I gave some money in the last presidential election and am now on several phone lists for groups soliciting money.  It seems that I get at least one phone call a day from these people.   Sometimes, their identity shows up on our caller id and we simply don’t answer the call.  Other times, we answer, and I simply tell them that I am unable to give since I am out of work.  For some of them, my statement of my work status is enough to stop them from bombarding me with their standard script.  Other times, this does not faze them, and they bowl ahead with their script trying to get me to give anyway.  Most try to guilt trip me into giving some way or another, trying to tug on my heart strings.  But what they don’t know is that I am a pretty stubborn person when I get an idea in my mind, so the guilt trip is useless against me.

This is not to say that I don’t believe in giving at all to certain causes, but I have serious doubts about some of these groups and their effectiveness in addressing the problems facing our nation.  There are so many hundreds of such groups at the least, and they seldom seem to work together with other groups, so there’s a lot of redundancy in their actions.   Moreover, many of them exist to exist, constantly raising money no matter what the political situation.  They’re sort of like taxes.  Once a tax gets enacted, it never seems to go away, even if it is no longer used for the purpose in which it was originally started.  Politicians have a way of forgetting such things and simply direct these taxes into whatever new cause they dream up, expecting the public’s memory to be short-lived;  thus, no one is likely to notice and complain when the new tax is diverted.  And just like taxes, these political groups start for a certain purpose but seem to morph into other things later, existing just to exist.

This is not to say that I do not believe in supporting such groups at all, but I am somewhat skeptical about these groups’ effectiveness in solving all the problems that they supposedly exist to solve.  I have become increasingly skeptical, as well, about any political solution solving the tremendous problems facing our nation right now.  If a political solution in one of these political groups was the answer, it seems that these groups would have had some effect so far.  Instead, our country seems to slide deeper and deeper into sin each day.  This continuous slide tells me that our real solutions lie not in politics but rather in turning back to God as a nation and seeking Him out once more, and not just some of us seeking God, but all of us seeking Him. 

It is at times when I look at the state of our nation, I remember Psalm 11:3:  “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”  Indeed, when a nation like ours has slid so far into sin, I cannot imagine any political solution that would do us any good.  There is only God and the spiritual solution of nation-wide repentance.

I pray that you will seek Him out and seek revival in your own life.  If there is to be any hope of our nation turning back to God, repentance must start with us, with me and with 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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