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THE BODY OF CHRIST, DIVIDED OVER A PIECE OF CLOTH
Over the last few days, an opinion piece written by Kathy Ross in a newspaper from Waynesville, NC began circulating on my social media newsfeed. The article, titled “Why Christians Should be Wearing Masks,” appeared numerous times on Facebook, being shared by folks from my hometown – particularly, folks from my church back home. Before you continue reading here, I would ask that you please read the piece by Ross by clicking on the title in the previous sentence. I want you as the reader to have both the context for what I am going to say and the knowledge of Ross’s opinions on the issue.
I understand that masks are a highly politicized, disputed point of contention within our country at this point in time. One side calls for “protecting your neighbor” by wearing a mask at all times while the other side calls for “protecting our freedom” by ditching the masks as a form of silent protest and civil disobedience. It appears that the body of Christ is just as conflicted and polarized by this little piece of cloth as the national population is. Those on each side of the debate within the church are bullying each other, and it is unreasonable and uncalled for by both sides. In light of this piece by Ross, I would like to discuss why I believe Christians should stop bullying other Christians into wearing masks.
ROSS'S 5 REASONS WHY CHRISTIANS SHOULD WEAR MASKS
In her opinion piece, Ross provided the following five reasons why Christians should wear masks.
Some of these are a real stretch.
POINTS #1 AND #3: JESUS SAID "LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR. WEAR THE MASK."
Sure, we are commanded to love our neighbors. Sure, love bears all things or “always protects.” No Christian disputes these facts. Ross, of course, cites the well-known passage about love in 1 Corinthians 13. She conveniently cherry picked the part that somewhat supported her point of view without considering one of the other clauses of this passage: Love delights in the truth.
The truth is, the verdict on masks and their actual efficacy is shoddy. There is evidence that masks can “help slow” the spread of the virus, but they do not stop the spread.
The truth is, Covid is a virus, and by definition, viruses spread.
The truth is, there are plenty of healthcare professionals who do NOT support masks. Dr. Fauci himself initially said that masks were useless and that Americans should NOT be wearing them; he only changed course when pressured by the Left.
The truth is, we do hold life sacred as Christians. But, we also acknowledge that we are mortal, fragile beings, and our days are numbered. God will call us home when and how He chooses. Part of holding life sacred is LIVING.
The truth is, we now have a vaccine to protect anyone who feels at risk or afraid. Sadly, that vaccine won’t protect Christians from their fear.
Do you know what the most used command in the Bible is? “Do not be afraid.” I’m so tired of churchgoers living in fear of this virus. I choose to live my days unafraid of illness, and I wish more Christians made that choice, too.
The truth is, I am not responsible for someone else’s fear when I pose no threat to them. I am not responsible for protecting someone else from a threat that I do not pose.
POINTS #2 AND #4: OUR WITNESS AND PERSONAL AGENCY
These points are a massive exaggeration for me, almost to the point of discrediting the entire piece from Ross because of them. I have really wrestled with them, as my initial response when I read that refusing a mask hurts my Christian witness and forces fellow believers into “making a difficult decision” is… anger.
Let me be clear here: It is not damaging to your witness to refuse wearing a mask. I find it hard to believe that Jesus is upset when I refuse to wear a mask to walk 10 feet to my table in Chili’s just to take it right off when I sit down, and I don’t think my witness is tarnished by refusing to follow along with utterly arbitrary guidelines such as that. As image-bearers of the Creator, we are given minds to reason and discern, and more Christians should use them in such instances. Of course, I understand that we should be concerned with how we represent Christ to the world in all that we do, as we are to make disciples of all nations. But it seems to me that Ross is using The Great Commission in an attempt to push her mask agenda.
Are masks being used to bring people to Jesus? That is a serious question. If so, I would love to hear about those instances. Because right now all over my newsfeed, all I see is Christian after Christian expressing their disapproval of their brothers and sisters in Christ who won’t wear the piece of fabric. This type of public fighting within the church, to me, does just as much damage to one’s witness as a Christian, if not more.
Regarding those non-Christians who choose to condemn Christians for not wearing masks, I have to admit: I don’t put much emphasis on the words of nonbelievers when it comes to my faith. They condemn Christians for ALL of our beliefs. I have experienced this condemnation relentlessly from these very non-Christians for the last four years here at KU. I don’t let what they say affect me or change my beliefs. So, why should I let any non-Christian’s degrading “but you’re pro-life” comments about masks affect me?
I prefer not letting nonbelievers dictate how I live my life, but maybe that’s just me.
I don’t look for their applause, nor do I seek their advice or feedback when they don’t give me or my faith the time of day. You shouldn’t either. Jesus clearly instructs us in Matthew 10:14 about how to deal with this type of critical nonbeliever: “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.” There’s also the whole “don’t cast your pearls to the pigs” command.
I felt it necessary to add personal agency to this discussion. At the end of this life, I as an individual will have to stand before God and answer for my actions, just like you will answer for yours. I will not have to give account for your actions, or the actions of anyone else, with one exception.
I will be held accountable only for instances in which I caused others to sin.
In various instances in the New Testament, the writer instructs believers not to be a stumbling block to those with weak consciences. The word for stumbling block in the Greek translates to “that over which the soul stumbles, by which it is impelled to sin; furnishing an occasion for sinning.” The only actions of others for which I will have to give account are sins committed by others because of my actions.
I don’t believe that my choice not to wear a mask in the pew 15 feet away from others is causing any of you to sin, unless you choose to curse me for it. Likewise, your choice not to come to church because you disagree with the lack of masks is your choice for which you bear sole responsibility. Contrary to what Ross says, no one is forcing you to make that choice except for yourself.
Just to put things into perspective: More than 2,200 Christians were killed in Nigeria this year simply for being Christian, and the persecution of Christians in China could be discussed for hours. So, please forgive me if I don’t think your choice to stay home and watch church online because of lax mask guidelines in a massive, socially distanced sanctuary is “a difficult decision” imposed on you by other Christians.
POINT #5: RESPECTING ELECTED LEADERS DOES NOT MEAN WE MUST BLINDLY TRUST THEM
Within the introduction, Ross says she does not understand the reasoning that Christians give on social media for being anti-mask. One of those reasons is that masks “cater to government control.” She continues that those concerns should “surely” be “outweighed by the need to protect others.”
