WHAT HAPPENED TO HONOR……


I was raised on a farm in Rural East Texas.  We didn’t have a lot and grew most of the vegetables we ate and either via fishing, hunting, raising a steer or a hog for butchering  we provided most of the meat we ate.  My parents worked hard and never complained about working hard.  My grandparents were the same and were major influences in my life and my overall philosophy of life.  Honor was important to them and it is to me.  I don’t mean some Southern Mythological meaning of the word Honor I mean things like – A man’s word is his bond.  Doing what you say you will do.  Honoring your parents as well as the property and dignity of others.  Respecting your elders and giving a full day’s work for a full day’s pay.

On our farm we raised purple hull peas and sold them to whomever wanted them.  Dad would offer them to friends, neighbors and anyone on the basis of a set price if they picked the peas and a little higher price if we picked them.  The price difference was generally so minimal that almost everyone said they wanted us to pick the peas which often was my job.  I would go out and pick a bushel of peas and come in only to be sent back to the field to pick at least another half bushel because my dad gave “Good measure, pressed down and shaken together.” I don’t ever remember him selling a bushel of peas as just a bushel.  It would be at least a bushel and a half for the price of a bushel.  To him it was a matter of honor, treating other people the way he would have wanted to be treated and making sure no one could ever say he short-changed them in anything.

As a teenager I was somewhat rebellious and on one occasion while working for an uncle in the plum and peach orchards near Grapeland I got mad and decided I wasn’t going to work anymore that day.  I went and laid down under the shade of a Peach tree and spent the rest of the afternoon doing nothing.  My dad found out about it that night and told me to go back the next day and talk to the man that owned the orchard not my uncle.  I was to apologize and ask to be taken back but if the man did not take me back I was to refuse to accept pay for the week.  That was on Friday and I had worked all week. To him it was a matter of honor.  I never pulled that little stunt again.  The man took me back only because my uncle asked him to.  I learned honor from my parents and tried to teach it to my children. They have turned out to be fine young men and I hope that at least at little of what I attempted to teach them has been influential in their lives.

I went to Vietnam as a church going sinner. I grew up in church and in that old country church the men sat in the front on the right, the women in the front on the left and the teenagers sat in the back behind the men.  Most of the men slept through the sermons, most of the women watched us teenagers and most of us laughed and cut up through the sermons.  I don’t know how the preacher stood it!  I watched church fights and saw some of the people especially the men in places they should not have been doing things they should not have been doing.  I was there along with my friends and formed an idea (completely erroneous) that if these people were going to heaven God could not send me to hell.  Thank God I didn’t die in Vietnam! It was a year after I came home that I accepted Christ and realized the gross error of my thinking.  I realized that I could not compare myself with anyone nor should anyone compare themselves with me.  I was the sole person responsible for my actions and not my environment, social status, economic status, educational status or breaks or lack thereof were responsible.  It was me and me alone that would stand before God and give account.

Today, we have politicians who do not give a second thought to the perpetration of a lie, misrepresentation, use of deception or any other tactics to get what they want.  People in business too frequently do the same.  I even had a person tell me one time that they had a church life and a business life.  My response was, “You are not a cat you don’t have nine lives.  You have a life and your business, church, social, etc. lives all make up who you are.  You are not several separate entities you are YOU!” You can’t be dishonest in business and then go to church get your religious fix and go back into the world for the next week and be something else.  No, honor is 24/7/365 and 366 on leap year.

How would you feel about God if you got to the end and He said, “I know I told you that you’d have eternal life and even though you accepted Christ I’ve decided not to take you into heaven.” You certainly would not consider Him honorable.  How would you feel about a business partner, associate or vendor that promised to do a job for a certain price, in a certain time frame but did not do it?  You would not consider them honorable would you?  Likewise a politician that promises something on the campaign trail and then fails to deliver, doesn’t try to deliver or worse yet goes completely in another direction do you consider that honorable?  I don’t think so!

Honor is not something that you are born with it is something you learn and decide to make a pillar in your life.  It is something that you do because it is something you are. It is something you exhibit even when you don’t feel like it, don’t want to do it and could easily not do it and suffer no visible detriment.  It is doing the right thing when no one sees as well as when everyone sees.  Honor is not an action it is a state of heart and a character quality that is learned and developed. If children do not see honor in their parents where will they see and learn it?  If non-believers do not see honor in us who will bring the good news to them?  I was told one time and have never forgotten, “You are the only Bible some people will ever read.  What is the gospel according to you?” Let that sink in for a second.

I prayed for patience once and never had so many problems in all my life.  When I complained about it I heard in my heart, “Well you asked for patience and I’m trying to help you learn and develop it.” Since then I’ve been cautious about asking for certain things.  But I do pray the prayer with David in Psalms:

Psalms 51:6-13 – – “Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. 7 Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;  Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Make me to hear joy and gladness, Let the bones which You have broken rejoice. 9 Hide Your face from my sins And blot out all my iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart , O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence  And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit. 13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners will be converted to You.” NASU

The rest of the Chapter should be quoted too but for my point simply our desire should be to have a clean heart and clean hands before God.  That would be to walk and live in Honor! When I pray for our leaders that’s how I pray that God will bring to bear on them and cause them to see His way and bring them into the light.  If they are practicing deception to bring that to the light.  Bring them to Honor! What would our great nation be if our politicians were HONORABLE MEN AND WOMEN? What would our churches be if all our ministers walked as HONORABLE MEN AND WOMEN? What would our economy be like if every business man and woman conducted all business HONORABLY? What would our families be like if WE walked as MEN AND WOMEN OF HONOR? I’m not saying you don’t I’m just saying what would it be like if we all did all the time?  The world would never have seen the revival that would take place.  There would be an immediate cessation of the murder of innocent babies.  There would be a marked decline in the divorce rate.  Crime would decrease dramatically and politicians would operate with the genuine interest of the people.  Yes it would be somewhat Utopian and no I don’t expect to see every human practice this but if I can encourage myself and even one other person to live this way I fully believe that I will have impacted lives that will in turn impact multitudes.

