Choosing Sides

Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right. Abraham Lincoln

I remember "choosing sides" when I was younger. We would go from door to door in the neighborhood, gathering enough kids to play baseball or football or whatever, then we would choose sides. It was always kinda crummy when you got chose for the bad team, but it was always exciting when you got to be with the ones you wanted on your team. That's when the game was the most fun.

As I got older, I still chose sides. Sometimes I chose the side, sometimes the side chose me by default. Looking back, whenever I ended up on a side of any importance without some forethought, I nearly always lived to regret it. So, I learned to be a bit more discerning in my choices and I learned that life is greatly enhanced whenever you choose your side wisely.

I have noticed lately that there seem to be an awful lot of people who don't give much thought to the side that they are on. As a result they often not only damage their own lives, but they also cause a great deal of harm to others. This is especially true in our nation's politics. Many people don't give much thought to what their "side" stands for, but they will defend their side to the death. This, I believe, has led to a great deal of harm. It has led to huge debt that our children must somehow pay back. It has, at times, led to unnecessary conflicts. It has also led to 54 million babies having their lives capriciously removed from this world.

I have also noted how often people make very poor choices when choosing sides in religion. They say they love God, but they don't always agree with His rules - so they choose the side of the Devil by default... and they wonder why they are so miserable!

If you are experiencing regret from some of the poor choices that you have made in the past, maybe it's time to pay attention to whose side you are on. If you find out that you are not on God's side, then you must change or continue to suffer for being on the wrong side, for God is always right and He will never change sides.

Whose side are you on?

But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve... But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

Joshua 24:15, NIV 


We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident... Don't We?

"We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal; that they were endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Thomas Jefferson


Everyone recognizes these words from the Declaration of Independence. They captured in a phrase the spirit of freedom that these young Americans so strongly desired. Think about the power in the phrase, "all men are created equal". It is the essence of the attitude of the brave men and women who sacrificed so much to pass along a nation that would be free from tyranny.


I am convinced that few Americans today believe in the cause of the Revolution. For instance, they could not - without a healthy dose of hypocrisy, believe in a Creator that gave the unalienable right to life while at the same time aborting their babies. You might say, "But I do not abort my babies", and that is true enough. But, you and I live in a nation that requires every tax payer to pay for the abortions of other people's babies. 


So we have to admit that the vast majority of people do not believe in the premise that all men were endowed by their Creator with the unalienable right of life.


We also have permitted our leaders to require by law that we all take part in something they call, "Affordable Health Care". They say this is for our good and passed a law to ensure that we take part in it. They make us pay for, among other things, sex-change operations for men who are feeling like women and for women who are feeling like men. They make us pay for the penalties of those who abuse drugs and alcohol, even if we never touch the stuff. They make us pay for men and women who love their wicked lifestyles more than the babies they have conceived to kill those very babies.


So we have to admit that we no longer believe in the Founder's premise of the unalienable right of liberty because we are allowing our representatives - men and women whom we put in office to serve us - to convince us to give up this liberty. And they threaten us with prison if we don't!


All that is left now is the belief that all men are endowed by their Creator with the right to pursue happiness. To our shame, we have to admit that this is all that is left of our once noble nation... because a people who would kill their own babies so that they could be happy... and a people who would incessantly pursue perversion to the point that they would vote to have other people pay for their evil desires that make them happy...  and a nation filled with people who think that it is okay to pay for wicked people to be wicked... is clearly a nation that has an animal-like obsession for happiness.


But let me say this: Such a pursuit of happiness is not from the Creator!


I believe that it is time for a change. I believe that our Founding fathers were superior in thought and action to the miserable men and women who would lead us today. I believe that we have these miserable leaders because we will not accept men and women of integrity anymore, because we are pressured in society to believe that anyone with an open belief that God's way is right is somehow sick and depraved.


I am tired of that type of perverse thinking, and I believe that you are too. So let us do something about it. Let us once again prefer Christians for our leaders. Let us return to the Founder's belief that all men were created equal and were endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. And let us take back these unalienable rights before it is too late and we become enslaved to our own depravity!


More than anything else, let us return to our Creator! Let us, in repentance, humbly beseech His forgiveness and His help. For a nation that is on the path that America is now on is a nation that is heading for destruction. I believe that our children and their children should have the same rights that we had when we were born. Let's give them a nation to be proud of!


Let us return to God while we still can!


"This is what the Lord says: Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.

But you said, 'We will not walk in it.'"

Jeremiah 6:16, NIV

A Matter of Principle

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

Have you ever wondered why the Constitution has proven to be such an enduring standard? In part, it was because of the principles of the men who wrote and supported it. America had just come out of an all or nothing conflict with England. As Franklin said, they would all have to hang together, or they would hang separately. And, hang together they did. These young Americans overcame incredible odds because of their determination to stand like a rock for what they believed to be right.

We are at a similar moment in history, in my opinion. A law was recently passed that will force all Americans to take part in abortion. That law went into effect on August 1st of 2012. All women who cannot afford birth control services, including abortion, will now have those services paid for by our tax dollars. For so many it is a point of little importance, so they will just swim with the current on this one. For others, like myself, it is a matter of principle. It is my intent to do everything in my power to overturn this evil that has descended upon our nation.

No, I don't intend to take up arms and "blow away" those who have been so bold as to attempt to force me to pay for this heinous crime of abortion (I don't even own a gun, for that matter). Instead, I intend to do something far more drastic: I intend to pray. And, I intend to vote against those men of evil intent who have so insidiously included abortion in something they have ironically called "health care".

So, I intend to take a stand - and I will, indeed, take that stand, come what may, for this is a matter of principle to me. I can only hope that it is a matter of principle to others. I can also only hope that others will have the courage and the decency to take a stand for these precious and most innocent of lives. I cannot imagine a nation that was founded on the principle that all men were created equal, and a nation that once fought against the Nazi Holocaust, can possibly continue on the reckless path that we find ourselves on in August of 2012. 

Will you... stand? Or can you be bothered?

Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering towards the slaughter. If you say, "But we knew nothing about this", does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who guards your life know it? Will He not repay each person according to what he has done? Proverbs 24:11-12, NIV