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During this past year and a half my family and I have been through quite a lot.  Scripture teaches us that the Lord will put no more on us than our hearts can bear.  I trust and believe in that, and have faith that that is true.  But what I have lost faith in is our government.  And what I don’t think my heart can handle is our loss of Liberty.  Knowing what the scripture teaches, and having faith in the scriptures I have to also believe that HE will give us the desires of our hearts.  It seems that the desires of the hearts of man are now to turn this country away towards a socialist state where true Liberty does not exist.  Tyranny has returned to the shores of America, not by the king of England, but by the would-be kings and queens of the socialist movement in the United States.  And we thought one king was difficult to beat!

Some years back the church that I attended went through a split.  There were individuals that didn’t like the rules on which the church was founded and set out to change things more to their liking.  Those that would fight the changes were removed from the membership of the church by these individuals.  They wanted to change everything and blatantly disregarded everything that was in the Rules of Decorum that had been established in the late 1830’s.  Essentially, the church’s constitution, if you will, became no better than the paper which it was printed on.  I ended up leaving a church that I had been attending my entire life.  Both sides of my family attended the church for generations (it was just a small country church for the most part), these other people I barely knew had only began attending the church sometime during the few years I was away serving my country.  That particular church has since become a gathering of very few members leaving only those individuals that sought the change.  In fact, most of those have left to other churches as well.  In short they turned away from the intended existence of the church and sought their own gains, and set out to achieve their own ambitions.

If you don’t see where I’m going with that story I’ll explain.  From the first settlers of the New World and long after the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, the men and women that believed in this country has fought and died for what this country stands for.  Although not everyone agreed with everything that is written in the Constitution they stood by this document, and some gave their life protecting it and the ideals that it contains.  They, we, I have been here for generations.  I have ancestors that fought in EVERY war of this nation.  And now, after we have served our country, after many have died defending her, socialists come in and wish to blatantly disregard EVERYTHING that our Constitution stands for so that they can change all that we know into what they wish it to be. They seek their own gains and place their own ambitions over the good of the nation.

I feel helpless watching events unfold around me.  I look at my children and am saddened when I think of their futures.  What kind of America will we live in?

So, therefore, I am reminded of the writings of Thomas Paine – “THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. “ – The Crisis December 23, 1776

So much of what he wrote is applicable to the events of today.

Therefore, I plead with you, the reader, that you take at least some small effort to preserve Freedom, for if there be many that act then the smallest of efforts is great indeed.

I also ask that you pray for our nation’s leaders.  Our country is headed for a dangerous place and we should look to our God and crave his blessings with all supplication that he blesses our leaders and guides their decisions.

“WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour” – George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation October 14, 1789