A TALE OF TWO CONVENTIONS

It was the best of conventions and the worst of conventions. One was a funeral for America. The other, a new birth of freedom. One, a convention of life, the other a convention of death. One pointed to faith in the future. The other made a grave, by digging up the past. One was a beacon of light. The other was the keeper of the flames for rioters. One was a spring of hope, the other a nuclear winter of despair. Fear and hate ruled in one venue. Courage and love in the other.

Democrats carted out the waxworks. The usual suspects. Political-lifers, hacks, and traitors. Men and women festering in old bitterness, demonizing everything American. Bashing patriotism. Removing God. Even the American flag was banned. And when they finally went after the youth-vote, it was a singer who loves the number 666.

 

Obama ranted and railed against Trump. He painted a dark picture of what America would be like if Trump won. Forgetting that what he was really describing is the current conditions in cities under Democrat control.

The Democrat convention was a black hole, sucking vision, hope, unity, inspiration, decency, and faith out of anyone who would listen. Trump’s best campaign commercials would be simply to play sound bites from this raging dysfunctional family.

Meanwhile, in complete contrast, at the Republican Convention, true diversity—true unity—true love for America was raised like a banner over a weary army. The will to be great coursed in the veins of those who listened as speaker after speaker brought encouragement and the will to win.

Thus far in the convention, there have been many speakers who were amazing, but Melania, our wonderful First Lady, soared above the rest.  She brought something long missing in all the rhetoric: consolation and comfort. Her speech will be most remembered for her words to the victims of the coronavirus and their families, that evoked a sense of empathy for loss in the pandemic. “My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you who have lost a loved one and my prayers are with those who are ill or suffering,” the First Lady said. “I know many people are anxious and some feel helpless. I want you to know you are not alone.”

One of the most beautiful things she said drives home the difference between her spirit and that of the former regime. The Obamas constantly projected ingratitude for being American. They never concealed it—it oozed out of them. They mentored Ilhan Omar well in this ingratitude. She came from a war-torn nation, was rescued and brought to America, only to vilify us as evil people. Melania also came from a war-torn nation, but listen to the difference in her gracious words:

“The past three-and-a-half years have been unforgettable. There are no words to describe how honored, humbled, and fortunate I am to serve our nation as your First Lady. After many of the experiences I have had, I don’t know if I can fully explain how many people I take home with me in my heart each day, from brave soldiers who give up so much so we can be free, to children of all circumstances who we have met around the world.”

These two totally disparate conventions leave you with no doubt as to your choice. Biden is saying, ‘Vote for me and—when I don’t have a mental lapse—I will show how bad and how hard it is in this country. I will help you understand anger, your evil history, disrespect for others and self-pity. I will raise your taxes and lower your expectations. I will foist upon you and especially your children, the old abnormal, but I will call it the new normal. When we are done with this nation, you will no longer recognize it. Join the Marxist revolution.’

The other is calling out, ‘We have defeated evil before and we can do it again. We have been knocked down, but I know how to get us back up. You should be proud of America. You should be proud of the abundant instances of American greatness over the past two and a half centuries of history. Let’s not slow down the train to throw rocks at the barking dogs. Come with me, because the best is yet to come!”

Solomon described those who want to overthrow the government, “Do not be envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them; for their heart devises violence, and their lips talk of troublemaking…but the lamp of the wicked will be put out. My son, fear the Lord and the king; and do not associate with those given to revolution; for their calamity will rise suddenly, and who knows the destruction that will come to them? (Proverbs 24:1-3; 21-22).

 

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How is voting for Ted Cruz, voting your conscience?

How is voting for Ted Cruz, voting your conscience?

By Mario Murillo

I am a simple man asking some simple questions.  If the reason you can’t vote for Trump is that he has sinned then please tell me something:  How then, is voting for Cruz voting your conscience? 

-His super PAC released photos of Melania—with Ted’s full knowledge—before Trump said anything about Heidi. 

-The Cruz campaign lied about Ben Carson dropping out of the race to help Ted win Iowa. 

-He mailed out a fraudulent “VOTING VIOLATION,” form.

Donald Trump has never claimed to be the super-Christian that Ted Cruz claims.  Trump even humbly said to evangelicals “I am grateful for your support even though sometimes I don’t feel I deserve it.”

Isn’t Cruz just the opposite?   Didn’t his campaign feel entitled to the evangelical vote? Haven’t they castigated us and questioned our Christianity for not supporting him?  

Didn’t he stand stand foursquare with Mormon commentator Glenn Beck—and, in my opinion, his tacit approval made it look like Mormonism is the same as Christianity.  Ted never condemned Glenn’s decreed to southern evangelicals: “You are not obeying your God!” because they voted for Trump.

However, the thing that seals the deal for me was his behavior at the Republican National Convention.   Wasn’t Ted standing there like a smug martyr parsing words?  Wouldn’t  King Solomon have seen right through him?

In 1 Kings 3, Solomon discovers who the real mom is by threatening to cut the child in half.  The real mom says, “let her have the child but don’t divide it.”  Didn’t Ted Cruz prefer to divide the child?  

I am sorry, but I can’t see how this was courageous conviction. This did not look like Martin Luther nailing truth to the Wittenberg Door—this looked like a man simply out for himself.

 

Was he so filled with revenge (for a fight he started) that he had to lie one more time?  Didn’t he lie when he wrote his name on a pledge and gave his word to endorse the eventual nominee?   Proverbs 15: 4 “ But he honors those who fear the Lord;  He who swears to his own hurt and does not change.”

As I said in the beginning…I am a simple man asking simple questions.

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P.S.  None of this is said in anger or disrespect…I am a simple man asking simple questions.  Please don’t tell me I am lying about Ted Cruz.  These are all facts.  Please comment but be aware that it is a waste of time to post vitriol, abusive language or nutty spiritual gobbly-gook.  Thoughtful rebuttals are most welcome.