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Call It What It Is

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Call It What It Is

by Neil Murphy

   In the past when people have said the government is spying upon American citizens and conspiring to take rights away they were called “kooks”, “black helicopter people” and “conspiracy theorists” and characterized as crazy. In the past this might have passed for acceptable analysis but not anymore.

   The current election disaster is an example of what can happen and is happening. If only a small percent of what is being said about cheating, dishonesty and vote manipulation is true it is still enough for the gallows to be built. My vote, your vote, anyone’s should be counted fairly and count equally. Anything less is and should be unacceptable to any honest American. Abuse of power is not a new thing in government and you can ignore it if you like but that does not make it untrue.    

   Past revelations about the NSAs massive intrusions into our privacy and the personal data of everyday American citizens are beyond argument. The continuing authorization of the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) is another intrusion into our rights which actually allows indefinite detention of American citizens without charges or a trial and is a direct violation of The U S Constitution. This sort of behavior by our government and their willingness to ignore our constitution and bill of rights all in the name of safety is getting more and more common. As one of the founders wisely said “Any people that would give up liberty for a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin

   Our government unfortunately has a long history of abusing their power. They have long been guilty of isolating and mistreating groups with whom they had a difference or could not control. Ask numerous Native American tribes including virtually all of the tribes who once called the southeast home. Native Americans were systematically disarmed, isolated and warehoused in “reservations” all in the name of some national greater good. More recently when we entered World War II virtually all Japanese Americans were disarmed, rounded up and held captive in “camps” again for the greater good of the nation. These Japanese Americans were loyal patriotic American citizens who had done nothing wrong and many of whose children were in the US military at the time.

   Our government has become bloated, arrogant, wasteful and controlling. They think they can and should control everything and that they know better than we do. The government wants to dictate what we need, what we should eat and how we should live. This position is being pursued even while they exhibit a continuing record of failure, waste, cronyism and corruption. Any thinking individual should begin to doubt the wisdom and direction of a leadership which has failed repeatedly and as for one I certainly doubt they have my best interest at heart.

   Historically many of our rights are what would be termed God given naturally derived rights and one of these rights is liberty. Liberty is not granted by men or governments, it exist simply because we exist. This does not mean that it comes naturally to the rest of the world to allow us possess it though. On the contrary people in the past have had to defend this liberty and fight to keep it.  We are at a point where tyranny once again creeps in and we must stand up to it and start to call it what it is.

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  • Catherine Schmid Murphy
Pass The Salt

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PASS THE SALT

by Neil Murphy

   My wife and I once watched a History Channel program about The Bible in which they systematically criticized much of what we as Christians believe while ignoring a lot of historical documentation and undisputed archeological facts. I was left with the belief that there was an agenda other than presenting historical facts. To me the program was nothing less than an attack on Christianity and the Jewish faith with no mention or criticism of any other belief system. This treatment of Christianity on television made me question how I have been spending my free time or should I say how I have been wasting it. 

    We were left with renewed purpose and a determination to use our time better. I also came to a realization about just how much of my time I have wasted on this so called entertainment. I have now chosen to read, watch classic movies and listen to music more. Consequently we have cancelled our satellite subscription and I disassembled the satellite equipment and threw it all into the trash pile. I can get the weather and local news free via the antenna I put back up in place of the dish.

    Hollywood once produced great dramas and comedies that anyone could watch and enjoy. Now it seems sex, violence and the glorification of deviance and criminal behavior are all they can come up with. They seem to have a real distain for our way of life and hold us up to ridicule at every opportunity. They seem to want to imply that they are superior and know better than we do about almost every subject. It is rare these days to see something I feel is remarkable or worth watching. The proliferation of “reality” shows which I equate to watching a slow motion train wreck confounds and confuses me. I cannot understand exactly how watching other people’s dysfunction is entertainment. These days I am drawn to old black and white movies and classics produced a long time ago by people who had a story to tell.

    The Holy Bible has a lot to say about how we spend our time and what sort of things we should feed our spirit with. I believe a lot of what is wrong with our country is a result of how we spend our time. What we place value on says a lot about who we are and how far all of us have fallen. I can only speak for myself but am sure I have wasted much of the precious time I have been given on things that don’t matter at all. We are supposed to be “the salt of the earth” and that salt comes from how we feed our spirit. The real significance of that is that if we do not flavor the world with good it will surely be flavored with bad. I believe now more than ever Christian’s need to PASS THE SALT!!

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I Don't Believe In Okra!

