Death of a Pharisee

The Greatest lie in the church is believing is you can fix your life with your good deeds. It will leave you bound, fearful, and unfulfilled.

Ever since I can remember I was taught to judge and focus on peoples outward appearances. Much of this came from the teachings of Bill Gothard and that of the patriarchal movement. I was raised to be a Pharisee. I thought that those who did not dress like, act like, or speak like me were sinners, and I was honestly scared of anyone outside of my community. I was fearful because I didn’t have any real reason to believe what I believed other than to grasp onto something to find self-worth.

It wasn’t until Lord began to reveal Holy Spirit to me. Holy Spirit showed me not only the Love of God but the relationship and communion that all of mankind can experience with Jesus. The mindset of self-righteousness doesn’t always manifest itself in an external treatment of other people. It is merely putting your faith in your good deeds or the lifestyle you live. I found my identity in the way that I lived and the church.

In 2017 I made a ton of bad decisions, and by the end of that season I looked at myself and realised that I was not who I wanted to be. For the first time in my life, I saw myself no longer through the lens of my self-righteousness. I had been broken. That brokenness is where I found peace and joy in Christ.

I wasn’t so proud anymore.

We all naturally look at each other’s faults and we compare ourselves, but if we truly looked into our own lives we would probably find a log in our eyes as the scriptures say. We can only bring the Gospel to others if we are first motivated by the love and friendship we find with Jesus.

I spent years giving love and friendship out, in hopes someday it would come back to me.

I know there is a sea of people, broken and battered coming to church looking for healing. You may be a person looked down on, or you may look down on others. No matter who you are Jesus is screaming in His word, My love is all-sufficient for you. He wants you to know that freedom and peace are only found in knowing Him, and He is your best friend if you would only let Him in. In Jesus God sees you as holy and blameless.

God’s People are Broken People

“10 Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! 12 I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.

13 But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ 14 I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Luke 18:10-14

Jesus wants nothing more than to pour Himself out on our lives. We must allow Him into not only our hearts but into the deepest wounds and our most shameful moments. That is where healing begins. 

Brennan Manning once said “I am now utterly convinced that on Judgement Day, the Lord Jesus is going to ask each of us one question and only one question: Did you believe that I loved you, that I desired you, that I waited for you day after day, that I longed to hear the sound of your voice?”

You can’t start your faith in Jesus with striving to follow the law. You can only respond to God’s love. Otherwise, you’ll end up like me, hating myself, and trying to rectify that hatred by looking at others to feel good about myself. If you want to see a radical change in your life and the people around you all you have to do is let the Love of Jesus flow through your life and let him define your worth.

If you feel you have been struggling to find victory over sin in your life or you have desired to hear God’s voice. All my life I have been trying to find a father figure who wouldn’t let me down. Jesus is the only one who will stick closer than a brother and never leave and forsake you. He wants to meet with you every single day and hear your heart. The only way I could to come into contact with Jesus was to forsake religion and let the Pharisee that I was raised be, die.

“22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”

Ephesians 4:22-24

How to Find Adventure (Like Walter Mitty)

Adventure is within your grasp. All you have to do is decide in your heart to take that first step into the unknown.

I spent this Christmas in Colorado with my family, near the hip city of Boulder. At our Airbnb, we sat down over the holiday to rewatch one of my favourite movies The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. I love this movie because it tells the story of Walter Mitty who is lost in the mundane responsibilities of life. His confidence has been robbed from him due to his past. I connect with Walter because Walter is a dreamer, and like most men, he longs to be revered as dangerous and adventurous.

In the past four years the Lord has blessed me and allowed me to travel all over the United States. I travel quite-a-bit, and the question I get asked by folks is how do you afford such endeavours? I’m not a wealthy person, but I budget for traveling. I think the only thing that keeps people from finding adventure is taking the first step out the door. It’s having the courage to go somewhere you have never been or do something you have never done.

Adventure is not about where you go or the dollar sign on your travels. It’s about finding the courage to go into the unknown. The only way to grow is to try something new.

One of my favourite scenes in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is when he decides to find the elusive photographer Sean O’Connell. You see the inner turmoil, and then Walter just begins running down the halls of Life Magazine’s office to the music of Arcade Fire’s Wake Up. Walter Mitty finds the courage to do something crazy. Go to Greenland and look for a recluse photographer.

What The Secret Life of Walter Mitty leaves out, is where can one can get courage. People can dig within themselves to find enough resolve not to be paralysed by fear, but true courage comes from God. You can only find your adventure by understanding who God is and how He views you in Christ. When you receive your validation and courage from God, you can walk on water like Peter.

