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“REMEMBER LOT’S WIFE”?

christians-under-attackA recent article published in the Evangelical magazine Christianity Today and titled “Fairness for All: Evangelicals Explore Truce on LGBT and Religious Rights”, evidences why I refuse to be associated with the label “Evangelical”.  The Evangelical crowd is rife with compromise and many of its members are at best nominal Christians.

I am not at war with members of the LGBT crowd, but only a fool believes there is room for compromise when the leaders of that movement oppose and are at war with Biblical Christianity, traditional marriage and family values.

I have engaged with members of the LGBT movement on a personal level and in political skirmishes.  Contrary to the assertions of LGBT militants, I have the same love for them that I do for all sinners.  My heart goes out to their struggles with their sin as much as it does to those struggling with other enslaving sins.militant-gay-houston-mayor

However, the militant LGBT crowd is another story!  They have a fervent passion for their “cause” and an unbridled hatred for any who will not bow to their demands.  Make no mistake, militant members of the LGBT movement will accept nothing less than capitulation and accommodation of their sin, even at the sacrifice of your moral values, innocence of your children, Christian family owned businesses, and Constitutional liberties (freedom of religion and free speech).

Adherents of the militant LGBT crusade are seeded in all levels of government, including judicial activists who will punish and annihilate any who dare oppose their demands (including Christian family-owned businesses that refuse to participate in “Gay weddings”).  While politicians trumpet the LGBT cause under the guise of “Rights”, liberal educators rob our children of their innocence using secular classrooms as a platform for opposing Biblical moral values.

A warning to Evangelicals:  “Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17:32)?  Moving his family into Sodom and sitting among the elders of that wicked city did not work out so well for Lot, did it? (Genesis 19)

2 Peter 2:7-8 – “And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: 8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)”

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

Warning: This devotional is not a “safe space” for Millennial Rioters (nor their clueless parents)

 

safe-spaceDear Millennial Rioter and clueless parent,

Your cry for “safe spaces” and the symbolic Diaper pens worn by some to identify themselves as “safe persons” (an appropriate symbol for your self-indulgence) is an embarrassment to your grandparents and great-grandparents.   normandy-d-day

You see, three generations ago your 18-year-old great-grandfathers were assailing the armies of the Third Reich to liberate Europe from facists dictators.  Two generations ago your grandfathers were fighting Communism in the jungles of Vietnam.  You, on the other hand, have been raised by parents who failed to teach you the virtue of self-sacrifice.  You are spoiled and, like your parents, clueless that this world will inevitably to teach you a harsh lesson…no one cares how you feel.  Your fancy of a “safe world” will sooner or later confront an enemy that will either enslave you or destroy you.

The following devotional, taken from Psalm 12:1-8 and written a year ago, offers insight into what is happening in our nation’s cities as the Millennial Generation riot over having been denied, at least temporarily, their right of entitlement in the recent elections.

November 12, 2015

Make no mistake; “political correctness” is neither new nor correct.  Psalm 12:1-8 exposes “political correctness” for what it is—a vehicle for attacking Truth and silencing those who believe God’s Word and accept its morality as just and right.  The tragedy of our day is too many believers are more concerned with a “Like” on Facebook than they are with standing for what is right!  Because the godly have been silent, the wicked are empowered and the dominance of a political movement that is atheistic, socialistic, intolerant, and anti-Christian is driving our nation down a road of destruction.  It will soon be too late if preachers in the pulpit and believers in the pews do not awaken to the nature of wickedness that is inspiring riots in our cities, protests in our schools, and assaults on our liberties as Americans.PC

Psalm 12:1 – “Help [deliver; save; avenge], LORD; for the godly man [saint] ceaseth [come to an end]; for the faithful [true; people of faith; believers] fail [disperse; disappear] from among the children of men.”

