Rise of the Bully Messiah

I detest bullies. I always have.

They are the greatest kind of cowards this world produces. Bullies are by their very nature, predators. The bully’s tactic is simple: leverage their power to generate fear in someone who possesses less power; to use their cultural advantage to terrorize another, all the while masking their own near paralyzing insecurity and self-hatred. They are small people trying to project themselves as towering.

There has quite possibly never existed a bully as afflicted with such sickness as the man occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue right now. Every single move he’s made since stepping into the office has been that of a predatory coward seeking validation through fear:

Stranding desperate refugees at airports after leaving behind all they know and the place they’ve called home in order to craft a less violent, less terrifying life—and exposing them to violence and terror upon their very arrival.

Manufacturing a phony monster out of the Islamic faith, exposing millions of peace-loving Muslim-Americans, who are already among the most-maligned and persecuted, to further intimidation and ostracism.

Harassing undocumented immigrants who are already living lives far more stressful and exhausting than most Americans would ever endure—by creating the false narrative that they are a parasitic danger.

Taking away healthcare from millions of the most vulnerable and financially unstable, ensuring that their already monumental difficulties will be magnified, and that their daily existence will be made exponentially more painful.

Assailing the rights of women to have autonomy over their own bodies and sexual expressions, and reinforcing an oppressive misogyny that is already a daily minefield they must navigate.

Resuming the Dakota Access Pipeline, quite literally bulldozing over the sacred lands of a people who have, since the very birth of our nation, been treated with contempt and disregard.

And now, removing protections from Transgender students, already among the absolute most vulnerable, most burdened, most endangered Americans, with a suicide rate far beyond any other segment of the population.

This is the growing legacy of this detestable Bully Messiah of a President, whose tactics are being applauded by similarly insecure cowards who don’t recognize their privilege, and who don’t know they are the entitled, lazy menace draining this country of its greatness. 

The sad irony here, is that the Bully Messiah is not preying upon the weak—no quite the opposite. Refugees, immigrants, the working poor, women, Native Americans, the LGBTQ community: they are the kind of strong and courageous that he will never be or understand. Faced with the absolute most difficult, most dire, most exhausting of days they persevere, they endure, they retain their dignity. Such great character is foreign to a small man so wishing he were big—and he resents them for it.

Meanwhile the Bully Messiah and his Disciples of Cowardice, benefitting from every possible advantage of their whiteness and wealth and circumstance, feel compelled to undermine and attack and further marginalize the vulnerable. They are driven to prey upon those most in need of advocacy, most deserving of respect, and most specifically illustrating what it is that makes this nation great.

Right now, with every transparently predatory move their Messiah makes, the bullies around the country are cheering—but they are the only ones. The rest of us are bearing witness to the premeditated terrorism of a small minority of frightened cowards, and we are pushing back and will continue to pushback. Because if there’s one truth about bullies, it’s that they’re absolutely terrified of resistance. They collapse beneath the pressure of good people who refuse to be defined or silenced by the bully—and thankfully the majority of Americans are such people.

So the insecure, hateful few can have their Bully Messiah and his apparent ascension and their moment of apparent vicarious dominion. They can sing his praises and shout on the street corner and rant online. They can hurl slurs and spray paint doorways and knock over head stones and harass in the hallways—but they will not prevail. They, like all bullies will have to face the reality of their inner smallness and acknowledge the true character of those they harass, which they so covet.

And this bloated, self-inflated Bully Messiah, who sits in the Oval Office each day, reminding all of us that he is little more than a sad, scared, fraudulent child who hates so many in an effort to feel less hatred for himself—will not prevail either. We will not allow it.

To those feeling more unsteady, more at risk, more vulnerable than ever, be encouraged. We are proudly and defiantly standing with you, because you are so worth standing alongside.

America, after all is the home of the brave—and not the bully.

 

 

 

 

 

 

275 thoughts on “Rise of the Bully Messiah

  1. Get Ready America , Pastors, Teachers, leaders
    YOUR creating an environment of unrest, Entitlement ,
    I deserve it mentality you can not control,
    Hate on all sides is real, Not just one side.
    Control is both sides , not just one.
    Bully’s are in every human being , not just one side.
    With out God to control YOUR thoughts, actions, will , you will do what ever YOU think serves you best.
    All for Me, YOU , MY will.
    The Heart of every man woman child is to serve me 1st. Desparately wicked , who can know it. Self Examination , accountability to a higher being.
    The Evil will always strike out, the Meek will always speak and be humble.
    Evil People are self serving to what end. ‘

    Thats what your creating. Thier will be a price to pay for this Anti God Policy of Acceptance of anything.

    • Well said! Good analysis–a deep analysis of the moral relativism, to quote Nietzsche, a “trans-valuation of values denying American and Christian values, and upraising those of Satan, and Fascism.
      The denial of love, for the clutch of fanaticism and idol worship. One could go on, and on.

    • Bullies are certainly in every human being. That is all I could get out of the story and I agree. Not loving yourself enough is a root cause of it. God does not control us, because he gave us freedom. To be the best human being we can be, we have to use our mind and our heart and realize where we become unhuman and stop ourselves.. It is not easy to be a good person. But becoming “obedient” to a higher Being is not the way. You have to want to be a good person. Not to please a higher being, or out of fear for a higher being. You have to take full ownership of your life. That is why you have your freedom. It can go terribly wrong. But if it could not, how worthwhile would our life be? We have enormous potential. God is counting on us to be the human we can be. It is up to each of us. We have more than enough collective wisdom and goodness in the world’s literature and holy books. No devotion , prayer or meditation will help if we are not devoted to bettering ourselves. We have that capability. A human being can look at him/her self and see the reality of your imperfections, then dedicate your best forces in soul and mind to better yourself.

    • That which really needs to be healed are the hard hearts and stiff necks of the self-righteous religious right. You are more likely to be standing on the side with the goats rather than the sheep on judgement day. (See Matthew’s Gospel if you don’t know what I am saying.) The marginalized asked for your help and you condemned them. As a born from above, baptized by water and the Holy Spirit, follower of Jesus Christ, I am appalled at the attitudes folks like you display. I doubt you even know any of those you so readily condemn. These issues, in case you have been asleep for a decade or so, are no longer in the dark. They are in the light of day basking in the warmth of the sun. You are speaking of God’s children. Do you really believe that God is pleased with your venom and hatred? The God of my salvation would not be.

