When Your Youth Rule Over You

"The Left thinks people who believe in God, believe in the Constitution, believe in the Second Amendment have fundamental moral problems. That's what we're up against."

                                                       – Larry Elder, radio talk-show host, author

 It is this attitude that Larry Elder commented on that has me concerned. I have been writing about the loss of our free speech, because everything that is written that opposes anything from the liberal left is seen as hate, racist, and homophobic. The target for all of this is our youth, and they are being indoctrinated right under our noses in our schools.

In an article published by Hillsdale College, Amy L. Wax, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School said: “Academic institutions should be places where people are free to think and reason about important questions and issues that affect our society and our way of life, something not possible in today’s atmosphere of enforced orthodoxy.“

The orthodoxy is the left’s agenda and way of thinking.

She goes on to describe what America used to look like years ago:

“Getting married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake. Get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard, and avoid idleness. Go the extra mile for your employer or client. Be a patriot, ready to serve the country. Be neighborly, civic-minded, and charitable. Avoid coarse language in public. Be respectful of authority. Eschew substance abuse and crime.”

The criticism of this kind of description was published in a local newspaper and signed by five of her Penn Law School colleagues. They charged her with praising the 1950’s, a decade of racial discrimination where opportunities for women were limited. Our politically correct crowd is so busy picking apart our history and trying to limit any kind of praise to previous generations who do not measure up to their 2018 correctness standard of life. In our city we have renamed a lake and will possibly rename a school because the previous names of John Calhoun and Patrick Henry were men who held slaves. This is the insanity of the left. They might as well rename Washington D.C. and any other city names of the Revolutionary era. How many people were slaveholders prior to the 1860’s? It was a part of our culture, as wrong as it may have been, it doesn’t change the fact that the United States of America was a slave holding nation.

Our history shows that Americans can change the course of our direction and make life free for everyone. However, the course of change now is to have no tolerance for ideas that oppose the orthodoxy of the left. This is the attitude of Communism during the days of my youth. I remember reading about the horrendous treatment of dissenters in the Soviet Union and many of them were Christians who only wanted to worship freely. This intolerance of ideas in a free society should be condemned, but it is not.

The left is using teenagers now to prop up their agenda against guns. I watched Emma Gonzales and David Hogg (survivors of the 17 killed in Parkland, Florida) on 60 Minutes and the CBS Morning Show, as they talked about their cause of creating a movement of walk out’s in the nations schools. They are now the icon of protecting children in schools and if you oppose their agenda you are a monster.

I wonder why the “walk up movement” doesn’t get the kind of coverage that the “walk out movement” is getting?  The walk up movement has to do with countering the alienation felt by students who are bullied or ignored in our schools. In an article by Lauren Meink she writes:

“The walk up movement asks students to reach out with friendliness and compassion to their more solitary peers,” writes Dwight Adams in his IndyStar article.  By moving out of their comfort zones and helping their peers feel more welcome at school, we curb angry outbreaks by disconnected students.”

Now there’s a novel idea that gets to the root problem that could potentially de-escalate the anger and frustration in our potentially violent students.

These kids who are now doing the media circuit are simply being used and propped up by the contributions of billionaires and the media to support their cause against gun violence in our schools. Politicians are shamelessly using these youth to get their legislation against guns passed. The emotion of inexperienced youth being the voice of an agenda and being held in high esteem for their wisdom of protest is a huge mistake.

In the scriptures when youth are being used in this manner, it was a sign of judgment. It is a sign that the leaders have abandoned God, and His judgment is to place inexperience over their rebellion to God.

Isaiah 3:4-5 “I will make mere youths their officials; children will rule over them. People will oppress each other—man against man, neighbor against neighbor. The young will rise up against the old, the nobody against the honored.”

People need to be more realistic about youth. Unproven ideology is not good policy, and if ideas haven’t been tested by history and only heralded simply by emotions, we will be a nation that chases its tail.

We chase our tails a lot in this country, and it’s because we ignore God, and address our problems without His eternal input. I guess all I can say then, is, chase away.

Keeping it honest and truthful….K 


The Silencing of our Freedoms

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee had this posted recently in his newsletter.

