Mercy and Justice

Exodus 22:2-3 

If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt for him, but if the sun has risen on him, there shall be bloodguilt for him. He shall surely pay. If he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.

Bloodguilt: guilt resulting from murder or bloodshed.

Barnes Notes Commentary says this about these two verses:

If a thief, in breaking into a dwelling in the night, was slain, the person who slew him did not incur the guilt of blood; but if the same occurred in daylight, the slayer was guilty in accordance with Exodus 21:12. The distinction may have been based on the fact that in the light of day there was a fair chance of identifying and apprehending the thief. 

This is true for those of us who have conceal and carry permits - if there is an alternative way of apprehending a thief, which is the better choice. However, if your life is in jeopardy, you have every right to defend yourself and your family.

The two words, mercy and justice, are two words that can best describe God. He is merciful to the repentant and brings justice to the criminal. Even in this example of the thief, there is justice for being an intruder at night (giving the homeowner the benefit of the doubt because of the darkness), and mercy for the thief during the day (since he can be seen).

The scriptures are clear that there is grace for the person killing another person under special circumstances, but it does not mean that an intruder automatically gets the fatal shot. In the states that do not have a “stand your ground law”, gun owners who encounter an intruder must retreat away from inflicting bodily harm or injury to the intruder if it can be avoided. The states that have a stand your ground law, like Florida, state that you don’t have to retreat when confronted by an intruder.

Here is what the Stand Your Ground law in Florida states: Many states have enacted so-called stand your ground laws that remove the duty to retreat before using force in self-defense. Florida passed the first such law in 2005, generally allowing people to stand their ground instead of retreating if they reasonably believe doing so will "prevent death or great bodily harm."

I think the scripture stated above in Exodus gives better clarity to when bodily harm can be inflicted. Mercy and justice are best seen in that verse, which gives fair treatment to both the intruder and the homeowner.

The Bible tells us that justice will be twisted and mercy will be ignored in the last days. Laws in the land will be used to protect the guilty, and many laws will support the immorality of sexual perversion and the killing of the unborn. It will be natural for this trend to continue because lawlessness now reigns in society as a whole.

Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, Matthew 24:12 

Why parents and teachers oppose guns being carried by teachers, volunteer veterans, or even hired police officers, is beyond my comprehension. The weak argument that teachers are to teach and not defend is an empty argument. Schools have to change from being soft targets to hard targets, which could be a deterrent to attacks such as Parkland. The point is that you protect these students regardless of the means by which you do it. Even if assault weapons are banned, automatic pistols can kill at the same rate and those are not in question by anyone at this point. Killing is killing regardless of the means by which it is being done. Deranged people will use forks to stab people if they are that crazy. Wait until someone decides that guns are too slow and take up too much time, and they bring timer bombs into schools. Will that time be the time we decide to do more about how evil works, or will we still be fixated upon the guns?

Evil is not stupid. Evil knows what is a soft target and what is not. Any gathering of people today is a soft target for the most part because Americans refuse to deal with the reality of evil. Evil will always hit the most vulnerable because evil is a bully and bullies always hurt the weakest and most unprepared part of any community. Again, there is no mercy with evil, and there is never justice. Evil will always find more victims; regardless of the laws you pass. This is why all the debates about guns and safety of our schools are so misguided.

Our best protection is being proactive for our own defense, always being aware of our surroundings, and always having an exit plan. Our next line of defense is assume evil is present in any situation, because it is. Look at all the soft targets - the Columbine shootings, the terror attacks in Boston, and the nightclub attacks in Florida – all soft targets.

Lastly, prayer and belief in God will go a long way to finding peace in times of great stress because of our violent society. Our society as a whole needs to rethink it’s preoccupation with violence because in everything from gaming to movies we are obsessed with killing. Who are we kidding? We can ban the guns, but what about all the other violent acts we watch on TV or at the movies? How about all the violent video games? Society needs a heart change because our preoccupation with violence is killing us.

Keeping it honest and truthful...K




When Girls Become Boys

Mack Beggs, an 18-year-old senior from Euless Trinity High School near Dallas, entered the tournament in Cypress outside of Houston with an undefeated record. He beat Chelsea Sanchez — who he beat for the title in 2017. Beggs is in the process of transitioning from female to male and taking a low-dose of testosterone.


In most competitive sports, any kind of hormone altering substance is prohibited.

