes Partial Birth Abortion

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In a 6-1 decision today, the Supreme Court of Kansas dealt a blow to the rights of the unborn by striking down a 2015 law that banned “dilation and evacuation” abortions, also known as partial birth abortions.  These procedures are so abhorent, grisly and nauseating that they are the only abortion actually banned by federal law.  The decision is based on the state’s constitution granting rights to women (which it explicitly does), and the court then extrapolating these rights to include rights to “personal autonomy” and “family planning”.  Obviously, this is some creative judicial activism, as Article XV, Section 6 of the state’s constitution, detailing the rights of women in the state, does not include these.  Here are some pertinent facts.

  1.  As noted above, it appears that all the abortions legalized under Kansas law are still a federal crime, via the Partial Birth Abortion Ban of 2003.  So technically, it’s not clear whether any new abortions have been legalized.  However, to the extent that the feds do not enforce the PBAB, more may occur.
  2. This appears to set a very bad precedent, as it opens up the way for the abortion movement to challenge legal restrictions under state constitutions, which are not reviewable by the federal courts.  If they can win in Kansas, it’s plausible they can win in many more red states.
  3. Kansas selects its state supreme court via the “Missouri Plan“, as do 16 other states.  Personally, I hate this method, and I have for much longer than this decision has been issued.  It essentially gives half the composition of the court to the legal profession, by way of the state bar association.  Not only do bar associations tend to be very liberal, they are also entirely unaccountable to the people.  This method completely immunizes half the state judiciary from popular expression in any way.  This is much more elitist than our federal system, which gives lifetime appointment by the elected branches.  The federal system at least reflects popular sentiment, just with a very long time lag.

There’s not that much more I can say about this, other than that it’s very sad, and it will make the pro-life task much harder.  Not only do we need to win federal elections and in federal courts now, we also need to amend several state constitutions to change the method of their judiciary selection.  It’s going to be a heavy lift.  So it’s a setback, but as always, we take courage and pray.

 

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The “Justice Democrats”: An Organization of Fools

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I had not paid much attention to the so-called “Justice Democrats,” until this morning, when I saw that they had come out strongly against the just-announced presidential campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden. Mr Biden is a bad candidate, whose only claim to fame might be that he might, might! be the least bad of the Democratic contenders.

So, I decided to do a little research, and the first thing I found about the Justice Democrats was their website logo:

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On the right hand side of their logo are four new members of Congress, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY 14th), Representative Ayanna Pressley Harris (D-MA 7th), Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI 13th) and Representative Ilhan Omar Hirsi (D-MN 5th).¹ All are ‘women of color,’ telling us that only women of color matter to the Justice Democrats. All are anti-Semitic; while Mrs Hirsi has been the most openly anti-Senitic, the other three leaped to her defense when the resolution condemning anti-Semitism was announced. All four have been very aggressively anti-Israel, supporting the Palestinians.

The vision of the Justice Democrats is inherently racist. In a blurb on their home page, they say:

We recruited and helped Alexandria pull off one of the biggest upsets in American history. But the top of the Democratic Party is still disproportionately wealthier, whiter, and more male than the base.

Now it’s time for more leaders in the Democratic Party who don’t just represent corporate donors, but the voters of the Democratic Party: women, people of color, young people, and working-class people of all backgrounds to help build our progressive movement.

Only one visibly white male, who happens to also be Hispanic, is pictured on their home page, in a montage of seven people. We know what they mean. Nor are there any white women pictured; the people pictured are the four congresswomen shown above, plus Representative Rohit Khanna (D-CA 17th), Representative Pramila Jayapal Williamson (D-WA 7th), and Representative Raúl Manuel Grijalva (D-AZ 3rd).

Justice Democrats support all kinds of whacko-leftist things. Their Issues page reads like a laundry list of ‘progressive demands, including reparations:

We support a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate the generational harms caused by slavery and Jim Crow and propose remedies.

They wish to ‘reform’ the police, to enable petty criminals to escape and specifically oppose “broken windows” policing, a policy in which, where actually used — certainly something that hasn’t happened in Philadelphia — the small-time criminals are apprehended and punished before they become big-time hoodlums. They advocate restrictions on our Second Amendment rights, and support a ‘federal jobs guarantee’ for ‘anyone who wants to work.’² Naturally, they want to legalize marijuana and abolish immigration restrictions.

What does ‘justice’ mean for the Justice Democrats? They don’t say so, explicitly, but it doesn’t take much reading behind the lines to figure it out: they want to take from those who have worked hard and made it in our economy and give it to those who have not.

