We have a severe Ideological divide in the Country;  shouting, arguing, name calling won’t move us forward. Perhaps Persuasion with facts and details may move the minds and attitudes of people. Study, read, be prepared to give sound reasons to your positions. The World Needs a Strong America.

more to come……

 

It isn’t often that I find myself “looking for words” but I have to admit that on the Eve of the 2016 Presidential Election I am struggling to express how I am feeling.

There a few presuppositions that I hold which inform my heart and desires.

First, I hold an uncompromising Biblical World View.  This of course is opposed to a Humanist World View or even a “Christian World View”.  (The problem with a “Christian” World View is that the word Christian has been so misused and abused that in many cases I am not sure what some people even mean when they speak about a Christian World View.)

In addition I love this Country.  I see the good, the positive and the generosity of this Nation and its people.  Two grandfathers and my Dad were combat veterans and I have a strong respect for those who serve this nation.

Moreover, I believe that the Sanctity of Life, a Supreme Court whose Justices revere the Constitution, a fair and balanced tax code, smaller government, personal accountability and an immigration policy that seeks to assimilate new Citizens who will love America are ALL Critical to the survival of AMERICA.

I also believe that a strong America is important to the Global Mission of the Great Commission.  A strong America can be that “beacon on the hill” that spreads the life giving message of The Gospel.

Given all that I feel, my heart hurts.  My heart hurts that there are so many who don’t respect the rule of Law, who don’t have a love for all Life, every color, every age and every social standing.

My heart hurts because I see current policies that creates vast government bureaucracies , policies that don’t promote self reliance and personal accountability and policies that penalize the hard working class of our nation.

My heart hurts because there is a sense of “entitlement” expressed by many in this nation who have contributed so very little to the greatness of this nation.

I don’t know what Tuesday, November 8th will reveal but I know Who is my King.  I know that above EVERYTHING Else I will trust, proclaim and worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

I KNOW  God’s sovereignty is defined as His complete and total independent control over every creature, event, and circumstance at every moment in history.

I KNOW God is subject to none, influenced by none, absolutely independent, God does what He pleases, only as He pleases, always as He pleases.

I KNOW that God, the One True God, is Unlimited in HIS power, unrivaled in HIS majesty, and not thwarted by anything outside Himself, our God is in complete control of all circumstances, causing or allowing them for His own good purposes and plans to be fulfilled exactly as He has foreordained.

I hope you KNOW this God, the One True God, by acknowledging the Gift of Jesus. (I would be honored to share more about how You could be assured of  eternal life at death and purposeful life here while you wait).

I don’t know how I will feel on November 9th, but am confident in KNOWING God really does care about us and I can rejoice in our God’s sovereignty, because it is overshadowed by His goodness, His love, His mercy, His compassion, His faithfulness, and His holiness.

I believe God’s Love wants what is Best for me; I believe God’s Wisdom knows what is Best for me; I believe God’s Power will accomplish what is Best for me.

I hope God Blesses America!

 

Discouragement is a powerful tool of the “accuser,” our adversary; and this discouragement can lead us into a state of doubt and fear.

Remember how the Hebrews became so discouraged by their circumstances that THEY HAD LOST HOPE.

Numbers 14:2ff records a very dark and discouraging moment for Moses and his leadership:

Then the whole community broke into loud cries, and the  people wept that night. All the Israelites complained about  Moses and Aaron, and the whole community told them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt, or if only we had died   in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us into this land   to die by the sword? Our wives and little children will become plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to  Egypt?” So they said to one another, “Let’s appoint a leader   and go back to Egypt.”  Numbers 14:1-4

Notice the question, “Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?”.

You may recall that this passage speaks to the time right after 10 spies filed a very negative analysis of possessing Canaan, the Land of Promise.

The people worked themselves into such a state of despair and discouragement that they demanded “slavery as their NEW VISION.”

Today, discouragement is still a powerful tool of the “accuser,” our adversary; and he seeks to create in our hearts and attitudes a state of doubt and fear.

For many years and during the most recent months we have seen situations all across this country that point to how divided and fractured our nation is. Nightly news casts, internet blogs, opinions of “experts” all seem to point to a nation that is being ravaged by racial, economic, and social class unrest and mistrust.

The adversary is sowing the same mistrust, hatred and division today, which is creating a spirit of discouragement and fear in the lives of those who claim to KNOW and TRUST God.

