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Hey everyone!

Thanks for all the awesome feedback on my last post.  I got over 100 views in the past 24 hours, and had people sharing my blog on Facebook that I didn’t even know.

I started a Facebook page for my blog today.  If you are reading this, you should go like the page.  I’ll use it to let everyone know when I post something new, ask questions, get post ideas, things like that.  (In case you haven’t figured it out, this is the “breaking news.”  Exciting stuff up in here.)

Here’s the link:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Thoughts-of-a-Theophilus/321478084644751

Thanks guys!

~Theophilus

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Pearls Before Swine…?

*Warning:  this will be a long post.  If you don’t want to read a long post…read it anyway.*

I tend to get depressed and ticked off when liberals do dumb things, but I find it even more upsetting when conservatives act wrongly.  After all, conservatives claim to value integrity and ethics.  This is even more true for Christian conservatives, who believe in absolute right and wrong.  That’s why it’s sad when Christian conservatives sometimes find it easy to set their values aside.

As a South Carolinian, I like to keep an eye on local elections going on in my state.  My district just had their Congressional primary.  There were many Republicans running.  It came down to Curtis Bostic (Christian, conservative who is adamantly opposed to irresponsible government spending), and Mark Sanford (proven conservative, former Governor of SC).  There is a runoff scheduled between these two men.  This match-up is somewhat worrying, as Mark Sanford has been shown to have a strong chance of winning.  Why is this a problem?

For those of you who aren’t from SC or don’t watch the news, Mark Sanford was involved in a scandal while he was Governor.  He was caught in an extramarital affair with an Argentinian women.  He betrayed his family and his state, and he didn’t seem to be too ashamed of himself after he was exposed.  Despite this, nearly 20,000 republicans voted for him on Tuesday.  Why?  Good question.

You see, prior to his affair, he was a great politician (hope that didn’t make your head explode).  He was in Congress between 1995-2001.  He was against government waste, and wanted to decrease the federal deficit.  He even supported Clinton’s impeachment after his extramarital affair (ah, sweet irony).  As Governor, he promoted public school vouchers, and even served in the Air Force Reserves.  He was seen to be a man of principles.

In 2009, while he was Governor, Sanford disappeared for 7 days.  No one knew where he was.  His wife, children, and constituents had no idea what happened to him.  He didn’t answer his phone, and failed to call his family on Father’s Day.  His staff claimed that he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail (whether they knew the truth or not, I don’t know).  Finally, he was spotted at an airport.  It was eventually revealed that he had been on a tax-funded trip Argentina, where he had been involved in an affair.  Sanford later admitted that he had been unfaithful to his wife many times over their 20-year marriage, but had never “crossed the ultimate line” until he had met his Argentinian girlfriend.  Nice, dude.  Nice.

Fast-forward to today.  Sanford is divorced, engaged to his Argentinian mistress, and ready to grace America with his presence once again.  His reason for running is to help get America back on track when it comes to spending.  Like many other candidates (including Curtis Bostic), Sanford is appalled by the crazy government waste that conservatives have come to loathe.  He claims to be ready to save tax money.  And it seems that conservatives are ready to take him up on his offer.

(Side note:  when he decided to run, Sanford asked his EX-WIFE to run his campaign.  Classy.)

I’m not intending to start a war here.  My question is:  as conservatives, or better yet, Christian conservatives, is this man our best choice?

As conservatives, we often claim to stand up for morals and integrity.  Since Sanford has shown us that he is willing to set those two things aside, should we vote for him?  However, as Christians, we often claim to be non-judgmental.  Does this mean that we should forgive him and move on?

Those Christians I know who are voting for Sanford, have justified their vote by saying something along the lines of, “Well, I know he betrayed his family, but I’m a Christian, and I’m supposed to forgive.  Who am I to judge?”  It is true that the Bible speaks out against judging others.  Matthew 7 says, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  Many take this passage to mean that we are not supposed to judge others…period.  However, just a few verses later, the Bible says, “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”  This may seem a bit confusing.  We are not supposed to trust an unworthy person with something “sacred,” but how are we supposed to tell who is a dog/pig if we do not first judge them?