      • This first showed up as anonymous for some reason so I am reposting. That which really needs to be healed are the hard hearts and stiff necks of the self-righteous religious right. You are more likely to be standing on the side with the goats rather than the sheep on judgement day. (See Matthew’s Gospel if you don’t know what I am saying.) The marginalized asked for your help and you condemned them. As a born from above, baptized by water and the Holy Spirit, follower of Jesus Christ, I am appalled at the attitudes folks like you display. I doubt you even know any of those you so readily condemn. These issues, in case you have been asleep for a decade or so, are no longer in the dark. They are in the light of day basking in the warmth of the sun. You are speaking of God’s children. Do you really believe that God is pleased with your venom and hatred? The God of my salvation would not be.

        Bruce Garner

        • Thank you, Bruce Garner, for reposting when you saw it first came up as “anonymous.” Too many of the various anonymouses here are trolls and I when I see anonymous, I delete without reading.

          I also want to thank you for what you wrote. The Bible is stuffed to the gills with calls to social justice. It seems clear that the Biblical message is that salvation includes social justice.

          Dietrich Bonhoeffer in The Cost of Discipleship talked about “cheap grace” when people claim to be Christians yet sit on their duffs and do not act for social justice.

          • Gloriamarie, salvation does not just include social justice, social justice is THE work that Jesus tells his followers (Matt 25:31-46). Social justice is a necessity, the most visible sign of salvation. Or not. One does not have to be saved to follow that task list. But the ones that cry “Lord, lord” MUST follow that list or they do not actually believe in what Jesus said–ALL of what he said. And as has been mentioned, they will be judged by God specifically on their acts of social justice–and those who did not do the tasks will be cast away from Heaven.
            I would suggest that this aspect of Christianity is very seldom mentioned or reinforced for most congregations. I would love to know how many Christians even know that this is to be their work as Christ-followers. (I know that if I heard it, it was very rarely mentioned, in the 30-some years I attended Christian churches.)

        • Your post brought tears to my eyes. I teach immigrant students. When people scream and have tantrums about Muslims, I often wonder if they know any on a personal level. Not those that have been taunted and feel as if they are pushed to being angry. Not those that are an extreme terrorist, and truly do horrid things, but those that are kind, gentle people. Those that simply want to worship God in the way they were taught to worship God. Do I believe as they do? No. Do I believe Jesus is the way, the truth, and the light? Absolutely. However, Jesus didn’t win the lost by throwing stones. No. He won the lost through acts of love and kindness. Did he speak the truth to the lost? Again, absolutely, but he loved them first.

        • No Darlin’ I am not bullying you. I am proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We don’t hear much of what Jesus taught because what he said and talk are difficult for us to hear and act upon. (That is in response to Kate above.) We want an easy faith. Tell us exactly what to do, give us rules, don’t expect us to have a real relationship with God and work out our salvation in fear and trembling. But that is not the way of Jesus.

          • Oh no? You then have a different Jesus! We need to have our shortcomings pointed out to us because we are too blind to see our own shortcomings. Humble yourself as little children. My Jesus has compassion, but He does not tolerate blatant disregard for holiness.. Be ye holy as I am holy.

            Once the moat in your eye has been pointed out to you by a man with a splinter in his eye we all have to take responsibilty for ourselves.

            • So…..tell me exactly what Jesus said about lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender folks? He said nothing. He did make it clear that relationship was more important than anything else. His primary message was to love God and love your neighbor as yourself and he provided no exceptions. Now….might you be divorced? Well, Jesus did have comments about that…..but we won’t go there.

            • Ms Rhuby, I have found that by studying and praying and LISTENING for the Holy Spirit to speak to me that it is God who lets me know when I am moving from the path I should be on. I also have found that there isn’t any other person — including those closest to me — who knows my heart as God knows it; consequently, I am very cautious as to who I allow to tell me what God says I should believe or should be doing or not doing.

    • Good post. The simple belief crowd, cheap grace crowd I think are significantly wrong here. It was by doing that Jesus brought the wrath of those who persecuted and killed him. Not just his teachings, but his actions as well.
      I believe those days are returning: while Fascism always need an enemy, that awful philosophy always overplays it’s hand. We are called to respond.

    • If by darkness you mean white supremacy, hate for everyone other than those like yourself, then I agree. All that had been partially under a rock, emerged and was encouraged. Bulling became the new Patriotism.

      • I agree, I always knew that it was there but had no idea how much it was there. Was living in a fool’s paradise I guess because I thought my generation and my children’s generation had done better jobs. I wonder if we were fooling ourselves. By the way, I am 75 and my children are in there 40’s and 50’s, since my grandchildren are just starting out I let them off the hook but they are going to have to roll up their sleeves and help fix this mess. I give them my apologies, my love and my support. Peace,

  2. I so agree with this post,as we are dealing with this daily and will eventually destroy us.I find it hard to believe why the GOP does not act to change😠

  3. Thank you! Every time I read anything from you, I want to stand up and cheer. Please help us put a different “face” on the “Christianity” that is, as Jim Wallis says in “God’s Politics”, really “Pax Americana”. How can so-called “Evangelicals” support a bully Messiah who stands against everything that we, as Christians, should support. We have our Messiah telling us just how wrong this all is.

  4. There’s something I think the bullies in the majority overlook at their peril. It is simply this: There are no guarantees that the privileged will always stay privileged, that the powerful will eternally be in power. Social and demographic changes, civil rights movements and elections, can all change the balance of who is privileged and comfortable and who is not. Today’s majority can so easily become tomorrow’s plurality, and will remember how the former-majority treated them. Today’s bullies glory in the power they wield over their victims…but there’s no guarantee they’ll always hold that power.

    Someday, white Christian Republican cisgender heterosexual men won’t be the majority in our society anymore. The racial and religious shifts are already happening. I wonder how they’ll feel about all the prejudice they’ve codified into “religious liberty” laws, when the beneficiaries of those laws are people other than them.

    • Exactly. I’d just not refer to them as the ‘majority’. They really aren’t. They have the majority of political leverage right now, but in truth, they aren’t the majority of Americans.

      • No they have managed to have most of the wealth at the moment but the crash and depression changed that once and who knows it could again. They are playing fast and loose and obviously they don’t remember history.

        • The economic policies of this administration are the exact same economic policies embraced by both the Bushes, Reagan and the administration that took office in Jan, 1929.