“Chike Uzuegbunam, a student on Georgia Gwinnett College, wanted to share the good news of Jesus with others at his school, but he was prohibited from doing so outside the campus library because it wasn’t a “free speech” zone.

And the next time Chike spoke, standing in a free-speech zone with an approved free-speech permit in hand, campus police silenced his speech because they deemed the information he shared as “disorderly conduct” because it “disturbed the comfort” of listeners.   

In other words, this public college, receiving taxpayer funds, simply didn’t like Chike’s speech so they silenced it. It is frightening to see this taking place on a campus in America.”

I saw a post on Facebook by someone who videoed a high school student holding up a sign that read, “People Kill People, Guns Don’t Kill Anyone!”

He held this sign up in protest to the high school students getting out of school to march for stricter gun laws. He was asked to leave and was escorted off school property by a teacher.

The liberal left has no tolerance for a differing point of view. I think that needs to sink in because if you don’t set your standards in defense of your freedoms, you will lose them in the next generation.

I had a reality check during an interview session I had with a local pastor today. He was about to relay a story where a child was getting a spanking and suddenly stopped and said, “I can’t say that, this is punishable by state law.” (our parents and grandparents would be stunned) Suddenly it dawned on all of us in the studio that we have fewer and fewer freedoms from how we raise our kids to what kind of guns we choose to buy. If you are a Christian and think you will have freedom to share your faith, think again. Your brand of Christianity is perceived in the mind of many in our country today as a hate religion, and it will only intensify as we lose more of our religious freedoms.

The culture is anti-Christian and it will not soften its impression of us. It hates what we preach, and it is determined to legislate against us as often as it can gain control of legislative bodies. That is a fact!

 Here is my 3 point gripe:


  1. It is against pulpits that are so naïve as to think we can be nice to the enemy and persuade the culture to like us. Dumb, stupid and clueless. Sorry I am so blunt but we do not live in a day where we can dance around the issue. We need to spend more time in the scriptures and then we might end up with a perspective that zeroes in on the problem. Our goal is to be citizens of God’s culture, and what we will discover by actually reading God’s Word is that He does not endorse anything our culture promotes…I hope that sinks in. 
  2. I am so disappointed in Christian media outlets that think we can persuade people to pursue Christ by our culturally hip music and our attitude that we don’t offend anyone with our message. I am sorry, that is a cop out and a message of compromise. The media leadership should take a course in Jeremiah 101. Let’s bring back the prophet who does not minister to the crowd with a motivation that it will bring a good income if I become popular. I hate to tell you, but the prophet is never popular and never rich.  They certainly didn’t beg for 65 million dollars to buy a jet to travel around in to preach the gospel. It’s shameful and deceptive. 
  3. I am disappointed that we spend much of our group Bible study time chewing on appetizers instead of digesting meat. Is God’s Word meant to be studied to simply know how to be more knowledgeable or is it meant to know how it can be applied so we can be an influence in a world that hates God? If you don’t think the tide in our world has shifted to atheism, or liberal socialism, or group think processes, you are naïve and need to wake up. Our nice guy attitudes are naïve and foolish, and the world laughs at our practices and our worldview. Why? It is simple - we are not a threat to the culture and it’s agenda of becoming more anti-Christ like. 


You may disagree with me or think I am off the rails, and to me it doesn’t matter. I have nothing to gain from what I say because I not serving any entity that I have to please other than God. All I ask is you that take what I have to say, apply it to scripture, and pray that God would show you the truth. Is that fair? 

Keeping it honest and truthful…K





A Very Narrow Worldview

In our pluralistic world everyone competing in the marketplace of ideas has to be neutralized to fit a framework where no one is excluded. Disney has a new film, “A Wrinkle in Time” that mirrors a theme similar to Pilgrims Progress in that it is a story of good vs. evil.  Here is the description of what the film is about:

The children's science fantasy book is about a little girl named Meg who travels through space to find her missing father, a scientist. In what ultimately becomes a battle between good and evil, three celestial beings named Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which help Meg on her journey and guide her with scriptures like 1 Corinthians 1:27–29 and John 1:5.

In the book, Meg's brother, Charles, realizes that Jesus is a fighter of evil, and even asks Meg's friend Calvin to read him a bedtime story from the book of Genesis. However, these elements won't be seen in the film adaptation of the book.

