Political Correctness

What is Political Correctness?

It is a form of tyranny that attempts to silence all voices of opposition to one’s ideas, opinions, and forms of expression. It is the enemy of free speech. It is the brainchild of a selfish power hungry few to protect themselves from values, absolute truth, and being confronted by truth. Political Correctness becomes a weapon to shield them from dissenting opinions that could unravel their agenda. It is an attempt to create a utopian culture that has no restraint and no offense.

However, in this pseudo-freedom environment, Political Correctness becomes the dictator who oppresses the freedom of expression. Political Correctness defines what is acceptable and what is not, and if your opinion varies and comes in conflict, then you must become a hypocrite and say what people want to hear, but not truly how and what you believe. If I do not have the freedom of expression, then there is no opportunity to have a dissenting voice, thus, Political Correctness is nothing short of being a tyrant. A wolf in sheep’s clothing!

As a sheep because it comes in as meek and mild mannered draped in tolerance. When you unmask it, and it assumes power you will find it is the most intolerant. It’s militancy is seen in universities where opposing views are screamed at and insulted to silence through fear. Labeling and judging others is a favorite pastime of this tyrannical oppression of free speech.

This is a tool of “verbal engineering” to reshape cultures and nations by a select few. It is a blatant attitude of the few towards the masses of setting themselves up as super intellectual and ramming their agendas through without opposition.

Political Correctness is the hinge that swings the door of oppression.

The greatest blessing in each nation is the opportunity for dissenting voices to be heard and freely expressed. It provides balance and keeps the arena of ideas flourishing with possibilities. Opposition to our ideas can expose pitfalls in our planning we previously wouldn’t have seen because of personal pride or other factors. We as leaders need to be mature and secure, and welcome all thoughts, opinions, and voices. It is what contributes to the health of a society and a nation.

Reuben Egolf

Economic Sense

I read this exchange recently.

”A guy looked at the Corvette the other day and said I wonder how many people could have been fed for the cost of that car. I replied I am not sure, it fed a lot of families in Kentucky who built it, it fed the people who make the tires, it fed the people who made the components, it fed the people in the copper mine who mined the copper for the wires, it fed people who make the trucks that haul the copper ore. That’s the difference between capitalism and welfare mentality. When you buy something, you put money in people’s pockets and give them dignity for their skills”

It reminds me of my favorite saying

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

There is a mindset that ignores the blessing of reward. The satisfaction of receiving something in return for your investment of time and labor. Rewarding an individual who is idle is not helping, but perpetuating the problem of no self-dignity and self-worth. It literally is below a man’s dignity to receive something for nothing as seen in the following.

2 Samuel 24:21-24
21 And Araunah said, Wherefore is my lord the king come to his servant? And David said, To buy the threshingfloor of thee, to build an altar unto the LORD, that the plague may be stayed from the people.
22 And Araunah said unto David, Let my lord the king take and offer up what seemeth good unto him: behold, here be oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing instruments and other instruments of the oxen for wood.
23 All these things did Araunah, as a king, give unto the king. And Araunah said unto the king, The LORD thy God accept thee.
24 And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

Free tuition, free phones, etc.… feeds something dangerous called an entitlement mindset. Once something is given without being earned, it is taken for granted and expected as something owed. The valuing of the thing received evaporates and the person’s respect for those who provided it dwindles as well. This kind of system plays on the surface sympathies of the people while plundering the coffers of the wage earners, thus draining the well dry to maintain the swamp.

People will tire of having to pay for other people’s irresponsibility and being penalized for being hard-working while others are provided incentives to remain on perpetual assistance. They are tired of the Hollywood elites and political ruling classes ramming values down their throats they don’t believe in.

The angst burns in hard-working people when they feel they are forced to work harder and longer to pay for political agendas that do not benefit them at all. Government going down the path of economic enslavement never ends well for the middle class. Their grievance is moral and common sense fairness.

Benefits without work… enjoying benefits without being a legal taxpayer… unethical medical burdening… political correctness running amok… separate laws for the privileged… loss of freedoms… government expansion… and this list is endless as the causes of the middle class symptoms of political sickness.

Politicians who never had a job or ran a business have little to no appreciation for the hard earned money of another. Their wasteful spending on the frivolous, rewarding of the indolent, and doing the bidding of the special interests are too much for the blue collar worker.

I have found that most people are not against immigration to the USA. Their resistance is only found in the legal issues of people being required to enter lawfully. Law-abiding citizens do not fear immigrants, they fear lawlessness.

We have 1 million homeless children and even more adults in the US. The common sense approach would be to have a greater zeal in providing something for them instead of concentrating all our resources on those coming in. Why the bigotry towards citizens who are in the same peril? Seems like a logical question.

