During the middle of the twentieth century, it was common for preachers in America to teach about how we were blessed to live in such a God-fearing nation, a nation born with a freedom to worship our Lord, Jesus Christ as we desired without interference from the government. This sentiment was echoed in our schools, the halls of Justice, The White House and Congress.

Today, as we look around, it’s glaringly obvious to see that the America we currently live in is not the America of my youth. What has happened to our God-fearing nation? We as conservative, God-fearing Americans happened, or rather, we didn’t happen. The voting citizens of this great nation became so comfortable with our easy lifestyle and we as Christians (or people like me who turned his back on Christ) became so apathetic in our belief that this nation would never reject God, that we decided that someone else would take care of things as we grilled and played sports and watched television in the comfort of our cushy existence. We, the conservatives and Christians of America let the erosion of the culture of conservatism happen right under our noses. The American Christians have been like the proverbial frog placed in tepid water that is boiled alive before he realizes what happened. We allowed Satan to create holidays promoting the occult and demonology right under our noses as we blindly voted for his minsters and those at his beck and call. We allowed Satan to invite himself into lives and our government offices a step at a time while we smiled and welcomed him in, one vote at a time, and then went back to munching our popcorn and watching our movies while he silently and skillfully manipulated our lives with lies and deception behind our backs like a quiet, effective slow acting poison.

In the 1960s when elected radicals like Madeline Murray O’Hare appeared on the American political scene and became instrumental in influencing the United States federal courts into enforcing legislation that forced public schools to stop reading the bible, where was the tidal wave of public outcry to force the courts to reverse their decision? There was a small murmuring but we were generally politically quiet. When the famous 1973 landmark court decision named Roe VS Wade was enacted, forcing all American taxpayers to fund the legalized murder of our children, where was the explosion of conservative Christians voices to force the lawmakers to create amendments to the State Constitution to override the Court’s decisions? It wasn’t there, or at least it wasn’t loud enough or forceful enough to be heard, for it would have taken more effort to fight this baby-killing, population-control legislation than most Americans were willing to exert.

One of my father’s favorite sayings was, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease”. Agnostic and atheistic anti-Christian groups have been allowed to dictate law and legislation on the state and national levels of the American government, while the ‘silent majority’ sat back and kept their complaints and grumblings to themselves, to the point where the ‘silent majority’ is swiftly becoming a ‘silent minority’ and we are no longer considered a “Christian Nation” as was proudly stated by former president of our nation, Barack Obama. I recall listening to an interesting radio interview in 2001 where the guest stated, “for the aberrant to become normal, what is considered normal has to be marginalized.”. That was a very interesting observation at the time and when I started thinking about the odd events that America accepted as “progression” during the Clinton administration, I became afraid that this was a foreboding of what was beginning to happen in America…little did I know that was just the tip of the iceberg.

It is now eighteen years later and if you are a conservative, a Christian, a constitutionalist today in America, you are considered the fringe elements of society and potential terrorists according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Look all around us, our government, schools and society today accepts the precepts of all world religions with the exception of two; Christianity and Judaism.

Where personal responsibility and respect used to be the norm, they have now been replaced with; “I’m not responsible for anything”, “the government will take care of it” and “I’ll sue you if I become offended,”. People grew up feeling safe and didn’t lock their doors, now they are afraid to walk down the street. Our youth used to respect the laws, now it is a badge of pride if you’ve been arrested for a violent crime. We as a nation have forgotten our heritage as Israel did, and the bible brings the parallel between Israel and America to light in the following scriptures in Deuteronomy and also in Hosea: Deuteronomy 32:18-22You neglected the Rock who begot you, And forgot the God who gave you birth. “The LORD saw this, and spurned them Because of the provocation of His sons and daughters. “Then He said, ‘I will hide My face from them, I will see what their end shall be; For they are a perverse generation, Sons in whom is no faithfulness. ‘They have made Me jealous with what is not God; They have provoked Me to anger with their idols. So I will make them jealous with those who are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation, For a fire is kindled in My anger, And burns to the lowest part of Sheol, And consumes the earth with its yield, And sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.(NASV) Hosea 4:1-3 Hear the word of the LORD, You children of Israel, For the LORD brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: “There is no truth or mercy Or knowledge of God in the land. By swearing and lying, Killing and stealing and committing adultery, They break all restraint, With bloodshed upon bloodshed. Therefore the land will mourn; And everyone who dwells there will waste away With the beasts of the field And the birds of the air; Even the fish of the sea will be taken away. (NKJV)

