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Ben Carson: It’s Time to Stand Up to Politically Correct Bullies.


American people are too afraid, in this time of political correctness, to stand up and speak for what they believe, says Dr. Ben Carson, the renowned neurosurgeon and conservative commentator.

“It’s time for people to stand up and proclaim for what they believe and stop being bullied,” said Carson, a potential contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, at Saturday’s Conservative Political Action Conference.

Editor’s Note: Ben Carson in 2016? See His Vision. 

Carson, the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, said that most people in this country have common sense, but “the problem is, they have been beaten into submission” by the “PC police,” and are afraid to speak up for what they believe.

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“I thought last year when I retired that I would learn to play the organ, and learn some new languages and play golf,” said Carson. “I think the good Lord had a different plan. I’m not sure what the culmination of that plan is, but I am having a good time as I go all all over the country. Enormous crowds coming out, like they’re saying ‘finally, there is someone with common sense.’ But I’m not the only one.”

He said he’s often asked if he misses practicing medicine, but he said he does not miss what it has become.

“The most important thing people have is their healthcare,” Carson said. “We need to fight to see that that stays in their hands and not in the hands of the government.”

But being a doctor did prepare him for “out-of-the-box” thinking and controversy.

“The difference in medicine was, we talked about it,” said Carson. “When the facts were shown, people made adjustments. That does not happen in the political world because you are dealing with ideologues.”

But Carson told the enthusiastic audience members — some of whom were waving “Run Ben Run” signs — that he hates political correctness and he will continue to defy the “PC police” who try to shut him up, saying he finds them “pretty amusing.”

“I still believe marriage is between a man and a woman,” said Carson. “They said ‘Carson said gay marriage and bestiality are the same thing.’ That’s preposterous, and anybody who says that is a dummy, and anybody who believes someone who said someone said that is a dummy.”

“Of course gay people should have the same rights as everybody else,” he said. “But they shouldn’t get extra rights.”

Carson also took offense to reports that claimed he said Obamacare is the worst thing since slavery.

“Of course they’re not the same thing. Slavery was much worse. But bear in mind, what happens with Obamacare is that we the people have shifted the power of the government,” said Carson. “This is the most massive shift of power that has ever occurred. We need to put the power back in the hands of the people and make sure it stays there.”

Carson said that it’s important for the American people to understand where such accusations come from, “the rule book for radicals, to never have a conversation with your enemies because it humanizes them.”

The retired doctor noted that he’s been invited by another physician, Dr. Melanie Cooper, to speak at her banquet in Atlanta, and organizations are calling for a boycott because Carson is coming to it, and “they say they don’t want him spreading his poison.

“Would that be the poison of self reliance and self respect that people should have?” said Carson. “Would that be the poison of telling people in minority communities that they need to learn how to turn over the dollar a few times, and they should reach back and pull others up with you … they won’t have to depend on anybody else?”

Or, “would that be the poison of talking about how education is the key, and you don’t have to be the victim. And that the most important person in your future is you.”

Maybe, though, Carson said, it could be the “poison of putting what God says in front of what any man says.”

In addition to fighting political correctness, people need to fight against the constantly rising national debt.

“We have a $17.5 trillion national debt,” said Carson, noting that even if the debt was paid off at $10 million a day, it would take 4,700 yeas to pay it off.

“We are killing the next generation,” said Carson. “We have to know who our reps are and the ones who are voting to keep raising that debt ceiling vote and keep them out of office.”

Editor’s Note: Ben Carson in 2016? See His Vision. 

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Caring for human good…


By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing…And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:3,13

Remember these words: Emotions make great slaves but terrible masters. Are the emotions of your life – especially the emotion of love – mastering you? Do they govern your life? Are you a total slave to your emotions? Or, do you transcend your emotions and make decisions that cause your emotions to follow you?

The first step to controlling the emotion of love is to know that love, primarily, is an action. When you put your hand on someone’s shoulder and say, “Can I pray for you?” Or, when you say to someone, “Hey, can I give you a glass of water or something to eat?” When you help out the poor, when you help those who are struggling, when you see somebody working in the cubicle next to you and you say, “How you doing?” and he says “Fine,'” but you can tell he’s not, and you say, “No, really. How are you?” That’s love. When you live with grace and forgiveness for those you around you, that is love. Men, when you buy flowers for your wives, and women, when you bake cinnamon rolls for your husbands, that’s love.

