Saturday, December 15, 2007

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Religious Beliefs Of Presidential Candidates

There seems to be a lot of debate lately about the religious beliefs of many of the presidential candidates. Christianity seems to be the crux of the questioning. Mormonism also seems to be a stumbling block in the current discussion. Therefore, I decided to inject my opinions in hope of clearing the air.

Glen Beck has come out against Mike Huckabee recently because Huckabee won’t come out directly and say that Mormon’s are Christians. So what! Hey Glen, I can’t find any where in the Constitution or Bill of Rights that we have a right not to be offended. Mormons are not Christians, Baptists are not Christians, Methodists are not Christians – no group is a Christian. Since the only way to become a Christian is to have a one on one personal relationship with Christ, no formed group can be considered as a Christian group but would be rather as a group of Christians. Since Mitt Romney is a professed Mormon and Mike Huckabee is a professed Baptist the press and commentators want to pit them against each other. I have heard the professions of Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, and Glen Beck for that matter, and all three qualify (if they believe what they profess) as Christians according to the Bible. It has been said, “Denominations are simply monuments to the dead saints who founded them”. The Bible says that if we fail to declare that Jesus is Lord, the rocks will cry out to do so. Guess we’re not as important as we think!

Upon further study, I find that it is not possible for a Born Again Christian to be active in the Mormon Church or the Moslem religion. True Biblical Christianity requires a personal relationship, one on one, with Jesus. The fundamentals of these religions are just too far apart and in conflict.

Why do people try to attach to Christianity that which is not Christian? Are we really that vane that we put ourselves on the same level as God to set up rules for others to live by? Man’s best friend is his dogma. Let’s train our dogma not to poo in the house.

Ok, your right! Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven. However, there is a better chance of their doing what is right than someone who believes that they are the higher power.

Opinion number one – A man (or woman) with faith in God is more likely to be honest and keep their word than some one who has no God.

Opinion number two – Since we were undeniably founded as a faith based nation, a person of faith has a better chance in understanding what we stand for.

Opinion number three – What we don’t need is someone with no real faith foundation and no real understanding of who and what our countries fundamentals are.

Opinion number four – Read the books, the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, the Federalist papers and the oldest history book “His story, the Bible”.

Yep, I look at things from a Christian perspective because I am one. I also look at our country from an American constitutionalist perspective because I am one.

Rick Rahn

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

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Why Do The Little Things Matter?

Why do the little things matter? They matter because it sets up a life pattern. If you lay down with dogs you get up with fleas. If you cheat in school, steal office supplies, cheat on your wife and your taxes it hurts everyone. For every action there is a reaction.

About sixty five percent or better of the American people are in the middle, or moderate. However, the few percent of the far right and the far left are the ones that make the most noise. The squeaky wheel gets the most grease. It’s about time that the vast majority started getting more active. I know we are all involved in our own lives, making a living and raising families. In the meantime the traditional American way of life is being eroded away bit by bit.

Multiculturalism, will eventually give way to internationalism. Do you really want the United Nations to control your life?

I’ve heard everything from international industrialists to “One Worlders”, among other conspiracy theories that may be behind the decline of the civilized world. I think, in reality, the real culprit is apathy. In our United States especially, we have had it so good for so long that the average person here just takes everything for granted. Without the personal initiative to stand and fight for what you believe in, you are inviting those that would, to take your freedoms and traditions away from you.

Has anyone read the Constitution, The Bill of Rights or the Declaration of Independence lately? The Federalist Papers are a good insight into the mindset of the people who wrote them and why they wrote them. The compromising has already been done. These documents represent the finest minds of the founding fathers in conflict and compromise until the final documents were birthed.

If you loose your freedom of speech, the right to keep and bear arms, and your freedom of religion, what will you have? You will have a new right; the right to say yes and do what your told.

There is a serious challenge to our American way of life going on right now. Yes, our American way of life is under attack. There are many groups out there chipping away at and attempting to erode what “We the People” are supposed to have. Regardless as to weather they are just individual entities or a group of like minded organizations, they are moving forward in their efforts to limit our rights and further their agendas. It’s all about control. They want to control you. A few more laws, a few changes to the existing laws, a little more divisiveness and pretty soon we won’t recognize where we live.