In response, I would like to pose the following question: Why do we as Christians have to choose between being skeptical of the government and protecting others? The answer is simple: We don’t. Christians can question government motives and simultaneously emphasize the “protection” of those around us. We actually should do both simultaneously.
Considering that scientists right now are telling us that our children need to be masked despite the evidence that children are not spreaders of the virus and that Americans will need to continue wearing masks even after being vaccinated, I see no reason to condemn Christians who are skeptical of the politically-motivated government overreach regarding masks. Likewise, I see no reason to put a blind faith in the government’s will to “do the right thing.”
By and large, Christians in the USA are either very confused or simply ignorant to what Thomas Jefferson called “The Wall of Separation between Church and State.” Your college professor and CNN want you to believe that this separation is intended to keep religion out of politics and the government. That is fundamentally backwards. Thomas Jefferson included this idea in his 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptists. Contrary to popular belief, this separation was not intended to prevent people from expressing religion in politics or the public square; it was intended to keep the government out of our churches. He intended to prevent the government from infringing on religious liberty. If you don’t believe me, just read the phrase in context.
Thomas Jefferson made such a statement on purpose: He knew that religious liberty was a fragile, important right in our country; that the government was power-hungry and would inevitably attempt to infringe on and destroy religious liberty; and that religious liberty was a privilege that, if not cherished, would eventually be lost to government control and nearly impossible to regain.
We are seeing this sort of overreach against which Jefferson spoke take place in our nation right now. What we as the Church condone within our society matters; what we allow our government to control matters. As a result of this pandemic, we have seen state governments run roughshod over our religious liberties, limiting the number of congregants allowed in the building and oftentimes closing church and synagogue doors altogether in the name of their religion: Science. Meanwhile, these government tyrants allow strip clubs and liquor stores to remain open and encourage mass protests. Just this week, the Secular Democrats of America PAC composed a 28-page document addressed to the Biden administration, demanding that he remove God from America. They even outlined the ways to achieve this removal.
Lest we forget, Hillary Clinton has said the quiet part out loud multiple times when it comes to how the Left views government control: Never let a good crisis go to waste. When we give the government an inch of our religious liberty, as we have willingly done for Covid, they take a mile that we will never see again.
This is unacceptable, and the Church is all too eager to bend the knee to such overreach as our liberties are extracted before our eyes.
Ross says she doesn’t understand the conflation between masks and government control. One Facebook user even said, “Somehow, ‘Don’t tread on me’ supplanted the Golden Rule.” It's as though these two things must be mutually exclusive, or that it is somehow shameful to demand the government not trample over our religious freedoms. The part that I still don’t understand is how or why Christians fail to see what the government is doing. Any evidence of government threat against religious liberty is one thing we should all be united in fighting against; however, many Christians are instead only interested in fighting the family sitting down the pew for “politicizing” masks, for making them into a “fictitious” government tool.
One last note on politicization: Lots of Christians are full scale “against being political.” I hate to break it to you, but everything has been made political, and there is no avoiding it. Christianity is political. Being pro-life is political. Being pro-traditional marriage is political. Every Biblical belief that you hold is political, and every political belief you hold is mentioned somewhere in the Bible. It’s long past time for the Church to wake up to this reality and fight for our rights and our society.
THE PIECE OF CLOTH IS NOT WORTH ALL OF THIS
If your conviction is to wear the mask out of respect for those around you when you are a totally healthy human being, then please continue to do so. As with any issue in the church, congregants have different convictions (for example, some Christians abstain from alcohol out of conviction, and some do not share the same conviction). Those differences and disagreements should not divide us.
Some Christians acknowledge the power and overreach of the government and don’t want to give them another inch of our liberties when they have already taken so much from the Church during this pandemic. And that is okay.
Some Christians do not read “love your neighbor” and feel that it means “wear a mask or your witness is in danger." And that is okay.
Some Christians refuse to stand idly by while their fellow church members call them selfish, overly-political, or un-Christlike for choosing not to wear the virtue-signaling piece of cloth over their mouth and nose to sing a hymn. And that is more than okay.
Christians, we are bullied enough as it is for our faith. You do NOT have to tolerate bullying from within the church over a cloth mask, or for being politically active as a Christian. You do not have to endure that, nor should you. Stand up for yourself and your rights, speak out, and do not let anyone – especially a fellow Christian – shame or belittle you for doing so.
When the religious rights of our children and grandchildren are decimated by the government because of the Church’s inaction and complacency, they will wish they had stood for those rights when they had the chance.
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We continue our series of Disputing the DNC Nonsense by looking into the gaslighting that took place with Night #2. You will find snippets from the following people: Linda Sarsour, Elizabeth Warren, Stacey Abrams, Sally Yates, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Chuck Schumer, Bill Clinton, John Kerry, and Dr. Jill Biden.
As in the previous pieces (read DNC Night #1 HERE & Michelle Obama HERE), each section is broken down by the speaker, what was said, and why what was said is sheer and utter nonsense.
NIGHT #1 MESSAGE: Joe Biden is a nice guy. Don’t you want a nice guy?
WHAT WAS MISSING FROM NIGHT #1: Any self-awareness whatsoever (Who let Liz Warren address the Native American Caucus and Bill Clinton speak on “honor” in the Oval Office?)
PHASE ONE: PRE-PRIMETIME
Linda Sarsour, Palestinian-Muslim-American Political Activist
Linda Sarsour was part of a panel during the Muslim Delegates and Allies Assembly when these comments were made. If you don’t know Sarsour, allow me to sum her up in one word: Antisemite. She is a supporter of Louis Farrakhan, BDS, and Palestinian terrorists. She was removed from the Women’s March leadership in the fall of 2019 when comments of hers surfaced in which she claimed that she would make Antisemitism “a part of the platform.” She really, really hates the Jews. Her levels of Antisemitism would give Ilhan Omar a run for her money.
