These United States stand at a crossroads, whether we realize it or not, and the choices we make this year and into the future will determine whether this nation will prevail. Abraham Lincoln, in a speech to the Republican State Convention in Springfield, Illinois on June 16, 1858, quoted from the book of Mark (3:25) when he said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Look around you; what do you see? Is there anywhere evidence of a middle ground? We are divided whether we realize it or not into two ‘sides’ when our nation’s motto reads, “E Pluribus Unum,” which means “out of many, one.”
Our nation is facing new and growing threats externally from old adversaries (Russia and China) as well as new and more implacable ones in the call for jihad by such terror groups as Al Qaeda and ISIS (and, sadly, our home-grown fanatics whose vitriol pours more gas on the fire). We as a people, as a nation, are threatened with annihilation, not in the feared mushroom clouds of the Cold War (though that too is returning), but by rending ourselves asunder through our shouting AT each other rather than speaking TO each other. There is room for compromise, but it seems the special interest groups who have purchased Washington, D.C. and many (most?) of those who are there supposedly to represent us, want no part of it.
For over 200 years this nation has stood strong against all adversaries, but now we are a paper tiger whose demise seems certain unless calmer heads prevail. Many of you know of my faith, and I am VERY glad that the Kingdom of God will not arrive on Air Force One. It will come, though many of you will scoff at this, it will come to a world without the United States of America. I feel that unless we begin to communicate and reconcile our differences, we will do what no nation, no threat or enemy has ever come close to; we will destroy these United States.
Exaggeration? I fear not, but my trust is not in the government or power of this country (as proud as I am of this nation and my service to it), but in my King whose Name is Jesus.
So, this blog (which as with all my others) will appear on Facebook as well as any future blogs I may write, but this will be my farewell to Facebook, at least for now. A venue that is meant to share good news and keep you connected with friends is turning into a channel of the cabal that seems bent on destroying our nation through spreading their venom. One less voice, who cares you may say. That is not why I am doing this, however. I am deleting Facebook from my phone and computer today (July 2, 2016) because the bitterness and hatred that I see on Facebook have me wanting to look at it less and less. I struggle with PTSD, sometimes more successfully than others, but watching what is happening on Facebook is not helping. My hope is this little bit will, perhaps, cause others to pause and consider. If enough of us take a deep breath and use our ears more than our mouths (2:1 ratio after all), maybe we can turn this around.
So, for my own sanity (what there is of it), I will be bidding adieu to you on this venue for the foreseeable future. For those who know how you can still speak to me or call, text, email or (gasp) snail mail me and we can continue the discussion of this and other topics (such as my very favorite craft beer, Hobbit’s Juice, found in the Stonington, CT area). For my friends and Brothers of the Dolphin, my contact information will be on 616’s website if you care to reach me.
As The Tempos in 1959, then The Happenings in 1966 put it (forgive the paraphrase), “See You In Whenever.”