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When Voting For the Lesser Evil Becomes A Greater Responsibility

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” –Edmund Burke

The Indiana Primary rendered us two realistic options for the general election; Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton. This is perhaps the greatest tension we’ve seen in recent political history.

#nevertrump
Since Indiana many conservatives are claiming to “leave” the Republican party and are using #nevertrump to drive the point home. In short, a multitude of conservatives are planning to abstain from supporting the GOP nominee. 

This is a huge problem. HUGE.

Through this blog I hope my fellow conservatives consider the horrific ramifications of choosing not to vote for Trump.

Conservatives have a primary responsibility to get a solid GOP candidate in the oval office and a secondary responsibility to keep Hilary out. Whether you like Trump isn’t the issue at this point, keeping Hilary out is.

Lesser Evil
Now you’re faced with a few options:

Option 1: Vote for the lesser evil
Option 2: Don’t vote at all (or vote third party)
Option 3: Vote for the greater evil Read more

To The Graduating Senior Who Has No Clue What’s Next

What am I going to do after graduating?

Where am I going to go?

Sallie Mae will be calling me in December, what am I going to tell her? I mean, I know what I WANT to tell her but…

I spent the last four years working towards something that, at this point, is a daunting cloud of ambiguity.

I’ll begin by apologizing for our culture that is ever-so demanding of you to know EXACTLY what your plan is, which leads me into my first point.

1. It’s okay to not know your plan right now.
If we fall into the lie that we have to know what we want after graduating then we risk fooling ourselves into investing in a career that we realize down the line was not what we wanted at all. If you’re not tied down to a career right now, get out and see the world. Shoot for a job that pays well but is also something you won’t go crazy in. It’s okay not to know right now.

2. Be happy for the friend’s who do know.
Some of your peers have cookie-cutter plans after graduating that have already begun to bloom. Some of them will continue in their plans until retirement while others will become disenchanted soon after they hit the real world and move onto something else. Either way, be happy for them.

Jealousy robs us of our joy by fostering anger that isn’t even due our victim. Celebrate with them– your time is coming, too.

3. You’re not limited to your major.
There are many careers out there that require a degree regardless of the major. So if you have a degree that is reputable for “pigeon-holing” your options, there is hope. 

4. It’s OK to change your mind.
“I’m an adult with a degree. If I don’t have an absolute plan then I’m irresponsible…”

Please. 

Don’t allow culture to mandate your decision. This is YOUR career and YOUR life. If people see you as “fickle” or “indecisive” simply remind yourself that in 20 years you’ll be well invested in a career that you wanted, even if it took you an extra year or so to find it. If you have a degree in biology but end up wanting to do graphic design, take some classes here or there, fall in love with YouTube tutorials (there’s a ton of good ones) and create a portfolio. Feel stuff out.

5. Start a Roth IRA.
Whether you’re in your dream job or not, money is money and it will grow in an investment fund. If it takes you 5 years to find a job in the field of your interest then that can be 5 years of money gradually distributed into a fund that will multiply later. “I’ll start investing when I get a real job” is a poor decision because that 5 years can have a significant impact on your monthly return when you’re 65. Make the most of your time now.

6. Don’t fall into a pyramid-scheme job.
“Care to make some extra money?” That’s a typical catch phrase for pyramid scheme or quasi-pyramid scheme recruiters. To be fair, some of them are legitimate. But to be fair, most of them are not. If they have to say “we’re not a pyramid scheme,” chances are they are. If they’re desperately trying to shove a high-paying position down your throat regardless of your experience…yea, that means it’s probably not what they’re making it out to be. If it were that good, everyone would be doing it. And if they tell you they require a college degree, they probably don’t. They just know that you have one and that it makes the position sound more legit.

-JWR
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About the Author
Hi, my name is John and I love coffee. As I write this I’m sitting in a local brewery sipping a “mudslide” espresso with cream and two and a half sugars. There are few things in life that I feel merit precise orchestration with no room for error, coffee is one of them. My life belongs to Jesus. I am his son and he is my King. His work in my life is reason enough for my faith to be made complete. He lived to die for me so that I may be credited righteous thus I will live for him. I don’t hold any radical theological views, other than I serve a radical God. I affirm scriptural inerrancy, infallibility and the Bible as God’s final authority in text. See full bio here

You’ll Blame the Gun. Will You Blame the Restroom, Too?

When sexual assaults increase in public restrooms due to transgender tolerance, will Obama blame restrooms for these assaults like he blames guns for mass shootings?

No. Nor should he. That would be absurd. Because it’s not the bathroom’s fault. It’s the suspect’s fault.

But then why does he blame a gun, an inanimate object capable of nothing more than looking shiny and beautiful if not in the hands of a person, for the mass murder of innocent citizens? A gun is just as inanimate as a bathroom is. A gun is also as necessary a part of our society as a restroom is.

