Changing Tides in the US – A Reflection of a Changing World

Change Under Obama, et al.

As the last days of 2013 were passing to a close, the Associated Press released an article that characterized the failings of the Obama administration. “Fits and Starts” and grand notions of successful programs dashed as if waves could hope to hold together upon hitting a rocky shore.

The AP report  notes:

“Yet Obama’s agenda of gun control, immigration reform, a grand budget bargain and more sits unfulfilled. Obama’s job approval and personal favorability ratings are near the lowest point of his presidency, with increasing numbers of Americans saying they no longer consider him to be honest or trustworthy. Abroad, too, positive views of Obama have slipped, with confidence in him doing the right thing in world affairs dropping.”

(Alternate source of the AP article)

What is the true perspective on matters occurring under Obama’s care and direction?  Some examples:

— Under Obama health care is being socialized one step at a time … and those who don’t support certain medical procedures or preventatives are pooled into lending dollars to their unsupportable causes.

— Under Obama the nation’s secrets are exposed.

— Under Obama ‘pot’ is now legal in many states and potentially the grass will be sprayed with opiates and other substances weakening the minds of a once great nation.

— Under Obama the country is idle in military prowess … Only to threaten action while watching another nation’s people flee to the north and east to escape a dictator’s gas attacks.

— Under Obama gives a blind eye and effectively legalizes behaviors … previously on the books as unlawful … in the name of a human right … instead of simply recognizing what is ( biblical or mere ) sin and what is in fact a lifestyle choice. There is a difference! Equal protection and loving all mankind (gay and straight) does not also have to mean compromising morality or biblical truths … but under Obama normality is shifting to something new. Rationalization is shifting correctness.

— Under Obama a nation cannot find reasonable means to stop the guns that shoot people in the workplace, children in schools, and disrupt the peace in peacetime.

— Under Obama unemployment remains high and the economy weak.

— Under Obama the apple of the Lord’s eye is low hanging fruit for enemies all around … and nations spin uranium in preparation of agenda left to their own devices.

But Wait Just A Minute!

What should worry us most is NOT Obama … what is worrisome is that citizens are idly watching. Is what appears to be ‘Obama flaws’ simply his doing? As the days of the end of this time pass by, the US as a whole is looking at all this … what is under Obama is actually on top of a multitude of people. And the world watches and takes note.

Beyond US Shores

And if you, elsewhere in the world, are not under Obama, then why do you sit idly watching all the nations toss about to and fro … there is no rest, no peace, and turmoil over all the earth.  Is what you see in the West a mere reflection of troubles that challenge other world leaders?  Easy as it is to point a finger at a President or the US, what about where you are? Are there jobless, the hungry, violence and unrest? Can any one leader control a global economy in disarray? How high is unemployment in your region? What is the state of moral concerns where you live? Is a subtle shift transforming the world … globally?  For the better?

From the Window

There are no surprises from this window view … for all the current woes are already known and ‘it is written’ like the last days of this year as they pass to a close.  Biblically, last days bring humanity in transition from an innocence and peace post World War II to a new world order that is not innocent, no longer placid but on edge, and where technology is taking over people. We are less human, less moral, and struggling with being materially secure. Is that what life is? Material? What does the soul inside of you say?

The world has a yardstick already in place that tells us of political, social, and moral changes yet to come.  Biblical prophecy is often sensationalized to the point of being incomprehensible in terms of the present. But when the present state of human affairs reach forward to what the biblical projections have already put in anticipation of tomorrow—so tomorrow is now here—only the alert minds make the connections.  Are you aware?

Ironically, Mr. Obama is trying to do what is correct and yet his best efforts are on history’s slippery slope where all humanity is sliding right into the known future. Yes, known, for it is written!  We can sympathize with a President’s intention to do well, but also his ratings reveal that his nation’s peoples are aware it is not going well … but then, is it going all the better anywhere for human kind?

Look out your window. Think about it!

What does that quiet inner voice in you say?

What is that voice? What is life, really?

What will 2014 bring us?

Director, WindowView.org

Let’s Legalize Sodomy or Play Politics by God!

A March 16th report in The Columbus Dispatch is entitled: “Rob Portman commentary: Gay couples also deserve chance to get married.” Essentially this article considers the Senator’s switch from a defense of heterosexual marriage to now supporting the ‘right’ for gay couples to enjoy all the benefits of a ‘traditional marriage.’