The founding documents of our country are the bulwark of our freedoms, rights and traditions. As it states in these documents, “We the People” were given these rights by our creator, not by the laws of man. If our adversaries can obscure this one fact, the laws of man can easily take our rights and freedoms away

It may be jealousy, envy, or just plain greed that prompts those from within and around the globe to undermine our United States. We are the most unique, prosperous and free people the world has ever seen. It took a lot of work and sacrifice to get us to where we are today. Socialism is an insidious force that is eating away at the very fabric of our nation. At the other extreme, the multinational corporations and rogue governments are plotting the erosion of our rights as well. Keep in mind that at both extremes there is always a ruling class that want the rights of “We the People” to be limited. Genghis Kahn, Hitler, ancient Rome, Stalin, Trotsky, Chairman Mao and others have tried to conquer the world. Do we really want to give away our rights and give some others a chance?

The following lies are currently setting up to overtake our way of life and our rights:

1. Global warming is caused by mankind.

2. Evil can be overcome by negotiation.

3. Open boarders make good neighbors.

4. Nationalism is a bad thing.

5. International law should usurp our constitution.

6. The United States wasn’t founded as a Christian nation.

7. The Constitution is a living document that should be reviewed,
and subject to change on a regular basis.

8. Your conscience is a bad thing to have.

If you really believe that man is not an animal then stop acting like one. Just because you think something is fun doesn’t mean it’s good for all of us. Productivity, self sacrifice, self reliance, self restraint, looking out for the other guy and caring for our neighbors are the foundations of our nation and our way of life.

The United Nations, The Hague, Mexamericanada, Law of the Sea Treaty, American Civil Liberties Union – OH MY GOD!

Rick Rahn

Sunday, August 5, 2007

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“Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” “Father, Father, why have you forsaken me?”

Why must we suffer these fools? Jesus is Lord; even Mohammad said so:

Mohammad said that the old and new testaments were the word of God. Today Mohammad’s followers say that both the new and old testaments have been corrupted and therefore can’t be trusted. The old and new testaments can be proven to be the same today as when Mohammad was alive. Islam today refers to the council of about 400 years ago when the decisions about what should be included in the bible and what should be left out was conducted. Mohammad lived years earlier.

Woe is unto him who knows the truth and distorts it for his own advantage. If Islam is truly a peaceful religion then they should shout it from the rooftops. He who does nothing has chosen his course by his silence.

The Old Testament has much of the same violence toward the non-Hebrews as the Koran has toward non-Muslims. The one true and living God didn’t want his people corrupted any more than Mohammed wanted his followers corrupted. The difference is Jesus. He covered the payment for those who would trust in Him. There is no such out in Islam.

If there were no Jesus, there would be no reason to follow any laws. There is no way any man could live his life good enough to satisfy God on his own. Without the Jesus loophole all are lost. Hell is the resting place for those who do not fulfill the purpose for which they were created.
Do not be deceived brothers and sisters. The Moslems know that if you are truly in Christ you can never be converted and therefore want you dead. Death is the end of excuses and the beginning of eternity.

Rick Rahn

Sunday, February 11, 2007

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Degree Of Outlook

Definitions –

Conservative – One who believes that the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence combined with the explanative writings of the founding fathers should be used as the basis for decisions on how our country operates.

Liberal - One who believes that the Constitution is a “living document” that needs to be adjusted on a regular basis to keep up with the changing social condition.

I have said for years that a liberal is just a conservative without the ability to think logically. Liberals tend to make their decisions based more on emotion than fact. This, however, is a generalization – degree seems to be the real defining factor. The scale below is my idea of degree…

Just to let you know where I am coming from –
I am a Christian charismentalist with a constitutionalist view of politics along with some liberalist social values.

I believe that loyalty in the workplace has all but been destroyed by what I call the centralization of big business. In latter years, companies were smaller and had a more personal relationship between employee and employer. As the corporate institutions became larger and more diversified the personal contact and caring gave way to more “business” related personnel decisions. The insuring lack of concern for employees in turn gave rise to a lack of loyalty by the employees. In the 1950’s for instance, a man could earn enough to support his family while his wife stayed at home and cared of the children. It is my considered opinion that if an employer chooses not to pay an employee (male or female) a wage and benefit package substantial enough to allow the employee a reasonably acceptable lifestyle for a family of four, they shouldn’t be in business at all.

