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Destruction Of Southern Heritage
Thursday, July 16, 2015
In light of the action taken by the South Carolina Legislature regarding the Confederate battle flag, we can’t help but wonder what it would take for similar measures to be taken regarding our own national colors.

Several years ago, we were outraged by another school district’s decision to ban the colors and insignia of a professional football team because hoodlums in the area surrounding the team’s stadium had identified themselves with those same colors.

Obviously, the Oakland Raiders didn’t sanction the actions of the gangbangers, but because of those actions a school district in central Oklahoma prohibited elementary students from wearing Raider garb.

When do the actions of one individual or group strip away the first amendment rights of others with whom they aren’t associated?

The triple K has long been accused of being a southern hate group, and as we’ve noted previously rightly so, but rarely to our knowledge has that insidious organization specifically identified itself with the battle flag that was removed from the South Carolina capitol grounds.

Should the “Stars and Stripes” be removed as well because the triple K stands beneath it while proclaiming their doctrine of hatred?

But, someone may respond: Hate-filled speech is different from hate-filled actions.

Unfortunately, history tells us that isn’t always so, just as it also tells us flags many of us cherish have been carried into dishonorable situations.

Ask the Native American men, woman and children who fell to the guns of the Texas Rangers in 1858 during what was called the “Antelope Hills Expedition” if the symbol to which Texan children of today pledge allegiance is a symbol of hatred.

As for our “Stars and Stripes,” the flag which has been carried on many battlegrounds has also been present at several documented massacres that far outnumber the honored dead of that lone South Carolina church.

At the massacres of Marias and Wounded Knee alone, the members of the US Army reportedly took the lives of more than 400 old men, women and children.

Historical documents tells us that at the Sand Creek massacre, Native Americans were either “shot or sabered” by the US Cavalry because no one in the community would vouch for their character.

Should we hold the actions of those long dead soldiers against the modern servicemen and women?

Of course we shouldn’t. And neither should the dishonor those individuals imparted to our national colors be the grounds for removing them from our capitol buildings, post offices or schools.

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Dealing With Broken Glass
Thursday, June 11, 2015
A surprise visit during the middle of winter had cheered the grandparents’ hearts. Their daughter found the time to fly in from southern Florida accompanied by one of their two grandchildren, a darling little girl who probably couldn’t tell you what excited her most about the trip… seeing her grandparents or the Appaloosa gelding she had to leave behind several months earlier when she returned to the Sunshine State at the end of summer vacation.

Whether the horse actually remembered her, I couldn’t tell you, but I’m sure that in the mind of the little girl her valiant steed not only remembered her but also loved and cherished her in return.

After hugging and petting the animal, scratching its muzzle and stroking its mane, the little girl haltered the gelding and led him around his paddock, ignoring the frigid winter temperatures that were so different from those back home.

After awhile it was time to feed the animal. She did this just as she had during the summer when her grandparents presented the horse to the novice rider. However, before she went back into the house her grandfather reminded her to make sure the water tank didn’t need re-filling. Just a few seconds later, the youngster rushed to her grandfather with panic in her eyes.

“Grandfather,” she said, “the water tank is full of broken glass!”

Puzzled, the grandfather allowed her to lead him back to the paddock, where he found the thick layer of ice on the water tank had been shattered during the night by the thirsty horse.

It’s easy for me to picture the event above because I know the people involved, but can you imagine how startling it really must have been to this youngster who’s encounters with ice had previously been in a glass or freezer?

As fallible human beings, we have to understand that the way we see or perceive things is often tainted by our wants and desires and also our experiences.

Many years ago, the Bible tells us about the prophet Samuel delivering a message to King Saul in the 15th chapter of 1 Samuel.

God had instructed the Israelites under King Saul to attach and utterly destroy the Amalekites “and everything that belongs to them.” However, Saul and his army disobeyed. While they destroyed the Amalekites, and took their king hostage, the Bible says, “But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs – everything that was good.

These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.” — 1 Samuel 15:9.

When Samuel confronted Saul with his disobedience, Saul explained that the best of the Amalekite’s livestock were spared for sacrifice to God. Of course, there are some who say that Saul’s expressed intention of honoring God with a sacrifice was an afterthought, specifically after being caught with his hand in the “cookie jar,” but it really doesn’t matter if he intended to keep some of the wealth or not. The fact is that he’d disobeyed God.

“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord?” Samuel asked in verse 22 of the same chapter. “To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.”

Like the little girl and the horse trough, it doesn’t matter what our “earthly experience” has taught us. If we’re not doing our best to look at situations through God’s eyes, as explained to mankind through his holy word and interrupted through by the Holy Spirit, than whatever we think we perceive is wrong.

There are many who have allowed their experiences, desires and society to lead them away from the God-inspired truth of his word. They tend to forget that God is omnipotent… and omniscient.

They forget that God knows not only what is in our hearts, but also what is in our future. If God had wanted his word interpreted with a “more modern view,” don’t you think his word would have reflected it in such a way from the beginning?

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Satan Is A Snake Of The Subtlest Sort
Friday, February 27, 2015
Back in Genesis 3, just before the account of mankind’s fall to sin in the Garden of Eden, we’re told, “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made.”
Maybe that was true of the breed in general, but it was certainly true of one souped up Satanic snake, a demon-possessed viper.
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