AMERICA DESERVES BETTER OR DO WE????


I know that my title is probably puzzling for those who know me and know how Pro-American, Pro-Constitution, and Pro-God I am. I am still firmly rooted in my core belief that this is the greatest country in the world, bar none. I believe that our system of government as designed and implemented by the framers of the Constitution is the best system the world has ever known, in the governments of men. I would declare that the only thing better would be a world in which Christ ruled completely and everyone accepted and acknowledged His Lordship. That Kingdom will come, but at the present time we are left with the frailty of human governments. None of which are perfect, because none of us are perfect.

But, back to my question – Does America deserve better? I can argue from both sides of that coin, but basically, YES! Our Republican Democracy has been under attack for a long time and has slowly been eroded to the point that recently a Democrat Congressman, said that the President was becoming an absolute Monarch. Of course, he would not say that on all matters but on the matter of the conflict in Libya he did. We have watched our freedoms slowly be taken from us and from the States individually for decades and most of the time little resistance surfaced when it happened. Those in Washington, at all levels, have appeared oblivious to the restraints placed on them by the Constitution and have circumvented it on every hand. Sadly, too many of us were either asleep at the wheel or since it didn’t seem to directly impact us personally felt no need to stand up in opposition. We have become the proverbial frog in a pan of water that has been slowly heated to the point that we succumbed without resistance!. Most of the losses of freedom were gradual and incremental unlike those of the past two plus years under this President.

Today, if we took stock of the freedoms we have gradually given up and those recently ripped from our hands, we would be in shock. Actually, some of us are! There is no question that the debt we now have, had participants from all sides. Only as movements such as the Tea Party began to form at the grass-roots level did anyone in Congress seem to take note of our opinions. Sadly, the result of the 2010 elections has only minimally improved the situation in Washington and there is much more work needed if we are going to convince everyone from the Whitehouse to the Outhouse that we are serious and won’t take it any longer. The interest alone on our debt is unmanageable and yet we repeatedly are told that bigger government and more spending by that big government is the answer. I don’t know about you, but in my personal finances I have never been able to spend my way out of financial problems. I have had to tighten the belt, even when it was difficult. I have had to make sacrifices and eliminate those expenditures that were not absolutely essential and even in some of those had to make adjustments. I know what it is to not have enough money to buy enough food for three meals a day. I know what it’s like to not have money for gas and walked to work part of the time. I know what it’s like to not be able to travel, even to see family due to lack of funds. I’ve been there, done that, bought the T-shirt, and survived. I have had God supernaturally provide for me in more ways than I can enumerate in this short post and am eternally grateful for that. Yet, our government doesn’t seem to understand that principle and knows that the only way that they can continue their insatiable desire to spend is to TAX us more and more. Yet, the more they take from us, the less we are likely to be able to dig our way out of this financial mess our country is in. I’ve had times when I knew it was time to CUT UP THE CREDIT CARDS and did. WASHINGTON NOW IS THAT TIME FOR YOU!

This administration has ignored Congress, judges, the Constitution, and used various governmental agencies to implement its policies and programs. It has ignored the overwhelming desire of the American people for various things to not be implemented. It has lectured us on civility while engaging in the most uncivil attacks on the opposition parties and people. It now has tapped into the Strategic Oil Reserve saying that supply will lower the price at the pump and enhance the economy, yet refuses to allow us to go after the oil resources that are yet underground and untapped. The first lady lectures us on our eating habits and yet in her recent trip she has eaten the very items that we are not supposed to eat and her husband is a regular offender of her proposed diet. It seems that Washington – all of it, feels that everything they say or do is for WE THE PEOPLE but not THEM! I must protest and say what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. If you enact something you participate in it. If you want us to sacrifice, then by all means lead by example! Does America deserve better – YES! Is America going to get better – only time will tell!

I come back to the place that I have every time I’ve written something – We must return to God as individuals, churches, communities, cities, States, and as a nation. We must seek Him first and foremost above all else and we must become people of prayer, else our nation, as the founders envisioned, and we have enjoyed is history. I don’t mean to come across pessimistic, for I am confident in the power of prayer and believe that as Israel of old cried out to God, if we will cry out in humble repentance and sincerity He will hear our cries and heal our land. We absolutely must be honorable individually and demand it of ALL elected officials regardless of party affiliation. As a Christian, a veteran, and an American I have hope that God and the American people will prevail against this present attack on our Republic! That reminds me of the statement in the Book of Judges – “The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.” So I say, “The sword of the Lord, and the American people.” (I speak spiritually and am not calling for armed revolution). May God Bless America and you as well!

WHERE IS OUR DELIVERER????