In Matthew 7, Jesus is actually stating that, if you judge someone’s actions, while you are involved in the same sin, you are judging yourself as well.  This scripture is condemning hypocrisy, not judgement.  It later says not to trust an undeserving person with something valuable.  If we understand the true meaning of the first part, we can better interpret the second.  Jesus is telling us that we SHOULD judge someone’s actions, without being hypocritical, so that we can determine whether they are worthy of our “pearls” or not.

With this scripture rightly interpreted, I believe that it is clear what SC Christian conservatives should do with Mark Sanford.  We should strive to forgive him, as God has, but we cannot again entrust him with something valuable, such as public office.  He has shown his true character, and has proven himself to be untrustworthy.  If he was willing to do something he knew was wrong in his personal life, how do we know he won’t repeat this when he gets to DC?  We should CERTAINLY be forgiving and loving.  However, his lack of integrity and virtue should not be rewarded.

As conservatives, we need to stand up for the values we claim to see as important.  We cannot keep condemning wrongdoings on the left, while looking past it on the right.  As Matthew 7 says, we must first remove the plank from our own eye, before we can truly judge the speck in our brother’s eye.

If you are a Christian/conservative in my district, please give this situation adequate deliberation before you vote in the runoff.  Also, if you know people who tend to think more conservatively, but are not planning on voting, try to convince them to go to the polls with you.  This stuff is too important to stand by and say nothing.

If you want to look at both candidates, go to http://www.marksanford.com/ and http://www.stopspending.com/.

* descends from soap box*

~Theophilus

(Real quick:  I am going to be setting up a Facebook account solely for my blog within the next few days.  Anyone who reads my blog or wants to know more about it is welcome to join.  Be on the lookout for more info about that.)  🙂

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My “Anniversary”

Hey everyone!  Hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day.  I’m in the process of kicking a cold.  Ick.

Today is a somewhat cool day for me.  It marks the 7 month anniversary of when I moved my horse to my new barn.  Yeah, I know.  Thrilling.  It’s not really the event that I wanted to share, it’s the story.

When I was 7, we moved from Florida to South Carolina.  I had lived in FL my whole life, so this move was really emotional for me.  I had to leave all my friends that I had grown up with and move somewhere where I knew nobody.  After I moved, I decided that I wanted to start riding horses.  My mom found a barn that taught lessons about 20 minutes away from my house, so I started riding there.  Over the years, my whole life began to revolve around the barn and horses.  Most of my friends that I’ve made, I met through this barn.  It was basically my second home, and the managers were my second parents.  It was never the nicest barn in the area, but it symbolized my entire childhood, so it was perfect for me.

In 2011, when I was 14, I bought my second horse.  She was a big, skinny, ex-racehorse.  I kept her at my barn for a year.  By the end of that year, I was faced with the biggest decision I have had to make thus far.

Due to unfortunate circumstances, the barn started to be less of what my horse and I needed.  I had to come to the conclusion that I needed to move my horse to a different barn.  I spent night after night crying myself to sleep over it.  I felt like I was leaving all of my friends and everything I had grown up around.  Not to mention some of my “friends” who had hard feelings over my decision, which made things worse.  I had never had to make this kind of choice in my life, and it tore me up.

Ironically, my next door neighbor owns a small barn where she keeps her horses.  She was willing to let me bring my horse there temporarily until I could find a permanent place.  I was there for two months.  Also, there was another, bigger barn on the same road as my neighbor’s.  I was able to get a spot there, and moved my horse.  That was exactly 7 months ago.

From the outside, this might not seem like a very compelling story.  But, the way that God worked in this situation is what makes me stand in awe.

A year or so after I moved to SC, my next door neighbor moved out, and a horse lover moved in.  It was cool for me at the time, but I had no idea the part she would play in my life later on.

A few years later, that horse-loving neighbor, rented land with a barn on it, and started her own stable.  This stable just happened to be down the street from the farm at which I would later board my horse.  I had no idea.  She took me out a few times with her.  I didn’t think much of it.

Then, I decided that I needed to move to another barn.  It was an insanely emotional decision, but it was imperative.  I didn’t know what I would do.

Then, I was able to go to my friend’s barn.  She recommended the barn down the street to me as a permanent place, and was able to put in a good word for me.