Instead, Lee said she focused on the battle between light and darkness, which she described as being "universal."

So removing the scriptures from the text changes this story in how it was originally written. Here is the statement why these scriptures were removed.

The writer of Disney's adaptation of "A Wrinkle in Time" says she cut Bible references - including Jesus - from the film because she wanted to be more "inclusive."

Screenwriter Jennifer Lee ("Frozen") was tapped to transform the children's book into a big budget film, but in the process eliminated the biblical references that devout Episcopalian L'Engle included in her original work. In an interview with Uproxx last month, Lee explained why she omitted the Christian elements that are a significant part of L'Engle's book.

Instead, Lee said she focused on the battle between light and darkness, which she described as being "universal."

"In a sad way, some of the other elements are more important right now and bigger — sort of this fight of light against darkness. It's a universal thing and timeless and seems to be a battle that has to keep being had," she said.

The screenwriter said the Disney version celebrates inclusiveness and diversity, and argued that including Bible verses and other Christian elements would stray from that.

Here is my problem. As a Christian why do we have to gut our message to fit into this neutralized category where no one will be offended by an overtly poignant message that makes Christ stand out? This may be a surprise to some of you to read, but God is every narrow in His perspective on how we live life. The basic underpinnings of our politically correct world do not match His design or his plan for the planet Earth.

Jesus was very narrow, which is contrary to how people see Him when they make Him out to be a lover of all people and of all ideas. Not so! Let’s just start with the worldview of Jesus found in Matthew 7:13-14

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Let us consider the narrowest statement Jesus ever made:

John 14:6 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Jesus was not accepting of everyone’s views and opinions. He was interested in only what God had ordained by His Word.

When we hear people gutting the message of Christianity because it is either exclusive or offensive in it’s content about truth, it bothers me. Why must we settle for what this world believes and not have our own worldview considered into that mix? The answer is quite simple. The Prince of the air, Satan, does not want anything Christian to be mentioned. Why? Because Christ is the power of God, and the scriptures declare Him to be God. Satan’s plan is still, as it always has been, to get people to forget about God.

Who intend to make My people forget My name by their dreams which they relate to one another, just as their fathers forgot My name because of Baal? Jeremiah 23:17

I don’t know about you, but I refuse to be marginalized by what others think about Christianity and it’s unique message. Rejection of God’s offer is often met with hostility, but that is because a spirit who has been judged and as a result hates the Christ who defeated and condemned him, influences them.

When this happens in the marketplace it just reminds me that there is something the world wants to avoid, and that is the power of the truth.

Keeping it honest and truthful…K


The Slippery Slope

Psalm 73:18 "Indeed, you place them on a slippery slope and make them fall to their ruin."

Ezekiel 18:24 "However, if righteous people turn from their righteous behavior and start doing sinful things and act like other sinners, should they be allowed to live? No, of course not! All their righteous acts will be forgotten, and they will die for their sins."

So what is the slippery slope?  I found this definition in the dictionary:

A course of action that seems to lead inevitably from one action or result to another with unintended consequences.”

In other words, we go from “being good to becoming bad.” The term is used most often when referring to the potential of a change that could go from bad to worse. I have been using this phrase recently while describing the nation’s heart and attitude toward God. I have been reading a book by revivalist Leonard Ravenhill called, “Why Revival Tarries.” It is an old book written in 1959 and here is an excerpt:

“The tragedy of this late hour is that we have too many dead men in the pulpits giving too many dead sermons to too many dead people.”

Of course Ravenhill was concerned that those dead sermons would eventually kill the spiritual life of the church. The saying is true, as the leader goes, so goes the church. Spiritually minded people today have a different perspective on what it means to live a spiritual life, and that is evidenced by what is taught from the pulpit. (Or at least one indicator.)

Ravenhill would say that a preacher’s prayer life is heard from the pulpit because his words reveal how well he knows God. Today many spiritual leaders live on the slippery slope. They toy with ideas and concepts that have more of the culture in them than the warnings of God’s word. When you read the biographical timeline of one of Ravenhill’s mentors, Samuel Chadwick, you begin to realize how he was trained:

“The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.”

