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MORE BLOOD, NOT LESS

More Blood, Not Less

America needs more blood, not less

We’re all distressed from violence and war

and scores of rampages by the obsessed

All the killing and the spilling, oh my God!

It seems to be headed toward Gog and Magog,

where the blood rises to the horses’ bridles

and fills the boots of the horses’ riders

But still we need more blood not less

Not like the river Nile where it ran red a mile

Or the ruby-stained altars in Jerusalem

Life flowed like rain, yet it was never enough

Earth thirsts for more blood not less,

but not

like the butchery when Romans abused and trampled the Jews

or when it froze in Leningrad streets and church pews

or the most insane battles earth ever had,

when the Mongols drained the population of Baghdad

Or the Nazis’ two million more at Stalingrad

Warsaw Uprising and Waterloo

World Wars One and Two

Yes, the world needs more blood, not less.

Not like Gettysburg, where shoes sank down

in the blood of 50,000 that oozed from the ground.

From Operation Barbarossa’s losses back to

to Via Dolorosa’s three lone crosses

Yes! That’s the blood the whole of humanity and history needs

One man’s bleeding, silent, flowing down

from his feet, his side, his thorny crown

Just a thimbleful and we tremble till we see

that it was enough absolution, the sanguine solution, for the guilt-ridden world:

From the primal garden wedding to final Armageddon,

from Eden to the end:

that’s the only blood that matters

that which spattered over weeping widows, the Pharisees

and Caesar’s centurions, the mockers, and the curious

the blood that went into the Holiest of All

and covered the mercy seat and sprinkled the walls

brought humanity back from the fall.

They pierced, they speared the Son who came up from Egypt

where blood smeared and stained the lintels and door jams

from slain but innocent, perfect little lambs,

yet the firstborn son of every bloodless home was damned.

They needed more blood, not less.

And there was Abel (the first victim of slaughter and gore)

His blood cried out from the ground for more

creating the Avenger and the art of war.

No, the carnage would never stop

not till it got even to heaven’s door and heaven’s Son Himself:

The Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world!

Friends, even still, it’s not less blood spilled we need, it’s more!

So, let the signs in Ferguson read,

Let the banners in Chicago decree,

Shout it out from the housetops of Baltimore

America needs, not less blood, but more

More blood to lift the stain from Columbine

to sift out the pain in South Carolina

More flowing from Emmanuel’s veins

More scarlet spread for Charlotte’s dead

A rushing fountain gushing up, cascading out onto us all

Only blood can wash us, and sweep away

the anger and rage from history’s every page

Know this! Only that crimson fluid

can reverse the curse – undo it –

unravel the injustices of the gavel,

pick the wounds clean of the dust, dirt, and gravel.

There is power of His blood, but it’s in virtue not volume

and Mary was told that a sword would pierce her soul

A cold blade that chased the innocent babe at Herod’s command

and assailed infants

as mothers wailed and wept and afterwards never slept –

Mary’s child would live, and another day, bleed.

More blood, not less, is what the world needs!

More of His grace and fullness free

More of His love who died for me!

Yes, blood will wash America one way or the other

Let’s take His blood and not our brother’s.

The blood began to run in Jerusalem long ago

A woman clutching her son to her breast

red, dripping down his head to his chest

as it soaked through crushed flesh and bone and skin

then flushed through the dark of the soul and sin

as it rushed in a flood through heaven’s curtain, then

spread on the altar, there forever glazed

beneath the wings of seraphim and the astonished gaze

of heaven’s host –

and in its mystical powerful ways

still cleanses us today by the Holy Ghost.

Yes, yes, yes!

We need more blood, not less.

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US Flag tattered

AMERICA ONE NATION UNDER GOD

I. America is a nation that has always placed faith and trust in God

  • Our founding document says so
    • Declaration of Independence refers to God 5X
      • God as Judge

“We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions

      • God as Creator

We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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

      • God as Lawgiver

assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them

      • God as Guide

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

  • Our national anthem says we are “One Nation Under God”

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

  • Our national motto says we are “One Nation Under God”

“In God we Trust”

In God We Trust, our national motto, is inscribed in letters of gold behind the Speaker’s rostrum in the House Chamber. Both houses of Congress reaffirmed our national motto in 2011.

