Texas church massacre: May God heal us

May God’s peace, love and mercy, be with the families and friends of First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs, TX.  In this time of tragedy and sadness, may the prayers of the saints rise to heaven, and may the Lord hear our cries and heal our land.

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People are looking for answers and reasons.  Who in their right mind would have the indecency to murder innocent children and adults, especially during worship.  Why do things like this happen in our society, even in small communities?

In our confusion, sadness, and anger, we might ask, “Where is God in this?” but another question might be, “What is it with human beings?”  Is humankind so potentially depraved that it would drive a human being to murder Christian worshipers in cold-blood?

When a person is estranged from God, one is also estranged from God’s love; and when one is estranged from God’s love, it leaves room for hate, sin and evil to enter in.  This is why there is such potential for evil.  We call this depravity.

The murderer, Mr. Devin Patrick Kelley, was far from having any reverence for God’s holiness and love for his fellow human beings.  He was a hardcore proponent of atheism, and Antifa globalist propaganda (left-wing, anti-fascists who hate Christian conservatism).

The Apostle Paul speaks of human depravity in Ephesians 2:1-3,

“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.”

We, as depraved human beings, have the potential to do much evil in this world, especially with all our passions and desires that drive us toward sinful behavior.  Add in factors of mental illness, Antifa ideology, and perhaps add in chemical dependency, a person can get very confused.

When we are spiritually weak, we need God desperately.  Perhaps the fear of God really is the beginning of wisdom? (Proverbs 9:10).

In our search for answers, I hope that we as a society and as individuals, seek peace, truth, and reconciliation with God, with humanity, and with ourselves.

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Ethic of pre-emptive strike on North Korea

Recently, President Kim fired a missile past Japan into the Pacific Ocean.  We certainly have more reason to fear an apocalyptic end-of-the-world scenario with the likes of Kim Jung Un of North Korea.

These days, political and military operatives are seriously considering the options of a pre-emptive strike by taking out Kim Jung Un. See Washington Posts article here.  Many of us would feel safer without Emperor Kim.  He is an unstable person who just might launch a missile.

What are the ethics of taking out a political leader to create a safer situation?  If we can and it’s convenient to do so, then why not?  I’m sure many have considered committing the deed, then repent later for our consequences.  We’ve done it before so it’s nothing too serious, right (e.g., Saddam Hussein)?

As a Christian, I wish Scripture were more clear about violent commitments of war but there isn’t.  What are the ethics of pre-emptive strikes?  Sure, there are many examples of war and battle in the Old Testament/Hebrew scripture, but are there clear biblical rules and statutes about this issue?

United Airlines disrespectfully kicked passenger off flight

Yesterday, we returned from Taiwan back to Canada on EVA Airlines (a Taiwanese airline).  I am glad to say that we received great customer service from their stewardesses and customer service reps on the ground. I was impressed with how EVA Airlines took care of us and treated us with respect.  I would fly EVA again and recommend them to anyone flying international. They even offered to change the date/time of our return flight free-of-charge (provided their were available seats due to cancellation), and by the way, the food was good too.


I just saw in the news today about a passenger who had a disastrous experience with United Airlines.  It was all over the news and on YouTube videos gone-viral. This paying passenger was violently forced off flight 3411 because they overbooked.

United Airlines needed to fly four of their own employees and needed passengers to give up their seats. No one volunteered when they offered $400 hotel voucher, which was then increased to $800 and still no one volunteered.  Then they randomly picked four passengers to remove from the flight. This last one refused to leave.  The passenger hadn’t done anything wrong but they treated him in an unbelievably disrespectful way.

United Airlines failed to plan, and handled this in a very disastrous way. First, this is not a criminal matter. It was their own fault of failing planning but yet, they brought in police who used force to remove a customer off the plane.  Unbelievable!  This customer was not a criminal.  Police should only be involved if it’s a criminal matter.  A very bad move by United Airlines. It showed disrespect toward this passenger who was a doctor and had patients to see the next day.

Second, they should have used persuasion.  Customers can be persuaded to volunteer to give-up their seat.  If they had offered a $1,500-2,000 cash credit for a flight of their choice to be used in the future, someone would have offered to volunteer… heck, I might even be tempted to. After this disaster, I think United Airlines will be losing millions of dollars in customer revenue–not just hundreds.  I certainly would not fly United Airlines and I foresee many thousands will not be choosing to fly with United in the future. No one should be treated in this abhorrently disrespectful manner.  Even if UA had a right to decline a passenger their flight, it should never treat any customer in such disrespectful manner.

Years ago, Air Canada messed up a flight my wife and I were on but I will always remember.  The airline asked the entire plane who leave due to engine problems, and it happened twice in the same evening.  It was way past midnight.  The only thing Air Canada offered us later was a $250 voucher off a future flight, without an offer for hotel over night. It was a joke, and I was furious and chose not fly Air Canada for many years after that horrible incident.

Pray for God’s wisdom to guide President Trump

Pray for President Trump and an ethical and moral leadership to carry his Administration through the unilateral attack on Syria’s airbase.

President Assad used chemical gas Sarin to kill innocent Syrian civilians including men, women and children. He is a cruel authoritarian who destroyed his own country and created a huge refugee crisis around the world.  Assad has shown a disdain toward his own Syrian people, forcing them to leave their homes and their country because he didn’t like their views.

This is a crucial time for President Trump because he is exerting a much-needed American leadership in a chaotic world.  There is a need for a more stable Syrian situation in the world.  Pray that God would guide President Trump and give him wisdom.

