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 on: June 23, 2018, 06:19:21 PM 
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Since the implementation of Trump’s zero-tolerance policy in April, rather than feed and release illegal immigrants, 98% of whom fail to return for asylum or deportation hearings, almost 2,000 minors, a few of them young, have been separated from their parents at the border. However, as Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen noted, the vast majority of children currently housed in Health and Human Services detention centers — 10,000 of them — are minors who illegally crossed the border without their parents, but with dangerous human trafficking networks. Notably, she also disclosed, “In the last five months, we have a 314 percent increase in adults and children arriving at the border fraudulently, claiming to be a family unit.”

I would note here, arguably these minors in HHS custody, few of whom are younger than 13, are now safer, more comfortable and better cared for than at any other time in their lives.

As HHS Secretary Alex Azar notes: “The vast majority of these kids are teenagers, over the age of 13. We have a few who are under the age of 13 and keep them in separate facilities with separate protocols. We’re taking good care of them. We provide them with education, we provide them with meals, they get medical care, they get dental care, vision, they get athletic time, entertainment, they get psychiatric care. We’re providing excellent care for these kids…”

Azar notes further, “The simple fact is, the way you prevent separation, the way you prevent your children from coming into our care – don’t come into our country illegally. Go and present yourself at a legal border crossing with permission to come into the country, or make your case why you legally should be allowed to enter. If you break our laws you will be prosecuted. If your prosecuted you may have your children given into our custody.”

Fact is, the drug cartels, gangs, human traffickers and Middle Eastern nationals are exploiting the border crisis in order to gain access into the U.S. For the record, last year 113 political candidates were murdered in Mexico and more than 50 of their relatives have also been murdered. The cartels and gangs are exporting that violence across our border.

Mexico is one of the most dangerous nations on the planet, and five of its cities rank in the top 10 most dangerous cities, including most notably Ciudad Juarez32, right across the border from El Paso. (Last time I was there, seven federal police were killed the night before I arrived.)

Point is, our southern border is a dangerous place, and the Democrat effort to use children to put a smiley face on that fact, after advocating open boarders, is disgraceful hypocrisy.

According to President Trump: “The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility. It won’t be. If you look at what’s happening in Europe, if you look at what’s happening in other places, we can’t allow that to happen to the United States — not on my watch. We want safety and we want security for our country. If Democrats would sit down instead of obstructing, we could have something done very quickly. … But just remember, a country without borders is not a country at all. We need borders. We need security. We need safety. We have to take care of our people.”

National Review’s Rich Lowry has written a good summary of the evolution of the enforcement issue related to children33: “The Trump administration isn’t changing the rules that pertain to separating an adult from the child. Those remain the same. Separation happens only if officials find that the adult is falsely claiming to be the child’s parent, or is a threat to the child, or is put into criminal proceedings. The past practice had been to give a free pass to an adult who is part of a family unit. The new Trump policy is to prosecute all adults. The idea is to send a signal that we are serious about our laws and to create a deterrent against re-entry34. (Illegal entry is a misdemeanor, illegal re-entry a felony.)”

Of course, immigrant families claiming asylum or refugee status at official ports of entry aren’t separated from children. Only those who attempt to cross illegally are separated from their children while being processed through the courts.

As I noted above, American citizens are also separated from their children while justice is served. But those kids aren’t good for leftist political agendas.

Just because the Trump administration is now finally enforcing long-standing immigration laws doesn’t mean that families shouldn’t be kept together during legal proceedings prior to deportation. Fact is, most of these illegal immigrants are seeking better opportunities — including “free” housing, schooling and medical care. And they are coming in ever-larger numbers because previous administrations have advertised that they can cross into the U.S. with impunity.

That being said, we should be concerned for the younger minors, those too young to understand why they are being separated from their parents.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has proposed legislation35 authorizing new temporary shelters to house families together until their asylum requests are processed. In the meantime, it’s worth mentioning that the conditions and provisions for those children are infinitely better than the conditions and provisions they had before crossing the U.S. border.

Trump has repeatedly called on Republicans and Democrats to send him legislation resolving the illegal immigration issue. On Tuesday, he endorsed both House immigration bills that build the wall, close legal loopholes, cancel the visa lottery, curb chain migration, and solve the border crisis and family separation issue by allowing for family detention and removal. Agreement on this legislation has thus far eluded Republican consensus36. The division in the Republican ranks has been a split over what amounts to amnesty vs. border security and enforcement37.

We favor Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s Border Security and Immigration Reform Act38 over the proposal by House Speaker Paul Ryan, and it will be an extraordinary achievement if the House can agree on how to merge the bills.

Regardless, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled that stand-alone legislation39 to resolve the family separation issue will pass if one of the immigration bills doesn’t.

In the meantime, Trump has issued an executive order40 to resolve the short-term issue of family separation, noting his order was “somewhat preemptive and ultimately will be matched by legislation I’m sure,” assuming congressional Republicans can actually agree on such legislation. But Trump’s executive order will not resolve the 9th Circuit Court requirement that the illegal immigrants be released after 20 days15, a Leftist judiciary ruling that basically mandates “catch and release,” tantamount to open borders.

Regardless, as I noted, Demos don’t want an immigration solution. They want fodder for political talking points to advance their statist agenda and midterm election prospects.

And finally, yesterday morning’s incoming email from across the political spectrum included several dramatic Democrat Party fundraising requests. One was from foul-mouthed DNC Chair Tom Perez, inviting me to “Stand against Trump’s cruelty to children.”

But more amusing was the following appeal from Hillary Clinton: “What’s happening to families at the border right now is horrific: Nursing infants ripped away from their mothers. Parents told their toddlers are being taken to bathe or play, only to realize hours later that they aren’t coming back. Children incarcerated in warehouses and, according to more than one account, kept in cages. This is a moral and humanitarian crisis.”

For the record, the most epic “humanitarian crisis” in decades was the direct result of failed Obama/Clinton Middle East policy41. Almost five million people have had to flee Syria and other nations in the region with their families, and another six million remain displaced internally. Recall the dramatic images of a drowned refugee child washing up on a Turkish shore. It’s estimated that more than 2,000 refugees drowned during that exodus.

According to Clinton, the detention of children on our southern border “is not happening because of the ‘Democrats’ law,‘ as the White House has claimed. Separating families is not mandated by law at all. That is an outright lie. And it is incumbent on all of us, journalists and citizens alike, to call it just that.”

Clinton, of course, is the “Congenital Liar42.” The original immigration policy43 was implemented by Bill Clinton.

