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John the baptizer – Matthew 3:1-12

John the baptizer – Matthew 3:1-12
By Pastor Lee Hemen
January 20, 2019

Everyone is known for something. Notice I did not say that everyone is famous, well-known, or publicly recognizable. But each of usually is known for something. When I was in elementary school I was known for organizing all of the younger grades into a force to be reckoned with on the playground. You pick on one of us, we all attacked you. It stopped bullying in its tracks. I was surprised years later when this guy at Portland State University asked me if I was the same Lee Hemen who organized that group because he was one of the younger kids we “rescued”!

Here we discover John, and no, he was not the first Baptist, rather he is known for his baptisms. He should be known correctly as John the Baptizer. We will discover that not everyone follows the normal dictates of social decorum or dress and John was one of these folks. He was not homeless as I have heard some liberal preachers try to emphasize; he was a man with a mission. Therefore, let’s discover this morning John and what his ministry was all about…

READ: Matthew 3:1-12

The Government wants warning labels placed on everything thinking that we cannot understand the dangers we face or that we might be deceived. Often God uses those he calls for a particular purpose to warn the unsuspecting or those who deliberately ignore him. Here we discover that…

I. John came with a spiritual warning! (Vv. 1-6)

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the desert, “Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

  1. “In those days”, meaning during the time of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, “John the Baptist came,” Matthew writes. John was Jesus’ cousin. In Luke’s gospel we learn his mother was Elizabeth and his father was Zechariah who was a priest and had served in the temple in Jerusalem. God fulfilled a promise he had made to Zechariah to give him a son by his barren wife Elizabeth. They were to name their child “John” (Yochanan) meaning God is gracious. John became Jesus’ herald announcing his coming. God had told Malachi “See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. (Malachi 3:1 NIV)” John was seen as like the prophet Elijah, “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse. (Malachi 4:5-6 NIV)” Matthew writes that John came “preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.’” Literally “turn away” from sin because the promised kingdom of God was “now”! John saw the coming Messiah and was given a message by God to prepare the way for him. Matthew sees John’s ministry as that foretold “through the prophet Isaiah”. John was “A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” John’s message was different just as his attire and diet: “John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.” John was a different kind of guy; he was God’s messenger and not the people’s. He lived off the land and was only concerned for his message. In spite of his eating habits, dress, or message “People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.” John came with a spiritual warning!

  EXAMPLE: We have warning labels on just about anything nowadays. It seems as if people are simply too ignorant not to follow directions, take their medications properly, or keep children safe anymore. I suppose some warnings are good to have. Isn’t it interesting that God saw the need to have a warning as well. In fact he had in mind all along to use a specific person, John, to give his warning to the people of Israel. John came with a spiritual warning!

Calling people to turn from their ungodly lifestyles in never popular and recently a Presbyterian pastor was asked to step down after he put on his church’s outside reader board: “Bruce Jenner is still a man. Homosexuality is still a sin. The culture may change. The Bible does not.” The church would rather change the biblical message to fit society’s acceptance of perversion. We discover here that… 

II. John came to expose spiritual hypocrisy! (Vv. 7-10)

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”

  1. Matthew tells us that John did not filter his message to sooth the ears of either the poor or the potentate. And he knew a hypocrite when he saw one. Matthew writes “But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.’” Can you imagine our politicians, Hollywood elites, or the general public listening to John’s message? John calls these men snakes, a viperous gang, who had evidently come to have their ears tickled. And you have to understand that these were the religious hierarchy and leaders of the day who came to hear his words. John asks them an interesting question that demanded an answer, who had warned them to flee the coming wrath that was about to happen? We forget that the message of Jesus is one that demands a personal challenge; it demands the individual decide and it demands that the listener understand the consequences of their response! If they chose not to heed his warning, which came from God, they would not be ready for the kingdom and they would reap the consequences of their decision! Ergo the wrath of God! John instructs them to “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” This fruit would be apparent both spiritually and psychologically. Paul would teach that this “fruit of the Spirit is” manifested in a person’s “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV)” Only real spiritual repentance, turning from one’s sin and turning to God, produces a changed life! Religion or believing there is a God does not hack it. John knew what these men would immediately think: “We have Abraham as our father.” Not good enough! James, Jesus’ brother would write, “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder. (James 2:19 NIV)” John tells them bluntly, “I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” True spiritual fruit comes from God and if they could not repent, they would be cut down and condemned! John came to expose spiritual hypocrisy!