WE MUST NOT FALL into a state of fear and distress.

The question is HOW do we LIVE ABOVE fear and distress.

Here is Truth from God’s Word:

Remember what God has promised.

Remember when we experience hardship, it’s part of the process, not a sign that God isn’t working on our behalf.

We are experiencing trouble on every side, but are not  crushed; we are perplexed, but not driven to despair; we  are persecuted, but not abandoned; we are knocked down,      but not destroyed, always carrying around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our body.   2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Remember God will finish what He started. He doesn’t leave us behind.

I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you[a]     will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.      Philippians 1:6 (HCSB)

Bottom Line:  Don’t Despair!  REMEMBER:

God’s Love WANTS what is Best for me;

God’s Wisdom KNOWS what is Best for me; and

God’s Power WILL ACCOMPLISH what is Best for me!

Dr. Tom Smiley is a pastor, author, speaker, blogger, husband, grand dad, and Christ-follower.  He is a regional radio talk show host with WDUN Jacobs Media.  He is the founder of Life with Smiles Ministry.  His Sunday messages are broadcast on WDUN 550, and his “blog” entries and thoughts on God, Christian faith, current events, politics and Islam are available at https://tomsmiley.wordpress.com/

His books: Runaway Lives: Overcoming Emotional Undercurrents, Angels all Around, and Uncommon Common Sense can be ordered at his Life with Smiles website (www.lifewithsmiles.com).  Dr. Smiley is available for speaking engagements and discussion forums and can be contacted at  tsmiley@lakewoodlife.org or by calling 770.532.6307.

 

 

 

 

I have to admit, I did not watch the entire debate on Monday, September 26. However, I watched JUST ENOUGH to be able to say…

Donald Trump is NOT “by rules and presentation” the best debater.  I would doubt, outside the RNC primary debates, that he has ever been in a debate setting. Donald didn’t “hit” the easy softballs Hillary threw.  I don’t believe he is accustomed to having to think in 20 second bites and “got you” phrases.  He makes deals and builds businesses and hires people.  To me, Donald Trump acted and sounded like a businessperson who is fed up with and shocked at the false and ridiculous assumptions that career politicians continue to make that are hindering the recovery of our great nation.

Secondly, I watched Just Enough to be offended at Hillary assuming I am “implicitly bias and racist”.  Her “I think everyone” comment with regards to being implicitly racist is extremely offensive and is the height of pandering to a block vote.  Besides, how could a nation filled with racist whites elect an African American president twice?  I believe Hillary believes we are still living in the 60’s with regard to race relations.  Has America not made ANY progress?  I don’t know what her folks taught her, but my mom and dad taught me that we don’t judge by the color of skin but by the character and actions of the individual.

I watched Just Enough to be reminded that Hillary’s philosophy on governing will surely be affirmed by those she will appoint to the Supreme Court.  Our grandchildren will not recover from the liberal, socialist appointees she will promote to the Supreme Court.

I watched Just Enough to understand with clarity her tax and spend and give away fiscal policy.  She will raise taxes and it won’t be just on the wealthy.  The middle class and working poor will be adversely affected by her tax and spend and give away fiscal policy. Hillary has not created jobs or been forced to make a “payroll”.  Maybe her dad did in his drapery business, but it appears she was not a very good observer of sound business practices.

I watched Just Enough to feel saddened for the poor and inner city parents and children–folks of many colors who are trapped in poor schools and in dangerous communities.  School choice, better jobs and the security of Law and Order would greatly enhance the standard of living of those who need it most.

Finally, I watched Just Enough to see that there are two very distinct visions for America. I am hopeful Americans will choose wisely.

I’m not looking for a “pastor in chief” or a “sound bite expositor in chief”.

I’m looking for a leader who will grow our economy, restore Law and Order, appoint justices who cherish the Constitution, and a leader who will place  people in positions authority who are competent and accountable.

This may be the last opportunity to Make America Great Again!

 

Dr. Tom Smiley is a pastor, author, speaker, blogger, husband, grand dad, and Christ-follower.  He is a regional radio talk show host with WDUN Jacobs Media.  He is the founder of Life with Smiles Ministry.  His Sunday messages are broadcast on WDUN 550, and his “blog” entries and thoughts on God, Christian faith, current events, politics and Islam are available at https://tomsmiley.wordpress.com/

His books: Runaway Lives: Overcoming Emotional Undercurrents, Angels all Around, and Uncommon Common Sense can be ordered at his Life with Smiles website (www.lifewithsmiles.com).  Dr. Smiley is available for speaking engagements and discussion forums and can be contacted at  tsmiley@lakewoodlife.org or by calling 770.532.6307.