Love is an action. It’s what you do for people. Love is something you can have for a complete stranger, because love is care for human good. So, if you say to a person, “I love you,” that means you care about their wellbeing even though you don’t even know them.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I relinquish the mastering of my emotions to you. I no longer want to be a slave to them, but to be a servant only of you. Take my feelings of love for others and help me to stabilize those emotions through actions of love. Amen.

Devotion: Have your emotions ever felt out of control? What happened to stabilize them? Did God play a part?

Nigeria ranked 4th highest slave country.


 

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The Global Index on Modern Slavery for 2013 released yesterday rated Nigeria as the fourth country with the highest numbers of slaves in the world.

The report shows that there are 701,032 estimated population in modern slavery in Nigeria. The range of the estimate spans from 670,000 to 740,000 salves in the country.

India has the highest population of slavery in the world with 13,956,010; China is rated second with 2,949,243; and Pakistan third, with 2,127,132. The report showed that 30 million people are enslaved worldwide, trafficked into brothels, forced into manual labour, victims of debt bondage or even born into servitude.

Almost half are in India, where slavery ranges from bonded labour in quarries and kilns to commercial sex exploitation, although the scourge exists in all 162 countries surveyed by Walk Free, an Australian-based rights group. Its estimate of 29.8 million slaves worldwide is higher than other attempts to quantify modern slavery.

 

The International Labour Organisation estimates that almost 21 million people are victims of forced labour. “Today some people are still being born into hereditary

slavery, a staggering but harsh reality, particularly in parts of West Africa and South Asia,” the report said.

“Other victims are captured or kidnapped before being sold or kept for exploitation, whether through ‘marriage’, unpaid labour on fishing boats, or as domestic workers. Others are tricked and lured into situations they cannot escape, with false promises of a good job or an education.”

The Global Slavery Index 2013 defines slavery as the possession or control of people to deny freedom and exploit them for profit or sex, usually through violence, coercion or deception. The definition includes indentured servitude, forced marriage and the abduction of children to serve in wars.

The rankings for the index are generated using three variables: a composite estimate of the number of people in slavery in each country, an estimate of the level of human trafficking from and into each country, and an estimate of the level of child and early marriage in each country.

According to the index, 10 countries, including Nigeria, alone account for three quarters of the world’s slaves. Other countries with high population of modern slavery include Ethiopia (651,000), Russia (516,000), Thailand (473,000), Democratic Republic of Congo (462,000), Myanmar (384,000) and Bangladesh (343,000). United Kingdom and Ireland tied as the least countries with low population in modern slavery.

The index also ranked nations by prevalence of slavery per head of population. By this measure, Mauritania is worst, with almost 4 percent of its 3.8 million people enslaved. Estimates by other organisations put the level at up to 20 percent.

Chattel slavery is common in Mauritania, meaning that slave status is passed down through generations. “Owners” buy, sell, rent out or give away their slaves as gifts.

After Mauritania, slavery is most prevalent by population in Haiti, where a system of child labour known as “restavek” encourages poor families to send their children to wealthier acquaintances, where many end up exploited and abused. Pakistan, India, Nepal, Moldova, Benin, Ivory Coast, Gambia and Gabon have the next highest prevalence rates.

At the other end of the scale, Iceland has the lowest estimated prevalence with fewer than 100 slaves.

Next best are Ireland, Britain, New Zealand, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Luxembourg, Finland and Denmark, although researchers said slave numbers in such wealthy countries were higher than previously thought.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Gain God’s Treasure.


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Many of us claim that God is first in our lives. But do we live out this reality in our everyday existence—or have we made something else preeminent?

Order, both in nature and in human life, depends upon right relationships; to achieve harmony each thing must be in its proper position relative to each other thing. That’s why it is so essential for God to have His proper place in our lives. When He does not, everything is out of order.

We are right when, and only when, we stand in a right position relative to God, and we are wrong so far and so long as we stand in any other position.

So let us begin with God. Back of all, above all, before all is God; first in sequential order, above in rank and station, exalted in dignity and honor. As the self-existent One He gave being to all things, and all things exist out of Him and for Him. “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created” (Rev. 4:11, KJV).

Every soul belongs to God and exists by His pleasure. God being who and what He is, and we being who and what we are, the only thinkable relation between us is one of full lordship on His part and complete submission on ours. We owe Him every honor that is in our power to give Him. Our everlasting grief lies in giving Him anything less.

The pursuit of God will embrace the labor of bringing our total personality into conformity to His. I do not here refer to the act of justification by faith in Christ. I speak of a voluntary exalting of God to His proper station over us and a willing surrender of our whole being to the place of worshipful submission that the Creator creature circumstance makes proper.

