A Prayer for America in Her Hour of Greatest Need

Dear Lord, We humbly ask for your intercession for our country.  Evil has arisen and is attacking the freedoms we hold dear in this country.  This evil seems insurmountable. Only you can save us! I pray that you “uncover the deeps out of darkness and brings deep darkness to light” (Job 12:22).  Lord, please act because your laws have been broken (Psalm 119:126).  The wicked have perverted justice in our country.  They have accepted bribes.  They have suppressed the truth by their wickedness (Romans 1:18). You hate robbery and wrong but love justice, O Lord (Isaiah 61:8).  Repay the wicked according to their deeds (Isaiah 59:18).  “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (Amos 5:24).  Let what is hidden be revealed in time to make a difference to preserve America and restore this nation to its Christian roots.  Open the eyes of those who have been blinded, so they will see the truth and act upon it.  Please do not forsake your children who call humbly upon you to let truth be revealed and justice be done.  We are crying to You for help.  Please hear and deliver us out of all our troubles.  Thank you for being near to the brokenhearted and saving the crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:17-18).   “To the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen” (Romans 16:27).

Determine to be free!

Freedom.  Liberty.  These are words you are familiar with.  You may use them in conversation.  You may even say you believe in the ideas represented by these words.  But do you really know what they mean?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines freedom as “the quality or state of being free: the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action; liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another.”  Liberty is also defined as “the quality or state of being free: the power to do as one pleases; freedom from physical restraint; freedom from arbitrary or despotic control; the power of choice.  Thomas Paine (1792, Plan of a Declaration of Rights) famously stated, “Liberty is the power to do everything that does not interfere with the rights of others: thus, the exercise of the natural rights of every individual has no limits save those that assure to other members of society the enjoyment of the same rights.”

You see: liberty and freedom go hand in hand.  They are synonyms. 

In the United States of America, we have enjoyed a level of freedom.  Our Founding Fathers established a government rooted in Biblical principles, designed to enable its citizens to chose or act without restraint by the government within reason.  I say “within reason” because boundaries were also established by nature of laws designed to uphold the basic principles of the Ten Commandments.  You see, you cannot have true freedom without having justice.  And you cannot understand justice without God’s moral law.  The Founders understood this, and they established a government designed to elicit the most possible opportunities for freedom that might exist based on an understanding of God’s law and God’s purpose for government.  John Adams said our right to freedom was derived from “our Maker”. 

Scripture says that “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17 English Standard Version).  The people of the United States used to understand this principle.  Freedom comes from God.  Freedom is a gift of God (cf. Romans 8:15; 2 Timothy 1:7).  Freedom is the grace of God (cf. Romans 8; Galatians 5:1-26). 

The Founders had an understanding of freedom from a Biblical perspective.  This perspective is evident in our founding documents.  Unfortunately, today we have forgotten the timeless principles about the origin and nature of our freedom, and in so doing, we have become slaves to corruption.  Most do not even know it.     

I once heard a story about a pastor who began pastoring a new church.  He did not like where the piano was located, so one day, he moved the piano to the other side of the room.  The church members threw a fit, so he moved it back.  Thereafter, little by little, he began inching the piano back over to where he wanted it.  He moved the piano so slowly, that the church members did not even notice it was happening until one day, the piano was where he originally intended for it to be.  No one said anything.  They had gradually become used to the idea. 

Right now, we are living in a time where our freedom is being significantly restricted in our great country.  These restrictions have been coming upon us slowly over time in increasing number as our country has strayed further and further from the Biblical principles upon which we were founded.  Thomas Jefferson (1788, Letter to Colonel Edward Carrington) stated that, “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.”  We see the government gaining ground all around us.  The “piano” has been moved, and in the past week, we see that it has been moved completely and drastically in the last final steps to the intended takeover of America.   

In The Federalists Papers of 1788, James Madison stated, “Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty as well as the abuses of power.”  Liberty is in danger.  Freedom is in danger.  The United States of America is in danger.

What can be done?  Is it too late?  Can the piano be moved back? 

John Adams (1765, A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law) stated, “Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right…and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean of the characters and conduct of their rulers.” 

We need to wake up!  We need to learn and understand what it means to be free.  We need to understand what liberty means and where our liberty comes from.  Notice that the “piano” is being moved and resist the movement of the “piano”.  Do not allow another inch.  Move the “piano” back to where it started. 

If you value freedom, you will resist tyranny because tyranny is diametrically opposed to freedom.  Tyranny is the absence of grace.  It is the imposition of law after law, mandate after mandate, based on the whim of a despot.  “It behoves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case others” (Thomas Jefferson, 1803, Letter to Benjamin Rush).  You cannot be timid.  You must not be quiet.  You must take a stand now, or freedom will be lost.

