Happy Fourth of July

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Happy Fourth of July.

First and foremost I would like to thank all of our service men and women who have fought for our freedom. Who have given their time, their lives so that we can have the country that we have.

When I first started writing this I was going to go a different direction but God has lead me to make it more simple. I believe our country was founded on Christian beliefs. All men are created equal, we help those in need, we live in a morally correct way and treat others the way we want to be treated. Isaiah 1: 16-17 Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight;
 stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.

Our First Amendment rights to freedom of religion, speech, press, petition and assembly are under attack. We are free to believe or not to believe. We are free to be Christian, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, or any other religion we want to participate in. We have the right to assemble, to gather and talk about our God. Neither the First Amendment nor the Constitution states seperation of church from state. With that being said, we, as Christians, are under attack and I don’t believe it will stop at just Christianity.

Why does one who doesn’t believe in God get to dictate those that do? I don’t ask them to pray in school if they don’t want to, I don’t ask them to take down their signs that say God doesn’t exist.  If that’s what you want to believe then so be it. Yet, anytime someone expresses their belief in God in public, we get shot down. Take for example a high school in Kountz, Texas. The cheerleaders made signs using scripture like Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us,” to take a stand for God. A Freedom From Religion group in Wisconsin is suing claiming violation of the First Amendment. The First Amendment gives these cheerleaders, and everyone else, this right. So why can these anti-religious groups take away our rights to say we believe in God? Again I say no where does it state seperation of church and state in the First Amendment or in the Constitution.

In Poteet, Texas ONE person changed a 99-year tradition to pray both before and after a high school graduation ceremony. The valedictorian — an atheist — complained, a pro-separation group intervened and applied legal pressure. If ONE person can change a 99 year history, why can’t the rest of the people that want the prayer be allowed to keep it?

Why can we teach evolution in schools but not creation? If we are going to make everything equal then….

Many people are suing to take God out of the Pledge Of Allegiance. We, as citizens of the United States of America, have the right to say it just as much as these people have the right not to say it.

Atheists have tried, unsuccesfully, to take God off the currency.

The last poll taken in 2014 posted on May 12, 2015 by Pew Research shows 70.6% of America view themselves as Christian, while 7.1% are atheist or agnostic. Yet, the majority are having to change their lives because of the minority and because our court systems are ruling, in most cases, in favor of the minority.

When did we as a country start letting the minority dictate the majority and why? The majority have been silent for too long.

Whether you believe or don’t believe is your choice. Why are you trying to take away my rights?

106 out of the first 108 universities founded in America were Christian. Harvard, being the first, had its first rule in the student handbook :  “Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life, John 17:3; and therefore to lay Jesus Christ as the only foundation for our children to follow the moral principles of the Ten Commandments.”

I believe our country has taken or is taking our freedom of religion away in order to create all men equal. If no one can say God, then everyone is equal. If we can’t say the Pledge of Allegiance in schools or have prayer before a football game, then we are all equal. Yet, you have taken away our rights of freedom of religion, speech and assembly.

Why stop there? If we are going to quit doing religious things in public to have everyone be treated equally then let’s call up the top 10% richest people in America and have them share their wealth with the other 90% of us so we can all be equal. Heck, let’s make every sporting event end in a tie so there are no winners or losers, just everyone being equal. I don’t believe when our founding fathers came up with all men are created equal that this is what they had in mind.

A government can not be all things to all people. When it tries, it will overextend itself and frustrate the freedom of its citizens.

On this Fourth of July, let us Christians speak up. Bring our country back to where it was, for what it was founded on. Our freedoms, religious, speech, and others are being taken away by the few. Stand together and let our voices be heard. I will pray that we will be the salt and the light. Will you stand with me?

On this Fourth of July I will pray for our leaders. I will pray for wisdom and discernment for our leaders. I will pray that God will transform the hearts and minds of our citizens. I will pray for our generation and the next. I will pray that we ask God for forgiveness for the decisions we have made. I will pray for peace for our nation. I will pray that God will heal our land.

