My apologies --  I had planned on finishing with the topic of the Old South, but the last segment on this topic still needs work, so I will go with another topic this morning.

My politics would probably confuse most people.  I generally subscribe to conservative principles, but my conservatism is rooted in compassion, thus most closely resembling the version of conservatism that Ronald Reagan practiced which was firmly rooted in Biblical principles.  If you want to understand Reaganism, you should read the book which he wanted taught in the schools:  The Five Thousand Year Leap.  This book explains the 28 ideas upon which our country was successfully established and built.  The book reveals the very sound principles of Judeo-Christian morality that made our country so great and by which many people, myself included, have lived their individual lives.  Such principles are easily superior to the smorgasbord of political issues you would find guiding most establishment Republicans these days.  Moreover, these principles can be tied to specific verses of the Bible which are, in turn, founded upon the law of love.  So everything that I do , think, believe, plan, dream about, etc., is rooted in love and the desire to become a better servant of my awesome God and, subsequently, to love others on behalf of my God.  Maybe the best way to describe my politics is to think of me as a conservative with a hippie’s heart.  Thus, I generally don’t subscribe to the standard political menus that are most popular in our current two-party system.  I have cut my own path with guidance from God, and He has always led me in the harder path of right. 

I could have taken the path of least resistance and simply adopted other people’s ideas.  This is the way that many people build their world view.  But God has taught me to not trust in other people’s moral and philosophical systems, showing me early in life that most or all of them are flawed.  From the beginning of my spiritual and intellectual life, God has taught me sound principles and helped me to assemble my own morality that is based in the Bible.  I try not to judge other people for how they live their lives, and I have no earthly idea how I compare to these others, since I have never tried to live by a comparative morality as many do.  I simply pray and try to understand what is the right thing to do in the moment regardless of how chaotic things may appear.  God always answers my prayers, leading me in the right path, making sure that I consistently go the right way every time over the years, even if it did not make much sense to me at the time.  But even if I did not understand what I was seeing at the time in my circumstances, I certainly knew my God, and I understood His tremendous love for me from the beginning, so I was fully willing to trust Him and obediently follow the path He set for me no matter how crazy it looked to me at the time. 

I have found that many people around me in life do not really live by Biblical morality, but not because they can’t.  Most of the time, it is because they just don’t want to, desiring to maintain control of their lives and not wanting God to interfere in their plans.  That said, in looking at the Biblical principles of compassion, I think the Republicans went wrong in the way that they have dealt with the issue of illegal aliens.  They have been looking at it with legalistic, political eyes and choosing bad solutions as they were trying to score political points in order to win elections.  If you forget about the politics and simply do the right thing, looking to God for wisdom and guidance, you simply cannot go wrong.  If we try to look at things through God’s eyes, we will end up in a very different place for solutions to our problems, very different paths from what people of the world might choose.  Where Republicans went wrong is in not having compassion for these people and simply accepting them since they are already here.  Subsequently, they should have tried to deal with the problem by determining an honorable path to give them  citizenship.  You can’t make a problem go away by ignoring it.  The problem is here, so we need to face up to it and do the right thing as a people for these new, future citizens. 


More on this tomorrow.

I pray you will have a blessed day and that you will walk in a true Biblical morality with compassion for those around you.
 


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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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