Over the past number of years I’ve thought about politics, not to run for office but what it is that makes politicians and political parties tick. What is it that makes them do, the things they do, believe the things they believe and act the way they act? I am going to take, a portion of a passage from John 11 to begin this discussion. The Pharisees were concerned about the massive following that Jesus was garnering, and felt that they had to stop him even if it meant killing him. In verse 49 they made a statement that is germane to this discussion. It expressed their real concern and is seen in the latter portion of that verse, “…the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” I believe that the problem in politics today is territorial as well as ideological. Those in power are fearful that if they do not stop their opposition they will lose their “place”. It’s not the “nation” that concerns them but their “place”, their “position”, their “prestige”, their “power” and their “privilege”. They seem to be willing to make any deal, commit any act, and sear their conscience to accomplish the protection of their “place” no matter the cost to the nation or the people who elected them to serve. They call themselves “public servants” but who are they serving? I would suggest that it is not the “public” as a whole, but a select group of people, who have the wherewithal to facilitate their ideologies, provide organizational structure, and even manpower to enable them to exist as the “elitist” they have become or desire to be! We the people are inconsequential and are often an obstruction to their purposes, plans, and desires and are dealt with accordingly.

If I were speaking of a tyrannical dictatorship or communist controlled country this would not be difficult to comprehend, but I’m speaking of America, American politics and Washington, D.C. This is not new and it is not relegated to one political party or the other. However, there are times when one party or group within a party, push the boundaries beyond what was intended by the framers of the Constitution, the founders of this great nation, and forge a direct assault on the very fabric and foundation of this nation and its people. I believe we are experiencing such an assault on this nation and the majority of its people today!

Proverbs 29:1-2“He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. 2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” NKJV

I have no concrete way of knowing that those in leadership have been often rebuked by God, but I know they have been reminded of God’s purposes by men and women repeatedly. Yet, they seem to become more, stiff necked and resolved in their determination to bring about their desired goals and defend their desired “place”. That would be easily stopped if it were not for those on both sides wanting to protect their “place” without concern for the Constitution, nation and people. The desire to be re-elected and maintain their “status” or “place” seems to outweigh the desire to do the right thing and move this nation out of crisis and dependence upon foreign governments, special interest groups, and those holding us hostage. They call it compromise and working together but in the end it’s the American people who pay the price and the price is a recipe for destruction.

Our founders gave us clear indication of their view of the role of government. Men like Thomas Jefferson said it well, “…a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” In simple terms, government was to keep the peace, help settle disputes and stay out of the bank accounts of its citizens. My how times have changed! Patrick Henry’s view was also clear, “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” We, lost sight of that and many in Washington today believe that the Constitution is an obstacle not a guidepost for governing. It hinders them from getting what they want rather than guiding them in providing responsible, limited government that allows free enterprise and the creativity of the people to flourish. Likewise, Jefferson again nailed it, “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” Ronald Reagan understood this principle as he said, “Nations crumble from within when the citizenry asks of government those things which the citizenry might better provide for itself.” What a brilliant understanding of the role of government and human nature.

We have just been presented with a budget that is 3.7 trillion dollars in size and the proposed cuts are less than 100 billion, a mere drop in the bucket. That’s equivalent to dipping water out of the ocean with a small pail in an attempt to lower the water level. We have, over the course of time, allowed spending, entitlements and governmental intervention get out of control. That situation has been exacerbated exponentially in the past two plus years and the proposals for the next few not only will bring us to the edge of destruction but will drive the bus over the cliff.

