I started writing as a way to share my Faith, my love for my country, and to vent ( because after all, punching holes in the wall is expensive…and painful).
Every now and then, I am asked what I believe. So, on the occasion of this milestone, I’m asking you to gather ’round ol’ Uncle KJ, boys and girls, as I lay it on the line, and write from my heart…as usual.
FIRST THINGS FIRST…
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord:
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;*
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead… – The Apostles Creed
I believe that there is no way to the Father, except through His Son, and the most important possession you can have in this life, is a Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ, Our Savior and Our Redeemer.
Grace, Forgiveness, and Redemption are available to everyone. However, it is up to you to ask for them.
I BELIEVE THAT AMERICA IS STILL THAT “SHINING CITY ON A HILL”.
When our Founding Fathers made their treacherous journey to an unknown land full of danger, they sacrificed their homes, their wealth, and their prestige, in order to be able to worship God in the way they chose.
And, when the King of England decided to tax these brave men and women, who had sacrificed all to build a better life for themselves, in a punitive and unbearable manner, to the point of poverty, they decided that it was time to fight this tyranny, no matter what the cost.
So, to each other, they pledged “their lives, their fortunes, and their Sacred Honor”.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness…
And, thus began the Greatest Country on the Face of the Earth.
Yes, there have been mistakes made. Yes, there have been “growing pains”. However, what makes the difference between us and other countries, is the fact that we remain a nation of exceptional people.
What is it that makes Americans exceptional? Is it simply a matter of the blessing of an American Birth?
No, if that were the case, you could consider the Communist Slackers of the OWS movement or other self-centered Mom’s Basement Dwellers, “exceptional”. No, it’s way more than the privilege of being born a nephew of our Uncle Sam.
What has separated our nation from all others is THE AMERICAN SPIRIT…a spirit comprised of FAITH, COURAGE, SACRIFICE, CHARITY, AND INGENUITY.
While others have RUN AWAY, Americans have always RUN TO.
Why is that?
As my Brother-in-Christ Johnny McDonald once wrote, “Liberty is Freedom…with Responsibility”.
Ronald Reagan said,
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.
Was Ronaldus Magnus speaking about our Freedom as a nation? Or, the freedom of the individual?
The answer is “Yes. Both.”
President Reagan knew how fragile this precious thing called Freedom is. So did Dr. Benjamin Franklin.
Dr. Franklin, along with our other Founding Fathers, pledged his life, his fortune, and his sacred honor in pursuit of it.
When he made that now-famous quote to Mrs. Powel, he was expressing his worry that seceding generations, having attained their freedom so easily, might grow lackadaisical and so spoiled by it, that they would squander it through self-indulgence. Franklin was, in fact, so leery of losing this new republic, that he said,
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
He was afraid that Americans would rely and trust those in power over them to the extent that they would surrender their freedom to them.
And, that brings me to my third belief:
I BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF THE INDIVIDUAL.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Phillippians 14:3 – NKJV
Our American Freedom allows us to be whatever we want to be, in this life. All it takes it perspiration, strength of will, and God’s Blessings.
And, that is why Liberalism/Progressiveness/Marxism fails.
Like any tyranny, they sublimate the power of the individual for the good (i.e., avarice and political ambitions) of the Collective (mindless sheep, kept in economic and ideological slavery, by an all-powerful Central Government).
The strength and vitality of America does not come from the benevolence of a Nanny-state Federal Government.
As the greatest American President of our lifetime, Ronald Reagan said:
The nine words you never want to hear are: I’m from the Government and I’m here to help.
Being enslaved to the Government Dole steals one’s ambition. It takes away any impetus or desire to create a better life for yourself and your family, to challenge yourself to pick yourself up by your bootstraps and pursue the American Dream. It makes you reliant on a politically-motivated spider’s web full of government bureaucrats who view you and your family as job security.
While working at the County Jobs Center, I watched American citizens trapped in this web of government bureaucracy, so numbed of any initiative that they once had, that they seemed offended that they actually had to prove that they inquired about three jobs that week in order to keep their “benefits”. Others seemed puzzled that they had to search through the state data base and pick out a job that they wanted to talk to an interviewer about receiving a referral to, and weren’t just simply handed a job when they walked through the door.
Reliance on an out-of-control, ever-expanding Central Government, who controls every moment of a citizen’s everyday life, limits the potential of the individual.
And, for that reason, especially, Liberals should be ashamed.
I look at my own life, and I thank God that I was blessed by Him to be born an American.
If you would have told me as a child/teenager, during one of the many times that I was laying under an Oxygen Tent in St. Joseph Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, that God would give me the opportunity to sing to His Glory for 30 years, from Centenary United Methodist Church on McLemore Avenue in Downtown Memphis to a Baptist Church in Stratford-on-Avon, England, in between wheezing, I would have told you that you were a couple of fries short of a Happy Meal.
If you would have told me that, in my professional life, I would have had the to work with Americans from all walks of life, from the Surgeon General of the United States, to world-renowned physicians, to cotton farmers on the Mississippi Delta, I would have said, “Who…me?”
And, if you would have told me that I would write 1,500 Blogs, which have been read by people in countries all over the world, and that something I wrote would be read daily via e-mail by approximately 300 Americans , including United States Senators and Congresspeople, I would have told you, “NO WAY!”.
However, Gentle Readers,
WITH GOD, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.
May God Bless each and every one of you.
Until He Comes,