As for Clinton’s advice on immigration and the Bible44, I’ll pass.

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 on: June 23, 2018, 06:18:25 PM 
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    “The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.” —George Washington (1783)

Oh, what to do?

Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are scurrying around the congressional chambers trying to figure out how to derail Donald Trump’s1 highly successful Make America Great Again2 policies before the 2018 midterm elections3. They have their work cut out for them.

According to current tracking by the reputable Gallup organization, satisfaction with the direction of the country4 is now higher than at any time since 2005. That’s higher than any year Barack Obama’s5 regime was in power. And President Trump’s approval ratings are slowly climbing.

Making matters worse, first-quarter GDP growth of 2.2% was better than expected. Headline unemployment dropped to 3.8%, the best since 2000. The U-6 unemployment rate is at 7.6%, the lowest since 2001. Black unemployment hit a record low of 5.9%. Female unemployment is at 3.6%, the lowest since 1953.

And worse yet, the paychecks of American workers are growing at a record pace6. Consumer confidence is at an 18-year high7 and small business optimism is approaching a record high8.

So how can Democrats stop this progress toward “Armageddon,” as Pelosi calls it? If they don’t, it will be Armageddon for their 2018 prospects, as well as for Pelosi’s chance to regain the speaker’s gavel.

Well, here’s an idea!

Create a social media firestorm with a viral image of children in cages9, claiming it’s “children ripped from the arms of their parents by Donald Trump” and comparing Trump to Hitler — even though the photo in question was taken when Obama was setting immigration policy. Follow up with loads of other spurious viral images10 of crying children, and throw in some magazine covers and fundraisers featuring equally erroneous imagery11.

Then, bank on the fact that most of your constituents are emotionally incontinent dupes12, who are unable to exercise a modicum of sensory discrimination and intellectual discretion regarding leftist immigration Demo-gogury, and assume what the Leftmedia13 propagates 24/7 is the truth.

If the charade is successful, it will help undermine Republican efforts to pass any meaningful immigration reform legislation, and this faux focus on “the children” will elevate the immigration issue14 and erode confidence in Trump and Republicans in the midterm election. Hey, desperate times call for desperate measures.

There’s only one glaring problem: Democrat Party politicos don’t give a damn about American children, much less immigrant children, unless they can be used15 to advance the Left’s statist political agenda.

Schumer exposed the Demos’ indifference, making clear they are just cynically leveraging the issue by refusing to take Senate action16 to remedy the family separation issue. “There’s no need for legislation, there’s no need for anything else,” Schumer declared after seeing how successful the Demo campaign to smear Trump has been. “If the president’s ashamed at what’s happening at the border, he can change it. … [Republicans] are feeling the heat. They are the ones feeling the heat on this issue, and that’s why they’re squirming.”

Wait, I thought the issue was young children “feeling the heat.”

The irrefutable fact is, if Democrats really cared about children, they would not continue to advocate policies that institutionalize poverty and enslave tens of millions of Americans on their urban poverty plantations17, created by their catastrophically failed “Great Society18” “welfare” programs. But then, Democrats depend on “victim constituencies.”

Speaking of victims, there are many parents whose children have been forcibly separated from them, the result of being murdered by illegal immigrant gangs19. And currently, 1-in-5 Federal Prisoners are illegal aliens20, and almost 90% of illegal immigrants arrested by ICE agents have criminal records21.

(Need I add that, if Democrats really cared about children, they wouldn’t redistribute taxpayer income to Planned Parenthood to forcibly separate more than a thousand children from their mothers every day.)

If they really cared about the children of illegal immigrants, they would’ve written and passed their own “dream” immigration policies in 2010, when they had full control of the executive and legislative branches.

But they didn’t.

Currently, there are about 2,000 children temporarily sheltered by Health and Human Services apart from their parents (or those claiming to be their parents), but there are more than 20,000 U.S. kids in foster care, separated from parents because those adults are in prison and there were no designated relatives or guardians to care for those kids. In other words, when adults commit crimes, the are going to be separated from their children.

(BTW, there are also 765,000 kids separated from their active duty military parents who are risking their lives to defend our nation’s Liberty, while the Demos are busy propagating their fake poster children as fodder to further their oppressive socialist agenda.)

Tragically, Democrat policies have invited a flood of illegal immigration in the two years to their growing list of so-called “sanctuary cities22,” promoting that illegal aliens won’t be prosecuted in those increasingly dangerous cities23 – in effect, an open border policy.

How the times have changed!

Before Democrats realized their political future was in jeopardy, Obama insisted: “We are a nation of laws. Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable. When I took office, I committed to fixing this broken immigration system and began to do what I could to secure our borders. Today our immigration system is broken and everybody knows it. … We will [add] additional [border] resources for our law enforcement personnel, so that they can stem the tide of illegal crossing and to speed the return of those who do cross over. If you are a criminal, you will be deported. … We expect people who live in this country to play by the rules.”

Video: Obama’s Immigration Lies24

Obama added, “To those members of Congress who question my authority … or question my wisdom to act where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill.”

Schumer declared: “People who enter the U.S. without our permission are illegal aliens, and illegal aliens should not be treated the same as people who enter the U.S. legally. … When we use phrases like ‘undocumented workers,’ we convey to the American people that their government is not serious about combating illegal immigration. … I think it is illegal and wrong.”

Video: Democrats then and now25

Hillary Clinton26 had this to say about DACA legislation: “We have to send a clear message — just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean your child gets to stay. We don’t want to send a message that is contrary to our laws.”

And both Hillary and Bill Clinton27 were once staunch advocates for a border wall28.

Video: Bill Clinton on “illegal aliens29”

So what changed? Why are Democrats now in favor of illegal immigration30?

A few years ago, when Demos were still feigning concern for their blue-collar and union-worker constituencies, whose jobs and wages had been deflated by unchecked illegal immigration, they talked tough about illegal aliens. But their proposals were all smoke and mirrors. They routinely made fake political plays31 for Latino and Hispanic voters while pursuing policies that protected their traditional constituencies.