“It is impossible to conquer a nation determined to be free” (Thomas Paine, 1792, Letter to the People of France).

Determine to be free!

A Prayer for the United States of America

Lord, Deliver us from the evil that has taken over our country (Matthew 6:13).  Expose the unfruitful works of darkness that are so prevalent in our government officials (Ephesians 5:11).  Protect those in office who fear you and stand up for what is right (I Timothy 2:1-4).  Show us the truth and guide us in wisdom (Proverbs 1:7, 2:6; Psalm 111:10; James 1:5).  We come to You humbly in the name of Jesus, praying and seeking Your face.  Your children desire that this country will turn from its wicked ways knowing You will hear us and heal this land if this is what You have willed (2 Chronicles 7:14).  In Jesus’ holy name.  Amen. 

The Greater Threat

Time and time again, in response to all the government overreach and mandates related to the coronavirus panic, I have heard people say, “Well, I like what my governor is doing.  He (or she) is keeping me safe.” 

To that I ask, “Keeping you safe from what?  A virus that 99% of the people under the age of 70 who contract it recover from?  A virus that 95% of the people over the age of 70 who contract it recover from?  Your definition of safe and my definition of safe are vastly different.”

Still others say, “Well, the mandates my governor has made are working because people aren’t dying.”

To that I ask, “How do you know you wouldn’t have the same result without the mandates?” 

As a matter of fact, prior to the mandates, guess what?  Coronavirus was a virus that 99% of the people under the age of 70 who contract it recovered from.  Coronavirus was a virus that 95% of the people over the age of 70 who contract it recovered from.  Look at the before and after data and think critically about that data.  What we know now is based on actual data, not models (i.e. guesses). 

I have been studying the actual data since the beginning of the panic. Again, I say, “Your definition of safe and my definition of safe are vastly different.”

Safety to me means that I have choices I can make to protect my God-given, unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Safety is not the government making decisions for me.  Unfortunately, history repeatedly proves that no government has been able to keep people completely safe.  True safety comes from resting in the hands of a sovereign God and knowing that what happens in my life, both good and bad, ultimately serves His purpose and brings Him glory.   Safety is not the absence of a threat but the ability to effectively deal with one. 

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

There is a greater threat looming on the horizon. Today, my friends, you are more in danger of losing your freedoms than you are of dying from the coronavirus. 

False Freedom

Grooming:  it is what a child molester or abuser does to prepare his or her victim to accept the abuse without question.  It is a form of mind control where one manipulates the victim to accept what is about to be perpetrated without question.

A lot of grooming has been taking place in our country as of late.  It is in the form of narratives from the media and politicians who say catchy little phrases and lay guilt trips on the people.  My husband has always told me that if you say something loud enough and long enough, people will eventually start to believe what you say whether it is true or not.  He is right.

Take for example in Ohio.  The governor for a couple weeks prior to his state-wise mandatory mask mandate would repeat that masks represent freedom.  “Masks represent freedom”,  “be kind to others”, “wear a mask”, and “we’re in this together”:  these are all phrases I am sure you have heard in your own states and on the media.

Do masks really represent freedom?  I guess that depends on what your definition of freedom is.  If your definition of freedom involves being allowed to go only where the state tells you can go, then I guess you are free.  Welcome to how socialists define freedom.  “Any society that will give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both” (Benjamin Franklin).

Here is the dictionary.com definition of freedom:

  • the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint
  • exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc.
  • the power to determine action without restraint
  • political or national independence
  • personal liberty, as opposed to bondage or slavery: a slave who bought his freedom
  • exemption from the presence of anything specified (usually followed by from): freedom from fear

For many places in our country right now, people are not at liberty if they do not to wear a mask.  They cannot go about their lives without some type of external control, interference, or regulation.  They have no power to determine what they will do or where they will go without restraint from the government.  Unless they agree with the narrative, they have no political independence.  There is no personal liberty unless one is under the bondage of a mask.  To interact with the world around them, they are being specifically told they must wear a mask.  There is no freedom from fear.  Indeed, the mask represents fear.  It is a constant reminder to be afraid.

So right now, you have a bunch of people running around the country wearing masks who thing they are free because they can go into stores and public places.  After reviewing the definition of freedom, do you think they are free?

It is a false freedom predicated upon people’s fear.  To have “freedom” from the fear the media incites each and every day with manipulated data and exaggerated stories, people are willingly subjugating the true freedom which we were given by God to the false freedom offered by the state.

Wake up people!  Don’t you see it?  You have been groomed to buy into false freedom.  You have lost your personal liberty and have become slaves to your abuser.

“Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive” (C. S. Lewis).