Again, I ask WHAT HAPPENED TO HONOR?

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ARE WE FREE????


Our Founding Fathers waged the Revolutionary War to gain freedom for all citizens of the newly formed country The United States of America.  They wrote the Constitution and Declaration of Independence so carefully as to provide for and preserve that freedom with the safeguards, checks and balances of the branches of government.  Yet our founding fathers feared that the day would come when those documents would be disregarded, the courts would become corrupted and the congress would become non-representative.  They feared a day when “We the People….” would no longer be the decision makers but a non-representative congress, a tyrannical executive office and a manipulated and puppet Supreme Court would exist thus destroying our nation and dissolving our freedom.

Slowly over the past century there has been a bit by bit erosion of our individual freedoms, a centralization of control by the elected and appointed members of the three branches of government.  We have seen implementation of programs which were to be temporary due to a time of crisis that have remained permanent.  We have seen development of an entity of the government that makes the Gestapo of Nazi Germany look tame (I.R.S.) and we are seeing an administration use that entity to ensure that their agenda is carried out without intervention from any court.  We are seeing the Environmental Protection Agency being used to force compliance with programs and plans without any congressional approval or vote by the people.  Little by little we are seeing our freedoms eroded and taken away.  We are like the proverbial frog that is put into a pan of water and the heat slowly turned up until the frog is boiled to death before it realizes that there is danger.

From the standpoint of being a U.S. citizen, natural born or through the proper immigration channels and legally here we have a right to the freedoms and rights guaranteed by our Constitution.  If you are here illegally you do not and should not have those rights you are a criminal. You have broken the law.  If you are engaged in any terrorist plot against this country or the citizens of this country you should not be given Miranda rights you are or plan to become a war criminal and thereby a murder, and should not be afforded these rights.  Only citizens naturally born or here legally should be afforded the rights and privileges of the Constitution of the United States of America.

Are we free? Our money is being confiscated to support abortion, illegal aliens, defense of terrorists in the courts, habitual welfare recipients and extravagance by those in Washington including flying in chefs to cook special meals at the White House just because you can.  Are we free? Even though the majority of the American people did not want the health care bill the President, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid pushed through Congress we have it as a signed law and the payment begins now but the enactment does not take place until after the 2012 election.  These are only a few of the multitude of happenings over the past 50 years that have been the slow heating of the pot and we sat idly by for far too long and are in danger of being boiled to death like the proverbial frog.

I don’t know what the full agenda of this President is? But I do recognize that it is a non-American agenda that does not focus on the American citizens but on World citizens.  It is an agenda that appears to want to dissolve all borders of all countries of the world and have a singular figure as world leader.  Both Republicans and Democrat leaders for decades have been members of the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bilderberg Group.  Virtually all of this Administration’s appointees are a member or one or more of those groups as have been previous Presidents, etc.  The World Banking system has always been on both sides of any conflict lending and thereby gaining power no matter the outcome of the conflict.

Are we free? Technically as Americans, right now we are still free people but in reality we are far from free people.  Our true freedom comes only in Christ as citizens of Heaven.  At the pace and in the direction America is heading she will fall and cease to be a World Power.  Democracy will be lost and Tyranny will replace it with the government controlling our lives in every facet.  I do not desire to be a gloom and doom prophet but the World Order is out of the Bible not my imagination.  Can we stave off this onslaught against our liberties and prevent, at least temporarily this take over?  Absolutely but only through the following:

  • Make God the center of our universe, lives and hearts.
  • Pray as if there were no tomorrow
  • Become involved within the community, local principality in which we live, Statewide and nationally.   (Some of us may have to bite the bullet and actually run for office).
  • Write letters, make phone calls.  (Be civil, sane and sensible but be steadfast, firm and committed to the cause of freedom and right).
  • Go to the polls no matter what the election and vote for the candidate that holds the views most closely associated with your values and those of the Bible.
  • Invest your time and your money to promote what is right.

Notice I didn’t mention political party or right-wing or left-wing I mentioned right! I am a conservative politically.  I base my views on the Bible, the Constitution and what is morally right.  You can run as a Blue Bell Ice Cream Candidate and if you are the one that holds the views that most nearly align with what I believe to be right I’ll vote for you.  I agree with Ronald Regan that a third party would most likely ensure the liberals a free run at control again so I’m investing my time in trying to ensure we take back the Republican Party and make it conservative and revitalize the values of biblical principles again.  That may not work and a third party may become necessary and if so I will embrace it and work to see it succeed.  But most of all I want to live as a free man in a free society in the Greatest Country in the World as I walk a free man as a child of the Only True God!

Freedom is not free! It never has been and never will be!  There is a price that has been paid and a price to be paid to obtain and maintain freedom.  I stand before God and you and confess that I have been complacent for too long and therefore share the blame for what is happening in our country today!  I have repented of that sin and having turned 180 degrees I walk a new path, a path of involvement to secure and maintain a Free America under God with Liberty and Justice for All.