What’s wrong with this, exactly? For starters, she outright says that the Democratic Party is the party of Muslims who do not acknowledge Israel or their right to exist as a nation. That is problematic. Joe Biden and his staff know that it is problematic: they came out and disavowed Sarsour shortly after her appearance, stating that she and her ideals are not supported by Biden or the Democrat Party. This is all good and well - except the immense gaslighting taking place in the contradiction. Biden’s campaign says “We don’t want her,” while Sarsour says “This is OUR party.”
Also worth noting: Days after the Biden campaign disavowed Sarsour, members of his team went back on that statement. So yet again, ole Joe can’t make up his mind. Gaslighting 101.
Elizabeth Warren, Faux Native American Addressing Native Americans
No, I’m not kidding. The DNC rolled out Warren to address the DNC’s Native American Caucus. You seriously cannot make this stuff up. What she said is irrelevant. The fact that the DNC did this speaks for itself.
PHASE TWO: PRIMETIME
Stacey Abrams, Governor (in her mind) of Georgia
This “undermining elections” remark is a direct jab at President Trump, all the while Abrams has spent the last three years directly undermining our elections by claiming, without any proof whatsoever, to have actually won the gubernatorial race that she actually lost in 2018 by 50,000 votes. This is not the person by whom we need to be lectured on integrity of any kind. The fact that she was considered for Vice President by the Biden campaign using any measure of seriousness is absurd and speaks to their emphasis on the importance of identity politics.
Sally Yates, Former U.S. Attorney General
One word: Obamagate. This woman presided as U.S. Attorney General during the Obama administration. She was fired by Trump in 2017 because he believed, somewhat rightfully so, that she was set on going against his administration. She openly testified recently before Congress with respect to the Michael Flynn investigation that she was surprised to learn that then-FBI Director James Comey went “rogue,” pursuing Michael Flynn and disclosing information about it to both Obama and Biden before informing her personally. It’s sort of a big mess.
The takeaway here is that she is condemning the Trump administration for institutional abuse as the former U.S. A.G. for the Obama administration while they actively institutionally abused Michael Flynn (and Carter Page) and the incoming administration by use of under-the-table investigations without her knowledge.
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, NY State Senator/ Leader of The Squad/ Socialist
...good grief. Did you get all of that? As Ben Shapiro put it, she just checked every single space on the SJW Bingo card inside of 60 seconds. “If you had a Bingo card drinking game, you were dead of alcohol poisoning inside of a minute.” But DON’T WORRY EVERYONE, they’re a moderate party! Joe Biden will be as moderate as they come! Now, give us all of your money and property so that we can redistribute it all in the name of equality.
Chuck Schumer, U.S. Senate Minority Leader
Chuck Schumer has been in political office since 1975. He is currently the U.S. Senate minority leader. He and his Democrat friends are currently holding up any and all proposals from Republicans on Covid relief. Millions are jobless due to state governors (mostly Democrats) holding their own economies hostage due to Covid. Was it a great thing for Trump to say “It is what it is” regarding American lives lost to this virus? No, of course not. But what was he supposed to say? More importantly, what would Schumer have done differently than what was done by the Trump administration?
The jury is out on the whole “tear gassing American protestors” situation. But if he really wants to say that Trump is the great divider and diminisher of greatness in this country, he should recall the state of our nation eight years ago when a man named Barack Obama was president. That’s all I will say on that. I spoke a lot more on the division brought on by the Obama administration in my previous piece HERE. As Ben Shapiro says, "Trump is not the murderer of American politics, he is the coroner."
What is the purpose of all of this? “Elect us, America, and we will make it all better and leave you alone.” Want the lockdowns to end? Elect us. Want to go back to school? Elect us. Want the riots to end? Elect us.
We as Americans should not be blackmailed into voting for one party in order to take advantage of our RIGHTS. Fred Siegel in his book The Future once Happened Here discusses the decline of America’s major cities in the 1960s. The cause? The game played by American politicians on behalf of rioters, looters, and activists. These people pushed members of the government to cave to their chaos. The politicians embraced this chaos and fostered it - as they continue to do today - because it allowed them to accomplish their goal: Gain more power. History repeats itself. We do not have to stand for this.
Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the U.S.A.
Bill Clinton wants to talk about the Oval Office? That is so rich. You honestly cannot make this stuff up. He was hooking up with the interns in that office, at that desk… so what does he mean exactly by command center? This man has NO room whatsoever to talk about honor in the Oval Office.
John Kerry, Former U.S. Secretary of State
In the same way that Clinton cannot address honor in the Oval Office, John Kerry really has no room whatsoever to talk to us about the U.S. troops. Although he himself served in the Navy on active duty from 1966-1970, he has made many anti-military remarks. In 1971, while he was still serving in the Navy reserves, Kerry called our Vietnam War veterans “war criminals.” He doubled down on that take again in 2001. In the same year, he “threw out” the ribbons he had earned during his service “in protest” of the Vietnam War, and the only reason he didn’t throw out his war medals is because he “didn’t have time to go home and get them.” So… please, do NOT stand before the American people, including Veterans whom you yourself have disgraced and dishonored, and tell us what the U.S. troops need.
I guess we’re just going to forget that time when Barack Obama went overseas on his Apology Tour in which he apologized to nations all over the globe for the sins of our past as a nation. Other world leaders totally weren’t laughing at us and our weakness during that whole tour.
Dr. Jill Biden, Wife of Joe Biden
Everything she said was fine and nice, apart from blaming Trump for schools being closed which is patently untrue.
The reason Jill spoke is to paint Joe as a nice man, which apparently he really is. That’s all good and well. But, why do we need a nice man as POTUS? I will take a crass, rude Donald Trump who supports my ideals and beliefs over a nice Joe Biden who is going to dismantle everything that makes our country ideal any day of the week.
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If you are a conservative Christian college student in America right now, then odds are you have heard the name Jack Denton. For those who don’t know who Jack is, here is a very brief summary before we get into all of the details: Jack Denton, senior at Florida State University (FSU), was removed from his position as Student Government Association (SGA) Senate President due to leaked private group messages he sent to friends expressing his views on the Black Lives Matter (BLM) and other organizations through the lens of his religious Catholic ideology. Denton is now suing FSU for violating his First Amendment rights.
TIMELINE OF EVENTS
WHAT DID JACK SAY THAT WAS ACTUALLY PROBLEMATIC?