All of us are Walter Mitty to some degree. The story of your life is happening right now. The clock is ticking and every moment counts. Being adventurous does not mean you have to climb Everest or wade streams in Vietnam. You can find adventure in just trying that new restaurant or visiting that state park a few hours away.

Whether the adventure in front of you is talking to the stranger about truth or going and climbing a mountain; I pray you find the courage to go. All you have to do, to change yourself and possibly the world is walk into the unknown, and honestly, that’s what’s Jesus has called us to do. Go find your adventure!

What It Means to Be An American

At the beginning of this year, I saw U2 perform at their 30th-anniversary concert of  Joshua Tree album. It was a humble, reflective celebration of what is probably Bono and U2’s most famous album. There is an emotion that while the album touches on social issues around the world is undeniably American. Bono has stated in several interviews that he loves America and what it has been for the Irish people.

During a San Diego concert, Bono spoke these words: America “has become our second home,” Bono said. “It’s not just a country, is it? … It’s a great idea; it’s one of the best ideas ever.” “A country built on hope cannot be driven by fear,” Bono went on to say in the brief address in between songs. “A country founded on equality cannot allow hate to pull it apart.”*

America is a nation of immigrants. Unless you are a Native American, your ancestors came from another country usually in search of a better life. It is a crazy thought that people in a day and age where they were not as readily connected as we are now would leave all things familiar to travel to a land they have never been. Not only a place they have never been but a land full of danger and trials. My first question is why? What would drive someone to that place? Well the answer I have always grown up being told is freedom, and while that is very true, it is an oversimplification.

Freedom alone isn’t the only thing that draws people to America; it’s goodness. It’s the words written on Lady liberty. “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: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” –Emma Lazarus Those words send a message of hope in a nation built by refugees of political, religious, or economic persecution.

It seems though, that we have chosen to forget that part of our history. When I look that those in the conservative thought camp I hear constant anti-immigrant sentiments, and the fact is none of this is new. The Irish were met with hatred and contempt, and the newcomers versus old comers have been a battle waged since the inception of America.

It seems that when we have tasted of the goodness of America, we have no interest in sharing the blessings.

What it means to be American is to be able to be something new, it isn’t just freedom. It is the freedom to dream and to know that the only thing stopping you is you. While you may believe that the systems are out to destroy you, the opportunity to succeed still can be done in the USA. It is that ideal that has brought millions into this country. Maybe the system is crushing you, and all you can see is the injustice. Instead of pointing our fingers at immigrants and others in general. Maybe it’s time to better ourselves.

U2 has released a single off their new album Songs of Experience. The track Get Out of Your Own Way I think speaks to all of us.

Love hurts
Now you’re the girl who’s left with no words
Your heart’s a balloon, but then it bursts
It doesn’t take a cannon, just a pin
Your skin’s not covering
And resistance
Love has got to fight for its existence
The enemy has armies for assistance
The amorist, the glamorous, the kiss
A fist, listen to this, oh

[Chorus: Bono]
Get out of your own way, oh, I
Get out of your own way, oh, I

[Post-Chorus: Bono]
I could sing it to you all night, all night
If I could, I’d make it alright, alright
Nothing’s stopping you except what’s inside
I can help you, but it’s your fight, your fight

[Verse 2: Bono]
Fight back
Don’t take it lyin’ down, you got to bite back
The face of liberty’s starting to crack
She had a plan up until she got smacked in the mouth
And it all went south
Like freedom
The slaves are lookin’ for someone to lead them
The master’s lookin’ for someone to need him
The promised land is there for those who need it most
And Lincoln’s ghost said…

[Chorus: Bono]
Get out of your own way, oh, I
Get out of your own way, oh, I

[Post-Chorus: Bono]
I could sing it to you all night, all night
If I could, I’d make it alright, alright
Nothing’s stopping you except what’s inside
I can help you, but it’s your fight, your fight

[Chorus: Bono]
Get out of your own way
Get out of your own way
Get out of your own way

[Outro: Kendrick Lamar]
Blessed are the arrogant
For there is the kingdom of their own company
Blessed are the superstars
For the magnificence in their light
We understand better our own insignificance
Blessed are the filthy rich
For you can only truly own what you give away
Like your pain

We are the only ones who make ourselves victims and only we can decide who we want to be. The opportunity to be more is what America is made of. This is the freedom that caused people to sell everything they owned. This is the future that so many died for, and give everything in defense of. The opportunity to become more is the American dream. That is what it means to be an American.