Psalm 12 is the cry of a king witnessing the retreat of a godly remnant that, in the king’s words were all but extinct.  David lamented, “the godly man ceaseth” and “the faithful fail” (12:1).   David cried out to the LORD to save the godly and the faithful and avenge those who obey His law and revere Him.

Psalm 12:2-4 – “They speak [say; declare] vanity [deceit; evil] every one with his neighbor [friend; companion]: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
3  The LORD shall cut off all flattering
[smooth] lips [language; speech], and the tongue that speaketh [declares; tells] proud [great; magnify] things:
4  Who have said
[declared; tell], With our tongue will we prevail [strengthen; act insolently]; our lips are our own: who is lord [master; sovereign; owner] over us?

hope and changeDavid identified the smooth lips and double-tongued nature of the wicked who, with insolent lips assailed the godly (12:2, 4).   The believers of our day would do well to take a page out of David’s “playbook” and realize the nature of man has not changed!  The wicked are emboldened by their peers (12:2a) and, should they go unchecked by the righteous, will prevail against those in authority (12:4b).

Though the wicked revel in their lies and boast with their lips, David assured the godly the LORD would “cut off”, expose and take vengeance against those who denied Him and railed against His people.

Psalm 12:5-7 – “For the oppression [spoil; destruction] of the poor [afflicted; depressed; needy], for the sighing [groaning; cries] of the needy [beggar; destitute], now will I arise [stand up], saith the LORD; I will set [array; appoint] him in safety [salvation; safety; liberty; prosper] from him that puffeth [scoffs; kindles as a fire] at him.
6  The words
[speech; commands] of the LORD are pure [clean; fair] words: as silver tried [refined] in a furnace of earth, purified [purged; refined] seven times.
7  Thou shalt keep
[preserve; guard; protect] them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve [guard; protect] them from this generation [age] for ever.

I remind you that God is patient, longsuffering, and merciful toward sinners; however, He is just and will exact vengeance on the wicked who oppress the poor and needy.  The LORD extends liberty to sinners for a season; however, He declares He will rise up against the wicked and pour out His wrath on those who “puffeth” and scoff at the poor and afflicted (12:5).

Unlike the wicked whose lips are full of lies and deceit, the LORD’s words are pure like refined silver that has passed through the furnace seven times (12:6).   The words of the wicked are full of lies and their promises vain and hollow; however, the Word of the LORD is sure, faithful and true from generation to generation (12:7).

Psalm 12:8 – The wicked [immoral; guilty; criminal] walk [go; behave] on every side [every place], when the vilest [worthless] men are exalted [raised up; high; emboldened].”

People hold signs as they listen to speakers at a protest against the election of President-elect Donald Trump, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

People hold signs as they listen to speakers at a protest against the election of President-elect Donald Trump, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

You need only read Psalm 12:8 to understand what has become of our nation!  America has invited God’s wrath and is under His judgment because her citizens would rather entertain an empty promise like “Hope and Change” than believe God’s Word and obey His law.  We have “exalted…the vilest men” and wickedness runs unchecked in our streets.   A spirit of rebellion has seized upon the spiritual vacuum in our youth and our college campuses and communities have become forums for fanning the flames of anarchy.

If we continue to elect men and women who have no fear of God and allow their lies and abuses to go unchecked, we have only ourselves to blame as America descends into a cesspool of ungodliness, violence and moral depravity.

Copyright 2015 – Travis D. Smith

P.S.  For a half-century, secular schools and institutions of higher-learning have served as vessels of progressive indoctrination.  While the November 8, 2016 presidential election offers the hope of a reprieve from 8 years of excessive socialist ideology and activism; post-election protests and rioting has unmasked the hypocrisy of the Left’s cry for tolerance.

The overwhelming majority of the voting public might tolerate the intolerable, but few have any desire to celebrate it.

gay flagDear Heart of a Shepherd Readers,

The following is my public statement read before the Hillsborough County Commissioners this Wednesday, July 20, 2016, opposing the motion of County Commissioner Kevin Beckner who is once again promoting the militant LGBTQ agenda in our communities, city, and county.   His latest attempt is to designate the month of June as “Gay Pride Month”; to my knowledge, the county has no other such designation for any cause, group, or organization.

