There is a natural occurring sense of tranquility that comes along with the dim light of a hospital room and the quiet buzz of machines at 10:45 at night. Unable to sleep peacefully, and with a head full of random thoughts, I figured I might as well put the pen to the paper one more time before calling it a night.
I am realizing more and more how far out of touch with the current world I am as I sit watching a few random things on television. I own a tv, but I don't have cable or satellite...I don't have the Internet...I don't even watch the news. After seeing what comes across the TV I feel an even greater sense of satisfaction that I have went without them for around a year now. When I do get clued in on current events in our world I only seem to get more frustrated over what we have become as a human race. I have had this recurring thought that many of those who have passed but came from an earlier generation, the men and women who valued ideals this nation was founded upon and worked everyday of their lives...if they could see what we have come to as a nation that they would turn over in their graves. Our society as a whole is almost laughable at times...the things we value, the things we take for granted, the lifestyles we live. Convenience is everything. Morals and character have gone by the wayside. Work ethic is gone. It's sad really.
I like to consider myself a patriot. I am an American, and I am damn proud of it. I love my country, my rights, and I would die defending both. I am proud of my cousin Nick...the choices he is making as a young man prove that age is just a number, and maturity supersedes any number that years define us by. I wish I could go back in time and do what he is doing with his life...but I would lose a lot of things I value now that I couldn't give up to do so. Our nation needs many more men like him...a strong head on their shoulder and a willingness to serve. Many many people before him gave their lives so we can have what we enjoy today, and I am thankful for that. With that said, I have a new desire and drive to do more to affect change in my domain. To be more than an everyday American who is so focused on myself...and to instead be someone that initiates change bigger than my own life. That's my goal.
My question is where to start, where to go from here? My only facet to do so tonight is to speak my mind on a few of the current events in today's world, and in doing so hopefully ruffle a few feathers and get some like minded people to do the same.
First, I want to say I am proud to have the right to own a gun. I don't care if anyone else owns one, but I will never freely give up my right to bear arms. Gun ownership is second only to my right to freely believe in and support my Savior Jesus Christ. A bible beside my bed and a gun in the drawer below it makes for a very secure home. I am thankful for the right to possess both. Our nation was founded by men who understood the importance of both, and I think we as Americans need to stand up for the right to both. This flows into my second point. The sad truth is that we are steadily going in a direction where we could lose both. There was once a time in America's history where Christians were the majority and together we cohesively stood our ground against what we thought was wrong in defense of what we knew was right. In today's culture "political correctness" has made us look like closed minded intolerant people, and persecution has pushed us to keep our mouths shut. What do you think your calling is-closet beliefs that are better kept under wraps, or proactively speaking on behalf of the wisdom found in the bible? The answer is clear but the path to making it practice is rough in today's culture. God never promises an easy road, just the ability to traverse it despite how hard the climb may be. Be a bold Christian, God will show you favor for doing his work.
My third point is sure to bring about debate, and despite the flack I may hear, I feel completely comfortable speaking my mind on it as well. I have never been so ashamed of a president than I am of Obama. His lack of moral character is ridiculous, and the people he raises up and praises for their immorality is laughable. It's sad when people get personal phone calls for being gay, or drug addict singers get more attention than when an American war hero is murdered in cold blood. What does that tell you about him? It speaks volumes to me. What do you think his goal is for our country? I can tell you it's 180 degrees opposite from mine. I want to see America restored to the great nation she once was. A nation that blessed God and made him the center of our society. A nation that defended itself not stuck it's nose in everyone else's business. A nation that stood on its own and valued its people. Call me crazy, but I don't think any of that is on Obama's agenda. This is the man that is supposed to be leading us...but last time I checked its the government of the people..where are our voices?
Tonight, I challenge you. Be more than you are today. Stand up for yourself. For your kids. For your grand kids. For your God. Start small. Voice your opinion. It's your right. Affect change. I know I am. This is a small start, but a start nonetheless. Defend liberty. Defend honor. Lend a hand. Be a real American.
God Bless America,