Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father,
And give attention that you may gain understanding,
For I give you sound teaching;
Do not abandon my instruction.
When I was a son to my father,
Tender and the only son in the sight of my mother,
Then he taught me and said to me,
“Let your heart hold fast my words;
Keep my commandments and live;
Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding!
Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
“Do not forsake her, and she will guard you;
Love her, and she will watch over you.
“The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom;
And with all your acquiring, get understanding.
“Prize her, and she will exalt you;
She will honor you if you embrace her.
“She will place on your head a garland of grace;
She will present you with a crown of beauty.”
“Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.” It has taken me years to gain an elementary like grasp on Proverbs 17:27. Bridling my tongue was not something I saw a need for in my youth. In fact, in ignorance I wore my flame filled tongue like a badge of honor. If only I could talk to my younger self now.
I have been biting my tongue for almost two months now. Out of no where it seemed that the fire for writing was smothered in my heart, and I sat voiceless for weeks. I had a lot to say, just nothing that I felt would glorify God. I wondered whether God was leading me away from my blog and on to other things.
I waited and wondered and prayed.
I am going to be frank this morning, because with the way our nation is headed, I believe with all my heart that there is little or no time for beating around the bush. We have all but wrapped our country up in a basket for the devil, put a bright red bow on it, and are sending it his way. We have allowed mediocrity to become our standard, morals to go to the way side, and political correctness to be our guard. All three of these things are going to lead to our inevitable demise if the men and women who value what this nation was founded on do not stand up as one and say that they have had enough. Although with all the elementary school yard antics that I see daily amongst adults, we have some maturing to do before this will be possible.
God has placed a heavy weight on my heart to prepare my family and to prepare myself for this battle. We are living in tumultuous times, and the wise will not ignore this fact. It started when I picked up “One Nation“ by Dr. Ben Carson. The wisdom that graced those pages inspired me to start seeking what Proverbs 17:27 really looked like when it was lived out. It inspired me to bridle my tongue and start listening to those people around me, even when I did not agree with their point of view. It helped me start ignoring the bait to snarl, spit, shout, and wave fists and start redirecting back to what the true issue is. I learned to start affirming that I valued the opinion of people, even if it differed from mine, because I valued them as a person. None of this really changed my views, but it did really change my heart and helped me gain patience and wisdom.
In a society where half of everything that we use is disposable and information is available at the click of a button, it is not surprising that people have little to no patience and very little wisdom. After all, the acquiring of patience is a tiresome pursuit and wisdom is something that takes time to grow. Plus, both of these virtues take nurturing after they have been acquired. With the internet at the end of our fingertips and “information” backing our view point available within seconds, people have forsaken reading. I can only imagine English professors around the country with shaking heads in their hands as they read research papers that have little to no reliable or unbiased resources.
Honestly, until I picked up One Nation, I hadn’t read much besides my Bible and an occasional Christian book in years. It was through the encouragements and suggestions for growth by Ben Carson at the end of each chapter that I decided to start reading for pleasure and historical information again. I knew I needed to know more about our founding fathers, the Constitution, and American History in general. So I started in a time in our history that was on my mind, World War II.
I have encountered several people who have been trying to compare the happenings in Syria to the Nazi’s genocidal reign before they were defeated in World War II. In order to gain wisdom, I sought out information from someone who not only lived at the time, but did something other than spouting politically charged rhetoric. The next book I picked up was entitled “Call of Duty: My Life Before, During, and After the Band of Brothers“ by Lt. Lynn “Buck” Compton. Lt. Compton was part of Easy Company, and if you have ever watched the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers then you are probably familiar with the name. That book really pushed me over the edge. If I had ever felt like I have done nothing with my life and that our society was headed nowhere, it was after reading about Lt. Compton’s life story.
