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Why no Christian should have his or her identity in race

Monday, January 20, 2020, 12:41 pm | Randy Thomasson

Do you see people’s souls?

As a want-to-be disciple of Jesus Christ, I want to see people’s souls, to motivate me to love them more deeply.

But I also want to see people’s souls because I don’t want to be distracted by false identities.

Because ultimately, we’re all souls with skin on. And on Judgment Day, every human being will be in one of two groups — saved or lost, forgiven or condemned.

This is why I’m attracted to the 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech of Martin Luther King, Jr., who said, in part, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” How Christian this practical, moral perspective is!

Yet in my generation, I’ve heard even more profound wisdom from biblical Christian pastor E.V. Hill of Los Angeles, who, during the 1992 L.A. riots, was a guest on the Christian-format radio show I was producing at the time. (Back in 1957, Hill and MLK were two of seven pastors who formed the anti-segregation Southern Christian Leadership Conference.)

While portions of Los Angeles and Long Beach were burning — a criminal response to white police officers being acquitted of using excessive force against Rodney King, who was resisting arrest — Hill uttered these wise words on the air:

“I don’t understand the verdict, but this I know — I know who I am: First, I’m a Christian. Second, I’m an American. Third, I’m a man. Fourth, I’m a black man.”

E.V. Hill got it right. He knew his main identity must be in Christ, and he moved race to the back of the line, where it belongs. For in the New Testament, true Christians have a spiritual identity that’s literally out of this world:

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:26-29)

This is why true Christians should think of themselves as “in Christ” and avoid competing identities. Likewise, when asking the introspective question, “Who am I?”, the correct Christian answer is “I’m a saint,” or “I’m a child of the King,” or “I’m a sinner saved by grace,” or “I’m a happy slave of Jesus Christ.”

This means my primary identity is:

not in my race, ethnicity, or nationality
not in my sex
not in my age
not in my performance
not in my looks
not in my possessions
not in my status
and not dependent on people liking me

I can tell you, I’m not totally there yet. Because developing my identity in Christ requires me to daily “die to myself” and to replace the lies I’ve believed with the truth of the Bible, which tells me the truth about God, the truth about myself, and the truth about the devil. The pursuit of a Christian identity is the quest for true mental health. Real peace, real security, real significance, real knowledge, real love, and real life are its satisfying fruits.

As for a non-Christian in the United States of America, his or her main identity should be as an American. For if citizens of a particular nation do not identify with their own country first, it’s all to easy for them to become unreliable in matters of faith, duty, and love.

“There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all … The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic … There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.”
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. President (1901-1909), in 1915

“I want to say — I cannot say too often — any man who carries a hyphen about with him carries a dagger that he is ready to plunge into the vitals of this Republic whenever he gets ready. If I can catch any man with a hyphen in this great contest I will know that I have got an enemy of the Republic.”
Woodrow Wilson, 28th U.S. President (1913-1921), in 1919

Yes, you can stand strong for your values in California

Saturday, December 28, 2019, 10:00 am | Randy Thomasson

Good news! As the December 31 deadline for you to donate nears, you still have time for your voice and values to be boldly represented in California! Please give your best gift here.

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Isn’t it great knowing you’re not alone in a sea of liberalism in California? That someone is representing YOUR voice and YOUR values, exposing the radical Left, and fighting the good fight?

Here in the final days of 2019, I invite you to join me in saying, “YES, I want my values and liberties respected and protected — not silenced!”

You can do that by donating to SaveCalifornia.com. Because of good-hearted people who share your values, we’ve been standing strong for you and your family since 1999. And with your help today, we can hit the ground running for your moral, social, and fiscal values in 2020.

Your gift to SaveCalifornia.com will help to:

1. Expose the radical Left and their latest efforts to harm your liberties

2. Report the truth so concerned citizens can take decisive action

3. Equip moral Californians to be articulate and vote their values

4. Rescue children from sexual indoctrination in K-12 government schools

5. Fight the good fight for you as we stand for what’s right in God’s sight.

Will you stand with me? Your best gift today of $20, $35, $50, $100, $200, $500, $1,000, $2,000, $5,000 or more will empower us to work, speak, and fight for California families. Because you + us = greater good!