*Source: http://www.glennbeck.com/2017/09/26/a-country-founded-on-equality-bono-encourages-americans-with-this-stirring-speech/?utm_source=glennbeck&utm_medium=contentcopy_link

Call of the Wild

maxresdefault (1)In a world of Netflix and Play Station, there is a void. A void, that as the lifestyle of bigger is better takes a front seat in our hearts and our minds, grows subtly without many of us noticing. There is nothing inherently wrong with 4K TVs and the latest and greatest smartwatch. I’m for all these things. But there is a disconnect between our reality and actual reality. A disconnect that has caused the culture to collectively go inside. More of us have probably experienced something through digital entertainment then actually have seen or done those things. Now some of that might be good like in the case of FPS gamers, but I think you get my point. Most of us don’t actually do anything anymore. We all can play billiards on our phone, but we can’t play pool in real life.

I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah near the Wasatch Mountains. I moved away before my earliest memories. I spent most of my childhood in Chicago and Houston. There was nothing special about me. I was just your average kid from suburbia. I loved playing video games and pretending to be a soldier. I had an interest in mountain men and history but not really in the outdoors.

My mom was like any other homeschool mom trying to encourage less time on the computer and more time outside. I would often respond to her request for me to play outside with. “There is nothing to do outside.” To be honest, there really wasn’t much to do in the suburbs of Chicago or Houston.

When I was 18 years old, my mom planned this trip across The American West and Canada. We packed up her minivan and traveled the road for a month. When I was in Colorado, a friend convinced me to get up and drive to the top of Mount Evans to catch the sunrise over the Front Range near Evergreen, Colorado. It was one of the most beautiful moments of my life. The next day I drove to Salt Lake City for the first time in 17 years. There was something about the place and the people living right at the foot of the mountains that drew me in. That trip I saw so many beautiful places, Olympic National Park, Mount Saint Helens, Whistler, and Glacier National Park, to name a few. That trip changed my life. It opened my eyes to the beauty of the great outdoors.

I have never been satisfied since.

I love the mountains and mountain culture. That trip led me to take more into the western United States. I couldn’t get enough of the mountain views, crisp cold mornings, and vast sandstone landscapes. It consumed by senses and stole my heart. I became the biggest fan of musicians that were inspired by The American West. Dan Fogelberg and John Denver were the soundtrack of my travels, and feel that John Denver’s sentiment “I guess he’d rather be in Colorado” is my heart’s desire conveyed through music.

I picked up mountaineering, rock climbing, and backpacking in the years since. I cannot get enough of the mountains. Van life is something that appeals to me. I have since climbed Mountains and camped on a sandbar in the Narrows. I cannot get enough of the American West or nature in general. I’m kind of an outdoor junkie at this point in my life. That is something that I never really had before. I found a home for my soul. Most my life I never felt like I fit in with any culture or felt at home. The mountains are like home to me.

The power of nature and its draw is incredible. God created the outdoors, and we were created to be in the great outdoors. Going out and exploring the vast world we live in has been the most awe-inspiring moments of my life. I found my something to do outside, and it has changed my lifestyle. I think the culture needs more these moments. Getting back to nature I think helps us reconnect with reality, helps us grow, or truly hear our own thoughts.

Go outside, do what you wouldn’t normally do. Find trails, climb rocks, and reach mountain tops. I think you’ll find your call of the wild.

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OPINION-Why Ted Cruz Will Not Be Leading the Next Generation

Ted Cruz is a TEA Party sensation and someone who holds many of my same values. His charisma and charm are undoubtedly effective, but he is polarizing to many of the young generation by his followers and his talking points. Please don’t get me wrong, I love Ted Cruz, but he doesn’t represent where the majority of millennials stand on the issues.

Humor me before you click away. Historically young people do play and will play an important role in the national political scene. Young people are the future and liberals know this, so they focus on them. One factor that contributed to Ronald Reagan’s landslide victory in 1980 was the historic crossover of young people voting Republican. My mom was one of those young people. Before that point, she was a registered Maryland Democrat. How did Reagan cause that to happen? It wasn’t his youthfulness, since he was the oldest person to ever be elected U.S. President.

The Situation

Before I answer that question, we must understand where my generation is coming from. The vast majority of young people graduating college are liberal, mainly because our college campuses are used as indoctrination camps for liberal thinking. But what this system has done is created the perspective that there are only two legitimate platforms. One being liberalism, the other libertarianism. In a secular setting the vast majority of young people view the TEA Party as Bible-belt Christianity which has no place for our new generation. Our education system and liberal media have indoctrinated the upcoming generation into believing that social conservatives are not scientific and are crazy Bible thumping teabaggers.

