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A Beautiful Antique American FlagI have been thinking about having an operation. Although I have yet to ask my physician about the condition, my powers of self diagnosis are rarely wrong. I have, in fact, lived in this same body for over thirty years. The only hurdle to my surgically enhanced well-being is current medical technology. I'm not convinced that such a procedure has ever been performed, but after much discomfort and increased problems, I have done my best to put a name on this horrible disease. Maybe, I really need a support group. Would any one of the ten of my readers like to join and provide me comfort and assistance? You may possibly have the same condition, remaining in denial after having lost all hope for a cure. Well then, let's waste no more time. [Standing] Hello, my name is Michael, and I have ACS – Attenuated Craw Syndrome. That is, things just keep getting stuck there. I have tried everything that I know to do, swallowing hard, staying away from issues that are difficult to digest. You name it. I've tried it, but to no avail. Things just keep getting stuck in my craw. Perhaps I have a weakened or underdeveloped craw. Perhaps I simply have a craw that it much smaller than the average size. What things you ask, normally get stuck in my craw? What is stuck there right now is a feigned attempt at unity, with the express intent to divide. That gets me every time. Take for instance our recent inauguration where the Rev. Joseph Lowery invoked God to help us work for a day, “when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around – when yellow will be mellow – when the red man can get ahead, man – and when white will embrace what is right.” Besides playing nursery rhymes while racializing what should be a solemn request to a holy God, Rev. Lowery perpetuated the myth that the United States is still living in the 1950s. Isn't the fact that our nation now has a bi-racial president (equal parts black and white) proof enough that black is not currently being asked to get back, neither will he be asked to do so in the future. Isn't it proof enough that Asians living in the U.S. remain, generally speaking, the most law abiding and prosperous members of society. They are neither hateful, nor terror loving, yet Lowery wants God to help us work for a day when they will be mellow? He speaks as if they are Al-Qaeda. All of this just sticks in my craw. I don't blame President Obama. He didn't write Lowery's insipid request. No, I blame myself. I blame that particular part of my anatomy where my craw may be found, in addition to blaming the culture that prolongs a ridiculous sense of entitlement. On the surface, he says that we need to strive for a day when everyone will be seen as equal, but his intent was solely to spout that the white man keeps everybody down. In Lowery's eyes the white man has yet to do what is right, but God help us to work for a day when he will! Instead of unifying, all he did was open up a wound that keeps trying to heal.It just sticks in my craw. If you have the same problem – call it ACS and ask your doctor about it.Yours for Portugal,Bro. Michael Andrzejewski Bro. Michael Andrzejewski currently serves with his wife and five children as a missionary to Portugal and is sent out of Milledgeville Baptist Church in Milledgeville, TN.  For more information about their ministry please visit MBC Portugal Missions.  
Barack Obama and John McCainOne doesn't have to have a university degree in political science or pour over electoral maps from the last few elections to realize that the name of our great nation is quickly becoming a misnomer. There are, and have been for several years undercurrents of globalism that dare to chip away at our sovereignty as a nation. Cries for the demise of unilateral action ring from many quarters. From the United Nations Headquarters in our own nation, lectures abound from our enemies about the need for diplomacy and cooperation.From this, one thing is clear: Everyday we inch closer to new doors of division. Our enemies know that a divided house cannot stand. Therefore, I posit, that we now more resemble the Polarized States of America, rather than the United States of America. With the northeast and west coast as blue as the sky and the center and heart of our republic as red as the blood shed that forged her over two hundred years ago. There no longer exists a common goal or direction, but rather a series of cyclical battles over control of the White House, courts, and legislature. Race, religion, economics, and sexual orientation all now divide a nation that once looked through the lenses of our founding fathers and said, in unison - “We the people, in Order to form a more perfect Union...” Who were those people? Citizens, not guests. That more perfect union has been replaced for political correctness and an ever-growing desire to be just like the rest of the world. Let me remove any ambiguity – what made us great for so long is that we were different from the rest of the world. Our policies were different. Our leaders were different. Our determination to succeed was different. We were welded together by common convictions which helped define us as Americans. Therefore, let's not cry again to return to the Egyptian bondage of excessive taxation. Please don't pine for the European system of socialized medicine. Wipe completely from our imaginations a Shariah, and thereby radical, Islamic system of finance for a nation whose forefathers founded it upon the Holy Bible itself.  The great melting pot has boiled over. Today, people no longer know what it means to be an American. “One nation under God, indivisible...” Remember? But, now even that is taboo. Educators, right now, are in the process of putting the Pledge of Allegiance in the same moldy closet as common sense because of the possibility it might offend someone who happens to be a visitor in our country. We will soon be led by a president who has a public record of disrespect toward our national anthem, and not many people seem to care. Political correctness has parsed every thought and threatens to emasculate those who actually try to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves.Yet, for this I will be accused of spewing hate, of being a zealot who isn't really patriotic. Yet, much better men than I have been accused and have suffered more than a few measly barbs in the form of jeering words. Water – meet duck's back. If in today's upside down culture, standing for core beliefs and biblical principles held by so many bygone Americans makes me a zealot, then so be it. I'll gladly stand, guilty as charged.Yours for Portugal,Bro. Michael Andrzejewski Bro. Michael Andrzejewski currently serves with his wife and five children as a missionary to Portugal and is sent out of Milledgeville Baptist Church in Milledgeville, TN.  For more information about their ministry please visit MBC Portugal Missions.  
