Monday, September 28, 2009

The Ankle Bone's Connected By The...Compassion Muscle

Biblical Proof That Real Christians Support Health Care Reform Part Three

Instead of using the Bible as the devil often wields it, to whap and thump and bonk people on the head, let’s put it to the purpose wherefore God created it: to be read.

After Christ’s ascension, when the apostles and disciples were in Jerusalem gathering to be dispersed, it is written: ‘And all that believed were together, and had all things in common; and sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.’ Acts 2: 44-45.

And a few verses later: ‘Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms…Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.’ Acts 3:1-8.

On September 23, 2009, Kimberly Young of Oxford, Ohio died of swine flu. She was 22. Young had been ill for about two weeks, but “didn’t seek medical treatment because she didn’t have health insurance and was worried about the cost,” according to Brent Mowery, her friend and former roommate.

Since most Christians believe that Christ is the only way to heaven, and reckon delivering souls as adding to their own reward therein, for the sake of discussion here, let us suppose that Miss Young died before coming to the glory of Christ (for if not her, there have been and will be many other such who pass away at a tender age); wouldn’t a truly pro life Christian save her in this present physical world, that she might also be saved, leaping and praising, into God’s kingdom hereafter?

Why then is it, that if Peter and John were to open a hospital today, so many who call themselves Christian--as exemplified and espoused by the personalities on my local Christian radio station, WTBN--would resort to wicked politicking to bar the doors until they could figure out how to charge admission? What if God is using your stand on health care reform as a litmus test for your heart—would you pass, or fail?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Of Lepers and Lost Sheep

Biblical Proof That Christians Should Support Health Care Reform Part Two

Let’s start this one with two quotes from the Bible, one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament.

'Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live.' Ezekiel 33:11

'The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.' 2 Peter 3:9

Now let’s read the story of Jesus healing the ten lepers, which is in Luke 17:11-19.

'And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.'

Applied to a contemporary setting, that would be like nine Americans and one illegal Mexican receiving treatment at the hospital, with only the Mexican having the courtesy to say ‘Gracias.’

But that is not my point. My train of logic docks at the station with the parable of the man who had one hundred sheep, and when one became lost, he left the ninety nine in the wilderness to go and search for the lost one, and when he found it he hoisted it upon his shoulders and called his friends together to rejoice.

‘I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.’ Luke 15:7

So it is that true Christians support health care for everyone, that those of faith may live to evangelize another day, while even if only one in a hundred non-believers is brought to glory, you will have done that which pleases God and the angels.

Or, continue your bizarre support of insurance company avarice controlling life and death, and run the risk of fulfilling another scripture: ‘I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews (or Christians), and are not, but are a synagogue (or church) of Satan.’ Revelation 2:9

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

More Back and Forth with Right Wing Rodi

Again, this picks up from here.

Why do you seek to justify and explain yourself to me? The Father’s opinion is the only one that matters.

The Gift of Discernment? You? That is rich. I just sprayed tea and pee everywhere I was laughing so hard. This coming from the man who read Genesis 19 and found the story of 'two men who married women that were beautiful but turned out to be immoral and it spiraled from there.' The same guy who, when I quoted the ‘inerrant’ scripture that says: “This was the sin of Sodom….” told me that the scripture was not to be taken literally, but as an allegory of nothing.

I’ve heard that expression before--The Gift of Discernment--to describe Christian ‘gifts.’ I give it no credence. It’s a platitude. Ask one hundred people if they’ve got the gift and eighty will say ‘Yes.’ The other twenty will ask: “What’s that?” and when you explain it will say: “Oh yeah, of course I’ve got discernment.” A while back, I heard a guy on Christian radio openly bragging about how he had the gift of discernment. He then used his very next breath to extol the virtues of that Christian hero Ronald Reagan. Yeah, right. But if you say so…um…okay…I’ll play along…Rodi has the gift of discernment. Are you able to discern the Devil’s voice when he uses it to call himself Christian? He does it all the time.

