CSN Sunday – Messages of Light – Father’s Day – 6/21/2020
Note From the Founder…
Dear Citizen Sentinels Network newsletter readers,
The Citizen Sentinels Network has maintained a project, originally deemed the David Project since 2018. Especially, for those readers of faith, the Messages of Light originated as a genuine inspiration from Heavenly Father. It was initiated to bring Light into the dark in this time. At this time in which we celebrate Father’s Day, it is appropriate to honor our fathers, but also our Heavenly Father as well.
If you consider the messages in our Sunday edition relevant or meaningful and know others who might value them as well, consider yourself a Light mail messenger, please pass this message on to those whom you feel could receive it. Otherwise, please receive it yourselves.
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all
your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command
you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to
your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and
when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Deuteronomy 6: 5-7
Today is Father’s Day, in America, as well as in nearly 90 nations throughout the world that have followed the lead of the United States in creating a day honoring fathers. The “mother” of the day to honor fathers, was Sonora Dodd, a daughter of a father who lost his wife, and who helped her dad raise her five brothers. The history is well worth reading, for many reasons.
For our Messages of Light today we offer a message from a ‘would have been a father’ who instead chose to offer his “children up as sacrifices to convenience on America’s version of the altar of Moloch,” and a message from a son who never met his biological father. Father’s Day offers all of us an opportunity to think our: “what if’s” or “if only’s.” Many fathers or sons or daughters have moments of regret from time to time as we look back on moments we would rather have back. That is, if we are courageous enough to look back on those moments of regret.
For those who remember the movie, “The Field of Dreams,” Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella had deep regrets over his very poor relationship with his father. Such regret within him spawned the idea for the “Field of Dreams,” which he had faith that “if you (would) build it, he would come.” This is a powerful allegory for me because it has a much deeper meaning that I explain in my message.
The second is a message from Dr. Robert Owens, who still teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion, and he delves into some very heavy topics relating to how we live our lives as genuine Christians in the contemporary world. It is a message worth reading and seriously praying over and acting upon.
These words are being sent to you as part of the “David Project,” which commenced based upon genuine inspiration from Heavenly Father. The “David Project” is intended to shine light unto our paths, as it was written: “for lack of vision, the people perish.” Psalm 29:18
The words are being freely offered, and it is hoped they may spark a deeper life of faith, if readers can receive the messages of light into their hearts, especially if they may be the only faith-filled words that are received during the week.
May we humble yourselves, seek His face, repent, and turn from wickedness – even if that may mean one’s failure to receive the parental love from our Heavenly Father, and as His son Jesus requested of us, to love Him, to seek first His Kingdom and righteousness.
For those who remember the movie, “The Field of Dreams,” Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella, played by Kevin Costner, had deep regrets over his very broken relationship with his own father. Such gnawing regret within him spawned the idea for the “Field of Dreams.” His inner voice told him that “if you build it, he would come.” This is a powerful allegory for me because it has a much more significant meaning when applied to our own broken relationship with our Father in Heaven. In many ways, we are like Ray Kinsella whether we are sons, or daughters, of our Heavenly Father – we have all have a broken relationship with due to the Fall of Man, and it is through Jesus we learned that God is our Heavenly Father, not just “Lord of Lords,” or the Supreme Judge of the World.
Last Father’s Day, I offered a message entitled: “The Greatest Commandment and our Father in Heaven,” and I shared the Lord’s Prayer in the light of the Pope who had decided to change the words to the prayer that Jesus taught. That year the Pope had changed for Catholics the part of The Lord’s Prayer that deals with leading us into temptation. So, instead of helping followers of Christ focus on doing God’s Will, the Pope seemed to want followers to know that he truly knew better than Jesus the words to pray to God. However, it is much more likely that true Christians will follow Jesus’ advice in how to relate to our Heavenly Father.
Yet, a question one can ask based upon the theme of regret over a bad familial relationship is whether we feel, like Ray Kinsella, a deep burning regret that we have a poor relationship with our Father in Heaven. The very irony of a day to honor everyone’s fathers, but we often forget to express our children’s love for our Heavenly Father, can lead some to wonder where that leaves God in our most genuine and sincere relationships. Do we suppose it is only genuine honor and obedience He seeks from children of His creation? It is a legitimate question and one only each reader can answer within themselves.
The deeper question I am asking this Father’s Day is if we build His Kingdom, will He come?
