Morning thoughts from Pastor Tim
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Last week I interviewed Jessica on my radio program.
She lives in Lufkin, and while returning from the emergency room with her son, her cell phone rang.
The caller was a female Obama volunteer who asked if Jessica would support Obama for president.
Jessica replied, “No, I don’t support him. Your guy is a socialist who voted four times in the state Senate to let little babies die in hospital closets; I think you should find something better to do with your time.” Then Jessica hung up.
The next day, a man and a woman in suits showed up at the door of her home, identifying themselves as members of the Secret Service.
The Secret Service agents stated that the Obama campaign had complained of a death threat. They had quoted Jessica as saying, “I will never support Obama, and he will wind up dead on a hospital floor.”
Jessica’s husband had heard Jessica’s side of the original phone call and verified the actual quote. To which the female agent replied, “Oh? Well why would she (the Obama volunteer) make that up?”
Jessica replied that the Obama volunteer was probably unhappy about what Jessica had said about her candidate. The female agent then said, “That’s right, you were rude!”
The male agent then displayed a file with Jessica’s full name prominently printed on it and asked her how she felt about Obama. At this point, Jessica told the agent “in no uncertain terms” that this was America and that the last time she checked, she was allowed to think whatever she wanted without being questioned by the Secret Service.
And was being “rude” a federal crime now too?
The agents then admitted they had no tape of the conversation, just the quote from the Obama campaign.
Responding to Jessica’s questions, the agents would not identify themselves by name, nor reveal the name of the Obama volunteer who had made the complaint. The agents did indicate that Jessica was not in a court of law yet, and that they were trying to not embarrass her “by going to all her family and neighbors.”
To these implied threats, Jessica invited the agents to speak to whomever they wanted, and stated she would happily go to court since she had done nothing wrong.
Jessica asked the agents, “Look, someone calls me unsolicited on my cell phone to ask me to support their candidate, and I can’t tell them why I don’t?”
The Secret Service left Jessica that day, but this incident could be in Jessica’s record permanently.
You are free to think anything you want, that is a freedom in America. And while I don’t downplay the atrocity of the story, I want you to be aware that your thoughts are important and known to God.
For the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. 1 Chron 28:9
Be careful what you think! God is listening!