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FAILING OUR KIDS

We wonder, sometimes, why our kids don’t respect us like we think they should. We supply their needs, give them decent homes to live in and pay their way through expensive schools to help them with their futures. At least many of us do. Others do what they can along those lines, even though they may be disadvantaged in some way. Our kids, compared to most in the world, are truly “blessed” by their parents. Yet, there’s something missing in our relationship with our kids.

This subject came to mind as I looked at the calendar and realized another Halloween is about to arrive – next week in fact. I hate Halloween. I refuse to participate in it. It celebrates evil. Yet I am definitely in the minority when it comes to hating this holiday (more properly called “Helloween” if you ask me). Have you ever had your house egged, your mail box torn up, your door mat stolen, your yard trashed on Halloween? I have. This is a good holiday?

So how does all this connect with the lack of respect our kids often show us? It connects because kids hate hypocrisy. Even though as they age they can be hypocrites too, they still hate it in others. And that is what they see their parents practicing when they foist off holidays on them that they know are filled with evil ideas and cult or false religious practices that include demonism and witchcraft. Parents go along to get along when it comes to child rearing all too often, and claiming doing stupid things because everyone else does it, is fun for the kids, is just plain ignorant. Yet, because society approves hypocrisy, that is what parents do when they have their kids going door to door threatening their neighbors with “tricks” if they don’t get something from them for free. Is this what we tell our kids to do the rest of the year? No Way! Do we want them to behave like demons, witches, or even ghosts? Are you kidding? But on Halloween, it’s ok. Even churches approve it. This is crazy.

So why do our kids show us little respect? Because we show disrespect to our kids. We tell them creepiness is ok on Halloween, then punish them if they act creepy at other times. We tell them lying is wrong, but dressing up to appear evil is ok. We tell them not to steal, but encourage them to hold up their neighbors on Halloween. We teach them moral values, but show them that dumping all that to have fun one night each year is acceptable behavior. Yes, we parents do that and a whole lot more when we send our kids out the door every October 31 with a bag in their hand and a costume on their backs to threaten their neighbors with harm if they don’t hand over the goodies.

Maybe it’s time we took a good hard look at our adult behavior. Maybe we are selling our kids far too short when we think they don’t notice the inconsistencies in what we teach them. Maybe we don’t honor their intelligence when we foist off our foolish childishness on their developing, sensitive minds. You want respect from your kids? Perhaps we need to first try to truly respect them.

Our Leaders Embrace "Sodom"

US President Barack Obama has announced the ban on openly gay people serving in US military ended on September 20th.  In Washington, the President marked the day in a written statement, noting… “patriotic Americans in uniform will no longer have to lie about who they are in order to serve the country they love.”  The President continued by stating that, “Our armed forces will no longer lose the extraordinary skills and combat experience of so many gay and lesbian service members”. 

Isaiah 3:9 describes many of our Civilian and Military leaders today, men and women in leadership positions who have openly rejected God’s laws: The look on their faces is a witness against them. They show off their sin, just as the people of Sodom did. They don’t even try to hide it. How terrible it will be for them! They have brought trouble on themselves.

With the certification, Mr. Obama affirmed that he, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen have officially confirmed that the military is prepared, following extensive training and preparation, to implement December’s repeal of the law.

Under the US policy of DADT (Don’t ask, Don’t tell), established in 1993, gay people could serve in the military but could not acknowledge their orientation. The military was forbidden to inquire but was permitted to expel service members found to be gay. Britain, Israel, Canada, Australia, France and at least 20 other nations allow gays to serve openly.

More Republicans Favoring "Gay" Marriage

The disturbing news is that public opinion in America is shifting in favor of same-sex marriage. The change that has taken place in America regarding this topic is truly staggering.   In 1996, Gallup found that 70 percent of Americans opposed it.   But a recent poll revealed that now 54% of Americans are in favor of same-sex marriage.

Many Republicans now favor “gay” marriage.  The Republicans’ problem is young voters.  70 percent of those under age 35 favor legalizing same-sex unions.  Many Republicans are no longer considered morally conservative, although they define themselves as fiscal conservatives.

The State acceptance of same sex marriage began in the Netherlands in 2001 and is now spreading around the world.   Same-sex marriage is now legally recognized in Argentina, Portugal, Canada, Belgium, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, South Africa and Sweden.  In America same-sex marriages are not recognized nationally, though same-sex couples can marry in six states and one district. 

According to exit polls in the last three presidential elections gays and lesbians made up just 3 percent of the electorate.  Yet Republican office holders are softening their stance on homosexual behavior for fear of losing votes—particularly young voters.  Many young voters have money and liberal views, although they call themselves Republicans.  Also, many Republicans running for office are courting Independents, the majority of whom favor gay marriage.

The hard truth is most who seek public office are quick to sell out on goodness if it will help them get elected to office.  God looks at so many of our national leaders and sees weak, selfish people, who care not at all for His laws. “I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one– Ezekiel 22:30.

Our national leaders should be crying out against our National Sins, and those who commit them.  Instead so many who seek public office embrace vile and destructive behavior.  There is no fear of God in the Land.

Steven LeBlanc

WHY ALL THIS BAD WEATHER?

Does God take a hand in our weather?

