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Epiphany!…sort of…

Posted by foundersfreedom on April 12, 2010

A year ago I decided to get as heavily involved in the “tea party” movement as I could get. The experience has been amazing. I’ve met great and passionate Americans, many which I now call friends.

I’ve gotten to the inner circle of major local events and been more than happy to devote a couple nights a week and many extra hours of email, calls and reading to further the cause. But these last few months have not brought me the fulfillment I thought I’d get from doing what I thought was all that I possibly could (while trying to balance job and family).

It’s true enough that we’ve had some unbelievable events that have shaken my confidence that we will ever get our country back, but I’m thinking about why, with all the passion and commitment I’ve seen from my new friends, do I still feel we’ve lost?  Americans have never been so engaged in the process and show no signs of letting up. Polls show tea party positions and candidates in a very positive light all across the country.

Though I don’t typically skip church on Sunday to work, this past Sunday I had some things that needed to get done so I did just that. Driving along listening to the radio preacher talking about the Great Commission stirred in me the cause of my current malaise. As popular and as positive as the tea party message is – and crucial to our way of life – I’ve had no desire to go to any of the many local meetings. Not even to participate in the big event of the season – the Sean Hannity Tax Day Tea Party right here in Cincinnati. This is was what I thought I was working for.

A little background is in order. As a Glenn Beck fan, I consider myself more of a 9/12er than a tea partier. Glenn knows that without God as the foundation we will not get back the stated goals of the Tea Party – Free Markets, Limited Government and Fiscal Responsibility (Cincinnati version). I’ve felt that all along. Plus, the fact they’re getting very involved in the political process, I just wasn’t “feeling” it. I have no more desire to work in the Republican Party – even if to reform it – than I have to parachute from a plane.

I’ve been doing some soul-searching to determine if I was just jealous that I hadn’t really accomplished what I have been working toward as the outreach guy for the Cincy 9/12 Project when the tea parties seem to get all the press. I’ve always been a bit of a contrarian doing what was least popular, so it really wasn’t that.  Feeling like I’m right in believing there is no political solution for our woes and that we’re just beginning to see how bad things can get, I wanted to feel the excitement and enthusiasm that so many around me do about the coming elections. But I can’t.

Back to the preacher. I was thinking again about the three tenets of the Tea Party and how it fails to address where those values originate. They are,  generally speaking, about money or the ability to pursue it.  There is no spiritual component.  Our inalienable rights emanate from natural law which comes from a Creator God. How can we possibly be successful if we don’t put Him back in His rightful place?  We can’t and we won’t. Therein lies the problem. Don’t get me wrong, God is not off limits in the tea parties, they just don’t make Him a plank.

Now I’m thinking, “what would my three planks be if I were to come up with my own?”  I came up with God, Me and Others. Strange enough I know, but within seconds “Me” became my hopes for myself, my children and future grandchildren and “Others” became the duty to help others to accomplish things for their families.  Again, in a moment, Faith, Hope, and Charity evolved into my mantra – just as it has for Glenn Beck.  Great (or insane) minds think alike.

This epiphany, so to speak,  has given me a new outlook and a desire to really pursue the spiritual aspect of America. Without it we are destined to fail.  We must give God His due. America is like no other in the history of Man and it is fully because of divine providence.  Freedom can only come from God. It has become quite clear over the centuries that, left to mere men, governments will enslave – even as evidenced  in what is happening here in America today. If God be for us, who could be against us? There’s liberating power in that. Just what I needed. Now, back to the fight.

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As America’s religion goes, so goes the country.

Posted by foundersfreedom on April 9, 2009

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A sign o’ the times – and what holiday, I ask, is “Spring?” That used to be a SEASON! How offensive is GOOD FRIDAY and to WHOM?!

 

As I lament the quickly deteriorating state of America I also lament the state of the souls of her citizens.  America has been rotting from the inside and now the facade is beginning to crumble.  Our leaders are corrupt, moral absolutes have been diluted or destroyed and ours has become a culture of decadence and selfishness.

President Obama recently said America is not a Christian nation. Apparently it’s OK and wonderful to have oppressive Islamic countries, but a Christian country is undesirable. After I got over my initial anger, I’m afraid I have to agree with him at this point in time.  He’s supposedly a believer, and that’s between him and God, but he and his fellow ideologues have done all they can to destroy the religious foundation of America.  

