When the Empty Nest is barreling down the straightaway, right at your face…

Last summer, I came to the realization that I have failed as a parent. I haven’t been the Daddy that I owed my kids. I vowed to work toward becoming the man they needed me to be… and unsurprisingly, they would have none of it. So, it’s going to be a long, bitter road to changing their opinion of me. The good news is, that over the last year I have seen my kids really shine… you see, I have not been the only influence on them.

Thank You, God, for having the Patience and showing the Leadership that I did not achieve as a Daddy myself.

Thank You, God, for letting me be their Daddy for many years before my own problems clouded my judgement and diverted my focus from the responsibilities and gifts that are bundled into this thing we call Fatherhood.

Thank You, God, for showing me Your mercy in their little victories and sturdy character, in their beauty, in their budding wisdom, in their dreams, in their friendships, in those they choose as mentors.

Thank You, God, for letting me rock them to sleep and change all those diapers when they were little. And sing the songs and read the bedtime stories.

Thank You, most of all, God, for giving me an opportunity to see what if must be like for You to have, love and care for all the children You have Created.

Making you Even More Ashamed of God’s Creation…

Jessica Rey – The evolution of the swim suit

It’s an interesting video, because the narrative is believable, and and the presenter is engaging — she has a message and uses emotional imagery to evoke agreement with her cause (to garner potential customers of both her way of thinking and the swimsuits she hopes people she matches thinking styles with … will buy from her).

But, no need to break out the burqa just yet. Unfortunately for this young lady, the study she is referencing can actually be read, online (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3801174/pdf/nihms515324.pdf). And it doesn’t exactly come to the conclusions she wants you to get from it. Instead of saying that ‘more skin makes men more thuggish and stupid’ (my own paraphrase), the study actually shows that ‘thuggish and stupid men are affected by more skin’. Now, if you can’t see the difference between these two statements, you are a perfect candidate for her product (her brand of swimsuits, and her brand of modesty). If you CAN see the difference between these two statements, you may still be a perfect candidate for her swimsuits (they’re actually quite attractive), but may be holding your nose from the ‘marketing tactic’ she uses — lying.

There are people in this world who are so messed up in the head that if they see an ankle or a belly button, they claim that they cannot help themselves… they MUST RAPE that person — it’s just science! These people are to be avoided.

There are other people in this world who… for lack of a better vernacular… are led more by the Word than by religion — and find a balance in both modesty and appreciation for God’s creation (people in the Bible arrived completely NUDE!, by the way… and drank alcohol and … gasp … danced) that avoids being a stumbling block for others; but also acknowledges that at some point, the VIEWER is more responsible for their resulting behavior than the VIEWED.

bar990812clpWhen a religious zealot is so flummoxed by the appearance of skin that their mind instantly goes to, “AAAGH! I must either rape or poke my own eyes out!” — that is an example of where Satan has perverted what God has created. It is Satan’s goal to take what is Good (Genesis 1:31) and turn it inside out, upside down, backwards — to render the Good as ‘Bad’, and the Bad as ‘Good’.

The presenter in the video also makes mention of a ‘historical’ progression from ‘bathing houses’ to the dental floss sold as swimwear today… without acknowledging that the ‘history’ she relates only includes those societies who were led by very particular religious morals… notice I did not say Biblical morals. Many other places around the world place no such limits on nekkidity — and to go back through history you might be surprised to learn that an opposite (unclothed to clothed) progression is actually much more common around the world than in our own (western) experience.

So, here’s the thing. The swimsuit is not the thing. The thing is those people who are watching the swimsuit. As you get older, you may find it increasingly easier to avoid those thuggish meatheads who walk around with their tongue hanging out the side of their face. While you are younger, your goal may be to limit uncomfortable encounters with these ‘types’. But don’t confuse ‘coverage’ for ‘goodness’ or ‘skin’ for ‘evil’ — that is putting the responsibility for others’ thinking on your shoulders — where it doesn’t belong.

If you feel that what you wear wouldn’t make you go hide in a locker if Jesus showed up at your pool party… you’re doing just fine.

