What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been

Sorry to borrow from the Grateful Dead for my title, but nothing more aptly describes the course my life has taken up to this point in time. If you could go back in time and see me thirty years ago, you would never have guessed that I would be where I am at today, doing what I am doing, and having the political views that I currently do. Nonetheless, be it due to destiny, or a series of life altering events, here I am.

Although my favorite founding father is most likely Thomas Jefferson, I liken myself more to Samuel Adams, a scribbler of political rants, a brawler of sorts who seeks to inflame the hearts and minds of those who read the things written.

I believe, as did our founders, that our nation, and its Constitution, is worth defending at all costs…from enemies both foreign and domestic. I take the stance of Edward Abbey who said, “A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” As Sam Adams once said, “The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.” Note carefully that he says it is our duty to defend these things, not a choice.

Yet Sam Adams once said something else that bears considering, “[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.”

When I write I try to look at the big picture, not just one aspect. I feel that too many people develop a case of tunnel vision, focusing all their energies upon electing men and women worthy of holding the sacred trust of managing the affairs of a nation. People tend to get upset when I cast doubt upon, or question their belief that our system can, and is worth saving. Once again, I find that Sam Adams was right when he said, “Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.”

You see, there is one fatal flaw in the thinking of people who are members of the Tea Party, or supporters of Ron Paul, they are still placing all their hopes and dreams upon a system, comprised of men, to solve all their problems. Their attention is focused too narrowly and they miss the big picture.

Say you are in a room filled with people. Your perspective is merely four walls and a bunch of people. Now if you were to go outside onto a busy city street you would see much more of what is going on around you. To take my scenario further, if you were to go up into a high rise building you could see much of the action going on in the city. If you were to take a flight in an airplane your view would include even more.

The reason I give you this scenario is that God has a much wider perspective upon the goings on in the world than we could ever have. Do we not read in Psalms 146, “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.”?

In Psalms 44 we read, “Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.”

People are too focused on finding a candidate who is of the right character to solve our nation’s problems, yet they are still looking to a single man, to work within a system that is corrupt, to do this. Can’t you see that if the hearts and minds of the people of this country were all in the right place, we wouldn’t be having the problems we have in the first place?

In Proverbs 3 we read, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” That is all we have to do, trust in the Lord, and stop looking to our own understanding, and everything else would fall into place.

I have said it before, but I’ll say it again until it sinks in; I constantly see stickers on people’s vehicles which say God Bless America. Would God, who asks that we obey His laws, bless a nation such as ours when it is filled with evil and perversion?

I have been told that I am not God that I should not judge. While that is true Romans 12 states, “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.” Abhor means to disapprove of or reject something very strongly. Just as our founders felt that it was our duty to defend the liberties of our country and the freedom of our civil Constitution, as Christians we should not tolerate things that in the Lords eyes are abominations.

In this era of political correctness we are told to stifle such things, keep our hateful thoughts to ourselves. I ask of you, whose laws and desires should you obey, God’s or those of men?

It is my belief, as well as those of others, that this nation is beginning to experience the Lords wrath poured out against us. Witness the numerous natural disasters and severe weather conditions. Some blame these events upon cyclical weather patterns such as El Nino, while others look to more ominous causes such as HAARP. As the hymn goes, the Lord works in mysterious ways. Are we so naïve to believe that He may not be punishing our nation for its sins?

The Book or Revelation is filled with prophesies concerning the end times. In Revelation 9 we read, “And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.”

As things get worse, and they will, people are going to continually look to men, and to science, to both explain, and save them from these upcoming occurrences when they should be looking within to God for their salvation.

As my good friend, Jim Schwiesow, so gently reminded me after my last article, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” 1John 2:15

So I will continue to write, to explain things from my perspective, even if it means I alienate a good many people. However, I fear not what may become of me, for as we read in Mark, chapter 13, “But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”

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