America

I found this partial post this morning in my WordPress account (the text in blue is the original post). Obviously much has happened/changed since writing this. No longer is Donald Trump our President-an election stolen from Americans using legal but shady election practices. Big in the news now is the horrible fiasco in Afghanistan, decisions made by our very inept President. Just who is ‘pulling the strings’ of this puppet regime? Some say it’s Barack Obama-who knows. And now the situation in the Ukraine. A nation that has ties to the son of our President, Hunter Biden, and maybe even to the President. It’s all bizarre and unbelievable.

The post I wrote was three years ago while Donald Trump was still our President. Since that time any political post that is not from the left is judged as racial or homophobic. So, I feel certain this post will not be popular and may even be censored.

A FaceBook post has prompted this musing. Someone posted the question, “Is America Great Again?” I was saddened to think that with all the positive things of a Christian nature happening in our country since President Trump was elected, that anyone would question his slogan, “Make America Great Again”.

It’s difficult to believe the ‘sewage’ that has been exposed during the last four years; the career politicians only looking out for themselves, the money spent trying to get rid of our President instead of serving our country, the corruption in so many of the agencies of our country and the lies of the mainstream media. It reminds me of an experience I had as a young girl. We had a neighbor girl about my age who was plagued with boils. One day she asked me to assist her with one on her arm. I was to pull down on one side of the small mound topped with a whitish color and she would pull down the other. I wasn’t familiar with boils and was not prepared for what happened. It was nice and smooth on top, a little red around it but when we pulled, the massive amount of ‘corruption’ that erupted from her arm was unbelievable and sickening. That how I feel as I learn of yet another ‘collusion’ or corrupt politician. It seems like once the door was opened on the darkness, the light has exposed so much more than we could have ever thought.

Our President, though a bit unconventional, has not been afraid to stand up for Christian principles; reversing the complete ban on prayer in school, participating in the Right to Life movement and calling out the corruption in our government.

Back to the present: And then, to add insult to injury, my very own denomination has gone ‘woke’. The United Methodist organization has decided to not only rewrite the Book of Discipline, which has governed our church for years, but to rewrite the Bible, God’s inerrant Word. The process to disaffiliate from this body has become almost impossible and extremely costly. Our church is waiting on our District Superintendent to give us a date to vote. He apparently is holding out to be spiteful after he came to our church meeting and was not able to answer the questions presented to him. He skirted every question and rambled on about things unrelated to the question. Then he told a colleague that we were brutal to him. It was not true at all. Everyone was polite and respectful as they asked their questions. It was painful to watch him struggle to answer each question.

The consolation I have is knowing my Sovereign God and that nothing is a surprise to Him. He raises up leaders and He deposes Leaders, all to accomplish His perfect will. Daniel 2: 21-22 tells us:

“Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him.” ESV‬‬

So, holding on to Scripture and the truth that it contains, I can rest and wait for Him to show His mighty power in our country, either through restoring us to our foundations or allowing us to be enslaved and persecuted. Either way, He will be with us even through the deep waters and through the fire. Isaiah 43: 1-2

“But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43‬:‭1‬-‭2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Principles…

I’ve been ‘musing’ about a couple of topics lately and decided to focus on this one 😊.  It’s not necessarily ‘inspired’ but just a topic on my heart….

First, a definition of Principles:  b: (1)  a rule or code of conduct. (2). habitual devotion to right principles- a man of principle.

Those who know my husband well, know that he is a very honest (to a fault) and sometimes outspoken person, especially if it is something he feels very strongly about.  He is somewhat less reserved than I am when considering the audience or about offending someone who thinks differently.  This is not to say that he pushes his views on others but rather is not afraid of verbalizing them.  He will often say,  ‘You can believe how you wish, but this is how I believe and why.’  On the other hand, he will apologize quickly if someone seems offended by his comments.  The apology isn’t for his beliefs, rather for having offended someone.

With all the current events of our day and the increasing interest in all things political, people have polarized about issues and clumped themselves together with people of   like mind.  It’s difficult today to have differing views about issues–in fact, it’s become almost dangerous.  We, older people, grew up in a very different world–one of strong convictions and beliefs.  And, whether you were conservative or liberal or something in between, standing up for your beliefs was praised and honored.  Our motto was ‘Live and Let Live’–disagree but still remain friends.