Proverbs 28:2 When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.

Proverbs 29:2 When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.

Pledge of Allegiance by Lee Greenwood – 

God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood – 

America by Chris Tomlin – 

Heal Our Land by Michael Card – 

America by Neil Diamond – 

Middle Of America by Will Hoge – 

American Pride by Moonshine Bandits – 

Answer To No One by Colt Ford – 

Freedoms Never Free by Phillips, Craig and Dean – 

Pink Houses by John Mellencamp – 

Hero by Finding Favour – 

Home by Dierks Bentley – 

Red White and Blue by Rockie Lynne – 

Only In America by Brooks and Dunn – 

Two Soldiers Coming Home by Lori McKenna – 

It’s America by Rodney Atkins – 

American Child by Phil Vassar – 

Memorial Day

IMG_20150526_104355[1]Happy, or should it be Thankful, Memorial Day. In honor of all those that have served for our freedom. Thank you to the ones who have passed, the ones who have not came back the same, the ones who fight every day (even when they are not on the battlefield), thank you to all who have served and who will serve.

My dad served in the Vietnam War. He never talked much about it and I never asked. To be honest, I can say I didn’t care that much. Now he is gone and I will never be able to tell him thank you. It wasn’t until his funeral I found out he had lived with the  effects from Agent Orange. How could I not have known? How could I have never asked ? This memorial day has hit me harder than any ever. Yes, I know the freedoms I have from those that have served, but I believe it was something I just took for granted.  Many of us in this country take this for granted. We have not seen firsthand how many in the rest of the world live (and many in our own country), not only to not be free but just to have food, clean water and shelter on a daily basis. There were many instances (from the Field of Flags, songs, videos and news stories) this weekend that have brought tears to my eyes. I know it’s too late but I pray you hear me in Heaven, thank you Dad.

Today visit a veteran. Help a widower and their children. Give to a charity for a veteran. Don’t know any veterans? Go to a senior citizens living center and talk to someone there. I bet they would love the company and probably know a veteran they could talk to you about.

John 15:13  Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

There are so many songs and even entire cd’s ( Act of Valor movie soundtrack or American Soldier by Queensryche) that I could list here but I wanted to list some that maybe many of you have not heard of, as well as a few most of you have. Some I have not listed but you can look up George Jones- 50000 Names, Sammy Hagar- Remember the Heroes, John Michael Montgomery- Letters From Home, Drowning Pool- Soldiers, Chely Wright- From the Bumper of My SUV, Mika- Heroes, Carrie Underwood- Just A Dream, Van Zant- These Colors Don’t Run, Charice- Note to God, Letter Black- While You Were Away, Darryl Worley- I Just Came Back From A War, Nathan Fair- Fallen Soldier, Tracy Lawrence – If I Don’t Make It Back among many others.

Talk video, not a song but worth watching. 

10 years, I Miss You Daddy by DJ Sammy (feat. Do) – Seriously, I have never listened to this and not cried. 

For You by Keith Urban – 

Soldier’s Light by Rylee Preston- Amazing song by 15 year old girl.  

Soldier, I Thank You by Jordan Leigh – 

I Want You To Live by George Canyon – 

A Soldier’s Memoir by Mitch Rossell – 

Bagpipes Cryin by Rushlow Harris – 

Goodnight Soldier by Derek Clark – 

Soldiers Prayer by  Collin Raye – 

American Soldier by Toby Keith – 

Soldiers and Jesus by James Otto – 

Pvt. Ledbetter by Tesla – one of my favorite bands from the 80’s and today. Keep making music.  

Letters From War by Mark Schultz – 

Arlington by Trace Adkins – 

If You’re Reading This by Tim Mcgraw – 

I’ll Be Brave This Christmas by Big Daddy Weave – 

Some Gave All by Billy Ray Cyrus –