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Pastor's Commentary

The Pied Piper
Friday, September 25 2020

Have you ever had this thought; “where have I seen this before”? It’s like going somewhere and saying; it seems I have been here before, or at least seen this scene before. It has happened to me before; I venture to say it happens to other folks as well. Of course dreams and other factors may play a part in this malady no doubt. However, what I am referring to in this article is the events that are transpiring upon us at this present time. Where have I seen or read about these events before, or seen some “similarities” or parallels I thought? Then it came to me, the old Nursery Rhyme; The Pied Piper. As the story of old goes; there was a certain person who dressed up in a multi colored costume and played a pipe (flute I imagine). This happened way back in AD 1284 in a place called Hamelin, Germany.  It was a quaint little town from what I read, one of those places you would love to visit on a dream vacation. However quaint the place was, it seems to have had a rat over-population. You may recall reading stories of the problem of rats and the bubonic plague devastating Europe during this time period and beyond. As the story goes, this Pied Piper was supposed to be able to play his “magical” flute and resulting the rats would follow his magical tunes out of town and somehow not make their way back to town, disposed of, or some other factor. But something very mysterious happened, when the town’s people paid the Piper for his great service, all was well, until one day they quit paying him. At that point he “re-tuned” his magical pipe (my thinking) to another musical note that attracted children. As the story goes, over a hundred children followed his magical playing out of town to never be heard from again. Nursery Rhymes are just that you may think, but according to historical documents of the day and beyond, this event actually happened.

            So, how does a story like this have anything to do with our modern society you may ask? The story concerning a magical pipe seems farfetched to me, maybe most folks. But is it possible to have a device that can emit sounds that would have a mesmerizing effect upon animals and maybe even humans? To that I would respond, that is what music is all about. While I never claimed to be an expert on music, I can attest to its effect upon the human race, have you ever been to a rock concert? Is there a message within the music, something you may not be aware of, a voice within? Parents that have seen the effects of some of this music upon their children have a devil of a time trying to get the kids off it, did I say devil? People in the know, say yes! However, I think I will leave the music part of the equation for another day to address.

            Whether or not the Pied Piper really existed isn’t really front page news to me. What does get my attention is the possibility of a great delusion that could lead people, ye the masses astray or worse. Could the Pied Piper story have Prophetic implications? To that I would have to say yes. This part of the story is where the fairy tale ends and truth emerges. Can or will a person arise in days ahead that would seem to have an agenda that would lead its followers on a path of destruction? Of course, Its happened before, as some world leaders have done just that. As a matter of fact a real life piped piper did emerge many years after the Nursery Rhyme that was every bit a piped piper. He would play his magical instrument (his oratory) to the amusement of the people; until they found out he wasn’t after rats (animal types). This person would actually come from Europe as well, a city in Austria, a border Country of Germany. You may remember the infamous name of Adolf Hitler; his name is forever linked to WW II. Here is an interesting thought about Hitler, he hated the Jewish people and considered them “rats”, vermin, as in; sub-human. In my WW II books there are propaganda posters that circulated during those years of the Jews being pictured as rats. Hitler even passed laws declaring they could be murdered at will by the SS Troops without reprisal or penalty.

            Let the record show that Hitler was very much a pied piper to the people of Germany during the 1920’s until his death in 1945. He declared he would lead his countrymen to the former glory they had before WW I. Did Hitler have an agenda, of course, world dominance and he would be the world leader. He would establish new rules and laws and ruthlessly enforce them. If anyone or anything got in his way, they were exterminated. Don’t be too surprised if you have never heard of the National Socialists Party of Germany, perhaps the Nazi Party rings a bell; they were one and the same. Hitler believed Socialism was the best form of government, what is yours is ours, to be redistributed as the government sees fit. Many people that lived during that time period thought Hitler was the anti-christ; in case you didn’t k now, the anti-christ is the antithesis of the real Christ. As history shows, Hitler did many things that would mirror the real anti-christ, but he was not him. That character (anti-christ) has yet to make his grand appearance, be sure to be gone before he shows up. Here is a thought to ponder, the people of Germany became terrified of Hitler and his “brown shirts”, SS Troops, Gestapo and the like, as they could be brought before the “People’s Court” on trumped up charges and disposed of, never to be heard of again in most cases. If they spoke a word against the state (a hate crime) they could be turned in for reward. The only ones to stand against him were the Pastors of Churches, they saw through him like a cheap suit. They were the only ones sounding the alarm to the Church Parishioners; as a result, they became the enemies of the state. The Pastors and certain Church folks were sent to the Death Camps. My personal “visit” to Dachau Concentration Camp in lower Germany during the 60’s is still vividly etched in my mind, as a nightmare.

