Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Teens Pursue Spirituality, But Without God?

An interesting article from http://www.ucg.org/ about spirituality. This follows this post about crime. For a free magazine subscription or to get the books recommended for free click HERE! or call 1-888-886- 8632.

She was about 16, walking with a male companion of similar age, when I saw her in a department store recently. Her carefully crafted outfit caught my eye. Definitely a “style,” it couldn't be called “stylish.” Her black pullover top matched her baggy, military-style pants, as did her cumbersome, heavy boots. The look she cultivated was “accented” by jewelry pierced through curiously creative locations about her face and head. The pièce de résistance was the pair of men's flannel boxer shorts she was wearing, carefully arranged to extend 3 or 4 inches above her belt-line.
Although garbed in paramilitary dress and similarly decorated with metal studs about his face and head, her male companion did not manage to match her “fashion statement” for garishness.
Are they typical of the 22 million teenagers in the United States? No, thankfully, according to Sharon Begley, whose article about teens, “A World of Their Own,” appeared in the May 8, 2000, issue of Newsweek. Psychologist William Damon of Stanford University told Begley, “today's teens may have less in common with each other than those in generations past.” Teens cannot and should not be lumped into a single category or judged by fringe extremists like those described above. Millions exhibit individuality, strong ambition and genuine values.
Despite the fact that the 22 million American teenagers cannot be depicted by a single stereotype, the purpose of the Newsweek article was to address the emerging “portrait of the millennial generation.” There are encouraging signs-and some discouraging ones.
“They are spiritual”
One of the current trends highlighted in Newsweek's polling grabbed my attention. “They're spiritual…” begins the drophead of the above article by Sharon Begley. She writes in the body of the article that the present generation of teens is more spiritual than their parents are. A companion article in the same issue, “Searching for a Holy Spirit,” by John Leland, reports that, “Young people are openly passionate about religion….” A Newsweek poll of teenagers found that religion was important to 78 percent of them.
Is this a positive trend or a negative one? Let's take a more in-depth look at what is taking place in this area.
There is a definite trend among teens toward personalizing existing religions to suit their individual convictions or literally creating their own “faith.” They look for or seek to create a philosophy with which they can be comfortable. Bits and pieces of ideology are drawn from various faiths to produce a unique composite, pulling from such diverse religions as Judaism, Catholicism, Buddhism and Islam. As in so many areas of life, the Internet plays a major role in the faith of teens, providing them with what Leland calls “spiritual supermarkets.” Teens are shopping for religion the same way they shop for music, entertainment and career information-online. Christian researcher George Barna predicts that “cyberchurches” will account for 10 to 20 percent of all organized worship within the next decade (ibid., Leland).
Leland called the developing religious orientation of today's teens a “religious smorgasbord” and says that they devise “whatever mixture appeals at the time.” Sharon Begley writes that many “put together their own religious canon as they would a salad from a salad bar.”
On the positive side of the ledger, this interest in religion has motivated teens to donate a lot of time to community service. Leland reports that as many as 60 percent do some kind of community service. That's wonderful.
Equally positive is the fact that teens with strong religious convictions “are less likely to take drugs, have early sex, or engage in delinquent behavior”-a phenomenon that sociologists and educators call “the faith factor” (ibid., Leland).
More power to them. But, is “the faith factor” producing the desired results? Jesus put it quite pragmatically: “Every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.… Therefore by their fruits you will know them” (Matthew 7:17, 20). What are the “fruits” or results of the way of life teens are choosing? According to William Damon, “a significant number are drifting or worse.”
A majority or significant minorities are still practicing destructive personal habits. CDC statistics show that 48 percent of high-school students have had sexual intercourse, 36 percent are smoking and 51 percent are drinking alcoholic beverages. The figures on sexual promiscuity represent a slight downward trend, the number of smokers is on the increase and the number of drinkers is relatively the same as it has been in recent years. All of these behaviors portend relationship and health problems, bearing a phenomenal price tag for those who are soon to be the adults of the next generation.
On the subject of “power” and religion, it's tempting to reach for the lexicon of prophetic scriptures and pull out some of Paul's words to Timothy: “But know this, that in the last days perilous times [times of stress] will come…. [For people will have] a form of godliness but [deny] its power” (2 Timothy 3:1, 5).
A pastor at Wheaton Bible Church in the Chicago area related to John Leland what he had discovered by asking troubled teens, “Who do you think God is?” One teen echoed the thoughts of all with the opinion that whatever you really believe is all right. “God is whatever works for you,” summarized the teens' perspective, according to the pastor.
Looking for a religion without God