  EXAMPLE: Acting religious, kind, or even holy does not mean a person knows God personally. One can be close and miss the reality of the gospel. The confusion exists in today’s world because we have begun to think that what we feel is as important as Godly truth. The Apostle John would write that one does not become a Christian by birth; one has to be born again. Born into the world first and then by making the conscious decision to be born of God. Being good, doing good things, or even living a good life does not make one a Christian. John came to expose spiritual hypocrisy!

So many things can get in the way of a person coming to faith in Jesus. Thinking they are “good enough”, that a “good God would not cause anyone to suffer”, or that “as long as I feel good about myself I’m okay” are not spiritual reality. In fact it is so much spiritual fog. And here we discover that…

III. John came to clear the way! (Vv. 11-12)

“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

  1. John’s message was radical. A lot of others had called the Hebrews to repentance over the centuries but none had told them that they had to repent and be baptized in their faith through the power of God in order to receive the one that was coming! John knew who he was and for whom he cleared the way: the Messiah! John declared, “I baptize you with water for repentance.” Having water poured over you by a teacher, rabbi, or proclaimed prophet signified one’s willingness to confess their sins. It only cleansed the individual for the moment because as soon as they sinned again, and they would, they had to be baptized again to show their repentance. This is why John related, “But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry.” John could only pour water over a person to signify their repentance; what God required would take much more effort on the part of the recipient. It would take someone with a lot more spiritual pull than John had! And so he warned his listeners that he did not have the means to totally cleanse them, only God does. “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” Contrary to the heretical teaching that John meant speaking in tongues, what he actually is teaching here is a reference to the burning of the sacrifice in the Temple. One would receive the Holy Spirit, often seen as a flame or fire, just as Jesus promised when a person’s places their faith in him! They would go through the fire of having their sins burned away, so-to-speak, by the presence and power of Holy God! Jesus would later teach that he would send his followers the Holy Spirit who would be with them forever. (John 14:26) and Paul would write that God “set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. (2 Corinthians 1:22 NIV)” John knew the message the Messiah would bring would change things forever. Either folks would repent and live or refuse and die: “His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” John came to clear the way!

  EXAMPLE: In olden times there would be heralds who would walk in front of the king to announce that he was coming and that the people should clear the way. We have seen where new products have used clever commercials in order to get people’s attention ahead of their release. Here we discover that God used a man named John to clear the way for the Messiah Jesus that was coming soon. People needed to realize that John wasn’t the one they needed to follow or watch for but rather the one who was coming after him. John came to clear the way!

Conclusion:

John came with a spiritual warning! John came to expose spiritual hypocrisy! John came to clear the way!

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Harm Reduction Voting

Harm Reduction Voting
By Lee Hemen
November 5, 2018

I recently read a short rant about voting not because you believe in a candidate but voting because you believe in “harm reduction”. At first I was a bit offended but then I realized that is exactly what I did when I held my nose and voted against Hillary Clinton. She was the perfect example of an out of touch Democrat who would say or do anything in order to get elected. In many ways worse than Barrack Obama who was the quintessential elitist. However much to my surprise the person I voted for turned out to be a pretty good choice in spite of his self. Why, because we are now enjoying one of the best economies in the history of the United States.

The liberal view of floating everyone’s boat has worked under the present administration. Every economic, racial, age group and sexual orientation has enjoyed the economic boom: Lowest unemployment for women, men, Blacks, Hispanics, and College Students. Even socialists have enjoyed the outcome of what has occurred. Labor and industry has grown leaps and bounds. More people have enrolled in governmental healthcare in the first two years of this administration, higher Social Security benefits, ability to give more to your own retirement income, and more women and minorities are working in higher positions in this administration than the past one.

