Venezuelans Who Do Not Fear Martyrdom!


These pictures have moved me, ever so much

This  occurs in Venezuela as we speak.

Leopoldo Lopez is the opposition leader against the tyrannical communist government of the now deceased Hugo Chaves and his protegee and current president, Nicolas Maduro.

I fled from a communist country and now how demonic it is!

Students in Venezuela have been marching against Maduro.

Three were killed by this tyrant.

Maduro threatened Leopoldo Lopez with arrest if he walked in today’s march

Well, indeed this courageous man not only showed his face and marched, but surrendered himself into the hands of Maduro, saying that he has done nothing wrong and thus his conscience is clear.

I know that he is right.

What fate will await Lopez in the hands of these savage leaders?

Only God knows.

If the seed of martyrdom will spark the revolt that Venezuela needs, I believe that Lopez is ready to pay it.

Martyrdom is a very tough thing.

Let our prayers frevently go out to this valiant man, his wife, and the many other Venezuelans who are not afraid to become modern day martyrs for the cause of freedom.

May God be with them in this hour of trial and subsequent liberty!

UPDATE ON THURSDAY. My understanding was that close to midnight last night, Leopoldo Lopez was tried in a prison which is illegal. Two charges were dropped but he still faces ten years of prison. This family has sacrificed itself to spark the flames of a revolution against the tyrannical government of Chavez and Maduro. 

All photos are courtesy of “El Universal’s” twitter page

Their web address is

https://twitter.com/ElUniversal

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Leopoldo Lopez surrendering himself into the hands of Nicolas Maduro just hours ago. Please pray for him!

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Leopoldo Lopez being thrust into the tank by Maduros soldiers which will take him to the Palace of Justice in Venezuela and an uncertain fate.

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Lopez’s wife praying after his surrender and arrest

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Lopez saying good bye to his wife before being taken to the Palace of Justice

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Lopez walks with Maria Corina Machado on his way to surrendering to Maduro. Machado is a courageous woman who vocally opposed Chavez to his face. She ran for president against Chavez and lost in an obviously fixed election.

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Lopez in the tank after his arrest

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Courtesy @liliantintori

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Talking tyo the protesters from the tank after his arrest

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Saying goodbye to Maria Corina Machado before his arrest

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Leopoldo earlier on today.

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On Guns and What It Means To Become a New Human


“Today, the limitations on the power and precision of the guns we can lawfully own not only violate our natural right to self-defense and our personal sovereignties; they assure that a tyrant can more easily disarm and overcome us.” Andrew Napolitano

My great concern with the attempts by our Federal government to limit guns can be summed up easily.

I am from Cuba, and fled with my family from Cuba in 1960. We were called by Castro, “despicable worms” as we left.

A year earlier, a youthful Castro came down with his soldiers from Cuba’s Sierra Maestra Mountains. He had a Bible and a rosary in his hands. His preaching was eloquent and simple. “Armas para que?” he retorted. In English this is translated as, “ what do we need weapons for?”

He disarmed Cubans who trusted his rhetoric, but kept himself armed.

The rest of a half a century is history.

Is this is what is happening in our country under the noble camouflage of a Sandy Hook?

I don’t know. I would hope not. I would like to trust the intention of Washington politics, but something in me does not. Call it Holy Spirit discernment, if you will.

Also, when the Department of Homeland Security has purchased itself two billion rounds of bullets, some of them the sniper grade hollow points, and our administration supports armed uprisings in Egypt, Libya and Syria, it’s imperative  that the right to bear arms remains alive and well in our country. 

Karl Rahner, the brilliant Jesuit theologian has an interesting take on what sin is, and to paraphrase him.

Sin is man’s transcendental freedom to reject God. He also says that due to this rejection, man lives in a state of transcendental guilt, as subtle as it may be. The nature of sin according to Rahner, pits guilt as a continual hostile element in man which attacks him. Man knows in the depth of his sub conscious, that he does wrong to reject the creator. Much of what man performs on the earth are strategies to get rid of, or at least, to medicate that guilt.  But the guilt will never leave him as long as he exercises his freedom in the rejection of the creator.

Col 3:9  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

The old man is the word palaion. The exegesis of the word defines it as a decrepit, 130 year old, nursing home bound man. The palaion man is humanity without Christ,  and thus has been corrupted by the sin of its rejection of God.  God calls the new humanity created by Christ and readily accessible to all, as the neos or teenage humanity, just the opposite to palaion.

Lange in his commentary, also adds the word

senility, in describing palaion. The  sad state of this old humanity is that it’s senile enough to reject, and it will reject, the availability to become a teenager once again. Have mercy God.

Col 3:10  And have put on the new man, which is renewed ( anakainos) in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

Kainos- novel, and never been see.

And having put on the teen age man who is continuously being renewed or made into a novel, never been seen, out of the box, prototypical type of human…

Transformation or metamorphosis  in Christ must be continual and into something totally novel and unique, and as supernatural as Christ is.

 John 1:3  All things were made ( ginomai) by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made ( ginomai).

Ginomai is the word, to become.

Something that becomes, must start from an atom of something brand new, after what was, is no longer.

There must be a definite starting point in the becoming.

The neos or the teen age man, begins to become from the germ of new life in Christ and can only effectively become, when the palaion man has totally died off or ceases to be.

God is calling the Christian to become something brand new, with a definite starting point, on a definite day, of becoming that neos creation.

A metamorphosis in Christ calls for the renewing of the mind to the point where the person sees him or herself begin to become something that he or she never were.

There must be a definite starting point where the becoming of this new creation begins.

The Christian must wake up daily and reckon this, waging the good fight of faith.

This is the spiritual combat of the free will.

This only happens, when the palaion creation is  buried and forgotten with  Christ, in Joseph of Aremathea’s grave.

I am adding Andrew Napolitano’s article on guns today. Its very good.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/01/10/guns-and-freedom/?cmpid=cmty_other_Guns_and_freedom

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