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Kenyan Security Officer: Trump is God’s Chosen

For years, Kenya, historically one of the strongest economic centers in Africa, has battled the rise of terror groups, such as ISIS and Al-Shabab, the difficulty of securing their northern border with Somalia, as well as meeting the needs of high volumes of displaced people groups throughout the country. Having spent collectively more than several months in Kenya over the past decade, I’ve had the opportunity to witness firsthand many of the challenges facing Kenya through my work with The Oasis Network For Churches.

This week, the conservative news outlet, Faithwire, released a shocking video from one of my recent trips to Kenya in which I interview a high ranking Kenyan national security officer regarding border safety under the Trump administration.  The story, which can be found HERE, picked up massive national reach after being tweeted by Tomi Lahren, a leading conservative commentator and Trump supporter.

Actually in Kenya we say that, ‘Trump is God’s chosen.’ Because by him being there so many things to do with terrorism and the spirit behind the Islam has been restricted.     -Officer Harrison Gnota

The original interview, which was recorded as part of filming of Miles Away, a new reality documentary that follows my work with The Oasis Network can be found here:

 

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Drifting from the Truth

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Isaiah 5:20 ESV says this, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”

In the tale of The Emperor’s New Clothes none of the ruler’s servants nor the town’s people wanted to be seen as foolish or unfit by admitting that the Emperor was really naked. Instead, the masses fell victim to a very small minority (2 traveling salesmen with a sinister agenda to deceive the people and profit off of their fear of being wrong). Because no one would speak up, each individual eventually assumed that all were able to perceive his new clothes, except for them, so they unanimously agreed how wonderful he looked – even though none of them could see his suit.

In today’s world the same is true. There is an agenda that exists to reframe truth – politically, biologically, historically, morally, religiously, and ethically – and those behind it are banking on the masses’ unwillingness to speak out and call evil “evil”. They have gone to great lengths to publicly and brutally disparage and demean anyone who would stand up against them and state what the great majority know, but that most are afraid to say.

This week’s headlines showed just a snapshot of this rising agenda and continued distortion of the truth; an anti-Semitic, radical Islamic sympathizer being appointed deputy chair of the DNC, continued attempts at normalizing and desensitizing the public to transgenderism and other sexual distortions, as well as a convicted cannibal’s charges being dropped from murder to only manslaughter. Each of these represent just a small glimpse at how far we’ve drifted from truth as a society and the extent that morality and godliness have been stripped from our definition of truth, identity, and life.

More than ever we need the gospel.

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst.” – 1 Timothy 1:15

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The Truth About Illegal Immigration

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I’ve been invested in the people of Latin American for the last 17 years, specifically Mexico. I have ministered to thousands of people throughout their wonderful country and along both sides of the border. Additionally, I have spent considerable time with major Mexican business leaders over the years, as well as major Mexican politicians, several of which I consider dear friends. I’ve also assisted literally dozens of people from nations all around the world over the years enter our nation legally for short term trips, long term trips, to gain political asylum, and to gain green cards and citizenship in our fine nation.

During this time and through these experiences, I have undoubtably seen how broken our current immigration system is, how slanted it is against Christians, and how it favors the wealthy, the Islamic and non-Christian faiths, and those with political connections. It is in major need of revision, but despite all of this, illegal immigration is not the solution nor should it be embraced, overlooked, accepted, or encouraged.

Illegal immigration hurts both Mexico (and the many other nations involved), as well as the United States equally. It strips other countries of desperately needed human capital and talent, promotes illegal trafficking rings (often the same groups responsible for sex and drug trafficking), steals jobs from American workers, and helps perpetuate cartel controlled communities, especially along border cities. Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and President Trump have all addressed these same issues I’ve mentioned. In fact, until this past election, virtually no one (republic or democrat) in Washington questioned this fact, nor cared to state it any differently, but now this has changed.

The current push to normalize and desensitize the American people regarding illegal immigration has nothing to do with immigration. It is merely one of many tactics designed to undermine the current administration. Sadly latinos and other immigrants are being used as pawns by liberal masterminds exactly the same way that Lyndon B. Johnson did this to the black community in the 1960’s in order to gain power.