The Justice Democrats, the Democratic Socialists of America, and ‘progressives’ in general seem to see a vaguely-defined socialism as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her $3,500 photo shoot suit, a socialism in which everyone will be prosperous. They seem wholly unable to see socialism for what it actually has been in the history of the world, in a devastated and failed Soviet Union, in the impoverishment of North Korea and Venezuela today. North Korea had the same resources, the same people and the same culture as South Korea, yet the South’s capitalism has led to a very prosperous society while the Communist North has been unable to provide even a decent diet for its subjects.  Though ethnically the same — the Korean peninsula has seen very little immigration — North Koreans are physically shorter than their brothers in the South, and “we now see a situation where the average South Korean woman is approaching the height of the average North Korean man.”

In Venezuela, roughly 7% of the total population have fled the country, preventable diseases, including polio, have returned, and even the soldiers on whom Nicolas Maduro depends to retain dictatorial power are going hungry.

That the Justice Democrats are all in for gun control seems appropriate; Hugo Chavez banned the private ownership of firearms in 2012, leaving the people disarmed in the face of the military enforcing President Maduro’s misrule.

Only a fool would think that the same socialist ideas which have brought poverty everywhere they’ve been tried — and the People’s Republic of China avoided it only by becoming functionally capitalist — would somehow lead to prosperity in the United States.  But that’s what the Justice Democrats are: fools.
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² – Something I could support if it included an end to welfare for those who do not want to work.
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The Ambassador Comes to Call

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When my wife and I were students at Regent University working on our doctorates we often had gatherings at our large Victorian home in South Norfolk. I’ll never forget when a man from Africa attended for the first time. He arrived with several of our usual guests and was a very engaging and likable person, “A hale fellow well met,” as he would’ve said in his elegant British accent.

As always we sat around our big table in the large kitchen talking, laughing, and sharing what the Lord was doing in our lives. After a few hours our new friend received a call and told us he was sorry but pressing business required his immediate attention. The people he’d come with offered to drive him home but he said, “No worries, I’ll call my driver.”

We went back to visiting until we were interrupted by a knock on the front door. You can imagine my surprise when I opened the door and there stood a tall man in a chauffeur’s uniform. Over his shoulder I could see one of the longest limos I’d ever seen with pennant flags of black, red, and green flying from the front fenders. I asked the man in and went back to the kitchen to alert our new friend that his ride was here. On the way back I asked him, “What do you do?”

He answered, “I’m the Ambassador from Kenya.”

You can imagine my surprise. There were some heavy hitters in that program; CEO’s for large corporations, command grade military officers, and pastors from some remarkable churches. However this made me think, “An ambassador was among us and we didn’t even know it.”

Since then I’ve thought, “Ambassadors are sent to represent the interests of another. If they don’t make this aspect of their presence known how can they fulfill their mandate?” And, “Every believer is called to be an Ambassador for Christ. How many of His ambassadors walk through this world and no one even knows this aspect of our presence?”

Sad to say the world is filled with undercover Christians. For most of us it’s a relevant question to ask, “If we were indicted for being a Christian is there enough evidence to convict?” Or would the charge be dropped with prejudice, which means it was dropped for a lack of evidence.

God’s Word is specific about this responsibility, “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

Or to put it another way, “Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.”

So many people say the Bible is filled with vague mysterious sayings open to almost any interpretation, like the I Ching or Tarot Cards but this operator’s manual for life on Earth gives us direct and real-time directions. Those of us who have confessed Jesus as our Commander-in-Chief and who believe that God raised Him from the dead are his twice-born children. As such these instructions apply directly to us.
We’re called to be Ambassadors for Christ. We’re called to share the message of his life, death, and resurrection and all that it means. As so often is the case the words of an old hymn sung for generations delivers the good news.

One day when heaven was filled with His praises, one day when sin was as black as could be, Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin He dwelt among men, my example is He!

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—O glorious day!

One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain, one day they nailed Him to die on the tree; suffering anguish, despised and rejected; bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He.

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer, one day the stone rolled away from the door; then He arose, over death He had conquered; now is ascended, my Lord evermore.

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming, one day the skies with His glory will shine; wonderful day, my beloved ones bringing; glorious Savior, this Jesus is mine!

Which all adds up to our ambassadorial message, the one we’ve all been born-again to share: 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—O glorious day!

Or, as one more contemporary song puts it, “It’s not good news. It’s the best news ever.”