Young people overall view it as narrow-minded and bigoted to think that marriage is between one man and one woman, or that illegal drugs should be illegal. These social issues have been championed with Biblical arguments that have only caused the millennial generation to dismiss those points as mute.

Whether you agree with this or not, that is the reality. People dismiss the Bible. By using only Biblical talking points, Social Conservatives have done nothing but hurt themselves in the political arena. While conservative Catholics have done wonders in protecting the sanctity of life, the marriage battle waged by many Evangelicals has done nothing but gain bad press for conservatives. Keep in mind where the young people stand will be where the next generation will stand.

My analysis of the situation is that Republicanism has veered away from libertarianism something Reagan said was the heart of his philosophy. As he stated in 1975 in Reason magazine, “If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.” Conservatives now have made their talking points about social issues. We have the same people running for office saying they will fight the gay agenda and save babies but at the end of the day continue to accomplish little to nothing. Instead, they keep up appearances and let our debt soar higher and higher. This is crony conservativism, and this is what my generation has had enough of. People who use God as a personal tool to get elected and then don’t fight for half of what they claim to support. Trust me, Ted Cruz does not fit this image I just painted, but his talking points are no different than this crowd of people. This is why he cannot, in the eyes of the up and coming leaders and voters, be the person to inspire young people.


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Can We Bridge the Gap?

There is always hope. The Republican Party needs a facelift if they want to get the attention of young people. I am not suggesting they need to change their values, but only find extra-biblical talking points to prove their point. This concept has been taught as the idea of “Thinking Biblically, speaking Secularly.” If we want to prove to young people that, for example God’s word is true then it shouldn’t be hard to find reasons from hard facts to show that what God said is true. More importantly Social Conservatives need to understand that forcing religious beliefs upon the majority is tyranny very similar to what our founding fathers decided to fight against. It is one thing to tell people what you believe, it another thing to use the government to require that everyone follow your belief.

I know for many this is a hard pill to swallow. As a follower of Jesus, I believe the Bible is true word for word and can give us guidance. What I also believe is that there are examples in our culture that show what God said is true and can be proven with facts. One example is the recent backlash against pornography. A very prominent organization out there called Fight the New Drug uses secular reasoning why pornography is terrible and there are many Christians behind the movement. Their efforts are being aided by Hollywood surprisingly, with voices like Russell Brand and movies like Don Jon which speak out against the use of porn. It is things like this that help bring about change and open people up to the gospel. This is what social conservatives need to emphasize, realizing that is how we can take back our country.

The Case For Liberty

On that note, taking back our country is not going to be easy. I believe that if we truly want to unite Americans in the cause of conservatism, we must embrace libertarianism. What is libertarianism? Sharon Harris, President of Advocates for Self-Government defines libertarianism like this, “Libertarianism is, as the name implies, the belief in liberty. Libertarians believe that each person owns his own life and property and has the right to make his own choices as to how he lives his life and uses his property – as long as he simply respects the equal right of others to do the same.” This is what conservatives need realize is the core of a secular approach to their viewpoints. A conservative government should promote the protection of Life, Liberty, and Property and the principles of limited government. Anything beyond that definition will give grounds to allow the government to impose itself in areas, where depending on the party in power, will mean we will be subject to whims of their philosophies. Conservativism and libertarianism work in harmony to produce a society that will embrace Christian values but make sense of those values for the non-Christians. Liberty must be at the core of our beliefs and if we disagree with those who believe in it more strongly, you must realize those people are who will be with all the way on almost everything else. The idea of liberty is what united a large enough group to declare war against the greatest superpower in the world at that point. It is a powerful principle and liberty must be protected at all cost.

We must recognize that our government must limit its authority only to handle protecting Life, Liberty, and Property and to uphold contracts. We cannot try and legislate our religious beliefs to keep people from doing things that do not harm other citizens. These principles and ideas are essential to establishing the functional government that Fredrick Bastiat wrote about in The Law.

The biggest reason we are in this current cultural situation is because the church as an institution has not been the light to society it needs to be. Politics is a reflection of culture. We cannot use the government to replace what the church was supposed to do. Society should help society, and I believe that the Church should take care of society, not the government.

As a young person I see so much inconsistency in the Social Conservative movement. The media will show no mercy to us, so as conservatives we must be above reproach in our rhetoric and thinking. The vast majority of conservative young people are moving towards libertarianism simply because they see that it is what is consistent with our founding principles even when it’s not convenient. This is what will reboot the Reagan Revolution.