Here are 3 different ways for you to give your year-end gift by December 31:

1. ONLINE: Donate on our secure donation page:https://securedonors.com/savecalifornia

2. BY PHONE: Call us at 916-265-5650 (leave a message telling us when to call you back)

3. U.S. MAIL: Send your check, postmarked no later than Dec. 31, to SaveCalifornia.com, P.O. Box 511, Sacramento, CA 95812. You may also use this printable form.

Thank you for your serious consideration. It’s a race to the finish. But with your kind help today, SaveCalifornia.com will continue working for you in the New Year — reporting what Big Media won’t and picking up where the Church leaves off. Because we simply must.

Please give your year-end gift here. Thank you for letting us serve you!

Don’t you just love hearing real stories from real people?

As you close out 2019, please enjoy these encouraging words of Californians who’ve been helped by SaveCalifornia.com this year. What they say paints a picture of how real people are being informed, encouraged, and inspired.

These good-hearted souls who hunger and thirst for righteousness also demonstrate the strong need for Truth in our state. For this reason, SaveCalifornia.com has been serving you and your family since 1999. The support we receive empowers us to represent your values!

Cecilia loves how we “stick our neck out” for what’s right, saying, “I don’t know where to begin. Thank you, Randy, and all of you at SaveCalifornia.com! You have informed us on so many issues — there are too many to count! Mostly, I want to thank you for standing up for families! Thank you for sticking your neck out and standing up for the approach to living in the way that is pleasing to God!”

Tamara said she’s educated others by sharing our reports, telling us, “I have shared the information that you provide with my Bible study group and others who, before then, had no idea what was going on in California. They now know where to go to keep up with what our legislators are doing. Many thanks to you and your staff for this vital information.”

Jacob, who’s been served by our Pro-Family Election Center, told us, “Without Save California, I would be struggling during election times to identify which way to vote that aligns with my faith and values. Save California not only provides details into even the local items, but is very thorough and extremely helpful. Thanks for being a much-needed resource for those of us in California who are conservative Christians.”

Pastor Randall likes our bold stand, saying, “We are grateful for your stance on righteousness, your faith and love for our country. We like the voter info you send out.”

Henry values our unique reports and alerts, telling us, “I just love how you keep us informed with truth and action points to follow through with when it comes to social/political issues with our state. Keep up the good work!”

Mike likes how we expose the Liberal Left, saying, “Really appreciate the specifics regarding the extreme leftist legislation. I continue to be concerned about Comprehensive Sexuality Ed.”

Malinda feels like she has a faithful community with SaveCalifornia.com, saying, “I have been very encouraged by your messages and your work. Just knowing that others are out there that are working to save our once great state is a great encouragement to me.”

Allen said, “I believe that God raises up men and ‘works’ to shine the ‘light’ in ‘dark’ places. I believe that Randy and the work of SaveCalifornia to be precisely this. I pray and give the best I can to this work and I am glad that God allows me to be part of it.”

And Chuck got a good ministry idea from us, saying, “This organization is one of the few that I trust and see my Christian values being protected! Also, I am now involved in a Good News Club in a local school, thanks to your email asking adults to volunteer to help CEF.” 

See how our supporters are making an impact through SaveCalifornia.com? These real people who wrote us represent the practical good that our wonderful donors do. They empower us to expose the Left, report the truth, equip citizens, rescue children, and fight the good fight. 

In the battle for what’s good, right, and true, we’re definitely stronger together! Please give your best gift today. Thank you in advance. Together, we’re standing our ground in 2020!

Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.
1 John 4:17-19 


Planned Parenthood abortionists are now the ones on trial

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7:29 pm | Randy Thomasson

These are your California pro-life heroes. They’ve exposed the murderous crimes of Planned Parenthood, and the Liberal Left has hauled them into a kangaroo court.

Center for Medical Progress (CMP) defendants David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, on trial in federal civil court along with co-defenants Troy Newman and Albin Rhomberg

Right is wrong and wrong is right in the San Francisco federal court of an Obama fundraiser and judge, William Orrick, who served on the board of an organization that houses a Planned Parenthood clinic. And the judge’s wife? She “liked” a National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) Facebook post that criticized CMP as “a sham organization run by extremists.” What’s more, in 2015, “Mrs. Orrick ‘pinkified’ her Facebook page and added ‘I stand with Planned Parenthood’ as a Facebook profile picture overlay.”