“A religion of mere emotion and sensationalism is the most terrible of all curses that come upon any people. The absence of reality is sad enough, but the aggravation of pretense is a deadly sin.”                                                                                                                 -Samuel Chadwick  

We begin to see the correlation of how we were mentored in spiritual things is how we developed our personal discipleship and ultimately what we pass on to others.

This is why the slippery slope is important to the Church. If our leaders are defining a spiritual life that is requiring less from us, granting a loose definition of holy living, and minimizing the need for prayer, we are on a very steep, slippery slope. Discipleship today consists of going to church, attending a small group, and finding an occasional work project to do for the local poor.

These have their benefits and purposes, but at the end of the day, have we been in His presence and have we been sitting at His feet? Is my character changing and am I growing as a disciple who God can use in this ever-darkening world around us? Discipleship is a process of learning to say no to self and yes to the spirit of God, and the slippery slope is diagnosed when we can’t distinguish between the two.

Keep it honest and truthful…K



Words Not Often Used Anymore

I have made it a part time study to find out what words are used in church these days, and which words we have abandoned.


  • Perversion has been replaced.
  • Abomination is rarely used.
  • Judgment is a scary word so we have thrown that one out.
  • Holiness is a difficult concept and is replaced today with self improvement
  • Repentance is often the forgotten ingredient in the salvation story
  • Restitution is misunderstood so we don’t use it.


Another word that I discovered recently is also slowly disappearing from being used in most churches is “revival.”

There are segments of Christianity that still use that word, but it does not have as common of usage as it once did across all Christian denominations and churches.

When I was a younger man and working in the ministry as a pastor, it was our dream objective to see revival break out in our church or in our city. We all prayed for revival at many of our combined pastors’ meetings because we all knew that the church needed an awakening. Now, many years later, the Church is in need of a fresh spiritual awakening even more so now than years ago. I am sure if you sat down with most pastors today many of them would privately confess that a revival would be nice, but because that term is so elusive and the act of revival cannot be predicted nor generated by desire, we have faded away from using it. Many of us only read about the revivals in past centuries where whole communities were affected by the preaching of men by the names of Whitefield, Finny, Moody, and Edwards. Modern revivals such as the Jesus People revival, the Toronto Blessing revival, the Melbourne Revival, Modesto Revival, and the Brownsville Revival and even the Promise Keepers men’s revival have all had their affect on American Christianity. I also would add some of the Billy Graham crusades that went some of them for months. 

Author Pat Morley tabulated 10 characteristics of revival and said that these 10 were the most frequently mentioned characteristics of revivals in literature:

1. TIMING: Revivals emerge during times of spiritual and moral decline, which leads to intense prayer.

2. PRAYER: God puts a longing into the hearts of many to pray for revival.

3. THE WORD: The preaching or reading of God's Word brings deep conviction and desire for Christ.

4. THE HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit takes people to a spiritual depth they could not achieve on their own.

5. CONVICTION: Affected sinners are inconsolable except in Christ.

6. GLORY FOR GOD: God receives praise, honor, and glory for bringing revival.

7. REFORMATION AND RENEWAL: Revival produces lasting fruit. New ministries are founded and society experiences a reform of morals as more and more people convert.

8. MANIFESTATIONS: Manifestations like fainting, groaning prayer, and miracles vary by culture and denomination.

9. MESSY: Revivals are messy--controversies swirl about miracles, abuses, excesses, suspicions, and theological disputes (to name but a few).

10. CYCLICAL: Revivals inevitably crest and decline.  

I imagine to some there would be a few of these characteristics that would not be desirable, such as the manifestations and the messiness of such a movement.

Yet in the Book of Acts when Paul and the Apostles preached Jesus, all kinds of riots and disturbances broke out.

Whatever the reason for revivals to happen or not to happen has a lot to do with the desire of people wanting to see a spiritual awakening happen in them and their community. I hope we don’t lose that word altogether from our vocabulary, because the desire of having a spiritual awakening and to have that as a constant reminder is a good thing, regardless of some of the messy and crazy things that might happen.

Let’s keep the hope and prayer for “revival” alive among believers. We need a fresh new move of God in America.

Keeping it honest and truthful….K

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