Friday, April 17, 2015
This week on The Brody File, we're in Indiana, a state where religious liberty is severely under attack after the big controversy over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
We talk with a Christian business owner and one of the state leaders who was behind Indiana's initial law on the matter.
In an exclusive one-on-one interview with The Brody File, soon-to-be GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina tells me that Hillary Clinton won't be able to play the 'gender card' if Fiorina is her opponent.
"Hillary Clinton will play that card unless she faces me in a general election. Hillary Clinton is banking so much on saying to the American people, 'I'm going to be the first woman president' or 'Republicans are waging a war on women' or playing the gender card in some way. If she faces me she can't do any of that," Fiorina said. "She'll have to talk about her policies."
"So I'm not running because I'm a woman, but the facts are I am a woman," she continued. "And the facts are I can talk about a track record and leadership and accomplishments and policies. I want Hillary Clinton to have to talk about those things, too."
Watch the video below: MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE
Look folks, Carly Fiorina is a very interesting candidate. Does being a woman in an all male field help her? Sure. It will give her a platform and excessive media attention.
But forget that she's a woman for a moment. How about the fact that she has a tough-as-nails approach to foreign policy and knows a thing or two about the economy and how to run a business? Throw in the fact that her cool, calm temperament is a major asset and all of a sudden you have a presidential candidate who needs to be taken seriously.
America, get ready for, "iCarly the sequel."
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Senator Marco Rubio is heading into “Evangelical Iowa territory.” April 25th at Point of Grace Church in Waukee Iowa. The Brody File will be there. See below from the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition:
Senator Marco Rubio will join Governor Rick Perry, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Gov. Scott Walker, and Senator Rick Santorum as speakers at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition 15th Annual Spring Kick-Off. Steve Scheffler, president of the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition (IFFC) stated about the new line up, “We are thrilled that Sen. Rubio has confirmed to join our outstanding line up of speakers who are considering a run for the presidency or are official candidates.”
Folks, Rubio is the real deal and could even be considered the frontrunner for the nomination. He doesn’t have frontrunner money yet but hold tight for that. He’s just beginning. He has constitutional conservatism credibility and Washington establishment types respect him. That will help him immensely as he navigates through both worlds during the GOP nomination contest. He’s also young and talking about a “new American century.” It feels hopeful, optimistic. Throw in the fact that he’s one of the best communicators out there and has a JFK-type looking family. You know what you get? Possibly the man that will be standing on a podium in Cleveland Ohio next July 21st ( Google it).
Watch my analysis on Hillary Clinton's presidential run
Watch my 700 Club story from Indiana called: A Scary Reality for Indiana's Christian Businesses
GOP Presidential candidate Ted Cruz is sending a letter to tens of thousand of pastors asking them sand with God and pray during the two-hour time frame on April 28 when the Supreme Court hears a landmark same-sex marriage case. The justices will decide whether the Constitution allows homosexual couples the right to marry no matter where they reside or whether states have the right to say marriage is only between a man and a woman.
Cruz asks the pastors the following in the letter: “How will the American church respond?...Will we be on the right side of history, the side occupied by the Author of history? Otherwise we will fall victim to the fashions of the times. .. Marriage was God’s idea, and He will preserve it, with or without us. But how could we miss a chance to stand with Him on behalf of something so wonderful?”
The idea to hold a prayer service during that time frame came from David Lane
with the American Renewal Project. Cruz and other presidential candidates have a good relationship with him because they believe in what he’s doing to bring America back to its’ Judeo-Christian roots.
Read the letter below:
On Tuesday, April 28, the United States Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in favor of “same-sex marriage.”
How will the American church respond?
The prophet Daniel described the people who know their God as people who do two things: display strength and take action (Daniel 11:32).
How can the church rise to the occasion in this situation? Along with my friend David Lane of the American Renewal Project, I urge you to consider the following –
1) Preach about biblical marriage on Sunday, April 26.
We know that marriage is intended to be sacred, beautiful, and nourishing. If you do not influence your congregation’s understanding of marriage, who will fill the void? Hollywood? Divorce courts?
2) Lead prayer services on Tuesday, April 28.
Prayer moves our God to intervene in history. Prayer softens our hearts and brings us into alignment with the heart of God. The church has not shared the truth about marriage well: it is time to repent and commit ourselves to courage on this front.
