Thursday, July 01 2021
This July 4th we get to celebrate our 245th Independence Day. There is just so much to be grateful for, how could anyone not feel like celebrating? I don’t know if it’s true now, but I read where this Country, the USA has produced more millionaires and billionaires than any other Country in the world at one time. Not that that in itself is some great life goal, but at least it shows what can happen in the land of opportunity if willing to work hard and risk much can do. One could write volumes on the positives this Country has to offer, from sea to shining sea, what a beautiful place we can call home. The natural beauty of our land, the vast resources, the mountains and the many lakes and seas on each coast is a dream land or maybe a paradise for those that live here and thrive. Our natural wonders and opportunity speaks for itself.
However the civil issues in our day and time seem to overshadow the many blessings we enjoy and often take for granted. It’s quite a phenomenon that where people are involved, life often runs amuck. We as a Nation haven’t been this divided since the Civil War, or maybe the Viet Nam War and the hippie generation, or maybe the civil rights movement of the sixties. Ok maybe there has always been division in the land, maybe even for a long time, but one thing that must not and I mean never happen is; to let that division destroy our homeland. We can bicker, fault find, (Americans are getting good at that), whine to no end, but never let it destroy the core of our society. This division across the land has caused many to ponder if we are still the United States of America. There are fearful ramifications if we cease to be united to the point of National Security and National interests. One could ponder, could there be some diabolical plot being foisted upon the populace of this great land, unbeknownst to the average citizen to disrupt our Paradise? Perhaps a plot by some foreign entity to take us over without as they say; never firing a shot, I say yes? It has been suggested before that such a plot is indeed plausible.
If I am wrong, I am wrong, but I believe we have a plot under way in this Country to undermine the very foundation and fabric of our society. Who these perpetrators are and what their agenda is; is something for investigation. There is much talk that Soros, (the Greek money Magnet) is behind this plot to destroy this Nation, financially funding much of this wave of lunacy among the BLM and ANTIFA mayhem, not sure why he would want to do that, but if this is true, can we not put a stop to his plot? Is there an “army” of destroyers involved in this plot, if there is, can we not put the clamps on their efforts of destruction? The answer is yes we can, but the better question is; why don’t we do it? Wonder no more; it’s because it’s way above the heads of the people in power. I have read from a multitude of sources, this Country, the USA is responsible for the holding back or holding up, of the going forth of the “New World Order”. There are people in the “highest places” of the world power structure that call the shots and we the minions do what they bid/want. I could name names, but think it better to be prudent here; you can research this on your own. As you may recall, President Trump tried his best to get the financial engine running again in this Country by bringing back the factories that had moved their works to other countries. From what we saw he was very successful in doing so, and that is exactly what the top thinkers in the NOW did not want, they want the US to be more of an international player, why, because the US is the largest economy in the world. Is it any wonder that the world plotters would do anything to get rid of Trump? If what I see is a result of the New World Order being implemented across the planet, and with it a One World Currency, (cashless society), a One World Government and a One World Religion, then drastic changes are on the way, like it or not. This is exactly what the Bible forecast is to happen before the One World Government comes to power; and with it a world leader known as the infamous anti-Christ. Make no mistake about it, there are “powers” involved here, (think dark side here) no doubt at the “principality level”. These deceived folks, those that are in supposed authority in our political realm are basically puppets under a much higher authority, and they thought they came up with this, yeah right.
There will be challenging times ahead for many folks, but there is a silver lining in a very dark cloud. It’s the “United We Stand” part, a, solidarity of people that will not compromise their moral values, their faith and their mission. These will be the ones that make their stand for truth, justice and the American way. They will not be moved by fad or foolishness or led astray by some smart talking politician that promises the world but bring misery. Yes, there is a moral fabric in this Country that is as mild mannered as any soul alive, but when pushed too far and with perversion pressing against their very front door, these brave souls will once again revive and stand for God and godliness. I envision a day not far removed from now, that people will once again draw nearer to the Lord, knowing that such things must happen prior to the Lord’s Return. And many that have straddled the fence will finally get serious about the Lord in their life. They too will get/be busy about the Lord’s business and not be moved from their primary mandate of; taking the Gospel to the world, and in so doing, help them (world) to see where this is headed and perhaps they will recognize the ruse being foisted upon an unsuspecting people and turn to Christ before it’s too late. The wrap is; we are admonished to pray for our Nation’s leaders, pray that their eyes will be open and the ears unstopped to see and hear what is going on and what is at stake. I don’t see this NWO being derailed forever, (I am actually surprised it’s taking this long), it has to come to fruition, it’s not time to roll over and play dead, so, let’s be the salt and the light we are called to be; and while laboring in the fields of the world don’t forget; keep looking up, because your redemption draweth nigh.
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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