I fear unless we learn from history and this once great nation makes a sudden change of course, we will go the way of the northern kingdom of Israel and be destroyed because we have already far surpassed it in corruption and idol worship. For example: from within our schools and from the seats of government, United States citizens are being inundated by scholars and elected representatives on a daily basis and we are slowly being forced to accept that homosexuality is an acceptable alternate lifestyle and the current iteration of ‘civil rights’, while at the same time, the God of Israel and Christianity for all practical purposes, have been rendered illegal in the United States. Today modern science wholly rejects the reality of creation as a silly myth and has replaced it with absurd and unprovable theories to elevate their religion of randomness while denouncing the Christian God. The bible has a few words to say about where we as a nation are currently in Paul’s letter to the Romans where God passes specific judgment upon nations and cultures that rejects the creation: Romans 1:18-32 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. (NASV)

This passage from Romans sounds like it was written specifically for America where we have already been given over to our degrading passions and depraved minds. Also, about the attitude of the Scientific community and it’s arrogant attitude about the scriptures it has this to say: II Corinthians 2;14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned. (KJV)

Why hasn’t America been judged yet? I agree with Chuck Missler‘s opinion on why the United States hasn’t been judged and conceivably, it is because of this passage in Genesis. We are basically alone in the world in our support of Israel, and that support is quickly slipping away. Genesis 12:2-3 And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” (NASV)

What can we do to turn things around? This scripture from Chronicles, even though it was given by The Lord to King Solomon regarding Judea, tells us that there may still be hope, but we, as people who are called by His Name, have to become diligent in our plea to the Lord and we also have to become diligent in our self-examination of our sins and shortcomings. II Chronicles 7:14 “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (NKJV)

I personally have to rely on the Lord and the Holy Spirit to teach me to become much more diligent than I have ever been. I saw an email in the fall of 2010 relating to the November elections. It stated that every evening at 8 PM, central time, Christian should devote a few moments to create a mass prayer for our nation and the candidates. I thought it was a wonderful idea, but I couldn’t seem to find the discipline to set aside, even that small amount of time. Before the 2016 elections there were signs around asking folks to prayat4.com for our nation. As has been proven by the lack of interest and the massive amount of inaction on the part of purported Christians in America over the last several decades, we are our own worst enemy, or, to quote Walt Kelly: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”.

Jim Bussell

updated 10-29-20

From the time I became old enough to attend Sunday school, I became aware of Satan, the universe’s ultimate bad guy. Early in the book of Genesis, when Adam and Eve were still wet behind the ears, Satan first pops onto the scene hawking his wares of doubt and deception to the gullible housewife Eve, who feel for it hook, line and sinker. A little later in life I discovered by reading the book of Job that we really get a flavor of the purpose of Satan in this book that is a basic microcosm of the history of man on earth and where it seems were are just pawns in the spiritual warfare going on all around us in this, “I think he will, I know he won’t” scenario.

How much do we know about Satan? Just who is Satan and what can we find out about him? I believe we can gain some awesome insights to the character of Lucifer (Satan’s name) from two complimentary chapters in the bible…Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28.

I had read the passages from Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 a few times before, but for some reason, I had never read them to the depth that I explored them this time…there are some deep insights and inferences here within these passages that really reveal the character of the Oppressor (as Satan is referred to in Isaiah 9).

I’ll begin my journey in Isaiah 14 simply because it comes first in the list. In the first verse of Isaiah 14 the Lord is talking about His people after they have regathered in their land (something that the nation of Israel has done once again) as we all know. In verse three it says He will give them rest from their sorrows and fears that had plagued them for centuries. Who was the oppressor that was plaguing them?