What did Jack say that was bad enough to have him removed from this SGA position? He said three things:
All of those things are true and are very public information. They are ultimately innocent statements of fact. The issue with having said this is that he made these statements in defense of not contributing monetarily to these organizations because they support a “grave evil,” as he went on to mention later in the screenshot message.
That is the real issue: He called these organizations and their causes evil.
The nail in his Presidential coffin was that he typed these statements in the presence of a leftist who took offense and sold him out, full-blown SJW-style.
Jack had a choice when these screenshots were made public. He could apologize and retract every factual statement in those screenshots, or he could stay true to his convictions despite the consequences. Luckily, he chose the latter. Why would he do this, knowing it would potentially cost him his reputation and role within SGA? I believe there are two reasons.
JACK KNEW HIS ROLE WITHIN THIS WORLD
And, he knew what was at stake.
What I am about to say will sound exclusive and subsequently offensive, but the fact is that the Gospel is specific to believers. We are all God’s creation, but we are not all God’s children. God’s children have been chosen from this world. Jesus said it Himself in John 15:18-19:
The Bible also confirms that we are set apart by describing the wisdom and discernment given only to those who follow Christ (Romans 1:28, Romans 12:2, Proverbs 1:7, Philippians 1:9-10). In 1 Corinthians 2:6, Paul says:
Based on these two passages of Scripture, we as believers are set apart from the world; we are called to be different. We will have views and reasoning for our worldview that those separated from God cannot understand. One of those views is that we acknowledge that anything God has called “sin” is evil. This includes our own sin. All sexual sin is evil. The homosexual lifestyle and any sexual deed outside of God’s intended view of marriage is evil, including premarital, heterosexual sex, and pornography. Abortion is evil, as the Ten Commandments tell us that we shall not murder. Jack is correct in using the term evil in this context. In Ephesians 5:11, Paul says that we are to “take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” That’s exactly what Jack has done, and what we should all strive to do. Expose the evil. Call sin what it is.
We as Christians can acknowledge these things as evil and hold these beliefs while simultaneously realizing that we live in a fallen, broken world where not all will accept this message. Therein lies the disconnect between Jack and the SGA members who removed him: Just because we as Christians hold a worldview that believes certain acts are sinful does not mean that we are against the people who commit those sins. We sin, too. We all need a Savior.
Christians are not homophobic nor transphobic for holding a traditional view of marriage. We are not racist for refusing to support BLM. We are not bigoted for believing in the Bible and its teachings. We do not want to remove anyone from the role in which they find themselves.
We are more tolerant than the Left. We are not a threat. The only ones being intolerant and threatening in any way are the SGA members who ousted Jack from this position.
Later on in those screenshots from Jack’s conversation lie the message we should not miss:
That is powerful. May we all feel that same conviction for our brother and sister in Christ to speak bold truth to everyone around us!
JACK IS NOT ALONE IN THIS ATTEMPTED CANCELLATION
I feel particularly passionate about this situation for a few reasons. Similar to Jack, since starting the pursuit of my PhD at the University of Kansas (KU), I have repeatedly been accused of being racist, homophobic, and transphobic by some of my fellow graduate students simply because of my religious and political ideology. These accusations have come mostly in the form of social media interaction, but, this summer, the accusations made their way into my work environment at KU as well. It escalated to the point where it was difficult for me to go to campus; I considered dropping out of the program on more than one occasion over the past few months.
You may be thinking, “Kansas is one of the reddest states in the country, and chemistry courses don’t naturally lend themselves to spontaneous political banter like other subjects… so it can’t really be as bad as she is claiming it is.” In response to that thought, I would say the following: It really is that bad for a conservative Christian, regardless of the department or role in which we as students find ourselves.
Just ask the members of the KU chapter of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) whose meeting on campus in 2016 was interrupted by a screaming progressive mob demanding that the “white supremacist” conservatives leave the school. You could ask those same YAF members who, just a few months later in 2017 following President Trump’s inauguration, found flyers posted around campus conflating the slogan “Make America Great Again” with “coded racist language.” In this situation, KU refused to deny that the flyers were produced by its School of Social Welfare.
These incidents of fostering and nurturing liberal intolerance are not isolated to KU, of course. All college campuses in this nation are full-fledged liberal indoctrination centers at this point in time, and it is important that those of us who do not subscribe to liberal or worldly ideology be fully aware of this reality. Just ask Jack Denton.
WHAT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS ON THE COLLEGE CAMPUS?
Jack is fighting a now-national battle at the moment on behalf of ALL Christians on the college campus to set a precedent against ousting college students from elected positions within the university on behalf of religious expression. We should all be encouraged and emboldened by his willingness to risk it all. We must all acknowledge that we are the counterculture. We must be prepared ahead of time, or we will be destroyed by those who seek to cancel us.
If you are unaware of the situation into which you are walking before you step foot on that campus, you will be overtaken. Many conservative and/or Christian students who were prepared beforehand have stood boldly for their convictions and have, in turn, faced similar persecution or attempted cancellations.
None of this is to say that we as Christians on the college campus should elevate Jack to any sort of pedestal. We exalt Jesus alone, and we acknowledge that Jack is a sinner just like the rest of us. Nonetheless, he has set a great example through his words and actions for those of us facing persecution on campus for our faith and ideology.
Likewise, I acknowledge that our battle as Christians is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12). We as Christians must acknowledge that Jack’s refusal to be bullied out of his faith-based convictions by those who are of the world is a real life application of a battle “against the cosmic powers over this present darkness” that is wreaking havoc on our culture.
We cannot let our disdain of politics or our lethargic “we win in the end” mentality as Christians keep us from seeing this situation for what it really is. If we are unable to support him and pray for him in this fight for biblical truth, then why are we Christians? Keep going, Jack. You are inspiring thousands and leading a revolution on the college campus.
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE CANCELLED
To the college student who is conservative and/or Christian, Jack Denton and I are unapologetically and boldly here to tell you that you do not have to be canceled.
You do not have to give in to the mob.
You do not have to bend the knee to anyone.
You do not have to be a doormat or a punching bag for anyone.
You do not have to be bullied into silence.
You do not have to be forced out of a position in which you have every right to be on your campus.
We all must refuse this intolerant removal of ourselves and our ideas from the college campus.