The amazing thing to me is that businesses are getting into politics, too, polarizing themselves with this group or that one.  What is that about??   Well, that’s where my musing is going.  Several years ago (and my info may not be totally correct) the illegal and legal immigrants from Mexico began to boycott ‘American owned’ businesses in order to prove that their financial influence was significant and US companies need them–even though some were likely not paying taxes and contributing financially to the running of the government.  We had been eating at Mexican restaurants ever since we moved to the Augusta area–every weekend.  The food was tasty and inexpensive.  When this became news, Doyle said, ‘I will not eat at Mexican restaurants again.’.  Now, he knew that his action would not matter one iota in the big scheme of things, but because he felt strongly about their audacity; he stood on his principles.

The next business that made the news (in our home) was Home Depot.  They were reported on the news as participating, as a business, in gay pride parades.  We believe homosexuality is against Biblical teachings.  We have gay friends and it’s not that we don’t care about those who choose this lifestyle, we just love them and move on.  But my question is, why would a business give public support for a controversial issue such as this?  So, Lowes gets most our business nowadays.

Then the transgender controversy hit the news and there was heated discussion about which public bathroom/locker room these people would be allowed to use.  Target spoke up and said they could choose ANY restroom in their store determined basically on their choice of gender.  So, what about people who are perverts that just want to go into the restrooms for undesirable reasons?  So, my dear husband said, ‘I won’t give Target my business’–not that we ever went in there, anyway ☺️.

Another situation that affected our lifestyle was after the horrible Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland Florida.  The students began to speak out about gun control, even making a trip to Washington to speak to Congress, led by student, David Hogg.  It is very positive to deal with such tragic issues as this in our country.  However, this young man took the protest to a whole new level, organizing a group to go into Publix and lay on the floor to shut down the business because they  supported a political candidate endorsed by NRA.  The company caved and responded by pulling support from the candidate.  Now we will not support Publix.  We are strong believers in protecting the second amendment.

Several businesses pulled their support from Laura Ingraham after she commented ‘negatively’ about David Hogg.  He mentioned in an interview that he had been rejected by four University of California schools and Laura Ingraham tweeted that “he was rejected by four schools and whines about it”.  He responded by calling for sponsors to boycott Ingraham’s show.  Advertisers fled Ingraham’s show with more than a dozen–including Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual, Office Depot, Expedia, Nestle, Hulu, AT&T, Arby’s, Wayfair*–pulling their ads from her show (info from Newsweek and Los Angeles Times).  Why in the world are businesses taking sides–getting involved in politics???

Now, I have to admit, Doyle’s strong convictions have been somewhat of an embarrassment to me.  I am not as informed as he is and haven’t formed those strong convictions.  He is quick to say, ‘Thank you for inviting us to “X” Mexican restaurant, but I don’t go to Mexican restaurants.’ On the other hand, if it’s a special occasion already planned, he will participate as if he had no issues with the restaurant.  He has been ‘ragged’ mercilessly by our friends.

When we went on vacation with our daughter and her family in early June, Doyle shared the businesses we don’t support.  She rolled her eyes and I was a bit embarrassed.  It’s not that my convictions are not strong; I just feel like I am missing out and it won’t make a difference anyway, but Doyle often points out to me that if everyone who felt strongly stood up, it would make a difference!

As I pondered this whole thing, I decided that I am proud of his strong convictions.  His love for me is just that strong and protective.  He is a passionate person.  He does everything he does with all he has and is and that makes me proud that he is not ashamed of his beliefs–even if he tells everyone 😳.

Doyle and I have dear friends who are liberal in their political ideology; we have friends who have chosen an alternative lifestyle; we have friends who hate guns and wish them all banned.  But, we love these friends and give them the freedom to think and feel differently than we do.  After all, Paul told us in I Corinthians 13 that of all the gifts He (God) gives us, the greatest of all is love–unconditional love.  We are all God’s children, He loves us all, no matter who we are, what we do, or what we believe.

Until next time…..

 

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