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Shame is no longer a deterrent

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“Shameless” used to be a serious insult.

If you said, “Have you no shame!?” That was a major put-down. The recipient of the comment was isolated from others by “Shame on you!” And we were taught to “never bring shame upon our (family, school, church, team, etc.)”

People have committed suicide over the shame they felt for misbehavior. People in many cultures, especially Asian, consider the worst sin one could commit would be to bring shame upon their family or country.

Pregnancy outside of wedlock was once a source of shame and Planned Parenthood found its mission in preventing that guilt. In fact, their main purpose even today is to prevent pregnancy or births. Their name should more accurately be “Prevent Parenthood.” As I have stated in other works, the right to choose life has always existed. What Prevent Parenthood insists upon is “a woman’s right to choose” to kill her fetus. Most of the hundreds of thousands of babies put to death annually in the USA are to avoid the embarrassment or inconvenience of a pregnancy, not for health or incest/rape reasons.

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There has also been shame in committing a crime, being hateful toward others, committing vandalism, abandoning your family or other responsibilites, taking the Lord’s name in vain, cheating on your spouse, embezzling funds from a trusted partner, disrespecting your teachers, clergy, police, or parents. Even in wasting a great opportunity that others have given you has carried a shame consequence. Deserting your post in the military or committing Treason was a source of shame.

That was then.

Sadly, the current culture has removed that stain. Our Vice President of the United States has openly lied and then laughed it off. She promoted a bail fund for felons and vandals. She openly encouraged those who were committing violent crimes in protests. And then she laughed and brushed aside any blame. Well, let’s revisit what Treason is.

U.S. Code Provision:  Penalties for TREASON

18 U.S. Code § 2381 – Treason

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

Our children are being taught to feel shame for being born white, but somehow they are absolved from shame if they destroy a statue, burn a police precinct, cause a death or betray our country.

It is time for Outrage to come home!

We need to say, “We’re mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore!” (Credit to the movie Network.) Seriously folks, isn’t it time we drew a line and stood up to yell if needed that this cannot go on?

Across America parents are confronting woke school boards and city councils but mainstream media brushes them off. Conservative media voices outrage on our behalf, but more voices are needed.

What is the product of a society where outrage isn’t expressed and shameless behavior is accepted?

The product is a people with no morals. An immoral society is capable of anything. Evil things. When nothing is truly good then nothing is truly evil and therefore it is permitted.

All of this is rooted in belief in God.

All of it comes back to our basic life assumptions or worldview. If we believe there is a Creator who is the source of life and the essence of love, then we are led to be more loving and life affirming. If we don’t believe there is a Creator then we are free to do whatever feels good and doesn’t bring about pain or payback. That’s where America is today, at that crossroad.

Our adversaries are among us. As the cartoon character Pogo is famous for saying, “We have met the enemy and he is us!” Yes, our neighbors and colleagues who promote racism against whites while condemning it against blacks, they are an enemy to a free democratic society. Those who demand religious freedom for atheists and Satanists while persecuting Christianity, are an enemy to our peaceful culture. Those who claim to champion compassion for transgender while criticizing heterosexuality are enemies to a healthy society. Those who insist on restricting language, banning books (Dr. Seuss, et al), cancelling people they disagree with, censoring and banning people online including the President of the United States, those are our enemies.

As Gandalf said, “This will not stand!”

We cannot allow this to persist. The moment of outrage is here. We need to be mad as hell and commit to not taking it anymore.

It is time to purge our leadership rolls of woke weakeners of society. We need a season of conservative leadership. The school boards, city councils, neighborhood committees, home owners associations, civic clubs, government agencies, mayors, legislators, congress, governors, and certainly our US Senate, Presidency, Supreme Court and Military leaders need to be pro-America. They need to believe in the goodness of a society rooted in Faith in God, the Brotherhood of Mankind, the value of learning our native language American English, the importance of obeying laws, earning citizenship, nurturing learning and encouraging open debate of conflicting and unpleasant ideas, and Serving Others.

Our current path is disturbingly similar to the German Republic in the 1930s when Hitler rose to power and ultimately murdered millions. This pattern must stop and you and I are the ones to stop it. Stand up, speak out, write to your leaders, gather with others who love America. Vote Conservative even if you don’t like the person’s personality. Assert your outrage and eliminate the shameful image our country is projecting to the world today. Be a proud American, a Patriot, a good person, a responsible neighbor, a loving family member, a loyal friend, a good student, a willing teacher and helper of those in need. Compassion is not enabling bad behavior with silence, it is guiding toward the light with a firm hand. No more violence, no more hatred, no more racism toward any color of skin.

Make America Good Again!

 

 

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Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE is an Executive MBA Professor, Author of 21 books, Hall of Fame Professional Speaker, Top 1% TEDx video (2.4 million views), US Army veteran, Singer/Songwriter, and Lifelong Motorcyclist. He is known as "Your Virtual VP" for his Advisory/Mentor work with organizations worldwide. Based in Texas...and proud of it!