            As mentioned above, Hitler was not the anti-christ; however there is a real life anti-christ waiting in the wings as they say, to make his entrance upon the world stage. Many Bible Teachers have expounded on this for years. If what we have read about Hitler being ruthless in his part of the world at that time has merit, and I am sure it does, I can only imagine what the real anti-christ will do as a “World Leader”. The Bible says that half the population will die during the 7 year Tribulation; the same time frame of the anti-christ’ reign. Here is an interesting fact; the anti-christ will rise and rule to power from a Socialist Platform. Have we seen any signs of Socialism on the rise? The answer is yes, many peoples of various Countries seem to support the “Big Brother” mentality, wherein the Government takes care of your every whim. From jobs, to medicine, medical needs, they will pay for all your schooling needs (they will teach your children what they see fit), how wonderful. Of course there is never enough money to pay for all these needs and services for the people. So some rationing will be needed, only the fittest will get the medical services and medical supplies, the rest will die awaiting a service that will never come. There was a famous quote made by Ex-President Gerald Ford; If a Government is big enough to give you everything you want; its big enough to take everything you have!

            There is a very informative verse in the Bible in what I believe has been reserved for the days in which we live in. “Little children, it is the last time; and you have heard that anti-christ shall come, even now there are many anti-christs; whereby we know it is the last time” (I John 2:18). The Apostle John alludes to a “spirit” of anti-christ. In other words many people would play the role of an anti-christ, but there is actually only one that will be the fulfillment of the real man of sin. Can we not see this dark side agenda that is being foisted upon the populace of the world using certain men or women in preparation for the real anti-christ to emerge at some point in time? The rise of this Socialist Movement worldwide is a sure indicator that something very sinister is being played out before an unsuspecting world. And why is it that once again it’s the Christians sounding this great alarm? It’s because the Christians are not deceived as the world is, and guess what, the adversary of our souls (the one behind all this) knows this, (satan). Within the National Socialist Party, aka, the Nazi Party, a top Hitler aid during WW II said this; National Socialism and Christianity are irreconcilable. That’s right, they cannot work in agreement, one or the other has to go, now you why they imprisoned all the Pastors. Unfortunately this could happen again, if we vote them in, you will not be able to vote them out!!!! Heed the warning, think long and hard about the door we open. Blessings

Pastor Thomas Nosworthy

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Special Guest Commentary

101 BODACIOUS QUOTATIONS

TO

INSPIRE PATRIOTISM

Introduction

You might be wondering what prompted the writing of this bodacious quotation book? What better time than now to be reminded of how both essential and fragile our country is. America is experiencing one of its darkest periods in recent history.  For over three years, we have witnessed some truly vicious and ugly political unrest.

          A ceaseless cacophony of accusations, innuendo, and intrigue have kept those in Washington and the media ever busy. Before the Coronavirus pandemic, to watch the daily news and social media, one would never know that the stock market had hit all-time highs numerous times in the last 54 months, or we’d had the lowest unemployment numbers in decades, and the lowest unemployment rate among blacks ever!  President Trump also renegotiated trade deals that  were fairer to America.

          Then, in January 2020, our nation was rocked when the Coronavirus landed on our shores and ended our way of life as we know it. Soon there were daily press briefings from the White House and various doctors. Each day virus information was plentiful, contradictory, and confusing. People were dying. We heard that hospitals were going to be overrun with COVID cases.

          The army set up hospital tents in various cities to handle the tens of thousands that were expected to land there. It didn’t happen. Hospitals were going to be inundated and unable to care for all of the sick. The army hospitals were never used – not one patient was seen in many of these. They were eventually dismantled. What happened? All non-essential surgeries and doctors’ visits were canceled. Hospitals were virtually emptied. And now? Many health care workers have been terminated or furloughed because the hospital's operating capital has vanished.    