If one thinks that this is a capitalist, corrupt, racist, patriarchal nation, ruled by an oligarchy then that is fine by me. But the corruption that these folks have longed to see uncovered has been only found in their ranks. In the process of trying to nail the current President we have discovered that it was the Clintons who colluded with the Russians, it was the Democrats who worked to tank Bernie Sanders, and the hopes that they pinned on 30 year old sexual misconduct to thwart a Supreme Court nominee turns out to be one huge lie that has been investigated and might result in Federal charges against those who lied. If you think we’re ruled by an oligarchy look no further than Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Harry Reid, or Patty Murray; fossils who suffer from Alzheimer’s, dementia, and narrow-mindedness.

The political plantation where liberals have enslaved millions of voters is finely being seen for what it truly is. The angry mob mentality has not won the hearts and minds of most of Americans. Sure it may result in throwing out the bums in power this time, but it will not work in the long run. What happens when you win and things go south because of your inability to produce anything of substance for those you have lied to and enslaved for decades?

If one truly thinks things are so bad in this country there is always a great solution: move. Frankly I see a better America than most Socialists do; and my Daddy told me that if you keep looking to and fretting about the past that is where you will remain. Thankfully most of those I know who moved here from other countries do so because they believe wholeheartedly in the American dream that you can be whatever you want to be if you work hard enough. I would rather rely on these than the tired old failures of Socialism that has not worked wherever it has been fully tired.

This brings me back to voting for “harm reduction”, which I often do in order to make sure that the status quo doesn’t remain so for long. I always remind myself that there is always next time because those who often win now that I disagree with show their true colors, blow it big time, and are rejected later by most Americans. Harm reduction. I will remember.

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Is there life after death?

Is there life after death?
By Pastor Lee Hemen
October 8, 2018

I recently watched a TV show called Destination Truth where the show’s host tries to uncover the truth if there is an afterlife or not. He interviewed dozens of folks who had near death experiences. One was a neurosurgeon who had meningitis so bad they gave him less than a 1% survival rate. He was in a near death comma for weeks during which he experienced being in the presence of God, seeing his step sister who had died earlier that he had never met, and other interesting things. Needless to say they also went into the realm of fantasy and spoke with a guy who claims he can speak with the dead and while some of his antics seemed valid most of it could have been just good insights into how people more often than not respond, facial expressions, how individuals carry themselves and some preprogram research on his part. One thing he related over and over again from the dead was that they were “proud of” the person he was speaking with concerning their dead loved one. Kind of a “pat” comment don’t you think because everyone wants to hear their dead loved one is “proud” of them. Needless to say it wasn’t impressive at all. All of this to simply say, “Well, DUH!”

Not only does the Old Testament teach us about an afterlife but Jesus spoke more about this subject than almost anything else. And the program never spoke with individuals who experienced horror, torment, or dread when they had a near death experience, and there are many who have.

One of my favorite verses is when Jesus related, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. (John 14:1-3 NIV)” The idea here is not one of property but of making room for those he loves. I believe it to be absolutely to be true because of what Jesus did: he died, was buried, and then was resurrected and returned to heaven publicly. While other faiths speak about reincarnation, heaven, hell, and other mystical or spiritual things concerning death only Jesus spoke of it matter-of-factly and absolutely being true. Those who would not believe in him as the messiah, God’s answer for mankind’s sin condition, there was another eternal abode not as nice. In fact those who trust him have nothing to fear in death but those who have not certainly do: “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28 NIV)” Jesus spoke about a final judgment of all people: “This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:49-50 NIV)” and that “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. (Matthew 25:46 NIV)”

Contrary to what the world would have you believe “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12 NIV).” There are not many ways to heaven or the presence of God, only one. But doesn’t this fly in the face of Jesus’ universal love of everyone? Nope. He expressly taught: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies (John 11:25 NIV)” and that “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 NIV)” In other words my dear bucko there is only one way to the presence of the God of all creation and that is by believing in Jesus as the Messiah!

