Its hard to even know where to begin.
My heart, to the depths of my being, is broken and weeping over a world, a society, that I used to hold as my own with a sense pride and privilege. We were a country of beauty, of opportunity, and of freedom. At the birth of this once great country Thomas Jefferson spoke of a nation, a government that would not only prohibit anyone in society from infringing upon the liberty of other individuals, but would also restrain itself from diminishing individual liberty. “Unalienable rights” was the term coined by Jefferson himself in order to express the vision that the founding fathers had for this new land. Every person had the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. This is what has separated our country from so many others throughout history.
And now a civil war is brewing amongst ourselves over these very rights and freedoms. The freedom to live as we choose, to use our money as we choose, to worship as we choose has subtly, over the years, been slipping right through the hands of the people into the hands of a small collective who desire (or more strongly, crave) in their hearts political, social and religious genocide. Private businesses no longer have the freedom to support and put their own money into organizations of their choosing. Their “choices” now have to conform to what that collective say they need to be.
There is an overarching ideology and worldview, which has consumed so many, that feels the need to purify the world from religion. No. Not religion. Judeo-Christian beliefs. This war that is raging against conservative and faith based lifestyles is rooted not in liberation or tolerance but pure, unadulterated hate.
Hate. A word used in such abundance but yet never recognized in its purist form.
Faith based college organizations are now being forced to allow individuals who do not share their core beliefs to hold office within the groups in the name of non-discrimination. Teachers can no longer participate in student led prayer times that occur on campus outside of school hours for fear of making other non religious students or students of other religions feel ostracized. Private business are being bullied, threatened, and forced to conform or be shut down simply because they privately support organizations that hold to a different belief than the said small collective.
What I find even more interesting (and significantly more disturbing) is how freedom is being taken away from a peaceful conservative faith and how tolerance, liberty, and even national rights is given to the ones that breed hate, violence, and war.
I fear for our country and our people in a way that I can barely express in words. It’s a penetrating fear, like the cold you feel in a rainstorm during the winter months. It’s a chill that goes straight to the bone. The stage is being set for dark and dangerous days. And as I watch the news and see the deep darkness in the eyes of those who are rioting in hatred and malice, killing those who stand in their way, I no longer feel the distance that I once felt from the rest of the world. I no longer offer myself comfort in the knowledge that things like that happen in other countries but not this one. As I watch and process I can almost physically feel a dark angel creeping into our midst, growing larger and stronger. But that hatred is no longer confined to the obvious groups of blatant terrorism. It has seeped silently into the liberal ideals that are single handedly destroying our nation. It is moral corruption and lawlessness that has become a breeding ground for more dangerous circumstances. It has been an open door for political corruption and weakness. Our national defenses have been weakened. We are setting ourselves up to be ruled by a power that we may never have the ability to remove. When you begin dictating how a people should use their money and time, when you take away their freedom to choose, when you blot out their right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” you have laid the groundwork for a dictatorship and ultimately oppression of the masses.
This is where we are heading!
Wake up from your slumber! Listen to Who is calling you and turn from darkness. Our only hope is Salvation! We must open our eyes.
Surprise by Jars of Clay
Shoot a dream in your arm and sleep away
It’s not the stuff that kills you, that keeps your life at bay
Every crash pulls you in reach
Of a watershed of signal flares that cover your beach
These are just placebos to make us feel all right
Illusions in our pockets make our feather float us high
For a second I thought I saw you eyelids rise
A moment, something restless caught you by surprise,
We are so beautiful when we sleep
Hearts of gold and eyes so deep, deep, deep
But love won’t cure the chaos
And hope won’t hide the loss
And peace is not the heroine that shouts above the cause
And love is wild for reasons
And hope though short in sight
Might be the only thing that wakes you by surprise
Dream little one
See the world just begun
Love is wild for reasons
And hope feels short in sight
Might be the only thing that brings you back to life
For a moment I thought I saw your eyelids rise
Surprise, surprise, surprise…