So how is it that this girl who is taking Testosterone to facilitate her change into a boy able to meet this requirement? The East German women were cited for taking growth hormones among other substances to get an edge over their competitors. Doping continued in Russia and the Russian team this year was banned from competing in this year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea.

So why is a girl allowed to take hormone shots and still able to compete?  She has an advantage that none of the other girls have, and it is simply because she is a transgender and in process of her transformation. It seems to me this is highly unfair to all the girls competing in the event.

The Minnesota Family Council has concerns about the fairness of Transgender participation in sports in Minnesota:

Transgender student athlete policies, however, permit biologically male students to participate on female teams. This gives them rights above and beyond other students, hurting the fairness in competition and safety for female teams.

Similarly, students use the bathroom, shower, and locker room facilities that correspond with their biological sex for privacy and safety reasons. Transgender policies permit students struggling with their gender identity to choose the facility opposite their biological sex. This gives them rights above every other student, and violates the privacy rights of everyone involved. 

The Minnesota Family Council statement also addresses the fairness of males competing on female teams:

The MN Legislature specifically passed law stating that female teams can be restricted to only females for obvious reasons--in order to provide fair competition, to address issues of discrimination against female students, and for females' safety. Allowing biological males on female-only teams seems a step backwards in the push for rights for women, doesn't it?

Furthermore, pediatricians agree that in general, boys tend to be taller, heavier, and have more skeletal mass than girls by age 18. Most anyone who's been an athlete or coach will agree that it doesn't make sense for girls to have to compete against boys for spots on a team or playing time, or to have to compete against boys on an opposing team in an athletic competition. The idea certainly doesn't pass the fairness test, and the potential safety issues for girls should concern everyone. 

Every state has their policies governing this topic, but it seems to me that we are creating our own discriminating practices by allowing people who are confused about their sexual orientation and want to compete on teams opposite their biological sex.

The Bible talks about one of the distinctive characteristics of the last days - confusion:

2 Timothy 3:13 Bad men and those who fool other people will grow worse and worse. They will fool other people, and other people will fool them.

We have confused the morality of sex, that now it has become perverted and confused.

Isaiah 45:16 "All of them are put to shame and confounded; the makers of idols go in confusion together."

When the heart is twisted and confused it looks inward to find meaning, and that creates disorder and evil practices.

James 3:16 "For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice."

God never confuses the issue: He made them male and female, mankind has said there are 63 other genders.

1 Corinthians 14:33 “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.”

So then we come to the agenda of getting all of us to accept and agree to the “transgender agenda,” however, the scripture is clear about this compromise:

Proverbs 25:26 If the godly give in to the wicked, it's like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring.

When we accept the transgender propaganda we then become confused and lose our perspective on what is right and wrong.

This is why I am so hard on preachers when they refuse to address the issues in our day. They become part of the problem in polluting a fountain and muddying a spring.

Our culture is so confused it has no direction and no substance. Yet, by our silence, we are all subject to becoming pawns. The time is now. We need to be strong in knowing what is right and what is wrong according to God’s Word, and don’t back away from our convictions.

Keeping it honest and truthful...K



Empty Words

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Ephesians 5:6


Empty words are everywhere, especially on Facebook. The disheartening part of this is when Christians are trying to argue their political point of view; they are simply missing the mark. I suppose we can all have varying degrees of disagreement about anything, but the scripture reminds us that our primary responsibility is to present who God is and what he has done for all of us through Jesus Christ. I learned long ago that Facebook can be a great place to present the gospel, but it is also a horrible place to state an opinion.

31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32


I have found that conservative and liberal Christians have a hard time with this verse. They feel so enraged about the others’ point of view that there is little tenderness anymore. There is certainly no forgiveness but rather an opportunity for showing an unforgiving spirit, self-righteous attitudes, and plain old anger, via the vehicle of Facebook. There was a day when people could be on opposite sides of an issue and still be civil about the debate, however today you are simply classified as an enemy. It seems that it doesn’t take much to make us angry and stay angry over the issues of our day. We have people calling each other heretics over disagreements in Scripture. We have people posting on Facebook a never-ending diatribe of insults against our President and his policies. There are so many Christians who turn to Facebook to express their distaste and hatred of Donald Trump. Now I understand that he has some quirky mannerisms, but it was no different when President Obama was in office. During those years I saw disagreement with Obama but never did I see the hatefulness that is now displayed against Trump. We are not getting better as a society and a culture; our disagreements are so severe that some have determined that we are heading toward another civil war.