LINK: “Modesty: I Don’t Think it Means What You Think it Means” (QIdeas.org)
LINK: “My Daughter Talks to Her Dad About Modesty” (GaryThomas.com)
LINK: “When Suits Become a Stumbling Block: A Plea to My Brothers in Christ*” (TheSaltCollective.org)
LINK: “Three immodestly dressed women walk into a church…” (KimberleySuchta.com)
LINK: “From Agents to Objects: Sexist Attitudes and Neural Responses to Sexualized Targets” [PDF] (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)
LINK: Genesis 1:31 (Biblia.com)
LINK: “Woman in Swimsuit + Hostilely Sexist Man = ‘Immodesty'” (WheatAndTares.org)
LINK: “ReySwimwear.com”
LINK: “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31)” (MeaningOfGenesis.com)
LINK: “Toplessness: Traditional societies” (Wikipedia.org)
LINK: “What is a good Christian to do when presented with something as amazing as this?” (StaceyReid.com)
LINK: “Power Morphicon 3 Interview – Jessica Rey” (YouTube.com)

The Facebook post said, ‘I want someone to look at me the way I look at chocolate cake.’

I’d fine-tune this to say I’d want a significant other to look at me the way I look at a good cup of coffee.

coffeeCROPIt’s hot (better when it’s warm but still appreciated when it’s cold), it’s consumable, it’s within reach, it’s mine (no touchee my muggee), it’s something I don’t like to rush through, it’s OK when it’s dressed up a la Starbucks froo-froo but most appreciated just by itself, it goes with anything, I’m never ashamed to be seen with a cup in any social situation, there is no time of day when it’s not appropriate, I feel better all day after having just a little bit, and if it’s been a while — I miss it.

There are entire industries devoted to the relationship between me and my coffee, and there ought to be more.

If you see a ‘story’ going around that the Vatican has given up on waiting for Jesus’ second coming…

Folks, this story originated from a ‘satire’ or ‘spoof news’ site… and is being picked up by more ‘legitimate’ news feeds. Don’t feed the chaos; google up a story if it sounds too odd to be true… chances are, it’s just more guano con queso. Spreading things that may be a stumbling block to others, just because it’s ‘funny’, is not of God. It’s … of the ‘other guy’.

In the case of this particular site (which I’m not even going to link to here), if you step out one level to their home page, you’ll see that all the other articles are ALSO written with one objective in mind: To hurt someone’s feelings or at least mock someone’s ideology.

Do not cast pearls (your time, attention, worries) before the porcine variety of intarwebz trolls.

P.S.: I should offer my own disclaimer here… I do actually enjoy good satire. But to me, it has to be obvious that it’s not true, for it to be funny, and some of these sites are not playing off these stories in that way. Here’s one of my own, that may actually ruffle some feathers; but is obviously not intended to mislead people:IN CASE OF RAPTURE... BUMPER STICKER …which is a spoof of a very common bumper sticker that I have been seeing in the wild my entire life (so, I’m not actually mocking the idea of the Rapture, which wouldn’t make any sense unless I were a rude atheist, I guess; I’m mocking the original bumper sticker…):In case of rapture bumper stickers Rapture Bumper Sticker …AND, it appears that I’m not the only one with the same sideways glance at this meme:WARNING: IN CASE OF THE RAPTURE THIS CAR WILL B... BUMPER STICKER [I Thessalonians 4:16-17]
[Eschatology – ‘study of the end’]

The Same Two Hours, Remembered Twice a Day…


At the office, I stop to think about my wife at least twice a day, no matter how hectic my schedule, no matter how heavy my workload, no matter how divided my attention is.

I eat almost every daytime meal out of a bowl I made on a date we had at Pottery-By-You.com many years ago.  I hadn’t been very enthusiastic about getting my hands dirty; but was eager for the time spent with her – and it really did turn out to be fun.

So, now I’m reminded of not just my Love, but of the two hours of that specific date on that one occasion, every single day.

If any two hours of our lives can become so important, and we never know which two hours it will be… maybe we should diligently and desperately seek ways to spend as many as possible of our ‘two hours’ with our Someones.

The Quietly Content Man — or, ‘Apologizing for my RBF’

I like people, and I like being with people. I’m just not at ease socially. Do you remember an uncomfortable feeling the first time you rented a car? I do… it felt like I shouldn’t be there; like there was so much more likelihood that I would damage it than I would have in my own car. My driving probably appeared odd, if not suspicious, to observers. At least, it did to me.

