Where do you stand?

Tomorrow, for those of us who have not voted yet, we will head to our local polling place to vote for the next President of the United States, and many other positions.  While I have posted many things on Facebook, I mostly have not commented on what I had posted so that others would read and make up their own minds about what they were reading.  In recent days though, I have found myself not wanting to be on Facebook much because of all the hate that is on there.  This country was built on the backs of many, diverse, peoples, with many different perspectives and opinions.  Back then, people discussed their differences in adult fashion, with respect for each other and a willingness to hear the other side.  That is not true today.  Today people are disrespectful of each other.  If someone does not agree with them, they are evil.  While I do not agree with what Hillary Clinton stands for, those that do, are human too.  They have made their decision regarding her.  Does that make them a bad person?  No.  Moreover, I will not lower myself to call them names.  We each will have to answer for our actions some day and it is NOT my job to judge them.  That is God’s job.  He alone is the one who will judge them in the end.  My job, and everyone else’s for that matter, is to love them.  It hurts me to see families divided by this election.  After God and Country, Family is important.  Being divided because of an election, which is only around for a short time, although the results are around for 4 years, is wrong.  Who will be there for you when this is over?  Will Hillary be there to help you out of a mess?  Will she be there to hold your hand when you lose a loved one or are sick?  Will Donald Trump be there for you?  No.  Your family will be.  Instead of dividing the family, agree to disagree and do not discuss it again.  Think about those who have no family.  Do you think that they would not love the chance to have a family member with them?  Are you sure you are even correct in your thinking?

For a long time now, I have kept silent, but I cannot any longer.  As most of you know, my father was in the Army and fought in WWII and Korea.  He fought for the freedoms that we all enjoy and the current administration is seeking to strip those freedoms away from us.  If you have not seen the movies God’s Not Dead and God’s Not Dead 2, please do.  We hear so often the phrase of “separation of church and state”, but do you really know what that means?  It means that the state cannot tell you what religion you have to practice.  It does not mean that religion cannot be discussed in schools, as all other religions are being taught in schools today, so must the Judeo-Christian religion.  That phrase is not even in the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, or any document written by the Founding Fathers.  It was in a letter.  I will not go into all of it in this post, but here is a link to an article that fully explains it:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/billflax/2011/07/09/the-true-meaning-of-separation-of-church-and-state/#156931af6e59.

As a born again Believer, I believe that God established this country and He has Blessed us richly, because we have honored Him and followed His commands, until the last few decades.  We have gotten away from the ideals that this great country was founded on and we are now seeing the results of this.  Abortions, pornography, murders, rapes, stealing, arrogance, lack of control over our desires, etc. are all the results of removing God from His rightful place in this country.  If we had stayed the course and followed the example of our ancestors, we would not be in the predicament we are today.  However, we did not.  We allowed a small minority of the total population tell us that we cannot have God in public.  We are being told now by Hillary that we need to denounce our beliefs, which I will not do.  I am adopted.  I thank God every day that my birth mom did not abort me.  She could have, very easily, but she did not.  She valued my life.  When I think about all the babies that are being aborted, my heartbreaks.  Who knows who would have been the one to find a cure for Cancer or Alzheimer’s or any of the diseases that are now running wild all around the world?  We will never know, although God will raise up someone to take their place because we killed them before they were born.  There is an easy solution to some of the unwanted babies being conceived.  Keep your pants on!  This is for both males and females!  Our children need to be taught to respect their bodies and to wait to have sex until they are married.  Children today are handled with kid gloves and not allowed to think for themselves or to have to deal with painful things.  We need “safe zones” for them.  This is one of the many things wrong with society today.  We are harsher with the victims of crime than we are on the criminal.  Criminals can get an education while in prison, they get to watch TV, workout and be lazy.  This is wrong.  They broke the law.  They deserve a real punishment.  Am I advocating that prisoners be put on “chain gangs”?  Yes!  Make them do hard labor.  Enforce the current laws on the books.  We do not need more laws.  We need enforcement of the laws for EVERYONE.  Yes, especially the politicians that think they are above the law.  We need to make the penalty for breaking the law to look ugly, not appealing.

God has impressed one verse to me all morning.  It comes from the Old Testament, II Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  (NIV)  Other verses that are along the same lines:  James 4:10 “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.”  Deuteronomy 28:10 “So all the peoples of the earth will see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they will be afraid of you.”  Psalm 60:2 “You have made the land quake, You have split it open; Heal its breaches, for it totters.”  (NIV)  The Bible contains many verses that say if we humble ourselves to the Lord, He will bless us.  The United States of America can be a great nation again.  We need to turn back to the foundational ideals of this country.  We need to remember why the Pilgrims came here in the first place, to get away from Religious Persecution.  As the saying goes:  If we don’t learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it.  We are repeating the history of persecuting Christians for their beliefs.  While I don’t agree with all the religions and cults that there are here in the United States, I will defend to the death, their right to practice it.  However, we should not just blindly let people into the United States without vetting them.  If they cannot be vetted, the do not come in.  The safety of the citizens of this country should be the number one priority of our government.  Next, should be that our own people are fed and have shelter before any other money spent on feeding or building shelters in foreign countries.  Does that mean that I do not have a heart for those people who are starving and have no shelter?  No, it means we need to take care of our own first.  If we cannot take care of our own, some of whom have fought for this country, we are no better than those countries that we send aid to.

As we prepare to vote in this historic election this year, let us seek the face of the Lord.  No person should sit at home and not vote.  If you do not vote, then you really have no right to complain about the outcome.  If you do not like any of the candidates, think about who will be appointing the next five Supreme Court Justices, who aligns more with your ideals and morals.  No man or woman is perfect.  They all have issues, but they can also be changed by the power of the Lord.  Today and tomorrow, I will be devoting much time to prayer and worship.  Many others and I will be praying for the elections, our government officials, our military, and many other issues as we feel led.

Today, maybe you can ask yourself these questions:  Where do you stand?  Are you for or against Christ?  Are you for or against little babies killed before they take their first breath so that people can make money off their body parts?  Will you stand up and be counted with Christ?  Will you have the courage of your convictions to vote for the person(s) God is telling you to vote for?  Can I live with myself if I stand by and do nothing while the criminals get away with murder and rewarded for it?  Am I for or against our military?

I realize there will be people who are offended by this.  That is to be expected; however, I respectfully request that if I have offended you, to please be respectful in your comments.  This post is what the Lord has impressed on me to write.

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