           Now, thousands have died! Our elderly, who were not adequately protected in nursing homes, have had the most significant number of deaths. The actual numbers of COVID deaths cannot be relied upon because of highly questionable methodologies for assigning the cause of death. The rationale for this might be related to government funding to hospitals for each COVID case.     Time will tell as we compare data from previous years for various causes of deaths to see if the other numbers are in line with past years, OR if there's been a sharp decline in other categories, and they have been pushed into the COVID category.  And, suddenly, in the last several weeks, cases have begun to spike again. There is substantial debate on if it’s because many more people are getting tested. There is so much information out there – unreliable at best, that there’s no sense in discussing it at this point.

          Governors in many states issued draconian lock-down orders threatening people with arrests and the closure of businesses, or cancellation of necessary licenses if they didn’t abide by these rules. Masks and gloves were donned, not in hospitals, but stores and any public places. We even saw a parent handcuffed and arrested in front of his little girl because he dared to play ball with her in an empty field. A salon owner was arrested and jailed for opening her salon to pay her bills and put food on her table. Many other Gestapo tactics, such as these, were used to keep people in line. YES, I am talking about America!

            Americans have turned against one another. Some believe everything that the CDC, World Health Organization, and government say. Others believe there is a conspiracy to subjugate the people as a test to see how much they'll tolerate and for how long. It's been, in my opinion, a phenomenal success. People hate each other more than ever. Make no mistake; the various powers have observed very carefully to see how we've all responded. Unfortunately, it's been too much for many, and suicides have skyrocketed. Prescriptions for mood-altering drugs to cope with the crisis have also gone up dramatically (as if we didn't already have an opioid epidemic.)

          Younger Americans seem to be suffering more than most from deep depression, isolation, and loneliness.  I find this completely paradoxical since they are the generation that is so disconnected from one-on-one relationships, and so completely connected to their phones and other electronic devices. You can’t sit in the same room, or at the same table with them, without sharing their time with their hand-held devices! And yet, they are  the ones suffering from their own self-created lack of meaningful relationships with others.  

           The mainstream media, who now chooses to cherry-pick what they report, excluding vital details, has become an op-ed machine rather than a fair and unbiased media. What was once the actual news is now a daily dose of propaganda. And fear mongering. I once believed everything I heard on the evening news! I now question absolutely everything I hear on the evening news! I have no faith in the honesty, integrity, or intentions of what is being "reported." Who exactly can we turn to for the facts and not opinions? I don't know.

           Just when we were beginning to see the light, and the states were opening things back up, one rogue cop, caught in the horrendous act of murdering a black man by kneeling on his neck for almost nine minutes, captured the country’s attention.  The anger and outrage at this injustice rocked every corner of our nation. But, within the black community, it ignited a firestorm of rage and anger. That moment symbolized, for many, both black and white, the brutality of a small percentage of police that has unfairly tarnished ALL police officers. To believe this of an entire segment of people is blatantly untrue and unfair.

           That was the tinderbox that erupted into the scenarios we are now witnessing, hour by hour, day after day, that could be right out of the movie “Escape from New York.”  Cities are burning. Businesses looted. People are being shot, and armed citizens are patrolling their neighborhoods to keep looters out and their areas safe with their weapons.

          A six-block area has been taken over by anarchists. Checkpoints have been established for entering and exiting, and there are check-points to allow people in or out. They are extorting business owners, and the Mayor of Seattle seems to think it’s a “summer block party.”  I guess she is not aware that a new country has been set up in a six-block area now known as CHAZ/CHOP – Capital Hill Autonomous Zone. You can’t make this stuff up!

          All across our country,  statues and monuments are being defaced and torn down – while those in charge sit on their hands and let the anarchists destroy America, insisting there is nothing they can do. Every day the frenzy continues as the calls for changing names of military bases, schools, colleges, sports teams, etc., escalates. It is complete insanity.

           Right on cue, the media and politicians have seized upon the opportunity to stoke the coals of division and hatred. I cry for our nation and what we have allowed ourselves to become.  I don't know the people seen on T.V. I don't come in contact with the level of black, or white,  Americans seen on there – they don't represent those with whom I daily interact.  People with thinking brains understand that these broad generalizations are not only untrue, but inherently harmful to us individually, and collectively as a nation.    

