WE WON’T FORGET

We won’t forget how you bloodied people because of the shirt or hat they wore.  We won’t forget how you burned and looted.  We won’t forget how you torched freedom of speech.

We Won’t Forget

By Mario Murillo

We won’t forget how you bloodied people because of the shirt or hat they wore.  We won’t forget how you burned and looted.  We won’t forget how you torched freedom of speech.

Schumer, Pelosi, and you gaggle of Dem leaders who remain silent in the face of anarchy—do you honestly think we will forget?  We will remember your tacit approval of these riots.

We aren’t fooled by your support for open borders.  It’s not about equality…it’s about staying in power.  How can we forget that?

You hapless Hollywood haranguers who spewed murderous venom—comparing Trump to Hitler, and for calling not only for his death, but for the death of his entire family—will not be forgotten.

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You nattering nabobs of journalism will live in infamy.  CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post and The New York Times…you have sold your souls to override the will of the people.  Thanks to the internet, social media, and yes, bloggers, you will be fact checked into irrelevance.  How rich!  You complain that Russia hacked the election…while you were the hack of the century for Hillary.   We will never forget how you are still trying to manipulate reality.

We will remember how you all thought you were a resistance movement.  No one said it better than John Feehery in his article for The Hill entitled Dem resistance is futile:

“America is not on the brink of civil war. Trump is not Adolph Hitler or Benito Mussolini. Nor is the so-called “resistance” really a resistance. It’s a political movement.

It’s certainly no French Resistance, which arose after the Nazis invaded and then occupied France in 1940. 

The French resistance movement started slow but picked up steam as the German regime revealed itself to be a murderous, plundering, racist group of thugs. By 1944, the resistance became a full-fledged army, capable of going behind enemy lines, cutting off telephone lines, blowing up train tracks and otherwise causing mayhem.

The Democratic resistance movement isn’t capable of stopping Trump’s efforts to appoint his own Cabinet officials because Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) helpfully changed Senate rules right before he retired. 

Nor will Democrats be able to stop Trump from appointing his highly-qualified pick to the Supreme Court. 

They aren’t much of resistance movement because Trump is not a Nazi and because the United States is not Germany in the 1930s.

An imperfect understanding of history is every bit as harmful as complete ignorance of history. 

The Democrats, and more than a few Never Trump Republicans, imagine themselves to be brave, solitary figures standing against the rise of a brutal dictator.

That ridiculous. 

We not only have plenty of institutional checks and balances arrayed against any potential dictator. We also are, as a people, a nation that takes its liberties pretty seriously. 

We are not the Weimar Republic. We don’t have inflation hitting 300 percent. Unemployment is not at 30 percent but at 4.8 percent. 

We might have our fair share of disagreements, but we have a constitutional process to resolve them amicably, without bloodshed.”

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We will not forget how thugs, thieves and liars tried to pawn themselves off as guardians of liberty.

We are only two years away from having to remember.  We will not loot, lie, or burn… we will vote.  We will enter the booth with vivid images of both your lawless behavior and the politicians who sided with you.

But there are other things we will not forget: 

We will not forget the soldiers who died to give us the freedom of speech that you are so wholeheartedly abusing.

We will not forget the unborn whose rights—in the name of rights—you have so blatantly disregarded.

Most of all, we will not forget that we are one nation under God.  We will never forget the holy advantage prayer has been in every national crisis.  We will never forget the Bible—the sacred scriptures that formed the character that made us great.

Lastly, we won’t forget the power of forgiveness.  Many young hearts, because of peer pressure, are being swept up in a frenzy of deceit.  We know Christ has the power to open their eyes and give them new life.  We will never forget compassion and the Good News!

Hillary, Meryl, and Madonna do not have a clue about real people

Did you see Ms. Streep morph into Joan of Arc at the Golden Globes?  “We are,” She said with a wistful sigh. “the most vilified people in America.”  How many million women would love to be “vilified” like that?

Hillary, Meryl, and Madonna do not have a clue about real people

By Mario Murillo

Hillary, Meryl, and Madonna do not have a clue about real people.  They are ignorant of Americans—60+ million of them—who voted for Trump.  Those who voted for him are not racists, homophobes or any of the lazy labels that aging actresses love to stick on them. (Just to be clear: what we have here are two actresses who think they are politicians and one politician who is truly an actress.)

Did you see Ms. Streep morph into Joan of Arc at the Golden Globes?  “We are,” She said with a wistful sigh. “the most vilified people in America.”  How many million women would love to be “vilified” like that?

Earth to divas: Real people get up early—real early.  They do not have a cadre of fawning domestics make their kids’ lunch, or heat the limo seats for the ride to Opulent Academy.

Real people dig in their couches to find change.  They go to things called grocery stores.  They buy milk and bread.  They pay things called bills. They have things called budgets.  They battle inhuman traffic to get to a job that does not pay nearly enough.  They face crime and injustice every day. At night, they worry about the future of their children.

Real people have a conscience, go to church and pray.  They believe that God is intervening in the welfare of America and Israel.  Their numbers are growing and if you want to guarantee 8 years of Trump keeping on lying about those who support him.

Back in La La Land:  These 3 poor dears think they are relevant.  Madonna offers sexual favors.  They pontificate: “If your opinion differs from mine you are racist, homophobic and I decree that you are hereby you banished!”  (Along with football and MMA). Instead of banishing anyone, they are solidifying the support for Trump.