True to form, Judge Orrick has tried to hide the felony crimes of Planned Parenthood, which, beyond killing little human beings in the womb and after birth, is selling baby body parts, a blatant violation of federal law. In 2017, Orrick fined David Daleiden $195,000 for publicly releasing the final videos exposing the awful truth. And in this month’s trial, with rare exception, Orrick has forbade showing the jury videos of Planned Parenthood representatives describing money for baby body parts. 

But this wall of deception is cracking. Because the rules of evidence mean that Planned Parenthood’s claim of “damage” (illegal recording, trespass, etc.) can be cross-examined. So at this point, the judge has had to permit two Center for Medical Progress videos to be shown to the jury. One on October 11, and another on October 16.

The latest video is the most shattering to Planned Parenthood’s credibility. The nearly 5-minute video showed Planned Parenthood’s top abortionist Deborah Nucatola “speaking on video about liver, lungs, hearts, muscle, and calvarium (baby heads) that were harvested from the bodies of aborted babies.” Reportedly stunning the jurors and causing tears to flow down faces, this revelation could actually lead to the jury rejecting the abortion giant’s claim of unfair play by the investigative journalists of the Center for Medical Progress.

Here are the 3 big wins for truth in court so far:

1. On October 11, Planned Parenthood abortionist Leslie Drummond-Hay claimed on the witness stand that nobody could hear her conversation with David Daleiden (posting as a baby body parts buyer) and that he brought up the matter of money; however, once the hidden video clip was played in court, the abortionist had to admit that others could hear them and that she had been first to bring up the topic of money.

2. On October 15, despite Judge William Orrick generally prohibiting the jury from seeing CMP’s undercover videos, Mary Gatter, “medical director” for Planned Parenthood abortion centers in Los Angeles and Pasadena, opened her mouth to bring out much-needed evidence. On the witness stand while being questioned by Planned Parenthood’s attorney, Gatter surprised both sides by opining about the “good parts and …. the worst parts of the conversation” that were depicted in the video. That allowed a pro-life attorney to quiz Gatter about what she said on the video. Under cross-examination, she admitted saying “I wanted a Lamborghini” and agreed it was in the context was discussing the price she would be paid for “fetal parts.”

3. On October 16, Deborah Nucatola, former medical director for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, who said “she performs an average of 200 per month, testified in court that she prefers to use the [euphemistic] term ‘tissue donation’ instead of ‘selling baby body parts for a profit’ … and Nucatola also described how ‘she was upset about the release of the videos, and again sobbed when relating how she and her family were ‘damaged’ by them.”

Yet then a pro-life attorney read from Nucatola’s earlier statements under oath at a disposition, where, “in deposition, Nucatola said that the release of the videos was ‘no big deal’ that ‘did not damage me’ … in addition, she had made sworn statements such as, ‘I did nothing wrong,’ ‘I don’t care if these videos are released.’ ‘There is nothing wrong with what I said.’” The video confirmed the cross-examination, destroying Nucatola’s credibility.

Do you agree with me that, under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment, this case should have been thrown out of court at the get-go? Because remember, investigative journalism is protected under “freedom of the press,” right along with “freedom of speech” and “freedom of religion.”

Back in the 1990s, I remember how aggressive liberal reporters, with their hand recorders and video cameras, showed up unannounced at the pro-family organization where I used to work. But not once did I consider filing a lawsuit (but I did suggest increasing security, primarily by hardening our front door), because I knew about constitutional freedom of the press.

Ultimately, the outcome in the San Francisco courtroom is either going to permit the First Amendment or further destroy it, and will either hide the criminal behavior of Planned Parenthood or expose it.

Truly, the greatest crime in America is the American genocide of 61 million pre-born babies. Because Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the U.S., they’re the the biggest criminals in America. And in the last few decades, Planned Parenthood has added to their crimes by selling baby body parts, in clear violation of federal law.

Everybody who supports what’s good and right ought to support the creative, investigative journalism of the Center for Medical Congress. These pro-life investigators shouldn’t be punished, they should be rewarded!

See pro-life news coverage of this trial

See trial updates from the attorneys defending the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) defendants: LLDF | Liberty Counsel | Operation Rescue | ACLJ | Thomas More Society

See the first court transcripts (Oct. 3, 4, 8, 10)


Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Isaiah 5:20