          The exact same policies. And what happened every single time these economic policies were employed? The economy crashed and those adverse effects were felt all over the world.

          • I’m not sure what this says, that our education system is so bad that they don’t teach history very well, or people are too lazy to study history. Peace,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

            • When I was in high school, we were taught quite clearly what caused the First Great Depression. When Reagan et al started spotting trickle down economics, I recognized it as the same stuff that caused the Depression. What what happened? The economy crashed .

              Bush 1 et al embraced the same policies and the economy did not recover.

              Bush 2 et al embraced the same policies and the Second Great Depression ensued.

              We have got to convince people to vote in 2018. Because we have to get as much opposition to the GOP as we can or the economy is going to crash again.

              We have GOT to learn from our history. Wh have GOT to cease being distracted by the red herrings.

              • Gloriamarie,
                Well said. The Spanish-American philosopher, George Santayana, said over a hundred years ago, “Those who do not remember the past, are condemned to repeat it.” William Shirer, in his “Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” used it, crediting Santayana. I think greed and will to power push this selective memory, or in some cases, this total lack of respect for our history: lack of compassion,
                indifference to the suffering of others (e.g., the actions of others such as the 2nd collapse of the economy fueled by more greed of the banksters and the uber-wealthy.

                • I, for one, am tired of being forced to watch history repeat itself over and over.

                  It’s such a shame that somewhere along the line, maybe with the Reformation, that we threw away the concept of the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Cardinal Virtues which combat the deadly sins.

                  The only thing that trickles down from the top is dysfunction.

        • She was not being facetious. The French had a term for the bread dough that adhered to the sides of the pan after the baked bread was dumped out. It was caked onto the bread pans and was called “cake.” Basically, she was saying: “Then let them eat the crumbs and burned dough caked to the bread pans.”

    • Ah, then they will really start in on “Religious Liberty”, perhaps they will finally understand that religious freedom is not about making insisting everyone follow your religion, but true religious freedom is about respecting other peoples and allowing them to follow their tenets. I am not holding my breath though. This has been going on since the Mayflower landed in Plymouth. Peace…………..

    • “White Christian Republican cisgender heterosexual men” are not the majority now. Apparently you missed the point that 53% of WHITE WOMEN voted for the dumpster. If you’re part of the white women group- that’s on YOU. Own it.

      • Only 53% of the few registered voters who voted were white women. Not 53% of all white women in the USA. So please don’t lie.

        As for me, I voted for Bernie in the Primary and for Hillary on Election Day. Becuase I can recognize an abuser, a bully, and an habitual liar when I see one.

        • Your first paragraph is confusing to me. White women do not make up 53% of the electorate. Whites only comprise 72% of the country, so a rough estimate says white women are 36% of the population. I know of no statistics that show white women vote at a rate of150% of their prevalence in the general population.

          What is true, per this article in the Times, along with various other spots, is that 53% of white women who voted, did so for President Trump, which was what J. Bruce Wilcox was saying.

          https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/2016/11/10/opinion/white-women-voted-trump-now-what.amp.html?client=safari

          As for calling other people liars, there’s something about glass houses and throwing stones you should familiarize yourself with. I know I’m not the only person here to call you out for posting things that are entirely devoid of truth.

    • tammy, –in that case, pretty soon, the white christian conservative cisgenders, will be entirely supported by your hard earned tax-dollars –free housing, free health care, free college, sanctuary cities, and special rights. Not a problem. Thanking you ahead of time.

  5. Thank you, John, for saying what everyone in the USA needs to hear. 100% percent of this is 100% percent truth.

    One day, when you get a chance, I would love you to write something about the embrace of lies by this bully and all those cowards. Inventing a massacre in Bowling Green. Inventing chaos in Sweden that doesn’t exist. Are just two of the many.

  6. Thank you John. I have thought that Trump was a bully since the first time I saw him as a candidate.

    Throughout history there has always been bullies. President Trump just happens to be the bully with the most power now. He is just particularly distasteful as the face of America even though we have never had a “perfect” President.

    Republicans have been bullies – Democrats have been bullies. It seems over time most people with power become bullies in their own way from the thug with a gun to some teachers, to some church leaders, to some of the wealthy, to some corporations, to the government. I truly believe absolute power corrupts absolutely for the majority. I hope I am wrong.

    Evidently it must be some human failing that many succumb to. The only hope is that more humans can hold on to their moral fiber than those who cannot. Of course if it goes the other way, if everyone becomes a bully that will be the cannibalization of the world. No bully likes another bully who may be stronger than him or her and has the power to humiliate them – their worst fear.

  7. I think the GOP is just afraid of him, and afraid for their own careers. That will change, I think, as their constituencies confront them, but straying from the party line has consequences.

    I just think the Strange-Haired one just enjoys the adulation. By tapping into this sink of outrage, he achieves what he wants.

    This ugliness is a human reaction to change, and we’ve had a lot of that. It’s not just the social changes and I don’t really think they’re driving it; the changes in technology have been stunningly fast. Changes in medicine are coming so fast that nobody can keep up with it. And people are deeply unsettled by change of any sort, good or bad. Immigrants are just an easy-to-see target, as they have always been.

    I’m not approving the unrest, just trying to understand it. Is it also possible that these furious people were mistreated as children? I’d bet so.

    • Afraid of him? Not yet. To those who would destroy what they perceive as a grossly overreaching government, he is a useful idiot, distracting the culture warriors while the real work goes on in the shadows, late at night and on weekends, without vetting or challenge because it is hidden.

      The trouble is, in a digital age, not only do things move quickly, nothing is as secret as it once was. When the leaks cut too deeply and often, when the mistakes pile up too high, when the useful idiot’s mastery of our desire to be entertained at the lowest level fails to have an effect, then the culture warriors will need to fear the angry idiot. And then we will need to be ready for the deluge.

      • “And then we will need to be ready for the deluge.” What is that going to look like, Mosswings?

        I ask because I think all we have seen this past month is chaotic unconstitutionality. Seems to me we are already being deluged, so I was wondering what form you think is coming. Seems to me we already have evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors.

        • Dear Gloriamarie Amalfitano:

          Personally, I believe that a quiet coup d’etat is in progress already. Implemented quietly and slowly, it is not recognized for what it is.

          The Republic is ending even as you read this. And I believe that it would be misguided to try to save it.

          It makes more sense to me to let it fall. We have more important work to do, namely — to consider the shape, basis and nature of the Second United States Republic.