I’m sure that many will disagree and some will lash out, but I only say this because I’m committed (and will continue to be committed) to a thriving Mexico and a safe and prosperous United States.

The solution is immigration reform, an improved vetting process, temporary bans from problematic nations, increased border security, extended periods of decreased immigration to allow for assimilation, and invoking strict, yet fair, penalties and consequences on those who have entered our country illegally.

I believe that anyone who truly cares about this country and the immigrant, especially those who enter the country legally, should take no other view.

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Is God Rigging the Election?

“God is in control,” shouted one church-going woman recently in a conversation about politics when a man suggested that someone other than her candidate might win the election due to millions of Christians’ lack of political involvement.  But is she right?  Is God really in control?  And if this statement is true, then what does it really mean?  Is the election rigged…by God?  Are our efforts in voting, campaigning, and sharing our various political platforms meaningless and unfruitful?  Does the real outcome on November 8 belong not to the American people, nor corrupt politicians, but really to God Almighty?

If you ask many Christians, I think they may answer yes.  But is this what the Bible says?

As I mention in my book,   Good God ; The One We Want To Believe In But Are Afraid To Embrace, the Bible never states ‘God is in control’.  Rather, the Bible portrays a world where personal responsibility matters and where humankind receives the fruit of the seeds that we plant.  But this biblical truth of personal responsibility is often eclipsed by what I refer to as “the doctrine of the extreme sovereignty of God.”  And although the idea that

HEMPSTEAD, NY - Democratic Nominee for President of the United States former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Republican Nominee for President of the United States Donald Trump meet for their first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on Monday September 26, 2016. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

“God is in control” has become a normal way of viewing God, it sadly leaves people to assume that everything that happens in the world, including the outcome of elections, was either approved by God or directly caused by our heavenly Father.

The reality is that the doctrine of extreme sovereignty is birthed out of convenience.  If everything that happens is “God’s will”, then it’s easy to divert the attention off our personal shortcomings, or political apathy, and chalk up the outcome of life, and the upcoming election, to God’s master plan.  I suggest that this is exactly the line of thinking which has allowed and perpetuated the current anti-Christian culture and lack of biblical values in our society.  Christian apathy in political participation has resulted in the passage of unconstitutional laws, which have unduly and illegally separated church and State.  Christians have falsely concluded regardless if they get involved in the political process, the outcome is divinely rigged.  Whatever God wills will happen.

Because of this, corruption has thrived, values have become distorted, and all the while the church is mostly silent – after all, God is sovereign.

Or is he?

Some might be surprised to discover that the word sovereign never appears in the King James Version of the Bible.  While it is found over three hundred times in the Old Testament of the New International Version – as in “sovereign God” – it is simply used a moniker equivalent to what is translated in the King James Version as “Lord God.”  In fact, never in one instance, even in the New International Version, is “sovereign” used to describe God in the sense of “controlling everything”.

With regard to politics, some would argue that Romans 13 definitely substantiates the idea that God is responsible for “establishing all authorities”.

However, the Message bible shines some additional light on the meaning of Romans 13:1-3 which reads,

Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear.

Another translation (J.B. Philips bible) provides additional insight by stating “all legitimate authority is derived from God’s authority”.

Paul never intended this passage to be a blanket endorsement from God for all those who are in power.  He simply stated that legitimate authority comes from God.  This isn’t referring to particular candidates and specific individuals, as if every politician has been hand selected by God, but rather it’s speaking to the benefit of the rule of law, and how godly laws help protect society from an infestation of evil and those who participate in it.

Some might attempt to prove God’s hand in the political process by referencing Old Testament passages in the Bible that mention God appointing certain men to be rulers in the Old Testament, like King David, Jeroboam, or even the prophet Jeremiah.

