Proverbs 29:2 – 2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: But when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
I purposed to allow this blog to lie dormant except for the most pertinent concerns; however, the continuing offense and collusion of NFL management, owners and players provoked me to offer my view (if only for my well-being).
I hope the majority of Americans recognize the “take the knee” protests practiced by NFL players is staged and encouraged by liberals promoting a socialist, anti-American ideology, using young millionaire athletes for their own ends.
The majority of professional athletes “taking a knee” are little more than young naive college graduates. They have been the objects of praise and adulation their whole lives for no other reason than they can run faster, jump higher, and hit harder than the average. Apart from playing football and the wealth that comes with stardom, they are like the majority of young Americans…searching for purpose and core values. Many of these bigger than life athletes have been coddled by parents, pampered by coaches and are ill-equipped for anything more than the games they play.
There are a few athletes in professional sports who have a story to tell and inspire others to rise above mediocrity and become successful, productive citizens; however, they are the exception.
The “take the knee” gang inspires nothing and no one. They inflame prejudice, provoke division, and dispirit the downhearted. They live in gated communities, enjoy the luxury of multi-million dollar estates, and on Sunday “take the knee” piously suggesting they identify with millions of fans who cannot afford the expense of parking at the stadium let alone the price of admission!
We are! We are guilty of idolizing professional athletes, showering them with applause and adulation, and nurturing in them a misguided notion their underdeveloped thoughts and opinions deserve expression on America’s biggest stage. We are guilty of paying taxes that build stadiums and then privilege these misguided young adults with an opportunity to offend sons, daughters, spouses, and parents whose loved ones died in the line of duty!
We are to blame for electing politicians, Democrats and Republicans, who are anti-American liberals, socialists, and marxists! We are to blame for being silent when politicians, main stream news reporters, teachers, professors, community leaders, and professional athletes denigrate our nation, erode our Constitutional liberties, and assault America’s core-ideals with impunity!
Reflecting a Marxist ideology, liberals veil the offense of “take the knee” protests in the principle of “free speech”, but loathe those who point out their ignorance and hypocrisy.
The 1st Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…” Americans are protected from a repressive government that would silence its citizens; however, the right of “free speech” does not extend to a private work place, whether it is a Mom and Pop Pizzeria, local McDonald’s franchise or an NFL stadium.
The hypocrisy of the NFL on this point is undeniable. As a corporation, the NFL did not hesitate to silence the Dallas Cowboys when they wanted to display a miniscule helmet decal in support of law enforcement after five police officers were slain in the line of duty in 2016. However, the same NFL management supports and tacitly encourages its players to “take the knee” supporting liberal, anti-American speech that offends patriotic Americans.
Wake up America! You will not give a kid wearing a McDonald’s uniform a free pass on offensive speech. You will not allow a police officer to disparage you and justify his actions as “free speech”. Why then will you give the NFL and its players the right to defame America’s flag and National Anthem?
A liberal, socialist ideology is driving the dialog and young NFL players “taking the knee” are pawns of those whose goal is the denigration of American patriotism and the erosion of American Constitutional liberties.
Copyright – Travis D. Smith
MORE THAN A DAY OUT OF SCHOOL OR OFF WORK…TODAY IS PRESIDENT’S DAY: A holiday remembering the births of the father of our nation, George Washington (born February 11, 1732) and the savior of our nation, Abraham Lincoln (born February 12, 1809) [I recognize some suggest it is a day commemorating all presidents; for me, it is a celebration of these two titans of liberty].
I have often wondered how different our nation would be if Lincoln had lived to complete his second term as President of the United States. He had known the great depth of humility a man must find in himself when he has been reduced to absolute dependence on God. A profound politician, by the end of his life he was a man respected by friend and foe.
Had he lived, I believe Lincoln would have demanded and modeled grace and forgiveness, rather than the rancor and bitterness that were evidenced in the North’s heavy-handed treatment of the South after the Civil War. Indeed, I am of the opinion the race provocations that continue to shadow our day were seeded in the decades following the Civil War as a result of Lincoln’s assassination.
The following is a brief quote taken from Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865. For those who argue the Civil War was not about slavery, but was instead a conflict over State’s rights, Lincoln’s proposition in this excerpt might surprise you.