Isaiah 14:4 you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon: “How the oppressor has ceased, the insolent fury ceased! ESV

It appears in verse four that the oppressor is the king of Babylon. This verse gives us a clue about something deeper, for there was no king of Babylon, to speak of in Isaiah’s day, especially as a political entity for Isaiah lived in the eighth century BC which was about one hundred years prior to the rise of Nebuchadnezzar II, the first king of the Babylonian Empire…who then is being referred to as the king of Babylon? Satan is referred to as the king of Tyre in Ezekiel’s comparable passage and, by inference, I believe Satan is who the Lord is referring to here in this passage in Isaiah. There are several places in the bible where we get either direct references, or inferences that Satan is behind the rulers of this world. Below I have listed seven attributes of Lucifer that I find in both Isaiah and Ezekiel.

Attribute 1 Satan is referred to as a king in both Ezekiel and in Isaiah (Isaiah 14:4 and Ezekiel 28:12)

Attribute 2 It seems that Satan was the top dog in the cherubim hierarchy from Ezekiel 28:13, 14.

Attribute 3 However we find he was lesser than Christ in two ways; he was a created being (Ezekiel 14:13), as were all  the other angels, and he was the son of the morning (Isaiah 14:12) Christ is referred to as the morning star in Revelation 22:16, therefore son of morning is and underling position, in my opinion.

Attribute 3 Satan is very beautiful from Ezekiel 28:12-13

Attribute 4 and his vanity, or pride because of his beauty caused his downfall, we find in Ezekiel 28:17

Attribute 5 Even though the scripture implies The Lord was proud of Satan and trusted him in Ezekiel 28:14 and he was considered perfect, this wasn’t good enough for him and his sense of self-worth created a delusion of equality with The Creator of all things…(what a delusion)

Attribute 6 Satan was cast out of heaven to the earth from Ezekiel 28:17-19 and Isaiah 14:12.

 Attribute 7 Satan is intrinsically evil toward the people of the earth we find in Isaiah 14:6, as well as the whole book of Job.

There are several more we can dig out of these interesting passages, and I combined a few, but these are the first attributes of our most powerful adversary that popped out at me. All I can say, is I’m happy the Trinity is on our side as our defenders, because folks, we have no chance against Satan.

What is Satan’s origin? He was created as a Cherub, a top level angel and was apparently given a position as top dog in the hierarchy. He was created with amazing beauty and he was extolled and trusted by Our Lord.

What is his agenda? His agenda is to become, and to prove that he is equal in all respects to The Lord. That didn’t work out very well in the beginning and he was booted out of heaven when his plot was discovered, so part of that agenda is to turn the creation that he is in charge of…that he is king over…against the Creator and to have them worship him instead…something that, in part seems to be working…at least temporarily.

What is his destiny? His agenda seems to be working temporarily, but we have read the last few pages and we know the eventual outcome of the story…he is utterly destroyed in the end.

God Bless Jim

11-16-20

  1. We read throughout the scriptures about Satan and it teaches us about the deep, malevolent nature of this evil super angel enough for us to hate him and that is good. However, Jude 9 is an astounding verse that should cause us to step back a bit, for this verse teaches that regardless how evil, how dastardly or how horrible we may think Satan is, we are not to maliciously disparage him, for he is still a creature of rank. Despite how Michael the Archangel felt about Satan, he dared not revile him. That verse has made me aware of how I should think before framing my words about Satan or any dignitary I may not care about.

In the mid 1990s, I rode my motorcycle into a Hardee’s for coffee in East Tennessee and, as cyclists tend to group together, I parked next to a sportbike I had spotted as I pulled into the parking lot. After I got off my bike, I stared in wonder and amazement at this bike that hailed California license tags, it had a seat that seemed about 3 microns thick and saddlebags that appeared to be attached by divine intervention to this grimy, road-worn cafe style racer. In the 1990s, you didn’t see that many motorcycles with out-of-state plates…and you certainly didn’t see uncomfortable sportbikes traveling from out of state unless they were traveling in the back of a truck.

