Christmas and Prayers for America


Justin Smith has an essay that probably is better termed a prayer of intercession for America through the filter of the meaning of Christmas.

Christmas is a celebration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the Son of God. Something compels me to share from the Word of God about Christ’s birth and the forgiving and giving that follows the Lord’s birth:

Luke 2

10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”[a] (Luke 2: 10-14 NKJV)

John 1

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

16 And[a] of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son,[b] who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. (John 1: 1-3, 14, 16-18 NKJV)

John 3

17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” (John 3:17-21 NKJV)

Luke 6

27 “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.29 To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. 31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. (Luke 6: 27-31 NKJV)

Being a Christian is a continuous combination of seeking to ever increasing one’s right standing with God, forgiving wrongs, helping others, praying for the leaders of your nation (not just politicians) and sharing the same love of Christ that the Lord shared with the Redeemed with other non-Christians.

JRH 12/18/15

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Christmas and Prayers for America

By Justin O. Smith

Sent: 12/17/2015 11:48 AM

Christmas is upon us, and many of us, who know that the sacrifice of God’s only Son on the Cross granted redemption and everlasting life to all people, are preparing for wonderful gifts to be given and received at joyous dinners and events with friends and family. We gather for the sake of fellowship and love, our hearts are cleansed and kindled by the warm fire of eternal goodness, and we give thanks for the birth of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior, through our prayers.

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and for all the days henceforth, let us pray that all Americans experience an epiphany and come to understand the true meaning of the birth of Jesus at Bethlehem. Let us also pray for Our Beloved America’s salvation, as we recall that America’s founding principles are Judeo-Christian — the very same principles that embody “free choice,” liberty, equality and reveal and affirm that each individual owns rights that are unalienable and granted to all by God.

 

On April 30th 1789, George Washington placed his hand on the Bible, opened to Genesis 49-50, and ended his oath to become the first President of the United States with the words, “So help me God.” Many Americans joined Washington in prayer at the nearby St. Paul’s Chapel that same day; the first act of the first Congress was to pray, as Washington and the members of Congress knelt together: To this day, Congress has always opened its sessions with prayer.

 

Throughout his administration, Thomas Jefferson and Christians of every denomination and sect, from Quakers and Unitarians to Catholics, regularly held Sunday prayer services in the House of Representatives. And Jefferson’s own words from the Virginia Statute Establishing Religious Freedom (Jan. 16th 1786) state:

 

“Almighty God hath created the mind free, All attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burthens … are a departure from the plan of the Holy Author of our religion.”

 

America has never stood so close to the precipice and so near the eve of Her own destruction, at the hands of Her progressive oppressors, who deny the validity of the U.S. Constitution, U.S. sovereignty, life and even God through their despotic measures and edicts. America has never been so in need of prayers and God’s protection.

 

In Matthew 18: 19-20, it is written:

 

“Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth … any thing that they shall ask, it will be done for them of my Father … in Heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

 

O’ Lord I pray – We pray – that children sickened by numerous diseases, who are spending Christmas in St. Jude’s, the Shriner’s and Vanderbilt’s Children Hospitals and many other hospitals, are touched by Your healing Spirit and sent home to their worried and loving families whole and completely cured.

 

O’ Lord We pray for the homeless and the hungry across our country, and yes we pray for the same all across the world, that they may be brought into the loving fold of a family somewhere or at least a place to call home. Make their stomachs full, we beseech You O’ Lord, and let them know hunger no longer.

 

Please Lord, help America and Her people understand their crime and their sin that they commit by condoning abortion. It is unreasonable for anyone to deny Your Hand – a Divine Hand and a Power greater than anything in this universe – in all life, as the first spark emerges in the form of an embryo and journeys through the first heartbeat of the fetus, until a newborn baby boy or girl takes their first breath. We pray that You give all Americans full understanding regarding the sanctity of the unborn life.

 

In these troubled days, We pray for our progressive brethren, and we pray that You open the eyes of the atheists and the ACLU, who attempt to stop voluntary prayer across America, much like in Bremerton, WA and School 169 in New York, which also banned the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’. We also pray that You place them under conviction, so they will come to You and learn to love You O’ Lord; and then perhaps they will also grow to love America.