          Speaking only for myself, that is where my allegiance lies.

          Blessings!

        • Trump is delegating government to his advisors, and those advisors, together with top GOP/Tea Party/PAC forces, are executing the first phases of a long prepared strategy to reverse the New Deal and Great Society order.

          Trump also is finding out that governing is not like being the CEO of the country. Yesterday’s piece on Vox was a very interesting look into the effects of thin skin and a disdain for institutions:
          http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/2/22/14658062/donald-trump-illiberalism-losing
          The worry in my mind is that we can very quickly descend into illiberalism under the smokescreen of an erratic President. It will happen quickly, and not obviously.

          • Dear Mosswings:

            And I would add that this ‘New Deal’ was factored into the US political equation at a time when the 1917 Revolution was fresh on bourgeois minds and had considerable sympathy among American workers.

            What the fascistic right won’t tell you is that the ‘New Deal’ was necessary to save Capitalism from itself. Now that the ‘deal’ is being dismantled, those same revolutionary forces that were feared in the 1920s-30s will dominate the public mind again. The bourgeoisie knows this and the militarization of police/radicalization of the courts is preparation for the repression that the ruling class is reading against the working class.

            As all progressive legislation of the past century is stripped away, it will become ever clearer to working people that they have nothing to lose but their chains!

            Blessings!

            • Excellent post, especially on the reasons on the progressive nature of the great programs who helped humanize Capitalism, and make our lives better. Your point about saving the country is right on. Many of the greatest generation have told me that the programs helped cool the national anger toward the formerly conservative, good for nothing majority republicans. Who told me this: Mr. Tom Cromwell, former WWII naval aviator, Senior Corporate officer-and lifelong Republican. He would in no sense recognize that party as his own.

  8. Dear John Pavlovitz:

    Donald Trump is weak.
    Donald Trump is a face.
    Donald Trump is not the United States Chief Executive Officer.

    Look to the power behind the face.

    The elevation of Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster as national security advisor strengthens the grip of the US military on the US Government.

    The choice of McMaster for this position further weakens Trump’s position for preferring China over Russia for the next, discretionary major war.

    The lavish media praise for Trump’s choice of Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster shows the complete abandonment of basic democratic principles such as civilian control of the military.

    Whether lying on your back, or kicking and screaming, you are going to war. The ruling class is absolutely determined to drag the world into a third world war.

    Does this matter enough to anyone even to address it?

    Blessings!

    • You seriously misunderstand the Character of General MCMaster, and General Mattis. They are men of knowledge, patriotism. They do understand their commissioning oaths (unlike Oliver North, e.g.)
      and they play a bulwark against this fascism. Of course, they are but two men, but men of character, and strength. That being said, they are bound to cross the Trump/Bannon/Pence crowd. Then we will see more, I think than we wanted to ever see.

      • Dear Richard H, Randall, Major, USA,(ret.):

        Is this the same General ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis who superintended the heinous 2004 assault on Fallujah in which unknown thousands of civilians died? Would this constitute a Crime of War?

        Is this the same McMaster who denounced the Joint Chiefs of Staff for failing to demand that President Lyndon Johnson commit the resources required to “win” the war up-front — as many as 700,000 troops, no restrictions on ground operations in South Vietnam, and unrestricted targeting of North Vietnam for bomb attacks, including MiG fighter bases and ports where Soviet and Chinese military personnel would likely have been killed?

        Wouldn’t that have triggered WW III in the 1960s?

        Sponsored insurrectionist movements, coups, overthrowing democratically elected heads of state, puppet regimes, currency attacks and other international misdemeanors aside, wouldn’t the fact that the US has been at war for 25 years suggest something?

        For example: The United States Constitution is essentially a dead letter.

        The thing is, we live in such a day where oaths, Constitutions, laws, etc. are meaningless. When the state itself becomes the living embodiment of a lie, there is simply nothing left to affirm.

        At length McMaster, Mattis, Trump and Pence will bow to the dictates of an un-elected bourgeoisie. McMaster’s elevation weakens Trump, but not by bringing a sense of principled nobility to the table; McMaster strengthens the intelligence community/Democratic Party [and some Republicans] line that the next major war ought to be initiated against Russia. Mr. Trump hand favors China as the target for the next major war.

        As a ranking officer, you are well aware that such matters are discussed intensely in policy groups, strategic studies institutes, etc. So is the horrendous supposition that low-yield, tactical nuclear devices could be utilized in future conflicts while averting thermonuclear holocaust.

        Why would any people suffer any regime that would even contemplate such madness?!?!

        As I see it, it is time to reject not only the official narrative but also the framework in which that narrative is set. This doesn’t bode well for the state whatever administration presides over the nation/empire/world.

        Blessings!

