This blogpost was inspired by the amount of problems I see in our world. Problems created and exacerbated by ignoring our Heavenly Father's commands and taking control of life in a way we were never meant to. Whether it is science teaching us it's o.k. to play God, or government cheating the sovereign people and taking kickbacks for themselves, or just in general people's selfishness and lack of respect for others - all of it is caused by one thing...yes one alone!! First I will say that I do NOT know everything! Please don't take this as my arrogant tell-you-what's-wrong end all be all. It's not. I think alot of people I know would agree with me. Here it is: There is a correlation between a crumbling country and people turning away from God. The reason we see crime going up, national debt going up, pollution going up is because America (and the rest of the world) are not digging into and following the truth in God's Word.
Hosea 4:6 says "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" What is knowledge? Proverbs 1:7 says "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction." The respect and honor of God is the beginning of EVERYTHING!! This is where it starts! He IS knowledge and without him knowledge would be nonexistent. It's like the verse from Amazing Grace that goes - was blind but now I see! He makes things clear to us. There is a verse in the Bible and I just couldn't remember where it's from (if anyone knows please tell me!) that talks about how God makes things of great magnitude be understood by the simple, common person but confounds the person who thinks they know everything. Searching His Word is where we find truth for every area of life. I think that in our day in age the Bible has been labeled as a "spiritual" book and it is; but, it's so much more too! It has precepts and wisdom for everyday life! Physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual - God's Word has it ALL wrapped up. We have to be willing to unwrap the beautiful gift and learn everything we possibly can about Him.
Think about the Founding Fathers (I love those guys - they were really amazing men of God - I will reference them alot) They understood this concept. The Bible was where they got the idea for the Constitution and a free republic by sovereign people. God used them in phenomenal ways because of their willingness to be a vessel that God could direct and guide into works for his glory. A secular history class I took at my college up in MI brought up how our nation is one of the greatest accomplishments in history. My teacher said that the colonists' ideas about society and government revolutionized history. He told us to think about it:
A constitution that has lasted over 200 years.
13 little colonies defeating the most powerful country of the world at that time.
Those same 13 colonies becoming a sovereign nation that now is the superpower of the planet.
And its' true. The Founding Father's were extremely intelligent and very talented but there is no way they could've founded a free nation on that alone. This is what my teacher missed. Yes, there's no doubt they did an amazing thing but in their writings they were humble and honest. They wanted this for His magnification. They wanted to be able to raise their children and see their children raise their grandchildren in a free and peaceful land. My teacher also never talked about the motivation behind these men. Sure, alot of people want freedom of all kinds in the world today but does it necessarily happen. No not usually, because as soon as the going gets tough people quit... guess they didn't want it as bad as they said they did!! I don't know if any of y'all have watched the HBO documentary series on John Adams ( great films though historically inaccurate because they left out any "Christian" aspects of the Father's lives) but the soldiers who fought the American Revolution didn't exactly live in comfort. In fact, alot of colonists didn't live in comfort due to British blockades and shortages of supplies. They didn't give up though. What if they had?? Just a thought.....but I'm guessing we might not be here today or if we were it would be under different circumstances. The courageousness of those people inspires me as it should everyone!! Thank goodness they obeyed God and sacrificed their lives, comfort, and stability so that we can have freedom even to this day.
Speaking of which, Memorial Day is tomorrow!! Like my pastor said this morning, too often people totally forget what this day means in lieu of going to the beach and starting their summer. Please remember our fallen men and women who have given their lives so that America can remain free and safe. I am so thankful for what they did! Keep their families in your prayers. :) Alright, coming blogposts will show some more pictures! Dad and Brady built a fire pit our backyard in the clearing in our woods :) It looks awesome!! They also built Mom and I a raised garden box. Mom planted lettuce and tomatoes and other stuff. She's begging them to build 2 more! *laughing* Tomorrow, we are going to the Riverbanks Zoo here in Columbia. I am really excited to see the penguins - one of my favorite animals. We will be sure to take lots of pictures!