It’s time for respect and dignity to find its way back into the American fabric of ideals

 

A Stable Balance of Leadership

We live in a world that boasts of being civilized, and yet the same cyclical perpetuated problems still cause many nations to implode into the same quagmire that has been present for centuries. Corruption, mismanagement, and runaway debts drapped on the back of irresponsibility, infest our economies and standard of living like a pandemic disease.
The temptation is to throw in the towel and say what will be will be. However, something rises up in many of us and declares things can be different. The fight is worth it, and the efforts of preserving human value never goes out of style.

A leader who governs must first have been governed. If he has never been under authority, and learned the beauty of subjection, then he will abuse power to build self instead of using it to build a nation.

A coddled soul, a privileged person, and one who has not yielded to a power above itself, are all ingredients of abusive power. Voters must educate themselves in who is running for office. What kind of person are they… their track record… agenda… and never forget that character matters. What they do is who they are, not what they say.

Greed has corrupted more minds than anything else. True hearts of compassion that looks at their nation and says what can I do to serve, protect, and help the people is much better than one saying how do I become popular, what’s in it for me, and personal security.

Leaders who base decisions on facts and not feelings produce a stable and trusted environment. That requires the inner core of the person to be tethered to the pylons of ethics and morality.

What are some ethics to insure stability and produce an equilibrium between justice and fairness.

Honesty – Keeps Promises – Loyal – Law Abiding – Respects Others

Below is a true story of what a real leadership heart should look like.

Over 200 years ago, a man in civilian clothes rode past a small group of tired and battled weary soldiers. They were digging what appeared to be an important defensive position.

The leader of the group wasn’t making any effort to help. He just shouted orders and threatened to punish the group if the work wasn’t completed within the hour.

“Why aren’t you helping?” the stranger asked on horseback.

“I’m in charge! The men do as I tell them,” said the leader. He added “Help them yourself if you feel so strongly about it.”

To the mean leader’s surprise the stranger got off his horse and helped the men until the job was finished.

Before he left the stranger congratulated the men for their work, and approached the confused leader.

“You should notify top command next time your rank prevents you from supporting your men – and I will provide a more permanent solution,” the stranger said.

Up close, the now humbled leader recognized General George Washington and was taught a lesson he would never forget!

Reuben Egolf

A nation becomes beautiful on the outside when there is stability on the inside

Changing a Nation

Daniel 1-6 

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it.

2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god.

3 And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the princes;

4 Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.

5 And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.

6 Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:

Daniel was extracted from his home around 15 years old. His parents were apparently killed in the siege of Jerusalem. In a moment he was without a family, a home, a culture, a place for his worship, and away from his friends and families surroundings to a foreign place that resembled nothing he was accustomed to.

Daniel was hand selected for his intelligence and gene pool. When in a foreign place and having interaction with government. He didn’t lam-blast or impugn their religion, way of life, or any other difference he was not accustomed to. However, he simply invited people to watch his life. Through developing relationship and earning their respect and honor; it gave him access to influence their lives. The standard of excellence created an attraction in the hearts of the spectators.

This ultimately led to the public announcement that the one true living God was the only true God by the most wicked king ever to live. The wealth, power, prestige, and academia all fell to the infinite power of God through a man written off as never succeeding. Instead of becoming a slave to circumstances, opportunistic excuses, and victimization, he rode the power of the Spirit to becoming the most powerful man in Babylon.

Being number two is not a place of insignificance or a position of powerlessness. Joseph never rose to number one in the Egyptian Dynasty of Pharaoh. However, he influenced the leadership and singlehandedly flourished them in the 7 years of famine. Daniel, similarly never became number one in Babylon, but influenced the most powerful man on the earth – Nebuchadnezzar. We often say, the man may be the head of the household but the wife (the neck) turns the head. God may never make you the CEO but if that person honors you, then you can influence the entire direction of a company from the backseat. In other words, we don’t need a title to do it, we only need the favor and anointing of God to accomplish His will from wherever we are stationed in life.

Refuse it, refute it, or simply attempt to explain it away, but the truth remains in the undeniable experience and historical fact of a prideful king submitting to the authority of an All Mighty God.

Not only do we have role, but a goal. That role is a functioning consistent Gospel expression through every avenue of physical exposure to a sight-seeing world. The goal is the overpowering of a fallen stubbornness, not by the sword, but by attributes of kindness, patience, love, long suffering… so they are not formed to a religion, but by an inner witness of Christ who saved them. Burning those repercussions in the conversion of a hopeless soul to a resurrected bloom in full fragrance of a new nature.

Where they to, will proclaim there is only one true living God, not the god of materialism or self exaltation.

Reuben Egolf

Senior Pastor of Mt. Calvary Tabernacle

Chairman of the United States Global Leadership Council

CAO of Project One Inc. a division of ECOSOC of the United Nations

Contrary Winds

In Mark 6 we have the famous story of Jesus commanding the disciples to enter a boat and go to the other side of the lake. As he ascended a mountain to pray, the disciples encountered a storm in their travel to Bethsaida.