        • Thanks for your lengthy, and often correct response. First I will give short responses to each paragraph
          To begin. Your point is generally, partly acceptable to me. It is true, that our history is partly known for using our military and CIA, to kill to take over governments for economic means to favor the 5% and the politicians. Yet we also got the Dalai Lhama out of Tibet, ahead the Chinese troops. We sent millions of G.I.s into harms way, many never to return, to defeat forces of intolerance , hate, bigotry, and great malignity. This is but one of the many instances, when we have worked to for moral ends–even if we were often violent sometimes to do so. I didn’t see that in your response. I admit freely that our real history is often darker, than we like to admit: this needs to be addressed through education, honestly and thoroughly.
          In arguing for the condemnation of McMaster, he took a look at a very badly run war, a war which JFK wished to quit, which sealed his fate. McMaster did a critique of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for failing to do , in one sense to win an immoral war. If I were given an assignment to “prove” the JCS failed their in their military duties, I can tell you that the Chief of that staff, General Johnson (army) aplogized later for his failings,mainly telling LBJ what he wanted to hear.” This was included in a military ethics course, which is mandatory for army officers. Rather than tell Johnson that there were very serious problems with, they downplayed the problems and told Johnson that it could be done. I say again, Viet Nam was one of the worst, if not the worst foreign actions we ever committed. It is little discussed, that Ho Chi Minh, came to America with General Vo Nguyen Gap to seek peace and assistance while throwing out the French. They were stopped by the arch conservative leaders of the State department. A terrible, terrible missed opportunity, killed by arch-conservatives. McMaster’s career was threatened because of his criticism of the generals and politicians, and experts, who dragged this war in to over ten horrible years. General Giap, once admitted that they were ready to call for terms–and then the bombing halt, reinforced their strength that America was tired of that war. With all of this hindsight, we see more clearly the immorality of the Viet Nam. It was generally not so clear then, I can assure.
          My Dad, a WWII vet hated Viet Nam: I joined to serve in that war (but didn’t go there). It nearly killed my parents when I went.
          We do not train generals to lose wars.
          Nor do we train them (very much) to conduct peace. Only largely victorious generals, like Eisenhower, MacArthur,and Schwartzhoph do that. This does not excuse murder, and lied-wars, such as Iraq, with Gush and his pals, who should be in the Hague for Crimes Against Humanity or in American Federal prisons for treason.
          I can only offer the sacrifices of millions of American men and women, who have served their duty in better, and humane causes. People need to know that soldiers, to the lowest recruit private-I’ve been there! are taught the UCMJ and relevant portions of the Law of Land Warfare. And I suspect, in most times when such are necessary, they are usually followed. It is a leadership failure. I do not know, but will look up the issue about General Mattis. I do believe you give them far too little credit at this point: General Mattis has recently been able to persuade the President that torture is wrong. I know that that bully says it still works, but, Mattis, to date is in charge of that issue.General Kelly today insisted that immigration is a matter for the law and courts, not the military. He stood up to Trump to do this: and it worked. Yes as Patton said, all victory is fleeting. The point is to do the right thing in the here and now, in the hear and now. Taken from Case, from the wonderful book by Boston Teran, called, ‘God is a Bullet.’ I recommend that book very highly.)In closing, I am not ready at all to toss the Constitution of the United States. Should it be changed in many places? Ablolutely. Get rid of the Electoral College, Pass the Equal Rights amendment. Give representation by percentage of actual votes, and elect by popular vote, only. Get money out of politics. Enact laws to ensure that professionals do their best to serve their clients, patients, students, for MORAL ends only. Get rid of an interpretation of religious freedom which holds that members of a specific group may practice their religion on anyone else. No discrimination. I have thought of this issue: If somehow, I would ascend to the Presidency, I would make it illegal to do this in ordinary instances, and consider making it against the law to proselytize, as one SF author did recently. (Sorry-don’t remember his name.)
          There is value in the Constitution and our form of Government, though it could be simplified greatly within the Federalist structure. As the universal is usually the moral, i see a much smaller role for states, and note as have others on this site, that the ethics of the smaller red states, as noted throughout history, have often been reactionary, racist, misogynous, and anti individual. Hence, I’d make the enforcement of rights a priority of the new state, as amended. (I am sure I will catch some hell over that….don’t care.)
          Finally on pacifism. Elie Wiesel said, “Neutrality aids the aggressor, not the victim.” I respect conscientous objection with duty toward the nation-in most cases. Thus the Quakers and others who served–many with more courage than I have–I believe are correct, in all but extreme instances.
          Pacifism? Only works because as George Orwell and John F. Kennedy said, without that watchman, and those rough men willing to preserve value, freedom and all life, there is simply no reason for getting out of bed. The idea of that evil many have written of, is real, and it is manifest today, again within our own government, not for the first time. I am reassured that those generals
          will honor God and Country, humanity and all the rest, if necessary, when the time comes. If they do not, I will state I was enormously wrong–and do what I may, to fix the problem. thanks for reading this long, and probably at times incoherrent piece. Ane I wish God’s blessings on you, and yours, and the the participants of this blog, especially John, for telling the truth which must be said.

          • Thank you so much Major Randall.
            Your comment is powerful., factual, and so very true. I believe we all pray that McMaster and Mattis will do the right thing when the Bully decides to sidestep their counsel., as I am sure he will. But., I also pray that the Bully will not be there and that the Republican Party will decimate itself.|
            A New rising of Republicans (real compassionate Lincoln Republicans) need to be resurrected and now is the time. Thank you for your contribution to this blog. Blessings on you and yours as well.

            • Thanks Mr. Peacock. Much appreciated. Life is messy isn’t it.
              Listening to the chants of the people admiring Trump sent a chill up my spine.!
              Keep your powder dry!

          • Dear Richard H, Randall, Major, USA,(ret.):

            Thank you for this. There is indeed significant agreement between us, and you have the grace/courage to acknowledge that you could be wrong. I both can be and often am, wrong.

            I wish our culture realized that an ability to admit our mistakes is a mark not of weakness but of strength.

            I am a naturalized citizen and my knowledge of earlier decades would be stronger had I lived my life here. I appreciate the perspective you are able to bring to the discussion.

            Your commitment to the Constitution and other institutions and processes of state is clearly stronger than my own. This is one of those areas where people must be allowed to make their own decisions. I can decide only for myself when the Republic as such has ended.

            The Electoral College is an archaic institution. That said, some mechanism is needed to ensure that the state embraces truly national policy.

            We have heard much discussion of the separation of Church and State. I would wish to see a separation of the powers of Corporation and State.

            A convinced socialist, I believe that professionals, workers, families, students, patients, clients, etc. themselves should be involved in local elected councils and that the locus of decision ought to reside among those who must live with public decisions. This is more ‘democracy’ than our present power brokers would care to suffer.

            I met with a very sober and scholarly gentleman this evening who observed that some high profile figures around Mr. Trump are beginning to disagree with his statements. As more line up, a 25th amendment possibility grows.

            This would create a powerful reaction among the most backward and regressive layers of society. They would be increasingly radicalized, and I would not put it past Mr. Trump to shift the center of his power outside official walls and into the streets. And while some in the military would oppose this, I wonder if he would also have support. This clearly implies civil war. And again, I wouldn’t put it past Trump.

            It will become clear to more and more people that the status quo is not sustainable. I anticipate not less but more protests, the likes of which haven’t been seen since the First Great War. We won’t be bored.

            Blessings!

            • Hi gdd,
              I have never failed to learn from you! I am now, a Democratic Socialist, and like you would love to see a serious separation of Corporation and State. The Citizens United decision, passed by all the conservatives on the SCOTUS is a continuing moral, and political blight on our nation. As I said somewhere above, we ought to completely get money out of politics. It can be done. There should be severe penalties for those who offer bribes of any kind, and those who take them. I consider the medical/health/pharmaceutical mess, an outrageous attack on the lower 95%.
              I hope the GOPs attack on the vulnerable, poor, disabled and retired will be a heavy millstone on their (GOP)collective necks, come soon.
              Thanks for the reasoned, well thought out statements here.