We have allowed ourselves to become subservient to the Chinese government who now produces most of our manufactured goods, takes our money and then loans it back to us while buying interest in major corporations, financial institutions, and real estate holdings. The danger in this is, there will come a time when they decide what our government will look like, and the status of each individual citizen. Additionally, we are being held hostage by middle eastern oil cartels because of our government’s refusal to allow us to tap into the natural resources which are abundant in this country and make ourselves self-sufficient in the area of energy rather than the whim of those countries who hate us, oppose our form of government, way of life, and religious freedom. This administration has vowed and is engaged in using the EPA to control and regulate energy, commerce and virtually all business (without having to go through Congress) to the point of destroying our market, force us into default and allow us to be taken over by those who have long been our avowed enemies and allow us no legal recourse.

If you deplete the military, relegate the nation to a state of bankruptcy and bring about such chaos and lack of hope that citizens are no longer able to stand tall and be a deterrent to those who would violently and militarily attack us, you provide a recipe for the success of the prophesies of men like Nikita Khrushchev who said, “We will bury you without firing a shot.” There are, Islamic radicalswho have vowed and prophesied that an Islamic flag will fly over the White House. Our friends no longer trust us and our enemies no longer fear us! That is the state of this land as I see it today! There is a solution but I do not hear politicians standing firm for it.

Our present government, which arrived at this juncture over many years, operates in almost every way in direct opposition to and in violation of our Constitution as well as violation to the directives of Scripture. We have seen in history, there comes a time when God cannot fail to bring judgment, and judgment brings hardship to the just and unjust, just as the rain falls on both. We will not escape! I apologize for my gloom and doom words but I believe them to be accurate and a true representation of the current condition of our nation. Our hope, my hope is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 and Matthew 6:33. Christians, before you do anything else make those two passages the cornerstone of your activism and life. Then out of those two cornerstones follow the prescription of Ecclesiastes 9:10“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.” NKJV

America is a great nation! There are other great countries and we need God’s help in aligning those nations whose hearts are for God and right to become linked together and stand as one against the onslaught of evil. My friends, I do not care what your political affiliation is! I simply ask that you make Joshua 24:15 the cry and commitment of your heart. “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” If America fails, God will not! However, I do not believe that it’s God’s plan for America to fail yet, so I continue this message of calling for believers everywhere to PRAY and WORK to bring America back to being a nation whose God is the LORD!

Thank you for allowing me to speak my mind! If you share my views, please feel free to share this blog. If you disagree, then pray for me that my eyes will be opened that I may see the truth. I just ask that you not be indifferent!

America and Americans Loved or Hated?

I began asking this question while I was in the military in the 60’s and over the past 50 years have come to some conclusions that may, be diametrically opposed to the views of a few reading this blog. In most of the places I traveled during my military days I found that America was a place that many wanted to come but viewed Americans with something less than a favorable attitude. Over the past few decades the latter portion has not changed and although many still want to come here, viewing it far superior to what they face in their own country, much of the world holds a negative view of America and Americans. My question has been and is why? Let me give you a few of my conclusions:

1. Jealousy. There are governments and people throughout the world who are jealous of the success, prosperity, freedom and independence we have enjoyed as Americans and as America. They fail to take into consideration the great price paid by America and Americans to attain this position, and our efforts to come to the aid other countries such as WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and all the other times we’ve stepped up to the plate to help keep the world from being goose-stepped down the path of Tyrannical Despotism. Our freedom has come at a price few could have or would have paid, and often without any recognition or appreciation from those we helped. It is even overlooked within our own ranks, and most fail to understand, the fragile nature of freedom, or the price that is frequently paid for success.

2. Attitude. While traveling to various parts of the world as a member of the U.S. military, I watched the visible dislike and disrespect toward American servicemen and Americans in general. That, to some degree, if not to a great degree, was the result of our attitude while in their countries. Most of those places impoverished as the were, understood the value of every penny and commodity. Most of the guys I served with showed no interest in cost, getting a fair deal or the value of money they just wanted what they wanted and didn’t care. I was, treated with more respect than most of my fellow servicemen because I haggled over price, counted my change and demanded a fair price for whatever I purchased. Maybe that was because I grew up poor and didn’t make much money. Maybe it was because I saw how they did things and out of respect for their cultures and values I attempted to blend in. Maybe it was just God protecting me and giving me favor that paid off more than once. I don’t know, but I know that American servicemen and tourist gave the view that America was a place where everyone had money to burn, didn’t understand the value of a dollar and were selfish, self-centered and often anything but polite. This attitude, I believe, is a basis for the jealousy toward us.