Our voice and our ideals matter. They are important, they are not dangerous, they are not threatening, and they are not marginalizing.
If we lose our status, our job, our friends, our position, our relationships, our comfort, our money, our health, or any worldly possession in order to glorify the name of Jesus Christ, may we consider none of it a loss. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Continue to press on and stand firm.
Photo by Alex Nemo Hanse
Michelle Obama. Beloved former FLOTUS. Lady of the people. Apolitical figure. Closer of DNC Night #1. The one they wish they had nominated.
To see my breakdown of the precluding chaos of Night #1 of the DNC, check out my piece HERE. Michelle Obama did quite a lot of gaslighting and downright lying within her speech, so I felt she deserved a piece all to herself.
Let’s get this out there right quick. Michelle Obama is a very radical, very political figure. She said in 2008 that she was never proud of this country until Obama was nominated. She is also an incredible liar, having said numerous times that she does not want to be a political figure–including in this very speech–and yet, here she is, giving the keynote on Night #1. She has always been political, and this speech was no exception. Let’s get into it.
“You know I hate politics...”
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“...but you also know that I care about this nation.
You know how much I care about all of our children.”
In other words, Donald Trump and the Republicans by default do not care about you or your children. Here’s the first of many plays on empathy from the former FLOTUS. The issue with all of this is that there is no room for empathy within politics. Author Paul Bloom, in his book Against Empathy, advocates for rational compassion instead of empathy when dealing in politics. The difference is that empathy involves emotions and can lead to the reckless abandonment of all rationality regarding actions taken. Politicians should act rationally, not emotionally. But the Democratic Party is the party of emotional plays.
The Democratic Party: The party of going high when those dirty Republicans go low. Never mind that Joe Biden said Mitt Romney was going to “put” black people “back in chains.” Barack Obama made fun of Mitt Romey for (albeit, awkwardly) alluding to the “binder full of women” that he was examining to choose a VP candidate (cough cough, Biden?). Nancy Pelosi called President Trump fat. There isn’t enough time in the world to talk about every terrible thing the members of The Squad have said over the last four years. Michelle herself earlier this year in a commencement speech told graduates that no matter how hard some of them worked, they will never be successful because of the structural barriers against them. In other words, your melanin levels will determine your amount of success because America is a terrible, racist place.
That doesn’t seem very “we go high,” does it? To me, telling graduates that some of them will just never amount to anything no matter how hard they work sounds an awful lot like the ugly noise against which she just spoke. We will look at more instances of Michelle going so low within this very speech.
Whose administration caged children before the Trump administration? And who built the cages? Who was president while the Ferguson and Baltimore race riots brought national chaos and unrest? Just because Joe Biden still doesn’t acknowledge that race was the cause of these riots does not make it untrue. Such a high road Michelle is taking, she can’t even see the ground anymore.
“As George Floyd, Breonna Taylor,
and a never-ending list of innocent
people of color continue to be murdered…”
Quick fact check here. That never-ending list actually ends pretty quickly. It ends at 15 people. That’s how many unarmed black people were shot in 2019 according to the Washington Post. Contrast those 15 deaths against the number of innocent people who have been killed during these mostly peaceful “protests” and it becomes pretty obvious that these riots are far more threatening and damaging to our country than are the police.
“...stating the simple fact that a black life matters
is still met with derision from the nation’s highest office…”
The White House has never had an issue stating that a black life matters. President Trump and America’s sweetheart Kayleigh McEnany have both made it clear time and time again that of course all black lives matter. But to show any support for an organization whose website calls for “disruption of the nuclear family” and also claims to “practice empathy” while burning down cities is problematic, whether you are the POTUS or not.
Look at what is happening in our country right now in the name of BLM. For months at this point, these rioters have set fire to and wreaked havoc on many of our major cities while the Democrat leaders of those cities are still instructing cops to stand down. The chaos in Portland has now moved into the suburbs, where BLM rioters are marching through neighborhoods in the middle of the night and screaming profanities at the residents to keep people awake. But the DNC made sure to overlook all of this.
It is disgusting, and I am thankful that the White House refuses to use the semantically overloaded phrase “black lives matter” for that exact reason.
If you believe that Joe Biden or Barack Obama would have been a better leader for this nation over the last four years (let alone the last six months), I’d ask you to review their eight years in office together and come up with one shred of evidence that supports the claim. I think my earlier remarks about the Ferguson and Baltimore chaos during Obama’s reign speak for themselves. Speaking of his reign, if division from Trump is your concern, you should recall that Barack was one of the most divisive presidents in our nation’s history. And once again: Empathy does not belong in politics. But she’s not done with that one yet.
In other words: Mother Empathy is disappointed in you. In all of us. You and I are the problem with this country, because you and I lack empathy. Shame on us. Shame on us all. She continues to go so high, although we have all gone so low!
Do you think the rioters and looters are empathetic? Is it empathetic to break into stores and fight your fellow citizens for a pair of Nikes in the name of racial equality? Is it empathetic to shoot a black retired police officer named David Dorn in St. Louis for minding his own business during a riot? Is it empathetic for a rioter to stop a moving car and beat the life out of the driver because of his or her race? Is it empathetic for rioters in Portland to lock cops inside of a building and then set that building on fire?
The answer to all of these questions is a resounding No. Yet, ALL members of the Democratic Party–full of our self-appointed, self-proclaimed empathy lords–are propping these people up and supporting them at every possible turn. Once again, it makes so much sense that it makes no sense at all. That is what gaslighting is.
Remember when every single Democrat alive told us that Trump is the only one undermining electoral integrity? Yeah, me too. Yet here she is, doing that thing that she’s accusing others of doing. For a second, I mistook her for Stacey Abrams.
Let’s address this claim regarding suppression of black votes. Black voter turnout has been within 5 percentage points of whites since 2008 and is always higher than Asian or Hispanic voter turnout. In 2012, black Americans voted in higher numbers than white Americans, which is actually the sole reason why Obama was reelected in 2012. No one likes to talk about that part though; and somehow, after a brief four years of the Obama presidency, the entire system somehow reverted back to voter suppression of black people. Please stop believing the lie that black Americans are too poor or too underprivileged to vote, because it is statistically and verifiably false. And to conclude…
Question. Apart from writing her book, controlling what public school kids are allowed to eat for lunch, and running the White House garden, what has this lady been put in charge of? What has qualified her to say this sort of thing about the President? What has she been put in control of that even comes close to comparing to the responsibilities of the POTUS? And who is this “we” that she is speaking of? So many questions. So few answers.
