A House Divided

If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

  • Mark 3:5

“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.  But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.

  • Matthew 10:32-33

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

  • First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States

I have written about being in a fog.  Maybe that is the reason that I have avoided these topics, but maybe not.  I don’t know if anyone has noticed a change in my writing, other than the posts about illness lately, but my wife has not reviewed any posts for a few weeks now.  She said that she could not concentrate.  Of course, she was in full scale worry over her up-coming surgery, the surgery that she not only survived but seems to have been successful in correcting some of the things that had ailed her, including ‘fuzzy thinking.’

But my head has been in a multiple fog with what the major media has been obsessed with, and congress especially.

We had another school shooting.  Maybe I missed the news reports about gun control protests, but there seemed to have been none.  Everyone has been obsessed over the impeachment proceedings.  Innocent life is taken, but no one, except their loved ones, seems to care, because the media and the democratic party have what they have been begging for since the 2016 election, before Trump took office.

I wanted to write about the parallels between the rise in school violence and the decline in morality in the US (bullying has always been around), but I have no energy for that research.  We have had school violence for a long time.  It seems to be on the increase.  Could we reinstitute school prayers, or has that ship sailed?  Can we reinstitute Bible classes in public school, not mandatory, just available?

It is strange how one person got offended by her children being exposed to a prayer that she took her case to the Supreme Court, and all this madness has happened since.  I quoted the first amendment above, and in my opinion, the Supreme Court’s decision was not only a misinterpretation of the first amendment, but a direct violation of the amendment.  Our government has created the god of “Do-not-Offend,” and this god has become all powerful.  With a created god, we have built a religion for that god, political correctness.  And PC does not allow you to offend those who control the narrative.  Those who do not control the narrative are offended (almost compulsory), having their freedoms taken away in the process, those freedoms that the first amendment was designed to protect in the first place.

David Robertson, of the Wee Flea, said in his latest podcast, Quantum 69, that any disagreement can become a hate crime, and for the most part can never be prosecuted, because it is not a crime to simply disagree with someone else.  Beware, it may come to that.  In my opinion, the democratic party, the leaders in the political correctness movement, is more similar to the Communist party that I served in the military to defend America against than the Democratic Party of my youth.  If they have their way, we will lose our freedoms, one by one.

The first amendment is under attack.  Our freedom of speech is squelched by the PC police.  Our freedom of religion is also squelched by the PC police and the court cases that abound regarding discriminatory commerce based on religious beliefs.  In my day, if one store would not sell you a wedding cake, you just went to another store; you did not sue them.  There will always be people who disagree with you.  Be smart enough to survive in a world where disagreements exist rather than trying to profit at the expense of the one who disagrees.

But now we come to the big news of the day.  The headline today was that we’d heard the testimony in the impeachment proceedings, but had anyone’s opinion changed?  Sadly, I have had my stomach doing flip-flops over it.  My opinion does not matter, but I will vote for the Republican candidate next year, if I survive that long and the Republican Party is still in existence, simply to continue the fight against communism in this country.  Just my opinion.

But I was trapped.  My wife was having surgery, and the volunteers hated, really hated, silence in the surgical waiting room, so they forced the impeachment down our throats.  I can remember waiting in other waiting rooms, as I heard the Iran-Contra hearing and the Watergate Investigation.  Oddly, all three instigated by democrats while there was a standing Republican president.  Sure, there was the noise about impeaching Clinton, but I make two distinctions.  1. It never got to this point. And 2. My family was healthy at the time and I never sat in a waiting room listening to the testimony and the arguments.  As for the other three, I was stuck.

What was the result of the earlier investigations?  More division than before.  And this present one may destroy us.