 

As We “preparest a table in the presence of [our] enemies”, O’ Lord, we pray that You redeem them just like Saul, and we ask that You guide the Muslims and their Ummah towards the complete reformation of Islam, as sought by reformers like Raif Badawi, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser and Irshad Manji. We pray that Islam becomes a true “religion of peace” and stops its violent terror attacks against the West, or that the majority of Muslims convert to Christianity.

 

Bless all the men and women serving overseas in the U.S. Armed Forces, especially members who are fighting in the Middle East. Keep them safe on Christmas Day and many years after their safe homecoming.

 

Suffering through a sense of pain under Progressive Democrat policies, O’ Lord, most of America prays and beseeches You to break the chains of our current despotic government. Please Lord, educate the large portion of society, blinded by progressive propaganda, on the evils of progressive policies and the failure and pain they inflict upon the people, and give us new leaders, who understand that special problems don’t create special rights and privileges. Bring the end of days for this epidemic of fascism, and lead this generation of Americans in their refusal to sell their birthright — their Unalienable Rights — for a mess of bad progressive pottage.

 

With illuminations and the pealing of bells, We pray that our hearts are not troubled by the hourly seductions of sin, nor afraid of terrors imagined or real by which they are intimidated, as we become that one candle lighting the way for an innumerable quantity of others, with a love that sees in all men brothers. Do not let us shrink from the truth in word or deed, and give America’s people salvation and the strength that lies in the peace, unattainable through diplomatic negotiations and dinners with heads of state and tyrants, found only through a voluntary profession of the truth by every man and every woman, that Jesus is Our Lord and Savior; and our sins are washed away by His Blood on the Cross. Amen-Amen-Amen

 

By Justin O. Smith

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Edited by John R. Houk

 

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Christian Apathy Contributes to Terrorism and Anti-Semitism


A close Internet friend sent me a link to an Earl Cox post in Breaking Israel News. Mr. Cox is described as a broadcaster and journalist that is a friend of the Jewish State of Israel. And from the tenor of the article I perceive he is a Christian Zionist – my kind of guy.

JRH 11/29/15

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Christian Apathy Contributes to Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

 

By Earl Cox

November 24, 2015 12:00 pm

Breaking Israel News

Where are all of the Christians who should be standing for right and against wrong? Where are all of the Christians who should be standing for Israel? G-d Himself in Genesis 12:3 said, “I will bless those who bless you (Israel) and the one who curses you (does not stand) I will curse.”

A basic premise of Christian faith and roots has everything to do with Israel. To ignore Israel is to shun G-d’s word of an eternal covenant with His Chosen People, the Jews, and an eternal covenant cannot be broken. Our silence in our own countries also affects Israel, its land and people. It is imperative that Christians all over the world stand and contend for Israel.

By remaining silent or neutral, Christians are enabling evil everywhere to flourish. Being apathetic is yielding to the preponderance and brutal degree of inhumane suffering caused by those who live outside the Judeo-Christian ethic.

The tenets of good and evil based on Judeo-Christian principles have been our standard, even mainstay, for two thousand years and they have served humanity well so why change them? It would be better to perfect the world based on G-d’s principles than to change them based on the world’s persistence on mixing up right and wrong. Evil and wickedness are the result and terror, it seems, is the means in this postmodern world.

It was during the Holocaust that a Christian minister in Germany observed the changing mindset of the people and the Nazi slaughter of the Jews. He is quoted as saying “silence in the face of evil is itself evil. G-d will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” These are sobering words that loudly ring of truth today.

In this time of resurgent violence against Israeli Jews that is by now recognizably cyclic in intensity but always simmering historically, we Christians absolutely must defend our brothers and sisters in Israel. While some have been active for quite a long time, others who should be active are sadly remaining silent and on the sidelines.

The call to stand up for Israel is true also for Jews in order that they do not have their religion and rights undermined by legal means, media opposition or other hostile opposition. As far as media opposition, the Jews of Israel have a lot to lose if a particular Israeli English speaking leftist paper were to have its way. We already see what hostile opposition looks like. There is currently an apparent legal opposition to Jewish history and sacred sites now by the UN with UNESCO’s declaration of Rachel’s Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs as being Muslim.

We have a biased international body with certain legal abilities to change history and likely alter visitation rights to holy sites sacred to both Christians and Jews. The modern rewriting of the history of the Temple Mount by Muslims is well known. Injustice to Jewish history must be opposed on all fronts.

