Sunday, February 28 2021
We live in a day and time when many people think themselves very smart, well educated. And why not you might ask; after all, this generation has had the computer in operation for over thirty years now, anything and everything they ever wanted to know is but a few clicks away. Forget the old Encyclopedias of days gone by; you couldn’t give folks a set of those dinosaurs in our day and time. However good the computer has been for our learning, take note; it was created by a smart person/s, and “programmed” with the knowledge you receive as true. In the end, it and you will only be a smart as the ones who programmed it, and maybe programming you. We are smart enough to realize something as complex as a computer had a designer, someone came up with the idea to make such a mechanical marvel; of course that would go for the automobile, skyscrapers and bridges and everything in between. Lets’ be honest, these things didn’t create themselves, I know; we know that.
With the advent of the space telescopes and satellites, that roam the cosmos, you would think since mankind has a better look at science than any of its predecessors, and we do for the most part; I think. However, some bazaar statements have been made by the scientific community over the last several years that in my estimation have not served mankind well. One such comment from the science community some years ago; We have searched the cosmos, there is no God! If you were to view the pictures captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, you would quite fascinated at what they saw. Most people have heard of Darwin no doubt. He wrote a Book; Origin of the Species, it had to be a top sell back then, why? It had an answer to the God question, there is No God; Darwin proved it. The damage that book done is still being calculated. Now the very smart scientists of the world further add their two cents to prove there is no God, per them; we are a product of billions of years (8.5 billion per them) of genetic refinement.
Here is a word you can believe; The Heavens declare the Glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork, (Psalm 19:1). The word Glory refers to the exhibition of His Divine attributes and perfections. Anyone with any intelligence at all can see plainly there is vast design in the expanses of the Universe, not just here on earth, made by/with Intelligent Design. And where there is intelligent design, there is an Intelligent Designer, namely God. I saw a program on TV recently, where a famous Architect designed his own home. It was a lavish place, the home itself a mansion, the landscape, all beautiful, a homemade waterfall in the front yard, flowers and tree lined sidewalks, a work of art. All those that viewed the picture of the home could easily see a serious designer had done a masterful job by the detail of his work. However good the Architecture was, it didn’t really reveal anything much about the person himself. One could guess that he was meticulous, maybe a perfectionist, loved beauty, but nothing about him personally could be ascertained beyond that. However; it was noted that he had written an autobiography of himself, it could be obtained very reasonably. Within his autobiography you could find out all you ever wanted to know about him, his family and his various points of interest, it would be a good read. Concerning the Divine Designer already mentioned; The Lord; His handiwork can be read about as well, how is that? He too has written an Autobiography, it’s called the Bible; you can read all about Him.
So, what’s the deal, we can read about someone who builds a mansion and writes a book about himself, sell it for money and everyone who reads it says; what an incredible Architect, a veritable master builder. But when we look at the myriad of creatures, flowers, trees, bugs, and yes, humans, why is it that this great work doesn’t seem to give testimony to a Master Builder, a Creator, a Divine Creator to be exact?
Think about this, the human being has the potential to reason, right? You tell me, who hasn’t tried to imagine what God looks like; is He a gaseous cloud like I have heard some say, is He very old looking, have a body shaped like nothing we have ever seen? We can speculate forever on this subject, but herein lies what I believe is the real issue at hand. Many seem to try to make God in their/our image rather than acknowledge that we were made in His image. Identifying God is nothing new, consider these words; Depart hence and go into Judaea that Thy Disciples also may see the works that Thou doest. For there is no man that doeth anything in secret and He Himself seeketh to be known openly. If Thou do these things, show Thyself to the world, (John 7:3,4). That’s it right there; we want God to reveal Himself like we want Him to reveal Himself. You can be sure the world; ye, the scientific community; and just about everyone on the planet wants the Lord; God; to show up in Regal Form. In some type of craft not of this world, with an entourage of huge Angels, lightening radiating off Him, eyes that glow red like fire, you’re right; that’s what we are looking for. Did someone say God was going to build a Temple on the earth to personally dwell there, oh, that’s scheduled for a later date. The problem for many is; God just doesn’t cooperate, He wants to stay veiled; for an appointed time anyway, His timing; not ours. His silence is unacceptable to the masses; we have blasphemed His Name, removed His Ten Commandments, killed His people, and still no words from Him. Why doesn’t He blow a fuse, shake the planet like an over sized toy or something; that’s not God’s way of dealing with matters. There an appointed time for Judgment, it’s called the Great White Throne Judgment; that is when all things and people will be judged. However; he will at a point not too distant future remove the veil; Behold He cometh with clouds and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him, and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him, even so; Amen, (Revelation 1:7).
This takes me to where I really wanted to go in the beginning of this article. The people of this world, and now far too many in this Country, the U.S. have hearkened to the voice of another god, the world and scientific community more than the voice of God. They have believed a lie, the Bible said long ago they would, it’s happening right now before our eyes. There seems to be mass mayhem, the defying of authority, rampant sin and crime in a Country that once knew God and has now forsaken Him. Conversely; have you noticed what is going on in many of the impoverished Countries of the world concerning the Gospel message? These dear souls have not been polluted and bombarded with the lies that are being promoted concerning God from just about every venue; Schools to Universities, TV, just about everywhere. No, they are coming to Christ by the droves, receiving salvation, healing, and deliverance. These precious people come from miles away, walking, wearing their Sunday best, just to hear the Good News of the Gospel. With great signs of contrition and humbleness of heart, God is doing a great work in their midst, while many in the same world deem His non-existence, go figure. It seems almost vogue in our day and time to bash what God holds dear, bash the conservative voice, the righteous walk, a holy walk before God. I submit this world doesn’t really want to see or meet God right now. The first time Jesus came as a Saviour, the next time He comes, He will bring Judgment.
This is the time to consider where you are with the Lord, time is short, what should you do; rely upon the world system and science community of our day, or believe what the Lord says in His Word? If it were me; I would say; trust your heart, that’s where the Lord is speaking.
Pastor Thomas Nosworthy
Light the Way Ministries.
Special Guest Commentary
101 BODACIOUS QUOTATIONS
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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