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Patriotism Pt.3 – My Responsibility to My Children

I am deeply burdened about the future of my children and grandchildren. The world they will inherit is completely different from the world in which I grew up. Because of selfishness and a complete lack of character from earlier generations, we are handing over a broken nation. It is broken financially, emotionally, philosophically, physically, but most of all spiritually.

I am encouraged by the resolve of some of the next generation. There seems to be somewhat of a resurgence to simplicity and honesty that is refreshing. They are not impressed with our vision of the American dream. They are seeking a religion that is real, led by people who are honest, reaching people who are hurting. To them, it is not about having the biggest, most expensive anything. It is more about making a difference.

Below are five quick thoughts for you to consider. We have a responsibility to our children:

  1. Not to strangle them with person or national debt.

They need to be led by example to pay our bills and not have more than we can afford. They need to be trained to pay as you go and as you can afford it.

  1. To secure them a safe place to live.

We need to stand for a strong defense and not be ashamed of promoting an America that will defend itself and its allies.

  1. To protect their freedom of worship.

In recent years there has been an attack on Christianity. We must take a stand for freedom of religion in America, without apology.

  1. To give them an opportunity for a good education.

Our nation is the most industrialized in the world, yet we seem to find ourselves far down the list educationally.

  1. To teach them not to rely on government.

Government is a tool not the center point of our lives. When we live our lives based on biblical principles we will individually learn to do what the government was never designed to do.

  1. To lead them to love God with all their heart.

The next generation will have no chance of survival without a return to God and the fundamentals of godliness. The two greatest commandments are to love God and love our neighbor.

These are basic tenants of what I believe to be the formula for turning our nation back in the right direction.

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Patriotism Pt.2 – My Responsibility as a Citizen

This is the second of three posts on the subject of Patriotism. In the first post I discussed our responsibility as “Christians”. I would like to look here at our responsibility as “Citizens.”

Christians are not exempt from being good citizens. The Bible commands us to obey those who God has placed in authority over us. We are not to play God, but are to act godly. As a citizen you and I have been entrusted with protecting the freedom that we enjoy in America.

Here are my thoughts:

1- VOTE RESPONSIBLY

I might even drill that down even more and say, VOTE! If you do not vote, do not complain. If you do not vote, I believe you are violating a God-given mandate. It is our responsibility. Take it seriously and study the candidates and their platform … then vote!

2- EVALUATE HONESTLY

In this election I hear people stating that since they cannot fully support a candidate, they will simply not vote. NEWS FLASH: There has never been a candidate that you or I could fully support. We are all different and see things differently theologically, philosophically, and ideologically. Not voting IS a vote… for the worst candidate!

3- EXPECT ACCOUNTABILITY

There is nothing wrong with holding our lawmakers accountable. We are spending our way into poverty. We are legislating immorality. We are allowing an attack on religion. These, along with many others, are important issues. We should look for candidates who best align with our beliefs and vote for them. But, don’t stop there. Hold them accountable. Write an email, call their office, or better yet, pay a visit there. I have been to Washington and visited the offices of our Senators and Congressmen. I found them to have an open ear and eager to listen. If that does not work, vote them out!

4- RESPECT AUTHORITY

I am grieved at the names and hatred people spew out of their mouths and hearts when it comes to politics. Whether or not I agree with the President, does not negate my responsibility to pray for him and respect the office. We are teaching our children a lesson about authority and many times it is not good. We should do our due diligence to know a politician’s stance before we vote. If someone is elected with whom we cannot fully agree, go above their heard…pray for them. In the Old Testament God turned the heart of wicked kings. If God decides to leave them in office, that is HIS business. There may come a time when it is the “lesser of two evils”, pray about it and vote the best you can, but VOTE!

We have a responsibility as citizens!

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Patriotism Pt.1 – My Responsibility as a Christian

This is part one of a three-part series. As I consider what it means to be an American citizen, I am deeply moved. I have been privileged to travel to over a dozen foreign countries and view their systems of government. I have seen first-hand how they live and survive. I have never seen one place that I would trade for America.

