Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Brazilian Job

Remember the gulf oil spill last year? Who could forget, right? I have argued for some time now that President Obama is not as naive as he, on the surface, appears.In fact, what seems to be indecision, I believe to be calculation. The perception of  many is that he is inexperienced or incompetent, when in truth, I hold that we are assuming he has the best interest of America in mind. That is not his aim, his aim is to reduce America's prominence to that equal to other nations. Look no further than the military action against Libya.
As to the oil spill, he waited a very long time to get involved in the crisis. About a month after it began, the president started to show signs of life. As it became an apparent environmental disaster, it was extremely easy for him to ban off shore drilling. This, of course, was the opportunity he needed to further reduce America's wealth and independence.
Forgive me for being conspiratorial here. I don't normally see a boogie man behind every event. There are, however, forces at work that we must be aware. I also don't see George Soros as the center of the evil universe. But he is a big part of what is going on in the world, by his own admission. It has been confirmed that Mr. Soros was and is behind the turmoil in the Middle East and as a result, the subsequent rise in oil prices.
It also appears that he has interests in the Brazilian oil industry. Is it then an accident that during the gulf crisis last year that very act of setting up the drilling moratorium freed up the drilling platforms now bringing in the oil for Brazil to sell to us at a premium, that the president is now negotiating for us. The President of the United States is achieving his goal of reducing America's role on the world stage in all areas. Before long the left will realize its hope of eliminating the only remaining super power. Thus setting the stage...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wars and rumors of wars

Being a news "addict", I was listening to the news on the drive from Magdalena to Socorro. It struck me that the news I was hearing fell in line with Matthew 24 starting in verse 4; And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
What I heard on the news was this; wars in Libya and the middle east and Africa, Athens and many rumors such as Saudi Arabia. Earthquakes in New Zealand and Cocoa shortages and oil shortages just to name a few. I looked at the Albuquerque Journal, their headlines were much less upsetting. They were concerned that baseball fans were getting beer, but that basketball fans were left out. Going to Drudge, the wars and rumors of wars were there, along with excitement about oil prices. I was very tempted to read the article about the 400lb woman who attacked someone for taking her cookie. I refrained. There was also a report that the obesity problem has spread to over half our pets. I hope the first lady is on top of that one, so to speak.

I find that our hearts can grow cold all too easily. We do need some humor and light-hearted stories to keep from going as daffy as Gaddafi. So, I return once again to the gospel. Jesus stated in this same set of verses quoted above, that this gospel must be preached to all the earth. That brings a lightness to my heart, a ray of sunshine in a time of great darkness. There is a plan for good and the Lord is waiting until all who will receive Him, do so. 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Are you prepared to shine the light?

As turmoil engulfs the middle east and many totalitarian dictatorships come to an end, we should not be taken by surprise by such event or the forces at work behind the scenes.

Currently, Libya, is the main focus of news reports and leaders attentions. While their is no love lost for the old dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, many countries, such as Russia, are worried about the long term future of the region. We can see the hands of many like minded parties at work in these countries and here at home. There are individuals, companies and political parties determined to create change. I am certainly not a fan of Gaddafi, but we are trading for something much more sinister.

None of this should be a surprise to the christian. The bible plainly warns that a one world government supported if not integrated by a religious system contrary to the Lord would arise in the last days. We are also warned not allow these events to take us unaware. In the New Testament we are given the parable of the ten virgins and the thief in the night as a picture of how we should be ready for the Lord's return.

It is tempting to get caught up in the day to day events, but we will called to be light in this time of darkness. The Word of God is clear when it talks of the last days. We should live lives that are holy and obedient to the Lord. Paul warned us that we should not be ignorant that we should be overtaken as a thief in the night, and Jesus warned that we should be able to discern the signs of the times. Why? To be ready of course. We must be ready to give a reason for the hope that lies within us. We must be ready to share the gospel and the lifestyle of the narrow way. The forces of anti-christ are at work all around us. But, do not be afraid. God has called us to be the light in spite of what the enemy is up to. There is hope as long as God extends His grace.