You Are All A Bunch of CowardsCoward. That's what the Attorney General of the United States just called you. A coward. No, you're not the only one who lacks the courage to do something unpleasant. Apparently the entire nation is, and just to make sure that he topped the icing with a nice red cherry, he also denigrated over 200 years worth of our majestic heritage. His words are forthcoming, but I want to make sure that you understand that in the mind of Mr. Eric Holder, the greatest nation on the planet is made up of a bunch of milquetoasts. He must have gone to the same history class as our finally-proud-of-my-country First Lady. His exact words, according to an AP story were, “Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.” He said, “we have always been” cowards. Besides being both childish and elitist, I think it was a good strategy. I mean, didn't schoolyard insults always promote tolerance in your neighborhood? Consider it on this level: I think Chavez and Ahmadinejad alone fulfill the slander quotient for our nation. Apparently some people are just not content to leave well enough alone. Do they teach all law students to call everyone sissies while sounding extremely pious? Don't answer that. Instead, let's take a quick roll call. The most racially integrated nation in the world, made up of people from every nook and cranny on the globe, that since its inception has championed freedom of speech and religion around the world? Check. Plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty that reads, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me...?” Check. Thirteenth Amendment? Check. Interracial president? Check. AG using his pulpit for race-baiting during Black History Month? Check. Don't believe me about the race-baiting? Disagree with Mr. Holder and see what you get called – a racist. State publicly that the government can only force segregation so far and you instantly become a bigot. What Holder doesn't get is that you can't socialize or regulate friendships. Most often people choose their friends based on something much deeper than skin color. I learned from organized sports that there's only one color – the one on the jersey. From the military I learned that the only colors that really matter are the ones on the flag, and from the Bible I learned that God concerns himself with only a few colors – the crimson stain of our sins and white purity which comes with forgiveness in Christ. I'm Caucasian, meaning my skin is a lighter tone than others, but that has nothing to do with the color or size of my heart. No, I don't have a problem talking about race and I doubt you do either. Yet, I do have a big problem with a high ranking government official perpetuating a culture of guilt and divisiveness. He would have done better to call me a honky or a cracker. He could have called me white bread. I would have been less offended. That doesn't really bother me. Call me a racist if you want. My friends know better. Just don't call me a coward. Those are fighting words. Yours for Portugal, Bro. Michael Andrzejewski Bro. Michael Andrzejewski currently serves with his wife and five children as a missionary to Portugal and is sent out of Milledgeville Baptist Church in Milledgeville, TN.  For more information about their ministry please visit MBC Portugal Missions.