In addition, after I moved, I made more friends than I’ve ever had in my life.  AND, one of my best friends from my old barn later moved to the new barn with me.

When I was in the middle of all this, I didn’t know why it was happening.  I was upset and confused.  I didn’t see how it could get any worse, or any better.  But, even before I had a horse, even before I had any idea that I would have to move her, God was working things out.  He knew that I would need a place to go.  He provided that place way before I even knew I would leave.  Now, looking back, I’m amazed by His foresight and planning.

I know that Romans 8:28 gets tossed around a lot.  It says that “all things work together for good to those who love God,” and them who are called according to His purpose.  Sometimes, in the midst of a situation, that statement isn’t very easy to hear.  We can only see what is happening in the moment, and it may not seem like anything can get worked out for the good.  What we don’t realize, is that God doesn’t see things as they are right now; He sees things as they have been, are, and will be.  He sees the big picture.

Just like if you were to stop reading a great book just because there was a plot twist that caused pain, we can’t give up on something just because there seems to be nothing good that can come out of it.  For as depressed as I was at having to leave the barn I had been at for 8 years, I can’t even comprehend how perfect my new barn is.  God had a wonderful plan, and He worked things together for good.

I know that there are a lot of situations out there that are more serious than mine, but no matter what, the principle remains the same.  God DOES work things together for the good of them who love Him, and them who are called by Him.

So today, I am celebrating the anniversary, of sorts, of the day that God proved to me that He really does have my best interest at heart.  He DOES see everything that happens, and He DOES work things together…even if we don’t see it.

Happy March, everyone!

~Theophilus

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Introducing the Virtual President of the United States

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Blog posts two days in a row?  Yep.  ‘Cuz that’s how I roll.

I want to draw your attention to someone who has been gaining a lot of attention lately, and who fascinates me with every word that comes out of his mouth.  Bill Whittle is a conservative pundit who spends his days standing up for American values, and inspiring others to do the same.  He works with PJTV and Declaration Entertainment, and stars in productions called “Afterburner” and “Firewall,” where he comments on current events, politics, and much more.  He also has begun doing videos he calls, “The Stratosphere Lounge,” where he answers questions on any subject, put to him by his Facebook followers.

His newest, and most incredible, venture is his “Virtual Presidency” campaign.  After Obama was reelected, Bill decided to act as Virtual President to show America what a REAL conservative would be like as president.  For every speech Obama gives, every SOTU address, every question he answers, Bill will give the same speech, the same address, answer the same question…but he will do it as a patriotic conservative.

This man is smart, talented, fearless, and hilarious.  I would HIGHLY recommend watching some of his stuff.

You can watch his Virtual Inaugural address here: http://www.mrvirtualpresident.com/

Keep an eye out for his Virtual Presidency stuff; it should be a great thing to follow (you know I will be)!

Also, if you want to see some of his other stuff, look up his Firewalls, such as “That Looks Bad,” and his Afterburners, like “Follow the Ideology.”

My favorite Bill Whittle quote:  “Every great civilization in history has collapsed.  And no civilization in history, ever once, has ever won that final battle which is the battle against itself.  It’s never happened.  Not once.  Never.  Of course, no other civilization ever put footprints on the frickin’ moon either.”

I hope you come to like and respect him as much as I do.  Enjoy!

~Theophilus

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The Best of Ronald Reagan

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Just a quick post, or long post as the case may be, today, guys.  Today, if you don’t have it marked on your calendar like real conservatives do (or are oblivious, like me, and forgot to write it down), is President Ronald Reagan’s 102nd birthday.  The man who led America through the end of the Cold War, the man won by a 49 state landslide in 1984, the man who inspired a nation, passed away almost 9 years ago.  However, his legacy lives on.

One of my favorite things about Reagan, is he said so many things that I could never see a president saying (especially not a certain person currently in office).  It’s like seeing one of our Founding Fathers as president in the 80’s.  He was completely unafraid of what people would think.  He knew the truth, and he wasn’t scared to say it.  For this post, I want to list some of my favorite Reagan quotes, in honor of his birthday.

“A hippie is someone who looks like Tarzan, walks like Jane and smells like Cheetah.”

