William Blake: Christian Reading in His Book (Plate 2, 1824–27) (from here)
William Blake: Christian Reading in His Book (Plate 2, 1824–27) (from here)
pilgrim (n.)
c. 1200, pilegrim, from Old French pelerin, peregrin “pilgrim, crusader; foreigner, stranger” (11c., Modern French pèlerin), from Late Latin pelegrinus, dissimilated from Latin peregrinus “foreigner” (source of Italian pellegrino, Spanish peregrino), from peregre (adv.) “from abroad,” from per- “beyond” + agri, locative case of ager “country” (see acre).

Change of first -r- to -l- in most Romance languages by dissimilation; the -m appears to be a Germanic modification. Pilgrim Fathers “English Puritans who founded Plymouth colony” is first found 1799 (they called themselves Pilgrims from c. 1630, in reference to Hebrew xi:13).

I have a difficult and stubborn commenter,Arkenaten, who is perfectly willing to allow his comments to go into moderation. I guess he knows I will read them.

Since I used his “name” on the THE GIFT OF LOVE, I posted one of his comments (from here) with my reply.


(Arkenaten) likes to amuse him by trying to torment Christian bloggers with questions to which we have no answers. (author’s note: Here Arkenaten quotes a portion of what I said in my post.)

I believe this sentence tells the reader everything they might wish to know about Christianity.
A real gem, this. A keeper in fact.

Citizen Tom

Since I mentioned your name, one comment.

Here is my reply.

We all have questions.

Why am I here?
What is right and wrong?
What brings me meaning
What happens to a human being when I die?

Can we learn the answer to those questions? Yes.

Check out => http://josephelonlillie.com/2016/01/25/road-through-romans-seek-and-find/

Here is how he replied.


We know what happens to humans when they die. They decompose.
Why do you have a problem with this?

Why did I bother? That’s a topic in the comment thread that follows WHEN LOVE BECOMES AN EXCUSE FOR TYRANNY. For example, this comment.

Necessary and Proper

@Tom and Keith,

Tom’s question to Keith (“That is, how do we persuade people to properly amend the Constitution?”) brought me full circle back to the first interchange I ever had with Keith. It was when you reblogged my first Due Process of Law article on May 25th last year, called “Can a Law Be Unlawful.” I was trying to start a train of thought that would illuminate the fact that, no matter how all the detailed x’s and o’s tactics play out in the daily political arena, the BIGGER picture is that the whole legislative and executive world is now operating in an “extra-Constitutional” manner. An alarming percentage of the federal statutes on the books, and many of the federal government’s overt actions are simply devoid of any Constitutional basis — which I asserted makes them philosophically/morally unlawful. As we’ve gotten to know each other, Keith and I have found we’re both enthusiastic advocates for an Article V Convention to amend our Constitution back towards its original intent.

I would like to reprint a comment I made back then:

[[Keith, I would also observe that it’s clear your (and Citizen Tom’s) greater interest is in “What do we do about it?”, and you’re not necessarily as interested in hearing the case for why it’s morally wrong for the government to pass bad, unconstitutional, improper, wrong, inappropriate, laws. But there are a LOT of people who would never stop to question the behavior of lawmakers like I am doing here. It’s them I am primarily addressing, not you. Why? Because I believe that educating them to question their government’s actions is THE BEST thing within my control to help “do something about it.” Clearly, the impeachment avenue that was provided by the Constitution will never seriously be used, because there’s too much political posturing and media subterfuge in the modern political arena for impeachment to be practical. So influencing moderates, independents, and new voters in their teens and twenties that they should be careful and effective with their voting power is what I’m all about….especially in this series. I’m trying to fight against the spread of moral relativism.]]

– Jeff

Jeff wrote a very thoughtful comment. Nevertheless, he is addressing Keith and myself.

When I started blogging, I focused more on politics than religion. Then I realized that our political system is collapsing because our people no longer uphold an ethical system capable of supporting a constitutional republic. So now I focus far more on the Bible and the teachings of Jesus Christ.