Hillsborough County“For several years I have observed members of the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners, past and present, accommodate the escalating demands of the LGTBQ community.  I have witnessed this board’s courtship of that community, and watched as you slighted the moral sensibilities of the majority of your constituents.

Unless you are deaf, you know there is a growing spirit of concern and anger among voters who are sick of watching elected officials placate the demands of militant groups.

I have charted the rationale of the LGTBQ community for years and long ago recognized their crusade is not for rights, but acceptance of the abnormal, or in the words of the Bible, “vile affections…against nature… unseemly” (Romans 1:26).  The overwhelming majority of the voting public might tolerate the intolerable, but few have any desire to celebrate it.

This board has entertained the LGTBQ community’s argument they want their privacy and the public and government have no business invading the privacy of their bedrooms.  Privacy”, however, was never the goal of the Homosexual Community.Gay Parade

The Homosexual Community demanded the right to revel in their sexuality and the County once again supported vulgar and lascivious behavior parading in the streets violating Florida Indecent Exposure Laws and offending those who adhere to traditional family values.

The homosexuals demanded the “right to marry”, attacking an institution that for 6,000 years was the foundation of civil and moral society

The Homosexual Community demanded the civil rights of a “protected class”, and this board again bowed to its demands. Now, every private, family owned business that embraces traditional moral values faces the threat of crippling lawsuits should any dare not capitulate to the invasive demands of the homosexual community.

Today you are asked to consider a resolution that perpetuates and promotes the sexual exploits and expressions of the homosexual community as though their sexuality deems them worthy of special honor and designation in our county…it does not!

It is one thing to tolerate homosexuality, it is quite another to ask Hillsborough County citizens to dedicate a month of our County calendar to celebrate moral decadence!

Finally, the terrorist attack in Orlando on June 12, 2016 that left 49 dead was a tragedy; however, to memorialize it as anything other than what it was, the murderous actions of a militant Islamic terrorist, is disingenuous. The 49 who died in the attack were not martyrs; they were victims of an Islamic terrorist.Hillsborough Fire and Rescue

Tampa PoliceIf you want to dedicate the month of June, dedicate it to First Responders who have died in the line of duty serving their communities…16 County Sheriffs, 30 Tampa police officers, 16 Tampa firemen…those men and women, and the ones who risk their lives everyday, are the heroes whose lives should be celebrated and whose deaths should be memorialized.”County Sheriff

Travis D. Smith

Senior Pastor

Hillsdale Baptist Church

Tampa, FL

Are you suffering from “Spiritual PTSD”?

Spiritual MinutemenYou are invited to go to today’s blog post on my political website, SpiritualMinutement.net, and consider the reality we are living in a post-Christian world more interested in “controlling the narrative” than in defining and adhering to morality and Right vs. Wrong.

Isaiah 5:20-21, 2320  Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  21  Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! …23  Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

A Spoof on “Self-identity” I Believe You Will Enjoy

Dear Heart of a Shepherd followers,

In addition to this devotional and religious commentary blog, I also have a blog that is profoundly and unabashedly patriotic named “Spiritual Minutemen“.

adult high chairToday’s blog is a spoof, a satirical commentary on the progressives “self-identity” movement in America, particularly the Transgenders’ restroom demands.  The title of today’s blog is, “BATHROOM CHANGING TABLES FOR ADULTS “SELF-IDENTIFYING” AS INFANTS AND TODDLERS”.  

I invite you to read today’s blog and consider the insanity of “self-identity”!

With the heart a shepherd,

Pastor Travis D. Smith

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

“Standing for Righteousness” (part 3 of 3)

transsexualToday I conclude my Memorial Day challenge that considered the question, “How can we, the benefactors of liberty and debtors of the sacrifices of others, express our gratitude to those who died in service to our nation?”