Gay rights, abortion of any kind, taking prayer out of schools, Christmas decorations from public places – all of these have been implemented by those who are in charge right now. The Left’s near total control of education over the last 40 years has seen to it that references to the Founding Fathers, religious or otherwise, are skimmed over or avoided completely. 

How I long for a return of those statesmen, instruments of Divine Providence used to create this the most free and prosperous land in the history of man, to manifest themselves to this current generation.  We’re treated to pandering, lies, feigned support for the military, and petty bickering. 

John Adams, in October 1798, said the following and it is shows the wisdom given to him and his contemporaries when the building blocks were being laid almost 300 years ago.
         “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

George Washington in 1792 (emphasis mine)
         “I’m sure there never was a people, who had more reason to acknowledge a divine interposition in their affairs, than those of the United States; and I should be pained to believe, that they have forgotten that agency, which was so often manifested during our revolution, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God, who is alone able to protect them.”

The enemies of freedom, inside and outside our borders, have been chipping away at the foundations since they were created, but the fabric has been held together by the Judeo-Christian ethic, or at the very least the perceived notion of a higher power and the benefits of living a good life.  Respect for life and property have their roots in every major religion, but it is a core of the Christian faith.  The first four of the Ten Commandments pertain to our relationship wih the Holy God.  The remaining six deal with our relationships with each other.  A quick review of these six and their attending assaults I hope will give pause to those who think a return to our Constitution can be accomplished without a return to our faith.

Fifth Commandment – Honor your Mother and Father
            Society is telling our kids to have sex as often and anywhere they like, certainly against the desires of parents.  The UN Rights of the Child proposal will be a huge detriment to our responsibilty to raise our children. Government (sometimes called public schools) indoctrinate our children in values contrary to those taught at home.

Sixth Commandment – Thou shalt not murder
           
Sadly, murder is a common occurrence in lower income neighborhoods , but isn’t  restricted only to those neighborhoods.   The average age of the perpetrator is younger than ever. News reports of 14 year olds killing other human beings doesn’t shock the way it used to.  Often a criminal that commits murder gets less time than drug dealers, large-scale polluters or animal abusers.
           The biggest and most damning trespass of the 6th Commandment is the horror of the killing of the unborn – abortion.  Under the auspices of “choice” or “health/life of the mother,”  we’ve entrenched the  murder of human beings into an acceptable activity.  Even most who abhor it will not stand up and speak for fear of being castigated.  So by our “sin of silence” this practice has moved to the point of allowing babies born after botched abortions to be left to die a cold, lonely death in a dark room off to the side.  If these “unwanted” babies were left on a doorstep somewhere I guarantee they’d be snatched up and taken care of by somebody, with media reports of how a community came together to find it a loving home, but since this occurs in a nearly empty room out of public view it’s OK to extinguish a life breathed by God Himself.
           
Seventh Commandment – Thou shalt not commit adultery
            God considers ANY sex outside of marriage to be adultery. Hetero or homosexual. Watched any primetime network TV over the last 20 years or more? Enough said.

Eighth Commandment – Thou shalt not steal
             
Our government, through legislative fiat, has been stealing from the producers and giving it to the non-producers. Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it isn’t stealing. 

Ninth Commandment – Thou shalt not bear false witness (lie)
              Terms like ‘disingenuous’ have become the new ‘liar’ but softens it to an acceptable tenor.  Our elected leaders have perfected the art of bearing false witness. 

Tenth Commandment – Thou shalt not covet (desire to take from another) your neighbors wife, property, etc. (abridged for space)
              
Where do you start with this one?  Much can be referred back to the Eighth Commandment above.  The immoral theft and mismanagement by investment banking has caused the loss of trillions of dollars in our portfolios, yet it seems those running the show have made out just fine.  Sure, their portfolios presumably have taken a hit, too but when your making tens of millions of dollars running a company into risky investments which receive bailouts from your powerful friends in DC, it’s not so bad.
              The whole Socialist mentality our country now seems to have embraced is built upon this premise. 

