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Black Mob Violence: Plight of the Black Family

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In an era that was supposed to be ‘post-racial’ with the election of Barack Obama, black mob violence is on the rise.

Commenting on Thomas Sowell’s fear of a race war, Tea Party favorite [Allen] “West asked: ‘Are we on the verge of war?’ He answered, ‘I hope not, but just this past week in Brooklyn a white couple was attacked, dragged from their car and beaten by a black mob.’ West also pointed to the fatal beating of 86-year old World War II veteran Delbert Benton in Spokane, Wash., by two black males last month. Just two days ago in the Boston area, he noted,  a 24-year-old white female teacher was brutally killed by a 14-year-old black male. ‘Earlier this year, in my home state of Georgia, two teenage black males shot a baby in the face, after shooting the mother.’ ”

The mainstream media has shied away from such atrocities, and, when they do engage, the identity of the suspects is often left out so as not to ‘offend’ anyone. The reality of  black mobs does not appear to be going away, and much of it can be traced back to the devastation caused by unBiblical liberal policies that have destroyed the black community. President Johnson’s Great Society and a whole slew of other ‘social justice’ legislation has decimated black families resulting in exponential crime rates.  As the violence has increased,  it has now spilled over into other sectors of society.  Some esteemed black leaders have been raising the red flag for quite a while, but others ignore it or sweep it under the rug.

How then do we respond to this growing crisis as Christians?

The first thing we must acknowledge is that murder is evil, and it must be met with the death penalty.

” ‘And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man.

6 ‘Whoever sheds the blood of man,
by man shall his blood be shed,
for God made man in his own image.’ ”

Genesis 9:5-6 (ESV)

We cannot simply pass over this Biblical mandate to execute murderers. Because we have taken this command so lightly, we have done nothing but encourage such behavior in all sectors of America with black mob murder rates taking the cake.

Secondly, we must fight against socialist policies that encourage government dependency instead of reliance upon the LORD and His benevolence, which is especially fleshed out via the family and the Church. Rulers are called to bow before Him, and we are to take refuge in Him and no other for our daily needs.

10″Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord withfear,
andrejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”

Psalm 2:10-12 (ESV)

As for the government’s role, it is not designed or called to implement endless programs that destroy families and minimize the Church. On the contrary, it exists to punish the evil doer, the very thing that it is not doing today. I can personally affirm that it is immensely frustrating for those in law enforcement to work hard in catching and building a legitimate case against the wicked just to have them let off the hook with a light sentence.

“1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, forhe is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.”

Romans 13:1-7 (ESV)

Finally, let us stand with those within the black community who condemn this violence and call out those who refuse to deal with the situation. In a time of great need, we must encourage and affirm our black brothers and sisters when they are called any slew of names for attempting to fight this great ungodliness. We cannot back down from this issue because of what is at stake, especially the souls of those who partake in this evil, many of whom were born into it. Even so, victim hood is certainly not an excuse, for all are conceived in iniquity. Rather, we must confront these would be criminals before they plunge into the depths of this sinful abyss and call them to repentance. From beginning to end, the gospel is the only solution to this problem.

“6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”

Romans 5:6-11 (ESV)

Ranching Devastation: Responding to Loss

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A massive early winter storm has crippled the cattle ranches in South Dakota, with losses of 100,000 cattle. With each mature cow going for around $1500, one can only imagine the long term impact this will have. It is a stark reminder that we live in a fallen world where catastrophe can come in the blink of an eye. The ultimate question is how will we Biblically respond to such crises in our own lives when they come?

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Job immediately comes to mind when great calamity is pressed upon us. We refer back to Job time and again because his loss was immense.

13 Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house,
14 and there came a messenger to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them,
15 and the Sabeans fell upon them and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
16 While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
17 While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “The Chaldeans formed three groups and made a raid on the camels and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
18 While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house,
19 and behold, a great wind came across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young people, and they are dead, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” (Job 1:13-17 ESV)

We weep with Job, yet we are also encouraged by his incredible faithfulness.

20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped.
21 And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”
22 In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong. (Job 1:20-22 ESV)

Even so, Job still had room to grow, for the pressures of his trial forced out the question we all have retreated to at some time or another. Why? God did not answer the way Job wanted. Rather, He exerts His authority over all of creation, and Job is further humbled. He then repents in dust and ashes.

1 Then Job answered the LORD and said:
2 “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
3 ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
4 ‘Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.’
5 I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you;
6 therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:1-6 ESV)

This account is not yet over, for the Sovereign God restores Job.

10 And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
11 Then came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and ate bread with him in his house. And they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him. And each of them gave him a piece of money and a ring of gold.
12 And the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. And he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.
13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.
14 And he called the name of the first daughter Jemimah, and the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Keren-happuch.
15 And in all the land there were no women so beautiful as Job’s daughters. And their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers.
16 And after this Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, four generations.
17 And Job died, an old man, and full of days. (Job 42:10-17 ESV)

Some will argue that things don’t always turn out so well for the elect of God. After all, Abel was murdered in the beginning and the great Bible translator William Tyndale was strangled and burned. This is where I delight to expose the critic and blasphemer, for our Lord was crucified but rose in great glory. Likewise, all of His beloved sheep who have died are present with him now and will soon enjoy a glorified body that surpasses all of our expectations.

Therefore, when we are trying to encourage those who are going through a great loss, let us weep with them as they seek to recover from such a crisis. Might we be used of God to help those poor souls heal by increasing our service to them while leaving out all of the cheap platitudes. This will require humbling ourselves and giving up our daily comforts for a season, but many deep long-term relationships are forged in the furnace of tribulation.

May our Great Comforter, The Holy Spirit, pour forth His encouragement and conviction upon us in such times. To look elsewhere for solace is idolatry and only leads to guilt and despair.

Big Government vs. Grand Canyon

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The government shutdown/slimdown/reduction is really starting to show how over-bloated our system really is. From the closing of the WWII Veteran’s Memorial (that was always open 24/7 unmanned to begin with) and the many national parks that have been barricaded, Big Brother has shown just how fat he really is. The Grand Canyon, because it is a national park, is no exception.

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Fox News reports, “With the partial suspension of U.S. government services showing no signs of ending, tourists will continue to be turned away from the Grand Canyon, despite a push by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and local businesses to reopen the state’s signature national park.

Brewer wants the iconic park reopened and has offered to pay for it with state money, but her proposal was rejected Thursday by a park official who said that as long as the federal government remains shut down, such a plan isn’t an option.

“I appreciate the support and I thanked them for the offer, but it’s not an offer we can accept,” said park superintendent Dave Uberuaga.”

This really is maddening because money is there, but it is not from the ‘right’ source shall we say, and the power of that one superintendent should send chills down our spines.  Private vendors and state governments: Get Lost!  If Big Uncle Sam isn’t redistributing and redirecting the money, then it just can’t be done. One can only imagine how much money is lost in the shuffling of the money itself from workers to equipment and everything else in between.

It’s ironic because in the not too distant past explorers would venture into a hostile Grand Canyon unabated by government bureaucrats, yet today we are told that it would be impossible for us to go there without supervision. How far we have come as a nation: we can’t shore up the Mexican border, but we can blockade the Grand Canyon!

The political and economic nonsense that has put our national parks on lock down is just the tip of the ice-berg. When a nation has become so dependent on government for everything, then it is doomed to live in such a bizarre situation. As we depart from Biblical ideals, then this kind of morass will become more common and even expected. However, if we repent of our government dependency and seek the Lord as our governing authority, then we will embark on a journey that will usher in an era of great freedom and self-regulation.

May God grant us the grace to see that happen.