 

 

 

 

It is very sad that Some, Media, Politicians and Pastors CONTINUE TO make a critical mistake in assuming that God and Allah are the Same, Actually they are not!

To gain a proper understanding of this question, ask it like this, “Do Christians and Muslims both have a correct understanding of who God is?” The answer is definitely no.

Because of crucial differences between the Christian and Muslim concepts of God, the two faiths and view of God cannot both be true. The biblical God alone addresses and solves the problem of sin by giving His Son.

Please don’t be deceived. It does Matter what you believe and Teach about this issue.

While the Muslim and Christian views of God have some similarities.  They Most Certainly do not Worship the same God.  Because of crucial differences between the Christian and Muslim concepts of God, the two faiths cannot both be true.

In addition, to how Jesus, God in the Flesh, answers Man’s Sin Problem,  A vital difference between the Islamic and Christian views of God is the biblical concept of the Trinity. (This doctrine also is what distinguishes Christianity from all other World Religions and Cultic groups likes Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, New Ageism and etc).

In the Bible, God has revealed Himself as one God in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

While each Person of the Trinity is fully God, God is not three gods but three in one. The Trinity is essential to the Christian faith. Without the Trinity, there would be no incarnation of God’s Son in the Person of Jesus Christ.

Without Jesus Christ, there would be no salvation from sin. Without salvation, sin would condemn all to an eternal hell.

Another very Critical component of this the Question, “Is God and allah the same” is seen when one considers the Mission of God. God’s Mission is stated as follows………. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son” (John 3:16-18)

The god of Islam did not have such a mission.

Dr. Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.  Professor at Denver Theological Seminary, writes, “Islam claims to be a fulfillment of Christianity, yet it denies many essential Christian teachings.”

A Christian can never retreat from the clear doctrinal position that Jesus is GOD, yet Muhammad the prophet of allah, rejected the idea that Jesus, a human being, could in any sense be God.”

When one thinks critically and logically it becomes clear, the god of Islam and the God of Christianity cannot be same, because God can not possess contradictory attributes.

The New Testament writer, Jude says it plainly, “3 Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. 4 For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about[b] long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

 

Dr. Tom Smiley is a pastor, author, speaker, blogger, husband, grand dad, and Christ-follower.  He is a regional radio talk show host with WDUN Jacobs Media.  He is the founder of Life with Smiles Ministry.  His Sunday messages are broadcast on WDUN 550, and his “blog” entries and thoughts on God, Christian faith, current events, politics and Islam are available at https://tomsmiley.wordpress.com/

His books: Runaway Lives: Overcoming Emotional Undercurrents, Angels all Around, and Uncommon Common Sense can be ordered at his Life with Smiles website (www.lifewithsmiles.com).  Dr. Smiley is available for speaking engagements and discussion forums and can be contacted attsmiley@lakewoodlife.org or by calling 770.532.6307.

 

 

I will never forget the conversation.

I asked a very talented, gifted and bright young leader in Hall County why he was supporting a particular political candidate and not running himself.

I have never forgotten his response, “I’d rather be a King Maker than a King.”

Truer words have never been spoken with regards to our Governor’s veto of RFRA (HB 757)

I am writing with no “ill intent” to our present Governor.

While I did recommend him to my South Georgia family as a man of conservative values, I’ve really never had a more than casual conversation with him. I suppose I didn’t fully investigate his conservative roots and strength to stand against great pressure.

No doubt about it, I have several disappointments regarding the Governor’s recent veto of HB 757.

It concerns me that he doesn’t know the values and character of Georgians.  I am offended by his use of Scripture, out of context, to support positions that benefit his personal agenda. I am very frustrated that once again a politician says one thing to get elected and does not do the will of those who supported him after he no longer needs them.

A Peril of Beholding to King Makers 

However, my purpose in writing today is simply to present a Peril of Beholding to King Makers.

In other words, there is grave danger in beholding to those who one may think places and maintains them in power through money and influence.

In case you assume I can’t possibly relate, I can affirm that having been a pastor for over 30 years, I’ve had to navigate waters very similar to those that Governor Deal just experienced.