Robin Wright writing in the New Yorker said: “I began a conversation with Keith Mines about America’s turmoil. Mines has spent his career—in the U.S. Army Special Forces, the United Nations, and now the State Department—navigating civil wars in other countries, including Afghanistan, Colombia, El Salvador, Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan. He returned to Washington after sixteen years to find conditions that he had seen nurture conflict abroad now visible at home. It haunts him. In March, Mines was one of several national-security experts whom Foreign Policy asked to evaluate the risks of a second civil war—with percentages. Mines concluded that the United States faces a sixty-per-cent chance of civil war over the next ten to fifteen years. Other experts’ predictions ranged from five per cent to ninety-five per cent. 


It seems we have never been as divided as we are now in America. The New Yorker article lists the five conditions for civil war:

Based on his experience in civil wars on three continents, Mines cited five conditions that support his prediction: entrenched national polarization, with no obvious meeting place for resolution; increasingly divisive press coverage and information flows; weakened institutions, notably Congress and the judiciary; a sellout or abandonment of responsibility by political leadership; and the legitimization of violence as the “in” way to either conduct discourse or solve disputes.


Well, we have it all in America. Therefore, in my opinion, it is counter-productive for Christians to spend their time ranting about their political views on Facebook, but rather why not start the discussion about what our course of action as Christians is supposed to be?

In the past I have posted some of these same thoughts as a response to negative, non-productive postings by Christians, and the response was more of the same argument that they are lead to tell the truth. I think there is a place for public debate on the issues of our day, but remember our argument needs to be based upon a scriptural premise and foundation.

Here is a lesson we could all use a refresher course on and work much harder on trying to fulfill it:

Ephesians 5:10 

10 Discerning what is pleasing to the Lord.  These are not empty words!

Keeping it honest and truthful…K


The Hypocrisy of the Gun Debate

Since last week’s Parkland, FL high school shooting, we have witnessed how the agenda of the left is being lived out through the news coverage. In fact, even rich and powerful celebrities are contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars to the March for Our Lives student march in Washington, DC.

What I find so hypocritical is all this attention on gun control, when there is a much greater killer in our midst, yet there has been no call for us to ban it. Alcohol kills thousands of people every year on our nation’s highways, and all that is called for is the prosecution of the drunk driver. There is no call for the repeal of alcohol sales in America. Why? Because our society has grown accustomed to alcohol usage and the expectation is for personal responsibility.

Why is it that we can’t get to that point in gun control? We don’t punish all alcohol users because someone chooses to drink and drive. In the same manner we shouldn’t punish all gun owners because there is some mental health issue within a select few who want to kill others.

The CDC says the following about this huge problem of driving and drinking:

  • In 2015, 10,265 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (29%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
  • Of the 1,132 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2015, 209 (16%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
  • In 2015, nearly 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. That’s one percent of the 111 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults each year.
  • Drugs other than alcohol (legal and illegal) are involved in about 16% of motor vehicle crashes.5
  • Marijuana use is increasing and 13% of nighttime, weekend drivers have marijuana in their system.7
  • Marijuana users were about 25% more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers with no evidence of marijuana use, however other factors – such as age and gender – may account for the increased crash risk among marijuana users.

According to the National Highway Safety board, there were 1,031 drunk driving fatalities in 2016. These fatalities account for 10% of the drunk driving fatalities in the U.S. So, my point is that there are more deaths among young people on our roads due to drinking and driving then there are in school shootings. I am not trying to minimize school shootings, but this current emphasis is so driven by the gun control advocates.

More needs to be done in common sense gun control, but let’s stop blaming the guns for these deaths, let’s put the blame on the person like we do in alcohol related deaths. As it has been said millions of times, “guns do not kill people, people kill people.”

I have a proposal: as a gun advocate, I would be willing to say let’s ban all guns, only if we are willing to ban all alcohol sales. Of course that won’t happen, and besides we tried banning alcohol in the 1920’s and people just went underground with their drinking. I am also convinced that we would find the same would be true if we ban guns or certain type of guns from the public. This political hype of “saving kids from school shootings” is not a gun control issue. It is our communities coming together in proactive ways to protect our schools. We will never, never, never, stop guns from getting into the hands of deranged people and it will not matter what laws are passed. Let’s wise up and have an intelligent conversation about protecting our kids, rather than jumping to an agenda of gun control that will produce absolutely nothing.