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I Don’t Believe In Okra! 

by Neil Murphy

    I am a child of the 50s, a WWII baby boomer with all the experiences that time brings. My dad was in charge of everything, and we ate what my dad liked, and my dad liked okra! I on the other hand after experiencing a constant diet of the stuff have decided that it might not even be a food product. I think perhaps it is but a carefully crafted prank played by Southerners on the rest of the world.  A sort of “hey, let’s see if we can get the rest of America to eat this alien looking weed!” Having said that I suppose I can say wholeheartedly “I don’t believe in Okra!” I however would never impose my beliefs on others, be offended by its consumption by others or get all indignant when I see it for sale or growing in a garden. And I certainly would never attempt to deny others the pleasure of consuming it.

   Why then can a small minority of Americans who claim they don’t believe in God inflict their lack of belief on the rest of us? Why should they expect us to cater to them when they claim to be offended by our beliefs? How can you be offended by something you claim doesn’t exist and that you don’t believe in?  That is like being offended by Unicorns!

   In the public arena non-believers seem to always be highly offended and fall back on the old worn out myth of the “separation of church and state” that is so often pointed toward when someone wants to deny religious freedom to someone else.

 The First Amendment of The US Constitution simply states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ….” The US Constitution simply requires that the US government refrain from setting up and or controlling religion. Remember our founders came from a country which controlled the church and were leaving to achieve religious freedom. Many years later a minority has co-opted a statement made by Thomas Jefferson to stifle public prayer, remove Christian symbols and expressions of Christianity from public arenas and inflict their minority opinion on the rest of us who are content to let everyone alone about the issue.

   Maybe it is time for us to stand up to these busy bodies and just say no!  If God offends you, if seeing a symbol causes you distress, if hearing someone pray hurts your feelings, get over it, get a life and stop ruining it for the rest of us! Many things in life truly offend me and cause me distress.  I find some attitudes and behavior by others terribly distressing. I however learned a long time ago that I cannot fix everything by outlawing it. Sometimes you just have got to let it be, pray about it and move on. And always remember I don’t believe in Okra!!!

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As The Seasons Change

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As The Seasons Change

by Neil Murphy

   As the seasons change my heart and mind turn to the holidays and thoughts of days past. My memories of Thanksgiving and Christmas always bring mixed emotions of happiness and sadness. These days most of my family has gone on and our celebrations are small and subdued, but the memories they left behind are fresh and real. I wonder how many others are in similar circumstances and what we can do to make things better. I believe that we can remember those gone ahead of us and celebrate the holidays joyfully mentioning them often. This effort is good for us and helps to create memories and traditions for the youngsters to learn.

   One of my happiest childhood memories is fireworks!!! We always made a big thing of gathering supplies and attempting to create the largest explosions possible. My brother, cousins, friends and I carried on with great enthusiasm to achieve earth shattering displays. These days I still carry on this tradition alone with the same joyful determination. In part I do it to honor those who are no longer here to witness it. I don’t care what others think about my actions and in my heart I believe those gone know what I am doing and are smiling.

   The joy in the faces of little ones is still real and so refreshing to me. The happiness I see when I talk to little children about Thanksgiving and Christmas is evident and infectious. What we leave behind is critical for the future and takes little effort on our part. A smile, a comment or a kind word to a stranger has untold effect. We really never know what impact a small gesture of kindness has for someone. And we don’t even need to know, we just need to do it. Look someone directly in the eye, smile and say something kind. Kindness does not cost anything and most certainly does no harm. There is even medical evidence that kindness and a peaceful spirit is physically good for you!

   Find someone in your life to help over the holidays. I am sure we all know someone, a family or individual, who is struggling in this economy, is alone, or who might not have much of a holiday planned. There is no need for recognition; you can do things anonymously which in my experience is even more rewarding. In the case of someone living alone, invite them to be part of your holiday celebration. In the case of a family struggling, buy them what they need for a special meal. Toys for children don’t cost much but can have a tremendous effect in one little life. Small acts of kindness, as taught by Christ, have untold rewards. Yes it is a fact that you cannot change the world but you CAN change the world around you!

   Sometimes I think we all wait for someone else to “do something” when what we need to do is to be that someone. I don’t need an organized group or government program to make an impact, I just need to act.  Our country was founded by brave people who were willing to step out, act on their own and take chances. Sometimes they failed but at least they were willing to act! Now it is time for us to take that example and do our part.

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  • Catherine Schmid Murphy
Where Are Our Leaders Now?

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Where Are Our Leaders Now?

by Neil Murphy

 It was a Sunday morning early in the year 1776.  In the church where a Pastor Muhlenberg preached, it was a regular service for his congregation, but a quite different affair for Muhlenberg himself. Pastor Muhlenberg’s text for the day was Ecclesiastes 3 where it explains, ‘To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven; a time to be born, and a time to die, a time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted…’” Coming to the end of his sermon, Peter Muhlenberg turned to his congregation and said, “In the language of the holy writ, there was a time for all things, a time to preach and a time to pray, but those times have passed away.”  As those assembled looked on, Pastor Muhlenberg declared, “There is a time to fight, and that time is now coming!” Muhlenberg then proceeded to remove his robes revealing, to the shock of his congregation, a military uniform.