It is essential for Christians and Jews to work together. We must take our Judeo-Christian principles to the courts in each of our countries, to the world courts and to university campuses. We must teach and uphold our G-d given Judeo-Christian principles and make certain the facts on the ground are accurately taught (and reported) to be sure students are receiving accurate information in their quest for a balanced education.

It will take every ounce of our strength here in America to keep our government aligned in allegiance to the G-d given land of Israel and to the Jewish nation of Israel. What G-d provides, no man has a right to discard or destroy. The commandments and covenants of G-d are forever and when He says they are eternal that is exactly what He means … forever. Standing for Israel is the same as standing for G-d and vice-versa.

It is only in democratic, freedom loving societies mostly in the U.S., Europe and Israel that Christians really are able to take a stand for the faith without punitive retribution. For the moment this is true but the future is uncertain if we remain silent and allow evil to gain ground and triumph.

Let us remember the haunting words of Martin Niemoller (1892-1984), a prominent Protestant pastor who said, “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak 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 because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.”

Reprinted with author’s permission from The Jerusalem Post

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The Conviction of Truth


American Liberty under Sharia

American Liberty Under Sharia

In Justin’s own mini-intro to this submission he indicated that he had a bit of concern that people would rail against his “… proposals as draconian or un-American virtues.” It is my opinion that Justin’s concern is due to the dominance of the Left Wing influence of what is defined as political correctness these days.

 

Regardless of the political infection of Leftist political correctness, draconian measures need to take place to withstand the un-American ideology of that is a part of Islam that projects Islamic Supremacism – or else.

 

JRH 10/6/14

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The Conviction of Truth

A Response to Islam

 

By Justin O. Smith

Sent: 10/5/2014 5:30 PM

 

The ideology of Islam and Islam’s champions have broadcast their intentions to destroy America and have acted on those intentions often enough, just like communism and fascism, that Americans must  quit treating Islam as “a religion” worthy of the First Amendment’s protection, and America must halt all Muslim immigration and mosque construction now. America must acknowledge this Islamic threat to the nation and act swiftly and harshly to counter Islam’s “Trojan Horse” of immigration, as coined by the late and great Oriana Fallaci, in the face of relativism, multicultural recriminations and Islamic apologists, if we truly desire for all Americans to remain free.

 

Although Article V Clause 2 of our U.S. Constitution says, “This Constitution … shall be the Supreme Law of the Land,” one would think that Muslims founded America, by the manner in which the majority of U.S. Muslims claim the “right” to impose Sharia law in their Muslim communities and in the public square. This “right” does not exist.

For the better part of our nation’s existence, it has held true that our nation is a Christian nation with 78% of Americans professing to be Christian, tolerant of all other religions, and much of our government and Our Declaration of Independence is based on Judeo-Christian principles. Our rights come from God alone, and the Muslims do not have the right to divest us of them.

 

In August 2014, construction of a 15,000 square foot mosque began in Anchorage, Alaska. Mosque leaders called it “a purpose built mosque.” Its purpose is the spread of Sharia law and Islam, among other things.

 

Remember __ Islam is an all-encompassing ideological system, and as such, wherever there is a Muslim community and a mosque there will be Sharia law, and Sharia law leads to the Islamization of regions and ultimately the nation. Muslims, currently only 2.5% of America’s population, already hold inordinate power, as Islam is promoted and enabled by Progressives and Obama, who believe all cultures are equal and deny American Exceptionalism.

 

With extremely high birthrates of the Muslims and Progressives intent on changing the face of America by flooding America with hundreds of thousands of Muslim “refugees” from terror sponsoring nations, it is not absurd or beyond the realm of the possible to envision the Muslim population to growing significantly enough to command a strong influence in the U.S. government, 30% or better, and voting Sharia law into our legal infrastructure. We already see it across Europe, in the U.K., Denmark, France and Germany. And let’s not forget that the Bolsheviks only represented about 8% of the population when they took Russia by violent means.

 

As Sam Solomon, professor of Sharia law and former Muslim, explains, any mosque must be viewed through the life of Mohammed. A mosque legislates and teaches the Islamic ideology. It is a meeting place for important dignitaries and Mohammed used it like a Supreme Court, so Sharia law is developed there. It is the place where Mohammed proclaimed Islamic superiority, just as imams proclaim today, and it is the symbol of Islamic rule. And it is a military base, because it was from the mosque that Mohammed proclaimed jihad and recognized his warriors.

 

Concrete evidence exists that connects numerous Islamic imams and their mosques with terror plots and actively calling for violent jihad/ “holy war”. Three fourths of America’s 2300 mosques should be on a watch-list (Center for Security Policy).8

 

Sheik Osama al-Rifai, a terror finance facilitator for the Detroit based Sunrise Foundation, has raised millions of dollars from Chicago to Miami for the Islamic Front, Al Qaeda and ISIS. He recently stated: “The unification of these great Islamists and jihadist groups (the Islamic State) … is a great event that brings happiness and thrill to every Muslim, not only in Syria but in the whole Islamic world. I congratulate this brilliant news.”

 

Suhaib Webb learned his trade at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, the same mosque that spawned jihadist murderer Alton Nolen, who beheaded Colleen Hufford on September 25th, 2014. Webb is now the new imam of the Islamic Center of Boston, home of the Boston Bomber terrorists, which was founded by terrorist Abdurhaman Alamoudi and had Yusuf Qaradawi (Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas spiritual leader) for its first imam; in the ‘Jewish Advocate’ last year, Charles Jacobs described Webb, as someone who “teaches vicious hatred and calls for young Muslims to engage in jihad against non-Muslims in order to establish a global Islamic state.”

 

Even Dalia Mogahed, a top advisor to “president” Obama, dissimulates in stating that Sharia “values” are equivalent to Constitutional rights, when just this year alone, Saudi Arabia beheaded 19 people for non-violent “crimes” such as adultery, homosexuality and apostasy. Mogahed also asserts that Islamic terrorism is an expression of “Muslim grievances” and “concerns over injustices”, playing to her ties to terror supporters, such as Dr. Kamal Helbawi, who is banned from the U.S.; at a 1992 conference in Oklahoma City, Helbawi told Muslim youths that Jews and Christians are the enemies of Muslims and that the terror group Hamas was holding the mantle for Muslims in “an absolute clash of civilization” against them. Mogahed and Helbawi attended the 2010 U.S.-Islamic World Conference together in Doha.

 

Too many Muslims never relinquish their allegiances to whatever godforsaken Islamic hell-hole they left and its Islamic doctrines, and they never fully commit to supporting our U.S. Constitution, honoring our Flag and American Heritage and assimilating as true U.S. citizens, as illustrated by, another Mogahed associate, Yusuf Qaradawi’s words.

 

Banned from the U.S. in 1999, Qaradawi stated, “If everyone who … dies defending his sacred symbols [the Koran] is considered a terrorist then I wish to be at the forefront of the terrorists.” To defend an idea is one thing, but it becomes something entirely different once one begins to force it on others.

 

Now based in Qatar, Qaradawi regularly calls on Allah to kill all Jews. And speaking in Canada in 2013, Qaradawi stated a plan to “bring [the mosque] from a static place of worship to a center of Islamic revolution … To guide public policy of a nation” and urge “jihad for the sake of Allah.”

 

The U.S. Constitution is not a suicide-pact, nor should America allow those enamored with Islam, the Progressives and Obama, to continue pushing us into societal suicide through multicultural policies. Our leaders must respond to the Islamic threat through the following measures:

 

1) Reintroduce sedition laws that have been repealed and prosecute transgressors, (CAIR, MB, converts etc.).

 

2) Legislate American culture and values as dominant. Prohibit all Sharia law and the advocacy of Sharia law. 

 

3) Deport all non-citizen Muslims immediately.  

 

4) Outlaw Sharia finance connections to sensitive U.S. assets.

 

5) Discard history books that describe our American culture as one of genocide and oppression and teach our children the unbiased truth and about American Exceptionalism without shame.

 

America must start implementing Her response, for we have allowed the Straussian nightmare of relativism to arrive, in which intolerance to our society is treated as value “equal dignity” to intolerance. We must not allow tolerance to prove the Achilles heel of freedom. To defend our tolerance, we must be intolerant of those who oppose us.

 

America must be committed to the U.S. Constitution and the Original Intent behind the concepts of Equality and Justice and Liberty, the good guiding our Western principles, all of which the Islamic ideology would contravene and abrogate, and we ourselves must uphold the legitimacy of Our Founding Principles. Without the conviction of the Truth and what our Judeo-Christian principles represent, America cannot long endure.

 

By Justin O. Smith

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Edited by John R. Houk

 

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