I have suggested believers consider three mandates: 1) We must embrace and exercise our freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States; 2) We must be willing to sacrifice our time, talents, and strength to stand and defend our liberties; 3) We must recognize the greatest threat to our nation and freedoms is not Islamic terrorists, but our own government.

Our nation’s drift into the abyss of moral depravity should awaken every believer to the undeniable reality that we are in an ideological war with our leaders, government, media, and much of society.restroom wars

Islamic terrorism is a very real threat to our nation and Constitutional freedoms; however, the greatest threat to our liberties is the terror posed by the occupants of the highest offices of our nation who have followed a pattern of ruling by fiat, apart from Constitutional law with its checks and balances.  Democrats and Republicans who do not represent or share the moral values of the citizenry have betrayed the American people and are actively destabilizing our marriages, families, and communities.

The Failure of American Churches

We, the American public, have ourselves to blame for not only tolerating the lies and imbecility of the immoral left, but also bear the burden of responsibility for our disengagement from the political process.  We are facing the reality that professing Christians, and the American church in general, have failed to be the Salt and Light Christ commanded us to be in the world (Matthew 5:13-16).

The Innocuous Reticence of Biblical Fundamentalism

The GospelMore disconcerting than the failure of American Christianity in general is the dismal spiritual slide of biblically fundamental churches, colleges, and seminaries.  Unlike early 20th century America that had a bevy of evangelistic heralders who called the church to repentance and unapologetically preached the Gospel to lost sinners, 21st century America’s “fundamental” evangelists, preachers, and teachers trumpet “The Gospel”, but cater to a Millennial Generation of fundamental church members who pursue carnality under the banner of “Christian Liberties”.  A failure to be “holy in all manner of conversation” (1 Peter 1:15) coupled with the failure of the pulpit to call the church to revival, has left our fundamental churches, colleges, and seminaries woefully unprepared to address the moral declension of America.

We are living in perilous times.

Knowing the heart of man is wicked and depraved (Jeremiah 17:9), when the restraints of conscience and law are weakened or removed, there is no limit to the depth of sin and depravity into which society will descend.  The Supreme Court’s decision to legalize “same-sex” marriage and the president’s impetus to enforce Transgenders’ access to bathrooms and showers of the opposite sex in public schools is only the beginning of an attack to destroy every vestige of Biblical morality in our nation.

Transsexuality is an abomination.

Men dressing like women and women like men has been a sign of depravity and degeneracy since ancient times.  God instructed Moses to command the people that the dress of men and women was to be distinctively different.  A woman was not to wear the clothing of a man, nor a man the clothing of a woman.

Deuteronomy 22:5 – “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.”

Homosexuality was named as an abomination to God (Leviticus 18:22) and emasculated males (castrated men) were not to be numbered among God’s people (Deuteronomy 23:1).

1st century Jewish philosopher Philo Judaeus, a contemporary of the Jewish historian Josephus, writes concerning the sin of homosexuality and the feminizing of boys and young men:

Jenner“Moreover another evil much greater than that which we have already mentioned has made its way among and been let loose upon cities namely the love of boys, which formerly was accounted a great infamy even to be spoken of, but which not is a subject of boasting not only to those who practise it but even to those who suffer it and who, being accustomed to hearing the affliction of being treated like women waste away as to both their souls and bodies, not bearing about them a single spark of a manly character to be kindled into a flame, but having even the hair of their heads conspicuously curled and adorned and having their faces smeared with vermilion, and paint and things of that kind and having their eyes pencilled beneath, and having their skins anointed with fragrant perfumes…

And some of these persons have even carried their admiration of these delicate pleasures of youth so far that they have desired wholly to change their condition for that of women, and have castrated themselves and have clothed themselves in purple robes…”

In his letter to believers in Rome, Paul warned the church that homosexuality is a sign God has abandoned a nation and delivered it over to moral self-destruction (Romans 1:26-28).  Paul declared in his letter to believers in Corinth that the “effeminate” and “abusers of themselves with mankind” would be numbered with those who “shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

To those who might take the scriptures or me to task out of sympathy with transsexuals and justify that sin with the argument transsexuals are happier dressing and acting like the opposite sex, I will assert that feelings are not a justification for moral perversity no more than anger and hatred is a justification for murder.  Our nation’s embrace of homosexuality and transsexuality is indicative of a people who have strayed from and rejected God’s absolutes!

