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This is not your typical Memorial Day article, but as I think about the men who have fought and died to preserve our country I ask myself this question. Most of us will never fight on a battle field, but we are equally responsible for defending our country against those who would destroy it from within as well as from without. If we will not take part in governing ourselves, we will be governed by those with the will to rule and the means to force that will upon us. If we refuse to manage well that which we have been given, then our brave men and women have died in vane.
No set of excuses can be more frustratingly self-righteous than those offered by individuals refusing to participate in our representative republic. You hear them all the time: “nothing is more corrupt than politics” or “every politician lies to your face.” A sadly misplaced sense of purity becomes an ill-considered excuse for being uninformed and disengaged.
I just finished reading a document containing prayer concerns for Malaysia. We lament the changes that have been occurring in our country over the past few decades, and they are lamentable. When I read something like this, I am struck with the realization of what we have compared to most of the world. Here our politicians still find it advantageous to lay claim to Christianity whether or not they have any real faith. In many countries, particularly those controlled by communist or Islamic governments, one fears for his livelihood and often his life if he professes Jesus as Lord.
The poorest among us still enjoy the modern conveniences of our society. Homeless people carry cell phones and post to Facebook. Just across our boarder you will find people who can’t even get clean water. We read passages about the rich and think they apply to someone richer than us, but we are all rich.
God has given this to us, and He can take it away. We, like Israel of old are turning from Him in our prosperity. We have forgotten the source of our wealth. We have forgotten the reason that He provides it. Even I, as I sit here and ponder these things, only want to go so far in doing anything about them.
It is reasonable to ask what can be done. The problems even within our own nation are staggering and we have it really good. The only thing I know for sure is that nothing will have long term benefit that does not come from Yahweh. In the United States as well as in the rest of the world we must turn to Him if we really want to see change.
How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? (Rom 10:14 NASU)
We are not doing enough, and we are not saying enough. Fat, complacent, and uncompassionate, we watch the world burn and throw a few pennies at those who are trying to save them to soothe our consciences. Money won’t solve the problem, though it can help. Love can, for those willing to receive it. Love will drive us to share His saving message. Love will compel us to give of all that we have and all that we are where it is needed.
Lord, forgive us and show us how to love.
It has been a couple of weeks since this happened. This is the first time I have felt like I could take the time to stop and write something down. I may miss a detail or two, but it has happened to me often enough that I will surely have pulled from some other time. Let me start by saying that I’m not making any blanket statements about the people who work for DART. In fact, for every bad experience I have had I can point to countless good experiences. Many a driver has gone out of his or her way to help me get where I needed to go. I tell this story not to beat up on DART, but in hope that my story will help everyone to stop and consider the unintended consequences of their actions when they don’t feel like following the rules.
It was Monday before last. I had been going to the office all week because I was not able to connect to the office network from home. Finally my laptop was rebuilt and I packed up to hurry home early. I was expecting my new home computer to be shipped that day and I wanted to be there to get it. I made the train on time and arrived at the Arapaho Center station where I transfer to a bus with approximately a 10 minute window before the bus was to arrive. At the bus terminal, all of the busses have marked stops. I know where mine is, and it hadn’t changed. I do have a little vision, so I opted to wait inside the enclosed shelter from where I could see the bus pull up to the designated stop. The arrival time came and went, but no bus ever stopped at that birth. A couple of times a bus pulled passed the stop and maybe slowed a little, but if anyone else had been waiting inside the shelter I don’t think they would have had time to react either. It’s likely the driver was late and didn’t want to bother stopping if there was no one waiting.
Admittedly, I’ve been a DART rider long enough that I should have known better. I should have been standing right out by the pole with the sign on it, particularly after the bus was late. I have this terrible hang-up though. I expect people to do what they are supposed to do. I will never know whether that driver even arrived that day, but past experience suggests that he or she did not stop in the correct place either because of lateness or some personal quirk. All I really know is that I was stuck waiting for another hour for the next bus to come. I missed my shipment.