When I blog, like Jeff I hope that I will reach some people who have not given either Christianity or politics much thought. However, I don’t seriously expect many of those people to stop by and read my blog. Yet that is most of the electorate.

What has happened? Why is a nation that once seemed so interested in Christianity now so ignorant of it? I think the answer is our education system. We have allowed the public school system to indoctrinate successive generations of children, and that school system has left a void in the hearts of our people. Think of the idiocy. Almost no one trusts politicians, but we have put them in charge of so much that we value, including the indoctrination of our children.

With respect to Christianity, our education system has left the impression that these questions have no serious answers.

Why am I here?
What is right and wrong?
What brings me meaning
What happens to a human being when I die?

Ravi Zacharias (an expert in Christian apologetics) says there are Four Questions To Answer In Life.

Our schools avoid the Bible. When they speak of religion, they speak of religion as a source of controversy and war. Seriously, does anyone truly believe American politicians think of Islam as the religion of peace. Don’t we know that what politicians who call Islam the religion of peace think is that all religions are worthless except their own idols, power and money.

With respect to our duty to be good citizens, our education system has left the impression that all we have to do is listen to the evening news and then vote for the best man.  In fact, for the most part people do nothing. Because they never learn what to do — how they can make a difference — they do what seems easiest and leave it to “the experts.” That is exactly what most corrupt politicians would prefer they do.

So why do I blog? It is my pilgrimage. Putting my thoughts on paper and reading what others have written helps me to better understand the Bible and politics. That’s the primary reason.

For the time being, blogging also seems to be my calling. There are new Conservatives with a poor understanding of Conservatism and new Christians who need to be encouraged to read the Bible. With the help of other Christians and Conservative bloggers, those are the people I hope to reach, and those are the people I hope will talk to their friends and neighbors. If God answers our prayers, those are the people God will call upon to revive His Spirit within our nation. These people will bring the Gospel of Christ to those with ears to hear, and the Holy Spirit — if God so wills — will soften our hearts so that we can each perceive the message of Jesus Christ.


cares of the worldFrankly, my blogging has taken a more religious turn. Why? Of course, I am fed up with the Liberals and RINOs, but mostly I just don’t know what else to do. With my hand in their hand, I watch my country as a small child might watch a drunken parent stumbling towards a cliff. I know neither my father or my mother should do that, but with my one small voice how can I make anyone listen? So I have turned to God, and He does listen.

Because God left us here to serve, we cannot withdraw from this world. Even if it is not enough, we must give it our best. So what is going on? Well, here is something bloggers should care about.

 So-Called Net Neutrality

Because the topic is currently in the news, if we google internet regulation we will get plenty of hits. What is the problem with that?

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday adopted sweeping new regulations sought by President Obama for how Americans use and do business on the Internet, in a party-line vote that is sure to be challenged by the broadband industry.

The commission, following a contentious meeting, voted 3-2 to adopt its so-called net neutrality plan — a proposal that remained secret in the run-up to the final vote.

On its surface, the plan is aimed at barring service providers from creating paid “fast lanes” on the Internet, which consumer advocates and Internet companies worry would edge out cash-strapped startups and smaller Internet-based businesses. Chairman Tom Wheeler said it would ensure an “open, unfettered network.”

But the rules, more broadly, would put the Internet in the same regulatory camp as the telephone by classifying it like a public utility, meaning providers like Comcast or Verizon would have to act in the “public interest” when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone. (continued here)

When I was growing up, I discovered the news was interesting. Then I discovered the big three networks all said much the same thing. They did not compete based upon the quality of the news they presented. They competed based upon how well they presented the same news. Because the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulated their ability to broadcast over the air, the FCC had control of their licences. That’s one reason the news media is largely Liberal.

How did I come to understand this? By accident.  When cable TV and the Internet came along, I was too amazed to complain about the lost of objectivity in the news media. Instead, what the FCC’s lost of control demonstrated to me is that that objectivity had always been a phony charade.

Here are some other views.

