Category: Theology

If the People

Today, as we read the newspaper or tune into the news station, we are witnessing a crisis point in the history of these United States of America. We are seeing the culmination of a decades long attempt by some to transform our society. It may sound strange to some, but we live in the freest, most prosperous country in the history of the world. Consider that our country is a place where tens of thousands of people every year are willing to risk their lives traversing the desert, the vast Gulf of Mexico, walk miles through dangerous, guerrilla warfare infested lands and pay large sums of money, just to cross into the U.S. Yet, observing the current situation and behavior of people in America, one would think we live in the most oppressed country in the world.

When asked by Americans in 1787 what type of government the delegates of the Constitutional Convention were planning to form, Benjamin Franklin responded “a republic, if you can keep it.” That “if” was not just in the mind of Franklin, but all those who participated in crafting the U.S. Constitution. It was a great many “ifs” which led to the language in our founding documents.

If we want to keep it, we better start recognizing that,

…if U.S. history was taught with greater emphasis in school, Americans would understand how great this nation is and have the utmost respect for those who endured great sacrifice and struggled to establish a free nation, first as settlers and then as participants in the Revolutionary War to secure the freedoms we so greatly enjoy…


…if the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were actually read, studied and discussed in the classroom and in doing so compared to other forms of government in the world, people would realize the wisdom of our founders who were more interested in giving power to the people instead of taking it for themselves…


…if Civil War battlefields were visited and the stories of those involved were read, people would understand that there were deeper principles at stake beyond slavery and denying this would mean a great many good men died defending slaves they never even owned or intended to own…


…if monuments were actually viewed with an eye towards understanding the reason for their existence, people would realize many of them represent individuals who had the most to lose as a result of giving themselves fully towards a cause, but yet were ruled by principles and convictions, not the wavering of popular opinion…


…if parents, grandparents and great-grandparents were given the time of day at family gatherings to tell their stories of what it was like to live and serve through the Great War, the Great Depression, World War II and the Cold War, they would hear first hand accounts of real sacrifice, commitment and integrity in the face of uncertainty and against all odds…


…if service in the military was the experience of most Americans, whether as a military member or military spouse, people would recognize the meaning of sacrificial commitment, of taking a lifetime oath, and would never again need to be convinced that we are the freest people in the world and that freedom requires a high cost…


…if economics was taught in school, people would recognize that throughout the history of economic trade, free market and supply side economics has always led to a prosperous nation…


…if world history and culture was taught in school, people would recognize without a doubt, that every person regardless of ethnic background is more prosperous in American than in any country around the world…


…if the pledge of allegiance was required to be recited in school each day, by every student and taken seriously by school administrators, people would learn at an early age the importance of loyalty and quickly come to an understanding about the great cost associated with flying a piece of fabric decorated with thirteen red and white stripes and fifty stars in a field of blue…


…if getting married occurred sooner in life and having children was viewed as a joy and not a burden, people would understand what it means to be responsible for another person and be less motivated to riot, loot and destroy property, recognizing it would lead to a person not having the ability to care for their family…


…if churches were no longer simply centers for community organization, but taught the importance of theology in every aspect of life and focused on teaching men how to be men of conviction and women to be women of truth, people would see true unity, not the exchange of truth for popular opinion…


…if discipline and respect were no longer viewed as antiquated principles which only applied to our “unenlightened, unscientific” forefathers, the United States of America would not be filled with people who never matured past sixteen years old and demonstrate their ignorance daily on social media…

…if morals and values were encouraged, taught and given the proper place as necessary for the existence of a civil society, people would no longer view them as optional forms of oppression which call for the dismantling of law, order and justice…

…if we recognize all of this, we can keep our country.

The democracy of our nation has been challenged numerous times in the past, but now we seem closer to the brink of losing it all than perhaps ever before in our 244 year history. Yes, there have been protests and riots in the past, but never on this scale, and never before did elected officials, sworn to protect and defend the rights and property of citizens, set aside their duties to appease a mob. If you want to keep this republic, this democratic form of government, this country, this land, these freedoms, then we must speak up to have our voices heard once again. Once again we, the people, face an incredible challenge, which will test our resilience and our resolve to keep our country, our culture and our government for this and future generations. So what are we going to do about it?

The Church Who Forgot Why it Was

We are living in a time when confusion about the church is greater than it has ever been. New models of church ministry seem to form every week with people intent on staying in step with every new fad which comes along within the culture. There is nothing wrong with integrating cultural forms into church practice, in fact this is a necessity for missionaries bringing the gospel to new people groups around the world. What matters is not the model, but the biblical foundation on which the model is built. What a local church believes about what the church is (and is not) will determine what the church looks like. It will drive what the church prioritizes and how it structures itself.

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