Their view is wrong. God is a real Being, and He offers invaluable guidance that is not discernible unless we come to know Him personally and listen to what He has to say. The ancient prophet's message speaks clearly, “Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.… 'For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,' says the LORD. 'For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts'” (Isaiah 55:6, 8-9)
The direction our heavenly Father provides is as specific as what parents should say to guide their children. Therein lies the problem-parents haven't been fulfilling that responsibility.
In too many cases, they aren't a real presence in the lives of their children. Teens spend 20 percent of their waking hours alone and 9 percent of their time outside school with friends, according to data from the 1999 Alfred P. Sloan Study of Youth and Social Development (ibid., Begley). You do the math. Little time is spent communicating with or even in the presence of parents.
As noble and as wonderful as it is that teenagers are “spiritual,” it's sad and sobering that they do not want to know God or too many specifics of what He has to say about how they should conduct themselves.
Leland quotes a teen who says, “I believe there is a higher power at work in my life, but I do not have a name for it. When I pray I do not ask a god [sic] to make everything all right. Instead I ask myself to be strong” (ibid.).
Wow, what an incredible contradiction in thought!
Turned off by what they know of religion, many are looking for spirituality without God. I applaud those who've perceived the paucity of most organized religions, but for them to seek spirituality without seeking God is like trying to breathe without oxygen.
I can appreciate the frustration and disillusionment that drives the teens' search for a different religion, but they're courting disaster, not the Divine. The book of Proverbs, written to guide young people, counsels, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12). Remember the prayer recorded above, in which the teen looks to himself instead of to God.
Are these teens “denying the power of godliness”? Yes, I believe that they are. They have chosen the right objective, but not the right course to it. But I do not fault them. We must ask why teens are directed and motivated the way that they are. In many cases, it's because the present generation of leaders-public figures and parents alike-have denied the power of godliness.
Teens creating their “salad bar” religious philosophies are offended by and reject what they have witnessed in the present adult generation. Many teens are plainly fed up with not being fed or led in spiritual matters. William Strauss, coauthor of The Fourth Turning, reported that “teens had harsher opinions about the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal than any other group” (ibid., Begley). Disillusioned equally with the behavior of their leaders and the inability of their parents and other adult mentors to declare wrong to be wrong, teens have chosen to be more moral than their adults are. They have sought to develop a sharper definition of right and wrong than today's adults have.
It's today's adults who have denied God
Whose fault is it that teens are creating a flawed spirituality? Don't today's adults, including many parents, share culpability? Any adults willing to take leadership positions, but unwilling or unable to be role models for life, share responsibility for the fact that the up-and-coming generation is creating a nonspecific, “salad bar” spirituality that actually hinders itself from knowing the true God.
Compare the entire generation to a teen in a troubled home. It's commendable that a young person growing up in the home of an alcoholic parent or parents sets his/her will to exercise self-control and never abuse alcohol. Similarly, it's commendable that young people growing up in this morally skewed society set their wills to choose a moral and spiritually-based lifestyle. But it is infinitely preferable that young people are reared, guided, loved and nurtured in a home by fathers and mothers who are excellent role models. And similarly, it is infinitely preferable that the future generation of parents and leaders would be able to follow a healthy pattern of behavior and moral values demonstrated by the lives of today's parents and leaders.
“Do as I do” is better parenting than the implied message for today's teens: “Whatever you do, don't do what we have done.”
Should we be positive about the future generation? As Sharon Begley concludes her article, “Every generation has a chance at greatness. Let this one take its shot.” I'm all for them and pleased that there are so many positive examples! But are we saying that hope for the future generation is based solely upon its rejecting and rising above the failings of the present one?
What a sad commentary that is on today's leaders and parents.
A moving prophecy in the 18th chapter of the book of Ezekiel speaks to the hope that today's teens have for the future. Dealing with a debate about whether children must pay for their parents' sins, God assures them that a son (or daughter) can look at the lousy example set by a parent and determine not to repeat it. God promises to honor such a mature sense of duty, and says that He does not hold children responsible for their parents' errors.
Again, more power to those teens who set their mind to know and obey the true God.
What will become of leaders and parents in today's adult generation? Everyone will answer for his or her behavior. “The soul who sins [and does not turn from it] shall die” (Ezekiel 18:4).
The message of the prophecy is not to condemn, but rather to urge those who sin to turn from it. “But if a wicked man turns from all his sins which he has committed…he shall surely live; he shall not die” (verse 21).
So, we find in this prophecy a strong message of hope-for adults and teens alike…depending upon what each chooses to do. WNP

