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This morning while reading my bible, I came across a verse which I believe pertains to the NFL players who are kneeling and the coaches who are supporting this act of disrespect. I have selected Coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers to call out by name because he wears a cross around his neck. Never thought too much about people who wear crosses, I always like to observe them and see if their actions represent their words. You know the saying, “walk the talk.”
None the less, by wearing the cross, he is stating that he is a follower of Jesus Christ. And as a Christian, myself, I know we are responsible for each other and thus I feel the need to make them aware of the Apostle Paul’s warning in Galatians. For it is my hope that by appealing to them through our Christianity, they will see the harm they are doing.
In the book of Galatians, the church was fighting among themselves and taking sides as to who was right and who was wrong. Who were the real follower of Christ, and who were the posers? Who deserved the inheritance of eternity and who did not? Funny, they were all God’s children and could not see it.
Funny, we are all God’s children and can not see it! So we hurt one another the best way possible, just as the Galatians did.
Infighting, whether within a group or within a nation, does absolutely nothing to solve the problem. Instead there are angry, hurt individuals and a divide that will widen every day until the eventual split or demise of the group or country. Satan is an expert in nudging our egos to get us to go there all of the time!
Here are the words from the Apostle Paul.
“If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.” Galatians 6:15
What a warning! Watch out or you will be destroyed by each other, could mean that your actions will affect the whole NFL and the sport of football. Polls are showing that your fellow Americans are turning away from your sport and your popularity ratings are plummeting downhill! So, is this where the history books will point and call it the beginning of the extinction of the NFL and the sport of football?
Now, let’s check the bible once again about respect for our government.
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, who ever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and this who do so will bring judgment on themselves.” Romans 13:1-2
If you go back to the manifests of the Pilgrims, you will find that they established America as the new Jerusalem. Ordained by God. If you disrespect the flag, and our national anthem; you are disrespecting God. God ordained America, and His faithful servants worked hard to establish the United States of America. They lost their loved ones and many their own lives.
There are so many who came before you and fought for this country to be free! And some of those who fought and died were still held in the bondage of slavery back then. How can you disrespect them also? There are those who fight for you and our country now, and die so that you can play the game of football and earn the extravagant salaries. How can you disrespect them too? These were and are the good, faithful servants of God. Isn’t that what we all want to be as Christians…the good, faithful servants of God?
Yes, we have problems in America and we have groups who exploit these problems for their own financial gain. (Which I personally believe there is a special place in hell for these groups!) But our problems did not happen over night!
President Trump has inherited these problems and prayerfully he will find solutions for them. Still, that does not exclude prior Presidencies from fault either. They each had their chance and each left separate legacies, which history will decide if they benefited America or their own egos and finances.
What will history say about you and your actions? Your actions during football season and after football season. Did you disrespect your flag, your country, and ultimately God? Or did you stand firm respecting your flag, your country and God? Then hit the off-season with a holy fire burning inside to help to create real change?
Something to think about!
I ask you to review your divisive actions and decide to cease, while searching for opportunities where you can serve God in the off-season and our country. My prayers will continue for you.
God Bless You!
God Bless America!
This past Sunday, our Pastor taught us about birthing pains. You probably think that it is weird a man could tell a room full of women about the pains of birthing. He was referring to the birthing pains Jesus describes in the book of Matthew, Chapter 24.
First I must give you Jesus’ warning.
“Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name claiming, ‘I am the Messiah’ and will deceive many.” Matthew, Chapter 24: 4-5.
Jesus continued, “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All of these are the beginning of birth pains.”
Birth pains are about a new life entering this world. Jesus is coming back, you know. He is our new life! But before He comes, the earth and the people on earth must go through these pains.
Because these are the signs of Christ coming again. And these signs will become more frequent, more destructive, and bring us much more sorrow. Some will in the midst of our pain, turn to God and devote their lives to serving Him. Some people will turn away from God, not understanding how this “Prosperity God” they believe in, could do such horrific things to His children.
That is the reason Jesus first gives a warning to us. Jesus is real, God is real and His words are the same, even 2 thousand years later. You have to remember it is easier to walk away from the sparkly Christianity, when the sparkle quits shining. And it is harder to stay when the real word of God is revealed.
Sunday night another horrendous shooting event happened in the United States, in Las Vegas. Innocent lives were lost without reason and our hearts are breaking at the thought of what their loved ones are going through right now!
So will you stay and fight the good fight, faith requires? Or will you turn away because the road is getting bumpy, lives are being lost to evil, and the golden umbrella your Prosperity Preacher held over your head is now black and reeks of sulfur?
