"There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
Christian doctrine features several terms that are essential in comprehending the importance of the blood of Christ shed on the cross of Calvary:
Redemption: Believers have been redeemed and forgiven. Our salvation has been purchased through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God who died for our sins and took upon Himself our guilt and penalty for those sins (Ephesians 1:7).
Justification: God has justified us, or declared us not guilty, because by the gift of faith we have accepted Christ as Savior. He also has declared us righteous in His sight, applying the righteousness of Christ to our accounts (Romans 5:9, 17).
Reconciliation: Jesus’ blood makes it possible for God to bring us back into a right relationship with Him. The Bible says we were enemies of God until we accepted Christ. Christ’s blood is the bridge, the peace offering, that reconciles us to God (Colossians 1:19–22).
Sanctification: Sanctification is God’s cleansing and setting us apart unto Himself for His purposes and His will. He sanctified us when we were saved, and He continues to sanctify us to make us clean vessels properly prepared for His good works (Hebrews 12:14).
Access: Finally, we would not have access to God’s throne of grace without the shedding of Christ’s blood. The reason we can cry out and be heard by God is Christ’s sacrificial death.
Praise the Lord for the glory of the blood (Hebrews 10:19).
Heavenly Father, thank You that I am redeemed, justified, reconciled, sanctified, and that through the blood, I have access to You.
For the first stop on the European leg of her book tour, the former FLOTUS, 55, arrived at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark, wearing a millennial pink suit embellished with bursts of crystals by local label Stine Goya. The blazer retails for $1,350, while the matching pants go for $960.
But the bestselling author didn’t just relegate the glitz to her apparel; she finished things off with a pair of mega-carat earrings. Obama wore a pair of $16,250 diamond hoops from Vhernier’s “Pop” collection, currently available for purchase at the label’s boutiques nationwide.
Michelle Obama shows she is down with the struggle by wearing outrageously expensive brand names and bling.
The former First Lady previously wore $4,000 sequin Balenciaga over-the-knee boots with an ill-fitting mustard yellow dress.
CNN AND MSNBC’S RATINGS STILL HAVEN’T RECOVERED FROM MUELLER REPORT — MADDOW DOWN 17 PERCENT
MSNBC and CNN’s ratings have not recovered from a massive drop after special counsel Robert Mueller concluded his investigation into Russia collusion.
CNN delivered its second-lowest rated week of the year in total day and primetime between April 1 to April 7, according to Nielsen Media Research, while MSNBC had its second-lowest rated week of the year in the key 25-54 age demographic.
1. FNC (2,339,000)
2. MSNBC (1,642,000)
3. HOME AND GARDEN TV (1,223,000)
4. USA NETWORK (1,153,000)
5. TBS NETWORK (1,033,000)
Here are some other related numbers which are pretty brutal:
Fox News Channel’s prime-time viewership beats CNN again during Thursday’s Julian Castro town hall
Fox News Channel’s primetime viewership numbers beat out the cable news competition once again on Thursday night.
According to Nielson Media Research’s early numbers, FNC bested CNN numbers even during the network’s own town hall event with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro.
Averaging 2.7 million viewers and nearly 500,000 in the 25-54 age demographic, “The Ingraham Angle” numbers more than quadrupled CNN’s town hall in total viewers and almost tripled CNN in the 25-54 age category. CNN town hall’s brought in 654,000 average viewers and 174,000 in the age range.
CNN’s latest town hall ranked third in both categories and was down 41% in total viewers and down nearly 50% in the key 25-54 age demo. Thursday night’s special event for Castro also marked the second lowest-rated weekday primetime town hall in cable news history.
You have to wonder if the liberal media will ever recover from this.
What is tribalism? According to the dictionary, tribalism is the behavior and attitudes that stem from strong loyalty to one’s own tribe or social group. Tribalism is essentially the exaltation of one group above other groups. A tribe is a group of people who has a particular identity. They share common beliefs, principles, practices, and values. There is nothing wrong with belonging to a tribe in and of itself so long as there is nothing in that tribe that is inherently immoral. Belonging to a drug gang or a motorcycle gang whose identity entails unlawful practices would be an example of how one could sin just by belonging to a tribe.
Over at The Atlantic, Allene, an African American female marks some honest and startling observations about the very real racism within the African American community. She observes, Modern-day black activists (hell, a whole lot of black folks in general), require other black people to be BLACK first—that is, to tote around on their bent backs and black shoulders the eons of tortured black history as if that history is a current-day reality while denying who they are as individuals.
Anyone paying attention to the behavior and listening to the conversations on race today know that this is true. It is an indisputable fact of reality. What I do not know and cannot answer is why it is an indisputable fact of reality. Before you scream, I will admit that it isn’t true across the board but it is true enough to generalize with controversy. Allene asks another question: Black people desire equal rights, to be sure, but when young black people go to racially-mixed high schools and colleges, exactly why are all black students required to only support black student organizations? Why are there black student organizations in the first place? Should there be a student organization for every ethnic group? Seriously? Asians, English, Irish, German, Jewish, and so forth? Why lump all Asians together? Shouldn’t we respect their own people groups? I don’t have the answer. But I think it is a question that deserves some sort of attention.