Jesus is not some “ya’all come” kind of guy who winks at our ungodly behavior and then lets us into his presence. He vehemently taught that “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. (Matthew 7:21-24 NIV)” Being nice, religious or spiritual does not matter. Knowing Jesus does.

Interestingly when the TV host interviewed a scientist who is conducting experiments into whether or not our consciousness exists after our death has come up with some startling results. Namely that there is good evidence now that what we know of as a person’s soul, our mind, will, and emotions, certainly do continue after our death! What Jesus taught and what most Christians know to be true has been finally recognized by science. Well, again, DUH!

Now what do these little nuggets of truth have to do with life after death? Well the fact that it is absolutely true but much more than being true one had better be prepared for what happens next after their death. Are you dear reader?
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Jealousy in marriage is dangerous

Jealousy in marriage is dangerous
By Pastor Lee Hemen
October 2, 2018

Unwarranted jealousy is one of the most destructive emotions known to man. We find it in the Bible when King Saul became jealous over the friendship his son Jonathan had with the future King David: “Saul’s anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, “You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! Don’t I know that you have sided with the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of the mother who bore you? (1 Samuel 20:30 NIV)” Jealousy usually comes from a deep seated insecurity of one’s self. This was Saul’s problem. He saw his own weaknesses and projected them on his own son and David who enjoyed a deep friendship with one another.

I remember well a friend who had a beautiful wife. She was one of those individuals that when she walked into a room everyone turned and looked because of the way she carried herself. He confided in me that at one time he struggled with jealousy concerning his wife because of how other men would look at her. But he had overcome his unfounded jealousy. I asked him how. He remarked that he realized that being jealous of his wife for something that she had no control over and that in fact he found very appealing was childish. He realized his emotions came from his own insecurity of how he viewed himself. He found that when he accepted himself as a man, confessed his sin, and sought the help of his wife and others that he could find pride and joy in his wife and was no longer jealous.

Personal guilt caused from past events or personal experience in the person’s life is usually the percolating cause for the insecurity of jealousy. Cheating parents or divorce experienced as a child. And so if this happened to them before it will happen to them again. Jealousy usually manifests itself because the person feels like they can’t control events or individuals in their lives and feel the need to be able to. The person feels neglected like they did as a child and lashes out with jealousy in an attempt to control their surroundings. And of course no one can.

The destructive behavior of jealousy when found within a marriage usually does not end well. Its root cause is the same as found with King Saul: deep seated insecurity. Usually because the person who is jealous knows their own weaknesses and they began to think their spouse is guilty of the same weak behavior. It tells their innocent spouse that they are not to be trusted. The spouse soon begins to feel they cannot do anything or their jealous significant other will suspect them or others around them.

Can there be good jealousy? Sure if it one’s jealous over their relationship with God and they desire it to be stronger. But jealousy within a marriage is self destructive, hurtful, and harmful. Counseling to get to the root issues of why the person is jealous can help. The sin of jealousy is a danger to the foundation of trust within a marriage. How we view ourselves and our relationship with the Lord can conquer the sin of jealousy if we want it to. The choice is ours to make.

David De Hann wrote that “Discontent, jealousy, bitterness, resentment, defensiveness, touchiness, and ingratitude are the dispositions that ruin our marriages, wither our children, alienate our friends, and embitter every life—including our own. It’s easy to defend our bad moods and to slide into deception and hypocrisy. But we must guard our hearts against such destructive attitudes. When they arise, we need to confess them, let them go, and experience God’s forgiveness.” The first place to destroy jealousy is to immediately confess it and its destructive behavior in your life to the Lord and apologize to your spouse for making them feel untrustworthy. Begin to set up how they can help you to overcome your jealousy through prayer, communication, and trust. Seek the help of a good counselor. Reestablish quiet moments with God and your spouse. Remember it isn’t others who make you jealous, you decide to be or not.
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Here’s why aliens will probably not come in peace

Here’s why aliens will probably not come in peace
By Pastor Lee Hemen
October 1, 2018

I recently read an article that was named “Here’s why aliens will probably come in peace” but nowhere within the article did it discuss this. I was disappointed. However, leaving aside some of the theological discussions as to whether there are or are not intelligent life forms out there for the shear speculation and fun of it let’s just say there could be or might be. Why in the world would they want to come here and what they hoped to gain after getting here has always intrigued me.