Regardless of what happens in the Supreme Court, or anywhere else, we know that the truth will never be obsolete. The union of man and woman in marriage will always be relevant. People will continue to need marriage, and to desire it – because we are made in the image of God, creatures who value authentic companionship and intimate connection.
That leaves us only one question. Will we be on the right side of history, the side occupied by the Author of history? Otherwise we will fall victim to the fashions of the times.
Will we discard an institution, ordained by God, which has brought so much stability and happiness to the human family? Or will we stand in its support? Rightly or wrongly, the Supreme Court will take a stand on marriage this summer. Let’s take ours now.
God bless America,
Senator Ted Cruz
P.S. Thank you, as the prophet Daniel might have said, for taking action in defense of marriage. Marriage was God’s idea, and He will preserve it, with or without us. But how could we miss a chance to stand with Him on behalf of something so wonderful?
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
The Brody File has learned that the American Renewal Project, headed up by influential Christian political operative David Lane, sent an email newsletter today to more than 100,000 evangelical pastors encouraging them to hold prayer services during the two-hour time frame on April 28 when the Supreme Court hears the crucial same-sex marriage case.
The Supreme Court will decide whether the Constitution allows homosexual couples the right to marry no matter where they reside or whether states have the right to say marriage is only between a man and a woman.
Lane also is calling on these pastors to preach on the topic of biblical marriage on the Sunday before the big Supreme Court case.
Read part of the email message David Lane sent to the pastors below:
This two-hour window will focus on prayer. We intend to cry for mercy for what we, Believers, have allowed to happen to our nation, that was established "For the Glory of God and the advancements of the Christian faith." (The Mayflower Compact).
America has become drugged by the cup of Secularism -- a false and wicked religion -- articulated in the Humanist Manifesto, a creed that denied supernatural revelation, and so the revelation of God in Jesus Christ. The "religion" -- as it was called in the Humanist Manifesto (1933) -- was imposed by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1963, an 8-1 decision, in Abington School District v. Schempp. Lone dissenting Justice Potter Stewart prophesied, "...[the decision to remove the Bible from public schools] led not to true neutrality with respect to religion, but to the establishment of a religion of secularism."
That proud and tragic decision has given birth to a complete moral breakdown in America, those doing this to our country must be held accountable. The wise Solomon says, "Where there is no revelation the people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom's instruction." (Proverbs 29:10) America's Founders laid the foundation on biblical virtue, His Word. Udo W. Middleman, president of the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation says, "He has told us in his Word how we should live and order our lives, set our priorities, and what sense to make of being human." A Christian nation once, America is now ruled by an oligarchy, a majority of nine, representing, "Vice stalking in virtue's garb."
God defines sin, not the U.S. Supreme Court. Having removed the fixed point in order to judge in 1963, the esteemed Justices, in hubris, decided to challenge God's rule, God's throne, and God's rightful Honor. America is on the verge of learning something that can be learned in no other way, rebellion against God brings consequences. There is no safety in distance from God.
Why are not the churches of America filled with prayer services, led by senior pastors, asking God for mercy of what we have allowed to a once Christian nation? Who will, by faith, help America's pastors track down the weapons of warfare? Prayer and tears are the Christians weapons of war, very little cannonading and bombardment appears to be occurring in America's sanctuaries today.
- REQUEST -
We are asking the 100K American Renewal Project pastors to lead prayer services on Tuesday, April 28, 11:30AM-1:30PM, in your sanctuaries. This two hour window is not sermonizing, but prayer, led by God's shepherds; Jehovah is not interested in numbers, if it's you and two others, then God will be honored. We intend to cry for mercy for what we, Believers, have allowed to nation established by our Founders on a spiritual mission, "For the Glory of God and the advancements of the Christian faith." (The Mayflower Compact)
We need Gideon's to stand, and lead prayer services, Tuesday, April 28th, 11:30AM-1:30PM. For those of the flock who cannot attend the prayer service led by the shepherd, please ask that they stop where they are and pray; we need a miracle.
American Renewal Project
Before all the Christian haters start to hate, let me explain a few things.
First of all, remember liberals that you are the tolerant ones, right? So you should be tolerant of the viewpoint stated above. If you feel anger and hatred toward what David Lane wrote, then before you start hating on social media and other places, you may want to read a book on hypocrisy.
Why? It’s simple. You can’t be tolerant of just liberal views. You have to be tolerant of views you disagree with. Tolerance is acceptance but you see, you don’t want to accept the viewpoint that David Lane articulates above (he’s just stating biblical truth). If you accepted it and didn’t hate, then you would be tolerant. But you don’t. Therefore, a book on hypocrisy is well worth the read and time invested.
