It is not an exaggeration to say that we live in perilous times. I'm speaking here not simply about the obvious challenges of runaway debt, devalued currency, chronically high unemployment, (and an inflation that is more serious than is being admitted currently) and the unaddressed (tacitly supported) growing threat of radical Islam around the world and here at home.
No, I'm speaking of the broader danger we face as our political system is being hijacked, taken over, by so much that is truly dark and evil. 
Not that everyone who voted for the reelection of the current administration and their supporters in the Senate believed and understood that their vote was supporting something incredibly dangerous and sinister – most voted the way they did with the sense (however misguided) that this was just the usual political divide – moderately liberal Democrats versus moderate Republicans et cetera. 
Nothing could be further from the truth. Those in power now understand what they are trying to accomplish – and it is not good. These politicians have used and will continue to use propaganda and dishonesty as well as outright fraud and intimidation to remain in a position of power in order to accomplish great evil (whether or not they believe or know their ideas and actions are evil matters little – the results are the same). 
We have, before in our history, faced great challenges – at our Founding, the Civil War, in the challenges of progressivism under Woodrow Wilson, and then the devastation of the Great Depression prolonged by the Socialist redistributionist and extra-Constitutional policies of Franklin Roosevelt. We faced an unrelenting evil known as the Axis Powers in World War II (Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, and Fascist Italy), and then the very real nuclear threat of the Soviet Union in league with a willing partner just off our shore in Cuba. 
Having survived these challenges, it might seem that the risks and dangers we are facing now are nowhere near the level of threat our nation faced in those harrowing times, but that assessment would, unfortunately, be dangerously naïve. 
In getting an accurate historical picture of and analogy for the current administration and its philosophy, policies, and methods, one would need to examine the rise of the Third Reich In Germany in the 1930s to have any clear sense of what is now going on within the corridors of power in Washington DC. 
Both in "Weimar" Germany (the desperate political financial and social milieu that allowed for the rise of Adolf Hitler, first as the elected Chancellor, and then as dictator with absolute power) in the early and mid-30s, and increasingly in our time, the stage was and is being set for the citizenry to clamor for (or at least accept as a necessary evil) the rise of a "strong man" to "put things in order,” and "save the Republic.” One chilling difference however between the rise of Hitler and his Third Reich in the 1930s and our current leadership in Washington DC, is that the profound political, economic, and societal devastation that occurred in Germany in the early 30s was not caused by Hitler and his followers, but was the excuse they used to step in and quickly move to implement their totalitarian agenda once in office. In our time, however, even though there were financial challenges present when Barack Obama was first elected President in 2008, there was no excuse for the path he chose. The (relatively simple, in historical terms) challenges of 2008 were used by the Obama administration as an excuse to advance policies that were guaranteed to result, not in improvements, but rather a dramatic move toward a disastrous economic and societal nightmare, with a massively increased debt that will now, if not quickly faced and corrected, cause the type of economic collapse that did occur in the pre-Hitler years in Wiemar Germany, and that led to the German people's clamoring for the false security that Hitler preached. 
I don't know what lies in the heart of Barack Obama, but I can judge his actions and the direction he has taken us and is promising to continue to take us. As our debt mounts, our currency continues to be devalued, inflation soars, as businesses cease hiring, downsize, and many close their doors, the situation in this nation will seem, and will actually become, quite desperate. The policies that Barack Obama espouses and pushes (sometimes fully against the will of the American people at large, and their elected leaders as well – i.e. ObamaCare) can do nothing but accelerate an economic meltdown, with a resultant desperation that will open the door for even more extra/unconstitutional actions on the part of our federal government. Even in his first four years, knowing he would face a re-election challenge, Barack Obama was unafraid to abuse and abandon the Constitution, writing more extra-Constitutional executive orders than all of his predecessors combined – many of these orders admittedly totally outside the bounds of the Constitution. His mantra seemed to be, "I will do what I feel needs to be done – the people, the Constitution, and the Congress be damned!" With no threat of an election now looming over his head, imagine how free he will feel to more openly espouse his radical words and even more, implement his radical actions!
One might ask how an evil totalitarian regime could have taken hold in a country like (Weimar) Germany, the nation that was the birthplace of the great Protestant Christian reformation? Could it be that religion in Germany had become just a part of the societal landscape, still mouthing Christian platitudes and giving lip-service to a defense of truth and decency – but devoid of the vibrancy and vigor of true allegiance and commitment? How could the church in Germany have stood by and watched, in near silence, afraid to take a bold stand of protest, while liberties (and private property), and then actual lives were purposefully, intentionally and capriciously snuffed out by an authoritarian madman? The answer must be that the Christianity of Germany in those times was devoid of power, was blinded to the threat of that great evil that was growing in their midst. 
Looking at America today, one would hope that the heritage of our founding as a Christian nation, a nation founded on the principles of a belief in God as our Creator, our Sustainer, and our Judge, has continued and flourished, so that no one would be able to deceive us into accepting as a substitute for our reliance on God and His principles, a reliance on the religion of a secular state as savior and provider – as our defacto god. 
Sadly, the evidence would suggest otherwise. Although there are pockets of Christians who understand clearly the growing threat, and whose lives are enlivened by and fully committed to the truths of Heaven, too many who wear the label Christian seem mesmerized by the lies of darkness, complacent as a great evil sucks the spiritual life from our nation and allows the threat of secular totalitarianism to march ahead at an accelerating pace. Is all of this simply my paranoia – a profound overstatement of what in actuality is only the usual differences between the major political parties that routinely exchange places of dominance throughout our history? That seems to be the view of at least a modest majority of Americans--with many others apparently suppressing a nagging concern that there is something more ominous happening now then simply "politics as usual," but as yet unwilling to confront that frightening possibility. 
With all of this in mind, let me say that I believe it is not inevitable that history repeats itself. We can take up the mantle of the call for another Great Spiritual Awakening, a new Great Reformation that can rekindle a simple profound and powerful godliness – the kind of godliness that makes a difference, that is not passive but rather aggressive in the spiritual warfare that has as its basis true love – love of and for God, love for ones fellow man, and love of country. It is truly amazing what God is able to accomplish through the full availability and commitment of even a minority of God-centered souls. Our lives, our prayers, and our words have the possibility of changing what will otherwise be a very dark history of the coming days. God in His sovereignty has allowed what is, for His unsearchable reasons. We can, and should, choose to trust Him and thank Him for his ultimate purposes.
I also believe that we are "called" to, are commissioned with, the great privilege and responsibility of awakening this generation to what can be. By the grace of God alone, a grace that transforms hearts and empowers wise and bold action, there may yet be a brighter future for America that is full of hope and promise – a future that effectively and powerfully spreads the truth about God's desire to once again bless and inhabit this great land – and ultimately, the whole world. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." (Ephesians 6:12)
These battles involve politics of course, but so much more than mere politics.
Let us, therefore, be vessels of light, willing to be used of God to help dispel the gathering darkness – by proclaiming, and even more, living Heaven's wisdom, truth, love and goodness. To borrow a phrase from our Founders as they declared our Independence from tyranny, "With a firm reliance...on Divine Providence," we too will carry on and fight the good fight of faith – for God's highest intentions to be realized for this nation and each one in it!
May God bless us in these days of challenge that lie before us, and may we be faithful to the end!
Your brother in Christian love and purpose,
Ricky Lee Jackson

