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Do you believe that political leaders — red or blue — suffer from hearing loss?  Or is it worse?  Do they intentionally disregard the people’s voice because they have an agenda different from ours?

This You Tube was passed on to me.  Be patient through the commercial and stay tuned to “behind the scenes at the RNC and DNC conventions.”

Click HERE.

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The Christian is often told: Your faith is a personal thing.  That’s fine.  Keep it that way.  Don’t bring it with you to school, on the job, or anywhere else. 

But, think what would be missing if Christianity never existed.  Or if Christians didn’t speak and live their faith.  You may hear the media speak negatively of Christian faith and values.  But, regardless of what they say, Christianity – and only Christianity — offers a way of life that benefits the common good and promotes human dignity.  Chuck Colson of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview notes, “Western liberal democracy (which gives the media the freedom to bite the hand that feeds it) arose from Christian roots.”

It was in the monasteries of Christian Europe during the Middle Ages where we begin to find democracy for all – rich or poor.  The moral standards of Christianity were crucial for the development of democracy: People must be able to govern themselves and practice self-restraint before they can rule themselves via elected government.

Christianity made Western culture the most humane culture in history: schools for everyone, charitable giving and volunteerism, hospitals, the great universities . . . these are all fruits of Christian culture in the West.  The belief in the sanctity of human life made Christians defenders of each individual’s dignity and worth – no matter their color or creed. 

Accepting God’s Word as true, Christians believe men and women bear the image of their Creator.  Yes, we are fallen men and women and no longer bear God’s perfect image but, in Christ Jesus, we possess the medicine for sin, receive forgiveness, and have hope of change and new life.  Ponder this.  Then consider the impact of Biblical faith on a messed up, troublesome, and hurting world. 

It is God that gives life and, with that life, liberty and the freedom to pursue happiness.  To pursue happiness means to pursue right things that when said and done make the world a better place not just for ourselves but for others.

So, if someone says to you: Don’t impose your faith on others,” gently remind them that a Christian doesn’t set out to do any such thing.  Instead, a follower of Jesus Christ guards the dignity of every neighbor – no matter what age, color or creed.  A follower of Jesus Christ promotes ethics, morality, education, labor, and law for the common good.

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Benjamin Rush signed the Declaration of Independence.  He also served in the Presidential administrations of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.  Each came from a different political party.  How could Benjamin Rush serve Presidents from three different parties, and what was his own party affiliation?  He once proclaimed:

I have been alternately called an aristocrat and a democrat.  I am now neither.  I am a Christocrat.  I believe all power . . . will always fail of producing order and happiness in the hands of man.  He alone who created and redeemed man is qualified to govern him.”

Rush made his choice of candidates based on which one better stood for Godly principles, no matter what party affiliation.  As Proverbs 29:2 states:

When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.”

What legacy will we leave the next generation?

President James A. Garfield, a Christian minister, reminded Americans: ” . . . [T]he people are responsible for the character of their Congress.  If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption.  If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature . . . [I]f the next centennial does not find us a great nation . . . it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.”

Source: Original Intent by David Barton

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