I don't Trust PoliticiansI consider myself to be like most American citizens. Contrary to what the national news media portrays, I believe that most Americans families, while flawed, still retain some core values. I understand that we are on a downhill slide morally and we are losing our children with breaknecking speed; however, I still cling to the somewhat antiquated idea of the quiet, small town American family who leads a typical, traditional life. I don't believe that everyone has a meth lab in their basement. Neither do I believe that most postal workers live with suppressed and untreated psychotic tendencies, just waiting to slaughter unsuspecting patrons and co-workers.No, deep down I hold the conviction that most Americans believe in God – the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that is taught in Sunday schools around the country. I trust that most Americans want a job, and a home, and a family, and I trust that most of us want to work for those things. I dare say that most Americans hold dear fireworks on the 4th of July, homemade apple pie, and mom. Most of us are law abiding, flag saluting, and tax paying citizens. I assume that most of us, excluding politicians, for the most part, are decent people. From now on, I draw the line at politicians. From now on, I don't trust any of them. They have no ethics. To them honesty is relative, and they only serve those who have the capacity to line their pockets and advance their careers. I'm sorry Mr. Nixon, but you were a crook. Blagojevich? Daschle? Neither of them would I refer to as honorable. This goes for both sides of the aisle. The elephants and the donkeys are both as rotten as a soiled diaper in the noon day sun. Our elected officials regularly prove themselves to be tax cheats, liars, and adulterers. The best they can do after they are caught red-handed is juke at a half-hearted apology, make an excuse, promise to do better, and ask you for their vote in the next election. You know it is true and so do I. The problem I have is this: have they always been crooked or does the position inevitably shove them into a shady, sleazy, fraudulent life? How long has it been since each of the latest string of potential cabinet appointees paid their actual taxes? We might be able to pay for an actual economic stimulus package if all the politicians just paid what they owed the IRS. It is important for me to know if we are electing convicts who just have never been caught or if we are breeding them once they are in office. Yet, I don't think I am the only one with these questions. Inquiring minds want to know. My best guess is that, generally speaking, good, honest, morally upright people never pursue a career in politics because of all the huckster politicians that are already there, and as despondent as it may appear, I only see it getting worse. Let them prove me wrong, and I'll write a retraction. Until then, politicians, as far as I'm concerned are guilty. Like waiting for the other shoe to fall, we have only to sit and wait to discover which particular villainy will be committed. Yours for Portugal, Bro. Michael Andrzejewski Bro. Michael Andrzejewski currently serves with his wife and five children as a missionary to Portugal and is sent out of Milledgeville Baptist Church in Milledgeville, TN. For more information about their ministry please visit MBC Portugal Missions.
City_ScapeDo you remember the scene in the movie, "The Christmas Story" when Scut Farkas, the consummate bully goads Ralphie into crying after pelting him in the face with a ginormous snowball? Something snaps in the mild mannered Ralphie, and he commences to unleash a torrent of tiny fists and swear words in an unknown tongue rendering the bully humiliated, bloodied, and reformed. Well, smack dab in the middle of the winter of our economic depression, the spirit of Scut Farkas has been channeled into the US government. They have pitched snowball after taxing, hypocritical snowball toward the quiet, unassuming Ralphies across the country. How many more snowballs will it take to reach critical mass? What will be the final salvo launched to insight the bullied and bespectacled to punch back? For the record, I believe that we should pray for our leaders on every level that we may live a quiet and peaceable life. I would never advocate anarchy or revolution; however, I firmly believe if the government continues its current pompous taunting of the citizenry, some will respond in an unprecedented fashion. Atlas will shrug. Today, the current checks and balances are breaking down and people are starting to understand the intentional destruction that is taking place. At least I want to believe it is intentional and not borne completely out of idiocy. Since the inauguration we have systematically alienated our closest allies and opened new doors to welcome our enemies. We have shaken hands with Syria, pledged to give $900 million to Hamas (er, Gaza), and spit in Israel's face. We are genuflecting before Russia and telling the Poles and Czechs to take a slow train to Siberia. Do you know that Poland is such a strong ally that within our intelligence community some refer to them as the 51st state? In the middle of a recession, we are turning down sales of fighter planes to Taiwan because we don't want to upset the Red Chinese. We just gave the British Prime Minister 25 DVDs in exchange for priceless heirlooms and blew off a joint press conference. With friend like this...you know how it goes. As far as I'm concerned, the President would have done worse only if he had urinated in the Englishman's tea. But at the same time we are falling over ourselves to hug the Taliban and sing kum-ba-yah with Islamic terrorists around the globe. Farkas gave us about a quarter raise ($13 a week tax break) at the exact same time he was lifting our wallets so that he could max out all of our credit cards while buying environmentally friendly golf carts, paying for our neighbors' abortions, building a snowmaking facility in Minnesota, and upgrading intercoms in Alaska. Incomprehensible! President Scut armed with even more snowballs and insults (aimed at freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the right to bear arms, among other things) daily treads closer and closer to that imaginary line in the sand for so many. Whatever faith there was in the government has now dwindled down to those who lazily stand with an outstretched hand crying for someone else to pay for their mortgage and put gas in their car. Like a parasitic side kick they look to big brother Farkas to fix it all. But one of these days that last frozen missile will plant itself for the last time in Ralphie's face. The gloves will come off and the landscape could look dramatically different. Although I'm not a betting man, my money's on Ralphie. Yours for Portugal, Bro. Michael AndrzejewskiBro. Michael Andrzejewski currently serves with his wife and five children as a missionary to Portugal and is sent out of Milledgeville Baptist Church in Milledgeville, TN. For more information about their ministry please visit MBC Portugal Missions.
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