I have been called ‘not genuine’ because I ‘change’ when someone walks up to me and wants to interact… my defense mechanism for ‘apologizing’ through conversations is that I ‘mirror’I actually take on the persona and attitude of the person approaching me — because my actual ‘comfortable space’ (introverted) is quiet and often alone (not lonely, just not ‘on stage’).

SeizeTheDayThe phenomenon has actually been an asset to me professionally; when someone calls for technical assistance on the phone, they don’t realize they’re ‘talking to themselves’!

The result of this is that people who do not know me can’t figure out if I’m the person that I just talked to, or if I’m the person I talked to 10 minutes before that. But I’m not either of them.

I feel like I’d been trained by circumstance to believe that the real me isn’t good enough, or isn’t as good as, those people I ‘borrow’ a mood from through a conversation. So, you won’t likely get to know me after meeting me only a couple of times. (In fact, as a singer, it took me years to find my own voice — in a literal sense — because I’d grown so adept at taking on the tonal character of whatever artist I was borrowing a song from, that when I eventually started writing my own lyrics, I didn’t know how to use them out loud.)

But, I can be reached… it just takes longer. And, it doesn’t even take any additional effort with a crowbar or canopener… just show up over time, and you’ll see me mirroring YOU less and less, and more of me will ‘arrive’.

Now, for those of you who don’t interact with me regularly, and don’t like me at all? Maybe you think I’m a real ass? Sometimes that means that I’m so wildly uncomfortable I just don’t know when to shut up. Other times, well, you know that ‘mirroring’ thing I’ve been talking about?

LINK: “Extraversion and Introversion” (Wikipedia.org)
LINK: “Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts – Join the Quiet Revolution” (ThePowerOfIntroverts.com)
LINK: “27 Problems Only Introverts Will Understand” (BuzzFeed.com)
LINK: “Why introverts love Social Media” (MackCollier.com)
LINK: “Resting Bitch Face” (Google.com)

Outdoor Cooking – Rocket Stove

For those living outside Western Society’s normal parameters for ‘comfort living’, there are certain staple needs that can take concerted effort on a daily basis — but are uncompromisingly important to survival and good (sustainable) health. They include:

  • Water
  • Food supply
  • Shelter from the elements (wet, cold, heat, airborne pollutants — both structural and clothing)
  • Security from violence and theft
  • Cooking heat

CinderBlockRocketStoveAnyone who is good at building a camp fire understands that the key to starting and keeping a consistent fire with usable heat is the ‘chimney effect’, which can be achieved by any method that directs or allows air to enter the center of the fire from underneath. Heat rises, so ‘upward’ will always be the direction of airflow in a successful fire. That means you shouldn’t gamble that enough airflow will enter from the sides — gusts of wind and obstructions may reduce the flame’s ability to find ‘food’ (oxygen).

A ‘rocket stove‘ is a construction that is designed to feed air from the bottom — in such a way that you get the most heat, in the most sustainable way. If done well, it also makes for the most efficient use of your fuel; this is important not just to reduce the amount of gathering before a meal can be prepared — it’s also a pretty big deal if you consider how much material gets used in a geographic area… eventually that supply is going dwindle to the point of negative consequences.

You’ll want the most heat, and the least ‘lost energy’ from lack of direction, smoke, and flames that dance around in an unpredictable way. There are hundreds of examples out on YouTube showing how people have accomplished this to fit their own needs… and quite a few commercially-produced stoves now capitalize on this principle.

Here is a great example of one created from cinder blocks — which can be had for just a few dollars at your local home-improvement store (instead of spending more than $100 at the same retailer for an ornate ‘fire pit’), or constructed from reclaimed materials (construction sites, decommissioned or condemned buildings, junkyards).