So something rather odd happened, pertinent to this conversation. Monday night I was looking for something different to watch and happened across the documentary Food Inc. I watched it last night. I think you should watch it and tell me what you think. It was a fascinating look at our food supply, and how capitalism has influenced and taken over its production. It truly is an unholy, ungodly evil. Monsanto suing a farmer because the wind cross pollinated his fields from grain grown with their patented seeds was particularly nefarious. Truly satanic arrogance is required to bring such a lawsuit to bear. And is it Godly that Bush appointed a major beef lobbyist to head the FDA, regulations were rolled back, inspections reduced, and—whaddya know? Here comes e-coli and salmonella. I’m sure that woman whose little boy died wasn’t thinking this was a government that had her interests at heart. She was probably a good Republican though, and knew she was taking one for the team. It goes on and on.

I’m reluctant to quote scripture for you, since you’ve demonstrated a clear lack of knowledge and understanding of the Bible, but here goes: John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

The prince of this world is the Devil, and the capitalist business principles that he’s brought to bear in the production of our food supply he’s also applied to the industries of energy/oil, defense/war, finance/banking, prisons, health care, and anything else you can think of. Do you see that with your powers of discernment, or has your mind been blinded by the god of this age?

There was one very sensible and articulate farmer in the film. Let's call him, Joe The Organic Farmer. At about the 50 minute mark he said something that I found very pithy and lucid. He said: “I’m always struck by how successful we have been at hitting the bullseye of the wrong target. We have learned, for example, in cattle we’ve learned how to plant, fertilize and harvest corn using global positioning satellite technology, and nobody sits back and asks: ‘but should we be feeding cows corn?’ We’ve become a culture of technicians. We’re all into the ‘how’ of it, and nobody is stepping back and saying: ‘but why?’ A culture that views a pig as a pile of protoplasmic inanimate structure, to be manipulated by whatever creative design the human can foist on that critter, will probably view individuals within its community, and other cultures within the community of nations, with the same type of disdain, and disrespect, and controlling type mentality.” Well said, Joe The Organic Farmer!

Do you discern a spot on nutshell of Republican philosophy in that quote? I do.


So when Republicans recently criticized Democrats for adding to the deficit (a deficit largely created by the Reagan and Bush administrations—Clinton left a budget surplus), then it is announced that Obama’s first budget narrowed the deficit by 13 percent--see here--then the ONE AND ONLY thing the Republicans want to do if they take control of congress is to add 700 billion to the deficit by extending the Bush tax cuts to the wealthy--or to use their parlance, 'cram it down our throats--do you discern hypocrisy? (Stupid policy, by the way. If the tax cuts during a strong economy contributed to this destroyed one, how will those same tax cuts affect it now? They will be devastating, like kicking a cripple.) Following that all they'll do is shut down government for two years until 2012 and the hope of recovering the presidency so they can go on another four year binge of rampant cultural and economic destruction.

So when you drive to the post office to drop your overpriced health care payment gouge in the mail, do you pass by the town hall, pat yourself on the back, and say: “Thanks to me, those statues of Lenin and Marx will not be appearing here for another month.”? You do know that a good capitalist would tell you that your bank account is moving in the wrong direction, and that if you could get the same product for significantly less, that would be smart business. But, you’ve got that gift of discernment, so I’m sure you know best.

Here are two hospitals. The Jesus hospital, o’er which hangs the sign: He Heals Them All. And the capitalist pig hospital, o’er which hangs the sign: Cash Only, No Exceptions. (If you’re sick—or have an illness resulting from capitalist deregulation of the food industry—and have no money, go find a quiet place to live out your misery and die.)

EXT – DAY A sidewalk. (Beavis to Butthead): You said ‘discernment’—he, he—he, he….)

So, watch Food Inc--and Sicko, for that matter, which reveals the capitalist pig destruction of the health care system. The asthmatic woman in tears near the end is particularly touching. The deregulated air polluters that exacerbate and contribute to her illness probably have their hands somewhere in the industry that charges her 120 dollars apiece for her inhalers—the identical inhalers that she’s buying for FIVE cents each in one of those evil—gasp—CUBAN pharmacies.