First, one has to realize that this proposition has some huge hurdles to jump over. The mere fact that stars and solar systems are extremely far apart, many light years, is one of the biggest to jump over. The closest star in the night sky, or just the closest star past our sun, is Proxima Centauri at 4.2 light years or about 24 trillion miles. In other words an advanced civilization would have to travel at the speed of light 4.2 years to get here. Notwithstanding the fact that Einstein’s theory of Relativity, E=MC2, trashes this notion because the mass of an object to near the speed of light would have to come up with enormous amounts of energy to do so; added to this the fact that space is not empty like so many people’s heads are and is made up of particles of dust, mini and maxi asteroids, and other debris, a space ship that could reach the speed of light would be turned to dust itself in a matter of seconds without some kind of protection. Call it the theory of space sandpaper. In order for a space vehicle to obtain the speed of light and to also have enough power to make some kind of deflector dish, for Star Trekkies, or shield would require another enormous amount of energy. Estimates are that the vehicle would need to be powered by a ship that used an enclosed star! And enclosing a star would take even more energy!

Second, okay let’s say they have some kind of warp technology, which would require even more amounts of power than light speed, and they got here somehow, why would they come? If the race was that advanced it would mean that they were willing to invest huge amount of resources, time, and effort to get here. So there are only a few options as to why they would do this: A) they have used up all their solar system resources and are looking for new ones to exploit, B) they have run out of food and are looking for new arenas for cultivating, capturing, or culling new ones, or C) their solar system is about to blow up or has and they need a new one. Of course there is another one that is kind of a Polly Anna one that they are peaceful explorers looking for new insights. However, think about this for a moment, if they truly were that advanced and “scientific” then wouldn’t robotic probes be much cheaper, safer, and easier to propel into the vast unknown? Remember it costs a ton of money or resources to send living beings into the vastness of space just as we explained before. Highly sophisticated or advanced races would not risk the results of a first contact going south. And why send out one costly unsafe ship when you could much more easily send out thousands of probes? They would send probes that were highly advanced to do all of their research or contacting beforehand. It makes way more sense on all levels.

Finally that leads us back to the notion that they are coming here because they need to and if they need to that means they probably do not need us. A race of beings that has invested so much of their time and resources to get from point A to point B in the galaxy are doing so to escape something or they are in desperate need of and they are only interested in the final result of rescuing their own individuals. We would frankly just get in the way or be the answer to their food shortage.

But let’s take one final flying leap of faith and suggest that for whatever reason they come here as an advanced civilization; why would they want to share with us? We are violent, sinful, and aggressive. Would they truly want to let us lose on the galaxy? And with the vast distances between stars and any kind of habitable planets, wouldn’t it be safer and smarter for them to go to one that has less aggressive beings or none at all? Wouldn’t they after sending out probes decide to leave us alone and head for say Proxima Centauri? Any minerals, water, or other elements they could easily mine or reap from a billion other places in the galaxy. And if there are truly other inhabitable planets as some suggest wouldn’t they have beings that are better suited than we are? The correct answer would be “yes”. If we are the only “intelligent” beings they have discovered in all of their years of research what does this say about the rest of the galaxy let alone the universe? Intelligence is rare and hard to find! If you don’t believe me just look around here on this planet!

