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Ron Miller
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Christian, associate dean at Liberty University, conservative author, activist and commentator, geek
Christian, associate dean at Liberty University, conservative author, activist and commentator, geek

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I promised I would provide a video link to my presentation on February 21st, 2017, "Race Relations in the Post-Obama Era", part of the Jerry Falwell Library Faculty Author Series. Here it is, along with the transcript of my prepared remarks.

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If you are on the Liberty University campus on February 21st, come to the Jerry Falwell Library at 11:30 am and hear me speak on a timely and relevant topic! If you cannot make it, there will be a recording made available online, and I will provide that link when it's ready.
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"It’s a quiet faith that assures me that, although the storms will come, the One who commands the wind and the waves to be still is with me and loves me, and therefore, it is well with my soul." ~ Ron Miller

It is my pleasure and privilege to share my Christmas message for 2016 with you. May you and yours be blessed this Christmas!

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Did you know that an aftercare package for a survivor of sex trafficking is only $30? I spend more than that on lunch during the work week. I'm sure you do, too.

It's Christmas, so why not dig out some leftover food from the Christmas party you just hosted (or Thanksgiving if you're adventurous like me!), and brown-bag it for a few days, and send the money you save to the Dressember campaign, raising funds for the International Justice Mission to fight human trafficking? You'll contribute to a great cause, and you'll make your spouse happy because you made some space in the refrigerator!

Let's honor the One whose birth we celebrate this month, who came to set the captives free.

"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners." ~ Isaiah 61:1

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I have a challenge for you; would you donate the price of one Starbucks coffee, or whatever your favorite morning nectar may be, if you thought it would contribute to combatting the trafficking of men, women and children into "prostitution...or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs"?

Of course you would; you're just that kind of person!

Well, it doesn't get any easier to give to a good cause - the International Justice Mission - than to participate in Amanda Miller's "Dressember" campaign. She is one of the "Sailor Guardians" - in her case, Sailor Jupiter - of "Sailor Moon" fame (if you don't know, ask your daughter!), and together they are trying to raise money during the Christmas season to fight human trafficking around the world, including the United States - yes, it happens here, too. According to the Office for Justice Programs, "As many as 300,000 children are at risk for sexual exploitation each year in the United States."

These people are precious to the heart of Jesus, and there is no better way to celebrate His birth than to give them hope. Oh, and a side benefit is you get to see my beautiful girl in nice dresses!

"The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'" ~ Matthew 25:40


https://support.dressemberfoundation.org/fundraiser/853132
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"Maybe we're expecting too much of human beings. If Walter Lippman observed in 1922 that 'For the most part we do not first see, and then define, we define first and then see', then perhaps there's no hope for fact-checkers or truth-tellers, or anyone else whose quest it is to ensure that the 'truth will out', as Shakespeare put it.

"It is my fervent belief, however, that Christians are not absolved from seeking out and speaking the truth simply because it is difficult, or even impossible, to secure agreement from others." ~ Ron Miller

With all the emphasis being placed on "fake news" in the wake of the election, I thought I'd share something I wrote over two years ago.

I would also gently suggest that while technology has certainly increased the volume and speed of misinformation, the act of spreading false stories to advance or suppress an agenda is as old as human nature itself.

When you have a moment, do a search on the name "James Callender" and read up on who he was and what he did to and for some of our nation's founders.

I'll leave you with a favorite quotation from author Jonathan Swift, who penned these words in an essay entitled "The Art of Political Lying", written in 1710:

"...[A]s the vilest writer hath his readers, so the greatest liar hath his believers: and it often happens, that if a lie be believed only for an hour, it hath done its work, and there is no further occasion for it. Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it, so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late; the jest is over, and the tale hath had its effect." ~ Jonathan Swift, The Examiner, Issue number 14, November 9, 1710

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Today is Election Day, and while I have spent most of the election season wishing this day would come quickly so the madness would end, now that the time has come for the people to render their decision, I have decided to approach my vote not as an unpleasant obligation, but as a celebration.

I celebrate the opportunity to select the men and women who will serve us in elective office, because the annals of human history tell us that most governments have not sought the consent of those they govern.

I celebrate the right to vote because people protested, petitioned, went to prison and died to ensure that people who look like me could freely cast their ballots.

Finally, I celebrate the God who directs the hearts of kings wherever He wishes, who holds all authority in heaven and on earth, and who will still be on the throne when Wednesday morning comes.
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September 11, 2001 is slowly becoming a story in the history books for millions of Americans, but for those of us who lived through that day, it is seared into our memories forever. This is my 9/11 story.

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I invite you to check out my latest article at the No Walls Ministry website!

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"I’m sitting here staring at a blank piece of paper, my mind filled with thoughts and my heart troubled. Like many of you, I’ve been trying to make sense of the racial tension that has our nation in its grip, and I’ve been dismayed by the tone and tenor of the conversation on social media, even among my friends and acquaintances. Calls for understanding are being met with resistance, requests for prayer are being ridiculed as inaction, and some are even predicting God’s coming judgment on one race over another.

"Those of us who strive to follow the whole counsel of God are left to wonder if we are alone in trying to honor our common heritage as image-bearers of God, all of whom are worthy, yet all of whom have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. All I know with absolute certainty is that God’s thoughts and ways are not ours, and I want to think, feel and act as He does, as much as I am able." ~ Ron Miller

I doubt my post will satisfy everyone as the definitive word on racial reconciliation. To those who are offended by anything I've written, please know that I am doing my best to follow the Word of God, and if I've said something that would grieve Him, then I beg His forgiveness and yours.

This is a long piece, so grab a cup of coffee or tea, or a glass of lemonade or water, and read on!
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