When things were “Made in Taiwan”

Some say globalism is good; some say it’s bad for the local economy.  It depends who is benefiting from globalism. What is happening in Taiwan is similar to what has happened in Japan. I remember there used to be a time in the 1980 when a lot of cheap goods in Canada were labelled: “Made in Taiwan.” The economy in Taiwan was booming with industry and factories were producing goods locally.  Today, many of these factories have moved to mainland China (Giant, a bicycle maker; Tatung; Acer and Asus, computer makers, etc.).

The result: Taiwan is much different today from 30 years ago.  The economy has slowed down. The dollar is weak and the younger generation has a tough time finding good jobs and they are leaving the country to find greener pasteurs. South Korea may experience this in its near future if it doesn’t make a change in its domestic and foreign trade policies.

My wife got into a conversation with a gardener who laments the situation Taiwan is in. He knows the opportunity existed for the older generation of Taiwanese but no longer exists for the younger generation.  Some of the older is still supporting the younger generations who are living at home.  Sad.

The only people who will benefit will be cheap laborers in China, and rich multinational and American corporations’ owners and shareholders; while American and Canadian laborers will suffer and remain jobless or have low-paying jobs with decreasing benefits.  This is the reality today for many in Taiwan, and the coming reality for North Americans and the millennial generation in their 20s and 30s. This is a reality the global elite don’t want the common person to think too much about and to just quietly accept the status quo–of a statist or shinking service economy.

The solution is simple. Think “Taiwan first” and your own country first.  America, Canada and other countries needs to do the same.   What Taiwan needs to do to make this country stronger is something similar to what U.S. President Donald Trump is trying to do in America.  Encourage your industries and factories to stay and/or move back to Taiwan so that your young Taiwanese generations can have jobs locally in the same country.  Think about jobs for you, your family and your children’s children.

Mainstream media’s dishonesty in reporting

Sen. Chuck Schumer (Dem.) meeting with Russian President Putin

The public has been duped by a morally bankrupt and corrupt mainstream media.  The recent lies and coverups by the media is harmful for a nation and its people.  Ultimately, the entire nation will suffer.  I hope justice will be done.

The elite globalists own a large part of the media and it is very reasonable to say that there is a blatant bias and unfairness in the networks. Let’s face it, there is a huge temptation for the media to keep some of the facts from the public because it works in their favor to manipulate public opinion.  The elite’s agenda of globalism is real but it is hidden in the open. A sovereign and free people, with a free press, will grow increasingly tired of the propaganda media (e.g., CNN, CNBC, New York Times, Washington Post).

We all have a responsibility to seek and speak the truth in all places at all times–the church, government, the courts, the media, and schools. It’s a responsibility and duty of a free press.  A free press is truly free when it reports responsibly–when it seeks the truth–when it considers all the perspectives from all angles based on truths and facts.  But when it intentionally omits the opposition’s legitimate opinions, perspectives, and important information in order to delegitimize the opposition and hide the truth, it is doing a huge disservice to the public.

The media is quickly losing any credibility it may still have.  Is is now losing the public’s trust in their own ability to tell the truth because it has become a propaganda media. Public trust in the media is at an all-time low (as low as their trust in politicians).

Why?  Here are some examples of the mainstream media’s fake news stories:

1/  The media has been trying to spin the story of  Trump cabinet picks meeting with Russian officials as a criminal act. High-ranking Democrats like Sen. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi have also talked with Russian officials before the election (see pics). And they have been the most outspoken critics of Trump.  Their accusations of Republicans colluding with the Russians is merely a low-ball campaign to smear President Trump.  These Democrats are hypocrites.

The truth is, meeting with Russian officials is not a criminal offense.  But Democrats are making false accusations as a subversive tactic to demoralize the public’s trust in Trump’s cabinet picks.  What is more outrageous is that Hillary Clinton is guilty of taking money from China and funneling it into the Clinton Foundation.  Considering China is an even bigger threat to the U.S. than Russia is, why is the the media not reporting on Clinton’s criminal act?!  It’s a convenient negligent omission of facts.  This needs to be investigated.

2/  Spying (wire-tapping) by Democrat executives, pro-Obama/Clinton intelligence community.  This is a blatant abuse of power that the media is choosing not to investigate.   This is the biggest scandal since Watergate but they have intentionally ignore the deceit and corruption of their friends in office.  The liberal media has dug themselves into a bigger hole.

3/  Pro-Obama Democrats had intelligence briefings and knowledge of spying (wire-tapping) in order to undermine President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominations (Jeff Sessions, Flynn, etc.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Dem.) meet with Russians.

Why are pro-Democrat intelligence not investigating Hillary Clinton’s emails? And why is the liberal mainstream media not investigating?  If these violations had been committed against the Democrats, Obama, and Hillary Clinton, they would be up-in-arms.  The people are seeking justice.

Is there other intelligent life out there?

This current generation will have the opportunity to dream about the possibility of new life and living on other planets.  In my growing-up years, this was only in the movies because earth was the only planet we knew of that was livable.  As many people learned this past week, NASA has just announced the new discovery of seven planets known as Trappist-1.

As a teenager, I was told “Aliens do not exist,” and that if a person thought they saw an alien, it was a demonic manifestation.  I had no problems with this according to my Christian culture because scriptures had nothing to say about other life other than earth’s human beings.  But if we were to actually discover intelligent life in outer space, would it contradict the bible?  I don’t see any contradiction.

First Lady prays the Lord’s Prayer at Trump Rally

It was great to see First Lady, Melania Trump, pray the Lord’s Prayer at this Saturday’s huge rally in Melbourne, Florida. Good to see. Jesus said we ought to be salt and light and not let the light be hidden under a bushel basket.  May the light of Christ, and his good news, shine brightly and overcome darkness. [forward to 37min]