 

It is not an exaggeration to say that we live in perilous times. I'm speaking here not simply about the obvious challenges of runaway debt, devalued currency, chronically high unemployment, (and an inflation that is more serious than is being admitted currently) and the unaddressed (tacitly supported) growing threat of radical Islam around the world and here at home.

No, I'm speaking of the broader danger we face as our political system is being hijacked, taken over, by so much that is truly dark and evil. 

Not that everyone who voted for the reelection of the current administration and their supporters in the Senate believed and understood that their vote was supporting something incredibly dangerous and sinister – most voted the way they did with the sense (however misguided) that this was just the usual political divide – moderately liberal Democrats versus moderate Republicans et cetera. 

Nothing could be further from the truth. Those in power now understand what they are trying to accomplish – and it is not good. These politicians have used and will continue to use propaganda and dishonesty as well as outright fraud and intimidation to remain in a position of power in order to accomplish great evil (whether or not they believe or know their ideas and actions are evil matters little – the results are the same). 

We have, before in our history, faced great challenges – at our Founding, the Civil War, in the challenges of progressivism under Woodrow Wilson, and then the devastation of the Great Depression prolonged by the Socialist redistributionist and extra-Constitutional policies of Franklin Roosevelt. We faced an unrelenting evil known as the Axis Powers in World War II (Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, and Fascist Italy), and then the very real nuclear threat of the Soviet Union in league with a willing partner just off our shore in Cuba. 

Having survived these challenges, it might seem that the risks and dangers we are facing now are nowhere near the level of threat our nation faced in those harrowing times, but that assessment would, unfortunately, be dangerously naïve. 

In getting an accurate historical picture of and analogy for the current administration and its philosophy, policies, and methods, one would need to examine the rise of the Third Reich In Germany in the 1930s to have any clear sense of what is now going on within the corridors of power in Washington DC. 

Both in "Weimar" Germany (the desperate political financial and social milieu that allowed for the rise of Adolf Hitler, first as the elected Chancellor, and then as dictator with absolute power) in the early and mid-30s, and increasingly in our time, the stage was and is being set for the citizenry to clamor for (or at least accept as a necessary evil) the rise of a "strong man" to "put things in order,” and "save the Republic.” One chilling difference however between the rise of Hitler and his Third Reich in the 1930s and our current leadership in Washington DC, is that the profound political, economic, and societal devastation that occurred in Germany in the early 30s was not caused by Hitler and his followers, but was the excuse they used to step in and quickly move to implement their totalitarian agenda once in office. In our time, however, even though there were financial challenges present when Barack Obama was first elected President in 2008, there was no excuse for the path he chose. The (relatively simple, in historical terms) challenges of 2008 were used by the Obama administration as an excuse to advance policies that were guaranteed to result, not in improvements, but rather a dramatic move toward a disastrous economic and societal nightmare, with a massively increased debt that will now, if not quickly faced and corrected, cause the type of economic collapse that did occur in the pre-Hitler years in Wiemar Germany, and that led to the German people's clamoring for the false security that Hitler preached. 

