Yes, Harvey Did Showcase America At Its Best

Yes, Harvey Did Showcase America At Its Best

A few weeks ago my family and I were out at a small-town festival when suddenly an elderly woman in a motorized wheelchair took a tumble over the side of a street curb. Within seconds she was surrounded by people. A couple of the guys lifted the woman’s chair back up and hoisted her into it. One girl ran into the pharmacy to ask for some supplies to clean this woman’s wounds, and the pharmacy donated a brand new first aid kit just like that. A few others asked who we could call for her while others cleaned her cuts and put the band-aids on. We didn’t know each other from Adam, but we had all seen that someone needed help and we ran to give it. It’s certainly not uncommon to see human beings come to each other’s aid when another is in trouble—and throughout the devastation in Texas, we’ve seen this in spades. Why do people do that? As a Bible-believing Christian, I know that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,” and that because of our fallen nature, we humans have to fight selfishness and unkindness every day of our lives. I also know that, believers or not, we all have God’s law written on our hearts (Romans 2:14-15)—which means even someone who rejects what Christ did to pay for our sin has the capacity to be a good and decent person, because, thanks to that law on our hearts, we know the difference between right and wrong. It’s what we commonly call a “conscience,” and while it doesn’t prevent people from...
End of Watch: Dying on the Thin Blue Line

End of Watch: Dying on the Thin Blue Line

My daughter’s favorite movie is Disney’s “The Jungle Book” –and she absolutely adores Baloo, the bear. In the next to last scene, everyone thinks Baloo’s been killed by Sher Khan, the tiger, in an effort to save the man cub, Mowgli. As Mowgli realizes what’s just happened, Bagheera, the panther, comforts him:  “Now, now,” says Bagheera, “I know how you feel. But you must remember, Mowgli, greater love hath no one, than he who lays down his life for his friend.” It’s just a simple line from an old Disney film (and the Bible, if you’re interested), but it’s an incredibly powerful one. So, would you do it? Would you lay down your life for someone? I’ll get back to that—hang tight. This week, we watched as New York police officer Miosotis Familia was laid to rest after being shot point blank. Her crime? Sitting in a police vehicle in uniform. This woman was executed by a man who raved months earlier on social media about how he believed police have been abusing and killing people freely. This woman’s three children have been left without a mother because her attacker believed the rampant rhetoric— that police in this nation actively target and abuse Black Americans that Black Lives Matter, politicians like Congressman, Cedric Richmond, and other activists have wrongly spread. That rhetoric is demonstrably false. (If you’re curious, the “demonstrably” part can be found here.) What is demonstrably true is the fact that our officers are facing death on the job—particularly, targeted death—at an increasing rate. And I, alongside Blaze radio host, Chris Salcedo, believe it has everything to do with that rhetoric. As I watch the dialogue on this...
Tough Truths: The Case of Philando Castile

Tough Truths: The Case of Philando Castile

The video is heartbreaking. Moments after she live-streamed the death of her boyfriend at the hands of a police officer, a woman cries as she sits in the back of a squad; her young daughter comforting her, saying “it’s ok, Mommy, I’m right here with you!” The little girl herself begins to cry moments later. That was July of 2016 in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, following the officer-involved shooting of Philando Castile. Fast forward nearly a year. After a jury trial deliberation, St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty of manslaughter. Should people—particularly African Americans—be afraid after this verdict? If you’re on social media, if you watch virtually any mainstream commentary program, blog or show—heck yeah, you should be. As the story goes, a black guy got shot point blank in his car by an over-eager cop after simply reaching for his license, right? But just give me a minute. People, we have to be willing to look at facts, not emotion. We, just as the twelve-person jury (including two people of color) did in a court of law, must look at all the facts; not the simply the ones we think we see, or want to see. If we want a society where we ALL can live freely and fearlessly, we must resist the urge to pass convict via public opinion, and we must be willing to examine tough truths. Let’s dig in. But he was just reaching for his license! That’s where Diamond Reynolds’ Castile’s girlfriend) Facebook livestream starts. And that’s where the court of public opinion kicked in. I’ll be honest:...
“The Killing Field”: Heroic Capitol Police Stop Hodgkinson’s  Massacre Plan

