Shining City on a Hill

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven… A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance  Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4

While for the past month or so we’ve been getting Mondays started off on a light note and silly stuff, sometimes we need to put off the silly in order to remember and reflect on those times that test the hearts of men and nations.

Tomorrow is September 11, and so I am going to post the article I had set up for tomorrow, today instead. But it’s not an easy one, and it was one of the harder ones I’ve tried to write.

For so long I’ve written from what I observe, what I have learned and what I research.  I don’t always know the truth, no matter how much I want to learn it, but whenever I have taken the time to dig, ponder and see, so much of the time the truth is so obscure that no one seems to want it known.  There will be answers some day, and as much as we hope or think we know now, there will be so much more from ‘behind the scenes’ that will show that we maybe didn’t know much at all. Or maybe we did.

Thinking about things in our country over the past 20 some years I’ve been here, observing for the most part, studying, learning and researching…. the truth is plain to see, for those who have eyes to see. Those who want the truth will know it, but I have to wonder if enough people want to know it.

This was a hard one to write. It might be hard to read, and I’ll understand if most folks aren’t in the mood for it, but it’s an important discussion to have. It’s subjects such as this where we can learn others’ perspectives, whether we all agree or not on the finer points- but still be willing to share and make a way to encourage each other and hopefully anyone who happens to read it whether they comment or not.

Last week CDS has brought up the problems of and wondered over solutions to the ever growing PC monster that has been overtaking the not only in the US, but many countries in the west which seem to be being devoured by the same. That got me to thinking about our country and how it seems that a few generations which haven’t been taught with the same values and ideals many of us grew up being taught, have come to a completely different idea of what America represents and how exceptionalism is somehow a bad thing.

Even before America was a country, it offered safe havens for the persecuted. Once America gained freedom, America became the strongest nation, the freest and the most giving. In America exceptionalism was once something strived for. Her goodness was something to be praised, and in her people, competitiveness taught strength and begat character. America was always considered the strongest. While she has not always been liked, she was always respected.

I have to wonder what these folks think when they’ve pushed God out while shoving progressivism’s ideas of inclusion and open borders, and every social justice idea into our lives on a daily basis.

What country is the perfect country? What makes any other country so much more desirable than the United States? If you love this country, why do you want to transform it into something else? If you desire something else so much, why don’t you move to where your perfect place is instead of making America the same as every other country?

When I hear people putting America down for racial injustice my first instinct is to think of the spirit of the people to overcome their circumstance and do it without marginalizing a whole segment of people. Rising above hate, including much worse done to them. I think about the character and spirit of men like George Washington Carver, and Booker T. Washington who over came slavery and built legacies for hundreds of thousands who came after them. I think of the fact that anyone, no matter skin shade or back ground circumstance who’ve become doctors, renowned surgeons, congress members, senators, lawyers, media moguls, astronauts, and presidents.

Earlier generations didn’t have things like welfare, social justice, equal treatment or affirmative action. They didn’t build their livlihoods because of some government or progressive program, they built them in spite of everything they endured.

The problems of our country run deep and have for a long time, and the main problem is one too many people want to ignore because it’s spritual.

As trials, tribulations, and adversity built character and virtue, the last few generations have been coddled so much, that kids aren’t even allowed to be kids anymore without someone creating rules or laws to “keep them safe”, all the while building on a sexually charged society where they’re told if it feels good, do it. This has created the most despairing, selfish, hopeless and confused generations- which is in turn ‘parenting’ the next generation. These young adults and kids have no idea how to maintain healthy relationships with each other, or know how to respect themselves, let alone others. They’ve either not been taught about God, or taught that He doesn’t exist, that evolution is where they come from and that we’re not created in His image, but evolved from animals. You all know it could go on and on, but to keep things a little shorter than a novel, and the main point of this article, we’ll move on.

Our country was begun by those seeking freedom and the same desire for Freedom and liberties motivated the Founders which they recognized could only come from God, not the government. These ideals and values are at the heart of the writings of the Mayflower Compact, the Federalist Papers, and ultimately the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as well.

Benjamin Franklin was asked after the Constitution had been ratified- “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?

He replied, “A Republic if you can keep it.”

It makes me think of other words which were given as sense to live by, and warnings if we failed to “keep it”…

And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand... Matthew 12:25

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord Psalm 33:12 (a)

The integrity of the upright shall guide them, but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them. Proverbs 11:3

Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 14:34

We are a nation which has removed the 10 Commandments from the public square and schools, they replaced common sense and guidance with theories, metal detectors and self exploration. We have people who have a Bible to decorate their coffee tables, yet turn to mutlitudes of self help books, pychologists and anti depressents, and are a nation of confused and depressed people who have little hope.

We’ve let our city’s shining light get too dim for too long.

We are a nation which has replaced God with government, and who depend on government to take care of them. A government which ignores and bends time tested laws and create new rules in order to keep people pacified and controlled. And they accept it willingly.

All aspects of our liberties were debated on until the final Constitution was ratified. The men who fought, who debated and wrote the Constitution and our Bill of Rights knew that certain inalienable Rights endowed by our Creator were so important that they needed a permanent place in these documents, lest government try to take them away. It’s interesting how much these men realized government could eventually move to tyranny due to the citizen’s apathy and ignorance,  because they had seen it in their own times.

They wanted to make sure it did not happen again in the future and they did their best to warn us through their words. God has given His word to live by as our founders gave us a nation of rights to live free but too many generations have chosen ignorance and invisible chains.

There’s only one answer to our nation’s (and our world’s)  problem…

Have a blessed day all.