While it is hard to stand fast on principle and core values it can be done when it is understood who you are MOST responsible too.

I determined many years ago to live my life for an audience of ONE. I will not back up on who Jesus is nor will I ever cease to promote the Sufficiency of God’s Word.

Governor Deal didn’t understand, the biggest Peril of Beholding to King Makers is YOU miss your MOMENT.

Consider:

Esther had her MOMENT:  “…for such a time as this.”

Patrick Henry had his MOMENT:  “Give me Liberty or give me death.”

Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe had his MOMENT when he responded “NUTS” to the Nazis’ demand that he surrender Bastogne, during World War II’s Battle of the Bulge.

The Apostle Peter had his MOMENT: Upon seeing everyone else turn away from Jesus, Peter uttered the famous lines when asked by Jesus “Are you leaving too?”  Peter replied, “To whom would we go, you have the words of eternal life.”

Nathan Hale had his MOMENT when he proclaimed, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

Governor Deal missed his MOMENT

I am saddened for Governor Deal; he missed his Moment:

  • The moment when he could have made an eloquent defense of protecting all Georgians.
  • The moment when he could have stood for the principle of No Discrimination against anyone, including Christians.
  • The moment that would have secured for himself a legacy of standing against the corporate giants, many of whom care less about Georgia values and more about personal wealth.

While I am very disappointed in Governor Deal’s veto of RFRA, I think I am sadder that he missed his MOMENT.

But Governor Deal needs to know that politics isn’t the only realm where “KING MAKERS” put pressure on people to compromise and take weaker positions.

I’ve experienced it in ministry.  It has often been suggested to me that maybe I should “tone it down,” or “be more careful about calling out false theology and pseudo intellects,” even some who stand in our own community’s pulpits.

I realize the pressure that influential politicians can feel when big time donors and Hollywood celebrities begin to exact pressure on them to conform to the whims and agendas of the elite.

To the younger and less experienced in Politics and Business, my warning is don’t allow King Makers to steal your MOMENT.

Recently Gainesville and Hall County has placed some young talented men and women in positions of responsibility and elected office.  I hope they will be strong in their resolve and never allow “the King Makers” to STEAL AWAY THEIR MOMENT.

I am sorry that the hard work of both the State House and Senate was vetoed by the Governor.

They were deliberative in their consideration of RFRA (HB 757).  They represented well the people of Georgia and the values of Georgia.

They can bring the bill up again….but the Governor will never get his MOMENT back.

For that I am really sad.

Dr. Tom Smiley is a pastor, author, speaker, blogger, husband, grand dad, and Christ-follower.  He is a regional radio talk show host with WDUN Jacobs Media.  He is the founder of Life with Smiles Ministry and Church Well Solutions, a ministry consulting work.  His Sunday messages are broadcast on WDUN 550, and his “blog” entries and thoughts on God, Christian faith, current events, politics and Islam are available at https://tomsmiley.wordpress.com/

His books: Runaway Lives: Overcoming Emotional Undercurrents, Angels all Around, and Uncommon Common Sense can be ordered at his Life with Smiles website (www.lifewithsmiles.com).  Dr. Smiley is available for speaking engagements and discussion forums and can be contacted attsmiley@lakewoodlife.org or by calling 770.532.6307 or email attsmiley@lakewoodlife.org

I am grateful I was raised in a home that instilled in me the value of hard work, personal accountability and the principle of treating ALL people equally, even those who disagreed with me.

Discrimination just isn’t in my Personal DNA.

So, I find the present stance of those in political positions who are willing to allow discrimination against people like me, people who hold to a Biblical Worldview, to be very discouraging.

What is being ignored in the present Religious Liberty Bill (RFRA) discussion is that ALL people have a Right to Freedom from Discrimination. No person should face discrimination on the basis of Color, Gender or Religion.  This is AMERICA.

Many politicians don’t understand that Christ Followers like me, who hold to a Biblical Worldview, CAN NOT choose the government over the Sufficiency of Scripture.  Therefore, in order to have a fair and level playing field in the market place, in the political process and in the practice of faith, we MUST BE PROTECTED.

I’m not specifying a particular draft of the Religious Liberty Bill (RFRA) at this time.  But, I am stating that the government should not establish laws that force persons like me, who hold to a Biblical Worldview, to either choose man’s way or face discrimination hence removing us from participation in the Market Place or hindering our pursuit of careers in law, medicine or government service.