“The Killing Field”: Heroic Capitol Police Stop Hodgkinson’s Massacre Plan

The only reason why any of us walked out of this thing, by the grace of God, one of the folks here (security detail traveling with Scalise) had a weapon to fire back and give us a moment to find cover. We were inside the backstop and if we didn’t have that cover by a brave person who stood up and took a shot themselves, we would not have gotten out of there and every one of us would have been hit — every single one of us. He was coming around the fence line and he was looking for all of us who had found cover in different spots. But if we didn’t have return fire right there, he would have come up to each one of us and shot us point-blank.”  –Michigan Rep. Mike Bishop They were sitting ducks!  Sen. Rand Paul said, “I can tell you, that I think with absolute certainty, nobody would have survived without the Capitol Hill Police. They saved everybody’s life. Incredibly brave and deserve everyone’s praise, because, with this guy, who knows what his — how heavily armed he was, but nobody else had a weapon. So, he was just killing everyone — he would have … [The Capitol Police] deserve our gratitude for saving — it would have been a massacre without them.”  Witnesses described the harrowing scene. The rifle-armed gunman, James T. Hodgkinson appeared to have been deliberately targeting Republicans. In fact, Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., told Fox News that as he was walking to his car, a man (Hodgkinson) approached him and asked if it was Republicans or Democrats practicing on the...
My Top Tips for Job Seekers

My Top Tips for Job Seekers

As a Care Manager, I counsel job seekers by assisting with resume creation or improvement, social media instruction,  like using LinkedIn and challenging them to see themselves through a potential employer’s eyes. Because an employment crisis may happen to anyone, here are some of the top tips that I share with job seekers: What do you want to be when you grow up?    I know from personal experience that many people have no idea, so I share my story with them: When my husband, Dennis, suggested that I needed to get a job, I was taken aback. This was a time of transition from being a homeschooling mom to contributing in a new way. The problem was that my season of parenting/teaching had been very fulfilling in contrast to the jobs I could already list on my resume. So, I decided to take some time to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. I found a book at the library called Do What You Are and after taking the personality test that it recommended, I came up with three options. Although the first two, counseling and teaching, didn’t surprise me, I realized that four years in college wouldn’t really help the financial situation. However, the third recommendation of graphic design surprised and intrigued me, mainly because I had never considered myself artistic. Since I could earn an Associates of Science Degree in just two years, I decided to pursue it. Related: the-worst-thing-that-could-possibly-happen-to-a-parent I was delighted to find that armed with a computer and Adobe Creative Suite software, I could be successfully and enjoyably employed as a graphic artist! Eventually, I opened...
WHAT BRITAIN AND AMERICA NEED TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT TERRORISM

WHAT BRITAIN AND AMERICA NEED TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT TERRORISM

What Britain needs is a populist revolution that forces their political leaders to face the reality of the root cause of Islamic Terrorism. The root cause is not a fringe extremist element of Islam that has corrupted the teachings of the Koran. The fact is that those who wage Jihad are the ones following the dictates of the Koran, the Hadith, and the Jima. And while most Muslims do not participate in terrorism, they in, in fact, believe it to be a just and proper cause. They provide the moral and physical support that allows the Jihadists to operate within the Islamic community and succeed in their terrorist acts. Please watch this excellent summation of the Islamic problem the entire western world faces. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmWJMuC_Jx8 The truth is that Islam is, in fact, nothing more than a Judeo-Christian heresy. All our ancient church fathers spoke openly against heresies that could contaminate the truth. We cannot afford to neglect this high calling from God. True Truth must be defended by those who claim to be leaders in Christianity, and this cannot be done without boldly speaking against the promoters of violence and usurpers of the One True God’s message of peace. The problem we face today is no different than the problem our early church father’s faced in teaching against the pagan religion of the Roman Empire. The religions of the Serpent must be unmasked, and the truth must be proclaimed. Their wicked ideology must be made naked before the watching world. Over 272 million human beings have been killed by Jihad since the time of Muhammad. Ravi Zacharias, a prominent evangelical leader, born in India,...