LINK: “Rocket Stove” (Wikipedia.org)
LINK: “Hobo Stove” (Wikipedia.org)
LINK: “How to make a Rocket Stove from a #10 Can and 4 Soup can” (Instructables.com)
LINK: “Building a rocket stove to heat up the house” (MNN.com)
LINK: “EcoZoom Stove – Wood, Biomass, or Charcoal” (Amazon.com)
LINK: “Rocket Stove Design: Efficiency & Power” (EcoZoomStove.com)
LINK: “Zoom Jet Design Process” [PDF] (EcoZoomStove.com)
LINK: “Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves: Stoves” (CleanCookStoves.org)
LINK: “The Rocket Stove design used in Haiti” (GuatemalaWoodstoveProject.wordpress.com)
LINK: “5 Reasons to Love Rocket Stoves” (ValhallaMovement.com)
LINK: “Rocket Stove Instructional DVD” (Kickstarter.com)
LINK: “One simple thing in the Congo” (CNN.com)
LINK: “New Mud Stove for Refugees mar 28 2009” [PDF] (RocketStove.org)
LINK: “IRS Assembly Guide 10 27 2010” (RocketStove.org)
LINK: “Aprovecho Research Center – Stove Design” (Aprovecho.org)

Leftists say they aren’t trying to take anyone’s guns (while they take away guns). Feminists say they don’t want to kill off Boys, while they kill off our Boys… then wonder why Women can’t find happiness without the Men that have become extinct

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When the People Revolt, because their Rulers are Revolting

I want everyone to take a moment a look at what American ‘Progressives’ are trying to accomplish. Someday, if things go well for them, all we will have as a last resort against a government that has ABSOLUTELY NO REASON TO CARE what the people want or need, will be slingshots and BB guns.

The very term ‘Progressive’ is a purposeful lie — Statism is what they seek. They believe that individuals are less worthy of rights than the mob. And when the mob has the uniforms, the guns, the tanks, our healthcare, our transportation system, our banking system, out very economy — in their grip — well, it will be a little silly then to start talking about term limits, won’t it?

We have the Bill of Rights because most states would not sign off on the rest of the Constitution until they were added. But you knew that, right?

Iron Mike Norton
“This is a photo I pulled from a set showing the recent violence in Ukraine. Those of you who are much smarter than me, will probably notice the same thing I did….these poor folks are defending their country with air guns.

“The man in front is clearly holding an air rifle. The man behind him is holding what looks to be the very same Crossman BB/Pellet gun I used to shoot with my cousins as a kid.

“If this doesn’t explain why gun control is IMMORAL, I don’t know what it is gonna take. Ukraine has been a “gun free” zone for years, mostly because the government convinced the people this day would never come. According to statistics, one in six Ukrainians owns a firearm, and most are illegal according to current Ukrainian law.

“What you end up with is citizens trying to defend themselves with BB guns and hundreds of people dead at the hands of government. So much for the “humanitarian” argument of the gun control lobby. Disarming a man will NEVER make him safe.”


Just Give The Order

timing“God please give me Patience, and give it to me NOW.” Yeah, it kind of feels like that. A lot.

But, I can’t trust in myself in any measure comparable to my Faith in Him.

My favorite scripture is the story of the Roman Centurion, who asked Jesus to heal someone close to him — and told him that he didn’t even need to see Jesus visit his friend in-person… just please GIVE THE ORDER, and the soldier knew it was as good as done.

That is the Faith that I have tried to model throughout my life; and though I can’t pretend that I never waver, I know that everything that is cataclysmic to us is but a breath to the Creator of the universe.

Luke Chapter 7:

When Jesus had finished these talks to the people, he came to Capernaum, where it happened that there was a man very seriously ill and in fact at the point of death. He was the slave of a centurion who thought very highly of him. When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him with the request that he would come and save his servant’s life. When they came to Jesus, they urged him strongly to grant this request, saying that the centurion deserved to have this done for him. “He loves our nation and has built us a synagogue out of his own pocket,” they said.

So Jesus went with them, but as he approached the house, the centurion sent some of his personal friends with the message, “Don’t trouble yourself, sir! I’m not important enough for you to come into my house—I didn’t think I was fit to come to you in person. Just give the order, please, and my servant will recover. I am used to working under orders, and I have soldiers under me. I can say to one, ‘Go’, and he goes, or I can say to another, ‘Come here’, and he comes; or I can say to my slave, ‘Do this job’, and he does it.”

These words amazed Jesus and he turned to the crowd who were following behind him, and said, “I have never found faith like this anywhere, even in Israel!”

Then those who had been sent by the centurion returned to the house and found the slave perfectly well.

Letting Someone Other Than Yourself Define ‘Paranoid’

TheTruthAboutGuns asked on their Facebook page, paranoid1795883_641730189227745_1414196971_o“Is home carry paranoid?”