The Strategy

Where do we go from here to truly create the Reagan Revolution? The plan is simple. Conservatives need to change their rhetoric. The element of persuasion requires us to speak to people where they are at. We must use tangible evidence and stories to move this generation, and we must speak their language. If you strongly believe that the government needs to be involved in marriage, then you need to show there are psychological and social problems that involve gay marriage. Quoting the Bible is not going to convince this generation. They want proof, not just words that mean nothing to them. Maybe the answer is that the government should stay out of marriage? This is what is gaining popularity with young conservatives. Remember the Apostle Paul on Mars Hill quoted the philosophers of the Greeks when speaking to the people of Athens. He did not berate them with Jewish Scriptures, he met them where there were at with the truth. This is how you convince and win people over. You get down on their level and guide them to truth.

Most important, conservatives need to embrace liberty and not push against it. As Ronald Reagan himself said, libertarianism is the heart of what he believed. We cannot dismiss the founding principles of our nation because we don’t like the viewpoints of other people. If we do not embrace liberty, we will be the party of exclusion and will never have relevance with the young American voter. We must also understand that libertarianism is how a secularist makes sense of conservative Christian values.

Lastly, the church must be the social light it once was. Instead of embracing social change is should be the influence of it. The church has surrendered culture and in our form of government, the church is a crucial institution. Without it, our society falls apart. We need to actually follow our conservative narrative and promote the protection of Life, Liberty, and Property and the principles of limited government.

So what about Ted Cruz? He is a great statesman and speaker, but again his talking points represent mainly the evangelical voter and he does not use the element of libertarianism to reach out to new groups of people. Republicans talk about how we need another Reagan Revolution. If we truly want to see another sweep across this country of conservatives taking back our nation, we must win the young people. The key is changing our messaging and embracing more libertarianism.

Definition: http://www.theadvocates.org/libertarianism-101/definitions-of-libertarianism/

Partial Success!

Please realize the the courts forbid my parents to reveal details of this case. I do know this, the final orders now allow the possibility of homeschooling. Thank you so much for your prayers. I believe the efforts of the people here is what changed the judge’s final order. However, the judge is still requiring us to move to Houston. Please still pray for that issue which was not been resolved.

All I can say is that by the Grace of God and you, the people, kept a total violation of authority from happening. I know that results are not 100 percent amazing, but you spoke out and the judge heard and began to fear. These are the moments we need to have more often in our form of government. The people need speak up for what is right. We the people are the only force that ultimately keeps the government in check. Benjamin Franklin when asked by a American what form of government they gave the people, he responded. “A republic, if you can keep it.”

I am so grateful for each and everyone of you who wrote and called in. Without your efforts we could have been another victim that slipped through cracks. It only takes one unjust judgement for a system to be corrupt. Please continue to pray for the forced move. I wish I could reveal more information about why I believe it is wrong, but the family code forbids it in Texas. Please know that the battle is still not over, but the tides have turned. I know it may sound cliche, but thank you so much. You are the reason that this judge thought twice about her actions.

Thank you so much

In Christ Alone,

Andrew

My Life Purpose Statement

As time progresses I seek to find what is my purpose on this planet. As I study the scriptures and allow myself to be discipled by Christ, I learn more and more about my life purpose. My life purpose is to do the things I cannot not do. That means I am purposing to go about the things God made me to do so well that I cannot resist to do them. That includes serving and loving all those that I come in contact with all the days of my life.

It is my duty to hold nothing back in my service to my wife, friends, and even strangers. My talents are those of a leader. I will purpose to seek God to create in me a clean heart and help to lead others to Christ. The theme of my life I believe is to seek justice, love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.  These are the things that will help to obtain balance in the Lord.

When it is all said and done I want to look back on the days of my life whether it be tomorrow or 60 years from now and say I did what was right in the eyes of the Lord no matter what the consequences were or the price. To endure is to overcome and to overcome in Christ is to win something I could never have had otherwise. I have endured and am enduring many trials right now and anticipate a life full of them, but I will not be moved to deny the faith. I will choose to cling onto Christ just like Job of the Bible.

As most young men I feel the need and desire for a wife. God has taught me so much in the area of marriage. All I can say is that with Christ in me, He has given me the ability to love my future wife like Him. I know I am not perfect, but I can say that whoever God intends her to be I am willing to give all of me. I will love, protect, serve, and lay down my life for her, to breathe life into her so that she is lifted up and not me.