The moment we make up our minds that we are going on with this determination to exalt God over all, we step out of the world’s parade. We shall find ourselves out of adjustment to the ways of the world and increasingly so as we make progress in the holy way. We shall acquire a new viewpoint; a new psychology will be formed within us; a new power will begin to surprise us by its upsurgings and its outgoings.

Our break with the world will be the direct outcome of our changed relation to God. For the world of fallen men does not honor God. Millions call themselves by His name, it is true, and pay some token respect to Him, but a simple test will show how little He is really honored among them.

Let the average man be put to the proof on the question of who or what is above, and his true position will be exposed. Let him be forced into making a choice between God and money, between God and man, between God and personal ambition, God and self, God and human love, and God will take second place every time. Those other things will be exalted above. However the man may protest, the proof is in the choices he makes day after day throughout his life.

“Be exalted, O Lord” (Ps. 21:13, NKJV) is the language of victorious spiritual experience. It is a little key to unlock the door to great treasures of grace. It is central in the life of God in the soul.

Let the seeking man reach a place where life and lips join to say continually “Be exalted, O Lord,” and a thousand minor problems will be solved at once. His Christian life ceases to be the complicated thing it had been before and becomes the very essence of simplicity. By the exercise of his will he has set his course, and on that course he will stay as if guided by an automatic pilot.

Let no one imagine that he will lose anything of human dignity by this voluntary sell-out of his all to God. His deep disgrace lay in his unnatural usurpation of the place of God. His honor will be proved by restoring again that stolen throne. In exalting God over all he finds his own highest honor upheld.

Anyone who might feel reluctant to surrender his will to the will of another should remember Jesus’ words, “Whoever commits sin is a slave of sin” (John 8:34). We must of necessity be servant to someone, either to God or to sin.

The sinner prides himself on his independence, completely overlooking the fact that he is the weak slave of the sins that rule his members. The man who surrenders to Christ exchanges a cruel slave driver for a kind and gentle Master whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light.

I hope it is clear that there is a logic behind God’s claim to preeminence. That place is His by every right in earth or heaven. While we take to ourselves the place that is His, the whole course of our lives is out of joint. Nothing will or can restore order till our hearts make the great decision: God shall be exalted above.

“Those who honor Me I will honor” (1 Sam. 2:30), God said once to a priest of Israel, and that ancient law of the kingdom stands today unchanged by the passing of time or the changes of dispensation. The whole Bible and every page of history proclaim the perpetuation of that law.

“If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor,” (John 12:26), Jesus said, tying in the old with the new and revealing the essential unity of His ways with men.

Sometimes the best way to see a thing is to look at its opposite. Eli and his sons are placed in the priesthood with the stipulation that they honor God in their lives and ministrations. They fail to do this, and God sends Samuel to announce the consequences.

Unknown to Eli, this law of reciprocal honor has been all the while secretly working, and now the time has come for judgment to fall. Hophni and Phineas, the degenerate priests, fall in battle; the wife of Hophni dies in childbirth; Israel flees before her enemies; the ark of God is captured by the Philistines; and the old man Eli falls backward and dies of a broken neck. Thus stark, utter tragedy followed upon Eli’s failure to honor God.

Now over against this set almost any Bible character who honestly tried to glorify God in his earthly walk. See how God winked at weakness and overlooked failures as He poured upon His servants grace and blessing untold. Let it be Abraham, Jacob, David, Daniel, Elijah or whom you will; honor followed honor as harvest the seed.

The man of God set his heart to exalt God above all; God accepted his intention as fact and acted accordingly. Not perfection, but holy intention made the difference.

In our Lord Jesus Christ this law was seen in simple perfection. In His lowly manhood He humbled Himself and gladly gave all glory to His Father in heaven. He sought not His own honor but the honor of God who sent Him.

“If I honor Myself,” He said on one occasion, “My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me” (John 8:54). So far had the Pharisees departed from this law that they could not understand one who honored God at his own expense. “I honor My Father,” Jesus said to them, “and you dishonor Me” (v. 49).

Another saying of Jesus, and a most disturbing one, was put in the form of a question. “How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?” (John 5:44). If I understand this correctly, Christ taught here the alarming doctrine that the desire for honor among men made belief impossible.

Is this sin at the root of religious unbelief? I believe it may be. The whole course of life is upset by failure to put God where He belongs. We exalt ourselves instead of God, and the curse follows.

In our desire after God let us keep always in mind that God also has desire, and His desire is toward the sons of men, and more particularly toward those sons of men who will make the once-for-all decision to exalt Him over all. Such as these are precious to God above all treasures of earth or sea.