That depends. If someone bothers to break into your house, do you think that person is going to take longer than you to locate his weapon, get it ready to use, and point it at you and your family? It is possible the intruder could be one of those really lethargic people that they talk about on road construction sites (you know, ‘SLOW MEN WORKING’?).

Or, maybe you should have your EDC (every-day carry) on you during all your waking hours.

remoteFor years, my EDC has included a P32, my keys, my phone, a Leatherman, and a flashlight. What will the Bad Guy find you prepared with? An ink pen and the TV remote?

You may think, “Not likely to be a problem, because uninvited guests tend to avoid breaking into a house unless no one is home”? To that I say, you may be giving the criminal element too much credit for analysis and forethought. STATISTICS SHOW THAT ONE OUT OF FOUR HOME BURGLARIES OCCURS WHILE AN OCCUPANT IS HOME.


OK, so now those of you who are still around for this deeply-disturbed article are wondering, why keys? Well, here’s the thinking behind the rest of my EDC (these from much discussion, study, and a little training in security and hand-to-hand bludgeoning):

Keys – Imagine yourself as an intruder, and upon entering a home you find the Daddy, the Mommy, possibly a couple of kids and a puppy — and in that house you see several items you would love to fence; but the Daddy is in your way. Do you turn around and leave the neighborhood, or do you grab the guy and throw him out of his own house, locking the door behind him? Now, it’s a really good thing for you that he’s left his keys in a bowl in the hallway!

Phone – I’ve heard for years that people don’t like to carry their phone when they don’t absolutely have to; besides, what if you have a land-line in the house already? First, see the part about the keys, above. Then, consider that the phone line going into your house is not protected from any dude with a pair of pliers… it’s on the OUTSIDE of your house, usually entering at near-to-ground level! If your mobile phone is too inconvenient to keep on your person at all times, you have the wrong phone.

Leatherman (or other multi-tool) – Do I really have to explain this? Are you a man? Or a MINO?

Flashlight – It’s true, a flashlight is only useful when it’s dark. So, can you please explain to me how your day is so regimented, and you are so disciplined, that you are going to get up off the couch to find that flashlight and slip it into your pocket at sundown?

LINK: “EveryDayCarry” (Facebook.com)
LINK: “Every Day Carry” (Wikipedia.org)
LINK: “The Truth About Guns” (Facebook.com)
LINK: “Everyday Carry Blog” (EverydayCarryBlog.com)
LINK: “Should I Carry My Gun in My Home?” (Guns.com)
LINK: “Home Invasion” (Wikipedia.org)
LINK: “U.S. Department of Justice – National Crime Victimization Survey, Victimization During Household Burglary, September 2010” (BJS.gov)
LINK: “Occupied Home Invasion” (Google.com)

ADDENDUM 2014-03-25:

“How paranoid does a person have to be to want to carry a gun around everywhere?” … the question is phrased specifically to make gun owners sound mentally imbalanced. It is phrased to shame gun owners into warping their thinking to more closely match that of the person attacking our right as individuals to defend ourselves… our right to survive.

Let me turn that around: Just how unjustifiably paranoid do you have to be to want non-criminals to be unarmed for YOUR safety? Because it’s the non-criminal that is bound by more restrictive gun laws, and popular peer pressure to disarmthe thug is only happy to have your assistance.

LINK: “Chance encounter with CHL holder saves Frisco woman from robber” (WFAA.com)

Too many hot girls in your Follow list?

Every once in a while, someone that I don’t know will start following me on one of the social networks — which is fine, and knowing that I’m ‘internet famous‘, it’s bound to happen — but when it’s obviously someone trying to drum up traffic or selling something other than ideas or information, I might want to cull them from the herd.

(You know, someone might look at my Friends list and think that I endorse them and their fake picture/product/slimy character.)

Google’s Chrome browser makes it easy to get the actual address of a profile photo — just right click and choose ‘Copy image URL’. Then you can take that address to TinEye.com or Google Image Search and see whether there is something not quite right about that person — real or imagined — that is now your most-recent stalker.

