Courage for today

We see the effects of courage and bravery almost every day, although some may not recognize it. You hear about it from the foreign battlefields and in cities and towns all over this great land. Firefighters and policemen and policewomen all exhibit courage even though they don’t think of themselves as heroes or courageous, they are just doing their jobs. It is the same with our service men and women who are out in the field doing their jobs, courageously, selflessly but do they get the credit for what they do? Do any of them get the recognition that they deserve?

In this time and with this administration, they don’t. Mainly because it has no regard or respect for any selfless act of bravery or courage and that is truly sad. We should have a President and a Representative government that is asking the people what they want, not telling us what to do! They should be paying more attention to those who have fought for this country and its freedoms, rather than acting like a dictatorship that has been elected.

We have to show courage and dignity during times of trouble and if someone doesn’t think that we are in trouble today, then they need to check and see if they have a pulse! Our country is on the edge of an abyss that we cannot dig our way out with a bigger shovel, nor can we build a bridge over it, because we don’t have enough people who are willing to work to get it done.

What would’ve happened to the human race if Adam and Eve had just decided to sit down and do nothing after being forced out of Eden? What would’ve become of North America if Columbus had not discovered it? I know that many would say that America would be far different if it had been a couple of hundred years later before it was discovered. The history would be quite different from what happened up until the seventeenth century until today.

Our whole culture would be different, but the point that I am making is that it took courage to explore and to do the things needed in the past to bring about the present. It will also take courage to, somehow, fix the problems which we have today so that there will be a future for our children. It will take hard work and sacrifice and lots of time, because trillions of dollars in debt cannot be wiped away in a decade!

The debt didn’t accumulate in just one decade and it will certainly not go away that easily either. It will take more than America has been investing in itself in a very long time. It will take the same determination and will that the Greatest generation had during WWII, and right now the people in America don’t have it. There are a few people who do, but compared to the majority of Americans, they are few in number.

When the Revolutionary War was fought and independence was declared, our ancestors reached for something that we seem to have lost: courage and Providence. Courage in the people who wanted freedom from England‘s rule and Providence Who provided them with hope. God was that Providence and He had a profound effect on early America because it was due to religious persecution that America became a colony of England. God had His hand in molding our country into the beacon of freedom, religious or otherwise, that it became so that people would want what we had.

I say “had” because that beacon is becoming dim. We have lost the fire and the power to rekindle it because we have pushed God out of, not only our government, but our schools and from some of our homes too. Our military has taken Him out of the oaths that our soldiers take. How much longer can you push God until He pushes back? Do we really want Him to push back? Are we so arrogant that we believe that we could withstand a push from God?

Glenn Beck has it right. We need to get up from our couches, put on some work boots and get back to work! America can be what God intended for it to be if we will do the work needed to get the job done! Nothing worth doing is easy, it is usually hard, but the reward afterward is worth it! I pray that God will bless this nation and its people with the backbone and the will to get up and get the job done, because if they don’t…we’re history.

Lord, we need your help!

Our economy is not in a good place, it is too top-heavy. Too much debt and not enough assets and receipts coming in. No production from the private sector because of regulations and other problems. War on more fronts than we need to be in and too much money being printed to cover our obligations.

Problems in education, in the media, people against belief in God, abortion, murder, rape, etc. the list goes on and on. These are all problems which are happening because of our own reasoning and the way that we have pushed God and His principles away from school and away from public life.

Can we possibly fix this? Not on our own, with our own individual beliefs and with truth being dependent on whose belief system there is. If we are not going to learn the absolute Truth of God and His Word and put it into practice in our lives and in our governments, state, local and national, then our country is doomed. I am not talking about doomed by nuclear attack or war but from cultural decline and decay. Eventually, we will be anarchists and each person, each city will be a law unto itself, like in the west of pre-civil war days.

And this doesn’t even take into account if the economy fails. When that happens, all of the doom and gloom that has been predicted will happen. I don’t know what will happen in our country at that point, but the civil war will likely look like a picnic in comparison. There will be gangs searching for gas, and food and anything else they can steal to sell or barter with because money will be useless.

I know that this is a very gloomy, but it is what will happen if things go the way that the economists have predicted. This is not just my own fear, but it has been written down by people who have followed and watched the government and the way things are going. They have even called it economic Armageddon because of the effect it will have, not only on America but on the world in general.

I know that God is present in our lives, He is watching over us and our country but we have been doing things in this country that He doesn’t approve of. Whether He is part of your life or not, He is present in this time, He knows what we are doing and what we are not doing. He also knows whether we are trusting Him and His Son, or not. Many people today are turning their lives and their backs on anything to do with God and religion both. Why?

Doing things on your own seems to be fun at the time because we are the only ones that we are responsible to. If anything goes wrong, it is our fault and we can’t blame anyone else. Living this way may be fun for a while, if you are careful and don’t get into anything that is too dangerous, but what will you do if something goes wrong that is out of your control? What can you do if you get a diagnosis of cancer, stage four? Your control has been taken from you at that point.

The only person that you can call on at this point is Jesus. The doctor may be able to help a little, but Jesus can do more. Not only can He cure your cancer, but He can provide you with an eternity of life with many friends! I can hear many people saying that they don’t want to be in heaven, they don’t want to be Christians!

That is fine if that is what you want, but I won’t ever see you. There is a separation between the two eternities and hell is not visible from heaven, like it was in the story of Lazarus. That parable was used to show that people have the information that they need to be saved and that they would not believe any more if someone came back from the dead.

The only way that our world and our lives are going to be “fixed” is through the restoration that Jesus will bring to the world and to your life. He will make things right in your life when you accept Him into your heart and into your life. There is nothing that you have to do yourself because Jesus has already done what was required, all you have to do is ask Him into your heart and then walk with Him from that point on. Give it a try, you will be glad that you did!