Why Don’t The American People Understand What They Are Losing?

Why don’t the American people understand what they are losing? I don’t know. That is the reason I started the ANSWERING FOLLY series. Yet even after the series is over I probably won’t be able to answer my question. At best, I will just know more about how to avoid being a fool.

Even though our leaders and the educated among us know what such a thing is, we continue to creep step-by-step towards a police state. Our leaders and the educated among us have read about, seen pictures of, and heard from the victims of police states. So why are these people leading us towards that cliff? What makes them behave as if they were drunk?

Those who have been once intoxicated with power, and have derived any kind of emolument from it, even though but for one year, never can willingly abandon it. They may be distressed in the midst of all their power; but they will never look to anything but power for their relief. — Edmund Burke (Letter to a Member of the National Assembly (1791).) (from here)

On a lighter note and just for fun => Happy Caturday (bluebirdofbitterness.com).



Just One Of Many Examples

On Tuesday I read this editorial by Emily Miller: Obama administration: It’s racist to pass on hiring ex-cons. Why is it racist? Well, for some reason our government puts a disproportionate number of Blacks in jail. Therefore, if a private employer decides not to hire ex-cons, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) thinks that is racist.

Since Miller portrayed this new race discrimination policy as starkly stupid, I decided to get another opinion. With a little effort I discovered this editorial by Alec MacGillis at the New Republic: Could Fighting Ex-Con Discrimination be a Conservative Cause?     🙄  As his question suggests, MacGillis is clueless about Conservatism. What MacGillis proposes is classic BUSYBODYISM.

Since MacGillis provided such an idiotic analysis, I investigated further. Criminal Background Checks at Your Peril by James Bovard confirms Miller’s analysis.

What these articles did not consider is the right of the Federal Government to interfere in the hiring decisions of private businesses. What’s the constitutional basis for that? There isn’t one. When Congress decided that it had the power to regulate the hiring practices of private businesses, the courts just decided Congress could do so. After all, isn’t our Constitution a living document?  Can’t Congress, the President, and the Courts just change the Constitution whatever they feel the necessity? You don’t think so? You say the Constitution has a formal amendment process? You say that a Constitution that our leaders can amend as they wish cannot protect our rights? Then why are we allowing our leaders to interpret the Constitution however they wish?

Conspiracy Theories

If we look at the news on any given day, we will see public officials doing things that are so stupid they appear positively sinister. So some folks think there must be a conspiracy.  Consider these examples.

I could go on, but let’s get to the point; we blame the wrong people. WE pick out leaders. So if don’t like what our leaders are doing, we have no one to blame except the people who chose them. So why did we ever put power-hungry liars in charge of our country? I think the answer is that we have forgotten how to be effective Christians.

What Is The Christian’s Answer?

In This is my answer to the question that was asked me about civil law’s: living by a different standard, From a Pastor’s point, TR&B SHOCKLEY’S observes that we have lost the keys to the Kingdom.

Have you ever found some old keys lying around your house and couldn’t remember what they were for? Possessing a key you cannot identify or match to a particular lock is as bad as not having a key at all. What good are keys you can’t use? They are as useless as locks you can’t open. “This is exactly the problem with many believers today. We have a big bunch of “keys” called “Scriptures” that most of us don’t know how to use. We have the keys, but we don’t know which key unlocks which lock. It’s like having all of this information but not knowing how to use it, having all of this power available to us but not knowing how to apply it. (from here)

Most of us do not even know the scriptures. Many “Christians” do not believe in the divinity of Christ Jesus. We have a Christian heritage, but too few of us believe in being Christians, in following both the commands and the example of Christ Jesus. Instead of loving God above all and each other as we love ourselves, we love ourselves first and foremost. Therefore, instead of electing humble and Christ-like leaders, we vote for braggarts who promise us the “happiness” of material wealth. In return for our own 30 pieces of silver, we sell each other out.

