Jody McLoud – School Prayer

This is a statement that was read over the PA system at the football game at Roane County High School, Kingston, Tennessee by school Principal Jody McLoud, on September 1, 2000.

“It has always been the custom at Roane County High School football games to say a prayer and play the National Anthem to honor God and Country.

Due to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, I am told that saying a prayer is a violation of Federal Case Law.

As I understand the law at this time, I can use this public facility to approve of sexual perversion and call it an alternate lifestyle, and if someone is offended, that’s ok.

I can use it to condone sexual promiscuity by dispensing condoms and calling it safe sex. If someone is offended, that’s ok.

I can even use this public facility to present the merits of killing an unborn baby as a viable means of birth control. If someone is offended, it’s no problem.

I can designate a school day as earth day and involve students in activities to religiously worship and praise the goddess, mother earth, and call it ecology as a viable means of birth control. If someone is offended, it’s no problem.

I can use literature, videos and presentations in the classroom that depict people with strong, traditional, Christian convictions as simple minded and ignorant and call it enlightenment.

However, if anyone uses this facility to honor God and ask Him to bless this event with safety and good sportsmanship, Federal Case Law is violated.

This appears to be inconsistent at best, and at worst, diabolical.

Apparently, we are to be tolerant of everything and anyone except God and His Commandments.

Nevertheless, as a school principal, I frequently ask staff and students to abide by rules that they do not necessarily agree. For me to do otherwise would be inconsistent at best, and at worst, hypocritical. I suffer from that affliction enough unintentionally. I certainly do not need to add an intentional transgression.

For this reason, I shall render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and refrain from praying at this time. However, if you feel inspired to honor, praise and thank God, and ask Him in the name of Jesus to bless this event, please feel free to do so. As far as I know, that’s not against the law — yet.”

And one by one, the people in the stands bowed their heads, held hands with one another, and began to pray. They prayed in the stands. They prayed in the team huddles. They prayed at the concession stand. And they prayed in the announcer’s box. The only place they didn’t pray was in the Supreme Court of the United States of America — the seat of “justice” in the one nation under God.

Somehow, Kingston, Tennessee, remembered what so many have forgotten.. we are given the Freedom of Religion, not the Freedom from Religion.

Praise God that His remnant remains!

The Social Revolution – Remember Me

If you so wish, you may watch the full video before reading on.

The videography of this video is excellent, and I have always been a huge fan of Devin Graham.
0:00 – 1:30 is a perfect picture of how awesome God is. His creation cannot be fathomed.

However..

Never eat the frosting off of a cake, say the cake tasted amazing, and then throw the rest of the cake away.
Because, the rest of the video is not about God’s creation as much as it is about human socialization:

3:07 – 4:47 says,

“Today we see a world on fire with data and information, but there is a revolution at the corner. Nothing less than the total translation of our human emotions. These urge into information: pure communication. I believe we are at the frontier. Ahead lies the internet of you: an internet of pure emotion, and genuine connection, to finally take us beyond a cave painting. This is not science fiction. Doctors can talk to people in comas. You can control a toy with your mind. This is now. A world of shared emotion, where the greatest experiences are magnified. A million. A billion times. Can you imagine love? Now can you imagine a love that is a billion times more powerful? And empathy: true feeling.

A new future. A world that we will create, where the borders of language will be gone. Imagine what we will be able to achieve.

Remember me. Remember where you were. The next generation of social media is coming.

For tomorrow is the future we all share.”

Sounds pretty cool, right?

Wrong.

Genesis 11:1-9 says,

“Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. Then they said to one another, ‘Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.’ They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.’

But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, ‘Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.’ So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.”

This Social Revolution will be opening the doorways leading to a one world government.

And if you have read the book of Revelation.. well, you will fit the pieces together.

Summer Pictures (2013)

Team East 2013

Team East 2013

Setting Up

Setting Up

Goodbyes

Goodbyes

Mountains

Mountains

Second Performance

Second Performance

Gettysburg Battle

Gettysburg Battle

"For I Was Thirsty"

“For I Was Thirsty”

Gettysburg Battlefield

Gettysburg Battlefield

Tree That Survived Gettysburg

Tree That Survived Gettysburg

Top of the Battle of Little Round Top

Top of the Battle of Little Round Top

Above Devil's Den

Above Devil’s Den

Fredericksburg Cemetery

Fredericksburg Cemetery

Fredericksburg Cemetery Poem

Fredericksburg Cemetery Poem

Angel of Marye's Heights

Angel of Marye’s Heights

Yoyoing

Yoyoing

Good Morning Ladies!

Good Morning Ladies!