Interesting that God told them to go and yet it didn’t go well for them. It wasn’t a walk in the park, or did things work in their favor. Instead, conditions were contrary to them.

It got me thinking about our own encounters in life when we know we have heard from God.

Just because the wind is against me, doesn’t mean the Lord is not for me.

Resistance is often the greatest place for revelation. It’s the place where my inability is exposed and Christ’s sufficiency is revealed. The moment where I am reminded of my dependence and need of Jesus in everything. Therefore, resistance becomes the pathway to revelation.

I expect when God says go that the winds are with me. Oftentimes that is not the case, and on Divine purpose I might add. Because, God will use a contrary situation to reveal his sufficiency. 

When things are against me and I still reach where im going it will be because He was with me. If the wind blew me to shore, it would get the credit and a feeling of self-sufficiency would begin mounting resistance in my heart to depending on the Lord. Thankfully, the contrary wind focused my attention on Jesus Christ, and his empowerment (not the wind) carried me to my destination.

He is exalted, and the Kingdom influence advances through the visible manifestation of deliverance, and this vessel becomes a billboard advertising his greatness.

Reuben Egolf

Daniel – an Example of Influence

The story of the biblical Daniel is a story of survival, fortitude, and extraordinary commitment to a God he loved. Daniel’s reputation preceded him and his influence moved entire kingdoms towards the King of his heart. The ascension of the proverbial success ladder wasn’t achieved because of worldly fame, wealth, or family name. Instead, he rose to the seats of prominence through the favor of God and a stellar character built on the pylons of the Lord’s principles. Unmoved by temptation and everything the world had to offer; Daniel stayed an unwavering course till the day he died.

I have often wondered about his amazing success with turning the heart of the most wicked ruler – Nebuchadnezzar.

Daniel was extracted from his home around 15 years old. His parents were apparently killed in the siege of Jerusalem. In a moment he was without a family, a home, a culture, a place for his worship, and away from his friends, family, and familiar surroundings, to a foreign place that resembled nothing he was accustomed to.

Daniel was hand selected for his intelligence and gene pool. When in a foreign place and having interaction with government. He didn’t lam-blast or impugn their religion, way of life, or any other difference he was not accustomed to. However, he simply invited people to watch his life. Through developing relationship and earning their respect and honor; it gave him access to influence their lives. The standard of excellence created an attraction in the hearts of the spectators.

What an example to become like. May we all aspire to such heights of lofty spiritual morality. Let us increase our influence around us and maintain our trajectory of an unwavering commitment to excellence for the glory of God.

Blessings

Reuben Egolf

The Cancer of Unforgiveness

Cancer is known to kill it’s host and as a result destroys itself. In other words, it survives by depleting and overwhelming the necessary food supply of the host body until it is too weak to survive. Of course, once the host body dies, so does the cancer cells.

Unforgiveness in the human soul acts much the same way. It is a cancer that depletes the human heart eventually destroying the host. The fermentation in the mind feeds the bitterness, resentment, and unforgiveness into a bloating tumor consuming the person’s energy and devotion. It is never satisfied until the host person is dead on the inside of it’s dreams, vision, and freedom from misery. As with cancer, which requires the cooperation of other cells; unforgiveness requires the cooperation of the person’s thought life to survive. Cancer depends on it’s environment to survive and so does unforgiveness.

The unhealthy power of resident unforgiveness

Not forgiving is like laying flowers at a grave daily, you are no longer planting seeds for a better tomorrow. By doing so I am memorializing the event, keeping it alive in the memory. Just as the flowers are losing their fragrance due to being separated from it’s life source, so am I when I lay down at the scene of the incident and not moving forward. Some things die and you need to let it die and never go back and visit. When I don’t forgive I turn my back on my future.

Unforgiveness has a colored pencil in its hand and will color how you look at things now. It has the power to change the person perception concerning people and situations in the present as well the things in the future.

Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die

Allow the past to be a learning experience but refuse it becoming a continuing punishment. People reminding you and attempting to get you to build a house at certain incidents in your past must be resisted. What’s done is done- move on and do not permit others to control your direction. If you keep looking over your shoulder while trying to walk forward will cause you to bump into people you otherwise would have avoided.

As long as I carry resentment towards the past in my heart, the less capable I will be of loving in the present! Resentment, unforgiveness, and bitterness are all weeds that choke out the ability of love to grow in our hearts. Protect the garden of your life with diligence and plant God’s Word in it’s soil, and saturate it everyday with the His presence through prayer.

I have found that it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then. When people remind me of things in the past, they are referencing many times to a different time when I was a different person. I can’t relate to that person anymore because I have moved on.

Did you know, you can victimize yourself by wallowing around in your own past, literally becoming a hostage to things you can’t change. However, we are not victims but over-comers and more than conquerors!

Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Reuben Egolf

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