In that Lord’s Prayer – the one that I learned as a boy, Jesus taught regarding speaking to Heavenly Father:
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This, then, is how you should pray:
‘Our Father in Heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your Kingdom come,
your Will be done,
on Earth as it is in Heaven…’
I look around and I wonder where are those who call God “our Father in Heaven” who are seeking His Kingdom and His righteousness first? Are people doing that? It seems that the Pope is not the only one guilty of changing the meaning of Jesus’ words. It was Jesus who said
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33 (KJV)
It has been said that Jesus came proclaiming that the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand, but what people were left with was the church. Has the church helped us all to seek the Kingdom first? We can see where the Catholic Church is being led. But what of those who seriously feel God is our Heavenly Father? Are we being led to seek first the kingdom of God? If we build it would He come? Do we have that faith? Didn’t Jesus ask whether he would find faith when he returned? Is that faith within us? Is the Kingdom of God within us? — or does it seem within our reach? Has anyone evoked clearly the blueprints for such a Kingdom? If there are no plans to build it, how can it be built?
It is likely that the underlying question that readers may be asking is why anyone has to lift a finger to build it in the first place? Isn’t it God who is going to bring the Kingdom on a silver platter to His children? I personally have trouble with that image. In my humble layman’s opinion, it seems that it was humanity, the original children, God’s son and daughter who rebelled against Him and disobeyed, and thus had to be asked to leave the Kingdom before it became a kingdom, when it was just a garden. When Jesus came, did He find faith among the Hebrew leaders, those who had the wherewithal to build anything? Did people help Him build the Kingdom? Was he crowned King in dignity at the time of his coming? That answer should be obvious. He is our King in spirit to the degree that we allow his sovereignty to rule over us.
But where is His Kingdom? Where is the Kingdom of God on this planet? Where is the place that represents His Kingdom on this planet? When the Christ returns will he come to find faith? And, if so, what is the measuring stick to determine whether there is such faith to be found? As we look around our nation, is this a fit place to invite our Lord? Even when we invite guests to our homes, would we be proud of our children fighting in the backyard? Could we be proud if the kids were burning down the next door neighbor’s home? Can we invite our Heavenly Father into a land that allows the future generations to be murdered? These are serious questions, and since Christians have such a hard time with magic, in what way will His Kingdom manifest?
A more pressing question is this: if the most powerful nation on the planet collapses, the nation which had been the closest to establishing a better place, a nation in which the motto is In God We Trust; if it collapses, where does that leave the Kingdom? What if we were truly supposed to seek His Kingdom and His righteousness FIRST? What if all our ancestors had taken it much more seriously than we, and this is the closest His children could come to the building of His Kingdom? Would we continue to have faith that if we build it, He would come?
Where are the voices of those crying in the wilderness? Where are the watchers on the walls? If the alarm isn’t given how will the people know when the enemy enters the camp?
In America today the descendants of those who fought the most powerful empire in the world to gain their freedom, the children of those who scaled Pointe du Hoc and slogged their way from Normandy to the heart of Germany to defeat the Nazi killing machine cower in government mandated lockdowns in fear of getting sick. The speed with which Americans have surrendered their hard won and hard defended freedom is shocking. What’s next? The “Show me your papers,” of tyrannical internal passports, or the ludicrous idea that we keep the economy closed long enough to destroy it?
Politically and economically we’ve not only found the elephant in the room we’re riding it into the ash heap of History.
Much the same situation exists morally and spiritually among the many organizations that call themselves American Christian denominations. There is a very visible counterpart to the invisible Social Security Flu stalking our land. And this visible sickness is 100% fatal.
I’m speaking of the life denying sin of infanticide, which the Progressive Ahabs and Jezebels have disguised with the harmless sounding name of Pro-choice. It is designed by focus groups and PR firms to entice those worshipping self to sacrifice the innocent on the altar of convenience.
Not only have many Christians fallen into this diabolical trap of the enemy, but six large Christian denominations are not only silent in the face of industrial scale murder they endorse it. These collaborators include: The United Church of Christ, The Metropolitan Community Church, the Presbyterian Church USA, the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Christ Church (Assembly of God), and the United Methodist Church.
Though many individual Christians and independent ministries stand forthrightly and valiantly attempting to throw the monkey wrench of public indignation into the gears of the abortion industry those denomination which proclaim they’re against America’s holocaust say little if anything publicly. As the saying goes all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.
There’s one denomination that’s spoken out against this sin consistently and publicly. Unfortunately, the word doesn’t seem to make it from the headquarters to the pew. In most cases the courageous words of the leaders are not expressed from the pulpit being replaced in many places by an “I’m Okay you’re okay” lukewarm mishmash of platitudes at best and New Age gobbledygook at worst.
Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, recently wrote on Twitter, “Just saw a headline in a Catholic newspaper with the phrase ‘pro-abortion Catholic.’ Sorry. That’s a contradiction in terms. You can’t be a Catholic, at least not an authentic one, and be ‘pro-abortion.’ Or ‘pro-choice.’ It’s the same thing.”
And Bishop Tobin is not a solitary public voice among the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church.
Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila wrote in the diocesan newspaper, The Denver Catholic, “Catholics in good conscience cannot support candidates who will advance abortion.” The Archbishop explicitly refuted attempts to assert the “moral equivalency” of different ethical and social issues pointing to those “who divide ‘the personal’ from ‘the public.’”
The Archbishop continued, “When people of faith do not stand up for their beliefs, the government will become ‘god’ and impose its beliefs on the citizens. One only needs to look to the Health and Human Service contraceptive mandate, or the attempt by President Obama to force a transgender agenda onto public schools.”
With a bravery lacking in many protestant leaders the Archbishop even ventured to relate these spiritual and moral teachings to the political world where real world decisions are made saying, “Catholic voters must make themselves aware of where the parties stand on these essential issues. The right to life is the most important and fundamental right since life is necessary for any of the other rights to matter.”
And to drive the point home that the sin of abortion is fundamentally different from all other social issues the Archbishop said, “There are some issues that can legitimately be debated by Christians, such as which policies are the most effective in caring for the poor, but the direct killing of innocent human life must be opposed at all times by every follower of Jesus Christ. There are no legitimate exceptions to this teaching,”
Becoming even more specific in his comments of a political nature the Archbishop said, “Christians must reflect on the platforms of both parties, with an emphasis on the human life issues. If you truly live your Catholic faith, you will not find complete alignment with any political party, and that is okay. But in voting, Catholics must look at how each party platform supports human life from conception through natural death, the freedom of religion and the freedom of conscience, the family, and the poor.”
Other voices ring out from the Catholic Hierarchy some even venturing into a hotly contested presidential campaign. In 2016, Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Naumann wrote in a column in his diocesan newspaper, The Leaven, “It was painful to listen to Senator Kaine repeat the same tired and contorted reasoning to profess his personal opposition to abortion while justifying his commitment to keep it legal. He said all the usual made-for-modern-media sound bites: It is not proper to impose his religious beliefs upon all Americans. He trusts women to make good reproductive choices. And when all else fails, there is always the question, Do we really want to criminalize and fill our jails with post-abortive women?
Regarding the imposition of religious beliefs, Senator Kaine appears to have no qualms with his public positions conforming with his religious beliefs with regard to such issues as the church’s opposition to racism or our preferential option for the poor. He appears not to be conflicted with our public policies mirroring the Ten Commandments with regard to stealing, perjury, or forms of murder, other than abortion.”
I’m not a disinterested party. If not for the forgiveness I’ve received in and through Christ, I’d stand convicted of my part in four abortions. My children were all offered up as sacrifices to convenience on America’s version of the altar of Moloch.
I’m not writing this to heap condemnation on those who through fear, ignorance, or even those who knowingly killed their babies. Instead, as a fellow participant in the sin of infanticide, I want to tell those who agonize over their decisions to still those tiny lives that there is hope. There is forgiveness. When Jesus hanging on the cross took on the sins of all humanity our sins were included in the weight pulling against the nails. When our Blessed Savior cried out “It is finished,” the tyranny of sin, death, and the devil was broken even for us. Instead of mourning each day for who might have been, instead of wallowing in the condemnation due for our crimes we have a way of escape.
All we must do is confess Jesus as the Lord and Master of our life and believe in our heart that God has raised Him from the dead and we will be saved. And I don’t mean just saved from hell fire somewhere off in the future. We are saved from every aspect of the condemnation which is a natural part of our fallen human existence. The instant we’re born-again we step out of the darkness and into the light. We become children of God able to stand in the presence of God without any sense of sin, guilt, or shame.
We’ll never forget our children. We may never be able to hold them or watch them grow. But we can rest assured when we step through the door separating this mortal reality from the immortal reality beyond, we’ll get to spend eternity with them there.
Some of this might be hard to hear but somebody has to say it.
This is not only a message of forgiveness this is a call to all American Christians: stand up for life with your words, your actions, and your votes.
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion. He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2020 Contact Dr. Owens firstname.lastname@example.org Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens