“We just didn’t have much give-up in us. We always kept plugging away.” –Louis L’Amour (The Lonely Men)
“We labor, working with our own hands. When we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it.” –1 Corinthians 4:12 (HCSB)
Going into the celebration of Independence Day we should take a minute to recognize that those men put their lives on the line back in 1776. They understood the tyranny of a strong executive. They also understood that there would be conflict between government and the people after the Constitution was written. Most recently the government has forgotten their role, and for shame the people have allowed it to happen.
George Washington said, “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.” Yet what do we have in Washington today? The argument over Benghazi–irresponsible action. The democrats sitting on the floor of the House–irresponsible action. Babies being allowed to be aborted–irresponsible action. And the people are letting it happen–irresponsible action.
I like what GB Oliver wrote, “Governments possess no power, only force. The power resides in the people and, when they exercise their powers, it creates life and energy; the force of government robs its people of energy. Power arises from meaning, driven by motive and principal. Force is incomplete and creates nothing, therefore, it must always move in opposition against something.”
Take a moment and ponder the last phrase of the Declaration of Independence, “We mutually pledge to each other, our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.” A couple of things: folks forget what a pledge or oath is. They other thing about this phrase is that that one word “sacred” is totally disregarded. Look at what those men pledged! Have a great 4th!
Here’s a pretty good definition of “liberalism.”
“Liberalism is symbolism over substance.”
We have some major problems in our land. They are deep-rooted within the destructive nature of evil. It is not hard to sum up the issue. Just read Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” (NASB)
Ponder the words of that verse: “destroyed, lack of knowledge, reject, forgotten, forget your children.” Those terms right there, any one of them, should get our attention. The basic problem is that this once great nation “under God” has simply forgotten Him. They have run back to the gods of man, whatever they may be.
I found some more of that common sense advice. Now for some of you it might be hard to figure them out for it takes common sense.
“The easiest way to eat crow is while it’s still warm. The colder it gets, the harder it is to swaller.”
“It don’t take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.”
“Never ask a barber if you need a haircut.”