Wisdom of Others

I’ll be the first to admit that ultimately, I know and understand very little in this world.  Despite all of the negative news coming from Washington and other supposedly patriotic politicians, let this serve as reminder of what really matters.

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.

Tecumseh

Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.

Erich Fromm
May we be strengthened with the understanding that being blessed does not mean that we shall always be spared all the disappointments and difficulties of life.
Heber Grant
Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it, you must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it. If you don’t, you will leak away your innate contentment. It’s easy enough to pray when you’re in distress but continuing to pray even when your crisis has passed is like a sealing process, helping your soul hold tight to its good attainments.
Elizabeth Gilbert
An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others.

Aiden Wilson Tozer

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8

The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

The Source

The big news out of the Democratic National Convention is that the original release of the Democratic Party Platform omitted any mention of God whatsoever.  What is being lost in the discussion is

WHY this is important.  There are consequences, both here and now, and in the hereafter.

The concept of Man’s rights being unalienable is based solely upon the belief in their Divine origin. Lacking this belief, there is no moral basis for any claim that they are unalienable or for any claim to the great benefits flowing from this concept (Source).

The present day consequence of this purposeful omission is that the rights codified in the U.S. Constitution, common law, and our founding principles as outlined in the various writings of James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and the rest all point to God, not as a corollary or out of false piety, but as the sole source of our rights on this Earth.

By refusing to acknowledge this simple truth in their party platform, the DNC is asserting, by extension, that God is not the source of our rights.  Without this assertion, the DNC has opened the door to the argument that certain rights can be granted (and nullified) by government fiat.  What is considered unalienable (untouchable) by God-fearing citizens is now completely within the scope of government might based on the logical extension of this omission on the DNC’s part.  To conservatives and libertarians, this is merely an admission of the state of things in the Democratic party today.  If you look at what they say and the actions they take, you see in those that God is not present in their minds when rights are being dealt with.  You see it in how they treat the unborn, as mere medical conditions that can be eliminated at will. You see it in how they treat the right to vote, the right of self-governance, the most cherished of citizens’ rights, by stating:

I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make. 

N.C. Governor Bev Perdue (D)

While the immediate consequences to the sanctity of our rights is not in danger – they are God-given, not man-given.  No man can touch them. No man can debar me or you of them.  As I have stated before, the ground below where I stand is safe for liberty and freedom because I believe that God granted those rights at creation which were codified in the Constitution as a barrier to government interference and tyranny.  But, as Solomon stated in Ecclesiastes, this is all “meaningless” because it is temporary.

I fear for the souls of the Democratic party.  I am certain that there are true God-fearing people within that party.  I am also certain that there is a militant anti-God element within that same party that is working to destroy the concept of God on Earth.

When I heard the voice vote replayed on the radio to put “God” back in the DNC platform (more on this in a minute), I can’t believe that the chairman deemed it passed.  The “NOs” seemed to far out-measure the “YEAs.”  And when it was deemed accepted by the delegates, there was a tremendous number of boos and catcalls.  This measure was not passed by the majority of delegates, but by the panicked politicians that realized that the Democratic delegates declared war on every Christian, Catholic, Jew, Muslim, Sikh, basically every single God-fearing man, woman, and child by failing to acknowledge their Creator in the party platform which is supposed to outline their specific policy goals for the upcoming few years.

Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven. (Matthew 10:32-33)

The Democrats are playing with God’s wrath here.  By not giving glory to God, they disown Him.  Draw your own conclusion here, but mine is not pretty.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16)

The Lord reigns,
    let the nations tremble;
he sits enthroned between the cherubim,
    let the earth shake.
Great is the Lord in Zion;
    he is exalted over all the nations.
Let them praise your great and awesome name—
    he is holy.(Psalm 99:1-3)

Despite the Hail Mary attempt to hide the omission of God from the modern-day Democratic Party by an orchestrated voice vote, the mask has been lifted for all to see that God has no place in the Democratic Party.   Moreover, by attempting this Hail Mary, which I am certain will pacify what some believe was an oversight or a mistake is nothing more than a political tacking to hide the significant hole in their proverbial armor.  It is a mockery of the democratic process. It is a mockery of the founding principles of this country. It is a mockery of the American people.  And most importantly, it is a mockery of God Himself.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:7-8)

Glory

Praise be to God.  All glory and honor to Him.

This morning I read a story on Townhall.com that dealt with the issue of humility with Olympic athletes.  While I greatly enjoyed watching the athletic competition, and the success of all of the athletes who medaled.  I believe, as the author did, that humility was short-changed.  There is celebrating an achievement and enjoying the moment, and there is self-glorification.

Celebrating another gold medal or showboating?

My wife often comments on this during NFL games where a player will get up after a single play and showboat as if they have won the game single-handedly.  I have seen this across our culture as well with many trumpeting their own successes and accomplishments more so now than ever before.

Who do we think we are?  Do we think we are anything special, deserving glory and honor before other men?

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3

You will never glory in God till first of all God has killed your glorying in yourself. – Charles H. Spurgeon

Before a downfall the heart is haughty,
    but humility comes before honor.Proverbs 18:12

Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory. – Bruce Lee

Now, there were a fair share of athletes who praised God for their victories, and for that I rejoice as they used their accomplishment to focus the light of Christ on the world if only for a passing moment on the world’s largest stage.

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.Galatians 6:14

Is the failure on the athletes themselves?  Surely they share some responsibility in reveling in their own insignificant accomplishments.  Is the failure on the exultation of the crowd?  The praise of the mob?  Are we not as much to blame for the athlete’s failure to show proper humility in acknowledging and praising God in victory or defeat?

Many people have praised or admonished Tim Tebow for his outspokenness about his faith.  However you fall on Tim, I believe most people would encourage their children to look at how he plays football and the humility he shows at all times.  This man glorifies God with every snap, pass, run, touchdown, interception, and sack.  His heart is with God at all times, and so everything he does on the field is for God whether good or bad.

Praying mid-game

I look at it as a relationship that I have with him that I want to give him the honor and glory anytime I have the opportunity. And then right after I give him the honor and glory, I always try to give my teammates the honor and glory. And that’s how it works because Christ comes first in my life, and then my family, and then my teammates. – Tim Tebow.

Humility is not an easy thing to master.  It is a challenge to be humble in the face of what seems like an exceptional accomplishment, whether that is a gold medal at the Olympics, a promotion at work, the achievement of one of your lifetime goals, or in the face of honor brought by others.  For that reason, this has been a difficult entry for me to write, for I am badly in need of grace and mercy.

I am a prideful person, and it holds me back daily, but despite that if you were to ask me who gave me the legs to run, the arms to throw and catch, the eyesight to see the target, and the mental and physical fortitude to compete, I would not hesitate to give all of the glory to God.  I might enjoy the contest and the victory, but not as much as the opportunity to use my accomplishment as a brilliant beacon for Christ, if only for a fleeting moment.

Direct the glory to Him, not me.

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