Good News…There is Hope.

Paul writes: “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).  The membership of the 1st century church consisted of those who had confessed and turned from their sins, believing Jesus Christ had suffered the penalty of their sin on the cross, died, was buried and rose again the third day. In the midst of the churches were those saved out of the most abominable sins, including effeminism and homosexuality.open Bible

There is hope for sinners when the church fulfills its mission of not only preaching the Gospel, but also warning sinners of God’s wrath and judgment.  It is time for preachers and evangelists of Bible fundamental churches, colleges and seminaries to balance their emphasis on “The Gospel” with a call to the church to repent of its sin.

2 Timothy 4:1-5
1  I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5  But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

“Will We Stand for Righteousness?”

freedomsMy Memorial Day blog posed three questions in reflection on the sacrifices made by those who gave their lives to secure the freedoms we enjoy as Americans:

How can we, the living, repay the debt we owe for the liberties we have inherited?

How can we express our gratitude to those who died defending the sovereignty of our nation?

What can we give in memory of those who gave their all that we might be free?

james-madisonI suggested three mandates as a response to our indebtedness to those who died serving our nation:

1) We must embrace and exercise our freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States.

2) We must be willing to sacrifice our time, talents, and strength to stand and defend our liberties!

3) We must recognize the greatest threat to our nation and freedoms is not Islamic terrorists, but our own government.

We are in an ideological war with our leaders, government, media, and much of society.

Right and wrongWe are in the midst of a spiritual war between Good and Evil; a struggle to define right vs. wrong and moral vs. immoral.  The Supreme Court, President Obama and his administration, the U.S. Senate, the U. S. House of Representatives, and federal agencies have all demonstrated a willingness to threaten, intimidate, and crush those who resist their efforts to promote a morality that opposes traditional marriage, family, and home.  The battle lines are drawn, but we face a foe that is more than flesh and blood.

In his letter to believers in Ephesus, Paul writes, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).  Satan, his demons, and their human instruments are assailing marriage, families, and our homes and, if the wicked have their way, the church and Bible believers will soon be silenced.

How did America get here?

For over two centuries, biblical morality held a dominant influence in American society.  From her founding by the Pilgrims (many who came to America seeking religious freedom), through the Great Revivals of the 17th and 18th centuries (referred to as The Great Awakenings, the first in 1734-1743 and the second in 1800-1840), the United States enjoyed a reprieve from the dominance of moral depravity and wickedness that has troubled humanity since the fall.  The Supreme Court’s recent decision to legalize “same-sex” marriage (June 2015) and the president’s advocation for Transgenders to use the restrooms and showers of the opposite sex in public schools (May 2016), removes all doubt America’s reprieve from the destructive consequences of moral depravity has ended.Biblical Christianity

Beginning in the late 19th century, several mitigating factors eroded Biblical Christianity’s spiritual and moral influence in America.  The introduction of Charles Darwin’s “Theory of Evolution” in 1859 and the rise of liberal theology that not only accommodated evolution, but also denied the historical and fundamental doctrines of the scriptures, overtook America’s Bible colleges, seminaries and eventually her denominational churches.

