Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Domestic abuse is an IMAGO DEI issue

I am convinced that domestic violence is an imago Dei issue; It is not a gender issue nor is it about getting our "roles" right. If men and women are equally made in the image of God, then both deserve honor and respect as His image-bearers. If the Gospel is applicable to both men and women, then both have equal standing before God because of Christ's merit. 

But in direct opposition, abuse takes place when one human being attempts to gain power and control over another human being through whatever means to achieve that result. This is nothing more than an attempt to usurp the authority of "God" over another image-bearer.  And this is why all forms of abuse, physical and nonphysical, are evil irrespective of gender.  It is God's prerogative alone to exercise His rule over every aspect of creation because He is Creator.


And lest we forget, Jesus explicitly said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matt. 20:25-28.


Likewise, when it comes to confronting abuse, there should be no respecter of persons. There should be no allowances made and immunity given to excuse this sort of behavior.  To do so is to admit that the victims are not equal in terms of their humanity or the dignity with which they should be treated. To excuse or provide cover for the abuser in inexcusable and a contradiction of Scripture.

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. Matthew 5:21-22




If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. James 2:8-9


For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it, we bless our Lord and Father, and with it, we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. James 3:7-10



If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. 1 John 4:20-21

These verses apply to all human relationships including (and especially) marital and familial relationships.  Among God's people (the Church) abusers must not be excused; they must be disciplined.  No human being has the right to abuse another person who is made in the image of God. No exceptions. No excuses. Period.

So I pray that the Church-at-large would:

- Repent of where and when it has sided with abusers and learn from its mistakes.



- Recognize domestic abuse in all its forms and refuse to harbor it within its walls.

- Pursue justice on behalf of the victims.

- Be a place of safety and healing for the victims.

- Take a biblical stand and declare, "My brothers, these things ought not to be so."

(Written by Persis at triedbyfire.blogspot.com  for DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS.  Used by permission and edited by me; Ralph M. Petersen)

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Colored People

Why do colored people insist on being called "People of Color?"

What's wrong with just calling them colored people?  We don't call wealthy people "People of Wealth."  We don't call intelligent people, "People of Intelligence."  

Why don't we call white people, "People of no color?"

Just Wondered

Friday, April 13, 2018

SO THAT WE NEVER FORGET



I’m posting this for two reasons:

1. SO THAT WE NEVER FORGET
2. To inform a generation of ignorant young people who wasted years in public indoctrination facilities where they learned NOTHING worthwhile about real science, history, biology, or basic reading, writing, and math skills.

REMEMBER THE HOLOCAUST

Most people have heard the numbers – approximately 6 million Jew were exterminated but that is not the total extent. There were others among which were:

About 5.5 million Soviet civilians.
Nearly 3 million prisoners of war.
Approximately 1.8 million non-Jewish Polish civilians.
312,000 Serb civilians
Around 250,000 institutionalize elderly people with various disabilities.
Between 196,000–220,000 Roma (gypsies).
1,900 Jehovah's Witnesses.
At least 70,000 repeat criminal offenders and homosexuals deemed to be socially unfit.
An undetermined number of German political opponents and resistance activists in Axis-occupied territories.
And at least 250,000 Homosexuals.

The real casualties, of Hitler’s regime, are estimated to be about 11,000,000 (eleven million).
That is equal to the entire population of Wyoming, Washington DC, Vermont, N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Alaska, Delaware, Montana, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, and Hawaii COMBINED!

We are raising young people who are enthralled with and attracted to Nazism. To them, I offer this warning: You are really going to hate the new world you are trying to create. Wake up before you screw up this country. And VOTE RIGHT.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

My Letter to President Trump about Crime and Punishment




February 15, 2018


Dear Mr. President,


I agree with the Democrats and the mainstream media; it is time for you, our President, to "Step up and do something about mass shootings." 

BUT GUN CONTROL IS NOT THE REMEDY.

 Here is what we should expect from you and our government.

We don't need investigations into these shooters' heads. It doesn't matter why they do it and, knowing why is not going to bring back the dead, satisfy their families, or protect society.

And we don't need diagnoses from psychologists either.  It doesn't matter if the shooters are mentally ill.

What we need from our government is swift and fair trials for the accused and, if they are convicted, we need long incarcerations or, better yet, speedy executions. That is the biblical and constitutional responsibility of government; to "wield the sword" in the execution by a blind (that means indiscriminate) system of justice.

The commission of crimes MUST have real consequences for criminals; we don't need our government to administer understanding, compassion, rehabilitation, correction, medical or psychological treatments, or any other ineffective, touchy-feely nonsense. 

So, Mr. President, you should step up and insist on the right and appropriate punishment of criminals; not their victims. And when our government starts doing its job, the penal system will be, once again, an effective deterrent.  Crime rates will decrease, and we will all be safer. 

(And, by the way, why is Hillary still walking around? but I digress.) 

Thank You for Making America Great Again. 

Sincerely, 


Ralph M. Petersen



(mailed to the White House on Feb. 16, 2018)

Friday, February 9, 2018

The Shadow Government


"I do not understand how living in a country with its democracy established over 200 years ago, and now, for the first time in history, one of our former presidents, Barack Obama, has set up a group called "Organizing for Action" (OFA).


"OFA is 30,000+ strong and working to disrupt everything that our current president’s administration is trying to do. This organization goes against our Democracy, and it is an operation that will destroy our way of governing. It goes against our Constitution, our laws, and the processes established over 200 years ago. If it is allowed to proceed, we will be living in chaos very much like third world countries are run.  What good is it to have an established government if it is not going to be respected and allowed to follow our laws?



"If you had an army some 30,000 strong and a court system stacked over the decades with judges who would allow you to break the laws, how much damage could you do to a country? We are about to find out in America!

"Our ex-president said he was going to stay involved through community organizing and speak out on the issues, and that appears to be one post-administration promise he intends to keep. He has moved many of his administration's top dogs over to Organizing for Action.

"OFA is behind the strategic and tactical implementation of the resistance to the Trump Administration that we are seeing across America, and politically active courts are providing the leverage for this revolution.

"OFA is dedicated to organizing communities for "progressive" change. Its issues are gun control, socialist healthcare, abortion, sexual equality, climate change, and of course, immigration reform.

"OFA members were propped up by the ex-president's message from the shadows: 'Organizing is the building block of everything great we have accomplished.  Organizers around the country are fighting for change in their communities and OFA is one of the groups on the front lines. Commit to this work in 2017 and beyond.'

"OFA's website says it obtained its 'digital' assets from the ex-president's re-election effort and that he inspired the movement.  In short, it is the shadow government organization aimed at resisting and tearing down the Constitutional Republic we know as AMERICA.

"Paul Sperry, writing for the New York Post, says, 'The OFA will fight President Donald Trump at every turn of his presidency and the ex-president will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House.'

"Sperry writes that 'The ex-president is setting up a shadow government to sabotage the Trump administration through a network of non-profits led by OFA, which is growing its war chest (more than $40 million) and has some 250 offices nationwide.' The OFA IRS filings, according to Sperry, indicate that the OFA has 32,525 (and growing) volunteers nationwide. The ex-president and his wife will oversee the operation from their home/ office in Washington DC.

"Think about how this works. For example: Trump issues an immigration executive order; the OFA signals for protests and statements from pro-immigrant groups; the ACLU lawyers file lawsuits in jurisdictions where activist judges obstruct the laws; volunteers are called to protest at airports and Congressional town hall meetings; the leftist media springs to action in support of these activities; the twitter-sphere lights up with social media; and violence follows. All of this happens from the ex-president's signal that he is heartened by the protests.

"If Barack Obama did not do enough to destroy this country in the 8 years he was in office, it appears his future plans are to destroy the foundation on which this country has operated on for the last 241 years.

"If this does not scare you, then we are in worse trouble than you know."

Charles Krauthammer


So, do your part. You have read it, now pass this on so others will know what we are up against. We are losing our country and we are so compliant. We are becoming a "PERFECT TARGET" for this lunatic,  our enemy!