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Democrats never mentioned ISIS, jihad, or terrorism

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Democrats never mentioned ISIS, jihad, or terrorism on Day One of DNC

Politifact is not really a fact-checking site; it’s just another propaganda arm of the far-Left. So if even they are saying this, the problem is acute and clear. For the Democrats, jihad terror is just not a priority. The fact that there was no mention of it whatsoever on the first day of their convention is abundant illustration of that, whatever they might say on the second or third day. They’re much more interested in climate change and pandering to their various interest groups. Meanwhile, Germany and France are on fire, and because of policies still endorsed by the Democrats and numerous influential Republicans, that fire is coming here.
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“Politifact: Democrats never mentioned terrorism on Day One of DNC,” by Tyler Pager, Politico, July 26, 2016:
Republicans’ claim that Democrats did not mention terrorism or ISIL on the first night of the Democratic National Convention is correct, Politifact said Tuesday morning.
Following Monday night’s speeches, Republicans blasted the Democrats for a lack of focus on terrorism from the 61 speakers.
“Based on our searches of C-SPAN closed-captioning text, Congressional Quarterly transcripts and other video archiving services, we couldn’t find any speaker who mentioned “ISIS,” “Islamic” “terror,” “terrorist,” or “terrorism” during the first day of the convention,” Politifact wrote.
The fact-checking website did add the caveat that the Democrats still have three days to discuss terrorism at the convention and the first day of the convention was not meant to focus on foreign policy. Additionally, Hillary Clinton on Monday called for action against ISIL at a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“We need to lead other countries in stopping ISIS, Al Qaeda, and other radical jihadist groups,” she said. “We shouldn’t leave that to the rest of the world to figure out on their own. That won’t keep us safe.”
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Mothers of the Movement–Hillary And The DNC Go All In For Dead Thugs

A timely post from http://www.vdare.com about criminals. This follows this post about victims of immigrant crime. This follows this post about the murder of police officers and the denial of due process to them.T his follows this post about rap songs referencing Donald Trump.
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The Mothers of the Movement–Hillary And The DNC Go All In For Dead Thugs


Here’s NPR on What To Expect At The Democratic Convention .[by Daniel Kurtzleben, July 15, 2016]
Tuesday will feature the roll call vote and how Hillary Clinton has spent her entire career working to make a difference for children, families and our country. The Mothers of the Movement participating include Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner; Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin; Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontré Hamilton; Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis; Lezley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown; Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley, mother of Hadiya Pendleton; Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland.
The “Mothers of the Movement” hadn’t  really registered with me, but I know all those names.
  • garnerresistGwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner—who was a massively overweight thug who died of exertion while trying to fight half a dozen police trying to wrestle him into handcuffs for selling illegal cigarettes to teenagers.
  • Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin— who was a teenage thug (suspended from school for possession of stolen property) who died during his assault on neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. His next-to-last words, as he tried to grab Zimmerman’s gun were “You’re gonna die tonight, mother—er.”(His last words were “You got me.”)
  • Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontré Hamilton— who was a maniac (literally: paranoid schizophrenic) who grabbed an officer’s baton and tried to beat him to death with it.
  • Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis—who was a teenager, who cursed and uttered racist insults at a white man (civilian Michael Dunn) when Dunn asked him not to blast rap music from his car. Dunn shot Davis, claiming self-defense, on the grounds that he’d seen Davis point a shotgun at him. However, since police failed to find a shotgun, and Davis’s companions swore there wasn’t one, Dunn was sentenced to life without parole.
  • rightrobLezley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown— who was the Ferguson thug who assaulted and robbed a storekeeper, and when stopped by police officer Darren Wilson smashed Wilson in the face and tried to take his gun.
  • Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley, mother of Hadiya Pendleton who was a teenage girl in Chicago. An outlier on this list, 15-year old Hadiya was innocent of anything but standing around in a Chicago  park when she was shot for no particular reason by (allegedly)  these two guys.
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The Narrative on the Hadiya Pendleton shooting is that it was “gun violence.”
  • Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland—another outlier, since Bland wasn’t killed by anyone at all, but hanged herself in her cell when none of her relatives (including her mother) would bail her out. She’d been arrested for kicking a police officer who stopped her car—an act apparently motivated by the racial resentment all blacks seem to feel when pulled over by the police, no matter how bad their driving is.
With the exception of Hadiya–whose mother, if she wants justice, should be looking to Trump and the Republicans–these are people that only a mother could love.
How hard does Hillary think she can push this BLM stuff without alienating all the remaining white Democrats?

