Computers are a part of the daily lives of most people.  The vast majority of us know little about what makes them work or even how to repair issues we have with hardware or software.  We just use them! If I’ve heard the phrase “Garbage in, Garbage out…” once I’ve heard it ten thousand times.  What I get out of my computer is directly related to what I put into it.  It’s like life, what we get out of it is directly related to what we put in. The same is true with automobiles and even politics.

For example, if I maintain a steady diet of fast foods full of sugar and starches then I will likely be (I am) overweight, have an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension, myocardial infarction and stroke.  My digestive system will likely not function properly and my physical stamina will diminish.  Garbage in, Garbage out! However, if I put unprocessed fruits, vegetables, fish and poultry in, as well as maintain a proper and balanced exercise program,  I get the reverse of the fast food diet.  So the converse is applicable, “Healthy in, Healthy out”.

If I put gasoline in my vehicle that has been polluted with water it will not run well.  If I fail to change the oil on a regular basis and fail to do proper maintenance it will break down and become nonfunctional.  Garbage in, Garbage out.  But, with proper maintenance most vehicles will last a very long time and perform properly.

If I expose my computer to websites that are high risk for viruses, malware, phishing attacks, spyware, etc. even with a firewall and virus protection software I am putting my computer at risk. That’s not to say you cannot be attacked if you don’t do those things but you reduce your risk.  No matter what program I use if I feed it wrong or flawed information it will be “Garbage in, Garbage out.”

Our spiritual lives are no different.  If we feed our minds with things of this world our thoughts will be worldly.  Things of the flesh produce fleshly thoughts, habits and actions.  Garbage in, Garbage out. Matthew 6:33 tells us“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”   Matthew 6:24-25 advises, “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.   25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? ”  The position of God in our lives is the determining factor in the condition of our lives.   Now, I did not say you would not have problems and disappointments but you will have the spiritual strength and stamina to withstand the things that come your way through His grace, love and power.

Likewise the idea of “Garbage in, Garbage out” relates to the condition of our Government. If we put people in office who disregard the Constitution, the rule of law, the will of the people and the overall needs of this great nation we will have Laws, Rules, Regulations, Edicts and Actions that will place Freedom and Liberty in jeopardy. If we are to live as a FREE PEOPLE we must have representation in Washington as well as the state and local levels who are responsive to the governed.

Thomas Jefferson said, “Does government fear us? Or do we fear the government?  When the people fear the government TYRANNY has found victory.  The federal government is our servant, not our master.” He also said, “When once a republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or evil.”

James Madison said, “The house of representatives…can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as the great mass of society. This has always been deemed one of the strongest bonds by which human policy can connect the rulers and the people together. It creates between them that communion of interest, and sympathy of sentiments, of which few governments have furnished examples; but without which every government degenerates into tyranny.”

Thomas Paine said, “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

Benjamin Franklin on elected members of congress, “They are of the People, and return again to mix with the People, having no more durable preeminence than the different Grains of Sand in an Hourglass. Such an Assembly cannot easily become dangerous to Liberty. They are the Servants of the People, sent together to do the People’s Business, and promote the public Welfare; their Powers must be sufficient, or their Duties cannot be performed. They have no profitable Appointments, but a mere Payment of daily Wages, such as are scarcely equivalent to their Expenses; so that, having no Chance for great Places, and enormous Salaries or Pensions, as in some Countries, there is no triguing or bribing for Elections.”

George Washington advised, “The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of Government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, ’till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole People is sacredly obligatory upon all.” He also said, “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.”

These men and the remaining founders understood that our newly formed Republic was to be a government of WE THE PEOPLE… They gave us a Constitution, ratified by the states under which THE PEOPLE were to be the ultimate deciding factor not a Tyrant, King, President, Congress, the Courts or a Political Party. However, today we have representatives in the House and Senate who seek their own goals, ideals and ambitions over the people.  They show more allegiance to a political party or special interest group than the people as a whole.  The same is true of the office of the President.  WE THE PEOPLE have allowed them to remain in office without being accountable for their actions and thus created the situation in which we find ourselves today where we are in grave danger of losing our Republic.  We have let it be “Garbage in, Garbage out” for too long!  It is time politically, we insist that those elected to represent us be accountable to us. We are accountable to God for our actions so should they be to those who placed them in office.

I find it no longer acceptable to have “Garbage in, Garbage out” in my personal  life.  It is my goal personally, to change that in every area that I am able.  I am an American citizen, born here and proud of my country!  I do not desire to lose my liberty nor my ability to worship as I choose, live where I desire, pursue any legitimate vocation that I desire and do that without fear of governmental intervention. So, personally, spiritually and politically I will no longer accept “Garbage in, Garbage out”. I demand more of myself and will henceforth demand more from my elected officials.  I would urge you to consider this and decide for yourself what you desire and what you are willing to tolerate!  We can continue to have “Garbage in, Garbage out” or we can CHANGE! With God’s help we can see that effected in our lives physically, relationally, spiritually and in our country politically!  To God be the glory!