“It is what it is.”
Classy. Seriously, she is the classiest. I’m glad she ended by going high.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON MICHELLE OBAMA'S CONCLUSION TO NIGHT #1
After these snippets of her 18-minute long speech that I’ve discussed here, do you get the feeling that Michelle Obama hates politics? Do you feel better about the Democratic Party? Do you feel pumped to go vote for Joe Biden and earn four more years of old, white, knock-off Obama? Do you feel united by any of this? Do you think Michelle Obama and her words accurately and realistically represent what this country is all about? Do you feel as though the Democratic Party wants to unite us in any way whatsoever?
Most importantly, do you feel more inspired to be empathetic, or do you feel browbeaten by a disappointed motherly figure who simply won’t go away even though you have moved on to a brighter, more orange stage of your life? I tend to feel the latter. This woman is good at what she does; she is opportunistic, engaging, and manipulative. I encourage you to listen to her speech in full and draw your own conclusions about its contents. Speaking for myself, this woman will never represent me or our country; unlike Michelle, I have always been proud to be an American.
Photo by Rosemary Ketchum
Here is a collection of some instances of gaslighting that took place during Night #1 of the Democratic National Convention (DNC). You will find snippets from the following people: Tom Perez, Pastor Frederick Haynes III, panelists of the DNC Caucus Youth Council, Gwen Carr, Ayana Pressley, Eva Longoria, Amy Klobuchar, Gretchen Whitmer, Muriel Bowser, Andrew Cuomo, Kristin Urquiza, and the contradicting duo of John Kasich and Bernie Sanders.
To see my analysis of Michelle Obama’s 18-minute gaslighting-fest that concluded Night #1, you’ll need to check out the article HERE. (The former FLOTUS provided WAY too much gaslighting to fit into this piece, so she earned a piece all her own).
Each section is broken down by the speaker, what was said, and why what was said is sheer and utter nonsense.
NIGHT #1 MESSAGE: The Democratic Party are the purveyors of unity and empathy (or so they want you to believe); and hatred of Donald Trump is the glue that is holding the Party together.
WHAT WAS MISSING FROM NIGHT #1: Any discussion of President Trump’s actual policies; also, any unity whatsoever.
PHASE ONE: PRE-PRIMETIME
Tom Perez, DNC Chairman
“The input from Senator Sanders
and others was invaluable to putting
[the Democratic Party platform] together.”
In other words, the socialism of Bernie Sanders IS a major driving force behind the ideology of the Democrat Party. They are a radical leftist party.
Pastor Frederick Haynes III
Um… Pastor? Open your borders or you’re going to hell is one way to reach the religious in this country. Unfortunately, it isn’t a very effective way. Considering that the Bible is riddled with support for nations having borders, I don’t think Jesus would stand behind this message… but that’s just me. It is worth noting that Pastor Haynes has historically offered praise to Louis Farrakhan, the infamous, anti-Semitic leader of the Nation of Islam.
DNC Caucus and Council Meeting: Youth Council
One panelist encouraged people to “stand or kneel” at home for the National Anthem.
One panelist said:
This is the future of the Democratic Party. It is not “moderate” Joe Biden. It is full-fledged AOC. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.
Gwen Carr, Eric Garner’s Mother
Regarding the rioting on behalf of BLM, she said:
“We can’t let things settle down.”
So, straight up… let the rioting, looting, and burning down of our cities continue. In the name of racial equality, burn down these cities and injure these policemen. She says this as though somehow, that is going to make things right. Lawlessness does not bring justice, and to say that we must continue the lawlessness because it will bring about a positive end is irresponsible and completely false.
Please don’t misinterpret my words here. I cannot imagine what it is like to lose a child, and I pray that this mother has since found peace. I sympathize with her, but I do not condone this message. It is shameful. What is even more shameful is that the Democratic Party felt the need to prop her up like this as a still-grieving mother and exploit the death of her son even further, simply to continue the forwarding of their sick, corrupt defense of this riotous behavior on display in our major cities.
Ayana Pressley, least important member of The Squad
“...communities from Boston to Portland
and everywhere in between are rising up to demand
accountability and divestment from broken systems…”
We now equate breaking the law to rising up? Where is the accountability for the rioters? Burning down federal buildings and injuring federal and local officers in Portland for nearly three months now is not acceptable. Telling police officers to stand down and not do their jobs of protecting their communities is not acceptable. Nothing about what is happening in these Democrat-led cities and others is praiseworthy.
PHASE TWO: PRIMETIME
I would just like to note here that the primetime slot began with Joe Biden’s grandchildren leading the Pledge of Allegiance. On Night #2 of the DNC, two different DNC Caucuses also led the Pledge of Allegiance and omitted the words “under God.” Another instance of gaslighting: two different messages being promulgated based on majority viewership at given times.
Eva Longoria (Why?)
“The past four years have left us
as a Nation diminished and divided.”
First off… Why are we being chided by a washed-up Desperate Housewives star? That’s strange. Now, if you don’t believe that we were diminished and divided both during and after 8 years of Obama and his racially-motivated bullying of the American people, then it’s no wonder you bought in to all that is to follow.
So… This is the message. We’re not angry, we’re just disappointed, like they are our parents. It’s all a play on the American emotions. They’re so nice… listen to the nice things they’re saying, as though the Democratic Party is the uniter of this country. Never mind the fact that nearly every major Democrat-run city in America has been looted and burned to the ground over the last two months.
Never mind the countless times that the leaders of their party have stood and called America a bitter, evil, racist country filled with bigoted, terrible people. Never mind the fact that their party still disputes the election in 2016. Never mind the fact that their members are still actively canceling everyone that they disagree with. They’re uniting us all. Shut up and believe it. They are the bringers of unity. We were all united and happy, singing kumbaya until Orange Man Bad was elected, right?