But as its lower- and middle-income voter blocs began hemorrhaging to Trump’s promise (and delivery) of prosperity, the Democrat Party turned its back on those constituent groups and opened a socialist voter pipeline to flood our nation with their most promising future constituency — Latinos. And labor union fat cats, whose member rolls have also been hemorrhaging, see these largely unskilled and low-wage immigrants as their future dues-payers.

 on: June 23, 2018, 06:17:01 PM 
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The study presented those surveyed with five factual statements (assertions that can be proven through observable evidence) and five opinion statements (expressions of values or beliefs), plus two “borderline” statements that could go either way. Respondents were asked to correctly identify which statements were factual and which were opinion. It should be noted that a factual statement may not be an accurate statement. For example, the survey statement, “Health care costs per person in the U.S. are the highest in the developed world,” is presented as definitively true, but its accuracy can be proven or disproven by various sources and data.

Of the 5,035 American adults who participated in the study, more than half were able to correctly identify at least three of the five factual and opinion statements correctly. Broadly speaking, those who were very interested in the news, those who were “digitally savvy” (comfortable navigating computers, smart devices and the Internet), and those with a high political awareness did better at differentiating fact from opinion.

But only 26% were able to correctly identify all five factual statements as such, and only 35% recognized all five opinion statements as opinion. Both self-identified Republicans and self-identified Democrats were more likely to believe an opinion statement as fact if the statement supported their ideological leanings.

This is a problem30.

We live in a nation that has become highly polarized politically, and we are simultaneously bombarded with a tsunami of media outlets, from mainstream/legacy media like CBS and The New York Times to aggregators like The Drudge Report to blogs of every conceivable flavor and bent. Increasingly, Americans gravitate toward news and opinion sources that cater to their personal biases.

One factor is the miserable state of education31 in the United States. Despite the highest per-student spending in the industrialized world, American students struggle to stay middle-of-the-pack in academic achievement as compared to their global peers. Too many students struggle to read and compute at grade level. They are taught to regurgitate what they are told rather than to use logic and reason to determine fact and truth. In other words, they are taught what to think rather than how to think.

This is compounded by a media universe that no longer presents news truthfully, much less objectively. News is presented with an ideological/political bias, twisting facts to comport with political agendas, and omitting relevant facts that might undermine a political narrative.

This dearth of objective, factual news, combined with an inability to reason, creates destructive dynamics in the social sphere. It renders large sections of the population incapable of engaging in reasoned debate without shouting down those who disagree with them. It increasingly leads to violence. Grown adults hear something that offends them and they become “micro-aggressed” and “triggered,” running to their “safe spaces” (stocked with crayons and Teddy bears and snacks32) to escape reality.

This must change, or it will bring about the downfall of our republic (fact check: America is a republic, not a democracy). American citizens must become well-versed in logic, reason, language, history and civics, to name but a few. It is impossible to reach a compromise on public policy when we can’t even agree on a set of facts. True education (as opposed to the progressive indoctrination that too often passes for “education” in our schools and colleges) enlightens, elucidates and civilizes. It brings about peaceful solutions to complex and contentious problems.

These universal truths were succinctly summed up by James Madison in an 1822 letter to W.T. Barry, declaring, “A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”



    Obama’s Child Detention Photos You Have Not Seen33 — In 2014, journalists were given a media tour of two Obama administration detention facilities.
    Republicans Blast FBI Bias Exposed in the IG Report34 — Graham and Gowdy slam Comey and the FBI for poorly handling the Clinton investigation.
    SPLC Finally Gets a Taste of Its Own Medicine35 — The racial grievance industry linchpin is shelling over $3.4 million to settle a frivolous accusation.
    Video: Jordan Peterson vs. ‘Social Justice Warriors’36 — John Stossel talks with the Canadian psychologist and professor about intolerant leftist politics.


Marc A. Thiessen: “When I worked in the George W. Bush White House and traveled to certain foreign countries with the president, we were required by the Secret Service to remove the batteries from our BlackBerrys, place them in a sealed plastic bag, and leave them on Air Force One for the duration of our visit to prevent foreign adversaries from hacking into the White House email system. But [Hillary] Clinton was so cavalier that she actually used not her government communications device but her unsecured private email to communicate directly with the president of the United States from the territory of a foreign adversary. By emailing Obama directly from hostile territory, she put both her own email system and the president’s at risk of foreign intrusion. Many Democrats blame Comey’s July 2016 statement for causing Clinton irreparable harm in the election. But we now know Clinton’s actions were worse than what Comey presented to the American people. Just imagine if his statement had been full and complete.”


Upright: “I can say simultaneously that families should not be separated at the border and that the media coverage of the issue is hypocritical. I can say both that we need to tighten the border and that asylum seekers should not be considered in the same moral category as thieves and murderers. I can say at the same time that many — not all — critics of this policy are more interested in attacking Trump than doing the right thing, and that many — not all — defenders of this policy are more interested in defending Trump than doing the right thing. I can say that Sessions’ use of Scripture was really bad proof texting while at the same time saying that CNN and NPR’s sudden interest in Scripture not only is really bad proof texting but also oddly timed. Parents shouldn’t break the law with their children and we shouldn’t punish children for parents breaking the law. We’re going to have to walk and chew gum at the same time.” —Colson Center president John Stonestreet

The bottom line: “It strikes me that officials in our justice system should enforce our laws in ways that do not commit injustice. Our legal system should respect, not attack, human dignity. Apply this to abortion, immigration, marriage, antidiscrimination, religious liberty, etc.” —Ryan T. Anderson

Race bait: “There is a very obvious throughline connecting the worst moments and policies of this administration — the travel ban, Charlottesville, Puerto Rico and family separation at the border.” —MSNBC’s Chris Hayes

Braying Jenny: “So men, if you really are #WithUs and would like us to not hate you for all the millennia of woe you have produced and benefited from, start with this: Lean out so we can actually just stand up without being beaten down. Pledge to vote for feminist women only. Don’t run for office. Don’t be in charge of anything. Step away from the power. We got this. And please know that your crocodile tears won’t be wiped away by us anymore. We have every right to hate you. You have done us wrong.” —Northeastern University professor Suzanna Danuta Walters in The Washington Post

And last… “Prosecuting illegal aliens who break the law, kids in tow or not, isn’t inhumane. Open borders however, are inhumane.” —Katie Pavlich


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 on: June 23, 2018, 06:15:58 PM 
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“It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808.)


    Chuck Schumer admits that Democrats are cynically exploiting immigration.
    America’s exit from the UN Human Rights Council is welcome.
    Photos you haven’t seen of Obama’s facilities for child detention.
    Fact or opinion — more Americans can’t tell the difference.
    Republicans blast FBI bias in congressional hearings.
    The SPLC’s $3M settlement is a taste of its own medicine.
    Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.