Look at how we vote. We vote for what seems to be in our own best personal interest. When we do that, we sell out our country. We give our votes to politicians who offer to give us what we want using other people’s money. When we vote for leaders like that — people with decrepit morals like our own — we get leaders who will not abide by the oath they take to support and defend the Constitution.

Of course, such moral decay affects more than just our government. For the sake of convenience, our churches depart from the Bible, the corporate news media provides slanted news, the entertainment industry peddles smut, civil servants demand exorbitant retirement benefits, and so forth. (from here)

Have you sold out? What special interest groups do you identify with? Do you vote based upon skin color and gender issues? Are you a businessman looking for political favors? What is your special interest group? How does a politician buy your vote? If each of us does not consider our self honestly and vote as we believe Christ Jesus would have us vote, then we risk selling out our fellow citizens to power-hungry politicians.

Yet Another View

In his July 4th message, Patriot Prayers, Jack Graham explains the origin of our nation and its current condition. His message is based upon Psalm 80.



What’s my criteria for the best posts of 2012? These are posts I thought worth reading and think that others will also think worthy of their time.

Are these post my posts? No. I list what I think are my best posts down down at the bottom of this page (and will update the list for the New Year). What I list here are the posts I enjoyed reading on other blogs.

January 2012

FIREWALL:  The Vote Pump from Freedom, by the way: Bill Whittle explains how the Socialist Democrats buy votes.  Spend. Spend. Spend.

Independent Learning is Out – Group Think is In from PWC Education Reform Blog: Do our schools discourage individuality?

A New Term: Islamonausea from quotes and notes and opinions:  Pat Condell is godless comedian, but he does not find in Islam much to laugh at. What he really detests, however, are the apologists for evil.

February 2012

About Conscience, Not Contraceptives from Deo Vindice: Does freedom of religion involve more than hiding in a closet and praying?


March 2012

As Porky Pig would say, “Ble, ble, ble, that’s all folks!” from blogsense-by-barb: Barb goes over President Obama’s record.

Thank You, Kathleen Donnafield from To Be Right!: Harry answers a critic.

Kidron: the Death Valley of the Bible from Settled In Heaven: The “retired pastor” provides a Bible lesson. Check out Settled In Heaven. It is a first-rate place to learn about the Bible.

April 2012

The Four Failures of Macro Evolution from Thinking in Christ: Russ answers the arguments for the Theory of Evolution. Here is how he begins.

Science is observable, testable, and repeatable. If something is not all three of these things, then it is not science, but rather a collection of just so stories. Is evolutionary theory science, or a collection of just so stories?

Every time history repeats itself, the price goes up from bluebird of bitterness: Humor at Obama’s expense.

Early Church’s Understand of Genesis 1:26 from With All I Am: A little bit of Bible history.

May 2012

142 House Democrats Join Republicans In Vote to Keep Holder’s DOJ Honest from Thatmrgguy’s Blog: About an episode in the failed effort to hold the Obama administration accountable for Operation Fast and Furious.

The Grey-Haired Brigade from Voting American: A complaint against a true tale that is stranger-than-fiction. How do the Socialist Democrats get away with calling the Tea Party activists extremists?

Unfortunate juxtapositions from bluebird of bitterness: More humor.

“‘Boys, the old flag never touched the ground!” from pumabydesign001′s blog: A bit of history.

June 2012

The Presidency: The Root Of Our Problems from The Mason Conservative: One man’s idea of how to fix the problem.

Evil Disguised As Good from THE FAMILY FOUNDATION BLOG: Here what many probably think is a largely Protestant organization quotes Pope Benedict XVI.  The Family Foundation has a Christian mission, and Catholics contribute to fulfulling that mission.

Gunny & Glock – Wrong Diner – Extended Version – YouTube from partneringwitheagles: The lesson in the video is simple. Free men and women do not depend upon somebody else to defend them. Serfs and slaves do that.

July 2012

Obamacare: Biggest Middle Class Tax Hike in American History from Catholibertarian: There is much discussion of the Fiscal Cliff. Supposedly, to prevent going off the cliff, we need to reinstitute the Bush “tax cuts.” The corporate news media is playing a shell game.