Christian fundamentalists, recognizing the devastating influence of liberal theology and its accommodation of evolution, began calling Christians and churches to return to the Bible for their sole-authority in faith and practice.   20th century Fundamentalist preachers like Dwight L. Moody, R. A. Torrey, Billy Sunday, Harry Ironside, Bob Jones, Sr., and Oliver Greene, not only called the churches to revival, but also founded Bible colleges and seminaries to battle the inroads of modernism.   A new generation of Christians, dedicated to the fundamental doctrines of the Scriptures as their sole basis of faith and practice, graduated from Bible colleges and started churches, schools, mission boards, colleges and seminaries.

dying churchSadly, many of the fundamental churches, Bible colleges, universities, and seminaries that had once been robust defenders of the Christian faith and bastions of spiritual separation, are today grappling with seeds of compromise and carnality that has divided Christian families and left fundamental churches and institutions weak and spiritually anemic.  At an hour America needs churches and Bible believers dedicated to the fundamentals of the faith, distinctively Christian and separated from worldliness, we find ourselves in the throes of compromise, weakened by a malice that labels the old fundamentalists “Legalists” and pursues “Christian Liberties” masking a carnality that has given rise to a piety for the Gospel, but lacks the trademark of Biblical Christianity–sanctification.

1 Peter 1:13-16 – “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14  As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

I will continue my analysis of our nation and the failure of America’s churches in my next post.

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

“We Shall Stand” (part 1of 2)

Memorial Day

Today, Monday, May 30, 2016 is the day these United States pay tribute and reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.  Before you rush out into activities that give little time for reflection, permit me an opportunity of challenging you with questions I put before my church family on Sunday.

How can we, the living, repay the debt we owe for the liberties we have inherited?  How can we express our gratitude to those who died defending the sovereignty of our nation?  What can we give in memory of those who gave their all that we might be free?

soldier's widowMany will answer those questions quoting John 15:13;  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”  Indeed, a wonderful verse of self-sacrifice that acknowledges Christ is the model of sacrifice, in that He “commendeth His love for us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

But what is the practical application of that verse to the questions I proposed?   What can we give in service to our country?   What can we sacrifice to preserve this nation and the freedoms others bought with their own blood and lives?

We must cherish our liberties by standing our ground against all who threaten them!

We must embrace and exercise our freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States:  Freedom of Religion; Freedom of Speech; Freedom of the Press; Freedom of Assembly; Right to Bear Arms; Right of Equal Justice; Right to own private property; and Freedom of Petition to request our elected representatives oppose proposed laws or request protection under the law on our behalf.

We must sacrifice our time, talents, and strength to stand and defend our liberties!   We must refuse to be silenced by those who would shout us down.  We must remember that, contrary to the actions of our elected officials and federal government agencies, these United States are a Republic, not a dictatorship!

freedoms

We must recognize the greatest threat to our nation and freedoms is not Islamic terrorists, but our own government.   

For more than a half-century, our public schools and secular colleges have indoctrinated America’s youth in a liberal, socialistic ideology.  Our children are woefully ignorant of our nation’s history and know little about the sacrifices of those who have gone before them.  Inflaming a rebellion against their elders that is often a natural passing of youth, secular schools, activists preachers (i.e. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson), liberal politicians, spineless conservatives, and the encouragement of liberal media have fostered a generation of youth that reflect the thoughtless mob rationale of Brown Shirt Nazis and Communist youth threatening to usher in an era of anarchy inflamed by our own government.  Given the immoral trajectory of our nation and its betrayal of God’s Law and Commandments, our government and society threaten to silence us all if we do not awaken.  I am afraid the “Silent Majority” of the early 1980’s has become the emaciated “Moral Minority” of the 21st century and the proponents of wickedness have risen to the highest offices in our nation.Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has become a terror to Constitutional Law and the Commandments of God.   The Court’s Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 and its decision to legalize “same-sex marriage” in June 2015 were direct assaults on traditional marriage and family.  Added to the moral erosion of America is President Obama’s mandate to open restrooms, showers and locker rooms to those declaring they self-identify with the sex opposite their biological gender.  The president’s action is not only morally reprehensible, it is a declaration of war on the moral innocence and character of our children.  Evidencing the maniacal extremity of the left is the threat to withhold federal funds from school meals programs if schools do not comply with the president’s edict!