  • Our currency says we are “One Nation Under God”

“In God we Trust”

  • The Capitol Building says we are “One Nation Under God”:

The Prayer Room contains an open Bible sitting on an altar in front of a stained window showing Washington in earnest prayer. Behind him is etched the first verse of Psalm 16, “Preserve me, O God, for in Thee do I put my trust.”

  • The Washington Monument says so:

Engraved on a block inside the monument “In God we Trust”

  • The Lincoln Memorial says it:

that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom —“

Library of Congress In the Main Reading Room are statues and quotes representing fields of knowledge. Moses and Paul represent Religion, with the inscription, “What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with thy God.” Science is represented by, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth His handywork.” History: “One God, one law, one element, and one far-off divine event, to which the whole creation moves.”

President Andrew Jackson, “The Bible is the rock upon which our republic rests.”

Each day the Supreme Court is in session, a crier ends his call announcing the formal opening by declaring,

“God save the United States and the Honorable Court.”

Inscribed on Jefferson Memorial:

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever.”

U.S. House of Representatives in 1854:            

“The great vital element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and divine truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

 

II. America is a nation in a contract with God

  • King James I signed the Virginia Charter which said in its second provision their purpose was:

propagating of Christian Religion to such People, as yet live in Darkness and miserable Ignorance of the true Knowledge and Worship of God

  •  Chaplain Robert Hunt placed a cross in the sands of Cape Henry and dedicated this land to the service and will of God
  •  The Puritans signed the first government document called the Mayflower Compact, putting the new land under God’s dominion.

In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, defender of the Faith, etc. Having undertaken, for the Glory of God, and advancements of the Christian faith and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the Northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents, solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic; for our better ordering, and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.In witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth, 1620.[

III. America is a nation that is breaking that contract with God

  • In the Democratic national convention, half the delegated booed the mention of the name of “God” and “Jerusalem” in their platform.
  • Our president announced that “America is not a Christian nation.”
  • Our president disdains the law of the land Defense of Marriage Act, has openly desecrated holy matrimony.
  • Our courts uphold the killing of the unborn in a mother’s womb. 56 million since 1973.
  • Islamists by the thousands hold a religious meeting in front of the White House and bow before Allah.

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        The writer of Lamentations woefully said of the Jews: “Jerusalem did not consider her destiny; therefore, her collapse was awesome.”   Lamentations 1:9

              A presidential election is a time when nations consider their destiny, even though personal considerations may brood heavily in the minds of the people — in our case, the economy.  The church, especially, has always been a place where people strongly feel the sense of national destiny, balancing out presentiments of  looming disaster. Even if they do little about this intuition, their enthusiasm surfaces. (more…)

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E Pluribus Unum

 

E PLURIBUS UNUM

Out of Many, One”

Out of many nationalities, one nation

I am Welsh by ethnicity, American by birth

But I am not Welsh-American

I am simply American

I am American before I am white

I am American before I am Welsh, or anglo, or Caucasian

I am American before I am male

I will not fight and die for multiculturalism

I will fight and die for true Americans

I will not fight and die for your sexuality

I will fight and die for your immortal soul

I will not fight and die for your ethnicity

I will fight and die for your pink heart

I will not fight and die for pagan religions

I will fight and die for the truth of the Bible

I will not fight and die for the color of my skin, or your skin

I will fight and die for my friends and neighbors

Black, brown, or white

Poor or rich

Native or immigrant

But I will not fight for pluralism

I will fight and die for one country

The United States of America!

E Pluribus Unum

 

 

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The last part of this video has the part about Sarah Palin. It’s worth listening to!

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In this post-9/11 era of security and vigilance, it seems that government has gotten bigger and more pervasive. Security guards are  everywhere, policemen are at surprisingly benign public events, federal agents have wands at airports, pockets must be emptied and belts removed at court houses and graduations, I get “can I help you?” suspiciously asked to me. The list goes on.  

I know the first order of government is safety —  that is, after a perfect union and establishing justice. But somewhere further down the preamble, wasn’t there something said about securing the blessings of liberty for our posterity? I feel sometimes that my liberties have been stripped much like the typical swimming hole trick, where kids run off with the swimmers’ clothing. They end up wearing barrels to hide their nakedness. (more…)

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Neil Armstrong in Iraq

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A few good men in ancient Babylon

Saving the world, a handful of sand at a time

(Even deserts deserve more than despots)

     Just yesterday they were running tractors through sandbox furrows (more…)

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