Dems Cynically Leverage Immigration Crisis1

Thomas Gallatin

Supposedly, Democrats care so much for the plight of children that they will do anything in their power to help them — so long as it works in furthering their political agenda and election prospects. As we noted2 Monday, Democrats and their cohorts in the mainstream media have fomented hyperbolic angst over President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration-enforcement policy, alleging that it is a moral crisis. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow even went for an Oscar nomination with her pathetic tearful acting job3. Democrats point to the children of illegal aliens being temporarily separated from their parents and demand that Trump fix the issue by returning to Barack Obama’s lawless catch-and-release policy. And they are absolutely unwilling to seek any compromise with congressional Republicans on developing a legislative solution4.

“There’s no need for legislation. There’s no need for anything else,” insisted Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) at a press conference5 Tuesday, making it crystal clear that, for Democrats, this is all about the midterm elections. When questioned as to why Democrats were unwilling to work with Republicans on a legislative solution to end the controversial policy of separating children from their parents at the border, Schumer blamed the legislative process itself. “Well, there are so many obstacles to legislation,” he said, “and when the president can do it with his own pen, it makes no sense.” Schumer then revealed his true motivation: “[Republicans] are feeling the heat. Republicans are saying how bad this is. … They are the ones feeling the heat on this issue, and that’s why they’re squirming.”

Essentially, he’s saying, Grab the popcorn and watch.

Meanwhile, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) proposed legislation6 that would solve nothing and only further incentivize illegal immigration. Schumer obviously realizes that this one-sided bill has no chance with Republicans, thus his comments about eschewing Republicans’ proposed legislative fix. For Democrats, Hot Air’s Allahpundit asserts7, “Any compromise would likely require ending catch-and-release for families and that’s the red line for liberals. Child separation is bad. Reducing illegal immigration is really bad.”


America’s Welcome Exit From the UN Human Rights Council8

Nate Jackson

The entire United Nations is a farce perpetrated on the world by global elitists who delight in using American treasure to undermine American sovereignty. Of the many things this feckless world body has done, the so-called Human Rights Council ranks among the worst. As The Wall Street Journal notes9, “The Council was created in 2006 after its predecessor, the U.N.‘s Human Rights Commission, was dissolved for failing to deliver on its mandate to protect rights and for allowing countries with abysmal human rights records to become members.” Well, the new HRC (how’s that for a set of initials?) also has numerous members guilty of human rights abuses — Saudi Arabia, Cuba, China and Russia to name a few. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

President Donald Trump was elected to undo much of Barack Obama’s legacy, and part of that legacy was having Hillary Rodham Clinton (HRC, if that wasn’t clear before) sign the U.S. on to participate in this farce after George W. Bush had refused. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley announced Tuesday that the U.S. is withdrawing both membership and funding from the HRC. The final straw was the council’s chief calling U.S. border policies concerning families2 “unconscionable.”

“The council has failed in its stated objectives,” Pompeo declared, adding that it’s an “exercise in shameless hypocrisy.” Furthermore, he said, “The council’s continued and well-documented bias against Israel is unconscionable.”

Haley rebuked the “hypocritical and self-serving” organization for defending rights abusers. This “cesspool of political bias,” she said, is particularly guilty of “chronic” and “pathological” bias against Israel. She accused the council of “disproportionate focus and unending hostility toward Israel,” which included its issuing of more resolutions (70) condemning Israel than North Korea, Iran and Syria combined. It’s never passed a resolution condemning abuses in China, Russia, Cuba or Saudi Arabia, but it has regularly recommended “improvement” for the United States.

“American participation is the last shred of credibility that the council has,” Haley concluded. “That is precisely why we must leave.”

In effect, the inmates are running the HRC asylum and the Trump administration will no longer indulge that lunacy. It’s about time.


Top Headlines10

    Four things the media won’t tell you about the border crisis (The Federalist11)
    Trump blesses House Republicans’ new compromise immigration bill (The Washington Times12)
    NY state announces lawsuit against Trump administration for “violating constitutional rights” of illegal immigrants (The Daily Wire13)
    Report: Illegal immigration harms blacks, robs social services from legal Americans (Washington Examiner14)
    Almost 1,000 people injured, killed in terrorist attacks by refugees (The Washington Free Beacon15)
    U.S. passes Germany as largest recipient of new asylum requests (The Washington Free Beacon16)
    Shock report: Health care eats 17% GDP, Medicaid up 3,491%, fraud, ObamaCare blamed (Washington Examiner17)
    Anyone notice that Trump is now tied with “popular” Obama on job approval? (Investor’s Business Daily18.)
    China industrial policy seeks to steal “crown jewels” of U.S. tech (The Washington Free Beacon19)
    Humor: Having solved all earthly problems, Trump announces Space Force (The Babylon Bee20)
    Policy: U.S. makes the right call to quit UN Human Rights Council (The Daily Signal21)
    Policy: Trump’s new health initiative will spell relief for Americans (The Daily Signal22)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report23.



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Fact or Opinion — Americans Can’t Tell the Difference27

Louis DeBroux

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” —John Adams (1770)

The findings of a study released this week28 by Pew Research should be of concern to those who believe in America’s quarter-millennium experiment in self-government. In an 1816 letter to Charles Yancey, Thomas Jefferson famously declared, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

Yet according to the Pew study29, Americans are increasingly unable to differentiate between fact and opinion.

 on: June 23, 2018, 09:23:32 AM 
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“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14)

This is one of the definitive statements in Scripture on the doctrine of Christian separation. Not only should believers refrain from practicing evil teaching and error, they should not join in any formal association with those who do such things, nor should they enter into a binding relationship of any kind with non-Christians.

There may be a question regarding the full scope of this prohibition, though it probably would not apply to civic clubs, professional societies, and other groups with no religious connotations. The context of this verse implies an association of Christians with pagan idolaters, compromising God’s Word with the immoral pantheism of the Greek religions.