“The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become.”  (AMEN)

“When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.”  (My plan for the next four years)

“Welfare’s purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.”

“A taxpayer is someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take a civil-service exam.”

“I am paying for this microphone…!” (When a debate moderator threatened to cut off his mike at a debate he paid for.)

” I want you to know also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent’s youth and inexperience.” (To Walter Mondale at a debate)

“I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I’m in a cabinet meeting.”

“Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement.”

“Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.”

“I hope we have once again reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts.”

“We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”  (Gun control, anyone?)

“Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.”

“Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.”  (What president would have the guts to say that?!)

“It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.”  (…and again!)

“A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.”  (OH!)

“I hope you’re all Republicans.” (to surgeons as he entered the operating room following his assassination attempt)

“My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes.” (Said during a radio microphone test, 1984)

“Some people wonder all their lives if they’ve made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem.”  (TRUTH)

“Today we did what we had to do. They counted on America to be passive. They counted wrong.”  (A REAL commander in chief)

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'”

“We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.”  (Someone who GETS IT)

“Without God, there is no virtue, because there’s no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we’re mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”

“Republicans believe that every day is the Fourth of July, but democrats believe every day is April 15.”

And finally,  “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

With that last quote in mind, let’s not give up on our country.  I know we, I most of all, get depressed and pessimistic with the direction our country is going.  But, God is in control.  He sees what’s happening…and He sees what is going to happen.  All we can do is trust Him and never back down.  If we did, all that Reagan did will be for nothing.  I’m not going to stand by and watch that happen.

Happy birthday Mr. President.  When it’s all said and done, at least I will meet you one day.

Have a great day everyone!

~Theophilus

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Had enough of…what, exactly?

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Bumper stickers are a great source of blog post ideas.  Some bumper stickers can be hilarious, and some can just really tick you off.  I saw one of the latter the other day on my way to work.  I live in a generally conservative state, by God’s grace, but still run across the more-than-occasional radical liberal.  I saw a car the other day that was littered with liberal bumper stickers.  There were at least 4 Obama/Biden stickers, but there was one other that really caught my attention.  It said, “Had enough?  Vote Democrat.”  At first, I shrugged it off as another unoriginal liberal slogan…but then I thought deeper into the question.  “Had enough of…what, exactly?”  Obviously, it was referring to conservative ideas.  “Which conservative ideas?”  Free markets?  Capitalism?  Liberty?  

This is one of the funny things about liberals.  They tend to lean more towards socialism than capitalism.  However, these liberals have grown up, and made their livings, in a capitalist society.  They are, in essence, feasting off of capitalism, while working to destroy it.  Make sense?  No.  Liberals tend to do that.

However, this would be perfectly justifiable if socialism really was superior to capitalism.  But is it?

Cuba is a “socialist republic” about 90 miles off the coast of America.  Dictator Raul Castro forbids citizens to speak out against his regime, often threatening the lives of those who choose to disobey him.  Many Cubans are willing to do anything to escape this anti-freedom country.  America provides hope for these people.  In 2011, over 36,000 Cubans immigrated to America.  Some of these people even resorted to building homemade boats and rafts to carry their families to America.  They were determined to do anything to get away from socialism, and experience the joy and freedom of living in a capitalist society, even if it meant losing their lives on the way.

Like I said, in 2011, over 36,000 Cubans immigrated to America.  However, can you guess how many Americans risked their lives floating on rafts immigrating to Cuba?  NONE.  Not a single one.  Why?  Because what American, in their right mind, would move to Cuba?  Who would leave this phenomenal capitalist nation to move to a socialist dictatorship?  NO ONE.  We understand what is to be free; to wake up in the morning, and know that there are endless possibilities for success.  Most people have never experienced that feeling.

So why do liberals want a socialist nation?  Because they have been trained to think that they can do whatever they want without consequences.  They think they deserve to be able to have whatever they want without working for it; that the government has the duty to take care of everyone.  However, “ignorant,” “evil,” “unfeeling” conservatives, like me, know better.  We understand that there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.  We understand that you have to WORK for things.  We don’t want the government in our lives telling us what to do.  We don’t want the government taking our hard-earned money and resources to give to people who are too lazy to work for themselves.  Now, we don’t like seeing people go hungry any more than the next guy, but we know that it isn’t the government’s job to help those people; it’s the job of We The People.  