Hershey Park

Hershey Park

Elevator Reflection

Elevator Reflection

Smithsonian Museum

Smithsonian Museum

Washington Monument

Washington Monument

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

White House

White House

Congress

Congress

Supreme Court

Supreme Court

Across the Waters

Across the Waters

Holocaust Memorial

Holocaust Memorial

World War II Memorial

World War II Memorial

Reece is Cool

Reece is Cool

Ocean City, New Jersey. Boardwalk

Ocean City, New Jersey. Boardwalk

Feet

Feet

Wandering

Wandering

Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell

Freedom

Freedom

Benjamin Franklin's Burial Place

Benjamin Franklin’s Burial Place

Sight & Sound

Sight & Sound

Creation Museum

Creation Museum

First Time Swimming in the Ocean

First Time Swimming in the Ocean

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

9/11 Memorial

9/11 Memorial

Cinderella on Broadway

Cinderella on Broadway

M&M Man

M&M Man

Time Square

Time Square

Last Team Meeting

Last Team Meeting

Don't Cry Because It's Over, Smile Because It Happened - Doctor Seuss

“Don’t Cry Because It’s Over, Smile Because It Happened” – Doctor Seuss

My Summer Testimony – A New Beginning

Kevin Bauder – Paradigm Shift

This essay was handed to me in Bible class, and it has been an incredible conviction to me. It has shown me what true Christianity in America will be up against, and it challenged me to be ready for it. I encourage you to read it to its full extent and ponder it.

The word paradigm is used literally as a grammatical term, but it can also be used metaphorically to refer to a shared set of basic assumptions. A paradigm shift occurs when a community rejects its old assumptions in favor of a new set. The perspective of the community changes and it sees the world differently than it did before.

American Christianity has operated throughout its entire history with what could be called a “daylight paradigm.” It has been able to adopt the basic assumption that most Westerners–and especially most Americans–had significant exposure to biblical ideas and held a generally Judeo-Christian understanding of virtue. It has been able to assume that a broadly Christian outlook occupied the cultural high ground, if not in the centers of power, at least among the masses. American Christians have been able to leverage this Christian consensus into significant ecclesiastical success and even into political influence. They have been able to appeal to what Jerry Falwell called a Moral Majority.

From every indication, those days are now past. The cultural momentum has shifted toward a radicalized version of secularism and pluralism, with even the most generic Christianity representing a minority perspective. Repressive legislation and public policies are already being implemented and Christians are being forced to treat moral impossibilities as if they were realities. Already governments are employing the use of force to deprive Christians of their livelihoods if they will not participate in the charade.

While no human can see the future, it will likely hold worse sanctions for people who are loyal to God. The heathen have always raged and the kings and rulers of the earth have always taken counsel against the Lord and against His anointed. They have always wished to throw off the bondage of divinely-imposed moral restrictions. When such people have been held in check, as they have been in America for hundreds of years, they are eager for payback. They are not contented to allow Christians to live out their virtues, certainly not in any public way. They will use the armed might of the state to force Christians to recognize and participate in vice. They will punish whose Christians who refuse. it is certain that they will do these things because they are doing them already.

In short, we are standing on the edge of a precipice. We have been living in the daylight–that is, in a civilization that has been shaped largely by biblical perspectives and norms. We are about to plunge into the night. We are at the door of a Dark Age.

What makes a Dark Age dark? Not the lack of technology. Not the dismantling of governments and other institutions. Not the absence of toys and amusements. Not the paucity of information. A Dark Age is dark because of the decline of virtue and the decay of morals. People who are highly learned, technologically sophisticated, artistically talented, and socially proficient may nevertheless be savages. When their savagery is directed against the people of God (as it inevitably is), all of their advantages merely make them more efficient opponents of truth, goodness, and beauty.

The night is coming. American Christians have been living as if the sun shone upon them, but the shadows are falling and the light grows dim. The time has come to abandon the daylight paradigm and to adopt the paradigm of the Dark Age. Christians must adjust their eyes to see in the night.

What assumptions must Christians adopt during the Dark Age? Their basic perspective can be summed up in a few brief propositions. First, the expression of their view will be increasingly unwelcome, especially in the public square. Second, their ability to operate from the relative insulation of a subculture will be directly challenged. Third, pressure will increase, both officially and unofficially, to call good evil and evil good. Fourth, Christians will have no weight to throw around in either the social or political spheres.

Under this altered perspective, Christians must not view themselves as Moses, leading a nation into the promise land. They must not even view themselves as Elijah, calling a chosen people to repentance. They must view themselves as Mordecai or Daniel, as exiles in a brutal and foreign land–just as they should have all along.

What does it take to survive in a world that hates truth and twists virtue? American Christians have been spared from asking this question for generations. The time has now come to ponder it.

A second question is just as important. For at least three generations, American Christians have tried to teach their children the meaning of Christianity by offering them fun and games. This program has left increasing numbers of young people unable to resist the perspectives of secularization. The American Church has won more and more young people to less and less Christianity. If the world is finally about to show its brutality, how can children be instructed so that they will shine as lights in the darkness? How will future generations of Christian leaders be equipped to shepherd their flocks through the savage days to come?

The answers to these questions will not be new. Previous generations of believers–whether in Babylon or in Rome, under the black heel of the Nazis or the red banners of Communism–have had to find their own answers. Surely these leader brethren and sisters in the Church Militant have something to say to American Christians in the early Twenty-First Century.