“Fear of man will prove to be a snare”

“Fear of man will prove to be a snare…” (Proverbs 29:25a NIV)

I’ve never understood this passage more than at this very moment in history.  I see people walking around afraid of other people, terrified and freaked out that the human being in their line of vision is going to give them a “deadly” virus.  People have become the enemy.  People have become inhuman and immaterial to others.  The fear of man has indeed become a snare to common decency, human connectedness, and just general kindness and love for another human being.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…” (Proverbs 1:7a NIV).

When I think about those two verses in comparison with one another, it leads me to several questions. If my fear of man is greater than my fear of the Lord, what does that say about me?  If I am living in anxiety that I might get a virus, am I living in the fear of the Lord?  If I’m not living in the fear of the Lord, what does that likely mean?

What is ruling your mortal body at this moment in time?  How are you looking at other people?  Are you looking at them as the enemy?  Are you looking at them as someone who might have the “monster virus who is looking for bodies to jump into” as Ohio’s governor termed it in one of his fear-mongering speeches?  Are you living on the emotional roller coaster that is fear and panic?

If the answer to any of these questions is in the affirmative, you might just need to redirect your fear!  In doing so, there is safety.  In doing so, knowledge, wisdom, and instruction will be found.

“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe” (Proverbs 29:25 NIV).

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7 NIV).

 

Emotions are unreliable beasts

Emotions are dangerous and unreliable beasts.  Relying on them can invoke the most negative of consequences.  Ask any woman (sorry to be hard upon my gender) who on any given day of the month can experience happiness, sadness, crabbiness, and joy all within a matter of minutes simply because of fluctuations in her hormonal state.

Growing up, my mom told me to never make decisions when I was emotional.  When you are tired, hungry, grumpy, or upset, you are more likely to make bad decisions.  That’s because when you make decisions based on emotion, you tend to ignore reality.  You tend to ignore the facts.

Never before have I seen this displayed more clearly than in our present state of world affairs.  In the beginning of the coronavirus panic, it was natural to feel a bit of fear.  Everything was uncertain.  We did not have any facts, and we were being told daily how many people were dying.  If you are constantly bombarded with the threat of death, you will begin to live in a state of fear and panic.

It’s not that way anymore.  We have a ton of facts.  We have research.  We now know how the virus works and what kinds of treatment it responds the best to.

Yet people have been conditioned to remain afraid.  They have been trained, quite effectively I might add, to live in and stay in a state of panic and fear.  The facts do not matter to people.  Fear has become their primary motivating force.

Here you have a virus where on average 99% of the people who get it survive, yet people are completely gripped with fear.  You can show people the actual data being reported from their very own community, yet they remained completely paralyzed with fear.  For example, in my community, only .02% of the entire population have died from the virus, and 99.88% of the population do not even have the virus currently!  Yet people are walking around town looking at others like they are carriers of some deadly plague.  It is completely unreal to me.

They are being ruled by fear and not facts…emotions and not reality

Take for another example: the masking requirements.  In my state, only .15% of the population is confirmed/presumed [emphasis intentionally presumed] to even actively have the virus.  Yet our governor is threatening masking mandates throughout the entire state.  He has spent millions of dollars on fear mongering propaganda to maintain a state of panic among the masses.  Manipulating masses to fear is pure evil, yet people fall for it because they are operating emotionally instead of rationally.

Even though there are numerous studies put out by real experts in the past 20 years who have done real scientific studies that demonstrate the ineffectiveness of masking on healthy people and the potential problems that could arise from healthy people wearing masks, we are constantly being told that we must do things because the “experts” say so.  Yet those experts are always unnamed.  Or we are told the CDC says something is so, and people blindly trust it regardless of the fact that in the beginning they were telling us something very different than they are telling us now.  Has it ever occurred to anyone that the government is using the government to support what it tells you to do?

Emotions are dangerous and unreliable.  By living in certain emotions, like fear for example, you will make decisions that are not grounded in truth and reality.  Living in fear is so dangerous, in fact, that it can leave you opened to being controlled by other people…people who may not have your best interests in mind.

Come out of your emotional stupor and into reality, even if just for a moment.  Examine the facts.  Study them.  Make decisions grounded in what is real.  Stop reacting to the world around you and start acting like a rational human being.  Conditioning can be reversed, but you will have to work at it by educating yourself intentionally with the truth.

You are being selfish…

“What would Jesus do?”

“You need to wear a mask to show kindness and love to others.”

“You are being selfish if you don’t wear a mask.”

“You might make a brother stumble if you don’t wear a mask.”

These are all things that I have heard come out of the mouths of others, even well-meaning Christians.  However, I would propose to you that they aren’t really thinking out what they are saying.  In fact, they are being quite hypocritical.

