Monday, October 27, 2008

Revival & Bold Authors

We just came through a 6-day meeting at church. Henry Miller was the evangelist, and he and his wife did the singing. I will admit, I didn't look for them to sing as well as they did - I only heard them once, and that was when the whole family sang, so I was pleasantly surprised. One night, they roped Brant Luther into helping on a song - awesome job - and one night, their one daughter sang with them. I had never heard him preach, but really like his preaching. I made it Tuesday-Friday. Mom and Dad went to Paul & Pam's Saturday, and as bad as it sounds, I stayed home - I needed some alone time.

I went to bed not feeling too great, and woke up at 2 needing to spend some time with the porcelain princess. I ended up spending more time there than I wanted, and it wasn't any better when I got up Sunday morning, also feeling sick to my stomach, so I stayed in all day Sunday.

Mom and Dad took out Paul & Pam's anniversary gift, a lighthouse. Dad made one for here several months ago - I was amazed at the size when I saw it - it is taller than I am, and even has a rotating light in the top. The one he made Pam was slightly smaller, but not by much - they had to take it out in the van with 2 seats out. She was very surprised and happy with it. Mom and Dad's here:

Brock & Bodie Thoene are great Christian authors that I have been reading for ages. I had an embarrassing experience with Brock once. He called the bookstore where I worked, and after he identified himself, I said that I read a lot of their books, and he asked if I liked them, and I foolishly said "most of them", he asked which ones I didn't like, and after I 'ummed and uhhed", he had mercy and dropped it. :-) Anyway, I have been on their site and am impressed by their blog entries. They are quite outspoken about the election, and have some interesting things to say about how it could affect Israel. They don't make everyone happy, and printed a couple of letters from people unhappy with them, and their responses. One woman declared she was going to sell all their books she has and donate the money to Obama's campaign. They suggested she donate to a crisis pregnancy center instead.

Authors and celebrities take a chance when they do speak out, which may be why so few conservative ones speak out. It seems we are inundated with leftist celebrities speaking out and threatening to move to Canada - why don't any of them ever keep their promise?! I don't read much secular fiction, but occasionally read a John Grisham book, and was disgusted with him campaigning for Hillary, so I am sure authors and celebrities can experience fall out for speaking up, but I have to admire and respect the Thoenes for their actions. They aren't just ranting against Obama. They use Scripture and history to show where we are and what could happen to this country if Obama gets in.

They are experts in Jewish history and culture, and they feel that if Obama gets in, Israel will most likely strike Iran in between the election and inauguration, as they are not assured our being an ally under an Obama administration. And according to Jesse Jackson, that will most likely be the case.

Man, the closer we get to election, the more sure I am that if Obama gets in, this country will go through change for sure, and not the kind we want. I followed a link today to yet someone else who has done an Obama "praise song". This is a rapper from Kenya, and he even used words from the Lord's prayer in his song. There has never, to my knowledge, been songs written to conservative leaders. But there has been songs sung to Hitler and people like that.

In closing, here is an excerpt from a blog by Brock & Bodie Thoene. If you want some interesting reading, check out their site:

"In Germany, when Hitler came to power, it was a time of terrible financial depression. Money was worth nothing. In Germany people lost homes and jobs, just like in the American Depression in the 1930s, which we have read about in Thoene’s Shiloh books.

In those days, in my homeland, Adolph Hitler was elected to power by promising “Change.” He blamed the “Zionists” around the world for all our problems. He told everyone it was greedy Zionist Bankers who had caused every problem we had. He promised when he was leader, the greedy Zionist bankers would be punished. The Zionists, he promised, would be wiped off the face of the earth.

So Hitler was elected to power by only 1/3 the popular vote. A coalition of other political parties in parliament made him supreme leader. Then, when he was leader, he disgraced and expelled everyone in parliament who did not go along with him. Yes. Change came to my homeland as the new leader promised it would.

The teachers in German schools began to teach the children to sing songs in praise of Hitler. This was the beginning of the Hitler Youth movement. It began with praise of the Fuhrer’s programs on the lips of innocent children. Hymns in praise of Hitler and his programs were being sung in the schoolrooms and in the playyard. Little girls and boys joined hands and sang these songs as they walked home from school."