            • Regarding the Electoral College: it was created to ensure that a Populist figure, would not be elected, and run dangerously rampant through our world. Ironically, it gave us a president and cabinet who would lie us into a war killing, including our own and allied dead, plus about 65,000 dead and wounded–many for life.
              I’d like to see it go: I don;t see another way, at the moment.

  9. I feel like a broken record but I say it again, Thank you, John, for pointing out and writing what I see and know with far more eloquence than I could muster. This man has been a bully all his life. If people took the time to research this man’s life they would know. He got shipped away as a child because he was a hateful, mean and hurtful bully. He has had his fathers money to protect him from being called a thug but that is what he is. I hope I live long enough to see him unmasked and shown exactly what a black heart he has. Peace…………..

  10. John, I agree with your thoughtful, meaningful and truthful commentary. Thank you for helping to put into words the utter madness in this country of ours right now.

    I remember being bullied by a girl in my neighborhood when I was a kid. One day I’d finally had enough and retaliated by twisting her arm behind her back. She went home bawling and never bothered me again. We need to twist some arms (metaphorically, of course), and the bullies will go back under their rocks.

    Thank you for your insights. I have bookmarked this article.

  11. Ten times the pain, ten times the suffering. I have been troubled by these words as they have haunted me since learning that transgender teens may soon have the protection of their government taken from them. About 4 percent of the U.S. population attempts suicide. Over 40 percent of trans people do. Ten times the pain. Adolescence is hard enough. Making it harder on trans children and teens is criminal. Ten times the suffering. Please join me in actively supporting the civil rights of trans citizens. Trans kids have a right to be who they are. – Steven Charleston

  12. It is only a matter of time before all those so easily-mislead sheep will realize that the change they so vehemently sought from their current ruler is actually a change they have yet to make within. So fed up with the level of control the 1% had over our government; through their own fear, selfishness and greed, just handed the ENTIRE government over to the 1%.
    “The meek shall inherit the earth”! Newsflash, $.78 on the dollar is meek enough, His daughters will rise up when He says so, for timing is everything. Had Hillary won we could have skipped right to the apocalypse (lifting of the vale – enlightenment) but the kids were not yet mature enough, it was essential to elect the anti-Christ.
    All of yesterday’s prophets are back (with the exception of He whom took His form) and will make their presence know when the time is right. We must continue to shed the light upon our troubled brothers and sisters and YOU and YOURS will remain protected. As it appears you are aware, we are upon this earth for one reason only – to learn how to love, accept and understand one another. Let us give our anger and frustration over to the Creator and keep the faith as the time is so near, this is but a test of our faith. Not that we could pass or fail but to strengthen our resolve for tomorrow we will need it! Thank you for expressing all that I feel with such intensity, the Light be with you now and always.

    • Ah Wayne, spoken like a true bully. Have you ever reviewed the events of your life that should cause you to feel so inferior that you need to lash out at those more compassionate than yourself? Believe me, the butterfly has a much better view of life than the slug.

      • Wayne you are very mistaken in this, and you ought to know, if you don’t a) that ad hominem arguments are in most cases invalid, and b)that
        if you so misunderstand why John represents a rational, loving, powerful point of view, then you ought to think about his postings as well.
        His work is the work of a committed Christian, with a powerful social conscience, and a very, in my view at least, simple and accurate view of the being of Jesus Christ the Righteous. You are, as D.P Moynihan stated, welcome to your BELIEFS: you are not welcome to the FACTS.

    • Excellent post. Those who condemn these folk to Trump’s prejudices are wrong, both with respect to science, and b, with respect to the moral world.

      Time to accept what can be used, followed with good reason and love, and time to put away following beliefs and actions which belonged to an older, less knowledgeable, and less compassionate, less fair era.!!

  13. Well said, Mr. Pavlovitz. Your prose is quite insightful and clear. I was a victim of bullying in my early school years (at age 5, I finally smacked my fellow kindergarten bully after months of abuse, when he taunted me on my walk home after school. He never bothered me again and my mother said I did the right thing.) and also from my father, who was an alcoholic. I saw Mr. Trump for what he is long before he ran for president. We must always call out bullies for what they are: sad, insecure brutes.

  14. My comment is addressed to Joe Catholic. Joe, I believe you wrote that all of the apostles were selected by Jesus and authorized to speak on his behalf. It is my reading of scripture which instructs me to understand that Paul was, in fact, not selected by Jesus but was self-appointed as an “apostle”. He, in fact, never met Jesus, never saw him, never heard him preach and was not in attendance at the Last Supper. Please don’t claim that he “met” Jesus on the road to Damascus. As a Catholic, you have undoubtedly been made aware of the contradiction in re this event as recorded in Acts 22:9. In court, when a witness or defendant testifies that he “heard voices”, we do not tend to take such assertions seriously or lend them any credibility. Regardless, Paul, at no time had any contact with or personal relationship with Jesus and was not “selected” by Jesus to be one of his disciples. Yes, we refer to “the disciple Paul” and he clearly had a great influence on the growth of Christianity but this was largely as a self-appointed marketing expert whose epistles reflect his conservative Jewish upbringing rather than the primarily compassionate social conscience and emphasis on loving thy neighbor which was the heart of Jesus’ message. At the time of Paul’s epiphany Jesus was elsewhere. Please correct me if I am wrong but do so with facts and specific references to scripture.

  15. >To those feeling more unsteady, more at risk, more vulnerable than ever, be encouraged. We are proudly and defiantly standing with you, because you are so worth standing alongside.

    We? To those who are feeling more steady, less at risk, less vulnerable then others that is an illusion in my humble opinion!! In Christ these divisions do not separate us from the love of God. It is an illusion that soon disappears under duress that one is conferred privilege because one is the right color, goes to the right Church, has a six- or seven figure income, the right education, the right family, the right job, living a quiet life in a posh neighborhood etc. the consequences of the plan for world domination the bully has made for himself and his friends is taking away our future and our children’s futures. The whole human species is at risk!!
    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Socialist.

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
    Martin niemoller

  16. John,

    I hope you as a proclaimed preacher of Gods word, has not forgotten that God is going to hold you accountable not only for your life but for all of those you have led astray. And I am not talking politics here, I am talking about those things that you state on here day in and day out saying they are okay.

    Just because someone is allowed legally to worship a different God, than the one true God who someday we will all bow to, does not make it right. There is one real living Heavenly Father, who sent His son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross. We must accept the free gift of salvation, repent , and confess Him as Lord to spend eternity in Heaven. How will you feel when you stand before Him, knowing how many people you have condemned to hell by your words each day.