          Many officials of these large cities have refused to address the rioters and insist upon calling them, protesters. They seem to have limited knowledge of vocabulary for no one in their right mind would equate a protester and a rioter who burns, loots,  and harms people, as the same thing.        The very thing that the black community, what all communities need, are jobs and businesses. Now, thousands have seen their streets and businesses burned and destroyed, some of which will never return. Those jobs are permanently lost.  Those black communities will again know the pains of hopelessness and living in burned-out hulls of their former cities.

           But take hope. While all of this has happened, America's elite have raised over twenty million dollars – wait for it – not to help rebuild those cities, but to bail out the “protesters” who have destroyed those cities. Yes, this is where we are. There seems to be no help for those who work and play by the rules. No support is arriving from Hollywood elites and wealthy athletes for those people. One must question why?

           I’m watching this and feeling astounded, and at times utterly hopeless. The Washington leadership (can we call it that?) is still dividing us, still trying to rush through bills that are an atrocity, and I'm thinking to myself, has pandering and appeasement ever gotten anyone anywhere?'  Has that given people jobs and hope? Has that lifted them out of poverty? And, I feel, most importantly, has that increased their self-respect and self-reliance?  That I can answer with a resounding NO! To deny any human being the chance to work and produce, to feel a sense of accomplishment for a job well done, is to deny a basic human need – to feel valued.

          I don’t understand all of the machinations of politics (I couldn’t sleep at night if I did). I do know one thing as a person who loves their country – that we can’t, we must not give up on America. Too many people have given their lives for our America. We are in a fight for the very soul of this country. That might sound dramatic, but it is a fact. Many want to tear it apart – rebuild it into what they “envision” would be a better place. The founding fathers had a profoundly inciteful vision for the greatest country that the world has ever known. They knew history, and they sought to use their knowledge to create a more perfect union. (Where have we heard that before?)

            There are days when I question everything. At moments I give up hope and want to surrender. Times when I think if that is what THEY want, then they can have it. But it is not ours to give away! We owe a debt to our country to protect it from enemies, both foreign and domestic. That is our duty as a patriotic American who is willing to speak up and stop the insanity.

           I call upon my strong faith in God, knowing that whatever He has in store, He is with us. When America turned Him out of their schools, their homes, and their hearts, our decline began.  That is what happens when we shrugged our shoulders and said, “Oh well, what can you do?” Or, “Live and let live.” Now you can see the left doesn’t want people to live and let live. They want to control us. There seems to be no middle ground. This indeed is something new.

            I have seen the thousands of crosses marking graves of our soldiers who fought for democracy around the world and paid the ultimate sacrifice. I mourn with families who have known the pain of losing those heroes. I remind myself that I will do everything humanly possible to ensure that America is a country of citizens who deserve to live in peace and prosperity, fellowship, and understanding. Abraham Lincoln was well aware, as our country teetered on the brink of civil war, that "A house divided against itself cannot stand."  (Mark 3:25)

            America is equivalent to a marriage. Sometimes we see all the best she has to offer, and we're starry-eyed and optimistic. Other times, we see everything as irreconcilable and dark. Then, it's as though we would like a divorce.  But saving America is worth the fight. We have a lot of work ahead of us. A great deal of understanding and healing needs to be done.

          We need to commit to providing more opportunities for all. And, more of a commitment to make each person responsible for their actions. We must step up to the plate and take personal responsibility – stop pointing the finger and passing the buck. Even though it seems impossible through the lens of the current crisis, I do believe in miracles. It's going to take courage, strength, consistency, fairness, rules for all, and laws that everyone must follow - not just a few. It will also necessitate a commitment from those in Washington to come together and serve America – not themselves. I don’t believe they will do that willingly. Their strength lies in our discord!

            How could I express all of these thoughts and feelings in a small book? I've always been enamored with quotations! With just a few carefully chosen words strung together like a beautiful strand of pearls, they present a profound concept. These BODACIOUS quotations have been hand-picked for an important point or reminder about freedom, honesty, politicians, government, personal duty, economics, liberty, and above all else, man's responsibility to think for himself. History has gifted us with brilliant people, whose insightful reasoning and words of wisdom have proven ageless. They deserve to be heard once again as valuable reminders to each of us.

          It is my sincere hope that you will become even more bodacious in your patriotism. I hope that you will find meaningful ways to become a better, more involved citizen. I pray that this will stimulate conversation and inspire each of you to understand your unique "Power of One" and step into your new bodacious life! America is depending upon you.

 

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