Allene continues: I don’t know why black activists feel that each and every black person in America must be black before any other aspect of their personalities and lives. I have been called an Oreo Cookie because of the way I speak, where I live, and the people I choose to have/share my life with. These are great observations and even better questions. I am puzzled why black Christian leaders are not contributing to the conversation in this way by asking these kinds of questions and making such penetrating and honest observations.
Allene couldn’t be more right when she points out, “What many blacks do not accept about white America is that there are millions of poor white folks in this country without opportunities just like legions of poor blacks. The reality for all of these people, both black and white, is that poor is poor and being poor isn’t easier just because your skin is white.” I know this to be true. I grew up about as poor as anyone could in this country.
This is not a photo of where I grew up, but this house is not much different from the one I grew up in until I reached teenage years and things turned only slightly up for my dad. I know what it is like not to have running water in the house until 5th grade. I know what it is like to finally be old enough to go with uncles to purchase and bring in loads of coal and wood for the coming winter. I know what it is like to sleep in a house with two coal-fired stoves that would lose their fire ever night and to get up in a house without heat, in January, in the mountains. To make matters worse, I lived on the north side of the mountain which meant that the sun would not hit our house but for only a couple of hours a day. Our property would always have snow on the ground when everyone else’s had melted away. It was cold in the winter.
Allene’s observations continue cut against the mainstream: I can not and do not carry the burden of my ancestors’ bondage anymore than I carry the scars of being disenfranchised in an alien land that robbed my people of a language, a culture, a land. As a black American, I cannot return to Africa. In Africa I am also considered to be untrustworthy, a bastardized offshoot of a people long ago sold into slavery by people with skin the same color as mine. This is a mindset and it is a healthy one. I admire Allene’s desire to help those she cares about. Her observations, questions, and attitudes offer more hope than most black Christian leaders I know.
Allene concludes her observations with this summary: So, if America is not my home, am I supposed to accept that I am just a stranger in a very strange land without the hope of ever being accepted as merely human? Well, in this world today, it appears that my simple desire to merely be accepted as human is something rejected by a lot of Americans—white people, but also by black people who require me to only be black! Allene is right. We are all human beings created in the image of God to be like him. Whatever we are after that is not nearly as important.
Allene’s comments reflect a serious problem in the African American community. It is called Tribalism. Tribalism is different from belonging to or being proud to belong to a tribe. Tribalism elevates the tribe to the place of extreme importance, to the place of idolatry. When your tribe becomes the heartbeat of your identity, be it African, Chinese, Irish, German, English, whatever, it enters a very godless and dangerous place. This is the place where ideas come to eventually blossom into wars.
Calestous Juma, a professor at Harvard wrote an article in 2012 dealing with this same phenomenon: Viewpoint – How Tribalism Stunts African Democracy. Juma writes, The challenge to democracy in Africa is not the prevalence of ethnic diversity, but the use of identity politics to promote narrow tribal interests. It is tribalism. Isn’t it fascinating how the rhetoric around race relations in America has risen exponentially as of late and along with it we have witnessed a corresponding rise in identity politics? One has to wonder who is exporting which ideas to whom?
Juma also notes, Leaders often exploit tribal loyalty to advance personal gain, parochial interests, patronage, and cronyism. This is just as true with those leaders outside the church as it is with those on the inside. What are Christians to think about tribalism? Tribalism is a deadly and dangerous sin that each one of us must guard against. Tribalism is based in an idolatrous pride that elevates one human over another based on things like geography, physical traits or characteristics, and cultural practices and customs. But as I ranted about recently, there exists in the human race a diversity of depravity among the cultures, the people groups, the tribes of humanity.
Just like it is the case that not all white people are racists, it is the case that not all African Americans have bought into the idolatry of tribalism. I expect idolatry to run rampant among the pagans regardless of their ethnicity. They are dead in their trespasses and sins and as such are God-haters by nature. But when this disease begins to take hold in the churches, someone has to stand up and say something. If you love the church, stand up for her, defend her, protect her purity and purge diseases like tribalism from her membership.
We are all dead in our trespasses and sins. We are all held in bondage under sin. Every one of us, regardless of our tribe, is in need of redemption. There isn’t a pure tribe on the planet, excepting one: Christianity. The Christian tribe is only pure because of the blood of Christ, the Savior. There is only one tribe that is pleasing and acceptable to God.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (1 Peter 2:9-10)
On the core mandate of the investigation, given to Special Counsel Mueller by Rod Rosenstein as Acting Attorney General in May of 2017—to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump”—the takeaway conclusion stated in the Mueller report, as quoted in the Barr summary, is that “[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
In the footnote indicated at the end of that sentence, Barr further clarifies the comprehensive meaning of that conclusion, again quoting the Report’s own words: “In assessing potential conspiracy charges, the Special Counsel also considered whether members of the Trump campaign ‘coordinated’ with Russian election interference activities. The Special Counsel defined ‘coordination’ as an ‘agreement—tacit or express—between the Trump Campaign and the Russian government on election interference’.”
