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July 4th 2012 – Celebrating Our Independence

Happy 4th of July Regular Joes and Janes!

I wish each of you a happy and safe 4th of July, Independence Day Celebration!  I have just a few thoughts on this day to share with you.  America is changing and changing quite rapidly.  I don’t think many of the people that voted for “change” knew what kind of change they were voting for but there are people in power now who are pushing ahead at warp speed to bring the change that they planned.

Whether you are talking about America or any other nation in the history of the world, a nation is really only made of its people.  A nation can be no better or worse than the majority of active participants in its body politic.  When the everyday citizen becomes more interested in his or her entertainment, prosperity and happiness then on participating actively in government, then men of power will come in and take what they desire.  When people of God do not bring His influence to their neighbors, towns and all parts of the society including the politics then evil will fill the vacuum.  Edmund Burke’s famous quote below has been proved over and over again in world history.

“All that’s necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.”   Edmund Burke

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Do we have problems in Washington D.C.?  Absolutely! But I believe that they are a symptom of a greater problem.  Christians are more interested in living the good life, gaining possessions, and feeling good about themselves then serving their fellow man and all of the trouble that comes with that.  Studies have shown that most Christians in America are statistically living about the same as unbelievers.  Divorce rates, debt, and all other areas of measure show Christians are right in there with everyone else.  We are supposed to be a light to the world, but if the world doesn’t see a difference in us what are they going to be attracted to?

There is an answer!

The problems we face today in America are not new.  The nation of Israel turned from God time and again.  In the time of Solomon the nation was strong and proud and had rebuilt the Temple.  But God had not returned to the Temple because of their sin and rebellion.  In fact God had shut up the skies, (drought), they lost battles, and fell into many sins and were afflicted. (2 Chronicles 6)  But Solomon and all the people fell on their knees and asked God for forgiveness.

2 Chronicles 7: 12-22

12 the LORD appeared to him at night and said: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices.

13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people,

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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.

16 I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.

17 “As for you, if you walk before me as David your father did, and do all I command, and observe my decrees and laws,

18 I will establish your royal throne, as I covenanted with David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a man to rule over Israel.’

Now I will be the first to say that these are specific promises to Solomon and the Nation of Israel.  But, I also believe that they are a statement of ‘Natural Law’ created by God.  Many are familiar with the above verses but the following verses are less familiar and a foreshadowing of a future time when the people will reject even Jesus Christ their redeemer.

19 “But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them,

20 then I will uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples.

21 And though this temple is now so imposing, all who pass by will be appalled and say, ‘Why has the LORD done such a thing to this land and to this temple?’

22 People will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the LORD, the God of their fathers, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them–that is why he brought all this disaster on them.’ “

Official Portrait of President Ronald Reagan

Official Portrait of President Ronald Reagan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I close with some quotes by a more recent patriot and president much maligned by the main stream press, socialists and leftists; Ronald Reagan.

Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.

We are never defeated unless we give up on God.

 Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.

If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth

The struggle now going on for the world will never be decided by bombs or rockets, by armies or military might. The real crisis we face today is a spiritual one; at root, it is a test of moral will and faith.

RONALD REAGAN, speech for National Association of Evangelicals, March 8, 1983

http://www.notable-quotes.com/r/reagan_ronald.html

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The founding fathers in great majority were God fearing followers of Jesus Christ. They were willing to give their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to bring true freedom and liberty to a new nation.

Regular Joe

More Divided Than Any Time Since 1860’s

Possible options on OBAMA CARE now:

If you are a Conservative, Constitution loving, freedom loving patriot this is the path I see moving forward;
1. House vote in July to repeal (call your representative)

2. Enough conservative patriots voted into the Senate in November to vote to repeal (Vote in November and educate others)

3. A conservative president is elected, (or at least Romney who promises to move to repeal it.)  (Vote in November and educate others)

4. If it stands, refuse to pay the taxes and fines and go to jail (Let your conscience be your guide)

5. Move to a state that refuses to enforce the law (Texas, Louisiana, ……..)

6. Civil War if the Federal Government continues Standard Operating Procedures (Pray that God will intervene)

7. Above all else be in prayer for our nation as it is more divided than at anytime since the 1860’s (When we fought the Civil War)

Regular Joe

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

Good Morning Joes and Janes;

This morning I have chosen something that is not really a devotional but rather a speech from our history.  Few Americans today have read the entire speech and only know a few words from it.  After yesterdays events I felt it speaks to feelings that many I talked to have.  I hope you will take a few minutes to read it.  As for myself, in regard to OBAMACARE, I care not what SCOTUS rules; I WILL NOT  COMPLY WITH THIS ONEROUS, EVIL LAW.  There is yet hope that a newly elected, conservative Congress can overturn this law and I will be actively involved in every peaceful means of overturning it.  In the long run though if it is not overturned I will go to jail before complying with the national healthcare mandate.

We are quickly approaching a time in the United States that will leave free, God fearing men and women little other choice than Patrick Henry had in March 1773.

Regular Joe Henry

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

March 23, 1775
By Patrick Henry

No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the house. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The question before the house is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at the truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the numbers of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it.

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the House. Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received?

Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlement assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne! In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation.

There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free–if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending–if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained–we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us! They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable–and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

It is in vain, sir, to extentuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace–but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Some Extra Rainy Day Thoughts

With all of the poling that takes place in America it is easy to fall into wanting to be in the majority or to believe that what the majority believes will carry the day.   Neither of these assumptions is true.  Being true to what you believe is far more important than being in the majority.  A firm faith in the God of the Bible will always carry the day in the end.  We as Christians know how the story ends, (or we should if we are in the Word).

Samuel Adams
A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.

It does not take a majority to prevail … but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men.

Regular Joe

Heroes Should Be Remembered

Good Morning Joes and Janes;

I don’t have a devotional per se today but just some random thoughts on Memorial Day.  I have heard and read several “Happy Memorial Day” greetings.  That somehow doesn’t work that well for me.  Memorial Day is remembering those who died fighting to keep this country free and I for one feel more reflective, sad, grateful, humble, or a half-dozen other words and feelings but ‘happy’ is not very far up the list.

A bit of history;

A Brief History of Memorial Day: On May 5, 1868, Major General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic (an organization made up of Union Veterans) set aside May 30th as Decoration Day to commemorate fallen soldiers by adorning their graves with flowers. General Logan’s order declared: “We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance….Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.”

By the end of the 19th century, the observance of May 30th as a day to honor the Civil War dead had become a widespread practice across the nation, but after World War I, the tribute was expanded to include all American military men and women who had died in any war. Memorial Day has been acknowledged as a national holiday since 1971, when an Act of Congress established its observance on the last Monday in May.

In 2000, Congress passed the “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” asking all Americans to pause at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence in remembrance of all those who have died in military service to America.

(taken from Wall Builders Historical Writings)  Read more here:

With no personal experience but much reading, I don’t believe that people die for their country. They often go to war for their country, to protect freedom and family and livelihood, but they usually die to save a buddy, a member of their unit or in protecting the military unit.  But that does not make them any less a hero!  They willing went into such a situation that they knew could cost them their lives.

The Blaze ran a story that I think is typical of the direction much of  the Liberals and leftists in this country would like to take us: MSNBC Panel on Chris Hayes‘ Show Debate Using the Word ’Hero’ To Describe Fallen Soldiers Memorial Day Weekend   Video   TheBlaze.com Read the rest of this entry

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