If you are staying, buy a good bible and read it for yourself. Find a bible based church who can help you understand the true, real Living God! And be prepared to stand in unison with other faith fighting Christians, loving one another with Christian love. It won’t be easy, but since your eternity relies on your decision, I believe it will be worthwhile.
For those who walk away, I will continue to pray for you. And know this, if you stay or walk away, God still loves you and always will!
Please Pray For The Families, Friends, and Co-Workers Who Lost Their Loved Ones in Vegas!
God Bless You!
After this article is the first article I wrote, when I was angry at the NFL players who kneeled during our National Anthem and the Steelers who chose to stay in the locker room. Just as the article below was an expression of my anger, and their decisions were an expression of their anger; it does not make either one of us right!
When I played sports if a team was not on the field by the National Anthem, it was considered a forfeit, not a political stance. And since when could politics be solved in a professional sporting arena? Our problems can only be solved by working together and positive action, not kneeling.
Kneeling is a gesture I do before my Lord and Savior, when I humble myself, ask forgiveness for my sins, and strength to move forward in life. Not a protest. I can see Jesus, in my mind’s eye saying to me, “Joni, if you want true change, get up, get out there, and do something beneficial toward change!”
Isn’t that what He made us for anyway?
I don’t remember hiding in a locker room to be the answer to building homes for the homeless, providing education for the poor, and feeding the hungry either!
We are told that, “Christian love is not a feeling but a decision to act in the best interest of others.” in Colossians 1:8.
The NBA player who chose to be vocal about his decision not to go to the White House with his team, wasn’t acting in the best interest of others. Instead he appeared to be afraid that if he did not go with the team, he would not have been missed. So he had to continually make some noise. Reminds me of a child having a tantrum!
To me kneeling is a show of disgrace and weakness on a sporting field. Not the mindful gesture of helping others, and changing the division into a united front by honoring the flag which brought Americans together in hope! Our flag is a symbol of Freedom and Sacrifice. Kneeling is a symbol of defeat and separatism.
As for racial division and inequality; when you became a professional ball player, you left that all behind. And honey, it goes both ways!
If you don’t like the way things are going in the United States of America, start a foundation to address your issues and work to solve them!
If you don’t like the way the President is running the country, run for office!
It is easy to have a lot of mouth, articulating nothing, and then no positive action. Which makes you only appear to be garnering attention for yourself. And to the American people who fill those stands each game day, buy those tickets and your merchandise; that is the statement you are making to us. You want individual attention! You are not proving a point but destroying the point!
Like I stated before, “Christian love is not a feeling but a decision to act in the best interest of others.”
It is your move NFL and NBA.
GOD BLESS YOU! May God speak to your heart through visions and display the best path for you to follow!
MY ANGRY, MEAN ARTICLE
I love this country! America was hard-fought for to make it free and Lincoln died for America’s equality; so what did you do for America, NFL and NBA players? Did you put on the uniform of the Greatest Nation in the world and strap a gun to your waist; and then prayed you would make it back home to see your children and spouse?
You went to college and got a multi million dollar contract. And, just because Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the rest of the democrats took a huge bite out of our country and then ripped it from one ocean to the other; you think their crap don’t stink and almost revere them in a sickening god-like admiration. While not realizing you are just another of their subservient puppets!
Allow me to turn on the light switch in your darkened brain and wave the pungent smell of a rat’s rear end under your nose. They have mega money, you have mega money, and the only way to keep those dollars flowing into the elite’s pockets is to divide the working people of America. They have been utilizing the divide and conquer mentality for eight years and are making sure it progresses today. And like the rats they really are, they will jump a sinking ship while leaving you to drown. So when the American people, who fill the stands, buy the tickets and the merchandise, leave your sport destitute; don’t expect them behind you to give you an “atta boy” pat on the back.
You are nothing more than the puppet to an antagonistic puppet master.
I may be 55, but I have seen more in my life time than you will ever see in yours! I know racial division and racial violence. And I am white. I know what it is like for two black teen age girls to trap you in the library, an eight year old child, rough you up and then run away. Do I hate black people? No I have Christian love for all colors of skin. You see, I don’t take a bad incident and blame it on all people. I blame it on the individuals who did the deed!
And I know what it is like to go hungry so that my children will have food, while working two jobs. Do I blame rich people for having more than me? Once again no because I know Christian love for all people.
Now, put this in your over paid pipe and smoke it.
If Obama would have invited me to the White House, I would have gone because it is an honor to visit our nation’s capitol. Would I run my mouth like a spoiled, little girl, just because I think Obama is a liar and an egomaniac? No, but you did! And that is the difference between having class and having an over blown ego.
Rescind your invitation…at this point we should kick you out of the country!
Would you like to know just one of my reasons for not liking Obama, Hillary and the democrats?