In them God finds a theater where He can display His exceeding kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. With them God can walk unhindered; toward them He can act like the God He is.

In speaking thus I have one fear: that I may convince the mind before God can win the heart. For this God-above-all position is one not easy to take. The mind may approve it while not having the consent of the will to put it into effect.

Though the imagination races ahead to honor God, the will may lag behind, and the man must make the decision before the heart can know any real satisfaction. God wants the whole person, and He will not rest till He gets us in entirety.

Let us pray over this in detail, throwing ourselves at God’s feet and meaning everything we say. Let’s ask God today to be exalted over our possessions, our friendships, our comforts, our reputations. Let’s ask Him to take His proper place of honor above our ambitions, our likes and dislikes, our family, our health and even life itself.

No one who prays thus in sincerity need wait long for tokens of divine acceptance. God will unveil His glory before His servant’s eyes, and He will place all His treasures at the disposal of such a one, for He knows that His honor is safe in consecrated hands.

Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE/ SPIRITLED WOMAN.

A.W. Tozer (1897-1963) was pastor of Southside Alliance Church in Chicago for 31 years. He also was the author of more than 40 books, including Faith Beyond Reason; Man: The Dwelling Place of God andThe Knowledge of the Holy.

 

Oastler’s Letter Shocked England.


Dan Graves, MSL

Oastler's Letter Shocked EnglandRichard Oastler was outraged. Born into a Wesleyan Methodist family and educated by Moravians, he was a man of conscience who believed words should be matched with deeds. That is why he took up his pen to write a letter. The letter, blasting “Yorkshire Slavery” was published on this day, September 29, 1830 in the Leeds Mercury.

“It is the pride of Britain that a slave cannot exist on her soil,” he began. Richard declared himself in complete sympathy with efforts to end slavery. However, slavery was not limited to the colonies, he said: “Let truth speak out, appalling as the statement may appear. The fact is true. Thousands of our fellow-creatures and fellow-subjects, both male and female, the miserable inhabitants of a Yorkshire town, (Yorkshire now represented in Parliament by the giant of anti-slavery principles) are this very moment existing in a state of slavery, more horrid than are the victims of that hellish system ‘colonial’ slavery.”

Their slavery took a different form, to be sure, but slavery it was, all the same. “Thousands of little children, both male and female, but principally female, from seven to fourteen years of age, are daily compelled to labour from six o’clock in the morning to seven in the evening, with only–Britons, blush while you read it!– with only thirty minutes allowed for eating and recreation.”

Action was needed. “‘Vow one by one, vow altogether, vow with heart and voice, eternal enmity against oppression by your brethren’s hands; Till man nor woman under Britain’s laws, nor son nor daughter born within her empire, shall buy, or sell, or HIRE, or BE A SLAVE!” his long, passionate letter thundered.

From that day forward, Richard was as good as his word. He labored without ceasing to get conditions improved. That very September, one of the factory owners, John Wood, approached Richard, saying, “I have had no sleep tonight. I have been reading the Bible and in every page I have read my own condemnation. I cannot allow you to leave me without a pledge that you will use all your influence in trying to remove from our factory system the cruelties which are practiced in our mills.”

Richard promised to do what he could. “I felt that we were each of us in the presence of the Highest and I knew that that vow was recorded in Heaven,” he said.

His letter was read by John Hobhouse, a radical member of Parliament. Hobhouse immediately introduced a bill that would not permit children under nine to work, eliminated night work for children, and limited their hours of employment to ten a day. A modified bill without teeth in it soon passed, but Richard had to fight for a stronger act, enforced by penalties.

In another letter written four years later, he said, “The mill-owners obtained their wealth by overworking and by defrauding the factory children. They were praying people, but took care their work people should neither have time nor strength to pray. These hypocrites pretended it was necessary to keep these poor infant slaves at this excruciating labour just to preserve them from ‘bad company’ and to prevent them learning ‘bad habits’.”

Richard helped form Short Time Committees in major industrial cities to improve hours of work. He advocated sabotage of machinery in cases where employers were especially cruel. Rejecting laissez faire capitalism, he insisted that producers follow St. Paul’s injunction that “The husbandman [i.e.: worker] who labors, must be the first partaker of the fruits.”

Next time that you have to work no more than an eight hour day, remember Richard Oastler and his “Yorkshire Slavery” letter which fired the shot that changed your world.

