Masquerading as Righteous

This commentary ran at the Visalia Times Delta on August 22nd, 2018.

Last Thursday media outlets across the country tried to defend their legitimacy. But the en masse editorials opposing Trump’s accusations against them was hardly about journalistic integrity but everything about their hatred for Trump. While it might be that twenty percent or so of the media are true journalists, a lucid glance reveals that most are liberal hacks and operatives of the Democratic Party.

Sometimes evil is personified and easy to comprehend: Commodus in Gladiator, The Joker in The Dark Knight, or the sadistic Percy Wetmore in The Green Mile. But more often evil masquerades as good in a deceptive mode.

A woman’s “right to choose” masquerades as some sort of virtue but the evil is manifold: men want free sex without the responsibility inherent in sexual activity, the woman is put in a severe dilemma and so the holocaust of American lives in the womb continues… wholly sanctioned by the liberal media.

In the name of the good called equality all manner of evil masquerades as good where men defile themselves with men, bisexual men spread disease, and transsexuals attempt to redefine God’s obvious design of male and female. The liberal media forges deceptions daily regarding such matters.

The Washington Post’s theme is “Democracy Dies in Darkness” but they advocate for socialism nonstop which is the script of most liberal media outlets. Like the Bolsheviksof the USSR they buy into the “supremacy of the state.” Leninsaid it himself, “the goal of socialism is communism.” Hitlerdid the same, promoting a “national socialism.” These “isms” that set the state above all, including communism in China, always fashion a frontal attack on Christianity. This aligns with liberalism which jettisoned God in the Sixties. The masquerade is pervasive.

How can the liberal media hold Trump accountable to a standard of truth when the lies they buy into are beyond measure? The Columbia and Berkeley Schools of Journalism produce these elitists who live in titanium bubbles where they pontificate about how Trump is pregnant with evil but the worse evil is that which resides in their very own hearts. The American people perceive it which is why Trump was elected.

Yet another pretty lie is the identity politics the liberal media saturate us with. Rather than promoting character, a healthy self-reliance, the Protestant Work Ethic and seizing the opportunities American capitalism affords the individual, they highlight inequalities, promote a victimhood persona, and incite a hatred for those who have more. It is a function of our base natures to steal from others rather than make our own way. I am not saying inequality does not exist or that capitalism does not have flaws. But it is the divine nature of man to overcome and find a way.

The very same zeitgeist that informed Lenin’s idea of , “telling less than the truth, misleading and lying” animates the liberal media of today. The all too common theme occurs when one rejects God, He then gives that person over to delusions and the nature of delusions is self-deception. Is there any question in the American mind that these delusions led to the last administration getting a pass on all manner of evil while this administration gets no pass whatsoever?

The media’s leanness of soul disqualifies them as any sort of petrichor that refreshes the American people.

The longer the subterfuge of the media lasts the more Americans will seek truth elsewhere. The truth does matter and in the greater scheme of things the only completely reliable purveyor of truth is Jesus Himself.

Ron Hunnicutt

Visalia, CA

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Real Encouragement

 

The truth matters. That is where we have to start. Moral relativism is a strong delusion.

We are fearfully and wonderfully made – created. So, when things go wrong like ESRD then the issues get real complicated real fast. So, I have tried to surround myself with the best doctors, nurses, social workers and advocates I possibly can.

I feel fortunate to be encompassed by excellent doctors, nurses, social workers and a host of other people who keep me alive. But we have to realize man can only do so much. I had a GI bleed that went on for a whole year. I went through 5 different irritating procedures attempting to locate the bleeding. None of the procedures could locate the source of the bleeding. If we put our hope in man, even highly skilled doctors, eventually we will be disappointed. That disappointment can lead to despair.

So rather that succumb to the despair we are better off putting our hope in something far beyond ourselves.

In America today we have pluralism which is good because that gives us choices, seeming legitimate choices as to what we will give our hearts to. Nonetheless absolute truth exists. So when Jesus says, “I am the way, the light and the truth. No one comes to the father except by me,” then we are provided the opportunity to put our hope in the one who actually created us and knows us better than anyone..

The zeitgeist in America today obfuscates truth. Did you know that even doctors and nurses are committing suicide in record numbers? Why is that? Because we as Americans rejected God in the sixties. Now we look to Oprah for a type of spirituality, and we look to the government to solve our problems, and at the end of the day neither of them really have the power or ability to truly help us or encourage us.