I don't know what lies in the heart of Barack Obama, but I can judge his actions and the direction he has taken us and is promising to continue to take us. As our debt mounts, our currency continues to be devalued, inflation soars, as businesses cease hiring, downsize, and many close their doors, the situation in this nation will seem, and will actually become, quite desperate. The policies that Barack Obama espouses and pushes (sometimes fully against the will of the American people at large, and their elected leaders as well – i.e. ObamaCare) can do nothing but accelerate an economic meltdown, with a resultant desperation that will open the door for even more extra/unconstitutional actions on the part of our federal government. Even in his first four years, knowing he would face a re-election challenge, Barack Obama was unafraid to abuse and abandon the Constitution, writing more extra-Constitutional executive orders than all of his predecessors combined – many of these orders admittedly totally outside the bounds of the Constitution. His mantra seemed to be, "I will do what I feel needs to be done – the people, the Constitution, and the Congress be damned!" With no threat of an election now looming over his head, imagine how free he will feel to more openly espouse his radical words and even more, implement his radical actions!

One might ask how an evil totalitarian regime could have taken hold in a country like (Weimar) Germany, the nation that was the birthplace of the great Protestant Christian reformation? Could it be that religion in Germany had become just a part of the societal landscape, still mouthing Christian platitudes and giving lip-service to a defense of truth and decency – but devoid of the vibrancy and vigor of true allegiance and commitment? How could the church in Germany have stood by and watched, in near silence, afraid to take a bold stand of protest, while liberties (and private property), and then actual lives were purposefully, intentionally and capriciously snuffed out by an authoritarian madman? The answer must be that the Christianity of Germany in those times was devoid of power, was blinded to the threat of that great evil that was growing in their midst. 

Looking at America today, one would hope that the heritage of our founding as a Christian nation, a nation founded on the principles of a belief in God as our Creator, our Sustainer, and our Judge, has continued and flourished, so that no one would be able to deceive us into accepting as a substitute for our reliance on God and His principles, a reliance on the religion of a secular state as savior and provider – as our defacto god. 

Sadly, the evidence would suggest otherwise. Although there are pockets of Christians who understand clearly the growing threat, and whose lives are enlivened by and fully committed to the truths of Heaven, too many who wear the label Christian seem mesmerized by the lies of darkness, complacent as a great evil sucks the spiritual life from our nation and allows the threat of secular totalitarianism to march ahead at an accelerating pace. Is all of this simply my paranoia – a profound overstatement of what in actuality is only the usual differences between the major political parties that routinely exchange places of dominance throughout our history? That seems to be the view of at least a modest majority of Americans--with many others apparently suppressing a nagging concern that there is something more ominous happening now then simply "politics as usual," but as yet unwilling to confront that frightening possibility. 

With all of this in mind, let me say that I believe it is not inevitable that history repeats itself. We can take up the mantle of the call for another Great Spiritual Awakening, a new Great Reformation that can rekindle a simple profound and powerful godliness – the kind of godliness that makes a difference, that is not passive but rather aggressive in the spiritual warfare that has as its basis true love – love of and for God, love for ones fellow man, and love of country. It is truly amazing what God is able to accomplish through the full availability and commitment of even a minority of God-centered souls. Our lives, our prayers, and our words have the possibility of changing what will otherwise be a very dark history of the coming days. God in His sovereignty has allowed what is, for His unsearchable reasons. We can, and should, choose to trust Him and thank Him for his ultimate purposes.

I also believe that we are "called" to, are commissioned with, the great privilege and responsibility of awakening this generation to what can be. By the grace of God alone, a grace that transforms hearts and empowers wise and bold action, there may yet be a brighter future for America that is full of hope and promise – a future that effectively and powerfully spreads the truth about God's desire to once again bless and inhabit this great land – and ultimately, the whole world. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." (Ephesians 6:12)

These battles involve politics of course, but so much more than mere politics.

Let us, therefore, be vessels of light, willing to be used of God to help dispel the gathering darkness – by proclaiming, and even more, living Heaven's wisdom, truth, love and goodness. To borrow a phrase from our Founders as they declared our Independence from tyranny, "With a firm reliance...on Divine Providence," we too will carry on and fight the good fight of faith – for God's highest intentions to be realized for this nation and each one in it!

May God bless us in these days of challenge that lie before us, and may we be faithful to the end!

Your brother in Christian love and purpose,

Ricky Lee Jackson

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Some have joined Tea Parties, stormed town halls, others like family practice physician and country recording artist Ricky Lee Jackson have taken to the microphone... 
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