Sunday, July 17, 2016

Why I am a Proud Dad

I have 8 children. I am proud of each of them for different reasons. I see that each of them have worked very hard to get to where they are.

It's not because of what they have accomplished or the awards they have received that makes me proud but because they have expended incredible effort, many times having to try and try again.

It seems that through the years each of them have been in the spotlight in our family for a time, some accomplishment or event having put them there. But it was hard work that brought it about.

I thank God that I am blessed to be the father of each of them.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

4th of July Mourning

Last night according to family tradition, we watched fireworks at the city of Glendale. As the fireworks were going off, I was thinking of how fast our country is moving from freedom and liberty to bondage. Christian liberty is being eroded so fast. Of course, most of us have not experienced the effect yet so we go on with life as normal while the walls around us are falling down.

I think of the oath that soldiers and others take to "support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

I have a son entering the military who will support and defend in one way and a son who is a police officer who will support and defend in another way. The rest of us can be involved in the political process and support and defend through that. That said, I don't have great hope in the political process but we must still work through it.

My sadness comes from the realization that apathy and ignorance are so thick; like sludge around our feet, they keeps us from doing the important things.

I mourn that we have people in high office who seem to be domestic enemies. Their vision to fundamentally transform America is fulfilling the 60's radicals hope to destroy America.

I pray for God's mercy on this country. I wonder if that mercy may come through judgement of the Christian church; a church that for the most part has become irrelevant to the surrounding culture as it has lost it's salt and like a chameleon has become so much like the world.