    How can you claim to be a believer when you write such horrible ungodly things each day. You are a sheep in wolves clothing, you sir, are a false prophet and it will be brought to light in Gods timing.

    • Angie, f you don’t like what John P writes, don’t read it.

      Otheriwise take a long hard look at yourself in the mirror he holds up in front of you and take the log out of your own eye and digest the words of this modern prophet.

      Please don’t come here and spew ugliness.

      • Gloriamarie,

        I will continue to read John’s blogs because occasionally he writes something so beautiful that it brings me to tears. I find most things he writes that is not belittling the Christian he claims he used to be, or about politics to be quite wonderful . But I read each thing thru the lens of the Holy Spirit. I know i am a sinner and that I sin daily, I, however do not hold the position of authority that many reading this blog give to John. If you are a born again believer of God, you know there is more than love and light to Christianity. God is not just a loving God but a just God and that all Gods are not the same and nor do all roads lead to heaven. Don’t you think that while he is expressing peoples right to worship how they please, it should not sound as though he is endorsing a religion that will lead its believers straight to hell?

        • If you are going to wrtite comments, then please don’t lie when you do.

          John P. is a Christian with a deeper grasp of the divine than many of the voices against him.

          “Born again believer” is not, despite the lies, the only way to be a Christian. That is a Johnny-Come-Lately view of salvation.

          You write ” all Gods are not the same and nor do all roads lead to heaven. ” As always when someone puts words into another person’s mouth that the other person never said, tha someone is lying. You lie, Angie, if you think John has ever written anything that says all gods are the same and all roads lead to heaven.

          How you interpret John’s words is just that: your interpretation. Interpretation is not the same as facts, as evidence, as truth.

          You also lie when you say “he is endorsing a religion that will lead its believers straight to hell” because were you to allow yourself to benefit from his prophetic words, you would find yourself in heaven.

          People who turn their backs on John’s words follow the example of those who ignored the words of the prophet of the Hebrew Scriptures.

          • Gloriamarie,

            I think you misread, I asked YOU, UNDERLINE YOU, “If you are a born again believer of God, you know there is more than love and light to Christianity. God is not just a loving God but a just God and that all Gods are not the same and nor do all roads lead to heaven. Don’t you think that while he is expressing peoples right to worship how they please, it should not sound as though he is endorsing a religion that will lead its believers straight to hell?” I did not attribute the words you wrote of to John but asked you , Gloriamarie, a question.

            Again, addressed to you, Do you believe there is another way to spend eternity in Heaven than to accept Christ as your personal Savior because you know He died on the cross for your sins, and rose again the 3rd to give you the gift of salvation and eternal life? Do you truly believe there is another way to become a “Christian”? HOW? Convince me please Gloriamarie.

            Angie

            • No, Angie. You did not ask me if I am a born again believer. There was no question mark, it was a declarative sentence in the second person which many people erroneously use when they should use “one.” There wasn’t anything to indicate that you were addressing me personally and every reason to believe you were making a generalized statement.

              “Don’t you think that while he is expressing peoples right to worship how they please, it should not sound as though he is endorsing a religion that will lead its believers straight to hell?”

              I don’t think you read John P. carefully enough because he is teaching us what it looks like to love our neighbors as ourselves, to love them as God first loves us.

              “Again, addressed to you, Do you believe there is another way to spend eternity in Heaven than to accept Christ as your personal Savior because you know He died on the cross for your sins, and rose again the 3rd to give you the gift of salvation and eternal life? Do you truly believe there is another way to become a “Christian”? HOW? Convince me please Gloriamarie.”

              Apparently, you must think me a very arrogant person. No one has the authority or power to convince anyone of anything except the Holy Spirit and I am quite content to leave it all up to Her.

              And, yes, as a matter of fact, I do believe that it is possible for people who never heard the name of Jesus to live in Heaven. I live in Heaven right now. Jesus tells us Heaven is “at hand.”

              Paul writes there are those who never heard the Law who live as though the law were engraved upon their hearts. We are created in the image and likness of God. Tht means all human beings have the ability to respond to God, to know God. Even those who have never so much as heard the name of Jesus.

              So, yup, there is more than one way to know, love, respond to God.

              • Gloriamarie, Good answer and you were kinder than I. I used to let people like that bully me, ended up being baptized three times so I could get it right for everyone, than I got a spine and decided it is not anyone else’s business whether or not I am saved. They need to worry about their own soul instead of being so arrogant as to believe they have all the answers. That is also a perfect example why I eschew the label christian and prefer follower of Jesus. Thank you, Peace……

                  • Kathaleen,

                    I apologize for any believers who bullied you. Only you know if your a believer or not, and your words and actions would or should bear that out to anyone.

                    Angie

                • I have a friend who when challenged with the question, “Have you been born again?” answers, “No. My mother got it right the first time.”

                  I am amazed that any legitimate clergy person would baptize someone who has already been baptized.

                  • O they were legitimate. Ended up dunking me three times, as that was the home run of baptisms. By the way, the last time was when my husband and I had started serving a church while he was in college. We were young and foolish and easily pushed around in those days. We learned how to stick true to what we have come to believe and that is the message that Jesus left us. Not everyone’s theological take but the message of love. I think that the best example of Jesus is when you see someone loving another in spite of all the prejudices they are exposed to.
                    I like your comment about your mother getting it right the first time.
                    Anyway, I pay no nevermind to bullies. I have enough problems trying to get it right for myself. Peace,,,,,,,,,,,

                    • ” I think that the best example of Jesus is when you see someone loving another in spite of all the prejudices they are exposed to.”

                      This I agree with, if only it was the whole story.

              • Gloriamarie,

                I definitely bow at your expertise in English. I am definitely no expert at the use of punctuation, though I try to get it right. I went to high school in Australia and they teach things in a different method and I have never quite understood English the way I should. I just try to get the your, you’re, etc right and am very happy when no one calls me on those kind of things.

                I agree that John knows how to love, just not sure he is going about teaching it in a way that is loving to all, especially fellow Christians, if he truly is one.

                But as far as the rest of the things you expressed, while I disagree, I do hope you are right.

                Well, said!
                I hope to spend eternity with you, truly, Gloriamarie

                Thank you,

                Angie

                • One of the ways I haver made a living is as a professional editor, Angie, and if you know any others, you will discover that we find we are pedantic bunch.