Many politicians don’t understand the point that those Christians, who hold to a high view of Scripture, can’t hold to this view and at the same time participate in activities that are contrary to what the Bible directs.

For instance, those who hold to the Sufficiency of Scripture understand God’s strict prohibition against MANY THINGS (which lead to less than HIS BEST) ONE being same sex relations and same sex marriage.

For me, the view of Scripture with regards to same sex marriage and same sex relations is very, very clear.  It contradicts God’s Created Order.

The Governor, Legislature and Citizens of this great state should be working hard for people like me who are most certainly facing discrimination for the view of Scripture held.

I realize there are many churches (several in my own town), whose pastors and leadership hold a low view of Scripture and are anxious to compromise Biblical Truth for personal promotion or perhaps worldly acclaim.

I cannot! I will not!

I hold very principled core values with regards to the SUFFICIENCY of Scripture.  I will not back down from what I know the Bible very clearly teaches in order to be accepted and “liked”.

While I don’t expect the Government to force people to like me; I do expect it  to protect me from discrimination so I can pursue the rights promised me.

I don’t expect elected officials to adopt my view of the Sufficiency of Scripture, but I do expect from them Fairness to all Citizens.

Dr. Tom Smiley is a pastor, author, speaker, blogger, husband, grand dad, and Christ-follower.  He is a regional radio talk show host with WDUN Jacobs Media.  He is the founder of Life with Smiles Ministry and Church Well Solutions, a ministry consulting work.  His Sunday messages are broadcast on WDUN 550, and his “blog” entries and thoughts on God, Christian faith, current events, politics and Islam are available at https://tomsmiley.wordpress.com/

His books: Runaway Lives: Overcoming Emotional Undercurrents, Angels all Around, and Uncommon Common Sense can be ordered at his Life with Smiles website (www.lifewithsmiles.com).  Dr. Smiley is available for speaking engagements and discussion forums and can be contacted attsmiley@lakewoodlife.org or by calling 770.532.6307 or email attsmiley@lakewoodlife.org

 

 

January 10, 2016

I was honored by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle to be invited to address and Pray for the Georgia Senate on Opening Day 2016.  

Lt. Governor Cagle was a gracious host as we visited in his chambers for over 30 minutes, as he introduced me before I spoke and then as he stood next to me and personally introduced me to Each Senator from our great State.  Lt. Governor Cagle  was so very kind to me and my guest Harry Gambill and I was pleased to learn from each Senator I met with that Lt. Governor Cagle was held in high esteem.  

I am also very grateful to “my own” Senator, Butch Miller as he and his wife Teresa were so kind and welcoming.  Senator Miller is greatly respected by his colleagues in the Senate.  It is clear that so many have great respect for him.  

I also want to thank my Friend, Harry Gambill.  This is the Second time he has attended the Capital with me.  I was so proud for him to accompany me today and help me out.  He is an excellent Navigator  (we may not have found the Correct parking lot, but we FOUND a parking lot)  🙂

Transcript of Dr. Tom Smiley’s Address to the Georgia State Senate

Good Morning, Mr. President, Senators, Ladies and Gentlemen:

The Bible Says, “What does it profit a man if He Gains the Whole World and losses His ONLY Soul.

I bring two specific challenges to those who serve in this Chamber.

First, a very important truth that must be considered by anyone who has authority or governance over others is the simple truth that learning to accept personal responsibility leads to health, growth, and success.

Taking personal responsibility for your own life is the first step toward personal freedom and control.

So today, I want to sound a challenge that as legislators, you do all you can to promote the value of citizens taking personal responsibility.

The government should not be an enabler that promotes a culture of government dependence.

It is clear that the very people you are charged with governing will never reach their full potential by depending on government! As legislators, you must be bold and courageous to keep in the forefront of your deliberations and laws, the truth that as individuals, we are each responsible for our own actions and the consequences that follow.

If ‘society’ is responsible for everything, then no one is personally responsible for anything!

Without personal responsibility there cannot be freedom.

My second challenge to those who serve in this Chamber is in regards to our Judeo-Christian heritage.

If America, if Georgia, loses the Judeo-Christian heritage that has given us our historic identity and the greatest of achievements in literature, art, music, education, politics, and economics, it will lose its identity and its greatness.

For the sake of our children, and their children not yet born, we must support and defend our Judeo-Christian heritage.