So if Obama doesn’t blame the restroom for sexual assaults, will he stop blaming guns for shootings? Read more

A Letter From My Deepest Valley

I don’t often have guest bloggers…but when I do they leave me in admiration, challenged to be better in what I do. Today on my blog is Adyson LeClair. I’ve read much of her material over the past year and I have yet to come across such honesty and transparency delivered though such a pure and loving dialect. Read her work and be inspired, be encouraged, and find healing. –JWR

Disclaimer: There is a giant stigma associated with mental health, I hope and pray that my story may help take some of that negative connotation away. This post is my personal struggle with mental health. Everyone’s battle to attain mental health is completely unique and in no way am I attempting to make any generalizations regarding this very touchy subject. This is my story and my personal experience, that I am sharing solely in an attempt to perhaps raise awareness or give someone struggling with mental health the knowledge that they are not alone in this fight.

My name is Adyson, and I have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety, and Anorexia Nervosa.
These three terms are relatively new to my vocabulary, though I have been dealing with the effects of them for years. 
These things are all silent and extremely misunderstood illnesses. Often times their victims look completely fine or “normal” on the outside, but feel as if they are drowning on the inside. This has been the tune of my song for as long as I can remember. 

It’s extremely difficult to put something that happens almost 100% inside a person’s mind into words on a page. These things can be all-consuming beasts that dig their hooks in so incredibly deep. It is seemingly impossible to comprehend these things if you do not struggle with them personally. I can say whole-heartedly that this has been the biggest trial I have ever had to face. It took my father looking at me and saying,

“it’s like you’re not even my kid anymore” Read more

I Don’t Have To “Test Drive The Car”

“Wait – bruh, you’re telling me you wanna wait till you marry her to have sex? What if she doesn’t fulfill your desires? You don’t buy a car without test driving it first!”

I’ve tangoed in this dialogue many times. Each time it’s equal parts simple and yet exhausting. It’s simple to unravel the grievous logical fallacies used against me, but emotionally exhausting to see how much society has undermined the importance of sexual purity.

So many things are wrong with this analogy.

First, it’s entirely devaluing towards the girl. To be fair, the analogy isn’t comparing the girl to a car, but instead comparing the principals. But even the comparison of principals devalues the girl because it identifies her as something that is only worthy of being cherished if she performs a distant-tiered benefit well enough.

Second, sex is only one part of marriage. There are SO many other aspects to marriage that should be prioritized over sex. You don’t test drive a car for the stereo, right? No. At least you shouldn’t. There are other essentials that must be considered when spending tens of thousands of dollars on a car besides how the stereo sounds.

“What if she isn’t good?” Continue reading here

 

Dear Pastors, Stop Coddling Your Churches!

I admire the theological greats of the past such as Spurgeon, Edwards, Wesley etc. Why? Because these men were courageous in their preaching. They held scripture with SUCH reverence that the thought of compromise was unheard of. Their messages were based on God’s Word, not man’s desires– and they saw no room to apologize for such conviction.

They were more concerned about preaching truth rather than preaching a culturally palpable man-centered speech. Read more

“So, Would You Recommend A Gay Student Apply to Liberty?”

As a National Recruiter for Liberty University it is not uncommon to be prompted on controversial matters by your prospective students or parents. These circumstances often serve as opportunities to pour into people and show them that you’re a follower of Christ before you’re a college representative. 

Earlier this week I met with a Guidance Counselor of a private, non-sectarian high school in Philadelphia. Before I had much of a chance to share information about Liberty’s majors, athletics etc. she immediately inquired as to how Liberty University, specifically the student body, would react towards a student with same-sex inclinations. Read more

90s feature

90’s Church Celebrities and Where They Are Today

TVWe knew it was going to be fun when we saw this old gem in our Sunday school classrooms.

Such nostalgia makes one wonder what are the cast members of our favorite Church shows doing today?

Wait no longer!

The research has been done and the truth has surfaced! 

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mcgeeMcGee, from Focus on the Family’s “McGee and Me,” has since become among the most animate of politicians.  Despite his lead in the polls, many claim that his campaign tactics have been a bit sketchy. While he leads in the GOP primaries, the general election is sure to be a draw. If he does win, it will only be by a hair. Read more

For The Sake Of Your Children, Please Vote

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” –Edmund Burke

When our liberty, safety, and economic prosperity all hang in the balance, it is then that we have no greater an obligation than to act.

When we consider the global ramifications that materialize from the burdensome state of our nation, it is then that we must awaken from this comatose state of apathy.

Voting has a new meaning in this upcoming election. In the past, voting for a president was simply bridging the gap between their predecessor and incumbent. So as long as the candidate met our basic political inclinations, we showed our support and checked their name.

But this election is different. Read more

Worship Feature LU

Before You Dis That Hipster Worship Band…

“This band is too flashy.”

“This feels more like a concert than a worship service.”

“Are they really singing for God or simply performing?”

At some point or another we’ve all asked these questions. We see the leather shoes, skinny jeans so tight it’s no wonder the dudes sing in such high keys, and of course man buns.

But is such criticism necessary? Appropriate? Biblical? Read more