Sociopsychologist Warren Benton said in Temporary Society, “In order to effect rapid change, one must mount a vigorous attack on the family, lest the traditions of the present generations be preserved.”  Another noted sociopsychologist, James Coleman, was even more straight-forward. He said, “If  ‘equality of opportunity’ (read socialism’) is to become part of the American Dream, the traditional family must be weakened.”  Ominous statements, indeed, and common in educational institutions, especially higher education.  It explains why so many college students come out so far removed from their values going in. 

Our public education system has done a thorough job of indoctrinating our children for decades, but we can’t hold ourselves blameless if we failed to correct those teachings by reinforcing our values at home or, better yet, homeschooling them – a choice my wife and I made before our children were born.  I can talk the talk and walk the walk.  My wife is an RN and we’ve sacrificed close to a half-million dollars so far for our decision and, frankly, have no regrets.

Moral relativism is a sinister mindset that leads to pain and confusion for our kids.  They’re told that all lifestyles are equal.  They’re told that we all have our own path to heaven and no one is more right than others.  They’ve been taught that corporal punishment should be impuned or even prosecuted.   They’ve been taught that their self-esteem should be caressed at all costs.  The only way to reconcile all this in their developing value-system is by diluting the messages of the Bible and the values many have grown up with.  Our education system and entertainment industry pound on those values every day.  These kids grow up and raise children that have never known discipline, have few boundaries and no truths to anchor themselves to.  What a scary place to be!

To get a glimpse of America a decade or two from now just look at England and France.  They have given up religion en masse, and their societies are under assault from Islam. Experts are projecting both to be Islamic countries within a couple decades.  Some estimates put it as early as 2030, just 20 years from now.  How could that be, you may ask?  Pure and simple, Westerners have embraced smaller families and the “choice” of killing tens of millions of potential Westerners while Muslims are having larger families for the sake of growing their populations. Our mothers have left the home in pursuit of careers and “things,” leaving insufficient time to grow and nurture large families. 

America, if we really want to get back to the country we were with the freedoms that have been the envy of the world, we need to get back the spiritual component as well as the political.  We need to say, “no” to to sports on Sunday mornings.  We need to teach the important things, like the struggles inherent with freedom and responsibility. We need to teach that what we do in private is in full view of God. If we don’t go to church regularly and seek God’s will for our lives, ask for forgiveness for our sins of commission as well omission by allowing the horrible things that have become commonplace and give Him his rightful place as the Divine Creator, our spiral into decadence will continue. 

Romans 13:3-6 says about Godly rulers-  

“[They] are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.”

In this upside-down world where evil is called good and good evil, it doesn’t appear that what we currently have are Godly rulers.  Perhaps we get what we deserve.

God, have mercy on us. 

   

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We know God’s not Republican or Democrat, but is He a Socialist or Capitalist?

Posted by foundersfreedom on March 9, 2009

We’ve all heard, and most will likely agree, that God is not a Republican or a Democrat, but one may be led to ask, “Is He a Socialist or a Capitalist?”

 

This is not meant to be a flippant question with some off-the-cuff smart-aleck answer, though it would be easy to let it degenerate into such, but one that may help both sides understand which is truly for the common good and liberty and which leads to shackles.

 

The Socialist / Capitalist debate has certainly come to the fore with the recent election and the current economic turmoil.  One side speaks of the pending destruction of capitalism and America as we know it, while the other speaks of compassion for the poor and struggling.  Can we achieve the latter without doing the former? My answer is yes, but not the way it’s being done, and has been done for the last 70 years.  I looked to none other than God Himself for an answer.  If you’re not a Believer, feel free to move along, but Truth is Truth.  If inspiration or wisdom is drawn from the spiritual realm, whether the reader believes in the spritual or not, the insight should never be summarily dismissed. 

 

God, that is the Judeo-Christian God, through the Bible, gives us a bit of insight to wealth creation, fruits of labor, and charitable giving.  I looked at verses in the Bible containing ‘money,’ ‘work,’ ‘slothfulness,’ and ‘blessing,’ and found what one would expect to find when looking into the heart of God – compassion and responsibility.