Don’t ask that question too loudly, it would be considered inappropriate.  However, people are starting to voice their concerns about the escalation of violent and destructive weather.  The reports of floods, droughts, tornadoes, and hurricanes are increasingly difficult to shrug off.

If you believe God’s word, you won’t ignore the problems of weather.  The violent weather and all other natural disasters are controlled by the hand of God, as you will see as you read on.  That does not mean that every spell of bad weather is brought by God.  But it is clear from the Bible, that God does use the weather for His purposes.  Right now the number one concern of all western nations is the economy.  When we hear the reports of billions of dollars of damage from weather episodes, it is clear the economy is affected by the weather.  It is obvious that good weather brings good crops, which make up a large segment of every country’s economy.  If a nation or region has a climate that supports agriculture, barring other offsetting problems, it will be a strong prosperous country.

The question is, where does good, crop producing weather come from?  The Bible makes it clear:

“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God…The Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.  The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give you the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand.  You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.  And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God…” (Deut 28:11-13)  Unfortunately, we are not, in many areas, seeing these blessings fall down upon us at this time.  It is quite the opposite.

When we look to Texas, we see a specific example of how agriculture is being affected by the weather this year.  The drought and resulting range fires occurring in Texas are being covered even by international media.  These fires have been powerful and destructive, killing people and destroying property.  However, few realize that there is a lasting effect from this combination of natural disasters.  The cattle industry is being severely damaged, not only in Texas but also in Oklahoma and the surrounding states.  Cattlemen are being forced to sell off cattle to the point that many will not have herds in the future.  The drought and fires are destroying pastures and grain.  According to business reports out of that area, the cattle industry may not recover for many years to come.  This will cause a large shortage of beef, which will mean much higher beef prices in the near future.  It is happening at a time when the world’s population is seeking more and more high quality food, especially beef.  The current drought stricken area is probably the largest beef producing area of the world, and it is being devastated.  This is not fulfilling the idea expressed in the above-quoted passage from Deuteronomy where it mentions an “increase of your livestock” for those who are obedient to God.     

In the Book of Job after hearing Job’s complaints about God, God asked Job these questions:

“Can you lift up your voice to the clouds so that an abundance of water may cover you?  Can you send out lightenings, that they may go and say to you, here we are?  Who has put wisdom in the mind?  Or who has given understanding to the heart?  Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven, when the dust hardens in clumps and the clods cling together?”  (Job 38:34-38) 

By asking these questions, God is opening Job’s mind as to who is in charge, not only of the weather, but also the entire universe.  It is a lesson the majority of mankind has never found the answer to.  After God’s questioning, and considering what Job’s blessed life had been like and how horrible it was when God removed those blessings, Job was left with only a humble response, “I know you can do everything, and that no purpose of yours can be withheld from you…Therefore, I have uttered what I did not understand.”  (Job 42:1,3)  Those who do not think that God is in charge of the weather need to have their eyes opened, like Job did.

According to Bible prophecy, we are quickly approaching the return of Jesus Christ — a time when Christ will bring the nations to heel.  And he will use the weather to cause them to bend their knees before him. (Zech. 14:17-28)  When mankind is subdued by Christ, there will be a new and agriculture-related industry, the conversion of weapons to agricultural implements.  Plowshares for growing crops will be needed, and weapons of war will be converted into such tools. (Isaiah 2:4)   It is prophesied the rain will come in due season, and the huge abundance of crops to be harvested will be the challenge, not the struggle we currently face resulting from continual weather disasters.

China's first Aircraft Carrier

The most visible symbol of China’s rising military power is it’s first aircraft carrier. The carrier is a clear sign of China’s naval ambitions.

The giant, grey hulk of China’s newest warship, 60,000 tons of steel, sits at a dockside in the port of Dalian.  The huge carrier has been years in the making, and it is an unmistakable sign of China’s expanding military, and China’s desire to project Chinese power further beyond its borders.

China’s military is generally believed to be 20 years behind America’s in its development, but China is determined to catch up.  China is focusing on weapons designed to blunt US military power.  “An aircraft carrier is a symbol of the power of your navy,” says General Xu Guangyu, who used to serve in the PLA’s headquarters and is now retired. China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is the largest armed force in the world.  “China should at least be on the same level as other permanent members of the UN Security Council who have carriers.”

But it isn’t just one aircraft carrier. It’s three, of possibly five.  No sooner had the Defense Ministry admitted the existence of one carrier, sources confirmed the existence of two additional carriers being built in Shanghai. The addition of two indigenous carriers would put China in an entirely different class, since currently the United States is the only nation with more than two carriers in service.  These new developments reveal that China is interested in more than just territorial defense—they want to be seen as a superpower to be respected.

China is on course to build a modern military by 2020, a move that could threaten stability in the Asia-Pacific region, the Pentagon says. In the Pentagon’s annual report on China’s defense capability, the Pentagon said China had closed key technological gaps.  A main aim of the military development was to prevent possible US intervention in any conflict with Taiwan.

The PLA has also invested heavily in submarines. It is believed to be close to deploying the world’s first “carrier-killer” ballistic missile designed to sink aircraft carriers while they are maneuvering at sea up to 1,500km offshore, and it is building its own stealth fighter aircraft along with advanced carrier-based aircraft built from Russian designs. All of these can target US bases, US ships and US carriers in Asia.

America is increasingly being seen as the great sunset power, and China, the great sunrise power.

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