The Peace Now of Economic and Social Policy from sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue: A Californian sitting on BART composes her thoughts. Here is how she concludes:

In this election year, our concern should be wealth creation and balanced budget along with family values.  I don’t think there is a sign anyone right of center (except for David Brooks, of course) is willing to give up our core principles and further restructure our economy in the direction of socialism if only the liberals will promise to behave.  Why would they?  The welfare state is design to replace the family.

July 20 1969 Neil Armstrong walks on moon from Craig Hill: Neil Armstrong died this year.

If There’s One Thing That Offends Me… from The RAP Sheet: Note Justin’s comment. I would like to see the answer.

From the Ruins of Empire from Shaun Kenney: A book review.

August 2012

Ecumenism or You-Come-In-Ism? from Biltrix: A Catholic priest explains the Catholic Church’s ecumenical mission. Here is an excerpt.

The true meaning behind the Church’s ecumenical mission is to bring about the fulfillment of Christ’s prayer to the Father: “Ut Sint Unum!” — That they may be one, as we are one (John 17:11).

Note that “Church” above is capitalized. There is only one Church.

Obama’s America 2012:  24+/- Hours in Chicago.  30 Shot.  7 Dead So Far.  But Gun Laws Live. from Disrupt The Narrative: P. Henry Saddleburr comments on the good works of the Socialist Democratic Party.

I’m A Totally Selfless Volunteer from NooneOfAnyImport’s Blog: Linda tells us about her work as a volunteer for Citizens United.

Democrats Claim McDonnell “Poisoned” Biden from Virginia Virtucon: Political humor.

September 2012

Ode to Empty Chairs from Stealth Magnolia: Political humor.

Blind and Deaf from My Blog: Because of the way the post is organized, I found it a bit difficult to separate the author’s own words from the Bible passages, but it is worth the effort.

Receiving Bad News from YOU DECIDE: When Nehemiah rebuilt Jerusalem’s wall, he struggled to persevere.

Four Year Anniversary as a Blogger from pumabydesign001′s blog: Here the blogger offers her own testimony.


October 2012

Why Starbucks should avoid sliding doors from bluebird of bitterness: The comics are my favorite part of a newspaper.

Conservative bloggers unite to defeat Obama from Conservatives on Fire: In the final days before the final vote.

Question for Obama Supporters from Right Hook: And we still don’t have an answer.

Sunday Verse 1 and Sunday Verse 2: Root of Evil from Level_Head: Level Head wrote a series of seven posts (really eight) in response to the Food For Thought Award.

Biden Brazenly Repeats Iraq Lie from DeHavelle.com/ Level-headed discussion of politics and science

SamHenry Discovers Life in a Wheelchair from ON MY WATCH – the writings of SamHenry

I’m Home From the Hospital from Catholibertarian

November 2012

Sunday Verse 3, Sunday Verse 4: Presidential Musings, and That last quote from Matthew 12 from Level_Head

Blog-A-Thon Award Time — I’m It from Phoebe’s Detention Room: Anybody who picks “Deuteronomy” as their favorite book of the Bible has at least read it.

Values. The Fact Is, We Need God. from Lyn Leahz: A couple of great videos.

An ObamaCare Parable from blogsense-by-barb: A commentary on the strings the “generous” Socialist Democrats attach when they “give” away the wealth of the “rich.”

The Dustbin of History from NooneOfAnyImport’s Blog: About a video that shows the misguided thoughts of a little boy.

December 2012

Sunday Verse 5: Mammon and Rewards, Sunday Verse 6: Two Worlds, and Sunday Verse 7: Christmas Rambles from Level_Head

Thoughts On Hell, Sin, Grace, Works from Notes from the Crossroads: What is Hell?

Newtown, Gun Laws, Peace & the Abortion Connection? from Courageous Priest: Believe it or not, the issues are related.

Where Was God at Newtown? from Deo Vindice: Yes.

On Marrying my Best Friend… from Crystal Clear Conservative: Congratulations!