“One-eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the Southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was, somehow, the cause of the war [emphasis added]. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the Union, even by war; while the government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it. Neither party expected for the war, the magnitude, or the duration, which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with, or even before, the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces; but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has his own purposes. “Woe unto the world because of offenses! for it must needs be that offenses come; but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh!” If we shall suppose that American Slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war, as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a Living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope—fervently do we pray—that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn by the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said, “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan—to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.” – Abraham Lincoln
I invite my readers to take an honest look at history and remember that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, while the race-haters and race-baiters of the 20th century and now the 21st century have been majority Democrats…including the leadership of the notorious KKK.
Oh that God would raise up another generation who will model the humility of men who call upon God like presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
Copyright 2017 – Travis D. Smith
Perhaps this is why the “Gang of Four Chicago Degenerates” who beat and mutilated a mentally challenged man have souls that are desensitized and feel no remorse…
They have been raised in a culture where 58 million unborn infants have been butchered and their tissue sold for profit.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men [and women] shall be…without natural affection” (2 Timothy 3:1-3).
Copyright 2017 – Travis D. Smith
The fact Sheriff Clarke is a patriotic black man who supported Trump and may now have a key role in his administration is putting the liberal media in a quandary…
Do they criticize Trump’s potential choice and risk being called racist? Of course they do!
The attached article is from a liberal, left-leaning site; however, it offers insight into the mental, amoral gymnastics of the liberal left! Some of the quotes in this article are inflammatory and defenseless. Consider the following examples used to describe Sheriff Clarke: “Right-wing extremist’s…using racist, sexist, and offensive language to disparage activists, and protesters, specifically the Black Lives Matter movement…[and my favorite criticism]…Clarke refused to call Hillary Clinton by her name throughout the campaign, referring to her instead as “Mrs. Bill Clinton.”
Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith
I declared in an earlier post on my “Heart of a Shepherd” blog, that the election of Donald Trump is nothing more than a reprieve in an ongoing war for the heart and soul of our nation.
The SWAMP, the label President-elect Donald Trump aptly gave Washington, DC, is facing a change of administrations; however, the Left is not defeated nor has it retreated from their war against our democracy and the American people.
Christians must accept we cannot legislate a change of heart for this nation. America needs a spiritual awakening, an old-fashioned revival that begins in hearts, homes and churches. I fear churches and Bible believing Christians will, following Donald Trump’s successful run for the presidency, retreat to their lethargy and spiritual complacency only to face a greater assault on our Constitutional liberties, religious freedom, and moral values in four years.
Recent WikiLeaks emails exposed what we all suspected…the riots and attacks on law enforcement in our inner cities was a coordinated effort to disrupt and encourage lawlessness. Already, we are witnessing a rise of anti-Trump demonstrations. Encouraged and funded by the likes of billionaire George Soros, the Left, rather than retreat, is rallying its militant groups to disrupt the peace of our nation and foment anarchy. The demographics of the militant groups differ; however, the leadership of Black Lives Matter (BLM), LGTBQ parties, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Communist Party, and sundry other groups share one passion… weakening this nation and silencing any who oppose them.
If we are to see America turn back from Political Correctness and its courtship with leftist anti-God, anti-Christian, anti-family, anti-marriage, anti-life, and anti-democracy policies, our churches, pastors, and homes must become bold in our faith and witness. We do not have the luxury to retreat; we must take the high spiritual and moral ground of a God-fearing people and confess we have failed to be the pure salt and undiminished light Christ commanded His Church to be in this world of darkness.
* In my next posts I will suggest ways we can right our failure to be salt and light in the world.
Matthew 5:13-16 – “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Copyright – Travis D. Smith
I am sickened President Obama used the occasion of the memorial service in Dallas for five of that cities slain police to once again pontificate a distorted view of American history and a deceptive line of reasoning on racial divisions. The president is either entirely self-deluded or is what I believe him to be, a 21st century Pharisaical politician who has used his own racist prejudices and views of the United States to enflame racial tensions.
None of us choose our birth family; however, everyone should understand our choice of friends reflect who and what we are. President Obama’s network of friends and confidants (Al Sharpton, Jeremiah Wright, and too many others to name) are racists, bigoted, provocative race baiters who threaten our communities, cities, and nation with anarchy.
The president’s rhetoric at Tuesday’s memorial service does not hide the reality that, when it comes to a love for this nation and using his platform to bring reconciliation and healing, “The emperor wears no clothes.”
Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith
Call me cynical, but I am becoming of the opinion some of the tragedies assailing our nation seem to come on the heels of bad political news for the President and his party (i.e. Hillary Clinton’s email scandals, her shameless, undeniable lies to the American public, the spineless FBI Director’s “investigation”, and the Attorney General’s dereliction of duty).