The probably most foundational point of my life purpose is the daily reminder I need is to realize life is not about me but about me showing the love of Christ to others. These are the things that my heart believes or I will lead my heart to embrace with the Grace of God.

Good Men Are Doing Nothing – Homeschooling Threatened in Texas – Urgent Action Required

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My name is Andrew Koch and I am 17 years old. I have been homeschooled all my life.  I have lived in five states and have traveled the country. I love life and I love the gifts God has given me. Homeschooling is probably one of the greatest gifts in my life. It enabled me to go and learn various skills at a young age and test my abilities. I came from a somewhat Christian environment.  In 2011, my father filed for divorce.
Please sign this petition as well as write the judge. https://www.change.org/petitions/judge-sheri-y-dean-of-the-309th-district-family-court-harris-county-to-allow-maurya-koch-to-live-in-san-antonio-texas-and-homeschool

My world was crushed. I could not imagine life without a dad. It didn’t matter what I thought because it didn’t change reality. God had a bigger plan. The Hon. Sheri Y. Dean allowed us to move in temporary orders to the San Antonio, Texas area. We have been living here for two years and have found support with incredible friends and a loving church  that have sustained us during this time. My family will unanimously tell you that San Antonio is our new home and we would never want to leave.

This past week about a month after the final hearing, Judge Dean made her decision. She has decided regardless of what the children and my mother think that my siblings should be placed into public school and and be forced to move back to Houston. She has taken away our constitutional rights by making a decision in this way. My three younger siblings Nathaniel, Benjamin, and Christiana are crushed by this judge’s choices for them. I am right now fighting her decision in whatever way God leads me.

I am pleading with any of you reading that you will consider writing this judge and telling her that she has dealt treacherously with my mom who never did anything to deserve this treatment. She never petitioned for a divorce it was all forced upon her. You can reach Judge Sheri Y. Dean at this email address sheri_dean@justex.net . Please address this issue as the the divorce case between David and Maurya Koch. You need to write before June 12, 2013 before the judge’s decision is signed.

Please write her and respectfully tell her that this is a free country and in this country we still believe in a person’s right to the pursuit of happiness. Again the this is Judge Sheri Y. Dean from Harris County District Court. If you are from Harris County please add that in your letter.  Please stand up for homeschooling rights and personal liberty in Texas.

God has a plan still and it is our job to find it out. God can use these letters to change the heart of the judge or simply warn her of the spiritual and political ramifications of her judgement.

Again here is the email

sheri_dean@justex.net

You can use this template.

It has come to my attention that in the Divorce case between David and Maurya Koch you have denied Maurya Koch’s constitutional right to homeschool and you have told the family they must move back to Houston. Maurya Koch has committed no crime and yet is being treated as if she has. It will be harmful and unfair to the children to uproot them and force them to go to a school system they have never been in or want to be in. It has already crushed the children and Maurya Koch. Please change your decision for the sake of the children.

if you live in Harris County  tell her that you will not vote for her re-election and will encourage others to do the same, if she chooses not to change her decision

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. ~Edmond Burke

Please pray for my father and his eternal state and pray for my mother that she will have the strength to endure this time.

Please rise up!

The Cover Up

Today people live in a society that redefines things. It redefines what an unborn child is, where life begins, and where life ends. When a culture begins to redefine life it becomes easier and easier to change what society thinks life is. The question not often asked is how does life end? Brain death is a term that has come to use in 1968 when an Ad Hoc committee from Harvard medical school decided to reinterpret 5,000 years of the accepted view on death. (Congress, 1987, p. 59) They concluded that what they called an “irreversible coma” which included a heartbeat and no brain activity was an acceptable definition of death. This consequently led to the invention of organ donation.  It took many years for these two medical concepts to take root. Both are still debated by members of the medical community to this day. But now these theories are considered facts and have faced little to no questioning from their inception to now.


Definitions of Brain Death

Basing ones definition of death on what can still be questioned as theory is dangerous. The medical community has not been one to always get their facts right. Remember for hundreds of years doctors thought all disease was caused by bad blood, so they “bled” patients often to their death to cleanse them of bad blood (Bloodletting). The medical community today also condones the slaughter of millions of unborn children. Remember when people redefine truth it loses its value and consequently it can be interpreted incorrectly. While the medical community has done much good it is so easy to let things be influenced by conjecture and opinion in the scientific world. That is why it is very important people question medical practices especially when they concern human definitions of death.