NOTE: This trick isn’t just for exposing fake people. Since most people will re-use the same profile photo across multiple social networks, this can be a good way to locate the other places someone might hang out… especially if they have a common name that is going to result in a debilitating number of search results (“Bob Smith” is a hard man to find … there are millions of them!).

LINK: TinEye.com
LINK: Google Image Search (Google.com)


LEFTISTS: What happens if, after working so hard to centralize power, you don’t like the guy elected next time?

Just a thought that apparently escapes our friends on the Left: After you have piled more and more power and control into the hands of those who suffer no consequences for their errors and abuses — how do you then retreat when the only ones who can delineate pay cuts and term limits on Congress is the men and women who are currently enjoying that unmitigated power?

There is NOTHING WRONG WITH GOVERNMENT (people telling you that Conservatives hate government are simply LIARS); but educated people understand that the GROWTH of centralized government is a one-way trip — never has a government — of any kind — shrunk without being overthrown.

So, if you want to avoid the need for a dramatic and uncomfortable coup, your best bet is to avoid letting the government grow so large that citizens realize it no longer serves them.

LINK: “Americans for Limited Government” (Facebook.com)
LINK: “Limited Government” (Wikipedia.org)
LINK: “Americapedia: Limited Government” (BillOfRightsInstitute.org)
LINK: “Americans for Limited Government” (GetLiberty.org)
LINK: “Public Interest Institute” (LimitedGovernment.org)
LINK: “United States Bill of Rights” (Wikipedia.org)
LINK: “United States Constitution” (Wikipedia.org)


A Lesson for Guys on Giving Dying Things To Whom You Love

Today, being Valentine’s Day, there a quite a few expressions of love, gratefulness, thoughtfulness, giggliness, and even … dare I say it … lust on the intarwebz.

I have always treated the holiday as a contrivance of the commercial sort — but with a realization that it never hurts to remember flowers even if it’s a manufactured reason.

FleursForTheMommy2014-02-14_330x370Flowers, are, from a guy’s point of view, a silly thing because when we see flowers, we see death. As in, wilting, decaying, dropping petals-leaves-and-limbs on the table around the vase, wow-where-did-that-$50-go-in-just-less-than-a-week death.

But flowers, given to a ‘Valentine’, aren’t for the giver. Nor are supposed to be a permanent marker, that says, “ON THIS DAY, FEBRUARY 14TH 2014, AND FOR ALL TIME HENCEFORTH, THIS PERSON LOVES THIS OTHER PERSON, AND TO PROVE IT HERE IS A MONUMENT THAT WILL LAST FOREVER AND EVER AS AN ICON AND BEACON OF THEIR LOVE.”

Ironically, lasting forever is what … headstones … are for. And they really are about death.

Flowers, on the other hand, are about life.

Not Love.


Now, they can be about Love in Life, but what they really show is how we feel RIGHT NOW, like how the flowers look RIGHT NOW, when they arrive all fresh and bloomy and glowing and stinky… Right Now is the moment of life, and yes of love, that is shared when flowers arrive, or are given, that say “Right Now, At This Moment, I Share LIFE With You, Whom I Love.”

So, true, the flowers may wither and you may grumble about how short their visit to your Special Someone was; but so does Life — and so might Love… the point is, when you share with someone else how you feel — don’t neglect or discount just how Very Important it is… that they know that in This Moment, and the life that can be found in it… you are thinking of them.

That is the message of the flowers that you will give, will be received, and will die in a week. Not about Love. About Life. And how wonderful it is to share it.

If you choose to buy her something more permanent… like a headstone — well, try to reserve that announcement for another holiday. Trust me.

Why I no longer look confused…

THERE IS ONLY ONE JUDGE (and you and I aren’t it).
THERE IS ONLY ONE FREEDOM (and you and I can’t demand it).
THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY (and you and I didn’t decide it).
THERE IS ONLY ONE LIFE (and you and I won’t improve upon it).
THERE IS ONLY ONE POWER (though you and I will hear otherwise).
THERE IS ONLY ONE PEACE (which you and I are offered freely).

Those who fight over Christianity, or against it, don’t grasp these things — because they have been TAUGHT to believe otherwise. They have been TAUGHT what is against God because the TEACHER of LIES is against God. Don’t hate them, fear them, or wish them ill; pray thankfully and with reverence that the Daddy of all is as merciful with them as with you.