 

The parable of the talents in Matthew 25:18-30 speaks to wealth creation in a fairly pointed way.  The Master gives 1, 2 and 5 talents respectively to his 3 servants and then goes away for a time.  Upon his return, the servants given the 2 and 5 talents have doubled his money.  He was well pleased and made them rulers over many things.  The one who received the single talent had hid it away and gained nothing. He was scolded and cast out.

 

Abraham, the Patriarch of the Judeo-Christians, Solomon and Job were immensely wealthy and were blessed of God (chicken or the egg?).     

 

God is a strong proponent of a good work ethic.

Proverbs 28:19 says, “He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that follows after frivolous, empty things shall have poverty enough.” 

 

2 Thessalonians 3:10 “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”

 

Ecclesiastes 10:18  By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through (leaks).

 

But does God want us to prosper at all costs? Shall we look the other way when confronted with our brothers’ needs? Absolutely not.

 

Proverbs 28:20  A faithful man shall abound in blessings, but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent (go unpunished).

 

1Timothy 6:10    For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

 

Job 29:12  Because I delivered (rescued/helped) the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.

 

Job 29:16  I was a father to the poor: and the cause (case) I knew not I searched out.  (Went looking for those to help)

   

I believe God to be compassionate, yet He expects responsibility from His creation.  When it came to the tabernacle offering He expected something from everyone, rich or poor.  What expectations do we have from the recipients of our welfare system?  Their slavemasters in Congress won’t even consider requiring a clean drug test for eligibility or require community service by picking up the trash in their own subsidized housing project.     

 

Exodus 30:15  The rich shall not give more, the poor shall not give less when they give an offering unto the LORD to make an atonement for your souls.

 

Where does all this lead? It can be wrapped up pretty quickly. 

 

The poor will always be among us (Deut. 15-11 and Matthew 26:11) and all the money in the world will not change that (and it certainly appears Obama’s trying just that).  America has programs that not only allow recipients not to work and receive pay, but encourages more of the same activity.  Not only does this take from those that work hard and earn an honest paycheck, but it rots the souls of those on the receiving end.  Look at the neighborhoods that receive the bulk of the governmental largesse.  These areas are full of illegal drug activity, theft, shootings and stabbings, fatherless children, trash in the street.  The list goes on.  Certainly doesn’t fit with God’s desire that we live and live more abundantly.

 

The crumbling of our capitalist financial system is not devoid of blame either.  The multiple ‘Bernie Madoffs’, the CEOs of major banking institutions that leveraged themselves to the hilt with the help of a corrupt political system and reckless consumerism on the part of the average American has also brought us to where we are.  Again, very much against biblical teachings.  Our house was built on sand.

 

The typical Socialist (whether they consider themselves to be or not) believes the government should help all in need.  Capitalists believe in giving each individual the chance to make it on their own and perhaps make it big.  Pure Socialists (called Communists) believe that the government has the right and is required to insure the needs of the masses.  Pure capitalists have little loyalty to anything but the bottom line, including their fellow citizens and the country that gave them the opportunities.

 

Pure Socialists are willing to force “charity” at the point of a gun and controlling most aspects of the economy.  Communism only works when the State is supreme and precludes any adherence to a beneficent deity (God). And that is only for a time.  See ‘USSR.’

 

Pure Capitalism sends jobs overseas to procure cheap labor at the expense of our neighbors.  I would be disingenuous if I imply that all companies that ship jobs overseas do it on a whim.  Government regulations, union issues, environmental restrictions, etc. can oftentimes make it nearly impossible to compete and stay in business without doing so. One consolation is that at least with pure capitalism the standard of living is improved in those areas where the companies relocate.  Competent oversight, not government meddling, can easily keep this situation in check.   

 

We have allowed the government to be our brothers’ keeper, while returning the corrupt to office in election after election.  We have put our own selfish desires ahead of doing what’s responsible.  The way I see it, the current state of our nation is the direct result of kicking God out of our government, our schools and universities and even our homes. (Updated and confirmed today here in an article about the increase in atheism in the US)  

 

So, is God a Socialist or a Capitalist?  Chances are He’s laughing at my impotent attempt to classify Him, but He’s also saddened that this nation, like all previous nations brought to prominence by His Providence, again causes Him to turn away. God has blessed America.  Today we need mercy.  

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