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Do You Really Care About Our Kids?


God has blessed my family with six children, three boys…three girls….a modern day Brady Boggs8Bunch of sorts.  When our family piles out of the Suburban or walks into the grocery store, our presence raises eyebrows.  I wish I had a nickel for every time a person asks, “You know how that happens, right?” My favorite response is, “My wife knows, but she won’t tell me.”  Truth be told, we love kids.  It’s that plain and simple.

We (our family) associate or tend to support a political Party that champions children, starting at conception.  We proudly claim to be the Party of Life.  And that’s the case for the GOP unless the preferred Candidate fails to receive the Party’s nod for nominee and then some moan and groan, threatening to support a third Party candidate or refusing to vote in November.  But my third Party candidate is pro-life, you say.  That’s great, but in our overwhelmingly entrenched two-party system, a third party candidate only serves to steal votes away from either the Democrat or Republican nominee.  In this case, Donald Trump stands to lose the most from individuals dead set against the GOP nominee.

Am I one hundred percent convinced Trump’s a true Conservative?  Absolutely not!  He concerns me…a great deal.  However, am I convinced Hillary Clinton plans to perpetuate Obama’s legacy by sticking America with a third term of Obama’s ideologies?  Absolutely!  She’s promised as much.  And this is one of the only things she’s said that can be trusted.

Time and time again I converse with Conservatives who won’t vote for Trump because their conscience won’t allow it.  Well, if that’s you, I pose the following questions:

Will your conscience allow Hillary Clinton to nominate four or more Supreme Court Justices?

Will your conscience vote for Hillary, a woman worshiped by the nation’s largest abortion provider?

Will your conscience vote for Hillary even after she claimed Margaret Sanger as a hero?

Will your conscience vote for a woman who lied about Benghazi, blaming the attack on a YouTube video?

Will your conscience vote for a woman who compromised national security by unilaterally deciding to utilize her own private server and email?

Will your conscience vote for a woman whose husband sexually harassed and assaulted scores of women?  (Hillary called the women’s charges, “Bimbo eruptions.)

Will your conscience vote for a woman who’s been called “extremely careless” by the FBI?

And let me ask again, will your conscience permit you to allow Hillary Clinton to nominate four or more Supreme Court Justices, who enjoy lifetime appointments?

A vote for a Third Party candidate or boycotting the ballot box in November is a vote for Hillary…a violation of the conscience many claim the desire to protect.

Trump’s not perfect…not even close.  And we really don’t know how America will fare under a Trump/Pence Administration.  Clinton’s track record speaks for itself; Hillary’s term in office might be America’s death knell.

So I ask, do you really care about our kids?

 

 

 

 

This Morning I Cried


This morning as I scrolled Facebook, I clicked on a YouTube video, posted by a friend, of the Gaither Vocal Band.  The group delivered a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.  Their tight harmonies accompanied a moving patriotic video.  As I watched, I swallowed back a lump gathering in my throat.  Then tears welled in my eyes and soon dampened my cheeks.  Yes, I’m an emotional guy, and yes, occasionally a beautifully sung song (or a “Little House” episode) moves me to tears, but neither was the reason this morning.

This morning I cried for America.

I remember the Presidencies of Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, and Bush II. Under these men (even Clinton), I felt more secure in America’s future than I do now.  On 9/11, I watched in horror as planes torpedoed into the World Trade Center, but not once did I doubt America’s ability to rebuild and to stand resolute.  I remember watching proudly as George W. Bush stood on a mound of rubble proclaiming,

I can hear you, the rest of the world can hear you and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.”

Now, our Country’s too busy drawing and re-drawing red lines.  Honestly, I don’t know how this current Administration would respond to another mass attack.  Would they offer the terrorists jobs? Or hugs? Label the event as workplace violence? Or would they hold a press conference to warn Americans to refrain from calling this Islamic terrorism?  Granted, this is sarcastic in nature, but how many of us really trust the current leadership in Washington to do what’s best for America?

American Enterprise Institute published a public opinion report evaluating Americans’ level of patriotism. One of the most astounding and disappointing results was the following:

Americans aren’t as proud of their country as some citizens in other countries are of their own nations. According to a World Values Survey, 98 percent of citizens in Qatar claimed to be “very proud” of their nationality. However, only 56 percent of Americans responded positively in this category.

Qatar?  Are you kidding me?  In Qatar, only Muslims can express their religion publicly, all others must conduct worship services in private homes.  Those leaving the Muslim faith face imprisonment or death.  And yet, 98% of those living in Qatar are proud of their country….How can this be?