At the time, I was in my early forties and traveled quite a bit and I couldn’t believe anyone could have been riding that misery machine across the country and still be ambulatory enough to walk into the restaurant. I went inside lookin for the rider and spotted the kid, which was easy seeing we were the only two with bikes there, and I walked over and spoke with him. It seems he was headed to DC from Cali and he told me he had been averaging 600 to 700 miles per day. I asked if he felt stiff or cramped after riding all day in a position akin to being stuffed into a pringles can (I probably didn’t mention the pringles can, but that was the image I was seeing) and he said no, not at all and looked at me a little oddly as if this were one of the sillier questions he had heard. For decades I have thoroughly enjoy traveling on cross-country camping trips and at the time, I did it astride a BMW K100RS and toward the evening of hundreds of mile days, I would often feel mind-numbing stiffness and pain from my neck to my hips, while wishing they made portable traction machines I could carry along with me. At the end of our short conversation, I shook his hand and wished him the best and walked away thinking that guy must have been one of those rare humans born without pain receptors.

Disrespecting the country

Posted: October 23, 2020 in Christian

A few years ago, Michelle Obama stated how she was ashamed of our country (while serving as First Lady) and she and President Obama went on to prove their disrespect by their actions, such as refusing to either stand for the pledge, or refusing to place their hands over their hearts, showing disrespect and disregard for the Marines attached to the White House, etc.

That wave of disrespect toward our country grew even more vitriolic and vicious after Trump was elected president. It seemed as if it were a competition to see who could show the most disrespect toward the 45th President of these United States between the media and the celebrities and even members of the electorate from both parties.

Michelle Obama said she was ashamed of her country…I am ashamed of those that openly chose to disrespect the office of the presidency, regardless who happens to be in the White House. I am ashamed of those that mock, and laugh at and openly disparage my country by disparaging the leadership of my country.

I didn’t like President Obama because I thought his policies hurt America, but I refused to disparage him because I respect the office of the President of the United States. If Biden is elected, I feel it would end up as a disaster for our country, economically as well as constitutionally…but if he is elected, he will be my president, because I chose to respect this great republic of ours and its leadership.

The book of Jude teaches that we are not to disrespect dignities and those in positions of power…but hey, they are trying to erase all semblances of Christianity from this country anyway, so what does it matter what God thinks about it, right?

Patchwork America

Posted: July 12, 2020 in My view of the world

The great world experiment called the United States of America is like an immense Patchwork quilt made up of multitudes of different ethnicities, races, religions and experiences, sewn together to create a mighty woven web of strength. However it seems the media only desires to look for problems in the fabric and they do manage to find small areas of loose stitching within the fabric. When they do discover those areas, they happily zoom in on the defects to attempt to prove just how terribly worn and frayed the fabric is that holds this great country together, often without merit.

If they actually allowed the viewers to see the larger picture, it would demonstrate that these small areas of problem threads do not really affect the the cohesiveness of all the fabric surrounding it as well as the strength of the whole quilt, but they do not want their viewers to concentrate on the strength of the cohesiveness of America, only its weaknesses.

Jim 7-12-20

My father used to quote the phrase “I cried because I had no shoes until I met the man who had no feet” to me to help teach me to appreciate what I have, while at the same time desiring to work for more. It worked for I have always tended to never lose sight that there are always those that have less than me and I thank the Lord daily for what He has blessed me with, and continues to do so.

There are so many people today that seem to endlessly complain about everything without stopping to realize how blessed they actually are, and this started me thinking about my parent’s generation. I began thinking about life in the early part of the twentieth century, as opposed to life since I have been circling the sun.

Think about this, if you were born in 1900, for the first 50-55 years of your life, if you lived in rural America, you had minimal, or no healthcare, no electricity or running water, the prospect of finding a job outside of a large city was poor and there was no social security fund for the aged to fall back on…life as we know it, really only became commonplace after 1955. These facts can be a little sobering, if we allow them to sink in, and we need to make sure we appreciate every day we live upon this earth, instead of whining about what we don’t have.

Jim 5-22-20

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