The medical definition of brain death is “An irreversible form of unconsciousness characterized by a complete loss of brain function while the heart continues to beat”. (Medical) the endorsement of this definition of death was not honored by most governments until the 1980s. The initial belief is radical because from the beginning of time man has defined life by the existence of a heartbeat. The Bible teaches that life is then blood (Leviticus 17:11) therefore a biblically thinking Christian should believe life is defined by the existence of a heartbeat. While some may say that the Bible is not a proper resource it has been proven accurate in its commands and accounts about cleanliness and disease before modern scientific men even knew what bacteria was. The evidence must be weighed carefully. While the Bible is not the only resource used against organ donation, it is important to bring up because of organ donations growing acceptance among Christians. Brain death has paved the way for organ donation and if the evidence for brain death is lacking then medical practices like organ donation could have caused damage that is not repairable.

The Evidence

With a situation like this concerning life and death it is absolutely crucial to get the science right because the damage is usually not repairable. There is countless evidence that shows us that brain death cannot be the definite indicator as to a person’s demise. Recorded evidence of reversible brain death exists from the US National Library of Medicine with medical professionals in the case realizing brain death is not always death because of treatment with induced hypothermia (Government, 2011). Dr. Paul Byrne has dedicated most of his life addressing the issue of organ donation and brain death. He is a Certified Neonatologist and Pediatrician. He has done over twenty years of research into the topic of brain death. He has worked on case after case where patients especially infants after being declared brain dead were not denied life support and went on to live and carry on normal lives. He went to say this with this knowledge, “Death can be determined when there is no breathing, no heartbeat, no response and the body becomes cold. Before 1968 physicians did not hurry the final declaration of death in order not to declare someone dead before true death. Then the desire to transplant hearts and other vital organs prompted the invention of ‘brain death’” (Byrne, 2012, para.21) Dr. Byrne is not the only one in the medical community with this outlook. Other medical men such as Dr. Sean O’Reilly, Dr. Paul Quay, and Dr. David Evans agree. There are many medical professionals that question brain death.  With all this controversy why is it taught as an accepted definition of death?

Dr. David Evans a retired physician, in response to an article about the topic of brain death wrote this, “Your explicit recognition that brain death is a recent invention for transplant purposes is most welcome and should do much to expose the fallacies and fudgings associated with this supposed new form of death, which have been hidden from public and professional view for far too long” (Evans, 2002, para.1). Doctors that support the establishment of brain death are forced to admit that the evidence for brain death is small and practically non-existent. Dr. Evans points out that the public is not aware of how little the scientific method was used to come to the conclusion of brain death. The public is not aware that a ground breaking phenomenal decision was made by a handful of men in a committee. Why is there a movement to ignore the legitimate concerns about validity of brain death? The answer lies with the result of brain death.

The Harvesting

With brain deaths creation it has enabled the launch of organ donation. Lives have been saved by people being willing to donate their organs to replace faulty ones in others. Remember the definition of brain death is that a human can be dead with a beating heart. If brain death was not legitimate then that means the entire time we have tried to save lives we have been taking them instead. Today organ donation has been placed upon people and anyone who questions its legitimacy has to be put in their place. To question its legitimacy means genocide. It is a brutal thought, but most of these same doctors support the slaughter of innocent children in the womb. Remember if we make it easy to redefine life anything can go. It is not farfetched to say if a culture will kill its children it will kill its old and it’s dying.

If the unborn are not safe then who says that the near death are not in similar danger. The truth can be so ugly that every bone in one’s body wants to believe a lie, but that does not change reality. Dr. Paul Byrne has concluded that organ donation kills. Others join him in the realization that bad science has led to a fatal reality. When a declared brain dead patient has his organs harvested he usually has all the signs of a living person. A brain dead patient can have a pulse, normal steady body temperature, and all bodily functions. Common sense would declare this person alive. No truly dead person can urinate, have a heartbeat, and fully functioning organs.  Dr. Paul Byrne has studied the process of harvesting organs. He said this “Vital organs (from the Latin vita, meaning life) include the heart, liver, lungs, kidneys and pancreas. In order to be suitable for transplant, they need to be removed from the donor before respiration and circulation cease. Otherwise, these organs are not suitable, since damage to the organs occurs within a brief time after circulation of blood with oxygen stops. Removing vital organs from a living person prior to cessation of circulation and respiration will cause the donor’s death” (Vital, 2008, para.4). The basis of organ donation is the existence of brain death. So if brain death can be a proven myth then organ donation is proven murder. Lives are at stake. The medical community knows this and that is why any questioning of this practice will be met with staunch resistance from the medical community supporting this practice.