I am more and more in favor these days of socialized medicine. My reasoning for this is that the medical and pharmaceutical industries have shown a complete lack of self-control in their price structuring. Government regulations on the other hand have made it necessary for those who can afford care to pay enough to cover the costs of those who can’t. Insurance companies have become adversaries to both the medical providers as well as their patients. Many of you may have noticed that much more medical testing is being done as a CYA measure over and above that which is done due to advances in medical procedure. Prescription costs and medical visits have gone through the roof. Insurance companies have gained the upper hand over doctors as to what treatments and remedies are allowable. Surely one government agency could run this area better more efficiently and with less redundancy than all of the little governing agencies (insurance companies) that have cropped up.

Workman’s compensation has become a nightmare for those who have had to become involved with it. What was intended to be a benefit has turned into a horror story. An attorney recently told me that since the insurance companies have been placed in charge of the program the following holds true –
Workers compensation makes it so difficult to get proper treatment that ninety percent of the people will give up and go to their own resources for proper care and that it costs the workers compensation insurance companies less to be sued by the remaining ten percent than it would have cost to have given proper care to all. Granted there are fraudulent claims and they should be dealt with harshly. That doesn’t mean that all claimants should be treated as though they were frauds.

Marriage is the union of a man and a woman for the purpose of establishing a family. Since our gay population would like to have, and deserve the same benefits as a married couple, lets figure out what to call it and establish it. Airplanes and cars are not the same but are both used for transportation. Why can’t our esteemed politicians come up with plan for a gay union and end all the useless fighting.

The “establishment” clause in the Constitution does not set up a “wall of separation between church and state”. It takes a real stretch of the imagination to even hint that it does. It simply means that the government must refrain from setting up a one denomination state run religion. Our founders were trying to avoid the “Church of England” situation that we had fled from. Many people these days seem to have trouble defining religion. Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Islam, Buddhism, Church of England and Hindu are examples of religions.

Since there can be no doubt in any educated persons mind that these United Stated were set up as a Christian nation, based on Judeo – Christian principals, what is all the fuss. Christianity is not and never was, nor will it ever be a religion. It is a personal relationship with Jesus the Christ. By the way, “Christ” is His title not His last name, anymore than “of Nazareth” is his last name.

It is my opinion that a very strict interpretation of our founding documents should be followed at all times.

Rick Rahn

Sunday, February 4, 2007

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What's Up?

As I have gotten older, I don’t know if I have gotten smarter, more intuitive, more insightful, more alert, more aware, or just paranoid. The more I look at what is going on in our country and around the world, the more fearful I become. I look at and listen to our politicians and am amazed at their lack of understanding and realization of what is going on around them. I find it hard to believe that with their supposed knowledge and education that they are unable to understand. I lean more and more these days to the opinion that they are somehow controlled. By what, or whom, I do not know for sure, but I have a good idea. Remember though; you are not paranoid if they really are after you.

Aside from the above, I really do believe that there are two immediate enemies of which we should be aware. Radical Islam attacks from without while anti traditional American groups such as the ACLU attack from within. I consider this to be external as well as internal terrorism. I can remember how upset my grandfather used to get over what America was doing wrong in the 50’s and early 60’s. I thank God he can’t see what has happened to the country he loved. I am extremely upset at what I think my grandchildren and grandchildren are going to have to face in the future.

There are three books that I have recently read that I can recommend wholeheartedly as follow up if you wish. They are, “The Islamic Invasion” by Robert Morey, “Jerusalem Countdown” by John Hagie, and “Indefensible” by Sam Kastensmidt. “The Marketing of Evil” by David Kupelian is another good book but is more difficult reading.

This is not meant as hate speech but rather hope speech and also a warning as to what we in the United States are up against. Those who would accuse me of in any way spreading hate, have no idea who I am. I am instructed in the bible not to hate but rather to love my neighbor. I do however hate evil; I think that is all right as the bible says that God hates evil. The main problem with being a Christian warrior is the instruction to turn the other cheek. Those who are against us depend in large part on using our Christian principals against us.

Rick Rahn