Amy Klobuchar, US Senator of MN
I’m not even going to discuss her weird 4-minute time slot. I just want to remind everyone that she won MANY more votes than Kamala Harris in the primaries but is somehow not the VP candidate–likely because she is white. #equality
Gretchen Whitmer, Governor of MI
“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will lead by example…”
Leading by example is obviously very important to Gov. Whitmer, since Michigan has been one of the hardest-hit states from COVID-19 (ranked 9th at that time). This is mostly due to Whitmer’s policy for her state to send people with Covid back into nursing homes, just like Andrew Cuomo did in NY. Also–if Joe will lead by example, why hasn’t he done so in the 50 years he has been in American politics? He has nothing to show for himself. Gaslighting.
Muriel Bowser, Mayor of DC
Just as a reminder, Mayor Bowser is most famous at this point for painting slogans for BLM on sidewalks while the black people in her city are being shot and killed on the daily. I suppose that’s the “do something” that she is calling for, but it definitely isn’t stopping people from getting shot.
Andrew Cuomo, Governor of NY and the King of Gaslighting
Let’s keep in mind that this man presided over the biggest Covid massacre in the country, and the single largest loss of life by illness seen in a single state in decades. Yet, he was presented at the DNC (and has been for months at this point) as the hero of the pandemic. He was asked to speak on the successes and failures of the pandemic. As Ben Shapiro wittily put it, “it’s like trotting out the captain of the Titanic to talk about avoiding icebergs.”
Yeah, it’s not a metaphor. Are the NUMBER OF DEATHS in NY alone -- thanks to his garbage policy -- a metaphor? It’s a metaphor for his awesome leadership, apparently. At that time, NY had the second worst death per million rate in the country, just below NJ.
“As [the White House] proved that
their way failed, we proved that
our way succeeded.”
Disregarding how the White House handled or mishandled anything, Andrew Cuomo being trotted out as a success story in reference to Covid is one of the greatest instances of gaslighting that has probably ever occurred in our country’s political history. This is sheer nonsense. Don’t forget that time when ALL state governors, including ole Cuomo, praised Trump’s administration for getting ventilators and PPE to them quickly and efficiently when they asked for it. “He has delivered for New York. He has.” They are gaslighting us all.
Kristin Urquiza, a Latino American lady whose dad died of Covid
“[My dad’s] only preexisting condition
was trusting Donald Trump, and for that
he paid with his life.”
So… because her dad supported the President, Covid chose him and took his life. That is one smart, discriminatory virus. By that logic, only Trump supporters are at risk of Covid infection, all the people who died in NY were Republicans, and you’re in the clear if you never listen to Trump. That’s strange, considering every single state in this country leading the Covid death toll is a Blue state, save Mississippi. This is a shameless twisting of the facts simply to make a play on the emotions of the viewer. It is a poorly executed attempt to land a punch on the POTUS that is completely baseless and senseless.
John Kasich vs. Bernie Sanders: the Antithesis of Unity
John Kasich, in a nutshell: former Governor of Ohio, 3rd-place finisher to Trump and Ted Cruz in the 2016 RNC primaries, now CNN contributor, supporter of the Trump impeachment. More recently, he was called a traitor in an opinion piece in the Chicago Tribune for his efforts against President Trump’s reelection in 2020.
In other words... This guy is the worst. He is the definition of RINO. Democrats, you can have him! We can’t stand him.
Kasich’s situation on Night #1 is a weird one, because the DNC chose to have Bernie Sanders follow him in the lineup. Nearly every statement by Kasich was in blatant contradiction with the statements of Sanders. Kasich fought for the moderacy of the Democratic Party, and then Bernie came in like a radical wrecking ball repeatedly. Here’s an example.
Kasich on the possibility of Joe going hard-left:
“I don’t believe that,
because I know the measure of the man.
He’s reasonable, faithful, respectful.
No one pushes Joe around.”
Sanders on literally pushing Joe around:
“Our campaign ended several months ago, but our movement continues and is getting stronger every day. Many of the ideas we fought for, that just a few years ago were considered ‘radical,’ are now mainstream.”
This is more than a little bit conflicting. Kasich says the party is still moderate, and they won’t go radical. Bernie then assures everyone that... No... we are radical, and that ideology is now mainstream and acceptable. Remember, I have already mentioned that Tom Perez kicked off the event by telling us that Bernie wrote the DNC platform.
Biden might have run on a moderate platform through the primaries, but he has since gone full progressive with the help of Bernie Sanders. Don’t let them tell you differently. Also, maybe no one pushed Joe around 10 or 20 years ago, but he has been pushed around openly for the last six months; most recently, Joe was pushed into choosing Kamala Harris as VP when a better choice would have been someone like Klobuchar or even Mayor Pete who actually, you know, earned a vote in the primaries, unlike fun-aunt/narc Kamala.
I can’t speak to anything further that Bernie said because listening to him makes me physically ill. But, it is worth noting that the majority of his time was dedicated to discussing the abnormality of President Trump. Hearing this from an octogenarian communist who has praised Castro and nearly every other dictator made me very, very glad he is the one the DNC rolled out to talk about normality.
So what is the takeaway? Biden is a moderate, but he’s also a radical. It makes so much sense that it absolutely makes no sense at all.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON NIGHT #1
The Democratic Party emotionally advocated over and over for unity and empathy while simultaneously and consistently undermining Donald Trump and woke-scolding the American people. They convey such conviction and urgency about the state of our nation while they supervise and encourage the rioters who are actively burning it to the ground. They stop police from protecting their citizens while filing felony charges against the citizens who take it on themselves to protect themselves and their property. This is an outrage. This is not the party of unity–it is the party of division. This is not the party of empathy–it is the party of shaming, berating, endangering, belittling, and gaslighting the citizens that elected them to serve us. And this must stop.
It is no secret that racial tensions in the United States have increased palpably over the last few months - an increase that was catalyzed by the death of George Floyd. That’s not to say, of course, that these tensions were nonexistent before this happened. Nonetheless, this incident spurred the reemergence of the Black Lives Matter organization and nationwide protests condemning police brutality against black Americans.