The “unequal yoke” seems, therefore, to be one involving an actual “fellowship” and “communion” in some kind of religious or quasi-spiritual union with unbelievers, and this is forbidden, for how “can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3). In the modern scene, ancient Greek pantheism has now become one form or another of evolutionary humanism. Thus, the prohibition would at least apply to membership in secret lodges or fraternities with a pseudo-religious structure and purpose, as well as membership in liberal churches or cults in the so-called “New Age” orbit. It clearly must also include marriage or partnership or other formal unions with individuals who, as unbelievers in Christ, are either knowingly or unknowingly affected by such pagan beliefs or practices. Instead of such an unequal yoke, we should be joined only to Christ and His followers, “For,” said He, “my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). HMM

 on: June 22, 2018, 05:34:10 PM 
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Adorning the Doctrine
From Timeless Grace Gems
Charles Naylor, 1918

        In Titus 2:10 we read, "That they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things." The doctrine of God as revealed in the New Testament is a glorious system of truth. His law is noble and holy—and one that excites our admiration. When it is preached, it draws men unto it and unto God. Even in the worst of men, there is something that approves it. It is strikingly beautiful and noble. It has a grandeur all its own. The problem of the Christian is to translate it from words—into deeds and life and character. When this is done, the gospel is seen to be a practical reality, and not a lofty and impossible standard.

        Our lives are to adorn the gospel in all things. To adorn means to ornament, to beautify. Only that which is beautiful and attractive can adorn; hence if we adorn the doctrine of Christ—then we must be attractive and beautiful in character and life. But can our lives and characters be such as to adorn the doctrine? God has promised to "beautify the meek with salvation" (Psalm 149:4). In Psalm 29:2 we are told to "worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness."

        In the sight of the Lord, therefore, holiness is beautiful. It is also beautiful in the sight of men when they look at it with unprejudiced eyes. Sin, on the other hand, is unlovely and defiling in all its aspects. There is nothing in it to adorn the life or the character. It is ruinous. "Sin is a reproach to any people" (Proverbs 14:34).

        Only when we are made holy, can we adorn the doctrine of Jesus Christ our Savior. Only when we are made partakers of the divine nature and have in us the beauty of the Son of God, can we shine so as to adorn the doctrine as jewels. Speaking of his children, the Lord said, "And they shall be mine, says the Lord of host, in that day when I make up my jewels" (Malachi 3:17). Speaking of his people collectively as his bride, the Lord says, "And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints" (Revelation 19:8.). This shows a condition in which his people must be, in order to adorn his doctrine. Jesus said, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in Heaven" (Matthew 5:16). It is this way that we adorn the doctrine. The doctrine teaches such good works, and when those good works are seen in our lives—it reacts to the glory of the doctrine and to him who gave the doctrine.

        If we desired to adorn ourselves, we should not put on old rags, or lumps of clay over our clothing, nor put on anything that was repellent. We know very well that such would attract no one. We would not smear our faces with soot or dirty grease, to render ourselves attractive. How ashamed the housewife feels when visitors come and find her children with dirty hands and faces and clothes ragged and unclean! As these things destroy attractiveness—so does sinful conduct. One who professes to be a Christian and yet whose life and character are not Christ-like cannot adorn the doctrine. Unkindness in a person does not attract us to him nor to his religion. Untruthfulness or insincerity is not only a blot on his own character and life—but a blot on his religion if he professes to be a Christian. To be harsh or rude or unreasonable, to be selfish or self-willed, or to be proud—is to dishonor God instead of honoring him.

        Sometimes people are hard to please. Do as you will, you cannot satisfy them. They are always wanting things some other way. These same people are sometimes very well pleased with themselves. This is not a characteristic of holiness. This is not something that will honor God. Instead of these things and other things like them being an advertisement of grace—they only show the lack of grace.

        What would such people do if they were to go to Heaven? The mere transference from earth to Heaven will not change our spiritual state. If there is anything in us here that we should not like to have in us in eternity—here is the place to get the change made. Here is the place to have our lives made as we desire them to be in eternity. Here is the place for character-building. Here is the place to become Christ-like. Here is the place to adorn the doctrine, that men may see your good works. God has told us that nothing which defiles shall enter Heaven. Only that which is good and holy will be there.

        Oh for more holy lives! Oh for more consistency among those who profess to be Christ's! Oh for more of the glory of the Lord resting upon hearts and lives! Oh for more of the beauty of salvation, the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit!

        Many professors of religion adorn themselves outwardly with gold, pearls, and costly array, with feathers and flowers, and with many other things that they think adorn them. But oh for that inner adornment of heart which is precious in the sight of God and that lets the beauty of God's light shine out into the world! How often outward adornment covers a heart filled with iniquity! How often such adornment is the outward show of that inward pride which God hates! How often it reveals the corruption of the nature, instead of its purity!

        God wants our lives to be adorned with jewels, and the gold in which those jewels are to be set, is purity. This is the background upon which all the jewels of character are to be displayed. It is the fundamental requirement in every life. If we are not pure—then our lives will not be pure, and God will not be glorified. Impurity in word or thought or desire, cannot long be hidden; it will manifest itself, and always in a way to dishonor the individual and his God. The pure in heart and life, always shine for God, and they always adorn his doctrine.

        God wants us to be true and faithful. He desires "truth in the inward parts" (Psalm 51:6). He desires truth manifested in the life. He wants all our words to be true. He does not want us to speak evil of any man. He does not want us to speak that which dishonors him, or that which is evil in his sight.

        He wants us to be faithful, "showing all good fidelity," as he has said. Fidelity is one of the most glorious of Christian virtues. God wants us to be faithful to our word, faithful in our dealings, faithful in our public life and in our private life, and faithful in every way. In this way we can adorn the doctrine. If we are unfaithful, we dishonor him.

        He wants us to be earnest and sincere, to be gentle and meek, to have the law of kindness in our tongues. He wants us to be kind in our thoughts, in our actions, in our words. He would have the sound of his own kindness in our voices, the look of his own kindness in our eyes, and his own pity and tenderness in our feelings.

        He desires us to be temperate—temperate in our lives, our actions, our words, in every way. If we are to adorn the doctrine, we must avoid excesses and extremes.

        We must also be reasonable in the positions we take, in our actions, and in the things that we require of others. By this means people will see that we are Christ-like, and the doctrine will be glorified and adorned as no earthly jewels can adorn it. Men will listen to it and say that it is true, for that person lives just as the Book teaches!

 on: June 22, 2018, 05:32:32 PM 
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Gods Will Concerning Suffering
From Timeless Grace Gems
Charles Naylor

        The offense of the cross has not ceased. Satan has not gone out of business. It is God's will that we still be here in this world suffering the things consequent upon this life, and our present environment. But out of it all, shall come a richness of experience, a strength of soul, a likeness to Christ, a holy disposition, and an unshaken fidelity which will prepare us for the eternal blessedness that awaits us, and will thus assure our holiness throughout all the ages.