Barr restates the point of the cited conclusion from the Mueller Report a number of times: “The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election…the Special Counsel did not find that any U.S. person or Trump campaign official or associate conspired or knowingly coordinated with the IRA [Internet Research Agency, the indicted Russian clickbait operation] in its efforts.”
Thus, the Mueller investigation found no “conspiracy,” no “coordination,”—i.e., no “collusion”—“tacit or express” between the Trump campaign or any U.S. person and the Russian government. The Mueller investigation did not make, seal, or recommend any indictment for any U.S. person for any such crime.
More than 10,000 illegal aliens from countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism are living in the United States, according to federal data.
The countries of origin include Iran, North Korea, Syria and Sudan, said the Immigration Reform Law Institute, or IRLI, which referenced the data in a study reported by Breitbart News.
The illegal aliens either have been ordered deported or have pending deportation orders, despite remaining in the U.S., Breitbart said.
A total of more than 1.7 million illegal aliens remain in the U.S. despite having been ordered deported or having pending deportation orders.
IRLI Executive Director Dale Wilcox spoke to Breitbart News Tonight radio program on Sirius of the “very dangerous situation.”
“We have 10,000 aliens … some of them are criminals and that’s why they’ve been ordered removed,” he said. “You could have some that might have come into the country legally at some point. However, they’ve committed crimes and they’ve been ordered removed.”
Of the 10,000 from terror-sponsoring countries, about 6,000 are from Iran, Wilcox pointed out.
He noted that California, a “sanctuary” state that shields illegal aliens from federal immigration authorities, has the largest population of Iranians outside of Iran.
“We’ve had hearings here recently in Congress where U.S. intelligence officials have stated there are Iranian sleeper cells inside the United States, ready and waiting for the order,” he said.
The first attack on the World Trade Center, the New York subway bombing conspiracy and the 9/11 were plots perpetrated by immigration violators, said Wilcox.
“We saw on 9/11 the damage that only 19 sleeper cell terrorists could cause,” Wilcox said. “This is just the latest example of the disaster of sanctuary laws, which force ICE agents to operate with one hand tied behind their backs while making our communities inherently more dangerous.”
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
At a strict private school, the administration used a demerit system of discipline. Whenever students broke a rule or failed to carry out instructions, they were given demerits worth a certain number of points. Punishments were handed out according to the points, which were tallied each week in a black register.
One day, the principal called a special assembly. In several swift motions, he tore the book apart and scattered the pieces on the floor. The students stared in astonishment as he explained his actions: “All of you are completely pardoned. There’s no more record of your past wrongs. You don’t deserve this forgiveness; your behavior was still wrong. I did this out of my love for you to show you a picture of what Jesus does when you accept His forgiveness.”
On the cross, Jesus tore up the record book of your sin and took the punishment for you. His blood covers your sin forever. Jesus sees you as absolutely spotless and righteous, washed of all guilt.
Is your slate clean? It can be today. Receive Christ as your Savior, and He erases all your sin. That’s what His love is all about.
Dear Lord, how I praise You that there is no record of my sin. It is cleansed by the blood of Calvary. Thank You for Your forgiveness that makes me spotless, righteous, and cleansed from all guilt.
 Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 109). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
Saturday on Fox News Channel’s “Justice,” host Jeanine Pirro contended “the chickens have come home to roost,” referring to the left and the media reaction to Attorney General William Barr’s claim before the House Appropriations Committee last week that the U.S. government spied on the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.
Pirro criticized a number of those associated with the alleged effort, including former FBI Director James Comey.
“Jim, don’t act so pompous saying we don’t spy,” she said. “That the word should be the human source and act like you didn’t do what you did. And I don’t care if you call it a spy, human source, intelligent seeker, gather or a ghost — a spy is a spy. And rose by any other name is still a rose. And by the way, in the first application, that you signed, it says that not only do foreign powers engaged in spying the U.S. to obtain information but that Russia has tried to influence elections since the 1960s.”
“I’ll bet you never tried to wiretap Barack Obama’s campaign,” Pirro continued. “You couldn’t get Barr to recuse himself in your liberal friends couldn’t either. So, the liberal faculty circus will attempt to destroy him. I got the news. That’s never going to happen. The days of no accountability and no consequence are over. Jim, history will not work kindly on you. Bill Barr is everything you are not: a quiet professional, someone who understands that lady justice is blindfolded for a reason. The days of lies and coverups are over. Enjoy your freedom, Jim while you’ve got it.”