   Marching to the back of the church he declared, “Who among you is with me?” On that day 300 men from his church stood up and joined Peter Muhlenberg who said “I am a Clergyman it is true, but I am a member of the society as well as the poorest layman, and my liberty is as dear to me as any man, shall I then sit still and enjoy myself at home when the best blood of the covenant is spilling? … So far am I from thinking that I act wrong, I am convinced it is my duty to do so and duly I owe to God and my country. From ~Heritage of the Founding Fathers

Peter Muhlenberg

   As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small number of dissidents never wavered from speaking the truth to evil. One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffer—a pastor and author who exhibited incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil. He escaped Germany only to leave the safe haven of America to return to Hitler’s Germany to actively fight against what he perceived as pure evil. Bonhoeffer ultimately was executed at age 39 by Hitler rather than take one step back from his faith and beliefs and spoke publicly against it until he was executed. One of Bonhoeffer’s many quotes was; “We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.” And “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” And finally “Not in the flight of ideas, but only in action is freedom. Make up your mind and come out and into the tempest of the living.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

   After reading about these men it made me ashamed of my own weak efforts to speak out and caused me to resolve to do more. The information also generated this question; where are our modern clergy heroes, where are our preachers now and why do I not hear their voices crying out night and day about the evil and corruption around us? Why do they seem to hold their tongue when politicians flatly lie to us and drives our nation further and further from our founding principles? Where are they when they praise Planned Parenthood which is an organization whose sole purpose is the wholesale slaughter of the unborn? Where are they when leadership condones and approves behavior which is clearly ungodly and destructive to marriage and to our society as a whole in condoning same-sex marriage? I don’t have anything but respect for the clergy, but they have a powerful position and could be doing a lot more to speak truth to evil. They need to get out from behind the pulpit and into “the tempest of the living”!! We surely need them now and our nation needs them. As the great pastors once did they need to stand up and lead or forever become irrelevant.( something I wrote for a newspaper in 2013 )

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Originally published in The Luverne Journal circa 2013 ; Neil was later censored by this paper. I have added the photos and  am very glad to post his writing here as an additional archive to his primary website  here 
link to photo Peter Muhlenberg Memorial: link
link to photo Dietrich Bonhoeffer: link
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  • Catherine Schmid Murphy
Single Minded Obsessions and Romans 14

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Single Minded Obsessions and Romans 14

by Neil Murphy October 2, 2020

A recent event brought to mind just how easily we all become overly focused on a subject. Thursday I had an appointment in Dothan with my lung doctor. This was not due to a new problem but to follow up on some new medication Id tried. As Catherine calls them ‘ well baby checks ‘ lol, she is funny with her truth. Anyhow there has been no understanding or communication that wearing a mask was required, also not with my primary or the dentist office or anywhere else so when we got there and they insisted I wear one I asked ” why, what is your reasoning? “. Their answer was NOT acceptable to me. Their answer to me was ” because of the governors mandate ” The answer was not because it protected me or anyone else, no scientific or medical position or logic at all. To me this is unacceptable in a medical environment. I would expect this response in a store or business but not there, and I responded as I saw appropriate, I left.

My point in this all is I am going to do what I think right for me, not others, not even Catherine just me. Also I’m not trying to convince anyone else about this subject. Just the opposite. You should do what you think is necessary and appropriate for your situation and I support this. And just as importantly you have no right or the ability to convince me I am wrong. Saying we wear a mask and look how it is helping etc….etc….etc..does nothing because you cannot prove a negative simply by giving yourself or your behavior credit for something that didn’t happen. That is not how logic and reasoning works. All of this thought brought me to Romans 14.

If you have not studied Romans as a whole I strongly encourage you to. I believe it is a concise, detailed instruction book on how to live. Romans 14 specifically tells us how we are NOT supposed to relate to others and their behavior. It brings to mind one of my jokes about alcohol. I’ve said before, ” you are Baptist but I am not so I can take a drink if I want to ” That is the heart of Romans 14, you believe it is wrong and so it is for YOU, I do not so in my life it is not wrong. But also I should NOT try to convince you that  you are wrong either. See how it works? There are a lot of subjects in scripture that are already very well dealt with like stealing and murder and such  and this is not about that. This about the other things we do or don’t do in our lives not so well detailed. If at this point you don’t get it re-read Romans 14.

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  • Catherine Schmid Murphy