Get back to me when you’ve seen Food Inc—your take on it will reveal much about your heart.

P.S. When I say Conservative Christian do you DISCERN an oxymoron? I do, for unless God is LIBERAL with His mercies, we are all dead men walking.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Lazarus and The Living Water

Biblical Proof Christians SHOULD Support Health Care Reform Part One

WTBN’s static voices state their stance on health care very clearly—they are adamantly opposed to it, as good Christians should be. This confounds me. Even if you weren’t Christian and were simply decent you would support reform.

Janet Parshall is particularly vociferous on the subject, and screams to heaven in shouting it down. The other day she mentioned the good Samaritan, insomuch as the Christian thing to do is to allow the less fortunate to rely on charity. It is a profound parable. The good Samaritan was a foreigner who aided a Jew, so if he would do that for someone of another nation, and we want to be like him, how much more then should we take care of our own?

That got me thinking of the story of the Samaritan woman, who Jesus asked to drink from her well. ‘If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.’ John 4:10.

Which in turn made me think about Lazarus, the beggar covered in boils at the rich man’s gate, who begged for crumbs while the dogs licked his sores. When Lazarus died he was carried by angels into Abraham’s bosom, while the rich man lifted his eyes into torments. And seeing Lazarus he cried: ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ Luke 16:24.

Who has the living water there?

The rich man then asked Abraham to send someone to his house, to warn his family. ‘Abraham saith unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.’ Luke 16:31.

Which brings us to the other Lazarus—Lazarus of Bethany—who Christ raised from the dead after he had been buried in a cave for four days. He was the brother of Mary who had anointed him with oil and wiped his feet with her hair. Jesus loved them, and after glorifying God, ‘he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin.’ John 11: 43-44.

Abraham was right.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Christ and the Black Heart

Remembering Katrina over the weekend one of my strongest recollections was Kanye West saying “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” I lived in New Orleans for a year, and worked on Bourbon Street in the spring of 95. I love that city, Katrina broke my heart too. And whether Bush truly doesn't care we can't know, but based upon his actions black people have every right to feel betrayed and to perceive him that way.

Having also resided in New Haven, Connecticut, New York City, and Austin, Texas, I've lived in mostly multicultural places where I encountered people from around the world, so when I came to central Florida a few years ago I was surprised at how freely the N word flies around here. Here are a couple of examples. One of my co-workers is a very well mannered, upstanding young man who considers himself Christian, knows the Bible, attends church regularly and tithes his income. He also doesn’t believe that God created men equally, and that he’s superior to niggers. I have a neighbor who professes to be Christian. He also proclaims himself to be better than women, Mexicans and niggers. And two roaches on the counter usually mean many more nearby.

And now is the racism ratcheting up. Antichrist pastors stoke the fires and fan the flames in the engines of hate with public prayers for Obama’s death—two notables being Steven Anderson of Tempe, AZ and Wiley Drake of Buena Park, CA—and people calling themselves Christian bring nazi propaganda to rallies and town hall meetings. As significant as the cross is to Christ the swastika is to Satan. The insignia is a repugnant symbol of murderous racist hate, and no one who loves Jesus, king of the Jews, would be comfortable even around one, much less wielding it. The swastika is anathema to everyone who truly loves the cross--people who wave swastikas BURNED Jews, and still BURN crosses--and it is written that you cannot serve two masters.

Yet ‘Christian’ radio host Kevin McCullough explained to me that displaying it was not contradictory to Christianity. He said: “The sign is clearly not an endorsement of Hitler but rather a poke at the President who asked his citizens to report on any neighbors who disagree with him. Which happened to be a tactic taken from Hitler’s Gestapo. Any slight student of history would know and understand this…only a moron cannot see the difference…”

Many hate President Obama because he is black.

…I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me…’ Song of Solomon 1:6

That is the only difference in the flesh of men, and that color is irrelevant anyway when we read: ‘For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.’ 2 Chronicles 16:9.

