Maybe you’ve heard the old Arron Tippin song, “You’ve Got To Stand For Something.” If you haven’t you might want to view this before you go any further. I’m still hopeful that most of you might be able to catch a clue from just the title, but it’s better to make certain anymore than to leave any room for doubt.
Now in case you’re thinking I’m going to write about standing up for what you believe in, you can go ahead and give yourself a point, but you might want to hold off on giving yourself any more until you’ve read this thing through because there’s always the chance I might surprise you. I never was much of a baseball player, but I always thought it’d be the neatest thing to be able to throw a curve ball, so just imagine me standing on the pitching mound and winding up.
Over the last year, I’ve heard enough garbage to cover a small country, and that’s being kind if you want to know the truth. And if that’s not bad enough, I’ve heard it coming from every quarter and segment of society. We won’t even mention politics/politicians because to do so would almost be akin to flattering garbage, and yes, I’m being mean, and I know it, but I’ve never been much to hide what I think or feel, and I’m of the opinion it’s better to be honest and less than kind, than it is to be nice and a liar and a hypocrite. Sometimes you just have to call’em like you see’em.
You name it, I’ve heard just about every excuse, justification, rationalization, and every other word one can use to describe someone who stretches something to such extremes that to call it a lie would be like saying that Dolly Parton doesn’t have big boobs. I mean no disrespect to Mrs. Dolly, and I realize that someone reading this might be offended, and the United Nations might send me a letter for hate speech, and Chris Matthews might call me a ‘bumkin,” and our President might have me kicked off the internet, and if any of that should happen . . . Well, all I can say is “Thank God.”
The way I have it figured, somebody ought to at the very least say it because it sure doesn’t look like there’s very many people in this country who show much in the way of appreciation. I’m all for freedom, and I’d stand up for anyone’s right to say what they think, and to believe in whatever or whoever they choose, but when did it become acceptable in this country for everybody else to have their say and express what they think, and yet when it comes to my believing in and living my life for Christ, and wanting to share my love, and what I think and believe in an honest and (mostly) respectful way somebody else can attack me in the most hateful and ugly way.
Now, I want you to understand something; I’m not complaining about being treated by people who are hateful and ugly. I consider that an honor and a privilege, but just in the interest of freedom, respect, and just plain old-fashioned courtesy whatever happened to just listening to someone else’s point of view without trying to shout over them or call them all kinds of vile names. Why is it that every single minority and almost all groups, religions and philosophies are readily accepted, and every kind of filth is shamelessly promoted and encouraged, and yet when it comes to anyone who takes a different view or stands in opposition to anything-especially if they’re a Christian-then they’re labeled as being intolerant, narrow-minded, and bigoted, and those are just the nice words.
The shame of it isn’t that they’re attacking “Christianity,” but that they’re attacking the “U.S. Constitution” that guarantees my right to be one. You want to attack me for loving Jesus Christ, for believing that He’s the Son of God, and that the Bible is the infallible, inerrant Word of God, go ahead, and more power to you. As Clint Eastwood says, “Make my day!”
BUT, just consider this . . . if they’re willing to do away with the “U.S. Constitution” in order to strip me of my rights what’s to stop them from stripping yours?
I’m not asking you to believe the way I do, though I think and believe that my way is the right way, but is it too much to ask that the freedom I’m guaranteed under the “U.S. Constitution” be honored? If not? I’d like to ask you one more question . . . What would you like to say to the parents of all those who have shed blood and died for it?
I admire and respect anyone who tells the truth, and this man does. I hope this is viewed and shared by a lot of people.
This is the last in this particular series, but if you’ve enjoyed Bruce’s writing, and would like to see more I’d be happy to share more of his devotionals with you. I believe that Bruce has some of the best devotional writing I’ve ever had the privilege of reading. He has a heart for God through and through. I hope you’ve been as blessed through his writing as I have been.
WHAT KIND OF EXAMPLE ARE YOU (7)
The word “purity” refers to that which is not polluted. Pollution causes disease and death. The products on the grocery store shelf may be beautifully packaged, but when food-borne illness results, we must go back to the source and find the problem. What is it? Careless, cost-cutting methods that not only permit disease but promote it. Consider this: some of the things that entertain us today would have shocked our parents and grandparents. Is that because we are more enlightened? Look around you and judge for yourself! While living under his father’s authority the Prodigal Son was well off. But in search of enlightenment and entertainment, he ended up in a pigpen. Yes, he was forgiven and welcomed back home, but he lost a lot in the process. Today the world of politics, education, and entertainment are battling for your mind, your attention, and your allegiance. So here’s a Scripture you need to think about carefully: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” (Php 2:5 NKJV). In other words, submit your thoughts to God. If He approves them-they’re okay. Paul writes: “We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ” (2Co 10:3-5 NLT). If you don’t “capture” wrong thoughts and submit them to the test of scriptural truth, they’ll lead you in the wrong direction.
I’ve been watching the Wall Street protests, and I’ve noticed a few things. One of the things I’ve noticed is in the beginning the vast majority of protesters were young people between the ages of 18-25. Now I’ve noticed that several different unions and organizations have moved into the protest, and even some government officials have stated support for them.
As always when I have a question about someone or thing, I like to look at motives or what’s going on behind the scenes. The truth is that few people do anything without benefit to themselves, so what are the unions and government officials getting out of supporting them?
Another thing I’ve noticed is that there doesn’t seem to be an overriding issue that these protestors are gathering around. What exactly are they protesting against? Are they protesting capitalism? Most of them as well as everyone living in America have benefited from capitalism. Don’t they realize that the devices they’re using to communicate are the result of that system? I’ve seen almost every cause imaginable protested on some sign or other, so I ask you exactly what are they protesting?
I have no doubt that there are some really scared and sincere people there who love this country and truly believe they are doing the right thing. I commend them for standing up for what they feel is right, but I wonder what does defecating on the hood of a taxi-cab have to do with the protest? What about having public sex? Some people like to say that the Wall Street protesters are the same as the tea party. I beg to differ. The tea party was organized, they had a central issue, and every demonstration was carried out respectfully within a designated period of time, not to mention that there were no arrests in any of those events to my knowledge.
It seems to me that this group of people is being exploited by others for their own purposes. I realize that people are worried, and that they’re fearful about the future, but I fail to see how protesting Wall Street is going to change anything. Protesting capitalism, in my view, is a lot like killing a cow because somebody got a bad bottle of milk. It just doesn’t make sense.
Just because people and companies abuse a system does not mean that the system itself is broken. It’s not the system that needs to be done away with, but rather the people who abused it. I didn’t agree with bailing out Wall Street, or for that matter bailing out anyone. I think people as well as businesses should be responsible for themselves.
It bothers me when I hear talk about taking from the rich to give to the poor. It sounds good in theory, but would you want someone to take away what you worked and sweated for. Would you want someone else to decide how much money you could earn or what you could spend it on? I’m sorry, but I don’t.
I think it’s wrong to call these people names and to demonize them just as it’s wrong to exploit them. These people as all people have a right to be heard and to be treated fairly, but shouldn’t they as all people communicate a clear message and present themselves with dignity?