Friday, June 15, 2018

It Does Matter? or Doesn't It?













THE ACCEPTABLE CONDITIONS?

The present conditions make for unacceptable problems which are finding greater acceptance. We are living in an ever expanding mental, moral, and social swamp. We are being led deeper and deeper into the murky darkness by much of the media. What we ought to know is not rightly reported. The well-entrenched power structure has great control. It is determined to take even greater control in the immediate future, in the name of “caring.” It will mean the loss of a healthy American Constitutional Supreme Court, the devaluation of human life, confusion as to what it means to be God’s man or woman, the failure to rightly prosecute criminal acts of those in power, our vanishing influence for good to other nations, neglecting to rightly care for our military, our veterans, our local police, and the continuation of our open and insecure borders, to name just some of the is-sues. Add to this the contamination of morality which makes for the approving of that which is wrong, attacking that which is right, and abandoning historic ethical common sense. Public laxity and apathy about the religious, educational, sexual, governmental realities do not encourage correcting our course. Such leads to the deterioration and loss of our good foundation on which we can build.

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy..." (2 Timothy 3:1-2).

THE ASSURED CONSEQUENCES!

These are the ingredients for troubled people in troubling times.

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light,and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).

“We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble” (Jeremiah 8:15).

The absence of TRUTH, the presence of ERROR, the absence of LIGHT, the power of DARKNESS: “He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:18-19).

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). Those who mock will someday be shocked.

THE APPROVED CHOICE

What should a person do? Follow God’s Word which is meant to bring you to the only God and only Savior (Isaiah 43:11; 45:21-23). He alone can save your soul and satisfy your heart:

 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18).

 “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein” (Jeremiah 6:16).

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore CHOOSE LIFE, that both thou and thy seed may live: that thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey His voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto Him: for HE IS THY LIFE, and the length of thy days” (Deuteronomy 30:19 -20).

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the LIFE: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to be-come the sons of God,
even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12).



This post was placed in the USA Today on October 28, 2016

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance

FLAG DAY - Hey... America Remember Me?















Remember when I led the parade? Hats came off and hands were placed over one's heart as I approached and passed by.

Remember where I have been and what I stand for— ANZIO, NORMANDY, LEYTE, IWO JIMA, KOREA, VIETNAM, IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN and the ongoing war on terror, etc. The memorial honor rolls of those who did not come back are saluted when you salute me.

REMEMBER THE 31-WORD PLEDGE:

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE...I am RESPONSIBLE as an INDIVIDUAL not to take our freedom for granted and thus to risk losing it.

...AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS...Not a DEMOCRACY (where I speak for myself, you speak for yourself) but a REPUBLIC (a Constitutional Republic governed by law where I am represented). The word DEMOCRACY does not appear in our documents of LIBERTY (The Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation, the Constitution or the Bill of Rights).

...ONE NATION, UNDER GOD...our right to know that LIFE and LIBERTY are GOD-GIVEN RIGHTS, not the GRANT of GOVERNMENT. Our Constitution gives us a government limited to the delegated authority that "WE THE PEOPLE" allotted to each branch of civil government.

...with LIBERTY and JUSTICE for all...LIBERTY is personal and internal. The Liberty Bell and the Statue of Liberty are fitting symbols. JUSTICE is "the virtue which consists in GIVING TO EVERYONE WHAT IS HIS DUE." Thus justice calls for law and equity, right rules and fair play for all. This explains the once prevailing concept in America— PUNISHMENT TO FIT THE CRIME.

To lose the meaning of OUR FLAG is to encourage the loss of our Republican form of government and our God-given, responsible pursuit of LIFE and LIBERTY.

"REMEMBER, O LORD, Thy tender mercies and Thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old. REMEMBER not the sins of my youth, nor my trans- gressions: according to Thy mercy REMEMBER Thou me for Thy goodness' sake, O LORD." (Psalm 25:6-7). "Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear Him. For he knoweth our frame; HE REMEMBERETH that we are dust" (Psalm 103:13,14). "REMEMBER ME, O LORD, with the favour that Thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with Thy salvation" (Psalm 106:4).

May you be BOTHERED to the point of being BLESSED. May our GRAND OLD FLAG remind us of our great American HERITAGE, "one nation under God" without Whose grace we cannot survive the erosion and corrosion of our day. May you look to the GOD OF TRUTH in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ (who said, "I am the truth"--John 14:6), so that you might REST in the TRUTH of God's Word ("the truth shall make you free"--John 8:32) and the TRUTH of God's Son ("the Son shall make you free"--John 8:36). To RECEIVE HIM is to receive the LIFE and LIBERTY He alone can give (John 1:12).

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

I.F.



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