Moses knit his heart in marriage to Zipporah, an Ethiopian woman. And after being baptized by John in Jordan, Jesus went into the wilderness to fast for forty days and be tempted of the devil, whom he conquered. The terrain of that region is desert, and knowing that he did not enter therein armed with sun block, eyeshades and a parasol, it’s safe to say that when he returned to civilization it was with a burnish in his skin, and not the lily white hallmark airbrush as depicted on the shelves of your local shop.

Jesus taught us the greatest commandment: above all love God, and thy neighbor as thyself; and that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, and that what proceeds from the mouth is what defiles a man.

The way is wide but the gate narrow.

‘Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then I will profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.’ Matthew 7:21-23.

If your heart holds hatred for neighbors you don’t even know, how can it possibly be right with God? If you do not love the brother who you have seen, how can you love God whom you have not seen? And don’t you fear the answer when you approach He who was darkly complexioned when on earth, with your supplication for mercy issuing from one side of your mouth, and hatespeak from the other?

Monday, September 7, 2009

Response to Rodi

This is the continuation of a conversation, which started on this thread.

Wow. Methinks your mind has been scrubbed bizarre by the Foxnews Republican propaganda brainwashing machine. You make weird assumptions about the Disciples of Christ going forth and denying amenities to hypothetical Greeks and Romans, then a sentence later carry on with your thoughts as though it were historical fact. Where does it say anywhere that they withheld anything from the Greeks and the Romans? How do you come up with that? They were revealing the greatest treasure on earth to them. I’m pretty sure there were many shared meals and much hospitality involved that turned both ways. They weren’t creating some form of government to supersede God.

As for socialism leading to a Marxist regime, where did I suggest anything remotely like that? Where did you come up with that crap? I haven’t read a word of Marx. Your brain is programmed so that the mere mention of the word socialism and your mind triggers Lenin and Marxism and Glenn Beck prancing around in a nazi uniform with a riding crop. Nobody would be kissing the toes of statues and thanking them for their bread. The fear mongering of your media buddies has sunk in on you. If we were to base a socialized system of government on the disciples of Christ, how could it possibly do anything BUT place God above all?

I’m talking about looking after one another, implementing the best of other nations, where people are happier, healthier, safer and wealthier than here. I had Dutch friends who told me that In Holland, if you want to go to university it’s free, and the government provides a small stipend for you to live on while you study. How is that evil? What’s evil is giving your children a debt note of 20, 50 or 100k along with their diploma. In societies where money moves about more freely MORE people succeed financially (which I mention since I know how dear that is to you). In other nations EVERYONE receives health care. If we truly aspired to be a Christian nation, then we would model our health care system after Christ. “…and great multitudes followed after him, and he healed them all.” Not just those carrying Blue Cross…HE HEALED THEM ALL.

As to your seeking to glorify Christ, it makes me think of an arsonist fireman who sets the blaze then rushes to extinguish it to gain glory among men. You step into a voting booth and inflict the Republican miseries of unemployment, foreclosure and homelessness, war and oil spill upon your countrymen then put on a great show of giving the resulting less fortunate neighbors a few of your charitable crumbs.

I came across a recent clip of Michele Malkin last night. It mystifies me that any Christian admires her. She conveys an attitude of shameless arrogance, and her rhetoric struck me as disrespectful to God, sniping the way she does at people who think environmental regulation is necessary and right.

Reagan funded those nefarious wars to stop ‘communism’ from advancing north through Central America. (Now that notion is STUPID). 135,000 people died in those conflicts. The population of Central America is hugely Christian, and innocent peasants were blown up by Reagan's landmines. You can’t kill Christians in the name of Christ. Yet you despise Obama. He acts more Christian than any of the liars, hypocrites, thieves, perverts and shills you vote for, who do NO good for the public, and who are tilting us into an oligarchy. They don’t care about you, they’ll look down and laugh as they tread on your head like cobblestone.