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From Mental Illness and a Cult to Christian Ministry and Political Office

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A young man turned his life around after getting involved in a cult and suffering from schizophrenia, and now later in life is a leader in Christian ministry and running for Phoenix City Council. Nick Griemsmann has gone through a lot, but through the grace of God he was able to turn his life around and now helps others. He recently wrote an autobiography called Becoming God’s Friend

Griemsmann wasn’t raised as a Christian, and having trauma as a young boy no doubt set in motion some bad things. He developed addictions and dropped out of high school. He found a job working as a bartender at Barcelona’s, a nightclub in Scottsdale, Arizona, but realized after a while that the party lifestyle was unfulfilling.

But he then went to the other extreme, deciding to become a monk. His attempt failed, as he ended up walking around hot and thirsty in the New Mexico desert, never making it to the monastery. The onset of schizophrenia was starting. 

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However, he still yearned in his heart for God. When he was 22, he found a flyer on his car from Tony Alamo Christian Ministries. It said they provide a place for people to stay, which sold him. He called and spoke to a woman there on the phone, who prayed for him during their conversation. He could feel something changing inside of him that was supernatural. However, they wanted him to move to Arkansas, and his parents warned him that it was a cult. 

He moved anyway and it was the beginning of a deep, dark experience. He was taught that if he ever left that ministry, it would blasphemy the Holy Spirit, which can never be forgiven, and he would go to hell. They said his family and friends were “of the devil” and instructed him to cut them off. 

Alamo claimed he was one of the final two witnesses written about in the book of Revelation. His teachings were so disturbing, frequently focused on hell, that Griemsmann would see people shaking while listening to his messages. Cult members were required to attend church every night. Griemsmann started having spiritual hallucinations, likely brought on by a lack of sleep from the rigorous work schedule, which consisted substantially of long hours placing flyers on cars. 

He eventually tried to leave the cult, and voices in his head told him to loudly pray at the airport, which he did until the police took him to a mental hospital. Another time the voices told him to take his clothes off in public if he wasn’t ashamed of Jesus, which he did. During this time, a psychiatrist told him that he would be catatonic in 10 years and had no hope for recovery. 

Finally, God intervened in his life, and he was able to leave the cult for good and seek treatment. He became involved with several regular churches in Phoenix, and eventually felt a spiritual force leave him. With the help of his family and supporters, he weaned off all medication for schizophrenia in 2007 despite the fact that he was told that it was incurable. He found a job helping others with the exact type of mental health problems he’d gone through. As for Alamo, he was eventually prosecuted for the sexual exploitation of women and girls and died in federal prison.

Griemsmann started a ministry called The Father’s Friends. He wrote a book called Defeating Mental Illness about his journey, which did well and he was invited on large Christian TV shows to talk about it. 

He learned that “letting go of carrying the burdens of others is vital to one’s own emotional well being.” He also discovered that “Individuals do not end up with a big issue like schizophrenia randomly. It usually has been built inside the person over time through continued lies, trauma, substance abuse, etc.”

His interesting journey continued, taking a trip to Juarez, Mexico, with others and discovering through prayer that some people experienced the miracles of healing. He became an assistant pastor in Phoenix. He started livestreaming street evangelism in Harlem, New York and Europe.

Later on, he traveled to remote villages in Pakistan, where his team prayed to heal people miraculously. He did big events ministering in Kenya, where he continued to preach the Gospel and pray for sick people. Some reported healings of what he used to have, schizophrenia. 

Griemsmann talks about the negative aspects of life that he’s had to learn to deal with and overcome as “Misters.” For example, Mr. Condemnation keeps a person stuck in negative mindsets and emotions, inside a spiritual prison. He makes you feel like you are never good enough for God or anyone. Others include Mr. Discouragement, Mr. Self-Righteous, Mr. Fear, Mr. Anxiety, Mr. Lust, Mr. Addiction, Mr. Mental Illness, Mr. Rejection and Mr. Anger.

What worked for him was not focusing on the bad, like making a list of all your sins. Instead, he focuses on spiritual freedom, and teaches others to look for the good, since the fruits of the Spirit are positive attributes; love, joy, peace, kindness, etc.

Griemsmann’s journey has now taken him into politics, taking on incumbent Democrat Phoenix City Councilman Carlos Garcia in District 8. Although the district leans heavily Democrat, it’s a nonpartisan race and Garcia has a hostile relationship with Phoenix Police. When Garcia was pulled over by the police for driving a car with suspended license plates, he tried to intimidate the police by pulling rank. Political consultant Stan Barnes told KNXV that “the councilman is anti-police officer, and he’s playing it out in real time for all of us to see.”

Griemsmann wants to represent everyone, and says, “I am a supporter of the Phoenix police.” Due to his background with not only overcoming schizophrenia and his vast ministry experience, but also his past career as an administrator in behavioral healthcare, he can be a real champion for solving homelessness, community safety, healthcare, education, and helping the incarcerated transition back into society.   

 

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When America Loses THIS, It Loses Everything

We are in a battle for the soul of our country. And that battle is over truth.

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We are in a battle for the soul of our country. And that battle is over truth. Truth must be the foundation of everything that we believe, honor, value, and esteem. If we don’t know what truth is, how can we stand for America? The left is at war with the truth and tries to reposition what it is that we believe to be true so that they can change society. We must stand for truth. PolitiCrosssing founder Chris Widener expands on the need to fight for truth in the short video below.

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