Within these protests, (speaking specifically about those which are being peacefully conducted), the participants often hold signs or chant in unison some of the following slogans:
"Color isn’t a crime"
"If we don’t get justice, shut it down"
"If you’re not livid, you’re not listening"
"All cops are bad"
"It has been time for change"
"This is what democracy looks like"
Overlooking the blatant issues with some of these slogans, the message being conveyed tells a lot about what these protestors are feeling.
These people are hurting. They want change. They want to put an end to racism in this country. They do not want to read any more stories about black Americans being killed unjustly at the hands of the police. Those are noble, reasonable causes. I believe that 99.999% of Americans want the same things for our country.
IF WE ALL WANT CHANGE, THEN WHY CAN'T WE BRIDGE THE GAP AND AGREE?
Despite this overwhelming support, deterrents still exist that prevent every American from jumping on board with the BLM organization’s views for how these changes should take place. One of these fundamental deterrents is how we as a politically, ethnically, and religiously diverse collective of American citizens view racism as a whole.
With that said, I won’t pretend that I understand the way that a black American in 2020 feels when he or she sees a confederate flag, nor will I belittle him or her for the pain that he or she feels when an act of blatant racism is committed against someone of their ethnic group. However, let me be clear that I do not subscribe to the condemnation of an entire group, or our country as a whole, because of the actions of an individual.
When these claims of racism are hurled at any group or nation as a whole, the cause for which the protestors march is delegitimized for many Americans. That is the point at which many protestors lose both the sympathy and attention of their fellow Americans on this issue.
If we cannot agree on what racism is or who is racist, then where do we go from here?
ONE WORD TO DEFINE RACISM, AND WHY IT ISN'T ACKNOWLEDGED.
Consider briefly a scenario in which all citizens of this country agreed on the aforementioned points, which are summed up in this one statement: no group or nation as a whole is racist; instead, individuals within a group or nation can be racist. Surely, if everyone subscribed to that statement, then and only then can we make real change in this country towards ending racism… right? Sadly, still no.
The eradication of racism in this country or the world as a whole is not achievable by human power. Racism cannot be legislated away. It cannot be forced, marched, or protested away. It cannot be removed by payment of reparations.
This is outside of human control, because racism is synonymous for sin. While you will not find the word racism in the Scriptures explicitly, the Bible has a lot to say on the issue.
These points provide a brief Biblical explanation for the way Bible-believing Christians view racism. It is not an issue unique to the United States – it is a sinful condition that was spoken of throughout the Bible (for example, the Jews and Samaritans hated each other). Christians understand that sin is the inherent problem of the heart for all mankind, and racism is no exception. The removal of sin comes only by acknowledgement and repentance of said sin.
Again, I ask: if we are unable to fix the problem ourselves, where do we go from here?
IF FIXING RACISM IS OUTSIDE OF HUMAN ABILITY, THEN WE NEED HELP APART FROM OURSELVES.
If only we had the power to fix our own sin – how much simpler this would all be. If every anti-racism law currently on the books in America had the power to eradicate racism within our borders, then we would no longer experience racism. What is one more law going to fix?
There’s only one Man with the power to save us from our sin (and from each other – Acts 26:17), and He isn’t a member of the United States Congress.
1 John 1:8-10 claims that Jesus is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us if we confess those sins. The hatred and anger that lead to racism are not excluded – they are forgivable. Their removal requires that we acknowledge them in each of our lives. If we fail to acknowledge sin, then Scripture says that we are fooling ourselves.
Complementary to this forgiveness of sins is that, though we are forgiven, we will still sin. The difference is that those who have been forgiven are no longer slaves to sin. Paul says in Romans 6:11-14 that we shall no longer be mastered by sin because we are covered by grace.
This may seem strange to someone who has not experienced the grace of Jesus. If Salvation saves us from sin but does not remove sin from our lives, then what is the point of being a Christian? If hatred and anger still have free rein on this earth and cause havoc, pain, and destruction in spite of Jesus’s death, then why believe in a Savior who did not end all sin?
UTOPIA IS COMING, BUT NOT BEFORE JESUS RETURNS.
The attempts to legislate toward the end of racism, injustice, and other forms of discrimination are futile and often unsuccessful for the very reasons we have discussed. For those who make this legislation and participate in the protests, what is the ultimate goal?
These people want to create a sinless earth. However, 2 Corinthians 4:4 says that Satan is the god of this world; therefore, sin and hatred will always reign over the earth. Likewise, Philippians 3:20 tells us that this earth is not, nor was it ever meant to be our home.
The earth as we know it will never be perfect. It will never be free of hatred. It will never be free of racism. Nothing apart from God Himself is perfect (Mark 10:18).
But that isn’t the end of the story.
There is coming a day in which God will provide for His people a sinless existence with Him in the place that He has promised to us. Isaiah 65:17-25 lays out beautifully the utopia that God has promised for us. In this passage, God says that He will create new heavens and a new earth, and that we are to rejoice and be glad forever in that.
That is why Jesus came. That is why we believe in Him. That is why we hold fast to the truth of Jesus and who He is in light of a broken world. That is why we know that He is sovereign over all the sin and shame and racism on this earth.
INJUSTICE WILL NOT LAST, BUT HOPE IN HIS KINGDOM WILL.
Earlier, I mentioned that I personally am unable to relate to the feelings of racial injustice held by the protestors. But Scripture tells us that Jesus suffered one of the greatest injustices in the history of the world. He committed no sin. He committed no punishable offense. He did no wrong. And yet, those in power during His day allowed their hatred and jealousy to dictate their actions, leading them to murder an innocent Man. Barring the fact that Jesus was the only perfect human to ever walk the earth, the motivations in both Jesus’s death and the racially-motivated deaths we see today are the exact same. He understands your pain.
While I wish that I were able to remove this pain for my fellow Americans, the fact remains that neither a law, nor a conversation, nor a protest, nor a roundtable, nor a reparation has the power to change anyone’s heart.
I am glad that we have a Savior who died for the reconciliation of our hearts and not individual races. I am glad He understands our pain and that He gives us hope for the future.
There is only one place where racism is eradicated: in the heart. That eradication only comes about by accepting the gift of Salvation that Jesus so freely gives through His death on the cross. That Salvation gives us hope for the utopia that is to come. Galatians 5:5 so perfectly says it: through the Spirit and by faith, we are waiting for the hope of righteousness.
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