Monday, May 26, 2008

For Whom Would You Give Your Life?

Hi Y'all! Hope you had a marvellous weekend. What are you doing today? I think we are getting together with my family for some KFC at the park. Hopefully it won't be crowded by the time we get there. I would actually love to be in the mountains right now enjoying some of the picnic areas in the National Park. Oh well. Maybe soon.

Sorry that this last video is late being posted. I had wanted to post it Friday but was really distracted for some reason. And on Saturday we were gone for a good part of the day . . . and I was distracted. LOL . . . Sunday was Sunday, as usual, so I didn't get it posted then either. However, can I just say that this is one of those things that worked out perfectly? What better video could be played on a day when we remember those who have given their lives fighting for their country. Although, I think most people see it as a holiday to kick off summer. Yeah, I am guilty as charged.

Anyway, as I said last week, freedom isn't free. It costs dearly. Not in money, but in lives. As my Chick Magnets get closer to adulthood and consider the military as a career, I am ever aware of that fact. Especially with a war currently going on.

  • Am I afraid? Yes.
  • Do I wish there wasn't a war? Of course.
  • Am I against war? No, it's a fact of life. The Bible is full of wars and battles.
  • Am I against this war? Not if it means we are safe in the country we live in and we are able to keep our freedom. If we were not aggressive in this fight, if we sat back and pretended everything was okay, we would be in big trouble. Had we not taken the upper hand, we would be fighting them on our own soil. I don't think we want that. Just ask the men and women currently fighting for us over there. They will tell you how much we are hated for many reasons, but mostly because we are perceived by them as being a Christian nation. For this reason, we are considered infidels.

I have really been moved by my study of the history of the USA and the Constitution of the United States of America with my children. As I become older and more interested in history and government, I realize what a unique situation the birth of this nation was. Though we have had our troubles, and continue to do so, we have been so blessed with many rights because of men who wrote the Constitution wanted people here to be truly free and self-governed. And even though many of them were Christians and were champions for the right to worship God, they also recognized that people had the right not to worship God if they so chose.

But something is happening here. Our rights are becoming compromised by those who do not believe the Bible and there is the very real threat of from other religious groups who do not believe we have the right to choose to be Christians. People do not want to hear Truth any more and they will do what they can to silence it.

At this point in time, the threat to Truth comes in the form of the push for laws to be made to make it unlawful to preach Truth from the Bible. This may mean fines, jail time, or the eventual push to license preachers. Look at other countries where Christianity is not accepted, where it is hated, where Truth has no place and is squashed, and you will see what could happen to us. Look at the laws in those countries and you may possibly see what could happen here in this country.

Though our forefathers came to this country to escape the governments that controlled religion, and though they came here to escape persecution and death because of their beliefs, things seem to be swinging in that direction once more. How many years down the road are we talking? Who knows. But all things point in that direction. Let the right people be elected to office and it could happen in short manner.

Amendment 1 - Freedom of Religion . . .
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

In the United States of America, we know little of religious persecution in this age because we have been blessed with being born into a country that was founded on godly principals and the right to the free exercise of religion. But what if the day comes when we won't be allowed to preach the Bible? read the Bible? own a Bible? speak out against wrong and preach for living right? What if church services had to be held in secret in order to protect believers? I can't even begin to think of the freedoms we have in regards to religion that could be snatched from us at the stroke of pen all because others don't believe Truth.

One thing that the United States is known for is the championing of freedom, not only for herself but for others as well. Even though we do not wish for it to happen, the very real possibilty is that one day she will have no freedoms of her own. This great country may be humbled and brought low by her rejection of God and Truth. One day, we may be meeting behind closed doors.

John 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

Today, as we kick off that wonderful time of year we call summer, don't forget to thank God for those who have given their lives so that you might be free. Free to worship. Free not to worship. Free to openly preach the word on the streets or in the church. Free to live a life of peace. And ask yourself if you take freedom for granted because you've never experienced anything but living in freedom and peace.

Love you all!