        God's purpose in this world, primarily, is not so much to make us happy—as to make us holy. Being holy, we are happy as a natural consequence. And so he lets us suffer those things that develop Christian character and assure our holiness. The things that we suffer in the process, are God's will for us. We should not lament nor murmur, but should willingly suffer the will of God, knowing that it will work out for us a "far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."

        Sometimes we suffer for doing well. We are often misunderstood. Holiness is never popular with evildoers, but we are told that "If, when you do well, and suffer for it, you take it patiently, this is acceptable with God" (1 Peter 2:20). The Christian can rejoice in tribulation. Like the early Christians, he can rejoice that he is counted worthy to suffer affliction for the name of Christ, for he remembers the promise that has been made to him. We have the promise, "If we suffer—we shall also reign with him" (2 Timothy 2:12). Almost anyone would be willing to reign with him—but are we willing to go with him through Gethsemane and take the rugged way to Calvary? Are we willing to be crucified with him, and then to bear the reproach of the cross and the opposition of evil men and demons, and to suffer the various things that may come upon us in this life?

        The reigning will be glorious. We shall be crowned with crowns of righteousness at his right hand. We shall sit with him in the throne. How glorious all this is to anticipate—but the suffering must come first.

        The humiliation must come before the exaltation,
        the labor must come before the reward,
        the suffering must come before the consolation.

        So let us suffer what we must needs suffer—with patience, looking forward to the glorious hope which is set before us.

        God has certain things he desires to accomplish in us. These things can only be accomplished through suffering. He wills to accomplish them through the only possible means; so here is the result: "But the God of all grace, who has called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you" (1 Peter 5:10). Suffering is the gateway into these things. We need to be settled, established, and made to be vigorous, virile Christians—and suffering is God's way of making us such.

        Some of the finest paintings that have ever been made, have been painted by half-starved artists in the midst of the direst poverty, in garrets or cellars. Most of the great achievements of the world have been wrought by men whose lives have been full of suffering. The strength that has made their achievements possible, has come . . .
        through suffering,
        through patient endurance,
        through loyally striving against obstacles.

        The grandest views are seen after the toilsome and perhaps dangerous scaling to the summits of the mountain-peaks. The mightiest triumphs come after the sorest conflicts.

        The story is told of a young lady who had a beautiful voice, who had studied under eminent teachers until she had perfected her technique, and was ready to appear before the public. She entered confidently upon her life's work, but as she sang to the great audiences she failed to meet with the response from them that she had expected. After many determined efforts to succeed that ended in sore disappointment, she went back to her former teacher and asked him what the reason was that she could not move her audiences.

        He replied, "You have never suffered." He knew that it took suffering to put into the voice that quality, which appeals to the heart of the hearers.

        In the same way, God knows that it takes suffering to put into our voices, and hearts, and minds—the quality that he desires in them. He lets us suffer, but in the end, compensates us for it all.

        Looking back over our lives from eternity, we shall value the things which we had suffered, far more than the things which had then seemed most desirable, for the "peaceable fruits of righteousness" wrought in us are, in the main, the fruits of pain.

 on: June 22, 2018, 05:31:36 PM 
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Gods Will Concerning Suffering
From Timeless Grace Gems
Charles Naylor

        It has been said that nature is exceedingly cruel. Wherever we turn, we are confronted with the mystery of suffering. The human race has their part in a common suffering, of which Paul speaks in the eighth chapter of Romans. "The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time." Romans 8:19-22

        Why is it that there should be so much of suffering in the creation of the merciful and loving God? Perhaps we shall never understand it in its fullness until we "know even as we are known," but all of us are confronted with the fact that so long as we live in this world, we must have a part in its suffering.

        We understand some of the uses of pain in the physical world. Pain is nature's safeguard. This was illustrated just a few moments ago. The end of my finger began to tingle with pain. My attention was attracted; I began to examine it and found that in some way I had cut it. The pain that I felt was nature's call for help. If we run a splinter in our flesh, nature, by means of the pain that follows, not only calls our attention to the injury, but demands the removal of the intruder. If we did not feel the pain when our flesh was burned, or cut, or bruised—our life might be endangered many times. So pain is our safeguard in the physical realm.

        It is no less so, in the mental and spiritual realms. Without the sense of discomfort that comes to the conscience as a result of wrong-doing, we would have no safeguard against wrong-doing. And so, after all, pain and suffering are God's blessings given to us in his mercy.

        Seeing that such is the case, we need not be surprised to find suffering classed as one of God's gifts to us. We read, "For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake" (Philippians 1:29). God's gifts are all blessings, and so, whether we can understand it or not, suffering is God's gift to us—the manifestation of his merciful kindness.

        To be sure, much of the suffering in the world is the penalty of a broken law. Yet who can say that even this suffering does not work out a benevolent purpose? In 1 Peter 4:19, we read of "those who suffer according to the will of God." In chapter 3:17, we read, "It is better, if the will of God be so, that you suffer for well doing than for evil-doing." These texts make it plain that it is God's will that people suffer.

        From a physical standpoint, we note that it is impossible for suffering to be avoided, because in order to have the capacity for physical joy, we must also have the capacity for suffering. If our sensory nerves respond to favorable influences, they cannot avoid responding to unfavorable ones. It is so throughout the whole scope of life.

        The possibility of pleasure, carries with it the possibility of pain; so the Christian, even when he is doing the will of God, will suffer. He will suffer spiritual conflicts with the powers of evil; he will suffer under the power of temptation—sometimes very sorely—and he will have mental conflicts with doubts, fears, and perplexities; he will have physical temptations.

        We sometimes ask why this continual warfare must be. It is one of God's mysteries, but we know that out of this conflict the spirit rises to higher heights, to nobler attainments, and to finer achievements than would be possible under other conditions. The most of us have things in our dispositions that must be overcome. We must war against these tendencies, master our dispositions, and conquer ourselves. It is this conquering of self, that makes us kings. The blood of Jesus Christ is the antidote for sin; yet these things of which we have been speaking are not sin, but natural dispositions and traits—things inherently in us. These things, grace does not obliterate, though its high tide often overflows them.

        The Christian has also to meet the opposition of evil people. Jesus said to his disciples, "You shall be hated by all men for my name's sake." The call to Christian service in any capacity, is a call to suffering. Jesus appeared to Saul in order to show him what great things he must suffer in the new life to which he was called. This suffering, Paul explains to us, "Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake which is the church" (Colossians 1:24). Satan hates Christ and is constantly warring against him, but since he can not reach Christ directly, he attacks him through his followers. He stirs up the hatred of evil men who hate righteousness and love iniquity, and causes them to persecute the children of God, and he makes bitter enmity in the hearts of these evil-doers against God's children.