I am encouraged when I read the Bible and then understand why God put me on this earth in the first place. I am encouraged when I read the Bible in the morning and see that the God who created everything we can see and behold loves me. I am encouraged when I read the Psalms and feel the discouragement David expressed but realize that I am encouraged as I put my hope in God, just as David did.

When my mother passed away our family really took a substantial hit. But my encouragement and consolation has always been that, since she was a Christian, and knowing that I also walk with God, and knowing that God prepares a place of bliss for those who accept His Son, that the sting of my mother’s death will not always be. I will see her again. That is genuine encouragement.

I am encouraged when I am very afflicted and my sister calls and she prays for me.

I am encouraged when my other sister writes me a card with encouraging verses out of the Bible – verses that helped her through a difficult bout with cancer.

I am encouraged when a friend of mine who is also a pastor calls and prays for me.

My kidneys failed in 1995. I was on dialysis for 3 years and then I received a transplant that lasted 17 years. Now I am back on dialysis.

It is not lost on me that for me to be a Christian and a father two people had to pay the ultimate price. First was Jesus on the cross. Second was the person that provided the cadaver kidney for my transplant. When I was on dialysis the first time a doctor said my wife and I would never have children because of my health. But the transplant fixed that. And so now my wife and I have two beautiful daughters who are absolute pearls in my world.

But I do feel like the man at the end of the movie, Saving Private Ryan. Because two people have had to die for me to live as a Christian man, husband and a father, it is my strong desire to me numbered among good men because of the very high price and sacrifice that has occurred on my behalf. “Tell me that I am a good man…” Private Ryan says to his wife at the end of the movie. It is a very strong encouragement to me to live the best life I can live.

Ron Hunnicutt

Nunes is Exposing the Rats and Weasels

This ran at the Visalia Times Delta on July 25th, 2018. The price I pay to get published is that my favorite lines get deleted. And usually the title gets changed. Ah… such is life. So, here I get to publish the original version. Still grateful to get the gist of my message out there.

 

I read the online version of the Times Delta daily and occasionally the print version. I have yet to observe a positive article about Nunes and his stellar efforts to expose the rats and weasels in the DC swamp. There are plenty of positive articles about Janz’ campaign to unseat Nunes along with plenty of articles about the so called “religious leaders” protesting Nunes. Nunes’ counterpart, Adam Shiff seemingly wins the day with his extensive boldface lies. It is altogether routine for the liberal media to act in concert with liberal democrats to demonize everything conservative. Even this editorial runs the risk of heavy editing. For conservatives the extreme and pervasive bias is clearly a matter of 5150.

A primary concept that America was founded on is the Rule of Law. Residents in Nunes’ district need to consider exactly what liberal democrat Janz brings to the table. First is the liberal construct of open borders. This affords liberals the subterfuge of constructing a dependent welfare entitlement-based voting bloc. But far worse is the invasion of drug runners, sex traffickers, criminals and terrorists. This is lawlessness. Since liberalism is such a strong delusion liberals have no idea just how destructive open borders are.

Next is the chicanery of a woman’s right to choose. Janz will no doubt support the murder of Americans in the womb. This is a holocaust of Americans and another form of lawlessness.

Next is the farce of sanctuary cities. If you are illegal and a criminal then Austin or San Francisco is your haven where you can freely defecate on the sidewalks and discard your used drug needles. As an added bonus you can participate in immoral parades. All of this is dysfunctional lawlessness. All of you out there who wish for Janz to turn Visalia into this type of utopian sanatorium/snake pit/abyss please raise your hand.

And if that is not enough who wants to align ourselves with liberal leader Jerry Brown who thinks it is wise to open the borders, import an increasing population of illegal aliens, never build a dam but limit people to a third world standard of 55 gallons of water per day. This is lawlessness swirled with nonsense. And as a liberal democrat Janz is aligned and committed to such folly.

Nunes is one vote out of 435 representatives in the House. He wields only such much power in bringing good things to Tulare County so it is real easy for opponents to highlight perceived deficiencies. Obama brought lawlessness to the DOJ, FBI and the IRS. Nunes is exposing the corruption so he has turned into a massive and despised target.

The New York Times states with a smirk on its face, “we set the agenda.” They do have their influence but outside of their Wizard of Oz bubble plenty of Americans see through all of it. Those Americans will keep Nunes in office because God is opposed to lawlessness.

Ron Hunnicutt

Visalia, CA

The Truth Matters

This ran at the Visalia Times Delta on Easter Weekend 2018.

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The truth is the most powerful thing in the world. And as Churchill rightly mused, the truth is always tightly encapsulated by a bodyguard of lies.