Psalm 91:1-16 

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, ...

Proverbs 19:23 

The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm.

Keeping it honest and truthful…K



When Government Wastes Your Tax Dollars

There are many places the government wastes your money, but one of the biggest is when a special prosecutor is appointed and they come up with nothing substantial after a year of investigating. It was reported in December 2017 that this investigation cost the American taxpayers almost $7 million, and that was two months ago.

Newsweek reported that in the 1990s, former federal prosecutor Ken Starr took six years and spent more than $70 million looking into former President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Clinton’s real estate holdings in Whitewater and other dealings.

To me anything Washington does in their investigations really amounts to nothing more than keeping legislators busy and spending the American taxpayers’ money.

Think of all the investigations during the Obama administration - from IRS Lois Learner to the Benghazi attack, to the Clinton e-mail scandal – all these investigations have done little to bring justice to the allegations of corruption and collusion.

Now we have indictments against 13 Russians who will never be brought to trial because there is no reciprocity in getting those Russians to a US courtroom.

So what’s the point? Once again the emphasis is placed on the wrong source and they are chasing rabbit trails that lead nowhere, while the real criminals are exonerated by our press and our law enforcement agencies. What this means that powerful people are above the law, and the truth is never known, so justice is never served. There, I said it. Simple diagnoses of our political special investigations and the process of bilking the American public out of millions of dollars of squandered money.

End of story.

Oh, there is more misplaced emphasis again brewing in the news. It’s now high school students who will be marching in a national walkout sometime this spring. I understand and sympathize with their cause, but their emphasis is on guns and not the individuals who are mentally deranged. Let’s just say we ban all guns from being sold in the United States. Will that solve the mass shootings? Well you would have to confiscate all the guns that are now in circulation and that would only mean you will create a lucrative black market for guns. But in a perfect world, let’s just say all guns can no longer be sold, and all guns are confiscated from the public, then would schools be safe? 

The answer is NO. The next school threat will come from bombs or box cutters or chemical warfare; it simply will not stop people who are intent on doing harm to others.

This is how evil works; it finds whatever is accessible to successfully destroy people. Again it will be another wasted time of legislation that will take a lot of time and debate and millions of dollars and nothing will change.

So does that mean we do nothing?  No, we could protect our schools with a presence of military and ex-military personnel or retired police officers that will be in charge of security at each school in America. If that becomes too expensive, then we train teachers in each school to carry weapons and train them to address any immediate threat to that school. The one thing most of these shooters know is that all schools and most public venues are vulnerable to mass attacks because most Americans do not carry guns to protect themselves.  If mass shooters knew that there would be returned fire immediately upon his firing a gun, it would be a deterrent against the attack.

Eccles 8:11 “When a sentence against a crime isn’t carried out quickly, people are encouraged to commit crimes.”

I know there is debate whether gun carrying states are safer than those states with no carry laws, yet I say I would rather be armed and prepared, than have to run for my life and hope I don’t get shot.

Again, the emphasis in the gun debate is going in the wrong direction. We need more help to protect the public against people who are mentally unstable. This kid who did the shooting in Florida revealed he was not well, and that he would be a threat someday to people around him. The authorities chose not to follow up on him, and I would agree that people who show such signs should not be permitted to own a legal firearm. This, of course, means that illegal firearms could still be a course of action at any time.

My point today is not even the issues I raised, but how we are steered to the wrong emphasis and the wrong conclusions. I would suspect that if you have no spiritual emphasis in your life, you naturally gravitate to the wrong conclusions. God knows what is at the core of these shootings, and so do people who study His Word. No one who is Biblically minded is fooled by these wrong conclusions, we are told evil will wax worse and worse.

2 Timothy 3:13 “while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”

The emphasis of non-Christians will no doubt continue to legislate some kind of law that will do nothing to stop the killing. The right emphasis would be to pray and ask God to protect our children against such evil. Churches could start new prayer ministries intended to pray over the schools in their communities asking God to protect the schools. It is ironic that God was kicked out of the schools so many years ago, and today He is the one that they need to protect them.

By the way here is the way governement should react to the gun crisis in America. Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, has the right solution.

Keeping it honest and truthful...K


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