National Guard Banned From Vacation Bible School, Gay Pride Is Allowed

Vacation Bible School

Have you ever attended Vacation Bible School? Around here, we call it VBS and it is the time of the year, usually during summer vacation from school, that children gather at a local, or not so much, school to learn about the Bible and the principles it teaches. In the case of the VBS put on by our church, it is some children’s only opportunity to attend an event that is both educational and uplifting. Not to mention, a lot of fun.

During the week, representatives of the local police and fire departments, as well as the local paramedics. It depends on the theme of the VBS. For instance, the theme at our local VBS this year was God’s Garage. The children have a lot → Read More

Hobby Lobby Goes Before The Supreme Court

Hobby Lobby

I know there has already been a ton of writing on Hobby Lobby and the case its lawyers will be presenting to the Supreme Court. Yes, my friends, that happens today. It is time for the highest court in our land to hear a case that should have never had to be brought against our government. After the Court hears the case, David Green will learn sometime in June or July if he will be able to continue operating his business according to his Christian values, or if he is told those values have no place in the business world.

David Green started Hobby Lobby in his garage and it has grown since that time. He now has 602 stores across America and he → Read More

Do Our Christian Beliefs Have A Place In Our Public Lives?

Religious Freedom

I have been pondering the question posed in the title of this post for quite some time. I believe the main source of this pondering is the furor that is ongoing in America over the rights of individual business owners, who happen to be Christians and hold certain religious values, to refuse to service certain segments of our population. I was informed last year in a discussion on this blog that these Christian business owners had no such right, that if they did not want to serve a certain group of people, that constituted discrimination, and they should shut their business down. The person who made those statements was so offended by my views on this issue that she has not visited my blog → Read More

Grandmother’s Letter to Our Children & Grandchildren

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TBOCA – T ake B ack O ur C ountry A merica

Yes, I came from the baby boomer generation – I joined hands with many of my fellow citizens and played around in the sandbox until all of the sand was gone. During my time I was not a willing participant but as the “norm” changed so did I…

Our Nation was at war during this time being attacked from all sides by those who wished to destroy us. They (meaning the enemy) quietly and methodically started dicing and slicing our Nation gradually changing the “norm.” At first glance few of us realized what was actually happening to the greatest Country in the → Read More

Man’s Natural Instincts, Still

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Man’s ability to reason, to judge, and rely on prescription and prejudice as Russell Kirk put forth, “by which he meant the supra-rational wisdom of the species—into a conscious and imaginative defense of the traditional ways of society” has allowed mankind, to a certain degree, to claim mastery over nature, its elements, unlock its mysteries and lay claim to the planet. The human race throughout its existence has developed a feeling of superiority, and as far as finite creatures can, inside narrow limits of understanding, developed ways to interpret reality.

Man’s march onward towards sophistication in the form of hundreds of nations, organized under governments and institutions to help secure rights and posterity, has provided a way of life unlike any other time. However, man → Read More

I Want To Be That Man

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If you have followed Political Realities for any length of time, you will know I am a big fan of Southern Gospel music. That is especially true if that music is performed by a quartet, but even more so if it contains a message beyond the harmonies and the music. Such is the case with the song I want to share with you this afternoon.

Brian Free and Assurance have been singing Southern Gospel music for several years and have had many good songs, but “I Want To Be That Man” is something special. It should speak to all of us men and help us realize the urgency and the importance of the role we are supposed to play in our family and in our → Read More

The Kingdom Heirs – We Will Stand Our Ground

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As many of you may know from the few music videos I have shared in the past, I am a big fan of Southern Gospel music. Specifically, a fan of the quartets. I know you may not be a fan of this type of music, you may not even like Christian music, but I still want to share a video of a song that was performed by The Kingdom Heirs at the National Quartet Convention last year. In case you are not familiar with The Kingdom Heirs, they are the resident Southern Gospel quartet of Dollywood, the theme park owned by Dolly Parton. The group members are Arthur Rice singing lead, Steve French singing baritone, Jerry Martin singing tenor, and Jeff Chapman singing bass. Their → Read More

Jesus Christ – The Baby in the Manger

Baby in a manger

I have to admit, I like the Christmas season. Not the commercialization of the holiday, or the traffic jams of epic proportions in the mall parking lot. What I enjoy is the time off from my job, from the rush of working and doing business in America. I enjoy spending time with my wife, my daughters, my son-in-law, and of course, our granddaughter. I enjoy buying gifts that other people either need or want. I take joy in that act. I am going to enjoy the multiple Christmas meals, as well as the leftovers thereof. Through it all, however, I want to make sure there is one thing that is not forgotten.

It sounds like a cliché to say Jesus is the reason for the → Read More

Where’s The Line To See Jesus

Becky Kelley

I really don’t have it in me to write this morning, so instead, I thought I would share a new song my wife discovered on YouTube. This comes to you courtesy of Tammy. She was very impressed by the song, which is not easy for a singer to do, and that’s good enough for me. It is indicative of what this season is supposed to be about. I hope you enjoy Becky Kelley as she sings “Where’s The Line To See Jesus”.

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In Every Thing, Give Thanks To God

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Before our pastor preached his sermon yesterday morning, he followed a usual pattern and asked someone to sing a song. It was a couple with whom I am familiar, although they do not attend our church as their home church. The song they sang was one I had not heard before and it’s title was simply, “Thank God”. It mentioned that we should give thanks to God for everything and if nothing else, thank him for the flowers and the trees, the mountains and the seas. After they were finished, Brother Lester said he had something to tell us. As I have known him for many years and have always considered him to be a wise man, I listened carefully to what he said, and → Read More

Gold City – There Rose A Lamb

Ivan Parker

I thought this song was very appropriate for posting on Easter Sunday. It is a group that many of you may not know, but if you are familiar with Southern Gospel music, you will surely know who Gold City is. The group members are Brian Free, Ivan Parker, Steve Lacey, and Tim Riley. I hope you enjoy a great song with a wonderful message, There Rose A Lamb.

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Jesus Christ – Our Intercessor

Jesus Christ - Our Intercessor

This is the first time I have ventured off into the realm of religion on Political Realities, but as I write this post, I want you to know I feel stronger about this topic than any other I have put to pen and paper or a keyboard. I know some of my readers are of the Catholic faith, but for the most part, I am not aware of how you believe about Jesus Christ, or if you believe at all. Please understand that I am not trying to convince you to change your beliefs or your faith, I just want to give you my perspective on something I have never shared with those of you who read my ramblings every week. I apologize for the → Read More