                  Something to which I neglected to respond. You wrote “Do you believe there is another way to spend eternity in Heaven than to accept Christ as your personal Savior because you know He died on the cross for your sins, and rose again the 3rd to give you the gift of salvation and eternal life?”

                  As far as I know, I became a Christian at my baptism at six weeks old. When I was a toddler I used to play with Someone Else as I called him in the backyard. In first grade when Sr Padua introduced us to the Catechism and I learned the name Jesus, I realized my Someone Else was Jesus and I have been walking the Mystical Path all my life.

                  I have never said “yes” to the question you ask, as the way to become a Christian.

                  As no aspect of my faith is evangelical, fundamentalist or Reformed, I don’t actually believe that Jesus died for my sins. That teaching was invented by the Reformers only a mere 500 years ago.

                  Jesus came to show us how to be better people. He came to show us what love in action looks like. He died because evil people killed Him. He arose from the dead because He is God and death can’t hold him.

                  Nowhere in the New Testament are we asked to assent to the question you raised. Many people in the NT who were baptized did so because they believe Jesus is God.

                  The question “Do you believe there is another way to spend eternity in Heaven than to accept Christ as your personal Savior because you know He died on the cross for your sins, and rose again the 3rd to give you the gift of salvation and eternal life?” feels too much like a magic firmula to this non-evangelical, non-fundamentalist, non-Reformed believer.

                  And, yes, Angie, we are both already living in eternity and in our eternal lives. Our eternal lives will take a different shape, by and by, that’s all.

    • Angie, I gather you haven’t spent much time actually reading the Bible. You are way off base in your criticism of John. He is preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He’s not hitting people who claim to be Christian over the head with Hebrew Scripture clubs. He’s not lobbing bombs from Paul, taken out of context, at people just to intimidate them. None of us knows who will be “correct” when we meet God. I will continue to rely on the grace and mercy of the God I worship to deal faithfully with me. Cast all the rocks you want, but John is preaching the Gospel…..and Jesus often gave us hard instructions to follow. John is closer to doing that than you or I.

      • Bruce,

        Thanks for your response.

        I am quite sure you have no idea how much or how little I read Gods word but I am quite sure its not enough

        John is NOT preaching the gospel of Christ. The Gospel, is that Jesus died on the cross for our sin, and rose again the 3rd day, and that if we accept the free gift of salvation, repent, confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe our heart that God raised him from the dead, we will be saved.

        John , does nearly daily espouse ” Jesus is love, and love one another” This is the greatest of commandments. This is a good work of being a believer, and its an amazing message for John to share each day. But there is so much more to the story, and John has a responsibility to share the rest, God is love but God is a just God, a jealous God and can be an angry God. Your right only God knows our hearts, but we recognize each other by our actions and words. John does not share the gospel of Christ, ever to MY knowledge and that is my concern. As a self proclaimed pastor, he has a responsibility so share the whole story, not just one part.. and

        He has a responsibility to love other Christians, even ones he does not agree with. Do you see anything loving about the way John speaks about other believers he does not agree with? Do you see anything about how he writes that would make a believer that he has condemned and called names, want to be more like him if he is Christlike? Do you believe the Bible teaches a way to handle problems you have with other Christians? Does this come close?

        Angie

        • Angie, many people tend to conflate Jesus and Paul and lose sight of what Jesus said and taught. His teachings were very clear and ran counter to the established religion and regularly irritated the Pharisees which is what got him nailed to the cross.
          Read Matthew carefully especially near the end of the 25th chapter where Jesus is explicit about how we treat each other and what the consequences will be. It’s pretty clear that how we treat each other is of great importance and is the result of our relationship with Jesus Christ.
          If memory serves correctly it is Paul who speaks of the fruit of the Spirit. Good fruit is the sign of God in Christ working in us. That’s how loving neighbor as yourself meshes with loving God with all our heart and soul and mind and strength.
          It’s not our job to save anyone or condemn anyone. Jesus saved us the cross at Calvary around 33AD. Our job is to witness to the power of the Holy Spirit working in us. That manifestation is the result of our faith.
          And before you ask, yes I am a born from above, baptized by water and the Holy Spirit follower of Jesus Christ. Note I did not say “born again.” The original language does not translate that way. In fact there is no actual English equivalent, but “born from above” is the closest to the original ancient language. We often forget (ignore?) the fact that Scripture comes to us first via oral narratives that were later committed to writing. There have been translations and re-translations. For many concepts and words, there is not English equivalent. Jesus did not speak “King James English!” He probably spoke Aramaic in usual conversations and ancient Hebrew in others.
          At any rate, John P is preaching the Gospel. He’s doing a great job of it. And as I have noted before, he is putting the “hard words of Jesus” in front of our faces for us to examine and act. No one told us the road would be easy. But we were promised we would not take the journey alone. I leave it up to my Creator in the end and trust in the mercy and love I know to be in my Creator.

          • Bruce,

            Thank you for your reply and I agree with most of it.
            I agree that John is teaching
            ‘love one another’ except for those who do not agree with him.
            And by the way, I agree with loving the same people John claims to love, I just do not believe he is loving them the way God intended us to. And no, Its not my job to save or condemn, that is the HOLY SPIRIT’S job. But it is our job to witness in action and word. If you will notice I have not argued his politics, only what he shares as the gospel. Your absolutely right, Jesus is explicit in how we are to love and what the consequences are, but how can I claim to love someone if I do not care enough about them to care where they spend eternity? And its only because of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit that I even care to speak out and question. So I am very grateful that if I never meet you this side of eternity, I will spend eternity with you.. and no theres not a lot that is easy about walking this life of Christ, only possible with His assistance. By the way, like “born of above” much better.

  17. I look forward to each of your articles. If there is any blogger who resonates more with my thoughts about our current times, I haven’t found him or her. I basically think exactly the way you write. Writing is thinking, and you do a great job of expressing ideas that do need to be expressed. Basic love, kindness, and empathy has been turned around to somehow appear weak when these are the very qualities that save people from greater despair. I have always stood up to bullies as an educator, and I’m glad you are voicing your thoughts. Thank you, thank you, thank you….

  18. Gloriamarie,

    I do believe that a person who has never seen or heard of God can come to believe there is one.

    However, I believe the Bible teaches the only way to eternity in heaven is thru salvation, thru faith.

    Angie

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