In Proverbs 18:7, we are told that:  “A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.”  This verse applies to virtually everyone as we have all said something foolish.  But if the Holy Spirit is at work in us due to our having been saved by Jesus, then it is not likely that we will continue on the path of saying foolish things.  The Holy Spirit will most definitely teach us when we do or say foolish things because Father God and Jesus the Son both love us so much that they would not leave us to wallow in our own ignorance.  But as long as we live in these “earthen vessels,” we will always have the challenge of overcoming our own ignorance and sin.  This is a never ending battle as God continues His work on us to sanctify us, building His Spirit up in us more every day.  That said, there seems to be a certain group of people who sometimes say more than their fair share of foolish things.  These people would go by the name of “politicians.”

Now, I am reluctant to sling mud at politicians, knowing that “there but for the grace of God go I” and knowing that it is impossible to completely understand the magnitude of suffering and difficulty experienced by any human being unless I can walk in their shoes, sharing in their unique experience of turmoil and pain.   I know the stereotypes that most people have of politicians.  I also understand, however, that these people have a very heavy burden of responsibility for the welfare and success of their constituents and the American people at large, regardless of whether they know and acknowledge this responsibility or whether they are on a self-aggrandizing power trip.  So I am not hypercritical of all the things that politicians say because they are in the fishbowl where everything they say and do is seen and magnified.  And knowing that we all have bad days, I’m quite sure that there are often times when these politicians say something and immediately wish they could take it back. We’ve all said stupid or inappropriate things, unless we happen to be paranoid legalists who do and say very little to others to avoid risk. 

In any case, it is almost unavoidable that a politician will say something at some point that is not quite right.  In this case, it was a politician who is actually a fairly decent fellow most of the time from what I’ve seen and read.  But He sure didn’t get this interview right.  The man of whom I speak is the Honorable, Representative Peter King (R-NY).  He is a legislator from the lower house of our bicameral legislature, a group which I sometimes jokingly refer to as the “House of Reprehensibles.”  The interview, of course, was focused on the Boston Marathon bombing.  This interview is available at the link below if you care to see exactly what He said, but I have pulled out one quote that I found interesting.  

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/04/16/gop_rep_peter_king_on_boston_bombing_i_do_think_we_need_more_cameras_.html

The quote that caught my interest was his answer to how he thought we, as a country, should respond to this terrorist attack:  “So I do think we need more cameras. We have to stay ahead of the terrorists and I do know in New York, the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, which is based on cameras, the outstanding work that results from that. So yes, I do favor more cameras. They're a great law enforcement method and device. And again, it keeps us ahead of the terrorists, who are constantly trying to kill us.”  The reason I find this so surprising is that we, as Americans, have too often thumped our chests and declared proudly what we are going to do when some disaster strikes.  The more disasters we see with greater frequency, the more I believe that prideful statements are the exact opposite of what we should be saying in these situations. 

More on this tomorrow.  I pray that you will have a blessed day walking in fellowship with Our Loving God.

 


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03/27/2017 1:57am

The world is in chaos and everyone is looking to dominate. There is no way of telling enemy from friend. The world certainly needs to follow the path of righteousness, which unfortunately has become diverse due to various religious and regional beliefs.

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04/11/2017 4:11am

Thanks for sharing your work. I now need to add some interactivity to the offline map, so that a user can get info after clicking on a point.

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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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