So I’ll amend my parable to read: A wealthy landowner rented out two houses—one to a tree hugging, environmentalist earth muffin, and the other to an industrial capitalist pig. He also suggested they find a way to make the properties pay their rent. The earth muffin trimmed the gardens and lawn, kept up the paint and repairs, and maintained immaculate premises. She also tilled the land and started up a profitable roadside stand. The pig rooted up the yard searching for gold, sold off the furnishings then burned the house to the ground. Which of the two will the landowner entrust to house sit his mansion and invite to vacation in the beach cottage? Since that accurately describes two types of people currently dwelling upon the earth, choose between those TWO. Or twist away with a third in some idolatrous fantasy.

Mercy is compassion. Do you know the parable of Lazarus? It’s Luke 16:19-31. Here’s Lazarus 2010. While the rich man dined one evening on Chilean Sea Bass stuffed with dates and pine nuts, artichoke fritters, lox on rye toast points and asparagus tips in hollandaise sauce, the poor man shooed away the dogs licking his boils and dragged himself to the local hospital. “We’ve got the medicine to cure you right here,” the doctor said, holding up a vial between his finger and thumb. “I just need your insurance information.”

“I haven’t got any,” Lazarus answered.

“Then I’ll need a thousand bucks,” the doctor said.

“I haven’t got that either,” Lazarus replied.

“Then you can't have any. Here’s a couple of band aids to cover your sores and there’s the door. NEXT!”

And Lazarus died and Luke 16: 22-31 finishes the story. And next is, YOU ARE THE PHARISEES.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Kindness of God

For the last few weeks on WTBN, Steve Kreloff of Verse by Verse Radio has been discoursing on King David. A couple of days ago he did a particularly excellent half hour on the kindness of God. Some excerpts are paraphrased here.

“When Jesus walked on this planet much of his ministry was directed to who? People who were poor, people who were lame, people who were blind, people who had illnesses, people who were demon possessed, and what did he do for them? He healed them. He healed them. Compassion. He was never too busy to be compassionate, he actually touched lepers, he expressed tenderness, he always had time for the outcasts, Jesus was so compassionate that many of his healings were done on the Sabbath. And the Pharisees, those absolute hypocrites, kept criticizing him for healing on the Sabbath and Jesus refused to change…but you know why he healed on the Sabbath, because when he came in contact with human misery, he didn’t want another day to go by in which that person would remain in that miserable state. And so healed them regardless of the fact that once the Pharisees saw him they said we’ve got to kill this guy…..a lot of people came to Jesus, and he must have been very tired and yet he did not turn any away, and why, because he was compassionate. This is the heart of God.”

Shouldn’t WTBN practice what it preaches? Why does WTBN oppose health care reform, as so LOUDLY vocalized by Hugh Hewitt, Michael Medved, Bill Bunkley, Cal Thomas, Jay Sekulow and Janet Parshall, Baldwin, McCullough and the rest of the Obama hating gang? The fact is that the health issue is divided into two camps, and WTBN ‘Christian’ radio is on the side of the street/aisle with the screeching ignoramuses and pharisaical hypocrites who are bringing weapons and nazi propaganda to the town hall meetings. Hmm…is this where Christians stand?

The status quo on health care in America turns its back on the needy and protects the countless billions the insurance companies extract from the economy in premiums and administrative costs without actually having anything to do with treating sick human beings. And don’t forget the additional hundreds of billions they raided from the taxpayer coffers last fall in bailouts.

I am 45 and have no health insurance. About a month ago I had a cyst on my shoulder blade that had swollen to the size of a walnut and needed treatment. Not having a couple hundred dollars and several hours to wait in an emergency room, my recourse was to seek treatment at the free health clinic in downtown St Petersburg. I was treated by a retired doctor in his mid eighties who was volunteering his time, who performed the surgical procedure on the spot, and who did a fantastic job, God bless his heart, and thank you for leading me to him. Two weeks ago I awoke one Sunday to find my right eye swollen shut. Again, not having spare cash and hours to sit in an emergency room I used my good eye and the internet to diagnose myself. Fortunately, my diagnosis was correct, though the healing process was probably slower than it would have been had I been treated by doctor, and I did miss two days of work. And scroll a little further down to read about how my congressman, Bill Young, who funds his health care insurance with my tax dollars and plans to vote that I get none, is more concerned about bears than me.