In my case the consequences were no worse than a delay in getting what I wanted and a great deal of frustration at being a slave to someone else’s incompetence. Blindness offers many challenges, but at least for me the worst by far is the lack of the freedom of movement. However, I always think in these situations, what if it were something more critical? I once met a man at a bus stop who was late for a job interview because the bus did not arrive on time. Sometimes those things are unavoidable. Traffic, construction, broken equipment, etc are all part of life, but a driver simply not doing what he is supposed to do is not acceptable
In David Limbaugh’s latest column, he notes that Karl Rove claims 4.1 million Republican voters simply stayed home for the 2008 election. I can certainly understand that. We were once again presented with a choice between bad and worse. I know people who believe we no longer really have a choice, and I confess I wonder if they are right. Voting Republican can hardly be considered the moral choice anymore if it ever could. Its true base has been abandoned. That’s why even though I disagree with some of the policy planks of the Constitution party, at least the last time I read the platform, I chose to list my political affiliation with it when I joined Facebook. What troubles me most is that people are staying home who need to be taking part in the process.
If you’ve been in church long, you’ve probably heard the parable of the talents (Matt 25:14-30.) In summary, a master gave three servants sums of money to manage according to their ability. Two of the servants doubled what they were given. The third hid the money and gave it back to his master upon his return. For this action he was condemned as wicked and lazy. If you’ve heard it preached you’ve almost certainly heard it applied to all aspects of our lives. I submit to you that it applies to the country we live in as well. With all of its problems, there is still no better place to live. It may already be too late, but we can’t make that assumption. We must proceed as if our voices will be heard. In this country we have been given the right to choose our leaders. We can choose people of character who will make the tough decisions, or we can selfishly choose those who tell us that they will take from someone else and give to us. We can choose leaders of principle who still believe in justice and morality, or we can choose wicked liars who pervert justice and applaud the death of the innocent. Judgment will fall on this country if we do not turn around. It may have already begun. Revival is needed if we are to have any hope as a nation. Pray for revival. Share Jesus’ love at every opportunity. Exercise the rights you still have before you lose them entirely. Do not bury the gifts that you have been given.
Since it’s been so long, and since just about all I’ve done is rant and stump for issues, I’d like to take a more personal approach today. It has been a busy season. I think I’ve briefly mentioned the new responsibilities I took on at work. I’m the technical lead on one of our department’s larger projects. This is a first for me and it has been a learning experience that sources tell me I barely survived whether I know it or not. It has become my life over the last few months. There are several reasons why I took this on. I’d like to say that the most important reason was the training for my future that it will provide. I suppose that’s true, but I have to ask myself which future I am talking about. Did I take this assignment to gain the leadership skills I will need as a pastor, or am I simply trying to set myself up for advancement in the company? My dreams seem to be at odds with reality. I think it’s safe to say that I have no burning desire for advancement. I am curious whether I could do it and I have gotten tired of my old job, but what I really want is the money. Personally I can be content with what we have, but I foresee the possibility that our needs will increase as my wife’s condition progresses. Medical costs would already be high without insurance and that doesn’t include much more than the medication. Many of my church acquaintances would say I should trust God and “step out in faith.” Maybe they’re right, but I am responsible before God to use what He has given me. I know the teaching on faith. I was raised in the charismatic tradition. I think that if He gave me specific directions I could follow them in complete faith. I don’t have those specific instructions. I know in general where He is taking me, but I do not know the way. I do have faith in His words in the Bible. They say: “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (1 Tim 5:8 NASU) Either I’m doing the right thing or I’m using the Bible to justify what I feel most comfortable doing. I honestly don’t know.
Before I disappear again, I just can’t resist pointing out some more good stuff I’ve run into in the little time I have carved out for keeping abreast of current events.
Another good story from Iraq
Cooling the global hot air
Sending your kid to college? Watch this!
The best defense against airline terrorism
Stem cell research that actually gets results
No more special privileges for atheists
What Discovery Channel should have discovered