But we have to take note that these men were in a nation that actually recognized God’s directives and leadings.  Israel, when they weren’t in rebellion, gave God a say in the governance of their nation and, as a result, God’s voice was often heard and the people affirmed his leading through their acceptance of his choice.  Today is no different, throughout the earth, God is still preparing and elevating people to lead and govern, but this doesn’t mean that every nation always accepts his choice or acknowledges his plan.  In fact, a perfect example of this would be 1 Samuel chapter 8, where Israel demands that Samuel appoint a king over the people.  In this instance, the people rejected God’s form of government for the nation, and instead forced Samuel to appoint a king for the people – a king who’s reign was full of lies and ended in corruption and rebellion against God, I might add.

God’s will for Israel was originally rejected, causing him to pivot and eventually give the people what they wanted – an earthly king.  But think of all of the pain and hardship that could have been avoided, however, if Israel had sought God’s plan for their country from the beginning.  How many lives would have been spared?  How many wars would have been avoided?  We may never know, but what we do know, is that the people played a role in the outcome of the nation.  The same is true today.

We stand at the crossroads of one of the most important elections our country has ever had.  The media wants us to believe that it is a circus and a laughingstock, yet the potential results are anything but funny.  The next president will most likely appoint three or more Supreme Court justices who will define the rule of law regarding moral and social issues like abortion, sexual identity, and religious freedom.  In addition, they will be at the forefront of perhaps one of the greatest oppositions that this country (and perhaps the world) has ever faced – radical Islamic terror.  Who stands in office matters.  Your vote matters.  Your political involvement matters.  There is no separation of church and State, because the church is filled with individual private citizens with a right to vote, speak out, and be involved.  Should we do so in love and respect?  Absolutely!  But whatever we do, let us not for one second succumb to the lie that God is in control of the outcome of this election or any election for that matter – because God doesn’t rig elections and he loves mankind enough to allow us the freedom to decide our future, our politicians, and the outcome of our nation.

What will you decide?

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Cuba, Communism, and Codependency

Obama landed in Cuba this week and, as such, is the first US President to set foot in the country since Calvin Coolidge in 1928.  His trip included attending a baseball game with the Cuban president, as well as holding a live press conference alongside the Communist leader, taking turns sharing applause and grievances for life in both countries.

But contrary to Obama’s public admonition prior to leaving Cuba that our two countries should abandon the “last remnants of the Cold War”, the president’s actions in Cuba this week did not mark the end of the effects of the Cold War, but rather continued the already sliding progression of which side of the war against Communism our nation sits.

This was perhaps best seen in the President’s response to Castro’s criticism against the lack of social services our country provides it’s people.  Castro stated that it is “inconceivable that a government does not defend and secure the right to health care, equal pay and the rights of children.”  Instead of seizing the opportunity to encourage their nation to explore individual freedoms and personal responsibility (encouraging a move toward democracy), Obama followed this up with, “In [Castro’s] view, making sure that everybody is getting a decent education or health care, has basic security in old age, that those things are human rights as well. I personally would not disagree with him.”

It’s easy to hear comments like this and miss the real nature of the issues.  I want us to understand what this is really all about.

It’s about determining the source of our hope.

From a faith standpoint, socialism and communism look to the nation itself to do what only God can. It’s a misplaced hope and it can never produce the utopia that we are promised. While the world is hailing the uniting of two nations, I believe we should grieve for the continued and unnecessary distance that we are placing between God and man.

In Genesis 11, Nimrod wrongly commissioned the building of the Tower of Babel to fortify the people against God (in case he would decide to send another global flood) and as a result, Nimrod led the people to depend upon himself and the strength of the tower, rather than to depend upon God to meet their needs.  This is the nature of Socialism and the Communist State; a misled reliance on the institution to try to do for the people, what only God can do.

It’s time we wake up America.  This isn’t about politics, it’s about placing our trust together as one people under God.  This is our only hope for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

 

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Huge Strides Made Towards Peace In Kenya!!

According to cnn.com, Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga have signed a 4 part peace agreement to restore peace in Kenya.  At this time the Kenyan Red Cross says the violence has claimed at least 863 lives and driven 261,000 from their homes since incumbent Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki claimed the December 27 election over Odinga. 

This peace plan is good news for OasNet, as we are supposed to be sending two small mission teams to Kenya in the first half of 08, one of which I’m leading. 