        When Christ was in the world he suffered many things from the people, and had he continued in the world in the flesh, he would have suffered many more things before this. Since he has left the world, the remainder of that suffering falls, not upon him directly, but upon us. As the stripes fell upon his physical body then—so now they fall upon his spiritual body, and we, making up that body, suffer with him that which remains of his suffering.

        But it is not only his suffering in which we share. There is something else that goes with it, and this something else, which is the fruit of the suffering, is a divinely blessed thing. We read, "For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort." (2 Corinthians 1:5-7). There is nothing sweeter than the consolation that Christ gives, and this consolation can come only after suffering.

 on: June 22, 2018, 05:30:04 PM 
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Looking Unto Jesus!
From Timeless Grace Gems
Theodore Monod, 1874

Looking unto Jesus—and not at what we are doing for Him. Too much occupied with our work, we can forget our Master. It is possible to have the hands full—and the heart empty. When occupied with our Master, we cannot forget our work. If the heart is filled with His love, how can the hands fail to be active in His service?

Looking unto Jesus—and not to the apparent success of our efforts. The apparent success is not the measure of the real success; and besides, God has not told us to succeed, but to be faithful in our work. It is faithfulness in our work that He requires an account, and not of our success—why then concern ourselves with success? It is for us to scatter the seed—and for God to gather the fruit. If not today, then it will be tomorrow. If He does not employ us to gather it, then He will employ others.

Even when success is granted to us, it is always dangerous to fix our attention on it. On the one hand, we are tempted to take some of the credit of it to ourselves. On the other hand, we thus accustom ourselves to abate our zeal when we cease to perceive its result—that is to say, at the very time when we should redouble our energy. To look at the success—is to walk by sight. To look at Jesus, and to persevere in following Him and serving Him, in spite of all discouragements—is to walk by faith.

Looking unto Jesus—and not to the spiritual gifts which we have already received, or which we are now receiving from Him. As to yesterday's grace—it has passed with yesterday's work. We can no longer make use of it—and we should no longer linger over it. As to today's grace, given for today's work—it is entrusted to us, not to be looked at, but to be used. We are not to gloat over it as a treasure, counting up our riches, but to spend it immediately, and remain poor, "Looking, looking unto Jesus!"

Looking unto Jesus—and not at the amount of sorrow that our sins make us experience, or at the amount of humiliation which they produce in us. If only we are humiliated by them enough to make us no longer delighted with ourselves; if only we are troubled by them enough to make us look to Jesus, so that He may deliver us from them—that is all that He asks from us. It is also this look which more than anything else will make our tears spring, and our pride fall. And when it is given to us as to Peter—to weep bitterly (Luke 22:62). Oh! then may our tear-dimmed eyes remain more than ever directed Looking unto Jesus; for even our repentance will become a snare to us, if we think to blot out in some measure by our tears—those sins which nothing can blot out, except the blood of the Lamb of God.

Looking unto Jesus—and not at the brightness of our joy, the strength of our assurance, or the warmth of our love. Otherwise, when for a little time this love seems to have grown cold, this assurance to have vanished, this joy to have failed us—either as the result of our own faithlessness, or for the trial of our faith—immediately, having lost our feelings, we think that we have lost our strength, and we allow ourselves to fall into an abyss of sorrow, even into cowardly idleness, or perhaps sinful complaints!

Ah! rather let us remember that if the feelings with their sweetness, are absent—then the faith with its strength remains with us. To be able always to be "abounding in the work of the Lord" (1 Corinthians 15:58.), let us look steadily, not at our ever-changeful hearts—but at Jesus, who is always the same.

Looking unto Jesus—and not at the heights of holiness to which we have attained. If no one may believe himself a child of God so long as he still finds stains in his heart, and stumblings in his life—then who could ever taste the joy of salvation? But this joy is not bought with a price. Holiness is the fruit—not the root of our redemption. It is the work of Jesus Christ for us, which reconciles us unto God. It is the work of the Holy Spirit in us, which renews us in His likeness.

The shortcomings of a faith which is true, but not yet fully established, and bearing but little fruit—in no way lessens the fullness of the perfect work of the Savior, nor the certainty of His unchanging promise, guaranteeing eternal life unto whoever trusts in Him. And so to rest in the Redeemer, is the true way to obey Him. It is only when enjoying the peace of forgiveness, that the soul is strong for the conflict. If there are any who abuse this blessed truth by giving themselves over unscrupulously to spiritual idleness, imagining that they can let the faith which they think they have, take the place of the holiness which they have not—then they should remember this solemn warning of the Apostle Paul, "those who are Christ's, have crucified the flesh with its affections and lusts" (Galatians 5:24) and that of the Apostle John, "He who says I know Him, and keeps not His commandments—is a liar, and the truth is not in him" (1 John 2:4) and that of the Lord Jesus Himself, "Every tree which does not bring forth good fruit, is hewn down and cast into the fire!" (Matthew 7:19).

Looking unto Jesus—and not at our faith. The last device of the adversary, when he cannot make us look elsewhere, is to turn our eyes from our Savior; to our faith; and thus to discourage us if it is weak, to fill us with pride if it is strong. Either way weakens us. For power does not come from the faith, but from the Savior by faith. It is not looking at our look, it is "Looking, looking unto Jesus!"

Looking unto Jesus. It is from Him and in Him, that we learn to know, not only without danger, but for the well-being of our souls—what it is good for us to know about the world and about ourselves, our sorrows and our dangers, our resources and our victories. Thus seeing everything in its true light, because it is He Who shows them to us, and that only at the time and in the proportion in which this knowledge will produce in us the fruits of humility and wisdom, gratitude and courage, watchfulness and prayer. All that it is desirable for us to know—the Lord Jesus will teach us. All that we do not learn from Him—it is better for us not to know.

Looking, looking unto Jesus—as long as we remain on the earth!

Looking unto Jesus—from moment to moment, without allowing ourselves to be distracted by memories of a past which we should leave behind us, nor by occupation with a future of which we know nothing.

Looking unto Jesus—NOW, if we have never looked unto Him!

Looking unto Jesus—AFRESH, if we have ceased doing so!

Looking unto Jesus—ONLY!

Looking unto Jesus—STILL!