I have a dear friend with stage 4 cancer and he has their healthcare, because he had no choice. So he gets to fly from Atlanta, Georgia to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for treatment. Now he is a working class man and has to pay to fly there and back to get treatment. He can’t have treatment near his home, no way, that would be too simple!
Gotta run the working man into the ground to fully take over our country and then it can easily be handed over to our enemies. It is called divide and conquer. Have you ever thought of that Mr. NFL and Mr. NBA?
So, how do those strings feel attached to your arms, legs, and mouth now, Mr. NBA and Mr. NFL?
By the way, could you do those chemo treatments Mr. NFL and Mr. NBA without your over-paid salary? What do you think it feels like to have chemo treatments and then hop an airplane back home? Uncomfortable? Unbearable? Oh yeah, and you have to get up and go to work the next day. All courtesy of Obama, Hillary, and the Democrats.
I am sick of the division in our country. Obama got 8 years and almost destroyed our nation! And you won’t give Trump four years to turn her around, because you are afraid he just might do it. Then your token, golden President would be the scam, he was from the beginning.
Now I have something to ask the American sports loving people…do you know the power of your game ticket? You could force the owners to make their players accountable for their shameful actions. Turn your tickets back in, get your money back, and demand better. Once attendance starts going down so will their ridiculous salaries and so will their asinine actions. They will begin to stand for the country who made it possible for them to earn these glorious salaries! Respecting those who came before and who died for their rights.
The Pittsburgh Steelers should be the first team charged 10 million dollars for not coming out of the locker room for our national anthem. And made to forfeit the game. Steelers, go play for Afghanistan and see if you like it better over there! Or better yet, you go to Afghanistan and take the place of our 1/151st Air Reconnaissance Battalion and send them home!
And then for each team who had a player kneel, the owner should be charged 1 million dollars per player. Put the money in a fund for young blacks who live in the slums for better education and small business advancement. Now there would be your change!
Of course these players still need to come to the South to learn some good manners! And I for one will be willing to teach them! Respect, honor, and Christian love for one another is the only way to turn things around. Creating more division, has Satan dancing on these player’s graves. Cause he thinks he owns them, while they are being blinded by one of the greatest liars of our time.
Yes, I have done some name calling in this article and I will probably spend more time in my prayer closet asking forgiveness. Because it is my total frustration with these players and not being able to treat them like the indignant child, they have become. These players are an embarrassment to our nation within the world-wide community.
And I for one, am tired of them!
We have so many problems to solve and better ways to solve them, if they would open their minds to the possibility of Christian love for one another. Even for a President they do not like…I did it for eight years.
So American People This Will Only Stop With You and The Purchasing Power You Have In The Tickets and The Merchandise!
I am ready, are you?
MOTTO: Quit buying all professional sporting tickets and merchandise until the players grow up, show respect for America, and go back to playing sports not politics!
Are you with me?
God Bless Everyone!
I have a sign in my office which states, ” laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.” Mickey Mouse is leaning up against the words because they are the words of Walt Disney. He had an endless imagination, dreamed about forever, and has made us all laugh. His dreams are certainly forever!
This sign reminds me of me! I love to laugh and my imagination has not slowed down, even at 55 years of age. And dreams, well I am a dreamer. I dream the dreams of a better world, a better life for everyone, and deep intimate dreams of my heart. Which are not for discussing.
My father use to tell me that I could not solve all the problems of the world. And he was right. But what he did not tell me was how to stop the effects of the world on my heart. I literally hurt for others. There are times that my physical body experiences someone else’s pain and sadness. Is it because I love too much?
No, it is because I laugh, I imagine, and I dream! And then I pray. God and I talk about the unusual wanderings of my mind, my heart, and my soul. For He made me and He knows exactly what I need. As long as I remember that fact, I can face any storm sent my way and rejoice in the ordinary times of my life. And dream the extraordinary!
So, when was the last time you laughed? Or laid on a sheet in the yard at night, watching the stars in the sky, and allowed your heart to dream its’ own desire? Even better, let your imagination take over and put yourself, your family into a better place? Tell the world to go away, this is your personal improvement day and then do it?
We get so caught up in making money, paying bills, taking the kids to their events, doing bible study, working at our churches; that we forget to laugh, imagine, and dream. I know…Walt Disney made a lot of money and had the time to do those things. Did you know that Walt bankrupted numerous times and when things were really bad, he never sold Mickey (his mouse idea, his dream)? He remembered how to live life to the fullest… you had to laugh, imagine, and dream!
The weekend is coming up, offering you and your family the perfect time for some laughter, dreaming, and imagination. And you don’t have to leave your home, look around your house for inspiration. Then go for it!
God loves to hear the laughter of His children!
God Bless You!