Click on the link below for more info regarding the cnn.com story.  http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/africa/02/01/kenya.violence/index.html

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Kenya: All is calm!

Praise the Lord!  I got a report today from Pastor George, a new pastor that I’ve been corresponding who is ministering in the slums of Nairobi.  I’ve spoke with him frequently during this conflict and much of what I’ve heard has been heartbreaking, but today – good news!  He said that things are settling down and that it is now safe to leave their homes, etc.  There could still be periods of isolated violence, but as a whole things seem to be settling down.  I also got a similar report through another source yesterday.  This is good.  The negative though, like with any disaster, man made or otherwise, there is much aftermath to deal with.  Many people have lost homes and belongings, due to fire and theft.  Not to mention as a result, many people are without their basic needs.  This conflict turned an area already in lack to a devastation.  I had read somewhere that over 70,000 people were displaced and that the damages are totaling over 1 billion dollars for the nation of Kenya.  A country that is already in huge financial deficit. 

Oasis Granger is going to be sending over some financial support to George, who is in the thick of things to help him during this time.  Please let me know if you would like to help contribute.  George is trying to borrow someone’s digital camera so that  he can send me pictures of the devastation soon. 

Additionally, OasNet has discussed the possibility of sending me to Kenya sometime soon, to check on both George and Peter Chege, our Oasis pastor there.  I’m praying about the timing, etc.  I’ll keep you updated.

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Conflict in Kenya

I spoke with a friend today, who is a pastor in the slums of Kenya.  Currently, it sounds like he and his family have decided to stay confined in their home for the time being for their own protection.  He said that several members of their church have lost their homes to fires.  By what he said, the violence seems as bad as what is being told in the news and on TV.  Though he feels that it is getting better, as more and more police presence is being seen in the streets.  He said he feels that much of the issue stems from jealousy among the tribes.  He is hoping that things will settle down in the next few days and weeks to come.  Please continue to pray for their safety.

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Kenyan Violence

Here is a link to some violence in Kenya, resulting in many deaths and a church being burnt down, after the results of the recent elections there.  Pray for people on the ground there carrying the gospel and their safety.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7166932.stm

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Oprah, Church Planting, and Donations

So I’ll be man enough to admit it…on occasion, I watch Oprah.  Please note, the majority of the time it’s with my wife, but yeah I watch it.  But it doesn’t make me cry, it makes me mad.  Not mad at Oprah, but mad that I’m not doing this stuff, and instead, I’m at home watching TV about somebody else doing “the stuff”.  Let me explain what I mean.  Tonight for instance, we watched an episode about people fulfilling their dreams and callings (something I’m hugely passionate about).  There was a lady collecting pajamas for orphans and a guy collecting children’s books for 3rd world countries.  The guy had collected millions of books, and just in the one episode of Oprah the studio audience brought in 32,000 sets of kids pjs!  Crazy, in one show.  Now I think that’s awesome, but moreover I want to see the church responding in this way.  For me, it’s church planting.  I believe my calling is to help plant a grace filled church in every country in the world.  That’s like 194 countries…just to buy the plane ticket alone (for a single trip at $800 each) that’s $155,200.  That’s a ton of money.  And that’s not counting the translation of resources and bibles, the church buildings constructed, lodging, food for the poor, water, the list goes on and on.  But this needs to happen.  There are so many in the world that have never heard that God isn’t mad, and that He deeply loves them.  People everywhere (even in the US) are trapped in fear, condemnation, and guilt.  They need the Gospel to set them free.  I know how to plant a church, I know how to organize a trip to another country, and I even know how to navigate the globe (at least a good portion of it).  What I don’t know yet, is how to mobilize people like Oprah and get them to respond to a need with such overwhelming response.  I mean 1 lady alone brought in 10,000 sets of pajamas…and she didn’t buy any of them, she went around and asked for donations from businesses.  So help me out…I’m asking for input, ideas, help…how can we at Oasis communicate the need for church planting in such a way, and give people tangible ways in which to help, to cause such overwhelming help?  Seriously…leave me some thoughts on this one.  Let’s get some conversation going…!

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