Socialism is a popular idea in America, but its advocates haven’t thought it through.  Cuba is a living example of what happens when the government is given too much power over the people.  If we don’t want America to turn out like Cuba, we need to get rid of this ridiculous idea of socialism.  We need to show liberals that their money and success in this country is due to capitalism.  The very reason they are allowed to speak out against capitalism is because of capitalism!  If they lived in a truly socialist country, like Cuba, they wouldn’t be able to speak their minds.

I, for one, have not had NEARLY “enough” of capitalism.

~Theophilus

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When guns attack…

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It’s things like these that make me want to move to Switzerland.  In case you haven’t heard, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend on Saturday.  He then traveled to the Chiefs headquarters and shot himself in front of the coach and general manager.  Obviously, a senseless tragedy.  There are not a lot of theories as to why he would commit such an act.  Well, besides Bob Costas’ idea.

During halftime of the Kansas City vs. Carolina game on Saturday, Costas took the liberty to enlighten viewers on how this tragedy could have been prevented.  His thoughts?  Gun control.

Costas went on to read an article written by Jason Whitlock (Costas stated that he doesn’t always agree with Whitlock, but believes that he put it so well on this occasion).  “‘Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it.”  He then said, “‘But here,” wrote Jason Whitlock,” is what I believe. If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.'”

And the liberal, humanistic media strikes again.  By all means, don’t hold a murderer accountable for his actions.  We wouldn’t want anybody thinking that sometimes humans do bad things.  Because we all know that people are basically good.  It’s really the gun’s fault that two people are dead.  Sounds logical to me.

But seriously folks.  I could go on that “if guns kill people, pencils misspell words” rant, but I won’t.  Instead, let’s look at some LOGICAL examples of why guns are not enemies.

Imagine you’re homicidal maniac.  You have acquired a gun, and have decided to walk into a library and shoot people.  You walk up to the front door, but before you walk in, a sign catches your eye.  The sign alerts you that there are no concealed weapons allowed in the library.  Disappointed, you leave.

That would totally happen, right?  No, in real life, the story would end more like this.

…the sign alerts you that there are no concealed weapons allowed in the library.  NOT CARING WHAT THE HECK THE SIGN SAYS, because you ARE a homicidal maniac after all, you walk into the library.  You then proceed to pull out your gun, and shoot all the precious, little, unarmed people.

That’s more like it.  Despite what liberals would have you believe, people are flawed sinners.  Sometimes, they shoot people.  That’s just how life is.  Fact is, if a psychopath doesn’t care that there is a law against shooting someone, he’s most likely not going to care that there is a law against bringing a gun into a library.  Or ANY public place, for that matter.  No matter how many laws the government puts in place restricting gun ownership, crime is not going to go down.  In fact, it would actually go UP.  The less sane people that have guns, the easier it will be for psychos to commit crimes, because there’s much less opposition.  Imagine though, that there were no gun laws (besides “don’t kill someone with a gun”).  If everyone was allowed to own and freely carry guns, the psychos would be much less likely to commit crimes.  If they knew that 9 out of the 10 people around them had a gun and would take them out, they would think twice before doing anything stupid.

Let’s also keep in mind that our founding fathers put the Second Amendment in place to protect our right to keep and bear arms.

The problem with people who campaign for more gun laws, is that they equate guns with crime.  Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.  However, when you don’t believe that humans are sinners in need of a Savior, you are left with the belief that humans are good.  That’s when you resort to blaming everything else (guns) for evil, except the ones who commit it (humans).

So, no Costas, we don’t need more gun laws, because guns are not the problem.  If someone was holding a gun to your head, wouldn’t you rather that some of the sane people around you have guns to knock that guy out?  I know I would!

Saturday’s tragedy was brought on by who-knows-what, but it was NOT brought on by the fact that Belcher had a gun in his house.  I pray for the family of the victim and the murderer, and hope that they can find peace in this situation.  But, I will not accept that this tragedy is cause for more gun laws.

Thanks for reading, and putting up with my rant.  =)

~Theophilus

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