This leaves me with the conclusion that we probably will never ever discover another race of space-faring beings who decide to come here to Earth which is out of the way and less hospitable than many other worlds out there. Also, dear child of God, whether you want to believe it or not the entire creation is fallen and is slowly decaying away. This means that those other races out there, if they exist at all, are fallen as well and only want to exploit, pillage and conquer weaker races. That’s the nature of the created universe. Survival of the fittest if you believe in evolution or the sinful condition of all things if you hold to biblical teaching. And this, my dear reader, is why I truly believe that if such races exist they would not come in peace if at all.
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Colin Kaepernick vs. the Truth

Colin Kaepernick vs. the Truth
By Pastor Lee Hemen
September 14, 2018

Colin Kaepernick has become a hero for some and a Nike spokesman for a progressive movement to distort and deconstruct the truth of American history. The mantra goes that the National Anthem is racist because it contains racist philosophies written by a racist. Nothing could be further from the truth. The words in one of the stanzas that no one sings anymore have absolutely nothing to do with slavery or the promotion of it in any way possible. How do I know this to be true, because Key was an active Christian who fought slavery all of his life and he never owned slaves. The words in the stanza that are the focal point of protests do not mean the same things they do today as they did in Key’s day:

No refuge could save the hireling and slave,
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave;
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free & the home of the brave.

To be oblivious of this fact is either deliberate or gross ignorance on the part of those who persist in this alteration of historical facts. The words “the hireling and slave” refers to those who were fighting at Fort McHenry because the soldiers were “hirelings” and we are all “slaves” to the sin of war. Nothing could save them from the bombardment going on. It was horrendous. Key was writing about how the British wanted to enslave us and make us their hirelings and slaves as well and it has nothing to do with Kay’s supposed racism. And in fact the truth of the situation is totally amazing. The following is taken from a web site AmericanMinute.com for September 13, 2018 and book by William J. Federer:

Francis Scott Key had actually reworked a previous song he had written nine years earlier to celebrate the American victory over the Muslim Barbary pirates titled “When the Warrior Returns from Battle Afar,” 1805:

In the conflict resistless, each toil they endured,
Till their foes shrunk dismay’d from the war’s desolation,
And pale beam’d the Crescent, its splendour obscured
By the light of the Star-Spangled flag of our nation.
Where, each radiant star gleam’d a meteor of war,
And the turban’d heads bow’d to the terrible glare;
Then mix’d with the olive the laurel did wave,
And form’d a bright wreath for the brows of the brave.

Muslim pirates had enslaved an estimated 180 million Africans and over a million Europeans. Virtually every African slave brought to America had been purchased from Muslim slave markets.

In a twist of irony, those intent on removing symbols and reminders of past groups which participated in enslaving Africans must, to be consistent, also remove Islamic symbols, as Muslim slaves markets sold Africans.

After the Battle of Fort McHenry, President James Madison proclaimed, November 16, 1814:

“The National Legislature having by a Joint Resolution expressed their desire that in the present time of public calamity and war a day may be recommended to be observed by the people of the United States as a day of public humiliation and fasting and of prayer to Almighty God for the safety and welfare of these States, His blessing on their arms, and a speedy restoration of peace …I … recommend … offering … humble adoration to the Great Sovereign of the Universe, of confessing their sins and transgressions, and of strengthening their vows of repentance …that He would be graciously pleased to pardon all their offenses against Him … that He would in a special manner preside over the nation … giving success to its arms.”

Remembering American history is necessary to counteract the socialist/communist tactic of deconstruction, which is:

-say negative things about a country’s founders so people emotionally detach from them;
-then move the people into a neutral position where they no longer remember where they came from;
-then brainwashed then into the socialist/communist future planned for them.

Francis Scott Key fought slavery!

In 1820, a U.S. revenue cutter captured the slave ship Antelope off the coast of Florida with nearly 300 African slaves. Francis Scott Key was defense attorney for the Africans, many of whom were just young teenagers. Spending his own money, Key fought to free the slaves in an expensive legal battle which dragged on for seven years. Arguing their case before the Supreme Court in 1825, Francis Scott Key, as recorded by Henry S. Foote: “… greatly surpassed the expectations of his most admiring friends … Key closed with … an electrifying picture of the horrors connected with the African slave trade.”

