Stand With Wisdom & Understanding!

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I have been caught up in watching all that has to do with our election
process for President of the United States.  I am not sure why it has
become my past time of late.  Watching debates, pundits, and the great
political commentators late into the evening.  Someone told me that I
was becoming obsessed.  I have found it thrilling on many levels.  I
was observing this morning how much like a sports commentator some of
the political analyst are….the play by plays, the speculations, the
excitement in their voice at the upsets to their predictions…it is
really almost comical.  But intriguing…I guess being age 45, I have come to a place in my life where the issues of the day have grabbed me.  I want to know what the candidates are talking

about, how they are saying things and what is between the lines of
their passion.  No matter what side of the fence you are on, one can
not deny the place in history this election will mark.  A woman, an
African American, a former POW, a Baptist Minister and a Mormon.  Wow!
Have we not come to a place where this election says “America”.
Personally, I think it reveals the dreams of our fore fathers.  Freedom
to become. And men and women, who came after, moving forward to that
dream, giving life to their words and passion.

As Thomas Jefferson penned in the opening of the Declaration of Independence….

We
hold these truths to be self-evident , that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights
that among these are
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

And later in in the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780 that predates the US Constitution by seven years…

Article I. All men are born free and equal, and have certain natural,
essential, and unalienable rights; among which may be reckoned the
right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; that of
acquiring, possessing, and protecting property; in fine, that of
seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness.

In 1850 by Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address…

Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this
continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the
proposition that all men are created equal.

And no one will ever forget the words that continue to ring out, spoken on August 16, 1963 by Martin Luther King, Jr…..

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the
true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident:
that all men are created equal.

Later in a Day of Affirmation Speech  in 1966 given by Robert F. Kennedy said these words

“Few will have the greatness to bend history; but each of us can work
to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts
will be written the history of this generation … It is from
numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is
thus shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve
the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a
tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different
centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can
sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

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In
a 1964 televised campaign speech that has been referred to as the
speech that launched Ronald Reagan’s political career he said…..

If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the
last stand on Earth. And this idea that government is beholden to the
people, that it has no other source of power except to sovereign
people, is still the newest and most unique idea in all the long
history of man’s relation to man. This is the issue of this election.
Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we
abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual
elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we
can plan them ourselves.

These
words, I believe, ring more true today than they did then…as my MSN
friend JW Leigh so eloquently stated that we must be apart of the
change, we must make a stand against injustice and we must use our God
given right to choose.  To vote…to be informed and to vote wisely.  I
hope all of you will make the effort to make that stand and let your
vote count!!!!!!

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 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;  To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.

Proverbs 1:2-4

6 thoughts on “Stand With Wisdom & Understanding!

  1.  

    Hi C…
    47 degrees…That\’s cold for down there.
    We dodged the tornadoes again yesterday. The sirens went off at 3:30 pm and today we have snow flurries. Amazing!!!
    Yes, this is some kind of election year. My heart has me observing three candidates.
    Some things are going to be revealed soon.
    I find it interesting on the difference between discernment and opinions.
    We can witness closed eyes and ears of misunderstanding on both sides.
    The “right” can be just as closed minded as the “left.”
    Yep…Interesting times.
    You have a wonderful Wednesday,
    Gregster
     

  2. Sometimes the play by play approach makes me crazy!  Do we really need to know what 2% of the precincts are reporting? 
    When it\’s over, tell me who won – the outcome will be the same.
    Maybe I\’m just feeling old and like my time is too valuable… ha!
    It is exciting that we have some diverse and viable options in this year\’s election.

  3. Just to let you know Patty and I escaped the killer tornadoes and strong storms….most were about 100 miles west of us.  The last I\’ve heard, 47 souls lost their earthly lives in the act of God.  Yet just another example of why we should never delay our spiritual commitments or take one second of our lives for granted.  There will be countless thousands asking, "Why God?" in the aftermath of another natural disaster and I\’ll admit there are times when our grief begs Him for the answer.  Don\’t know if I\’ve ever met a devoted Christian that can truthfully deny having pleaded with God for an explanation to the horrors they don\’t understand, and as a loving Father would, He reassures us by deflecting our attention to the cross at Calvary.  We took almost identical paths in our journey to fulfillment in faith.  How sweet the knowledge and comfort of knowing we are not alone in this earthly journey.  May many more learn to lean on our brothers and sisters for comfort and unity of the "blessed hope" that unites us in the worst of times and misery.  Suffering is the life blood of a soul in need of cleansing, and we all need that cleansing more frequently than we like to admit, but the road we travel has a reward that will leave us spotless and pure.  Now, that is what I call HOPE……J.W.L.  

  4. I voted in the thunderstorms!  We have been watching the debates on our recorder and it is great not to miss one thing.   My oldest will turn 18 on Election Day and she could care less about it.  My goal is to motivate her this year…need her to drop by your place!

  5. Hi Cshell,
     
    Just dropping by to say hi and wish you a Happy Valentine\’s Day. Great Post… I too have been following the news and reading the papers following the campaign. My prayers are with you all…may God\’s Will be done.
     
    Thanks for visiting my space as always and for sharing your comments. Enjoy your week.
     
    God\’s Blessings, Judith

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