It’s a law that is as certain as gravity: Attack the people who voted for Trump and his popularity will grow.  12 Republican candidates, the mainstream media, Megyn Kelly and Hillary Clinton all found out the hard way. (See basket of deplorables.)

What is in the mind of these celebrity senior citizens?  What makes them think their word trumps reality?  Meryl’s heart was broken to see Trump mock a handicapped man.  Hillary made an entire campaign ad about this.  Yet, they both know it is a complete lie.  But, with a well-practiced sweep of their hair they say, “Dahling, I said it, it must be true.”

George Clooney said, “as a celebrity, “I can’t change policy … but I can make things louder.” True.  However, a lie told louder is still a lie.  Real people know that.

Andrae Crouch is still telling us to be brave, bold and joyful… through it all.

through it allAndrae Crouch is still telling us to be brave, bold and joyful… through it all.

By Mario Murillo

When Andrae’s Crouch’s fingers hit the keys of the piano, impossible divisions between races, religions, and between wayward souls and their God, collapsed like the walls of Jericho.  His voice and smile were infectious. He transformed the most illustrious halls instantly into the best church you ever attended.

If God were to take back the contribution that Andrae Crouch has made to Gospel music and to the many artists he inspired it would leave a crater that the church could  never fill.

But of all the gifts Andrae left us there is one that stands out: His ability to take his own sorrow and tragedy and make it into a song to heal others.  Psalm 76:10 says, “Man’s futile wrath will bring You glory. You will use it as an ornament!”  This is exactly what God did through our brother: he took deep, deep heartache and turned it into an ornament.

His homecoming came just as the world is filled with terror.  It feels like he left us just when we needed his gift the most.  But even this, God will turn into an ornament.   His music can be an even greater rebuke to fear, hatred and sorrow.    These songs can remind us even more loudly in his abscence that no matter what… everything is going to be alright.

It is painful for me right now to play his music, but I must because his songs will banish the very kind of pain and sorrow that I am fighting tonight.

It is not Andrae who needs comfort and encouragement…we do.   We need to know that while our world seems to be destroying itself that we should not be afraid, in fact we should be everything but afraid.  The Faith of the Son of God that resides in your heart is bold, confident and anchored to the hope of a Kingdom that cannot be shaken.

Now more than ever is the time for his melodies and lyrics to work their miracle in our souls.

The towering influence of Andrae Crouch will be seen in the many accolades and tributes you will see in the coming days.  Presidents, kings and celebrities will pay homage to him.  For what it is worth here is what I believe is the best way to honor his memory:

Listen and see that Andrae is still speaking, I can hear him!  He is singing to us about something bigger than our fears, more important than our disagreements, and wiser than our impatient opinions.  Andrae Crouch is still telling us to be brave, bold and joyful… through it all.

 

Gospel music pioneer Andraé Crouch dies at 72

Gospel music pioneer Andraé Crouch dies at 72

Andraé Crouch, a gospel musician who bridged the worlds of church and mainstream music for more than 50 years, died Thursday afternoon. The 72-year-old singer, songwriter and choir director had been hospitalized since Saturday at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in the Los Angeles area after suffering a heart attack.

Crouch, sometimes called “the father of modern gospel music,” led the choirs that sang on such hits as Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror and Madonna’s Like a Prayer. As a songwriter, he wrote several gospel favorites, most notably The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power, My Tribute (To God Be the Glory) and Soon and Very Soon, a song sung at Jackson’s public memorial service.

A San Francisco native who grew up in the Church of God in Christ, Crouch wrote his first gospel tune at age 14. By 1960, he had formed the Church of God in Christ Singers, a group that featured Billy Preston on keyboards.

He started another group, Andraé Crouch & the Disciples, in 1965, eventually signing to a contemporary Christian label, Light Records. Crouch brought a contemporary pop and R&B melodic sensibility to gospel, making him uniquely suited to appeal to both black and white audiences during the early days of the countercultural “Jesus movement” and also bringing him attention beyond the church.

Elvis Presley recorded Crouch’s I’ve Got Confidence for his 1972 gospel album He Touched Me, and Paul Simon recorded his Jesus Is the Answer on 1974’s Paul Simon in Concert: Live Rhymin’. Crouch also became the go-to vocal arranger for Los Angeles recording sessions that needed a gospel sound, working not only with Jackson and Madonna but also Elton John, Quincy Jones, The Commodores, Diana Ross and Ringo Starr.

Crouch’s gospel albums often featured guests from the R&B and jazz worlds, including Stevie Wonder, El DeBarge, Wilton Felder and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Philip Bailey. Chaka Khan, Sheila E. and vocal group Take 6 appeared on his most recent album, 2011’s The Journey.

His recordings brought him seven Grammys, and Crouch also received an Academy Award nomination for his arranging work on the 1985 film The Color Purple.

Throughout his life, Crouch struggled with dyslexia, sometimes memorizing words by the shapes of their combination of letters. He often drew simple pictures to help him comprehend words and write songs.

Crouch’s sister, Sandra Crouch, served as his spokeswoman, and the siblings were pastors at the New Christ Memorial Church in San Fernando, Calif., carrying on a work begun by their parents.

Crouch survived multiple bouts with cancer and also suffered from diabetes. In early December, Crouch was hospitalized with pneumonia and congestive heart failure, forcing the cancelation of his Let the Church Say Amen Celebration tour, which had been scheduled to begin Dec. 6 in Philadelphia. He was re-admitted to the hospital Saturday with what his sister characterized in a statement as “serious health complications.”