I urge you to be bold and brave and uncompromising in supporting our heritage, a heritage that America was founded upon, a Judo-Christian ethic; the Judeo-Christian ethic distinguishes America from all other countries.

Our Judeo-Christian heritage is what drives our belief in the biblical God of Israel, in His Ten Commandments and in His moral laws.

Keep in mind, America, the State of Georgia, will answer not to a mortal government but to the one true God.

Woodrow Wilson said,

“America was born a Christian nation for the purpose of  exemplifying unto the nations of the world the principles of  righteousness found in the revelation of God”.

I’m asking you, don’t apologize for preserving and defending our unique identity, character and values defined by our Judo-Christian heritage.

Please affirm our roots; it is in God we trust, it is in God we hope; it is in God we love.

There are many worthy efforts you as legislators will engage in, however, few as important as promoting personal responsibility and none as important as defending our Judeo-Christian heritage.

I pray God’s wisdom and discernment as you lead and serve this great State.

Prayer:

“Lord Jesus, thou who art the way, the truth, and the life, hear us as we pray for the truth that shall make all free.

Teach us that liberty is not only to be loved but also to be lived. Liberty is too precious a thing to be buried in books. Liberty costs too much to be hoarded.

Help us see that our liberty is not the right to do as we please, but the opportunity to please You in what we do.

I ask that those in this Chamber and in places of influence may seek Your wisdom in all deliberations, may have a strong discernment of Your will, and may honor the confidence and trust placed in them by those they govern.

In the strong name of Jesus, I pray,

Amen!

 

Special note:  As much as I enjoyed the opportunity, there is so much more I would have loved to have shared, especially about our Judeo-Christian Heritage. However, I was given a “not to exceed” 5 minute time assignment, so I felt I must honor that request.  I would love to speak at any other events or gatherings and further “unpack” my remarks regarding our Judeo-Christian Heritage.

Dr. Tom Smiley is a pastor, author, speaker, blogger, husband, grand dad, and Christ-follower.  He is a regional radio talk show host with WDUN Jacobs Media.  He is the founder of Life with Smiles Ministry and Church Well Solutions, a ministry consulting work.  His Sunday messages are broadcast on WDUN 550, and his “blog” entries and thoughts on God, Christian faith, current events, politics and Islam are available at https://tomsmiley.wordpress.com/

His books: Runaway Lives: Overcoming Emotional Undercurrents, Angels all Around, and Uncommon Common Sense can be ordered at his Life with Smiles website (www.lifewithsmiles.com).  Dr. Smiley is available for speaking engagements and discussion forums and can be contacted attsmiley@lakewoodlife.org or by calling 770.532.6307 or email attsmiley@lakewoodlife.org

 

 

I don’t apologize for my Principled stance that First World nations have a right to preserve our own unique identity, character and values.

President Obama said in refereeing to the recent Paris Attacks that the event “was an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.”

Many people consider these words to be “safe phrases” or expected political speak.

However, the selection of his words reveals a deep misunderstanding. (One I am afraid many Christians mistakenly hold)

At issue is that these words reveal that our President doesn’t understand that Islam, Radical or Moderate, DOES NOT SHARE THE VALUES that the Western World, our world, holds dear.

Need convincing…….Consider a soccer game between Turkey and Greece in Istanbul.  During this game the Turks booed during the moment of silence for the Paris dead and chanted “Allahu Akbar.” Where in the Western World have people booed a moment of silence for those suffering or dead?

Need convincing…..Among 1.6 billion Muslims, hundreds of millions do not share the values regarding women’s rights, abortion, homosexuality, free speech, or the equality of all religious faiths.

The default position usually taken by those who disagree with me on this matter is, “Oh, those are just the Fanatics of ISIS”.

REALLY?

Ask yourself this question, does Saudi Arabia share Obama’s universal values regarding sexual freedom and the equality of Christianity, Judaism and Islam?

Can you point to ONE Muslim Country that allows for anything like the First Amendment? How does the Sunni or Shiite sect of Islam look upon the Freedom of Speech, Religion, and a Free Press?

The values of secular France and the values of Americans are not shared by the Islamic world, Moderate or Radical. Their False Prophet, False Book and False god won’t permit it.

I’m open to a rebuttal from a person of the Islamic Faith, who would tell me different and say it in any Middle Eastern Country except Israel.

Mr. President you are Right, Partly….. The Paris Attack was an attack on all of humanity….….BUT NO those values ARE NOT SHARED by the Muslim World.