The operation the medical community uses to harvest organs has some appalling facts that come with it. Since the vital organs like the heart must be active in order to be donated, when the doctors go to “dissect” the brain dead patients the blood pressure rises and the nerves of the patient begin to send neurons in hypertension (Medscape 2003). This is not a sign of a dead person. The truth, people are having their functioning organs ripped out of their body and they can feel every second of it (Organ removal). There are countless cases of times when patients have woken up just before their organs were harvested (Harvester/TOAD, 2013). This gives cause to believe brain death is not always dead. In Europe some organ harvesters use an anesthetic while at the same time claim that brain dead patients feel no pain. (WSJ, 2012, web)  This is makes no sense. In the United States no anesthetic is used but a paralyzing drug is used to insure that the body does not squirm or move during the operation. Dr. Byrne addresses the issue with this statement in an interview “That is why during the excision of vital organs, doctors find the need to use anesthesia and paralyzing drugs to control muscle spasms, blood pressure and heart rate changes, and other bodily protective mechanisms common in living patients” (CF, 2008, para.18). Genocide is all a person is left to think.

The Action to be taken

How can genocide like this happen without outcry? Remember this same medical community endorses the killing of innocent children in the millions. When people redefine truth it loses its value. What drives many away from this topic is the realization that an organ they received or an organ a loved one gave resulted in murder by the scalpel of a doctor. The pain is real and can be unbearable, but the fact remains. In 2005 the American people watched Terri Schiavo starve to death because she was considered a vegetable and in a brain dead state. Therefore she should be taken off of life support was the ruling of the judge. People do not value life because we have allowed redefinition. When we do not hold on to an absolute definition of life we can allow atrocities like organ donation, euthanasia happens publicly and unquestioned by people.

What can the people do to address organ donation? The issue is so delicate because of the emotional trauma it would cause those who have had loved ones donate or receive organs. The best thing to do is to educate all people about the real facts of organ donation to allow them to realize what happens when you sign on to donate your organs. The coercion to donate your organs is terrible considering what really happens when you donate your organs. It is best to present facts and allow people to come to their own conclusions based off of true science. Not emotional stories that attempt to justify killing one for their organs to save another, these stories lack scientific data and evidence as to what happens when someone is declared brain dead.

Conclusion

Science and medicine cannot be thrown out the window to accommodate the desire to believe organ donation is a good thing. A real doctor will consider the facts and make a judgment. A wise doctor will not opt to change 5,000 years of the definition of death to accommodate the rationalization of ripping vital organs out of living people. No matter how unpopular it maybe. People who stand against the system are hated because they challenge the powers that be. While it is not always appropriate to challenge the medical authority, it is appropriate to do so when there is medical authority on both sides of the topic with one screaming foul play. Is popularity and acceptance more important than speaking out against the taking of lives in the name of saving lives? The answer is no, and it will always be no. Augustine of Hippo said “Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it” (Augustine, 2013, web). Truth may not always be popular but it will remain the truth regardless of what others do to cover up and hide it from the masses.

 

 

 

 

 

References

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(Medical) Farlex. (2000). Brain Death. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company. Retrieved From http://www.medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/brain+death

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(Bloodletting) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloodletting

(Leviticus 17:11) Leviticus 17:11. For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. King James Version (KJV)

(Byrne, 2012, para. 21) Byrne, Dr. Paul. (February 16, 2012). Why are Pastoral Care Workers ignorant of the realities of “brain death”?. May 1, 2013. From http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/byrne/120216

(Evans) US National Library of Medicine. 2011. Brain death: Brain death is a recent invention. NLM  Publication number 1538-42. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1124114/

 (Vital, 2008, para.4) Engel, Randy. (2008). Vital Organ Transplantation
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(Medscape 2003) Smith, Susan L.  MN, PhD. (Mar 28, 2003). Organ and Tissue Donation and Recovery. Retrieved March 1, 2013, from http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/451208_10

(Organ removal) Life Guardian Foundation. (Unknown). Facts about being an Organ Donor pamphlet. Retrieved February 20, 2013, from http://www.truthaboutorgandonation.com/files/pdfs/Facts_About_Being_An_Organ_Donor.pdf

(Harvester/TOAD, 2013) Byrne, Paul A.  M.D. (February 16, 2012). Why are Pastoral Care Workers ignorant of the realities of “brain death”?. February 19, 2013, from http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/byrne/120216

http://www.truthaboutorgandonation.com/Survivors.html

(WSJ) Teresi, Dick. (April 4, 2012). What You Lose When You Sign That Donor Card. February 19, 2013, from http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204603004577269910906351598.html

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