GOD AND COUNTRY
It’s coming, the holidays are coming soon; only a few weeks till Thanksgiving and then one month to Christmas. Some look forward and some look away with “let’s just get this over with” which one are you. For those of you looking forward to the holidays but not looking to sitting down with family that does not respect or appreciate your views on life I get it. I use to every once in awhile have to sit down with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins that view everything I held dear as complete nonsense or idiotic so I get it.
Something we kind of grin and bear it knowing somebody is going to bring up politics or religion, everyone knows you don’t talk about politics or religion at family functions but they do anyways. I started thinking of this based again off listening to a segment of the Glen Beck radio show, Beck in my mind is on the cutting edge of politics both conservative and progressive but not so much when it comes to religion and so so when you mix the two. He was making a remark the other day on how talking about religion and politics can foul a mood and damping a room and I completely agree with that especially when it comes to distant or odd family members that just don’t quite get it.
So what do you do or what do you and your spouse do when the company comes over or you’re invited to come to their house or maybe a neutral house but you know that one or two family members or friend of family will be there and will most certainly want to look for a debate. Do you just like I stated before just grin and bear it or if you get into the discussion try and deflect it and start another conversation say like sports. You can do that but I can pretty much guarantee that will not stop the conversation, you can choose not to participate but the discussion will happen with or without you.
If you’re like me you hate to see your believes trampled or scoffed at like it some terrible idea or disease. If you’re like me you can’t stand to see somebody just tell lies and misrepresent everything you believe in and in the name of just getting along you say nothing. You know how discussing politics and religion can get real messy, its two ideas that can be real vague and easy to convolute.
. Christianity can be measured by hot, warm or cold and politics can be defined by many words like dishonesty, blatant lie, republican, democrat, conservative or progressive and one hundred degrees in the middle so is it worth getting into is it worth it at all heck January will be here in one and a half months. You can sit on the sidelines and wait for it to be over and everyone goes home with nothing ever changed or you can defend your life and maybe just maybe something will stick in that family member’s brain and maybe they will think.
How do I do this how do I defend what I steak my life on, how can I speak truth without muddying up water. How do I get my point across on religion and how do I convey my politics without loosing the purpose of what I believe in.
Instead of jumping in the conversation first know your limits and understand who you are and what you believe. Instead of politics and religion look at these two subjects as you really look at them, God and country and do not deviates from that idea of discussion only talk about God and country.
Religion can be very messy and confusing to discuss but talking about God The God of the Angle Army is not. Talking about Jesus is very simple, salvation is very simple and God’s natural law the law morality is based on is just that very simple follow the Ten Commandments Exodus 20 and the two commandments Jesus gave Matthew 22 34-40.
Politics can and will be gray but keep your talk on country, what politics is doing to this country. What men and women both in politics and on the sidelines are doing to this country. We know what progressives stand for and we know what conservatives stand for but it’s those pesky moderates or independents that call themselves non partisan and they’re the ones that come to the holiday dinner to try and pick a fight. They may call themselves independent or moderate but we know they are progressive they are just trying to muddy the waters of reason and that is why you do not discuss politics with these folks you talk about country.
Progressive want to pin your conservatism down to you being intolerant or cold hearted but if you keep the talk on country on how our country is suffering with progressive ideas then you open minds up to thought. Consider this progressives feel conservatives are intolerant but they refuse to look at both sides because they know one side is moral and the other is not, one side is based on ethics and the other is not, one side is was the basis of the country and the other is not.
This country is founded on the concept of The God of the Bible not Mohammad, not Hinduism and not paganism. Our country is founded on God and his liberty he gives us, the liberty that allows us to follow him or follow something else. Country is not meant to found a religion but a place to worship a God and live a way of life that has no man or woman be able to take that away including a government. God requires us to worship him, not other Gods because there are no other Gods before him.
God never asked us to take a country but only to worship him and tell others about him. Religion is not The God it’s what we make of our worship and our country is not our government it’s a place we have to live free and practice worshiping our God and we cannot let anyone whether they be foreign or domestic take that away from us. When we allow people whether through a government or a society to regulate a way of life based on feelings and tolerance and when we changed the rule of law based on the same we lose our God and Country.
So this holiday look forward to seeing the family and in-laws, let them talk about politics and religion but if you engage keep it simple like God keeps his love simple like our founding father kept it simple. God and County, it’s something our society is losing and we need to bring it back.