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The purpose of this blog is to discuss current events covering a myriad of topics. I have always been a person who is interested in other people’s perspectives. In Numbers 22 of the Bible and referenced in 2 Peter, God caused a donkey to speak to a stubborn prophet. The King James version of the bible actually reads…”the dumb a– speaking in a man’s voice”… Because of that, I’ve come to the conclusion that God can use anyone or anything to speak a word to us. Therefore, I'm open to listen to anyone, although I may not believe all that is said.

As a fully devoted follower of Christ, we have a responsibility to pray for the President of the United States. Therefore I encourage first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings(presidents) and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.(1 Tim 2:1,2) Now is not the time to not pray for President Obama. If you think the last 4 yrs were bad, withhold our prayers now and things certainly won't get better. Our prayer does matter. What will I be praying for the President? I pray that he be filled with God's wisdom and understanding, that he have ability to surround himself with people filled with godly knowledge and understanding who can give him the right advice and that the fear of the Living God would rest upon Him. We have a difficult journey ahead and God is still on the thrown; His grace is sufficient!
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The election is now eight days away and in my opinion, there have been few presidential elections as important as this one. There has never been two candidates that have completely different ideologies regarding what the future of the United States should look like. Since President Obama and Mitt Romney are both personable, the Democratic and Republican platforms are a good place to start when determining which party's values more closely align with your own. These statements of purpose are thoroughly and methodically crafted agendas to be implemented over the course of the next several years based upon which party is in control.

As a Christ-follower my goal is to allow the scripture to define my worldview and in the process define how I vote. So, with so many issues before us - abortion, gay marriage, jobs creation, immigration reform, energy policies, social justice, foreign policy, etc., do we place them all on the same level? Do we declare that social justice is equal to abortion or gay marriage par with job creation? I have to ask myself "How would each of these issues rank from a biblically based viewpoint recognizing that each of these issues carry great weight and define what the future holds for us?" I've concluded, as a Christ-follower, that the issue of "life" ranks as the top priority when deciding on which candidate to support. It is my primary consideration for whom to vote, not the only consideration. Here's why: I believe the scripture puts pre-eminence on "life". Am I God? No! Would He have "life" as the first order of priority? Absolutely! Jesus said in John 10:10, I have come that you might have LIFE more abundantly! The reason Christ came was to give life. In Exodus 21, the penalty for the accidental death of an unborn child was death. It is the only instance in scripture where causing an accidental death resulted in a death sentence. This shows the value the Lord places on life in the womb.

Since politics is one of the practical ways that we express our values, shouldn't the platform we choose to support reflect our deepest held beliefs? There is no question that both Party's platform contains initiatives that align with our beliefs.  However, classifying every issue as being no more important or greater than the other is dangerous. Because everything that we see has come from the realm that is unseen, then it stands to reason that moral issues have a significantly greater impact on our future than economic issues faced by our nation. Could it be that our economic constraints are the result of us having lost our biblically inspired moral compass? I'd love to know what you think...
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Once I had a conversation with a person who was in the throes of a financial crisis. It seemed that there was too much month left at the end of their money. As I inquired about the source of income, this person indicated they were receiving a monthly check from the government. I was shocked to learn that the check totaled less than that person could have earned making minimum wage. When I made the person aware of that fact, the response was, "I will lose that check!" My response..."But you could work and earn twice that amount and eliminate your financial stress." It was at that time that I realized that what had started out to be a "good thing" eventually became a "bad thing". What was designed to be a "temporary hand up" became a "perpetual hand out". I believe the government has a role in helping those less fortunate in our society; it should be a minimal role that provides a "hand up" and not a "hand out". I believe this role in which the government now functions became necessary when "The Church", the local community of believers loss sight of the fact that we are "to let our light shine...so God is glorified." There was a time when the church functioned as the social relief program in our communities. Neighbors helped neighbors and everyone pitched in to help those in the community who were "caught in a tight spot". The beauty of this "I'm my brother's keeper's concept" was that those who needed assistance were also held accountable for the resource given them. If the resource wasn't used for proper means, the resource was directed to someone else who would appreciate it and use the funds for the intended purpose. Many times when a person wants to elevate their station in life, they require assistance, especially if they have not been afforded opportunities like those available to people who have financial resource networks (friends, lineage, business connections, education). However, when the "hand up" evetually becomes a "hand out", that person then becomes enslaved; they become dependent and not interdependent. There are many people like the person referenced at the beginning of this blog who needed help for whatever reason but that help, without initiative on their part and lack of accountability from the government agency has now enslaved them. This form of slavery has not only created a worse condition for the receipient but has potentially stifled the productivity of future generations. Helping the poor or those who find themselves in need of financial assistance is a very good thing as long as it doesn't produce perpetual dependents and eliminates the acceptance of personal responsibility for their own destiny. Perhaps you have a story of someone who needed a hand up and maximized the resource given them; please share your experience.
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Our son Caleb is quite the thinker and is always one step ahead in his thought processes. We entered the drive through at one of our favorite frozen custard shops called "Shakes". Cyd and I were discussing who would be the recipients of the palatable treat when Caleb piped in, "I want some custard." You can't get any because you have a lot of nasal congestion and you refuse to blow your nose; because custard is a type of diary product, you just get more congested; besides that you didn't know that not blowing your nose would result in you not getting one of your favorite treats. That's called an unintended consequence", was my reply. Caleb responded, "But you always allow me to eat other dairy things when I'm congested!" "What things?" I asked. "I can't tell you because then you won't let me eat them!" he exclaimed. Cyd and I laughed out loud knowing that he was one step ahead of me because I was prepared to tell him I wouldn't let him eat those things either. Raising children is one of the hardest things we have ever done, but nothing is more rewarding. Take the time to reflect on the wonderful perspective that your child(ren) bring to your life. I would love to hear some of your LOL moments with your kids.
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