Looking unto Jesus—ALWAYS! With a gaze more and more constant, more and more confident, "changed into the same image from glory to glory" (2 Corinthians 3:18.), and thus awaiting the hour when he will call us to pass from earth to Heaven, and from time to eternity—the promised hour, the blessed hour, when at last "we shall be like Him, for we shall Him as He really is!" (1 John 3:2).

Oh! the bitter pain and sorrow,
That a time could ever be,
When I proudly said to Jesus,
"All for self—and none for Thee!"

Yet He found me; I beheld Him
Bleeding on the accursed tree;
And my wistful heart said faintly,
"Some for self—and some for Thee."

Day by day His tender mercy,
Healing, helping, full and free,
Brought me lower, while I whispered,
"Less for self—and more for Thee."

Higher than the highest heavens.
Deeper than the deepest sea;
Lord, Thy love at last has conquered,
"None for self—and all for Thee!"

 on: June 22, 2018, 05:29:04 PM 
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Looking Unto Jesus!
From Timeless Grace Gems
Theodore Monod, 1874

On the contrary, if Jesus is kept between us and our closest friend, our attachment to the person will be at the same time less enthralling, and more deep; less passionate, and more tender; less necessary, and more useful; an instrument of rich blessing in the hands of God, when He is pleased to make use of him; and whose absence will be a further blessing, when it may please God to dispense with him, to draw us even nearer to the only Friend who can be separated from us by "neither death nor life" (Romans 8:38, 39).

Looking unto Jesus—and not at His enemies or at our own. In place of hating them and fearing them—we shall then know how to love them and to overcome them.

Looking unto Jesus—and not at the obstacles which meet us in our path. As soon as we stop to consider them—they astonish us, they confuse us, they overwhelm us, incapable as we are of understanding either the reason why they are permitted, or the means by which we may overcome them. The apostle began to sink as soon as he turned to look at the waves tossed by the storm. It was while he was looking at Jesus that he walked on the waters as on a rock. The more difficult our task, and the more terrifying our temptations—the more essential it is that we look only at Jesus.

Looking unto Jesus—and not at our troubles, to count up their number, to reckon their weight—to find perhaps a certain strange satisfaction in tasting their bitterness. Apart from Jesus, trouble does not sanctify—it only hardens or it crushes. It produces not patience, but rebellion; not sympathy, but selfishness; not hope, but despair. It is only under the shadow of the cross, that we can appreciate the true weight of our own cross, and accept it each day from His hand, to carry it with love, with gratitude, with joy; and find in it for ourselves, a source of blessings.

Looking unto Jesus—and not at the dearest, the most legitimate of our earthly joys—lest we be so engrossed in them that they deprive us of the sight of the very One Who gives them to us. If we are looking at Him first of all, then it is from Him we receive these good things, made a thousand times more precious because we possess them as gifts from His loving hand, which we entrust to His keeping, to enjoy them in communion with Him, and to use them for His glory.

Looking unto Jesus—and not at the instruments, whatever they may be which He employs to form the path which He has appointed for us. Looking beyond man, beyond circumstances, beyond the thousand causes so rightly called secondary—let us ascend as far as the first cause—His will. Let us ascend even to the source of this very will—His love. Then our gratitude, without being less lively towards those who do us good, will not stop at them. Then in the testing day, under the most unexpected blow, the most inexplicable, the most overwhelming, we can say with the Psalmist: "I was silent, I opened not my mouth, because You are the one who has done this!" (Psalm 39:9). And in the silence of our speechless sorrow the heavenly voice will gently reply: "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand." (John 13:7).

Looking unto Jesus—and not at the interests of our cause, of our party, of our church—still less at our personal interests. The single object of our life is the glory of God. If we do not make it the supreme goal of our efforts, we must deprive ourselves of His help, for His grace is only at the service of His glory. If, on the contrary, it is His glory that we seek above all—then we can always count on His grace.

Looking unto Jesus—and not at the sincerity of our intentions, or at the strength of our resolutions. Alas! how often the most excellent intentions have only prepared the way for the most humiliating falls. Let us stay ourselves, not on our intentions—but on His love; not on our resolutions—but on His promise.

Looking unto Jesus—and not at our strength. Our strength is good only to glorify ourselves; to glorify God one must have the strength of God.

Looking unto Jesus—and not at our weakness. By lamenting our weakness, have we ever become more strong? Let us look to Jesus, and His strength will communicate itself to our hearts, and His praise will break forth from our lips.

Looking unto Jesus—and not at our sins, neither at the source from which they come (Matthew 15:19) nor the chastisement which they deserve. Let us look at ourselves, only to recognize how much need we have of looking to Him; and looking to Him, certainly not as if we were sinless; but on the contrary, because we are sinners, measuring the very greatness of the offence by the greatness of the sacrifice which has atoned for it and of the grace which pardons it. "For every one look at ourselves," said an eminent servant of God (Robert McCheyne), "take ten looks at Jesus!"

"If it is very sure," said Vinet, "that one will not lose sight of his wretched state by looking at Jesus Christ crucified—because this wretched state is, as it were, engraved upon the cross. It is also very sure that in looking at one's wretchedness, one can lose sight of Jesus Christ; because the cross is not naturally engraved upon the image of one's wretchedness." And he adds, "Look at yourselves—but only in the presence of the cross, only through Jesus Christ." Looking at the sin, only gives death. Looking at Jesus, gives life. That which healed the Israelite in the wilderness, was not considering his wounds—but raising his eyes to the brazen serpent (Numbers 21:9).

Looking unto Jesus—and not—do we need to say it?—at our pretense of righteousness. Ill above all who are ill, is he who believes himself in health. Blind above all who are blind, is he who thinks that he sees (John 9:41). It is dangerous to look long at our wretchedness, which is, alas! too real. It is much more dangerous, to rest complacently on imaginary merits.

Looking unto Jesus—and not at the law. The law gives commands, and gives no strength to carry them out. The law always condemns, and never pardons. If we put ourselves back under the law—then we take ourselves away from grace. In so far as we make our obedience the means of our salvation—we lose our peace, our joy, our strength; for we have forgotten that Jesus is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes (Romans 10:4). As soon as the law has constrained us to seek in Him our only Savior—then also to Him alone, belongs the right to command our obedience: an obedience which includes nothing less than our whole heart, and our most secret thoughts, but which has ceased from being an iron yoke, and an insupportable burden—to become an easy yoke and a light burden (Mat 11:30). An obedience which He makes as delightful as it is binding. An obedience which He inspires, at the same time as He requires it; and which in very truth, is less a consequence of our salvation than it is a part of this very salvation—and, like all the rest, a free gift.

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