The news story, online, is found at: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/editorials/2013/03/15/gay-couples-also-deserve-chance-to-get-married.html

In the article is the following is from Senator Portman:

“At the time, my position on marriage for same-sex couples was rooted in my faith tradition that marriage is a sacred bond between a man and a woman. Knowing that my son is gay prompted me to consider the issue from another perspective: that of a dad who wants all three of his kids to lead happy, meaningful lives with the people they love, a blessing Jane and I have shared for 26 years.

“I wrestled with how to reconcile my Christian faith with my desire for Will to have the same opportunities to pursue happiness and fulfillment as his brother and sister. Ultimately, it came down to the Bible’s overarching themes of love and compassion and my belief that we are all children of God.”

But let us recognize that a father may have such feelings … Yet God and faith are not mere feeling-based realities … Do you really think God “winks at sin and says … Well OK this time?” Portman, in his flesh dilemma (which is the same for all of us) has rationalized away his faith (something all do not do, we have choice). He has assumed the Scriptures do not hold application uniformly. This conclusion is from the gut, not fact, nor Scripture, and not based on the whole of what God provides. All pertinent information applies, not just what we decide to cull from the body of the biblical text.

Let us consider one of the scripture-based responses to the internet posted article … after the article you will find comments. One comment offered by a Diana starts with:

(DIANA _____ (DINY)
“Yes, we are to love and have compassion on all people, including gays, without accepting the lifestyle they choose to live. The Bible is clear in Romans 1:24, … ” and the verses Diana’s comment includes span Romans 1:24 to 28 and then she ends with “John 8:11 said, …Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. go and sin no more. It is heartbreaking when people change their minds whenever their family or friends are involved. I have family in this situation. I love them but do not accept what they are doing.”

We include the full section of the scripture from Romans below … In fact we extend that to verse 32 simply because Senator Portman really needs to reconsider what it means to say … that is, if he fears God and is a believer (Jewish or Christian). After all, from Abraham, through Israel, and the delivery of God’s teachings (law), through the Jewish contingent of human kind, we are presented a choice that leads to life or death … as scripture says … choose!

In fact the recent poll on those who favor support for gay marriage, including the Clintons, the President and Vice President and other political figures, et al., ALL fall into the same rationalization. Diana is correct that ” we are to love” and that is the appeal for Portman’s reversal, but Diana goes on to the earthy issue of what God’s WILL is … and thus what Portman’s son, Will, is doing … and the consequence to the father Portman for supporting what his child is doing … read all of the citation below to verse 32 … is as if he were engaged in the very same sin. And we also, should equally take note for sin is a human-wide dilemma. The choice to abide in God’s will is the choice … Portman stands with God, or alone.

But first let us also make an added observation about the current state of faith in the sight of these rationalizations. Recent polls say over fifty percent of Americans support gay marriage. This poll is not only a reflection of support, but also of a lapse in understanding of God’s will and a departure from what it means to say “we believe in God.” The poll is really saying more than half are not real believers. They know not God.

Bluntly put, if gay marriage is also condoning sin, then politicians are condoning a wrong behavior, even in the privacy of a gay household, have we supported rights that also legalize sodomy? Not a kind notion, but a sober question. God would have you face reality on this issue … so has the President supported a change in the moral foundation of our nation? If as when Israel turned her back on God, God removed His blessing … we are left to wonder what this North American nation will experience when He turns His back here!

As with all of the posts here, we are looking out the window to think, absorbing thoughts, considering as much as we can as objectively as possible. If there is a God, we need a sober moment in deep thought. We are left to choose … Our life is in the balance. Ultimately, it’s not just about the gay life style, but instead it’s about our disposition as we walk into eternity. Life now is the only opportunity to consider all factors … and decide.

The Scriptures tell us that near the end of days that even some of the elect may be deceived. Certainly, elected officials today maneuver their opinions based on a personal focus … playing politics of self and not by God  … if they believed beyond personal rationalization … they might reveal something lacking here today … specifically … moral leadership. God would agree, but what about you?

Director, WindowView.org

From the book of Romans:
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:18-32 NKJV)