Actually, the Watergate Investigation, in large part, saved the democratic party.  After the 1968 election that got President Nixon elected, the opposing party was nearly bankrupt.  Watergate led to massive paranoia about all politicians but shifted the swing vote loyalty away from the Republicans until the pain resided.  Nixon was worried about losing the 1972 election.  He was so close to getting the Vietnam War resolved, he could not lose the election and thus lose the progress that had been gained in negotiations.  Some of his people did something illegal, but it really amounted to nothing, being bungled.  Then as the evidence arose publicly, Nixon stood by his advisors and agreed to withhold evidence.  Since I graduated from college with a military commitment as the last soldiers left Vietnam, I felt Nixon to be a great president.  I do not agree with “any means necessary,” but I stand behind the president who served when I was first commissioned as an Army officer.

That leads me to something that I found appalling.  The Army officer who gave testimony against his commander in chief should have been court martialed long before this point.  In his introduction, Schiff mentioned how this officer had given evidence to the democrats on numerous occasions in their previous attempts at getting rid of Trump.  I served most of my active duty time under President Carter.  I liked Carter as a man, but I felt he was lacking as a president.  From the news reports, it seemed his wife made more decisions than he did.  But, according to the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice), I would have been court martialed for saying anything derogatory while I served.  Yet, this officer continued to attempt to undermine his commander in chief, until he finally hit on something that the democrats could chew on.  And for what reason?  The officer felt that the president had done something “improper.”  He didn’t even say it was wrong, just improper.  So, do we even have grounds for impeachment?

That brings me to Schiff’s opening remarks and nearly his first sentence.  He said that you cannot impeach a president because you don’t like him.  Isn’t this what this is all about?  Everything that Trump has done has been investigated by his opposition, until they thought this issue might be their chance.

President Lincoln quoted the Scripture above in 1858 as the South was making preparations to secede from the US.  I have no idea if the US is headed toward a war similar to the one that followed Lincoln’s speech.  There seems to be no clear geographic dividing lines.  Sure, there are clear lines between blue states, red states, and those that swing, but there are still people in every community, maybe every block, that disagree politically.

I have often written that we must not rely on politicians.  The only source of true faithfulness is God.  Everyone else has their own personal agenda.  Yet, I see trouble brewing.  The present proceedings may remove a president, but enmity one toward another will follow.  Distrust will follow.  Violence, in the schools and on the streets, will follow.

Is this the ramblings of someone who is ill and under a lot of stress?  I don’t know if this post makes any sense, but then again, the world, as it is now, makes no sense to me.

May God have mercy on us.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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  1. You’re a better man than i am in your fog trying to make sense of these shenanigans Mark. I decided before they started these ridiculous hearings that I was keeping my distance because it’s a monkey trial hearing with Schiff as chief monkey!!!
    Im using David’s latest post about CFA to add more fuel to the fire of my post the other day— David doesn’t seem convinced by Lynn’s protests and Pastor Jim made a good point— whereas someone CFA owners are indeed Christian men and women, that does not mean that all are of the mindset to support the charities at all costs— so that debate will continue— you will survive for the election— I feel pretty good about that!
    We will claim that!!

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    • In reading David’s post and your conversation, he is right. It seems CFA is trying an end run. Give to the charities that we wish to support, but do so quietly, without fanfare. Jesus said something along those lines, but it doesn’t work when evil is looking at the ledger. Evil broadcasts the capitulation of CFA. Once they find these side companies that make the contributions, they will be back in the fire again. They should have stood their ground. And smaller companies trying to stand their ground would stand with them, but now they may fall, not knowing what CFA is actually doing.

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  2. Grateful to see you speak on the danger today

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  3. President Nixon was a great leader who has been badly treated by those who report the news and those who write the histories. He opened the door to China, made historic agreements with the Soviet Union, and got us out of Vietnam with honor. (Unfortunately, a Democratic-party-dominated Congress refused to allow President Ford to enforce the treaty that ended the war.) Nixon also advanced civil rights quietly, without fanfare, oversaw increased protection of the environment, steered us carefully through an economic crisis, and rescued Israel from its enemies. Watergate was a mistake, but it was a small mistake when compared to his accomplishments. J.

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