Jonathan M. Bryant wrote in Dark Places of the Earth: The Voyage of the Slave Ship Antelope (2015):

“Most startling of all, Key argued … that all men were created equal …If the United States had captured a ship full of white captives, Key asked, would not our courts assume them to be free? How could it be any different simply because the captives were black? …Slavery was a dangerously hot subject, but Francis Scott Key stepped deliberately into the fire.”

Bryant continued:

“Key had unleashed all of his rhetorical weapons … This was a case he believed in and had worked personally to bring before the Supreme Court. The Antelope was a Spanish slave ship that had been captured by privateers and then seized by a United States Revenue Marine cutter off the coast of Florida …”

Jonathan M. Bryant continued:

“Using clear precedent, poetic language, and appeals to morality, Francis Scott Key argued that the hundreds of African captives found aboard the Antelope should be returned to Africa and freedom. United States law demanded it,” he said.

The law of nations demanded it, he said. Even the law of nature demanded it.

Key looked into the eyes of the six justices sitting for the case, four of whom were slave owners, and announced that ‘by the law of nature, all men are free.'”

Considered to be one of its many shameful decisions, the Supreme Court sadly chose to define slaves as property. Only a portion of the slaves were returned to Africa where they founded the colony of New Georgia in Liberia. Key raised $11,000 to help the Africans.

In 1841, two years before his death, Francis Scott Key helped former President John Quincy Adams free 53 African slaves in the Amistad case. Francis Scott Key became a board member of the American Sunday School Union and the American Bible Society.

He told the Washington Society of Alexandria, March 22, 1814: “The patriot who feels himself in the service of God, who acknowledges Him in all his ways, has the promise of Almighty direction, and will find His Word in his greatest darkness, ‘a lantern to his feet and a lamp unto his paths’ …He will therefore seek to establish for his country in the eyes of the world, such a character as shall make her not unworthy of the name of a Christian nation.”

Kaepernick will be long forgotten and has suffered the results of his ignorance and pampered lifestyle. Those who continue to promote the deconstruction of history are doomed to repeat the very things we have fought for throughout our Nation’s history that “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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Correlation Not Causation!

Correlation Not Causation!
By Lee Hemen
April 30, 2017
It amazes me that the same dupes who totally swallow what is causing climate change and are angered if anyone dares disagree with them are ready, willing, and able to swallow a study that does not prove what they think it does concerning diet drinks.
Recently there was a study done concerning diet sodas. What you may not know is the entire facts concerning the study. When it first came out and all the networks were repeating the same thing I told my wife “something does not smell right concerning this” and I was correct. The news came out that artificially sweetened beverages may be linked to an increased risk of stroke and dementia, according to a recent study by the American Heart Association’s peer-reviewed journal Stroke. The researchers looked at 2,888 people over the age of 45 (with a median age of 62) for stroke risks and 1,484 people over the age of 60 (with a median age of 69) for risk of dementia. After adjustments were made for age, sex, education, caloric intake, diet, exercise, and smoking, they found that diet soda drinks “were associated with an increased risk of ischemic stroke, all-cause dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease dementia.” (The study cites correlation rather than causation.) And this is the key phrase that every worried nanny missed: “correlation rather than causation”. What this means is that in the groups, which by the way were age specific, the studies for these groups are made up of people who would be over weight, old, and already have these problems and were drinking diet sodas or diet drinks in order to help with the problems they already have!
Unless you have forgotten there were several other recent studies that linked diet soda and cardiovascular disease and showed a correlation (if not a causation) between cancer and aspartame. However what they did not tell you is that a person would have to consume enormous quantities and would probably drown first! The beverage industry says people who are overweight and already at risk for heart disease may consume more diet drinks in an attempt to control their weight and the Food and Drug Administration has ruled that artificial sweeteners are safe. And guess what? They’ve also determined that drinking too much water is unhealthy as well! Go figure.
There has been found no direct link to diet drinks, dementia, and or Alzheimer’s disease just that people who are already at risk for these diseases drink diet drinks. That’s’ correlation and not causation.

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