Secondly, let's be honest, okay? You think what Lane wrote above is probably hate speech. It’s not that at all. It’s a sobering assessment of what ails America. You might not agree with that assessment but that doesn’t make it hate speech.
And speaking of hate speech, you also know something that you probably don’t want to share in public…at least for now. And that is the following: I’m sure you believe that if a message like that was preached from the pulpit, you would like to see that pastor cited for a hate crime.
Be honest. Unfortunately, that’s where we are headed in today’s culture and that’s why evangelicals better start fighting starting today.
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
This is classic Mike Huckabee. Only he could combine rattlesnakes, shotguns and Islam…and he does it with aplomb!
Watch below along with a transcription.
Gov. Mike Huckabee: When you're dealing with Islamic jihad, that has as its goal the annihilation of everyone who does not agree with their absolute religious fanaticism, you're dealing with a rattlesnake… As a kid growing up in south Arkansas, one thing I learned about rattlesnakes, you don't try to get in their head and figure out why they want to bite you. You don't try to have a conversation with them. You don’t negotiate with them. You sure as heck don't feed them. You take their heads off with a four ten shotgun or a hoe before they bite you—because the one thing that you can be sure of is that snake will bite you if he can.
When -- oh, I’m sorry, I mean if (wink, wink) -- Mike Huckabee runs for president of the United States in 2016 he will need to prove that he's tough on national security. There were concerns in 2008 so this video makes complete sense.
It will be interesting to see how Huckabee fares this time around. You can easily make the argument that he's the most gifted communicator in the bunch.
The question really is can he raise cash? Rising in the polls will be one significant way to do it.
The second Republican to enter the race for president could be the most unconventional candidate the party has seen in quite a while.
Sen. Rand Paul announced his plans with a strong message for the Washington establishment. Watch my report from Louisville Kentucky below.
An interesting column by Burns Strider. He is very close to Hillary Clinton and ran her faith outreach unit in 2008. He'll be back in some capacity in 2016.
Read a portion below.
Late on a Saturday night in 2012, I received word from my sister in Mississippi that my mamma had passed away. My home was silent as my wife and two boys slept upstairs. I was reading when the sad call came.
I woke my wife to tell her; we sat on the edge of the bed and hugged. In my sadness, around midnight, I started cleaning the kitchen, likely because my mamma was always cleaning something. I also reached out to two friends.
It was within minutes that I heard back from Hillary.
Secretary Clinton joined me in my heartbreak, reminding me that she could share the pain because of the fairly recent loss of her own mother. She also told me to get to Mississippi, be with my family, and take all the time I needed — because my work in Washington paled in comparison to remembering and mourning my mom and being with family.
My family and I drove home, deeper and deeper into my Southern motherland, to bury my mom. My siblings had asked me to speak for the family at the funeral, so I rode shotgun and wrote while my wife, Karen, drove.
Along the way, drafting what I consider the most important talk of my life, I again reached out to Secretary Clinton, who was engaged in one of the most grueling and intense schedules that any secretary of state had undertaken. Even so, she found the time to offer suggestions and talk me through this most personal task.
She was there for me. I often tell people that working in politics brings me into contact with the best and most challenging folks God has placed on our earth. I consider it a blessing working with and knowing Hillary Clinton.
I've loved every second of getting to know this woman with such strong Midwest, Methodist sensibilities, whether it's her beginning a comment with the "discipline of prayer dictates … " or answering a question of mine with "Well, the method of Methodism teaches …" or reminding me of the value of a Sunday worshipping with my wife and children.
She taught me about what she calls "grace notes," recently reminding me, "You know it's a gift that is undeserved but bestowed by the everyday joys, beauties, kindnesses, pleasures of life that can strike a deep chord of connection between us and the divine and between us and the mundane. All one has to do is be open to receiving it the moment it arrives and looking for ways to pass it on."
That’s pretty powerful. As one who has been on the receiving end of Hillary’' grace notes, I now find joy in places I once never even bothered to look. I hold a deeper compassion and understanding for those around me, thanks to Hillary.
The full article here.
In 2008, I said that the personal side of Hillary Clinton must come out more if she was going to beat Barack Obama. She played it safe and it didn’t work.
If people get to see the softer side of Clinton, then all it can do is help her attract more votes and people to her cause.