Wake Up America!  The President’s heavy-handed enforcement of his ideology against school children should send a warning to every American—the government will inevitably crush us all if we remain silent.

(part 1 of 2)

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

I “Self-identified” as a School Board Member Today

ObamaDear friends and followers of “Heart of a Shepherd”,

In the last two weeks President Obama informed Americans he, his Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Department of Education (DOE), intend to direct a moral assault on our sons, daughters, and employees of public schools under the guise of “Transgender rights” for those “self-identifying” with the sex contrary to their biological birth sex.

Transgender symbolThe intended end is that boys will be given the right to go to the same restrooms, showers, and locker rooms as girls, as long as they “self-identify” as girls, an assertion that none dare challenge at the risk of federal lawsuits. Of course, girls are granted the same insanity since our president and the officials of the DOJ and DOE are equal offenders of moral innocence.

Because the president has threatened the federal funding of pubic schools that defy his edict, especially funds for meal programs that feed the poorest students, I could not be silent knowing the Hillsborough County School Board members are facing enormous political and financial pressures to cower to the DOJ and DOE.   Today I took time out of my schedule to exercise my right and responsibility of free speech before the School Board.  Before the meeting I approached one of the armed security officers and shared with him that I “self-identified” as a school board member and would like to sit in one of the comfy leather chairs with the rest of the board members.  Unfortunately, the right of “self-identification” might apply to boys in the public school going to the girls restrooms, showers, and locker rooms; however, I learned my assertion of “self-identification” as a school board member would have me promptly removed from the board meeting.School Bd Logo

Because I respect the role of the board members, all elected by the citizens of the county, I approached them with the respect they are due, but chose to assert my “self-identification” with them in the following address I read before them:

This afternoon I “self-identify” as a Hillsborough County School Board member whose duly elected responsibility is not only the financial oversight of the 8th largest School system in the country, but also the safety and education of over 200,000 students and employees of the Hillsborough County Public School system.

As a “self-identifying” school board member, I understand I am foremost an employee of the citizens of Hillsborough County and entrusted with their most precious possession…the lives and welfare of their children as they fall under my jurisdiction.

titleIXAs a “self-identifying” school board member, I understand my duty is to uphold the laws and regulations of our nation. I accept my oversight of Title IX and Sex Discrimination is no more and no less than to ensure that:

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

As a “self-identifying” school board member, I understand my sworn duty is the education of Hillsborough County children and I am incensed that President Barack Hussein Obama would threaten the financial funding of the school meals programs of our most needy children to achieve submission to his baseless interpretation of Title IX.

Therefore, I will not cower or accommodate the fanaticism of federal government entities or employees that are willing to sacrifice the well-being of our children, families and employees to dictate a social platform that is nothing short of social engineering at the sacrifice of the spiritual, psychological, and moral well-being of Hillsborough County children.

Finally, as a “self-identifying” school board member, I acknowledge my care and the welfare of Hillsborough County children bears eternal consequences for my soul as I read in God’s Word:Matthew 18-6

Matthew 18:6 – “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”

I urge this board to embrace decency and common sense:

  • Do not sacrifice our children’s moral innocence and psychological well-being.
  • Do not incense parents who expect you to do what is lawful and in the best interest of their sons and daughters under your care.
  • Do not put school employees in a position whereby they are forced to accommodate the president’s “Transgender bathroom” edict that is morally reprehensible.

Sincerely,

Travis D. Smith

“Self-identifying” School Board Member

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

President Obama’s Threat of Blackmail—Bow or burn

obama transgender demandAttached is a the “smoking gun” demand proving the Obama Administration’s blackmail of public schools and the President’s threat to withhold funding unless States, school districts, administrators, teachers and coaches bow to his will.

Should there not be an outcry or have we become the stupid sheep they believe us to be? sheep

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith