NY – Y’all come on down to MS

For those in our country who proudly declare themselves “pro-choice”, there are clear indications as to how truly “anti-life” they really are. When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently stated that “extreme” conservatives “have no place in the state of New York”, he revealed his own lack of tolerance for others while also displaying a lack of consideration of the value of each human being. It should not be surprising for him to say such a disrespectful and demeaning statement. It is the natural result of having an “anti-life” worldview in which not all humans are viewed as equally valuable and worthy of being protected.

Even New York City’s Mayor de Blasio chimed in stating, “I stand by that 100 percent,” to reporters at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Mayor de Blasio then added, “I agree with Governor Cuomo’s remarks. I interpret his remarks to say that an extremist attitude that continues the reality of violence in our communities or an extremist attitude that denies the rights of women does not represent the views of New York State.” The mayor must not have given much thought to his statement regarding “violence in our communities”; there is a lack of logic. What in the world does he think he is approving of happening in his position of violence toward unborn children? What about the right of the unborn children who never live to see the light of day? Has the “anti-life” position become such a protected issue that logic has been thrown out the window? There is no denying the fact that areas with the most “gun control” have the most gun violence; just look at Chicago. The same areas of the country that proclaim they are against violence promote it more by taking guns away from the law-abiding and then allowing a plague of ruthless thugs who also do not value life while robbing and killing others. The “anti-life” folks obviously cannot see the contradictions in their own statements.

For those New Yorkers who feel devalued and unappreciated just because they support the worth of everyone and care enough to speak the truth as they see it, come on down to Mississippi, the most conservative state in the union. Mississippians would be glad to have you just as much as anyone who has enough sense to respect the fact that everyone is valuable and has inherent worth solely because of the fact that they are human. Mississippi has learned from its own jaded past when people were not valued equally and now those with differing opinions generally get along well. Just think about where you hear about all of the racial problems and it isn’t in the state with the largest percentage of African Americans. Mississippians get along better now than at any time in the past because of learning respect for each other which is something lacking in New York’s elected leaders presently.

Not agreeing with someone should not cause one to have such a cowardly position to want to push them out of your way. If your arguments for your own position hold water, they can stand up on their own. People who start feeling threatened and honestly have no true way to defend their positions typically resort to personal attacks and attempts to gag the opposition such as these statements from the New York governor to deflect attention from the fact that they have no facts upon which to base their selfish and disrespectful opinions. If all of the pro-life people left New York to the anti-life people, it would certainly be a state that would slowly die – physically and spiritually. Hopefully, that will not happen if those liberals who usually are ones claiming such tolerance would learn to practice that which they preach.

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Trade the Fog for Clearer Days Ahead

ImageWhen you look at a donut, do you see the donut, or the hole?  How about when you have before you the news in whatever form you read it, do you get an automatic frown on your face that you might not realize?  Your perspective is influenced by what you put into your mind and what becomes your perspective will certainly be expressed not only in your words, but also through your health.  “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he,” reads Proverbs 23:7.

In the days in which we are living that are full of challenges and threats of destruction in various ways, if we are not careful, we can focus too much on what we should avoid.  As with many things, finding the right balance is the key to a good life.  I have witnessed what too much of a focus on the news does to the mind and the body among those who are glued especially to watching certain news channels.  A state of anxiety of their mind develops and worsens while their health problems also deteriorate.  Those who have hypertension and diabetes most definitely experience worse control of their conditions due to the stress hormones that are released in greater quantities when we are stressed from whatever the source.  Why should one choose to place themselves in an environment of continual stress when that little button on the remote control can shut it down quickly? 

Having too much news about things that you cannot control anyway can make you pessimistic and sarcastic while leaving you depressed and passive.  Your creativity will be stifled if you get all of your thoughts from what someone else tells you to think while you do not do any thinking for yourself.  Think about your time wasted if you cannot seem to live except to check all the various devices that supply the latest information all the day long.  Do not believe the suggestion that if you have more information you could be economically better off because if that were true, you would expect journalists to be wealthy.  You can have in front of you everything you really need, but lose focus if you allow bad seeds to take root while not tending to the crop you really want.  “Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful” (Matthew 13:22).  

Now, I am not saying that we should be ignorant of the times because we are supposed to be aware of our environment.  In Hosea 4:6, it says that “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”  Therefore, it is a balance that we should seek in which we are informed, but not to excess.  There is so much information available to almost everyone; we can easily get overloaded with it all.  Only God can handle knowing everything about everything and it is best left to Him to do that.  We will fail miserably and be humbled if we attempt to try to do so ourselves.  If you feel like your balance of information that you allow yourself to receive is overloading you, then cut it back and make the decision this new year ahead to keep your focus on the things that are important and in the proper balance.  What you allow to occur in your own home is no one’s fault but yours.  What you choose to focus on is what you will achieve and what you will become.