Well, the election is over and Barak Obama will remain our President, winning with 50.6% of the total votes cast. While disappointed, I am not disheartened, as far fewer people voted for him this time- in fact, 49.4% of the electorate wanted someone else. It will take more than a couple election cycles to undo the damage of decades of destructive liberal progressive policies (from both parties). And in that vein, it is time for some introspection. We have been asleep at the wheel of liberty for far too long. It is time to wake up and get freedom’s fire back in our bellies.
- Nearly half our country is dependent on government, yet we say nothing.
- Our federal government is close to $17 million in debt, yet we say nothing.
- Our educational system has gone from expecting the exceptional to accepting the mediocre (even our own district is currently on the SINA watch list), yet we say nothing.
- Our children are being taught in our schools to accept the homosexual lifestyle as normal, contrary to our faith (yes, it is even happening in our district now), yet we say nothing.
- Our history is being whitewashed to honor the dishonorable, yet we say nothing.
- Our rights of conscience in business have been threatened under Obamacare, yet we say nothing.
- Four people die in Benghazi because our government refused to save them and then covers it up, yet we say nothing.
- Fast and Furious has caused the death of an American border guard and thousands of Mexicans, yet we say nothing.
- Elected officials engage in fraud, unethical behavior and downright lies, yet we say nothing
- Real unemployment (U6) is over 14%, yet we say nothing.
- Family income is down, yet we say nothing.
- Food and gas prices are up, yet we say nothing.
- Layoffs and health premiums are up, yet we say nothing
- We are being buried in suffocating regulation that controls more of our lives, yet we say nothing
- Millions of babies continue to die as a result of Planned Parenthood, yet we say nothing.
This is not who we are. Since when has it been acceptable to stand down instead of standing up? Of being fearful instead of being fierce? Of rewarding the ignoble instead of the noble? Are we truly comfortable overlooking what is wrong as long as it does not harm me or mine? Do we really love the things of this world that much?
Deep down we know that once we compromise our virtue we cannot help but compromise a bit of ourselves. How can we expect our children to stand up to bullies, when they see the adults in their own life fail to do the same? Are we teaching them to be a bold people, or a bowing people? Enough is enough. “Keep your head down” is not our heritage, and it should not be our legacy. Clarity of purpose has been our birthright as Americans, and clarity of godliness has been our purpose as Christians. We are called to stand up for what is right, not compromise in the hopes that we will be spared the earthly outcome. If you fail to denounce evil, evil will eventually catch up to you too. Even if you avoid the consequences yourselves, your children will not, as they will know only that which you modeled to them: fear.
Rather, let the legacy we leave to our children be to stand when others fall, to fight for what is right no matter what, and to resist evil even at the risk of not seeing the victory personally. Faith should be our children’s inheritance, not fear. Evil will eventually bow to the bold and the virtuous; it always does. A bold people conquered the oppressive 18th century British, despite being outnumbered and outgunned. A bold people put the jihadist Barbary pirates in their place, and silenced the murderous Hitler, Mussolini, and the Japanese. A bold people refused to compromise on the idea of freedom, and the wall of the tyrannical socialist Soviet Union fell. In fact, our greatest failures only came when we compromised our principles, when we settled for the lukewarm, thinking that our own self-righteousness will somehow save us. But will it truly?
“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.” Revelation 3:14-17, the Holy Bible