Everyday we read of new crippling policies, court judgments, or another round of decisions being written into law by an overreaching “pen and phone.”  The Church sits on the precipice of being made obsolete as the government now attempts to shoulder the responsibility of dictating what is and isn’t sinful.  And now innoucuous entertainment is banned because of a flag that Liberals find offensive.  Many Conservative people are cowering in the shadows, fearful of offending the PC police or being investigated by rogue government agencies.  I wish the above was hyperbole, but that’s the America we currently reside in.

That’s why I cried.

I’m not weeping for myself, but for my family, especially my kids. Unless America rights this ship and charts a new course, what will our future generations face? If we’re not careful, in a few decades, America will be nothing more than a footnote in the pages of history. The Founding Fathers sacrificed too much for this to be our Country’s outcome. Too many brave men and women have paid the ultimate price on the world’s battlefields for us to surrender our freedoms to ideologies intent on destroying American exceptionalism.

At times I feel like Elijah.  After a God-given victory against the prophets of Baal, he fled from another enemy…the Queen.  He moaned that no one else was standing for God.  He thought himself to be all alone.  He suffered from a

“nobody likes me, everybody hates me, I’m just going to go eat worms”

mentality.  God reminded Elijah that there were 7,000 others who had yet to bow their knees to false gods.  Occasionally, the filthy haze of America’s ills conceals the possibility of the United States rising from the ashes to greatness again.  That’s not an impossibility. But for that to happen, America must turn wholeheartedly to God and remember the encouraging words of President Ronald Reagan,

“We are never defeated unless we give up on God.”

Keep standing Patriots, and may God once again bless the United States of America.

 

Should Christians Disarm?


 

A couple of years ago, a teenager asked for the Bible reference reminding Christians of their obligation to obey the government, provided no demands violated the Laws of God.  The exact scriptures failed to come to mind, but I knew the reference could be found in Paul’s writings in the book of Romans.  Later in the day, I typed in a few key words and pressed “Search.”  Bingo!  Romans 13:1-7.  I texted the findings to the young man and awaited for follow-up questions.  The next inquiry he posed threw me for a loop.

Should Christians Disarm?

He explained his question by posing the following scenario.  If the Government orders the confiscation of all guns, how should Christians respond?  Do we obey the government in this instance?  These were questions I’d never pondered, but ones I sincerely wanted to investigate.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve given the question considerable thought.  The issue of the “right to bear arms” stirs the hearts of Americans on both sides of the political aisle.  Most conservatives strongly support the Second Amendment, while many liberals vehemently oppose, claiming the “living Constitution” needs a long overdue overhaul.  Joseph Story, a prominent 19th century lawyer and jurist on the Supreme Court penned that the Constitution has a:

“…fixed, uniform, permanent construction.  It should be…not dependent upon the passions or parties of particular times, but the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

This premise suggests that judges should not veer from the literal text’s meaning, and according to quotes by the Founding Fathers, American citizens deserved the rights of gun ownership.  Thomas Jefferson said,

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.  The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in the government.”

However, the question remains, if the federal government enacts legislation to disarm its citizens, should Christians peaceably comply?

When the Founding Fathers gathered to hash out the wording of the Constitution, three long months of vigorous debate ensued.  After months of arguing, haggling, and heated discussion, a welcomed spirit of consensus permeated the hallowed halls of the Pennsylvania State House.  The Founders settled in to inspect the final product emanating from the spirited deliberations.  Washington and Madison believed a Divine Hand guided the efforts calling the Constitution a “Miracle.”

Other Founding Fathers concurred.  Charles Pinckney of South Carolina said,

“When the great work was done and published, I was struck with amazement.  Nothing less than that superintending hand of Providence that so miraculously carried us through the war could have brought it about so complete….”

Alexander Hamilton agreed with his sentiments saying,

“For my part, I sincerely esteem it a system which, without the Finger of God, never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests.”

In other words, the Founding Fathers experienced something supernatural at the Convention, prompting these great statesmen to credit God for the outcome.

Maybe this is a stretch, but here it goes.  If God inspired our Founding Fathers to create the document esteemed as the “supreme Law of the Land,” the writers made no mistake in including a fundamental “right to bear arms.”  So, is the constitution infallible as the Word of God?  Of course not!  But God does still inspire people today. Songwriters, poets and storytellers occasionally credit God for ideas, marveling at how quickly the finished product appears on paper.  The Founding Fathers credited God for the same type of wisdom flowing from the end of a quill pen.

Daniel Webster wrote,

“I regard it (the Constitution) as the work of the purest of patriots and wisest statesmen that ever existed, aided by the smiles of a benign Providence; it almost appears a Divine interposition in our behalf…the hand that destroys our Constitution rends our Union asunder forever.”

Maybe oft times controversial conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh sums it up best,

“You know why there’s a Second Amendment?  In case the government fails to follow the first one.”

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