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion. He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2019 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

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The Odd and Twisted Logic of Village Idiot Robert Mueller

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Although the infamous Mueller report found that the Trump campaign, transition and administration did not collude, conspire or do any other nefarious act with Russians to affect the 2016 election, the Mueller report is nevertheless being used for another purpose.  The gist of that “other purpose” is to saddle the Trump administration with yet another prolonged series of accusations of obstruction of justice.  The federal statute for obstruction of justice is pretty clear.  It delineates, for example, several instances that are actionable: assault on an officer, influencing an investigating officer, refusing extradition, bribery, jury tampering, etc.  Of course, you will not find a single one of these offenses in the Mueller report.

What you will find is Mueller’s bending of the law to fit his final narrative: they did nothing wrong, but I refuse to exonerate them.  According to St. Mueller, a president can now be guilty of obstruction of justice for simply exercising his presidential powers if he does so with “an intent to obtain an improper advantage for himself or someone else, inconsistent with official duty and the rights of others.”  Seriously- I’ve read the pertinent statute and I’ve re-read Article II of the Constitution and nowhere do I find such twisted ideas.

The investigation found no collusion and no related crime.  That was his original mandate.  So what was it exactly Trump was obstructing the administration of justice of?  You won’t find words like “perjury,” or “destroying evidence,” nor will you find “accepting a cash bribe.”  Perhaps the closest one can come is silence payments to a porn star, but porking a porn star and paying her to shut up is not a crime.

The report states: “An improper motive can render an actor’s conduct criminal even when the conduct would otherwise be lawful and within the actor’s authority.”  Except the “actor” here is the President who derives his authority from the Constitution.  If we follow through on Mueller’s “logic,” then every president can be scrutinized and investigated for anything they do within their constitutional powers.  He is insinuating that courts and Congress can probe the President’s state of mind for just about any action taken.  Want to order a drone strike on some terrorist in Yemen?  Investigate the motives.  Want to fire an Executive Branch secretary?  Investigate.  And the list can go on.

Imagine if this new standard was applied retroactively to say about 1992-2000.  For example, Susan McDougal, a Clinton crony in Arkansas was tried and convicted for fraud and conspiracy.  She sat in jail for 18 months on a contempt conviction.  Yet, Clinton pardoned her.  Why?  He certainly has the Article II power to pardon convicted criminals- it is lawful and within his authority.  But, what was his motive?

What was Clinton’s motives in selling ballistic missile guidance technology to China?  After all, his State, Defense and Justice Departments vehemently opposed the sale.  There are other instances of Clinton, Bush II, and Obama making decisions that are clearly lawful and within their constitutional authority, but under the Mueller doctrine of obstruction of justice, should there be an investigation into any these decisions, it is the President’s state of mind that counts, not the letter of the law, nor the Constitution.

If- and it is a huge hypothetical if- there was “obstruction of justice,” it was the most transparent and public obstruction in the history of the legal system.  Notice that all those other actions- suborning perjury, bribery, jury tampering, etc.- are all rather private acts.  Conversely, all the alleged “motive questionable” acts by Trump were public and amounted to nothing more than expressing an opinion in defense of himself- a defense the Mueller report agrees with: neither Trump nor anyone in his administration or campaign conspired with Russians to do anything.

Perhaps, Trump’s biggest pitfall was his mouth and Twitter.  In that infamous interview when he explained the Comey firing- an action clearly legal and within his constitutional authority- he went too far when he mentioned the FBI’s handling of the Russia collusion hoax.  In hindsight and among the more rational here, we knew the idea was preposterous, lacking in evidence, not to mention logic. In the end, Trump is actually proven correct: the FBI DID mishandle the hoax from the start going back to the Steele dossier, FISA warrants, and counterintelligence operations.  Regardless, if he had stopped in that interview and blamed Comey for mishandling the Clinton email server investigation, the main complaint regarding “obstruction-” the Comey firing- would be a huge NOTHING.

Perhaps the most egregious of the Clinton pardons was that of Marc Rich.  The tax cheat who owed the government $48 million, fraudster, and international fugitive who happened to be a friend of and donor to Clinton happened to have that pardon actually investigated.  That investigation did not go into Clinton’s motives because the Mueller theory was a figment of Mueller’s imagination in 2019.  In fact, that investigation determined that Clinton was within his legal and constitutional authority to grant the pardon and there was not even talk of “motive.”

Take one guess who headed that investigation and made that determination.  If you guessed James Comey, pat yourself on the back because you just answered the $48,000,000 question.

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