World News and Trends Violent crime and robbery up in America

An interesting article from http://www.ucg.org/ about crime. This follows this post about Sodom and Gomorrah. This follows this post about trade deficits. This follows this post about Turkey's leader, Erdogan. For a free magazine subscription or to get the books recommended for free click HERE! or call 1-888-886- 8632.

Time magazine stated, “Driven by a big jump in robberies, violent crime in the U.S. edged up 1.3% last year, according to preliminary FBI data” (June 18, 2007, emphasis added). Violent crime essentially means murder, rape, robbery with violence and aggravated assault.
The piece in Time listed the top 15 violent American cities. All of them are in the Midwest/Eastern area of the United States with the sole exception of Oakland, Calif. In contrast Irvine, California, is regarded as the safest city in the United States. Flint, St. Louis and Detroit head the list of the most violent, in that order. New York City is now ranked 119th, the result of intense crime-reduction efforts over recent years.
Britain has also suffered from a rise in violence. “The British Crime Survey found violent offences were up 5 per cent, and a separate survey of all-night drinking indicated a rise in offences between 3 am and 6 pm” ( The London News, July 19, 2007). According to Metropolitan police statistics, 906,442 crimes were reported in London during the past 12 months. The figures include 175 murders, 179,063 crimes of violence, 2,145 rapes, 44,179 robberies and 95,886 burglaries.
These criminal activities are serious and shameful blights on our Western way of life. Too many have abandoned the Judeo-Christian morality under which both nations rose to greatness. And too few have taught their children to live by the Ten Commandments.
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Where’d Trump Get His Homicides Up 17% Stat? from the WASHINGTON POST

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Where’d Trump Get His Homicides Up 17% Stat? from the WASHINGTON POST


From the Washington Post:
More people were murdered last year than in 2014, and no one’s sure why
By Max Ehrenfreund and Denise Lu
Jan. 27, 2016
The number of homicides in the country’s 50 largest cities rose nearly 17 percent last year, the greatest increase in lethal violence in a quarter century.
A Wonkblog analysis of preliminary crime data found that about 770 more people were killed in major cities last year than the year before, the worst annual change since 1990.
The killings increased as some law enforcement officials and conservative commentators were warning that violent crime was on the rise amid a climate of hostility toward police. They said protests and intense scrutiny of officers who used lethal force had caused officers to become disengaged from their jobs, making streets more dangerous. Some have called it the “Ferguson effect,” after the St. Louis suburb in which Michael Brown Jr. was shot and killed by a police officer in 2014.
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I blogged about this study last January.
The post-Ferguson spike in homicides was first documented by Carl Bialik in Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight last September 11, 2015. I blogged about it here.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Editorial: #BernTheConvention ?

Editorial

As the supporters of Bernie Sanders know, he was the victim of a rigged primary with the SUPERdelegates who voted for his opponent, and the DNC chair who organized the primaries against him.
There were many issues that these supporters were motivated about, but two of course were Trade and Wall Street influence.
On Trade, his primary opponent was in favor of NAFTA, and also helped write the TPP. Where she stands on this has been dependent upon the current winds.
On Wall Street influence, his opponent still hasn't released information about her fees as Bernie has requested.
Whether Bernie Sanders has been compromised himself has to be seen. Elizabeth Warren was ignored on many things also.

So, #BernTheConvention?

http://www.hughhewitt.com/hillary-punked-bernie-sanders-voters/ 

Editorial: #BernTheConvention ?

Editorial

As the supporters of Bernie Sanders know, he was the victim of a rigged primary with the SUPERdelegates who voted for his opponent, and the DNC chair who organized the primaries against him.
There were many issues that these supporters were motivated about, but two of course were Trade and Wall Street influence.
On Trade, his primary opponent was in favor of NAFTA, and also helped write the TPP. Where she stands on this has been dependent upon the current winds.
On Wall Street influence, his opponent still hasn't released information about her fees as Bernie has requested.
Whether Bernie Sanders has been compromised himself has to be seen. Elizabeth Warren was ignored on many things also.

So, #BernTheConvention?

http://www.hughhewitt.com/hillary-punked-bernie-sanders-voters/