I don’t see the “REFUGEE” debate as an argument about whether Americans will be open and welcoming Rather, I frame this discussion from the vantage point that the world is reawakening long suppressed truths.

Truths such as race and religion matter. To some they are life-and-death matters.

The point missed is that not all creeds, cultures and tribes are equally or easily assimilated into a Western nation.

I don’t apologize for my Principled stance that First World nations have a right to preserve our own unique identity, character and values.

I believe the time may be at hand for a moratorium on all immigration and a rewriting of the immigration laws that reflect the understanding that our own unique identity, character and values have a right to be preserved as we welcome new people groups into America. At one time the immigration laws of America did that exactly.

Dr. Tom Smiley is a pastor, author, speaker, blogger, husband, grand dad, and Christ-follower.  He is a regional radio talk show host with WDUN Jacobs Media.  He is the founder of Life with Smiles Ministry and Church Well Solutions, a ministry consulting work.  His Sunday messages are broadcast on WDUN 550, and his “blog” entries and thoughts on God, Christian faith, current events, politics and Islam are available at https://tomsmiley.wordpress.com/

His books: Runaway Lives: Overcoming Emotional Undercurrents, Angels all Around, and Uncommon Common Sense can be ordered at his Life with Smiles website (www.lifewithsmiles.com).  Dr. Smiley is available for speaking engagements and discussion forums and can be contacted at tsmiley@lakewoodlife.org or by calling 770.532.6307 or email at tsmiley@lakewoodlife.org

For many these are Spiritually Confusing TIMES and, unfortunately, even some, who stand in pulpits today in our own community, contribute to the confusion especially as it relates to Jesus and the way to eternal life.

Through a Divine Appointment, Peter was invited to speak about God, eternal life and Jesus to a man named Cornelius and his household.

Here is where the Bible gets very “21st Century”.

Cornelius is referred to as “devout and God-fearing; {even giving} generously to those in need and praying to God regularly.

Today, some tell us that ALL GOD requires in order to grant eternal life and to forgive sin is to Be Good, Be Fair, Care about Others, Fear God, Extend Grace.

Sadly, a year or so ago in our community, 3 local churches sponsored a pseudo-biblical scholar who presented the idea that “believing in the resurrection of Jesus” isn’t even required for salvation.

While I can’t judge the HEARTS of those who espouse such teaching, I can recognize False Teaching and I do know the source. It is the distinct purpose and mission of satan to discount God’s Truth and to make less of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Isn’t it “telling” that when Peter had the opportunity to speak about Spiritual things to a man who was devout and God fearing, a man who was generous to the poor and who prayed to God regularly, Peter didn’t hesitate in exclaiming the full Truth?

Peter Really Loved….

Without compromise or apology, Peter said, Jesus was killed on a Cross, but God raised him from the dead on the third day…. HE was seen….by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. Jesus commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that He is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead….and everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.

Real Love of Others.

I want to Love People to the point that I will tell them the truth. I don’t want to succumb to the temptation that I welcome more the applause of man or that political correctness would trump truth telling or fear of man would cause me to be silent about the One Way to God.

God Help Me.

I will without apology affirm the Person and Nature of Jesus, His Bodily Resurrection, the Reality of Heaven and Hell, the Sufficiency of God’s Word and the amazing Grace and unconditional love offered by the One True God.

There are so many “Cornelius” around us today–good people, generous people, God fearing people, praying people. We must be faithful in telling them that Jesus is the Only Way to know the forgiveness of sin and to know God.

Eternity weighs in the balance.

 

Dr. Tom Smiley is a pastor, author, speaker, blogger, husband, grand dad, and Christ-follower.  He is a regional radio talk show host with WDUN Jacobs Media.  He is the founder of Life with Smiles Ministry and Church Well Solutions, a ministry consulting work.  His Sunday messages are broadcast on WDUN 550, and his “blog” entries and thoughts on God, Christian faith, current events, politics and Islam are available at https://tomsmiley.wordpress.com/

His books: Runaway Lives: Overcoming Emotional Undercurrents, Angels all Around, and Uncommon Common Sense can be ordered at his Life with Smiles website (www.lifewithsmiles.com).  Dr. Smiley is available for speaking engagements and discussion forums and can be contacted at tsmiley@lakewoodlife.org or by calling 770.532.6307 or email at tsmiley@lakewoodlife.org