I hope that I do not offend anyone.  But if there is any offense in what I write, I would hope that my Christian brothers and sisters would have enough love and respect for me to bring it to my attention so that we could work it out.  Relationships with people are always more important to me than opinions.  The only truth in life that is incontrovertible in my mind is the truth of God’s redeeming act of allowing Jesus to be crucified on the cross in order to redeem man into a relationship with Him and into His Kingdom.  Also, I include those central doctrinal truths that are critical to understand and to come to a saving knowledge of God’s grace or to serve our God and our fellow man (such as the truths about Jesus’s life, the virgin birth, the two greatest commandments of love, etc.).  But everything else, I consider as up for discussion and challenge.  I always keep the doors of my mind and heart open for new possibilities such that I might add to the truth that God has placed within me or that I might alter what I subsequently find to be untrue.  I’m never satisfied with what I know, and I’m never superior or pretentious about it.  As I have stated before and will probably restate multiple times, I see myself as a beggar showing other beggars where to find bread (Truth).  If anyone has a better way of looking at things or a better opinion, then I am always game on to hear it, test it out, and see if I might have missed something, misinterpreted something, or simply misunderstood/mis-translated something. 

Perhaps those reading my blog might be offended that I made an argument for Romney over Obama.  If that’s the case, I would hope that people would give me the courtesy of allowing me to state my opinions clearly and honestly without writing me off.  It is the American way to admit multiple viewpoints, a time-honored tradition that was codified by the 1st Amendment to our Constitution in 1791.  In our system, we do our best research to select the candidates and laws that we believe are best for the common good of our country.  Sometimes we are on the winning side.  Sometimes we are on the losing side.  But it is not the end of our world when we lose politically.  And as Christians, it is certainly not the end of our world if our political party loses; we should never place our faith in politicians but rather always in our awesome God.  Our system is a very wise one with so much power dispersed to the people and room for so many differing opinions.  I have always counted among my friends those on both sides of the so-called political aisle.  At a certain point, we can always agree to disagree.  Since we “see through a glass darkly,” I believe that we may all find in time that we are wrong, at least on some points of truth or fact, so it’s best to remain humble with our opinions.   

Getting back to the government as god topic, until the secularists in education such as John Dewey started pushing their “progressive” stale, legalistic doctrine of humanist and purely secular schools, the purpose of most schools across the nation had been to develop the Christian character and produce good citizens.  In the naturalistic, pessimistic world of modern education, that grand goal has been reduced to helping you to get a good job and earn a decent paycheck.  Of course, there is nothing wrong with having a good job and being successful, but the entire materialistic mindset is wrong.  If you start out your educational system by focusing on material gain, leaving out character development of the person, you will frequently produce cynical, relativistic people.  Not only would such a secular system predictably produce, and not only has it produced, many people of a dysfunctional moral character, but the whole system will, in time, start a slow self-destructive disintegration into chaos, inefficiency, and corruption.  A house, city, or kingdom divided against itself cannot stand (Mat. 12:25).  All institutions that are secular will never stand because they must resort to legalism to provide a semblance of order, the same amoral system that Satan probably uses to maintain order within the ranks of his demon followers.  But legalism is rules torn loose from the moral foundation that gives them sense, meaning, and power.  Legalism always ends in absurdity.  It’s not hard to find examples of crazy stories of senseless action forced by legalism in human history, in our own modern government, and in our own current judicial system. 



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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 


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