Lt. Buck Compton was a man that lived the American dream. Born into poverty, he worked from a very young age. He helped give back to his household, even when it came at the cost of missing days at school to work. He started in ROTC in high school, and became active duty during college after Pearl Harbor. He was an exceptional athlete and earned a scholarship to attend a university after high school; although he had no doubt that it was his duty to put sports and education aside to defend our country during the war. He signed up to be a paratrooper in order to fast track his path to seeing combat in World War II. When he returned home, he picked up where he left off and continued his life path of hard work. He was a police detective, lawyer, and eventually a judge. At the age of 85 he wrote his memoir. From birth until death, Lt. Buck Compton kept up an unbelievable pace of believing and achieving. That is the American dream. If you can believe it, you can achieve it with the right amount of effort.
Effort. Effort is the key word here. The two men I mentioned above both came out of lives of poverty, not because of hand outs, but because of effort. Neither of them came from perfect households. Ben Carson grew up without a father, and his mother could not read. Buck Compton lost his father at a young age and lived with a mother who suffered from severe depression afterwards. Neither of these men expected a hand out because their life circumstances were difficult. In fact they used their circumstances as motivation to be better than what others could have been expected of them. One went on to be a surgeon, the other a judge. Only in America.
Effort. Not only is effort something that we need to put forth in our personal lives, it is something that we need to put forth as a group of Americans who want our country to stay true to the Constitution and free. There are plenty of groups who believe much differently who have managed to make plenty of changes right under our nose with just a little effort and a lot of noise because we were muzzled by political correctness and lacked the drive to put forth any effort to stop them. Not anymore, not in my house. As for me and my house, we are going to serve the Lord and our country. We are not going to roll over and allow others to push their beliefs into the sanctuary of The Most High or into our everyday lives. We are no longer going to allow the Word of God to be manipulated, distorted, and spit on as we sit by silently. We are also going to do our best to keep others from doing the same to the Constitution. We will be proclaiming this loud and clear for the world to hear, because that is what we are called to do and need to do.
I do not expect you to believe as I do, but I have the right to have my beliefs stand free from the influence of yours.
The days of being able to sit idly by as an American or as a Christen and let come what may are gone. If we do not stand up now, we will be led like sheep to the slaughter. I for one will be pulling my herd the other way. I will not allow wolves to infiltrate my flock with promises of “wealth” and “safety” if only I follow their wide path. No, I know Who brings my safety and I know that the only wealth I am promised will be found in Glory. I know that the path I am called to walk is not going to be easy and I can not just hand the reigns of my life blindly over to anyone and expect to be safe. No, my house is not a politically correct or gun free zone. My children will know what our country was founded on, who our True Leader is, and how to defend themselves.
I pray that you start seeking wisdom for yourself. Things are not working the way they are going in America, anyone can see that. I know this is a heavy post and it probably will make a few people question my beliefs, but I know who I am and Who I am founded in. My God did not call us to be weak minded or bodied. He called us to be strong, and He called us to be leaders. Yes, He called us to seek peace, but not to bow down to our enemy. And if you think we have no enemy, well I would say this blog is probably not going to be your cup of tea.
In closing, I will wrap up with one thing that I learned from Ben Carson’s book. The identification of problems needs to be followed up with some solutions. One of the biggest problems in our country is lack of wisdom, and the easiest solution is found in Proverbs 4. Proverbs 4:7 says, the beginning of wisdom is to acquire it and then you need understanding. What is the best way to do this? Pick up a book. A real book for starters. Start reading again. Try turning pages again. Seek wisdom from biographies and autobiographies and memoirs of people who have lived through times similar to ours. Grab a book on world history. Even if it is in short bits and pieces. Read some unbiased news or at least news from both sides of the aisle.
If you are a believer, this should be in addition to reading your Bible which contains lifetime’s worth of wisdom. You will be surprised at how quickly the chains of electronics will fall off once you start reading. How quickly the blinders dissolve so you can see the world for what it really is. I believe full heartedly that it is these chains of a distorted reality produced by the entertainment business, mass media producers, and the like that has bound us from being the country we could and should be.
I believe God may be leading my blog in a new direction. I am still heading towards Him, just maybe on a different path. I will be wondering, waiting, and praying on this.
All need grace and all is grace, friends!