King Obama and the Keystone Pipeline

Once there was a King, selfish and untrue.

He struck out to smash the hopes of the people of his kingdom and split the kingdom into two.

Why, you may ask.  Well, I ask that too!


When a leader displays destructive power, he imagines he has clutched in his hands, it demonstrates a lack of reality. For no one is truly a King with all the power and all the knowing.  Only God is the true King of the Universe, but somehow America’s political leaders have become totally confused by their own illusion of grandeur.

History tells us exactly what happens once a leader buys into his or her own greatness.  A downward spiral begins for everyone! These leaders end up forgotten and the nation is referred to in past tense terminology.

“Remember when America was a truly democratic and free nation?”

“Remember when Americans were so prosperous?”

Yes, “remember when” is on our doorsteps and has opened the door!

Usually the ones recognized and revered are the humble, Godly men and women who advanced real change and held the hearts of the masses. We continually speak about them, write about them, and wish they were still around.

I can not begin to count the times I have said, “I wish President Reagan was still here!” Or better yet, “If CS Lewis was here, I would love to be an intern for him!”

Simon Wiesenthal once said, “What connects two thousand years of genocide? Too much power in too few hands.”

Wiesenthal was an Austrian writer, Holocaust survivor, and Nazis hunter after WWII. I am sure he saw the abuse of too much power.  And maybe because we are, as a nation, so far away from the terrible events of WWII, we forget too easily.  Thus we allow it to happen.

President Obama’s vetoing of the Keystone Pipeline was a direct, intentional “I will show you who is in charge,” political move.  For if he was truly worried about the environment; he could have gone after numerous other industries with known, far greater impacts on the environment!

Here is our first black American President, who could have done great things to bring Americans together.  He could have been revered in history and looked to for inspiration. Instead the legacy that President Obama is writing is sad, divisive, and destructive to America. Oh, I am not shortsighted enough to say it was and is all his fault. Our Senate and House of Representatives are equally responsible.

I will say I am terribly disappointed when someone who could have done so much, has done so little!

The needs, wants, and desires of the American people are no longer an agenda for a lot of our political leaders! What can we do?

We can vote them out and eliminate the direct cash flow into their pockets from outside sources. But first we must start by writing  what we expect from them! They work for us, not us for them.

Here is a link to the email addresses to each of our Senators. I have also provided the list of the Senators who voted against the Keystone Pipeline.  These lists are public.  Maybe they are the first ones who need an email because the Senate has to get 67 votes to override the President’s veto! They have 62. It is time for a nation to rise up and speak clearly to our Representatives!

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Tammy Baldwin
D WI

Richard Blumenthal
D CT

Cory Booker
D NJ

Barbara Boxer
D CA

Sherrod Brown
D OH

Maria Cantwell
D WA

Benjamin L. Cardin
D MD

Christopher A. Coons
D DE

Richard J. Durbin
D IL

Dianne Feinstein
D CA

Al Franken
D MN

Kirsten E. Gillibrand
D NY

Tom Harkin
D IA
Martin Heinrich
D NM

Mazie K. Hirono
D HI

Tim Johnson
D SD

Tim Kaine
D VA

Angus King
I ME

Amy Klobuchar
D MN

Patrick J. Leahy
D VT

Carl Levin
D MI

Edward J. Markey
D MA

Robert Menendez
D NJ

Jeff Merkley
D OR

Barbara A. Mikulski
D MD

Christopher S. Murphy
D CT

Patty Murray
D WA

Bill Nelson
D FL

Jack Reed
D RI

Harry Reid
D NV

John D. Rockefeller IV
D WV

Bernard Sanders
I VT

Brian Schatz
D HI

Charles E. Schumer
D NY

Jeanne Shaheen
D NH

Debbie Stabenow
D MI

Mark Udall
D CO

Tom Udall
D NM

Elizabeth Warren
D MA

Sheldon Whitehouse
D RI

Ron Wyden
D

American Government Leaves Americans to be Eaten by the Lion

I do not think there is one American who can say they feel entirely safe in America anymore.  And our Government does not exude the confidence required to assure the American people, that they are handling the terrorist situation coming our way.

There was a time when our President, the Democratic party, the Republican party, our Senate, and House of Representatives could have rallied together for the sake of our once great nation.  Instead they would rather ignore the extreme threat to America, blame each other, grab the money, and go along their merry way! Instead of leaving a legacy for the history books equal to that of our founding Fathers; they will leave a legacy of those who fed us to the lions for their own personal gain.

I found a bible verse which exemplifies our situation and gives some very  good advice!

1 Peter 5:8 – 5:11

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith because you know your brothers throughout the world are understanding the same kind of suffering.

And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.

To Him be the power forever and ever. Amen.”

We have asked, begged, yelled, jumped up and down to no avail.  Our leaders won’t listen!  What can we do next?

Pray! Pray for our leader’s eyes to be opened and pray for action.  Pray for the enemy to be bound. Pray.

God tells us in 1 John 4:4

“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.”

We have the power of God! Don’t allow our leaders to make us feel helpless, because it is them who would be helpless if we came together.

Remember to be “self-controlled and alert” each and every day.  And pray!

Jesus and His Parables

We all know that Jesus spoke in parables when addressing the crowds.  Basically, Jesus told stories which compared an earthly contrast or comparison and a spiritual truth. The Great Teacher and His parables would enlighten the crowds, who came to hear Him speak.  Or would they?

I once thought, wrongly, Jesus told His parables so that the masses could understand. Jesus told the parables not their meanings to the crowds.  I guess because I have grown up hearing Jesus’ parables and then the Pastor immediately explain it, I did not fully realize that back then there were no Pastors. Only The Teacher!

And for myself, If I had been there, I would have been tapping Him on the shoulder.

“Excuse me, I don’t get it.”

“Could you please tell me what you mean when referring to seed and sowing because it sounds like we are about to plant a crop?”

And, that is exactly what His own disciples did!  On more than one occasion they asked Jesus to speak plainly or to explain what He meant.

Jesus told parables to set up the groundwork for a real and lasting relationship between ourselves and God.

How many times are we told in the bible, to seek God? How many situations would have had a better outcome, in your life, if you had sought God’s advice and help first?  Using God’s building blocks, builds a secure relationship with Him! And no one or entity can take it away from you or tear it down.  Not even death.

During this Easter season, please spend each day seeking God and understanding Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.  Read the four Gospels; Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John to start your solid foundation.  The forty days and five Sundays, which we have left of Easter, is enough time to begin your habit of a lifetime.  A relationship with Jesus Christ!

And if you don’t understand the meanings of scripture, well you are blessed to be a part of this century.  The resources are abundant! Most bibles have explanations at the bottom. Pastors love to be able to utilize their education and enlighten another soul. Oh yes, you can Google your questions also.