It is Easter.

The greatest truth in the history of the cosmos is that Jesus Christ created and redeemed mankind.

You will not find much truth in the torrent of the media, nor in the chaos of our culture. Science, equality, sexual freedom, social justice, personal autonomy, liberalism and politically correct dogma are just a few of the many bodyguards that deceive us and manufacture a perceived reality.

God has to use methods and people to reveal Himself and His truths and America was formed for that very reason.

Did you know that George Washington routinely rose and spent from 5 AM to 6 AM on his knees praying and reading the Bible? Did you know he practiced the very same routine in the evening at 9 PM?

Philadelphia was named the City of Brotherly Love for a specific purpose. William Penn wanted Christians of all denominations to work together everyday of the week to advance the, “Holy Experiment,” The experiment was that of personal, religious and economic freedom according to Biblical principles.

John Adams wrote this to his wife, Abigail;

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever.”

Of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence, nearly half (24) held seminary or Bible school degrees.

The end of our Declaration of Independence says this, “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

In my Patriots Bible there are, at the very least, 100 quotes from the Founders, business leaders, educational leaders, clergy and a host of others that point to God and His Providence regarding the founding of our nation.

The germane issue here is that what Easter represents is a very strong indicator of our heritage. While America has its sins like every other nation, our heritage is not liberalism, abortion, pot smoking, godlessness, and the promotion of immoral behavior.

Liberalism comes along and profanes everything it touches. But our country is sacred. Our lives are sacred. Our sexuality is sacred.

Hopefully we can remember the sacredness of the important things this Easter.

Ron Hunnicutt

Visalia, CA

Diabolical Liberals

This ran at the Visalia Times Delta in March of 2018.evil_eyes

The lawlessness of California is a malignant cancer.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court hears (heard) a case regarding the State of California and its attempt to force pro-life pregnancy centers to install large signs that promote abortion.

It is not enough that Planned Parenthood receives taxpayer funds to kill Americans in the womb and then sell the parts. Liberals are so rabid to kill absolutely all of the Americans they possibly can that California passed a bill in October of 2015 in an attempt to expand the carnage to pro life facilities.

Those who consider sexual freedom the highest value in the cosmos will no doubt be offended at my rhetoric. But progressives who think they are open-minded need to consider that abortion is as barbaric as any other wickedness that snuffs out lives. How is it possible that liberals are aghast at the slaughter in Florida but then clap and shout with delight for the very same carnage in the womb? Surely modern liberalism is a strong delusion.

Thou shall not murder. A five year old can understand that concept. But lawlessness dictates that Putin murders his political opponents and liberals pass laws to murder in the womb.

By the way, Roe vs. Wade is by no means settled law. God always has the last word on all matters.

California politicians will have to answer to God for this depravity.

 

Crushed

What is obvious is that I am suffering.

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What is not so obvious is that I am being crushed like grapes so that I might become like new wine.

But I am not a martyr.

And I am not anything special.

I am not anyone special.

And allowing for self-pity just leads to defeat and despair.

So, it is what it is.

Please Lord, crush me so that I might become like Jesus.

The Dysfunctional Mess Called Islam

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I am compelled to say something about this picture and this girl. We cannot look in her eyes without tearing up ourselves. Islam hurts little girls. Islam sends young boys to their death by suicide bombing. Islam turns men into oppressors. Islam turns women into the oppressed. Sharia Law oppresses anywhere it is enforced.

I am always in favor of freedom of choice and freedom of religion. Yet the truth matters. The only reason liberalism is sympathetic to Islam is because liberalism says man is the center of all things which means liberalism rejects God’s authority and Christianity’s primacy… so that Liberalism is opposed to Christianity just like Islam is and so liberalism and Islam have a common enemy… which is very easy to see in our culture and our media.

So, this young girl is caught up in the total mess that is called Islam and its constant warfare and fighting. It is a very sad thing. We are fools if we do not realize the chaos, dysfunction and obvious pain that Islam brings to people and nations

The caption for this picture reads, “A displaced Iraqi girl, who fled her home, cries during a battle between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants, near Badush, Iraq, March 16, 2017.

If you insist that Islam is a peaceful religion then tell my why Jihad is in the Koran, and why Sharia Law is in Koran, and why is kill the infidels in the Koran? Plus a whole host of other oppressive statements regarding Christians are in the Koran.

In the end this young girl’s tears tell the whole story.  She is innocent of all wrong-doing yet she suffers.