Bibliography:

  1. Cowherd, Raymond Gibson. The Humanitarians and the Ten Hour Movement in England.Boston, Baker Library, Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, 1956.
  2. Driver, Cecil Herbert. Tory Radical; the life of Richard Oastler. New York, Oxford University Press, 1946.
  3. Oastler, Richard. Richard Oastler: king of factory children; six pamphlets, 1835-1861. New York, Arno Press, 1972.
  4. Spargo, John. Bitter Cry of the Children. New York: Macmillan, 1913. Source of the image.
  5. Various internet articles such as Oastler’s letter to the Leeds Mercury on Yorkshire Slavery http://www.cooper.edu/humanities/core/hss3/r_oastler.html

Last updated June, 2007.

Pope Leads Catholics in First Worldwide ‘Holy Hour’.


Pope Francis led Roman Catholics on Sunday in the first worldwide “Holy Hour,” in which participants prayed at the same time around the globe for those suffering from war, slave labour, human trafficking and the economic crisis.

The Vatican asked Catholics to join him between 5-6 p.m. Rome time (1500-1600 GMT) in what is known as a Eucharistic adoration – praying before a consecrated communion host.

They were asked to gather in cathedrals, neighbourhood parishes and monasteries to pray for two general intentions penned by the pope, who prayed in St. Peter’s Basilica.

One was for those “who still suffer slavery and who are victims of war, human trafficking, drug running and slave labour” as well as for the “unemployed, the elderly, migrants, the homeless, prisoners and those who experience marginalisation”.

The other was for the 1.2 billion member Church itself and that it be “without stain or blemish”, an apparent allusion to scandals that have undermined its credibility, such as the sexual abuse of children by clergy.

A Vatican official said it was “the first time in the history of the Church” that such an event was taking place. The Vatican said it was impossible to estimate immediately how many people took part.

© 2013 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.
Source: NEWSmax.com

Cleveland Girls Were Among 27 Million Trapped in Human Slavery.


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A police officer walks past the house (right) where three women who vanished as teenagers about a decade ago were discovered alive, in Cleveland, May 7. (Reuters/John Gress)

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were rescued Monday after a neighbor heard Berry screaming for help. Also rescued was Berry’s 6-year-old daughter. Berry, her daughter and DeJesus are safe with their families, while Knight remains at a Cleveland hospital.

The women’s captor, 52-year-old Ariel Castro, was recently charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. He could face more charges once the case goes to a grand jury.

In charging documents released Wednesday, police said Castro lured Knight into his car in 2002, took her to his home and “repeatedly sexually assaulted” her. Authorities described a similar scenario for Berry, who was lured into Castro’s car in 2003 on the same road as Knight.

The following year, DeJesus was lured into Castro’s vehicle and, like the other two women, repeatedly sexually assaulted in the subsequent years.

This story shows how most human-trafficking cases start. You see, trafficking doesn’t require movement; slavery is at the heart of this global problem.

According to the U.S. Department of State‘s 2012 Trafficking In Persons (TIP) report, “People may be considered trafficking victims regardless of whether they were born into a state of servitude [or] were transported into the exploitative situation. … At the heart of this phenomenon is the traffickers’ goal of exploiting and enslaving their victims.”

Cathey Anderson of Operation Mobilization (OM) says their annual Freedom Climb helps fight the problem worldwide.

“We’re just all out there being this voice for these gals,” Anderson states.

Each year, women climb one of the world’s toughest mountains to raise awareness of the issue. The first Freedom Climb tackled Mount Kilimanjaro, while this year’s group took on the foothills of Mount Everest.

“We walked into it with the anticipation that it would be very similar to our Kilimanjaro hike,” Anderson recalls. “But it turned out to be dramatically different in so many different ways.”

Along with a longer hike and more difficult terrain, sickness took down a majority of the group.

“Think of the worst stomach flu you’ve ever had, and that explains it,” says Anderson.

“It was a struggle! It was just an absolute push-through—give it everything you got, and just depend on the Lord.”

The climb does more than raise awareness, though; Freedom Climbers also raise support for OM projects that fight human trafficking. Anderson says their projects tackle the issue in three ways: prevention, development and rescue.

One of the best aspects about this story? You can be a part of it.

“We really need to get out there and be aware, be the voice, be the hands and the feet, and start making a difference,” says Anderson.

Keep praying for the victims of modern-day slavery, and pray for justice for the women in Cleveland.

“Pray for those that are suffering—physically, mentally, emotionally—and oppressed, enslaved, whatever it is, because it doesn’t end,” says Anderson.

“It’s a big, bad stain on all of humanity.”

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

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