The world has from time to time needed a deliverer to free various groups of people from bondage and in virtually every case it has been the result of “Fervent Prayer”, even “Intercessory Prayer” that has moved the hand of God to provide that deliverer. We can go back to Exodus and see the plight of the Israelites in Egyptian bondage and watch the deliverer arrive in the person of Moses. Numerous times in Scripture we find God providing a man or woman, as in the case of Deborah to lead out of bondage and into victory. Sadly, deliverance lasted only so long as the deliverer lived and then people began to enjoy the ease and comfort of their freedom and drifted back into some type of bondage repeatedly. Yet, the grace and mercy of God was such that when they “seriously” cried out to Him in repentance and desperation He sent them a deliverer. He has demonstrated His longsuffering throughout history to His glory and our shame.

When this fledgling nation called the United States of America was attempting to hammer out a Constitution that would stand the test of time, protect the inalienable rights of its citizens as free men and women they almost failed because of personal ideology, prejudices, preferences and personality conflicts. With the potential of failure looming and seeming assured, God moved on the heart of one man to point the convention in the right direction and not only saved the effort but produced, a document and government that would weather the storms of time so long as it was, adhered to and followed as, the governing document by which our government operates. That man was Benjamin Franklin.

Franklin stood and addressed the weary and despondent participants with the following address as he spoke to the convention and President Washington:

“Mr. President,
“In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understanding! In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for the Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered … And have we forgotten this powerful Friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God governs in the affairs of men.”

This was a gathering of some of the most amazing thinkers the world has ever known who had forgotten one simple little point in the process. That is when Franklin reminded them of this simple truth that became the cornerstone of the founding of this Republic. He said: “If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?” He didn’t stop there but added: “We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.”

It was at that time Franklin pressed even further to remind the delegates of what most politicians today and many Americans have lost sight of and is the reason we need a deliverer. He said:
“I firmly believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel. We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded; and we ourselves shall become a reproach and a bye word down to future ages … I therefore beg leave to move — that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business ….”

The delegates agreed with Mr. Franklin and made daily prayer at the beginning of their deliberations a key foundational element in their deliberations and from that prayer came, the Constitution of these United States of America and the Bill of Rights. This is not a nation formed by happenstance but one founded on the principles and guidance of God Himself. I know some will protest but history reveals this as truth and we see it in their writings, the document they produced and should treasure it, defend it, and preserve it. They gave us something the world had never seen before or after and it is in danger of crumbling because of those who disregard and disrespect not only the Constitution but any need for guidance from the Almighty God! If you take God’s guidance out of government you cannot have true freedom and liberty. You will ultimately find that you are living in a state where whomever is in control legislates and imposes their will upon the masses. That state has many titles and is called many things but it is not LIBERTY nor is it FREEDOM!

AMERICA we need a “deliverer” to step on the scene and lead us out of this dismal place of darkness and back into a true relationship with God where we actually make the motto on our money a reality in our government and lives – “IN GOD WE TRUST.” I don’t know who this deliverer is today. I do know who our ultimate deliverer is and that is JESUS CHRIST Himself. It is past time that we talk about praying for this nation and world and time we made it paramount in our lives. I don’t want to live in Tyranny but even if that comes I TRUST GOD. I treasure this country’s founding principles and what it has been for decades. I don’t want to lose it and see the direction now being taken by the leadership (so-called), as a path of destruction. So, I’m crying out for a DELIVERER!

That being said, we all have our own ideas, ideologies, preferences, etc. politically and even spiritually but one thing we must come to terms with is that if we want to keep America Free we MUST:

1. Turn to God with a whole heart.
2. Unite around His Purposes and Principles.
3. Pray incessantly for His mercy and deliverance.

The 2012 election is, in my opinion, the most crucial this country has ever faced. I make no secret of the fact that my political views are conservative and believe that Mr. Obama is destructive to this country. If you agree with me that we need a change in the Whitehouse then I urge you to allow the nomination process play out and once there has been an individual selected to oppose him, stop bickering and nitpicking that candidate and support him or her. If you decide you want a third-party candidate you will facilitate electing Barak Obama to a second term and that would be worse than any candidate the Republicans can choose. At this point, I do not expect a perfect candidate but I do pray for one that will “HONOR GOD”, ‘DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION”, and work with Congress to turn back the clock on many of the destructive things that have transpired over the term of this President. You do not have to agree with me and you are certainly free to do whatever you believe best and that you must do for your own conscience sake. I only ask that you consider what I have proposed and make this nation a matter of serious prayer beginning today, if you have not already done so.

May God bless you and may God bless this great nation!