There are so many reasons why people refuse to wear a mask.  For example, my son is hearing impaired.  He literally cannot hear or understand anyone who speaks to him with a mask on.  He relies heavily on reading lips.  So when you wear a mask when you are communicating with him, well, there’s little to no communication occurring.  You have in effect shut him out of your world.  Are you being selfish for wearing a mask?  I mean, you’re cutting him off to communication with you as a person.  Perhaps you don’t care about that at all.  Is that showing love and kindness to him?

It freaks my dad out to even think of wearing a mask.  I’m sure he probably doesn’t want me to tell people that.  He tries to hide it.  You see, he was in Vietnam.  Masks represent bad things to him…horrible, awful memories.  Just the thought of being forced to put a mask on generates what I would go so far as to call PTSD symptoms.  I am sure other service members can relate to this.  Yet I know people who would say that someone like my dad is being selfish for not wearing one.  My dad fought for this country.  He served as a police officer for many years to the point of great personal sacrifice being forced to retire because he was injured in the line of duty.  He is the least selfish man I know.  Yet people are suggesting by their very words and guilt trips that should he chose to not wear a mask, he is a stumbling block, selfish, and lacks kindness and love for others.  Really?

Or take a rape victim.  According to RAINN, 1 out of every 6 women have either been raped or had raped attempted on them and 94% of women who have been raped experience PTSD.  Rapists often cover the mouths of their victims to silence them.  Guess what a face mask represents to them?  Torture, flash backs, panic, fear, danger.  Of all the people you know in your life, especially women, do you really know whether they have been sexually abused in some way?  Yet people would have the gall to accuse someone who is not wearing a mask and who just might happen to be a sexual assault victim that she is being selfish and unkind.  Really?

I do not question your freedom to wear a mask.  You may have really good reasons to wear a mask.  That’s your choice…emphasis on choice.  I hope you have made a well-educated and logical choice.

That being said, when other people, especially Christians, try to lay guilt trips on other people for not wearing a mask, they are only virtue signaling.  The definition of virtue signaling according to dictionary.com is as follows: “the sharing of one’s point of view on a social or political issue, often on social media, in order to garner praise or acknowledgment of one’s righteousness from others who share that point of view, or to passively rebuke those who do not.”   In other words, people who virtue signal about masking want others to think about how wonderful they are for not being selfish and wearing a mask to “protect” others.

The reality is though, they are not thinking of others.  Virtue signaling in this manner is really all about them.  If they were really thinking of others, they might be asking themselves if that person has a good reason for not wearing a mask.  But they don’t.  They make assumptions and judgments without ever finding out the reason why people do what they do.  They want their choice to be mandated upon others.  So they just go around laying on the guilt ultimately becoming the epitome of what they are accusing others to be: selfish, unkind, unloving, and stumbling blocks to others.

All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord” (Proverbs 16:2 NIV).

Where have all the critical thinkers gone?

I am convinced that most people have completely lost their ability to think critically. Looking around all I see are the walking dead who just do what they are told and don’t question why, even when given conflicting information and false data.  They ask nothing, they think nothing, they accept everything.  It scares me!

Their words are the hyperbole of those whom they have voted into office.  They are mindless, empty, obliging, compliant.  They are like sheep being led to slaughter merrily bleating all the way.

My mom taught me at a very young age the importance of asking, “Why?”  There has to be a reason, a good reason, for every single thing you do, every choice you make.  Mindless choices result in dangerous consequences.

In Scripture, we are instructed to “test everything” (I Thessalonians 5:21 English Standard Version).  Yet so many believers test nothing.  They do not ask why.  They accept blindly, openly, compulsively anything anyone in “authority” over them says.  This is so very dangerous.  We are warned in Scripture about the constant spiritual battle we are in (cf. Ephesians 6).  We are warned about the dangers of false teaching (cf. I John 4:1; 2 John 1:7-11; Matthew 7:21-23; 2 Peter 2:1, and the list could go on). We are warned throughout the entire book of Proverbs what will happen when we lack discernment and wisdom.  We are warned about the prowling lion, our adversary the devil, who disguises himself as an angel of light, seeking whom he can devour (cf. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; 1 Peter 5:8).

We are warned, yet we forge ahead without thinking, without concern, without caution.  We accept godless chatter and false knowledge as fact simply become someone says it is so. We lack the inquisitiveness of the Bereans (cf. Acts 17).  Believers should be the most critical thinking people around!

Ephesians 5:6-16 (English Standard Version) says, “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.  Therefore do not become partners with them;  for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light  (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true),  and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.  Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.  For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret.  But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible,  for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, ‘Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’  Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,  making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

Think people.  Think…before it is too late!

Systemic Evil

We need to stand up against systemic evil which has resulted in lawlessness, tyranny, and human brutality in this world.  This is not something that can be fixed by government intervention but by spiritual warfare using the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  “ For we do not wrestle 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 ESV).

Isaiah 53

Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
because he poured out his soul to death
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and makes intercession for the transgressors.