September 24, 2013
Dependability vs. Inconsistency
I'm still on my temporary vacation, but this post is reflective of my thoughts on our changing American character. We have gotten off-track and lost our identity; and I'm hopeful that these brief discourses will start our creative juices flowing and stimulate action on our part to revive this nation. These are character traits that will strengthen future generations and glorify our God.
I'll be checking in from the road and look forward to your thoughts and ideas!
Dependability: Trustworthy and reliable.
There are so many other words that I can think of that tie into "dependability" ... Words like responsible, incorruptible, steadfast. It used to be that we could count upon a certain level of trust in people; whether it be our family members, friends, employers, and yes, even our elected officials. That led to a harmonious society in which people could lead their lives in relative peace and with a confident expectation of a positive future.
Can you say that now? Do you feel that anything in our immediate future is definite or guaranteed? What can you really depend on?
Inconsistency: Erratic in behavior or action; acting at variance with one's own principles or former conduct.
I don't think anyone would argue that our national spirit seems to be at odds with our founding principles. Heck, we don't even resemble the country I knew as a child! We have adopted laws and social conventions that seem as though I am in an episode of Twilight Zone. Does it seem possible that someone would be forced to close their business because they don't want to make a gay wedding cake? Or that lawmakers would actually approve abortions involving 20-week-plus fetuses? Is there anything in our nation that you could declare off limits? Something that you can say we will never yield to?
If there are certain things that we are committed to never giving up, then we must make sure that our children and their children can depend on them and count on them being consistent; principles that will be constant and undeviating --- things like the Second Amendment, and the freedom of Pastors to speak out against social ills; that our voting procedures will be reliable and honest; and that parents remain the ultimate authority over their children.
Questions: What are you going to do to make sure that our right to protect ourselves remains constant? How will you assure that the Federal government does not usurp your influence over your children? How do we make sure that our educational systems and our religious organizations are not turned into propaganda tools? What will you do to make sure we leave a dependable and stable nation to those who will inherit it? And are you willing to make any sacrifice to stand by your commitment?
Psalm 15:4 "O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? [It is he] in whose eyes a vile person is despised, [who] honors those who fear the Lord; He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;"