As the Presidential Election approaches, I hear and read a lot of things that are filled with hatred and spite. One of the tenants of America is the freedom of speech. This is a great thing but can also be abused. Something that disturbs me the most is the hatred coming from people who claim to be Christians. I am a Christian and I believe in taking a stand, but not one that harms the name of Christ.

Below are three thoughts I would like you to consider about the responsibility we have as American Christians.

First, we should never allow politics to trump biblical principles.

In this post I will refrain from calling names or making personal attacks. What I would like to do is call attention to people who claim Christianity, yet will vote and support ideals that are in complete contradiction to the Bible. It is my belief that you should take a stand against things you cannot reconcile with Scripture. I cannot lend my support or vote to someone who believes in abortion, opposes the biblical definition of marriage, or will not take a stand to support Israel, to name a few. When we allow politics to get in the way of a biblical command, we will give an account to God.

Second, do not confuse patriotism with Christianity.

When I see ole’ Glory waving in the breeze, or hear a stirring rendition of the national anthem, it brings a tear to my eye. When I see soldiers in uniform and realize all that they have done for our freedom, my heart fills with American pride. But…this is not Christianity. Long before there was an America, and long after it is gone, God and His Word will stand. When we allow our feelings to get ahead of our responsibility, we hurt both our country and Christ.

Last, never elevate politicians to Prophets.

In this election it is good for Christians to remember that we are not electing a pastor, we are electing a President. I do not know if we will ever find a man with whom we would agree theologically. I hear Christians calling people names and using vulgar slang about people and subjects, even when there is no direct evidence. This kind of rhetoric makes Christians look like uneducated idiots and will never win the lost to Christ. Do not put your politician on a pedestal. See them as authority that we are to pray for and obey when it does not violate the Bible.

Take a stand, but do it with the love of God. We have a responsibility as Christians!

What are your comments?

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An Honest Campaign

As we fast approach Election Day it is almost certain that you can expect a last push for your vote. Even before now the advertising has overwhelmed the public with campaign signs on every corner and commercials on the radio and television. And as we draw nearer to the final day in which the last person standing will be the one with the most votes, desperation and mud-slinging has kicked into high-gear as candidates use toxic arsenal to boost their appeal.

You might say that all is fair in love, war and politics, but how far is too far? It is one thing to inform the public of a candidate’s position, but it is an entirely different game of politics when one minces words and generates deception. What do these acts of malicious intent say about the character of those who endorse them, and how should we as the public respond? The Bible as God’s word gives time-tested instruction on how we should conduct ourselves; and it has much to say about an honest campaign.

David was a young man when he was anointed to be the true king of Israel, and yet he waited patiently for some time before finally assuming the throne. In his youth, he was employed by King Saul to fight against the Philistine giant, Goliath, and in the name of the Lord he won the battle – and the favor of the people of Israel (1 Samuel 17:45-51; 18:6-7). The king, jealous of the praise David received and paranoid that he would take over the kingdom, made several attempts to have David killed because he threatened his position on the throne. And while he had many opportunities to avenge himself, David never lifted a finger against his king nor attempted to damage his reputation (1 Samuel 24:1-13). For his integrity and obedience, David was rewarded as king over Israel after God had removed Saul from the throne, for he was truly a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22).

The character demonstrated by young David, eager to lead his people in victory and righteousness, displays the kind of integrity we should look for in potential future leaders. The Bible says, “It is an abomination to kings to do evil, for the throne is established by righteousness” (Proverbs 16:12). As Christians we have a duty to seek leaders of honor and integrity, and vote for those who revere God and promote Christian principles. It is leaders such as these that run an honest campaign, and their character proves they will conduct the affairs of the public with sincerity and respect.

When the actions of a man portray him with inconsiderate lips and a perverse character, the old adage is often applied – “what you see is what you get”. Those who are desperate for supremacy and conduct themselves in deceitfulness and slander may have temporary success, but in the end will not be rewarded. The Bible says, “He who has a crooked mind finds no good, and he who is perverted in his language falls into evil” (Proverbs 17:20), for “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).

As you go to the polls and cast your ballot, keep in mind the integrity of those who seek election; for the character displayed during their campaign reveals much about the office they ask to hold. “Remove the impurities from the silver, and out comes material for the silversmith” (Proverbs 25:4).

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