The ‘Christian’ politicians (Republican hypocrites) you vote for wrote the laws that destroyed this economy. The ‘Christian’ politicians you vote for oppose a compassionate health care system that would be consistent with the miracles and ministry of Jesus. The ‘pro-life Christian’ politicians you voted in won’t treat sick Americans, but will spend our tax dollars building bombs and then lying to the world to justify starting wars wherein they drop them and slaughter innocent mommies and their babies in foreign countries.

And you call US a Christian nation?

P.S. I hardly think the angels in heaven are wearing the I’D RATHER BE WATERBOARDING tee shirts that sells and reading the neo-nazi Michelle Malkin’s lies that promotes. Just a hunch.

George Bush antichrist

The internet was recently invaded by an Obama is the antichrist speculation video which wended a convoluted rotini of logic in stating that when the passage in Luke 10:18, that describes Satan falling like lightning from on high, is read aloud in Hebrew, Baraq and Bamah are two of the words used, which was a coded warning from Jesus about the Antichrist, and Obama is it!

Much of the speculation about the Antichrist is based on the beast in Revelation, but while the words beast, dragon, false prophet, devil and Satan all appear in the narrative of Revelation, antichrist is not used. The word ‘antichrist’ appears only five times in the Bible, and all in the first two epistles of John, and defines itself in one scripture: ‘Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.’ 1 John 2:22

The word’s appearance four verses before is just as revealing. ‘Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.’ 1 John 2:18

So as some pastors and prophecy fanatics warn us from pulpits and in pop culture that these are the last days and the antichrist is coming, so is the first part of the scripture fulfilled; and that being so, thus also is the second, that many antichrists are now among us.

He who says he is of Christ but does abominably is a liar, and denies God, and is antichrist. How a man is abomination to God is described in lucid detail in Proverbs 6:16, where it is written: ‘These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.’

Therein do we find our former president described uncannily. That smug, prideful look of George Bush is as unforgettable as the lies, the bloody hands and the dreams of a dark heart—everything you would imagine an antichrist to be. He stole an election, with help from his father, and deceived many, in that so many Christians voted for him—exactly as some ‘Christians’ say will happen when the Antichrist comes.

Let’s pretend we’re in the heavens as God and Satan take a bird’s eye look down. There is Israel, God's heart, and Jerusalem, God’s jewel city upon the earth. And how would Satan rage against God? By striking as near to that heart as he could. And look there, George Bush antichrist, and his father, invoking the prophecies of Gog and Magog while making war in Babylon, near Israel’s border.

Along with his sidekick the false prophet Cheney--who fear mongered about the falling sky while warnings were ignored and attacks launched on their watch--they roared through eight years of history and left waves of social, cultural and economic destruction still repercussing into the future and a deep wake of devastation behind, epitomized by their bungled handlings of 9/11 and Katrina. And just as with those disasters, it will take the fulness of time to number the dead and measure the damage.

And now are their followers, more antichrists, taking to the streets and the airwaves, kicking and screaming, as it is written in Revelation 12:12: “Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”

There are your antichrists.

As to President Obama and scripture, why take a twisted path to an inferred allusion when a direct one is right there? There are three uses of the unusual expression ‘leading captivity captive,’ in the Bible. One appears in the New Testament, in reference to Jesus Christ, and one in the Old Testament, about an ancient Jewish hero named Barak. (a third use, Psalm 68:18, foreshadows the scripture in Ephesians about Christ.)

‘But unto everyone of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.’ Ephesians 4:7-8.

‘…awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam. Then he made him that remaineth have dominion over the nobles among the people: the LORD made me have dominion over the mighty.’ Judges 5:12-13.

Am I saying George Bush is the Antichrist? One of many. Am I comparing President Obama to Christ? Nope. He says that he is in Christ, pray that it is true. He does have ‘dominion over the nobles and the mighty;’ may God help him.