3. Politics. Or possible better stated as propaganda from their governments and ours. The particular group that I had much to do with in Vietnam was highly feared because of their willingness to do whatever it took to get the job done and their efficiency in doing that job. We endured the likes of Hanoi Jane publicly supporting our enemies and committing treasonous acts which not only endangered American servicemen but thousands of South Vietnamese citizens, and portrayed America as a weak-willed, divided country that could be defeated. Our military power is, unparalleled by any in the world but our politics, in many ways offsets that military might and makes us very vulnerable because of the internal division and games played with the lives and security of American people and the America we know and love. We have a President today, who has gone around the world apologizing for America. As a veteran, I believe he needs to apologize to America. Were it not for the willingness of the American people to make the sacrifices since the Revolutionary War, this world would have little freedom, if any, and most of the citizens would be living under tyrannical rule and in abject poverty fearful of every act, word and deed on a daily basis.

Therefore,, while I believe that America is the greatest country in the world and has been the beacon for freedom, we are not without our problems. We’ve become an entitlement nation and this has not been an accident but a planned process largely spearheaded by one political party. I fully realize that they have been little more than pawns in the hands of those who have the money and power who desire that the entire world be under “one rule” and that “rule” be “mammon” not God! Politicians would have us believe, that we have a broken Health Care System and Obamacare is the answer. If you want me to believe that, end all exemptions and have every government official and employee line up at the head of the line to sign up. Stop giving me inflated or deflated numbers regarding people or the cost and show me, in a tangible manner, how going this route will be better than those countries and states which have tried “government run health care” and failed. Likewise, some are suggesting that spending without concern of how or when we are going to pay it back is the answer. Continued increase in taxes ultimately results in lower productivity, places more people on welfare or entitlement rolls, and results in a crumbled economy. Government has been so inefficient in its management of those things it is now responsible for how can I believe running health care or creating jobs will be any different? This country’s foundation is its ingenuity, creativity and the willingness to take a risk hoping for a reward by the private sector of society. Most small businesses are afraid to take risks today and the mountain of paperwork and governmental regulations suggest that most will not survive the next decade or possibly the next election cycle. This will only exacerbate the problem and our great country will begin to appear more and more like the third-world countries this administration seems to want us to become.

So I say, stop playing political games with America! In all things demonstrate frugality and fiscal responsibility as we, responsible citizens, find necessary. Allow the creativity, ingenuity, adventurous spirit, independence and faith that made this country great to once again thrive! Don’t just read the Constitution in the opening session of Congress, study it, understand it, implement it, practice it and honor it. Elected officials call themselves “public servants”, so start serving the public rather than your own and special interest groups. Allow our technology the freedom to develop, harvest and produce the energy and other resources needed for independence from foreign governments. That dependence could result in the demise of this great country. Secure our borders, and secure our homeland rather than projecting an image that we are a “weak-willed” nation without the resolve or commitment to defend ourselves and bring to justice those who attack us. Make America what the vast majority of its citizen’s desire – “One Nation Under God, Indivisible, With Liberty And Justice For All.”

I am an American, a veteran, and a Christian and proud of each of those distinctions. My prayers for the leaders of this country are that they be given wisdom to lead, brought to an encounter with God, and find a willingness to follow His plan. I pray for this nation that we rise above the political games being played with our lives and hold EVERY elected official accountable. If they don’t respond help them become unemployed so they can find a different vocation. I pray for the Church that it be the Church that Jesus has and is building and be the influence upon this world that God intended! God Bless You and God Bless America!